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Detroit Terror Plot: DOJ Press Release

December 29, 2009

Department of Justice Press Release
For Immediate Release
December 26, 2009 U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs

(202) 514-2007/TDD (202) 514-1888
Nigerian National Charged with Attempting to Destroy Northwest Airlines Aircraft

WASHINGTON—A 23-year-old Nigerian man was charged in a federal criminal complaint today with attempting to
destroy a Northwest Airlines aircraft on its final approach to Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Christmas Day and with
placing a destructive device on the aircraft.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, a Nigerian
national, boarded Northwest Flight 253 in Amsterdam, Netherlands on December 24, 2009 and had a device
attached to his body. As the flight was approaching Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Abdulmutallab set off the device,
which resulted in a fire and what appears to have been an explosion. Abdulmutallab was then subdued and
restrained by the passengers and flight crew. The airplane landed shortly thereafter, and he was taken into custody
by Customs and Border Patrol officers.

A preliminary FBI analysis found that the device contained PETN, also known as pentaerythritol, a high explosive.
Further analysis is ongoing. In addition, FBI agents recovered what appear to be the remnants of the syringe from
the vicinity of Abdulmutallab’s seat, believed to have been part of the device.

“This alleged attack on a U.S. airplane on Christmas Day shows that we must remain vigilant in the fight against
terrorism at all times,” Attorney General Eric Holder said. “Had this alleged plot to destroy an airplane been
successful, scores of innocent people would have been killed or injured. We will continue to investigate this matter
vigorously, and we will use all measures available to our government to ensure that anyone responsible for this
attempted attack is brought to justice
Abdulmutallab required medical treatment and was transported to the University of Michigan Medical Center after
the plane landed. He will make his initial court appearance later today.

Interviews of all of the passengers and crew of Flight 253 revealed that prior to the incident, Abdulmutallab went to
the bathroom for approximately 20 minutes, according to the affidavit.  Upon returning to his seat, Abdulmutallab
stated that his stomach was upset, and he pulled a blanket over himself.  Passengers then heard popping noises
similar to firecrackers, smelled an odor, and some observed Abdulmutallab’s pants leg and the wall of the airplane
on fire. Passengers and crew then subdued Abdulmutallab and used blankets and fire extinguishers to put out the
flames. Passengers reported that Abdulmutallab was calm and lucid throughout. One flight attendant asked him
what he had had in his pocket, and he replied “explosive device.”

These prosecutions are being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan, with
assistance from the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection,
and the Joint Terrorism Task Force. The public is reminded that criminal complaints contain mere allegations, and a
defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Nigerian Airline Bomb Plotter Charged. Read the DOJ release here.

Read more at: http://www.investigativeproject.org/

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Rifqa Bary and CAIR

December 14, 2009

New pics reveal Hamas-linked CAIR’s backstage media coordination in Rifqa Bary case

CAIR - Bary4.jpg

The picture above shows the parents of Rifqa Bary with Babak Darvish, an official of Hamas-linked CAIR. Here is the whole story: “Pics reveal CAIR backstage coordination of media in Rifqa Bary case and how the media kept silent,” from the Jawa Report, December 14 (thanks to Isabella):

Since early August we have been following the ongoing saga concerning Rifqa Bary, the Ohio Muslim-turned-Christian convert teenager who fled her home to Florida in fear of her life after her family discovered her conversion. Last Friday we reported a motion filed by the Bary’s CAIR attorney with the Ohio court considering Rifqa’s case demanding a ban and seizure of all Christmas cards sent to her from outside parties. We also broke the story of how CAIR officials were allowed to be present as “neutral observers” when the Bary family was interviewed by Florida investigators.

Early on in this case we reported that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) had convened a strategy session in Rifqa’s hometown of Ohio where they formulated their media strategy in response to the negative press the parents were receiving:

But a source who was inside a secret strategy meeting conducted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) earlier this week has conveyed the strategy that the media’s favorite Islamist group has devised to respond to the ongoing public relations crisis. According to my source who attended the strategy session, CAIR officials handed out copies of this Orlando Sentinel article and want supporters to push the meme that Christians have brainwashed and abducted this gullible teenage girl. They have also instructed supporters to circulate rumors that Rifqa had been carousing with infidel boys and engaged in acts of immorality. This CAIR strategy takes the focus off the near-universal Islamic legal precepts and Quranic injunctions that demand death for apostates and impugns the character of the innocent girl at the center of this controversy who appears to be in genuine fear for her life if she is returned to her parents.

That media narrative of Rifqa being brainwashed and abducted by a Christian cult was one that was carried by many media outlets, most notably Meredith “Hijab” Heagney of the Columbus Dispatch, Michael Kruse of the St. Petersburg Times, among others. In all their reporting, however, they carefully left the connections of the terror-tied CAIR out of their stories.

But from my source inside CAIR comes new information indicating media complicity with respect to concealing CAIR’s backstage management of the case on behalf of Rifqa’s allegedly abusive parents. Most of the stories by these media hacks featured pictures of the Bary family, such as this photo accompanying an article by the St. Pete Times’ Michael Kruse:

a4s_revolutionary082_81633c.jpgWhat is important about this photograph is not so much what you see as what you don’t see. As the late Paul Harvey said, and now for the rest of the story…

What CAIR’s media allies neglected to mention was that these interviews with the lapdog media were being conducted in the office of CAIR-Columbus executive director Babak Darvish as seen in the following photographs taken in various media interviews.

Go here to see the pictures. In a sane world, this revelation would destroy the credibility of the Kruse/Heagney media coverage of the story for good, as well as the credibility of the parents’ case against Rifqa and attempts to get her back home despite her fears for her life. Would it matter to the case that media interviews with the parents were being conducted in the offices of an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas funding case? Would it matter to the case that media interviews with the parents were being held in the offices of an organization that was known to have held meetings about false talking points it was going to circulate in order to discredit this girl and her defenders?

It should matter. But it doesn’t. For the elites to whom it should matter are just as corrupt and compromised as Kruse, Heagney and co.

source: Jihadwatch.com

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Hasan’s Communication Known Months Prior

November 11, 2009

Panel said earlier that Fort Hood suspect didn’t merit probe Top Stories   |  Updated 1h 1m ago WASHINGTON — A Defense Department worker on a terrorism task force looked into Fort Hood shooting suspect Nidal Hasan’s background months ago, officials said Tuesday. But an assessment concluded that Hasan did not merit further investigation. Two officials speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case on the record said the Washington-based Joint Terrorism Task Force overseen by the FBI was notified of communications between Hasan and a radical imam overseas, and the information was turned over to a Defense Criminal Investigative Service employee. That worker reviewed the Army major’s personnel file and the communications and concluded that no further investigation was necessary. The assessment was based in large part on the fact that Hassan’s communications with the imam were centered on a research paper he was writing at the time. The investigator had concluded Hasan was in fact working on such a paper, the officials said. The imam, Anwar al-Awlaki, was released from a Yemeni jail last year. He has used his personal website to encourage Muslims across the world to kill U.S. troops in Iraq. The disclosure came as the FBI launched an internal review of how it handled the early information about Hasan. Military, law enforcement and intelligence agencies are all facing questions about what they knew about Hasan before he allegedly opened fire in a crowded room at the huge military base in Texas. Thirteen people were killed and 33 were wounded by gunfire in the Fort Hood rampage. Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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VIDEO: Geert Wilders’ Life Threatened

November 6, 2009

This is from the United Kingdom, London, Great Britain – Muslims openly threatening Geert Wilders’ life. This is Sharia Law.  This is the heart of Islam.  Hate, NOT Peace.

