by, fairus.org. | h/t futuret
In last year’s National Defense Authorization Act, Congress cut benefits to veterans by increasing co-pays for prescriptions. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the increased co-pays saved the federal government approximately $1.5 billion. (See CBO Estimate FY2016 NDAA) However, it now appears that $336 million generated from the veterans’ cuts was used to pay for 3,000 additional Afghan interpreters to be resettled in the United States. (The Daily Caller News Foundation, May 16, 2016)
Known as the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV), this program was created by Congress in 2009 for Afghan employees and contractors who were employed by the U.S. government in Afghanistan any time after October 6, 2001, and who experienced an ongoing serious threat as a result of that employment. (See P.L. 111-8; 8 U.S.C. § 1101 note 26) Initially, the annual cap on SIVs issued was 1,500 but it was increased to 4,000 in the Fiscal Year 2015 NDAA before being increased again in the Fiscal Year 2016 NDAA to 7,000. (See FAIR Legislative Update, Dec. 9, 2014; Department of State SIV Guidelines)
While Afghan translators serve an important function in the ongoing war on terror, it is poor public policy to cut benefits to American citizen veterans to pay for these visas. “Military families shouldn’t be paying for the SIV program. The program should be funded outright because of the service our interpreters rendered,” said former Army combat veteran Alex Plitsas. (The Daily Caller News Foundation, May 16, 2016) There’s no reason to put veterans’ benefits on the chopping block, especially since there is overlap in jurisdiction with the State Department’s control of visa programs. (Id.)
Outrageously, it appears that several Senators want to cut veterans’ benefits again in the Fiscal Year 2017 NDAA to pay for even more SIV. An unnamed GOP Senate aide told the Daily Caller, “I’ve been told by multiple sources that they’re trying to use the co-pay hike to pay for the visa increase again this year.” (Id.) “With so much wasteful government spending that should be cut, it is befuddling how some in Congress are so eager to put military and veteran benefits on the chopping block.” (Id.)
The Senate is working on the Fiscal Year 2017 NDAA this week. Both Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) have expressed a desire to increase the SIV cap but neither has explained how it would be paid for.
Video courtesy of: CBN News
by, Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) | h/t Glen Roberts @ Trop
On 4/16/2016 at approximately 9pm, a female reported that she was walking when a group of males called her over to their vehicle. She spoke with them for a bit and then walked away. They approached her a short time later on foot near the area of 32nd St W and Blaisdell Av S, where they sexually assaulted her.
There are five reported suspects. They are described as: 1. 19-23 year old dark skinned; Somali male, 6’, light build, with short black frizzy hair. 2. 19-23 year old dark skinned Somali male, 6’, light build, with black short hair. 3. 15-17 year old dark skinned; Somali male, 5’10”- 6’ light build with short black hair. 4. 19-23 year old dark skinned Somali male, 6’, light build with short black hair. 5. 50-56 year old dark skinned Somali male, 6’, heavy build, with a balding head. The vehicle they were in was described as a small black 4 door vehicle with tinted windows and a gray/silver interior.
* If you have any information on this case, including any information that can help identify a suspect, please call the Sex Crimes unit at 612.673.3081 in reference to police case number 16-082076. Alternatively, you can call our Tips Line at (612) 692-8477, or use the free MPD Tip 411 app, or text MPD + your tip to 847411 (Tip 411). MPD Tip 411 is anonymous.
WE do hereby hold Barack Hussein Obama personally responsible for this crime.
WE will seek justice for this victim and WE will secure it…
..by ANY MEANS necessary.
*There is no expiration date on this decree.
Perhaps the Muslims know something we do “not” know…
Or, perhaps they know something we do.
by, AP | FNC | h/t Blazing CatFur
DUDLEY, Mass. – On the site of a long-idle dairy farm, leaders of a local mosque hope to build a final resting place for about 500 Muslim families — to the dismay of many residents of this quaint town in central Massachusetts.
In arguments cemetery developers and activists decry as thinly veiled bigotry, neighbors say they fear burial practices could contaminate groundwater because Muslims traditionally do not embalm bodies and bury their dead without coffins. They also cite concerns about noise, vandalism and increased traffic on the narrow road where the cemetery would be built. One resident said he worried he would have to put up with “crazy music” like the Islamic call to prayer.
Similar sentiments have been expressed by people in communities around the country where Muslim cemeteries have been proposed, including Farmervsille, Texas; Walpole, Massachusetts; Carlisle, Pennsylvania; and Farmington, Minnesota.
In some cases, opponents have succeeded in defeating the new cemetery projects, while in others, Muslim groups have appealed and judges have cleared the way.
In Farmersville, near Dallas, some residents were openly hostile during meetings on a proposal to build a Muslim cemetery on a 35-acre site just outside the city. Farmersville is not far from Garland, where police fatally shot two Islamic State followers last year after they opened fire outside a cartoon contest lampooning the Prophet Muhammad.
Texas town divided over proposed Muslim cemetery:
Video courtesy of: CNN
“People don’t trust Muslims. Their goal is to populate the United States and take it over,” Barbara Ashcraft said during a meeting in August.
