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Why Are U.S. Marshals Now Conducting Biometric Scans and Collecting Other Information on Americans as the LEAVE the United States?

During the war on terrorism, Americans compromised their liberties to fight for freedom. Now, during the war on immigration, Americans will again be compelled to sacrifice liberties for American sovereignty.

In the name of security, anywhere, anytime. All measures will be justified, everyone will be authorized and the population will be controlled.

That is the moment we have arrived at in America.

A combination of policies that President Obama put into place, as well as fresh executive orders put in place by President Trump, have created a new front in the world of national security. They are now using biometrics to verify passport and identity, in the name of cracking down on immigration.

Additional scrutiny, and an over-bearing scent of Gestapo is again cropping up in airports, as yet another layer of surveillance is added to the line up.

Here’s a look at one version of the machines now being tested and phased in at airports and other checkpoints:

Both visitors from abroad, and American citizens alike have now been required to submit to biometric iris scans in order to board a flight. Wow.

via Jeffrey Tucker of the Foundation of Economic Education:

For some 15 years, airport security has become steadily more invasive. There are ever more checkpoints, ever more requests for documents as you make your way from the airport entrance to the airplane. Passengers adapt to the new changes as they come. But my latest flight to Mexico, originating in Atlanta, presented all passengers with something I had never seen before.

We had already been through boarding pass checks, passport checks, scanners, and pat downs. At the gate, each passenger had already had their tickets scanned and we were all walking on the jet bridge to board. It’s at this point that most people assume that it is all done: finally we can enjoy some sense of normalcy.

This time was different. Halfway down the jetbridge, there was a new layer of security. Two US Marshals, heavily armed and dressed in dystopian-style black regalia, stood next to an upright machine with a glowing green eye. Every passenger, one by one, was told to step on a mat and look into the green scanner. It was scanning our eyes and matching that scan with the passport, which was also scanned (yet again).

Like everyone else, I complied. What was my choice? I guess I could have turned back at the point, decline to take the flight I had paid for, but it would be unclear what would then happen. After standing there for perhaps 8 seconds, the machine gave the go signal and I boarded.

I talked to a few passengers about this and others were just as shaken by the experience. They were reticent even to talk about it, as people tend to be when confronted with something like this.

I couldn’t find anyone who had ever seen something like this before. I wrote friends who travel internationally and none said they had ever seen anything like this.

I will tell you how it made me feel: like a prisoner in my own country. It’s one thing to control who comes into a country. But surveilling and permissioning American citizens as they leave their own country, even as they are about to board, is something else.

This isn’t required for all flights, yet.

This writer encountered a Homeland Security / U.S. Customs and Border Protection test at select airports… they are still working out the kinks.

But the question is, after all the frustrations that Americans had with flying after 9/11, and watching their liberties sacrificed at the altar of security, after dealing with ridiculously long lines – are Americans now willing sacrifice even more liberties and submit their biometric scans?

Unfortunately, they may be.

As a general mass, Americans have proved underwhelming in their opposition to invasions of privacy on the part of private corporations, especially those online and in computing and communication devices. They have also shrugged off and become immune to fifteen years of airport harassment and additional checks and scans.

Now, iris scans might even one day make security faster – but it’s a devilish tradeoff, and an enormous trust of power an agency that was created into existence out of the 9/11 emergency atmosphere, and which grows only when feeding the machine fear and terror.

Update: a reader has pointed me to this page at Homeland Security:

As part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) border security mission, the agency is deploying new technologies to verify travelers’ identities – both when they arrive and when they leave the United States – by matching a traveler to the document they are presenting. CBP’s goal is to enhance national security and protect a traveler’s identity against theft through the use of biometrics.

Biometric information (such as finger, face, or iris) measures a person’s unique physical characteristics. CBP incorporated fingerprints for biometric identification and verification in 2004, and is now testing facial and iris imaging capabilities to help improve travelers’ identity protection, the integrity of our immigration system, and our national security.

I happened to be on the “one daily flight” that gets exit scanned.

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What people don’t often consider is that every rule that pertains to immigration ultimately applies to emigration as well. Every rule that government has to treat immigrants a certain way also necessarily applies to citizens as well.

Chandran Kukathas is right when he says that “controlling immigration means controlling everyone.” (source)

It looks like their tests have so far met with very little resistance, and all signs green, as support for Trump’s new order of police, border, military and security agencies are given new mandates to enforce laws, and take necessary measures to control borders, verify individuals and protect the country. That’s the narrative, and Americans are cheering it on with very little forethought about the consequences it could hold.

For now, Americans are willing to accept new controls.

That is, if nobody reawakens to the massive civil liberties issue that is going on.

Welcome Aboard, But First US Marshals Will Scan Your Retina, BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT FREE

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Teachers: OK to Instruct Kids to Thwart ICE; Disciplined If Privately Promote Legal Compliance

If you’re a teacher in some places, you can’t tell readers of your personal Facebook page how to comply with immigration law. In other places, however, you can hand out flyers telling students and their families how to respond when ICE comes to the door.

OK to Teach Children to Thwart Immigration Law

Recently teachers in Austin, Texas, handed out flyers to illegal immigrant youth instructing them how to avoid deportation by ICE. Created by the radical organization United We Dream, the flyer — pictured above — instructs immigrants not to answer the door, speak or sign anything. It urges them to “fight back!” with a picture showing a clenched fist.

The flyers are part of materials provided by the teachers’ union Education Austin to its 3,000 members. The teachers’ union held a training session attended by 250 on immigration law and rights.

Handing out these flyers goes contrary to the school district’s own policy. The district’s attorney responded by sending out out a memo reminding teachers they cannot share their “political affiliation, views, protests, advocacy, or other controversial issues or topics.” They cannot distribute materials that are partisan or “advocate for imminent lawlessness.” Teachers may not hand materials out during class or on school grounds.

On February 11, over 400 teachers in western Oregon participated in a day of workshops entitled “Teaching in the Time of Trump.” Organized by the Critical Educators Collective, the day “offered perspectives in the hope that teachers might be better able help students during what they view as long road of hardship under President Donald Trump’s administration,” reported The Portland Tribune.

One panelist, a high school teacher, told of countering another teacher who said teachers should keep their politics out of the classroom. The teacher asked her how she’d feel if someone taught against abortion. “I was really taken back by her statements,” she told the workshop, “but when I took a step back, I realized she needed to be exposed to the teaching around anti-discrimination work and social justice work and she needed to know her role in disrupting discrimination.”

On February 14, teachers from from the Reynolds School District in Oregon held a rally outside the local courthouse to express their support for illegal immigrant students. It is unclear whether or not they had requested vacation time to participate in the activity.

Several school districts across the country have declared themselves “safe zones” for illegal immigrants, and will not cooperate with ICE unless there is a criminal warrant.

Not OK for Teachers to Privately Support Upholding Immigration Law

In contrast, a teacher in Washington was suspended for urging people to report illegal immigrants during Thursday’s nationwide “A Day Without Immigrants” strike. The Prosser School District issued a press release saying that an unidentified teacher at Keene-Riverview Elementary School had been placed on administrative leave and under investigation after receiving complaints about the post.

The teacher was later identified as Cheriese Rhode, 29, who teaches first grade.

The press release claimed that “The post may be considered hostile and/or offensive on the basis of national origin.” Notably, the teacher’s post did not address students at all, but illegal immigrants generally. The superintendent of schools admitted to a newspaper that “it’s not clear what steps the district could take in response to a statement made outside of class.”

Rhode’s post said in part, “They [ICE] will need to know names, locations (either work place or residence) and any other specific information you can provide. If this offended you in anyway [sic] do me a favor and unfriend my American a**!!!” Rhodes ended the post, “TRUMP all the way!!!”

Washington has over 20 sanctuaries which shelter illegal immigrants, including criminals. Police arrested five illegal immigrants last month in connection with the shooting death of 31-year-old Jill Sundberg in Grant County.

