The American Civil Liberties Union is pushing for porn at a detention center in Moncks Corner, South Carolina

The American Civil Liberties Union is pushing for porn at a detention
center in Moncks Corner, South Carolina.

The move came after reports surfaced that the facility only allowed inmates
to read the Bible. But prison officials said that isn’t true and inmates have a
wide variety of reading material at their disposal.

The ACLU said it wants prisoners to be able to read and view pornography.
Lawyers for the jail said that just won’t happen.

“If they don’t like the wording in some of our policies, we’ll be happy to
try and create better wording for them. But, there are certain issues that we’re
just not going to be able to bend on,” said Sandra J. Senn, an attorney for the
Hill-Finklea Detention Center in Berkeley County.

Officials believe porn will lead to more assaults and create a hostile

A preliminary hearing on the matter is set to take place next month.

Obama abandons American interests

Obama abandons American interests

Ethel C.

As so many people have realized, in Thursday’s blunt
speech on the Middle East, President Barack Obama (D) threw America’s only
reliable mid east ally, and the only country in the world subject to continued
and promised annihilation under enemy tanks.

But as Jerusalem Post editor
points out, amazingly Obama did the same with his own country, the
United States of America, the country he leads, the country he solemnly swore
before millions of people to protect.

Obama abandoned his own country!

Quite simply, Obama’s speech represents the effective renunciation of the
US’s right to have and to pursue national interests. Consequently, his speech
imperils the real interests that the US has in the region – first and foremost,
the US’s interest in securing its national security. Obama’s renunciation of the
US national interests unfolded as follows:

First, Obama mentioned a number of core US interests in the region. In his
view these are: “Countering terrorism and stopping the spread of nuclear
weapons; securing the free flow of commerce, and safe-guarding the security of
the region; standing up for Israel’s security and pursuing Arab-Israeli

Then he said, “Yet we must acknowledge that a strategy based solely upon the
narrow pursuit of these interests will not fill an empty stomach or allow
someone to speak their mind.”

While this is true enough, Obama went on to say
that the Arabs have good reason to hate the US and that it is up to the US to
put its national interests aside in the interest of making them like America. As
he put it, “a failure to change our approach threatens a deepening spiral of
division between the United States and Muslim communities.”

And that means?

If the US doesn’t end the “spiral of division,” (sounds sort of like “spiral
of violence” doesn’t it?), then the Muslims will come after America. So the US
better straighten up and fly right.

And how does it do that? Well, by courting the Muslim Brotherhood which
spawned Al Qaeda, Hamas, Jamma Islamiya and a number of other terror groups and
is allies with Hezbollah.

How do we know this is Obama’s plan? Because right after he said that the US
needs to end the “spiral of division,” he recalled his speech in Egypt in June
2009 when he spoke at the Brotherhood controlled Al Azhar University and made
sure that Brotherhood members were in the audience in a direct diplomatic
assault on US ally Hosni Mubarak.

And of course, intimations of Obama’s plan to woo and appease the jihadists
appear throughout the speech. For instance:

“There will be times when our short term interests do not align perfectly
with our long term vision of the region.”

So US short term interests, like for instance preventing terrorist attacks
against itself or its interests, will have to be sacrificed for the greater good
of bringing the Muslim Brotherhood to power in democratic elections.

And he also said that the US will “support the governments that will be
elected later this year” in Egypt and Tunisia. But why would the US support
governments controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood? They are poised to control the
elected government in Egypt and are the ticket to beat in Tunisia as

In addition to abandoning his own country Obama also abandoned other allies
in the mid east besides Israel; he left nominal allies Yemen and Bahrain
swinging in the dangerous desert wind.

Then there is the way Obama abandoned US allies Yemen and Bahrain in
order to show the US’s lack of hypocrisy. As he presented it, the US will not
demand from its enemies Syria and Iran that which it doesn’t demand from its
friends.While this sounds fair, it is anything but fair. The fact is that if you don’t distinguish between your allies and your enemies then you betray your allies and side with your enemies. Bahrain and Yemen need US support to survive. Iran and Syria do not. So when he removes US support from the former, his action redounds to the direct benefit of the latter.

I hope the US Navy’s 5th Fleet has found alternate digs because Obama just
opened the door for Iran to take over Bahrain. He also invited al Qaeda – which
he falsely claimed is a spent force – to take over Yemen.

