Monday, August 29, 2016

Czym jest islam - dr Piotr S. Ślusarczyk

"Islam pod względem politycznym jest totalitarną ideologią, która jednocześnie korzysta z zarezerwowanej dla religii ochrony" - uważa dr Piotr S. Ślusarczyk

Denis MacEoin, Gatestone Institute: Brexit: What it Means to Have Our Freedom Back

For more than 40 years, the UK has followed EU regulations regarding trade deals, immigration laws and foreign policy decisions. Denis MacEoin discusses the negative impacts of EU control and the positive changes that are now possible. Moving forward, the UK will have the ability to decide its own laws and future.

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Robert Spencer on the West's Absurd Polices Toward Islam

On August 21, 2016, Jihad Watch director Robert Spencer addressed the American Freedom Alliance conference in Los Angeles on "Can Islam Coexist with the West?" Pamela Geller, President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, introduced him.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Douglas Murray, Gatestone Institute: Anti-Semitism in Britain’s Labour Party: Rotting from the head down

Anti-Semitism isn’t new to the UK Labour Party, and its recent anti-Semitic outbursts shouldn’t surprise anyone. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has ordered an “independent inquiry” into the party’s anti-Semitism. Gatestone Institute Senior Fellow Douglas Murray explains how Labour’s anti-Semitism problem starts at top of the party, and why this inquiry won’t solve anything.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

King of Morocco Mohammed VI: Can Anyone of Sound Mind Believe that the Reward for Jihad Could Be So

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King of Morocco Mohammed VI: Can Anyone of Sound Mind Believe that the Reward for Jihad Could Be Some Virgins in Paradise?
In an address directed toward Moroccans living abroad, Mohammed VI, the King of Morocco, said that they should "always be among the first to defend peace, harmony, and coexistence in their countries of residence." 

Calling the killing of a priest in his church "unforgivable," Mohammed VI said that the Jihadists are "led by ignorance" and are "destined to dwell in Hell for all eternity." 

"Can anyone of sound mind believe that the reward for Jihad could be some virgins in Paradise?" he asked in the address, which was broadcast by Morocco's Channel 1 on August 20.

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Shireen Qudosi: The Burkini Isn’t About Faith; It’s About Control

The Burkini Isn’t About Faith; It’s About Control

The aim is to control a woman’s space-- in the mosque, the bedroom, the home, her body, or her voice.

BY Shireen Qudosi · @ShireenQudosi | August 26, 2016

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This week a set of photos went viral capturing side-by-side glimpses of a burkini-clad Muslim woman surrounded by officers who then forced her to remove her burkini. The burkini is a swim-suit adaptation named after the most monstrous Islamist garment called a burqa.

John Hannah comments on Iran intercepting U.S. ships in the Gulf

Foundation for Defence of Democracies senior counselor John Hannah comments on Iran intercepting U.S. ships in the Gulf - Cavuto: Coast to Coast (Fox Business) - August 26, 2016 

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Yougov: Miljöpartiet under spärren – fjärde mätningen i rad

Hur skulle du rösta om det vore riksdagsval i dag?
Augusti 2016 vs juli 2016
Moderaterna: 23,6 % (23,8 %)
Centerpartiet: 6,5 % (7,5 %)
Liberalerna: 4,0 % (3,3 %)
Kristdemokraterna: 3,1 % (3,7 %)
Miljöpartiet: 2,8 % (3,0 %)
Socialdemokraterna: 22,9 % (22,6 %)
Vänsterpartiet: 8 % (7,9 %)
Feministiskt initiativ: 3,3 % (1,9 %)
Sverigedemokraterna: 24,8 % (25 %)
Annat parti: 1,2 % (1,4 %)
Källa: Yougov

Elliott Abrams at Gatestone Institute
Elliott Abrams is senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington, DC. He served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor in the administration of President George W. Bush, where he supervised U.S. policy in the Middle East for the White House.
Abrams was educated at Harvard College, the London School of Economics, and Harvard Law School. After serving on the staffs of Senators Henry M. Jackson and Daniel P. Moynihan, he was an assistant secretary of state in the Reagan administration and received the secretary of state's Distinguished Service Award from Secretary George P. Shultz. In 2012, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy gave him its Scholar-Statesman Award.

Global Dawah Day Unveiled - The Unknown (hostedy by ex-Muslim Anni Cyrus)
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John Hannah on Turkey's growing relations with Russia on Special Report - Fox News

FDD senior counselor John Hannah discusses Turkey's relations with Russia and the West - Special Report with Bret Baier (Fox News) - August 24, 2016 

John Bolton at Gatestone Institute - No Turning Back: The Next Counterterrorism Strategy

Bolton discusses why the United States should approach counterterrorism strategy comprehensively. He explains how the Obama administration does not fully appreciate the danger of international terrorism, and how global jihad threatens not just America but Israel and friendly Arab allies.

Diplomat and lawyer, served as the US Permanent Representative to the UN and as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

dr Piotr S. Slusarczyk: Manipulacja pojęciem islamu

Cechą systemów totalitarnych jest totalitarne kłamstwo, nadawanie przeciwnych znaczeń pojęciom. I tak w ustach arabistów "dżihad" oznacza walkę o piękną duszę, nie zaś zbrodniczą ideologię. Islam, który zawiera projekt podboju świata to religia pokoju, a tolerancja to przyzwolenie na działania sprzeczne z prawami człowieka.

Aykan Erdemir on Turkey and Kurdish forces in Syria on BBC World News

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses Turkey and Kurdish forces in Syria - BBC World News (BBC) - August 23, 2016 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the Roanoke stabbing on The Situation Room - CNN

Frank Gaffney & Wafa Sultan: Shariah and the Ground Zero Mosque

Frank Gaffney and Former Muslims United's Wafa Sultan join Sean Hannity on Fox News to discuss Shariah in the context of the Ground Zero Mosque. Rauf, the imam responsible for the mosque, is the head of a Shariah Index Project and hopes to incorporate Shariah into the American legal system and culture.

Jihad Watch Video: Robert Spencer on Black Lives Matter and the Leftist/Islamic Alliance (from 2016)

Jihad Watch director Robert Spencer discusses the alliance between the Black Lives Matter movement and forces of the global jihad, both violent and stealth.
- Jihad Watch
ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is the author of nineteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) (Regnery Publishing) and The Truth About Muhammad (Regnery Publishing) and the bestselling The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS (Bombardier Books). Forthcoming in 2019 is The Palestinian Delusion: The Catastrophic History of the Middle East Peace Process (Bombardier Books).
Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI, the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Justice Department’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council and the U.S. intelligence community. He has discussed jihad, Islam, and terrorism at a workshop sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the German Foreign Ministry.
Spencer is a weekly columnist for PJ Media and FrontPage Magazine, and has written many hundreds of articles about jihad and Islamic terrorism. His articles on Islam and other topics have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Examiner, the New York Post, the Washington Times, the Dallas Morning NewsFox News OpinionNational ReviewThe FederalistThe Hill, the Detroit NewsTownHall.comReal Clear Religion, the Daily Caller, the New Criterion, the Journal of International Security Affairs, the UK’s Guardian, Canada’s National PostMiddle East QuarterlyWorldNet DailyFirst ThingsInsight in the NewsAleteia, and many other journals. For nearly ten years Spencer wrote the weekly Jihad Watch column at Human Events. He has also served as a consultant to the Center for Security Policy, a contributing writer to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, and as an Adjunct Fellow with the Free Congress Foundation.
Robert Spencer has been a featured speaker at the University of California-Irvine, Temple University, Dartmouth College, Penn State University, the University of California-Los Angeles, Stanford University, New York University, Brown University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Virginia, State University of New York-Binghamton, State University of New York-Stony Brook, Florida State University, DePaul University, the College of William and Mary, Washington University of St. Louis, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Boise State University, Cal Poly, Portland State University, and many other colleges and universities. He has also addressed the Heritage Foundation, Westminster Institute, the Gatestone Institute, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance in New York City, the Hudson Institute, the Temple of the Arts in Los Angeles, the San Diego Jewish Book Fair, the Christian Rights and Freedom Institute, the Young Presidents’ Organization, Calvary Chapel Pacific Coast, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), FreedomFest, Young America’s Foundation, Hershey’s Sweet Retreat, the John W. Pope Civitas Institute, the Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley, Train the Trainer, and many other audiences.
Spencer (MA, Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) has been studying Islamic theology, law, and history in depth since 1980. His work has aroused the ire of the foes of freedom and their dupes: in October 2011, Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups wrote to Homeland Security Advisor (and current CIA director) John Brennan, demanding that Spencer be removed as a trainer for the FBI and military groups, which he taught about the belief system of Islamic jihadists; Brennan immediately complied as counter-terror training materials were scrubbed of all mention of Islam and jihad. Spencer has been banned by the British government from entering the United Kingdom for pointing out accurately that Islam has doctrines of violence against unbelievers. He has been invited by name to convert to Islam by a senior member of al-Qaeda.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Per Gudmundson, Svenska Dagbladet: Muslimska Brödraskapet ett udda val av kyrkan

