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Can a designated Iranian terrorist group (MEK) purchase the support of notable Americans to champion their cause?

It has been often said that everything in Washington is for sale and that which is not for sale can be leased …

What do the following individuals have in common?

  • Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey
  • Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy (Rhode Island)
  • Noted Author Carl Bernstein;
  • Former Governor Howard Dean (Vermont)
  • Former Governor Ed Rendell (Pennsylvania)
  • Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (Illinois)
  • Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (New York)
  • Retired General Henry Shelton
  • Retired General George Casey
  • Retired Lieutenant General David Deptula
  • Former FBI director Louis Freeh <Source>

It appears that they are all attempting to informally lobby government officials by “questioning the listing of an obscure Iranian group called the Mujahadin-e Khalq (MEK) on the U.S. government list of officially designated foreign terrorist organizations.” Some of these people I formerly respected as incorruptible or patriotic. Now I can see they are money-grubbing whores who are willing to challenge the intelligence agencies of the United States for their personal benefit and profit. I am thoroughly disgusted by the democrats and the republicans on this list. As for the journalists who purport to be unbiased, it is just another sign of the loss of journalistic ethics and the support of a cause that is alien to the American dream.

How is it that any Americans want to assist any Iranian group?

At least according to Bernstein: “The speech, before a crowd an organizer put at 1,500, made Bernstein one of the few journalists who has appeared at events in a years-long campaign by MEK supporters to free the group from the official terrorist label and the legal sanctions that come with it. He told ProPublica that he was paid $12,000 for the appearance but that, ‘I was not there as an advocate.’”

Then: “Bernstein told the crowd that, ‘I come here as an advocate of the best obtainable version of the truth’ and as ‘someone who believes in basic human rights and their inalienable status.’ He also challenged the State Department, saying that if the agency ‘has evidence that the MEK is a terrorist organization, have a show-cause hearing in court, let them prove it.’”

Bernstein's speech, reprinted on the website of another pro-MEK group under the title "The Kafkaesque Nature of Things," compared the presence of the MEK on the terrorist list to his parents' experience belonging to a group that was on a U.S. government list of subversive organizations during the McCarthy era.

“So I know, like you, what it means to be designated a certain way and your cause and your purpose misunderstood, twisted, and turned into something that it is not," he said. "When, in fact, the evil, the terrorism, the real terrorism, is in the heart of Tehran, not in this room."

In an interview, Bernstein told ProPublica that the pro-MEK events are “obviously … part of a lobbying campaign” but his speech  was “largely about using the designation of terrorist and subversive organizations as a smokescreen for other things.” He said that stories focusing on speakers at pro-MEK events rather than on “the substance of what the controversy is” amounted to “journalistic McCarthyism.” <Source>

Was it for the money or because liberals are soft on national defense and constitutionally (pun) and prone to serve as useful idiots for foreign sovereign causes?

For example, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat, received $160,000 for appearing at seven pro-MEK rallies and conferences, his office confirmed  to NBC in March. Each event typically involves five to 10 former officials who speak in favor of removing the group from the terrorist list. The typical fee for a speaker at one of the events has been in the $20,000 range, according to news reports. Pro-MEK groups are thought to have spent millions of dollars on the events in recent years. <Source>

What happened to one working journalist is a cautionary tale of how America may be subverted from within …

ProPublica reported in July that syndicated columnist Clarence Page had spoken at a large rally in Paris featuring MEK leader Maryam Rajavi; after we reached out to Page, he said he would reimburse his $20,000 speaker’s fee, and the Chicago Tribune reprimanded him  for violating the company ethics code. <Source>

Here is a person who can slant stories and spin the truth … and he is being paid a great sum of money to advocate for a group that is listed by the United States government as a terrorist group. Why wasn’t he sanctioned by the government for providing aid and comfort to an enemy of the United States? Or is the liberal dominated Justice Department, headed by Eric Holder, too busy killing all of the pesky state legislation that protects the Constitution and the sovereignty of the United States?

Is Iran our enemy?

In the past few years, pro-MEK groups have marshaled considerable financial resources to bring high-profile speakers to an unending stream of rallies and other events in the U.S. and Europe. The pro-MEK campaign has taken on new prominence against the backdrop of the nuclear standoff involving the U.S., Israel and Iran, whose government is a sworn enemy of the MEK.

The group, sometimes described as cult-like by critics, is blamed by the State Department for killing Americans in several attacks in Iran in the 1970s and in attacking Iranian targets through the early 2000s. The MEK now says it has renounced violence and has sued to be removed from the terrorist list.

The public push in the U.S. is notable both because it has brought together a large bipartisan group of former top military officials and veteran politicians from both parties and also because of the large sums of money paid for those appearances. <Source>

My question …

Is this MEK group spinning themselves an an anti-Iran freedom fighting group to allow them to be removed from the terrorist watch list and the sanctions which would keep them from purchasing “dual use” technology or other materials that would bring aid and comfort to Iran? It would not be the first time that a front group did whatever was necessary for their cause.

