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OBAMA WATCH

How will Barak Obama deal with terrorism?

Is our President-Elect a "friend of known terrorists" or will he keep his promise to be more agressive than the Bush administration in tracking Osama bin Laden down and killing him? Will his upbringing in a Muslim culture give him an advantage or a disadvantage as he negotiates with Islamic leaders?


Current Events


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Moral Issues in Campaign 2008


Mosque Flap Swirls Around Obama, Democrats

Aug. 16, 2010 - There has been intense national reaction to President Obama,s remarks about the building of a mosque in New York. On Sunday's "Face the Nation," Republican strategist Ed Rollins called his statement, "Probably the dumbest thing that any president has said or candidate has said since Michael Dukakis said it was okay to burn the flag."

The uproar caused the President to clarify his position.

"I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there," Obama said. "I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding."
Source: CBN
Editor's note: Legally, the President may be correct, but he could have done the majority of Americans a great favor by giving a presidential opinion that the project is very unwise for many reasons, including the question of the mosques' possible terrorist ties, and the insensitivity to families of the 9/11 victims. Evidently he doesn't agree with the majority.
Obama: Muslim missionary? Part 1 - Chuck Norris - WorldNetDaily
GOP Leaders: Obama 'Disconnected' From Mainstream on Ground Zero Mosque Issue - News


Obama backs Ground Zero mosque

Aug. 16, 2010 - In spite of the fact that a recent poll showed that 70 percent of US citizens opposed the construction of a mosque near ground zero in New York, President Obama forcefu lly endorsed the project.
"As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country," Obama said, weighing in for the first time on a controversy that has riven New York City and Americans.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Hamas-linked group has deep ties to White House

Feb. 24, 2010 - Last week, President Obama's top adviser on counter-terrorism, John Brennan, spoke at an event sponsored by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
ISNA is known for its enforcement of Saudi-style Islam in mosques throughout the U.S. It was named by the Justice Department as an unindicted co-conspirator in its case against the Holy Land Foundation in Texas.
Leaders of the The Holy Land Foundation were found guilty in 2008 of raising $12 million for the Hamas terrorist organization. They were given life sentences for their actions.

At President Obama's inauguration ISNA President Ingrid Mattson offered a prayer. She also represented ISNA at Obama's Ramadan dinner at the White House.

Source: Aaron Klein - WorldNetDaily

Report: Al-Qaeda aims to hit U.S. with WMDs

Jan. 25, 2010 - A report from Congress' bipartisan Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism claims that Al-Qaeda is extremely patient, waiting for the opportunity to unleash weapons of mass destruction on the U.S. The commission was also critical of the Obama administration's preparation for this threat.
Source: MSNBC
Obama Administration Earns an 'F' on Stopping WMD Attacks - NewsMax

Osama bin Laden says Barack Obama 'planting seeds of hatred'

June 3, 2009 - As President Obama arrives in Egypt, Al Jazeera television played an audio tape from Osama bin Laden. He warned that Obama has planted the seeds of "revenge and hatred" towards the United States in the Muslim world by continuing President Bush's policies.
Al-Qaeda's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri, said in an audio tape posted on an Islamist website on Tuesday that Muslims had already received Mr Obama's "bloody messages", which were pre-empting the US president's charm offensive.
Source: Telegraph - UK

Obama Facing Escalating North Korea Threat With Few Options

May 26, 2009 - World opinion is apparently unanimous against North Korea because of yesterday's nuclear test and launching of missiles. Most think it would be suicide for North Korea to actually use one of their nuclear devices in war, but there is greater concern that their technology may be given or sold to terrorists. Graham Allison, an assistant secretary of defense in the first Clinton administration and now director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University asked:
"Could this guy believe he could sell a nuclear bomb to Osama bin Laden? ...Why not?" It would be easier, he said, than helping Syria construct a nuclear reactor, which the North Koreans are accused of having already done.
Source: News Max

