MICHAEL REAGAN: Time to target terrorist sex traders

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President Obama -- three weeks late -- has done something to help rescue those Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by extremist Islamist terrorists.

He's sending a team of military officials and hostage negotiators to help the hapless Nigerian government track down and retrieve the 223 girls.

The girls will almost certainly be sold to sex traffickers or kept as sex slaves by the militant terrorist group known as Boko Haram, whose name translates as "Western education is sinful."

It's nice that our president has "sprung" into action. But what took him -- and the rest of the world -- so long to work up their outrage over this latest crime against children?

Boko Haram is a textbook gang of jihadist thugs.

It has killed ten thousand Nigerians in a decade and specializes in kidnapping Christians and Western tourists.

Its goal is to take over Nigeria and install a pure Islamic state governed by sharia law that will keep its young girls stupid and imprisoned by its moronic brand of 7th century fundamentalism.

Yet for three weeks there was hardly a peep of protest from the West about what Boko Haram did to these schoolgirls.

I didn't expect to hear any moral fury from the world "leaders" of the United Nations, where probably half the membership agrees with Boko Haram's position on the subjection of women.

But where was the White House for the last three weeks? Where was Congress? Where was our president-in-waiting, Hillary Clinton? Oprah?

Didn't any American politician think the kidnapping of innocent children by violent Islamists was worth a speech of condemnation?

The leaders of Boko Haram deserve to be rounded up and shot for their crimes, not critiqued for their poor social welfare programs.

The United States blew it. It needed to take a strong stand weeks ago. And where were all those people who make their livings saving the children of the world?

They should have been united in demanding the civilized world to quickly rescue those girls and punish Boko Haram for its evil.

Human sex trafficking is a worldwide problem -- a $32 billion globa l business. It operates in every country, including the United States.

Yet governments -- including ours -- are unwilling to do anything about it on a government level even in cases like this.

I'm tired of a world that talks about saving children, but when it comes time to actually save them does nothing but give them lip service.

America needs to take a strong stand against the Islamists terrorists in Nigeria or these abductions will never stop.

We have to make it clear to Boko Haram and its ilk that abducting children is unacceptable under any circumstance.

We should start using drones, intelligence agencies, special forces teams and every tool we have. We shouldn't worry about the United Nations or ask for its permission.

And we should make it clear to every terrorist group around the world that from now on if you abduct children for the sex trade or anything else, we're going to find you and we're going to kill you.

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  • As usual you are very misguided and uninformed red.
    Those articles are not considered public domain.  They are not there for anyone to come along and copy and use as they like without permission.
    You know nothing about copyright laws.
    Hillary and Obama are liars, we all know that. And so are you, redleg6. I am not playing the political propaganda game with you. The fact is you are breaking US copyright laws. 

  • @taggr...I do not need permission, articles are in the public domain, the authors, and the source of the articles, were credited. You should be more concerned about what Hillary Clinton didn't do and the Lies of the Obama Administration, instead of being the self-appointed Chief of the Liberal Lefts Thought Police. Why attack the messenger? Can't you handle opposing points of view?

  • redleg you did not get permission to copy and paste that info from the author or from the source. That's illegal DA.

  • @taggr....or they are just so ignorant they do not know what the law is pertaining to stealing others written work.

    Do you want to revise/change your statement tag?

  • @taggr....Definitely some copyright laws are being broken below.

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    As Hillary would say "At this time, What Difference Does It Make"?

  • I thought the comments section was for the readers to post their own comments and thoughts?
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  • Excerpts from: www.washingtonpost.com....May 9 at 10:21 am

    How content should Hillary Clinton be?   By Jennifer Rubin

    The State Department under Hillary Clinton fought hard against placing the al Qaeda-linked militant group Boko Haram on its official list of foreign terrorist organizations for two years. And now, lawmakers and former U.S. officials are saying that the decision may have hampered the American government’s ability to confront the Nigerian group that shocked the world by abducting hundreds of innocent girls.

    In the past week, Clinton, who made protecting women and girls a key pillar of her tenure at the State Department, has been a vocal advocate for the 200 Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, the loosely organized group of militants terrorizing northern Nigeria. Her May 4 tweet about the girls, using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls, was cited across the media and widely credited for raising awareness of their plight.

    It is ironic that the great feminist defender of women and children should have done so little for them. Even the New York Times concedes the problem: “The abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria has led to new scrutiny of the United States’ counterterrorism strategy toward Boko Haram during Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.” Her department rejected the recommendation of the  ”Justice Department, the F.B.I., American intelligence officials and counterterrorism officials in the State Department [who] favored the designation because of Boko Haram’s role in the growing violence in Nigeria and because of intelligence reports that some of its members had links to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.” In retrospect, is Clinton content with that decision?

  • Excerpts from: http://www.cleveland.com...May 09, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    "Hillary botched Boko Haram classification in 2011" By Jeff Darcy, Northeast Ohio Media Group

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- For two critical years, the State Department, under Hillary Clinton's leadership, refused to add Boko Haram to the U.S. list of designated terrorist organizations.

    Hillary's tweet about Boko Haram's abduction of over 200 female students in Nigeria,  has been credited with helping bring awareness to their dire plight.   "Access to education is a basic right & an unconscionable reason to target innocent girls. We must stand up to terrorism."

    Clinton has gone on to call the students abduction criminal, saying  "it's an act of terrorism and it really merits the fullest response possible, first and foremost from the government of Nigeria."

    However, it turns out that in 2011, Secretary of State Clinton's State Department only felt they should stand up to the CIA, FBI, and Justice department's urgent requests that Boko Haram be listed as a terrorist organization.  The Nigerian terror group's 2011 bombing of the UN headquarters in Abuja did not merit the "fullest response possible" from the Clinton State Department, which would have included placing it on the terror list.

    Boko Haram being officially designated a terrrorist organization by the U.S. is important because it gives U.S. intel and law enforcement agencies authority and tools under the Patriot act, to aid in fighting the group and disrupting its activities.    By denying the designation, Clinton's State Department tied the hands of U.S. agencies for two critical years, during which Boko Haram grew larger and more lethal.

    Despite reports from the Chief of the U.S. Africa Command, that Boko Haram was likely  working with al-Qaeda, Clinton's State Department reportedly saw Boko Haram as a small regional group that posed only a nominal threat.  

    As with Benghazi, Clinton's State Department clearly underestimated the enemy. Hopefully the  Obama administration won't send Susan Rice out on the Sunday morning talk shows to blame the abduction of the students on some Internet video.

    At this point, with the fatal mishandling of Benghazi and Boko Haram, it appears Hillary's accomplishments as Secretary of State might all fit in a single 45 character tweet.

  • Excerpts from: abcnews.go.comMay 8, 2014
    "Debates in DC Delayed Action on Boko Haram, Officials Say"...By James Gordon Meeks and Dana Hughes

    WASHINGTON - Disagreements over how big of a threat Nigeria's Boko Haram extremists posed to the West delayed the group's designation as a top global terrorist group for years, current and former officials told ABC News this week.

    Boko Haram, a loose band of ultra-violent Islamists that kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls last week who they have promised to sell into slavery, was formally designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization in November 2013, two years after some lawmakers and others inside U.S. counter-terrorism programs called for it to be taken more seriously, the officials said.

    "At the time -- and I still think it's very true -- we didn't move on Boko Haram because we thought it would give them a recruitment boost," former Obama administration Undersecretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson told ABC News on Thursday.

    The disagreements within and between the Departments of State, Justice, Treasury and Defense stymied efforts by some, including the Special Operations community and U.S. Africa Command -- the Pentagon's combatant command for the continent -- who wanted to target Boko Haram for surveillance, human intelligence penetration and possibly even lethal action just as they had other al Qaeda-aligned terrorists.

    "Special Operations Command and others tried to elevate the status of Boko Haram to a Tier One Threat Group several times, only to be shot down by State," said a senior official familiar with the policy debate.

  • thedailybeast.com.....run by IAC's Barry Diller.......former head of Fox Broadcasting.......no need to read any farther.

  • From: www.thedailybeast.com  Politics 5-7-14...

    Hillary's State Department Refused to Brand Boko Haram as Terrorists

    Under Hillary Clinton, the State Department repeatedly declined to fully go after the terror group responsible for kidnapping hundreds of girls.

    The State Department under Hillary Clinton fought hard against placing the al Qaeda-linked militant group Boko Haram on its official list of foreign terrorist organizations for two years. And now, lawmakers and former U.S. officials are saying that the decision may have hampered the American government’s ability to confront the Nigerian group that shocked the world by abducting hundreds of innocent girls.

    In the past week, Clinton, who made protecting women and girls a key pillar of her tenure at the State Department, has been a vocal advocate for the 200 Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, the loosely organized group of militants terrorizing northern Nigeria. Her May 4 tweet about the girls, using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls, was cited across the media and widely credited for raising awareness of their plight.

    On Wednesday, Clinton said that the abduction of the girls by Boko Haram was “abominable, it’s criminal, it’s an act of terrorism and it really merits the fullest response possible, first and foremost from the government of Nigeria.” Clinton said that as Secretary of State she had numerous meetings with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and had urged the Nigerian government to do more on counterterrorism.

    What Clinton didn’t mention was that her own State Department refused to place Boko Haram on the list of foreign terrorist organizations in 2011, after the group bombed the U.N. headquarters in Abuja. The refusal came despite the urging of the Justice Department, the FBI, the CIA, and over a dozen senators and congressmen.

    “The one thing she could have done, the one tool she had at her disposal, she didn’t use. And nobody can say she wasn’t urged to do it. It’s gross hypocrisy,” said a former senior U.S. official who was involved in the debate. “The FBI, the CIA, and the Justice Department really wanted Boko Haram designated, they wanted the authorities that would provide to go after them, and they voiced that repeatedly to elected officials.”

    In May 2012, then-Justice Department official Lisa Monaco (now at the White House) wrote to the State Department to urge Clinton to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist organization. The following month, Gen. Carter Ham, the chief of U.S. Africa Command, said that Boko Haram “are likely sharing funds, training, and explosive materials” with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. And yet, Hillary Clinton’s State Department still declined to place Boko Haram on its official terrorist roster.

    Secretary of State John Kerry eventually added Boko Haram and its splinter group Ansaru to the list of foreign terrorist organizations in November 2013, following a spate of church bombings and other acts that demonstrated the group’s escalating abilities to wreak havoc.

    ‪Being placed on the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations allows U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies to use certain tools and authorities, including several found in the Patriot Act. The designation makes it illegal for any U.S. entities to do business with the group in question. It cuts off access to the U.S. financial system for the organization and anyone associating with it. And the designation also serves to stigmatize and isolate foreign organizations by encouraging other nations to take similar measures.

    The State Department’s refusal to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist organization prevented U.S. law enforcement agencies from fully addressing the growing Boko Haram threat in those crucial two years, multiple GOP lawmakers told The Daily Beast.

    “The one thing she could have done, the one tool she had at her disposal, she didn’t use. And nobody can say she wasn’t urged to do it. It’s gross hypocrisy.”

    “For years, Boko Haram has terrorized Nigeria and Western interests in the region with few consequences,” Sen. James Risch told The Daily Beast on Wednesday. “The U.S. government should have moved more quickly to list them as a terrorist organization and brought U.S. resources to track and disrupt their activities. The failure to act swiftly has had consequences.”

    Risch and seven other GOP senators introduced legislation in early 2013 that would have forced Clinton to designate the group or explain why she thought it was a bad idea. The State Department lobbied against the legislation at the time, according to internal State Department emails obtained by The Daily Beast.

    In the House, leading intelligence-minded lawmakers wrote letter after letter to Clinton urging her to designate Boko Haram as terrorists. The effort in the House was led by then-Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King and Patrick Meehan, chairman of the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence.

    Meehan and his Democratic counterpart Jackie Speier put out a lengthy report in 2011 laying out the evidentiary basis for naming Boko Haram a terrorist organization, including the group’s ties to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and to Somalia’s al-Shabab terrorist organization.

    In an interview Wednesday, Meehan told The Daily Beast that if Clinton had placed Boko Haram on the terrorism list in 2011, U.S. law enforcement agencies now being deployed to Nigeria to help search for the girls might have been in a better position.

    “We lost two years of increased scrutiny. The kind of support that is taking place now would have been in place two years ago,” he said. The designation would have “enhanced the capacity of our agencies to do the work that was necessary. We were very frustrated, it was a long delay.”

    Moreover, Meehan and others believe that the Clinton State Department underestimated the pace of Boko Haram’s growth and the group’s intention to plan operations that could harm U.S. critical interests abroad.

    “At the time, the sentiment that was expressed by the administration was this was a local grievance and therefore not a threat to the United States or its interests,” he said. “They were saying al Qaeda was on the run and our argument was contrary to that. It has metastasized and it is actually in many ways a growing threat and this is a stark example of that.”

    Not everyone agrees that Clinton’s failure to act had significant negative effects. A former senior U.S. counterterrorism official told The Daily Beast that despite the State Department’s refusal to put Boko Haram on the terrorism list, there were several other efforts to work with the Nigerian government on countering the extremist group, mainly through diplomatic and military intelligence channels.

    “Designation is an important tool, it’s not the only tool,” this official said. “There are a lot of other things you can do in counterterrorism that doesn’t require a designation.”

    Had Clinton designated Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization, that wouldn’t have authorized any increased assistance to the Nigerian security forces; such assistance is complicated by the Leahy Law, a provision that prevents the U.S. from giving weapons to foreign military and police units guilty of human rights violations.

    “The utility was limited, the symbolism was perhaps significant, but the more important issue was how we were dealing with the Nigerians,” this official said, noting that three Boko Haram-related individuals were personally sanctioned during Clinton’s time at State.

    Meehan and his Democratic counterpart Jackie Speier put out a lengthy report in 2011 laying out the evidentiary basis for naming Boko Haram a terrorist organization, including the group’s ties to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and to Somalia’s al-Shabab terrorist organization.

    In 2012, more than 20 prominent U.S. academics in African studies wrote to Clinton, urging her to not to label Bok Haram as a foreign terrorist organization. “An FTO designation would internationalize Boko Haram’s standing and enhance its status among radical organizations elsewhere,” the scholars said.

    Inside the Clinton State Department, the most vocal official opposing designating Boko Haram was Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson, who served in that position from 2009 to 2013. Several officials said that the Nigerian government was opposed to the designation and Carson was focused on preserving the relationship between Washington and Abuja.

    Carson defended the decision to avoid naming Boko Haram a terrorist organization in a Wednesday phone call with reporters.

    “There was a concern that putting Boko Haram on the foreign terrorist list would in fact raise its profile, give it greater publicity, give it greater credibility, help in its recruitment, and also probably drive more assistance in its direction,” he said.

    The U.S. has plenty of ways to assist the Nigerian government with counterterrorism even without designating Boko Haram, Carson said. The problem has long been that the Nigerian government doesn’t always want or accept the help the U.S. has offered over the years.

    “There always has been a reluctance to accept our analysis of what the drivers causing the problems in the North and there is sometimes a rejection of the assistance that is offered to them,” Carson said. “None of that has anything to do with putting Boko Haram on the foreign terrorist list.”

    Twenty female senators wrote to President Obama Tuesday urging him to now push for Boko Haram and Ansaru to be added to the United Nations Security Council al Qaeda sanctions list. (Earlier this year, Boko Haram’s leader express solidarity with al Qaeda affiliates in Afghanistan, Iraq, North Africa, Somalia and Yemen, according to the SITE Monitoring Service, which tracks jihadist communications.)

    “In the face of the brazen nature of this horrific attack, the international community must impose further sanctions on this terrorist organization. Boko Haram is a threat to innocent civilians in Nigeria, to regional security, and to U.S. national interests,” the senators wrote.

    The White House declined Wednesday to say whether or not the president will push for Boko Haram to be added to the U.N. list.

    “Boko Haram, the terrorist organization that kidnapped these girls, has been killing innocent people in Nigeria for some time,” National Security Council spokesman Jonathan Lalley told The Daily Beast in a statement. “We’ve identified them as one of the worst regional terrorist organizations out there. That’s why last November we designated them as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and as Specially Designated Global Terrorists. And we're actively exploring—in partnership with Nigeria and others—broader multilateral sanctions against Boko Haram, including UN Security Council sanctions."

    Representatives for Clinton did not respond to multiple requests for comment.