Beyond his abandonment of Bahrain and Yemen, in claiming that the US mustn’t
distinguish between its allies and its foes, Obama made clear that he has
renounced the US’s right to have and pursue national interests. If you can’t
favor your allies against your enemies then you cannot defend your national
interests. And if you cannot defend your national interests then you renounce
your right to have them.

As for Iran, in his speech, Obama effectively
abandoned the pursuit of the US’s core interest of preventing nuclear
proliferation. All he had to say about Iran’s openly genocidal nuclear program
is, “Our opposition to Iran’s intolerance – as well as its illicit nuclear
program, and its sponsorship of terror – is well known.”

Well yeah!

Well so is my opposition to all of that, and so is yours. But unlike us,
Obama is supposed to do something about it. And by putting the gravest threat
the US presently faces from the Middle East in the passive voice, he made clear
that actually, the US isn’t going to do anything about it.

In short, every American who is concerned about the security of the United
States should be livid. The US President just abandoned his responsibility to
defend the country and its interests in the interest of coddling the US’s worst

‘Obama adopting Arafat’s staged plan for Israel’s end’

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‘Obama adopting Arafat’s staged plan for Israel’s end’
Likud’s Dannon says US president trying to force plan on PM; Livni: Speech was in Israel’s interest, urges Netanyahu to revive talks.
MKs on the Right expressed outrage on Thursday night at US President Barack  Obama’s call for the creation of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 lines  with mutually agreed swaps, in an exchange of territory for  security.

They called upon Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to reject  Obama’s plan when he meets with him on Friday in Washington.

Abbas calls emergency meeting over Obama address
In Arab world, disappointment Obama didn’t go further

“Barack  Hussein Obama adopted Yasser Arafat’s staged plan for Israel’s destruction, and  he is trying to force it on our prime minister,” Likud MK Danny Danon said. “All  that was new in the speech was that he called for Israel to return to 1967  borders without solving the crisis. Netanyahu has only one option: Tell  Obama to forget about it.”

Environment Minister Gilad Erdan, also from  the Likud, who as a minister close to Netanyahu must be more diplomatic, said on  Channel 2 that according to Obama’s approach, the Palestinians would receive  what they were demanding on borders before negotiations begin.

“Once they  have everything from the start, they have no reason to make any concessions,” Erdan said.

But opposition leader Tzipi Livni said Obama’s plan was  clearly in Israel’s interests, while the diplomatic stalemate that she believes  was brought on by Netanyahu is not.

“On his visit, Netanyahu must display  the leadership necessary now to create the conditions necessary to restart  negotiations with those who are ready to end the conflict,” Livni said. “Only a  real Israeli initiative with content that can receive American and international  support can be an answer to the current dangers and opportunities.”

Her  Kadima colleague, MK Yoel Hasson, warned that if Netanyahu did not take  immediate action, he would bring Israel into deeper international isolation and  have borders forced on the country unilaterally.

Kadima’s MK Otniel  Schneller turned the focus back on his own party, however, calling on the  opposition’s leadership to take a strong stand behind the prime minister on  issues of foreign policy in light of Obama’s speech.

“Obama’s speech has  placed before Israeli society and its representatives the challenge of unity and  national agreement. The political disagreements and the motivation of the  opposition parties should not overpower their responsibility for the future of  the state,” Schneller said.

“On the level of diplomatic policy, Kadima  believes in the same principles presented by the prime minister, which  constitute the basis for a diplomatic program that the previous government under  [prime minister Ehud] Olmert and foreign minister Tzipi Livni tried to advance,” he added. “It would be appropriate if during the prime minister’s meeting with  President Obama, everyone knew that the prime minister has no opposition when it  comes to realizing his diplomatic initiative. We should expect mature leadership  from the heads of all of the Zionist parties on the existential questions facing  Israel and its strategic interests.”

MK Ahmed Tibi (United Arab  List-Ta’al) criticized the speech, saying Obama offered “nothing new” in regards  to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Tibi told Channel 2 news the  speech was intended more for Arab audiences who have been participating in  pro-democracy protests in the past several months “Obama is riding the tiger of  Arab democracy,” he said.

Referring to the US president’s speech in Cairo  in June 2009, Tibi concluded by nicknaming Thursday’s address: “Cairo Speech  II.”

