What if ballistic missile alert ‘mistake’ in Hawaii had been real?

The 25-ton blast door in the Cheyenne Mountain nuclear bunker is the main entrance to another blast door (background) beyond which the side tunnel branches into access tunnels to the main chambers. NORAD, Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado. Photo/Wikipedia


An emergency alert warning that a ballistic missile was inbound to the island of Hawaii Saturday was mistakenly sent to residents’ cellphones, setting off a chaotic scramble for cover.

Hawaiian citizens reported receiving an emergency alert on their phone that stated: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

The false alert remained publicly active for about 40 minutes and set off “widespread panic” across the state before authorities issued a new alert saying it was a mistake.

People flocked to shelters, crowding highways in scenes of terror and helplessness. “I was running through all the scenarios in my head, but there was nowhere to go, nowhere to pull over to,” Mike Staskow, a retired military captain, told the New York Times.

The state authorities say they have opened an investigation into how the mistaken alert got issued. Heads will probably roll. But maybe we should thank whoever was responsible for this mistake. It was very revealing.

Now we know what will happen if the U.S. should, God forbid, ever get into a nuclear war, or even a conventional war involving missile exchanges. Citizens of Russia, China and North Korea will calmly and methodically file into their civil defense shelters, as they have been trained to do. Americans will look at their cell phones, see a scary message from their government, and panic.

In Hawaii Saturday there were even reports of parents placing their children in storm drains.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, had to calm the ranks of petrified Hawaiians with the following tweet:

But the false alarm ought to be wake-up call for all Americans.

What if the alert had not been a mistake? What if an intercontinental ballistic missile, from North Korea, Russia, China or some other hostile foreign power was launched and what if that missile was equipped with a nuclear payload?

Thanks to this “mistake” in Hawaii, we can get an idea of how pathetic our response will be. People will be getting alerts, on their phones, on radio and TV stations, probably minutes before the missile touches down, and told to “take cover immediately. This is not a drill.”

The obvious question is, where? Where should we take cover? In our basement, if we are lucky enough to have one? Under the kitchen table?

I am not trying to be funny here. The gravity of the matter is made manifest by the singular fact that the U.S. civil defense infrastructure has become a joke.

Back in the 1950 and 60s, millions of federal and state dollars were invested into civil defense. That infrastructure was maintained into the 1970s and 80s, in almost every city of 10,000 or more people.

“I grew up during the time when we practiced assuming the position in the classroom and hallways at school,” said Tracy Gaynor, who grew up in New York and now resides in a small town north of Atlanta. “We even practiced at home, had a spot. I still have one of the ‘for home use’ gas masks that my father made sure we kept on hand.”

In short, Americans back then were trained in survival. Telegraph poles across the country were equipped with sirens that would sound in the event of a nuclear attack. And there were public buildings with an easy-to-spot civil-defense shelter emblem.

Now, when our government tells us to “take shelter,” we can only hope that a rogue state has fired an inaccurate missile that explodes in the sea, or a distant cornfield. But we’d better pray it is not tipped with a nuclear payload.

According to a recent article in Atlas Obscura, after the Cold War had come to an end in the mid-1990s, Hawaii stopped testing its Attack Warning Tone, meant to sound the alarm in the event of a nuclear attack. Why blast an incredibly loud noise each month, when it seemed unlikely to be used?

During the Cold War, all across the country, governments and individuals built shelters and infrastructure like Hawaii’s warning system to ready for the attack. How much of that preparation still stands ready? Could the rest of the country flip a switch back into Cold War prep mode?

That’s highly unlikely. It would likely take years to get back what was lost.

Now, though, as North Korea keeps testing intercontinental ballistic missiles, the state of Hawaii is revving up its Cold War warning system, with a monthly test, according to the November report by Atlas Obscura.

Perhaps that is how today’s “mistake” occurred. Some brave soul in the government decided to pull the trigger on an alert, to show the world how unprepared Americans are for an attack, in hopes that maybe we will bounce out of a slumber.

It’s just a precaution, state officials told Atlas Obscura in November, “but it’s hard not to see this move as a very unwelcome blast from the past,” the website reported.


I would say it’s overdue. And not just in Hawaii but all 50 states.

The world is a much more dangerous place now than it was in 1995, when neither North Korea nor Iran were equipped with nuclear or near-nuclear capabilities. In the case of North Korea, I believe the “rocket man” already has obtained this capability, thanks to presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama — the trifecta of treason.

Cold War infrastructure has mostly been left to decay, but some states and cities have retained at least parts of their infrastructure.

More from Atlas Obscura:

Air raid towers might still stand, but they’re rarely operational. A giant bunker in Portland, Oregon, has been sealed and burieda radar station in Massachusetts was simply abandoned, as was a cube-shaped radio building in California. A fallout shelter built into the Brooklyn Bridge was forgotten. In many cities, siren systems were left to rust: “A lot of times, they try to crank them up after 40 years and they just catch on fire,” one siren expert told The Baltimore Sun in 2004. In Los Angeles, siren enthusiasts made a hobby of hunting down the aging civil defense sirens scattered around the city.

