At Any Time, ISIS Could Cripple America With A Devastating Nationwide Attack On This

“There is an imminent threat…”

It happened in the nation of Yemen in early June, 2014 — terrorists knocked out power to the entire country of 23 million people. Forbes reported:

The country’s energy minister indicated that power lines were taken out, cutting power to all provinces. A ministry spokesman was quoted as saying “The act of sabotage at Kilometre 78 suspended the entire national power and energy grid, including at Marib’s gas plant, and cut power in all provinces.”

It’s a terror tactic that’s been effective not just in the violence-torn Middle East:

Nobody much likes to think about these things, but the threats are indeed real in Yemen and elsewhere. Last October, the Knights Templar – a breakaway group from Mexico’s Michoacan drug cartel – took out the power grid in Michoacan state, attacking nine substations and leaving over 400,000 without electricity.

And now, with the Islamic State reportedly trying to recruit terror operatives just across our southern border (click here to see our recent post), one terrorism expert — an ex-CIA officer — is warning of an “imminent threat” to the U.S. electric grid. From wnd.com:

Dr. Peter Pry, a former CIA officer, is executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, both congressional advisory boards. He also served on the Congressional EMP Commission, the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission, and the House Armed Services Committee.

“There is an imminent threat from ISIS to the national electric grid and not just to a single U.S. city,” said Pry. Pry was speaking on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s AM 970 The Answer.

Outlining the threat, Pry recalled a leaked U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission report divulged this past March that coordinated terrorist attacks on just nine of the nation’s 55,000 electrical power substations could provoke coast-to-coast blackouts for up to 18 months.

Such an attack would mirror the devastating impact of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack without the need for any nuclear device or delivery system.

Citing that leaked government study, the Wall Street Journal described the method and the effect of such a life-altering attack in an article published in March of this year:

The study by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission concluded that coordinated attacks in each of the nation’s three separate electric systems could cause the entire power network to collapse, people familiar with the research said.

The U.S. could suffer a coast-to-coast blackout if saboteurs knocked out nine of the country’s electric-transmission substations on a summer day, according to a previously unreported federal analysis. National War College Professor Dr. Richard Andres discusses.

A small number of the country’s substations play an outsize role in keeping power flowing across large regions. The FERC analysis indicates that knocking out nine of those key substations could plunge the country into darkness for weeks, if not months.

In the wnd.com article, former CIA operative Dr. Peter Pry argues it wouldn’t take long for the well financed, heavily resourced ISIS to put together a terror team to carry out a devastating attack on the nation’s vulnerable power infrastructure:

“…they can hire these criminal gangs that are south of our porous border. Or criminal gangs that are already present here.”

“We also have Muslim terror cells already in this country that would be willing to do anything for money and it’s very easy to attack the electrical grid,” he added.

[H/T Western Journalism]

Feds Advertising Deported Illegals To Return

As part of a legal settlement that will allow some illegal immigrants who deported themselves from Southern California to return to the United States, the federal government has agreed to advertise the settlement on various Mexican and Spanish-language media outlets.

The ACLU filed a class-action lawsuit last year on behalf of eleven illegal immigrants who deported themselves. The settlement reached on Wednesday will only cover “longtime California residents with relatives who are U.S. citizens and… young migrants whose parents brought them into the country illegally” who deported themselves between 2009 and 2013. An ACLU official has indicated that there were nearly 250,000 people who were “deported voluntarily from Southern California between 2009 and 2013” and estimated to the Los Angeles Times that the “number of repatriations could reach into the hundreds or thousands.”

The U.S. government, through ad buys online, in print, on billboards, and on radio stations, will hope to reach “friends and family of the affected class” in Southern California and Mexico. According to the settlement, the federal government will advertise on television channels like Univision, ESPN Deportes, MundoFox, El Universal, and the Univision Deportes Network. They will also partner with People en Espanol and even the Mexico National Football Team in addition to placing billboards “in high population Mexican border cities of Tijuana, Tecate and Mexicali, as well as focusing placements near border crossings.”

U.S. officials will also place “radio ads :60 in length… on top Spanish speaking radio stations near the Mexico/U.S. border.” Those who search for “Lopez Case,” “Lopez Class Action,” “Voluntary Return to Mexico,” “Rights for Detainees,” “Detained by ICE,” and “Returned to Mexico by ICE” will also be targeted with information about the settlement.

[H/T Breitbart]

Islamist Fighters Claim They Now Control U.S. Embassy in Libya

An Islamist-allied militia group “secured” a U.S. Embassy residential compound in Libya’s capital, more than a month after American personnel evacuated from the country over ongoing fighting, one of its commanders said Sunday.

An Associated Press journalist walked through the compound Sunday after the Dawn of Libya, an umbrella group for Islamist militias, invited onlookers inside. Some windows at the compound had been broken, but it appeared most of the equipment there remained untouched. The journalist saw treadmills, food, televisions and computers still inside.

A commander for the Dawn of Libya group, Moussa Abu-Zaqia, told the AP that his forces had entered and been in control of the compound since last week, a day after it has seized control of the capital and its strategic airport after weeks of fighting with a rival militia. Abu-Zaqia said the rival militia was in the compound before his troops took it over.

A video posted online showed men playing in a pool at the compound. In a message on Twitter, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Deborah Jones said the video appeared to have been shot in at the embassy’s residential annex.

She also said it appeared the compound was being “safeguarded” and was not “ransacked.”

The fighting prompted diplomats and thousands of Tripoli residents to flee. Dozens were killed in the fighting.

On July 26, U.S. diplomats evacuated to neighboring Tunisia under a U.S. military escort. The State Department said embassy operations would be suspended until the security situation improved.

The Dawn of Libya militia is deployed around the capital and has called on foreign diplomats to return now that the fighting has subsided.

[H/T TheBlaze]

Saudi King Warns West Will Be Jihadists’ Next Target

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is “rapid” action.

“If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month,” he said in remarks quoted on Saturday by Asharq al-Awsat daily and Saudi-backed Al-Arabiya television station.

“Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East,” said the king who was speaking at a welcoming ceremony on Friday for new ambassadors, including a new envoy from Saudi ally the United States.

The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group has prompted widespread concern as it advances in both Syria and Iraq, killing hundreds of people, including in gruesome beheadings and mass executions.

Lack of action would be “unacceptable” in the face of the phenomenon, King Abdullah said.

“You see how they (jihadists) carry out beheadings and make children show the severed heads in the street,” he said, condemning the “cruelty” of such acts.

“It is no secret to you, what they have done and what they have yet to do. I ask you to transmit this message to your leaders: ‘Fight terrorism with force, reason and (necessary) speed’.”

President Barack Obama has yet to decide whether the United States should launch raids against positions held by the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria to follow US air strikes on IS activities in Iraq.

US Secretary of State John Kerry called Friday for a global coalition to combat Islamic State fighters’ “genocidal agenda”.

Writing in the New York Times, Kerry said he and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will meet European counterparts on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Wales next week, to enlist assistance.

They will then travel on to the Middle East to build support “among the countries that are most directly threatened”.

“With a united response led by the United States and the broadest possible coalition of nations, the cancer of ISIS will not be allowed to spread to other countries,” Kerry said in Friday’s op-ed piece.

Asharq Al-Awsat said the king urged other countries to join the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre, set up in 2011 to respond to new threats, and to which Saudi Arabia has made a grant of $100 million.

[H/T Yahoo News]

Scarborough Defends ‘No Strategy’ Obama: ‘Straight Out of The Art of War’

Alexander the Great. Stonewall Jackson. George S. Patton. To this list of some of history’s greatest military strategists, a new name must be added: that of Barack Obama. That is, if you agree with Joe Scarborough’s take on President Obama’s statement at yesterday’s press conference that “we don’t have a strategy yet” regarding possible attacks on ISIS in Syria.

