5 Facts: President Donald Trump’s Travel Ban

After the terror threats that have occurred in first-world countries in the past few years, mainly due to the spreading influence of radical Islam and a large flow of migrants, have caused President Donald Trump to concoct a deal that prevents future terror attacks on American Soil. Here are the facts of the so-called Travel Ban:

The Travel Ban affects Residents of Six Majority Muslim Countries

President Donald Trump’s so-called Travel Ban bars residents of Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen from entering the country without a valid visa.

These six countries, which are populated mostly by Muslims, were specifically chosen due to the residents’ exposure to terrorism from the many terror groups operating in those regions.

Iran, Syria, and Sudan were chosen because “designated by the Secretary of State as a state sponsor of terrorism,” according to the official Executive order.

Iraq, which was present on the “banned list” on the first Travel Ban, was taken off in order to further a diplomatic relationship between the two nations.

Decreases the Number of Refugees significantly for FY 2017

The executive order includes a section that lowers the number of refugees allowed to enter into the United States at 50,000 for the fiscal year 2017.

The reason, from the official Executive Order: “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and thus suspend any entries in excess of that number until such time as I determine that additional entries would be in the national interest.”

This contrasts to the approximately 85,000 refugees admitted to the country in fiscal year 2016, a number that includes about 40,000 Muslim refugees and approximately the same number of Christians, according to Pew Research.

Despite various reports, this is not a Muslim Ban

Multiple news sites and channels have called President Trump’s Travel Ban a Muslim ban, but in reality, it is not in any shape a ban on Muslims.

The Executive Order officially states that the Travel Ban does “not provide a basis for discriminating for or against members of any particular religion.”

Yes, the countries targeted in the Ban are majority Muslim, but a Christian looking to enter the U.S. from those areas would also be barred from entering the United States.

Various Courts have shot down the Travel Ban thus far

When President Donald Trump signed the first Travel Ban into law, the Ninth Circuit Court, a historically left-leaning panel of judges, quickly shot it down.

The court claimed that the Ban discriminated against Syrian refugees, as the Immigration and Nationality Act claims that discrimination based on nationality is illegal. This court also claimed that there was no evidence that any former residents of the countries on the list had actually committed a terrorist attack.

On the second go-around, President Trump’s Travel ban was once again blocked, but this time by a judge in Hawaii who claimed that the Ban discriminated on religion.

In addition, various officials in the states of Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts, and California have shot down the order due to reasons ranging from that it’s a hidden Muslim ban to it hurts the local economy.

The President has used Recent Terror Attacks to promote his Ban

After recent attacks across European cities, President Donald Trump has taken to his Twitter account to promote his Travel Ban as the solution to the terror problem.

For these actions, he has drawn much criticism both from Twitter trolls and from major news networks for using recent deaths as a reasoning for his “xenophobic” Travel ban.

However, all of the recent European terrorist attacks have been carried out in the name of Allah (the god of Islam) and all of the perpetrators are of Middle Eastern origin.

In addition, to add more fuel to the fire, many of the terrorists in those attacks had recently traveled to the nations outlined in the Ban and returned to either Britain, Germany, or other European nations plagued by the new terror threats.

Sources

Pew Research – “U.S. admits record number of Muslim refugees in 2016”

WH.gov – “Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States”

BBC – “Trump travel ban: Five questions about the revised executive order”

RWB Politics = “Trump’s New and Revised Travel Ban 2.0”

10 Fast Facts: France Police Shooting

PARIS (RWB) – A tragic and fatal shooting took place today in Paris, France. Here are 10 facts of the latest attack on French soil:

1. Suspect Came out of Car and Shot

The attacker jumped out of the car he was driving and began to shoot his gun at a targeted group of people (read more below).

2. Targeted Police Officers

The attacker specifically targeted the police in his shooting. He first aimed at a group of policemen and then proceeded to shoot at a police van.

This attack on police comes at a time when more officers have been deployed on the streets in preparation for the upcoming election. Recent attacks at rallies for the candidates, specifically Marine Le Pen, have sparked a uptick in the number of policemen guarding major places of interest.

Also, more policemen have been deployed recently to thwart any potential terrorist attacks that have rattled all of France in the past few years and have caused a constant state of emergency throughout the country.

3. Armed with an Automatic Weapon

Police have now confirmed that the attacker used an automatic weapon to carry out the shooting, not unlike other recent shooting that have targeted Frenchmen and woman on French soil.

4. One Officer dead, Two Others Wounded

The attack left one police offer dead and two others injured. No civilians were injured in the shooting, but many civilians in the area quickly fled at the sound of gunshots.

5. Shooter Killed

Policemen not injured in the shooting were able to take down the gunmen by fatally shooting him, stopping any more potential casualties that could have taken place without the quick response by the police.

6. Took Place on Elysees Boulevard

The shooting took place on Elysees Boulevard in Paris, France, a popular tourist destination and also a very crowded street. Reports have claimed that many civilians and police were on the street at the time of the shooting.

