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Friday, December 19, 2014

18 Christians booked in blasphemy Case before Christmas

Blasphemy Law Persecutes Christians

Muslims continue to use Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law as a legal weapon against the Christian minority.

Please support Shamim Masih’s bravery as a Christians Rights Activist and journalist this Christmas season. Even just being a Christian in Pakistan is a dangerous proposition:

For Americans especially, I have discovered the best way to donate to Shamim Masih is via Western Union sending this LINK to a Western Union agent in Islamabad. Include Shamim’s phone - +92-300-642-4560


JRH 12/19/14
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18 Christians booked in blasphemy Case before Christmas

By Shamim Masih
Sent: 12/18/2014 4:23 AM

ISLAMABAD: Christmas is unique festival for all the Christians around the world. People started its celebration with the start of the month of December. This year in the capital city of Pakistan, 18 Christians including two pastors and three women booked in a blasphemy case.

According to the details, before Christmas 2014 celebration, Christians of the capital city are under persecution. On December 07, FIR was registered accusing 11 people of committing blasphemy including three females of the same area. Naseem Bibi, who was Christian and converted to Islam in 1995, she married a Muslim man and had three children. She complained that Pastor Karamat Masih 45, Shafique Masih nick name Noora 32, Yousaf Masih 60, Parveen Bibi (widow), Bavi Bibi, Nasreen Bibi wife of Yousaf Masih, Shahid Masih 35, Parveez Masih, Tariq Matto, Nabeela Bibi, and Judge Masih reportedly went to her home and attacked her. She said in her application that there were 50 more people, they all came to her house and gave insulted remarks about Islam. She said that they also insulted the Quran. Thus a First Investigation Report (FIR) 888/14 was registered against these people under PP 295-B, 354, 452, 148, 149 in PS Margalla, Islamabad. Four of them, Yousaf, Shafique, Shahid and Tariq were sent to prison.

This is also to mention that Yousaf and Nasreen Bibi planned their daughter’s wedding before Christmas. The nominated Nasreen Bibi is reportedly suffering with severe disease and was admitted in the hospital. They said the FIR was registered in response of the FIR No. 887/14 under PP 506, 341, 148 and 149 against the same lady, when she reportedly attacked a few of the these people. This is also to mention that the same lady had accused 7 Christians of the slums murdering her husband. Finally the court discharged the case.

Earlier on November 20, a FIR was registered against a few Christians of slum area including one Pastor. Another blasphemy case against 8 Christians of the capital was registered on November 20. Christians of the slum area are alleged to disgrace the holy verses of the Quran. The outskirts of the capital is under threat again.

According to the police, Naheed Ahamd complained in the Police Station that he found half burnt pages of the Quran near PTV-2 building in Sector H-9, Islamabad. He also mentioned that [the] names of Ps. Arif, Peera, Ch. David, Victor, Shamshad etc. were also found attached with these verses. Police registered First Investigation Report (FIR) no. 596/14 under section 295-B, 6/7ATA against the offender and started the investigations.

It is also to mention that residents of the said sector were displaced from Rawal Dam and sector G-12 Islamabad. Many displaced families of the famous Rimsha case (a minor Christian girl accused of burning the holy verses [See HERE and HERE) were settled there since then. Federal Government and Capital Development Authority (CDA) have promised to grant them a piece of land. But since then they are not been provided a place to live in. During the past months, Christian slum settlers are warned to clear the area under the umbrella of taking strict security measures.

Sharing Life Ministries Pakistan (SLMP) team visited both victims of the blasphemy accused to provide them some counseling, advice and prayer.  Blasphemy law is frequently used for vested interest against Christians and other minorities in the country. There is strong vice around the world to bring reforms in this law to avoid the bloodletting of Christians and other people of the country. Earlier a Christian couple was burnt in Kot Radh Kishan.