Era of Lawlessness

Yet so far under the Trump administration it appears only students who engage in criminal behavior have been accosted by ICE, and even then they are not necessarily deported.

For example, Josué Romero, 19, a “Dreamer” in Texas, was caught possessing marijuana and required to check in with ICE. ICE released him. Romero responded, “For now, it gives me a certain feeling of comfort that I’ll be able to continue my life normally.” He is, however, under supervision and must check in with ICE regularly.

The Trump era has ushered in a strange new phenomenon, where school districts defiantly refuse to comply with the federal government, while teachers who support the law are disciplined. It is part of an overall effort by local governments around the country to thwart the Trump administration on illegal immigration, as well as law enforcement generally. Merely standing up for law enforcement has become an offense. (For more from the author of “Teachers: OK to Instruct Kids to Thwart ICE; Disciplined If Privately Promote Legal Compliance” please click HERE)

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How Trump’s DOJ Can Start Enforcing Federal Marijuana Law

On Thursday last week, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said he “believe[s] that we will see greater enforcement” of the federal laws against recreational marijuana.

While he acknowledged that the question to which he was responding was better directed to the Department of Justice, Spicer said that state legalization of recreational marijuana “is something the Department of Justice, I think, will be further looking into.”

Spicer’s comments are welcome news for those advocating commonsense drug policy.

Scientists agree that marijuana is a dangerous drug, and no major national medical organization advocates legalization. Whether you agree with that or not, marijuana remains illegal for good reason.

Thorough scientific reviews by President Barack Obama’s Food and Drug Administration and Drug Enforcement Administration—as well as drug classification reviews by federal judges—have affirmed that marijuana should remain a Schedule 1 drug. Such drugs are defined as having “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”

As I have written here and here, the predictable consequences of marijuana legalization are beginning to emerge in states like Colorado and Washington.

Annual reports from the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, Smart Approaches to Marijuana, and the Colorado Department of Public Safety have analyzed the negative impact that marijuana legalization has had on health and public safety in Colorado.

With such research finally emerging, the Trump administration and the Department of Justice are in a strong position to enforce federal law and take appropriate and aggressive action in crafting a commonsense drug enforcement policy for marijuana.

The Trump administration should consider the following actions:

1. Reaffirm support for the law. Issue a statement affirming the incoming administration’s commitment to the Controlled Substances Act with the goal of reducing, not expanding, the use of marijuana in the nation.

2. Coordinate with lower-level officials. Have the new attorney general prioritize reaching out to governors and key law enforcement officials in states that have legalized marijuana to work with them on enforcement of federal marijuana laws.

3. Reassert America’s drug position on the world stage. The White House should make clear that the United States continues to support the three international drug conventions, and that it intends to change its domestic policy to reflect that support.

4. Up the profile of key drug enforcement personnel. Restore to Cabinet-level status the position of the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and adequately fund the office so that it can be effective.

5. Rescind and replace the August 2013 memorandum from then-Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole—i.e. the “Cole Memo.” The Department of Justice could do this by reiterating that marijuana cultivation, distribution, and sale are against federal law and that while states may decriminalize possession of marijuana, they may not issue licenses to sell it or commercialize it. Reiterate that the federal government is not locking up people for smoking marijuana, and that state employees are not going to be arrested, but that the Department of Justice fully expects states to not permit commercialized marijuana production and sale.

6. Select marijuana businesses to prosecute. Find a handful of cases in which large, well-funded marijuana businesses are in violation of both state and federal marijuana laws and prosecute both their management/operators and financiers. A real threat of prosecution will raise the cost of capital in the industry significantly, and seriously impede any operations above the cottage-level. Moreover, selection of unsympathetic defendants in violation of both state and federal law will (1) minimize political pushback, (2) avoid conflict with congressional appropriations provisions, and (3) clearly demonstrate the failure of the Cole Memo.

