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Is Hawaii exempt from terror attacks?

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In August 1982, a Palestinian terrorist who had been harbored and given safe haven in Iraq by Saddam Hussein flew from Baghdad to Tokyo with his Austrian wife and their toddler son. During the final leg of his journey between Hong Kong and Tokyo, he planted a bomb under the seat near the rear of the aircraft and then he disembarked in Japan. It detonated when a Japanese youth stood up. He was killed in the explosion upon landing at Honolulu International Airport. The terrorist bomb was designed to breach the fuselage of the aircraft and take it down if it had occurred in midair.

You can Google Pan Am 830.

I’m not going to delve deeply into the details of this incident and the others which we will consider because I want to avoid having anyone get sidetracked into each case study, but rather do your own research and learn about what has brought us to this point in time.

Have you ever heard of the terror plot called Bojinka? In 1995, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who later was the architect of 9/11, conspired with others in Manila, Philippines, to plant explosives on nearly a dozen jumbo jets crossing the Pacific Ocean and take them down in midair. At least one of those flights would have been destined into Honolulu. The same plot would have assassinated Pope John Paul II on his visit to the Philippines. It was foiled only because of an explosion during the preparation stages in Manila. This was a predecessor of a similar plot from London, England, about a decade later.

In the years leading up to the 9/11/2001 terror attacks in the United States, several of the future hijackers trained at flight schools in the Philippines. Several also made visits into the Fiji islands in the South Pacific which have never really been fully explained as to what they did there or with whom they met. The nexus with Hawaii in this one is a bit more speculative but Hawaii historically has served as either a transit point or a meeting place.

Within the last decade from the present date, a suspected terrorist from Staten Island in New York City spent a significant amount of time in Hawaii and was apprehended here and extradited back to that jurisdiction. His Hawaii connections are not clear.

Hawaii has long served as a backdoor entry into the United States for persons traveling on to locales on the United States mainland. On the one hand, this has included circuitous air routes from South America via the South Pacific into Hawaii utilized by drug smugglers evading detection on the east coast and other major mainland cities.

Indirect flights from the Middle East and Southwest Asia connect via cities like Bangkok or Singapore or Manila or Tokyo or Hong Kong, for instance, into Hawaii. Now that jumbo jets can fly long distances without refueling, many just wave at Hawaii from 35,000 feet overhead. So, anybody who stops here has chosen to do it for some specific reason.

There is also a very serious issue involving small vessels. This includes both the fishing vessels that circumnavigate the Pacific Basin for their catch as well as private yachts. I’ll save this to go into in more depth at a later time. Basically we do not know who or what is on any of these boats until they get here.

I will wrap it up this time with the case of Ikaika Kang. He was a local Hawaii boy who converted to Islam while serving in the U.S. Army in the Middle East. He was then stationed at Schofield Barracks here on Oahu. Military authorities in conjunction with the FBI documented his attempts to provide material support and information to ISIS. Public domain reports also indicate that he had threatened to attack commuters on the H-1 freeway as a sniper and also to shoot people in Waikiki and at local shopping centers such as Ala Moana and Ka Makana Alii. He was willing to commit treason and kill his fellow soldiers and neighbors in the name of his new religion and ideology.

All of this information is strictly from open sources. In this internet age, the distance from Honolulu to Islamabad and from Pakistan to Hawaii is just one nanosecond in social media.

Yes, it can happen in Hawaii. It did happen in Hawaii. It almost happened in Hawaii. It may have been plotted in Hawaii and carried out elsewhere. It could be plotted elsewhere to happen here. Circumspection is the order of the day!

 


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Heartland Institute Policy Advisor Gregory Wrightstone was a guest with Laura Ingraham on the Ingraham Angle last week on Fox News. On the show, he took on claims by Bill Nye “the science guy” regarding droughts, famines, and how we’re going to have to move up north just to be able to survive as a species.

Wrightstone, who is known for debunking such heavy hitters as Al Gore, who was certain we’d all be burned alive by 2015. On the show, Wrightstone also took on NASA.

Science isn’t all that hard, folks. Where it gets complicated is when “science” is driven by political agendas and money behind the scenes. Both sides of nearly every debate have politics and money manipulating the science, but the lion’s share definitely goes to the leftists who are more “enlightened” and they’re willing to pay for any result they want from the scientific community that they weren’t able to bully into before.

There is no doubt that strange things are happening with the weather. Is it man-made? Is it reversible? Is it going to kill us all in a decade. The true scientific answer to all these questions is, “probably not.”

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Was Christchurch a lone gunman or a conspiracy?

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Yesterday in “Aotearoa, The Land of the Long White Cloud, needs to step back and look at Christchurch objectively“, we indicated that we were dealing with a snapshot of a developing story regarding the slaughter of Muslims in their mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. It was evident that the investigation into this act of terror and hate crime would continue to unfold.

There has been a 180° turn in what New Zealand authorities are saying about how many people were involved in this attack. In the hours after the unimaginable occurred, Radio New Zealand was citing the law enforcement authorities as having multiple people in custody and hastening to determine if more were involved.

Though an Australian citizen is still being held and believed to be the perpetrator, his alleged motive of white supremacy is having further aspersions cast upon it. As we mentioned yesterday, he had travelled to Pakistan and praised the people whom he met there.

“In the post, the accused said he was visiting Pakistan for the first time. He called it an incredible place filled with the most earnest, kind hearted and hospitable people in the world.”

Now it turns out that Turkish intelligence is investigating the time that he spent in that country and believes that others may likely be involved. Today RNZ posted an article entitled “Turkish intelligence investigating Christchurch accused ~ report“.

