Saturday, 23 May 2009


Ken Berwitz

Michelle Malkin has written an invaluable column about a huge danger to this country that has existed for years and years, but has barely been covered by media:  jails as a training ground for radical islam.

Here it is.  Please read every word, it is important that you do:

Lead Story

The jihadi virus in our jails

By Michelle Malkin    May 22, 2009 05:03 AM

Photo source: NYPost

The jihadi virus in our jails
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2009


President Obamas speech on homeland security was 6,072 words long. Curiously, he chose not to spare an a, and, or uh on the New York City terror bust that dominated headlines the morning of his Tuesday address. Did the teleprompter run out of room?


After a year-long investigation launched by the Bush administration, the feds cracked down on a ring of murder-minded black Muslim jailhouse converts preparing to bomb two Bronx synagogues and eager to bring death to Jews. They also planned to attack a New York National Guard air base in Newburgh, New York, where the suspects lived and worshiped at a local mosque.


Not one word from the president on the jihadists intended victims, motives, or means.


No comfort for the reported targets in the Big Apple, still raw from the Scare Force One rattling that so vainly and recklessly simulated 9/11.


No condemnation for the accused plotters.


Why? Because doing so would force Obama to abandon his cottony extremist ideology euphemisms and confront the concrete truth. To borrow one of our obtuse presidents favorite clichs, let me be perfectly clear about the reality Obama wont touch: America faces an ongoing Islamic jihad at home and abroad. Not merely man-caused. But Koran-inspired. Yet, Obama refuses to spell out the centuries-old roots of the war that he claims hell win faster, better, and cleaner than any of his predecessors.


Moreover, his push to transfer violent Muslim warmongers into our civilian prisons where they have proselytized and plotted with impunity will only make the problem worse. A brief refresher course for the Lefts amnesiacs about the festering jihadi virus in our jails and overseas:


In 2005, Bush administration officials busted a terrorist plot to attack infidels at military and Jewish sites in the Los Angeles on the fourth anniversary of 9/11 or the Jewish holy days. It was devised by militant Muslim converts of Jamiyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh (Arabic for Assembly of Authentic Islam) who had sworn allegiance to violent jihad at Californias New Folsom State Prison.


Jose Padilla, the convicted terror conspirator, converted to Islam during a stint at a Broward County, Fla., jail and reportedly fell in with terrorist recruiters after his release. Convicted Shoe Bomber Richard Reid converted to Islam with the help of an extremist imam in a British prison.


Aqil Collins, a self-confessed jihadist turned FBI informant, converted to Islam while doing time in a California juvenile detention center. At a terrorist camp in Afghanistan, he went on to train with one of the men accused of kidnapping and beheading Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.


In East Texas, inmates were recruited with a half-hour videotape featuring the anti-Semitic rants of California-based Imam Muhammad Abdullah, who claims that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were actually carried out by the Israeli and U.S. governments.


Federal corrections officials told congressional investigators during the Bush years that convicted terrorists from the 1993 World Trade Center bombing were put into their prisons general population , where they radicalized inmates and told them that terrorism was part of Islam.


Despite the insistence of Obama and the Jihadi Welcome Wagon that our civilian prisons are perfectly secure, convicted terror helper Lynne Stewart helped jailed 1993 World Trade Center bombing/NY landmark bombing plot mastermind Omar Abdel-Rahman smuggle coded messages of Islamic violence from the imprisoned sheik to outside followers in violation of an explicit pledge to abide by her clients court-ordered isolation.


As Ive reported previously, U.S. Bureau of Prison reports have warned for years that our civilian detention facilities are major breeding grounds for Islamic terrorists. There are still not enough legitimately trained and screened Muslim religious leaders to counsel an estimated 9,000 U.S. prison inmates who demand Islamic services. Under the Bush administration, the federal prison bureaucracy had no policy in place to screen out extremist, violence-advocating Islamic chaplains; failed to properly screen the many contractors and volunteers who help provide religious services to Islamic inmates; and shied away from religious profiling.


Whats Obamas plan to prevent the jihadi virus from spreading? Washing hands and covering mouths wont work for this disease.



