About anthonyjsacco

Well, alright. So I live in Wyoming - the Cowboy state - but I'm not actually a cowboy. I'm a licensed and bonded Private Investigator with twenty-four years experience in the game. I'm also a published author and a writer of political, religious, and social commentary. I've been fortunate enough to have four books published - Little Sister Lost, The China Connection, Return to Darkness, and Echoes in the Wind. My fourth, Return to Darkness, was published in April 2012. (More about them later). My fifth, The Secret of Hagia Sophia, is coming onto the market after Christmas 2017. I've lived in many parts of this great country during my life - Massachusetts, Georgia, Maryland, Texas, and now Wyoming. In that order. And during the time I spent in each, I've learned a lot - about those places, and about the people who live there. Finally, I'm a husband, a father of four, a Roman Catholic, a Conservative, and a Republican. Mostly, I'm an American, and I'm proud of it.

Bible Classes in America’s Public Schools?

By: Anthony J. (Tony) Sacco, JD

First published from Pine Bluffs, May, 2006: Revised and Re-printed from Cheyenne, May 2019.

During remarks to the British Parliament back in April 1770, Edmund Burke, the Irish orator, philosopher and politician said: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” [Yes, that was Burke. Not Jefferson.] He was right.

The more or less constant battle on the world scene between good and evil has been joined here in the United States of America. Portions of our society are on a slippery slope of decline. Disagreement, dissent, and discord abound. Paradoxically, in other segments, good things are happening, such as the almost total ban on abortions by the legislatures of several states.

One of the good things occurred in Atlanta during May 2006, when Georgia’s Governor, “Sonny” Purdue, who took office on January 13, 2003, inked a bill permitting Bible classes in public high schools. Governor Purdue believes that “providing a safe and nurturing environment for children is a moral obligation shared by all.” Here’s a leader who saw the rot attacking our youth and decided to try fixing the problem. Part of his solution? Put God back in the schools.

As of 2006, approximately eight percent of the nation’s public schools offered some form of Bible study, but this Georgia statute was to be the first to establish statewide guidelines and set aside public funds for a Bible course. The State’s School Board was given the task of determining how the course would be taught.

In drafting their law, I’m hopeful the Georgia Legislature took into consideration this statement made by Justice Thomas Clark in the 1963 Supreme Court decision forbidding devotional reading of the Bible in public schools, (Abington School District v. Schempp), when he made THIS distinction: “Nothing we have said here indicates that such study of the Bible or of religion, when presented objectively as part of a secular program of education, may not be effected consistently with the First Amendment.” This bit of law is the basis upon which many high schools and colleges have implemented courses on The Bible as History and other courses of the same nature, which deal with religion and the Bible as a part of our culture.

However, when I wrote the article, I was thinking there’d be bitter court battles waged by those who’d rather see metal detectors at the doors of our schools and armed security guards patrolling the halls, than to allow our kids to begin their day with the calming influence of The Lord’s Prayer over the PA system, or studying the Bible in a classroom setting a couple times each week. THAT is exactly what has happened. In passing, I should note that when I was coming through the public school system in the early 1950s, the practice of a brief Bible quote followed by The Lord’s Prayer was exactly what was being done in the public school I attended.

In prior years, when Bible study had been allowed on public school property, it had been done informally. But two nationally prominent groups soon developed comprehensive curricula. One such group, the Bible Literacy Project, published The Bible and its Influences, in textbook form, in September 2005. It was quickly approved by both Christian and Jewish groups. By 2006, thirty schools were using it in a pilot program, with eight hundred more interested districts waiting in the wings. This was, at that time, the only First-Amendment-safe textbook that supported academic study of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Developed over a five-year period with input from 40 leading scholars, religious leaders, and academic practitioners, The Bible and Its Influence is an opportunity to share the contents of the Bible in an appropriate way. Used in combination with the Bible, the textbook presents biblical content – the narratives, characters, plots, poetry, letters, events, parables, prophecies, and proverbs in the Bible. The program was designed to address the fact that, without an understanding of the Bible, young people’s education is incomplete. Today’s youth cannot fully understand literature, art, history, music or culture without an understanding of the Christian Bible.  Because of its broad acceptance in the educational community and its widespread use nationally, it has become the standard for academic Bible study in the United States. It is also fast becoming the academic standard in the global community.

The other organization, The National Council for Bible Curriculum in Public Schools (NCBCPS), a conservative nonprofit organization supported by many conservative evangelicals – Pat Robertson was one – believes that its three-hundred page The Bible in History and Literature is being utilized in over three hundred-fifty school districts nationwide.

The NCBCPS was founded in 1993, and as of 2000 its curriculum had been in use in at least 70 public school districts across the United States. Of course, it has been criticized by separationists as presenting a religious interpretation of the Bible as well as an unbalanced view of American history which promotes specific religious beliefs. The use of the curriculum has been challenged in lawsuits in two school districts, which have withdrawn the course as contravening the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

So, battle lines have been formed. “You can’t turn a public school classroom into a Sunday school classroom,” said a spokesman for the Texas Freedom Network, a euphemistic nomenclature for a group whose idea of freedom is limiting “freedom from” something; in their case, religion in the public square. They had gone so far as to pay for a study of the Council’s curriculum. Driven by an erroneous interpretation of the so-called Doctrine of Separation of Church and State, which is NOT in the Constitution, others of the Madeline Murray O’Hare ilk have banded together to litigate, based upon the sixteen-word Establishment clause. Many of the existing court challenges have originated in the State of Texas.

Back to 2006: the Council’s curriculum teaches the Bible from a conservative Protestant viewpoint, and the Council believed its approach is constitutional, based upon Justice Thomas Clark’s distinction in the 1963 case mentioned above. However it did begin to offer free legal help to districts using it, should they need it. Back then Georgia State Senator, Tom Williams, co-sponsor of the Bill in that state, used the Council’s curriculum as a guide when he helped draft the legislation. “We simply have to teach, ‘this is what happened’. Now, make your own judgment,” he said.

As someone who believes that we should never have allowed God to be removed from our nation’s schools – we’ve been experiencing the bitter consequences ever since – I wrote that I’d “be watching this experiment in Georgia and in the five states considering taking the same tack, with considerable interest.” Today, this approach has spread like a wildfire. It is now taught in over 625 public high schools in 43 states and has achieved a 10 percent market share in six states in the United States. More than 125,000 students have benefited from instruction based on this textbook.

Dr. Sacco, a published author of four novels, The China Connection, Little Sister Lost, Return to Darkness, and The Secret of Hagia Sophia, is a licensed and bonded private investigator in Cheyenne, WY (soon to be a resident of North Carolina) who holds a BS Degree from Loyola University Maryland and a Doctorate of Law from the University of Maryland Law School. He has also published Echoes in the Wind, a biography of Boston sports great, Guy Vitale, . Reviews of his books may be found at http://www.amazon.com,  and http://www.barnes&noble.com. E-mail Dr. Sacco at anthonyjsacco@hotmail.com

 

 

 

 

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Survey: Only 2-in-15 Americans are Aware of Soaring Illegal Immigration to U.S.

NOTE: This article by John Binder was forwarded to me by Ellen Sauerbray, former member of the Maryland Legislature, former two-time candidate for governor of Maryland, former Assistant Secretary of State in the George Bush Administration, and now retired. myturntosoundoff.wordpress.com thanks Ellen for thinking of me.
“I have always been surprised at polls showing that building a wall on the southern border does not get majority support on polls.  This shocking Harvard/Harris poll answers the question.  The media has done a great job of ensuring that Americans are not aware of the incredible invasion occurring,  and the economic, social and political impact it is having.  For those who watch FOX, we think this is a major story but when you realize that during the evening news hour Fox is outnumbered by the liberal media approximately 30 million to 2 million this shouldn’t be surprising.  There is a news blackout on the “mainstream” media. But last weekend The Washington Post confirmed that overcrowding at certain U.S. Border Patrol stations has become so severe that officials “have taken the rare step of using aircraft to relocate migrants to other areas of the border simply to begin processing them.” The agency is trying to make room for the large volume of families and children who have come across the border in dramatically higher numbers in recent days.”

