ISIS Camping On Our Doorstep

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Back in October 2014 Judicial Watch (JW)  reported that 4 ISIS terrorists “have been apprehended in the last 36 hours by federal authorities and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) in McAllen and Pharr.” The information was provided by a source within Homeland Security, according to JW.

border fenceCalifornia Congressman Duncan Hunter claimed that no less than 10 ISIS fighters had been caught crossing into Texas to date and that his information was provided to him directly from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

In August JW reported that “that Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED).”

After Congressman Hunter made the claim on Fox News, the main stream media did some investigating of their own and found no evidence to corroborate Mr. Hunter’s claim. They said that both Homeland Security and the Texas Department of Public Safety found no evidence of such activity. In an email to Politifact Texas, DHS spokes lady Marsha Catron, wrote: “The suggestion that individuals who have ties to ISIL have been apprehended at the Southwest border is categorically false, and not supported by any credible intelligence or the facts on the ground. DHS continues to have no credible intelligence to suggest terrorist organizations are actively plotting to cross the southwest border.”

DPS deputy director, Robert Bodisch wrote: “An unsecure border is certainly a vulnerability that can be exploited by criminals of all kinds, and it would be naïve to rule out the possibility that any criminal organization would not look for opportunities to take advantage of security gaps along our international border. That said, DPS does not have any information to confirm the specific statements recently reported in the press.” read more

It Should Be Death For The Boston Bomber

by: the Common Constitutionalist

If I know Massachusetts, and I do, I’m going to guess that Dzhokar Tsarnaev will not receive the death penalty but will instead get life without chance of parole.

A poll released in late March showed that only 27% of residents in the city of Boston oppose putting Tsarnaev to death. Frankly, I’m surprised it’s so death-penaltyhigh considering how out of control liberal Boston is. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth “Fauxcahontas” Warren says she is strongly opposed to capital punishment, even in this case. Big Surprise.

We’ve all heard the arguments against capital punishment – that it is not deterrence against murder or violent crime, and that’s probably true – partly because most criminals simply believe that even if they are sentenced, they will probably be long dead before the ridiculous appeals process is exhausted. That and they are killers, not rocket scientists. No one ever thinks they will be caught.

We’ve heard the “cruel and unusual” arguments and that it is just retribution or a revenge killing, if you will, which is not justice. There’s the putting to death of an innocent – cases where death row inmates have in fact been freed due to new evidence or forensic techniques. Of course, this doesn’t apply to confessed bomber Tsarnaev.

So why put anyone to death. For one reason – Recidivism. One can state emphatically that once a cold blooded killer is put to death, you can be assured he or she won’t be doing that or anything else again. read more

America to the United Kingdom – It’s Over

by: the Common Constitutionalist

What do you mean you’re breaking up with me? I thought we had something special? After 200 years, you’re breaking up with me? Yes my dear. But it’s not you, it’s me. No – it’s you.

This weekend the UK Daily Mail  discovered a secret memo prepared by the “Congressional Research Service (CRS), an in-house intelligence body Congressional Research Servicethat gives confidential analysis to legislators…” The memo, dated April 2015 was drafted “to brief the Senate and House of Representatives on the impact of Britain’s general election. The memo also warns that the UK faces turmoil if there is a hung parliament.”

It states “damningly that the UK may not be viewed as centrally relevant to the United States in all of the issues and relations considered a priority on the US agenda,” and that “organizations such as the G20 group of major economies has led to a decline in the influence and centrality of the relationship.”

The CRS also concludes “that while Britain and the US are likely to remain key economic partners, a reassessment of the special relationship may be in order… Because its geopolitical setting has been changing.”

I have to say – this is a rather earthshaking document. Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan will surely be turning in their graves as will Winston Churchill who in a 1944 speech coined the phrase “special relationship” between our two countries. read more

Has Obama Inadvertently Brokered a Middle East Alliance

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Back in 2013 the London’s Sunday Times reported that “Israel and Saudi Arabia were working together to bring down Iran’s nuclear activities.’ Clearly, having a mutual interest in stopping the threat of a hegemonic and nuclear Iran has made the two unlikely allies.”

In fact these enemies have aligned before, becoming foul weather allies (albeit indirectly) when necessary, always against a common foe. Today it’s a

Nasser Arrives in Yemen

Nasser Arrives in Yemen

likely nuclear Iran – in the 1960s the common enemy was Egypt under dictator Gamal Abdul Nasser during the Yemen Civil War (1962-1967). In 1964 the Saudis enlisted the help of Israel in flying weapons and supplies, code name Operation Leopard, to the royalist insurgent army in Yemen fighting against 70,000 Egyptian troops and the hegemony of Nasser.

Again the two countries found themselves aligned, this time in 1991, during the first Gulf war as Saddam Hussein lobbed Scud missiles into both countries.

War does make for strange bedfellows. For that, some may call into question Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent and prescient pronouncement that the enemy of my enemy is still my enemy, as hypocritical and just so much theater. But Israel and the Saudis have never become permanent or direct allies and the Israelis have not fought on behalf of the Saudis but only with her own national security interests in mind. read more

ISIS “CyberCaliphate” Publishes Military Hit List

by: the Common Constitutionalist

In January of this year a group within ISIS calling themselves the CyberCaliphate hacked into U.S. Central Command’s (CENTCOM) servers and compromised not only the military database, but also Twitter and YouTube accounts.

