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July 27, 2014

Seeking new Congressional action on Counterterrorism

Filed under: Congress and HLS,Terrorist Threats & Attacks — by Philip J. Palin on July 27, 2014

As usual the Aspen Security Forum continues to be an abundant mid-summer source of breaking news.  I was not there.  Three years running I’ve had to work somewhere hot and steamy while many of my colleagues are cooling off and comparing notes.

According to Josh Gerstein, on Saturday Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, called again for revised Congressional authorities to conduct operations against terrorists.

It’s been over a year since the President proposed  the current Authorization for the Use of Military Force be repealed or seriously reformed. (NDU speech)

Gerstein writes in Politico:

“The 2001 AUMF has provided us authority to go after terrorist actors and address the threats that they pose that fit within that definition. We are now 13, 14 years on from that and we’re seeing the emergence of other actors,” Monaco said during an appearance at the Aspen Security Forum. “I think there absolutely is a reason to have an authority to enable us to take the fight to these evolving terrorists that we’ve talked about.”

You can watch and hear Ms. Monaco’s complete remarks at:


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Comment by Christopher Tingus

July 28, 2014 @ 8:19 am

I do hope CAIR was discussed as I hear only from Arabs here and globally as advocates of the Palestinian people and never about Hamas and other terrorists who place the good people of Palestine at harm’s way, hiding behind the skirts of women…such cowards!

As an American who knows the region well and have many Palestinian as well as Israeli friends and have always believed that this continued generational stonewall in spewed hatred towards the Arab brethren, the Hebrew, if anyone cared to put their guns and rockets down and pick up a book, another generation of Palestinians would not be lost and through education could achieve and become competitive in the work place and most likely derive benefit especially in the beginning from their astute and enlightened cousin, the Hebrew who has one of the leading economies in the world, innovators, aspiring to achieve, not using its youth to build tunnels to kill Israelis – how dare you? You allow the Qur’an to be manipulated so….how dare you? Killing of innocent is Not professed in the Bible or the Qur’an – Wake up as God is witness to all!

By the way CAIR, where is your outpouring of support towards the global Christian community is having its churches burnt and ISIS supported by none other, the Muslim Brotherhood, ya know, Barry Obama’s pals, well, moderate Muslims speak out against such dastardly deeds against holy sites and Christians…

Ah, silence…expected I guess given your past demeanor, however your silence prompts the Europeans themselves to awaken and led by Germany, the American arch enemy, a Germany who will dupe many in the Middle East, yes, the Germany who has manufactured and sold billions of dollars in weapons and distributed in its nurturing of a New Confederate of Middle East States as allies to Germany now surrounding the “Brutes of Tehran” – certainty now exists that with a weakened America in pledge to his father, Hussein Obama and his Kenyan pals, anti-Christians and anti-colonialists, Germany is quickly filling the void and as Merkel passes on the baton to Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, heir from the Hapsburgs, the Europeans will do more than speak loudly as its ends the wrath of terror sponsored by the Rev Wrights’ pals, the Iranians who have our youth’s blood on their hands and we have enabled them to spew hatred so it is in the interest of CAIR to show solidarity with the Christian community as all should not embrace one another, but surely as God’s people everywhere, clasp hands and speak out against violence and outright murder, especially you in the moderate Arab-American community and in keeping with you VISION AND MISSION:

CAIR’s vision is to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding.

CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CAIR supports free enterprise, freedom of religion and freedom of expression.
CAIR is committed to protecting the civil rights of all Americans, regardless of faith.
CAIR supports domestic policies that promote civil rights, diversity and freedom of religion.
CAIR opposes domestic policies that limit civil rights, permit racial, ethnic or religious profiling, infringe on due process, or that prevent Muslims and others from participating fully in American civic life.
CAIR is a natural ally of groups, religious or secular, that advocate justice and human rights in America and around the world.
CAIR supports foreign policies that help create free and equitable trade, encourage human rights and promote representative government based on socio-economic justice.
CAIR believes the active practice of Islam strengthens the social and religious fabric of our nation.
CAIR condemns all acts of violence against civilians by any individual, group or state.
CAIR advocates dialogue between faith communities both in America and worldwide.
CAIR supports equal and complementary rights and responsibilities for men and women.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group. CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization, with regional offices nationwide. CAIR’s national headquarters are on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

Since its establishment in 1994, CAIR has worked to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America.

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