How Far Have we Come?
by GADI ADELMAN
September 10, 2011
Sadly, this is an article that I'd rather not have to write. Having to think about all the things that have happened since the day our landscape was changed forever, is truly depressing.
I came back to the U.S. From Israel in 1981, long before most people had ever heard the words "Jihad", "Sharia" and for many, even the word "Islam".
During that same year while interviewing with FBI, the interviewer laughed at the objective on my resume;
Short term objective: to secure employment in law enforcement
Long term objective: to specialize in anti-terrorism
While laughing he said to me,
"This is America, we don't have terrorism!"
I told him to wait ten years and remember the word "Jihad".
I was only off by two years, not bad for off the top of my head, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was the first real Islamic terrorism to come to the shores of America.
It was obvious to me that sooner, rather than later, America would be just another statistic in the long list of countries to experience terrorism, but I had no idea that the scale of one planned attack would be so severe and devastating. Unfortunately, neither did those tasked with our National security.
Since 9/11/2001 I have written many an article and given many a lecture on our national security, creeping Sharia, terror cells within the U.S. and the overall politically correct climate that concerns all the afore mentioned.
What is most depressing is that we as a nation have not gone forward in combating any of these things; we have, if anything, gone backwards.
Week in and week out I write about anti-Semitism being on the rise not only here in America, but throughout the world while the Muslims scream they are the victims.
Yes, somehow, the Muslims are always the “victims” now; it probably would be a case where they scream “Islamophobia” such as in the recent case at the Playland Park in NY over a safety rule that prevented Muslim women from going on some of the rides while wearing their religious head scarves. Hello? Do we need to draw you a picture of what can happen if your head scarf gets hung up while on a ride such as a roller coaster?
Israel, our only true ally in the Middle East has been shunned by the current administration. Also, let’s not forget how Obama has told Israel they need to go back to the indefensible 1949 (not 1967) lines in order to appease the so called Palestinians.
The gaping hole known as our southern border that has become a free entrance to anyone wanting to do us harm with border patrol officials admitting that only one in five are caught.
A 2006 congressional report on border threats, "A Line in the Sand: Confronting the Threat at the Southwest Border", prepared by the House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Investigations, indicated that illegals are coming in from Afghanistan, Iran, Egypt, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Yemen along with members of Hezbollah.
The mosque at Ground Zero is still a go; of course that is not its name. It will be known as the "Cordoba mosque", no, wait it changed to the "Cordoba house", no, wait it changed to a civic center, no a cultural center, no, it’s the "Park 51" now.
Sounds less intrusive that way and of course, it's much more PC to call it the Park 51 Cultural Center, than a mosque. After all, a mosque is where all 19 hijackers were indoctrinated and heard the Jihad rant of death to America.
Many states have attempted to pass laws outlawing or banning the use of Sharia law when judges decide cases in their states, but of course as we all know Sharia can't happen here because it is incompatible with our Constitution.
However, for some reason, even though it can never ever happen here and Muslim organizations such as CAIR keep reassuring us of that, they file suit each and every time to make sure these laws never see the light of day.
Honor killings not only continue to happen, but are downgraded from first degree murder and yes, in one case even ruled a suicide. Darn that Fatima Abdullah for banging her head on a coffee table until she was dead.
A Muslim woman whowas raped, imprisoned, and assaulted by her Muslim husband had her case heard and decided upon in New Jersey Superior Court. The Judge who found the husband "not guilty" stated as follows,
“This court does not feel that, under the circumstances, that this defendant had a criminal desire to or intent to sexually assault or to sexually contact the plaintiff when he did. The court believes that he was operating under his belief that it is, as the husband, his desire to have sex when and whether he wanted to, was something that was consistent with his practices and it was something that was not prohibited.”
Luckily, this case was overturned by the appellate court, with the appellate court saying,
"…the Judge was mistaken".
Gee, ya think?
Currently there are at least 35 known camps in the U.S. that are actively teaching jihad ideology and paramilitary training, terror camps within our own borders. As noted in Erick Stakelbeck’s book “The Terrorist Next Door” page 71,
Muslims of America, according to a 2006 Department of Justice report, has some 3000 members nationwide and operates up to 35 such compounds in rural areas across 19 states, including Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
Hundreds of mosques throughout the U.S. are teaching that same anti-American jihad ideology as documented throughout the entire book “Muslim Mafia” by Dave Gaubatz. Investigators worked undercover for two years, some of whom even worked within CAIR headquarters as interns to bring forth proof of what mosques and Muslim Organizations in the U.S. are accomplishing in their fight to Islamize America right under our politically correct noses.
