OFFICE OF SENATOR TED CRUZ
185 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
THE LEGAL LIMIT: THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S ATTEMPTS TO EXPAND FEDERAL POWER
Report No. 4:
The Obama Administration’s Abuse of Power
By U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on The Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights
Of all the troubling aspects of the Obama presidency, none is more dangerous than the President’s persistent pattern of lawlessness, his willingness to disregard the written law and instead enforce his own policies via executive fiat.
The President’s taste for unilateral action to circumvent Congress should concern every citizen, regardless of party or ideology. The great 18th-century political philosopher Montesquieu observed: “There can be no liberty where the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or body of magistrates.” America’s Founding Fathers took this warning to heart, and we should too.
Rule of law doesn’t simply mean that society has laws; dictatorships are often characterized by an abundance of laws. Rather, rule of law means that we are a nation ruled by laws, not men. No one—and especially not the president—is above the law. For that reason, the U.S. Constitution imposes on every president the express duty to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”
Rather than honor this duty, President Obama has openly defied it by repeatedly suspending, delaying, and waiving portions of the laws that he is charged to enforce. When President Obama disagreed with federal immigration laws, he instructed the Justice Department to cease enforcing the laws. He did the same thing with federal welfare law, drug laws, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
In the more than two centuries of our nation’s history, there is simply no precedent for the White House wantonly ignoring federal law and asking others to do the same.
For all those who are silent now: What would they think of a Republican president who announced that he was going to ignore the law, or unilaterally change the law? Imagine a future president setting aside environmental laws, or tax laws, or labor laws, or tort laws with which he or she disagreed.
That would be wrong—and it is the Obama precedent that is opening the door for future lawlessness. As Montesquieu knew, an imperial presidency threatens the liberty of every citizen. Because when a president can pick and choose which laws to follow and which to ignore, he is no longer a president.
Governing by Executive Fiat
1. Disregarded 1996 welfare reform law in granting broad work waivers for work requirements of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).1
2. Implemented portions of the DREAM Act, which Congress rejected, by executive action.2
3. Ended some terror asylum restrictions, by allowing asylum for people who provided only “insignificant” or “limited” material support of terrorists.3
4. Allowed immigrants in the U.S. illegally, who are relatives of military troops and veterans, to stay in the country and get legal status.
5. Extended federal marriage benefits by recognizing, under federal law, same-sex marriages created in a state that allows same-sex marriage even if the couple is living in a state that doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage.
6. Recognized same-sex marriage in Utah, even though the Supreme Court stayed the court order recognizing same-sex marriage in Utah and Utah said it would not recognize same- sex marriages performed before the stay.
7. Refused to prosecute violation of drug laws with certain mandatory minimums.
8. Issued signing statements, refusing to enforce parts of congressional-enacted statutes.
9. Illegally refused to act on Yucca Mountain’s application to become a nuclear waste repository.
1 Caroline May, Obama administration ‘guts’ welfare reform with new HHS rule, Daily Caller, Jul. 13, 2012.
2 Mark Krikorian, Today is A-Day, National Review Online, Aug. 15, 2012.
3 Reid J. Epstein, Obama administration ends some terror asylum restrictions, Politico, Feb. 5, 2014.
4 Julia Preston, Immigrants Closely Tied to Military Get Reprieve, N.Y. Times, Nov. 15, 2013.
5 Matt Apuzzo, More Federal Privileges to Extend to Same-Sex Couples, N.Y. Times, Feb. 8, 2014.
6 Charlie Savagejan, U.S. to Recognize Utah Gay Marriage Despite State Stance, N.Y. Times, Jan. 10, 2014.
7 Pete Williams & Michael O’Brien, Holder: ‘New Approach’ to reduce mandatory drug sentences, NBC News, Aug. 12, 2013.
8 Charlie Savage, Obama Takes New Route to Opposing Parts of Laws, N.Y. Times, Jan. 8, 2010.
9 Joel B. Pollak, Nuclear fallout: Yucca decision would affect immigration, obamacare, Breitbart, Aug. 14, 2013.
Falsely portrayed the Benghazi terrorist attack as a spontaneous protest against an anti- Muslim YouTube video,10 and then lied about the White House’s involvement.11
Illegally revealed the existence of sealed indictments in the Benghazi investigation.12
Failed to enforce the Magnitsky Act as required by law, by not adding Russian human rights abusers to a list of people not permitted to travel to or do business in the U.S.13
Killed four Americans overseas in counterterrorism operations without judicial process.14
Continued to give Egypt aid after the military took over its government, even though federal law prohibits aid to Egypt in the event of a coup.15
10 Bill Flax, Benghazi: Four Americans Died, Obama Lied, and the Press Complied, Forbes, Oct. 18, 2012.
11 Michael D. Shear, Email Suggests White House Strategy on Benghazi, N.Y. Times, Apr. 30, 2014.
12 Mike Levine, President Obama’s Surprise Revelation of Sealed Benghazi Indictment, ABC News, Aug. 9, 2013.
13 Obama’s Magnitsky Walkback, Wall St. J., Jan. 5, 2014.
14 Karen DeYoung & Peter Finn, U.S. acknowledges killing of four U.S. citizens in counterterrorism operations, Wash. Post, May 22, 2013.
15 White House says U.S. has not cut off aid to Egypt, Reuters, Aug. 20, 2013.
Granted a “hardship” exemption from the individual mandate for people whose health plans were canceled because their plans weren’t Obamacare compliant.16
Delayed the individual mandate for two years.17
Allowed individuals to buy health insurance plans in 2014 that did not comply with Obamacare.18 Extended this delay until 2016—past the mid-term elections.19
Extended the deadline to enroll in Obamacare.20
Illegally granted businesses a waiver from Obamacare’s employer mandate.21 Twice.22
Illegally continued the Obamacare employer contribution for congressional staffs.23
Illegally delayed the Obamacare caps on out-of-pocket healthcare payments.24
Illegally delayed Obamacare verification of eligibility for healthcare subsidies.25
Illegally required people to violate their faith via the Obamacare contraception mandate.26
As of May 2011, over 50% of Obamacare waiver beneficiaries were union members (who account for less than 12% of the American work force).27
16 Margaret Talev & Alex Wayne, Obama Lifts Health Mandate for Those With Canceled Plans, Bloomberg.com, Dec. 20, 2013.
17 ObamaCare’s Secret Mandate Exemption, Wall St. J., Mar. 11, 2014.
18 Stephanie Condon, Obama letting people keep canceled health plans for another year, CBSNews.com, Nov. 14, 2013.
19 Louise Radnofsky, Obama Gives Health Plans Added Two-Year Reprieve, Wall St. J., Mar. 5, 2014.
20 David Martosko, Busted! After promising ‘no delay’ in final Obamacare sign-up deadline, Obama administration unveils new ‘honor system’ extension through mid-April, Daily Mail, March 25, 2014.
21 Sarah Kliff, White House delays employer mandate requirement until 2015, Wash. Post, July 2, 2013.
22 Juliet Eilperin & Amy Goldstein, White House delays health insurance mandate for medium-seized employers until 2016, Wash. Post, Feb. 10, 2014.
23 Ezra Klein, In 2014, Congress gets Obamacare. Here’s how they’ll pay for it., Wash. Post, Aug. 1, 2013.
24 Avik Roy, Yet Another White House Obamacare Delay: Out-Of-Pocket Caps Waived Until 2015, Forbes, Aug. 13, 2013.
25 Avik Roy, Not Qualified for Obamacare’s Subsidies? Just lie – Govt. To Use ‘Honor System’ Without Verifying Your Eligibility, Forbes, July 6, 2013.
26 Joel Gehrke, Little Sisters of the Poor sue over Obamacare fines, contraception requirement, Wash. Examiner, Sept. 24, 2013.
27 Milton Wolf, Obamacare waiver corruption must stop, Wash. Times, May 20, 2011.
Ordered Boeing to fire 1,000 employees in South Carolina and shut down a new factory because it was non-union.28
Implemented a moratorium on offshore drilling after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill without statutory authority, and continued to enact new versions after federal courts repeatedly invalidated the moratorium.29
Treated secured creditors worse than unsecured creditors in the Chrysler bankruptcy.30
Terminated the pensions of 20,000 non-union Delphi employees in the GM bankruptcy.31
Had SWAT teams raid a Gibson guitar factory and seize property, on the purported basis that Gibson had broken India’s environmental laws—but no charges were filed.32
Government agencies are engaging in “Operation Choke Point,” where the government asks banks to “choke off” access to financial services for customers engaging in conduct the Administration does not like—such as “ammunition sales.”33
28 Steven Greenhouse, Labor Board Tells Boeing New Factory Breaks Law, N.Y. Times, Apr. 20, 2011.
29 Frederic Frommer, Government takes third attempt at drilling moratorium, Associated Press, Jul. 13, 2010.
30 An offer you can’t refuse, The Economist, May 7, 2009.
31 Emails: Geithner, Treasury drove cutoff of nonunion Delphi workers’ pensions, Daily Caller, Aug. 7, 2012; Report: Obama administration played key role in GM Bankruptcy as pensions cut for salaried workers, not unionized ones, Associated Press, Aug 16, 2013.
32 Deborah Zabarenko, Gibson Guitar CEO slams U.S. raids as “overreach”, Reuters, Oct. 12, 2011.
33 Frank Keating, Justice Puts Banks in a Choke Hold, Wall St. J., Apr. 24, 2014.
Executive Nominees and Personnel
- Appointed czars to oversee federal policy specifically because czars do not require Senate confirmation, earning criticism from stalwart Democrats such as West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd35 and Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold.36
- As of January 2012, 36 of the President’s executive office staff owed $833,970 in back taxes.37
- Made illegal “recess” appointments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the National Labor Relations Board when Congress wasn’t in recess.34 Ignored the rulings of three federal courts of appeals that held those nominations unconstitutional.
- As of 2011, 311,566 federal employees or retirees owed $3.5 billion in taxes.38
34 Timothy Noah, Cordray’s Recess Appointment Sure Doesn’t Look Constitutional to Me, New Republic, Jan. 4, 2012.
35 John Bresnahan, Byrd: Obama in power grab, Politico, Feb. 25, 2009.
36 Jordan Fabian, Feingold questions Obama ‘czars’, The Hill, Sept. 16, 2009.37 Andrew Malcolm, 36 Obama aides owe $833,000 in back taxes, Investors Business Daily, Jan. 26, 2012.38 Richard Rubin, Number of Tax-Delinquent Government Workers Up 11.5%, Bloomberg, Mar. 8, 2013.
