CONTENTS: Boston/Immigration Policy; Beck: “Come clean”; Beck – the Saudi national; Mukasy – It was Jihad; Walsh – shame of Boston; Terrorist founded mosque?; Peterson – Bean Town lessons; Rand droned; Erickson – helping the sick; Internet taxes; Declarations of war & TEA; Hillary blew Benghazi; Rand skeptical; Immigration reform for Dems; Big city Republicans; Knepper – ad; PA abortion coverage; Guns- hundreds rally; Ammo surge; PSU transparency; Rand won PLC straw; Murray – presidents & duty; Hanson – BO’s psychodramas; Announcements
“At the behest of such Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated groups as the Council on Ameerican Islamic Relations and the Islamic Society of North America, and other self-proclaimed spokesmen for American Muslims, the FBI has bowdlerized its training materials to exclude references to militant Islamism.” Michael Mukasy
“A million people in and around the city of Paul Revere, of the Lexington and Concord patriots, of Bunker Hill, locked their doors and hid inside because a lone armed teenager with pipe bombs was on the loose” Pat Buchanan.(and 1000 cops were on the prowl!)
1704: The Boston News-Letter, the first continuously published newspaper in British North America, was published.
1800: The Library of Congress was established.
1877: President Rutherford B. Hayes withdrew federal troops from New Orleans, ending post–Civil War military occupation of the South.
1898: Spain declared war on the United States in what became known as the Spanish- American War”
1980: An attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran failed; eight soldiers died when a helicopter and transport plane collided in the desert. (Bennett & Cribb, 2010)
Editors, NRO: “What Boston Means for Immigration Policy”
“The Boston Marathon bombing has intensified objections to the Gang of Eight’s so-called comprehensive-immigration-reform bill, and rightly so: The terrorist attack in Boston underlines several failures in our immigration system — failures that the bill under consideration would do little or nothing to rectify and would in some cases make considerably worse.
“From a domestic-policy point of view, the most critical of these failures is the failure to maintain an immigration system oriented toward assimilation — the unapologetic expectation that immigrants will be fully immersed in American life. Assimilation has important cultural and economic benefits. It also makes immigrants less likely to become Islamist terrorists. . .”
Drew Zahn, WND: “Beck to Obama: Come clean on bombing, or else”
“. . . What is Beck threatening to expose? Apparently it has something to do with Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, a Saudi national initially questioned by police following the bombing, but since released.
“Let me just say this to those at the highest echelons of government,” Beck intoned. “We know who this Saudi national is. And it is in your best interest and the best interest of integrity and trust for the people of United States of America – it’s best coming from you, not coming from a news organization. It’s best coming from you. You have until Monday. We have information on who this man is. … We know he is a very bad, bad, bad man.”
“Beck claimed to have information leaked to him by ‘patriots’ in several offices and agencies, confirming the government knows more about Alharbi that has been reported and is, contrary to media reports, to be deported for ‘national security’ reasons . . .”
“ . . . Of the mysterious ‘Saudi national,’ frequently identified as Alharbi, Beck pondered, “Who is he, I wonder? Why would anyone linked to the bombings be deported? If he’s involved, wouldn’t he be prosecuted? If he’s a witness, why wouldn’t you want him to testify? Why would you allow someone who was standing there by the bomb to be deported? Why would he leave? And why hasn’t anybody in the mainstream media taken an interest in finding out? Why are they silent?
“‘The Blaze is interested,’ Beck said. ‘And The Blaze will not sit down. We will not comply. We will not shut up. We will not be intimidated. We work hard into looking who he is, who he’s connected to and why he seems to be offered a ticket to freedom even though he’s been identified as a threat to national security. Don’t believe me? Don’t believe me. Six congressmen have verified.’ . . .”
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Erica Ritz, The Blaze: “Beck Breaks Exclusive Information on Saudi National Once Considered a Person of Interest in Boston Bombings”
- “A Saudi national originally identified as a “person of interest” in the Boston Marathon bombing was set to be deported under section 212 3B — “Security and related grounds” — “Terrorist activities” after the bombing
- As the story gained traction, TheBlaze’s Chief Content Officer Joel Cheatwood received word that the government may not deport the Saudi national, originally identified as Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi
- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano refused to answer questions on the subject when confronted by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) on Capitol Hill.
- An ICE official said a different Saudi national is in custody, but is “in no way” connected to the bombings.
- A congressional source, however, says that the file on Alharbi was created, that he was “linked” in some way to the Boston bombings (though it is unclear how), and that documents showing all this have been sent to Congress.
- Key congressmen of the Committee on Homeland Security request a classified briefing with Napolitano
- Fox News’ Todd Starnes reports that Alharbi was allegedly flagged on a terrorist watch list and granted a student visa without being properly vetted. Sources close to the investigation also told him the Saudi is still set for deportation.
- New information provided to TheBlaze reveals Alharbi’s file was altered early Wednesday evening to disassociate him from the initial charges
- Sources say the Saudi’s student visa specifically allows him to go to school in Findlay, Ohio, though he appears to have an apartment in Boston, Massachusetts
- Sources tell us this will most likely now be kicked from the DHS to the DOJ and labeled an ongoing investigation that can no longer be discussed.
Michael Mukasy, WSJ: “Make No Mistake, It Was Jihad”
“. . . The elder, Tamerlan—apparently named for the 14th-century Muslim conqueror famous for building pyramids of his victims’ skulls to commemorate his triumphs over infidels—is dead. The younger, Dzhokhar, will stand trial when his wounds heal, in a proceeding where the most likely uncertainty will be the penalty. No doubt there will be some legal swordplay over his interrogation by the FBI’s High-Value Interrogation Group without receiving Miranda warnings. But the only downside for the government in that duel is that his statements may not be used against him at trial. This is not much of a risk when you consider the other available evidence, including photo images of him at the scene of the bombings and his own reported confession to the victim whose car he helped hijack during last week’s terror in Boston.
But if your concern is over the larger threat that inheres in who the Tsarnaev brothers were and are, what they did, and what they represent, then worry—a lot. . .”
Michael Walsh, PJM: “The Memory of Beslan, the Shame of Boston”
“Enough with all the chest-thumping, mingled with manly tears, about the dramatic end of the Marathon bombers’ reign of terror in Boston last week. From the press coverage, you’d think the entire city (which is actually rather small) rose up as one and smote two evil Chechens a stunning blow for truth, justice, liberty and the American Way. Nothing could be further from the truth.
“What we saw instead was a city cowering in fear, led by two particularly pusillanimous toads in Gov. Deval Patrick and Mayor Mumbles Menino, who had the services of some 10,000 armed personnel — literally, a small army — to take down… wait for it… a wounded teenager with a gun, and maybe some self-detonating explosives.
“Way to go, Boston. You’ve made all of us proud to be Americans.
“Now, of course, the liberal East Coast media is getting all mushy about the Brothers Tsarnaev. . .”
Kerry Picket, Breitbart: “Suspected Boston Bomber’s Mosque Founded by Convicted Terrorist”
“The Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) has become the center of attention since it was discovered that now deceased suspected marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a member of the mosque. ISB is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.
“The Islamic Society of Boston was founded in part by Abdurahman Alamoudi in 1981, according to the New York Sun, and was the first president of the mosque. Alamoudi is currently serving a 23 year sentence in federal prison as he was convicted in 2004 of participating in a Libyan plot to assassinate Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah.
“Additionally, according to the Sun, Alamoudi raised funds for Al Qaeda . . .”
Ralph Peters, NY Post: “Lessons of Boston”
“. . . Yeah, we killed one fanatic and nabbed the other. But our dysfunctional system couldn’t prevent this latest Boston Massacre.
That carnage was a dirt-cheap terrorist triumph. Fanatics will take its lessons to their shriveled jihadi hearts:
Lesson No. 1: Two amateur terrorists can paralyze a major American city for days. The Tsarnaev punks generated global headlines, ran up millions in government expenses, punished a major metro-area economy and disrupted society. And now we’ve got a costly civilian trial to come for the surviving brother — with more headlines to inspire copycats. . .
“Lesson No. 2: The best weapons against targets in the US are disaffected legal immigrants or radicalized native-born converts to jihad. Political correctness — a pathetic fanaticism of our own — and legal paralysis make it virtually impossible to stop legal residents such as the Tsarnaev brothers before they commit a crime. . .
“Lesson No. 3: Our immigration system is one of terrorism’s best allies. Related to the last point, this is a case of just how idiotic a politically correct bureaucracy can be. . .
“Lesson No. 4: The more open a society, the more targets it presents. We all failed to see the obvious. Obsessing about attacks on the Super Bowl and other facilities-bound events, we missed the appeal of public displays, such as marathons, as targets: 26 miles of vulnerability, tens of thousands of (mixed sex, scantily clad!) runners and hundreds of thousands of spectators. . .”
LEADS . . .
