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All of Trump’s major executive actions so far

President Donald Trump has spent his first days using his executive authority to rewrite American policy and undo a string of decisions made by former president Barack Obama.

Here’s a running list of the new president’s executive actions:

01. Providing “relief” from the Affordable Care Act (January 20)
Trump’s first executive order on Inauguration Day involved “minimizing the economic burden” of the Affordable Care Act. This order allows the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the heads of other departments and agencies to waive or delay the implementation of any ACA provisions that would impose a financial burden or any state or a regulatory burden on any individuals.

02. Freezing all regulations (January 20)
Trump froze all pending regulations until they are approved directly by his administration or by an agency led by Trump appointees. The action, given in a memorandum from White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, delays all regulations with the exception of health, safety, financial or national security matters allowed by the Office of Management and Budget director.

03. Reinstating the “Mexico City” abortion policy (January 23)
The president reinstated the so-called “Mexico City Policy”, which blocks the use of U.S. taxpayer dollars to fund foreign non-governmental organizations that perform or promote abortions. It was established by former president Ronald Reagan and has been rescinded by Democratic presidents and reinstated by Republican presidents ever since.

04. Scrapping the Trans-Pacific Partnership (January 23)
Trump’s next executive action withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which former President Barack Obama negotiated with 11 other pacific nations. The deal was never ratified by the Senate, so it had not gone into effect. Instead, the Trump administration says it plans on negotiating bilateral deals with individual nations.

05. Freezing the federal workforce (January 23)
Trump issued a presidential memorandum Tuesday that prohibits government agencies from hiring any new employees, effective as of noon on January 22. The order does not apply to military personnel and the head of any executive department may exempt positions that include national security or public safety responsibilities.

06 & 07. Advancing the Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines(January 24)
Trump’s next actions encouraged the construction of two controversial pipelines, the Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone XL Pipeline. The DAPL action instructs an expedited review and approval of the remaining construction and operation of the pipeline by the Army for Civil Works and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Keystone XL action invites TransCanada, the Canadian energy company behind the pipeline, to re-submit its application for a presidential permit to construct the pipeline. It also instructs the Secretary of State to reach a final determination within 60 days.

08. Expediting Environmental Reviews on Infrastructure Projects(January 24)
Trump issued an executive order to streamline environmental reviews of high-priority infrastructure projects. The action states that infrastructure projects in the U.S. “have been routinely and excessively delayed by agency processes and procedures.” The action instructs the Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality to create expedited procedures and deadlines for environmental reviews and approvals for high-priority infrastructure projects.

09. Promoting “Made-in-the-USA” pipelines (January 24)
This memorandum instructs the Secretary of Commerce to create a plan for pipelines created, repaired or expanded in the United States to use materials and equipment produced in the country “to the maximum extent possible.” It establishes that all steel and metal used in such pipelines be completely produced in the United States, from the initial melting stage to the application of coatings.

10. Reviewing domestic manufacturing regulation (January 24) 
Trump issued an action that instructs the Secretary of Commerce to contact stakeholders to review the impact of Federal regulations on domestic manufacturing. After the review, the Secretary of Commerce is instructed to create a streamlined Federal permitting process for domestic manufacturers.

11. Increasing border security measures (January 25)
Trump signed an executive order that directed the secretary of homeland security to:

• Begin planning, designing and constructing a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, including identify available federal funds and working with Congress for additional funding

• Construct and operate detention facilities near the border to make adjudicate asylum claims, subject to the availability of existing funding,

• Hire 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents, subject to the availability of existing funding,

• End “catch and release” policy

• Quantify all “sources of direct and indirect Federal aid or assistance to the Government of Mexico on an annual basis over the past five years”

• Take action to empower state and local law enforcement to act as immigration officers

12. Pursuit of undocumented immigrants (January 25) 
Trump signed an executive order that directed the secretary of homeland security to:

• Prioritize certain undocumented immigrants for removal, including those with criminal convictions and those who have only been charged with a crime

• Hire 10,000 additional immigration officers at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, subject to the availability of existing funding,

• Prohibit federal funding, with the help of the attorney general, to “sanctuary” jurisdictions, where local officials have declined to help enforce federal immigration laws

• Reinstate the Secure Communities program, which was terminated in 2014 and enables state and local law enforcement to effectively act as immigration agents

• Sanction countries, with the help of the secretary of state, that refuse to accept the return of undocumented immigrants deported from the U.S.

• Create a list, updated weekly, of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants in sanctuary jurisdictions

• Create an “Office for Victims of Crimes Committed by Removable Aliens” to “provide proactive, timely, adequate and professional services to victims of crimes committed by removable aliens and family members of such victims”

13. Reevaluating visa and refugee programs (Signed January 27, Rescinded March 6) 
Trump signed an executive order on a Friday evening, setting off a chaotic weekend at airports as officials did not know how to interpret the order. It was blocked by the courts and rescinded on March 6 when Trump sign a revised order.

14. Strengthening the military (January 27) 
The president on Friday issued a presidential memorandum directing the secretary of defense, James Mattis, to conduct a review on the military’s readiness in the next 30 days and develop a budget for fiscal 2018 capable of improving the “readiness conditions.” He also directed Mattis to complete a National Defense Strategy and to review the country’s nuclear capabilities and missile-defense capabilities

15. Reorganizing the National Security Council (January 28) 
Trump signed a memorandum Saturday that reorganized the National Security Council, with the goal of making it more digitally-focused, as POLITICO previously reported. Part of the order allows some of the president’s staff, including chief of staff Reince Priebus and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, to attend any NSC meeting, and widens the ability of appointees close to Trump to attend NSC meetings.

16. Implementing a lobbying ban (January 28) 
This executive order bars “every executive appointee in every executive agency” from engaging in “lobbying activities with respect to that agency” for five years after leaving the agency. It also bars them permanently from lobbying for any foreign government or political party.

17. Defeating ISIS (January 28) 
This memorandum instructs Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to create a plan to defeat ISIS and submit it to the president within 30 days. The plan must include a comprehensive strategy for defeating ISIS, changes to the rules of engagement, strategies to de-legitimize “radical Islamist ideology,” a plan for cutting off ISIS’ financial support and identification of new partners for the fight against the terrorist organization.

18. Reducing regulations (January 30) 
This executive order requires any executive department or agency that proposes a new regulation to identify two regulations to be repealed. For fiscal 2017, it instructs that the total incremental cost of all new regulations and repealed regulations be no greater than zero. For fiscal 2018, the director of the Office of Management and Budget is required to issue for each agency a maximum total cost of all new regulations and repealed regulations for the fiscal year. No agency is allowed to issue a regulation whose costs exceed that maximum, “unless required by law or approved in writing by the Director.”

19. Regulating the financial system (February 3) 
This executive order lays out a series of principles for regulating the financial system including promoting U.S. corporations’ ability to compete with international companies; to foster economic growth, prevent taxpayer-funded bailouts; and to make regulation efficient. It also instructs the secretary of the treasury to consult with the heads of the member agencies of the Financial Stability Oversight Council and report to the president within 120 days on how current laws and regulations promote those principles.

20. Rethinking Obama’s fiduciary standard (February 3)
This memorandum instructs the department of labor to review the Obama administration’s “Fiduciary Rule,” which required financial advisers to serve the best interests of their clients.

21. Preventing violence against the police (February 9) 
This order instructs Attorney General Jeff Sessions to develop strategies for the Department of Justice to use existing federal laws or recommend new legislation to prosecute individuals who commit crimes against law enforcement officials.

22. Creating a task force to reduce crime (February 9) 
This executive order instructs Sessions to establish a task force to discuss crime reduction ideas, identify “deficiencies” in current laws and evaluate the availability of crime-related data.

23. Combatting transnational criminal organizations (February 9) 
This order aims to increase communication and coordination among different agencies relating to international criminal organization and create a strategy to disrupt these organizations. It also directs the Threat Mitigation Working Group to submit a report to the president within 120 days on transnational criminal organizations.

24. Enforcing regulatory reform (February 24)
This order instructs each federal agency to designate an official as its Regulatory Reform Officer within 60 days of the order. These officers would oversee the administration’s regulatory reform policy laid out in previous executive orders within their agency.

25. Reviewing the Waters of the U.S. Rule (February 28) 
This executive order instructs EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and the assistant secretary of the army for civil works to review President Obama’s 2015 Clean Water Rule that added protections for streams and wetlands under federal clean water rules.

26. Supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (February 28) 
This order recognizes the importance of HBCUs and establishes an initiative in the Executive Office of the President to increase the role of the private sector in strengthening HBCUs and strengthen the connection between HBCUs and the federal government.

