DHS: Mall Shook Up

By Tony Perkins

Over the weekend, the ISIS debate stretched from the shopping mall to the National Mall. While the President is busy finding the terrorists better jobs, most Americans wish he would just do his own — and confront the threat he refuses to verbalize. The Obama administration, which seems to contract laryngitis whenever the subject of radical Islam is broached, is becoming a punch line to the very extremists it hopes to appease.

“If you can’t admit the problem, you can’t fix the problem,” wrote a frustrated Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.). “We demand a leader who is going to spend less time criticizing America and more time hunting terrorists down and killing them.” As the White House hides behind a foolish strategy of political correctness, an unchecked ISIS is growing bolder and more audacious by the day.

In a video released Saturday, Somalia Islamic extremists put a bulls-eye on Minneapolis’s Mall of America. Warning that the Westgate Mall bombing in Kenya was just the beginning, a masked man from the Al Qaeda-linked group al-Shabab is trying to rally Islamists to attack American shopping malls. “If just a handful of mujahedeen fighters could bring Kenya to a complete standstill for nearly a week then imagine what a dedicated mujahedeen in the West could do to the American or Jewish-owned shopping centers across the world?… What if such an attack were to occur in the Mall of America in Minnesota? And all it takes is a man with firm determination … so hurry up, hasten towards heaven and do not hesitate.”

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That’s a serious threat, especially since the surrounding area of the Mall of America is home to the largest Somali population in the U.S. Unfortunately, the Obama administration is too preoccupied with “right-wing” extremists to focus on any real danger. Just days before this latest video was released, Homeland Security was trying persuade people that real threat isn’t Muslim fanatics beheading innocents across the Middle East but anti-government groups in America.

In this administration’s opinion, people who don’t see the federal government as the answer to every problem are on par with religious savages who kill or torture to advance their agenda. “…federal and local law enforcement view the threat posed by right-wing domestic terrorists as ‘equal to’ or ‘in some cases greater than’ foreign-born Islamic terrorists, such as ISIS,” officials insist. Maybe Homeland Security is afraid citizens will start following the example of the President and just ignore the laws they don’t like. Either way, like its 2009 predecessor, DHS’s report reads like a sick joke.

If this is the analysis we can expect from Homeland Security, no wonder Republicans aren’t too concerned about letting the agency’s funding expire. On Friday, the budget for DHS officially runs dry — ending a short-term deal that both parties agreed to before Christmas. The goal was to revisit the debate over the President’s executive amnesty order before funneling more money to the Department that would implement it. Now, weeks after the House passed a bill to extend the funding for everything except the absorption of five million illegal immigrants, the Senate is still at a standstill.

A vote on the new DHS budget has been blocked four times by Democrats, who still think they can get away with blaming Republicans for the partial shutdown that may result. Not so fast, say GOP leaders. “That amnesty program has now been declared illegal by a federal court, and so Senate Democrats should look very closely at this opinion and decide if they are willing to jeopardize national security, which is both reckless and irresponsible in order to try to hold DHS funding hostage,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

Of course, the Left is playing to Americans’ fears and suggesting that a brief shutdown would jeopardize U.S. security (which, ironically, is already jeopardized by this administration’s political strategy). But the reality is, the majority of DHS employees (85%) would still be on the job as “essential employees.” The Secret Service, Coast Guard, immigration services, and other key agencies would all be up and running regardless of what happens Friday. It’s time for Congress to stop worrying about when it’s funding DHS and start focusing on what it’s funding there instead.

Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.

(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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