Archive for October, 2009

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CBS: Doubting President Obama

October 30, 2009

CBS: Doubting President Obama: Are they finally getting it?

Transcript:

KATIE COURIC, HOST: Now let`s get back to that $787 billion stimulus Anthony mentioned. Earlier this year, the president claimed it would create or save three million jobs. There are some questions about how many it may have created so far. Chip Reid is at the White House tonight. And, Chip, I know the administration is putting out a jobs report card tomorrow. What can you can tell us about that?

CHIP REID, CBS CORRESPONDENT: Well, Katie, that report is going to claim that the stimulus has already created or saved hundreds of thousands of jobs, but if the administration`s first effort at counting stimulus jobs is any guide, tomorrow`s numbers could be hard to believe.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

REID: At a small college in Georgia, $100,000 in stimulus funds paid for trucks for students to practice for commercial driver`s licenses. Another $100,000 went for a modular classroom. The school reported to the government that 280 jobs were created.

In reality, not even close. That`s the number of students who benefited. It has nothing to do with jobs.

In Cocoa, Florida, a childcare center reported 129 jobs created by a stimulus grant. In fact, no jobs were created. The money was really used to increase the compensation and benefits of 129 existing employees.

Overall, it turns out the administration`s initial stimulus jobs report contained hundreds of errors as first reported by the Associated Press. Critics say if the kinds of errors found in that earlier report are repeated in Friday`s much more extensive job creation survey, it won`t be worth the paper it`s printed on.

CRAIG JENNINGS: We have, I think, a rough estimate at best. And at worst, these numbers are next to useless.

REID: The White House says the errors have already been corrected, that tomorrow`s jobs report has been double- and triple-checked for weeks, and that it will give an accurate, detailed look at the early success of the stimulus.

Republicans in Congress, though, predict the report will be a world- class example of government obfuscation.

REP. JOHN BOEHNER (R), OHIO: There is no factual way of determining how many jobs were saved or created.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

REID: Those Republican critics also say they don`t understand how some stimulus projects will create any jobs. For example, half a million dollars to study social networks like FaceBook, and $219,000 to study the sex lives of female college freshmen. Katie.

COURIC: Chip Reid reporting from the White House tonight. Thanks, Chip.

Makes you wonder if White House communications director Anita Dunn is going to file a complaint with CBS.

After all, she didn’t think it was right for Fox News’s Chris Wallace to fact check the Adminstration.

Why should Katie and crew get to do it?

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IPT: Terrorism Report: Dearborn Imam Killed

October 30, 2009

Steven Emerson, Executive Director October 30, 2009
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Friday 30 October 2009
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Top News

1. Imam Killed, 10 Others Arrested in Detroit Case (IPT News)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4648
A Detroit imam was killed in a shootout with FBI agents Wednesday afternoon as the agents sought to arrest him and 10 other men on conspiracy and weapons charges. Luqman Ameen Abdullah, formerly Christopher Thomas, is accused of being the ringleader of a radical Muslim separatist movement that wanted a state in America governed by Shariah law. According to an affidavit in the criminal complaint, Abdullah, 53, and many of his followers were converts to Islam. Abdullah was convicted of assault and carrying a concealed weapon in 1981. Like other cases broken up this year, Abdullah converted to Islam after serving time in prison.

2. FBI K-9 Killed in the Line of Duty (FBI)
http://detroit.fbi.gov/pressrel/2009/de102909a.htm
On October 28, 2009, Federal Bureau of Investigation K-9 Freddy lost his life in the line of duty. Freddy will be returned home to Quantico, Virginia. A memorial will be held at Quantico and Freddy’s name will be added to a memorial wall.  Freddy was a Belgian Malinois. Freddy was born on February 17, 2007 and entered on duty with the FBI on September 8, 2008. In the line of duty, Freddy gave his life for his team. He will be missed by his FBI family.  Anyone who wishes to send a card to Freddy’s team members, please send them to the address below and they will be forwarded to the team:…  Anyone wishing to donate money to a K-9 Law Enforcement Memorial in the memory of Freddy:…

3. FBI defends decision to shoot mosque leader – Case reopens Muslim concerns on informants (Detroit Free Press)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4649
Terrorists? Two-bit thugs? Or innocent? Those are the questions surrounding the dozen men described as radical fundamentalists charged in a criminal conspiracy that includes firearms and stolen goods offenses. As seven suspects appeared Thursday in U.S. District Court in Detroit for detention hearings, prosecutors warned of possible retaliation for the killing of the group’s leader, Luqman Ameen Abdullah. FBI agents killed Abdullah, 53, of Detroit during a Wednesday raid and shootout at a Dearborn warehouse. “We know from his conduct yesterday that violence was intended,” U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg said Thursday. Two suspects were at large late Thursday. But defense attorneys scoffed at a 43-page detailed affidavit that highlights Abdullah’s alleged hatred of government and police agencies and call for a jihad. The suspects are not charged with any form of terrorism. “I don’t see any terrorism charges,” said defense attorney Robert F. Kinney, who represents suspect Abdul Saboor, 37, of Detroit. “Terrorism is a very serious charge.” Federal authorities defended the actions they took.

4. Feds warn of reprisals after radical’s death (Washington Times)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4650
Federal officials have issued a warning that the shooting death of a radical Sunni Islamic leader in Michigan on Wednesday night may engender retaliatory violence against law enforcement officers there as well as in the Washington area, though law enforcement officials played it down as a routine measure. Gunfire erupted during the arrest of Ummah leader Luqman Abdullah and members of his group after Abdullah pulled a gun and shot and killed an FBI canine, according to a document obtained by The Washington Times from the Washington Regional Threat and Analysis Center (WRTAC). FBI agents returned fire at the warehouse in Dearborn, Mich., and killed Abdullah, who was charged with selling stolen goods and illegal possession and sale of firearms. “Abdullah’s death and associated arrests may foster resentment, violent rhetoric, and threats from Ummah adherents,” said the raw intelligence document issued by the WRTAC.

5. Police on heightened alert after followers’ threats (Detroit Free Press)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4651
Detroit police are on heightened alert after followers and family members of a slain mosque leader threatened to retaliate against officers, officials said today. Officers in the 10th Precinct, which is housed at 12000 Livernois, are taking “extra precaution,” said police spokesman John Roach. He declined to elaborate, saying that divulging any tactical deployment efforts could compromise officers’ safety. Roach said federal investigators informed police about the threats, which allegedly were made by followers and at least one family member of Luqman Ameen Abdullah, who was gunned down during a shootout with federal agents Wednesday. The 10th Precinct is less than 2 miles from the Masjid Al-Haqq mosque led by Abdullah. Abdullah, known to some as Christopher Thomas, died after firing on officers during a raid on a Dearborn warehouse, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Eight others were arrested in connection with an alleged mission to establish a separate Islamic nation within the United States. Three men are still at large.

6. Islamists Urge Government to Keep Imam’s Faith Out of Detroit Case (IPT News)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4652
The imam had driven from Detroit to northern Virginia to raise money for a jailed friend, a convicted cop killer. “If you study the case you’ll see that it’s a conspiracy,” the imam said. “If you study what went on with him, you’ll say, ‘How in the world is he in jail?'” But it was what Luqman Abdullah said on the way to that March 2008 fundraiser that helped bring the FBI to his door on Wednesday in what proved to be a fatal confrontation. In the car with his son and two followers, one of whom turned out to be an FBI informant, Abdullah repeated his long-standing concern that law enforcement was after him.

7. Mujahid Carswell (aka Mujahid Abdullah) Apprehended by RCMP (FBI)
http://detroit.fbi.gov/pressrel/2009/de102909.htm
Andrew G. Arena, Special Agent in Charge (SAC), Federal Bureau of Investigation, (FBI), Detroit, Michigan, announces that a Mujahid Carswell (aka Mujahid Abdullah) was taken into custody by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, without incident at approximately 1:00 p.m. today. At this time, Canadian Border Patrol (CBSA) is detaining him for immigration violations. The FBI would like to thank the RCMP and Canadian law enforcement for their assistance in this matter.