Military.com reports they then proceeded to issue threatening messages to U.S. military personnel. Although the Pentagon has issued no official confirmation, the hack and subsequent threats appear legitimate. The White House kind of did confirm and kind of didn’t at the same time.

This is some scary stuff folks!

A rather disturbing Tweet went out to the general military population that read “We won’t stop! We know everything about you, your wives and children.”

Another broad message was a threat aimed at all personnel which read “AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK. ISIS

American officials said they were confident that the hack went no further than social media and accounts were swiftly suspended yet one of these “CyberCaliphate” Tweets was entitled “Pentagon Networks Hacked! China Scenarios, including “China Scenario ISR [Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance] Collection Needs,” with various maps of Southeast Asia. read more

More Light on the Company Obama Keeps

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Okay, so Obama finally called Prime Minister Netanyahu to congratulate him on his victory. Well, no he actually didn’t. In an insolent and petty fashion Obama phoned Netanyahu to congratulate “his party’s success in winning a plurality of Knesset seats,” according to a White House statement. Unsurprisingly, he couldn’t even muster the statesmanship to do the right thing.

Yet, as many have reported, Obama was one of the first, if not the first to pick up the phone and give a congratulatory shout out to thugs, dictators,

Dilma Rousseff

Dilma Rousseff

radical Islamists and strong men – dignitaries such as Soviet Premier want-to-be Putin, Communist Chinese leaders, deposed Muslim Brotherhood leader Morsi and Iran’s Rouhani.

And still there is one even the conservative press leaves off Obama’s list of ne’er-do-well legionnaires – that of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, who won reelection about 6 months ago.

President Obama was quick to ring up this so called moderate on the narrow victory she and her “Workers Party,” the PT won.

After the election in October, Fox News  reported that Obama “emphasized the strategic value of our bilateral partnership and reinforced his commitment to deepening our cooperation in areas such as commerce, energy, and other priority bilateral issues through our existing strategic dialogues.” Rousseff replied “that strengthening ties with the United States is a priority for Brazil.” read more

The Climate VICE

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The hot political talk is Obama’s VICE  interview, where he naturally blames George Bush once again for a problem he has caused – the current terrorist threats in the Middle East.

But Obama spent the first third of the interview, a full 6 minutes on an even greater problem – that of climate change.

Let’s be clear from the get go. This was not an interview. This was a pro-Obama commercial done in a bubble by an obvious Obama sycophant and cheerleader, VICE founder Shane Smith, who is in love with Obama and everything he stands for.

Mr. Smith is obviously a climate change fanatic, for when Obama mentions climate change Smith perks right up. What I found interesting was that the “interview” actually began with a mini docudrama of how Antarctica is melting away.

It’s apparent that one third of the interview regards global warming but it seems they take great pains not to say the words, but rather replace them with climate change, as they do these days. That is until climate change becomes pejorative. The terms used to be interchangeable, but it seems no longer, although Mr. Smith slipped up and said global warming once toward the end. I’m surprised they didn’t edit that out. read more

Oh Goodie – Kerry Announces Yet More Negotiations

by: the Common Constitutionalist

So we not only have to potentially contend with a poorly negotiated and subsequent bad deal which will do nothing but appease Iran – but now, if John Kerry has his way, we will end up negotiating with Iran’s wicked stepchild Syria.

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Let’s Negotiate Over Dinner – Shall We?

Mail Online reported that Kerry told CBS News regarding Syria that “We have to negotiate in the end.”

Of course you do John, because that’s all you know how to do. You suck at it, but that’s all you know. However, diplomacy without strength doesn’t work. Certainly diplomacy with an enemy doesn’t work, has never worked and will never work without one important ingredient. Funny thing about an enemy – you need first to beat them into submission so that they will then submit to negotiation.

The only other way to negotiate absent actual armed conflict is for the other party to think that if they don’t negotiate, you will in fact beat them into submission. Neither the Mullahs in Iran nor Assad in Syria believe this to be the case, and for good reason. I’m certain they both know they’re dealing or would be dealing with a couple of paper tigers in Obama and Kerry.

“What we’re pushing for is to get him (Assad) to come and do that, and it may require that there be increased pressure on him of various kinds in order to do that,” Kerry stated. read more

Just Call Her Jihadi Val

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Ed Klein at the New York Post  reports that “Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett leaked to the press details of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail clinton31address during her time as secretary of state… But she did so through people outside the ¬administration, so the story couldn’t be traced to her or the White House.” Oops!

“Six separate probes into Hillary’s performance have been ¬going on at the State Department. I’m told that the e-mail scandal was timed to come out just as Hillary was on the verge of formally announcing that she was running for president — and that there’s more to come,” Klein reports.

Okay – I don’t normally pat myself on the back – but I called this one, actually telling someone a week ago that it was probably Jarrett who is trying bury Hillary Clinton, but is also most likely behind the potential toppling of long time Clinton buddy Rahm Emmanuel in Chicago, where Jarrett is from, and of course where Obama lived. I frankly think she is trying to kill off (figuratively) or at least tarnish everything Clinton. read more