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Israel is sorry to see 'great friend' Bolton quit UN
. I am sorry too. Not only he was a good friend to Israel, he was hated by most UN officials
, so you know he was doing something right.
So, whom would you like to see as our next UN ambassador?
Asked to note achievements of Bolton, both Wang and Vassilakis cited approvingly a simple but dramatic step Bolton took a year ago when the United States occupied the presidency of the Security Council. He insisted that Council meetings begin on time, and to illustrate the point, he gaveled the first meeting of his tenure to order at the appointed hour though he was the only ambassador in the chamber.
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Gates open to suggestions
Gates says U.S. is not winning Iraq war
. He also said the U.S. is not losing this war either but I guess that wasn't gloomy enough to be included in the article's headline.
Robert Gates, the White House choice to be the next defense secretary, conceded Tuesday that the United States is not winning the war in Iraq and warned that if that country is not stabilized in the next year or two it could lead to a "regional conflagration."
At the outset of his Senate confirmation hearing, Gates said he is open to new ideas about correcting the U.S. course in Iraq, which he said would be his highest priority if confirmed as expected.
Gates, 63, said he believes President Bush wants to see Iraq improve to the point where it can govern and defend itself, while seeking a new approach. "What we are now doing is not satisfactory," Gates said.
"In my view, all options are on the table, in terms of how we address this problem in Iraq," he added.
Asked point-blank by Sen. Carl Levin (news, bio, voting record), D-Mich., whether the U.S. is winning in Iraq, Gates replied, "No, sir." He later said he believes the United States is neither winning nor losing, "at this point."
Gates was noncommittal on questions about whether and when to begin a U.S. troop withdrawal.
So how do we win this war?
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The Sign of the Devil
A Colorado subdivision has banned a Christmas wreath shaped like a peace sign
because some of the residents felt the wreath was an anti-war protest and some felt it was a Satanic symbol. The devil works in mysterious ways, I guess.
A homeowners association in southwestern Colorado has threatened to fine a resident $25 a day until she removes a Christmas wreath with a peace sign that some say is an anti-Iraq war protest or a symbol of Satan.
Some residents who have complained have children serving in Iraq, said Bob Kearns, president of the Loma Linda Homeowners Association in Pagosa Springs. He said some residents have also believed it was a symbol of Satan. Three or four residents complained, he said.
"Somebody could put up signs that say drop bombs on Iraq. If you let one go up you have to let them all go up," he said in a telephone interview Sunday.
Lisa Jensen said she wasn't thinking of the war when she hung the wreath. She said, "Peace is way bigger than not being at war. This is a spiritual thing."
What do you guys think? Is the peace wreath a political symbol or not? (Also feel free to tell me if you think it's a Satanic symbol.)
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Ah, the good old days
Remember back in the 70s and 80s and 90s when there was no terrorism
and the Middle East was this wonderful place
where everyone loved America
? You don't remember those fun times? No worries, Richard Haass is here to remind you: "Iraq Is Not Winnable"
SPIEGEL: And then there are Iraq and the Middle East. You just published an article in the journal Foreign Affairs in which you say that the situation is enough "to make one nostalgic for the old Middle East."
Haass: The old Middle East -- an era which I believe has only recently ended -- was one in which the United States enjoyed tremendous dominance and freedom of maneuver. Oil was available at fairly low prices, the region was largely at peace. I believe largely because of the American decision to go to war in Iraq and how it has been carried out, as well as the emphasis on promoting democracy and a lack of any serious energy policy, the Middle East has considerably grown worse. It's one of history's ironies that the first war in Iraq, a war of necessity, marked the beginning of the American era in the Middle East and the second Iraq war, a war of choice, has precipitated its end.
While I agree with his prediction that things will get worse in the Middle East, I think his nostalgia for "the old Middle East" is quite silly.
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When a problem arises, who do you call?
So we had elections yesterday and some party won and will now control the House or the Mansion or the Congress or whatever those crazy Americans like to control. I'm one of those people that believe America is a great country whether Democrats or Republicans are in charge and I believe that in the end, we're all red, white and blue, as Memphis Bill pointed out yesterday. But there are several reasons why America is a great country and they go beyond this - admittedly very nice - red, white and blue principle.
What reasons you ask?
Well, animal manure and unwanted leaflet on car, to begin with.
I have this list on my refrigerator that says "When a problem arises, who do you call?" and it proceeds to list a series of problems and people to call. You see a belligerent person? There's a number to call for that. You see graffiti? There's a number for that too. I have a number for rats (non-pets, I assume) and a number for sinkholes and collapsed streets. Besides the number for the animal manure and the unwanted leaflet, I can also call if I spot a hazardous sidewalk or an overgrown weed. Here are all the problems that I can call about:
Abandoned car, Abandoned/dangerous building, Animal manure, Belligerent person, Broken or burned-out street light, Car & building alarm, Damaged bus or shelter, Damaged mail box, Dangerous animal, Dead animal, Disabled car or motorist, Down power lines, Fallen trees or debris, Flooded street or clogged storm drain, Gas leak, Graffiti, Hazardous sidewalk, Loud noises, Missing or damaged manhole cover, Nonfuctioning traffic light, Nuisance bar, Open fire hydrant, Overgrown weeds, Overflowing dumpster, Pothole, Rats, Sinkhole or Collapsed Street, Suspected Arson, Trash-strewn lot, Tree limbs in electrical wires, Uncollected trash/recyclables, Underage drinking, Unwanted leaflet on car.
Now I ask you. How many countries have a special number you can call if you see an unwanted leaflet on a car? This is first-world living, my friends. I had to call Animal Control one time because I thought I saw a puppy under my car and it was too scared to come out. A very nice animal control lady came within 10 minutes or so and she looked under the car but there was no puppy. She informed me I had probably seen a rat. I suppose I should have called the rat number on my list but she was nice and she didn't reprimand me or anything. Meanwhile, in my glorious country of Yunanistan, we have three numbers to call, fire, police and ambulance. The police and the fire are a little slow, but if the medics are not on strike, if there aren't too many emergencies at the time and if the traffic is not too congested, we can expect the ambulance to arrive within three hours for sure. Here, for an oven fire, I get a whole team of gorgeous firefighters who are in my house within three minutes. In America, I enjoy setting my oven on fire.
It figures that in America I would have a list of people to call when a problem arises. After all, the whole world always calls America when a problem arises. And during those times, no one cares if it's Republicans or Democrats in power.
So if you want to bicker about politics, fine, go for it. Me, I'm just happy to be here. Not to mention that I have no time for bickering, I'm on the lookout for overgrown weeds - the moment I spot one, I'm going to call that number on my list and bitterly complain about the sorry state of our country.
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Duncan Hunter for President? Sounds Good To Me!
Who in the hell is Duncan Hunter, you might ask. He's relatively unknown, but I'm hoping that changes, and here's why: D.J. McGuire, whose opinions I respect a lot, is championing Hunter for President,
acting on a piece of information from WaPo
that he's throwing his hat into the ring. DJ explains why you should consider voting for Duncan Hunter, in the primaries and beyond. Hunter is a strong anti-Communist candidate with an excellent career of opposing China and supporting the free people of Taiwan at every turn.
Earlier this year, I did a weeklong review of possible 2008 Presidential candidates. At the time, neither I nor anyone else knew that Congressman Duncan Hunter would join the field (sixth item); in fact, my political radar missed him entirely. Had I known then what I know now, I would have placed him at the top of the list. As it is, Hunter's decision to enter the race is the best political news for anti-Communists this side of the recent Canadian election.
Duncan Hunter has served in the United States House of Representatives for over a quarter-century; and for the last few years he has been Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. During his tenure in Washington, he has been one of the loudest anti-Communist voices in town. He was a leading opponent of PNTR for Communist China (Newsmax), and an original co-sponsor of the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act. He even authored a bill to revoke PNTR after the Hainan outrage, and is an original co-sponsor of the House version of the currency corrective tariff (UPDATE: He also co-sponsored the House resolution against Communist China's attempt to buy out Unocal).
Thus, Hunter has a long and detailed record of being not merely and anti-Communist vote in Congress, but an anti-Communist leader in Congress. Moreover, his tenure as Chairman of the Armed Services Committee gives him immediate credibility on other national security issues. He is also a Vietnam War veteran - the only veteran in the Republican field besides John McCain.
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Shameful Day For America
I am purely outraged.
Here's what would happen if I was king: the agents would be pardoned, reinstated in their jobs, and promoted. The illegal drug smuggler would be shot. The US Attorney would be fired, and the judge would be impeached.
EL PASO, Texas -- A judge sentenced two former U.S. Border Patrol agents Thursday to more than a decade in federal prison for shooting and wounding a Mexican drug smuggler and trying to cover it up.
Ignacio Ramos was sentenced to 11 years and one day, and Jose Alonso Compean was sentenced to 12 years. Both were fired after their convictions on several charges, including assault with a deadly weapon, obstruction of justice, and a civil rights violation.