8. Son of suspected Muslim extremist expelled from Canada (Globe and Mail)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4653
Windsor police apprehended the son of a suspected Muslim extremist killed this week in Detroit by U.S. agents, and within hours Canadian border agents expelled him from the country. “We have him now,” FBI Special Agent Sandra Berchtold said Thursday. Mujahid Carswell, also known as Mujahid Abdullah, 30, had been living openly in Windsor for months and moving routinely back and forth between Windsor and Detroit. Canadian border agents declined to say why Mr. Carswell had been expelled or whether he was entitled to any hearing. The section of the FBI complaint involving Mr. Carswell says he was involved in teaching martial arts to young children in mosques on both sides of the river separating Detroit and Windsor and that he sometimes beat them.

9. Detectives search for suspect, motive in North Hollywood synagogue shootings [Updated] (LA Times)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4654
A gunman entered the grounds of a North Hollywood synagogue this morning and shot and wounded two men who were going to a prayer service.[Updated at 12:37 p.m.: A 17-year-old who was detained this morning near the synagogue for questioning in the shooting has been released, according to LAPD Lt. John Romero.] While police initially said they were investigating the shooting as a hate crime, officials later said it’s too early to tell whether the attack was motivated by religious hate. The initial description of the suspect was of a black man wearing a black hoodie. But law enforcement sources told The Times that the investigation was wide open and that police were investigating all possibilities, including whether the gunman specifically targeted either of the victims. One source said detectives were not certain of the suspect’s race.[Updated at 12:38 p.m.: Several law enforcement sources also said investigators are looking at whether the shootings were related to a business or personal dispute. The sources said detectives believe one of the victims was the target, and that a second victim may have been shot because he witnessed the attack.] Speaking to reporters outside the taped-off synagogue, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called the incident “a senseless act of violence.” But the mayor was careful to temper worries that the shooting was a hate crime.

10. Arrest of Canadian on terror charges rekindles concerns about U.S.-Canada border (Canadian Press)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4655
A Canadian businessman will remain behind bars in Chicago charged with helping to plot a terrorist attack against a Danish newspaper – the second high-profile terror arrest in the United States in recent weeks with a Canadian connection. A Chicago judge said Wednesday she needs more information before she can determine whether Tahawwur Hussain Rana, who owns an immigration services company with offices in Chicago, New York and Toronto, can be freed on bond while he awaits trial or whether he poses a serious flight risk. Rana, a Canadian citizen who was born in Pakistan, is the second terror suspect in a month with strong ties to Canada, although he’s lived in the U.S. for almost 15 years running his business and operating a slaughterhouse in rural Illinois. Authorities allege that Najibullah Zazi, accused of plotting what might have been the biggest U.S. terrorist attack since 9-11, travelled twice to Canada in the months prior to his arrest. Zazi has family in Mississauga, west of Toronto. The latest arrest is bad news for Canada, because it serves to confirm long-held suspicions among American law enforcement officials about Canadian efforts to catch potential terrorists, said one longtime observer of Canada-U.S. relations.

11. Regulators want more authority to protect nation’s power grid
(Gov’t Computer News)
http://gcn.com/articles/2009/10/28/smrt-grid-security-hearing-102809.aspx
Regulators overseeing the nation’s  power generation and distribution system say this critical infrastructure is at risk because they do not have the power to quickly respond to threats and vulnerabilities to the system. Representatives from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. and the Energy Department told a House panel Tuesday that legislation now pending in the House could help correct current problems. “The [Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s] current authority is not adequate to address cyber or other national security threats to the reliability of our transmission and power system,” Joseph McClelland, director of FERC’s Office of Electric Reliability, told the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Energy and the Environment. “These types of threats pose an increasing risk to our nation’s electric grid, which undergirds our government and economy and helps ensure the health and welfare of our citizens. Congress should address this risk now.”

12. U.S. Departments of Energy and Homeland Security Establish Major Resilient Smart Grid Program at the University of Illinois (University of Illinois)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4656
In recent months, the media have been buzzing with talk about the “Smart Grid,” especially since then-President-Elect Barack Obama featured the need for new Smart Grid technology in a January 2009 speech on the economy. Now, the Information Trust Institute (ITI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and its partner institutions have been recruited to contribute towards the ongoing development of a resilient, secure Smart Grid in the United States, following the announcement of a major award of research support from the U.S. Department of Energy with contributions from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

13. In Russia, an intensifying insurgency – Under crackdown, Chechen separatism turns into a regional Islamist revolt (Washington Post)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4657
Her face wet with tears and framed by a black shawl, Madina Albakova sat in her ransacked living room and described how she had become another teenage widow here in Ingushetia, the most volatile of Russia’s Muslim republics. The details emerged between sobs: the arrival of the security forces earlier in the day, her husband’s panicked attempt to flee, the gunfire that erupted without warning. He was a law student, barely 20 and “so beautiful,” she said, but the soldiers planted a rifle next to his body and called him an Islamist rebel. Then they took everything of value — the family’s savings, a set of dishes, even baby clothes, she said. Such heavy-handed tactics by the Russian security forces have helped transform the long-running separatist rebellion in Chechnya, east of Ingushetia, into something potentially worse: a radical Muslim insurgency that has spread across the region, draws support from various ethnic groups and appears to be gaining strength.

14. Saudis being dragged into Yemen war (UPI)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4658
Slowly but surely, Saudi Arabia, which has traditionally shied away from conflict in favor of diplomacy and buying its way out of trouble, is being dragged into the Middle East’s conflicts as a participant. It’s happening in Iraq and Iran, but right now the main hotspot is Yemen, the poorest country on the Arabian peninsula, wracked by tribal insurrection, southern secessionists and a resurgent al-Qaida.  Things are so bad in Yemen, the most populous country on the peninsula, that it is in danger of collapsing as a state with its wars and insurrections spilling over into Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil producer. The Saudis have backed Yemen’s beleaguered president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, in his five-year war with Shiite Zaidi rebels in the unruly north, centered on Saada province. His government in Sanaa says the tribesmen are backed by Shiite-dominated Iran, Saudi Arabia’s main rival in the oil-rich Gulf, and its proxies in Iraq and Lebanon.

15. Saudi Father Weds Daughter, 10, to Octogenarian (MEMRI)
http://www.memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP262309
Articles have recently appeared in the Saudi press discussing the phenomenon of child marriage, which has been practiced in Muslim societies since the dawn of Islam. In Saudi Arabia, which implements the shari’a, child bride marriages are legal, since according to Muslim tradition, the Prophet Muhammad married his wife ‘Aisha when she was only six years old. In August 2009, it was reported that a 10-year-old girl had been hiding for 10 days in her aunt’s house after her father married her off to a man of 80. In response to this report, a Saudi columnist contended that child bride marriages were incompatible with Islamic values and that they violated the 1989 U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Saudi Arabia is a signatory.

16. Pakistan: Security boosted across southern city of Karachi  (AKI)
http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Security/?id=3.0.3928768714
Security has been stepped up across the southern port city of Karachi after police received “credible” intelligence reports of possible terrorist attacks in the city on Friday. Security barriers have been set-up across the metropolis, where police and armed forces remained on high alert. According to police, an extensive campaign has been launched to identify suspects and suspicious activities in the city during the past 24 hours. Meanwhile over 250 suspects have been detained from various city areas during overnight raids. Police sources told Pakistani daily Dawn that most of the detainees are Afghan nationals who were living in Karachi illegally. They added that spot-checks have been intensified following “credible” security threats. Sniffer-dogs have also been placed at over a dozen sensitive locations, police said without specifying which these were. Police sources also said that “appropriate arrangements” have been made at all mosques, and places of worship, especially during Friday prayers.