What’s more is that the number of mosques in the U.S. has more than doubled in the last ten years. What exactly is being preached inside these buildings that are part of the “religion of peace”?
The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has spent billions of dollars to create beautiful window dressings to make the flying public feel safe while in reality we are less safe than prior to 9/11 according to pilots as well as security experts. In an article also by Dave Gaubatz, titled “A Retired Airline Pilot Speaks Out on Airline Security,” a pilot interviewed stated,
“In reality, our airlines are not safer for our families. They are more vulnerable to attack and infiltration than prior to 9/11.”
"Enhanced pat downs" have done more for late night comedians than for the traveling public. Two weeks ago I flew out of LaGuardia airport in New York and went through nothing more than a basic metal detector, no pat down, no backscatter scanners, and no wand. On the other hand, people have accused TSA of molestation and sexual assault.
Recently an award winning chef admitted he had accidentally flown with four large knives in his carryon bag out of Chicago. In March TSA somehow missed a bag with three box cutters that fell out of a man’s carry on once he was on the plane and this past November, Adam Savage the host of Mythbusters reported that he accidentally managed to get 12 " razor blades through airport security. So much for that enhanced security.
In 2010 when Obama introduced his National Security Strategy the words “Radical Islam,”” terrorism” and “Jihadist” were removed from all national security documents and our administration said we are no longer at war with terrorists. John Brennan, the Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Assistant to the President stated,
“The President’s strategy is absolutely clear about the threat we face. Our enemy is not ‘terrorism’ because terrorism is but a tactic. Our enemy is not ‘terror’ because terror is a state of mind and as Americans we refuse to live in fear. Nor do we describe our enemy as ‘jihadists’ or ‘Islamists’ because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenant of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one’s community, and there is nothing holy or legitimate or Islamic about murdering innocent men, women and children.”
Just after Nidal Hassan, the Fort Hood shooter, gunned down 13 fellow soldiers in cold blood while screaming “Allah Akbar” (14 actually died since 21 year old Francheska Velez was 3 months pregnant) President Obama was quicker to react to those calling the Foot Hood shooting terrorism than he is at picking up his golf clubs. He stated,
“We don't know all the answers yet and I would caution against jumping to conclusions until we have all the facts.”
The warning signs were blatantly ignored due to fear of repercussions and not being politically correct as now admitted by many who knew Nidal Hassan and his radical Islamic views. The NY Daily News reported in January 2010,
A senior White House official likened the failure to connect the dots on Hasan's erratic behavior and affinity for radical Islam to the intelligence breakdowns that led to the Christmas Day underwear bomber incident over Detroit.
I have stated since 9/11 over and over again that “political correctness would be the death of America”, it certainly was partially responsible for those that died at Foot Hood.
The Obama administration has had almost more “Muslim Outreach Programs” than Obama has had vacations. During one such program the FBI allowed a known Hamas operative into a six week program that included tours of top-secret areas of our National Counterterrorism Center, after that came to light, the FBI attempted to deny it ever happened.
Political correctness has all but done away with the word "God", and Allah forbid you so much as even think about saying a prayer at the tenth anniversary 9/11 Memorial service.
The Ground Zero Cross may not be allowed at the Memorial/museum either as there is a lawsuit trying to keep it from being there as explained by the Washington Post,
The group actually claims that its members are experiencing “dyspepsia [upset stomach], symptoms of depression, headaches, anxiety, and mental pain and anguish,” not from the devastating destruction of life caused by the terrorists on 9/11, but as a “direct and proximate result of the unconstitutional existence of the cross.” That’s not a line from a blog post, a press release, or a fundraising letter; that is the actual legal argument presented by the American Atheists in their complaint.
Yes we have come a long, long way in the last ten years; it makes me wonder what our money ten years from now will have printed on it, perhaps, “One nation under Allah”?
FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Gadi Adelman is a freelance writer and lecturer on the history of terrorism and counterterrorism. He grew up in Israel, studying terrorism and Islam for 35 years after surviving a terrorist bomb in Jerusalem in which 7 children were killed. Since returning to the U. S., Gadi teaches and lectures to law enforcement agencies as well as high schools and colleges. He can be heard every Thursday night at 8PM est. on his own radio show “AmericaAkbar” on Blog Talk Radio. He can be reached through his website gadiadelman.com.