DOJ Targets Political Threats When Real Threats Abound
A Dallas/Fort Worth-area rabbi and several others are taken hostage by an armed Pakistani-born terrorist at Congregation Beth Israel on Saturday. The terrorist reportedly wants to negotiate for the release of, well, another terrorist, dubbed “Lady al-Qaeda,” who is serving more than 80 years in prison in Fort Worth for trying to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan.
After more than 10 hours, the rabbi throws a chair at the terrorist and enables the whole group to escape. An FBI Hostage Rescue team finally closes in, and fortunately the terrorist is the only one who ends up dead.
Heroic Escape From an Armed Pakistani-Born Terrorist
Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, known to congregants as “Rabbi Charlie,” is a hero; he credits training he got from police and the FBI. As the hours ticked by, he knew the terrorist was aware his negotiations were not getting him what he wanted, and the situation was deteriorating. The terrorist had become “belligerent and threatening,” the rabbi says, and had said he expected to die. Rabbi Charlie knew from his training that they had to get out of there somehow. Here are the details of what happened inside that synagogue.
Those on the left actually fear conservatives and Donald Trump more than they do armed, crazed Islamic terrorists
Apparently, the armed man didn’t even have to sneak into the synagogue. Rabbi Charlie had invited him in out of kindness because he appeared to need shelter, and the rabbi says he “didn’t hear anything suspicious” as he brewed a cup of tea for his guest. But while they were praying, he heard the click of the man’s gun.
Biden’s first reaction was a vapid claim that they didn’t yet know the motives of the hostage-taker. But the FBI later admitted the obvious and released a statement calling the ordeal “a terrorism-related matter, in which the Jewish community was targeted” and said the Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating.
The FBI Has Taken Its Eye Off the Real Threat
Fine, but Miranda Devine — writer for the New York Post and author of Laptop From Hell — says that,
…the attack is a reminder of times in the not-so-distant past, when Islamic terrorism was considered a far greater threat than a MAGA supporter, and the national security apparatus was deployed to protect American citizens, not attack them.
If the FBI is busy chasing down conservative parents who protest at school board meetings, for example, could it be that “the organization has taken its eye off the infiltration into our country of a terrorist like Akram”? That sure would explain a lot.
Devine makes the point that Democrats are using the Capitol Hill riot as a pretext for hunting their political enemies, not the real threats. Her opinion piece on this is a must-read.
So, tell me, FBI, how did this terrorist, the late, not-so-great Malik Faisal Akram, from the U.K., manage to fly into JFK Airport and then disappear into this country? According to his brother, “He’s known to police. Got a criminal record…was suffering from mental health issues.” He had no apparent means of support. He listed a hotel in Queens as his destination but traveled to Dallas, where he stayed at a homeless shelter for a week and bought a gun, apparently on the street.
A New York Post editorial put it this way:
American travelers put up with a vast amount of security theater — millions of man-hours lost each year to unpredictably long TSA lines; intrusive pat-downs; the whole take-off-your-shoes-and-belt rigmarole. Yet the vast security apparatus can’t screen out a mentally ill Muslim extremist?
They’re right: This guy was such a screwball, he made news in the U.K. for being banned from a court after ranting about 9/11. We’re now hearing that he was known to MI-5, the British counterpart to our FBI.
The National Security Apparatus is Weaponized — Against Conservatives
Meanwhile, our “Justice” Department has created a “Sedition Task Force” to investigate Trump supporters for attempting to “overthrow the government” and has put Capitol Hill rally attendees on no-fly lists. The government has set up a National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism. The national security apparatus has been weaponized against conservatives. But, hey, welcome to America, you disturbed, U.S.-hating Islamic terrorist!
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When DOJ resources are directed for political reasons to what is wrongly labeled a domestic terrorist threat — such as conservatives daring to question the honesty of the 2020 election — that means real threats like this Malik Faisal Akram get to waltz right in. The Attorney General, to please Democrats who accuse him of “inaction,” bragged last week about the enormous array of resources they’re devoting to their investigation of January 6, as if Trump supporters were the worst threat to America since the Civil War. (Actually, many leftists, the ones who watch too much MSNBC, believe that.) Meanwhile, a rabbi and several in his congregation came close to losing their lives.
This is Authoritarianism
Steve Hilton, on this weekend’s The Next Revolution, asked guest Tulsi Gabbard what she thought of the Deputy Attorney General’s condemnation of anyone who is “anti-authority” for being part of what he calls domestic violent extremism. And I have to say that, even though she’s in the Democrat Party for some inexplicable reason, she gave an answer that made a lot of sense — an answer that one might even expect to hear from a Republican.
I think it’s really important to bold, highlight, and underline what he said, she told him. …The authorities of the Biden administration are targeting Americans for holding anti-authority views. That is authoritarianism. And what does that mean to us, here at home? We’re supposed to just sit back passively, follow along, put those blinders on and do whatever they tell us to do? That undermines the heart of our democratic republic, that undermines the essence of our Constitution…
…This is where they’re exposing their anti-liberty, anti-democracy mindset, which is so dangerous.
Of course, Gabbard was saying this on FOX News. She better watch where she repeats such heresy, because if she doesn’t watch out, she’s going to find herself censored by Facebook, Twitter, and Google for “lacking context” that would make it clear it’s really Republicans who are against “our democracy.” Even though it isn’t, but never mind.
Motivated By Fear — Of Losing Power
Her speculation is that this authoritarianism comes from fear of losing the power that they’re trying to hold on to, “Fear that people will question the decisions that they’re making; fear that people who challenge their authority are a direct threat to their power.”
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It’s coming from fear, she said, “rather than from the heart, the essence of the Constitution of the United States of America, the very document that guides us and reminds us of what the United States is all about.”
And here’s the money quote:
When people are motivated by fear of losing power, you see the kinds of results that we’re seeing where they’re willing to say or do whatever they feel they need to to hold onto it.
Those on the left actually fear conservatives and Donald Trump more than they do armed, crazed Islamic terrorists. The choices they make in dealing with perceived threats tell us this. Conservatives are the ones who could take their power away, and all it might take is another election or two.
Mike Huckabee is the former governor of Arkansas and longtime conservative commentator on issues in culture and current events. A New York Times best-selling author, he hosts the weekly talk show Huckabee on TBN.
Originally published at MikeHuckabee.com. Reprinted with Permission.