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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Analysis: The ISIS Threat to America

In the wake of reports that two American citizens were killed recently fighting alongside ISIS in Syria, I appeared on the 700 Club today to discuss the ISIS threat to America and how this brutal terrorist army is getting its funding.

The segment starts around the 1:54 mark, after a report from my CBN News colleague Mark Martin.

Click on the viewer below to watch.

posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 1:39 PM | Feedback (0)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Analysis: ISIS and Hamas One in the Same

Last Friday, I spoke to my CBN colleague Mark Martin about the rise of ISIS and Hamas's ongoing jihad against Israel.

I made the point that these two jihadist death cults are cut from the same savage cloth.

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posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 9:43 AM | Feedback (0)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Watchman Show: WWII Veteran Warns About Dangers of Appeasement

This week's Watchman show was very special for me. I had a chance to sit down with World War II veteran Bill Langfan, a true American hero, to discuss his experiences fighting Hitler's forces in Europe and helping to liberate the Nazi death camp at Buchenwald. Bill warns that the West is making many of the same mistakes today in refusing to confront radical Islam that it did in the 1930's by appeasing Hitler--whose rise he saw firsthand.
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posted @ Wednesday, August 20, 2014 5:09 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Watchman Show: Iraqi Christians Face ISIS Genocide

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we're joined by Middle East expert and Fox News Analyst Walid Phares for an inside look at the plight of Iraq's Christians and the threat ISIS poses to America.

posted @ Tuesday, August 12, 2014 3:16 PM | Feedback (0)

Monday, August 11, 2014

How a Top Hamas Official Infiltrated America

As Israel continues Operation Protective Edge against Hamas terrorists in Gaza, senior Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook continues to act as a mouthpiece for the genocidal terror group.

Interestingly enough, Marzook was once Hamas's overall leader for a time and steered the group not from the bowels of a Gaza tunnel but from his base in the leafy suburbs of Washington, D.C.

I detailed Marzook's American odyssey--which included stints at Colorado State and Louisiana Tech universities--in my 2013 book, The Brotherhood: America's Next Great Enemy.

Below is an exclusive excerpt from the book about Marzook (for previous excerpts, click here, here and here):

THE MASTERMIND

At first glance, it sounds like the quintessential immigrant success story. After a hardscrabble upbringing in Gaza, Mousa Abu Marzook arrived in the United States in 1981 to study at Colorado State University, where he received a Master’s Degree in industrial sciences. In 1985, he moved his family to Ruston, Louisiana, to begin work on a doctoral engineering program at Louisiana Tech University. Up until that point, Marzook’s academic journey was the kind that countless ambitious immigrants have navigated in the United States. But then came a slight twist.

By October 1992, Marzook was leading a delegation from the terrorist group Hamas on an official visit to Tehran for meetings with the Iranian regime. Mousa Abu Marzook, fresh off a decade spent at two well-respected American institutions of higher learning, was now head of Hamas’s political bureau and a major player on the global jihadist scene. Like I said, just a slight twist.

Surprised at how this promising doctoral student’s career turned out? Don’t be. Time and again, Islamic terrorists have worked the U.S. educational system to their advantage. Look no further than the jihadist-ridden alumni of the Muslim Students Association (MSA), or 9/11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s stint at North Carolina A&T, or convicted al-Qaeda terrorist Aafia Siddiqui’s time at MIT. The list goes on. Clearly, Marzook had some illustrious—and murderous—company in his American educational pursuits.

It was during his time in Louisiana that Marzook not only assumed leadership of Hamas, but also oversaw the establishment of the Hamas support network in the United States. He did so by enlisting the backing of a number of operatives to assist in recruiting, terrorist training, and money laundering, and also by establishing a series of organizations to help keep Hamas running.

After Israel arrested most of Hamas’s top leadership in the early 1990s, Marzook moved immediately to reorganize the terrorist group’s infrastructure and keep it alive. His response was to move much of the organization’s decision-making outside of Gaza and the West Bank and divide leadership responsibilities into three areas: the Political Committee, the Propaganda Committee, and the Jihad Committee. The Political Bureau would be headed by Marzook himself from Falls Church, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C.; the responsibilities for propagand would be handled by another U.S.-based Marzook associate, Ahmed Yousef; and the terrorist arm would be supervised by MohammedSawahla in London. Marzook would also oversee the establishment of Hamas offices in Amman and Damascus.

In December 1992, another crisis confronted Marzook when Israel deported more than four hundred Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists, including most of the Hamas terror command, to Lebanon amid howls of outrage from the UN Security Council, which—with thesupport of the United States—adopted a resolution that “strongly” condemned the deportation of “hundreds of Palestinian civilians.” Israel eventually allowed the terrorists to return thanks to withering international condemnation. Political commentator Daniel Greenfield has written that with its despicable pressure campaign against Israel, “the world saved Hamas.” Some observers believe that without the evil genius of Mousa Abu Marzook and his prolific fundraising on U.S. soil (which saw him raise millions for Hamas), the Hamas terror factory would have been snuffed out for good even earlier.

Marzook was living in Jordan at the time of the deportations and responded by dispatching another trusted U.S.-based associate, Muhammad Salah, to coordinate cash distributions to the families of the deported, finance the purchase of weapons and explosives for retaliatory strikes against Israel, and scout potential targets for attacks. When it came to terror and mayhem, Marzook was clearly adept at thinking on his feet. Evidently, a quality American education can help take an enterprising jihadist a long way.

Marzook and his family lived in the Washington, D.C., area during part of this period of his leadership of Hamas. It is undoubtedly a period that American officials would rather forget, seeing as it happened right under their noses. Marzook did his best to help them in that regard. After being expelled from Jordan in 1995, he tried to reenter the United States and, upon being apprehended by authorities at JFK Airport in New York, denied any involvement with Hamas or terrorism. Regardless, the Clinton administration listed him as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist in August 1995. He would remain imprisoned until 1997, as U.S. officials debated what to do with him.

The Israelis wanted Marzook extradited to face charges of murder and terrorism but later dropped their request amid concerns over possible retaliatory terror attacks. The U.S. ultimately deported Marzook back to Jordan. From there, he bounced to Damascus for several years before finding his perfect match: the new, Muslim Brotherhood–led Egypt, where he has resided since 2012 as Hamas’s overall second-in-command.

The strange case of Mousa Abu Marzook is notable for many reasons, the most obvious being that a committed jihadist was able to run one of the world’s deadliest terrorist groups from within the friendly confines of the United States—including, for a time, from a suburb of the nation’s capital. Another important detail: following Marzook’s arrest in 1995 at JFK Airport, he became a cause célèbre for American Muslim organizations in the Brotherhood orbit. The Amerikhwan loudly declared Marzook’s innocence, claiming that he was a victim of false evidence concocted by the Israeli government.

Yet in court filings submitted by federal prosecutors during his two year detention, the U.S. government proved that Marzook had lived a double life in America, comfortably ensconced in the ’burbs while at the same time directing and approving Hamas terror attacks abroad.

Although the U.S. Ikhwanis were ultimately unable to save Marzook from deportation, future pressure campaigns would be far more successfulthanks to a Hamas-tied group whose genesis began in 1993: the Council on American-Islamic Relations, also known as CAIR.

posted @ Monday, August 11, 2014 4:31 PM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The Top Three Terror Threats Facing America

My latest report for CBN News examines the three biggest terror threats facing America right now: ISIS, Al Qaeda (far from "on the run and nearing defeat," Mr. President) and Iran/Hezbollah.

And no, negotiating with them and being nice to them won't make them go away.

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posted @ Thursday, August 07, 2014 3:48 PM | Feedback (0)

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The Watchman Show: Mapping Hamas's Lethal New Rockets

On this week’s edition of The Watchman, we’re joined by Mark Langfan, chairman of Americans for a Safe Israel.

Langan uses his unique collection of 3-D topographic maps and graphics to show the imminent dangers Israel faces from Hamas and other surrounding terror networks and their increasingly advanced rocket stockpiles.

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posted @ Wednesday, August 06, 2014 12:15 AM | Feedback (0)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

New Legislation Aims to Designate Muslim Brotherhood as Foreign Terrorist Organization

Well, it's about time. The Muslim Brotherhood has been banned in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE and is being investigated by David Cameron's government in Great Britain.

Now, finally, a move is underway to outlaw the Brotherhood--the grandaddy of all modern Islamic terrorist groups--right here in the United States. Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann has introduced a bill in the House that would designate the MB as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, or FTO.

The legislation, which is co-sponsored by seven other Republican House members and is surely frowned upon by the MB-friendly Obama administration and timid House GOP leadership, would impose sanctions on the Brotherhood's "Brother-ship" branch in Egypt as well as the movement's affiliates in Europe and the United States.

You can read the legislation here. I applaud Rep. Bachmann and her team for meticulously outlining the Brotherhood's long history of violence and support for terrorism around the world.

As I described in detail in my 2013 book, The Brotherhood: America's Next Great Enemy, since its founding in Egypt in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood, or Ikhwan, has provided the ideological inspiration for al Qaeda and the entire modern jihadist movement. Terrorist kingpins like Osama bin Laden, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Anwar al-Awalaki, and current al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri all passed through the Brotherhood's ranks as young men.

Likewise, the blood-soaked, genocidal terror group Hamas, which is currently raining rockets on Israeli cities and towns and plotting wholesale massacres of Jewish communities along the Gaza border, is the Muslim Brotherhood's Palestinian branch. In other words, Hamas is the Muslim Brotherhood.

The House bill also points out that the Brotherhood has been behind much of the violence and chaos in Egypt these past few years, including the destruction of dozens of Christian churches last summer. The Brotherhood has been weakened considerably in Egypt since Mohammed Morsi's ouster last year but the MB and its surrogates continue to thrive here in the United States, due in no small part to their cozy relationship with the Obama administration.

To that end, Bachmann's legislation also seeks to crack down on anyone here in the United States that provides material support or funding to the Brotherhood while at the same time denying visas to any MB members that wish to come to America.

Even if this bill passes through Congress, President Obama has the executive power to veto it. Which means, sadly, you shouldn't expect any action against the Muslim Brotherhood in America until the current president is out of office.

But again, many kudos to Bachmann and Co. for bringing the issue to the table and I encourage them wholeheartedly to keep up the pressure and continue sounding the alarm.

posted @ Sunday, July 27, 2014 1:47 PM | Feedback (0)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Watchman Show: Israel's Fight is Our Fight

On this week's episode of The Watchman, we sit down with David Brog, executive director of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), to discuss why Christians need to stand with Israel now more than ever.

We also talk to Rabbi Ken Spiro about Jerusalem U, a unique online course designed to educate about Israel.

Plus, we feature some clips from my speech at this week's annual Christians United for Israel Summit in Washington, D.C.

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posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 11:49 AM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Ludicrous U.S. Travel Ban to Israel

And so it begins. The Obama administration and its cohorts in the European Union have been unable to browbeat Israel into stopping its much-needed operation to root out terrorists in Gaza. So now they are getting personal with Israel--and shamefully so.

The Obama administration has announced a 24-hour ban on travel to Israel's Ben Gurion Airport for all U.S. airlines, and now European airlines seem poised to follow suit.

The FAA said the travel ban for American airlines was prompted by rocket shrapnel falling near Ben Gurion Airport. But don't be fooled.

The real reason for the ban is political. President Obama wants Israel to stop Operation Protective Edge right now and pull its forces out of Gaza, leaving the mission incomplete and Hamas intact to fight another day with tunnels and rockets aplenty. So he is trying to hit Israel in the pocketbook and send a message by shutting off its lone major airport during the height of the summer tourist season.

As Noah Pollak of The Weekly Standard writes:

Yesterday, moments after Secretary of State John Kerry departed for the Middle East to attempt to broker a ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza war, the State Department issued a warning recommending that “U.S. citizens consider the deferral of non-essential travel to Israel” due to the threat from “long-range rockets launched from Gaza.”

Interesting timing.

Long-range rocket fire from Gaza has been dramatically curtailed in recent days by the IDF’s ground operation, and was heaviest at the beginning of the war – some two weeks ago. Despite Hamas and Islamic Jihad barrages of M75 and M302 rockets fired at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem on July 8, 9, and 10, no travel warning was issued.

Israel earned over $10 billion last year from 3.5 million visitors, the plurality of whom were Americans. Coming at the height of summer tourism season, State's warning could cost Israel many millions of dollars in lost revenue.

So why did the State Department issue this warning not when long-range rocket fire was a more serious threat, but only yesterday, days after such fire had decreased sharply, and coinciding with Kerry's trip to the region?

The answer may be that the Obama administration is using the travel warning to exert pressure on Israel to agree to a ceasefire. It could be a shot across the bow – a deniable but very real signal to Prime Minister Netanyahu that the Obama administration’s support for Israel’s operation in Gaza has come to an end, and that there will be consequences for its continuation. And at the same time the State Department was delivering a blow to the Israeli tourism industry, Kerry was showing solidarity with Gaza by announcing a $47 million aid package, much of which is slated to be administered by UNRWA, the corrupt and terror-linked UN agency that has been in the news for storing Hamas rockets in one of its schools.

How nice. The Obama administration has now rewarded Hamas with a major victory and sent exactly the wrong message: one of fear and submission to terror.

The only silver lining in this? If rockets out of Gaza are enough to shut down Ben Gurion, imagine what rockets fired from the mountains of Samaria (the so-called "West Bank"), which overlooks the airport and the Tel Aviv metro area, would do?

Translation: Israel will not be giving up one inch of Judea and Samaria to form a new Palestinian terror enclave anytime soon.

posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 6:25 PM | Feedback (0)