April 2016 – WASHINGTON – Homeland Security: In the trial of Islamic State sympathizers, one plotting to have terrorists cross the Mexican border, lawyers try to prevent mention of terrorism. The U.S. legal system is a weapon of jihad. Gules Ali Omar, 21 years old and accused in Minnesota of seeking ISIS membership, gave members of the Iraq-Syria caliphate information for establishing a means of transporting ISIS operatives from Syria to Mexico, then finally to the American homeland. There they would conduct terrorism operations, according to a document prepared by prosecuting attorneys and filed in court on Wednesday.
The lawyer for one of Omar’s three fellow Somali-American suspects, 22-year-old Abdirahman Yasin Daud, actually argued that specific evidence showing that Daud threatened terrorism within the U.S. homeland, or references to the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, “would cause the jurors to decide out of fear and contempt alone.” The logic presumably goes something like this: we can’t mention terrorism when we try terrorists within the U.S., because jurors — like almost all Americans — deplore terrorism. And so a terrorist wouldn’t get a fair trial. Maybe we want to add terrorists to the list of protected groups under federal anti-discrimination law, in addition to race, color, religion, sex, disability status, and soon, no doubt, sexual orientation.
That would mean jurors would be denied hearing audio of these suspects plotting to kill FBI agents, shooting rockets at U.S. planes, and the other carnage they were apparently planning. This is a perfectly illustrative example of why we cannot allow foreign terrorist groups or states to use the American legal system as their playground, assisted by the American Civil Liberties Union and other leftist legal powers. That’s especially true for a federal judiciary with so many appointments from President Obama.
As former Vice President Dick Cheney charged, Obama’s former attorney general, Eric Holder, “insists on thinking of terror attacks against the United States as criminal acts, as opposed to acts of war.” The big global law firm Holder returned to after leaving the Justice Department, Covington & Burling, has bestowed thousands of hours of pro bono representation upon Guantanamo Bay terror detainees. And Holder was committed to having the federal government engineer civilian trials just a short walk from Ground Zero in New York City for terrorist suspects incarcerated at Gitmo, where there was the risk of non-guilty verdicts and early parole allowing them to return to terrorism against Americans.
President George W. Bush and Cheney’s post-9/11 decision to keep captured terrorists in the limbo of Guantanamo Bay was close to a perfect solution to the problem of what to do to with these enemy combatants, although all too many of Gitmo’s dangerous residents have been released early. Our courts are themselves an incendiary device for terrorists. –IBD
Tougher Gun Control laws on the horizon?
Chelsea Clinton claimed that since late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is no longer on the bench, it is now possible to enact more gun control, if her mother Hillary is elected to nominate a liberal justice. During a campaign event, Chelsea Clinton said, “It matters to me that my mom also recognizes the role the Supreme Court has when it comes to gun control. With Justice Scalia on the bench, one of the few areas where the court actually had an inconsistent record relates to gun control.
“Sometimes the court upheld local and state gun control measures as being compliant with the Second Amendment and sometimes the court struck them down,” Clinton claimed. “So if you listen to Moms Demand Action and the Brady Campaign and the major efforts pushing for smart, sensible, and enforceable gun control across our country — disclosure [they] have endorsed my mom, they say they believe the next time the court rules on gun control, it will make a definitive ruling,” Clinton argued. –Daily Caller
Surge of Illegal Immigrants
Illegal immigrant families are streaming across the border at record pace, according to new Border Patrol statistics released Friday morning that show more than 32,000 have been caught trying to sneak into the U.S. That’s nearly 40 percent higher than the previous record of 2014, and it’s well more than double last year’s pace, suggesting that the government’s relaxed enforcement policies have backfired and invited a new wave of illegal crossers. –Washington Times
The world is fat and only getting fatter. That is the grim prognosis given by a global network of researchers whose comprehensive review of four decades of data paints an even more alarming picture of the obesity epidemic than originally thought.
An estimated 18 percent of men and 21 percent of women worldwide will be obese by 2025, according to the research. The United States will easily surpass those estimates with 45 percent of men and 43 percent of women becoming obese if the projections hold. Currently, 66 percent of all adults in the U.S. are considered overweight or obese. The global numbers represent a sharp rise from 2014 when 11 percent of men and 15 percent of women met the obesity criteria. Perhaps most alarming, more than 6 percent of men and 9 percent of women are expected to become severely obese within the next decade. –The Examiner