Steve Emerson: Holder DOJ ‘Handcuffed’ the FBI From Investigating Islamic Extremism In US (Video)

Steve Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism  said on Justice With Jeanine Pirro, Saturday night,  that there are now 300-400 American Volunteers fighting for ISIS. (The US State Dept. says there are only 12. Defense Sec. Hagel says about 100,  and Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, says hundreds.)

He told Pirro, “they can return to the United States any time they want. (Currently, there is no policy in place to revoke passports of Jihadists, but Republicans in Congress are working on legislation to address that.)

The FBI has been handcuffed in terms of investigating religious extremists in mosques as a result of guidelines put out by the Attorney General earlier, this year.” He added,  “there is a definite problem in investigating those militants in the United States who are either recruiting for ISIS or have returned from Syria or Iraq having fought for ISIS, ready to carry out freelance or directed terrorist attacks on behalf of ISIS against the United States.

Asked by Pirro to elaborate, Emerson said, “the Department of Justice has put out guidelines that restricted the FBI and other other law enforcement agencies from using religious actors in identifying National Security threats to the United States…”

His portion of the video begins 5:00 in:

According to The Center For Security Policy, back in January, the DOJ was poised to  “prohibit religious profiling in terror cases,”  completely blinding federal law enforcement to the threat from Islamic extremism.

Already, the department has forced the FBI to bleach references to “Islam” and “jihad” from its counterterrorism training materials. It’s also made it harder for agents to infiltrate radical mosques.

But Attorney General Eric Holder reportedly now wants to make it illegal for agents to even consider religion in their investigations.

Democrats on the Hill are cheering the changes, along with the ACLU and radical Muslim Brotherhood front groups, who have all lobbied the administration for them. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has seen several of its officials jailed on terror-related charges, calls it “a step in the right direction.”

Appearing before the Democrat-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee in 2012, CAIR demanded the administration remove religion as a factor in terrorism investigations, even though just four years earlier Justice had named CAIR an unindicted terrorist co-conspirator.

The Islamic Society of North America, another designated co-conspirator, hailed the move as a civil-rights victory worthy of praise from “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”

The timing couldn’t be worse. Experts say that if anything, the U.S. should be expanding its terrorist profile to include radical Muslim women along with men. Russian intelligence warns female suicide bombers are threatening next month’s Winter Olympics.

The FBI missed the Boston Marathon bombings because it failed to focus on radicalized local Muslims. The only way law enforcement can effectively head off future attacks — including possibly the upcoming Super Bowl in New Jersey — is by gathering predictive intelligence in the Muslim community — namely, inside mosques.

Holder cut off these investigative avenues for the FBI, “as well as for border agents charged with protecting the nation from Islamic extremists at airports and land crossings.”

 See Also: 

Bill Gertz, Washington Free Beacon:FBI National Domestic Threat Assessment Omits Islamist Terrorism: Internal report labels white supremacists, black separatists, militias, abortion extremists main domestic extremists…

Surreal…

The FBI’s most recent national threat assessment for domestic terrorism makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting—both carried out by radical Muslim Americans.

Instead, the internal FBI intelligence report concluded in its 2013 assessment published this month that the threat to U.S. internal security from extremists is limited to attacks and activities by eight types of domestic extremist movements—none motivated by radical Islam.

They include anti-government militia groups and white supremacy extremists, along with “sovereign citizen” nationalists, and anarchists. Other domestic threat groups outlined by the FBI assessment include violent animal rights and environmentalist extremists, black separatists, anti- and pro-abortion activists, and Puerto Rican nationalists.

The Conversation: State Dept: Fighting With ISIS Doesn’t Automatically Mean Your Passport Will Be Revoked

The Conversation: Fighting for ISIS is no reason to keep someone out of the country, huh?

Linked by Doug Ross and iOWNTHEWORLD, thanks!

Bush Called It (Video)

In early 2007, then-Senator Barack Obama was leading the effort to pull U.S. forces out of Iraq and abort the “surge” strategy that had not yet to taken hold to end the sectarian violence. Dems understood that Americans were “war weary” and out of political expediency, cravenly used it to undermine the war effort.

