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If You Can’t Call a Terrorist a Terrorist, Just What Can You Call Him? Or Her? by The Elephant's Child

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On November 12, President Obama said ISIS had been “contained.”The very next day ISIS launched a deadly attack in Paris that left 130 people dead. There appears to be a scandal developing within the intelligence community about the suppression of intelligence, or the disregard of intelligence about the rise of ISIS that did not fit the view of the Obama administration. a new report says there’s unprecedented isis mobilization-in-the-us According to Townhall, George Washington University’s Program on Extremism released a report that showed “unprecedented” ISIS related mobilization in the United States.

Seventy-one individuals have been charged with ISIS-related activities since March 2014. Fifty-six have been arrested in 2015 alone, a record number of terrorism-related arrests for any year since 9/11.   […]

The profiles of individuals involved in ISIS-related activities in the U.S. differ widely in race, age, social class, education, and family background. Their motivations are equally diverse and defy easy analysis.    […]

ISIS-related radicalization is by no means limited to social media. While instances of purely web-driven, individual radicalization are numerous, in several cases U.S.-based individuals initially cultivated and later strengthened their interest in ISIS’s narrative through face-to-face relationships. In most cases online and offline dynamics complement one another.The spectrum of U.S.-based sympathizers’ actual involvement with ISIS varies significantly, ranging from those who are merely inspired by its message to those few who reached mid-level leadership positions within the group.     […]

The 71 indictments are merely the tip of the iceberg, as U.S. authorities estimate that the number of individuals linked to ISIS is much larger. Our researchers identified a few dozen individuals with reported ISIS links who have not been charged. Similar to those in the legal system, the “At-Large” cohort have no common profile.

Among them, for example, are three teenage girls from the suburbs of Denver, two Somali-American sisters aged 15 and 17, and their 16-year-old friend of Sudanese descent. The trio lived a normal and comfortable life among their unsuspecting families and peers.

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Ten of the Dumbest Things Said About The San Bernardino Attack by The Elephant's Child

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California Senator Barbara Boxer said, the day after Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik carried out Islamic jihad in San Bernardino, California, that “sensible gun control works,” and cited the example of California to prove it.

Yes, clearly California’s sensible gun control works. The weapons used were illegal. If you think that some new regulation on guns would eliminate mass killings, please explain just how it would control the 12 pipe bombs the perpetrators had constructed.

What is far more troubling was the Left’s reaction. They immediately blamed it on right-wing militia backwoods types.This seems to be a recurring fantasy on the part of the Left. They are nervous about the vast territory between the right and left coast—Appalachia and the South, the Rocky Mountains. Who knows what lurks in the deep woods — evidently lots of guns.  Another of their false narratives is the idea of a post 9/11 backlash against Muslims and Arabs in this country.

Minutes after the shootings, before anyone knew anything the president was already off on his gun control hobby horse.

Speaking to CBS News moments after news broke of the shooting, Obama called for “common sense gun safety laws” and urged lawmakers to pass a law to prevent individuals on the “No Fly List” who are barred from boarding commercial flights, from legally purchasing firearms.

Marcos Moulitsas quickly blamed it on Republicans — tweeting “Yo GOP, kinda hard to talk about “keeping people safe” when your peeps are shooting up America.” Then they went off on people who said “thoughts and prayers.” whose sentiments didn’t seem to save any lives.

Yes. ordinary people, appalled at such a useless tragedy, want to express their sorrow and fellow feeling for the families and survivors. That was quickly picked up by all sorts of smug Lefties. One of the ugliest flaws in the Leftist character is its inability to tolerate alternate viewpoints.

The shootings were accomplished by a married couple of Pakistani heritage who seem to be ISIS adherents. There was said to have been a third person, but that has apparently been dropped. The FBI is being cautious and refusing to release any information or opinion until they are confident that is the case. At first they said it may ba an act of terrorism. Now they are saying that it is an act of terrorism. Which is as it should be.

ADDENDUM: Changing information, apparently the weapons were purchased legally, under California’s ‘tight’ gun laws, but altered illegally.




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