11/19/17

Book Review: Harpoon: Inside the Covert War Against Terrorism’s Money Masters

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Purchase at Amazon.com

I had a very interesting book sent my way: HARPOON: Inside The Covert War Against Terrorism’s Money Masters by Nitsana Darshan-Leitner and Samuel M. Katz. I’m a military and counterterrorism wonk, so it peaked my interest. First off, this is a fascinating book and if you are analytical, it will really engross you. It comes at you from the stance of cutting off the money-flow to terrorists and that is definitely one of the primary tools we should be using in the war on terror. Plus, I just admire the heck out of the Mossad and Israel in general.

Think about it… terrorists have to have money to buy weapons to kill people. They get that money in many different ways… from the sale of drugs, to the sale of oil, investments, charities and foundations. We use our military might to keep ISIS and other enemies on the run, but to squash them, you have to strangle them financially. Israel is a master at this technique. For many years I have said we should emulate Israel in profiling and counterterrorism tactics, including border security. But I never really looked at how they cut off the lifeblood of terrorism… money. The US is now utilizing financial techniques like this to starve ISIS and it works. Europe should be using this weapon as well.

If the flow of money was cut off to ISIS and other terrorists, their Caliphate and networks would fall apart. This is why I was so furious when Obama gave millions to the Iranians, who are the biggest purveyor of terrorism on the planet. He knew what he was doing, he was funding a maniacal Islamic theocracy that will murder countless people with that money. Obama has blood all over his hands on that one.

Israel has learned the hard way, through blood and tears, that more than force is needed to take down her enemies. From 2000 to 2005, during the last Intifada, Palestinian suicide bombers relentlessly attacked Israel. The Israelis have one of the best fighting forces on the planet and they met the enemy head on. But no matter how hard they fought or how they won each encounter, the bombings continued. That was when Israeli leaders knew they needed a new game plan. So, they went after the money trail that financed everything from bomb-building factories to the cash bonuses issued to the families of suicide bombers.

Israel gave birth to a new multiagency task force codenamed Harpoon. It’s directive was to wage financial warfare against the enemies of the Jewish state. Harpoon tracked money to it source. That included charities in the US and multimillion-dollar transfers from Iran, the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia. In 2002, Harpoon expanded. It now focuses on not only intercepting the cash and the accounts, but taking them from their enemies and destroying them if necessary.

Nitsana’s book covers all of this and shows that counterterrorism is not just fought on the battlefield or through cloak and dagger, it is waged on the financial front out of necessity. Israel laser focused on this in every agency… and it worked. They even utilized lawfare in US courts and internationally to file lawsuits to stop state sponsors of terror in their tracks. The banks and the intermediaries that give life to these murderous demons are fair game and any method that can be employed to take them down is used by Israel. I applaud that wholeheartedly.

I vehemently disagree with those in the west and in the US that decry Israel’s tactics here. They raid banks etc. to stop terrorism before people die. That’s called survival. I have been less than thrilled with President George W. Bush lately. He criticized Israel’s actions as being “Wild West” in nature. Really? Because it looks to me like they work. Which is more than can be said for what the US was doing before President Trump took office. I’m not always thrilled with him either, but at least he’s kicking ISIS’ ass these days. The US has come around to Israel’s way of thinking. It’s about damn time.

From Nitsana at Fox News:

The Americans saluted Israeli spy chief Meir Dagan – the mastermind behind Harpoon – and his understanding that money was the oxygen that enabled the terror beast to live and thrive. Dagan was intent on suffocating this malignant creature through any and all means at his disposal.

In the wake of terrorist attacks in Britain, France, Spain Belgium, Germany and Sweden in recent years, Europeans will need to use the highly effective financial warfare template that Israel has already established if they hope to defeat ISIS and the terror armies that will follow.

The European intelligence services will have to cut through red tape and muster their resources to bankrupt ISIS, intercept its ability to move money from country to country, and stop it from funding fighters and operations throughout the continent.

Rendering a group like ISIS insolvent will yield victorious battlefield results.

As Nitsana put it (and I wish I had said this darn it), “A smart and successful war on terror requires James Bonds and General Pattons, as well as one or two Bernie Madoffs – and their services are needed immediately.” This woman truly gets it. Bankrupting the enemy destroys their supply lines and their killing machines. I admire this reasoning and I love this book.

From Amazon.com:

A revelatory account of the cloak-and-dagger Israeli campaign to target the finances fueling terror organizations–an effort that became the blueprint for U.S. efforts to combat threats like ISIS and drug cartels.

ISIS boasted $2.4 billion of revenue in 2015, yet for too long the global war on terror overlooked financial warfare as an offensive strategy. “Harpoon,” the creation of Mossad legend Meir Dagan, directed spies, soldiers, and attorneys to disrupt and destroy money pipelines and financial institutions that paid for the bloodshed perpetrated by Hamas, Hezbollah, and other groups. Written by an attorney who worked with Harpoon and a bestselling journalist, Harpoon offers a gripping story of the Israeli-led effort, now joined by the Americans, to choke off the terrorists’ oxygen supply, money, via unconventional warfare.

