The U.S. government is rapidly expanding the number of names it accepts for inclusion on its terrorist watch list, with more than 1.5 million added in the last five years, according to numbers divulged by the government in a civil lawsuit.
About 99 percent of the names submitted are accepted, leading to criticism that the government is “wildly loose” in its use of the list.
Those included in the Terrorist Screening Database could find themselves on the government’s no-fly list or face additional scrutiny at airports, though only a small percentage of people in the database are actually on the list.
It has been known for years that the government became more aggressive in nominating people for the watch list following al-Qaida operative Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s failed effort to blow up an airplane over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009.
Islamist insurgents have issued an ultimatum to northern Iraq’s dwindling Christian population to either convert to Islam, pay a religious levy or face death, according to a statement distributed in the militant-controlled city of Mosul.
The statement issued by the Islamic State, the al Qaeda offshoot which led last month’s lightning assault to capture swathes of north Iraq, said the ruling would come into effect on Saturday.
It said Christians who wanted to remain in the caliphate that the Islamic State declared this month in parts of Iraq and Syria must agree to abide by terms of a dhimma contract – a historic practice under which non-Muslims were protected in Muslim lands in return for a special levy known as jizya.
Thousands of protesters in numerous cities worldwide took to the streets Thursday and Friday, from Cairo to Istanbul to Washington, to demand an immediate halt of Israel’s ground incursion in the Gaza Strip and call on the international community to intervene on behalf of Gazans.
In Turkey, Egypt and Jordan, rallies were held in solidarity with the Palestinian cause, some of them turning violent as demonstrators clashed with police forces and vandalized public property. There were also protests in cities including London, Madrid, New York, and Cape Town.
Watch as CBS reporter Lara Logan explains the truth about the war Islamists will continue to fight against you:
Afghanistan is not Vietnam. The Viet Cong, Logan explains, wanted their own country, and wanted the invaders out. This is not the case with Islamists.
Al Qaeda and the Taliban are thriving in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Islamists seek a caliphate – Islamic domination of the entire world. They are the enemy of Western Civilization, and they will not stop attacking us until they are successful – or dead.
WSBT television news broke this story in July 2011 about the U.S. State Department wasting more than $770 million taxpayer dollars, using our money for mosque makeovers and other highly questionable and Islamic “projects” worldwide. Not surprisingly, the old media pretended not to notice.
At the direction of Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton, the State Department is wasting hundreds of millions our our hard-earned dollars to pay for everything from mosque building repairs and remodeling to Internet service and computers. The report documents graft and corruption worldwide, with U.S. officials spreading the money around in far-flung places like Cyprus, Mali and Tajikistan.