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Obama ‘Refuses Notion Groups Like ISIS Represent Islam’

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama adamantly held firm to his policy of avoiding the term “radical Islamic terrorism” Thursday on the final day of the White House conference on violent extremism.

told participants at the final day of the White House “Conference on Violent Extremism” that 60 nations, including Arab nations, have so far united in the coalition to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria terrorist organization, which Obama referred to as “ISIL” and which is also referred to as ISIS. In the Middle East and by some European nations the group is called “Daesh.”

“We all have a responsibility to ensure the security and human rights of our citizens,” Obama said. “A civil society is vital to the success of any country.”

Still unable to use the term “radical Islamic terror,” however, Obama said, “We are here today because we are united against violent extremism and terrorism… a coalition of 60 nations, including Arab nations, has united to degrade and ultimoately destroy ISIL in Iraq and Syria.”

Obama spent about 15 minutes listing all the different terror groups around the world dedicating to creating havoc, murder and mayhem in various countries. But few if any were without ties to radical Islam, although Obama was unable to force himself to make the point.

He did, however, finally correct an earlier omission and specify that it was 21 Egyptian Christian Copts who were targeted by Daesh for execution at the edge of the Mediterranean waters in Libya last weekend. He was also careful to note that Israelis have endured the scourge of terrorism for decades, adding a special mention of the terrorist sieges in Paris and Copenhagen in an almost surprising reference to anti-Semitism in Europe.

Nevertheless, he said, “I refuse the notion that groups like ISIL represent Islam… There is a complicated history between the Middle East and the West,” Obama said, “and none of us should be immune from specific criticism on policy… But the idea that the West is at war with Islam is an ugly lie. We should reject it.”

However, he added, “When necessary, the United States will continue to take action against Al Qaeda affiliates …. in Iraq and Syria. Our coalition will not relent in the mission to destroy ISIL.”

Governments around the world, he added, have the responsibility to “cut off funding to terrorist groups.” Carefully avoiding any reference to Iran, however, Obama instead said the United States will “work with the United Arab Emirates to create a new digital communications hub to counter terrorist propaganda.”

Surprise! White House Reveals Kayla Mueller Was NOT ‘Last American Hostage’

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

One wonders who was the more surprised Tuesday: the White House staff or the American people, upon being told there is at least one more U.S. national and possibly more being held hostage in Syria.

In either case, it makes no difference to humanitarian aide worker Kayla Mueller, who was being held captive by Daesh, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). She was officially confirmed dead by White House officials Tuesday night.

Daesh claimed last Friday that Mueller died in a Jordanian air strike targeting the group in Raqqa, Syria. Jordan has intensified its attacks on the terror group following its barbaric execution of a Jordanian pilot captured after his fighter jet crashed in December 2014 in northeastern Syria. The group released an execution video of the pilot being burned alive in a metal cage earlier this month, but said the victim had been killed on January 3, about 10 days after he was captured.

The terrorist group sent photos of Mueller’s dead body to her family to confirm her death, a detail not immediately released when her death was first confirmed to media. According to a New York Times report published Wednesday, the Mueller family contacted Daesh separately in order to obtain the proof of their daughter’s death. In return they received at least three photos: One showed her wrapped in a Muslim funeral shroud and in two others she was alive, wearing a hijab and with her face partly covered. In all three photos, her face was reportedly covered in bruises.

The circumstances of Mueller’s death have remained unclear; high-ranking sources within the U.S. government have told media she could have died in a building next to a weapons storage facility targeted in an air strike. Or not.

However, intelligence officials have said that Daesh treats its female hostages differently, often forcing them to convert to Islam and then “marrying” them off to male commanders of the terrorist group.

Three male Americans have also died in the hands of Daesh: two journalists and another humanitarian aide worker trying to help Syrians caught in the crossfire of the savage civil war ripping apart the country. All three were beheaded by the group.

According to a report by Haaretz, Mueller volunteered for the International Solidarity Movement, living and working with Arabs in the Palestinian Authority. In a blog post about her stay in Israel and the PA, she posted the following:

“Do not be fooled, resistance lives… Oppression wails from the soldiers radio and floats through tear gas clouds in the air … But resistance is nestled in the cracks in the wall, resistance flows from the minaret 5 times a day and resistance sits quietly in jail knowing its time will come again. Resistance lives in the grieving mother’s wails and resistance lives in the anger at the lies broadcasted across the globe. Though it is sometimes hard to see and even harder sometimes to harbor, resistance lives. Do not be fooled, resistance lives.”

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest refused to identify the newly-revealed American captive being held in Syria. Nor would he say which group kidnapped the hostage, or when the victim was seized.

“We have avoided discussing the individual cases of Americans who have been held hostage, but we are aware of other American hostages being held in the region,” Earnest said, according to Reuters.

“I’m not going to get into the specific discussions of the cases of individuals who are being held hostage, principally because we don’t believe that it’s in their best interests for me to discuss them publicly,” Earnest told reporters, according to Reuters. “But there have been public reports of at least one other American hostage being held in Syria,” he said.

The family of Austin Tice, a journalist who disappeared in Damascus in August 2012, held a news conference in Washington last week about his case.

White House Confirms US Hostage Kayla Mueller Dead

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

The White House confirmed Tuesday that Islamic State (ISIS) hostage Kayla Mueller was killed, but it is not known if she died in an aerial attack on the ISIS, as the terrorists claim, or at the hands of one of its executioners.

“It is with profound sadness that we have learned of the death of Kayla Jean Mueller,” said President Barack Obama in a statement. “On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I convey our deepest condolences to Kayla’s family – her parents, Marsha and Carl, and her brother Eric and his family – and all of those who loved Kayla dearly.”

“Over the weekend, the family received a private message from Kayla’s ISIL captors containing additional information,” added Bernadette Meehan, a White House spokesman.

Mueller’s parents and brother said in a statement from the family:

We are heartbroken to share that we’ve received confirmation that Kayla Jean Mueller, has lost her life,” Mueller’s parents and brother Eric, said in a family statement. “Kayla was a compassionate and devoted humanitarian. She dedicated the whole of her young life to helping those in need of freedom, justice, and peace.

The Islamic State claimed last Friday that she was killed in a Jordanian air strike, but national security officials said they had no evidence to confirm the claim.

Following private messages sent by ISIS to Mueller’s family. American intelligence officials said there was enough evidence to conclude that she is dead.

The White House added, “ISIL is a hateful and abhorrent terrorist group whose actions stand in stark contrast to the spirit of people like Kayla.

“On this day, we take comfort in the fact that the future belongs not to those who destroy, but rather to the irrepressible force of human goodness that Kayla Mueller shall forever represent.”

ISIS last year reportedly posted a video of Mueller wearing a hijab and pleading for her life.

Mueller was a humanitarian aid worker and was captured in Syria in August 2013.

The Arizona native is the fourth American to have died while in the hands of the ISIS, which beheaded James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Abdul-Rahman Kassig.

Seven years ago, Mueller told her hometown newspaper, “I love cultures and language and learning about people’s cultures.”

 

 

 

Netanyahu Hedges Bets Over Speech to US Congress

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

It looks like Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is looking for a safety net to deal with the mounting controversy over his agreement to address the U.S. Congress on March 3.

“It appears that the Speaker of Congress made a move in which we trusted, but which it ultimately became clear was a one-sided move and not a move by both sides,” HaNegbi said. However, when asked whether Netanyahu should cancel or postpone his address, HaNegbi asked, “What would be the outcome then? The outcome would be that we forsake an arena in which there is going to be a very dramatic decision (meaning Iran).”

A Netanyahu spokesman declined to comment on HaNegbi’s comments on Friday. HaNegbi is a senior member of Netanyahu’s Likud party.

It is clear the Likud is doing what it can to diffuse any political fallout from the controversy. The White House is working very hard to prevent him from speaking to Congress or being re-elected; Netanyahu is apparently perceived as a threat to Pres. Barack Obama, though it is not clear how or why.

Israel Ambassador Ron Dermer arranged the date with GOP House Speaker John Boehner months ago, setting the address originally for Feb. 11, but changing it to March 3, the same week as the annual AIPAC conference.

The date was set without consulting the White House or anyone from the Democratic Party leadership, skipping the usual protocol – a move which infuriated both President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders.

But what’s upset the White House even more is the topic of the address: Netanyahu has been invited to address the Congress on the issue of the Iranian nuclear threat. The speech is to be delivered less than a month from the deadline for an agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear development activities being discussed with Tehran by world powers.

Obama and his supporters are deeply concerned that Netanyahu could sabotage those talks and derail that agreement, which he has worked hard to achieve.

Netanyahu, for his part, is indeed hoping he can do just that. The Israeli prime minister has underscored in every public address he has made for months the gravity of the situation with Iran, and the existential threat its nuclear development program presents to Israel. Netanyahu is determined to do everything in his power to dial back that agreement, which he insists allows the Iranians to retain the ability to create an atomic weapon of mass destruction with very little additional effort.

Obama Wins War on Terror By Saying It Doesn’t Exist [video]

Friday, January 30th, 2015

The White House said that Taliban is an “armed insurgency” and not a terrorist group, a handy semantic tactic to allow President Barack Obama to declare he was won the war on terror.

It is strange why no one thought of this solution before. You get rid of terror simply by re-defining it. Perhaps he has learned from the Palestinian Authority how to re-write the dictionary. Mahmoud Abbas has convinced the world that “ultimatum,” as in “Israel must agree to my terms or else,” actually mean “negotiations.”

So is Taliban a terrorist organization?

ABC News’ Jon Karl asked White House Press Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz Wednesday how the government can explain if there is any difference between a Jordanian and Americans agreement to free terrorists in return for the release of hostages.