Obama Remains Steadfast in Plan to Close Gitmo, Blisters Bush Administration

May 22, 2009 - President Obama said the Guantanamo prison will be closed by his deadline of January 2010. He also said that dangerous prisoners will not be released within the United States.
On Wednesday, the Senate rebuked Obama's request for funding to close the Guantanamo prison, withholding on a 90-6 vote $80 million that would go to shutting down the facility until the president presents a plan for what to do with the remaining detainees.
Source: Fox
Dick Cheney Counters With National Security Speech - Fox

Ex-CIA Director: Obama Compromised National Security with Memo Release

Apr. 19, 2009 - Ex-CIA chief Michael Hayden called President Obama's decision to release top secret information about interrogation techniques "really dangerous." He says that it has the effect of describing new limits for interrogating a terrorist, making it more difficult for CIA officers to defend the nation.
Source: NewsMax

Homeland Security on guard for 'right-wing extremists'

Apr. 13, 2009 - A new Homeland Security document puts authorities on the look-out for trouble from unnamed "right-wing extremists." While admitting that their acitivites, "have been largely rhetorical and have not indicated plans to carry out violent acts," the report says that those concerned about illegal immigration, increasing federal power, restrictions on firearms, abortion and the loss of U.S. sovereignty may become violent in the future.

The description of "right-wing extremists includes:

Hate groups opposed to particular religions or races
Anti-government groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority
Individuals who are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration
Some returning war veterans
Those who believe in "a Jewish-controlled 'one-world government'"
Those who are unhappy about the election of an African-American president and the prospect of his policy changes
Teachers of "end times" prophecies that could motivate extremist individuals and groups to stockpile food, ammunition and weapons
The report, dated April 7, 2009 is titled "Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment."
Source: WorldNetDaily
Disagree with Obama? Gov't has eyes on you - Roger Hedgcock - WorldNetDaily

Obama Gives First TV Interview To Arabic Network

Jan. 27, 2009 - President Barack Obama granted his first formal television interview to the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya network. He said, "All too often the United States starts by dictating." He said we would be listening to them now.
"My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy," Obama said. "We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect."
Obama's envoy to the Middle East, George J. Mitchell, has begun an eight-day trip to the Mideast to talk to all the major parties involved.
Source: Fox
Text of Obama interview - Al-Arabiya
Obama hails 'anti-Israel' Arab plan - WorldNetDaily
The day America lost the terror war - Strong criticism from Benjamin Shapiro - WorldNetDaily
S-U-B-M-I-S-S-I-O-N - Frank J. Gaffney - Jewish World Review

Obama order gives 1-year deadline for shutdown of Guantánamo prison

Jan. 22, 2009 - President Obama signed an order today to shut down the Guantánamo Bay prison where suspected terrorists are held, and he closed secret CIA jails overseas.
Source: USA Today
Executive order: Guantanamo - Text of the order - USA Today
Bush's 'war on terror' comes to a sudden end - Obama signals that America's reach in battling enemies will not be limitless - MSNBC
Al Qaeda Chief Was Released by U.S. From Gitmo - Al Qaeda in Yemen says a Saudi national released from Guantanamo in 2008 is now the group's second in command. - Fox
Gitmo and the 'Black Death' - Hal Lindsey - WorldNetDaily

Judge Suspends Guantanamo Case at Obama's Request

Jan 21, 2009 - The Obama administration instructed military prosecutors late Tuesday to suspend legal proceedings against detainees at the Guantanamo prison in Cuba for 120 days.
Army Col. Patrick Parrish promptly put one of the cases on hold Wednesday morning, and the disposition of several others is expected to become clear later in the day.
Source: Washington Post
For Obama, Closing Guantanamo Easier Said Than Done - CBS

Clear and Present Danger
The Obama administration is about to discover that the terrorists detained at Guantánamo are there for good reason.