“It’s a cliche after Watergate that the key investigation in most circumstances is to ‘follow the money’ (in the words of Deep Throat). This is the story of how Mossad led this movement and substantially effected investigations of terrorism and similarly important matters and how this influenced the CIA’s later work in the same field. Bravo Mossad! Thanks for leading the way” – R. James Woolsey, CIA director (1993-1995)

And here is the press release for the book, that gives an inside look:

The haunting images of the hijacked airliners crashing into the World Trade Center, the pools of blood on the streets of Paris, and the aftermath of the horrific massacres in a nightclub in Orlando and on the streets of Barcelona, have been seared into our collective conscious, leaving us all feeling frustrated, vulnerable and afraid. Tragically, the universal approach to combating this ruthless global threat has been focused on the conventional responses anchored in dilatory military actions that have produced foreseeable and pedestrian results. However, with groups like ISIS bringing in billions of dollars annually to finance their attacks, and the Islamic Republic of Iran bankrolling its proxies Hamas and Hezbollah with an endless flow of cash, a small and covert group of intelligence operatives spearheaded a dynamic new front to combat terrorist armies by depriving them of the oxygen they require to breath: the money needed to carry out attacks around the world. This is a story of a pioneering and innovative method of fighting terrorism – financial warfare waged against the extremist organizations, their leadership and the rogue regimes that support them. It all began in Israel, the small and embattled nation that has become fabled for its cutting edge hi-tech creativity and the prowess of its espionage services. This is the previously untold tale of perhaps the greatest and most disruptive Israeli start-up of them all and its joint-venture with the United States’ counterterrorism community.

In HARPOON: Inside The Covert War Against Terrorism’s Money Masters, Israeli activist attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner and New York Times bestselling author Samuel M. Katz bring to light the previously classified account of how one nation, facing a tsunami of unstoppable suicide terrorism, forged its intelligence, military, law enforcement, and political leaders into a powerful task force, code-named Harpoon, to combat terror financing around the world.

Traveling back to the 1990s, Darshan-Leitner and Katz introduce Meir Dagan, a legendary soldier and spymaster, who spent a lengthy military career serving the State of Israel in the up-close-and-personal world of deadly special operations ultimately becoming the director of the Mossad, the Jewish State’s famed espionage service. Dagan’s reputation was that of a warrior, a man who moved silently behind enemy lines with a dagger between his teeth. But as a commanding general frustrated with the limitations and inefficiencies of the conventional approach to warfare that failed to stem the waves of bus-bombings, drive-by shootings and suicide attacks in Israel, Dagan sought new and imaginative strategies. He pieced together an outside-the-box solution to target the source of the terrorists’ power, a complex underground economy of “blood money” that enlisted banks and charities to distribute funds to the diabolical masterminds behind the suicide attacks and catastrophic murders. Dagan assembled a dream team of specialists from the intelligence services, the Israel Defense Force, the National Police, and even Israel’s IRS, to fight the ever transforming terrorist groups and their money across the Middle East, South America, Africa, and around the globe. In the process, Harpoon fused an operational alliance with the highest reaches of the United States government to fight terror on a truly global front.

This is the untold and remarkable story of modern day “Untouchables.” This elite and covert force intercepted banking records, perpetrated financial con games, unleashed invasive and destructive computer malware attacks, called in missile strikes against bankers, and violently eliminated financiers and bag men in foreign capitals. This is also the story of the private lawyers who pioneered the use of American counterterrorism suits to bring terrorist groups, and the countries and financial institutions that provided them material support, to their knees.

I have several new heroes here. This is just my kind of book. These are the good guys, make no mistake about it. If you want a peak into the real war on terror, this book is it. Pick up a copy at Amazon.com. I’m passing mine on to friends in the counterterrorism fields here in the US. It’s an epic read.

11/17/17

Mao Reborn: Chinese Gov’t Orders Poor Christians to Replace Religious Images with Portraits of President Xi

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

The ghost of Mao is rising in Chinese President Xi Jinping. He is now President for life. China has elevated the stature of President Xi Jinping and cemented his grip on power by including his name and political ideology in the Communist Party constitution. He currently serves as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, President of the People’s Republic of China and Chairman of the Central Military Commission. Xi is referred to as China’s “paramount leader.” He is now on a par with Chairman Mao Zedong who founded the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and paramount leader Deng Xiaoping, who oversaw China’s opening up to the world.

Not since Mao has this much power been in the hands of one man in China and moves are now afoot to strengthen the Communist Party there as well. Chinese officials have told Christians living in poverty to replace religious images in their homes with portraits of Chinese President Xi Jinping or lose government assistance. Christians in Yugan county, which is a rural, impoverished area in southeast China, were told by Communist Party officials to remove their religious artifacts and hang portraits of Xi in their place. The order comes as part of a program described as an anti-poverty effort that also seeks to “transform believers in religion into believers in the party.”

This heavy handed order “hearkens back to the era of the personality cult” surrounding the late Communist dictator Mao Zedong, whose portraits were once universally displayed in Chinese homes. Mao was and still is worshiped like a God in China. Xi is consolidating power and aims to walk in his footsteps. His regime could be easily a brutal one. Military wise, China gets stronger and more dangerous by the day. And they are still using North Korea as a proxy and a distraction while they continue their geopolitical chess moves to garner power, real estate and resources.

Qi Yan, chairman of the Huangjinbu people’s Congress and the person responsible for the township’s poverty-relief efforts, said the campaign has been in effect since March and villagers have used it “voluntarily.” Right, because they ‘voluntarily’ want to stay alive by not starving to death. “Many poor households have plunged into poverty because of illness in the family. Some resorted to believing in Jesus to cure their illnesses,” Qi said. “But we tried to tell them that getting ill is a physical thing and that the people who can really help them are the Communist Party and General Secretary Xi. Many rural people are ignorant. They think God is their savior,” he continued. “After our cadres’ work, they’ll realize their mistakes and think: we should no longer rely on Jesus, but on the party for help.”

