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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Muslims with automatic weapons attack US Embassy in Bosnia

US Embassy in Sarajevo is attacked by Wahhabi fundamentalists on Friday, October 28, 2011.

This video was shot from across the street at the Importanne shopping center. Please excuse the poor quality, this video was taken with an iPod.
These videos were taken during the first 15 minutes of the stand off which lasted approximately 30 minutes. It is alleged that 2-3 men were involved in the attack. Two are confirmed; one was fatally wounded and the other was wounded and taken to the hospital for medical care.
The end of the stand off was not captured due to everyone in the building being forced to move away from the windows and into the basement parking garage.
Bosnian TV later identified the shooter as Mevlid Jasarevic from the city of Novi Pazar in southwestern Serbia, which is home to a community of Bosnian Muslims who live in the country. The television network also identified the man as a Wahabi follower, but did not cite its sources.Source.

  • Related - Serbian News source- Bosnian Muslim terrorists attacking US Embassy wore Suicide Belt!Update 6.The unnamed local Bosnian Muslim, shot at the US embassy in Sarajevo out of a Kalashnikov. He wounded 2 policemen. One of the wounded is a staff in the US Embassy.One terrorist was shot in the head while the other is shot in the hip. Both are in the hospital.Sources say that one of the Muslim attackers is from the city of Novi Pazar, which is in Serbia’s Raska region where Muslims are often in conflict either among themselves or with the authorities.Bosnian Muslim that was shot in the hip also had an explosive strap, like most al-Qaeda Muslims. Photo of the scene with an armed Muslim is seen below.Witnesses say that the shooter shouted “Allahu Akbar” which means Allah is Great – a traditional shout by a pious MuslimsWitnesses also say that the shooter was calling on the staff in the US Embassy to come out of the building so he can kill them. Witnesses say he did not want to kill civilians because the civilians were Muslims.Witnesses also say that the shooter was angry because “Americans are killing Muslims across the world”.Jasarevic was already involved in suspicious activity with another local Muslim, Fatmir Muratovic in 2010. These 2 were questioned for suspicious activity during a visit of foreign ambassadors.Sources say that another Bosnian Muslim attacker is involved but he escaped and is believed to be roaming the streets of Sarajevo.Serbian Interior Ministry says that Mevlid Jasarevic was arrested in 2010 for having a knife on himself during the visit to Novi Pazar by the US Ambassador to Serbia.Jasarevic was born in December 1988 and got a 3 year prison sentenced in Vienna in 2005 for armed robbery that netted him 100,000 Euros. After serving the sentence he was deported out of Austria. He went back to Novi Pazar to “spread Islam”.Read and see the full story here.More here on the attack.
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    • Is the POTUS Stirring Up a Revolution?(AT).Obama was hailed as a healing president, promising peace and harmony. What we have seen, however, is a president distinctively divisive on racial issues, and instigating class warfare. His actions are a prescription for a violent revolution.During his campaign Obama gave the highly acclaimed speech on race (excerpt):
    "Throughout the first year of this campaign, against all predictions to the contrary, we saw how hungry the American people were for this message of unity. Despite the temptation to view my candidacy through a purely racial lens, we won commanding victories in states with some of the whitest populations in the country. In South Carolina, where the Confederate Flag still flies, we built a powerful coalition of African Americans and white Americans."My, how things have changed; and it didn't take long. Shortly after Obama took office there was Obama's reaction to the incident involving Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and the Cambridge Police Department: "President Obama said that police in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 'acted stupidly' in arresting a prominent black Harvard professor last week after a confrontation at the man's home." He never should have stuck his nose into this. And if he were going to say something, he should have understood the situation prior to butting in. Instead, he routinely took the professor's side, showing his real and sincere bias, and managing to anger folks on both sides of the debate.More recently the POTUS told a group of Hispanics, "And if Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, we're gonna punish our enemies and we're gonna reward our friends..." Punish? Enemies? Not exactly harmonious, peace-inspiring words.Then in his speech before the Congressional Black Caucus he said, "I expect all of you to march with me and press on. Take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes."And let's not forget the work of Eric Holder when his Justice Department went easy in a Philadelphia voting rights case against members of the New Black Panther Party because they are African American.This is our post-racial president.And then there's the class warfare. In 2008, then-candidate Obama's remarks in his interview with Charles Gibson should have been a clue. When Gibson pointed out that recently when tax rates were increased government revenues decreased and when tax rates decreased revenues increased, Obama replied "Well, Charlie, what I've said is that I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness." He has accusingly said ad nauseam that wealthy Americans should pay their "fair share," which means that no matter how much they are paying, they should pay more.Mr. Obama's repetitive attacks on the wealthy have led to growing divisions between them and the less fortunate, such as the current Occupy Wall Street protestors who "want to see the rich pay a fair share of their profits in wages, wealth and income in taxes..." When asked about the protestors, Obama replied: ""I think it expresses the frustrations that the American people feel." Usage of words such as greed, selfish, and mean, while always a part of the liberal description of Republicans, has escalated more in recent years.While most pundits seem to think of this as just another chapter in American politics, albeit somewhat intense, I'm less blasé about it. I see this as a potential beginning of serious violence in our streets and neighborhoods. At worst, problems could escalate to a point requiring national action -- possibly a declaration of a state of emergency with military involvement. Is it possible we could have martial law imposed on us around next November, and, coincidentally, have the elections postponed? Not likely, but possible.More certain, however, is the extended racial and class tension that will exist for decades. While I never expected racism to go away completely, racial harmony in this country has been gaining momentum and is, essentially, more of a problem to the left-wing media and certain race-baiting politicos than to folks on the ground. I'm afraid the actions of this administration may reverse the positive course that people of all races have worked so hard to establish. Barack Obama has done his best to delay racial harmony.And class warfare? The vociferous screams from the left have prompted normally silent, tax-paying Americans to denigrate those who don't pay taxes: adding their voices to the argument and elevating hostilities.I don't generally subscribe to conspiracy theories, and I'm not postulating such right now. However, you have to wonder, given Rahm Emanuel's remarks at the beginning of Obama's administration: "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before." Do what? Fully implement socialism? Create a fascist-left country? Simply elevate the problems with our economy and instigate tension between the people, and you have the perfect storm for such a scenario. Even if this isn't being done by design, it could happen anyway.This is one reason why so many on the right believe it is absolutely critical that we remove Mr. Obama from office in 2012. A GOP president will certainly stir up anxiety on the left, and the cries of foul play that existed during George Bush's administration will resume.Certainly a Republican will not be able to do much to mend recent wounds. But the GOP is never as hostile in its criticism of the left, and the dissention will slow down and possibly stop. Maybe after a few years and if the economy improves progress in this area will again move forward.And yes, while there are not many high-profile, moderate Dems, a more moderate and sensible Democrat could lessen the problem as well. However, it is highly unlikely that any Democrat (even Hillary) will challenge Obama for the Democratic nomination. And if one did, of course, additional hostilities would generate from that.Thanks to Barack Obama (with help from the media and left-wing pundits) hostility in America is a high as I can recall, and close to a breaking point. With regard to this situation, the 2012 election represent a break even or lose situation. If Obama wins, we lose. If any Republican wins, we break even.Hmmm.........If Obama wins.... AMERICA AS WE KNOW IT DIES."I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes." ~ Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776.Read the full story here.

    • Gunman fires at U.S. embassy in Bosnia.(Yahoo).Sarajevo (Reuters) - A gunman fired on the United States embassy in Bosnia Friday in a 30-minute assault blamed by state television on a radical Islamist from neighboring Serbia.The gunman was wounded by a police sniper during the attack in Sarajevo's busy downtown, in which a police officer was seriously wounded and shop workers scrambled for cover.Bosnian television identified the man, bearded and carrying a Kalashnikov assault rifle, as 23-year-old Mevlid Jasarevic, a Serbian citizen from the mainly Muslim town of Novi Pazar.It said he had been visiting a community of hardline Islamists in northern Bosnia. A Reuters photograph of the gunman showed a tall man with a brown coat and a long beard.Bosnia, which was torn apart by war between Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslim), Croats and Serbs in 1992-95 as Yugoslavia collapsed, is considered a strong ally of the United States in the turbulent Balkans.Bakir Izetbegovic, the Muslim member of Bosnia's tripartite presidency, condemned the attack, saying the United States was a "proven friend" of Bosnia."The American government and people have supported us in the most difficult moments of our history, and nobody has the right to endanger the friendly relations between our two countries," he said in a statement.A police spokesman said the gunman had been taken to hospital for treatment but that his injuries were not life-threatening. A hospital spokeswoman said a man had been admitted under police escort with gunshot wounds to his upper leg."The doctors are conducting a medical intervention and the man is expected to be escorted from hospital by the police in next two to three hours," said spokeswoman Biljana Jandric.Embassy officials said the building had gone into "lockdown" during the assault, and no one in the embassy had been hurt.Police spokesman Irfan Nefic said one police officer had been seriously wounded. He said police believed the gunman had acted alone, but that the investigation would reveal more.Read the full story here.
    • Related - 15 suspected misunderstanders of Islam detained in Serbia after attack on US embassy in Bosnia.(WashingtonPost).BELGRADE, Serbia — Police say 15 people suspected of belonging to an extremist Islamic sect have been detained in southern Serbia.Read the full story here.

