303 DAYS UNTIL THE NEXT CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION
By William A. Mayer, E&P PipeLineNews.org
December 22, 2005 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - I don't know about you, but as for me I am not losing much sleep over the efforts of the Senate's Bolsheviks to destroy the Patriot Act along with Mr. Bush's ability to gather intelligence on the Islamic terrorist network.
This is because in my opinion, the President's authority under Article II, section I and Article II, section 2 is sufficient to allow him to do whatever needs to be done, including surveillance of suspects without a court order in times such as these.
I assume this because every President for a very, very long time believed similarly - that what needs to be done along these lines can be done under a reasonable interpretation of executive authority & damn the details.
As a matter of fact I am of the belief that a President's power in such matters is so all-encompassing that it even extends to sanctioning acts of assassination against the enemy in a time of war, even if they are residing on U.S. soil.
The public debate now taking place really turns on a battle between three different camps - first, pragmatic realists who view life pretty much as it is; second, muddle headed three-card-monty artists who live to construct intricate arcana simply because they can; and third, soul dead doubters of America's general excellence - in this case mostly a certain flavor of Democrat, steeped in the anti-Vietnam war culture, the triune of John Murtha, Barbara Boxer and Nancy Pelosi immediately coming to mind...
National Nuclear Service Agency Secures "Weapon's Grade" Nuclear Material And "Unique" Radiological Devices With Bomb Application Potential
[Editor's note: these two items come our way via our left hand man - Chris Brown. Though the information is a few months old, it never got the widespread notice that it deserved. The first of these releases deals with securing possible sources for "dirty bombs" i.e. conventional explosive weapons covered with highly enriched fissionable materials and the second release covers removal of extremely high grade "weapon grade" materials to safer more secure locations].
December 22, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - A two-month effort by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Los Alamos National Laboratory has recovered 13 large radioactive sealed sources from several locations around the nation. The devices contain material that could be used for a radiological dispersion device, also known as a "dirty bomb," and are part of more than 11,000 radiation sources recovered domestically by NNSA.
NNSA's Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) program recovered the 13 heavily shielded devices known as gammators, which contain 4-inch long stainless steel-clad cylinders of cesium-137, a highly radioactive isotope often used in medical and industrial radiology. The operations took place in August and September following state regulations.
Germany Releases Jihadi Murderer Of Navy Man
December 22, 2005 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Mohammed Ali Hamadi, the convicted killer of Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem has been released by German authorities who stated that he "has served his time."
Hamadi was one of four terrorists who hijacked TWA flight 847 during a flight from Athens to Rome in 1985. The airliner was diverted and then forced to land in Beirut, Lebanon where Stethem was murdered and his body dumped on the airport runway.
Upon his release Hamadi departed Germany for Beirut where U.S. State Department officials have opened talks with the government in the hopes of extraditing him.
Former Clinton Admin Official Agrees - President Had Legal Authority To OK Taps
By John Schmidt, Chicago Tribune
December 21, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - President Bush's post- Sept. 11, 2001, authorization to the National Security Agency to carry out electronic surveillance into private phone calls and e-mails is consistent with court decisions and with the positions of the Justice Department under prior presidents.
The president authorized the NSA program in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America. An identifiable group, Al Qaeda, was responsible and believed to be planning future attacks in the United States. Electronic surveillance of communications to or from those who might plausibly be members of or in contact with Al Qaeda was probably the only means of obtaining information about what its members were planning next. No one except the president and the few officials with access to the NSA program can know how valuable such surveillance has been in protecting the nation.
In the Supreme Court's 1972 Keith decision holding that the president does not have inherent authority to order wiretapping without warrants to combat domestic threats, the court said explicitly that it was not questioning the president's authority to take such action in response to threats from abroad.
The Twentieth Hijacker And The Difficulty Of Obtaining Timely National Security Search Warrants
December 21, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - [Editor's Note: The suspect is Zacarias Moussaoui, this is how the events unfolded in the FBI's attempt to get a search warrant to examine his laptop computer. The following is transcribed from the 911 Report, Chapter 8. We consider it an important resource in the debate raging on the limits of the president's power to direct intelligence operations.]
"...in February 2001, and had begun flight lessons at Airman
Flight School in Norman, Oklahoma. He resumed his training at the Pan Am
International Flight Academy in Eagan, Minnesota, starting on August 13. He
had none of the usual qualifications for flight training on Pan Am?s Boeing 747
flight simulators. He said he did not intend to become a commercial pilot but
wanted the training as an "ego boosting thing." Moussaoui stood out because,
with little knowledge of flying, he wanted to learn how to "take off and land",a Boeing 747.90"
"Minneapolis therefore sought a special warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to conduct the search To do so, however, the FBI needed to demonstrate probable cause that Moussaoui was an agent of a foreign power, a demonstration that was not required to obtain a criminal warrant but was a statutory requirement for a FISA warrant.95 The case agent did not have sufficient information to connect Moussaoui to a "foreign power," so he reached out for help, in the United States and overseas."
Executive Order 12333 - United States intelligence activities
December 21, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - Operative section of Executive Order 12333, issued December 4, 1981:
"2.5 Attorney General Approval. The Attorney General hereby is delegated the power to approve the use for intelligence purposes, within the United States or against a United States person abroad, of any technique for which a warrant would be required if undertaken for law enforcement purposes, provided that such techniques shall not be undertaken unless the Attorney General has determined in each case that there is probable cause to believe that the technique is directed against a foreign power or an agent of a foreign power. Electronic surveillance, as defined in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, shall be conducted in accordance with that Act, as well as this Order."
The Wisdom Of Drilling For Arctic Oil
By Tara Sweeney [Ms. Sweeney is an Inupiaq from Barrow, Alaska. She has worked on the ANWR issue for a decade]
December 21, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - If you listened only to the news media and environmentalists, you'd think the debate over oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was about caribou and ecology. It's not.
ANWR is about land. It is about Alaskan Natives' rights of self-determination - our right to decide how our own lands and resources will be used. About whether the United States will honor its agreements with Natives who ceded their claim to vast ancestral lands and resources, in exchange for the right to determine our destiny on the lands we retained - or so we were told.
It's about whether senators, congressmen, pressure groups and other people who live hundreds or even thousands of miles from our lands will have the right to dictate our future.
Vital Presidential Power
By William Kristol and Gary Schmitt, the Weekly Standard
December 20, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - A U.S. president has just received word that American counterterrorist operatives have captured a senior al Qaeda operative in Pakistan. Among his possessions are a couple of cell phones--phones that contain several American phone numbers. In the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, what's a president to do?
If the president were taking the advice offered by some politicians and pundits in recent days, he would order the attorney general to go to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The attorney general would ask that panel of federal judges for a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to begin eavesdropping on those telephone numbers, to determine whether any individual associated with those numbers was involved in terrorist activities.
But the attorney general might have to tell the president he might well not be able to get that warrant. FISA requires the attorney general to convince the panel that there is "probable cause to believe" that the target of the surveillance is an agent of a foreign power or a terrorist. Yet where is the evidence to support such a finding? Who knows why the person seized in Pakistan was calling these people? Even terrorists make innocent calls and have relationships with folks who are not themselves terrorists.
Gorelick Testimony Reveals That Clinton Claimed Authority to Order No-Warrant Searches
By Byron York, National Review
December 20, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - In a little-remembered debate from 1994, the Clinton administration argued that the president has "inherent authority" to order physical searches ? including break-ins at the homes of U.S. citizens ? for foreign intelligence purposes without any warrant or permission from any outside body. Even after the administration ultimately agreed with Congress's decision to place the authority to pre-approve such searches in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court, President Clinton still maintained that he had sufficient authority to order such searches on his own.
"The Department of Justice believes, and the case law supports, that the president has inherent authority to conduct warrantless physical searches for foreign intelligence purposes," Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on July 14, 1994, "and that the President may, as has been done, delegate this authority to the Attorney General."
"It is important to understand," Gorelick continued, "that the rules and methodology for criminal searches are inconsistent with the collection of foreign intelligence and would unduly frustrate the president in carrying out his foreign intelligence responsibilities."
Transcript - Presidential News Conference
December 19, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - THE PRESIDENT: Welcome. Please be seated...Last night I addressed the nation about our strategy for victory in Iraq, and the historic elections that took place in the country last week. In a nation that once lived by the whims of a brutal dictator, the Iraqi people now enjoy constitutionally protected freedoms, and their leaders now derive their powers from the consent of the government. Millions of Iraqis are looking forward to a future with hope and optimism.
The Iraqi people still face many challenges. This is the first time the Iraqis are forming a government under their new constitution. The Iraqi constitution requires a two-thirds vote of the parliament for certain top officials. So the formation of the new government will take time as Iraqis work to build consensus. And once the new Iraqi government assumes office, Iraq's new leaders will face many important decisions on issues such as security and reconstruction, economic reform and national unity. The work ahead will require the patience of the Iraqi people and the patience and support of America and our coalition partners.
How Chocolate Female Genitalia And A Muslima With A Jewish Grant Are Funding Terror In Afghanistan
December 19, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - Members of RAWA Revolutionary Association Of Women Of Afghanistan shown above hosting Palestinian terrorist Leila Khalid. Khalid was jailed after an attempted hijacking of an El AL airliner. She was eventually released when fellow PFLP terrorists hijacked other airplanes and threatened to blow up passengers if she and others were not released. The caption on the RAWA site under the photograph of Khalid says "A Great Woman Of Palestine."
RAWA's advocacy is in part funded by the proceeds from a recent performance of 'The Vagina Monologues' at Brooklyn College. Among the cast was a Muslimah who received a study grant from a Jewish Foundation.
As our associate Beila Rabinowitz, Director of Militant Islam Monitor notes - In the Jewish Press of Nov 3rd 2005 , professor Sara Reguer wrote an article entitled "A Milestone" which explained how the Jewish Foundation for Woman's Education gave an 'Anniversary Scholarship' to one Mansura J. Ghaffur . Reguer gushed that Ghaffar was a 'religous Muslim woman' and crowed 'what better way for Jews to have a positive impact on immigrants and their children then to show them the American way is to be inclusive".
A search for Ghaffar revealed that this 'religious Muslim woman' was currently helping to raise funds for RAWA the anti American and anti Israel -'Revolutionary Association of the Woman of Afghanistan' by appearing in the play 'The Vagina Monolouges'. http://vdaybc.tripod.com/page4.html
Money for the poor oppressed Muslim women of RAWA, who view the American invasion of Afghanistan as " a catastrophe' was also being raised through the sale of chocolate vaginas.
According to the announcing of the Brooklyn College performance of the Vagina Monolouges, anyone who cannot make the show can help the cause by purchasing one of their 'homemade' vagi-chocolates at their bake sale.
In Thoughful Speech, President Bush Strongly Supports Staying The Course In Iraq -"God is not dead, nor does He sleep; the Wrong shall fail, the Right prevail"
December 19, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - 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.
From this office, nearly three years ago, I announced the start of military operations in Iraq. Our coalition confronted a regime that defied United Nations Security Council resolutions, violated a cease-fire agreement, sponsored terrorism, and possessed, we believed, weapons of mass destruction. After the swift fall of Baghdad, we found mass graves filled by a dictator; we found some capacity to restart programs to produce weapons of mass destruction, but we did not find those weapons.
