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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

MFS - The Other News

                          Morning Posting.

  • Rift Between U.S. and Pakistan Deepens Over Detained American.In a show of the escalating diplomatic rift over a detained American in Pakistan, the U.S. cancelled talks in Washington involving the country.A U.S. State Department statement Sunday said the high-level meeting involving Pakistan, Afghanistan and the U.S. was called off "in light of the political changes in Pakistan," reported the Wall Street Journal.The man is reportedly Raymond Davis, an employee of a U.S.-based security company who was working under contract for the U.S. government in Pakistan, has been detained after authorities say he shot and killed two armed men. He will likely to be charged with murder. The U.S. government has given few details about the man, who it hasn't officially named. The embassy in Islamabad said the man, who it claims fired in self-defense, is covered by diplomatic immunity and should be immediately released, the Journal reported.But a senior Pakistan foreign ministry official said Washington's cancellation of the meeting was intended to pressure Pakistan to release the U.S. government employee.The U.S. last week suspended several bilateral engagements with Pakistan after a high court barred Pakistan's government from releasing Davis, Pakistani officials said.Pakistani officials said the Obama administration also has threatened to call off an upcoming state visit to Washington by President Asif Ali Zardari if the standoff over Mr. Davis doesn't end, reported the Journal.Hmmmmm......No word on the reports that the two Pakistanis killed where Pakistani intelligence agents?Read the full story here.

  • HT:DougRoss.One Chart to Rule Them All: the Obama Budget Apocalypse.I modified an excellent Wall Street Journal graphic to illustrate just how tragic and ineffectual President Obama's proposed budget cuts are.Consider the anticipated spending trajectory over the next decade as entitlement spending and interest payments balloon.This President is a walking, talking disaster and that's what the liberals are saying.On March 4, 2009, I wrote an article that included the statement "Obama's destruction of the economy is intentional."Two years later, my point is proved. Case closed.His budget proposal is so reckless, so wild, so egregious that there can be no doubt of his goal. I can only conclude that he seeks the destruction of America's capitalist system, free enterprise, and our way of life.When even moonbats like Andrew Sullivan are heading for the hills, it's safe to say that we are careening towards an unmitigated disaster.Hmmmm.....As i said yesterday"A walking,talking and spending Doomdsday machine".Read the full story here.

  • Iran unrest: MPs call for death of Mousavi and Karroubi.Inside Iranian Parliament as a group of conservative MPs called for the execution of Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi.Members of Iran's parliament have called for opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi to be tried and executed.State TV showed some 50 conservative MPs marching through parliament's main hall on Tuesday, chanting "Death to Mousavi, death to Karroubi".Thousands of opposition supporters protested in Iran's capital on Monday.An MP said two people were killed in violent clashes between protesters and security forces in central Tehran.The BBC received reports of banned demonstrations in other Iranian cities, including Isfahan, Mashhad and Shiraz.In the capital, dozens were detained, and opposition leaders including Mr Mousavi and Mr Karroubi were placed under house arrest.Police blocked access to Mr Mousavi's home in what the former prime minister's website said was intended to prevent him attending the Tehran rally, which was lauded by the US administration.Both he and Mr Karroubi - a former speaker of parliament and a senior cleric - disputed the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June 2009, which triggered protests that drew the largest crowds in Iran since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. The authorities responded by launching a brutal crackdown.In a statement carried by the official IRNA news agency, conservative parliamentarians said: "Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi are corrupts on earth and should be tried." The charge "corrupt on earth" has been levelled at political dissidents in the past and carries the death penalty in Iran.Read the full story here.

  • 'Mubarak's health declining; family refusing treatment'.Egyptian official tells 'a-Sharq' that deposed Egyptian leader may be in a coma; ambassador to US says "might" be in "somewhat bad health."Deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's "health is deteriorating drastically," an Egyptian security official told London-based Arabic language newspaper a-Sharq al-Awsat on Tuesday.The source added that those around Mubarak were refusing attempts to bring him abroad - most likely to Germany - to receive medical care and that attempts to do so have been rebuffed by those around him who wish to honor his desire to "let him die in his country." "I think it's only a matter of time," he said. It is "unfortunate that [it] ends up this way."Another Egyptian official told the paper that the octogenarian former dictator is in "what seems to be an almost complete coma." In light of his condition, the official denied rumors Mubarak was working to write his memoirs.Hmmmm........A era of peace is coming to an end,perhaps it's best that he doesn't witness what they will do to Egypt?Read the full story here.

