VIN IENCO’S NOTES….READ THEM ALL Stakelbeck on Terror: Agricultural Jihad Against Israel (full video) Stakelbeck on Terror: Agricultural Jihad Against Israel (full video): This week’s edition of the Stakelbeck on Terror show provided an up-close look at the “agricultural jihad” that local Muslims are waging against Israeli communities in the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria. The popular CBN broadcaster spoke to Israeli leaders on the […]

CAROLINE GLICK: OIL BRINGS US TO A BETTER PLACE By all accounts, Shai Agassi, the founder and original CEO of Better Place, Israel’s bankrupt electric car company, is an extremely charismatic man. His charm had politicians, venture capitalists, celebrities and non-automotive industry reporters slobbering over him. Everyone wanted to get their picture taken with the man who would transform Israel’s auto industry into […]

KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: AN INTERVIEW WITH BARRY RUBIN **** Barry Rubin is a commentator National Review Online often checks in with when there are eruptions around the world, particularly in and around the Middle East. He is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center in Israel, and author of, among others, The Muslim Brotherhood: The Organization and Policies of a Global Islamist […]


Among the discontents of summer is the necessity to buy bathing suits. The other day I was in a department store trying on 21 suits in a variety of colors and sizes…scooting in and out…..since one is only allowed to have 5 in the room at a time.

As I stared disconsolately at the three sided mirror I saw a small sign warning that the rooms can be monitored. Yikes! I threw on my clothes. Finally I realized they were after me and now know that I have been lying about my size and my weight for ten years. I even tried a faulty scale once but the darned thing kept correcting upward instead of downward.

But now my secret is no longer safe, and cutting off the size tapes will not work. Big government is after big bodies. Will they give my secrets to Nanny Bloomberg who will then monitor what I eat and what I drink?

The consequences are staggering. I sulked and slipped out of the store and went for a 24 ounce ice cream milk shake.

They will not break my appetite! I will buy a hijab for the beach and they will leave me alone.

They will not stop me!!!

EPA Climatism: Dictating our Lives, Living Standards and Life Spans by PAUL DRIESSEN Numerous articles document how European climate policies have been disastrous for affordable energy, economic growth, entire industries, people’s jobs and welfare, wildlife habitats and human lives. Even the IPCC, BBC and Economist have finally recognized that average global temperatures have not budged since 1997. The EU economy is teetering at the precipice, people are […]

Secrecy, Surveillance and Privacy: Momus and Moral Ambiguity by NORMAN SIMMS

After each of the major terrorist attacks in the last few years, the various so-called Intelligence Services in the United States, Britain and elsewhere have disclosed two important things: first, the perpetrators of these horrendous deeds have been known to the officials and often for many years been “on the radar”; and second, the various security and anti-terrorist organizations claim that they did not have sufficient information or resources to keep these people-usually young men-under proper surveillance. In the light of what the media perceives as scandalous misuse of eaves-dropping technology-tracking all sorts of telephone, internet and other electronic and digital communications-do these two mitigating factors stand up to scrutiny? In other words, are governments engaged in too much secret intelligence work or not enough, or is it a matter of the actual quality of the intelligence deployed to make sense of the information gathered?

Moreover, should we worry about spying on citizens as in itself a justifiable cause of the current outrage, or is it just the sheer numbers of individual men and women and private organizations caught up in the compass or prism of the official spy-networks? Perhaps a lot of the anger and shock actually stems from the paradox of our new kind of world, a world wherein, on the one hand, millions of people link themselves into social networks, keep in touch with other millions of people frequently, and, in the process, willingly or not, expose sensitive information about themselves and their activities, things that were best left unstated, at least in the sense of not revealing them in a permanent way and into an uncontrollable system of electronic-digital form; whereas, on the other hand, the dangerous and explosive world we live in requires that different nations’ security agencies use this vast amount of information to try to protect the lives and well-being of their citizens.


There is nothing wrong with law enforcement monitoring Muslim terrorists or potential Muslim terrorists. But unfortunately, as I wrote in the Dumb Police State, that’s not really the system we have.

Instead our system “spreads the pain” and specifically excludes Muslims from some of the same experiences to avoid “alienating” them and to win their cooperation.

And the results can often be schizophrenic.

Since October 2011, mosques have been off-limits to FBI agents. No more surveillance or undercover string operations without high-level approval from a special oversight body at the Justice Department dubbed the Sensitive Operations Review Committee.

Who makes up this body, and how do they decide requests? Nobody knows; the names of the chairman, members and staff are kept secret.

We do know the panel was set up under pressure from Islamist groups who complained about FBI stings at mosques. Just months before the panel’s formation, the Council on American-Islamic Relations teamed up with the ACLU to sue the FBI for allegedly violating the civil rights of Muslims in Los Angeles by hiring an undercover agent to infiltrate and monitor mosques there.

Before mosques were excluded from the otherwise wide domestic spy net the administration has cast, the FBI launched dozens of successful sting operations against homegrown jihadists — inside mosques — and disrupted dozens of plots against the homeland.

If only they were allowed to continue, perhaps the many victims of the Boston Marathon bombings would not have lost their lives and limbs. The FBI never canvassed Boston mosques until four days after the April 15 attacks, and it did not check out the radical Boston mosque where the Muslim bombers worshipped.

This is particularly disturbing in light of recent independent surveys of American mosques, which reveal some 80% of them preach violent jihad or distribute violent literature to worshippers.

We need enforcement and surveillance, but it needs to be smart and targeted surveillance. And that can only happen under leaders who stop apologizing for singling out members of an ideology responsible for our long war because of their beliefs.

We’re at war with an ideology. Singling out members of that ideology is the only rational way to fight that war.

ISLAMIC SCIENCE OR ISLAMIC PROPAGANDA: BRUCE BAWER For years now, as we all know, newspapers, magazines, and book publishers around the Western world have shrunk from publishing texts that touch on some of the more uncomfortable truths about Islam, preferring instead to give us all but idyllic accounts of Muslim history and belief and hagiographies of its prophet. Similarly, film, TV, […]

NYU Throws Out Blind Chinese Human Rights Activist By Arnold Ahlert The leftist-indoctrination centers that many of America’s college campuses have become added another despicable blot to their legacies yesterday. New York University (NYU) announced that blind, Chinese political dissident Chen Guangcheng has been tossed off campus. According to the NY Post, the Communist government of China is applying the pressure, using NYU’s expansion of its campus to a […]


Iran elects a new president today to replace the outgoing, obstreperous, openly genocidal-toward-Israel Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Does that mean there’s hope someone more moderate will win and steer Iran away from its confrontational course with the West?

Not really. For one thing, none of the candidates—up to the finish line, there appeared to be six of them—has genuine moderate credentials. For another, even if a real moderate was elected, true power over Iran’s nuclear program and foreign policy is in the hands of the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is himself an apocalyptic ideologue.

The two presidential candidates best known in the West are Iran’s current nuclear negotiatior Saeed Jalili, an unequivocal hardliner, and Hassan Rouhani, who was nuclear negotiator from 2003-2005 under reputedly moderate president Mohammad Khatami. During the election campaign Rouhani leveled harsh criticism at Jalili, claiming it was his aggressive negotiating approach that led to the Western sanctions and UN Security Council resolutions against Iran.

Rouhani’s criticism of Jalili, however, boils down to style. Rouhani proudly takes credit that, during his own, more restrained tenure as nuclear negotiator, “the groundwork was laid for developing the country’s nuclear capability quietly and secretly, far from the tumult of the international system.”

The West, meanwhile, has been taking a breather from the Iranian nuclear issue while awaiting the results of the elections—despite the fact that just about all knowledgeable Iran analysts agree that, beyond a possible change in style, the elections will have no real impact on that issue.