This day in WND history: Sandy ‘Burglar’ took Mideast papers, too?

Former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger

Former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger

Sandy ‘Burglar’ took Mideast papers, too?

July 24, 2004: Ex-National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, who admitted to taking classified terrorism documents from the National Archives, also was found in possession of a small number of classified papers containing his handwritten notes from Middle East peace talks during the Clinton administration, according to a source.

Although the Mideast notes were not the main focus of the criminal probe, the source said their removal could shed further light on Berger’s intentions. The Mideast notes were allegedly taken from the National Archives along with classified documents that officials say may paint the Clinton administration’s handling of the al-Qaida threat in a negative way.

WND-20-YearsBerger told reporters he was not guilty of criminal wrongdoing.

“Last year, when I was in the archives reviewing documents, I made an honest mistake. It’s one that I deeply regret,” Berger said. ”I dealt with this issue in October 2003 fully and completely. Everything that I have done all along in this process has been for the purpose of aiding and supporting the work of the 9/11 commission, and any suggestion to the contrary is simply, absolutely wrong.”

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Freedom Caucus member: Senators’ betrayal ‘shocking’

Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., and Donald Trump (Photo: Twitter)

Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., and Donald Trump (Photo: Twitter)

Senate Republicans appear unable to pass a straight repeal of Obamacare or a more comprehensive plan, and one of the most fiscally conservative members of Congress says the GOP either needs to do what it promised or prepare to watch the rest of the Trump agenda wither away.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he still plans to hold a vote on repeal, identical to the one that passed Congress in 2015. However, four Republicans are already opposed, including three who voted for the 2015 plan that was vetoed by President Obama.

Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; and Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, are now opposing the plan they backed two years ago. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is also opposed, but she also rejected the 2015 bill.

For those pounding the table for repeal, the Senate’s failure is stunning.

“I thought there would be some movement toward the 2015 plan, but then the three senators who previously voted for the 2015 bill came out and said they were going to vote against the 2015 bill. That is fairly shocking,” said Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., a member of the House Freedom Caucus and the House Budget Committee.

“When you vote 50 times to repeal and you say you’re going to repeal, then it’s fairly simple. You ought to do what you told the American people you were going to do. So now these folks are really, really hurting the Republican brand,” said Brat.

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He says the GOP needs some serious soul-searching.

“What do we stand for? Do we stand for small federal government? Do we stand for free markets? Do we stand for fiscal responsibility, or are we just going down the Democrat path and bankrupting the country?” asked Brat.

“The rest is just pure politics, and I don’t care for that realm. The first principles are what made us the greatest country on earth. You put Adam Smith and James Madison together and you get some great outcomes. We’re departing from those first principles every day,” said Brat.

Hear the interview:



He says what many Republicans are focused on in Washington is a far cry from what voters want from them.

“I just don’t understand how you can be that far off the reservation politically and that tone deaf to what the American people want. Everybody back home is just yelling to get it done. We’re once again tone deaf up in the bubble,” said Brat.

Brat is also frustrated by how Republicans have tortured a simple policy approach into something far more complicated.

“Once you change the definition of repeal … to a health care thing run by the federal government with all sorts of subsidies and billions of dollars for other programs attached, you’re getting too far away from Republican first principles. The messaging hasn’t been good because we keep twisting the meaning of common sense words,” said Brat.

Brat is also concerned about how the failure to pass health care legislation will impact other major priorities in this Congress, especially major tax reform. He says that between not eliminating Obamacare taxes and the expected scuttling of the border adjustability tax, Congress is already starting with a $2 trillion disadvantage.

As a result, the Trump administration is now adjusting its push to lower the corporate tax rate. Instead of dropping it to 15 percent, Brat says the president’s team is now gunning for the 20-25 percent range.

He says the GOP simply cannot screw up tax reform.

“The worst thing we can do is to goof up tax reform and not get this economy rolling again. Everything hinges on that,” he said.

Brat still holds out hope for a health-care bill since President Trump is still energized to get something done, although Brat suggests the president has been more “transactional” in his approach and needs to be more specific about what he wants.

He is not enthused about bringing Democrats into the talks since that would lead to government in health care.

