29 April 2012

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Exclusive: Senior U.S. General Orders Top-to-Bottom Review of Military’s Islam Training

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U.S. soldiers in Iraq attend a technical class, 2009. The U.S. military is now launching a wide-ranging review of its professional instruction to remove anti-Islam material. Photo: DVIDSHUB
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday ordered the entire U.S. military to scour its training material to ensure it doesn’t contain anti-Islamic content, Danger Room has learned. The order came after the Pentagon suspended a course for senior officers that was found to contain derogatory material about Islam.
The extraordinary order by General Martin Dempsey, the highest-ranking military officer in the U.S. armed forces, was prompted by content in a course titled “Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism” that was presented as an elective at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. The course instructed captains, commanders, lieutenant colonels and colonels from across all four armed services that “Islam had already declared war on the West,” said Lt. Gen. George Flynn, Dempsey’s deputy for training and education.
“It was inflammatory,” Flynn told Danger Room on Tuesday. “We said, ‘Wait a second, that’s really not what we’re talking about.’ That is not how we view this problem or the challenges we have in the world today.”
The strong response by the Pentagon brass illustrates growing sensitivity around the issue since Danger Room’s investigation of anti-Islam material in the FBI’s counterterrorism training last September. That story sparked strong condemnation of the training material from the U.S. Attorney General on down, and prompted the White House to order a review of U.S. counterterrorism training last October.
Despite that White House order, the “Perspectives” course, taught since 2004, not only evaded review, but had defenders in the Joint Forces Staff College that taught it.
Danger Room first learned about the course last month, and determined that one of its guest lecturers was Stephen Coughlin, who has taught FBI and U.S. Army audiences that Islamic law is a danger to U.S. national security. We sought comment from a representative for the Joint Forces Staff College, who defended the propriety of the course.
Feedback from students has been “mostly positive, usually around the 90% range,” Steven Williams, a spokesman for the college, e-mailed Danger Room on Mar. 14. “Students generally appreciate thought-provoking discussion and the freedom to consider critical perspectives.”
The Pentagon, though, told a very different story Tuesday. Flynn disclosed that since an unspecified “revision” of the course in the summer of 2011, multiple officers who attended the course had raised internal objections about its presentation of Islam and Muslims. He estimated that about 20 officers attend each eight-week elective course, which is offered four times a year.
Flynn said he heard about the objectionable material on Friday after a colonel enrolled in the course complained about the anti-Islam lessons. “We looked at it and we found the material to be objectionable and we started digging into it to see, how did the course get this way?” Flynn said.
The course was scheduled to hold its second weekly meeting of the semester on Wednesday. But class will not be in session. Flynn has appointed a two-star general to spend the next 30 days investigating how the course came to include anti-Islam material in apparent contravention of the White House directive.
Accordingly, Dempsey has issued a letter to the chiefs of all four military services and the leaders of the military’s regional commands to make extra-sure that their own educational and training materials “are consistent with our values,” said Brig. Gen. Richard Gross, Dempsey’s senior legal adviser.
“Possibly, we did not follow the procedures we should have followed in academically approving the course, but that’ll be formally determined when we complete the inquiry into this,” Flynn said.
Last month, Williams, at the Joint Forces Staff College, assured Danger Room that the course followed the White House-approved guidelines issued by the Department of Homeland Security (.pdf) to prevent anti-Islam material from being taught by the U.S. government. He described the class as including “the basic tenets of Islam; the context in which it was founded; the life of the Prophet Mohammed; Islam’s early development; the practice of Islam in various countries; the foundations and principles of terrorism; the roots of Islamic militancy, and a broad overview of various Islamic radical groups and their philosophies.”
But although the course material is unclassified, Williams would not disclose it to Danger Room. Flynn spoke more candidly about the material on Tuesday.
“We have an elective that did not meet the educational standards or the values of our JPME enterprise, so we’re going to suspend the course,” Flynn said Tuesday, using the acronym for joint professional military education. He added that his inquiry will determine whether “academically, did it go through the academic review process to make this truly an accredited course we should be teaching.”
Flynn’s inquiry will examine the chain of command to determine how the inappropriate material got into a course taught to senior military leaders. Flynn said there was as yet no indication that the anti-Islam instructions had disseminated beyond the Joint Forces Staff College, but the various inquiries will have to determine that.
“We’ll take whatever action is warranted,” Flynn said.

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25 April 2012

Orange Crush, Crushed the Beach




Trash left from Orange Crush "tip of the iceberg"



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TYBEE ISLAND--Garbage and guns. The aftermath of Orange Crush 2012 has a lot of people angry about the mess and chaos left in its wake.
To locals on Tybee Island, Orange Crush is one of the least-desired events of the year, as thousands of people (an estimated 11,800 went on and off the island Saturday) descend on Georgia's most popular beach hangout. As a YouTube video that quickly went viral showed. the weekend's visitors left plenty behind.
"The Orange Crush festival was out here this weekend and basically destroyed our beach," says Tony Abruzzio in the now-infamous YouTube clip.
The trash littering Tybee Beach Sunday morning may have grabbed the headlines, but Police Chief Bob Bryson says it's the tip of the iceberg.
"About a half-pound of marijuana, about a half-ounce of crack cocaine, some powder cocaine," Bryson details some of the contraband officers seized Saturday.
Tybee Police also seized three guns, spent casings, Ecstasy pills, a knife and five cars in just a five-hour span. Bryson thinks they could have confiscated a lot more if officers had focus on patrolling rather than crowd control.
He says this event has grown far beyond its roots as a party for college kids on spring break. Though Orange Crush was originally affiliated with Savannah State and is still often associated with the university and its students, SSU withdrew its support from the event 20 years ago.
"Savannah State gets a very bad rap," Bryson said. "It's pretty rare that I've encountered Savannah State students [at Orange Crush.] I don't even know how many actual college students are in the crowd."
There were SSU students on the beach Sunday, participating in the clean-up.
"Words can't even describe how important it is for us to clean up after ourselves," one student told WJCL/WTGS.
The calls have started anew to forbid Orange Crush in 2013, with more than 1,800 people signing awww.change.org petition by 7:30 p.m. Monday. But since Orange Crush is not a structured event that that requests permits from the city and is more of a pre-planned party spread by word of mouth, Bryson doesn't know that it can be stopped.
"People have constitutional rights that they can go about and do whatever they want to do as long as they're not hurting anybody or disrupting the peace," the chief said.
His hoped-for solution: for the partygoers to just tone it down next year.
WJCL/WTGS tried contacting the deejay's and promoters who organized the largely underground beach party. They did not return my calls.
The opposition to Orange Crush doesn't just come from a safety or environmental standpoint, but from an economic one as well. Numerous businesses up and down the beach told WJCL/WTGS that Orange Crush is traditionally one of the slowest Saturdays of the season; apparently the partygoers do not spend much money.
Savannah State University released this statement regarding Orange Crush:
Throughout the year, our students attend any number of local activities and festivals. While some Savannah State students likely attended Orange Crush, the event is neither sponsored nor condoned by the university nor any student organization. In fact, the Division of Student Affairs actively discouraged attendance at this particular event.
Though Savannah State students were not a large part of the problem (estimates indicate less than 20 percent of the student body attended), we are proud that our Marine Science Club students  — approximately 15 — stepped up to be part of the solution by organizing a beach clean-up session for Sunday morning.  We commend them for taking the initiative and demonstrating responsible behavior that we seek to instill in all of our students. 
In keeping with the spirit of kinship and community, Savannah State administrators, faculty and staff have also reached out to Tybee Island officials and residents to offer support and assistance moving forward.  Savannah State University will continue to strive to be a good neighbor to Tybee Island and a good steward of its beautiful beaches.




24 April 2012

Double Standard: Black Men Named Trayvon Get Killed all the Time, But The Left Doesn't Care

BREAKING NEWS: PRESS CONFERENCE LIVE FROM NATIONAL PRESS CLUB IN WASHINGTON DC


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TUESDAY APRIL 24, 9:30am/edt
 
The United West will broadcast a critically important Press Conference

from the National Press Club in Washington D.C.

Frank Gaffney, along with Generals Boykin and Soyster will detail the role of the

Muslim Brotherhood and their infiltration success into the ClintonBush and Obama Administrations.
 
Specific "collaborators/enablers" will be named.
 
This will be a blockbuster Press Conference!
 
≈≈≈
 
WEDNESDAY APRIL 25, 7:00pm/edt
 
SHARIAH - A THREAT TO AMERICA
 
Tom Trento presents a national security briefing on the topic of Islamic law
 
and it's seditious and deadly impact upon American law and American citizens. Trento's presentation identifies
 
President Obama as complicit in promoting a pro-shariah system in the United States of America.  
 
Program organized by the Valencia Pointe News and Opinion Club, in Boynton Beach, Florida.
 
≈≈≈
 
THURSDAY APRIL 26, 7:00pm/edt
 
WHEN ISRAEL ATTACKS IRAN
(Who will President Obama really support?)
 
 
This national security briefing by Tom Trento and The United West team provides
 
incontrovertible evidence that President Obama is the most anti-Israel President in American history.
 
Therefore our relationship with Israel is harmed, our enemies gloat and the world a more dangerous place.
 
Trento will present an action plan that equips America to stand with Israel when all hell breaks loose.
 
Program is co-sponsored by the Pompano Beach Fl, Republican Club and the Broward Republican Executive Committee/Jewish Outreach
 
≈≈≈ 
 
INSTRUCTIONS FOR WATCHING OUR LIVE-STREAM BROADCAST
 
1. Get in front of a computer (a "smart" phone will do!)

2. Go to our web site - www.TheUnitedWest.org
 
3. Kick back and enjoy the show!
 
≈≈≈
 
BROADCAST SCHEDULE
 
Tuesday April 24..............9:30am/edt
Wednesday April 25.................7:00pm
Thursday April 26....................7:00pm
 
IMPORTANT
 
Live-Streaming (on our miniscule budget) is both an art & science. The United West, through the dedication of our highly talented video team, led by  J. Mark Campbell, has done wonders in successfully broadcasting a very good signal in all types of buildings and environments. Nevertheless, this cutting-edge technology is still in a developmental phase, as very few organizations even attempt to do what we are doing. Therefore, please bear with us if there are minor glitches during the broadcast. In fact, send all feedback to our webmaster at:
 

 
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April 23, 2012

23 April 2012

BREAKING:


 
The United West
LIVE STREAM SCHEDULE
 
≈≈≈
 
TUESDAY APRIL 24, 9:30am/edt
 
The United West will broadcast a critically important Press Conference

from the National Press Club in Washington D.C.

Frank Gaffney, along with Generals Boykin and Soyster will detail the role of the

Muslim Brotherhood and their infiltration success into the ClintonBush and Obama Administrations.
 
Specific "collaborators/enablers" will be named.
 
This will be a blockbuster Press Conference!
 
≈≈≈
 
WEDNESDAY APRIL 25, 7:00pm/edt
 
SHARIAH - A THREAT TO AMERICA
 
Tom Trento presents a national security briefing on the topic of Islamic law
 
and it's seditious and deadly impact upon American law and American citizens. Trento's presentation identifies
 
President Obama as complicit in promoting a pro-shariah system in the United States of America.  
 
Program organized by the Valencia Pointe News and Opinion Club, in Boynton Beach, Florida.
 
≈≈≈
 
THURSDAY APRIL 26, 7:00pm/edt
 
WHEN ISRAEL ATTACKS IRAN
(Who will President Obama really support?)
 
 
This national security briefing by Tom Trento and The United West team provides
 
incontrovertible evidence that President Obama is the most anti-Israel President in American history.
 
Therefore our relationship with Israel is harmed, our enemies gloat and the world a more dangerous place.
 
Trento will present an action plan that equips America to stand with Israel when all hell breaks loose.
 
Program is co-sponsored by the Pompano Beach Fl, Republican Club and the Broward Republican Executive Committee/Jewish Outreach
 
≈≈≈ 
 
INSTRUCTIONS FOR WATCHING OUR LIVE-STREAM BROADCAST
 
1. Get in front of a computer (a "smart" phone will do!)

2. Go to our web site - www.TheUnitedWest.org
 
3. Kick back and enjoy the show!
 
≈≈≈
 
BROADCAST SCHEDULE
 
Tuesday April 24..............9:30am/edt
Wednesday April 25.................7:00pm
Thursday April 26....................7:00pm
 
IMPORTANT
 
Live-Streaming (on our miniscule budget) is both an art & science. The United West, through the dedication of our highly talented video team, led by  J. Mark Campbell, has done wonders in successfully broadcasting a very good signal in all types of buildings and environments. Nevertheless, this cutting-edge technology is still in a developmental phase, as very few organizations even attempt to do what we are doing. Therefore, please bear with us if there are minor glitches during the broadcast. In fact, send all feedback to our webmaster at:
 

 
  Please Donate now to help us continue to broadcast these important events, around the World!

 
 
 
JOIN THE FIGHT - SIGN UP AT
www.TheUnitedWest.org
 
 
 
PLEASE FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO YOUR FRIENDS
 
April 23, 2012

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April 23, 2012

Rep. Allen West addresses FBI training materials issue

Rep. West to keynote gala banquet at our National Conference!


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[Editor’s Note: Due to a technical glitch on Friday, April 20th, it’s possible that a number of our email recipients did not receive the email we sent until late in the day. As a result, we have extended the deadline for “early bird” registration for the National Conference & Legislative Briefing through midnight today.

We have also added a short clip below from a recent interview Rep. West gave on Fox & Friends on proposed changes to FBI counterterrorism training materials.]




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At last year’s National Conference & Legislative Briefing, he brought the house down.

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He is an unapologetic patriot. He speaks the truth with clarity, eloquence and boldness—as evidenced by his remarks in the interview above. America is fortunate to have him serving us in Congress—and we are delighted to welcome him back as the keynote speaker for this year’s National Conference & Legislative Briefing gala banquet.

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