Free Speech and Privacy
- Circumvented the Freedom of Information Act, by requiring White House Counsel review of all documents to be released under the Freedom of Information Act that the Administration believed pertained to “White House equities”—and then delayed in producing many of these documents by FOIA’s statutory deadline, or didn’t produce them at all.40
- Got secret permission from the FISA Court to reverse restrictions on the National Security Agency’s use of intercepted phone calls and emails, permitting the NSA to search American’s communications in its databases.41
- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is seeking to monitor about 80% of U.S. credit card transactions.42
- Targeted Fox News reporter James Rosen by falsely labeling him a possible “co- conspirator” in a criminal investigation of a new leak.43
- Illegally targeted conservative groups for heightened IRS scrutiny.39
- Secretly obtained phone records from staff at the Associated Press.44
- Had meetings with lobbyists in coffee shops near White House to avoid disclosure requirements.45
39 Greg Sargent, Conservatives have themselves a real scandal on their hands, Wash. Post, May 10, 2013.
40 Mark Tapscott, ‘Most transparent’ White House ever rewrote the FOIA to suppress politically sensitive docs, Wash. Examiner, Mar. 18, 2014.
41 Ellen Nakashima, Obama administration had restrictions on NSA reversed in 2011, Wash. Post, Sept. 7, 2013.
42 Richard Pollock, CFPB’s data-mining on consumer credit cards challenged in heated House hearing, Sept. 13, 2013.
43 Another Chilling Leak Investigation, N.Y. Times, May 21, 2013.
44 Mark Sherman, Gov’t obtains wide AP phone records in probe, Yahoo News, May 13, 2013.
45 Eric Lichtblau, Across From White House, Coffee With Lobbyists, N.Y. Times, June 24, 2010.
Other Lawless Acts
Aided drug cartels instead of enforcing immigration laws—as found by a federal judge. Border Patrol agents, multiple times, knowingly helped smuggle illegal immigrant children into the U.S.; “the DHS is encouraging parents to seriously jeopardize the safety of their children.”46
Illegally sold thousands of guns to criminals, in the operation known as Fast and Furious,47 and then refused to comply with congressional subpoenas about the operation.48
Dismissed charges filed by Bush Administration against New Black Panther Party members who were videotaped intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling station during the 2008 election.49
Argued for expansive federal powers in the Supreme Court, which has rejected the Administration’s arguments unanimously 9 times since January 2012.50
Sued Louisiana to stop school vouchers and keep low-income minorities trapped in failing schools.51
Threatened to arrest military priests for practicing their faith during the partial government shutdown.52
Muzzled the speech of military chaplains.53
Sued fire departments saying their multiple-choice, open-book written employment tests were racially discriminatory.54
Gave 23,994 tax refunds worth more than $46 million to aliens here illegally using the same address in Atlanta, GA.55
46 Stephen Dinan, Border Patrol helps smuggle illegal immigrant children into the United States, Wash. Times, Dec. 19, 2013.
47 DOJ Inspector General, A Review of ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious and Related Matters, Sept. 2012.
48 Jerry Seper & Stephen Dinan, GOP sues to force Obama, Holder compliance on Fast and Furious, Wash. Times, Aug. 13, 2012.
49 Kevin Bohn, Justice Department drops charges in voter intimidation case, CNN.com, May 28, 2009.
50 Senator Ted Cruz, The Legal Limit: The Obama Administration’s Attempts to Expand Federal Power; Senator Ted Cruz, Addendum – More Cases on Obama DOJ’s Expansive View of Federal Power; Senator Ted Cruz, Addendum 2 – More Cases on Obama DOJ’s Expansive View of Federal Power.
51 Obama, Holder Stand in Louisiana Schoolhouse Door, Investors Business Daily, Aug. 30, 2013.
52 Alex Pappas, Priests threatened with arrest if they minister to military during shutdown, Daily Caller, Oct. 4, 2013.
53 George Neumayr, Muzzling Military Chaplains, The American Spectator, Jan. 9, 2013.
54 Editorial: Firehouse flunkies, Wash. Times, Mar. 7, 2011.
Other Abuses of Power
Released a mentally ill Guantanamo detainee,56 who had been a high-risk al Qaeda fighter in jihad combat since the 1980s.57
Backed release of the Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi.58
President Obama told NASA administrator to “find a way to reach out to the Muslim world.”59
Claimed the Fort Hood shooting was “workplace violence” rather than terrorism.60
Signed a stimulus bill that spent money on bonuses for AIG executives,61 and then acted shocked and outraged at the bonuses.62
Gave $535 million to Solyndra, which went bankrupt; Solyndra shareholders and officials made substantial donations to Obama’s campaign.63
Reneged on a campaign promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term in office.64
Increased the national debt more in one term than President Bush did in two terms.65
Extended mortgage assistance to people who bought multiple homes during the housing bubble.66
Proposed rules that would have decimated family farms, by prohibiting children under 18 from doing many forms of farm work.67
55 Terence Jeffrey, IRS Sent $46,378,040 in Refunds to 23,994 ‘Unauthorized’ Aliens at 1 Atlanta Address, CNSNews.com, June 21, 2013.
56 U.S. judge orders release of mentally ill Guantanamo prisoner, Yahoo News, Oct. 4, 2013.
57 The Guantanamo Docket: Ibrahim Othman Ibrahim Idris, N.Y. Times.
58 Jason Allardyce & Tony Allen-Mills, White House backed release of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, The Australian, July 26, 2010.
59 Alex Pepper, White House, NASA, Defend Comments About NASA Outreach to Muslim World Criticized by Conservatives, ABCNews.com, July 6, 2010.
60 Aaron Goldstein, Obama Still Doesn’t Get 9/11, American Spectator, Sept. 11, 2012.
61 Dana Bash & Ted Barrett, Bonuses allowed by stimulus bill, CNN.com, Mar. 18, 2009.
62 Helene Cooper, Obama Orders Treasury Chief to Try to Block A.I.G. Bonuses, N.Y Times, Mar. 16, 2009.
63 Bankrupt solar company with fed backing has cozy ties to Obama admin, Daily Caller, Sept. 1, 2011.
64 Josh Gerstein, 5 unmet promises of President Obama, Politico, Oct. 16, 2012.
65 Mark Knoller, National Debt has increased more under Obama than under Bush, CBSNews.com, Mar. 19, 2012.
66 Prashant Gopal, Boom-Era Property Speculators to Get Foreclosure Aid: Mortgages, Bloomberg, Mar. 5, 2012.
67 Washington Elitists Want to Take Over the Family Farm, Investors Business Daily, Apr. 26, 2012; Dave Jamieson, Child Labor Farm Rules Scrapped by White House Under Political Pressure, Huffington Post, Apr. 27, 2012.
Former “safe schools czar” has written about his past drug abuse and advocated promoting homosexuality in schools.68
Nominated Timothy Geithner—who had significant tax issues69—to head the Treasury Department, which enforces tax laws.
Reneged on campaign promise to broadcast healthcare reform negotiations on C-SPAN.70
Reneged on a campaign promise to wait five days before signing any non-emergency bill (at least 10 times during first 3 months in office).71
Unilaterally, increased the minimum wage for federal contract workers from $7.25 to $10.10, via executive order.72
Cancelled all White House tours after sequestration—purportedly saving $18,000 per week—even though President Obama had spent more than $1 million in tax money to golf with Tiger Woods one weekend a few weeks before.73
Adopted pro-union “ambush election” rules.74
Pressured Ford to pull an anti-auto-bailout TV ad.75
Actively, aided in George Zimmerman protests.76
Tried to seize a privately owned motel when guests used illegal drugs at the motel.77
Shut down the Amber Alert website, while keeping up Let’s Move website, during the partial government shutdown.78
Gave supervised release to a convicted criminal (an alien here illegally) who later killed a nun in a DUI.79
68 Maxim Lott, Critics Assail Obama’s ‘Safe Schools’ Czar, Say He’s Wrong Man For the Job, FoxNews.com, Sept. 23, 2009.
69 Jonathan Weisman, Geithner’s Tax History Muddles Confirmation, Wall St. J., Jan. 14, 2009.
70 Chip Reid, Obama Reneges on Health Care Transparency, CBSNews.com, Jan. 7, 2010.
71 Jim Harper, The Promise That Keeps on Breaking, The Cato Institute, Apr. 13, 2009.
72 Ed Henry, Obama to sign executive order raising minimum wage for federal contractors, FoxNews.com, Jan. 28, 2014.
73 Tom Blumer, Our Petty, Country-Be-Damned President, PJ Media, Mar. 8, 2013.
74 Senator John Thune, NLRB’s ambush elections would hurt local businesses, The Hill, Apr. 19, 2012.
75 Daniel Howes, WH Pressures Ford to Pull Bailout Ad, FoxNews.com, Sept. 27, 2011.
76 Documents Obtained by Judicial Watch Detail Role of Justice Department in Organizing Trayvon Martin Protests, Judicial Watch, July 10, 2013.
77 George Will, When the looter is the government, Wash. Post, May 18, 2012.
78 Update: Let’s Move Website Works Fine – Obama plays Politics with Lost Children, shuts down Amber Alert website, The Right Scoop, Oct. 6, 2013.
Shut down an Amish farm for selling fresh unpasteurized milk across state lines.80
Spent $7 million per household in “stimulus funds” to connect a few Montana households to the Internet.81
Spent $205,075 in “stimulus” funds to relocate a shrub that sells for $16.82
Fired an inspector general after investigating an $850,000 AmeriCorps grant received by a nonprofit run by former NBA star and Obama supporter Kevin Johnson (now mayor of Sacramento).83
79 JW Forces Release of DHS Report on Illegal Alien Charged with Killing Virginia Nun in August 2010 Drunk Driving Incident, Judicial Watch, Mar. 4, 2011.
80 Stephen Dinan, Feds shut down Amish farm for selling fresh milk, Wash. Times, Feb. 13, 2012.
81 Nick Schulz, How Effective Was The 2009 Stimulus Program?, Forbes, July 5, 2011.
82 Thomas Cloud, Shovel Ready in San Fran: $205,075 to ‘Translocate’ One Shrub from Path of Stimulus Project, CNSNews.com, Apr. 12, 2012.
83 Susan Crabtree, Allies of official fired by Obama mount defense, The Hill, June 24, 2009.
OFFICE OF SENATOR TED CRUZ
185 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Looks Like the ‘Million Muslim March’ May Only Attract a Few Hundred Participants
Sep. 11, 2013 11:37am
It looks as though the controversial “Million Muslim March” set for the September 11 anniversary in Washington, D.C. may fall well short of a crowd numbering in the seven figure range.
Even the Huffington Post has all but written it off: “‘Million Muslim March’ Shaping Up To Be More Like A Few Hundred People Walking Down The Street.”
Turns out a memo delivered to tenants of a downtown D.C. office building said to expect “somewhere in the hundreds, not thousands, of participants,” according to police estimates, the Weekly Standard reports.
The rally also has been renamed “Million American March Against Fear” and is set to commence at noon Wednesday.
The American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC) which organized the rally is led by M.D. Rabbi Alam, a 9/11 truther who has propagated anti-Semitic causes related to the terrorist attacks 12 years ago.
In addition, the Huffington Post notes, the DC Area 9/11 Truth Movement and Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth Movement are currently listed as partners of the event — all of which, in addition to the chosen date of the march, has reportedly upset many observers.
Organizers have defended the timing, however, noting that “Muslim[s] and Non Muslim[s] alike were traumatized” on Sept. 11, 2001. AMPAC adds that the march is about civil rights, indefinite detention and countering inaccurate depictions of Islam and Muslims.
