Saturday, October 08, 2005

The Rebuilding of Iraq Continues

The Iraqi Army in Dahuk province, has a new urban tactical training center. Zahko Military Academy has two concrete masonry buildings, and concrete roads. Improvements were made to the existing firing range and a new hand grenade range installed. The new facilities will improve the training of the Iraqi armed forces in turn increasing the security of Iraq.

Repaired roofs, interior renovations, and new restrooms, water fountains, and playgrounds greeted hundreds of children at six schools in September.

In Ninewa, the city of Mosul, has completed a 260-bed maternity hospital providing health care and health services for 500 to 700 patients a day and serving the areas 600,000 people. The hospital has been outfitted with incubators, ventilators, surgical tables, and monitoring systems totaling $876,000.

Also in Ninewa, newly constructed paved roads are available for the daily use of the local civilian population along with a freshly renovated train station greatly improving the mobility of the local folk. And three new police stations will increase the security of the area and its residents.

An Iraqi construction company finished construction on new billets for the Iraqi Special Forces Barracks in Baghdad province. Five company barracks, a senior officers barracks and temporary drinking water, septic tank, and electricity utilities add to the readiness of the security personnel. Another Iraqi company completed a new police station and a police headquarters which includes improved force protection and security cameras.

Two school renovation projects were completed one of which will benefit about 250 kids. The work repaired roofs, plumbing, electrical systems and lighting, and architectural upgrades. New restrooms, a water tank and drinking fountains were installed. The property now has a perimeter wall to enhance pupil and staff safety.

An Iraqi building contractor provided all the labor, material, and equipment for the buildings renovated in Mansour. In Baghdad city, the Rasheed Hotel and Al Faw Palace have received new heating and air conditioning systems. A government building was also renovated and is now ready to be occupied by government workers.

Guard towers, a parking garage, and sections of a security wall were added to an existing police facility in Musayyib, Babel province. Phase I of a new police station was completed by an Iraqi construction company. Phase II, beginning soon, will include adding a second floor, guard towers, security wall, rolling gates, maintenance building, and a parking garage. Another police station with a kitchen and bathrooms will be occupied by 80 police officers to service the surrounding rural area.

An electrical substation with two transformers, 33 kilovolt and 11 kilovolt, renovated switching gear building with new switching equipment is now in operation providing power to thousands of residents of Babel.

Three school upgrade projects have been completed in Najaf. Completed in time for the new school year were a girls school and an industrial school.

A new border fort was completed between Iraq and Kuwait. The project in Basrah province includes a sleeping area, kitchen, showers, offices, armory, observation posts, perimeter security lighting, and a berm. In the Umm Qasr area, an ammunition supply facility was constructed for a firing range and a supply point for the Iraqi Navy to increase the protection of the coastal borders. Three police stations were also completed for the citizens of Basrah city.

Electrical and water projects for Basrah and the airport have been finished. Local residents have drinking water because of the refurbishment of a cluster pump station at a water treatment plant. At the airport, a water treatment plant underwent repairs making potable water available again. The electrical distribution system for 1.3 million Basrah residents has been enhanced with the addition of four new electrical substations.

Between September 15 and 30, only two weeks, a short fifteen days, all of the above projects were completed. The press seems to have missed every single project choosing instead to focus on terror attacks in Iraq that are failing to dissuade the people from forming a government and on questionable terror threats in New York City. Even bloggers have lost sight of the accomplishments in Iraq while debating the fitness of Harriet Meirs to sit on the Supreme Court bench and trying to determine exactly with what crime Tom DeLay is charged. Our men and women are fighting to do something good and we are missing it.

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Friday, October 07, 2005

Zawahiri Letter Intercepted

A letter from Ayman Zawahiri, first advisor to Osama bin Laden, addressed to penpal Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of al-Qaida in Iraq has been intercepted by the United States. According to Bryan Whitman, Pentagon spokesman, the letter was recently intercepted in an operation that could not be discussed.

The terrorists have created a thorough blueprint for an Islamic state (The Caliphate) involving many of the middle east states with Iraq as the site of the centralized religious government. Of course, the destruction of Israel is included.

Pentagon analysts believe the letter is genuine. It reveals al-Qaida lines of communications have been disrupted, and has lost major sources of funding to such an extent that Zawahiri has had to ask Zarqawi for money (and maybe borrow the car.) To avoid alienating the umma (world Muslim community), as happened in Afghanistan under the Islamofascist Taliban, the Zawahiri letter advises not to kill hostages or attack mosques.

"Don't shoot your customers. It's bad for business," Meyer Lansky,"The Brain", once advised Al Capone. Scarface followed the advice. Perhaps Zawahiri has learned the same lesson or it's just reality slapping the fool in the face.


