TIME TO END BAN ON MILITARY DEFENDING THEMSELVES

TARGETS OF ISLAMIC EXTREMISM SHOULD BE ABLE TO BE ARMED
LIKE EVERY OTHER AMERICAN

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Move America Forward, the nation’s largest grassroots pro-troop organization says it is time to end the ridiculous policy of denying military men and women the opportunity to defend themselves in the United States against Islamic extremists.

“In the wake of another shooting at a military facility, today at the Navy Reserve Center, we should end the foolish policy of keeping American men and women in uniform from being armed so they can protect themselves,” said Danny Gonzalez, Director of Communications for the group.

“Islamic extremist have promised to attack American military men and women, and they have done it repeatedly.  It is disgraceful that the policy of disarming our troops has allowed this type of carnage to continue, today taking the precious lives of four Marines and severely injuring a law enforcement officer attempting to protect them.

“In 2008 we noticed this trend of violence against military recruiting centers and published ‘The Sedition Report,’ a collection of more than 50 incidents of violence or vandalism against military recruiters around the country. Since then, the trend against our military has continued and even become more acute, like the tragedy that happened in Chattanooga today.  We have to ask why the Administration and the Pentagon aren’t doing more to protect our troops stateside, whether they are on restricted-access military bases or in recruiting centers open to the public?

“Regardless of whether our military men and women are on a military base in Iraq or Afghanistan, Waco, Texas, or a strip mall anywhere in America, we have a duty to protect the safety of the troops.  Let’s start by letting our military keep their arms so they have the ability to protect themselves.”

“Most Americans have the right to have a firearm to protect themselves if they are in danger.  Why would we not give that same right to uniformed military personnel who clearly are in danger of attack by Islamic radicals?

“This tragedy in Chattanooga should have been prevented.  Our policy of disarming troops should have come to an abrupt end after the Fort Hood Massacre in 2009, where we lost 13 troops. We must stop this practice of ‘GUN-FREE ZONES’ that make our troops vulnerable.”

“Our hearts go out to the families of the Marines killed in Chattanooga today.  We must change the policy now so this tragedy will not be repeated,” concluded Gonzalez.

To arrange an interview with any MAF spokesperson please contact MAF Communications Director, Danny Gonzalez at (714) 926 – 6189 or e-mail danny@moveamericaforward.org

Move America Forward, a registered 501(c)(3) charity, based in Sacramento, supports our troops and their missions in the war on terror. Move America Forward is supported by hundreds of thousands of pro-troop activists, veterans and military families across the nation. To date, they have shipped over 325 tons of care packages to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Iran Deal Has “More Holes Than Swiss Cheese”

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CONTACT: Danny Gonzalez (714) 926 – 6189
July 14, 2015

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Pro-Troop Group: Iran Deal Has
“Move Holes Than Swiss Cheese”


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Move America Forward, the largest grassroots pro-troop organization in the U.S., said President Barack Obama’s nuclear weapons deal with Iran leaves more questions unanswered than instills confidence in a solid agreement to halt nuclear proliferation in the Middle East.

20150714_iranobamaPresident Obama claims the deal will effectively halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions for 10 years in exchange for sanction relief. Move America Forward fears the deal gives Iran too many concessions without getting concrete verification of an end to a nuclear weapons program in return.

“The deal President Obama’s administration finally negotiated with Iran looks to have more holes than Swiss cheese.” said Danny Gonzalez, Director of Communications for the group. “One of the fundamental problems is that we lack confidence in President Obama to negotiate a favorable deal for the United States.  Everything he and his former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, have touched around the globe has turned out for the worst.

“By releasing billions of dollars in sanctions relief and given Iran’s radical history of disruptive policies in the Middle East, this deal will empower Iran with the cash and resources to turn the Middle East upside down, ensuring an Iranian hegemony that will threaten peace in the region for decades to come.

