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New public school “history” book teaches students that President Trump is “mentally ill,” supporters “racist”

July 23, 2019

7/23/2019

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The government indoctrination racket known as the public school system recently became a little more “progressive” with the addition of a new “American History” textbook published by Pearson Education, which describes President Trump as “mentally ill,” and his supporters as “racist.”

Entitled, By the People: A History of the United States, this compendium of leftist propaganda features a chapter entitled, “The Angry Election of 2016” that actually rewrites history and presents fiction as fact in an attempt to persuade students into believing that our Commander-in-Chief did not legitimately win the 2016 presidential election.

“Most thought that Trump was too extreme a candidate to win the nomination,” the chapter claims, adding, “but his extremism, his anti-establishment rhetoric, and, some said, his not very hidden racism connected with a significant number of primary voters.”

In a further attempt at shaming the president and his supporters, the author of this chapter proceeds to claim that Donald Trump’s supporters are “mostly older, often rural or suburban, and overwhelmingly white. On the other hand, the better people who support the author’s preferred candidate, Hillary Clinton, are apparently younger, non-white, and live in densely-packed urban zones.

“Clinton’s supporters feared that the election had been determined by people who were afraid of a rapidly developing ethnic diversity of the country, discomfort with their candidate’s gender and nostalgia for an earlier time in the nation’s history,” the chapter goes on to read.

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“They also worried about the mental stability of the president-elect and the anger that he and his supporters brought to the nation.”

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Pearson Education’s fake news “American History” textbook completely glosses over Hillary’s emails and other Clinton scandals

On the flip side, this chapter of By the People: A History of the United States makes no mention whatsoever about the reasons why many Americans were deterred from voting for Hillary Clinton, perhaps the most notable example being her 33,000 deleted emails, as well as the Uranium One scandal and the gross mismanagement of Haiti relief funds by the Clinton Foundation.

In essence, By the People: A History of the United States is basically a thinly-veiled, “Let’s bash Trump!” experiment in institutionalized Trump Derangement Syndrome – this being what passes as “public education” in America in 2019.

“It was really, really surprising to me,” Tarra Snyder, a student at Rosemount High School in Minnesota, where By the People: A History of the United States is now being used, is quoted as saying to Fox News.

Using the word “appalled” to describe her feelings upon first discovering how “blatantly biased” this textbook is, Snyder says that the purpose of education should not be to indoctrinate from a standpoint of bias, but rather to inform using truth and facts.

“I really believe that learning should be objective and that students can make their own decisions based on what they’re able to learn in a classroom, and if the facts are skewed then students aren’t able to make well-rounded decisions on what they believe,” she’s quoted as saying.

In a statement, a spokesperson from Pearson Education adamantly defended the company’s textbook against this type of criticism, claiming that its bias and bigotry against President Trump and his supporters is merely an attempt at conveying “college-level information to high school students” in order to help them meet “specific Advanced Placement standards.”

“It aims to promote debate and critical thinking by presenting multiple sides of historical issues and offering a broad survey of arguments from the 2016 presidential election and other recent topics,” the spokesperson stated.

“We have reviewed the passages in question independently and in the context of the rest of the book. This review has confirmed that the text offers a broad view of critical arguments from both sides of the 2016 presidential election.”

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Massachusetts Police Advise Criminals to ‘Hold Off’ Until Heatwave is Over

July 21, 2019

Amy Furr

7/20/2019

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A Massachusetts police department is asking potential criminals to forgo committing any crimes until a heatwave has passed.

“Folks. Due to the extreme heat, we are asking anyone thinking of doing criminal activity to hold off until Monday,” the Braintree Police Department wrote in a Facebook post on Friday.

“It is straight up hot as soccer balls out there. Conducting criminal activity in this extreme heat is next-level henchmen status, but also very dangerous,” the post continued.

The department also encouraged residents to stay inside and enjoy other forms of entertainment until the heatwave is over.

“Stay home, blast the AC, binge Stranger Things season 3, play with the face app, practice karate in your basement. We will all meet again on Monday when it’s cooler,” the post stated.

The department concluded the post by signing it “Sincerely, The PoPo. PS: please no spoiler alerts. We’re just finishing season 2.”

Police in Malden, Massachusetts, wrote a similar post on Saturday, advising potential criminals to stay inside and out of the hot weather.

