American Elephants


U.S. Faces Highest Terror Threat Since 9/11 by The Elephant's Child

A new report from the House Homeland Security Committee finds that there have already been more U.S.–based jihadist terror cases this year than in any year since 2011. “The terror threat level in the U.S. homeland is high, and the situation is getting steadily worse” the report warns.

Over just the past five years, the number of U.S. terrorist cases involving homegrown violent jihadists has tripled to 122 from 38 in 2010.

• The Islamic State has inspired or directed 55 terrorist plots or attacks against Western targets — including 14 in the U.S. alone — and there are already more cases this year than in all of 2014.

• U.S. authorities have arrested or charged at least 48 individuals in the U.S. in 2015 — and 63 since 2014 — in Islamic State-related cases.

• Most of the IS terrorist plots and attacks have involved targets in the New York and Boston areas.

• The majority of recent Islamic terrorist plots have targeted law enforcement or troops based inside the U.S., such as July’s Chattanooga, Tenn., attack, killing five soldiers.

• The FBI has “hundreds of open investigations” of potential IS-inspired terrorists that cover all 56 of the bureau’s field offices in 50 states.

• Potentially “thousands of Americans” are taking in IS recruitment propaganda over social media sites, and may act on jihadist commands to “kill, kill, kill.”

• IS has produced more than 1,700 “jihadeos” and other propaganda material in just the first five months of this year.

• IS and its agents are posting an estimated 200,000 jihadist messages on Twitter every day, and despite the FBI’s crackdown, American recruitment is exploding.

• IS is drawing fighters from more than 100 countries, including “dozens” from America, and can now muster between 20,000 and 30,000 foot soldiers.

ISIS recruits online in English language social media posts. They now have affiliates in at least 18 countries. 3.000 fighters in Libya have joined forces with ISIS, and as many as 1.000 Tunisians are training in Libyan training camps. Americans believe that Obama is not effectively fighting ISIS. The pinprick airstrikes in Iraq and Syria aren’t accomplishing much of anything. As usual, there’s a rules of engagement problem. Obama doesn’t want to annoy Iran.

You might want to avoid crowds on Friday’s 14th  anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. They do like to celebrate anniversaries.



Iran’s Supreme Leader to Israel “You Will Not See the Next 25 Years.” by The Elephant's Child

The Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei spoke to a large group in Tehran earlier today. This is how FARS, the more or less official Iran news agency reported it:

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei described Israel as a “fake” regime, and said there won’t be any Israel in 25 years from now.

“Some of the Zionists have said that given the results of the nuclear negotiations (between Tehran and the world powers), they have been relieved of concerns about Iran for 25 years, but we tell them that basically, you will not see the next 25 years and with God’s grace, nothing under the name of the Zionist regime will exist in the region by then,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a large number of Iranians in Tehran on Wednesday.

According to Reuters, he added:

Meanwhile, the heroic jihadi Islamic spirit will not leave the Zionists in peace for a second.

That’s what they expect to do with their $100 billion in unfrozen money. John Hinderaker added, at Powerline

As for Khamenei’s threat against Israel, my bigger concern is whether the United States will exist in recognizable form in 25 years, given not just Iran’s nuclear program, but its development of ICBMs. As we keep reminding our readers, Iran doesn’t need ICBMs to hit Israel with nuclear weapons. The ICBMs are intended to deliver nuclear payloads to New York, Washington, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

(h/t: Powerline)

 



Congress Can Sue Obama by The Elephant's Child

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Remember all the hoots and slanders from the White House when House Republicans sued President Obama for rewriting ObamaCare without proper legislative authority? A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that the House has legal standing to sue and pursue the case on its merits.

The Administration had sought to dismiss the lawsuit on grounds that this was a classic political debate between the elected branches. But Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled that the House claim that Mr. Obama had spent subsidy dollars without a clear appropriation may have created an injury that deserves a hearing. “When the appropriations process is itself circumvented, Congress finds itself deprived of its constitutional role,” the judge wrote.

Obama is a fierce competitor. We have never before had a President who is so focused on getting his own way, writing the laws himself, and who has so little respect for the Constitution and the separation of powers.

This has implications well beyond ObamaCare. More than any President in decades or longer, Mr. Obama has sought to rewrite legislation that guts Congress’s Article I spending power under the Constitution. If Judge Collyer rules for the House on the merits, expect the case to go all the way to the Supreme Court in what could be a historic ruling on the separation of powers.

I suspect that more than any other thing, the American people are troubled by President Obama’s efforts to use every trick he can find to advance his personal agenda. Americans are not at all sure that America should be a nation just like any other, not exceptional, not a leader of the free world, but just another European socialist state. We thought we left that behind in 1776.

Our Constitution was written to slow things down. That’s why we have three separate but equal branches of government, each with some  powers that are exclusively theirs. The Judiciary decides what is Constitutional and what is not. The president doesn’t get to override that. The House of Representatives has spending power. Obama has just announced that Congress had better not try to cut his spending, or he will veto the budget. Inside every Leftist is a tyrant trying to get out.

The federal debt now totals more than $13 trillion, or about $107,000 for every household in the nation. The accumulated federal debt has doubled over the past seven years, and it will keep growing unless policymakers enact major reforms. It harms the economy. It would help if the president had some basic familiarity with economics.

A lot of Republicans jeered when Speaker John Boehner resisted criticism of his tactics, but he deserves some congratulations, and also David Rivkin who came up with the legal argument. The Constitution also requires that the separate branches defend their own powers.

 




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