AN ISIS REPORT, RECOVERED BY LIBYAN MEDIA IN JANUARY, REVEALS THAT THE ISLAMIC STATE WOULD BE AIMING AT LIBYA “TO GET TO EUROPE,” OVERRUNNING IT WITH MIGRANTS TO “TURN IT INTO HELL.” ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, ISIS CONSIDERS “ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION” TO BE A PRIVILEGED CHANNEL OF ACCESS TO THE OLD CONTINENT.
Libya has become one huge port, a point of departure for Africans desperate to get to Italy, either to remain there or to head deeper into Europe. Italy fears that a wave of immigrants could land upon its shores, creating pandemonium.
Even prior to last Saturday’s slaughter of 21 Egyptian Christians, warning signs had been appearing that Libya was to become the latest and deadliest outpost of the Islamic State. Libya’s institutional vacuum has furnished a welcome environment for terrorist groups like ISIS and al Qaeda.
According to the former Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, the Islamic State will control a territory on the Mediterranean coast “within two months” if the West does not intervene.
Droves have been arriving in Libya in recent months with the prospect of getting out of North Africa and are now crammed into ports, creating a situation of chaos. Among them are thousands of Egyptians fleeing for fear of being kidnapped or killed but who cannot return home because they would have to pass through areas already occupied by ISIS.
According to one report, analysts now believe that the risk of an attack on Italian territory is more concrete than ever before. The hypothesis considered most likely is that of a mass exodus of at least two hundred thousand foreigners loaded onto barges and sent to Europe.
A mere 300 miles separate Tripoli and Ragusa, Sicily’s southernmost city. Officials estimate that 90 percent of the landings of illegal immigrants in Italy are coming from Libya where the situation is “dramatic,” according to Mario Morcone, head of the Immigration Department of Italy’s Ministry of the Interior.
Last December, the prosecutor of Palermo opened an investigation into Sicilian immigration. The only thing certain, he said, “is that in 2014 there were 170,816 immigrants into Italy,” and of these, “only 66,066 are registered,” leaving another 104,750 unaccounted for.
“It is not by my choice or my idea,” said Italy’s Morcone, “but a European directive that allows asylum seekers to remain in the country, coming and going from welcome centers and working until their legal status is defined.”
Already this year there have been 58 landings of immigrants into Italy, totaling 6,176 persons between refugees and illegal immigrants. This means a 100 percent increase compared to the same period last year, during which there were already record arrivals.
On the Italian island of Lampedusa, numbers of asylum seekers now stand at twice the capacity of welcome centers.
Officials are worried that Islamist control of many areas of Libya means that they can infiltrate the hordes of immigrants at will, passing completely unnoticed.
On Sunday, men armed with Kalashnikovs threatened an Italian Coast Guard patrol boat in the midst of rescuing a boat with migrants on board, about 50 miles from Tripoli. The gunmen ordered the Italians to abandon their boat after disembarking the migrants.
Maurizio Lupi, head of the Ministry overseeing the Coast Guard, said that “an intervention of international institutions in Libya is critical.”
In a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Monday, President Obama said he believed a deal with Iran on nuclear weapons was possible because Supreme Leader Khamenei said it would be “contrary to their faith to obtain a nuclear weapon.”
The issues now are sufficiently narrowed and sufficiently clarified where we’re at a point where they need to make a decision. We are presenting to them in a unified fashion, the P5+1 supported by a coalition of countries around the world are presenting to them a deal that allows them to have peaceful nuclear power but gives us the absolute assurance that is verifiable that they are not pursuing a nuclear weapon.
And if in fact what they claim is true, which is they have no aspiration to get a nuclear weapon, that in fact, according to their Supreme Leader, it would be contrary to their faith to obtain a nuclear weapon, if that is true, there should be the possibility of getting a deal. They should be able to get to yes. But we don’t know if that’s going to happen.
A half-dozen Democrats who are longtime gun control champions are hoping to keep their fight alive in the GOP-controlled Congress with a new bill that would vastly restrict ammunition capacities.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Thursday touted the bill, which would ban magazines of more than 10 rounds, hours after reports circulated that police had foiled a mass shooting plot aimed at Congress.
