Trump’s Travel Ban for Libyan Immigrants Vindicated After Manchester Suicide Bombing

by ADAM SHAW 25 May 2017

As the UK hunts down members and friends of a Libyan immigrant family after one of its British-born sons committed the worst terrorist atrocity on U.K. soil in 12 years, across the Atlantic the atrocity also highlights the dangers that made President Trump include Libya on the list of countries included in his much-maligned travel ban.

Salman Abedi, who was born in Britain in 1994 after his family fled from Libya to escape the regime of Dictator Muammar Gaddafi, detonated a bomb Monday at Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande concert.  Abedi killed 22 people and injured dozens, many of whom were teenage girls and children.

While it was initially thought that Abedi may have been a lone wolf, by Wednesday Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins told reporters authorities are now investigating a “network” of terrorists and have arrested six people in the UK – including Abedi’s older brother.

While some outlets were hyping up Abedi’s supposed Britishness, (“He was a fan of Manchester United, like many in his soccer-obsessed hometown” began a New York Times profile on the Islamic jihadist), others have honed in on Abedi’s Libyan roots as a possible key to both his motivation and possible collaborators.

Neighbours told reporters of Libyan flags being flown outside the home, as well as Abedi’s penchant for praying in the street in Arabic. Abedi travelled back to Libya just weeks before the attack, purportedly to visit his parents. Abedi’s father, Ramadan, was arrested by local authorities in Libya, as was one of Abedi’s brothers – who Libyan authorities say travelled to Libya from Britain and who was a member of Islamic State, The New York Times reported.

In the U.K., questions have been raised about terror-related problems with Libyans in South Manchester, where Abedi was from. As Breitbart News reported Tuesday, areas such as Fallowfield, Longsight, Rusholme, and Levenshulme, have high concentrations of Muslims – with 2011 census data registering a 53.8 per cent Muslim population in Longsight, near where Abedi lived in Fallowfield.

Abdalraouf Abdallah, a Libyan refugee, was convicted last year of terror offences after helping a convert to Islam to travel to Syria to join Islamic State. A family friend told The Guardian that Abdallah and Abedi knew one another. The Daily Telegraph, in an article called “The Manchester Libyan connection — a recruiting ground for jihadists” puts South Manchester’s terror problem in stark terms:

In total at least 16 jihadists, who have either been convicted of offences, have travelled to Syria or have died while fighting with [Islamic State], hail from a three mile radius around the south Manchester district which was home to Abedi.

These problems are the kind Trump was seeking to prevent in the U.S. by restricting immigration from terror hotspots – an issue which became a central part of his campaign. In January, Trump signed an executive order and a revised order after a court challenge in March, restricting immigration from a number of terror-prone countries – including Syria, Somalia, Iran, Sudan, Yemen, and Libya.

However, Trump’s order is still challenged in court, and new data shows worrying signs of illegal immigration amongst immigrants from the North African country currently being torn apart by violence. A Department of Homeland Security report on visa overstays released this week found that in FY 2016, 43 percent of Libyan students in the U.S. on student visas overstayed their visas — suggesting monitoring of those in the U.S. is in need of improvement.

In the U.K. meanwhile, questions are being raised about not only the connection to Libya, but also how Abedi and his brothers – despite being monitored by security officials – were able to travel back and forth from the area without any alarm bells ringing.

Additionally, while many politicians and commentators in the U.K. initially attacked Trump for his travel ban, some believe that in the wake of the attack, the British public will be questioning its own policies when it comes to Muslim immigration.

“The public will, I think rightly, be wondering: ‘OK we took this couple in as asylum seekers fleeing Gaddafi’s Libya, and how did we get repaid? By their son going to Manchester Arena last Monday evening,” Douglas Murray, author of The Strange Death of Europe, said on a podcast for The Spectator.

“And this now is going to the root of a very big, underlying, bubbling problem across our whole continent, which is this fear: ‘What if this is the future? What if even our acts of goodness get repaid in this way?’” he said.

