Archive | April 23rd, 2013

Coulter: Boston suspect’s widow ‘ought to be in prison for wearing a hijab

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By Stephen C. Webster
Republican columnist Ann Coulter expresses her dislike of immigrants on Fox News's "Hannity." Photo: Screenshot via FoxNews.com.

Appearing on Fox News Republican talk show “Hannity” Monday night, right-wing columnist Ann Coulter said she’s sad that not only does she think the Boston bombing should shut down the nation’s immigration reform debate, she would like to see the alleged bomber’s widow in jail too, not for committing a crime but for “wearing a hijab.”

“I don’t care if she knew about this,” Coulter said. “She ought to be in prison for wearing a hijab. This immigration policy of us, you know, assimilating immigrants into our culture isn’t really working. They’re assimilating us into their culture. Did she get a clitorectomy too?”

Hannity seemed momentarily puzzled at the sudden citation of female genital mutilation, stammering his reply. “I, uh, I don’t know the answer to that,” he said before confidently adding: “But your point is well taken.”

Hannity went on to say that he believes people who immigrated “from countries where perhaps they grew up under Sharia law” are definitely a threat and “I think we can make a safe assumption that they have been radicalized.” He added that even foreign students should be subjected to greater scrutiny, lest they too pose a threat.

“Our immigration policy has nothing to do with helping America,” Coulter insisted. “It has to do with solving the internal problems of other countries. We’ll take Russia’s radicals. We’ll take the illiterate, unskilled, low-skill workers from all these countries. We’ll take their old people and put them on our supplemental security and Medicare. No, immigration policies are supposed to make your country better, not to make it worse and to create all these problems.”

“Lindsey Graham was on some show this week saying this shows we need better tracking,” she continued. “I’m thinking this means we need better immigrants.”

Coulter and Hannity are just the latest conservatives to jump on the idea that because the Boston bombing suspects were born overseas, the nation’s whole immigration reform debate must shift gears into more regressive policy proposals, or just shut down in Congress altogether, as it did on Monday.

Fellow Republican talker Laura Ingraham said as much on Monday afternoon, suggesting that the U.S. shut down all immigration from majority Muslim nations. “I would submit that people shouldn’t be coming here as tourists from Chechnya after 9/11,” she said. “Dagistan, Checnya, Kergystan, uh-uh. As George Bush would say, ‘None of them stans.’”

Both Boston bombing suspects came to the U.S. legally as children. Authorities say there is not yet any evidence linking them to any foreign terrorist organizations, but an investigation is still ongoing.

Additionally, the Partnership for a New American Economy said last year that about one in 10 Americans worked for an immigrant-owned business in 2012, which contributed more than $775 billion to the U.S. economy and over $125 billion in payroll.

This video is from Fox News’s “Hannity,” aired Monday, April 22, 2013.

 

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Abu Qatada: court rejects government’s appeal bid

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Home secretary Theresa May running out of options in her legal battle to deport radical Islamist preacher to Jordan

Abu Qatada

Abu Qatada, who is being held in Belmarsh prison for breaching bail conditions, could still face prosecution in Britain. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Theresa May’s legal battle to deport the radical Islamist preacher Abu Qatada has suffered a further setback with the court of appeal turning down her attempt to take the case to the supreme court.

The home secretary is now expected to try the last remaining legal avenue open to her – a direct appeal to the highest court in the land – in her bid to overturn last month’s appeal court ruling that Qatada could not be sent back to Jordan when there was a real risk he would face a trial based on evidence obtained by torture.

A spokesman for the Judicial Office said on Tuesday that the court of appeal had confirmed it had refused permission for the home secretary to appeal to the supreme court. Appeals have to be based on a fresh point of law.

A Home Office spokesman reacted to the decision by saying: “We are disappointed with the court of appeal’s decision but will now request permission to appeal directly from the supreme court.

“The government remains committed to deporting this dangerous man and we continue to work with the Jordanians to address the outstanding legal issues preventing deportation.”

The home secretary confirmed last week that Abu Qatada, who is being held in Belmarsh prison for breaching bail conditions, could still face prosecution in Britain. “He was arrested for breaching his bail conditions, and obviously consideration is being given in looking at the material that was discovered to see whether that leads to prosecution,” May told MPs.

She is rapidly running out of legal options and it is likely that fresh attempts will be made to secure even stronger assurances from the Jordanians that he will face a fair trial on bombing conspiracy charges should he be returned.