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Att svara på terrorhot med upprop till kulturkamp vore ödesdigert, heter det i en artikel på DN Debatt, skriven av en rad religiösa företrädare, bland dem ärkebiskopen. Artikeln lär möta en del kritik, men en detalj förvånar särskilt.
En av undertecknarna är Mahmoud Khalfi, ordförande i Sveriges imamråd.
Han är nämligen också enligt uppgift en av de högsta ledarna för Muslimska Brödraskapet i Sverige.

Frank Gaffney, Secure Freedom Minute: Congress Must Prevent the Internet’s Surrender

President Obama’s wrecking operation aimed at diminishing our country, emboldening its enemies and undermining its friends is moving inexorably forward on a front unknown to most Americans – yet, likely to affect many of them personally.

More Clinton Emails Unearthed. FBI Finds 15,000 More. - August 22, 2016

Monday, August 22, 2016

Jim Hanson, Center for Security Policy: Pope Francis downplays Islamist terror

The Pope fell into the Interfaith trap of moral equivalence between violence by a Catholic not related to religion and violence by Islamists

Frank Gaffney, Secure Freedom Minute: Hillary Clinton's Dangerous Saudi Concessions

Ace investigative reporter Paul Sperry has uncovered one of Hillary Clinton’s most worrying legacies as Secretary of State: She reversed many of the measures put into place after 9/11 to protect the United States from additional Saudi jihadist attacks.

Frank Gaffney, Secure Freedom Minute: President Obama: Stop Importing More Jihadists

Senator Jeff Sessions just pulled back the curtain on yet-another ominous Obama legacy. According to Alabama’s senior senator, the President is willfully blind to the threat to public safety posed by tens of thousands of “refugees” and other immigrants from nations with traditions of Islamic supremacism.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Russia Scholar Stephen Cohen: Trump Trying to End a New Cold War

Trump: trying to end new Cold War.

Russian Scholar Stephen Cohen says Donald Trump is being wrongly linked to Putin and criticized because he's trying to end the new Cold War.

Discover the Networks: Radical Islam`s Alliance with the Socialist Left

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network, noun: 1.  An openwork fabric or structure in which cords, threads, or wires cross at regular intervals.
-- American Heritage Dictionary, 4th Edition

What This Site Is About

Welcome to DiscoverTheNetworks, a project of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This website is a "Guide to the Political Left." It identifies the individuals and organizations that make up the left, and also the institutions that fund and sustain the left; it maps the paths through which the left exerts its influence on the larger body politic; it defines the left's (often hidden) programmatic agendas; and it provides an understanding of the left's history and ideas.