“You’re not welcome here!” another man yelled, according to news accounts.
“People don’t trust Muslims.”
– Barbara Ashcraft
City leaders were so bombarded with complaints that they published an informational guide on the city’s website, assuring residents that there is “no training facility planned for this site … no terrorist activity associated with this site … no plans for a mosque at this site.”
Diane Piwko, a Farmersville resident and business owner, said she worries the cemetery — proposed for prime property overlooking a lake — won’t be maintained and will become an eyesore at the entrance to the city.
“I am not basing any of my decision on why I’m against the cemetery on religion,” she said. “I base it on bad business practices.”
Muslim leaders have been taken aback by the level of resistance.
“We were absolutely flabbergasted, to be honest, to see that kind of opposition,” said Ismail Fenni, a representative of Al-Marhama Islamic Burial, which wants to build a cemetery in Walpole, south of Boston.
“All we’re trying to establish is a place for a final resting place for the loved ones of the Muslim community members,” he said. “No other activity is going to be happening in a cemetery except what is customary for a cemetery.”
There are relatively few dedicated Muslim cemeteries around the country, so many Muslim communities use sections of other cemeteries to bury their dead.
In Dudley, the proposal from the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester has been met with angry comments at local meetings.
“You want a Muslim cemetery? Fine. Put it in your backyard, not mine,” Daniel Grazulis said during a zoning meeting in February, drawing a round of applause.
Jason Talerman, a lawyer for the Islamic Society, said he believes the opposition is rooted in Islamophobia.
“They like to say it under the guise of, ‘Oh, we’re just trying to protect our water supply,’ but it’s thinly veiled,” he said.
Desiree Moninski, who lives across the street from the site, once farmed by her grandparents, said she and other opponents have legitimate concerns that have nothing to do with Islam.
“I grew up here. It’s farmland, and I’d like to see it stay that way,” she said.
“A lot of people moved here because it’s peaceful and quiet. I just don’t want a cemetery here, period. Any kind of cemetery. It doesn’t matter what kind.”
In January, a Minnesota judge overturned a local board’s denial of a permit for a cemetery near Farmington. In his written ruling, Judge David Knutson called the denial “arbitrary and capricious.” The judge said the proposal was rejected despite a “lack of any justification based on the health, safety and general welfare of the local residents.”
In West Pennsboro Township, Pennsylvania, a local board rejected a plan for a cemetery proposed last year by the Bosniak Islamic Cultural Center of Carlisle. A judge quickly overturned that ruling.
Douglas Cwienk, a hydrogeologist who testified for the Muslim group proposing the Pennsylvania cemetery, said that Muslim burial practices are unlikely to contaminate wells or groundwater, and that not embalming is better for local groundwater in most cases. (Jewish tradition also prohibits embalming.)
In Dudley, Muslim leaders have agreed to bury bodies in coffins or concrete vaults to appease residents on contamination concerns. Muslim families in the area currently bury their dead in a cemetery in Enfield, Connecticut — about 60 miles away.
Amjad Bhatti, president of the Islamic Society, said some of the comments have hurt because he considers the U.S. his home after moving from Pakistan 20 years ago and raising his family here.
“They belong to this land now,” he said. “This is our country.”
by, J. Schuyler Montague | sharia unveiled
Could this simply be a back-door land grab? A subversive, well-calculated plan to acquisition even more land for ‘an alleged purpose today,’ that could later be used for another purpose down the road? Remember, once they purchase and own the land, they can use it for any purpose they desire. They could change their minds tomorrow. Could they not bury weapons, explosives, NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) agents.. even fissile materials for constructing WMD’s (Weapons of Mass Destruction) in those “grave sites”…knowing they would be safe from search, because we would never go there and disturb their dead? Maybe even build another mega-mosque. This could easily be a foreseeable ‘Pandora’s Box’ hidden inside a ‘Trojan Horse.’ – In this day and age, in the interest of National Security, this is too risky to permit.
One thing is safe to say..anytime Islam is concerned, there is ALWAYS an ulterior motive.
Wijdan Yasir, a 28-year-old recently arrived Muslim Immigrant from Pakistan, charged with sexually assaulting 2 small female children and a woman in Lethbridge swimming pool. Photo courtesy of: Ezra Levant
by, The Calgary Sun | h/t Ezra Levant
A Calgary man is facing sex assault charges after a woman and two girls said they were groped in a Lethbridge swimming pool.
Police were called to a south Lethbridge hotel Saturday after receiving a complaint a strange man inappropriately touched a woman and two minors in the hotel pool.
A man was found by police and arrested without incident.
Wijdan Yasir, a 28-year-old Calgary man, has been charged with three counts of sexual assault and two charges of sexual interference with a minor.
Yasir was released on $1,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in a Lethbridge court on April 29.
Police say there may be other victims or witnesses who may not have been identified, given that the incident took place in a hotel pool. Police said anyone with information should call them.
by, Lydia Willgress | Daily Mail – UK and AP
Fresh information allegedly connecting the government of Saudi Arabia and the 9/11 terror attacks has been released just as Barack Obama arrived in Riyadh to a frosty reception.