According to Scarborough, speaking on today’s Morning Joe, President Obama’s “no strategy” statement was “straight out of The Art of War where when you were weak, you make your enemies think you were strong. When you were strong, you make your enemies think you were weak.” It’s what Scarborough would have done, he told viewers, if he were president. When Sam Stein said that he couldn’t tell if Joe was joking, Scarborough assured him: “I’m serious. Dead serious . . . I am dead serious. I am not joking.”

Can anyone look at the videotape of President Obama’s presser yesterday and really believe that “we don’t have a strategy” was some kind of Machiavellian machination? I’d say it was exactly what it seemed: a man in tan without a plan.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Everybody is freaking out. Because the president said yesterday we don’t have a plan. I ask what is worse? Is it worse if a president says I have a plan and this is exactly what I’m going to do?

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Exactly.

SCARBOROUGH: No, I’m serious. Dead serious. Or is it better to go, you know, because this is what I would do. If you ever elected me you President of the United States and I was about to kill some terrorists in a big way, and you asked me what the plan was, you know what I would say? You know what? I don’t have a plan right now. I’m kind of working on it. This is straight out of The Art of War.

SAM STEIN: I can’t tell if you’re joking or not.

SCARBOROUGH: No, I’m not joking. I am dead serious. I am not joking. It’s straight out of The Art of War where when you are weak, you make your enemies think you are strong. But when you are strong, you make your enemies think you are weak. No. I’m just saying. Everybody is freaking out. A couple of days ago the Republicans were freaking because they’re saying, oh, you know what? They are releasing information and intel and showing our hand. I’m dead serious. Now, maybe this guy is confused and maybe he has no idea what he is doing. I’m thinking, though, and again, I said this last week, Barack Obama
— I said it in real-time. So for Republicans that want to kick me around, you can kick me around if you want to. I said it in real-time. When he said it was about humanitarian assistance that is cool but it’s not really about humanitarian assistance. We are going to see more and more going in. The president got more active and more active. The president has a plan on ISIS. Does he know exactly where they are going to bomb in Syria? Maybe, maybe not. I suspect they probably do. Because everybody around the president is showing their hands. On Russia where he is supposed to be so weak. Samantha Power delivered a blistering attack against the Russians. The president was like, hmm. The same thing, you talk about Syria. His Secretary of Defense, his Secretary of State, everybody who works for the Commander-in-Chief, they basically stated we are going to go into Syria. I kind of like — I’m just saying. This is what I would do. Now maybe, maybe he has no idea.

BRZEZINSKI: You would say we don’t have a strategy?

SCARBOROUGH: I would say — well, we don’t really have a strategy yet, we are still working on a strategy. If I’m about to attack another country — no, I would say — no. If I were about to attack another country, I’d say, you know what? We don’t have a strategy. We are still working it out. You know, then I’d go over: “Scramble the jets scramble the jets,” right? They are looking at and going, Barack Obama. Scramble the jets. Okay, I’m sorry. Am I wrong?

[H/T News Busters]

Obama: ‘We’re Just Noticing’ World Is ‘Messy… Because of Social Media’

A day after President Barack Obama revealed to the world that he had no strategy to combat ISIS, he said that people are only noticing that the world is complicated, dangerous, and “messy” because of social media.

“I can see why a lot of folks are troubled,” Obama reportedly said at a Friday Democratic National Committee fundraiser in New York, according to pool reports. “The world’s always been messy… we’re just noticing now in part because of social media.”

Obama, who perhaps wants to live in a pre-social media world, said he understood that, “if you watch the nightly news, it feels like the world is falling apart.” ISIS has used social media to recruit members and taunt opponents by posting videos of beheadings and mass executions on its sophisticated social media networks. They vowed to strike European countries and may be intent on hitting the United States at home. As Breitbart Texas has reported, federal officials along the border have been warned of what may be an imminent ISIS terrorist attack.