  • Obama Budget Doubles National Debt to $26.3 Trillion in 10 Years.If the federal budget released by President Barack Obama today is implemented, it will double the national debt over the next 10 years. The current national debt is $13.56 trillion (end of FY 2010). By the end of 2021, that debt would rise to $26.3 trillion under the White House budget.The figures reflect the effects of Obama’s fiscal year 2012 budget priorities, particularly a federal deficit that never falls below $500 billion in any year between 2010 and 2021.In 2021, the national debt will have risen to $26.3 trillion, increasing by $1 trillion every year until 2021. Obama’s budget does not contain any plans for balancing the federal budget or reducing the national debt.Hmmmmm......How much longer can America afford Obama?Read the full story here.

  • HT:EmergingCorruption.Bankrupting America!By Alan Caruba. The very word “budget” suggests a financial plan that one expects to live within, based on how much money one earns. It suggests prudence, plus the intention to put aside some earnings as savings for future or unexpected needs. None of this applies to the Congress of the United States of America, nor White House administrations stretching back to the days when Franklin Delano Roosevelt won election in 1932, 1936, 1940, and 1944. He would die in 1945, three months into his fourth term.That’s right, his fourth term! This was so unprecedented and so fearful that, in 1951 the 22nd Amendment was added to the Constitution, limiting any future president to two elected terms.The debacle known as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac began back then, growing out of the notion that the government had to guarantee everyone they could live in their own home. By the time they neared collapse, they owned more than half of all the mortgages in the nation.My friend, Ziad K. Abdelnour, president and CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc., a venture capital firm, recently had one of his excellent commentaries posted on the website of the Financial Policy Council. The collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac led to their being put in a conservatorship. If you owned stock in either of these “government-sponsored entitles” its worth dropped to pennies while, noted Abdelnour, all Americans “became the underwriters of $5 trillion in mortgage backed securities.”“In September of 2008, we witnessed one of the most brazen and daring crimes ever to take place,” wrote Abdelnour. “It was pulled off, for the most part, in broad daylight and in full view of the whole world. In the space of a few days, this nation was the victim of an orchestrated theft of nearly six trillion dollars.”September 2008 was when then-Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Paulson, former chairman of Goldman Sachs, told Americans that he had just asked Congress to give him a blank check to spend billions of public funds to bail out Wall Street and avoid a financial collapse. Among the financial firms bailed out was Goldman Sachs that ended up with “at least $53 billion dollars from the U.S. government via the AIG bailout, Paulson’s ‘Troubled Assets Relief Program’, and Timothy Geithner’s later FDIC bailout called the ‘Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program.’” Geithner is the present Secretary of the Treasury.Throughout Abdelnour’s commentary, the same names keep showing up, Henry Paulson, Timothy Geithner, Goldman Sachs, the Federal Reserve.Events do not just “happen.” They are caused.Meanwhile, the Republicans in the House, where all spending bills must originate, are fussing and feuding over whether to cut $50 billion or $100 billion from the budget. Someone needs to tell them that the U.S. is broke. We are rapidly on our way to becoming Greece, Italy, Ireland, or Zimbabwe. “Current unemployment is officially about 9%; unofficially, it is almost twice that. Forty-five million Americans now receive government assistance to purchase food; nearly two million have filed bankruptcy, and more than a million have lost their homes in foreclosure proceedings.” Abdelnour cites factors few in Congress want to address.Despite this, in his first two years in office, President Obama has increased the size of U.S. debt more than all previous presidents combined. His new budget proposes $3.75 trillion in spending.I have always been wary of conspiracy theories, but sometimes the dates, the facts, and the personalities involved come together in too neat a package to ignore.Hmmmm.......“When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.Read the full story here

