In FrontPage Mag I discuss a California politician’s quest to send millions of dollars’ worth of arms to Islamic terrorists.
California State Senator Leland Yee is the very model of a modern public servant.
Yee, a Democrat, has amassed a well-deserved reputation as an anti-gun crusader: shortly after Adam Lanza’s murderous rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, Yee helped spearhead one of the toughest gun laws in the entire nation, banning the “bullet button” that allows shooters to change magazines on assault weapons quickly and easily. California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed this ban, but Yee remained committed to getting it enshrined in California law. So intent was Yee that Americans should not have various kinds of lethal weapons that he took it upon himself to hook up with international arms traffickers and an Islamic jihad group, in order to sell them millions of dollars’ worth of automatic weapons and missiles and thereby empty the U.S. of this lethal materiel.
Now that’s the kind of selfless willingness to put the public interest first that is so rare in American politicians today. This anti-gun public servant asked an FBI agent whom he thought was an international arms trafficker to give him a shopping list of weapons he wanted in exchange for $2,000,000 in cash, which was apparently to go to Yee’s campaign for California Secretary of State.
And why not? How urgently California needs Leland Yee! How many other anti-gun officials would be willing to take it upon themselves to rid their state of guns, by facilitating their shipment out of the country altogether? This wasn’t just a token gesture: Yee recounted that he told the undercover agent that some heavy weaponry was available: “I told him about the rockets and things like that.”
Yee was determined to make it happen. According to the agent’s affidavit, Yee’s fundraising chief asked for a donation to Yee’s campaign, in exchange for which he promised that Yee would “facilitate a meeting” between an arms dealer and the supposed arms trafficker, so that the trafficker could “purchase a large number of weapons to be imported through the Port of Newark, New Jersey.” At a meeting during these negotiations, Yee “discussed certain details of the specific types of weapons [the agent] was interested in buying and importing.”
Yee boasted that he had “an unidentified Filipino associate who was supplying ‘heavy’ weapons to rebel groups in the Philippines.” The Senator explained that “Mindanao was largely populated by Muslim rebel groups who were fighting the federal government. Yee continued by saying the Muslim rebels had no problem ‘kidnapping individuals, killing individuals, and extorting them for ransom.” When the undercover agent asked him which Muslim organization he meant, Yee answered: “M.I.L.F.”
That’s the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the Islamic group in that wants to establish an Islamic state in the southern Philippines, and to that end last September took over four Christian towns, terrorizing the residents and murdering six, wounding 24, and murdered six more people in a restaurant bombing last summer. The MILF has been waging jihad against the Philippine government for years, and Filipino authorities appear to be weary of the whole mess and ready to give the jihadis what they want, up to and including an autonomous region in which they can impose Sharia. However, taking a cue from the “Palestinians,” the MILF keeps ratcheting up its demands, stymieing peace talks and keeping the central government on the defensive.
This is the group that Leland Yee apparently wanted to arm. Automatic weapons are in his view apparently no good on the streets of South Central LA, but just fine in the jungles of Mindanao in the cause of Islam. This doesn’t mean, of course, that Leland Yee is a true believer in jihad, or a Muslim at all. There is no indication whatsoever that he is.
He is just another corrupt pol who wanted to make a buck. And in this age when Islamic jihadists and supremacists are awash with cash, the temptation can be too much for corrupt and short-sighted Infidels.
Yee, according to the agent’s affidavit, “stated he was unhappy with his life and said, ‘There is a part of me that wants to be like you […] Just be a free agent out there.’ Senator Yee told [the agent] that he wanted to hide out in the Philippines.”
Yet had he realized this dream and gotten to the Philippines, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front would not have spared Yee himself, even if this deal had gone through. If he had then proved useful to their Islamic cause as a hostage or a dead body, that would have been it for him, despite his services to them. Such is the fate of all those who cooperate with Islamic supremacists and jihadists.
But some Infidels never learn. As the story of the selfless public servant Leland Yee proves yet again, there will always be some who put their narrow self-interest above their nation and their people. And always some Islamic jihadists willing to make the deal, and buy from them the scimitar they will ultimately use to behead them.