17. Iran accused of playing games on nuclear deal (Daily Telegraph – London)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4659
Tehran responded to an International Atomic Energy Agency offer to send its uranium abroad for enrichment by submitting a counterproposal. Britain and other European Union nations were preparing to reject the new plan last night, raising the threat of a protracted confrontation and new sanctions. Iran presented its response to the deal drawn up by the United States, Russia and France on and Germany on Thursday. It came as European Union foreign ministers were meeting in Brussels and they were last night thrashing out a common response. France said it was still hopeful the original deal would be agreed but it is understood that neither Britain nor France and Germany will accept Iran’s new terms. They believe Iran is trying to use the deal merely as a starting point to draw other countries into another protracted round of talks. During that time they think the Iranians could continue to enrich uranium and conduct more research on the scientific know-how necessary to turn it into a nuclear weapon.

18. The IDF has become Israel’s diplomatic channel to the West (Ha’aretz)
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1124583.html
Regular visitors to Tel Aviv’s northern beaches were surprised this week to find Tel Baruch beach strictly off-limits, guarded by makeshift barbed-wire fences and joint patrols by Israel Defense Forces soldiers and burly American men – and a few women – in desert camouflage. The biennial Juniper Cobra exercise, aimed at improving coordination between American and Israeli missile defense systems, has become almost routine for the two armies since its inception in 2001, but this time there were a number of marked differences. Not only was this the largest joint Israeli-American military exercise in history, it was also the largest exercise of its kind by U.S. forces. “This is the first time we’ve deployed all these systems, the THAAD missile, the Aegis system and the X-band radar all together against threat scenarios,” Colonel Tony English, commander of the Germany-based 357th Air Defense Brigade told reporters this week near Tel Aviv.

19. Qaida-linked group claims rocket attack on Israel (AP)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4660
A Lebanon-based al-Qaida-linked group claimed responsibility Thursday for a rocket attack against Israel this week, saying it was in retaliation for the Jewish state’s crackdown on protesters at a Jerusalem shrine. The claim from a group calling itself the Battalions of Ziad Jarrah came two days after a rocket was fired from Lebanon into northern Israel, causing no casualties. Lebanese troops subsequently found and dismantled four rockets in the village of Houla near the border with Israel. The claim of responsibility, made on a Web site often used by Islamic militants, could not be independently verified. The group is named after a Lebanese militant who as among the 19 suicide attackers that carried out the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States. It has claimed responsibility for previous rocket-firings across the border into Israel.

20. Jerusalem Official: PA has De Facto Control Parts of Capital (Israel National News)
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/134123
Israeli control over eastern Jerusalem is a “fiction” while the Palestinian Authority has a presence in many areas, a Jerusalem official charged. Municipal council member Yakir Shegev, who oversees issues concerning eastern Jerusalem, told Arutz Sheva that the PA issues building permits in parts of the Old City and “is slowly taking control of the eastern part of the capital.” Shegev also revealed that the Education Ministry pays the salaries of Arab teachers in eastern Jerusalem, where the PA administers students’ matriculation examinations. “It is absurd that the tests are checked in Ramallah while teachers receive money from us,” he added.

Commentary / Analysis

1. Richard B. Myers: Counterterrorism begs for a strategy (Washington Times)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4661

2. Matthew Levitt: Israel as an al-Qaeda Target: Sorting Rhetoric from Reality (Washington Institute)
http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC06.php?CID=1370

3. Andrew C. McCarthy: After Justice’s sweetheart deal, judge gives al-Marri a slap on the wrist (NRO)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4646

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Cartoon: Obama Golfing

October 30, 2009

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Cartoon: MWH Airlines Healthcare

October 29, 2009

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Breaking News: Dearborn Imam Killed

October 29, 2009

Imam Killed, 10 Others Arrested in Detroit Case

IPT News
October 28, 2009

http://www.investigativeproject.org/1490/imam-killed-10-others-arrested-in-detroit-case

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A Detroit imam was killed in a shootout with FBI agents Wednesday afternoon as the agents sought to arrest him and 10 other men on conspiracy and weapons charges.

Luqman Ameen Abdullah, formerly Christopher Thomas, is accused of being the ringleader of a radical Muslim separatist movement that wanted a state in America governed by Shariah law.

According to an affidavit in the criminal complaint, Abdullah, 53, and many of his followers were converts to Islam. Abdullah was convicted of assault and carrying a concealed weapon in 1981. Like other cases broken up this year, Abdullah converted to Islam after serving time in prison.

In the affidavit, FBI Special Agent Gary Leone described the defendants, saying: “Their primary mission is to establish a separate, sovereign Islamic state (“The Ummah”) within the borders of the United States, governed by Shariah law. The Ummah is to be ruled over by Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, formerly know as H. Rapp Brown.” Al-Amin is serving a life sentence after being convicted in 2002 of killing a Georgia police officer.

According to an FBI news release, the suspects were considered armed and dangerous and law enforcement used “special safeguards” to try to make the arrests peacefully. “Luqman Ameen Abdullah did not surrender and fired his weapon,” the release said. “An exchange of gun fire followed and Abdullah was killed.”

According to the complaint, a former member of Abdullah’s group cooperated in the investigation. The informant reported that Abdullah advocated “the spread of Islam through violent jihad.”

The affidavit makes it clear that when agents moved in, Abdullah practiced what he preached.

Abdullah at a fundraiser for Jamil Al-Amin in 2008

“He regularly preaches anti-government and anti-law enforcement rhetoric,” Leone wrote, and “preaches that every Muslim should have a weapon, and should not be scared to use their weapon when needed. Members and former members of the Masjid Al-Haqq have stated they are willing to do anything Abdullah instructs and/or preaches, even including criminal conduct and acts of violence.”

Abdullah saw himself and his followers “as soldiers at war against the United States government and against non-Muslims.

A second informant recorded Abdullah asking for $5,000 to “do something” during the 2006 Super Bowl in Detroit. If innocents were to be hurt, “it’s going to be legitimate,” Abdullah said. He complained that “Kafir” or non-believers, were watching him “ridiculously closely.” Still, he said he carried “some violence [in me] because of what they did to Imam Jamil [Al-Amin].

The Investigative Project on Terrorism will have more on this story Thursday. Read the full complaint here. See coverage in the Detroit Free Press here and the Detroit News here.

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Tom Sowell: Dismantling Of America

October 28, 2009

The Dismantling Of America, Piece By Piece

By THOMAS SOWELL IBD: 28 Oct. 2009

Just one year ago, would you have believed that an unelected government official, not even a Cabinet member confirmed by the Senate but simply one of the many “czars” appointed by the president, could arbitrarily cut the pay of executives in private businesses by 50% or 90%?

Did you think that another “czar” would be talking about restricting talk radio? That there would be plans afloat to subsidize newspapers — that is, to create a situation where some newspapers’ survival would depend on the government liking what they publish?

Did you imagine that anyone would even be talking about having a panel of so-called “experts” deciding who could and could not get lifesaving medical treatments?

Scary as that is from a medical standpoint, it is also chilling from the standpoint of freedom. If you have a mother who needs a heart operation or a child with some dire medical condition, how free would you feel to speak out against an administration that has the power to make life-and-death decisions about your loved ones?

Does any of this sound like America?

How about a federal agency giving schoolchildren material to enlist them on the side of the president? Merely being assigned to sing his praises in class is apparently not enough.

How much of America would be left if the federal government continued on this path? President Obama has already floated the idea of a national police force, something we have done without for more than two centuries.

We already have local police forces all across the country and military forces for national defense, as well as the FBI for federal crimes and the National Guard for local emergencies. What would be the role of a national police force created by Barack Obama, with all its leaders appointed by him? It would seem more like the brownshirts of dictators than like anything American.

How far the president will go depends of course on how much resistance he meets. But the direction in which he is trying to go tells us more than all his rhetoric or media spin.

Barack Obama has not only said that he is out to “change the United States of America”; the people he has been associated with for years have expressed in words and deeds their hostility to the values, the principles and the people of this country.