Obama said that the threat of Islamic radicalism today, though, doesn’t compare to the challenges faced during the Cold War. He said the world has “seen the barbarity of an organization like ISIL,” the Middle East has “been challenging for quite a while,” and “we will get through these challenging times just like we have in the past.”

But Obama admitted that he had no strategy to get through the “challenging times” during a Thursday press conference.

“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” Obama said before the White House somehow tried to blame the media for the comment on Friday. “We don’t have a strategy yet.”

Obama, along with First Lady Michelle Obama, is scheduled to attend the wedding of MSNBC host Alex Wagner to White House Chef Sam Kass on Saturday.

[H/T Breitbart]

Feds Warn of “Imminent” Terror Threat on U.S. Border

Sources say ISIS operatives will use vehicle born improvised explosive devices in attacks.

The government watchdog group Judicial Watch cites sources in the government warning that ISIS will attack the United States along the Mexican border.

According to high level sources, ISIS terrorist are operating in Ciudad Juarez on the border across from the city of El Paso, Texas.

The sources state ISIS operatives will use vehicle born improvised explosive devices in the attacks. Homeland Security, Justice and Defense Department agents have been placed on high alert “and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat,” Judicial Watch reports.

The attack is “coming very soon” the high-level source warned. It is speculated an attack will happen on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

“An attack is so imminent that the commanding general at Ft. Bliss, the U.S. Army post in El Paso, is being briefed, another source confirms. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not respond to multiple inquiries from Judicial Watch, both telephonic and in writing, about this information,” reports Judicial Watch.

Last week a former CIA covert operations officer, Mike Baker, said on the Laura Ingraham Show he believes there is “a lot of communication” between ISIS and Mexican drug cartels.

“We’ve had good intel over the years about al Qaeda, about their efforts to coordinate with, as an example, Mexican cartels… in an effort to try to exploit our southern border,” he said. He added that ISIS is well aware of the lack of security on the border and may take advantage of it.

Prior to Baker’s remarks, Rep. Ted Poe, a Texas Republican, said ISIS and Mexico’s notorious drug cartels communicate with each other.

“The drug cartels use the same operational plan as terrorist groups do… They kill their opponents, they behead their opponents, they brag about it and they have operational control of many portions of the southern border of the United States. They’re vicious as some of these other terrorist organizations,” Poe told Newsmax TV.

[H/T InfoWars]

Is Obama The Manchurian President?

“President Obama doesn’t care about American national security interests abroad…”

We have all seen the pictures of the beheaded children, the mass executions, girls jumping to their deaths off mountains after they were raped, Iraqis being crucified, genocide being committed against whole peoples starving and dying of thirst on mountains, etc. etc. These people trusted us. The relied on us. They listened to our words and believed in us. They risked everything they had including their families for us. These evil acts have been going on for months now. As I have said before, Obama had to have been warned by our intelligence services as to the consequences of pulling out of Iraq and allowing Islamic Jihadism to go unchecked. So if he knew the consequences, and did nothing, the question is why? Why did he continue to pull ALL American forces out of Iraq after all of the blood and treasure the United States lost there?

And now, we hear from our Dear Leader during a press conference yesterday that he has no strategy to deal with ISIS. Again, the question is why? To answer this question, I think Americans have to open the dark closet door of the unknown that many on the Left fear to tread but that Conservatives have seen as obvious for some time now. The President of the United States is a Muslim and could be on the side of ISIS.

We have written extensively that you can’t just listen to Obama’s words when evaluating the success of his presidency. You have to look at the results. Ask yourself this question, could there be any worse result in the Middle East after America’s involvement there? When Obama left, Iraq was stable. Now look at it. We have an Islamic State that is murderous and worse than Nazi Germany. Iran continues to threaten Israel and develop nuclear weapons. At the very least, President Obama doesn’t care about American national security interests abroad.

The results speak for themselves. But, I believe the answer is much darker. There is an agenda, one no one knows about. Maybe only Obama himself knows his real agenda. The circumstantial evidence is just too great to ignore. President Obama’s agenda could be the destruction of the United States. Listen to the words again, after all of the evidence we have seen of the evil nature of ISIS. I don’t have a strategy yet for dealing with ISIS. Could it be that he doesn’t want to really deal with ISIS because he wants to allow them to approach the United States with weapons of mass destruction? Could it be he opened the borders to allow terrorists to enter undetected? Could it be he is allowing the Islamic State to be created in order to threaten Israel? Could it be that he is allowing Iran to get nuclear weapons to allow it to destroy Israel? Again, the results speak for themselves. If anyone has a better explanation, I’d love to hear it.

[H/T Western Journalism]

Obama Pushes to Let Hawaii Secede from Union

Apparently seething with authoritarian hubris, President Obama is seeking to wave his magic “pen and a phone” once more to undo legislatively-passed laws and set the stage for allowing Hawaii to secede as a state.

For decades, the State of Hawaii has vied for the right to return to being a sovereign kingdom. The chain of islands has a fascinating and rich history as a kingdom, but was adopted as a state in 1959. Multiple attempts by Hawaiian lawmakers to return Hawaii to a kingdom have failed and in recent years, Former Senator Daniel Inouye and Senator Daniel Akaka, Democrats senators from Hawaii, have pushed the Native Hawaiian Recognition Act- an act that would restore Hawaii to a kingdom run by ethnically native Hawaiians.

As one might expect, Congress has routinely defeated this legislation. A 2007 DOJ statement to the Senate highlighted the absurdity of the proposed law and noted,

“Moreover, S. 310 effectively seeks to undo the political bargain through which Hawaii secured its admission into the Union in 1959. On November 7, 1950, all citizens of the Hawaiian Territory – including native Hawaiians – voted to seek admission to the United States. See, e.g., Pub. L. No. 86-3, 73 Stat. 4. By a decisive 2-1 margin, native Hawaiians themselves voted for statehood, thus voluntarily and democratically relinquishing any residual sovereignty to the United States.”

Obama, who grew up in Hawaii (amongst many other places), appears sympathetic to this plight and his Department of the Interior has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rule making to overrule the will of Congress.

What the notice proposes is enacting a “government-to-government relationship between the United State and the Native Hawaiian community,” allowing the government of Hawaii to run as a kingdom dominated by a racial hierarchy, with native Hawaiians being in charge.

Obama’s crusade, however, is fraught with legal complications. Aside from the obvious fact that such decisions are not the domain of the president, but rather the legislative body, Obama’s actions would likely violate 15th Amendment protections as well as establish a precedent that states can secede in the pursuit of instituting a government centered on racial hierarchy- an obvious violation of innumerable tenets of our government and society.

In late May, TPNN reported:

The policy proposal, an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule making, states:

“The Secretary of the Interior is considering whether to propose an administrative rule that would facilitate the reestablishment of a government-to-government relationship with the Native Hawaiian community.”

The document claims that the goal is “to more effectively implement the special political and trust relationship that Congress has established between that [Hawaiian] community and the United States.”

What this does is essentially create a two-tier system based on race in Hawaii. It will afford separate taxes and law enforcement to one race and another set of policies will govern another race.

Since then, the Department of the Interior has endured a barrage of push-back from legislators and other assorted bureaucrats who have maintained that not only is this a terrible idea, but one that is inherently unconstitutional. Under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, Congress, not the president, has the authority to recognize tribes.

In fact, Obama’s head of Indian Affairs at the Interior Department, Assistant Secretary Kevin K. Washburn, testified before a House subcommittee that this administration did not “have the authority to recognize Native Hawaiians.” Washburn claimed that “we would need legislation to be able to proceed down that road.”

Still, despite having no Constitutional authority, the Obama administration is continuing to push the policy change that could have far-reaching effects. It is unclear if even the Congress has the authority to allow such policies; it is, however, certain that the executive branch possesses no such powers.

While it is far from certain that Hawaii will be granted the right to secede, what such policy shifts are aimed at is creating a wider divide between races and unapologetically implementing a racial hierarchy with native Hawaiians at the top.

At a time when the most divisive president in history pretends to be interested in equality and egalitarian beliefs, it’s nauseating to see his administration stoke the flames of racial prejudice and seek to codify racial supremacy in law.

[H/T TPNN]

OUTRAGEOUS! Obama And Holder Running A Big Money-Laundering Scheme To Fund Radical Left

“This is massive fraud and extortion…”

It’s the Chicago way. The scheme of a sophisticated criminal conspiracy. A devious, deceitful shakedown and money-laundering operation hidden beneath the guise of a legitimate business. Just the sort of corrupt enterprise you’d expect from a close-knit “family” that hails from Siciliy…or from the Southside.

A hard-hitting analysis from National Review Online shows that kind of description to be anything but hyperbole when considering how Barack Obama and his consigliere, Eric Holder, are seizing money from all sorts of businesses regulated under the crushing thumb of big government…then redistributing those funds to Leftist organizations working with the regime to “fundamentally transform” America.

It’s a shocking, sobering read that draws heavily on investigative reporting by Investors Business Daily. Among the compelling evidence offered for the charge of “fraud and extortion” is the intense pressure the DOJ and other federal regulators put on financial institutions…fines and settlements in the billions…with much of that money then funneled to hardcore progressives:

…Eric Holder, the Tom Hagen of this racketeering enterprise of an administration, is using the [money] that DOJ muscle is extorting from the banks to pour tens of millions of dollars into the coffers of the radical Left’s top rabble-rousers – in addition to diverting what should be public funds to pay off delinquent debts in cities that Democrats have destroyed.

This from Investors Business Daily:

Radical Democrat activist groups stand to collect millions from Attorney General Eric Holder’s record $17 billion deal to settle alleged mortgage abuse charges against Bank of America.

Buried in the fine print of the deal, which includes $7 billion in soft-dollar consumer relief, are a raft of political payoffs to Obama constituency groups. In effect, the government has ordered the nation’s largest bank to create a massive slush fund for Democrat special interests.

Besides requiring billions in debt forgiveness payments to delinquent borrowers in Cleveland, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Oakland, Detroit, Chicago and other Democrat strongholds — and up to $500 million to cover personal taxes owed on those checks — the deal requires BofA to make billions in new loans, while also building affordable low-income rental housing in those areas.

The investigation goes on to reveal the patterns and pathways that the government-extracted riches follow to get to their ultimate Leftist beneficiaries, such as the now-infamous Obama-extension group ACORN. Included in the process chain of the “laundering” operation are progressive organizations with legitimate-sounding names like NeighborWorks:

The [Investors Business Daily] editorial goes on to explain that NeighborWorks, in fact, provided $25 million in 2008-09 to the housing division of the notorious, Obama-allied ACORN – the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now, which ostensibly disbanded after a 2009 scandal dried up its government funding. In 2011, NeighborWorks doled out $35 million to similar groups, including the “Affordable Housing Alliance,” which pressures banks to make the kind of high-risk loans that caused the financial crisis and has ties to Obama officials.

And the recent multi-billion-dollar settlement with Bank of America that promises to fatten the Obama-Holder goodie jar is far from the only exampled of corrupt practices:

IBD [Investors Business Daily] reminds us that similar funding for Democrat activists has been written into the $20 billion in settlements for which JPMorgan Chase and Citibank were shaken down. This is massive fraud and extortion. The heavily regulated financial institutions are at the government’s mercy – that’s why they were making the bad loans in the first place, under pressure from politicians and the very organizations Holder is now inducing them to underwrite.

Critics of the Obama administration’s many-tentacled strategy for redistributing wealth have long argued that government systems and power have been, and will be, perverted and misused by the White House and its malicious minions. After all, this president and his party firmly believe that, “to the victor go the spoils.” Elections have consequence…they won…and now America is losing big.

[H/T Western Journalism]