RAT Reid Charges Congress "Most Corrupt In History"
NY Times Sat On NSA Story For A Year, Timing Publication For Maximum Damage To Bush & Coinciding With Release Of Author's New Book
December 19, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - Washington Post reporter Paul Farhi revealed in the newspapers' December 17 edition that the New York Times' blockbuster NSA story will be further developed in a new Simon & Schuster book, scheduled for release this coming January.
Farhi's Saturday piece was not widely disseminated.
The author of the NY Times article and the upcoming book - James Risen - had been pushing for an earlier release, instead it was published on the day that the Senate took up the matter of the Patriot Act extension, raising the obvious question of whether the effort was coordinated with the Senate minority leadership.
You Gotta Have Heart
December 19, 2005 - Philadelphia, PA - PipeLineNews.org - As MIMs Beila Rabinowitz says :Although the Senate committee announced the closing of the IRS investigation it is ongoing, and Kind Hearts was the organisation specifically slated as warranting ongoing and extensive law enforcement scrutiny.
Kind Hearts For Terror
'Charity' under law enforcement scrutiny schedules new fundraising tour in U.S. with Al Qaeda linked Jamaat Tableeghi missionary/ recruiters from abroad.
The gloating by radical Islamist organizations in the United States that a Senate Committee investigation into 26 Islamic charities is has exonerated them appears to be premature. According to an article in an Ohio paper: ".The Senate Finance Committee is done reviewing Internal Revenue Service records it requested two years ago, but that "does not mean that these groups have been cleared by the committee," chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement Tuesday.
" Grassley said the committee will continue to examine the charities' operations, reversing a statement he made two weeks ago that the committee "did not find anything alarming enough that required additional follow-up beyond what law enforcement is already doing..."http://www.ohio.com/mld/beaconjournal/news/state/13343547.htm
According to Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the scrutiny is ongoing and one article singled out the Kind Hearts 'charity' base in Toledo Ohio as a group which is of special interest to law enforcement. The same article also mentioned another salient fact: That it was none other then Jihad Smaili, a lawyer from Cleveland who testified in front of the Senate Committee hearing. "KindHearts' lawyer, Jihad Smaili of Cleveland, said testimony before the Senate Banking Committee this summer amounted to unfair "guilt by association," he told The Plain Dealer. ".Smaili acknowledges that some of the testimony before the Senate Banking Committee raised mistakes KindHearts had made. An employee of a charity closed by the government worked for KindHearts until he was charged with conspiracy, aiding a terrorist group and money laundering.." What the article failed to mention is that Jihad Smaili is the brother of Khalid Smaili who is the director of Kind Hearts.
When journalists tried to reach Khalid Smaili for comment they were told he was in Lebanon. Which begs the question as to whether he plans to come back, since Kind Hearts is simply a continuation of the Global Relief Foundation, which was closed down by the Department of Treasury for ties to Al Qaeda. A look at the Kind Hearts website shows why law enforcement might take more then a passing interest in the Toledo, Ohio based charity with the warm fuzzy name...
Thank You Mr. Ahmadinejad - An Open Letter To The People Of Iran
Item: In a speech given in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on December 8, Iran's president, Ahmadinejad denied the existence of the Holocaust.
By D.J. Teeboom
December 19, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - Like many others I was somewhat surprised by the words of your president Mr. Ahmadinejad. I can tell you that I admire his courage and his historic vision. That the Holocaust could really be a myth is the best news I have ever heard. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Since it is unthinkable that a leader of a country such as Iran would lie, I expect you will arrange the immediate return of the following family members:
Amsterdam, 23 september 1903
Auschwitz, 17 september 1943
Amsterdam, 5 april 1935
Sobibor, 11 june 1943...
Bush Slams Senate On Patriot Act Filibuster & Attacks NY Times NSA Article, Claiming Leaking Of Information Was "Illegal"
December 17, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - As President, I took an oath to defend the Constitution, and I have no greater responsibility than to protect our people, our freedom, and our way of life. On September the 11th, 2001, our freedom and way of life came under attack by brutal enemies who killed nearly 3,000 innocent Americans. We're fighting these enemies across the world. Yet in this first war of the 21st century, one of the most critical battlefronts is the home front. And since September the 11th, we've been on the offensive against the terrorists plotting within our borders.
One of the first actions we took to protect America after our nation was attacked was to ask Congress to pass the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act tore down the legal and bureaucratic wall that kept law enforcement and intelligence authorities from sharing vital information about terrorist threats. And the Patriot Act allowed federal investigators to pursue terrorists with tools they already used against other criminals. Congress passed this law with a large, bipartisan majority, including a vote of 98-1 in the United States Senate.
James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis) And Peter King (R-NY) Hail Passage Of Landmark Immigration Bill
December 17, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.) and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) today hailed House passage of H.R. 4437, the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005. The bill passed the House by a vote of 239-to-182.
Chairman Sensenbrenner stated, ``We are a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws - this legislation reinforces both of these values. This legislation aims to prevent illegal immigration and reestablish respect for our immigration laws. Those breaking the law will be held accountable, whether they are smugglers cruelly trafficking in human beings, employers hiring illegal workers, or alien gang members terrorizing communities.''
``The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11th made it clear that our nation must be more aggressive in preventing terrorists from entering the United States,'' Chairman King said. ``We must establish operational control of our borders and swiftly remove illegal aliens once they are apprehended. The time to act is now-until our borders are protected, we cannot have any kind of meaningful immigration reform.''
Patriot Act Extension Scuttled By Senate Action
December 17, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - Displaying a willingness to permit the leftist media to set the national security agenda of the America, today the GOP dominated U.S. Senate failed to pass the extension of the Patriot Act.
The Joint House-Senate Conference version of the legislation was passed Wednesday in the House by the overwhelming vote of 251-174.
The version which went down to defeat today makes few changes in the 2001 legislation and includes the sections deemed most controversial by those claiming concern over threats to civil liberties.
This is not only a resounding defeat for President Bush and embattled Senate Majority Leader Frist but a serious blow to the strides that have been made post 911 in domestic intelligence gathering and information sharing.
Democracy Comes To Iraq, Bush Vindicated
December 15, 2005 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - This is the day the Democrats feared most, well let me rephrase that, after the results of the November 2004 U.S. Presidential election, this is the day that Democrats, the enemies of liberty, the liberal press and the left feared most.
As to the liberal press, the latest AP headline reads - "Violence continues as Iraqis begin voting."
There is a term for that - leftist bullshit.
The level of turnout in the Iraq parliamentary elections has been stunning. Approximately 80% of the nation's 15 million eligible voters braved Islamist thugs to choose democracy. The turnout was so overwhelming that polling places had to be kept open for an additional hour so that the throngs of those casting ballots could be accommodated.
They risked their lives to proclaim that they would rather live free or die.
Throughout the country over 100,000 Iraqi security forces in conjunction with the United States Coalition [the coalition of those un-bribed by the Saddam/UN oil deal] guaranteed that the polling places would be unmolested.
Religion Of Peace Alert - Explosives Cache Discovered In Paris Suburb Tied To Al Qaeda
December 15, 2005 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - French authorities have confiscated a large arms and explosives cache and taken into custody over 25 suspects believed tied to al-Qaeda, in an ongoing terrorist investigation.
The anti-terror raids continued on Wednesday morning in Clichy-sous-Bois a suburb of Northern Paris, the scene of recent Muslim riots which Islamist and dhimmi apologists attempted to pass off as related to unemployment and negative French racial attitudes about foreign born workers.
Illinois Supreme Court Dismisses Bogus Smoking Suit & $10 Billion Award
December 15, 2005 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a landmark 4-2 decision, Illinois' highest court today administered a huge setback to trial attorneys, dismissing a $10 billion dollar jury award. The court found that Phillip Morris did not deceive its customers in the marketing of its "light" brand cigarettes.
The case was remanded back the court of origination with the instruction that the class-action should be tossed out.
Speaking for the majority, Justice Garman stated, "If the FTC has specifically authorized the use of the terms .... [Phillip Morris] may not be held liable under the Consumer Fraud Act, even if the terms might be deemed false, deceptive or misleading."
Stock of the Altria Group, parent company of Phillip Morris rose on the news, the Phillip Morris brand accounting for nearly 50% of the American cigarette market.
Killer Analysis - No End to Media's Defeatism on Iraq War
"Amid Iraq Progress, Networks Continue to Emphasize
Violence and Calls for Withdrawal"
December 14, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - America's largest organization detailing liberal bias in the media, the Media Research Center reveals that according to an ABC News/Time magazine survey of 1,700 Iraqi
citizens, released in advance of historic parliamentary elections on
Thursday, "surprising levels of optimism prevail in Iraq," according
to ABC's polling director, Gary Langer. "Despite the daily violence
there, most living conditions are rated positively, seven in 10
Iraqis say their own lives are going well, and nearly two-thirds
expect things to improve in the year ahead."
Of course, those optimistic Iraqis don't watch ABC, CBS and NBC every
night. A new Media Research Center study of network evening news
coverage of Iraq during October and November found the networks
maintained the same negative approach our team found during a review
of Iraq news during the first nine months of 2005. In spite of a
successful constitutional referendum in October, the start Saddam's
trial for mass murder, successful U.S. offensive campaigns along the
Syrian border and the return of a number of cities and town to full
Iraqi control, the networks continued to offer mainly downbeat
coverage of the situation in Iraq.
Planned Parenthood Conceals The Rape Of An 11 Year Old, Then Brags About It
December 14, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - "People may be skeptical when pro-life groups
accuse Planned Parenthood of violating the law and protecting
rapists," said Jim Sedlak, executive director of American Life
League's STOPP International. "However, when Planned Parenthood itself
seems to brag, on one of its official web sites, about doing just
that, it is time law enforcement agencies in every state address the
In the "Shared Stories" section of the Planned Parenthood Golden Gate
web site, the group published a letter in which a young girl praises
Planned Parenthood for not telling her parents that she was raped by
her 17-year-old boyfriend when she was just 11 years old. Neither the
letter itself nor Planned Parenthood made any mention of Planned
Parenthood alerting law enforcement to this sexual abuse of an
"Moderate" American Islamism And Terror, Zero Degrees Of Separation
By William A. Mayer and Beila Rabinowitz - PipeLineNews.org
December 12, 2005 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In the November 18th edition of the Washington Post, Mary Beth Sheridan reported - "U.S. Muslim Groups Cleared" - that Senator Charles Grassley's Finance Committee had concluded its two year investigation into the financial ties of some of America's most prominent - and in the case of the IAP, Kind Hearts and the Holy Land Foundation, notorious - Islamist groups and charities.
The author's editorialized treatment of the facts included the assertion that the investigation was "high profile."
That claim like the overall tone of the piece, is hard to justify.
Over the last two years there has been precious little media interest in the investigation, its existence being a poor reflection on prevailing multicultural assumptions. During that period of time we found it extremely difficult to obtain any information from the Committee or its members. Upon our repeated requests for clarification, the IRS even refused to acknowledge whether or not it had fully complied with the Committee's extensive document request.
