Losing the War at the Local Level
The war in which we are engaged, and not engaged, against the jihadis here in the United States is a very different kind of war than most Americans are accustomed. In this war, battles are lost at local town councils, in the media and school classrooms, and, sometimes, in state legislatures.
So it is with this week’s story out of Florida regarding Andy’s Law, named after Private Andy Long who was killed by a jihadi named Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad at an Army Recruiting office in Little Rock, Arkansas in 2009.
Pvt. William “Andy” Long, U.S. Army
As Christopher Holton, who works with state legislatures across the nation on these matters writes:
“Andy’s Law stiffens criminal penalties for terrorism and material support for terrorism.
It is needed on the state level because our bureaucratized counterterrorism apparatus on the federal level is routinely reluctant to bring terrorism charges in cases that are clearly terrorism. The law also creates a civil cause of action empowering victims of terrorism to sue in state court those who provide material support and aid those who commit acts of terrorism. Andy’s Law has already passed into law in Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas, North Carolina and Tennessee.”
Andy’s Law passed three committees in the Florida Senate, two subcommittees of the House, and a full committee of the House without a single opposing vote. It then passed the full Senate 35-0.
Then House Speaker Steve Crisafulli killed it.
Crusafulli is a Republican. UTT encourages its readers to remember, this is a national security issue not a political one, and Republicans by and large are as poorly informed on the Islamic threat as their Democrat colleagues.
Andy’s Law is a strong law that all 50 states should enact in light of the weak federal government response to the jihadi threat in the United States. Citizens can not trust their state leaders to do the right thing. We the People are the government and we need to ensure our representatives do what needs to be done to aggressively pursue this enemy.
If we are to honor good men like U.S. Army Private William “Andy” Long, we need to legislate laws like “Andy’s Law” that do just that.
TOPIC: Losing the War at the Local Level
TALK SHOW GUEST
Counter Terrorism Expert (Mr. Guandolo created and implemented the FBI’s first Counterterrorism Training/Education Program)
Former FBI Agent (assigned to the Counterterrorism Division, Washington, DC)
Founder of UnderstandingTheThreat.com
Co-Author of: Sharia – The Threat to America
Author of the newly released book: Raising a Jihadi Generation
John Guandolo is the Founder of UnderstandingTheThreat.com, an organization dedicated to providing strategic and operational threat-focused consultation, education, and training for federal, state and local leadership and agencies.
A 1989 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy Mr. Guandolo took a commission as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He served with 2d Battalion 2d Marines as an Infantry Platoon Commander in combat Operations Desert Shield/Storm. From 1991-1996, he served in 2d Force Reconnaissance Company as a Platoon Commander, Assistant Operations Officer, and the unit’s Airborne and Diving Officer deploying to the Adriatic/Bosnia. He served for one year as the Unit Leader for the CINC’s In-Extremis Force, directly reporting to a Combatant Commander in a classified mission profile. Mr. Guandolo was a combat diver, a military freefall parachutist, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School.
In 1996, Mr. Guandolo joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), serving at the Washington Field Office. From 1996-2000, he primarily conducted narcotics investigations domestically and overseas. In 2001, he served as the FBI Liaison to the U.S. Capitol Police investigating threats on the President, Vice-President, Members of Congress and other high-level government officials. Shortly after 9/11, Mr. Guandolo began an assignment to the Counterterrorism Division of the FBI’s Washington Field Office developing an expertise in the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic Doctrine, the global Islamic Movement, and a myriad of terrorist organizations to include Hamas, Al Qaeda, and others.
In 2006, Mr. Guandolo created and implemented the FBI’s first Counterterrorism Training/Education Program focusing on the Muslim Brotherhood and their subversive movement in the United States, Islamic Doctrine, and the global Islamic Movement. He was designated a “Subject Matter Expert” by FBI Headquarters. This course was hailed as “groundbreaking” by the FBI’s Executive Assistant Director in a brief to the Vice President’s National Security Staff. For his efforts, in 2007 Mr. Guandolo was presented the “Defender of the Homeland” Award by U.S. Senators John Kyl and Joseph Lieberman on behalf of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. While in the FBI, Mr. Guandolo received two (2) United States Attorney’s Awards for Investigative Excellence.
Mr. Guandolo served on the Washington Field Office SWAT team for over nine years and as its Team Leader for three of those years. He was a certified Undercover Agent, and served in a variety of assignments in that capacity. Mr. Guandolo was a Nationally Registered Paramedic, a First Aid Instructor, and served as an “Advanced Capability Medic” with the FBI.