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Tennessee state rep: Islamic State should be allowed to recruit at colleges

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By Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch
March 17, 2016

Daniel is right: free speech should be protected. Campuses are becoming increasingly inhospitable to free speech. Opposing viewpoints (anything that doesn’t follow a hard-Left line) are stigmatized and demonized (not refuted). Speakers generally present only one point of view. But treason and sedition? Not protected speech. And it is quite likely that Daniel would say that AFDI, an entirely peaceful group that advocates nothing but the enforcement of existing laws, should be banned from campuses. But not the Islamic State.


Tennessee state rep: Islamic State should be allowed to recruit at colleges
by Joel Ebert,
The Tennessean,
March 17, 2016 (thanks to Ken)

Speaking on behalf of a bill centered around free speech, a Knoxville-based lawmaker on Wednesday said a terrorist organization should be allowed to recruit on college campuses in Tennessee.

While presenting a billed dubbed the “Tennessee Student Free Speech Protection Act,” Rep. Martin Daniel, R-Knoxville, fielded a question from Rep. John DeBerry Jr., D-Memphis, about whether he believed ISIS should be able to stand in the middle of university campuses and “recruit for ISIS.”

“Yes,” Daniel replied. “So long as it doesn’t disrupt the proceedings on that campus. Yes sir. They can recruit people for any other organization or any other cause. I think it’s just part of being exposed to differing viewpoints.”

The remarks came after a debate about the bill, which Daniel said “would direct schools to observe freedom of speech on campus.”

While introducing the legislation, Daniel said students’ free speech on Tennessee college campuses has been diminished in recent years because of unfair policies….

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March 31, 2016 at 10:00

Moms Demand Action Libels Peaceful Gun Rights Group As Threat To POTUS

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Bearing Arms
March 17, 2016

Moms Demand Action, the gun control group formed by public relations executive Shannon Watts and bankrolled by billionaire Michael Bloomberg, has falsely accused a gun rights group in Texas of threatening Obama.

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The group claimed:

Texas open carry extremists are making threats against President Obama as he prepares to attend South by Southwest.

It probably won’t surprise anyone with the slightest bit of integrity to discover that the statement was both false and potentially libelous.

Here’s what Time wrote about Open Carry Texas visiting South by Southwest.

A gun rights group in Texas has organized an open carry demonstration at the South by Southwest festival Friday near where President Obama is expected to speak.

Open Carry Texas plans to hand out literature and show attendees of the annual film and music festival that “gun owners are no different than anyone else” while confronting the “stigma associated with firearms in public,” according to its Facebook event post. The group has been present at SXSW for the last three years and said the commander-in-chief’s high-profile appearance did not play a role in their planning this year.

“The fact that President Obama is going to be in Austin at the same time changes nothing. We won’t be deterred or barred from exercising our liberties,” Open Carry Texas wrote on Facebook. “In fact, if Obama sees us, we look forward to him approaching us, shaking our hands, and thanking us for exercising our rights in a safe and legal manner in the way he is tasked with supporting and defending.”

The group said it doesn’t have a rally or march planned, and that their teams would be limited to up to 10 people at the South entrance to the Capitol. Still, their planned presence has sparked outrage among anti-gun groups, including Moms Demand Action, which is planning a counter-protest.

Clearly, Moms Demand’s claims that Open Carry Texas were threatening the President, when they expressed interest in shaking his hand, was a bald-faced and intentional lie. Nothing in the comment by Open Carry Texas could be misconstrued as anything remotely resembling a threat by any remotely sane person.

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March 30, 2016 at 10:00

Muslim relatives of Virginia Islamic State jihadi attack reporters

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by Peggy Fox,
March 14, 2016 (thanks to Daniel Greenfield):

A confrontation took place Monday afternoon outside a home suspected to be the former residence of a young man named Mohamed Jamal Amin, or Khweis, who just defected from ISIS in Northern Iraq.

Several news cameras were positioned at a townhouse on Kelsey Point Circle in Kingstowne behind Edison High School in Fairfax County. Reporters had been going up to the door, but no one answered.

A man who appeared to be in his 60s pulled up in a black Lincoln Town car and got out. He was very angry and began yelling at the media for taking pictures and demanded that they stop.

Several journalists, including Peggy Fox with WUSA9, informed the man that the photographers and reporters were on public property had a right to be there.

A younger man joined the older man and they identified themselves only as father and son. They refused to answer questions and were very agitated with cameras still rolling and questions being asked. Both men pushed and hit the cameras of five photographers, including WUSA9 photojournalist Greg Guise and CBS photojournalist Lindsey Boerma. Then, the older man pulled out his garden hose and started spraying the group of photographers.

A group of Fairfax County police officers arrived and talked with the men in their home. Afterward, the men appeared calmer, though still upset. The older man asked the journalists to leave again. He told the reporters that he had talked to the FBI and that there was a mistake and that the media are getting the story wrong….

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March 29, 2016 at 10:00

Pro-jihad hatemonger Ahmed Bedier addresses Catholic school kids

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By Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch
March 17, 2016

St. Petersburg Catholic High School in St. Petersburg, Florida is an absolute disgrace, but it’s just another Catholic installation in these days when Catholic Church policy is strictly enforced willful ignorance and denial about the jihad threat. Cowardice and self-delusion rule the day among Catholic clergy today. You can be sure that St. Petersburg Catholic High School would never dream of having a speaker talk honestly about the Muslim persecution of Christians, or the bases for the jihad threat in Islamic texts and teachings. Why, that would be “Islamophobic”! It could harm the “Muslim-Christian dialogue.” You know, that dialogue that hasn’t spared a single Christian from Muslim persecution, or stopped jihadis from destroying a single church.

This willful ignorance and outright deception about the threat the Church and the free world face is heading both for disaster. When that disaster comes, I hope the principal of St. Petersburg Catholic High School, Father Richard Rosen, will stand up and take a bow. Call him at (727) 344-4065 and politely and courteously ask him the questions below.

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by Pamela Geller,
March 14, 2016

Despite the continuing Muslim genocide of Christians in the Middle East and Africa, American Catholic leaders continue not only to turn a blind eye to jihad terror and the persecution of their fellow Christians, but are actively aiding and abetting the forces that are persecuting them. Last month, the entire student body of St. Petersburg Catholic High School in St. Petersburg, Florida, was called together to hear a deceptive presentation on “Islamophobia” from the notorious Ahmed Bedier, who openly supports the jihad terror group Hezbollah and has worked for the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Bedier’s address was ostensibly about fighting the supposedly rising level of “Islamophobia”; he also offered what he presented as a primer on Islamic culture. In it, he blamed the U.S. for ISIS, claiming that the bloodthirsty caliphate arose because we bombed innocent civilians in Iraq. He also called out Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, white people, Jews, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Ben Carson – all as examples of Muslim-haters – while proselytizing for Islam.

Bedier compared a Jewish podiatrist with Osama bin Laden, claiming that this podiatrist had weapons in his house and was planning to attack an Islamic center. He didn’t address the disparity between this one alleged attacker and bin Laden’s worldwide terror network. He dismissed the jihad terror group ISIS, which controls a territory larger than Great Britain and has attracted 30,000 foreign jihadis to its ranks, as “a few people.” He blamed the rise of ISIS on Syria’s Assad, claiming that when people demonstrated for freedom, Assad bombed the protesters and insisted that we are overstating the threat of Islamic terror groups, especially ISIS. We are spending too much on security and war, he said, and declared that we should be spending that money on alleviating poverty.

The real problem, said Bedier, is anti-Muslim bigotry. “Islamophobia,” he said, is all over TV, and no one is challenging it. He said that “Islamophobia” is just like anti-Semitism and the same thing will happen: We’ll have a Holocaust. He didn’t mention that FBI statistics show that anti-Semitic attacks are much more common than attacks on innocent Muslims. Nor did he address the Islamic texts and teachings jihadis use to justify violence.

Bedier also falsified history, claiming falsely that “Muslims were here even before America was founded.” He said that “some of Columbus’ navigators were Muslims – because he was from Portugal, and Portugal and Spain were controlled by and were led by Muslims for over 700 years until the Inquisitions happened. You can read more about that.” And if you do, you’ll discover that no Muslims accompanied Columbus. And to be completely accurate, it must be noted that Muslims did in fact play a role in early America – America fought its first and second foreign wars against the Barbary Pirates, who were Muslim jihad raiders, as memorialized in the Marine Hymn, “to the shores of Tripoli.” The first mosque wasn’t established in the U.S. until 1915, and relatively few mosques were founded before the 1960s, when the great hijrah to the West began in earnest.