Monkey in the Middle: Million Muslim March on 9-11-13 Rife With 9/11 Truthers: Emanuel Cleaver to Speak (findalismonkeyinthemiddle.blogspot.com)
Muslim March tries Hijack of ‘2 Million Bikers to DC’ Rally (hdhistory.com)
MAMAF – Million American March Against Fear (dailypaul.com)
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‘Armed and Dangerous’: Beck’s Latest Revelations on Saudi National Once a ‘Person of Interest’ in Boston Bombings
Apr. 24, 2013 11:04am
For the past week, Glenn Beck has been investigating a Saudi national once identified as a “person of interest” in the Boston Marathon bombing. The story has taken a number of alarming twists and turns, but on his radio program Wednesday, Beck released some of the most interesting information yet.
But first, here are a few background points on how the case developed:
A Saudi national originally identified as a “person of interest” in the Boston Marathon bombing was set to be deported under section 212, 3B — “Security and related grounds” — “Terrorist activities” after the bombing on April 15
TheBlaze received word that the government may not deport the Saudi national — identified as Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi — as the story gained traction on April 18.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano refused to answer questions on the subject by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) on Capitol Hill on April 18, saying the inquiry was “so full of misstatements and misapprehension that it’s just not worthy of an answer.”
An ICE official said April 18 that a different Saudi national is in custody, but that he is “in no way” connected to the bombings.
Key congressmen of the Committee on Homeland Security request a classified briefing with Napolitano on April 22
New info provided to TheBlaze reveals Alharbi’s file was altered on the evening of April 17 to disassociate him from the initial charges
Sources say April 22 that the Saudi’s student visa specifically allows him to go to school in Findlay, Ohio, though he appears to have an apartment in Boston, Massachusetts. A DHS official told TheBlaze Alharbi properly transferred his student visa to a school in Massachusetts
TheBlaze sources reveal April 22 that Alharbi was put on a terror watchlist after the bombing, and Napolitano confirms he was on a “watchlist” April 23.
On his radio program, Beck began with an overview of how the case unfolded, noting that Alharbi has rapidly gone from “person of interest, to witness, to victim, to nobody.”
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano even said yesterday that Alharbi was just “in the wrong place at the wrong time” and was “never a subject,” after ridiculing inquiries into the matter last week.
But Wednesday, Beck presented new information after a Blaze source directly read the original event file, and multiple government sources with knowledge of the case and files contributed their knowledge.
Napolitano could serve “jail time for perjury,” Beck declared, and she will be “the first to fall.”
Here are a couple of new points, as Beck related them:
At the time the event file was created for Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, it indicated he was “armed and dangerous”
Alharbi was admitted into the country under a “special advisory option,” which is usually reserved for visiting politicians, VIPs, or journalists. The event file cover page indicates he was granted his status without full vetting.
One of the first excuses given by law enforcement when confronted about Alharbi’s pending deportation was an expired visa. But according to the event file, his visa is good until 11-NOV-2016.
The event file indicates he entered the U.S. on 08/28/12 in Boston, MA but says he is a student at the University of Findlay, in Findlay, Ohio. He has an apartment in Boston, and doesn’t seem to have been a full-time student in Ohio.
When a file is created in the system the author(s) are notified via email when it is accessed, and given the email address of the person accessing, so there is a record within the government data system of who deleted them. It was amended to remove the deportation reference, then someone later went in and tried to destroy both the original event file and an amended versions. Copies had already been made.
The original event file was reviewed and approved by two high level agents – Chief Watch Commander Maimbourg and Watch Commander Mayfield.
Here is the text of the cover of the event file, which reveals still more:
ALHARBI, ABDULRAHMAN ALI E
COC SAUDI ARABIA
Subject is an exact match to NO FLY TPN# 1037506192. Derogatory information reviewed by W/C Mayfield and CW/C Maimbourg was found to be sufficient to request Visa revocation. NTC-P is requesting revocation of Foil# e3139541. Subject is inadmissible to the U.S. under INA 212(a)(3)(B)(i)(II). SAO was not completed prior to Visa issuance. Subject is currently in the United States, admitted F1 student, at Boston POE on 08/28/2012. Subject is a student at THE UNIVERSITY OF FINDLAY, 1000 NORTH MAIN STREET FINDLAY, OHIO 45840-3695. Subject has One (1) prior event #1648067, Fins promoted, NT record in place, No scheduled found at this time. [Emphasis added]
And here is a photo of the page:
Beck explained: “Subject is an exact match to that no fly order. That means, we have been presented bad information…and it was reviewed, and found to be sufficient. Subject has One (1) prior event...When they opened this when he was at the hospital, they found he’s already in the system!”
“A 212, 3B is from the Patriot Act…It is the biggest warning we can put on anybody,” he explained for those unfamiliar with the term. “You do not put people’s name on there easily…this is a terrorist designation, and there is a panel of agencies that you have to go and make your case to. It’s not like you’re standing in the hospital room and they say: ‘Make him a 212,3B.’ And if they are, they’re abusing their power….It is so rare that somebody’s name is taken off outside of death, that none of ours sources can tell us that it’s ever happened. It is laughable what Janet Napolitano said yesterday.”
Certainly, a litany of questions remain.
Was Alharbi considered “armed and dangerous” before the Boston bombing, or at it? Was it related to something they found at his apartment? Was his prior “event” from the days prior, at the bombing, or was it from an earlier period in his life?
Moreover, how was he admitted into the country under a “special advisory option?” How many students receive that privilege, particularly without property security clearance?
In Beck’s estimation, the entire situation at the least amounts to an alarming lack of transparency, and at the worst, an abuse of power and cover-up.
“This is not about this one guy,” Beck noted, “but by the way — where is this extraordinarily dangerous man? Ask that question, you’re not going to like the answer.”
“That’s what TheBlaze is releasing today,” he continued. “Once they explain away all of this, if you want to continue to discredit me, you will discredit yourself but more importantly, you will put the citizens of this country at stake.”
Boston bombers: FBI hunting 12-strong terrorist “sleeper cell” linked to brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Police believe the pair were specially trained to carry out the devastating attack
The FBI was last night hunting a 12-strong terrorist “sleeper cell” linked to the Boston marathon bomb brothers.
Police believe Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were specially trained to carry out the devastating attack.
than 1,000 FBI operatives were last night working to track down the
cell and arrested a man and two women 60 miles from Boston in the hours
before Dzhokhar’s dramatic capture after a bloody shootout on Friday.
source close to the investigation said: “We have no doubt the brothers
were not acting alone. The devices used to detonate the two bombs were
highly sophisticated and not the kind of thing people learn from Google.
were too advanced. Someone gave the brothers the skills and it is now
our job to find out just who they were. Agents think the sleeper cell
has up to a dozen members and has been waiting several years for their
day to come.”
A specialist team of CIA and FBI interrogators was
yesterday flown to a Boston hospital to grill wounded Dzhokhar, 19,
about the secret group. The University of Massachusetts student was
caught on Friday after hiding out in a boat parked in a garden in locked
down Watertown the day after a gun battle with police left his
26-year-old brother and a rookie cop dead.
Dzhokhar is said to
have run his brother over as he escaped in a stolen car while Tamerlan
lay handcuffed on the ground. They were carrying six bombs with them at
the time, three of which exploded, as well as a handgun and rifle. The
devices were thought to be pipe bombs.
Last night Dzhokhar – badly
wounded but alive – lay handcuffed to his hospital bed under armed
guard. The other three arrested in the port of New Bedford are also
believed to be of college age.
Dzhokhar even went to a college party two days after the
bombs wreaked havoc at the finish line. According to fellow students, he
“looked relaxed” as he joined in a party at the campus on Wednesday
Hours later he was involved in the shootout which saw his brother killed.
have begun piecing together how the “well-mannered” brothers of Chechen
origin were radicalised. Neighbours of the family said older brother
Tamerlan had recently become obsessed with Islam. He mysteriously left
the US in January last year to spend six months in Russia. Yesterday
senior FBI counter-terrorism official Kevin Brock said: “It’s a key
thread for investigators.”
It also emerged the Bureau interviewed
Tamerlan two years ago, at the request of the Russian government, but
could not establish that he had ties to terrorist radicals.
was despite his worrying Russian-language YouTube page featuring links
to extremist Islamic sites and others since taken down by YouTube.
link showed an hour-long speech by an Islamic teacher called Shaykh
Feiz Mohammed, while other videos are labled “Terrorists” and “Islam”.
radical cleric, with links to extremist British Muslims, encouraged his
followers to become martyrs for Islam. He said: “Teach them this: There
is nothing more beloved to me than wanting to die as a mujahid.”
the brothers’ mother Zubeidat, speaking from her home in Russia, added
further intrigue to her sons’ murky past when she claimed the boys had
been framed by the FBI over the two bombs last Monday that left three
dead and 178 injured.
She claimed the FBI had been keeping watch on her eldest boy
for up to five years. She said: “They knew what my son was doing. They
knew what sites on the internet he was going to.
telling me that he was really an extremist leader and that they were
afraid of him. They told me whatever information he is getting, he gets
from these extremist sites. They were controlling him.”
bombers’ father Anzor wept at news that his youngest son had been
captured alive. In a phone interview with a US news channel he told his
son: “Tell police everything. Everything. Just be honest.”
Government officials have said the brothers were not under surveillance
as possible militants. And an FBI statement said the matter was closed
because interviews with Tamerlan and family members “did not find any
terrorism activity, domestic or foreign”. But now they believe the pair,
who emigrated to the United States from Dagestan about a decade ago,
were part of a terror cell.
College dropout Tamerlan’s American
wife Katherine Russell, 24, and their three-year-old daughter Zahara
were yesterday thrown into the spotlight. She was a Christian before
they married but converted to Islam. Her parents Warren, a doctor, and
Judith were said to be “stunned” by their son-in-law’s involvement in
Judith and Warren issued a joint statement saying:
“Our daughter has lost her husband today, the father of her child. In
the aftermath of the Patriot’s Day horror, we know we never really knew
Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Our hearts are sickened by the horror he has
Katherine, wearing a black hijab, was picked up by FBI
agents at their home in Cambridge near Boston on Friday. Dope-smoker
Dzhokhar was captured after a Watertown resident called police to say
the fugitive was hiding in a boat in his back garden.
Henneberry had gone into his garden for a cigarette after police lifted
restrictions on people leaving their homes, believing the bomber had
left the area. He noticed that the cover over his boat had blood on it
and a strap had been cut. He went back into the house to get a
stepladder and looked inside.
His stepson Robert said: “He stuck
his head under the tarp and noticed a pool of blood and something
crumpled up in a ball. Instead of being a hero of the moment and yelling
at what we now know was the suspect, he did the right thing and called
Police immediately evacuated the family and surrounded the
house, using a megaphone to tell Dzhokhar to come out with his hands up.
he failed to respond they opened fire at the boat’s hull. Robert said:
“They wound up shooting a couple of rounds through the boat. He wasn’t
going to like that.”
