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    Dec 22, 2014

    A New Low in Cowardly Capitulation to Muslims Terrorists

    It’s official. America is the most evil nation on earth in the area of torture. Here I thought the events surrounding the Ferguson, Missouri Grand Jury are proof enough that we have entered the zone of insanity. Now comes the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence CIA’s use of controversial interrogation practices.

    Days before the release of the torture report, the press began warning that the content of the report would be so explosive that Embassies around the world needed go into lock down. In fact, over 2,000 Marines were placed on standby. The fear was that the Arab world would learn of our dastardly deeds, and be compelled by rage to go on a murderous rampage. The Muslim world seems have to missed its cue (but maybe they will catch on later).

    After an exhaustive three-year investigation, the Senate Intelligence Committee cited typical examples of torture that didn’t quite lived up to the hype; waterboarding, sleep deprivation, and isolation. Some examples are just plain weird: The hanging of family photos next to the person being interrogated, operating a cordless power drill near their body, and the playing of rock music and animal noises. Others were not even real torture: Force-feeding prisoners who were trying to starve themselves and restraining those who tried to do themselves bodily harm.

    We have actually known of these interrogation practices for over a decade. The May 2004 Taguba Report which cited what took place at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, showed nearly all the same abuse as in this just released report. It took an incredible amount of chutzpah for the press organizations to act like this old news just happened yesterday.

    The underlying intent of this one-sided accounting drawn up by Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Intelligence Committee report was to take cheap shots at the CIA. After spending $40 million of tax payers money to find few new tidbits of information, Feinstein needed her minions in the press to shape public opinion.

    The one thing I dislike the most about the liberal media is their apparent entitlement to determine the relevancy of news. The Islamic group ISIS has been committing unspeakable acts against helpless people in Northern Iraq, but those atrocities will have to wait while we take a trip down memory lane. The press has been playing this misdirection game for decades with some of history’s most heinous events. Every time the adversary of 9/11 comes along, the perpetrators are always absent from the reflection.

    The report has been widely criticized for lacking a purpose. It makes no recommendation about the problems it addressed. The Committee members didn’t interview anyone involved in the torture program. (They just gleaned through old emails looking for dirt.)

    By calling ourselves out as monsters of torture, we are giving nations like Russia, Iran, North Korea, and China a blank check justify their own torture programs. These nations don’t just pour cold water on people. They use methods that inflict lasting damage. I can just see North Korea, with its vast network of concentration camps, saying, “Well, at least we’re not like evil Uncle Sam.” Having seen spy satellite photos that show row after row of mass graves that surround North Korea’s death camps, I can confirm that they do indeed operate differently from us.

    I think the use of torture is the result our leaders inability to take proper action against our enemies. The first line of defense is not allowing people who view themselves as enemy agents to emigrate to our nation. The second step in eliminating the need for torture is to stop trading with Arab countries that support terrorism.

    Iran would be a desert wasteland if Western nations chose to buy their oil from countries with a less radical agenda. The third step, kill terrorists before they get a chance to act. This is something that we do, but could be improved upon by being more decisive in our actions.

    If our lawmakers really care so much about justice, they should revoke the bill they passed that gave the president the power to kill any U.S. citizen he views as a terrorist. Another problem they can work on is the unlawful stealing of property from Americans who were never convicted of a crime. Also, we continue to launch drone attacks that are guaranteed to kill innocent civilians with each strike.

    Bleeding heart liberals are intent on gnawing away at the web of protection that has kept Americans safe. If some biological or nuclear attack should suddenly occur in a major city, the anti-CIA folks won’t be eating crow. Just like after every other major or minor attack, further erosion of our freedom and liberties will be the first casualty.

    “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).

    --Todd


    The Love/Hatred Dynamos

    Early one recent morning I was listening to a television program on one of the cable networks while at the same time going about my before-dawn activities. The guest on the program was the niece of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She was asked what Dr. King, her father--who also was active in the 1960s civil rights movement--and others would think of the current protests taking place in Ferguson, Missouri, and other cities around the United States at present.

    She said that they would be appalled at the destruction and hatred involved within the ranks of those destroying property that in many cases belong to black people. She said Dr. King and the others of that sixties movement to win freedom for black people and others believed in and taught peaceful protests and constitutionally appropriate civil disobedience--i.e., they believed it God-sanctioned to engage in disobedience to unfair, unjust laws as they perceived them.

    She offered that all people have freedom under the Constitution. She said in so many words that what they need are jobs and an economy that will support the quality of life her uncle and the others envisioned. She said that love, not hatred, is the answer to injustice and to all of mankind's problems, ultimately. And then she really won my heart with the next thought. She said that that love comes from only one source: the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Her expression of truth found in God's Word rings loudly and clearly in these days where the terms "love" and "hate" have somehow become twisted and intermingled, so that it takes the voice of God, Himself, to straighten out the sophistry we endure hourly.

    I'm certain that the likes of the "reverends" Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson consider those thoughts by this dear woman traitorous to the cause. They doubtless see her as an enemy for putting down the riotous methodologies they use to foment hatred for wrongs, perceived or actual.

    There has been developing for millennia, I believe, a diabolical engine--a dynamo--that generates destructive supernatural energy that will one day--perhaps very soon--bring all mankind to the brink of extinction. I call it a dynamo because it is an unseen, but powerful, entity-machine that produces a vortex of hate-filled turmoil whose resultant carnage is in every direction one looks on today's end-times landscape. It is a luciferically spawned instrumentality we are given insight into within the Ephesians chapter 6 exhortation.

    We have looked at this passage many times, as it is one of the clearest on just how dangerous a foe we face, especially in these, the last of the last days leading up to the rapture of the Church.

    Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (Ephesians 6:10-13)

    This evil dynamo, I repeat, will one day bring the creation called mankind to a point very near extinction. Be assured, however--this extinction Satan and his minions intend will never happen. We have the very Word of the Creator of all things on that promise. Jesus said:

    For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. (Matthew 24:21-22)

    So, we find ourselves at this time in history caught up in a great, hate-generating vortex created by a luciferic machine of destruction. There is, however, a counter force even more powerful available to those who name the name of Christ--all born-again believers. This force is precisely what Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, niece presented with such clarity of reason on that early morning program. That omnipotent force is wrapped up in the words of the Lord she recommended to the world that day.

    Jesus said in answer to a question about what is the greatest commandment:

    And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:30-31)

    The love of God, resident in the believer, is the spiritual dynamo, the only counter to Satan's machine of destruction, while this rebellious world runs at breakneck speed down the broad way that leads to eternal oblivion. That otherwise inevitable destruction can be neutralized by the most recognized Scripture issued from the heart of the Living God.

    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

    --Terry