20150714_syriawar“In Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and elsewhere, Iran’s influence and material support is fueling all the various bad actors who are making the Middle East boil over with violence. Part of Obama’s deal with Iran includes $100 billion in frozen assets than Iran will now have access to, plus billions more in sanction relief. Iran and the terrorist groups it supports will be able to wreak havoc on more innocents with that money, directly threatened our most cherished allies in the region.

“The most important and dangerous component, Iran’s centrifuges to make nuclear material, are untouched. Iran won’t be forced to dismantle any facilities, only shut down about two-thirds of them. Another key point that negotiators wanted was to stop Iran from researching more efficient centrifuges in the interim 10 year period. No word about that, so we fear they failed.

“The critical element that is supposed to keep Iran honest are the inspections, but this is where Obama’s deal seems the weakest. It gives Iran the option to appeal the inspections or delay them up to two weeks. So Iran will be allowed to continue playing games with inspectors and have ample time to hide anything they don’t want inspectors to see.  We saw this type of mischief with Iraq, which directly led us into a huge conflict.  Deals with untrustworthy actors will not hold.

“This deal also puts Israel in an incredibly tough position. We agree that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s concerns that the agreement is ‘a bad mistake of historic proportion’ may be correct.  We must stand with Israel, our most reliable ally in the Middle East.

“Finally, we are extremely disappointed that Obama refused to condition any deal with the release of innocent Americans who are held unlawfully by the Iranian authorities.  We firmly believe Obama should have made the release of Americans the first step in Iran demonstrating some commitment to the rule of law and engagement with the civilized world,” concluded Gonzalez.

To arrange an interview with any MAF spokesperson please contact MAF Communications Director, Danny Gonzalez at (714) 926 – 6189 or e-mail danny@moveamericaforward.org

Move America Forward, a registered 501(c)(3) charity, based in Sacramento, supports our troops and their missions in the war on terror. Move America Forward is supported by hundreds of thousands of pro-troop activists, veterans and military families across the nation. To date, they have shipped over 325 tons of care packages to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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MAF Warns Against Jordanian Prisoner Exchange with ISIS

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Move America Forward, the largest grassroots pro-troop organization in the U.S., warned Jordan against their plan to conduct a prisoner exchange with the terrorist group calling themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, better known as ISIS, or ISIL. Jordanian officials made public a plan to trade for a Jordanian pilot captured by ISIS in exchange for freeing an Iraqi terrorist convicted of taking part in several hotel bombings in 2005 and sentenced to death for her terrorist crimes.

“This is a dangerous path that the Jordanians are going down, and I would urge them to immediately back out of this deal and completely sever all diplomatic channels with ISIS,” said Danny Gonzalez, Communications Director for Move America Forward.

“There is a fundamental problem at the core of this controversy that says you should never, ever negotiate with non-state actors like ISIS. Though they call themselves the Islamic State, they are not a country and should never be treated with the legitimacy that we treat a nation-state. They are a group of terrorists, Islamic extremists, and they have no diplomatic standing. Once you start negotiating with them as you would a nation-state, you give them legitimacy and that gives them power.”

“Jordan should focus on joining the United States and other Arab countries to hunt down and eradicate ISIS, not parley with them,” said Gonzalez. “This also sets a very dangerous precedent because if ISIS gets what they want this time, they know there is future potential for more ransoms or exchanges and that will lead to more people being kidnapped. It immediately raises the value of any potential kidnapping target such as any Americans that may be in Iraq, be they aid workers or members of our military,” warned Gonzalez.

“The United States should also not be negotiating with ISIS, and President Obama has to share some of the blame for this after he was willing to negotiate prisoner exchanges with the Taliban in return for releasing Guantanamo Detainees.

“That set a bad precedent that contributes to this situation and we need to roll that back and re-affirm our policy that the United States and Her allies do not, and will never be willing to negotiate with terrorists regardless of what name they call themselves by,” said Gonzalez.