Report: Obama to call for Egypt debt forgiveness today

Report: Obama to call for Egypt debt forgiveness today

Thomas Lifson

According to Josh Gerstein of Politico,
President Obama’s much-hyped speech today at the State Department regarding the
Middle East will include praise for the Arab Spring and a call for debt
forgiveness to provide  “cash flow relief” to the new Egyptian government. This
would be the very same new government that is moving away from its peace treaty
with Israel and cozying up to Iran, providing Suez Canal transit to Iranian
warships, so they can cruise off Israel’s Mediterranean coast.

Since the US government is heavily indebted to China, such a move would
amount to borrowing money from China and others to decrease Egypt’s foreign
debt, as a reward for moving against peace with Israel.
Instead of honestly recognizing that Islamism is the root of protest and
threat to the West in Egypt, Obama is apparently recycling the old economic
arguments. Gerstein writes:
“We see this as a critical window of time for the United States to take
concrete action,” a senior administration official told reporters Wednesday
during a conference call previewing Obama’s speech.
“The political movements of nonviolent protest that we’ve seen are rooted
in part in a lack of opportunity in the region. You have very large populations
of young people, many of whom – too many of whom – cannot find a job,” said the
official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “We think it’s important to note
that some of the protests in the region are deeply rooted in a lack of
individual opportunity and economic growth as well as a suppression of political
At least the language is hedged here: “some of”, “may be” and the like. But
no effort at all is made to connect a religion which idealizes a 7th century
social order as the perfect  state of Allah’s plan for mankind with economic
stagnation and lack of opportunity. Nor the possibility that a religion which
posits jihad against the infidel as the highest duty might hobble its economic
prospects and social structure.Osama
Bin Laden
shares President Obama’s enthusiasm for the Arab Spring. Erin
Bonsteel captures the situiation well:

Obama says Palestine must be based in 1967 borders

Obama says Palestine must be based in 1967 borders

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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is endorsing the Palestinians’ demand for
their future state to be based on the borders that existed before the 1967
Middle East war, in a move that will likely infuriate Israel. Israel says the
borders of a Palestinian state have to be determined through negotiations.

In a speech outlining U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa, Obama
on Thursday sided with the Palestinians’ opening position a day ahead of a visit
to Washington by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu is
vehemently opposed to referring to the 1967 borders.

Until Thursday, the U.S. position had been that the Palestinian goal of a
state based on the 1967 borders, with agreed land swaps, should be reconciled
with Israel’s desire for a secure Jewish state through negotiations.

Obama to Pledge New Mideast Aid

Obama to Pledge New Mideast Aid

By CAROL E. LEE                And JAY SOLOMON

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama will announce this week a new aid plan for the Middle East and North Africa that U.S. officials say will be far bolder than previous American economic assistance to the region.

Mr. Obama will outline the plan, which could include debt cancellation and a reprogramming of financial aid the U.S. already provides to countries like Egypt, in a speech he is scheduled to deliver Thursday at the State Department.

[obama0519]European Pressphoto AgencyPresident Obama

Whatever aid he announces, though, is unlikely to assuage Arab governments, which had been hoping the White House would push forcibly for a resumption of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. The president’s aides say his speech will focus only briefly on the issue.

“At the end of the day, the Palestinian cause remains a dominant issue,” said a senior Arab official. “A speech by the president without addressing the conflict is unlikely to generate much enthusiasm.”

Mr. Obama met Tuesday with King Abdullah II of Jordan, who has been pressing U.S. officials to take a more aggressive role in the peace process, according to Arab diplomats.

After the meeting, Mr. Obama said the U.S. will provide Jordan with hundreds of millions of dollars through the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the government institution that finances and insures private business to promote economic growth. The result, according to the U.S., will be roughly $1 billion for economic activity in Jordan. The president also pledged 50,000 metric tons of wheat.

“All of this will help to stabilize the cost of living and day-to-day situation of Jordanians and will provide a foundation so that these economic reforms can move forward and long-term development can take place,” Mr. Obama said.

The president’s goal, officials said, is to give a financial boost to the political change sweeping the Mideast and North Africa, where dashed economic aspirations have fed unrest.

