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AMERICAN THINKER – Steve Hilton explains Ukraine with new insight – VIDEO

Steve Hilton explains Ukraine with new insight

Steve Hilton of Fox News used about 10 minutes of his Sunday night show to expose some aspects of the relationship between Ukraine and prominent Democrats that have not come to light elsewhere.  It was a tour de force, demonstrating that Joe Biden was not alone and that John Kerry and Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Ed Markey had their hands in the cookie jar.
I rarely ask readers to spend 10 minutes of their precious time watching videos because the printed word is much more efficient in conveying information.  But this is an exception.
Along the way, Steve points out some major hypocrisy on the Green New Deal and media covering for Dems.
Clarice Feldman recommended this video to me, and I thank her.
Steve Hilton of Fox News used about 10 minutes of his Sunday night show to expose some aspects of the relationship between Ukraine and prominent Democrats that have not come to light elsewhere.  It was a tour de force, demonstrating that Joe Biden was not alone and that John Kerry and Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Ed Markey had their hands in the cookie jar.
I rarely ask readers to spend 10 minutes of their precious time watching videos because the printed word is much more efficient in conveying information.  But this is an exception.
Along the way, Steve points out some major hypocrisy on the Green New Deal and media covering for Dems.
Clarice Feldman recommended this video to me, and I thank her.

Read more: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/10/steve_hilton_explains_ukraine_with_new_insight.html#ixzz61uUsCpPG
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Anti-Trump Psychodrama 10.0? By VICTOR DAVIS HANSON October 8, 2019 6:30 AM

Anti-Trump Psychodrama 10.0?

Groundbreaking’ disclosures fall apart, hoaxes are exposed, the media are discredited, over and over and over again.
What do the Kavanaugh hearings, Jussie Smollett, the Covington kids, the Mueller investigation, and now the Trump phone call all have in common?
Staged melodrama, media collusion hysteria, progressive demands that justice be served immediately, promises of walls-are-closing-in blockbuster revelations from new witnesses, supposed surprise revelatory documents, fusions between Democratic politicians and Washington bureaucrats — and then bust, nada, and teeth-gnashing as the truth catches up to various rumor-mongers.
The disgraced purveyors of lies — a Christine Blasey Ford, Michael Avenatti, Nathan Phillips, Jussie Smollet, Adam Schiff — for a time go mute, content with progressives’ praise that they lied for a moral cause and almost pulled it off.
The particular narrative is not all that important, at least compared with a general overriding theme: We are in a virtual civil war, and the Left believes that it can win over the hearts and minds of 20 to 30 percent of the swing voters in the United States with therapeutic tales of racism, sexism, unearned white privilege, and right-wing greed and selfishness, and also by destroying the elected president. Particular events in the news are warped and twisted, to the degree that they can be, to serve that narrative — on the principle that the superior moral end of ensuring a radical equality of result more than justifies the often tawdry and dishonest means to achieve it.
Christine Blasey Ford’s recovered-memory accusations that a teenaged Brett Kavanaugh, nearly 40 years ago, had assaulted her were not corroborated by any firsthand witnesses, and Ford provided no reliable information on the place or date of the alleged assault. The investigation did turn up plenty of contradictory evidence, including denials from her closest friends and from people she herself named as witnesses to the alleged attack.

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About ten months ago, we witnessed another progressive morality farce, between stereotypical evil white Christian kids wearing MAGA hats and a saintly Native American, Vietnam veteran Nathan Phillips, who was threatened by the punk kids and yet spoke truth to power when he resisted their slurs by beating a drum.
Phillips, we were told, had served in battle on behalf of spoiled white kids who repaid with insults and racism befitting their privileged airs. When it was revealed that the activist Nathan Phillips had never been to Vietnam, that he was a chronic liar, that he was the one who had first walked over to the teenagers and initiated the stand-off by banging a drum in their faces, and that the kids were being mocked by a group of African-American cult activists, the Left shrugged, went quiet for a bit, and then assumed that facts were not very important because a greater truth had been revealed in yet another pushback against the white male Christian hierarchy.

SHOULD CAIR BE DESIGNATED A TERROR ORGANIZATION IN AMERICA? – READ ARTICLE THEN ANSWER.

A prominent Arab government thinks so.

We who follow the Islamist movement fell off our collective chair on November 15, when the news came that the United Arab Emirates’ ministerial cabinet had listed the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as one of 83 proscribed terrorist organizations, up there with the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and ISIS.
This came as a surprise because the UAE authorities themselves have a record of promoting Islamism; because CAIR has a history of raising funds in the UAE; and because the UAE embassy in Washington had previously praised CAIR.

On reflection, however, the listing makes sense for, in recent years, the Islamist movement has gravely fractured. Sunnis fight Shiites; advocates of violence struggle against those working within the system; modernizers do battle against those trying to return to the seventh century; and monarchists confront republicans.

This last divide concerns us here. After decades of working closely with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and its related institutions, the Persian Gulf monarchies (with the single, striking exception of Qatar) have come to see the MB complex of institutions as a threat to their existence. The Saudi, Emirati, Kuwaiti, and Bahraini rulers now view politicians like Mohamed Morsi of Egypt as their enemies, as they do Hamas and its progeny — including CAIR.
While the Gulf monarchs have not become any less Islamist, they have acquired a clear-eyed appreciation of the harm that MB-related groups can do.

Having explained why the UAE listed CAIR on its terror manifest, we must ask a second question: Is the listing warranted? Can a Washington-based organization with ties to the Obama White House, the U.S. Congress, leading media outlets, and prestigious universities truly be an instigator of terrorism?

CAIR can rightly be so characterized. True, it does not set off bombs, but, as the UAE’s foreign minister explains, “Our threshold is quite low. . . .
We cannot accept incitement or funding.” Indeed, CAIR incites, funds, and does much more vis-à-vis terrorism:
It apologizes for terrorist groups: Challenged repeatedly to denounce Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist groups, CAIR denounces the acts of violence but not their sponsors.
It is connected to Hamas: Hamas, designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. and many other governments, indirectly created CAIR and the two groups remain tight. Examples: In 1994, CAIR head Nihad Awad publicly declared his support for Hamas; the Holy Land Foundation (HLF), a Hamas front group, contributed $5,000 to CAIR; in turn, CAIR exploited the 9/11 attacks to raise money for HLF; and, this past August, demonstrators at a CAIR-sponsored rally in Florida proclaimed “We are Hamas!”
It settled a lawsuit: CAIR initiated a libel lawsuit in 2004 over five statements by a group called Anti-CAIR. But two years later, CAIR settled the suit with prejudice (meaning that it cannot be reopened), implicitly acknowledging the accuracy of Anti-CAIR’s assertions, which included:
  • “CAIR is a terrorist supporting front organization that is partially funded by terrorists”;
    “CAIR . . . is supported by terrorist supporting individuals, groups and countries”;
    “CAIR has proven links to, and was founded by, Islamic terrorists”; and
    “CAIR actively supports terrorists and terrorist supporting groups and nations.”
It includes individuals accused of terrorism: At least seven board members or staff at CAIR have been arrested, denied entry to the U.S., or were indicted on or pled guilty to (or were convicted of) terrorist charges: Siraj Wahhaj, Bassem Khafagi, Randall (“Ismail”) Royer, Ghassan Elashi, Rabih Haddad, Muthanna Al-Hanooti, and Nabil Sadoun.
It is in trouble with the law: Federal prosecutors in 2007 named CAIR (along with two other Islamic organizations) as “unindicted co-conspirators and/or joint venturers” in a criminal conspiracy to support Hamas financially. In 2008, the FBI ended contacts with CAIR because of concern about its continuing terrorist ties.
On learning of the UAE listing, CAIR called it “shocking and bizarre,” then got to work to have the Department of State protest and undo the ruling. Nothing loath, department spokesperson Jeff Rathke noted that the U.S. government, which “does not consider these organizations to be terrorist organizations,” has asked for more information about the UAE decision. The UAE minister of state for foreign affairs replied that if organizations can show that their “approach has changed,” they are eligible to appeal “to have their names eliminated from the list.”

CAIR and the Rabbis – CAIR A DESIGNATED TERROR GROUP IN MIDDLE EAST, BUT PRESENTER IN OUR SCHOOLS IN AMERICA WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?

CAIR and the Rabbis

As anti-Semitism grows in America, synagogue safety has become an urgent concern for most American Jewish leaders. Not so, it would seem, for the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis (MBR). Recently, MBR joined forces with the Hamas front group CAIR (the Council on American Islamic Relations) to picket the Ahavath Torah Congregation in the South Shore town of Stoughton for hosting speakers whom CAIR calls “anti-Muslim hate group leaders.” The scare campaign ended up working. The synagogue had to permanently shut down its speaker series after CAIR and MBR publicized the synagogue’s address on social media. The synagogue’s rabbi, Jonathan Hausman, got death threats and was forced to hire security guards for his family.
CAIR is a strange ally for a rabbinical board. CAIR’s Massachusetts branch is headed by an anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist and an anti-police activist with a history of Israel-bashing. In 2009, a federal district judge ruled  that there is “at least a prima facie case as to CAIR’s involvement in a conspiracy to support Hamas.” Ever since, the FBI has refused to work with CAIR because there might still “be a connection between CAIR or its executives and Hamas.” Even the United Arab Emirates, not exactly the most Israel-friendly country in the world, banned CAIR as a terrorist organization in 2014.
Unlike CAIR, Ahavath Torah’s guest speakers would seem like strange enemies for a rabbinical board. Invited by Rabbi Hausman for a talk titled, “National Security Chaos: Are We Passing the Tipping Point?”, the panelists were all former U.S. government officials. One, retired Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin, is an American hero. A veteran of many wars, General Boykin commanded the Delta Force units in the Mogadishu battle dramatized in the movie Black Hawk Down. Off the battlefield, he served as the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence between 2002 and 2007. Another guest was former congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, who worked at a kibbutz as a teenager and has spoken at many an AIPAC event without previous rabbinical umbrage. General Boykin and the event moderator, Tom Trento, together with the third guest, Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy, have all been honored with “Genesis Awards” by the Boston-based group, Christians and Jews United for Israel, which represents the values and opinions of many Jewish New Englanders.
In CAIR’s telling, Rabbi Hausman had assembled an “unholy trinity” of guests at his synagogue; and the MBR rabbis slathered their own religious hyperbole on top of CAIR’s as they urged their flocks to come out to the picket. In a homily on Noah’s flood, Victor Reinstein, the chair of MBR’s Public Policy Committee compared himself to a “dove flying above” what he described as “the churning flood of hate” spewing from Ahavath Torah. In Reinstein’s telling, CAIR’s picket was “the people standing together, each as the dove that went out from the ark and offered hope beyond the flood.”
Ahavath Torah’s Rabbi Hausman had a different perspective:
“People in my congregation witnessed the MBR picketing — arm-in-arm with members of CAIR — in front of my synagogue over a panel on national security that discussed a number of issues relative to the U.S.-Israel relationship… The MBR brought enemies of the Jewish people to my synagogue’s gates and did so without bothering to review the content of the program they were picketing.”
CAIR and the rabbis also organized a public statement denouncing Ahavath Torah, signed by MBR members on behalf of their congregations, and by far-left Christian clergy on behalf of theirs. This ecumenical “fatwa” against Ahavath Torah declared: “Our houses of worship should be spaces for prayer, reflection, study, and community building. While free political debate is a vital element in our democracy, voices that demonize ethnic, racial, or faith groups have no place in our sanctuaries.”
By those same standards, CAIR certainly has no place in the rabbis’ sanctuaries, and the rabbis had no place standing outside of Rabbi Hausman’s, arm-in-arm with CAIR. According to the Anti-Defamation League: “CAIR has a long record of anti-Israel activity… Its chapters partner with various anti-Israel groups that seek to isolate and demonize the Jewish State.” Yet under the presidency of Rabbi Toba Spitzer, MBR rabbis have gladly given CAIR leaders places of honor at their synagogues’ podia.
In 2017, for example, a CAIR official was given a place of honor in the sanctuary of former MBR president Howard Jaffe, where the CAIR official asked Rabbi Jaffe’s congregation for donations while accusing Israel of “maleficence.” Strangely, when my non-profit group, Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT), wondered why voices that demonize Jews and Israel should have a place in Rabbi Jaffe’s sanctuary, the MBR rabbis had a very different reaction. In a mass denunciation statement, similar to the one it had used to attack Rabbi Hausman and his congregation, MBR condemned what it saw as APT’s “attacks on Rabbi Jaffe and his congregation.”
“There is no place in our community for this kind of verbal violence,” the MBR rabbis declared (a year after helping Hamas supporters picket a synagogue), recycling the silly totalitarian trope, likely as old as language itself, that speaking truth to power is violence. MBR president Rabbi Spitzer went even further in an interview with the local Jewish paper, presuming to excommunicate APT president Charles Jacobs, like some modern-day Baruch Spinoza, from the New England Jewish community.
All the lies that CAIR and MBR had poured on General Boykin and the other Ahavath Torah guests came from the disgraced Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which was forced last year to apologize and pay a British Muslim $3 million for smearing him as an Islamophobe. In 2012, a violent zealot incited by SPLC lies attempted to kill General Boykin and many others. (It is very hard to kill General Boykin.) The armed progressive activist broke into the offices of the Family Research Council — a conservative Christian group where General Boykin serves as vice-president — and started shooting before being disarmed by a security guard, who was wounded in the process.  According to court records, the progressive activist “had identified the FRC as an anti-gay organization on the Southern Poverty Law Center website.” His plan was to “enter the FRC that day to kill as many people as possible and smother Chick-Fil-A sandwiches in their faces… to make a statement against the people who work in that building.”
The shooter at the FRC, bizarrely, brought chicken sandwiches for his targets. In Stoughton, CAIR and its Jewish collaborators brought donuts for theirs. Both were meant to feed fear, not stomachs, as part of a political intimidation strategy by totalitarian bigots. In Massachusetts, thanks to Rabbi Spitzer and her MBR gang, the intimidation has, so far, worked.
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“U.S. discloses ruling last year by Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that FBI’s data queries of U.S. citizens were unconstitutional,”

FISA Fallout: Court Ruled FBI Violated Americans’ Privacy in Foreign Surveillance Activities

A new report from the Wall Street Journal is shedding more light on the US government’s Foreign Surveillance Court system; revealing a judge ruled last year that the FBI had violated the rights of American citizens.

“U.S. discloses ruling last year by Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that FBI’s data queries of U.S. citizens were unconstitutional,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

“Some of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s electronic surveillance activities violated the constitutional privacy rights of Americans swept up in a controversial foreign intelligence program, a secretive surveillance court has ruled,” adds the WSJ. “The ruling deals a rare rebuke to U.S. spying activities that have generally withstood legal challenge or review.”

U.S. discloses ruling last year by Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that FBI’s data queries of U.S. citizens were unconstitutional

The FISA court system was thrust into the national headlines after former and current State Department and DOJ officials allegedly used the system to obtain warrants against members of President Trump’s 2016 campaign.
This is a developing story. Read the full report at the Wall Street Journal.

Expose of the relationship between Ukraine and prominent Democrats that have not come to light elsewhere. 

Steve Hilton explains Ukraine with new insight

Steve Hilton of Fox News used about 10 minutes of his Sunday night show to expose some aspects of the relationship between Ukraine and prominent Democrats that have not come to light elsewhere.  It was a tour de force, demonstrating that Joe Biden was not alone and that John Kerry and Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Ed Markey had their hands in the cookie jar.

I rarely ask readers to spend 10 minutes of their precious time watching videos because the printed word is much more efficient in conveying information.  But this is an exception.

Along the way, Steve points out some major hypocrisy on the Green New Deal and media covering for Dems.

Clarice Feldman recommended this video to me, and I thank her.

Image credit: Twitter screen grab.

Steve Hilton of Fox News used about 10 minutes of his Sunday night show to expose some aspects of the relationship between Ukraine and prominent Democrats that have not come to light elsewhere.  It was a tour de force, demonstrating that Joe Biden was not alone and that John Kerry and Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Ed Markey had their hands in the cookie jar.

I rarely ask readers to spend 10 minutes of their precious time watching videos because the printed word is much more efficient in conveying information.  But this is an exception.

Along the way, Steve points out some major hypocrisy on the Green New Deal and media covering for Dems.

Clarice Feldman recommended this video to me, and I thank her.

Read more: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/10/steve_hilton_explains_ukraine_with_new_insight.html#ixzz61mQCtf4q
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