As America approaches another anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, our nation unfortunately remains in peril. In fact, the threat to our nation's security from violent Jihad may never have been greater than it is today.
The Islamic State (IS) is reported to be the wealthiest, most powerful terrorist organization the world has ever seen.
Even the King of Saudi Arabia is warning the West about the dire threat that it poses.
Furthermore, reports indicate that IS may already be operating on our porous southern border.
To make matters much worse, it seems as if we have "unlearned" many of the lessons learned from the 9/11 attacks:
For instance, the federal government has lost track of 6,000 foreigners here in the USA on student visas who have been specifically identified as potential threats to America and its citizens.
These 6,000 foreign "students" are out of a total of 58,000 foreign students who have overstayed their visas in the past year. This is so infuriating because several of the 9/11 hijackers came here on student visas and overstayed those visas to remain in the country.
While Libya descends into chaos, President Obama has foolishly decided to lift restrictions on Libyan students attending aviation and nuclear science training here in the USA.
If that wasn't bad enough, we now find out that Jihadists in Libya have seized as many as a dozen airliners, raising fears that they could be used in terrorist attacks.
It is now widespread knowledge that as many as 300 US citizens have gone to fight for the Islamic State. This poses a threat to our security and the security of our allies. But our intelligence is so poor that it turns out that one of the American Jihadists killed fighting for IS was an employee of Delta Airlines!
Authoritative experts are warning that IS has the capability and intent to attack the US, yet President Obama recently confessed on national television that we haven't yet worked out a strategy for dealing with IS.
More recently, President Obama used terms like "manageable" and "isolate" to describe what actions he may take to defend America from IS.
This is indicative of a terribly naive and misguided view of the threat posed by IS and the global Jihadist movement.
It is difficult and disheartening to believe that, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks, America seems to have forgotten the lessons learned that terrible day.
We must never be complacent again.
We must be forever vigilant.
That is what makes ACT! For America's mission so vital. Our organization serves to alert our fellow citizens to the Jihadist threat to our liberty, our livelihoods and our safety.
Through our 287,000 members and 900 chapters across America, we now must redouble our efforts to wake Americans up once again. We must make sure our elected and appointed officials--legislators, sheriffs, mayors, police chiefs, members of Congress, city council members--are aware and educated as to the new, wider threat posed by the Islamic State.
No terrorist organization can defeat a vigilant, well-prepared America, but we cannot sit back and assume that those we elect clearly understand the threat from Jihad. We must continue to reach out to them through briefings, reports, articles, speeches, letters, e-mails, phone calls and visits.
Our founder and CEO, Brigitte Gabriel, is like a modern-day Paul Revere.
Fortunately, unlike Paul Revere, she has the help and support of hundreds of thousands of patriots from sea to shining sea.
Together we can make a difference but, in view of the growing threat from the Islamic State that we are seeing right now, we must realize that we can never let our guard down and we must redouble our efforts.
If not us, who?
ACT! For America is both the largest and fastest-growing grassroots national security organization in the United States.
Now more than ever, there is no one better equipped to educate our fellow citizens on the threat to the U.S. from the Islamic State than our team at ACT! For America.
Please make sure your friends, family and neighbors are informed and, if you are able, please help us further with your generous tax-deductible donation.
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