Senior U.S. officials are particularly alarmed by the deterioration in Cairo’s finances since the street revolt that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February. The Egyptian government has been forced to spend between $3 billion and $3.5 billion of its foreign-exchange reserves a month to pay for food and other commodities as tourism has plunged and overseas remittances have dried up.

Egypt’s government has been seeking relief on around $1 billion in debts tied to wheat purchases in the 1970s, according to officials involved in the talks. Cairo has paid off the principal on these loans, but continues to service interest payments.

The administration is looking at a mixture of direct aid, debt relief, and export credits to help stabilize Egypt’s finances. “There are a whole range of tools we could use,” said a U.S. official. “We’ve been looking for the right mix.”

Mr. Obama’s speech will come ahead of action on economic and trade initiatives that the Group of Eight economic powers are poised to take during their summit in France next week. Leaders are working on a short-term stabilization package, particularly for Egypt and Tunisia, that would involve international financial institutions and perhaps some of the Persian Gulf states, according to a G-8 diplomat.

The diplomat said G-8 member countries may also change trade policies to help boost regional exports to Europe and the U.S., perhaps using the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which was set up after the Cold War to help former East Bloc nations.

Mr. Obama may struggle to win over skeptics in Congress. The U.S. already provides Egypt with roughly $1.3 billion a year, and lawmakers are pushing the White House for deep spending cuts.

Additionally, a number of lawmakers have raised concerns in recent weeks about Egypt’s post-Mubarak foreign policy, particularly its warming relations with Iran and militant Palestinian group Hamas, which the U.S. and the European Union designate as a terrorist entity.

Mr. Obama’s speech comes a day before the president is set to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington. After meeting with King Abdullah, Mr. Obama said “it’s more vital than ever that both Israelis and Palestinians find a way to get back to the table.”

In the speech, Mr. Obama will seek to connect the death of Osama bin Laden with the popular uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa.

“The Arab Spring represents a real and organic repudiation of the things bin Laden stood for in the region and among the people he claimed to represent,” a senior administration official said Tuesday, previewing one of the speech’s themes.

There will be no new policy on the Mideast peace process in the speech, but Mr. Obama is likely to address the union of the Palestinian Fatah and Hamas factions, the official said, and to say Hamas must reject terrorism and recognize Israel’s right to exist if it wants to be part of the Palestinian government.

The president is also expected to refer to the pending effort to have the United Nations recognize a Palestinian state. He plans to restate U.S. policy that the conflict should be settled through negotiations, not by a declaration.

—Laura Meckler contributed to this article.Write to                 Jay Solomon at

Obama to Award “Green Ribbon Schools” for Teaching Kids Environmentalist Propaganda

Obama to Award “Green Ribbon Schools” for Teaching Kids
Environmentalist Propaganda

May 18th, 2011

Penny Starr,

Next year on Earth Day, the Obama administration plans to announce which U.S.
schools have been selected as “Green Ribbon Schools,” a designation that will
“honor” schools for “creating healthy and sustainable learning environments” and
for “teaching environmental literacy.”

The Green Ribbon Schools program was announced
in late April, but details on how schools will be picked or what the honor
entails have not been released.

Jo Ann Webb, spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Education, told that the program is still under development.

“The criteria have not been developed yet,” Webb said. “The plan is for the
U.S. Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the
Council for Environmental Quality to develop the criteria this spring and summer
and to issue the call for applications early this fall.

Webb said the program would recognize schools for “engaging students on
environmental issues and producing environmentally literate students; increasing
energy efficiency and using renewable energy technologies; and creating healthy
learning environments by addressing environmental issues in the schools.”

Webb said approximately 50 Green Ribbon schools could be named on Earth Day
2012. In announcing the program, Obama administration officials touted the
importance of environmentalism as part of a good education.

“Preparing our children to be good environmental citizens is some of the most
important work any of us can do,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said
when he announced the new program last month. “It’s work that will serve future
generations and quite literally sustain our world.”


Documents Show Elena Kagan’s Conflict of Interest on ObamaCare

Documents Show Elena Kagan’s Conflict of Interest on

May 18th, 2011

Ben Johnson, The White House Watch

Documents uncovered by a legal watchdog group prove Supreme Court Justice
Elena Kagan was involved in the Obama administration’s legal defense of the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as “ObamaCare.”

Judicial Watch has released
a number of administration communiqués that show Kagan, who was then Solicitor
General, presided over the president’s response to lawsuits asserting the
government health care bill is unconstitutional.

On January 8, 2010, Brian Hauck, Senior Counsel to Associate Attorney General
Thomas Perrelli, wrote to Kagan’s deputy, Neal Katyal, asking for the office’s
assistance in “how to defend against the inevitable challenges to the health
care proposals that are pending.” Three minutes later, Katyal replied,
“Absolutely right on. Let’s crush them. I’ll speak with Elena and designate
someone.” After Katyal volunteered, Kagan responded, “You
should do it.”

A few hours later, Katyal updated Hauck, writing, “Brian, Elena would
definitely like OSG [the Office of Solicitor General] to be involved in this set
of issues.” Katyal added,”I will handle this myself, along with an Assistant
from my office, (Name RedactedBJ), and we
will bring Elena in as needed
.”(Emphasis added.)

The Justice Department continues to withhold a series of e-mails that would
disclose Kagan’s exact role in the negotiations. However, it has turned over the
, which describes the items being stonewalled in general terms. These


Tax Hikes Are Coming, If Obama Gets His Way

Tax Hikes Are Coming, If Obama Gets His Way

17th, 2011

Dr. John A. Sparks

President Obama is now openly proposing tax increases on at least two
important fronts as part of his “solution” to the growing debt crisis.

The president’s favorite approach is to talk about the “wealthiest
Americans.” In his speech on April 13, he proclaimed that he will do away with
the “Bush tax cuts” for the rich as soon as he has the opportunity. Just a week
later, April 21, he said that wealthier taxpayers like him should be willing to
pay “a little bit more” to prevent various social programs for the elderly and
the young from being cut. Of course, this is his way of preparing high-earning
Americans for a jump in their federal income tax rates. Apparently, he believes
that they are not currently doing their part or paying their fair share.

Listening to President Obama talk, one would think that the present federal
income tax system is a flat-rate system where everyone, no matter what their
income, pays at the same rate. Of course, the current system is, and has been
for a long time, a steeply graduated tax system where the highest earners pay at
the rate of 35 percent on the topmost portion of their earnings while low
earners pay at the rate of 10 percent. Now, Mr. Obama wants to push the highest
rates even higher, to near 40 percent. President Obama believes, perhaps
rightly, that soaking the rich will not hurt him politically.

But the president is targeting more than the wealthiest. In fact, in his
desperation, he is apparently now prepared to impose heavier tax burdens on
middle-income Americans as well. How? In a recent speech he stated that he wants
to raise the “cap” on Social Security. The cap on Social Security taxes works
this way: If an employee earns more than the cap (currently, $106,800) in a
given tax year, Social Security taxes are not deducted from the amount
of earnings over the cap. So, for example, if an employee earned $126,800 in
2010, he would pay 6.2 percent in Social Security taxes on the first $106,800,
or $6,621.60. The employer would also pay 6.2 percent. On the overage—the
$20,000 of income beyond the cap—neither the employee nor the employer would pay
any Social Security tax.

However, if President Obama has his way and the cap is raised by….


EXCLUSIVE: Border Community Organizing Petition to Protest Obama’s Immigration Speech

EXCLUSIVE: Border Community Organizing Petition to Protest Obama’s  Immigration Speech

By Jana Winter

Published May 13, 2011 |


The residents of the Chiricahua-Peloncillo drug and human smuggling corridor  that runs from the Mexican border north through eastern Arizona and western New  Mexico are circulating a petition to send to the White  House in response to President  Obama‘s recent immigration speech.

“It is with great wonderment and sadness that we listened to your May 10  speech on immigration issues.  All of the joking about moats and alligators  cut residents of Portal, AZ, to the core as we sheltered with friends or at a Red  Cross evacuation site, to survive a terrible fire that still threatens our  lives and property, as well as our ecotourism-based economy,” the letter  reads.

On Sunday, a massive fire broke out in Horseshoe Canyon, about 50 miles north  of the Mexican border, which residents and law enforcement say they believe was  started by criminal illegal aliens. Last year, a fire in the same location  caused more than $10 million in damages.

“During its first 24-hrs, the fire consumed a greater area than did last  year’s fire over a 6-week period. Local residents were roused after  midnight, and some slept fitfully in cars after fleeing with family photos and  any valuables that could be quickly assembled. Elderly retirees left with  medical supplies, including oxygen tanks on which some depend,” the letter  reads.