27. Revising the travel ban (March 6)
Trump signed an executive order Monday banning travel from six countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program for 120 days. The ban goes into effect 10 days from the signing of the order. It retools the earlier order that was blocked by the courts. The order:

• Cuts the number of refugees allowed into the United States in fiscal 2017 from 110,000 to 50,000

• Suspends for 120 days the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, which identifies and processes refugees for resettlement in the United States. It no longer bans Syrian refugees indefinitely.

• Suspends the entry of nationals from Iran, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Syria for 90 days. This no longer includes Iraq and does not apply to nationals with current visas, dual nationals, legal permanent residents and people with diplomatic visas.

• Directs the secretary of homeland security, the director of national intelligence and secretary of state to put together a list of countries that do not provide adequate information to vet potential entry of foreign nationals into the United States. Foreign nationals from those countries will be banned from entering the United States.

• Directs the secretary of state, the secretary of homeland security, the director of national intelligence, and the director of the FBI to implement a uniform screening baseline for all immigration programs

• It no longer directs the secretary of homeland security to “prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country of nationality.”

• Directs the secretary of homeland security to implement a biometric entry-exit tracking system

• Grants state and local jurisdictions, whenever possible a “role in the process of determining the placement or settlement” of refugees

• Suspend the Visa Interview Waiver Program, which allows certain people renewing their visas to skip an in-person interview

• Directs the secretary of state to expand the Consular Fellows Program

28. Reorganizing the executive branch (March 13)
This executive order instructs the Director of the OMB to propose a plan to reorganize the executive branch and eliminate “unnecessary” federal agencies and agency programs.

29. Rescinding Obama’s rules on contractors (March 27)
This executive order revoked three of former President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive orders which imposed new requirements on federal contractors.

30. Creating the Office of American Innovation (March 27)
Trump issued a memorandum creating the Office of American Innovation, led by his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, to streamline and modernize government and spur job creation.

31. Reviewing Obama’s climate initiatives (March 28)
This executive order directs the government to conduct a review of energy regulations issued by the Obama administration, including the Clean Power Plan. It repeals multiple Obama-era memorandums and reports and directs the Interior Department to review a number of rules on oil and gas drilling. It also makes a bureaucratic change to the “social cost of carbon,” an important metric for determining whether climate regulations are cost effective.

32. Establishing a commission on the opioid crisis (March 29)
This order creates a commission to study the federal response to drug addiction and the opioid crisis and recommend solutions to the president.

33. Reducing the U.S. trade deficit (March 31)
Trump directed the secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative, working with other agencies, to report back to the president within 90 days on the causes and consequences of the U.S. trade deficit with each trading partners, including assessing whether the trade deficit hurts American workers or puts U.S. national security at risk.

34. Cracking down on unfair foreign trade practices (March 31)
This executive order directs the Department of Homeland Security, working with other agencies, to develop a strategy for “combatting violations of United States trade and customs laws for goods.”

35. Promoting American workers and American-made goods (April 18)
This executive order requires agencies to review their policies on using American-made goods in federal contracts, including limiting the use of waivers from the Buy American Act. It also directs the departments of State, Justice, Labor and Homeland Security to review work-related visa programs, including the H-1B program for skilled foreign workers.

36. Investigating the impact of steel imports (April 20)
Trump issued a memorandum directing the secretary of Commerce to investigate whether steel imports are putting U.S. national security at risk and submit a report to the president with the findings.

37. Reducing tax regulatory burdens (April 21)
This order directs the Treasury Department to submit to a report to the president within 150 days on any tax regulations that impose undue financial burden on U.S. taxpayers, are especially complex or are illegal. The president also issued two memorandums directing the secretary of the Treasury to review the rule on Ordinary Liquidation Authority, which allows the FDIC to wind down a failing megabank, and the Financial Stability Oversight Council, which monitors systemic financial risks in the economy and imposes tougher rules on financial institutions determined to be systematically important.

38. Promoting agriculture (April 25)
This order create a task force to promote the U.S. agriculture industry and recommend policy changes to improve economic development in rural America. It also eliminated the Obama-era White House Rural Council.

39. Reviewing designations of national monuments (April 26)
This order directs the Interior secretary to review “all presidential designations or expansions of designations under the Antiquities Act since January 1, 1996.”

40. Reducing the federal role in education (April 26)
This order directs the Education secretary to review education-related regulations, ensuring they comply with federal law and do not impede on local control of education.