More than 1,000 portraits of Xi have been distributed to residents’ homes. Religious artifacts supposedly can be hung in other places in the home, but knowing the Communist Party, that won’t be allowed for long, if it is even now. This is the beginning of a brutal crackdown on religion. The Chinese people will either submit to communism and bow before Xi, or they will die. “We only asked them to take down [religious] posters in the center of the home,” he said. “They can still hang them in other rooms, we won’t interfere with that. What we require is for them not to forget about the party’s kindness at the center of their living rooms. They still have the freedom to believe in religion, but in their minds, they should [also] trust our party,” he added. That’s called indoctrination.

Around 10 percent of the region’s 1 million inhabitants are Christian, and a similar percentage of the population lives below the poverty line. The Communist Party’s effort to link poverty reduction with the party-sponsored atheism is a coercive part of the government’s effort to control every aspect of Chinese society, critics say.

According to TheBlaze:

A Yugan county resident identified only as Liu said that many of his neighbors have recently been told to remove religious artifacts from their homes.

“Some families put up gospel couplets on their front doors during the Lunar New Year, some also hang paintings of the cross. But they’ve all been torn down,” he said.

Liu said the residents did not remove the images voluntarily but were coerced by the party.

“They all have their belief and, of course, they didn’t want to take them down,” he said. “But there is no way out. If they don’t agree to do so, they won’t be given their quota from the poverty-relief fund.”

According to Catholic News Service, a priest in northern China identified only as Father John, told ucanews.com that Xi has become “another Mao,” and predicted that party officials in other areas of the country will launch similar programs.

China is seeing a growing number of secret detentions and closed-door trials and a blatant disregard for due process. Authorities are also increasingly willing to ignore health problems among political prisoners, who campaigners say already face solitary confinement or harsh conditions locked up with hardened criminals who dish out beatings and other abuse. Torture is common and Chinese prisons for many are a death sentence.

Xi has taken down senior leaders in his anti-corruption drive, launched an unprecedented crackdown on free speech and radically overhauled the two-million strong People’s Liberation Army, the world’s largest fighting force. Xi declared that China should “take center stage in the world,” and that its brand of socialism offers “a new choice for other countries.” He added that, “no one should expect China to swallow anything that undermines its interests.”

China’s reach is extending and a Chinese strongman has arisen. Xi is Mao reborn.

10/9/17

Chinese Dissident Spills Secret Chinese Intelligence Plans That Target The US

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Longtime readers of this blog know that I am a huge fan of Bill Gertz over at The Washington Free Beacon. In the midst of all the tragedy over the last couple of weeks, an item of what I consider huge significance has gone unreported… except by Gertz that is. It involves a Chinese billionaire named Guo Wengui who is now a Chinese dissident seeking asylum in the United States. According to intel from Guo, the Chinese dispatched 27 intelligence officers to the US earlier this year as part of a larger campaign of subversion. He revealed an internal Communist Party document authorizing the Ministry of State Security to send the spies, described as “people’s police officers.” I call that news.

The Chinese government would very much like to get their commie paws on Guo. They want him returned to be dealt with. They also want to silence his disclosures of high-level corruption and intelligence activity. He is calling the Beijing regime corrupt and he wants a “revolution” to change the ruling system there. “My only single goal that I set myself to try to achieve is to change China,” Guo said through an interpreter during a National Press Club meeting attended by news reporters and supporters of the exiled dissident. Bill Gertz was at that meeting.

“What they’re doing is against humanity,” he said. “What the US ought to do is take action, instead of just talking to the Chinese kleptocracy.” Guo requested political asylum in the US last month with the Chinese hot on his heels. They have charged him with multiple crimes, which of course, Guo says are fabricated. I’m sure they are. One of the big names that Guo has leveled accusations at is senior Chinese leader Wang Qishan. He controls most of China’s finances and Guo says he is corrupt and has engaged in moving money and documents outside of China. Laughably, Wang is leading the country’s nationwide anti-corruption drive that critics say is cover for efforts by Xi to consolidate power. Of course it is.

The Chinese are going all out to get Guo back. They are using high-level diplomatic and economic pressure on the US to turn him over. Business leaders from China are also lobbying the US to repatriate him. That would be a death sentence. China’s Minister of Public Security, Guo Shengkun, met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week. They discussed China’s demands concerning the return of dissidents. Sessions raised the issue of a Chinese-origin cyber attack against the Hudson Institute, a think tank that had canceled its plan to hold the press conference for Guo under pressure from China. The Justice spokesman, Wynn Hornbuckle, said China pledged their cooperation in investigating the incident. But they deny being behind the attack. We all know they were behind it, but this is the DC waltz with Chinese spies that is common. It was not disclosed whether Guo was discussed during the law enforcement and cyber security talks.

David Tell, a Hudson spokesman, told the Washington Free Beacon, the denial of service cyber attack was traced by investigators to Shanghai. An email details that a Hudson employee stated that he was asked to forward a message to institute leaders sent from a Chinese Embassy official on Sept. 29th. According to this email, Chinese officials “want Hudson to cancel the Guo Wengui event because he is a criminal and tells lies, that China is about to enter a sensitive time with its Party Congress, that hosting him would hurt China-US relations, and that this event would embarrass [the] Hudson Institute and hurt our ties with the Chinese government.”

Guo is evidently in possession of a number of sensitive internal reports. He used to be close to MSS Vice Minister Ma Jian, who was imprisoned last year on corruption charges. Guo claims he is a political prisoner because of his knowledge of corruption among Chinese leaders. Guo also says that he had planned to disclose three internal Chinese government documents during the Hudson event. But instead he burned the documents after the event was canceled. That sounds a bit odd, but he probably had a good reason for doing that. Perhaps he felt those close to him had been compromised. Regardless, Guo says that he is maintaining close ties to supporters that are within the Chinese government and that he can still obtain internal classified documents. Simply possessing the top-secret document he distributed at the press conference could get a person jailed in China for three to five years. The document was issued by the National Security Council, a new Chinese government and Party entity headed by Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

From The Washington Free Beacon:

The MSS operatives will work under cover at the Bank of China branch offices and at Chinese diplomatic facilities in the United States.

The document is labeled “top secret” and dated April 27. It was released by Guo at a press conference in Washington during which he appealed for the U.S. government to wake up to the threat posed by China and counter it.

Guo said the authenticity of the document was confirmed by the U.S. government.

The directive to the MSS was formally called “The Request for Instructions on the Working Plan of Secretly Dispatching and 27 People’s Police Officers, He Jianfeng and Others from the Ministry of State Security to the United States on Field Duty in 2017.”

“We approve in principle,” the report says, adding “please carefully organize and implement.”

According to the document the MSS should follow Chinese ideology set out by the late leader Deng Xiaoping, as well as the concepts outlined in speeches by Xi, the current leader.

The document is one of the first internal documents to reveal how China is expanding intelligence activities targeting what it calls “hostile forces” in the United States.

The report details how the MSS was directed to “go according to the need of the strategic arrangements” of the Communist Party “against overseas hostile forces, strictly abide by our national principles of state security work on the United States, and use the opportunity of the rise of our comprehensive national strength and Sino-U.S. diplomatic relations tending to ease to further expand the scope and depth of the infiltration into the anti-China hostile forces in the United States.” These agents were to enter the US clandestinely in phases and “use the cover of the executives of the state-owned enterprises in the United States, such as the Bank of China (New York) to carry out solid intelligence collection, to incite defection of relevant individuals, and to conduct counter-espionage, etc.” The Chinese spies were told to focus on “extraordinarily significant criminal suspects, including Ling Wancheng, Guo Wengui, and Cheng Muyang, etc.” Ling is the brother of Ling Jihua, a former high-ranking Chinese official who China has accused of illegal activities and who defected to the United States in 2016. Cheng is a real estate mogul in Canada who China also accused of illegal activities. “If necessary, they should also actively support, cooperate with, and assist the personnel in the United States who conduct the United Front operations, diplomatic operations, and military intelligence operations to carry out related business,” the document states.

The Chinese government uses the United Front to influence operations to coopt Americans into supporting Beijing’s policies. They find many willing Marxists not only in DC, but on both coasts of the US. The directive urges the spies to “make contributions for further crushing overseas anti-China hostile forces.” The US is simply lousy with Chinese spies and has been for a long, long time. The MSS is encouraged to seek to strengthen the organization and provide after actions reports to the senior Party leadership. “We have friends all over the world … those who provide the documents are among the most senior people, including the current Politburo standing committee,” Guo said. “My material is real. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be afraid of it.”

Since the April directive, Guo claims an additional 50 spies have been sent to the US. China’s Public Security Ministry issued a statement denying China was behind the hack of a law firm representing Guo and the Hudson Institute. The ministry also disputed the authenticity of the document. “An official of the Ministry of Public Security states that, China paid close attention to such allegations and launched immediate investigation,” the statement put forth. “But no evidence has been found that China and its government have been involved with these incidents.” The Chinese also said that the documents revealed by Guo “utterly clumsily forged and full of obvious mistakes.” They would not clarify, but offered to help investigate the cyber attacks.

Guo is stating that China is currently engaged in a three-pronged campaign of subversion in the United States he labeled “Blue-Gold-Yellow,” with each color standing for a different line of attack. Blue represents large-scale Chinese cyber and Internet operations. Gold is for China’s use of money and financial power. Finally, yellow is part of a plan to use sex to undermine American society. Seems as if that one is pretty much done. Another program is the “Three Fs.” This is the plan to weaken the US, throw the country into turmoil and ultimately defeat America. Sounds a lot like Cloward and Piven.

Guo was imprisoned in China after the 1989 pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square and spent 22 months there. Chinese police also shot and killed his brother. After that, he became an entrepreneur, while preparing to expose corrupt Chinese leaders, a process he began in January. China has frozen $17 billion of his assets in China and they have imprisoned his business associates and his family. The Chinese are paranoid over this guy. Authorities are harassing those who even discuss Guo and it’s being referred to as “Guo Wengui-phobia.”

Guo left China in 2014. He is an outspoken critic of the country’s Communist Party. He now resides in New York. His accusations against the leaders of China have garnered him a huge following on Twitter and YouTube. For its part, China has issued a global “red notice” through Interpol for Guo’s arrest. Although the exact charges against him remain unclear, the country’s state-run media has previously accused him of bribing a vice-minister. And, in August, Chinese police opened a new investigation against the billionaire on rape charges. Guo is also facing a series of defamation lawsuits in the US from various Chinese individuals and companies. He denies all the allegations against him. I hope he has really great security, because China considers this man to be a big threat to them and they will stop at nothing to get him back.