More from the NYPost on the jailhouse conversions of the would-be synagogue bombers:


Richard Williams said that his 32-year-old nephew fell under the sway of dangerously radical Islamo-fascists while serving time on drug charges and that he became brainwashed after his mother died and his ex-wife fought him for custody of their child.


They played on his weaknesses and what was going on with his family, Richard said. He was brainwashed and manipulated in the system.


Authorities say Onta Williams fell in with his three alleged co-conspirators, James Cromitie, 45, David Williams, 28, and 37-year-old Laguerre Payen, at a Newburgh mosque, where they bonded when they discovered they were all ex-cons.


Relatives and friends of the other three men charged in the horrific plot to blow up two Bronx synagogues and shoot down an Air National Guard plane said the men never expressed any interest in terrorism. But they all quickly developed a deep interest in Islam in jail.


Williams uncle who himself once served 10 years on a drug charge said he was familiar with prison converts to Islam.

The threat of jail jihadists is real.  Very real.  The examples are not anecdotal.  Radical islamization of jail inmates apparently is an ongoing, effort that is meeting with a level of success.  And it speaks to a danger that can result in unspeakable actions within our country.

Where is President Obama?  Where are the people screaming for Guantanamo to close and its inmates placed in prison populations around the United States? 

What are they  prepared to do about this?


Ken Berwitz

As readers of this blog know, I first called the "stimulus package" the "stealfromus package", because at that time (and now) I feel that untold billions were being stolen from us, and they weren't going to stimulate a thing.  I now call it the "stimuless package" because, after almost three months, our economy has not only not been stimulated, but has regressed (unless, of course, you consider 1.3 million more jobs lost, two straight months of lower-than-expected retail figures and almost-doubled oil prices stimulating).

But, to his credit, Mark Steyn has uncovered an area where the economy has, in fact, been stimulated.  I'll let him tell you about it:

Friday, May 22, 2009

Mark Steyn: Statism the only thing being stimulated

We're spending trillions we don't have to create government programs to spend even more trillions we don't have.

Mark Steyn

Syndicated columnist

I was in Vermont the other day and made the mistake of picking up the local paper. Impressively, it contained a quarter-page ad, a rare sight these days. The rest of the page was made up by in-house promotions for the advertising department's special offer on yard-sale announcements, etc. But the one real advertisement was from something called SEVCA. SEVCA is a "nonprofit agency," just like The New York Times, General Motors and the state of California. And it stands for "South-Eastern Vermont Community Action."

Why, they're "community organizers," just like the president! The designated "anti-poverty agency" is taking out quarter-page ads in every local paper because they're "seeking applicants for several positions funded in full or part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA)" that's the "stimulus" to you and me. Isn't it great to see those bazillions of stimulus dollars already out there stimulating the economy? Creating lots of new jobs at SEVCA, in order to fulfill the president's promise to "create or keep" 2.5 million jobs. At SEVCA, he's not just keeping all the existing ones, but creating new ones, too. Of the eight new positions advertised, the first is:

"ARRA Projects Coordinator."

Gotcha. So the first new job created by the stimulus is a job "coordinating" other programs funded by the stimulus. What's next?


That's how they spell it. Like in "Star Wars" Luke Grantwriter waving his hope saber as instructed by his mentor Obi-Bam Baracki ("May the Funds be with you!"). The Grantwriter will be responsible for writing grant applications "to augment ARRA funds." So the second new job created by stimulus funding funds someone to petition for additional funding for projects funded by the stimulus.

The third job is a "Marketing Specialist" to increase "public awareness of ARRA-funded services." Rural Vermont's economy is set for a serious big-time boom: The critical stimulus-promotion industry, stimulus-coordination industry and stimulus-supplementary-funding industry are growing at an unprecedented rate. The way things are going we'll soon need a Stimulus-Coordination Industry Task Force and Impact Study Group. By the way, these jobs aren't for everyone. "Knowledge of ARRA" is required. So if, say, you're the average United States senator who voted for ARRA without bothering to read it you're not qualified for a job as an ARRA Grantwriter.

I don't want to give the impression that every job funded by the stimulus is a job coordinating the public awareness of programs for grant applications to coordinate the funding of public awareness coordination programs funded by the stimulus. SEVCA is also advertising for a "Job Readiness Program Coordinator." This is a job coordinating the program that gets people ready to get a job. For example, it occurred to me, after reading the ad, that I might like to be a "Job Readiness Program Coordinator." But am I ready for it? Increasing numbers of us are hopelessly unready for jobs. Ever since last November, many Americans have been ready for free health care, free day care, free college, free mortgages and, once you get a taste for that, it's hardly surprising you're not ready for gainful employment. I only hope there are enough qualified "Job Readiness Program Coordinators" out there, and that they don't have to initiate a Job Readiness Program Coordinator Readiness Program. As the old novelty song once wondered, "Who Takes Care Of The Caretaker's Daughter While The Caretaker's Busy Taking Care?" Who coordinates programs for the Job Readiness Program Coordinator while the Job Readiness Program Coordinator's busy readying for his job? If you hum it, I'll put in for the stimulus funding.

Oh, and let's not forget the new job of "VITA Program Coordinator." VITA? That's "Volunteer Income Tax Assistance." It's an IRS program designed "to help low- and moderate-income taxpayers complete their tax returns at no cost." The words "no cost," by the way, are used in the new Webster's-defined sense of "massive public expenditure." Whoops, I mean massive public "investment." You might think, were you a space alien recently landed from Planet Zongo, that, if tax returns are so complicated that "low- and moderate-income taxpayers" have difficulty filling them in, the obvious solution would be to make the tax code less complex. But that's just the unfamiliar atmosphere on Planet Earth making you lighthearted and prone to cockamamie out-of-this-world fancies. Put in for a Job Readiness Program, and you'll soon get with the program.

Of course, it's not just "low- and moderate-income taxpayers" who have difficulty completing their tax returns. So do high-income taxpayers like Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Tragically, they're ineligible for the "Volunteer Income Tax Assistance" program. Indeed, the treasury secretary seemed under the misapprehension that it was a "Volunteer Income Tax" program, which would be a much better idea. But, being ineligible for VITA, Secretary Geithner was forced to splash out $49.95 for TurboTax and, simply by accidentally checking the "No" box instead of "Yes" at selected moments, was able to save himself thousands of dollars in confiscatory taxation! Oops, my mistake, I meant that, tragically, by being unable to complete his tax return due to a lack of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Timothy Geithner was the only one of 300 million Americans to pass the Treasury Secretary Job Readiness Program.

SEVCA serves two rural counties with a combined total of a little over 40,000 households. If you wanted to stimulate the economy, you'd take every dime allocated to Windsor and Windham counties under ARRA and divide it between those households. But, if you want to stimulate bureaucracy, dependency and the metastasization of approved quasi-governmental interest-group monopolies as the defining features of American life, then ARRA is the way to go. Oh, you scoff: ARRA, go on, you're only joking. I wish I were. We're spending trillions we don't have to create government programs to coordinate the application for funds to create more programs to spend even more trillions we don't have.

The stimulus will do nothing for the economy, but it will dramatically advance the cause of statism (as Mark Levin rightly calls it). Last week's vote in California is a snapshot of where this leads: The gangster regime in Sacramento is an alliance between a corrupt and/or craven political class wholly owned by a public sector union-bureaucracy extortion racket. So what if the formerly Golden State goes belly-up? They'll pass the buck to Washington, and those of us in nonprofligate jurisdictions will get stuck with the tab. At some point, the dwindling band of citizens still foolish enough to earn a living by making things, selling things or providing services other than government-funded program coordination will have to vote against not just taxes but specific agencies and programs hundreds and thousands of them.

The bad news is that our children will not enjoy the American Dream. The good news is they'll be able to apply for an American Dream Readiness Assistance Coordination Grantwriter Program. May the Funds be with you!

That, folks, is the stimulus package in action.  Does it make you feel better?  I hope not.

Eventually, due to the cyclical nature of economies rather than this disastrous "stimulus package", the recession will be over.  And the Obama administration will be crowing to us about how they were the ones who turned it around.

But they won't have been the ones who turned it around.  They're the ones who gave us what Mr. Steyn wrote about. 

Maybe you better save his column.....because I wouldn't be counting on our wonderful "neutral" media to be pointing it out.


Ken Berwitz

Calvin Woodward is an Associated Press writer who is charged, among other duties, with fact-checking Barack Obama's statements.

This means that, if he is honest, he will be writing that Barack Obama is continually lying to us.

And, as it turns out, Calvin Woodward is honest. 

See for yourself:

FACT CHECK: Obama disowns deficit he helped shape


Associated Press Writer

    WASHINGTON | That wasn't me, President Barack Obama said on his 100th day in office, disclaiming responsibility for the huge budget deficit waiting for him on Day One.

    It actually was him and the other Democrats controlling Congress the previous two years who shaped a budget so out of balance.

    And as a presidential candidate and president-elect, he backed the twilight Bush-era stimulus plan that made the deficit deeper, all before he took over and promoted spending plans that have made it much deeper still.

    Obama met citizens at an Arnold, Mo., high school Wednesday in advance of his prime-time news conference. Both forums were a platform to review his progress at the 100-day mark and look ahead.

    At various times, he brought an air of certainty to ambitions that are far from cast in stone.

    His assertion that his proposed budget will cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term is an eyeball-roller among many economists, given the uncharted terrain of trillion-dollar deficits and economic calamity that the government is negotiating.

    He promised vast savings from increased spending on preventive health care in the face of doubts that such an effort, however laudable it might be for public welfare, can pay for itself, let alone yield huge savings.

    A look at some of his claims Wednesday:

    OBAMA: Number one, we inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit.... That wasn't me. Number two, there is almost uniform consensus among economists that in the middle of the biggest crisis, financial crisis, since the Great Depression, we had to take extraordinary steps. So you've got a lot of Republican economists who agree that we had to do a stimulus package and we had to do something about the banks. Those are one-time charges, and they're big, and they'll make our deficits go up over the next two years. in Missouri.


    Congress controls the purse strings, not the president, and it was under Democratic control for Obama's last two years as Illinois senator. Obama supported the emergency bailout package in President George W. Bush's final months a package Democratic leaders wanted to make bigger.

    To be sure, Obama opposed the Iraq war, a drain on federal coffers for six years before he became president. But with one major exception, he voted in support of Iraq war spending.

    The economy has worsened under Obama, though from forces surely in play before he became president, and he can credibly claim to have inherited a grim situation.

    Still, his response to the crisis goes well beyond one-time charges.

    He's persuaded Congress to expand children's health insurance, education spending, health information technology and more. He's moving ahead on a variety of big-ticket items on health care, the environment, energy and transportation that, if achieved, will be more enduring than bank bailouts and aid for homeowners.

    The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget estimated his policy proposals would add a net $428 billion to the deficit over four years, even accounting for his spending reduction goals. Now, the deficit is nearly quadrupling to $1.75 trillion.

   OBAMA: I think one basic principle that we know is that the more we do on the (disease) prevention side, the more we can obtain serious savings down the road. ... If we're making those investments, we will save huge amounts of money in the long term. in Missouri.

    THE FACTS: It sounds believable that preventing illness should be cheaper than treating it, and indeed that's the case with steps like preventing smoking and improving diets and exercise. But during the 2008 campaign, when Obama and other presidential candidates were touting a focus on preventive care, the New England Journal of Medicine cautioned that sweeping statements about the cost-saving potential of prevention, however, are overreaching. It said that although some preventive measures do save money, the vast majority reviewed in the health economics literature do not.

    And a study released in December by the Congressional Budget Office found that increasing preventive care could improve people's health but would probably generate either modest reductions in the overall costs of health care or increases in such spending within a 10-year budgetary time frame.

    OBAMA: You could cut (Social Security) benefits. You could raise the tax on everybody so everybody's payroll tax goes up a little bit. Or you can do what I think is probably the best solution, which is you can raise the cap on the payroll tax. in Missouri.

    THE FACTS: Obama's proposal would reduce the Social Security trust fund's deficit by less than half, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.

    That means he would still have to cut benefits, raise the payroll tax rate, raise the retirement age or some combination to deal with the program's long-term imbalance.

    Workers currently pay 6.2 percent and their employers pay an equal rate for a total of 12.4 percent on annual wages of up to $106,800, after which no more payroll tax is collected.

    Obama wants workers making more than $250,000 to pay payroll tax on their income over that amount. That would still protect workers making under $250,000 from an additional burden. But it would raise much less money than removing the cap completely.

This, folks, is the truth. 

Simply stated, Barack Obama has no problem at all in spoon-feeding lie after lie to his adoring disciples.  He reads his teleprompter, points his finger, sticks out his chin, and blames the consequences of his actions on the previous administration. 

And your job, if you choose to accept it (which, frighteningly enough, many still do) is to be a mind-numbed zombie who reflexively nods agreement every time he does it.

Thank you Calvin Woodward, for speaking truth to BS.  And let's all hope that people start waking up and seeing what is right in front of their eyes.


Ken Berwitz

From's John Hinderaker, without any comment from me:

No Class

 May 23, 2009 Posted by John at 1:43 PM

I've never thought much of Barack Obama's policies, and I'm starting not to think much of him as a human being. Today he continued his gratuitous and graceless attacks on his predecessor in the inappropriate context of Memorial Day:

Our fighting men and women - and the military families who love them - embody what is best in America. And we have a responsibility to serve all of them as well as they serve all of us.

And yet, all too often in recent years and decades, we, as a nation, have failed to live up to that responsibility. We have failed to give them the support they need or pay them the respect they deserve. That is a betrayal of the sacred trust that America has with all who wear - and all who have worn - the proud uniform of our country.

Barack Obama, the soldiers' friend! As Chris Stirewalt notes:

It gets little notice, but even to this day Bush makes calls on wounded veterans at military hospitals, corresponds with families of fallen servicemembers and gives his own money to veterans charities. In office, Bush hugely increased funding for veterans programs and worked relentlessly to improve the lot of ordinary troops.

It would be interesting to know how much of his own money Barack Obama has given to veterans' charities over the years. I'd hazard a guess: zero.

Obama's incessant attacks on the Bush administration tell us nothing about former President Bush, but a great deal about Barack Obama: the man has no class.


Ken Berwitz

Here is an excerpt from an article written by CBS News' chief legal analyist Andrew Cohen, which spends a lot of time sneering out condescension aimed at former Vice President Dick Cheney's position on enhanced interrogation and the war on terrorism.  In it, Cohen asks a question which I would like to answer. 

How do we account for Cheneys failure or refusal to acknowledge all that we have learned about the world since 2002? How do we explain the worldview he continues to share with his camp followers both in and out of power? Do we chalk it up to him being a stubborn, venal, self-righteous man incapable of admitting his own mistakes? Is he truly what Andrew Sullivan calls a dead-ender? Do we hang it on his ideology? On his Western individualism that eschews the need for consensus and compromise? Or is he, as many people say, just a dick.

I hereby choose the following explanation. Cheneys world today is still the world of September 11, 2001, a world where hijacked planes are screaming toward their targets, chaos reigns, and anything goes. Its a world where civil liberties are endangered, laws are overlooked, and the enemy, for all we know, is truly at the gate. Cheney simply hasnt moved beyond that mode into the realm of the present. Thats why he cannot accept that the decisions he and others made in the long shadows of that daywater-boarding, indefinite detention, Gitmo, and so on were short-sighted and even, in some cases, counter-productive.

The answer, Mr. Cohen, is that you are the one who learned nothing.  Today is still the world of September 11, 2001. 

Just as September 11, 2001 was still the world of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and the world of the Tanzania and Kenya embassy bombings and the Khobar Towers bombing and the USS Cole attack.  It is also still the world of the major attacks that we were fortunate enough to have prevented since 2001.

It is also the world of the next attack, which might not be prevented. 

And if that happens, what will you say then, Mr. Cohen?  How long will it take you to blame former Vice President Cheney and former President Bush for that attack?  Two seconds?  Or less?

Al qaeda and its pals have no better friend than you.  Because no matter what they do, you and people like you will will eventually convince themselves that the threat no longer exists -- which enables them to more easily strike again.

In short, Mr. Cohen, you may be a smart legal analyst.  But, your opinions about Dick Cheney make you look like an idiot whose partisanship supersedes reality. 

Are you?

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