Muslims threaten to kill Geert Wilders in UK.

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Healthcare: Visits or Calls to Capitol Hill Needed Now

November 6, 2009

Visits or Calls to Capitol Hill Needed Now

Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 3, 2009

I just returned from Capitol Hill, where Nancy Pelosi, unfazed by big conservative victories in Tuesday’s election in Virginia and New Jersey, is still planning to ram through a floor vote in the full House by Friday on the massive, 1,990-page government health care takeover bill that was just unveiled a few days ago. It’s an abuse of power and an utter outrage. Even Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in the face of widespread public opposition, has said the Senate will have to delay its version until December or even next year.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), one of the most outspoken opponents of the bill, says Republican members were literally locked out of committee rooms where the bill was written. Recall that President Obama promised “transparency” and that any bill would be written in public. That did not happen.

Mrs. Bachmann is asking Americans to take some time on Thursday, Nov. 5, and do one of several things. She is organizing a noon rally at the U.S. Capitol building on the House side. Participants will then be encouraged to visit the offices of their congressman.

Any Americans within driving distance who can get there are encouraged to show up to support the effort to stop the bill. Those who can’t are asked to visit congressmen’s district offices back in their states. And those who cannot do that are encouraged to flood the Capitol switchboard with calls to their congressmen.

Please Take Action.

Please consider taking one of the following actions.

1) Pray that wisdom prevails and that Congress does the right thing.

2) If you can, please come to Washington, D.C. for Thursday’s rally at noon at the U.S. Capitol building on the House side.

3) Or visit your congressmen’s district office locally.

4) Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 225-3121 and ask for your congressman’s office. Click here to locate your representative. Be polite but firm and tell them simply that you do not want this health care takeover passed, period.

More Background

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) said Wednesday that it is now clear the health care bill “is not about health care, but about changing the fundamental relationship between Americans and their government.” In short, it will mean serfdom, as Americans will be made entirely dependent on federal bureaucrats for allocation of health care. Yes, this means “death panels” and the rest of it. Senior citizens will take the brunt of the “savings” that will be mandated, including $500 billion in designated cuts in Medicare. A study by Price Waterhouse Cooper estimates that the average family will have to pay $4,000 more for insurance by 2019, and individuals another $1,500.

Also in the bill:

Government insurance. The “public option” is still in. This provision would create a government insurance plan that would quickly drive private insurers out of business and ensure a “single-payer” system that is, in effect, socialized medicine.

Abortions. American taxpayers will be forced to pay for them. Pelosi and her fellow liberals have defeated 30 efforts in both Houses of Congress to prohibit such funding. The bill has language barring school-based clinics from actually committing abortions, but does nothing to keep the clinics from referring or facilitating abortions.

Domestic partners. Insurance tax benefits are expanded to unmarried couples, which means taxpayers will be subsidizing homosexual relationships.

Tax increases. Americans for Tax Reform has found 13 tax increases or new taxes in the $1.2 trillion bill, including the “medicine cabinet” tax that would prevent people from paying for non-prescription drugs through tax-deferred health savings accounts.

Your prayers, visits, calls or emails will make a difference!

Again, call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 225- 3121 and ask for your congressman’s office. Click here to locate your representative. Be polite but firm and tell them simply that you do not want this health care takeover passed, period.

Remember, you are not alone. Many other national groups are encouraging their constituents to take these actions, too. If enough Americans respond, we will stop this ghastly power grab in its tracks before it even gets to the Senate.

 

Coral Ridge Ministries

Post Office Box 1920
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33302-1920
1-800-988-7884
www.coralridge.org

 

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IPT: Terrorism Report: Dearborn Imam Killed

October 30, 2009

Steven Emerson, Executive Director October 30, 2009
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The IPT Terror Alert
Friday 30 October 2009
http://www.investigativeproject.org

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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Democrats Wield The Patriot Ax

October 7, 2009

Democrats Wield The Patriot Ax

6 Oct. 2009 | IBD

Homeland Security: Provisions of the law that spared New York another 9/11 are set to expire Dec. 31. So why do Democrats want to gut this law and remove the immunity telecom companies have for helping protect America?

To borrow a British expression from World War II, it was a very near thing. The capture, arrest and indictment of 24-year-old Afghan immigrant Najubullah Zazi before he could set off bombs made from store-bought chemicals prevented a tragedy of potentially devastating proportions.

It wouldn’t have happened if the critics of Patriot Act had their way. The capture of Zazi was made possible by the “roving wiretaps” and other methods authorized under the Patriot Act signed into law by President George W. Bush. “All the layers of defense President Bush set up after Sept. 11 are working,” noted Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.

According to documents filed in New York federal court, Zazi and others had journeyed to Pakistan in August 2008 from where he allegedly e-mailed himself bomb-making instructions and received training from al-Qaida. This was precisely the kind of communication the Patriot Act was designed to intercept.

Nine pages of handwritten formulas for homemade explosives, fuses and detonators were later found on his laptop, e-mailed from an account in Pakistan. Tailed by the FBI, Zazi bought large quantities of hydrogen peroxide and acetone, which together can make a highly explosive cocktail.

Zazi was found to have bookmarked a Web site on his computer for “lab safety for hydrochloric acid” — one of the ingredients used in the 2005 mass transit bombing in London. Also indicted was imam Ahmad Wais Afzali, who warned Zazi in a call interrupted by the FBI around Sept. 11 that he was under investigation.

A bill to reauthorize the expiring provisions of the Patriot Act is being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Democrats there favor changes that would weaken the law that has kept Americans safe for eight years. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., says more protection is needed against warrantless searches of personal and business records and unwarranted electronic surveillance. Feingold says we “need to revisit the entire bill,” not just the expiring provisions.

Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., would modify the government’s justification for obtaining business records and other items. Under his changes, authorities would have to provide a court a detailed statement and justify that the items requested were relevant to an authorized foreign intelligence investigation.

At a Sept. 23 committee hearing, freshman Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., questioned the legality of the roving wiretaps. Pulling a copy of the Constitution from his pocket, he contended they violate the right of the people to be secure in their persons. Presumably he would include terrorists like Zazi.

In a related move, Leahy, Feingold and Sens. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., have said they plan to introduce legislation to repeal a provision in a 2008 act granting immunity to telecom companies that helped the government listen in on conversations involving suspected terrorists.

Dodd [Dudd?] said he was introducing legislation to reverse this retroactive immunity because in granting it, “Congress violated the protection of our citizens’ privacy and due process right, and we must not allow that to stand.”

The government is not interested in listening to anyone wishing Mom a Happy Mother’s Day. Nor does it have the time and manpower. It is interested in hearing what terrorists like Najubullah Zazi are saying and to whom they are saying it.

The Constitution also has something to say about protecting the people from enemies, foreign and domestic.

The document is not a suicide pact, and no one’s rights have been violated in the eight years the Patriot Act has kept us and its critics alive.

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How Israel Was Disarmed

October 6, 2009

Our only friend in the world is Israel.  Israel’s only friend has been and is ISRAEL.

PRAY THAT GOD WILL INTERVENE and keep us focsued on our purpose.

BUT!**

“It also appears to reverse a decades-old understanding between Washington and Tel Aviv that the U.S. would acquiesce in Israel’s nuclear arsenal as long as that arsenal remained undeclared”


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How Israel Was Disarmed

News analysis from the near-future. By BRET STEPHENS
Jan. 20, 2010
NEW YORK—When American diplomats sat down for the first in a series of face-to-face talks with their Iranian counterparts last October in Geneva, few would have predicted that what began as a negotiation over Tehran’s nuclear programs would wind up in a stunning demand by the Security Council that Israel give up its atomic weapons.
Yet that’s just what the U.N. body did this morning, in a resolution that was as striking for the way member states voted as it was for its substance. All 10 nonpermanent members voted for the resolution, along with permanent members Russia, China and the United Kingdom. France and the United States abstained. By U.N. rules, that means the resolution passes.
The U.S. abstention is sending shock waves through the international community, which has long been accustomed to the U.S. acting as Israel’s de facto protector on the Council. It also appears to reverse a decades-old understanding between Washington and Tel Aviv that the U.S. would acquiesce in Israel’s nuclear arsenal as long as that arsenal remained undeclared.
The Jewish state is believed to possess as many as 200 weapons.
Tehran reacted positively to the U.S. abstention. “For a long time we have said about Mr. Obama that we see change but no improvement,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki. “Now we can say there has been an improvement.”
The resolution calls for a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East. It also demands that Israel sign the 1970 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and submit its nuclear facilities to international inspection. Two similar, albeit nonbinding, resolutions were approved last September by the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.
At the time, the U.S. opposed a resolution focused on Israel but abstained from a more general motion calling for regional disarmament. “We are very pleased with the agreed approach reflected here today,” said then-U.S. Ambassador to the IAEA Glyn Davies.
Since then, however, relations between the Obama administration and the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, never warm to begin with, have cooled dramatically.
The administration accused Tel Aviv of using “disproportionate force” following a Nov. 13 Israeli aerial attack on an apparent munitions depot in Gaza City, in which more than a dozen young children were killed.
Mr. Netanyahu also provoked the administration’s ire after he was inadvertently caught on an open microphone calling Mr. Obama “worse than Chamberlain.” The comment followed the president’s historic Dec. 21 summit meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Geneva, the first time leaders of the two countries have met since the Carter administration.
But the factors that chiefly seemed to drive the administration’s decision to abstain from this morning’s vote were more strategic than personal. Western negotiators have been pressing Iran to make good on its previous agreement in principle to ship its nuclear fuel to third countries so it could be rendered usable in Iran’s civilian nuclear facilities. The Iranians, in turn, have been adamant that they would not do so unless progress were made on international disarmament.
“The Iranians have a point,” said one senior administration official. “The U.S. can’t forever be the enforcer of a double standard where Israel gets a nuclear free ride but Iran has to abide by every letter in the NPT. President Obama has put the issue of nuclear disarmament at the center of his foreign policy agenda. His credibility is at stake and so is U.S. credibility in the Muslim world. How can we tell Tehran that they’re better off without nukes if we won’t make the same point to our Israeli friends?”
Also factoring into the administration’s thinking are reports that the Israelis are in the final stages of planning an attack on Iran’s nuclear installations. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who met with his Israeli counterpart Ehud Barak in Paris last week, has been outspoken in his opposition to such a strike. The Jerusalem Post has reported that Mr. Gates warned Mr. Barak that the U.S. would “actively stand in the way” of any Israeli strike.
“The Israelis need to look at this U.N. vote as a shot across their bow,” said a senior Pentagon official. “If they want to start a shooting war with Iran, we won’t have their backs on the Security Council.”
An Israeli diplomat observed bitterly that Jan. 20 was the 68th anniversary of the Wannsee conference, which historians believe is where Nazi Germany planned the extermination of European Jewry. An administration spokesman said the timing of the vote was “purely coincidental.”
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Behind The Thugs’ New Boldness

October 2, 2009

Behind The Thugs’ New Boldness: A U.S. Broke And Starved For Oil

By VICTOR DAVIS HANSON

2 Oct. 2009

Last week, three dictators — from Iran, Libya and Venezuela — delivered lunatic hate speeches at the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Why do these anti-Semitic dictators feel so free to damn America from downtown New York? Why do their abettors spurn our requests for help? And why do creepy regimes plot to get nukes, and fund terrorists?

Easy. They do not fear, much less listen, to an indebted and energy-hungry America that either needs their cash or oil — or both.

Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi raved for 90 minutes. He railed about everything from the Kennedy assassination to his own jet lag. He trashed the United States and the Jews. Even Gadhafi’s translator collapsed from exhaustion trying to keep up with the stream-of-consciousness insanity.

Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad offered his usual madness. Once again, he libeled the Jews. He denied his country’s breakneck efforts at getting the bomb. And he blamed the United States for his own self-inflicted problems.

Shortly afterward, Tehran disclosed it’s been secretly building a second nuclear enrichment facility.

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez may have delivered the strangest monologue. He mostly idolized left-wing filmmaker Oliver Stone for making a fawning documentary about revolutionary Venezuela. But somehow Chavez also brought up the Kennedy assassination. And, yes, he also faulted America for his own problems.

Chavez has cut off all relations with Israel. Jews have been increasingly attacked in Venezuela, and reports have spread that Chavez is reaching out to Iran for a nuclear program.

Listening to all this insanity, it’s clear that the problems these dictators pose (and the attitudes they represent) go beyond whether our president is Texan George Bush or post-national Barack Obama. And they cannot be solved alone by loud or soft presidential rhetoric, but only by changing both our behavior and theirs.

Take away oil and the money it garners — Iran, Libya and Venezuela are all larger petroleum exporters — and these strongmen would never receive high-profile television venues at the U.N. Oil props up all three economies, which have largely been wrecked by their own incompetence.

Libyan oil, it seems, helped persuade the British to release the mass-murdering Libyan Lockerbie bomber. Iranian oil money fuels Hezbollah, destabilizing Lebanon. Venezuelan oil money goes to narco-terrorists in Columbia. Oil wealth helps these regimes put down democratic reformers, hunt down dissidents abroad or shut down the media.

All three freely express hatred of Jews, reminding us that there is no longer a downside to flashy anti-Semitism. It used to be right-wing scourges whom we associated with the hatred of a Hitler or the Klan. Today, leftist oil-rich thugs voice slander against tiny Israel to show their revolutionary credentials, even as they find scapegoats for their own colossal failures.

Ahmadinejad, Chavez and Gadhafi are not just regional buffoons, but international dangers. Iran will probably get a few bombs soon. Gadhafi was scheming to obtain one until the Iraq war — and has the money and the anger to try again. Chavez brags he has bought “little rockets” from Russia and now wants his own nuclear program.

America better pay attention. The president is to be congratulated for pressing for more alternative energy and conservation to curb our imports and bring down the global price of oil. But until we reach a new age of noncarbon fuels, we must far better exploit the oil and coal we have.

Recent large finds in Alaska, California, North Dakota and off the Gulf Coast remind us that America has plenty of oil left. Its rapid development would lower our import bill, reduce global prices and take some profits out of these repugnant three regimes.

Our enemies have cash; we don’t. The United States is running a projected $2 trillion annual deficit, while adding to an existing $11 trillion national debt.

That makes it hard to, say, ask rich, cocky Russia for help with Iran. Vladimir Putin’s regime is now the world’s largest oil exporter, flush with money and waiting to regain even more of its former influence when the next energy crisis hits.

China is our largest foreign creditor, financing our growing budget shortfalls at low interest. Both Russia and China understand that most of the world’s renegade regimes hate us more than they do them, and that America is divided at home, broke and hungry for oil.

Bottom line: The United States — even with the world’s largest military — is having a hard time pleading for Russian help, lecturing China to act responsibly, boycotting Iran, or isolating Gadhafi or Chavez.

It wouldn’t if we produced our own energy and got our financial house in order.