41. Investigating the impact of aluminum imports (April 27)
As he did with steel imports last week, Trump issued a memorandum directing the secretary of Commerce to investigate whether aluminum imports are putting U.S. national security at risk and submit a report to the president with the findings.

42. Improving accountability at the VA (April 27)
This executive order directed the secretary of veterans affairs to create an office at the VA to protect whistleblowers and improve accountability at the agency.

Score Card: 42  | Nil X

Updated: 2017, Mar, 03  By: Aidan Quigley | Article Link: | Article Title: All of Trump’s major executive actions so far

Yes! It is True… Allah has been Dethroned at the “Whitehouse”

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THE HILL Reports:  BY OLIVIA BEAVERS – 07/31/17 12:49 PM EDT
Trump Cabinet members attend weekly Bible study

Many of President Trump’s Cabinet members gather at a weekly session to study the Bible, the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) reported Monday.

Ralph Drollinger,1)From Wikipedia see Ralph Drollinger the founder of Capitol Ministries, says he leads a weekly Bible study with Cabinet members such as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

“It’s the best Bible study that I’ve ever taught in my life. They are so teachable. They’re so noble. They’re so learned,” Drollinger told CBN.

Vice President Pence, who is a sponsor of the faith sessions, reportedly joins the group when his schedule allows. 

Mike Pence has uncompromising biblical tenacity and he has a loving tone about him that’s not just a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal,” Drollinger said in part. “And then fourthly, he brings real value to the head of the nation.”  

Drollinger praised Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who he said also attends the gathering, for quickly turning around and using the lessons of the weekly session.

“He’ll go out the same day I teach him something and I’ll see him do it on camera and I just think, ‘Wow, these guys are faithful, available and teachable and they’re at Bible study every week they’re in town,’ ” Drollinger told CBN, referring to Sessions.

Drollinger, a former NBA player, founded his organization with the intent of spreading the Christian faith to lawmakers across the U.S. He has started similar Bible groups in dozens of state capitols as well as weekly studies in both chambers of Congress. 

A weekly Bible study group with Cabinet members, Drollinger said, is likely the first of its kind in almost 100 years.

Trump, who is invited to attend, receives a copy of the scripture teaching each week, according to CBN, which has interviewed the president.


References   [ + ]

1. From Wikipedia see Ralph Drollinger

For The First Time, a US Company Is Implanting Microchips in Its Employees


We’re always hearing how robots are going to take our jobs, but there might be a way of preventing that grim future from happening: by becoming workplace cyborgs first.

A company in Wisconsin has become the first in the US to roll out microchip implants for all its employees, and says it’s expecting over 50 of its staff members to be voluntarily ‘chipped’ next week.

The initiative, which is entirely optional for employees at snack stall supplier Three Square Market (32M), will implant radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips in staff members’ hands in between their thumb and forefinger.

Once tagged with the implant, which is about the size of a grain of rice, 32M says its employees will be able to perform a range of common office tasks with an effortless wave of their hand.

“We foresee the use of RFID technology to drive everything from making purchases in our office break room market, opening doors, use of copy machines, logging into our office computers, unlocking phones, sharing business cards, storing medical/health information, and used as payment at other RFID terminals,”

The chips make use of near-field communication (NFC), and are similar to ones already in use in things like contactless credit cards, mobile payment systems, and animal tag implants.

The same kind of human implants made headlines when they were extended to employees at Swedish company Epicenter earlier in the year, but this is the first time they’ve been offered in the US across an organisation as large as 32M, which has 85 employees.

According to Westby, when staff were informed of the program, they reacted with a mixture of reluctance and excitement, but ultimately more than half elected to take part.

The costs of the implant amount to US$300 per chip – which the company says it will pay on the employees’ behalf – and the rollout could well be a sign of things to come, meaning employees would no longer need to carry around keys, ID cards, or smartphones to operate or authenticate with other systems.

As for security concerns and whether people ought to be worried about their employer tracking their movements, Westby says the chips don’t include a GPS component and are secure against hacking.

“There’s really nothing to hack in it because it is encrypted just like credit cards are,” he told ABC News.

“The chances of hacking into it are almost non-existent because it’s not connected to the internet. The only way for somebody to get connectivity to it is to basically chop off your hand.”

As if to prove the safety of the technology, the CEO says his wife and children will also receive the implants next week, coinciding with a “chip party” being held at the company’s headquarters in River Falls, Wisconsin.

If employees later change their minds, they’ll be able to have the implant removed – but that might not be enough to alleviate Big Brother-style privacy concerns held in some quarters.

While the chips might not track workers’ location by GPS, they nonetheless could give employers a huge amount of data about what employees do and when – like how often they take breaks or use the bathroom, what kind of snacks they buy, and so on.

On its own, that information might seem fairly harmless, but it’s possible that handing over even that level of information to your employer could one day pose problems – not to mention how the privacy issues could swell as the technology evolves.

“Many things start off with the best of intentions but sometimes intentions turn,” chairman and founder of data protection firm CyberScout Adam Levin told ABC News.

“We’ve survived thousands of years as a species without being microchipped, is there any particular need to do it now? … Everyone has a decision to make; that is, how much privacy and security are they willing to trade for convenience?”

For their part, the leaders of the companies kickstarting this workplace transition don’t seem to see what all the fuss is about.

“People ask me, ‘Are you chipped?’ and I say, ‘Yes, why not?'” Epicenter CEO Fredric Kaijser told Associated Press back in April.

“And they all get excited about privacy issues and what that means and so forth. And for me it’s just a matter of I like to try new things and just see it as more of an enabler and what that would bring into the future.”

In the meantime, 32M’s inaugural chip party is being held next Tuesday.

Clear your schedule, would-be cyborgs.

2017 Jul 25 | By Peter Dockrill  |


1.0: Wisconsin retail tech company offers to microchip its staff. | | – Science and Technology News via ACI – Scholarly Blog Index, 2017


2.0: Cyborgs at work: employees getting implanted with microchips | | – Science and Technology News via ACI – Scholarly Blog Index, 2017


3.0: Employees At This Tech Company Can Now Get Microchip Implants | | Doha Madani, The Huffington Post via ACI – Scholarly Blog Index, 2017


4.0: Human Chipping: Fishing for Uses | | Craig Klugman, ACI – Scholarly Blog Index,2015


Expand permanent human presence beyond low-Earth orbit. Go back to the Moon in 2021 and Mars by 2033

NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017, a bill also known as S.442, into law in the Oval Office on March 21.

President Trump just signed a law that maps out NASA’s long-term future — but a critical element is missing

• President Trump has signed the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017.

• The new law calls to give NASA a $US19.5 billion budget and asks NASA to reach Mars by 2033.

• However, the law leaves out earth science, which the Trump administration intends to cut heavily.

S.442 is LAW March 21. 2017

For the first time in nearly seven years, the US government has passed a new long-term vision for NASA’s future.

President Donald Trump signed the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017, a bill also known as S.442, into law in the Oval Office on March 21.

The Senate and House had collaborated on the document for months, and it requests a $US19.5 billion-a-year budget for the space agency. (NASA received $US19.3 billion in 2016, or 0.5% of the total federal budget.)

In an image that Trump tweeted on Tuesday, the president said he’s “delighted to sign this bill reaffirming our national commitment to the core mission of NASA: human space exploration, space science, and technology.”

End of the atmospheric era?

However, that core mission is missing something that has been a part of the space agency for more than 58 years: earth science.

The 1958 document that formed NASA called upon the new space agency to contribute to the “expansion of human knowledge of phenomena in the atmosphere” — a mission that NASA, as Business Insider’s Rafi Letzter has reported, “carried out … with gusto under six Republican administrations and five Democratic ones.”

The new law doesn’t even mention earth science, which is troublesome considering what Trump’s administration has already laid out in its proposed budget for NASA released last week.

The budget would cut several major space agency initiatives, including the Office of Education, and seeks to terminate the:

 Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE)

Orbital Carbon Observatory-3 (OCO-3)

Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR)

Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory ‘Pathfinder missions.’ (CLARREO

These four satellites allow scientists to monitor and predict the behaviour of Earth’s weather, shifting climates, ocean ecosystems, and other vital aspects of our planet. They help save peoples’ lives, protect wildlife, and prepare America and other nations for long-term changes.

However, these things may or may not come to pass.

While S.442 is now a law, a long and complex budgeting process remains before NASA knows what its actual funding levels are for fiscal year 2018, which runs from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Trump’s proposed budget says NASA should receive $US19.1 billion per year, or $US400 million less than Congress’ law calls for.

What the new law says

The law asks NASA to create a plan for getting humans

“near or on the surface of Mars in the 2030s.”

It also calls on the space agency to continue developing the Space Launch System (SLS) — a behemoth rocket — and the Orion space capsule in order to eventually go to the moon, Mars, and beyond.