Jeremiah Wright said it with words: “God damn America!”

Bill Ayers said it with bombs that he planted.

Community activist goons have said it with their contempt for the rights of other people.

Among the people appointed as czars by President Obama have been people who have praised enemy dictators like Mao, who have seen the public schools as places to promote sexual practices contrary to the values of most Americans, to a captive audience of children.

Those who say that the Obama administration should have investigated those people more thoroughly before appointing them are missing the point completely. Why should we assume that Barack Obama didn’t know what such people were like, when he has been associating with precisely these kinds of people for decades before he reached the White House?

Nothing is more consistent with his lifelong patterns than putting such people in government — people who reject American values, resent Americans in general and successful Americans in particular, as well as resenting America’s influence in the world.

Any miscalculation on his part would be in not thinking that others would discover what these stealth appointees were like. Had it not been for the Fox News Channel, these stealth appointees might have remained unexposed for what they are. Fox News is now high on the administration’s enemies list.

Nothing so epitomizes President Obama’s own contempt for American values and traditions like trying to ram two bills through Congress in his first year — each bill more than a thousand pages long — too fast for either of them to be read, much less discussed.

That he succeeded only the first time says that some people are starting to wake up. Whether enough people will wake up in time to keep America from being dismantled, piece by piece, is another question — and the biggest question for this generation.

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Cartoon: Obama Attacking FoxNews

October 28, 2009

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Cartoon: Obama’s Enemies

October 27, 2009

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Healthcare: Stealth Socialism

October 26, 2009

Stealth Socialism

26 Oct. 2009 | IBD

Sen. Snowe: Finger on the trigger of a single-pay system? AP

Sen. Snowe: Finger on the trigger of a single-pay system? APView Enlarged Image

Health Reform: Congress’ planned health care revolution will be bad enough without a government-run option. With it, Euro-style socialism becomes inevitable. It’s time for a bipartisan way out of this disaster.

Last week proved Democrats want as much big government control as possible in the huge medical sector of the economy. The president’s advisers said he’s still committed to a government-run public option, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lined up three versions of such a plan and the Senate majority leader announced a public plan with a state opt-out.

Why is the public option back at all? It seemed dead after a study earlier this year indicated such a plan would mean private health insurers could lose nearly 120 million customers.

Described as being “prized by liberals as a fundamental pillar of reform,” the public option is really a way to put capitalistic America on a path toward socialized medicine.

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Barney Frank, a longtime co-sponsor of single-payer legislation, said in July, “I think the best way we’re gonna get single-payer, the only way, is to have a public option and demonstrate its strength and its power.” Why not just enact single-payer? “We don’t have the votes for it,” Frank replied.

The public option was conceived by leftist organizations such as the Campaign for America’s Future years ago because polls showed the American people liked private health insurance and would never go for a direct government takeover. Ex-Sen. John Edwards’ presidential campaign embraced it as “stealth single-payer,” and the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama followed suit.

Renegade Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine may be the one to thank if this new medical entitlement becomes reality, at a time when government accountants warn that Washington is spending the country toward a fiscal doomsday.

The president is reportedly smitten with Snowe’s public option “trigger” — an idea that comes down to this: If private insurers charge customers more than Uncle Sam dictates as they deal with all the new costs Washington imposes, the federal government will become their unfair competitor and wreck the private health insurance industry.

With or without a government-run option, the Democrats’ radical transformation of the greatest health care system in the world still means reams of new regulations on private insurers, including the likely end of anti-trust protection.

It means fines for those — especially the young — who won’t buy what will become high-priced insurance. It may slap uncooperative employers with an 8% payroll tax. And it may impose a $460 billion, 5.4% income tax surcharge sure to kill private sector jobs.

It’s time for new ideas, like the expanded private coverage options of the Patients’ Choice Act, backed by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Richard Burr, R-N.C.

As Ryan warns, the federal government would run health care “with the compassion of the IRS, the efficiency of the Post Office and the incompetence of Katrina.”

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Cartoon: Out of Control Spending

October 26, 2009

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Cartoon: Healthcare NOT a Hoax

October 20, 2009

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Dems Go Nuclear

October 19, 2009

Dems Go Nuclear

IBD: 19 Oct. 2009

Health Care: Democrats seem set to use the “nuclear option” to ram their government health takeover into law. Bipartisanship already looked dead; now it looks extinct.

The health care revolution the Democratic Congress has planned — with its inevitable medical rationing, thousands of dollars in increased insurance premiums, and coverage of illegal aliens — may get placed on the familiar fast track used to spend hundreds and hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars this year.

Instead of the 60 votes needed in the Senate if proper parliamentary rules were followed, passing this reshaping of the medical system as a “budget reconciliation” measure would mean only a simple majority was needed.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., accused of cheating on his taxes, last week held a hearing to let the House version of the health reform bill be passed this way. As the Washington weekly Human Events reports, Democratic leaders “have apparently invoked the ‘nuclear option’ to shut out Republicans and ensure the bill is passed before the end of the year.”

So all those “town hells” during the summer, where senators and congressmen were given an earful about passing secretly written thousand-page bills without reading them, will be ignored.

In the age of the Internet, Congress refuses to post for computer access the most consequential legislation in history, as far as its effect on human lives (and deaths) is concerned, before voting on it.

The people will have to wait until it’s all signed, sealed and delivered before finding out exactly how this government-imposed monster will devour health care as Americans have known it for all their lives.

And why? Because both congressional Democrats and the White House are afraid of the power of the people. Just as they are both afraid to give the opposing party a seat at the negotiating table.

Rangel didn’t allow Republicans to offer amendments in committee. Why not? Fear that Democrats might be embarrassed by having to reject a Republican amendment to protect Medicare, for one thing. And fear in general that the people might catch wind of a few bipartisan ideas that sound more sensible than their big government solutions.

The magnitude of what Congress is about to do is staggering. The federal government is about to begin dictating Americans’ behavior regarding the most intimate and vital area of life — health.

You play ball with Uncle Sam and pay thousands and thousands of dollars for far more expensive insurance than what you’re now used to, or you get slapped with fines. And as yet we don’t know how heavy those fines will be — or if noncooperation with the new system will mean more than fines.

Doesn’t Congress owe it to us to provide time to mull this over before it takes force?

Shouldn’t the exact wording of this radical transformation of our medical system be available on the Internet for weeks before a floor vote takes place?

And shouldn’t medical experts, health care providers and legal analysts get the opportunity to read every word of such a bill carefully, then give their well-considered analysis to concerned Americans?

Apparently not, according to those now running Washington.

To them, this is a rare opportunity to take a giant step toward single-payer, European-style socialized medicine. And they have no intention of letting the people stop them.

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The Real Fed News

October 19, 2009

The Real Fed News

IBD: 26 Aug. 2009

Monetary Policy: The renomination of Fed chief Ben Bernanke to a second term came as no big surprise. The same can’t be said for the naming of a union activist as head of the New York Federal Reserve.


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UNION

Denis Hughes, president of the AFL-CIO in New York, has served as interim head of the New York Fed board since May. His ascent to one of the world’s most important financial posts is another troubling sign of this administration’s too-tight embrace of organized labor.

Understand, this is a time of great financial peril. That’s the main reason why Bernanke was renominated. The idea of changing Fed leaders in the middle of a financial crisis was too much.

Bernanke has printed close to $2 trillion in new money to help refloat the economy. President Obama is no doubt happy — if for no other reason than it will let the White House claim its $787 billion “stimulus” is the real reason the economy’s starting to grow again.

But the naming of Hughes as the top banker at the New York Fed is the real news. And it’s quite astounding.

He has no significant finance experience. Nor does his educational background — “Brother Hughes,” as the AFL-CIO’s Web site calls him, has a B.S. degree from the Harry Van Arsdale School of Labor Studies at Empire State College — reassure us.

