Thursday, January 05, 2006

Italian Wiretaps Stop Terror Plot in US

Domestic wiretapping surveillance operations and a nationwide sweep has enabled Italian magistrates to arrest three Algerians on charges of "international terrorism" for plotting to execute terror attacks on U.S. soil. The warrants were issued December 23, 2005 and the arrests were made just three days later on December 26th.

The three Algerian terrorists were members of the Salerno cell of an al-Qaida linked terror group called Salafite Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC.) Yamine Bouhrama, 32, the GSPC leader has been in a Naples jail since November 15, 2005 on charges stemming from a separate investigation. The other two suspects, variously called Khaled Serai and Mohamed Larbi or Achour Rabah and Tartaq Sami, were arrested in the Salerno area south of Naples, and in Curingia, in the southern Calabria region, respectively.

Italy increased its internal surveillance activities in the wake of the London terror bombings last July. Authorities have arrested about 200 terror suspects since the four attacks on the U.S. September 11, 2001. Most have had to be set free for insufficient evidence for successful prosecution. The Italian domestic wiretapping intercepted telephone conversations of Yamine Bouhrama talking about terror strikes in Italy and abroad.

The terror cell had intended a series of attacks within the United States. The targets were to be "ships, stadiums or railway stations" and were to be more deadly than the 9/11 attacks, according to Italy's Interior Ministry information released by Minister Giuseppe Pisanu. Many details of the plot are being withheld because of on-going investigations.

The arrests are a big feather in the cap of Italy's anti-terror groups and the story was in the major newspapers around the world. The English Sunday Times headlined, "U.S. terror attacks foiled" and Agence France Presse announced in this headline, "Three Algerians arrested in Italy over plot targeting U.S."

Of the thousands of American newspapers, only one carried the story and that was brief and vague. The Philadelphia Inquirer published the AP story on December 24, 2005, Page A06:

"Italy Charges 3 Algerians - Police in southern Italy arrested three Algerians yesterday on international terrorism charges and accused them of planning attacks in Iraq and Italy, police and the Interior Ministry said. The three were arrested in a nationwide sweep against an extremist group in Algeria, for whom they allegedly provided logistical support, police said. Officials suspect that they are members of the Salafist Group for Call and Combat, or GSPC, an Algerian group that allegedly provides fake documents to..."
The rest of the story is archived and not free. The entire piece is 91 words. Pitiful, pitiful, pitiful.

The American media has passed up the story because, opines Cliff Kincaid, editor of the Accuracy in Media Report, they
"want to use the NSA story to try and impeach the president ... If you remind people that terrorists actually are planning to kill us, that tends to support the case made by President Bush. They will ignore any issue that shows that this kind of [wiretapping] tactic can work in the war on terror."
Brent Baker, vice president of the Media Research Center dedicated to encouraging balanced news coverage, says,

"The mainstream media have framed the story as one of the nefarious President Bush ‘spying on U.S. citizens,’ where the average American is a victim not a beneficiary, so journalists have little interest in any evidence that the program has helped save lives by uncovering terrorist plans."
People critical of the news media are beginning to ask if the MSM is deliberately ignoring stories putting the administration in a positive light? Is the MSM purposefully concentrating their efforts on portraying domestic surveillance as "spying" on ordiAmericanriacn citizens to bring about the impeachment of a president they consider a pretender to the throne?

A major terror plot was broken up by our allies in Italy and the American news outlets ignoredorred the story. Domestic wiretapping in Italy has led to the arrests of three terrorist, with more to come, resulting in sparing thousands of American lives. If the Lefts much loved European scan conduct domestic surveillance, why are they loathe to allow President Bush to do so here in America?


Sources:
Monsters and Critics
Homeland Security US
NewsMax



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The Best Congress Money Can Buy


It's official, 40 out of 45 members of the Senate Democrat Caucus also believe taking money from the scoundrels like Jack Abramoff, his associates, and Indian tribes is okay. (What do the other five members know?)

Here's a sample of Democratic Senators from CNSNews:

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)- $68,941;
Sen. Byron Dorgan, (D-N.D.)- $79,300;
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)- $45,750;
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.)- $6,250;
Sen. Hillary Rodham-Clinton (D-N.Y.)- $2,000.

Many of the Senators, Democrat and Republican alike, have returned the "contributions" or are in the process of doing so. The Administration, which received some $100,000 from Abramoff, is also returning the money.

Returning the money, however good that may be, doesn't justify taking the loot in the first place. Granted, Jack Abramoff was a first class conman who will no doubt benefit with book and movie deals. But, our elected officials should avoid even the appearance of impropriaty. It's high time the Justice Dept returned to cracking down on criminals in government and those hanging around the edges of power.



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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The Democratic Party - The Nation's Shame

OK, it's come time that I must say this - I am now truly ashamed I was ever a registered Democrat. This is from Opinion Journal by way of Mike's America:


Prejudice

Black Republicans should be able to live without fear.

