Michael Cutler: Sanctuary Cities Are Safe Havens for Terrorists

Michael Cutler: Sanctuary Cities Are Safe Havens for Terrorists
By Courtney Coren

It is “remarkable” that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio would want his city to be a so-called “sanctuary city” for illegal immigrants in light of the casualties New Yorkers suffered on Sept. 11, 2001, says former INS agent Michael Cutler.

“It’s easy for them to hide in plain sight when you have sanctuary cities,” Cutler told J.D. Hayworth on “America’s Forum” on Newsmax TV Friday.



New York City began an effort to get illegal immigrants to sign up for an identification card program, so that they can do things such as sign a rental lease more easily, but it also comes with incentives such as free or discounted rates to enter the Bronx Zoo, New York City Ballet, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Carnegie Hall.

“New York City, you know New York got the worst casualty count on 9/11, is now providing identity documents to illegal aliens who snuck into the country,” Cutler explained.

“This is like giving people a free pass to get on an airplane without going through TSA and saying to people, ‘this is acceptable,’” he said.

“I find it remarkable that Mayor de Blasio” is incentivizing “illegal immigration,” the former INS agent added.

“When we hear sanctuary city, we should think about the word haven, as when the president the night before the 13th anniversary of 9/11 said, ‘we need to deprive the terrorists’ safe haven,’” Cutler explained.

“Sanctuary cities is doing precisely that — providing safe haven, right here in cities across the United States, aided and abetted by this administration that refuses to enforce the laws, and has provided hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens with identity documents,” he said.

“What could possibly go wrong?” Cutler asked.

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CAIR & La Cosa Nostra, “birds of a feather”

CAIR & La Cosa Nostra, “birds of a feather”



Our on-going investigation of the Council on America Islamic Relations makes the comparison between CAIR as a terrorist syndicate and the original criminal enterprise – THE MAFIA, La Cosa Nostra! You will be amazed as to the similarities between these two organizations and entertained and educated by the material on our show today. Oh, yes, there are differences between CAIR and the Mafia…members of the Mafia actually LOVE America!

Ebola : Inside the Deadly Outbreak (Documentary 2014)

Ebola : Inside the Deadly Outbreak (Documentary 2014)



OUTBREAK!

Ebola: Political correctness could kill a lot of us

author-imagePat Buchanan: Community and country come ahead of any 
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Growing up in Washington in the 1930s and ’40s, our home was, several times, put under quarantine. A poster would be tacked on the door indicating the presence within of a contagious disease – measles, mumps, chicken pox, scarlet fever.

None of us believed we were victims of some sort of invidious discrimination against large Catholic families. It was a given that public health authorities were trying to contain the spread of a disease threatening the health of children.

Out came the Monopoly board.

Polio, or infantile paralysis, was the most fearsome of those diseases. The first two national Boy Scout jamborees, which were to be held in Washington in 1935 and 1936, were canceled by presidential proclamation because of an outbreak of polio in the city.

Franklin Roosevelt, who had apparently contracted polio in 1921, never to walk again, appreciated the danger. In the 1930s, ’40s and early ’50s, there were outbreaks of polio in D.C. Swimming pools were shut down.

The Greatest Generation possessed a common sense that seems lacking today.

We read that five new Ebola cases occur every hour in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, that thousands are dead and thousands more are dying, that by December, there may be 10,000 new cases a week of this dreadful and deadly disease.

Yet calls for the cancellation of commercial airline travel from the affected nations to the United States are being decried as racist, an abandonment of America’s responsibilities to Africa, a threat to the economies of the poorest continent on earth.

How could we consider such a thing!

Where once we suffered from infantile paralysis, now we suffer from ideological paralysis. And there appears to be no Salk or Sabin vaccine to cure our condition.

Exhibit A is the befuddled response of some in public service is the case of Amber Joy Vinson.

Nurse Vinson was among 75 health-care providers who treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian who brought Ebola into the United States. At the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where Duncan was treated, Vinson had been among those in closest contact with the patient.

Two days after Duncan’s death, Vinson was allowed to fly to Cleveland to visit relatives. She then prepared to fly back to Dallas.

