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Islamists Keith Ellison, Andre Carson invite terrorists #CAIR aka #HAMAS to #SOTU

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Two Democratic Congressmen have invited members of the terrorist-supporting organization the  Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to the president’s state of the union speech tonight.

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The Hill:

Reps. Zoe Lofgren (Calif.) and Alcee Hastings (Fla.) will both be hosting representatives from CAIR chapters in their respective states, the group announced Monday.

Lofgren will be bringing Sameena Usman, a government relations coordinator in the San Francisco office, while Hastings will host Nezar Hamze, the chief operating officer of the nonprofit’s Florida branch.

he announcement comes days after Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim elected to Congress, challenged Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to bring a Muslim American as one of his guests to the speech.

“This is an opportunity to really drive the point home that there are no Americans who are suspect just based on their religious identity, that all Americans are welcome in the people’s house,” Ellison said in an interview with The Hill.

Demoratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) has also urged Democratic lawmakers to bring Muslims to the speech as a rebuke to what she sees is anti-Islamic language from the right.

Yes, there’s some of that. But inviting CAIR representatives to the SOTU proves that if some on the right are bigots. most of the left are idiots.

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Joe Kaufman at Frontpage Magazine explains:

CAIR or the Council on American-Islamic Relations was created in June 1994 as a part of a terrorist umbrella organization led by then-global head of Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzook. In 2007 and 2008, CAIR was named a co-conspirator by the US Justice Department for two federal trials dealing with the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas. In November 2014, along with ISIS and al-Qaeda, the UAE government named CAIR to its list of terrorist organizations.

CAIR-Florida reflects the same extremism as its parent organization. In July 2014, CAIR-Florida co-sponsored a pro-Hamas rally in Downtown Miami, where rally goers shouted, “We are Hamas” and “Let’s go Hamas.” Following the rally, the event organizer, Sofian Zakkout, wrote, “Thank God, every day we conquer the American Jews like our conquests over the Jews of Israel!” In August 2014, CAIR-Florida Executive Director Hassan Shibly wrote, “Israel and its supporters are enemies of God…

CAIR-SFBA too epitomizes CAIR. The Executive Director of CAIR-SFBA Zahra Billoo has written that “one amazing reason to get married” is to “raise fighters” to attack Israel. She wrote that “to celebrate Columbus [Day] is… the same as having Jews celebrate Hitler and the Holocaust.” She refers to US troops as “scum.” Billoo proudly announced on her blog that her younger brother, Ahmed, was quoted in an article voicing support for suicide bombings. Billoo wrote that she, herself, contemplated suicide, after viewing a pro-Israel ad on a San Francisco train.

Besides CAIR, both Nezar Hamze and Sameena Usman are involved with Islamic Relief (IR). For the past three years, Hamze has helped coordinate a nationwide annual event run by Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) called ‘Day of Dignity.’ IRUSA is the American affiliate of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW). Usman is a Disaster Assistance Response Team member for IRUSA.

Islamic Relief, like CAIR, has been named by the UAE government as a terrorist organization.

Islamic Relief’s ties to terror are well known. The Russian government has accused Islamic Relief of supporting terrorism in Chechnya. Israel has banned the group, labeling it a Hamas front and arresting the organization’s Gaza Program Manager, Ayaz Ali, in 2006, for providing assistance to Hamas. At the end of 2014, Britain’s HSBC bank cut ties with Islamic Relief over concerns about “terrorist financing.” Reports show that Islamic Relief has sent millions of dollars to and received tens of thousands of dollars from groups related to al-Qaeda.

 

Discover the Networks has a long, detailed entry about CAIR that shows not only their extremism, but the daffy idea that they represent all American Muslims:

According to a June 2007 Washington Times report, CAIR’s membership had declined more than 90 percent since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, from approximately 29,000 in the year 2000, to fewer than 1,700 six years later. As a result, CAIR’s annual income from dues dropped from $732,765 in 2000 (when yearly dues cost $25 per person), to $58,750 in 2006 (when dues cost $35). As of 2007, the majority of CAIR’s $3 million annual budget derived from about two dozen individual donors.

