Somali “Community” Given Special Access to Secured Areas of Airports The Obama administration’s willful failure to recognize the potential threat from radical Islamists here at home continues to place Americans at risk. The latest example of this will shock you and in is found in just 31 pages of records we pried loose from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The records reveal the Department of Homeland Security has given Somalis “community engagement tours,” including security briefings, in secured areas in at least three major U.S. airports – Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Columbus, Ohio. The briefings provided to the Somali groups were so sensitive that in 14 instances the agency redacted portions of the records under Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exemption (B)(7)(e) the law-enforcement “risk circumvention” exemption, which reads: Exemption 7(E) of the Freedom of Information Act affords protection to all law enforcement information that would disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions, or would disclose guidelines for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions if such disclosure could reasonably be expected to risk circumvention of the law. In one instance, Customs and Border Protection exempted under (B)(7)(e) a portion of a February 16, 2016, “Minute by Minute Agenda ” provided during a tour/briefing of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). The material that was withheld from Judicial Watch as too law-enforcement sensitive – but provided in full to the Somali group – included a section entitled: “TSA Overview — Processing [Redacted].” The invitees were provided briefings of the Global Entry system, APC [Automated Passport Control] system, secondary screening procedures, baggage-screening procedures and given tours of the holding cells/interview rooms. Notes from the February Minneapolis St. Paul Airport tour indicate: “Current CBP and TSA job vacancies” were discussed. Attendees responded with requests for DHS outreach efforts during Somali community events to further advertise these positions to interested individuals.” The newly released records also reveal: In addition to the Minneapolis Airport tours/briefings given to Somalis during 2014 and 2015 – and first revealed by Judicial Watch in August 2016 – tours of U.S. airports and security briefings also have been provided to other groups at airports in Los Angeles and Columbus, Ohio: “Once we agree on the dates we will select the time based on prayer schedules. Another idea could be the roundtable to take place at the airport after the tour. We have done that before in LA and Columbus and it worked well both times”. The timing of the Minneapolis Airport tour given to a group of Somalis in February 2016 was scheduled between 6-8pm because it would “accommodate prayer times well” During the “annual” tour, federal authorities granted excursions of the facility’s “secure areas. ” It is also noted that two parties in the previous year “did not pass vetting.” The invitation extended to the Somalis for the Minneapolis Airport tour addressed them as “Dear Colleague,” and promised “walking people through CBP’s process, walking people through TSA’s process” and provide “a step-by-step tour of our operations, designed to offer a greater understanding of airport processes and procedures.” Eight senior ranking Homeland Security and Customs officials were tasked with accompanying and briefing the Somalis on the February 18, 2016, Minneapolis Airport tour, including the Minneapolis Area Port Director, the Assistant Port Director, the Watch Commander, a Homeland Security Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Senior Policy Advisor (flown in from Washington), the TSA Federal Security Director and TSA Deputy Federal Security Director. The documents show Customs officials reporting that one of the invited individuals had given “CBP Chicago a hard time ” following the last tour and noted three of the invitees had had investigations against them, which had since been closed. Another invitee had an active investigation pending. Logically, information that is too sensitive to provide to Judicial Watch and the public should not have been given to a “community engagement tour.” The U.S. government has been aware for years that Minnesota is a hotbed of Somali terrorist-cell activity. The behind-the-scenes tours and security briefings of the Minneapolis airport very well could have created a threat to public safety. We’ve been on watch for this issue for some time. In August 2016, the JW Corruption Chronicles blog reported on the Muslim airport tour story: “The Obama administration gave Somali Muslims behind-the-scenes tours at a major U.S. airport after the group complained to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson about feeling harassed and profiled, government records obtained by Judicial Watch reveal. The special security tours not offered to any other group occurred at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after