@AllenWest Weekly Wrap Up | via @Next_GenTV | Sept. 20, 2013

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The Irony Of Post-9/11 Security – The more the government adds, the less secure our military is

Last Saturday I was the keynote speaker at the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Mo. It was a nice gathering, and the best part was that my young nephew, Capt. Herman Bernard West II, and his family, wife Serena and children Jordan Rose and Ethan Bernard, attended.Bernie, as we affectionately call him, recently changed stations from Germany to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to join next year’s class of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC). After the event, I headed back to Leavenworth with Bernie and family to reminisce about the days when I attended school there.My first school assignment to Fort Leavenworth was after Operation Desert Shield/Storm when I attended the Combined Arms Services Staff School (CAS3), which is no more. The six-week course prepared qualified captains for advanced staff officer positions. I spent last Saturday night at Hoge Barracks, the former CAS3 captain’s quarters but now the post’s Army Hotel – and much nicer.I returned to Fort Leavenworth in 1996 to attend CGSC and earned my diploma and second master’s degree. The new CGSC facility is impeccable and worthy for training the next generation of American military, and international, officers. My last time at Fort Leavenworth in uniform was for the pre-Battalion Command course that lasted for two-and-a-half weeks.Upon returning last week, I arose on Sunday morning and had a nice six-mile run down memory lane. I saw the Buffalo Soldier Monument and remembered being there for the dedication. I ran past what once was the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks. (The prison is now part of the federal penitentiary.)

The biggest change was that Fort Leavenworth was an open Army post in the “old days.” As we entered the post this time, we had to show identification at an entrance with several security lanes. Despite those measures, Bernie and I mused about the lax nature of the security, and we chatted about the Fort Hood, Texas, mass shooting incident in 2009, where Maj. Nidal Hasan entered the post basically because of his vehicle decal and ID card, no further checks.

Little did we know that less than 24 hours later, another shooter would repeat the horror of Fort Hood at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.

The way it was – and is now

A military installation is supposed to be one of the safest places in the country. I remember being stationed at Fort Hood and how our daughters, Aubrey and Austen, would just ride their bikes with their friends for hours. They often rode over to the post movie theater for a Saturday matinee or to the swimming pool. We never felt nervous about them being out and about.It is incredible how the security situation has changed in this post-9/11 world, but we seemingly have taken only cursory measures for our military installations.Four years ago we were shocked by the news of the carnage wrought upon our last duty posting. Our family knew what it meant to be on “lockdown” and could not fathom that happening at Fort Hood. Thousands of military and civilian personnel operated on the largest U.S. military installation in the world and never thought they would be attacked. (Yes, it was a terrorist attack.)New security protocols seem to be in place now, but as we know, security has to be perfect every time. An attacker just needs to be perfect one time.And so it happened again Monday. Military and civilian personnel at the Navy Yard believed they worked at a place that was the safest among the safe. My own dear friend, retired Marine Lt. Col. Neal Puckett, works there. How was it that a heavily armed individual penetrated the security perimeter and engaged unarmed personnel?

Back after the Fort Hood shooting, Michael Savage asked me on his radio show how soldiers could be defenseless and shot on a military installation. We learned then that an executive order from the early 1990s did something inconceivable – turned our military installations into gun-free kill zones. Under that executive order, only select individuals can be armed on a military installation, military police and civilian contract police.

Unarmed forts are unacceptable policy

It is unconscionable that our uniformed servicemen and civilians are defenseless and unarmed at places called “forts.” If an attacker breaches the perimeter security of a base, he is then in a free-fire area. At both Fort Hood and the Navy Yard, civilian police were the ones who took down the assailant.And consider this, it took 10 minutes and 7 minutes respectively for armed response at those facilities. Just imagine what an armed assailant with multiple weapons and unlimited ammunition could do to unarmed military personnel and Defense Department civilians in that span of time.The breaching of perimeter security on military installations is not just happening here in the continental United States. It also has occurred in a combat zone, namely Afghanistan. The attack at the Navy Yard came one year and one day after an attack at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province.Some 15 Taliban attackers got past Tongan guards, not U.S. military, and attacked the AV-8B Harrier II aircraft of the U.S. Marine VMA-211 squadron. The ensuing four-hour firefight resulted in the deaths of two Marines, squadron commander Lt. Col. Christopher Raible and Sgt. Bradley Atwell. Nine Marines were injured, and six Harrier fighter jets and one C-130 aircraft were destroyed.The attack marked the largest single loss of U.S. fighter aircraft since Vietnam – and to this day no one has explained why Tongans were on the perimeter.

