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Homeland Defense Richard Falknor on 10 Mar 2014
This morning on WMAL former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova here expressed outrage over what he called the “disgraceful” conduct of House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers here on the Benghazi investigation. Rogers, he said, has played an “obstructionist” role in blocking any serious accounting of events.
Listen to diGenova here–
Judicial Watch in their January 6 post here “Benghazi victims’ families, conservative leaders demand Boehner create Select Committee” includes the full text of a letter from these families and leaders to Speaker John Boehner.
The signers declared–
“Rep. Mike Rogers and the Intelligence Committee seem to act as defense counsel for the Obama administration.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
Virginia’s Representative Frank Wolf has taken the point here (and reportedly some grief from the House leadership) in the push for a serious investigation of Benghazi. The 10th District Republican declares–
“I have introduced legislation, H. Res. 36, to create a House Select Committee on Benghazi. It has more than 180 cosponsors – a majority of the majority in the House – and is endorsed by The American Legion, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, groups within the Special Operations community. the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal, respected national security leaders, like former Attorney General Mukasey, and some of the family members of the Benghazi victims.”
Ask these Representatives what concrete action they are going to take to get the Speaker moving on establishing a powerful select committee on Benghazi.
And don’t forget to review diGenova’s bill of particulars here on House Intelligence chief Mike Rogers.
Homeland Defense Richard Falknor on 06 Mar 2014
UPDATE MARCH 8! Yesterday the Virginia state senate followed suit and approved here this reckless resolution. Why reckless? Because the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center can now use this “endorsement” of the Virginia General Assembly for everything from money-raising to helping justify zoning requests to intimidating critics with the help of a credulous old (and new) media. The General Assembly commendation will be a badge of respectability. John Guandolo declared here yesterday: “One has to wonder if gross ignorance among elected officials of the jihadi threat to America could get any worse – then in walks the Virginia Legislature.” Consider the details in Guandolo’s post “Virginia State House Commends Hamas”
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Virginia House of Delegates ‘Commend’ A Mosque With A Dark Past
Do the good delegates of the Old Dominion have to pass a resolution to find out what’s in it?
Yesterday by a voice vote the Virginia House of Delegates commended here the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center on its “30th anniversary.”
(Republican delegates Todd Gilbert, Terry Austin, Les Adams, and Barry Knight, however, told conservative activist Patricia Evans they voted against this mad measure. Currently there are 68 Republicans and 32 Democrats in the House of Delegates.)
Last October 22, the Investigative Project on Terrorism’s (IPT) John Rossomando reported here “ Dar al-Hijrah Imam Affirms MB Sympathies on Facebook”–
“For a guy who claims to have nothing to do with the Muslim Brotherhood, Imam Shaker Elsayed dedicates a surprising volume of his Facebook page to the Egyptian Islamist group.”
The IPT’s Rossomando reminds us–
“Elsayed’s mosque has a history of ties to radicals and has attracted repeated law enforcement attention over the years. Federal agents described Dar al-Hijrah as the subject of “numerous investigations for financing and proving (sic) aid and comfort to bad orgs and members.”
Among those bad members, American-born al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki served as an imam at Dar al-Hijrah before leaving the United States; two 9/11 hijackers attended services there, as did Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan and terrorist financier Abdurrahman Alamoudi.
Elsayed is named in a 1991 Muslim Brotherhood document detailing the group’s plan to wage a non-violent civilization jihad to destroy “Western civilization from within.” A portion of the document describes people building organizations which spread the Islamist message.” (Highlighting Forum’s)
Read all of the IPT post here.
“Dar al-Hijra was established in 1991. Not so coincidentally, that is the same year American leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood wrote an internal memorandum to their global headquarters in Egypt, explaining that they saw their work in the United States as a ‘grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.’ Echoing imam Abdul-Malik, the Brotherhood said its tactic would be ‘sabotage.’ (The memo is here, with the English translation following the original Arabic pages.)”
“Getting Dar al-Hijra built cost chump change compared with the anticipated $100 million Ground Zero mosque. It ran around $6 million. The Saudis have been underwriting the Brotherhood’s dawa efforts for decades. And thanks to [Paul] Sperry’s exacting work, we know about Dar al-Hijra what we haven’t been permitted to find out about the Ground Zero mosque: how it was financed. Turns out that it followed the standard Saudi/Brotherhood pattern.
The Falls Church land on which the complex sits was purchased in the 1980s by the North American Islamic Trust. NAIT was established by the Saudis and the Brotherhood in 1973 for just this purpose. In 2003, the Center for Security Policy’s J. Michael Waller told a Senate committee that NAIT owns or controls the physical assets of about three-fourths of American mosques — and its partner organization, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), controls their ideological content. Both ISNA and NAIT were identified as unindicted co-conspirators in the Hamas-financing case. As I mentioned in last week’s column, ISNA was behind the republication of imam Faisal Rauf’s Call to Prayer from the World Trade Center Rubble.