Department of Homeland Security roundtable meetings with local Somali leaders to obtain feedback for ‘modifications to practices that would allow for operations to be more culturally sensitive.’” JW Reveals Shocking Details About Mexican Heroin Cartels Our porous border brings other threats to our health and safety, as Chris Farrell, our Director of Investigations & Research, explains in this piece published by Fox News. Mexican drug cartels are the “other” terrorist threat to America. Militant Islamists have the goal of destroying the United States. Mexican drug cartels are now accomplishing that mission – from within, every day, in virtually every community across this country. ISIS only dreams of exacting the human casualties the Mexican cartels achieve, despite decades of the “War on Drugs.” The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) estimates heroin-related overdose deaths increased 244 percent between 2007 and 2013. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimated nearly 1,000,000 American heroin users in 2014. The DEA’s 2015 threat assessment says Mexican drug cartels “remain the greatest criminal drug threat to the United States; no other group can challenge them in the near term.” Mexican drug cartels are engaged in an insidious and deadly attack on our country – right now. The Commonwealth of Virginia declared a public health emergency on November 21, 2016, over the growing crisis of heroin and opioid addiction. There has been an exponential increase and simultaneous shift, from prescription opioids to heroin (sometimes mixed with the synthetic narcotic fentanyl). For the Mexican drug cartels, the border is in Virginia, Ohio, New Hampshire, and all other communities across the country. The American heroin market begins in the poppy fields of Mexico. Controlled by the cartels, and more recently assisted by Southwest Asians who provide agricultural production techniques (increasing both quantity and quality) – and combat training for the cartel armies (learned by fighting US forces). The cartel armies are increasingly dangerous and more sophisticated. In May 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported foreign fighters training the Jalisco New Generation Cartel in how to shoot down Mexican Army helicopters. It’s “win-win” for the Mexican cartels and the jihadis. Barranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon) and the rural southwest corner of Chihuahua are the Sinaloa Cartel’s base for poppy production. Reportedly, the same area has the largest concentration of Islamists in Mexico – surpassed, perhaps, only by Mexico City. None of this information is “news” to U.S. law enforcement, intelligence, defense or diplomatic officials. The staff of the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) literally watches it all go on – right under their noses. How can this be? Here is the unpopular answer: We have an “insider threat” – corrupt law enforcement officers at the municipal, state and federal levels – who are bought and paid for by the Mexican cartels. The corruption runs the gamut from turning a blind eye to accepting monthly stipends and performance bonuses deposited in banks in, for example, Ciudad Juárez. The corrupt law enforcement officers are aided and abetted by corrupt elected officials and crooked lawyers who know how to work the system. These are often popular local and regional public figures with business interests and standing in the community. They are also people who leverage their positions in order to “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity” when it comes to enforcement. The corrupting process is facilitated in the United States by “legitimate” cartel fronts, in the agribusiness and transportation industries, among others. No one likes that answer, but it’s the truth. How else can tractor-trailer loads of heroin make it into the country? How has such an elaborate and efficient distribution system spread throughout the country and perpetuated itself for decades? One knowledgeable law enforcement source gave me an example: “Does Walmart ever run out of milk? No. That’s exactly what the cartel distribution system is like across the entire country. It only works so efficiently because of corruption.” The greatest criminal threat to the daily lives of American citizens are the Mexican drug cartels. Their corrosive power is killing Americans regardless of race, color, creed or zip code – and that undermines public confidence in the rule of law. The cartels corrupt our trusted public officials and institutions. Their violence and cruelty know no bounds. What will President Trump and Attorney General Sessions do differently to defeat this “other” threat to the United States? They need to start by “cleaning house” at the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security. When someone self-righteously defends wide open borders, show him this article. I encourage you, as well. Watch Chris here as he discusses this most serious of issues. Until next week…

