Are Silent Pastors Contributing to the Decline of Culture?

August 20, 2014 by Gary DeMar

A new study by the Barna Group is reporting some disturbing results on what pastors believe but are not preaching.

“[I]n his study, Barna’s organization asked pastors across the country about their beliefs regarding the relevancy of Scripture to societal, moral and political issues, and the content of their sermons in light of their beliefs.

“‘What we’re finding is that when we ask them about all the key issues of the day, [90 percent of them are] telling us, ‘Yes, the Bible speaks to every one of these issues,” he explained. “Then we ask them: ‘Well, are you teaching your people what the Bible says about those issues?’ and the numbers drop . . . to less than 10 percent of pastors who say they will speak to it.”

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“What I’m suggesting is [those pastors] won’t probably get involved in politics because it’s very controversial. Controversy keeps people from being in the seats, controversy keeps people from giving money, from attending programs,” Barna said.

How did we get like this? There are numerous Christians who believe that a personal, private faith is all the gospel requires. Os Guinness described this as “The Private-Zoo Factor,”[1] a religion that is caged so that it loses its wildness. When true Christianity is applied to any part of the world, it blossoms far more fully and colorfully than we ever could have imagined. When pagans stopped believing that they lived in “an enchanted forest” and that “glens and groves, rocks and streams are alive with spirits, sprites, demons” and “nature teems with sun gods, river goddesses, [and] astral deities,”[2] at that moment the world and everything in it changed. Everything seemed possible within the boundaries of God’s Providence and law. A Christian worldview made science possible and civil government ministerial rather than messianic.

Stanley Jaki, the author of numerous books on the relationship between Christianity and science, comments:

“Nothing irks the secular world so much as a hint, let alone a scholarly demonstration, that supernatural revelation, as registered in the Bible, is germane to science. Yet biblical revelation is not only germane to science—it made the only viable birth of science possible. That birth took place in a once-Christian West.”[3]

Over time, Christianity ceased to be a comprehensive, world-changing religion. “[W]here religion still survives in the modern world, no matter how passionate or ‘committed’ the individual may be, it amounts to little more than a private preference, a spare-time hobby, a leisure pursuit.”[4]

Theodore Roszak used an apt phrase to describe much of modern-day Christendom: “Socially irrelevant, even if privately engaging.”[5] It wasn’t always this way:

“The Bible, both the Old Testament and the New Testament, comes out of the background of a Hebrew mindset. The basic idea behind the Hebrew mindset is that God and accompanying spiritual principles permeate all of life here on earth. . . . I believe one of the causes of [cultural disengagement is a Greek mindset], which tells us Christians should be concerned about saving souls and going to heaven rather than paying much attention to material things like transforming our societies.

“[James Davidson] Hunter, to the contrary says, ‘Most Christians in history have interpreted the creation mandate in Genesis as a mandate to change the world.’”[6]

As long as Christianity remained nearly exclusively “privately engaging,” the secularists had no interest in disturbing the sleeping giant.

It’s no wonder that a 1.6 percent homosexual population and a few renegade judges have overturned the entire moral structure of marriage.

Notes:

1. Os Guinness, The Gravedigger File: Papers on the Subversion of the Modern Church (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1983), 79. [↩]
2. Nancy R. Pearcey and Charles B. Thaxton, The Soul of Science: Christian Faith and Natural Philosophy (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1994), 23–24. [↩]
3. Stanley Jaki, “The Biblical Basis of Western Science,” Crisis 15:9 (October 1997), 17–20. [↩]
4. Guinness, The Gravedigger File, 72. [↩]
5. Theodore Roszak, Where the Wasteland Ends (New York: Doubleday, 1973), 449. [↩]
6. C. Peter Wagner, Dominion! How Kingdom Action Can Change the World (Grand Rapids, MI: Chosen, 2008), 40, 41. [↩]

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Oversight Report: MB Obama Admin Violated Law by Freeing Taliban Members

GAO: Congress not legally notified before Obama freed Gitmo inmates
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-Obama administration failed to provide proper notification of Taliban release
-Illegally used taxpayer funds to enable inmate transfer
– Pentagon violated 2014 Department of Defense Appropriations Act

August 21, 2014 BY: Adam Kredo

The Obama administration violated federal law when it released five senior Taliban leaders from prison without notifying Congress, as is legally mandated, according to an investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

The GAO concluded in a report issued Thursday that the Obama administration failed to provide proper notification of the Taliban release and illegally used taxpayer funds that were not appropriated to enable the inmate transfer, according to the report.

The Obama administration in May secretly struck a deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan to free from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba five of its top leaders in exchange for the return of captured U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who was later accused by fellow soldiers of having deserted the Army prior to his capture.

The Pentagon was found to have “violated” the 2014 Department of Defense Appropriations Act “when it transferred five individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the nation of Qatar without providing at least 30 days notice to certain congressional committees,” according to the report.

The Defense Department also was legally prohibited from using congressionally appropriated funds to pay for the transfer of detainees from Gitmo without first getting approval from Congress, which the Obama administration failed to do, according to the report.