Join Pamela Geller in her fight to retain free-speech rights and the uniquely American culture — read “Stop The Islamization Of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance”

Bedier’s lies didn’t stop there. He said that when the Muslims ruled Spain from the 700s until the 1490s, they allowed the Jews and Christians to worship freely: “The society could continue to be a Catholic society. Now compare that to what happened when the Europeans came to America.” He said that in contrast to how good the Muslims in Spain were to the Jews and Christians, it took a couple of hundred years for the Europeans to exterminate the Native Americans and eliminate them from their lands. He said: “Now they are limited to casinos.” This is nonsense. In reality, Jews and Christians could only live in peace in Muslim Spain if they submitted to Muslim hegemony, paid the jizya tax, and accepted the humiliating and discriminatory regulations that ensured their second-class status.

Bedier asked the 350 assembled students if they thought it would be fair to be called terrorists because of what Timothy McVeigh did, falsely connecting McVeigh with Catholicism and Christianity, which of course is erroneous since McVeigh was not a Christian at the time of the Oklahoma City bombing. And besides, no one is calling all Muslims terrorists anyway. He also showed the students pictures of Ahmed the Clock Boy in handcuffs, telling the kids how the incident of his fake clock/bomb and arrest showed anti-Muslim bigotry. He claimed that three Muslims had been murdered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, by an “Islamophobe,” when actually the killer was a deranged man who was enraged over a parking dispute.

“Islamophobia” is not limited just to Trump and Carson, Bedier said. It also comes from the media. He challenged what he claimed were false media portrayals of Islam: Shariah, he said, is basically a code of ethics. He didn’t mention that it’s a code of ethics that calls for stoning for adultery, amputation of the hand for theft, the denial of equal rights to women and non-Muslims, and restrictions on speech. He claimed that there was no compulsion in Islam and that women were not forced to cover their heads. Tell that to Aqsa Parvez, who was murdered by her father and brother for refusing to wear the hijab – and the innumerable other girls and women who have been similarly victimized. By contrast to this supposed freedom from compulsion in Islam, he claimed that “secularism is a religion in Europe” and that Europe imposes its secularism on people of faith.

When he was asked if Muslim women have to walk a certain distance behind men, Bedier answered: “This is some of the stereotypes. If the women do happen walk behind the man, it’s not a protocol thing, it’s just the men are silly and they walk ahead. I see a lot of white guys walking ahead and their girls way behind. It doesn’t mean that he read that is a protocol somewhere or he’s following his teachings, he’s just being a guy. So it’s their male chauvinism. Yes, it exists worldwide. It’s not because of the faith; it’s because men are not being gentlemen.” This was ridiculous: He was relying on the ignorance of his audience, counting on them not to know how Islam institutionalizes the subjugation of women.

Bedier claimed that the only difference between Muslims and Christians is the status of Jesus. “Jesus is a part of our faith,” he said. “Muslims believe in Jesus, son of Mary” and that Jesus was born of a virgin. “We don’t believe it because it’s popular,” he said, “we believe it because it is written in the Quran.” He said that the Quran was the only sacred book (other than the New Testament) that confirms that Mary is from G-d – that Mary is the mother of Jesus, that there was a virgin birth, and that Jesus is from G-d.

In a dig at Jews and Judaism, Bedier said: “As much as Ted Cruz and others would like to talk about Judeo-Christian values, you realize the Jewish faith did not accept Jesus Christ as the messiah, right? You understand that? If the Jewish people accepted Jesus as the Messiah then they would be Christian, correct? So for us, we accept Jesus and the message of Jesus; the difference is that we don’t view Jesus as divine or part divine, meaning we don’t believe Jesus is one with G-d in the Holy Trinity.”

Bedier said that Muhammad was the founder of Islam, but that in the Quran G-d talks about Jesus five times more than he talks about Muhammad. “We believe that Mary is highly regarded. We have an actual chapter in the Quran called Mary. My daughter is named Miriam after Mary. Mary is very loved in the Quran by Muslims; we just don’t see her as divine or that she somehow delivered G-d’s Son. We highly respect Jesus. We follow his teachings and we believe Jesus will return before the end of times. We don’t believe Muhammad is going to return at the end of times, we believe that Jesus will actually return before the end of times and will unite the believers together.”