The men, neither of whom spoke in court, will be allowed to turn themselves on Jan. 17. Both have proclaimed their innocence in the Feb. 17, 2005, shooting in the buttocks of admitted drug smuggler Osvaldo Aldrete Davila.
Several relatives, including the men's wives, cried throughout the three-hour hearing and hung their heads as the verdicts were read.
U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone also rejected a defense request for a new trial.
Their convictions have drawn criticism from members of Congress and others who say the men are being punished for doing their jobs. A handful of protesters outside the courtroom held up signs such as "Trial's for Criminals, Not Cops" and "Miscarriage of Justice to Convict Heroes!"
Ten years and eleven years. What. The. Fuck.
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Bill Of Rights Gets 28 Months In Chokey
Will Have Lynne Stewart For Company
Loony-left cause célèbre Lynne "The Sheikh Whisperer" Stewart, a nasty bint, had a small portion of her bad karma meted out to her this morning — she was sentenced to 28 months in prison. She could (and should) have been sentenced for as long as 30 years. Still, she's lost her license to practice law, and will have to spend time behind bars. I count that as a victory. Her two little terrorist buddies were up for sentencing today as well.
Ahmad Abdel Sattar got 24 years.
Mohammad Yousry hasn't been sentenced yet. I am cautiously optimistic that his sentence will resemble Sattar's more than Stewart's.
Earlier, about 150 Stewart supporters who could not get inside the capacity-filled courtroom stood outside the courthouse, chanting "Free Lynne, Free Lynne."
As she entered the courthouse, Stewart shouted to them "I love you" and "I'm hanging in there."
Yeah, I wish you were
"It's not just Lynn Stewart who is a victim, it's the Bill of Rights that's the victim," said Al Dorfman, 72, a retired lawyer who was among the Stewart supporters standing outside.
I forgot about the 0th Amendment, "the government shall not prosecute treasonous hippies."
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Bush Administration Fatefully Deluded
I can't believe what I just read,
but I guess it explains why the Bush administration rolled out the red carpet for the "moderate" Khatami. Apparently, we believe that the good
cop can really get the bad
cop off our necks. What shameful naïveté–how many ways are there to tell our enemies "We are morons"? We invited him here so he could tell us all about the glories of Islam, the evils of American power, and essentially walk all over us. We should have had him arrested, instead.
The Bush administration made secret overtures to former Iran president Mohammed Khatami during his visit to the United States last month in an attempt to establish a back channel via the ex-leader.
American officials made the approach as part of a strategy to isolate Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Mr Khatami's hard-line successor, by using the former president as a conduit to the Iranian people.
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If every human being in the world consumed what an average American does, we would need nine planet Earths; at least that's what I read in some paper some time ago. Americans consume a disproportionate share of the world's resources and the newspaper concluded that we should consume less, completely ignoring the desire of every human being on the face of the earth to consume in the manner of the average American. US population hits 300 million, but is it sustainable?
Some American commentators are already saying the landmark is a chance to note the US is perhaps the only country in the developed world where the economy is being bolstered by a population that is growing at a discernable rate. But many experts say passing the 300 million milestone should be a wake-up call that demands a reappraisal of the extraordinary, unparalleled rate of consumption by the world's largest economy and its third largest by population.
As an economic model for the rest of the world to follow - in particular the rapidly developing economies of China and India - it is unsustainable, they say.
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Alaska to Chavez: Stick Your Oil Up Your...
Alaska villages reject Venezuela oil
. It is embarrassing that residents of a state with so much oil wealth would need help from some third-rate, Latin American thug.
In Alaska's native villages, the punishing winter cold is already coming through the walls of the lightly insulated plywood homes, many of the villagers are desperately poor, and heating-oil prices are among the highest in the nation.
And yet a few villages are refusing free heating oil from Venezuela, on the patriotic principle that no foreigner has the right to call their president "the devil."
The heating oil is being offered by the petroleum company controlled by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, President Bush's nemesis. While scores of Alaska's Eskimo and Indian villages say they have no choice but to accept, others would rather suffer.
"As a citizen of this country, you can have your own opinion of our president and our country. But I don't want a foreigner coming in here and bashing us," said Justine Gunderson, administrator for the tribal council in the Aleut village of Nelson Lagoon. "Even though we're in economically dire straits, it was the right choice to make."
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Rummy Abdicates Budgeting Responsibilities
Rumsfeld has sent the Army, Air Force and Navy straight to the OMB to plead their cases for funding. What's his game?
As Iraq has taught us, it's high time the military returned to its Soviet-era strength in numbers—the peace dividend was an illusion—but Rumsfeld is ideologically opposed to more troops, preferring technology and "transformation". He either has allies at the OMB who will bolster his desire for cuts in manpower, or he has changed his mind and would like to backtrack without making hu-hu of it.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is allowing the Army to approach White House budget officials by itself to argue for substantial increases in resources, a significant divergence from initial plans by Mr. Rumsfeld and his inner circle to cut the Army to pay for new technology and a new way of war.
Beyond that, the Army is discussing internally whether it should expand by tens of thousands more, as some in Congress have long advocated. This time, Mr. Rumsfeld is not standing in the way. His original vision for a transformed military called for leaner, more agile forces capitalizing on the latest technological innovations.
Mr. Rumsfeld’s current acquiescence is viewed within the Pentagon as reflecting both the reality of the Army’s needs to increase its size and repair or replace current equipment and a decision not to cross swords with the service — or with the Army’s staunchest supporters in Congress. Some of them are sharply critical of the defense secretary’s management of the war effort and have called for him to step aside.
But Mr. Rumsfeld is requiring the Army to make its own case. The defense secretary has broken Pentagon precedent by allowing the Army to make its financial case directly to the president’s Office of Management and Budget, a task normally managed by the defense secretary and his staff rather than by the individual military services. The Air Force and the Navy also asked to present their budgets directly to the budget agency and the requests were granted.
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Where there's smoke, there's probably a fire
How long before al-Qaeda gets a dirty bomb? Seizures of smuggled radioactive material capable of making a terrorist “dirty bomb” have doubled in the past four years
Smugglers have been caught trying to traffick dangerous radioactive material more than 300 times since 2002, statistics from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) show. Most of the incidents are understood to have occurred in Europe.
The disclosures come as al-Qaeda is known to be intensfiying its efforts to obtain a radoactive device. Last year, Western security services, including MI5 and MI6, thwarted 16 attempts to smuggle plutonium or uranium. On two occasions small quantities of highly enriched uranium were reported missing. All were feared to have been destined for terror groups.
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What if they held a boycott and nobody came?
A Chicago-area illegal immigration advocacy group with a Communist-sounding name is calling for boycotts of Applebee's and Dunkin Donuts.
Why? Well, they're discriminating against employees who use made-up Social Security numbers, or numbers that don't belong to them. As in, employees who are breaking the law and do not have the legal right to work in this country. Good luck with the boycott, guys.
A local group fighting for immigrant rights is calling for a boycott of two nationally known companies. Dunkin Donuts and Applebee's are accused of discriminating against immigrant workers whose names don't match their social security numbers.
On the 10th anniversary of what immigration reform advocates call stringent changes to immigration laws, supports of the legalization of the undocumented are once again speaking out -- only this time, they are hoping not only to mobilize their vote, but also use their buying power to force the kind of change they want.
"The social security administration says it plans to send out 8 million no match letters," said Martino Unzuerta, Chicago Workers Collaborative.
The initial purpose of the social security administration's 'no match' letter was to credit workers unclaimed social security earnings. The agency routinely sends out 'no match' letters to a company when employees' names and social security numbers don't match possibly because of a spelling error, omission of information or a unreported name change. But immigration activists say some employers are now aggressively using the letters to fire immigrant workers.
"The Bush administration wants to give the appearance that they are cracking down on undocumented immigration and workers are an easy escape goat," said James Thindwa, Chicago Jobs with Justice.
Easy escape goats? Seriously? Did he actually say that?
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Atrocities against children
Here, in Lancaster County, PA, there is a whole industry devoted to telling the tourists who come here, just how blissful and bucolic life is among the Amish.
We live in a former cornfield, where once stood an Amish house and barn, where now hundreds of people are living in houses that all look the same. Not an Amish man or woman to be found in our midst.
If you want to gawk at the Amish, you have to go up the road a piece. There is a large Amish farm, and every summer I go there and buy the sweetest corn and melons...and tomatoes and celery and everything else you can buy.
If you are plug lazy, you can just sit out on my back porch and watch the Amish buggies and horses come gently clipclopping by at any given hour of the day or night.
So what, in the milkman's past set him off against Amish girls? What happened in his life to suggest that sending at least 6 - so far, at least 13 were shot - little unarmed girls to their Lord before sending himself to hell was the right thing to do?
First, he sent all the boys, aged 6 to 13 out of the room....and indeed, it was only a room. The teacher went to get help, because there are no phones in Amish homes or schools.