Bottom line …

It is obvious, even to the casual observer that something evil is happening to our country. Pro-Marxist/Communist groups have subverted the political process, mostly involving the democrat party, and that rampant political corruption is going unchecked. Prominent politicians and others are openly espousing causes which, only a few decades ago, would have been regarded as enemies and such advocacy tantamount to sedition and/or treason.

We see major United States Corporations using foreign subsidiaries to “fullfill long existing contracts” with our enemies.

According to Bill O’Reilly of Fox News, General Electric, the parent company of NBC, is doing business with Iran.

Iran is listed as a state that sponsors terrorism, and the Pentagon has confirmed that Iranian weapons are being used to kill Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan.A former NBC correspondent John Hockenberry says that GE continues to do business with Iran. CEO Jeffrey Immelt said in a statement, “It is unfortunate that John Hockenberry seems to be so far out of touch with reality. The comments are so utterly absurd; we will have no further comment.”

But then O’Reilly pursues the story and gets a statement from GE, saying it no longer does business with Iran, except fulfilling past contracts and humanitarian stuff. But O’Reilly finds out that through subsidiaries, GE is working with the Iranian government on hydroelectric, oil and gas, and medical projects. <Source>

We need to reform our government and the way our multi-national corporations do business. We cannot impose sanctions against an enemy and have them violated by a foreign subsidiary of any American company. Perhaps why so many companies are now incorporated in the Bahamas. Switzerland and elsewhere.

And we need to start right now in 2012 by removing President Obama and his fellow travelers from power in the Presidency, the Senate and the House of Representatives. We need to shut the revolving door between government and law firms known to be lobbyists for foreign powers. We need to put country over compromise, manhood over money.

It is time to take action at the voting booths. Before America is simply purchased and discarded by those who do not wish America well.

-- steve

Reference Links …

Watergate Journalist Carl Bernstein Spoke at Event Supporting Iranian ‘Terrorist’ Group


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


Can someone please explain why Clint Eastwood was featured at the 2012 Republican Convention? (Updated)

Clint Eastwood explained his motivations in a great article which appeared in the Carmel Pine Cone

“President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” Eastwood told The Pine Cone this week. “Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that’s what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle.”

“I had three points I wanted to make,” Eastwood said. “That not everybody in Hollywood is on the left, that Obama has broken a lot of the promises he made when he took office, and that the people should feel free to get rid of any politician who’s not doing a good job. But I didn’t make up my mind exactly what I was going to say until I said it.”’

Eastwood is a liberal on social issues such as gay marriage and abortion, but he has strongly conservative opinions about the colossal national debt that has accumulated while Obama has been president, his failure to get unemployment below 6 percent, and a host of other economic issues.

“It was supposed to be a contrast with all the scripted speeches, because I’m Joe Citizen,” Eastwood said. “I’m a movie maker, but I have the same feelings as the average guy out there.”

Early Thursday morning, when Eastwood left San Jose Airport on a private jet headed for Florida, he was still making up his mind.

It was only after a quick nap in his hotel room a few blocks from the convention site, Eastwood said, that he mapped out his remarks — starting with his observation about politics in Hollywood, then challenging the president about the failure of his economic policies, and wrapping up by telling the public “they don’t have to worship politicians, like they were royalty or something.

Somehow, I doubt that Clint Eastwood is “Joe Citizen.” Living a life of luxury and isolated from the day-to-day conditions and financial constraints that affect us mere mortals. When was the last time you took a private jet anywhere? As for worshiping “politicians like they were royalty or something,” it is ironic that he did not use the term “celebrities” which would have been closer to the mark. Especially since this average Joe’s wife and family is now staring on a reality show “Mrs. Eastwood & Company” which appears on the E! network.

The entire impact of the presentation was to attract middle-of-the-road independents. In this I hope he succeeded. As for being Joe Citizen, yeah right!

 

Read the rest of the article, in context at the Carmel Pine Cone.

Original blog entry …

I just finished watching Clint Eastwood pretend to talk to an empty chair – a symbol of a missing President Obama.

It was painful to watch and he seem to have stumbled through his eleven-minute presentation.

What was this all about? A geriatric appealing to other geriatrics who somehow managed to confuse Clint Eastwood, the Hollywood actor-filmmaker, with the roles he played? I am sure that the plan sounded good on paper, but it sure lacked something in execution. This was not John Wayne and it certainly wasn’t Chuck Heston. It wasn’t even John Voight or Jackie Mason.

So what the hell was it?  Somebody please explain.