  • IAEA's Amano: Iran still steadily producing uranium.The Post's Lally Weymouth talked to Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, last week in Vienna. Excerpts: Q. Many believe that Iran carried out nuclear weapons research in the past, including work on weaponization. . . . Do you agree with this? A. We receive information from various countries and collect information from our own sources that give us concern over the possible use of nuclear materials for military purposes - in the past and perhaps now. How is Iran complying with the IAEA? Your last report indicated some frustration. We ask them to declare - we ask about their activities. . . . We don't know if there are other activities outside their declaration. We are not sure if they are hiding something.Will the IAEA press for access to further locations in Iran? Yes, this is an issue that we have been discussing. We want to know more about what they are doing. . . . But Iran does not tell us well in advance about the construction of new facilities. You said the worm didn't do Iran much damage, that they have enough material to build a nuclear weapon if they stockpile low-enriched uranium?Iran is somehow producing uranium enriched to 3.5 percent and 20 percent. They are producing it steadily, constantly. The amount of enriched uranium has not been affected? The production is very steady.I can say they have well over 3,000 kilograms of enriched uranium of 3.5 percent and it is increasing. So they are stockpiling it? Yes. A Security Council resolution asks Iran to suspend [enrichment]. But contrary to this resolution they keep doing it.Hmmmm......Start looking at Venezuela and Turkey.Read the full story here.

  • Afghanistan defends takeover of women's shelters.Afghanistan on Tuesday defended a government plan to take over running of shelters for abused women, saying many women were tricked into leaving home without good reason and warning the refuges are rife with corruption. The plan triggered alarm among rights groups, who warn it will undo important progress made on women's rights since the 2001 overthrow of the Taliban, by placing victims of abuse at the mercy of a state lacking resources and often subject to the influence of misogynist powerbrokers. It follows accusations in the Afghan media that such shelters, run by foreign-funded non-governmental organisations, encourage immorality, prostitution and drug abuse. Afghanistan's caretaker Minister for Women's Affairs, Dr Husn Banu Ghazanfar, said the government had found numerous "violations" in the running of shelters. She suggested they were grossly over-funded and that it was unclear where the money had gone. Though conceding many women faced "problems" at home, Ghazanfar said some were "deceived" into leaving. "Some of them haven't had any problems in their homes and later they apologise to their families and to us," she said. Ghazanfar said she personally had no evidence of prostitution or drug abuse, but said such rumours had to be stopped.The new regulation, which needs cabinet approval, would see victims of domestic abuse subjected to compulsory forensic examination, barred from leaving without ministry approval and registered with the police. They can be evicted if they are "accepted" back by relatives, or upon marriage, which for many Afghan women is forced. Some run to shelters to escape unwanted husbands. Women suspected or accused of crimes would not be admitted. But running away from home is considered a "moral crime" in Afghanistan, like adultery, that women can be prosecuted for. Some women jailed for adultery say they were raped. New York-based Human Rights Watch said the plan reflected the growing strength of conservatives within President Hamid Karzai's government and was an overture to Taliban insurgents waging an escalating war against NATO and Afghan forces."The government is full of misogynist warlords and wide open to corruption," HRW Afghanistan researcher Rachel Reid said in a statement on Sunday. "A government shelter is far more likely to cave in to pressure from families and tribes to hand back the victims, which will put women's lives at risk."Read the full story here.

  • U.S. Policy to Address Internet Freedom.Days after Facebook and Twitter added fuel to a revolt in Egypt, the Obama administration plans to announce a new policy on Internet freedom, designed to help people get around barriers in cyberspace while making it harder for autocratic governments to use the same technology to repress dissent.The State Department’s policy, a year in the making, has been bogged down by fierce debates over which projects it should support, and even more basically, whether to view the Internet primarily as a weapon to topple repressive regimes or as a tool that autocrats can use to root out and crush dissent. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who will lay out the policy in a speech on Tuesday, acknowledged the Internet’s dual role in an address a year ago, and administration officials said she would touch on that theme again, noting how social networks were used by both protesters and governments in the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and other Arab countries. The State Department plans to finance programs like circumvention services, which enable users to evade Internet firewalls, and training for human rights workers on how to secure their e-mail from surveillance or wipe incriminating data from cellphones if they are detained by the police. A report by the Republican minority of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to be released Tuesday, said the State Department’s performance was so inadequate that the job of financing Internet freedom initiatives — at least those related to China — should be moved to another agency, the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America and Radio Free Europe. “Certainly, the State Department took an awfully long time to get this out,” said Rebecca MacKinnon, a former CNN correspondent and expert on Internet freedom issues who is now a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. “They got so besieged by the politics of what they should be funding.” Still, Ms. MacKinnon said that she believed the State Department’s deliberations had been thoughtful and the plan “is going to be effective if it’s couched within a broader set of policies.”Ron Deibert, the director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, said that governments had been shifting from blocking the Internet to hacking and disabling it. Even in the United States, he noted, the Senate is considering a bill that would allow the president to switch off the Internet in the event of a catastrophic cyberattack.Hmmmm.....Read the full story here.

  • HT:Rferl.Iran.One Killed As Antigovernment Protesters Clash With Security Forces In Iran.Reports from Iran say one person was shot and killed as police moved to break up antigovernment demonstrations in the capital, Tehran, on February 14.Eyewitnesses have told RFE/RL that thousands of protesters answered calls from the opposition to turn out for a banned rally in support of the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. Demonstrators were met with opposition by security forces, who fired into the air and used tear gas to disperse the crowd in the streets leading to Azadi Square, the announced site of the main rally. The semiofficial Fars news agency reported gunshots killed one bystander and wounded others. Fars said "seditionists" from the banned rebel group the People's Mujahedin of Iran were responsible for the shooting.A student activist who took part in the February 14 protest told RFE/RL that security forces had shut down some of the streets leading to the square. He said he saw thousands of people marching in the streets of Tehran toward the square and that the number of protesters grew as darkness fell.The student activist also said he saw some protesters carrying canned food and warm clothes, "as if they were planning to spend the night in the streets.""We are ready to die for freedom. We said goodbye to each other last night in case something happens," said the young man, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "During last year's protests I saw Amir Javadifar. It could have been me," he added, referring to a protester who last year was arrested and died after being tortured.Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad claimed at the rally that antigovernment protests spreading across the Arab world -- including those which led to the ouster of the autocratic presidents of Tunisia and Egypt -- are an extension of the Islamic Revolution that toppled Iran's U.S.-backed monarch in 1979."Soon a new Middle East -- without the U.S. and the Zionist regime -- will be created and the oppressors will not have a place in the Middle East," Ahmadinejad said.Hmmmm......Did we not just hear something similar from Turkey's foreign minister?Read the full story here.

  • HT:RightTruth.Executions are Good !According to Mehr news agency, Iran’s chief justice, Ayatollah Mohseni Gorkani, told his students in an ethics class that “our life, tranquility and peace depend on executions”. After reading verses from the Quran, Ayatollah Gorkani further stated executions are dictated by the Holy book and must be done in order to preserve tranquility of life and peace in the society.Read the full story here.

  • HT:Memri.Iranian Majlis Speaker Calls to Prosecute Mousavi, Karroubi; Activists Call to Continue the Protests.Following yesterday's (February 14) protests in Iran's cities, in which thousands took part, Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani attacked the heads of the protest movement Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi, saying they had "fallen into the trap set by the U.S. and the Zionists" and calling on the Majlis to have them prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Speaking at the Majlis, he said that "the two must repent, now that they have seen that the U.S. and Israel support their actions." He added that the U.S. and Israel had goaded the protesters to take to the streets and take part in illegal demonstrations, and condemned the "Zio-American anti-revolutionary and anti-patriotic activity of the rioters". Majlis members responded with cries of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel," and called to have Mousavi and Karroubi executed.Iranian Prosecutor-General Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei promised that the authorities would deal with those behind the riots firmly and swiftly. Protest movement leaders Mousavi and Karroubi are currently under house arrest. Read the full story here.

  • 'Muslim convert' wife murdered along with her two children by monster husband had only stayed with him for 'sake of the kids'.The wife whose ‘abusive monster' husband murdered her and their two young children had only stayed with him for the 'sake of the kids', it has has been claimed.Joy Small, 24, was found dead in her home along with her three-year-old son Aubarr and daughter Chanarra, two, on Saturday afternoon.It is not yet known how they died, but it is thought police went to the flat after discovering the body of Miss Small’s husband, Aram Aziz, 32, in a country park the day before.Aziz, who was described as an ‘abusive monster’, is said to have once poured petrol over Miss Small’s head and tried to set it alight. Friends said she was so frightened of him that she installed a panic button in her flat and had kept a hammer under her pillow.Miss Small, a mother-of-three from Leicester, is believed to have split from her husband, an Iraqi Kurd, last year, but she later rekindled their relationship.Miss Small’s ex-husband Javed Ghaznavi, with whom she had one child, a boy of seven, claimed she had had got back with Aziz for the good of the children.Mr Ghaznavi, 32,said he had last spoken to her eight months ago.‘She was crying and was desperately upset,’ he said. ‘She was having problems with Aram and they had separated.‘He was not very good for her. She said he was always smoking drugs, he was caught shoplifting and was in trouble with the police. 'I saw Aram two months ago and he said they had got back together for the sake of their kids.When they split up, he’d left a message on her answerphone saying he would kill her and the children. He said she could never have another boyfriend.’Miss Bland added: ‘I went away last July, and when I got back she was quiet. She said she had a new boyfriend, but I had my suspicions she was back with him.‘In November, I found out she was and we fell out. I couldn’t stand by and let it happen. She had been warned by police and social services that if she got back with him, they’d take her kids off her.‘I didn’t want that to happen but I wish I’d followed my instincts now and said something. If I had, she might still be alive.‘At least she can rest in peace now. She is finally free of him.’Hmmmm.....Staying with a monster for the sake of the kids is the worst excuse.Read the full story here.

  • France: What the Halal?French Muslims Confused Over Halal Restrictions.The news suspended forks on their way to mouths, and sent supermarkets rushing to pull goods from shelves. Last month, the website Débat Halal claimed it had evidence that a popular brand of halal-certified poultry sausages marketed in France by a giant international food producer actually contain pork, rendering them forbidden — or haram — to Muslims. The accusation led many French Muslims to question how they can be sure that any of the halal food they buy meets certification standards — only to discover that no single set of standards exists for determining which products are halal and which aren't. Now, some observers are hoping that the haram hubbub may finally push France's Muslim leaders to agree upon a united code for the halal food sector — one of the biggest-booming niche markets in the nation. The stir began when Débat Halal published a Jan. 16 report saying that tests had detected pork — a substance forbidden under both halal and kosher rules — within halal-branded poultry sausages produced by Herta, a unit of global food giant Nestlé. Counter-tests revealed by Herta a week later found no traces of pork in their Knacki Halal poultry sausages.In recent months, revelations of mechanized slaughtering by some industrial poultry Producers — rather than the manual culling and bleeding halal requires — have led some experts to estimate that up to 90% of poultry products labeled as halal in France don't meet even the most basic, generally recognized standards. While trying to find out exactly what the national norms are for halal certification, French Muslims have found there is no unified set of criteria or inspection procedures to verify a product as being halal. Instead, food companies work along differing standards overseen by rival factions of France's Islamic community. For Muslim consumers paying a premium to make sure that what they're eating is compatible with their religious Beliefs, it's an upsetting revelation."Questions of halal in France are overseen by the [country's] three most influential Mosques — in Paris, Evry, and Lyon — and they each have their own criteria, inspectors, companies and products they approve and endorse," says Abbas Bendali, director of the Paris-based Solis Conseil marketing consultancy, and an expert on France's halal food sector. "France's Muslim community is a mosaic of national origins, customs, tastes and habits to begin with, but unless rivalries can be overcome and a unified system regulating halal food can be created, the French halal market will remain splintered." Hmmmm.......Read the full story here.HT:IslamInEurope.

