March 10, 2014

Tens of Thousands of Foreign Students Missing

I was recently visiting another college campus when I noticed a whole bunch of foreign students. I brought this up to the person showing me around and they mentioned that they have a big ESL (English as a Second Language) program on campus that they're quite proud of. It's a little known aspect of many schools, but administrators look to foreign students (especially the Chinese, these days) as cash cows. They pay out of state tuition and on top of that do it in cash. They especially love it when these students pass the TOEFL test and then matriculate into graduate programs, which on top of out of the already higher out of state tuition also charge more for tuition generally.

The point? So, we're talking about this when my guide mentions that right after 9/11 they lost a lot of students but they're back up to full numbers now.

The students were from the wealthy Gulf States. UAE, Oman ... Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabian students: what could possibly go wrong?

The federal government has lost track of tens of thousands of foreign students who came to the U.S. to study and then took jobs, often in violation of the terms of their visas, according to a new internal audit.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement doesn’t even consistently collect information or have the tools to monitor all of the foreign students who take part in the optional practical training (OPT) program, the Government Accountability Office said in a new report released late Friday.

That's tens of thousands of students they can't account for, not thousands. And we're supposed to trust these people with immigration reform.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:41 PM | Comments |

January 08, 2014

Persecutions of Muslims Doubled in 2013

Because ..... Islamophobia!

Reported cases of Christians killed for their faith around the world doubled in 2013 from the year before, with Syria accounting for more than the whole global total in 2012, according to an annual survey.

Open Doors, a non-denominational group supporting persecuted Christians worldwide, said on Wednesday it had documented 2,123 “martyr” killings, compared with 1,201 in 2012. There were 1,213 such deaths in Syria alone last year, it said.

I'm banning myself for being a 'phobe.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:48 PM | Comments |

July 23, 2013

Last Week's Anti-Amnesty Rally in DC

Last week, a coalition of groups operating under the banner of the Black American Leadership Alliance came together on Capitol Hill to rally against the Gang of Eight Bill.

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The rally featured a wide variety of voices, including Col. Allen West, Sen. Ted Cruz, Ted Hayes, Sen. Jeff Sessions, Sen. Elbert Guillory, Rep. Steve King, Katrina Pierson, and many others. The event drew several thousand attendees from across the country.

Video links:

Katrina Pierson's introduction of Sen. Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz' speech.

Ted Hayes

Sen. Elbert Guillory

Col. Allen West

Sen. Jeff Sessions


More info posted at The Blaze.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 02:45 PM | Comments |

July 13, 2013

Hezbollah in ... Mexico

An interesting report on the growing presence of Hezbollah in Mexico. Unfortunately, the report makes a lot of assertions without citing any sources. For instance, it asserts that Hezbollah already has dug tunnels into the US. Really? I'd love a citation on that. And Act of Valor doesn't count as a "source".

But still, if even half of it is true it's something to think about. For instance, the figure that there are hundreds of thousands of possible Hezbollah sympathizers in Mexico, most of them there as illegal aliens:

Since 2005, Iran and Hezbollah have developed a presence in Latin America, opening 17 cultural centers, and forming relations with the Mexican drug cartels. 200,000 immigrants from Lebanon and Syria, many of whom are illegal residents, live in Mexico, and have established residence with the help of drug cartels like Los Zetas, the most technically advanced of Mexico’s drug cartels. Those who are sympathetic to Islamic extremist movements make perfect recruits for the drug trade because they understand how illegal activity in the Americas empowers whoever wishes to weaken the power of U.S. sovereignty. As shown by the increase of Islamic missionaries in Mexico, as well as the growing influence of Hezbollah and Iran, it is clear that Islamists are trying to win the hearts and minds of the Mexican people. However, beneath these seemingly peaceful developments lie the fact that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard and Quds forces are partnering with major Mexican drug cartels. They are learning Mexican culture, as well as Spanish, and are starting to blend in with native-born Mexicans.
I think we might need to spend some serious reflection on this before we give blanket amnesty to 11 million people, most of whom come from Mexico.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:12 PM | Comments |

July 08, 2013

The Localization of Responsibility

I liked McCain's take on the Pope and amnesty.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:25 PM | Comments |

June 27, 2013

How Much Does A US Citizenship Cost?

200 Eggrolls.

An immigration officer has been indicted on charges that she took bribes in cash and egg rolls from immigrants seeking citizenship and green cards.

Federal prosecutors say 47-year-old Mai Nhu Nguyen was indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday on three counts of solicitation of a bribe by a public official.

Prosecutors say Nguyen took 200 egg rolls from a citizenship applicant and received $1,000 and $2,200 bribes from two other immigrants since 2011.

By DMartyr at 08:25 AM | Comments |

June 22, 2013

Is A Criminal Still A Criminal If The Law He Broke Is Waived?

The Gang of 8 promised rigorous background checks for all illegal immigrants seeking amnesty. They claim those with criminal backgrounds will not qualify.

But what good is that if the Amnesty bill waive crimes - some felonies - for illegals that would punish U.S. citizens and legal immigrants up to 15 years in prison?

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I guess it's easy to pass a background check if any laws you broke are ignored...

(Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit)

By DMartyr at 06:56 AM | Comments |

May 17, 2013

Obama Administration Rolls Out Red Carpet For Illegal Immigration; Slams Door On HardWorking, Homeschool Immigrant Family

While the Obama Administration pushes amnesty and welfare for millions of illegal immigrants, it is fighting to deport a German family seeking asylum legally:

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Obama administration's denial of asylum granted to the Romeike family, who fled Germany over its strict anti-homeschooling laws. [...]