09/30/17

Berkeley’s Communist Antifa Are Stalking College Republicans… Targeting With Violence And Intimidation

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Antifa is possibly strongest here in the US in Berkeley, California. Currently they are threatening and stalking the University of California – Berkeley College Republicans. Antifa considers Nazis fascist, but they also consider anyone who believes in capitalism and the Constitution as fascist. Twisted, but that’s what they believe. Antifa is now listing these Republicans by their names and locations and putting it out on social media to alert other Antifa members that they are in their vicinity. They aren’t specifically calling for violence, but it is clear they are targeting the Republican students.

On Wednesday of this week, the Berkeley Antifa Twitter account put out the private meeting place of several Berkeley College Republicans. They claimed these students had been “drinking with Kyle Chapman and Joey Gibson.” Kyle Chapman is better known as “Based Stick Man.” He is a Trump supporter who physically attacked Antifa members. He rose to fame last March after hitting an Antifa supporter in the head. Joey Gibson is the founder of Patriot Prayers. They are a pro-Trump organization that is active in California and the Pacific Northwest.

There are a lot of fake Antifa accounts out there. This isn’t one of them. It’s managed by die-hard Antifa members based in Southern California. The account has been known to call for violence against conservative, free-speech advocates and anyone they deem to be “fascists.” Intimidation and violence are the calling card of Antifa. You will see them get more and more aggressive over time just as they have in Europe. They have stalked and intimidated conservatives within and outside of the campus. That particular account has named a number of Berkeley College Republicans, including Troy Worden, Ashton Whitty, Naweed Tahmas, Matt Ronnau and Angelie Castenada.

Last August, Ashton Whitty, who is a student there, was hunted down by Antifa and cornered at a gas station. They beat on her car trying to terrorize her. Whitty was interviewed on Fox News over the incident and they showed footage of the violent encounter. She related to Campus Reform that Antifa members had stalked her. They took pictures of her and tracked down her location to attack her. “It’s rather odd why these people would see us as such a priority when we’re just everyday people,” she said.

The VP of the Berkeley College Republicans, Nahweed Tahmas, bluntly stated that conservatives at UC Berkeley are “routinely targeted, harassed and stalked” by the anarcho-communist group. “Knowing that they have sympathizers within both the city administration and university administration, leftist groups will continue to target conservatives as they know there are no consequences to their actions,” he said. “It has become socially acceptable in Berkeley to physically beat someone for being a conservative,” Tahmas added. “In fact, it is even encouraged.”

On Tuesday, prominent Antifa leader Yvonne Felarca was arrested following the group’s “Victory March” in the city. Berkeley Police later released a mugshot of the activist, noting that she was arrested for “battery and resisting arrest.” You remember this woman, she is a middle school teacher and a violent Antifa member. In fact, there seem to be quite a few teachers and professors that run with Antifa.

For an in-depth explanation of Antifa and to see just how terrifying this group really is, watch Trevor Loudon’s excellent documentary below: America Under Siege: Antifa. You will see what we are facing and who the real enemy within is.

Antifa is the third episode in the America Under Siege film series from Dangerous Documentaries (a project of the Capital Research Center) and Cohesion Films. Each episode profiles the influence of radical Marxists on various segments of American society.

The communist movement known as Antifa (short for Anti-Fascist Action) has sparked violence across the nation. In the wake of their battling despicable white supremacist in Charlottesville, Antifa has begun to gain mainstream popularity. But unbeknownst to much of the public, the vast majority of Antifa violence isn’t targeted at genuine fascists, but mainstream conservatives and civilians. With help from those who have encountered Antifa, including Milo Yiannopoulos, Gavin McInnes, Lauren Southern, Jack Posobiec, and Steve Deace, conservative author Trevor Loudon guides us through the history and ideas behind the Antifa movement, starting with Leon Trotsky and going all the way through the events in Berkeley, CA and Charlottesville, VA.

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The film was written by and stars conservative author Trevor Loudon, directed by Judd Saul, produced by Jake (Joseph) Klein and Victoria Loudon, and executive produced by Capital Research Center’s Scott Walter and Matthew Vadum. You can view previous episodes of America Under Siege at DangerousDocumentaries.com.

09/26/17

West Point Alumnus Holding A Pro-Colin Kaepernick “Communism Will Win” Sign While In Uniform

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

When I first saw this story go by this morning, I thought for sure it was fake news. Silly me, it’s not. Photos surfaced today of a West Point alumnus and combat veteran who was holding a pro-Colin Kaepernick “Communism Will Win” sign within his cap and while he was in uniform. This really ticked off the military community. I’m still hearing about it.

I am appalled that an alumnus of West Point would do this. He’s an outright, unapologetic communist and proud of it. He should be booted from the military. Infantry Officer Spenser Rapone had his pics posted on a popular military news site today and a massive debate concerning the NFL protests and the National Anthem ensued. Of course, Colin Kaepernick was a big part of the discussion as he started all of this in 2016. “I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure Colin Kaepernick wasn’t protesting in favor of communism. #ThatGuy,” wrote “Doctrine Man,” who is the moderator of a well-known Facebook page frequented by active military personnel and veterans. No, but he might as well have. He’s protesting for militant, radical racism and it is all wrapped up in communism. See Black Lives Matter.

https://twitter.com/punkproletarian/status/912065310232072192

Rapone’s Twitter handle is “Punk Proletarian,” under the name “Commie Bebop.” How apropos. He raised a clenched fist in support of Kaepernick in his photo. Another pic showed Rapone revealing a Che Guevara shirt under his uniform. Several sites picked up on the commie soldier… chief among them were LawNewz.com and Gateway Pundit. Rapone uses hashtags such as #CommunismWillWin, #Marxwasright and #VeteransForKaepernick.

