Friday, June 30, 2006

Truth, Justice, and the PC Way!

You've probably heard, the new
Superman movie
has done away with the coolest slogan in comic book history,"Truth, Justice and the American Way". Even worse, the "American Way" has been replaced with "All That Stuff". All that stuff? The new credo is ambiguious to the point of insulting. Since when does Superman stand for stuff?One could see why a movie may want to avoid the politcal controversy of the War, but what could possibly be harmful with "the American Way"? Is patriotism really so toxic to the lefties in Hollywood that they can't bring themselves to admit that truth and Justice are the American way?

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Lt. Cotton To The NYT

Lt. Tom Cotton writes this morning from Baghdad with a word for the New York Times:

Dear Messrs. Keller, Lichtblau & Risen:

Congratulations on disclosing our government's highly classified
anti-terrorist-financing program (June 23). I apologize for not writing
sooner. But I am a lieutenant in the United States Army and I spent the
last four days patrolling one of the more dangerous areas in Iraq. (Alas,
operational security and common sense prevent me from even revealing this
unclassified location in a private medium like email.)

Unfortunately, as I supervised my soldiers late one night, I heard a booming
explosion several miles away. I learned a few hours later that a powerful
roadside bomb killed one soldier and severely injured another from my
130-man company. I deeply hope that we can find and kill or capture the
terrorists responsible for that bomb. But, of course, these terrorists do
not spring from the soil like Plato's guardians. No, they require financing
to obtain mortars and artillery shells, priming explosives, wiring and
circuitry, not to mention for training and payments to locals willing to
emplace bombs in exchange for a few months' salary. As your story states,
the program was legal, briefed to Congress, supported in the government and
financial industry, and very successful.

Not anymore. You may think you have done a public service, but you have
gravely endangered the lives of my soldiers and all other soldiers and
innocent Iraqis here. Next time I hear that familiar explosion -- or next
time I feel it -- I will wonder whether we could have stopped that bomb had
you not instructed terrorists how to evade our financial surveillance.

And, by the way, having graduated from Harvard Law and practiced with a
federal appellate judge and two Washington law firms before becoming an
infantry officer, I am well-versed in the espionage laws relevant to this
story and others -- laws you have plainly violated. I hope that my
colleagues at the Department of Justice match the courage of my soldiers
here and prosecute you and your newspaper to the fullest extent of the law.
By the time we return home, maybe you will be in your rightful place: not
at the Pulitzer announcements, but behind bars.

Very truly yours,

LT Tom Cotton
Baghdad, Iraq

Putin Goes After Terrorists

Hat tip, WMD Maker

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered Russia’s special services to hunt down and “destroy” the killers of four Russian diplomats in Iraq, the Kremlin said.

Nikolai Patrushev, the head of the Federal Security Service — the main successor to the Soviet KGB — later said that everything would be done to ensure that the killers “do not escape from responsibility,” the Interfax news agency reported.

“The president has ordered the special forces to take all necessary measures to find and destroy the criminals who killed Russian diplomats in Iraq,” the Kremlin press service said in a brief statement.

Let's hope justice is served.
Read the rest.

CAII Round Up

From Morning Coffee,
Did the Senate Just Blink?

In the ongoing debate over which version of Immigration reform congress will pass this year (if any) the Senate may have just blinked.
From the Washington Times:

The security of the border should
be the No. 1 priority for an immigration bill, Sen. Arlen Specter said
yesterday, and he's open to a compromise that sets goals for border
and interior enforcement ahead of a guest-worker program and path to
citizenship for illegal aliens.
Gov to call special legislative session on immigration

This is a followup on Two previous CAII posts Colorado
Supreme Court Won't Allow Illegal Immigrant Measure on Ballot, and
Hart joins Peña in battle (supporting persons residing unlawfully).

From The Colorado Springs Gazette:

DENVER - Gov. Bill Owens will call a
special session of the Legislature to deal with illegal immigration,
including a proposal by ballot initiative proponents for a compromise
based on a law passed by the Georgia Legislature, Owens' spokesman Dan
Hopkins said Tuesday.
From Free Constitution, Enforcing the Border:
While we wait, and wait for our representatives to take on
an urgent issue, illegals of all nationalities pour in.

From the AP:

Two New York men have been charged
with smuggling 21 illegal aliens into Vermont from Canada.
From CommonSenseAmerica, New Yorkers To Rally Against Illegal Immigration:
June 30th, 2006 at 6pm

New Yorkers for Immigration Control and Enforcement (NY I.C.E.)
will rally in front of Senator Hillary Clinton's Office at 780 Third
Avenue in Manhattan (cross street is 49th Street) to protest the
Senator's support of illegal aliens

After rallying in front of Senator Clinton's Office, NY I.C.E.
plans to walk two blocks to Senator Schumer's Office at 757 Third Ave.
and rally there, since he, likewise, has supported illegal

**This was a production of The
Coalition Against Illegal Immigration
(CAII). If you would like to
participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let
me know at what level you would like to participate.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Murtha Correction

Two newspapers, the Sun Sentinal and the AZ Star have issued a Correction that the Murtha quote was taken out of context.

"" A South Florida Sun-Sentinel article on A12 Sunday misinterpreted a comment from U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., at a town-hall meeting in North Miami.
In his speech, Murtha cited a recent poll, by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, that indicates a greater percentage of people in 10 of 14 foreign countries consider the U.S. presence in Iraq a greater danger to world peace than any threats posed by Iran or North Korea.
Murtha said U.S. credibility was suffering because of continued U.S. military presence in Iraq and the perception that the United States is an occupying force. ""

Of course I still disagree with Murtha's continual anti-American rant, but accuracy is important if we are to be taken seroiusly. The above correction just proves that Murtha is more concerned with the opinions of other nations than the safety of the troops while they defend freedom. America is the bad guy, other countries say so, we should surrender.

Stop the ACLU Blogburst

If it is a tool we use in the fight against terror one can bet that the ACLU will be against it. When the NY Times revealed classified information that we are trying to track international phone calls of suspected terrorists, the ACLU took that ball and are still running with it. When the NY Times leaked classified information that we are trying to track international bank transactions in order to catch terrorists the ACLU jumped on board with that too. If the NY Times doesn't leak it to everyone, the ACLU will do its best by filing freedom of Information Act requests.

In the face of suspicions that the government is using cutting-edge brain-scanning technologies on suspected terrorists being held overseas or at home, the American Civil Liberties Union today announced that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with all the primary American security agencies.

"There are certain things that have such powerful implications for our society -- and for humanity at large -- that we have a right to know how they are being used so that we can grapple with them as a democratic society," said Barry Steinhardt, Director of the ACLU's Technology and Liberty Project. "These brain-scanning technologies are far from ready for forensic uses and if deployed will inevitably be misused and misunderstood."

I know that the ACLU claim to be the experts on rights, but I'm not sure where they found this "right to know" every secret government program used in a time of war. This must be one of those rights the ACLU made up out of thin air. Furthermore the ACLU's leap that it would be inevitable that the program would be misused and misunderstood is pure biased opinion on their part.

Here is a brief description of the program.

FMRI is a technique for determining which parts of the brain are activated by different types of physical sensation or activity, such as sight, sound or the movement of a subject’s fingers. This “brain mapping” is achieved by setting up an advanced MRI scanner in a special way so that the increased blood flow to the activated areas of the brain shows up on Functional MRI scans. (See here for a description of the physiology of the BOLD response.) The whole FMRI process will now be briefly described.