This was open proselytizing for Islam, especially in light of the fact that the students had certainly not studied Islam’s critique of Christianity or been given any ways to counter it.

In sum, his presentation (unsurprisingly) was pure propaganda and completely one-sided, and nothing short of a disgrace. No one should be surprised by that. Bedier has a long history of extremely controversial associations. According to Discover the Networks, as far back as 2002, Bedier was the outreach director for the Islamic Society of Pinellas County, “a mosque whose website features material calling for violence against Jews. Moreover, he has cultivated relationships with organizations and individuals connected to anti-Israel terrorist groups overseas, including Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), and Hezbollah. In February 2003, Bedier began working as communications director for the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). This was subsequent to CAIR’s involvement in the funding of Hamas, which had taken place prior to December 2001, at which time Hamas’ American financing wing, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), was shut down by the U.S. government. Also in February 2003, the Tampa-based terrorist and former University of South Florida professor Sami al-Arian was taken into custody by the FBI – indicted for his leadership role within Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Bedier became Al-Arian’s ‘unofficial spokesman,’ holding press conferences where he voiced concern about the government’s treatment of the professor, and allowing his radio program to be used as a propaganda vehicle for al-Arian’s family and his PIJ colleagues.”

On his radio show, Bedier has given considerable airtime to guests who praised the jihad terror group Hezbollah.

Bedier’s association with CAIR is significant. It is a matter of public record that CAIR is “an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case – so named by the Justice Department. CAIR operatives have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist groups. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror.

It is disgraceful that a Catholic school would host such an event, but not surprising. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) recently launched a “National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue,” partnering with pro-Shariah groups linked to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood: the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). The pope insists that the Quran teaches peace. St. Petersburg High School is just following along.

Still, its leaders should have more discernment and moral courage. The principal of St. Petersburg High School is Father Richard Rosen; his phone number is (727) 344-4065. Politely contact him and ask him why he allowed someone with so many ties to terror as Bedier to address the school. I called, but Rosen would not take my call. I was referred to Sister Marie Daniel, the school’s marketing director, who confirmed that Bedier’s presentation did happen and said she would try to have someone get back to me. No one did, of course.

If Rosen had had the courage to take my call, I would have asked him these questions:

1. When you invited Bedier, were you aware of his connections with CAIR, and of CAIR’s connections to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood – established by the Department of Justice?

2. When you invited him, were you aware of his work as a spokesman for Sami Al-Arian, an admitted leader of the terror group Palestinian Islamic Jihad?

3. When you invited him, were you aware that he has featured supporters of the terror group Hezbollah on his radio show?

4. If you were not aware of those connections when you invited him, would you invite him again now that you know of them?

5. What were your impressions about what Bedier said? Do you endorse his message – particularly his claim that “Islamophobia” is a legitimate problem, rather than a term invented to intimidate people into thinking it wrong to oppose jihad terror?

6. Do you plan to bring in a spokesman to discuss the reality of the global jihad threat or the Muslim persecution of Christians? If not, why not?

I hope Rosen will answer these questions. His students, and their parents, deserve answers, rather than Islamic proselytizing followed by stonewalling.

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March 28, 2016 at 10:00

TSA failed to vet 73 employees with terror ties working at 40 U.S. airports

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By Katherine Weber,
Christian Post
March 16, 2016

Posted by Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch
March 17, 2016

But no doubt they never came to work with toothpaste tubes larger than three ounces.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) failed to vet 73 employees with terrorism ties working at 40 U.S. airports, recently-obtained documents assert.

The local FOX-affiliated WFXT-News media outlet has acquired information through the Freedom of Information Act that indicates these workers, who have been employed with private airport businesses, have worked at 40 airports across the country. It remains unclear which of these workers are currently employed.

While the Homeland Security Inspector General’s Office released the report of the 73 airport employees last June, FOX 25 just identified the 40 airports where the terrorist-linked employees currently work or have worked.

According to the media outlet, these employees were not properly vetted because the TSA did not have full access to terrorist databases during their hiring.

Terrorism-linked employees have been flagged at Boston’s Logan International Airport, Denver International Airport, Honolulu International Airport, Dallas Love Field, San Francisco International Airport, and Los Angeles International Airport, among others….