“Old school grunt here, I was in Berlin when the Wall fell,” wrote Rick Wynne on the Doctrine Man Facebook page. “I can tell you I would NEVER have expected to see photos like these. Wow! I mean, wow! What the hell has happened to the Army? No body policed this crap up when it happened?” John Zehmisch added, “This old First Sergeant recommends that this prior enlisted soldier be given UCMJ action, a thunk on the head for being stupid and a one-way ticket to the front gate.” Another reader, Stephen Stout, stated, “He needs to be discharged for conduct unbecoming of an officer and failure to uphold his oath to defend the Constitution of the United States. Communist extremism is not compatible with being a Soldier in the U.S. Army. He needs to be punished by UCMJ to the fullest extent.”

Rapone is also inciting violence. In an op-ed he posted on Medium on Aug. 16th, just a few days after the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, between Antifa, Black Lives Matter, the KKK, white supremacists and communists (all fighting over Confederate monuments supposedly), he called for the nation to “come together and dismantle [America’s] racist structures, both in word, but more importantly, in deed.” This guy is embarrassing West Point. They issued a statement after that saying that the officer’s actions “in no way reflect the values of the U.S. Military Academy or the U.S. Army. As figures of public trust, members of the military must exhibit exemplary conduct, and are prohibited from engaging in certain expressions of political speech in uniform,” the statement read. “Second Lieutenant Rapone’s chain of command is aware of his actions and is looking into the matter. The academy is prepared to assist the officer’s chain of command as required.”

Now, the hundreds of tweets this asshat has put out are being scrutinized. He obviously is enamored with Democratic Socialists of America. Pro Tip: Communism is a political theory penned by Karl Marx that advocates class war and a society where the lower class would revolt and take down the upper class, destroying capitalism and bringing about socioeconomic emancipation where all property is publicly owned and people are paid based on their skills and needs. Rapone tweeted: “In case there was any lingering doubt, hasta la victoria siempre,” which means “until victory, always,” and are lyrics to a song that became famous after Guevara’s death in 1967.

“[Democratic Socialists of America Veterans] issued me this CIB [Combat Infantryman Badge] for satisfactory performance under hostile enemy posting online in the twitter firefight of 26JUL,” he tweeted in August, using the hash tag “Troop Left.” And he tweeted about why he joined DSA: “I joined because capitalism has basically ruined my life since I was born.” Do tell. Just wait until you experience communism for real, you idiot. He also refers to West Point as “a bastion of reactionary politics and imperialist violence.” Doing West Point proud. This guy is a big supporter of everything communist, Antifa and Black Lives Matter.

He tweeted in August: “Looting is good,” “I hate capitalism,” and “If you’re against antifa then by definition you’re profa.” It’s a case of either with us or against us… either you are Antifa or you are a fascist. For those wanting a better definition of Antifa and their history, here’s Trevor Loudon’s latest documentary – it’s fantastic:

On his Twitter profile, Rapone writes: “Troop Left, Commie/space cowboy/straight edge insomniac,” and tags the Democratic Socialists Veterans page. From a Marxist point of view, socialism is a transitional state between the lower class revolt and the overthrow of capitalism and full-blown communism. Antifa is all over Europe. They are uber-violent and proudly communist. And they are spreading here in the US along with the DSA and CPUSA. Rapone is a radical communist and a true enemy from within. He’s a danger to our military and to America in general. Let’s hope the military shows him the gate. Then he can spend all his time with Antifa until he’s taken down.

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09/21/17

Young Democrats Caught Red-Handed Inciting Anti-Police Riots In St. Louis

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

I wish I could say I was shocked by this, but sadly I’m not. It turns out that the St. Louis Young Democrats are collaborating with Black Lives Matter to instigate protests and riots in the city. At approximately noon yesterday, the Young Democrats tweeted that the next “protest” in response to the not-guilty verdict in the Jason Stockley trial was planned for Wednesday evening. They told rioters where and when to show up. They hashtagged it #blacklivesmatter on the tweet.

Of course, both groups are claiming that they are calling for peaceful protests. Funny how it never works out that way though. Black Lives Matter is a domestic terror group and they aren’t very concerned with staying peaceful. They are much better known for smashing storefronts, setting cars on fire, spraying chemicals, throwing rocks and projectiles at police and beating people up. We’ve had six nights of violence in St. Louis. A dozen police officers have been injured and thousands of dollars of damage has been committed against local businesses. Now, we find out that the Young Democrats are in the thick of it, which isn’t surprising since they are communists.

All of these thugs are protesting the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith by Officer Jason Stockley. Smith had been convicted of dealing drugs and was on parole. Smith was involved in a high-speed chase with Stockley in 2011. Heroin was found in Smith’s car. Stockley wound up shooting Smith in the altercation. The officer was acquitted of murder charges on September 15th and here we are. If you are known by the company you keep, then the Young Democrats are radical, violent, militant activists who want to get their violence on with cops.

