Hat Tip: BB
Hat Tip: Citizen Scribe
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
— William Ernest Henley, 1875
Damned straight! ‘Bout friggin time.
Hat Tip: BB
*** If you see this post at The Washington Free Beacon or Fox News, Sara is the author and researcher. Just sayin’. Credit should be given to those that do the real reporting.
By: Sara Noble
Democratic Congressman Tim Bishop representing CD-1 on Long Island told a concerned audience at a LIMBA meeting Friday of last week that of the approximately 100 Americans who went to fight with ISIS, 40 have returned.
DHS, the State Department, Jeh Johnson, John Kerry and other key government officials are completely unaware that these terrorists have returned if one can judge by their comments made before Congress on Thursday.
Mr. Bishop is currently being accused of exaggerating the number or exposing secrets. He would not “come to the phone and explain where he got it” when a Newsday reporter called him.
When Rep. Peter King was asked about it, he said he couldn’t discuss it.
When he made the comments, Mr. Bishop reassured the LIMBA audience by saying that the FBI is tracking them. However, unless the FBI has 40 agents assigned to them 24/7, it’s hard to feel reassured.
Apparently DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry have no idea the 40 are back.
In testimony Thursday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry argued that the U.S. must stop foreign fighters with U.S. passports from returning to the homeland.
Kerry said the following according to the Daily Mail:
What I want to make certain, Kerry told the congressional panel, ‘is that anybody who has a passport [and joins with ISIS] ‘who returns, returns in handcuffs – not through customs with their passport.’
‘I don’t think these guys are ten feet tall,’ he said later.
Committee chairman Rep. Ed Royce, a California Republican, agreed.
‘I think we need a way to approach this to make certain that their ability to come into the United States is made a hell of a lot more difficult than it is right now,’ Royce told the secretary.
But Kerry warned about the possibility of interfering with law enforcement, saying that canceling a passport could give suspected terrorists a heads-up that they’ve been identified in Washington.
‘We … need to do that with sensitivity to certain investigations that may be going on,’ said Kerry, ‘because you don’t want to flag something.’
In the same hearing, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said that ‘the suspension of passports should be considered on a case-by-case basis,’ not with a law that drives every circumstance toward a single outcome.
‘Suspension and revocation of passports can be done on an expedited basis when the situation warrants, in a matter of hours or days,’ he said.
How is it that Jeh Johnson, John Kerry, Ted Cruz, DHS, the FBI, the State Department don’t know but Tim Bishop does?
John Kerry did also say that it is sometimes useful to let these people back in the country and track them. Hopefully, that’s not a program similar to Fast & Furious.
Our country is being run by the gang that couldn’t shoot straight and people are going to get killed.
Bishop was somewhat cavalier during his speech because immediately after he warned the audience, he said, “…but at the present time, the intelligence is that ISIS does not present a threat to the homeland.”
Both Rep. Michelle Bachmann and Sen. Ted Cruz have sponsored bills to strip U.S. citizenship of ISIS fighters who have returned to the U.S. but they have been rejected by Democrats who want to protect the constitutional rights of the traitors.
These are people who betrayed their country and fought with the most evil force on earth. Did they behead people, rape women and children, what did they do over there?
Does anyone really believe they are all going to be model citizens?
Anyone who leaves to join an enemy army can have their passport revoked but people are playing with semantics and claiming that they can’t because ISIS isn’t a foreign state. Of course they think they are a state. They call themselves a state.
Townhall posted this on September 11th:
For months intelligence agencies, lawmakers and everyday citizens have been sounding the alarm and voicing concerns about hundreds of Americans fighting for ISIS who still hold valid U.S. or western passports. At this point, the State Department still has not confirmed that passports belong to Americans knowingly fighting for ISIS have been revoked, boosting concerns ISIS fighters will use them to regain entrance into the United States. Now, officials inside the Department of Homeland Security are finally admitting that Americans fighting with ISIS and in possession of U.S. passports do in fact pose a threat.
