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- December 14, 2015

Hillary Clinton And Barack Obama Are More Concerned With Political Correctness And Avoiding Bad Publicity Than Confronting The Threat Of Radical Islamic Extremism


​TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • To avoid bad publicity, the Department of Homeland Security had a policy of not checking the social media of applicants during the visa screening process.
  • Two of Obama's top Defense officials contradicted Clinton and Obama's weak rhetoric and said we are at war with "Islamist extremists," "radical Islam."
  • If Clinton refuses to name the threat we face, she cannot be trusted to keep America safe.

OBAMA'S DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FAILED TO CHECK SOCIAL MEDIA DURING THE VISA SCREENING PROCESS IN ORDER TO AVOID BAD PUBLICITY

Obama's Department Of Homeland Security Failed To Check Social Media During The Visa Screening Process In An Effort To Avoid "Embarrassing" Publicity. BRIAN ROSS: "Now, ABC News has learned that a secret U.S. policy prevented immigration investigators last year from looking for Tashfeen Malik's extensive social media messages that the FBI says included talk of jihad and martyrdom." JOHN COHEN: "During that time period, immigration officials were not allowed to use or view social media as part of the screening process." ROSS: "A former Homeland Security official John Cohen, now an ABC News consultant, says immigration officials asked Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson for new policies last year to allow them to look at applicants social media public posts but were opposed by the Department's Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties." COHEN: "The primary concern was that it would be viewed negatively if disclosed publicly and there were concerns that it would be embarrassing." ROSS: "Malik received her fiancé visa last year in just three weeks, with no check done for whether she had any online messages in support of terrorism." [CLIP] SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER: "Had they checked her out more, Tashfeen Malik a little more, maybe she wouldn't have got a visa. Maybe those people in San Bernardino would be alive." ROSS: "In a statement to ABC News this morning, the Department of Homeland Security says it has now started three pilot programs to search the social media of visa applicants but insiders this morning say it's still not a widespread policy and a major impediment." (ABC's " Good Morning America," 12/14/15)

Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY): "Had They Checked Her Out More, Tashfeen Malik A Little More, Maybe She Wouldn't Have Got A Visa. Maybe Those People In San Bernardino Would Be Alive." [CLIP] SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER: "Had they checked her out more, Tashfeen Malik a little more, maybe she wouldn't have got a visa. Maybe those people in San Bernardino would be alive." ROSS: "In a statement to ABC News this morning, the Department of Homeland Security says it has now started three pilot programs to search the social media of visa applicants but insiders this morning say it's still not a widespread policy and a major impediment." (ABC's " Good Morning America," 12/14/15)

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TODAY, TWO OF OBAMA'S TOP DEFENSE OFFICIALS SAID WHAT EVERYONE BUT CLINTON AND OBAMA KNOWS: WE ARE AT WAR WITH RADICAL ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS

Today, Obama's Army Chief Of Staff Mark Milley Discussed The Challenges The U.S. Faces From "Radical Islam," "Militant Islam." MILLEY: "If you look at the Middle East writ large, there's a broader challenge facing the United States, I think. And that's the challenge of radicals within the Muslim ulama, all the way from Morocco, all the way to Indonesia, from the Caucasus, to the Blue Nile sort of thing. So that entire area of the world, which has got a billion plus Muslims in it, the vast majority of which are hardworking folk who just want to make a better living for their family. But there's been a movement out there for going on 100 years now, that posits an alternative way to organize your society. And that fundamentally is what we think of as radical Islam or militant Islam, it's got different names. The current manifestation of that, the most violent one, is ISIS and Al Qaeda. But there's a whole string of organizations out there, maybe 50 to 100 of these things, some are small, some are big, some have greater or lesser capability, that are all part of this broader movement." (Mark Milley, Remarks At The Center For A New American Security, Washington, D.C., 12/14/15)