Trump has expressed support for a crewed exploration of Mars, and in his inauguration speech he said he’s “ready to unlock the mysteries of space.” Administration officials, meanwhile, have said they want NASA to return to the moon in the 2020s.

The American Astronomical Society has a convenient breakdown of the $US19.5 billion in the bill, including funding for human space exploration, space-station operations, science, and more.

Here are some notable titles, articles, and sections of the 146-page document:

 Assuring Core Capabilities For Exploration — calls for several missions: an uncrewed launch of SLS and Orion in 2018, followed by a crewed mission to the moon in 2021, and further trips to the moon and Mars after that date.

 Journey to Mars — asks NASA for a roadmap to send people to Mars by 2033; also steers the space agency away from pursuing the Asteroid Redirect Mission (a plan to capture an asteroid, tow it into orbit around Earth, and have astronauts explore the space rock).

 Human Space Flight And Exploration Goals And Objectives — says it’s the mission of NASA to “to expand permanent human presence beyond low-Earth orbit.”

 Aeronautics — calls on NASA to be a leader in aviation and hypersonic aircraft research; also asks the space agency to look into supersonic-aircraft research that would “open new global markets and enable new transportation capabilities.”

 Mars 2020 rover — Congress backs up NASA’s plan to use the car-sized rover to “help determine whether life previously existed on that planet.”

 Europa — approves of NASA’s plan to send an orbiting satellite to Jupiter’s ice-covered moon Europa, which may have a warm subsurface ocean (and possibly host alien life).

 Congressional declaration of policy and purpose” — amends previous laws to make it part of NASA’s mission to “search for life’s origin, evolution, distribution, and future in the universe.”

 Extrasolar planet exploration strategy — asks NASA to explain how it will use the James Webb Space Telescope and other instruments to hunt for exoplanets.

 Near-Earth objects — asks NASA to accelerate its program to find killer asteroids in space.

 Radioisotope power systems — implores NASA to deliver a report on how it plans to make plutonium-238 — an exceedingly rare nuclear fuel for deep-space robots — and detail what its nuclear-powered exploration plans are.

Date-stamped: 2017, March, 22. | By: Dave Mosher | Source: | Article Tittle: President Trump just signed a law that maps out NASA's long-term future -- but a critical element is missing

An Explanatory Memorandum: From the Archives of the Muslim Brotherhood in America

In August of 2004, an alert Maryland Transportation Authority Police officer observed a woman wearing traditional Islamic garb videotaping the support structures of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, and conducted a traffic stop. The driver was Ismail Elbarasse and detained on an outstanding material witness warrant issued in Chicago in connection with fundraising for Hamas.The FBI’s Washington Field Office subsequently executed a search warrant on Elbarasse’s residence in Annandale, Virginia. In the basement of his home, a hidden sub-basement was found; it revealed over 80 banker boxes of the archives of the Muslim Brotherhood in North America. One of the most important of these documents made public to date was entered into evidence during the Holy Land Foundation trial. It amounted to the Muslim Brotherhood’s strategic plan for the United States and was entitled, “An Explanatory Memorandum: (copy below in English and also in Arabic) On the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America.”

The Explanatory Memorandum was written in 1991 by a member of the Board of Directors for the Muslim Brotherhood in North America and senior Hamas leader named Mohammed Akram. It had been approved by the Brotherhood’s Shura Council and Organizational Conference and was meant for internal review by the Brothers’ leadership in Egypt. It was certainly not intended for public consumption, particularly in the targeted society: the United States. For these reasons, the memo constitutes a Rosetta stone for the Muslim Brotherhood, its goals, modus operandi and infrastructure in America. It is arguably the single most important vehicle for understanding a secretive organization and should, therefore, be considered required reading for policy-makers and the public, alike.

Another extraordinarily important element of the Memorandum is its attachment. Under the heading “ A List of Our Organizations and Organizations of Our Friends,” Akram helpfully identified 29 groups as Muslim Brotherhood fronts. Many of them are even now, some twenty-two years later, still among the most prominent Muslim- American organizations in the United States. Worryingly, the senior representatives of these groups are routinely identified by U.S. officials as “leaders” of the Muslim community in this country, to be treated as “partners” in “countering violent extremism” and other outreach initiatives. Obviously, this list suggests such treatment translates into vehicles for deep penetration of the American government and civil society.