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

Diplomatic Correspondent, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, UN, F & S, MOST, CADD & Human Rights Activist

Daily Khabrian – in Urdu (PakBiz.com description – in English) & Channel - 5 (A project of Khabrian Group of papers)

For Americans especially, I have discovered the best way to donate to Shamim Masih is via Western Union sending this LINK to a Western Union agent in Islamabad. Include Shamim’s phone - +92-300-642-4560
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 Edited by John R. Houk

© Shamim Masih 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dajjal’s Comment to ‘I flew off the Handle’


Dajjal has a comment to my intro-thoughts to Elsa Schieder’s “I flew off the Handle” at my NCCR blog. My intro was wondering out loud why the West has shown so little outrage over the Muslim mass murders of Christians in Islamic dominated lands. Dajjal’s thoughts are so good they are deserving of an independent post (Which he did at a blog Dajjal posts often at).

Stand up to Islam - Say NO

JRH 12/18/14
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Dajjal’s Comment to ‘I flew off the Handle’

By Dajjal

Reblogged this on Freedom Ain’t Free & Take Our Country Back and commented:

Outrage implies action. “Do something about it!” In the case of aggression & rapine, the implied action is war. Who has the intestinal fortitude or political will for it? Who can bear the daily casualty reports, the endless images of flag draped coffins and bleating about collateral damage??

In fine (sic?), this problem cannot be permanently solved without reducing the world’s Muslim population to zero. The treacherous Morons who mislead us falsely equate exterminating aggressors with exterminating harmless Jews. They view the necessary action as an enormity.

In the current political climate, Old Harry [Blog Editor: as in President Truman] would be hauled off to The Hague for trial as a war criminal for nuking Nagasaki & Hiroshima.

Constantinople fell because war weary and divided Europe failed to send timely aid against Muslim conquest. The indigenous Christians of the Levant, Africa, Arabia & Asia suffer because their ancestors were conquered, occupied and dominated by Muslims so that they are a powerless minority without recourse. There is not a blessed thing we can do about it unless we are willing to send our armies to conquer, occupy and dominate the Islamic regimes where Christians are being persecuted. We withdrew from Iraq without finishing the mission. Get a clue.

In the absence of political will for counter attack and rolling back Islamic conquest, there is only one solution: induction of mass apostasy among the Ummah al-Islamiyya. There is currently no political will to undertake that difficult mission. Our role is to drum up the political will. We must select congressmen and executives willing and able to undertake the mission.

First and foremost, Muslims must be exposed to the truth about their Profit and their deity. At least three full length screen plays based on Ishaq’s Sira sit on the shelf ‘cuz nobody has the guts to produce and distribute them. Find someone with the requisite funds & courage and induce them to do it.

As citizen warriors, we cannot drop the neutron bomb, but we can and must drop the fact bomb. These fact bombs can be embedded in blog posts. Posting their links in many WordPress blog comments will embed them in the comments. Put the fatal facts out there where large audiences will see them. Here is your ammo:

“What’s Wrong Wit[h] Islam & Muslims” exposes the criminal core of Islam through linked quotes to Islam’s canon. It also includes refutations of the most popular objections to objective factual reality.

 
[This blog post has received 4537 views since it was published four years ago. Since then, links have been broken by web site changes and new resources have been found. This post was therefore supplanted by a new page, but it continues to get the hits while the new page does not. I have therefore updated this post, repairing broken links and adding a few, notably to Ibn Sad’s Sira and The Sealed Nectar to make more detailed information available to the reader.]


Islam was contrived for the purpose of its founder's personal emolument & empowerment through accrual of spoils & dominion through perpetual war. Three ayat in Surah Al-Anfal make this matter crystal clear. Four ahadith confirm it Beyond all doubt. [Emphasis added for clarity.]

… Either Read the REST at Scribd or the embed below




“Islam’s Mercenary Mission” exposes the prime motivating factor behind Islam: $$$ follow the money!

