A Terror Suspect On The No Fly List Was Just Granted A Shocking Privilege By One State

He cannot legally fly on a commercial aircraft because the Department of Homeland Security says he’s a terror threat, but now a Minnesota man has just been given his Class A commercial driver’s license. That means he can get behind the wheel of a cargo-hauling big rig — he might even be allowed to drive a school bus full of kids.

His name is Amir Meshal, long known to law enforcement investigators for allegedly trying to radicalize young Muslims who would be invited to travel to Syria for training in terrorist camps. Fox 9 in St. Paul, Minn., reports that Meshal, a U.S. citizen of Egyptian descent, was arrested by the FBI in Kenya in 2007, “suspected of leaving a terror training camp in Somalia.”

The ACLU has been representing Meshal in his efforts to get his name removed from the No Fly List. When questioned about Meshal being able to obtain a commercial driver’s license — and using taxpayer money to acquire it — an ACLU spokesperson provided a statement to Fox 9, which read in part:

Mr. Meshal has never been charged with a crime and has sued the government to obtain a fair process to challenge his wrongful inclusion on the No Fly List. Like many other unemployed Americans, he’s trying to obtain credentials for a job so he can build a life for his family, including a baby. Any suggestion that Mr. Meshal’s efforts to get a job somehow present a concern is shameful.

By clicking on the video above, you can watch the Fox 9 investigative report out of Minnesota that reveals how the terror suspect is now legally able to drive a semi-truck–even though he cannot fly on a passenger plane.

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WATCH: Gowdy Just Roasted Top Obama Official For This Hypocrisy About Sanctuary Cities

“You are not willing to mandate federal detainers, but you are willing to mandate that state and local law enforcement cannot assist you in enforcing immigration laws.” That was just one way that Rep. Trey Gowdy publicly scolded Sec. Jeh Johnson, the head of Obama’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With a prosecutor’s punch, the South Carolina congressman came down hard on the DHS boss during a congressional hearing on sanctuary cities and the San Francisco shooting that left a young woman dead, allegedly at the hands of a five-times-deported illegal immigrant.

Western Journalism has reported a number of times on the tragic case involving the illegal alien Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, charged with the shooting death of Kate Steinle as she was out walking with her father on a San Francisco pier. The suspect, who was a known “career criminal” as Rep. Gowdy described him, had been released from custody by the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, despite a federal hold on him — a detainer — requesting that he be kept in lockup.

In its reporting on the congressional hearing aimed at exploring how Lopez-Sanchez could possibly have been free to allegedly commit the murder with which he is charged, the Washington Examiner noted what the ever-feisty Mr. Gowdy got DHS Sec. Johnson to concede.

Essentially, the top Obama official admitted that the administration doesn’t force governments like that in San Francisco to comply with federal immigration detention orders because, in Johnson’s words: “I think that would be a huge setback in our ability to work with state and local law enforcement, and I suspect that they would agree as well.”

In other words, according to the DHS chief, compelling jurisdictions to follow federal guidelines on detention might damage the relationship between Washington and those locales. It’s a curious argument, considering how Obama is so willing to use the power of the federal government to force compliance with regard to other guidelines handed down by DC, such as power plant emission standards imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

By clicking on the video above, you can see for yourself the way GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy grilled Sec. Jeh Johnson in a roasting that shows just how tenacious and unrelenting the South Carolina congressman can be.

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Newly-Released Document Exposes True Danger Of Terrifying Secret Obama Admin Tried To Hide

More than 200 illegal immigrants were released from detention facilities in the state of Arizona between February and March of 2013. A significant portion of them were in custody for committing violent crimes.

The conservative watchdog organization Judicial Watch announced in a press release concerning its successful Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, Edward “Bud” Tuffly v U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), that almost 260 illegal immigrants were released from federal custody from February 22 through March 15, 2013. Judicial Watch filed the FOIA lawsuit in January after DHS did not respond to Tuffly’s request in November. Tuffly, a Tucson, Ariz., resident, sought the following information:

  • Records sufficient to identify all ICE detainees released in late February or early March 2013 from the following detention facilities due to alleged fiscal or budget uncertainty: (a) Central Arizona Correctional Center in Florence, Arizona: (b) Eloy Detention Center in Eloy, Arizona; (c) Florence Correctional Center in Florence, Arizona; (d) Florence SPC in Florence, Arizona; and (e) Pinal County Adult Detention Center in Florence, Arizona.
  • For each detainee identified in response to Request No.1, the I-213 form(s) documenting the detainee’s arrest.
  • For each detainee identified in response to Request No.1, records sufficient to identify: (a) the date the detainee was released; (b) the facility from which the detainee was released; (c) the detainee’s criminal history or criminal charges at the time of release; (d) methods of supervision to which the detainee was subjected; and (e) whether the detainee appeared for subsequent removal or other proceedings and/or was removed from the United States

Those released in Arizona were part of the more than 2,000 illegal aliens the Obama administration released in 2013. At first, the administration denied the release took place; but John Morton, then-director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), told a House subcommittee that the 2,228 illegal immigrants were released for “solely budgetary reasons.”

Almost one in five of the illegal immigrants released from Arizona detention facilities had been arrested for drunk driving. Other crimes range from other traffic offenses and shoplifting to crimes as egregious as domestic violence and weapons offenses. The Obama administration will not disclose the names of the illegal immigrants released, “which prevents law enforcement from protecting the public or notifying victims,” the Judicial Watch press release said.

“The Obama administration is obsessed with supporting nationwide sanctuary and unlawful amnesty for illegal aliens – even illegal aliens who have committed violent crimes,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said. “These new documents show the Obama administration’s soft-on-crime approach to illegal alien crime is a clear and present danger to the safety of innocent Americans.”