“The process of settlement is a ‘Civilization-Jihadist Process’ with all the word means. The Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

From the Explanatory Memorandum— the Muslim Brotherhood in America in its own words




Barack “O” & “SEDITION”


Barack Hussein has always been able to get away with anything, the ultimate Teflon king. But there is a new sheriff in town, Hussein is a private citizen, the guy he is trying to take down is the most powerful man on the planet and he finds little humor in Hussein’s scummy schemes.

I have been referencing the US code for sedition for some time, but mostly in regard to George Soros, who I believe should be in a cage on the National Mall. With the latest revelations of his actions against a sitting president, I believe the same case could be made for Barack Hussein. And with each passing day, more filth is uncovered.

Make no mistake, the man in the White House today and his Attorney General will expose Hussein for the un-American scumbag he is, and has been for eight years and beyond, and here is hoping President Trump and Attorney General Sessions bring to bear the full force of the law on these demons.

The foul swamp creatures are surfacing. Now it is just a matter of loading them up and hauling them off.

2017, March 6 | by Thomas Madison | Sources: | Tittle: BREAKING! Barack Hussein may be facing 20 years in the pen for sedition


The Obama administration funneled billions of dollars to activist organizations through a Department of Justice slush fund scheme, according to congressional investigators.

“It’s clear partisan politics played a role in the illicit actions that were made,”

“The DOJ is the last place this should have occurred.”1)


Findings spearheaded by the House Judiciary Committee point to a process shrouded in secrecy whereby monies were distributed to a labyrinth of nonprofit organizations involved with grass-roots activism.

“Advocates for big government and progressive power are using the Justice Department to extort money from corporations,”

“It’s a shakedown. It’s corrupt, pure and simple.”

There is a recent effort by Republicans to eliminate the practice, which many believe was widely abused during the Obama administration.

When big banks are sued by the government for discrimination or mortgage abuse, they can settle the cases by donating to third-party non-victims. The settlements do not specify how these third-party groups could use the windfall.

So far, investigators have accounted for $3 billion paid to “non-victim entities.”

Critics say banks are incentivized to donate the funds to non-profits rather than giving it to consumers. END



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Islamic One-Way Street

♦ Extremist Muslims’ understanding of freedom is a one-way street: Freedoms, such as religious rights, are “good” and must be defended if they are intended for Muslims — often where Muslims are in minority. But they can simply be ignored if they are intended for non-Muslims — often in lands where Muslims make up the majority.

♦ Many Muslim countries, apparently, already have travel bans against other Muslims, in addition to banning Israelis.

♦ Look at Saudi Arabia. Deportation and a lifetime ban is the minimum penalty for non-Muslims trying to enter the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

♦ Given the state of non-Muslim religious and human rights, and the sheer lack of religious pluralism in most Muslim countries, why do Muslim nations suddenly become human rights champions in the face of a ban on travel to the U.S.?

♦ Meanwhile, Muslims will keep on loving the “infidels” who support Muslim rights in non-Muslim lands, while keeping up intimidation of the same “infidels” in their own lands.

President Donald Trump’s executive order of January 27, 2017, temporarily limiting entry from seven majority-Muslim countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — for 90 days, until vetting procedures can be put in place — has caused international controversy, sparking protests both in the Western and Islamic worlds, including in increasingly Islamist Turkey.


This article does not intend to discuss whether Trump’s ban is a racist, illegal order, or a perfectly justified action in light of threatened American interests. The ban, right or wrong, has once again unveiled the hypocrisy of extremist Muslims on civil liberties and on what is and what is NOT racist. Extremist Muslims’ understanding of freedom is a one-way street: Freedoms, such as religious rights, are “good” and must be defended if they are intended for Muslims — often where Muslims are in minority. But they can simply be ignored if they are intended for non-Muslims — often in lands where Muslims make up the majority.

Muslims have been in a rage across the world. Iran’s swift and sharp answer came in a Tweet from Foreign Minister Javad Zarif who said that the ban was “a great gift to extremists.” A government statement in Tehran said that the U.S. travel restrictions were an insult to the Muslim world, and threatened U.S. citizens with “reciprocal measures.” Many Muslim countries, apparently, already have travel bans against other Muslims, in addition to banning Israelis.


Sudan, host and supporter of various extremist Muslim terror groups including al-Qaeda, said the ban was “very unfortunate.” In Iraq, a coalition of paramilitary groups called on the government to ban U.S. nationals from entering the country and to expel those currently on Iraqi soil.