The three appeal court judges, who unanimously dismissed May’s last legal attempt to deport Qatada in March, reminded her in their ruling that “torture is universally abhorred as an evil”, and states cannot expel someone where there is a real risk that they will face a trial based on evidence obtained by torture.

The appeal court ruling by the master of the rolls, Lord Dyson, with Lord Justice Richards and Lord Justice Elias, threw out the home secretary’s attempt to overturn a ruling last November by the special immigrations appeals commission (Siac) in London blocking Qatada’s return to Jordan to stand trial because “there was a real risk he would be subject to a flagrant denial of justice”.

The appeal court judges said they recognised, however, that Qatada was “regarded as a very dangerous person” and that the British government considered him to be a danger to national security, adding: “It is entirely understandable that there is a general feeling that his deportation to Jordan to face trial is long overdue.”

But the judges said the fact that he was considered a dangerous terrorist was irrelevant to their decision.

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WAKE UP AMERIKA: Police Beating Turns Into Death in Custody for George Ivan Salgado

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by JGVibes

My nephew George Ivan Salgado died on April 13, 2012. I can remember this horrible day like it was yesterday.

 

You are 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist

by Emmanuel Rendon

Cop Block

I arrived to Larkin Community Hospital to the Intensive Care Unit on Thursday April 12, 2012 . I saw my nephew laying in a coma, unresponsive and clinging to life, loosing blood by the liter. He looked disfigured from all the lumps and bruises on his face and head.

My nephew George and I lived in the same house. To tell you the truth, I could not recognize my own nephew. All I saw was blood from his nose, mouth ears, and eyebrow. His legs had more lumps and bruises. According to West Miami Police and Miami Dade Police, they responded to man acting irrational and naked in a backyard of a home in 57 avenue & 23 street S.W on Thursday 4/12/2012 AROUND 3:30 PM, just outside Coral Gables area in West Miami.

Officers say my nephew was combative. Eight to ten officers were at the scene with my nephew. Details, even a year later, are so UNCLEAR that you can easily tell the police are hiding something. Anyhow, my nephew was beat to death. Well, almost to death – he collapsed at the scene and immediately entered a coma, which eventually was how and where he died. George Ivan Salgado held on for dear life for 13 hours after his encounter with police. According to doctors, he bled to death. George was given 5 blood transfusions in 13 hours; after his 5th transfusion, he went into cardiac arrest. The doctors could not bring him back. My nephew George suffered 12 cardiac arrests before the 13th cardiac arrest took his life. George was at a girl friend’s house partying at the time of the incident.

My nephew George, at 5’6 and 150 lbs, was an unarmed college student. George was literally beaten ’til the cows came home. According to one witness, she heard screams as if they were killing or butchering someone. She came to my nephew’s rescue to be threatened by police to mind her business or suffer the consequences. Being that she is illegal in the country, she felt that the officer meant his threat to her.

She briefly described seeing my nephew on his chest, naked, hog tied, handcuffed by wrists and ankles. Several officers huddled around him, while he was screaming, yelling out for help. Little did my nephew know, help was going to kill him. Because the hospital was afraid of a multi-million dollar suit, the hospital protected themselves by taking pictures of my nephew’s condition upon arrival to the Emergency Room of Larkin Community Hospital in South Miami, FL . My nephew was in compulsions, bound by ankle and wrist cuffs. Once my nephew died, his body was kept out of families reach, preventing us from taking any incriminating photos that would show police brutality. These photos would have been the key piece of evidence that would paint an entirely different story from the one officers in the Internal Affairs Investigation are stating.

My nephew died Friday April 13,2012 at 4:00 am from the extreme amount of bruising and internal bleeding. Any doctor can tell this patient suffered intense or massive trauma to the head and body. Any one of these blows could have taken his life. Here is where the story get juicier: We called the news and media and told them my nephew got beaten and that the police were going to cover it up; they were going to make my nephew George I. Salgado the aggressor and make them the heroes in this story. Sure enough, the day after my nephew’s death we get contacted by John Turchin of WPLG channel 10 news in Miami, Fl. He stated to us that Miami Medical Examiner Dr. Lee made his medical analysis and came to the conclusion that George I. Salgaldo died from an overdose of cocaine and not from the blunt force trauma to the head and body. At least 10-15 doctors painted a completely different story, we told John Turchin.