Survey: Only 2-in-15 Americans Aware of Soaring Illegal Immigration to U.S.

JOHN BINDER – 14 May 20195,536

Less than two-in-15 American voters are aware of the soaring levels of illegal immigration across the United States-Mexico border, a new survey finds.

The latest Harvard/Harris Poll reveals that when Americans are asked how many illegal aliens are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, only about 13 percent answer correctly. Meanwhile, about 76 percent of Americans believe illegal immigration levels are vastly lower than they actually are.

For example, there were nearly 100,000 border apprehensions in April, alone. This puts illegal immigration at the southern border on track to outpace every year of illegal immigration under former President Obama and take the U.S. back to Bush era levels. At current rates, experts project there to be 863,000 border apprehensions this Fiscal Year, though this only counts illegal aliens who are caught at the border and does not include those who successfully cross.

Since Fiscal Year 2010, the number of border crossers and illegal aliens apprehended trying to enter the U.S. has been anywhere between 300,000 to 500,000.

In the Harvard/Harris Poll, though, less than two-in-15 American voters correctly said there are between 250,000 to 500,000 border apprehensions each year. Meanwhile, more than three-in-four Americans incorrectly said there are between zero to 250,000 border apprehensions a year.

Even among Republican voters, conservatives, and Trump supporters, a plurality of 35 percent incorrectly estimated that there are only 10,000 to 100,000 border apprehensions each year.

When voters were told that there were more than 100,000 border apprehensions in the last month, the majority, about 52 percent, said they supported President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency at the southern border to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Another 48 percent said they oppose the national emergency.

Nearly six-in-ten working class and lower middle class Americans support the national emergency, as well as almost 65 percent of American voters who live in rural communities.

As Breitbart News reported, Republican voters, conservatives, and Trump supporters all rank building a border wall to stop illegal immigration and reducing legal immigration levels as their top priorities heading into the 2020 presidential election. For swing voters, building a border wall and reducing all immigration are the third and fourth top priorities, following stimulating jobs and passing an infrastructure bill.

Every year, the U.S. admits about 1.2 million mostly low-skilled legal immigrants to compete against working and middle class Americans for jobs. The vast majority, about 70 percent, of legal immigration to the country is driven by the process known as “chain migration,” whereby newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the U.S.

High levels of immigration, illegal and legal, put downward pressure on U.S. wages while redistributing about $500 billion in wealth away from America’s working and middle class and towards employers and new arrivals, research by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has found.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.

 

NOTE: Yes! It’s an INVASION, folks! An unsustainable invasion. And it must be stopped. These illegal immigrants are already changing the demographics of our nation, and not for the better.

 

Brussels: The New Capital of Eurabia.

4/24/19 – NOTE: This is a reprint of an article by Soeren Kern. I am reprinting it
here as follow up material to the nine-article series on Islam, written and published in
this Blog by Frank Tryon, U.S. Navy Retired, and Anthony J. Sacco, JD.
Americans need to take note of what is happening in Europe as the number of Muslims
in the population increase and they get a foothold in the political system.  The high birth
rate and family reunification laws are ensuring that the native population of Belgium
will become a minority and Muslim culture and law will one day prevail.  This trend is
happening in many European countries and threatens the future of Western Civilization
as we know it.
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“Muslims now make up one-quarter of the population of Brussels, according to a new
book published by the Catholic University of Leuven, the top Dutch-language university
in Belgium.
“In real terms, the number of Muslims in Brussels — where half of the number of
Muslims in Belgium currently live — has reached 300,000, which means that the self-
styled “Capital of Europe” is now the most Islamic city in Europe.
“In practical terms, Islam mobilizes more people in Brussels than do the Roman Catholic
Church, political parties or even trade unions, according to “The Iris and the Crescent,” a
book that is the product of more than one year of field research and was released to the
public on November 18.
“The book’s author, the sociologist Felice Dassetto, predicts that Muslims will comprise
the majority of the population of Brussels by 2030.
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“In Belgium as a whole, Muslims comprise roughly 6% of the total population, one of the
highest rates in Europe. This number is expected to rise to more than 10% by 2020.
According to Dassetto, Islam is becoming increasingly visible in Brussels: there are more
and more mosques and minarets, more veiled women and more Muslim organizations.
The book also warns that ultraconservative elements within Islam are increasingly
gaining ground in Brussels.
“Of the many strands of Islam represented in Brussels, Salafism is apparently far and
away the most popular. Salafism, the highly conservative pan-Islamic movement, seeks,
among other objectives, to unite the Muslim world under the leadership of a single
Caliph, or ruler, who would govern based on Islamic Sharia law.
“The book also reveals that most Muslims in Brussels have an “us” versus “them”
mindset, which hinders their integration into Belgian society.
Most of the Muslims in Brussels are from Morocco (70%) and Turkey (20%), with the
other 10% from Albania, Egypt, Pakistan and North Africa. They began arriving in
Belgium in the 1960s as guest workers. Although the guest-worker program was canceled
in 1974, many immigrants stayed and, using family-reunification laws, brought over
their families.
“Today the Muslim community continues to grow through both high birth rates and
marriage migration. More than 60% of Moroccan and Turkish youths marry partners
from their home countries.
“As in the other European countries, the Muslim population in Belgium is young. Nearly
35% of the Moroccans and Turks in the country are below 18 years old, compared to 18%
of the native Belgians.
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“Since 2008, the most popular name in Brussels for baby boys has been Mohammed. It is
also the most popular name for baby boys in Belgium’s second-largest city, Antwerp,
where an estimated 40% of elementary school children are Muslim.
Antwerp is also home to Belgium’s first Islamic Sharia law court, which began operating
in September 2011.”
The Sharia court is the initiative of a radical Muslim group, Sharia4Belgium. Leaders of
the group openly say the purpose of the court is to create a parallel Islamic legal system
in Belgium to challenge the state’s authority as the enforcer of the civil law protections
guaranteed by the Belgian constitution.
“The Sharia court, located in Antwerp’s Borgerhout district, is “mediating” family law
disputes for Muslim immigrants in Belgium. The self-appointed Muslim judges running
the court are applying Islamic law, rather than the secular Belgian Family Law system, to
resolve disputes involving questions of marriage and divorce, child custody and child
support, as well as all inheritance-related matters. Unlike Belgian civil law, Islamic
Sharia law does not guarantee equal rights for men and women; critics of the Sharia
court say it will undermine the rights of Muslim women, specifically in the areas of
inheritance, marriage, divorce, polygamy, child custody, freedom of movement and most
of all physical violence and a woman’s virtually total inability to extricate herself from it.
Sharia4Belgium says the court in Antwerp will eventually expand its remit and handle
criminal cases as well.