Liars misinform us that Islam is a “great religion of peace”. What need does a religion of peace have for divinely ordained rules regulating the allocation of spoils of war? The following Qur’an quotes come from the Hilali & Khan translation. They are linked to a table containing ten parallel translations for comparison.

With one exception from Sunni Path, the hadith quoted herein are from the collections published by the Muslim Student Association at USC. Tafsir quotes are from Islam-Universe. You can search Ibn Kathir’s Tafsir at http://www.qtafsir.com. USC-MSA had its own search engines for the Qur’an & hadith. I recommend http://www/qurambrpwser/com/ for Qur’an searches and http://www.sunnah.com/ for hadith searches.

Surah Al-Anfal is titled “The Spoils of War” “B1ooty” or “Windfalls” depending on the translator. It begins with a declaration that … Either Read the REST at Scribd or the embed below



“Islam Is Demonic” exposes the cruel deception of the “great religion of peace”: Allah is Satan and Moe was a demon possessed false prophet.

This post exhibits evidence proving beyond reasonable doubt that:

·         Muhammad, aka. Moe had a devil

·         Moe was demon possessed

·         Allah is Satan.

The evidence is found in the canonical texts of Islam: Qur’an, hadith & Sira which are quoted and linked so that you can verify the quotes and examine their context. [Emphasis added for clarity.]

When Moe had his hallucination in the cave at Hira, he feared for his probity and sanity. There is some interesting information in Abu ‘Abd Allah Muhammad Ibn Sa’d Ibn Mani" al-Zuhri al-Basri KITAB AL-TABAQAT AL-KABIR.

Moe reported strange perceptions and feared he was becoming a … Either Read the REST at Scribd or the embed below
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Edited by John R. Houk

© Dajjal

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

No more RINO POTUS Nominations

RINO Alert

John R. Houk
© December 17, 2014

The Republican Establishment is beginning to slowly suggest their preferred candidates for the nomination of President for the November 2016 cycle. Honestly (and probably to the chagrin of Lefties) the only news I watch on TV is Fox News. And that network’s subliminal suggestions have been Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush. Both former Governors but both with long elements of Left Wing compromises.

I was extremely dissatisfied with the GOP nominating Romney for 2012. I did vote for him; however it was a between a rock-and-a-hard-place vote. I was any person but Obama voter. Romney has been indicating some stealth hints considering a 2016 run. God Forbid!

If the Republican Establishment succeeds in re-nominating for the 2016 election cycle, I am NOT voting for him. Neither will I vote for any Democrat. I will be voting for a Third Party candidate even if it is a wasted vote. The idiocy of the GOP Establishment of business as usual and the Dems Left Wing agenda are no choices for a fiscal and social Conservative.

Since I have experienced the idiocy of supporting Establishment candidates in 2008 and 2012, if the GOP nominates another alternative to Romney but with the same RINO credentials, I will not be voting for that person either. It is my opinion that Jeb Bush’s Conservative bona fides are suspect to be pro-RINO.

Now Jeb may not be as much as a RINO as Romney but he is probably enough of a RINO to perpetuate some of Obama’s America transformation. He would more than likely have a Dem-like immigration policy doctored up to fool voters, keep funneling money to Planned Parenthood funding abortion, abandon Christian morality in not fighting to reverse the courts mandate to allow same-sex marriage, remove everything Christian from taxpayer supported institutions, forcing Christians to do business with Biblically ungodly homosexuals under threat of a civil suit, increasing the deficit, keeping Obamacare rather than more Free Market medical reforms and on and on.

I’d have to do some more exploring into Jeb Bush to pin down some exact criticism rather than suspicions. Michelle Malkin has a good start toward a Jeb examination. Ironically I found this Malkin opinion piece in GOP USA. Perhaps that is an indication that GOP USA is not an Establishment dominated tool of the Republican Party.

JRH 12/17/14
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Jeb Bush: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Waterboy

By Michelle Malkin
December 17, 2014 6:55 am

Allow me to unite America's left, right and center in just three words: No, Jeb, No.

Former GOP Florida governor Jeb Bush made the obvious official this week when he announced on Facebook that he's "actively exploring" a 2016 White House run. Of course, he's running. That's what inveterate politicians do.

Well, I hate to break it to Jeb Inc. There's no popular groundswell for Bush Part III. None, zip, nada. Independents, progressives and conservatives are all weary of the entrenched bipartisan dynasties that rule Washington and ruin America. Only in the hallowed bubble of D.C. and New York City elites does a Jeb Bush presidential bid make any sense.

Jeb's indulgent (and ultimately doomed) enterprise has three privileged constituencies: Big Business, Big Government and Big Media. This iron triumvirate explains how the failed campaigns of so-called "pragmatic," "thoughtful" and "moooooderate" liberal Republican candidates such as John McCain, Jon Huntsman and Bob Dole ever got off the ground. The "Reasonable Republican," anointed and enabled by the statist Big Three, serves as a useful tool for bashing conservatives and marginalizing conservatism.

For Republicans who argue that Jeb is the most "electable" choice, I ask: What planet are you on? After two disastrous terms of Barack Obama's Hope and Change Theater, the last thing the Republican Party needs is an establishment poster child for Washington business as usual. I mean, really? A third Bush who's been working for his dad, his dad's friends or the government since 1980?

A Beltway-ensconced scion so chummy with the Clinton family that he awarded close family friend -- and potential 2016 nemesis -- Hillary a "Liberty Medal" last year as chairman of the National Constitution Center?

That's the GOP donor bigwigs' "fresh idea" for "American Renewal?"

To blunt criticism from the grassroots base on the right, Jeb's cheerleaders at the Wall Street Journal cite his "conservative" gubernatorial record of cutting taxes and privatizing jobs. So we're supposed to swoon when a GOP governor acts like he's supposed to act on standard, bread-and-butter GOP issues? Whoop-de-doo.

One thing Jeb's promoters won't be emphasizing: Over the course of his eight years in the Florida governor's mansion, government spending skyrocketed. The libertarian Cato Institute notes that Florida general fund spending "increased from $18.0 billion to $28.2 billion during those eight years, or 57 percent" and that "(t)otal state spending increased from $45.6 billion to $66.1 billion, or 45 percent."

Like big-spending father, like big-spending big brother, like big-spending second son and lil' brother.

I have another interpretation of Bush's "conservative" Florida years: It's called biding his time. Yes, Jeb put in his obligatorily GOP service on taxes and the Second Amendment. Not because he was wedded to deep-rooted principles, mind you. But because the "conservative" facade will come in handy during the primaries when he has to defend radical, divisive positions on his two defining national policy issues: Education and immigration.

Jeb Bush's agenda is neither left nor right. His agenda is the agenda of the D.C. headquarters of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Remember: The chamber is a politically entrenched synod of bipartisan special interests. As I've said before, these fat cats do not represent the best interests of American entrepreneurs, American workers, American parents and students or Americans of any race, class or age who believe in low taxes and limited government.

The chamber's business is the big business of the Beltway, not the business of mainstream America. And so is Jeb Bush's.

The Chamber supports mass amnesty for cheap, illegal alien workers. Jeb Bush supports mass legalization of cheap, illegal alien workers and accuses those of us who oppose it on constitutional, sovereignty, security and fairness grounds of lacking "compassion."

The Chamber supports the top-down, privacy-undermining, local autonomy-sabotaging Common Core racket. Jeb Bush spearheaded and profited from Common Core -- and accuses those of us who oppose it of opposing academic excellence for our own children. Jeb's problem isn't just Common Core. It's that he has no core. Instead of retreating from the costly federalized scheme that has alienated teachers, administrators and parents of all backgrounds, Bush has doubled down with his Fed Ed control freak allies and corporate donors.

The reign of Obama ushered in massive cronyism, corporate favoritism and Boomtown boondoggles galore. We've lived too long already under the boot of arrogant D.C. bureaucrats who've exploited their power to serve their friends.

No more business as usual: Stop Jeb Bush.
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No more RINO POTUS Nominations
John R. Houk
© December 17, 2014
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Jeb Bush: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Waterboy

Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies" (Regnery 2010). Her email address is malkinblog@gmail.com.

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A Coup, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson

Obama the Constitution Destroyer
A Coup, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson
By Danny Jeffrey
Edited by John R. Houk
© December 17, 2014

On December 11 I cross posted Danny Jeffrey’s “Thirty Pieces of Silver” after my thoughts about that post entitled “Dems Betraying America – It will be Stopped One Way or Another”. On December 13 Danny commented on Facebook to my thoughts. Before I share Danny’s comment, here is what I wrote that I believe he is responding to:

Danny I sense that your outlook on America's elections and America's ruling elite among both the Dems and the GOP is very prescient. In my case I am probably one of those hard cases that desires to retain faith in the Constitutional process that America still enjoys. However, the scenario you have developed is extremely plausible. And that plausibility is very said (sic) for me.

A coup d’état by American Generals is also plausible. …

Danny’s comment provides the context in which he used the concept of a coup to remove our current political situation in the USA.

JRH 12/17/14
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Danny Jeffrey Comment

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Actually John, I am not certain of a coup but stated that this is the only way that Ted Cruz will ever occupy the White House. My projections have a terrible habit of becoming facts on short term projections or being validated by those in the know on the longer term ones.

I have long predicted the collapse and violent upheaval for late 2015 or early 2016 giving Obama a reason to 'delay' the election. Now we find that Dr. Ben Carson also suggests that there may not be an election in 2016. This is a man that many have considered for President. Dismiss my concerns but perhaps his views are worth considering.

Ben Carson

WND on Ben Carson: http://tinyurl.com/pfxhpjl

November of 2013 I suggested that the Iranians would deliver a nuke in a cargo ship to New York harbor where they would detonate it and spelled out exactly why we, not Israel, would be the target.

Fix Bayonets – Iran, Obama and Nuclear War pt 5: http://tinyurl.com/puantf2\

A short time later one of my regular readers sent me the following article with Obama telling us that he feared a nuclear explosion in Manhattan.
NY Daily News – Obama Worried Nuke Weapon set in Manhattan: http://tinyurl.com/kvr5gg9

Just a few days ago Thomas Sowell revealed that his greatest fear was that Iran would detonate a nuke in New York City.

Rush Limbaugh Show Transcript - Dr. Thomas Sowell's Greatest Fear: http://tinyurl.com/l8hnd6e

I am a Deist, not a Christian and like to believe that my projections are based purely on my understanding of causality, logic, and current events. However, five dedicated Christians, all knowing my beliefs...the most recent one a minister from Wisconsin, have told me that I am doing God's work. As a Deist I am inclined to dismiss their beliefs in divine intervention, but who knows for certain? As they say, 'God works in mysterious ways.'
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Edited by John R. Houk
Title by Editor derived from content.

© Danny Jeffrey

Monday, December 15, 2014

I flew off the Handle

Muslim Sword shushing Christians

Here is something to think about: Why is there no moral outrage in the West – especially America – when Muslim commit atrocious crimes against Christians in Muslim dominated nations? Why is there no moral outrage from Muslims from ALL over the world when purist Muslims (for that matter so-called moderate Muslims) maim, rape, kill, enslave and/or desecrate Christians and Christian communities in the world of the self-proclaimed Religion of Peace? AND YET Muslims will pour into the streets in both the West (especially Europe, Sweden & Norway) and Muslim dominated nations in frightening riotous conditions over pictures unflattering to Islam or its pseudo-prophet or critical books, blogs, documentaries or the rare Western movie satirizing Islam. Such displays of Muslim moral outrage is ludicrously reprehensible when there is no concern from Muslims over the violence and murders of Christians occur in Muslim backyards so to speak.

Elsa Schieder from World Truth Summit wonders out loud in a WTS update email.

JRH 12/15/14
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I flew off the Handle

By Elsa Schieder
Sent from: World Truth Summit
Sent: 12/14/2014 1:49 PM

I flew off the handle the other day - because someone did something that endangered the life of my dog. I will skip the story. In that case, you may ask, what's the point of bringing this up?

Sometimes something pushes us too far. And also sometimes we're closer to our personal edge.

And yet a blog I particularly like is
CitizenWarrior - because of the caring, reasonable tone. No ranting or raving. No losing their cool. Nothing, it seems, pushes CitizenWarrior too far. The same goes for Bill Warner's PoliticalIslam
- loads of information, and a reasonable tone. Yet over this past year, Bill Warner has come to urge people to go for the emotions. Where is the moral outrage, he asks, about the persecution of Christians? But his own tone stays reasonable.

What works best? How best to reach people?

An important question.

Flying off the handle may do it. I remember a scene from a long ago movie, To Sir With Love - about a teacher who manages to reach students headed for drop out in a London slum. The scene: the teacher blows up. It's the turning point in his relationship with his students. At that moment he connects with them. But he doesn't blow up in hatred. It comes from care, plus a heaping helping of frustration. He also doesn't say anything intended to hurt: no insults, no ridicule. He's just been pushed too far.

More often blowing up does not work, just leads to more distance.


Why bring all this up? I'm always on the quest for better ways of reaching people - re Islam, re anything.

I see that we don't have music on our side.

We don't have counter-jihad sitcoms.

In general, stuff where the mainstream media has a lot of power - we don't currently have that.

We do have books, newswires and blogs - both info blogs and analytical blogs. JihadWatch
. AtlasShrugs. GatesOfVienna. PointeDeBascule. On and on and on. One thing they do, if we subscribe to one or many, is give us a stream of information, keep Islam in our line of vision.

We also have ever more people, from somewhat aware of the dangers of Islam intensely committed to countering Islamization and mass Muslim influx into the West. Most recently, I've been noticing the tens of thousands taking to the streets of Germany weekly against Islamization and mass Muslim influx:
(In the mainstream German media, of course there's a huge outcry against the horrible prejudice that the protests show: we must discuss and get past this, etc.)

Still, we've come a huge distance over the past 2 decades - in the number of people aware and the extent of information available about Islamic ideology, Islamic history, the Muslim Brotherhood, the varieties of jihad, the multi-trillion halal industry. The halal industry, by the way - 2 to 3 trillion dollars a year, at present, I read recently - due to go up to 15 trillion in a decade or so, mainly through non-Muslims funding Islam, unless the industry is exposed in a big way:


One question: how best do we reach lots and lots more people with all this information, people currently resistant to it?

I have a slightly different question: What has worked best for you? Maybe especially, do you have any surprise success stories?

I also have a second question: Is there any resource, help, assistance, that you would especially like, in your counter-jihad efforts?

Next week, I'll publish the answers I get. They will be linked to The Freedom Community, which has, as a major goal, effective actions worldwide. (If you write, please let me know if you want me to include your name. Otherwise, I will publish using some random initials.)


And now, as always, all the best to all of us who care and dare,

Elsa

PS. And here's a photo of the dog I was referring to, right at the start. For a story about him, written 3 years before he became my dog, here is
Whose Dog Is It Anyway?: On Pets, Pet Ownership, Slavery

http://elsas-word-story-image-idea-music-emporium.com/animal-rights-and-more.html

How did he come to be my dog? The people who owned him eventually no longer wanted him.
Elsa's Dog

PPS. Like many people, I know that no loving deity could possibly be associated with Islam - just because of its negative attitude to dogs. There is much more to it, of course.

PPPS. For me, the horror story of the week is about the beheading of 4 Christian children, all under 15, for refusing to renounce Christianity. Like the rest of the world, I did not see one billion Muslims protesting against this atrocity. Muslim outrage, it seems, is much more linked to cartoons deemed offensive. May our love reach these children.

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Edited by John R. Houk

© Elsa Schieder

Sunday, December 14, 2014

No Tears For Terrorists

Party of Deceit, Spin & Lies

The Senate Intelligence Committee recently produced an extremely flawed report that vilified the CIA for Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EIT) as torture. American voters must keep in mind ONLY the lame duck Dem majority placed its stamp of approval on this report. The Dems have spent the last 14 years LYING to America (Bush election 2000 – Obama years to the present in 2014). Lying is how Obama was elected in both 2008 and 2012. Obama’s deceptions he has told are scandalous and worse America’s Mainstream Media (NBC News, CBS News, NY Times, Media Matters etc.) have been perpetuating those lies (Townhall.com, WSJ, National Review, David Horowitz Freedom Center, Eagle Rising, etc.).

I have listening to Leftists touting this Senate Dem report on EIT as confirmation that prosecutions for crimes should occur. The thing is it’s like I’ve been telling my grandkids: “If a Democrats lips are moving, it is a lie.”

Justin Smith provides some facts that refute lying Democrats.

JRH 12/14/14
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No Tears For Terrorists

By Justin O. Smith
Sent: 12/13/2014 4:54 PM

The recently released Senate Intelligence report on the CIA detention and interrogation program, created after 9/11, is a poorly done partisan attack on the Agency, and it is marred by errors of fact and questionable motives, as Americans note that this story moved Dr. Gruber, ACA architect, and his "Americans are too stupid to understand Obamacare" remark from the front page of the New York Times to page twenty; however, since the Democrats have mischaracterized the effectiveness of the CIA's detention and interrogation program and alleged that Islamic terrorists/"enemy combatants" captured on foreign battlefields were "tortured" through waterboarding and Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EIT), let's put this topic to rest, as we also note that waterboarding was prohibited seven years ago.

Many progressive Democrats have conflated the issue by stating that Japanese soldiers were hung in 1947 for "waterboarding" U.S. soldiers, when what they actually did is more accurately described as "water-torture", forcing water into the stomachs of prisoners, our U.S. soldiers, until osmosis ruptured their blood-cells, ending in death. This is not in any manner similar to the minor dunkings that Al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists received at the hands of CIA interrogators, which merely gave the subject the illusion of drowning.

At the cost of $40 million, the Senate intelligence report, a 524 page declassified executive summary of the 6300 page classified report, accuses the CIA of torture, however, the CIA repeatedly consulted the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel about methods it intended to use. Legal opinions - later discredited and withdrawn due to political pressure from the Obama administration - assured the Agency that ALL of its Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EIT) were lawful and did not constitute torture.

It is worth noting here that tens of thousands of U.S. Armed Forces members, Rangers, Special Forces, SEALs, Pathfinders and Recon have voluntarily subjected themselves to waterboarding in the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) classes. All intelligence and military personnel exposed to a high risk of capture take SERE training.

Now, the very same Democrats, who once fully supported the EIT program, clearly didn't include any information that did not fit their predetermined conclusions, and these same Democrats charged the CIA with immoral ineffectiveness, after they cherry-picked their way through six million pages of documents in the program that they in fact enabled; in their questionable endeavor, they ignored credible evidence that information gathered in this program led to Osama bin Laden.

In a joint response, former CIA Directors George Tenet, Porter Goss and Michael Hayden and former CIA Deputy Directors John McLaughlin, Albert Calland and Stephen Kappes rebut the Senate Intelligence report in a December 10th Wall Street Journal editorial that states:

"The (EIT) program in its totality formed an essential part of the foundation from which the CIA and the U.S. military mounted the bin Laden operation. For instance, the CIA never would have focused on the individual who turned out to be bin Laden's personal courier without the detention and interrogation program."