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WATCH Kelly, Texas Gov Destroy Lawless Obama After ‘Shocked’ Amnesty Judge Does THIS

“A complete disregard for the law” that is “putting Americans in harm’s way.” That’s how Texas Gov. Greg Abbott described the Obama administration’s approach to illegal immigration and border security. Abbott was appearing on Wednesday night’s The Kelly File during a show that saw Megyn Kelly nearly come out of her anchor chair while expressing her dismay with Washington’s lax enforcement of deportation policies and procedures.

Kelly and Abbott discussed the situation in the sanctuary city of San Francisco, where an illegal immigrant who has been deported five times to his native Mexico is charged with the random murder of a young woman out for a walk with her father in the city’s tourist district. The Texas governor then connected that tragic situation to what his state deals with daily in trying to handle the flood of illegals who continue to cross the southern border.

Gov. Abbott commented on the just-issued court order from the federal judge who has taken the president and his Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to task for moving forward with certain amnesty provisions despite the court’s insistence they be rolled back. “The Obama administration has disrespectfully disregarded a direct court order,” Abbott declared.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen — who blocked Obama’s amnesty plans — is now threatening to hold DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and others in the Obama administration in contempt for their failure to “rectify this situation.” The Associated Press reports on the extraordinary Tuesday order by Judge Hanen in which he expressed that the court is “shocked and surprised” at what the administration has not done in failing to comply with his orders:

“This court has expressed its willingness to believe that these actions were accidental and not done purposefully to violate this court’s order. Nevertheless, it is shocked and surprised at the cavalier attitude the government has taken with regard to its `efforts’ to rectify this situation,” Hanen wrote.

Judge Hanen also requested Sec. Johnson appear in court next month to answer for his department’s inaction — a move Texas Gov. Abbott told Megyn Kelly is highly unusual.

You can watch the impassioned and informative exchange between Kelly and Gov. Abbott by clicking on the video above.

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This Could Be The Sinister Truth About The Stock Exchange Halt Officials Are Hiding

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was a guest on the Fox Business show Cavuto Coast to Coast, discussing Wednesday’s sudden, mysterious, and highly unusual halt of trading on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), when he questioned the official assurances that the “technical issue” didn’t involve a possible cyber attack. Noting that neither NYSE officials nor government authorities had said what the problem was, Giuliani wryly observed something to the effect, “If they don’t know what caused it, how can they say it wasn’t a cyber attack?”

And is it possible, even plausible, that the NYSE’s very quick, almost pre-planned, assurance that a hack attack wasn’t involved in the extraordinary measures taken at the exchange was meant to divert our attention from something else that may have been — and may still be — going on?

As Western Journalism reported earlier today, all trading in all symbols was suspended on the floor of the exchange at about 11:30 a.m. ET. The Washington Times‘ coverage of the surprise event noted: “One of the world’s biggest stock exchanges had seen shares trending down throughout the morning because of economic crises in Greece and China, but all trading halted at 11:32 a.m. as data on trades and prices apparently stopped coming into the traders’ computer screens.”

Official communications from the NYSE via Twitter have been sparse and lacking in detail. As of this writing, the exchange’s official Twitter account has seen the issuance of only a handful of advisories. Among them are the two following tweets that vaguely describe the “issue”:

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Image Credit: Twitter/NYSE

Image Credit: Twitter/NYSE

Image Credit: Twitter/NYSE

Hours after the shutdown of activity on the floor of the NYSE, the mystery remains as to what might have happened.

Meanwhile, many anxious investors are left to wonder and worry. Some doubters took to Twitter to express their suspicions about the source of the “technical issue” that caused trading in all securities to be halted shortly after United Airlines was forced to ground all flights in U.S. airports due to reported computer issues.

Some of the skeptical tweets centered on concerns that the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth is not being shared with the American people, many of whom have their personal wealth tied up in the stock market. The subject of China and its worsening financial difficulties has been raised by quite a few folks, as you can see below.

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As Reuters reported in an article on the Chinese economy posted earlier today, Wednesday:

Chinese shares have fallen more than 30 percent in the last three weeks, and some investors fear China’s turmoil is now a bigger risk than the crisis in Greece.

Fears of a slowdown in China will be a concern for U.S. companies, especially materials and industrial companies, which derive a chunk of their profit from the region.

These events and the resulting concerns about the deteriorating condition of the Chinese financial markets add weight to the informed speculation that China — or high-level but undisclosed considerations of serious ripple-effects from China’s perilous situation — may have played some part, possibly a major role, in the mysterious and prolonged shutdown of the New York Stock Exchange.

Then, of course, there are the associated concerns about the massive cyber attacks on government computer systems as well as U.S. infrastructure for which many in the know blame the communist nation or its hired hackers.

Just yesterday, the South China Morning Post published an investigative piece with the shocking headline: “Top Hong Kong Universities caught up in major hack attack on more than 100 global institutions.”

And only seven days ago, The Daily Beast noted an FBI warning to U.S. firms to be on the lookout for Chinese hack attacks of the kind that recently compromised the personal information of millions of government workers in the database of the Office of Personnel Management.

The FBI is warning U.S. companies to be on the lookout for a malicious computer program that has been linked to the hack of the Office of Personnel Management. Security experts say the malware is known to be used by hackers in China, including those believed to be behind the OPM breach.

So, has the sketchy economic health of China — one of the world’s biggest economies and a super-important U.S. trading partner — impacted the operations of the venerable New York Stock Exchange? Despite official disclaimers that there’s no cyber attack to blame for the halt of trading, it may turn out that somebody, somewhere pulled a plug to turn off the system and keep it from crashing in spectacular fashion.

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