There is Only One Militia, and it is the People

An apocryphal story about Benjamin Franklin relates his response when, at the end of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, he was asked what form of government the new country would have. He said: “A republic, if you can keep it.”

The amazing thing is that we have kept it for as long as we have. Mind you, 233 years after the Convention the Republic is in tatters — just barely hanging on by a thread. It has been deteriorating steadily since at least 1913. If events in the United States of America continue on their present path, the official death date of the Republic will be January 20, 2021. When the act of voting becomes meaningless, a republic no longer exists.

T.L. Davis has posted an important essay about this revolutionary moment we all find ourselves facing. Some excerpts are below.

NB: The mention of Catch-22 by Joseph Heller refers to this passage from the novel:

“Catch-22,” the old woman repeated, rocking her head up and down. “Catch-22. Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can’t stop them from doing.”

[…]

“Didn’t they show it to you?” Yossarian demanded, stamping about in anger and distress. “Didn’t you even make them read it?”

“They don’t have to show us Catch-22,” the old woman answered. “The law says they don’t have to.”

“What law says they don’t have to?”

“Catch-22.”

Excerpts from the essay:

Fight for It

by TL Davis
December 4, 2020

Despite the fact that the Constitution of the United States of America has largely been ignored, defamed and dismissed, it continues as a legal document and as a formal message from the founding fathers to future generations. They could not be here to fight every war for us or even every battle, but the purpose of the Constitution was to give us the weapons with which to fight for ourselves, for our nation, our land that we live on. The weapons are there for us to use, if we want freedom. But, no one is going to give it to us, or live up to their obligations to follow it. It is the moment Mike Vanderboegh identified in the book Catch 22 which really is: “We can do anything you can’t stop us from doing.” Someone has to stop the madness and that someone is you.

Breaking down the Second Amendment is important right now, this minute, for people to understand their roles in the upcoming fight for this nation. “A well-regulated militia…” Let’s start with that. A well-regulated militia is a formation of the people, the farmers, the store clerks, the truck drivers, the factory workers, etc., who are trained to some degree, if only how to hold, aim and fire their weapons at the instruction of commanders or if unstructured when they are endangered in their position. It is NOT what the media and politicians have said in that it is the National Guard. No force, paid by the government, can be the “militia” that is reserved solely for the people themselves, i.e. land owners and equity holders in the republic, reliant upon a free society to support their lives. The Second Amendment does not apply to government forces who can be manipulated by the very enemies of the people who command them.

“…being necessary to the security of a free state…” The founders who had just fought a vicious and largely unsupported war to be free of a distant and unresponsive government who viewed them as nothing more than wealth miners of the new world, subject to the military authority of the crown for obedience, fully understood that the only way to secure a “free state” was to arm the average person whose life and liberty would be at threat from a similar government, perhaps the very one they were devising in Philadelphia. They did not know the future and probably would have been surprised that their document guided America through more than two centuries before it also became so corrupt and meaningless as to threaten the lives and liberty of its citizens.

I’m sure that most people have read the Second Amendment so often that they might have become blind to what it really means, or have accepted other’s definitions without much thought. Read that phrase one more time. “being necessary to the security of a free state…” I hold that “…a free state…” can have a couple of different meanings. It can mean that we are all armed so that we can secure our state the political subdivision of the whole, from the union, should the union of states become corrupt and damaging to the one state, or it could mean the union as a whole, or it could mean an individual’s state of being free. At this point in time, any definition one wants to accept for “…a free state…” works as any and all are under prescient threat.

“…the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Here again, the “people” as Antonin Scalia points out in his opinion of the court in District of Columbia v Heller:

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So, the meaning of the Second Amendment is clear that the people, those familiar folks in the mirror, have the right to keep and bear arms to secure a free state, forming militias among the people to achieve this goal.

But, is there sufficient threat to qualify the mobilization of the militia to secure a “free state?” I ask this question only to the internal conscience of the reader. It is not a bar that is set by law or regulation. It is a determination one must make for themselves, but thoughtful consideration of the issues is still warranted. So…

The entirety of the republic is based upon the consent of the governed. That consent is transferred from the people to the individual representatives every two years, four years and six years, but is always subject to a democratic vote, the winner of the several races for representatives and senators become official with the outcome of the vote with each vote representing a person of legal age, proper residency and mental capacity to transfer that consent. When it comes to the president, the democratic outcome of the vote is further qualified by electors to the electoral college, ensuring that should the greater population choose a tree, or a clearly incompetent, as a president, the electors can choose otherwise to secure that the single most powerful person in the nation is capable of fulfilling the duties as a matter of national security.