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The War On Trade

October 2, 2009

The War On Trade

IBD: 2 Oct. 2009

Commerce: Last month’s tariffs on Chinese tires were explained away as just upholding U.S. law, not the first shot in a trade war. So why are special interests now flooding the president with demands for more tariffs?

When the White House slipped in an order to slap 35% optional tariffs on Chinese tire exports late on a Friday night last month, an anonymous official quickly justified it to the Los Angeles Times.

“This is certainly not an action directed against globalization . .. . The president is very committed to open and free trade,” the official said. “Part of that is being committed to enforcing trade laws and trade agreements.”

In fact, that tariff opened a floodgate for new demands for protective tariffs on steel pipes, solar panels, chemicals, glossy paper, truck tires and more. Big Labor and industry groups heard the starting gun, and are now barreling forward with protectionist wish lists.

It’s not surprising: They have a friendly White House that has let trade technicalities be used to impose tariffs.

Section 421 of the 1974 Trade Act, used to place tariffs on Chinese tires, is a law China signed off on to enter the World Trade Organization. It lets a president raise tariffs on anything if some sort of market “disruption” from foreign competition can be shown.

“The 421 special safeguard law has a very low threshold,” notes trade expert Daniel Griswold of the Cato Institute. “All you have to do is show that imports have gone up and markets have been ‘disrupted’ — as if trade and competition were not about disrupting markets.”

What the provision ultimately says is that other countries can trade with us, but only so long as they don’t make better products.

It’s an outrageous use of a loophole that shouldn’t be there at all.

Not only has it stimulated new candidates for Section 421 claims, it’s stimulated other protectionist claims for relief on issues like dumping. It’s all likely to trigger retaliation abroad, Griswold adds.

“One of the biggest negatives of the tire tariffs is that it has opened floodgates to copycat actions,” he warns.

That’s not hyperbole. Global Trade Alert, a panel of experts working with the World Bank, warned last month that 130 new measures to restrict trade worldwide are in the pipeline.

Russia, Japan, Ecuador and South Africa are all joining in. Fifty-five acts of protectionism are directed at China, 49 target the U.S and 46 hit Japan.

Manufactured goods and food are hit the hardest, but 90% of all goods traded globally are hit by some sort of protectionist measure. In an atmosphere like this, is it any wonder that global trade is expected to shrivel 10% this year?

Griswold says American families — the poor and the middle class — will be hurt the most. Imported goods make up a larger part of their consumption than they do for upper-class families.

Moreover, producers will lose key markets overseas. World GDP is roughly $60 trillion — vs. $14 trillion for the U.S. A trade war shrinks our companies’ potential global market sharply. And if foreigners sell less in our markets they’ll buy less, too. It’s lose-lose — or, as liberal economists say, a zero-sum game.

Well, maybe not so zero sum. A small slice of protected industries that employ very few Americans will emerge as winners.

A trade war is nothing but a bunch of carved out set-asides for Big Labor unions and uncompetitive industries.

It may look like tiny exceptions and compromises, but it snowballs with each measure and countermeasure. It’s what happened in 1930 with the Smoot-Hawley tariffs and it’s happening now.

A trade war is no different from Ernest Hemingway’s description of going broke: “It occurs at first very slowly, then all at once.” The result of this mudslide of punitive trade tariffs is the same thing.

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Is The Enemy Really Us?

September 22, 2009

Is The Enemy Really Us?

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | 22 Sept. 2009

War On Terror: The arrest of a suspected father-and-son al-Qaida cell near Denver is a reminder that the bad guys remain among us. Why is the Justice Department hunting the good guys?


Read More: Global War On Terror


Twenty-four-year-old Afghan native Najibullah Zazi, his father, Mohammed Wali Zazi, 53, and an associate from New York City were arrested Saturday at what by all appearances was a quintessential suburban residence in Aurora, Colorado. Zazi’s computer reportedly contained a handwritten formula for an explosive device.

All three are either naturalized U.S. citizens or legal resident immigrants. And all three are under FBI investigation as operatives in what could have been the first successful al-Qaida plot within the homeland since 2001. Three Queens, N.Y., apartments have also been raided.

It may be eight years now since 9/11, but eternal vigilance is clearly as necessary as ever. Federal investigators and law enforcement personnel found the Zazis & Co. But how many others remain out there?

Terrorists remain at war with us. But do we remain at war with them?


At the Justice Department, Attorney General Eric Holder is undertaking a different war — one that undermines the real war effort. The AG has reopened criminal investigations into post-9/11 interrogations conducted by the CIA.

A U.S. attorney supervised an investigation of those interrogations four years ago. The result was one conviction and internal disciplinary steps against other personnel who overstepped their legal authority.

What Holder is doing will send a loud-and-clear message to our enemies around the world that the U.S. is cannibalistically punishing those who protect our own country.

Other self-destructive results were eloquently outlined in one of the most extraordinary letters ever sent to a sitting president of the United States.

Seven former CIA directors exhorted President Obama to “exercise your authority to reverse” Holder’s witch hunt. The document was signed by John Deutch and James Woolsey, who served under Bill Clinton; George Tenet, who served under both Clinton and George W. Bush; Porter Goss and Michael Hayden, both under Bush; William Webster, FBI director under Ronald Reagan and CIA director under both Reagan and George H.W. Bush; even James Schlesinger, who ran the CIA under Nixon and was so hated within the agency for firing hundreds of clandestine operatives that he received anonymous death threats.

The seven issued multiple warnings of grave concern to national security. If completed and closed criminal investigations “can so easily be reopened” by a succeeding administration, then “declinations of prosecution will be rendered meaningless,” they noted.

“Those men and women who undertake difficult intelligence assignments in the aftermath of an attack such as September 11 must believe there is permanence in the legal rules that govern their actions,” they added. Moreover, a new criminal probe “will seriously damage the willingness of many other intelligence officers to take risks to protect the country” in the future, the seven warned.

Even more dire, “public disclosure about past intelligence operations can only help al-Qaida elude US intelligence and plan future operations,” the former CIA directors wrote. “Disclosures about CIA collection operations have and will continue to make it harder for intelligence officers to maintain the momentum of operations that have saved lives and helped protect America from further attacks.”

Finally, the seven warned that foreign intelligence agencies that have helped the U.S. fight terrorism in the past “rightly fear that, through these additional investigations and the court proceedings that could follow, terrorists may learn how other countries came to our assistance in a time of peril.” They added that “many countries may decide that they can no longer safely share intelligence or cooperate with us on future counter-terrorist operations” because they “simply cannot rely on our promises of secrecy.”

The president’s reaction was to tell CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he does not plan to stop Holder as the attorney general goes after these heroes who saved countless lives by extracting information from terrorist prisoners.

“We have met the enemy, and he is us” was a slogan coined 40 years ago. Has the U.S. government now perversely adopted it as the motto of what has become a non-war on terror?

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Bijenkforf Comments

September 18, 2009

We receive some outstanding comments on our webpage – and encourage all to do so.

Here is a comment on a recent post: “VOTE THEM OUT in 2010”

Believe me………I am.  I want to see them all gone, every last one of them. Quite frankly a Barrell of Monkies couldn’t do any worse than these educated idiots in there now.

https://bijenkorf.wordpress.com/2009/09/17/vote-them-out-in-2010/


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Acorn’s Cash for Hookers

September 18, 2009

Acorn’s Cash For Hookers

IBD: 16 Sept. 09

Oversight: As the Senate votes to de-fund Acorn, add pimping, tax evasion and human trafficking to voter fraud paid for with taxpayer dollars and you have an organized criminal enterprise. It’s time to investigate.

