Hezbollah – Next Door

by Mustang

Hezbollah (also the “Party of God”) is a Lebanese Shia Islamist militant group led by Hassan Nasrallah.  Hezbollah is the militant wing of a Shia Jihad Council; its political wing is the Resistance Bloc Party in the Lebanese Parliament.  Civilized nations have designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.  Lebanon, Iraq, and Russia are not among them.

Hezbollah Flag“Hezbollah Flag” by upyernoz is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Following Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982, Lebanese clerics adopted the model established by Ayatollah Khomeini during the Iranian Revolution of 1979.  The organization of Hezbollah was an Iranian effort, through funding and the dispatch of a core group of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, to aggregate a variety of Lebanese Shia groups into a unified organization to resist Israeli occupation.

According to some, Hezbollah has grown more powerful than the Lebanese Army.  With control over radio and television stations, social services, and operational control over paramilitary fighters in other countries, Hezbollah, with financial support from Iran and Syria, has become a state within a state.

Hezbollah is responsible for carrying out terrorist attacks in Israel, Lebanon, Kuwait, Argentina, Panama, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and Bulgaria.  In Latin America, Hezbollah was responsible for the bombing of the Israeli Embassy in 1992 and the Argentina Jewish Center in 1994.  In both incidents, Hezbollah murdered 114 people.  The bombing in 1994 was the first Hezbollah assault outside Lebanon or the Middle East.  The Hezbollah terror network is also suspected of downing Alas Chiricanas Flight 00901 in Panama one day after the Argentina Jewish Center.

Note: No one should be foolish enough to think that Hezbollah’s terrorist network is confined to Latin America. The Hezbollah terror network that moved from Lebanon to Colombia and the tri-border area between Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina to carry out the 1994 bombings, remains active today.  Known as Unit 910 (also its External Security Organization (ESO)), Hezbollah is popularly supported in Latin America because it co-opted Lebanese families living throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean Islands.

Presently, 300,000 Shia Moslems live in the United States; they receive their religious instruction from Shia mosques, the largest of which is in Dearborn, Michigan.  If Lebanese immigrants residing in Central and South America can throw their support behind Hezbollah, there is no reason to think that Lebanese living in the United States would not do the same.

Since 1994, Hezbollah has morphed from a terrorist network into a narcotics cartel.  Of the more than 2,000 individuals identified as narcotics associates, 200 affiliate with Hezbollah.  Today, Hezbollah’s business affairs component (HBAC) directs and manages its growing money-laundering schemes and multi-ton shipments of cocaine.  Hezbollah’s involvement in drug trafficking is not new.  Since 1994, Hezbollah kingpins have invested in media outlets, established numerous investment mechanisms and cash/credit businesses to help launder illicit revenues.

One of these, the most notable, is Al-Inmaa Engineering and Contracting, whose managing director carries a Venezuelan passport.  Other business enterprises involve textile industries, beef, charcoal, electronics, tourism, real estate, and construction firms.  In 2018, the US Justice Department listed Hezbollah as one of the world’s top five transnational criminal organizations.

Naming Hezbollah (along with three Mexican cartels and the Central American criminal gang, popularly known as MS13) was a wake-up call for Latin American nations.  Most Latin American politicians did not know that Hezbollah had so thoroughly infiltrated their criminal elements.  Today, Hezbollah has become the principal hybrid threat to Latin American security.

For well over 150 years, beginning during the Ottoman Era, wave after wave of immigrants arrived in Venezuela from Lebanon, Syria, and Armenia.  Moslems, Christians, and Jews primarily settled in Margarita Island, Puerto Cabello, Punto Fijo, and La Guairá.  By 1975 (at the beginning of the Lebanese Civil War), tens of thousands of Lebanese migrated to Venezuela seeking safety.  At the time, Venezuela had a high standard of living, and the people were allowed to pursue their unfettered dreams by the government.

Hezbollah wasted no time exploiting transplanted Lebanese to build local support networks and did so, initially, without most Lebanese immigrants knowing about it.  Slowly, an army of logistics professionals, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and accountants, emerged from within the diaspora to raise money, conceal and move illicit funds, most of which funded Hezbollah’s global terror network.

Today, Hezbollah’s terrorist network operates through compartmentalized familial clan structures, now embedded within the Maduro regime’s illicit economy and its bureaucracy.  Many of these clans assimilated into the Maduro apparatus and bureaucracy; they are now high-ranking officials, have much to say about Venezuelan society, and these, in turn, are working their way into the political structures of neighboring countries.