In Turkey where the extremist Islamic government is unusually soft on Trump’s ban — in order not to antagonize the new president — a senior government official called the order “a discriminative decision.” Deputy Prime Minister and government spokesman Numan Kurtulmus said:

“Unfortunately, I am of the opinion that rising Islamophobia, xenophobia and anti-immigrant feelings have a great weight on this decision. Taking such a decision in a country such as America, where different ethnic and religious groups are able to co-exist, is very offensive.”

The ruling party’s deputy chairman, Yasin Aktay, called the ban “racist,” and said: “This is totally against human rights, a big violation of human rights.” Aktay also said that he had started to “worry about the future of the U.S.”

Turkey’s top Muslim cleric, Mehmet Gormez, praised the Americans who rushed to the airports to protest the ban. “[This] is very important. It gives us hope,” he said — presumably meaning that non-Muslim protestors will continue to advocate for Muslim rights in non-Muslim lands.

Turkish government bigwigs and the top Islamic authority seem not to have heard of their own country’s dismal human rights record when it comes to non-Muslim minorities. Most recently, Turkey’s Association of Protestant Churches noted in a report that hate speech against the country’s Christians increased in both the traditional media and social media. It said that hate speech against Protestants persisted throughout 2016, in addition to physical attacks on Protestant individuals and their churches.


Nevertheless, the Islamist’s one-way sympathy for human rights (for Muslims) and his one-way affection for discrimination (against non-Muslims) is not just Turkish, but global. What is the treatment of non-Muslim (or sometimes even non-extremist Muslim) visitors to some of the Muslim cities and sites in the countries that decry Trump’s “racist,” and “discriminative” ban that “violates human rights?”

In a 2016 visit to the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the Muslim custodians of the site did not allow entry to this author, despite the Turkish passport submitted to them, saying “you do not look Muslim enough.” And Muslims now complain of “discrimination?” Incidentally, Al Aqsa Mosque is, theoretically at least, open to visits from non-Muslims, except on Fridays.

Look at Saudi Arabia. Deportation and a lifetime ban is the minimum penalty for non-Muslims trying to enter the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. In 2013, the Saudi Minister of Justice, Mohamed el-Eissi, insisted that “the cradle of the Muslim sanctities will not allow the establishment of any other places of worship.”

The Saudi ban on other religious houses of worship comes from a Salafi tradition that prohibits the existence of two religions in the Arabian Peninsula. In the Saudi kingdom, the law requires that all citizens must be Muslims; the government does not provide legal protection for freedom of religion; and the public practice of non-Muslim religions is prohibited.

In Iran, where even non-Muslim female visitors must wear the Islamic headscarf, the government continues to imprison, harass, intimidate and discriminate against people based on religious beliefs. A 2014 U.S. State Department annual report noted that non-Muslims faced “substantial societal discrimination, aided by official support.” At the release of the report, then Secretary of State John Kerry said: “Sadly, the pages of this report that are being released today are filled with accounts of minorities being denied rights in countries like Burma, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, many others”.

In Iran, marriages between Muslim women and non-Muslim men are not recognized unless the husband produces proof that he has converted to Islam. The mullahs’ government does not ensure the right of citizens to change or renounce their religious faith. Apostasy, specifically conversion from Islam, can be punishable by death. In 2013, 79 people from religious minorities were sentenced to a total of 3,620 months in prison, 200 months of probation, 75 lashes and 41 billion rials in fines [approximately $1.3 million].


That being the state of non-Muslim religious and human rights, and the sheer lack of religious pluralism in most Muslim countries, why do Muslim nations suddenly become human rights champions in the face of a ban on travel to the U.S.? Why, for instance, does Turkey never criticizes the extreme shortcomings of freedoms in the Muslim world but calls the U.S. ban “racist?”

Why does the Iranian government think that Trump’s ban is a “gift to the [Muslim] extremists?” In claiming that travel bans would supposedly fuel extremism, how come Iran does not think that its own persecution of religious minorities is a “gift” to non-Muslims?

Such questions will probably remain unanswered in the Muslim world.

Meanwhile, Muslims will keep on loving the “infidels” who support Muslim rights in non-Muslim lands, while keeping up intimidation of the same “infidels” in their own lands.

Extremist Muslims'
by Burak Bekdil
February 24, 2017 at 5:00 am
Burak Bekdil, one of Turkey's leading journalists, was just fired from Turkey's leading newspaper after 29 years, for writing what was taking place in Turkey for Gatestone. He is a Fellow at the Middle East Forum.