Here’s How ISIS Militants May Soon Be Slipping Into The U.S…

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ISIS militants may soon be slipping into the US via the thousands of Syrian “refugees” coming to the country.

According to Michael Steinbach, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s counter terrorism unit, the U.S. does not have the resources to prevent ISIS fighters from slipping into the US alongside the many other refugees being let in.

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, recently held hearings on the process of vetting refugees and wrote a letter to the White House voicing the committee’s “serious national security concerns.”

In a letter to National Security Advisor Susan Rice, McCaul and other Republicans stated that “The continued civil war and destabilization in Syria undeniably make it more difficult to acquire the information needed to conduct reliable threat assessments on specific refugees.”

Steinbach told the committee:

“The difference is that in Iraq we were there on the ground collecting (information), so we had databases to use,” he added. “The concern is that in Syria, the lack of our footprint on the ground in Syria, the databases won’t have the information we need. So it’s not that we have a lack of a process, it’s that there is a lack the information.”

Ned Price, a National Security Council spokesman, stated that rigorous screening of all Syrian refugees would take place:

“Our screening protocols for refugees are rigorous, continually refined, and build on years of experience vetting individuals coming to the United States from around the world,” he said in an e-mailed statement. “They permit us to proceed in a way that seeks to both safeguard public safety and serve our mission of providing refuge to some of the world’s most vulnerable people.”

Still, McCaul and other Republicans are not so sure about the vetting of the refugees.

What do you think? Are ISIS militants bound to slip in among the Syrian refugees? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.

h/t: Pat Dollard

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Jordan Moves Thousands Of Troops To Iraq Border To Protect Themselves From ISIS

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Jordan has moved “thousands” of troops to the Iraq border after a Jordanian pilot was burned alive, according to two Jordanian government officials who spoke with NBC News.

According to NBC, “the troops were sent to prevent the infiltration of ISIS fighters into Jordan and as a show of force.”

King Abdullah of Jordan promised to hit ISIS  “hard in the very center of their strongholds” after the Jordanian pilot’s murder.

Nevertheless, according to Matthew Henman, an analyst at Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre in London, Jordan’s response is “an intensification of ongoing efforts to secure the border to stop movement of men and weapons,” not the beginning of an invasion.

Still, the possibility that the troops could be used offensively against ISIS has not been ruled out. The Iraqi army is preparing an offensive against ISIS, according to Sky News.

As Sky News reports:

John Allen, the US co-ordinator for the anti-IS coalition of Western and Arab countries, said on Sunday Iraqi troops would begin a major offensive ‘in the weeks ahead’.

‘When the Iraqi forces begin the ground campaign to take back Iraq, the coalition will provide major firepower associated with that,’ he told Jordan’s official Petra news agency.

Iraqi forces have already carried out operations near Baghdad and in Diyala and Salaheddin provinces north of the capital.

With the combination of the Iraqi army, the Jordanian army posted at the border, and the air coalition led by the US, has it finally come time for ISIS to face the music? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Watch: NBC’s Brian Williams’ On-Air ‘Under Fire’ Apology Is Now Under Fire

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A Google search using the three words “Brian Williams lie” yields page after page after page of results on this day after the top-rated TV news anchor apologized on air for his “mistake” in falsely claiming he was in an Army helicopter shot down by enemy fire over Iraq in 2003.

Numerous people and organizations are now tracking down and bringing renewed attention to the many times over the years that the highly rated newsman touted his coming close to death or serious injury. Some are calling it Williams’ attempt at “stolen valor.”

Research by Breitbart shows that, over the years since the supposed close call happened during Iraq War coverage, Williams’ self-serving story about his Chinook being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade that forced it to land in the desert has become more elaborate, more detailed, and more focused on his supposed jeopardy.

“In what could easily be a career-ender, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admitted Wednesday that for the last 12 years both he and his network have repeatedly told a false story about a helicopter Williams was in being forced down due to RPG fire during the 2003 invasion of Iraq,” wrote Breitbart’s John Nolte.

USA Today now reports that the 55-year-old Williams’ on-air admission that he hasn’t been telling the truth, along with his so-called “apology,” aren’t going over all that well. Williams’ mea culpa clearly is not ending the shots now being taken at the “Nightly News” anchor.

“Memes are flowing and questions about his credibility are rising,” says the USA Today article. When he was in the country covering the war 12 years ago, Williams’ helicopter may not have taken the shot he has long claimed; but:

Now critics are wondering if Williams’ career may be shot.

“If credibility means anything to NBC News, Brian Williams will no longer be managing editor and anchor of the evening newscast by the end of the day Friday,” writes David Zurawik in The Baltimore Sun.

Some of the tweets about Brian Williams’ self-inflected credibility wound are nothing short of brutal:
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As of this writing, NBC News has not issued any statement about the scandal in which Brian Williams now finds himself.

The only “official” word on the incident comes from Williams’ explanation and “apology” aired during the “Nightly News.” You can see that segment by clicking on the video above.

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Obama’s Foreign Policy Blunders To Explode

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When it comes to foreign policy, 2014 might have seemed unstable. But the actual shooting wars were well contained.

As we look forward to 2015, however, the landscape looks more chaotic than ever.

Let’s take a tour through the top five foreign policy blunders that are about to erupt over the coming months…

Blunder #1: Iran. When Obama entered office, the containment of Iran was a primary objective of American policy. Iran was using Russian and North Korean technology to become a nuclear power with a stated objective of ending the “Jewish” occupation of Palestine.

Iran’s nuclear program is an existential threat that Israel cannot (and should not) allow. 2015 is the year Israel moves unilaterally to end this threat.

Obama has been trying to coax Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions through diplomacy. This has been an adventure in naivety. To his surprise, Obama’s coaxing has only given Iran the time and ability it needed to consolidate its technological gains.

Expect Iran to become a flashpoint in 2015.

Blunder #2: Syria. Next up is Syria. (Iran and Russia are involved here, also.) Bashar al-Assad has hung on as Syrian President against all odds. His civil war, which began as a legitimate democracy movement, metastasized into the Islamic State.

If Obama had left well enough alone and not encouraged jihadi warriors with his support of the Arab Spring, then Assad would have likely never seen his country disintegrate. We’re now in Syria fighting – essentially, with Assad – because of Obama’s earlier bloopers.

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Blunder #3: Iraq. The Islamic State also was greatly helped by Obama’s premature withdrawal from Iraq. Iraq has suffered under unbelievable incompetence by both Bush and Obama.

Bush should have never dissolved the Iraqi Army. And just as a new one was finally taking shape, Obama left the field, and they disintegrated (this time on the battlefield).

Blunder #4: Ukraine. Circle around to Ukraine, and you see Obama pushing Russia up against the wall with economic sanctions and military aggressiveness within sight of their border. How would America feel if Russia made a deal with Mexico to station Russian tanks on our southern border?

Ukraine deserves freedom, but real freedom will result not from economic sanctions and blustering talk. The country suffered horribly in 2014. Its currency has lost half of its value. Food and medicine are scarce; and in parts of the country, a live shooting war is taking place.

Vladimir Putin shouldn’t shoulder all of the blame. Putin has been aggressive and has tried to look strong, but he’s Russian and proud. The way to deal with Russia is how Reagan handled the situation. Be firm, but also extend the hand of friendship. Eternal economic sanctions only hurt the lower classes. The elites never feel the pain.

Blunder #5: Asia. Asia also has some really urgent problems. Rhetoric is heating up between India and Pakistan. These two nuclear powers just can’t keep from fighting. Essentially, it boils down to a religious war between Islamic Pakistan and the Hindu-influenced Indian government.

Obama has ignored Pakistan and encouraged instability there by using a highly destabilizing drone policy in which the United States insists it has the right to kill people inside of other sovereign nations. This is a policy fraught with unintended future consequences (none of them good).

Bottom line: I hope you’re prepared… Any of these Obama failures has the ability to spin out of control and strike U.S. financial markets – creating uncertainty, which limits economic growth and the future of peace.

 

This commentary originally appeared at WallStreetDaily.com and is reprinted here with permission. 

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SHOCK: What Was Just Reported About ISIS Atrocities Shows Their Barbarism Knows No Limits

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News reports on the unspeakable evils of ISIS are nothing new. But what has just been revealed by a reliable source with intimate knowledge of terrorism in Iraq still shocks the senses.

Four children — all under the age of 15 — told their ISIS captors they loved “Yesua,” which means Jesus. They did not back down in the face of ISIS threats, refusing to deny their Christian faith and promise to follow Mohammed. That’s when ISIS murderers chopped their heads off.

So we learn from a report in International Business Times – a piece citing a now-familiar ISIS ultimatum of “convert or die.”

The British “Vicar of Baghdad,” Cannon Andrew White, claims the beheading of the children was done in a Christian enclave near Baghdad where it was recently seized by ISIS fighters.

White is reportedly one of the few Christian leaders left in Iraq, a nation spiraling further into chaos and bloodshed following the mass pullout of U.S. combat forces.

The vicar tells gruesome stories of numerous atrocities committed by Islamic militants sweeping through the country.

White said when Baghdad was overrun with militants, many people had fled to Nineveh, their traditional home.

When ISIS came, they dragged the people out and “killed huge numbers.” The British vicar said ISIS had “chopped children in half” and beheaded them before moving north.

The new U.N. human rights chief, himself a Muslim, recently called for the protection of religious minorities targeted by Islamic State militants in Iraq. He charged those relentless Islamic fighters with trying to create a “house of blood.”

From a Reuters report about the U.N. official’s plea, delivered in Geneva, begging world powers to join in stopping the ISIS onslaught:

“Do [Islamic militants] believe they are acting courageously? Barbarically slaughtering captives? … They reveal only what a Takfiri state would look like, should this movement actually try to govern in the future,” [said the U.N. official].

“It would be a harsh, mean-spirited, house of blood, where no shade would be offered, nor shelter given, to any non-Takfiri in their midst.”

 

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