Hezbollah’s crime-terror network in Colombia and Venezuela came to light in 2011.  Following a two-year investigation, law enforcement authorities arrested 130 criminals and seized $23 million of illicit funds that moved through West Africa into Lebanon through the Lebanese-Canadian Bank.  It was called Operation Titan.

Operation Titan was a joint Colombian-US effort started in 2008 targeting the Medellin Cartel, called La Oficina de Envigado.  The investigation connected Medellin to Lebanese families and communities and eventually to Hezbollah.  The investigation resulted in the collapse of Hezbollah’s transregional cocaine trafficking scheme through Ayman Saied Joumaa, a Colombian-Lebanese drug kingpin.  The United States indicted Joumaa for his involvement in drug trafficking with Los Zetas in Mexico. According to US federal authorities, he runs an extensive maritime shipping network tied to Hezbollah.  Sadly, Joumaa remains free.

Ali Mohamad Saleh, a prominent Shia businessman and Hezbollah kingpin facilitated a complex maze of cross-border trade and bulk-cash transactions between Colombia and Venezuela. It was more than drugs; it involved weapons, contraband, bulk-cash smuggling, and money laundering. Mohamad and his brother, Kassem, became Hezbollah’s primary Latin-American terror financiers in 2012. Colombian and US officials exposed Mohamad and Kassem, but they escaped to Venezuela.  Today, they are living in Maracaibo, working with another prominent Maduro-supported Lebanese clan.

The Saleh family is not the only terrorist clan operating with impunity in Venezuela.  Ghazi Nassereddine has been a person of interest to the Federal Bureau of Investigation since 2015.  Ghazi’s older brother, Abdallah, is a prominent businessman with substantial investments in real estate, commercial centers, and tourist traps.

Migrants from Lebanon, the Nassereddine rose to political prominence after Hugo Chávez became president of Venezuela.  Ghazi entered the foreign ministry, attaining official diplomatic status, and Abdallah worked his way into an important position within the United Socialist Party.  Ghazi used his position to establish relationships between Hezbollah operators, Venezuelan ministers, and military counterintelligence chief Carvajal Barrios.

The result of these interactions was a cocaine-for-weapons scheme between FARC[1] and Hezbollah.  FARC transferred cocaine to the Maduro regime, and a planeload of weapons arrived from Lebanon and found their way into Colombia.  Today, Ghazi directs a think tank called Global AZ; it has ties to France, Germany, and Italy.  Other members of Nassereddine run political indoctrination camps, paramilitary training camps, weapons and drug smuggling operations, and petroleum security operations.

Maicao is a historic commercial hub in La Guajira, Colombia.  It has a large concentration of Lebanese immigrants dating back to the 1800s.  In 2017, Colombian immigration officials deported a Lebanese-Hezbollah financier named Abdala Rada Ramel.  Ramel ran drug trafficking operations and a smuggling ring from Maicao to Cartagena.  Ramel bragged about his relationship with Hezbollah ESO leader Salman Raouf Salman — a known global terrorist thought to be instrumental in the 1992 and 1994 bombings.  Salman has more aliases than most people have socks.

Argentina issued an arrest warrant in 2009 and offered a $7 million reward for information leading to his capture.  Salman and his brother José Salman El Reda were instrumental in establishing Hezbollah support networks in Latin America.  Salman Raouf Salman and José Salman remain free.

Since 2014, US-Colombian joint investigations led to ten separate but interrelated kingpin designations and three federal indictments by the US federal government.  Involved in the convergence points were air and sea bridges between Venezuela, Iran, and Hezbollah.  It is a transregional threat that props up Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela and Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

Concluding discussion

The situation in Venezuela is critical.  Millions of citizens are unable to access primary healthcare and adequate nutrition.  Most people have no access to safe water.  The Maduro government routinely commits atrocities against citizens, including extrajudicial executions, kidnapping, illegal incarceration, the summary court-martial of civilians, torture of detainees, and beatings of people the government declares as “trouble-makers.”

Venezuelan citizens today are fleeing repression and shortages of food, medicine, and medical supplies.  It is one of the most significant migration crises in recent Latin American history.  Some 5.5 of 32-million Venezuelans have fled their country since 2014.  Many of these forced immigrants remain in irregular status, meaning they cannot obtain work permits, send their children to school, or access health care.  This, in turn, subjects them to exploitation and abuse in their temporary refuges.