Before boarding, she called the Centerd for Disease Control and said she was running a fever of 99.5. Yet she was given clearance to fly commercial back to Dallas, where she was admitted to the hospital with symptoms of the disease. She is the second nurse at that hospital to come down with Ebola.

According to CBS Medical Correspondent Dr. John LaPook, “Nurse Vinson did in fact call the CDC several times before taking that flight and said she had a temperature, a fever of 99.5, and the person at the CDC looked at a chart, and because her temperature wasn’t 100.4 or higher she didn’t officially fall into the category of high risk.”

Would not common sense have told that CDC apparatchik to tell Vinson not to fly at all, but remain in Cleveland, stay in touch with CDC and monitor any symptoms to be sure she was not coming down with the disease that just killed her patient?

In dealing with contagious and deadly diseases, common sense says to err on the side of safety. Public safety must come before political correctness. Community and country come ahead of any obligation to the people of West Africa.

Indeed, is not the first duty of the government of the United States to protect the lives, liberty and property of the citizens of the United States?

Traveling to Africa decades ago, Americans were given a series of shots to avoid contracting indigenous diseases. Travelers to the United States were questioned about diseases to which they may have been exposed in Third World countries.

Now we have a government that considers it discriminatory to put troops on our frontiers to halt the invading millions from across the Mexican border, and the mark of a cruel and cold people to send back lawbreakers who have broken into our country.

The two nurses who came down with this disease after close contract with Duncan are being cared for in quarantine, as is the NBC crew, one of whom contracted the disease. And rightly so.

As for U.S. aid workers in Africa, they are heroic. But before bringing these good and brave people home, we ought to be sure they are not bringing back with them the Ebola they have been fighting.

If that means quarantining them for 21 days, so be it. If that means no commercial flights to the United States from the three most affected countries of West Africa, and no admission to the USA of any travelers whose visas show they have been in those countries in recent days, then it ought to be done.

Otherwise political correctness is going to end up killing a lot of us.

U.S. featured in ISIS propaganda video

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U.S. featured in ISIS propaganda video
Logo emblazoned on tents in background of ‘Blood of Jihad’



ISIS, the army of Islamic terrorists that has taken over large portions of Iraq and Syria and now threatens Baghdad, has released a new “Blood of Jihad” propaganda video featuring the United States’ name on tents in the background.

The video, the subject of a CNN report, shows recruits crawling through simulated barbed-wire training, lining up to take a kick to the chest and more. One section shows a soldier crawling, under fire, to fetch a “wounded” compatriot.

In the background is a row of tents emblazoned with “US.”

Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies told CNN: “Throughout this entire video what you have is this staged set of exercises. This really isn’t a training exercise. It’s a video.”

When a reporter suggests it’s propaganda, Cordesman responds, “Exactly.”

At the Political Outcast blog, the author notes not only are the “tents clearly stamped with the letters US,” but it also “appears they may be using U.S. weapons.”

The analysis said the problem of ISIS goes “back to the Syrian so-called rebellion … the ‘civil war’ in Syria [that] has largely been funded by President Obama.”

The U.S. has helped support Islamic rebels in Syria who are fighting to overthrow the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Blogger Tad Cronn wrote that news outlets “around the world have carried, and critics of the Obama administration have long been aware of, reports revealing that the ‘civil war’ in Syria has largely been funded by President Obama, and that the administration for years was smuggling arms, personnel and money to the rebel groups.”

“It’s the personnel that have proven most problematic, as many of them were al-Qaida-linked mercenaries, and as their numbers grew in Syria, they spread into Iraq, taking U.S.-provided equipment, training and money with them to form the backbone of ISIS,” he wrote.

Also, there have been many reports that members of the Iraqi military, outfitted by the U.S., dropped equipment and fled in the face of an advancing ISIS.

The blogger pointed out what the crisis looks like to Americans.