The site is made up of two principal data elements along with a powerful search engine to locate and explore the information stored. The first of these elements is a database of PROFILES of individuals, groups and institutions, which can be accessed through the gray buttons on the home page, or through the DTN DIRECTORY on the navigation bar. The PROFILES provide thumbnail sketches of histories, agendas and (where significant) funding sources. The information has been culled from public records readily available on the Internet and in books and other sources whose veracity and authenticity are easily checked.

The second data element of this site consists of a library of articles, both scholarly and journalistic, which analyze the relationships disclosed in the database and the issues they raise. These articles have been entered into the database and linked in the RESOURCES columns that appear on the PROFILE pages. The judgments that inform these analyses are subjective, reflecting informed opinion about the matters at hand. In every case possible, their authors and sources are identified so that users of the database can form their own judgments and opinions about the reliability and value of the analyses.

DiscoverTheNetworks is an ambitious undertaking that would not have been possible before the creation of the Internet, with the storage capacities and data linkage features that digital space affords and that such an undertaking requires. As a result of the information that these technologies make available, a user of this site can follow the networks described in the database to arrive at a new understanding of the forces that define our social reality and shape our collective futures.
The database will readily answer many questions that previously would have required volumes of printed text to establish. The primary question is: "Is there a left?" Since the early 1970s, radical activists began referring to themselves as "liberals" (in part to distance themselves from their failures as a socialist left). A sympathetic media culture went along with this deception, with the result that the word "left" has all but disappeared from the political lexicon. The spectrum of views is now regularly described in the media culture as extending from "liberal" to "moderate" to "conservative" or "right," as though a left did not exist or was so marginal as not to matter.

Thus Howard Kurtz, the media critic of the Washington Post explains in his 1997 book Hot Air: All Talk, All The Time: "There is... no real left wing in today's talk show environment largely because the left has faded as a political force in America." Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich agrees that there is no significant left in American politics. In his book Reason: Why Liberals Will Win The Battle for America, Reich claims: "Now it's hard to find any Sixties lefties, except maybe in the rarefied precincts of a few universities where aging radicals still debate Marxism and deconstruction. Most of the political passion and intensity these days are on the radical conservative right."
These words were written in 2004, well after Sixties radicals like Leslie Cagan (head of the coalition United For Peace and Justice) organized the anti-war demonstrations in which a million protesters with publicly articulated leftwing agendas participated, and which fed the anti-war presidential campaigns of Sixties veterans Dennis Kucinich and Howard Dean. Reich wrote his book as head of the "Social Justice and Policy" program at Brandeis University and is arguably a leftist himself.

By browsing this database, and familiarizing oneself with the agendas of the individuals and organizations it contains, with the scope of their activities, and with the countless millions of dollars available to support them, a user of this base will find ample evidence for the existence of this left and for the fact that it is a major player in the political destinies of the nation.
In addition to the PROFILES and RESOURCES, another tool of the database is the MAPS feature which provides visual networks of the funding and organizational relations between groups and individuals in the base. To view these networks, click on the MAPS icon in the respective profiles and wait for Java to load.

