Appearing on CBS’ Face the Nation this morning, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly weighed in on the recent terror attack in Paris, which resulted in the death of a police officer. In doing so, he made perhaps a somewhat shocking admission. Host John Dickerson asked the DHS chief, “Is there anything in the Paris attack that sends any lessons about US policy or policy that should be put in place?” “There are so many aspects of this terrorist thing,” Kelly responded. “Obviously you’ve got the homegrown terrorists. I don’t know how to stop that. I don’t know how to detect that.” He added that you have “other terrorist threats that come across the border.” Dickerson followed up a bit later on Kelly’s acknowledgment of the homegrown terrorism threat in the United States, stating that if it is such a big threat and he doesn’t Continue reading "‘I Don’t Know How to Stop That’: Homeland Security Chief on ‘Homegrown Terrorists’"
On Thursday, France was rocked by another terrorist attack when a gunman opened fire along the nation’s Champs-Élysées. When it was over, a police officer was dead and a second was wounded. The attack came just days before the first round of voting in the nation’s hotly contested presidential election. In the aftermath of the shooting, Emmanuel Macron, a centrist and one of France’s two leading candidates, offered a curious response, saying terrorism in the country was an “imponderable” threat that “will be a fact of daily life in the coming years.” The claim was reported near the bottom of a New York Times write up on the attack, with the paper of record suggesting the response was evidence of Macron “stepp[ing] back from the moment.”
Emmanuel Macron, a centrist who along with Ms. Le Pen has been leading in the polls, stepped back from the moment, Continue reading "Leading Candidate in French Presidential Race: Terrorism ‘Will Be a Fact of Daily Life’"
On night two of a Bill O’Reilly-less Factor, one of the guests ripped MSNBC over how two of its anchors reacted to comments from President Trump today. In the hours that followed the horrific shooting in Paris, ISIS claimed responsibility. When Trump was asked about it earlier in the day, he said that it sounded like it was a terrorist attack. (French President Francois Hollande later said in public remarks that it was likely terror-related.) Both Brian Williams and Chuck Todd responded to Trump’s initial remarks by saying he was getting ahead of the facts. Jim Hanson, executive vice president at the Center for Security Policy, told guest host Dana Perino, “It’s absurd. MSNBC is an apologist for the Islamists and they need to stop doing that. It was refreshing to hear President Trump actually say what every sentient being can see.” Hanson Continue reading "Fox Guest Says ‘MSNBC Is an Apologist for the Islamists’"
French police in Marseille arrested two suspected radicals today who were allegedly planning to commit a terrorist attack before the first round of the French presidential election. “The men are suspected of wanting to commit, in an imminent way, a violent action on the eve of the French presidential election,” said interior minister Matthias Fekl. “Everything has been put in place to ensure the security of this big event for our democracy and our republic.” Sky News reports that the two suspects, both Frenchmen, have been identified as Mahiedine Merabet and Clement Baur. French internal security agents helped the police make the arrest, and they seized guns and bomb-making materials as part of their search. The news comes as the people of France prepare to cast their votes on Sunday in the first stage of a two-part election. France has remained on high alert ever since the 2015 massacre Continue reading "‘Imminent’ Terrorist Attack Foiled by French Police, Two Arrests Made"
President Trump also repeated falsehoods about Hillary Clinton and contradicted his own earlier positions on Syria and chemical attacks.
So sad to hear of the terrorist attack in Egypt. U.S. strongly condemns. I have great…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 9, 2017
With a hotly contested election looming, the country’s most famous scholar of Islam finds himself at the center of a tense debate over assimilation, extremism and what it means to be French.