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Post  Admin on Wed 09 Dec 2009, 11:58 am

ACTION ALERT!!

ISLAMIST TERRORISTS DO NOT DESERVE THE
SAME JUDICIAL RIGHTS AS U.S. CITIZENS!

TELL YOUR U.S. REPRESENTATIVES THAT THE
TRIALS OF THESE TERRORISTS BELONG IN
MILITARY COURTS, NOT IN FEDERAL COURTS!!

By Lisa Piraneo, Director of Government Relations

Dear Elaine,

On September 11, 2001, an act of war was committed against our great nation. Thousands of lives were brutally taken in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania due to a carefully planned attack by radical Islamists. Afterward, the nation was united and spoke with one voice—not as Republicans or Democrats, not as members of a particular religion, but as Americans: We vowed never to forget this. We vowed never to allow this to happen to us again.

Unfortunately, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is about to make a mockery of these events, dishonoring each individual who perished on that horrific day as well as the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces.

The Attorney General has decided that instead of trying Islamic terrorists in Military courts, they should be tried in Federal (Article III) courts, thereby providing them the same judicial protections afforded to you and me. This decision is not only a bad one, it is potentially catastrophic. Bringing these detainees—the “rock stars” of the terrorist world—to a city they have repeatedly attacked invites more attacks on that city—and perhaps other cities around the country. In addition, providing the self-proclaimed “mastermind” of the 9/11 attacks and his co-conspirators the same constitutional rights in court that U.S. citizens enjoy assures that it will be America that is put on trial, not the terrorists. This should be unacceptable to every American.

A Kick-off in New York: This past Saturday, a rally was held in New York City to express the people’s outrage with the Attorney General’s decision. The voices of New Yorkers and Americans from all over the nation were heard loud and clear as they told the Attorney General, “We will fight you all the way,” on your decision to relocate Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other terrorists from the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility to a Federal court in New York—just BLOCKS away from Ground Zero.

The American people have not forgotten the horrors of 9/11. Have the Administration and Congress forgotten?

Let your voice be heard in remembrance of this historic day. Today, Monday, December 7th, is Pearl Harbor Day….another day our nation was attacked by an enemy of the time. We need you, our grassroots members, to let your voice be heard in remembrance of this historic day—to honor all those killed not only on December 7, 1941, but also on September 11, 2001, and for every member of our military who dies on the battlefield in the Middle East.

We need you to contact your representatives in the U.S. Congress and say “NO” to federal court trials for Islamic terrorists. Say “NO” to making a mockery of our nation’s judicial system. Say “NO” to affording these killers the same judicial rights as U.S. citizens.

Many, many Americans are rightfully angry about this. ACT! for America is working along with Keep America Safe, the Center for Security Policy, the 911 Coalition to Never Forget, 911 Families for a Safe and Strong America, various state Tea Party organizations, and others to see that the Attorney General’s decision with regard to terrorist trials is stopped.

Congress MUST act on this matter. They CAN block the Attorney General’s decision. They MUST block his decision. As a constituent you have the power to see that this action is taken, but there is not much time.

THE FOLLOWING ACTION IS NEEDED FROM YOU, OUR ACT!
FOR AMERICA GRASSROOTS ADVOCATE—ASAP!


Click here
http://actforamerica.org/index.php/talking-points-on-civillian-trials-for-terrorists
to view and print a “one-pager” of talking points on this issue, as well as all the Action Items listed below.

Organize a small group (2 or 3) to visit the local office of your U.S. Representative and Senator. This is a wonderful opportunity to establish or continue a relationship with those who represent you. Respectfully encourage them to keep Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his associates out of our country and out of our civilian courts.

It is extremely helpful to me, as your Director of Government Relations, to receive feedback on office visits you have with your elected officials. Click here to access our feedback form. If possible, please complete the form and return it to info@actforamerica.org.

If you can’t visit the offices of your elected officials, please call, e-mail, or fax them to express your views on this issue.

http://actforamerica.org/index.php/contact-congress
Click here
to obtain such contact information on your Members of Congress.


Forward this information to everyone you know and ask him/her to do the same! Refer them to the Feature Image entitled, “Stop Civilian Trials for Terrorists!” on our website, www.actforamerica.org.


Widely distribute the letter signed by hundreds of family members of those who lost their lives on 9/11. This letter may be found at www.KeepAmericaSafe.com.



REMEMBER, YOUR VOICE COUNTS!

IF EACH OF US DOES JUST A LITTLE, TOGETHER WE CAN
ACCOMPLISH A LOT!


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Post  Admin on Tue 24 Nov 2009, 4:57 pm

In KSM Trial, Politics—Not Precedent—Rules

by Guy Rodgers, Executive Director

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Criticism and outrage continues to grow over Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) in a criminal court in New York. Joining the chorus of criticism is the former Chairman of the 9/11 Commission (see story below).

Last week, a “teachable moment” (to quote President Obama) occurred when Mr. Holder appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senator Lindsey Graham asked Mr. Holder if he could cite one prior case where an enemy combatant the likes of KSM had been tried in a criminal court.

I watched Mr. Holder’s response. (You can too by clicking here.)
You would think he would have researched this prior to making his decision. You would think there was some precedent to justify this outrageous decision. You would think he would have been prepared to answer such an obvious question.

Instead, Holder stammered, hemmed and hawed. This was the proverbial “deer caught in the headlights” moment. Holder could only muster a tepid response that he would “have to look at that.” (In other words, he hadn’t!)

Senator Graham stepped in and informed Mr. Holder that there is not a single case precedent for the decision to try Mohammed in a criminal court.

Not one.

What’s more, Sen. Graham proceeded to ask Holder if he would try Osama bin Laden in a criminal court. Holder’s response was to evade and dodge giving a definitive answer.

There is no legal or logical justification for Holder’s decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in criminal court. So what is driving it?

The only answer I can conclude is the Obama administration’s political agenda. They want to “show the world” that we can conduct this case in a criminal court (a sentiment echoed by many Democrats on the Judiciary Committee during Holder’s appearance).

This begs the question: Why are we putting what the world thinks ahead of what’s in our national interest?

They are also playing to the politically correct, blame-America-first crowd that is quick to find fault with anything America does while excusing and rationalizing the cruelty and brutality of our enemies.

In other words, Holder’s decision was not based on legal precedent, sound legal reasoning, good policy, or what’s good for the country.

It was based on politics.

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Former 9/11 Commission Chairman
Criticizes Plan for New York Trial

by FOXNews.com

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/11/17/commission-chairman-criticizes-plan-new-york-trial/


In this 2004 file photo, Thomas Kean is seen testifying on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo)

Thomas Kean, in his first public comments on the matter, criticizes Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to bring Sept. 11 defendants into civilian federal court, saying the trial would help Khalid Sheikh Mohammed fulfill his dreams of martyrdom in the eyes of the Muslim world.

The decision to bring Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other alleged Sept. 11 conspirators to New York City for trial will only give the self-professed mastermind of the attacks the platform for "propaganda" that he wants, the chairman of the 9/11 Commission said Tuesday.

Thomas Kean, in his first public comments on the matter, criticized Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to bring the defendants into civilian federal court, saying the trial would help Mohammed fulfill his dreams of martyrdom in the eyes of the Muslim world.

"I worry a little bit about the decision, because it's what Khalid Sheikh Mohammed wants. I mean, he wants a forum," Kean told WNYC radio. "I think he wants to be a martyr, so I think he's going to use the trial as propaganda ... and I think he wants to be Che Guevara or something like that. He's going to try to be a hero to the Muslim world."

Kean, a former Republican governor of New Jersey, joins a slew of other officials expressing concern about the decision.

New York Gov. David Paterson, a Democrat, said he would not have moved the suspects to New York for trial, while former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Republican, told "Fox News Sunday" that the move would only grant Mohammed's "wish."

Meanwhile, Holder defended his decision Tuesday, saying his team reviewed the potential downsides for such a trial but determined federal court was the best place to prosecute the suspects. Holder said he's confident the cases will be "successful."

On the same radio show with Kean, fellow 9/11 Commission member Richard Ben-Veniste backed up Holder's choice.

"This is a crime that warrants prosecution, and the American justice system is up to the task," he said.


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Post  Admin on Tue 24 Nov 2009, 4:49 pm

At What Point Is Speech Not Protected?

In his column below, Wall Street Journal columnist Daniel Henninger raises an important point that ACT! has been posing for years.

At what point does speech which advocates violent jihad, murder and mayhem against Americans by Islamists cease being protected under the First Amendment?

It is our opinion that jihadist speech, which includes websites and other communications, needs to be evaluated in a historical and doctrinal context.

That context is that the “call to jihad,” or the advocacy of jihad, very often leads to jihad. In other words, there is an arguable cause and effect, or at least a high positive correlation. There is an argument that the call to jihad poses an imminent threat to life.

Osama bin Laden declared holy war against America, which was followed by the attacks on September 11th. Nidal Hasan responded to the advocacy of jihad and perpetrated the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11. Each of the publicized foiled terror plots in the last four months was initiated by adherents to jihadist ideology.

As Henninger notes:

“First Amendment law has never dealt with a widely distributed ideology that has as its raison d'être the mass murder of Americans and destruction of American property.”

Well said. Because whether America likes it or not, at some point we are going to have to wrestle with how the First Amendment applies to jihadist speech. Choosing not to will simply mean more jihadists and more terror attacks.


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Hasan, Not KSM, Is the Real Problem
By DANIEL HENNINGER


If it accomplished nothing else, the Obama administration's announcement last Friday to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in lower Manhattan blew the Nidal Hasan murders out of the news. The KSM fiasco deserves all the attention it gets. What Hasan represents, however, is a more immediate concern.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is an old-school jihadi. They sit in far-off redoubts, assembling terror teams of foreign nationals who now must figure out how to get themselves and their plot inside the U.S. Not impossible, but harder than before 9/11.

Hasan is new school. He is what's known as a homegrown terrorist. Virtually all the Islamic terrorist plots thwarted in the U.S. in recent years were homegrown, not designed from afar by a KSM.

Najibullah Zazi, the Colorado airport-shuttle driver arrested in New York this September and charged with conspiring to detonate bombs, came to the U.S. in 1999.

The Fort Dix Six, convicted in December of conspiring to attack U.S. military personnel, were mainly ethnic Albanians whose family came to New Jersey in the 1980s.

Zakaria Amara, the leader of the Toronto 18, who were planning to blow up skyscrapers in Canada, was born in a Toronto suburb.

How do individuals sitting in Colorado, New Jersey, Toronto or Texas suddenly transform into mass murderers for jihad? Most of the time, they become radicalized by spending vast amounts of time viewing violent Islamic Web sites run from abroad.

Two years ago, Lawrence Sanchez of the New York City Police Department's intelligence division told the Senate Homeland Security Committee that the Internet is "the most significant factor in the radicalization that is occurring in America." Mr. Sanchez described this process as "self-imposed brainwashing."

In New York Times reporter David Rohde's account of his captivity by the Taliban, he wrote that "watching jihadi videos" was his guards' favorite pastime. He describes them as "little more than grimly repetitive snuff films" of executions.

If you sit in the United States and watch this stuff 'round the clock—self-brainwashing—it is fully protected activity. It qualifies as "speech," protected by the panoply of First Amendment law. These protections exist nowhere else in the world.

The biggest controversy surrounding Maj. Hasan is that the Army knew about his radical Islamic sympathies, from the Walter Reed lecture and the monitored emails to the English-speaking, American-born Yemeni imam Anwar Awlaki.

The argument is that the Army should have mustered him out of the service and thereby avoided the 13 murders. Really? After kicking him out of the Army, there was no probable cause for authorities to surveil a civilian Nidal Hasan. In time he as easily could have killed 13 Americans in a suburban Texas mall.

Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, as the judge presiding over the 1995 trial of the "blind sheik," Omar Abdel Rahman, for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, had to instruct the jury that the sheik's violent, "holy war" sermons at New York mosques were legal, protected activity (he was convicted of conspiracy). There is a mosque in Manhattan at 96th Street and Lexington Avenue, on whose sidewalk one can hear adherents spouting support for violence against the U.S. That, too, is protected.

A violent ideology is just an ideology, and that is protected speech. It requires acts to put in motion aggressive surveillance, such as wiretapping.

I think the Hasan case shows this is wrong, or at least too dangerous. First Amendment law has never dealt with a widely distributed ideology that has as its raison d'être the mass murder of Americans and destruction of American property.

For now this is the way it is: Future Hasans can get jacked up all day on kill-the-Americans Web sites, and we have to wait until they put in motion a conspiracy like Fort Dix or the Colorado jihadists. Or until they start shooting.

Politics is the only recourse.

This is what the political fight was through the Bush years—fights over the Patriot Act, warrantless wiretaps of conversations between U.S. citizens and foreign suspects, using the Swift financial data system to track terrorist transfers (or, with KSM, military tribunals versus civil courts). The argument against these policies was that "our values" require that judges review and approve virtually all such activity.

The problem with this view is that "our values" were already protected to an unprecedented degree. Raising the bar higher is asking too much of the people assigned to catch all these self-radicalizing jihadists.

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Holder’s al Qaeda Incentive Plan

Post  Admin on Fri 20 Nov 2009, 2:01 pm

“Holder’s al Qaeda Incentive Plan”

Dear Elaine,

Most Americans are justifiably outraged by Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, in a civilian criminal court in New York.

There are countless reasons to oppose Holder’s decision, not the least of which is the potential for compromising our intelligence assets in a public, criminal trial where Mohammed’s attorneys will demand release of such classified information.

This is not a hypothetical concern. During the trial of Omar Abdel-Rahman, the perpetrator of the 1993 New York trade center bombing, Rahman’s attorneys forced the release of the list of unindicted co-conspirators developed by the prosecution.

One of the names on the list? Osama bin Laden. Soon after, bin Laden fled Sudan.

The insightful Wall Street Journal column by William McGurn (see below, highlights added) provides another powerful reason why Holder’s decision is so outrageous. Bottom line: Holder’s decision has given terrorists a greater incentive to target civilians.

The perversity of this defies description. This is just one more in a long line of decisions by the Obama administration that is putting America—and our lives—at greater risk.


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Holder’s al Qaeda Incentive Plan

By William McGurn

Wall Street Journal, November 17, 2009

When it comes to terrorists, you would think that an al Qaeda operative who targets an American mom sitting in her office or a child on a flight back home is many degrees worse than a Taliban soldier picked up after a firefight with U.S. Army troops.

Your instinct would be correct, because at the heart of terrorism is the monstrous idea that the former is as legitimate a target as the latter. Unfortunately, by dispatching Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other al Qaeda leaders to federal criminal court for trial, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will be undermining this distinction. And the perverse message that decision will send to terrorists all over this dangerous world is this: If you kill civilians on American soil you will have greater protections than if you attack our military overseas.

"A fundamental purpose of rules such as the Geneva Conventions is to give those at war an incentive for more civilized behavior—and not targeting civilians is arguably the most sacred of these principles," says William Burck, a former federal prosecutor and Bush White House lawyer who dealt with national security issues. "It demolishes this principle to give Khalid Sheikh Mohammed even more legal protections than the Geneva Conventions provide a uniformed soldier fighting in a recognized war zone."

We don't often speak of incentives in war. That's a loss, because the whole idea of, say, Geneva rights is based on the idea of providing combatants with incentives to do things that help limit the bloodiness of battle. These include wearing a uniform, carrying arms openly, not targeting civilians, and so on.

Terrorists recognize none of these things. They are best understood as associations of people plotting and carrying out war crimes, whether that means sowing fear with direct and indiscriminate attacks on marketplaces, offices and airlines—or by engaging enemy troops without distinguishing uniforms, so that the surrounding civilians essentially become used as human shields. Terrorists reject both the laws of war and the laws of American civil society. To put it another way, they reject both the authority and the obligations their legal rights imply.

None of this seems to bother Mr. Holder. Since he dropped his bombshell on Friday, much commentary has focused on the possibility that KSM might be found not guilty. That, however, is unlikely: Mr. Holder is not a fool, and everyone in the Obama administration appreciates the backlash that would occur if a KSM trial results in an acquittal. Thus, the men he will send for trial will be those against whom he has the most evidence.

The perversity here is that the overwhelming evidence of their war crimes gain them protections denied a soldier fighting in accord with the rules of war.

It even gains them more protections than their associates who attack military targets. This double standard means that the perpetrators of the USS Cole bombing are sent to military tribunals while the perpetrators of 9/11 are sent to federal court.

Andrew McCarthy has a unique perspective on the move to criminal trials. As an assistant U.S. attorney in 1993, he successfully prosecuted Omar Abdel Rahman (the "blind sheikh") for the first bombing of the World Trade Center. Even though the cases were somewhat different—that plot was conceived, plotted and carried out on U.S. soil—Mr. McCarthy says the experience persuaded him that federal trials are a bad way of handling terror.

"At first, I was of the mind that a criminal prosecution would uphold all our high-falutin' rhetoric about the constitution and majesty of the law," says Mr. McCarthy. "But when you get down to the nitty gritty of a trial, you see one huge problem: The criminal justice system imposes limits on the government and gives the defendant all sorts of access to information, because we'd rather have the government lose than unfairly convict a man. You can't take that position with an enemy who is at war with you and trying to bring that government down."

By going down this line, says Mr. McCarthy, Mr. Holder has invited any number of dangers: making the Manhattan courtroom a target for terrorist attack, inviting the disclosure of sensitive intelligence, opening the possibility that some al Qaeda operative will be acquitted and released within the U.S., etc.

Worst of all, he says, is turning the laws of war upside down: Why fight the Marines and risk getting killed yourself or locked up in Bagram forever when you can blow up American citizens on their own streets and gain the legal protections that give you a chance to go free? With this one step, Mr. Holder is giving al Qaeda a ghastly incentive: to focus more of their attacks on American civilians on American home soil.

"It is foolish to think that al Qaeda does not train to our system and look for our vulnerabilities," says Mr. McCarthy. "Remember what Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told his captors when we got him, 'I'll see you in New York with my lawyer.' It seems he knows our weaknesses better than our government does."


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“How military missed signs”

A willful ignorance of jihadist ideology due to
political correctness?

Dear Elaine,

The article below (highlights added) is another disturbing, yet unsurprising, assessment of the systemic failure by those in the military, intelligence, and counterterrorism communities to recognize the warning signs of a jihadist poised to act.

Dr. Walid Phares, during his presentation at the American Congress for Truth webcast conducted on November 7th (and available for viewing here), made the point that, eight years after 9/11, our nation’s leaders have still failed to adequately identify and define the jihadist enemy.

Sources we have within the government confirm this appalling reality.

As Brigitte Gabriel notes in her recent video message, the politically correct driven fear of offending Muslims and the apologists for radical Islam has crossed the line from being exasperating to being deadly.

Thank you for being part of the largest citizen action organization in America dedicated to waking up our country to the reality of the threat radical Islam poses—and the ways in which political correctness enables it.


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http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/nov/16/how-military-missed-signs//print/

Monday, November 16, 2009

How military missed signs
Failure to grasp threats from those in uniform

by Joel Mowbray

As Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent, officially begins his inquiry this week into the disturbing failures that enabled Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan to stay in uniform, it must go beyond the normal excuses related to bureaucratic bungling.

With the discussion last week devolving into interagency finger-pointing, lost was the simple fact that the failures were systemic. Although the military has done valiant work fighting in Muslim lands, it doesn't seem to grasp how to assess when Muslim personnel could pose an internal threat.

