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Tag: President Obama

Day of Reckoning: Deadline to Avoid Homeland Security Shutdown Is Today

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The fate of Homeland Security’s budget and President Obama’s immigration plan is in the hands of the U.S. Senate on the final day before money runs out today.

The New York Times reports that the Senate is expected to vote today on a measure that would providing funding for the remainder of the fiscal year.

But House Republicans appear poised to reject the measure in what would create a partial shutdown of the department at a time when the country is worried about the spread of terrorism. The House may consider a shorter-term funding bill.

House Republicans are trying to stop financing for Obama’s immigration plan.

“As a governing party, we’ve got to fund D.H.S. and say to the House, ‘Here’s a straw so you can suck it up,’ ” said Senator Mark S. Kirk, Republican of Illinois. “This battle should be the end of the strategy of attaching whatever you’re upset at the president to a vital piece of government.”

 

Katie Pavlich: Real Reason FBI Director Wasn’t Invited to Summit on Combating Extremism

By Katie Pavlich
The Hill

The much-anticipated White House summit on combating generic extremism is over, and outside of a handful of feel-good statements and speeches, little was accomplished.

A number of activists from various organizations were present for discussion, but one person was noticeably absent from the summit: FBI Director James Comey.

The FBI is one of first lines of defense in combating extremism — Islamic terror in particular — and keeping Americans at home and abroad safe. FBI input about root causes of terrorism at the White House summit would have been beneficial not only to its mission, but to ultimately defeating the enemy we face.
“It’s our top priority — protecting the U.S. from terrorist attacks,” the FBI website states. “Working closely with a range of partners, we use our growing suite of investigative and intelligence capabilities to neutralize terrorist cells and operatives here in the U.S., to help dismantle extremist networks worldwide, and to cut off financing and other forms of support provided by terrorist sympathizers.”

Comey wasn’t at the White House last week because he wasn’t invited. The reason why can be found by taking a look at the summit guest list, which included a variety of groups whose members have urged Muslims in America to shut the FBI out of their communities and to be non-cooperative with terrorism investigations.

To read more click here. 

The Hill: Real Reason FBI Director Wasn’t Invited to Summit on Combating Extremism

James Comey

By Kate Pavlich
The Hill

The much-anticipated White House summit on combating generic extremism is over, and outside of a handful of feel-good statements and speeches, little was accomplished.

A number of activists from various organizations were present for discussion, but one person was noticeably absent from the summit: FBI Director James Comey.

The FBI is one of first lines of defense in combating extremism — Islamic terror in particular — and keeping Americans at home and abroad safe. FBI input about root causes of terrorism at the White House summit would have been beneficial not only to its mission, but to ultimately defeating the enemy we face.

“It’s our top priority — protecting the U.S. from terrorist attacks,” the FBI website states. “Working closely with a range of partners, we use our growing suite of investigative and intelligence capabilities to neutralize terrorist cells and operatives here in the U.S., to help dismantle extremist networks worldwide, and to cut off financing and other forms of support provided by terrorist sympathizers.”

Comey wasn’t at the White House last week because he wasn’t invited. The reason why can be found by taking a look at the summit guest list, which included a variety of groups whose members have urged Muslims in America to shut the FBI out of their communities and to be non-cooperative with terrorism investigations.

The Council on American–Islamic Relations is once of those groups, and has a long history of telling its supporters in Muslim communities in the U.S. to avoid working with the FBI on counterterrorism and intelligence-gathering operations. In 2011, CAIR published a poster on its website showing slammed doors in the face of an FBI agent walking through a predominantly Muslim neighborhood.

“Build a wall of resistance,” the poster read. “Don’t talk to the FBI.”

To read more click here. 

Obama Administration Refuses to Label ISIS Terrorists As Islamic Radicals

American war reporter James Wright Foley was beheaded by ISIS.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Obama administration has done away with the term “radical Islam.”

President Obama and others in his administration refused to use the term during a White House summit on combating what they preferred to call “violent extremism,” The Washington Times reports.

On Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson defended the administration’s position, saying the terrorists do not deserve to be labeled as Muslims.