After Acorn workers were caught on tape in three cities allegedly abetting what they believed was a fraudulent-mortgage and sex-trafficking scheme, the Senate has voted overwhelmingly to strip the group of funding in the Transportation/Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill.

The amendment, offered by Nebraska Republican Sen. Mike Johanns, passed by an 83-to-7 margin and marked the third time this year that Republicans have tried to block the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now from feeding at the federal trough.

Seven Democrats refused to do the right thing. The magnificent seven are Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.; Bob Casey, D-Pa.; Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; both Vermont Democrats, Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy, as well as both Illinois Democrats, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin and Roland Burris.

This vote comes after the release of three hidden-camera videos showing Acorn housing staff in its Baltimore, Washington and New York offices apparently helping a couple posing as a pimp and a prostitute evade the IRS and apply for an illegal housing loan to set up a brothel. (Insert stimulus joke here.) The Census Bureau immediately severed ties with Acorn, unconcerned that prostitutes and tax evaders might be undercounted in the 2010 census.

The Brooklyn district attorney’s office promptly launched a criminal probe into Acorn after employees of the left-wing activist group got caught on video at its Brooklyn office helping supposed ladies of the night get loans for their dream houses of ill repute.

The tax-exempt New York Acorn Housing Co. reported receiving $226,000 in grants through last June, including $70,000 from federal housing lender Fannie Mae and its New York counterpart, Sonyma. By one estimate, national Acorn has received $53 million in federal funds since 1994.

Unfazed by it all, the office of New York freshman Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand put out a press release saying she found Acorn’s actions “reprehensible” but added, “The truth remains that thousands of New Yorkers who are facing foreclosure depend on charitable organizations like Acorn for assistance.” We are not making this up.

The fact is that this “charitable organization” helped precipitate the mortgage meltdown that shattered the economy. It was Acorn, under the cover of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), that intimidated banks through mob action into making risky loans in the name of “fairness” to people who could not afford them.

The tactics, taken straight from the pages of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals,” were used by Acorn as early as 1991, when it took over the House Banking Committee room for two days to protest efforts to scale back the CRA.

After the voter-registration fraud stories of 2008, Michigan Democrat John Conyers temporarily bucked party leaders by calling for hearings on accusations that Acorn had committed crimes ranging from voter fraud to a mob-style “protection” racket. He soon changed his mind, saying only that the “powers that be” had demanded he drop the idea.

Well, it’s time to revisit his idea. Topic No. 1 should be who are the “powers that be” that wanted to shield Acorn from federal and public scrutiny. Acorn has also been trying to hide some of its activities under its new official name, Community Organizers International, and has a close working relationship with the foot soldiers of health care reform, the Service Employees International Union.

Fox News’ Glenn Beck revealed on his show that Acorn’s main affiliate was operating out of a former New Orleans funeral home shared with two SEIU locals. Wade Rathke, a New Orleans resident, is founder of Acorn and also SEIU founder and chief organizer.

Were the “powers that be” the House leadership or Acorn’s SEIU friends or both? And the hearings should extend to Acorn’s, and Congress’, role in the mortgage meltdown.

Time to gavel your hearing to order, Rep. Conyers.

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Cartoon: Interrogation Investigation

September 3, 2009

link: ibdeditorials.com/cartoons

1 Sept. 09 – M. Ramirez

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Guantanamo Bay Update

September 2, 2009

Guantanamo Bay Update – Another Terrorist Freed By President Obama

Dear Military Families United Member and Supporter,

Sign Our Don’t Free Terrorists Petition

As you read in your morning paper, another detainee was freed yesterday and released in Afghanistan. Mohammed Jawad, an al Qaeda operative, was arrested by Afghan police in December 2002 for throwing a grenade into a vehicle containing two US troops and an Afghan interpreter. His actions wounded three people and today Jawad is free in the same country that our brave troops are fighting in right now.
Military Families United has been at the forefront of this issue and will continue to relentlessly fight to ensure that the most effective facilities are used to hold these dangerous terrorists; right now that facility is Guantanamo Bay. Below are some news articles that we wanted to share with you concerning Mohammed Jawad.
To read MFU’s statement on Mohammed Jawad click here.
Obama Administration Releases Gitmo Detainee Mohammed Jawad
ABC News
Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohammed Jawad is in Afghanistan and will be released into his family’s custody today.
Kirk Lippold, former USS Cole Commander and a senior fellow at Military Families United, decried that, “in a what has become a sadly familiar pattern of decisions, the Obama Administration has released without trial Mohammed Jawad, a terrorist who attacked and wounded two U.S. soldiers and an Afghan citizen.” Lippold called the release “just the latest example of dangerous decisions made by the Administration aimed at keeping a reckless campaign promise.”
Read More
Guantanamo Detainee Released to Afghanistan
Fox News
The Obama administration reportedly has released a prisoner from the Guantanamo Bay detention camp accused of attacking U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Kirk Lippold, former USS Cole commander and fellow at Military Families United, criticized the decision in a statement Monday, calling it part of a “sadly familiar pattern.”
“No coherent policy in the war on terror. No comprehensive plan in place to deal with the future of Guantanamo Bay detainees. No accountability for terrorists who harm our brave fighting forces,” he said.
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Guantánamo Detainee Released
New York Times
The prisoner, Mohammed Jawad, who is now about 21, was flown to Kabul, the Afghan capital, in the afternoon and was released to family members late in the evening.
Mr. Jawad was arrested in Kabul in December 2002 and accused of tossing a grenade at an unmarked vehicle in an attack that wounded two American soldiers and their interpreter. The Afghan police delivered him into American custody, and about a month later he was sent to Guantánamo Bay.
Read More

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North Platte Nebraska

August 25, 2009

We recently drove through North Platte Nebraska – stopped and had dinner.

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IPT: The Enemy of My Enemy

August 14, 2009

The Enemy of My Enemy

IPT News
August 7, 2009

http://www.investigativeproject.org/1369/the-enemy-of-my-enemy

There is an ancient Arab proverb that says, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Its meaning is essentially self-explanatory. In the modern world, the phrase can describe the relationship among seemingly disparate people or groups who share a common adversary.

It is no surprise that Islamist organizations in the United States espouse support for foreign Islamic terrorist organizations and denounce virtually every US counter-terrorism effort. Such organizations viciously attack Israel and often Jews when issues related to Israeli defense measures against terror attacks come into play. Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and other Palestinian terror organizations can unleash lethal attacks against Israelis and Jews and nearly any Israeli response will be condemned as a “war crime” against the Palestinian people.

A disturbing trend is emerging in America. Those radical Islamists are finding new allies among a number of extreme leftist groups.

One example of this is the coalition found in “Viva Palestina USA.” Viva Palestina USA is an offshoot of British MP George Galloway’s anti-Zionist, pro-Hamas Viva Palestina convoy initiative that has conducted supposed humanitarian aid trips into Gaza, including last month’s trip with about 200 Americans as well as more than $1 million in aid for Palestinians in Gaza. Viva Palestina USA claims to be a humanitarian initiative desiring to help needy Palestinians. A previous report by the Investigative Project on Terrorism shows convoy organizers exhibiting clear anti-American, anti-Israel, revolutionary and pro-Hamas sentiments.

Viva Palestina USA is not (yet) an IRS-approved tax exempt non-profit organization. Its website solicits donations through an organization called the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organizations/Pastors for Peace (IFCO). The IFCO is a tax exempt non-profit organization based in New York City. The executive director of IFCO is Lucius Walker, Jr. Walker is a Baptist minister who was a founding director of IFCO/Pastors for Peace. IFCO and Walker are also involved with an organization called “Cuba Solidarity,” also known as the “National Network on Cuba (NNOC).” IFCO is listed as an affiliate organization on the Cuba Solidarity website. Cuba Solidarity and the NNOC are pro-communist Cuba and oppose US Government policies against Cuba. Walker has been involved in several “aid caravans” to Cuba in violation of the US trade embargo.