“It’s possible that once Iraq falls, the target will be Syria and an eventual merging with Turkey to create an even larger caliphate,” he wrote. “From the editorial suites of the New York Times, it may look like the president is doing his patriotic duty to combat a terrorist threat, but from the cheap seats it looks like the Obama administration is using the U.S. military to overthrow Iraq, after so many Americans gave their lives to offer that country a chance at democracy.”
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CLARE LOPEZ – A LESSON ON THE ISLAMIC STATE

CLARE LOPEZ – A LESSON ON THE ISLAMIC STATE



Intelligence analyst, Clare Lopez, retired CIA and currently VP of Research for the Center for Security Policy, provides a factually fascinating explanation of the very complex Islamic State, often wrongly called ISIS or ISIL. Clare and Tom Trento will detail subjects like the beliefs and behaviors of IS, their escatological view and why they MUST have a Kaliphate! Do not miss this extremely informative and instructive lesson on the Islamic State!

VIDEO: Look Who Was Just Caught at the Southern Border? Incredible!

VIDEO: Look Who Was Just Caught at the Southern Border? Incredible!



There is no doubt that America is suffering through a crisis at the Southern Border. President Barack Obama has refused to secure the border, and is about to pass Amnesty through executive order for political reasons.

The border debate isn’t about race or discrimination. America is a country built on immigration. But immigration must happen legally, with foreigners going through the steps to become Americans.

Without the rule of law, the largely unprotected Southern border has always been a gateway to criminals smuggling drugs and weapons across the border. But what about about terrorists?

Watch what Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) had to say on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren (above)…

Greta Van Susteren: You say they’re coming in the southern border which changes the dynamics. Do you have any information or any evidence that they are actually coming in the southern border now?

Rep. Hunter: Yes.

Greta: Tell me what you know?

Rep. Hunter: I know that at least ten ISIS fighters have been caught coming across the southern border in Texas.

Incredible! Maybe the pro-Amnesty liberals will take this issue seriously now?

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John Kerry’s Response to Ebola Death: “We Need Borders To Remain Open”
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No, the headline above didn’t come from The Onion. (If only!) On Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry responded to the death of the Ebola patient in Dallas by affirming his support for open borders.

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During a press conference at the State Department, today, Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the urgent need to contain the spread of Ebola in the wake of the first Ebola death in in the United States…Kerry made clear that travel restrictions would not be part of the administration’s strategy in fighting the deadly disease.

“We need airlines to continue to operate in West Africa, and we need borders to remain open,” said Kerry. “And we need to strengthen the medivac capacity. We need countries to contribute for Ebola treatment centers and we need other African countries with the capacity to send responders to join the effort and we need to make sure the health-care workers who go properly trained, properly equipped, and supported in order to prevent additional infections.”

Why do American airlines need to operate in Liberia, exactly? I’m no expert, but I think the American economy will survive if we temporarily ban travel to and from Ebola-ravaged areas of West Africa. How is the administration planning to “control” Ebola if they’re going to allow countless more Thomas Eric Duncans to fly  into the country? Their only solution seems to be airport screenings, which have worked so well to prevent disasters in the past. September 11, 2001 comes to mind.

This is madness. At times like these, I really start to wonder whether liberalism is a suicidal cult bent on destroying America from the inside out.

 

Report: 4 Islamic terrorists found in Texas in last 36 hours

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Report: 4 Islamic terrorists found in Texas in last 36 hours
Judicial Watch sources say arrests made by state, federal authorities

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A noted Washington watchdog organization on Wednesday said four “Islamic terrorists” have been caught in Texas after coming into the U.S. across the Mexican border in just the last 36 hours.

Judicial Watch announced its sources within the Department of Homeland Security say the arrests were made by federal authorities and the Texas Department of Public Safety in McAllen and Pharr.

The announcement came only hours after a member of Congress, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., disclosed in a TV interview that jihadists with the Middle Eastern group ISIS have been caught coming into the U.S. from Mexico.

He said his information came from the Border Patrol.

“They were caught at the border … therefore, we know that ISIS is coming across the border,” he said. “If they catch five or 10 of them, we know there are dozens more that did not get caught.”

Judicial Watch said it confirmed its information after Hunter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, was interviewed by the Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren.

Hunter said that if the administration really wants to protect Americans from ISIS, it needs to secure the southern border.

