Friday, March 31, 2006

Anti-Americans who are Americans

Bid to censure Bush is ludicrous

John Dean is going to capitol hill to bitch and moan about the presidents spying program that focused on international calls involving Americans when one or both is suspected of having terrorist ties. But this man thinks it don't matter that they want to destroy America because they are American citizens.

"I think that there's absolutely no merit in it, and that the hearing will expose it because of the president's broad (constitutional) authority," Specter said.

Translation: the man who holds the highest office in the land can do whatever he wants. No, really.
Some say it's just a political stunt to further tarnish Bush's image. I say its a publicity stunt so Dean can sell more copies of his conspiracy book.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Bada Bing!

Ex-FBI agent aided mafia and aided them well


This story is like straight out of Hollywood. A girlfriend is killed for cooperating with the Feds this agent went quid-pro-quo with an alleged mobster. This guy is being made out to be a crook by the mob and a hero by the feds. Even Donnie Brasco himself is sticking up for the fed by raising money on a website. You can't make this stuff up. Bada Bing!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

"Failure is not an option"

National Strategy for Victory in Iraq


Want to know exactly what the Bush administration has planned for Iraq then read this report that was written in November 2005 but details strategy from before the war. If you're a person of details this will please you as it goes into simple detail of the political goals in Iraq.
In part 1 the "Victory in Iraq defined" shows that many of the stages have been accomplished except for Iraq being a place of peace and stability. According to this book we are on From my experience Iraq has never been stable even with Saddam. It is a region that is split among devoted religions that have lasted hundreds of years and their strifes cannot be squashed. The best I could say is we didn't have anything like this for Vietnam, it was just an exit strategy called Vietnamization, so at least the administration has clear cut goals that they are making available to all. Bush is willing and Bush is committed.

As reading through this report you get the feeling this is a best case scenario or simply wishful thinking. I mean one part highlights the war in Iraq as a event that will change the Middle East in favor of our nation. Do you really think that if Iraq turns out a-ok that the rest of the Mid-East would follow democracy or become less extremist. When communist Russia spread communism to the far east did you see the rest of the region follow that change? Nope. Nations change on their own will and the days of bringing political change to entire region are over.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Don't Be So Naive

Testimony of Moussaoui hailed as 'stunning'


According to news reports on Fox and CNN the recent testimony by Moussaoui claiming he was to highjack a fifth plane on 9/11 that left the courtroom and the media 'stunned'. Don't be so naive. We saw them fly two planes into the WTC on live television and no one should be stunned that al Qaida had plans to highjack more planes. We were lucky they only got four since it's obvious al Qaida probably could've taken control of more planes. One of the biggest mistakes the 9/11 commission reported was the failure of imagination. It was the failure of our imagination to believe someone could do just what the al Qaida did to us on that day. At this point with a worldwide war on terror bringing all sorts of violence we should not be stunned by anything that may occur.

Monday, March 27, 2006

"Catch and Release" for New Fish

Fact sheet out of the Bush White House

"The Administration Is Ending The Practice Of "Catch And Release." The President has set a goal to end "catch and release" over the next year. Most illegal immigrants from Mexico can be returned to Mexico within 24 hours. Non-Mexican illegal immigrants present a different challenge. For decades, government detention facilities did not have enough beds for the non-Mexican illegal immigrants caught at the border - so most were released back into society. They were each assigned a court date, but virtually no one showed up. The Administration is ending the practice of "catch and release" by increasing the number of beds in detention facilities by 12 percent this year; the President's FY07 budget proposes increasing that number by another 32 percent. The Administration is expanding the use of "expedited removal," which allows us to send non-Mexican illegal immigrants home more quickly."

The Bush administration has decided to "end" catch and release by increasing the amount of prison beds for these illegal non-Mexican immigrants. I think the best way to "end" catch and release is to end catch and release. Increasing beds by 12 to 32% is a heady start by just come out and say it. "No more catch and release." Or how about stopping them from becoming illegal immigrants in the first place. We have one border to protect. One. Don't care how long or deserted it may be just lock it up. There is unemployment everywhere so the labor is there just train them and keep the illegals out. Yes. We all wish it could be that simple. Just dig a moat or something I mean how many American really want to walk into Mexico, they all drive or fly so maybe it won't affect use negatively at all. Yes. We all wish it could be that simple.

Friday, March 24, 2006

I was robbed?

I guess the George Clooney post was not all peaches and cream

The blog post wasn't an actual blog but a fake one put together from previous interviews with Clooney. The lady who posted apologizes and I thought it was a bit weird that Clooney would do a post like that or any type of post in general. It just doesn't happen and that is why I posted in here.

One of the top rules in journalism is check your sources and then check your sources again.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Bush on the war path

Speaks to public for 5th consecutive day to rally support

Bush is on the war path to get public opinion back on his side. The crowd made up of mostly parents with children fighting in the military gave the president a standing ovation more than once and one man said,"thank god you are our commander in chief." Even with his approval rating at an all-time low Bush isn't doing this for himself but for the cause. The invasion was sold as a neccessary evil for finding WMDs but that is long gone now and America needs to focus on the task at hand. He's our president until 2008 whether you like it or not. Might as well try to work with him for the sake of America because how this ends will reflect international opinion of our country and not our president. It is of utmost importance that the US doesn't just pullout of Iraq leaving it in shambles because it will, eventually, come back to bite us in the ass. Bush knows all of the inside info that the public thinks they know even though it's not true. Everything seen on the news is not the full story as Bush has said. I love this quote by our president:

"I'll be making up my mind about the troop levels based upon recommendations of those who are on the ground. I'm going to make up my mind based upon achieving a victory, not based upon polls, focus groups or election-year politics,"

Those men running the Pentagon and this military conflict are the best at what they do and you better believe they know exactly what they are talking about when it comes to warfare and its consequences. Bush gets his advice from some of the most intelligent people in this nation so the public should respect that and not focus on Bush's own meager IQ.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Bush Defends Decisions on Iraq War

Decision on troop withdrawal depends on future president.

President Bush is showing his courage in this conference by clearly telling the public that we need to remain in Iraq until the job is done. He doesn't try to pussyfoot around at all and sticks right to the issue that no one likes war. He sticks up for his policies of illegal wiretapping for national security and lets the democrats know he's serious about protecting the homeland. The president is no longer trying to 'baby' the public with reports that Iraq is doing well. He admits the situation needs more time and it takes a lot of courage to say a war you created will have to be ended by another president. As much as I hate to admit it, he is absolutely right. Look at the situation, you better believe that in two years there will still be some amount of military advisors in Iraq like there was in the beginning of Vietnam.

Monday, March 20, 2006

More Proof of Absolute Ignorance

FBI Agent slams own agency

Proof that the American government will always prefer the British over the French is in this article. A communication from an agent in France who received word from French intelligence that Moussaoui was extremely dangerous and had been in contact with bin Laden. but nothing was taken seriously. That message came August 30, 2001. Then 2 days after the 9/11 attacks the British decide then would be a good time to tell the FBI that they knew Moussaoui had visited camps in Afghanistan. Of course the commission reports that if the memos would have helped enormously but the British memo was taken much more seriously not only because it came after the attacks but because of who it was from.

Samit's story is one of many I've heard of that are about a high ranking official or agent going all over Washington trying to get attention turned towards the growing anticipation that something big was going down coming from their intelligence units. The intelligence community did their job, it was the callous ones in the highest positions in those agencies who are at fault for ignoring their own best agents.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Sexiest Man Alive is Smart?

Your man George Clooney wrote this, no joke.

"This is an incredibly polarized time (wonder how that happened?). But I find that, more and more, people are trying to find things we can agree on. And, for me, one of the things we absolutely need to agree on is the idea that we're all allowed to question authority. We have to agree that it's not unpatriotic to hold our leaders accountable and to speak out."
- Clooney
You got that right bud, it's in the Constitution


'The fear of being criticized can be paralyzing. Just look at the way so many Democrats caved in the run up to the war. In 2003, a lot of us were saying, where is the link between Saddam and bin Laden? What does Iraq have to do with 9/11? We knew it was bullshit. Which is why it drives me crazy to hear all these Democrats saying, "We were misled." It makes me want to shout, "Fuck you, you weren't misled. You were afraid of being called unpatriotic."
- Clooney

Does everyone really believe the Democrats were afraid of being unpatriotic by not giving the go-ahead for war or were they being extremely patriotic along with everyone else by demanding action after America was ruthlessly attacked on its own soil?

Monday, March 13, 2006

The Pot is Boiling Over

Attack aimed at Shia market is proof of changing Iraq violence.