“Think of the damage that someone could do in the U.S. Capitol with 30 rounds,” he said at a briefing.
The bill is the first piece of gun control legislation since Republican won control of the Senate. Though it has more than 100 co-sponsors in the House, the bill has virtually no chance of a vote in either chamber.
Two years after losing their fight to expand background checks following the mass shooting at a school in Newtown, Conn., the group of lawmakers insisted that their fight was not over.
Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn), who represents Newtown, said the number of co-sponsors for the bill has doubled in the last year.
“The support is growing,” she said. “The momentum has not stopped.”
Esty joined Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) as well as Connecticut’s Democratic Senate duo, Murphy, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, to announce the legislation.
Murphy stressed that he has not met “a single hunter or a single person who hunts for sport” who needs more than 10 rounds.
He said those who wanted high-capacity magazines were more interested in “arming against the government.” —Courtesy of Weasel Zippers
Even Obama’s former Defense Intelligence Agency Director says that the strategy employed against terrorism is failing, mostly because President Harvard is much too smart to descend to common distinctions the unwashed masses use.
It’s bad enough Virginia Democratic Delegate Joe Morrissey had to celebrate being re-elected to office in a jail cell, the result of allegedly having a sexually inappropriate relationship with a teenage girl.
The idiots who re-elected the man can now add to his criminal repertoire four more felonies after his legal team was charged Wednesday with using forged documents during its defense of the earlier charges, The Washington Free Beacon reported.
The new charges include felony uttering a forged public record, felony conspiracy to utter a forged record, felony-inducing perjury, and perjury.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, police raided Morrissey’s office on the night before a special election called to fill the vacancy he created when he resigned, resulting in the new charges.
Morrissey agreed to resign from office when first charged with having sex with a 17-year-old receptionist, then announced he was going to run for his own seat again, saying he’ll “let the voters decide” if he should remain in office.
Clearly, the bar has lowered considerably in Virginia since George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.
Morrissey was arrested for violating the terms of his work release to campaign the same day he announced that he would run again, according to the Beacon.
It is through the work release program that he is able to remain active as an elected official, and is a true democrat, he has even sponsored legislation to raise state taxes on tobacco.
Various members of the Obama Administration have repeatedly said that there were no plans to send either President Obama or Vice President Biden to Paris. Attorney General Eric Holder was in Paris and appeared on multiple morning shows but was not at the march. Jarrett’s response? “He had very important meetings to be at.” —Courtesy of Weasel Zippers
I guess they’re sick of the Muslims’ BS. Revenge attacks on Muslim places of worship have begun in following yesterday’s massacre at the office of the satirical magazine in Paris.
Revenge attacks on Muslim places of worship have begun in France following yesterday’s massacre at the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
Mosques, prayer halls and a kebab shop near a Muslim temple were targeted in the early hours of the morning following the terrorist attack – in which 12 people were murdered by suspected Islamist fanatics.
The retaliation comes as French citizens, and the international community, attempt to come to terms with yesterday’s shocking and deadly assault on free speech.
In the city of Le Mans, west of Paris, three blank grenades were thrown at a mosque shortly after midnight – and a bullet was also fired through one of the windows.
In the Port-la-Nouvelle district, near Narbonne in southern France, several shots were fired in the direction of a Muslim prayer hall shortly after evening prayers.
As an Air Force veteran, and more notably a triple amputee who was wounded in Iraq. I found it appalling when I read the horrible things that the Wounded Warrior Project was being accused of.
But it didn’t make sense to me that a charity with major corporate sponsors such as U-Haul, Bank of America, Raytheon, NFL, Heinz and many others would allow the Wounded Warrior Project to use their name and fund their events if they were, in fact, a scam.
Here are the issues with any online smear campaign, anyone can go write up a post online and try to analyze things that are way over their pay grades. And before you know it, the blind are leading the blind on a false vendetta to destroy a charity who helps our nation’s most severely wounded veterans.
One of the most important things to understand with these things is knowing the background of the source of information. If you fail to research it, you’re just as negligible as the people who are doing the wrong.
I discovered numerous defamatory blogs out there spreading this smear campaign, however, I narrowed it down to two original sources that are igniting this fraud claim.
The first is a blog called Veterans Today, and a simple search revealed they are riddled with crazy conspiracy theorist articles and anti-Semitism content. The Southern Poverty Law Center started Veterans Today is “a website that purports to be a “military veterans and foreign affairs journal” but is really a locus of the far right, is now squarely in the neo-Nazi territory”.
Remember to know your source. I suggest everyone Google Veterans Today and see the nonsense that comebacks to this site.
Let’s start with the first claim. It involves a viral article floating around social media from a man named Alex Graham, which subsequently was posted on Veterans Today. He alleges that the Wounded Warrior Project is a ‘Legal Scam’. Not only is this statement libelous in nature and lacking proper evidence, it’s 100% an illegal statement to make against anyone including a charity if you can’t prove it— and he didn’t do that.
The next thing Alex states is that the Wounded Warrior Project is “cooking the books” in order to pay two execs, their $300k salary; which he provided zero evidence for. In fact, if this were true and the Wounded Warrior Project did ‘cook the books’ as Alex Graham claimed, the IRS would have already shut down the Wounded Warrior Project.
According to Charity Navigator, which is self-proclaimed as the most reputable evaluator of charities, they scored the Wounded Warrior Project a 96% out of 100 in FY2013 for accountability and transparency. Does this sound like someone who is ‘cooking the books’?
In comparison, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) scored a 96%, the Pat Tillman Foundation scored an 89% and the USO scored a 97%.
Alex Graham went on to state that the Wounded Warrior Project had $115,199,467 in overhead expenses reported on the 2012 IRS Form 990. When in fact the 2012 Form 990 actually shows that WWP’s total expenses (program, admin, and fundraising) were $95,511,549. These are just small critical errors that show he can’t even analyze a simple tax document, so why are people even trying to take his word?
Since we’re on overhead expenses lets clear the air on this. Guidstar and other charities stepped up to dispute that overhead is NOT a good way to judge a charity, its all about the charities impact. See attached letter here from Guidstar Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau.
The next claim he made was that in 2012 only 3.5% of WWP’s income is being expended to directly help service members. However, he used the amount of funds WWP grants to other organizations as the basis for this falsehood, suggesting WWP used those grants to support warriors and their families. This can be verified again on the 2012-2013 IRS Tax Form 990 page 2 of PDF.
Here’s the math Alex used to come up with 3.5%, which proves he used the wrong data to formulate his claim:
Again, another critical error that proves this claim as false and further illustrates a pattern of being wrong.
A very important variable that I discovered, is that the Wounded Warrior Project takes extra steps to ensure accountability with the public and has repeatedly hired the consulting firm BDO to scrutinize their records ensure they maintain a high level of accountability. BDO is one of the most reputable and well-known accounting audit firms around, and they have approved of the WWP’s records each year. These full financial audits are found on the Wounded Warrior Projects website.
BDO went on to state in all of their audits, and most recently, in 2013 the Wounded Warrior Project “ended in accordance, with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.”
Moreover, Alex Graham used the Nonprofit reporting company GuidStar in an attempt to back his falsified claims, but there was one problem. Guidstar released a document contradicting Alex Graham, the document stated that the information Alex provided was used in the wrong manner and they requested that he take it down or correct his information ASAP. Essentially they told him that he didn’t know what the hell he was doing with their data.
Alex Graham has a record of being wrong 100% of the time so far with his claims against the Wounded Warrior Project.
After reviewing all the documents, audits and endorsements from outside agencies. I can say without a doubt the Wounded Warrior Project is not a “legal scam” and is not “cooking the books” as Alex Graham claimed on Veterans Today.
The next claim that Alex made was that the “WWP does little, if any, direct support of wounded warriors and wounded warrior programs”.
Not only has my family and I participated in many of their programs, witnessed thousands of others veterans participate with their families in the programs, but the Wounded Warrior Project to date has easily spent around $40,000 on my family over the past few years. That’s a first-hand account of direct support to a wounded warrior.
But I don’t expect you to just believe a random person, so I’ll prove it to you.
Take a look at the 2012-2013 IRS Tax Form 990 page 3 of PDF line 4a-4e. This breaks down their three main program umbrellas and with total expenses for each of these programs for the tax year 2012-2013. The Programs listed are in fact direct support of our Wounded Warriors and the $117,198,737 expense tabulation highlights the massive support that they directly engage our warriors with.
Alex Graham’s claim is proven false, the Wounded Warrior Project does, in fact, do a lot to directly support our wounded warriors with many programs and this is further proven by the IRS tax documents.
Furthermore, the Wounded Warrior Project already has a total of 20 programs and rapidly growing new ones. These programs are tailored to help veterans with their physical rehabilitation, aid in their mental and emotional recovery, assist them to achieve their educational and employment goals, and help them maintain their independence and stay connected with their families, their communities, and each other at no cost!
“Wounded Warrior Project is the backbone of my continued recovery. The programs and activities WWP offers are an outlet that enhances my emotional strength.” – Keith Sekora
This is unprecedented, and no other charity has this many programs under their belt to directly help veterans.
It’s now clear, that Alex Graham is dead wrong about the Wounded Warrior Project, however, he always referred back to another source for his information. Ironically, a man named Dean Graham who has no relation to Alex Graham.
Dean Graham and his now disbanded organization Help Indiana Vets, Inc. (HIVI) has made the same false claims about the Wounded Warrior Project, and it appears as if he was the very first person to start this false movement to destroy the WWP Brand. Because of his defamatory claims, the Wounded Warrior Project had every right to defend itself, and that’s exactly what they did.
On Friday, June 20, 2014, the federal court hearing the case entered a judgment against Dean Graham and his organization Help Indiana Vets, Inc. (HIVI), and permanently enjoined both from making defamatory statements about WWP. What this means is that Dean acknowledged he made false and defamatory statements, the court entered a judgment accordingly, and Dean/HIVI are no longer permitted to make defamatory statements about Wounded Warrior Project.
Not only have Dean Graham’s statements been proven false by our judicial system, but this would mean Alex Graham’s statements are also legally false and defamatory. But I’m pretty sure as I just showed you, we didn’t even need a court order to prove that these claims were not true.
The last issue deals with how much the Wounded Warrior Project pays its employees. Which is more of a problem with people acting as a nanny state with socialist values than understanding the good business practice that allows a charity/business model to flourish like the WWP has?
The Wounded Warrior Project Executive compensation is set by their unpaid, volunteer Board of Directors following IRS rules on determining reasonable compensation, which is also annotated on the IRS Form 990 p43 of the PDF # 3.
Compared to WWP’s revenue, the CEO’s salary equals about one-tenth of one percent – meaning that for every $100 raised less than $0.15 cent goes towards our CEO’s salary.
According to Charity Navigator’s 2013 CEO Comparison study, “a six-figure salary is not necessarily a sign of excessive pay for charities of $1 million in revenue”. And According to the IRS, their 2013 revenue was $234,682,943, which is astronomical, so is the CEO and their staff really being overpaid, I think not! Their growth and outreach to our veterans cannot be matched so why are people nitpicking over success?
Furthermore, the Charity Navigator study revealed that in 2013 the highest charitable CEO brought home $1.8 million. They further stated the mean salary for the CEO of a charity that brings in $234 million as the WWP did, is $404,903. This would put the $375k Wounded Warrior Project CEO salary under the median mark.
Additionally, the CEO’s salary is technically $250k, with a $125k bonus if the charity performs well. As noted on the 2013 Form 990. And only 11 of their 500+ employees make 6 figures. Are we really complaining about rewarding success?
The final nail that these people alleged, is that the Wounded Warrior Project was anti-gun. I get it, and I understand why people may be upset. But unless you understand the Wounded Warrior Project and the ethos they follow, it could be easily misunderstood or twisted.
Not only are they are a thriving charity and the fastest growing that we’ve ever seen. They have no business taking sides on highly charged political matters, their only duty is taking care of veterans.
If the Wounded Warrior Project was anti-gun would they send vets on hunting trips all over the US each year? It’s one of their most popular trips that I hear about from warriors.
“They’ve helped me in developing my confidence to function in a wheelchair. They’ve helped me get back out and do the things that I used to enjoy doing – hunting trips, fishing trips, sporting events, and things like that.” – Patrick Corcoran
Let’s be honest with ourselves, Americans are very divided right now politically. Would it be a good business decision to side with a highly politicized issue when your only goal is to raise funds to take care of our veterans?
The Wounded Warrior Project does amazing things for our Wounded Warriors. The men who started this charity left very high paying jobs to start something they believed in. They had a vision that was not the same old veteran group that sat around drinking beers telling war stories, but a vision that empowered our warriors to grab life by the horns, and then when they do, grab your buddy and help him too.
Knowledge is power, and believing random articles or emails from people that you haven’t researched can do a lot of damage to others. By now you should see that with an overwhelming amount of evidence that the Wounded Warrior Project is not the scam but in fact the pinnacle of veteran charities that by 2017 will have helped over 100,000 warriors and their families.
A Maryland public school took students as young as 11 to hear a speech by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan last month that included calling white people “crackers” and threatening to “tear this goddamn country up!”
Coming after months of national protests over the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Farrakhan’s words were – as always – calculated to inflame audience, including about 40 students from Baltimore’s Booker T. Washington Middle School. According to EAG News, Farrakhan’s Nov. 22 speech was the keynote of an event at historically black Morgan State University that focused on fostering grievances with the theme “Re-Claim, Re-Pair, Re-Form, Re-Produce, – REPARATIONS NOW!”
A school administrator told EAG News the program was aimed at reaching young people to “help develop them to become our future.”
This is the kind of development they heard during Farrakhan’s two-hour speech.
“As long as they kill us and go to Wendy’s and have a burger and go to sleep, they’ll keep killing us. But when we die and they die, then soon we’re going to sit at a table and talk about it! We’re tired! We want some of this earth or we’ll tear this goddamn country up!”
The race-baiting was sponsored by Morgan State’s Student Government Association – not a whole lot older than those middle school students public school officials are trying to “develop” by exposing to rabid race-baiters like Louis Farrakhan.
Still, they were probably old enough to vote in 2012. Think they went for Romney?
‘Imagine’ The First Female Muslim President Wearing ‘A Hijab’ in the White House- Indiana Representative Andre Carson (D)
One of the two sitting U.S. Congressmen who happen to also be Muslim was caught working together with a known frontman and fundraiser for terrorist groups.
Indiana Representative Andre Carson (D) took part in a major Islamic convention in Chicago this weekend. The convention was hosted and sponsored by the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America.
Carson was a featured guest on a panel discussing the events in Ferguson and beyond. He was joined on that panel by a man named Mazen Mokhtar, who is known for operating an Al Qaeda website and fundraising for the Taliban.
It is presumed that Carson knew who Mokhtar is, and it is certain that the FBI knows who Mokhtar is, as he was named in a 2004 federal investigation of a UK-based Al Qaeda website that raised money for the Taliban, among other terrorist organizations. Mokhtar stands accused of operating a US-based mirror website of the one in the UK, according to PJ Media.
As per the Washington Post: “Mazen Mokhtar, an Egyptian-born imam, and political activist operated a Web [sic] site identified in an affidavit unsealed Friday by the U.S. attorney’s office in Connecticut. The Web site solicited funds for the Taliban and Chechen mujaheddin, according to the affidavit. It is an exact replica of Web [sic] sites operated by Babar Ahmad, who was arrested in England on a U.S. extradition warrant this week.”
A CNN report further explained: “Law enforcement sources identified the man as Mazen Mokhtar, 36, of New Brunswick, New Jersey. Those sources said Mokhtar is the “specific individual who resides in the United States” referred to in the affidavit as working with Babar Ahmad to solicit funds for the “blocked organizations … in an effort to support their goals.”
Somewhat predictably, once Mokhtar was named in the affidavits, he was embraced even tighter and promoted by the Islamic community. Mokhtar currently serves as the executive director of the MAS (Muslim American Society), a group described by federal prosecutors in federal court in 2007 as “founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States.”
So a sitting U.S. Congressman is hanging out with and working with a frontman for terrorist organizations, who is known for giving aid and support to same said terrorist organizations.