  • HT:IslamInEurope.Belgium: 60% of halal food 'impure'. According to the Belgian halal federation, 60% of the halal products on sale are impure. "The bulk of the European halal market is in the hands of scoundrels who manipulate everything for their own interests," Farid El Machaoud, chairman of the federation, told De Morgen.According to El Machaoud you can get a 'halal stamp' without a thorough inspection, or it can be bought in France. He says that in practice it's often against the rules and the people who write out the certificates are not Muslim and therefore not qualified.In order to fight against the wild increase of incorrectly labeled products, European Association of Halal Certifiers was founded in Brussels February 24th.Hmmmmm.......Doesn't sound to "Kosher" to me.Read the full story here.

  • Almost 200 killed in south Sudan clashes: party.Nearly 200 people have been killed in attacks by a renegade militia in south Sudan's Jonglei oil state, the region's ruling party said on Tuesday, almost doubling earlier estimates of the death count."We express our sorrow and pain after the loss of nearly 200 people -- 197 people in Fangak county as a result of the heinous attack by George Athor's forces on a defenceless civilian population," the secretary general of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) Pagan Amum told journalists.Sudan's army said forces loyal to Athor, a former senior army officer who launched a revolt after losing in last year's elections, carried out a series of attacks in Jonglei last week. It earlier said 105 people died.The violence has reignited concerns for the security of the region where voters last month overwhelmingly voted to declare independence from the north in a referendum.Hmmmm.......And so it begun?read the full story here.

  • Russia - Two killed, 20 wounded in two Dagestan explosions. Two police officers were killed and about 20 wounded in two explosions in the Russian North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, a law enforcement source said Tuesday.A female suicide bomber blew herself up near a police station in the village of Gubden on Monday evening, killing one policeman and injuring several.In a short while, a second explosion followed. A Lada Priora car, stopped at the Gubden checkpoint for an inspection by security guards as it was heading toward the scene of the previous explosion, exploded killing one policeman and leaving about 17 people wounded.Earlier it was reported that five people were injured in the second blast.An investigation is underway.Hmmmm......Islam the religion of Peace.Read the full story here.

  • HT:TheAmericanDream.Worst Freeze In 60 Years Wipes Out Entire Crops Across The Southwestern U.S. And Northern Mexico.Get ready to pay a lot more for produce at the supermarket. In early February the worst freeze in 60 years wiped out entire crops all across the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico. Already, it has been reported that some U.S. supermarkets have doubled or even tripled prices for certain produce items. Yes, you read that correctly. The price of certain vegetables is actually doubling or even tripling in many U.S. supermarkets. The really bizarre weather that we have been seeing all over the globe this winter is really playing havoc with food prices. The global price of food hit an all-time record during the month of January, and most observers expect food prices to continue to soar. Even before this recent horrible freeze in the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico, global food prices were pushed higher by unprecedented flooding in Australia and Brazil, and key agricultural areas of China are now experiencing their worst drought in 200 years. Things are getting really crazy out there. One crop that was hit particularly hard by the recent freeze was corn.  In fact, officials in Mexico are estimating that four million tons of corn have been lost.  That represents a full 16 percent of Mexico's annual corn harvest.Produce prices in the U.S. are eventually expected to return back to normal levels, but this just shows how dramatically food prices can change when a major disaster happens.Most Americans assume that the United States is generally immune to food price shocks, so this recent freeze is going to shake a lot of people up. A whole lot of Americans are going to be really surprised the next time they go shopping for fresh produce.Hmmmm......Read the full story here.

  • HT:JawaReport.Video: "Islamic Anti-Semitic Demonstration in Front of the Synagogue in Tunis".Here's a new video of the event antisemitic Islamists on Friday to the Great Synagogue of Tunis. The demonstrators shouted anti-Semitic slogans: "Jews Wait army of Mohammed is coming back!", "We'll redo the Battle of Khaybar" recalling the victory of the Prophet on the Jews in 628 and the traditional "ouakbar Allah!"Here's what they scream:« Khaybar, Khaybar, yya yahoud, jaysh muhammad saya'oud !» "O Jews, the army of Muhammad will return" !)...Hmmmm....."Islam the religion of peace".Read and see the full story here.

  • Justice minister joins sit-in to demand Dakamseh's release.Israel school girls' killer a 'hero': Jordan minster.Jordan's justice minister on Monday described a Jordanian soldier serving a life sentence for killing Israeli schoolgirls in 1997 as a "hero," joining a sit-in to demand his release."I support the demonstrators' demand to free Ahmad Dakamseh. He's a hero. He does not deserve prison," Hussein Mujalli, who was named minister last week, told AFP, after taking part in the sit-in held by the trade unions."If a Jewish person killed Arabs, his country would have built a statue for him instead of imprisonment."Mujalli, a former president of the Jordan Bar Association, was Dakamseh's lawyer."It is still my case and I will still defend him. It is a top priority for me," he said."Dakamseh needs a special pardon. Only the king can issue a special pardon," the state-run Petra news agency quoted Mujalli as saying.In March 1997, Dakamseh fired an automatic weapon at a group of Israeli schoolgirls as they visited Baqura, a scenic peninsula on the Jordan River near the Israeli border, killing seven and wounding five as well as a teacher.The attack came almost three years after Jordan and Israel signed a peace treaty, only the second between an Arab country and the Jewish state.The motives of Dakamseh, who was 30 at the time and a married father of three, were never clear. Then king Hussein cut short a visit to Europe and rushed home to condemn the attack. He later travelled to Israel to offer his condolences to the families of the slain schoolgirls."We cannot imagine that a great fighter like Dakamseh is in jail instead of reaping the rewards of his achievement," the letter said.Jordan's powerful Islamist movement and the country's 14 trade unions, which have more than 200,000 members, have repeatedly called for Dakamseh's release.Hmmmm......"Great fighter"?Shooting a group of schoolgirls........ children?In which dimension are they living?Read the full story here.

  • HT:Wired.CIA Lawyer: How I Issued Drone ‘Death Warrants’.You can expect to see at least two people inside the secret bunkers in Virginia where the CIA pilots its lethal drones over Pakistan. One controls the distant drone, his hand on a joystick, ready to fire off a missile at a target below. Another is a CIA lawyer, watching to ensure that the operator is within his rights to attack his target. Call it a “punctilious” method to avoid civilian casualties and legal hot water, as one of those lawyers recently did — or call it the bureaucratization of a shadow war.Tara Mckelvey gets a very rare peek inside the processes that go into the drone strikes, an undeclared air war that peaked last year at 118 missile firings, up from 33 in 2008. Her conclusion, published today in Newsweek, is that the operations ordering them are “multilayered and methodical, run by a corps of civil servants who carry out their duties in a professional manner.” But even the CIA’s former top lawyer, John Rizzo, is blunt about his involvement in what he calls “murder.”Rizzo told Mckelvey that the process works roughly like this: the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center maintains a team of ten lawyers, who compile evidence that a prospective target constitutes a threat to the U.S. If Rizzo outlined the threshold that the lawyers have to meet, Mckelvey doesn’t report what it is, nor does she explain who asks the lawyers to compile a case on a particular target. But the CIA’s general counsel vets the case before issuing what Rizzo, who held the job during the Bush and early Obama administrations, calls a “death warrant.” The president doesn’t review the targeting list.What the CIA lawyers are reviewing the drone program for is a mystery. Some law professors contend that the very involvement of CIA civilians or contractors in an inherently military program like the drone strikes make their pilots “unlawful combatants,” as Georgetown’s Gary Solis tells Mckelvey. All the administration has said about its legal rationale for the strikes is that they must be “proportionate” to the threat and are “limited to military objectives,” i.e., they don’t intentionally target civilians. But as Mckelvey documents, there’s an awful lot of lawyers to review what is a murky legal standard, at least in public, for a shadow war.Hmmmm.......Who decides who lives or who dies?Read the full story here.

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