Archive for December, 2005
Are the ACLU and the New York Times aiding the terrorist enemies of the United States with the recent leak on domestic eavesdropping operation? This puts the terrorist and the United States enemies on-guard for any future intelligence gatherings.
It is evident that the ACLU has no regard to the safety of American lives and completely disregard national security. An insider to the Bush administration leaked the story to the New York Times about the National Security Agency domestic eavesdropping operation approved by President George W. Bush. They did not ever take in consideration a federal law was broken by a traitor with inside knowledge of this operation, and American lives could be in danger since this news story was in fact aiding and abetting the enemy.
The US justice department has opened an inquiry into how information about President George Bush's secret spying program was leaked, officials say. The investigation is expected to focus on how the New York Times newspaper obtained the information.
If they are able to identify the traitors involved with this leak, they should be treated as traitors against the United States.
President Bush has admitted that persons with known links to al-Qaeda and related terrorist organizations were being monitored since the 9/11 attacks.
Of course, the ACLU is ranting that the investigation should be called off because they see this operation as a violation of the Constitution. In the yesterday's press release from the ACLU website:
NEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties Union today sharply criticized a Justice Department investigation into the disclosure of an illegal National Security Agency domestic eavesdropping operation approved by President George W. Bush.
In a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as well as two full-page advertisements in the New York Times, the ACLU has called for the appointment of a special counsel to determine whether President Bush violated federal wiretapping laws by authorizing illegal surveillance of domestic targets
The following statement can be attributed to ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero:
"President Bush broke the law and lied to the American people when he unilaterally authorized secret wiretaps of U.S. citizens. But rather than focus on this constitutional crisis, Attorney General Gonzales is cracking down on critics of his friend and boss. Our nation is strengthened, not weakened, by those whistleblowers who are courageous enough to speak out on violations of the law."
"To avoid further charges of cronyism, Attorney General Gonzales should call off the investigation. Better yet, Mr. Gonzales ought to fulfill his own oath of office and appoint a special counsel to determine whether federal laws were violated."
The ACLU brags very openly about its two full page advertisements in the NY Times attacking President Bush for lying to the American people, when in fact he has admitted there is ongoing domestic eavesdropping. There are links to these ads and other like-items on the ACLU website.
If an American teen and slip into Iraq, how much easier would it be for the insurgents and terrorists to get in to Iraq?
An American teenager born of Iraqi parents, skipped school on December 13, and ran away to Iraq. His parents have been living here in the U.S. for 35 years. Their son was inspired by a journalism homework assignment and wanted to get a feel for Iraq.
What was he thinking?
His mother had wanted to take him to her homeland to visit family, but wanted to wait until the violence and turmoil had ended.
The AP ran a lengthy article on his misadventures, U.S. Teen Runs Off to Iraq by Himself:
Given his heritage, Hassan could almost pass as Iraqi. His father’s background helped him secure an entry visa, and native Arabs would see in his face Iraqi features and a familiar skin tone. His wispy beard was meant to help him blend in.
But underneath that Mideast veneer was full-blooded American teen, a born-and-bred Floridian sporting white Nike tennis shoes and trendy jeans. And as soon as the lanky, 6-foot teenager opened his mouth he speaks no Arabic his true nationality would have betrayed him.
Traveling on his own in a land where insurgents and jihadists have kidnapped more than 400 foreigners, killing at least 39 of them, Hassan walked straight into a death zone. On Monday, his first full day in Iraq, six vehicle bombs exploded in Baghdad, killing five people and wounding more than 40.
The State Department strongly advises U.S. citizens against traveling to Iraq, saying it "remains very dangerous." Forty American citizens have been kidnapped since the war started in March 2003, of which 10 have been killed, a U.S. official said. About 15 remain missing.
He may have survived his adventure, but he now realizes that his life was in danger once he had set foot on Middle East soil. Just like Dorothy in The Wizard of OZ, he has learned that there is no place like home!
Our Federal Courts have been making law instead of ruling over the laws. At sometimes their rulings are questionable as to whose rights are they really protecting.
California passed a law in October that made it illegal to sell or rent violent or sexually explicit games to children. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the law that allowed fines of $1,000 for the illegal sales that was to take effect on January 1, 2006.
The law was passed to protect underage children from the exposure to violent or sexually explicit games. And most parents would applaud this new law. But the law was challenged by the Entertainment Software Association and the Video Software Dealers Association which represent game makers and retailers.
In yesterday’s BBC News:
Citing freedom of speech worries US district judge Ronald Whyte granted an injunction to stop the law coming into force on 1 January.
Judge Whyte also questioned whether it was possible to ban sales to minors.
The ruling comes as US politicians draft national laws to stop the sale of adult-themed games to children.
Whose rights was Judge Whyte really trying to protect? Not the children’s rights!
