The Obama administration has brought an accused Libyan terrorist named Ahmed Abu Khattala to Washington for trial. His saga reveals how the government views the Islamist threat, and it's discouraging. Fortunately, a much better alternative exists.
Abu Khattala stands accused of taking part in the murder of an ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi in September 2012. After an achingly slow investigation, during which time the suspect lived in the open and defiantly gave media interviews, the American military seized him on June 15. After being transported by sea and air to Washington, D.C., Abu Khattala was jailed, provided with a defense attorney, Michelle Peterson, indicted, arraigned, and, after listening to an Arabic translation of the proceedings, pleaded not guilty to a single charge of conspiracy and requested a halal diet. He potentially faces life in prison.
This scenario presents two problems. First, Abu Khattala enjoys the full panoply of protections offered by the U.S. legal system (he actually was read his Miranda rights, meaning his right to stay silent and to consult with a lawyer), making conviction uncertain. As The New York Times explains, proving the charges against him will be "particularly challenging" because of the circumstances of the attacks, which took place in the midst of a civil war and in a country brimming with hostility to the United States, where concerns about security meant that U.S. law investigators had to wait for weeks to go to the crime scenes to collect evidence, and the prosecution depends on testimony from Libyan witnesses brought over to the United States who may well falter under cross-examination. more >>
Do you remember when President George W. Bush, in 2005, held a summit meeting with the "three amigos" to promote the free movement of people and goods across our borders with Canada and Mexico? The Council on Foreign Relations then spoke of "building a North American community" with a common "security perimeter" and "labor mobility" among our three countries.
Texas planned to build a massive North American Free Trade Agreement superhighway that would begin at its southern border with Mexico and eventually reach northern U.S. cities. The Kansas City Southern Railway bought a Mexican railroad and began branding it as the NAFTA railroad, with the goal of carrying Chinese products from Mexico's Pacific Port of Lazaro Cardenas all the way to Kansas City, Missouri.
The prospect of an economic union with Mexico, which could eventually become a North American Union modeled on the European Union, rightly alarmed many Americans. Texas Gov. Rick Perry was forced to abandon his NAFTA superhighway, and President Barack Obama quietly removed Bush's Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America from the White House website. more >>
A Texas family blames the federal government's inability to secure the U.S. border for the alleged assault of their 9-year-old daughter by an illegal immigrant from Mexico.
"He came across 30 days ago during all this influx of children from Central America," Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler told WFAA about the suspect who's been deported four times since 2003.
"I'm tired of the politics. That's what it is — politics. Secure the border and let's get on with it," Fowler added. more >>
A White House representative has responded to an online petition that received over 103,000 signatories calling for the Obama Administration to recognize "non-binary genders."
Roy Austin, deputy assistant to the President for the Office of Urban Affairs, Justice, and Opportunity in the Domestic Policy Council, recently responded to the petition posted on the "We the People" website in March.
While sympathetic to the petition's demands, Austin wrote on Friday that "there is considerable variance across agencies and levels of government." more >>
The mask is off. All pretense has been dropped, and the anti-Christian left's boundless depth of hatred for individual liberty, our First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) is now on full display.
I wrote last week about the Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby opinion, a rather tepid acknowledgement of every American's non-negotiable right to religious free exercise (yes, that includes Christian business owners). I observed, among other things, that "the secularist left's utter meltdown over having but a small measure of control over others wrested away is highly instructive."
The meltdown continues. This week brings two new developments: 1) Democrats in Congress have readied a legislative "Hobby Lobby fix" that stands exactly zero chance of passing and would be struck down as unconstitutional even if it did, and 2) The ACLU, AFL-CIO, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Lambda Legal and a hodgepodge of other left-wing extremist groups have withdrawn support for the ironically tagged "Employment Non-Discrimination Act," the crown jewel of homofascism, because the bill's paper-thin "religious exemption" does not adequately outlaw the practice of Christianity. more >>
According to a six month Gallup survey, President Obama is very popular with only one group of Americans, Muslims, registering an astounding 72 percent approval rating. It is a much different story among all Americans as the President scores a weak 43 percent approval rating.
This new data is from a survey of Americans with religious affiliations that compiled information from 88,000 interviews over the January 1-June 30, 2014 time period. Among all Americans, even Muslims, the President's approval rating has dropped between five and seven percentage points in the past six months compared to his five year average.
Whereas the vast majority of Muslims love President Obama, Mormons are very disapproving of his leadership and give him only an 18 percent approval rating. Overall, Christians are not very supportive of the President's agenda with Catholics giving Obama a 44 percent approval rating and Protestants only registering 37 percent support. more >>