The Romeikes fled Germany in 2008 when they were subjected to criminal prosecution for homeschooling, which is largely illegal in their country.

The Obama Administration is a staunch supporter of public school indoctrination. Any ruling favorable to this family would be an endorsement of homeschooling, and the Government can't have that.

12 million illegals gets the Government's full support. One persecuted family gets the shaft.

By DMartyr at 08:22 AM | Comments |

April 05, 2013

Illegal Immigrant Shoots Mom Who Wouldn't Let Him Date Her 13 Yr Old Daughter

Stacey McCain notes that the age of consent in Mexico is ..... 12! Can that be true? It just seems so hard to believe.

I grew up in LA with a lot of friends who had Mexican backgrounds and I was always under the impression that the quinceanera -- the 15th birthday celebration, a sort of "coming out" party -- marked the symbolic passage to womanhood.

But ... 12? Say it aint so. We're not talking about Mogadishu here.

But the story here is that the 25 year old illegal immigrant got pissed at the mom for c*ck blocking him from her 13 year old daughter. The death sentence is too easy a punishment for a guy like this.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:09 AM | Comments |

March 11, 2013

UK Circling The Drain

What used to be a bastion of freedom and guardian of the oppressed is now little more than a smoldering cesspool ready to implode.

A teenage girl was raped 90 times in one weekend it has been revealed, in a shocking report into modern-day slavery in the UK.

The report, due to be published tomorrow by the Centre for Social Justice, contains evidence from the girl, who was 16 at the time she was taken into slavery and raped by 90 men.

The girl, who gave evidence to the committee despite still being 'deeply traumatised' by the attacks, did not come from a background which put her at risk, but became enslaved after befriending girls vulnerable to abuse, it has been reported.

Andrew Wallis, chairman of the working group that produced the report, would only tell the committee the girl 'is now safe' when asked what had happened to her since the attacks, according to the Sunday Times.

The report claims efforts to tackle modern slavery in the UK, including the sexual exploitation of children, are in a state of crisis.

The CSJ, an independent think-tank set up by Iain Duncan Smith, has attacked the Government for its 'inadequate response' to the issue after the investigation uncovered a 'shocking underworld' of human trafficking.

Its study found more than 1,000 adults and children were trafficked into or within the UK in 2011/2012, but the figure could be 'only the tip of the iceberg'.

Among the cases were British and foreign victims who had been forced into the sex trade, a life of crime or domestic labour.

British girls trafficked within Britain for the sex trade made up nearly one half of all UK slavery victims in the latest set of figures.

The UK response is to pass new anti-slavery legislation because, obviously, the old anti-slavery laws aren't enough. It would be politically incorrect to just target that actual causes, as that might lead to authorities being labelled "racist," "culturally biased," or "anti-immigrant."

We can't have that now, can we?

By DMartyr at 08:14 AM | Comments |

January 29, 2013

MSNBC Analyst: ‘Hateful Language’ Will ‘Kill’ the ‘Crazy Crackers on the Right’..

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Crackers?

Democratic strategist and MSNBC political analyst Karen Finney said Tuesday that the “hateful language” of the “crazy crackers on the right” will pose a huge thorn in the side of Republicans when it comes to courting Latino voters
Gee, I wonder what she says behind closed doors.

By Stable Hand at 02:47 PM | Comments |

October 02, 2012

Naco, Arizona: 2 US Border Patrol Agents Shot, 1 Killed, Near Major Drug Smuggling Corridor
Agent Indentified as Nicholas Ivie

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The shooting happened in the same area where Border Agent Brian Terry was killed.

Developing.

Two U.S. Border Patrol agents were shot, one fatally, Tuesday morning in an area south Arizona known as a major drug-smuggling corridor, authorities said.

The identities of the agents were not immediately released, but the shooting occurred at the Brian Terry Station near Naco, Ariz., which is just south of Tucson. The station was named after an agent who was killed in the line of duty in December 2010.[More]

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by this.

Update: Via AZ Family

The agents were shot while patrolling on horseback in Naco, Ariz., at about 1:50 a.m. MST Tuesday, the Border Patrol said in a statement.

The agents who were shot were on patrol with a third agent, who was not harmed, according to George McCubbin, president of the National Border Patrol Council, a union representing about 17,000 border patrol agents.

The last Border Patrol agent fatally shot on duty was Brian Terry, who was killed in a shootout near the border in December 2010. The shooting was later linked to the U.S. government’s Fast and Furious gun smuggling operation.

McCubbin said he had no further information regarding the shooting[More...]

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RIP Nicholas Ivie

Update II: Mudered Border Patrol Agent identified as Provo, Utah native 30yr old Nicholas Ivie:

[Tucson Sentinel]A U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and another wounded in a shooting Tuesday morning near Naco, the agency said. Border agents are searching the hills between Bisbee and Douglas for the gunman.

Nicholas Ivie, 30, was killed around 1:50 a.m. after he and two other agents responded to a sensor hit near mile marker 352 on State Route 80, the Border Patrol confirmed about 12:30 p.m.

At an afternoon news conference, FBI Special Agent in Charge James Turgal refused to release specifics on the case; he declined to comment on reports that two suspects in the shooting have been detained in Mexico.