We are aware that this database may raise legitimate concerns about the effect of categorizing and labeling individuals and organizations, and that such an enterprise entails and the possibility of inaccuracies creeping into the data. We share these concerns and have provided a contact link on the homepage of this site (CONTRIBUTE INFORMATION) where corrections can be submitted. We will take immediate steps to correct any and all factual inaccuracies that are brought to our attention. 
Other concerns are certain to be raised that we will not regard as legitimate but rather as veiled expressions of distress over the factual information revealed on the site. Such responses reflect an anti-intellectual attitude that seeks to embargo the political debate before it takes place.
We are familiar with such attitudes because they were actually directed at DiscoverTheNetworks in advance of its initial publication on the worldwide web. Almost a year before the site's official 2005 launching, a radical group in Colorado broke into the site under construction and supplied information about it to several journalists. One of them was Gail Schoettler, a former Democratic lieutenant governor of Colorado and a regular columnist for theDenver Post. In her column for January 11, 2004, Schoettler wrote:
“Attorney General John Ashcroft and right-wing gadfly David Horowitz no doubt share many views. They also have one dangerous common goal: They want to turn us into a nation of snitches. Just like the good old days of … Senator Joseph McCarthy, they want Americans to spy on one another…. Horowitz is seeking funds to develop a huge database of so-called ‘leftist’ and ‘liberal’ individuals and organizations, a massive snitch file.”
This bizarre outburst reflects not only the partisan hysteria of the 2004 presidential year, but also what appears to be a normal hypocrisy of partisans on the left who react with outrage to practices they themselves have pioneered. There are in fact more than a dozen political databases parallel to DiscoverTheNetworks that have been created by the left to map the political right, which have existed for years. Among these, the most active are:MediaTransparencySourceWatch (formerly called Disinfopedia) andMediaMatters, a site created by Democratic Party funders and operatives led by George Soros and John Podesta.

These dedicated "watchdog" sites are supplemented by other leftwing sites that post extensive lists of conservative organizations accompanied by profiles designed principally to stigmatize them. People for the American Way (PFAW), for example, is an organization whose principal activity is falsely tarring conservatives as “racists” on the basis of their dissent from leftwing positions. The PFAW website features a “Right Wing Watch” section that applies the same loose principles of characterization to a wide range of conservative organizations and individuals. Thus, conservative groups that oppose racial preferences, illegal immigration, or Islamic radicalism are tarred as "racist" for disagreeing with "liberal" political positions. People for the American Way also funds the MediaTransparency site.  

By contrast, every effort has been made in the creation of DiscoverTheNetworks to avoid conflating subjective judgments about policy differences with factual descriptions of attitudes expressed by the individuals and organizations listed on this site. Individuals and organizations identified as "Marxist" or "socialist," or as having agendas sympathetic to America’s adversaries, are so identified on the basis of their explicit, and self-stated, commitment to these agendas. Their profiles are generally linked to analytic articles whose authors and sources are clearly identified. If any errors have been made in characterizing individuals or organizations, the editors of DiscoverTheNetworks will correct these as soon as they are brought to their attention. As already noted, a form is provided on the homepage of this site for this purpose.

DiscoverTheNetworks is not by intent or design or consequence a “snitch file,” as the former lieutenant governor of Colorado absurdly proposed. To whom would the site be snitching, and about what criminal activity? Is the lieutenant governor implying that the leftists identified in this site are hiding something that should not be submitted to public scrutiny? Is she aware of some governmental authority with an official list of forbidden viewpoints ready to impose penalties on the subjects in this base for having offensive ideas?

The purpose of the DiscoverTheNetworks site is not to stifle free speech but to clarify it. We recognize that people are not always candid in what they say in public life, particularly in the arena of political discourse. "Truth in political advertising" would be a more accurate description of our intentions in assembling this data.

The problem of deceptive public presentation is common enough to all sides in the political debate but applies with special force to the left, which has a long and well-documented history of dissembling about its agendas. In the past, for example, the Communist Party operated through “front” groups that concealed the radical agendas of those who controlled them. In the 1948 elections, the Party created an entire electoral front -- the Progressive Party -- to run a candidate in Henry Wallace who opposed the Cold War against Stalin. During the congressional investigations into the covert activities of the Communist Party, its leaders appeared before government panels to proclaim their patriotism and to describe themselves as avid defenders of free speech, denying that they had any radical agendas at all. In fact the Communist Party was an organization dedicated to the overthrow of the American political system, the establishment of a proletarian dictatorship, and the elimination of free speech for those whom it regarded as the "class enemy."

The disingenuous tradition of the political left has continued into the present. In the 1960s, for instance, the radical organizers of the mass anti-war demonstrations pretended that their only interest was to “Bring the Troops Home,” when in fact their agendas embraced a radical menu that was anti-capitalist and welcomed a Communist victory. In the campaign against the war in Iraq, a similar pattern emerged, as the information provided in this database clearly demonstrates (See PEACE GROUPS). In this realm and many others, DiscoverTheNetworks lays bare the connections that tie today's left to the left of ages past.

Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam And the American Left

Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam And the American Left 


Former Leftist radical David Horowitz blows the lid off the dangerous liaison between U.S. liberals and Islamic radicals. With America's battle against the disastrous force of terrorism at hand, Horowitz takes us behind the curtain of the unholy alliance between liberals and the enemy-a force with malevolent intentions, and one that Americans can no longer ignore.

From the Inside Flap

In this tour de force on the most important issue of our time, David Horowitz, confronts the paradox of how so many Americans, including the leadership of the Democratic Party, could turn against the War on Terror. He finds an answer in a political Left that shares a view of America as the "Great Satan" with America’s radical Islamic enemies. This Left, which once made common cause with Communists, has now joined forces with radical Islam in attacking America’s defenses at home and its policies abroad. From their positions of influence in the university and media culture, leftists have defined America as the "root cause" of the attacks against it. In a remarkable exploration of the "Mind of the Left," Horowitz traces the evolution of American radicalism from its Communist past to its "anti-war" present. He then shows how this Left was able to turn the Democratic Party presidential campaign around and reshape its views on the War on Terror.

Horowitz’s Unholy Alliance, writes John Haynes, the noted historian of American Communism, "is an insightful, brilliant examination of the mental world of the radical left. Horowitz shows how today’s radicals, unwilling to reflect on the internal flaws that destroyed Marxism-Leninism from within, have embraced an all-consuming nihilism in its place. This has led them to a hatred of American institutions and a solidarity with Islamic terrorists that makes the radical left more properly regarded as dangerous than loony."

Unholy Alliance is an eye-opening book that should unsettle conventional assumptions and reveals why intellectuals and political leaders who applaud Michael Moore are no laughing matter. As Harvey Klehr, author of Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America, writes, "The world Communist movement may be moribund, but its habits of mind and ideological fantasies have not disappeared. This is a fascinating and depressing account."

An original look at those who want us to fail in the Middle East, both at home and abroad. The -- Davis Hanson, Author, Ripples of Battle

Before Americans vote for their next president, they must read David Horowitz's account of the Left's alliance with Islamic radicls -- Lt. General Thomas McInerney USAF (Ret.), Co author, with Maj. General Paul Vallely, Endgame

David Horowitz is synonymous with pyrotechnics. A historian and polemicist of the first order, he is paid the ultimate compliment -- Rich Lowry, Editor National Review

Written with great zest and intellectual energy, David Horowitz's Unholy Alliance is primarily a devastating indictment of how the radical -- Norman Podhoretz, Author, critic, and senior fellow at the Hudson Institute --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Dr. Cheryl Benard, The National Interest: Trump on Fighting Radical Islam: Rock Solid

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Trump on Fighting Radical Islam: Rock Solid

On August 15, Candidate Trump delivered a major speech on fighting terrorism. These days, everything has become intensely partisan, so I preface my assessment with the following self-disclosure: I have been a lifelong Independent, usually leaning towards the Democrats. I have worked on the issues central to this speech – immigration, integration, youth radicalization, nation-building, political Islam and counterterrorism – for the bulk of my professional life, first with a European think tank and then at the RAND Corporation. At RAND, my research focused on how to distinguish radical and potentially violent segments of the Islamic populace from garden variety religious folks. My team spent time in Baghdad trying to help the military figure out which detainees to worry about and which ones to release. In our 2013 studyEurojihad, we evaluated the policies of European governments and warned that their intelligence was inadequate, their cooperation with each other and with the U.S. needed to be beefed up, many of their social policies were naïve and that without major efforts, terrorist attacks were likely; events have sadly borne this out.
Against this background, I have carefully read and evaluated the suggestions made by Mr. Trump. A dispassionate read did not come easily. I have not much liked his comments about women during the early part of his candidacy. I fail to see how a wall along the border to Mexico could be a sensible idea. And I have followed his various eccentric remarks on Muslims and on other diverse matters with bemusement.
Yet today my bottom line has to be: this policy statement is rock solid. It reflects state-of-the-art knowledge on counterterrorism. I can’t, actually, find anything to disagree with.

Trump suggests we get in front of such problems by creating “screening procedures” that will allow us to admit only those individuals who “share our values and respect our people.” Our country had such litmus tests during the Cold War to exclude Communists, he argues. But in the current context, is this even possible?
I think it could be. Mindsets and values can be identified, and Islamic extremism is no exception. It’s very difficult, and your methodology needs to be sophisticated, well-informed, and adapted to your goal and to the circumstances. A blunt instrument won’t do, and Trump is right to say that establishing such a process will be slow. I think he is also right to say there is no other option – unless we want societal chaos and are prepared to deal with increasing terrorist violence on our home turf. Flinging open the gates out of a wish to appear inclusive, open-minded and humanitarian is a recipe for disaster.
What would such screening procedures entail? Well, you can’t ask people, “do you believe in democracy” or “are you a terrorist.” That’s much too transparent and the “right” answer is too obvious. Amazingly, some bureaucracies and some countries ask exactly this, but it’s eminently a waste of time. You need oblique indicators, things people will be less likely or less able to falsify. These can be developed, because values and attitudes tend to come in clusters, and people’s behavior has a pattern. A psychopath is likely to have tortured animals as a child. A Canadian has a particular way of pronouncing the “ou” sound. Rural Southern communities in which hunting is a way of life will include few vegetarians. Is this profiling? Yes, it is. Profiling has become a dirty word, but only because we’re conflating two very different things: profiling, and prejudice. Prejudice is not only morally wrong and politically problematic, it is also the exact opposite of what profiling is intended to achieve: it’s a red herring when what you’re looking for is a red flag. Prejudice will make you concentrate on the wrong suspects for the wrong reasons. A profile is not an assumption based on external characteristics, nor is it a way of determining guilt. It is, rather, a set of empirically established correlations that help you narrow the aperture for whatever it is you are looking for, in order to improve your efficiency and allow you to use your resources more effectively. And you can’t get lazy, because the other side is paying attention and adapting. At one point, the terrorist group Hizb ut Tahrir realized that refusing to shake the hands of women was identifying them as religious hardliners, and they instructed their male followers in Europe that henceforth they were to commit this sin in the interest of blending in, arousing less attention and therefore being better able to launch attacks.
I came away from this speech hoping that its ideas won’t be dismissed out of hand by those who don’t like the messenger. Political correctness won’t get us anywhere and neither will partisan hostility. We have problems – big and serious problems – and we need to study them impartially and together, and to consider solutions different from the ones we have unsuccessfully applied since 9-11. Even for a “long war”, that’s too long…
Dr. Cheryl Benard was program director of the Initiative for Middle Eastern Youth and the Alternative Strategies Initiative within the RAND Corporation’s National Security Research Division. Her publications include Civil Democratic Islam, Building Moderate Muslim Networks, The Muslim World After 9-11, The Battle Behind the Wire - US Prisoner and Detainee Operations, and Eurojihad - Patterns of Islamist Radicalization and Terrorism in Europe.
Civil Democratic Islam was one of the books found in Osama Ben Laden’s library during the raid on his compound.