BY TED HAYES Monday, January 2, 2006 12:01 a.m. EST

American blacks who are affiliated with the Republican Party are vigorously vilified by Democrats, especially black Democrats. Uncle Tom, sell-out, Oreo--the list of slurs is long.

But it is not only insults. I am the founder and director of a unique, progressive homeless facility in downtown Los Angeles, known as the Dome Village. Yet the 35 men, women and children and their pets who call the Dome Village home are being "evicted" from privately owned property after 12 1/2 years--apparently on account of my political beliefs and activities. You see, though I am a leading homeless activist, I am also a conservative Republican and a strong supporter of President Bush.

Here's how the situation played out. Recently, I was invited to address a local Republican Women's Club; my landlord read an article in the local paper reporting on the event. Soon after, I received a notice raising the Dome Village rent from $2,500 a month to $18,330. Shocked, I inquired as to the seriousness of the change, and the property owner blurted out that the cause of our "eviction" was "because you are Republican." He said that as a Democrat, he was tired of helping me and the Dome Village. In other words, let the homeless be damned.

And people think the Democrats are the party of compassion and tolerance.

Private property should be protected, of course, and I have no intention of causing any trouble for this property owner as we part ways. Whatever he does with his valuable land--it is only a few blocks from the Staples Center--is no concern of mine, and I will not go to court.

Still, I cannot help but be saddened by the whole business. When I founded the Dome Village 12 years ago, we had an understanding that he could ask for his property back at any time for any reason, and I would say "absolutely" without hesitation. Still, his reason was prejudice against Republicans.

We see this across the country. Michael Steele, the lieutenant governor of Maryland and a Republican candidate for the Senate, has been crudely disparaged on racial grounds. A prominent leftist Web site, for instance, depicted him as "Sambo," among other aspersions. When Condoleezza Rice was nominated as secretary of state, she faced similar treatment: editorial cartoons depicting her as a racial caricature, personalities calling her "Aunt Jemima" on liberal talk radio, and so forth. Clarence Thomas, Ward Connerly, Colin Powell, Thomas Sowell and other black conservatives regularly face similar smears.

These conservatives are attacked not because of the validity or judicious consideration of their views but because those views are supposedly heterodox for American blacks. Yet it is my opinion that many black people in the U.S. are politically and philosophically conservative--and many are in fact actually closeted Republicans, fearful of persecution by friends, business associates, society clubs, schoolmates and even churches.

It is time for American blacks to have a conversation about the phenomenon of Democrats persecuting black Republicans. Why is this happening? What is it that the Democrats don't want black folks to understand about Republicans? What is it that the Democrats don't want black folks to know about Democrats? And how is it that we have come to this point--after having endured so much--where we have ourselves curtailed the freedom of political expression through the threat of retaliatory consequences?

Mr. Hayes is a homeless activist in Los Angeles.

After reading this, can anyone with a conscience remain affiliated with an organization as morally, ethically, and humanly bankrupt as the American Democratic Party? The sentiments expressed are as far from what America is and was ever conceived as to be rendered unconscionable. The heroic, larger than life characters of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King convinced me to join the once noble party. The filth that leads the Democrats today are nothing more than thugs and miscreants whose depths of depravity have yet to be fully plumbed. That depravity has trickled down, unwashed, to once good people who should know better, but are now so embittered they can no longer determine decency. The sooner those depths are discovered, the sooner the national shame and embarrassment will pass from the stage and America can again take her rightful place as the world's beacon of freedom, liberty, truth, and justice.



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Harry Reid and Influence Back Peddling


Harry Reid, D-Nev, Senate Minority Leader, has been caught up in the Jack Abramoff influence buying scandal, reports NewsMax. Abramoff entered a plea bargain agreement with the Justice Dept this morning in exchange for naming names.

The Associated Press revealed last November that Harry Reid had taken tens of thousands of dollars from the Coushatta Indian tribe, represented by Abramoff. Reid was paid-off after influencing Gail Norton, Secratary of the Interior, in gambling casino dispute between Coushatta and a rival tribe.

The day after Reid sent a letter to Norton, March 5, 2002, a $5,000 check was cut by the Coushatta leadership and sent to Reid's Searchlight Leadership Fund, a tax-exempt political group. Another Abramoff represented tribe sent Reid an additional $5000 check to Reid's group. Between 2001 and 2004, Reid's group took-in "donations" totalling over $66,000.

When questioned by Chris Wallace of "Fox News Sunday's", Reid said, "Don't try to say I received money from Abramoff. I've never met the man, don't know anything." When pressed he said, "I'll repeat, Abramoff gave me no money."

If Abramoff didn't give Reid the money, who did? He obviously got it from someone.



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Monday, January 02, 2006

Cartoons that Destroyed the World



Three months ago, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, invited cartoonists to draw cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Several cartoonists took up the offer. The exercise elicited a flurry of protests from the Muslim community in Denmark and around the world.