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“The Sharia4Belgium
group consists of
Islamists who are
openly committed to
bringing everyone living
in Belgium — including
all non-Muslims — under
the submission of Islamic Sharia law. Although Sharia4Belgium’s website was recently
shut down by the Belgian authorities, a partial archive of the site can be found at the
WayBack Machine.
There, Sharia4Belgium issues a threat — in the guise of an invitation — calling for all
Belgians to convert to Islam and to submit to Sharia law or face the consequences. As the
text, in parts, states: “It is now 86 years since the fall of the Islamic Caliphate. The
tyranny and corruption in this country [Belgium] has prevailed; we go from one scandal
to another: Economic crises, paedophilia, crime, growing Islamophobia, etc.” “As in the
past we [Muslims] have saved Europe from the dark ages, we now plan to do the same.
Now we have the right solution for all crises and this is the observance of the divine law,
namely Sharia. We call to implement Sharia in Belgium.” “Sharia is the perfect system for
humanity. In 1,300 years of the Islamic state, we knew only order, welfare and the
protection of all human rights. We know that Spain, France and Switzerland knew their
best times under Sharia. In these 1,300 years, 120 women were raped, which is equal to
120 women a day in Europe. There were barely 60 robberies recorded in 1,300 years.”
“As a result, we invite the royal family, parliament, all the aristocracy and every Belgian
resident to submit to the light of Islam. Save yourself and your children of the painful
punishment of the hereafter and grant yourself eternal life in paradise.”
“A cache of the background image for the Sharia4Belgium website has the black flag of
jihad flying above the Belgian Parliament. Up until recently, the Sharia4Belgium Youtube
page (also shut down) was used to incite Muslims to Jihad, or Holy War. The group had
posted videos with titles such as, “Jihad Is Obligatory,” “Encouraging Jihad,” “Duelling &
Guerrilla Warfare,” and “The Virtues of Martyrdom.”
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“Sharia4Belgium is linked to Anjem Choudary, a Sharia court judge based in London.
Choudary, who was the leader of a group called Islam4UK before it was banned by
British anti-terrorism authorities, believes in the primacy of Islam over all other faiths
and has long campaigned for Islamic law to be implemented in all of Britain.
In an interview with the Belgian newspaper De Standaard (in English here), Choudary
said he would help launch Sharia4Belgium to prevent Muslim immigrants from
integrating into Belgian society: “Belgium has an extensive Muslim population, especially
in the cities. I therefore plan to come to Belgium myself in the coming weeks, or send a
delegation to establish a branch of the organization.”
“When asked if he wanted to convince Belgians to convert to Islam and to implement
Sharia law, Choudary replied: “The implementation of Sharia will happen in one of the
following four ways: either the majority of the population converts to Islam; or a foreign
Islamic power conquers the country; or there will be a rebellion against the oppression
of the Muslim people; or the Muslims will overthrow the ruling regime. Society will be
united by Islam.”
“Back in Brussels, fully one-half of the Muslim students in the city are anti-Semitic,
according to a 426-page study titled “Jong in Brussel” (Young in Brussels) produced by the
Youth Research Platform. In an interview with the Belgian newspaper De Morgan, Mark
Elchardus, one of the authors of the report, said: “What is alarming is that you can
describe half of the Muslim students as anti-Semitic, which is very high. What is worse is
that those anti-Jewish feelings have nothing to do with a low educational level or social
disadvantage, which is the case with racist Belgians. The anti-Semitism is theologically
inspired and there is a direct link between being Muslim and having anti-Semitic
feelings.” Elchardus’ observation, linking Islam and anti-Semitism, earned him a lawsuit
filed by Vigilance Musulmane (Muslim Vigilance), a Muslim activist group. Vigilance
Musulmane said Elchardus’ comments violated Belgium’s anti-discrimination law of
2007, which forbids discrimination on the basis of “religious convictions.” They also said
his statements violated Article 444 of the Belgian penal code because they appeared in a
newspaper and therefore were repeated extensively in print.
“The Iris and the Crescent” sums it all up matter-of-factly: “Islam is definitely part of the
reality of Brussels.”
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NOTE: Soeren Kern is Senior Fellow for Transatlantic Relations at the Madrid-based
Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos / Strategic Studies Group. Follow him on Facebook.

