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September 12, 2013 – Today is the 12th anniversary of the attacks on PENTAGON ATTACK (FOR RELEASE)America by Islamist militants.  Twelve years ago I stood just blocks from the White House and witnessed the attack on the Pentagon.  I thought I would die on that day; it was the most frightening thing I have ever experienced, one I will never forget.

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Some say that this is history, over, a bad day that we should overcome.  I disagree.  I have seen Americans slip back into an ignorant bliss of daily life, forgetting the tragedies that happened and could still happen.  We ARE NOT safer now than before the attack.  We are merely more alert on some levels, but not all.

Unlike the Israelis, we are not a prepared people for attack – this for several reasons:

  • While we are under constant attack, it is not witnessed on a daily basis by our populace.
  • Our government does not want us to focus on the possibilities of attack and continues to ply us with ridiculous procedures that do nothing.
  • Because our country is so large, as a people we do not “feel” the pain of loss as acutely as a smaller area.  This is why New York City and Washington, D.C. react to the memory of September 11, 2001 differently than the rest of America.
  • Americans have become a pampered bunch; we no longer realize, moreover appreciate, the sacrifices that must be made in order to live in a country that is free from a tyrannical government.
  • We have become a fickle society that concerns itself with trivial details, entertainment and sports, rather than excellence, pride and self-sufficiency.

When the reels of past images roll on television stations across our land Pennsylvaniatoday, do not sigh with boredom.  Do not change the channel searching for something more entertaining.  Stop and take a moment, just a moment to consider that an attack like that of September 11, 2001 WILL happen again, it is merely a matter of time.  The only variable is us – how will we react?  What will we have learned? What will we teach our children in order to help them protect themselves?

Americans must remember this horrific day so that we can stay vigilant against threats to our nation, our people and our way of life.

May God lead us; may God help us; may God bless America.

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The Associated Press reports that Delta Airlines has experienced a problem with passengers onboard that was serious enough to request authorities meet the plane as it landed in Detroit, MI.  The Northwest Flight #243 originated in Amsterdam and landed around 1:30 p.m. today.  (Note that Northwest merged with Delta last year). 

AP is awaiting further information from airlines regarding the nature of the disturbance and identity of the passengers. 

Tuesday’s disturbance comes less than a week after a Nigerian man pleaded not guilty to trying to blow up a packed Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam as it was preparing to land in Detroit on Christmas.  – AP

It is interesting to this columnist that The Netherlands is the heart of Islamic “takeover” of Western countries – AND – Michigan, specifically the Detroit area, has one of the largest Islamic communities in the U.S.A.

Let us hope that these passengers were simply drunk…and not Islamic terrorists. 

Speaking of Islamic population centers, here are some Statistics to Know: (more…)

And just when you thought you had heard it all…

It appears that our industrious government is more concerned with making nice to the Muslim community rather than trying to root out terror elements.  Check out this from Politico.com’s Josh Gerstein:

Attorney General Eric Holder has agreed to give a keynote speech next week to a Michigan group which includes the local branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations even though the FBI has formally severed contacts with the controversial Muslim civil rights organization.   [Click here for full article.]

And this from the New York Times by David Johnston and Scott Shane:

Intelligence agencies intercepted communications last year and this year between the military psychiatrist accused of shooting to death 13 people at Fort Hood, Tex., and a radical cleric in Yemen known for his incendiary anti-American teachings.  But the federal authorities dropped an inquiry into the matter…  [Click to read full story]

And then ABC reports that not only did the Army know of Hasan’s interest in al Qaeda, but it is most probable that the CIA and/or other U.S. intel services also were tracking Maj. Hasan:

U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with al Qaeda, two American officials briefed on classified material in the case told ABC News.  [Click here for story]

Stay tuned…I’m sure there will be more outrageous, yet politically correct, decisions to be uncovered.

After a three-year long trial, an Italian Judge has convicted and sentenced 23 Americans – including the CIA Station Chief in Italy – of the kidnapping of an Egyptian Muslim cleric.  No word on how the Berlusconi government will react to this conviction.   Click here for story.

This action underscores the anti-American sentiment abroad that has been aided by President Obama, Speaker of the House Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Reid.  Through their continued war on America’s intelligence agencies, they have diminished the effectiveness of intel operations and placed America in greater danger of terrorists attack. 

This also reveals the subtle movement by Socialists throughout the world to undermine governmental operations in order to work toward a single world government. 

Let us hope that Obama, Pelosi, Reid and company may personally feel the impact of the naive decisions they are making on behalf of our nation.  The American people deserve leaders who believe in America first and are concerned with the safety of her people. 

One would expect a rebuke by Obama and Congress leadership of this insane action based on the oaths they swore in taking office.  However, we can dismiss any form of patriotism from this crew, especially our inept President, as he has no interest in foreign affairs or the war on terrorism.

Former Vice President Richard (Dick) Cheney gave a speech today to the American Enterprise Institute (A.E.I.) in Washington, D.C.  His speech, which was planned some time ago, happened to occur just after Obama spoke to a group at the Capitol.  Cheney laid open the facts in the days and years just after 9/11 and told America that truth could be found in the classified memorandums that the Obama administration refused to release. 

The Weekly Standard’s Blog reports the full text of Cheney’s speech.  Click here.

Obama’s speech, which was aimed at Congressional Dems, was an attempt to explain his views on interrogations and the conundrum of Guantanamo.  It was a brilliant display of Socialism at it’s best. 

Interestingly, the text of the President’s speech is not available as yet.

A preliminary draft of a press release mistakenly issued from the Secretary General of the United Nations:

Communists around the world REJOICE!  North Korea has successfully launched a Taepodong-2 missile (which unfortunately crashed into the Pacific Ocean) proving that it is a missile-launchplayer in the chess game of world armament.  After hearing the news of the launch, the United Nations scurried for an emergency meeting of the Security Council to discuss an appropriate response.  Flowers or chocolate?

Sound ridiculous?  It should! Although, you may be used to the absurdities from the U.N. by now.  No.  The real story, according to council president Ambassador Claude Heller of Mexico, is a unanimous accord “to continue consultations on the appropriate reaction by the council … given the urgency of the matter.”

Whoa…hold me back!  Maybe they took a page from the Obama War Manual?

Last Friday, The Washington Post reported a warning from President Obama that the United States and others in the international community would “take action” if North Korea continued with its plans.  “We will work with all interested partners in the international community to take appropriate steps to let North Korea know that they cannot threaten the safety and stability of other countries with impunity,” Obama said.

obama-and-brownApparently, Mr. Obama chickened out, as he ordered no military response.  For that matter, neither did Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the United Kingdom.  Evidently, like the U.N., socialists have no stomach for a fight when push comes to shove.  Obama’s inaction to use military deterrence has revealed his Achilles heel to our enemies: a weakness that will surely be tested again and again.

Meanwhile, the U.N. has proven completely inept in every security related endeavor.  In fact, they have proven incompetent at most everything, including their role as peace keepers, negotiators, and providers of humanitarian relief efforts.

Why should this be of such concern to us?  A 2008 report by the International Crisis Group at the U.S. Army War College stated that “North Korea has become the greatest supplier of missiles, missile components and related technologies in the developing world.”  The report confirms that North Korea is one of the principal providers of missiles to Iran, Pakistan, Syria, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen.

It is inconceivable that President Obama did not know this information or that it was not presented to him in the daily National Intelligence Estimate.  So why is he playing free and loose with our nation’s security?  Is he not concerned? Or is he unable to multitask which is imperative for the office of President.  Possibly, Obama and company have been solely focused on implementing their blitzkrieg to inflict socialism upon America that real threats of security have been tossed by the wayside.

Our nation’s security is in peril…and that is Why It Matters.

Americans have been so focused on the economic turmoil and the debate on the highly controversial stimulus package, that an extremely critical issue has been virtually overlooked or cast aside. Two days after taking the oath of office for the Presidency of the United States of America, Barak Obama deliberately and severely crippled the security of our nation with the simple stroke of a pen.  Executive orders were given to immediately begin the closure of the military detention facility, Camp Delta, at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as well as “all detention facilities [around the world] currently operated by the CIA.”  Also included in the set of orders is the immediate halt to “all proceedings [which are] pending in the United States Court of Military Commission Review.”

And that is just the beginning…

Military judge, Army Col. James Pohl, rejected the request from Pentagon lawyers to halt proceedings in the already

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scheduled arraignment of Abd el Rahim al-Nashiri, the Saudi Arabian charged with the orchestration of the suicide bombing of the USS Cole in October 2000 that killed 17 sailors and injured dozens. The judge argued that his decision to proceed with the arraignment would not prevent the Obama Administration from making a decision on determining a forum [other than a military commission] for al-Nashiri’s case and would, in fact, expedite the trial process for the detainee, which was the stated aim of the Administration.

Meanwhile, the families of the victims, along with the ship’s commander, U.S. Navy Cmdr. Kurt Lippold (now retired) had been invited to the White House for a briefing on the situation.  The group had expected to bring their concerns directly to President Obama regarding the whispers of a possible withdrawal of charges.  However, the meeting that the families and Cmdr. Lippold were expecting was not forthcoming.

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USS Cole shown with gaping hole from attack.

Instead, in a precarious and alarming response to Col. Pohl’s legal argument, the White House demanded an immediate halt to al-Nashiri’s arraignment, which could only be legally achieved by withdrawing all charges against the terrorist.  This callous move created a storm of outrage from the families of victims from the USS Cole, as well as those families from the victims of the 9/11 attacks.  They expected to be accorded the respect and consideration of the President before any final decision was made.  Instead, they found themselves to be mere pawns in a public relations campaign meant to soften the backlash expected from many Americans.

Lawyers from the Administration rushed to defend the decision stating that the charges against al-Nashiri were “dropped without prejudice” which means that he can conceivably be recharged in a federal or civil court inside the borders of United States. Legal scholars point out that changing the trial’s venue to a federal or civil court is a treacherous move as it could trigger unprecedented rights accorded the terrorist.  Due to the classified nature of most of the evidence, the prosecution would be extremely limited in presenting enough evidence before a public audience to bring about a conviction.

In an interview with the Miami Herald, Cmdr. Lippold struck back at the Obama Administration stating that this move to drop charges would be “a tragic, politically based mistake.  We are now politicizing the war on terrorism…an order of magnitude worse than anything we’ve ever done.”

I am truly stunned with this event.  I cannot conceive of a rational argument for Obama’s actions in these orders. What possible thought process does one possess to think it is a good idea to release our enemies? However, I should recognize that this administration is, in truth, the old Clinton Administration with new wrappings – and we know that they had no conception of the danger of Islamic terrorism.

Moreover, I am shocked at the naivety of the liberal mindset. Have they been lost in academia for so long that the realities of the base nature of man are a mere myth to them?  In layman’s terms, don’t they realize that these terrorists want to KILL us?  A rational mind could look at the living conditions of the masses in the Middle East and realize that they operate on a different wavelength.  While our goodie-two-shoes are worried about the terrorists’ rights, the terrorists’ governments could care less about their own people.  Seldom do we see Muslim countries helping neighbor Muslim countries for humanistic needs.  Seldom do we hear “moderate” Muslim countries denounce the radical actions of their brethren.

What is the motive in Obama’s decision to emasculate our intelligence and armed forces with such reckless orders? Does this help Americans?   Does it make us safer?  With order like these – who needs a military?  Why should we keep any armed forces, if our political leaders are willing to roll-over for the enemy and kowtow to the socialist/communist leaders of other countries around the world in the flimsy hope of “being likable again.”

And, why should we care what other countries think of us?  Honestly.  It changes nothing.  They still need our help during crises, our benevolence to refugees and victims that are ignored by their wealthy neighbors, i.e. Saudi Arabia.  They still need our trade; even with our current economic crisis, the United States will import Billions in foreign goods and services in any given year.

Change can be good, change can be necessary.  But, change based on inexperience and lack of knowledge is arrogant and dangerous.  As Cmdr. Lippold stated, “We shouldn’t make policy decisions based on human rights and legal advocacy groups.  We should consider what is best for the American people, which is not to jeopardize those who are fighting the war on terror – or even more adversely impact the families who have already suffered losses as a result of the war.”

Yes, we are witnessing the beginning of a new direction for America.  However, it might not be the America you want.  And that is…WHY IT MATTERS.