M. Zuhdi Jasser, Director of the American-Islamic Forum for Democracy, said in June 2007 that the decline in CAIR’s membership contradicted the organization’s claim that it represents the interests and concerns of 7 million American Muslims. “This is the untold story in the myth that CAIR represents the American Muslim population,” said Jasser. “They only represent their membership and donors.”

What politician in their right mind would invite people who support extremism and misrepresent themselves to the media to a prestiguous event like the state of the union? Liberal Democrats – some of whom support CAIR’s radical agenda – are more enamored of portraying themselves as tolerant rather than prudent.

I have no problems with inviting Muslims to the SOTU – just as long as they don’t represent organizations that support Hamas or al-Qaeda. I would recommend inviting Muslim American military personnel who have proved their loyalty by serving honorably. Anybody but the rancid Hamas stooges from CAIR.

Two Democratic Congressmen have invited members of the terrorist-supporting organization the  Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to the president’s state of the union speech tonight.

The Hill:

Reps. Zoe Lofgren (Calif.) and Alcee Hastings (Fla.) will both be hosting representatives from CAIR chapters in their respective states, the group announced Monday.

Lofgren will be bringing Sameena Usman, a government relations coordinator in the San Francisco office, while Hastings will host Nezar Hamze, the chief operating officer of the nonprofit’s Florida branch.

he announcement comes days after Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim elected to Congress, challenged Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to bring a Muslim American as one of his guests to the speech.

“This is an opportunity to really drive the point home that there are no Americans who are suspect just based on their religious identity, that all Americans are welcome in the people’s house,” Ellison said in an interview with The Hill.

Demoratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) has also urged Democratic lawmakers to bring Muslims to the speech as a rebuke to what she sees is anti-Islamic language from the right.

Yes, there’s some of that. But inviting CAIR representatives to the SOTU proves that if some on the right are bigots. most of the left are idiots.

Joe Kaufman at Frontpage Magazine explains:

CAIR or the Council on American-Islamic Relations was created in June 1994 as a part of a terrorist umbrella organization led by then-global head of Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzook. In 2007 and 2008, CAIR was named a co-conspirator by the US Justice Department for two federal trials dealing with the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas. In November 2014, along with ISIS and al-Qaeda, the UAE government named CAIR to its list of terrorist organizations.

CAIR-Florida reflects the same extremism as its parent organization. In July 2014, CAIR-Florida co-sponsored a pro-Hamas rally in Downtown Miami, where rally goers shouted, “We are Hamas” and “Let’s go Hamas.” Following the rally, the event organizer, Sofian Zakkout, wrote, “Thank God, every day we conquer the American Jews like our conquests over the Jews of Israel!” In August 2014, CAIR-Florida Executive Director Hassan Shibly wrote, “Israel and its supporters are enemies of God…

CAIR-SFBA too epitomizes CAIR. The Executive Director of CAIR-SFBA Zahra Billoo has written that “one amazing reason to get married” is to “raise fighters” to attack Israel. She wrote that “to celebrate Columbus [Day] is… the same as having Jews celebrate Hitler and the Holocaust.” She refers to US troops as “scum.” Billoo proudly announced on her blog that her younger brother, Ahmed, was quoted in an article voicing support for suicide bombings. Billoo wrote that she, herself, contemplated suicide, after viewing a pro-Israel ad on a San Francisco train.

Besides CAIR, both Nezar Hamze and Sameena Usman are involved with Islamic Relief (IR). For the past three years, Hamze has helped coordinate a nationwide annual event run by Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) called ‘Day of Dignity.’ IRUSA is the American affiliate of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW). Usman is a Disaster Assistance Response Team member for IRUSA.

Islamic Relief, like CAIR, has been named by the UAE government as a terrorist organization.

Islamic Relief’s ties to terror are well known. The Russian government has accused Islamic Relief of supporting terrorism in Chechnya. Israel has banned the group, labeling it a Hamas front and arresting the organization’s Gaza Program Manager, Ayaz Ali, in 2006, for providing assistance to Hamas. At the end of 2014, Britain’s HSBC bank cut ties with Islamic Relief over concerns about “terrorist financing.” Reports show that Islamic Relief has sent millions of dollars to and received tens of thousands of dollars from groups related to al-Qaeda.

Discover the Networks has a long, detailed entry about CAIR that shows not only their extremism, but the daffy idea that they represent all American Muslims:

According to a June 2007 Washington Times report, CAIR’s membership had declined more than 90 percent since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, from approximately 29,000 in the year 2000, to fewer than 1,700 six years later. As a result, CAIR’s annual income from dues dropped from $732,765 in 2000 (when yearly dues cost $25 per person), to $58,750 in 2006 (when dues cost $35). As of 2007, the majority of CAIR’s $3 million annual budget derived from about two dozen individual donors.

M. Zuhdi Jasser, Director of the American-Islamic Forum for Democracy, said in June 2007 that the decline in CAIR’s membership contradicted the organization’s claim that it represents the interests and concerns of 7 million American Muslims. “This is the untold story in the myth that CAIR represents the American Muslim population,” said Jasser. “They only represent their membership and donors.”

What politician in their right mind would invite people who support extremism and misrepresent themselves to the media to a prestiguous event like the state of the union? Liberal Democrats – some of whom support CAIR’s radical agenda – are more enamored of portraying themselves as tolerant rather than prudent.

I have no problems with inviting Muslims to the SOTU – just as long as they don’t represent organizations that support Hamas or al-Qaeda. I would recommend inviting Muslim American military personnel who have proved their loyalty by serving honorably. Anybody but the rancid Hamas stooges from CAIR.

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OBAMA SPIED ON CONGRESS, ISRAEL, JEWISH LEADERS OPPOSED TO HIS IRAN DEAL

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Watergate? That was small time. This is an administration abusing a tool meant for national security purposes to win a domestic political campaign to help Iran go nuclear. Compared to this Nixon was the most ethical man in government.

President Obama announced two years ago he would curtail eavesdropping on friendly heads of state after the world learned the reach of long-secret U.S. surveillance programs.

But behind the scenes, the White House decided to keep certain allies under close watch, current and former U.S. officials said. Topping the list was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

No real surprise here. About the only people who believe Obama gets along with Israel are Jewish Democrats.

The National Security Agency’s targeting of Israeli leaders and officials also swept up the contents of some of their private conversations with U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups. That raised fears—an “Oh-s— moment,” one senior U.S. official said—that the executive branch would be accused of spying on Congress.

White House officials believed the intercepted information could be valuable to counter Netanyahu’s campaign. They also recognized that asking for it was politically risky. So, wary of a paper trail stemming from a request, the White House let the NSA decide what to share and what to withhold, officials said. “We didn’t say, ‘Do it,’ ” a senior U.S. official said. “We didn’t say, ‘Don’t do it.’ ”

So Obama let the NSA take the fall while still spying on Congress and Jewish groups in the United States.

Again, this was not spying to stop a terror attack. Or even espionage. It was surveillance whose purpose was to help Obama win Iran deal approval. The NSA was spying on the future Israeli ambassador, members of Congress and Jewish leaders because they were opposed to the Iran deal.

It’s that simple.

The fig leaf here is that they were talking to Israelis, but it’s a small step from here to just spying on them. And who is to say that didn’t happen? Who is to say that Obama didn’t use the NSA to protect ObamaCare?

Privately, Obama maintained the monitoring of Netanyahu on the grounds that it served a “compelling national security purpose,” according to current and former U.S. officials.

The compelling purpose though wasn’t national security, it was domestic politics. But for Obama, the two are one and the same. Yet this isn’t about Netanyahu. There’s a fundamental difference between spying on Netanyahu and spying on members of Congress and other Americans opposed to an Obama political agenda.