The message was “We the People” own the country. That there are good people who happen to be republicans, democrats, independents, libertarians, etc. And Obama has fallen short of his promises. OK – move along, nothing to see here. His best line was about Biden being a grin with a body behind it. Perhaps the man best known for his strong, silent roles – should have just stood there and pointed to Romney and Ryan and said “Yup, that’s the way to go!” and walked off.

So folks, maybe someone who “gets it” can explain it to me, because I just don’t know if it worked or if I even care about a  geriatric Clint Eastwood. 

-- steve

P.S.  I am not even linking-in the actual performance because I would not care to inflict it on anyone I know.  OK! Here is the best edit I could find to allow Clint to give the best impression.


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


OBAMA: MR. SCAM MAN -- HELP MAKE THIS SONG GO VIRAL!

With my personal endorsement – steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


EDUCATION: FOLLOWING THE MONEY -- ARE NEW YORK CITY SCHOOLS TRADING DISCIPLINE FOR DOLLARS?

What possible motivation can be behind the New York City’s relaxation of school discipline and acceptance of children smoking?

NYC Public Schools Change ‘Discipline Code’ To Ease Penalties For Smoking, Cursing, Cutting Class

Students may be catching a break if they misbehave in school. The rules surrounding suspensions in New York City schools are changing. The changes to the discipline code should result in far fewer suspensions, CBS 2’s Vanessa Murdock reported Wednesday.

“Our goal is to make sure the schools are providing a safe environment for our students, but also we just don’t push students out of the classroom where they’re not learning as well,” Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said. What will be different? Well, for starters Walcott said cutting class and cursing will no longer be grounds for suspension. Neither will smoking, something that left a few parents bewildered. “If they’re caught on premises that can cause a fire,” Upper West Side resident Gwen Baez said. “I think they should keep suspending for that because the kids need know there is right, wrong and there are consequences.”  <Source>

School discipline has a direct correlation on the student’s ability to learn. It is universally acknowledged that providing a safe and secure environment for students allows them to concentrate on their studies and not on avoiding harassment, bullying or outright crime.

So I can only think of one reason why the teachers unions would promote and sanction this lax attitude about student discipline. It’s about the money and the availability of sufficient funds to pay teachers and their union-controlled benefits. I came to this conclusion knowing that the federal government and most states use the ADA (Average Daily Attendance) to compute the amount of money that flows to individual school systems. And if students are absent or suspended, they are likely to see a reduction in their funding.

What proves that teachers and unions are hypocrites is that they KNOW smoking is bad for everyone – it causes cancer, respiratory disease and raises healthcare costs for everyone. Isn’t that the mantra of the leftist liberals? I can understand why the government tolerates smoking – it’s the money stupid. An outrageous tax on tobacco that produces millions to be spent by the politicians. Another example of teachers and unions choosing pension money over the lives of children.

Bottom line …

It’s not for the children, it’s for the greedy adults who are gaming the system while pretending that they are educating our children to compete in today’s global economy. The bottom line is that if you are not in school, ready to learn – you may never be ready to compete at anything remotely requiring the ability to learn, understand and execute simple actions.

Toss these liberal democrat bums out of education and return to the educational basics of discipline and learning.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


Obama disrespects dead Navy Seals with auto-signed form letter to next of kin ...

In what I regard as a singular mark of disrespect, Barack Obama has been caught using auto-signed letters to the next of kin …

Obama Honored Fallen SEALs By Sending Their Parents a Form Letter Signed By Electric Pen

On August 6, 2011, 30 US service members were killed when a CH-47 Chinook helicopter they were being transported in crashed in Wardak province, Afghanistan. It was the deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in the decade-long war in Afghanistan. 17 members of the elite Navy SEALs were killed in the crash.

Yesterday, Karen and Billy Vaughn, parents of Aaron Carson Vaughn, spoke at the Defending the Defenders forum sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots outside the RNC Convention in Tampa. Karen brought a copy of the form letter they were sent following their son’s death.

It’s a form letter.

Read more at: Obama Honored Fallen SEALs By Sending Their Parents a Form Letter Signed By Electric Pen | The Gateway Pundit

These are not campaign donors who are sent routine letters thanking them for their donations …

These are the parents and next of kin of men and women who have lost their lives in the service of their country. To believe that any President does not have the time to personally sign condolence letters for fallen soldiers – when he continually shoots hoops, golfs and vacations on the taxpayer’s dime is unbelievable.

Bottom line …

Barack Obama has always been regarded by many, myself included, as a lazy self-indulgent narcissist who appears to have things handed to him by affirmative action or to fulfill the role assigned to him by others. Here is a so-called constitutional scholar and the Editor of the Harvard Law Review with not one published article on constitutional issues or anything else. Here is a man whose early life remains a mystery to the very people who had elected him to the highest office. Here is a man who wrote not one, but two autobiographies while a young man. Of course, written under the suspicion that one or both were probably ghostwritten. Here is a man who received a Nobel Peace Prize for zero accomplishments.