Minneapolis Police Uncover Bomb-Making Materials, Weapons in SUV

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It all started with a complaint over littering – and ended with two men arrested and the discovery of an arsenal of guns and bomb-making devices by Minneapolis police. Now, local authorities have flagged the arrests for review by the Department of Homeland Security.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS spoke with the man who called police to the scene. He asked us not to use his name because he doesn’t want any more attention than what he’s already received. He said he walked by a parked SUV near the intersection of North 44th Avenue and Humboldt Avenue North the evening of May 11 when he said he saw someone throw food wrappers out of a vehicle window onto the ground.

“My guardian angels steered me in that direction, and it just mushroomed from there,” the man said.

He said the two men in the car started fighting with him after he asked them to clean up the trash, and he paused to get the vehicle’s license plate number. The man said he called 911 after the men got out of the car and indicated they had guns.

“It caused me to be on alert,” he said. “What’s really going on here?”

Court documents reveal the responding officers found a hand grenade, handgun, assault rifles, magazines and a large quantity of ammunition inside the SUV. The documents also indicate officers found cellphones, computers and electronics equipment, including drone parts, which the bomb squad determined could be used to build a bomb.

“The more police showed up — and there were quite a few who showed up — the more it started to overwhelm me with the question of what’s really going on here,” the man said.

Abdullah N. Alrifahe, 27, is facing a felony charge for carrying a pistol in public without a permit. In December, he was convicted of the same offense.

The other man in the SUV, Majid Alrifahe, 26, is charged with assault and disorderly conduct. He has been released from jail. Our attempts to locate him at the address he gave police were unsuccessful.

We reached out to Homeland Security to ask about the department’s review of the arrests, but federal officials did not provide any more information about the case.

Illegal immigration across southwest border down 70 percent under Trump


By Stephen Dinan and Andrea Noble

Illegal immigration across the southwest border dropped yet again in April, with the number of illegal immigrant children fallen below 1,000 for the first time in recent records, Homeland Security announced Tuesday.

The numbers are part of a stunning drop since the beginning of the Trump administration. Border Patrol apprehensions alone are down a shocking 70 percent compared to last year under President Obama.

And the administration appears to have solved the surge of illegal immigrant children and families from Central America that bedeviled Mr. Obama.

Authorities attributed the continued drop to the administration’s changes in border enforcement policies.

“A lot of the discussion about changes in our enforcement policy and the way we are going about doing business, we believe that has deterred people,” said Department of Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan in a briefing at Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters Tuesday. “When you get here it is likely you are going to get caught, you are going to be returned to your country.”

Immigration enforcement in the interior of the United States and greater border scrutiny are countering the notion that if immigrants can just make it into the United States, they will be fine, Mr. Lapan said.

“It’s causing people to have second thoughts about making those attempts to enter the country illegally,” he said.

Authorities expect a seasonal uptick in border apprehensions in May and June of this year, but are waiting to see the degree of any seasonal surge.

The tough talk on illegal immigration and drug cartels does not, however, appear to be having an impact on drug smuggling across the border.

Mr. Lapan said interdiction of hard drugs including heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine at the border are up while marijuana seizures have decreased.

“We are still seeing a lot of illicit drugs come into the country,” he said.

Judge blocks Trump ‘sanctuary city’ funding threat order

A US judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump‘s executive order that sought to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities, dealing another legal blow to the administration’s immigration priorities.


The ruling from US District Judge William Orrick III in San Francisco said Trump’s January 25 order targeted broad categories of federal funding for sanctuary governments and that plaintiffs challenging the order were likely to succeed in proving it unconstitutional.

The Trump administration suffered an earlier defeat in the courts when two federal judges suspended executive orders restricting travel from several Muslim-majority countries. The government has appealed those decisions.

Representatives for the US Justice Department and the White House were not immediately available for comment on the sanctuary ruling.

Sanctuary cities generally offer safe harbor to illegal immigrants and often do not use municipal funds or resources to advance the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

Santa Clara County, which includes the city of San Jose and several smaller Silicon Valley communities, sued in February, saying Trump’s plan to withhold federal funds was unconstitutional. San Francisco filed a similar lawsuit.

Santa Clara County receives about $1.7 billion in federal and federally dependent funds annually, about 35 percent of its total revenues. The county argued it was owed millions of dollars of federal funding every day and that its budgetary planning process had been thrown into disarray by the order.

The Justice Department said the counties had taken an overly broad interpretation of the president’s order, which would affect only Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security funds, a fraction of the grant money received by the counties.

In his ruling, Orrick said the language of the order made it clear it sought to withhold funds beyond law enforcement.

“And if there was doubt about the scope of the Order, the President and Attorney General have erased it with their public comments,” Orrick wrote.

The judge cited comments from Trump calling the order “a weapon” to use against jurisdictions that disagree with his immigration policies.

“Federal funding that bears no meaningful relationship to immigration enforcement cannot be threatened merely because a jurisdiction chooses an immigration enforcement strategy of which the President disapproves,” Orrick wrote.

Dave Cortese, president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, said in a statement: “The politics of fear emanating from the Trump White House has just suffered a major setback.”

There is no clear definition of “sanctuary city” in federal law, but Justice Department lawyer Chad Readler told the judge that the executive order would only apply to three programs administered by the DOJ or the Department of Homeland Security, “a very narrow range of funding,” Readler told the judge, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Readler reportedly said that San Francisco doesn’t currently receive funds from those programs, but that Santa Clara County receives about $1 million.

READ MORE: California one step closer to ‘sanctuary state’ despite threats from Trump admin

San Francisco and Santa Clara County argued their case based on the doctrine of anti-commandeering, a principle recognized by the US Supreme Court in the 1997 gun control case Printz v. United States. In that case, a conservative sheriff sued the government, and won, arguing he was not required to enforce federal gun background checks.

AG Sessions Too Much, Too Positive For George Stephanopolous And His Liberal Agenda

By Rick Wells

Attorney General Jeff Sessions made an appearance on the program of Democrat operative George Stephanopoulos, ABC this Weak [sic] on Sunday. Sessions and the administration are finding ways to get things done in spite of the Democrats best efforts, and that seems to have George a little on edge. Little George’s job is to attack and diminish, find fault and in general just make President Trump, his administration and Cabinet officials look bad. He does his best.

AG  Sessions didn’t make it easy on the boy, though, saying, “I know one thing, we need that wall, it’ll help us complete the promise that the President has made to the American people. That’s what they want, the American people have a right to expect it, and I believe Congress will eventually deliver.”

Stephanopoulos asked one of his prepared, specially crafted gotcha questions, “As you know it’s not just the Democrats who are opposed to the wall, the Wall Street Journal reports that not a single member of the House or the Senate from the border states would commit to funding the wall. None of the four Republican Senators in the border states, so he has a problem with his own party there.”

Really, twerp, you cite John McCain, Jeff Flake and John Cornyn as Republicans as if we weren’t aware they are bought and sold establishment RINOs? Flake and McCain were for amnesty as part of the gang of eight. We’re not supposed to remember that? As for Ted Cruz, we’ll have to hear it from his mouth; yours dispenses fake news and half truths.

He tries to pin a hypothetical government shutdown on President Trump, but in all fairness, the blame in 2013 for the Obamacare shutdown went to the minority party obstructing the majority and to Ted Cruz as the point man. If you swamp rats in the media have any credibility, which is doubtful, you’ll apply the same standard to the President as you did back then to Harry Reid and blame the opposition, Schumer, Durbin and Pelosi.

Sessions completely ignores Georgie’s obvious trap, and instead focuses on the improvements at DHS under General Kelly and the 180 degree reversal in previous record low morale and the improved performance in national security. While everybody in the opposition wants to focus on the wall’s initial costs, Sessions reminds Stephanopoulos that it will save us billions of dollars through reduced drugs and humans entering illegally.

Snarky little George says, “You sound quite confident right there, do you have any evidence that Mexico is going to pay for it? Sessions replies, “Well, we’re going to get it paid for one way or the other,” noting there’s four billion dollars a year in excess payments that go to illegal Mexicans through the tax system. That’s a good place to look, for starters. Of course Stephanopoulos can’t imagine it working, but he’s not being paid not to be optimistic about our future.

He dismisses the idea that Mexico will pay for the wall, challenging AG Sessions as to whether he’s been made such assurances by his counterparts in Mexico. Sessions teaches “no nuance” George a lesson, if he’s still capable of learning in that liberal wasteland between his ears, saying he doesn’t expect them to appropriate money but that is far from the only way of securing Mexican payment for the fence.