“It seems to me that to refer to ISIL as occupying any part of the Islamic theology is playing on a battlefield that they would like us to be on. I think that to call them some form of Islam gives the group more dignity than it deserves,” he said.

No matter what the extremists are called, Johnson said, ISIS – or ISIL – is a serious danger.

“From my perspective, whether it is referred to as Islamic extremism or violent extremism, what it comes down to is ISIL is a terrorist organization that represents a serious potential threat to our homeland that has to be addressed militarily and through a whole-of-government approach,” he said.

Obama Adminstration Slow at Cracking Down on Border Patrol Shootings

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Obama administration’s pledge to discipline Border Patrol agents who use excessive force is nearly a year old and hardly any progress has been made, The Los Angeles Times reports.

Shooting cases remain unresolved and undisciplined. A review panel tasked with making recommendations has yet to do so. And internal affairs’ top two jobs are vacant.

The administration responded that the reforms are caught up in union rules and red tape.

In the past five years, Border Patrol agents have shot and killed two dozen people along the Southwest border, The Times wrote. None of the shootings led to disciplinary actions or charges.

“I’m not sure we will reach a level of satisfaction with the public on every one of those cases,” said R. Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency for the Border Patrol. “But we will be much more thorough, much more accountable and we will be much more transparent … going forward.”

 

President Picks Interim Leader Joseph P. Clancy as Permanent Head of Secret Service

Joseph P. Clancy

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Joseph P. Clancy, the interim head of the Secret Service, is getting the nod from President Obama to become the permanent guy, the New York Times reports.

Clancy was the former head of the president’s detail.

Some critics of agency wanted an outsider to take over. Apparently, Obama thought differently.

A 27-year veteran of the Secret Service, Clancy was appointed Special Agent in Charge of the Presidential Protective Division on February 1, 2009.  He held that post until his retirement from the Secret Service on June 30, 2011.

To read the full story click here.

Texas Judge’s Decision to Halt Immigration Plan Renews Hope of Homeland Security Funding

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A Texas judge’s decision to temporarily halt President Obama’s immigration plan could make it easier for Congress to find a temporary solution to keep Homeland Security funded, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Republicans said they may now have support for a short-term extension to avoid a shutdown at Homeland Security.

The news comes after U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen issued an injunction to temporarily halt Obama’s executive order so that another court could first hear arguments in the case.

“That would open the door to at least the possibility of some kind of short-term funding,” Rep. Luke Messer of Indiana, a member of House Republican leadership, said Tuesday.

“My hope would be that this ruling encourages Senate Democrats to reassess their opposition to allowing debate on the House-passed [Homeland Security funding] bill,” Messer added.

The sentiment was mirrored by Rep. Mick Mulvaney, S-South Carolina.

“If a court issues an injunction, I think it would be appropriate for us to consider the possibility of funding appropriations” while the judicial system considers it, he said.

Texas Judge Blocks President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama’s immigration plans have been placed on hold by a federal judge in Texas so that states have time to argue their case against the president’s controversial executive action.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen blocked the plan with a preliminary injunction, ABC News reports.

The judge said the injunction was necessary so states could proceed with a lawsuit without suffering “irreparable harm.”

The White House issued a statement, saying the president made a lawful action that presidents have been making for decades.

 

“The Supreme Court and Congress have made clear that the federal government can set priorities in enforcing our immigration laws—which is exactly what the President did when he announced commonsense policies to help fix our broken immigration system. Those policies are consistent with the laws passed by Congress and decisions of the Supreme Court, as well as five decades of precedent by presidents of both parties who have used their authority to set priorities in enforcing our immigration laws,” the statement reads.

“The Department of Justice, legal scholars, immigration experts, and the district court inWashington, D.C. have determined that the President’s actions are well within his legal authority. Top law enforcement officials, along with state and local leaders across the country, have emphasized that these policies will also benefit the economy and help keep communities safe. The district court’s decision wrongly prevents these lawful, commonsense policies from taking effect and the Department of Justice has indicated that it will appeal that decision.”