Latest Poll: President Trump Will Win the 2020 Election.

By: Anthony J. Sacco, JD

4/5/19: Cheyenne, WY –

“A new poll of Wall Street insiders shows that a vast majority of the men and women who make up that group, expect President Donald John Trump to win reelection in 2020.

“While Joe Biden is viewed as the most stock market-friendly possible Democrat candidate for the White House, more than 70% of survey respondents told global investment bank RBC Capital Markets that they expect Mr. Trump to be reelected.”

I agree with that assessment.

 

Republicans in a “Get Tough” Move Against Democrats; eight Criminal Referrals Going To the Attorney General’s Office.

By: Anthony J. Sacco, JD

4/7/19 – Cheyenne, WY:

For weeks I’ve been telling people that Republicans will soon be going on the attack, preparing to send criminal referral to the new Attorney General, in a “get tough” move against Democrats. Prowling the Internet today, I came across this bit of good news, which confirms what I’ve been saying:

“California Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday he and other Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee were planning to send eight criminal referrals to Attorney General William Barr as soon as this week.

“Nunes, who investigated accusations of (Obama) FBI and (Obama) Department of Justice abuse while he was chairman of the intelligence panel, did not say who he would be referring, in a Fox News interview on Sunday.

“Appearing on Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” Nunes said five of the referrals are related to lying to Congress, misleading Congress and leaking classified information.
The other referrals, Nunes said, are allegations of lying to the FISA court that approves foreign surveillance warrants, manipulating intelligence and what he described as a “global leak referral,” which Nunes said wasn’t tied to one individual. (NOTE: If you’ve been following this issue, you know who has been named as involved in lying to the FISA court in order to obtain surveillance warrants against American citizens working for Mr. Trump’s campaign committee).

“We couldn’t really send these criminal referrals over without an Attorney General in place, so we are prepared this week to notify the Attorney General that we are prepared to send those referrals over, and brief him if he wishes to be briefed. We think they’re pretty clear, but as of right now this is, this may not be all of them, but this cleans up quite a bit. We have eight referrals that we are prepared to send over to the Attorney General this week,” Nunes said.

“When Republicans controlled Congress, Nunes launched a committee investigation into allegations the FBI and Justice Department abused the FISA process, including the release of a classified memo detailing his accusations. The referrals are the latest action Nunes has taken since losing his gavel — and the subpoena power that comes with it — in the new Congress. Nunes last month sued Twitter and several parody accounts, including @devincow, accusing the social media site of censoring conservatives.”

Uranium One’s Production Facilities in Wyoming and Utah.

By: Anthony J. Sacco Sr., JD

4/4/19: Cheyenne, WY – Have you been following the series I’ve been writing and posting, about the Russians acquiring a portion of an in situ uranium production facility here in the United States?

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They actually did it back in 2010. The name of the facility is Uranium One and a major portion of it is located in Wyoming, with a smaller portion in Utah. And it’s been in the news recently because of the involvement of Hillary Rodham Clinton in what many people describe as an “impeachable offense.”

What’s important about Russia’s acquisition of this facility is that the production facility comprised about 20 percent of the United States’s supply of yellowcake, from which uranium is made.

Curious about where the Uranium One facility was located I contacted the Washington D.C. office of Senator John Barrasso (R-WY). NOTE: We worked together during 2008 on a project for a group of pro-life legislators who joined together to attempt to pass a number of pro-life bills. I asked if he had any information on this Uranium One issue. Senator Barrasso’s Energy Counsel, Kate Juelis responded. Here’s her response:

“Uranium One’s Willow Creek Mine facility is located in southeast Johnson and southwest Campell Counties, about 30 miles north of Midwest (NOTE: which is a very small town in Natrona County, in Central Wyoming. It is close to and a part of the Casper Metro area). The company ceased operations at this site last summer. (NOTE: no information was provided as to WHY the company ceased operations at this location).

“Uranium One also has Powder River Basin projects, including Ludeman, Allemand, Moore Ranch, and Barge, as well as Great Divide Basin projects, including Antelope and JAB. At the present time, Uranium One is not exploring for or mining uranium from any of these Wyoming properties. (NOTE: She gave no information as to why.)

