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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has released a list of terrorist groups and the Muslim Brotherhood affiliate CAIR made the hit parade. While CAIR professed themselves “shocked” by the designation, the reality is that the group’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood cannot be legitimately disputed. CAIR is listed as an organization of the Muslim Brotherhood in North America’s Palestine Committee, in a 1994 meeting agenda submitted as evidence during the Holy Land Foundation Trial. The stated purpose of the Palestine Committee is to support the terrorist group Hamas, with quote “media, money, men and all that,” according to a 1992 internal memo also submitted at the HLF trial. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at BLACKFIVE
He is stuck in our collective nightmare, like Freddy Krueger. But at least we have an expiration date. Cordially, Jim
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B5 reader Cheryl sent a note about a cool program in Ohio than pays a bonus to certain veterans based on wartime service. The deasline for Iraq war vets to apply is Dec 31 of this year. You can do so at this site. There is an eligibility calculator, so you can check to see if you qualify. These are the basic fact, and well done Ohio for offering this. To be eligible for a bonus, a Veteran must have been an Ohio resident at the start of active duty service and when he or she applies for the bonus. To be eligible for a bonus, The Veteran must have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions, or Active duty service member remains in active service, or After active duty service, the Veteran remains in any reserve component of the armed forces, including the Ohio National Guard. Eligible Veteran or Active duty service member may receive $100 for each month spent on active duty service in the following locations during these specified dates: Afghanistan since October 7, 2001. Eligible Veterans can apply for a bonus for up to three years after the President declares an end to U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. Iraq between March 19, 2003 and December 31, 2011. Eligible Veterans can apply for a bonus until December 31, 2014. The maximum benefit for in-country (Afghanistan or Iraq) service is $1,000. Eligible Veterans serving on active duty (except active duty for training only) anywhere else in the world during the above specified dates may receive $50 a month up to a maximum benefit of $500. Partial months of service during the compensable period will be paid at the rate of 1/30 of the monthly rate per day served. Veterans or Active duty service members may receive a bonus of up to a maximum of $1,500 for all eligible service during the compensable periods. Eligible Veterans who were discharged medically or retired medically as a result of injuries or illness sustained in Afghanistan or Iraq service, can apply for a $1,000 bonus, regardless of their length of service in country. In addition, these veterans may also apply for $50 for each month of active duty, anywhere else in the world service, up to a maximum of $500. Family member(s) of deceased veterans may be eligible for A benefit of $5000, if the service member lost his or her life as a result of injuries or illness sustained in Afghanistan or Iraq service, plus whatever bonus the Veteran had earned per month, up to a maximum bonus of $6,500, or the same benefit the deceased Veteran would have received if the Veteran’s death was not the result of injuries or illness sustained in Afghanistan or Iraq service, up to a maximum bonus of $1,500. Family member(s) of a Veteran Missing in Action (MIA) or a Prisoner of War (POW) may be eligible to receive $5,000 if the veteran was designated Missing In Action or a Prisoner Of War by the U.S. Department of Defense. Family member(s) in the following order of precedence may be eligible to apply: 1) spouse, if no spouse 2) child or children, if no child or children, 3) parent(s) or person(s) legally acting as a parent for a least one year preceding commencement of service in the United States armed forces. No other family members are eligible for the Veteran's bonus. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at BLACKFIVE
That is huge. Congratulations to all the Mission Valor folks. Cordially, Jim
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Adam Baldwin Joins Mission: VALOR at BLACKFIVE
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When Palestinian terrorists slaughter innocent civilians the correct thing is to condemn them, lay some concrete consequences on the Palestinian government and send condolences to our friend and ally the Israelis. President Obama felt the need to blame both sides and as usual he is wrong morally and strategically. Until the Palestinians renounce violence and their deranged belief they can destroy Israel, we should not give them a dime. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at BLACKFIVE
President Obama is poised to ignore the voters and Congress and pass amnesty for 5 million illegal immigrants. This abuse of power is a danger to our Constitution, economy and national security. We must all work to stop it. Obama doesn't even agree with himself about whether it hurts or helps Americans. And let's dispense with the idea that Reagan and Bush did the same thing, in those cases Congress passed a law and they acted in harmony with the law. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at BLACKFIVE
You aren't missing anything. The Kow Tow and Apology plan didn't work so well. This is actually a project I am working on the for the Center. We need a plan and then the will to implement it. Cordially, Jim
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There are soon to be protests and almost certainly riots in Ferguson, MO when no charges are brought against the police officer who shot Mike Brown. The facts of the case do not seem to matter to the professional outrage mongers who are organizing the mayhem. They made their closed minds up months ago and if the officer is not thrown to the wolves, they will rampage. What might surprise you (or not) is that some of the folks are not just the racial grievance groups we are used to, but activists with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. They are using the (non-existent) civil rights aspect of this case to infiltrate the African-American community and bring them into the Islamist fold. Kyle Shideler of the Center for Security Policy exposes some of these connections. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at BLACKFIVE
If you are playing at an event designed to thank veterans for their service and honor the military, and you play an antiwar ditty from the Vietnam era, you are doing it wrong. I could understand this of it was just the King of Constipation Bruce Springsteem, but Zac Brown and Dave Grohl were up there too for a rousing rendition of Fortunate Son. And who invites Bruce to something like this, he belongs at Obama/Code Pink rallies. The song, not to put too fine a point on it, is an anti-war screed, taking shots at "the red white and blue." It was a particularly terrible choice given that Fortunate Son is, moreover, an anti-draft song, and this concert was largely organized to honor those who volunteered to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq. Zac Brown has been a solid supporter of the military and his guitars are always covered with military unit stickers, but Zac this was a bad call. Playing onstage with Brucie, just ain't worth throwing away your well-deserved respect from all of us. There are a million good songs, and Fortunate Son is actually one of them, but time and place matter. Last night in front of a bumch of vets, troops and supporters was no time to show your dirty nasty hippie side. There also seems to be an attempt to say this isn't an anti-war, anti-troop song because it is complaining that the rich get out of war. Well then explain this line. Some folks are born made to wave the flag Ooh, they're red, white and blue And when the band plays "Hail to the Chief" Oh, they point the cannon at you, Lord Or this Yeah, some folks inherit star spangled eyes Ooh, they send you down to war, Lord And when you ask them, "How much should we give?" Oh, they only answer, more, more, more, oh It ain't me, it ain't me I ain't no military son Read more: Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son Lyrics | MetroLyrics Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at BLACKFIVE
There is a deadline looming in the talks with Iran about their nuclear power weapons program. US and Iranian negotiators are preparing to enter the intense endgame in the Iran nuclear deal talks, amid mixed assessments of prospects for completing the deal by the self-imposed Nov. 24 deadline, just under a month away. “This is the time to finish the job,” lead US negotiator Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman told the Maxwell School of Public Affairs on Oct. 23 in rare public remarks about the sensitive Iran nuclear negotiations. There is almost zero chance that any deal struck will actually stop Iran from pursuing what it sees as its destiny to become a nuclear power, and I don't mean the kind that makes electricity. Our President is currently stuck with only the giant fail of ObamaCare as his legacy, so he really, really wants a deal that he can put on the shelf with his Nobel. That makes him a grave danger to give away the farm. The only upside is that the Iranians are just bullheaded enough to walk away without taking all his lunch money. Bottom line is in the high stakes poker game going on, we have a guy who doesn't even understand the game. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at BLACKFIVE