“As a consequence of using its appropriations in a manner specifically prohibited by law, DOD also violated the Antideficiency Act,” which prevents unauthorized government expenditures, the GAO found.

GAO concludes that “when DOD failed to notify specified congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of its transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to Qatar, DOD used appropriated funds in violation of section 8111” of the law.

The oversight agency further concluded that the Pentagon and Obama administration clearly failed to “notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the transfer,” the report states. “In addition, because DOD used appropriated funds to carry out the transfer when no money was available for that purpose, DOD violated the Antideficiency Act.”

The Pentagon was found to have used $988,400 from the Army’s operation and maintenance to fund the mission.

While the Pentagon defended its actions when asked for an explanation by the GAO, the investigation ultimately found that the “DOD has dismissed the significance of the express language enacted in” the law prohibiting it from using congressionally appropriated funds to execute the Taliban transfer.

The Pentagon legally should have notified Congress of its actions before funding and carrying out the transfer, according to the report.

“To read section 8111 [of the relevant law] otherwise would render the notification requirement meaningless,” the GAO wrote.

The GAO further concludes that the Pentagon violated the Antideficienty Act by inappropriately funding the transfer of the five Taliban leaders from Gitmo.

DOD “obligated funds that were not legally available for obligation because DOD did not satisfy the notification requirements,” the GAO wrote.

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/oversight-report-obama-admin-violated-law-by-freeing-taliban/

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VIDEO Ferguson Citizens: Forget The FOP, We Know Our Unalienable rights – Ferguson Feeding Frenzy

-Ferguson Citizens: Forget The Fraternal Order of Police
-The Ferguson Feeding Frenzy
-Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson
August 20, 2014 By Michelle Malkin

The most poisonous “-ism” now infecting Ferguson, Missouri, is not virulent racism. It’s viral narcissism.

Over the past two weeks, the impoverished St. Louis County suburb has become a magnet for self-absorbed publicity seekers of all colors and agendas.

Perhaps the most repulsive species on display in Ferguson is the Journalisto Vanitatis. This breed of egotistical East-Coast reporters can be easily identified by its ever-present appendages: a smartphone and smart glasses. For the J.V., the story is all about “me, me, me!” Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly and Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery were among the first and most prominent Beltway journos to parachute into the Ferguson protests.

Admiring media colleagues hang on the J.V.’s every tweet and selfie. When Reilly and Lowery were “arrested” (that is, detained briefly and released) amid the chaos, they morphed into civil rights heroes. Both complained indignantly about not being read their “Miranda rights.” Never mind that they were neither arrested nor interrogated, the two basic preconditions for Miranda warnings.

The J.V.’s have been hailed for their “courage” on the “front lines” — like veritable 21st-century versions of Audie Murphy and Ernie Pyle! Of course, Audie Murphy and Ernie Pyle would know real bullets when they saw them. But Reilly revealed his abject cluelessness this week when he hysterically tweeted a photo of what he thought were “rubber bullets.” They turned out to be high-capacity… ear plugs.

Not to be outdone, J.V. Chris Hayes of MSNBC squealed about being threatened with mace and simpered about being confined in a press area — created by police for the safety of meandering interlopers gawking at rioters and looters. Later, he breathlessly trumpeted seeing a “dead body,” which turned out to be neither dead nor a body.

While New York journalists have applauded reporters making themselves a part of the story, locals demonstrated their own opinion of MSNBC’s journalism on Monday night — by pelting Hayes and one of his co-anchors with rocks.

A close cousin of the Journalisto Vanitatus is the omniscient Albinus Hipsterex. These white progressives can’t resist the opportunity to raise their fists and chant “F**k the police” to show they’re down with the cause. Leftovers from the defunct Occupy Wall Street movement are now occupying West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson to make excuses for the vandals and thieves victimizing immigrant-owned convenience stores. The absurdity of these critters was best illustrated earlier this week in a candid photo of a trio of Albinus Hipsterii: two bandana-clad, tattooed anarchists strapping a gas mask onto a young woman sporting a tie-dyed shirt stretched across her heavily pregnant belly.

Next on the scene: Canis Celebritus — also known as the Celebrity Hound Dog. Rapper Nelly best epitomizes this attention-seeking creature. He jetted down to Ferguson to preach peaceful social justice. Some in attendance took note of the wealthy rapper’s ostentatious protest attire: massive diamond earrings as big as some of the rocks protesters hurled at hapless Hayes. Not-so-wise Nelly told residents not to “overreact,” while accusing police of purposefully inflaming protesters in the same breath. He lectured the crowd to have a plan. But when asked to outline his own, he said he didn’t have one, and his large megaphone went silent.

Accompanying Canis Celebritus are members of the infamous class of hucksters who belong to a class I’ll dub Divisio Demagogus. Chief agitators include Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Marc Lamont Hill, Van Jones and Malik Shabazz. These race-hustling pot-stirrers have made their names concocting hate-crime hoaxes, inciting violence against police and deepening racial and ethnic division for decades. Their total lack of self-awareness never ceases to amaze. Hatemonger Shabazz, who repped the lying Duke lacrosse rape case liar, dropped into Ferguson to proclaim: “We’re not going to let agent provocateurs ruin things tonight.”