Read the whole analysis of America’s deteriorated civil-defense preparedness.

Leo Hohmann is a veteran journalist and author of the 2017 book “Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest through Immigration and Resettlement Jihad.” Donate to this website and help support his investigative reporting on topics most journalists are afraid to touch.


Why globalists freaked out at Trump’s comment on ‘Sh** hole countries’

President Trump must beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing, running to and fro looking to devour. Many are in Congress, some within his own cabinet.

Posted Jan. 12, 2018: by LEO HOHMANN

One thing I have learned after years of observing the globalists and their cadre of bought-and-paid-for politicians is that the issue being hammered in the media is never the real issue or goal of any given program or policy.

Let me explain.

President Trump got in hot water after it was leaked to the media that he allegedly used some crude language to describe the Third World countries like Haiti, El Salvador and Somalia that send us tens of thousands of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees every year. In typical Trumpian fashion, he reportedly asked “Why do we have to take so many people from shithole countries?”

What he was trying to say of course was “do we really need more Somalis with knives looking for Americans to chop up, or Salvadoran MS-13 gang members looking to shoot folks in the street?”

We’re talking about guys like Dahir Ahmed Adan, who stabbed 10 shoppers at the Crossroads Center Mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, in September 2016 after first asking if they were Muslim, or Abukar Ibrahim, who used a machete to hack a 73-year-old woman up just last week in Shelburne, Vermont.

Mr. Ibrahim is 32 years old and has been in the U.S. for 13 years, yet he still needed an interpreter at his arraignment hearing this week. How is that for assimilation?

Others such as Sayfullo Saipov from Uzbekistan choose to drive rented trucks into crowds of unsuspecting people in New York City, then remark to emergency personnel with great satisfaction that he had accomplished his life’s mission. [I am not being sarcastic, this is actually what he said, read it here in the NY Post.]

These are the type of people you get when you place the bar for entry so low, welcoming migrants from the worst places on Earth based on something as flimsy as chain migration — “I deserve to come to America because my uncle lives there!

But the media heard these blunt words from Trump and immediately went berserk.

CNN set about calling every foreign leader it could find who would pummel our president. Words like “shameful” and “divisive” were among their favorites.

He had violated their rules of political correctness by again placing American interests first. It was the lead story on all the major network and cable news shows Thursday night and into Friday [Update: It’s now Saturday and the major media are still talking about this].

How dare the president suggest that the U.S. start accepting immigrants based on what they can contribute to American society!

How dare he exercise U.S. sovereignty to choose immigrants who will not only work for a living but possess the type of skills that will allow them to provide for their large families – meaning something other than a job at Walmart, a cab driver at the airport, the local meatpacking plant or the maid crew at the Holiday Inn!

We already have too many of those types of immigrants and it’s the middle class that must subsidize everything from their grocery bills to their housing, their use of public transportation, Medicaid health plans and the list goes on. Not to mention the cost of educating their kids.

Of course we all know that President Obama also used plenty of expletives and foul language during White House meetings, but rarely was there a leak to the media. And even if there was, the media, rather than rising up in self-righteous indignation, always protected him from public scrutiny.

When it comes to the so-called journalists at ABC, NBC, CNN and MSNBC, the hypocrisy is dripping from their perfectly white smiles.

When leftists make their argument in favor of open borders and mass migration from the Third World, they always couch their talking points in humanitarian language.

They’ll talk about America’s “unique role” and “responsibility” as a refuge for the persecuted people of the world, even as they ignore the plight of the most persecuted segment of all – Christians living in communist and Islamic states. [See Open Doors 2018 list of the world’s worse persecutors and you will find that, of the top 10, nine are Islamic and one is communist].

The unvarnished truth is that the globalist/U.N. agenda of mass migration and creating a borderless world has nothing to do with humanitarianism. It’s about redistributing global wealth and doing it on the backs of the hard-working American middle class, whom the elites have always detested for their independent ways.

When globalists see a downtrodden refugee family – whether from Somalia or Sudan, El Salvador or Guatemala – they are interested in one thing: “How can we use them?”

If the globalist is Democrat, he or she is excited by the fact that these refugees will likely live a life of dependency, as will their children and their children’s children, and that translates into generations of straight-ticket votes for politicians with a “D” next to their name.

If the globalist is a Republican, he or she looks at these poor refugees and sees one thing, cheap labor for the donor class who are heavily invested in the meatpacking industry or maybe a chain of hotels or some other enterprise that doesn’t require its lower-rung workers to speak English or have advanced job skills.

Pakistan-climate-change dev worldSo if President Trump wants to know why we take so many immigrants from what he calls “shithole countries,” the answer is readily apparent. Look around the room, Mr. President, and into the eyes of the globalists in Congress and, dare I say, in your own cabinet. Don’t pay attention to what the globalists in both parties say about the splendors of “diversity” and wonders of multi-culturalism. In the end it’s all about the power and the money.

Republicans love money. Democrats love money and power.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t some Republicans who rise above that fray or even a few Democrats who honestly believe the humanitarian platitudes they peddle to the public and the lapdog media. But they are the exceptions, not the rule.

So we’ve covered money and power.