The petition comes just days after Obama appeared in El Paso, Texas, to plead the case for immigration reform that has been bottled up in Congress for years. During his remarks, the president argued that the border is as safe as it has ever been but Republican opportunists are using the issue to score political points and prevent legal reforms to address illegal immigration.

“We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who  said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement.  All the stuff they asked for, we’ve done,” the president said.

“But even though we’ve answered these concerns, I’ve got to say I suspect  there are still going to be some who are trying to move the goal posts on us one  more time. You know, they said we needed to triple the Border Patrol. Or now  they’re going to say we need to quadruple the Border Patrol. Or they’ll want a  higher fence. Maybe they’ll need a moat. Maybe they want alligators in the moat.  They’ll never be satisfied,” he continued.

Jeff Gee, one of the organizers behind the petition and a firefighter  battling the still-burning fire in Horseshoe Canyon, says he was insulted by  Obama’s speech.

“I’m really disappointed at current border security, I’m really disappointed  at the president’s speech saying that people like me wants moats with  alligators, but moats with alligators might work, nothing else,” he told

“We’re doing everything we can to get the word out that this is serious  problem, it’s not just a border issue, the drugs and crime are moving through  the corridor and they keep going to major cities. I don’t know if this letter  will help, but nothing else is.”

Cochise County, Ariz., Sheriff Larry Dever, who penned an op-ed in The New  York Times Friday describing the plight of border residents, told  that the petition is a plea for the administration to take a closer look at the  hardships they are suffering.

“These people are not overreacting. What they suggest in letter is very deep  part of their belief system based on their experience and their experience has  been horrific — they see human smuggling and drug trafficking, they sit on  their porch and watch people walk through, they’ve had their homes burglarized,”  Dever said.

“It’s a beautiful landscape and for those that moved out there for a sense of  tranquility and peace, that’s been destroyed,” he added.

The letter has been posted at post offices in the border towns of Portal,  Ariz. and Rodeo, New Mexico, for signatures to be added.

Copies of the letter will also be sent to Rep. Gabrielle  Giffords, D-Ariz., Arizona Republican Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl, Homeland  Security Secretary Janet  Napolitano, Agriculture Secretary Tom  Vilsack, Secretary of State Hillary  Clinton, Arizona Gov. Jan  Brewer, and National Public Radio.

In the letter, petitioners say that despite the president’s protestations,  “neither the border nor daily life” is secure.

“Seizure of record quantities of drugs may pad the statistics of Homeland  Security, but it does nothing to ease the burdens we have been forced to  bear. Over the years, as our homes have been burgled or invaded, our  fences, water lines and windows repeatedly broken, our businesses driven toward  bankruptcy, our natural surroundings desecrated by trash and fire, and our lives  even obliterated (neighbor Rob Krentz, murdered by a drug scout), it has amazed  us how little note is taken of these tragedies by our government and the press,”  the letter reads.

“Is it enough, now that we have suffered back-to-back fires that threaten to  erase our very reasons for living here? What must we say or do to garner  your attention and help?  How is it that, on the same day we took Osama  bin Laden in Pakistan,  we could not prevent illegals – 50 miles within our borders (!) – from setting a  fire along a known smuggling route in an extremely dry year? Why were  federal agents (BP, ICE, National Guard, or Special Forces) not posted along  this route in anticipation of a repeat of last year’s calamity?  Better  still, why were the illegals not captured before they had traveled 50 miles  north of the border?! Or, in the eyes of our government, do we just reside in a  ‘sacrifice zone’?”

The letter also describes the devastation the fires have caused to the areas  unique biodiversity, which attracts bird-watchers and naturalists from around  the world.

The petitioners then asks the president to outline how he plans to fulfill  his obligation to protect their constitutional right to defense from foreign  invasions “especially as this regards fires set by Mexican drug and human  smugglers.

“We thank you in advance for your anticipated response,” it concludes.

Dever said the residents of the area are generally self-sufficient and do  their part, “but they also expect government agencies to take some  responsibility. They’re not, and these people are suffering the consequences,”  Dever said.

The residents will “come together and unite in this front,” he added.  “They’re not going to give up. They’re not going to roll over.”

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