“HEAT ADVISORY: ALL CRIMINAL ACTIVITY IS BEING PUT ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE,” the department wrote.
The post continued:

It is going to be extremely hot over the weekend. Malden Police is advising all criminals to stay inside until further notice. However, if you should choose to ignore the friendly advice, Malden Police officers are ready and staying hydrated to ensure that the great City of Malden is protected.

The department said the police would allow criminals to run from them if they decided to, but added that they would be following them in the comfort of their air-conditioned police cruisers.

“We may let you run in the heat for a bit, while we get closer to you in an AC equipped cruiser and plenty of water, but we’ll get you! Try to stay cool and in the pool,” the post concluded.

 

Betcha’ Didn’t Know: Firearm Homicides Plummeted over Last 25 Years

July 21, 2019

AWR Hawkins

7/21/2019

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Despite endless gun violence reports put forward by the establishment media, the dirty little secret is firearm homicides have plummeted over the past 25 years.

Yet most Americans, particularly Democrats, believe firearm murders have risen period.

Washington Post analysis shows Democrats, followed closely by independents, are more apt to believe firearm murders have increased. And this feeds the Democrat psyche which is already more prone to support an expansion of gun control laws.

But the reality is that the high water mark for firearm murders was 1994 while 2017, the most recent year with complete data on incidents, shows a sharp drop. There were “16,136 [firearm murders] in 1994” but only “10,982” in 2017.

And if looked at in terms of the murder rate, instead of simply the raw murder numbers, the drop in firearm homicides is even more evident.

For example, the FBI calculated “6.2 firearm murders per 100,000 people” in 1994, while the murder rate in 2017 was 3.38. And the murder rate was even lower than 3.38 in 2014.

An interesting correlation with the drop in firearm murders is the incredible expansion of private firearm ownership. In other words, the number of privately-owned firearms was increasing at the same time that the number of firearm murders was plummeting.

On December 4, 2013, Breitbart News reported a Congressional Research Service study showing “gun ownership climbed from 192 million firearms in 1994 to 310 million firearms in 2009.” At the same time, the “firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide” rate was cut in half over a roughly 17-year time period.

 

No Mocking AOC: Popular Ocasio-Cortez Parody Account Banned From Twitter; Creator Speaks Out

May 7, 2019

Amanda Prestigiacomo

5/7/2019

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A popular Twitter account mocking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was hit with a permanent ban after apparently gaining too much steam on the big tech platform. The account, which clearly indicated itself as “parody” in its Twitter name, amassed over 85,000 followers before Twitter shut it down for unclear reasons.

The politico who created and manned the account, Mike Morrison, also had his personal account permanently banned. Morrison, who believes the bans were politically motivated, had nearly 60,000 followers before his seemingly unprovoked exile.

According to screenshots provided by Morrison to Human Events, Twitter acknowledges that clearly-marked parody accounts are allowed but Morrison’s content posted to the AOC parody account was apparently too similar to comments actually made by the socialist.

“You may not register or create fake and misleading accounts. While you may use Twitter pseudonymously or as a parody, commentary, or fan account, you may not use misleading account information in order to engage in spamming, abusive, or disruptive behavior, include attempts to manipulate the conversations on Twitter,” an email from Twitter said.

“You may also not ‘post duplicative or substantially similar content, replies, or mentions over multiple accounts or multiple duplicate updates on one account or create duplicate or substantially similar accounts,'” the email to Morrison added.

Human Events noted that Morrison’s mock-AOC account followed their rules with regard to online parody:

Twitter rules require all parody, newsfeed, commentary, and fan accounts to indicate “non-affiliation” in both the account name and bio. The AOC Press Release parody account used the word “parody” in both its account name and biography.

“I think Twitter banned AOC Press for the increasing amounts of attention it’s been receiving lately,” Morrison said of the ban.

“In the past month and a half alone the account grew by roughly 50,000 followers. We’ve had tweets with over 30,000 likes on them, so I think Twitter decided it was time for [the account] to go,” he claimed. “They didn’t like how popular an account created by their political opposition had become.”

Late last month, outspoken conservative and award-winning actor James Woods was locked out of his massive Twitter, which has over 2 million followers. As reported by The Daily Wire, Sarah Miller, Woods’ girlfriend, posted a screenshot of an email the actor received from Twitter, which claims Woods was locked out of his account for “violating” Twitter rules “against abusive behavior.”

“If you try to kill the King, you better not miss. #HangThemAll,” the tweet supposedly in violation from the actor said.