The final peg in this unholy trinity is control.

Globalists crave control over the population they govern. What better way to justify more security checkpoints, gun-control laws, warrantless wiretapping and invasive sneak-and-peak technologies than to import millions of migrants from Islamic countries known to harbor terrorists and supporters of terrorists?

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The regions marked in brown tones send more migrants out than they receive while those in blue receive more than they send.

Have you ever wondered why there is virtually no terrorism in Japan, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic? Look at their immigration policies and you will find your answer.

Congress every year debates whether to renew the freedom-destroying, privacy-wrecking FISA legislation that allows the government to snoop on your emails, text messages and phone calls by getting a phony “warrant” from a secret court that is known to issue such permission with a rubber stamp.

In fact, those most likely to be protected from such government intrusion are the very ones who most deserve to be monitored and tracked – the migrants who are committing 99 percent of the terrorism around the world. When your rights are trampled upon by an overzealous government, don’t look to the ACLU, CAIR, Southern Poverty Law Center, et al to go to bat for you in the courts and the media. They are not your friends.

So there you have it. Now you know why we have insane immigration policies like “chain migration,” refugee resettlement and the annual “diversity visa lottery” in which migrants from the Third World with no skills and no intention of assimilating are invited to come and live in our cities and towns, where they will be “welcomed” by a progressive mayor and immediately signed up for Medicaid and food stamps, placed in subsidized housing, their children enrolled in public schools. It’s not because they offer anything of value to our economy or our culture or even that we wish to help bring them up by their bootstraps. This isn’t about altruism. It’s about how the two political parties that run our country can use them to their advantage, the taxpayer be damned.

Leo Hohmann is a writer and author of the 2017 book “Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest through Immigration and Resettlement Jihad.” Donate to this website and help support his investigative reporting on topics most journalists are afraid to touch.


Muslim migrant plotted to poison supermarket food

I often get asked about the vulnerability of the U.S. food supply given the fact that so many refugees work in the food-processing industries. Our meat, in particular, is highly vulnerable. I have reported in the past that refugee labor is used for up to 12 percent of the workforce at many of the meatpacking factories that dot small-town America. It would be an unimaginable act of jihad terror, potentially surpassing even the 9/11 attracks, if these plants started churning out meat laced with a biological agent of some kind. We now have evidence that some devout Muslims in the U.K. have indeed been thinking along these lines.


From the BBC in London:

A couple who met online have been convicted of preparing for terrorism in a plot that could have attacked Derby or poisoned supermarket food.

Who was the man behind the plans – and why was he even in the UK in the first place?

Munir Mohammed fancied himself as a bit of a catch. He was a charmer.

He was so convinced that he was a ladies’ man, Derby’s own online Casanova, that he was aiming for four wives.

Even though along the way he’d abandoned the first on the migrant trail in Greece and never actually met the second.

As for the third prospective bride, British woman Rowaida El-Hassan, things didn’t work out too well there either.

She found herself in the Old Bailey dock alongside him, accused of helping Mohammed prepare a major act of terrorism.

In that plan:

Munir Mohammed began buying chemicals for a homemade pressure cooker bomb and offered himself as a “lone wolf” attacker to an IS commander communicating with him over Facebook.

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Munir Mohammed

He also investigated making poison while working at a supermarket ready-meals factory.

His jihadi bride Rowaida El-Hassan provided him with technical guidance as a trained pharmacist [just imagine if a jihadist migrants were to infiltrate a U.S. meatpacking plant’s inspection rank].

Rowaida El-Hassan came from Sudan to the UK legally as a child while 36-year-old Munir Mohammed, originally from Eritrea, grew up in the neighboring country with his mother.

After she died, the then teenager worked in Libya, before returning to Sudan to marry.

Looking for a better life, he and his pregnant wife left for Europe in June 2013 and paid people smugglers to take them by boat across the dangerous Mycale Strait between Turkey and the Greek island of Samos.

From there they went to Athens and started to walk. And when Lana lost the baby, Munir Mohammed walked on without her, dumping her in the country, the BBC reports.

He followed the now familiar Balkan migrant route and reached France in January 2014.

Finally, he paid more people smugglers to hide him in a lorry so he could reach the UK. And he eventually emerged at a motorway services on the M1 in Bedfordshire.

Police handed him over to immigration officers, and in February 2014 he made an application for asylum. He was later released from an immigration removal center and placed in a shared house at the Home Office’s expense in Leopold Street, Derby.

Munir Mohammed wasn’t allowed to work but he wanted to earn and took a cash-in-hand job at a car wash and then cleaned at an Indian restaurant.

By May 2016 he had obtained EU documents in another man’s name and secured work at Kerry Foods, a major manufacturer of ready-meals in nearby Burton upon Trent. He told the jury he cooked sauces for meals going to Tesco and Morrisons.

During his often incoherent evidence, Munir Mohammed claimed to have been sending money to the woman he’d abandoned in Greece – but he also revealed that he had since “married” a second woman in Sudan.

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Rowaida El-Hassan

The only problem is that they hadn’t met. So he began looking for something more satisfying than a virtual wife, signed up to a British dating website and found Rowaida El-Hassan.

