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If there’s one nation on Earth that knows what it is to be a victim of terrorism — and how best to combat it — it’d be Israel.
So you’d think.
Unless you’re the Obama administration.
Once again, Israel was excluded from one of Team Obama’s pet projects — the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum, a group of 29 nations that met this week in Spain.
Israel was not only not invited — Turkey objected — it also was completely ignored.
In remarks to the group, Undersecretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights Maria Otero didn’t include Israel in a list of terror victims.
This, despite a public commitment by the State Department that it would find “ways to involve Israel in its activities and [was] committed to making this happen.”
And despite pointed bipartisan criticism from Capitol Hill legislators, such as Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), that “there are few countries in the world that have suffered more terrorism than Israel, and few governments that have more experience combating this threat.”
In the category of all-too-predictable news, there was this last week: Seven of the Palestinian killers exchanged last fall for an Israeli soldier long held hostage have been re-arrested for terrorism.
The latest two, Israel’s security service said, are Daoud Hilo, arrested for smuggling weapons, and Omar Abu Sneina, who recruited West Bank Palestinians for future kidnappings.
Sneina also wrote detailed instructions on how to carry out such operations, including advice to “avoid deserted caves or forests, unless you have the body or head of the captive.”
Ever the humanitarian, he also instructed his recruits that they “must bring [live captives] food and drink once a week.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, recall, agreed to exchange 1,027 imprisoned terrorists — among them murderers responsible for the deaths of 588 Israeli civilians — for just one Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, whom Hamas had kidnapped in 2006.
This, despite Netanyahu’s solemn pledge that Israel would never release prisoners “with blood on their hands” — and his own warning, more than 20 years earlier, that “prisoner releases only embolden terrorists.”
By Jim Forsyth
When Patty Tegeler looks out the window of her home overlooking the Appalachian Mountains in southwestern Virginia, she sees trouble on the horizon.
“In an instant, anything can happen,” she told Reuters. “And I firmly believe that you have to be prepared.”
Tegeler is among a growing subculture of Americans who refer to themselves informally as “preppers.” Some are driven by a fear of imminent societal collapse, others are worried about terrorism, and many have a vague concern that an escalating series of natural disasters is leading to some type of environmental cataclysm.
By Joseph Farah
When the rule of law no longer applies, the rule of men takes over.
That certainly seems like what is happening in Washington today as the U.S. Senate puts the finishing touches on a defense reauthorization bill that would allow the military to detain and incarcerate indefinitely without trial or charge American citizens as terrorism suspects, even when arrested on U.S. soil.
Barack Obama, who pledged as a candidate for the presidency to close down Guantanamo Bay as a holding facility for enemy combatants captured on foreign battlefields, now says he supports the legislation, which gives him the absolute power to ship off Americans to the facility.
The action would be the most stark repudiation of the constitutional guarantee of the right to habeas corpus since Abraham Lincoln suspended it during the War Between the States. It would also violate the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which prohibits the Army from being used as a domestic national law enforcement authority.
by Chuck Baldwin In 1836, former frontiersman and congressman Davy Crockett led a band of volunteers all the way from their home State of Tennessee to San Antonio, Texas, in order to join up with William Travis and his small company of soldiers, and help defend the Alamo–and Texas independence–from Mexican General Santa Anna and his army of over 5,000 seasoned troops. To men such as Crockett, Travis, Jim Bowie, and the rest, State independence and freedom was worth fighting and dying for. To a man, they each proved that. Therefore, it is fitting to wonder what Davy Crockett would think about his home State of Tennessee joining with federal agencies in establishing random checkpoints throughout the Volunteer State.
According to a local Tennessee news source, “You’re probably used to seeing TSA’s signature blue uniforms at the airport, but now agents are hitting the interstates to fight terrorism with Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR).
“‘Where is a terrorist more apt to be found? Not these days on an airplane more likely on the interstate,’ said Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons.