Jul 202010

JOHN ROBERTS: 37 minutes now after the hour.

Since it appeared online officials have tracked what’s believed to be an al Qaida online magazine called Inspire. The 70 page terror guide includes how-to sections on bomb making, sending encrypted messages, an interview with fugitive Yemeni American Anwar Al Awlaki. Basically everything but letters to the editor. Well that can come in future editions. Now a top U.S. official tells CNN that the feds know who is behind it. He’s an American from North Carolina who went to Yemen last October and never came back.

Here for this morning’s security watch is Steve Emerson. He is the executive director of the non profit research group The Investigative Project on Terrorism. Steve, good to talk to you this morning.

This magazine, believed to be at least mostly put together by a fellow named Samir Kahn, who used to live as we said in North Carolina, moved to Yemen. What do we know about him and how seriously are counter terrorism officials taking this?

STEVE EMERSON: Well two good questions. One, they know pretty much most about him since he left the United States last year at the age of 23. He grew up in Queens, New York, joined an Islamic group, then moved to Charlotte, North Carolina and operated a website, a radical jihadist website, that I actually monitored with my staff 2 years ago, but which the FBI was prevented from doing anything about because he was exercising his free speech. And it was also represented that he was a lone jihadist. Suddenly he leaves the United States, ends up in Yemen, becomes pals with the Anwar Al Awlaki, the al Qaida Yemeni cleric, and using his acrobatic skills, his graphic image skills, puts out a magazine that as you noted is probably a jihadist version of Popular Mechanics, Psychology Today and Ask Ann Landers. I mean everything from soup to nuts is in this magazine, written in incredibly good prose, provides dos and don’ts for carrying out jihad, including as you mentioned, how to build a bomb in your mom’s kitchen.

ROBERTS: So how seriously are counter terrorism officials taking all of this?

EMERSON: Well I think they are taking it seriously for a number of reasons. One is the fact that it provides operational directions and instructions for how to devise bombs and explosive devices. It also provides ways of using encrypted communications to avoid detection by electronic monitoring agencies like the National Security Agency. And most of all it’s written in English and in a style that is very alluring to potential young or middle age Muslim recruits that would carry out attacks in the United States.

ROBERTS: Let’s just take a quick look inside this magazine, because in addition to what you just talked about it’s got articles that are attributed both Osama Bin Laden and Ayman Al Zawahiri, his number two. But what do you think the intent is here, Steve? Is it to kind of talk about this in the abstract or is to try to inspire a lone wolf or some sort of independent group to come to al Qaida’s direction?

EMERSON: It’s definitely designed to recruit new English speaking members. A vast new population pool on which al Qaida can recruit but before it couldn’t because most Westerners didn’t speak Arabic or the language from which al Qaida leaders came from. So this magazine speaks to Westerners in Europe, Westerners in the United States, even Latin America, and based on what happened last year, there were 15 al Qaida or homegrown Islamic terrorist plots, 9 of the defendants in those plots had downloaded videos or English language jihadist magazines from the internet showing that they were definitely radicalized by what they saw on the web.

ROBERTS: In at least three of them, but also had contact with the radical Islamist cleric Anwar al Awlaki who you were talking about. You talked about this but it bears taking a look at again, part of what we see inside the magazine is a page that’s called open source jihad, and it starts off with a picture of New York City. And then it goes on to give those step for step instructions on how to build a pipe bomb and how to send encrypted messages. Is there anything in this though Steve that’s not already widely available on the internet?

EMERSON: Remember the anarchist cook book is on the internet and that tells you how to make a bomb, so if you’re really looking for making a bomb this is not the only magazine. It doesn’t break any new precedents, but what is interesting about it is that it’s a complete magazine, it’s not just on bomb making but it’s on the philosophy on joining the jihad, what clothes to wear when you join the jihad, how to communicate secretly, what doubts you might have about the jihad and how they answer them in a very sophisticated manner. So psychologically I found this prose to be the most effective Western style recruiting tool that I’ve ever seen for getting young Muslims into the jihadist role.

ROBERTS: And with all of this out there and now with some American expatriates leading the way do you expect we’re going to see an even greater rise in terrorism here in the United States than we’ve seen in the past couple of years?