I'm not going to talk about any issues regarding suspects at this time," Turgal told reporters at 2 p.m.

The wounded BP agent, who has not yet been identified, was airlifted to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He underwent surgery and was in stable condition Tuesday morning. The agent was expected to be released from University of Arizona Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon, said George McCubbin, president of the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing border agents.

The slain agent was identified as Nicholas J. Ivie, a native of Provo, Utah. Ivie joined the Border Patrol in January 2008. Ivie is survived by a wife and two children, agents said.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children. May those responsible for his murder be found and brought to justice.

By Stable Hand at 07:29 AM | Comments |

September 30, 2012

Univision To Air Tonight (7:00 p.m. ET/PT (6 p.m. Central)) The Untold Story Behind The "Fast and Furious" Scandal..

Mary Chastain

In July and August I worked on a post for Big Government about the human aspect of Operation Fast & Furious, the government gun walking operation that put guns into the hands of already dangerous Mexican drug cartels. The Old Media largely ignores Fast & Furious, but when they do pay attention, they scarcely mention the victims. Not until I put an enormous amount of pressure on The New York Times did they start saying "Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry" instead of just "a border patrol agent."

Tomorrow Today[ed], September 30, Univision will be airing “Aqui y Ahora” (Here and Now) about Fast & Furious. It will document the people who lost their lives because of this program. Univision’s investigative unit found many more deaths linked to Fast & Furious and will talk about them during the special, including the killing of 16 young people at a party.

I remember watching Obama, when attending a town hall with Univision, he was asked why he didn't fire Eric Holder. Obama went into a speel and lied by saying GW started the program.
“Well, first of all, I think it’s important for us to understand that the Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration,” said President Obama.

Fast and Furious started in November 2009. Someone needs to remind President Obama he was president at that time, not President Bush. He also claimed Mr. Holder has held people accountable for their actions. However, no one has been held accountable. People have been allowed to resign quietly or reassigned to another position. No one has been fired. No one has been charged with any crime.

We are in a sad state of affairs when it takes Univision to investigate the Fast and Furious scandal.

By Stable Hand at 11:33 AM | Comments |

August 23, 2012

ICE Agents File Suit Against Napolitano Over 'Amnesty' Program..

Previously a sexual harassment lawsuit was filed against Nappy, and now this:

FOX

Ten federal immigration agents have filed suit against Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano claiming recent directives are forcing them to break the law and ignore their duties when it comes to deporting illegal immigrants.

The suit was filed Thursday in Texas federal court by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. It challenges recent directives allowing some illegal immigrants -- particularly non-felons and those who came to the U.S. as children -- to stay and, in some cases, get work permits.

The suit, obtained by Fox News, says the agents are being forced to "violate federal law." It says the new directive "unconstitutionally usurps and encroaches upon the legislative powers of Congress." ICE Director John Morton is also named as a defendant.

Kris Kobach, lead attorney on the case, equated the move to give thousands of illegal immigrants a reprieve to the failed Fast and Furious gun-walking operation. [More...]

I hope the outcome of this has a happy ending as this administration is definitely not going to be pleased.

By Stable Hand at 01:48 PM | Comments |

August 20, 2012

Border Town Caught Lying About Data to Make Crime go "Down"

They say that there are lies, damn lies, and statistics. That isn't true. It's a myth that statistics can be made to "say anything you want them to". In fact, the reason we use statistics is to obtain less biased results then with non-empirical studies.

This doesn't mean that statistical analysis are perfect, just that they are usually less flawed than most of the alternatives.

But that is based on several assumptions about the statistics. The most important being that they are accurately reported.

So, when a Sheriff's department along the Texas/Mexico border actively under-reports crime then I'd say we have a problem:

But how accurate are the statistics that the local law enforcement agencies send their states and ultimately to the federal government? PJM/PJTV has obtained exclusive hidden camera video from inside the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office. In this video, a crime analyst – the person responsible for entering official data into the Uniform Crime Reporting system from the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office – admits that the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office manipulates its crime statistics systematically.
This is important for two reasons. First, it's fraud and the Sheriff in question is an elected Democrat. Second, it skews the crime data -- data used by President Obama to claim that we don't need tougher border enforcement because, Look, crime is down along the border!

READ THE REST.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:34 AM | Comments |

August 08, 2012

While Obama Gives Amnesty To Illegals, Hard-Working Productive Legal Immigrants Are Being Deported

UPDATE II: Change.org links removed over privacy concerns (Thanks, Dude). FoxNews is now reporting Laura will be able to stay in America thanks to the intervention by Sen. Claire McCaskill.

UPDATE: Some in comments are questioning the facts presented so far in this case. There may very well be more involved here. I'll keep an eye for new information, both in the news and in comments.

Obama's DREAM Act only applies to illegal immigrants - those who have violated and disrespected our laws. Immigrants who have come to America the correct way, those who have respected and obeyed our laws, do not have protection.

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One example, Laura Gray. Her family came to America legally. Her parents and grandparents did everything they were supposed to do under our laws. But when Laura turned 21 today, her visa ran out.

Laura's family have started a petition (emphasis their's):

On August 8th, when she turns twenty-one Lauren will no longer be allowed to be a dependent on her parents visa's. She will be forced to leave the place that she calls home, and deported to a country that is very "foreign" to her. Her family, friends and everything she knows and loves are all here in the United States. In many eyes, Lauren is already an upstanding citizen.