“I think he’s starting to recognize that when you move toward the Democrat side, the policy end up utterly complex and fails,” said Brat.

The congressman also laughs off the assertion of Democrats that Republican opposition to Obamacare – and not the law itself – is responsible for uncertainty that drives up the cost of premiums and deductibles for many Americans.

“What’s a central planner going to say about the monopoly. It’s never their fault because they own it,” said Brat. “They have to give that kind of response because they don’t have a free market system that is sustainable over the long run.”


Hannity interviews man who infiltrated ‘Muslim Mafia’


We’ve often heard the familiar refrain after an Islamic terror attack – terrorism is a “perversion” of Islam, and Muslims who commit acts of terror are not truly following the faith.

However, the man who infiltrated the Council on American-Islamic Relations for six months begs to differ.

“We have to accept reality, Sean, and reality is that all these jihadi groups all over the planet tell us why they are fighting,” Chris Gaubatz told Sean Hannity during an appearance on the latter’s radio show.

“It’s interesting to me that all these groups, whether it’s Islamic State, al-Qaida, the Taliban, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, the Muslim Brotherhood, fill in the blank – how is it that they’re all getting their version of Islam wrong in the exact same way?”

Gaubatz, vice president of Understanding the Threat, marvels that so many American leaders remain reluctant to admit jihadists are fighting for Allah, with the ultimate goal of imposing the legal system sanctioned in the Quran.

“It’s 15 years after 9/11 and we still have not identified the enemy – who they are, why they’re fighting, even though the enemy tells us that they’re Muslims waging jihad, and the blueprint for their doctrine, the reason that they’re fighting is the Shariah, to establish the Shariah all over the planet,” Gaubatz said.

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“So Islam is the root of the problem. At some point, we have to acknowledge that or we’re going to continue to lose this war.”



Gaubatz has witnessed the inner workings of one of America’s largest Muslim organizations firsthand, having posed as a convert to Islam to gain a CAIR internship. He remained undercover for six months, gaining the trust of CAIR’s inner sanctum and collecting more than 12,000 pages of documents and hundreds of hours of video. He exposed CAIR’s role as a Muslim Brotherhood front group in supporting the international jihad movement against the United States.

The full story of his amazing undercover operation was told in the book “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America.”

Gaubatz told Hannity CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood share the same goal as many of the Islamic terror groups.

“The Muslim Brotherhood, which is working to influence our Senate Intelligence, Judiciary and Homeland Security committees, has the exact same ideology as the Islamic State and al-Qaida, which is to establish an Islamic state under Shariah,” he said. “That is why they are fighting the jihad, whether it’s in Manchester, whether it’s in Syria, or whether it’s CAIR influencing our homeland security right here in the United States.”

Gaubatz said while he was working inside CAIR, he noticed the Muslim Brotherhood enjoyed a cozy relationship with the media.

He suspected they were working with their media contacts the morning after the Manchester terrorist attack in May to push the narrative that the attack had nothing to do with Islam.

“The media is more than willing to work with groups like the Muslim Brotherhood who have the exact same ideology as the Islamic State or al-Qaida to shut down any discussion about Islam being part of the problem,” he said.

In fact, Gaubatz insisted the media is really the more important battlefield on which Islam is fighting.

“This war that we’re seeing right now, Sean, we see this war as one line of operation where it’s people pulling triggers and it’s blowing things up and it’s awful, it’s terrorizing and it’s barbaric and it’s savage, but the big war right now is the war of narratives,” he told Hannity. “And when the media is constantly talking about Russia, necessarily we are not having the discussions about the real problems, like border security, like jihad, how to defeat jihad.”

Gaubatz said in the Muslim Brotherhood’s drive to shut down the discussion about Islam, it works hard to shut down the company he works for, Understanding the Threat.

“We train law enforcement on the enemy threat doctrine of Shariah, the jihadi network here in the U.S., which is primarily the Muslim Brotherhood, and then we train law enforcement how to investigate jihadi groups in their community, and groups like CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood fight viciously and slander and smear us everywhere we go so that we can’t even get in the room to train law enforcement,” he explained.

“And if law enforcement doesn’t understand this threat, if our military does not understand this threat, then you can’t target an enemy that you refuse to identify and, therefore, you can never defeat them.”