The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and 51 Muslim states will boycott Denmark unless the newspaper issues an apology for "the aggressive campaign waged against Islam and its Prophet". Abdulaziz Othman al-Twaijri, the organisation's secretary general, said, "We encourage the organisation's members to boycott Denmark both economically and politically until Denmark presents an official apology for the drawings that have offended the world's Muslims."

Printing the cartoons, said the newspaper, was an attempt to preserve freedom of speech in the face of intimidation from radical Islamists.

The newspaper said printing the cartoons was a way to ensure the freedom of speech in the face of intimidation from radical Islamists. Danish industry spokesmen have said no member has suffered any ill effects from the boycott, yet.

My advice to the Muslims and the Islamic world: GROW UP, ALREADY!





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Iranian Human Rights Conference - Get Your Tickets Early

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has announced to the world that Iran is ready to host a HUMAN RIGHTS CONFERENCE. (I'll pause now while you laugh, snicker, and guffaw.) .... Ok, got it all out?

Human rights are sacred and should not be abused for political or propaganda purposes, said the president from inside his green glow. The human rights conference would be between Muslim thinkers and European thinkers. Apparently, American thinkers are not invited. But, the MSM would be invited to broadcast without censorship. The Euroweenies would send representatives to Iran to "study freedom of expression, prisons conditions and women or children there" and conversely, Iranian reps would travel to Eurabia.

Ahmadinejad, expanding on his statement that the Holocaust was a hoax, said Iran distinguishes between Judaism and Zionism. He believes Zionism was created by the German Army to take revenge from Muslims for the mass killing of Jews. (I'm not sure how that works.) "Why don't the Europeans who perpetrated the crime pay the price themselves?" Iranian president asked.

A question for the Glowing Man: If the Holocaust never happened, what crime did the German Army commit against the Jews and why would any revenge be necessary?

So, a Human Rights Conference...



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Hard Choices in Pakistan

Pakistani Taliban have gained control of portions of the tribal region of North Waziristan. According to the Bangkok Post, the followers of Afghanistan's Taliban have been freely eliminating their opponents despite the presence of government troops who seem unwilling the interfere. "[A]t this moment, rather than taking hard military action, political developments are being allowed to take precedence," said Major General Shaukat Sultan.

The militants have hunted and killed 20 of their rivals last month, several were beheaded. Nearly 50 tribal leaders have been killed by the Taliban. The Pakistani Army has effectively ensconced itself behind the walls on fortified bases while the hostile tribes impose brutal Sharia law and the law of the gun. Rahimullah Yusufzai, a respected journalist and regional expert, claims the Pakistani Army has "totally abdicated" control. "It seems it's Taliban raj [rule] there...The situation is no longer under their control." In an editorial, the Daily Times wrote, "Elements linked to al-Qaeda rule the territory and not the Pakistan army."

The violence is being blamed on the Pakistani Army which sent 70,000 into the tribal area after the 9/11 attacks and US invasion of Afghanistan. The Army made deals with leaders of some tribes to attack other tribes seen as al-Qaida supporters. "The result has been a lack of trust and the situation has deteriorated instead of improving," says Ayaz Amir, a former army officer and diplomat. By taking sides "[t]he military has mishandled the situation." Another army officer said, ''When two tribes are fighting we can't take sides.'' (If the native Pakistanis can't get it right and create a mess, how can it be expected the Americans would do any better?)

The Pashtuns, a fiercely independent tribe, were granted an extraordinary measure of autonomy by the colonial British Empire. The tribal regions were run by Political Agents and the system was maintained by Pakistan after independence. With the American invasion of Afghanistan, internecine warfare, the intrusion of the modern world, vast amounts of money the traditional tribal systems are being questioned by tribal members. These doubts and pressures are leading to the ultimate breakdown of the very tribal system that has kept them in the dark ages for centuries.

The old alliances are no longer holding; new allegiances are being created out of wholecloth. Eventually, the dominant government in Islamabad will take control and the tribes will be forced to submit just to survive. This is the way of civilization, the natural progression of peoples from village to clan to tribe to nation. And so it will be in North Waziristan.

The Astute Blogger has a different take on the situation coupling Waziristan with the Pakistani madrassas and Islamabad's unwillingness to confront the tribal hostiles. "I agreed with Bush when he said, "You're either with us, or you're with the terrorists."It seems that he has recently and sadly abandoned that policy, and the result is backsliding (in Gaza, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, AND in regard to prolonged "negotitations with" Iran and North Korea - where time is definitely NOT on our side). This is not surprising: The enemy gets only more motivated whenever we show a lack of resolve or a lack of moral clarity - EVEN with our "allies". My message to Bush: Get Tougher!"

I agree that we need to get tougher with Pakistan and any other Arab or Muslim nation that is interfering with the democratization of the entire area. Time is a relative thing as theororized by Einstein. We may not have much time with Iran, but we have much more time with N. Korea. When it comes to the tribes, we have lots of time. Just as the American Indian tribes had to adapt or perish, the tribes of the 'Stans will also adapt. It can't be done by America, though. They must choose survival as a people for themselves.



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