And here is a man who is an empty suit whose pattern of failure and ineptitude is likely to be repeated if re-elected.

But this latest revelation disgusts me most of all. Disrespecting fallen soldiers and their families and treating them if they were $3 campaign donors is not only unacceptable, but WRONG.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


Did the White House put a “politically correct spin” on bin Laden’s death?

There are not so shocking revelations in the Associated Press report on a new book covering the bin Laden raid …

SEAL book raises questions about bin Laden’s death

A firsthand account of the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden contradicts previous accounts by administration officials, raising questions as to whether the terror mastermind presented a clear threat when SEALs first fired upon him.

Bin Laden apparently was shot in the head when he looked out of his bedroom door into the top-floor hallway of his compound as SEALs rushed up a narrow stairwell in his direction, according to former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette, writing under the pseudonym Mark Owen in “No Easy Day.” 

Mr. Bissonnette says he was directly behind a point man going up the stairs in the pitch-black hallway. Near the top, he said, he heard two shots, but the book doesn’t make it clear who fired them. He wrote that the point man had seen a man peeking out of a door on the right side of the hallway.

The author writes that the man ducked back into his bedroom and the SEALs followed, only to find the man crumpled on the floor in a pool of blood with a hole visible on the right side of his head and two women wailing over his body. Once they wiped the blood off his face, they were certain it was bin Laden.

Mr. Bissonnette says the point man pulled the two women out of the way and shoved them into a corner. He and the other SEALs trained their guns’ laser sights on bin Laden’s still-twitching body, shooting him several times until he lay motionless. The SEALs later found two weapons stored by the doorway, untouched, the author said.

Administration officials briefing reporters in the days after the May 2011 raid in Pakistan said the SEALs shot bin Laden only after he ducked back into the bedroom because they assumed he might be reaching for a weapon.

No, that’s not the shocking revelation I am most concerned about. The fact that we killed a major Jihadist rather than taking him alive is a good thing.

The account is sure to renew questions about whether the raid was intended to capture or simply to kill bin Laden. Mr. Bissonnette writes that during a pre-raid briefing, an administration lawyer told them that they were not on an assassination mission. According to Mr. Bissonnette, the lawyer said that if bin Laden was “naked with his hands up,” they should not engage him. If bin Laden did not pose a threat, they should detain him.

This is the revelation that I am most concerned about. Why there was an administration lawyer telling combat veterans about their mission. One, the target was not a United States citizen and had absolutely no civil rights as an enemy of the United States. Two, war is about killing people and breaking things with little room for the subtleties of the law beyond “right or wrong.” And three, there is no place for any “rules of engagement” that places American fighting soldiers at significant risk to uphold some idea of political correctness or to promote some politician’s legacy in the Muslim world.

Is this lawyer and his boss a moron? What would you do with bin Laden if he had been captured? Bring him to the United States, Mirandize him and place him on trial for murder. A trial that would take years and would make him a bigger martyr as his paid lawyers continued his propaganda campaign? Put him in Guantanamo and provide a military tribunal – and a firing squad or hanging if he was found guilty? Send him to the International Court at The Hague for an international show trial?

The fact is that had bin Laden lived, his fanatical followers would be killing Americans right and left to effect his release from custody. There was no alternate solution to killing bin Laden and to think otherwise is naive and foolish.

Why is the liberal media attempting to obtain post facto justification of a “justifiable” kill? To provide cover for Obama who is uneasy around the military?

A former deputy judge advocate general for the Air Force said the shooting was understandable according to the orders the SEALS had. “It wasn’t unreasonable for the SEALs to shoot the individual who stuck his head out,” said the former JAG, retired Maj. Gen. Charlie Dunlap, who now teaches at the Duke University law school. “In a confined space like that where it is clear that there are hostiles, the SEALs need to take reasonable steps to ensure their safety and accomplish the mission,” Mr. Dunlap said. Mr. Dunlap added that shooting bin Laden’s fallen form was also reasonable in his legal opinion, to keep the terrorist from possibly blowing himself up or getting a weapon and shooting at the SEALs.

What nonsense is this? The man was an enemy of the United States, complicit in the terrorist activities that resulted in more American deaths than at Pearl Harbor. So why bend over backward to suggest that this moral and justifiable killing needed “legal” window-dressing. Perhaps to confuse the fact that the Administration inappropriately shot off their collective mouths without knowing the operational details – which they, in all likelihood, would have made available to a Hollywood film crew.

Respect? A man who engages in terrorism and the mass killing of innocent Americans does not deserve respect or any other consideration. He is a social cockroach to be exterminated as efficiently as possible so that life elsewhere can move on.