And all the time, his interest in the extremism of the so-called Islamic State was growing.

How did Rowaida El-Hassan get involved?

Rowaida El-Hassan, 32, came from a well-to-do Sudanese family. The university-educated north Londoner helped her husband grow a successful pharmacy network in Khartoum – but he cheated on her.

She returned home with her two children and began the messy process of a divorce, and looking, once more, for Mr Right.

Read the rest of the story here




No joke: ‘Mohamed’ 3rd most popular baby name in this Minnesota town

A group of mostly Somali students walked out of classes at Tech High School in St. Cloud in 2015, claiming they were victims of bullying. (Photo: Jason Wachter, jwachter@stcloudtimes.com)

We already know this is happening in London and Paris. But St. Cloud, Minnesota?

St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota, came out with its annual list of top 10 most popular baby names for 2017, and No. 3 on the list of boys’ names was a bit of a surprise.

No. 1 – Henry
No. 2 – Liam
No. 3 – Mohamed
No. 4 – Jack
No. 5 – Nolan
No. 6 – William
No. 7 – Jackson
No. 8 – Logan
No. 9 – Wyatt
No. 10 – Grayson

The hospital has been publicizing its top baby names for boys and girls for as long as anyone can remember, but this is the first time the namesake of the Islamic prophet ended up in the top five.

In fact, as recently as 2013 the hospital published a list of its “Top 20” most popular baby names, and Mohamed was nowhere to be found.

But in 2015, the name Mohamed showed up for the first time, coming in at No. 6 on the list of boy’s names.

The vast majority of Muslims in Minnesota are refugees from Somalia, and the Somalis have large families. Just since 2002, the U.S. State Department, in cooperation with the United Nations, has distributed more than 54,000 Somali refugees into Minnesota cities and towns.

Refugees qualify for full U.S. citizenship within five years of their arrival on U.S. soil, but the babies they birth are immediately granted citizenship.

The name Mohammed, spelled one of various ways in English, has been among the most popular names for baby boys born in London, England, for more than a decade, and was No. 1 on London’s list last year.

But St. Cloud, Minnesota? Yes, indeed.

About 12 to 14 percent of St. Cloud’s total population of 67,000 is Somali.

In fact, the St. Cloud Hospital has been struggling to keep up with heavy translator costs due to the large number of Somali men, women and children receiving medical attention. In 2010, the translation costs were about $400,000, but by fiscal 2017 those costs soared to $1.7 million. The city started getting large numbers of refugees in 2008, and 10 years later the demographics of the city have been completely transformed.

St. Cloud Hospital serves three counties: Stearns, Benton and Sherburne.

“These are big, big numbers, these numbers are huge,” said area resident Ron Branstner. “I have complained about these translation costs at schools, medical facilities, courts and 911 center to our local councils to no avail.

“It’s just one right after another, Somali, so it doesn’t surprise me,” Branstner said of the popularity of the name Mohamed.

He said he reads the weekly birth announcements in the local newspaper, the St. Cloud Times.

“One week we had 96 babies born, and 48 of them were Somalis based on the names. You go through and count them in the births section, and there is just one after the other named Mohamed, or Abdi [Abdullah], or Ali.”

The U.S. government has been resettling East African refugees into Minnesota for more than 30 years, starting in the late 1980s, bringing them from Somalia, a country in a perpetual state of civil war.

“It’s been three decades of resettlements, so you have a whole generation now that’s been born there in Minnesota,” said Ann Corcoran, who follows the global migration of migrants for Refugee Resettlement Watch.

But other large Somali communities have sprung up in Columbus, Ohio; San Diego; Atlanta; Seattle; Fargo, North Dakota; and in Lewiston, Maine.

St. Cloud has also received a significant amount of “secondary migration,” meaning Somalis who were originally resettled elsewhere and then migrated to the city for jobs in the meatpacking industry or to be closer to family.

Gold N’ Plump, a chicken-processing plant owned by Pilgrim’s Pride near St. Cloud, got sued by a group of Somali workers several years ago when the company refused to provide prayer breaks. The Somalis won a settlement of more than $1 million.

The Somali community has become so strong politically that it controls one whole ward in Minneapolis with a seat held by a Somali politician. And last year the state elected its first Somali refugee to the State Legislature, Ilhan Omar.

The presence of the meatpacking industry and chain migration can be cited as the main reasons for the demographic transformation of St. Cloud.

The State Demographer’s Office estimates that there were between 40,200 and 52,400 Somalis in Minnesota as of January 2015.

Andi Egbert, assistant director of the state demographer’s office, acknowledged that their estimate is lower than others from the Somali community that have put the number as high as 80,000 Somalis living in Minnesota.

The state Office of Refugee Resettlement says that about 34,800 refugees arrived in Minnesota between 2003-2014 alone. Of those, 1,306 came to Stearns County and 20 to Sherburne County.

Related storySomali man in Burlington, Vermont, charged with attempted murder in machete attack on 73-year-old woman.

U.S. Muslim population growing ‘rapidly’, fueled by migration and high birthrates


Pew Research Center came out this week with an updated estimate of the American Muslim population, which is sure to cause a stir on all sides of the issue.