What can we do about any of this?  Actually, nothing.  But it is instructive to note that Venezuela regressed from a nation with a high standard of living to a fourth-world cesspool within the span of a single generation.  Latin American caudillos have been a plague among their people for two hundred years.  The list of them is long.  They all followed similar paths to achieve and maintain power.

Many met an untimely (but well-deserved) end … some met a much-deserved end but took their time achieving it.  Castro depended on Russia, and now Venezuela depends on Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah.  The situation should elicit some empathy for these people, who have no guns to defend themselves nor any means of fighting for their liberty.  More disturbing, however, is that a lethal terrorist group has found its way into the political structure of Venezuela.  This cannot and will not end well for the Venezuelan people.

Meanwhile, there is a well-entrenched terrorist group in Central and South America, with swarms of illegal immigrants crossing the US border in Texas — people from Haiti, Colombia, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico, and yes … Venezuela; people whose true identities we cannot ascertain.  And then, there are significant quantities of drugs flowing across the border, as well (as if hundreds of Covid-infected illegals weren’t enough).  Where is the fentanyl coming from?  According to the US DEA, it’s coming from China through Mexico.  According to the US DEA, 90,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2020 alone.

Oh, and one more thing.  In this toxic environment, the American people elected Joe Biden to lead their nation.


[1] Also, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC began as a guerrilla group in 1964 known to employ a variety of terrorist tactics.  Initially funded through kidnapping and ransom, illegal mining, and extortion.

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Democrats threats of violence, riots and uprisings include ‘Put a bullet in Donald Trump’

Let us not forget that it is the Democrats that have been agitating for the violence against society and Trump in particular. Had one member of the GOP made statements against Obama the media would not have stopped until one or more of these threatening individuals had paid a high price. Here is one for the memory.

A video circulating on social media presents a montage of threats against the United States and President Trump by Democrats and media figures.

“They’re still going to have to go out and put a bullet in Donald Trump,” says one.

The video was posted on Twitter by Blaze TV reporter Elijah Schaffer.

A video that splices together clips of prominent Democrats and progressives openly calling for political unrest is now trending online as the nation continues to be gripped by violence and riots in the streets.

In its original post, the Caldron Pool account asks, “how did you think it would end?” insinuating that progressives’ calls for violence have indeed given rise to the violence now playing out in communities across the country such as Portland, Oregon; Kenosha, Wisconsin; and Chicago.

“I will go and take Trump out tonight,” said Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said: “I don’t know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country. Maybe there will be.”

New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, “Show me where it says protesters are supposed to be polite and peaceful.”

Former Attorney General Eric Holder said, “When they go low, we kick.”

An MSNBC personality said of Trump, “I’d like to punch him in the face.”

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“Make no mistake, if you give power to Joe Biden, the radical left will defund police departments all across America,” Trump said in his speech at the Republican National Convention last week. “They will pass federal legislation to reduce law enforcement nationwide. They will make every city look like Democrat-run Portland, Oregon.”

H/T: Boudica

The Democrats little handiwork. Coming to your home soon.

Other than that, all is well in the swamp.

NYC terrorist strike came via ‘Diversity Visa Program’ thank Chuck Schumer

 

The Mark Levin broadcast last night revealed that the latest terrorist to strike us here in NYC, washed up on our shores via the “Diversity Visa Program.” Needless to say, I lit up like a Christmas tree as I have been posting about the dangers of this program since my earliest days of blogging. We learn that this Visa program was thrust upon us by no less than Chuck Schumer according to Levin. The bill passed in 1990 and became effective in 1995. Here we go just for the memories:

Diversity Visa Lottery – a sure way to bring Terrorists into our midst

I first wrote a post back in 2010 about this absurd Diversity Visa program that allows thousands to come to the United States from terror ridden countries.  All in the name of political correctness that puts us all at risk. So our very lives now depend on the luck of the draw? If we are very lucky the ultimate power ball winners will not be terrorists who will come here to kill us. At the least, another drain on our society. Those will come who have no skills, health problems that we will have to take care of, a religion that has no respect to our Judeo-Christian heritage. Now? We have the concern of Ebola.

The Congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available 50,000 diversity visas (DV) annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. They end up with Green cards can bring their extended families to the USA.