During a pre-convoy rally in New York July 3 for Viva Palestina USA, Walker made the following statements:

“…But we could not avoid being a part of this historic effort to give the people of the United States an opportunity to visibly demonstrate their opposition to our government’s policies, our government’s callousness and our government’s complicity with Israel’s efforts to destroy the hopes and the aspirations of the Palestinian people. And so we have been honored to be able to receive funds on behalf of this effort that we are here as a part of. So this is the second send-off that those of us connected with Pastors of Peace have been a part of for this week…” and “Fidel [Castro] was right, is right. A better world is possible. But that better world is not possible if we do not take bold and courageous and determined action.”

Also attending this Viva Palestina rally was New York City Councilman Charles Barron. Barron is a former Black Panther. At the rally, Barron recognized and welcomed members of the New Black Panther Party:

“I also want to say as we continue to struggle for liberation for people all over, and we are particularly concerned about Africa we want to thank the New Black Panther Party. Please y’all stand up…”

Anti-Israel, leftist Christian and pro-communist political groups are not the only ones aligning themselves with radical Islamists. There appears to be a growing movement among radical Latino and African-American groups to support jihadists.

The Aztlan movement, or “Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan,” or “Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan” touts the supremacy of Latino culture and hopes to eventually return the southwest states of the US to Mexico, claiming those states were illegally procured from Mexico. This is, essentially, a Latino separatist and secessionist movement.

The “Aztlan Communications Network,” also known as “La Voz de Aztlan” (The Voice of Aztlan) claims it is a “totally independent news service.” This website, however, in its “Quest for Aztlan” section carries an emblem that is nearly identical to the emblem found on the official MEChA site. The “Historical Documents” section identifies “El Plan de Santa Barbara,” as does the MEChA site under its “Documentos” section. Also identified in this La Voz de Aztlan section are detailed references to MEChA.

La Voz de Aztlan features stories denouncing Israeli and US government counter-terrorism efforts. The site is blatantly pro-Islamist and there is a direct link to supporting Viva Palestina USA called “Lifeline from La Raza to Gaza.” This from the site:

“We were all moved to tears of grief and anger when Israel launched its murderous bombardment against the people of Gaza in December and January.”

“While the bombs were still showering down on what has been called the largest open-air prison in history…”

“The US has a chance right now to step into a more progressive role in the world. But Viva Palestina USA needs your help to make this venture successful and to get this aid through the siege that has been strangling the people of Gaza for three years.”

“1) Circulate this message among all friends, community and religious groups and other organizations in your network. Publish it on your website if possible. MEChA Chapters are encouraged to participate.”

“2) …Donations are being handled by the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization and should be made payable to Viva Palestina – IFCO. Please write on your donation “Aztlan Delegation.” For information on how to make a donation click Donate.

“3) Come as an Aztlan delegate to Gaza…”

“4) Hold a fundraiser in your city or community. We have films and other materials to assist you. E-mail Aztlan.Gaza.Delegation@aztlan.net for further information.”

“5) Contact your local and state media to tell them why you support the Viva Palestina USA convoy.”

“Together, we WILL break the siege, we WILL deliver much-needed aid to the people of Gaza, and we WILL help free Palestine! VIVA, VIVA PALESTINA!”

There is a link on this site to an article headlined:

Israel has now massacred over 300 Palestinian children in Gaza .

This article contains two pages of photos of injured and dead Palestinian children who were allegedly the victims of Israeli attacks. The lead paragraph of the article:

“According to United Nations reports, the Zionist state of Israel has now slaughtered over 900 Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip since December 27, 2008 when the indiscriminate bombing of Palestinian homes, schools and mosques began. Most shocking is that more than 300 of these are babies, toddlers and young children (1500 injured). This war crime has got to be one of the most horrific in the history of humanity.”

A curious YouTube video posting also reflects the emerging paradigm of an extremist American affinity for the Islamist cause. The segment is a 4+ minute rap video slide show called “My Enemy’s Enemy” by something called M-Team. Prime repetitive wording in the rap is “My enemy’s enemy is my man, my man.” The slide show intersperses scenes from the Middle East with 1960s-era shots of armed Black Panthers and Black Liberation Army operatives as well as what appears to be some photo reference to the Nation of Islam and the capture of Latino illegal aliens by the US Border Patrol.

“My Enemy’s Enemy” was used to open the July 26 broadcast of “The Crescent Report,” a weekly program hosted by Muslim American Society (MAS) Freedom Foundation officials Mahdi Bray and Ibrahim Ramey. MAS was created by the Muslim Brotherhood, which federal prosecutors describe as “a generally covert organization whose credo is ‘Allah is our goal: the Qur’an is our constitution: the Prophiet is our leader: Struggle is our way: and death in the path of Allah is our highest aspiration.'”

Bray introduced the song saying “I want the listeners to hear this, because I think it’s really appropriate.” Its lyrics include:

“We’re sharks in the water, we work for the man. My enemy’s enemy is my man, my man. You smuggle contraband or you cross the land, my enemy’s enemy is my man, my man. I’m a brother to the (unintelligible word) with stones in their hands, Palestinians fighting for their stolen land…Got brothers from the Vietnam. Not the red, white and blue, but the Viet Cong.”

Afterward, co-host Ibrahim Ramey even dedicated the song to a listener.

Islamists are garnering support from disparate sources. Radical non-Muslim ethnic groups and hard-core leftists seem to be jumping on the jihadist bandwagon. It’s an alliance that demands closer inquiry.

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Support Your Local Sharia

August 10, 2009

Support Your Local Sharia
David R. Stokes
Sunday, August 02, 2009

It is pretty clear at this point that barring some kind of last minute reality check the Fairfax County (Virginia) Board of Supervisors will approve the Islamic Saudi Academy’s application for a special exemption this Monday, August 3rd. This will enable the Saudi-funded madrasa to expand and plant even deeper roots in America’s backyard, teaching in the anti-democratic traditions of wahhabism.

It will happen despite the fact that neighboring home owners associations are opposed, the land use and legal issues argue against the school and would have been a death knell to any other application, and the academy in question has on many occasions failed to honor previous county agreements, not to mention state law.

Oh, and the wise ones on the panel defiantly refuse to factor in the fact that the Saudi curriculum taught at ISA is filled with hateful things that most Americans would find repugnant – even dangerous. We’re not talking about mere religious ideas. What has been taught there in the past should have caused the powers that be to shut the place down years ago.

Interestingly, just a few days ago one of the academy’s past students – in fact, a former valedictorian and a young man voted “most likely to be martyred” (really) named Ahmed Omar Abu Ali – was resentenced to life in prison for plotting with al-Qaeda and trying to kill President George W. Bush. As the cool song says: “I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way.” He graduated in 1999, bounced around for a bit and wound up in Saudi Arabia in 2002.

In his written confession, Abu Ali said: “It was decided that I would go [to the United States] and live a normal life [overtly] to keep attention away from me, marry a Christian woman, and at the same time I would prepare as best I could for operations.” If all this seems decidedly inconsistent for someone who practices a religion of virtue and peace, bear in mind that there is an Islamic doctrine called taqiyya. What it basically means is that deceit is a legitimate weapon when dealing with infidels (read: “We the People”).

Grasping the fact that our determined enemies will at times use monumental deceit to further their cause is imperative right now. The members of the Fairfax County panel seem oblivious to this. More than a quarter of a century ago the board of supervisors denied a similar application by a Christian school, citing traffic concerns. Of course, the traffic is much better now. Right.

“I cannot put the safety of the American citizenry at risk,” said U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee, when he handed down Abu Ali’s sentence. Good call, your honor. Now, would you ever consider becoming a county supervisor?

Christopher Caldwell, a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, has written a book called, Reflections On The Revolution In Europe. In it he notes: “In the middle of the 20th century, there were virtually no Muslims in Western Europe. At the turn of the 21st century, there were between 15 and 17 million.” Now in many major European cities the most common baby names Mohamed, Ayoub, Hamza, etc.

He suggests that these Muslims have not assimilated, but rather have formed “a parallel society.” And they are bringing anti-Semitism back big time.

“Imagine that the West,” Caldwell writes, “at the height of the Cold War, had received a mass inflow of immigrants from Communist countries who were ambivalent about which side they supported. Something similar is taking place now.”

And it’s not just happening over there.

The expansion of the Islamic Saudi Academy may not seem to be that big of a deal to some and certainly the members of the board of supervisors see no threat in allowing them to get a better foothold. But such things are, in fact, part of a pattern of denial and outright stupidity on the part of people who should be intelligent enough to know better.

Convinced, though, of the liberal notion of “enlightened tolerance,” such political leaders are playing a dangerous game of mindless appeasement. There is a growing subculture in this country, a network of nefarious groups sharing a common theo-political vision for taking over everything. Operating under the aegis of groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and so many others, they all say one thing, while doing another.

Ignore what they say; watch what they do.

Their unmistakable goal is the dominance of Sharia-law in this country – the world for that matter. In other words, they envision a political overthrow and remaking of everything we know, love, and hold dear as Americans. And they are using the Bill of Rights and opportunities created by a systemic decrease in vigilance to gain ground toward their objective.

I believe in the Christian faith. I therefore do not believe in the tenets of Islam. Nor am I into Buddhist doctrine. I do, though, believe in religious liberty and free speech. But what we are seeing is a case where religious liberty and free speech have become weapons in the hands of would-be terrorists and tyrants.

I will defend with all my heart the right of any Muslim to pray and live according to the precepts of that faith. I will also do all in my power to bear witness about Christianity in the free marketplace of ideas. But if anyone, in the name of religion, or under its cloak, seeks the overthrow of the very system that grants us those freedoms, that’s where the line is drawn.

Free speech ends with the cry of fire in a crowded theater. Religious freedom ends when there is deception en route to coercion that would ultimately lead to an end of liberty for all. And no municipality or government entity should deliberately ignore the toxicity of certain ideas that would undermine the Constitution.

What if the Ku Klux Klan wanted to put a school in Fairfax County? How about if Kim Jong-il decided to put a nice North Korean institution in our backyard – fully funded? I imagine such enterprises would not even get a hearing. Why then the Saudis? The wahhabism taught at the Islamic Saudi Academy should be every bit as objectionable to freedom-loving Americans as what some other enemy might espouse.

But some might ask: What about “moderate” Muslims? Well, as Bruce Bawer points out in his book, Surrender: Appeasing Islam – Sacrificing Freedom, “that while there are such things has moderate and liberal Christianity, there is no such thing as a moderate or liberal Islam. Yes, there are millions of good-hearted individuals who identify themselves as Muslims and who have no enmity in their hearts for their non-Muslim neighbors and coworkers. Some of these Muslims are religiously observant, some are not; but their moderation is not an attribute of the brand of Islam to which they officially subscribed but is, rather, a measure of their own individual character.”

In other words, their moderation comes not from a particular interpretation or variant, but rather “they have chosen to put a certain distance between their own religious thought and practice and the strict tenets of institutional Islam.”

Those of us in Fairfax who oppose the expansion of the Islamic Saudi Academy will likely have to concede defeat this Monday. But in doing so we will long remember – at least until the next county election – where the supervisors stood on the issue. Stay tuned.

It appears that many liberal-minded types want us to be more like Europe and their views may be ascendant these days, but those who see European-socialistic-democracy as a model for our future should pay attention to how it is being threatened by an enemy within.

As Mr. Caldwell says in his new book about what is happening there, “When an insecure, malleable, relativistic culture (Europe’s) meets a culture that is anchored, confident, and strengthened by common doctrines (Islam’s) it is generally the former than changes to suit the latter.”

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Pelosi’s Villainy

August 3, 2009

NOTE: NANCY PELOSI: THIRD IN LINE FOR PRESIDENT!?

THIS NUT CASE IS DANGEROUS TO AMERICA

Pelosi’s Villainy

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | 3 Aug 09

Demagoguery: The speaker of the House says insurers are “villains” for opposing Democratic plans for overhauling the health care system. Nancy Pelosi needs to rethink who the bad guys really are.


IBD Exclusive Series: Government-Run Healthcare: A Prescription For Failure


It would be more understandable if health insurers considered elected officials the villains. After all, it’s the 50 state legislatures and Congress that have twisted the industry into a regulatory pretzel subject to an exhaustive list of can’t-do’s and must-do’s.

It is Congress, not the industry, for example, that passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act in 1996 that drove up health insurance premiums in the small-group market.

The law requires insurers to offer plans to any small employer that applies no matter what the group’s health status might be. This provision, called guaranteed issue, gives healthy groups an incentive to wait until they’ve developed high-cost conditions before they buy insurance. Such a practice increases carriers’ costs significantly, which in turn causes premiums to escalate.

In addition to the higher costs, guaranteed issue actually forced small businesses that couldn’t afford the larger premiums to drop their plans. It also caused providers to quit the small-group market, which diminished competition, yet another factor in growing costs.

It’s also Congress, not the industry, that has mandated that legislatures require insurance providers in their states to cover various conditions. These requirements run up the cost of premiums.

And it’s Congress, not the industry, that’s done its best to ensure that health savings accounts never become a workable option. It has refused to give HSAs the same favorable tax treatment it gives job-based coverage — which just happens to be provided by the “villains.”

This has effectively killed a market-based solution that would give patients control over their health care decisions and, just as importantly, keep costs down.

Finally, it is Congress, not the insurance industry, that will not allow Americans to buy individual plans without a tax penalty.

If possible, state lawmakers might be even more villainous than Congress. Legislatures have enacted a staggering 2,133 coverage mandates on insurance carriers. The Council for Affordable Health Insurance figures the mandates increase the cost of premiums by almost 20% in some states and as much as 50% in others.

The mandates are particularly unfair to those who will never use the benefits but have no choice but to be a part of the pool because the coverage is mandated.

For instance, teetotalers in 45 states have to pay for plans that include coverage for alcoholism even though they’ll never use the benefit. In 23 states, a single man has to be a part of a plan that includes maternity coverage. Non-drug users in 45 states have to be in pools that include drug-abuse treatment. The list goes on.

Banning the sale of individual health care plans across state lines is another poor practice at the state level. Residents in one state where mandates force premiums higher are unable to shop for a less-costly plan in other states where mandates are less onerous.

This is a hardship that Congress could remove. Lawmakers have the authority to lift what is clearly an unconstitutional restraint of trade. Yet they leave the barrier in place, year after year.

So who are the villains in this story? The facts say they’re not who Pelosi says, and the right answer is much closer than she thinks.

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Cartoon: Terrorist Miranda Rights

August 3, 2009

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Leadership(?): Barack Hussein Obama

July 28, 2009

This Is Post-Racial?

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Leadership: Barack Obama promised a new “post-racialism.” But when a black pal was arrested by a white policeman for disorderly conduct, the president’s response was pure old race politics. So which is it?