From the L.A. riots to Hurricane Katrina to Ferguson, an eternal truth endures: Tragedy is the mother of poisonous pretension.


Ferguson Citizens: Forget The Fraternal Order of Police
Ferguson resident knows her unalienable rights.
August 21, 2014

Familiar with their birth rights, Ferguson, Mo., residents are awake to the police state surrounding their community.

http://www.infowars.com/ferguson-citizens-forget-the-fraternal-order-of-police/


Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson
August 21, 2014 By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, Associated Press

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago.

Since the guard’s arrival Monday, flare-ups in the small section of town that had been the center of nightly unrest have begun to subside. The quietest night was overnight Wednesday and Thursday, when police arrested only a handful of people in the protest zone.

“As we continue to see improvement, I have ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin a systematic process of withdrawing from the City of Ferguson,” the governor said in a statement.

Demonstrations began after the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, and authorities have arrested at least 163 people in the protest area. Data provided Thursday by St. Louis County showed that while the majority of those arrested are Missourians, just seven live in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb. The vast majority, 128 people, were cited for failure to disperse. Twenty-one face burglary-related charges.

Meanwhile Thursday, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch reiterated he has no intentions of removing himself from the case, and he urged Nixon to once and for all decide if he will act on calls for McCulloch’s ouster.

Some question McCulloch’s ability to be unbiased since his father, mother and other relatives worked for St. Louis police. His father was killed while responding to a call involving a black suspect.

Nixon said this week he is not asking McCulloch to recuse himself. But a McCulloch aide, Ed Magee, said the governor ‘didn’t take an actual position one way or the other.”

McCulloch called for a more definitive decision. He said in a statement that Nixon must “end this distraction” or risk delay in resolution of the investigation.

A Nixon spokesman did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Federal authorities have launched an independent investigation into Brown’s death, and U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill told The Associated Press that all of the physical evidence from the case was being flown Thursday from St. Louis to the FBI forensics lab in Quantico, Virginia. The evidence includes shell casings and trajectories, blood patterns and clothing, the Missouri Democrat said.

“The only thing you have to test the credibility of eye witnesses to a shooting like this is in fact the physical evidence,” McCaskill said. “I’m hopeful the forensic evidence will be clear and will shed a lot more light on what the facts were.”

McCaskill also announced that next month she will lead a Senate hearing to look into the militarization of local police departments after criticism of the law enforcement response to the protests in Ferguson following Brown’s death.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, in charge of securing Ferguson, said just six people were arrested at protests Wednesday night, compared to 47 the previous night, providing hope among law enforcement leaders that tensions may be beginning to ease.

A grand jury on Wednesday began considering evidence to determine whether the officer who shot Brown, Darren Wilson, should be charged. Magee said there was no timeline for the process, but it could take weeks.

Another fatal police-involved shooting happened this week in St. Louis, about five miles from the site where Brown was killed. St. Louis police released video showing officers killing a knife-wielding man. The video shows the man saying, “Kill me now” as he moved toward two officers. The officers fired six shots each, killing 25-year-old Kajieme Powell.

The St. Louis shooting briefly spurred a gathering of about 150 people who chanted, “Hands up, don’t shoot,” a chant that has become common among protesters in Ferguson.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said he wanted to move quickly to make public as much information as possible. By Wednesday he had provided media with cellphone video of the shooting, the 911 call, dispatch tapes and surveillance video from a nearby store.

“I think the lessons learned from Ferguson were so crystal clear,” Dotson said.

Associated Press writer Nigel Duara in Ferguson and Sara Burnett in Jefferson City, Missouri, contributed to this report. Salter reported from St. Louis.

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Left-Wing Organizations Waging ‘War on Women’ with Attacks on Campbell Brown

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August 19, 2014

Kirsten Powers, writing in USA Today, accuses left-wing organizations of waging their own “war on women” with what she calls a “misogynist crusade” against former CNN anchor and school reform advocate Campbell Brown.

The American Federation of Teachers and union-backed lobbying groups have lashed out at Brown, who is helping students in New York sue the state over harmful teacher tenure laws that protect under-performing teachers.

AFT president Randi Weingarten attempted to discredit Brown based on her marriage to former Romney adviser Dan Senor, implying that her husband’s political affiliations sully her connection to the movement.

“To Weingarten, women are not people with thoughts of their own. No, they’re empty vessels who do their husband’s bidding,” writes Powers in response.

Another opponent of education reform suggested that Brown’s only asset in the teacher tenure reform movement is her looks.

The union-backed lobbying groups Alliance for Quality Education and the New York Communities for Change have launched a fake Twitter account and website smearing Brown as a “right-wing elitist” and depicting her as a marionette.

Powers points out that Brown, who is not registered with either major political party, is working with several male former Democratic staffers on her teacher tenure reform project, yet none of these men have been subjected to the mockery that Brown has experienced:

There has been no suggestion that these men —none of whom is an education expert — lack the intellect or standing to have an opinion on this topic, whereas Brown has been cast as an interloping bobble head. Education historian Diane Ravitch told The Washington Post of Brown, “She is a good media figure because of her looks, but she doesn’t seem to know or understand anything about teaching and why tenure matters. … I know it sounds sexist to say that she is pretty, but that makes her telegenic, even if what she has to say is total nonsense.”

http://freebeacon.com/issues/kirsten-powers-left-wing-organizations-are-waging-war-on-women-with-attacks-on-campbell-brown/

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VIDEO Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamic State Beheads Liberals Too and more – Rescue Failed Because Obama ‘Dragged His Feet’

-Retired Intel Officer: Foley Rescue Attempt Failed Because Obama ‘Dragged His Feet’
-James Foley Beheading: What They’re Not Telling You
-ISIS Abducts More Westerners, Promises Beheadings
-Former CIA Officer Says ISIS and Mexican Drug Cartels Communicate
ISIS beheading
August 21, 2014 By Ben Barrack

The beheading of any American should send every American into orbit from outrage. That includes the beheading of James Foley. What must be made known, however, is that evidence suggests Foley was sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood’s cause and may have been a liberal.

If that’s true, why would ISIS behead him?

The answer is strangely simple. ISIS beheads liberals too, in much the same way that the Tsarnaev brothers set off pressure cooker bombs in a predominantly liberal city – Boston.

Foley Betrayed by those he supported
A look at Foley’s twitter feed from 2012 indicates he was a supporter of the Syrian opposition (FSA). It’s now being reported by IBT that Foley may have been handed over to ISIS in a good faith gesture by a group that had been aligned with the FSA:

According to Syrian sources who have worked previously to locate and rescue kidnapped journalists in Syria, American journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by Islamic State in a video the militant group made public on Tuesday, was most likely used by another guerrilla group as a token of allegiance to ISIS.

According to those sources, Foley was in the hands of the Dawood Bridgade, a group that was originally aligned with relatively moderate opposition groups such as the Free Syrian Army, but recently pledged allegiance to ISIS.

Here are some of the tweets from Foley in 2012 (h/t FPM):

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Of course, the very sick and twisted irony is that Foley was being sympathetic to a group that ultimately betrayed him. Though Foley’s fate was not predictable, such a betrayal was.

On Supporting Muslim Brotherhood
Foley also seemed to express support for the Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda. Barely a month prior to the Benghazi attacks, Foley tweeted a link to a defamatory CNN propaganda piece that suggested “right-wing” terrorism was equal to the brand practiced by al-Qaeda. In the article, Nazi terrorists were identified as “right-wing” when in reality, Nazis are extreme leftists as is the KKK, which was founded by the Democratic Party.

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In another tweet, Foley linked to an article which made the argument that Muslim Brotherhood winning elections is a good thing. That argument is demonstrably absurd:

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Essentially, the author argued that by meeting the Brotherhood’s demands and giving them what they want, the Brotherhood will moderate:

The fact is, however, the victory of Islamist political parties in democratic elections, especially the Muslim Brotherhood, is beneficial to the United States, the region, and the future of democracy for two reasons.

In short, those two reasons amounted to 1.) Give the Islamists what they want and they’ll stop killing and 2.) Once the Islamists achieve political power, they will be voted out of power after a few election cycles and they’ll become peaceful, political animals who will follow the rules.

How’s that working out?

With the gift of hindsight, this paragraph from the aforementioned article is salient:

Radical Islamist terrorists like Ayman al-Zawahiri of al Qaeda have harshly criticized Islamist political parties, especially the Muslim Brotherhood. Zawahiri understands that the spread of democracy through the Arab Spring has the potential to destroy al Qaeda by drying up recruitment and funding, and undermining the supposed ‘need’ for jihad in the first place.

Perhaps no better application of that theory can be found in Egypt. The article was actually written on the eve of the inauguration of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Mursi as President of that country. Contrary to the premise that Islamists would moderate if elected to office and eventually be voted out, Mursi became a tyrant overnight and within months attempted a complete power grab by signing Shariah law into the Constitution, as Shoebat.com reported at the time.

As for the argument that someone like al-Zawahiri would become marginalized when someone like Mursi came into power, the opposite happened. As Shoebat.com reported, Mursi hired al-Zawahiri’s first cousin as his Chief of Staff and sought the assistance of the al-Qaeda leader in keeping the Egyptian military from doing what it ultimately did – throw Mursi out of power.

Sadly, Foley lost his life despite being on what he thought was the right side.

This is not about an ‘I told you so’ moment for the right. It’s a plea for leftists to wake up.

Psychoanalyzing the Left
It’s very difficult to psychoanalyze the minds of the left. Some may suffer from a strain of Stockholm Syndrome in which they think being sympathetic to Islamists will keep them safe. Some may think that by treating Islamists like civilized beings, they will then become civilized beings. Some may just hate conservatives and Christians so much, they’re comfortable aligning with those who hate them too (common cause). Still others may just flat-out agree with Islamists.