7. Assailant was Labeled as an Extremist

The assailant, whose name has not been released by police yet, was on the country’s watch for some time. He was labeled an extremist by the country’s counter terrorism unit, but was never arrested nor imprisoned for his extremist beliefs.

Another important fact of the shooter is that he is a Belgian national. Many of the recent terror attacks have been carried out by terrorists that have most recently lived in Belgium, like the Paris massacre a few years ago.

8. ISIS has Claimed Responsibility

The belief that many had immediately after the attack was confirmed – this was an Islamist terrorist attack.

It quite shocking that the shooter did not scream “Allah Akbar” (“God is Great” in Arabic) while carrying out the attack, as many Muslim terrorists do yell this statement while killing the “non-believers” to please their god.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. This comes at no shock since the self-described Islamic State has been vocal to its supporters about hurting and killing police officers in various countries.

The latest ISIS-inspired attack increases the death toll of deaths due to Muslim terrorist attacks to 235, according to the Associated Press.

9. Police Investigation – Could There be Accomplices?

The French Police have opened up a complete investigation in to this attack, designating it a terror attack and investigating it as such.

The police and the national counterterrorism units are specifically looking to see if there were any accomplices in the attack, as there frequently are in terror attacks. Usually an attack is planned out by someone with good knowledge of the area and carried out someone willing to risk their lives for Allah, the Muslim God.

10. French Candidates and U.S. President Trump have offered Condolences

United States President Trump was the first to offer his condolences for the French people. He stated that this attacks “looks like another terrorist attack,” and he was right before investigators were able to confirm his statement.

The three most notable French candidates in the upcoming election, Marine Le Pen, Francois Fillon, and Emmanuel Macron, offered their condolences to the dead police officers and their families. Mr. Fillon and Ms. Le Pen have shown anti-Islamic sentiments during the campaign, while Mr. Macron has been vocal about accepting refugees into society.

ISIS Bomb Kills 37 Christians in Egypt; Hundreds more Injured

TANTA, EGYPT – A series of Bombs went off in two separate Coptic Christian Churches in Egypt this morning as worshippers were celebrating the feast of Palm Sunday. The Islamic Terror Group ISIS has claimed responsibility for both attacks.

The first bomb exploded in Saint George Church in the Nile Delta town Tanta, where there are now at least 26 reported dead and at least 71 people injured according to Fox News.

The second explosion took place in a Church in the Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria. The death toll at this location is at least 11, which almost three dozen injured according to NPR. The bomb exploded shortly after the head of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, said the mass. He was uninjured.

CNN has reported that the bomb that exploded in the first Church was placed under one of the seats in the Main prayer hall of the Church. The location of the bomb in the second Church is unknown, and officials are unsure if there was a suicide bomber or the bomb was strapped to a seat.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the bombings. Recently ISIS has waged a war on Egypt’s Christians, who the majority are Coptics, in order to spread their Islamic Caliphate in a country that is 90% Muslim.

Other ISIS acts that ring similar to this tragic even include a deadly suicide bomber that killed 25 people in December at a Coptic Church. ISIS has also been reported to have released a video about two years in which they beheaded a group of Coptic Christians.

This attack comes only a week before the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, is set to visit Egypt to celebrate Easter. Shortly after, the Catholic Pope offered his condolences to the victims and the entire Coptic Church, expressing “deep condolences to my brother, Pope Tawadros II, the Coptic church and all of the dear Egyptian nation.”

As of now, Francis has not changed his gameplan to visit Egypt.

10 Facts of the British Parliament Attack (Facts/Summary)

Earlier today, there was an attack on the British Parliament. For the first time in a while, the United Kingdom was attacked in what is now considered a terroristic act. It also happened in one of the most historic and busy places in London, in front and in the Parliament, and overlooking many historic buildings like “Big Ben.” Here are eight facts you need to know about the British Parliament Attack:

The Attack Started with a Vehicle

First, the attacker drove his car into a large group of people on the Westminster Bridge, injuring at least ten and fatally injuring two. One woman ended up in the Thames River, also, but was recovered alive and is expected to make a full recovery. The others may not be as lucky, because many of the others who were hit have very serious, possibly life-threatening injuries.

The Attacker Entered the Parliament

Surprisingly enough, the attacker exited his vehicle and was somehow able to bypass the front door security to the Parliament. The terrorist was also able to bypass the regular security staff inside of the building, who notably do not carry guns.

The Attacker Proceeded to Stab People

The terrorist, after he exited his car, deployed a knife and entered the building. He stabbed one police officer, fatally injuring him. It is unknown whether any other people were stabbed at this point, but there is only one death by knife so far.

Four Dead

As of now, there are a total of four people dead. One policeman has died from a stabbed wounded, two pedestrians died from getting hit by the attacker’s car, and the attacker is dead, having been shot shortly after entering the Parliament.

Full House – Including PM May

Today was a full house at the British Parliament, full with all of the lords, lawmakers, other staff, and the most important person in British politics – Prime Minister Theresa May.