This is hardly the type of atmosphere in which a rush to judgment is usually conducted.
Sheridan's take was mirrored in the Muslim press, which depicted Senator Grassley as conducting a witch-hunt or in the words of CAIR's spokesman Ibrahim Hooper, "really just a fishing expedition...[one that] didn't catch any fish."
It might have been that response by the Islamist media that prompted the Committee to announce a clarification on the status of the investigation on December 6, which is now being represented as a 180-degree change of direction by the groups who find themselves seemingly back in the Federal spotlight:
"At this time the Finance Committee has completed reviewing the information requested from the IRS in late 2003 regarding Muslim charities. Because of the confidential nature of the IRS documents the Committee reviewed, we are prohibited from disclosing any specific information...The fact that the Committee has taken no public action based on the review of these documents does not mean that these groups have been "cleared"...the Committee will continue to gather information and examine the operations of the charities that have been designated or listed by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control and other similar charities that come to the committee's attention."
The original announcement "ending" the matter might have gone virtually unnoticed - despite its prominence in the Washington Post - had it not been for the subjects of the inquiry who immediately claimed that they were the innocent victims of U.S. government persecution. With no report being issued to clarify the matter, this left those involved free to characterize the investigation in any way they deemed beneficial.
Cognitive Dissonance, Democrat Style
"Obviously, there is not unanimity of how that is going to be accomplished or whether it is going to be accomplished. [But] I think there is unanimity in the Democratic Caucus that whether you are for or against the policies going into Iraq, we are united, I think, on the proposition that the strategies adopted by the administration have been failed strategies." - Dem Whip, Rep. Steny Hoyer
"...the expression that there is nothing to express, nothing with which to express, nothing from which to express, no power to express, no desire to express, together with the obligation to express." - "Proust and Three Dialogues with Georges Duthuit," Samuel Beckett
Garbage Taken Out - Tookie Executed
December 13, 2005 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - 26 years after the fact, the State of California has finally exacted justice in the case of Tookie Williams, executing the quadruple murderer this morning at 12:35.
Outside San Quentin prison opponents of the death penalty chanted "The State has killed an innocent man."
On Monday afternoon Governor Schwartzenegger denied clemency to Williams, issuing a brief statement: - "After studying the evidence, searching the history, listening to the arguments and wrestling with the profound consequences, I could find no justification for granting clemency...The facts do not justify overturning the jury's verdict or the decisions of the courts in this case."
Williams, who had never taken responsibility for the horrific murders, had become a cause célèbre among the Hollywood crowd and civil rights groups who used the case as part of a broader attack against the issue of capital punishment. He was convicted of the 1979 shotgun murders of Albert Owens, Yen-I Yang, his wife, Tsai-Shai Yang, and their adult daughter, Ye Chen Lin.
Hasta la vista baby!
Critical Challenges Face New American Ambassador To Turkey
By Michael Rubin
December 12, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - On December 1, Ross L. Wilson was sworn in as Washington's newest ambassador to Turkey. As a former ambassador to Azerbaijan and career diplomat, Wilson is solid candidate for the new post. But his task is formidable. U.S.-Turkish relations may be quiet, but they remain strained. While pundits often cite bilateral disagreements arising from the March 1, 2003, vote against active Turkish participation in Iraq's liberation and Turks complain about Washington's subsequent inaction against PKK, U.S. concerns are deeper and center not upon Iraq, but rather on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's accelerating assault on rule of law, transparency, and secularism. Erdogan may be elected, but his actions belie antipathy for the democratic process.
An Assault on the Rule-of-Law
On June 20, 2005, Nuri Ok, chief prosecutor of Turkey's supreme court of appeals, challenged the Justice and Development party [AKP]'s bylaws which have enabled Erdogan to exert near dictatorial control over nominations for election candidates. On November 30, after several months of AKP stonewalling and refusal to change the unconstitutional provisions, Ok demanded a formal court censure of the ruling party.
Unfortunately, Erdogan's disdain for the independent judiciary has become the rule rather than the exception. His government has ignored several successive supreme-court rulings in the Kent Bank case which declared illegal the government's seizure and subsequent sale of a political opponent's assets. Frustrated with such court rulings against his government, Erdogan has also moved to reduce the retirement age of judges so that he can replace 4,000 out of 9,000 professional civil servants with AKP party supporters.
While the prime minister once trumpeted his government's willingness to enter the European Union, he has since expressed similar disdain for European courts. After the European Court of Human Rights on November 10 upheld the headscarf ban in Turkish universities, he declared, "It is wrong that those who have no connection to this field [of religion] make such a decision... without consulting Islamic scholars." His statements shocked multiple audiences. Not only did he give reason for European politicians to question his commitment to the European Union accession process but, the suggestion that religious law could trump state law rocked the Turkish establishment.
Islamist Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi: "We Will Be Victorious, Allah Willing - Despite The Traps Set By Jews & Crusaders"
December 12, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org via MEMRI - The following are excerpts from Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi's Friday December 2, 2005 sermon, Watch Video Clip With English Subtitles Here which aired the same date on Qatar TV. Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi is head of the European Council for Fatwa and Research, president of the International Association of Muslim Scholars (IAMS), and the spiritual guide of many other Islamist organizations across the world (including the Muslim Brotherhood). In this sermon, hediscusses the Jews at the time of Muhammad, as well as the situation in Iraq, calling for Iraq to be protected from the "American Satan."
Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi: "These polytheist pagan invaders were joined by the Jews - the Jews of the Banu Qurayza tribe, who remained in Al-Madina, and who did to the Prophet Muhammad things that require punishment, by forging an alliance with the Banu Nazir tribe against the Prophet. But the Prophet forgave them and allowed them to remain in Al-Madina. Nevertheless, their nature got the better of them, and they violated the treaty and the covenant of protection between them and the Prophet.
"How great is the similarity between past and present, brothers. We Muslims are besieged by many forces that want to uproot the Muslims under various pretexts - the pretext of terrorism, the pretext of fundamentalism, this pretext or that pretext. The goal is to fight this nation. They want to eradicate the nation of Islam.
Congressional Testimony - The Impact of Non-Citizens on Congressional Apportionment
By Steven A. Camarota - Director of Research, Center for Immigration Studies
December 12, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - The United States is currently experiencing the largest sustained wave of immigration in its history, with 1.5 million legal and illegal immigrants settling in the country each year. The foreign born or immigrant population stood at over 31 million in the 2000 Census, and the total has grown to 36 million by the end of 2005.1 There is an unfortunate tendency to view this immigration one dimensionally. Some see immigrants only as workers, other see them as a potential voters, or only the fiscal problem they may create, still others see only possible terrorists. All of these perspectives capture some aspect of immigration. But immigrants are much more than this. Immigrants are not simply things, they are human beings. As a result, their presence in the United States has wide ranging economic, cultural, demographic, national security, and political effects on our country. Whether one thinks the effects of immigration is on balance a net gain or a net loss to the country, the fact remains its impact is very broad and not confined to one area.
This hearing is going to discuss one of the most often overlooked, but nonetheless important, effects they have: on political representation. If you take nothing else away from my testimony, it should be that allowing in people, even as guest workers or just tolerating illegal immigration, has board ranging effects. These effects include such things as the redistribution of House seats. For example, if we take the 11 million illegals already here and grant them temporary status, the Census in 2010 will still count them, and seats will still be apportioned to states based on their presence. On the other hand, if we enforce the law and make most illegals go home, this too will have apportionment consequences in 2010. In our discussion of immigration, therefore, we should not compartmentalize its various impacts; instead, we must recognize the broad implications of immigration on virtually every aspect of American life, including apportionment.
Patriot Act Conference Legislation Heads Towards Vote
December 9, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.) today filed the PATRIOT Act conference report. The House and Senate will consider this agreement next week. A full section by section summary of the conference report is available at Full Report
Chairman Sensenbrenner said, ``This PATRIOT Act agreement helps ensure that our intelligence and law enforcement officers will have the tools necessary to protect the American people and win the war on terror. By invaluably assisting in the detection, disruption, and dismantling of terrorist cells before they strike, the PATRIOT Act provides protection from terrorists determined to murder innocent Americans. Nearly all of these authorities are made permanent by this legislation.''
``Most notably, this conference report permanently tears down 'the wall' that prior to 9/11 prohibited the sharing of information between the law enforcement and intelligence communities and hindered their ability to 'connect the dots.' We must permanently eliminate 'the wall' to win the war on terror - and this agreement does that. This agreement also ensures our tools to fight the next Mohammed Atta intent on killing thousands of Americans are at least as tough as those to fight drug dealers and organized crime.''
Another Brick In Jamie Gorelick's Wall Saves Jihadi Al-Arian
December 8, 2005 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - There are two things that can be learned from the outcome of the Al-Arian fiasco.
First, that the war on terrorism should neither be fought, nor can it be won in the courtroom.
Second, the case against Al-Arian should have been brought against him a decade ago, by the Clinton administration, despite Jamie Gorelick's now infamous FBI wall and Janet Reno's apparent disinclination to even bring the Al-Arian case before a grand jury at the time.
The primary evidence of Al-Arian's plotting to aid and fund the Palestinian Islamic Jihad [PIJ] is now over 10 years old. For example the FBI's raid on Al-Arian's university office, his home and his World and Islam Enterprise headquarters took place almost exactly 10 years ago today - yet the Clinton Justice Department refused to prosecute - shades of Khobar Towers.
Gorelick's wall was intentionally designed to frustrate the sharing of information between various intelligence agencies because the bunglers and cowards in the Clinton administration felt that there was no cheap and quick political upside to a vigorous counterattack against terror. As a result they handled the increasing attacks on the United States and its citizens as if those who sought our destruction had merely violated speeding laws rather than having declared war against us.
JCS Chief Shelton Confirms Existence & Effectiveness Of Able Danger
December 8, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - General Hugh Shelton former Chair of the military's Joint Chiefs of Staff has confirmed the existence of the U.S. intelligence data-mining operation called Able Danger which used sophisticated computer algorithms to identify top al-Qaeda operatives, allegedly including 911 chief planner Mohammed Atta, well before the September attack.
"Right after I left SOCOM [Special Operations Command], I asked my successor to put together a small team, if he could, to try to use the Internet and start trying to see if there was any way that we could track down Osama bin Laden or where he was getting his money from or anything of that nature...It was just kind of an experiment," the General said, "What can we do? So, he pulled together a bunch of really bright, computer-literate guys from across the services."
General Shelton is by far the highest ranking military official to go on the record affirming the existence of a program the existence of which had been subjected to a cover-up by 911 Commission member Jamie Gorelick and top Democrats.
Gorelick was the the Clinton Justice Department's number two in command behind Janet Reno and the author of the infamous Brick Wall Memo which prevented the sharing of vital intelligence on the terror network between those charged with preserving national security.
Saudi Billionaire Forces Fox To Alter French Muslim Riot Coverage
December 8, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media (AIM) is urging a full inquiry into a report that a Saudi billionaire caused the Fox News Channel (FNC) to dramatically alter its coverage of the Muslim riots in France after he called the network to complain. The Saudi billionaire, Al-waleed bin Talal, is a friend of News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch and controls an influential number of voting shares in the company.