Take a look at the protesting and rioting in Ferguson. The New Black Panther Party (NBPP) – a Muslim group – descended on that city to gin up anger. The left-wing, mainstream media either ignores the NBPP or attempts to dismiss its significance. While doing a news report in Ferguson, Jake Tapper completely ignored the “ISIS is HERE” sign being held up behind him for no fewer than two minutes.

Then there was the issue of far left-wing MSNBC personality Chris Hayes. While spouting pro-rioter propaganda, Hayes had rocks thrown at him by the very people he works so hard to defend. Even then, he didn’t catch the irony. The rocks clearly did not knock any sense into Hayes:

Regardless of the reasons, leftists sympathetic to Islamists are counterproductive to the process of preventing the spread of Islamism. As such, leftists are used as vehicles to push the Islamist agenda. In the U.S. stealth jihad groups speak of interfaith dialogue, bridge-building, tolerance, and diversity while endorsing “COEXIST” bumper stickers. Anyone who sounds alarm bells is then painted as racist. This endears utopian-minded liberals to the Islamist cause while simultaneously pitting those liberals against Christian conservatives who believe in God, His Son, and the Trinity exclusively. Said Christians also believe in and defend Christianity’s Jewish heritage.

Other than that, any attempt to spiritually “coexist” waters down Christianity, which true Christians find grossly offensive and blasphemous. That doesn’t make them racist; it makes them strong in their beliefs.

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Save for Judaism, which shares a common heritage with Christianity, a belief in Christianity must necessarily include not accepting other religions. Besides, it’s Islamic countries that ban other religions and persecute those who don’t practice Islam.

Then again, there are plenty of ‘Christian’ pastors who don’t get what’s going on either. Take this example. It’s a photo of Clark Lobenstein, whose stole indicates he’s bought into the ‘Coexist’ mentality. He’s flanked by Bassam Estwani, the former chairman of the notorious Dar al-Hijrah mosque and Rateb al-Nabulsi, a pro-Hamas figure who endorsed suicide bombings and has raised funds for the Syrian opposition while in the U.S., as Shoebat.com has reported.

Estwani serves on the boards of at least two highly suspect Syrian opposition groups – the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF) and Mercy Without Borders (MWB).

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http://shoebat.com/2014/08/21/muslim-brotherhoods-islamic-state-beheads-liberals/

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Retired Intel Officer: Foley Rescue Attempt Failed Because Obama ‘Dragged His Feet’
August 21, 2014 BY: Larry O’Connor

Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer (Ret.) is a CIA-trained former senior intelligence officer who wrote the book Operation Dark Heart about the Special Operations successes in the early stages of the Afghanistan war.

He also famously reported to Congress that part of the intelligence breakdown prior to the 9/11 attacks was due to communications failures between the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency’s “Able Danger” project which had identified Mohamed Attah’s terror cell in Brooklyn in 2000.

Thursday morning, Shaffer appeared on WMAL radio in Washington, D.C., to discuss the ISIS execution of American journalist James Foley earlier this week. He told me and co-host Brian Wilson that the recently revealed rescue attempt led by Special Forces earlier this summer failed because President Obama was slow to give the go-ahead:

I’m hearing from my friends in the Pentagon, they are giving him every single option way ahead of time. And let me give you a little secret here: The reason that raid into Syria failed to get Foley and those guys was because the president drug his feet. He waited too long, the intel got stale, and by the time we actually gave the “go” word it failed because we just didn’t react quick enough.

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/retired-intel-officer-foley-rescue-attempt-failed-because-obama-dragged-his-feet/


James Foley Beheading: What They’re Not Telling You
Controversial video a powerful new casus belli for war
August 21, 2014 by Paul Joseph Watson

The latest poster child for military expansion in the middle east poses a host of disturbing questions.

http://www.infowars.com/james-foley-beheading-what-theyre-not-telling-you/


ISIS Abducts More Westerners, Promises Beheadings
Propaganda theater ahead of U.S. invasion of Syria
August 21, 2014 by Kurt Nimmo

The Islamic State, formerly ISIS, has abducted more Westerners. The latest captives include two Italian women and a Japanese national. They are reporters, photographers and aid workers.

Over the past six months Islamic jihadists in Syria have taken at least ten hostages from Western countries, including Spain, Denmark and France. The hostages were traded for ransom, but in the wake of the alleged execution of journalist James Foley the latest captives may suffer a more gruesome fate as the propaganda war ramps up ahead of a U.S. invasion of Syria.

The next victim will likely be Steven Sotloff, a freelance journalist who has contributed to Time and Foreign Policy. He was taken captive a year ago on the border of Turkey and Syria. Following the supposed execution of Foley, ISIS announced they will behead Sotloff if the United States continues its air strikes in Iraq.

The Obama administration and the Pentagon have announced they will continue attacking ISIS. On Wednesday, Obama said the U.S. would “do what we must to protect our people.”