Well, we knew then that he did not die from cocaine that day, and we know now also. Why? The hospital ran urine and blood analysis while at the hospital, before my nephew’s death. No drugs and no alcohol were found in his body. NONE. The toxicology report came six months later, which is a bit long if you ask me for a police-involved murder. The toxicology report came out negative for any narcotic or alcohol. The police justified this by saying my nephew was on a steroid which made him resistant to police pepper spray, handcuffs, and electric stun gun.

According to pictures obtained by the hospital, my nephew’s wrists and ankles were bound while he was beat. He died with no defensive wounds. None of the police officers suffered any scrapes. It’s a shame that in order to convict a police officer of beating someone to death, you must first get a medical examiner who is willing to cooperate. Dr. Lee has ruled in favor of the police, stating his death was done by himself, basically. He said he committed suicide with cocaine. It took us 10 days to find a competent medical examiner who was willing to contradict all of Dr. Lee’s medical findings and analysis.

Why did it take us 10 days? There’s so much police intimidation and fear of retaliation that it seems there’s no competent medical examiner who is willing to take on the police in a murder case. All the doctors who we interviewed told us for a 2nd autopsy it would range from $7500 to $10,000. We would respond with, “What if the person you’re examining was beat to death by police?” All the Miami Dade county medical examiners denied us their services after being notified that this was a police-involved homicide.

Luckily, we were referred to Dr. Marraccini, a high profile murder case medical examiner in the Los Angles area and in South Florida as well. Dr. Marraccini notified Dr. Lee that he was taking a look at his medical analysis and finding relating to my nephew’s death. Dr. Marraccini told him he did not have cocaine in his body. “How did you come to that conclusion?” he asked. Dr. Lee replied by saying the doctor was right, he died from another medical condition called Pathariumtheyrom, which is where the body overheats itself to 110 degrees Fahrenheit due to narcotics in the body. Dr. Marraccini countered Dr. Lee’s statement. He told the doctor that the vessels in his eyes were not bleeding, which is a clear indication of Pathariumtheyrom. “You’re right, I guess I have no idea what possibly killed George I. Salgado.” Yes, you have heard correctly, the cause of death a year later is still conveniently UNKNOWN.

There’s a saying in the court room; the “truth shall set you free.” If the officers in this Internal Affairs Investigation share the truth, it will put them behind bars. Why? They lost self control, they betrayed the badge and acted like vigilantes, and furthermore they took a life of a person who was unarmed and restrained according to all the evidence. Dr. Marraccini was able to discover a dictionary full of missed possible causes of death, in order from head to toe. George Ivan Salgado suffered lots of brain hemorrhaging, a fractured frontal cranium, fractured eye socket, fractured upper & lower jaw, fractured trachea, fractured shoulder, 6 broken ribs, fractured pelvis, dislocated hip bone, and massive trauma to the penis/testicle area. Also, there were signs of the electric stun gun marks; he had 12 entries which means at least 6 cartridges or stun guns were used on George I. Salgado. He had four asp bruises or markings, one size 10 boot print at his hair line on the back of his neck, two swollen and bloody wrists and ankles, with a 2 line parallel pattern like the markings of handcuffs.

My nephew never spoke to anyone and said what happened. Like the killers in the movies, no witnesses means no convictions in a murder case. The officer’s stories are the only piece of story we have from that horrible day. We all see Mixed Martial Arts on TV. I have not seen a fighter get beat as bad as my nephew looked the morning he died. He looked like he was being initiated in the GANG of Fraternal Order of Corrupt Cops and died in the process. Sorry, you took the beating but did not live to tell the story. The worse part of this story is that these eight to ten officers all have some sort disciplinary report against them. Instead of firing them and holding them accountable, they were transferred to another agency in another city to beat up more people. Ten to fifteen doctors say he was beat to death, one high-profile medical examiner says he was severely beat to death and one medical examiner can not determine what the cause of death was.

What can we do? Fire the medical examiner, and ask for a competent doctor. The evidence is clear as day, but when police corruption runs deep in Miami, you have a better chance of winning the lottery and getting struck by lighting in one day than of being able to have these cops held accountable for their crimes. According to Katherine Fernandez Rundle State Attorney in Miami Dade County, no crime was committed as officers are allowed to discipline or combat a combative suspect. Please, if you visit Miami, know the cops here kill… for fun. No case will be solved in your memory, like my nephew’s hasn’t been. The case has gone cold, no one has been arrested. The first 48 hours came and went and no one is held responsible for his death… it sucks trying to cope with his loss.