"This report underscores the danger of giving foreign interests a significant financial stake in U.S. media companies," declared Cliff Kincaid, editor of Accuracy in Media.
The controversial comments came at an Arab media conference featuring representatives of Time magazine, USA Today, PBS, The Wall Street Journal, and other news organizations. The conference and the Saudi Prince's growing influence in News Corporation are among the subjects of a new December-A AIM Report that has just been posted at the AIM website (www.aim.org). The report raises the specter of Arab money influencing News Corporation and other U.S. media companies.
Tainted Study Offered In Support Of Rob Reiner Educational Gestapo Initiative?
December 7, 2005 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As if on cue, the National Institute for Early Education Research [NIEER] today released its latest findings in support of the seemingly innocuous concept of pre-school education.
However, because of the methodology and circumstances under which NIEER's "scholarship" was assembled - and all similarly funded studies fall under this heading - the findings must be viewed as political in nature and subjected to an increased level of scrutiny.
At its core, this document is designed to further two goals:
1. To satiate the near unquenchable thirst for more jobs by the teacher's unions.
2. To provide an intellectual framework for leftist social manipulators like Rob Reiner to wrest 3 and 4 year old children from their parents in the name of education.
The NIEER findings are result of the ideological flow of research dollars - the study is underwritten by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Joyce Foundation and authored by professional educrats.
GOP's James Sensenbrenner & Peter King Introduce Landmark Illegal Immigration Legislation
December 7, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.) today introduced legislation that aims to prevent illegal immigration by addressing the hiring of illegal immigrants and gaining control of our borders. H.R. 4437, the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005, aims to reestablish respect for immigration laws and to hold people accountable by cracking down on employers hiring illegal workers, smugglers trafficking in human beings as well as confronting the emerging problem of alien gangs.
H.R. 4437 also incorporates the border security legislation approved by the Homeland Security Committee last month, H.R. 4312. H.R. 4437 will be considered Thursday by the House Judiciary Committee with House consideration expected next week.
Chairman Sensenbrenner said, ``It's my hope this legislative effort will not only help regain control of our borders and prevent illegal immigration, but will also help strengthen and promote our compassionate and welcoming legal immigration system. Everyone recognizes our current immigration system is broken, plagued by insufficient immigration enforcement and border security resources, and a wholesale disregard for our immigration laws.''
Texas Judge Dismisses Key Charge Against Tom DeLay
December 6, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - Kevin Madden, spokesman for Congressman Tom DeLay (R-Texas) today released the following statement in response to Texas Senior Judge Judge Pat Priest's ruling:
"The court's decision to dismiss a portion of Ronnie Earle's manufactured and flawed case against Mr. DeLay underscores just how baseless and politically motivated the charges were. The judge's ruling, along with the recusal motion previously granted, represents yet another legal victory. Mr. DeLay is very encouraged by the swift progress of the legal proceedings and looks forward to his eventual and absolute exoneration based on the facts and the law."
Dem's Iraq Policy Suggestions Border On The Surreal
By William A. Mayer, E&P - PipeLineNews.org
December 5, 2005 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Agitated beyond all reason, the Democrat party while of near unanimity when it comes to disapproval of the Bush administration's Iraq policy, seems frozen into a state of catalepsy, preventing them from articulating any alternative at all.
Front and center we start with Richard Holbrooke - shadow President Kerry's Secretary of State - who postulates:
"I'm not prepared to lay out a detailed policy or strategy...It's not something you can expect in a situation that is moving this fast and has the level of detail you're looking for."
Translation - We will charitably call it a policy of Aquarianism - Democrats only consider themselves competent in the field of foreign policy during periods of time when peace and love rules the stars.
Not so poetically, Bill Clinton's sensitive Secretary of Defense Perry offers:
"I believe the assessment that if we pull out it will leave an unsettled situation that is bad for the neighborhood and bad for us. Therefore I'd be willing to stay longer if I believed what we're doing would lead to progress in six to 12 months...But I have not seen that evidence, so I'm skeptical that it will. . . . So it may be what we're pursuing, if not effective, then there's no point to it."
Mr. Perry might want to avoid making any further public pronouncements on the matter, because though his prescription fails intellectually perhaps the most troubling aspect is that it seems to have been written by that half-witted idiot son that your Uncle Bob keeps locked in a closet.
PBS Documentary Slammed For Bias
December 5, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has issued a scathing report of the recent PBS documentary,
Breaking the Silence. The CPB analysis says the show contains "no hint of balance." [www.cpb.org/ombudsmen/051129bode.html]
The PBS program, which probes the treatment of abused children by divorce, has been caught up in controversy since its release on
October 20. Three PBS affiliates have already aired opposing views, and several affiliates have opted to not air the program.
The CPB report, issued by ombudsman Ken Bode, slams the documentary as containing "incendiary" statements that falsely stereotype
fathers. For example, the program depicts children as routinely abused by their fathers, but government statistics show mothers commit
about 60% of child abuse.
When Will Pelosi Stop Lying About Judge Alito's Record?
December 5, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - The RNC's Brian Jones released the following response to remarks made Sunday by Sen. Boxer on Judge Alito's record:
``With Senator Boxer's blatant lie this morning, Democrats once again illustrated their clear commitment to distorting Judge Alito's record. What makes today's smear regarding reapportionment particularly stunning is that it was only two days ago that Sen. Specter clearly stated Judge Alito believes that one man one vote is 'very deeply embedded' and is a 'principle which is settled and beyond attack'. Every time the Democrats desperately attempt to misrepresent Judge Alito's record, they undermine their own credibility when it comes to the nomination.''
By David M. Huntwork
"All the Whos down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot, but the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville, did not." - Dr. Seuss
December 5, 2006 - Denver, CO - PipeLineNews.org - It is the Christmas season and once again Christmas itself is the target of a secular and atheistic jihad. If you didn't know better you might think that the word "Christmas" was the dirtiest of dirty words and one not worthy of being uttered in public.
This year Target continues the ban on the famous Salvation Army bell ringers with their red kettles from their property again this year while the ACLU threatened to sue a Colorado school district over such carols as "Jingle Bells." Celebration of the "holidays" abound but to actually spot the word "Christmas" is rare and far between. Both Corporate America and government institutions have abandoned the spiritual, cultural and traditional celebrations of Christmas.
CBS Lies About Statement By JCS Chief, Gen. Peter Pace
December 3, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - America's largest organization detailing liberal bias in the media, the Media Research Center reveals that on Thursday's CBS Evening News, in a story framed around a supposed
"'campaign of contrition' to win back the public trust on Iraq," John
Roberts mischaracterized an observation by General Peter Pace, Chairman of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as an admission of a "mistake" in the conduct
of the Iraq war. Pace never used the word "mistake" (or any synonym) and
his comment actually related to regret about not being vocal enough about
successes achieved in Iraq.
Roberts cited how "today" Pace "admitted
mistakes have been made" and then played this soundbite from q & a Pace
conducted Thursday with international students at the National Defense
University: "We, guys like me, have not articulated well enough what is
happening in Iraq and in Afghanistan." Roberts proceeded to highlight how
on "Wednesday it was President Bush, who for the first time went into
detail about course corrections in the training of Iraqi forces." Viewers
saw a clip of Bush conceding "it always hasn't gone smoothly." Putting
both comments under the same umbrella, Roberts asserted that "the change
in tone is an answer to critics who claim the President won't acknowledge
errors or learn from them."
Coaltion Urges Making Capital Gains & Dividend Tax Cuts Permanent
December 3, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - Today, a coalition of 22 organizations representing taxpayers, shareholders, small businesses, and senior citizens sent a letter to House Majority Whip Roy Blunt urging the House of Representatives to immediately bring up a vote on extending the capital gains and dividend tax cuts signed into law in May 2003. Subsequently, the letter urges the House to move quickly to conference the House version with the Senate bill before the end of the year. The letter can be accessed at: http://www.atr.org/content/pdf/2005/dec/ 120205lt-tax_coalition.pdf
The tax cut was included as part of President Bush's 2003 Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act (JGTRRA), which reduced the long term capital gains tax rate from 20 to 15 percent and the double tax placed on dividend income from 38.6 to 15 percent.
``Failure to extend these very successful tax cuts before the end of the year will eventually slow down the booming U.S. economy,'' said Daniel Clifton, executive director of the American Shareholders Association. ``If the tax rates are not extended investment will slow, stock market gains will be muted, and eventually job creation will decline.''
Pump Up the Volume - Why The Bush WH Failed To Respond To Its Critics
By Fred Barnes
December 3, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org via the Weekly Standard - We now know what was behind President Bush's mysterious refusal for so many months to respond to Democratic attacks on his Iraq policy--a refusal that came at great political cost to himself and to the American effort in Iraq. It wasn't that Bush was too focused on Social Security reform to bother. Nor did he believe Iraq was a drag on his presidency and should be downplayed. Rather, Bush had made a conscious decision after his reelection to be "nonpolitical" on the subject of Iraq. It is a decision he now regrets. And has reversed.
Here's how a senior White House aide explains the decision not to answer criticism of the administration's course in Iraq: "The strategic decision was to be forward-looking. The public was more interested in the future and not the past, since it was just hashed over during the election." The president didn't ignore the subject of Iraq entirely. He delivered a half-dozen speeches on Iraq and the war on terror, including an evening, prime-time address, in the first 10 months of 2005. He just didn't rebut partisan attacks.
Harm was done. "Obviously the bombardment of misleading ads and the earned media by MoveOn et al. had an impact," the Bush aide says, "and culminated during the Libby indictment and the [Democratic] stunt of the closed session of the Senate" on prewar intelligence. "That's when we pivoted."
Death or Freedom for the Apostates? The Counter-Fatwa of the Liberal Muslims
By Sandro Magister
December 2, 2005 - Rome, Italy - PipeLineNews.org via Chiesa Magazine - Life is by no means easy for Muslims who convert to the Christian faith. On the contrary; their very life may be in danger. In the Islamic countries, they are viewed as apostates from "the best community that God has established among men," and are singled out for ostracism, which in some cases can amount to legal condemnation and even the death penalty.
Even in the West, they run a great risk. A clandestine existence is the norm for most of them. They must conceal themselves from their community of origin, and they do not always find the support they were expecting from the Catholic Church. There is a widespread tendency within the Church not to encourage conversion from Islam to Christianity - ostensibly for reasons of "dialogue," but in reality out of fear of the reactions.
But on a number of occasions, appeals for help have come from converts from Islam who, after their baptism, have felt that they were abandoned. In an interview with Italian television two years ago, then-cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said: "I know, and this pains me deeply. It is the drama of our Christian consciousness, which is unsure of itself. Naturally, we must respect the Islamic states and their religion, but we must also ask for freedom of conscience for those who wish to become Christian, and we must assist these persons courageously, if we really are sure that they have found the right answer. We must not leave them alone. Everything possible must be done so that they can experience, in liberty and peace, what they have found within the Christian religion."
The Liars Of The Anti-War Movement, Why We Question Their Patriotism
By Melanie Morgan, Chairman - Move America Forward
December 2, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - For the past two years, the old-line media has been more than willing to help broadcast the allegations made by the anti-war crowd that "Bush lied, soldiers died."