“Uranium One no longer has properties in Utah. In 2015, Uranium One sold its Shooting Canyon uranium mill to Anfield Energy Inc. The Shooting Canyon mill is located in Garfield County in southern Utah.” (NOTE: she gave no information as to who or what Anfield Energy Inc. is, nor why it was able to acquire the Shooting Canyon property from Uranium One).

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Since this information is highly unsatisfactory in resolving my questions regarding the Uranium One issue as it pertains to any further Rosatom or Russian interests in uranium production facilities in the Western United States, I will try to find out more about this. Meanwhile, consider this:

NOTE: Why is yellowcake production important? Yellowcake is used in the preparation of uranium fuel for nuclear reactors, for which it is smelted into purified UO2 for use in fuel rods for pressurized heavy-water reactors and other systems that use natural unenriched uranium. This stuff can also be enriched into the isotope U-235. With further processing, one obtains a highly enriched uranium, containing 20% or more U-235, that is suitable for use in compact nuclear reactors—usually used to power naval warships and submarines. Further processing can yield weapons-grade uranium with U-235 levels usually above 90%, suitable for the production of nuclear weapons.

 

 

Little Known Facts about The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a Major Player in the Uranium One Issue.

4/3/19 – Here’s what we need to know about the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS, a major player in the Uranium One Issue. It is an inter-agency committee of the U.S. Government, which reviews the national security implications of foreign investments in U.S. companies or operations. Chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury, CFIUS includes representatives from 16 U.S. departments and agencies, including the Defense, State and Commerce departments, as well as (most recently) the Department of Homeland Security.

In October 2010, Russian interests acquired a controlling interest in Uranium One, which had 20 percent of U.S. uranium extraction capacity. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the deal because Uranium One only has a license for uranium recovery, not uranium export. (NOTE: How stupid! Next investigation? the Nuclear Regulatory Commission). All voting members of CFIUS voted in favor including Jose Fernandez, the State Department’s representative, who attended the meetings in place of Clinton, a fact that became significant in the wake of allegations against Clinton from author Peter Schweizer, in his book, “Clinton Cash.”

The purpose of the Committee of Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is to review certain transactions involving foreign investment in the United States (“covered transactions”), in order to determine the effect of such transactions on the national security of the United States.

Hillary Clinton was sworn in in January 2009 and served as the 67th United States Secretary of State, under President Barack Obama, from 2009 to 2013, overseeing the department that conducted the Foreign policy of Barack Obama. So she was Secretary of State during the time that CFIUS was dealing with Uranium One, although her representative who attended meetings in her place said that she never attended a meeting and never consulted with him about any of its dealings.

CFIUS operates pursuant to section 721 of the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended (section 721), and as implemented by Executive Order 11858, as amended, and regulations at 31 C.F.R. Part 800 and 31 C.F.R. Part 801, as amended. (WOW. Did ya know that?)

CFIUS has no power to stop a transaction. It can only recommend against one. ONLY the president can void one. Has CFIUS ever recommended against any acquisition of American assets by a foreign power? Yes, but not Uranium One. But Clinton was a member during at least one of those. Here it is:

2012: Ralls Corporation, owned by the Chinese company, Sany Group, was ordered by President Barack Obama to divest itself of four small wind farm projects located too close to a U.S. Navy weapons systems training facility in Boardman, Oregon. NOTE: Would love to know if she attended any of the deliberations regarding this issue.

2016: President Obama blocked the buying by a Chinese company of the U.S. assets of the German company Aixtron SE.

Separately, the New York Times reported that “United States officials blocked” a $2.6 billion deal by Philips to sell Lumileds division to GO Scale Capital and GRS Ventures over concerns regarding Chinese applications of gallium nitride.

2017: President Trump blocked the acquisition by a Chinese purchaser of Lattice Semiconductor.

2018: President Trump blocked Singapore-based Broadcom Limited from purchasing Qualcomm in a hostile takeover, citing national security concerns raised by CFIUS.

Because of serious concerns resulting from this, Congress took some action and The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA) was signed into law on August 13, 2018.