Rick Perry Warns ISIS May Already Be in the United States

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By Joel Gehrke
August 21, 2014 1:24 PM

ISIS terrorists may already be in the country, Governor Rick Perry (R., Texas) warned, saying that the terrorists’ own version of “mission creep” will draw them from Iraq to the United States.

“I think there is the obvious great concern that because of the condition of the border, from the standpoint of it not being secure and us not knowing who is penetrating across, that individuals from ISIS or other terrorist states could be [entering the country],” Perry said during an event hosted by National Review and the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.

“And I think it is a very real possibility that they may have already used that [entry point],” Perry continued. “We have no clear evidence of that, but your common sense tells you, when we see the number of criminal activities that have occurred — I’m talking about the assaults, the rapes, the murders — by individuals who have come into this country illegally over the last five years, the idea that they would not be looking at and managing any of those types of attacks from that region is not a good place to be.”

The number of individuals coming from countries known as terrorist risks has spiked recently, Perry said, though he emphasized that we don’t know if any of those individuals have terrorist connections themselves.

“We know that there are individuals from countries that have terrorist ties that are being apprehended and we had reports of record high numbers of those individuals who were coming in back in the summer,” Perry tells National Review Online.

Perry noted during his speech that the American photojournalist James Foley was murdered by a British radical who has joined ISIS, also known as the Islamic State, a fact that raises the specter of other Islamic State radicals who have the Western passports necessary to get into the United States.

The Texas governor said that President Obama should not rule out the idea of sending a traditional ground force into Iraq if that’s what is necessary to stop the Islamic State. That said, his own solution involved sending more special-forces operators into the country and providing more support to Kurdish security forces.

“I think all your options have to be open from the standpoint of dealing with this terror, this force in that country,” he said during a brief Q-and-A after the speech. “I think signaling to your enemies what you are not going to put on the table is very very bad, both strategical and tactical errors by this administration. We need to have all of our options open. It is too important to Jordan, it is too important to Israel, it is too important to the interests of the West in that part of the world to not stop ISIS. They are not going to stop in that region of the world. They need to be eliminated; they need to be eliminated now.”

Sheila Jackson Lee Calls Ferguson Cop A “Criminal”

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By Robert Gehl
August 15, 2014

One of Capitol Hill’s top race baiters – and also one of its dimmest bulbs – is calling the police officer who shot Michael Brown a “criminal.”

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) is joining with other members of the always-rational Congressional Black Caucus in calling for hearings on the shooting in Ferguson, Mo, which has caused days of riots by citizens and hyper-militarization by the local police. Because Congressional hearings always manage to solve problems.

Lee – who couldn’t wait to make an incendiary and outrageous comment, said the police were not following the law.

“All of us are strong supporters of law and order and most of us, such as myself, have strong working relationships with local and federal police agencies. I know good police persons who are professional and follow the law,” she said. “In the instance of Michael Brown and other cases, a failing to follow the law is obvious.

“Michael Brown was shot down in the street.”

Incredibly, she also said it was important to “hear both sides of the story.”

With President Obama already weighing in, two of the three branches of government have crowbarred themselves into an issue they have no right to comment about. Capitol Hill watchers turn now toward the Judicial Branch to see if Chief Justice John Roberts wants to comment as well.

Don’t hold your breath.

The Mexican Government Just Got In A Standoff With Rick Perry That They Might Come To Regret

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In the weeks since Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his intention to station National Guard members on his state’s southern border, reports indicate that the influx of unaccompanied Central American minors is far from over. Nevertheless, Mexican officials responded late last week to Perry’s move with a curt and highly disapproving statement.

“We’ve been able to shut down illegal activities in certain sectors with our different operations that we’ve had,” he told Glenn Beck last month, indicating that Texas can successfully combat the current threat with or without federal assistance.

Texas deployed about 1,000 guardsmen Thursday to aid in stopping the flow of illegals across the most porous sections of the border.

Reiterating his defense of the bold move, Perry said he went ahead with the deployment after repeatedly calling on the federal government to secure the border and enforce the nation’s immigration laws.

The nation’s foreign ministry stated that Mexico “reiterates, in a firm and categorical way, its rejection of this measure,” alleging that no immigration threat “exists that justifies this measure taken by the state.”

Furthermore, the statement insists that the arrival of troops “does not contribute in any way” to securing the border.

Mexico criticized the troop mobilization as contrary to America’s claim that it wants to create a “modern, prosperous and safe border.”

With experts predicting that up to 100,000 illegal minors will cross the border into the U.S. this year, however, plenty of anti-amnesty advocates favor Perry’s direct approach to border security.

Some even question the timing of the deployment and a grand jury’s decision to indict Perry with two felony counts pertaining to his alleged coercion of an Austin-area district attorney.

Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/mexico-responds-harshly-rick-perrys-plan-put-national-guard-troops-border/#RC6ZpcUmV75HicJF.99

Militias complicate situation on Texas border

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MISSION, Texas (AP) — On a recent moonlit night, Border Patrol agents began rounding up eight immigrants hiding in and around a canal near the Rio Grande. A state trooper soon arrived to help. Then out of the darkness emerged seven more armed men in fatigues.

Agents assumed the camouflaged crew that joined in pulling the immigrants from the canal’s milky green waters was a tactical unit from the Texas Department of Public Safety. Only later did they learn that the men belonged to the Texas Militia, a group that dresses like a SWAT team and carries weapons but has no law-enforcement training or authority of any kind.

The situation ended peacefully with the immigrants getting arrested and the Border Patrol advising the militia members “to properly and promptly” identify themselves anytime they encounter law-enforcement officers. But the episode was unsettling enough for the Border Patrol to circulate an “issue paper” warning other agents.

The presence of armed militia members working on their own in a region known for human smuggling, drug smuggling and illegal immigration has added one more variable to an already complex and tense situation.

Although the Aug. 6 incident in Mission resulted in no harm, it’s not hard to imagine deadlier outcomes throughout the Rio Grande Valley, a wide area patrolled by more than 3,000 border agents, as well as hundreds of state troopers, game wardens, deputies and local police officers. Gov. Rick Perry is also sending as many as 1,000 National Guard troops.

“How do they identify themselves? Do they have badges? How do we know who they are?” asked J.P. Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office. “If they’re all just dressed in camos, it’s kind of hard to distinguish whether they’re law enforcement or not. … There’s a lot of potential for stuff to go wrong.”

One year ago, a member of an Arizona Minuteman border-watch group was arrested for pointing a rifle at a sheriff’s deputy he apparently mistook for a drug smuggler. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio warned of “chaos if you’re going to have private citizens dressed just like our deputies taking the law into their own hands.”

If militia members aren’t careful in their dealings with real law officers, “there could be some dead militia out there,” he added.

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The Border Patrol declined to comment on the encounter in Mission, referring questions to a general statement on militias released last month by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

That statement said the agency “does not endorse or support any private group or organization from taking matters into their own hands as it could have disastrous personal and public safety consequences.”

The militia members who surprised the Border Patrol that night told agents they wanted to help with the “border crisis” and that they supported the agency’s efforts, according to a copy of the issue paper obtained by The Associated Press.

Emails sent to a website for the Texas Militia were not answered.

The spot where the incident happened is a popular smuggling corridor where a thumb of Mexican farmland pushes a deep pocket into South Texas. The canal, an earthen channel that delivers water to the city of Mission, is 6 to 8 feet deep. Immigrants who emerge from the canal have only to cross a single sorghum field to reach a road.

A surge of illegal immigration put renewed attention on the border this summer. About 63,000 unaccompanied child immigrants were arrested between October and July, the vast majority of them in South Texas. Some militia and self-described “patriot” groups responded with a call to seal the border.

Barbie Rogers, founder of the Patriots Information Hotline, said at last count there were 13 such teams on the Texas border. If they are each similar in size to the one that showed up in Mission, that would be fewer than 100 people operating on the 1,255-mile Texas border.

Rogers uses a website and hotline to coordinate donations and supply lines to militia groups in the field. Asked how many people that amounted to, she said, “I couldn’t tell you that because it could compromise their security.”

She said the teams she knows keep sheriffs’ offices and the Border Patrol apprised of their activity. Asked about the Texas Militia members appearing in Mission without identifying themselves, Rogers said, “They should have. I can’t imagine that they didn’t.”

The teams, she said, try to advise the Border Patrol as soon as they spot illegal activity.

They will detain people until authorities arrive, although Rogers acknowledged they have no authority to hold anyone.

“Usually the people coming across are so scared they just sit there and wait,” she said.


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“[R]eiterates, in a firm and categorical way, its rejection of this measure…”

Mexico City (AFP) – Mexico’s foreign ministry late Friday protested Texas Governor Rick Perry’s deployment of National Guard troops to the southern US border to halt the surge of child migrants.

“No circumstance at all or change in border security exists that justifies this measure taken by the state.”

The troop deployment “does not contribute in any way to solving the immigration problem,” and is inconsistent with US-Mexico talks aimed at “building a modern, prosperous and safe border,” the statement read.

On Thursday Perry deployed some 1,000 National Guard troops to the border with Mexico.

National Guard troops are soldiers under the authority of the state governor. They cannot detain undocumented migrants, which is a federal responsibility, but they can take over some duties that allows more US Border Patrol agents to monitor the borderline.

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Perry, a Republican and a likely candidate for the 2016 presidential race, has taken a hard line against immigrant children seeking to enter the United States from Central America.

At least 57,000 unaccompanied children, most from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, have crossed the border into the United States illegally since October, triggering a migration crisis that has sent US border and immigration authorities into a frenzy.

Perry said the decision to deploy troops was taken after repeated requests to the federal government to secure the US border.


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Governor’s attorneys argue veto power used in accordance with state Constitution

A Texas grand jury is moving forward with charges against longstanding Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is accused of abusing his veto power to strong-arm a political opponent into resigning.