However, no matter how many times the likes of Michael Moore and Cindy Sheehan have made this allegation, they've never been able to make it stick.
The only thing they've proven thus far is that they hold a twisted hatred of this country and feel consumed with resentment toward America's economic, military and political superiority.
It turns out that it's not George Bush or Dick Cheney who has been lying to the American people, but the very anti-war/anti-military folks who have been pointing fingers at the administration all along.
Bad News For Dems, Economy Surges Ahead
December 2, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - Extending a 30 month positive trend, the Dept. of Labor today reported that U.S. economy created 215,000 new jobs in November. The news prompted a rise of the dollar against the euro and a 2 1/2 year high against the yen on world financial markets.
On the positive report Alan Greenspan commented, "The US economy has delivered a solid performance thus far in 2005. And, despite the disruptions of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, economic activity appears to be expanding."
Since May 2003 a widespread business expansion has permeated the economy, creating 4.5 million net new jobs in that period.
Murtha's Statements Becoming Even More Irresponsible
December 2, 2005 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Not content with the fact that he has already given considerable aid and comfort to the enemy, Democrat John Murtha, long an opponent of pro-active engagement in Iraq has stepped up his frontal assault on the military, now claiming that his vote to go to war was a mistake and charging that the U.S. Army is "broken, worn out."
All this less than a month out from an historic election destined to bring representative government to Iraq.
Three weeks ago Murtha jump-started the lefty Dem base, intemperately calling for an immediate pull-out from Iraq, but then oddly failed - along with the entire minority leadership who also favors a pullout - to vote for the craftily constructed GOP measure designed to force the issue which went down to defeat on a lopsided vote of 403-3.
Murtha is the flavor of the week in the liberal press now that Cindy Sheehan's 15 minutes of fame has expired finding her forgotten in the mud alongside a road in Crawford, Texas. As such he is omnipresent, on the cover of all the liberal propaganda magazines while Joe Lieberman is languishing in anonymity despite his far better reasoned argument in favor of staying the course in Iraq.
Canonized and incorrectly cast by the MSM as a certified war-hawk, Murtha actually has a long record of squeamishness on the issue of projecting military force. He counseled Bill Clinton to cut and run from Mogadishu, to avoid becoming involved in Balkan politics and is on record since at least 2003 as not being fully in support of operation Iraqi Freedom.
Catholic Activists Decry Smear Of Judge Alito By Charles Schumer
December 2, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - Today, Fidelis denounced the recent statements by Senator Charles Schumer against Judge Samuel A. Alito over documents released as a matter of course of the confirmation process saying they ``have zero credibility.''
Fidelis President Joseph Cella stated: ``On the one hand, Senator Schumer calls for 'thorough, fair and full hearings' yet he smears the impeccable integrity of Judge Alito by suggesting the Thornburgh memo was purposefully omitted, and now is threatening a filibuster. Senator Schumer has cried wolf so many times like this over past nominees, his statements now have zero credibility.''
A series of partisan attacks have occurred in recent days by Senator Chuck Schumer, Senator Barbara Boxer and Senator Ted Kennedy in the run up to the Alito hearings that begin on January 9.
National Strategy For Victory In Iraq, Prepared By the National Security Council
American Jihadist Website Issues Death Threats Against Bush, Blair And Other World Leaders
By Jeremy Reynalds
December 1, 2005 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - A statement distributed by the Global Islamic Media Front and located on an radical Islamic American hosted Internet site, contains a death threat against a number of world leaders.
The site was initially suspended and since reactivated. The forum on the reactivated site is now locked, so it is impossible to tell whether the death threat is still housed on the site, but there is no reason to suppose otherwise.
Ironically, the data center housing the Al Firdaws site is located 17 miles from Fort Campell, KY, home of the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division (www.campbell.army.mil/newinternet/main.asp).
The statement Link threatened (s), according to the Society for Internet Research Link Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.S. President George W. Bush.
Traitors in the Media
By Cliff Kincaid
December 1, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org via Accuracy In Media
Congressman John Murtha, the veteran who turned against the Iraq War, has become a household name. But odds are you haven't heard of Thomas L. Bock. He's a veteran who is critical of media coverage of the war. He says controversial things like "Today's media-hungry war-protest movement is an anti-freedom movement."
Actually, Bock is more than a veteran; he's National Commander of the American Legion, the largest veterans organization. Bock is also a Blue Star dad. His son, Adam, is an Army CH-47 helicopter pilot currently serving in Iraq.
In an editorial appearing in the December issue of the American Legion magazine, Bock writes that "The call to prematurely withdraw U.S. troops from the war on terrorism will quite likely?as public opposition to the Vietnam War showed us?have the unintended consequence of prolonging the fight. Ho Chi Minh described the antiwar movement in the 1960s as a second front in his march to relieve South Vietnam of its freedoms."
The Scandal That Could Sink Hillary
By Paul M. Rodriguez
November 23, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org via Accuracy In Media - Consider the contrasting coverage of DeLay with that of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Virtually every detail of alleged DeLay transgressions gets reported and in very great detail. But scant coverage has been given to equally serious allegations against the junior senator from New York. Send this page to a friend
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Recent polls among American readers (and viewers) of the press continue to show a reluctance to trust the once vaunted U.S. mainstream media. And the recent brouhaha at the New York Times over the Judith Miller fiasco only further muddies the public's trust, not only on how reporters and editors report but also on what they choose to publish (or broadcast).
For example, there have been whole forests cut down to provide enough paper for stories about Rep. Tom DeLay, the Texas Republican indicted recently on allegations of money laundering through state political action committees that helped the GOP secure a majority of U.S. congressional seats from the Lone Star state.
Media Far To Left Of Public On Iraq
November 23, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - America's largest organization detailing liberal bias in the media, the Media Research Center reveals that the news media elite are to the left of the public in several policy
areas related to the war on terrorism, a poll "of opinion leaders and the
general public conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the
Press in collaboration with the Council on Foreign Relations," found.
While 56 percent of the public believes "efforts to establish a stable
democracy" in Iraq will succeed, 63 percent of the mews media elite think
it will fail; a plurality of 48 percent of the public think going to war
in Iraq was correct, but 71 percent of the news media elite consider it a
bad decision; the public is split evenly at 44 percent on whether the Iraq
war has helped or hurt the war on terrorism, but an overwhelming 68
percent of the news media elite say it has hurt; and 46 percent of the
public believe torture of terrorist suspects is often or sometimes
"justified," 78 percent of the news media elite contend it is "rarely" or
"never" justified. Plus, news media elite approval of Bush's job
performance -- at a lowly 21 percent -- is half that of the public's.
An Open Letter To Time On Its Muslim Revisionism
By Beila Rabinowitz, Director Militant Islam Monitor & Wahhabi Watch
November 23, 2005 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In his piece entitled "An American Imam - Moderate Muslim clerics tend to their faithful and help the FBI fight terrorists? [Time Magazine, Nov. 14, 2005] Douglas Waller claimed that both ADAMS [the All Dulles Area Muslims Society] and its Imam, Mohammed Magid, were moderates. Link
However the facts do not support Mr. Waller's contention as ADAMS was raided by the FBI in connection with terror funding as part of operation Greenquest, and Imam Mohamed Magid along with ADAMS are closely aligned with the international radical Islamist network.
The chairman of the ADAMS board is Ahmed Tontonji, an Iraqi born Saudi national who is linked to Al Qaeda and bin-Laden. Tontonji was a key target in operation Greenquest as well as a defendant in a one trillion dollar 9/11 terrorism lawsuit filed by 600 relatives of people who died in those attacks. Link
"Dirty Bomber" Suspect Padilla Indicted
November 22, 2005 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Jose Padilla was indicted today on charges that he participated in a North American al-Qaeda terror cell whose intent was to "murder, maim and kidnap."
US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales stated that "the indictment alleges that Padilla traveled overseas to train as a terrorist with the intention of fighting a violent jihad.''
Originally arrested in May of 2002, Padilla had been held for three years in a Navy brig and was previously designated as an enemy combatant. He is now remanded over to civilian custody where he is expected to go to trial in September of 2006 on a three count indictment that includes conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to maim and kidnap people overseas and an additional charge of providing material support to terrorists and conspiracy.
For more background on this case see - Florida Trail Of Terror
24 Year Old Son Of Saudi Embassy Employee Convicted In Bush Assassination Plot
November 22, 2005 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Abu Ali a 24 year-old Arab American college student and member of al-Qaeda, was convicted today of engaging in a plot to assassinate President Bush.
Ali was arrested in 2003 by authorities at the University of Medina in Saudi Arabia. In pre-trial proceedings Ali claimed that his confession was the result of Saudi torture but he refused to testify during the general trial proceedings and as a result the jury which came to a verdict in 2 days never heard the now suspect claim.
Ali's father is an employee of the Saudi Embassy which raises serious questions as to the degree to which Ali might have had access to the president and other prominent politicians.
Abu Ali'a defense attorney is no other than the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] director of civil rights Khurrum Wahid. Wahid is also engaged in defending the Islamic Center of Boca Raton's Rafiq Sabir on charges of giving material aid to al-Qaeda.
Why Is Bush Using John Kerry's State Department?
New York Sun Editorial
November 21, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews - A story circulating in Washington, perhaps apocryphal, has it that late one evening during last year's annual Munich Conference on Security Policy, after the day's discussions were finished and a few drinks had been downed, Richard Holbrooke began a sentence by saying, "When John Kerry is president and I'm secretary of state and Nicholas Burns here is undersecretary of state for political affairs ..." Mr. Kerry went on to lose the election, and Mr. Holbrooke, who was America's ambassador to the United Nations under President Clinton and Mr. Kerry's foreign policy adviser, is but a private citizen, albeit a distinguished one. Mr. Burns, however, emerged from his position as America's ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to become just what that story had Mr. Holbrooke predicting, undersecretary of state for political affairs, with the surprise ending being that it's in a Bush administration.
Mr. Holbrooke, relaying a message via his office, denies the yarn about the remark in Munich and says it "wouldn't be appropriate" for him to have made such a declaration. But he is, his office says, "delighted" that the undersecretary is Mr. Burns, who "epitomizes the best in the foreign service." In January, Mr. Holbrooke had written a glowing report in the Washington Post predicting that Mr. Burns would be in the new State Department team, which he described as "among the very best professionals of the current generation." He said their foreign policy would be "more centrist, oriented toward problem-solving, essentially non-ideological, and focused on traditional diplomacy." Mr. Holbrooke got almost all the appointments he predicted (and praised) correct - including Assistant Secretary Daniel Fried, Assistant Secretary C. David Welch, and Assistant Secretary Christopher R. Hill.
The Chalabi Saga - A Case Study In US Intel/State Dept. Malfeasance
By Michael Rubin
November 21, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews - On November 8, Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmad Chalabi arrived in Washington for an eight-day visit. His agenda included meetings with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and national security adviser Stephen Hadley. To many pundits, Chalabi's visit marks a change in fortune for an Iraqi politician not long ago dismissed as irrelevant by diplomats and intelligence officials alike.