Of greater concern is his career as a bought-and-paid-for union official and political operative. The New York Fed chairmanship is hardly a place for a person whose entire career has been spent fighting and strong-arming the very people he’ll now be regulating.

As American Thinker editor Ed Lasky put it, Hughes is someone “who may be more schooled in extracting concessions from corporate America than the intricacies of high finance.”

Exactly. More to the point, can those on Wall Street who come before him in routine regulatory matters expect fair treatment? Will union issues become part of the New York Fed’s agenda? Will banks find requests to expand or merge stymied because unions fear a loss of jobs somewhere?

These are more than just academic questions. The New York Fed is the primus inter pares, the first among equals, of all the Fed banks. It is the bank that executes the Fed board’s will in the marketplace. It is the on-site regulator of Wall Street, playing, as its Web site says, “a leadership role in monetary policy, financial supervision and the payments system.” Now it’s headed by a union shill.

Putting this key Fed bank in the hands of a person whose experience suggests a bred-in-the-bone hostility to capitalism strikes us as bizarre at best and dangerous at worst. And it bears the unmistakable imprint of the White House. Just last week we wrote about plans to elevate former United Steelworkers adviser Ron Bloom from head of the auto task force to “industrial policy czar.”

Putting so many union people in powerful positions of economic policymaking is a recipe for disaster. Since 1955, the share of the workers belonging to unions has plunged from 33% to about 11%. Still, though increasingly unpopular, unions have helped wreck two major industries: autos and steel. Not much of a track record.

But now, through politics, unions are getting rewarded with control of the economy — a very bad omen for American capitalism.

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EU Grabs Korea Trade Pact That Was Ours

October 19, 2009

EU Grabs Korea Trade Pact That Was Ours

IBD: 19 Oct. 2009

Free Trade: Europe just walked off with the second-biggest trade deal in history with South Korea, bringing a fresh $26 billion to both economies and extending their clout globally. It’s a prize that could have been ours.

Welcome to the new America, the land of the left behind. As the Obama administration dithers for the eighth straight month about three pending free-trade treaties, those dust clouds you see are Europe taking off and running with the big one — South Korea.

Late Thursday, Europe completed a free-trade pact with Korea in which 99% of all tariffs will be scrapped within five years. The two blocs already do business totaling $98 billion, and this deal is expected to tack on another $26 billion.

Products affected include machine tool parts, pharmaceuticals and agricultural produce. All are goods that American companies also make, but they still shell out 56% in tariffs.

For Europe, the deal with Korea was easy. The U.S. had already negotiated a trade pact of its own that was ready to go in 2006. Details of the EU-Korea treaty are nearly identical, so it’s obvious the Europeans just Xeroxed the U.S.-Korea pact and will now walk off with the spoils.

The EU-Korea treaty is the biggest since the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement. South Korea is the world’s 15th-largest economy, and the 27-nation European Union is the biggest bloc.

A U.S. in the throes of recession could use that kind of market opening. And with the dollar tumbling, it would be in the middle of an export boom if the treaty went through.

The EU-Korea pact is expected to take effect next June. Media reports say Congress won’t take up U.S. free-trade agreements with Korea (or Colombia and Panama, for that matter) until 2011 at the earliest. That’s time enough for Europe to snap up our market share. No wonder the Europeans are smiling.

This isn’t the only thing they’re cooking up. EU trade pacts are also in the works with India and the Asian Tiger states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) — Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, Burma, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. And talks with Pakistan (with a GDP ranked 48th) start Oct. 19.

Other nations are doing the same. China, Japan and South Korea are creating their own economic zone, South Korea and Colombia have begun talks for a free-trade pact, Korea is holding talks with Peru, and Australia is pushing for free trade with India.

Elsewhere, Pakistan and Turkey are about to sign off on free trade, Armenia and Azerbaijan seek to join a Turkish free-trade zone, and Canada — which is working on deals with Asia and Europe and has a trade pact with Colombia ready for Parliament action — is also seeking to join New Zealand, Chile, Brunei and Singapore as a free- trade consortium.

And the U.S., well, it recently signed basic frameworks for trade with Afghanistan — No. 118 in GDP rankings — and Sri Lanka (No. 78). Every trade agreement helps, but something’s not right when a $14 trillion economy is working on trade pacts with tiny economies working their way out of war while Europe walks off with prizes like Korea.

It all highlights a bad disconnect in the Obama administration about what global engagement is. Based on what President Obama has said and done, global engagement is all about deferring to unelected United Nations bureaucrats and saying nice words that please the Nobel Committee.

In the real world, global presence is something different: the forging of trade ties that create alliances, jobs and new influence. As the White House sits on its hands, free-trade treaties are advancing worldwide, and the U.S. is becoming less powerful, not more.

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Selling China The Rope To Hang Us

October 19, 2009

Art. 3 Sec. 3 – Treason: aid and comfort to an enemy.

Selling China The Rope To Hang Us

IBD: 19 Oct. 2009

National Security: On the eve of a visit by China’s No. 2 ranking military officer, the Obama administration loosens export controls on technology that will benefit Chinese missile development. It’s deja vu all over again.

The Pentagon has announced that Chinese Gen. Xu Caihou will visit the United States and meet with Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Oct. 26. Xu is vice chairman of the People’s Liberation Army Central Military Commission. While here, Xu will visit American military installations around the U.S., including the U.S. Pacific Command.

Perhaps Xu will bring with him a note of thanks for the administration’s decision to shift authority for approving sales of missile and space technology from the White House to the Commerce Department. As Bill Gertz points out in the Washington Times, the little-noticed “presidential determination” made Sept. 29 alters a key provision of the 1999 Defense Authorization Act.

That provision required that the president notify Congress whether a proposed transfer of missile and space technology to China would harm the U.S. space-launch industry or help China’s missile programs. It was enacted after a Clinton-administration scandal in which U.S. companies were allowed to transfer technology that jump-started a troubled Chinese missile program.

After the failed launch of a satellite built by Loral Space and Communications Ltd. and attached to a Chinese rocket in February 1996, Loral provided 200 pages of data to China’s Great Wall Industry Corp. to correct the guidance system problems of their “Long March” rockets, which blew up 75% of the time. Hughes Electronics was also involved in the technology transfers.

On March 14, 1996, the Clinton administration transferred licensing responsibility for technology exports to the Commerce Department from State and Defense and, as a result, our formerly strict export controls were effectively eviscerated. This transferring of licensing responsibility was made after a request from a man who would be the Democratic Party’s largest donor in 1996 — Loral Chairman Bernard L. Schwartz.

A May 1997 classified Pentagon report concluded that Loral had “turned over expertise that significantly improved China’s nuclear missiles” and that “United States national security has been harmed.”

According to the Pentagon, the technology that improved the Long March satellite launcher has also made the Dong Feng ICBM series more lethal.

The move to shift technology export controls back to Commerce comes not long after the Chinese successfully tested a ground-launched anti-satellite weapon.

It follows a military parade celebrating 60 years of Communist rule. On display were 108 missiles of various types, including some designed to end U.S. dominance in the Western Pacific.

Military analysts strained their necks to see one new Chinese missile, the land-based DF-21, the world’s first ballistic missile capable of hitting a moving target at sea. The conventionally armed missile has maneuverable warheads and a range in excess of 1,000 miles.

“Investments in cyber and anti-satellite warfare (by China), anti-air and anti-ship weaponry, and ballistic missiles could threaten America’s primary way to project power and help allies in the Pacific — in particular our forward air bases and carrier strike groups,” Gates recently said in a speech to the Air Force Association.

“It is shocking,” said Gary Milhollin, director of the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control, “that it (technology controls) would be delegated to the secretary of commerce, whose job it is to promote trade, rather than to the secretary of state or the secretary of defense, who have far more knowledge and responsibility within their organizations for missile technology.”

Edward Timperlake, a Pentagon technology-security official under George W. Bush, said of the policy shift: “It looks like we’re going to have Loral-Hughes part two.”

Indeed, under the guise of space cooperation, we appear to be about to repeat the mistakes of the 1990s, when our technology flowed to the Chinese, allowing them to fix and modernize their ICBM force.

During his visit, Gen. Xu will have a chance to see the carriers and other warships in the U.S. Pacific Fleet — or as the Chinese might call them, thanks to periodic infusions of U.S. technology, targets.

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Cartoon: Uncle Sam’s SCAR | Socialism

October 19, 2009

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Book Exposes CAIR’s Exaggerations,

October 16, 2009


A new book claims to give readers an inside look at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), arguing everything from its claims of financial and political clout to its genuine agenda are rooted in deception.

Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America is based in large part on access to CAIR operations obtained by Chris Gaubatz, the son of co-author P. David Gaubatz. Using an alias, the younger Gaubatz spent six months as a CAIR intern in 2008.

Working under the name David Marshall, Chris Gaubatz worked closely with CAIR leadership including Executive Director Nihad Awad, Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, and Legislative Director Corey Saylor. Chris Gaubatz claims to have walked out with 12,000 pages of documents (most of which he had been instructed to shred) and 300 hours of clandestine video.

Among the findings from co-authors Gaubatz and Paul Sperry: that CAIR wildly exaggerates its membership numbers, that it is plagued by budget problems and dissension, and that it is financially dependent on a small network of wealthy Persian Gulf-based donors. In many cases, the book adds precision to general facts about CAIR that already are in the public domain.

For example, the Washington Times reported on CAIR’s dwindling membership rolls in 2007, only to have officials vehemently deny the story. According to Muslim Mafia, however, CAIR had just 5,133 members at that time, a far cry from its claim of 50,000 members and further still from its stated goal of 100,000 members set at a 2002 board meeting.

CAIR has sought to blame its membership and financial problems on the U.S. government’s decision to list it as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror-finance case. But its problems started well before the designation. Internal records from the 2002 meeting showed CAIR’s membership was just 9,211 nationwide – with 903 people in California, 1,219 in Virginia, 870 in Texas, 775 in Illinois and 768 in New York.

Those figures, the authors argue, challenge CAIR’s claim that it is a representative of the American Muslim community: “Using Pew Research’s survey estimate of 2.5 million American Muslims, CAIR’s current five thousand members represent just two-tenths of one percent of the U.S. Muslim population. Using CAIR’s inflated guesstimate of seven million American Muslims, CAIR represents an even smaller fraction of the Muslim community.”

Muslim Mafia claims that CAIR relies on two dozen wealthy supporters, many of them from Persian Gulf countries including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, for 60 percent of its $2.7 million annual operating budget, including one donor who contributes $600,000 a year.

The authors point to notes from a 2006 board meeting where Awad reported that the Washington public-relations firm Hill and Knowlton had put together a “business plan” to help CAIR raise money from other Gulf states. State Department records obtained by the Investigative Project on Terrorism show that that year, CAIR officials, with Hill and Knowlton in tow, sought huge donations from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, IRS tax filings show CAIR’s income from membership dues has been plummeting. In 2006, CAIR operated at a loss of more than $160,000 – more than triple the $50,000 deficit the group sustained in 2005. In 2004, by contrast, CAIR had a surplus of more than $338,000.

“Membership dues measures [sic] the organization’s success and base of support,” CAIR notes in a section of its report to the IRS explaining why it collects dues. But its IRS filings show dues plummeting from more than $700,000 in 2000 to just over $40,000 in 2006.

The bottom line, the authors say, is that “CAIR is unsupported by the broader Muslim population, which finds it more a liability than an asset. And given the anemic size of its member database, CAIR cannot possibly deliver on its threats to bring the weight of the Muslim community to bear against national politicians, CEOs, or advertisers for media personalities it doesn’t like.”

But even though CAIR is a paper tiger when it comes to mobilizing Muslim voters, the organization has had numerous successes in other areas – particularly in undermining law-enforcement efforts to secure Muslim cooperation in terrorism investigations.

In January, the Investigative Project on Terrorism broke the news that the FBI had cut off access to CAIR after evidence in the HLF trial showed CAIR founders were part of a Hamas-support network in the U.S. In a subsequent letter, an FBI official said questions about CAIR’s relationship to Hamas led to the conclusion the agency could “not view CAIR as an appropriate liaison partner.”

Anecdotes in Muslim Mafia won’t help the organization return to the FBI’s good graces. It offers examples of CAIR’s efforts to impede federal investigations related to terrorism despite its claim to be a partner to law enforcement.

For example, Chapter Six details the way CAIR coached a mosque leader in Western Maryland not to cooperate with an FBI investigation of suspicious activity.

Likewise, a 2004 investigation was thwarted when the FBI raided the Institute for Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America in Merrifield, Va. on suspicions of terrorist activity. But when the agents from the Bureau’s Joint Terrorism Task Force arrived, the book claims, the building had been cleaned out because CAIR had warned institute officials of the raid.

Another chapter is devoted to the case of former Fairfax County,Va. Police Department Sergeant Mohammad Weiss Rasool, who pled guilty to illegally searching a federal database in order to tip off a terror suspect about an FBI investigation.

“He’s a habitual liar and a traitor,” a senior FCPD official said of Rasool. “He disgraced the uniform.” As CAIR’s representative on the police force, Rasool traveled into the District of Columbia to meet with CAIR Executive Director Awad. A CAIR visitor log published on p. 325 of the book, documents one of Rasool’s visits in 2005.

The log is among numerous examples of internal CAIR documents cited in the book. Among them is a 2007 letter thanking Awad and CAIR for “the additional contribution of $9,000 to be used for the legal expenses relative to Imam Jamil Al-Amin’s case.” [Emphasis added]

Al-Amin was convicted in 2002 of killing a Georgia police officer. CAIR and other Islamist groups have touted his case, but the book shows CAIR gave directly to his legal fund.

Other published documents indicate a dysfunctional working environment in CAIR’s Washington headquarters, including allegations Sunni Muslims are treated better than Shia. A September 2004 staff memo by senior official Khalid Iqbal expressed concern about “Lost productivity,” “Low employee moral [sic]”; and lack of advancement opportunities and high turnover, with more than 50 percent of CAIR National’s workforce leaving in the past year.

Pages 321-324 of the book feature a detailed letter by Tannaz Haddadi, an official in CAIR’s Washington office, alleging that she was demoted by Mr. Iqbal after he learned that she was a Shia. Haddadi details her efforts to get Awad to intervene without success.

Most of the attention Muslim Mafia has received thus far focuses on details of CAIR’s efforts to place interns in congressional offices, especially with members serving on committees covering Justice and Homeland Security. The authors publish a 2007 memo in which Saylor reports that he placed Samia Elshafie in a “Congressional Fellowship” in the office of Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX). The authors identify Elshafie as “the congresswoman’s office contact for human rights issues.”

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick, who wrote the book’s foreword, was joined by three fellow Republicans in asking the House Sergeant at Arms to investigate whether CAIR infiltrated congressional offices – specifically judiciary, homeland security and intelligence committees. Additionally, the lawmakers are asking the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the legality of CAIR’s tax-exempt status.

CAIR still has its protectors in Congress, though, who stand by the organization despite repeated and harmful documented disclosures. U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-CA, has issued a statement denouncing Myrick and her colleagues for seeking an investigation of CAIR’s efforts to infiltrate Congress based on allegations contained in the book.

So far, CAIR has not challenged the veracity of the claims in Muslim Mafia. Instead, it has focused on the authors’ political backgrounds and minimized the findings. “All they can come up with is that we are political active?” Hooper asked in a Politico story. “The terror threat is that Muslims are politically active?”

That seems a deliberate attempt to misstate the issue, which is not whether Muslims should be employed on Capitol Hill or anywhere else. It is whether CAIR is an honest and reliable broker for American Muslims. The record, already long and detailed before Muslim Mafia‘s publication, shows CAIR habitually engages in deception about its activities. The book reinforces that conclusion with internal examples.