All the attorneys we encountered were too busy worrying about the financial retribution for his death from the two agencies in this matter. No amount of money will ever bring my nephew back. We don’t give a fuck about money, we want heads to roll. This is a bitter, sad reality in Miami: police do kick ass first and ask questions later. It’s like we have a gang of angry men dying to release their anger on anyone who looks worthy of them getting their adrenaline up. Do you know anyone important… enough to make heads roll in Miami, Fl?

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Fukushima Clean-Up Will Last More Than Forty Years, says Nuclear Watchdog

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by JGVibes

TEPCO must urgently ‘improve the reliability of essential nuclear systems’

by Jacob Chamberlain

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The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant must get its act together and stabilize the plant’s “essential systems,” the International Atomic Energy Agency urged on Monday, saying that it will likely take more time than the 40 years to properly decommission the site.

Picture taken by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on April 17, 2013 shows members of the IAEA Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology inspecting the control room of the unit one and two reactor buildings of the crippled TEPCO Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture (AFP / IAEA) The prepared statements from the IAEA were released just hours after Fukushima operator TEPCO said it had switched off a reactor cooling system after discovering two dead rats near critical equipment—the third time in five weeks that cooling equipment at the site has gone off-line because of rodents.

In addition, the site has experienced a series of incidents in recent months, including multiple leaks of radioactive water and power outages within the plant’s struggling cooling systems.

“As for the duration of the decommissioning project,” said the IAEA’s Juan Carlos Lentijo, “it will be nearly impossible to ensure the time for decommissioning such a complex facility in less than 30-40 years as it is currently established in the road-map.”

Lentijo’s comments were presented alongside an IAEA statement released Monday which criticized TEPCO’s performance and urged the company to “improve the reliability of essential systems” crucial to “the structural integrity of site facilities” and “to enhance protection against external hazards.”

Last week the IAEA inspected the crippled plant and held meetings with officials from TEPCO and the Japanese government.

“It is expectable in such a complex site, additional incidence will occur as it happened in the nuclear plants under normal operations,” Lentijo said. “It is important to have a very good capability to identify as promptly as possible failures and to establish compensatory measures.”

Associated Press adds:

Just over the past few weeks, the plant suffered nearly a dozen problems ranging from extensive power outages and leaks of highly radioactive water from underground water pools. On Monday, TEPCO had to stop the cooling system for one of the fuel storage pools for safety checks after finding two dead rats inside a transformer box.

Earlier this month, a rat short-circuited a switchboard, causing an extensive outage and cooling loss for up to 30 hours. Lentijo said water management is “probably the most challenging” task for the plant at the moment.

The problems have raised concerns about whether the plant, crippled by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, can stay intact throughout a decommissioning process. The problems have prompted officials to compile risk-reduction measures and review decommissioning plans.

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Pakistani journalists who gained from ‘secret fund’ named

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TV host who petitioned supreme court for list says details of another 174 payments worth £600,000 are being withheld

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Men read newspapers at a stall in Karachi, Pakistan. The supreme court has released a list of journalists who have received payments. Photograph: Shakil Adil/AP

Pakistan‘s rapacious media is not known for ignoring a juicy story, particularly one involving secret government slush funds used to buy political support.

But on Monday, the country’s websites and televisions stations were oddly muted when the supreme court ordered the release of a list of hundreds of payments made to journalists which, critics claim, were part of an effort to buy the government favourable coverage.

According to the list collated by the ministry of information which had in the past argued that it should be protected as an official secret, nearly £1.2m was paid to journalists in the form of cash payments, hotel bills or plane tickets between August 2011 and March 2013.

In addition to receiving entertainment and dinners at hotels, scores of journalists received cash described simply as “financial assistance” with the amounts ranging from about £130 to as much as £3,000.

But there were few breaking news alerts on the country’s hyperactive rolling news channels as news organisations not usually known for careful scrutiny of stories took their time to digest the information.

“I think everyone is just going through this list to see whether any of their people are on it and then to work out how to handle it,” said Zaffar Abbas, editor of Dawn, a venerable English language daily. Its website was one of the first to publish a story about the list.

Suspicions of unethical behaviour and influence peddling has long hung over Pakistan’s media class, which has grown enormously since former military dictator Pervez Musharraf liberalised the commercial television sector in 2002.

But there were few smoking guns in the 15-page document. Many of the payments did not appear to be particularly scandalous, with cash spent to pay for travel and accommodation for journalists accompanying dignitaries on official government trips, for example.

Some journalists took to Twitter to protest their innocence, including Munizae Jahangir, a print and broadcast journalist who said she was consulting lawyers after being falsely listed as having received an airline ticket to travel to Korea.