Dar al-Hijra has sported imams that make Johari Abdul-Malik look downright tame. Most infamous was Anwar al-Awlaki, the al-Qaeda terrorist now believed to be holed up in Yemen. [April 21, 1971 – September 30, 2011--ed]From there, Awlaki is said to have inspired Farouk Abdulmutallab, the would-be Christmas bomber who tried to blow up a plane over Detroit. But that’s just a footnote. While imam at Dar al-Hijra, Awlaki ministered to at least two of the 9/11 hijackers. And it was at Dar al-Hijra that he met U.S. army officer Nidal Hassan. Though Awlaki beat it out of town ahead of the 9/11 investigation, he kept up his correspondence with Major Hassan, who, at Fort Hood in 2009, murdered 13 of his fellow soldiers while screaming ‘Allahu Akbar!’”
Here is the full text of the House of Delegates “commendation.”
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Patrick Poole (PJMedia) Dar Al-Hijrah: D.C.’s Own Terror Factory
Paul Sperry (NYPost) Inside the Saudi 9/11 coverup (Scroll down to “Falls Church.”)
Homeland Defense Richard Falknor on 09 Dec 2013
UPDATE DECEMBER 11! Andrew McCarthy in his NRO post “Raising a Jihadi Generation” here explains –“A while back, my friend John Guandolo, a marine combat veteran and former FBI counterterrorism agent, had an important idea. The Obama administration had recently purged the instructional materials used to train our government’s national security agents – law-enforcement, intelligence and military – about the threat posed by Muslim jihadists. Under the new training, the threat would no longer be recognizable. Obama theory, you see, holds that the threat is not jihadist terror and the Islamic supremacist ideology that catalyzes it. Instead, it is ‘violent extremism,’ disconnected from any identifiable belief system – and, the administration cannot emphasize enough, having absolutely nothing to do with Islam … something a young agent better understand if he or she harbors any hope of being promoted up the ranks.” (Highlighting Forum’s.) Read it all.
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Judicial Watch: FBI Purged “Offensive” Terrorist & Subversion Training Material
“Where the FDR administration had Harry Hopkins, Lauchlin Currie, Harry Dexter White and Alger Hiss – among others – to engage in espionage, subversion and influence operations as agents, ‘fellow travelers,’ dupes and ‘useful idiots’ for the Soviet Union, so too, does the Obama administration have this generation’s agents of influence who would advance the interests of the Islamists.” — Judicial Watch special report.
Today Judicial Watch (JW) released an important special report here: “U.S. Government Purges of Law Enforcement Training Material Deemed ‘Offensive’ to Muslims,” prepared under the direction of JW research chief Christopher Farrell.
JW president Thomas Fitton paints the larger picture –
“This Special Report documents the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) purge of anti-terrorism training material and curricula deemed ‘offensive’ to Muslims. The curricula purge occurred following a February 8, 2012, meeting between FBI Director Robert Mueller and various Islamic organizations. This purge is part of a broader Islamist ‘influence operation’ aimed at our government and Constitution.”
The special report reveals important snapshots of the “Islamist Influence Operation” into our government. JW defines these terms below–
“The terms ‘active measures’ (aktivnyye meropriyatiya) and ‘influence operations’ were used by the Soviet Union to describe covert and deceptive activities carried out in support of its foreign policy objectives. The United States Department of State documented and reported the Soviets’ campaign. We use the terms in the same way to describe the activities of the Islamists.”
The Case of Anwar al Aulaqi
JW details a major Islamist influence operation — the career of Anwar al Aulaqi — a story that leaves many questions yet unanswered:
“American Islamists also engage in influence operations and active measures operations. Anwar al Aulaqi, a U.S. citizen and militant imam of the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia is a perfect example. He is described as the ‘spiritual leader’ and inspiration of the 9/11 hijackers; the Fort Hood murderer, U.S. Army Major Nidal Hassan; and the 2009 Christmas Day (attempted) airline bomber, Umar Farouk Abudulmutallab of Nigeria, and others. . . .
Aulaqi presented himself publicly as the face of moderate Islam in America. He gave a number of media interviews and appeared on National Geographic; National Public Radio; and, in the New York Times. . . . On February 5, 2002 Aulaqi had lunch in the dining room of the Secretary of Defense and made a presentation to Pentagon brass, as part of the military’s outreach to the Muslim community. . . . Aulaqi was killed in Yemen by a Hellfire missile fired from a Predator drone on September 30, 2011. . . . His death leaves many unanswered questions”
Islamists Working in This Administration
Both the Bush and the Obama Administration have much to answer for — from the willful blindness to the Islamists of the Bush Administration to the active encouragement of Islamists by the Obama Administration.
Things did take a worsening turn in the Obama administration.
JW points to a significant October 19, 2011 meeting of Islamist voices with then Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez, as Neil Munro reported that year.
Related JW –
“On Wednesday, October 19, 2011, activists and advocates from Islamist pressure groups met with officials from the Obama Justice Department, including the then-chief of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, Thomas Perez, at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Islamist advocates demanded that the Justice Department reduce anti-terror priorities and funding; change agents’ training materials; restrict investigators from looking into certain Muslim-related subjects; and create a new legal declaration that any U.S. citizens’ criticism of Islam constitutes the crime of racial discrimination. Mr. Perez warmly received the Islamists demands and promised action.”
The JW report lists five of the “Islamist influence operators” in the Obama Administration: Rashad Hussain, Huma Abedin, Daliah Mogahed, Momamed Elibiary, and Mohamed Magid. (Click here for one of our posts on Huma Abedin; and here for one of our posts on Mohamed Magid.)
The special report concludes–
“The country is less safe when we allow Islamists to tell the FBI how to train its agents and do its job. . . . The FBI’s purge of so called ‘offensive’ material is political correctness run amok and it puts the nation at risk. . . . The FBI is rewriting history in order to help AQ [al Qaeda], the MB [Muslim Brotherhood] and their affiliates.”
And most important, JW declares–
“It is fair to say that not a single U.S. government employee goes to work each morning with the mission of identifying and defeating the Islamists’ active measures campaigns. . . . No federal agency spends much time, if any, on countering deception campaigns. The agencies are reticent to vigorously pursue internal security reviews and routine counterintelligence programs. Large bureaucratic institutions are reluctant to ‘disturb’ operations with examinations for deception and manipulation. Those same organizations are loathe to raise those subjects in congressional appropriations requests and hearings fearing any political criticism. Until there is someone with the job of defeating the Islamist active measures campaign targeting our nation – and resourced to roll back the Islamists and win – the United States and her citizens are in grave peril.”
(Highlighting Forum’s throughout this post.)
So What Can The Conservative Grass Roots Do About All This?
First, Tea Partiers and the conservative grass roots can prod their House GOP members to discuss publicly these Islamist active measures campaigns.
In Maryland and Virginia, apparently only Representative Frank Wolf has acted positively on these matters, both to Bell the Grover Norquist Cat and to probe the Islamic Saudi Academy in Fairfax County.
Second, Tea Partiers in Maryland and Virginia should put Islamist active measures campaigns on their discussion agenda and invite state lawmakers to address the threat.
And perhaps most crucial — we should all take the time to study this well documented JW report, whose highlights we could only touch on in a blog post.
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Faithful readers may wish to revisit some of our earlier related posts on the Islamist threat.
Homeland Defense Richard Falknor on 09 Nov 2013
UPDATE NOVEMBER 12! “Turkey: After the Christian staff of the Saint Abraham monastery told a group of Muslims that visiting hours were over, the Muslims threatened, cursed, and ultimately attacked the staff, saying ‘we own this land, obey us or you will be sorry.’ According to a member of the monastery, ‘The monastery was attacked two months before this incident by young [Muslim] Kurds from the town of Batman, but we decided not to go public about it, this time we decided it’s enough. We gave the police the footage from the surveillance camera from the previous attack and now it is gone and no one was punished. They promised us to put guards here but we don’t see any and when they [the police] came yesterday, they attacked us with pepper spray instead of the attackers. Certainly all this cannot be merely coincidences.’”– Raymond Ibrahim “Muslim Persecution of Christians: August, 2013” here.
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The Turkish Connection & Virginia (And Other) Trade Delegations
We learned from an article of last Wednesday on Syrian refugees here in Leesburg Today that–
“Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro recently returned from a trip to Turkey as part of a trade delegation of Northern Virginia government representatives.
The trip, which was arranged through the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, included Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton, Loudoun County Chairman Scott K. York (R-At Large) and Supervisor Ken Reid (R-Leesburg).” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
On Friday, in National Review On Line, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) fellow Benjamin Weinthal reported here, in his “Turkey’s Erdogan Out Of Control?”
“Meanwhile, as my FDD colleague Jonathan Schanzer recently showed, Erdogan’s administration harbors a Hamas terrorist, Saleh al-Arouri, and helps Iran’s clerical regime circumvent sanctions targeting its illicit nuclear-weapons program. Equally alarming, Erdogan permits southern Turkey to serve as an operational base for the al-Qaeda-linked groups al-Nusra and ISIS to flood into Syria. He flatly denied the allegations this week, saying, ‘It is out of question that organizations like al-Qaeda or al-Nusra could take shelter in our country. This is slander and [a pack of] of lies.’
My nearly two weeks on the Syria-Turkey border in late September and early October revealed the contrary to be true. In short, al-Qaeda jihadists have wide latitude in Turkey to access Syria’s territory.
Moreover, the American Enterprise Institute Middle East expert Michael Rubin’s article titled ‘Turkey, not Syria, to blame for sectarianism in Turkey’ exposes the ways in which Erdogan stokes ethnic and religious divisions.”
Sadly, Turkey has changed drastically under Erdogan. For more depth on present-day Turkey, readers may wish to visit our related 2012 or 2013 posts–
“On September 30 , Marc J. Fink (PJMedia) in his Stunner: Turkey Infiltrating Native American Tribes — and May Get Congressional Help reported–
“Congressman [Tom ] Cole [link supplied] freely admitted the following on the House floor:
‘There’s no question that I was approached by the Turkish American Coalition (properly the Turkish Coalition of America), who have a deep interest in Turkey and American Indians.’”
UPDATED! Frank Gaffney & Rachel Sargent Brief Concerned Voters About A Questionable Loudoun Charter School Proposal
Three questions jump out for the alert Virginia conservative–
• Did the gentlemen from Virginia visit the same land as FDD fellow Weinthal?
• Who paid for the Virginia delegation’s visit to a nation clearly under an Islamist regime?
• What kind of deals did our public officials from Virginia seek to facilitate in a nation now in thrall to a very aggressive and distasteful government?
Stay tuned for any answers.
Homeland Defense Richard Falknor on 16 Sep 2013
“[Y]ou can’t be in favor of assertive American foreign policy overseas and increasing Europeanization domestically; likewise, you can’t take a reductively libertarian view while the rest of the planet goes to pieces. Someone in the GOP needs to do what Ronald Reagan did so brilliantly a quarter-century ago — reconcile the big challenges abroad with a small-government philosophy at home.” Mark Steyn
Defunding Obamacare, blocking Giant Amnesty, defanging EPA job-and-industry-killer rules, drying up Federal money for common-core and sustainability and university speech-codes — all of these matter a great deal.
But so does our Common Defense, which must always be the First Federal Concern.
Last weekend, NRO’s Andrew McCarthy wrote here “What Conservative Foreign Policy Looks Like: Neither John McCain nor Rand Paul get it right.”
“In the Syrian rubble of Barack Obama’s foreign policy lies a moment of opportunity for conservatives. It is a moment for building a muscular foreign policy based on a recognition of good and evil; on an unapologetic conviction that the United States stands firmly on the right side of that ledger because it stands for the liberty and equal dignity of every human being; and, therefore, on an unwavering commitment to have our interventions guided solely by American national interests. It is a Ronald Reagan moment. Now, all we need is a Ronald Reagan. For now, we have only pretenders, split into two camps.”
“While McCain would insert the United States into every controversy, no matter how contrary to our interests, Paul sees our government as incapable of acting beneficially in the world. One can easily understand why Paul has a surface appeal for young Americans. In their lifetimes, an era of progressive dominance in foreign affairs, to act in America’s interests has become disreputable. The McCain approach — champion Qaddafi, oust Qaddafi; condemn the Muslim Brotherhood, support the Muslim Brotherhood; surge against al-Qaeda, arm al-Qaeda — has brought dizzying discredit to American action on the world stage. The Pauls exploit this to a fare-thee-well. Nevertheless, the Pauls’ indictment is against government when the real culprit is wayward government policy in the execution of an essential government function.”
“What conservatives want is a central government that does very few things — only the ones it is expressly assigned, the ones only a national government can do — but does them exceedingly well. Limited does not mean small, for these are not small tasks. The most significant function of government, national security, is what our foreign policy must serve. This is where Reagan got it right and today’s Republican leaders get it tragically wrong.”
“Like Communism, Islamic supremacism threatens America and the West comprehensively — it attacks both forcibly and culturally; it pressures without and infiltrates within. A conservative national-security policy would respond in kind.”
“A conservative foreign policy would set itself firmly against Iran and Assad, as well as against al-Qaeda, the Brotherhood, and their state sponsors. It would not choose sides between them in their Syrian free-for-all. It would make the defeat of all of them — of Islamic supremacism — its strategic objective.” (Highlighting Forum’s throughout.)
Of course, these guiding principles can’t have much force with a declining military.
We don’t want our essential effort to defund Obamacare, for example, to keep us from also moving to cure the serious downgrading of our armed forces.
For some details on how this weakness relates not just to Iran but to an increasingly aggressive Russia and China, readers should take in posts by retired admiral James “Ace” Lyons here and by Michael Waller here.
And it will be very hard to persuade the grass roots to pay attention to any of these issues when there seems to be a bi-partisan blindness to the surrender of our sovereignty on our border with Mexico.
We need a House GOP leadership that can articulate a prudent vision for our national defense while expanding our circle of liberty at home – and can translate these goals into manageable-sized and understandable appropriations bills.
Lamentably the current House GOP leaders see their role essentially as deal-cutters for a Beltway media and donor audience.
Here is the unknown: how many members of the House Republican Conference grasp the necessity of changing this pinched way of doing national business while there is still time?
Homeland Defense Richard Falknor on 21 Jun 2013
“Mr. Speaker, we’re fast approaching the Independence Day recess. We will only have four legislative weeks in July before the August recess. When we return in September we will be just days away from the one-year anniversary of the Benghazi attacks.” (Highlighting Forum’s) – Representative Frank Wolf
On Wednesday, senior House appropriator Frank Wolf wrote the Speaker–
“The American people are losing confidence in their government. The tragedy in Benghazi, along with a stream of recent controversies, including the IRS and the Justice Department’s targeting of reporters at Fox News and the Associated Press, as well as the ambiguity about recently disclosed programs at the National Security Agency, are eroding public trust in the institutions of government.
This diminishing of public confidence isn’t limited to the Executive Branch. Congress’ approval rating is at an all-time low. A June 14 National Journal article said, ‘Nearly 8 in 10 Americans told Gallup pollsters this month that they disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job, the 45th consecutive month that more than two-thirds of Americans graded Congress poorly. The problem isn’t as much what Congress is doing as what it is not getting done.’ I believe most Americans would agree that one of the items “not getting done” is a thorough, comprehensive and ultimately definitive investigation into the response to the Benghazi attacks.
That is why I have been pushing so hard for a bipartisan Select Committee to investigate the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi. The response among most of our colleagues and the public has been overwhelming. Since January, when I proposed including the Select Committee in the House Rules package for the 113th Congress, more than two-thirds of House Republicans – a majority of the majority – have cosponsored my bill, H. Res. 36, to create the Select Committee. Since that time, there has been a growing chorus of support. The bill has been endorsed by the parents of some of the victims, by more than 700 retired Special Operations officials, by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Associations, which represents the State Department security officers who were on the ground in Benghazi, and by The Wall Street Journal editorial page in addition to dozens of other commentators, former diplomats and military officials. I believe this broad support speaks to the public’s hunger for clear answers on Benghazi – answers which to date have been elusive. That is why more than nine months after the devastating attack, my resolution continues to add new cosponsors; it now has the support of 158 Republicans.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
Last November 2, we posted this on Benghazi:
reporting that –
“Navy veteran [Howie] Lind [today VA US Senate candidate]spelled out his understanding of the efforts of military commanders to aid Americans in peril in Benghazi – -
‘Could we have sent in US military forces to save them in time? Yes indeed.
In fact, they were on the way until they were recalled.
At 30 minutes into the attack, the US Military Commander in charge of that part of the world, four-star General Carter Ham, the Commander of the African Command, based in Stuttgart, Germany, issued the response orders. He directed that US Navy jets be launched from USS John Stennis, the aircraft carrier on station in the middle east. These planes would have easily reached Benghazi to take out enough of the barbarians to stymie the attack on the Consulate.
But these planes were recalled, so they never reached Benghazi. I learned this from a retired Army General whom I know in McLean. (Retired Generals and Admirals have the tightest network of any group you will ever know.) Once the planes were launched, General Ham was directed by the White House to call off the response. He refused. Then the White House called the Navy Admiral in charge of the USS Stennis Battle Group, Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette, to call back the planes. He also refused. Both General Ham and Admiral Gaouette were immediately relieved of their commands. They were fired. In General Ham’s case, his 2-star Deputy entered his office and said ‘you are under arrest.’ This is a script for a bad Hollywood movie.’” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
Then, on January 18, veteran Virginia Representative Frank Wolf introduced his House Resolution 36, calling for–
“Establishing a select committee to investigate and report on the attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya.”
Today Mr. Wolf’s resolution has 157 co-sponsors, for a total of 67 percent of the House Republican conference.
The Speaker has been obdurate in his opposition to such a coordinated and in-depth inquiry, and definitive report. Some House committee chairs reportedly fear sharing their jurisdiction, or, in one case, even feared “embarrassing” an agency over which that committee had jurisdiction – and thus with which they have long-term relations.
Frank Wolf warned in his Wednesday letter to the Speaker of the overuse of closed-door hearings on Benghazi.
“I also understand that Chairman McKeon has planned a hearing with Gen. Carter Ham for next week, but like so many of these hearings, this, too, will be held behind closed doors. There is no reason Gen. Ham’s testimony shouldn’t be public. This latest classified hearing is symptomatic of a broader problem with respect to the current congressional approach to investigating Benghazi: Too much has been done in a piecemeal fashion, behind closed doors, thereby robbing the American people of clear answers to important questions surrounding the murder of a sitting U.S. ambassador and three civilian employees, and the grievous injury of untold others.
Deuteronomy 16:20 tells us, ‘Justice, justice shalt thou pursue.’ As we quietly marked the nine-month anniversary of the attacks last week, I know many people wondered if there will ever be any clear resolution to this investigation, let alone justice.
Writing about Benghazi in The Wall Street Journal last month, columnist Peggy Noonan pondered, ‘Was all this incompetence? Or was it politics disguised as the fog of war? Who called these shots and made these decisions? Who decided to do nothing?’
More than nine months later, the Congress still cannot answer these questions. No one has been held responsible for the failure to respond that night. A few mid-level career officials have been penalized, but ultimately those senior officials who were in the position to actually say the buck stops here – cabinet secretaries and political appointees at the White House, State Department, Defense Department and CIA – have emerged unscathed, and in some cases, seemingly the better for it.”
And this week’s upcoming hearing on General Carter Ham?
“Once the planes were launched, General Ham was directed by the White House to call off the response. He refused. Then the White House called the Navy Admiral in charge of the USS Stennis Battle Group, Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette, to call back the planes. He also refused. Both General Ham and Admiral Gaouette were immediately relieved of their commands. They were fired. In General Ham’s case, his 2-star Deputy entered his office and said ‘you are under arrest.’ This is a script for a bad Hollywood movie.”(Highlighting Forum’s.)
How Long Will Boehner Continue To Veto A Select Committee On Benghazi?
Will GOP incumbents and candidates speak to the media in behalf of Mr. Wolf’s recommendation for a serious Benghazi probe?
Will Tea Partiers lean on Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and House Judiciary chair and Boehner-loyalist Bob Goodlatte (neither of whom have signed on to H.Res. 36) to bring the Speaker to a better mind?
Stay tuned for developments on digging out the full story on Benghazi.
Homeland Defense Richard Falknor on 22 May 2013
MAY 26! Conservative activist Ed Hunter snaps photo (click here) yesterday of Turkish center under construction in Lanham.
MAY 25! Steve Emerson reports (Breitbart) in his Erdogan’s Maryland Mosque “…Turkish culture and values under Erdogan have skewed away from Western alliances and toward Islamists”.
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The MuslimLink last week announced–
“’A Symbol of Friendship’ : Turkish PM Lays Stone for $100M Masjid Complex In Maryland” (click here).
(Thanks to the ever-vigilant Ann Corcoran for the heads-up!)
Here are excerpts from their post:
“On Wednesday, May 15, 2013, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan placed a ceremonial stone on a 15-acre construction site in Lanham, Maryland that will likely become the largest and most striking examples of Islamic architecture in the western hemisphere.”
“The Turkish American Culture and Civilization Center (TACC) is a project of the government of Turkey and is meant to ’serve as a social, cultural, and religious center for all visitors, including activities for the promotion and introduction of the values of the Turkish Civilization’ according to an information packet distributed by TACC at the invitation only ground breaking ceremony.”
“…[T]here were a few dozen non-Turkish representatives of area masajid and Islamic organizations from the DMV area present, including ISNA President Mohammad Magid and ICNA President Naeem Baig.”
“Maryland’s Secretary of State John McDonough delivered greetings from Governor Martin O’Malley and talked about the sister city relationships between Turkey and Maryland.”
“The Wall Street Journal reports that, with respect to the anti-American rioting, Obama has sought help from his good friend Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Islamist prime minister of Turkey. As [McCarthy's book ] Spring Fever recounts, Erdogan denies there is any such thing as ‘moderate Islam’ (he says such a suggestion is an insult to Muslims), and he regards efforts to get Muslims to assimilate in Western societies as ‘a crime against humanity.’ According to a report in the Turkish press today, Erdogan also says ‘Islamophobia’ should also be prosecuted as a ‘crime against humanity,’ and in that regard, he plans to speak out against the video when he appears at the UN General Assembly meeting later this month. Exactly what kind of help Obama expects to get from Erdogan is unclear.”
Faithful readers may wish to revisit our Erdogan-related post of last October below–
where we reported –
A Maryland state lawmaker talked up to Delaware legislators (click here and here) her travel in Turkey (also click here): “Having visited Turkey in December 2010, Delegate [Gail] Bates spoke very highly of her experience in Turkey and invited all the members of the House to visit Turkey with the trips organized by TAA. [Turkic American Alliance]. Ms. Bates said ‘I had the opportunity this year  to go on a trip to Turkey. This incredibly well planned trip was a very exciting opportunity and such a good experience for myself. One of my goals on the trip was to focus on topics that unite us rather than divide us. As a practicing Christian, going to a Muslim country helped me to begin to see the commonalities we have and the things that we share.’”
Islamist Turkey and American Indian Tribes
“Congress finds that — the public and private sectors in the Republic of Turkey have demonstrated a unique interest in bolstering cultural, political, and economic relationships with Indian tribes and tribal members. . . .” pending H.R. 2362. (Highlighting Forum’s.)
On September 30, Marc J. Fink (PJMedia) in his Stunner: Turkey Infiltrating Native American Tribes — and May Get Congressional Help reported–
“Congressman [Tom ] Cole [link supplied] freely admitted the following on the House floor:
‘There’s no question that I was approached by the Turkish American Coalition (properly the Turkish Coalition of America), who have a deep interest in Turkey and American Indians.’
‘Deep interest’ indeed. The bill was the culmination of a multi-year effort by Turkey to ingratiate itself with Native American tribes: tribal students now study in Turkey with full scholarships; Turkish officials regularly appear at Native American economic summits; and dozens of tribal leaders have gone to Turkey on lavish all-expense-paid trips.
Why the intense interest in business and cultural ties with Native American tribes now, when Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist Justice and Development party (AKP) have taken Turkey down a path of aggressive and dangerous Islamism?”
Perhaps the TACC elders will try to get senior Republican Tom Cole to bless their enterprise, or even invite Maryland’s senior Republican delegate Gail Bates of that state’s General Assembly, to complement the endorsement of the Maryland secretary of state. After all, Gail Bates and John McDonough went on sponsored trips to Turkey (click here).
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Readers will also recall our post on the Gulenist schools movement in the United States–
Homeland Defense Richard Falknor on 06 Feb 2013
UPDATE! See video of Pamela Geller at Conference on Al Jazeera (Click Here To Watch and Listen to Part 3) Geller: “You have got to slow this transaction down. You have got to make it very very hard for them. You have got to force this issue to be examined. Your elected officials . . . are not looking after you. It is incumbent on you to fight this fight.”
America’s Survival chief Cliff Kincaid reports “we had a packed room at the National Press Club” yesterday on his conference “Stop Al Jazeera’s Blood Money Oil Deal With Al Gore” for Current TV.
And click here for America’s Survival video with Jerry Kenney and Kincaid previewing the conference with their lucid and hard-hitting exposition of the dangers of this lamentable transaction.
Last Thursday, seasoned investigator Kincaid revealed in his “Congress Fails to Act Against Gore’s Terror TV Deal” – -
“Despite this looming threat and questions about the legality of the purchase, conservative members of Congress are silent. In the House, supposedly under Republican control, an aide to Rep. Michael McCaul, newly appointed chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, says he does not want the ‘agenda’ of the committee driven by the hundreds of Americans calling his office at 202-226-8417 and requesting an investigation of Al Jazeera’s terrorist ties.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
Long-time journalist Kincaid added – -
“A hearing into this deal would make things difficult for McCaul and other Republicans who want to pursue a bipartisan agenda and do not want to irritate Obama and the Democrats. The co-owners of Current TV, Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, are prominent Democrats, and another investor in the company, Richard Blum, is the husband of Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein. (Highlighting Forum’s.)
Why Do House GOP Leaders Fear Investigating The Islamists?
And today here read “House Conservative Leader Gives Al Jazeera Deal a Pass” – -
“Conservatives had been asking Scalise to support an investigation on the grounds that a foreign-funded channel based in the Middle East, with a reputation for airing terrorist propaganda, should be examined for its ties to terrorist groups.
Foreigners are entitled to First Amendment protections in the United States, except when they run afoul of existing laws and engage in criminal or terrorist activities.
By offering the First Amendment excuse in favor of the deal, Scalise is ignoring the evidence that Al Jazeera is not a legitimate news operation but rather a conduit for propaganda from terrorist groups, with whom it has intimate and ongoing relations.”
Kincaid provides some darker context – -
“Despite these outstanding legal questions, Scalise, the top conservative leader in the House, doesn’t even want an investigation of the deal. ‘Who got to him?’ is the question being asked by conservatives.
It is a known fact that Big Oil interests in the U.S.-Qatar Business Council are very powerful on Capitol Hill, and that the regime and/or Al Jazeera have used expensive public relations firms to lobby Congress and the federal government, and manipulate the press. These firms include Barbour Griffith Rogers, Fenton Communications, and Qorvis Communications.
Another law being ignored in the Al Jazeera case is CFIUS, named for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. When the Chinese bought AMC movie theaters last year, they went through CFIUS. Al Jazeera has decided, apparently with the acquiescence of the Obama Administration, that it can ignore the law.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
More On The Legal Questions
“The hearings should examine why Al-Jazeera’s current broadcasts into the U.S. are not being labeled by cable and satellite providers as foreign propaganda under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and why public television stations are turning their broadcast time over to Al Jazeera and other foreign channels, in violation of Federal Communications Commission rules.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
and notes – -
“We have not called for those broadcasts to be banned, only labeled as the foreign propaganda they are. But Al-Jazeera’s purchase of a cable television channel in the U.S., in order to get carriage in 40-50 million homes, is unprecedented and devious, since it had no success getting on those cable systems on its own merit.
What’s more, the deal was not reported to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) of the Treasury Department, in violation of the law. Holding hearings does not necessarily disqualify the purchase. But we have a right to know why the law is not being enforced, and whether new laws are needed to monitor and restrict enemy propaganda activities on U.S. soil.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
Readers may wish to refer to the original group letter to Representative Michael McCaul asking for hearings – - click here for the background, and click here for the text. The following is an excerpt, but best to read it all – -
“January 9, 2013 The Honorable Michael McCaul Chairman,Committee on Homeland Security, U. S. House of Representatives, H2-176 Ford House Office Building, Washington, D. C. 20515 Dear Chairman McCaul: We respectfully request that the House Homeland Security Committee convene hearings into the national security threat posed by Al Jazeera on American soil. The announcement that the Qatar-funded enemy propaganda channel, which has functioned as a voice for Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, has taken over an existing U.S.-based cable TV channel, Current TV, must be examined by the Congress.”
Pamela Geller electrified the Press Club room full of bloggers and activists urging them to get their House members right on the Al Jazeera case.
Below, Maryland Conservative Action Network (MDCAN) leader Catharine Trauernicht (click to enlarge) touches base with the publisher of Atlas Shrugs. See video of Pamela Geller at Conference on Al Jazeera (Click here to watch and listen to Part 3).
Stay tuned to see whether some courageous House member will urge hearings on this redolent deal!
Homeland Defense Richard Falknor on 19 Dec 2012
- DECEMBER 22! Madison Project in their ‘Disarmed’ post has some wise counsel for the NRA – -
“Political lobbying, at which the NRA excels, wins votes. No doubt. What Mr. LaPierre needed today, though, was friends, not votes, and the way to get them is to engage the nasty culture he derided at his ill fated presser.
The American mind is shifting. We’re likelier to see a Harriet and Harriet spin-off than an Ozzie and Harriet remake. Individual gun ownership is embedded in American society and the Left is busy encouraging Americans to toss it. Conservatives have to come out of our intellectual cul-de-sac and engage the new and emerging America. We need to communicate our principles in a way people can understand and in places where they hear us unfiltered by Left wing propagandists. ” (Highlighting Forum’s.) Read all of Madison’s advice to the NRA here.
DECEMBER 19! Video– “Bob Marshall, Va. State Delegate, Proposes Required Gun Training For Some Public School Staff” Click here.
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Common Gun Sense: Bob McDonnell & Rick Perry, or John Boehner?
Two GOP governors apparently have a more considered approach to solving serious school-safety concerns than that of House Speaker John Boehner.
“Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) said Tuesday that he believes now is the time to talk about arming teachers.
In the wake of Connecticut elementary school massacre that took the lives of 20 first-graders and six adults, some have advocated the idea of allowing adults to carry weapons inside schools to prevent school violence.
McDonnell told WTOP radio that it was a ‘reasonable discussion” to be had, and suggested that if the principal at Sandy Hook elementary school was armed, ‘perhaps’ carnage could have been avoided.
“I know there’s been a knee-jerk reaction against that, but I think there should at least be a discussion,” he said. “If people were armed, not just a police officer, but other school officials who were trained and chose to have a weapon, certainly there’d have been an opportunity to stop aggressors coming into the school. . . . Earlier on Tuesday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry also expressed support for arming teachers [Rick Perry: Guns In Schools Should Be Decided By District].” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
Meanwhile – back at the House Republican Conference — Molly K. Hooper and Mike Lillis (The Hill) yesterday reported (click here) that “Boehner calls for ‘discussion’ on guns” –
“Boehner also told Republicans that they need to be ‘circumspect’ in their observations, the lawmaker said, warning that ‘it’s not helpful’ for lawmakers to call for arming teachers as a way to prevent mass shootings.
That remark was a not-so-veiled shot at Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), who churned headlines Sunday when he lamented that one of the victims, Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung, was unarmed during the attack.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
Is it a genuine ‘discussion’ you want, Mr. Speaker?
One wonders how much Mr. Boehner is in servitude to the Legacy Media or whether he is the attentive pupil of major GOP donors who insist that the Republican Leadership downplay values issues (including the right to self-defense?) – or whether he is both.
Homeland Defense Richard Falknor on 13 Dec 2012
UPDATED! Frank Gaffney & Rachel Sargent Brief Concerned Voters About A Questionable Loudoun Charter School Proposal
UPDATES DECEMBER 14!
David Reaboi (Center for Security Policy) reports (click here for details) “Loudoun School Board Committee rejects proposed Islamist Gülen charter school bid.”
Valerie Strauss (WP) “Proposed Loudoun charter gets initial ‘no’ vote” (click here for details).
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Last evening national-security expert and former Reagan aide Frank Gaffney (in photo above) and experienced Virginia public-school teacher Rachel Sargent revealed their findings on a questionable Loudoun Charter School proposal (Loudoun Math and IT Academy — LMITA) in a two-hour briefing at the Loudoun County School Administration Building in Ashburn, Virginia.
Around 60 (very attentive) citizens took in the presentation.
Earlier, this Monday, Gaffney had asked in his “A Turkish ‘Trojan Horse’ for Loudoun?” (Click here ) –
“What makes this initiative, dubbed the Loudoun Math and IT Academy (LMITA), too good to be true? Let’s start with what is acknowledged about the proposed school.
LMITA’s board is made up of a group of male Turkish expatriates. One of them, Fatih Kandil, was formerly the principal of the Chesapeake Science Point (CSP) Public Charter School in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Another is Ali Bicak, the board president of the Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation, which owns CSP and two other charter schools in Maryland. The LMITA applicants expressly claim that Chesapeake Science Point will be the model for their school.
The taxpayers of Loudoun County and the school board elected to represent them should want no part of a school that seeks to emulate Chesapeake Science Point, let alone be run by the same people responsible for that publicly funded charter school. For one thing, CSP has not proven to be the resounding academic success the applicants claim. It does not appear anywhere in the acclaimed US News and World Report lists of high-performing schools in Maryland, let alone nationwide – even in the subsets of STEM or charter schools.
What is more, according to public documents chronicling Anne Arundel Public Schools’ dismal experience with CSP, there is significant evidence of chronic violations of federal, state and local policies and regulations throughout its six years of operations, with little or inconsistent improvement, reflecting deficiencies in fiscal responsibility and organizational viability.
Why, one might ask, would applicants for a new charter school cite so deeply problematic an example as their proposed institution? This brings us to aspects of this proposal that are not acknowledged.
Chesapeake Science Point is just one of five controversial schools with which Mr. Kandil has been associated: He was previously: the director at the Horizon Science Academy in Dayton, Ohio; the principal at the Wisconsin Career Academy in Milwaukee and at the Baltimore Information Technology Academy in Maryland; and one of the applicants in a failed bid to establish the First State Math and Science Academy in Delaware.
These schools have something in common besides their ties to the peripatetic Fatih Kandil. They have all been ‘inspired’ by and in other ways are associated with Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish supremacist and imam with a cult-like following of up to six million Muslims in Turkey and elsewhere around the world. More to the point, Gulen is the reclusive and highly autocratic leader of a global media, business, ‘interfaith dialogue’ and education empire said to be worth many billions and that is run from a compound in the Poconos.
This empire – including its roughly 135 charter schools in this country and another 1,000 abroad – and its adherents have come to be known as the Gulen Movement. But those associated with it, in this country at least, are assiduously secretive about their connections to Imam Gulen or his enterprise. For example, the LMITA applicants, their spokeswoman and other apologists have repeatedly misled the Loudoun school board, claiming that these Turkish gentlemen and their proposed school have nothing to do with Gulen.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
Read all the details of the Gaffney article here.
Stay tuned for reports (see December 14 updates at top of this post) of any further School Board action on the proposed Gulen charter school!