7. Rescind the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s guidance for banks and oppose efforts to expand banking services to the marijuana industry. One of the principal brakes on the expansion of the marijuana industry is its lack of access to banking. Once pot businesses have regular, unimpeded access to institutional capital, their ability to scale up will expand significantly—and the financial sector will begin to lobby in favor of expanded sales of the drug.

8. Support state attorneys general in nonlegalized states. Nonlegalized states have suffered significantly from illegal diversion of marijuana from legalized states, and from the apparent uptick in sophisticated cartel activity there. Support could include entering as an amicus to support the merits of the suit Nebraska and Oklahoma filed against Colorado.

9.Prosecute those dealing in marijuana—which is illegal under federal law—using the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Those who engage in a pattern of racketeering activity through a corporation or other enterprise are liable for three times the economic harm they cause. RICO gives federal courts the power to order racketeering enterprises and their co-conspirators to cease their unlawful operations.

10. Prosecute those who provide financing for marijuana operations. Federal anti-money laundering statutes make it illegal to engage in financial transactions designed to promote illegal activities, including drug trafficking. Start with one major marijuana financier and successfully prosecute it.

11. Empower the FDA to take action to regulate marijuana in order to protect patients and the public. Marijuana legalization poses a public health problem, and the FDA should be tasked with investigating marijuana for chemical contamination and pesticides. Marijuana should also be subject to the standards of the rigorous criteria of the FDA approval process, which has been carefully constructed to protect consumer and patient health and safety.

None of these recommendations advocate criminal prosecution for simple possession of marijuana. Enforcing federal marijuana laws should not be about putting people in jail. In fact, that is not the current state of federal marijuana enforcement.

As Kevin Sabet writes in his book “Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana,” according to the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice,

[O]nly one-tenth of 1 percent of people in state prisons are serving sentences for first-time marijuana possession. Just three-tenths of 1 percent of people in state prisons are serving time for marijuana possession if they have prior offenses, and only 1.4 percent of people are in jail for offenses involving only marijuana-related crimes … Unless it is in the context of a parole or probation violation, virtually no one is serving prison time for using small amounts of marijuana.

Thus, it has not been the case and should not be the case that people are criminally prosecuted and jailed for simple possession of small quantities of marijuana.

However, the recommendations listed above provide a targeted approach to marijuana enforcement that focuses on protection, not punishment. These recommendations should be part of any commonsense approach that is consistent with an interest in public health and safety. (For more from the author of “How Trump’s DOJ Can Start Enforcing Federal Marijuana Law” please click HERE)

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Trump Pledges Boost in Military and Infrastructure Spending, Cut in Foreign Aid

President Donald Trump’s first budget will boost military spending by $54 billion and pay for it by scaling back nondiscretionary spending—including cuts to foreign aid—the president and his budget director said.

“This defense spending increase will be offset and paid for by finding greater savings and efficiencies across the federal government,” Trump said Monday morning announcing his budget proposal.

“We’re going to do more with less and make the government lean and accountable to the American people,” Trump said. “We can do so much more with the money we spend.”

The budget blueprint lays out administration priorities for each agency to follow. The full budget proposal will be presented in May, according to Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

“It is an America first budget,” Mulvaney told reporters during the White House press briefing. “It will show the president is keeping his budget and doing exactly what he said he was going to do when he ran for office.”

Mulvaney said the budget will also secure the border, take care of veterans, and increase school choice.

“It does all of that without adding to the currently projected [fiscal year] 2018 deficit,” Mulvaney said.

Top-line defense discretionary spending will be $603 billion, a $54 billion increase for the military. Top-line nondefense discretionary spending will be $462 billion, which is a $54 billion savings, under the pending proposal. That’s the largest proposed budget reduction since the Ronald Reagan administration, Mulvaney said.

More details will come in Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night. But, during his Monday morning remarks in a National Governors Association meeting, Trump pledged the budget would include infrastructure funding.

“We spend $6 trillion in the Middle East and we have potholes all over our roads,” Trump said. “So we are going to take care of that. We are going to start spending on infrastructure big.”

The Daily Signal asked how committed the administration is to a border adjustment tax for the budget.

“I’m not going to get into tax reform today. The president has said we will have an outline soon,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer responded during the White House press briefing.

Spicer continued:

What I will say is he has talked about the concerns he has with current regulatory and tax policy that benefit people for moving out of the country and shipping product back in while shedding American workers. He will continue to fight for policies that promote manufacturing and job creation in the United States and supports American workers. I don’t want to get ahead of policy. There has been a lot of input, as I mentioned.

The Trump budget seems to have broken the wall between defense discretionary and nondefense discretionary spending, said Romina Boccia, deputy director of the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies.

“Previously, defense increases were used as an excuse for domestic increases,” Boccia told The Daily Signal. “This is more responsible than what we’ve seen from the Obama administration.”

Boccia said Congress and the administration must demonstrate a willingness to cut programs in order to build credibility for entitlement reform. (For more from the author of “GOP Governors Say Real Threat Comes If Obamacare Not Repealed” please click HERE)

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GOP Governors Say Real Threat Comes If Obamacare Not Repealed

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said he’s puzzled his predecessor, Steve Beshear, will be delivering the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress.

Democrats have touted Beshear for making Obamacare work in Kentucky. Bevin said that’s not the case.

“He unilaterally chose to expand Medicaid in Kentucky, enrolled hundreds of thousands of people, and the result has been a remarkable decline in access to health care coverage,” Bevin told reporters at the White House Monday.

“More people covered, but covered by what?” Bevin asked, rhetorically. “Fewer people are even able to see a doctor, in 50 percent of our counties there is only a single health [insurer]. There are only three in the entire state, and only one covers the entire state. So it hasn’t been successful anywhere, including Kentucky.”

The National Governors Association held its winter meeting over the weekend. Governors met with Trump Sunday evening and Monday morning. Afterward, several Republican governors addressed the media.

Trump will talk more about the plans for repeal and replace during his address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, said he didn’t want to get ahead of the president on details.

“The timeline is right now. That’s why the president and the vice president and the administration is all hands on deck,” Walker told The Daily Signal. “This is an important issue because I don’t think we can reiterate enough, Obamacare is collapsing. The Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable, and not me or any of these governors here, but a Democratic governor said that last year. It is collapsing right now and to show compassion [toward] our fellow citizens, we’ve got to do something about it. That’s why we’re on top of it. We’re going to hear the president’s vision tomorrow.”

Walker was referring to Minnesota’s Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, who said last year that Obamacare was no longer affordable. Walker also noted that former President Bill Clinton said last year that Obamacare wasn’t working.

Trump addressed the governors earlier Monday, where he spoke about his budget proposal. He said that before proposing tax cuts, he would have to fix health care.

“We have to do health care before we do the tax cut,” Trump said. “The tax cut is going to be major. It will be simple, and the whole tax plan will be wonderful, but I can’t do it until I do health care because we have to know what the health care is going to cost … Obamacare is a failed disaster.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., also met with the president at the White House Monday afternoon about addressing Obamacare. (For more from the author of “GOP Governors Say Real Threat Comes If Obamacare Not Repealed” please click HERE)

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Washington Post Loses All Remaining Credibility by Hiring Scandal-Tainted, Pizzagate-Linked John Podesta

It’s almost like The Washington Post is trying to become as in-your-face corrupt and biased as possible and is determined to lose any shred of credibility it may have left.

Last Thursday, the paper announced that John Podesta, the scandal-plagued chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 scandal-plagued presidential campaign, has joined their team:

Podesta, former chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign, will provide commentary and analysis on the intersection of politics and policy, the Trump administration and the future of the Democratic Party.

“No one knows more about how Washington works, how the White House operates, and how policy ideas are translated into reality than John Podesta,” said Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt. “His long experience in Congress, inside two Democratic White Houses and on the front lines of numerous presidential campaigns, will offer readers vital insight into Washington and politics at the start of a new era.”

As of the time of this writing, there were only a few reader comments on the announcement on the news outlet’s website, but all expressed disapproval. Here is a sampling:

“I would just like to thank the Washington Post for dropping all pretense and proving they are now just as willing as Fox News to invite questionable sources to contribute.”

“A mistake. We want agents of change, not those who cling to the past. Podesta’s a proven failure and uninteresting.”

“Not a good choice. Time for new voices, come on, WaPo, you can do much better.”

“John Podesta, friend of Dennis Hastert the child molester. Many people complain the the Russians hacked the DNC, but Podesta gave them his gmail account on a silver platter. Podesta’s password was the word password, not very creative. Read his emails and you find some strange code words, lots of talk about pizza and hotdogs which has caused a buzz on the internet dubbed pizzagate. I am sure Podesta knows his way around DC, maybe the wrong parts of DC.”

“Yeah democracy among the libs is very dark. More dark is how Compost has made a deal with devil by hiring this Satanist. You will reap what you sow.”

If WAPO wanted to choose a more controversial figure to write for their outlet, it would be difficult. Podesta was the central figure of a massive email scandal in late 2016 when WikiLeaks published 58,375 emails from his private Gmail account. Many of the emails contained material regarding Clinton’s positions and campaign strategy, her collusion with the mainstream media, her cozy relationship with bankers, pay-to-play schemes, hints of Podesta’s possible involvement in a nefarious-sounding activity called “Spirit Cooking”, and of course, the infamous #Pizzagate scandal.

Earlier Democratic National Committee (DNC) email leaks exposed a plot to sabotage Bernie Sanders and documents on Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. Those leaks led to the resignation of at least four DNC officials, including former chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. They also revealed that interim DNC chair Donna Brazile obtained questions to a Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary CNN/TV One town hall and fed them to Hillary’s campaign people in advance.

Like the DNC and Podesta, The Washington Post isn’t a stranger to scandal.

In the article LIST: Washington Post’s Josh Rogin Has a BIG Fake News Problem, John Nolte explains how The Washington Post reporter Josh Rogin recently blew three major stories in grand fashion.

Last week, WAPO, owned by Jeff (Bilderberger, CIA Contractor, and owner of Amazon) Bezos, stated it is their mission to “defend democracy,” and adopted a dramatic new slogan which it claims was not in any way inspired by President Trump: “Democracy Dies in Darkness”.

In January, the paper was forced to retract an unfounded story scaremongering that Russian hackers penetrated the US electric grid.

Late last year, WAPO cited a list of over 200 supposed Russian propaganda sites (The Daily Sheeple was included on the list) produced by the shadowy PropOrNot organization in a report titled, “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say.” Melissa Dykes reported on this back in November:

…Washington Post wrote a hit piece on all the sites included on ProporNot’s list, claiming the site is literally run by “experts” — without any due diligence or a shred of proof other than the site’s own claims.

Titled, “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say,” the WAPO story not only upholds the claims of a random, anonymous, and relatively new website, but a website that is formally calling on the FBI to investigate us and other alt news sites on the list for espionage.

In early December, after facing unprecedented blowback for its ridiculous report, WAPO added a lengthy editor’s note to the top of the original article in which the editor not only distances the paper from the “experts” quoted in the original article whose “work” served as the basis for the entire article, but also admits the Post could not “vouch for the validity of PropOrNot’s finding regarding any individual media outlet.”

Podesta, his political party, and WAPO have something significant in common. All seem to be in denial about the huge mistakes they have made which greatly contributed to their loss of credibility. They will likely repeat those mistakes. Perhaps this new relationship is appropriate after all.

Oh, and a bit of friendly advice for WAPO: Be sure to give Podesta a very, very secure email account.

Twitter users had quite a bit to say about Podesta’s new job.

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Agents Detail ‘Daily’ Border Fence Battle, Seek Post-Obama ‘Restart’

In the tiny Arizona city of Douglas, a Border Patrol surveillance camera is trained on a 10-foot-high fence with Mexico. After a few seconds, footage shows a figure appearing out of nowhere and the fence suddenly opens to allow a pickup truck through. A car follows, and they speed off into adjoining neighborhoods while the makeshift gate slams shut.

