Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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The Feds are pushing drugs . . . again.

The U.S. government’s multi-billion-dollar effort to counter narcotics in Afghanistan is a humiliating failure that’s resulted in a huge increase in poppy cultivation and opium production. Despite the free-flow of American tax dollars to combat the crisis, opium production rose 43% in the Islamic nation, to an estimated 4,800 tons, and approximately 201,000 hectares of land are under poppy cultivation, representing a 10% increase in one year alone.

Uncle Sam’s embarrassing counter narcotics effort is part of a broader and costly failure involving the reconstruction of Afghanistan. More than $100 billion have been dedicated to help rebuild the war-torn country and much of it has been lost to waste, fraud and abuse not to mention corruption. The drug initiative is a recent example, documented by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) in a quarterly report to Congress. The document is painful to read because it goes on for 269 pages, but Judicial Watch created a link for the counter narcotics section, which is around 19 pages and includes informative charts, graphs and the latest available statistics.

As of December 31, 2016, the United States has spent an astounding $8.5 billion for counter narcotics efforts in Afghanistan since 2002, the report reveals, making it clear that the cash will continue flowing. “Nonetheless, Afghanistan remains the world’s leading producer of opium, providing 80% of the global output over the past decade, according to the United Nations,” SIGAR writes. The watchdog includes statistics from the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) confirming a 10% increase in the amount of Afghan land that was under poppy cultivation between 2015 and 2016. Despite Uncle Sam’s generosity, poppy eradiation results were the lowest this decade, the watchdog states. “No eradication took place in the biggest opium-growing provinces because of the grave security situation,” the report reveals, noting a steady rise in production and cultivation in the past decade. “Eradication efforts have had minimal impact on the rise in illicit opium cultivation.”

This, of course, translates into a large increase in opium production—43% in a year—the watchdog reveals, to an estimated 4,800 tons. “The reported production increase reflected the larger area under cultivation, higher yields, and lower eradication results.” Part of the problem, U.S. authorities say, is that between 2.5 and 3 million Afghans are drug users and the country lacks sufficient treatment centers to address the growing drug-abuse problem, particularly for women and children. American cash hasn’t put a dent on that problem either. A State Department branch known as the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) doled out $12.9 million in 2015 for drug treatment and education programs in Afghanistan and has allocated millions more despite past failures. INL also funds a scandalous, multi-million-dollar program called Governor-Led Eradication (GLE) that pays provinces for the cost of eradicating poppies. Between 2008 and 2016 INL disbursed $4.6 million, according to the SIGAR.

Afghanistan reconstruction has been a huge debacle that continues fleecing American taxpayers. Judicial Watch has reported on the various boondoggles over the years, most of them documented in tremendous detail by the SIGAR. Highlights include the mysterious disappearance of nearly half a billion dollars in oil destined for the Afghan National Army, a $335 million Afghan power plant that’s seldom used and an $18.5 million renovation for a prison that remains unfinished and unused years after the U.S.-funded work began. Among the more outrageous expenditures are U.S. Army contracts with dozens of companies tied to Al Qaeda and the Taliban. The reconstruction watchdog recommended that the Army immediately cut business ties to the terrorists but the deals continued. Another big waste reported by Judicial Watch a few years ago, involves a $65 million initiative to help Afghan women escape repression. The government admits that, because there’s no accountability, record-keeping or follow-up, it has no clue if the program was effective.

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During a weekend of protests after President Trump’s decision to limit travel from known terrorist states, protesters attempted to takeover an airport in Portland Oregon.

As the crowd literally rushed through the airport doors, a lone Trump supporter stood in their way and was immediately knocked out by one of the protesters.

He remained unconscious for minutes after the assault while protesters mocked him by saying, “That’s right Nazi boy, whose your f’ing Fuhrer now, bitch!”

The attack was captured on tape and posted to YouTube.

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The U.S. Border Patrol alters statistics involving the apprehension of criminal illegal immigrants to conceal that thousands are being released, a new federal audit reveals. The frontline Homeland Security agency charged with preventing terrorists and weapons—including those of mass destruction—from entering the country also skews figures to drastically deflate the high recidivism rate of aliens caught entering the U.S.

The distressing details of this crucial agency’s crafty record-keeping practices are outlined in a scathing report issued this month by the investigative arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The probe focuses on a Border Patrol system developed to address a smuggling crisis along the southwest border. It’s officially known as Consequence Delivery System (CDS) and is used to identify the most effective and efficient consequences to deter illegal cross border activity in each of the agency’s sectors. For the system to work, the Border Patrol must report accurate information involving illegal aliens who are apprehended.