The new numbers come in at 3.45 million Muslims living legally in the U.S. in 2017. That represents only 1.1 percent of the U.S. population but it’s up, by Pew’s estimates, from 3.31 million in 2016.

The U.S. Muslim population grows by about 100,000 every year, according to the Pew study.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, says Pew’s estimates are way off, and that the true number is roughly double, in the 6 to 8 million range – and that was more than two years ago.

“Muslim advocacy groups such as the Council on American Islamic Relations routinely cite a span of 6 million to 8 million people in describing the size of Islam in America. That would be between 2 percent and 3 percent of the U.S. population and make Muslims greater in number than Mormons or Jews,” CAIR stated on its website in March 2015.”

If CAIR, an offshoot of the extremist Muslim Brotherhood, is correct and there are at least 6 million Muslims living in the U.S., that would represent 2.4 percent of the total population and exceed the number of Jewish Americans by about a million.

The facts bear out that the higher a nation’s Muslim population, the more anti-Semitic attacks occur in that nation. France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the U.K. have all seen increasing numbers of hate crimes against Jews and Jewish properties since they began importing mass numbers of Muslim migrants. It has gotten so bad in France and Germany that many Jews have been quietly migrating out of those countries in recent years.

Both Pew and CAIR note that they are watching closely for the day when Islam surpasses Judaism as the second most populous religious group in America. CAIR, as stated above, thinks that has already happened, while Pew forecasts it will not happen for another 22 years.

Pew estimates that 5.3 million Jews live in the U.S., but unlike the Muslim population, Judaism is not growing in America, due largely to low birthrates.

Pew says the Muslim population will continue to increase and should surpass Judaism as the nation’s second most common religious faith by 2040.

The main drivers of Muslim population are high fertility rates of Muslim women, compared to Christian and Jewish women, along with continued migration of Muslims into the U.S. from abroad.

Pew itself admits that that estimated Muslim population growth is difficult because there is no official count — the U.S. Census does not ask Americans their religious affiliation. So Pew is offering what amounts to its best guess based on its own surveys, outside sources and previous research.

The true size of the U.S. Muslim population is likely somewhere in the middle of the Pew estimate and the CAIR estimate, probably around 5 million.

Previous reporting by WND has documented that one of the main drivers of Muslim immigration into the U.S. is the food processing industry, especially the meatpacking sector, which employs an estimated 5 to 12 percent of its workforce with refugee labor.

Lutheran Refugee and Immigration Service doing business as Lutheran Social Services, along with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, doing business as Catholic Charities, and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, World Relief and several secular resettlement agencies serve as virtual headhunters for these global conglomerates in search of cheap labor for their hotels and factories.

Entire small cities and towns throughout the South and especially the Midwest have been transformed demographically over the last 10 years by the meatpacking industry – cities such as Greeley and Fort Collins, Colorado; Lexington, Nebraska; Noel, Missouri; Aberdeen, South Dakota; Fargo, North Dakota; Garden City and Dodge City, Kansas; Amarillo, Texas; St. Cloud, Melrose, Willmar, Austin and Worthington, Minnesota.

See Pew’s interactive map to find out how many Muslims are in your city and state. 

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services has signed a deal to provide a pilot program for meat-processing giant JBS Swift to train refugee labor inside the company’s plants in four states. If it is successful JBS plans to roll it out nationwide to more than 100 plants.

The Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, whose top eight executives all bring home salaries of between $112,000 and $300,000, has profited greatly from its ties to global meat packers.
Meat plants in particular, and the food-processing industry in general, have long been a gateway into the United States for Third Worlders looking for a better economic lot in life. Chobani serves as a similar conduit with its massive yogurt plant in Twin Falls, Idaho.

“Big Yogurt has learned from Big Meat,” says Ann Corcoran, who tracks the global movement of migrants for Refugee Resettlement Watch.

Pew says the U.S. Muslim population will reach 8.1 million by 2050. Interestingly, the folks at CAIR believe there are already that many Muslims in the U.S. now, and CAIR is working on its own count.

Bashleer Mohamed, author of the Pew report, states the case as follows:

“Muslims in the U.S. are not as numerous as the number of Americans who identify as Jewish by religion, according to our estimate. At the same time, our projections suggest that the U.S. Muslim population will grow much faster than the country’s Jewish population. By 2040, Muslims will replace Jews as the nation’s second-largest religious group after Christians. And by 2050, the U.S. Muslim population is projected to reach 8.1 million, or 2.1% of the nation’s total population — nearly twice the share of today.”

According to the Pew study, conversions to Islam haven’t had a major impact on the size of the U.S. Muslim population, at least not yet. That’s because nearly as many Americans convert to Islam as leave the faith every year. While about one-in-five American Muslim adults were raised in a different faith tradition and converted to Islam, a similar share of Americans who were raised Muslim now no longer identify with the faith.

Pew also found that the growth of the U.S. Muslim population is uneven, with high concentrations in certain cities and states, such as New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Minnesota, Idaho, California, the Dakotas, Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina and Georgia, compared to relatively low numbers in other states like Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and Hawaii.