During a press conference otherwise devoted to health care, the president on Wednesday interjected himself into a local police matter when he addressed the arrest of his friend Henry Louis Gates, a Harvard professor who got himself into an altercation with a Cambridge, Mass., cop on July 16.

Seems the cop, Sgt. James Crowley, had the cheek to ask Gates for identification during a routine burglary investigation.

That made the professor so angry that he hurled charges of racism, screamed outrage that Crowley didn’t know who he was, warned the cop not to “mess” with him and then created enough of a public disturbance to get himself arrested. The whole matter proved to be an embarrassment for all, and the city later dropped the charges.

But instead of admitting the most-likely truth — that his friend had made a fool of himself hollering racism over a legitimate police inquiry and let his academic ego get the better of him — Obama moved unexpectedly into the crudities of race-baiting, even after admitting he didn’t have all the facts.

“Now, I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that, but I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and number three, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately. That’s just a fact.”

This fits nicely with the stereotype perpetuated at places like Harvard — that of white working-class cops going around rousting innocent blacks to preserve a white power structure.

But if that stereotype was ever true, it was before black mayors, black police chiefs, community organizing, sensitivity training and large university endowments for scholars such as Gates.

(It came out Thursday that Crowley himself is a police academy expert on racial profiling, having been handpicked for the job by a former police commissioner who is black and who says he has “nothing but respect for him as a police officer.”)

It was also before the rise of professional race-baiters such as the Rev. Al Sharpton, who use racism allegations to make political hay.

The election of Barack Obama was supposed to get us beyond grievance politics, reparations and all the things that create pointless conflict. Sadly, the president didn’t rise to the task in this case.

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Cartoon: Obama’s Redbricked White House

July 23, 2009

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IBD – 23 July 2009 M.Ramerez

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Walkter Cronkite Without Tears

July 21, 2009

In this Aug. 25, 1998, photo, Walter Cronkite is joined by President Bill Clinton, wife Hillary and daughter Chelsea on a sailboat near Edgartown, Mass. Best known as anchorman for the ‘CBS Evening News’ for 19 years, Cronkite died Friday night at 92.

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Journalism: After the eulogies, the fact remains that “the most trusted man in America” betrayed that trust. He helped snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in Vietnam and tried hard to do the same in Iraq.

President Obama on Friday praised Walter Cronkite as a journalistic icon, calling the CBS anchor the “voice of certainty in an uncertain world.” More to the point, he was the father of advocacy journalism, the patron saint of media bias. He went from reporting news to recreating it in his own image.

Far from the image of the patriotic war correspondent, Cronkite was a World Federalist who couldn’t wait for what was called “the American Century” to end.

In a profile by Newsday TV writer Verne Gay in the Jan. 21, 1996, issue of Los Angeles Times Magazine, Cronkite spoke of his dream for America. “We may have to find some marvelous middle ground between capitalism and communism,” Gay quotes Cronkite as saying.

Let’s call it socialism, and Cronkite at least lived long enough to see it unfolding before his eyes and ours.

Cronkite said that for the United States “the first priority of the new order must be a revision of the educational system to . . . guarantee that each of our citizens will have equal resources to share in the decisions of the democracy, and a fair share of the economic pie.”

For him, equal opportunity was not enough; equal success must be guaranteed. And he was ahead of his time in suggesting we should spread the wealth around.

In October 1999, Cronkite accepted the Norman Cousins Global Governance Award from the World Federalist Association. In accepting the award, he said “we must strengthen the United Nations as a first step toward a world government” and that “Americans will have to yield up some of our sovereignty.”

Cronkite was also bothered by American wars against oppression and tyranny. The “most trusted man in America” said Vietnam was unwinnable and helped to make it so. Then-President Johnson reportedly told an aide, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.”

Except that Cronkite’s analysis was almost pure fiction and dead wrong.

His report after the Tet offensive of 1968 was a total misreading of the situation on the ground, which was that Tet was an American and South Vietnamese victory and a Viet Cong defeat. His report did succeed in fueling the anti-war movement Hanoi counted on for victory.

The Viet Cong didn’t reach a single one of their objectives and lost most of their 45,000 troops in their attacks on 21 South Vietnamese cities. So massive was their defeat that it convinced Hanoi to send North Vietnamese Army regulars south to carry on the fight. But that’s not what Cronkite reported.

What Cronkite never mentioned is that defeat came not on the battlefield but in the halls of Congress, when the “Watergate babies” of 1974 cut off aid to the valiant South Vietnamese who’d been successfully defending their country. The Democrats de-funded that war, and they wanted to defund the latest one too with his blessing.

In 2007, Cronkite said the Iraq War “is being carried out by a stubborn president.” Stubborn like Churchill and Reagan. In an op-ed in the Japan Times, Cronkite said that we “have lost the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people, and victory no longer seems to be a remote possibility.”

The reporters and talking heads who revered him and sought to emulate him also manipulated the true facts, focusing on body counts and ignoring the millions of purple fingers, casting their first votes, their hearts and minds clearly with us.

To the Cronkites of the world it will always be 1968, and only global governance can save us from our quagmires. And that’s the way it is . . .

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Rush Limbaugh

July 20, 2009

“I think Rush is Right!”

-A project sponsored by the Center for Individual Freedom

“… I want Barack Obama to fail if his mission is to reconstruct and reform this nation so that capitalism and individual liberty are not its foundation.”

– Rush Limbaugh at the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)

…Over 20 high-ranked officials from today’s top liberal smear groups and media outlets met recently on a conference call plotting how to sabotage our conservative movement.

Liberals want to demean us, divide us, and destroy us.

Demean us:    Barack Obama angrily calls out “… they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion…”

Divide us:       Liberal U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) claims “… the philosophy of Reagan is dead.”

Destroy us:     Liberal talk radio host Stephanie Miller, on CNN’s Larry King Live:  “… maybe Rush Limbaugh should be executed for treason.”

 

Center for Individual Preedom www.CIFIF.org
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BRAND NEW: Roxbury Mosque or Mask?

July 8, 2009

You must see this brand new material from our friend Tom Trento:
Roxbury Mosque or Mask?

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www.floridasecuritycouncil.org

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On June 26, I joined others in protesting the opening of an “ideological” military base, in an African-American neighborhood, in the heart of Boston. Some believe Roxbury is a Mosque…others believe Roxbury is a Mask… for the propagation of a seditious plan, designed ultimately, to replace the US Constitution, with the Qur’an. Here is my 4-part video report entitled, Roxbury – Mosque or Mask?
PART 1
I leave Florida and head off to join Charles Jacobs and American for Peace and Tolerance to demonstrate at the ribbon cutting of the controversial Roxbury Mosque. Joining the protest are many leaders and groups, including; Frank Gaffney, Act for America, Christian and Jews United for Israel.
PART 2
I capture fascinating footage showing the confrontation between a male-dominated Middle Eastern mindset and the Western doctrine of free speech. Notice how Muslim “security” tries to get their people to STOP speaking with us! NB: We had a permit to be on our side of the street and the Muslims came over to confront us!
PART 3
I engage in a riveting debate with a very intelligent (and sarcastic) Muslim leader. In spite of some “contentious” moments, we end up breaking “donuts” together. Listen carefully to the supremacist attitude so typical in Muslim leaders.
PART 4
If our side is correct and Roxbury is more MASK than MOSQUE…then the closing words of Boston Mayor Menino indicate the demise of a once great city known for its unmitigated allegiance to American Constitutional principles… now bowing to Muslim extremism.

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