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‘Ruthless and vicious’ Senate candidate vows to smash establishment

Corey Stewart

Corey Stewart

President Donald Trump jostled the entire American political arena during the 2016 presidential campaign when his take-no-prisoners Make America Great Again theme resonated with voters, who rejected Hillary Clinton’s “four more years of more socialism plan.”

Now a Trump-supporting Senate candidate says it needs to be moved even further.

“I’m in it to take back our country,” says Republican Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. “I will not stop at anything. I will be absolutely ruthless at taking down Tim Kaine and smashing any Republican establishment figure who tries to stop me.”

An outsider, he recently announced his intention to run for U.S. Senate in Virginia in 2018.

A Republican victory in that race would be doubly insulting to the Clinton campaign, since her pick for vice president, Democrat Tim Kaine, currently holds the seat.

Stewart wants to change the current atmosphere, in which Trump has faced opposition from the media, from the Democrats, and even some in his own party.

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WND conducted an exclusive interview with Stewart at his home shortly after he announced his run on July 13.

“I think people are looking for a fighter,” Stewart told WND. “They’re looking for a conservative who is vicious, who is ruthless, who is going to take off the gloves, and who is going to beat the hell out of his opponent. They’re looking for that, yearning for it.”



Stewart is an outspoken supporter of President Trump at a time when many Republicans seem to be distancing themselves from him.

“You need to support the president,” he stated. “A lot of Republicans are just, they’re running away from him, they’re afraid of him. You have to strongly stand by President Trump.”

Stewart thinks the reason Trump has not implemented his full agenda yet is because he is not getting the support he needs from those around him, Republican or Democrat.

“Look, it’s very difficult to implement your agenda when you have so few of your staff, your appointees, in there,” Stewart reasoned. “He really hasn’t filled all of his administration in there yet, and there’s a lot of people to blame for that, but once that happens you’re going to start to see some momentum there. We just have to be patient.”

That is why Stewart is running for Senate. He believes Trump needs more people who support him in Washington, and more people ready to fight for the issues he’s promoting.

“We have to take off the gloves, and we have to fight,” he insisted. “We have to understand that a lot of the blue-collar supporters who are now on the Republican side, who are now behind President Trump, they look for a fighter. They want somebody who’s vicious. They want somebody who’s ruthless, because they feel that their country is under attack, they feel like America is losing its way, and they feel like nobody on the right is doing anything to stop the left from destroying our country. And so when they see a conservative champion, a conservative warrior, somebody who’s willing to be ruthless and vicious, that’s why they’re going to support me, frankly, when I run and take out Tim Kaine.”

Stewart is looking to replicate Trump’s electoral success by emulating the president’s tactics. Moreover, he is seeking to rebound from a narrow election loss. It was only last month that Stewart lost to Ed Gillespie in the Republican primary for governor of Virginia.

He came far closer to winning the primary than expected, losing 44 percent to 43 percent despite polls showing him 27 points behind Gillespie.

“If we had a little bit more time, a little bit more money, we could have overcome that extra 1 percent that we lost by,” Stewart said. “We knew we had momentum. We felt it on the ground, we knew that people were starting to pay attention. If we had just a little bit more money, a little bit more time, we would have won.”

He plans to correct that mistake this time, starting his campaign early to raise more funds.

“We’re less than a year out from the Republican primary,” Stewart said. “I’m going to need a lot of time to raise money. Between now and September of this year . . . I’m going to be totally focused on fundraising across the country – making the phone calls, doing whatever it takes to raise the financing necessary to remove Tim Kaine.”

Wisconsin businessman Paul Nehlen, who recently launched a campaign of his own to try and unseat House Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s First Congressional District, believes the country needs men like Corey Stewart in Washington.

“President Trump is more popular than virtually every other current GOP officeholder,” Nehlen told WND. “Americans spoke loud and clear they want an America-first immigration policy, trade policy and a full repeal of Obamacare.”

Nehlen, author of the brand-new book “Wage the Battle: Putting America First in the Fight to Stop Globalist Politicians and Secure the Borders,” asserted “the only way to truly change the system is to change the crooked politicians at the levers of power.”

He believes Stewart can win in Virginia if he stays focused on the issues that concern the people who propelled Trump into the White House. It will be an uphill battle, however.

“I absolutely believe Corey Stewart can win this race,” Nehlen said. “That being said, as with the Ossoff election in Georgia, the Democrats will pour a fortune into winning the Virginia Senate seat.”

Like Trump, Stewart counts immigration as one of his top issues of concern.

“One of the prime obligations under the Constitution of the United States of the federal government is to protect the sovereignty of the United States, to protect its borders,” Stewart said. “We’re not doing that right now. We have people who are coming into our country, known criminals coming into our country. They’re attacking, wounding, and committing crimes against American citizens, and after they’re done with that, they’re released right back into the communities. That’s got to end.”

Another of Stewart’s top issues is protecting Southern heritage, especially when it comes to the Confederacy and the Civil War.

“I think Southern heritage is American heritage,” Stewart stated. “Whether you were born in the South or whether you came to the South, you have an obligation to protect its history and its heritage, and it’s under attack. You have the left, the loony left, taking down historical monuments. It’s wrong, and one of the reasons it’s wrong is, look, those monuments were placed there by a previous generation, which wanted to remind us and future generations of the horrors of war and what happened. They also wanted to remind us to give some appreciation to those who fought to defend the state. I think it’s just wrong to tear down history no matter what it is.”

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Sneak peek inside Trump’s voter-fraud commission


One of the newest members of the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity says he is impressed that the bipartisan group appears to be focused on protecting the rights of eligible voters while preventing illegal voting.

He categorically rejects assertions from the political left that the commission’s actual intent is to disenfranchise vulnerable segments of the population who are unlikely to support President Trump, such as minorities, immigrants and the poor.

On Wednesday, the commission held its first meeting, a public session at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House. Vice President Mike Pence is chairman of the commission. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach serves as co-chairman.

Hans von Spakovsky, among the most recently appointed members, told WND and Radio America he is excited that the group seems clear on its task.

“This is a bipartisan commission, but I was really struck by the unanimity of all of the commissioners on all of the issues we need to look at, the kind of data we need to gather, and the work that needs to be done,” said von Spakovsky, who also serves as the manager of the Election Law Reform Initiative at the Heritage Foundation.

He said the objective of the commission is clear.

“This commission is going into this with an open mind, no preset conclusion. We were directed to do everything we can to take a look at, review and examine the American election process and make sure, in essence, that every American who’s eligible can vote and no one’s vote is stolen through voter fraud or administrative mistakes,” von Spakovsky explained.

Listen to the WND/Radio America interview with Hans von Spakovsky: 


President Trump ordered the commission to report on its findings and offer recommendations by next year. Von Spakovsky said gathering data is the first big step, and getting voter information from the states is the key to understanding whether people who shouldn’t be voting are gaining access to ballots.

“That’s obviously important data when it comes to looking at the kind of problems that may be out there,” von Spakovsky said.

However, the request for data is sparking significant controversy, with many Democratic state officials refusing to comply with at least parts of the request. Critics of the president’s decision to create the commission allege that the commission will end up sparking action to disenfranchise poor and minority voters, who are unlikely to back the president or have the means to protect their rights.

Von Spakovsky called it “an absurd claim.”

“It’s really just a nutty claim, frankly,” he said. “Look, this is an advisory commission. It has no power of any kind. It has no ability to tell anyone what to do. It’s only purpose is to research the issues. And all it can do at the end is to make recommendations to the president, to the states.”

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When the formal recommendations come next year, von Spakovsky said there could well be calls for Congress or the Justice Department to take action. But he said any meaningful cleanup of the voter rolls will have to happen state by state.

While the data continue to come in, von Spakovsky’s own research shows three major areas of concern regarding election integrity: non-citizens voting, citizens voting in multiple jurisdictions, and the names of dead people remaining on the rolls and being vulnerable to abuse.

Von Spakovsky said getting everything right is a major task.

“It is a big job,” he said. “About five years ago, the Pew Center did a study and they found almost 3 million people registered in more than one state and almost 2 million people who were dead still on the voter rolls.”