National Review:

The Diversity Visa (DV) program, to take just one glaring example of government insanity, is still going.

On October 1, the State Department opened the annual DV random lottery to applicants from around the world. Yes, it’s completely random, like a Powerball drawing. Up to 55,000 lucky winners will snag permanent residency visas (green cards), which put them on the path to American citizenship ahead of millions of other foreigners patiently waiting to come to this country.

The Diversity Visa lottery program is a public-health hazard and a national-security risk that leaves our safety to random chance. But pleas to curtail or end the program since the 9/11 attacks have fallen on deaf ears.

But if you come from a terror-sponsoring or terror-friendly nation — such as Iran, Syria, Sudan, North Korea, or more than a dozen officially designated terror enablers on the State Department’s list — no worries. Thousands from these breeding grounds for jihad will walk through our front doors.

You know who else will get in? Untold numbers of “diversity” petitioners from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and other West African countries where the Ebola virus is epidemic. If you think the feds will ensure that foreign visa-seekers with communicable diseases stay out, think again. The State Department now allows applicants with HIV to apply and enter. Those who suffer from tuberculosis, leprosy, or other afflictions “of public health significance” can apply for waivers. Unfortunately, there is no antidote for our government’s blind and deadly diversity worship. Political correctness is a plague on us all.

Keep reading…

January 5, 2010

State Department Using ‘Diversity Visas’ to Encourage Immigration to U.S. from Terror-Ridden Yemen

The State Department has awarded 1,011 special “diversity visas” allowing Yemeni nationals to immigrate to the United States since 2000, the year 17 U.S. sailors were killed when the USS Cole was attacked by terrorists in the Yemeni port of Aden.

The “diversity visas” are designed to encourage immigration from countries that do not otherwise send significant numbers of immigrants to the United States.

Green card hopefuls sue US over lottery lapse UPDATE July 13, 2011 — bunkerville

This one is just for giggles.

English Al-jazeera:

State department sued after 22,000 names that went forward for processing following lottery are withdrawn.

A group calling themselves the “22,000 Hopefuls” are suing the US state department to try and stop a re-drawing of its 2012 Diversity Lottery.

The 22,000 people had received a promise saying their applications had been accepted and would be considered from 19 million entrants after entering a yearly “Green Card lottery” programme offered by the US government.

But US officials later retracted the results after they said a computer glitch for drawing the people was discovered.

Anti-Trump Puerto Rican Mayor Supported Terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera

 

Mayor Cruz supported one of the most dangerous domestic terrorists around. In the end, he was sentenced to 55 years but whose sentence was commuted by Obama. A Marxist. But of course. No doubt Cruz will run for Governor so she can turn this hell hole into the next Marxist Utopia:

Carmen Yulin Cruz, the anti-Trump Mayor of San Juan who has used the national spotlight of Hurricane Maria to attack Trump, has a long history of supporting convicted terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera, a Puerto Rican radical who ran a paramilitary group that waged war against the United States.

Since May 29th, 2012, Cruz has used her official Twitter account 49 times to lend support to Lopez, a man arrested by the United States government in May of 1981 for seditious conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to transport explosives to destroy government property, among other charges. Later that year, Lopez was sentenced to 55 years in jail for his various crimes.

Indeed, Cruz and Lopez appear to be not just friends, but close friends.

Several months after President Obama commuted Rivera’s sentence just before he left office, a decision so bizarre even CNN’s Jake Tapper didn’t understand it, Cruz tweeted a selfie of herself with a man who closely resembles Rivera, with the caption reading “Welcome #OscarLopez”

However, this is hardly surprising, given her long history of using her political clout to advocate on the convicted terrorist’s behalf. On September 20th, 2012, Cruz tweeted a picture of herself posing with street art of Rivera, writing “Free Oscar Lopez Rivera.”

More at Got News

Most Americans may not have heard of Lopez, or the organization he helped lead, the Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional (FALN), a radical Marxist Puerto Rican independence group. With the focus of post-9/11 terrorism falling almost exclusively on Islamist radicals, the violent nationalists of yesteryear—Puerto Rican, Cuban, Croatian and Jewish—have faded into obscurity. But during the FALN’s explosive heyday under Lopez’s leadership, the group was anything but obscure. In fact, from 1974, when the group announced itself with its first bombings, to 1983, when arrests finally destroyed its membership base, the FALN was the most organized, active, well-trained and deadly domestic terror group based in the United States.