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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Gore Hired Spy Arrested

ABCNews, in an exclusive story that has been a secret only to ABCNews, announced that a Filipino spy hired by Al Gore in 1999 has been arrested on espionage charges. The MarineTimes reported September 15, 2005 that a "former Marine administrative chief and a former official with the Philippines National Police were arrested and charged with espionage Sept. 10, according to the office of the U.S. District Attorney in New Jersey. "

The Philipine press and bloggers have been reporting the story for a month. Both CNN and Fox have reported the story here in the US. Apparently, the exclusive part is the tie to the White House through the Vice President. Michelle Malkin thinks that possibly "[t]he safety of the president and the country was put at risk...". I think that is a stretch, but the situation should be investigated and rectfied, if possible.

Leandro Aragoncillo, 46, a retired U.S. Marine had been assigned to the Vice Presidential staff of Al Gore in 2000 and more recently Dick Cheney. Using Yahoo! and Hotmail accounts, Aragoncillo allegedly e-mailed over 100 documents (101 actually) to Michael Ray Aquino. Thirty-seven of the documents were stamped "SECRET", but all were classified. The documents were then passed to officials of the Philipine government (Senator Ping Lacson, et al) who are believed by many in the Philipines to have been plotting a coup d'etat of the government of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

"Aquino was a chief inspector of the defunct Presidential Anti-Crime Commission (PACC) headed by then Vice Pres. Joseph Estrada. When the PACC was disbanded to form the now also defunct Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF), he was promoted as senior superintendent. During his stint as a PACC agent, Aquino was implicated in five bank robberies and the Kuratong Baleleng rubout case, along with his superior, erstwhile chief superintendent (now senator) Panfilo Lacson, and 32 other police officials. The case was dismissed by a Quezon City trial court judge in 2003." Posted by Alecks Pabico Sept 15, 2005.

The Gore hired spy stole secret US documents that were compiled by US spies concerning the activities of the President of The Philipines. During an interview on Philipine television while on an official visit by VP Gore, Aragoncillo was asked why Filipinos were employed by the White House and he replied, "I think what they like most is our integrity and loyalty."

hat is the world coming to when even a foreign born Marine hired by Al Gore can't be trusted?

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Sunday, October 02, 2005

"No Relief" says Tancredo

The "long history of public corruption" in the Great State of Louisiana is reason enough for the federal government not to send any relief aid for the restoration of New Orleans or Louisiana.

S o says Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Co.) who sent a letter urging House Speaker Dennis Hastert to form a "bipartisan select committee" to monitor Louisiana federal disaster relief spending, reports NewsMax magazine. . "The head of the FBI in New Orleans just this past year described the state's public corruption as "epidemic, endemic and entrenched," wrote Tancredo.

"Given the abysmal failure of state and local officials in Louisiana to plan adequately for or respond to the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans, and given the long history of public corruption in Louisiana, I hope the House will refrain from directly appropriating any funds from the public treasury to either the state of Louisiana or the city of New Orleans."

"Over the last 30 years, a long list of Louisiana politicians have been convicted of crimes; the list includes a governor, an attorney general, an elections commissioner, an agriculture commissioner, three successive insurance commissioners, a congressman, a federal judge, a State Senate president, six other state legislators, and a host of appointed officials, local sheriffs, city councilmen and parish police jurors. "

"I am not confident that Louisiana officials can be trusted to administer federal relief aid," says Rep. Tancredo.

The editor of the Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, Louisiana, writes: "He says Louisiana officials are too corrupt to handle federal funds, yet he has no problem with money flowing into the hands of Mississippi officials.

ranted, Louisiana is ranked as the third most corrupt state in the nation. Mississippi, however, is Big Number One - the most corrupt of all the states, according to The Corporate Crime Reporter. Tancredo conveniently overlooked that."

The whole argument, says I, will be for naught as it is impossible to rebuild a state and several cities without the participation of local politicians, crooked or not. Whether Louisiana is Number 1 or Number 3, it all averages out to Number 2 and the taxpayer's hard earned dollars, by the billions, will be flushed down the toilet.

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Ghouls Terrorize Paradise (Again)

In the latest suicide bombing attacks in Bali, Indonesia, courtesy of the Religion of Peace, two al-Qaida linked masterminds have been identified as Malaysians, Azahari bin Husin and Noordin Mohamed Top, of the Jamaah Islamiyah terror gang. They are suspected in the planning of the deaths of at least 26 people and injuring 100 more. Bin Husin and Top are also suspected in the planning the October 2002 Bali nightclub suicide bomb attacks killing 202 innocent people, mostly foreign tourists. Two other bombings in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta in 2003 and 2004 are attributed to the pair as well.

The October 1, 2005 attacks were apparently of the same method as previous JI attacks - multiple bombers wearing explosives laden vests or belts, set off nearly simultaneously, laying waste to restaurants filled with Saturday night diners.

Maj. Gen. Ansyaad Mbai, a top Indonesian anti-terror official, told an Associated Press reporter, "I have seen them. All that is left is their head and feet...By the evidence we can conclude the bombers were carrying the explosives around their waists.''

As a western tourist was walking through one of the restaurants videotaping the scene of people eating, drinking, and talking, we see a man with what appears to be a backpack enter and proceed to an area just off camera. Then there is bright flash as the bomb explodes.

Click here to see the Bali bombing video.

The Guardian Unlimited

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