And that’s what this was.

Obama has made national security interchangeable with his own political agenda and personal influence. This is beyond Nixon. It’s Caesar.

 

Time for a Congressional Declaration of War

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 Nobody wants war, but war has been thrust upon us – exactly what FDR said after Pearl Harbor.  Under the United States Constitution (Article I, Section 8), there is one and only one provision for times like this.  No president can be allowed to ignore the constitutional power of the U.S. Congress to declare war.  No Congress can evade its responsibility to take a public position – and having just four senators and four representatives act on behalf of all the others is the worst kind of evasion of responsibility.  The Founders wrote Article I, Section 8 because they understood that a declaration of war was the most serious responsibility.  The Congress must recover its constitutional power and responsibility.

If the U.S. Congress declares war against ISIS and its kind, the usual media hysterics will accuse us of aggression.  Well, now they also have to accuse François Hollande, Vladimir Putin, and even B.H. Obama, who has been waging war for seven years without being asked to take responsibility for it.

The usual media targets – conservative Americans and Israelis – have turned out to be right.  This is a watershed moment.  “There is a time in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads to fortune.”  This is such a time.

It’s a fair guess that a lot of Muslims have been living in fear of the fanatics next door and would be secretly glad to see the United States and the civilized world act decisively.  Our vacillation and weakness have empowered the killers and weakened the rest.  But we have to take an unmistakable stand, and the U.S. Constitution, in its wisdom, gives us the right way to do it.

In the Middle East, Jordan and Egypt will join a credible coalition against ISIS-type jihad, because they themselves are threatened with extinction.  India, the biggest democratic nation in the world, has suffered from almost 1,000 years of jihad attacks.  Under decent American leadership, the anglosphere can come together again and join the fight against the worst abusers of human rights since the Nazis and Stalin.  We may not agree on much with Vladimir Putin, but we have a common enemy.

That is the emerging alliance. You can raise questions about any of countries.  It’s safe to assume that self-interest is the bottom line.  Putin and China have waged serious war on their domestic jihadis, the Chechens and Uighurs.  ISIS is reported to have many Chechens and Uighurs in its ranks, and Russia and China want them neutralized and never going back home.

That is in their best interest and ours.

Israel has fought its domestic jihad and a large Fifth Column, which always acts in cahoots with the Western left-jihadist alliance that is making war.

There is no way to win without naming and shaming the Fifth Column.

The single strongest step is for the United States Congress to reclaim its constitutional power to declare war.

1. When Obama, in cahoots with Nicolas Sarkozy, decided to overthrow Libya’s Gaddafi, there was no decent explanation to Americans or the world.

Mr. Obama just giggled in a reporter’s face when he was asked about the War Powers act, which requires explicit notification to Congress within 60 days of any U.S. military action.

That moment of presidential contempt should stay in our minds forever.

It means the end of effective constitutional government if it is allowed to stand.  The U.S. government must come back to a sane balance of power, and any official who resists that must be impeached.

A declaration of war defines the enemy, who has been attacking us since 9/11 and before.  It provides legal grounds for defining “treason in time of war.”  It divides the sheep from the goats and puts them all on notice.

American tradition is to avoid legal accusations of treason when possible.  The betrayal of U.S. nuclear secrets to the Soviets was one case that actually came to trial.  But we never want to risk destroying the national consensus, except in the worst cases.  Normally we follow Lincoln’s advice: with malice toward none, with charity toward all.

And yet, a declaration would spell out a genuine dividing line and proclaim to the world that we now recognize allies and enemies “foreign and domestic.”

Naming and shaming is an essential step, because we have been deeply penetrated by jihadist enemies, as four-star USN (ret.) Admiral James Lyons has said at the National Press Club, in an unmistakable warning to the nation.

For our friends who are in deep denial, Adm. Lyons’s brief talk is a must.  It says all we need to know.  The admiral is not a caricature of the left – he does not love war, but he does love truth, and he has dedicated a life of service to this country.