The FALN was responsible for over 130 bombings during this period, including the January 1975 explosion in Manhattan’s historic Fraunces Tavern, which killed four and wounded 63. In October of that year, it set off, all within the span of an hour, 10 bombs in three cities, causing nearly a million dollars in damage. In August 1977, the FALN set off a series of bombs in Manhattan, forcing 100,000 workers to evacuate their offices; one person was killed, and six were injured. In 1979, the group even threatened to blow up the Indian Point nuclear energy facility located north of New York City. It later sent a communiqué warning the U.S. to “remember … that you have never experienced war on your vitals and that you have many nuclear reactors.” In 1980, FALN members stormed the Carter-Mondale election headquarters in Chicago, and the George H.W. Bush campaign headquarters in New York, holding employees there hostage at gunpoint. In 1981, they plotted to kidnap President Reagan’s son Ron. Plainly, the group was deadly serious about its objectives—a free, independent and socialist Puerto Rico—and zealous in its pursuit of them. More at Politico

Scalise: fractured bones, injured internal organs, severe bleeding, condition critical

Prayers for Rep Scalise. Of course, the Alt-Left’s rhetoric has nothing to do with this.

Rep. Scalise is reported by MedStar Washington to have fractured bones, internal organs injured and severe bleeding. Scalise remains in critical condition, all thanks to a left wing extremist who hunted down Republicans.

From America’s Watchotower:

Here are 15 examples of celebrities wishing or threatening violence against Donald Trump, and if the left-wing on Twitter can be used as an example they are only upset it was not worse than it was. But the left are the tolerant ones…

Bernie Saunders?

“Today in the White house we have perhaps the worst and most dangerous President in the history of our country.  Bernie Saunders.

Congressman Steve Scalise sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip. The bullet travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding. He was transported in shock to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a Level I Trauma Center. He underwent immediate surgery, and an additional procedure to stop bleeding. He has received multiple units of blood transfusion. His condition is critical, and he will require additional operations. We will provide periodic updates.

Are the free societies of the world doomed to fail?

 

The man MI5 didn’t think was dangerous: Killer used gym to radicalize youngsters, worked out with a terror suspect on the FBI watch list and was reported to the security services again LAST SUMMER. So goes the headline.
Today a guest post by Mustang:

An interesting recent article in the UK’s Daily Mail headlined as “MI-5 and Yard: We had him and let him go: a shocking admission that 2-years before London Bridge jihadi maniac went on rampage.”  What is missing is the logical follow-on subtitle: negligent officials arrested and charged in the deaths of innocents.

To my way of thinking, this is a large part of the problem: free societies never seem able to hold their elected officials and bureaucrats accountable for their gross incompetence.  I am wondering … why not?  Do they, or do they not, work for “the people?”

According to the report, “Khuram Butt, 27, was flagged up because of his extremist views and his case was examined by Scotland Yard and the security services.  A call was later made to the anti-terror hotline, warning of Butt’s increasingly extremist behavior, but officials downgraded the investigation because they did not suspect the married father of two was planning an attack.”

As it turns out, the dismissal was incompetent in the extreme, or if you prefer, criminally wanton due to thoughtless political correctness.  Similar instances have occurred in the United States, a few of which were honor killings of female children by their own father, some of whom have never been brought to justice.

What does it take to switch on the light —to finally move against what to me is an obvious conspiracy by too many extremists who seek to murder us.

We can do better than this, yet we sit back and allow un-named officials to draw their fat salaries and hefty pensions even after making horrendously consequential decisions.  It makes the admonition “see something—say something” laughable.  Perhaps what has happened to us is exactly what we deserve —for our complacency.

What is your point of view?

Prime Minister May’s terrorism solution? Restrict the Internet

It would be one thing if control of the internet was focused on radical Islam converting others to mayhem and violence. But if history tells us anything, control of speech ends up as  the first step and the hallmark of moving toward a totalitarian State. So if you have concern that Prime Minister May might be a bad choice in the upcoming British election, check out my earlier post Could the British Labor Party Corbyn Win the British Election?  Here we go with the latest.

British Prime Minister Theresa May called for a bold measure after her nation suffered yet another deadly terror attack in the heart of London.

No, May did not call for reforming the United Kingdom’s immigration policies or shutting down known extremist mosques. She instead called for restricting the internet.