Via BuzzPo:

In January 2007, Senator Obama introduced S 433, “The Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007,” that would have prevented the troop surge and begun a year-long U.S. military withdrawal. This would, he believed, “pressure the Iraqis to finally reach a political settlement and reduce the violence.” Oddly enough, with Iraq now in turmoil Mr. Obama is saying the use of force to counter the ISIS offensive would be insufficient without some form of political settlement to reduce the violence, which was facilitated by the withdrawal of U.S. troops in the first place.

 

President George W. Bush argued presciently that pulling the troops out too soon would lead to increased chaos, bloodshed, and “mass killings on a horrific scale.”

Every single thing that President Bush said in that statement, is happening today,” said former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen.

SEE ALSO:

The Conversation: What Happened At The Camp Speicher Massacre In Iraq?

Two different survivors of a massacre committed by ISIS at Camp Speicher near Tikrit, Iraq back in June, tell two  different stories. And the explanations for what happened range from mere cowardice on the part of the Iraqi commanders, to the foulest treachery.

 

 

 

President Says He Has No Strategy – Press Sec. Begs To Differ (Video)

Yesterday  Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer said on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that he is “not confident” that Obama will do anything to counter the threat from the savage Islamic State militant group in Syria.

The Obama administration is currently considering expanding its air strike campaign from northern Iraq into Syria to fight the militants. Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist and a Fox News contributor, said he thinks it is possible that the administration may choose to do nothing.

“I’m not confident that he’ll do anything,” he said. “I’m not confident that he can come up with a strategy.”

In his press conference, Thursday. which some are calling his weakest presser to date – Obama  did nothing to disabuse his critics of the notion that he’s not interested in taking any decisive action to stop ISIS. He confused one and all by talking about his strategy of pushing for a political resolution of the Sunnis’ complaints about the Shiite government, and recruiting the help of surrounding nations (instead of doing things “unilaterally” like you know who.) Then he

The President also made clear that dealing with ISIS in Syria was probably on the agenda though the strategy for accomplishing all of that…well, we don’t have one yet:

in order for us to degrade ISIL over the long term, we’re going to have to build a regional strategy

I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet.I think what I’ve seen in some of the news reports suggests that folks are getting a little further ahead of where we’re at than we currently are. And I think that’s not just my assessment, but the assessment of our military, as well. We need to make sure that we’ve got clear plans, that we’re developing them. At that point, I will consult with Congress and make sure that their voices are heard.But there’s no point in me asking for action on the part of Congress before I know exactly what it is that is going to be required for us to get the job done.

Press Secretary Josh Earnest – who has a better grasp of the talking points, has been saying that Obama has a “comprehensive strategy” to deal with ISIS.

He was on clean-up duty on Twitter within an hour of Obama’s presser — to insist that the president certainly does have a “comprehensive strategy.”

 

Obama has a comprehensive strategy to push a media narrative that he has a comprehensive strategy – which in reality only talks about comprehensive strategies.

Via NRO, Charles Krauthammer reacted to Obama’s  fail-whale of a presser on Special Report, Thursday evening.

“Look I thought that the president could no longer surprise me,” Krauthammer said. “I was wrong. He shocked me today. The President of the United States, in the middle of a real crisis, a few days after the beheading of an American, deliberately sort of spitting in the face of the country and demonstrating his cruelty, the president gets in front of the world and says, “I don’t have a strategy.” If that is true, don’t say anything. Why do you announce that you don’t have a strategy?”

But even worse than the president’s statement that he had no strategy to defeat the Islamic State, Krauthammer said, was his comment about Ukraine. Krauthammer summarized Obama’s comment on his strategy in Ukraine by saying Obama acknowledged that he had a strategy in Ukraine, which was “to do absolutely nothing.”

 

Lt. Col. Ralph Peters: The Only Decision Obama is Able to Make, “Is Which Golf Clubs to Use” (Video)

Lt. Col. Ralph Peters appeared on Fox News Wednesday to give his take on Obama’s strategy (or lack thereof) to handle ISIS. As always, Peters didn’t hold back, accusing the president of being a “minimalist” and a “procrastinator”  – taking the minimum action he can get away with. And he scorched the president for continuing to leak sensitive military secrets for his own political benefit.

Asked if Obama’s focus on protecting specific American interests in Iraq was a strategy that will work, Peters replied disdainfully, “I think this president is narrowly focused on protecting his reputation – what’s left of it – and I’m furious.” He continued, “we have no strategy. We have nothing that pretends to be a strategy. There is no integrated concept of how to deal with ISIS let alone the metastasizing threats across the Middle East and Northern Africa. The administration continues to see everything in terms of political advantage.”

He gave the latest example of the problem. “Classic case – We should not know that there are surveillance drones over Syria, but the administration purposefully leaked it because they want to say – well we’re doing something! And by telling … ISIS that we’re surveilling them with drones,  it says get ready – hide your vehicles, disperse, get the human shields ready. It flies in the face of all military common sense and decency. I mean – what’s the big difference between this administration leaking stuff and Ed Snowden at this point? It’s just disgraceful.”

Asked why we haven’t taken out their base in Syria, yet, “Peters said, because the president is a minimalist. He always want to do the minimum – not for the security of the United States, but the minimum he can get away with. He’s not a doer. He’s a talker. He’s at heart a very timid man, a Hamlet –  forever “to be or not to be.” He will go down in history as the great procrastinator.

He hammered Obama for lying about the lack of intelligence on ISIS – which Peters called a lie. And he again warned the administration that they had better get their act together and fast.

“The Islamic Caliphate is a far greater threat – a bigger, richer, more powerful, more numerous threat – than al Qaeda ever was,” he said.

Peters noted that “the president himself used the word cancer to describe the Islamic Caliphate – and cancer doesn’t get better on its own. First, he tried for over a year to ignore this cancer. Now, he wants to shave off little pieces of the tumor. But it’s a malignant tumor, and it’s growing fast. He added, “he didn’t keep us out of a war – he delayed our entry into a war – left us unprepared, cutting our military, the Islamic State and other Islamic terrorist groups grow ever stronger. It’s no longer a classic terrorist web of cells the Islamic State is now  a Caliphate – a proto-state with an army that’s well-equipped, well-organized, well-trained, and veteran – and they’re running all over everybody else on the ground…”

In the face of all this, Peters concluded, the only decision that guy is able to make, “is which golf clubs to use.”

In case you thought that was Lt. Col. Peters in “Beastmode” – you would be wrong.

This is Ralph Peters in Beastmode:

Via The Washington Free Beacon:

 

Krauthammer and Peters Agree: Regime’s Mixed Messages On ISIS Due To Obama’s Indecision (Video)

Charles Krauthammer on Monday put all the blame for the chronic dithering and indecision of the Obama Regime on one person – Obama himself.

Appearing on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier”, he said that the Regime’s conflicting statements about the threat from the Islamic State militant group shows that “the president simply can’t decide” what to do.

Last week, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said ISIS was an imminent threat, but Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said Monday that the group was not a direct threat to the U.S.

Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist and a Fox News contributor, questioned that discrepancy.

He said, “it’s obvious what the United States has to do about ISIS. You have to do a coordinated air campaign in conjunction with troops on the ground who are Kurds, Iraqis and the Free Syrian Army. That is a very complicated operation, and you wonder – despite the fact that that’s what we need to do to stop ISIS, whether this administration, that can’t even get its story straight in one day, can conduct an operation of that delicacy and complexity, military, diplomatic and political, ” he said. “The president simply can’t decide.  I think this really ought to make us think twice about whether we can entrust a man of this lack of decisiveness who clearly does not want to do this.”

He added one devastating last point: “that’s the feeling I had when he made the announcement in 2009 at West Point about Afghanistan (after much dithering if you remember.) It was the right idea – but the wrong man doing it – somebody who clearly never had his heart in it, and now after all the dead and all the losses , we’re ending up leaving as if nothing had happened except for American dead.”

Megyn Kelly had Lt. Col. Ralph Peters on The Kelly File to discuss the mixed messages coming from the Regime.

“Ralph, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs is not supposed to be messing with the information in order to assuage political concerns,” Kelly said. “So what do you believe is the likelihood that somebody took Gen. Dempsey out behind the woodshed over the weekend and said, ‘What are you saying the threat is imminent for?’”

Peters responded that they definitely took him out to “the woodshed.”

“Gen. Dempsey committed the greatest sin you can commit in the Obama administration last week – he told the truth,” Peters said, explaining that Dempsey told the public that ISIS is a growing threat to the U.S., there’s no real border between Syria and Iraq, and ISIS can’t be defeated without going into Syria.

Dempsey’s previous remarks didn’t fit with the administration’s “JV” narrative, Peters said. Now, “with a wave of the president’s magic golf club,” Peters said that the narrative has changed back.

Kelly asked Peters: Is Obama disengaged or disillusioned?

 

“I think he’s sulking. I mean he’s just not gonna clean his room, and you can’t make him clean up his room. He’s like a child, and it’s really alarming because he needs to get out of his snit and do something,” Peters said.

 

Historic: POTUS Laughs and Fist-Bumps In Reaction To Gay Sex Joke

We can chalk this one up for another “historic first” for the Preezy of the United Steezy who never misses an opportunity to pander to a favored pressure group and show everyone how hip he is.  This is almost certainly the first time a United States president has laughed and fist-bumped in reaction to  a lewd, gay sex joke in public and apparently (although you can’t tell from the picture) in front of children.

Via The Daily Mail, because you won’t read this story in American papers.

If cutting line at a famous Austin BBQ joint lost Barack Obama a few approval rating points, the conversation he had with the cashier probably cost him even more. When Franklin Barbecue cashier Daniel Rugg Webb saw his chance to speak to the president Thursday, he exclaimed: ‘Equal rights for gay people!’ Obama then asked, ‘Are you gay.’ ‘Only when I’m having sex,’ answered the part-time comedian, which made the president laugh before he realized children were around. …

Harr-harr- oops – wait. We’re supposed to pretend we care about “the children.”

‘Not in front of the kids!’ admonished the president, before fist-bumping Webb and parting ways.

I’ve already posted one photo from this encounter, last week, but I hadn’t yet heard the “back-story.”

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Anyone else find it a little bizarre that the president of the United States would ask a cashier at a photo-op such a private question?

Battle of the Photo-ops – Preezy vs Perry

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Via Mediaite:

 Perry toured the border Thursday, joining the Texas Department of Public Safety law enforcement officials for a boat ride down the Rio Grande. His office released this photo to the press.

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When Perry met with Obama on Wednesday, he got the impression that the president didn’t know where the border patrol were stationed.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry last night told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that during his discussion with Obama Wednesday, he concluded that the president doesn’t even know where his own border patrol agents are situated, suggesting a gross lack of familiarity with the whole process.

Perry said:

We ought to be stopping people from crossing that border, not apprehending them after they get inland. And the president understood that. And, interestingly he did not know that. He – I’m comfortable that he was not knowledgeable about where his border patrol was stationed.

But President Preezy sure as heck knows where Austin’s  bestest BBQ restaurant is stationed.

“The Bear was loose” and his tummy was rumbling…as he yukked it up with “the folks” and did an awesome fist-bump with the cashier.

Colin Jacob, 25, and Jane Litvin, 23, were in town from Boston and Washington, respectively, and had gone to Franklin because they saw a TripAdvisor tweet declaring the restaurant’s barbecue the best in the country. They waited in line for two to three hours before they reached the cashier.

“And out of nowhere, Obama showed up,” Litvin said.

Jacob said the president seemed like a “people person.” Litvin, who shook hands with Obama, said his were “very soft.”

I hope he didn’t hurt his soft knuckles….

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So which photo-op is cooler? Vote in the comments!

 UPDATE:

Via Twitchy: Obama was spotted on the border!:

 

He’s so dreamy.

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