Officials have revealed that the flight certificate of Al-Qaeda bomb maker Ghassan Al-Sharbi was discovered hidden in an envelope from the Saudi embassy in Washington when they arrested him in 2002.
Al-Sharbi is believed to have learned how to fly with the hijackers but did not take part in the attacks. Shortly before his arrest, he buried a bundle of documents, which is believed to have included the certificate.
The cache was discovered by US authorities and details, written in a memo known as Document 17 in 2003, were released without fanfare by investigators last year. They were only brought to the public’s attention when an activist discovered them and wrote about them on his website earlier this week.
The release has fueled concerns the Saudi government may have been linked to the coordinated attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people and come at a particularly sensitive time.
Video courtesy of: CNN
President Obama has just arrived in the country amid mounting pressure to declassify a 28-page section of a Congressional report which many believe will point to Saudi involvement in the 9/11 plane hijackings.
Victims’ families have been pushing Congress for the right to sue Saudi Arabia over the death of their loved ones.
Activist Brian McGlinchey claimed the details of the flight certificate would lead to people questioning the extent government individuals were involved, according to The Times.
He said: ‘The envelope points to the fundamental question hanging over us today: to what extent was the 9/11 plot facilitated by individuals at the highest levels of the Saudi government?’
Previous court decisions have ruled that there is insufficient evidence to find Saudi Arabia culpable in the terror attacks, which is why they are now calling for the release of 28 classified pages from the 9/11 congressional report which is believed to show a stronger connection to Saudi funding of the attacks.
This has put Obama in a difficult position, with 9/11 families accusing him of siding with the Kingdom and Saudi officials threatening to sell hundreds of billions of dollars of American assets if Congress passes a bill that would allow the government to be sued over the attacks.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has said his country would sell up to $750 billion in US treasury securities and other assets before the bill puts them in jeopardy.
The administration has tried to stop Congress from passing the legislation, a bipartisan Senate bill. Earlier this week, Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, indicated that President Obama would veto any such legislation.
The increasingly strained relationship between the two countries was laid bare in Riyadh this morning, when Mr Obama arrived at King Khalid International Airport, to be greeted by Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the governor of Riyadh, as opposed to the king himself.
Saudi state television did not immediately air Obama’s arrival, which was unusual since right before Air Force One landed, State TV showed King Salman greeting other senior officials from Gulf nations arriving for the Gulf Cooperation Council summit.
Mustafa Alani, a security analyst at the Gulf Research Center, said the decision to send a lower ranking official to greet Mr Obama was intended to send a clear message that they have little faith in him.
‘He will find a leadership that’s not ready to believe him,’ he said. ‘The Saudis had disagreements with previous presidents. Here you have deep distrust that the president won’t deliver anything.’
Obama eventually did meet King Salman at Riyadh’s Erga Palace before the six-nation GCC summit opens on Thursday.
‘The American people send their greetings and we are very grateful for your hospitality, not just for this meeting but for hosting the GCC-U.S. summit that’s taking place tomorrow,’ Obama said, referring to the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council summit.
King Salman offered similarly gracious words through a translator, saying: ‘The feeling is mutual between us and the American people.’
Meanwhile Mr Obama and Ash Carter, his Defense Secretary, used the trip to appeal to other Gulf nations to do more to support Iraq economically and politically. Mr Carter asked them to help with the reconstruction of the cities of Ramadi and Hit as well as Anbar province, which have been left devastated by ISIS.
Obama on the 9/11 Secret Documents:
Video courtesy of: MEGANEWS
Fifteen of the nineteen men who hijacked four planes and flew them into targets in New York and Washington in 2001 were Saudi citizens, though the country has always denied having any role in the attacks.
A U.S. commission established in the aftermath of the attacks also concluded there was no evidence of official Saudi connivance. However, the White House has been under pressure to declassify a 28-page section of the report that was never published on the grounds of national security.
President Obama will decide whether to declassify the sealed documents by June. During an interview with Charlie Rose this week, he said that James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, was nearly done with a review of the documents to ensure that whatever is made public does not damage US national security interests.
‘I have a sense of what’s in there’, Mr Obama told Rose.
Donald Trump, the Republican presidential frontrunner, believes the pages should be released.
‘I think I know what it’s going to say,’ Mr Trump said on Fox & Friends. ‘It’s going to be very, very profound, having to do with Saudi Arabia and Saudi Arabia’s role on the World Trade Center, and the attack.’
Former US Senator Bob Graham earlier this month said Saudi officials are against the bill that would make it easier for families to sue.
‘They are so fearful of what would emerge if there were to be a full trial, he said. ‘That says something about Saudi Arabia’s involvement in 9/11.
Analysis and Narration by, Trevor Phillips | Blazing CatFur | Video by, Who knows u know
This is perhaps the broadest survey of the ‘Muslim mindset’ in Britain, conducted to date. The research data was all derived from thousands of ‘face to face’ interviews and explores questions on free speech, terrorism, Israel, polygamy, homosexuality, stoning of adulterers and much more…
It’s a very well made video and definitely worth the watch, facilitating insight and a deeper understanding into…
What British Muslims Really Think: