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Post-Paris, Obama Doubles Down: More Refugees Coming

Despite what he termed[1] the setback of last Friday s jihad massacre in Paris, Barack Obama announced Monday that he was pressing forward with his scheme to flood the U.S. with at least 10,000 refugees from Syria, terming[2] opposition to his plan shameful. Obama seems intent on recreating in the U.S. the circumstances that led to the jihad attacks in Paris which were perpetrated by at least two refugees [3] who had just recently arrived in Europe.

We have to, each of us, do our part, and the United States has to step up and do its part, Obama said[4]. He didn t explain why Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar don t have to do their part, and have taken no refugees at all, citing the risk of terrorism[5]. Repeat that concern in the U.S., as have[6] the Governors of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Massachusetts, and Texas, and you ll be charged with racism, bigotry and Islamophobia.

Obama was ready with his own charges[7]: When I hear folks say that, well, maybe we should just admit the Christians but not the Muslims. When I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which person who s fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted. When some of those folks themselves come from families who benefitted from protection when they were fleeing political persecution That s shameful. That s not American. That s not who we are. We don t have religious tests to our compassion.

Indeed. But there were other issues that did not involve religious tests to our compassion. President s statement neatly ignored the uncomfortable fact that Christians are not waging jihad around the world. It was not a Christian terrorist group, but a Muslim one, that boasted last February that it would soon inundate Europe with 500,000 refugees[8]. The Lebanese Education Minister recently warned[9] that there were 20,000 Islamic jihadi terrorists, not Christian extremists, among the refugees in camps in his country. It was not a right-wing Christian, but an Islamic State operative[10] who boasted in September, shortly after the migrant influx began, that among the flood of refugees, 4,000 terrorists had already entered Europe.

Obama has never acknowledged any of those facts. Robert Bentley, the Governor of Alabama, was more realistic, explaining[11] that he did not want any of the refugees in Alabama because I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm s way. The Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, noted[12] that a Syrian refugee appears to have been part of the Paris terror attack. American humanitarian compassion could be exploited to expose Americans to similar deadly danger. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson stated[13] that taking Syrian refugees at this time is not the right strategy. Even the Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, came out against Obama s plan: No, I m not interested in accepting refugees from Syria, he said[14]. My view on this is the safety and security of the people of the Commonwealth of Mass. is my highest priority. So I would set the bar very high on this.

Obama brushed all such concerns aside: The people who are fleeing Syria, he asserted, are the most harmed by terrorism It is very important…that we do not close our hearts to these victims of such violence and somehow start equating the issue of refugees with the issue of terrorism. He didn t address the possibility that jihadis might be among the refugees, but deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes attempted to reassure the American people by claiming[15] that the Obama Administration had very extensive screening procedures to weed out jihadis from among the refugees. Former NATO supreme commanded James Stavridis also claimed[16] that U.S. officials would be able to vet the refugees safely and appropriately. He added: We should continue to take a substantial number of Syrian refugees because it is the right thing to do for the international community and because over time they will prove to be citizens of real capability and true grit, like many who immigrated before them in troubled times. The key is serious vetting using all the tools at our disposal.

Yet FBI director James Comey was not so sanguine[17] about the possibility of vetting the refugees: If we have no information on someone, they ve never crossed our radar screen…it will be challenging, he said and most jihadis from Syria have not crossed the U.S. radar screen, as the U.S. has not had a military presence there comparable to that in Iraq.

What s more, the Obama Administration s ability to distinguish moderates from extremists has already been tested and found wanting. Former Defense Intelligence Agency director Michael Flynn recently confirmed[18] that while it was claiming to be supporting vetted moderates in Syria, the Administration was actually supporting al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood, and directly enabled the rise of the Islamic State. This is also the Administration that spent $500 million to find and train moderates in Syria, and could only come up with fifty trainees[19] all of whom immediately melted away after being let loose in Syria.

Now the same Administration is going to vet the refugees? To entrust Obama s team with such a task is to invite a Paris-style jihad attack in an American city, courtesy of one or more of his vetted refugees. It s only a matter of time.

References

  1. ^ what he termed (www.foxnews.com)
  2. ^ terming (www.ft.com)
  3. ^ at least two refugees (www.jihadwatch.org)
  4. ^ Obama said (www.ft.com)
  5. ^ citing the risk of terrorism (www.jihadwatch.org)
  6. ^ as have (www.wusa9.com)
  7. ^ ready with his own charges (www.ft.com)
  8. ^ 500,000 refugees (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  9. ^ recently warned (www.jihadwatch.org)
  10. ^ Islamic State operative (www.express.co.uk)
  11. ^ explaining (www.ft.com)
  12. ^ noted (www.ft.com)
  13. ^ stated (www.wusa9.com)
  14. ^ he said (www.wusa9.com)
  15. ^ claiming (www.ft.com)
  16. ^ also claimed (www.ft.com)
  17. ^ not so sanguine (www.ft.com)
  18. ^ recently confirmed (www.jihadwatch.org)
  19. ^ could only come up with fifty trainees (www.jihadwatch.org)

Spotting a Skimmer: Staying on guard at the gas station

The gas station is a must-visit location for almost everybody. However, when you swipe your card at the pump your bank account could soon be as empty as your gas tank. Devices called ‘skimmers’ have been around for a few years. At first, they were crafted to look like the exterior of gas pumps, or ATMs, and fit over the faceplate where you would swipe your card or enter your personal identification number. Those devices have quickly evolved into a much bigger threat.

“There’s no way as a consumer on the outside to be able to see it,” said Jenny Wagnon, the Public Information Specialist for the Edmond Police Department. The new skimmers are hidden inside gas pumps and read your card’s information as soon as it is swiped, and quietly broadcasts that number to the bad guys. “They can sit to the side and wirelessly…download this information.”

When Edmond police started getting reports of skimmers they contacted gas stations and convenience stores about how they can work together to combat this growing problem.

“The issue [of skimmers] is unfortunately an industry wide problem and it is something that our team is working on every day, said Laura Aufleger with OnCue. OnCue is an Oklahoma company that is taking on the issue of skimmers head-on. The company’s efforts begin the moment they receive a new gas pump. “We don’t use a generic key like 80% of stores in the U.S. do,” Aufleger said. OnCue re-keys each of its pumps so only the company has access.

The fact so many gas pumps use the same key is one of the reasons why crook are so successful with skimmers. Once they have a universal key it literally opens hundreds of gas pumps around the Oklahoma City metro area. However, at OnCue, even if the lock is picked a backup security feature kicks in. “If somebody were to try to tamper with the door we have a silent alarm that would alert employees inside and the pump would automatically be disabled,” Aufleger said. OnCue also has pressure sensitive tape over their pumps; that is something other brands of gas stations are using as well. Tip #1: Check for security tape.

If the tape seal on the pump, usually found near the lock, appears tampered with or the word “void” shows up on it – you need to alert the clerk. Speaking of the clerk, you may have noticed that the new OnCue locations all have a similar look. That is not just for aesthetics, the design gives clerks a view of all the pumps at the same time. OnCue also deploys dozens of security cameras at every location.

“When you know you’re on camera, when things are bright you feel safer and that is the absolute priority for us,” Aufleger said. Tip #2: Pick a pump the clerk can see. Crooks like pumps where no one can see them installing skimmers.

Even though most modern skimmers are installed inside pumps, there is always the chance someone could try to slip something over the card reader. This is where customers can help out. Tip #3: Feel free to give the card reader a wiggle and make sure nothing moves or doesn’t feel right. If something feels off or you notice anything out of the ordinary make a report to the store clerk.

Tip #4: If something seems off, tell someone.

“The more people that report it the more information we’re getting case by case on these things,” Wagnon told Fox 25. OnCue said the same thing. They want to know if something doesn’t seem right. They have clerks do inspections, but the more eyes that are out there the less the chance someone can slip something in. Tip #5: Don’t use a debit card; use a credit card if possible at the pump. Police say it is easier to recover losses from a compromised credit card because you’re using the banks money and not your own. You could also take the extra step to use cash and prepay at the pump. However, even if your card is compromised, do not just assume there is nothing you can do. Police want to know about it because it allows them to trace when and where the theft is happening. The more reports police have, the better they can search to find the people responsible.

United Kingdom security services funding boosted after Paris attacks …

Cameron said The five-year defence and security review will be published on November 23, he added.

This is a generational struggle that demands we provide more manpower to combat those who would destroy us and our values , Cameron said in the statement. The United Kingdom government s new funding will be invested in security and intelligence agencies to provide 1,900 new officers, an increase of 15 per cent, at MI5, MI6 and GCHQ.

I am determined to prioritise the resources we need to combat the terrorist threat because protecting the British people is my number one duty as Prime Minister , added Cameron, who also stressed the urgency to have Theresa May s Investigatory Powers Bill expedited through Parliament. Leaders of the world s biggest economies have vowed to co-operate in the fight against terror, after a two-day summit overshadowed by the Islamic State terror attacks in Paris. This also marked an escalation from the group s executions of hostages in areas it controls in Syria and Iraq. She said: We have, since the attacks that took place on Friday, there has been an increased police presence on a few streets and at a few events, our Border Force have increased the checks that they have been making at the border they are doing more screening of freight vehicles, more checks of other vehicles .

Britain s terrorism threat level stands at severe , the second highest category which means a militant attack is considered highly likely. Around 750 British militants have travelled to Syria. Countering terrorism re quires tight co-ordination of agent penetration, intercepts and bulk data analysis. That s one of the reasons we are strengthening the security and intelligence services . The scale of the attacks and the range of weaponry used by the terrorists are a serious cause for concern . France has launched a series of massive strikes against IS in its stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria following Friday s terror attacks in Paris. France has called for an emergency meeting of European Union justice and interior ministers to speed up and implement security measures already under discussion.

We should be clear that those attacks in Paris, that could have happened in Belgium, it could have happened in Denmark, it could have happened in Sweden; it could happen here , he said.

Also, it will help fund research in detecting new threats, the government said.

During the attacks, scores were killed alongside Mr Alexander at the Bataclan concert hall, suicide bombers attacked around the Stade de France stadium where French president Francois Hollande was among thousands of football fans watching the national side play a friendly against Germany, and gunmen targeted bars and restaurants in the 10th and 11th arrondissements of central Paris.