Then the milkman tied the girls up against the blackboard and he executed them by shooting them in the head.
I can't even fathom this man's quest for revenge. I can't even think now. I have to weep."As the Crow Flies" painted by Richard Hartel ca. 1974
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Remember when kindergarten was all about snacks, nap time, storytelling, singing, dancing, and eating paste? Well, that was in the age of the dinosaurs. Now kids are getting tutors to prepare them for preschool and kindergarten,
partly because overachieving parents treat their children as miniature adults and partly because kindergartens have "expectations" from incoming five-year-olds.
Educators and parents alike say there is greater pressure to begin preparing kids at an earlier age to meet the academic standards demanded by the federal No Child Left Behind education act and state testing. Many states have adopted benchmarks for every grade level, including pre-kindergarten.
As a result, pre-academic preparation — including homework — is being shifted to children as young as 3 and 4, while academic skills once expected of first-graders are now being taught to 5-year-olds. A knowledge of phonemic sounds, words, shapes, names of animals and parts of the body are de rigueur these days for incoming kindergarteners, who also are expected to know how to write their names and be able to count to at least 30.
More evidence of a changing landscape: A school superintendent in Prince Georges County, Md., sparked heated debate two years ago when he declared naps for preschoolers a waste of time that could be better spent on academics. Many traditional half-day kindergartens are converting to full-day programs. Many parents are holding boys behind a year before kindergarten to give them time to mature and better compete. And a new satellite television network is offering around-the-clock viewing for infants and toddlers.
"There's a competitiveness that's scaring parents into feeling like they not good parents unless they enroll their children in tutoring programs," said Bruce Fuller, a UC Berkeley professor who has studied early childhood learning. "Commercial interests are stirring this sort of fear."
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Anthrax attacks: is it a cold case?
FBI Is Casting A Wider Net in Anthrax Attacks
. What wider net they can cast five years later, I have no idea. Is there any hope still of catching the perpetrator? According to this story, the FBI has conducted over 9,000 interviews and has issued 6,000 subpoenas in "one of the most exhaustive and expensive investigations in the bureau's history" but the investigators describe their suspect list as "fluid".
Five years after the anthrax attacks that killed five people, the FBI is now convinced that the lethal powder sent to the Senate was far less sophisticated than originally believed, widening the pool of possible suspects in a frustratingly slow investigation.
The finding, which resulted from countless scientific tests at numerous laboratories, appears to undermine the widely held belief that the attack was carried out by a government scientist or someone with access to a U.S. biodefense lab.
As a result, after a very public focus on government scientists as the likely source of the attacks, the FBI is today casting a far wider net, as investigators face the daunting prospect of an almost endless list of possible suspects in scores of countries around the globe.
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Clinton: I was gonna get Bin Laden myself but those mean Uzbekis...
Clinton faults Bush for inaction on bin Laden
. Because Bush should have done in eight months what Clinton couldn't do in eight years, see.
"I authorized the CIA to get groups together to try to kill him," Clinton said. He added he had drawn up plans to go into Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban and launch an attack against bin Laden after the attack on the Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden.
"Now if you want to criticize me for one thing, you can criticize me for this: after the Cole, I had battle plans drawn to go into Afghanistan, overthrow the Taliban and launch a full-scale attack search for bin Laden. But we needed basing rights in Uzbekistan -- which we got after 9/11," Clinton said.
The former president complained at the time the CIA and FBI refused to certify bin Laden was responsible for the USS Cole attack.
"While I was there, they refused to certify. So that meant I would have had to send a few hundred special forces in helicopters, refuel at night," he said.
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Perhaps we shouldn't mention the victim at all
On May 13, 1994, Musladin arrived early at the home of his estranged wife, Pamela, to pick up their 3-year-old son for a weekend visit. The two exchanged angry words, and Musladin threw her to the driveway. When she called for help, her fiance, Tom Studer, and her brother, Michael Albaugh, came running. Musladin had a .45caliber pistol in his car and began shooting. Studer was hit in the back and crawled under a truck in the garage to escape. Musladin followed him and shot again, hitting him in the head and killing him. Musladin also followed Albaugh into the house, but he hid in a bathroom. Pamela escaped over the fence to another house. Musladin was captured after a high-speed chase on U.S. 101.
Mathew Musladin was convicted of first-degree murder and attempted murder, and he was sentenced to 32 years to life in prison. But then the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard his case last year and they reversed the conviction on the grounds that the buttons with a photo of Tom that the Studer family wore in the courtroom, deprived Matthew Musladin of a fair trial
According to Reinhardt, the photo buttons — described by the prosecutor as 2 inches in diameter and by Musladin's lawyer as 3 to 4 inches — conveyed a "specific message."
"The buttons essentially 'argue' that Studer was the innocent party and that the defendant was necessarily guilty," Reinhardt said. He continued: "A reasonable jurist would be compelled to conclude that the buttons worn by Studer's family members conveyed the message that the defendant was guilty."
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James Baker rides to the rescue
Blech. Is it just me, or is the Bush administration getting worse and worse?
Why are we digging up James "Fuck the Jews" Baker again? No one else was qualified?
So James Baker, the man who wrote his senior thesis as a Princeton undergraduate on why it was wrong for the United States to support the state of Israel (whole lot of such people in and around Princeton in those years, including Raymond Close, former CIA station chief in Riyadh who quit to go into business with Saudis, and then with BCCI), and who has not changed his mind since, and who has been particularly close to the Saudis, has now been appointed by George Bush to look into Iraq.
Well, Saudi Arabia could not have picked better had it been allowed to appoint him directly.
Anyone know where I can get a copy of Baker's Princeton thesis?
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Gulf War Syndrome
A Veterans Administration sponsored study has reported that there is no such thing as Gulf War syndrome
even though almost 30 percent of the veterans of the Gulf War do suffer from "an array of very real problems."
Nearly 700,000 U.S. soldiers, along with troops from 34 other countries, took part in the Gulf War. Once in the region, those soldiers were exposed to a wide array of toxins and other potential health hazards, including smoke from hundreds of oil well fires, pesticides, depleted uranium ammunition and possibly the nerve agent sarin, released during the demolition of a munitions dump.
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The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column
This morning as I was flipping through channels in the wee hours something caught my eye on C-Span
. As part of a 9-11 "Remembrance" a group called Press for Truth
shared a podium at the National Press Club
with some of the "Jersey Girl" 9-11 Widows and another conspiracy theory group called 9-11 Citizens Watch
. Here is the agenda:
Details: On 5th Anniversary of the Attacks, Victims' Relatives to Challenge Credibility of 9/11 Report -- Say Case Merits New Investigation
Producers of 9/11: PRESS FOR TRUTH to Reveal Details of National Campaign
9/11 families and speakers TBA will join producers of a recently-released feature-length documentary "9/11: Press for Truth" at a press conference at 11AM on September 11th at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.. Participants will highlight a growing body of evidence calling into question the credibility of the 9/11 Report and will demand a new investigation by a new Congress into the attacks of September 11th. Participants will also briefly comment on the speeches of Commissioners Kean and Hamilton following their remarks at the luncheon at directly following the event.
Producers of 9/11 Press for Truth released theatrically, on DVD and broadcast on international television over the anniversary will discuss response to the film following screenings in NYC, Washington DC, Chicago, Oakland, and over 20 other cities nationally over the 9/11 memorial weekend. Paul Thompson, author of The Terror Timeline (Harper-Collins), 9/11 family members and special guests will be in attendance to make brief statements and answer questions from the press. C-SPAN and other media outlets are invited to participate.
And that wasn't the only event of its kind. And look, our new friend Jim Marrs gets some airtime too!
Details: On the Fifth Anniversary of the Attacks and just three hours before the Kean-Hamilton luncheon address, the former top Air Force officer who won Florida's 15th District Democratic primary with 54% of the vote on an explicit platform to expose the fraud of the Kean Commission Report, and top 9/11 researchers, authors and activists will present hard proof that the official narrative of the Kean-Hamilton Commission and Bush-Cheney Administration is a fraud of world historic proportions.
Proposed legislation for a new and genuinely independent expert investigation, the first reality-based 9/11 feature film, and the International Grand Jury on the Crimes of 9/11 will be announced.
Speakers will make brief presentations and take questions from the press:
Dr. Robert Bowman, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.), one of the nation's foremost authorities on national security, directed all 'Star Wars' programs under Presidents Ford and Carter, flew 101 combat missions in Vietnam, has a Ph.D .
in Aeronautics and Nuclear Engineering from Caltech, and has chaired eight international conferences. Dr. Bowman is the recipient of the Eisenhower Medal, the George F. Kennan Peace Prize, and the Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters, among many others.
Jim Marrs, award-winning Texas journalist and author of the 9/11 expose Inside Job and just-released sequel The Terror Conspiracy, which includes "The Pentagon Attack Papers", is a former U.S. Army Intelligence officer.
He is the author of the New York Times Best Seller Crossfire, which was a basis for Oliver Stone's film "JFK", on which he served as a chief consultant.
He is working on a movie script whose final scene will awaken audiences
to the fact that 9/11 attacks were a mass assassination.
Barbara Honegger, former White House Policy Analyst to President Reagan and Senior military affairs journalist is the author of The Pentagon Attack Papers that has transformed the understanding of what happened inside the Pentagon on 9/11.
Ms. Honegger's seminal contributions on the central importance of plane-into-tower and hijack-scenario counter-terror exercises and wargames being run by the military and intelligence communities that morning explain core 'mysteries' the 9/11 Commission acknowledged it hadn't solved: How the date for the attacks was chosen, and why Mohammed Atta traveled to Portland, Maine.
Lynn Pentz, producer/creative director, breakthrough consultant, and grass-roots organizer, has been centrally involved in some of the largest transformation entertainment events of recent times, including Live Aid, Hands Across America, and the Bicentennial Celebration of the U.S. Constitution. Ms. Pentz is co-founder of 9/11 Truth Los Angeles, director of the film documentary "Connecting the Dots: Awakening to the Crimes of 9/11", and convener of the Citizens Grand Jury on 9/11. A national speaker in the 9/11 Truth movement, Ms. Pentz will announce the upcoming International People's Grand Jury on the Crimes of 9/11:
The Case to Indict."
Who's this rocket scientist and former Air Force Lt Colonel Robert Bowman
"I was a Bob Taft/ Barry Goldwater Republican. But the Republican party drifted away from me and other principled conservatives. The Nixon, Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II administrations have discarded fiscal conservatism, they have trampled on the Constitution, they have shredded the Bill of Rights, they have engaged in foreign adventurism on behalf of global robber barons. It got so bad that in 2000 I ran as a member of the Reform Party. But now it's even worse. It is no longer acceptable to quietly allow the Republican Party to be captive to the cynical "neo-conservatives" pulling W's strings. Bob Taft was often called an isolationist. He wasn't. He stood for international law and for the United States being a responsible sovereign member of the family of nations. Would he have lied to the American people to whip up support for an aggressive, illegal, unconstitutional war in the Middle East? Of course not! Barry Goldwater was a real pilot. He knew and loved the men and women in the Armed Services. Would he have sent them into an Iraqi quagmire for oil company profits? Of course not! Would any of the pillars of the Republican Party have exchanged a two hundred billion dollar surplus for a five hundred billion dollar deficit? Of course not! Who among us can call mortgaging the futures of our children and grandchildren 'conservatism'? Most importantly, conservatives always stood for the freedom and liberty of the American people, jealously guarding our rights under the Constitution. But now we have a Republican administration using their phony war on terrorism to spy on us, search our homes without a warrant, and lock us up without charge for months. Even those of us who aren't Muslim aren't safe. Merely voicing our disagreement with Cheney, Ashcroft, Rumsfeld, and the rest of the oil mafia can get us branded as potential terrorists and thrown into solitary confinement. It is simply no longer tolerable to have the party of Lincoln hijacked by these jackboot thugs masquerading as conservative Christians. Someone must step forward and offer an alternative." Note: The above challenge never happened, and Dr. Bowman has now given up on the Republican Party, at least until they rid themselves of Neo-Con Global Robber Baron control. Instead, Dr. Bowman re-registered as a Democrat, in spite of their failures at the national level.
Ah, he was a loyal conservative until Christians and "neo-cons" spoiled everything. Gotcha.
But now this Barbara Honegger used to work for Reagan, that surely should give us some pause!
Hmm, seems she wrote a book about the long discredited October Surprise Conspiracy
Isn't it funny how loyal citizens who stumble across these conspiracies get so good at finding new ones?
The upshot of all this is that the conspiracy nuts are now mainstream. The National Press Club having the audacity to host events like this on 9-11 itself sends a clear message that the media will do anything to derail the war on terror and rewrite the history of 9-11.
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9/11 for Lies Movement
Over one third of Americans believe that the American government was involved in the 9/11 attacks and much of the world agrees with them. If this was your average conspiracy theory (JFK, UFOS, etc) I would laugh or be mildly curious at best, but the 9/11 conspiracy theories are not harmless, they fuel Jewhatred and anti-Americanism. Full house as leading 9/11 conspiracy theorist has his say
They call it the 9/11 for Truth Movement, and tonight those who believe the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon were carried out by the American government and not jihadist hijackers will gather in London's Conway Hall to listen to one of the biggest figures among a growing number of disbelievers.
Two days before the fifth anniversary of the attacks, David Ray Griffin, emeritus professor of philosophy of religion and theology at Claremont graduate university, and author of The New Pearl Harbor and The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions, will ask his audience: "Was 9/11 an inside job?"
He will be joined on stage by the ex-MI5 officer David Shayler, who will introduce the talk, for which tickets have almost sold out. Prof Griffin is a founder member of the 9/11 Scholars for Truth movement in the US. He is joined by 75 academics who write in books, journals and essays that they have overwhelming evidence that shatters the official version of events on that September morning.
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Sophisticated IED explodes in Metra train station
Oh, boy. I'm sure it was a Jewish bomb.
There's almost no news about this-Google News has only 8 articles,
even though it happened yesterday. The damn thing had a timer, too, and was left in the trash can of a station with no security cameras. I don't understand why there is any mass transit facility without security cameras, in this day and age.
A test run for a larger future attack, or a lone incompetent Muslim? Bad sign: Al Qaeda (in the guise of Adam Gadahn) is inviting us to convert to Islam
again, a sure prelude to future attacks.
The maker of a sophisticated pipe bomb that exploded in a trash receptacle inside the Hinsdale Metra station early Friday still was at large late in the day, police said.
Nobody was injured in the 6:50 a.m. blast inside the ticket building, authorities said.
A man witnesses had pointed to as possibly being involved was released after a consensual search of his home turned up nothing, Hinsdale Police Chief Bradley Bloom said. The man had been seen near the receptacle and was apprehended at Union Station about an hour and a half later.
Bloom said the department has not ruled that man, or anyone else, out but said police don't have a good description of who may have left the bomb. There are no security cameras at the station, and nobody saw anyone place the bomb, he said.
U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent Thomas Ahern said authorities do not believe the incident was terrorist-related, although they do not have a motive yet. He said the device was "improvised" but not a manufactured bomb. Its remnants will be sent to a Maryland laboratory for examination, Ahern said.
The device was more elaborate than some--it had a timer that allowed a delayed detonation, authorities said.
"We're a little concerned, because it was a somewhat sophisticated device," Bloom said, referring to the timer. "And it was just inside the door" of the station, he said.
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Constitutional Government Under Assault
I've been watching news of this interstate compact
to gut the Constitution's Electoral College provision without actually amending the Constitution. Watching it with what was, at first, just slight wariness, and eventually, a growing sense of disgust. Leave well enough alone! It's not so much the principle of ditching the Electoral College that bothers me (the Electoral College does have plenty to recommend
it)-what really bothers me is this end-run by a few States around the Constitutional Amendment process. They don't have the right to do this; it's a textbook subversive conspiracy by the few against the many. The Constitution is not something you cleverly hack,
it's a contract between the people and the Federal government, and simultaneously one between the State governments and the Federal government. Now a group of States are seeking to disenfranchise their own voters, and those from other states, because of a simplistic understanding that the Electoral College "isn't fair". I don't like this one bit.
This is going to be a big test for Governor Schwarzenegger. Governor, I urge you to veto it. It's a hare-brained scheme that will set a terrible precedent.
California lawmakers sent Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a bill Wednesday that would make California the first state to move away from the Electoral College and join a movement to elect the president by popular vote.
The bill would allow all California’s electoral votes to go toward the candidate who receives the most votes nationwide - not in California - according to The Los Angeles Times. Proponents of the bill say if enough states pass a similar bill, it will force candidates to campaign in every state, not just “battleground” states like Florida and Ohio.
Five other states, New York, Illinois, Colorado, Louisiana, and Missouri, are considering similar pieces of legislation. California’s bill, if signed by the governor, will not take effect until a majority of Electoral College votes, a minimum of 11 states, depending on population, have enacted similar legislation
UPDATE: Marc "Armed Liberal" Danziger: A Letter To My Governor.
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We're not winning this war
and we have our Saudi friends to thank for that. Not that we'd ever bring up the issue with them, of course, or hold them responsible.
The indoctrination and recruiting of jihadists from Indonesia, South Asia and the Middle East are carried out through religious establishments that are supported overwhelmingly by the Saudi and Iranian governments. Even in the United States, some 80 percent of Islamic mosques and schools are closely aligned with the Wahhabist sect and heavily dependent on Saudi funding. Five years after Sept. 11, nothing has been done to materially affect this root source of jihadism. The movement continues to grow, fueled by an ever-increasing flow of petrodollars from the Persian Gulf.
There is no evidence that the administration has ever raised this matter with the Saudi government as a high-level issue, and -- just as damaging -- it has never acknowledged it as an issue to the American people. Thus Rumsfeld's question -- are we killing, capturing or deterring jihadists faster than they are being produced? -- must be answered with an emphatic no.
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Snakes On A Plane
Why are we letting him in?
Aug. 29 - Despite intense disagreement over suspected nuclear weapons and terrorism, the Bush administration decided Tuesday to allow former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami to visit the United States.
A visa was granted Tuesday to Khatami and several Iranians who will accompany him on the visit early next month, said State Department spokesman Tom Casey.
There will be no restrictions on his travel.
Why? Why are there no restrictions on his travel?
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Feds Let Air Marshals Remove "Kick Me" Sign
For once, an investigative report in the mainstream media
led to greater security for Americans. You can no longer spot Federal Air Marshals by their dress code, and other operational security measures have been introduced to let them blend in better and seem like normal passengers rather than cops. Whistleblowing to the media: it's not always a bad thing. It all depends on the motives of the whistleblower. Now why in the hell did it take so long to throw out this moronic playbook?
Undercover federal air marshals will no longer be held to a strict dress code that many thought compromised their in-flight anonymity.
The elimination of the dress code is one of a number of significant operational changes announced in a message to air marshals today by the director of the Federal Air Marshal Service, Dana Brown.
Brown's announcement comes just three months after an ABC News investigation revealed policies which air marshals said compromised their undercover status.
Federal air marshal Spencer Pickard (pictured above), who went public in the ABC News reports, said today he was gratified the changes were being made.
"That's great news. That's why I came forward. These are very important steps in the right direction. Air marshals need anonymity to be effective so the terrorists don't know we're there. We can be a real deterrent if we operate undercover."
Effective Sept. l, air marshals will be allowed to "dress at your discretion, recognizing that the manner of dress should allow you to blend in and not direction attention to yourself," according to Brown's message.
Brown also said air marshals will be free to select their hotels. Under the previous policy, air marshals were required to stay at the same hotel, where their names were often kept on a roster visible to the public at the front desk.
Brown told the marshals the service is also considering changes in boarding policies, "which unfortunately do not lend themselves to simple solutions or immediate, unilateral decisions."
Air marshals had complained passengers could easily spot them because they were required to show their badges publicly at the airline check-in counters and were forced to board in advance.
On recent flights out of Washington, D.C., air marshals have been permitted to board with passengers so that they blend in.
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American support for Israel rises
We get it, folks. The American people are not fickle friends of Israel; we are true. Check this out at Harry's Place:
Despite some concerns over the extent of Israel's bombing campaign in Lebanon, the American public remains sympathetic with Israel's position both in this conflict and more generally. In fact, the proportion favoring Israel's side in the long-running conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has increased since before the current conflict started. Currently, 52% say they sympathize more with Israel's position in that conflict, up from 44% a month ago.
By a margin of 40% to 8%, more Americans say the U.S. should publicly support, not publicly criticize, Israel over its response to the current situation in southern Lebanon virtually unchanged from a CBS/New York Times survey taken in the early stages of the conflict. Fully 44% believe that Israel's response to Hezbollah militants has been appropriate, and another 15% say that Israel has not gone far enough. There is a 23% minority, however, who believe that Israel has gone too far.
At any rate it's a relief that Hezbollah's seemingly skillful PR operation during the war did nothing to sway American opinion.
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A new normal for flying
As if transatlantic trips weren't unpleasant enough before, the latest bomb plot spurs a 'new normal' for flying
. The new normal consists of scared, dehydrated passengers and planes that turn back halfway through the flight. How do we deal with this new reality?
This week, DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff announced that the TSA planned to train more of its transportation security officers (TSOs) in psychological profiling and behavioral detection. Currently, a pilot project called SPOT - Screening Passenger Observation Techniques - is under way at a dozen airports. Five hundred behavior detection officers should be in place at airports around the US by the beginning of next year, says TSA spokeswoman Amy Kudwa. The goal is to replace contract workers that check tickets and IDs with trained TSA behavior detection officers. That would be the largest expansion of TSA's role since it was created in 2003, and it will require more money from Congress.
Officers who work the front lines at airports say the change is a good first step, but still not enough. They've recommended that all 43,000 TSOs be trained in behavior detection.
"At the checkpoint, we're already in your face, we're already in your bag. We're on the front line and should be trained the way they are in Israel," says AJ Castilla, a TSO at Boston's Logan Airport. "What TSA is doing is minimal. [The behavior detectors] are not going to be at every checkpoint, so there will be huge holes, plus they're going to be in uniform so the terrorists will know who they are and will research them and avoid them."
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US v. $124,700
What has this country turned into?
Zimbabwe? What would the Founding Fathers think? This is pathetic.
A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that if a motorist is carrying large sums of money, it is automatically subject to confiscation. In the case entitled, "United States of America v. $124,700 in U.S. Currency," the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit took that amount of cash away from Emiliano Gomez Gonzolez, a man with a "lack of significant criminal history" neither accused nor convicted of any crime.
On May 28, 2003, a Nebraska state trooper signaled Gonzolez to pull over his rented Ford Taurus on Interstate 80. The trooper intended to issue a speeding ticket, but noticed the Gonzolez's name was not on the rental contract. The trooper then proceeded to question Gonzolez -- who did not speak English well -- and search the car. The trooper found a cooler containing $124,700 in cash, which he confiscated. A trained drug sniffing dog barked at the rental car and the cash. For the police, this was all the evidence needed to establish a drug crime that allows the force to keep the seized money.
Associates of Gonzolez testified in court that they had pooled their life savings to purchase a refrigerated truck to start a produce business. Gonzolez flew on a one-way ticket to Chicago to buy a truck, but it had sold by the time he had arrived. Without a credit card of his own, he had a third-party rent one for him. Gonzolez hid the money in a cooler to keep it from being noticed and stolen. He was scared when the troopers began questioning him about it. There was no evidence disputing Gonzolez's story.
Yesterday the Eighth Circuit summarily dismissed Gonzolez's story. It overturned a lower court ruling that had found no evidence of drug activity, stating, "We respectfully disagree and reach a different conclusion... Possession of a large sum of cash is 'strong evidence' of a connection to drug activity."
Judge Donald Lay found the majority's reasoning faulty and issued a strong dissent.
"Notwithstanding the fact that claimants seemingly suspicious activities were reasoned away with plausible, and thus presumptively trustworthy, explanations which the government failed to contradict or rebut, I note that no drugs, drug paraphernalia, or drug records were recovered in connection with the seized money," Judge Lay wrote. "There is no evidence claimants were ever convicted of any drug-related crime, nor is there any indication the manner in which the currency was bundled was indicative of
drug use or distribution."
"Finally, the mere fact that the canine alerted officers to the presence of drug residue in a rental car, no doubt driven by dozens, perhaps scores, of patrons during the course of a given year, coupled with the fact that the alert came from the same location where the currency was discovered, does little to connect the money to a controlled substance offense," Judge Lay Concluded.
The full text of the ruling is available in a 36k PDF file at the source link below.
Source: PDF File US v. $124,700 (US Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 8/19/2006)
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A typical peace activist,
Catherine Mayo, the woman whose antics forced a flight to land in Boston, behaved exactly like a recalcitrant child. First, she ran away from home to meet some creepy pen pal:
Mayo's son, Josh, 31, described his mother as a peace activist and said she had been in Pakistan since March. She traveled there often since making a pen pal prior to Sept. 11, 2001, he said. The pen pal hasn't been allowed to visit the U.S., he added.
Snuck things onto her person that she knew she wasn't supposed to have:
In the affidavit, Choldin says flight attendants noticed Mayo about 90 minutes into the flight because she was pushing against the aircraft bulkhead. When the attendant told her to return to her seat, Mayo said she wanted to speak to an air marshal and made statements about knowing that people wanted to see what was in her bag.
FBI spokeswoman Gail Marcinkiewicz confirmed Thursday that authorities found a screwdriver and an unspecified number of cigarette lighters in her bag, items that are banned under new security regulations. Marcinkiewicz also confirmed that matches were found in Mayo's bag.
She also had a bottle of water, which did not appear to be supplied by the flight crew. It wasn't clear how the items made it through airport security, which has been significantly tightened since the terror plot arrests.
Took delight in freaking people out with "forbidden" words:
"She made reference to being with people associated with two words. She stated that she could not say what the two words were because the last time that she had said the two words she had been kicked off of a flight in the United Arab Emirates," according to the affidavit.
The captain and purser both believed that she was referring to al-Qaida, Choldin wrote.
At the top of her form, she then demonstrated her lack of toilet training:
About 35 minutes later, when she tried to go to the bathroom, the flight attendants directed her to a different lavatory. Instead, she pulled down her pants and urinated on the floor, Choldin wrote in the affidavit, which was based on his interviews and those of other federal officials.All we are saying...is give pee a chance!
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American generosity sets a new record
Americans dug deep and gave 6% more, or $260 billion, to charity in 2005.
The increase was in line with a rise in personal income, and 3 in 4 dollars were given by individuals. We're doing well, and we share the joy.
Giving USA, the yearbook of philanthropy, estimates Americans gave total contributions of $260.28 billion for 2005, growth of 6.1 percent (2.7 percent adjusted for inflation). The year 2005 saw extraordinary philanthropic response to three major natural disasters. About half of the $15 billion increase in total giving from the revised estimate of $245.22 billion in 2004 is attributable to disaster relief giving. The other half reflects donors’ commitments to other causes that matter to them. Giving USA is published by the Giving USA Foundation and researched and written by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.
Major natural disasters in the U.S. and abroad between December 2004 and October 2005 generated at least $7.37 billion in contributions (2.8 percent of total estimated giving) in 2005. Of the disaster giving, individuals contributed an estimated $5.83 billion, or 79 percent of the estimated total in disaster relief contributions for 2005. Corporations gave an estimated $1.38 billion, or 19 percent of the estimated total of disaster relief gifts. The balance of disaster relief giving, an estimated $160 million ($0.16 billion) based on records from the Foundation Center, was paid by foundations in 2005, for 2 percent of the estimated amount for disaster relief.
“Disaster relief certainly played a role in 2005,” said Richard T. Jolly, chair of the Giving USA Foundation. “Relief contributions are estimated to be roughly 3 percent of the total. An additional $253 billion in gifts supported more than 1.4 million charities including religious congregations, schools, clinics, arts groups, food banks, and more.”
Giving USA reports giving from four sources of contributions—individual (living) donors; bequests by deceased individuals; foundations; and corporations.
Individual giving is always the largest single source of donations. It rose by 6.4 percent. (2.9 percent adjusted for inflation) to an estimated $199.07 billion. It accounts for 76.5 percent of all estimated giving in 2005.
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Never mind, it was a hoax
Sinclere Lee of the Black News Weekly has uncovered the shocking truth!
WASHINGTON (BNW) — It’s something fishy about the recent plot to blowup planes in London. For example, Wolf Blitzer of CNN asked the critical question about the terror bomb plot.
It's something fishy!
Consider the question Blitzer asked US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff: Why didn’t our government put a ban on all these liquid items when they knew months ago that certain liquids could be smuggled on planes to blow them up? Yet, the answer Chertoff gave was stupid and didn’t make sense.
Much like Sinclere.
Again, why didn’t the government put a ban on these items when they knew the danger months ago? Why? — Because it’s all a damn lie. For sure, you can’t trust Great Britain and the US to tell the truth about anything. They'll tell a lie when the truth sounds better.
Consider this, they haven’t ever identified the liquids you can buy at any store to mix up and make a bomb that would blowup an airplane. Someone said you could use Gatorade to blowup a plane, and if you believe that, I got a bridge in Brooklyn for sale.
In my opinion, it’s all a hoax to take the bad news off of the atrocities Israel is committing against Lebanon, and to scare the American people into thinking that they are making US safe against the war on terrorism when in fact they are making the whole world unsafe.
As a result of the hoax, homes and businesses across England are being searched and 24 people questioned after police say a plot to blow up UK flights to the US was disrupted.
Terrorists were in the "final stages" of a plot to simultaneously blow up as many as 10 jets leaving Britain for the U.S., sending the planes and thousands of passengers into the Atlantic Ocean, U.S. Chertoff said.
British and Pakistani authorities teamed up to thwart the attacks, and 24 men were arrested in overnight raids in Britain, authorities said.
Police are convinced they have detained the key players, but believe the network involved is large and global, but it’s all a big lie to cover their ass!
US intelligence officials believe the plotters hoped to stage a practice run followed by actual attacks on up to 10 planes within days.
UK police said they could have caused "mass murder on an unimaginable scale" is just another scare tactic.
Security chiefs said the group believed to be planning the attack had been under surveillance for some time, but what they didn’t say is that the group was infiltrated by an agent provocateur — just like the Miami seven.
If you thought that was great, check out Sinclere's other astonishing revelation: North Korea is firing missiles because the CIA stole Kim Jong Il's Elvis record collection! Good thing it's Black News Weekly,
because I don't think I could handle this much truth on a daily basis.
The untold story why North Korea vows more missile tests
By Sinclere Lee
WASHINGTON (BNW) — While North Korea has confirmed that it has test-fired a series of missiles and said it would continue launching them, the untold story is the reason why Kim Jong IL is so pissed with America and Japan.
“It’s all over a record collection,” said a spokesman for the North Korean government. “The record collection was stolen from President Kim Jong IL in 2003. It was his private collection of Elvis Presley records that they stole."
It is a well known fact that Kim Jong IL and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi are both, big fans of Elvis Presley, ‘The King!’ In fact, the Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi was in Memphis at Graceland last week with Bush, a fact that did not go unnoticed by Kim Jong IL.
“That’s another thing that got Kim pissed,” said the Korean official. “President Kim wanted to be the first to go to Graceland, but Bush invited Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and that really made President Kim mad.”
When asked, “what would it take to get Kim Jong IL to stop shooting missiles?” the North Korean said, “Nothing less than getting the entire record collection back to Kim that the CIA stole and gave to Junichiro Koizumi on Bush's orders.”
The official also warned of "stronger physical actions" if the international community tried to put pressure on Pyongyang.
The North launched seven missiles, one of which was a failed test of a long-range Taepodong-2, believed to be capable of hitting Alaska.
The UN Security Council is due to reconvene later to discuss a draft resolution in response to the launches.
The document, co-sponsored by the US, UK and Japan, calls for sanctions against North Korea, but differences in approach are already emerging among key powers.
China and Russia — sympathetic to the North — oppose any punitive measures, and insisted that the US should give the record collection back to Kim. That would solve the whole problem officials from China and Russia said.
Japan is reportedly pushing for economic sanctions while South Korea is anxious to continue engaging with the North.
US envoy Christopher Hill who is traveling to the region to discuss the next steps has denied any knowledge of a stolen Elvis record collection belonging to Kim Jong IL.
Parody or real? I can't figure it out. You tell me. It looks real enough.
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Bloomberg: What do you mean, measured response?
From the NY Sun's blog: 'What Do You Mean, Measured Response?'
He's no Rudy Giuliani, but he ain't half bad himself.
Look, the President and Congress that voted for it. I mean, everybody's running away from it but, you know, the truth of the matter is they all voted. A lot of- a vast majority voted to fight and I don't know- people will say, 'Well, the war in Afghanistan or the war in Iraq has nothing to do with this kind of terrorism,' or the Israelis. I love this, 'the Israelis should have a more measured response.' Rockets are going over their heads heading towards their kids' schools, what do you mean, measured response?
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CBS to broadcast Ahmadinejad's death threat to Bush
James Lewis at the The American Thinker
notices something very important. It turns out Ahmadinejad's letter to Bush was exactly what you thought it was-and CBS is eagerly going to help him carry out his religious duty to notify the infidel of his impending death.
In his interview with an abject Mike Wallace, Ahmadinejad says:
“Well, (with the letter) I wanted to open a window towards the light for the president so that he can see that one can look on the world through a different perspective,” he said.
The Bush administration, however, dismissed the 18-page letter as little more than a rambling philosophical treatise that offered nothing new on the nuclear crisis.
Ahmadinejad scoffed at Bush for refusing his “invitation” in the form of his letter.
“We are all free to choose. But please give him this message, sir: Those who refuse to accept an invitation will not have a good ending or fate,” he said.
There has been some debate about the meaning of the letter. Now we know. Think again
“We are all free to choose. But please give him this message, sir: Those who refuse to accept an invitation will not have a good ending or fate.”
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2 Dearborn Muslims found plotting terrorism
The disposable cellphone industry, while convenient, is becoming too useful to terrorists to be allowed to continue to exist in its present form. 2 Men in Ohio Found With Airport Security Information, Held on Terror Charges
WASHINGTON — Two men were charged Wednesday with money laundering in support of terrorism after authorities said they found airplane passenger lists and information on airport security checkpoints in their car.
Deputies stopped Osama Sabhi Abulhassan, 20, and Ali Houssaiky, 20, both of Dearborn, Mich., on a traffic violation Tuesday. They found the flight documents along with $11,000 cash and 12 phones in the car, said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.
Prosecutor Susan Vessels declined to say how the phones, cash or flight information involved terrorism.
Abulhassan and Houssaiky admitted buying about 600 phones in recent months at stores in southeast Ohio, said sheriff's Maj. John Winstanley. The men said they sold the phones to someone in Dearborn, a Detroit suburb.
Investigators going through the car after the pair were pulled over in Marietta, about 90 miles southeast of Columbus, also found a map that showed locations of Wal-Mart stores from Ohio through Kentucky, Tennessee and into North and South Carolina, Vessels said.
FBI spokesman Mike Brooks in Cincinnati said his office was notified about the arrests and an agent was investigating.
A message seeking comment was left Wednesday evening with Ray Smith, a public defender who represents Abulhassan. Houssaiky did not yet have an attorney, Vessels said.
Abulhassan and Houssaiky did not speak at a hearing Wednesday in Marietta Municipal Court in which a judge set their bond at $200,000, Vessels said. Another bond hearing was set for Thursday.
The charges allege the two laundered between $5,000 and $25,000, Vessels said. A conviction carries a maximum 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.
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BREAKING: Major Plane Bombing Plot Foiled
This one was big-zorkie says that on the Greek news right now they're saying they wanted to bring down 12 planes. Airline terror plot 'foiled'
BRITISH police have reportedly foiled a plot to smuggle explosive devices in airline hand luggage to blow up planes in mid-flight, according to Sky News in London.
The targets were said to have been flights between the Britain and the US.
Overnight police have arrested a number of people in London.
Sky said the Metropolitan Police arrests were the culmination of a big covert counter-terrorist operation lasting several months.
It followed a pre-planned intelligence led operation by the Met's anti-terrorist branch and security service.
Police said they believed the aim was to detonate explosive devices smuggled on board the aircraft in hand luggage.
"We would like to reassure the public that this operation was carried out with public safety uppermost in our minds," a police statement said.
"This is a major operation which inevitably will be lengthy and complex. We will provide further information as soon as possible."
Security dramatically tighter in UK's airports: can't bring any on-board luggage
Passengers will not be allowed to take any hand luggage on to any flights in the UK, the department said.
Only the barest essentials - including passports and wallets - will be allowed to be carried on board in transparent plastic bags.
"We hope that these measures, which are being kept under review by the government, will need to be in place for a limited period only," the statement said.
BBC journalist Joe Lynam encountered the increased security measures at Gatwick airport.
"I was handed a piece of paper saying that pretty much nothing could be taken on board the plane," he said.
"Everything had to be checked in and that includes mobile phones, ipods, wallets - even spectacle cases had to be checked in."
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Stand Your Ground gains ground
A long-overdue overhaul of laws inherited from the English
about the fictional "duty to retreat" has now reached fifteen States. The predictable crybabies are crying foul.
In the last year, 15 states have enacted laws that expand the right of self-defense, allowing crime victims to use deadly force in situations that might formerly have subjected them to prosecution for murder.
Supporters call them “stand your ground” laws. Opponents call them “shoot first” laws.
Thanks to this sort of law, a prostitute in Port Richey, Fla., who killed her 72-year-old client with his own gun rather than flee was not charged last month. Similarly, the police in Clearwater, Fla., did not arrest a man who shot a neighbor in early June after a shouting match over putting out garbage, though the authorities say they are still reviewing the evidence.
The first of the new laws took effect in Florida in October, and cases under it are now reaching prosecutors and juries there. The other laws, mostly in Southern and Midwestern states, were enacted this year, according to the National Rifle Association, which has enthusiastically promoted them.
Florida does not keep comprehensive records on the impact of its new law, but prosecutors and defense lawyers there agree that fewer people who claim self-defense are being charged or convicted.
The Florida law, which served as a model for the others, gives people the right to use deadly force against intruders entering their homes. They no longer need to prove that they feared for their safety, only that the person they killed had intruded unlawfully and forcefully. The law also extends this principle to vehicles.
In addition, the law does away with an earlier requirement that a person attacked in a public place must retreat if possible. Now, that same person, in the law’s words, “has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force.” The law also forbids the arrest, detention or prosecution of the people covered by the law, and it prohibits civil suits against them.
Welcome to the Wild West. I think you'll find it a surprisingly civil and agreeable place.
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US public closely divided over Israel's war with Hezbollah: poll
Forty-six percent of Americans surveyed blame Israel and Hezbollah equally for the conflict, whereas 39 percent blame Hezbollah alone, according to the ABC News/Washington Post poll released late Monday.
The poll found Americans nearly evenly split on whether Israel's intense bombing of Lebanese targets to eliminate Hezbollah's ability to launch rocket barrages against Israeli targets was justified.
In the poll, 47 percent said Israel was justified in its bombing campaign, against 48 percent who were opposed.
Fifty-five percent said Israel should halt its attacks only if Hezbollah disarms first, while only 35 percent thought Israel should agree to an immediate, unconditional halt to fighting.
On Israel's tactics, which have drawn widespread criticism for heavy civilian casualties in Iraq, those polled were split: 35 percent said Israel was using about the right amount of force, 32 percent said it was too much force, and 22 percent said it was not enough force.
Even so, 54 percent of the people surveyed said Israel should do more to avoid civilian casualties.
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Abdullah Azzam's son: Bin Laden a physical coward
Bin Laden was scared under fire, his friend says
WASHINGTON - Osama bin Laden talks tough, but other mujahedeen laughed at him in Afghanistan because he would get scared and bolt when under fire, a new documentary claims.
"When bin Laden used to hear the explosions, he used to jump. He used to run away," his longtime friend Hutaifa Azzam says on "CNN Presents: In the Footsteps of Bin Laden."
"I still remember that me, and my elder and younger brothers, we used to laugh," says Azzam, the son of Abdullah Azzam, bin Laden's mentor in radical Islam.
Abdullah Azzam and bin Laden jointly created a mujahedeen support organization that later became al-Qaida.
Azzam was assassinated in 1989, with Hutaifa's two brothers, in a bombing tied to Egyptians close to bin Laden.
Funny weird personal sidenote about Abdullah Azzam: my extremely religious aunt, who we called "the Shaykha", had terrifying Dante-esque visions of tours of hell given by Mohammed. She also had dreams in which she was married to Abdullah Azzam in heaven. This is well after he was killed; he was considered a martyr pretty much universally.
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Homo Asked; Tells
What part of Don't Ask, Don't Tell don't you understand, maggots, faggots, and other words ending in -aggots?Reporters just love it
when the military discharges someone who is simultaneously gay and has a needed skill-it lets them hammer the Pentagon over and over with the fact that National Security is Being Damaged! ...By Republican Homophobia!
(Never mind of course that Don't Ask, Don't Tell was Clinton's formula). Try to grasp the subtlety of this reporter's argument. I know it'll be difficult to get it through your thick skull, Neanderthals, but just try:
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - A decorated sergeant and Arabic language specialist was dismissed from the U.S. Army under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, though he says he never told his superiors he was gay and his accuser was never identified.
An eight-month Army investigation culminated in Copas' honorable discharge on Jan. 30 — less than four years after he enlisted, he said, out of a post-Sept. 11 sense of duty to his country.
More than 11,000 service members have been dismissed under the policy, including 726 last year — an 11 percent jump from 2004 and the first increase since 2001.
That's less than a half-percent of the more than 2 million soldiers, sailors and Marines dismissed for all reasons since 1993, according to the General Accountability Office.
But the GAO also noted that nearly 800 dismissed gay or lesbian service members had critical abilities, including 300 with important language skills. Fifty-five were proficient in Arabic, including Copas, a graduate of the Defense Language Institute in California.
Discharging and replacing them has cost the Pentagon nearly $369 million, according to the Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Got that, you Rethuglican morons?
Now, no one can thoughtfully disagree that perhaps the military should leave gay people alone if they're contributing. Arguably, famous poofter Alan Turing helped win World War II.
Would the world have been better off if he had been kicked out of the military? Obviously not. However, this guy was apparently turning ex-lovers into outraged wildebeests left and right, and one of them decided to snitch:
Lt. Col. James Zellmer, Copas' commanding officer in the 313th military intelligence battalion, told the AP that "the evidence clearly indicated that Sgt. Copas had engaged in homosexual acts."
While investigators were never able to determine who the accuser was, "in the end, the nature and the volume of the evidence and Sgt. Copas's own sworn statement led me to discharge him," Zellmer said.
Military investigators wrote that Copas "engaged in at least three homosexual relationships, and is dealing with at least two jealous lovers, either of whom could be the anonymous source providing this information."
I would kick him and
his lovers out for causing controversy and wasting everyone's time. It doesn't exactly sound like he was cracking the Enigma code or anything; Arabic is a pedestrian language spoken by millions of not-too-bright people.
Here's the most hilarious part:
Shortly after Copas was appointed to the 82nd Airborne's highly visible All-American Chorus last May, the first e-mail came to the chorus director.
"The director brought everyone into the hallway and told us about this e-mail they had just received and blatantly asked, 'Which one of you are gay?'" Copas said.
Copas later complained to the director and his platoon sergeant, saying the questions violated "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
"They said they would watch it in the future," Copas said. "And they said, even specifically then, 'Well, you are not gay are you?' And I said, 'no.'"
The accuser, who signed his e-mails "John Smith" or "ftbraggman," pressed Copas' superiors to take action against him or "I will inform your entire battalion of the information that I gave you."
On Dec. 2, investigators formally interviewed Copas and asked if he understood the military's policy on homosexuals, if he had any close acquaintances who were gay, and if he was involved in community theater. He answered affirmatively.
Well of COURSE involvement in community theater points to faggotry! What kind of red-blooded straight man would be into theater? Mark Steyn, that's who. He should have deployed the Mark Steyn defense: "are you calling Mark Steyn a faggot? Because Mark Steyn likes Broadway shows! If Mark Steyn is not a faggot, you must acquit!"
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America against the world
The Coalition for Citizen Diplomacy was formed two years ago to combat anti-Americanism "one handshake at a time" by turning Americans into "citizen diplomats" who use personal meetings with foreigners to counter the ugly image of the United States
. Looks like Franco will have a lot of handshaking to do this summer.
Distaste for America runs so deep that, for example, at the recent World Cup in Germany the American team was the only one asked not to display its national flag on the team bus. In South Korea, traditionally a U.S. ally, two-thirds of people under 30 said in a recent poll that if there were war between North Korea and the United States, they would side with North Korea.
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American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee sues Rumsfeld and Rice
US Arab group sues Rice, Rumsfeld over Lebanon evacuation
In their suit against US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld filed in a Detroit, Michigan federal court, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) asked the court to order the government to stop shipping weapons to Israel as long as US citizens remain in danger inside Lebanon.
I'm sure they'll also sue Iran and Syria in order to stop them shipping weapons to Lebanon. Right?
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Bin Laden spotted in Pak, near China border
PAKISTAN: BIN LADEN HIDING ON CHINA BORDER, REPORTS
Islamabad, 21 July (AKI) - The Pakistani authorities on Thursday ordered the evacuation of a northern area of the country, near the border with China, of tourists and foreigners after receiving intelligence reports of the possible presence of Osama bin Laden in the area. According to Arab daily al-Hayat, the presence of the al-Qaeda leader was reported in the extreme north of Pakistan in an area that borders China and Afghanistan. For this reason hundreds of tourists - most of them European - were made to leave the Chalinji Pass and the Wakhan corridor and the security forces closed all access to the area.
The intelligence reports that had reached Islamabad indicated that bin Laden and his deputy Egyptian doctor Ayman al-Zawahiri - along with other leading figures of the al-Qaeda terror network - had decided to use the area bordering China as a secure refuge as it is not controlled by the US military.
Al-Hayat says the reports were confirmed by Western embassy sources in Islamabad, who indicated that the choice of sticking near the China border was because US military bombers would not attack that area for fear of hitting China.
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Let's Do Something for Sgt. Leonid Milkin
Sgt. Leonid Milkin deserves help, support, sympathy, and infinite gratitude from his nation. Unfortunately, what he's getting is vile leftist spite,
and subliterate, subhuman, coddled and swaddled products of the nanny state spitting on the graves of his family and on his service to the nation. What can we do for him? We can't let this stand. Are we Americans, or what? Let's come together and try to salve the wounds of one of our own. He's in Seattle, Washington, but I wasn't able to find a phone number. This man has lost everything: his family, his home, his whole world has come crashing down because of a senseless crime.
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A narrow gray line
Two nurses and a doctor have been accused of administering lethal doses of morphine to four patients during Hurricane Katrina and they've been arrested and charged with second-degree murder. We don't know yet what the exact circumstances were and whether the patients were killed intentionally or accidentally, but we do know that Dr. Anna Pou, Lori Budo and Cheri Landry stayed with their patients under desperate circumstances
, with no electricity to run ventilators, no oxygen, and unable to evacuate the critically ill.
Laurie Zoloth, director of the center for bioethics, science and society at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, thinks this case has broader implications because society may have to face similar ethical dilemmas in the event of an epidemic or an attack with nuclear or biological weapons. Disaster plan: Time to think unthinkable?[bugmenot]
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The Laguna Beach day labor center
Who says that illegal immigrants work for less than minimum wage? Illegal immigrants in Laguna Beach can make at least double the minimum wage for unskilled labor. Is it because there's a labor shortage? No. In fact, in the following story, only about half of the workers were hired, the rest were not needed.
"I don't think these people should be here because they are illegal, they are breaking the law," Jeff Hillman said as he picked up a day laborer to dig a hole for $12 an hour, almost twice California's minimum wage.
The chosen laborer, Marcos Jimenez from Mexico, heard Hillman's opinion and jumped out of his truck with a slam of the door.
"If he doesn't want to give work to an illegal immigrant, why doesn't he go hire a white guy, an American citizen, someone who speaks English better?" Jimenez said in Spanish.
Hillman, who does construction in Laguna Beach, admitted to the contradiction, but said: "The competition is doing it and I need to stay competitive. They do it, so I do it once in a while too."
No other laborer at the center agreed to work for him that day.
I thought Mr Jimenez had a bad attitude. Far from being grateful for being offered a job, he implied that employers who prefer legal workers are racist.Immigrant labor dilemma hits California beach town
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CAIR's Enemy Propaganda: Israel a strategic liability in the War on Terror
You know what's a real strategic liability? CAIR.
Sedition, treason, treachery-you name it, CAIR does it with gusto.
Israel has shown a tendency to abuse its military might, subjecting civilians to collective punishments time and again. Countries that fail to exercise appropriate self-restraint should be restrained by the world community. [countries like Iran, Syria, the Palestinians, and Pakistan? -ev]
Israel's right to defend itself does not give it the right to launch terror attacks against major civilian centers - not with our tax money. [CAIR is tax-exempt.-ev]
Since its formation in 1949, the state of Israel has cost U.S. taxpayers more than $130 billion. What merits this exorbitant spending on a foreign country that has one of the world's highest per capital [sic-ev] incomes?
The often-parroted argument is that that Israel is a crucial ally in the war on terror.
The truth is that for all the billions Israel has sapped from American taxpayers, it has given us nothing back but the resentment the victims of Israel's military transgressions feel toward those who bankroll their oppressor.
Israel is a strategic liability in the war on terror. Extremists use our uncritical financial and political support for Israel's brutal policies as an excuse to attack us.
Surely, there are better ways to spend our hard-earned money.
We are losing the domestic wars on drugs and poverty. Our inner-cities are awash with crime and gang rivalries. Our public schools are embarrassingly substandard when compared to those of other developed nations. Our social security system threatens to fail future generations of retirees as the number of senior citizens is expected to increase by 110 percent in the next 50 years.
We fail to move forward on these crucial fronts citing lack of sufficient funds. Would it not be better if we invested our tax dollars in our own communities instead of funding Israel's counterproductive military escapades?
Ahmed M. Rehab is executive director of the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago), the nation's largest Muslim civil liberties group
Doesn't he sound exactly like a Democrat? "For the money we've spent in Iraq, we could build 900,000 schools and give 200 million undocumented immigrants free health care!".
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Social Security For The World
Can someone explain to me why we're so eager to give an incredibly expensive entitlement to people who are not citizens of this country, and do not participate in our tax system? Please. I am totally amazed by this.
How can we discourage Mexico from exporting its problems, and deter it from fixing its corruption? Giving illegal aliens Social Security benefits seems like a great way to do it.
As a bonus, this will encourage even more illegal immigration. Because you just know
Mexico would do the same for us if millions of our people were illegally there.
Since so many of these illegal immigrants are "undocumented", how are they going to prove that they paid into Social Security in the first place?
WASHINGTON -- "We might be on the cusp of giving billions of dollars worth of our senior's Social Security money to illegal Mexican workers, and it's getting almost no media attention whatsoever," warned Brad Phillips, a spokesman for TREA Senior Citizens League, one of the nation's largest nonpartisan seniors groups with 1.2 million members.
TREA Senior Citizens League filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in U.S. District Court Thursday morning - after what the group styled as "numerous refusals over three years by the U.S. Department of State and Social Security Administration to provide a draft of - or virtually any pertinent information regarding - the impact of the Totalization Agreement with Mexico on the U.S. Social Security Trust Fund."*
The Totalization Agreement could allow millions of illegal Mexican workers to draw billions of dollars from the U.S. Social Security Trust Fund. The agreement between the U.S. and Mexico was signed in June 2004, and is awaiting President Bush's signature.
"President Bush has expressed his support for this Agreement, and we believe that regardless of the current immigration debate, his most likely window for signing it is immediately after the 2006 midterm elections when no one is looking," TREA spokesman Brad Phillips told NewsMax.
Once President Bush approves the agreement, which would be done without congressional vote, either house would have 60 days to disapprove the agreement by voting to reject it.
"We are outraged that our government won't tell us how much they plan to take out of the Social Security Trust Fund to pay for the Totalization Agreement with Mexico, and we want to know what they're hiding," said Ralph McCutchen, Chairman of the TREA Senior Citizens League.
"Our 1.2 million elderly members didn't play by the rules and sacrifice through two World Wars so we could fund millions of workers who crossed the border and decided to work here illegally," McCutchen added.
*There is no such thing as a "Social Security Trust Fund", and anyone who says otherwise is a liar or a fool.
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