CDC Blew Off Ebola Expert’s Advice On Protocols (Video)

Judge Jeanine Pirro gave an opening statement, Saturday night,  slamming the Regime’s response to the Obama outbreak thus far, calling CDC Director Dr. Thomas Friedman a former “community organizer” – a designation I couldn’t independently confirm. I wouldn’t be surprised – but I do know that he’s a highly qualified epidemiologist who has experience in New York fighting infectious diseases, which makes his weak performance dealing with the Ebola outbreak, here all the more bewildering.

She had on bio safety expert and president of Behavioral Based Improvement Solutions, Sean Kaufman, who oversaw the infection control of the first two Ebola patients in the United States.

Kaufman had just returned from  Liberia where he has been fighting the disease through the organization, Samaritan’s Purse. He said there was good news and bad news to share about his experience flying back home. The screening process when he got to the Atlanta Airport was about 45 minutes long,  and was very thorough, he said, but  in Brussels, where he had a ten hour stopover after his flight from Monrovia – there was absolutely no screening what-so-ever.

When Pirro asked Kaufman if he was for or against a travel ban, he answered that he used to be  against it, but given this recent experience in Brussels, he was leaning toward favoring a travel ban for non-essential travel from those effected countries.

Kaufman – a former employee of the CDC – told Pirro that he contacted them early on to criticize their Ebola protocols – which he thought were  inadequate – but he was blown off. He told the stunned Pirro, that they reacted at first by debating his proposals and then they just  “blew me off.”  He added, “the reality is, there was no follow up.”

The CDC was expected to release new guidelines, Saturday night.

Pirro also had infectious disease expert Dr. Arnott to talk about the Ebola outbreak.

He talked about how the The World Health Organization dropped the ball on Ebola. Doctors Without Borders warned WHO about the Ebola outbreak seven months ago, but they blew them off- as did the United States.

 

George Will: Distrust of Obama Administration “Permeates Everything”

After Krauthammer, George Will weighed in, on Special Report, making the point that distrust of this administration “permeates everything.”

“First the president denies something, and then there’s a very late and inadequate response,” he began. “ISIS – or whatever we’re calling it – the Islamic State – is the JayVee –  and then suddenly it’s a menace that we have to destroy. The Employer Mandate – fine. It will go into effect – whoops! It can’t go into effect and so they delay that. Now we have a president who said a few weeks ago that there would be no outbreak of Ebola in our country – the White House says today, there’ll be no widespread outbreak. You have to watch the modifiers with this crowd.”

“The president keeps saying ‘trust us,'” Will continued. “Well, it’s a little late in the game for that. The president who says ‘trust us’ is the one who said an internet video caused the Benghazi attack. The president who says ‘trust us’ says there’s not a smidgen of corruption in the IRS, and it’s the president who said ‘if you like your health care plan you can keep it, period.’ It’s late in the game to hermetically seal the one portion of the government that people are going to trust. Distrust permeates everything.”

So true…

Video via NRO:

On Twitter, this morning, I made the same point Krauthammer and Will made about Obama always being late to handle a problem and waiting until it’s become a crises.

I’ve been making points about how dishonest and untrustworthy Obama is since March of 2008.

Krauthammer: “A Couple More Cases Like Mr. Duncan…And I Absolutely Assure You We’re Going To Have A Travel Ban

On Special Report, Thursday night, Charles Krauthammer weighed in on the question of a travel for persons coming from West Africa.

Dr. K  noted the Regime’s tendency to be slow on the uptake  – days behind (everyone else) in coming to obvious conclusions.

“We just heard the head of the CDC say that we track all visitors coming in,” he said. “We couldn’t even track a nurse who had treated Mr. Duncan all the way to Cleveland. And we’re going to be assured that a Ghanaian coming in here, is going to be tracked for the three weeks? And if you check his temperature and it’s negative – there’s still three weeks in which he can develop symptoms and we’re actually going to know where he is – who he talked to – and if he gets sick, we’re going to have to retrace people he’s been in contact with…This is absurd. We get a couple more cases of people who come in with Ebola – like Mr. Duncan, and I absolutely assure you we’re going to have a travel ban.”

Video via NRO:

 

Lt. Col Ralph Peters: NY Times Chemical Weapons Story a “Political Stunt”

In what some suspect was an attempt to deflect attention away from the president’s failures ahead of the midterms, The New York Times published a “blockbuster” piece Wednesday on an immense stash of chemical weapons that was allegedly kept secret by the Pentagon. The piece is very long and took days – perhaps weeks to construct – and aims to concoct a Bush era cover-up scandal.

Gabriel Malor at Ace of Spades was mostly offended by the false weapons of mass destruction charge which most conservatives have ample experience refuting – but it goes to the heart of the dishonesty of the piece.

 Now, let me start by saying there are parts of this piece that are noteworthy, and those parts recount acts of valor and duty by U.S. service members. That’s not the despicable part. The despicable part is how the NYTimes writers have twisted what happened to these service members to their own end of rewriting the Iraq War.

According to the NYTimes, chemical weapons of mass destruction were indeed found in Iraq during the war, as has been a simmering, off-again-on-again open secret. But the NYTimes says these were not the chemical WMD that President Bush said would be found:

The United States had gone to war declaring it must destroy an active weapons of mass destruction program. Instead, American troops gradually found and ultimately suffered from the remnants of long-abandoned programs, built in close collaboration with the West.The New York Times found 17 American service members and seven Iraqi police officers who were exposed to nerve or mustard agents after 2003. American officials said that the actual tally of exposed troops was slightly higher, but that the government’s official count was classified.

The secrecy fit a pattern. Since the outset of the war, the scale of the United States’ encounters with chemical weapons in Iraq was neither publicly shared nor widely circulated within the military. These encounters carry worrisome implications now that the Islamic State, a Qaeda splinter group, controls much of the territory where the weapons were found.

The first sentence is an absolute lie, uttered at Bush 43’s expense, and made to justify the terrifying conclusion, laid at Obama’s feet, in the last sentence.

This NYTimes piece has an over arching political goal: to cement forever the lie that the Iraq War was directed solely at stopping an active weapons of mass destruction program in Iraq. As we know, the military never found an active weapons program, which makes this a particularly compelling slander.

Fox News’ Bill Hemer had Col. Ralph Peters on to discuss the report – which Peters called a perfectly timed “political stunt” meant to divert attention from Obama’s countless screw-ups.

“At the heart of this story, the US military may have mishandled one to two dozen cases of US troops – no fatalities – who had been exposed to chemical weapons during the occupation of Iraq,” Peters said.

“It looks like bureaucratic clumsiness – there’s no vast, right-wing conspiracy in all of this.”  He said the story tries to connect a lot of dots that aren’t there and “jumps to contusions as the Bowery Boys used to say.”

He continued, “I really believe that the timing is a pre-election attempt to divert attention away from Obama’s reckless deployment of 4,000 (not 2 dozen four THOUSAND) largely unprepared US troops to an Ebola country in West Africa, his utter screw-up of the air campaign against ISIS, his screw-up of Ukraine, the screw-up in Libya, and it’s just not going to work.”

Peters noted that the one time Obama made a prompt decision about sending US troops into a crisis zone it was about Ebola. “Premature, unprepared, and boy I hope they come home safe.”

Both the host, Hemmer and Peters indicated that they didn’t remember the military disclosing in 2006 that they had found chemical weapons, but a June 29, 2006 post at the Dept. of Defense website does just that.

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2006 – The 500 munitions discovered throughout Iraq since 2003 and discussed in a National Ground Intelligence Center report meet the criteria of weapons of mass destruction, the center’s commander said here today.

“These are chemical weapons as defined under the Chemical Weapons Convention, and yes … they do constitute weapons of mass destruction,” Army Col. John Chu told the House Armed Services Committee.

The Chemical Weapons Convention is an arms control agreement which outlaws the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons. It was signed in 1993 and entered into force in 1997.

The munitions found contain sarin and mustard gases, Army Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said. Sarin attacks the neurological system and is potentially lethal.

“Mustard is a blister agent (that) actually produces burning of any area (where) an individual may come in contact with the agent,” he said. It also is potentially fatal if it gets into a person’s lungs.

The munitions addressed in the report were produced in the 1980s, Maples said. Badly corroded, they could not currently be used as originally intended, Chu added.

While that’s reassuring, the agent remaining in the weapons would be very valuable to terrorists and insurgents, Maples said. “We’re talking chemical agents here that could be packaged in a different format and have a great effect,” he said, referencing the sarin-gas attack on a Japanese subway in the mid-1990s.

This is true even considering any degradation of the chemical agents that may have occurred, Chu said. It’s not known exactly how sarin breaks down, but no matter how degraded the agent is, it’s still toxic.

“Regardless of (how much material in the weapon is actually chemical agent), any remaining agent is toxic,” he said. “Anything above zero (percent agent) would prove to be toxic, and if you were exposed to it long enough, lethal.”

Though about 500 chemical weapons – the exact number has not been released publicly – have been found, Maples said he doesn’t believe Iraq is a “WMD-free zone.”

“I do believe the former regime did a very poor job of accountability of munitions, and certainly did not document the destruction of munitions,” he said. “The recovery program goes on, and I do not believe we have found all the weapons.”

The Defense Intelligence Agency director said locating and disposing of chemical weapons in Iraq is one of the most important tasks servicemembers in the country perform.

Maples added searches are ongoing for chemical weapons beyond those being conducted solely for force protection.

There has been a call for a complete declassification of the National Ground Intelligence Center’s report on WMD in Iraq. Maples said he believes the director of national intelligence is still considering this option, and has asked Maples to look into producing an unclassified paper addressing the subject matter in the center’s report.

Much of the classified matter was slated for discussion in a closed forum after the open hearings this morning.

Peters thought the weapons today would be too degraded to be put to much use, but there are reports coming out that ISIS have been used chemical weapons on the Kurds in Kobane.

Ft. Hood Shooter Sends Warning To The Pope (Video)

A Fox News exclusive: Convicted Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan, who calls himself a “soldier of Allah,”  has written a letter to Pope Francis praising “jihad.”

Despite efforts by the Defense Department to label the 2009 massacre as “workplace violence,” Hasan has described himself several times, and again in the new letter, using the acronym “SoA,” or “Soldier of Allah.”

Hasan directed his attorney John Galligan to mail the undated, six-page, hand-written letter to the pope. A copy of the letter – titled, “A Warning To Pope Francis, Members Of The Vatican, And Other Religious Leaders Around the World” – was provided by the attorney to Fox News.

Hasan appears to make multiple references to the Koran in the letter, and includes a bulleted list of guidelines for “believers.”

In one subsection titled “Jihad,” Hasan praises “The willingness to fight for All-Mighty Allah,” describing it as a test that elevates the “mujahadeen” who “are encouraged to inspire the believers.” He states that “fighters … have a greater rank in the eyes of Allah than believers who don’t fight.”

It’s is almost as if he is openly mocking the Obama administration’s cluelessness at this point.

Megyn Kelly covered this story and had moderate Muslim Dr. Zuhdi Jasser on to discuss the administration’s willful blindness on Islamic extremism.

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The Minority Report: Catholic Priest Sounds the Alarm on the Islamic State:

It’s Time to Take the Islamic State Seriously

REV. JAMES V. SCHALL, S.J.

Islam has no central or definitive body or figure authorized to define what exactly it is. Opinions about its essence and scope vary widely according to the political or philosophic background of its own interpreters. The current effort to establish an Islamic State, with a designated Caliph, again to take up the mission assigned to Islam, brings to our attention the question: “What is Islam?”

The issue of “terror” is a further aspect of this same understanding. Many outside Islam seek to separate “terror” and “Islam” as if they were, in their usage, independent or even opposed ideas. This latter view is almost impossible seriously to maintain in the light of Islamic history and the text of the Qur’an itself.

John Kerry, however, insists that what we see is “terrorism” with nothing to do with Islam. The Obama administration seems to have a rule never to identify Islam with “terrorism,” no matter what the evidence or what representatives of the Islamic State themselves say. The vice-president speaks of “Hell” in connection with actions of the Islamic State. Diane Feinstein speaks of “evil” behind the current slaughters in Iraq and Syria. The pope mentions “stopping aggression.” The English hate-laws prevent frank and honest discussion of what actually goes on in Islamic countries or communities in the West. Not even Winston Churchill’s critical view of Islam is permitted to be read in public.

Ecumenism and liberalism both, in their differing ways, because of their commitment to tolerance and free speech, make it difficult to deal with what is happening in Islamic states. Islam is not friendly to relativism or to subtle distinctions.

Is terror intrinsic to Islam?

What I want to propose here is an opinion. An opinion is a position that sees the plausibility but not certainty of a given proposition. But I think this opinion is well-grounded and makes more sense both of historic and of present Islam than most of the other views that are prevalent. I do not conceive this reflection as definitive. Nor do I document it in any formal sense, though it can be. It is a view that, paradoxically, has, I think, more respect for Islam than most of its current critics or advocates.

This comment is an apologia, as it were, for the Islamic State at least in the sense that it accepts its sincerity and religious purpose. It understands how, in its own terms, the philosophic background that enhances its view does, in its own terms, justify its actions, including the violent ones.

The Islamic State and the broader jihadist movements throughout the world that agree with it are, I think, correct in their basic understanding of Islam. Plenty of evidence is found, both in the long history of early Muslim military expansion and in its theoretical interpretation of the Qur’an itself, to conclude that the Islamic State and its sympathizers have it basically right. The purpose of Islam, with the often violent means it can and does use to accomplish it, is to extend its rule, in the name of Allah, to all the world. The world cannot be at “peace” until it is all Muslim. The “terror” we see does not primarily arise from modern totalitarian theories, nationalism, or from anywhere else but what is considered, on objective evidence, to be a faithful reading of a mission assigned by Allah to the Islamic world, which has been itself largely procrastinating about fulfilling its assigned mission.

Keep reading at the link.

Raymond Ibrahim, PJ Media: Ben Affleck: Portrait of Islam’s Clueless Apologists

A Hollywood actor clueless about his subject playing “Let’s pretend.”
The value of actor Ben Affleck’s recent outbursts in defense of Islam on HBO’s Real Time is that here, in one 10-minute segment, we have all the leftist/liberal bromides used whenever Islam is criticized.In what follows, Affleck’s main arguments are presented and then discredited.Relativism and the Islamic Heterogeneity Myth
At the start, when author Sam Harris began making some critical remarks concerning Islam, a visibly agitated Affleck interrupted him by somewhat sarcastically asking, “Are you the person who understands the officially codified doctrine of Islam? You’re the interpreter of that?”Affleck was essentially arguing that really no one is qualified to say what is or is not Islamic, since all Muslims are free to interpret Islam anyway they want. This notion has less to do with how Islam is practiced and more to do with Western relativism, specifically the postmodern belief that there are no “truths,” that everything is open to individual expression. Thus even if an Islamic sheikh from Al Azhar University were to tell Affleck that the criticism leveled against Islam were true, the actor would no doubt reply, “Fine, that’s your opinion, but I know that most other Muslims disagree.”The fundamental mistake in this position is that it places Muslims on a higher pedestal of authority than Islam itself (even though muslims are by definition “one’s who submit” to islam, which is “submission” to Allah’s laws). Islam is based on the law, or Sharia — “the way” prescribed by Allah and his prophet. And Sharia most certainly does call for any number of things — subjugation of women and religious minorities, war on “infidels” and the enslavement of their women and children, bans on free speech and apostasy — that even Affleck would normally condemn.

IJ Review: It Goes from Awkward to Cringe-Inducing When Reporter Asks Islamic Leader to Answer Qs About ISIS:

Things heated up quickly during a recent interview between reporter Emma Alberici and Wassim Doureihi, a spokesman for the controversial Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir.

Mashable covered the tense exchange which took place on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s show Lateline.

After a polite introduction, it wasn’t long before the conversation hit a stumbling block. Doureihi took offense to Alberici’s first question:

So tell me first of all, do you support the murderous campaign being waged by Islamic State fighters in Iraq?

Doureihi repeatedly refused to give Alberici the “yes or no” answer she was looking for, and opted to change the direction of the conversation to focus on how groups like ISIS exist as a “reaction to Western interference in the Islamic lands.”

Ralph Peters Blasts Obama’s “Phony” Air Campaign: “He Doesn’t Want Dead Terrorists” (Video)

kobane

With little to no help from the outside world,  Syrian Kurds have been locked in a desperate battle to save the key Syria-Turkey border  town of Kobane.

The BBC reported that the ISIS mutants have been besieging the town for nearly three weeks.

Since then, more than 160,000 Syrians, mainly Kurds, have fled across the border into Turkey.

As of Monday night,  ISIS had  entered Kobane and taken control of three districts after street-to-street fighting with Syrian Kurd defenders.

IS fighters entered the eastern districts on Monday, raising their black flag on buildings and hills.

Local officials said about 2,000 civilians fled to the Turkish border.

Earlier a local official in Kobane, Idriss Nassan, told the BBC that the town would “certainly fall soon”.

He confirmed IS was now in control of Mistenur, the strategic hill above the town and that there was heavy shelling. Kobane is now besieged on three sides.

There were reports Monday that a Kurdish woman fighting ISIS carried out a suicide bomb attack to slow their advance on the besieged town.

Deilar Kanj Khamis, known by the nom de guerre Arin Mirkan, blew herself up at an IS position east of the border town, killing ten jihadists.

Where was the American led air campaign that could have struck at ISIS military caravans as they traveled toward Kobane in the open desert? And where are the weapons the United States was going to supply the Kurds?  Because they’re running out of ammo.

Karwan Zebari, a representative of the Kurdish regional government in the US, told the BBC it would be catastrophic if IS seized control of the town.

“If this continues, if there’s no international aid, military aid arriving for the residents of Kobane and these Kurdish fighters that are fighting in Kobane, it could fall into the hands of IS,” he said.

He urged Turkey to take action in support of the residents of Kobane.

“I think Turkey’s interests, national security, is at stake here as well. It’s important that Turkey steps up and assists these Kurdish fighters in repelling this IS momentum.”

As Lt. Col Ralph Peters notes in the clip below, Erdigan is playing a double game. He’s letting ISIS slaughter Kurds and take over their territory, but will not allow them to come into Turkey where they practice their own form of Islam that isn’t quite as fanatical.

Asya Abdullah, a senior Kurdish politician and co-leader of the Democratic Union Party, is in Kobane and told the BBC’s Newshour programme that fighting was continuing.

She said: “There is fighting on Kobane’s streets now. There are still thousands of civilians in the city and IS is using heavy weapons. If they are not stopped now, there will be a big massacre.

“The Kurds haven’t given up, they’re fighting house to house and block to block,” Ralph Peters told Megyn Kelly, Monday night before launching into an impassioned attack on what he called the president’s “fraudulent, pretend” air campaign.

“Our president … launched this PHONY air campaign…. basically to absolve him of any blame to get his party through the November elections,” Peters seethed.
“This air campaign has been paltry from the start – he warned them we’re coming  – they hit empty buildings in the dead of night – empty camps,” Peters continued.  “We’re sending in jet fighters with low yield precision munitions – basically guided hand grenades –  to blow up individual pick up trucks. To kill three terrorists here – four there. Outside Kobane where the terrorists from the Islamic State were out in the open en masse – with their vehicles, their persons – it was the perfect target for serious air power – B-52s doing area saturation bombing. But this president will not do it! He doesn’t want casualties – not only civilian casualties – he doesn’t even want a lot dead terrorists.  This whole thing is a fraud.”

He predicted, “those people in Kabani among so many others are going to pay a price for this president’s outright cowardice.”

“It’s one travesty after another.  President Obama doesn’t act to prevent tragedy. He reacts to tragedy. He reacts weakly. He mourns and does a little bit. This tragedy is going to repeat itself again and again and again,” he lamented.

“As ISIS takes over more Kurdish territory and advances on Baghdad, we look “feckless, ineffective and cowardly,” Peters concluded sadly.

Megyn Kelly Interviews Whistleblower From Oklahoma Mosque That Beheader Alton Nolen Attended

A man who claims he went to the same mosque as the Oklahoma beheading suspect, discussed his experiences there on “The Kelly File,” Wednesday night. He no longer goes there, because he says it is too radical – but at the end of the show he dropped an interesting nugget after admitting that he had been back there a few times since he left –  most recently in 2011 . “The reason I was there was at the request of law enforcement – and that’s all I can say than that,” he said.

It doesn’t matter if he blew his cover – the Holder Justice Department is poised to issue a policy change banning religious profiling and the surveillance of mosques in terror probes in order to protect the religious liberties of the radical Islamists bent on world domination..

The former mosque member, going by the name, “Noor”  (he wanted to remain anonymous for obvious reasons), blew the whistle on the very radical culture at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, where Alton Nolen/Yakeem Yisrael  attended. No one from the mosque agreed to speak on camera – a Fox reporter on the scene in Oklahoma City said a rep from the mosque was originally slated to speak to him, but CAIR intervened and called the interview off. (Breitbart National Security recently reported on the close working relationship between CAIR and the ISGOC.)

Citing Taqiyya -the teaching that allows Muslims to deceive outsiders – he noted that members of the mosque project a moderate image for the media – but open up about Islam’s true objectives amongst themselves.

Via Fox News Insider:

“I observed the teachings of Islam […] to the public, the mosque will not promote terrorism or any kind of radical acts, but when they’re among friends and congregants only, they will promote the true teachings of Islam, which include the offer to non-Muslims – the choice, rather – that you must convert, live under Islamic rule or be fought against,” he said.

He said he had two friends at the mosque who told him that if Osama bin Laden were to come to their doors, they would let him in and protect him.

Megyn Kelly asked: “Did the mosque talk about speaking differently in front of the media?”

“Absolutely,” he said. “When they cannot do jihad physically, they attempt to do jihad by means of stealth, by endearing themselves to the media, endearing themselves to government, endearing themselves to the American people to slowly work their way in.”

“They all believe in their religion which teaches that according to the Haddith [...] when you approach the nonbelievers you must offer them a choice to convert, pay a jiza, or poll tax, and live in submission or you will be fought against which is what you see with ISIS and al Qaeda and various other groups throughout the world,” Noor explained.

Megyn questioned how everyone at the mosque could be that radical.

He answered, “As Ayan Hirsi Ali said, herself – A Muslim will choose how much of their religion they wish to practice.”

The person who told Noor about the concept of jihad and the choices that must be offered to non Muslims, was Imam Suhaib Webb who is now the Imam of the Islamic Society of Boston - which was attended by the Tsarnaev brothers during his tenure as Imam.

He said Imam Suhaib Webb was the one who told him that he shouldn’t talk about suicide bombings in Israel (which they support) to the media, and had told him about the concept of jihad – the teaching that Islam allows three choices to be made to non Muslims and “eventually they’re all going to have to make that choice – to convert, live under Islamic rule, or die.”

Note that Nolen tried to have his co-workers convert to Islam before he returned with a knife to wage jihad.

 

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Vocativ: ISIS Supporters in America: The Jihadis Next Door?

Vocativ has found dozens of Americans around the country who openly support ISIS. And they’re all followers of a radical Michigan-based cleric.

In recent months, as ISIS began executing Western hostages and dialing up multiple threats to attack property and citizens in the U.S., Vocativ’s analysts have been using our deep web technology to uncover a potential ISIS presence in America.

Two Americans have been charged in the past month with allegedly attempting to hatch attacks against American targets on behalf of ISIS, and an Oklahoma man named Alton Nolen beheaded a co-worker last Thursday at a food distribution plant. Colleagues say Nolen had been actively trying to convert them to Islam, and his Facebook page is riddled with radical missives like “Sharia law is coming!”

Over the past few weeks, Vocativ’s analysts have been able to home in on a network of ISIS supporters in the U.S. We’ve found dozens of Americans who openly support the militant Islamic group.

In many ways, they’re just like you. They post selfies on Twitter and Facebook, share memes, hang out with friends. They talk about their favorite TV shows, movies and music. They share news about their families.

But they’re also pledging support to the brutal regime seeking to establish an Islamic caliphate across the Middle East.

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