    • The Ayers Brothers Connection: Coaching #OccupyChicago, Calling for School ‘Occupations’.(NewZeal).By Trevor Loudon.Former Weather Underground terrorist leader, and long time colleague of president Barack Obama, Bill Ayers is actively supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement in his home town of Chicago – while his education activist brother, Rick Ayers, wants to see the movement extended to the nation’s schools.In an October 16 interview with the Chicago Sun-Times journalist Laura Washington, Bill Ayers described the” Occupy” movement as a “North American Spring,” akin to the “Arab Spring” still playing out in North Africa and the Middle East. Said Ayers:
    These kinds of movements expand our consciousness of what’s possible… Every revolution seems impossible at the beginning, and after it happens, it was inevitable.”
    Ayers’ support took a more practical form October 19, when the retired UIC professor led a “teach-in” with Occupy Chicago protesters on “non-violent direct action” at the group’s HQ (in front of the Federal Reseve Bank at Jackson and LaSalle).Ayers detailed the tactics and history of the Civil Rights movement, drawing analogies to the group before him. “You created power where there was none,” the famed agitator said.Ayers spoke naturally to the crowd of 40, who sat in rapture, registering their approval by lifting silent fingers.“It’s critical that you maintain your independence,” Ayers told the crowd – warning them not to be co-opted by labor unions or the Democrats. History, Ayers told the assembled activists, shows his preferred approach to political power. “Martin Luther King didn’t go begging for a meeting with Lyndon Johnson,” Ayers said. “Lyndon Johnson begged for a meeting with Martin Luther King.”The protesters seem to have already followed Ayers’ advice. The group turned down Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposition for a meeting, demanding the misdemeanor charges from last Saturday’s arrest of more than 170 activists be dropped first.Writing from San Francisco, Bill Ayer’s brother Rick, a Professor in Teacher Education at the University of San Francisco, has called for the “Occupy” movement to reach into America’s schools.Rick Ayers, an activist in his own right and a long time collaborator with his brother Bill in the Rethinking Schools movement, wants to see the OWS tactics “applied to schools.” Writing in the Huffington Post, Rick Ayers praised OWS for its militancy:
    “Occupy wall Street is action. We have had talk, talk, talk for years, decades even. The right — the think tanks, big media outlets, politicians, foundations — thunders its dogma on a regular basis. The left – community organizers, unions, educators, activists — refute their arguments, though with a much smaller voice and very few dollars. But it has all just been a conversation.Now action obliterates the deadlock. Whatever we have been waiting for — Obama, common sense, karma — we realized it was never coming to help us and it is time for action. Action creates facts, and facts are essential — they create possibilities and new words, fresh vocabularies. The silenced majority, the 99%, has finally been pushed so far that it is pushing back. Every movement is improbable until it happens; after the fact it so clearly was inevitable.”Rick Ayers went on to say:
    The same type of bold action could be applied to schools. The privatizers, those who would strip down our schools to being test-prep factories training only for compliance and passivity, have made their case with all the volume that billions of dollars can buy…But so far it has only been a conversation. It does not matter if we defeat their arguments over and over. They still have the purse strings, the foundations, and the big megaphone. The time has come for action. Take over these schools. Occupy them. Sit in. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We built these schools with our taxes, our labor, our commitment to students and communities. They are not just playthings for overfed business dilettantes. Instead of taking marching orders from Wall Street, we need to take these schools and make them institutions of liberation.With students, community members, and teachers in these buildings, imagine the possibilities. Poetry workshop in one room; free clinic in another; science lab in a third. Food production. Critical pedagogy class. Strategy meetings. A kind of education that embraces deep meaning, knowledge for people’s needs, and participatory democracy. Watch these young people step up. In a liberated space, the bored and resistant students in the back of the room will be transformed. You will see them taking responsibility for their education, demonstrate their desire for ethical action, for sacrifice for the common good, and for a future they can believe in.Can we do this? At one site? At a hundred? You can be certain that this is a discussion popping up all over the country. This is the kind of action that would trump the endless, and ultimately losing, debate we have been locked in over the past years. We can’t talk our way out of the problems in education. But we can act, together, because another world is possible.”
    Is the “Occupy” movement a passing phase that will wither when the first blasts of winter hit Chicago and New York and Milwaukee? Or is this the beginning a much more significant and dangerous period of US history?The involvement of veteran activists like the Ayers brothers indicates that this is no mere passing explosion of youthful anarchist outrage. The “mature” left is backing OWS for a reason. They’ve been waiting for this for a long time. They knew it would come. After all, their Marxist creed tells them that revolution is inevitable. Its only a matter of time.Hmmm........I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes~ Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776.Read the full story here.

    • Obama's Student Loan Fraud.(RushLimbaugh).RUSH: I tell you, you students with college loans and you parents of students with college loans, do you realize what dupes you are to the regime? It is amazing. The student loan program "reform," it's amazing. We got a random act of journalism here by the Atlantic Monthly that illustrates just how few people this affects, how hugely expensive it is. It's a farce. It's a total farce. It misleads and it deceives students, and it's gonna end up saving students $8. This is one of the biggest jokes to come down the pike in a long time, and I'm gonna set it straight. It's a convoluted, intricately woven web of deceit. But that's what I do here is make the complex understandable.I'm gonna take a stab at this as we kick off the big program today.All right, we have a random act of journalism from the Atlantic Monthly, of all places, left-wing rag with a couple of faux, pseudo-conservatives writing now and then for so-called balance. They published an article yesterday about Obama's student loan bailout, and their headline is this: "Obama's Student Loan Order Saves the Average Grad Less Than $10 a Month." So that's what Obama thinks it costs to buy their vote. You students, you parents of students, your votes can be had for eight bucks. Now, granted, you wouldn't know this if I, El Rushbo, wasn't about to tell you because I don't think you read Atlantic Monthly, and I wouldn't blame you if you don't. It's one of the reasons I get combat pay. I do. I'm gonna explain it to you. But that's what your vote is worth.The subheadline in the Atlantic Monthly story spells out how even $10 is overly optimistic. Here's what it says. "The monthly impact of the president's new effort for most Americans paying off college debt will be between $4 and $8." The article goes on to talk about how outrageous the cost of a college education is, how outrageously it's gone up, which has caused student loans to have grown by 511% since 1999, and most student loan debt -- get this, now. This is interesting. Most student loan debt was accrued over the past ten years. Eighty-two percent of all student loans from the get-go, from the beginning of student loans, 82% of all debt has been accrued over the past ten years, and they go on to say that Obama's proposals are basically meaningless, which is what we tried to say here yesterday, but it's nice to see that others are noticing it, too.So here's a pretty good overview of the whole situation. And, by the way, this is all being done by executive order. And I am here to tell you that if Bush or any Republican was using the executive order process this way there would be howling from all corners. Bypassing Congress, executive fiat, who does he think he is? What does he think this is? A dictatorship? Those kinds of headlines and questions would be out there. The Drive-Bys would be filled with cries of imperial executive branch actions. But with Obama, all you hear is the crickets chirping, even if you hear that.Hmmm.....What ever happened to the  tradional 'Thirty pieces of Silver'?Read the full story here.

    • Pirates and their allies in the Somali terror group al-Shabab have abducted US citizen.(Wired).A campaign of kidnapping that began at sea with Somali pirates has expanded onto land and across Somalia’s borders. Pirates and their allies in the Somali terror group al-Shabab have begun targeting tourists and aid workers in Kenya and Puntland, a mostly self-governing region in northern Somalia.The latest victim of the abduction squads: a American woman, grabbed in Puntland apparently on Wednesday along with a Danish colleague. The 32-year-old former teacher was in Puntland to help defuse mines leftover from the region’s years of warfare. The fall-out from the kidnapping in an already tense region is yet to be seen.Even leaving aside piracy, abduction has long been a favorite tactic of Somali extremists. But until recently, the targets were mostly Somalis and foreign journalists and humanitarians working in southern Somalia. The expansion of the kidnapping campaign into Kenya has provoked retaliatory attacks by, so far, Kenya and France — with the U.S. considering escalated intervention even before the American was taken.A 56-year-old British tourist was the first to be kidnapped. On Sept. 11, pirates slipped into a resort in Kiwayu, in Kenya near the Somali border. The attackers seized Judith Tebbut and shot dead her 58-year-old husband David. Kenyan authorities have arrested two men in connection with the crime, but Tebbutt remains missing.On Oct. 1, gunmen — al-Shabab agents, according to the Kenyan government — grabbed 66-year-old Frenchwoman Marie Dedieu from a Kenyan island resort. Dedieu, a tetraplegic, died in Somalia after her kidnappers deprived her of her medicine. “This was an act of unqualified barbarism, violence and brutality,” said Alain Juppe, the French foreign minister.Twelve days later, suspected al-Shabab fighters infiltrated the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya and kidnapped two Spanish women working for the medical NGO Doctors Without Borders. Dadaab, pictured, is home to hundreds of thousands of displaced Somalis.“We are working with contacts in Kenya and Somalia to ascertain further information,” the State Department said in a statement following the American’s abduction. “The United States condemns kidnappings of any kind, and we call for the immediate release of all of the victims involved.”What Washington might do, beyond that, is unclear at this time. Two weeks ago, Kenya invaded southern Somalia with 1,500 troops, helicopters and jet fighters, aiming to destroy al-Shabab — a move echoing Ethiopia’s disastrous two-year intervention in Somalia that ended in 2008. The French military is providing air and logistical support for the Kenyan operation.Last week, Scott Gration, the U.S. ambassador to Kenya, said Washington was also considering supporting the Kenyans, on top of its ongoing “shadow war” in Somalia involving Special Forces, armed drones and mercenaries. With Somali extremists targeting Americans, the U.S. could decide it now has enough reason to throw its weight fully behind the risky Kenyan assault.Hmmm.....The 'people' the Turkish IHH aids.Read the full story here.

    • Special Ops’ Latest Drone: A Russian Doll of Death.(Wired).Come spring, there’ll be a new drone in the Special Ops arsenal of annihilation. Call it … the Robotic Russian Doll of Death.Researchers from Naval Air Systems Command, Eglin Air Force Base, and engineering company Navmar Applied Science Corporation are already toiling away at the drone’s design, is reporting.And it’s wild: essentially one deadly drone shoved inside a bigger, more benign one. The petite, 13-foot Tigershark drone, already used for surveillance and reconnaissance, will be outfitted with an even smaller drone — developed by Air Force researchers under the Precision Acquisition and Weaponized System program — that doubles as a warhead. The baby drone would detach from its Tigershark mother and relay real-time video to ground support as it was directed toward a target and then detonated on impact.It’s an idea that U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has been interested in pursuing for years. In 2007, SOCOM’s Col. Jim Geurts expressed an urgent need for smaller, more targeted weaponry, so that “the guy in the truck evaporates and the two trucks next to him don’t get blown out and the windows in the house don’t get blown out.”But now, it finally seems for real. A $12 million design and assembly effort is supposed to be done in the Spring of 2012. After that comes testing at Eglin and at the Army Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. Then, if all goes well: Afghanistan.Executives at Navmar, however, claim they don’t know a thing about their drone-within-a-drone’s potential deployment.“I don’t know where you got that information; you know more than I’m allowed to tell you,” company president Tom Flenery told Danger Room when we reached out for more information. “We’re not involved in that — we just sell them the planes.”Several military branches and drone companies are working on teeny-tiny robotic killers. The Acturus drone, which is the aerial equivalent of a compact car and carries a 10-pound missile, is currently undergoing military tests, and earlier this year the Army doled out $4.9 million for “rapid fielding” of AeroVironment’s Switchblade suicide drone, essentially a tiny flying robot with a death wish.The logic behind these teenier missiles and self-detonating drones (sometimes inside bigger drones!) is simple: A smaller boom and a more targeted explosion — right through the car windshield, for example — keeps unnecessary damage to a minimum.“Because of the small size of the warhead, it would have pinpoint precision for the target,” Chyau Shen, a Navy program manager for surveillance systems, said. “And would not cause harm to neutrals or civilians near the target.”Sounds like a worthy goal. But Navmar was not exactly keen to discuss their mini-missile combo. When Danger Room reached out to the firm via e-mail, company execs suggested — via ongoing reply-all fail — that they were intent on avoiding any collateral damage of their own.“Where did this come from?” Anthony Madera, Navmar’s VP of engineering, wrote in an e-mail. “I don’t think it’s smart to get too much visibility. Do we want undesirable sources targeting us?”Hmmm....I don't really like the "would not cause harm to neutrals or civilians near the target" part, are we talking deployment in the U.S.?Read and see the full story here.

    • Iraq war will cost more than World War II.(CSM).Iraq war, now winding down with US troop exit by December, has cost more than $800 billion so far. But ongoing medical treatment, replacement vehicles, etc., will push costs to $4 trillion or more.Anyone curious about the cost of America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan can look it up on, up to the latest fraction of a second. Last weekend, the Iraq war had cost more than $800 billion since 2001; the Afghan war, $467 billion plus.For the 8-1/2-year conflict in Iraq alone, that works out to nearly $3,000 a second.So President Obama’s announcement that all US troops will be out of Iraq by year end should mean some drop in ongoing military spending. But the budget relief probably won’t be as much as you might expect.Throw in the replacement of vehicles, weapons, equipment, etc., and the eventual tab for the United States could reach $4 trillion to $6 trillion, according to University of Columbia economist Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard University budget expert Linda Bilmes. Those are big numbers.They would be on par with the $4.6 trillion the US spent on the recent financial bailouts, according to Barry Ritholtz, CEO of Wall Street research firm Fusion IQ and author of the popular blog The Big Picture. (Another estimate puts the bailout cost at $8.7 trillion.) The sum spent on the Iraq war could pay for a good chunk of Obamacare, professor Bilnes estimates. It’s more than the $3.6 trillion the US spent to fight World War II, even after adjusting for inflation, Mr. Ritholtz estimates.Modern warfare is just plain expensive. The military has found ways to reduce the human toll of war (compared with Iraq, fatalities in World War II were far higher: 17 million combatants from some 70 nations, 19 million Soviet civilians, 10 million Chinese, 6 million European Jews, and so on). But political leaders always seem to underestimate the financial costs.When President George W. Bush launched the war, charging incorrectly that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, the Pentagon estimated its cost at $50 billion to $60 billion. Economic adviser Lawrence Lindsey got in hot water at the White House when he guessed in public the war could cost as much as $200 billion.Read the full story here.

    • You're Kidding Me?Loaded Guns On Planes “Not A TSA Issue”.(JW).In the latest scandal to rock the perpetually inept Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a loaded gun slipped through “security” at a major U.S. airport and the agency claims there was no system breakdown because it was not its duty to intercept the weapon.This may lead Americans to wonder who is responsible for securing the nation’s transportation system. After all, Congress created the monstrous TSA, with 50,000 employees, to protect mainly aviation after the 2001 terrorist attacks. In the name of security, travelers go through a circus-like routine that includes invasive pat-downs, body scanners, removing shoes and giving up liquids to board a plane.Packing a loaded weapon into a checked bag is another story. It happened over the weekend at Los Angeles International Airport while TSA agents napped through the process. The loaded .38-caliber handgun was subsequently discovered by airport ramp employees when it fell out of a duffel bag as they were about to load it, according to California’s largest newspaper.Here is where it gets really good. TSA officials claim they are not required to screen for loaded weapons in checked luggage and an agency spokesman played if off as an “issue” for someone else to deal with. Here is the direct quote from the TSA official published in the paper’s follow-up story on the incident: “It may be an issue for some agency or the airline, but it's not a TSA issue. Our mandate is to screen baggage for explosives."Inevitably, this has ignited fury among local police and lawmakers since it’s illegal to transport a loaded or unloaded gun in an airplane without properly declaring it. Rules and regulations for the transportation of firearms and the penalties for violating them are even posted on the TSA’s website. “These regulations are strictly enforced,” the TSA asserts on its website. “Violations can result in criminal prosecution and civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation.”But who is strictly enforcing the regulations? A congresswoman, who represents Los Angeles and sits on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, is demanding answers. In a letter to Administrator John S. Pistole, Congresswoman Janice Hahn asks “if TSA is not enforcing its own regulations about loaded firearms in luggage, who is?” Hahn also mentions how “troubling” it is that ten years after the September 11 terrorist attacks, an undeclared, unsecured and loaded firearm escaped detection in baggage screening.These sorts of lapses are par for the course for the TSA, which has virtually unlimited resources and unconditional support from Congress and the White House. The agency has made headlines over the years for guns and bombs regularly getting past screeners during random tests at major airports, failing to meet federal standards by not screening cargo and passengers on hundreds of thousands of planes that fly over the U.S. annually and approving background checks for a dozen illegal immigrants working in sensitive areas of a busy U.S. airport.A few months ago a federal report blasted a $212 million TSA screening program, known as Passenger by Observation Techniques (SPOT), that promised to detect terrorists at U.S. airports. Instead the TSA’s highly specialized Behavior Detection Officers failed to stop terrorists from boarding planes on at least 23 occasions, according to congressional investigators who conducted the probe.Read the full story here

    • Preparing For Regime Change?: Turkey Shelters Anti-Assad Fighters.(StratRisks).Editor’s Note: Things have to go along a planned course.
    1.  Strongly oppose Syria’s violent actions.
    2.  Use Syria’s neighbors to apply pressure on regime.
    3.  Fund and (possibly) arm NGO’s and resistance groups to destabilize the country.
    4.  Create an opposing faction in Syria among their own people to fight the regime and stabilize the country after the regime is removed from power. Turkey has always played a key role in this game plan as western nations cannot directly be involved until there is a mass consensus that there must be action taken. –MV
    Antakya, Turkey — Once one of Syria’s closest allies, Turkey is hosting an armed opposition group waging an insurgency against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, providing shelter to the commander and dozens of members of the group, the Free Syrian Army, and allowing them to orchestrate attacks across the border from inside a camp guarded by the Turkish military.The support for the insurgents comes amid a broader Turkish campaign to undermine Mr. Assad’s government. Turkey is expected to impose sanctions soon on Syria, and it has deepened its support for an umbrella political opposition group known as the Syrian National Council, which announced its formation in Istanbul. But its harboring of leaders in the Free Syrian Army, a militia composed of defectors from the Syrian armed forces, may be its most striking challenge so far to Damascus.On Wednesday, the group, living in a heavily guarded refugee camp in Turkey, claimed responsibility for killing nine Syrian soldiers, including one uniformed officer, in an attack in restive central Syria.Turkish officials describe their relationship with the group’s commander, Col. Riad al-As’aad, and the 60 to 70 members living in the “officers’ camp” as purely humanitarian. Turkey’s primary concern, the officials said, is for the physical safety of defectors. When asked specifically about allowing the group to organize military operations while under the protection of Turkey, a Foreign Ministry official said that their only concern was humanitarian protection and that they could not stop them from expressing their views.“At the time all of these people escaped from Syria, we did not know who was who, it was not written on their heads ‘I am a soldier’ or ‘I am an opposition member,’ ” a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on the condition of anonymity in keeping with diplomatic protocol. “We are providing these people with temporary residence on humanitarian grounds, and that will continue.”At the moment, the group is too small to pose any real challenge to Mr. Assad’s government. But its Turkish support underlines how combustible, and resilient, Syria’s uprising has proven. The country sits at the intersection of influences in the region — with Iran, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Israel — and Turkey’s involvement will be closely watched by Syria’s friends and foes.“We will fight the regime until it falls and build a new period of stability and safety in Syria,” Colonel As’aad said in an interview arranged by the Turkish Foreign Ministry and conducted in the presence of a Foreign Ministry official. “We are the leaders of the Syrian people and we stand with the Syrian people.”The interview was held in the office of a local government official, and Colonel As’aad arrived protected by a contingent of 10 heavily armed Turkish soldiers, including one sniper.The colonel wore a business suit that an official with the Turkish Foreign Ministry said he purchased for him that morning. At the end of the meeting, citing security concerns, the colonel and a ministry official advised that all further contact with his group be channeled through the ministry.Turkey once viewed its warm ties with Syria as its greatest foreign policy accomplishment, but relations have collapsed over the eight months of antigovernment protests there and a brutal crackdown that the United Nations says has killed more than 3,000 people.Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey was personally offended by Mr. Assad’s repeated failure to abide by his assurances that he would undertake sweeping reform. Turkish officials predict that the Assad government may collapse within the next two years.“This pushes Turkish policy further towards active intervention in Syria,” said Hugh Pope, an analyst with the International Crisis Group. He called Turkey’s apparent relationship with the Free Syrian Army “completely new territory.”“It is clear Turkey feels under threat from what is happening in the Middle East, particularly Syria,” said Mr. Pope, who noted that in past speeches Mr. Erdogan “has spoken of what happens in Syria as an internal affair of Turkey.”Turkish officials say that their government has not provided weapons or military support to the insurgent group, and that the group has not directly requested such assistance.Still, Colonel As’aad, who thanked Turkey for its protection, made it clear that he was seeking better weapons, saying that his group could inflict damage on a Syrian leadership that has proven remarkably cohesive.“We ask the international community to provide us with weapons so that we, as an army, the Free Syrian Army, can protect the people of Syria,” he said. “We are an army, we are in the opposition, and we are prepared for military operations. If the international community provides weapons, we can topple the regime in a very, very short time.”The words seemed more boast than threat, and with mass pro-government rallies and a crackdown that has, for now, stanched the momentum of antigovernment demonstrations, the Syrian government appears in a stronger position than it did this summer. Though deeply isolated, Syria’s government felt emboldened by the vetoes of Russia and China of a relatively tough United Nations Security Council resolution. Despite predictions otherwise, the military and the security services, in particular, have yet to fracture in the eight months of a grinding, bloody crackdown.Colonel As’aad said he defected from the military and fled to Turkey after protests erupted in his home village, Ebdeeta, in northern Idlib Province, drawing a government crackdown in which several relatives were killed and his sister’s house was shelled. But he also fled, he said, because “I knew there was greater potential to lead operations in a place in which I was free.”He said all the residents of the camp where he lives in Turkey are members of the Free Syrian Army. The camp includes a personal assistant and a “media office” staffed by about a half-dozen people. He said the group’s fighters were highly organized, though only armed with weapons they took when they defected or those taken from slain members of Syrian security and pro-government forces. He would not specify the number of fighters, saying only that it was more than 10,000, and he was unwilling to disclose the number of battalions, claiming that the group had 18 “announced” battalions and an unspecified number of secret ones. None of his claims could be independently verified.“Our strategy for the future is that we will confront the regime in its weak places, and in the next period we hope to acquire weapons so we can be able to face the regime more strongly,” Colonel As’aad said.Though many analysts contend that defectors’ attacks in Syria appear uncoordinated and local, Colonel As’aad claimed to be in full operational control. He said that he was in charge of planning “full military operations” while leaving smaller clashes and day-to-day decisions up to commanders in the field. Nevertheless, he is in daily contact with the commanders of each battalion, he said, spending hours a day checking e-mail on a laptop connected to one of four telephones — including a satellite phone — provided to him by Syrian expatriates living in the United States, Europe and the Persian Gulf.Andrew Tabler, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said the emergence of the fledgling group was crucial to the larger question of whether the opposition would stick to peaceful protest, as it largely has, or if it would “go down another path to fighting back.”“They are organized and they are speaking to people outside,” Mr. Tabler said. “But the question is to what degree are they receiving financial support from people outside, such as individuals in Turkey and Saudi Arabia.”Hmmmm.....Obama .....aiding and facilitating the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood.....Erdogan...Obama's best buddy......aiding....?Read the full story here.

