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Video of Foley beheading: Intentionally intimidating

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By Michael Carl/SRN News

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Anchor Lead: U.S. intelligence analysts are agreed that the ISIS video of James Foley is frightening. One intelligence analyst says that was the point. SRN’s Michael Carl has more…

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Center for Security Policy Vice President for Research Clare Lopez says the ISIS video intentionally featured a speaker with a perfect British accent speaking directly to President Obama. Lopez says the video is a warning and an example of a psychological operation…

 

[Lopez                 :08                      …so terrified.]

 

Lopez says the ISIS psy-ops campaign is largely aimed at the United States.

Michael Carl, SRN News.

 

 

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August 29th, 2014 at 8:56 pm

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ISIS: Not your ordinary terrorist group

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By Michael Carl/SRN News

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Anchor Lead: A U.S. intelligence analyst says that the world’s attention on the Islamic State is well-founded because she says, ISIS isn’t an ordinary terrorist group. SRN’s Michael Carl has more…

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Military analysts say ISIS poses a greater security threat because its leaders are more polished, sophisticated, and educated. Center for Security Policy Vice President for Research Clare Lopez agrees. She says the evidence is seen in their professional and intimidating PR campaign…

 

[Lopez                 :10                      …hearts of the enemy.]

 

Lopez points out that ISIS leader Baghdadi has a Ph.D.

Michael Carl, SRN News.

 

 

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August 28th, 2014 at 2:13 pm

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ISIS, the U.S., and a small ‘margin of safety’

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By Michael Carl/SRN News

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Anchor Lead: Even though U.S. officials are warning that ISIS poses a threat to the U.S., some analysts believe there is a margin of safety. SRN’s Michael explains…

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Although ISIS is a real threat to American security according to intelligence officials, Center for Security Policy Vice President for Research Clare Lopez says there is one factor that is in the country’s favour: ISIS is dealing with governance…

 

[Lopez                 :09                               ….a government does.]

 

Lopez adds that ISIS still has its eyes on U.S. targets.

Michael Carl, SRN News.

 

 

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August 27th, 2014 at 4:43 pm

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ISIS ‘gunning’ for the U.S.

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By Michael Carl/SRN News

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Anchor Lead: ISIS actions in the Middle East are drawing harsh criticism from U.S. officials, but those same intelligence officials warn that ISIS may already be in the U.S. SRN’s Michael Carl has more…

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Leaders in Europe and the U.S. say the thousands of European Muslims and the hundreds from the U.S. fighting with ISIS pose a major security threat. U.S. Center for Security Policy Vice President for Research Clare Lopez agrees, and adds the danger will come when they come home…

 

[Lopez                 :11                      …hardened battle skills.]

 

Lopez says the open southern border greatly adds to the danger.

Michael Carl, SRN News.

 

 

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August 26th, 2014 at 2:10 pm

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ISIS beheading is in line with Qur’an

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By Michael Carl/SRN News

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Anchor Lead: The ISIS beheading video has drawn sharp criticism from U.S. officials, but some Islam analysts say what ISIS is doing isn’t out of line. SRN’s Michael Carl explains…

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U.S. officials expressed outrage over the killing of American journalist James Foley. But, Islam analysts say ISIS is following the Qur’an. Center for Security Policy Vice President for Research Clare Lopez says ISIS’ inspiration is Muhammad’s biography…

 

[Lopez                 :10                      …who offended him.]

 

Lopez adds that many Qur’anic verses teach acts of violence.

Michael Carl, SRN News.

 

 

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August 25th, 2014 at 3:51 pm

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Iowa test case ‘puts the brakes’ on a bad procedure

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By Michael Carl/WND

A court ruling in an abortion dispute in Iowa could throw a massive roadblock at the abortion industry, whose long-term future remains uncertain with providers diminishing in number as senior and elderly abortionists retire or quit, and replacements are not keeping up.

A lawyer for the Thomas More Society, which recently opened a new office in Nebraska, said the ruling that affirmed an Iowa Board of Medicine ban on “tele-conference abortions” is significant.

Attorney Matt Heffron said the state board was “putting the brakes” on something that “could have been horrendous.”

The abortion-supporting Guttmacher Institute said abortion providers are dropping in number, by nearly 40 percent from a peak in 1982 to about 1,800 in recent years.

The video-conferencing idea would have allowed a single abortion provider to order many more abortions, and cover vastly larger areas of the country.

“If this practice of video-conferencing abortions had been allowed to stand, this would have greatly expanded abortion throughout the country and it would have greatly multiplied the ability of the declining number of abortion doctors to deal with all sorts of patients,” Heffron said.

Officials with Operation Rescue note that in 2013 alone, 87 surgical abortion clinics closed.

“The total number of surgical abortion clinics left in the U.S. is now 582. This represents an impressive 12 percent net decrease in surgical abortion clinics in 2013 alone, and a 73 percent drop from a high in 1991 of 2,176,” the OR report said.

“Of 87 clinics that discontinued surgical abortions, 81 are permanently shuttered while sic abortion businesses ceased surgical abortions, but continued to sell that abortion pill. The figures do not include the 11 abortion clinics that were closed temporarily in 2013, then reopened later in the year.”

For the rest of the story…

http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/iowa-case-throws-roadblock-at-abortion-industry/

 

 

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August 25th, 2014 at 1:07 am

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The ISIS wave of destruction: Simply normal for jihadists

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By Michael Carl

The ISIS campaign to destroy churches and other religious sites is well-documented. Jonah’s tomb and scores of churches are among their targets.

The ISIS program of selling women into slavery and killing Christian men is also well-publicized.

But how many people know why the radical jihadist group is on a rampage, killing, pilfering and destroying anyone or anything that stands in their way?

Jihad Watch publisher, author, and Islamic terrorism analyst Robert Spencer says the primary reason for the wanton destruction of the churches is because ISIS has developed an organized, coordinated campaign against anything Christian.

“Given the scope of the attacks on churches, it does seem to have been a coordinated, planned action,” Spencer said.

Center for Security Policy Vice President for Research Clare Lopez says that the ISIS church destruction campaign is the ultimate expression of Islam.

“ISIS is the purest expression of Islamic doctrine, law, and Scripture. Of course, al-Baghdadi himself has a doctorate in Islamic Studies. The leaders at least are highly educated, very sophisticated, deeply devout Muslims determined to achieve the dual objectives of Caliphate and Shariah,” Lopez said.

However, quoting the Qur’an, Spencer says that ISIS is acting outside of Qur’anic teaching.

“The Qur’an actually speaks about protecting churches: ‘If Allah had not driven some people back by means of others, monasteries, churches, synagogues and mosques, where Allah’s name is mentioned much, would have been pulled down and destroyed’ is what the Qur’an says in Sura 22:40.

“However, Muslim clerics often interpret this as referring only to the churches and synagogues in which everyone became Muslim, and not to churches and synagogues of the ‘unbelievers among the People of the Book,’ according to Sura 98:6.

“That verse refers to Jews and Christians who did not become Muslim. The conversion into mosques of the churches of those people is just fine, and there is abundant precedent for it in Islamic history, especially when lands are newly conquered by jihadists, as in the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Damascus, and others,” Spencer said.

Center for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths analyst and Shillman-Ginsberg Fellow at the Middle East Forum Mark Durie says the destruction of churches is following the normal pattern in jihad.

“The churches are symbols of idolatry (shirk) and as such are being destroyed so they will not incite idolatrous worship in people.  Shi’ite mosques are being destroyed for the same reason, only in the case of the Shi’ites, they are considered to be apostates,” Durie said.

He says that even though 45 churches have been destroyed, some churches have been spared.

“Not all churches are being destroyed. Some are converted to mosques, after the crosses and other visible symbols of Christianity have been destroyed,” Durie said.

Durie adds that the recent destruction of Jonah’s tomb was done as part of jihad.

“Being Christian or Jewish is irrelevant. Jonah is a Muslim prophet too and his tomb would have been a site for Muslim pilgrimage and devotions for more than 1000 years. They destroy all Islamic shrines and holy places because they consider them to incite people to idolatry. The Wahhabis did this in Saudi Arabia long time ago,” Durie said.

A former CIA Station Chief who asked not to be identified for security reasons says that the ISIS decision to destroy the churches isn’t outside of their normal operational pattern.

“ISIS and all other Muslim Brotherhood groups, along with the Shia groups like Iran and Hezbullah, are manifestations of true Islam,” the former station chief said.

The former station chief adds that their willful destruction of churches is keeping with Islamic beliefs.

“ALL Muslims hate Christianity and Judaism…they HAVE to, it’s mandated in the Koran and the Hadiths.

“To illustrate the true Islamic nature of ISIS, one simply needs to pull descriptions of Mohammed’s actions from history and also quote what he says via the Qur’an and hadiths about waging war against all non-Muslims, and the use of rape, torture and terror towards non-Muslims,” the former station chief said.

Spencer agrees that much of the ISIS campaign shows evidence of a virulent hatred of all things Christian. He illustrates his point by citing several passages in the Qur’an.

“Certainly their hatred is prompted by the Qur’an. Sura 9:30 says that those who say Jesus is the Son of God are under the curse of Allah. Suras 5:17 and 5:72 say that those who confess the divinity of Christ are unbelievers,” Spencer said.

Lopez however says that it’s not necessarily hate for Christians and Jews that is pushing their campaign. It’s their determination to implement their faith.

“It’s not that they hate Christians, Jews, or Yazidis. It’s that they are determined to implement the doctrine of their faith. That doctrine is conquest to the extent possible. Any who stand in the way of that objective must die,” Lopez said.

Durie agrees that nothing that is happening is out of the normal operational pattern for jihadist groups.

“The things being done reflect the pattern of Muhammad’s own actions, as well as subsequent Islamic jihad campaigns throughout history. For example, the way captive women are being sold matches Muhammad’s example.

“Likewise the killing of Yazidi men, but allowing Christian men to pay the jizya to avoid being killed – this is guided by the Qur’an,” Durie said.

The former station chief doesn’t believe that ISIS has gone far enough to bring more Western opposition.

“People make mistakes. ISIS might overplay its hand, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Al-Qaida in Iraq did, and then recovered. ISIS has shown that they are mostly the same people as al-Qaida in Iraq, so they are quite capable of learning from their mistakes or taking a different tack,” the former station chief said.

Durie says the world may be waking up, but reversing the damage is another issue.

“The world is waking up to some extent but fixing the problem is another matter. Long-term denial has created the problem,” Durie said.

 

 

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August 20th, 2014 at 9:30 pm

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Nigerian Christians told, ‘Fight back!’

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By Michael Carl/WND

Christians under attack by Muslims terrorists in Nigeria are being warned to defend themselves, because the government won’t do it.

“Fight them,” said Rachel Ehrenfeld, director of the American Center for Democracy and the Economic Warfare Institute.

“Unless the non-Muslims in Africa fight the jihadists, they’ll become refugees, enslaved or killed,” she said.

Her comments came just as Christians in the northern Nigeria town of Gwoza were attacked by the jihadist group Boko Haram, killing 100 people and burning several buildings.

Ehrenfeld said Christians “have to be able to fend for themselves, because they can’t rely on the government.”

A former military intelligence officer who served with the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, Paul Hair, agrees.

Hair told WND Nigerian Christians might have to adopt the tactics of Christians and other non-Muslims in the Central African Republic.

“They might have to fight back brutally with whatever weapons they have. They’re going to need a high desire to achieve complete victory,” he said.

“What else can the Nigerian Christians do if they don’t want to be wiped out? If the government can’t help them, and it’s increasingly questionable if it can, then what use is appealing to it? The U.S. is heavily involved in Nigeria, but the Nigerian Christians shouldn’t expect help from the United States,” Hair said.

For the rest of the story…

http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/christians-told-to-fight-back-brutally-against-jihadists/

 

 

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August 11th, 2014 at 9:59 pm

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Campus rape bill trashed for crushing ‘due process’

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By Michael Carl/WND

A congressional bill aimed at curbing sexual assault on America’s college and university campuses actually would make the problem worse, contends the anti-violence group Stop Abusive and Violent Environments, or SAVE.

The Campus Accountability and Safety Act sponsored by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., includes provisions for counselors for sexual assault victims, anonymity for those who report sexual assaults and increased standards for campus security and safety officers.

Her office declined to respond to WND questions, but in a statement previously released by her press office, she said women on college campuses are in danger of sexual assault.

“Currently, an American woman who attends college is more likely to be a victim of sexual assault than a woman who does not attend college. At the same time, institutions of higher education across the country have been unable, or unwilling, to adequately address the problem,” she said.

“The current lax oversight of the federal laws on the books has the perverse effect of incentivizing colleges to encourage non-reporting, under-reporting,and non-compliance with the already weak standards under current federal law,” she said.

Her plan also has support from Sens. Dean Heller, R-Nev., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Kirsten Gillebrand, D-N.Y., Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., Mark Warner, D-Va., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

But SAVE President Everett Bartlett said one of the major consequences of the bill will be to remove some of the U.S. Constitution’s protections for the accused.

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http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/campus-rape-bill-comes-under-heavy-fire/

 

 

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August 11th, 2014 at 9:49 pm

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House Foreign Affairs Member: Obama refuses to help Nigeria defeat Boko Haram

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By Michael Carl/SRN News

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Anchor Lead: A House Foreign Relations Committee member says the U.S. has the information needed to defeat Boko Haram, but isn’t sharing it with Nigeria. SRN’s Michael Carl explains why…

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Texas Representative Steve Stockman says the U.S. military has the necessary intelligence that would help Nigeria locate the kidnapped girls and defeat Boko Haram. But he says the Obama Administration refuses to disclose the information…

 

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Stockman says the media and the people need to publicly pressure the Obama White House to share the information.

Michael Carl, SRN News.

 

 

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August 2nd, 2014 at 9:38 pm

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