Senator Saxby Chambliss, the ranking Republican on the Intelligence Committee, and five other Republicans wrote a 100 page dissent of the report, which was written solely by Democratic committee staff members. Chambliss, in a later statement, contradicted the principal findings of the Democrats, calling them "erroneous and inflammatory."

Senator Chambliss also presented 766 known cases that represented "sole sourced" intelligence extracted through EIT, which gave advanced warning of terrorist attacks on Heathrow airport and London's Canary Wharf. Chambliss stated, "There is no telling how many lives this program saved."

Jose Rodriguez Jr., a former CIA official, rejects the Senate Intelligence report's conclusions that EITs weren't useful in saving American lives, and he stated: "... that the interrogation program brought no intelligence is an egregious falsehood; it's a dishonest attempt to rewrite history ... I'm bemused that the Senate could devote so many resources to studying the interrogation program and yet never once speak to any of the key people involved in it, including the guy who ran it, that would be me."

One report from the twelve month period in 2004 showed a 92% success rate when EITs were used at GITMO, and even the Senate Intelligence report had to admit that some intelligence was gathered from 82% of detainees subjected to EITs, while in CIA custody. The effectiveness was shown to be only 57.5% with detainees when soft-sell techniques (polygraphs) were used.

As a career U.S. military senior interrogator with extensive knowledge of the EITs used by the CIA interrogators on high value detainees, Jason Beale (pseudonym) anticipated the Senate Intelligence report and wrote a 39 page response stating that "under duress the unrehearsed details (of a lie) are the wild-cards that bite you in the ass ... I would rather sit across from the most talented interrogator on earth doing a soft-sell than any interrogator doing a hard-sell ... the only consequences to my lies come in the form of words. I could handle words. Anyone could." [Bold Italics Blog Editor’s]

Since the creation of the detention and interrogation program, the CIA has reported any allegation of abuse to the Justice Dept. Twenty cases have been forwarded to Justice in all these years, with only one meriting prosecution.

If detainees were subjected to "rough takedowns", stripped, bound, screamed at and slapped, as alleged in this Senate Intelligence report, and hasty decisions made in the chaotic aftermath of 9/11, those CIA agents involved should have been interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee to ascertain the reasoning and logic behind their actions. This should have been placed in proper context. [Bold text Editor’s – NO CIA agents involved in IET were interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee pertaining to this report.]

On December 11th, CIA Director John Brennan put this topic in its proper context as he stated:

"The events of 9/11 will be forever seared into the memory of Americans ... those 77 minutes in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Our Nation ached ... It prayed. In Our pain, We pledged to come together ... We vowed, NEVER AGAIN."

Americans are now being forced by this report to reflect and ask themselves, "Was America wrong to use these Enhanced Interrogation Techniques?"

Would anyone really and truly be troubled over waterboarding an enemy combatant, a terror suspect, with the knowledge that thousands of American lives might be at stake?

The Taliban, Al Qaeda and the Islamofascist groups that now comprise the Islamic State have routinely tortured, maimed and murdered their prisoners over the last several decades, just as America witnessed nineteen U.S. soldiers dismembered in Somalia and hung from utility poles in 1993 and, more recently, four young Christian children beheaded in Iraq for refusing to convert to Islam. And during this time, they have consistently and routinely worked towards successfully striking America in the most destructive and lethal fashion; the bomb plots, the biological and chemical attack plans and their search for nuclear weapons have all increased, and all of this was in the making long before the EIT program, as illustrated by the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Americans reflect on what has brought us to this discussion, and we remember - We remember Islamic terrorists followed the Koran's mandate to murder non-believers, the infidels, in order to purify the world - taking the lives of 3000 innocent Americans. This is their life's calling, and America reacted by making it our mission to capture or kill every Islamofascist meaning to bring Her harm, a mission we took seriously; if an Islamic terror suspect or known terrorist gets slapped a few times or has a little water poured over his face, I'll not be shedding any tears.

By Justin O. Smith
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Edited By John R. Houk

© Justin O. Smith