Obama recently announced the DREAM Act which will allow illegal immigrants under 35, who came to the United States as minors, a temporary work visa. If they serve two years in the military or complete two years of higher education they are also granted six years of temporary residency. Lauren meets every qualification for Obama's DREAM Act, except she has done one thing wrong. She did everything right. Since Lauren is here as a legal immigrant, and her parents have patiently worked with the United States government since 2003 to legalize all members of their family, the DREAM ACT will not honor her.

Wrong nationality, wrong language, wrong mentality about the United States. Laura, you should have learn Spanish, come to America illegally through Mexico, and then paraded your hatred for this country for all to see while demanding free handouts from the American tax-payer.

Then you would have qualified to stay here.

By DMartyr at 09:09 AM | Comments |

July 03, 2012

Texas: ICE Agent Shot, Authorities Search For Leads

Thankfully, the unnamed agent is expected to survive

NEAR HARGILL — A federal agent is expected to survive after being shot early Tuesday morning in eastern Hidalgo County.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations agent was working along State Highway 186 near Farm-to-Market Road 493, just west of the Hidalgo-Willacy county line, when he was shot in the abdomen about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño, whose agency is assisting the FBI-led investigation into the shooting, said the agent sustained two gunshot wounds. He said his office was providing crime scene investigators and other manpower to assist in the probe.

Details surrounding the gunfire remained unclear late Tuesday morning.[More....]

Prayers for his quick recovery.

By Stable Hand at 01:39 PM | Comments |

May 25, 2012

Texas Senate Race : David Dewhurst, Illegal Immigration Enabler

dewhurst.pngIn the latest round of the hottest U.S. Senate primary in the nation, establishment candidate (and zillionaire) David Dewhurst is spending his millions attacking conservative challenger Ted Cruz with a claim that Cruz supports "amnesty."

This is a curious line of attack coming from Dewhurst, who never opposed in-state tuition for illegal aliens and actively worked as Lieutenant Governor to block bills banning sanctuary cities and supporting e-verify adoption. Mark Levin sets the record straight on Dewhurst here, and Breitbart.com has more here.

Below the fold, a word from Maria Martinez, a well-known immigration activist in Texas who has tangled with Dewhurst many times:

Friends,

I can't tell all of you how important this Senate race is to Texas. I'm sure that you remember how hard we worked during the last 2 legislative sessions in Austin to get a single bill passed to stop or even slow down the effects of illegal immigration. IRCOT met with Dewhurst's staff in 2009 urging him to get behind an E-verify bill but were politely shown the door. In 2011, we brought him the Texas Tea Party Coalition Letter on Illegal Immigration signed by nearly 3,000 Tea Party activists and never heard a word from Dewhurst. Dewhurst had every opportunity to do something to pass an anti-sanctuary city bill and DID NOTHING. When he could have used the rule to suspend the "blocker bill" and yet chose not to! This was even the most watered down bill that could have been written, and still he allowed it to be killed.

Many of you may have supported another candidate but we so need to defeat Dewhurst and keep him out of Washington where he will again do nothing. I think it's important to get the truth out that the very person who has accused Cruz of amnesty is the very one who was part of the "team" that killed all legislation to address illegal immigration in Texas for at least the last 3 legislative sessions. He must be defeated and I urge all of you to get the word out to your contact lists that Dewhurst is the real enemy on illegal immigration. He must be forced to a run-off.

Regards,
Maria Martinez
Please note this is a personal note and does not necessarily reflect the views of IRCOT or its Board Members.
(For identification purposes only)
Executive Director
Immigration Reform Coalition of Texas (IRCOT)

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 01:47 PM | Comments |

April 13, 2012

Chuck Woolery Solves the Illegal Immigrant Problem


It has been asserted that Chuck Woolery is a genius. No disagreement here.

By Mr. E. Blogger at 11:36 AM | Comments |

March 15, 2012

San Diego: Border Patrol Agent Injured by Explosion During Pursuit

Hmmm, the car exploded as the agent approached it. VBIED?

By Stable Hand at 11:02 AM | Comments |

December 16, 2011

Cheerleader Smuggling Scheme

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(Miami, Florida) U.S. Homeland Security Investigations division in Miami has busted an illegal alien cheerleader smuggling operation launched from Colombia. Sixteen people traveled with phony documents from Bogota, Colombia to Miami under the guise of participating in a cheerleading competition.

In total, seven smugglers were prosecuted for immigration fraud and nine cheerleaders, including seven minors, were deported back to Colombia. The last smuggler, Duastin Salazar, 28, pleaded guilty this week and was sentenced to time served and a $100 fine.

An ICE spokesman said the scheme was "definitely unique."

[Update] Pic of typical Colombian cheerleaders added. Courtesy of YHAUG in Comments.

By Mr. E. Blogger at 11:29 PM | Comments |

October 07, 2011

Rick Perry On Illegal Immigration

John Hawkins scores an interview with Rick Perry on illegal immigration.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:07 AM | Comments |

September 20, 2011

Texas Tea Partiers Call on Rick Perry to Address Illegal Immigration

Americans across the nation are just starting to learn what Texans have known for years: Rick Perry is not a believer in strong enforcement of immigration laws, and Texans are 'fed up' with it.

Video via KXAN (click to play):

The Houston Chronicle has more:
Texas Tea Party leaders are unhappy with Gov. Rick Perry’s immigration-related positions and want him to call another special legislative session to give state lawmakers a third opportunity to ban sanctuary cities.

“This is an issue that is simmering and bubbling up to the surface … We are tired of lip service. We are fed up. We are fed up, too, Gov. Perry,” Texas Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee chair JoAnn Fleming of Tyler said Monday.


Below the fold, additional video from the Texas Tribune:

More details courtesy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

The Tea Party representatives presented Perry's office with more than 3,000 signatures.

"Although we do not necessarily hold you completely responsible for the inexcusable actions of the House and Senate members during the regular and special sessions, the ball is now squarely in your court," the Tea Party letter says. "It is solely within your power as Governor to call the legislature into session and demand they complete the important work that they promised their constituents they would do."

The letter cited a recent University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll showing that Texas voters consider illegal immigration the most important problem facing the state. Inadequate border security ranked second.


By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 08:52 AM | Comments |

September 13, 2011

3 Plea Guilty to Helping Pakistani Taliban Illegally Enter US

Yet another reason why border security cannot be overlooked. The three Pakistani nationals were living in Ecuador where they conspired to smuggle members of the Paksitani Taliban into the US.

Use your imagination as to what they thought the Taliban members were going to do once they got here. I don't think opening a Quick-E-Mart was foremost in their imaginations.

The good news is that the man they thought was in the Taliban, really worked for the FBI.

Imagine that? Burn! Winning.

FBI press release:

WASHINGTON—Three Pakistani citizens pleaded guilty today in the District of Columbia to conspiracy to provide material support to the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), often referred to as the Pakistani Taliban, a designated foreign terrorist organization.

The guilty pleas were announced by Assistant Attorney General for National Security Lisa Monaco; Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. for the District of Columbia; John Morton, Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); and John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Miami Division.

At a hearing today before U.S. District Judge John D. Bates in Washington, D.C., Irfan Ul Haq, 37; Qasim Ali, 32; and Zahid Yousaf, 43, each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. At sentencing, which is scheduled for Dec. 9, 2011, each defendant faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. As part of their plea agreements, the defendants have agreed to a stipulated order of removal to Pakistan upon the completion of their criminal sentences.

“Today’s case underscores the threat posed by human smuggling networks that facilitate terrorist travel,” said Assistant Attorney General Monaco. “I thank the many agents, analysts and prosecutors who were responsible for this successful investigation.”

“These defendants sought to smuggle someone they believed to be a member of a terrorist organization from halfway around the world into the United States,” said Assistant Attorney General Breuer. “For financial profit, they were willing to jeopardize the safety and security of the American people. Human smuggling operations pose a serious risk to our national security, and we will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners at home and abroad to combat this dangerous threat.”

“These criminals were willing to use their human smuggling network to help a terrorist slip across our border without any regard for the consequences,” said U.S. Attorney Machen. “Ten years after 9/11, this case reminds us that we must remain aggressive to stop terrorists from infiltrating our homeland and harming our nation.”

“ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents will continue to use every available resource to protect the American public from terrorist organizations and individuals who support them,” said ICE Director Morton. “Today’s announcement demonstrates our international resolve to ensuring that our nation is safer and more secure. I applaud the outstanding work conducted by our HSI attaché office in Ecuador who led this extensive investigation. I would also like to commend our HSI office in Atlanta, along with our law enforcement partners in the United States and Ecuador, who assisted us in this case.”

“These criminals said they didn’t care if the men they smuggled ‘swept floors or blow up’ something. As long as they got paid, they did not care if innocent people would be killed in a potential terrorist attack,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Gillies. “The FBI’s number one priority is counterterrorism and we will continue to work with our partners to protect the U.S. and its people from harm.”

Ul Haq, Ali, and Yousaf were arrested in Miami on March 13, 2011, on an indictment filed in the District of Columbia charging them with one count of conspiracy to commit alien smuggling. Based on the defendants’ guilty pleas to terrorism conspiracy charges, the government will dismiss at the sentencing hearing the charges of conspiracy to commit alien smuggling against the defendants.

Ul Haq, Ali, and Yousaf admitted that between Jan. 3, 2011, and March 10, 2011, they conspired to provide material support to the TTP in the form of false documentation and identification, knowing that the TTP engages in terrorist activity and terrorism. According to court documents, Ul Haq, Ali and Yousaf conducted a human smuggling operation in Quito, Ecuador, that attempted to smuggle an individual they believed to be a member of the TTP from Pakistan into the United States. The TTP was designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department on Sept. 1, 2010.

Court documents indicate that law enforcement agents directed confidential sources to ask the defendants, who were residing in Ecuador at the time, for their assistance in smuggling a fictitious person from Pakistan to the United States. Over the course of the ensuing negotiations, the defendants were made aware that the person to be smuggled was a member of the TTP who was blacklisted in Pakistan.

According to the court documents, the defendants agreed to move this person from Pakistan into the United States, despite his purported affiliation with the TTP. Ul Haq, according to the court documents, told the confidential sources that it was “not their concern” what the men “want to do in the United States—hard labor, sweep floor, wash dishes in a hotel, or blow up. That will be up to them.” The defendants accepted payment from the confidential sources for the smuggling operation and procured a false Pakistani passport for the purported TTP member.

The investigation was conducted by the HSI attaché office in Quito, Ecuador, with the HSI office in Atlanta, the Miami Division of the FBI and the Ecuadorian National Police.