The Entertainment Software Association and the Video Software Dealers Association have challenged similar laws in six other states and won reversals or injunctions that allowed them sell or rent violent or sexually explicit games to anyone. No consideration was made for the rights of the young children’s rights to be protected from inappropriate violent and sexual games.
Four-to-One Ratio, Negative to Positive …
Alexandria, VA—A new study released today by the Media Research Center, TV’s Bad News Brigade, reveals the three commercial network nightly news broadcasts have been overwhelmingly biased in their coverage of Iraq. The MRC analyzed all broadcasts of ABC’s World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News, and the CBS Evening News from January 1 through September 30 and found 61 percent of the stories were negative or pessimistic while only 15 percent of the stories were positive or optimistic – a four-to-one ratio. The trend in coverage has also become increasingly negative during 2005, with pessimistic stories rising to nearly three-fourths of all Iraq news by August and September. The MRC will release a study on cable news coverage early next year.
“The big three nightly newscasts have become megaphones for the anti-war movement,” Bozell said. “Coverage is badly skewed toward terrorist attacks instead of the bravery of the troops and progress made by the Iraqi government. The nightly network newscasts have become propaganda for the far-left anti-war movement instead of balanced journalism.”
Was convicted terrorist Mohammad Ali Hammadi recent released from a German prison related to the planned release of a German hostage in Iraq? Many believed he could have been held longer but the question is why was he released?
The United States wanted to extradite the Lebanese killer of a U.S. Navy diver, but Germany refused. The United States may get another chance to extradite him.
From today’s Washington Times:
A senior State Department official said Hamadi was in "temporary custody" in Lebanon, although it was not clear where or when he was arrested.
Mr. McCormack said Washington was "talking to the Lebanese government" about bringing him to the United States, but that the issue was complicated by the lack of an extradition treaty with Lebanon.
Germany refused to extradite Hamadi to the United States because he could face the death penalty. It also argues that he has been punished for his crime, and that trying him in a U.S. court would constitute double jeopardy.
Mr. McCormack disagreed, saying "there is a difference in the interpretations between the legal systems" of the two countries.
The decision to free Hamadi came just before the reported release of a German hostage in Iraq, Susanne Osthoff, but Berlin rejected suggestions that the developments were related.
In a previous post I expressed my concerns that the message sent to all terrorists in the world, you have a chance of freedom as long as you are alive.
Q. When is a life sentence in prison not really a life sentence?
A. When politics plays a part in the fate of convicted terrorists.
Terrorist Mohammad Ali Hammadi, convicted of killing Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem in Beirut during the 1985 hijacking of a TWA flight and sentenced to life in prison in Germany. He was just released after serving 18 years and quietly flown to Lebanon.
He was wanted by United states government wanted him extradited for the murder of Robert Dean Stethem. But Germany did not comply as their law does not allow a convicted criminal to be charged again with the same crime, especially when the death penalty is involved. Mohammad Ali Hammadi could have faced the death penalty if convicted in a U.S. Court
This sends a powerful message to potential terrorists that if convicted of terrorism in any country besides U.S. you can almost expect to be released in due time, as a life sentence does not really mean a lifetime in prison.
But there are even exceptions in our country of terrorists who did not complete their "life" sentences and were sent free, completely pardon for their violent and deadly crimes.
In 1954, four terrorists members of the FALN stormed the U.S. House of Representatives, wounding five congressmen. They were granted clemency by President Jimmy Carter in 1979.
In the days before he left office, former President Bill Clinton pardoned sixteen members of the FALN organization. These men belonged to a Puerto Rican freedom terrorist group, which was responsible for planting over 130 bombs in public places in the U.S. They killed six people and injured seventy.
Therefore, a potential terrorist need not fear of a real life sentence. But they may give second thoughts if the death sentance would be passed on them. There is no release from death.
There is an ongoing shooting war in our backyard, and very little mention of it can be found in our main-stream media. Our border with Mexico has been an armed combat zone with excursions of heavily armed uniformed Mexicans entering our country sometimes shooting their way in and out.
Who are these "soldiers"? Are they really soldiers or heavily armed thugs protecting the highly lucrative illegal smuggling trade or assisting terrorists? Why has this been hushed by our media?
April 18, 1997, two U.S. Customs inspectors were wounded in a gun battle at the Calexico border station. They did take out the Mexican shooter. On the same day, an underground tunnel was closed because of bomb threats. And just 50 miles north, an illegal smuggler carrying 25 illegals trued to run over a custom border agent. That incident was televised.
Following those incidents, over 10 more firefights in the following 10 weeks erupted at the border. Yet, no main-stream media made any mention of the incidents.
The weapons of choice used by the shooters in Mexico has been the AK-47. They are out-gunning our border patrol agents.
"There have been more firefights on the border in recent weeks than there have been in Bosnia," said an exasperated Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon, before passage of a little-noticed bill last week authorizing President Clinton to send up to 10,000 troops to the Mexican border to help stop illegal immigration and drug trafficking.