The mayor has also been justifying the violence in her public statements. That only invites more of this. Democrat Mayor Lyda Krewson was elected to her first term in April. Before that she served on the St. Louis City Council for 20 years. You remember Krewson… she sat in her car drinking coffee as they took down Confederate statues in the dark of night. As a councilwoman, she championed laws banning concealed carry of handguns and smoking in the city.

The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson had this to say about Krewson, “Instead of encouraging the police to arrest these people and put them under the jailhouse, she is justifying the anger and destruction these people are causing and to think these protesters are destroying people’s property over a drug dealer, who was out on parole and was caught trying to sell drugs and had rammed his vehicle into police and he ended up dead. So instead of telling the black community that this is not what you want your children to grow up and be like, they are encouraging more of the same thuggish behavior,” Peterson said. “This is vile, and it’s out of control. There is another agenda going on, and it’s not about black lives.” He’s got that right. It’s about tearing it all down and causing mayhem and chaos in the streets of America. It’s what communists do.

Krewson had her home spray painted and a window smashed by a brick thrown by these thugs. Yet, she defends them more than the police or the people of St. Louis. It turns out that the Young Democrats have been working with Black Lives Matter on these riots since the first night they happened. Last night, the organization tweeted that a scheduled town-hall meeting by Mayor Krewson had been canceled because, as the mayor stated, the town halls “are happening in the streets. We are listening.” She’s listening to the wrong side here. Typical Marxist.

In fact, the mayor issued a two-page statement where she said that while violence will not be tolerated, she is “listening” to the protesters and their demands. Hey mayor… can you hear them now? Wait until they set the city on fire, maybe then she’ll really listen. She sees the problem as being not just the Stockley case or the police themselves, but years of what she is calling “institutional racism.” The “root cause” of the city’s racial angst is “a legacy of policies that disproportionately impact people along racial and economic lines. … This is institutional racism,” she said. Spare us… she knows that is bull feces. She says that St. Louis has a chance to ‘lead the way’ in providing more equitable police service. She’s going to lead them alright… right off a cliff. And St. Louis is already leading the nation in riots and unrest. Great job mayor!

She finally ended off by stating that her administration is providing more equitable police service. It looks to me as if the good mayor is condemning violence on one hand and condoning it with the other. She’s feckless and weak. She has no business being mayor. This has to do with a void of moral character more than institutional racism. And the mayor is fomenting the situation. It seems to me the racists are Black Lives Matter and the Young Democrats, not their victims and not the police. No one is confronting the evil in the streets of St. Louis. That’s what needs to happen here and in cities across the US. If America wants to survive that is. And we need to call these people out as militant racists and communists. If you can’t name the enemy, you can’t fight them, much less defeat them.

09/19/17

Democrat Marxist Congressmen Arrested Outside Trump Tower For Protesting DACA [VIDEO]

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) were arrested today sitting in the street outside of Trump Tower in Manhattan. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) was also taken into custody. All three are die-hard Marxists and as racist as they come. They were busted for civil disobedience.

Why would communist Democratic Congressmen make fools of themselves like this? Because of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals that was brought into being unconstitutionally by Barack Obama. Which is just hysterical because as far as I can tell and as much as I hate to say it, it looks like President Trump is in favor of cementing DACA. He discontinued it with a six-month rider, telling Congress to fix it, not do away with it. Unless of course, they are demanding all 11 million illegal aliens get to stay and are granted Amnesty. That’s what the Democrats really want. That and chain migration.

A number of members of Congress were present for the protest. As I understand it, others were arrested as well. Police also arrested New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. A spokesman for Gutierrez’ office confirmed his arrest. Grijalva’s would not return comment on the matter. This protest comes as President Trump was addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations. He was warning them about the threat of North Korea and that the US would take them out if we have to. I hope that is true.

The rally was promoted as being by “immigrants rights activists” and members of Congress. In other words, Mexican nationalists, radical revolutionaries and communists. Gutierrez made a statement: “We’re taking the necessary steps to make it clear to President Trump, the Republicans and the Democrats that we will continue this peaceful fight for DREAMers and immigrants as long as it takes to enact legislation and put DREAMers in a safe place. A few congressmen and elected-officials gathering in front of Trump Tower doesn’t mean much if it is not backed up by the grassroots and allies and today we are standing with diverse allies to make sure Congress and the President do more than just talk about solutions, they actually follow through with action.”

“We are here to defend our immigrant communities,” Mark-Viverito said before they were arrested. She was then put in plastic handcuffs and loaded into a Department of Correction bus with other protesters. “We don’t want families to be divided,” she said. “Trump’s policy goes against what the majority of this nation supports and believes in. It goes against our values.”

Advocacy groups including United for Fair Housing, Make the Road New York, New York Communities for Change, Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) and Make the Road New Jersey were in attendance at the rally as well. It was well-organized. Aren’t they all? However, only ten people sat down in front of Trump Tower. All were arrested… all were Democrats. Four of them were well known politicians. They called on Congress to pass the DREAM Act — which would offer legal status to people brought to the United States illegally as children — without the added border security expected to be included in a deal between Trump and Congressional Democrats.

“They deserve to stay in America. They are workers, students, soldiers in our armed forces,” Espaillat said. Democrats get arrested rather frequently for publicity. It’s the communist way. Bill de Blasio did it while running for mayor in New York to protest the closure of Long Island College Hospital, which ended up closing after he took office. Natalia Aristizabal of the group Make the Road New York said Congress should not offer the extra cash for border security that Democratic leaders have agreed to in exchange for shielding the young immigrants. “We do not want enforcement. We do not want to put the broader immigrant community in jeopardy,” she said. In other words, screw the rule of law.