Dzhokhar was wounded by the volley of gunfire
and police were able to move in and arrest him. They later released
infrared pictures taken from a helicopter showing Dzhokhar hiding in the
Investigators will interrogate the bomber, still seriously
ill last night, without reading him his rights – using special “public
The family of eight-year-old bombing victim Martin Richard welcomed the arrest of Tsarnaev. “Our community is once again safe from these men,” the family said in a statement.
before Dzhokhar’s capture, President Obama spoke by phone to Russian
President Vladimir Putin. The White House said Obama “praised the close
co-operation the US has received from Russia on counter-terrorism,
including in the wake of the Boston attack”.
There were scenes of celebration across Boston as news spread of the capture of the remaining bomber.
– HUNDREDS of extra police called in for today’s London
Marathon will remain despite the death and capture of the Boston
suspects, Scotland Yard said. Security has been boosted for the 36,000
runners and thousands of spectators.
- Report: Tsarnaevs Part of Sleeper Cell (israelnationalnews.com)
- Boston bombers: FBI hunting 12-strong terrorist “sleeper cell” linked to brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (mirror.co.uk)
- FBI hunting 12-strong Islamic ‘sleeper cell’ in Boston: “We have no doubt the brothers were not acting alone” (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- Bomber ‘may never be able to talk’ (smh.com.au)
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Are Journalists and Academics Purposefully Re-Writing the Bible to Make It a ‘Tool of Progressive Social Change’?
Mar. 13, 2013 11:54am Billy Hallowell
The mainstream media’s handling of issues pertaining to religion has always received a fair bit of scrutiny from conservatives and people of faith, alike, as outlets are generally perceived as lacking understanding about these important cultural structures. And academics and entertainers, too, are frequently accused by conservatives of being biased against both religious sentiment and right-of-center perspectives.
Believing that these sectors work diligently to expand left-leaning policies and ideologies, an intriguing, yet controversial, question has arisen: Are journalists, academics and Hollywood elite purposefully re-writing the Bible to make it a tool of progressive social change?
A new report by the Media Research Center’s Culture and Media Institute (CMI) entitled, “Rewriting the Bible: The Gospel According to Liberals,” tackles this very subject, alleging that entertainers, journalists and professors, alike, are re-writing the Bible and using it to their ideological advantage.
Written by Paul Wilson, a fellow at CMI, the report charges that these parties — regular targets of conservative angst — have been reworking holy scriptures in an effort to drive home liberal ideals. TheBlaze was given a sneak-peak at the report before its release later this afternoon. We will be sharing some portions of the document to showcase what readers can expect to find within its text.
Vice President Joe Biden (L) places his hand on the Biden family Bible held by his wife Jill Biden as he takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayo during and official ceremony at the Naval Observatory on January 20, 2013 in Washington. (Credit: AFP/Getty Images)To begin, let’s explore Wilson’s main contentions about Hollywood, the mainstream media and left-learning politicians:
When they aren’t actively denigrating religion, liberal journalists, entertainers, and politicians use faith as a weapon to bludgeon conservatives. They decided to reinterpret and rewrite the Bible to prop up their brand of politicized theology, claiming, as Huffington Post’s Mike Lux did, that “it is overwhelmingly supportive of … liberal, lefty, progressive values.” At The Washington Post, Marxist ideas have been attributed to the Acts of the Apostles and Jesus’ parable of the talents became a class warfare lesson. The Huffington Post told readers that the Bible champions homosexuality “if only we’re reading it correctly,” to the point of depicting Jesus on the cross with the word “faggot” replacing “INRI.” At the pro-abortion site RH Reality Check, a writer misinterpreted Genesis passages to argue that the Bible supports abortion. Whatever the left-wing cause, chances are the left and their media allies have subverted the Bible to justify it.
On the media front, CMI pointed to a number of issues that purportedly show bias . . .(Read More)
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THE BLAZE by BECKET ADAMS (State Department chooses anti-semite and America hater, Ibarhimas, for the “Women of Courage Award!” But that was later rescinded when the public expressed outrage. Perhaps a female Constitutional conservative ought to be considered, as speaking out, in support of that Document, is extremely dangerous in many areas of this nation. JM)
Reblogged from October 5, 2011
Obama, the Hitman: Killing Due Process
One of the many unfulfilled aims of the Obama administration has been the criminalization of political opponents via the machinery of U.S. anti-terror statutes and other devices. So far, President Obama and his cronies have stopped at saber-rattling, confronted by an extremely heightened public awareness and growing anger amongst average Americans at the Obama agenda. Many will recall the innumerable statements of regulatory czar Cass Sunstein and his call for banning “falsehoods,” as well as the infamous DHS reports attempting to tar conservatives as potential terrorists. More recently, the TSA has sought to make all Americans traveling for the holidays into terror suspects, attracting significant public outrage. The direct approach has arguably failed.
But where the direct approach has failed, a more silent approach is poised to succeed. No constitution has an unconditional right to life — except the U.S. Constitution. In the United States, no man can be deprived of life without due process — i.e., a trial by a jury of his peers. However, using shady CIA “hit lists” designed to thwart American-born terrorists, President Obama claims the power to capriciously do away with this most fundamental of American freedoms. Through a new clandestine assassination program targeting selected citizens, Obama will void due process. The list of targeted Americans is currently not available to the public. The New York Times and the Washington Post both report that Obama has approved the assassination of U.S. citizens engaged in terrorist acts overseas. U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki was killed pursuant to this new program.
Yes, Awlaki was evil, and his behavior was criminal and treasonous. But before the dust settles and his assassination becomes precedent, a few questions come to mind: Islamic terrorists may be the object, but what happens if this power is selectively turned against political opponents? Is there any accountability? Who decides who is and isn’t a terrorist? America cannot allow the precious right to life to fade without a fight. No compromise can be tolerated on a freedom this basic.
Ironically, this highly unconstitutional protocol has been lauded by Republican Americans ever-concerned with the spread of Islamic terrorism. The sentiment among many is one of relief, that finally President Obama takes the threat of Islamic terror seriously. Could this magical change be the salvation of America in the War on Terror?
Obama’s habitual actions until the present point speak to the contrary. President Obama gives Miranda rights to foreign terrorists without first attempting to garner information that could save American lives. President Obama delays an investigation of the atrocities at Fort Hood. President Obama posts the TSA playbook online for the all the world to see. President Obama makes strategically damning declarations like “America is not — and never will be — at war with Islam.” President Obama appoints officials who publicly advocate Islamic sharia law. President Obama says that the aims of Hamas are fine as long as they are achieved “peacefully.” And finally, President Obama has sought to grant foreign enemy combatants not even protected by the Geneva Convention the privileges of U.S. citizens.
And now we are supposed to believe that because President Obama is willing to trash the fundamental right of Americans to due process without so much as an amendment, he is somehow turning up the heat in the War on Terror? This is typical liberal-style “warfare.” War becomes a means to gain power at home instead of protecting freedom abroad. As the sage Abraham Lincoln would remark in a letter to law partner William Herndon:
The provision of the Constitution giving the war making power to Congress was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons: kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This our convention understood to be the most oppressive of all kingly oppressions, and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us. But your view destroys the whole matter, and places our President where kings have always stood.
Lincoln viewed unlimited war as the “most oppressive of all kingly oppressions,” and yet in the present state of affairs, we have given to the presidency the awesome power of fighting a protracted and ill-defined war, by any means necessary. Obama is now the equivalent of an elected king.
Consequently, the present move of the Obama administration towards KGB-style assassination of U.S. citizens should be regarded with close scrutiny.
Many warned that one day very soon, the PATRIOT Act and its sister legislation would be used against American citizens. The broad and ambiguous language found in the PATRIOT Act gives the president, whoever that may be, the power to determine what is and is not “terror.” Section 411, G, vi, II of the PARIOT Act defines a terrorist as anyone “designated, upon publication in the Federal Register, by the Secretary of State in consultation with or upon the request of the Attorney General”.
Everything that follows is contingent on this loose definition — i.e. warrantless wiretapping, warrantless entry, human tracking, access to bank statements and phone records, access to internet records, “enhanced” interrogation, and now assassination. Predictably, as a result of this accountability vacuum, the definition of terrorism is subject to frequent and conspicuous change — e.g., the DHS report labeling pro-lifers “terrorists”. President Obama’s preferred definition of terrorism generally involves Christian bigots and White Supremacists . In fact, Obama’s counterterrorism advisor wants to delist “jihadists” as security threats.
Even the philosophical basis of the PATRIOT Act is flawed. If citizens are found conspiring against the United States, a provision already exists in the Constitution to address it. It’s called “treason.” As long as due process is afforded, treason is punishable by death. Recall the trial and execution of the Rosenbergs in the last century.
By ordering the CIA to shoot and kill American citizens if classified as “terrorist,” a power the White House now wields , both the Fourth and Fifth Amendments are violated, since the Fourth Amendment protects “[t]he right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,” and the Fifth Amendment guarantees that “[n]o person shall be … deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law[.]” The “person” and “life” of American citizens are clearly breached by such an order. The exceptions to the Fourth Amendment are arguably infringed by the entering of homes without warrant — a practice sanctioned by the PATRIOT Act — since “hot pursuit” is not always a factor, and because the home has traditionally been a place where individuals possessed a “reasonable expectation of privacy.” The courts have held that warrantless wiretapping, also a power found in the PATRIOT Act, is illegal and usurps constitutionally guaranteed liberty .
These breathtaking powers all fall under the vague and limitless definition of terrorism now in the hands of one of the least trustworthy men ever to sit in the White House.
It was Benjamin Franklin who once said, “They that surrender essential liberty for a little temporary safety, deserve neither freedom nor safety.” America may be “safer” looking up little girls’ skirts, but at what cost? If freedom vanishes to guarantee peace of mind at airports, can al-Qaeda not claim de facto victory in the War on Terror? Put simply, if constitutional rights can be removed by mere statute, then they are not rights.
Nothing is more certain than that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The power by which we are “safer” today will be our ruin tomorrow.
Trust in a powerful leader is not the American way. “Confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism,” Thomas Jefferson once said. Americans must not trust that President Obama will use this new power responsibly. We must “bind him down from mischief with the chains of the Constitution.” Only then will all Americans, and not merely those who embrace Obama’s radical agenda, be secure in their liberty.
 USA PATRIOT Act of 2001, Public Law 107-56, 107th Congress, 1st sess., (26 Oct. 2001).
 “Homeland Security Warns of Rise in Right-Wing Extremism,” FoxNews, 14 April 2009, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/04/14/homeland-security-warns-rise-right-wing-extremism/, (Accessed 4 Mar. 2010).
 “Errol Southers Ranting about Christian Identity Terrorist Groups,” YouTube, 11 Jan. 2010, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8MaUSu4isk, (Accessed 18 April 2010).
 Glenn Greenwald, “Presidential Assassinations of U.S. Citizens,” Salon, 27 Jan. 2010, http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/01/27/yemen, (Accessed 18 April 2010).
 Charlie Savage and James Risen, “Federal Judge Finds NSA Wiretaps Illegal,” NYT, 31 Mar. 2010, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/01/us/01nsa.html, (Accessed 18 April 2010).
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Congressman blasts Obama’s decision to ‘arm’ extremists
Calls decision to give Muslim Brotherhood F-16s ‘unwise’
Published: 19 hours ago
John Griffing is a frequent contributor to American Thinker and is published across an array of conservative media, both in the realm of commentary and research.
Congressman Ted Poe, R-Texas, says it is irresponsible for Barack Obama to be “arming” a country that may be aiming for the destruction of Israel with a shipment of 20 F-16 fighter jets.
“It is reckless and unwise for the U.S. to give F-16s to Egypt and its new president/dictator, controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood,” he told WND. “This extremist group is notoriously anti-American and anti-Israel. The United States should not be arming a country ruled by a group that has the destruction of Israel in its charter.”
Florida Rep. Vern Buchanan said, “American tax dollars must not be used to aid and abet any dictatorial regime that stands with terrorists,” and Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, said, “We should also be cautious about the arms we provide.”
Obama is proceeding with his plan to gift Egypt with 20 brand new F-16 fighter jets as part of a $450 million aid package promised to Egypt in 2010 when it was led by the U.S.-friendly Hosni Mubarak regime.
Now Egypt is governed by the openly hostile Muslim Brotherhood, which has called for the destruction of America and Israel. The new President Mohammed Morsi, head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, recently joined in a public prayer to the effect of “Oh Allah, destroy the Jews and their supporters. Oh Allah, disperse them, rend them asunder.”
Poe, a member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, wasn’t pleased. Nor was Gen. Jim Cash, the former director of NORAD, who believes Obama’s actions just plain wrong.
“In my opinion, continuing to support them financially through foreign aid is criminal. I say that to emphasize how I feel about providing any type of weapon system to them. We have an out-of-control government right now, and this will cost this nation greatly in the long run,” he told WND.
America in the past frequently has withdrawn promises of arms shipments when instability seems evident.
But the promised delivery is going ahead for Morsi, whose regime recently began talks with Iran and its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is known for his virulent calls for the overthrow of the West and his pursuit of nuclear weapons.
He has said he wants to “wipe Israel off the face of the map” and that “We don’t shy away from declaring that Islam is ready to rule the world.”
Critics believe that by doing business with Ahmadinejad, Morsi has forfeited his right to military help from the U.S., most certainly Obama’s gift of 20 F-16s.
But Obama’s pursuit of his own plan falls on the heels of other situations where critics contend he has given aid to those who are not America’s friends.
Among those incidents:
Obama proposed granting civilian protections to Islamic terrorists.
Obama indirectly funneled $20 million to terrorist organization Hamas. Obama has publicly stated that the aims of Hamas are fine, so long as they are achieved “peacefully.”
Obama reneged on missile defense pledges to Eastern European allies in a leaked deal with the Russian Federation, and used British nuclear secrets as a bargaining chip in the face of British.
Obama has sought cuts to the U.S. nuclear deterrent that would reduce deliverable warheads to 300, which could leave America critically exposed to possible nuclear attack.
Obama has begun announcing once secret U.S. missile tests and satellite launches.
Obama unilaterally ended a strategic practice called “calculated ambiguity,” considered crucial by defense insiders, publicizing the exact number of warheads in America’s arsenal.
Obama has pledged to “de-MIRV” all American ICBMs – dramatically reducing options if an exchange ever took place between the United States and Russia – as there were some 3,000 strategic targets listed in the former Soviet Union at the close of the last decade.
Obama has allowed Iran to acquire top secret U.S. drone technology. Drones have self-destruct capability and, as Dick Cheney pointed out, can alternatively be destroyed by U.S. fighter-jets from the air – preventing acquisition by U.S. enemies. Former NORAD Director Jim Cash, when contacted by WND, said he did not believe the drone acquisition to be accidental.
Obama has publicly stated that Iran has the right to attain “nuclear energy.”
Obama has sent guns to Mexican drug cartels, not for tracking purposes, but in an apparent move to transfer weapons across international borders.
Obama removed “jihadi” from the national security lexicon.
Obama is vocally critical of America’s “superpower” status.
Obama ordered the creation of a “citizen assassination” program, attends “kill committee” meetings for the same, all while advocating Miranda rights for foreign terrorists.
In addition to the list, which is not exhaustive, there are structural issues, like intelligence leaks earlier this year or the leak of the TSA playbook, which could conceivably enable American enemies to exploit weaknesses in current transportation infrastructure.
There are also the more philosophical issues that are thought by some to represent an inherent anti-American default position on the part of the president. The Muslim Prayer Day in 2009 is one such example.
Imams were permitted by Obama to hold a Muslim Prayer Day near White House premises in 2009, the same year Obama prohibited a similar Christian “Day of Prayer” despite the longstanding precedent for such gatherings. One of the speakers at the event is on record saying, “We are going to the White House, so that Islam will be victorious, Allah willing, and the White House will become … Muslim house.”
Similarly, Siraj Wihhaj, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 WTC bombings, was invited to deliver the “Juma,” an Islamic prayer, at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Wihhaj once remarked, “It is my duty and our duty as Muslims to replace the U.S. Constitution with the Quran.”
The invitation later was withdrawn after media coverage made the issue the focus of controversy.
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See Terry Jones’ Inflammatory, 71-Minute Anti-Muhammad Movie Portraying the Prophet as a ‘Child Molester’ & ‘Assassin’
- Posted on December 20, 2012 at 10:15am by Billy Hallowell
Photo Credit: YouTube
Pastor Terry Jones knows a thing or two about drumming up controversy. The Koran-burning preacher has attracted international attention over his involvement in inflammatory activities and his intense rhetoric against Islam. Last month, TheBlaze told you about his latest project, a film called, “The Innocent Prophet,” a movie he completed in collaboration with an ex-Muslim named Imran Firasat.
Earlier this week, the full movie, which stretches 71 minutes in length, was released on YouTube. Much like Jones’ past projects, the film holds the potential to infuriate Islamist groups across the globe. But because it also takes particular aim at the Prophet Muhammad, even the most moderate of Muslims may take offense.
As previously reported, the name and purpose of the “The Innocent Prophet” mirrors that of the ever-infamous “Innocence of Muslims,” which was blamed for widespread protests in the Middle East earlier this year. The connotative connection between the films is intentional, at least in title, message and tone, especially considering that Jones was also a supporter of the “Innocence of Muslims” project.
“We are trying to give a factual life of Muhammad,” Jones told TheBlaze of his new film last month. “His life was one that was pretty perverted in comparison to the life of Jesus.”
The pastor said that Muhammad promoted violence and that, even on his deathbed in 632 A.D., he called for his followers “to cleanse the Arabian Peninsula of non-believers” — something that he contends adherents have done for the past 1,400 years.
Pakistani Muslim demonstrators react beside the portrait of Florida pastor Terry Jones during a protest against an anti-Islam film in Quetta on September 24, 2012. More than 50 people have died around the world in violence linked to the low-budget movie, which mocks Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, since the first demonstrations erupted on September 11. (Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
The Innocent Prophet is the film that will help Muslims know the true face of Muhammad, as the creator of the false religion of Islam to achieve his own goals. It’s time to clear all doubts and accept that Muhammad was not a prophet but was a mobster, murderer, abuser of children and a self-proclaimed prophet.
A warning at the beginning of the movie reads, “Warning: Not Recommendable.” Bullet points note that “The Innocent Prophet” shouldn’t be viewed by anyone who is underage, by people who don’t believe in free expression and by “religious fanatics.”
In the first few minutes of the film, Islam is dismissed as a violent and intolerant religion. You can watch the fill 71-minute film, below (caution: disturbing content and themes):
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As for Firasat, a Pakistani-born Christian who now lives in Spain, he is facing legal ramifications for his participation in “The Innocent Prophet” (he led the project and is the film’s narrator). In an interview with The International Business Times (IBT), he said that the Spanish government has threatened to deport him (an action that he contends could lead to the death penalty for apostasy).
Here’s a portion of that dialogue:
IBT: I understand you have postponed the release date. When might be the tentative release?
Firasat: Seven years ago I was granted refugee status in Spain for the reason that I used to criticise Islam. It has been seven years since that I have taken the fight against Islam very far. And my right to freedom of expression was always respected by this great country. But now suddenly for doing the same thing which I have been doing since for the last seven years, I have been threatened by the authorities [and told] that my refugee status will be revoked, I will be deported back to Pakistan where the death penalty for blasphemy is waiting for me and that I may be detained if I continue with the plans to release the movie.
That is the reason I have decided to postpone it temporarily.
While he initially decided to postpone the release (this IBT interview was published Dec. 13), Terry Jones’ organization, Stand Up America!, published it on time on its YouTube page on Dec, 15, the release date that was solidified last month.
In the same IBT interview, Firasat was asked why he believes Spanish authorities have gone after him. He expressed surprise and appeared to be dumbfounded over the alleged governmental crack-down:
Firasat: That’s a very funny, interesting and surprising question for me even. Why now? I was granted asylum because of my criticisms of Islam. I have formally asked the Spanish government for the prohibition of Koran in Spain. I have given thousands of interviews to radio and TV channels. I wrote articles in newspapers.
But I was never told by anyone that what I am doing is illegal. Now suddenly they try to revoke my refugee status, detain me and prosecute me for offending Muslims’ religious sentiments. Why? There may be two reasons: Fear of violence by Muslims abroad and in Spain, and conflicts in diplomatic relations with Islamic countries which are investing in Spain.
All of what [the] Spanish authorities are doing is not according to the law but according to their personal desires. Ministers are human, not god.
Firasat maintains that Spain has changed dramatically during his seven years living there and that his personal rights have been eroded of late. He noted that the nation is not the same as it was when he originally arrived and was granted “complete liberty of expression.” You can read the entire interview here.
Now that the film has been released, there’s no telling what will happen to Firasat. Furthermore, the reaction within Muslim communities will be intriguing to watch.
What do you think about inflammatory films like “Innocence of Muslims” and “The Innocent Prophet?” Should free speech trump fears over inciting radical factions — or should this sort of speech be restricted in an effort to save lives? Let us know in the comments section below.
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WND by JOSEPH FARAH (Let me just say that when my First Amendment rights are yanked away, I want to act out, like speaking the very thing I’m told I cannot say. So, with that in mind I say, “Mohamad was a wife-beating, pedophile, and he focused on a sort of necrophilia! When a belief system claims a number of virgins await Muslim males in heaven, isn’t that what the subject is all about–one dead man doing it with 800 dead virgins? I mean, why else would a man care, one way or another, if the women awaiting his worship were virgins or not? Afterall, doing it to virgins is supposed to bring on some kind of bliss for a man, and apparently, for Muslim males making virgins into ex-virgins is the best heaven has to offer for them. So, see what I mean? One cannot erase the implied image of necrophilia! JM)
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What Muslim-Americans really believe
Exclusive: Joseph Farah sounds alarm over results of scientific poll on Constitution
Published: 20 hours ago
Joseph Farah is founder, editor and CEO of WND and a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate. He is the author or co-author of 13 books, including his latest, “The Tea Party
Before the presidential election, I got the idea to commission a scientific poll to find out what Muslim-Americans really think – and how it might affect their votes.
The results were eye-opening and alarming. They should be to every American who believes in the U.S. Constitution and Judeo-Christian morality.
Here’s the overview from 30,000 feet:
Nearly half of those polled, a scientific sampling of 600, said parodies of Muhammad should be criminally prosecuted with offenders given punishments as severe as the death penalty;
40 percent of Muslims believe they should not be judged by U.S. law and the Constitution, but by Shariah standards and Islamic judges;
Only 30 percent believe Christians have a right to evangelize Muslims;
20 percent say Muslim men should be allowed to have more than one wife;
58 percent said any criticism of their religion should not be allowed under the Constitution – even while nine of 10 said they support the First Amendment;
One in three said Israel has no right to exist or were uncertain about it;
72 percent said they would definitely be voting for Barack Obama, while another 8.5 percent were leaning in that direction;
Only 11 percent were supporting Mitt Romney at the time – just days before the November vote;
About 55 percent said the U.S. is generally on the right track.
Now, maybe you question the authenticity or reliability of this survey. Maybe you think it was biased. Maybe you think the sampling of Muslims, 98 percent of whom have U.S. citizenship, wasn’t large enough.
Well, shortly after WND commissioned this survey by respected pollster Fritz Wenzel, another similar survey was commissioned by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which bills itself as a Muslim civil-rights organization but which in fact is a Muslim Brotherhood front group.
The results were strikingly similar – at least on the questions asked in both surveys. This CAIR survey, conducted on a smaller sampling of 500, received extensive coverage by the media.
The CAIR survey found:
68 percent of Muslim-Americans planned to vote for vote for Obama with 7 percent going for Romney;
66 percent said they identify with the Democratic Party, while only 9 percent affiliated as Republicans.
In other words, the CAIR survey validates the Wenzel poll – even though it didn’t seek answers on some of the more troubling issues of the law and constitutional liberties.
So what are the takeaways from this first survey of Muslim-Americans about Islamism and Shariah?
The Pew Research Center estimates America is home to 2.6 million Muslims. Groups like CAIR put the numbers much higher – by a factor of two or three times.
Whatever the real numbers are, Americans have reason to be concerned about continued immigration of Muslims into the U.S. when so many already here, including those who have established citizenship, have values and beliefs that stand in stark contrast to the Constitution sand the values and beliefs that shaped it.
Already, massive immigration of Muslims has changed the very character of much of Europe, where special Shariah courts have been established, creating societies with entirely different legal standards.
Do we really want that for America?
In fact, we need to ask ourselves how many people who took oaths to uphold the Constitution to obtain their citizenship really meant it. Is that standard sufficient for Muslims, who are encouraged by their faith to deceive if it furthers the cause of Islam?
“Multiculturalism” is much in vogue in the U.S. But if blind allegiance to a nice-sounding phrase of inclusiveness spells the eventual doom of our national heritage, is it really the right path to follow?
Quite simply, we need to collectively and individually ask ourselves a simple question: Is continued immigration into the U.S. by Muslims in the best interest of preserving our liberties?
Note: Joseph Farah discusses the Wenzel study on Erick Stakelbeck’s program Tuesday on CBN.
MY TWO SENSE
Any culture that believes America should cater to their specific beliefs, goals, and agendas ought not be allowed to come here. The fact that we even allow foreigners to go to school here,and then, we accommodate their lack of English-speaking skills is appalling to me! Many infiltrate my nation with intentions to change it into what they left behind. If Muslims want Sharia law in the U.S., why don’t those people go back where it reigns? What is the attraction of America other than to rule the entire world?
Think what you like of me. I am far beyond the point of caring what others think. The thoughts of those people are twisted beyond recognition by too much political correctness and endless tolerance! It is time for a pendulum swing in the opposite direction, and unfortunately when it does, we will go too far in that direction before our common sense comes to a middle to guide us in the correct direction again.
I just had another thought about Muslim heaven–what if the Muslim male had his heavenly bliss tool shot off in Afghanistan, would he, too, get virgins or would he get a box of chocolates?
- What Muslim-Americans really believe (wnd.com)
- Tale of 2 surveys: What U.S. Muslims believe (wnd.com)
- Nearly Half Of All U.S. Muslims Believe Criticism Of Islam Should Be A Crime (freedomoutpost.com)
- Muslim-American Group To GOP: Stop Treating Us So Poorly (thinkprogress.org)
DEFENDING THE WEST
Hamas: Killing Jews is worship of Allah
Exclusive: Pamela Geller on latest anti-Semitic statement: ‘This is Quranic Islam’
Published: 22 hours ago
Their words, not mine.
Israel’s latest defensive action in Gaza has led to an ugly new outpouring of Jew-hatred across the globe. So many devout Muslims calling for jihad in the cause of Islam, so few “moderates” denouncing the devout. So many “misunderstanders” of Islam, so few “moderates” speaking out against the millions of “misunderstanders.”
During Operation Pillar of Defense, Hamas broadcast a video on its official Al-Aqsa TV station saying, “Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah.”
IPT News reported Monday that “on Wednesday Nov. 21st Al-Awda The Palestine Right to Return Coalition’s Cleveland, Ohio, chapter organized a rally in downtown Cleveland calling for the destruction of Israel.” The rally was ugly, featuring chants such as “From the river to the sea Palestine will be free” and “Israel is a terrorist state.”
The bloodthirsty cries of these savages are not surprising – that many of the groups involved are in tight with the White House and the DoJ is deeply, deeply troubling. It bodes most ill. You’ll note the malevolent participation of the jihad lawyer Lamis Deek, well-known to readers of my website AtlasShrugs.com as the Muslim Brotherhood lawyer for the Sheepshead Bay mega mosque.
And in Vienna, Muslim protesters openly and repeatedly called for “death to the Jews.” They were following in the footsteps of their paternal predecessors in Nazi Germany. Austria was Hitler’s birthplace, and while the genocidal calls are now coming from Muslims, the leftist protesters marching with the Muslims didn’t utter a word of complaint as the Muslims called for the killing of Jews.
All this is in line with the jihad terror group Hamas’ openly genocidal agenda.
This is not “extremism” or “hijacking of Islam.” This is Quranic Islam. Islamic Jew-hatred is in the Quran. The Quran says: “Strongest among men in enmity to the believers wilt thou find the Jews …” (5:82). It claims that the Jews killed their prophets (2:61; 2:87; 2:91; 3:21; 3:112; 3:181; 3:183; 4:155; 5:70), and boast “we killed the Messiah, Jesus the son of Mary” (4:157). It says Jews are under Allah’s curse (9:30).
Islamic scholar Robert Spencer says: “The Quran puts forward a clear, consistent image of the Jews: they are scheming, treacherous liars and the most dangerous enemies of the Muslims. This theological tenet provides a basis for Islam’s deeply-rooted anti-Semitism. Regardless of the actions of Jewish individuals today, and regardless of what policies the state of Israel follows, the Quran justifies an unrelenting form of anti-Semitism that will be extremely difficult to root out from the Muslim world.”
Saudi Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al-Fahd, who is in prison for supporting the jihad bombings in Riyadh in 2003, recently said: “There is no doubt that the greatest enemies of Islam and the Muslims in the present age are the Jews. Had we wanted to list their crimes against Islam and the Muslims in the later periods [of Muslim history], the list would have been very long. … Therefore, [waging] jihad against the cursed Jews, and pursuing and fighting them wherever they are found, is one of the most important duties and greatest virtues – for they have corrupted countries, killed many Muslims and fought the Muslims everywhere. They are undoubtedly the leaders of the infidels in this age, and nobody can compete with them [for this title]. Allah said: ‘Fight the leaders of disbelief, for indeed, no oaths are [sacred] to them. [Quran 9:12].’ If I had ten arrows, I would have shot all of them at [the Jews], not at anyone else. By Allah, had I been able to carry out a martyrdom attack against them, I would not have hesitated for a moment.”
It’s Islam. It has always been Islam. It is the West that refuses the truth. Muslim Brotherhood groups like Hamas have made no secret as to their motive and mission. The annihilation of the Jewish state is in the very first paragraph of the Hamas Charter. Why does the world sit quietly by when these Islamic groups and governments howl for the genocide of an entire people? Years and years, decades, centuries of this bloodlust and still … it is champions of freedom who pose the problem, according to our betters.
Sickening. When does the world say no? Never again! When? What’s it going to take to denounce and condemn this racist, anti-human ideology?
And even worse, the world stands by and yawns as this savagery comes to free nations. Obama, of course, has nothing to say about this at all, having just engineered the hudna that the bloodthirsty Islamic jihadis are celebrating as a victory. And so the anti-Semitic tide is not even close to cresting yet.
- Hamas: Killing Jews is worship of Allah (wnd.com)
- Hamas-CAIR demands Jewish school in Canada to remove textbook describing Islamic Jew hatred (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- The Qur’an and the Injeel #1 (andywrasman.com)
- Saudi Arabia:Cleric Issues Fatwa Jihad Against Jews Duty For All Muslims (iranaware.com)
- “Dear JCUA: Respectfully, I must conclude that you have lost your minds.” (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- Like the Nazis, Islam Carries Deadly Agenda. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
- Pamela Geller on Adolph Hitler Inspired by Islam (notyrants.blogspot.com)
- Devout Muslims kidnapp 12 Gay men, threaten mutilation and death (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
Two days after WND reported the ring Barack Obama has worn since his college years appears to feature the first part of the Shahada, the Islamic statement of faith, millions of Americans have read the story and thousands are joining the debate online.
But the establishment media hasn’t touched the story.The Shahada is the first of the Five Pillars of Islam, expressing the two fundamental beliefs that make a person a Muslim: There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is Allah’s prophet.
That the ring carries the inscription was affirmed by Egyptian-born Islamic scholar Mark A. Gabriel, Ph,D., who said, “There can be no doubt that someone wearing the inscription ‘There is no god except Allah’ has a very close connection to Islamic beliefs.”
Another expert in Arabic, who is employed by WND and previously has provided translations of critical Arabic statements, confirmed Gabriel’s conclusion. A Duke professor who was interviewed by Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze.com news service also confirmed it.
Numerous experts on Islam have since told WND that such a message would be a significant indicator of what Obama values and respects.
For example, Joel Richardson, author of the “Mideast Beast,” “The Islamic AntiChrist” and other books, said he was skeptical that there was an Arabic script on the ring, which he has not examined personally.
But he said if the image is there, it would reveal a “deep level of sentimentality (on the part of Obama) for his Muslim upbringing.”
He said it would be a matter of some importance to learn that a president throughout his life has been “wearing the foundational creed of Islam.”
Legacy media organizations have ignored the issue. But Americans are talking about it, even taking over a page at Amazon.com for the discussion. And they didn’t hide their diverging opinions.
“Obama is sacrificing live kittens in fire as we speak, also Biden is bathing in blood mixed with waters from the river Styx,” wrote “Boom Boom Head” on Amazon in ridiculing the concept of any religious imagery.
Added “prunella jones,” “Oh wow! Those squiggly lines are actually from the ancient Atlantis squiggle alphabet! Great find! The inscription reads as follows: ‘Right wingers are the dumbest, most gullible people on planet.”
On WND’s own comment pages, a surprising number of brand-new commenters joined the forum, uniformly blasting the idea of a Muslim message of faith on Obama’s ring.
Wrote one: “It is one thing to respond to bad things Obama has done. It is another to create phoney (sic) problems. … I can believe Muslims are erroneous, for they are, but to make conspiracy theories is the same crap used against Jews that led to Hitler.”
Added another: “You see what you want to see, not what’s actually there. … I can see breaks in the gold bead. I cannot see Arabic script – in any of the photos.”
But another contributor, WK, at the Amazon debate, pointed out that when New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof interviewed Obama several years ago, Obama “recited for Kristoff the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, the Adhan. … Kristof noted Obama recited the prayer in Arabic ‘with a first-rate accent.’”
The contributor noted, “In a remark that seemed delightfully uncalculated (it’ll give Alabama voters heart attacks), Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as ‘one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset,’ Kristoff wrote.”
But at the original report, now read by millions, there were some 2,600 comments after 48 hours.
Inscription on Obama’s ring
“sps1234″ wrote, “There is TOOOOOOO much evidence, too much bowing, too much muslim brotherhood, too much appeasement, too much code speak, and tooooo much lying. He for ALL practical purposes is a muslim, period.”
An unscientific poll accompanying the original story asked, “What does the story of Obama’s ‘wedding ring’ mean to you?” Forty-five percent of the respondents said, “It once again shows how virtually everything Obama says about himself is completely phony.”
Second place, with 17 percent of the votes, was the statement that he’s a “closet Muslim.”
Another took a broader look at the issue, saying, “Obama is the fraud I though he was in 2007. We made a horrible and dangerous mistake and now our country is at stake. Wake up everybody! I don’t’ mind his religious affiliation, just his lies.”
The various online “fact check” sites, which mostly lean left, however, couldn’t say the report on the Arabic message on the ring was incorrect, concluding only it was “probably” false.
“Such a claim would seemingly confirm long-standing rumors that Barack Obama is not a Christian, as he professes, but a Muslim. … This claim … looks to be an artifact of someone’s trying mightily to find a hidden message where none exists.”
Israel National News took another tone, stating, “According to a news story on the respected Worldnet News Daily (WND) website – with an accompanying array of photos as evidence – U.S. President Barack H. Obama has been wearing, since his days in college, a ring on which is inscribed the Shahada, the main Muslim prayer.”
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Urban Legends said, “If there’s any inscription on the ring at all, it’s on the inner surface where we can’t see it.”
Joel Gilbert, who was first to conclude that the ring bears the Shahada, has issued a detailed analysis he prepared with the assistance of Yousef Shehadeh, a native Arabic speaker from Nazareth who studied Arabic for 13 years in the Holy Land and now works as a graphic artist in Los Angeles.
Gilbert, who has studied Arabic himself, told WND he sent close-up photographs of the ring to Shehadeh “cold,” without offering any opinion, and asked Shehadeh to evaluate them.
Shehadeh replied to him that the script on Obama’s ring is Arabic, and it is the first part of the Islamic declaration of faith.
The director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, said that should the ring on Obama’s finger prove to include an inscription of an Islamic prayer, it could explain his foreign policy attitudes and actions regarding freedom in the Middle East.
The comment comes from Robert Spencer, who has authored 12 books, including “The Truth About Muhammad,” “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)” and “Did Muhammad Exist? An Inquiry Into Islam’s Obscure Origins.”
Andrew Bostom, author of “The Legacy of Jihad,” said in an email: “Assuming Jerome Corsi’s chain of evidence about Obama’s ring, and Mark Gabriel’s analysis of the calligraphy it features being an abbreviated version of the Shahada, are sound — as they appear to be — the report raises new doubts about Obama’s declared Christian faith.”
Bostom, a professor at Brown University Medical School known for his writings on Islam, explained that the Shahada is an exclusively Muslim profession of faith.
“There is no God except Allah” overlaid on Obama ring
“This testimony, furthermore, expresses a pious Muslim’s willingness to wage jihad for Islam, and die a martyr for the creed,” he said.
Activist, author and Atlas Shrugs blogger Pamela Geller, says she wouldn’t be surprised if Obama’s ring is Islamic.
“I’d like to see one member of the press corps ask Obama about this,” said Geller, author of “Stop the Islamization of America.”
“It certainly gibes with Obama’s Islamophilia and his pro-Shariah foreign policies, and with his extensive Muslim background, as detailed in my book, ‘The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America.’”
She said Obama’s “anti-freedom, pro-jihad foreign policy has given the global jihad a new lease on death, and clearly he is happy about that, as this ring indicates.”
Gilbert, whose film “Dreams from My Real Father” investigates Obama’s personal history, saw the markings on Obama’s ring through photographs of the president and determined they were an Islamic inscription.
He’s produced a video arguing the ring is Islamic and it indicates Obama is Muslim:
YouTube has video of Obama in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos during the 2008 campaign referring to “my Muslim faith” before Stephanopoulos corrects him:
A blog that has been critical of Obama also highlighted its discussion of the story with a photo of Obama bowing down before Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah at a G-20 meeting in Europe in 2009.
- Obama’s ring: ‘There is no god but Allah’ (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- Obama’s Wedding Ring Same One He Wore In College… Inscription Reads: ‘There Is No God But Allah’ (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- Obama’s ring: ‘There Is No God But Allah’ (thetruthsoldier.com)
- Islamic Scholar: Obama’s Wedding Ring Adorned With ‘There Is No God But Allah’ (midnightwatcher.wordpress.com)
- Obama’s ring: ‘There is no god but Allah’ (wnd.com)
- Obama’s ring: ‘There is no god but Allah’ (askmarion.wordpress.com)
- The lord of Obama’s ring (wnd.com)
- Duke professor confirms Arabic on Obama ring (conservativebyte.com)
- Report: Duke professor confirms Arabic on Obama ring (wnd.com)
Obama family busted in Shariah scheme
Foundation funding training for Saudi-style government.
Published: 16 hours ago
Barack Obama with “Mama Sarah,” his step-grandmother
Since his inauguration, President Obama’s family in Kenya has been on a mission to use the Obama name to transform Kenya from the nation’s current Christian majority to an Islamic majority that will spread Islamic law, or Shariah, through the country.
Arab researchers Walid and Theodore Shoebat have documented the claims in a special report that translates an explosive television interview never before seen in the West.
In the interview, Musa Ismail Obama, President Obama’s first cousin in Kenya, told the Arabic-language satellite TV network Al-Jazeera that the Saudi Arabian royal family has developed a strong relationship with the Obama family in their home village of Kogelo in Alego, Siaya District, West Kenya.
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Musa took pains to explain the need to proselytize Islam in Kenya, which is in line with the desire of wealthy Saudis to transform Kenya into a majority Muslim country.
Walid Shoebat pointed out that an article in the Arabic-language newspaper Al-Arab acknowledged the importance of the Obama name to the efforts of the Kenya family to expand the position of Islam in the country. Shoebat noted the article describes President Obama as a Muslim, referring to “President Obama’s Islamic faith.”
See the interview in three parts:
“After President Obama was inaugurated, the Muslim side of the Obama family in Kenya boomed, and it went from rags to riches overnight,” the Shoebats write in their report. “They became one of the most influential families in western Kenya and even extended their fundraising empire to Saudi Arabia.”
Musa, in the TV interview, said the Saudi royal family invited him and Sarah Obama to be their personal guests to the Hajj, the obligatory Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. They were given with red-carpet treatment at the Saudi royal court, complete with a special security escort.
President Obama bows to Saudi King Abdullah at a G-20 summit in 2009
In partnership with the Saudi royal family, the Obama family in Kenya has devised a plan to follow President Obama’s call for education in the United States with a project to expand education in Kenya, with the special twist of expanding Islam in the African nation and establishing Islamic law.
To achieve the aim, Sarah Obama started the Sarah Obama Benevolent Fund Institute, otherwise known as the Mama Sarah Obama Children Foundation.
The foundation raises 90 percent of its funds from donors in the United States and Europe, solicited as humanitarian aid for orphans and underprivileged children, including children affected by HIV/AIDS.
The Shoebats note, however, that in the “shocking interview,” Musa Ismail Obama disclosed “all the troublesome detail that typically gets hidden in an English translation.”
The bulk of the Sarah Fund, as it turns out, goes not to widows and orphans but to provide scholarships to study Shariah at the most influential Wahhabist centers in Saudi Arabia.”
“It’s all a jihadi Kenyan scam,” commented Walid Shoebat. “And it’s not as though President Obama is unaware of his Kenyan family workings, since Musa on Al-Jazeera disclosed that President Obama’s favorite uncle, Sayid Hussein Obama, was selected by Obama and by the family in Kenya to act as the main conduit in relaying the family’s activities to the White House.”
Sayid accompanied Sarah to Washington, D.C., in January 2009, to attend Barack Obama’s inauguration.
Grandmother Sarah Obama travels to attend Barack Obama’s inauguration
“Musa, Sayid’s sidekick, has become the public promoter of Mama Sarah’s non-profit and the family’s key advertiser to the social efforts in Kenya,” Walid explained. “Musa carefully selects specific Arab media on which to appear, seeking venues where he can ask wealthy Islamic audiences for financial assistance.”
As a precondition of granting interviews, Musa insists that no questions will be asked regarding any details of family communications with President Obama and that discussions of political views will be off limits.
“Musa tells just enough to connect the dots to the wealthy Arab audience of Al-Jazeera,” Walid Shoebat continued. “He relays the message to raise all necessary funds, since his mission is to transform Kenya to an Islamic majority by using the Obama household name and his grandmother’s non-profit organization.”
Shoebat emphasized that the Sarah Obama Benevolent Fund has little to do with secular education or the care for widows and orphans, and Musa apparently has never mentioned anything in any Arabic media in regard to helping the HIV-infected.
Most of the funds go toward Saudi Arabia’s “most virulent Wahhabi Shariah centers,” Shoebat explained, including the Islamic University in Medina, Umm Al-Qura University in Mecca and the University of Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh.
A credible source, he said, the Gulf Issues Centre For Strategic Studies, a moderate Muslim think-tank that counters Wahhabism, describes the schools as “Salafi schools that imbibe radical ideas” and are “the spring of Wahhabism.”
Shoebat noted President Obama’s Uncle Sayid Hussein Obama is involved with the al-Qaida-affiliated Muslim World League, citing Saudi media.
Shoebat’s translation reads:
“His Excellency Dr. Abdullah bin Abdul Mohsin Al-Turki, Secretary General of the Muslim World League, and a member of the Council of Senior Scholars in Saudi Arabia in Makkah received on Monday Mr. Saeed Hussein Obama, Kenyan businessman, and uncle of President Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, who paid a visit to the Muslim World League, accompanied by a number of Kenyan graduates from Saudi universities.”
Shoebat explained that several Muslim World League employees have worked with al-Qaida. He said Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida gained material support and sponsorship, along with protective cover, from Muslim World League offices around the world.
