By W. Thomas Smith Jr.
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Vice News Tonight, billed as covering “underreported stories,” was in town this week, touring the Richland County Sheriff’s Dept. (RCSD) headquarters, talking with deputies and other officers, filming, interviewing Sheriff Leon Lott, and attending a portion of the RCSD’s Critical Incident and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) Awareness training.
“It’s not only important that we provide this pre-PTSD conditioning for our deputies,” says Sheriff Lott [pictured here with VICE News reporters, Thurs. afternoon]. “We need to be able to share with other agencies, nationwide, the value of this training; and hopefully get those agencies to appreciate the importance of developing and conducting similar training for their own officers.”
Lott adds, “Thanks to programs like Vice News Tonight on HBO – even LIVE PD on A&E – we’re better able to tell our story to the benefit of other agencies and departments around the country.”
First broadcast in Oct. 2016, Vice News Tonight is a nightly news program airing weeknights on HBO. A spin-off of VICE, a weekly documentary TV series, Vice News Tonight is HBO’s first-ever daily/nightly television series.
VICE News Tonight airs Mon.-Thurs. evenings at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) on HBO, whereas VICE on HBO airs Fri. evenings, 7:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The segments filmed this week at RCSD headquarters in Columbia will air within the next few weeks, time and date to be determined.
For more information about the Richland County Sheriff’s Dept., visit http://rcsd.net/.
Turn on the news today or log into your social media and you will see headline after headline of attacks on our liberty and security. Whether it’s anti-police riots, jihadist gunmen, or corrupt politicians, our nation’s traditions and principles are under heavy assault. It is demoralizing. We know who seeks to destroy our society and what their objectives are. But what can we actually do to stop them?
What we face today are multiple “wars of ideas.” While enemy combatants are not an invading force shooting bullets and dropping bombs, the outcome is the same. Our way of life is up for grabs. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is an opponent in one of the idea wars. The attacks on our police officers – and law and order itself – coming from their protests across the nation are a threat to our justice system and could have far-reaching effects if we do not engage.
Fortunately we do not need to adopt their tactics of lawlessness and violence to defeat them.
Author Robert R. Reilly lays out four maxims for winning wars of ideas in The Knowledge Group’s 2015 special report, The Islamic State and Information Warfare: Defeating ISIS and the Broader Global Jihadist Movement:
- “the first thing one must do is formulate the ideas that are so central to one’s life that one is not willing to live without them.”
- “one cannot go into a war of ideas until one understands the ideas one is at war with.”
- “wars of ideas, by definition, can only be fought by and with people who think.”
- “along with a consistency of purpose, one must have the organizational and
financial means for conducting a war of ideas over the course of generations.”
The right to free speech and to bear arms, freedom of religion, a limited and constitutional government, a right to due process, and equal protection under the law are all ideas that no American Continue reading “How to win the war of ideas against Black Lives Matter”
According to former KGB propagandist Yuri Bezmenov, the Soviet intelligence agency devoted a mere 15 percent of their resources on espionage. The remaining 85 percent of their time, manpower, and money was devoted towards something called ideology subversion – psychological warfare. Prior to his defection from the Soviet Union in 1970, Bezmenov worked for the news agency Novosti, where he says three-fourths of the workers were KGB officers and the remainder were, like him, co-opted into service. He repeatedly uses the term “useful idiots” for the carefully selected American journalists, professors, actors, and political figures like Sen. Ted Kennedy that Bezmenov and the KGB welcomed into the Soviet Union, feeding them propaganda, and then using these leftist “political prostitutes” to influence public opinion and advance the Kremlin’s agenda worldwide.
There are four stages to ideological subversion. Demoralization began in the 1960s and Bezmenov states that the politburo never dreamed their efforts would have such a profound effect on the United States so quickly. Destabilization is reaching critical mass under the Obama administration. Next is crisis, which we are rapidly approaching, and then finally normalization. He explains what each of these stages look like in the video below, and even how Americans can overturn the process of ideological subversion. Although this video was shot in 1984, it explains precisely what we deal with today. The relevant part of the interview starts at the 1:07:00 mark, but is definitely worth watching in its entirety if you have the time.
Bezmenov decided to defect when he realized how evil the Soviet regime truly was upon learning that many of the most useful pro-Soviet figures (including many friends) he worked with in India would be executed once the revolution took place, “because they know too much” and could become disillusioned. He listed numerous examples of KGB-backed Marxist leaders in other countries being executed and replaced with a less threatening Marxist puppet once they were no longer useful.
The Soviet Union may be gone, but their extremely effective ideological subversion efforts explain so much of what we face in today’s decaying and irrational society.
It is useless to fight against people’s rigid ways, or to argue against their irrational concepts. You will only waste time and make yourself rigid in the process. The best strategy is to simply accept rigidity in others, outwardly displaying deference to their need for order. On your own, however, you must work to maintain your open spirit, letting go of bad habits and deliberately cultivating new ideas.
– Robert Greene
And excellent analogy on the income tax from Mark Steyn’s book After America: Get Ready for Armageddon:
United States income tax is becoming the twenty-first-century equivalent of the “jizya”–the punitive tax levied by Muslim states on their non-Muslim citizens. In return for funding the Caliphate, the infidels were permitted to carry on practicing their faith. Under the American jizya, in return for funding Big Government, the non-believers are permitted to carry on practicing their faith in capitalism, small business, economic activity, and the other primitive belief systems to which they cling to so touchingly.
From Mark Steyn’s latest book, After America: Get Ready for Armageddon:
Government today has a monopoly of monopoly. If you were to update the board game of the same name to reflect reality, every square you land on would require you to pay a fee to government before you can do anything–occupational license, commercial-use permit, processing fee for a license to permit you to collect sales tax. You’d go straight to jail without passing “Go” for putting up a yoga studio on Atlantic Avenue and being delinquent in your meditation-accreditation application, but the government would let you plea-bargain it down to a $3,000 fine. If you land on “Go,” you’d have to pass a “Go” impact-study inspection before being allowed to go.
From Saul Alinsky’s book Reveille for Radicals (pg. 21-22):
“Liberals fear power or its application.… They talk glibly of people lifting themselves by their own bootstraps but fail to realize that nothing can be lifted except through power…. Radicals precipitate the social crisis by action — by using power…. Liberals protest; radicals rebel. Liberals become indignant; radicals become fighting mad and go into action. Liberals do not modify their personal lives[,] and what they give to a cause is a small part of their lives; radicals give themselves to the cause. Liberals give and take oral arguments; radicals give and take the hard, dirty, bitter way of life.”
While reading an article on how inbreeding amongst Muslims is damaging their health, sanity, and society, I came across this interesting figure:
In the last 1,200 years years of Islam, just 100,000 books have been translated into Arabic, about what Spain does in a single year. Seven out of 10 Turks have never even read a book.
The original material, which contains links to the original studies referenced, is here.
New study determines Islamic sharia law is utilized in courtrooms across the country – in violation of constitutional rights.
The South Carolina state legislature is considering a bill that would bar foreign laws – such as Islamic sharia law – from conflicting with U.S. and state laws. Opponents of the legislation claimed that such a bill is unnecessary as sharia law would never be used in violation of American laws and argued that such a law would be unconstitutional. They are wrong on both counts.
In a previous article at The US Report, we exposed attempts to label the bill unconstitutional as obfuscation. After all, how can a bill that clearly states that it will protect “constitutionally guaranteed” rights be unconstitutional?
Senate Bill 444 reads (emphasis mine):
A court, arbitrator, administrative agency, or other adjudicative, mediation, or enforcement authority may not enforce a foreign law if it would violate a constitutionally guaranteed right of this State or of the United States.
It does not preclude Muslims from all sharia activities – such as praying – as the bill’s opponents want us to believe, it simply prevents sharia from overriding constitutionally-guaranteed rights when the legal systems conflict.
Now, a new study released by the Center for Security Policy, a non-partisan national security organization, finds that sharia law was in fact utilized in numerous states, including one relevant case in South Carolina. Research was limited to published trial and appellate court documents on the Google Scholar website, so there are undoubtedly many more cases involving sharia than those detailed in the study.
The bill’s opponents have repeatedly stated that sharia will never be applied when it conflicts with U.S. or state laws, but despite the limited availability of data, this study found over two dozen cases where judges decided cases based on sharia law – even when Islamic law conflicted with our laws.
In one case, a New Jersey judge refused to grant a restraining order after an Islamic man sexually and physically abused his wife, stating that this was permissible under Islam. The judge determined that his religious belief negated any criminal behavior.
A judge from Michigan enforced an Islamic summary divorce obtained by the husband, known as talaq, which violates the woman’s right to equal protection. The wife had no prior knowledge of the divorce, was not allowed a hearing, and did not have an attorney. Sharia law states that the wife is only entitled to property that was in her name, contrary to Michigan policy.
Many cases involve child custody in which judges will defer to foreign sharia courts, which side against women and non-Muslims, without considering the best interests of the child.
At the forefront of the anti-sharia bill’s opposition is the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The Investigative Project on Terrorism reported on Wednesday that the IRS removed CAIR and the CAIR Foundation from the list of tax-exempt organizations as the groups did not file their annual finance reports.
As of this writing, CAIR’s website still claims that donations are tax-deductible, despite losing their IRS status two weeks ago.
It also bears mentioning that CAIR remains an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2010 Holy Land Foundation terror financing trial, where Muslim organizations conspired to send millions of U.S. dollars to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. Members of CAIR’s leadership had been under investigation until the Justice Department scuttled their pending terror financing prosecutions.
Now that we can see that not only is this bill constitutional, but also that sharia is in fact applied in courtrooms across the country, nothing should stand in the way of the bill’s passage.