Although the attacker did reach the inside of the Parliament, he was not able to reach any of the lawmakers. However, the Prime Minister was only about 40 yards away from the attacker while he was on a stabbing rampage – meaning she could have been involved in the attack had it happened a minute or so later.

Immediately after the initial breech, the entire Parliament went on lockdown, but has since been open to allow the lawmakers to leave the building.

The Attacker was a Muslim Jihadist

It is now confirmed that the attacker and terrorist was a British-born Muslim named Khalid Masood. He was under MI5 investigation for some time for religious extremist sentiments, but was never formally arrested. Also, a house in his town was raided last night, showing that the intelligence agencies were aware of someone in Masood’s town, but were just a tad late in stopping the attack.

ISIS has Claimed Responsibility

Simply put, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. This comes at no surprise, since the attacker was a known Muslim and a known religious extremist, and the attack was very close to other ISIS-inspired attacks.

More Arrests Were Made Afterwards

An overnight raid by British police netted eight more people in London and Birmingham. It is unknown as to whether or not these eight people were connected to the terrorist or not, but they certainly have some link to terrorism.

Britain was Already on Watch for Terrorism

The United Kingdom had already been on high alert, as the threat level for international terrorism was listed as severe before the attack, meaning an attack was imminent.

1 Year Anniversary of the Brussels Train Station Attack

Although the two terrositic attacks seem to be disconnected, today (March 22), is the one year anniversary of the Brussels airport and subway station attack(s) that claimed the lives of 32 people.

US and UK Ban Select Electronics from Middle Eastern Countries

Typically, a passenger on any airline can carry a choice of an electronic to their seat to enjoy during the flight.

Now, that has changed.

Passengers from major airports in Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Cairo; Istanbul; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates are forbidden from carrying many electronic devices on their flights to the United States. This group of countries seemed to have been selected due to many links to terror, especially many citizens that may or may not come from terror-stricken countries.

Only a day after the United States instituted this, the United Kingdom followed suit and issued their own notice that replicates the one the United States issued. But, unlike the United States, the UK notice only includes six countries, unlike the eight that the US featured.

The main concern was, of course, safety from terrorism. In the United States, fear of al-Qaeda attempting to “build bombs that contain little or no metal content to target commercial aircraft,” which could take down an entire airplane. Some sources even indicate further knowledge on this subject came from the Yemen raid that took place last month. Britain had similar reasons to institute this, but at least a small fraction of the motivation was because of the recent attacks on Airports not too far from the UK: France, Somalia, and the plane that was downed last year in Egypt.

The banned devices in question are electronics larger than 16cm long, 9.3cm wide or 1.5cm deep; meaning not cell phones, but mainly tablets, laptops, and other e-readers. “US officials said bombs could be hidden in a series of devices,” which would include many of the larger electronic devices.

There seems to be cooperation by airlines thus far; for example, Etihad Airways in the United Arab Emirates has agree to comply with the request from Homeland Security, Saudi Arabian Airlines has agreed to move forward with this initiative, and many other airlines are still reviewing the claim, but are expected to agree.

According to multiple sources, this measure had been in the works for a few months, but recently gained intelligence has moved the order forward as of late. Also, this measure has nothing to do with the Travel Ban that President Donald Trump has proposed, and there are no known links between this airline order and the President.

Orly Airport Attack (Facts/Summary)

Yesterday, a civilian was shot to death in the Orly Airport in Paris, France, when he attempted to grab a soldier’s gun. The Associated Press has just now reported that the man had taken the Special Forces officer hostage with an air gun and had then tried to steal the soldier’s high power assault rifle before being shot by another on-duty soldier. It has also been reported that the man had attempted to use the soldier, who has not been named, as a human shield to avoid being shot. Ultimately, he failed, as the guards fired eight rounds at the man.

The man was later identified as 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem, a French-born citizen who has been on France’s watch list after drug and robbery charges, and had even served prison time and was later monitored by French authorities. Earlier in the day, Ben Belgacem had been stopped by police for speeding, in which he pulled out his pellet gun and fired at a group of three policemen who had pursued him, injuring one officer who will recover after getting shot in the head with the gun that is for use on birds. French broadcaster BFMTV reported that the attacker had text messaged a friend that reads: “I screwed up, I shot the police.” After the initial attack, which happened at about 6:50 AM Paris time, he hijacked and stole a car to avoid further police detection.

During the attack on the airport, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins has noted that the attacker had invoked the name of Allah, the Muslim god, and yelled “whatever happens, there will be deaths”. This tidbit of information is particularly of interest because France’s security and intelligence services have labeled Ben Belgacem as a “radicalized Muslim,” according to Independent/UK. He had also been a subject in an investigation into potential jihadis in France in 2015, but was not placed on the high-level threat list. From the information gathered, it seems conclusive that Ziyed Ben Belgacem is an Islamic terrorist.

This is yet another Islamist terror attack on France, who has recently been riddled by deadly assaults in Paris and Nice and has been on