“We need to work with allied democratic governments to reach international agreements to regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremist and terrorism planning,” May stated in her Sunday speech. She also declared that the “pluralistic values of Britain” must be established as “superior” to any other value set.

The UK already has a lengthy record for targeting so-called “Islamophobia” spread on the Internet. Back in 2013, the British government arrested several citizens in the middle of the night over their “racist” comments following a Muslim extremist decapitating British soldier Lee Rigby in broad daylight.

In February 2016, U.K. police arrested a Scottish man who was upset over the large number of refugees who were set to settle in his small town. A month later, authorities detained a London man for his apparently “Islamophobic” tweet in response to the Brussels terror attack.

And this is just the United Kingdom being discussed here. Pretty much every single Western European country is obsessed with silencing “hate speech” online and Germany has gone as far as to threaten to hit Facebook with a massive $53 million fine if the platform doesn’t comply with its demands to censor “offensive” views.

More at  Daily Caller

Every Nine days, a terrorist attack is attempted in Europe in 2017

Time for Great Britain and the world to wake up. The U.S. can no longer be the only country concerned about terrorism and to the Mayor of London, no we will never accept that this is to be accepted.

From Breitbart:  Europe, the United Kingdom, and Russia have witnessed terror attacks or attempted attacks every nine days in 2017 on average, analysis of security incidents has revealed.

Since January, around 45 people have been killed by mostly Islamic terrorists, while hundreds have been injured. The only known incident not linked to jihadism in 2017 was the attack on the Borussia Dortmund soccer team by a Russian-German national attempting to profit from short-selling stock in the company.

 Attacks and attempted attacks have taken place in Austria, France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, Russia, Sweden, Norway, and Germany.

Security services in Britain — population 65 million — are known to be tracking 3,500 potential terror suspects or persons posing a threat. Meanwhile Belgium, with its population of just 12 million, is tracking around 18,000 potential jihadists. List at Breitbart

The enemy is at the gate, they lay siege to our walls, yet no one answers the call to arms!! Where are the Knights, why are they not suited up for the great battle? Are they asleep? Who will slay this beast if not the Templars? The angels are sounding the trumpets, are the sounds of them muffled? This enemy is familiar, we have fought them before, in histories past, come brethren, take up your cross, and fight for God, and the Saints, the beast has reared his ugly head once again!!

 What is the matter with Twitter? Great Britain’s police? The following were removed from Great Britain. Where is the outrage? The UK gave us Freedom of Speech. Time to get a move on.

San Francisco suspends ties to FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force

The San Francisco police department is suspending ties with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

The announcement comes amid growing concerns of spying on Muslim Americans by the new Trump Administration.

San Francisco may become a model as other cities more closely examine relationships with the feds. The concern is that local police departments could be used for surveillance that is broad and possibly unconstitutional.

“Donald Trump made very clear that he was going to be targeting Muslims and he wants mass Muslim surveillance and part of the work done with the JTTF could feed into this horrible Muslim registry, they’re talking about,” said retired attorney John Crew, who fights for civil liberty issues.

More ABC7 News with a clip that is well worth the trip.  Below is from June, 2016. I switched out the clip from earlier.

Bomb Maker Bill Ayers celebrates Obama’s clemency for bomb maker Oscar Lopez Rivera

Everyone is talking about the release of Manning by Obama, but this little number who remains committed to terrorism poses future risk to all of us. He is still an avowed terrorist who will remain here in the USA, not be set free in some third world hell hole. I include a clip of Bill Ayers just for the record.

Bill Ayers, the Weather Underground bombmaker, celebrated Tuesday after his old Chicago friend Barack Obama commuted the federal prison sentence of Oscar López Rivera, another bombmaking terrorist.

Bill Clinton offered to grant clemency to Rivera along with 15 other FALN members in 1999, despite the group’s use of violence. Clinton said that he felt that the terrorists’ sentences were too harsh given their crimes. But Rivera refused to comply with one of Clinton’s conditions, which was to disavow the use of terrorism. Rivera was sentenced to 55 years in prison in 1981 on charges of seditious conspiracy, robbery, and transportation of firearms and explosives charges.

He was a member of the Marxist Puerto Rican nationalist group Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional, or FALN. The group carried out around 130 bombings across the U.S. from the mid-1970s to early-1980s, killing six people and injuring dozens more.

FALN’s most notorious attack was carried out in 1975 at the Francous Tavern in Manhattan. Four people were killed in the bombing.

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