In the Al-Jazeera interview, Musa explained how the Obamas even send recruits to Umm Al Qura University in Mecca.
“I studied Arabic and Shariah at the Islamic university in Medina in Saudi Arabia,” Musa told Al-Jazeera, while relating how he visited Umm Al Qura University with his uncle Sayid.
“We also in the month of Muharram visited the dean of Umm Al Qura University, me and my uncle Sayid. The nature of the visit was to facilitate scholarships to send students from Kenya to Umm Al Qura.”
The Shoebats explained Umm Al Qura University is “a paragon in Wahhabist education.” The university takes pride, they said, “in being the first to print the works of Muhammad Abdul Wahhab, the founder of the most virulent brand of Islam.”
Walid provided WND with four photographs taken at Umm Al Qura University showing Sayid Obama and Musa Ismail Obama visiting various university officials.
Sayid Obama on right standing with Musa Ismail Obama at Umm Al Qura University
On right, director of Umm Al-Qura University, Bakri bin Ma’touk A’sas; on couch Musa Ismail Obama (left) and Sayid Obama (right)
Sayid Obama, on left, with Barki bin Ma’touk A’sas
Barki bin Ma’touk A’sas (right to left), Sayid Obama, Musa Ismail Obama
Photographs of meetings of Sayid Obama and Musa Ismail Obama can even be seen at the official website of Umm Al Qura University, which proudly states:
“His Highness the Director of Umm Al-Qura University, Dr. Bakri bin Ma’touk A’sas received at his office in university city at Babidah Mr. Sayid Obama the uncle of His Excellency the President of the United States of America Barack Obama and Mr. Musa Ismail Obama the cousin of U.S. President.”
The Obamas fundraising empire is so successful the excess students have had to be diverted from Saudi Arabia to nearby Doha in Qatar.
“When [the students] submit an application to Sarah Obama Benevolent Fund, they expect to get what they want, but we are flooded,” Musa explained in the Al Jazeera interview.
Learning of the flood of students sent to the Wahhabi universities in Saudi Arabia, the Al-Jazeera interviewer asked, “So you are opening an avenue in other universities?”
Musa said the excess students were sent to nearby Doha, after Musa visited and made the necessary arrangements.
Following up, the Al-Jazeera interviewer asked Musa, “Do all these scholarships involve studying Arabic and Shariah?”
Musa explained, “Some of those do not involve Shariah, like medicine or engineering.”
Al-Jazeera then asked what the majority of students were sent to Qatar to study.
“The majority of course is Shariah schools,” Musa explained, “because my connections in the institutions [in Qatar] is with Shariah schools”
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The outbreak of the Arab Spring in 2011 brought significant attention to groups seeking to establish Islamic states — known as Islamists — in countries once ruled by secular autocrats. The bulk of this attention went to already established political groups such as the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, which caused consternation in the West when its Freedom and Justice Party won control of both Egypt’s parliament and its presidency.
Much less attention was paid to the Brotherhood’s principal Islamist competitors, members of the ultraconservative Salafist movement, despite their second-place finish in Egypt’s parliamentary elections. This changed in late September when certain Salafists played a key role in the unrest in reaction to an anti-Islamic video posted on the Internet.
Since then, Salafism has become the subject of much public discourse — though as is often the case with unfamiliar subjects, questions are vastly more numerous than answers. This is compounded by the rapidity of its rise from a relatively minor, apolitical movement to an influential Islamist phenomenon.
Origins and Goals of Salafism
Modern Salafism is based on an austere reinterpretation of Islam, calling for Muslims to return to the original teachings outlined in the Koran and the practices of the Prophet Mohammed as understood by the earliest generation, i.e., the Companions of the Prophet. From the Salafist perspective, non-Islamic thought has contaminated the message of “true” Islam for centuries, and this excess must be jettisoned from the Islamic way of life.
Salafists are a minority among the global Muslim population and even among Islamists. Unlike members of the Muslim Brotherhood, Salafists do not belong to a singular organization. Instead, the movement comprises a diffuse agglomeration of neighborhood preachers, societal groups and — only very recently — political parties, none of which are necessarily united in ideology.
In many ways, Salafism can be seen as a rejection of the political ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood. For most of the movement’s existence, it shunned politics — and thus Islamism — in favor of a focus on personal morality and individual piety, arguing that an Islamic state could not exist without Muslims first returning to the tenets of “true” Islam. This means Salafism also was at odds with the concept of jihadism — itself a violent offshoot of Salafism — as practiced by groups such as al Qaeda that sought to use force to manifest their Islamist ideology.
The Salafist movement could also afford to stay away from political activism in large part because it had a political backer in the government of Saudi Arabia. While many Salafists didn’t agree with some of Riyadh’s policies, its historical role as the birthplace of Salafism and role as the patron underwriting the global spread of Salafist thought kept the movement within the Saudi orbit.
This remained the case until the 1991 Gulf War, in which Saudi Arabia was forced to allow some 500,000 U.S. troops into the kingdom to protect itself from Baathist Iraq, after the latter’s brief occupation of Kuwait. The move caused an uproar over the religious legitimacy of allowing non-Muslim soldiers on what many consider to be holy grounds, and it also gave way to a wider debate about the political state of affairs of the Saudi kingdom. Prominent scholars began publicly calling for reform, which led to Salafists in general engaging in political discourse and, eventually, to the concept of Salafism as an Islamist philosophy.
Nevertheless, Salafists would not become a political force for another two decades, simply because it takes time for an apolitical religious movement to develop a political philosophy. At the same time, the Saudi leadership was rallying the country’s religious establishment to contain these newly politicized Salafists. The 9/11 attacks and subsequent U.S. actions against jihadism further advanced Salafist thought as the sect tried to hold on to its core values amid U.S.-led international pressure for reform, distinguish itself from jihadists and come up with a viable political alternative to the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Arab Spring
By the end of the 2000s, Salafism had spread across the Arab world, most notably to Egypt and Tunisia, expanding both the number of its adherents and its institutional scope, which now included social organizations engaged in charity, relief and community work. They stopped short of formal political groups, largely because of the autocratic regimes under which they lived, but they quietly developed the infrastructure for such groups. It was under these circumstances that the Salafists found themselves at the beginning of the Arab Spring.
The case of Egypt’s Salafists is the most telling. Like the Muslim Brotherhood, they were caught unprepared when the popular agitation largely led by liberal youth groups broke out and began to consume decades-old secular autocratic regimes. While they eventually were able to overshadow the largely non-Islamist forces that played a key role in forcing the ouster of then-President Hosni Mubarak, they lacked the political machine that the Brotherhood had developed over the course of some 80 years. The result was the rise of various Salafist forces haphazardly trying to assert themselves in a post-authoritarian Egypt.
Several Egyptian Salafist groups applied for licenses to form political parties. Two prominent parties — al-Nour and al-Asala — emerged along with a host of individuals, such as Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, who ran as an independent candidate for president. The two Salafist parties banded together with the newly formed political wing of the former jihadist group Gamaa al-Islamiya — the Building and Development Party — to form the Islamist Bloc. The alliance was able to garner more than a quarter of ballots cast in the parliamentary polls late last year, coming in second place behind the Brotherhood.
What was most important about these Salafists participating in mainstream politics is that they embraced the electoral process after decades of having denounced democracy as un-Islamic. In other words, they ultimately adopted the approach of the Muslim Brotherhood, which they had hitherto vehemently rejected. This transformation has been more a rushed affair stemming from expediency rather than a natural ideological evolution.
There is an expectation that radical forces joining the political mainstream could, over time, lead to their de-radicalization. That may be true in the case of states with strong democratic systems, but in most Arab countries — which are just now beginning their journey away from authoritarianism — the Salafist embrace of electoral politics is likely to delay and perhaps even disrupt the democratization process and destabilize Egypt and by extension the region.
Much of this chaos will stem from the fact that the move to accept democratic politics has led to further fragmentation of the Salafist landscape. Many Salafists still are not comfortable with democracy, and those who have cautiously adopted it are divided into many factions. The result is that no one Salafist entity can speak for the bulk of the sect.
What Lies Ahead
Clearly, the Salafists are bereft of any tradition of civil dissent. That said, they have exhibited a strong sense of urgency to exercise their nascent freedom and engage in political activism. The outcome of this was the rioting that took place in reaction to the anti-Islamic film.
The Salafists are not just suffering from arrested political development; they face an intellectual discrepancy. On one hand, they wish to be part of the new democratic order and a mainstream player. On the other, they subscribe to a radical agenda that dictates the imposition of their stern interpretation of Islamic law across the Arab and Muslim world.
Their envisioned order is not just a problem for secularists, Christians, Jews and other minorities but also for more moderate Islamists such as the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood lost its monopoly on Islamism close to four decades ago but back then it didn’t matter because the Brotherhood was an opposition movement. Now that the group has won political power in Egypt, the Salafists represent a threat to its political interests.
Some of the more politically savvy Salafists, especially the political parties, are willing to work with the Muslim Brotherhood toward the common goals of furthering the democratic transition and containing radical and militant tendencies. Ultimately, however, they seek to exploit the Brotherhood’s pragmatism in order to undermine the mainstream Islamist movement’s support among religious voters. Additionally, the Salafists are also trying to make use of their role as mediators between the Brotherhood-led government and the jihadists active in the Sinai region to enhance their bargaining power and lessen the Brotherhood’s.
Salafists — whether they operate through legal means or through raw street power — can be expected to create problems for Egypt’s new government led by President Mohammed Morsi, especially when it comes to foreign policy matters. A prime example is the recent case of the film-related violence, during which Morsi had a difficult time balancing the need to placate the masses at home and maintain a working relationship with the United States, upon which Egypt relies for its economic well-being. While the anger over the film is a passing phenomenon, the underlying dynamic persists.
There is also no shortage of issues for right-wing Islamists to exploit. U.S. imperatives in the region will continue to place the Morsi government in a tight spot and provide reasons for the Salafists to oppose Cairo’s policies. Even more volatile than the dealings between the Morsi administration and Washington will be Israeli-Egyptian relations.
So far, Morsi has managed to avoid dealing too directly with Israel. But the Egyptian president and the Brotherhood cannot avoid this for too long. They know that they will face situations where they could be caught between the need to maintain peaceful relations with Israel and deal with Salafists taking advantage of the widespread anti-Israeli sentiment among Egyptians. This is one of the reasons Morsi and his associates have been speaking of revising the peace treaty with Israel, which is an attempt to manage the inevitable backlash on the home front.
Egypt’s difficulties are particularly pronounced given the country’s status as the leader of the Arab world, but Salafists of various stripes are slowly emerging as political stakeholders across the region, especially in Libya, Tunisia, Yemen, Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. Democratization by its very nature is a messy affair in any context, but in the case of the Arab spring, Salafist entities can be expected to complicate political transitions and undermine stability and security in the Middle East.
The major challenge to stability in the Arab world thus lies only partially in the transition to democracy from autocracy. Greater than that is the challenge mainstream Islamists face from a complex and divided Salafist movement.
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