Instead, it appears that federal agents on the ground are being ordered to fudge the numbers as part of a broader Obama administration effort to protect illegal immigrants and falsely portray the Mexican border as safe. The GAO report suggests that Border Patrol headquarters directed agents to misclassify criminal illegal aliens, presumably to hide the fact that they were being released instead of prosecuted. Officials interviewed as part of the probe “said that agents received oral direction from headquarters to reclassify criminal aliens who cannot be given a consequence of federal prosecution, and that written data integrity guidance to sectors did not include activities for checking the accuracy of alien classifications,” the GAO report states.

The misclassification of apprehended illegal immigrants resulted in nearly 4,000 criminal aliens being returned to their home country rather than prosecuted between 2013 and 2015, the GAO found. After analyzing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) data, congressional investigators determined that an astounding 94% (109,080) of the 116,409 aliens given a consequence of warrant or notice to appear still had an open case and “may remain in the United States.” Thousands more escaped criminal prosecution because they were not properly classified. “Specifically, of the approximate 15,000 apprehensions of criminal aliens who were not classified according to CDS guidance between fiscal years 2013 and 2015, 8 percent were recommended for criminal prosecution (3,912 apprehensions) compared to 47 percent of all criminal aliens during that timeframe,” the GAO writes.

In some cases, Department of Justice (DOJ) restrictions limit the number of illegal aliens that can be referred for prosecution, the report says. This leaves agents in a bind and hesitant to apply consequences that require referral to federal partners. Here’s an example: “Rio Grande Valley sector officials said that while agents apprehended over 129,000 aliens in fiscal year 2015, the sector can only refer about 40 immigration-related cases each day to the corresponding USAO District (Southern District of Texas) for prosecution. Once this daily limit is reached, agents must apply an alternative consequence that is not the Most Effective and Efficient as defined by the CDS guide.”

Recidivism numbers are kept down by using an unscrupulous system that only classifies an apprehended illegal alien as recidivist if he or she had been previously caught within a fiscal year. The system doesn’t account for immigrants with no record of removal after apprehension and who may have remained in the United States without the opportunity to recidivate. The Border Patrol guidance also states that a first-time apprehension classification may be used on an alien that has been apprehended by another agency. Congressional investigators determined that the Border Patrol system slashed recidivism numbers in half. In one outrageous case cited in the report an “alien apprehended 54 times in the Rio Grande Valley sector between October 2012 and May 2015 was classified as a First Time Apprehension 6 times.”

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The FBI has confirmed what Judicial Watch reported last week, that the Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooter has ties to radical Islam and carried out the attack on behalf of a terrorist group. During a bond hearing in a south Florida federal court this week, an FBI special agent testified that the shooter, Esteban Santiago, communicated with Islamic terrorists in “jihadi chat rooms” and committed the massacre on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Santiago killed five people and wounded six others during the bloody rampage in the baggage claim area of the Ft. Lauderdale Airport earlier this month. Authorities immediately attributed the attack to mental illness, saying that Santiago was a Hispanic Army veteran that became unhinged after a tour in Iraq. Santiago has been charged with an act of violence at an international airport, which could get him a death sentence. According to the federal complaint, Santiago fired 10 to 15 rounds of ammunition from his firearm, aiming at his victims’ heads and walking while shooting in a methodical manner. At this week’s bond hearing, FBI special agent Michael Ferlazzo testified that Santiago said he was fighting for ISIS and had been in touch with other terrorists who were planning attacks in jihadi internet chat rooms. The judge ruled that Santiago be held without bond and his next court appearance is scheduled for January 30.

Last week Judicial Watch ignited a ruckus after revealing that Santiago is a Muslim convert who years before joining the U.S. Army took on an Islamic name (Aashiq Hammad), downloaded terrorist propaganda and recorded Islamic religious music online. The Obama administration’s efforts to keep the pertinent information quiet in the aftermath of the shooting brought up memories of the Benghazi cover up, in which the president and his cohorts knowingly lied to conceal that Islamic terrorists attacked the U.S. Special Mission in Libya. In the Ft. Lauderdale attack the traditional mainstream media coverage promoted the government rhetoric that omitted any ties to terrorism even though early on a photo surfaced of Santiago making an ISIS salute while wearing a keffiyeh, a Palestinian Arab scarf.

Records uncovered in the days after the massacre suggest Santiago (Hammad) is a radical Islamic terrorist that’s seriously committed to Islam. Besides taking on a Muslim name, he recorded three Islamic religious songs, including the Muslim declaration faith (“there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger”) known as the Shahada. He also posted a thread about downloading propaganda videos from Islamic terrorists on a weapons and explosives forum. The investigative news site that unearthed this disturbing information connected the dots between Santiago, who is of Puerto Rican descent, and Hammad, an identity he created in 2007.

It’s still not clear why Santiago chose Ft. Lauderdale, out of all the nation’s airports, to carry out his attack. The facility is situated in Broward County, which has a large and growing Islamic community and questions remain involving who Santiago knows in the area. In 2015 Judicial Watch obtained records from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) that show an Al Qaeda terrorist who helped plan several U.S. attacks lived in Broward County and graduated from the local community college with a degree in computer engineering. His name is Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, but he also has a Hispanic identity, Javier Robles, and for years he appeared on the FBI’s most wanted list. Back in 2012 Judicial Watch reported on a terrorist front group’s demands that Broward County public schools close twice a year to celebrate Islamic holy days, illustrating the influence that Muslims have in the region.

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A generation ago, as Americans began logging onto the earliest versions of the internet, McAfee antivirus alerts were as ubiquitous as the sound of dial-up modems. For years, McAfee antivirus software was the standard in protection from spyware, Trojan horses, and other traps that allowed hackers access to your personal computer. Notwithstanding the recent controversy surrounding some of the activities associated with John McAfee — the 71-year-old software security pioneer — there is no denying he understands the benefits and pitfalls of government cybersecurity as well as anyone.

And he’s not optimistic about what the future holds if things do not change — immediately.

Since at least the Clinton Administration — notable for perhaps the first public cybersecurity battle over its plan to use a “Clipper chip” designed to break-through data encryption, and giving government snoops access to private phone conversations — the centerpiece of federal “cybersecurity” plans has been amassing an arsenal of hardware and software designed for mass surveillance, data collection and sharing, and streamlined analyses. Ostensibly, this weaponry has been intended to be used against terrorists and foreign enemies.

However, the 9-11 terror attacks completely flipped the script. Under President George W. Bush, these weapons became increasingly pointed inwards towards digital communications made within the United States, including those of U.S. citizens. This strategy was then refined – and accelerated — under President Barack Obama.

But while building weapons of offense, those in charge of America’s national cybersecurity eschewed formulating a comprehensive strategy for defense. This, as McAfee notes, was due to the government confusing “cyberwarfare” with “cybersecurity.”

“Our government defines cybersecurity by and large — especially the FBI, Department of Justice — as using cyber technology to make sure that American citizens toe the line, that there are no terrorist activities, and that we’re all monitored and controlled,” McAfee told Larry King in an interview last month.

The consequences of this singular mindset have not been pretty. Beyond scores of cyberattacks in recent years against private entities such as Sony (2014) and Dyn (2016) – the latter of which crippled internet access on the East Coast – government agencies have been frequently targeted as well, and with great success. These targets also include agencies tasked with the very responsibility of cybersecurity; the most embarrassing being an attack carried out against the FBI and CIA by a 15-year-old, resulting in the leaking of highly sensitive information on tens of thousands of FBI and DHS employees.

Consequently, McAfee asks, “is this the agency you want running America’s cybersecurity?”

To be sure, America’s spy agencies should be – indeed, must be –equipped with the tools to adapt and meet the rapidly evolving and ubiquitous security challenges in the digital age. However, amassing these tools cannot be its only focus as it has been in recent years; nor should such tools be used to blindly harvest and database the private communications of citizens accused or suspected of no crimes, as Trump’s pick for CIA director apparently desires. Not only are there serious constitutional questions surrounding these practices, but given the reluctance of all branches of government to adhere to virtually any meaningful privacy safeguards or use-protocols for such data, it is hard to trust these agencies with such sensitive data given their inability to protect even their own classified data from theft.

This highlights another pressing need – the development of effective defensive practices against cyber-attacks. While it is impossible to create a completely impenetrable firewall against hackers, the government’s demand for so-called “backdoors” into security systems and encryption “keys” exponentially weaken security measures in development. Rather than working to undermine data security, the government should be working directly with the private sector to boost these advancements; which would not only better protect private companies from attack, but also the government itself.

A good start for this is hiring security experts from the private sector, and even non-profit organizations aligned around exposing security flaws in the name of cybersecurity, to help spearhead the development of better cybersecurity protections; as opposed to the current plan of tasking law enforcement officials with the responsibility.

To make a “reboot” of the government’s cybersecurity strategy successful, it will require two major buy-ins from the new Trump Administration; neither of which appears imminent at first blush. The first is to finally recognize a problem exists with the way government is currently approaching cybersecurity. The second is a willingness to make a fundamental change to a culture of cyber-warfare, and instead focus on one of true cybersecurity – even if it comes at the expense of government’s grip over control of private communications.

McAfee is among many who actually understand the seriousness of this issue, but are not holding their breath waiting for this institutional change; nevertheless, he cares enough to raise the alarm. And we would do well to listen.

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U.S. Park Police and D.C. Metro Police seized a weapons cache near the C&O Canal last week.

They were alerted to the find by a woman walking the trails near the canal. The women had found a violin case with two guns hidden within it.

When police searched the nearby area, they found another cache of both weapons and ammunition. The Park Service failed to provide specific details of the find other than saying that a number of weapons were discovered that included “long guns and pistols.”

Law enforcement said the guns and ammo were found in bags and buckets around the area.

The second cache was found approximately a quarter of a mile from the violin case in Northwest D.C., which is far from the inauguration route by D.C. standards.

Last week, a shootout occurred near the construction site of a U.S. Consulate in Mexico between the Mexican Army and ISIS-tied Cartel members.

It was reported that the group had planned to carry out terrorist attacks within the United States to disrupt the inauguration of President Elect Trump.

The Park Service has downplayed the find saying that none of the weapons were loaded and they did not pose a threat.

The possession of firearms in the District of Columbia is still effectively illegal (despite a court case to restore gun rights in the District).

Speculation has been fueled by several sites online assuming the guns were placed as part of a plat to assassinate Trump, however, abandoning firearms out of fear of prosecution or arrest is not uncommon in areas that are essentially gun free zones.

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James O’Keefe and his group, Project Veritas, have pulled it off again. This time they caught a group of people planning to disrupt inauguration events with butyric acid bombs.

Their target is the “Deploraball” that is taking place at the National Press Club.

Caught on camera, Luke Kuhn and Collin Dunn, acted like the “Weather Underground” terrorists from the 1970’s.

Watch the video above and pay close attention.

O’Keefe inserted an “Easter Egg” at the beginning of the video with the audio recording of one of his undercover journalists being harassed by what appears to be an operative for Bob Creamer, the Democrat’s dark arts operative that Project Veritas exposed during the election.

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A deadly shootout at the construction site of the new American Consulate occurred this week in a Mexican border town where Islamic terrorists and drug cartels plan to launch attacks against the U.S. during the period surrounding the presidential inauguration, high-level government sources tell Judicial Watch. An unknown number of gunmen fired multiple rounds adjacent to the new U.S. Consulate compound in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, a crime-infested city in the state of Tamaulipas that lies directly across from Laredo, Texas.

The Mexican military responded to the attack, law enforcement sources on both sides of the border confirm insisting that their identities be kept confidential for security reasons, and at least three soldiers were either killed or critically wounded in the ambush. A local newspaper in Tamaulipas reported that 13 people died during a shootout in Nuevo Laredo, referring to the deceased as heavily armed “delinquents” with an arsenal that includes 12 automatic weapons, a rocket launcher, grenade, loads of ammunition and drugs in three vehicles, one of them armored. The deceased have not been identified and Mexican authorities will continue to investigate, the article states, attributing the information to a press release issued by Mexico’s Defense Secretary.

Judicial Watch’s law enforcement and intelligence sources say the barrage outside what’s soon to be the new U.S. Consulate is connected to a broad operation between Islamic terrorists and Mexican drug cartels to send President-elect Donald Trump a message by engaging in attacks at border ports. “Cartels usually don’t work with jihadists for fear of having the border shut down,” a veteran federal law enforcement official told Judicial Watch. “But Trump is causing so much disruption in Mexico that they are partnering to send a message as to who is in control. This is as outrageous as a small group of guys crashing planes into U.S. buildings.” Another official who has worked in the region for years said “Trump is causing a huge amount of fear in Mexico throughout all sectors; private, government, business, criminal, police….”

Nuevo Laredo is among the border towns that the terrorists and narcotraffickers plan to launch attacks in, according to intelligence gathered by law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Mexico. Others include Matamoros, Reynosa and Ciudad Juárez. In 2015 Judicial Watch reported that ISIS is operating a camp just west of Ciudad Juárez, around eight miles from El Paso. Sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and Mexican Federal Police inspector revealed that, during a joint operation, they discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss – the sprawling military installation in El Paso that houses the US Army’s 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation.

Just last week Judicial Watch reported that a Jihadi-cartel alliance in the Mexican state of Nuevo León is collaborating to carry out attacks in American cities and ports of entry along the southern border. Confidential U.S. and Mexican law enforcement sources said that, as part of the plan, militant Islamists have arrived recently at the Monterrey International Airport situated in Apodaca, Nuevo León, about 130 miles south of the Texas border. An internal Mexican law enforcement report obtained by Judicial Watch confirms that Islamic terrorists have “people along the border, principally in Tijuana, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas.” Cartel informants tell law enforcement contacts that “they are only waiting for the order and the times to carry out a simultaneous attack in the different ports of entry or cities of the United States of America.”

The area where this week’s shootout originated is a 5.6-acre parcel just south of downtown Nuevo Laredo on Paseo Colon. The State Department predicts that by September the new U.S. Consulate compound, which broke ground in mid-2015 and will cost $155 million, should be completed. It will have multiple buildings, including an office structure, U.S. Marine Security Guard residence, support annex and other facilities for the consulate community. The primary function of consulates is helping and protecting Americans abroad.

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Seven hundred and sixty-two. That is how many people were murdered in Chicago last year; an appalling number not seen in two decades. Twelve people were killed over Father’s Day weekend in 2016. Another dozen were murdered over the recent Christmas holiday. And, the city’s liberal leaders — including “The Godfather” Rahm Emanuel — stand slack-jawed and clueless at how to stop this tide of violence washing over the Windy City.

Obviously, the City has a serious problem. But it is not a gun violence problem, or a gun control problem. Chicago is dealing with a complex and multi-faceted cultural problem of violence; the resolution of which requires throwing out the Left’s usual playbook — blame it on the Second Amendment – and replacing it with a “pro-police, tough-on-crime” strategy.

Unfortunately for the citizens of this major metropolitan area, this is something Chicago officials appear unwilling to do. To them, it’s not Chicago’s problem, but everyone else’s. “We border Indiana and Wisconsin, which have really lax gun laws,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told CNN. “We know that people from Chicago go across the border, fill up gym bags with illegal weapons from gun shows and things of that nature and they come back here and sell them to the gangs.” This is the same song and dance trotted out by former New York City Mayor Bloomberg, whenever he was questioned about high levels of gun violence in the Big Apple – blame other states for your failures.

Illinois legislators see the problem through the same blinders as city officials. In recent years, they have made it increasingly difficult, if not virtually impossible for low income residents — who are among those most at risk to be injured or killed by gun violence – to defend themselves by buying and possessing firearms for self-defense.

Caught in the middle between Emanuel and his gun-control gang at City Hall, and the Democrat-controlled state legislature in Springfield, are the victims of their shortsightedness.

As shocking as are Chicago’s 2016 murder statistics, this level of violence is neither a new phenomenon facing a major city, nor one requiring rocket science to resolve. Other cities, including Richmond, Virginia in the 1990s and New York City in the 1980s, faced high levels of gang activity and gun violence. They stemmed the tide in large measure by effective policing, and by institutionalizing cooperation between law enforcement at all levels of government – federal, state and local.

Fundamentally, what Chicago needs is strong, consistent policing; along with a political structure and community leaders who actually support the police, and who will work collaboratively to build a criminal justice system that is swift, consistent and certain.

An example of this approach can be found in the 1990s, in a crime strategy adopted by then-Governor Jim Gilmore of Virginia and the United States Attorney’s office, responding to a rash of gun crimes in Richmond. These bipartisan officials (Gilmore was Republican and the U.S. Attorney was an appointee of President Bill Clinton) took the position that anyone caught using a firearm in the commission of a crime, would be turned over to federal authorities for prosecution. This reflected the fact that the more extensive resources available to federal prosecutors and the tougher sentences under the federal system, meant that cases did not languish in the state system, and that once convicted, the criminals faced lengthy mandatory sentences. “Project Exile” worked, and gun violence dropped significantly.

Unfortunately, neither the current mayor of Chicago nor the current U.S. Attorney General, would support such an approach; both are too busy blaming the police and the Second Amendment for gun violence.

In fact, a 2014 audit of federal prosecutions shows a dramatic decrease in federal gun-crime prosecutions under Obama, as the DOJ has found it more politically expedient to harass gun show attendees, than actually pursue the criminals on the street responsible for the violence such as witnessed on Chicago’s mean streets.

But there is a sparkle of light at the end of the tunnel.

President-elect Trump, and his choice for Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions, understand that it is the criminals who commit gun violence; and that resolving the crisis requires a refocusing of priorities and tactics within the law enforcement and criminal justice systems. Therein may lie the best hope for Chicago’s beleaguered citizens now being whipsawed between merciless thugs and gangs and do-nothing political leaders.

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The Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooter is a Muslim convert who years before joining the U.S. Army took on an Islamic name (Aashiq Hammad), downloaded terrorist propaganda and recorded Islamic religious music online, according to public records dug up by the investigative news site of an award-winning, California journalist. This is pertinent information that the Obama administration apparently wants to keep quiet, bringing up memories of the Benghazi cover up, in which the president and his cohorts knowingly lied to conceal that Islamic terrorists attacked the U.S. Special Mission in Libya.

Information is slowly trickling out that links the Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooter to radical Islam while the official story from authorities is that the gunman is a mentally ill, Hispanic Army veteran named Esteban Santiago that became unhinged after a tour in Iraq. Only one mainstream media outlet mentions the possibility of Santiago’s “jihadist identity,” burying it in a piece about New York possibly being his initial target. A paragraph deep in the story mentions that investigators recovered Santiago’s computer from a pawn shop and the FBI is examining it to determine whether he created a “jihadist identity for himself using the name Aashiq Hammad…” The reset of the traditional mainstream media coverage promotes the government rhetoric that omits any ties to terrorism even though early on a photo surfaced of Santiago making an ISIS salute while wearing a keffiyeh, a Palestinian Arab scarf.

The public records uncovered in the days after the massacre suggest Santiago (Hammad) is a radical Islamic terrorist that’s seriously committed to Islam. Besides taking on a Muslim name, he recorded three Islamic religious songs, including the Muslim declaration faith (“there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger”) known as the Shahada. He also posted a thread about downloading propaganda videos from Islamic terrorists on a weapons and explosives forum. The investigative news site that unearthed this disturbing information connected the dots between Santiago, who is of Puerto Rican descent, and Hammad, an identity he created in 2007.

This week a prominent Ft. Lauderdale businessman and longtime resident addressed a letter to the city’s mayor and commissioners blasting county and federal officials for covering up that “Aashiq Hammad, not Esteban Santiago, attacked our city and county.” The businessman, respected Ft. Lauderdale real estate entrepreneur Jim Morlock, specifically names Broward County’s elected sheriff Scott Israel, Florida senator Bill Nelson, the first to identify Santiago as the shooter on national television, and congressman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, ousted last summer as Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair over a scandalous plot to damage Bernie Sanders during the primary.

“Since when does a US Senator (Bill Nelson), not law enforcement, be the one to so quickly release this terrorist’s Hispanic name but nothing about his more relevant Islamic background?” the letter asks. Obama must have told Sen. Nelson to keep this from looking like a Muslim Terrorist attack during the last 12 days of his watch. Bad for his legacy.” Morlock goes on to state that it’s “better to portray this atrocity as white Hispanic Alaskan mental Iraq war vet gun violence.” The real estate entrepreneur proceeds to reveal that Santiago lives in walking distance to the only mosque in Alaska, was radicalized before he entered the military and was knowingly allowed to serve despite his Islamic sympathies thanks to “Obama’s PC military.”

The letter poses interesting questions, including why this Muslim terrorist chose Ft. Lauderdale out of all the nation’s airports and who Santiago knows in Broward county, which has a large and growing Islamic community. In 2015 Judicial Watch obtained records from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) that show and Al Qaeda terrorist who helped plan several U.S. attacks lived in Broward County and graduated from the local community college with a degree in computer engineering. His name is Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, but he also had a Hispanic identity, Javier Robles, and for years he appeared on the FBI’s most wanted list. Back in 2012 Judicial Watch reported on a terrorist front group’s demands that Broward County public schools close twice a year to celebrate Islamic holy days, illustrating the influence that Muslims have in the region.

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