Move America Forward has been an advocate in favor of Operation Iraqi Freedom since 2004 and has sent representatives to Iraq multiple times including trips in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011. Before the rise of ISIS in Iraq, MAF staffers and spokespersons spent weeks embedded with American troops, met with local Iraqi military and political leaders to build diplomatic relations, and reported back news from the front lines.

To arrange an interview with any MAF spokesperson please contact MAF Communications Director, Danny Gonzalez at (714) 926 – 6189 or e-mail danny@moveamericaforward.org

Move America Forward, a registered 501(c)(3) charity, based in Sacramento, supports our troops and their missions in the war on terror. Move America Forward is supported by hundreds of thousands of pro-troop activists, veterans and military families across the nation. To date, they have shipped over 300 tons of care packages to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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WSJ: OBAMA CONSIDERING OPTIONS TO CLOSE GITMO

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| CONTACT: Danny Gonzalez, Dir. of Communications (714) 926-6189

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. –Move America Forward (MAF), the nation’s largest grassroots pro-troops organization, joined thousands of pro-troop supporters in horror at the latest reports from the Wall Street Journal that President Barack Obama might be considering options to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees to prisons in the United States.

“From day one we have opposed President Obama’s goal of closing GITMO or transferring some detainees to prisons on American soil.” said Danny Gonzalez, Director of Communications for the group. Gonzalez was part of a MAF delegation that visited Guantanamo in 2008, toured the base, and concluded that detainees were not being mistreated.

“The latest report, though the White House may deny it, is disturbing because Obama continues to say that his goal is to close GITMO and bring terrorists to American soil. So far he has been unable to do it thanks to both Congressional action and public outcry.  According to the Wall Street Journal, he has asked his staff to prepare several options to do so which could violate a Congressional law banning the use of public funds to transfer GITMO detainees.”

“At a time when Islamic terror is displaying naked aggression around the world, beheading Americans and other Westerners, fighting near Baghdad, Iraqi Kurdistan, Syria, and elsewhere, the last thing we need to do is release more terrorists who may ultimately return to the battlefield.” said Gonzalez.

“Another part of Obama’s plan is to spread GITMO detainees in prisons around the United States. This is extremely dangerous,” said Gonzalez. “Recently in Oklahoma, we have seen the dangers of allowing jihadist thought to promulgate in our prisons. Alton Nolen, who cut off the head of one co-worker with a knife and almost killed a second man, converted to Islam and was radicalized in prison. Obama would be inviting disaster by allowing more jihadists to proselytize and convert others in U.S. jails.” concluded Gonzalez.

After visiting Guantanamo Bay in 2008, Move America Forward launched a “Don’t Close GITMO” TV-ad campaign in 2009. In 2011 MAF organized public protests to “Stop GITMO North” in the city of Thompson, Illinois after President Obama sent Eric Holder there to determine if the prison could be used to house terrorist detainees.

To arrange an interview with Danny Gonzalez or any other MAF spokesperson, please contact MAF Communications Director, Danny Gonzalez at (714) 926 – 6189 or e-mail danny@moveamericaforward.org

Move America Forward, a registered 501(c)(3) charity, based in Sacramento, supports our troops and their missions in the war on terror. Move America Forward is supported by hundreds of thousands of pro-troop activists, veterans and military families across the nation. To date, they have shipped over 300 tons of care packages to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Stag Arms Aims to Support Troops Overseas

STAG ARMS Aims to Support Troops Overseas

DONATES RIFLE TO HELP RAISE OVER $300,000 ON TROOPATHON

Sacramento, Calif. – Move America Forward (MAF), the nation’s largest grassroots pro-troop organization announced the winner of a huge giveaway from STAG ARMS to help promote Troopathon 7, a star-studded effort to send care packages to troops in Afghanistan. At the end of the fundraiser MAF collected $301,626 thanks, in part, to the generous support of STAG ARMS.