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Russia’s ‘Nyet’ And America’s Naivete

October 15, 2009

America needs someone a lot smarter than Hillary!

Russia’s ‘Nyet’ And America’s Naivete

IBD: 15 Oct. 2009

Clinton in Moscow: Looking for Putin?

Clinton in Moscow: Looking for Putin? View Enlarged Image

Geopolitics: America’s new clout from the Nobel Peace Prize somehow didn’t persuade Russia to help pressure soon-to-be-nuclear-armed Tehran. But then, for nearly 20 years Moscow has been helping Iran go nuclear.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week jetted straight from Northern Ireland, where she told the divided political factions, “No one ever said it was going to be easy,” to Moscow, where someone should have told her, “No one ever said it was going to be possible.”

Weren’t the pieces supposed to be in place for Moscow to respond to U.S. “leadership” and join in new sanctions against Iran?

Russians just praised as a “responsible move” the U.S. decision to back out of the long-range missile defense system we promised Poland and the Czech Republic.  The president of the United States just won the Nobel Peace Prize because he “created a new climate in international politics.”

Yet Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was too busy even to be there for Secretary Clinton’s visit, traveling to China instead. Maybe Moscow hasn’t heard about the new climate.

But Putin’s regime apparently has heard that now “dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts,” as the Norwegian Nobel Committee put it. Indeed, as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed, even the threat of sanctions against Tehran would be counterproductive.

No wonder the secretary of state emerged from her Moscow talks trying to put a good face on things. She followed the Russian lead that further sanctions would be premature. In truth, she was downplaying a clear failure to get Moscow to be tougher against the Islamofascist regime.

Let’s get real here: Why would Russia do any such thing? First, it would be viewed as a U.S. geopolitical victory and a Russian geopolitical defeat. Second, Russia, beginning in the early 1990s, helped build and continues to sustain Iran’s nuclear facilities.

The U.S. seems to be taking the advice of a New York Times editorial in June 2005 suggesting that “rallying Russia constitutes a key part of any successful containment strategy vis-a-vis Iran.” The Times contended that “Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile advances could put roughly 20 million people in the south of Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine at risk by as early as next year,” and it warned of Russian fears of “nuclear blackmail from the Islamic Republic.” The paper’s conclusion: “Washington might soon find that, with the proper inducements, it has a more receptive audience in Moscow than ever before.”

But lost in Hillary’s face-saving and the Times’ naivete is the possibility that Russia doesn’t fear the prospect of a nuclear Iran at all, but rather believes it would be in its long-term geopolitical interest.

A mix of incendiary rhetoric and feigned promises to help against Iran got Moscow what it wanted in the U.S.’ scrapping of the proposed missile defense in Eastern Europe. But we’re not getting reciprocal Russian help against the Iranian nuclear monster that Moscow is helping to build.

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IMPORTANT: CAIR PROBED

October 15, 2009

House anti-terror caucus wants CAIR probed

Islamic group’s infiltration of Capitol Hill ‘unnerving, to say the least’

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CAIR spent $160,000 to silence Savage

October 15, 2009

CAIR spent $160,000 to silence Savage
New book reveals memos behind campaign to run radio star off the air


Posted: October 14, 2009
9:00 am Eastern

By Art Moore


WorldNetDaily


Michael Savage (San Francisco Chronicle)

An explosive new book based on a daring six-month undercover operation exposing the subversive agenda of the Council on American-Islamic Relations reveals the Muslim group spent $160,000 in an unsuccessful effort to run top-rated nationally syndicated radio host Michael Savage off the air.

Internal CAIR documents uncovered in “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America” show that despite its high cost and the continued success of Savage’s show, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad believed the campaign was “worth every penny,” because, he says, the radio star lost at least $1 million in advertising.

Authors P. David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry recount how CAIR ran out of money before it could crack Savage’s most loyal sponsors.

As WND reported, Savage sued CAIR in December 2007, two months after the Muslim lobby group began urging “people of all faiths” to contact Savage’s advertisers to protest “anti-Muslim bigotry” on the air. CAIR cited Savage calling the Quran “a throwback document” and “a book of hate” and demanding CAIR be thrown out of the country for promulgating it.

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Savage’s copyright infringement and RICO lawsuit alleged CAIR illegally published singled-out quotes and audio excerpts from the show regarding Islam, misappropriated his words and used the clips for its own fundraising purposes, damaging the value of his copyrighted material. Judge Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed the case, determining CAIR had a legal right to use excerpts of a public broadcast for purposes of comment and criticism. But Illston ruled in Savage’s favor when CAIR attempted to extract attorneys fees. Savage declared Illston’s November 2008 decision a “huge victory for me, personally, but also for the rest of America who is afraid of this lawsuit-happy group of intimidators.”

(Story continues below)

In their new book, Gaubatz, a counter-terrorism investigator and former federal agent with vast experience in the Middle East, and Sperry, a veteran reporter on the war on terror and author of “Infiltration,” document CAIR’s role as a U.S. front for the Muslim Brotherhood’s plan to transform America into an Islamic nation under the authority of the Quran.

In a chapter titled “Blackmailing Corporate America,” the authors show how CAIR tries to intimidate major corporations and media figures, such as Savage.

An internal memo – one of thousands of pages extracted by Gaubatz’s son Chris, who posed as a Muslim convert and became a CAIR intern for six months – showed CAIR considered broadening its campaign against Savage.

The effort against the talk-radio star included formation of a nonprofit called Hate Hurts America, which published on its website lists of advertisers along with contact information.

A CAIR staffer wrote in an internal memo that the “idea behind Hate Hurts America is great and has the potential to go far. However, I feel that if you want to continue with HHA and not lose momentum, the campaign needs to expand beyond Michael Savage to other bigoted talk show hosts.”

The report noted that it’s much easier to get the attention of large corporations rather than small firms or franchises, because large corporations like AT&T have a reputation at stake and “don’t want to be associated with anything that might seem controversial.”

The CAIR memo said, however, companies that are endorsed or directly promoted by Savage on the air, such as Life Lock or Swiss America, are “an absolute no” for targeting.

“They are loyal to Savage and there is a chance they might sue,” the memo said.

False figure

As WND reported, the British government apparently seized on campaigns against Savage by CAIR and others when it used his name to provide “balance” to a “least wanted list” dominated by Muslim extremists. Savage’s ban from entry to the U.K. prompted an invitation from the Cambridge Union to debate political correctness via a video link, but the society canceled his appearance, scheduled for tomorrow, citing “legal issues” among other problems.

The chapter in “Muslim Mafia” covering Savage’s ordeal with CAIR also shows how the Islamic group has tried to intimidate Hollywood and companies such as Nike, Bank of America and US Airways by citing a false figure of 7 million American Muslims who are ready and willing to boycott their services.

Despite widespread use of the figure in media, propagated by CAIR and others, the Pew Research Center recently estimated the American-Muslim population to be only about 2.35 million.

The book also reveals CAIR recently has teamed up with the American Civil Liberties Union to consolidate resources on Muslim cases.

“Muslim Mafia” includes new revelations about CAIR’s role in the “flying imams” case in 2006, in which six Muslim leaders were removed from an airline flight in Minneapolis after passengers and crew members reported what they believed to be suspicious behavior.

The book already has moved lawmakers on Capitol Hill to action.

U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., co-founder of the Congressional Anti-Terror Caucus, and other members of Congress – including Reps. John Shadegg, R-Ariz., and Paul Broun, R-Ga. – plan to hold a press conference today in Washington calling for an investigation and an end to political lobbying by front groups such as CAIR.

“Now we have proof – from the secret documents that this investigative team has uncovered, coupled with the ones recently declassified by the FBI – that [radical Islamists] agents living among us have a plan in place, and they are successfully carrying out that subversive plan,” Myrick said.