It's easy to rely on hindsight to second-guess after the fact, but based on what we already know, Maj. Hasan had openly embraced Islamic jihadist ideology. Apparently no one who learned of his online screeds or his verbal rants to colleagues understood this, however.

What officials knew about Maj. Hasan was neither trivial nor inconsequential.

In spring, Maj. Hasan wrote an Internet posting that compared suicide bombers to soldiers who sacrifice their lives by falling on a grenade. His reasoning was that suicide bombers "help save Muslims by killing enemy soldiers."

No more explicit justification could be made for the terrorists who have been targeting U.S. service personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet reports indicate there was no formal investigation into a soldier who praised suicide bombers who "save Muslims" by killing the very people among whom he lived and worked.

More ominous is that only mild concern was sparked by Maj. Hasan's repeated contacts with a cleric openly affiliated with al Qaeda. Although the content of the 10 to 20 e-mails has been described officially as related to "religious guidance" and Maj. Hasan's "research," no rationale could possibly exist for any soldier independently contacting a high-level enemy figure.
Around the time from late 2008 into early this year that the two were in contact, imam Anwar Al-Awlaki issued a fatwa calling on Muslims to kill U.S. soldiers in Iraq. In January, Mr. Al-Awlaki published a manifesto aptly titled "44 Ways to Support Jihad," a how-to manual on all the paths available - from violence to finance - for his followers.

Had investigators merely Googled Imam Al-Awlaki, they would have found his jihad manual and an in-depth profile on him at the web site of the NEFA Foundation, a U.S.-based counterterrorism organization that maintains the largest public database of open-source terrorism intelligence. They also would have been reminded at the NEFA Web site that Imam Al-Awlaki's recorded sermons helped inspire the terrorists who unsuccessfully targeted Fort Dix, N.J., three years ago. In fact, the Fort Dix plotters specifically praised the imam's lecture encouraging self-motivated jihad.
None of that mattered to investigators, because Maj. Hasan didn't explicitly discuss violence or terrorism with his mentor. Traditional metrics for assessing criminal danger, though, do not neatly apply to jihadists.

Most jihadist attacks are not driven by appeals to violence or wanton bloodlust. The stated motive for most jihadists is some form of defending Islam or innocent Muslims from an evil aggressor.

Someone falling into the lure of jihadist ideology becomes a threat long before he even discusses violence. Danger begins with the embrace of a paranoid worldview in which the United States has waged war on pious, peace-loving Muslims. That the United States is fighting self-identified Muslims in two Islamic nations, of course, only makes it easier for jihadists to win over Muslims.

Maj. Hasan didn't just parrot jihadist lines about evil America, though. He openly argued for Islamic violence against the United States. And that was just what he said in front of his colleagues.

Yet despite a pattern of truly incendiary comments - such as telling colleagues during a PowerPoint presentation on Islam in 2007, "We love death more then [sic] you love life!" - he remained in uniform. Much of the evidence points to a critical question: Was Maj. Hasan treated differently because he was a Muslim?

Perhaps the simplest analysis is by way of comparison. In one reported instance, Maj. Hasan told his colleagues that he supported the Muslim who shot two soldiers, killing one, at a military recruitment center in Little Rock, Ark.

Imagine if Maj. Hasan had instead been a secular, garden-variety anti-American radical who told his colleagues that he supported the murder of his fellow soldiers. Is there any doubt such remarks would have generated at least more than the indifference Maj. Hasan's various comments did?

Just as Muslim soldiers should not be presumed unpatriotic, less cannot be expected of them than from their non-Muslim peers.

Defending terrorists and openly identifying with the enemy should be an obvious infraction for any soldier. The same goes for demonizing America or contacting known terrorists.

If the military doesn't change the mind-set that allowed those actions to be ignored or shrugged off, the consequences could be even more devastating the next time.

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How Do You Eat An Elephant?

10,505…20,952…22,164

by Guy Rodgers, Executive Director

Dear Elaine,

I have been asked how we will know when we have “victory” over the threat of radical Islam. How will we measure “success?”

Let me answer that with an old proverb, which asks “How do you eat an elephant”? Answer: “One bite at a time.”

In other words, EVERY “bite” we take produces successes and gets us closer to ultimate victory. At times it may not appear that much progress is being made. At other times, like today, we have measurable signs of progress that should encourage you and empower you.

Today’s email is a snapshot of three measures of progress—three “bites” we are taking—and a call to you to act if you haven’t already done so. Because the more of us who join in and take a “bite” out of the “elephant” of radical Islam, the more successes we will achieve and the closer to ultimate victory we will get.


10,505

This is the number of views recorded by U Stream during the November 7th webcast conference, “Radical Islam’s Threat to America,” sponsored by our “sister” organization, American Congress for Truth.

This conference was the #1 most watched webcast nationwide on U Stream on November 7th. It was also the 4th highest watched webcast worldwide!

To our knowledge, no organization committed to defeating the threat of radical Islam has held a conference of this kind that reached this many people, including many elected officials and staff.

THIS is a measure of progress. THIS is a measure of success.

The conference is now available to watch on the American Congress for Truth website. If you didn’t see it, or know an elected official or staff member that needs to see it, simply click here.


20,952

As of 9:49 A.M. Eastern Time this morning, this is the number of people who have added their names to our petition calling for a government investigation of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations.


20,952 are the most signatures, in the shortest amount of time, ever gathered for a petition in the history of ACT! for America!

THIS is a measure of progress. THIS is a measure of success.

But we need thousands more names, for two reasons. First, to continue to raise public awareness about the misdeeds of CAIR. Every person who signs it and sends it on to their friends increases the prospect for the petition to really go viral.

Second, to ultimately produce so many signatures that it will be difficult for Congress to ignore us. There are already many in Congress who are backing away from CAIR. A petition with 50,000 or even 100,000 names will be more motivation for “fence sitters” to decide CAIR should be investigated and that they don’t want anything to do with CAIR.

SO IF YOU HAVEN’T YET SIGNED THE CAIR PETITION, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? WE NEED YOU!

CLICK HERE,ADD YOUR NAME, AND LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!



22,164

As of 9:47 A.M. Eastern Time this morning, this is the number of views of the Brigitte Gabriel video entitled “Brigitte Gabriel blasts political correctness,” released on Friday, November 13th.

22,164 are the most views ever of an ACT! for America video in a 72 hour time period.

What’s more, this video was ranked by YouTube as the “Most Popular” video over the weekend for “non-profit and activism” organizations!

THIS is a measure of progress. THIS is a measure of success.

If you haven’t yet viewed this powerful video message from Brigitte, click here, and then forward the link on to others you know.


Here are three opportunities for you to help us take a “bite” out of the “elephant.” Don’t think for a minute that your actions can’t or won’t make a difference. If every one of our members who haven’t yet signed the petition took just three minutes to read and sign it today, we would triple the number of signatures in one day.

That’s the power of “when everyone does a little, together we accomplish a lot.”

Please ACT! today!

Yours for the America we love,



Guy Rodgers

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Brigitte Gabriel Blasts the

Scourge of Political Correctness

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Did you know that, from November 5th to November 10th, 85% of the news stories about the Ft. Hood attack produced by ABC, CBS and NBC did not mention the words “terror” or “terrorist”?

Did you know that investigators found personal business cards belonging to Nidal Hasan that had the initials “S.O.A” — “Soldier of Allah”?

Only now are more and more news reports and commentators acknowledging, some very grudgingly, that Hasan was a jihadist. There simply is too much evidence to ignore — even for the most stubborn politically correct apologists for radical Islam.

Brigitte Gabriel has, of course, been following the Ft. Hood terrorist attack very closely, conducting numerous interviews since it happened.

Today she gives her take on how this happened, why it could have been prevented, and what this means for the future.

Click here, or the image below, to watch this very important message from Brigitte Gabriel. Then forward this email to everyone you know so we can take Brigitte’s message viral!

And if you haven’t yet signed our petition calling for a government investigation of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, click here to do so today. As of Friday morning, November 13th, nearly 19,000 people have added their names to this petition. How about you?




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