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Muslim Extremism

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9/11 Truther for DNC Chair?

Dear Johanna —
We feel compelled to share with you, an alarming story that the mainstream media won’t, regarding a prominent candidate for DNC Chairman, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN).

If elected to this powerful position, Rep. Ellison would be the first Muslim ever to serve as DNC Chairman.

Unfortunately, this would not be the only “glass ceiling” the Congressman’s appointment would shatter.

Rep. Ellison would also be the first 9/11 truther to be given the reigns to the DNC. In other words, he implied that 9/11 was an inside job, committed by the United States Government, most notably President George W. Bush.

That’s right, a 2007 video has surfaced in which Rep. Ellison back in 2007, compares the events of 9/11 to the Reichstag fire that helped bring Adolf Hitler to power in Nazi Germany. This stunt he referenced was a ruse, designed to coalesce the will of the people around Hitler.

As the Washington Free Beacon notes, Ellison proclaimed:

“Remember 9/11. Right? You had never had all this discrimination against religious minorities but for 9/11,” Ellison said. “You had it, but you didn’t have it to the degree that we have it now. 9/11 is this juggernaut event in American history, and it allows—it’s almost like, you know, the Reichstag fire kind of reminds me of that. Does anybody know what I’m talking about?”

“But who benefited from 9/11?” an audience member asked.

“Well, I mean, you know, you and I both know,” Ellison said.

“Yeah, Bush,” the audience member replied, a clear reference to then-President George W. Bush.

“But the thing is that, you know, after the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it, and it put the leader of that country in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted,” Ellison said.

This is a statement by a United States Congressmen, and frontrunner for DNC Chairman? All aboard the lunatic train if Ellison should be appointed.

Keith-Ellison-Muslim-RU.jpgAlso, notice how Rep. Ellison’s big takeaway from 9/11 was that it led to discrimination against Muslims. In other words, Ellison is implying that George Bush was secretly behind the events of 9/11, to give himself more power, and so that ordinary Americans would start discriminating against Muslims. Someone check the air quality in Ellison’s office…quickly!

But more striking than this insane theory propagated by a potential DNC Chairman, is Ellison’s ties to radical Islamic terror networks.

Ellison is an enthusiastic supporter of CAIR, a Muslim Brotherhood front group, classified by the United Arab Emirates as a terrorist organization.

Think about that, even a country like the U.A.E that has Sharia law thinks CAIR is dangerously radical!

More to it, Ellison was a spokesman for the Nation of Islam well into his 30’s, a notoriously hateful and anti-Semitic organization.

Ellison also knowingly accepted $50,000 in campaign contributions from Islamic radicals, who openly supported Islamic terrorism and were leaders of front groups for Hamas and other Islamic terror networks.

It wouldn’t just be insane to elect Ellison as DNC Chairman, it would be dangerous.

For Freedom,

ACT for America
http://www.actforamerica.org/

Why you should send testimony to Senator Sessions’ Immigration Subcommittee

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Listen to Senator Sessions speaking to his subcommittee, and be inspired!

Refugee Resettlement Watch

O.K. I’ve been hearing a lot of excuses about why some of you don’t want to be bothered doing this!

Sorry folks, but saving America is going to be hard work and this is the least you can do—spend an hour writing a proper, polite letter to Senator Sessions who held a hearing last week on Obama’s final determination as President to bring in 110,000 refugees this fiscal year (the new flow began yesterday!).  Go here for a report on the hearing. The security issues were front and center.

And, here is my post from Friday on sending testimony (a letter) to the Subcommittee.

no-excuses

I don’t want to hear about the postal service and how slow it is! I don’t want to hear that they don’t listen to us anyway! I don’t want to hear, why can’t we send postcards (make it easy for us)! Or, that the deadline is…

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EMPs: A Threat We’re Not Ready For

An electromagnetic pulse from a nuclear device or solar storm would be catastrophic, yet the U.S. remains unprepared.

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JOE COLANGELO

Updated June 13, 2016 9:38 a.m. ET

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The federal government has long known that electromagnetic pulses, or EMPs, pose a significant threat to America’s infrastructure, particularly the electrical grid. Yet federal agencies have done little to defend against this danger, as a congressional hearing last month shows.

EMPs are bursts of energy that can be caused by a nuclear detonation or a major solar storm. They induce massive voltage spikes in electronic devices and can irreparably damage all sorts of equipment—from large power transformers to household electronics.

An EMP produced by solar activity could cause extended blackouts for 40 million Americans and cost as much as $2.6 trillion, according to a 2013 study by Lloyd’s of London. In 2014 the executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security told Congress that EMPs pose “existential threats that could kill 9 of 10 Americans through starvation, disease, and societal collapse.”

A special EMP commission created by Congress offered a report in 2008 with nearly 100 concrete steps to mitigate the risk. For instance, upgrading the electric grid to be secure from the EMP threat would cost roughly $2 billion, while protecting 5,000 power-generation plants would cost only $250 million. These recommendations were meant to initiate direct action from both the departments of Homeland Security and Energy.

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But in April the Government Accountability Office released an alarming account of the bureaucratic dysfunction obstructing EMP mitigation. The GAO determined that although divisions within Homeland Security have been assigned specific tasks, departmental leaders have failed to ensure that this work is carried out. The two departments have not even identified the elements of the electrical infrastructure that most need protecting. Nor have the agencies coordinated strategies to address risks associated with EMPs, including research and development of equipment designed to mitigate damage.

On May 17 at a hearing of the House Committee on Homeland Security, a GAO officialexplained that there had not been a “comprehensive, holistic effort to address” the EMP commission’s recommendations and “no designated lead for coordinating all these efforts.”

Brandon Wales of Homeland Security explained that his agency is working with the Energy Department on a study to assess the EMP risk. The study will not be completed until next summer, nearly a decade after the EMP commission published its recommendations.

My organization, Consumers’ Research, conducted its own study of EMPs out of concern for the threat they pose to the nation’s economic well-being. Though complexity contributes to the sorry state of preparedness, a major factor is bureaucratic ambiguity about who owns the problem. Worse, the recommendations of the EMP commission carry no legislative or executive mandate.

The consequences of inaction could be tremendous. In a 2012 article in Space Weather,Pete Riley of Predictive Science put the chances of a major solar storm in the next 10 years as high as 12%. Disruption of the electrical grid could have, as the GAO says, “cascading impacts on fuel distribution, transportation systems, food and water supplies, and communications and equipment for emergency services.”

The departments of Homeland Security and Energy are not protecting Americans from these threats. They are not doing their jobs.

Mr. Colangelo, a former U.S. Navy officer, is executive director of Consumers’ Research. EMPs: A Threat We’re Not Ready For

An electromagnetic pulse from a nuclear device or solar storm would be catastrophic, yet the U.S. remains unprepared.

 

Save the Internet!!

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How do you give away Internet freedom? President Obama is attempting to do it in one swift move.

He recently announced that he plans to move forward with relinquishing the U.S. government’s oversight over vital pieces of the Internet’s core infrastructure to the “global stakeholder community.” What is being referred to as the IANA transfer will surrender the domain name system (DNS) and root zone files to the organization ICANN and with it, America’s special role in promoting and protecting the greatest tool for individual freedom in human history would come to an end.

There’s only one problem with this plan – he can’t do it without Congressional consent. It says so in the IANA/Dept. of Commerce contracts! And we have proof>>>

These important documents that have allowed the Internet to function properly have been moderated, updated, and protected by U.S. supervision, under contract.They are government property, owned by every American citizen. The cannot be given away at the whim of the president.

But even though Obama has no authority to hand over the Internet, he’s going to try anyway. We need to do everything we can to stop him.

Please click here to share this with your friends to spread the word.

Keeping these files with the United States is vital to ensuring the Internet can be freely accessed by the world. Help us save the web.

-Team Freedom

Eric Witt for first selectman. Redding CT!

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A TALE OF TWO CITIES

Dear Redding Resident,

Charles Dicken’s began a Tale of Two Cities with the line “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” – And I think that is apropos for our tale of two cities here in Redding. On one side, we have a Redding that responded to the rush of development by establishing a planning commission, protecting our water resources and acquiring open space. Public and private efforts led the preservation of more than 1/3 of Redding as “forever green”, maintaining a country atmosphere in the midst of increasingly urban Fairfield Country.  As First Selectman, I would ensure this vision is retained and strengthened.  Our rural beauty is at the heart of what attracted many of us to Redding and is at the core of what we offer as a town.

Georgetown is another part of the Redding story.  The award winning plan for creating a village center out of the old wire mill has stalled.  In July, after failing to negotiate a path forward with owners and creditors, the town filed for foreclosure.  To bring this project to fruition – one that includes affordable housing, office and retail space, as well as facilities for arts, recreation, and open space – strong leadership and negotiation skills are needed.  I have saved companies more than $1-billion through contract negotiations and managed a country-wide transition for NATO in Afghanistan.  With degrees and experience in engineering, finance, and the law, I can turn this chapter of the Georgetown story into the “best of times”. And along the way, I would develop a plan to help revitalize our town’s existing commercial spaces in West Redding and Main Street in Georgetown, both of which currently have too many empty storefronts.

If you agree, won’t you help us spread the word by donating to Witt for Redding with a click of the convenient button below. Whether you can give $10 or the maximum allowable $1,000, you’ll be playing an important role in helping us bring a new vision of leadership for a more livable, economically viable Redding.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Eric Witt

B.S. United States Naval Academy; Masters, Yale University School of Management and U.S. Army War College; Doctor of Law and Policy Northeastern University; Commander (retired) United States Navy, 5 years active duty, 20+ years reserve duty; VP Strategic Consulting Tangoe, Inc.; Redding Board of Education, Chair, Long Range Planning Committee

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A great candidate! Eric Witt for Redding!!

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A TALE OF TWO CITIES

Dear Redding Resident,

Charles Dicken’s began a Tale of Two Cities with the line “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” – And I think that is apropos for our tale of two cities here in Redding. On one side, we have a Redding that responded to the rush of development by establishing a planning commission, protecting our water resources and acquiring open space. Public and private efforts led the preservation of more than 1/3 of Redding as “forever green”, maintaining a country atmosphere in the midst of increasingly urban Fairfield Country.  As First Selectman, I would ensure this vision is retained and strengthened.  Our rural beauty is at the heart of what attracted many of us to Redding and is at the core of what we offer as a town.

Georgetown is another part of the Redding story.  The award winning plan for creating a village center out of the old wire mill has stalled.  In July, after failing to negotiate a path forward with owners and creditors, the town filed for foreclosure.  To bring this project to fruition – one that includes affordable housing, office and retail space, as well as facilities for arts, recreation, and open space – strong leadership and negotiation skills are needed.  I have saved companies more than $1-billion through contract negotiations and managed a country-wide transition for NATO in Afghanistan.  With degrees and experience in engineering, finance, and the law, I can turn this chapter of the Georgetown story into the “best of times”. And along the way, I would develop a plan to help revitalize our town’s existing commercial spaces in West Redding and Main Street in Georgetown, both of which currently have too many empty storefronts.

If you agree, won’t you help us spread the word by donating to Witt for Redding with a click of the convenient button below. Whether you can give $10 or the maximum allowable $1,000, you’ll be playing an important role in helping us bring a new vision of leadership for a more livable, economically viable Redding.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Eric Witt

B.S. United States Naval Academy; Masters, Yale University School of Management and U.S. Army War College; Doctor of Law and Policy Northeastern University; Commander (retired) United States Navy, 5 years active duty, 20+ years reserve duty; VP Strategic Consulting Tangoe, Inc.; Redding Board of Education, Chair, Long Range Planning Committee

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