Again, much of this discrepancy can be explained by tracking the movement of the meatpacking and hotel industries into more rural and semi-rural areas, not just major cities.

Another indicator of the rapidly increasing U.S. Muslim population is the explosive growth in the number of mosques being built. There are more than 3,200 mosques now in the U.S., and more than 70 percent of them have been built since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

New information about Somali attack on Minnesota woman blows up police narrative

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Morgan Evenson, 26, was attacked by a Somali migrant Dec. 13 and stabbed 14 times before a pedestrian came to her aid in uptown Minneapolis.

The tragic story of what happened to Morgan Evenson two weeks before Christmas is starting to gain traction in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Ignored by the city’s largest newspaper, the Star Tribune, a second local TV station picked up the story Tuesday about the brutal attack by a Somali migrant that left the 26-year-old woman in a hospital bed with 14 stab wounds and a lacerated kidney.

[UPDATE: The Star-Tribune must be reading our reports. The paper finally published its first story about the unsolved attack on Morgan Evenson on Jan. 4, more than three weeks after the incident occurred. Read it here.]

See my initial report on the attack last week, which went viral on Facebook and Twitter

It’s been three weeks since a man described as a Somali immigrant attacked Evenson while she was walking home from work in uptown Minneapolis, slashing and stabbing her relentlessly while trying to drag her off of a public street.

She did not know the man and has no idea why he attacked her.

Police still haven’t made any arrests in the case but say they are working multiple leads.

The fact that a Somali migrant targeted a young white woman while walking alone, and that he remains on the loose, has women watching their backs.

Several women told Fox 9 KMSP they are afraid to walk alone on the streets of this popular shopping district that they previously thought was safe.

Watch Fox 9’s interview with Morgan Evenson.

And now the victim herself is speaking out, revealing new information about her attacker that cast doubt upon the official police narrative about what happened that night.

Minneapolis police said after the Dec. 13 attack that they considered it an attempted robbery.

Crime Prevention Specialist Jennifer Neale told the Southwest Journal on Dec. 20: “We’re still scratching our heads about it, because it’s just so brazen,” noting the level of violence used to “get a purse.”

There’s only one problem with that statement.

Evenson says the man made no attempt to snatch her purse.

She fought back with all she had as he continuously thrust his knife into her torso, wrists, arms and shoulders. She resisted long enough for a male pedestrian to hear her screams and come running to her aid, sending the Somali attacker fleeing.

After being released from the hospital Evenson immediately moved out of state and said she fears for the safety of her friends still living in uptown Minneapolis, where she worked at the Apple Store in a shopping district that includes Victoria’s Secret, high-end jewelry stores and coffee shops.

She said she got a clear look at her attacker, whom she described as a black man in his early 20s, thin build, low-cut afro and a slight Somali accent.

He sneaked up from behind and tackled her to the ground, then started stabbing.

“I would say it was two to three minutes of struggling with him as he was dragging me through the snow,” Evenson told Fox 9. “This person who did this to me is still out there. I don’t know if he intends to do this to someone else, or if this was a one-time thing. Was it because I was a woman? Was it the color of my skin? Was it the purse on my shoulder even though you didn’t take anything from me?”

She said she lives for the day when she could identify her attacker for the police.

“I don’t want this to change who I am because I don’t want to be a scared person but it would be so, so amazing to have this person turned in and to look at him in the face and to hopefully convict him of something.”

Despite Evenson’s clear description of the man, police have still not released a composite sketch of the suspect, which would seem to be a normal course of action in a case like this.

But the Minneapolis Police Department is no stranger to controversy when it comes to cases that involve Somali refugees. The city is home to the nation’s largest Somali-American population, more than 50,000 strong, almost all of them hand-selected for resettlement in the U.S. by the United Nations.

In August the fifth precinct’s first Somali police officer, Mohamed Noor, shot and killed an unarmed white woman, Justine Damond, but the department has yet to file any charges against the officer.

In the summer of 2016 a band of more than a dozen Somali men terrorized the city’s Linden Hills community for three straight days, threatening to rape a woman, beating one resident’s dog, and shouting “jihad!” as they drove vehicles over residents’ lawns and pretended to shoot people through their duffel bags. No arrests were made.

And then there was the mysterious 2014 apartment explosion in a Somali neighborhood of Minneapolis in which three people lost their lives. No arrests were ever made in that case either, nor any explanation for the cause of the explosion.

None of this sloppy police activity surprises former FBI counter-terrorism specialist John Guandolo. He says the sheriff of Hennepin County is easily manipulated by Muslim activist groups such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the local Somali imams.

“Minneapolis police and the sheriff’s office there are so in bed with the jihadis they don’t know which way is up,” Gondolo said.

That’s an accusation some might find alarming and even too sensational to believe. Yet, the best evidence may be the words coming directly from the mouth of Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek three years ago at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, comments that were captured on video by C-SPAN.

Stanek told the White House Summit in February 2015 that he basically gets all his information about what’s going on in Minneapolis’s Somali neighborhoods from a local Somali imam he affectionately referred to as “Imam Roble.”

Following is a transcript of Sheriff Stanek’s presentation:

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Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek with President Obama

“I’m so glad you all had a chance to hear from Imam Roble. And we’ve been friends for more than five years and any success the sheriff’s office has had in engaging the Somali diaspora in Hennepin County is due largely to imam Roble and his guidance, and his leadership,” the sheriff said. “At first traditional methods for building communities of trust weren’t working. We had language and cultural barriers that required new strategies. Translations were difficult at best. Men didn’t want women at meetings. The greatest barrier of all? Somalis were distrustful of law enforcement, because in their home country law enforcement often operates as the arm of an oppressive government. The key to overcoming these barriers was the one on one personal relationship between Imam Roble and myself. After many conversations he agreed to help us, and lend credibility to our efforts. Others trusted us, because he trusted us. He became our sponsor in the community. Personally asked members to attend special one-day citizens academies customized for the Somali community. The agenda? It was tailored to fit the interests and needs of the community, with translators and culturally appropriate meals, but we learned that it’s critical not to be seen as playing favorites. We let everyone know that we’d be working with the entire community, the elders, the religious leaders, women and youth. We followed up with actions that demonstrated our commitment. We hired the first sworn Somali deputy sheriff in Minnesota, we added a Somali community member as a civilian in our community engagement team, Abdi Mohamed. He works every day in building relationships between the community and my office. A Somali woman assisted us in adopting a new policy on religious head coverings, hijabs, in our jail. This new policy is just one way for my office to show we are not only listening, we we’re acting. With imam Roble’s guidance I’ve learned that the most important member of our community engagement team, is me. Our community members want and need to be respected, this isn’t a job to be delegate to somebody else but a responsibility to be shared throughout the entire agency, starting at the top.”

This article originally appeared Jan. 3, 2018, at WND.com, where you can also watch the embedded videos mentioned in the story.

Mainstream media gives distorted view of what’s going on in Iran — it’s not just the economy stupid!

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Protests in Iran have spread to more than 80 cities, far surpassing the scope of the last protest movement in 2009.

Pictures and videos coming out of Iran are starting to look more like a full-on revolution than a protest movement, but American news agencies continue to lie to their readers and viewers, describing the historic protests as mostly about the country’s weak economy and chastising President Trump for cheering them on.

That’s woefully under-reporting the depth of what is really going on in Iran.

The Associated Press’s description of the protests as “over economic issues” seems to lack any justification for Iranians taking to the streets en mass and chanting “death to the dictator,” while burning in effigy the image of Supreme Islamic leader Ayatollah Kamenei.

CNN called the protests a “seemingly unorganized, leaderless wave of demonstrations against high prices, corruption and repressive government.” No mention of the fact that Iran is an Islamic state, a theocracy where converting to a religion other than Islam is a crime against the state.

There is much more going on than what is being portrayed in these left-leaning news sites.

Twitter and other social media are alight with videos coming out of the Islamic Republic of Iran that show people rallying around the idea of freedom and democracy.

This Iranian woman has become a hero of the protest movement for defiantly removing her hijab and flying it on a stick. She was arrested and detained by the Iranian religious dictators.

One video features a young woman, her long black hair fluttering in the wind, standing in a public square silently waving her hijab on the end of a stick, as if to say “I will no longer be forced to cover my head in public against my will.” She was reportedly arrested and detained.

Watch video of Iranian woman waving “white flag,” which is her hijab

In another video, protesters are seen chanting “Independence, Freedom, Iranian Republic.” [Note the absence of the word “Islamic” from the nation’s official name.]

Michael Ledeen, an Iran expert and foreign policy scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said the true story of the Iranian people’s struggle has yet to get widely reported in the West.

“The demonstrators are not chanting ‘give me money,’ or ‘give me lower inflation,'” Ledeen told me in an interview.

“There’s none of that. That’s not why they are in the streets. They are in the streets because they want an end to the Islamic Republic,” he said.

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Michael Ledeen

Seventy percent of Iranians are under 35 so those young people have no memories of pre-Islamic Iran, when the Shah ran the country as a Western-allied monarchy. But those 35 and under Iranians hear stories from their parents and grandparents, Ledeen said.

“They know Iran has been free from time to time in its history and they want a government that speaks for them, and they’re enraged this terrorist regime has given away billions to invade Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinian territories with their Islamic ideology,” Ledeen said. “So they say don’t talk to us about religion, talk to us about Iran, we are your people and act on our behalf, not spreading your religion to other countries.

“They now know this regime will not do that, cannot do that, and that they need a new regime, and they knew they could not do that as long as Obama was in the White House, because he wanted an alliance with this regime. But we have a new administration in Washington now and Trump is much better on this issue.”

Trump tweeted on New Year’s Day that the “great Iranian people” were tired of their country being looted and it was “TIME FOR A CHANGE.”

Women are at the head of the spear

Ledeen said the role of Iranian women in the protest movement has been huge.

“In fact the regime had to make some kind of concession a few weeks ago where they said women would no longer be arrested by the morality police for failure to obey strictures of the Islamic dress code,” Ledeen said.