Keeping in line with the theme of online censorship, Facebook and Instagram (which is owned by Facebook, Inc.) permanently banned so-called “dangerous individuals and organizations” from their accounts on Thursday. Infowars founder Alex Jones, self-described investigative journalist Laura Loomer, Infowars’ Paul Joseph Watson, provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan were among those included in the de-platforming.

 

Joe Biden Called Domestic Terrorist Group Antifa “Courageous” In His 2020 Announcement

April 28, 2019

Brandon Morse

4/25/2019

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As my colleague Sister Toldja covered earlier, former VP Joe Biden has now officially entered into the 2020 presidential race, and is now competing for the Democratic nomination against such heavy hitters as that mayor with the weird last name, and that Irish guy with the Hispanic nickname that couldn’t beat Ted Cruz despite the left pouring its collective hopes, dreams, and cash into him.

To kick off his campaign, Biden released an admittedly grabbing announcement video. Summed up, the video amounts to “Trump is a racist and his reaction to the Charlottesville, Va. protest proves it.”

Biden tells the story of the Charlottesville, ending with the death of one woman who was killed after one of the white supremacists drove his vehicle into a crowd. Biden describes the white supremacists in very story-telling terms with “crazed faces, illuminated by torches, veins bulging and baring the fangs of racism.”

Poetic.

However, one line in the video really grabs the attention of anyone who knows better, however. It happened right after he describes the white supremacists and what they were chanting.

“They were met by a courageous group of Americans and a violent clash ensued,” said Biden.

That’s about all Biden says about the opposition to the white supremacists, and for a good reason. The “courageous Americans” that showed up to oppose the white supremacists were Antifa, who are just as bad, if not worse, than the tiki torch-wielding bad guys who showed up that night.

To give you a quick reminder of who Antifa is, their name is short for “anti-fascist.” The problem is that Antifa is about as fascist as you can get. If you disagree with them in any way, or they stand opposed to you, they won’t just get angry and protest you. They will physically assault you, attempt to intimidate you or silence you in some way.

To give you some examples, Antifa showed up to the home of Tucker Carlson where they attempted to gain access to his home. Carlson’s wife and children were forced to hide in the pantry as Antifa stood outside his home threatening Carlson’s safety.

Antifa recently attacked an elderly man for not obeying them in Portland, while police stood by and let it happen.

They have called for the assassination of Trump, and Steven Crowder went undercover and caused Antifa members to expose the fact that they were going to use deadly weapons against their opposition.

To be clear, they are labeled domestic terrorists by U.S. security agencies, and they live up to the classification.

This is who former VP and current 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden is calling “courageous.”

 

Obama administration was corrupt, more and more evidence reveals daily

April 22, 2019

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There was so much hope in January 2009 when Barack Obama took office. Here was the first black president of the United States, promising to be a leader for all Americans, to halt the rise of the oceans and to be the most transparent administration ever. Even black Americans were saying the Civil War was finally over.

Unfortunately for America, it didn’t turn out that way. As more and more evidence is revealed daily on the evening news, it is now very clear the Obama administration was the most corrupt presidency in the history of the republic.

As Mr. Obama’s favorite, President Abraham Lincoln, warned us, the most dangerous threats can come from domestic enemies.

First of all, that bit about being a leader for all Americans, color-blind if you will, was a tall tale. Mr. Obama never missed an opportunity to sow racial divide. During his term in the Oval Office, racial relations literally went off the cliff. Mr. Obama and first lady Michelle promoted the false narrative that white America was literally guilty of hunting down blacks with glee. They whipped up resentment in minority communities against the police, even though a Harvard study found that blacks are no more likely to be killed by police than whites.

But the racial divisions, as painful and heartbreaking as they are, were not the worst of it.

The abuse of power started to become clear when it was revealed the Internal Revenue Service was biased against conservatives. I still don’t understand why that woman is not in jail. She sat there and lied to the American people and to Congress with no accountability.

Mr. Obama used the agencies, and the awesome power of the federal government, against his political enemies. He used the power of the state against those he didn’t like. This was full-on banana republic dictator kind of stuff.

The negligence at Veterans’ Affairs, the “stimulus bill” that was simply a redistribution to unions (those “shovel ready projects” weren’t so shovel ready after all), the sale of uranium to the Russians, the lies about Benghazi, the Clinton email scandal that was not prosecuted, the appeasement of the Iranians — even sending billions in cash in the middle of the night and bragging about how they lied to the American press and public, the use of financial penalties to fund leftist causes, the use of the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) to take property from Americans, on, and on, and on. I literally could go on forever.

However, the coup-de-grace is what we are now learning about the 2016 election and the criminal spying on the Trump campaign.

The president of the United States was set up. Mr. Trump is exactly right. The weaponization of our intelligence and security services has damaged their reputation for generations, and the rule of law, to which this great nation is so committed, has been irreparably damaged as well.

I’ve said it before, the Obama administration was nothing more than highly organized crime.

Justice will be served. It may take a while, but the truth will continue to come out.

It’s a shame the administration of the first black president was also the most corrupt. Such a lost opportunity to better this great country.

It’s not that hard to understand. Still, it’s difficult to accept. It shouldn’t happen here.

 

Dershowitz: Mueller ‘Completely Wrong’ on Obstruction, Should Have Cited H.W. Bush Precedent

April 22, 2019

Jeff Poor

4/21/2019

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In an interview that aired on Sunday’s “MediaBuzz” on the Fox News Channel, law professor Alan Dershowitz argued the Mueller team got the law wrong on whether or not President Donald Trump could be charged with obstruction of justice.

Dershowitz explained a president could not be charged with obstruction for carrying out his constitutional duties and noted that there is a past precedent for his claim.

“[I]n my introduction, I show how Mueller got the law completely wrong on obstruction of justice,” Dershowitz said. “And I lay out what the law on obstruction is. And you cannot be charged with obstruction if you’re the president and you simply exercise your constitutional authority to fire Comey or anyone else. I lay that out carefully.”

“And the best precedent for that is George H.W. Bush, who pardoned Casper Weinberger and five other people on the eve of the trial,” Dershowitz said. “The special prosecutor said he obstructed justice, but he couldn’t be charged with it. And they never mentioned the Bush case in the Mueller report. Mueller was in the Bush administration. Barr was in the Bush administration. And they deliberately omit as the leading precedent, which would preclude a president from being charged with obstruction for simply exercising his constitutional authority.”

 

Washington’s Birthday vs. Presidents’ Day

February 18, 2019

The Patriot Post

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In some circles, today is observed as “Presidents’ Day,” jointly honoring Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln (some even extend the commemoration to all presidents), but it is still officially recognized as the anniversary of Washington’s birth. That is how we mark the date in our humble shop. (Washington’s actual birthday is Feb. 22.)

Matthew Spalding, a Heritage Foundation scholar, notes the history: “Although it was celebrated as early as 1778, and by the early 19th Century was second only to the Fourth of July as a patriotic holiday, Congress did not officially recognize Washington’s Birthday as a national holiday until 1870. The Monday Holiday Law in 1968 — applied to executive branch departments and agencies by Richard Nixon’s Executive Order 11582 in 1971 — moved the holiday from February 22 to the third Monday in February. Section 6103 of Title 5, United States Code, currently designates that legal federal holiday as ‘Washington’s Birthday.’ Contrary to popular opinion, no action by Congress or order by any President has changed ‘Washington’s Birthday’ to ‘Presidents’ Day.‘”

Furthermore, to call the day “Presidents’ Day” not only diminishes George Washington but elevates presidents like Barack Obama. Whereas Washington sought to keep his oath to “support and defend” the Constitution, Obama undermined it at every turn.

It’s funny that Donald Trump has helped leftists discover that principle. According to some measures, Democrats by a vast margin thought power should be primarily vested in the central government. That was when Hillary Clinton was a “lock” to win the White House. Now that Trump is president, however, Democrats have suddenly found their inner Federalist.

The Heritage Foundation’s Carson Holloway writes, “George Washington stands out, even among men of the caliber of the founders, for the greatness of his character. … Specifically, [it was] his self-command, which prevented his ever taking any political step on impulse, without carefully weighing its consequences for the country. … George Washington had trained himself from young manhood in the discipline of his passions. They were always well-governed, and this made him uniquely qualified to govern others, even when compared with the intellectual luminaries of that intellectually luminous generation.”

National Review’s Kevin Williamson notes, “When Washington said he intended to return to his farm rather than establish himself as a lord in the new dominion he had wrested away from the British Empire, King George famously declared: ‘If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world.’”

Washington kept his promise. And it’s certainly true that not many presidents or presidential candidates have measured up to Washington’s character.

So with that in mind, and in honor of and with due respect for our first and greatest president — and arguably our nation’s most outstanding Patriot — we include two quotes from George Washington that best embody his dedication to Liberty and God. The first from his First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789, and the second from his Farewell Address, September 19, 1796.

