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Those That Cannot Remember The Past Are Condemned To Repeat It (When Will We Ever Learn)

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On the afternoon of February 26, 1993, Islamic terrorist Ramzi Yousef parked a Ryder truck in the basement of the North Tower of the World Trade Center and detonated an explosive that killed six people and injured over one thousand more. Ramzi Yousef was not Christian or Jewish. He was not a Buddhist, a Mormon or a Baptist. He was a Muslim. Upon his illegal entry into the United States, Yousef took up residence in New Jersey.

On September 11, 2001, nineteen Islamic terrorists boarded four airplanes and carried out the worst terrorist attack to ever occur on American soil.  The nineteen terrorists were not Christians.  They were not Jewish. They were not Buddhists, Mormons or Baptists. They were Muslims.  Tickets for at least one of the hijacked flights were purchased in New Jersey.  Flight 93 took off from Newark International Airport. Of the almost three thousand people that were killed on September 11, 2001, six hundred and ninety four were residents of New Jersey.

In June 2010, two New Jersey residents were arrested at JFK International Airport as they were about to board flights to Egypt. The two had intentions of joining up with Islamic terrorists to wage war with The United States. It has been reported that they were discovered and exposed by an undercover NYPD officer.

The FBI and Law Enforcement were highly criticized in the days following September 11, 2001. More could’ve been done.  More should’ve been done to protect every citizen of this country. Why ten years after these attacks we feel the need to have to apologize to anyone for due diligence is beyond any comprehension. Shame on Eric Holder. Shame on New Jersey Governor Christie.

The FBI, The NYPD and all other Federal, State and local law enforcement is tasked with protecting everyone, regardless of religion or race. Lest we forget that several dozen innocent Muslims were also killed on September 11, 2001?

Without  getting into why this topic should not even be discussed in public, the only thing Eric Holder and Gov. Christie should be saying is that, “Yes we are currently involved in undercover surveillance and intelligence gathering within the Muslim community.  We will continue with these operations until such a time that there is no longer a threat from within that community.  You are either with us or against us.  There is no middle ground here.”

The citizens of the state of New Jersey and the country should be calling for the resignations of both Holder and Christie.  Their comments have proven that their concern is not that of ALL Americans but rather that of a vocal minority.  We can not and should not kowtow to any one group, thereby putting everyone in harms way.

This is not a question of wrongfully arresting anyone or violating one’s civil rights.  It is not a call to discriminate or harm anyone from any specific group.  It is a case of being ever vigilant in the war on terrorism.  We were attacked by Islamic extremists who were Muslim.  Common sense should dictate that that is where the attention should be focused.

The FBI has said that the “secret spying” has damaged Muslims’ trust.  A pretty good argument could be made that September 11 damaged America’s trust.

As George Bush said, “Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.” There is no middle ground.

Could you imagine a group of Italians up in arms at the FBI or NYPD or any other law enforcement agency for having undercover officers infiltrate the Mafia?

Wake up America……………………………..It’s time to demand more from our elected officials.

God Bless the United States of America.

The System Did Not and Does Not Work…..Once Again this Administration Fails the American People

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Not on Watch List
On December 25, 2009, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab was allowed to board a plane bound for the United States of America. In his pocket a United States Visa. Secreted on his body, just below his waist, a bag containing explosives.
It is being reported that even though Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab was not on a terrorist watch list, his name had been added this past November to a U.S. database of people suspected of having terrorist ties.

No Credible Information
According to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, there had been no specific, credible, or derogatory information about Mutallab, which would have moved him to a “Selectee” or “No Fly” list.

Really.

No specific, credible or derogatory information about Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab?

In May 2009, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab was denied a student Visa and placed on a United Kingdom watch list. Derogatory?

In November 2009, Mutallab’s own father, Alhaji Umar Mutallab reported to the United States Embassy in Nigeria that he feared his son’s religious views were becoming “extremist.” Specific? Credible?

Yet despite the failures of our own security measures to recognize and identify Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab as a possible threat, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has the audacity to try and dupe the American people and the world into believing that the “system worked.”

The system did not work!

The United Kingdom’s system worked. They identified Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab as a threat. They denied Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab entry into their country.

Ours did not work!

It is broke. It is flawed. It is governed by political correctness.

It is being run by idiots with little and no experience. The same idiots who only a few months ago warned of “local” rightwing extremists. The same idiots who added those with anti abortion and immigration views and returning war veterans to “local watch lists.”

Current Rules
When acknowledging that Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab was not on a terrorist watch list, Security Secretary Janet Napolitano commented that, “…we did not have the kind of information that under the current rules would elevate him.”

Current rules?

Just what are the current rules when US citizens and certain groups get placed on “watch lists” but foreign individuals, already identified by other governments as possible terrorists, do not?

Stepping Back
When asked by David Gregory on Meet the Press this past Sunday, about whether terrorists and al-Qaeda still pose a threat to the United States, Janet Napolitano responded, “Well, I think, stepping back from this case what we see is that al-Qaeda remains a source of threat ….”

Stepping back from this case? How do you step back from this case? The Homeland Security Secretary does not have the luxury of “stepping back” from this or any case.

We are at War
Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab should not have been issued a US Visa; at the very least it should have been revoked. Mutallab should never have been allowed to enter the United States.

We are at war and yet we still fail to recognize who our enemy is. We continue to bow down to pressure and accusations of profiling from the Muslim world. We need not apologize to any foreign government or religious group. We need to protect our citizens and our country from attack. We need tighter immigration laws and to better screen those entering our borders. Our illegal immigration problem is bad enough, but when we start issuing Visa’s to terrorists, I think it’s time to reassess our policies.

Attack Thwarted by the People
This attack was thwarted by the “people.” Not by the government. Not by the authorities. And not by those we look to and expect to protect us.

This administration continues to fail the American people. It continues to govern by political correctness rather than common sense. It continues to focus on all the wrong issues. This president is more concerned with Oprah and Leno and pushing his own agenda than he is with bin Laden, al-Qaeda, Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong-il and our own security.

Once again the American people show that even though they expect so much, they will accept so little.

God Bless the United States of America!
God Help Us.