“What the Obama Administration is doing is dangerous and, frankly, reckless.”
by BRADFORD THOMAS | TRUTH REVOLT | NOVEMBER 22, 2014
Nearly lost amidst the turmoil over President Obama’s historic unilateral action on immigration Thursday was yet another act of defiance by the administration. Despite requests from Republicans to stop any further transfers of Guantanamo Bay terrorist detainees, the administration signaled Thursday that they wouldrelease four al Qaeda fighters from Yemen, including a “senior figure” in the organization, and one extremist from Tunisia.
These most recent transfers come in spite of reports of previously released detainees joining the Islamic State and increased pressure from Republicans to stop what they deem to be potentially dangerous to U.S. interests.
In a written response issued Thursday, House Armed Services Committee Chairman and vocal critic of the administration Buck McKeon (R-CA) called the administration’s actions “dangerous” and “reckless” and said that he has contacted Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel to express his frustration over “a new swell of recidivism”:
“As long as detainees are rejoining the battlefield, these transfers must stop.
“I have written to Secretary Hagel expressing my frustration and great concern over a new swell of recidivism. If just one U.S. soldier loses their life over these transfers, we will have failed in our duty to the American people.
“What the Obama Administration is doing is dangerous and, frankly, reckless. They have chosen many times to put politics above national security. It’s time they stop playing with fire and start doing what’s right. Until we can assure the terrorists stay off the battlefield, they must stay behind bars.”
McKeon had written Hagel in late October requesting that the administration stop transfers. In a Nov. 13 committee hearing, McKeon confronted Hagel on the issue. Clearly his efforts did not deter the administration’s plans to chip away at the number of Gitmo detainees. The transfers leave 143 detainees in the facility the president once vowed to close.
By Paul Bedard | November 21, 2014 | 12:53 pm
President Obama is fundraising off his controversial immigration decision Thursday night, dispatching an email that steers readers to a “Donate Today” page that seek contributions up to $1,000.
That page reads, “Thanks — now, we need to fight back. President Obama is taking action. The other side wants nothing more than to tear this progress down. Help fight back — make a donation today.”
What’s more, in his email from his Organizing for Action, he claims that he is just like every other president in taking action on issues where Congress failed to act.
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I want to tell you why I’m taking action on immigration.
There’s no disagreement in Washington that our system is badly broken. That’s why a bipartisan majority in the Senate passed comprehensive immigration reform. That was more than 500 days ago, but we’re still waiting for the House to hold a vote.
Every day we delay, our country and our economy suffer. Millions of families go on living in the shadows, without a chance to pay their taxes or do what’s necessary to get on the right side of the law.
So, just like every president in the last 70 years — Republican and Democrat — I’m taking steps in my power to help fix this broken immigration system.
If you agree that we can’t wait any longer for meaningful action on immigration, join Americans across the country, including supporters of OFA, who are standing up to fight for reform.
Some voices in this debate want to make this issue about me, so I want to be clear about this:
The actions I’m taking today are no substitute for comprehensive reform. Only Congress can finish the job.
But I’m not just going to wait for that day to come. The American people expect solutions from the people they send to Washington. Today, I’m doing what I can to take common-sense steps forward.
Add your name if you’re ready to fight for reform:
Islamic State militants are reportedly acquiring gold, silver and other precious metals in a bid to further solidify their control over large swathes of Syrian and Iraqi territory by issuing their own currency, Iraqi metal dealers confirmed to McClatchy.
Earlier this month, the militants’ Beit al Mal, an ancient Islamic term which translates as “Treasury Department,” issued a statement announcing the plan. The coins, which they plan to fashion from gold, silver and copper, will be modeled on the 8th century currency of the Umayyad Caliphate.
At the time, experts expressed doubts the militant group had the technological capability and overall knowhow to produce their own modern currency for the territory under their control; roughly one third of Iraq and Syria.
A recent report in McClatchy, however, which draws on interviews with precious metal dealers in northern and western Iraq, would indicate the group is in fact moving ahead to obtain enough material necessary to carry out the plan.
One Fallujah-based gold trader, identifying himself as Hajj Samir, told McClatchy that foreign jihadists had been buying up all the gold and silver in the city’s markets. He said he alone had sold more than 15 pounds to known affiliates of the militant group.
“They said it was for gifts for their wives, but now I know why, and all the traders say the same thing,” Hajj Samir told the news portal. “We’ve been making trips to Baghdad to get more, and they buy all of it.”