The Wild West still has a foothold here, more than 100 years after gunslingers Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday called Douglas home. Only the outlaws are cartels and traffickers.

And while President Trump is vowing to step up enforcement and seal off the southern border, agents in Border Patrol say they are still grappling with fallout from the Obama years – which they contend allowed security problems like this to fester.

“We weren’t allowed to do our job,” Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, the border agents’ union, told Fox News.

Judd said the agency is now seeking a “restart” after years of neglect. (Read more from “Agents Detail ‘Daily’ Border Fence Battle, Seek Post-Obama ‘Restart'” HERE)

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Rep. Keith Ellison — Friend to Islamic Radicals and Jew-Haters — Narrowly Misses DNC Chairmanship Win

Congressman Keith Ellison, D-Minn. (F, 26%), a man known for his ties to noted anti-Semites and radical Islamic groups, came dangerously close to winning the election for DNC chairman Saturday afternoon.

In the second round of voting, Ellison received 200 (46%) of the 435 votes cast, narrowly losing to Tom Perez, secretary of labor under former President Obama. Ellison appeared to be the favorite to win the chairmanship. A survey published in The Hill this week showed that Ellison held a 2 to 1 edge over Perez. Following Perez’ win, Ellison was appointed deputy chair of the DNC.

Ellison, who has paid homage to Malcolm X by previously writing under the pen name Keith “X” Ellison, almost beat out seven other candidates to win the party chairmanship.

Prominent Democratic leaders, such as philanthropist Haim Saban and Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, have described Ellison as personally anti-Semitic. Dershowitz even threatened to quit the party if Ellison had won.

The Minnesota congressman has deep ties to extremist groups.

Ellison has been tied to the Nation of Islam, and once supported its virulently anti-Semitic founder, Louis Farrakhan. CNN found that Ellison was involved in the Nation of Islam for about a decade between the 80s and 90s. During that time, while in law school, Ellison aligned with anti-Semitic campaigners and Holocaust deniers, often taking to the press to defend them. He often came to Farrakhan’s defense, claiming Farrakhan was no anti-Semite. However, Farrakhan, has previously insisted that Judaism is a “gutter religion,” and blames Jews for the African slave trade.

Moving forward into the 21st century, Ellison has showed immense disrespect for the office of the presidency, engaging in vast conspiracies surrounding the 9/11 attacks. In 2007, he described former President George W. Bush as a Hitler-like figure, suspecting that 9/11 was an inside job.

From 2009 up until present day, Ellison has engaged with several figures who are close to the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas.

In 2009, he met with a man described by the FBI as a fundraiser for Hamas.

Throughout the years, Ellison often has spoken at fundraisers hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which has been profiled by the Department of Justice as a Hamas-related organization. Additionally, CAIR was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terror-financing trial in American history, and is banned as a terror group in the United Arab Emirates.

Just a couple months back, Ellison was set to speak at a radical Islamic conference, rife with extremist individuals. A small sample of the individuals he was set to join includes: an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, supporters of terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah, and an advocate for suicide bombings against Jews and the death penalty for homosexuals. Ellison pulled out of the conference at the last moment after Conservative Review and other news sites exposed his expected attendance at the radical Islamic Chicago conference.

Ellison has long been militantly opposed to the State of Israel, until lately, as he has softened his tone on the Jewish state. As recently as 2014, however, Ellison was calling for the United States to withdraw its military support for Israel while it was in the midst of a war with the Palestinian terror group Hamas.

The Democratic Party, which already has major issues engaging with the vast majority of Americans, dodged a bullet Saturday. The DNC almost elected their most radical chairman since the party’s days as a segregationist institution.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include the news that Ellison was appointed deputy chair. (For more from the author of “Rep. Keith Ellison — Friend to Islamic Radicals and Jew-Haters — Narrowly Misses DNC Chairmanship Win” please click HERE)

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Mark Levin Roasts the 3-Ring Circus Known as the DNC Election

Members of the Democratic National Committee will gather today to select the next chairman of the Democrat Party. On Thursday, Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin played clips from a candidate forum that demonstrated that these liberals are, in fact, running to be chief clown of the three-ring liberal circus known as the DNC.

The radical frontrunner, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. (F, 26%), is among those calling for the impeachment of President Trump under the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.

“He’s not in violation of the Emoluments Clause – meaning being paid by a foreign government,” Levin explained. “He may have investments in other countries and the monies may flow into his trust. But he’s not being paid by foreign governments for the purpose of influencing his office.”

Keith Ellison isn’t the only kook running for chairman of the DNC. Jehmu Greene, a former Fox News contributor, said the president is “arrogantly marching us towards facism.” Another candidate, Obama Labor Secretary Tom Perez accused Trump of wanting to “turn the clock back.”

“Since when is supporting individual liberty turning the clock back?” Levin asked rhetorically. “Since when is supporting private property rights, and commerce, and trade, and capitalism turning the clock back? Since when is demanding the enforcement of the greatest Constitution man has ever developed turning the clock back? Since when is believing in faith, and family, and a moral order turning the clock back?”

“Turning the clock back to what? You jerk!” (For more from the author of “Mark Levin Roasts the 3-Ring Circus Known as the DNC Election” please click HERE)

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Witches Seek Curse on President Trump; Christians Respond With Spiritual Warfare Prayer

Christians have traditionally followed the command that the Apostle Paul gave to Timothy:

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

If the early Christians could pray even for Roman rulers who persecuted them, how much more should we pray for political leaders whom we have a hand in choosing. But the call to prayer is even more urgent now, when some occultists who oppose President Trump have started to gather to do him harm — calling for people to perform a ritual to curse President Trump, “bind” him and eventually remove him from office.

By the light of the waning crescent moon last night, self-described witches united to cast a spell on President Trump and his supporters with a ritualistic ceremony. It’s a ritual they plan to repeat every month, and they’ve encouraged others to join them. A Facebook event page, posted by a group that prefers to “remain anonymous,” states, “A Spell to Bind Donald Trump and All Those Who Abet Him: Every Waning Crescent Moon at Midnight Beginning February 24, 2017, Ending when he is driven from office.”

Currently, nearly 9,000 people are following the page. And the #bindtrump effort has clearly reached into the entertainment industry. Pop singer Lana Del Rey will said she would join the event as well, posting dates and times of the rituals on Twitter. The liberal music magazine Rolling Stone, tongue only part-way in its cheek, was also on board, saying so far nothing else has worked to stop Trump, “so maybe a little witchcraft isn’t such a bad idea, after all?”

While some may claim that magic — or at least tonight’s effort — is nonsense and powerless, the Bible is full of scriptures condemning the practice nonetheless. Galatians 5:19-21 is one example:

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God (My emphasis).

Deutoronomy 18:10-12 puts it plainly:

And do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord.

For those who practice the occult, Revelation promises that “their place will be in the lake the burns with fire and sulfur.”

Christians Fighting Back in the Spirit

As Rolling Stone reports, one group of Christians is performing spiritual warfare of its own to combat the spells — and calling all Christians to do the same. The Christian Nationalist Alliance, on their website, has declared a Day of Prayer for each of the spell-casting days.

This is a declaration of spiritual war and it requires a response. … We beseech all Christian soldiers to answer this call to action by reading from Psalm 23. We ask you to join us in praying for the strength of our nation, our elected representatives and for the souls of the lost who would take up Satanic arms against us.

Psalm 23 (RSV) says:

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want;
he makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.

He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil;
for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff,
they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
thou anointest my head with oil,
my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
for ever.

Dave Kubal, President of Intercessors for America (IFA), told Charisma News, “Whether or not this call for spells pans out and people act on it, we feel compelled, as the Body of Christ and intercessors, to come against this evil with immediate and powerful prayer.” (For more from the author of “Witches Seek Curse on President Trump; Christians Respond With Spiritual Warfare Prayer” please click HERE)

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