Trump throws wrench in U.N. plan to ‘replace’ U.S. population

Most Somali refugees start out here, at the United Nations Daadab refugee camp on the Kenya-Somalia border. Between 5.000 and 11,000 per year are sent to the United States, along with thousands of others from Syria, Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Most Somali refugees start out here, at the United Nations Daadab refugee camp on the Kenya-Somalia border. Between 5.000 and 11,000 Somalis per year are sent to the United States and distributed to dozens of cities, along with thousands of other U.N.-selected ‘refugees’ from Syria, Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan.

WASHINGTON – In the last year of his presidency, Barack Obama and his administration worked tirelessly with the United Nations to expand the definition of “refugee” to include economic migrants and drastically increase the numbers being resettled in the United States.

And he found a willing partner in the Republican-controlled Congress, which funded not only more refugees but provisions for record numbers of unaccompanied minor children, so-called UACs, showing up at the border from Central America.

In the fall of 2016 Obama hosted the U.N. Leaders’ Summit on Refugees in New York, where he and other world leaders used rhetoric strikingly similar to the concept of “replacement migration,” a U.N. plot to replace the population of a given country with migrants and “refugees” from the developing world.

WND recently reported on the scheme, revealed in a U.N. document prepared in the year 2000 entitled “Replacement Migration: Is It a Solution to Declining and Aging Populations?

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The report details the plunging birthrates across Western Europe, Russia, Japan and the United States and identifies a solution: mass migration from the Third World into these “aging and declining” nations.

The 17-year-old document makes the case for mass immigration as necessary to replace the aging populations of developed countries. Without the migration of populations from the developing world, it reasons, economies will suffer because of labor shortages and falling tax revenues.

“Therefore, among the demographic variables, only international migration could be instrumental in addressing population decline and population aging in the short to medium term,” the report concludes.

Obama’s stated goals before the Leaders’ Summit last fall were to increase financing for global humanitarian appeals, as well as double the number of resettlement slots and use “alternative legal pathways,” such as student and family-based visas, for refugees to enter the United States.

A report by the influential Brookings Institute included reasons to support Obama’s plan to increase resettlement, stating: “For receiving countries, migration has already become the most important source of demographic growth and renewal for wealthy societies.” This is the goal of “replacement migration.”

“The so-called benefits of replacing a country’s population with Third World migrants is bogus and imaginary,” said Leo Hohmann, author of a 2017 investigative book, “Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest through Immigration and Resettlement Jihad.”

Hohmann said that while the costs of refugee resettlement are understated, often ignoring refugees’ heavy use of public assistance programs such as food stamps and Medicaid, refugee advocates also like to overstate the economic impact of refugees in the work place.

“For example, even after five years in America, 60 percent of refugees use food stamps, compared to 15 percent for native-born Americans,” Hohmann said, citing statistics provided by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Yet, when Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services and the other resettlement agencies show up in a city to inform leaders of their intention to send refugees, they talk about how the new arrivals will open businesses and boost the local economy, Hohmann said.

“It’s a bunch of lies and half truths,” he said. “They’re never told the rest of the story.”

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Minnesota, for instance, earlier this month approved an additional $600,000 to treat a measles and tuberculosis outbreaks mostly within its Somali and Hmong refugee communities, and that was on top of the $1.5 million the state had already allocated for these outbreaks this year.

Another hidden cost, which is almost never talked about, is that of educating the refugees’ children, most of whom require expensive tutors and translators, Hohmann said, pointing to migrant-heavy school districts like Wichita, Kansas, where students speak more than 50 languages.

None of these costs are subtracted from the supposed economic benefits of importing refugees to come up with a net economic impact, Hohmann said.

The official pledge given by the United States at the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees included the following statement:

“The United States admitted 85,000 refugees in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 – 15,000 more than in FY 2015 – and pledged to increase its refugee admissions to 110,000 in FY 2017. The United States also increased alternative pathways of admission into the United States, providing special immigrant visas to more than 11,000 people at risk from Iraq and Afghanistan in FY 2016 – an increase of over 4,000 from FY 2015.”

A day before the Leaders’ Summit, the U.N. convened at the U.N. Summit for Refugees and Migrants 2016, and statements from top U.N. officials at the event revealed that “replacement migration” continues to be a top priority for their global agenda.

