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It can happen here

  

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By:  vic-eldred  •  4 months ago  •  37 comments

It can happen here
"Individuals with terrorism connections are interested in using established travel routes and permissive environments to facilitate access to the United States," the assessment also said.

Link to quote: US Customs confirms 4th Iranian ‘special interest alien’ apprehended this month in Eagle Pass, Texas | Fox News


US Customs confirmed recently that a 4th Iranian has been apprehended at the southern border since the beginning of this month. The question is how many got through. Joe Biden's open border policy has led to concerns over Hamas style terrorism coming to the US. As is, the open border has led to thousands of American deaths via fentanyl, along with flooding the country with illegal migrants.

Biden's Homeland Security released this statement:

The Department of Homeland Security’s  threat assessment, published last month, noted that agents have encountered a growing number on the watch list and warned that "terrorists and criminal actors may exploit the elevated flow and increasingly complex security environment to enter the United States."

"Individuals with terrorism connections are interested in using established travel routes and permissive environments to facilitate access to the United States," the assessment also said.

US Customs confirms 4th Iranian ‘special interest alien’ apprehended this month in Eagle Pass, Texas | Fox News



In less than 3 years the US has become a very dangerous place. Recently Joe Biden asked congress for more money. The money would go to help Ukraine, Israel and the US border, in that order. The question for the Biden administration is how will the border money be used?  Is it going to be used to process people? Is it going to be used to provide assistance to illegal migrants? Based on Biden's border policy thus far, I doubt any of it will go to turning anyone away or protecting Americans.

There were 736 known or suspected terrorists (KSTs) apprehended at the northern and southern borders in fiscal 2023.

The Center Square initially  reported  659 were apprehended for the fiscal year, as of Sept. 15, 2023. The fiscal year ended Sept. 30.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection published  new data  this weekend revealing that federal agents apprehended an additional 77 in the last two weeks of September.

The total of 736 is the greatest number of KSTs apprehended in recorded U.S. history.

736 known or suspected terrorists apprehended at U.S. border in fiscal 2023 (msn.com)


We know that Americans can't be protected elsewhere.

This warning was issued Thursday:

On Thursday, October 19, the US State Department issued  a worldwide travel advisory  urging American citizens to “exercise increased caution” while overseas, “due to increased tensions in various locations around the world, the potential for terrorist attacks, [and] demonstrations or violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests.”

What Does the US State Department’s Worldwide Travel Advisory Actually Mean? | Condé Nast Traveler (cntraveler.com)

Meanwhile at George Washington University a paper was issued on Hamas in America:

Executive summary

• Hamas supporters have long operated in the United States. Internal Hamas documents and FBI 
wiretaps introduced as evidence in various federal criminal cases clearly show the existence of 
a nationwide Hamas network engaged in fundraising, lobbying, education and propaganda 
dissemination dating back to the 1980s. 

• The network formalized its existence in 1988, when it created the Palestine Committee in the 
US. The Committee’s goals included “increasing the financial and the moral support for Hamas,” 
“fighting surrendering solutions,” and publicizing “the savagery of the Jews.”

• The Palestine Committee spawned several public-facing organizations, most of which are based 
out of Chicago, Dallas, and Washington DC. They included the all-purpose Islamic Association 
for Palestine (IAP), the financial arm represented by the Occupied Land Fund (which later 
became the Holy Land Foundation, HLF), and the think tank United Association for Studies and 
Research (UASR). 

• In 1993, the FBI wiretapped a meeting of top Hamas activists in the US held in Philadelphia. The 
wiretaps show internal discussions on how to improve activities in support of Hamas within the 
US and how to shield them from the designation of Hamas as a terrorist organization. US-based 
Hamas activists agreed that hiding their affiliation and intentions was the best tactic to avoid 
negative consequences. “I swear by Allah that war is deception,” said one senior leader, 
“[d]eceive, camouflage, pretend that you’re leaving while you’re walking that way. Deceive your 
enemy.” “Let's not hoist a large Islamic flag and let's not be barbaric-talking. We will remain a 
front so that if the thing [the U.S. government ban on Hamas] happens, we will benefit from the
new happenings instead of having all of our organizations classified and exposed.”