To help support TROOPATHON and send more care packages to the troops, Firearms Manufacturer STAG ARMS partnered with MAF to give away a FREE AR-15 rifle, valued at over $900. The winner, Wayne Dupree, an 8 year Air Force veteran who lives in Maryland, can choose any one of three available STAG ARMS models in left-handed or right-handed configuration.

“Winning this Stag Arms Rifle during Troopathon 2014 was the cake on the table for me but the icing was gathering social media together and giving them a way to make donations to my military brothers and sisters in the way of care packages.” said Mr. Dupree

“I was in the military for eight years and I know first hand what a care package will do especially in times when you are lonely or homesick. It was a great honor to have helped them and win this rifle. While in the USAF I was expert with the M-16 and .38 so this is something I will treasure always.” said Dupree, after being notified that he was the winner of the STAG ARMS AR-15 giveaway.

“Stag Arms has always been a supporter of the troops not just with discounts on purchases for our servicemen but in donations to pro-troop initiatives like Troopathon. We were honored to have their support and because of their generosity more troops overseas will receive support through care packages this Summer.” said Scott Raab, Operations Director in charge of coordinating care package shipments overseas.  “Without wonderful sponsors like STAG ARMS we wouldn’t have been able to raise over $300,000 to support our troops.”

“Troopathon 7  – Care Packages for Our Heroes” was the 7th annual Troopathon event, an 8-hour long fundraiser bringing together pro-troop movie stars, TV personalities, elected officials, professional athletes, musicians, talk radio hosts and many other supporters to encourage viewers to sponsor care packages for the troops serving overseas through the group’s website (www.troopathon.org) or by phone at (866) 866-6372.

To arrange an interview with Melanie Morgan or another Troopathon spokesperson, contact Danny Gonzalez at (714) 926-6189 or danny@moveamericaforward.org

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MAF Says Obama Must Keep GITMO Open

GROUP VISITED GUANTANAMO SAYS OBAMA MUST KEEP GITMO OPEN


Sacramento, Calif. –
Move America Forward (MAF) the nation’s largest grassroots pro-troop organization, criticized President Obama’s decision to hire high-powered K street lawyer Clifford Sloan to renew the President’s efforts to close Guantanamo Bay, citing numerous failed attempts and security challenges.

“President Obama has made closing Guantanamo a priority only when it was necessary to please his very liberal base, but most of middle America don’t support closing this important military asset,” said Danny Gonzalez, Director of Communications for MAF. “Polls show that up wards of 63% of Americans want to keep Guantanamo Bay open, showing the failure of President Obama to convince them otherwise over the past 5 years.”

Move America Forward (MAF) sent a delegation to Guantanamo Bay in 2008 and concluded that the facility met and exceeded all standards of decency and respect to the prisoners held there, who are the most dangerous terrorist suspects in custody.

“When we toured GITMO in 2008 we saw that they’re allowed to play soccer, do art, eat McDonald’s and watch Harry Potter movies if they want. Only the most violent and dangerous detainees are kept isolated, and that’s based on their behavior. There is no torture or violation of human rights going on at GITMO” said Gonzalez.

“The President wrongly wants to treat terrorist as common criminals and insert them into the U.S. criminal justice systems and all of the rights afforded to American citizens.  That is a disastrous approach because enemy combatants should be tried under a military justice system.

The group also cited the President’s previous failed attempts to find a prison on U.S. soil to relocate the prisoners. “When President Obama had Eric Holder visiting towns like Thomson, Illinois to find a prison to house the terrorists, the local population protested. We don’t want a GITMO on American soil, so where is President Obama going to send these dangerous terrorist suspects?”