"People are getting killed along the border," said Rep Brian Bilbray during the troop deployment debate. Most Americans, though, haven’t noticed.
We have sent soldiers to the border, but the firefights continue and have been ongoing and increasing in intensity, wounding and killing Americans.
There may be something behind the lack of real action to protect our southern boarder. In an earlier post, Beware! – North America Continental Integration via SPP:
President Bush and top officials in his administration are implementing plans to cancel U.S. sovereignty and form a new “North American Community” that will merge Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. Called the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP), the arrangement calls initially for legalization for millions of Mexican illegal immigrants, practical destruction of any remaining border security, and the transfer of huge amounts of U.S. aid to bring Mexico’s primitive economy more in line with its northern neighbors. The SPP has been jointly agreed to by Canadian Prime Minister Martin, Mexican President Fox, and Mr. Bush.
THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Three days ago, in large numbers, Iraqis went to the polls to choose their own leaders — a landmark day in the history of liberty. In the coming weeks, the ballots will be counted, a new government formed, and a people who suffered in tyranny for so long will become full members of the free world.
This election will not mean the end of violence. But it is the beginning of something new: constitutional democracy at the heart of the Middle East. And this vote — 6,000 miles away, in a vital region of the world — means that America has an ally of growing strength in the fight against terror.
All who had a part in this achievement — Iraqis, and Americans and our coalition partners — can be proud. Yet our work is not done. There is more testing and sacrifice before us. I know many Americans have questions about the cost and direction of this war. So tonight I want to talk to you about how far we have come in Iraq, and the path that lies ahead.
Already, Germany and the Vatican have spoken out against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s remarks denying the Holocaust. Now Russia has become the latest country to speak out against Ahmadinejad’s remarks. Ahmadinejad’s remarks have been a embarrassment to Russia as they have been recently supporting Tehran and increasing diplomatic ties with Iran.
Ahmadinejad’s remarks could drive Iran into international isolation, said Mikhail Marguelov, head of the international affairs committee of Russia’s upper house of parliament, the Federation Council.
"The Iranian president’s xenophobia discredits the co-sponsors of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, including Russia," Marguelov told the Ekho Moskvy radio station Thursday.
"There is a feeling that Iran has taken upon itself the mission of stirring up the Middle East conflict and doing services to all sorts of extremists, and it may lead to the international isolation of Iran," Marguelov said
Source: CNS News
Isolation of Iran could have grave negative affects to the citizens of Iran.
Earlier this month, Ahmadinejad was visited by Russian special envoy to the Middle East, Alexander Kalugin. Kalugin told Ahmadinejad that his remarks that Germany and Autria give up land so the Israeli Jews could relocate is totally unacceptable.
Iran has bee embroiled in an ongoing dispute with the international community over its nuclear program. They have been saying it is designed for power-generation, but the West suspects it is a cover for attempts to build atomic weapons.
Early today, gunmen ambushed the motorcade of Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, leaving his driver and one of his bodyguards dead, however the hard-line leader escaped injury because he was not in the car at the time. Was this assassination attempt motivated by his negative statements against Israel and the Jews? Most of the other governments of the world have expressed grave concern over Ahmadinejad’s recent remarks and saber rattling. How ironic that it is reported that an Iranian student dissident group is responsible. Ahmadinejad was responsible for the hostage crisis in 1979 when he and his student dissident group took over the U.S. Embassy and held captive over 50 U.S. citizens for almost a year and half. Yet, today according to WorldNetDaily.com: Today, Ahmadinejad stepped up his anti-Israel rhetoric, calling on the world’s Muslims to be on guard against the Jewish state. "The Zionist regime is today a threat to the whole Middle East region and therefore Moslems should increase their vigilance against this regime," Ahmadinejad told local officials. Ahmadinejad has the full support of Ayatollah Khamanei for all his actions. His increased verbal attacks against Israel appears that he is looking for a confrontation with the West and Israel.
Early today, gunmen ambushed the motorcade of Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, leaving his driver and one of his bodyguards dead, however the hard-line leader escaped injury because he was not in the car at the time.
Was this assassination attempt motivated by his negative statements against Israel and the Jews? Most of the other governments of the world have expressed grave concern over Ahmadinejad’s recent remarks and saber rattling.
How ironic that it is reported that an Iranian student dissident group is responsible. Ahmadinejad was responsible for the hostage crisis in 1979 when he and his student dissident group took over the U.S. Embassy and held captive over 50 U.S. citizens for almost a year and half.
Yet, today according to WorldNetDaily.com:
Today, Ahmadinejad stepped up his anti-Israel rhetoric, calling on the world’s Muslims to be on guard against the Jewish state. "The Zionist regime is today a threat to the whole Middle East region and therefore Moslems should increase their vigilance against this regime," Ahmadinejad told local officials.
Ahmadinejad has the full support of Ayatollah Khamanei for all his actions. His increased verbal attacks against Israel appears that he is looking for a confrontation with the West and Israel.