REPOST now that the election is over, and wasn't that fun. Can't wait to vote again for Scott Walker in 2016. President Obama gave vastly different treatment to a couple of military folks who were in trouble. For SGT Bowe Bergdahl, he traded five Taliban terrorists and a pallet load of cash to our enemies. For SGT Andrew Tahmoressi (crickets chirping). I take a look at the two cases and a serious look at the horrendous deal he made to free Bergdahl in the Free Fire Zone. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at BLACKFIVE
President Obama gave vastly different treatment to a couple of military folks who were in trouble. For SGT Bowe Bergdahl, he traded five Taliban terrorists and a pallet load of cash to our enemies. For SGT Andrew Tahmoressi (crickets chirping). I take a look at the two cases and a serious look at the horrendous deal he made to free Bergdahl in the Free Fire Zone. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at BLACKFIVE
"About 15000 Americans are killed each year mostly by Christians " WTF is that? I'm curious how this slipped past my attention. Cordially, Jim
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2014 on Free Fire Zone- A Pack of Lone Wolves at BLACKFIVE
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That is a sad truth my friend. Cordially, Jim
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2014 on Free Fire Zone- A Pack of Lone Wolves at BLACKFIVE
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The Canadians were watching their "lone wolf" killer before he killed CPL Cirrillo. But nothing came of it, what is the problem? My compatriot at Center for Security Policy Kyle Shideler takes a look at why watching isn't enough. October 22nd’s terror attack by Michael (aka Abdullah) Zehaf-Bibeau brings into focus an important question for Western counterterrorism efforts, as reports are now indicating that Zehaf-Bibeau, reportedly a Muslim convert, or having recently become religious, had been under Canadian law enforcement scrutiny prior to the attack, over fears that he may head abroad to join the Islamic State. This exact same set of circumstances also existed for Martin Couture Rouleau, who killed one Canadian soldier, and wounded another, in a hit and run terror attack on October 21st. Nor are the Canadians the only ones who have had all the proper intelligence on suspects, and literally surveilled them all the up until the moment they began their deadly assault. A look at the past several years brings to mind multiple examples. The FBI was made aware of Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev , and even interviewed him, well before he engaged in his jihad. British MI-5 had likewise been made aware of Michael Adebolajo, when he was arrested by Kenyan authorities allegedly for trying to join the jihad in Somalia. Adebolajo (together with a partner) would go on to engage in the beheading of British Army drummer Lee Rigby, in an attack very nearly copied by Rouleau. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at BLACKFIVE
I appreciate the evaluation and commentary. I think it all boils down to your question just how exactly do you go about changing over one-fifth (and growing) of the world's population to be less likely to radicalize and want to murder and/or convert everyone else? To be perfectly frank I don't know if it is possible. But we have to try because the alternative leaves us in a state of perpetual cultural conflict with the huge population being indoctrinated. As I point out in the video, the first thing is to admit we have a problem. Then we can at least start discussing options. I believe that the freedom of the internet makes it easy to spread hate, but also hard to maintain control. Islam is all about control, so opposing ideas are anathema to it. We need to propagate those opposing ideas through as many channels as possible. Will it work? Like I said I have no idea if it will work. But I don't think fighting all of them is an option. We need to pick the worst offenders and lay them out flat "pour encourager les autres. But in the end we have to show a better way of life to enough of them that we break the cycle of madrassa led indoctrination. These videos are designed to spur the very conversation you and I just began. Where it leads we will have to see. Cordially, Jim
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2014 on Free Fire Zone- A Pack of Lone Wolves at BLACKFIVE
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How many lone wolf attacks will it take to get the media, liberals and our fearless leaders in DC to admit they are connected and they are all committed by Islamist extremists? That's right, they are Muslims, by their own shouted declarations. This doesn't mean all Muslims are to blame, but it is long past time to admit that something about Islam is causing many of its followers to slaughter innocents. And it is also time for us to stop pretending this isn't so. The second in my series for the Center for Security Policy. <p Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at BLACKFIVE
If Chow Line and John R area against then I must be in the right place. It would be crazy to not fear dangerous things, and crazier yet to not take action. This will be a lot of fun. Cordially, Jim
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2014 on Free Fire Zone- ISIS Military Prowess at BLACKFIVE
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I happily present the first in a hopefully long series of videos I will be producing in my new role as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy. I have known and worked with its CEO Frank Gaffney for quite a few years now and have been a regular guest and guest host of his radio show. My focus will be on Terrorism, Unconventional Warfare and Cybersecurity, but I will also be helping the Center create a world class information operations capability. The Center's motto is "The Special Forces in the War of Ideas" so it is a very good fit for me literally and figuratively. I look forward to fighting back against misinformation and bringing some truth and reality to as many people as we can. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at BLACKFIVE
The reason he didn't keep stockpiles was because he could make them in 5 weeks. Why risk getting them found until you are ready to use them. As to a choice between Saddam and ISIS, that is a false dichotomy. We had a shot at a real democratic Iraq until Obama decided cutting and running made more sense. Cordially, Jim
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One of the biggest complaints about the Iraq War by members of the left was that "Bush lied, people died" regarding the existence or not of WMD. This factually inaccurate phrase was bandied about so relentlessly that is became conventional wisdom among the perpetually unwise. The NY Times published a story last week noting that a number of US troops suffered injuries from encountering these supposedly non-existent weapons. The argument often centered around whether Saddam had stockpiles of active chemical and biological weapons and/or programs actively working on those as well as the big baddy nuclear weapons. As it turned out there were no stockpiles of recent vintage and most of the weapons the troops ran into were of pre Gulf War vintage. But programs that could produce chemical and biological weapons and most importantly the scientists and institutional knowledge to do so did exist. They could have had fresh batches of all kinds of bio-weaponized evil in as little as five weeks. Saddam had made a calculation that this capability was even better than the physical weapons themselves which could be found by the UN inspectors he let gallivant around the country. So the inspectors dutifully reported that they had found no weapons or factories and too many people took this as evidence that Saddam had been defanged. Wrong, and the danger posed by a dictator with the ability and inclination to build and use these weapons should not have been ignored. Frank Gaffney discusses all of this with the former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy in the Bush administration Douglas Feith. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at BLACKFIVE
An excellent piece in how our enemies are gaining supporters and fighters from the Center for Security Policy's Nik Hanlon. The recent interplay between al Shabaab and the African Union military mission in Somalia offers new data on the role of ground troops, the holding of territory, and Islamist recruiting. After conventional ground forces deprived the al Qaeda linked group of its last stronghold in Baraawe, al Shabaab retaliated with a failed assassination attempt on the Somali president in Baraawe. To a more tragic effect, they succeeded in killing thirteen innocent civilians in Mogadishu with a car bomb yesterday. The loss of Baraawe was a big loss for al Shabaab. They once enjoyed control of two major port cities where they could earn money in exports and bring in weapons and new recruits unchecked. It is unwise to assume that these groups are simply unsophisticated savages. Savages, yes, but sadly getting more sophisticated and savvy all the time Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at BLACKFIVE
I don't disagree with any of that. I am just mocking the need some have to give high-falutin' names to things like a group with no command structure. Mob would have been a perfectly apt descriptor. Cordially, Jim
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The analysis of ISIS has gone over the edge with this bit of silliness. Writing in the respected Small Wars Journal, First Lieutenant Dennis Lowe said the Islamic State uses something called a “rule-based swarm maneuver system” that draws from Somali tactics in the early 1990s. OK there LT, that is a bit overblown dontcha think? Here is what he says "Rule-based, swarm maneuvering actually is" “Maintain an extended line abreast, keep your neighbors just in sight, but no closer, move to the sound of guns, dismount when you see the enemy, when you come under fire, stop and fire back.” Really??!! That kinda sounds like round up all your goat-raping buddies, load up the pickup trucks and head out barrel-assing across the desert shooting at whatever pops up. I know there is a well-founded instinct to try and figure out our enemy so we can effectively fight them. But turning their version of drive-by shootings into more than it is, doesn't really help. They are not an Army, just an awesomely armed religious gang. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at BLACKFIVE
The jury in the trial of four former Blackwater guards has been deliberating for more than a month now. They may soon return a verdict in a case that is politically motivated and which has been consistently riddled with inaccurate reporting. Here is a summary of the events as they most likely occurred. A Blackwater convoy entered Nisour Square, Iraq, in September 2007 and when it left, 17 Iraqis had been killed. That is the only truly undisputed fact in the case against four former Blackwater employees currently on trial. One guard, Nicholas Slatten, is charged with murder and the others are charged with manslaughter and other lesser violations. The legal standard in this case is whether they reasonably believed they needed to use deadly force to protect the their own lives or the lives of others. This means the truth about threats they actually faced that day is irrelevant. What does matter is what they perceived and believed: If they thought they were being ambushed, then they are not guilty of murder or manslaughter. Let’s review the incident: Blackwater convoy, Raven 23, entered Nisour Square soon after an IED blast had gone off nearby. During the same week multiple attacks on them had occurred almost every day. They began operations to close off traffic on both sides of the circle and allow their vehicles to cross. During that process, a white Kia sedan approached one of the Blackwater vehicles and that event sparked the entire horrific incident. The Blackwater guards claim they signaled the vehicle to to stop, but when it reached a certain proximity it became a threat to their lives and Slatten opened fire. That split second decision is where the difference between a mistake and a crime resides. Slatten did not have to be correct that the vehicle was a bomb, he simply had to reasonably believe it was one After Slatten shot the driver of the Kia, an Iraqi policeman came to attempt to aid him and his mother who was the passenger. As he did so, the Blackwater guards say the vehicle continued to roll toward them and they believed the Iraqi officer was pushing it toward them. More of the Blackwater guards began to fire and the situation became increasingly chaotic. According to Blackwater personnel, they began taking fire and believed they were involved in a coordinated ambush. Numerous Iraqi witnesses claim there was no fire at the convoy and the guards simply shot indiscriminately into the crowd. EXCLUSIVE statetment to BLACKFIVE: During a previous attempt to prosecute the guards in 2008, a State Department Diplomatic Security Officer contacted me about the case. I met with him in person, verified his credentials and confirmed he was on duty when the incident occurred. He provided me with pictures of the Raven 23 vehicles when they returned to the State Department compound, as well as copies of radio logs from the command post. The pictures show numerous bullet strikes on multiple vehicles and the logs confirm what he heard live over the radio, “Contact, Contact, Contact!” as the convoy reported itself under attack by small arms fire and numerous follow on calls stating they were involved in a running gun fight. Raven 23 also reported the source of the fire was Iraqi Police officers. The insurgents often wore military and police uniforms to allow them to get close to targets so this was not surprising to the guards. The convoy continued to report small arms fire throughout the next 10 minutes and their exit from the area. Damage from small arms fire to their vehicles, including one that had to be towed back to the compound, was verified by multiple State Department personnel. My source said, “ I know the guy who went out to check out the scene and he said there was AK brass all over the place. Blackwater had all US weapons, so that didn’t come from them and somebody was sure shooting at them.” One of the Blackwater vehicles was damaged so badly that it had to be towed back to the State Department compound. This contemporaneous radio report by the Blackwater guards stating they were being ambushed, as well as the physical evidence that their vehicles took incoming fire, very strongly bolsters a case for reasonable self defense. As it turns out, Slatten was wrong and the first vehicle was not a bomb. The cascade of deadly events he precipitated has led us to the current trial and the ongoing controversy over what, if any, punishment he and his coworkers should face. He bears moral responsibility for those he killed, as do the others, but if they did so acting in good conscience, they should be acquitted of the charges of murder and manslaughter. Previous stories on this incident. "Contact! Contact! Contact!" "Source, SOFA talks sink Blackwater guards" Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at BLACKFIVE