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Obama's Deputy Secretary Of Defense Robert Work Said We Are At War With "Islamist Extremists." WORK: "And for the last, the second is, for the last 14 years, we've been really focused down on this really hard problem in the Middle East and fighting a war against Islamist extremists. And as a result our program, our program, has been slow to adapt as these high end threats have started to re-emerge." (Robert Work, Remarks At The Center For A New American Security, Washington, D.C., 12/14/15)

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Both Clinton And Obama Refuse To Call Terrorism Islamic

Clinton Refuses To Categorize Terror As "Radical Islam." STEPHANOPOULOS: "You've also been reluctant to say we're fighting radical Islam. I wonder why not. Isn't it a mistake to not say it plain that the violence is being pushed by radical elements in that faith?" CLINTON: "Well, that's a different thing. Radical elements who use a dangerous and distorted view of Islam to promote their jihadist ambitions, I'm fine with that. I say it all the time. And I go after Islamists, too." STEPHANOPOULOS: "So what's the problem with radical Islam?" CLINTON: "Well, the problem is that that sounds like we are declaring a war against religion. And that, to me, is number one, wrong." (ABC's "This Week," 12/6/15)

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The Obama White House Refuses To Refer To Terror As Islamic. QUESTION: "Okay. And lastly, what is your response to some of the reaction that was expected to come right after the President's address, especially from Republican candidates, saying that this isn't anything new; is this all there is; it's just a couple of bombs each day, that's not really going to defeat ISIS? And again, every time he speaks it's going to keep coming up that he doesn't say radical Islamic terrorism; he called it an 'act of terror,' but he's not wanting to say Islamic. Are you feeling like that is just going to be overly broad and it's going to exacerbate the problem, as you've mentioned? Or is it to the point that he's not going to say it because people are -- his opponents are calling for him to say it? What would be the harm of actually saying that one word?" EARNEST: "Michelle, I think this -- the President essentially covered this in the last four or five paragraphs of his address last night. So I think for careful consideration of this issue, I'd encourage people to go back and look at that part of the speech again. The President made clear, as his predecessor did, that it would only serve ISIL's interest to leave people with the impression that somehow the West or the United States or the entire world is at war with Islam. That's a fantasy. That is not true. There are millions of patriotic Muslims in America right now that are outstanding members of their community, that are serving in the United States military, that are teachers, that are coworkers, that are neighbors, that are friends. And I think the President was quite direct about the role that those Muslim Americans can play in defeating ISIL, both in terms of the responsibility that the Muslim community has to stand up and speak out against those extremist voices inside their community. At the same time, the broader American community has a responsibility to make clear that we're going to work with Muslim Americans to protect our country and to protect those in their community that are at risk of being radicalized." QUESITON: "Calling it an individual act of terror, an act of radical Islamic terror, that would indicate that we're at war with all of Islam?" EARNEST: "Well, it certainly would advance ISIL's narrative that somehow they were acting on behalf of Islam when, in fact, as the President noted yesterday, that the ideology that they are seeking to advance is a gross perversion of that religion." (Josh Earnest, White House Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 12/7/15)

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Clinton Won't Even Admit We Are At War With ISIS

Clinton Refuses To Say That The United States Is At War Against ISIS. STEPHANOPOULOS: "Is it time to declare war on ISIS?" CLINTON:"Look, we are definitely in conflict with ISIS and I think we need a new update of military authorization, the AUMF, which was passed after the attack after 9/11, should be brought up to..." STEPHANOPOULOS: "Why not declare war?" CLINTON: "Well, declare war is a very legal term as you know so well. I think what we want to do is make sure we have every tool at our disposable to, number one, destroy their would-be caliphate in Syria and in Iraq. Number two, do everything we can to dismantle this very effective virtual jihadist network that they're using on the internet. And number three, do whatever necessary to protect us here at home." STEPHANOPOULOS: "What are you concerned about in the declaration in war?" CLINTON: "Well, I think that the legal experts say, that if we, there are a lot who say that we already have the authority we need to go after ISIS or any international terrorist network, including Al Qaeda and anybody else in the AUMF. I think it is important, though, for the Congress to vote on behalf of the American people and to make sure that we are updating it to take into account the new authorities at risk." (ABC's " This Week," 12/6/15)

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