Disdain for Chalabi runs deep in the State Department, Central Intelligence Agency, and U.S. Central Command. As an advocate of both regime change and democratization, he became a lightning rod for criticism among proponents of the status quo.
Both before and after Iraq's liberation, State Department officials criticized Chalabi as an exile with little connection to his own country. CIA analysts seconded such pronouncements. On September 6, 2004, for example, Judith Yaphe, a former CIA Iraq analyst now at the National Defense University, told the Associated Press that "over the years, [CIA favorite Ayad] Allawi's contacts were proven to be real while Chalabi's were never what Chalabi told us." Former Defense Intelligence Agency official W. Patrick Lang described Chalabi as "basically an émigré politician" and told an Australian radio station that the CIA and State Department "didn't trust what he said [and] didn't think he understood Iraq, really." General Anthony Zinni, head of U.S. Central Command, belittled Chalabi and his Iraqi National Congress as "some silk-suited, Rolex-wearing guys in London."
But, in the months before Operation Iraqi Freedom began, Chalabi returned to Iraq. And after liberation, he became an irritant to Washington policymakers. While Coalition Provisional Authority administrator L. Paul Bremer sought to run Iraq by diktat, Chalabi agitated for direct elections and restoration of Iraqi sovereignty. He clashed with Meghan O'Sullivan, now deputy national security adviser for Iraq, when she worked to undermine and eventually reverse de-Baathification. He undercut White House attempts to internationalize responsibility for Iraq in the months prior to the 2004 U.S. elections when his Governing Council auditing commission began to investigate the U.N. Oil-for-Food scandal.
The Democrats On Iraq...Then And Now - Watch Video Click Here
Coverup - Why The 911 Commission Ignored Able Danger
By Louis Freeh
November 17, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org via Opinion Journal - It was interesting to hear from the 9/11 Commission again on Tuesday. This self-perpetuating and privately funded group of lobbyists and lawyers has recently opined on hurricanes, nuclear weapons, the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel and even the New York subway system. Now it offers yet another "report card" on the progress of the FBI and CIA in the war against terrorism, along with its "back-seat" take and some further unsolicited narrative about how things ought to be on the "front lines."
Yet this is also a good time for the country to make some assessments of the 9/11 Commission itself. Recent revelations from the military intelligence operation code-named "Able Danger" have cast light on a missed opportunity that could have potentially prevented 9/11. Specifically, Able Danger concluded in February 2000 that military experts had identified Mohamed Atta by name (and maybe photograph) as an al Qaeda agent operating in the U.S. Subsequently, military officers assigned to Able Danger were prevented from sharing this critical information with FBI agents, even though appointments had been made to do so. Why?
South Carolina GOP Rep Wilson Calls Murtha's Statement on Iraq "Reckless"
November 17, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - Today, Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) spoke out strongly against statements by Congressman John Murtha (D-PA) and other House Democrats regarding their reckless and irresponsible calls for troop withdrawal from Iraq:
"After a leading Al-Qaeda terrorist recently stated that his goal was to expel Americans from Iraq, it is reckless for Congressman Murtha and House Democrats to agree with Zawahiri that the United States should withdraw our troops from Iraq before they complete their mission. Instead of proposing winning solutions for the Global War on Terrorism, Democrats are throwing up their hands and waving the white flag of surrender. Democrats have no positive agenda, no vision, and no sense of leadership. As our brave men and women in uniform continue to protect our country, Nancy Pelosi, John Murtha, and other Democrats should not embolden our enemy.
Former State Dept. Official Blasts Democrats On Iraq Revisionism
By Fred Gedrich
November 17, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - ``Democratic Party leaders have apparently committed themselves to a revisionist, false view of history on Iraq. Former President Bill Clinton, Senator John Kerry, and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid have said the 2003 invasion was a 'big mistake,' the country and the Congress were 'misled' into war, and the administration engaged in a pattern of 'manipulating' pre-war intelligence as it made the case for invading Iraq, respectively. These folks thought differently when their party held power.
``Theirs, and statements of many others, don't square with history, the facts, and ignore solid evidence of a half-dozen U.S. commission investigations.
``In 1998, President Clinton made it U.S. policy, under the Iraq Liberation Act, to depose Saddam Hussein's regime with unanimous Senate, and overwhelming House, support. In 2002, Congress voted overwhelmingly, including Senators Kerry and Reid, to pass the 'Joint Resolution to Authorize the use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq' which chronicles Saddam's weapons of mass destruction programs, their use, and his crimes against humanity.
Hastert on Democrat Murtha's Call For US Retreat in Iraq - "This is the highest insult to the brave men and women serving overseas."
November 17, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) released the following statement in response to comments by Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) regarding the War on Terror.
``I am saddened by the comments made today by Rep. Murtha. It is clear that as Nancy Pelosi's top lieutenant on armed services, Rep. Murtha and Democratic leaders have adopted a policy of cut and run. They would prefer that the United States surrender to the terrorists who would harm innocent Americans. To add insult to injury, this is done while the President is on foreign soil.
``Four years ago, America as we knew it changed. The terrorists attacked our people and attacked our nation. Nearly 3,000 Americans lost their lives. Families were destroyed, and our children lost their sense of peace. On that day, we learned that we no longer had a choice. Failure to act -- and act strongly -- left our nation vulnerable to Osama bin Laden and his band of terrorist followers.
``But now, Rep. Murtha and other Democrats want us to retreat..."
Peter King [R, NY] To Introduce Border Bill Ending "Catch and Release"
November 15, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - The Committee on Homeland Security will meet in open session Wednesday November 16 to consider "The Border Security and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2005" H.R. 4312.
Chairman Peter T. King (R-NY) introduced the bipartisan bill to enhance security along America's borders and ensure the removal of aliens who attempt to enter the United States illegally.
Key provisions in the bill include: establishing operational control of all borders and ports through enhanced Border Patrol operations, physical barriers, and state-of-the-art technology; ending the "catch and release" practice along the southwest border; streamlining operations within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) border security agencies; and promoting both international and domestic policies that will deter further illegal entry into the United States.
Palestinians Taste Their Own Medicine
By Daniel Pipes
November 15, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org via Front Page Magazine - A suicide bombing in Hadera, Israel, on October 26 that killed five people inspired the usual Palestinian joy: some 3,000 people took to the streets in celebration, chanting Allahu Akbar, calling for more suicide attacks against Israelis, and congratulating the "martyr's" family on the success of the attack.
But Palestinians were uncharacteristically morose after three explosions went off on November 9, killing 57 persons and injuring hundreds, in Amman, Jordan. That's because, for the very first time, they found themselves the main victim of those same Islamist "martyrs"
The massacre at a wedding in the Radisson SAS hotel ballroom took the lives of 17 family members attending the nuptials of what the London Times called a Palestinian "golden couple, beloved of their prominent Palestinian families and friends." The bombing also killed four Palestinian Authority officials, notably Bashir Nafeh, head of military intelligence on the West Bank.
After two decades of doling out this horror against Israelis, some of whom were also attending festive events (a Passover dinner, a Bar Mitzvah), Palestinians, who form a majority of the Jordanian population, unexpectedly found themselves at the receiving end.
And, guess what: they did not like it....
US Hosted Iranian Website Taken Offline
By Jeremy Reynalds
November 15, 2005 - San Francisco, CA- PipeLineNews.org - An Iranian administered anti-Zionist website formerly hosted in the United States is now off line.
The site was Link Its Internet Service Provider was the Fayetteville, NC-based Advanced Internet Technologies (www.aitcom.net/contactus.php).
Informed of his company's hosting of the site, Alex Lekas, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Advanced Internet Technologies said in a telephone interview
"We (have taken that domain down), in addition to the two mirrors that point to it. Link. We will comply with the provision of the law that governs Internet connectivity Link and we will also contact our regional FBI office in Raleigh to determine what other sorts of provisions we need to be aware of."
The President's Remarks on the War on Terrror - "Some Democrats...are playing politics with this issue and they are sending mixed signals to our troops and the enemy. And that's irresponsible."
November 15, 2005 - Anchorage, Alaska - PipeLineNews.org - The President: Thank you all. Thanks for the warm welcome. (Applause.) Laura and I were in the neighborhood - (laughter) -- we thought we'd come by to say hello to the nation's ``Arctic Warriors.'' (Applause.) We're proud to stand with the courageous airmen of Elmendorf Air Force Base, the soldiers of Fort Richardson, the Coast Guard -- (applause) -- the Coast Guard men and women here in Alaska -- (applause) -- the men and women of the Alaskan Command, and all those who wear the uniform of our country. (Applause.)
The General is right about one thing -- (laughter) -- I did live in Alaska. (Laughter.) In 1974, and I remember it just the way it looked coming in on Air Force One, this vast, majestic land, so beautiful, and full of decent, honorable, independent-minded people. (Applause.) People who love their country. (Applause)
The Howie and Arianna Show
By Cliff Kinkaid
November 15, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org via Accuracy In Media - What qualifies Arianna Stassinopoulos to comment on anything? As Arianna Huffington, she is a popular figure for Washington Post media reporter Howard Kurtz. Kurtz attributes a quote to "Arianna," as opposed to somebody with a first and last name. In return, she calls him "Howie."
Stassinopoulos still retains her married name, Huffington, even though she is divorced from her gay husband and oil-heir multimillionaire Michael Huffington. He left her for another man and she was left with the couple's two teenage daughters and a $7 million house in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. Her books include "The Female Woman," described as an analysis of "the changing roles of women." That certainly describes her. "She has reinvented herself countless times over the last 10 years," noted Sarah Kershaw of the New York Times.
Gun Grabber SF Supervisor Should Pay Legal Costs For Ill-Advised Handgun Confiscation Bill
November 14, 2005 - Bellvue, WA - PipeLineNews.org - The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) today suggested that San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly, author of that city's ballot measure to ban guns, should pay for the city's defense of that proposition in court and spare the taxpayers that expense.
"Supervisor Daly cooked up this gun ban measure and now that it is being challenged in court, he ought to personally cover the legal bills," said SAF founder Alan M. Gottlieb. "San Francisco taxpayers, many of them gun owners who will be adversely affected by this ban measure, should not have to pay for Daly's folly.
News From The Iraq Front
November 14, 2005 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Hello to all my fellow gunners, military buffs, veterans and interested guys. A couple of weekends ago I got to spend time with my son Jordan, who was on his first leave since returning from Iraq. He is well (a little thin), and already bored. He will be returning to Iraq for a second tour in early 06 and has already re-enlisted early for 4 more years. He loves the Marine Corps and is actually looking forward to returning to Iraq.
Jordan spent 7 months at Camp Blue Diamond in Ramadi. Aka: Fort Apache. He saw and did a lot and the following is what he told me about weapons, equipment, tactics and other miscellaneous info which may be of interest to you. Nothing is by any means classified. No politics here, just a Marine with a birds eye views opinions:
1) The M-16 rifle : Thumbs down. Chronic jamming problems with the talcum powder like sand over there. The sand is everywhere. Jordan says you feel filthy 2 minutes after coming out of the shower. The M-4 carbine version is more popular because its lighter and shorter, but it has jamming problems also. They like the ability to mount the various optical gunsights and weapons lights on the picattiny rails, but the weapon itself is not great in a desert environment. They all hate the 5.56mm (.223) round. Poor penetration on the cinderblock structure common over there and even torso hits cant be reliably counted on to put the enemy down. Fun fact: Random autopsies on dead insurgents shows a high level of opiate use.
