How do we fight terrorism at home?
Unlike America's past wars, the war on terrorism transcends traditional political boundaries. It is impossible to say that since we are fighting in the Middle East, we are safe at home. We have to reorient our perspectives on longstanding ideas of offense and defense, as we must practice both on a domestic and a global scale. At home, it is essential to secure buildings, borders, and other assets that are likely terrorist targets. At the same time, we must be proactive, seeking out those who would cause us harm and preventing them before they can be successful. This is a complex challenge that demands a complex response. The government alone cannot fulfill the dual demands of homeland security. The American people must assume some responsibility for their own safety and contribute their individual and collective strengths to the government's effort. Working together, we stand a much better chance of keeping our families and communities safe.
Federal, state, and local level action plans . . .
The United States has always been a nation of immigrants. The entrepreneurial courage of someone who would leave the country and culture they had always known to take their chances in a new world has greatly shaped the American experience. Our population has grown immensely since our founding, but we still welcome newcomers to our shores. Our commitment to an equal opportunity and equal treatment for all, with no consideration for ethnic background and place of birth, remains strong.
Of course, there are other people, those who would do us harm, who are not so welcome in the United States. Technological developments exercised alongside our own precious freedoms provide a lone actor with malevolent intent the tools required to cause immense devastation to the American homeland. Our law enforcement capabilities are poised to detect and prevent such an act before it could occur, but our resources are necessarily limited. It is much easier and safer to stop such individuals before they even enter our country. Preventing individuals with threatening backgrounds or a blatant disregard for our laws from entering the United States is an important step in preventing further attacks. Equally important is having an accurate record of who is here, for what reasons, and for how long, to assist in law enforcement investigations. This is not a question of keeping out those who are different or reserving the wealth of the United States only for those who are native citizens. A balance must be struck that respects the role of immigrants in our national culture and gives an opportunity at the American dream to as many people as possible, while preventing the entry or continued residence of those who would do us harm or disrupt our system of government.
JULY 25, 2016
As important and as usual, Mr. Obama excluded pro-American, anti-jihad Muslim reformers from his celebration.
Those looking for an “away-from-it-all” spot in the United States are unlikely to find anywhere better than the Poconos, a jumble of mountains, forests, lakes and rivers in Pennsylvania, mid-way between New York and Washington.
Why does this keep happening in Virginia? What makes its young Muslims more susceptible to the radical messages from Awlaki and ISIS social media?
JULY 24, 2016
The “killing fields of Chicago,” as well as those in other urban centers, is an American problem, and an example that we have lost our way, our will, our integrity, and our sense of community.
Disregarding for the moment the immense problems Obama's failure has caused for Iraq and the people of that country, allowing ISIS to prosper and grow there has given it the support necessary to expand.
In response to the Nice, France terrorist attack, killing 84, Newt Gringrich called for deportation of Muslims supporting sharia law. President Obama immediately criticized the suggestion as “repugnant” and “un-American.”
JULY 22, 2016
What’s so galling is that while Americans struggle to pay their bills, freeloaders from other countries get the same care at no cost by gaming our generous open-door hospital policies.
Since terrorist attacks are likely to multiply rather than recede, an effective show of unity to prevent further attacks would be the best homage we could pay to the victims of AMIA, 9/11, Brussels, Paris, Istanbul, Bangladesh, and Nice.
In the last two weeks, 8 police officers from Dallas and Baton Rouge have been massacred by two black men who both served their country in the military.
After four trials – a hung jury before a panel that Mosby did her best to taint with unfair prejudice, plus three acquittals on all charges by Judge Williams – the critical facts are now abundantly clear.
JULY 21, 2016
In the wake of the nationwide ambush-shootings of police officers, Sheriff Leon and his Sheriff’s Dept. reflect an entirely different dynamic wherein a mutual respect and public trust seems to exist between all parties.
I believe this is a significant development because it represents another secret JCPOA side deal that the Obama administration illegally withheld from Congress.
To paraphrase Winston Churchill, never have so many been so confused for so long about two little words: Allahu Akbar.
Today the NAACP is part of the status quo and, despite its rhetoric, now fights to protect special interests.
JULY 20, 2016
Our population is still growing but mostly because of immigration. The percent of Americans born somewhere else is approaching record levels.
Despite denials from the present U.S. administration, the war is organized, promoted and managed by radical Islamists.
"Had they been in power during World War II, they probably would have made speeches about how well we were doing breaking the Japanese codes.”
The next administration should carefully consider three problems associated with the bureaucracies that comprise “big government.”
Judicial Watch released previously undisclosed documents from the St. Lucie, Florida, Sheriff’s Department revealing the FBI informed the sheriff’s office in late 2013 that Omar Mateen was “NOT” a terrorist and was no threat to “go postal.”
JULY 19, 2016
Hard drugs are no longer the province of small numbers of drug addicts in big city back-alleys, but increasingly afflict all classes in American society in urban and rural areas
Moving back, spirituality shields us against impulsivity. Individuals, who lack it, grow up self centered, self serving, anti-social and narcissistic.
The July 7th press conference received virtually no news media coverage, a continuation of the complicit media’s role in covering up the truth behind this tragic plane crash in 1996.
China has been busy. In addition to the continued building up of artificial islands and reefs in contested areas, the country has added assets to other islands.
A German intelligence agency reported 141 clandestine Iranian attempts to acquire nuclear and missile technology in 2015 versus 83 in 2013.
We are still not fighting to win the war. We are on defense, which is a sucker’s game.
JULY 18, 2016
The monster truck drove 2 kilometers, zigzagging to make direct hits, deliberately picking off babies in their strollers, before the driver was stopped in a shootout with police.
What I propose as the answer is provocative, but I believe the facts will show many of our problems directly and indirectly resulting from the marginalization of the ideal of manhood.
The proper thing for Americans to do, as Obama told us, was to mourn both officers and criminals, to respect the sacrifices of the police and the anti-police accusations of #BlackLivesMatter.
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No matter what the outcome of the investigations of the two latest police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota turns out to be, the MSM has discounted the fact both men were armed with pistols