John Hudson, Foreign Policy: “Ron Paul fans furious over Rand Paul’s drone flip-flop”
“Ron Paul’s vibrant fan base is in open rebellion today over Rand Paul’s perceived reversal on domestic drone strikes. The Kentucky senator, whose famous 13-hour Senate floor filibuster did much to strengthen his ties with his father’s hardcore following, told Fox Business Network on Tuesday he’s OK with drone strikes on American citizens who, for instance, rob a liquor store.
“‘I’ve never argued against any technology being used when you have an imminent threat, an active crime going on,’ Paul said. ‘If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and fifty dollars in cash. I don’t care if a drone kills him or a policeman kills him.’”
Erick Erickson, Red State: “RedState Will Key Vote against the Helping Sick Americans Now Act, H.R. 1549”
“Mind you, we don’t have a scorecard, but we may have to use this vote to start one. The Republicans have decided to intercept the Democrats’ political football and make a touchdown for the Democrats.
“The Helping Sick Americans Now Act is a great sounding law that lets the GOP contrast themselves with Barack Obama on health care. But let me explain in the simplest terms what it actually does. It fixes part of Obamacare that the Democrats designed. It makes Obamacare less bad, more palatable, and more likely to stick around instead of collapsing under its own weight as Paul Ryan and others have kept saying it would.
“Basically, the GOP, in a noble effort to appear likable instead of effective, wants to move money from one part of Obamacare that is wasteful and does no good to anyone and instead prop up the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, or as the wonky conservatives who have decided to support this to look more humane and less wonky call it, PCIP.
“Frankly, the GOP should not be in the position of wanting to save the pre-existing conditions mandate in Obamacare.
“In fact, the GOP should not want to fix Obamacare at all. . .”
Stephen Ohlemacher, Yahoo: “Tax-free Internet shopping jeopardized by bill”
“WASHINGTON (AP) — Tax-free shopping on the Internet could be in jeopardy under a bill making its way through the Senate.
“The bill would empower states to require online retailers to collect state and local sales taxes for purchases made over the Internet. The sales taxes would be sent to the states where a shopper lives.
“Under current law, states can only require stores to collect sales taxes if the store has a physical presence in the state. As a result, many online sales are essentially tax-free, giving Internet retailers a big advantage over brick-and-mortar stores.
“The Senate voted 74 to 20 Monday to take up the bill. If that level of support continues, the Senate could pass the bill as early as this week.
Supporters say the bill is about fairness for businesses and lost revenue for states. Opponents say it would impose complicated regulations on retailers and doesn’t have enough protections for small businesses. Businesses with less than $1 million a year in online sales would be exempt. . .”
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MIDDLE EAST . . .
“On March 21, 2011, a number of lawmakers expressed concern that the decision of President Barack Obama to order the U.S. military to join in attacks of Libyan air defenses and government forces exceeded his constitutional authority because the decision was made to authorize the attack without Congressional permission”
Michael Paulsen, Public Discourse: “Declaration of War: Ten Years Later”
So much for the Second Amendment and our duty to overthrow despots . . .Congress also favored despotism when it gave agency “regulations” the standing of law. . .
“On September 18, 2001, Congress enacted into law, and President George W. Bush signed, what is arguably the broadest declaration of war in our nation’s history.
“Whereas on September 11, 2001, acts of treacherous violence were committed against the United States,” begins the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF),
‘The President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations, or persons.’(emph added, jb)
“Constitutionally, the 9-18-01 Act is a Declaration of War. Congress, not the President, has the power “to declare war,” the result of a deliberate decision by the framers of the Constitution to transfer the traditional war-initiating executive power of a king to a representative, republican legislature. The President, the framers determined, should have only the power to counter attacks on the nation—to repel and respond—but not to initiate war on his own. . .”
Stephen Kinan, Washington Times: “Obama, Clinton blew Benghazi response, Republican report says”
“House Republicans have concluded that the Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies bear no blame for failing to halt the terrorist assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last year, releasing a report Tuesday that said President Obama and the State Department set up the military for failure.
“The report also found that plenty of intelligence presaged the attack, but the White House and State Department — including the secretary at the time, Hillary Rodham Clinton — failed to heed the warnings.
“In the most damning conclusion, House Republicans said Mr. Obama’s team lied about the attacks afterward, first by blaming mob violence spawned by an anti-Muslim video, and then wrongly saying it had misled the public because it was trying to protect an FBI investigation.
“‘This progress report reveals a fundamental lack of understanding at the highest levels of the State Department as to the dangers presented in Benghazi, Libya, as well as a concerted attempt to insulate the Department of State from blame following the terrorist attacks,’ the GOP investigation concluded in its 46-page report.
