Monday, December 16, 2013
I recently guest hosted for Glenn Beck on his Blaze TV show and had the opportunity to deliver a monologue on the real story behind Hannukah—the story of the Maccabees—and why it should inspire every freedom-loving American. Click play below to watch.
Friday, December 13, 2013
News broke this afternoon that federal authorities have thwarted a plot by an employee of the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Kansas to detonate a car bomb on the tarmac and "martyr" himself in a jihad against the nation of his birth, while providing support to Al Qaeda.
The alleged suspect, Terry Lee Loewen, was an aviation technician at the airport and was reportedly radicalized by reading Islamist/jihadist literature online. Many details still to come out on this, but here are some of my initial thoughts on the alleged plot:
--The fact that Loewen actually worked at the airport and had a security access card that allowed him to enter sensitive areas is a jihadist's dream and a nightmare for us. Talk about infiltration. We saw a similar case at London's Heathrow Airport a few years ago.
--Loewen is a a 58-year-old white guy, which means he totally doesn’t fit the typical profile of Muslim jihadist (e.g. a young male of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent). Neither, obviously did the very white Boston bombers back in April. Some yet-to-be-answered questions are when did Loewen convert, which mosque did he attend, who was his imam, what materials was he reading online and did he have any overseas ties to Al Qaeda or another jihadist group?
--Loewen is just one of several dozen U.S. Muslims arrested over the past four years for terror plots on U.S. soil. I documented this phenomenon at length in my 2011 book, The Terrorist Next Door: How the Government is Deceiving You About the Islamist Threat. In that book, I included a chapter titled "Freaks, Geeks and Jihadis" that detailed how troubled, bitter and angry individuals with personal demons were turning to Islam in increasing numbers, attracted by the dark world of jihad. Did the 58-year-old convert Loewen fit into this group? We will soon find out.
--Loewen's plan of attack fits the type of jihad model (I call them 'Chip Away" attacks) that has become the norm over the past five years. Self starter, low tech and inexpensive (think Fort Hood, Boston, and the failed Times Square plot). Anyone can join the jihad: all you need are a gun or bomb, access and deadly intent. Al Qaeda has encouraged these smaller scale, self-starter attacks and even publishes a magazine devoted to promoting such attacks to English-speaking Muslims.
--Imagine how a successful terrorist attack on an airport or airplane during the holiday season would affect us economically (massive blow to airline industry) and psychologically. Disaster on every level. The Wichita airport that Loewen allegedly targeted, by the way, is Kansas's busiest.
This alleged plot went down smack dab in the middle of the American heartland.
This is actually not a shock. In Chapter 7 of my latest book, The Brotherhood: America's Next Great Enemy, I detail how the state of Kansas has played host to some serious Al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood activity over the years.
More to come.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
After being with me through years of reporting and two books about the bad guys (including my latest, The Brotherhood), there are few stories that shock my wife at this point.
But as we watched my latest report together today, she shook her head in disbelief at just how thoroughly the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the Obama administration. Yes, it is even worse than you think.
My latest report details how two Muslim Brotherhood supporters with radical ties have obtained influential advisory positions in the Obama administration. The two men, Mohammed Elibiary and Mohammed Magid, are both U.S. citizens and have helped craft the Obama administration's counterterrorism strategy.
That strategy includes embracing the Muslim Brotherhood: the first modern Islamic terrorist organization.
The fox is guarding the henhouse, folks.
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Wednesday, December 04, 2013
The fallout continues over the Obama administration's disastrous deal with Iran's regime regarding the Iranian nuclear weapons program. Iran's leaders insist that they will continue to enrich uranium and are crowing about Israel's isolation.
There are even rumors floating around in the Arab press that President Obama plans to visit Tehran in 2014 (a charge the White House, predictably, denies).
The ramifications of the Iran deal--which grants a fanatical, America-and-Israel-hating jihadist regime a virtual EZ-Pass to nuclear weapons--are potentially even worse than the fool's bargain Neville Chamberlain struck with Hitler in Munich in 1938.
War is now a certainty--and President Obama's actions have guaranteed that it will be up to Israel, and Israel alone, to deal with an Iranian nuclear weapons program that the whole world should be united against.
Instead, the so-called "international community" is united against Israel. I debated this subject and more on a recent appearance on the Fox Business Network.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
This is far from the first time that Israeli hospitals have treated patients that are sworn to the destruction of the Jewish State. One recent example saw Syrian "rebels" -- some of them undoubtedly Jew-hating global jihadists--treated by Israelis on Israeli soil.
Needless to say, these instances say a lot about the inherent humanity of the people of Israel--bringing light to the darkness. The family of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, an avowed advocate of the destruction of Israel and complete eradication of the Jewish people, was the latest unlikely beneficiary of this Israeli benevolence.
Here's more, from the Times of Israel:
The granddaughter of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh was evacuated to an Israeli hospital in critical condition Sunday afternoon, but was returned to her family in Gaza Monday after her condition was deemed incurable, an Israeli military spokesman said Monday.
Aamal Haniyeh, 1, was suffering from severe inflammation of the gastrointestinal system affecting her nervous system, doctors in Gaza said, according to the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram.
On Sunday, the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, known as COGAT, received a phone call from the Palestinian Authority’s liaison office in Gaza requesting to admit the baby to an Israeli hospital, after her medical condition deteriorated. The baby was immediately transferred to Israel, accompanied by her maternal grandmother, and admitted to Schneider Children’s Hospital in Petah Tikva.
“She was brought into Israel, but returned to Gaza after her condition could not be stabilized. She is in critical condition,” Major Guy Inbar, a spokesman for COGAT, told The Times of Israel.
The story of Aamal Haniyeh’s hospitalization in Israel first broke in the Arab media after her father, Abdul Salam, wrote on his Facebook page Monday morning that “Aamal was transferred into the Green Line (Israel) now. I pray that God cures her.” The post has since been removed from Haniyeh’s page. However, another entry on Monday afternoon by the baby’s father reported that Aamal had returned to Gaza in a state of clinical death.
Last month, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called for a popular uprising in the West Bank and lauded recent terror attacks on the second anniversary of the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, kidnapped by Hamas in 2006.
No mention of the hospitalization was made on Hamas’s official media outlets.
Nor will it be. Haniyeh is undoubtedly concerned that this news will get back to Hamas's benefactors in Tehran and also be used against Hamas by the group's Salafi/jihadi rivals in Gaza and Sinai.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
On this week's episode of The Watchman, we sit down with national security expert Frank Gaffney for an in-depth look at Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the U.S. government.
We're also joined by topographer Mark Langfan, who maps out Iran's strategy for controlling the Middle East's oil supply.
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
On this week's edition of The Watchman, we analyze declining American influence in the Middle East and foreign policy debacles in Egypt, Syria and Iran. We also examine the threats on Israel's borders through a unique set of interactive maps.
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Friday, October 25, 2013
A new report by the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security says that Iran could have a nuclear bomb within a month. This news comes as the Obama administration is tripping over itself to embrace Iran's smiling new president, Hassan Rowhani, as a "moderate" with whom the U.S. can strike a "grand bargain" over Iran's nuke program.
The Obamis have no stomach to do what needs to be done to eliminate Iran's nuclear weapons facilities--namely, military action. Israel, however, does, which means endgame is approaching.
Here's more, from The Times of Israel:
In a probing interview with the New Republic published on Wednesday, former IDF intelligence chief Amos Yadlin made his assessment clear: the coming year would be the year of decision for Israel on Iran. The next several months, he said, would provide the last opportunity for Israel to confidently and effectively strike the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, if that’s what it chooses to do.
Yadlin, now the director of the Tel Aviv-based Institute of National Security Studies, was careful not to advocate for an attack in the interview entitled “Israel Doesn’t Need America on D-Day,” and he made clear that Israel also has the option in the coming months to decide to leave the Iranian issue to the Obama administration, or, alternatively, Jerusalem could decide to live with a nuclear-capable Iran.
According to Yadlin, the timetable for an American decision is different, as US capabilities leave the option of a military strike available for longer. “For the US, because of their capabilities, it is at least a year post-Israel and will depend on many operational parameters that should not be public knowledge,” he told the magazine’s Ben Birnbaum.
He assessed, however, that US opposition to an Israeli strike on Iran may lessen depending on the success of ongoing negotiations between the West and the Iranian regime.
“I think in late 2013 or early 2014, especially if America sees that Iran is not serious about reaching an acceptable agreement and only continues to buy time, the US will accept an Israeli attack because a nuclear Iran is absolutely against American vital national security interests,” Yadlin said.
The negotiations over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, which resumed last week in Geneva and left P5+1 representatives upbeat about conditions for a possible deal, are a win-win for Israel, the former military intelligence chief reasoned.
If a deal is reached “which is reliable and contains intrusive inspections and turns the nuclear clock backwards, it’s better than the dangerous options of the ‘bomb or the bombing.’ And if negotiations fail, then there will be legitimacy to take preventive action to stop Iran,” he said.
Negotiations will fail. Bank on it.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
On this week's edition of The Watchman with Erick Stakelbeck, we're joined by CBN's Jerusalem Bureau Chief, Chris Mitchell, to discuss his new hit book, Jerusalem Dateline
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On this week's edition of The Watchman with Erick Stakelbeck, we're joined by CBN's Jerusalem Bureau Chief, Chris Mitchell, to discuss his new book, Jerusalem Dateline.