“Replacing populations in the West with those from the Third World is also seen by the globalists as a great way to redistribute the world’s wealth,” Hohmann said. “We ship many of our manufacturing jobs to the Third World and they ship us their poor masses who can take advantage of our generous welfare programs while working in the factories that have not yet been outsourced. That’s a double whammy used against the American middle class, impoverishing Americans while improving the financial lot of those in poor countries.”

Expanding the definition of ‘refugee’

H.E. Peter Thomson, president of the U.N. General Assembly, made remarks at the 2016 summit that the U.N.’s commitment toward migrants is not restricted to refugees, but toward economic migrants as well, declaring that those migrants “in search of opportunity and a better life for their children” deserve the same rights as those “fleeing armed conflict and the brutal effects of war.”

The U.N. included the economic rights of migrants in a major document for the first time with its Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson echoed that sentiment at the summit, saying that “Development programs are crucial and a key priority. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognized the contribution migration makes to economic progress. We must harness that positive energy.”

The summit also produced the New York Declaration, a document signed by all U.N. member states that makes alarming promises to protect not only legitimate refugees fleeing war zones, but migrants as a whole – even those who would not qualify as “refugees” under the Geneva Accords.

For example, the New York Declaration includes a promise to “Protect the human rights of all refugees and migrants, regardless of status,” as well as a statement to “Strengthen the global governance of migration by bringing the International Organization for Migration into the UN system.”

The International Organization for Migration is a radically pro-migrant U.N. group, and has declared emphatically that migration is both “necessary” and “inevitable.” The group was formally added into the U.N. system at the conclusion of the 2016 summit.

The New York Declaration reveals a plan for the future, including a commitment to “Start negotiations leading to an international conference and the adoption of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration in 2018… migration, like other areas of international relations, will be guided by a set of common principles and approaches.”

With the election of President Donald Trump, the United States has lowered refugee admissions from Obama’s 2017 goal of 110,000 to just over 50,000, a move that drew intense criticism from pro-migrant groups – and possible push-back from the U.S. State Department.

This is not surprising, given that the State Department under Obama was extremely pro-migrant as evidenced by its actions at the two U.N. migration summits, and the department remains staffed predominantly with Obama holdovers.

“There is still many, many holdovers from the Obama administration the State Department,” Ira Mehlman, media director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, told WND.

Mehlman said Trump has left many top positions in the State Department unfilled, and this is stifling the president’s agenda. “If you want to have your agenda carried out, you need people in place to carry it out.”

However, with the recent Supreme Court ruling on Trump’s “travel ban,” it appears Trump has stopped the refugee flow to the United States, at least temporarily. His refugee cap to 50,000 was reached on July 12, and with the travel ban in effect, refugees cannot be admitted until the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, unless they can prove they have a “bona fide” family tie in America.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to make a final ruling on Trump’s travel ban in October.

“The latest travel ban ruling says he can limit the number of refugees entering the United States, but what will happen remains to be seen,” Mehlman explained.


Hellraiser: Something wicked creeping into U.S. homes


WASHINGTON – The U.S. entertainment industry is entrenched with devil worshipers who are actively working to promote and normalize satanism in American culture, experts of the “spirit world” are warning.

Karl Payne, author of “Spiritual Warfare: Christians, Demonization and Deliverance,” told WND the entertainment industry is largely to blame for a clear rise in demand for exorcisms.

Hollywood and the media, he said, are programming the public to not only become more secular, but they are desensitizing society to evil.

“All you have to do is turn on your television or head over to the movies, and you are going to see something in your home or something on the big screen that glorifies the occult, glorifies Spiritism, glorifies demonism,” said Payne, who is also pastor of Leadership Development and Christian Education at Antioch Bible Church and the former chaplain of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.

He continued: “If you have more and more people who are watching programming on demonism, on Spiritism, on occultism, on Satanism, you are going to have growing number of people who get scared.

“The Bible, in particular the New Testament, is not bashful about the reality of the devil and demons. They do not talk about them metaphorically or allegorically. They very clearly say they were real. They spoke, and they controlled people.”

Americans are now witnessing music icons using occult imagery on album covers and even selling perfume and face cream containing blood and human body parts. During the 2016 presidential election, they learned that Hillary Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta had been invited to an occult “spirit cooking” event. Meanwhile, satanists’ latest efforts to infiltrate schools, colleges and the military is making regular headlines in the news.

Furthermore, exorcism – the ancient rite of casting out Satan and his demons from the souls of the possessed – is in urgent demand in the U.S., according to a report on mental health issues facing the church published by Theos, a U.K.-based Christian think tank.

In the U.K., the problem is even more severe, and exorcisms are now reportedly a booming industry.

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The report published by Theos attributes the rise in exorcism to the growth of certain migrant communities and Pentecostal churches, for which the practice is common. Experts from the Catholic Church in Italy and the U.S. claim the spike in demand is a result of a sharp rise in people dabbling in satanism and the occult.

Payne, who has performed hundreds of exorcisms, said the U.S. is seeing a “post-Christian” culture in which Spiritists, which are anti-Christian, are the status quo in North America. As a result, Christianity is attacked and degraded by the media and Hollywood.

“We live in a culture that would make the satanic priest on TV look like a hero, and the Catholic preacher or Protestant preacher, they are always the geek, or they are always the homophobe,” he said. “They are always the serial killer hiding behind their collar.”

The culture, he said, is “dominated by secularism on one side of the coin, or Spiritism on the other – Satanists are part of one of those groups. They are simply groups that are part of an atheistic movement, or a theistic movement that says anything but Jesus or Moses,” he said.

Payne said the more secular America becomes, the more the public is susceptible to engaging in Spiritism and adopting satanic ideology.

“We live in a post-Christian culture. What surprises me is people who are not overtly Christian would still want to see so much of the blood, guts and gore and the things that typically accompany all of that,” he said. “But I don’t expect non-Christians to live by Christian principles. Many professing Christians don’t live by Christian principles.”

Christopher Everard, author of the book “Stone Age Psychedelia” and director of the documentary series “Spirit World,” warned that there has always been an anti-Christ thread running through Hollywood.

“There were movies being produced and made by satanic cults before talking films even existed – back in the silent era. Some of the very first films that were ever produced were produced by satanists,” Everard told WND. “When you analyze these movies, they are using the real satanic symbolism and real sigils, and magical symbols – psychology that speaks directly to the human subconscious.”

Everard, who began directing and producing documentaries about the occult in 2007, explained that satanists engage in bizarre rituals that involve using human blood and excrement to be “reborn in the empire of Satan.”

Satanic imagery, like the all-seeing eye, is rife in the entertainment world, and even celebrity endorsement of products that contain human bodily fluids and parts should raise concern, he warned.

“Singer Katy Perry’s latest album cover is brazen with satanic iconology. Lady Gaga claims her ‘Fame’ perfume contains her blood in homeopathic-diluted state and human semen,” he said. “The foreskin of babies is actually being used to create a face cream that has been endorsed by Oprah Winfrey.

“Network satanists deliberately expose themselves to excrement, filth, bad language, horrific experiences. They do this to ‘un-zip’ their upbringing and to become a ‘reborn’ person in the empire of Satan,” he explained. “Satanists are taught to have no respect whatsoever for the goodness in the spirit of people, no respect for gender roles and no respect for the actual body. Their end goal is total nihilistic destruction of the entire biosphere.”

It’s not just celebrities who appear to have disturbing spiritual proclivities. Politicians also have participated in eyebrow-raising activities.

During the 2016 presidential race, WikiLeaks released stolen emails belonging to Hillary Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta revealing an invitation by his brother to a “spirit cooking dinner” at the home of artist Marina Abramovic.

Practitioners of the bizarre and gory ceremony mix blood, breast milk, urine and sperm together and use the mixture to paint messages on the walls.

Last June, several European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, attended a ceremony to commemorate the opening of Gotthard Tunnel, the world’s longest tunnel. The ritual, which was widely been interpreted as depicting satanic scenes from hell, was performed by a man with a goat’s head mask. The other performers in the ceremony appeared to worship him.



In yet another example of the rise of satanism in America, The Satanic Temple, or TST, which has seven chapters in the U.S. and Europe and claims a membership of 100,000, is increasingly seeking to erect Satanic monuments and statues around the nation.

The latest instance of its effort to attack religion and promote satanic ideology took place in Belle Plaine, Minnesota, where members of the city council voted to eliminate a free-speech zone it had established in a veterans memorial park. The free-speech zone was designed to allow displays by different faith groups at the site.

A two-foot-high sculpture titled “Joe,” depicting a silhouette of a soldier holding a rifle and kneeling before a cross-shaped headstone, was installed in the park last year.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation, or FFRF, a leading atheist group, claimed the statue was too religious for public property. FFRF reported the issue to police and threatened a lawsuit if the satanists were not allowed to erect a display.

Concerned that the Christian monument could be seen as discriminatory toward other religions, the city removed the sculpture in January to avoid lawsuits.

Veterans and Christians in the area protested its removal and demanded the city council return the monument to the park.

Acquiescing to public demand, the council voted to create a free-speech zone in the park, and the monument was returned to its location.

The Satanic Temple learned about the opportunity to place a monument in Belle Plaine and petitioned for permission to create a satanic monument for the veterans memorial grounds.

The proposed monument consists of a steel cube engraved with inverted pentagrams on each side. On top of the box sits an upside-down soldier’s helmet, which purportedly memorializes fallen soldiers and serves as an offering bowl.

The Satanic Temple describes the bowl as a place for visitors to leave cards or flowers, but it also calls it a “Baphomet bowl.” Baphomet is an ancient, goat-headed idol often depicted in occultism.

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Plans by the Satanic Temple to set up a pentagram sparked so much outrage, the council decided to kill the free-speech zone entirely – including for Christians.

In yet another example of the growing influence of satanism, atheists in Boca Raton, Florida, erected a large metal Satanic pentagram just 20 feet from a Nativity scene weeks before Christmas last December. The pentagram did not stay standing long. Vandals reportedly attached a chain from a vehicle to the sculpture and yanked it down.

The most famous representation of Baphomet, Everard claims, is a depiction of George Washington that can be seen at the Smithsonian museum in Washington, D.C.

Depiction of George Washington on display at the Smithsonian (Photo: Pinterest)

Depiction of George Washington on display at the Smithsonian (Photo: Pinterest)

“It’s George Washington, naked from the waist up, carved in marble. George Washington is sitting in what’s known as the Baphomet posture,” he explained. “His entire physique is completely wrong for his age.”


Christian repudiation of Luciferian worship in Minnesota is impeding the efforts of occultists to mainstream Satanism. But explicitly satanic groups are intent on drawing attention to themselves by working to embed Lucifer in public venues.

One of the primary objectives of the Satanic Temple is to indoctrinate children in U.S. public schools. The organization has established afternoon clubs called “After School Satan” in cities across America.


There are nine Satanic after-school clubs in public schools throughout the U.S., including Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; and Salt Lake City, according to the group’s website. An elementary school in Washington state opened its doors to an after-school Satan club right before Christmas last December.

Last July, Iris Fontana, a member of The Satanic Temple was allowed to make an opening prayer to Lucifer at a local council meeting in Alaska, during which the Satanist asked assembly members who stood in a circle to “embrace the Luciferian impulse to eat of the tree of knowledge.”

Fontana concluded the prayer with the words “Hail Satan.”

In July 2015, a crowd of several hundred gathered in Detroit to witness the unveiling of a nine-foot, 2,000-pound statue of Baphomet.

Payne told WND there are no signs of the satanism trend letting up. He predicts American culture will continue to precipitously decline.

“There are some camps of theology that truly believe the church is going to rise up and defeat all of this and it will be part and parcel to the return of Jesus and giving back to him a world that has been Christianized,” he said. “There are other people who say that things are going to get a whole lot worse before they get a whole lot better, and it looks like we are in that process – I don’t expect to see things get better.

“I would love to see a spiritual awakening where people start going, ‘This is too much. This has gone too far. Enough is enough. There has to be sanity,’” he continued. “Do I expect to see this whole culture sanitized? Not unless we are attacked by Mars from Martians and it forces everyone to look up and ask for help.”

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