“It’s that simple. ISIS doesn’t have a navy, they don’t have an air force, they don’t have nuclear weapons,” he said. “The only way that ISIS is going to harm Americans is by coming in through the southern border – which they already have.

“They aren’t flying B-1 bombers, bombing American cities, but they are going to be bombing American cities coming across from Mexico,” he said.



By Wednesday evening, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson denied the reports, telling CNN, “Let’s not unduly create fear and anxiety in the public by passing on speculation and rumor.”

Johnson said Hunter’s claims are not supported by “credible, specific intelligence to that effect” and that public officials should “be responsible in what we decide to share with the American public, so that the public is informed.”

Spokesman Joe Kasper told CNN Hunter stands by his statements.

WND reported the Department of Homeland Security, which has claimed there is not an imminent danger of ISIS breaching the nation’s southern border, has nevertheless confirmed ISIS may be thinking about making such a move.

Francis Taylor, the undersecretary for intelligence and analysis at DHS, provided that assessment to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee at a congressional hearing, Bloomberg News reported.

“There have been Twitter and social media exchanges among ISIL (ISIS) adherents across the globe speaking about that as a possibility,” Taylor said.

Taylor said ISIS “doesn’t pose an immediate threat” to the homeland, but the jihadist organization, which claims to have established a caliphate ruled by Islamic law, can attack American targets overseas without warning, the Associated Press reported.

Taylor explained during the hearing that ISIS has “capabilities” that most jihadist groups lack.

Taylor’s warning was echoed by Nicholas Rasmussen, the deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center, who said there already have been attacks in France and Belgium by former ISIS fighters.

WND reported earlier that Judicial Watch warned there was an ISIS presence in Mexico, just across the border from Texas.

The warning was followed by an increase in security imposed at Fort Bliss, Texas.

“It’s a significant issue when this is done,” retired Army Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin said of the higher security measures at Fort Bliss, which is just across the border from Juarez, Mexico

“That means they’re getting a threat stream. Fort Bliss had to have a clear and present threat,” said the former Delta Force commander, who also was deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence for four years.

Fort Bliss spokesman Lt. Col. Lee Peters said that based on Department of Defense “guidance from recent nationwide incidents, and our own internal assessments coupled with recent media reporting, we decided to implement increased security measures on Bliss.”

“These changes are not as a result of a specific threat but rather to simply get prudent security measures in place to protect our military, employees and visitors,” the statement said.

The move was made shortly after Judicial Watch said Islamic terrorist groups are “operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices.”

The report said high-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued.

“Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.”

The organization said the sources “reveal that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is confirmed to now be operating in Juarez, a famously crime-infested narcotics hotbed situated across from El Paso, Texas. Violent crimes are so rampant in Juarez that the U.S. State Department has issued a number of travel warnings for anyone planning to go there. The last one was issued just a few days ago.”

The report said commanders at Fort Bliss were briefed.

The online news source Policy.Mic said: “Forget immigration: The Islamic State may be the best reason yet to secure the U.S.-Mexico border.”

The report noted that Texas Gov. Rick Perry had warned a Heritage Foundation audience weeks ago that ISIS militants “may have already slipped across the Mexican border.”

While he said there was no clear evidence then of terrorists being in the U.S., Perry said, “I think there is the obvious, great concern that – because of the condition of the border from the standpoint of it not being secure and us not knowing who is penetrating across – that individuals from ISIS or other terrorist states could be.”

One Texas sheriff said he wasn’t really worried about it.

“If there are ISIS fighters that may already be in the United States, or in your area who’ve crossed the border, what’s your message to them?” CNN’s Don Lemon asked Midland County Sheriff, Gary Painter.

“If they rear their ugly heads, we’ll send them to hell,” Painter said

 

 

U.S. helicopters return to combat in Iraq

U.S. helicopters return to combat in Iraq
File photo of a US Army AH-64 Apache helicopter taking part in a live-fire exercise. © Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters File photo of a US Army AH-64 Apache helicopter taking part in a live-fire exercise.
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IRBIL, Iraq — The United States sent helicopters into combat against Islamic State targets west of Baghdad on Sunday, the first time low-flying Army aircraft have been committed to fighting in an engagement that the Obama administration officials has promised would not include “boots on the ground.”