Aaron Klein, KleinonLine: “Rand Paul skeptical of Hillary’s sworn Benghazi testimony. ‘Surprised’ by claim now seemingly unraveling in news reports”
“Senator Rand Paul was ‘surprised’ by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s sworn testimony during a Senate hearing in which she claimed that she did not know whether the U.S. mission in Libya was procuring or transferring weapons to Turkey and other Arab countries.
“It was Paul who had asked Clinton the question during the hearings. His inquiry focused on alleged weapons shipments out of Benghazi to arm the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
“Speaking on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s WABC Radio, Paul was reacting to Clinton’s testimony in light of a New York Times report last month that claimed that since early 2012, the CIA has been aiding Arab governments and Turkey in obtaining and shipping weapons to the Syrian rebels.
“The plan mirrors one the Times reported about February as being proposed by Clinton herself. The Times described Clinton as one of the driving forces advocating for arming the Syrian rebels via Turkish and Arab cut outs.
“The New York Times reported Clinton and then-CIA Director David Petraeus had concocted the plan, which called for vetting rebels and arming Syrian fighters with the assistance of Arab countries.
“If Clinton knew about the arms transfers, she may have committed perjury during her Benghazi testimony. . .”
Immigration Bill . . .
Emily Schultheis, Politico: “Immigration reform could be bonanza for Democrats”
“The immigration proposal pending in Congress would transform the nation’s political landscape for a generation or more — pumping as many as 11 million new Hispanic voters into the electorate a decade from now in ways that, if current trends hold, would produce an electoral bonanza for Democrats and cripple Republican prospects in many states they now win easily. . .”
Byron Tau, Politico: “New breed of big-city Republicans”
“. . . National Republicans have given remarkably little thought to how to reverse their decline in urban areas, even as they have grappled with how to be more inclusive and diverse.
“But there are stirrings of a renewed effort by a handful of GOP candidates and activists to edge the party into being more competitive in America’s cities. They see their efforts as a necessity for the party’s long-term competitiveness given the rapid growth of America’s urban centers. . .”
GUNS . . .
Leo Knepper, CAP: “CAP Targets Senator with TV Ad Buy”
“Pennsylvanians have been inconvenienced by a Prohibition era liquor control system for eighty years.
“With the passage of HB 790 in the Pennsylvania House, we are closer than ever before to getting government out of the business of selling and marketing alcohol. Unfortunately, members of the Senate Republican caucus seem reluctant to move the sale of wine and spirits wholly to the private sector where it belongs.
“The first hurdle to choice and convenience in the Senate is the Law and Justice Committee. Despite overwhelming public support, Senator Chuck McIlhinney, the Chairman of the Law and Justice Committee has been a staunch opponent of privatization. As noted in a recent National Review article:
‘He has already said he would have voted against the house bill, and though he says he supports ‘smart privatization,’ his most recent legislative action on the subject was a bill that would have preserved the state-monopoly structure with a few modifications, such as keeping stores open on Sundays — not privatization at all.’ (Emphasis added)
“To mobilize the public CAP has launched a modest television ad buy targeting Sen. McIlhinney. . .”
Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “PA House passes abortion coverage ban in state health insurance exchanges”
“HARRISBURG – The state House gave bipartisan support to a bill that would block insurance plans offered through the state’s new health insurance exchanges from covering abortions.
“Abortions would still be allowed in the event of rape, incest, or if the life of the mother was at risk, in line with other state laws governing abortion through state or federally subsidized insurance programs. The exchanges are set to begin operating in 2014 as part of the federal health care reform law.
“The bill was pitched by Republicans as a necessary step to prevent state and federal tax dollars from being used for abortion, bringing plans offered through the state exchange in line with existing state and federal law. But Democrats called it an expansion of governmental regulation over health care choices of Pennsylvanians who will be using the health exchanges. . .”
Karen Langley, Pgh Post Gazette: “Hundreds turn out for gun-rights rally in Harrisburg”
“HARRISBURG — Hundreds of people turned out this morning for a gun-rights rally on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol.
“Attendees dressed in red, white and blue aprons proclaiming ‘I’m a gun owner and I vote’ cheered as speakers urged them to take action against attempts at gun control.
“‘We haven’t stopped fighting,’ said state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Cranberry. ‘We’re continuing the effort to regain our freedom of areas that they’ve infringed our rights in the past.’
“Mr. Metcalfe touted a bill he has sponsored that would ‘tell the federal government we will not accept any more gun control in Pennsylvania.’ The legislation would make it a third-degree felony to enforce new federal gun-control laws in the state.
“The Capitol police estimated about 500 people attended the rally, said Troy Thompson, spokesman for the Department of General Services. Many attendees wore red ‘Second Amendment Action Day’ caps, some with ‘Beaver County’ or ‘Butler County’ written on the back. . .”
Also: Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “Gun rally draws hundreds of Second Amendment enthusiasts to Capitol (photos)”
AWR Hawkins, Breitbart: “Gun, Ammo Sales Surge after Boston Marathon Bombing”
“The surge in gun and ammo purchases that began after Sandy Hook and continued through the Senate’s failed gun control vote appears to have picked up steam again following the Boston Marathon bombing. . .
“Jeff Dillard, who runs the National Armory in Pompano Beach, FL, said the combination of the “terrorist attacks” and possible gun control legislation put people into a “panic situation” again.
He said acquiring ammunition and ammunition components is getting more and more difficult: “Our [ammunition] vendors are telling us not only are they out of stock but some are two to three million [bullets] in back order. They won’t even take our orders because they don’t know when they’ll be able to fill them.”
Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “PA House committee shuts transparency loophole for Penn State, other universities”
“HARRISBURG – A much-maligned loophole in Pennsylvania’s Open Records Law may soon be closed.
The House State Government Committee approved a bill Monday afternoon to end the right-to-know exceptions for Pennsylvania’s four so-called “state-related” universities – Penn State, Pittsburgh, Temple and Lincoln. The bill moves to the full House for a vote that could come as soon as Wednesday.
Under current law, all state and local government agencies – including the 14 state-owned universities that are part of the State System of Higher Education – are required to respond to right-to-know requests. Only the four state-related universities, which received more than $514 million in state taxpayer funds this year, are exempted.
“State Rep. John McGinnis, R-Blair, a professor of finance and economics at Penn State’s branch campus in Altoona, said the schools should either comply with the Open Records Law or become wholly private institutions. . .”
Ben Fogel, Politics PA: “Rand Paul wins PLC Presidential Straw Poll”
“Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has emerged as a favorite among Pennsylvania’s conservative activists. By a wide margin, he won the presidential straw poll at this weekend’s Pa. Leadership Conference.
“Paul rose to national prominence earlier this year when he filibustered on the Senate floor to protest the Obama administration’s vague definition of its own powers vis-a-vis drone strikes.
“In so doing he took up the mantle of his father, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), whose brand of libertarian Republicanism energized conservative grassroots for years. . .”
End Notes . . .
Charles Murray, AEI: “Of presidents and duty”
“. . . I’m not saying that presidents aren’t aware of their duty anymore. But the change in presidents’ presentation of self to the electorate is unmistakable, and it goes in a direction away from “I am a citizen like you, with the most profound duty to serve the Constitution, not my own personal vision of what the Nation needs.” I like that attitude in a president. I wish we had more of it.
“. . . By way of comparison, here is an earlier president presenting himself to his countrymen:
[T]he magnitude and difficulty of the trust to which the voice of my country called me, being sufficient to awaken in the wisest and most experienced of her citizens a distrustful scrutiny into his qualifications, could not but overwhelm with despondence one who (inheriting inferior endowments from nature and unpracticed in the duties of civil administration) ought to be peculiarly conscious of his own deficiencies.
“His name? George Washington.”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Obama’s Psychodramas”
“. . . This generation of Americans has a propensity to prefer the showy and dramatic — but ultimately irrelevant — response to crises as psychosocial compensation for the fear or inability to embrace a useful, but difficult or controversial, remedy. We don’t dare deal with the felony, so we strut about addressing the misdemeanor. When deranged shooters strike, go after the NRA, but do not get near Hollywood, the mental-health industry, or the illegally obtained handguns of the inner city.
“When a hurricane strikes, provide more borrowed money for failed wind and solar programs, but do not dare promote fracking on public lands, which might radically reduce carbon emissions. Talk loudly of immigration reform, but only in the therapeutic sense of granting amnesties to the deserving, and never in the tragic sense of deporting the undeserving. As with the parents of wayward adolescents, saying yes wins smiles and saying no does not.
“We know this much about this therapeutic and dishonest age: When the next horrific act occurs, one of two things will follow. Either we will rush to pass laws that will make us feel good but do nothing to address the existential crisis. Or we will be silent about enacting reforms of our existing flawed laws that might have prevented the horror, but would make us feel far too uncomfortable.”