• Over the years, US authorities have conducted several activities to clamp down on the network, 
including deporting and prosecuting Hamas operatives and shutting down multiple front 
organizations. The 2001 designation of HLF and subsequent prosecution of part of its 
leadership for funneling approximately $12.4 million to Hamas constitutes to date the largest 
successful terrorism financing prosecution in US history. 

• Yet, US-based Hamas networks and individuals have displayed a remarkable resilience and 
many of the core activists of the Palestine Committee are still engaged in various forms of 
support (albeit at times purely political and not material) for Hamas.

the-hamas-network-in-america.pdf (gwu.edu)


The media is barely covering the threat to America. They are here and they have even infiltrated the democrat party.


When you watch what is going on in the streets of NYC or on American campuses there is no longer a need to ask why.  My only question to those who voted for Joe Biden is will you vote for him again?


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Vic Eldred
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1  author  Vic Eldred    4 months ago

Good morning

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The world is in turmoil, America is no longer safe, and the butchering of Israelis may have no consequences. A lone bright spot this morning is the New York Times releasing a statement on their coverage of a Gaza hospital incident:

Now, the  Times  says it “relied too heavily on claims by Hamas” in its initial reporting on the strike:

The Times’s initial accounts attributed the claim of Israeli responsibility to Palestinian officials, and noted that the Israeli military said it was investigating the blast. However, the early versions of the coverage — and the prominence it received in a headline, news alert and social media channels — relied too heavily on claims by Hamas, and did not make clear that those claims could not immediately be verified. The report left readers with an incorrect impression about what was known and how credible the account was.

“Given the sensitive nature of the news during a widening conflict, and the prominent promotion it received, Times editors should have taken more care with the initial presentation, and been more explicit about what information could be verified,” the  Times  wrote.

New York Times Publishes Editors’ Note Conceding It ‘Relied too Heavily’ on Hamas Claims About Hospital Blast (msn.com)






 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    4 months ago

If what you quoted is all that The New York Times wrote about the hospital issue, what they did NOT say is "We were wrong - It was not Israel that bombed the hospital, it was Islamic Jihad."  and where is the apology for being one of the main causes for the eruption of the anti-Israel protests?

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.2  Texan1211  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    4 months ago

Damage done, now it is just a timid little "oops, our fault" crap excuse once again for The Fishwrap of Record.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Professor Guide
2  Greg Jones    4 months ago

“Given the sensitive nature of the news during a widening conflict, and the prominent promotion it received, Times editors should have taken more care with the initial presentation, and been more explicit about what information could be verified,” the  Times  wrote.

Nonsense, they knew full well what they were doing.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Greg Jones @2    4 months ago

That title was a screecher. The note is barely page 14 news.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
3  JohnRussell    4 months ago

The Commies Are Coming, The Commies Are Coming

Views   3,136,681 Updated

The Commies Are Coming, the Commies Are Coming ★★ Red Nightmare 1957

Cult classic will leave viewers red from laughing in disbelief. Webb narrates this anticommunist movie about the Russians taking over the   United States . Filmed in a documentary style, it captures the paranoia of the times. Rereleased in 1984, just before the Evil Empire collapsed.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
3.1  JohnRussell  replied to  JohnRussell @3    4 months ago

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
3.1.1  JohnRussell  replied to  JohnRussell @3.1    4 months ago

It seems every country on earth, and every ideology, wants to destroy America. At least according to Trumpsters and their ideological grandfathers like Jack Webb. 

The commies are coming, Hamas is coming, Mexican gangs are coming, gay people are coming, black lives matter is coming, immigrants from shit hole countries are coming, and they they want to take away your stuff and your freedoms.  The Jack Webb nonsense was 65 years ago, and this song continues to be played in right wing media. Keep them scared and angry at "the other". 

Last night Donald Trump said if he is elected he wont let anyone in the country "that doesnt like our religion". The Founding Fathers were unavailable for comment. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3.1.2  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @3.1.1    4 months ago

We have worse than that.

We have a progressive fifth column.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Junior Guide
3.1.3  Right Down the Center  replied to  JohnRussell @3.1.1    4 months ago
It seems every country on earth, and every ideology, wants to destroy America. At least according to Trumpsters

It seems lots of Woke Bidenettes and Media think Republicans are out to destroy Democracy in the US.  

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
3.2  Texan1211  replied to  JohnRussell @3    4 months ago

Please do share some more after you read, understand, and are able to discuss the article.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
3.2.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Texan1211 @3.2    4 months ago

If I say anything to you I will be suspended, so I am still mulling over it. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
3.2.2  Texan1211  replied to  JohnRussell @3.2.1    4 months ago

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JohnRussell
Professor Principal
3.2.3  JohnRussell  replied to  Texan1211 @3.2.2    4 months ago

If I say anything to you I will be suspended, so I am still mulling over it. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
3.2.4  JohnRussell  replied to  Texan1211 @3.2.2    4 months ago

The article is about an imminent "terrorist threat" to the United States.  Other articles along this ilk are about how democrats was to put conservatives in FEMA camps, black lives matter are all communists, and gay people want to intentionally destroy the family unit.  It is the paranoid mindset which basic appeal is to people afraid of the 21st century. 

That is my commentary on the article. 

So stopping asking me if I want to comment on the article. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
3.2.5  Texan1211  replied to  JohnRussell @3.2.3    4 months ago

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Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3.2.6  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @3.2.4    4 months ago
the 21st century. 

Evidently that is your little euphemism for Orwell's "1984."

We are going to resist like your side did in 2017.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
3.2.7  Texan1211  replied to  JohnRussell @3.2.4    4 months ago
The article is about an imminent "terrorist threat" to the United States. 

Well, I'll be damned! Some of us consider terrorists entering the US to be a threat, go figure!

Other articles along this ilk are about how democrats was to put conservatives in FEMA camps, black lives matter are all communists, and gay people want to intentionally destroy the family unit. 

Then feel free to go to the articles you claim are doing that and voice your concerns there. This article doesn't do that.

Unless you can quote from the article to back your claim up?????

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
3.2.8  JohnRussell  replied to  Texan1211 @3.2.7    4 months ago

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Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3.3  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @3    4 months ago

The red nightmare of 1957?   You mean when the bomb was stolen/given away?

Anyone who uses the word commie is covering for woke insanity.

 
 
 
Nerm_L
Professor Principal
3.4  Nerm_L  replied to  JohnRussell @3    4 months ago
The Commies Are Coming, The Commies Are Coming

That's what Biden has told us to bolster support for Ukraine.  Democrats kissed the Ukrainian flag in the chambers of Congress and pledged undying allegiance to Ukrainian style democracy and European unity.   Biden's fearmongering has expanded NATO and has dramatically increased US and European military expenditures.  Biden's war with the Commies has been a smashing public relations coup.

Now Biden is publicly standing with Israel while supporting Iran under the table.  Biden is bamboozling American taxpayers to support both sides of the war in Israel.  As Ukraine has demonstrated, Biden pursues war to brag about peace.  Biden assumes dictatorial power to claim protection for democracy.  

Biden really has made the world less safe for Americans.  Now the United States is becoming less safe for Americans, too.  Biden claims to be sheltering the oppressed but the reality is Biden is allowing foreign conflicts into the United States.  

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
3.4.1  Texan1211  replied to  Nerm_L @3.4    4 months ago

The Bidenistas here are, in some notable cases, slavishly devoted to Biden and can tolerate no criticism of the man who has us spending money at a never-seen-before clip, involved in two wars, high interest rates and persistent inflation.

 
 
 
Nerm_L
Professor Principal
3.4.2  Nerm_L  replied to  Texan1211 @3.4.1    4 months ago
The Bidenistas here are, in some notable cases, slavishly devoted to Biden and can tolerate no criticism of the man who has us spending money at a never-seen-before clip, involved in two wars, high interest rates and persistent inflation.

Biden has revived wars on three fronts:  Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific Rim.  Biden has been working to start brush wars and then escalating those wars into global conflicts.  The war with China over the Philippines has only been smoldering because China refuses to take Biden's bait.  (China is using Taiwan as a distraction.)  Biden has been prodding the Philippines to become more provocative and aggressive.

The fight over the Speaker's chair has revealed Democrats' partisan unity and party loyalty.  Republicans have shown they lack partisan unity and refuse to succumb to indoctrination.  For rational people, the Democrats have behaved should be ringing alarms.  But, of course, the unbiased press spreads propaganda that Republicans are the problem.  Democrats have become a fifth column.  And everything's fine.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
3.4.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Nerm_L @3.4.2    4 months ago
"Biden has been prodding the Philippines to become more provocative and aggressive."

Are you saying that Biden is trying to be like Iran is to Hamas, trying to start a war with China using the Philippines as America's proxy?  If so, I'd say America would be stretching itself pretty thin these days, especially if a wider regional war breaks out against Israel.  If there ever WERE a time for China to actually invade Taiwan, that would be it.  If China doesn't do it then, IMO it never will. 

 
 
 
Nerm_L
Professor Principal
3.4.4  Nerm_L  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3.4.3    4 months ago
Are you saying that Biden is trying to be like Iran is to Hamas, trying to start a war with China using the Philippines as America's proxy?  If so, I'd say America would be stretching itself pretty thin these days, especially if a wider regional war breaks out against Israel.  If there ever WERE a time for China to actually invade Taiwan, that would be it.  If China doesn't do it then, IMO it never will. 

A perfect example of how neoliberal ideology has duped the ignorant public over the last half century.  Hamas does not and will never obtain any sort of geopolitical power.  The only reason Hamas remains relevant is lack of accountability as is happening now in Gaza.  The bombs make a great show but aren't inflicting serious damage on Hamas' infrastructure.  The only way to bring Hamas to account would be to search out the tunnels, weapon stockpiles, and infrastructure in Gaza to destroy them.  A very long and dangerous campaign for the IDF ground troops. 

Biden has prodded the Philippines to become more nationalist; protecting national sovereignty, trade rights, and diplomatic alignment with the West.  Biden has done that in Ukraine.  Biden is now doing that in Israel.  That's how neoliberals have always exploited the politics of the underdog (and the victim).  Biden is not encouraging the Philippines to engage in terrorism, as does Iran. 

Terrorism may be politically important but is rather insignificant in geopolitical statecraft.  Terror must have a state sponsor to obtain political importance.  Destroying the state sponsor will destroy the terrorism.  

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
4  Texan1211    4 months ago
This warning was issued Thursday:

On Thursday, October 19, the US State Department issued   a worldwide travel advisory   urging American citizens to “exercise increased caution” while overseas, “due to increased tensions in various locations around the world, the potential for terrorist attacks, [and] demonstrations or violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests.”

This must be some fake Russian propaganda news.

I have it on the good authority of many liberals that Joe Biden has restored our standing in the world and has earned the respect of all, so this just has to be fake.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
5  Buzz of the Orient    4 months ago

The headline of this article is "It Can Happen Here", but a little more than half a century ago I drove with some friends to Detroit to a place called The Rock Pile to watch and listen to Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention.  THEY sang "It Can't Happen Here."   I guess they were wrong, eh?

It Can't Happen Here

.

It can't happen here
It can't happen here
I'm telling you, my dear
That it can't happen here
Because I been checkin' it out, baby
I checked it out a couple a times, hmmm
And I'm telling you
It can't happen here
Oh darling, it's important that you believe me
(Bop bop bop bop)
That it can't happen here
Who could imagine that they would freak out somewhere in Kansas?
Kansas Kansas tototototodo
Kansas Kansas tototototodo
Kansas Kansas
Who could imagine that they would freak out in Minnesota...
Mimimimimimimi Minnesota, Minnesota, Minnesota
Who could imagine...
Who could imagine
That they would freak out in Washington, D.C.
It can't happen here
Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba
It can't happen here
It can't happen here
Everybody's safe and it can't happen here
No freaks for us
It can't happen here
Everybody's clean and it can't happen here
No, no, it won't happen here
I'm telling you it can't
It won't happen here
(Bop bop didi bop didi bop bop bop)
Plastic folks, you know
It won't happen here
You're safe, mama
You're safe, baby
You just cook a TV dinner
And you make it
(Bop bop bop)
No no no no
Oh, we're gonna get a TV dinner and cook it up
Go get a TV dinner and cook it up
Cook it up
Oh, and it won't happen here
(No no no no no no no no no no no
Man you guys are really safe
Everything's cool
Who could imagine
Who could imagine
That they would freak out in the suburbs
I remember (tu-tu)
I remember (tu-tu)
I remember (tu-tu)
They had a swimming pool
I remember (tu-tu)
I remember (tu-tu)
They had a swimming pool
I remember (tu-tu)
I remember (tu-tu)
They had a swimming pool
And they thought it couldn't happen here
(Duh duh duh duh duh)
They knew it couldn't happen here
They were so sure it couldn't happen here
But...
Suzie...
Yes yes yes--I've always felt that
Yes I agree man, it really makes it... yeah...
It's a real THING, man
And it really makes it
(Makes it)
Suzie, you just got to town,
And we've been, we've been very interested
In your development
Since you first took the shots
Forget it!
Hmmmm
(It can't happen here)
 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
5.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5    4 months ago

Half a century ago Zappa would have been right.

 
 
 
SteevieGee
Professor Silent
5.1.1  SteevieGee  replied to  Vic Eldred @5.1    4 months ago

"In times like these it helps to recall there have always been times like these."
-- Paul Harvey

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
5.1.2  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  SteevieGee @5.1.1    4 months ago

And I thought it was Kamala Harris!

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Professor Principal
5.1.3  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Vic Eldred @5.1.2    4 months ago

256   256

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Junior Guide
5.2  Right Down the Center  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5    4 months ago

Frank, a true genius.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
6  JohnRussell    4 months ago

It Can Happen Here , as per the article, is a light play on words , based on the premise of the book It Can't Happen Here  

unfortunately for the seed author, the premise of the book would relate more to what is happening on the political right today than what is happening on the border, or elsewhere in America.

It Can't Happen Here   is a 1935 dystopian   political novel   by American author   Sinclair Lewis . [1]   Set in the fictionalized version of   1930s   United States , it follows an American politician, Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip, who quickly rises to power to become the country's first outright   dictator   (in allusion to   Adolf Hitler 's rise to power in   Nazi Germany ) and Doremus Jessup, a newspaper editor who sees Windrip's   fascist   policies for what they are ahead of time and who becomes Windrip's most ardent critic. The novel was adapted into a play by Lewis and John C. Moffitt in 1936. [2]

The novel was published during the heyday of   fascism   in Europe, which was reported on by   Dorothy Thompson , Lewis' wife. [3]   The novel describes the rise of Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip, a   demagogue   who is elected   President of the United States , after fomenting fear and promising drastic economic and social reforms while promoting a return to patriotism and "traditional" values. After his election, Windrip takes complete control of the government via   self-coup   and imposes   totalitarian   rule with the help of a ruthless paramilitary force, in the manner of European fascists such as   Adolf Hitler   and   Benito Mussolini . The novel's plot centers on journalist Doremus Jessup's opposition to the new regime and his subsequent struggle against it as part of a liberal rebellion.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
6.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JohnRussell @6    4 months ago

You gotta watch out for those guys named "Buzz".

 
 
 
Hallux
Masters Principal
6.1.1  Hallux  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @6.1    4 months ago

A gal named Buzz is an entirely different affair.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
6.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hallux @6.1.1    4 months ago

Why not?  There are gals named Sam and Bobbie and Sidney etc etc etc.

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
7  Sparty On    4 months ago

It’s not “if” it can happen.    It’s when.     And Biden will own it.     All of it.    Such is the weakness that is his border policy.

A complete fail on his main charter.    Protect American citizens.

 
 

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