EMERSON: Well they certainly, in this magazine they taunt the fact that Muhammad Abdulmutallab, the Christmas day bomber, and Shahzad, the New York City would-be bomber, got through authorities but failed just on their own, so I think we’re looking at a population pool of potentially new recruits. Whether they succeed I can’t tell you John, but I do believe that if you look in the last three years the arrow is going upwards in terms of plots carried out here in the United States or in other countries against US targets, basically carried out by Americans or Western English speaking young Muslims.

ROBERTS: Pretty troubling news. Steve Emerson from the Investigative Project on Terrorism, good to talk to you this morning, thanks for dropping by.


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Jul 202010


Political Listserv Exposed and Under Fire

~Tucker on Fox & Friends this A.M.
Did liberal journalists plot to protect then-presidential candidate Obama?

Documents show media plotting to kill stories about Rev. Jeremiah Wright

By Jonathan Strong – The Daily Caller | Published: 12:01 AM 07/21/2010 | Updated: 12:02 AM 07/21/201

If you were in the presence of a man having a heart attack, how would you respond? As he clutched his chest in desperation and pain, would you call 911? Would you try to save him from dying? Of course you would.

But if that man was Rush Limbaugh, and you were Sarah Spitz, a producer for National Public Radio, that isn’t what you’d do at all.

In a post to the list-serv Journolist, an online meeting place for liberal journalists, Spitz wrote that she would “Laugh loudly like a maniac and watch his eyes bug out” as Limbaugh writhed in torment.

In boasting that she would gleefully watch a man die in front of her eyes, Spitz seemed to shock even herself. “I never knew I had this much hate in me,” she wrote. “But he deserves it.”

Spitz’s hatred for Limbaugh seems intemperate, even imbalanced. On Journolist, where conservatives are regarded not as opponents but as enemies, it barely raised an eyebrow.

In the summer of 2009, agitated citizens from across the country flocked to town hall meetings to berate lawmakers who had declared support for President Obama’s health care bill. For most people, the protests seemed like an exercise in participatory democracy, rowdy as some of them became.

On Journolist, the question was whether the protestors were garden-variety fascists or actual Nazis.

“You know, at the risk of violating Godwin’s law, is anyone starting to see parallels here between the teabaggers and their tactics and the rise of the Brownshirts?” asked Bloomberg’s Ryan Donmoyer. “Esp. Now that it’s getting violent? Reminds me of the Beer Hall fracases of the 1920s.”


When the writer Victor Davis Hanson wrote an anti-immigration piece for National Review, for example, blogger Ed Kilgore didn’t even bother to grapple with Hanson’s arguments. Instead Kilgore dismissed Hanson’s piece out of hand as “the kind of Old White Guy cultural reaction that is at the heart of the Tea Party Movement. It’s very close in spirit to the classic 1970s racist tome, The Camp of the Saints, where White Guys struggle to make up their minds whether to go out and murder brown people or just give up.”

And so a debate ensued. Time’s Scherer, who had seemed to express support for increased regulation of Fox, suddenly appeared to have qualms: “Do you really want the political parties/white house picking which media operations are news operations and which are a less respectable hybrid of news and political advocacy?”

But Zasloff stuck to his position. “I think that they are doing that anyway; they leak to whom they want to for political purposes,” he wrote. “If this means that some White House reporters don’t get a press pass for the press secretary’s daily briefing and that this means that they actually have to, you know, do some reporting and analysis instead of repeating press releases, then I’ll take that risk.”

Scherer seemed alarmed. “So we would have press briefings in which only media organizations that are deemed by the briefer to be acceptable are invited to attend?”

John Judis, a senior editor at the New Republic, came down on Zasloff’s side, the side of censorship. “Pre-Fox,” he wrote, “I’d say Scherer’s questions made sense as a question of principle. Now it is only tactical.”

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Jul 202010

~Gateway Pundit Posted by Jim Hoft on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 8:27 PM

Prominent black activist Mary Frances Berry admitted today that accusing the tea party activists of being racists is an effective tool for the democrats and far left organizations.

by Jim Hoft

Mary Frances Berry admitted this at the Politico:

Professor of American Social Thought and History, U. Penn. :

Tainting the tea party movement with the charge of racism is proving to be an effective strategy for Democrats. There is no evidence that tea party adherents are any more racist than other Republicans, and indeed many other Americans. But getting them to spend their time purging their ranks and having candidates distance themselves should help Democrats win in November. Having one’s opponent rebut charges of racism is far better than discussing joblessness.

And, there you have it. Democrats are flinging the r-word as a political maneuver. We all knew it. Now they admit it.

Jul 202010

~Big Government by Jeff Dunetz

The sandal surrounding the firing of Shirley Sherrod is getting weirder by the second. Now the NAACP is blaming Fox News and Andrew Breitbart for the NAACP’s own overreaction to the release of the video of Ms Sherrod, released on Big Government yesterday.

The video showed Sherrod, USDA Georgia Director of Rural Development, speaking at an NAACP Freedom Fund dinner in Georgia. The part of her speech covered in the video saw Ms Sherrod tel a story about providing only minimal help to a Caucasian farmer who came to her for help.

Today Sherrod said the video was taken out of context. She said that a video of her entire speech would reveal that she described the 24 year old incident as a turning point in her life. Ms Sherrod said that was the point where she learned it was not all about race, it was about poverty. She eventually helped that white farmer to keep his farm and even became friends with the farmer and his wife.

Almost immediately after Shirly Sherrod resigned, the NAACP President Ben Jealous released a statement condemning her.

“We are appalled by her actions, just as we are with abuses of power against farmers of color and female farmers,” the statement said.

“Her actions were shameful,” it continued. “While she went on to explain in the story that she ultimately realized her mistake, as well as the common predicament of working people of all races, she gave no indication she had attempted to right the wrong she had done to this man.”

As soon as Ms Sherrod blasted the NAACP for not talking to her before bashing her the NAACP withdrew their statement. That’s when Ben Jealous then called Sherrod to find out her side of the story.

Following their conversation NAACP President Jealous released the following statement

“With regard to the initial media coverage of the resignation of USDA official Shirley Sherrod, we have come to the conclusion we were snookered by Fox News and Tea Party Activist Andrew Breitbart into believing she had harmed white farmers because of racial bias,” said Jealous. “Having reviewed the full tape, spoken to Ms. Sherrod, and most importantly heard the testimony of the white farmers mentioned in this story, we now believe the organization that edited the documents did so with the intention of deceiving millions of Americans.”

“The fact is Ms. Sherrod did help the white farmers mentioned in her speech,” he continued. “They personally credit her with helping to save their family farm.”

Snookered??? How could they be snookered, Shirley Sherrod spoke at an NAACP event. Mr. Jealous had access to the entire tape but he never bothered to look at it before he blasted Ms Sherrod.

Sorry Mr. Jealous, but you can’t be snookered when you hold all of the evidence. And you are still missing a major part of the video its not necessarily about Shirley Sherrod. Watch the video again, listen for the approval of the crowd as she talked disparagingly about the white farmer and how she sent him to one of his own for help. You see, Ms Sherrod’s story doesn’t change the fact that the NAACP audience seemed to have approved of her actions when she talked about not helping the white farmer.

Shirley Sherrod’s story doesn’t change the fact Ben Jealous had access to the entire video and blasted Sherrod without watching it. That is not the fault of Andrew Breitbart, nor is it the fault of Fox News, it is the fault of only one person, Ben Jealous President of the NAACP.

Full story…

Jul 202010

~Big Government

Context is everything ~ Andre Breitbart

~Symbol of Black Power in itself is Intimidating

In this piece you will see video evidence of racism coming from a federal appointee and NAACP award recipient and in another clip from the same event a perfect rationalization for why the Tea Party needs to exist.


* But first the context:

For the past week, Americans who consider themselves aligned with the Tea Party movement have suffered the indignity of being falsely labeled racist by the NAACP and their pro-bono publicity managers, the main stream media. The constant calls to “repudiate the racists from your ranks” have not only been insulting, but have also served to force a false standard upon America’s fastest-growing and most vibrant political movement that no other group could ever live up to nor would ever be asked to live up to.

While the media has chosen to do the Democratic Party’s bidding in allowing for the NAACP to negatively and falsely brand the millions strong, loosely affiliated tea party phenomenon as “racist”, the moral indignation over race and racism has taken center stage in a summer of economic and political discontent.