Recent attacks on the Golden Mosque of the Shia and this market attack strengthens fears of civil war in Iraq following a U.S. exit. Most attacks that have occurred over the last two months haven't really been aimed at the U.S. military but rather at what they are trying to protect. I believe this not an insurgent act but an act of civil war. The attack clearly targeted those of shah faith and was almost certain carried out by those of Shiite faith. No responsibility was taken, an act the insurgent relish. So this and those to come in the future will strengthen the resolve of these two warring tribes who were only kept in line in the past by the bloody regime of Saddam Hussein. Now they are free to release decades of conflict and disagreement. As an American, I am glad to see that the attacks are no longer focused on our boys. It is the sign for us that the time has come to gradually pull out.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

CIA NOCS are there for all to see

Operatives blowing their own cover.

The CIA has got a major problem on their hands if their operatives are unable to conceal their true indentity. In some of these cases the operatives are accused of using their real names in a hotel register while transporting a suspected terrorist. When front companies and secret aircrafts used for terrorist transportation are published onto the web the agency should be on top of that and not need a newspaper to point it out for them. I find it astounding in this heightened security time that the Tribune would be able to present the CIA with a list of its operatives that they got off the web. Imagine the shock.
Freedom of speech and information is what America is all about but when it comes to issues of national security being published on the web then, well its just another leg up that those who look to oppose the government will have.
Actual CIA front companies have been easily identified on the web? You can't even find out what front companies the mob is using but the CIA is all right there on google. Matters of national security need to come above all the rest. Even the issue of free speech.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Bush gets the message across

Take notice of how the Bush administration loves to advertise their own gains. First comes the notorious 'Mission Accomplished' sign that he proudly displayed high up on the air craft carrier while declaring an end to major conflict in Iraq. That was in 2003 and the conflict continues to this day. And recently Bush displayed the 'Protecting the Homeland' banner on the front of the desk he signed the renewed Patriot Act on. It makes sense, since he isn't the greatest speaker and still has trouble pronouncing 'nuclear', that Bush would do anything for him to have to speak less. Fast forward a few years when Bush's term is up and he's leaving the White House under the sign that reads "Don't Mess with Texas"

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Dinner is on the U.S. Senate

Members of the Senate must pay their own way now that they have passed a bill designed to clean up the image of politics in the capital. The proposal will prohibit lobbyist from buying senators dinner. Now that senators must pay their own way surely corruption will end. Instead of picking up a $100 or $200 dinner bill, lobbyist will just bring a suit case full of cash like the good old days. If the senators use money gained from a bribe to buy dinner doesn't that mean the meal is technically 'on the lobbyist?' No one is falling for this face-saving move that ensures the senates image will improve once they start buying their own meals. The Senate wants to clean up the way they do business and what better place to start than at the dinner table.

"But that's not the point. It's not just the meal that's the problem, it's the perception," Obama said.
He's right. Everytime you see two businessmen having dinner together and one offers to pick up the bill you immediately think: CORRUPTION!!!
What's next, a bill that prohibits politicians from appearing in public together.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Elite U.S. Embassies

U.S. Embassies around the world have recieved special forces troops that serve the purpose of collecting info useful for counterterrorism. Senior Pentagon spokemen, Brian Whitman, said the program has existed for a 'couple of years.' The groups are operating in regions where threats exist or can in the future. "They don't hide the fact that they're in the military," Whitman said.
These small groups of men can prove to be a great benefit in the war on terror. They will do their job much more effecient than those in the FBI and CIA because they were trained in the best possible enviorment. These elite forces are not like government employees who recieved meager training. They are the brainchilds of what the military is best at doing, training individuals to complete their given task. The elite forces make their precense known and are able to use the best intelligence training in the world provided by the U.S. military's best and brightest. Because only the best of the best get chosen for programs like this one. These men will be able to do the job other government agencies failed to do prior to 9/11.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Desertion

Desertion has a broad history in times of warfare, the men are dropped into situations that not all humans should be able to bare. Only the strongest in mind and heart are able to excel and survive in these war zones.
8,000 soldiers have deserted the military during the Iraq War, an act punishable by execution. The truth is no one soldier has been executed for desertion since the Civil War in 1864. In World War II 16 servicemen got life in prison for desertion by the hands of Allied Commander, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and one man Pvt. Eddie Slovik was executed by firing squad as an example for those deserting during the Battle of the Bulge.
Adolph Hitler executed 50,000 men for desertion.
Vietnam saw some 34,000 men desert in 1971 alone and some of them are still being hunted.
The military today claims the desertions numbers are down following 9/11 which means men were deserting in times of peace. War can be cruel and desertion should be expected but when soldiers begin to desert in times of peace then the military has a fundamental problem where they are not taking care of their boys as they should.