Note: If you’re a member of the media and would like to interview Dave Gaubatz or Paul Sperry, e-mail Anita Jenkins or telephone her at (703) 398-1137.

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Geert Wilders: Free Speech Wins Against British Ban

October 14, 2009

Dutch right-winger Geert Wilders wins challenge against British ban

Geert Wilders, the Dutch far-right politician, has won his appeal against the Government’s refusal to let him enter Britain.

Published: 1:24PM BST 13 Oct 2009 | Daily Telegraph

Geert Wilders leads Dutch polls

Wilders was due to show his short film Fitna, which criticises the Koran at the House of Lords in February Photo: EPA

Wilders challenged the decision by then home secretary Jacqui Smith which led to him being turned back at Heathrow Airport.

The ruling by the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal means the head of the Freedom Party, who is accused of Islamophobia, could now be allowed into the country.

He was due to show his short film Fitna, which criticises the Koran as a ”fascist book”, at the House of Lords in February.

But Ms Smith said his presence had the potential to ”threaten community harmony and therefore public safety”.

A Home Office spokesman said the Government was ”disappointed” by the ruling.

He said: ”We are disappointed by the court’s decision today. The Government opposes extremism is all its forms.

”The decision to refuse Wilders admission was taken on the basis that his presence could have inflamed tensions between our communities and have led to inter-faith violence. We still maintain this view.”

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Senate Bill Taxes Your Current Health Plan

October 14, 2009

Senate Bill Taxes Your Current Health Plan

By GROVER NORQUIST | IBD 14 Oct. 2009

President Obama likes to say that “if you like your current health insurance plan, you can keep it.”  This naive platitude is simply not true.

Under the plan voted out of the Senate Finance Committee and being considered by the full Senate, “your current health insurance plan” will be taxed to the point where it is no longer recognizable, or goes away entirely.

This means the president hasn’t read the Senate Finance plan or he’s misrepresenting its content.  [Or again – He is lying]

Either way, the story needs to be set straight.

It’s not surprising that Obama would want to assure people that his plan will let them keep their existing coverage.

After all, a recent USA Today/Gallup poll found that 85% of Americans with health insurance were satisfied with the quality of medical care they receive, and with their health care costs. [85% satisfied with what we have now]

For this silent majority of Americans, an overhaul means destabilizing their health care arrangements.

This is especially true if the long arm of the IRS will be the agent changing their family’s plan.

Chief Justice John Marshall famously observed that “the power to tax is the power to destroy.” That’s certainly true when it comes to the Senate health care bill, which will use the IRS to change or take away your current health insurance plan.

The most significant tax increase on millions of health insurance plans is the Cadillac excise tax.

If a health insurance plan is offered in a high-cost state and/or provides comprehensive benefits to a usually older work force, the premiums can get pretty high.

Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus wants to impose a price-control cap on these high-end plans, but couldn’t be that direct about it.

Instead, he used his jurisdictional leverage to propose a 40% excise tax on these plans, to the extent they cost more than $21,000 for a family plan or $8,000 for a single plan.

This excise tax would be paid by the insurance companies, which would have little choice except to pass along the cost to customers.

Imagine for a moment that you are a 54-year-old employee of a large company in a higher-cost state.

You and your wife’s health isn’t what it used to be and, of course, the kids need health insurance too. Even though it’s a bit more expensive, you decide to sign up for the high-end plan at work.

This is your current health insurance plan.

The Obama-Baucus bill wants to tax it at a 40% rate. How on earth would it remain unchanged, as the president has claimed?

It gets worse.

Because no company will want to buy a plan that crosses the $21,000 Cadillac line, these plans will be phased out or simply eliminated. An employee may not have any choice in the matter. His plan might not be available at the next open season.

Sadly, that’s not the only tax increase on your current health insurance plan. If you’re one of the 25 million Americans with a health flexible spending account (FSA) at work, you’ll suddenly find these currently unlimited accounts capped at $2,500. People use health FSAs to pay for co-pays, deductibles, nonprescription medications, durable medical equipment and costs associated with special-needs children.

This tax hike directly changes health care plans on day one.  A related provision would deny FSA owners the ability to pay for over-the-counter medicine with pretax FSA dollars.

If you’re one of the 7 million Americans with a health savings account (HSA), the extra tax penalty for nonhealth withdrawals goes up from 10% to 20%.  It’s hard to see how these radical tax-hike changes to pretax health accounts square with Obama’s blithe assurances about keeping your current health insurance plan.

There’s more. Three tax hikes in the bill are simply cash grabs from victimized industries — health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and medical device firms. Because many Americans ultimately receive their medicine and health equipment by way of their health insurance plan, it’s likely the burden of paying these new taxes will also fall on your current health insurance plan.

Looking at all these tax increases in the Obama-Baucus plan — and these are simply the ones that fall on your current health insurance plan, not all the other many tax hikes included in the bill — Obama’s claim can’t be true.

If “your current health insurance plan” is going to pay a 40% excise tax, going to see its FSA capped and/or going to face an industry excise tax, it can’t stay the same.

Make no mistake about it — Obama-Baucus will use the tax code to take away your current health insurance plan.

• Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform.

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Snowe’s Storm

October 14, 2009

Spec  Col Snow

Remember the names: Specolsnowgram

Snowe’s Storm

IBD: 14 Oct. 09

Politics: After hemming and hawing for weeks, Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe did what many knew she’d do: support the abominable Baucus health care overhaul.

The GOP has a big problem. Some who march under its banner don’t really accept the basic philosophy it espouses — one of low taxes, small government and support of the Constitution. Snowe is one of those.

Her decision to vote “aye” on the Baucus bill, which passed out of the Senate Finance Committee on an otherwise partisan 14-9 vote, was called a “surprise” by some. It wasn’t.

She’s done this for years, undercutting her party and lending support to the opposition. Don’t look for some transcendent reason.

“My vote today is my vote today,” Snowe said, clarifying nothing. “It doesn’t forecast what my vote will be tomorrow.”

Nothing like standing firmly on principle.

What’s galling is Democrats could have passed this without Snowe’s help. By lending her voice and senatorial prestige, she weakened her party’s otherwise resolute stance against the health care bill. In short, she gave Democrats badly needed bipartisan cover to ram Baucus — or something worse — down all our throats.

As we’ve said before, the Baucus bill will lead, inevitably, to higher taxes, lower-quality care, rationing and the intrusion of government into the most sensitive decisions we make. The Congressional Budget Office estimates it will cost $829 billion over 10 years, but economists expect costs to soar north of $1 trillion.

There are lines in the sand for both parties, and this bill should be one. A person can’t support Baucus and still say he or she’s for small, or limited, government. This is Leviathan writ large.

The GOP has this problem with lots of its members — including Snowe’s fellow Maine senator, Susan Collins. And don’t forget Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, who abandoned his party for the Democrats as soon as it was politically expedient to do so.

By the way, Specter, Collins and Snowe, * all voted for the stimulus. So you can partly thank them when your taxes shoot sky high.

South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, who’s joining Democrats in support of cap-and-trade, is another example. Cap-and-trade is one of the worst bills in history — doing literally nothing to curb carbon dioxide emissions while slapping American families with an estimated $1,700 in added taxes each year. Graham’s for it.

The GOP must be wondering: With members like these, who needs Democrats?

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Cartoon: Healthcare headed to the Morgue

October 14, 2009

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Radio Program: Rifqa Bary

October 14, 2009

RADIO JIHAD SHOW |18 Sept. 2009

This show discusses:

Rifqa Bary and why the Islamists around the world are deathly afraid of what she represents as a living apostate. Ms. Bary is now a Joan of Arc capable of leading thousands of other girls, boys, and women who want to leave Political Islam regardless of the death sentence for doing so.

We discuss how US forces have come to the military aid of Muslims in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, etc… and for what – we explore the Constitutions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tax protest on Washington DC 1.5 million people declared a non-event by the mainstream press