Catholic Activists Urge US Bishops To Enforce Church Doctrine On Abortion
November, 14, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - American Life League has published an ad in today's Washington Times that urges all Catholic bishops to enforce canon law and rebuke those individuals who publicly support the heinous act of abortion. ``Surgical abortion in the United States has claimed more than 46 million victims to date. It is up to the shepherds of the Catholic Church to do all they can to prevent this atrocity from taking even more lives,'' said Judie Brown, president of American Life League. ``As the bishops meet for their fall conference, we pray that they will discuss the enormous scandal caused by pro-abortion Catholics and resolve to put an end to this problem by enforcing the laws of the Church.''
Today's Washington Times ad is being run on the opening day of this fall's meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C. ``The conference agenda includes a statement presenting Catholic teaching on the death penalty; but we are saddened to note the absence of any scheduled discussion of abortion,'' said Brown. ``While the bishops cannot change the laws that permit abortion on demand, they can certainly address the damage done by those Catholics who publicly support the killing of innocent children.''
Domestic Threats to Iranian Stability: Khuzistan and Baluchistan
By Michael Rubin, Middle East Forum
November 14, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org via MEF - Iran is more an empire than a nation. While Persian (Farsi) is the official language, half of all Iranians speak a different language at home.1 The languages and dialects spoken along the southern shore of the Caspian Sea continue to engross linguists and anthropologists. The minority population is huge. More Azeris live in Iran, for example, than in independent Azerbaijan.2 Both Iranian Azerbaijan and Kurdistan have a history of separatism, the latter sparked not only by ethnic discrimination, but also by anti-Sunni religious oppression.
Azeris and Kurds are not alone in exerting regional identities and, on occasion, pursuing separatism. Iranian history is replete with struggles between the center and periphery. In the mid-nineteenth century, Zill as-Sultan, half-brother of the Shah, powerful governor of Isfahan and a number of other Iranian provinces, toyed with the idea of declaring southern Iran to be independent of Tehran. In the decades that followed, tribal sheikhs along the Gulf of Oman refused to remit taxes to Tehran and told European sailors that they were independent of Iran's rule, a claim reflected on maps of the period. In times of chaos, separatism accelerates. In the years following World War I, famine and recession struck Iran. Tehran ruled in name only. In 1920, Mirza Kuchek Khan, a Robin Hood-like figure from the jungles of Gilan, declared a separate Soviet Socialist Republic of Iran along the southwestern shores of the Caspian Sea. Reza Khan, who would declare himself Shah in 1925, gained his popularity by crushing rebellions in Azerbaijan, Gilan, Kurdistan, Khuzistan, and among the southern Iranian tribes. Even detractors of his rule and that of his son, Muhammad Reza Shah (ousted during the 1979 Islamic Revolution), credit Reza Khan for reunifying the country.
While the forces which drive Iranian separatism might be partly internal, in almost every serious case, regional and ethnic separatists in Iran have benefited from foreign support, be it British, Russian, or Ottoman. As a result, many Iranians conflate demands for federalism or ethnic rights with foreign conspiracy.
Veteran's Day San Jose, CA - A Photo Essay
November 12, 2005 - San Jose, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Patriotism is alive and well in California, despite assertions to the contrary.
We decided to spend a few hours at one of the areas most enduring Veteran's Day celebrations and couldn't help but be impressed by the depth of respect evident for those who keep America strong. Click the above headline to access all of the images.
56 Die in Triple Suicide Bombings: Radical Islamic Cleric Abu Hamza Still Preaching Hate From Prison
By Jeremy Reynalds
November 14, 2005 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In an apparent response to Jordanians who took to the streets to call for its leader to "burn in hell," al-Qaida in Iraq attempted Thursday to justify the triple suicide bombings that killed 56 people, mostly Arabs.
The Associated Press (AP) reported Link that earlier Thursday, the group posted a Web statement Link claiming responsibility for Wednesday's suicide bombing attacks. Then a second al-Qaida statement appeared on the Internet "to explain for Muslims part of the reason holy warriors targeted these dens." That statement appeared after Arab-wide expressions of outrage.
"Let all know that we have struck only after becoming confident that they are centers for launching war on Islam and support the crusaders' presence in Iraq and the Arab peninsula and the presence of the Jews on the land of Palestine," the AP reported the group said.
Under Blair Plan, Brits turn Security Decisions over to Islamists
By Beila Rabinowitz, Director Wahhabi Watch & Militant Islam Monitor
November 11, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews - In another case of multicultural diversity run amok, the UK government has funded a consortium of radical Muslims to act as a "police and security working group."
This task force has authored a controversial statement ripping Britain's anti-terror laws as being excessive and specifically objecting to new prohibitions against "incitement to violence," claiming that this would hamper Muslim free speech.
They expressed concern that their member's support of suicide bombers would be mischaracterized and criminalized, "creating a criminal offence of glorifying terrorism could stifle legitimate support for self-determination struggles around the world."
Democracts - Stuck Between Obstructionism and no Agenda
November 11, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - ``Instead of providing some glimpse of what it is that the Democrat Party stands for, today Democrats are once again showing their unity by not standing for anything. Celebrating partisanship without proposing a platform is in itself puzzling, but standing in the way of solutions for the American people without offering an alternative is negligent. Americans want answers, not partisan pep rallies and consummate campaigning.'' -Tracey Schmitt, RNC Press Secretary
Democrats Punt On Ideas; Hold Unity Rally In Place Of Scheduled 'Positive Agenda':
``National Democratic Party Leaders Have Decided To Punt On Rolling Out Their 2006 Agenda Until Next Year, And Will In Part Fill The Time Slot With A Unity Rally This Thursday To Highlight Fractures In The Republican Camp And Show Why Their Party Should Be Back In Charge.'' (Erin P. Billings, ``Democratic Agenda Off For 2005,'' Roll Call, 11/8/05)
Ted Kennedy and Harry Reid Doing the Bidding of MoveOn/Soros as they Smear Judge Alito
November 11, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - ``The latest attempts by Democrats to smear Judge Alito are nothing short of outrageous. Working with left-wing special interest groups, Harry Reid and Ted Kennedy know they can't argue Judge Alito's qualifications, know they can't argue the hearing schedule, and are afraid to have an honest debate on the proper role of the judiciary in America today. As two of America's leading legal experts have pointed out, these desperate attacks are nothing but a red herring,'' said Ken Mehlman, Republican National Committee chairman.
Earlier This Month, (Alliance For Justice's Nan) Aron Proclaimed, ``You Name It, We'll Do It'' To Oppose Alito. (Jim Drinkard, Judy Keen and Kathy Kiely, ``Bush Nominates Alito For Supreme Court,'' USA Today, 11/1/05)
Nan Aron And Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) Have Teamed Up To Oppose Judge Samuel Alito:
``In Ted Kennedy's Senate Office -- Where No Lobbying Is Needed -- (Alliance For Justice's Nan) Aron, Lobbyist Richard Woodruff And Rosenthal Sit Down With An Aide To See How The Alliance Can Help.'' (Marcia Davis, ``Her Idea of Justice: Absolutely Not Alito,'' The Washington Post, 11/9/05)
Constitutional Rights Group Cites Poll Showing Growing Support For Right to Bear
November 11, 2005 - Bellvue, WA - PipeLineNews.org - A Gallup poll showing the greatest decline of public confidence in law enforcement in ten years largely explains why a growing number of Americans are arming themselves for protection against criminals, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said today.
Gallup's annual Crime Poll was conducted in mid-October. Gallup randomly contacted 1,012 adults across the country. The results revealed that confidence in the ability of police to protect people from violent crime has slipped from 61 percent last year to 53 percent this year.
List of Witnesses Claiming Plame's CIA Connection was "Widely Known" Continues to Grow
November 9, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - What do General Paul Vallely, former CIA officer Wayne Simmons, Andrea Mitchell, Robert Novak, National Review's Cliff May and others have in common?
First, all of them have first hand knowledge that Valerie Plame/Wilson's identity as a CIA employee was commonly known in DC, especially among the socially prominent movers and shakers who frequented State Department parties and similar functions.
Second, none of them were contacted by the Democrat's prosecutor of choice, Patrick Fitzgerald.
Islamists Running for Cover on Religious Aspect of French Muslim Riots
November 9, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org via MEMRI - [Headline, "The Riots Are the Result of Racism and Discrimination and Are Justified"] - In an article titled "The Revolution of the Rabble" in the London Arabic daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Al-Arabiyya TV director Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashed wrote: "Perhaps they are thieves, rabble, and anarchists, but they have a [just] cause, and there is no choice but to listen to it and deal with it... This is a protest against the bad situation from which a large group of people thinks it suffers. It doesn't matter whether the [French interior] minister calls them names like 'scum' and 'rabble.' These insults and curses will not solve the crisis that will recur in the future, even if it calms down for some time...
[Headline, "The Politicians of Paris Can No Longer Hide the Country's Ugly Face of Racist Discrimination"] -The conservative Iranian daily Jomhouri-ye Eslami wrote in an editorial: "In addition to the historical claims to being defenders of human rights that the French have engraved on their brows, and in addition to the medal of pride they have awarded themselves for implementing democracy and freedom, the French politicians have tried to install their name at the forefront of the defenders of human rights in the world, and to [have France] renowned as the cultural center of Europe and of the world...
[Headline, Tareq Ramadan: "The Unity of France and the Republic is Just a Myth"] - The European Islamic intellectual Tareq Ramadan warned about mixing up religion in the riots: "In what is happening today [in France], there are clearly groups interested solely in destruction and arbitrary violence. But that is not all there is to it. There are [other] things underlying this wave of violence. The notion that the religious motive [is responsible] has taken hold, but we are losing sight of the socio-economic motive which is destroying France by creating two isolated areas: the suburbs, on the one hand, and the affluent and middle-class areas, [on the other hand]."
Reflections on the Revolution in France
By Dr. Daniel Pipes
November 8, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - The rioting by Muslim youth that began October 27 in France to calls of "Allahu Akbar" may be a turning point in European history.
What started in Clichy-sous-Bois, on the outskirts of Paris, by its 11th night had spread to 300 French cities and towns, as well as to Belgium and Germany. The violence, which has already been called some evocative names - intifada, jihad, guerilla war, insurrection, rebellion, and civil war - prompts several reflections.
End of an era: The time of cultural innocence and political naïveté, when the French could blunder without seeing or feeling the consequences, is drawing to a close. As in other European countries (notably Denmark and Spain), a bundle of related issues, all touching on the Muslim presence, has now moved to the top of the policy agenda in France, where it likely will remain for decades.
These issues include a decline of Christian faith and the attendant demographic collapse; a cradle-to-grave welfare system that lures immigrants even as it saps long-term economic viability; an alienation from historic customs in favor of lifestyle experimentation and vapid multiculturalism; an inability to control borders or assimilate immigrants; a pattern of criminality that finds European cities far more violent than American ones, and a surge in Islam and radical Islam.