The investigation was conducted under the Extraterritorial Criminal Travel Strike Force (ECT) program, a joint partnership between the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and HSI. The ECT program focuses on human smuggling networks that may present particular national security or public safety risks, or present grave humanitarian concerns. ECT has dedicated investigative, intelligence and prosecutorial resources. ECT coordinates and receives assistance from other U.S. government agencies and foreign law enforcement authorities.

The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs, the U.S. National Central Bureau of INTERPOL, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Embassy in Quito and the Government of Ecuador provided invaluable support.

The case was prosecuted jointly by prosecutors from the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section of the Criminal Division, the Counterterrorism Section of the National Security Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:13 PM | Comments |

August 20, 2011

Busted: Facebook Apologizes For Removing Arizona Govenor's Post

I noticed earlier today this had happened. Gov Brewer re-posted it in defiance. Good to see they apologized although (as of this writing) her Facebook page hasn't been updated yet to state such.



FOX
Facebook issued an apology Saturday for deleting a post by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer that criticized President Obama over his administration's new policy on prioritizing deportations of illegal immigrants.

Brewer's picture and a statement that accompanied it were removed Friday from Facebook, apparently because they "violated Facebook community standards."

"The post was removed in error," Andrew Noyes, Manager of Public Policy Communications at Facebook said in a statement. "We apologize for any inconvenience."

Sure it was removed in error, doesn't your policy state you review posts that are flagged to determine if they are against your TOS?

Facebook/Obamabots just got OWND by Gov Brewer...

By Stable Hand at 09:12 PM | Comments |

August 19, 2011

El Cajon: Feds Bust "Iraqi"-Mexican Drug & Gun Trafficking Organization

San Diego

EL CAJON — For its many regulars, the Chaldean social club in El Cajon is a place to drink tea or coffee, play Dominoes and discuss the news of the day.

But federal and local authorities say the social club, tucked in a nondescript brick strip mall behind a metal security door, is also the headquarters of an Iraqi drug- and gun-trafficking organization with ties to a Mexican drug cartel and a Detroit crime syndicate.

Sixty people associated with the social club at 811 E. Main St. have been arrested over the past 10 days in the investigation, dubbed “Operation Shadowbox,” and investigators were continuing to hunt for others implicated in the scheme[...]

Mark Arabo, a local Chaldean and president of the Neighborhood Market Association, applauded police for making the city safer.

“This in no way, not even a half of one percent, is representational of the Chaldean community at large,” Arabo said. “Chaldeans are hardworking, great family people, Christians and give back to the community. There are so many great things Chaldeans do for the community, so this just comes as a shock.”

I wonder if they had any of the missing weapons from the DOJ/DEA's botched Operation Fast and Furious.

By Stable Hand at 09:06 AM | Comments |

August 16, 2011

Outrage: ATF promotes three Operation Fast & Furious supervisors

Let me get this straight,among other things, the gunrunner program caused the death of Agent Brian Terry and untold number of other victims.

Drug gangs/war lords were given unending supply of weapons, which weren't tracked as well as cash to purchase said weapons. The cash wasn't tracked either. Mexico was kept in the dark

• There was little to no information sharing from the Phoenix Field Division, ATF Headquarters and the Justice Department to their colleagues in Mexico City. Every time Mexico City officials asked about the mysterious investigation, their U.S. based ATF counterparts in Phoenix and Washington, D.C. continued to say they were "working on it" and "everything was under control."
Rep Issa and Grassley have continued to hit brick in their investigation of this program. Obama certainly would like this congressional investigation to disappear, so this makes sense. Promote those who pushed the program forward
The ATF has promoted three key supervisors of a controversial sting operation that allowed firearms to be illegally trafficked across the U.S. border into Mexico[...]

All three have been heavily criticized for pushing the program forward even as it became apparent that it was out of control. At least 2,000 guns were lost and many turned up at crime scenes in Mexico and two at the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona.

The three supervisors have been given new management positions at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. They are William G. McMahon, who was the ATF’s deputy director of operations in the West, where the illegal trafficking program was focused, and William D. Newell and David Voth, both field supervisors who oversaw the program out of the agency’s Phoenix office.

Pat my back, I'll pat yours scenario going on here.

As Ed notes regarding the three "we made mistakes comment":

Perhaps listening to those agents who warned that this would result in disaster? Maybe not punishing those whistleblowers who brought your “mistakes” to light?
"Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive"~Sir Walter Scott..

Previous:

Oversight Committee Video Honors Fallen Border Patrol Agent in Botched Gunrunning Sting
Rep Issa: Getting to the bottom of who authorized & knew about the deadly operation Fast and Furious
GOP Senators Grassly, Issa Request DOJ Hand Over Documents Related to Fast & Furious, Named 12 Senior Justice Officals In Letter
Arizona: Weapons Linked to Valley Crimes are linked to Fast & Furious
It Begins: Dems to Spin Fast & Furious to anti-gun rally
Rep Issa's Reponse To Todays Remarks by Obama
Rep Issa on Oversight Committee Hearing on Operation Fast & Furious

Related:
War on Guns
Sipsey Street Irregulars
A Journalist's Guide To Project Gunwalker

By Stable Hand at 03:41 PM | Comments |

Gov Rick Perry suggests predator drones for border patrol

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Aug 2010: Gov Perry pins down Obama to discuss border issues

Practice makes perfect[Emphasis mine]:

.....I mean, we know that there are Predator drones being flown for practice every day because we're seeing them, we're preparing these young people to fly missions in these war zones that we have. But some of those, they have all the equipment, they're obviously unarmed, they've got the downward-looking radar, they've got the ability to do night work and through clouds. Why not be flying those missions and using (that) real-time information to help our law-enforcement? Becuase [sp] if we will commit to that, I will suggest to you that we will be able to drive the drug cartels away from our border."
Certainly a better idea than Obama/Holder I know nothing about botched Operation Fast & Furious gunrunning program.