“The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American People.”

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness — these firmest props of the duties of Men and citizens.”

These quotes aptly sum up The Patriot Post’s mission and purpose.

 

Two “Sanctuary State” Bills Sponsored in Annapolis

February 9, 2019

Maryland Campaign for Liberty

2/7/2019

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Radical Maryland liberals in the State Senate are proposing extreme “Sanctuary State” bills this year in Annapolis.

As you likely know, we have been successful in defeating “Sanctuary State” legislation at the state level for two straight years now.

But this year we can’t afford to sit back and wait to mobilize.

Senate Bill 718 ties the hands of law enforcement prohibiting government, correctional or police officers at the state and local level from asking about immigration status or citizenship.

Additionally, Senate Bill 718 provides for illegal aliens to recover court costs and attorney fees in the event that they do get asked about citizenship status and fight deportation in court.

So not only is Senate Bill 718 a “Sanctuary State” bill, it also funds the legal defense of illegal aliens if law enforcement dares ask about immigration status.

Senate Bill 817, a separate bill, says that during a stop, search or arrest a police officer is explicitly prohibited from asking about immigration status or citizenship.

Senate Bill 817 also expressly prohibits correctional facilities personnel from notifying federal immigration enforcement agents about a held illegal alien’s release date, location or address.

We must defeat Senate Bill 718 and Senate Bill 817 if we want to stop Maryland from becoming a full blown “Sanctuary State” for illegal aliens.

These companion bills might as well be called the MS-13 Protection Package.

They will play into the hands of violent criminals and leave law enforcement constantly one step behind.

This legislation expressly restricts the federal government’s ability to deport illegal aliens from our country.

It’s astounding how Annapolis politicians would place the interests of illegal aliens above law-abiding citizens in Maryland.

They would have the citizens of Maryland foot the bill for legal defense of undocumented criminals.

Both of these bills have been assigned to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

Sign our petition and automatically get a message sent to members of the Judicial Proceedings Committee who will hear these “Sanctuary State” bills in two weeks.

Senate Bill 817 is scheduled to be heard in committee on February 21st at 12:00p.m. in the East Miller Senate Building, Room 2, Annapolis, MD.

Senate Bill 718 is scheduled to be heard in committee on February 22nd at 12:00p.m. in the East Miller Senate Building, Room 2, Annapolis, MD.

This means that in two weeks these radical bills will be heard in committee.

In late February or early March we could see committee votes.

We need you to sign your petition which will trigger an automatic message being sent to the Judicial Proceedings Committee members.

Highlighted below are six members of the Judicial Proceedings Committee that we believe give us the best chance of defeating this bill in committee.

If any of the below highlighted Senators represent you, be sure to contact them by clicking on their name below.

Full Committee Contact
Zirkin, Bobby A. (Chair) (D-Baltimore County)
Smith, William C., Jr. (Vice Chair)
Carter, Jill P.
Cassilly, Robert (R-Harford County)
Hester, Katie Fry (D-Howard County)
Hough, Michael J. (R-Frederick County)
Lee, Susan C.
Ready, Justin (R-Carroll County)
Waldstreicher, Jeff
Washington, Mary
West, Chris (R-Baltimore County)

 

Not exactly sure who represents you?  Look up your legislator here.

Republicans may have gained a seat in the State Senate in 2018, but that doesn’t count for much when you consider how liberal the new Democrat Senate Caucus is.

We must take action, make our phone calls, send our emails and attend these bill hearings where possible.

Maryland Campaign for Liberty will have representatives in Annapolis to deliver  your petitions to legislators and testify at bill hearings, but it is always great to have additional speakers there to show support.

Please do not sit on the sidelines.  Take action.  This is our state.  We cannot let radical Maryland liberals ram through devastating “Sanctuary State” legislation in 2019.

The Maryland Latino Caucus, ACLU and Casa de Maryland have all already identified making Maryland a “Sanctuary State” as their #1 priority for this 2019 legislative session.

We need all hands on deck.  Please take action immediately to help Maryland Campaign for Liberty take the fight to Annapolis politicians.

For the Rule of Law,

Dave Pridgeon
Maryland Campaign for Liberty

P.S. In 2017 we defeated this legislation.  In 2018 it went down in flames again.

Can you help us do the same in 2019?

We currently have an ad campaign running in six critical Senate districts to rally constituent opposition to these “Sanctuary State” bills.

But very shortly we are going to have to at least double the number of Senate districts we target.

With your financial help we can ramp up this mobilization sooner than later.

Please DONATE generously to help protect Maryland from becoming a “Sanctuary State” for illegal aliens and MS-13 thugs.

Top U.S. Commander: Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah Operating in Latin America

February 9, 2019

Edwin Mora

2/7/2019

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The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), al-Qaeda, and Iran’s narco-terrorist proxy Hezbollah maintain a presence on the Western Hemisphere and present an “immediate threat” to the region, a top U.S. commander told lawmakers on Thursday, warning that the jihadi groups could use drug trafficking routes in Latin America to infiltrate the United States.

Adm. Craig Faller, the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) chief, warned:

Established drug trafficking routes and techniques provide opportunities for the illegal movement of other commodities and people—including terrorists. Several years ago, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) dedicated an article to a scenario in which its followers could leverage established trafficking networks to make their way to our border. This remains a potential vulnerability we watch as closely as we can.

Faller’s comments are part of SOUTHCOM’s annual posture statement, presented by the admiral to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday in the form of written testimony. SOUTHCOM is responsible for overseeing U.S. military activities in most of Latin America and the Caribbean.

In the statement, Faller listed violent Islamic extremist groups as a top “immediate threat” facing his area of responsibility (AOR) along with drug cartels and activities by U.S. rivals like Russia, China, and Iran.

Adm. Faller noted:

Groups like Lebanese Hezbollah, ISIS, and al-Qaida operate [in Latin America and the Caribbean] wherever they can garner support, raise funds, and pursue their terrorist agendas. ISIS and other groups have demonstrated their ability to inspire and recruit violent extremists to plan attacks in South America and the Caribbean.

While SOUTHCOM’s posture statement has repeatedly mentioned the ISIS and Hezbollah threat in recent years, the latest report is the first one to note the al-Qaeda menace. U.S. officials and independent experts from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and other organizations have linked al-Qaeda, particularly its North African branch, to the drug trade in Latin America.

A Syrian Kurdish leader recently told Breitbart News al-Qaeda is making a comeback in the Middle East.

According to Adm. Faller, Latin American and Caribbean governments are concerned about the return of battle-hardened terrorists who traveled to the Middle East in recent years to engage in jihad on behalf of ISIS and other terrorist groups.

“While the travel of foreign fighters from Latin America and the Caribbean to Iraq and Syria has diminished, the potential return of battle-trained extremists remains a threat,” Faller declared in the statement.

In early 2017, the Associated Press (AP) revealed that up to 125 jihadists and their relatives traveled from the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago to join ISIS in the Middle East, making the country “the largest per-capita source” of recruits for the jihadist group in the Western Hemisphere.

On Thursday, the top U.S. admiral highlighted the potential danger associated with human trafficking groups in Latin America that specialize in smuggling illegal migrants from terrorism-linked countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, known as Special Interest Aliens or SIAs.

“Another potential threat is posed by smuggling networks that move Special Interest Aliens from East Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia through the hemisphere to attempt entry into the United States,” he said.

Latin American authorities are known to work with their U.S. counterparts to counter networks dedicated to smuggling illegal migrants into the United States from terror-linked countries.

Authorities have found Hezbollah to be affiliated to the drug trade in Latin America, which Adm. Fuller described as a national security menace, noting that overdoses in the United States killed nearly 70,000 people in 2017 alone, the latest year for which data is available.

For years, SOUTHCOM has warned against the presence of Iran and its Hezbollah proxy in Latin America.

In the 2019 posture statement, Adm. Fuller proclaimed:

Iran is also looking to reenergize its outreach after reducing its efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean in recent years. It has deepened its anti-U.S. influence campaign in Spanish-language media, and its proxy Lebanese Hezbollah maintains facilitation networks throughout the region that cache weapons and raise funds, often via drug trafficking and money laundering.

To secure approval of the controversial Iran nuclear deal, former U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration “derailed” a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) operation targeting Hezbollah’s multi-million-dollar drug trafficking activities in Latin America, Politico reported at the end of 2017.

U.S. President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal and has stepped up operations against Hezbollah in Latin America.

Despite the threats, U.S. Senators and Adm. Faller acknowledged that SOUTHCOM is one of America’s most under-resourced unified combatant commands established in different regions of the world. SOUTHCOM is working with countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to combat the terrorist threat in the region, Faller asserted.

 

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