“This seems to be a plan to malign journalists just before the election,” she said. “I’m already getting messages on Twitter saying all you journalists are corrupt.”

The information came to light after Hamid Mir, the country’s best known television host, petitioned the supreme court for the list of journalists who, according to long-standing rumours, had benefited from a “secret fund”.

But he said the court was still withholding details of another 174 payments worth £600,000 which the government insists should remain protected by official secrecy.

The published list was full of errors, Mir said. “The information ministry has tried to misguide the supreme court by including many names who never took a bribe from the government,” he said.

“If someone got an air ticket from Islamabad to Lahore, I don’t think that’s real corruption.”

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Syria crisis: bishops kidnapped by rebels – live updates

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LIVE• Bishops who preached tolerance seized near Aleppo

Syrian Bishop Boulos Yaziji (seated left) head of the Greek Orthodox church in Aleppo, during the enthronement in Damascus of his brother Yuhanna X Yazigi (seated right) as the Patriarch of Antioch. An armed group in Aleppo province kidnapped two bishops including Bishop Boulos and Bishop Yuhanna Ibrahim, head of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Aleppo, according to state media.
Syrian Bishop Boulos Yaziji (seated left) head of the Greek Orthodox church in Aleppo, during the enthronement in Damascus of his brother Yuhanna X Yazigi (seated right) as the Patriarch of Antioch. An armed group in Aleppo province kidnapped two bishops including Bishop Boulos and Bishop Yuhanna Ibrahim, head of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Aleppo, according to state media. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images.

Friend of Bishop Yazigi

A friend of Boulos [or Paul] Yazigi, one of bishops abducted in Aleppo province, has confirmed that the Greek orthodox cleric had questioned the Assad regime and did not rule out government involvement in his disappearance.

But Nadim Nassar, an Anglican priest from Syria and director of the London-based ecumenical charity, the Awareness Foundation, said it was impossible to speculate who was to blame for the kidnapping.

He last spoke to Yazigi via Skype last week while he was visiting a parish in Turkey. The bishop disappeared after returning from that trip, Nassar said in an interview with the Guardian.

Probably nobody knows exactly what happened, but he was picked up by another bishop [Yohanna Ibrahim], who is the Syriac bishop in Aleppo. Ibrahim, and his driver, went to pick him up from the border of Turkey to come back to Aleppo. Apparently they were both kidnapped and the driver – who I think was a priest – was killed, and the two bishops disappeared.

Asked about whether Yazigi was a critic of the government, Nassar said:

We all want change in Syria but without bloodshed … The aim is not about just criticising the government. As good citizens we all demand better conditions of freedom of speech, and freedom of religion and freedom of journalism. We are talking about the basics of a free society. It is not about criticising anybody, it is about tangible changes we can build upon. That’s the basis of Syrian conflict.

Both sides, whether opposition or the government, have [made] huge mistakes in the last two years, and thousands of people have died senselessly.

He added: “He [Bishop Yazigi] believes in diversity like we all do – that the fabricate of Syria is diverse and we should all respect and protect this diversity. We should respect the colourful nature of the [Arab] Spring.”

Opposition activists suspect the bishops could have been abducted by Assad’s forces. The state news agency has blamed rebels. Nassar said:

It is very difficult, because a lot of radical Muslim groups are operating in Aleppo. All I say is that their safety and release is very important for the co-existence for the society in Syria. We have to defend diversity in Syrian society at all costs.

… It is extremely difficult to say who kidnapped him, or to speculate. We are facing a very difficult and complicated situation in Syria. It is not black and white. It is impossible to speculate unless a specific group declares responsibility.

He added:

I heard about the involvement of [opposition leader] George Sabra in this process [of trying to secure the Bishops freedom]. I hope and pray that he will be successful, as I pray for the freedom of all who kidnapped in Syria. It is like a business that has flourished in Syria in the last year for ransoms. Kidnapping has become a fear and terror of daily life for Syrian people.