In another possibly uncomfortable revelation for U.S. officials, who say bin Laden’s body was treated with dignity before being given a full Muslim burial at sea, the author reveals that in the cramped helicopter flight out of the compound, one of the SEALs was sitting on bin Laden’s chest as the body lay at the author’s feet in the middle of the cabin, for the short flight to a refueling stop inside Pakistan where a third helicopter was waiting. This is common practice, as U.S. troops sometimes must sit on their own war dead in packed helicopters. Space was cramped because one of the helicopters had crashed in the initial assault, leaving little space for the roughly two dozen commandos in the two aircraft that remained. When the commandos reached the third aircraft, bin Laden’s body was moved to it.

More shockingly, we seem to have an inept and weird Vice President …

Mr. Bissonnette writes less flatteringly of meeting Vice President Joseph R. Biden along with Mr. Obama at the headquarters of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment after the raid. He says Mr. Biden told “lame jokes” no one understood, reminding him of “someone’s drunken uncle at Christmas dinner.”

Bottom line …

The Obama Administration, lead by a hard-left liberal, wants to make terrorism just another crime to be prosecuted in domestic federal courts. Giving our enemies a tactical propaganda advantage and the possibility of an acquittal for lack of evidence or prosecutorial misconduct. For those who believe that this is not possible, just look at the prosecutorial misconduct involving Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens which wrongly cost him his career and reputation.

War should not be administered by lawyers who speak out of both sides of their mouths when they act as paid advocates. It is unclear if these lawyers were representing Obama or the United States of America? It is unclear whether or not these were “civilian lawyers” or military lawyers.

The United States Department of Justice, under Eric Holder, appears biased in favor of enemy combatants since many of the top-level people involved in the DOJ were associated with a firm representing these very enemy combatants. If we listen to Holder, it would be only a matter of time before some Jihadi group, that was unafraid to die, took over a school or a mall and threatened to kill everyone if bin Laden wasn’t released. There is a reason we keep enemy combatants at Gitmo. A very, very good reason.why bin Laden should have been killed rather than captured.

Former lawyers who were defending Gitmo detainees are now working for Holder at the DOJ. Also, Holders law firm, Covington & Burling provided pro-bono representation to numerous Gitmo detainees during the Bush administration. Holder was silent when lawyers for Al Qaeda enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay were shown photographs taken of CIA officials leaving their homes potentially putting these agents and their families in danger. <Source>

Department of Justice

Office of Public Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, March 13, 2009

Department of Justice Withdraws “Enemy Combatant” Definition for Guantanamo Detainees

In a filing today with the federal District Court for the District of Columbia, the Department of Justice submitted a new standard for the government’s authority to hold detainees at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility. The definition does not rely on the President’s authority as Commander-in-Chief independent of Congress’s specific authorization. It draws on the international laws of war to inform the statutory authority conferred by Congress. It provides that individuals who supported al Qaeda or the Taliban are detainable only if the support was substantial. And it does not employ the phrase "enemy combatant."

The Department also submitted a declaration by Attorney General Eric Holder stating that, under executive orders issued by President Obama, the government is undertaking an interagency review of detention policy for individuals captured in armed conflicts or counterterrorism operations as well as a review of the status of each detainee held at Guantanamo. The outcome of those reviews may lead to further refinements of the government’s position as it develops a comprehensive policy.

In its filing today, the government bases its authority to hold detainees at Guantanamo on the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, which Congress passed in September 2001, and which authorized the use of force against nations, organizations, or persons the president determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the September 11 attacks, or harbored such organizations or persons. The government’s new standard relies on the international laws of war to inform the scope of the president’s authority under this statute, and makes clear that the government does not claim authority to hold persons based on insignificant or insubstantial support of al Qaeda or the Taliban.

The brief was filed in habeas litigation brought by numerous detainees at Guantanamo who are challenging their detention under the Supreme Court’s decision last summer in Boumediene v. Bush.  <Source>

But the most surprising revelation is that the Administration and key officials were so eager to get self-serving face time with the media that they got the details wrong. And now they want to save face.

bin Laden should have simply disappeared. All of the intelligence recovered and exploited to help bring about an end to terrorism. And the entire operation buried in the sands of time. The Obama Administration should have kept their mouths shut – and not provided aid and comfort to our enemies by releasing classified information, especially that information that related to sources and methods. Had that happened, this book would have never been written. If you want the reason for keeping sources and methods classified, just ask one Pakistani doctor who has been tortured and imprisoned for 30+ years for assisting the United States in verifying bin Laden’s presence in Pakistan before mounting the raid. What of his rights?

-- steve

Reference Links …

SEAL book raises questions about bin Laden's death - Washington Times


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


Antonio "can't just trot out a brown face" Villaraigosa: typical activist democrat

In many ways, I am pleased that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa taunted the Republicans by saying “can't just trot out a brown face.“ Because it gives me the opportunity to point out that the Mayor is a prototypical democrat scumbag.

  • His real name is Antonio Ramón Villar, Jr., and the last name “Villaraigosa” is made up of his and his former wife’s (Corina Raigosa)  last name.
  • He is a Mexican-style socialist and has a history of immigration rights agitation as a member of MEChA while finishing his degree at UCLA.
  • Learned the law while attending an unaccredited law school frequented by labor union activists. Failed the bar exam at least four times.
  • Organizer and Field Representative for United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) which has caused significant disruptions in Los Angeles schools while promoting their positions.
  • Part of the democrat-controlled California legislature which has spent California into near bankruptcy.
  • He cheated on his wife while she was undergoing treatment for cancer.
  • He has numerous ethics violations for not reporting thousands of dollars in gifts.
  • Complicit in moving personnel around departments in Los Angeles government to avoid laying-off union members
  • He engages in nepotism; paying his daughter $68,000 for answering constituent calls.

You can't top these prime democrat credentials.

As reported by NBC News …

Villaraigosa: Republicans 'can't just trot out a brown face'

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said that Republicans "can't just trot out a brown face" to make inroads with the Latino community, an increasingly important growing bloc.

As the GOP prepares to showcase some of its rising Hispanic stars during the next two days of its national convention, the Democratic mayor dismissed Republican overtures toward Latinos as insincere. "You can't just trot out a brown face or a Spanish surname and expect people are going to vote for your party or your candidate," Villaraigosa said at a press conference here organized by the Democratic National Committee. <Source>

Bottom line …

Before anyone takes this Mexican version of “Barack Obama” seriously, perhaps they should consider that he and his fellow travelers are the reason California is near bankruptcy and social chaos. Like Barack Obama, he is telegenic and well-spoken while in a scripted environment. Without a script, the results are often funny -- like the time he tried to "rev up" a soccer team and everyone sat there stonefaced.

With national aspirations (failing upward as the case may be), he is the last person who should represent the public. All the public – because he seems to represent himself, Hispanics, the unions and fellow democrats before representing his constituents.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


Bob Beckel, American Apologist for Liberalism

I recently received an e-mail from Colonel Dick Brauer, USAF (RET) which contained a quote from Bob Beckel …

"To suggest that the President of the United States would leak intelligence information, jeopardizing people in the field is close to treason. If I were them – I assume they are out of the military now – they ought to take their benefits and go home.” – Fox News’ Bob Beckel

And I do not quite know how to process Beckel’s statement.

Is Bob Beckel suggesting that those who speak out against the leaks that apparently are coming from someone in the White House or connected to the campaign of Barack Obama should be denied their First Amendment rights to political free speech by the government or severely punished for their comments?

Is Bob Beckel suggesting that the White House is not capable of staging a “Bin Laden” event that presented the public with a photograph which compromised an intelligence operative who was later identified in the media by his comparative height and a distinctive tie?

President Obama and his advisers observe the raid that killed Osama bin Laden from the White House. Flickr/White House

Is Bob Beckel suggesting that the White House is not capable of providing unprecedented access to our special operators and operations to “committed leftist” filmmakers for the purpose of glorifying the White House’s role in the Bin Laden affair?

Bin Laden Filmmakers Got "Unprecedented Access" to National Security Officials

Top Obama administration officials provided details about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden to filmmakers working on a movie about the operation even as the White House was trying to keep those same details out of the media, Bloomberg reports: The Obama administration promised a Hollywood filmmaker unprecedented access to the top-secret Navy unit that killed Osama bin Laden to help her make a feature film on the operation at the same time it was publicly ordering officials to stop talking about the raid. <Source>

Is Bob Beckel suggesting that the White House is not capable of speaking about the sources and methods of intelligence and “black ops” missions which resulted in the torture and imprisonment of a doctor who participated in confirming the existence of Bin Laden in Pakistan?

White House accused of 'outing' Pakistani doctor who led U.S. to Bin Laden's hideout as he is jailed for 33 YEARS for treason 'as punishment for humiliating his country'

Dr Shakil Afridi led Navy SEALS to bin Laden by setting up fake vaccination programme that allowed him to take DNA samples from terrorist's children  Western officials say sentencing in Islamabad is punishment for humiliating Pakistan, who claims to not know Al Qaeda boss was living in Abottabad. Rep. Peter King says that Obama administration identified the doctor to Pakistani government officials, prompting his 33-year treason sentence. <Source>

Is Bob Beckel suggesting that the White House is not capable of speaking about the sources and methods of intelligence that resulted in an operative being compromised?

