Liberal Governors of California and New York Pardon Illegal Aliens to Stop Deportation
After Democrat California Governor Jerry Brown pardoned two illegal aliens who had committed felonies and were set to be deported, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo mimicked the action and pardoned 18 convicted illegal immigrants who were facing deportation. In both cases, this action stopped deportation. -GEG
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo mimicked California Gov. Jerry Brown’s approach to immigration Thursday, pardoning 18 convicted illegal immigrants who were facing deportation.
Cuomo, a Democrat, praised himself on Twitter for his compassion, before linking to a New York Times article supporting the move. Cuomo claimed the federal government is “tear[ing] families apart” with the current immigration policy and felt he was taking the “critical step” to defend those who were unfairly targeted.
While the federal government continues to target immigrants and threatens to tear families apart with deportation, these actions take a critical step toward a more just, more fair and more compassionate New York. https://t.co/QK1lzhMgfg
Brown, also a Democrat, has also taken up the cause of defying federal immigration law in California, by pardoning two men from Cambodia who were about to be deported. One of the men was convicted of felony joyriding in 2003 and sentenced to a year in prison, while the other was convicted of a felony weapons charge in 1995, Fox News reports.
Prime Minister Trudeau Welcomes Jihadists to Canada for Reform through Art and Poetry
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proposes to re-integrate ISIS terrorists into Canadian communities. He says they will be monitored and helped so they can let go of their terrorist ideology. ‘Project Someone’, a de-radicalization program that receives hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funding, builds counter-narratives against terrorism through art and poetry. [To the skeptical mind, this sounds like a flimsy ploy to use taxpayer funds to pay for the support of terrorism in Canada. Why would anyone want to do that? Because some people in high places actually want terrorism so there will be a plausible excuse to enact laws against liberty and to declare martial law. Martial law is the ultimate excuse for totalitarianism.] -GEG
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau argued in an interview to air next week that a reformed Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS) terrorist can evolve into “an extraordinarily powerful voice for preventing radicalization,” an endorsement of programs he has promoted to reintegrate veteran jihadists into Canadian society.
The end-of-year interview with CTV will air in full on December 29, but the outlet published snippets of Trudeau’s responses to a variety of questions on Friday. Asked about the potential to rehabilitate Canadian citizens who traveled to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State, the prime minister said, “There’s a range of experiences when people come home.”
“We know that actually someone who has engaged and turned away from that hateful ideology can be an extraordinarily powerful voice for preventing radicalization in future generations and younger people within the community,” he argued.
CTV notes that, in promoting rehabilitation for these individuals, Trudeau is contradicting Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who recently expressed pessimism at reforming jihadist individuals with battleground experience.
“If you want to have a good solid hope of some kind of successful intervention, it has to be at a much earlier stage. You have to prevent the problem before it exists,” Goodale told CTV. “Once a person has been in a war zone, once they’ve been actively engaged in terrorist-related activities, the capacity to turn them around is pretty remote.”
Trudeau’s remarks have triggered outrage among conservatives in Canadian media. Analyst Ezra Levant, for example, notes that the individuals targeted by these reform programs have already committed crimes by virtue of traveling to join ISIS: “Our criminal code has provisions against terrorism, and specifically, provisions about even travelling to join a terrorist group, even if you don’t shoot a bullet or rape anyone.”
“But Trudeau is just fine with them coming back and saying, ‘My bad, I’m cool now, pass me the welfare,’” he argues.
Toronto Sun columnist Candice Malcolm protests that Trudeau’s plan “borders on the absurdity,” asking, “Why on earth would Canadian taxpayers seek to help members of a jihadist army that committed genocide, burned Christians alive, beheaded American journalists and aid workers, sold women into sex slavery and threw gay men off rooftops?”
“These aren’t recovering alcoholics or teenagers on the verge of online radicalization. They aren’t people who have served their time, taken responsibility for their actions and are ready to start anew,” she notes.
This is not the first time Trudeau proposes reintegrating Islamic State terrorists into Canadian society. “We recognize the return of even one individual (who joined the IS group) may have serious national security implications,” Trudeau acknowledged in November. “We are going to monitor them. We are also there to help them to let go of that terrorist ideology.”
US and Israel Secret Agreement to Implement Policy Against Iran
President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu signed a joint document that includes using covert action to block Iran’s path to nuclear weapons and countering Iranian support for Syria and Hezbollah. It also includes an agreement to prepare for war-escalation scenarios in Iran, Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and Hamas in Gaza. -GEG
The United States and Israel have reached an agreement to implement President Donald Trump’s policy to counter the threat posed by Iran, including its nuclear ambitions, its regional expansion, and its role in international terror.
Barack Ravid of Israel’s Channel 10, writing at Axios on Thursday, reported that the U.S. and Israel met secretly at the White House on December 12 (the day the American media were focused on the Alabama special election.) In a “joint document” based on President Trump’s speech on Iran in October, the two delegations, represented by their respective national security advisers (including H.R. McMaster from the American side), outlined shared goals:
1. Covert and diplomatic action to block Iran’s path to nuclear weapons – according to the U.S. official this working group will deal with diplomatic steps that can be taken as part of the Iran nuclear deal to further monitor and verify that Iran is not violating the deal. It also includes diplomatic steps outside of the nuclear deal to put more pressure on Iran. The working group will deal with possible covert steps against the Iranian nuclear program.
2. Countering Iranian activity in the region, especially the Iranian entrenchment efforts in Syria and the Iranian support for Hezbollah and other terror groups. This working group will also deal with drafting U.S.-Israeli policy regarding the “day after” in the Syrian civil war.
3. Countering Iranian ballistic missiles development and the Iranian “precision project” aimed at manufacturing precision guided missiles in Syria and Lebanon for Hezbollah to be used against Israel in a future war.
4. Joint U.S.-Israeli preparation for different escalation scenarios in the region concerning Iran, Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.
The agreement to counter Iran in Syria is particularly significant, as Israeli leaders had been concerned that Trump’s rapprochement with Russia in the region could leave Iranian gains in Syria intact.
US, Israel & Saudi Arabia Preparing for World War III Starting with Iran
Analyst Jake Morphonios predicts that Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was a move toward a Third World War that will be fought against Iran, backed by Russia, which then will expand to the Pacific against China and North Korea. He predicts, step-by-step, how the war will escalate and how false-flag attacks will be used as justification, based on historical examples. Although Morphonios is critical of the Zionist state of Israel in this scheme, hear him out and you will see (at 34:05) that this has nothing to do with Jews as such and everything to do with war-mongers, some of whom are Israelis and some are American neo-cons at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. You will be especially interested in the comparison of President Trump and former President Nixon, which suggests that presidents are not in control of US foreign policy but just go along with what they inherit. -GEG
New Trump Executive Order Could Lead to Global Asset Forfeiture
President Trump issued an Executive Order allowing the government to seize the assets of people and corporations said to be associated with corruption and human-rights abuses, and he gave whoever holds the office of President global jurisdiction in this matter. Foreigners and US citizens all come under various parts of the decree. A corporation’s assets may be frozen if it employs a foreigner who commits an act of corruption to benefit the company. [There is no penalty for US citizens who do this, only foreigners.] Finally, those who who assist, sponsor, funds, provides goods or services for, or gives technological support to any foreigner targeted by this EO also can have their assets frozen. It is not stated who will determine guilt in these cases, so that means it will be the President, and there is no provision for due process of law. It is inevitable that this order eventually will be used, not for justice, but for political leverage. -GEG