Headlines such as During practice, Predator drone such and such nabs high profile drug lord would be a heck of a lot better than " Border Agent Brian Terry killed by gun from botched Operation Fast and Furious gunrunner program".

By Stable Hand at 10:56 AM | Comments |

August 03, 2011

Oversight Committee Video Honors Fallen Border Patrol Agent in Botched Gunrunning Sting

A memorial video on Agent Terry was released today, Aug 3, online by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Update: Changed the video, this is from youtube/user/oversightandreform. Same video but felt it fitting:

RIP sir..

Ginny Simone talks to California Congressman Darrell Issa about his legislation to honor fallen Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, and the latest House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Fast and Furious scandal - NRA News - July 29, 2011

Thank you Reps Issa and Grassley, may those responsible, at the top, be held accountable.

h/t Jeff

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Rep Issa: Getting to the bottom of who authorized & knew about the deadly operation Fast and Furious
GOP Senators Grassly, Issa Request DOJ Hand Over Documents Related to Fast & Furious, Named 12 Senior Justice Officals In Letter
Arizona: Weapons Linked to Valley Crimes are linked to Fast & Furious
It Begins: Dems to Spin Fast & Furious to anti-gun rally
Rep Issa's Reponse To Todays Remarks by Obama
Rep Issa on Oversight Committee Hearing on Operation Fast & Furious

Related:
War on Guns
Sipsey Street Irregulars
A Journalist's Guide To Project Gunwalker

By Stable Hand at 08:45 PM | Comments |

July 27, 2011

Illegal Alien, Jihad, & Obama Assassination Plot: This Story Has it All!

An illegal alien, a jihadi, and a would be Obama assassin walk into a bar. But I repeat myself:

An Uzbek man, who was living illegally in the U.S., was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury for allegedly making multiple threats to assassinate President Obama, then gaining possession of explosive material and a machine gun...

He was residing at the Oak Mountain Lodge in Birmingham, according to a search warrant obtained by FoxNews.com. Authorities sought any information in his room regarding Obama, as well as sniper rifles, documents relating to assassinations and Jihadist manuals....

Kodoriov came to the United States in June 2009 and remained in the country on a student visa, according to the statement. His student visa was revoked April 1, 2010, for failure to enroll in school, according to the arrest affidavit.

Um, his student visa was revoked a year ago and it turns out that he's not only a jihad sympathizer but also wanted to kill the President?

You'd think we learned that lesson 10 years ago.

H/T: The Religion of Peace

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:59 PM | Comments |

Rep Issa: Getting to the Bottom of Who Authorized & Knew About Deadly Operation Fast & Furious

This video breaks down what yesterday's hearing entailed. This investigation just keeps getting worse, if that's possible.

Click here for the rest of the videos.

Also, more coverup: LATimes

Reporting from Washington—

The claim by senior ATF officials that none of the weapons lost in the botched Fast and Furious sting operation were used in the shooting of a Border Patrol agent is not supported by FBI ballistics tests, according to a copy of the FBI report on the shooting.

Last week, spokesmen Scot Thomasson and Drew Wade of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told The Times that the FBI had assured them that neither of the two Fast and Furious weapons found at the scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry's death were the ones that killed the agent.

"We're not aware of any forensic evidence that would link these guns to the homicide," they said.

A copy of the FBI report obtained by The Times' Washington bureau shows ballistics tests did not rule out the Fast and Furious guns.

The economy and Oslo massacre has pushed this hearing off most everyones radar. Holder & Obama have some splainin to do..

Rep Issa and Sen Grassley release staff report focusing on impact of Operation Fast and Furious on Mexico

Full report below fold:

ATF Officials in Mexico Denied Access to Information by U.S. Counterparts about Reckless Strategy that Allowed Guns to Fall Into the Hands of Mexican Drug Cartels

WASHINGTON – Findings in a second staff report released by Representative Darrell Issa and Senator Chuck Grassley show that ATF officials based in the United States Embassy in Mexico City were increasingly worried about the alarming rate of guns found in violent crimes in Mexico from a single ATF operation based out of the ATF's Phoenix Field Division. Issa is Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and Grassley is Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"The consequences of arming Mexican drug cartels seem obvious. But even guns turning up at crime scenes in Mexico wasn't enough for Justice Department officials to arrest straw purchasers and shut down their trafficking operations. Tragically, it wasn't until Fast and Furious guns were found at the murder scene of a Border Patrol Agent that Justice officials finally ended this reckless and arrogant effort," said Issa.

"It's incomprehensible that officials at the Justice Department, the ATF and the U.S. attorney's office would keep their counterparts at the U.S. embassy in Mexico City in the dark about Operation Fast and Furious. Keeping key details secret while straw purchasers continued buying weapons for gun traffickers jeopardized our relationship with our southern ally and put lives at risk," Grassley said.