Use Enforcement of Immigration Laws to Ease Situation
By Steven A. Camarota, Directior Center for Immigration Studies
November 8, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - That America has an illegal-immigration problem is not in question. There are an estimated 10 million to 12 million illegal aliens in the country, a number estimated to grow by more than 400,000 a year. To deal with the problem some advocate a mass amnesty coupled with increased legal immigration, while others want mass deportations. But there is a third way: attrition through enforcement.
Mass roundups of millions is neither politically likely or practical. Legalization mocks legal immigrants and will spur more illegal immigration. Besides, we've already tried it. In the 1980s, 2.7 million illegal aliens were legalized. Legal immigration has doubled since the 1980s, but we have three times as many illegals.
Legalization also does not solve most of the problems associated with illegal immigration. The poorest and least educated American workers would still face job competition from millions of legalized illegal aliens. Letting illegals stay only makes sense if you think the poor are overpaid.
The Bush Policy in Iraq Is Working
By Roger Aronoff
November 8, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org via Accuracy In Media - Though it lasted only one day, it was important to see former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein on trial. While some groups complained about the trial, those doing the judging or the possibility of capital punishment, it should have been recognized as one more milestone in a long road to transforming the Middle East. It will show the rest of the world what happens to brutal dictators. 2005 may yet prove to be one of the more remarkable years in the history of that region, and the world.
The past year has brought us democratic revolutions in parts of the world where it seemed most improbable. There's still a long way to go, but the benchmarks are everywhere. Democratic revolutions have occurred in Ukraine, Georgia and Lebanon. Elections have been held in Egypt, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. Pressure is mounting on countries like Syria, Saudi Arabia and Iran to begin their own democratic transformations. And these are not happening in a vacuum. They are happening because the U.S. and its allies are staying the course in Iraq.
Using Community Health as a Pretext for Social Engineering
By Camille Giglio, Director California Right To Life Committee
November 8, 2005 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Recently I participated in a panel discussion on CA Prop 73 [parental notification on minors seeking abortions] with two other pro-life people and three pro-abort women - a young woman from Planned Parenthood, a much older woman speaking for N.O.W. and a third, young, eager and aggressive woman representing an organization called Bay Area Community Health Education [BACHE].
Afterwards, I couldn't get the title "community health" out of my mind.
What is the meaning of the term "community health," is it different than individual health?
I looked up BACHE online and discovered that they were sponsored by the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and Clergy for Responsible Choice. They apparently have no web page but can be reached at the email address - email@example.com.
Their mission statement is:
"[to] promote teaching of comprehensive, medically accurate, age appropriate, bias free, sex education in the Public Schools."
After Two Weeks, Europe's Muslim Revolt Forces U.S. Media to Take Note
The Unreported European Muslim Insurrection
November 5, 2005 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As if on cue, the first anniversary of the assassination of Dutch film maker Theo Van Gogh has been greeted in Europe with an unprecedented and explosive display of Muslim hatred.
Actually this coordinated violence qualifies as an insurrection.
It is taking place in over twenty suburbs of Paris [most affected are Clichy-sous-Bois, Aulnay-sous-Bois, Sal-d'-Oise, Seine-Marne, Yvelines and the cities of Dijon, Rouen and Marseilles] where rioting has continued unabated for over a week, in Denmark where firemen in the city of Århus have had to be accompanied by police as they attempt to deal with fires set by young Muslims and in the Netherlands where already fragile relations between native Dutch society and the country's North African Muslim population are also on the verge of conflagration over the simple matter of a search of two suspicious [wearing long robes, nervously fidgeting with their back-packs] immigrant Muslim youths.
Although over 500 automobiles were torched on Thursday evening, this is not merely random violence directed at inanimate objects, on Thursday evening a disabled 56 year-old woman riding a bus in the North Paris suburb of Sevren was doused with benzene by rioters and set on fire as if the location was Fallujah and not central Europe. She has been hospitalized in grave condition.
Few casual observers stateside are aware of any of the salient facts of this uprising because the European and U.S. news organizations are in full multicultural denial and actively seeking to suppress the story.
Liar Joe Wilson Outed His Own Wife Claims Fox Analyst Vallely
November 7, 2005 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Fox News contributor Major General Paul Vallely has charged Joseph Wilson with outing his own wife during conversations over a year before Robert Novak's July 12, 2003 column which identified Plame as "an Agency operative on weapons of mass destruction."
Interviewed on the November 3, 2005 edition of ABC's John Batchelor show, Vallely asserted that he had met and discussed the status of Plame with Wilson in Fox News' "green room" before the two were scheduled to appear as guest commentators.
In an interview with World Net Daily, Vallely states of Wilson:
"He was a total self promoter...I don't know if it was out of insecurity, to make him feel important, but he's created so much turmoil, he needs to be investigated and put under oath."
Vallely went on to claim that according to friends of his in the CIA Wilson would often introduce his wife at cocktail parties as a CIA operative.
Wilson, through his attorney Christopher Wolf, partner at Proskauer Rose LLP has demanded that both Vallely and WND retract their statements.
Halfway to Oblivion
November 7, 2005 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a recent column, William Kristol advised the president to "fight back" while asking the very real question "do they enjoy being punching bags at the White House?"
Now with Mr. Kristol's new found visibility at the WH we might hope that his advice would at least be considered but we here at PLN have pretty much given up on this bunch ever having whatever it is they are lacking to take Kristol's advice on this matter. Though we have railed about the GOP's unwillingness to defend itself since this administration's inception using everything in our arsenal including satire, for example Mike Tyson, Senate Majority Leader, nothing positive ever seems to happen.
Why we find ourselves at this point in the George Bush presidency - exactly a year after a smashing national victory - trying to pump-up the most powerful man in the world - is rather puzzling.
Part of the problem is that Mr. Bush's director of communications - Dan Bartlett - is simply not up to the job, not by a long shot - but then neither was Karen Hughes whom Bartlett replaced after Hughes "retired" back to family in Texas only to then move over to the Department of State where she is currently clueless and manhandling PR there. Bush's media strategy has been long on a powder-puff, finesse style of defense and MIA on Clinton's "let's hire Terry Lenzner and crush the son-of-a-bitch" smash-mouth offense.
PR for Al-Jazeera International
By Cliff Kinkaid
November 7, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org via Accuracy In Media - It's been labeled the terrorist channel because of its habit of airing Al-Qaeda videos. One of its correspondents was recently sentenced to seven years in prison for being an agent of Al-Qaeda, and by now you've probably heard that Al-Jazeera International is planning to launch in the U.S. next year.
But you may not know much about the public relations company behind the move. The PR firm of Brown Lloyd James (BLJ) has 14 people working on the account, trying to convince the American people there is nothing to fear from Al-Jazeera International. It's the same firm that brags about conducting the successful campaign on behalf of Communist China's bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games. Its main spokesman on the Al-Jazeera account is former Clinton Administration official Mike Holtzman.
PR Week quotes Holtzman as saying that the firm, in order to prepare the public for Al-Jazeera International, might hold screenings of "Control Room," a documentary about "the inner workings of Al-Jazeera." Holtzman was quoted as saying, "The channel must establish its identity quickly because there are complex feelings toward the Arabic channel." That's an understatement. It's been labeled the terrorist channel because of its habit of airing Al-Qaeda videos. One of its correspondents was recently sentenced to seven years in prison for being an agent of Al-Qaeda.
Revelations, Protest Letter Cast Doubts on PBS' 'Breaking the Silence'
November 7, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - Following damaging revelations about the recent PBS program Breaking the Silence, 20 family
organizations, psychologists, authors, and scientists including The American Coalition for Fathers and Children have sent a letter of protest to PBS president Pat Mitchell. The letter analyzes the program's key claims and concludes the statements are misleading or false.
The letter comes in the wake of embarrassing documents about key figures in the show and thousands of viewer complaints. As a result,
the Public Broadcasting Service has begun to backpedal on its support of Breaking the Silence. The program, which probes the treatment
of abused children by divorce courts, has been criticized by the American Psychological Association as incorrect and inaccurate.
"We appeal to PBS to seriously reconsider whether it is appropriate to continue to air this one-sided film without proper balance or
opposing viewpoints," writes Stephen Baskerville, PhD, president of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children.
Tom [The Hammer] DeLay's Remarks At Heritage Foundation - "It's time for Republicans to be Republicans again."
November 3, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - Thank you very much. As we gather today, there are observers out there working on their first draft of the political obituary of conservative governance. Many - particularly the more partisan elements of the Democrat Party - see an opportunity for liberals to satisfy their obsessive desire to take control of a federal government whose power they have sought to expand and whose largesse they hope to feed off of.
However, as we gather today, the opportunity to drive change and enact reform lies with the very Republican congressional majority the American people have returned to Washington for six consecutive elections. The challenges now facing our nation can only be met by a bold and deliverable legislative agenda - an agenda that will redesign government, reform broken programs, and provide accountable, competent leadership for the American people.
The first component of this agenda - the one most acutely needed to set a new tone of accountability and action in Washington - will reform the federal budget. Our effort on this front will not only provide the nation immediate fiscal relief, but also institute permanent reforms of the way our government spends money and solves problems.
Our strategy, crafted 10 months ago as part of a comprehensive legislative plan for America, was:
to reform the Congressional appropriations process to make it more accountable and transparent;
to pass disciplined budgets that restrain spending and cut the deficit;
to redesign government according to Republican principles so as to improve service, save money, and renew our commitment to American taxpayers.
U.S. Copt Leader Demands Congress Confront Islamic Campaign of Hate Against Egyptian Christians
November 2, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - Open Letter To Congress...On behalf of the Coptic-American community, I write to request your immediate action helping quell recent escalations in mob violence and terrorism against the Coptic Christians of Alexandria, Egypt. We ask that you, as a U.S. lawmaker who supports human rights, contact the Egyptian embassy and government to express your concern over the recent rash of mob violence targeting Alexandria's Coptic community.
As you may know, the Copts - Egypt's indigenous, pre-Arab Christians - have suffered from recent escalations in militant Islamist violence, much of which has been underreported and glossed over by the Egyptian government. As of October 21, 2005, a mob of over 10,000 militants armed with explosives has surrounded the St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Muharrem Bey Street, Alexandria. The mob violence currently underway in Alexandria is only the latest in a string of attacks, including this week's stabbing of a Coptic nun by an extremist student.
Although Coptic-targeted hate crimes such as arson, kidnapping, rape, forced conversion, and torture have long plagued the Egyptian Coptic minority, anti-Coptic sentiment has increased amongst fanatical extremists, prompting an exponential rise in violence in the past few months.
Racist Lefty Blacks Attack Michael Steele In Heated Maryland Senate Contest
By S.A. Miller
November 2, 2005 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - via the Washington Times - Black Democratic leaders in Maryland say that racially tinged attacks against Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele in his bid for the U.S. Senate are fair because he is a conservative Republican.
Such attacks against the first black man to win a statewide election in Maryland include pelting him with Oreo cookies during a campaign appearance, calling him an "Uncle Tom" and depicting him as a black-faced minstrel on a liberal Web log.
Operatives for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) also obtained a copy of his credit report -- the only Republican candidate so targeted.
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