At about 5:45 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 7, just before the evening newscasts, John Brennan, President Barack Obama's top White House adviser on counter-terrorism, held a small, private teleconference to brief former counter-terrorism advisers who have become frequent commentators on TV news shows. According to five people familiar with the call, Brennan stressed that the plot was never a threat to the U.S. public or air safety because Washington had "inside control" over it.

Brennan's comment appears unintentionally to have helped lead to disclosure of the secret at the heart of a joint U.S.-British-Saudi undercover counter-terrorism operation. A few hours later, Clarke, who is a regular consultant to the network, concluded on ABC's Nightline that there was a Western spy or double-agent in on the plot: "The U.S. government is saying it never came close because they had insider information, insider control, which implies that they had somebody on the inside who wasn't going to let it happen." <Source>

Is Bob Beckel suggesting that the White House is not capable of speaking about our cyberwarfare capabilities and identifying the U.S. and Israel as the possible originators of a cyberattack on Iran?

White House directive behind Stuxnet virus

A series of cyberattacks on Iranian nuclear efforts came from a White House directive. The New York Times reports the efforts, code-named "Olympic Games," began during the Bush administration and one of the strings of code accidentally became publically known as Stuxnet. Israel was also a partner in the offensive, which is the first known series of cyberattacks the U.S. has been behind. <Source>

Mr. Obama, according to participants in the many Situation Room meetings on Olympic Games, was acutely aware that with every attack he was pushing the United States into new territory, much as his predecessors had with the first use of atomic weapons in the 1940s, of intercontinental missiles in the 1950s and of drones in the past decade. He repeatedly expressed concerns that any American acknowledgment that it was using cyberweapons — even under the most careful and limited circumstances — could enable other countries, terrorists or hackers to justify their own attacks. “We discussed the irony, more than once,” one of his aides said. Another said that the administration was resistant to developing a “grand theory for a weapon whose possibilities they were still discovering.” Yet Mr. Obama concluded that when it came to stopping Iran, the United States had no other choice. <Source>

Bottom line …

Either Bob Beckel is a stupid and naive “useful idiot” or he is a point man for the corrupt liberalism that wants to destroy America as we know it. There can be no other explanations. And if Bob Beckel wants to explore “treason,” I suggest he look at the President and his fellow travelers who apparently continue to leak intelligence secrets for their greater political glory – or even worse, to provide aid and comfort to our enemies.

I never thought I would see the day when an American President not only welcomed avowed communists and socialists into the White House, but allowed them to lead important government initiatives. Who knows how many secrets these moles will disclose over the coming years?

While Beckel is treated rather friendly by conservatives like Sean Hannity, might I suggest that he is the quintessential example of a “useful idiot.” A democrat through and through – although his brand of democrat died somewhere between 1950 and the hippie revolution in 1960.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


DEMOCRATS (2012) A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO AMERICA?

Anyone who is brave enough to breach the barriers of political correctness and embrace common sense can see that the 2012 democrats now represent a clear and present danger to the America we known and love. It is bad enough that international socialism/communism has apparently gained control over the democrats in their pursuit of a collective society run by a perpetual ruling elite, but now it seems that they have embraced our enemies. Terrorists who want to impose their 12th-century antiquated and barbaric ways on the American people. Terrorists who dress in suits and use our own laws against us to pursue their agenda which does not bode well for civilized and democratic nations.

Supporting our enemies?

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The Democratic National Convention is endorsing a political platform for the organizers of a program called the “Jumah at the DNC.” It begins with a jummah prayer on Friday, August 31 and ends on September 2,

The DNC lists the assembly as an “official function” and claims that the leaders of the program are typical of the DNC community. The group is hardly “mainstream,” being represented by Siraj Wahhaj, who will be the “Grand Imam” for the gathering.

Wahhaj and the co-leader of the Charlotte event, Jibril Hough, are both heavily involved in the separatist American Islamist movement. Many of the participants in the “Jumah at the DNC” will most likely represent radical networks that have long-time, but little-known, operations in the Charlotte region.

There are two forms of lying that are permitted in Islam under certain circumstances, taqiyya and kitman. Such circumstances are typically those that advance the cause of Islam - in some cases by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them.

Basically, taqiyya is lying by saying something that isn't true.

Charlotte’s jumah will be a prime example of taqiyya. It will use the convention as cover for “town hall” activities designed to create awareness of the victimization of Muslims and Islamophobia. The Obama Administration’s pandering to Muslims will add considerable strength to the gathering and its agenda. <Source>

Weakening our defenses against terrorism and a Islamic incursion …

According to the schedule for the jummah prayer, a protest will be directed at the Patriot Act, the NYPD, and the fear of Islamophobia. For example, the “Anti-Sharia” issue will be represented as a bigoted restriction against the religious freedom of Muslims. Case in point is the current controversy in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces over the court-martial of Ft. Hood mass-killer Maj. Nidal Hasan, who has demanded the right to have a beard. <Source>

By seeking “hate speech” status against those who tell the truth about Islam, either in the United Nations or the United States, people who seem to want to replace America with an Islamic caliphate are able to use our own laws against us. Even worse, the “useful idiots” who openly embrace socialism and communism in the United States now appear to be openly embracing our mortal enemies who believe that Islam demands that every unbeliever be killed or enslaved for the benefit of Islam.

