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NBC News swings, hits self

Featured image What is it with NBC News? If you thought they’d hit rock bottom, you may have to revisit the question with a look at national reporter Heidi Przybyla’s piece on the Gatestone Institute last month: “John Bolton presided over anti-Muslim think tank.” This is an old-fashioned hit piece. The headline reveals the true object of the hit. John Bolton drives the left absolutely nuts. He has their number and he »

FBI sponsored meeting turns into anti-Trump rally

Featured image On Wednesday, I wrote about a BRIDGES meeting scheduled for later in the day. BRIDGES is a program pursuant to which Department of Justice/FBI personnel meet quarterly with representatives of the Muslim community in southeast Michigan. BRIDGES stands for Building Respect in Diverse Groups to Enhance Sensitivity. In practice, as I tried to show, it stands for whitewashing jihad and pandering to CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), a group »

A BRIDGES too far

Featured image Tonight, the Department of Justice/FBI will continue its 17-year practice of meeting quarterly with representatives of the Muslim community in southeast Michigan. It’s called a BRIDGES meeting. BRIDGES stands for Building Respect in Diverse Groups to Enhance Sensitivity. Not security, which should be the FBI’s mission. Sensitivity. Indeed, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Michigan no longer even mentions trying to prevent jihad as the mission of BRIDGES. Rather, the point »

The Trump-Macron “bromance”

Featured image William Drozdiak of the Washington Post writes about the strong relationship between Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron. According to Drozdiak, the two speak to each other once or twice a week about policy, more than President Trump talks with any other world leader. Macron reportedly has influenced Trump on such key issues as expelling Russian diplomats and bombing Syria. Drozdiak finds this “bromance” surprising, and on a superficial level it »

A salute to Jason Falconer

Featured image You may recall the case of Dahir Adan, the Somali immigrant who went on a stabbing rampage in September 2016 at the Crossroads Center shopping mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Adan’s rampage represented a case of sudden jihad syndrome. Adan asked victims whether they were Muslim before stabbing them and shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he went along his merry way dressed in a security guard uniform. Adan attacked ten in »

Charges in Minnesota mosque bombing

Featured image The United States Attorney for Minnesota has just issued a press release disclosing the filing of charges against three Illinois men for the bombing the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center (“the mosque”) in Bloomington, Minnesota. The press release identifies the three as Michael McWhorter, Joe Morris, and Michael Hari. They are alleged to have used an explosive device with the intent of damaging the center. Each of the three is identified »

Minnesota man sentenced in mall stabbings

Featured image We noted the case of “Minnesota man” Mahad Abdiaziz Abdiraham (or Abdirahman) this past November 14 and November 15. Abdiraham was charged with first-degree assault in connection with the stabbings of two customers at the Macy’s Mall of America’s Macy store on Sunday evening, November 12. The second of the two linked posts quotes the charges. The stabbing victims were brothers Alexander Sanchez (19 years old) and John Sanchez (25). »

Minnesota woman strikes St. Kate’s: An update

Featured image I wrote at length about the terrorist acts committed by Tnuza Jamal Hassan at St. Catherine University (formerly St. Catherine College, colloquially known as St. Kate’s) in St. Paul in the post “Minnesota woman strikes St. Kate’s.” At the time she had been charged with arson by local authorities, but the case cried out for more. Today the Office of the United States Attorney has announced that Hassan has been »

Minnesota man explains mall stabbings

Featured image We noted the case of “Minnesota man” Mahad Abdiaziz Abdiraham (or Abdirahman) this past November 14 and November 15. Abdiraham was charged with first-degree assault in connection with the stabbings of two customers at the Macy’s Mall of America’s Macy store on Sunday evening, November 12. The second of the two linked posts quotes the charges. The stabbing victims were brothers Alexander Sanchez (19 years old) and John Sanchez (25). »

Minnesota woman strikes St. Kate’s

Featured image St. Catherine University (a/k/a St. Kate’s, formerly St. Catherine College) sits on a leafy 110-acre campus in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul. It is located a few blocks down the street from my high school alma mater and within shouting distance of Macalester College as well as St. Thomas University. A “Minnesota woman” went on an arson rampage at St. Kate’s this past Wednesday. Tnuza Jamal Hassan — »

A little bit of England comes to Minnesota

Featured image The case of the Somali Minnesotans (“Minnesota men,” as the headlines had it) seeking to join ISIS was tried in federal district court in Minneapolis in May 2016. Before trial six defendants pleaded guilty. At trial the three who contested the charges were convicted. I covered the case daily on Power Line and was struck by the Muhammads involved in one way or another in the case. I took a »

It Is Christmas Eve, and Christians Are Being Murdered

Featured image The Associated Press reports: Hundreds of Muslim demonstrators attacked an unlicensed church south of Cairo wounding three people, an Egyptian Coptic Christian diocese said on Saturday, in the latest assault on members of the country’s Christian minority. “Unlicensed”? More on that later. The incident took place after Friday prayers when dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the building and stormed it. Violent attacks on Christians usually take place on Friday evening, »

What Can Be Done to Prevent Deadly Car Rammings?

Featured image Palestinians and Israeli Arabs pioneered the use of the motor vehicle as a terrorist instrument several years ago. The technique has spread to Islamic terrorists around the world, most recently in Melbourne. The man who plowed an SUV into a crowd of Christmas shoppers in Australia told cops he carried out the attack as retaliation for the “mistreatment of Muslims,” officials said Friday. Saeed Noori, 32, injured 19 people — »

Miss Universe: A Political Postscript

Featured image I previewed this year’s Miss Universe pageant here and here. In the first linked post, I noted that a controversy had broken out over a photo of Miss Iraq and Miss Israel that both contestants posted on Instagram: The photo caused an uproar in the Islamic world, to the point where Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, apologized to “everyone who saw it as an insult to the Palestinian cause.” (Almost exactly »

Beyond Immigration

Featured image I’m for ending chain-immigration as well as having a more robust general immigration policy, but it is not clear that the problem of radical jihadism, as demonstrated once again by the bomber in New York yesterday, is mostly attributable to lax current immigration practice. The real problem is more with home-grown radicalization, which ought to trouble us more than lax immigration. The Pew Research Center released a survey in September »

Minnesota men at large

Featured image In today’s Star Tribune Stephen Montemayor takes a look at recently unsealed FBI search warrants in ongoing Minnesota terrorism investigations. Here is the opening of his story: The former Edison High School theater student had changed his Facebook name to “Mujahid Ibrahim Abu Tuabah.” He wrote reverently of four Twin Cities friends who had joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and boasted that the terror group “will never »

(DHS) Magical mystery tour: Tentative finale

Featured image The editors of City Journal have given me permission to post my account of the 2016 Somalis-only security tour of the Twin Cities airport. The City Journal piece includes links I have omitted. My account represents 18 months of work off and on. It took a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed on my behalf here in federal district court earlier this year by Dorsey & Whitney attorneys Theresa Bevilacqua »