The report released today outlines several important findings, including:

• There was little to no information sharing from the Phoenix Field Division, ATF Headquarters and the Justice Department to their colleagues in Mexico City. Every time Mexico City officials asked about the mysterious investigation, their U.S. based ATF counterparts in Phoenix and Washington, D.C. continued to say they were "working on it" and "everything was under control."

• Lanny Breuer, the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the Justice Department, was clearly aware of Operation Fast and Furious and touted the case during a visit to Mexico.

• ATF officials in Mexico City were incredulous that their agency would knowingly allow guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, and they were incensed when they finally began to learn the full scope of Operation Fast and Furious and the investigative techniques used.

Issa and Grassley are leading a congressional inquiry into the ill-advised strategy known as Operation Fast and Furious.

A copy of the report can be found here[PDF].

By Stable Hand at 08:43 AM | Comments |

July 12, 2011

GOP Senators Grassley, Issa Request DOJ Hand Over Documents On Operation Fast And Furious, Name 12 Senior Justice Officials In Letter…

ZIP

(The Hill) — Republican lawmakers have requested correspondence records, including emails and handwritten notes, from a dozen senior Justice Department officials who may have been involved in a controversial gun-tracking operation.

The Hill has obtained a letter sent from Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa) and Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.) to Attorney General Eric Holder this week in which they ask for communication records from 12 senior officials with the Department of Justice (DOJ), including James Cole, the recently confirmed Deputy Attorney General.

Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, are investigating the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ (ATF) botched operation “Fast and Furious,” which sold thousands of weapons to known and suspected straw purchasers for Mexican drug cartels

ZIP has the names of the senior officials, be sure and read it all.

Meanwhile, Obi One is doing this:

This is outrageous!

Related:
War on Guns
Sipsey Street Irregulars
A Journalist's Guide To Project Gunwalker

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Arizona: Weapons linked to Operation Fast and Furious linked to valley crimes
It begins: Dems to spin Fast and Furious to anti-gun rally
Darrell Issa's response to Obi One remarks today on Fast and Furious
Anti-gun Zealot to take the place of ATF"s Melon[Note: he didn't step down, doesn't wanna be the fall guy]
Rep Issa's on Oversight Hearing on Operation Gun Runner

By Stable Hand at 09:49 PM | Comments |

June 30, 2011

It Begins: Dems to spin Fast & Furious probe into gun-control rally

Ed Morrissey

The top Democrat on a House investigative committee is broadening an inquiry into a botched gun-tracing operation, called Operation Fast and Furious, to include a look at American gun laws.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the leading Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released a report early Thursday titled “Outgunned,” that details how Bureau for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents say gun laws need to be tightened for them to fight organized crime along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The heat is on Obama/Holder and Rep Cummings is leading the charge to try and divert ones attention away from who in this administration authorized Operation Fast & Furious.

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Rep Darrell Issa's Response To Obi One's Remarks Today On Operation Fast & Furious

By Stable Hand at 02:15 PM | Comments |

June 29, 2011

Rep Darrell Issa's Response To Obi One's Remarks Today On Operation Fast & Furious

Issa.house.gov

Washington, DC - House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa released the following statement on President Obama's comments at his press conference today on Operation Fast and Furious:

"President Obama's remarks today on Operation Fast and Furious were disappointing. There was no sign of urgency to provide answers or explain why no one at the Justice Department has accepted responsibility for authorizing an illegal gunwalking operation six months after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry's murder. The American people expect more from the President than unsubstantiated assertions that the Attorney General didn't know about this reckless program and no explanation about who authorized it."

Yesterday Rep Issa was on FNC:

Obi One wants this all to go away. Fortunately for us, it ain't over by a long shot.

Related sites to keep up to date on this:

waronguns.blogspot.com
sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com
Journalist Guide to Project Gunwalker

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WH Set To Throw ATF's Melson Under Bus..But Anti-Gun Zealot To Take His Place?
Google's YouTube "Fast & Furious" Censorship: Rep Issa's Oversight Hearing On Operation Gunrunner

By Stable Hand at 03:50 PM | Comments |

June 09, 2011

U.S. Officers in Shoot Out With Drug Runners On Texas-Mexico Border

Shhh, Obi One & Nappy won't like, doesn't fit their narrative

Officers who were taking part in a multi-agency Texas Rangers operation exchanged gunfire Thursday with drug-runners along the Rio Grande, wounding at least three suspects.
AUSTIN (June 9, 2011) — U.S. law enforcement officers exchanged gunfire early Thursday morning with drug runners while attempting to intercept boats loaded with drugs on the Rio Grande, the Department of Public Safety said.

The officers were participating in a multi-agency Texas Ranger Recon operation, the DPS said.

At least three suspected drug runners were wounded in the shootout, the DPS said.[Continue reading]

No U.S. officers were injured per statement.

By Stable Hand at 07:27 PM | Comments |

May 10, 2011

Gunbattle On US-Mexico Border Lake Kills 13

Via Breitbart:

Guess this wasn't a part of the border Obi One was talking about today

By Stable Hand at 10:28 PM | Comments |

May 09, 2011

Urban Infidel: May Day Commie Rally At Union Square New York City 2011

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Urban Infidel:

It was such a beautiful day I was planning to be there for only about an hour to cover the lunacy. 30 minutes was all I could take.[More]
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SEIU May Day Commie March in L.A.

By Stable Hand at 10:43 PM | Comments |