The U.S. Central Command, in a statement about U.S. activities against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, provided few specifics about the helicopters. They were probably AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, which were deployed to Baghdad International Airport in June to provide protection for U.S. military and diplomatic facilities.

Until Sunday, U.S. airstrikes in Iraq have been limited to fast-moving Air Force and Navy fighter aircraft and drones. But the use of the relatively slow-flying helicopters represents an escalation of American military involvement and is a sign that the security situation in Iraq’s Anbar province is deteriorating. Last week, the Islamic State militants overran numerous Iraqi bases and towns and were becoming a widespread presence in Abu Ghraib, the last major town outside of Baghdad’s western suburbs.

Jeffrey White, a former senior Defense Intelligence Agency analyst who closely follows developments in Iraq, said the use of helicopter gunships by the United States means that U.S. troops effectively are now directly involved in ground battles.

“It’s definitely boots in the air. This is combat, assuming U.S. Army guys were flying the helicopters,” said White, a defense fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a center-right policy institute. “Using helicopter gunships in combat operations means those forces are in combat.”

Moreover, the Obama administration’s decision to authorize the use of U.S. helicopter gunships indicates that nearly two months of U.S.-led airstrikes by fixed-wing fighters and bombers have failed to stop the Islamic State from massing ground troops and launching offensive operations, he said.

“It means however we were applying air power previously didn’t work to stop them from putting together offensive actions. One of the hopes was that using air power would impede them from using offensive operations,” White said. “But apparently, they have been successful in doing that despite the airstrikes.”

At the time the Apache squadron was deployed to Iraq, Pentagon officials said the aircraft would be used to protect American military and diplomatic facilities at the airport and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

But the advance by the Islamic State into the Abu Ghraib area just outside the airport complex threatens to put the militants within rocket and artillery range of the facility, which houses hundreds of U.S. military advisers and a joint operations center. Any sustained shelling would likely force the airport to close, posing a hazard not only to American troops working in the joint operations center, but also to plans to evacuate U.S. diplomatic personnel.

Although the administration has repeatedly said that no “ground forces” would be used in the fight against the Islamic State, the use of the AH-64 represents a blurring of that promise.

The helicopters carry two-man crews and, with their missiles and powerful cannons, increase the amount and accuracy of the firepower that the U.S. military can bring to bear against the Islamic State in support of Iraqi ground troops. But because helicopters fly relatively “low and slow,” the Obama administration is taking on greater risk in terms of exposing U.S. forces to casualties, White said.

“The Iraqi air force just lost a brand new Russian helicopter (to Islamic State ground fire). So it’s significantly higher risk for whoever is flying the mission,” White said. “It’s certainly crossing another threshold. The U.S. is conducting strikes that are directly involved in combat.”

In its announcement, Central Command said the U.S. had employed “bomber, fighter and helicopter aircraft” to attack six targets northeast of Fallujah and southeast of Hit, both Islamic State-occupied towns in Anbar. It also said an Islamic State Humvee had been destroyed northeast of Sinjar, in northern Iraq.

In Syria, the Central Command said, U.S. aircraft struck Islamic State positions described as northwest of Mayadin and northwest of Raqqa.

(Prothero is a McClatchy special correspondent. Landay reported from Washington.)

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Suicide bomber kills four police in Russia’s Chechnya: agencies

MOSCOW – A suicide bomber killed four police officers and injured four more on Sunday during festivities for a local holiday in Grozny, the capital of Russia’s troubled North Caucasus region of Chechnya, Russian news agencies reported.

The site of two separatist wars and a festering Islamic insurgency, Chechnya has seen a period of relative calm under the strong-arm rule of Moscow-backed leader Ramzan Kadyrov, and suicide bombings have been a rare occurrence in recent years.

The attack took place at the entrance to a concert hall where festivities were planned to celebrate Grozny’s city day holiday, which is also Kadyrov’s birthday.

“Police officers who were manning metal detectors at the entrance of the concert hall noticed a suspicious young man. When the police officers decided to check the individual, the man blew himself up,” a local police officer told RIA news agency.

There were no immediate reports of civilian deaths or injuries, RIA said.

(Reporting by Thomas Grove; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

U.S. Is Trying to Counter ISIS’ Efforts to Lure Alienated Young Muslims

Is Trying to Counter ISIS’ Efforts to Lure Alienated Young Muslims
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 Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson last month at the Noor Islamic Cultural Center in Dublin, Ohio, where he heard grievances from a group of mostly Muslim leaders. Credit Maddie Mcgarvey for The New York Times

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DUBLIN, Ohio — In this central Ohio town, parents and community leaders are expressing growing fears that their youths may succumb to the Islamic State’s savvy social media appeal to join its fight on battlefields in Iraq and Syria.

But when Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson showed up recently at the Noor Islamic Cultural Center here to offer a sympathetic ear and federal assistance, he faced a litany of grievances from a group of mostly Muslim leaders and advocates.

They complained of humiliating border inspections by brusque federal agents, F.B.I. sting operations that wrongly targeted Muslim citizens as terrorists and a foreign policy that leaves President Bashar al-Assad of Syria in place as a magnet for extremists.

“Our relationship has to be built on trust, but the U.S. government hasn’t given us very many reasons to build up that trust,” said Omar Saqr, 25, the cultural center’s youth coordinator.

As the United States carries out yet another bombing campaign across two Islamic countries, the Obama administration is redoubling its efforts to stanch the flow of radicalized young Muslim Americans traveling to Syria to join the fight and potentially returning as well-trained militants to carry out attacks here.

American law enforcement and intelligence officials say more than 100 Americans have gone to Syria, or tried to so far. That number of Americans seeking to join militants, while still small, was never seen during the two major wars fought in Afghanistan and Iraq after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The threat of homegrown radicals like the Boston Marathon bombers has prompted the F.B.I., the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies to try to forge ties with community leaders and police departments as a front line in the war against a sophisticated online propaganda and recruiting effort mounted by the Islamic State.

But as administration officials attempt to accelerate their own lobbying campaign, they have found that security rules put in place to defend America from a terror attack have played a role in alienating young Muslim men and women — the exact group being courted by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

Still, community leaders are so fearful their youths may follow the Islamic State’s propaganda that, during a 90-minute meeting with more than 60 local leaders, police officers and advocates, they pressed Mr. Johnson to prove the government is sincere in its offers of help.

Lila Al Sibai, a 28-year-old mother of three young children and a member of the cultural center’s board, asked for a $4 million federal grant to build a new gym and classrooms for the facility. “We need to have more activities for our youth,” she said after the meeting in this suburb of Columbus, which is the home of the country’s second-largest Somali-American community, behind only Minneapolis.

Mr. Saqr, the youth coordinator, suggested that Mr. Johnson’s agency offer a prize to the best countermessage to the Islamic State’s propaganda.

“Our youth are being hoodwinked and hijacked by their rhetoric,” he said. “We cannot just say ISIS is bad. That’s not an option. We need an outlet.”

And Hossam Musa, 34, the imam of the cultural center, which draws 4,000 to 5,000 people for Friday Prayer each week, proposed that the Department of Homeland Security hire authoritative Islamic scholars to help combat the Islamic State’s violent narrative.

“How do we beat ISIL? What’s our response to a young man wowed by their message? You beat them at their own game,” he said.

Mr. Johnson, the nation’s top homeland security official since December, was here as part of a community outreach tour that so far this year has taken him to the Chicago area, and will land him in Los Angeles, New York and other cities in the coming months.

His aim is to build partnerships between the federal government and the local law enforcement, educational and community groups that are better positioned to detect potential militants in their midst and to derail those young men and women from the path of radicalization before they turn violent.

These efforts have been underway since the Sept. 11 attacks, but have often failed to gain traction, government officials acknowledge.

“We can’t allow youth to fall prey to ISIL’s ideology,” Mr. Johnson said. “We need to provide them an alternative to rechannel their hopes and rechannel their passions.”

It is a clarion call also sounded by the F.B.I., the Justice Department and the National Counterterrorism Center, which together with Mr. Johnson’s agency recently started pilot programs in Boston, Los Angeles and Minneapolis.

The goal is to reach out to schools, health care providers and community groups to get their help in monitoring and deterring the radicalization of young people who may be susceptible to recruitment — like the two brothers who carried out the Boston Marathon bombings, which killed four people last year.

The White House is sponsoring a meeting later this fall with specialists from across the country.

But even former top counterterrorism officials say the administration faces an uphill battle.

American officials have been able to identify Americans fighting for the Islamic State or other Syrian rebel groups based on intelligence gathered from travel records, family members, intercepted electronic communications, social media postings and surveillance of Americans overseas who had expressed interest in going to Syria, counterterrorism officials said.

But efforts at countering violent extremism, especially at home, “have lagged badly behind other counterterrorism pillars,” said Michael Leiter, a former director of the National Counterterrorism Center. “It is heartening to see the administration attempt to invigorate those efforts, but it is unfortunate that it has, despite the efforts of many, been so long in coming.”

Government supporters question whether funds will be available to sustain these programs. “The administration has the right framework for doing this, but long-term success will depend on sustainable resourcing to help local government, communities and law enforcement build initiatives that can have impact,” said Quintan Wiktorowicz, a former senior White House aide who was one of the principal architects of the current strategy.

That strategy here at home, called countering violent extremism, has proved much more difficult for American officials to master than the ability of the Pentagon and spy agencies to identify, track, capture and, if necessary, kill terrorists overseas.

Among its efforts, the Department of Homeland Security provides training to help state and local law enforcement officials in identifying and countering the threat, including indicators of violent extremism and “lone wolf” attacks.

The department awarded the International Association of Chiefs of Police a $700,000 grant last year to develop training on how to prevent, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism.

The department has also sponsored exercises in seven cities, including Houston, Seattle, and Durham, N.C., to improve communication between local law enforcement and communities and to share ideas on how best to build community resilience against violent extremism. “We’re raising awareness,” said David Gersten, who was recently named the department’s coordinator for the overall effort.

Carter M. Stewart, the United States attorney in the Columbus area, said he and his staff meet regularly with Somali-American and other community leaders.

But Muslim advocates say there is deep suspicion that, despite all the meetings and the talk of outreach, the government’s main goal is to recruit informants to root out suspected terrorists.

“I don’t know how we can have a partnership with the same government that spies on you,” said Linda Sarsour, advocacy director for the National Network for Arab American Communities.

Indeed, those who met with Mr. Johnson were conflicted, some saying they were pleasantly surprised he had traveled here to put a face on the federal effort, but clearly embittered by their past experiences with the government.

Dr. Iyad Azrak, 37, a Syrian-American ophthalmologist, recounted how he and his family had been forced on numerous trips to Canada to wait for hours at border crossings while inspectors reviewed his records.

“Not once when we’re coming home do they say to me, ‘Welcome home,’ ” said Dr. Azrak, who said he has been a naturalized citizen for six years.

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Biden Apologizes to Turkish President
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ISTANBUL — A diplomatic rift between Turkey and the United States was patched over late Saturday after the American vice president, Joseph R. Biden Jr., officially apologized to Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for remarks suggesting that Turkey helped facilitate the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group.

In remarks at Harvard University on Thursday, Mr. Biden said Mr. Erdogan had admitted erring in allowing foreign fighters to cross Turkey’s border into Syria, eventually leading to the formation of the group, also known as ISIS and ISIL.

Mr. Biden’s spokeswoman, Kendra Barkoff, said in an emailed statement that the two leaders spoke by phone on Saturday. “The vice president apologized for any implication that Turkey or other allies and partners in the region had intentionally supplied or facilitated the growth of ISIL or other violent extremists in Syria,” Ms. Barkoff said. “The United States greatly values the commitments and sacrifices made by our allies and partners from around the world to combat the scourge of ISIL, including Turkey.”

Earlier Saturday, Mr. Erdogan had demanded an apology, saying he had never made any such remark to Mr. Biden. “If Mr. Biden has said such a thing at Harvard, he needs to apologize to us,” Mr. Erdogan told reporters here.