    • Turkey and The mother of all problems.(HurriyetDaily).Are you following the organizational mess surrounding the earthquake in Van? Those coordination failures highlight Turkey’s underlying problems. What, really, is the mother of all problems in Turkey? The Kurdish issue comes to mind, doesn’t it? Or the Armenian question, perhaps? I don’t think that these 19th century leftovers will challenge Turkey in the first half of the 21st century. The challenge is the economy. Let me explain: The challenge lies in the country’s institutional capacity in preparing the grounds for a new beginning. Turkey will either rise to be a high-income country or get trapped in its current middle-income state. But all reforms that can contribute to the former outcome have been postponed these past 10 years. Not ideal for a new beginning.We managed to change the structure of our economy in the past 30-something years. Turkey has transformed itself from an agrarian society into a mid-tech industrial economy. The customs union agreement and relative economic and political stability have contributed to the increase in urbanization rate to its current 75 percent level. But Turkey’s transformation failed to enrich and empower the population of the country as a whole. We cannot solve our 19th century problems without empowering the population.Take a look at the figures of the 20 largest economies in the world. Turkey was 25th in 1980. We rank 17th today, right above Indonesia, the second Muslim-majority country on the list. The political leadership is now aiming to become the 10th largest in 2023, which is easier said than done. Turkey enjoys the cushion of a large domestic economy in these times of crisis, but qualitative indicators are pointing towards the need for structural reforms.Currently, output per worker in Turkey is about a third of that in developed countries. It is definitely five times larger when compared to China and India, but we still need a productivity boost. Up until now, productivity growth has largely been coming from internal migrations that speed up the process of reallocation of resources from low to high productivity activities, more specifically from agriculture to services and industry. It is time to focus on intra-sector productivity. And that is the hard part. Rapid growth is not possible from here on without structural reform.Looking at age, the young population is out there with an average age of 28.5. That’s younger than China’s average of 35.5. Average schooling is around six years in Turkey, one the lowest in the list of the first 20 largest economies of the world. That means our population is young but uneducated. If you compare English proficiency results on that list, Turkey definitely ranks one of the worst. We can’t speak English, which means we’re not connected to the world. We also rank dead bottom in the women’s labor force participation ratio. The ratio in Turkey is 24.5 percent, far behind Indonesia’s 52 percent.Young, uneducated, unequal and unconnected: That dismal list spells out Turkey’s challenge in the 21st century. Is rapid productivity increase in the face of severe structural limitations doable? Yes, but it requires our immediate attention. The problem is that our decision makers are preoccupied with 19th century problems. If they would focus on the real challenges, perhaps they would understand that the problems of old are, in reality, non-issues.Read the full story here.

    • New Saudi crown prince is Hardliner Nayef bin Abdel-Aziz Al Saud.(HurriyetDaily). Saudi Arabia has named a new crown prince: the tough-talking interior minister who is known for cracking down on Islamic militants and resisting moves toward greater openness in the ultraconservative kingdom.Late on Oct.27, Saudi state TV announced the naming of Prince Nayef bin Abdel-Aziz Al Saud as heir to the Saudi throne following the death of the previous second in line, Crown Prince Sultan, last week. Nayef would assume the throne upon the death of King Abdullah, 87, who is recovering from his third operation to treat back problems in less than a year.Prince Nayef, 78, was also named vice prime minister and will also keep his job as interior minister. Nayef has earned praise in the West for leading crackdowns on Islamic extremist cells in Saudi Arabia, which was home to 15 of 19 of the Sept. 11 hijackers. He has also opposed some of Abdullah’s moves for more openness in the strictly conservative society, saying in 2009 that he saw no need for women to vote or participate in politics. There is thought to be little chance that the changeover at the top of Saudi Arabia’s leadership would affect the country’s close relations with the United States. On Thursday, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met with members of the royal family to offer condolences to King Abdullah. A White House statement said Biden noted Sultan’s “lasting contributions to the enduring partnership between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.”Read the full story here.

    • China’s Bailout Of Europe Will Come With Political Strings Attached.(BigPeace).European leaders announced yesterday their plan to stabilize the Euro and avoid a potential debt crisis. Reportedly they received a helping hand from China. Pure benevolence, right? A straight business transaction, yes?Well, they do want to make money. China is said to want “water-tight financial guarantees on its investments.” But it also apparently wants to muzzle European speech. According to Germany’s left-leaning Der Spiegel, one condition may be that European leaders stop criticizing China’s policy of keeping its currency artificially low. That is one of the conditions as laid out by Li Daokui, a member of China’s central bank monetary policy committee. ”It is in China’s long-term and intrinsic interest to help Europe because they are our biggest trading partner,” Li told the Financial Times. “But…the last thing China wants to do is throw away the country’s wealth and be seen as just a source of dumb money.”Should we really be surprised about this? China has in the past demonstrated that it will firmly protect its national and commercial interests overseas. And if Euro comes with hands wide open, we should not be surprised that they will use it as leverage to muzzle criticism. What this demonstrates, of course, is that debt and the need for help from foreign governments not only creates economic challenges–but political ones as well. China doesn’t believe in free speech at home. Why should they tolerate from foreign leaders if they don’t have to? This reality applies not only when Europe accepts their help, of course, but also when the United States does.China is well positioned to help Europe with cash. They reportedly have $3.2 trillion in hard currency reserves–a quarter of which are already in Euros.Read the full story here.

    • From an Arab Spring to an Islamist Winter.(DocsTalk).The "revolutionaries" who sodomized and lynched Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi chanted the famous Islamic battle cry "Allahu Akbar!" [Allah is Greater].When the leaders of the revolution announced Gaddafi's death at a press conference, even secular Muslim journalists started chanting "Allahu Akbar!"A few days later, the leader of Libya's National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, declared at a rally in Benghazi that his country would now become an Islamic state."As a Muslim country, we have adopted the Islamic Sharia as the main source of law. Accordingly, any law that contradicts Islamic principles with the Islamic Sharia is ineffective legally." At this stage, it is still not clear what version of Islamic law the new rulers of Libya are planning to enforce.Will Libya take example from Iran, Sudan and Saudi Arabia where adulterers are stoned to death and convicted thieves have their hands cut off and beheaded in public squares?Or will Libya endorse a more "moderate" version of Islam, as is the case in many Arab and Islamic countries?Either way, what is clear by now is that the post-Gaddafi Libya will be anything but a secular and democratic country, but one where there is no room for liberals and moderates.Those who thought the Arab Spring would bring moderation and secularism to the Arab world are in for a big disappointment.The results of the first free elections held under the umbrella of the Arab Spring have now brought the Islamists to power in Tunisia.But the Islamists who won the election in Tunisia are already being accused by their rivals of being too "moderate" because they do not endorse jihad and terrorism against the "infidels."What happened to all those young and charismatic Facebook representatives who told everyone that the uprisings would bring the Western values and democracy to the Arab countries? Some of the secular parties that ran in the Tunisian elections did not even win one seat in parliament.What many Western observers have failed to notice is that most of the antigovernment demonstrations that have been sweeping the Arab world over the past ten months were often launched from mosques following Friday prayers.This is especially true regarding Egypt, Yemen, Syria and Jordan.Thanks to the Arab Spring, the Islamists in these countries are beginning to emerge from their hiding places to become legitimate players in the political scene.The writing on the wall is very big and clear. In a free and democratic election, those who carry the banner of "Islam is the Solution" will score major victories in most, if not all, the Arab countries.The Palestinians were the first to experience this new trend back in 2006, when Hamas defeated the secular Fatah faction in a free and fair parliamentary election held at the request of the US and the EU.The leaders of the Arab Spring have failed to offer themselves to their people as a better alternative to the Islamists. As far as many Arabs are concerned, this is a faceless Facebook revolution that has failed to produce new leaders. The Arab Spring is becoming the Islamist winter.Read the full story here.

    • Pakistan Successfully Tests Nuclear Capable Stealth Cruise Missile.(BigPeace).ISLAMABAD: Pakistan said it had successfully test-fired Friday a stealth cruise missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads.The military said the “Hatf VII” missile had a range of 700 kilometres (438 miles) and was a “low-flying, terrain-hugging missile with high manoeuvrability, pin-point accuracy and radar avoidance features”.Capable of carrying nuclear warheads, the military said the special feature of Friday’s launch was the validation of a new multi-tube missile launch vehicle (MLV).“The three tube MLV enhances manifold (times) the targeting and deployment options in the conventional and nuclear modes,” the military said.Pakistan carried out nuclear tests in May 1998 just days after similar tests by its old rival India, Reuters reported.The South Asian nations have fought three wars since independence in 1947.They carry out missile tests regularly and Friday’s exercise was not expected to lead to any increase in tension between them.Hmmm......A warning to the U.S.?Read the full story here.

    • Pakistan: American drone attacks are war crimes.(PakObserver).As we recently reported, U.S. and Nato are shifting hundreds of troops, heavy arms and helicopter gunships to the Afghan border Pakistan, at the Waziristan tribal area. New media reports say that U.S. and Nato forces have completely sealed the border along North Waziristan, risking a major confrontation with Pakistan’s army. A large segment of Pakistan’s population believes that America is at war with Pakistan, and many believe that the American drone attacks that kill civilians are war crimes.No independent confirmation could be made that US has shifted hundreds of its troops along with heavy arms and gunship helicopters to the area bordering North Waziristan. It is also wrong that Pak-Afghan border has been sealed for all types of movement. In fact, the Afghan authorities clamped curfew in Ghulam Khan area as there was movement of military stores to unidentified location, probably for outside Afghanistan. The traffic jams on the Pakistani side was caused due to increase in the level of security near Pak-Afghan border. A foreign newspaper has reported that according to Pakistan Army sources, the US had informed Islamabad about the planned build-up and described it as part of a “cordon and search  operation” in which Haqqani Network fighters will be pushed over the Afghan border from North Waziristan and then encircled, arrested or killed by American forces…However, the local officials in the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) warned that Pakistan’s armed forces would repel any incursion across the border by American forces. Media reports claim that US President Barack Hussain Obama has given green signal for a more aggressive approach towards Haqanni group. The last week series of drone attacks that killed at least 35 civilians and two suspected militants is claimed to be carried out in the same regard. Analysis of US war tactics during complete one decade in Afghanistan reflects that Washington has neither the capability nor courage to fight ground battle without the assistance of other countries. In Afghanistan, at least 46 countries fought against Taliban Mujahideen for ten years and suffered humiliating defeat. US’ troops confine to castling of its troops and drone and missile attacks of suspected targets from safe locations.Washington’s claim that drone attacks are being carried out with the consent of Pakistan is not justified under the International Law. Article 20 of the United Nations’ “Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts” states, “Valid consent by a state to the commission  of an act by another state precludes the wrongfulness of the act in relation to the former state to the extent that the act remains within the limits of that consent.” The drone attacks by the US violate the charter of United Nations, Rome Statue and the Geneva Conventions of 1949, which prohibit willful killing. Article 2(4) of the UN Charter prohibits the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state. The attacks also violates articles of the Additional Protocol I; Article 51(2) prohibits the civilian population from being the object of the attacks under any circumstances; Article 51(5) talks about the principle of discrimination and regards an attack to be indiscriminate when bombarded by any means or methods which may lead to an incidental loss of civilian life. Similarly, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICC-PR), which has been ratified by US, prohibits extrajudicial executions. According to its Article 6(1) “every individual has the inherent right to life and no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life.” According to Article 6(2) of ICC-PR the penalty of death can only be rendered by a competent court of law.Washington and its allies are also guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity as per Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. It is quite clear that if US guilty of committing one or more of these grave offences, Washington is guilty of war crimes and crime against humanity. Drone attacks on suspected targets, in which civilians are killed accounts to state sponsored terrorism. One wonders why human right organizations and activists are silent on such grave human rights violations and if this is the law, can any other country carryout similar drone attacks on targets in other countries. It is high time that US should be prevented from putting drones in operation against other countries, without openly announcing war against that country. There is a need to carryout trial in International Court of Justice against all those countries which participated in attacks on Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and other sovereign nations.Hmmm........Someone did his homework it seems.Read the full story here

    PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet

    Tell Congress not to censor the internet NOW! -​pipa

    PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting "creativity". The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites-- they just have to convince a judge that the site is "dedicated to copyright infringement." The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner. Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill. According to the CBO, this bill would cost us $47 million tax dollars a year — that's for a fix that won't work, disrupts the internet, stifles innovation, shuts out diverse voices, and censors the internet. This bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights.Source :  from Fight for the Future.

    Related - "I'm still reviewing the legislation, but from what I've already read, this would mean the end of the Internet as we know it," Lofgren told CNET. (CNet).By Declan McCullagh.
    Rep. Zoe Lofgren, the California Democrat whose district includes the heart of Silicon Valley, is preparing to lead congressional opposition to the new Stop Online Piracy Act.

    The antipiracy legislation, introduced yesterday in the House of Representatives to the applause of lobbyists for Hollywood and other large content holders, is designed to make allegedly copyright-infringing Web sites, sometimes called "rogue" Web sites, virtually disappear from the Internet.

    "I'm still reviewing the legislation, but from what I've already read, this would mean the end of the Internet as we know it," Lofgren told CNET.

    Lofgren, whose congressional district includes the high-tech center of San Jose, will be a key ally for Google, Yahoo, and other tech companies who are already working with advocacy groups through trade associations to figure out how to defeat SOPA (PDF), also known as the E-Parasite Act.

    So far, at least, they're outnumbered, outspent, and outgunned. SOPA's backers include the Republican or Democratic heads of all the relevant House and Senate committees, and groups as far afield as the Teamsters have embraced the measure on the theory that it will protect and create U.S. jobs.
    SOPA is so controversial -- the Electronic Frontier Foundation calls it "disastrous" -- because it would force changes to the Domain Name System and effectively create a blacklist of Internet domains suspected of intellectual property violations.

    Lofgren's long familiarity with tech issues (I interviewed her at a Santa Clara law school conference in February, and she's been dubbed a politician who "actually understands how the Internet works") will help her rally SOPA opposition. More importantly, though, she's a member of the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet that will meet soon to review the legislation.

    A Senate version of the bill called the Protect IP Act, which a committee approved in May, was broadly supported by film and music industry companies, who say there's no other realistic way to shut down rogue Web sites. But Google chairman Eric Schmidt was sharply critical, as were prominent venture capitalists, civil liberties groups, and trade associations representing Web companies.

    For Lofgren, at least, opposing an expansion of copyright law won't be a novel task. After the Department of Homeland Security began seizing alleged piratical domains last fall, Lofgren wrote a letter to the department expressing concerns about the practice.

    When an earlier version of Protect IP was advancing in the Senate last year, Lofgren said: "I'm particularly concerned that it could set a precedent for further control and censorship of the Internet by foreign governments, and risk the fragmentation of the global domain name system. Many prominent human rights activists and Internet engineers have voiced these concerns, and they deserve serious consideration."

    Lofgren has also earned the enmity of some copyright lobbyists for trying to expand Americans' fair use rights. In 2002, she introduced a bill--which was ultimately unsuccessful--that would amend the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to allow consumers to make backup copies of digital media such as DVDs that they had lawfully purchased.
    Declan McCullagh is the chief political correspondent for CNET. Declan previously was a reporter for Time and the Washington bureau chief for Wired and wrote the Taking Liberties section and Other People's Money column for CBS News' Web site.Read the full story here.

    Friday, October 28, 2011

    Qadhafi Buried Along with His Son and Defense Minister - Viewer Discretion Advised

    Footage of bodies of Muammar Qadhafi, his son Mutassim, and his minister of defense, Abu Bakr Yunis washed and buried.Source.

    MFS - The Other News

                        Morning Posting.

    • Updated !Earthquakes in the last 24 hours in the world seismic activity situation update: Fiji 5.4  !More info here.
    • Japan : For the most accurate info on the nuclear disaster go to : Paul Langley's Nuclear History Blog.Here.

    • RED ALERT: Just in time for 2012 election, FCC preparing to launch stealth 'Fairness Doctrine'.(DougRoss).Yesterday, our broadcast industry tipster alerted us to a bizarre, FCC-directed national broadcast test (see "Exactly one year before the 2012 election, Obama FCC schedules first-ever nationwide test of emergency broadcast system").Today, Ten Mile Island gives us more ominous information:The FCC is expected to issue a proposal tomorrow (today) which will, if adopted, require broadcasters to provide much more detailed information and reports on the programming they air.Instead of quarterly 'Issues/Program Lists' (which already viewed as an unduly burdensome requirement and seldom if ever used by the public) the FCC is looking to have stations fill out a new and more complicated form which would be posted on the stations’ websites.The program reporting requirement would require a station to glean programming information based on two composite weeks per quarter (presumably selected by the FCC) and insert the results of their analysis into a form which would then be posted on the station website. In addition to the new programming information, all of the required data maintained in the station’s political file would also have to be posted on the website.Not only will the web site posting requirement be labor intensive (particularly for small market stations) but they will reveal any required programming postings and other filings which fail to meet the various filing deadlines for required information. The newly proposed rules would also provide easy access to opponents and protest groups to gather information for petitions to deny and complaints to challenge license renewals and any other applications filed by the stations.Our government masters will require us to be suitably engaged in social justice.In other words, just in time for the 2012 elections, the FCC will help accelerate license challenges against "uncooperative" radio stations: namely, those stations that feature conservative talk radio.Just before Barack Obama took his oath of office, Jim Boulet Jr. warned us that efforts like these are designed to supplant the Orwellian "Fairness Doctrine". It's not that progressives gave up trying to censor free speech when they dropped their push for "Fairness", it's that they're using more underhanded tactics to do so. Tactics like "localism": Remember that an FCC license is required for any radio or television station to legally operate in the United States. A single complaint from anyone can significantly hinder a station's license renewal process or even cost the station its FCC license entirely...
      These random efforts could be far more effective at silencing conservatives if they could only be systematized and institutionalized. That is exactly what the FCC proposed on January 24th. Every radio and television station would be required to create:

      [P]ermanent advisory boards comprised of local officials and other community leaders, to periodically advise them of local needs and issues, and seek comment on the matter. ...

      To ensure that these discussions include representatives of all community elements, these boards would be made up of leaders of various segments of the community, including underserved groups.

      The "community advisory board as permanent complaint department" model may well be based upon the 1995 revisions of the Community Reinvestment Act [that helped touch off the mortgage meltdown].
      If you think this administration is simply going to let conservative pundits like Mark Levin, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh exercise their First Amendment rights without an ACORN-style fight, well, I've got a nice condo in Vegas I'd like to sell you.Hmmm.......Herr Doctor Joseph Goebbels would be proud of the Obama regime.Read the full story here.

    • Alinsky to Obama to Occupiers.(AmSpectator).A president in his element.Civil unrest is President Barack Obama's crutch, his comfort zone, and his trump card. That's why he has encouraged the "Occupy Wall Street" protest and its progeny across the country, despite significant political dangers to him for doing so. Closer looks at Obama's career roots and at the protesters' behaviors help explain both why the protests are worrisome developments and why the president actually likes them.First, it helps to understand just how radical most of these protesters are -- and just how obscene. Clearly, they are mostly socialist or communist in orientation. And reports are rampant about the lewdness, vileness, and illegality that has marked the Wall Street "occupation" zone, including plenteous drugs, public nudity and sex, and defecation on police cars. A lot of this isn't free speech; it's open law-breaking.So why does Obama applaud it, when he repeatedly castigated Tea Party demonstrators who lawfully secured permits, usually behaved with remarkable decorum, and cleaned up after themselves?The answer is easy: This is Obama's milieu. This is how he was trained. As Ryan Lizza explained in a definitive piece in the New Republic -- a liberal magazine, not a right-wing/anti-Obama hit factory -- Obama's intellectual roots and career choices made him a student of, and later actually an instructor in, the particular mass-movement methods taught by the late, radical, Saul Alinsky. The sort of unrest seen in the anti-Wall Street movement comes directly out of Alinsky's secular bible called Rules for Radicals."The first step in community organization is community disorganization," wrote Alinsky. "The disruption of the present organization is the first step toward community organization…. The organizer dedicated to changing the life of a particular community must first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community…. When those prominent in the status quo turn and label you an 'agitator' they are completely correct, for that is, on one word, your function -- to agitate to the point of conflict."Alinsky hardly was squeamish about using filth to get his way. "If your organization is too tiny even for noise, stink up the place." Later, he gave a fictitious but oh-so-literal example of one way to do it: He suggested that protesters gorge on beans before occupying a public building so that their -- uh, their natural emissions -- would literally create a stench. "In a fight almost anything goes," he wrote. "It almost reaches the point where you stop to apologize if a chance blow lands above the belt." Alinsky openly and exuberantly belittled the notion of ethics. All that mattered, he said, was whether your side is losing or winning. Only afterwards do you try to find an excuse for your illicit behavior: "The tenth rule of the ethics of means and ends is that you do what you can with what you have and [then] clothe it with moral garments."To be clear, nobody suggests Obama is personally orchestrating the various "Occupy" demonstrations. Then again, he doesn't need to. The Occupiers are receiving financial help or organizational muscle from many of his associates or major supporters, including several union bosses of the sort who just weeks ago pledged to "take these [SOBs] out" of commission. Despite Obama's eloquent words earlier this year demanding milder rhetoric and more carefully calibrated political actions, he has not uttered a peep in admonishment of the increasingly virulent language, not to mention lawless actions such as attempting to physically "take over" public buildings.Critics have noted that the protesters often can't even define what they are protesting, or that their "issues" are such a diverse hodgepodge as to be unintelligible. Again, this is straight from Alinsky's playbook. The organizer, he wrote, "should search for and use the wrong reasons to achieve the right goals. He should be able, with skill and calculation, to use irrationality in his attempts to progress to a rational world. For a variety of reasons the organizer must develop multiple issues…. Multiple issues mean constant action and life."What Obama particularly likes about this disruptive movement is that its only universally acknowledged target is the one he himself provided: Wall Street. He's the one who repeatedly gave the marching order against corporate bogeymen. As Alinsky wrote in his most famous rule of all: "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." This is exactly what Obama himself tried to do as a community organizer in Chicago. It is what he has done every step of the way as campaigner and as president, always finding someone to blame or be against: George W. Bush, greedy corporations, millionaires, Republican congressmen, or people who "cling to guns or religion."The problem with Saul Alinsky -- and for the protesters who still, knowingly or unknowingly, do his work -- was that nothing was sacred. Rules for Radicals is, in Alinsky's own words, officially dedicated to "the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom -- Lucifer."Alinsky seemed to mean the dedication to be funny. But it's no laughing matter, and neither are protests that violate common decency.Read the full story here.

    • GOP senators urge hearings on Iraq withdrawal.(Politico).Twelve members of the Senate Armed Services Committee — 11 Republicans and independent Joe Lieberman of Connecticut — have asked the committee’s chairman, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), to hold hearings on President Barack Obama’s announcement that all U.S. troops will leave Iraq by the end of this year.In a letter released Thursday, the senators said the administration has sent conflicting signals on whether any troops would remain in Iraq. While Obama’s announcement “apparently ends negotiations between the United States and the Government of Iraq on a long-term training and stability force of sufficient size to protect both U.S. and Iraqi enduring national security interests,” the letter noted that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has also said the U.S. will continue talks with the Iraqis.“Given the president’s announcement that all U.S. military forces will be withdrawn by the end of the year, our committee should take the lead on establishing the public record on the administration’s plan and ensuring Congress’s rigorous oversight of this consequential decision,” the senators wrote.The only GOP senator on the committee who did not sign the letter was Susan Collins of Maine.Levin’s office declined comment on the request.Obama’s announcement Friday came after efforts to negotiate a new security agreement were bogged down over the question of whether any U.S. troops who remained would have immunity from local prosecution — something Iraqi officials refused to grant and U.S. officials said was a deal-breaker. The discussions centered around whether several thousand U.S. troops would remain as trainers under a new deal to replace a 2008 agreement that expires Dec. 31.Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and other GOP senators, along with Lieberman, already were concerned that the number of troops likely to remain under a new deal was too low to defend U.S. interests in Iraq. McCain called the withdrawal “a strategic victory for our enemies in the Middle East, especially the Iranian regime, which has worked relentlessly to ensure a full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.”The White House portrayed the move as the fulfillment of Obama’s campaign promise to end the Iraq War. But it also reflected the realities of Iraqi politics. Key supporters of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government — particularly the Iranian-backed cleric Muqtada al-Sadr — opposed any new deal in which U.S. troops would remain.Hmmmm......After a General called 'the Little Corporal' and a Corporal playing General now a Community Organiser as 'Supreme commander'?Read the full story here.

    • Rep. Joe Walsh to Eric Holder: You better resign immediately, buddy.(HotAir).It was faint at first, but it grows ever louder, this cry for Attorney General Eric Holder to resign. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) today became the fourth Congressman to explicitly call for Holder to take responsibility for the lethally reckless Operation Fast and Furious and to voluntarily leave his post because of his presumed authorization of the program. Walsh’s behest follows similar requests from Reps. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.).Walsh today sent a harshly-worded letter to Holder, in which he asked Holder to “resign immediately and issue an apology to the American people [he has] failed to serve.” Walsh also took Holder to task for his stonewalling of the House Oversight Committee’s investigation into Fast and Furious.But the most memorable portion of the letter came, not at the beginning, when Walsh lambasted Holder’s understanding of his job, nor at the end, when he called for Holder’s resignation. It came in the middle, when Walsh delved into the seemingly-obvious-but-not-yet-confirmed motivation for the program:
    Your Department has made an enormous error in judgment. It instructed federally-licensed firearms dealers to illegally sell at least 2,000 guns that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) intended to be trafficked to drug cartels in Mexico. The results of this error in judgment have implicated the United States in well over one hundred deadly crimes and the deaths of two federal agents.
    This not only raises serious questions about your ability to serve as the head of the Justice Department, but also begs the question of why an anti-gun Administration would knowingly force licensed firearms dealers to sell guns to violent criminals. I raise this because Operation Fast and Furious — if the facts of this case had not come to light — would have been used by this Administration as another false argument to attack law-abiding American gun owners.
    The American people deserve to know if your Department had any intent to link the legal purchase of firearms here in the U.S. to crimes committed near our southern border. Operation Fast and Furious funneled firearms legally purchased at gun shops in the U.S. to known criminal syndicates to prove these syndicates have access to legal purchased weapons. This is a deliberate attempt to vilify and attack the millions of gun owners in America who value our Second Amendment and have never broken the law.Walsh’s posited explanation appears to be the only plausible one. Why else would the administration authorize the program — then fail to follow up to catch the criminals the program was purportedly designed to catch? Had ATF made any kind of legitimate attempt to track the weapons — had they not allowed the guns to so completely disappear into the hands of violent criminals — it might have been believable that the administration sought to use the program to disrupt the power of Mexican drug cartels.Yet, Walsh’s explanation is not a fun one to believe. It’s sickening to think anyone in the administration would really be so rash and so ideologically driven as to risk the nearly inevitable results of this program — the deaths that did, in fact, result — just to prove the point that legally purchased weapons show up at violent crime scenes, just to suggest the government ought to make it harder to legally purchase guns in the first place. It’s even more terrifying to think someone as high up as Holder would be.Walsh and the rest are brave to call for Holder’s resignation — but they definitely should. Walsh isn’t afraid to take the matter to the president, either.“If [Holder] fails to [resign], I would ask that President Obama dismiss him immediately,” Walsh said today.Then again, Obama has stood by Holder through all kinds of nonsense, so no real reason exists to believe he won’t stand by him now — unless F&F somehow becomes well-known enough to threaten his reelection.Hmmm...........GunWalker:'One of these days these boots will walk all over you'?Read the full story here.

    • Obama on Leno: As nation's pain deepens, president plays TV talk-show quipster.(BaltimoreSun).By David Zurawik.Almost midnight in America ...As citizens camp out on the streets of American cities to try and express their anger and frustration at the way the country and his administration have failed them, President Obama goes on TV to trade scripted quips with the always-safe Jay Leno.But first, he hops into San Francisco on Air Force One to pick up a cool million at a campaign fund raiser.A few months into Obama's presidency, I wrote two things about his media behavior that have only become more pronounced in recent months.
    The first: When the going gets tough, the president goes on TV.
    The second: The Obama White House has more contempt for the press and less respect for freedom of information and expression than any administration since that of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew.
    These troubling tendencies have only become more acute as Obama's popularity plummets, the nation's economic woes deepen and the 2012 election draws near.As for contempt for the press, check out this story from San Francisco Tuesday about local reporters being barred from pool coverage of the $7,500 a plate campaign fund raiser.When I first compared Obama to Nixon in early 2009 for his lack of respect for the role of a free press in a democracy, I caught holy hell.Well, now others are saying much the same.And check out this scripted video exchange about GOP challengers between Obama and his NBC straight man, Leno.I used to be merely annoyed by the way some of my colleagues in the press who were so savvy on so many other political matters fell for such phony TV scripted interplay designed to let the president score political points and reach a mass audience free and clear with his message.But, you know what, with all the pain that so many millions of Americans are experiencing these days, it is way past annoying. It's outrageous for our president to be playing these calculated, dippy, little TV games when so many of us are in such need of real leadership.We have no shortage of airbrushed, phony-talking, TV talk-show guests in this country. In fact, they grow like weeds in our media-saturated soil.What we need is someone to make an honest, committed, passionate effort to try and lead us out of this darkness. Bouncing from crosscountry fund raisers to TV appearances with yuk-yuk, fawning courtiers like Jay Leno is how you take care of your own political career, not the nation you were elected to serve.I can't wait for the college basketball season to start so I can see our president focusing his attention on working those brackets and showing off his jump shot on CBS and ESPN.Am I wrong to think media critics should be watchdogs, too, trying to explain to citizens the ways in which our elected leaders are using media as a political tool.Hmmm.......Snake oil know one when you see one.Read and see (video) the full story here.

    • Jordan’s King Abdallah on how no one trusts Obama’s government.(DailyCaller).Earlier this week, The Washington Post’s Lally Weymouth interviewed King Abdallah of Jordan. Here’s how King Abdallah responded to Weymouth’s question, “Do you and other leaders in this area believe you cannot rely on the U.S.?”“I think everybody is wary of dealing with the West. … Looking at how quickly people turned their backs on [Egyptian President Husni] Mubarak, I would say that most people are going to try and go their own way. I think there is going to be less coordination with the West and therefore a chance of more misunderstandings.”This is devastating. I’m not shocked he thinks that way, but I am shocked that he says so openly. That’s how far things have gone. Jordan is now turning to Saudi Arabia for protection.For more than 40 years, Jordan has been the most consistent ally of the United States in the Arab world. Yet the king can no longer trust the White House. The Obama administration dumped Mubarak, and it might dump him too.Because no one in the Middle East trusts the U.S., no one will stick his neck out on behalf of U.S. interests or requests. Moreover, they are going their own way. While Washington officials extol Islamist forces or things that benefit them in Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Tunisia and Turkey, they don’t seem to care at all about Israel, Jordan or Saudi Arabia, the scattered survivors of recent developments and Obama’s pro-Islamist policies.This also partly explains Iraq’s lack of interest in a continued U.S. troop presence. Likewise, the Afghan government knows that it cannot depend on a U.S. government that is not only withdrawing its troops but has subverted the Kabul regime, proven powerless in dealing with Pakistan and openly talks of political negotiations with the Taliban and even al Qaida-linked terrorist groups (the Haqqani Network).The longstanding U.S. policy of allying with moderate Arab monarchies and nationalist regimes has been undone by the Obama administration. When the king of Jordan openly complains about it, you know that U.S. credibility among pro-Western Arabs is pretty close to zero.Read the full story here.

    • Report: Grapel deal includes several US F-16's for Egypt.(Ynet).The Palestinian Maan news agency reported Thursday that the United States has agreed to sell Egypt several F-16 fighter jets in order to facilitate the release of Israeli-American Ilan Grapel. Israel had opposed similar sales in the past. Grapel, who was arrested in June on espionage charges, is slated to be released later on Thursday. Israel will release 25 Egyptian prisoners in return.Maan quoted General Sameh Sayf al-Yazal as saying that Washington was instrumental in negotiation the 27-year-old's release, and helped Egypt "get the best possible deal for Grapel's release."Grapel, who at some point faced charges of espionage, sedition and attempted arson, will be debriefed by defense officials once he arrives in Israel, after which he is expected to fly back to the United States.The deal was sanctioned by the High Court, which rejected several petitions asking the deal be suspended until further review.According to several Egyptian websites, the Grapel deal may also pave the way for the release of Ouda Tarabin, an Israeli Bedouin who is currently serving a 15 year sentence in Egypt. Tarabin was convicted of espionage in 2000 by a military court that triad him in absentia.Hmmmm.....Poor excuse to arm The Muslim Brotherhood even more, Abram's tanks and F16's , why not throw in a submarine while he's at it?Merry Christmas ....Muslim brotherhood from Barry With love?Read the full story here.

    • Obama wants to sell helicopters from US arsenal to Turkey.(IsraelMatzav).There's just one small problem: Congress is holding up the deal because of Turkey's behavior toward Israel. Under the administration's plan, the Marines would get two new, late-model Textron Inc Bell AH-1Z SuperCobras in exchange for the three AH-1W aircraft that would be transferred to Ankara from current inventory, a congressional official said.The officials declined to be identified because of the matter's sensitivity and because they were not authorized to speak on the record. The idea to take weapons from the U.S. arsenal was rare, they said.The proposal has been held up amid lawmakers' questions about increasingly distant relations between Muslim-majority Turkey and Israel, a key U.S. ally, among other matters.The AH-1W has sold previously for about $10 million. Turkey bought 10 of them in the 1990s. The larger, twin-engine AH-IZ may sell for about $30 million, according to industry sources.Under the U.S. Arms Export Control Act, the executive branch must provide 15 days' formal notice to Congress before going ahead with significant arms transfers to a NATO partner. It was not immediately clear when such notice might take place, with informal congressional consultations continuing.The source of the Z helicopters is not clear to me. I think it means that Congress would allow the Marines to use the money received from Turkey to purchase the Z helicopters.Turkey has more than 20 earlier models of the Cobra family, all produced by Bell Helicopter Textron. These earlier attack helicopters, however, have single engines and their performances are very limited compared to those of the AH-1Ws.Bell Helicopter Textron began production of the AH-1Z, the latest member of the Cobra family, in recent years and delivered the first batch to the U.S. Marine Corps in January. Turkey’s efforts to obtain more attack helicopters have been continuing since the late 1990s. Bell Helicopter Textron won Turkey’s first tender with the AH-1Z in 2002, but the U.S. company and the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM), Turkey’s procurement agency, were unable to agree on the gunship’s features and price for three years.As a result, SSM cancelled tender contracts and opened a new bidding process, which was boycotted by U.S. manufacturers. Eventually, Turkey selected the Italian AgustaWestland’s T-129, a Turkish version of the A-129 Mangusta International, over South Africa’s Denel, maker of the AH-2 Rooivalk.Presently, AgustaWestland and Turkish Aerospace Industries, its Turkish partner, are manufacturing a total of 59 T-129s, worth billions of dollars, for the Turkish Army. The first deliveries are scheduled for late next year while the gunship is expected to enter service in the Turkish Army in 2013.“The Super Cobra matter is another reason why the relations between Turkey and Israel should be warm. Otherwise, any pro-Israeli senator may kill it,” said one Turkish defense analyst.Hmmm........Reuters mentions $10 Million a piece, there of them would be $30Million, so why is Hurriyet talking about $75Million for the choppers, unless different or more choppers are being sold under the nose of Congress?Read the fulll story here.

    • Turkey - Journalists under pressure, RSF.(Firat).Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said that pressure is mounting on journalists in Turkey as the fight against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) intensifies. As well as a spate of trials and cases of prolonged detention, journalists are now the target of government directives. Journalists who cover Kurdish issues critically continue to be accused of supporting the separatists by officials who cite the war on terror as their overriding imperative. And concern is growing that the government is trying to control coverage of its offensive.The Turkish judicial system continues to treat the publication of interviews with PKK members as terrorist propaganda, even if they are accompanied by commentary that stops far short of praising the PKK.Nese Düzel, a journalist with the liberal daily Taraf, and his editor, Adnan Demir, for example, are being prosecuted for two April 2010 reports containing interviews with former PKK leaders Zübeyir Aydar and Remzi Kartal. A prosecutor asked an Istanbul court on 14 October to sentence them to seven and a half years in prison. The next hearing in their trial is to be held on 9 December.Prosecutors at the same court are preparing to try the journalist Ertugrul Mavioglu over a report in Radikal in October 2010 that contained an interview with Murat Karayilan, one of the leaders of the Union of Kurdistan Communities (KCK), regarded as PKK’s urban wing.A seven-and-a-half-year sentence has also been requested for Recep Okuyucu, Taraf’s correspondent in the southeastern province of Batman and editor of the local newspaper Batman Medya. The prosecutor’s office in the nearby city of Diyarbakir claims that he connected 53,848 times to the Firat News Agency website (, which the authorities have blocked because they accuse it of relaying PKK propaganda. Okuyucu’s defence is that, as a journalist, he has to check a wide range of websites every day.Tayyip Temel, a columnist and former managing editor of the Kurdish-language daily Azadiya Welat, was detained and taken into custody on 4 October in Diyarbakir. He was questioned for 15 hours by special prosecutors, who also questioned 35 other people suspected of belonging to the KCK.Charges were finally presented at the end of September against two journalists with the pro-Kurdish news agency Diha (Dicle Haber Ajansi) – Kadri Kaya, its Diyarbakir bureau chief, and Erdogan Alkan, its Batman correspondent – who have been held since 15 April and will appear in court for the first time on 2 November in Diyarbakir.They are facing a possible 20-year jail sentence on charges of collaborating with the PKK and publishing propaganda on its behalf in their coverage of Kurdish demonstrations and Turkish army operations. Alkan is also accused in connection with his coverage of the trial of a “village guard” (member of a militia that supports the army) on a charge of sexually abusing a minor in Batman. According to prosecutors, his coverage aimed to “denigrate the security forces in society’s eyes.”Diha’s correspondent in Mersin, Aydin Yildiz, was arrested on 1 October as he was leaving the headquarters of the pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem. He was transferred to Gaziantep for questioning and then placed in detention, as was Özgür Gündem editor Kazim Seker, who was arrested on 4 October in Istanbul.The newspaper’s publisher, Eren Keskin, who is also a lawyer, was meanwhile given a warning by the Istanbul bar association for referring to “Kurdistan” in a lecture she gave in 2004. The warning was issued following a May 2010 decision by Turkey’s highest court of appeal upholding the 10-month suspended prison sentence and fine of 3,000 lira (1,200 euros) that she had received from a court in the southeastern city of Urfa.In an interview for Radikal on 11 October, the minister in charge of negotiations with the European Union, Egemen Bagis, said that the government was concerned about the judicial system’s excessive use of pre-trial detention and that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had asked officials to look at how it was used in Europe and to draft recommendations.Limiting the use of pre-trial detention has long been one of our leading recommendations to the Turkish authorities,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hail this initiative by the government, which could mark a turning point. The promises must now be followed by action, action that affects all of Turkey’s regions.”After 10 months in pre-trial detention, Emine Altinkaya, a Diha reporter in Ankara, was released at the end of September pending trial. She was arrested on 27 November 2010 while covering a demonstration in the capital.Two Diha correspondents in Istanbul, Safiye Alagas and Olcay Kizilpinar, are also due to be tried soon on charges of collaborating with the PKK. They were arrested during a march on 30 July that was organized by Sirri Süreyya Önder, the candidate of a legal pro-Kurdish party, the BDP. Cameras, mobile phones, SIM cards, USB flash drives and a laptop were confiscated from them at the time of their arrest and are still being held as prosecution evidence.Several Turkish journalists’ organizations have voiced strong criticism of Prime Minister Erdogan’s meeting with national media owners and executives on 21 October, at which Erdogan urged journalists to show restraint in their coverage of the conflict, to take account of its consequences and to avoid relaying PKK propaganda.Even more disturbing is the communiqué that five leading Turkish news agencies – AA, AHT, ANKA, CIHAN and IHA – issued jointly on 24 October announcing that, “Common principles have been adopted concerning the coverage of terrorist incidents.”They said they had undertaken to “take account of public order (...) keep a distance from interpretations that encourage fear, chaos hostility, panic or intimidation (...) not include propaganda for illegal organizations” and, above all, to “comply with the publication bans issued by the competent authorities.” The communiqué also said: “Account will be taken of social utility and solidarity when selecting reports and photos for transmission to subscribers.”“We had hoped that the era of government directives telling the media how to cover the most sensitive subjects was long over in Turkey,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The very vaguely formulated undertaking by the leading news agencies to toe the official line now poses a serious threat to freedom of information. Will these agencies, whose job is to provide content to all the media, willingly participate in a news blackout? Minimizing the scale of human losses or choosing not to report certain operations will just increase mistrust of the media. Complete and objective coverage of developments in eastern Turkey is an essential precondition for reaching a peaceful solution to the Kurdish issue.”Reporters Without Borders also voiced concerns about the security agreement which France and Turkey signed on 7 October and which, according to French interior minister Claude Guéant, “goes much further than the agreements that France usually signs in the security domain.”“We hope that the French authorities will be much more discriminating that their Turkish counterparts as regards combating terrorism,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge them not to be sucked in by Ankara’s indiscriminate and repressive approach, which causes many collateral victims, including journalists.”Read the full story here.

    • Related - Germany lifts RojTv broadcasting ban.(Firat).The Federal Court in Leipzig, on the basis of the decision issued before by the European Court of Justice has lifted the broadcasting ban on RojTv that has been prevented to broadcast within the German territory. German Federal Court of Justice finalized the case of Roj TV by lifting the ban on the channel’s publications and activities within the borders of the country. While the Federal Court in Leipzig ruled the decision on the basis of the decision made earlier by the European Court of Justice, the court concluded that Roj TV didn’t instigate hate and grudge among peoples, as argued by prosecution, noting that the prosecution’s ban on the contrary was against the brotherhood of peoples. The European Court of Justice ruled on September 22 that the closure of Roj TV could only be ruled by the Danish authorities responsible for the supervision of broadcast. The Interior Minister of Germany also banned the activities of Roj TV and linked Mesopotamia Broadcast Company in 2008 on the grounds of “preparing programs contrary to the harmonization among peoples”. The ban was followed by the suspension of activities by Kurdish production company Wiko GmBH studios raided for providing program to Roj TV. While Roj TV objected to the decision in an appeal to the Federal Court, the court asked the European Court of Justice for opinion.Read the full story here.

    • Turkey - Savagery on 24 bodies claimed to be of HPG guerillas.(Firat). Demanding to see the 24 bodies at Malatya Hospital, BDP, IHD and MEYADER delegations were only shown photos of the unidentified bodies. “Violence isn’t enough to tell what was applied on those bodies. I am ashamed of humanity”, said Bitlis MP Hüsamettin Zenderlioğlu who told that the bodies were all burnt and fractionated. While a delegation of BDP, IHD and MEYADER executives met with the Public Prosecutor of Malatya where the bodies are held at Forensic Medicine Institute since October 24, the Prosecutor argued that the bodies-12 men, 11 women and one other with the foot part alone- belonged to HPG guerillas who allegedly lost their lives in Çukurca (Çelê) district of Hakkari. Giving information about the meeting with the Prosecutor, Bitlis MP Hüsamettin Zenderlioğlu stated that the Prosecutor refused to give the identity information of the casualties who-he claimed-weren’t carrying identity cards. Commenting this argument as implausible, Zenderlioğlu remarked that autopsy isn’t allowed on unidentified bodies. Having difficulty in expressing the view of photos shown to them and families of two guerillas, Zenderlioğlu remarked that the bodies, dressed in military uniforms, were entirely burnt and fractionated. “I can’t find a word to express how a person can do this to another”, said Zenderlioğlu and noted that they called BDP Co-Chair Gültan Kışanak with the intention of meeting the Minister of Justice concerning the issue.Hmmm.....The laws of War.The killing of captives and abuse of corpses are war crimes. Regarding the treatment of dead bodies:
    Rule 115. The dead must be disposed of in a respectful manner and their graves respected and properly maintained. [IAC/NIAC].Read the full story here.

    • Austrian Judge: Europe Will Be the Battlefield for New Religious Wars.(IVE).There is an astonishing article about Islam in "Kriminalpolizei", an Austrian magazine for professionals from various branches involved in dealing with criminality: police, judges, academics, etc. It is written by Alfred Ellinger, founder of the "Vereinigung österreichischer Kriminalisten" [Association of Austrian Criminologists], which publishes the magazine. Ellinger is also a criminal judge and vice-president of the Eisenstadt Regional Court. Titled "Between Dialogue and Jihad", the article goes over the doctrines and history of Islam with unusual candour. It concludes with a resounding wake-up call for Europe.Let us indulge in no illusions. Europe will be the battlefield for a major struggle between the order of Islam and its enemies. 40% of the population in Arab countries is under 14 years of age. 15 million Muslims are already living in Europe today and the ageing of Europe is unmissable. The Muslim threat was beaten back in Castile, Southern France and, finally, in front of Vienna. But today the border between Europe and the Islamic world is porous, and the threat to Europe is clear. ...If Europe does not very quickly abandon its utterly failed immigration policy, the vision of a "multicultural society" and a misguided tolerance in dealing with hate-filled Islamists, the constantly repeated calls for "dialogue" and "tolerance" will lead to undreamt-of problems and new politically-motivated wars of religion in our cities.Read the full story here.

    • Pope benedict's Naivety towards the Evidence from the Assisi Gathering.(IVE).Pope Greets Other Religious Leaders at Assisi Gathering.Although the Pope's private views are known to be very different, in its official policy the Vatican continues to display the same old naivety and self-deceit about the threat Muslim immigration poses to Europe.
    Today, the Pope hosts an interfaith dialogue "for peace" in Assisi.
    Roughly 200 spiritual leaders are expected to take part in the Assisi event. Christians are scheduled to include Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury, leader of the Anglican Communion; and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, “first among equals” in the Orthodox world. Leaders from the Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, Zoroastrian, Confucian, Baha’i and Taoist traditions will participate, along with indigenous religions from Africa, Latin America and Asia.The Muslims include Prince Ghazi Bin Talal of Jordan, who will sit next to Benedict at lunch. Ghazi is a leader in interfaith dialogue, and was among the signatories to a letter from Muslim leaders to Benedict after his controversial September 2006 speech in Regensburg, Germany, which some took as linking the Prophet Muhammad with violence.
    Source: National Catholic Reporter
    Al-Azhar university, the leading religious authority within Sunni Islam (the overwhelmingly dominant strain of Islam in the world), has declined to attend however. It is still miffed by the Pope having had the audacity to speak out about the murder of Christian Copts in Egypt last year.In a signal of ongoing challenges in the Catholic/Muslim relationship, the Al-Azhar University and Mosque complex in Cairo, Egypt, sometimes referred to as “the Vatican of the Sunni world,” has reportedly declined to send a representative. Al-Azhar announced in January that it was breaking off dialogue with the Vatican after a speech in which Benedict called for greater protection for Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority, which some saw as interference in the country’s internal affairs.
    Source: National Catholic Reporter
    Complaining about the murder of Christians is interference in the country's internal affairs! That really ought to be a sign to the Vatican that this whole interfaith dialogue thing isn't going to work out. But no. It seems the Vatican now officially regards mass Muslim immigration into Europe as a good thing - seeing it as "An Opportunity For The "New Evangelisation". De-Evangelisation followed by Mohammedanisation is much more likely.Hmmm......."With Age comes wisdom but in many cases it also leads to blindness."Read the full story here.

    • The Netherlands - Kurds ask for protection from Turks.(IIE).About 40 Kurdish organizations asked the Turkish community Thursday to respect them. They also ask the authorities to proetc the Kurdish population and to take judicial steps against "any form of aggression by Turkish rioters"."We respect the Dutch state and its legal system, and ask the Turkish community and the Turkish organizations in the Netherlands to respect the fundamental rights of association, assembly and freedom of expression of every citizen, as well as the Kurds in the Netherlands."Ever since the Kurdish separatist movement PKK cilled 24 Turkish soldiers last week, tensions increased also between Kurds and Turks in the Netherlands. An anti-PKK demonstration in Amsterdam Sunday got out of hand when a group of Turks - ultra-nationalists according to insiders - attacked a Kurdish center, resulting in injured and vandalism.Read the full story here.

    • Report: Hizbullah Preparing Military Arsenal to Occupy Galilee.(DocsTalk).Hizbullah is preparing its military arsenal and fighters to launch an operation to occupy the Galilee area in Israel, al-Joumhouria newspaper reported on Thursday.The party’s Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s on February 16 sent “military notification… declaring that preparations to occupy the Galilee is ongoing,” a source close to Hizbullah told the daily.“Hizbullah began preparing after the 2006 war for any new confrontation with the enemy,” the source said. Nasrallah called on the Resistance fighters in a speech on February 16 to stand ready to occupy the Galilee area should another war "be imposed on Lebanon," in a response to Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s threats to invade Lebanon once again.Al-Akhbar daily also reported that Nasrallah has warned that Tel Aviv will be the first target in any war Israel decides to launch against Lebanon.Security sources told the daily that “the resistance leadership was secretly on high alert after receiving reports that Israel will probably launch a war on Lebanon.”“Obtained information confirmed these reports, showing that it was supposed to take place in August, however, changes occurred at the last minute,” the source said.Sources told al-Joumhouria that the “resistances’ military preparations are ongoing.”According to information obtained by the daily, a delegation from Hizbullah military experts visited areas in Bekaa and the South to check on the resistances’ positions, while 727 fighters from Hizbullah finished their military training in Tehran.Israel will be surprised by attacks from within the Israeli towns via the Palestinian resistance cells,” sources told the daily.They added that “the battles will be on the Israeli grounds; therefore targeting the Galilee is a definite option.”The sources didn’t rule out Syria’s participation in the war “especially if the interior situation deteriorated further more.”Iran’s Fars news Agency reported that Syrian President Bashar Assad has warned that he would “set fire" to the Middle East if foreign forces launched a military strike on his country and would ask for Hizbullah’s help to attack Israel.The party, established nearly 30 years ago to confront Israel's occupation of south Lebanon, fought a 34-day war with Israel in 2006.Israel and Syria are technically at war, but their frontier had been calm since the war in 1973, when Israel repelled a Syrian assault to recapture the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.Read the full story here.
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