Syrian Bishop Boulos Yaziji, head of the Greek Orthodox church in Aleppo, during the funeral of the late Orthodox patriarch of Syria, Ignatius IV Hazim. An armed group kidnapped two bishops in a village in Aleppo province in northern Syria, the state news agency SANA reported late on April 22, 2103, including Bishop Boulos and Bishop Yuhanna Ibrahim, head of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Aleppo.
Syrian Bishop Boulos Yaziji, head of the Greek Orthodox church in Aleppo, during the funeral of the late Orthodox patriarch of Syria, Ignatius IV Hazim. An armed group kidnapped two bishops in a village in Aleppo province in northern Syria, the state news agency SANA reported late on April 22, 2103, including Bishop Boulos and Bishop Yuhanna Ibrahim, head of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Aleppo. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

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Rep. Peter King, Mayor Bloomberg Agree: Boston Bombing Shows We Desperately Need MORE Surveillance

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by JGVibes

You knew it was coming. Former DHS official Stewart Baker got the ball rolling with his atrocious attempt to portray the ACLU and the EFF as hacker-and-terrorist sympathizers.

 

A few politicians bravely read the tea leaves (while the tea was still brewing!) and declared the Boston bombing to be Exhibit A in the argument for tougher immigration laws.

Now it’s time for those who love surveillance cameras to stand up and claim a piece of this tragedy as their own. An article in the Wall Street Journal collects a few quotes from some political camera enthusiasts who believe this successful manhunt justifies increased surveillance by law enforcement.

“They had to piece together I don’t know how many thousands of videos,” said Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican who is on the House Committee on Homeland Security. “I think CCTV [closed-circuit television] cameras are much more needed in urban areas.”

The FBI and police already had “how many thousands of videos,” and yet it’s still not enough. More cameras are “needed.” King continues this line of thinking in an interview with MSNBC.

So, I do think we need more cameras. We have to stay ahead of the terrorists and I do know in New York, the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, which is based on cameras, the outstanding work that results from that. So yes, I do favor more cameras. They’re a great law enforcement method and device. And again, it keeps us ahead of the terrorists, who are constantly trying to kill us.

Constantly? That’s an interesting ridiculous take on reality. (The odds of an American being killed by a terrorist attack are effectively zero.) King must spend plenty of sleepless, terrorized nights chatting with Mike Rogers, whose fear of hackers prevents him from catching any shuteye. Either that or he’s been chatting with the FBI and the NYPD who it seems can barely go a week without creating andshutting down another terrorist “plot.”

[Peter King worries about terrorists… but only if they’re Muslim. He’s perfectly fine with white Irish terrorists, seeing as he went on record during the 80s stating his support for the IRA, which notably bombed a shopping center during the Christmas season, killing six and injuring 90. He was very concerned about their civil rights. Those were his kind of terrorists. These ones, not so much.]

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg also feels the bombing in Boston justifies extensive surveillance in New York City… or more than it already has.

“The Boston bombing is a terrible reminder of why we’ve made these investments—including camera technology that could help us deter an attack, or investigate and apprehend those involved,” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said this past week. He added the network now has the ability to “alert police to abnormalities it detects on the street, such as an abandoned package that is left on a corner.”

Personally, I could do without the “terrible reminders” and the “investments.” Bloomberg claims the tragedy justifies the surveillance, but there’s very little effort being made to curtail either sides of this false equation. New York law enforcement seems to spend most of its time hanging out in mosques or shoving non-white male youths up against the nearest wall for a little of the old stop-and-frisk.

There’s a chicken-and-egg thing going on here. Apparently, we “need” to increase surveillance because awful things happen. But when awful things fail to happen, no one in the surveillance “community” takes the time to wonder if perhaps the current surveillance efforts might be excessive. Surveillance, like any other vehicle of government control, only expands over time. Various government agencies will once again be asking you to trade privacy for security. The problem is these agencies can’t promise security. The only thing they can truly guarantee is “taking” your privacy.

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Obama: Dont Make up Your Mind on Boston Until we Give you the Official Story

 

In a speech over the weekend Obama said that people should not think independently about the Boston terror attacks, but rather wait until the government comes forward with their official version of events.

By JG Vibes

Barack Obama’s speech this past Friday had moments that were reminiscent of George W. Bush, when he told the world “Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th”.

All political leaders are so filled with arrogance that they actually believe they have the right to tell everyone else how to think and behave, but few are so bold to actually come out and say it.  Obama and Bush for whatever reason, be it blind ego or desperation, have actually come out and told people not to think, but to just accept the government version of events in every circumstance.

“There’s a temptation to latch on to any bit of information, sometimes to jump to conclusions,” Obama warned during his 10:05 p.m. EST speech from the White House.

“But when a tragedy like this happens … it’s important that we do this right,” he claimed.

“That’s why we have investigations … That’s why we have courts.  And that’s why we take care not to rush to judgment — not about the motivations of these individuals; certainly not about entire groups of people,” Obama said.

“The American spirit includes staying true to the unity and diversity that makes us strong…So as we continue to learn more about why and how this tragedy happened, let’s make sure that we sustain that spirit,” he insisted.

Staying true to the unity and diversity that makes us strong? What exactly does that mean? Furthermore, if he was actually interested in learning more about the event, wouldn’t he be open to crowd sourcing this investigation?

Apparently not.  According to some sources police released the photos of their official suspects so quickly because they wanted to“limit the damage” that was being done by investigations online.

So remember, don’t think or independently investigate what is going on around you, because the government always has the right answers, especially when it comes to things they can take advantage of and benefit from.

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The Nnfinished War

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America this morning owes a huge debt of gratitude to its law-enforcement agents. Just over 100 hours after the Boston Marathon bombings, one suspect is dead and a second was captured last night. The threat they posed, for now at least, appears to be over.

Whew. These have been scary days. Indeed, the sight yesterday of the whole city of Boston on lockdown, with streets deserted and silent, couldn’t have been more eerie.

It was also chilling to see how successful the suspects, Chechen Muslim immigrants, were — not just in allegedly killing people, but in instilling widespread fear, especially in the Northeast. The week served as a painful reminder that this nation remains in an ongoing fight against terror — and that the homeland is still vulnerable.

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SWAT teams searching in Watertown yesterday,

On Thursday, cops first identified the two brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, as the key suspects and confronted them in a wild and bloody battle that left Tamerlan dead. With Dzhokhar still on the run through the day, officials ordered folks to stay inside. They said the pair had killed an MIT police officer, wounded a transit cop, carjacked a vehicle and sped off with its owner, hurled explosive devices and engaged cops in a shootout.

It will take time for their motives to be properly understood, but the pair appears to have left tantalizing clues: Both became devout Muslims and used social media to link to pro-jihadist videos. Tamerlan, a champion boxer, wrote that he would not fight on his native Chechnya’s team until it won its independence from Russia. He also wrote about his alienation, claiming, “I don’t have a single American friend.”

Classmates and associates painted a different portrait of the two — one of a total assimilation into US culture with no signs of religious or terrorist obsession.

All the possible motives, of course, need to be explored fully — and with no punches pulled for political correctness. More details may come in the days ahead. But whatever the bombers’ motives, this much is clear: The war on terror isn’t over. Alas, far from it.

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In the Wake of the Boston Bombings: America’s War on Islam 2.0

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Waging war at home or abroad requires enemies. America creates them when none exist.

Post-9/11, Muslims were targeted for political advantage. Post-Boston bombings, America’s war on Islam continues.

Muslims are “war on terror” scapegoats. Washington’s Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia wars rage.

It’s the wrong time to be Muslims in America. They’re persecuted for their faith and ethnicity. At times it’s for their activism, prominence, and/or charity.

They’re dehumanized, spied on, set up as patsies, hunted down, rounded up, held in detention, kept in isolation, denied bail, restricted in their right to counsel, tried on secret evidence, convicted on bogus charges, given long sentences, and treated harshly as political prisoners.

The term “Islamofascism” was popularized. Some call it Islamic radicalism or jihadism. The New Oxford American Dictionary calls it “a controversial term equating some modern Islamic movements with the European fascist movements of the early twentieth century.”

The Urban Dictionary says it “refers to the notion that Islam is not so much a religion as it is a political ideology that in many ways resembles ‘fascism.’ ”

“An Islamofascist can either be an Islamic fundamentalist, or someone who uses violence or bullying tactics to impose Islamic principles on others….”

It’s used to describe groups like Al Qaeda. In 2008, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) headlined “The Dirty Dozen – Who’s who among America’s leading Islamophobes.”

FAIR called David Horowitz its “premier promoter.” His 2007 “Islamofascism Awareness Week” attracted leading Muslim haters.

Author Robert Spencer was called a prominent Islam-basher. He publishes the “notoriously Islamophobic website” “Jihad Watch.”

Daniel Pipes founded the Middle East Forum think tank. He defends racially profiling Arab Americans. He calls their presence a “true danger” for Jews.

Michael Savage hosts “The Savage Nation.” It’s a nationally syndicated radio talk show. He relentlessly uses hateful language. He once endorsed killing a hundred million Muslims. He did so on air.

Pat Robertson calls Islam violent and irrational. It’s “not a religion,” he says. It’s a “worldwide political movement.” It’s “meant to subjugate all people under Islamic law.” It’s a “bloody, brutal type of religion.”