Mr. Erdogan, despite widespread evidence to the contrary, denied that Turkey’s long, porous border had enabled thousands of militants to cross onto the Syrian and Iraqi battlefields since the Syrian civil war began in 2011. “Foreign fighters never crossed into Syria from our country,” Mr. Erdogan said. “They would cross into Syria from Turkey on tourist passports, but nobody can claim that they have crossed with arms.”

Speaking at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Mr. Biden said allies including Turkey, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates had extended unconditional financial and logistical support to Sunni fighters trying to oust the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad.

“President Erdogan told me,” he said, according to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, “ ‘You were right. We let too many people through. Now we are trying to seal the border.’

“Our allies poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against al-Assad,” he said, including jihadists planning to join the Nusra Front and Al Qaeda.

Mr. Biden also praised the Turkish parliamentary vote on Thursday that authorized cross-border operations into Syria and Iraq to tackle militants from the Islamic State and would allow foreign forces to use Turkish territory for incursions.

“It took a while for Turkey, a Sunni nation, to figure out that ISIL was a direct and immediate threat to their well-being,” Mr. Biden was quoted as saying.

Facing mounting international criticism about lax border controls, Ankara has stepped up the sharing of intelligence with allies in recent months to update a no-entry list with 6,000 names, government officials say.

In September, Turkey agreed to join an American-led coalition against the Islamic State, but declined to sign a communiqué calling for military action because the group was holding 46 Turkish citizens as hostages.

After the hostages were released in a covert intelligence operation, Turkey gained more flexibility in addressing the threat.

Instead of making a firm military commitment, however, Mr. Erdogan on Saturday underlined the importance of setting up a buffer and no-fly zone inside Syria to prevent an influx of refugees, and called for training and equipment for moderate Syrian opposition forces.

Christie Slams Obama on ISIS Accountability: ‘Who’s They? … It’s Your Administration’

Christie Slams Obama on ISIS Accountability: ‘Who’s They? … It’s Your Administration’
by FOX NEWS INSIDER



New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) sat down with Martha MacCallum this morning, criticizing President Obama for appearing to shift the blame on the rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Christie called out the president for saying Sunday night on “60 Minutes” that U.S. intelligence acknowledged that they underestimated the threat from ISIS.

Christie said that remark, which has led to some pushback from the intelligence community, is another example of a lack of accountability from the president.

“Who’s ‘they,’ Mr. President? It’s you. It’s your administration. You need to be accountable for that,” said Christie, adding that people get “nervous” when they see the president not take accountability for the “current world situation.”

“When you’re the leader, you’re accountable and he needs to be accountable for that. I think that will help to calm people. Then he needs to come out with a firm, strong plan about how we intend to deal with this and how he intends to bring a coalition of people around the world together to deal with it,” said Christie, describing it as “nerve-racking” for Americans to feel that they’re a target for attacks.

His announcement on a 2016 presidential run is expected after the New Year. He was asked by Martha whether he has any regrets about passing on a run in 2012.

“No regrets. Never had a second thought about it. I think Mitt Romney was the best person to run in 2012,” he said.

Watch the full sit-down above in which Gov. Christie speaks about a tragedy in his own life that inspired him to raise awareness about drug addiction.

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Radical Sheik Who Called For Deaths of U.S. Troops Invited to Yale
Yale University has sparked major controversy by inviting a radical Tunisian sheik to discuss Islamic law at the school. by FOX NEWS INSIDER



Sheikh Rachid al-Ghannouchi was invited to headline an event this afternoon, despite that he was a member of a group that endorsed the murder of U.S. troops, and he was banned from the U.S. for supporting Hamas.

Muslim speaker Mike Ghouse, of America Together Foundation, and columnist Pamela Geller were on “Hannity” to debate.

“This guy shouldn’t be in our country,” Sean Hannity said, explaining that al-Ghannouchi has called for the death of American soldiers and therefore is at war with the U.S.

Ghouse said he should be allowed to speak in the country because of freedom of speech.

Geller called it “outrageous” and a “travesty” that he was invited to speak at Yale.

“The academic landscape today welcomes radicals, welcomes subversives […] they never invite pro-freedom speakers,” she said.

Watch the fiery debate above.