Although Obama insisted the U.S. does not plan to enter Syria, the administration later said several dozen special forces troops were on the ground there.

Additionally, the Pentagon has announced it plans to send ground troops “to better secure State Department facilities in Baghdad from possible attack by Islamic State militants,” according to ABC News Radio.

Establishment Media: ISIS a Threat to “Global Community”

According to the establishment media, ISIS is goading the U.S. into invading Syria. “What the terrorists are trying to do is to intimidate and to some degree provoke the United States,” former ambassador James Jeffrey told Fox News.

“They suffered a major defeat at the Mosul dam. What they are trying to say is: We’re back. We’re going to pursue our agenda of a total war against the rest of the global community… and we taunt you to do something about this.”

On Wednesday it was announced the U.S. had launched nearly a dozen air strikes on ISIS near the Mosul Dam in Iraq. The dam is said to be now under Kurdish control.

Jeffrey characterized the bombing of northern Iraq as a success and said “all the pieces are in play for President Obama to move forward, cautiously, but still move forward on a campaign against these people.”

“Sooner or later, we’re going to fight them,” he predicted. “Because they want to fight us.”

The chorus call for a wider war in the Middle East was echoed by the National Journal on Wednesday.

“When a centrist Democrat, a Republican hawk, a libertarian, and a tea partier all find common ground on Capitol Hill, it’s worth noting this rare outbreak of bipartisan consensus. Sens. Tim Kaine, James Inhofe, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz all believe the White House should seek new approval from Congress for U.S. military operations in Iraq. President Obama should give the senators exactly what they are requesting,” James Kitfeild wrote for the magazine.

A former CIA deputy director, Mike Morell, who is now a CBS News national security analyst, said on Thursday ISIS may strike inside America.

“The short-term concern is the Americans that have gone to fight with ISIS and the west Europeans that have gone to fight with ISIS could be trained and directed by ISIS to come to the United States to conduct small-scale attacks,” Morell told CBS This Morning. “If an ISIS member showed up at a mall in the United States tomorrow with an AK-47 and killed a number of Americans, I would not be surprised.”

In order to prevent this, Morell said, the United States should attack ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Morell said the effort would entail “taking territory away from them so they cannot use it as a safe haven to train. That requires airstrikes and that requires enabling the Iraqi military to do its job. The other thing it requires is to take the leadership of ISIS off the battlefield. That means capturing or killing them.”

http://www.infowars.com/isis-abducts-more-westerners-promises-beheadings/


Former CIA Officer Says ISIS and Mexican Drug Cartels Communicate
U.S. Gov. and CIA connected to drugs and terror
August 21, 2014 by Kurt Nimmo

A former CIA officer, now a security consultant who regularly appears on Fox News, told the Laura Ingraham Show Thursday ISIS and Mexican drug cartels communicate with each other.

“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,” Mike Baker told Ingraham.

The one-time CIA employee said there is “a lot of communication” between ISIS and drug cartels and “the cartels are a business… if there’s a revenue stream they can exploit, then they will, and the extremists understand that.”

It is not clear if this intel was passed on to Baker by his former colleagues.

In 2012 a spokesman for the Chihuahua state in Mexico, Guillermo Terrazas Villanueva told Aljazerra the CIA and other intelligence agencies manage the drug trade in Mexico.

“Credibility issues with employees of the notoriously corrupt Mexican government aside, the latest accusations were hardly earth shattering — the American espionage agency has been implicated in drug trafficking from Afghanistan to Vietnam to Latin America and everywhere in between. Similar allegations of drug running have been made against the CIA for decades by former agents, American officials, lawmakers, investigators, and even drug traffickers themselves,” writes Alex Newman.

Other agencies of the United States government stand accused of complicity with Mexican drug cartels, including the DEA and the Justice Department.

Also left unsaid is the documented fact the CIA and the United States government trained, armed, funded and supported Osama bin Laden and his followers in Afghanistan. This fact was reported by the BBC, Forbes, ABC News and others (many corporate media sites, however, scrubbed this information soon after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001).

Asked about the geopolitical impact of the CIA’s 3 billion dollar operation to create an Islamic mujahideen in Afghanistan beginning in 1979, Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser said: “What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Muslims or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the Cold War?”

ISIS, now a self-declared caliphate called the Islamic State, also has connections to the CIA and the Pentagon.

William Engdahl, an award-winning geopolitical analyst and strategic risk consultant, recently wrote that ISIS “is being shaped and controlled out of Langley, Virginia, and other CIA and Pentagon outposts as the next stage in spreading chaos in the world’s second-largest oil state, Iraq, as well as weakening the recent Syrian stabilization efforts.”

The corporate media now pushing a full-fledged war on ISIS in response to an unverified and suspicious beheading video fails to mention our troops will go up against fighters trained by U.S. instructors in Jordan.