How radical is the leadership at this event is secondary to how blind the democrats are to the clear and present danger of international Islam …

While some may insist that Wahhaj is a “moderate” Muslim, consider that he was designated as a “potential unindicted co-conspirator” in the World Trade Center bombing in 1993. Not only did Wahhaj escort the Blind Sheikh, Omar Abdel Rahman, around New York City and New Jersey, he also welcomed him at his mosque in Brooklyn, where Rahman gave an “inspired” lecture. Rahman is currently serving a life sentence for his participation in the first World Trade Center bombing as well as other jihadist plots to blow up the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels.

Even if the association between Wahhaj and Rahman is not by itself evidence of Wahhaj’s extremism, the imam’s own words are enough to indict him.

At a solidarity speech in 1995, Wahhaj informed the world that it was his “duty and our duty as Muslims to replace the U.S. Constitution with the Quran.”

On another occasion Wahhaj commented, “if only Muslims were clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate.”

At another time he warned the United States that it is doomed to fall unless it “accepts the Islamic agenda.”

And finally, this: “You know what this country (USA) is? It’s a garbage can. It’s filthy.”  <Source>

Bottom line …

President Barack Obama, trained as a Marxist and a Muslim, may be the biggest example of  “taqiyya.” Whether or not he personally represents the socialists or the Islamists, he and the democrat party represent a clear and present danger to America. No other president in the history of the United States has been so eager to cede the sovereignty of the United States to the international community – mostly dominated by foreign sovereigns who want America weakened and her treasury redistributed to other nations.

Call me a bigot, an Islamaphobe or anything else; but when any religion or state call for the destruction of our Constitution for a system that openly denies our freedoms, it must be branded as an enemy of the people and treated as enemy propaganda.

In my opinion, there are no “moderate” Muslims, only lazy and complacent Muslims who enjoy the benefits of Western civilization and who continue to fund and support their un-reformed religion. Until Islam is reformed into a modern religion that accepts the religious viewpoints of others, removes the barbarism from Sharia law, and discontinues its push to take over other states, it deserves to be treated for what it appears to be: anti-American and anti-civilization.

As for the democrats, they have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that they cannot be trusted to govern the United States of America. They have disadvantaged America in foreign affairs and provided aid and comfort to our enemies who are openly welcomed not only into the White House, but into the highest offices of our government.

Read more about the subject and decide for yourself if the democrats represent a clear and present danger to the America we know and love. Decide for yourself if it is appropriate that this President openly invite communists into the White House and to participate in governing the American people.

I urge that we throw the democrats out of the House, Senate and Presidency until they reform their corrupt party.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


THE BIG LIE: COMPASSIONATE ISLAM AND SHARIA LAW

This is a prime example of why those that portray Islam as compassionate and Sharia law as just are lying …

Egyptian designer runs afoul of Saudi princess, gets 500 lashes

Human-rights activists are demanding the release of Nagla Wafa, an Egyptian wedding planner and designer sentenced to 500 lashes and five years in prison in Saudi Arabia following a business dispute with a princess.

“As of May of 2012, Ms. Wafa has been subjected, on a weekly basis, to 50 floggings per week within the ‘Al-Malz’ Prison. She currently faces 200 more floggings ... despite her suffering from distortions to her spine,” the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights said in an online statement.

Accusing Saudi Arabian authorities of unlawfully detaining the 39-year-old mother of teenage twins, the organization said the case was a “blatant violation” of human rights and filed a complaint with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. <Source>

With all the Black Muslims in American prisons, the last thing they really want is what they are demanding: Sharia law. Most of those convicted of drug violations would be dead. Those who have stolen would be missing various appendages. And those who maimed their victims, would be in turn tortured and maimed. It sort of makes many of them look like hypocrites … advocating for something they know little or nothing about.

Bottom line …

Islam, without reformation, appears to be incompatible with modern society and that at some point in the future, there will be a cataclysmic clash of cultures. Possibly for the better if it renders Islam less bloodthirsty and more tolerant of other religions.

As for Saudi Arabia, it is time to stop pretending they are our friends when they are little more than our trading partner. Perhaps funding and expanding international Islam and terrorism in return for promises that the Jihadists would not attack the Kingdom and take all of the toys away from the numerous princes and princesses.

Time to ignore the democrat party and become energy independent so we do not have to pretend our enemies are our friends. As for our true friends, Israel is the only nation in the region that believes in democracy, morality and decency.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS