Obama Pledges $400 Million to Gaza and Palestinians

Posted by courage On June - 10 - 2010

The United States Gulf is experiencing a catastrophe of unprecedented proportions, the spewing BP oil now extends to the Florida Keys.  We as a nation are experiencing day 52 of the Gulf coast held hostage and Obama has yet to speak with the CEO of British Petroleum, he’d rather huddle with the theorists now occupying the White House and play games of “what if.”

Oh but wait, never mind the ecological disaster which may not be cleaned in our lifetime, lets meet with Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas and promise to give the Gaza people and Palestine $400 million dollars for humanitarian purposes.

President Obama pledged an infusion of $400 million in aid for housing, school construction and business development in the Palestinian territories Wednesday, saying after a one-on-one meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that the situation in Gaza is “inherently unstable.”

“We agree that Israelis have the right to prevent arms from entering into Gaza that can be used to launch attacks into Israeli territory,” Obama told reporters after his meeting with Abbas in the White House. “But we also think that it is important for us to explore new mechanisms so that we can have goods and services, and economic development, and the ability of people to start their own businesses, and to grow the economy and provide opportunity within Gaza.”

And although I have seen reports questioning the “hardship” being experienced in Gaza, the primary question remains who is responsible for any dismal conditions currently in Gaza?  The cold hard fact is the terrorist organization Hamas is the party responsible for any chaos  in the region.  Even the administration admits that Hamas controls Gaza.  As long as the Palestinian government is complacent in allowing Hamas to terrorize any organization or individual citizen who does not adhere to Sharia law under the Koran, there will be continual hardship for the Gaza people.  In fact a summer camp built by the United Nations in a Gaza neighborhood was recently destroyed.  Some Hamas organizations were outspokenly against the camp days before the destruction.  While a high ranking leader of Hamas condemned the incident, it falls in line with other acts of terror used by Hamas or groups who adhere to Sharia law.

While the pResident states the money supplied will be allocated by organizations performing relief work, there is no guarantee that the money will make one bit of difference in the quality of life for the people in the area controlled by Hamas.  Oh, the Hamas terrorists may be able to eat, buy a home or start a business with the money but for the people outside the Hamas terror loop.. life will be the same.

As Representative Pence asks the pResident on the floor of the House, “Whose side are you on?”

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I can only assume his question was asked in rhetorical manner, because from where I am sitting the pResident is not on the side of the American people nor does he show support to long standing allies.

American citizens of the Gulf, indeed of the entire country, the State Department assures you..

“the projects “a down payment” on the U.S. commitment to improving life in Gaza.”

Now doesn’t that make you feel good?

Islamic Terrorists: Manipulating the Truth

Posted by courage On June - 1 - 2010

The International community was quick yesterday to condemn Israel  for attacking a “Peace envoy” headed to Gaza, mind you this was prior to facts being known.  The United Nations is calling for an emergency session on the incident and at the same time condemning Israel for the set-up by terrorists.

Of the numerous reports of the incident, Melanie Phillips’ article dissecting the situation is perhaps the best.  Take time to view the videos contained in the body of the article, they allow context in understanding.

Melanie Phillips from The Spectator U.K. :

As the international community rushes to condemn Israel for the violence on board one of the ships in the Gaza flotilla, which left a reported 10 people dead and dozens injured, it is now obvious that the real purpose of this ‘armada of hate’ was not merely the further delegitimisation of Israel but something far worse.

Gaza’s markets are full of produce, thousands of tons of supplies are travelling into Gaza every week through the Israeli-controlled border crossings, and there is no starvation or humanitarian crisis. It was always obvious that the flotilla was not the humanitarian exercise it was said to be. Here is footage of the IDF offering to dock the Marmara — the main flotilla ship — at Ashdod and transfer its supplies and being told ‘Negative, negative, our destination is Gaza’.

And now we can see that the real purpose of this invasion — backed by the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), a radical Islamic organization outlawed by Israel in 2008 for allegedly serving as a major component in Hamas’s global fund-raising machine — was to incite a violent uprising in the Middle East and across the Islamic world. As I write, reports are coming in of Arab rioting in Jerusalem.

The notion – uncritically swallowed by the lazy, ignorant and bigoted BBC and other western media – that the flotilla organisers are ‘peace activists’ is simply ludicrous. This research by the Danish Institute for International Studies details the part played by the IHH in Islamist terror in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Chechnya. According to the French magistrate Jean-Louis Bruguiere testifying at the Seattle trial of would-be al Qaeda Millenium bomber Ahmed Ressamin, the IHH had played ‘[a]n important role’ in the al Qaeda Millenium bomb plot targeting Los Angeles airport. It was also involved in weapons trafficking, and played in addition a key role in galvanizing anti-Western sentiment among Turkish Muslims in the lead-up to the 2003 war in Iraq. ‘Peace activists’ these people most certainly are not.

And this flotilla was but the latest jihadi attack, deploying the Islamists’ signature strategy of violence and media manipulation. Here from MEMRI (via Just Journalism) is a clip showing the hysteria against Israel being whipped up on board before the ships set sail, with the chanting of intifada songs about ‘Khaybar’ – the iconic slaughter of Jews by Muslims in the 7th century which is used as a rallying cry to kill the Jews today — and threats of ‘martyrdom’. This was not merely a propaganda stunt, but a terrorist attack.

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What is Eric Holder Hiding, and Why?

Posted by courage On January - 24 - 2010

From The Washington Examiner:

You may remember that more than two months ago, amid the controversy over the Obama administration’s decision to grant full American constitutional rights to, and hold a civilian trial for, accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed, Republican Sen. Charles Grassley asked Attorney General Eric Holder about Justice Department lawyers who before joining the Obama/Holder team had represented Guantanamo detainees or worked for groups representing them. Grassley pointed to one high-ranking Obama Justice official who formerly represented Osama bin Laden’s driver and another who works on detainee issues despite previous advocacy for detainees.

“This prior representation, I think, creates a conflict of interest problem for these individuals,” Grassley said, adding, “I want to know more about who is advising you on these decisions.” Grassley asked Holder to give the committee “the names of political appointees in your department who represent detainees or who work for organizations advocating on their behalf…the cases or projects that these appointees work with respect to detainee prior to joining the Justice Department…and the cases or projects relating to detainees that have worked on since joining the Justice Department.”

If this is not a conflict of interest, I do not know what is…

Holder was noncommittal. “I will certainly consider that request,” he said. When Grassley pressed, Holder stood firm. “I will consider that request,” he repeated. Later in the hearing, Holder revisited the subject, saying he “didn’t mean to be flip” in responding to Grassley but that he wanted to consider possible ethical concerns about attorney-client privilege before agreeing to Grassley’s request. Holder never said he would provide the information. A few days later, on November 24, Grassley and the other Republican members of the Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Holder citing his “less than encouraging” response and pressing the request for information on the detainee conflicts inside the Department.

Now, two months have passed and the senators have heard nothing. “Sen. Grassley does not have an answer yet,” says a Grassley spokesman. “The Justice Department says it’s ‘in process.’” The Justice Department did not respond to an inquiry about the matter Friday, and it is not clear when the Department will answer Grassley’s questions.

This is becoming a disturbing trend by the Justice Department, they hide in the shadow while the safety of the country is at stake.  And if there is a conflict of interest, how should that be handled?

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Okay the people who are charged with keeping this country safe are apparently in the dark.  Each of them answers no, they were not consulted as to how to charge this enemy combatant, aka as terrorist.

After all, Abdulmutallab was trained by al Qaeda, equipped with an al Qaeda-made bomb, and dispatched by al Qaeda to bring down the airliner and its 278 passengers. Even though the Obama administration has mostly abandoned the term “war on terror,” the president himself has said clearly that the United States is at war with al Qaeda. So who decided to treat Abdulmutallab as a civilian, read him the Miranda warning, and provide him with a government-paid lawyer — giving him the right to remain silent and denying the United States potentially valuable intelligence that might have been gained by a military-style interrogation?

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“The decision was made by the agents on the ground,” Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, referring to the officials who apprehended Abdulmutallab when the plane landed in Detroit. American agents questioned the accused terrorist briefly before he was taken to a hospital to be treated for burns suffered in the attempt to set off explosives hidden in his underwear. After that, Mueller testified, “in consultation with the Department of Justice and others in the administration,” the agents read him his rights.

And that was that. “Isn’t it a fact, that after Miranda was given … the individual stopped talking?” Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions asked Mueller.

“He did,” Mueller answered. But Mueller declined to say who made the decision to grant Abdulmutallab the right to remain silent.

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Republicans on the Judiciary Committee increasingly believe there is only one person who can answer: Attorney General Eric Holder.

It was Holder who made the decision to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a criminal trial in New York. It is Holder who has expressed his desire to grant full American constitutional rights to foreign terrorists. It is Holder who is leading the administration’s sputtering effort to move some Guantanamo inmates to the United States. And it is Holder who is apparently cutting other parts of the government out of crucial terrorism decisions like the treatment of Abdulmutallab.

“These days, all roads lead to the attorney general,” says one well-placed Republican source in the Senate. “They seem to have aggregated quite a bit of power inside Main Justice.” The problem is, the Holder Justice Department appears to be handling terrorism issues from a defense-attorney perspective, and doing so without the input of the government’s other terrorism-fighting agencies.

As a reminder Eric Holder was a senior partner with Covington & Burling, a D.C. law firm who represents 17 Yemeni nationals and one Pakistani citizen held at Gitmo.

From C & B’s website:

We represent sixteen men detained at the United States Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.  Most of the men have been detained for approximately seven years.  None have been charged with any crimes, and none have been accorded the protections of the Geneva Convention.  In Boumediene v. Bush, 128 S. Ct. 2229 (2008), where we were co-counsel for eleven of the detainees, the Supreme Court held that the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus extends to detainees held at Guantánamo Bay.  Following that decision, we have been preparing for habeas corpus hearings to be held in federal district court Washington, DC, for eleven of our clients.

The firm has been involved in the Guantánamo related litigation for the last five years.  In addition to the on-going habeas corpusamicus proceedings, our efforts have included: bringing cases for review of enemy combatant classification decisions in the D.C. Circuit under the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005; challenging the destruction of CIA torture tapes in federal court; filing briefs and coordinating the amicus effort in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, 548 U.S. 557 (2006); filing amicus briefs in support of Supreme Court review in Moussaoui v. United States, 382 F.3d 483 (4th Cir.), cert denied, 544 U.S. 931 (2005); challenging the government’s practice of redacting information from documents given to security-cleared habeas counsel; and challenging the abusive medical and living conditions that the detainees experience at Guantánamo.

Back to the Washington Examiner piece:

That was the message of Wednesday’s testimony from Blair, Leiter, Napolitano, and Mueller, all of whom were out of the loop on the Adbulmutallab decision. Their accounts left a number of Republican senators shaken; as the GOP lawmakers see it, the decision to read Abdulmutallab Miranda rights was a dreadful mistake, one that could have serious consequences down the line. There should be some accountability.

So on Thursday all seven Republicans on the Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Holder asking for a full explanation: Who made the decision and why, and whether the administration now has “a protocol or policy in place for handling al Qaeda terrorists captured in the United States.”

These are questions which demand answers.. who set the wheels in motion that allowed this (thankfully) unsuccessful terrorist to be tried as a common criminal and not an enemy combatant?   And why was it done?  And if the final decision was that of Holder, where do his alliances fall, as a criminal defense attorney with his former law partners or as the individual who  is entrusted to enforce the laws of the land, without creating new precedence?  Need I remind anyone that placing enemy combatants under the category of criminals, giving them Miranda rights and supplying them with attorneys has NEVER, until this administration been done, even during the Civil war.

Who with half a brain cell did not see this coming?  Even without a law degree, any American who has a fundamental understanding of our judicial system, our laws and th e Constitution expected, while hoping against,  this action by the court.  I find this a dark insidious stain which I fear will be played out in all civilian trials of Gitmo detainees. 

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal judge has tossed out most of the government’s evidence against a terrorist detainee on grounds his confessions were coerced, allegedly by U.S. forces, before he became a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay.

In a ruling this week, U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan also said the government failed to establish that 23 statements the detainee made to interrogators at Guantanamo Bay were untainted by the earlier coerced statements made while he was held under harsh conditions in Afghanistan.

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A Preview of NY Terrorist Trials.. Propaganda for Jihadists

Posted by courage On January - 5 - 2010

Pakistan has begun the trials of the five American Muslims detained there on terrorist plots.  This is only a small glimpse of the future NY trials of the Gitmo detainees.  Is there any doubt that afforded their “Constitutional rights” by the administration, they will have a platform to spew their hatred for the United States and further propagandize their call for increased attacks against the West?

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No this issue has not gone away, in fact today there is a protest of bringing these scumbags to the United States for a criminal trial.  While I am not physically there, I may there in support of the individuals who are protesting this heinous move by Obama and Holder.

Why are the rights afforded United States citizens being given to murderous terrorists, especially when they were captured on the battle field?  We have arrogant narcissists in the administration whose focus is clear on one thing.. giving terrorists the very freedoms, they are attempting to take away from us!

Three Navy Seals are set to be arraigned on Monday, for allegedly punching a Iraqi terrorist.

Not just any terrorist…

Three Navy SEAL commandos, who recently captured one of the most-wanted terrorists in Iraq, are now being charged criminally by the Navy for giving the terrorist a bloody lip.

The captive is Ahmed Hasim Abed, who was codenamed “Objective Amber.” He’s the alleged mastermind of the capture, mutilation and deaths of four Blackwater security guards in 2004.

Yep, these three soldiers are heroes! And yet, the Obama admin is moving forward with military trials, I swear the world has turned upside down.

While I’m at it..  do NOT tell the American public how great a religion Islam is or how it is interwoven in to the fabric of our society…
April 7, 2009

“The United States has been enriched by Muslim Americans,” he said in the speech. “Many other Americans have Muslims in their families or have lived in a Muslim-majority country – I know, because I am one of them.”

September 1, 2009

The contribution of Muslims to the United States are too long to catalog because Muslims are so interwoven into the fabric of our communities and our country.

December 1, 2009

As we know, these men belonged to al Qaeda — a group of extremists who have distorted and defiled Islam, one of the world’s great religions, to justify the slaughter of innocents. (emphasis mine)

We get where your alliances are, at a gut level we do intrinsically understand.

Iraq hangs contractorsUnited States Contractors being hung in Iraq

David PearlDavid Pearl, innocent journalist.

stoning women armUnidentified Woman’s hand after Sharia stoning.

burned_with_acidAftermath of acid being thrown in a young woman’s face, Sharia justice (sic)

fort-hood-pic-ap-573289446Soldiers after the Fort Hood terrorist attack.

Need I say more?

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How can Attorney General Holder hem and haw when asked about judiciary precedence in trying terrorist in federal court?   A reasonable person would assume that the AG investigated precedence prior to making this decision,  apparently not since Senator Graham had to tell him it was unprecedented.

And why are we giving miranda rights to terrorists caught on the battle field?  Throughout history, miranda rights have never been given to enemy combatants.. period.  This was even true during the civil war, when Confederate soldiers were captured on US soil.  This move by the administration is unconscionable and threatens the safety of every American.

Who did not see this coming, except the administration?

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