Nov. 24, 2008 - President-Elect Obama promises to close the Guantánamo detention center in Cuba, and apparently prefers to try non-citizen terrorists in our federal court system. The writer of this article, Thomas Joscelyn, warns that 14 "high value" detainees there are responsible for murdering thousands of civilians around the globe.
Processing them as mere lawbreakers would not have advanced the war on terror. To read them their rights and provide them lawyers would have been to throw away their intelligence value.
Source: Weekly Standard

Nov. 24, 2008 - President-Elect Obama promises to close the Guantánamo detention center in Cuba, and apparently prefers to try non-citizen terrorists in our federal court system. The writer of this article, Thomas Joscelyn, warns that 14 "high value" detainees there are responsible for murdering thousands of civilians around the globe.
Processing them as mere lawbreakers would not have advanced the war on terror. To read them their rights and provide them lawyers would have been to throw away their intelligence value.
Source: Weekly Standard

Obama plans U.S. terror trials to replace Guantanamo prisons

Nov. 11, 2008 - Unofficial plans to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and prosecute terrorism suspects in the U.S. have been revealed.
Under the plan being crafted inside Obama's camp, some detainees would be released and others would be charged in U.S. courts, where they would receive constitutional rights and open trials.
Source: USA Today

Obama Wins, Candidates Call For Unity

Nov. 5, 2008 - Historic election picks first African-American president, and both candidates give eloquent speeches calling for unity and cooperation.
Source:CNN
Analysis: Key Factors in the 2008 Presidential Race - Fox
McCain's Concession Speech - Fox
Obama's Victory Speech - Fox



Earlier News From The Presidential Campaign


Experts Say Next US President Must Deal With Tehran's Nuclear Program

Oct. 31, 2008 - The Voice of America reports that experts agree that U.N. sanctions have not and will not deter Iran in its effort to build nuclear weapons. Russia will not help because they have built the Iranian nuclear plant and will provide the fuel. China will not help because they need Iran's oil. The next U.S. President will have to do something about this problem. Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, says that if Israel decides to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, the U.S. will need to help them by providing military equipment.
"However deeply unattractive the use of military force is, it is far more unattractive to contemplate an Iran with deliverable nuclear weapons."
Source: Voice of America

Obama’s Questionable Associates
Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."

1 Corinthians 15:33

Oct. 30, 2008 - A list of worrysome connections in Barak Obama's past.


LA Times Refuses to Release Tape of Obama Praising Controversial Activist

Oct. 29, 2008 - According to an LA Times article Barak Obama had close ties and admiration for a professor and activist for the PLO.
Obama was a "friend and frequent dinner companion" of Rashid Khalidi, who from 1976 to 1982 was reportedly a director of the official Palestinian press agency, WAFA, which was operating in exile from Beirut with the PLO.
The LA Times refuses to reveal how it obtained the tape of Khalidi's farewell party.
Source: Fox
Allies of Palestinians see a friend in Barack Obama - Los Angeles Times
Obama's Unsavory Ties to Islamic Extremists - Daniel Pipes lists 7 ties between Obama and Undesirable Muslim organizations - NewsMax/ Jerusalem Post

Palin Says Obama 'Palling Around' With Terrorists

Oct. 4, 2008 - Speaking in Englewood, Colorado, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin accused Barack Obama of "palling around with terrorists" because of his association with Bill Ayers, one of the founders of the anti-American terrorist group, the Weather Underground.
Obama served on a charity board with Ayers in Chicago and has denounced his past activities.
Source: NewsMax
Oct. 5 - Hannity's America: Obama and his friends: History of Radicalism - 6-part video of Sean Hannity's documentary exposing Obama's numerous ties with anti-American radicals from the time of his college years right up to the present.
Obama and ACORN: You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide - News Max
McCain Goes for the Jugular in New Obama-Ayers Ad - Fox
Will MSM Report on Obama Membership in Socialist New Party? - NewsBusters

Other questions people are asking:


Is it God's will for Barack Obama to be President?

Should we support him?

What kind of appointments will he make?

How will he deal with terrorism?

How will he treat Israel?

What effect will he have on moral issueslike abortion and marriage?

Is he a true Christian?

Could he be Antichrist?

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