The NAACP, an undeniable weapon in the Democratic Party’s arsenal, was more than happy to exploit this nation’s sensitive racial schism for possible political gain. The Democratic Party and the NAACP, needless to say, are playing with fire.

* But the new media will not be silenced. It will not allow for the main stream media to propagate hateful and hurtful lies in order to save the Democratic Party from the toxic choices it has made over the past few years. And by bringing up race, and demanding a zero tolerance of racism, the left, and the NAACP in particular, has opened itself up for scrutiny.

* The second video affirms the real reason there is tension between the Democratic Party and a growing mass of middle Americans — and it’s not because of race.

The NAACP which has transformed from a civil rights group to a propaganda arm of the Democratic Party and social-justice politics, supports a new America that relies less on individualism, entrepreneurialism and American grit, but instead giddily embraces, the un-American notion of unaccountability and government dependence. Shirley Sherrod, a federal appointee who oversees over a billion dollars of federal funds, nearly begs black men and women into taking government jobs at USDA — because they won’t get fired.

This is why the Democratic Party is scared. This is why the NAACP is scared. This is why black conservatives, previously marginalized as “Uncle Toms” by these progressive bullies, and shamefully, the NAACP, are coming out of the woodwork to join and, in many cases, lead the Tea Party movement.

The emerging Tea Party nation understands that the media has focused on the manufactured racial schism while intentionally ignoring the schism between free market thinkers and government expansionists, that the latter of which is brazen in its desire to transform America into a European-model welfare state with a healthy dose of socialism.

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Andrew Breitbart discusses his controversial decision to post a video that has sparked a national debate about racism.

Jul 202010

~To my friends at Daily Caller, By Jon Ward – The Daily Caller.Thank you SO much for your EVERYDAY great coverage of the TRUTH! What would we do without you & Andrew Breitbart!

A Department of Agriculture official who was forced to resign Monday over racially tinged comments accused the White House of pushing her out before they had fully understood her comments or even seen them in their full context, as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People withdrew their condemnation of the woman and called on the administration to reconsider her firing.

President Obama, however, on Tuesday evening stood by the decision to force out Shirley Sherrod, the USDA official in question, the White House told The Daily Caller.

White House officials told The Daily Caller that they were made aware late in the day Monday by USDA officials that comments by Sherrod, where she talked about discriminating against a white farmer seeking her help to a mostly black audience at an NAACP event in Georgia, had been posted online on a conservative website, BigGovernment.com (see the original shortened video and the full Sherrod speech at the bottom of this story).

President Obama himself was informed of the situation, a White House official said. But the official, speaking about the sensitive issue on the grounds that he not be identified, said that the administration put no pressure on Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to oust Sherrod, and that it was his decision alone.

Vilsack corraborated the story, saying “I made this decision. It’s my decision.”

“Nobody from the White House contacted me about this at all,” Vilsack told CNN.

~Come on guys make up your ever loving minds!

Sherrod said that she was told differently by Cheryl Cook, the USDA official who called her four times late Monday, first informing her that she had been placed on administrative leave and finally asking Sherrod to pull her car over to the side of the road so she could e-mail in a statement of resignation.

Cheryl Cook, Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary

Cheryl Cook was appointed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack as Deputy Under Secretary for USDA Rural Development on April 10, 2009. In this position, Cook manages policies and programs in Rural Development’s three main areas: Business and Cooperatives, Housing and Community Facilities, and Utilities.

Cook served from May 1993 until March 2000 as Rural Development’s Pennsylvania State Director. She also worked in USDA’s Washington, D.C. office, specializing in food, nutrition and housing program delivery.

Between Federal appointments, Cook served as Deputy Secretary for Marketing and Economic Development at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. She previously worked for the Keystone Development Center, a non-profit organization in Pennsylvania that helps new and emerging cooperatives. She was a member of the National Farmers Union’s public policy staff, focusing on dairy, credit, and environmental issues. She also maintained a private law practice.

Cook received her bachelor’s degree from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa., and a law degree from The Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pa. (April 2009)


“I had at least three calls telling me the White House wanted me to resign. And the last one asked me to pull over to the side of the road and do it. And that’s exactly what I did,” Sherrod said on CNN. “Each time she said it she said ‘the White House.’”

Sherrod went to the airwaves Tuesday to defend herself and her comments, arguing that in the video that appeared online she was telling a story about racial prejudice in which she had acted wrongly and learned from it, and that the incident in question had taken place in 1986. She was not working for the federal government at the time, she said. And on CNN, Sherrod said that people who had interpreted her comments to be racist were themselves racist.

“I know now that there are racist people out there who would take it to try to mean something else,” Sherrod said. “I grew up in racism and had to fight it all of my life. That’s why I fight so much against it. That’s why I know that racism is not something that’s a part of me.”

Sherrod also blasted the NAACP, blaming them for creating a racially charged national environment through their criticism of the Tea Party movement. The NAACP last week debated a resolution condemning the Tea Party movement as racist before approving a statement that called on the conservative movement to condemn racism within their midst.

“They are the reason why this happened. They got into a fight with the Tea Party and all of this came out as a result of that,” Sherrod said on CNN.

JUST MUST read ANYTHING the Daily Caller will be posting in the days to come! ALL will be posted here

~Also be watching here for Big Government stories!!! It’s Getting HOT in here folks…

Jul 202010

Jul 202010

Critics upset with timing of event

~This has been going on almost since right after 9/11 in New Jersey, but did you hear about it?

* We had a group of the best people who were not paid a penny, but still did the best background work on THE WAR ON TERROR for many years at Threat Matrix. We did not miss a beat! I remember when one of our own, from NJ, was absolutely horrified when they closed her Six Flaggs for this day. The group rented the park for the entire day. WE PROTESTED! Heartily! This post is dedicated to my fellow TM’ers who to this day are fighting behind the scenes & never get the gratitude they have more than earned. I will NEVER ever forget any of you & you know who you are…Thus the category we have here , Matrix Reloaded is in your behalf. ~JP

Alhamdulillah 57,000 people attend Muslim Family Day 2009 nationwide.

All successes are from Allah alone and ICNA would like to thank all the guests for attending and making this event a phenomenal sucess…the fllowing website lets you see HOW long & how many places this has been going on ~JP

See it all here…

August 31, 2009

ICNA invites you to join in on the fun and celebrate your Eid at Muslim Family Day 2009!

Since its inception 8 years ago, Muslim Family Day has come a very long way. From the 1500 people that originally attended it at Six Flags Great Adventure in 2000, Muslim Family Day has grown to accommodate 54,000 people across 7 different cities in 2008.

Alhamdulillah, ICNA has continuously received an overwhelmingly positive response from MFD attendees, many of whom describe the event as the best Eid experience of their lives. Thousands converge every year to celebrate this blessed holiday with their families, friends and communities.

This years event promises to be just as exciting, featuring:
* Six Flags roller coasters and rides
* Halal food vendors
* An open-air bazaar
* Congregational prayers
* Family entertainment
* And much more!

ICNA will be hosting Muslim Family Day 2009 at the following Six Flags locations:
* Atlanta
* Boston
* Chicago
* Dallas
* Los Angeles
* Louisville, KY
* New Jersey
* San Francisco
* Baltimore/ Washington, DC.

Mark your calendars for the biggest Muslim event of the year!

Great Muslim Adventure Day
at Six Flags, NJ

Click here to buy tickets online…

Insha Allah, on October 1, 2008, the New Jersey theme park, Six Flags Great Adventure, is set to be transformed as ‘The Great Muslim Adventure Day’, an event organized by ICNA-NJ. This year entire parks are reserved for two days! In addition to October 1, park will also be open on either September 30 or October 2. The second date will be announced on Sept. 3.

This event is designed to provide Islamic entertainment for the entire family! Come join 30,000 Muslims for EID CELEBRATIONS for this multi-ethnic event. Event Highlights are as follows:

» Two parks with 50% discount for only $25 (Online ticket sales will start shortly)
» Entire Day – Entire Parks – 10 AM to 10 PM
» Azaan and Eid Prayers in the Park
» Huge Islamic Goods Bazaar
» Quality Halal Food Vendors serving American, Middle Eastern and Pak/Indian food
» Tiger and Dolphin shows through out the day
» Drive-Thru Safari
» 100’s of rides and special shows for children


~It would take my months, maybe years to cover what so many of us have learned about the ICNA. It is where I began. Investigating them & a few other’s for their financial donations to terrorist organizations. It is how I met Steve Emerson, those many years ago. He was my mentor before I even knew him. His beginning investigations of them and so many others began very many years ago. Therefore I post his documentary from PBS documentary first aired nationwide in 1994, was produced by investigative reporter Steven Emerson. I also use IPT to site a few articles on ICNA, for don’t fool yourselves, although there are many self-proclaimed experts on terror, Steve truly IS


ICNA’s Radical Reading List

IPT News
April 27, 2010



When five young Americans disappeared from the greater D.C. area last November, only to be arrested a week later in Pakistan where they allegedly sought to join the jihad against Americans, people wondered why.

* Much of the initial focus was drawn to the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), the organization to which all five young men belonged. This dissipated following assurances from ICNA and its local chapter that it had not engaged in any form of radicalization and, in fact, would launch programs to combat it:

* However, the recommended reading list for ICNA’s youth organization for boys, called “Young Muslims,” shows the opposite. The book list includes numerous works by authors such as the Muslim Brotherhood founder Hasan Al-Banna, current spiritual leader Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, and Jamaat-e-Islami founder Abul ‘Ala Maududi. These works are not countered by books or essays which offer a more passive, peaceful message.

Groups like ICNA do not promote Islam, but rather Islamism, the linking of politics and religion, Jasser said. “Islamism and its efforts at youth indoctrination is a separatist movement which overwhelms youth in the guise of religion – Islam.”

ICNA, by promoting this literature, encourages this philosophy. It is not the first time.

ICNA’s Search for Radicalism Should Start Within

IPT News
December 15, 2009


The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), which touts itself as a leading grassroots Muslim organization, stood with American law enforcement last week in condemning violence and distancing itself from the actions of five of its young, American mosque attendees. These would-be terrorists traveled to Pakistan, intent on killing American soldiers whom they saw as waging a war on Islam.


* ICNA’s 1997 Southeastern Regional Convention honored Lawrence Nicholas Thomas (aka Jibril Abu- Adam), an American citizen and convert to Islam, who was killed while fighting alongside terrorists in Kashmir. Jibril had travelled to Pakistan and trained with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) (the Righteous Army), which was later designated by both the U.S. Treasury and UN as an Al Qaeda support organization.

* ICNA’s magazine, The Message, also saluted Abu Adam in a December 1997 article entitled, “Actions Speak Louder than Words.” The article glorified the death of Muslim fighters, claiming “they lay peacefully where they fell and took on the appearance of being asleep, whereas the corpses of the fallen enemy began to decompose and became distorted, disfigured.” It also detailed Abu-Adam’s life, and praised his dedication and decision to wage jihad

DOJ Investigates ICNA Official’s Past by IPT News • Nov 19, 2009


A former Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) president and secretary general is under federal investigation to determine whether he failed to disclose his history with a paramilitary group when he applied for U.S. naturalization.

Ashrafuzzaman Khan remains active with ICNA, which was founded to serve South Asian Muslims in the U.S. and follows the extremist ideology of the Jamaat-i-Islami, which advocates for revolution to create an Islamist state in Pakistan.

According to an online Bangladesh newspaper based in Washington, U.S officials wrote to Bangladesh’s State Minister for Home Affairs in September requesting files related to Khan’s role in a series of 1971 political murders. The bloodshed came during Bangladesh’s fight for independence. The targets included university professors and a journalist. Khan is suspected of war crimes and of carrying out some of the killings. According to the News Bangla report:

“Ashrafuzzaman Khan’s personal diary found in his residence contained the names of more than twenty Dhaka University teachers and staff. Also, the diary contained the names of a few other intellectuals who were either killed or who went missing in 1971.”

Allegations about his role in the Bangladesh murders have dogged Khan for years. The government won’t have to prove his guilt in order to try to strip him of his citizenship. It only must show he lied on his application forms when asked to list his past organizational connections. It has worked before.

The DOJ official making the request is Eli Rosenbaum, longtime director of the department’s Office of Special Investigations who hunted Nazi war criminals in the U.S., often using deportation as a tool to send the accused back to their home countries to face justice.

The best Primer in the world to know Terrorism & the best source is IPT

Terrorists Among Us: Jihad in America(Part 1 of 6)

NOTE: there is a link to the next part under “Responses”

Jul 202010

Congress.org By Ambreen Ali

When he was a community organizer on Chicago’s South Side, President Obama had something in common with the tea parties.

Like the conservative activists, Obama worked to build a grassroots movement of individuals who could work together to challenge those in power and bring about change.

“Change won’t come from the top,” he later wrote about the experience. “Change will come from a mobilized grassroots.”

Obama’s recounting of that time in his life in “Dreams from My Father” includes some lessons that apply to all sorts of advocates — including tea partyers.

Here are five lessons we gleaned from the book:

* Get to know your membership. Before Obama helped the community address job shortages and asbestos problems, he got to know the people in the neighborhood.

* Know your demands. One of the first issues Obama took on was jobs. He and other community activists succeeded in getting a job center opened on the South Side by carefully rehearsing their demands ahead of a meeting with city officials.

* Anger should be leveraged and controlled. When Obama interviewed for his job as a community organizer, his boss, Marty, told him, “Anger’s a requirement for the job. The only reason anybody decides to become an organizer. Well-adjusted people find more relaxing work.”

* Use the media for power. When Obama and the other activists didn’t get straight answers from the city about the asbestos problems, they threatened to go to the press.

* Building a movement takes time. As a young, inexperienced activist, Obama occasionally chastised his peers for not accomplishing enough. When the city’s mayor came to a local event, he got upset that people didn’t use the opportunity to get a commitment from the mayor to attend an upcoming rally.

“You want everything to happen fast,” one of his peers told him.

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~ PF found this redux awhile ago & I think this is the perfect opportunity to post it…

Obama’s to-do list

President-elect Barack Obama has vowed to reverse or sharply modify many of the Bush administration’s policies. Based on his campaign promises, here are some key areas where changes are expected.
November 6, 2008 www.boston.com

* Foreign policy

* Defense

Obama pledges to withdraw US combat troops from Iraq within 16 months of taking office.

* Diplomacy

Obama will inherit foreign policy challenges involving Iran, North Korea, Russia, China, the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. He has said he would place a premium on diplomacy over the use of force to solve disputes, and his stated willingness to talk with leaders like those in Iran, Syria and North Korea, may result in increased diplomatic activity in areas including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

* Terrorism

The Justice Department will reexamine all surveillance, interrogation, and detainee policies to see whether any should be changed. Obama has said he wants to close the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, meaning he must decide whether terror suspects held there now should face military or civilian trials if they are moved to US jails.

* Domestic policy & Crime

He has called for hiring 50,000 new police officers nationwide.

* Economy

Obama’s most immediate economic problem will be dealing with the nation’s financial crisis and deciding how to implement the $700 billion rescue program Congress passed last month.

* Energy

Obama promises a dramatic shift toward developing alternative energy, increasing support for research into cellulosic ethanol, wind turbines, solar technology, and more fuel-efficient cars. Obama has said he wants to spend $15 billion a year to spur alternative energy and create jobs.

* Environment

On global warming, he has said he will overturn a Bush decision forbidding California from setting limits on greenhouse gases from vehicle tailpipes. He wants to reduce the carbon in gasoline by 10 percent by 2020.

* Education

Obama has pledged to overhaul President Bush’s No Child Left Behind education law, which he says emphasizes annual test scores in reading and math too heavily at the expense of subjects such as music and art and is too punitive toward struggling schools. Obama would help students pay for college with $4,000 tax credits in exchange for community service, though the estimated $19 billion cost is a hurdle.

* Healthcare

Obama wants the government to help millions of lower-income people buy health insurance through greater use of government subsidies, an approach the Bush administration has opposed. The State Children’s Health Insurance Program expires soon, and many analysts see its reauthorization as a way for Obama to secure an easy and early victory on healthcare.

* Immigration

Obama has said he would add more personnel, infrastructure, and technology to the border regions and crack down on employers who hire illegal immigrants, which is what the Bush administration is currently doing. Obama also said he would bring the 12 million people who are currently in the country “out of the shadows,” fine them, make them pay taxes, and get them to the back of the line to become US citizens.

SOURCE: Associated Press

The guts of it are here…