Give them space to work.
The FBI has issued a warning about a heightened level of threats from terrorists, including the Islamic State, for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday and weekend. The federal agency has even sent out a request to militia groups to be on the lookout.
Admittedly, 9/11 and subsequent “terrorist attacks,” especially the new ISIS bogeymen, are tailor-made for a power-hungry government bent on taking more and more freedoms away from the people in the name of protecting and ensuring our security. So you should consume the following news at your discretion.
That being said, we should err on the side of caution. Crowds and mobs have a peculiar psychology that is prone to irrationality. If I were you, I would stay away from crowds this July 4 . . . and other days.
The Daily Mail reports, June 30, 2015:
The FBI is setting up command centers at all of its 56 field offices across the country ahead of the July 4 weekend, to monitor any potential terrorist threats, law enforcement sources have revealed.
Sources told Fox News that local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. will be reporting any information about possible attacks to these command centers – where officials will decide how to respond.
The move comes amid growing fears that the terror group ISIS is working to awaken sleeper cells in Western nations, after sympathizers were linked to three back-to-back attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia last Friday.
While the FBI says there has been no specific credible threat so far, it seems to be more active in its warnings and actions ahead of Independence Day this year than previously.
From American National Militia, June 29, 2015:
ALERT!!!!! ATTENTION ALL MILITIA, OATHKEEPERS and PATRIOT GROUPS.
As of 9:00 A.M. Central time I was contacted by the FBI to activate every Militia and Patriot groups in the U.S. for a eyes and ears OP over the 4th of July holiday for possible terrorist attacks( ISIS in nature). The threat level is very high. We need people to monitor the internet and groups to monitor all activities nation wide. This is the procedure in which we participate. I have already contacted many prominent Patriot and Militia leaders
1. Wear plain cloths.
2. Carry local Sheriffs Departments and local FBI contact numbers. If we see anything suspicious call the Sheriff first and then the FBI. Do not engage. Just monitor the situation until the Sheriff and FBI get to the scene.
3. If you are faced with an eminent attack and you are legally armed please protect life.. Be in groups so at least someone can get the Sheriff and FBI to the scene.
I want to note that this is the first time in our lifetimes the FBI has reached out for the help of every Militia unit and Patriotic groups to help guard our Nation. Please conduct yourselves as the Patriots we all are and do this with honor and integrity.. Another stepping stone for us all.
This will take a lot of team work so do not let personal feelings get in our way.
We got work to do Patriots so lets get to work protecting this nation in a coordinated effort with Law enforcement local, State and Federal.. We got a job to do Patriots.. Salute..
PLEASE SHARE this must go viral..
Note: Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oathkeepers, denies his organization was contacted by the FBI. Scroll down to the first comment for details.
I admire the reporting of Breitbart’s people. They are a trusted source. But the subjects they deal with are also very dangerous to one’s mind and soul. The nature of the news media, with it’s motto of, “If it Bleeds, it leads,” combines perfectly with the intentions of islamic terrorists, who are constantly seeking to get free broadcast of their atrocities. We are subjected to a daily attack of fear inducing stories and images, presented by well intentioned reporters.
It took me more than 2 hours today to wrestle my thinking back into a semblance of peace after seeing the picture above.
In order to function effectively, we need to be operating within a mindset of confidence in the grace of God. It’s like what St. Paul instructed Timothy,
“Constantly keep in mind Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [as] risen from the dead, [as the prophesied King] descended from David…”
– 2 Timothy 2:8 (AMP)
Keeping the Risen LORD ever before us, we can move with power in this dark world. One key to this is to avoid allowing news stories to steal our attention away from God’s promises, presence and power.
Note to self: God’s Word first. News after.
The news is an accounting of what has already happened and can’t “un-happen.” It can induce a fatalistic mindset. We need to remember that the news only tells us what has happened before we stepped in, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, began changing things.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
– Philippians 4:8
Dr. Eowyn made a good point, correcting my statement. It is not that we should call all shocking news toxic, but recognizing that it can be toxic if it manages to get too big a hold on us. So again, (for me at least) God first, news after.
“When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.” – Proverbs 29:2
Satan’s end-game conspiracy is in sight. We know the president’s last year in office will be a time of monstrous actions. These are some of them:
And of course, this is just a small portion of President Lucifer’s resume.
If you voted for Obama, America’s blood is on your hands.
Daily Mail: David Cameron today called on the BBC not to use the phrase ‘Islamic State’ when referring to the terror group operating in Iraq and Syria. The Prime Minister – who calls the group ‘ISIL’ – said Muslims would ‘recoil’ at the phrase being used to justify the ‘perversion of a great religion’. He insisted that the battle against extremists targeting Britons around the world can be won but will require ‘extraordinary resolve and patience’.
Gunman Seifeddine Rezgui targeted tourists at the Tunisian beach resort of El Kantaoui near Sousse on Friday morning, killing 38 people including up to 30 British tourists. It makes it the worst terror attack on Britons since the July 7 London bombings in 2005. Hakim Rezgui, the father of the gunman, last night claimed extremists had ‘ruined his son’s brain’.
Mr. Cameron urged imams and Muslim leaders to continue to speak out against the terrorism carried out under a ‘perversion of a great religion’ and that extremism is a ‘gateway into terrorism’. He criticised BBC presenter John Humphrys for referring to the group as Islamic State.
The extremists are variously known as Islamic State, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and DAESH, based the Arabic acronym.
During his interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme Mr. Cameron referred to the group as ‘ISIL’. ‘I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State because it’s not an Islamic State; what it is an appalling, barbarous regime,’ Mr. Cameron said. ‘It is a perversion of the religion of Islam and many Muslims listening to this programme will recoil every time they hear the words ‘Islamic State’. ‘So-called’ or Isil is better,’ he added. However, some people on social media pointed out that ISIL is an acronym which refers to ‘Islamic State’. In the Commons today,
SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson backed the call for politicians and the media to stop using ‘Islamic State’, and said ‘Daesh’ should be used instead. He urged the Prime Minister join MPs across all parties, US Secretary of State John Kerry and the French foreign minister Laurent Fabius in ‘using the appropriate term’. Mr. Robertson added: ‘The time has come in the English speaking world, to stop using Islamic State, ISIS or ISIL, and instead we and our media should use Daesh as the commonly-used phrase across the Middle East.’
Mr. Cameron repeated his criticism of the BBC for referring to the group as Islamic State: ‘I think this is particularly offensive to many Muslims who see, as I see, not state but a barbaric regime of terrorism and oppression that takes delight in murder and oppressing women and murdering people because they are gay. I personally think that using the term ISIL or ‘so-called’ would be better than what they currently do. I don’t think we will move them all the way to Daesh so I think saying ISIL is better than using Islamic State because it is in my view neither Islamic nor a state.’
In a statement to MPs Mr. Cameron said ISIS posed an existential threat to the British way of life, but vowed: ‘We will not cower in the face of terrorism.’
He told the Commons there would be a nationwide minute’s silence at midday on Friday to remember the victims. ‘I know the whole country will want to share in a moment of remembrance,’ he said. The Prime Minister said the whole world had been shocked by the ‘horrific attack’ on the beach of Sousse in Tunisia.
Mr. Cameron said Britons were not being advised to stay away from Tunisia’s coastal resorts despite the bloody events at Sousse. He told MPs: ‘The Foreign Office has updated their travel advice, which continues to make clear the high threat from terrorism in the country, just as it did before Friday’s events. But they are not moving to a position of advising against all but essential travel to this part of Tunisia. So they are not advising against visiting the popular coastal resorts. This was agreed by the Cobra emergency committee and will be kept under close review.’ These were ‘difficult judgments’, he said, because ‘nowhere is without risk from Islamist extremist terrorists’.
Read the rest here.
Free Beacon: (VIENNA)—Officials with the Department of State threatened to call security Monday on a Washington Free Beacon reporter who was attempting to report on a briefing held by senior Obama administration figures in Vienna on the eve of an expected nuclear agreement with Iran.
Two State Department officials booted the Free Beacon from a room where Wendy Sherman, the undersecretary of state for political affairs, was talking to reporters, despite the Free Beacon’s being credentialed by the Austrian government for the ongoing Iranian nuclear talks.
Western observers present in Vienna for the talks linked the State Department’s behavior to jitters over media coverage revealing a still growing list of concessions being made to Iran by the Obama administration.
Melissa Turley, a State Department official, approached a Free Beacon reporter and demanded that he leave the room. “You’re not registered with the U.S. press,” Turley said after being informed that the Free Beacon was attending the event. “You have a press pass from the [European Union], not from me,” Turley said, after being informed that the Free Beacon was officially credentialed to cover the event.
Turley and her colleagues then threatened the reporter, instructing him to leave the room or be dealt with by “security.” “I’m going to have to get security,” added another State Department official who came to assist Turley in ejecting the Free Beacon. At one point, Marie Harf, another State Department official, was also involved in the situation.
The State Department officials said that if the Free Beacon has “a problem” with being removed from the briefing, it should file a case with Associated Press reporter Matthew Lee, who is president of the State Department Correspondents Association. It is not clear why the State Department referred the Free Beacon to Lee.
During the briefing, which included around 30 reporters, Sherman was explaining to reporters how the United States would modify long-standing demands that Iran disclose its past nuclear weapons work.
Critics of the Obama administration’s diplomacy have in recent weeks expressed concern that Iran will be allowed to continue enriching uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon, and not be forced to disclose the full extent of its nuclear weapons work.
Officials told reporters Monday in Vienna that that they would not press the Iranians to meet the international demand that inspectors be allowed to access all Iranian military sites. The administration’s stance comes after a speech by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ruling out any such inspections.
One Western source present in Vienna for the talks said that “if this is what they’re already doing to reporters, to journalists trying to report on the concessions they’re making to the Iranians, imagine how bad things will get when the congressional debate over the deal begins.”
“The State Dept-hosted background briefings are for reporters traveling with Secretary Kerry and those who are members of the State Dept Press Corps, who are from outlets credentialed to attend the daily press briefings in Washington, D.C.,” Turley said in an email.
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8
We have been subjected to a lot of apocalyptic talk in recent days.
One of my family members came back from a big Christian music event, and told me he doesn’t intend to go there again. He said that on the way home, the others in the car with him were talking about how all Christians will soon be rounded up and killed, due to the recent Supreme Court decision on gay marriage. He said he has had it with all the fear talk. One of the geniuses in the car even said there are only about 15,000 real Christians in the country. (I would love to see how he gets his statistics.)
My advice was to remind him of some things that have not changed:
Let’s be sure that we are found doing good, instead of wasting time speculating on the timing of of things the Father is keeping secret.