The admission to the threat came yesterday during a hearing held by the House Homeland Security Committee. Chairman Michael McCaul expressed concerns about Americans fighting for ISIS returning to the United States undetected.
They pose a threat!!!
It is unknown how Rep. Bishop got this information. He is not on any intelligence committees. Was this top secret information? Were the terrorists being investigated for leads?
The Daily Beast’s Greg Sargent said perhaps a dozen are already in the US.
Hello, no one’s listening – Tim Bishop says there are 40.
Meanwhile the government is acting as if no one has returned.
How can Rep. Bishop say 40 terrorists have returned and there is not yet a threat to the homeland, all in the same sentence?
The politicians are not putting our best interests first. Everything they do is political. They are putting us in danger for ideology’s sake, not because they give a hoot about the Constitution. They believe the Constitution is a “living” document that can be manipulated according to how they “feel”.
This is pure politics and we are unsafe.
The story has been picked up by the Washington Free Beacon, Fox News, Newsday and the Week and numerous conservative online publications including the free republic and red flag news. The video has been copied and reposted to youtube. The story flashed by on the Ticker this evening on the O’Reilly Show.
Newsday also reported it, stating that “a U.S. official familiar with the estimates told Newsday that the figure of 40 was ‘wildly inaccurate,’ indicating it was much lower but refusing to be specific.”
When Newsday attempted to contact Mr. Bishop, he would not come to the phone. Specifically, the reporter said, “he won’t come to the phone to explain where he got it.”
People care but the politicians are not serious about this threat.
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
The Demise of America
In the light of Obama’s disastrously weak and intentionally ineffective foreign policy hijinks, over 90 percent of our military do not support the President. Listen for yourself:
Fmr. Navy SEAL Carl Higbie: Over 90% Of Troops Do Not Support Obama
Our military generals and brass are also at odds with Obama and what does Obama do over it? He says he knows better than our military leaders and just to follow orders — meanwhile, quit spying in Europe (or pretend to at least – the alternative is to leave us even more vulnerable to our enemies, which may be the point). Well, that is getting old. The military sees what is coming and it isn’t pretty. It’s not just ISIS and the Caliphate either. They are fronts and tools for Russia in the end. The Russian Bear and the Chinese Dragon are closing in for the kill and Obama, the Arsonist-in-Chief, fiddles while America burns — and smiles as he imagines the demise of the Land of the Free and the rise of Islam. While Obama bombs various countries, claiming he is destroying ISIS, it is more akin to pinpricks and foreplay than serious warfare. He is arming the Syrian rebels and I hate to state the obvious, but the rebels are al Qaeda and ISIS. Obama is warring against Assad. All smoke and mirrors… and on the surface it makes absolutely no sense. On the one hand, Obama is colluding with Iran to fight ISIS… and on the other, fighting Assad. When in fact Iran supports Assad and ISIS. As in the end, I believe Obama does as well. None of this is real fighting — it is political war theater. In the end, we are distracted from the real RISK players — Russia and China.
Trevor Loudon / Cliff Kincaid
This last week saw the continuing invasion of the Ukraine by the Russkies and the world yawned. Did you know both the Ukraine and Russia are now speaking of nuclear war? I’m not so sure it’s just posturing, or that the world should treat it like the ‘boy who cried wolf.’ Putin is a monster and if dropping a few nukes furthers his empire, well… you have to break a few eggs to rule the world. The Pope says we are in the opening salvo of WWIII and on that point, I agree.
Sweden has now summoned the Russian Ambassador for a dressing down after two Russian planes violated Swedish airspace last week. They have also raised their military readiness over these incursions and the Ukraine situation. Sweden views Russia as a clear and present threat, and so they should.
Lest you think Russia will just leave us be, think again. Russian nuclear bombers just buzzed Northern Europe and Alaska — again. They are testing a nuclear bear hug for us and we shout ‘dandelion!’ and off we go in the wrong direction. Nuclear sabre rattling will eventually give way to war.
Six Russian aircraft, including two Bear H nuclear bombers, two MiG-31 fighter jets and two IL-78 refueling tankers were intercepted by F-22 fighters on Wednesday west and north of Alaska in air defense identification zones, said Navy Capt. Jeff A. Davis, a spokesman for the U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command. Two other Bears were intercepted by Canadian jets on Thursday.
“The group of Russian aircraft flew a loop south, returning westward toward Russia,” Davis told the Free Beacon.
A day later two more Bear bombers were intercepted by Canadian CF-18 jets in the western area of the Canadian air defense identification zone near the Beaufort Sea, north of Alaska, he said.
The Russian bombers did not enter U.S. airspace but flew within 63 miles of the Alaskan coast and 46 miles of the Canadian coastline, Davis said.
In both instances, the Russian bombers did not enter sovereign airspace, he added, noting the Russian aircraft flew within about 55 nautical miles of the Alaskan coastline, and within about 40 nautical miles of the Canadian coastline.
Defense officials think this was timed by Putin for the visit of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to the US and Canada. Could be, but any excuse will do. Russia will continue to probe our defense limits and assess our military weaknesses, which are substantial currently.
Putin is now bragging he could take the capitols of five countries within two days if he chose to do so. Just two days ago, he threatened to invade Poland, Romania and the Baltic states:
“If I wanted, in two days I could have Russian troops not only in Kiev, but also in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Warsaw and Bucharest,” Mr Putin allegedly told President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine, reported Süddeustche Zeitung, a German newspaper.
Warming up for conquest:
Over Europe on Tuesday, two Bear H bombers conducted practice strategic bombing runs on Tuesday and were met by interceptor jets from Norway, Denmark, Britain, and Netherlands, defense officials told the Free Beacon.
“NATO jets … were scrambled to visually identify unknown aircraft approaching allied airspace,” said a NATO military officer who confirmed details of the incident.
“The approaching aircraft were identified as two Tu-95 Russian Bear H bombers,” he said. “The Russian flights originated in the Barents Sea and went through international airspace down to the North Sea off the Dutch coast.”
The Russian aircraft flew in international airspace “close to NATO territory” but did not violate allied airspace, the officer said.
Oh… and when it comes, he’ll unplug Russia from the Internet:
The Kremlin is considering radical plans to unplug Russia from the global internet in the event of a serious military confrontation or big anti-government protests at home, Russian officials hinted on Friday.
President Vladimir Putin will convene a meeting of his security council on Monday. It will discuss what steps Moscow might take to disconnect Russian citizens from the web “in an emergency”, the Vedomosti newspaper reported. The goal would be to strengthen Russia’s sovereignty in cyberspace. The proposals could also bring the domain .ru under state control, it suggested.
Cutting the country off from the Internet and social media is definitely a prelude to war. Remember, we no longer have Radio Free Europe as a way to reach oppressed populations — and believe me, once the Eastern Bloc citizens are cut off from the West, they’ll know they are, once again, being oppressed — and by having come to rely almost solely on the Internet as the channel to former Soviet satellites, we have effectively enabled a narrow choke point, easily throttled by a hostile government.
Russia is also staking claim to the arctic and building up their military presence there. Two military bases are being built at Wrangel Island, on the arctic Chukchi Sea north of the Russian Far East and on Cape Schmidt, also on the Chukchi Sea. They are also deploying attack submarines in the region.
China doesn’t want to be left out either and she is on the move as well. China is planning to deploy nuclear subs near our coasts and to build military bases in the South China Sea. While Russia is loudly and brashly moving forward, the Chinese are methodically and quietly taking over space, cyberspace and the oceans.
As the Russian Bear and the Chinese Dragon encircle the American Eagle, looking for our weak spots and seeking the kill… the US is besieged by as many enemies within her ranks as from without. As if they are all in a race to kill her off. But America won’t die so easily and there are many, many who will defend her to the end – within and without her borders… within and without her military ranks. Our enemies might poke the American Eagle, but she still has fight left in her.
We are at war with Islamic barbarians and the Caliphate. But make no mistake, we are also at war with Russia and China, and the chill of what we used to call the Cold War begins to thaw as the monsters come out of hibernation. The world is just beginning to wake up to it.