“Since you have refused to leave the roadway, you will be placed under arrest on the charge of disorderly conduct,” said an NYPD loudspeaker announcement before the group was arrested. Grijalva said “all acts of pressure are appropriate right now” in defense of the thousands of immigrants, commonly referred to as DREAMers. That’s a call for violence in the streets by the way. It’s a rallying cry for revolution.

09/18/17

Police Arrest 80 Rioters In Third Night Of St. Louis Unrest After Officer’s acquittal [VIDEO]

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

80 people were arrested during a third night of rioting in downtown St. Louis, following outrage over a white police officer being acquitted in the shooting death of a black man. A man who was fleeing said officer. Officer Jason Stockley was acquitted in the killing of a 24 year-old man six years ago. It doesn’t matter to Black Lives Matter that it was a justified shooting… they are in a rage because it was a white cop killing a black man.

Police officers in riot-gear stood off against militant activists. The media keeps calling what happened, mostly peaceful, but it sure doesn’t look that way to me. One reporter came very close to being beat to death by a mob of these thugs. If one of the masked people hadn’t let him away and fended the mob off, it could of ended very badly. It seems as though the violence ratchets up after the sun goes down. And then things get vicious and strange. There were violent outbursts and police shouted down protesters with their own chants. “Whose streets, our streets,” police officers were heard bellowing — twice — in one video.

As protesters were pepper-sprayed, you could hear and see them coughing and gagging on it. Then they were dragged away in mass arrests. St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole blamed the chaotic evening on a “group of criminals,” while Mayor Lyda Krewson described them as “agitators” who stuck around after the initial protest ended. Funny, neither laid this at the feet of Black Lives Matter or Antifa where it belongs. Go figure.

One bicycle cop was injured in the confrontation. “We are closed in on all four sides now I have no idea where people are supposed to go. People freaking out,” tweeted Post-Dispatch journalist Mike Faulk. He was accidentally arrested with all the others that were rioting. There was a memorable pic where Faulk had his press badge on and his hands were secured behind his back while he was placed under arrest. Heck of a way to get a story.

The rioting came to a head after an unmarked police car startled protesters by driving down the street. It went through a crowd of people… in reverse. Video that was shared by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department shows a ton of people darting out of the blue Impala’s wild path. The officer in the unmarked police car blamed protesters for his unconventional escape. Road closures blocked him from going forward and protesters were “moving in a threatening manner” from behind. That’s when he backed through the crowd. No one got hurt.

The gathering crowd had marched toward the site of a traffic stop around 7 pm and watched as police arrested two people, one suspected of assault and another of making terrorist threats. Inside that car, police officers found three guns. Some moron was hurling rocks at police officers and was arrested for that too.

Antifa was there as well waving red and black flags, reportedly emblazoned with the Anonymous logo. That was probably the Antifa logo, but whatever. The rioters were spraying officers with some kind of mystery chemical. Rioters destroyed foliage, cars, store fronts, smashed windows, etc. Two others were arrested late Sunday after a speeding car smashed into another vehicle. Inside of the vehicles, police found drugs, masks and an assault-style rifle.

You have two primary groups leading the riots in St. Louis… Black Lives Matter and Antifa. I’m not sure how long this will go on, but there will always be another event that draws these people from one city to the next. I look forward to my friend Trevor Loudon’s film on Antifa, which will be released soon. They should both be labeled as terrorist groups.

09/15/17

Book Review: Some Dark Holler

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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I have a fantastic new book that I’m recommending: “Some Dark Holler.” Here is the summary:

EPHRAIM CUTLER HAS BLOOD ON HIS HANDS AND A HELLHOUND ON HIS TRAIL

When his mother forces him to kill an innocent man, Ephraim Cutler’s quiet life in the Appalachian Mountains is thrown into turmoil. With a bounty on his head, Ephraim flees to the hills and hollers where he discovers that his crime has drawn more than the law’s attention—the Devil’s in town with his eye on Ephraim’s soul. Desperate to escape, Ephraim is torn between two clashing figures: an outcast granny doctor rumored to be a witch—and the local preacher. As the line between grim reality and the supernatural disappears, Death rides the ridgetops on a pale horse, and the Devil’s hound haunts the backwoods. Ephraim must decide who to trust, evade the hangman’s noose, and find redemption.

It’s definitely a different kind of read for me, but it is well done. The book is written by Luke Bauserman and he has more books on the way. I am not from the Appalachians, but Bauserman catches the heart and soul of the country there and the people. This is his debut novel, but I see a long and very exciting writing career ahead for this author. His writing makes you feel like you know the place and the people involved. It brings it to life.

His writing hits just the right note for horror and he is great at weaving a story and fleshing out characters. What I look for in a book is the quality of losing myself and I did with this book. My hubby is reading it now and it will be passed around. Anyone who can bring the devil to life and tempt evil from the shadows is an author well worth your time. He’s on his way to becoming a legend of the genre.

I’m a sucker for folklore, myth and legend. I got my start with Greek mythology and then Dean Koontz became my favorite. Now I have another author to add to my list and that makes my day. Heck, it’s worth a second and third reading. You can get a copy here on Amazon and I highly recommend it. I love this guy’s style. Mixing down to earth people and witches, the devil and death – if you like horror, you’ll love this book.