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False flag watch is now active

Mac Slavo | SHTFplan.comAPRIL 21, 2017

False flag watch is now active.

A general alert is out for something major in the near or immediate future. Hopefully, it is just another false alarm, instead of another false flag. Either way, and danger is at hand.

Given all that is going on in the world, it is downright eerie to discover that the federal government is once again staging mock disasters that draw disturbing parallels with current world events.

In just a few days, during April 24-26th, Operation Gotham Shield will commence.

It is a tabletop, joint agency exercise involving FEMA, Homeland Security and a myriad of law enforcement and military agencies. WMD, chemical and biological units will all be on hand as a response is tested for a “simulated” nuclear detonation over the United States’ foremost urban center, in the iconic and densely populated island of Manhattan and nearby shores of New Jersey.

The potential for a more explosive false flag to spin out of control, by hijacking and ‘converting’ the simulated actions, is all too real.

This is closely related to the mechanism that many researchers believe was at work on the day of 9/11, nesting a false flag attack inside of a series of large-scale training operations which invoked emergency powers and simulated attacks in locations that were actually hit.

According to the Voice of Reason:

On April 18th thru May 5th, 2017, state, local, and federal organizations alike are planning for Operation Gotham Shield 2017 — a major nuclear detonation drill in the New York-New Jersey area, along with the U.S.-Canadian border. During this exercise, 4 nuclear devices, 2 of which are rendered “safe” during the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Vital Archer Exercise, and one successful 10kt detonation in the NYC/NJ area, along with one smaller detonation on the U.S./Canadian border are to take place.

Among the organizations involved are:

– U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

– U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)

– U.S. Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO)

– U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

– U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

– U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM)

– State of New Jersey Office of Emergency Management

– State of New York Office of Emergency Management

– City of New York Office of Emergency Management

The following document comes form The Nevada National Security Service. Their primary role with the government is to help ensure the security of the United States and its allies by supporting the stewardship of the nuclear deterrent, providing emergency response capability and training, and contributing to key nonproliferation and arms control initiatives.

Will anything catastrophic happen during or after that window of time? Will North Korea really attack the U.S. mainland? Will someone else do so, and blame their overseas enemies?

No one who knows the answers to these questions is willing to talk. For now, all we can do is watch, wait and listen.

Don’t jump to fear and speculation, but don’t lie down or look away either.

These will be trying times.


Jihadists exploited Obama’s national security weaknesses

| – APRIL 18, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security has revealed that federal authorities have opened investigations into radical Islamic terrorists in all 50 states, warning that the threat of terrorism has reached an all-time high.

The FBI has “open investigations in all 50 states,” and there have been at least 37 “ISIS-linked plots to attack our country” since 2013, said DHS Secretary John Kelly on Tuesday.

The U.S. border remains open and the jihadists are working to exploit that national security weakness and plot attacks “every single day,” Kelly said at a George Washington University address.

“We don’t know their intentions,” he said. “We don’t know why they’re here or why they’re coming. We are completely blind to what they’re capable of.”

In the past year alone, there have been “36 homegrown terrorists in 18 states.”

“We’ve seen an unprecedented spike in homegrown terrorism,” Kelly pointed out. “These are the cases we know about – homegrown terrorism is notoriously difficult to predict and control.”

“I tell you, without exaggeration, they try to carry out this mission each and every single day and no one can tell you how to stop it. No one,” he added. “They’re relentless.”

If that isn’t enough, Kelly estimates that approximately 10,000 European citizens have joined the caliphate in Syria and Iraq, and thousands more from Africa and Asia.

“They have learned how to make IEDs, employ drones to drop ordinance, and acquired experience on the battlefield that by all reports they are bringing back home,” Kelly said.

The Trump administration’s DHS policies and rhetoric toward domestic terrorism stands in stark contrast to Obama’s DHS.

Last December, Obama gave a speech to the military boasting that there were zero instances of domestic terrorist attacks, while ignoring the eleven homegrown terrorist attacks including the Boston Marathon bombers and the Fort Hood shooter.

And in 2014, Judicial Watch revealed that Obama’s DHS gave more than 1,500 suspected terrorists asylum in the U.S., claiming any crimes committed were done so “under duress.”