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For those startled by Rod Dreher’s HREF=”″>post
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adds these alarming details:

[A]n FBI agent named Gamal Abdel-Hafiz seriously damaged the investigation.
[FBI Agent Robert] Wright says Abdel-Hafiz, who is Muslim, refused to
secretly record one of al-Kadi’s suspected associates, who was also Muslim.
Wright says Abdel-Hafiz told him, Vincent and other agents that “a Muslim
doesn’t record another Muslim.”

“He wouldn’t have any problems interviewing or recording somebody who
wasn’t a Muslim, but he could never record another Muslim,” said Vincent.

Wright said he “was floored” by Abdel-Hafiz’s refusal and immediately
called the FBI headquarters. Their reaction surprised him even more: “The
supervisor from headquarters says, ‘Well, you have to understand where he’s
coming from, Bob.’ I said no, no, no, no, no. I understand where I’m coming
from,” said Wright. “We both took the same damn oath to defend this country
against all enemies foreign and domestic, and he just said no? No way in

Far from being reprimanded, Abdel-Hafiz was promoted to one of the FBI’s
most important anti-terrorism posts, the American Embassy in Saudi Arabia,
to handle investigations for the FBI in that Muslim country.

The Muslim agent’s religion is not the issue here, but rather his
behavior. His oh so politically correct supervisors have some serious
explaining to do.

Keep It Up


That’s great news! Whatever they’re doing to make KSM talk, it’s working. And look, now the UN Security Council is gathering. What high drama!


From Ap


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Two sons of Osama bin Laden were

arrested in southeastern Afghanistan in a joint operation involving

Pakistani and U.S. forces, Pakistan’s provincial home minister

Sanaullah Zehri said.

Web Briefing: January 30, 2015

From Fox....


Sons of Bin Laden Captured in Afghanistan


Fair-Weather Citizens


In this article (an English report on a Spanish-language newpaper story), the Mexican consul in San Jose, Calif., says Mexicans who have become U.S. citizens (and, incidentally, sworn to renounce all prior allegiances) are attracted
to dual citizenship in order to be able to use a Mexican passport and thus
avoid anti-Americanism abroad. “There is no rejection of a Mexican
passport. If one has to travel, it’s better to do it with a Mexican
passport,” he said.

The Right Call


From Reuters:

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Thursday the stationing of U.S. troops near the border with North Korea has become intrusive to South Korea, and said forces could be moved southward or out of South Korea altogether.

Rumsfeld said Army Gen. Leon LaPorte, commander of U.S. forces in South Korea, and others are considering ways to realign American forces on the Korea Peninsula. This comes as the United States is engaged in an increasingly tense crisis over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

This is huge news and I’ve been convinced for a while now this is the right call. Our troops have made South Koreans lazy about their own self-defense. I don’t think we should abandon our commitment to South Korea, but we could certainly make them a security guarantee the way we do with Taiwan. Stationing 37,000, increasingly unwelcome, troops just so we’d be committed to fight if they were slaughtered strikes me as, at least, a doctrine which has outlasted its usefulness.

Off to Cnn...


(Actually, I’m off to the shower) Doing an 8:30 AM (EST) segment. Haven’t figured out what G-File will be about yet. You’ll know when I do.

Mel & God & Movies


Raymond Arroyo, a great guy and reporter (news head honcho at EWTN)–and occassional NRO writer–sheds some light on Mel Gibson’s Passion project.

French Really Work Against Us


The Morning After


“Democrats may come to regret” the Estrada cloture vote yesterday, says the Washington Post editorial page.

“Major Operation”


She Was There....


Remember the “Where’s Helen” question from last night. Well, she was snubbed. Bush rocks.

She’s Back!


Yesterday, Camille Paglia, from whom we don’t hear nearly enough these days — sent me a hard copy of a long, fascinating essay she has about religion and the 1960s. I read it on the subway home last night, and hoped it would be online somewhere so I could share it with The Corner. Here it is!

“Finally, a Rapid Response”


Here’s my column from today’s Wall Street Journal. It’s about the Vatican, the war in Iraq, and the priest scandal.

The Muslim Fbi Agent


Bill O’Reilly had a startling interview last night with a retired FBI special agent who alleges that a Muslim FBI agent with whom he was working on a case refused to wear a wire to tape a fellow Muslim the agency wanted to investigate. A current working FBI agent who complained about this too was forbidden by the agency from going on the O’Reilly show, under threat of an insubordination charge. This is an incredible story, and if it’s exactly as the special agent said on O’Reilly, a real outrage. O’Reilly is right: FBI Director Robert Mueller owes the public an explanation.



RE: the press conference; David Gergen says his obvious sincerity was “compelling.”



Is being partially evacuated because of a suspicious package. Powell staying there.

This Is For Derb


Math jokes. Nerd heaven?

Another Reader


“I listened to Bush on the Radio. He came across measured, focused and
seemed to have a ‘quiet resolve.’ I guess that’s the advantage (or
disadvantage) of listening to the radio. “

One Reader


“I’m a lifelong Democrat, and I voted for Mr. Gore. But I have never felt so inspired by a leader as I felt watching Mr. Bush tonight. The nits and quibbles that Cornerites are obsessing about seem almost sacrilegious.”


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