GOP Sen. Inhofe: ISIS Attempting To Develop Weapon To Blow Up Major U.S. City

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Oh, goodie.

Via Newsmax:

Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe has warned that Islamic State extremists are attempting to develop a weapon to blow up a major city in the United States.

“We’re in the most dangerous position we’ve ever been in as a nation,” the ranking GOP member of the Senate Armed Services Committee told Fox 25 TV station in Oklahoma City.

Referring to the beheading of American journalist James Foley, Inhofe said that the terror group, also known as ISIS, has now set its sights on Americans and targets on U.S. soil.

“They’re crazy out there, and they’re rapidly developing a method of blowing up a major U.S. city and people just can’t believe that’s happening,” he said.

Inhofe also criticized President Barack Obama for his failure to find a strategy to deal with the ISIS crisis.

“He’s going to have to come up with something that we’re going to do because they’re holding another hostage in place and the problem is, the president says all these things and he never does them,” the senator added.

“Dead Broke” Bill Clinton Smokes World’s Most Expensive Cigar, Cost $1,000 Each…

And we all remember what Bubba likes to do with those cigars.

Via TWS:

Bill Clinton enjoys a Gurkha cigar, “the Rolls Royce of the cigar industry.” He “loves the Gurkhas,” Gurkha chief executive officer Kaizad Hansotia, maker of the HMR cigar, which stands for His Majesty’s Reserve. It is, according to Hansotia, “the world’s most expensive cigar.”

One box is $25,000 — and the price will rise next year to $30,000. “The cigars are close to $1,000 each,” says the cigar boss to Bloomberg.

Jihadi Killer Had Accomplices In Killing, Was Arrested 10 Years Ago As Part Of Terror Ring

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While some media have picked up the story of Ali Muhammad Brown, who killed 4 men in the cause of jihad, most haven’t put all the pieces together yet.

Brown killed 3 men in Seattle, and then 19 year old Brendan Tevlin in New Jersey, after which he was caught, as we noted here.

Muhammad Brown told investigators that Tevlin’s slaying was a “just kill.” The devout Islamic adherent proclaimed: “My mission is vengeance. For the lives, millions of lives are lost every day.” Echoing jihadist Fort Hood mass killer Nidal Hasan, Muhammad Brown cited Muslim deaths in “Iraq, Syria, (and) Afghanistan” as the catalysts for his one-man Islamic terror campaign. “All these lives are taken every single day by America, by this government. So a life for a life.”

When a detective asked him to clarify whether all four murders were “done for vengeance for the actions of the United States in the Middle East,” Muhammad Brown stated unequivocally: “Yes.” He added that he was “just doing (his) small part.”

But one of the things missing from many media accounts is Brown’s background.

Back in 2004, when he was 19, Brown was arrested and convicted of bank fraud.

In that case, between January 2002 and November 2004, Brown and three other men defrauded U.S. Bank, Bank of America, Key Bank, Washington Mutual, Wells Fargo and Boeing Employees Credit Union by depositing counterfeit and fake checks, then withdrawing funds before the checks were returned, according to charging documents filed in U.S. District Court.

He served time in federal prison for this offense.

But this wasn’t just a random bank fraud.

Brown was part of a ring of men in South Seattle that were arrested by FBI terrorism agents in 2004 and under suspicion of funding terror groups. The feds convicted Brown and some of the other men on bank fraud charges.

“The FBI was unable to actually make a terrorism conviction,” said David Gomez – the former head of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Seattle.

Agents couldn’t prove the money was being used to finance terrorist operations.

The group was led by Ruben Shumpert, who owned Crescent Cuts Barbershop, which the FBI raided in 2004.
He was the first in the ring to turn talk about fighting America into action.

Shumpert skipped out on this federal sentencing in 2006 and was later believe to have been killed fighting for the terrorist organization al-Shabab in Somalia. He was reportedly killed fighting US backed forces in Somalia.

Shumpert was involved in soliciting young men for jihad. Brown, 19 at the time, apparently became an adherent.