Monday, March 06, 2006

"Gross Negligence"


The U.S. Army continues to do this American hero a great disservice by constantly shrouding the details surrounding his death. Tillman gave up a life of fame and luxury in the NFL to serve his country following the events of 9/11. He is the epitome of what a national hero is to be and his popularity is the reason why the Army has done a cover up. The whole event is embarrassing for the military and serves as a public relations nightmare. The Army at first admitted his death was due to 'gross negligence' on their behalf and that is being supported by the fact that they cannot figure out what happened exactly. Instead of doing the right thing for Tillman's family the Army has continued to cover up the details about that day. Tillman's brother was actually in the area at the time of the incident.
The fact that they are calling it a 'criminal investigation' cannot be a good thing. Are they saying he was purposedly killed by one of his fellow soldiers. Using the words 'criminal' and 'homicide' when referring to Tillman's death points the public in the direction that there may be more sinister circumstances here. In all seriousness, it is probably not true that he was intentionally killed and the entire ordeal was a sad case of misidentification.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Disrupted Plots

This fact sheet was released by the Office of the Press Secretary about al-Qaida terrorist plots that were disrupted by the United States.

Most of the cases seem to have been discovered and squashed while in the early stages. But notice what two events are not on there that should be. The transit attack in Spain and the underground attack in Britain. Attacks of large scale and sophistication requires intelligence gathering that may be on the wrong side of the law, such as wire tapping those who threaten this nation and others. Intel agencies need to have a distinct advantage against the enemy. The terrorist have the advantage of anonymity and only their private conversations can revel their true intentions. Whether they be foreign or domestic.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Able Danger

Who needs a perfect president when you have covert operations like Able Danger that tabbed Mohammed Atta and 3 others a year before 9/11. No matter who is in office or running other agencies trusted with gathering intel, groups like these are always there and should never be criticized. Able Danger did its job but others didn't listen.

The cover-up is being called 'bigger than Watergate', yet Bush won't lose his job over it?

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Death Penalty - Is it legal murder?


The death penalty is referred to as 'premeditated murder' and rightfully so. California made an example out of Tookie. Their message seems to be 'if you kill someone, we'll kill you.' The murder Tookie committed was cold-blooded as the next but the fact that he became embraced by the communtiy and celebrities after his reform proves his words could have reached many. Isn't reforming criminal what the whole prison concept is about and here is a prime example. Look Stanley 'Tookie' Williams up. This was a changed man. He crusaded against the gang he started and even wrote childrens books. "Williams embodied a style of leadership that is needed now more than ever, and America had much more to gain from his presence than his absence." - Salim Muwakkil

Capital punishment does not deter crime since so few of these executions occur that criminals feel they'll just get life. The only goodness that comes from strapping a man down to end his life is the closure the victim's family may recieve. In some extreme cases it may be the right thing. Even then, capital punishment benefits almost no one.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Most US Troops in Iraq Want to Return Home:

72% of soldiers in Iraq believe the full-scale pullout should happen within the next year. A whopping 93% said that removing weapons of mass destruction was not the main reason for invading. Whoa, that's the one reason that the Bush Administration stressed most in the beginning and now nearly the entire military says 'that's not why we came.' It would be nice to see everyone on the same page as far as what the objectives are but it's not like World War II where the objective is obvious, to win the war. In Iraq there is too much head-bashing going on between America and citizens of Iraq. Iraqis want the occupation to end and the Bush administration doesn't want to leave until the country can care for itself. Although the hidden objective of the U.S. was to remove Saddam, it has now shifted into controlling a runaway nation. Further down it says 36% of Americans think the Iraq occupation is going well. For now the occupation is going ok....for us. The Iraqi government is taking shape but they are unable, as a country, to protect themselves. Security is lax and bombs are everywhere. 32,225 Iraqi civilians have died since 2003 and a civil war is all everyone is talking about.