Another 37-year-old trader who has worked out of Mosul told a similar story of selling off his precious metals to those connected to the group.
“We don’t ask why they’re buying so much,” said the trader, Osman Ahmed.
“But even silver in small shops outside the city is sold out.”
Ahmed said the speed with which they were buying up precious metal stocks was forcing traders such as himself to travel to cities in Kurdish-controlled territory to renew their stocks.
Zakaria Ahmed, a Mosul resident not related to Osman, said US-led airstrikes had taken their toll on IS’s currency plans, noting they had made it difficult for the militants to transport valuables.
Despite the setbacks, Zakaria, whose brother is reportedly an IS official, said the currency plan was still coming along.
“It is still in an ongoing process to be released,” he told McClatchy by phone.
The desire to create their own currency has also extended to the battlefield, with militants reportedly stripping copper wiring from electric transmission cables and other sources to gather materials for the coins.
The Islamic militant group notorious for extreme violence and war crimes has gone to great lengths to establish a caliphate with all the requisite state institutions over a piece of territory roughly the size of Belgium.
Relying on funds brought in from taxes, stolen oil and gas and organized crime, IS has, in the words of Jordanian journalist Raed Omari, “undergone the quickest transformation to statehood in modern history.”
Father thinks his 20-year-old son was among jihadists on video, which showed severed head of Peter Kassig.
A father said on Monday he believed his son, a British medical student, was among a squad of Islamic State jihadists filmed beheading Syrian soldiers in a video posted online on Sunday.
Ahmed Muthana told the Daily Mail newspaper his 20-year-old son Nasser Muthana appeared to be among a group of 16 jihadists who were seen on the video, which also showed the severed head of American hostage Peter Kassig.
“I cannot be certain, but it looks like my son,” said Ahmed Muthana, who lives in the Welsh capital city of Cardiff.
“He must fear Allah now for killing people. How can he expect to face Allah if he is killing human beings?”
The announcement of aid worker Kassig’s death, the fifth such killing of a Western captive by Islamic State, formed part of the 15-minute video which showed the beheadings of at least 14 men IS said were pilots and officers loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
IS, which is fighting in Iraq and Syria, includes thousands of foreign combatants and has become a magnet for jihadi volunteers from Europe and North America, Western intelligence agencies have said.
IS has previously released videos of the beheading of two American and two British men which feature a masked, black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent, who has been dubbed “Jihadi John” by British media.
Sunday’s video showed most of the killers unmasked and the Daily Mail said the man who appeared to be Nasser Muthana was standing alongside Jihadi John.
Nasser Muthana had already appeared in a online video released in June urging Muslims to join IS.
Why the Islamic State (or ISIS, or QSIS, or ISIL) has so many names
Joshua Keating, Slate
His younger brother Aseel had also traveled to Syria after both were radicalized in Cardiff, his father told the BBC in June. Nasser Muthana’s school friend Reyaad Khan also appeared in the online footage in June, various media reports said.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said there was a strong likelihood that a 22-year-old French citizen also appeared in the beheading video.
Cazeneuve said analysis by its DGSI security service suggested that one of the men shown herding prisoners to the execution site was Maxime Hauchard, a Frenchman from the northern Eure region who left for Syria in August 2013.
“This analysis suggests with a very high probability that a French citizen could have directly participated in carrying out these abject acts,” Cazeneuve told journalists.
Hundreds of Western volunteers have joined the ranks of Islamic State insurgents in Syria and Iraq. The French and British governments have said that any citizen participating in executions would face consequences for their acts.
French authorities have said that about 1,000 citizens have joined Islamist factions in Syria.
Judges last year opened a preliminary investigation against Hauchard on suspicion that he was participating in a conspiracy to commit terrorist acts, the charge commonly levied against citizens who have fought with Islamist militants.
Hauchard, whom French media have said was known in his home town as “friendly, easygoing” and without a criminal record, was interviewed by BFMTV in the summer saying that his goal in joining Islamic State was to become a martyr.
So now a Huffington Post (UK) columnist is saying that Muslims are ‘misrepresented’ in the media, and if those same misrepresentations were made of other minority groups, there would be a real ‘backlash’ – such as advertisers “boycotting” the newspapers. Give me a break:
From the article:
The columnist and political director of the Huffington Post UK said the press has proven “singularly unable or unwilling to change the discourse, the tone or the approach” towards Muslims, immigrants and asylum seekers.
Hasan, who was speaking in a personal capacity at a media industry event hosted by Mindshare UK, said: “We’re not going to get change unless there is some sanction, there is some penalty. This is not just about Muslims; it is about all minorities.”
“Therefore you have to ask questions about: does it need to be externally imposed, either by better regulation or via some form of commercial imperative? Though, that requires a separate campaign to get companies to give a damn about this stuff,” Hasan added.
He suggested advertisers would have boycotted newspapers over the publication of certain headlines about Muslims, had they been about other minorities.
In a session titled “The Muslims are coming!”, Hasan presented to a group of media industry figures a slideshow of British newspaper headlines and front pages, which he said ostracised the Muslim community, presenting Muslims as “the other”. Hasan also highlighted the factual inaccuracy of some of the stories and accused newspapers of peddling misinformation.
He said the practice was not just morally wrong, but also “dangerous and counter-productive […] because it increases alienation, […] and it also confirms the extremist narrative, the Islamist narrative that there is some kind of inevitable clash between the West and all of the Muslims living in the West, that there can never be any kind of reconciliation, that there is always going to be some kind of war between Muslims and non-Muslims.”
He added: “To pretend that all this negative, mad, crazy, over the top, dishonest, demonising press coverage is justified is wrong. To pretend that it has no impact on a minority community living in the UK or on our multicultural society, on relations between communities is naive, if not disingenuous.”
In addition to commercial pressure from advertisers and stricter press regulation, Hasan said a drive for greater diversity in the industry was essential to changing culture: “If you’re a Daily Express journalist writing some sort of anti-Muslim headline and the guy sitting opposite you is a Muslim it makes it much more difficult I would imagine.”
Finally, Hasan called for “similar sized apologies for similar sized nonsense headlines”. He told the Guardian he is a proponent of front page apologies for incorrect front page stories.
Hasan is a prominent critic of Islamophobia. In 2008, while working at Channel 4, he commissioned and produced an episode of Dispatches on the danger of Islamophobia titled, It Shouldn’t Happen to a Muslim. He has also written regularly about the issue of Muslims’ portrayal in the media.
Mehdi Hasan was speaking at Mindshare UK’s Huddle in London yesterday.
Ok, so hold the phone a sec. Is this guy REALLY trying to suggest that writers would be less likely to write a piece regarding ISIS terror groups, or a Muslim act of terrorism, or war in the middle east, because the guy across from me is Muslim? I hardly think it would hold me back. This is NOT about equal opportunity employment. This is NOT about minorities. This is about acts of terror and the RIGHT of anyone who wants to write about it, can. Yes, he is in the UK, but here in the United States, we have the First Amendment. That guarantees us the right of free speech and press. Let’s be honest – if there weren’t Muslims acting in outrageous ways, and taking civilians as prisoners, there would not be any issues with Muslim people in general. Don’t we have a right to be outraged? Again, enough of the PC crap. Sometimes, people are generalized. Sometimes rightly or wrongly so. This is not a case where this is ‘wrong’. Once again, a group is asking for special treatment. He claims in the article that advertisers would “boycott” if it was about another minority groups and “requires a separate campaign to get companies to give a damn about this stuff,” – dude, if the companies CARED, we would know. They stop purchasing ad space. They write emails. Etc. This is no one’s job to pay for or educate regarding Muslims. They have created the mess they have to live in, and in the modern world, news is so much faster. Deal with it.
Without fear of the British authorities, Muslims recently took over the Blackwell Tunnel in London, openly displaying jihadist sentiments and waving Al Qaeda and Islamic State Flags.
The Islamist protesters blocked the route through the tunnel temporarily trapping other motorists.
An interesting comment from the original YouTube video by user CharmingLordSausage reads:
As an Englishman, I have some bad news. My nation is dying. We are slowly losing control of our cities. Soon, the great Islamic uprisings will take place. Riots, purges, the first emirates. Entire counties will be lost. There will be no united English response because no one believes in the nation state anymore. Besides, the Left control the discourse. By 2050, an Islamic regime will be in full control of Parliament. By then, Muslims will be 40pc of the population. No amount of flag waving and marching can put off the inevitable. Enjoy what remains of your freedom. Your memories of your time in the sun will serve to warm you as we enter the new dark age.
Meanwhile back in the States, former CIA covert operations officer Mike Baker recently stated in an interview that he believes ISIS is communicating with Mexican drug cartels, who will basically go into business with anyone.
The whole world knows our southern border is completely wide open and Obama is doing nothing about it but giving a free ticket those who come across to various parts of the country. Obviously he’s giving a helping hand to his Muslim brothers.
It’s getting closer to showtime folks.