Whether we are bolstering defenses against the likes of Aaron Alexis at the Navy Yard, the Taliban in Afghanistan or Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood, we must ensure for this generation and the next that our military installations are highly secure. Our gaps are being exploited, and in this post-9/11 world, the enemy is watching.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Allen B. West

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Allen West “Why has Hasan not been charged with treason and aiding the enemy, as PFC Bradley Manning was?”

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by Allen West via Facebook

News that Army Judge COL Osborne has ruled that Nidal Hasan’s power point presentations and email contacts with Anwar al-Awlaki cannot be introduced as evidence is disturbing. This is the judge who was brought on because the previous Army Judge demanded Nidal Hasan shave his beard and present a military appearance — and this judge allowed the bearded Islamic jihadist to defy Army discipline. For Judge Osborn to rule that the evidence was, well, “too old,” perhaps if there had not been a four-year wait this would have not been the case. Why has Hasan not been charged with treason and aiding the enemy, as PFC Bradley Manning was? Are there invisible hands involved in this case? It appears that political correctness is ruling the day in the Army that I love.

Allen West “Who in the Pentagon or the White House has the moral courage and intestinal fortitude to now refer to this as an act of Islamic terrorism?”

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by Allen West via Facebook

Finally, after almost four years, the trial of Army Major Nidal Hasan began but should I refer to this despicable Islamic jihadist as an Army Major? He has after all renounced his American citizenship and oath as an Army officer. He has clearly declared his allegiance to Islamism and is not reticent about the action he took back in late 2009 resulting in the death of 13 American Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians and the wounding of another 32. So will someone tell me, who in the Pentagon or the White House has the moral courage and intestinal fortitude to now refer to this as an act of Islamic terrorism…and dump this BS about workplace violence?

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Allen West Weekly Newsletter 5/24/13 via Next Generation TV “Moral Courage And Conscience”

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Moral Courage And Conscience – We see too much of one and not enough of the other

There just never seems to be a dearth of topics for reflection in this newsletter. The themes for this week: moral courage and conscience.

But first, all of us here at PJ Media, PJTV and Next Generation.TV send our heartfelt condolences to the people of Moore, Okla., which was devastated by a tornado early this week. The storm killed at least 24 people, including nine children inside a school, injured dozens more and leveled entire neighborhoods.

My first duty station in the U.S. Army was at Fort Sill just south of Moore, so we feel a special bond with those of you in that community. Angela, Aubrey, Austen, Lin and I send up prayers to our heavenly Father that you will be consoled in this time of heavy emotional stress and despair. We also ask that God welcome your loved ones into His loving arms, where you all shall be with them again one day.

Humbled to be a considered a hero
It has been a busy travel week for this ole paratrooper. It was great to be back in Georgia and address the Republican convention there. To have the distinct honor of standing before the delegates of the Virginia GOP convention in Richmond also will be a moment I will never forget.

After those events, I flew back to Los Angeles to attend the American Freedom Alliance’s Heroes of Conscience awards banquet. It was truly humbling to receive the 2013 “Heroes of Conscience” award from this organization because the alliance seeks to promote the principles and values that strengthen western civilization. Its president, Avi Davis, is an ardent warrior for liberty, freedom and the free market.

Sadly, Davis told the audience that the group’s tax-exempt status has been revoked. The tornado that hit Moore, Okla., demonstrates nature’s power to destroy lives. But the news about AFA demonstrates that the man-caused disaster from government’s misuse of power can be far more destructive to our great constitutional republic.

Virginian Thomas Jefferson, once stated: “When the people fear the government there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.” I do not believe anyone in the Obama administration is worthy to be recognized as a hero of conscience.

A cast of characters without conscience
As I was flying to Los Angeles on Jet Blue Monday morning, I watched the movie “Black Hawk Down” on FX. If any modern-day combat movie truly features heroism, that is it. The Rangers and Delta operators who fought the 1993 battle of Mogadishu, Somalia, in the movie exemplified heroism for all of us to see.

But as I watched the movie, I recalled how former President Bill Clinton, through then-Defense Secretary Les Aspin, denied support to our men in combat there. That memory made me reflect upon how the other Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, more recently abandoned Americans engaged in combat with Islamic terrorists in Benghazi, Libya.

The words of Gen. William Garrison, the U.S. forces commander in Somalia, symbolized the creed of warriors: “No one gets left behind.” I wonder if Gen. Carter Ham issued the same order the night terrorists attacked the U.S. embassy in Benghazi and killed four Americans but heard a different order from Washington?

Howard Dean called Benghazi a laughable joke.

Conscience.

This week we learned that it was not just reporters at the Associated Press targeted by the Obama administration. Fox News Washington correspondent James Rosen and CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson have, too.

The last time I checked, America had “freedom of the press,” but these intimidation tactics are far from displaying the foundations of our constitutional republic. How much deeper does this go?

Conscience.

This week we also learned what many of us with a military background already knew: Maj. Nidal Hasan has been getting pay since he fired upon soldiers and civilians at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009. Hasan has received some $278,000 and benefits as he awaits trial for his heinous and treasonous action. He shot 45 of our brave soldiers, killing 13 of them, all the while shouting “Allahu Akbar.”

Of course, our government officially declared his terrorist attack as “workplace violence,” so the victims have been denied proper recognition and benefits. Why? Well, according to the U.S. Army, declaring what Hasan did to be a terrorist attack would unfairly impact his trial. He will be paid until proven guilty.

Conscience.

An emboldened enemy
Let it be known that our lack of national conscience in punishing Hasan, and truly in reacting to domestic Islamic terrorism, has emboldened the enemy.

That was sadly obvious again this week when Islamic jihadists attacked and beheaded a British soldier in broad daylight. Even more despicable, disgusting and savage, one of the barbarians with blood-soaked hands made a video describing the attack and promising more of them.

I pray the British have learned a lesson from us here in America and will not call this attack workplace violence, especially because these bastards also were shouting “Allahu Akbar” as they brutally killed the soldier. Have we lost our sense of moral courage and conscience, not just in America but also across Western civilization?

The next generation must have men and women of conscience to ensure that we pass on the blessings of liberty, freedom and democracy – our American birthright. Part of our DNA, the American genome, is threatened.

We need men like the two brave Americans who lost their lives this week, FBI special agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw. They were part of the hostage rescue team in the Critical Incident Response Group and lost their lives during a fast-rope training exercise from a helicopter onto a ship when they plunged into the Atlantic Ocean amid rough weather and ocean conditions.

Lorek is survived by his wife and two daughters, and Shaw is survived by his wife, daughter and son. America will persevere as long as we continue to raise such men and women of conscience, not cowardice.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Allen B. West

Rep Allen West “Today the Army decided to seek the death penalty in the case of SSG Bale”

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Taken from Allen West’s Facebook Status

Today the Army decided to seek the death penalty in the case of SSG Bales who murdered civilians in Afghanistan.

Three weeks ago the Army relieved the Military Judge from the Maj Nidal Hasan case and decided Hasan could keep his jihadist beard. You’ll recall Maj Hasan shot 43 American soldiers and Department of the Army civilians, killing 13 three years ago and yet we are still nowhere close to a trial.

A Marine combat veteran sits in a Mexican jail on bogus charges and the State Department tells the parents they can do nothing…and the White House Press Secretary has never heard of it.

This is the crazy, mixed-up world we live in. And America just voted for four more years.

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Rep. Allen West’s Statement on the 11th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks

(WASHINGTON)— Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released this statement today on the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks:

“On this day, we remember the unconscionable attack by the Islamic terrorist group Al Qaeda on the United States of America. This attack resulted in the loss of thousands of men and women, and American lives were changed forever.

Even though 11 years have passed, we all remember where we were when the planes crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in western Pennsylvania. The attack resulted in the loss of mothers, fathers, children, teachers, business people, firefighters, police officers, members of our armed forces, and many more victims who were doing nothing more than going to work or boarding an airplane.

On that September morning, America was a vulnerable target. Our adversaries believed we were a “sleeping giant” that had drifted back to sleep. Instead, this atrocity awoke the “giant” and resulted in a reaction from our country against those who wished to tread upon us.

Today, thanks to the brave warriors of the American Armed Forces and our Allies, Osama Bin Laden is dead, Al Qaeda has been diminished in Afghanistan and much of the Middle East and America has yet to see another attack of this magnitude on American soil.

Still, even with all of these accomplisments, we cannot become complacent.  Since 9/11, several attacks have taken the lives of innocent Americans.  The attacks on Fort Hood, Texas, as well as an attack at a recruiting station in Little Rock, Arkansas, and last year’s attacks on Americans serving overseas in Germany, in addition to numerous attempts here and overseas are evidence a radical, hateful, determined enemy still exists and is just as dangerous as ever.

We must be evermore vigilant and resolute to crush this enemy and prevent its resurgence and fulfillment of its global aspirations. Because of this enemy, America must continue to fund its military and support its Armed Forces to the fullest extent.  The lives of all Americans depend on it.”

Rep Allen West – Introduces H.R.1142 – Global Combat Zone Recognition Act

H.R.1142 – Global Combat Zone Recognition Act

Sponsor: Rep Allen West (FL)  CoSponsors: Reps Renee Elmers, Tim Griffin, Peter King, Larry Kissell, Kathy McMorris Rodgers, Sue Myrick, Richard Nugent, Dennis Ross, Steve Stivers, Lynn Westmoreland, Frank Wolf and Todd Young:

To amend title 10, United States Code, to ensure the equitable treatment of members of the Armed Forces and civilian employees of the Department of Defense who are killed or wounded in an attack, occurring outside of a combat zone, that targeted the members or employees on account of their status as members of the Armed Forces or civilian employees of the Department of Defense.

Official Summary

3/16/2011–Introduced.Global Combat Zone Recognition Act – Treats a member of the Armed Forces (member) or civilian employee of the Department of Defense (DOD) (employee) who is killed or wounded in an attack outside a combat zone as a member killed or wounded in a combat zone or an employee killed or wounded while serving with the Armed Forces in a contingency operation, respectively, for purposes of all applicable federal laws, regulations, and policies. Excludes from such consideration any member or employee whose death or injury is the result of misconduct, as determined by the Secretary of Defense. Provides retroactive coverage under this Act with respect to victims of attacks at:

(1) Fort Hood, Texas, on November 5, 2009;
(2) a recruiting station in Little Rock, Arkansas, on June 1, 2009; and
(3) the Frankfurt Airport, Germany, on March 2, 2011. Directs the Secretary to notify appropriate members and employees or their next-of-kin of the availability of benefits as the result of this Act.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS: Global Combat Zone Recognition Act : Open Congress.org

THE FOLLOWING IS AN EMAIL FROM ACT FOR AMERICA:

Did you know that the military victims of Islamic jihad terrorism at Ft. Hood and the Little Rock Recruitment Center are not eligible for the Purple Heart? 

The reason is that our Defense Department is defining these acts as “criminal” acts rather than as acts of “war.” In fact, the Ft. Hood massacre was classified as “workplace violence!”

This is in keeping with the Obama administration position that terrorists like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11, are not “enemy combatants” but “alleged criminals.”

Not only do we strongly disagree with this designation, we find it outrageous and completely unacceptable that those in our armed forces killed by jihadists on our soil are not eligible for the Purple Heart.

Do you agree? Would you like to help us correct this injustice?

Then log on here and add your name to the Open Letter we will be sending to the chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees.

In the letter, we urge them to pass H.R. 1142, introduced by Rep. Allen West. Here’s an excerpt from this letter: 

H.R. 1142, the Global Combat Zone Recognition Act, was introduced by Congressman Allen West and would assure that a member of the Armed Forces killed or wounded in a terrorist attack is afforded the same protections and treatments as one killed or wounded in a traditional active “combat zone.”

Help us pour tens of thousands of names behind this letter into the Armed Services Committees of both the House and Senate. Let them know the American people are outraged at this injustice and that we expect action!!

This is a chance for us to do more than “honor and support our troops” with our words. It only takes moments to add your name—and you can even forward this letter to others you know.

Let’s take action to correct this injustice today!!

Congressman Allen West Official Statement 9/29/11 A Terrorist is dead

 

Statement on the Killing of Al Qaeda Terrorist Anwar Awlaki  (WASHINGTON)

 

Congressman Allen West (FL-22) released this statement today on the killing of Al Qaeda terrorist Anwar Awlaki:

“Today,  the networks of Al Qaeda and other radical Jihadist organizations across the world have taken a major blow.  Anwar Awlaki has been killed in a joint intelligence and military operation with United States and Yemeni forces.  Awlaki utilized Social Media and the internet to reach millions of young “Jihadists in training,” with his You Tube videos and other means of communication.  Because he was American born, he was an essential part of Al Qaeda’s mission to recruit American citizens in their terrorist vision for the world.   Not only was Awlaki behind failed attempts to blow up American airplanes, he was known to have inspired Major Nidal Malik Hasan to allegedly kill 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas in late 2009.

“I congratulate the United States intelligence and military in this very important successful operation.  The killing of Awlaki reinforces the advantage of strike operations over nation building occupation warfare on the 21st century battlefield.  As we celebrate today, let us not become complacent, as there is still much work to be done to rid the world of this evil radical Islamic idealogy. Let Awlaki’s death be a signal that Al Qaeda, and all terrorist networks and their allies will be destroyed.  No matter how long it takes or where they are hiding, they will be hunted down and killed.”

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