The people, however, maintain their consent and through popular action might revoke it legally through recall, impeachment or physical removal. Where their votes have not been faithfully tabulated and their consent properly conferred to the elected representative, there is no transfer of consent. Where there is no transfer of consent, there is no legal authority to pass laws or convene congress. The consent has not been transferred and the republic ends immediately.

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It is clear, after the weeks have passed since the election, that there is no means of arriving at the appropriate transfer of the consent of the governed through legal means. Judges, Secretaries of State, Governors and representatives of the people are incapable of dispensing the true and faithful duties of their offices for various reasons, all of which stem from some sort of corruption, be it bribery, violation of oath, treasonous intent or some other corrupting influence.

Over these weeks, the people have seen their votes discarded, changed and invalidated. Their objections to illegalities in the processes of tabulating and verifying votes has been met with complicit silence, refusing a redress of grievances.

Still, at the end of the day, that is fast approaching, the people of the United States seek a peaceful means of resolution. They look to the Supreme Court for favorable rulings. They assemble at state houses to demand that their votes be counted and verified. They wait for some official to declare their voices heard and the egregious fraud exposed and reversed. They wait for the possibility that the republic can continue, that rule of law has been restored and respected.

In absence of that, WHAT?

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The Exploitation of Turkish Nationalism in the Armenian-“Azerbaijani” War

The essay below was originally published by World Geostrategic Insights in a slightly different form.

The Exploitation of Turkish Nationalism in the Armenian-“Azerbaijani” War

by David Davidian

As the signal-to-noise ratio decreases in the reporting of events surrounding the September 27 Azerbaijani assault on the Armenian-inhabited region of Nagorno-Karabakh, a much more surreptitious current has received virtually no reporting: Iran. Influential think tanks generate their well-crafted equivocation and prevarication, never really following the evidence, and keeping readers cleverly occupied and furious at claims such as “there have been some reports of Jihadists being recruited by and transported to the region by Turkey,” when it is not only clear they have been recruited, with videos of scores being slaughtered by Armenian forces and transcripts of radio transmissions in Arabic suspiciously ignored.

After last July’s border flare-up, with its display of gross Azerbaijani military incompetence, Turkey proclaimed active support for Azerbaijan. Within days of the flare-up’s subsiding, Turkey began war games in Azerbaijan on Armenia’s borders. Turkey never brought home its advisors, trainers, or equipment. Turkey actively recruited and transported Libyan and Syrian Jihadists over Georgian airspace into Azerbaijan to act as cannon fodder in place of Azerbaijan soldiers. One need only peruse flightradar24’s archives to verify this activity. Turkey’s F-16s and AWACS have participated in fighting Armenians. On September 30, the Turkish military assumed control of Azerbaijan’s Air Force. On October 10, an elite force of some two hundred Turkish soldiers attacked an Armenian town many hours after the recent humanitarian cease-fire was to have commenced. Turkish soldiers are embedded within the Azerbaijani army and its command and control.

Rather than deter Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s neo-Ottoman designs, some regional and world powers appear to have used his Nazi-like dreams in their own interests. Just as Jihadists that are fighting against Syria’s Bashar al-Assad can be useful idiots in the short-term, Turkey has been directly encouraged twice to increase its recent expansionist actions. The first was when US President Trump gave Erdogan the green light to enter Northern Syria, which is now under Turkish occupation. The second was when US Secretary of State Pompeo described the current Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict as one over real estate, interpreted by the Turks as another green light. Without even mentioning Turkish actions against Armenians, NATO’s official website posted, “Turkey is a valued NATO Ally” in its report on NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg’s October 5 visit to Turkey. This comes on the heels of Erdogan’s vow, in a July 14 governmental address, “to complete what their ancestors began, this time in the Caucasus,” Erdogan was referring to the 1915 Turkish genocide of the Armenians.

The last time rabid Turkish nationalism was used to such an extent was in the lead-up to and during the First World War and British backing of Arab nationalism to dismantle the Ottoman Caliphate. One outcome of such virulent Turkish nationalism was the genocide of the Armenians, as they were in the way of a Pan-Turkic Empire. Does anybody care if Erdogan proclaims Jerusalem as his city? Apparently not, as Israel tolerates such outbursts along with Turkey’s anti-Semitism.

However, it doesn’t appear that the grand prize is eliminating the Armenians, but rather dragging Iran into a confrontation, probably with Turkey. There have been several reports of Azerbaijani UAVs and shells falling in Iran. Of particular interest is that on October 7, Azerbaijani troops attempted to provoke Armenians into firing into Iran. Many hundreds of Azerbaijani troops purposely placed themselves in a position where Armenian artillery would violate the Iranian frontier. The Azerbaijani soldiers were trapped between Armenian forces and the Iranian border and were decimated by the hundreds. The Armenians urged Iran not to allow Azerbaijan troops to escape into Iran. With northwestern Iran populated with Azerbaijani-speaking Iranians and the Iranian military on high alert along its entire border with Azerbaijan, Iran could be dragged into this conflict. It is no secret that not only has Israel been arming Azerbaijan with well over $5B in high technology weaponry, but Amnesty International said on October 6 that Israeli-made cluster bombs are being used against civilians by Azerbaijan.

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Fleeing Syrian Brain Surgeons on the Rampage

During the Great Migration Crisis of 2015, Hungary built a fence along its southern border to keep the invaders out. Migrants who wanted asylum were required to enter through the official border crossings and apply for asylum before they could proceed any further. The government built facilities in the “transit zones” to house the migrants while they waited for a response to their asylum applications, a place where they could stay on a completely voluntary basis. They were free to return by the same route they came whenever they wanted.

The European Union recently ruled that the migrant housing in these transit zones constituted “illegal detention”. As reported in the news feed a few days ago, Hungary responded by closing the transit zones, and from now on will require migrants to file their asylum applications at a Hungarian consulate outside the country.

In the wake of the clearing of the transit zone housing, it became evident that the culture-enrichers had fouled the nest that the Hungarian government had supplied for them. Their behavior suggests a new meaning for the word “refusenik”.

Many thanks to CrossWare for translating this brief article from the Pestisracok.hu conservative portal:

May 26, 2020

Unbelievable destruction in the transit zone by “the fleeing Syrian brain surgeons”

Following a recent political ruling by the European Court of Justice, the Hungarian government ordered the immediate evacuation of transit zones at the southern border. In addition to the stricter immigration administration rules that came into force, those already in the transit zone were transported to refugee camps in the country, but after their departure, dramatic footage was captured of the destruction by “war refugees” in the Röszke transit zone. In connection with the startling pictures, it is worth mentioning that the scattered, shattered objects had arrived there both through the Hungarian state and from various aid organizations.

[Translator’s note: More pictures can be found in the article (see link)]

Béla Go Home!

Our Hungarian correspondent CrossWare sends this compilation of material about the European Union’s attempts to force Hungary to abandon its sovereignty and embrace mass immigration.

Béla Go Home!

by CrossWare

Béla is a Hungarian given name, made famous in the USA by Béla Lugosi, the actor who portrayed Dracula. (As a matter of interest, Béla Lugosi was born in Hungary, but his hometown is now part of Romania.)

A direct translation of the meme shown at the top of this post:

This is Béla.

If Béla wants to enter my apartment, but I do not want to let him in, and I say to him: “Hey, you, Béla, why don’t you go home to your stinkin’ whore of a mother?!”, then the European Court says I arrested Béla.

Please do not be a “Béla” or a “European Court”!

Prelude:

A long-standing grudge is held by EU bureaucrats against the ingenious solution implemented by the Hungarian government, which erected a border fence and built “transit zones” along the southern border of Hungary.

The transit zone is built inside Hungarian territory, just like the fence, which was built three meters into Hungarian territory to avoid international incidents. The transit zones consist of some buildings along the fence, where the migrants may request asylum. While their papers are being processed they can stay, they are fed, and if they become bored, they can return to Serbia without a second thought.

Of course, most asylum applications are rejected, mostly because Hungary is not the first European country the migrants have entered. These “people” (we just lovingly call them: “invading horde”) waltzed through multiple countries before arriving at our borders. Obviously this solution hurts the EU leadership, because they would like nothing more than to replace the original population as soon as possible.

Now the European Court has come out with a verdict stating exactly what the meme phrased rather elegantly. The transit zone, which the nomadic invaders may enter and leave at will, is a “terrible prison”, where there is no escape… Run, people, run! And somebody please think of the children (Helen Lovejoy, The Simpsons):

From the TutiBlog, part of the pestisracok.hu conservative portal:

Big changes, of course, never happen overnight. Nor did the age of discovery and European exodus begin when Columbus stumbled upon the American continent in 1492; it was preceded by the establishment of African ports, the boom in Indian trade bypassing the Middle East conquered by the Turks, and thus the development of European shipping in general. Yet the descendants of Europe may be tied to today’s descendants when they analyze how they managed to create a frustrated, poor madman from the most developed and happiest continent.

The European Court of Justice has ruled according to the logic of the opening image. Reality doesn’t matter, just ideology. Decades of active undermining by the crazed social engineers, the occupation of universities, culture, and the courts have matured into this madness. Just as it doesn’t matter who has what between her legs, even if she has a [manly appendage], it doesn’t matter to members of the European Court of Justice that a fence cannot be a prison for someone who is outside it.

According to the European Court of Justice, if we do not allow someone into the country, but he crouches in the corner and does not go anywhere, it is considered detention.

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Eric Zemmour: Reconquer the No-Go Zones!

In the following two videos (taken from the same appearance on a socially distanced TV talk show) the popular French commentator Eric Zemmour discusses the dire situation in the country’s culturally enriched banlieues, and calls for radical action to retake what have become foreign enclaves on French soil.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translations, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling.

In the first video Mr. Zemmour talks about the tactical alliance between the Left and the invaders:

In the second video he calls for the reconquest of the “Sensitive Urban Zones”, saying, “It is necessary to reconquer by force or give up.”

Video transcript #1:

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Migrant-“Rescue” NGOs Are Raring to Go

It appears that the flow of migrant-“rescue” ships into Italy has stopped not because of prohibitions by the Italians, but simply because it is logistically impossible to organize the ships’ putting out to sea.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this op-ed from Il Giornale:

The NGOs don’t want to stop: Ready to bring in more migrants

The NGOs are itching to return to sea. For them it doesn’t seem to be a problem that bringing migrants into Italy at this time would present further difficulties for our country, which is exhausted by the battle against the coronavirus.

by Mauro Indelicato
March 21, 2020

It is true that in Libya, the war has not stopped, true that the emergency has lasted almost a decade, but that does not detract from the fact that the Italian conflict, in which our country is fighting against Covid-19, is also causing pain and suffering in the population.

This is a principle perhaps almost banal to mention, but not for some representatives of NGOs, which are chomping at the bit to get back to sea and bring in dozens more migrants into Italy. The words of Riccardo Gatti, president of Open Arms, from a few days ago, seem rather eloquent: “In Libya there are still men, women and children risking their lives every day,” declared the head of the Spanish NGO. “In Libya, the coronavirus is not the only problem; their lives are being violated. Every day.”

“The young men of Open Arms consider themselves missionaries of immigration, brave paladins of the weakest, modern-day Robin Hoods,” underlined Maurizio Belpietro in La Verita [The Truth]. They want to return to Libya; for them it almost seems that the only suffering of note is that of those who live on the Mediterranean shore of Africa.

It is not so important to them, therefore, whether Italy today is not able to accept even one more person, considering the thousands who, with difficulty and not a few risks, are confined within the reception centers.

Not only Gatti and not only Open Arms, but the members of the French NGO, SOS Méditerranée are clawing to get out, who yesterday declared that they have docked the Ocean Viking at Marseilles and are respecting the anti-virus regulations in force also in France. “But we are working to return to sea as soon as possible,” they wanted to report.

You remain inside the port because you are forced to do so by circumstances, not to avoid worsening the condition of a country such as ours, exhausted and tested by an unexpected public health emergency, and therefore even more terrible to live in. All of Italy is under pressure from what is happening: not only the citizens, but especially the doctors and volunteers in the ward who have not seen their own families for weeks in order to give the hope of life to all those people who no longer have the strength to breathe on their own.

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Viktor Orbán: “This is a Well-Organized Invasion”

Röszke is a town in southern Hungary, at the border crossing with Serbia. As reported here previously, during the Great Migration Crisis of 2015 a huge mob of migrants attacked the border crossing there (“The Battle of Röszke”). Then last month another organized mob rushed the border at Röszke.

The following video is an excerpt from a press conference on February 13 at which Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Slovakian Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini spoke.

Notes from the translator:

This press conference took place at the border in Röszke, with official translators translating immediately. As a result, Mr. Orbán speaks in short sentences to help the translator.

The first part of the video is standard diplomatic chit-chat. First Mr. Orbán thanks the Slovakian PM for sending Slovakian police officers to defend the Hungarian border. Then PM Pellegrini thanks the Hungarians for defending the southern border of the EU, thereby defending Slovakia.

Many thanks to CrossWare for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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The Iranian Heydrich

Ehud Yahari is an Israeli journalist and political commentator. In the following video from Israeli TV Mr. Yahari asserts that the killing of Qasem Soleimani — the Iranian general who was killed in a targeted attack in Iraq a few days ago — is the most significant political assassination, from a Jewish perspective, since the killing of Reinhard Heydrich during the Second World War.

Many thanks to D@rLin|{ for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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The Huddled Masses Yearn to Cross the Border Fence Into Hungary

Hungary is currently experiencing a surge of migrants against its southern borders, the largest it has seen since the Great Migration Crisis of 2015. Its border with Serbia is now completely defended by a razor-wire fence, but recent arrivals have been digging tunnels under it and putting ladders up against it in their zeal to cross the border.

The video below was released by the Hungarian government. It shows numerous attempts, some of them successful, by people who want to cross into Hungary.

No one who wanted to enter the country honestly and legally would attempt to dig under the fence or scale it with a ladder. That means these new arrivals are invaders, rather than migrants. Hungarian border guards would be completely justified in shooting the invaders as soon as they put up their ladders or emerged from the tunnel under the fence. And they would only have to shoot a few of them; after that the traffickers would return to using the longer route through Croatia. But the Hungarians dare not do it.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video (hat tip László):

The following excerpts are from an ABC News article about the discovery of the tunnels under the fence:

Hungarian police find 2 tunnels used by migrants on border

Hungarian police say they have discovered two tunnels used by migrants to enter the country from Serbia

Hungarian police said Friday that they discovered two tunnels used by migrants to enter the country from Serbia.

Police said that a tunnel 34 meters (37 yards) long was discovered near the southern village of Asotthalom, where they also detained 44 migrants who had used the precarious passageway.

Police Col. Jeno Szilassi-Horvath said a Serbian citizen suspected of human trafficking had been detained along with the migrants.

The tunnel near Asotthalom was about 50 centimeters (20 inches) wide, 60 centimeters (2 feet) high, and had been dug as deep as about 6 meters (20 feet) below the surface without any support beams or other elements to prevent its collapse.

Szilassi-Horvath said the dig, which likely lasted a few weeks and was done without any machines, had gone undetected thanks to the thick underbrush in the area and because the soil dug out was dumped in a nearby canal.

He added that security officials were using drones and scanners to search for any more tunnels.

The other tunnel, in the village of Csikeria, was 21.7 meters (71 feet) long, but no successful migrant crossings took place there. Police said they discovered both tunnels not long after their construction was completed, and filled both of them up again.

See also Vlad’s report on the same topic.

Below are four more articles about the migration (invasion) surge at the borders of Hungary:

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Paul Sutliff on the Process of Civilization Jihad

The following video is the latest in a series from the riverside retreat held in Quebec back in September. In this installment José Atento of the Brazilian blog Lei Islâmica em Ação interviews Paul Sutliff, the author of the book Civilization Jihad and the Myth of Moderate Islam. In his talk Mr. Sutliff describes the infiltration of American institutions by the Muslim Brotherhood, and warns Brazilians that the same process will be applied to Brazil, if it isn’t underway already.

The Portuguese translation of the English-language portion of the clip is included in the transcript below. José has also translated his Portuguese introduction into English.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for the recording and subtitling:

Video transcript:

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Operation Roncesvalles

The following video features an appearance on RTL by Eric Zemmour, a popular French commentator. What Mr. Zemmour describes, if true, is quite significant: The French army has prepared a battle plan for retaking French territory that has been colonized by Islam.

Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling. The translator includes this introductory note:

When Zemmour mentions Operation Ronces, it would make most educated people in France think of Battle of Roncesvalles, Ronceval or Roncevaux (the Valley or Valleys of Ronces) in 778 A.D. — Charlemagne against the Moors (and not against the Basques, the PC version of the events, which incidentally is also denied by Muslim sources, which say: we attacked Charlemagne in the Roncesvalles/Roncevaux/Ronceval Pass). And I would be surprised if hinting at that battle wasn’t the intention of the French Joint Chiefs of Staff when they called this Reconquista operational plan “Ronces”.

Roncesvalles, now part of Spain, was an important stop on the pilgrimage route to and from Santiago de Compostela.

Video transcript:

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Bankrupted by “Refugees”, Germany Prepares for War

The two unconnected articles below acquire more significance when posted together. Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translations.

First, from Handelsblatt:

Government Report: Refugee costs amounted to 23 billion euros in 2018

Last year, the German federal government spent 23 billion euros on refugees. Of this amount, 7.9 billion was spent on combating the causes of flight.

Berlin — According to a media report, the federal government spent 23 billion euros last year to fight the causes of flight and to care for arriving migrants. This is a further increase compared to 2017, reports the Bild newspaper (Monday). At that time, just under 21 billion euros were spent. The newspaper refers to the government report “Refugee and Integration Costs”, which is to be approved by the cabinet on Wednesday.

The largest part of the money, about 7.9 billion euros, had been used to fight the causes of flight. In addition, more than 4 billion euros were spent on Hartz IV (welfare benefits). According to the report, 7.5 billion euros went to the federal states, for example for the registration and accommodation of refugees up to the asylum decision as well as integration courses.

The second article from the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung describes the preparations by a German relief agency the possibility of war:

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War-Gaming Armageddon

German authorities are obviously preparing for significant civil disturbances in the near future, but it isn’t clear whether their greatest fear is a terrorist attack launched by “New Germans”, or an uprising by native Germans who have finally reached the limit of what they are willing to tolerate.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translations, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling.

The first video shows war-gaming for an expected major terror attack, whose source is unspecified:

The second video shows an anti-terror drill in the Central Railway Station in Nuremberg:

Video transcript #1:

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DHS Willfully Blind to Islamic Threats to the Homeland

This report on our Homeland Insecurity was posted today at the Sharia TipSheet in a slightly different form.

DHS Willfully Blind to Islamic Threats to the Homeland

October 16, 2019

The Department of Homeland Security is to be commended for expressly naming what it calls the “Radical Islamist Terrorist Threat” in its new Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence. However, once again, DHS comes up woefully short in recognizing significant aspects of the threat.

The Framework discusses the threat at length (pp. 9-10), but confines its discussion to foreign groups such as the Islamic State (IS), Al Qaeda, and Hezbollah, their internationally mobile returning fighters, and the ‘homegrown violent extremists’ (HVEs) these groups inspire domestically.

No mention is made of the threat posed by Islam’s core doctrine of jihad or of the fact that many mosques in America have been rated Dangerous, Very Dangerous, or Extremely Dangerous by Dave Gaubatz, a well-known author and analyst with national security credentials. Apparently, in DHS’ view, a threat is not a threat if it’s a political hot potato. (The Justice Department and FBI so far refuse to cough up any records regarding their view of mosques in a pending FOIA case.)

Instead of parsing the threats posed by Islamic core doctrine and sharia (Islamic law), the DHS Framework descends into more of the same homogenized CVE (Countering Violent Extremism) mush it spouted during the Obama administration. DHS began to move away from CVE and return to reality-based counterterrorism analysis and training early in the Trump administration. Unfortunately, the Department halted that work and reversed course once again towards CVE under former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. The Framework is replete with CVE concepts and terminology such as, for example, when it discusses “a more holistic approach to preventing terrorism.” (p.1) CVE has been heavily criticized elsewhere for years, but one problem with treating all terrorist threats — from animal rights activists to jihadis — as the same is that it leaves counterterrorism personnel ill-equipped to deal with the specific means and methods employed by each discrete group of terrorists.

Finally, no mention at all is made of the Muslim Brotherhood or its U.S. front groups. Any Framework that fails to address this unsurpassed threat to the homeland is doomed from the outset. The Brotherhood’s main front group in the U.S. is CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations). CAIR poses as a civil rights group but its true nature is indicated by its status as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism-financing trial.

According to a recently published report on CAIR:

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