Jordan has agreed to trade a convicted terrorists for the release by the ISIS of one of their air force pilots. Karl asked if Jordan simply is not doing exactly what the United States did when it agreed to release five Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay in return for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Karl pointed out that Taliban ”is clearly a terrorist organization,” like ISIS.

No, no, no, said Schultz.

“We don’t make concessions to terrorist groups,” he said, assuring reporters that the Islamic State “is a terrorist group.”

But what about Taliban?

Wasn’t Taliban once the ruling government of Afghanistan that refused to hand over members of Al Qaeda who were allegedly involved in the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington?

Doesn’t Taliban maintain a powerful force in Afghanistan and Pakistan from where it attacks U.S. soldiers as well as children in a Pakistani school?

Isn’t Taliban included in the State Dept.’s Specially Designated Global Terrorist list?

Doesn’t the  National Counterterrorism Center list the “Taliban Presence in Afghanistan” on a map of global terrorism presences?

The answer to all of these questions is, “yes.”

So Taliban is a terrorist group,. right?

Schultz said:

     I don’t think that the Taliban, um — uh – the Taliban is an armed insurgency.

White House Press Secretary tried a bit of damage control on Thursday.

 “They [Taliban] do carry out tactics that are akin to terrorism. They do pursue terror attacks in an effort to try to advance their agenda,” he told reporters.

Nu?

Well, says Earnest, “it’s important to draw a distinction between the Taliban and al-Qaeda. The Taliban has resorted to terror tactics, but those terror tactics have principally been focused on Afghanistan” although many American personnel and soldiers in Afghanistan “are in harm’s way.

Got it? Taliban only uses “terror tactics.” If it quacks, it doesn’t mean it’s a duck. Maybe it’s a ventriloquist.

“The Taliban is a very dangerous organization,” Earnest admitted but it still is different from ISIS.

His twisted narrative goes like this:

         What the President has pursued is a clear strategy for building up the central government of Afghanistan and the Afghan security forces, so that they could be responsible for security in their own country and take the fight to the Taliban

That, however, is different than the strategy that we have pursued against Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda is a terrorist organization that has aspirations that extend beyond just the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan..

Al-Qaeda and their affiliates around the globe have sought to carry out terror attacks against Americans and American interests all around the globe….

There’s no doubt that the threat from the Taliban is different than the threat that is posed by al-Qaeda.

By that reasoning, Hamas is not a terrorist group because it is not a worldwide threat.

Maker of ‘White House Drone’ Adds Upgrade to Protect White House [video]

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

The Chinese manufacturer of the drone that crash landed on the White House lawn earlier this week is upgrading its product so that it automatically will be disabled within a 15.5 mile radius of Washington.

That is good news for the Secret Service, which won’t have to worry about pulling out sub-machine guns to shoot down drones over the White House.

The drone that crashed on the White House lawn in the pre-dawn hours was piloted by a government employee, who was drunk. He was not arrested

DJI, based in China, said it has developed a code to make a designated area off limits for drone pilots.

Drones have become popular as toys for children who do not want to do something more constructive, such as building a drone out of Lego, and they also are great for drug dealers.

One of DJI’s drones was found last week near the U.S.-Mexican border with an illegal drug taped to its body.

Super Bowl fans have been warned not take drones to the big game this Sunday.

“With the unmanned aerial systems community growing on a daily basis, we feel it is important to provide pilots with additional tools to help them fly safely and responsibly,” said DJI spokesman Michael Perry. “We will continue co-operating with regulators and lawmakers to ensure the skies stay safe and open for innovation.”

President Barack Obama now does not have to worry about drones interfering with his sleep at night, but maybe he should buy one of those drones to improve his golf game.

All he is to do is place a golf ball on the drone’s delivery system and aim it for the 17th tee.

The video warning against drones at the Super Bowl can be seen below.

Drone Found on White House Lawn

Monday, January 26th, 2015

The U.S. Secret Service found a small “device” that actually was a drone on the White House lawn in the pre-dawn hours Monday morning.

White House Press Secretary said that the “device” did not appear to pose any threat. President Barack Obama and his wife were far away — in India.

Official waited until daybreak to remove the drone.

White House Press Secretary did not reveal any details about the “device,” leaving its size and type up to the imagination.

It could have been a toy, but what child was flying his little drone at 3 a.m.?

Or perhaps Amazon was trying out its prototype drone delivery system and got the wrong address, unless President Obama ordered a new golf ball and forget to tell anyone it was on the way.

Amazon asked the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration last summer for permission to tests its drone that can fly up to 50 miles an hour for half an hour to deliver a small package.

The United States is a big fan of using drones in its war on terror in foreign countries, but let’s assume it was not a terrorist gang that was trying to test its capabilities Monday morning of continuing to make the Secret Service look inept.

Last September, a man with a knife managed to scale the fence around the White House and spring on the lawn into the main floor of the White House, and a gunman shot at the building in 2011.

Below is a video of Amazon’s futuristic drone delivery system”

 

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