For more on the CIA connection to ISIS and the Islamic brigades funded by the Gulf Emirates working to overthrow the government of Syria, see our ISIS and the Plan to Balkanize the Middle East.

http://www.infowars.com/former-cia-officer-says-isis-and-mexican-drug-cartels-communicate/


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VIDEO ISIS: Turkey’s Bastard Child – ISIS Training Center in Turkey

Leaked Video from ISIS Training Center in Turkey
August 21, 2014 By Walid Shoebat (Shoebat Exclusive)

Simple Logic Shows Turkey is in Bed with ISIS. When ISIS started a demolition of all shrines and tombs, even those that are attributed to prophets like Jonah and even Muslim religious icons, ISIS blew up these holy places accusing them as magnets to practices considered as sacrilege. Yet, only Turkish shrines were off limits. When it comes to the shrine of the grand father of the Turkish Ottomans “Suleiman Pasha” inside Syria, and in the areas under ISIS, not only did ISIS refrain from destroying these, but facilitated the entry of Turkish troops to such shrines in order to protected them.

When the most extremist Muslim group in the world overlooks what is “sacrilege,” rest assured there is a deal.

ISIS is a turkish baby which carries the circle signet on its flag “Muhammad is Messenger of Allah” which is found in a replica of Muhammad’s signet ring at the museum of Topkapi in Istanbul Turkey.

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Today the ISIS is estimated at 50,000 fighters 5,000 of which are Turks including 3 million Turkish sympathizers and the Turkish government has not shown any concern. Than we look at the armament sources of arming the ISIS and al-Nusra may come from the Jordanian border, but the bulk amount of weapons, according to reports and investigations and according to Resolution 2170 came from Turkey. This is confirmed when the 27-year-old ISIS commander, identified as Abu Yusef, who traveled to the town of Reyhanlı in the southern province of Hatay explained that they received most of their supplies from across the Turkish border until a recent crackdown against them.

“We used to have some fighters — even high-level members of the Islamic State — getting treated in Turkish hospitals. And also, most of the fighters who joined us in the beginning of the war came via Turkey, and so did our equipment and supplies,” Yusef told the Washington Post.

If ISIS is not a Turkish baby, why is Turkey than refraining from entering the U.S.-French alliance to rid the world from the possessed little demon? Turkey offered nothing when the U.S. offered to lob a silver bullet into ISIS’s heart and even prevented the U.S. from using its land for launching such attacks.

Ankara needs its little devil.

It doesn’t mind the partition of Iraq and the emergence of the state “Caliphate,” and Mosul as its capital. The ISIS serves as a dismantling machine of all secular regimes to prepare the runway for the soon emerging grand Caliph Erdogan. Turkey is in the process of removing the restrainer which kept the Antichrist Caliphate regime bound for several decades, for its these powers that has always kept the rise of the Caliphate at bay. Erdogan also sparked the 2007 Ergenekon proceeding that has ended with the former head of the Turkish military, General Ilker Basbug, and many others who were ordered to serve life in prison, and by this Erdogan removed his restrainer, yet more restrainers will be removed through much blood shed and lawlessness.

For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.
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The situation in Iraq also benefits Turkey with the flow of oil in the fight against Saudi Arabia. Turkey has an old score to settle when Arabia helped dismantle the Ottoman Caliphate when it collaborated with the British when Sharif Hussein bin Ali fired the first symbolic shot from his palace towards the Jeroul Turkish military base in Mecca; thus launching the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Government.

Saudi influence in Iraq dates back to World War I, which brought the British Empire to Iraq, and with them, the Saudi dynasty. During the war the British government followed a policy of supporting the Arab revolt by the sharif of Mecca against the Ottoman Empire. Faisal, the first king of Iraq, was the third son of Hussein bin Ali, the sharif of Mecca.

Its an old score that will be settled sooner or later. There is also an Iranian old vendetta from 1979 for all the Wahhabi enmity against Shiites desiring to spread its revolution accusing Saudi Arabia of being an agent of the United States and questioning Saudi authority over Mecca.

It is always crucial to understand that when it comes to the spread of Caliphate ideology, we should not isolate Turkey giving birth to ISIS, but keep in mind that Arabia is the mother of all bastards and its day of reckoning is coming when her own bastard recruits into Islam, the religion she gave birth to will ravish and burn her.

“The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire.” (Revelation 17:16)

The Ottomans will never succeed in putting the Ottoman Humpty-Dumpty back together and its influence will only encompass 10 regions of its original sphere. Turkey will soon allow Kurdistan to finally take shape since even the independence of Kurdistan is beneficial for Turkey since its at odds with Baghdad, Turkey would consider Kurdistan the opportunity it has to be the only passage of oil and gas through them since there will be no respect for the sovereignty of Iraq and the Iraqi constitution.

Perhaps one of the hidden clues that the ISIS baby has Turkish DNA is when the Malaysian police foiled plans this week for a wave of bombings drawn up by pro ISIS terrorists. “The 19 suspected were formulating plans to bomb pubs, discos and a Malaysian brewery” said Ayob Khan Mydin, deputy chief of the Malaysian police counter-terrorism division. Ayob Khan told AFP that the group, all Malaysians, had visions of establishing a hard-line Southeast Asian Islamic caliphate spanning Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore, and some of those arrested were apprehended at airports on the way to none other than Turkey to seek training and support from ISIS.