The second thing missing from the national media stories – Brown had accomplices in the killing of the young white student in New Jersey – 19 year old Jeremy Villagran, and 18 year old Eric Williams. Some media accounts also report an additional man. They drove up behind Brendan Tevlin in West Orange. They jumped out and surrounded Tevlin’s car. Brown then fired ten shots through the car window, killing Tevlin. Brown then got in Tevlin’s car, and drove to Villagran’s apartment where he left the car with the body of Tevlin in it.

While Brown, Villagran and Williams were arrested, only Brown has been charged with murder. Villagran and Williams have only been charged with robbery and weapons charges.

But if this was specifically to kill for the sake of jihad, then why were the others not arrested for murder? Are they also part of the “convert brigade”? Why was Brown not charged as a terrorist? There are both federal and statutes that would apply based on his statements, although he would likely get life if he is convicted in New Jersey. But not as a terrorist, which is what he is. We shall have to wait and see as the case unfolds to see if more charges are added later.

Brown’s other criminal past includes a March 2012, guilty plea to communication with a minor for immoral purposes, for which he was sentenced to a year in jail. He has also been linked a robbery and carjacking in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., on July 13, after the Tevlin murder but before his arrest.

WH Tries To Explain Why It Was OK To Negotiate With Terrorists For Bergdahl But Not James Foley… Failure Ensues…

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ISIS wanted to exchange Foley for Aafia Siddiqui which would have made the two exchanges nearly identical.

Via PJM:

White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz was asked at today’s press briefing why the administration was unwilling to negotiate with terrorists in James Foley’s case, yet traded five Taliban for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

“I think, again, what the president made clear at the time of the Guantanamo transfer was that his commitment to the men and women that serve overseas is a bedrock one, that we will leave no man or woman behind. That’s what he was keeping faith with, and that’s something that’s unshakeable for him,” Schultz said.

“As we’ve made previously clear, the administration determined that it was lawful to proceed with a transfer in order to protect the life of a U.S. servicemember held captive and in danger for almost five years, notwithstanding that Congress did not receive the 30 days’ notice. Again, we disagree with GAO’s conclusion and we reject the implication that the administration acted unlawfully.”

A brother and sister of the slain journalist told Katie Couric that the U.S. could have done more to free Foley, including considering a $100 million ransom demand made by ISIS before his death. But Michael Foley also appeared to reference the Bergdahl swap.

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DNC Chief Wasserman Schultz: Illegal Immigrants Are “Part Of The Backbone Of Our Economy”…

Does Debbie ever thinks before she speaks?

HT: Freedom’s Lighthouse

Pope Francis Calls Parents Of Murdered Journalist James Foley

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Via IB Times:

Pope Francis made a heartfelt phone call Thursday to the family of James Foley, a journalist who was recently beheaded by the Islamic State (ISIS) after two years in captivity. Francis spoke with Foley’s parents, both devout Catholics, for about 20 minutes through a translator two days after a video of Foley’s beheading surfaced on Tuesday.

John and Diane Foley said they drew “huge comfort” from the phone call, which was described as “very long [and] intense,” by a Vatican spokesman. The Rev. Marc Montminy, a family friend, said Pope Francis “was very compassionate, very loving.” Pope Francis himself is mourning the loss of four family members who died in a car crash on Tuesday.

Foley’s parents appealed for prayer and for the international community to help hostages in Syria in an interview with MSNBC on Friday. Foley was a practicing Catholic and said in a letter to his alma mater, Marquette University, that he prayed the rosary while being held captive in Libya in 2011.

“I began to pray the rosary. It was what my mother and grandmother would have prayed,” Foley wrote in the letter. “I said 10 Hail Marys between each Our Father. It took a long time, almost an hour to count 100 Hail Marys off on my knuckles. And it helped to keep my mind focused.”

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DHS Saw No Option But To Free 169 Illegal Immigrants Convicted Of Murder…

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I can think of plenty of other options.

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration says it had no choice but to release almost all of the 169 immigrants with homicide convictions that were let back onto the streets last year, claiming court decisions gave officials no choice in the matter — but it’s promising a new system to better screen who gets let out.

Of the 169 immigrants with homicide-related convictions released in fiscal year 2013, all but 15 were required to be let go because of specific court orders or because the immigrants had been held for too long under the rules established by a sweeping 2001 Supreme Court case, the Homeland Security Department said in an Aug. 15 letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican.

The 116 murderers were a fraction of the 36,007 criminals ICE released in 2013. The criminals had convictions ranging from homicide and manslaughter to drunken driving and sex crimes.

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Code Pink Moonbats: White People In The US Never Have To Put Their Hands Up For The Police…

Apparently cops only make black people put their hands up, who knew?

Iowa Democrat: If We Don’t Grant Amnesty To Illegals They Could Become Terrorists…

So we should grant amnesty out of fear?

Via Daily Caller:

Democratic State Representative and candidate for U.S. representative Pat Murphy said Tuesday that if the underage migrants who have come to the U.S. from Central America aren’t given a “pathway for citizenship” they could become terrorists.

Speaking with Iowa Public Radio host Ben Kieffer, Murphy said that “we need to make sure that we take care of the children that are coming up here.”

“They’re not from Mexico, they’re coming from further south,” Murphy continued. “We need to make sure that when we’re talking about these children we need to treat them like they’re our children or our grandchildren. If they’re gonna be refugees, which several of them are going to be, we need to make sure that we have—one, we take care of them, and we create a pathway for citizenship and set up education for them so they don’t become the same problem that we’re currently having in the Middle East—that they’ll be terrorists a generation from now.”

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White House: ISIS No Longer a JV Team, But They Were 8 Months Ago When Obama Called Them That…

At some point they’re going to acknowledge Obama was (gasp!) wrong about something, right? Yeah, probably not.

Via Washington Examiner:

A senior White House official said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has gained more power and poses a greater threat now than it did when President Obama referred to the group as a “JV” team in an interview eight months ago.

“Clearly, [ISIS], which has a long history and has an origin dating back to al Qaeda in Iraq, has gained capacity as they advanced across Iraq and gained heavy weaponry,” Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser, told reporters Friday.

“They pose a greater threat today than they did six months ago. … We’re going to do what’s necessary to deal with this counter-terrorism challenge,” he added.

Hamas Executes 18 People For “Collaborating” With Israel…

Via Fox News:

Hamas carried out a deadly purge of suspected informants in Gaza, killing as many as 18 people suspected of providing information to the Israel Defense Forces as fighting flared anew following the collapse of Egyptian-brokered cease-fire talks.

Masked gunmen killed seven suspected informants for Israel near a Gaza City mosque as worshippers were ending midday prayers on Friday, according to a witness and Hamas media. Earlier in the day, Hamas killed 11 men by firing squad in Gaza City’s police headquarters, according to the Hamas-run Al Rai website.

Two of those killed were women, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, which called for an immediate halt to what it said were “extra-judicial executions.”

Hamas media portrayed the killings as the beginning of a new crackdown, under the rallying cry of “choking the necks of the collaborators.” The killings, which took place near the al-Omari Mosque in downtown Gaza, occurred a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike on a house in southern Gaza.

A witness says masked gunmen lined up the seven men in a side street and opened fire on them. He spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing for his own safety.

Washington Post Editorial Board Stops Using The Word “Redskins”…

Self-righteousness ensues.

Via WaPo:

The Washington Post editorial board said Friday it will stop using the word “Redskins” when referring to Washington’s football team, joining a growing list of other commentators who have renounced the term because they believe it disparages Native Americans.

In a statement, the board said, “While we wait for the NFL to catch up with public opinion and common decency we have decided not to use the slur ourselves except when it is essential for clarity or effect.”

The editorial board is separate from the news-gathering side of the organization, which executive editor Marty Baron said will continue to use the team’s moniker.

“The Post’s newsroom and the editorial page operate independently of each other,” Baron said. “Standard operating policy in the newsroom has been to use the names that established institutions choose for themselves. That remains our policy, as we continue to vigorously cover controversy over the team’s name and avoid any advocacy role on this subject.”

ISIS Has Young Boy Act Out Beheading Of Western-Looking Doll…

Note the orange jumpsuit, James Foley was wearing the same thing when he was beheaded.

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The fake blood is a nice touch.

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HT: Jay via Syricide