The subject in a typical experiment will lie in the magnet and a particular form of stimulation will be set up. For example, the subject may wear special glasses so that pictures can be shown during the experiment. Then, MRI images of the subject’s brain are taken. Firstly, a high resolution single scan is taken. This is used later as a background for highlighting the brain areas which were activated by the stimulus. Next, a series of low resolution scans are taken over time, for example, 150 scans, one every 5 seconds. For some of these scans, the stimulus (in this case the moving picture) will be presented, and for some of the scans, the stimulus will be absent. The low resolution brain images in the two cases can be compared, to see which parts of the brain were activated by the stimulus.

After the experiment has finished, the set of images is analyzed. Firstly, the raw input images from the MRI scanner require mathematical transformation (Fourier transformation, a kind of spatial “inversion”) to reconstruct the images into “real space”, so that the images look like brains. The rest of the analysis is done using a series of tools which correct for distortions in the images, remove the effect of the subject moving their head during the experiment, and compare the low resolution images taken when the stimulus was off with those taken when it was on. The final statistical image shows up bright in those parts of the brain which were activated by this experiment. These activated areas are then shown as coloured blobs on top of the original high resolution scan, for interpretation of the experiment. This combined activation image can be rendered in 3D, and the rendering can be calculated from any angle. (See here for a brief overview of GLM analysis.)

Now why would the public need to know about this and debate it? This kind of information is for our elected officials to decide, and our enemies don't need to know about it.

Back to the ACLU...

The most likely technology to be used for anti-terrorism purposes is Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), which can produce live, real-time images of people’s brains as they answer questions, view images, listen to sounds, and respond to other stimuli. Two private companies have announced that they will begin to offer “lie detection” services using fMRI as early as this summer. These companies are marketing their services to federal government agencies, including the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, the National Security Agency and the CIA, and to state and local police departments.

“This technology must not be deployed until it is proven effective — and we are a long way away from that point, according to scientists in the field,” said Steinhardt. “What we don’t want is to open our newspapers and find that another innocent person has been thrown into Guantánamo because interrogators have jumped to conclusions based on a technology no one understands very well.”

Who does the effectiveness of the program have to be proven to? If it has to be proven to the ACLU it would never happen. If the companies that have developed the technology are providing this service to the government as a useful means they are staking their reputation on its effectiveness. The ACLU admit that they don't understand it well. Who would better understand it than those that developed it?

The ACLU’s FOIA requests were filed yesterday with the Pentagon, NSA, CIA, FBI and Department of Homeland Security.

“These brain-scanning technologies have potentially far-reaching implications, yet uncertain results and effectiveness,” said Steinhardt. “And we are still in our infancy when it comes to understanding the underlying processes of the brain that the scanners have begun to reveal. We do not want to see our government yet again deploying a potentially momentous technology unilaterally and in secret, before Americans have had a chance to figure out how it fits in with our values as a nation.”

The Uncooperative Blogger says:

I say let’s experiment on terrorist, what better testing ground can you ask for? The ACLU has become just plain ridiculous, and they are not working in the best interest of our country. The New York Times, the leakers and the ACLU, who I refer to as the American Communist Liberation Union, are killing us in the war on terror!

So, what are we going to learn from an FOIA request? That they are using what I just told you about? Gee, that will be very helpful to the American people won’t it?

I'd just like to know how the ACLU would have us handle the war on terror. It seems they want us to fight the killers with kid gloves. If someone can name me one anti-terrorist program our government has implemented that the ACLU has approved of we might have a debate. I can't think of one. If we are to fight the war on terror the way the ACLU wants we might as well just go ahead and surrender.

Bill O'Reilly is right on target.

The anti-Bush crew, led by The New York Times and the ACLU want civilian trials for terrorists, no coerced interrogation, no rendition for terrorists to other countries, no war in Iraq, and on and on. As I opine, The Times and other committed left media believe the Bush administration -- and not the terrorists -- is the primary danger to this country.

Thats ironic, because every once in a while I think it is the ACLU and far left that pose more of a danger to America.

This was a production of Stop The ACLU Blogburst. If you would like to join us, please email Jay or Gribbit. You will be added to our mailing list and blogroll. Over 200 blogs already on-board.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Camp Pendleton Rally

Micheal Savage
has a great collection of photos from the Camp Pendleton Rally in Oceanside, CA. This is just a small sample,
see them all.

Always On Watch
has a post about the King Faud Vigil with pictures.

The Ghosts Of WWI

World War I Supplies al Qaeda , via Strategy Page

The latest terrorist threat is from old, often 90 year
old, chemical weapons falling into the hands of Islamic radicals, who
would then incorporate those ancient, but still fatal, chemicals into a
new bomb.

For over 80 years, farmers in northern France have been coming across
unexploded chemical shells. In Belgium and France, there are special
organizations that will come pick up these shells, and safely dispose of
them. The chemicals, usually mustard gas, is often still dangerous, even
after the shell has been buried since 1917 or 18. Farmers are sometimes
injured when they hit one of these shells with a plow, and break it

Until the end of the 20th century, the many live chemical munitions
(mostly artillery and mortar shells) discovered in World War I
battlefields in Belgium and northwestern France were moved to a storage site at
Vimy, France. The storage area now contained up to 16,000 shells. Some of
the ammo was from unused piles of shells that had been stored in
bunkers and just left behind when the war ended. Many of the individual
battles during World War I saw over a million shells fired. The portion of
those shells that did not explode ("duds") was often over ten percent.
These shells simply buried themselves into the torn up ground, to be
discovered years later by farmers plows, construction crews or tourists.
Many of the shells simply worked their way back to the surface because
of erosion or changes in the water table. These munitions have not aged
well, and it was recently discovered that some were decaying to the
point that the mustard or phosgene gas in them was leaking out. France
began to move the most dangerous shells in sealed and refrigerated trucks
to plants where they can be safely be destroyed. While not as dangerous
as nerve gas, mustard and phosgene can cause injury and death. In the
past, no one wanted to pay the high cost of destroying the chemical
munitions. But now, with the increasing number of leaks, final disposal is
unavoidable. Meanwhile, many of these old shells are held in lightly
guarded facilities, or wait to be dug up by farmers.

A similar situation exists in Iraq, where hundreds of used, and unused,
chemical shells from the 1980s war with Iraq are still turning up. The
Coalition tried to keep this secret for as long as possible. It wasn't
the large supplies of chemical shells or bombs, stored in, but the odd
lots of old shells and bombs that were stored here and there. Some
terrorists did get their hands on a few of these, but the bombs they used
them in were not designed effectively (the explosives were too powerful,
and dissipated the chemical agent, instead of just spreading it

This knowledge has been seen on terrorist bulletin boards and message
groups. So the word is out to be alert for Middle Eastern men lurking
around munitions disposal plants in France and Belgium.

It's good to know the authorities are on top of this, it's also notable that Saddam was the last to use gas warfare .

Haditha Troops Have Videotape Evidence

Atlas has a new v-log and several other news bits including this good news;

New evidence continues to emerge that U.S. Marines did not wantonly kill Iraqi civilians in Haditha last November - and the soldiers' accounts of what happened are backed up by videotape shot by an ultralight vehicle, NewsMax has learned.

According to media reports, last Nov. 19 members of a Marine Corps company killed some 24 innocent civilian Iraqis in Haditha, a town 140 miles northwest of Baghdad and near the Syrian border.
In the ensuing media firestorm that broke out after the story was revealed, many news reports here and abroad compared the Haditha deaths to the infamous My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War.

Michael Sallah, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his My Lai reporting, has said: "You would have difficulties finding a single newspaper in Germany or elsewhere in Europe which does not deal with My Lai."

But the facts and accounts from Marines and others on the ground tell another story.

What is not in dispute is that the Marines' engagement in Haditha began when an IED (improvised explosive device) detonated, killing a Marine from Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.

In the aftermath of the action two investigations were launched, one by Army Maj. Gen. Eldon Bargewell, who was charged with investigating how the incident was reported through the chain of command. A second investigation, headed by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), is looking into any possible criminal aspects of the incident.

The Bargewell report has not been released and is still being reviewed by Army Lt. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, a top U.S. commander in Iraq. But military officials told the Los Angeles Times that although it concludes there was no deliberate cover-up by senior Marine officers, the Corps failed to follow up and ask questions that the known details should have provoked them to ask.

The NCIS investigation is still ongoing.

In May, when Rep. John Murtha, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, appeared on "Good Morning America," he accused the Marines of K Company of killing innocent civilians "in cold blood" and said that the killings had been covered up by higher officers.

The Bargewell report has disproved that allegation, and with the NCIS investigation so far incomplete and no soldier charged with a crime, how would Murtha know?

Intelligence sources tell NewsMax the facts of the Haditha incident paint an entirely different picture from the one Murtha and others are propagating.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Iowahawk exposes the Gray Lady....

...and boy is she ugly!

The Banking Report: Let Me Make It Simple For You Morons

From the Desk of Bill Keller
Executive Editor, The New York Times

With my hectic schedule of Pulitzer committees and Columbia Journalism School symposia, I don't always have time to answer my mail as fully as etiquette demands. Lord knows I'll be in the Audi headed to a Friday night ACLU cocktail benefit in the Hamptons when my Blackberry starts beeping and I have to pull over on the Long Island Expressway, and it turns out to be a text message from some idiot in Wistucky bitching about the last Krugman column. But our story about the government's surveillance of international banking records has generated a few questions and concerns that I take very seriously. As the editor responsible for the difficult decision to publish that story, I'd like to offer a personal response. I'll type v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y so you morons with questions and concerns finally understand. read it all

An Inconvenient Bush

Yup, that George Bush is one rootin' tootin' redneck conservative frum Texas! That's wut he is!

I have said consistently that global warming is a serious problem. There's a debate over whether it's manmade or naturally caused," Bush told reporters.

"We ought to get beyond that debate and start implementing the technologies necessary to enable us to achieve a couple of big objectives: One, be good stewards of the environment; two, become less dependent on foreign sources of oil, for economic reasons as for national security reasons," he said.

Bush cited "clean-coal technology," efforts to develop automobiles powered by hydrogen or ethanol, and his push for the United States to develop significant new nuclear energy capabilities.

"The truth of the matter is, if this country wants to get rid of its greenhouse gases, we've got to have the nuclear power industry be vibrant and viable," he said.

Shoot! I hope greenhouse gas is cheaper than ethyl...dang.... George is sounding jus' lahk that high falootin' Yankee John Kerry.

Priivate Snafu

In today's Hot Air, Michelle Malkin features the WWII cartoon,
Private Snafu
.This episode is called Spies and deals with the reality of exposing secrets during wartime. It was intended as an instructional film for servicemen, but MM suggests the NYT could learn from our animated friend.

California Port Closed


The Port of Hueneme in Ventura County, north of Los Angeles is closed due to a possible terrorist threat in the form of a note reading;

""This nitro is for you, Mr. George W. Bush and your Jewish cronies.""

from WaPo

A dock worker at the Port of Hueneme in Ventura County discovered a possible threat written in the cargo hold of a ship carrying bananas from Guatemala, said Will Berg, the port's marketing director.

Federal authorities, including the FBI, and local officials were investigating, Berg said.

About 20 people aboard the ship, a 30,000-ton refrigerated vessel that arrived from the Port of Quetzal in Guatemala, were evacuated, he said. Workers already outside the port were being kept out, though anyone inside was allowed to remain.

This is probably just a cruel (and costly) hoax commited by an angry Guatamalan, but it shows how vulnerable our ports could be if in the wrong hands.

CAIR: Deciding Who is a Muslim?

The council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has appointed itself
an additional mission; deciding who may call themselves a “Muslim”.
Various law enforcement agencies recently rounded up a group of seven
Miami, Florida men on terrorism charges:

Shortly after the arrests, CAIR spokesperson Ahmed Bedier had this to

"Given that the reported beliefs of this bizarre group have nothing to
do with Islam, we ask members of the media to refrain from calling them 'Muslims"

The truth, an alien institution not quite fully understood or welcome
at CAIR, may be an entirely different matter.

From CNN news:

“Narseal Batiste, considered the recruiter of the group, according to
the document, tried to reach out to al Qaeda by contacting someone who
was an FBI operative posing as a member of the terrorist network.”

“Batiste allegedly told the informant that he was organizing an Islamic
army to wage a jihad in the United States.”

From the indictment:

"The conspirators pledged an oath to al Qaeda and supported a purported
mission of al Qaeda to destroy FBI buildings within the United States."

“…document said that Batiste wanted to "attend al Qaeda training, along
with five of his soldiers, during the second week of April and further
detailed his mission to wage a 'full ground war' against the United
States in order to 'kill all the devils we can' ... beginning with the
destruction of the Sears Tower."

“…accuses the seven men of swearing an oath of loyalty to al Qaeda.”

Now that Bedier has demonstrated his new-found ability to determine
just who is, and who is not, a Muslim, maybe he can help point out Muslim

Mr. Bedier? North America is waiting…

GTB Blogburst

The following article is reprinted with permission via Minuteman HQ email.

An Update from the Minuteman Fence Project Manager

First, let me say thanks to the brave ranchers who are stepping up to put their lives on the line to stop the illegal invasion. They live and work within spitting distance of the Mexican border every day. These brave men and women are working side by side with Minutemen in this war zone they call home, allowing us to secure America.

Second, let’s be clear. Not every single mile of the border or every ranch or rancher is the same. The full-on Israeli-style Security Fence is our primary design and first choice for construction. However, when circumstances dictate adjustment to a Border Fence with barbed wire and a vehicle barrier or another design to meet local requirements, we will make the necessary adaptations—and keep building.

Our plan: Do the job until our government does its duty.

    * Announce the need for the Minuteman Border Fence.

    * Ask again that President Bush do his duty and secure the border.

    * Schedule a groundbreaking to get the Border Fence launched.

    * Begin raising the $55 million needed for 70 miles of fence in AZ.

    * Work with ranchers to design fence to meet specific private landsite requirements.

    * Get steel and contractors to manage the sites.

    * Register and vet fencing volunteers.

    * Build a Minuteman Fence Security Plan to patrol fencing.

    * Set up Volunteer Crews administration and crew management

    * Continue to build fence as fast as resources allow.

    * Start more sites in TX, CA and NM as donations and volunteer capacity permit.

    * Continue Border Watch and Fence Operations until the border is secure.

Click to view details of fence diagram.


A Comprehensive Design

Numerous fence design variations will be required to effectively deal with border crossings by illegal aliens, drug dealers and livestock. Derivation from the primary design is necessary to accommodate local ranchers’ specific terrain, topography, herds and other factors.

The important point to remember is that MCDC will not let Vincente Fox tell us or the US ranchers we are working with where or what we can build. No matter what the fence design, MCDC will erect a well-built fence—and fences work. We know they are effective, because we see the results; incursions reduced, and all of the opposition groups and open border supporters screaming to stop the fence.

1) Security Fence - Illegal alien crossing design: A physical barrier capable of stopping people and vehicles has been designed to fit the general terrain. It is also a daunting psychological deterrent that cuts illegal crossings by 95% or more. The security fence will not be easy to compromise by climbing over with a ladder, cannot be cut with wire cutters, breached by ramming with a vehicle, or tunneling under undetected. While no fence can be a 100% impenetrable barrier—the Minuteman Border Fence is an excellent design and will prove time-consuming enough that Border Patrol agents can be alerted and respond before the incursion can be completed.

Our fence plan will keep costs near $150 per foot.

2) Border Fence – Halting drug dealers, illegal aliens and livestock: This style of fence is necessary where full Security Fencing cannot be installed. A physical barrier with a 5 wire barbed wire fence 5' 6" high, a vehicle barrier with a horizontal steel barrier in 12’ sections welded to steel post 30” high and razor wire on the ground between the wire fence and the vehicle barrier. This barrier will stop vehicles and cattle and slow down illegal aliens.

This design similar to Border Patrol designs is intended to accomplish the following: Mexican drugs are coming across the border in vehicles and on the backs of mules. The steel barrier stops drug vehicles and is high enough to stop mules from walking over and low enough to keep them from going under. The barbed wire fence keeps Mexican livestock in Mexico. Thousands of diseased Mexican cattle are presently allowed to walk freely into the US unchecked, and MCDC is working with our ranchers to stop the spread of disease. This design is cheaper and faster to erect where urgent conditions warrant, especially in cases of diseased cattle incursions.

Schedule Facts:

April 20, 2006 – Chris Simcox announces the Minuteman Border Fence is to be built if President Bush does not send armed troops to secure the US – Mexico border by Memorial Day 2006.

May 27, 2006
- Successful groundbreaking was held in Arizona on Memorial Day weekend. First 2.5 miles of 10 miles of Border Fence erected. Continue fence fundraising through direct mail, email, national radio affiliates and national speaking tours.

May 27 to June 30
– Finished the first 2.5 mile section of fence, applied for permission on next 7.5 miles, repaired vandalized fence, ordered steel, finalized fence design/civil engineering specifications, retained two local Arizona contractors who hire legally, started vetting volunteers for work crews, completed volunteer delivery of donated construction truck, continue next 7.5 miles, acquire vehicle barrier steel, install vehicle barrier, test/install fence camera technology, plan and implement 24x7 fence security.

June 27
- Second site layout to be finished.

July 6-15
– Security Fence at second location starts.

Peter Kunz

Project Manager

Minuteman Border Fence



A Successful Start on a Security Fence

The successful groundbreaking was held in Arizona on Memorial Day weekend, as President Bush refused to immediately deploy National Guard and reserve troops to secure America’s out-of-control southern border with Mexico.

Hundreds of volunteers—along with Minuteman Founder Chris Simcox, Ambassador Alan Keyes, Congressman Steve King, AZ gubernatorial candidate Don Goldwater, founder Colin Hanna and AZ Congressional candidate Randy Graf—dug holes, mixed concrete, put up fencing while opposition groups jeered and skeptics said it could not be done. Now MCDC continues with dedicated volunteers, engineers and contractors using LEGAL crews to work with local Arizona land owners in building mile after mile of border security fencing on private land along the border with Mexico. The first site is 10 miles long and the first 2.5 miles of Minuteman Border Fence already has been completed.

How can You Help?

Build the Minuteman Border Fence by sending donations and volunteering to participate in making the US border secure.

Donate to Build the Minuteman Border Fence

VOLUNTEER to Build the Minuteman Border Fence

Sign up as a volunteer and get access to the “Minutemen Border Cams” an active web based surveillance link on the fencing project. The Minuteman Border Fence is placing cameras which will be monitored via computer over the Internet by registered Minutemen across the country, so that Minuteman volunteers can observe and report illegal crossings from the computer in their living rooms 24/7.

The Border Fence is already making a difference.

Local reports indicate that drug and human trafficking has already been reduced. There are fewer vehicles in the area where the fence is under construction—proving again that having a presence and taking positive steps to do SOMETHING to secure the border reduces the flow of illegal aliens, potential terrorists, drug and human traffickers, murderers, rapists and thieves in these areas.

More than 1,500 have volunteered to build the fence.

Planning and organization continues as volunteers, materials and contractors are being coordinated in an unprecedented alliance with over 1,500 Minuteman Border Fence volunteers. In the true spirit of the Minutemen of the American Revolution these patriots have joined together to form an army of volunteers to secure our borders and protect America’s sovereignty, security and prosperity.

“The undertaking is monumental and historic” says Chris Simcox.

MCDC is beginning construction of the Israeli-style border security fence at a second ranch location in early July and later throughout the year in TX, CA and NM as more resources are marshaled. Two fencing companies that hire legally have been retained to run the jobs sites and coordinate volunteer construction crews as Minutemen volunteers are scheduled to provide labor and security. Crews of four to ten volunteers under the guidance of professional fence installers can install as much as 3 miles of fence in a week.

The nay-sayers are wrong. The reality is the Minutemen are here to stay, and this mission will be completed. In April of 2005, over 800 volunteer men and women took action to secure the border. This year there are more than 200,000 Minuteman Civil Defense Corps activists not only guarding the border but building fence, faxing our elected representatives, making phone calls, voting open border politicians out of office, starting local chapters and contributing their time, money and expertise. MCDC is an explosive grassroots effort enjoying the energetic support of political Democrats, Republicans and Independents—all American patriots who have earned the trust of the public by keeping our word to remain vigilant until our borders are secure.

The fencing will be built on private land with privately donated funds, engineering and labor. Its construction at every step will serve as an example to educate the public about the feasibility and efficacy of fencing to secure America’s borders from illegal invasion by aliens and international criminal cartels. An IRS-authorized charitable non-profit organization is facilitating, administering and reporting tax-deductible donations specifically and solely for construction of this Minuteman Border Fence project. Monetary and in-kind contributions for this effort will go directly into meeting hard costs such as building materials for this private fencing operation.

We have a monumental challenge ahead to raise $55 million. We urgently need your help for this effort to succeed. With your help MCDC can make America more secure by continuing to urge citizen volunteers to support the Minuteman Border Fence.

Be sure to send this to EVERYONE you know who wants to help STOP illegal aliens at the border! Thank you!

Donate to Build the Minuteman Border Fence

VOLUNTEER to Build the Minuteman Border Fence

Go and join with us TODAY .

Sincerely for America,

Chris Simcox, President

Minuteman Civil Defense Corps


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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Has Rock Gone Conservative?

Some of my nastiest comments have come from lefties who were upset by my Neil Young and NRO's Top 50 conservative Rock Songs.

This article by Mark Gauvreau Judge of JRW will totally bum them out dude.

At some point you've gotta feel sorry for the Left. Over the past 40 years conservatives have laid claim to their every issue.

National defense? Truman and JFK are gone, their toughness claimed by Ronald Reagan. Color-blind Civil Rights? It's the Right fighting for poor black kids to get into decent schools. Religion? You're kidding, right?

And now we have captured the flag of rock and roll. For at least ten years I've been arguing that rock and roll - or at least most of it - is a conservative art form. Recently John Miller in National Review charted the 50 greatest conservative rock songs. The hipster left went nuts, with Dave Marsh quoted in the New York Times saying Miller's list was apathetic game of catch-up by the right, which had "lost the culture war." The Washington Post quickly listed a counter list of 50 great liberal rock songs.

But let's face it, kids: conservative Middle America has absorbed rock and roll and made it their own. Or at least, they have made the best of it their own. The Beatles, the best of the Rolling Stones and the Who, U2, Radiohead, Mary J. Blige are not considered scandalous, dangerous of ghetto. They are considered pop songcrafters the way Sinatra, Ella, and Jan and Dean once were.

Murtha Mouths for Mullahs

Via LGF,

It's official, Murtha's a traitor.

American presence in Iraq is more dangerous to world peace than nuclear threats from North Korea or Iran, Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., said to an audience of more than 200 in North Miami Saturday afternoon.

Perhaps we should encourage the jihadists to invade us.

Censure Murtha has been started, donate and join the webring.

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Saturday, June 24, 2006

CAIR Attacks Blogs

warns us that CAIR is going after the blogosphere and is recruiting the FBI in thier effort to stifle free speech and further Jihad.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has begun filing complaints with the FBI about comments on this blog and others (not front page posts). I know this because I’ve spoken with two different agents recently about LGF comments that were reported to the FBI by CAIR.

Just thought you might like to know too. The premier Islamist front group is starting to go after the blogosphere, using the tools provided by our own society

Yeah, we all know how senative these guys are.

By the way, no Muslims were maimed, killed or beheaded in the making of this post.

Blabbermouth Posters

Michelle Malkin has a huge collection of blabbermouth posters, check it out, or submit your own photoshop.
of the story;

Tracking the finances of terrorist organizations is one of THE best tools we have to cut at the roots of terror. The NY Times doesn’t care. After specifically being asked not to release this information by our government because it might jeapordize its effectiveness. The NY Times doesn’t care how it effects National Security, they are leaking it to the public. Classified information? What’s that? We are in a transparent nation.

Too transparent.

Mt. Soledad Case Goes To Supreme Court

via Stop the ACLU
Yesterday evening the City Attorney in San Diego along with Mayor Jerry Sanders decided to take the Mt. Soledad case to the Supreme Court of the United States. I have already assembled one of our Supreme Court teams to file briefs on behalf of the Members of Congress that we represent, as well as ACLJ Members across the country in this important case. It appears at this time that the City will be asking for both a stay of the Ninth Circuit decision as well as a petition for writ of certiorari. The stay of the decision will allow the monument to remain while the litigation is pending at the Supreme Court. The petition for certiorari will ask the Court to grant plenary review of the Ninth Circuit decision.

Generally, under Supreme Court practice, the Circuit Justice in charge of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has the authority to grant the stay. In this case, the Circuit Justice is Anthony Kennedy. Justice Kennedy can either grant the stay, deny the stay, or refer the stay to the entire Supreme Court for determination. It takes five votes to obtain a stay. In order for the case to be reviewed by the Supreme Court on the merits, it only takes four votes

I used to live in the San Diego area, and atheist groups have been trying to tear down this memorial to the Korean War for as long as I can remember. I'm glad this case is going to be sttled once and for all.
Previous writings on this subject,here and here.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Seas of David

Full story

The seven suspected terrorists arrested in Miami belong to a Islamic sect called the "Seas of David"

"In the past couple of days, the U.S. government has taken into custody seven people who were conspiring to conduct jihad (holy war) in the United States," the law enforcement source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"They thought they were dealing with al Qaeda," the source said, adding the suspects had been trying to buy weapons and other things needed to carry out attacks.
A man identified as a member of the "Seas of David" religious group later told CNN in Miami that five of his fellow members were among those arrested and that they had no connection to terrorists.

"We are not terrorists. We are members of David, Seas of David," said the man, identified as Brother Corey. He said the group had "soldiers" in Chicago, but reiterated it was peaceful movement.

The Chicago Sears Tower is one of the alleged targets.

Terror Cell In Miami Arrested

Hat tip, Jihad Watch

Full story with video

The continuing saga of the Religion Of Peace...

The arrests took place Thursday afternoon at the Scott Housing Projects in the area of NW 68th street and 15th Avenue. Miami Police officers were seen in the area securing a perimeter for the FBI to carry out their arrests.

Sources tell CBS4 News it is unclear whether weapons or bomb-making materials were found, but those detained are suspected of being involved in planning terrorist activity

Neighbors say suspicious activity had been observed at the home recently.

Two months ago, a pair of Atlanta men, one a Georgia Tech engineering student, were arrested not long after communicating by e-mail with two of the suspects arrested in Canada over the weekend. The Atlanta men are charged with videotaping domestic targets, including the U.S. Capitol and the World Bank.

A U.S. counterterrorism official said 17 suspects in Canada are an example of a type of group that authorities have been concerned about for some time: self-organized, ad hoc cells of homegrown extremists, a development first seen in Britain.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Canada's government rightfully considered the 17 a serious threat because there was evidence the group was far along in planning attacks.

Canadian police say there is no evidence the suspect group had ties to al Qaeda, but describe its members as being sympathetic to jihadist ideology. Officials are concerned that many of the 17 suspects were roughly 20 years old and had been radicalized in a short amount of time.

It is unknown if the Miami arrests are related to either the Atlanta or Canada arrests.

These suspects have a jihadist ideology eh? What a shocker.

Among those arrested, five were U.S. citizens, one was a permanent legal resident, and one was a Haitian who was in the United States illegally on a visa overstay, federal officials told ABC News.

The group had expressed interest and discussed bombing targets in Miami and the Sears Tower in Chicago, sources familiar with the investigation said.

Sources say the arrests reflect the government's concern about so-called "homegrown terrorists." It's a threat FBI Director Robert Mueller discussed during a recent speech in New York.

Here's saluting the the hard working men and women of the FBI, great work.


HotAir adds this to the background of the story as well as a Fox News video,

Al Qaeda’s had its eye on homegrown recruits for awhile now, as demonstrated by the arrests of the Canadian 17. Remember this piece from the Times of London?

One aim is to create an army of “white-skinned” militants, men born in Europe and America who can convert to Islam and become harder for the authorities to detect as they cross the world on their missions, including suicide attacks…

Experts were struck by how the network was radicalising non-Arabs to alter the profile of its operatives. This included using women recruits, such as the 38-year-old Belgian waitress, born to a white, middle-class Christian family, who died in a suicide attack against US troops in Baghdad last November.

CNN has more videos
Msnbc has video and says;
The men — part of a radical Black Muslim group — were planning terror acts in Miami and Chicago, officials say. The planned targets were the Sears Tower in Chicago and a federal building in Miami.Residents said the men taken into custody described themselves as Mulims and had tried to recruit young people to join their group, which seemed militaristic.