Perry sought the resignation of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who was criticized heavily following her April 2013 DWI arrest. Lehmberg was filmed by police behaving belligerently, issuing threats to officers and lashing out in fits of rage. Her blood alcohol level was three times the allowable state limit.

Watch how she acted in jail:

Despite her arrest and subsequent humiliation, though, Lehmberg did not resign.

Perry then promised to veto funding for Texas’ Public Integrity Unit, a department specializing in investigating elected officials headed up by Lehmberg. When Lehmberg still didn’t resign, Perry followed through.

“Despite the otherwise good work the Public Integrity Unit’s employees, I cannot in good conscience support continued state funding for an office with statewide jurisdiction at a time when the person charged with ultimate responsibility of that unit has lost the public’s confidence,” Perry said at the time regarding the veto.
“This unit is in no other way held accountable to state taxpayers, except through the state budgetary process. I therefore object to and disapprove of this appropriation.”

Dems vowed revenge, and now the governor faces indictments on two felony charges: abuse of official capacity, which carries a penalty of five to 99 years, and coercion of public servant, punishable by two to 10 years imprisonment, according to the Associated Press.

Perry’s atttorneys were quick to issue a statement saying the governor used his veto power in accordance with the Texas Constitution.

“The veto in question was made in accordance with the veto authority afforded to every governor under the Texas Constitution,” Perry’s general counsel Mary Anne Wiley said Friday evening. “We will continue to aggressively defend the governor’s lawful and constitutional action, and believe we will ultimately prevail.”

Another of Perry’s attorneys, David L. Botsford, labeled the charges an “effort to weaken the constitutional authority granted to the office of Texas governor,” and “political abuse of the court system..”

Botsford’s statement via Business Insider:

“I am outraged and appalled that the Grand Jury has taken this action, given the governor’s constitutional right and duty to veto funding as he deems appropriate. This clearly represents political abuse of the court system and there is no legal basis in this decision. The facts of this case conclude that the governor’s veto was lawful, appropriate and well within the authority of the office of the governor. Today’s action, which violates the separation of powers outlined in the Texas Constitution, is nothing more than an effort to weaken the constitutional authority granted to the office of Texas governor, and sets a dangerous precedent by allowing a grand jury to punish the exercise of a lawful and constitutional authority afforded to the Texas governor.”
Though the case has yet to play out, several Democrats wasted no time in demonizing Perry, and issued calls demanding his resignation.

Democrat Congressman Joaquin Castro, twin brother of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro – who was recently tapped by President Obama to head up the Department of Housing and Urban Development – immediately called for Perry’s resignation.

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“There is a pattern of corruption on the Republican side,” the executive director of the Texas Democratic Party, Will Hailer also said. “I think it’s really important for voters across the state and for Texans to know what’s going on around in their government.”

Texas Democratic Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa also asked Perry to step down. “Texans deserve to have leaders that stand up for what is right and work to help families across Texas,” Hinojosa said following news of the indictment.

But others on the political left have also expressed concerns that the indictment is an uphill battle and does not bode well for Democrats.

Obama mentor David Axelrod tweeted his apprehension:

A Politico writer also felt the governor was just doing his job as prescribed by the Texas Constitution.

Even the White House mouthpiece Think Progress had to admit Perry’s lawyers have solid standing.

The timing of the indictment coincides with Perry’s deployment of the Texas State National Guard to the southern border, a move widely frowned upon by many pro-amnesty democrats.

The indictment is similar to one lodged against former House Rep. Tom Delay, a Texas Republican who faced money laundering charges he was later acquitted of.

“This is the same playbook the Democrats ran against Delay, no doubt about it. On the heels of the indictment, Texas Democrats are already calling for Perry to resign. These are the same people who have looked the other way while the DA, Rosemary Lehmberg, has remained in office even after her drunk driving escapades,” writes Bryan Preston for PJMedia.

“The Democrats will get a mugshot of Perry before long. They will use that to destroy his reputation and taint all Republicans.”

“It’s a hail Mary pass for the Wendy Davis campaign, of course. These people cannot win in this state on issues. So they are politicizing the legal system in on of their few strongholds.”

In essence, Texas Governor Rick Perry is being charged with using his veto power, a power granted him by the Texas Constitution.

Given democrats’ elated, salivating reactions, it’s highly likely a smear campaign is being waged as part of the Obama administration’s broader agenda to cultivate a future Democratic voting base, a shift which requires turning traditional Republican states such as Texas blue.


Clear case of overpaid public servants on a witch hunt

The Texas grand jury’s indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry is political persecution and is a danger to all who wish to live in a free society.

NPR and other democratically funded media outlets are leaving out key information as to the actions that led to this leftist-led indictment.

Rick Perry refused to fund the office of the Travis County DA after the she was caught driving under the influence back in 2013.

This public servant refused to step down after pleading guilty to DWI. How can a DA possibly be expected to uphold the law when they do not follow it?

Infowars has been very critical of Rick Perry in the past, but this is a clear case of overpaid public servants on a witch hunt.

This is over-the-top. To watch the media not tell the public why Perry went after the crazy DA is wild. The system is mad he wants to control the border.