Than we have a leaked video from an ISIS training center in Turkey:

“Destroy and blow up our enemies, victory is near .. young men, enroll, land and win .. young men its our religion attack with your weapons and win .. spread throughout the earth and raze the strongholds of the unbelievers” says the speaker.

“Those who believe and immigrate and participate in Jihad with their monies and selves have the highest rank with Allah and are the winners” adds the speaker. This is from the heart of Turkey which produced its bastard child ISIS.

http://shoebat.com/2014/08/21/secret-behind-isis-turkey/


Leaked Video from ISIS Training Center in Turkey
August 20, 2014 By Walid Shoebat (Shoebat Exclusive)


So here is a footage from Turkey, and after watching, perhaps you folks can answer; do you think this is a picnic for a competition on who has the longest beard?

These are scenes from the ISIS training centers in Turkey, where it brings all supporters of al-Qaida to the Middle East, but first they gather in Turkey:

“Destroy and blow up our enemies, victory is near .. young men, enroll, land and win .. young men its our religion attack with your weapons and win .. spread throughout the earth and raze the strongholds of the unbelievers” says the speaker.

The Chechen terrorist adds “ويقول احد الشياشانيين: الذين آمنوا وهاجروا وجاهدوا في سبيل الله باموالهم وانفسهم اعظم درجة عند الله واؤلئك هم الفائزون..”

English: “Those who believe and immigrate and participate in Jihad with their monies and selves have the highest rank with Allah and are the winners”. This is from the peace loving Quran.

This is no beard contest.

And the Turkish people in another video, do you think that the Turkish citizens who are demonstrating are simply objecting that their man lost the longest beard context?

Several Middle Eastern media broke the news that unrest has sparked in Turkey with demonstrations erupting denouncing Erdogan after Turkish citizens captured ISIS operatives in Turkey in which Turkish security forces released the terrorists and attacked the civilians who turned them in:

Shobeat.com reported as far back as March, that there are ISIS “training centers in Orfa, Ghazi Antab and Antakia (Antioch) set up by the Turkish government for more terrorists to be sent to Syria.”

Confirming our findings, the World Tribune discovered that “the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has acknowledged significant recruitment of Turkish nationals by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Officials have told Turkey’s parliament that at least 1,000 Turks were fighting with ISIL in Iraq and Syria. They said the Turks, offered lucrative salaries, were recruited in mosques, schools and even from the security forces.”

In addition, Agence France-Presse (AFP international news agency) also confirmed that “ISIL is recruiting throughout the region, and Turkey is no exception” . The figure was released in wake of allegations by the parliamentary opposition that Turkey was being used for ISIL recruitment and training. The opposition cited videos that showed purported ISIL fighters at a celebration outside Istanbul in late July.

The Turkish intelligence facilitated the supply of fighters and weapons from Iran through Turkey and to Syria.

In Istanbul Turkey a Caliphate nostalgia for the Ottoman Empire has been on the rise as of late. The Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman had this to say:

“Therefore it is no coincidence to observe that some of the followers of Erdoğan believe he is a caliph who seeks to resurrect the Islamic Caliphate and the Ottoman Empire. It is no coincidence that Erdoğan’s target of “The Great Turkey” is intended to be completed in 2023 …”

But Erdogan’s support of the ISIS is easy to explain, even though the ISIS declared a caliphate in southern Turkey which seems as a no threat to Erdogan. He is silent because he sees an opportunity since Turkey needs the ISIS to dismantle nationalistic governments then to later consume them to create its Sunni Axis and its Ottoman dream.

http://shoebat.com/2014/08/20/leaked-video-isis-training-center-turkey/


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VIDEO Sen Mark Begich Hasn’t Been Showing Up for Work

Alaskan Business Owner: ‘Alaskans deserve better than that’
August 21, 2014 BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff

Senator Mark Begich (D., Alaska) isn’t doing his job and Alaskans are fed up.

Last year, Senator Begich failed to show up for votes more times than 80 percent of all U.S. Senators.

Steve Perrins, owner of Rainy Pass Lodge in Alaska, sounded off about the Alaska work ethic it’s residents have come to expect but Begich that has failed to live up to.

“The Alaskan value system is hard work, taking care of yourself, taking care of your family, your neighbors, no excuses. We do what it takes to get the job done. We don’t give up…It’s the work ethic that Alaskans expect and I think Alaskans are a little bit ticked off that our senator, Mark Begich, is not showing up for his job,” Perrins said in a new ad released by Americans for Prosperity.

“Why can’t Mark Begich show up to vote when it’s time to vote? What kind of an example is that for our children? How can we count on Mark Begich to fight for Alaskans when he won’t show up for work?” he asked.

He added, “Alaska is losing ground because we’ve got a politician that isn’t willing to show up and do his job. Alaskans deserve better than that.”

http://freebeacon.com/politics/mark-begich-hasnt-been-showing-up-for-work/

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