Among the troubling concerns documented are:

“Tarrant’s interest in the Ottoman Empire, which controlled much of Southeast Europe, Western Asia and North Africa between the 14th and early 20th centuries and its downfall, have raised suspicions.”

“Turkish intelligence thinks there is a well-resourced organisation behind this.”

“That kind of ordinary profile, that is not very well educated, and not rich … this person cannot commit such a violent action on his own….”

Without further details, it could be either that he was fascinated by the Ottoman Empire and/or that he sought retribution against the acts of the Ottoman Empire. If the RNZ article is accurate ~ and because it is very much at variance with most of the articles which have been posted showing empathy for the Muslim victims, and painting the perpetrator as a white supremacist ~ it’s unlikely that RNZ would invent the story about Turkish intelligence.

The article further states:

“Senior politicians from Turkey have been meeting with New Zealand government representatives and are expected to spend the next few days in Christchurch.”

Therefore it is rather surprising that today, New Zealand Police has tweeted out that:

“This is now an international investigation which includes staff from the FBI and @AusFedPolice on the ground in New Zealand, as well as investigators assisting in Australian states.”

No mention of Turkish authorities.

NZP also tweets:

“There is no indication at this stage that anyone else was directly involved in the attack – we believe this horrific act was committed by one person.”

Just as FBI quickly concluded that the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was strictly an act of domestic terrorism. But there is adequate information even in the public domain that Terry Nichols had traveled at least twice to his wife’s home country of the Philippines and had opportunity to potentially meet with 9/11 architect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to learn the art of bomb-making.

So, NZP appears intent upon disavowing or simply ignoring earlier indications of co-conspirators for Christchurch. They acknowledge the FBI and Australian Federal Police but they do not allude to the presence of Turkish officials in New Zealand at this time.

When we add to this the warning for the New Zealand Jewish Community to stay away from their synagogues the day after the attack on Muslims in their mosques in Christchurch, it is readily apparent that a wider threat was perceived even though the gunman was in custody. So, if the shooter acted alone, all this was just an over-reaction by New Zealand authorities. An alternative explanation could be that there are others still at large that they don’t want to discuss.

But the most important consideration goes even deeper into what is starting to look like a possible cover-up. Was white supremacy really the motivation?

“It’s more than just irony that the mosque attack occurred in a city named Christchurch. It’s probably deliberate. An alleged white supremacist chose such a locale. So could a Muslim offended by the city name. In this, they’d have common cause. Both wonder why Muslims chose to live there.”

If Christchurch was intended to strike a blow in the name of white supremacy to end unmitigated immigration by Muslims, it has accomplished the exact antithesis of that objective. Overnight, the prevailing narrative of Islamic terrorism against non-Muslims in a worldwide Jihad ~ though accurate and well-documented ~ has been replaced by politicians everywhere jumping on the bandwagon to express solidarity with Muslims as victims of religious bigotry.

We will continue monitoring the aftermath of Christchurch. Our purpose is to provide counterpoint to those who start with a preconceived notion and then strive to confirm it. Rather, we look at the facts and draw conclusions objectively.

If it was white supremacy, we will plainly so state. But, the alternative is not necessarily a false flag operation. The perpetrator could have been manipulated by those with motives different from his own. That’s why this report about the suspicions of Turkish intelligence are so significant.

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It’s official: Sen. Mike Lee has come out of the closet

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Its official Sen Mike Lee has come out of the closet

In the Age of Trump, where Trumpservatism has replaced conservatism within the Republican party, many of those once heralded for their “strident” defense of conservative values have come out of the closet — politically speaking — to publicly admit their same-politics attraction to the Far-Left.

One such “conservative” is Gutless On Principles Hall of Shame enshrinee, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT).

Over the past two years, Lee has developed a political infatuation with Ivanka Trump’s socialist feminist agenda and has worked to advance many of the same policies promoted by Hillary Clinton during her 2016 campaign.

Lee, along with Marco Rubio, were same-politics partners with Daddy’s precious to “help” working families by using so-called tax reform to increase their dependency on the federal government via the tax code.

A few months ago (Nov 2018), Lee was same-politics partners with Ivanka and Van Jones — yes, THAT Van Jones — to promote and eventually pass the First-Step Act, a law that Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz said gave drug traffickers and gun felons early release from prison, emasculated police and prosecutors, and made America less safe.

This brings us to Lee’s most recent out-of-the-closet moment.

In his 2018 State of the Union, Trump pushed a big-government agenda even Barack Obama would love, and his wish-list of progressive priorities included Hillary’s and Ivanka’s paid family leave. Following the SOTU, Lee, Rubio and Ivanka engaged in another political affaire de coeur to create a so-called “budget neutral” scheme that would allow individuals to borrow from their future Social Security benefits in order to take several paid weeks off work for the birth or adoption of a child.

Though temporarily put on the back burner until after the 2018 mid-terms, Trump again promoted paid family leave in his recent SOTU. And just as before, Mike Lee got to work to make it happen, this time with a new same-politics partner, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA).

Known as the CRADLE Act (Child Rearing and Development Leave Empowerment Act), Lee and Ernst have proposed a plan that will allow America to “catch up with other countries” by creating a cradle-to-grave welfare state sure to bring a smile to Ivanka’s face.

Conservatives know that creating a new entitlement is a bad idea for a host of reasons. But when you add the U.S. debt crisis, the unfunded liabilities of $123 trillion dollars and growing already on the books for entitlements, and the fact that Social Security is projected to be bankrupt in 15 years, Lee’s socialist-friendly proposal is epitome of out-of-control big government.

Mike Lee has officially come out of the closet to declare his same-politics attraction to the Far-Left. Meanwhile, the search for a “straight” conservative in Washington continues.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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