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March 27, 2016 at 10:00

What the Heck Is a “Merrick Garland,” Anyway?

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Bearing Arms
March 16, 2016

When I first saw “Merrick Garland” in my  Twitter mentions this morning, I thought it was a belated Ides of March reference to the wreath Julius Caesar wore when he was assassinated.

It turns out that Merrick Garland isn’t a name, but a person. In fact, he’s President Obama’s nominee to replace recently departed conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.

Curiously, on the surface, Garland appears to be a center-right moderate jurist:

On Fox News Wednesday morning, Judge Andrew Napolitano called Merrick Garland “the most conservative” nominee to the Supreme Court ever presented by a Democratic president in the modern era. The announcement may seem surprising, but some analysts predict President Obama purposely chose a moderate candidate to tie Republican lawmakers’ hands.

Attorney and Supreme Court analyst Tim O’Brien told Fox New’s Bill Hemmer that Obama is clearly “putting Republicans on the spot.”

Garland served for 19 years on the D.C. circuit as a center right judge, Napolitano indicated. Some of Garland’s decisions support that description, including the outcome of Al Odah v. United States, where Garland voted against the rights of Guantanamo Bay detainees.

The devil, however, is in the details, and red flags immediately went up when left-wing sites immediately rushed to defend and celebrate Obama’s nominee.

Shortly thereafter, it became obvious that Garland is a gun control “Trojan horse,” dressed like a centrist on the outside, but a stone-cold killer of the Second Amendment at his core.

Gun Owners of America (GOA) and the National Rifle Association (NRA) were both quick to blast the nominee as a threat to our Second Amendment rights.

Erich Pratt is the Executive Director for Gun Owners of America noted in a press release.

“Despite promises to nominate a consensus candidate, Obama has chosen a radical leftist in Judge Garland,” Pratt said.  “He supported the DC gun ban in 2007, voting to reconsider the Heller case after a three judge panel had ruled against the ban.

“Hence, we don’t have to speculate as to how Garland would vote on Heller if confirmed to the Supreme Court,” Pratt said.  “He’s already voted againstHeller once before, thereby showing he’d effectively rip the Second Amendment from the Constitution.

In a 2000 case, Garland voted to maintain the registration of gun owners, supporting efforts by the Clinton administration to use the instant check to illegally retain gun owners’ names for six months.

“This shows that Garland is not only anti-gun, he supports the ability of a President to illegally use executive power to advance liberal causes.

Chris Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action likewise blasted the nominee.

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March 26, 2016 at 10:00

Harry Reid Agrees With the Biden Rule, “Wishes (Republicans) Would Follow It”

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By Leigh Wolf
March 17, 2016

Washington, D.C. — During the ongoing battle between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid over the SCOTUS pick, many have referenced the tactic used by then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) back in 1992. At the time, Biden was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He said that President Bush should postpone his selection process until after the election.

Should a Justice resign this summer and the President move to name a successor, actions that will occur just days before the Democratic Presidential Convention and weeks before the Republican Convention meets, a process that is already in doubt in the minds of many will become distrusted by all. Senate consideration of a nominee under these circumstances is not fair to the President, to the nominee, or to the Senate itself.

Mr. President, where the Nation should be treated to a consideration of constitutional philosophy, all it will get in such circumstances is partisan bickering and political posturing from both parties and from both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. As a result, it is my view that if a Supreme Court Justice resigns tomorrow, or within the next several weeks, or resigns at the end of the summer, President Bush should consider following the practice of a majority of his predecessors and not–and not–name a nominee until after the November election is completed.

Townhall was able to catch up with the Senate Minority Leader today and asked him about the ‘Biden Rule’ after a press conference outside the Supreme Court building.

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March 25, 2016 at 10:00

Authorities: Attack at UC Merced was ISIS Motivated

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By Christine Rousselle
March 18, 2016

On November 4, 2015, Faisal Mohammad, a freshman at UC Merced, stabbed four students at the school before being killed by police. Now, it has been revealed that the FBI believes his attacks were “motivated by ISIS” and that Mohammad had been “self-radicalized.”

An FBI statement obtained by PEOPLE claims Faisal Mohammed, a U.S.-born student, had ISIS propaganda on his computer. Officials believe he was self-radicalized (Jihad) because he had no direct contact with the organization.

Investigators claim Mohammed’s own writings revealed his attack was planned in advance.

Mohammad did not have any direct contact with ISIS-related groups, but did have a manifesto written in advance of the attack that detailed macabre plans to kill dozens of people, including police officers. Thankfully, all of Mohammad’s stabbing victims survived the attack.

It’s scary to think that ordinary Americans (Mohammad was U.S.-born and raised) could embrace such a violent ideology. It’s important for people to be vigilant to combat extremism before things become tragic.

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March 24, 2016 at 10:00

ISIS ‘Caliphate Cyber Army’ Posts ‘Hit List’ of Minnesota Cops

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The Clarion Project
March 16, 2016

The list was shared through Telegram mobile messaging app similar to Whats App. Minnesota police confirmed their site had been hacked.

The Islamic State’s Caliphate Cyber Army posted a “kill list” of names, addresses and other personal details of 36 policemen in Minnesota.

The FBI confirmed the list included full names, phone numbers, home and email addresses. The agency is investigating how the information came to be posted online.

The website Vocativ, which conducts investigations on the “Deep Web,” says individual cards with the information on them were shared through the mobile phone app Telegram, an encrypted messaging service (similar to Whats App).

“It is troubling to have that type of information online for the public to see,” FBI spokesperson Kyle Loven said.

Officer safety is the agency’s first concern, Loven added.

“We’re not going to look into whether or not this is a legitimate threat or an illegitimate threat,” he continued. “We’re going to take it and move forward with respect to what it is that we have to do in addressing this matter.”

Minnesota police officers confirmed their site had been hacked and the officers listed were those employers who had requested a quote for auto insurance,CBS local news in Minnesota reported.

The FBI advised officers on the list to maintain a heightened state of awareness “in case there would be someone who, unfortunately, would be inspired by this type of information being available,” Loven said.

The fact that Islamic extremists in Minnesota have successfully recruited and trained terrorists in the past is being taken into consideration by the FBI.

Most of the officers on the list live in or around the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul). The area’s Cedar Riverside neighborhood is home to the largest Somali community in the U.S. Since 2007, 24 men from Cedar Riverside have left the community to join extremist groups.

According to a congressional report released last November, one in four Americans who have attempted to joined the Islamic State are from Minnesota.

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March 23, 2016 at 10:00

Obama: I’m more worried about climate change than the Islamic State

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By Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch
March 10, 2016

Priorities that are likely to come back and bite him.

“OBAMA: I’m more worried about climate change than ISIS,” by Rob Wile, Fusion, March 10, 2016:

In a new interview published in The Atlantic magazine, President Obama says he is more worried about climate change than the terrorist group ISIS.

“ISIS is not an existential threat to the United States,” he told Atlantic correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg. “Climate change is a potential existential threat to the entire world if we don’t do something about it.”

Climate change is particularly worrisome, Obama said, because “it is a political problem perfectly designed to repel government intervention. It involves every single country, and it is a comparatively slow-moving emergency, so there is always something seemingly more urgent on the agenda.”

And climate change is probably helping fuel groups like ISIS, he said.

“Right now, across the globe, you’re seeing places that are undergoing severe stress because of globalization, because of the collision of cultures brought about by the Internet and social media, because of scarcities—some of which will be attributable to climate change over the next several decades—because of population growth,” Obama said. “And in those places, the Middle East being Exhibit A, the default position for a lot of folks is to organize tightly in the tribe and to push back or strike out against those who are different.”

Climate change will also likely create new refugee problems as arable land becomes more scarce.

“If you start seeing more severe drought; more significant famine; more displacement from the Indian subcontinent and coastal regions in Africa and Asia; the continuing problems of scarcity, refugees, poverty, disease—this makes every other problem we’ve got worse,” he said. “That’s above and beyond just the existential issues of a planet that starts getting into a bad feedback loop.”

While the Democratic candidates for president have pledged to continue Obama’s legacy fighting climate change, Republican candidates have shown no interest in tackling the problem. Donald Trump recently told radio host Hugh Hewitt that climate change is, “a problem that I don’t think in any major fashion exists,” while Ted Cruz has called climate change “a religion” and “not science.”

Obama continues to press on with initiatives to address climate change; Thursday, he is expected to announce a new pact with Canada to cut methane emissions and protect remote communities and ecologically sensitive marine areas in the Arctic….

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March 22, 2016 at 10:00

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