The revolutionary climate could not hit the Iranian mullahs at a worse time as they have been working to extend their influence throughout the Middle East with help from Russia and China. Now they have problems to contend with at home.

“The regime is frightened, it has closed every school in the country and that’s because they’re terrified of meaningful numbers of people gathered in one place in city after city,” Ledeen said.

That’s what’s new about this movement. Unlike in 2009, it is nationwide. More than 80 cities are involved.

“Previous demonstrations were largely limited to Tehran and a couple of other cities, but now it’s all over the whole country including small towns and villages,” he said.

So far 20 people have been killed in clashes with security forces and more than 500 arrested.

“If you add it up all over the country it’s much bigger. It’s one thing for the revolutionary guards to shut down Tehran, but the whole country? That’s much more difficult.”

Ledeen, who has been studying, speaking and writing about Iran for decades, said the movement is long overdue, and the changing of the guard in Washington may just be the difference maker this time around.

“It’s time already, it’s enough. This regime has to come down. I’m so encouraged seeing our political leaders calling for regime change,” Ledeen said. “Trump has made some strong statements, and [Secretary of State Rex] Tillerson has too.”

It’s about religious freedom

Pastor Shahram Hadian grew up Muslim in Iran and later converted to Christianity.
Pastor Shahram Hadian grew up Muslim in Iran and later converted to Christianity.

As a child of just 9 years old, Shahram Hadian left Iran with his parents just before the onset of the 1979 Islamic revolution that brought the mullahs to power. He now lives in Washington state but still has extended family in Iran.

“I have cousins, one of my aunts is still alive, direct family still there, and they’ve been very quiet. I suspect that this is more of a threat to the regime than is being let out,” Hadian told WND.

While Iran has a “token” president in Hassan Rouhani, the real government power rests with the Islamic clerics, Hadian said.

“Some of the military police are defecting and we’re seeing various things. There is an element where the people are being oppressed economically, because all the money that’s going to the government is being used for illicit purposes rather than helping people.”

That’s been a fact for many years, even before Obama freed up $1.5 billion for Iranian coffers under the nuclear deal he brokered.

“But at its heart this protest movement is a call for religious freedom, they are tired of this Islamic regime, because what most people don’t understand is the history of Persia is of a more secular nation. Islam conquered Persia, and it is once again the Persian people wanting to break from the yoke, and that’s what it is, the yoke of Islam, and wanting to be governed democratically,” Hadian added.

Time to bring back the monarchy?

Hadian said he has “mixed feelings” as to whether democracy can work in Iran.

“Some Iranians are saying they want to bring back the monarchy. But the clarion call is we are tired of this religious dictatorship,” he said. “And you have to take into account that Iran has the fastest growing church in the world, up to 1.5 million born-again believers in Iran and I think that is a huge influence driving this push for religious liberty.”

According to Open Doors, which tracks persecution of Christians worldwide, Iran is Number 8 on the list of the world’s worst regimes for religious persecution.

“The number of Christians who are in prison on charges of blasphemy and sedition are outrageous,” Hadian said. “So they want this yoke of Islam off of their backs, the majority of Iranian people do not share the aspirations of the regime, and it really is shocking to see the complicity of the U.S. media to not cover what is going on until they were forced to, because they don’t want the regime to look bad.”

Trump is making a difference

Hadian said he is talking with people on the ground and is convinced, like Ledeen, that the American people are being kept in the dark about the true reasons for the Iranian protests and where they might be heading.

“This is a much bigger movement then we are being led to believe. They say it is not well organized, and I agree it is not well organized but this regime is brutal and will do whatever it can to put down the rebellion,” Hadian said. “During the 2009 Green movement Obama said ‘we don’t interfere in foreign regimes.’ And the regime blacklisted and killed people as a result.

“I suspect this movement is more dangerous to the ayatollahs than is being portrayed by the media.”

The difference maker, if there is one, could be Trump.

“Look at the contrast. Obama says we don’t interfere and in 2011 he’s meddling in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Syria and Yemen. So we don’t interfere in Iran but let’s interfere and destabilize all these other nations,” Hadian said. “What a contrast with Trump coming out in support of the Iranian people and making a call for freedom of the Iranian people.”

Hadian, who is now a Christian pastor, said the reason so many Iranians are open to the gospel is they have lived under Islamic yoke for more than 30 years.

“I remember what it was like in Iran pre-1979 before Islam took over. There was religious plurality, freedom,” he said. “So in the minds of these young people right now who are in the streets, they know. It’s only been one generation. They know that contrast, versus countries like Pakistan, Egypt, or Somalia where they have been under Islam for centuries.

“The economics and all that stuff is secondary. This is about freedom of religion, freedom for them to live their lives free of the religious police. They want to break off the yoke of Islam in that country,” he said.

Even secular Iranians, if you talk to them, will say they are tired of being repressed in the name of Islam, said Hadian.

“They may be agnostic or not religious but they will say they are tired of Islam, which should be a lesson for us in America,” he said. “Instead of glorifying Islam, instead of always apologizing for it, we ought to be more like the Iranian people and say let’s get rid of it.

“I still have the memory in my mind of pre-1979 Iran and it is heartbreaking.”