"They slept there" in the warehouse, said Tashawn Rose, 29. "They would come out late at night and exercise. It seemed like a military boot camp that they were working on there. They would come out and stand guard."

She talked to one of them about a month ago. "They seemed brainwashed. They said they had given there lives to Allah," Rose said.

The Msnbc video claims the suspects attempted to buy ammonium sulphate
Michelle Malkin reminds us of other recent cases of Black Muslims,

In April 2003, James Ujaama pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to provide goods and services to the Taliban.

The Portland 7 consisted of several black Muslim converts:

Most recently, black Muslim inmates at New Folsom State Prison in California who swore allegiance to Jam'iyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh (Arabic for "Assembly of Authentic Islam" and known as JIS) were implicated in a jihadi plot to plan attacks on synagogues and a military recruiting center in Santa Monica, Calif.

Gates of Vienna and the Politics of CP have reported extensively on the homegrown black Muslim terrorist group, al Fuqra.

Black militant Muslim American Clement Rodney Hampton-El was convicted of 3 counts including seditious conspiracy, bombing conspiracy, and attempted bombing in the 1993 World Traade Center bomb plot.

And don't forget freelancers like the Beltway snipers.

It's not about countries, it's not about poverty, it's not about politics or race.
It's the jihad, stupid!

al-Qaeda Camera Bombs Foiled

Jihad Watch reminds us of how much evil the muhajideen would commit if unguarded.

AL-QAEDA terrorists considered using bombs and stun guns disguised as cameras and flash attachments to hijack an aircraft from Heathrow and crash it into the Canada Tower at Canary Wharf in East London, according to a report from the US Department of Homeland Security.

The plot to strike London, and other world targets, is said to have been thwarted in the summer of 2003. This was shortly after Tony Blair was widely ridiculed for ordering extra security, including armoured cars, to Heathrow.

The plan to fly into the Canary Wharf Tower was uncovered in 2004, when computer files belonging to a key lieutenant of Osama bin Laden were seized in Lahore, Pakistan. Among the encrypted messages — all written in perfect English — were layouts of Heathrow and details of Canary Wharf, including the heights of tower blocks in the Docklands financial district.

The American report, obtained by ABC News yesterday, provides a further glimpse into what it describes as the “ingenuity” of al-Qaeda in attempting to convert camera equipment and other non-threatening items into deadly weapons that could be smuggled on to an aircraft. Such items could be used to “gain access to an airliner flight deck”....

In total, intelligence chiefs had learnt of nine schemes to hijack aircraft since the September 11, 2001, attacks on America. This, says the US Homeland Security Department, demonstrates “a continued commitment to attack aviation-related targets”.

Abortion Survivor

Via NeoCon Command Center

Abortion Survivor Gianna Jesson put a damper on the Colorado House's celebration of the Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood 90th anniversary.

Mr. Speaker, members, if you would allow me just a few more moments I would appreciate your time.

My name is Ted Harvey, not Paul Harvey, but, please, let me tell you the rest of the story.

The cause of Gianna's cerebral palsy is not because of some biological freak of nature, but rather the choice of her mother.

You see when her biological mother was 17-years-old and 7-and-a-half months pregnant, she went to a Planned Parenthood clinic to seek a late-term abortion. The abortionist performed a saline abortion on this 17-year-old girl. This procedure requires the injection of a high concentration of saline into the mother's womb, which the fetus is then bathed in and swallows, which results in the fetus being burned to death, inside and out. Within 24 hours the results are normally an induced, still-born abortion.

As Gianna can testify, the procedure is not always 100 percent effective. Gianna is an aborted late-term fetus who was born alive. The high concentration of saline in the womb for 24 hours resulted in a lack of oxygen to her brain and is the cause of her cerebral palsy.

Members, today, we are going to recognize the 90th anniversary of Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood…"
Read it all...

China Pressures N Korea

China said on Thursday that it was very concerned about a potential missile test by North Korea and urged greater action by all parties to resolve the issue.

"We are very concerned about the current situation," said Jiang Yu, a Chinese Foreign Ministry official said at a regular briefing. "We hope all parties can do more in the interest of regional peace and stability."

Jiang said China would also "continue to make constructive efforts."

The missile crisis stems from intelligence reports that have said the North is possibly fueling a Taepodong-2 missile with a range experts estimate could make it capable of reaching parts of the United States.
Washington on Wednesday staunchly rejected Pyongyang's request for direct talks, saying threats weren't the way to seek dialogue.

It's good to see China on the right side of this issue.
From Strategy Page,

China has, for the first time, threatened to halt essential fuel and food supplies if North Korea went ahead with a ballistic missile test. China has used this threat sparingly, because China is North Korea's most reliable supplier, and loss of these items could cause chaos in North Korea. China doesn't want that, because the result would be millions of North Korean refugees trying to get into northern China.

North Korea's economy is a wreck. Kim Jong Il's worker's paradise is military based and his people will starve without outside help. It looks like the communist dictator will have to find a new toy.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Saddam's WMDs

Thanks to LGF. Here's another story for the MSM to ingore.

Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.) announced Wednesday the finding of over 500 munitions or weapons of mass destruction, specifically "sarin- and mustard-filled projectiles," in Iraq.

Reading from unclassified portions of a document developed by the U.S. intelligence community, Santorum said, "Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq's pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist." more
PDF of declassified document.

The "no WMD's" argument was a fool's bet at best considering Saddam had used Gas warfare on more than one occasion, and violated 19 UN resolutions in an effort to hide them. Saddam's own General has admited to moving WMD's to Syria to avoid capture. The press needs to start looking into the possibility that the US in the good guy in this one.

al-Qaeda To Kill 4 Russians

By asking Russia to withdrawl from it's own country, al-Qaeda has comdemned these people to death. The "Religion of Peace" continues to attack in an effort to conquer more territory. The Russians are just beginning to to realize a long war that will attempt to convert thier nation to Islam and sharia law.
has already seen the wrath of Islam's terrorist tactics when they seized a Beslan school last September and at least 330 people died, many of them children.

A militant group led by al Qaeda in Iraq said on Wednesday it has decided to kill four Russian hostages after Moscow failed to meet demands to withdraw from Chechnya and free Muslim prisoners.

"After granting the Russian government 48 hours to meet our demands and their failure to do so ... the Islamic court of the Mujahideen Shura Council ruled to kill them (hostages)," said a statement posted on a Web site often used by militants.

The statement's authenticity could not be verified and it was unclear when the hostages might be killed.

On Monday, the group said it was holding the four Russians and gave Moscow 48 hours to meet its demands.

On June 3, four Russian embassy staff were kidnapped when gunmen blocked their vehicle in a Baghdad district and a fifth embassy employee was shot dead.

Iraq's al Qaeda has killed a number of foreign hostages, some by beheading.

Camp Pendleton 8 Get Support


Money and messages from around the nation are being delivered to seven Marines and a Navy corpsman held in the Camp Pendleton brig as they await the results of an investigation into the alleged abduction and slaying of an Iraqi civilian.

Local residents have rallied in support of the troops at Camp Pendleton's Oceanside gate, and several smaller Marine support groups are lining up behind the men and their families.

Families of three of the men have established legal defense funds and are accepting contributions. Jeremiah Sullivan III, a San Diego attorney representing the unnamed Navy corpsman, a medic, had set up the first such account several weeks ago at the Web site,

"My client's wife has received more than 1,100 e-mails already," Sullivan said this week. "It's unbelievable and truly a credit to Americans across the country.

"There have been some moving letters, and when I met with my client on Father's Day, he was in disbelief with the amount of support from around the country."

Sullivan said he didn't know how much money has been raised, but said his client's family received one check for $1,000.

E-mails and phone calls have come into his office from people as far away as New Zealand, he said.

The mother of one of the Marines, who asked not to be identified, said she and the families of the other men estimated that it could cost $500,000 or more to pay all the attorneys' fees for the eight men should they face charges.

Joseph Casas, a San Diego attorney representing 20-year-old Pfc. John Jodka of Encinitas, concurred, estimating that the costs to defend the group could range from $400,000 to $600,000.

"It could go on for a good part of four to six months," Casas said. "There are a lot of witnesses to interview, a potential trip to Iraq and visits to the Camp Pendleton brig. It will be a big production for each one of the attorneys."

Casas helped the Jodka family establish a trust account that is publicized on the Web site,
read more

Saddam's Lawyer Killed

via Drudge

One of Saddam Hussein's lawyers was shot to death Wednesday after he was abducted from his home by men wearing police uniforms in Baghdad, court and police officials said.

Khamis al-Obeidi, who represented Saddam and his half brother Barzan Ibrahim in their eight-month-old trial, was abducted from his house at 7 a.m., said Saddam's top lawyer, Khalil al-Dulaimi. His body was found shot to death on a street near the Shiite slum of Sadr City, police Lt. Thaer Mahmoud said.

Al-Dulaimi blamed the Interior Ministry, which Sunnis have alleged is infiltrated by so-called Shiite death squads, for the killing.

Sunni Arabs were dominant under Saddam's rule but lost power to majority Shiites after his ouster in April 2003.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

The Saudi Pilot Training Program

Michelle Malkin
sheds light on the felony stupid.

The Ministry of Higher Education and the General Authority of Civil Aviation are offering scholarships to Saudi men and women to study various majors related to civil aviation in the United States.

The forms are available online at the ministry’s website until July 12 for both bachelor’s and post-graduate studies. Nominations will be announced on July 31. Interviews will take place in August and final scholarship winners will be announced on Sept. 2.
Not 9/11?

The scholarships are available in majors such as communications, electrical and computer engineering, computer science, systems analysis, air traffic control, flight safety, and other majors related to the airline transport industry. Read the whole mess

This is like something out of The Onion

Mr President, get a clue.

But hey, what could happen right?

2996,: A 9/11 Tribute

Hat tip Always on Watch

2,996 is an effort by Rough Draft to bring together 2,996 bloggers in a massive memorial to the victims of 9/11.

On September 11, 2006, the 5th anniversary of the attacks, 2,996 bloggers will each post a memorial to one victim. We will remember the innocent victims of that day–we will not remember the murderers.

There is also a page devoted to this tracking this effort:
And over the next week or two, There’ll be adding news and a participants list to the page to give everyone a place to go for information about 2,996.

This is such a great idea, kudos to D. Challener Roe!

The CAIR-U.A.E. Connection

Perhaps we should let them run our ports.

An Arab nation with ties to 9-11 has pledged a major endowment to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, even as the Washington-based nonprofit group insists it receives no foreign support.

The United Arab Emirates recently announced on its official government website that it has set up an endowment serving as a source of income for CAIR. The amount of the funding is undisclosed, but sources say it will be enough to help CAIR finance the construction of a new $24 million office building and a planned $50 million public-relations campaign aimed at repairing Islam's -- and the UAE's -- image in America.

A recent Washington Post-ABC poll found that a majority of Americans think Muslims are more prone to resort to violence, and more Americans now have a negative view of Islam than right after the 9-11 terror attacks. Read it all

Mohammed On Chess

I always liked chess, it's one of the few games that requires skill without the aid of luck. How was I to know it was a sin?

Mohammad on Playing Chess:

"Buraida reported on the authority of his father that Allah's Apostle said: He who played chess is like one who dyed his hand with the flesh and blood of swine."

Sahih Islam, Book 028, Number 5612.
So because Mohammad was a bad chess player and a sore loser, now muslims are forbidden from playing chess.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Senate Kills Iran Bill

Thanks to Atlas, who has a list of the yays and nays.

Faced with legislation that would force America to take a harder line on Iran, Secretary of State Rice worked closely yesterday with a key Senate Democrat to kill an amendment sponsored by the Senate’s third-ranking Republican.That amendment — offered by Senator Santorum, a Republican of Pennsylvania, to legislation authorizing the Pentagon budget — would have codified existing restrictions on American businesses investing in Iran; authorized $100 million for democracy groups in the country, and given the president a 180-day deadline to determine whether foreign companies doing business in Iran should be barred from American capital markets.

This is sad because not only did our Senate fail to divest a certain enemy, but our President helped kill the bill. Meanwhile Iran wrote a bill of thier own.

Iran ratifies bill that blocks nuclear inspections

Our friend in commerce.

Documents Support Saddam-Taliban Connection

From Discover the Networks

Did Saddam Hussein's inner circle and the Taliban rulers in Afghanistan actively court each other in hopes of forging an anti-American alliance in the region?

Ray Robison, a former member of the CIA-directed Iraq Survey Group (ISG), examined efforts by Saddam Hussein to build and hide weapons of mass destruction, and supervised a group of linguists to analyze, archive and exploit documents and materials of Saddam's regime.

In this second of a three-part examination of a newly-released document captured in Iraq, Robison offers further evidence that in 1999 the Taliban welcomed "Islamic relations with Iraq" to mediate among the Taliban, the Northern Alliance and Russia, and that the Taliban reciprocated with an invitation to Iraqi officials to visit Afghanistan.

The document appears to be a notebook kept by an Iraqi Intelligence Service (IIS) agent, and apparently captured in 2003. The translation is provided by Robison's associate, known here as “Sammi.” The notebook deals extensively with the meetings between a prominent Taliban supporter and former Saddam regime officials.

It is highly probable that the man in this meeting is Fazlur Rahman, a Pakistani cleric described in an article from the BBC Profile: Maulana Fazlur Rahman as “A pro-Taliban cleric in Pakistan... one of the two main contenders for the post of the country's prime minister.” The BBC also said “Maulana Fazlur Rahman… is known for his close ties to Afghanistan's ousted Taliban regime.” read more


Details of Atta's visit to the Iraqi capital in the summer of 2001, just weeks before he launched the most devastating terrorist attack in U.S. history, are contained in a top secret memo written to Saddam Hussein, the then Iraqi president, by Tahir Jalil Habbush al-Tikriti, the former head of the Iraqi Intelligence Service.

The handwritten memo, a copy of which has been obtained exclusively by the Telegraph, is dated July 1, 2001 and provides a short resume of a three-day "work programme" Atta had undertaken at Abu Nidal's base in Baghdad.

In the memo, Habbush reports that Atta "displayed extraordinary effort" and demonstrated his ability to lead the team that would be "responsible for attacking the targets that we have agreed to destroy".

Terrorist behind September 11 strike was trained by Saddam

Europe died in Auschwitz

The City Troll
offers this gem.

Sebastian Villar Rodriguez, a Spanish journalist, Front Page Mag

I was walking along Raval (Barcelona) when all of a sudden I understood that Europe died with Auschwitz.
We assassinated 6 million Jews in order to end up bringing in 20 million Muslims!
We burnt in Auschwitz the culture, intelligence and power to create.We burnt the people of the world, the one who is proclaimed the chosen people of God.
Because it is the people who gave to humanity the symbolic figures who were capable of changing history (Christ, Marx, Einstein, Freud...) and who is the origin of progress and wellbeing.
We must admit that Europe, by relaxing its borders and giving in under the pretext of tolerance to the values of a fallacious cultural relativism, opened it's doors to 20 million Muslims, often illiterates and fanatics that we could meet, at best, in places such as Raval, the poorest of the nations and of the ghettos, and who are preparing the worst, such as the 9/11 and the Madrid bombing and who are lodged in apartment blocs provided by the socialwelfare.
We also have exchanged culture with fanaticism, the capacity to create with the will to destroy, the wisdom with the superstition.
We have exchanged the transcendental instinct of the Jews, who even under the worst possible conditions have always looked for a better peaceful world, for the suicide bomber. We have exchanged the pride of life for the fanatic obsession of death. Our death and that of ourchildren.
What a grave mistake that we made!!!


Illegal Immigrants Damage Enviroment

I knew I had read about this in the past in Backpacker magazine, but I could never find the article, so I never posted it.
, has saved me the trouble.

Yahoo News

Drug smugglers fleeing Mexican police crossed into this desert park and
fatally shot a ranger four years ago, prompting officials to build a 30-mile vehicle barrier.

That steel-and-concrete wall stops most cars from speeding in from Mexico. But drug and
human traffickers have switched to rural entryways into Arizona.

Thousands of people now cross on foot. They leave piles of trash, build fires, damage the
park's famous cacti and create countless trails through the fragile desert vegetation.

Park workers spend most of their time backing up Border Patrol officers and dealing with
border issues.

"This tears my heart out, seeing the impacts on this place," Organ Pipe superintendent
Kathy Billings said as she surveyed a fresh track through coarse sand.

So where the hell are all the hand-wringing, tree-hugging, Gaia-worshiping bleeding-hart
Enviro-wackos?!? Heaven forfend I drive a dune buggy over some ersatz endangered critter
nobody ever heard of before. I would be spending the rest of my natural life in prison. But
let illegal aliens trash the landscape and you don't hear a peep out of the likes of
Greenpeace, Nature Conservancy, Earth Liberation Front, or the World Wildlife Fund.

Their collective silence is deafening, and their hypocrisy shameful.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument allows the life of the Sonoran Desert to flourish under nearly ideal wilderness conditions. The monument is an outstanding natural preserve where one of the of the Earth's major ecosystems survives almost unspoiled. Recognizing its significance, the United Nations in 1976 designated the momument as an International Biosphere Reserve. Conservation and scientific research, including studies of human impact on the desert, will be invaluable in protecting the life of the desert.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.**

Saturday, June 17, 2006

The Holy Lie

So what do you do if your "Religion of Peace" is killing people all over the word?

Taqiyya and kitman: The role of Deception in Islamic terrorism

Tradecraft. Persona. Deception. Disinformation. Cover: Western operational terms and techniques. But, Islamic terrorists have their own terms: taqiyya (pronounced tark-e-ya) : precautionary dissimulation or deception and keeping one’s convictions secret and a synonymous term, kitman: mental reservation and dissimulation or concealment of malevolent intentions...
Taqiyya and kitman or ‘holy hypocrisy’ has been diffused throughout Arabic culture for over fourteen hundred years since it was developed by Shiites as a means of defence and concealment of beliefs against Sunni unbelievers. As the Prophet said: 'he who keeps secrets shall soon attain his objectives.’
The skilful use of taqiyya and kitman was often a matter of life and death against enemies; it is also a matter of life and death to many contemporary Islamic terrorists. As so often in the history of Islam, a theological doctrine became operational.
During the Spanish inquisition, Sunni Moriscos attended mass and returned home to wash their hands of the ‘holy water’. In operational terms, taqiyya and kitman allowed the ‘mujahadeen ’ to assume whatever identity was necessary to fulfill their mission; they had doctrinal and theological and later jurisprudential sanction to pretend to be Jews or Christians to gain access to Christian and Jewish targets: ‘the mujahadeen can take the shape of the enemy’.
Taqiyya is common to both Shiite and Sunni Muslim discourse and has significant implications for understanding Islamic fundamentalism and terrorist operations. The theory and practice of counter terrorism would be counter productive, indeed pointless, and even harmful, without reference to taqiyya and kitman and the crucial role of deception ranging from Islamic jurisprudence to Al Qaeda training manuals, which carry detailed instructions on the use of deception by terrorists in Western target countries.
According to Christian ethics lying is a sin; In Islamic jurisprudence and theology, the use of taqiyya against the unbelievers is regarded as a virtue and a religious duty.

Why Patriotism?

tells us that Dixie Chick Natalie Maines just doest get patriotism in her interview with The Telegraph.

The entire country may disagree with me, but I don't understand the necessity for patriotism, Maines resumes, through gritted teeth. Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country ... I don't see why people care about patriotism.

This typifies the liberal view that America is no better than any other country. Rooted in moral relativism, democracy becomes equated with less free forms of governmentseverelyeverly flawed sense to "equality".

"A lot of pandering started going on, and you'd see soldiers and the American flag in every video. It became a sickening display of ultra-patriotism."

Disgusted by the flag, the troops, Where's the disgust for terrorism?
So why be patriotic? Here's why, patriotism motivates us and inspires us to see beyond ourselves to a common good. Patriotism unites Americans who vary by every race creed and color, all economic and cultural backgrounds. Patriotism celebrates our freedoms, our common history and the land we love. Patriotism makes a country a family, bonded by love despite differences, bonded by our heritage despite our failings, and bonded by success however great or small. Patriotism brought us the Declaration Of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

.. ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.~ John F. Kennedy

A nation divided amongst iconnoteconnot stand.
Abe Lincoln

He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life is, or very soon will be, void of all regard for his country. There is seldom an instance of a man guilty of betraying his country, who had not before lost the feeling of moral obligations in his private connections
Samuel Adams

More patriotic quotes
and more

Troops Unshackled

Hat tip to Red Hot Cuppa Politics

The LA Times reports that ""the eight will no longer be shackled when they leave their cells to see visitors or exercise. Handcuffs attached to a leather belt will be used only if they leave the brig, a spokesman said.""

In an official announcement about the report by Army Maj. Gen. Eldon Bargewell, a military spokeswoman said that Army Lt. Gen. Peter Chiarelli would "thoroughly review the voluminous report as quickly as possible," but had no timetable.

"That means don't hold your breath," a defense official said.

Blogs of War tels us,

""Jeremiah Sullivan III, a San Diego attorney representing the sailor, a 20-year-old third-class hospital corpsman, has likened the conditions to worst than what convicted felons at the federal “Supermax” prison must endure.

David M. Brahms, a retired brigadier general and attorney in Carlsbad, Calif., who’s met with many of the families, is representing a 21-year-old lance corporal.

The men are “shafted and shackled in the worst conditions being imposed,” Brahms said June 14. “Saddam [Hussein] has a better circumstance than these guys.”""

I'm glad the "Camp Pendleton 8" have been unshackled, now if only we could unshackle the minds of Murtha and the like.

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