Every one of us can watch the video and read the words.  It is the very least we can do.

2. We have a scofflaw president and administration. Because a sitting president can always count on about a third of the voters, impeachment is not going to happen.

What is happening today is the first stage of telling the truth.  To prepare for national recovery, we must keep explaining the real situation every time another jihad attack happens – every time the savages commit another crime against humanity.  Liberals are always playing dumb, pretending they don’t get why the latest massacre was committed.

The answer is always the war theology.  Always, always, always.  It’s not poverty.  It’s not the unfairness of life.  It’s not any of the usual rationalizations.  For jihad killers, it is always God’s command, and that’s all there is to it.  Listen to them say it every single time.

Jihad is one of the five Pillars of Islam, and it’s a strict obligation for all believing Muslims.  The only “out” is to interpret jihad as an inner struggle.  But that doesn’t apply to ISIS, al-Qaeda, or Iran.

Violent jihad cannot be tolerated by civilized peoples.

Don’t let anybody get away with John Kerry’s blabber that you can “rationalize” some jihad murders but maybe not some others.  There are good crimes against humanity and bad ones.  No.  Kerry is a clown, still desperately running after that Nobel Prize.  For the U.S. SecState to utter such words makes us the laughingstock of the world.  Hillary, too.  They are dangerous fools in office.

There is no substitute for telling the truth, and you have the most powerful tool to do so at your fingertips.  Failing to use your personal power is a dereliction of responsibility.

This means you and me, and all of us.

3. A New Media is standing up, with worldwide reach.  Give them your strong support, and keep them honest.  They are our foremost tool to bring down the Bodyguard of Lies.

Americans have allowed the Old Media to turn against our national security, but today you have the tools to resist them.  We are not helpless.  This is no time to abandon the struggle.

4. A declaration of war proclaims a national consensus.

Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence is an eloquent model.  Jefferson did not name Britain in the Declaration.  He appealed to decent human opinion everywhere.  As a political document, the Declaration worked magnificently.  Its majestic language appealed to readers in both Britain and France.  We did not label England as the enemy – the complaints were aimed at King George – and as a result, many Englishmen had no qualms about supporting us.

Edmund Burke responded to the Declaration by speaking up on behalf of the colonies in the English Parliament.

If we declare war against ISIS and its ilk, all the other jihadist gangs will have to take heed, including the nuke-hungry mullahs.  The Constitution give us a powerful symbolic tool to draw a line, one that friends and enemies must take seriously.

Obama’s red lines are a joke.  A U.S. declaration of war is not.

5. A Declaration does not automatically commit us to any particular military action.  It says that we are dead serious, and by direct implication, that any group is either for us or against us.

In World War II, the U.S. declared war on Hitler and Imperial Japan.  But soon as the enemy surrendered, we treated them “with malice towards none, with charity toward all.”  Think of the Marshall Plan, and the economic success of Germany and Japan, supported by the United States.

By the same token, if the Saudi faction that has been funding and supporting jihad against us continues on its murderous path, a Declaration of War defines it as the enemy.

Even the Iranians are bound to see a declaration of war as a threat to their secretive killing of American soldiers.  The mullahs are a different branch of jihad, but we don’t have to care.  Point a gun at us in time of war, and our military will act.

We can stop endless hair-splitting by liberals and enemy propagandists, who secretly want this country to be defeated.  After a declaration of war, is doesn’t matter what they call themselves.  What matters is what they do.  For the United States, it made no difference if the enemy was Nazis, Italian fascists, or Japan.  They were enemies.

In the same way, a constitutionally serious America doesn’t have to split hairs about this or that enemy label.  Jihad has a thousand names, but we don’t care which kind of hat they are wearing today.

The Founders understood there would be times like this.  Thomas Jefferson sent U.S. Navy ships to put down the Muslim pirates of Libya.  Article I, Section 8 was written for these exact circumstances.  It is badly needed, and Congress must do its job.