MAF says it’s necessary to keep the prisoners under the watchful eye of the U.S. military and not a foreign government like the Yemenis. “In the past hundreds of Al Qaeda operatives or suspects held at GITMO were released to other countries for safekeeping. However many of these dangerous operatives were subsequently let free, then later found back on the battlefield. This has happened under President Bush and Obama. It is irresponsible to transfer terrorist suspects to a country like Yemen if we know that they are either unwilling or unable to keep them detained when they present a danger to American security or our troops in the Middle East,” said Gonzalez. “For all those reasons and more, President Obama must KEEP GITMO OPEN!”

Clinton Interfered with Benghazi Investigation

CLINTON AT STATE DEPARTMENT INTERFERED WITH BENGHAZI DEFENSE

Move America Forward Calls for More Transparency
& Investigation in Light of Newly Revealed Information

Sacramento, Calif. – Move America Forward, the nation’s largest grassroots pro-troop organization, called on Congress to launch more investigations into the Benghazi incident and the cover up by the Obama administration, particularly the conduct of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“State Department officials have been coming forward in recent weeks, telling Congress some disturbing details about what could have been done to respond to the terrorist attack on our diplomats in Benghazi. These facts reveal a number of lies told by the administration.” said Danny Gonzalez, Director of Communications for the group.

State Department official Gregory Hicks revealed that U.S. Special Ops forces were told to stand down despite the fact that they were ready to go into Benghazi with time to save Ambassador Chris Stevens and his fellow diplomats. Hicks also revealed that he was instructed by Clinton’s Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills not to cooperate with the investigation led by U.S. Rep. Chaffetz while in Libya.

“This is clear evidence that there was indeed a cover-up, and that Clinton’s office was behind it and attempted to coerce State Department officials into being complicit in the cover-up.  The American people should be furious about this.” said Gonzalez.

“Hillary Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on January 23, that there were ‘no delays in decision making, no denials of support from Washington or from our military.’ Telling Special Ops forces not to go save the lives of U.S. Diplomats under fire sounds like a denial of support. So why did Secretary Clinton lie to the Senate during sworn testimony and why did she direct her subordinates to coordinate a cover-up of the whole incident?” asked Gonzalez.

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Islamic Jihad Still A Threat Even 2 Years After Bin Laden Vanquished

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Islamic Jihad still threat two years later

Sacramento, Calif. – On the two year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death Move America Forward the Nation’s largest grassroots pro-troop organization urges President Obama to remember that the threat of radical Islam to America has not diminished and that we must remain vigilant in identifying Islamic jihad threats and treat those who carry out acts of terror with the seriousness they deserve.

“The recent Boston Marathon terrorist attack shows us that the War on Terror is far from over and the threat of Islamic jihad is as real today as it was before Osama bin Laden was killed.” Said Scott Raab, Outreach Director for Move America Forward. “The Boston Marathon was not because of Tax Day or any of the other reasons media outlets tried to suggest, it was because of Islamic jihad, and we need to remember attacks like Benghazi even if they seem like a long time ago to the white house”.

To stop the questioning of Dzhokhar and give a terrorist access to a lawyer, effectively stopping valuable information on other terrorists, terror plots and high level information is inexcusable. It has been two years since Seal Team Six found and killed Osama bin Laden, but the Boston Marathon terrorist attack and attacks on our embassies are a clear sign that our enemies are not beaten.

Every day, radical muslims dream of carrying out jihad like Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev did on April 15th 2013. We must recognize Islamic jihad as the threat, and stop censoring our efforts in attempt at political correctness.

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Two Years Ago, Justice Was Done. But There’s Still More to Dish Out

MAF Statement on Capture of Boston Terrorist Suspect

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MAF Statement on Capture of Boston Terrorist Suspect

Sacramento, Calif. – Move America Forward, the nation’s largest grassroots pro-troop organization, along with our hundreds of thousands of members, wishes to congratulate the Boston Police Department, MIT Police, Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department, Massachusetts National Guard, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and any other law enforcement agencies that participated in the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing and the bringing of the perpetrators to justice.

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