Jeffery Addicott = Jack Bauer on steroids
By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor
Pictured: Dr. Jeffrey Addicott, director of the Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, with Kendall County Texas Tea Party Patriots Sergeant-at-Arms Al Smith, left, and Vice President Earl Smith
If Jack Bauer of "24" had decided to fight terrorism by going to law school, joining the United States Army, serving in the Judge Advocate General's Corps for 20 years, spending a quarter of his military career as a senior legal advisor to the US Army's Special Forces, retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel, contributing to national and international news shows such as FOX News Channel and MSNBC, teaching the law of war and human rights courses to militaries of numerous nascent democracies in Eastern Europe and Latin America and serving as current director of the Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, Bauer would be Dr. Jeffrey Addicott.
At the beginning of his presentation to the Kendall County Texas Tea Party Patriots, Addicott offered a tongue-in-cheek "obligatory" disclaimer. "The following are only my opinions and do not reflect those of St. Mary's University," he said. "So, if you call the dean and tell him I believe in the death penalty, they already know."
As guest speaker at the Wednesday, April 23, meeting, he used a rapid fire approach to cover everything from the liberal establishment in general and CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) in particular to the shootings at Fort Hood, this country's declining influence across the globe, the continuing threat of radical Islam and the Second Amemdment, among other topics.
Since the positions Addicott advocates aren't normally prominent in academe, he quipped, "Luckily, I have tenure."
From the onset, he appeared completely flummoxed by liberalism, asking rhetorically, "Who are these people?"
Defining the US Constitution through a liberal's eye view, Addicott noted, "Liberals see the Constitution as a speed bump, something to get over. Because they call it a 'living document,' liberals believe the Constitution can be shaped to the shifting mores of society."
He added, "Big government makes little people. It takes away people's self reliance." Referencing the biblical Easu - and current government handouts - he noted, "They sell their souls for a mess of pottage."
During debates with liberal law professors on NSA surveillance, Gitmo and drone attacks, Addicott's opponents not only offer no solutions, but also "... want to remain neutral. Well, I don't want to remain neutral, I want to win."
Addressing the two shootings at Fort Hood, he defined terrorism as "a tactic." According to Addicott, spokesmen for Department of Defense described the 2009 massacre by Nidal Hasan as "workplace violence." Not surprisingly, Addicott deemed Hasan a radical Islamic extremist - who admitted as much during his trial at Fort Hood. Deeds by this group constitute the "number one threat against the United States," Addicott said.
In contrast, the April shootings were committed by Ivan Lopez, a criminal engaged in an extremist act, according to Addicott. "Criminals are SOBs who are locked into arrogance and always look for excuses," he added, scoffing at the idea that PTSD triggered Lopez's attack. "He wasn't in combat in Iraq. He drove a truck."
He continued, "Radical Islamists will die for their cause. They're hard core. I actually admire them. Most Americans won't go across the street for a cause unless they're offered a free cup of coffee."
Radical Islamic extremists are inculcated in madrasas, schools that teach Islamic theology and law. As Addicott explained, in America and other western countries, madrasas are attached to mosques, such as one in San Antonio. Madrasas are funded by Saudis. In turn, Saudi money comes from the United States as payments for oil.
"We are the dumbest people ever put on the face of the planet," Addicott said. "If we would announce we're drilling for oil, the price of oil would drop to $16 a barrel. The scam would be up."
He recalled a symposium that featured a Muslim who had converted to Christianity. Now living in Lubbock, the man has written a book on jihad and was to speak on radical Islam at the conference.
"I received a call from the third highest representative of CAIR in Washington, DC," Addicott recalled. "He told me the man did not represent the interests of Muslims and wanted me to shut down the conference. Instead, I invited CAIR to the conference to speak on radical Islam. They declined."
Addicott also decried plans to decimate the military. "This happens after every war. What? They think there's never going to be another one?" Noting it's the military that keeps America strong, he added, "When we rattle a sword, I want it to be a big sword. Obama has given us a butter knife."
Another way to retain America's standing in the world is to "thump someone every five years," Addicott felt. This technique worked on Muammar al-Gaddafi in Libya, Saddam Hussein in Iraq with surrogate thumpings by the Israelis in 1967 and 1973. "Radical Islamists understand applications of violence. We're due for another one."
Regarding local law and order, Addicott said it was incumbent upon the local constabulary and armed citizens to control crime. "Freedom is precious. The Second Amendment is not about deer hunting. It's for self-determination," he noted.
"We have a golden opportunity during the mid-term elections of 2016. This country is in dire trouble. Great nations rise and fall, but the Obama Administration has put our pace of downfall in hyper-drive as opposed to the Republicans who had us at a slow boil."
As one example, Addicott recounted a seminar he was set to deliver at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia that was subsequently cancelled. "We couldn't say the words 'Islam' and 'terrorism' unless (the material) had been vetted by an imam. No wonder the FBI couldn't identify the Tsarnaev brothers before the Boston bombing."