Others on FAIR’s list included Fox News’ Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly, conservative political commentator Mark Steyn, self-styled Islamic terrorist expert Steven Emerson, conservative blogger/commentator Michelle Malkin, former Fox News host Glenn Beck, and political commentator Debbie Schlussel.

Connect the dots. The Boston bombings connect eerily to 9/11. Muslims were blamed both times. America’s war on terror targets them. It continues at home and abroad.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s a naturalized US citizen. Senators Lindsey Graham (R. SC), John McCain (R. AZ) and Kelly Ayotte (R. NH), as well as Rep. Peter King (R. NY) want him held as an “enemy combatant.” They want him denied fundamental rights.

King chairs the House Homeland Security Committee. He’s also an Intelligence Committee member. He wants more surveillance. “It keeps us ahead of the terrorists who are constantly trying to kill us,” he said.

Big Brother no longer is fiction. Total surveillance is possible. New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, Boston, and other cities use growing numbers of video cameras.

They monitor streets, commercial areas, airports, highways, public and private transportation, shopping malls, government and  business buildings, as well as other places where people congregate, work, reside, recreate, or inhabit for any reason.

King and others want more. Drone surveillance may be expedited. Legislation authorized eye in the sky spying. Civil libertarians call all forms of surveillance an unregulated privacy threat.

In his April 20 weekly address, Obama suggested perhaps what’s coming. He called Monday’s incident “an act of terror….But in the days since….Americans refuse to be terrorized.”

“….Boston’s spirit remains undaunted. America’s spirit remains undimmed….(T)hat’s what makes us strong. That’s why we endure.”

“In the days to come, we will remain vigilant as a nation.” Expect the worst to follow.

Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are called Islamic terrorists.

Round-the-clock coverage pronounced guilt by accusation. What’s most important to know is suppressed. Managed news misinformation substitutes.

Both brothers were set up as patsies. One’s dead. The other’s seriously wounded. He remains hospitalized. He’s at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He’s under heavy guard.

He’ll be interrogated when able to respond. He won’t be read his Miranda rights. On April 20, theACLU headlined a “Statement on Miranda Rights of Boston Bombings Suspect,” saying:

“The American Civil Liberties Union reacted to the apprehension of the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing and statements from federal officials that he would be questioned without being read his Miranda rights.”

“Every criminal defendant is entitled to be read Miranda rights. The public safety exception should be read narrowly. It applies only when there is a continued threat to public safety and is not an open-ended exception to the Miranda rule.”

“Additionally, every criminal defendant has a right to be brought before a judge and to have access to counsel. We must not waver from our tried-and-true justice system, even in the most difficult of times. Denial of rights is un-American and will only make it harder to obtain fair convictions.”

The Center for Constitutional Rights headlined “CCR Condemns Miranda Exception in Boston Marathon Suspect Case,” saying:

“The Miranda warnings were put in place because police officers were beating and torturing ‘confessions’ out of people who hadn’t even been formally accused of a crime.”

“We cannot afford to repeat our mistakes. If officials require suspects to incriminate themselves, they are making fair trials and due process merely option and not a requirement. To venture down that road again will make law enforcement accountable to no one.”

“Like Obama’s expanded killing program and his perpetuation of indefinite detention without trial at Guantanamo, this is yet another erosion of the Constitution to lay directly at the President’s feet.”

“Obama’s Justice Department unilaterally expanded the ‘public safety exception’ to Miranda in 2010 beyond anything the Supreme Court ever authorized.”

“Each time the administration use this exception, it stretches wider and longer. However horrific the crime, continuing to erode constitutional rights invites continued abuse by law enforcement, and walks us down a dangerous path that becomes nearly impossible to reverse.”

Media straightaway convicted both brothers. They did so in the court of public opinion. Misreporting continues. FAIR’s Peter Hart calls it a “rush to misjudgment,” saying:

“We’ve seen reporting and commentary that talked about the Muslim or jihadist character of the bombs themselves: pressure cookers, ball bearings or nails used.”

“These are things that are not unique to al-Qaeda or al-Qaeda-inspired terror attacks.”

“We saw references to the Times Square bombing, trying to put this in the context of Islamic terror or previous instances of what the media like to refer to as Islamic terror.”

“We even saw references to the fact that two bombs were there. It must have been a follow-up attack trying to hit the rescue workers when they show up – again, a Middle Eastern trait, we’re told.”

“This is actually what the United States government has done in places like Iraq and in drone strikes in Pakistan.”

“So we have seen this rush to characterize this bombing, without necessarily saying precisely that we know who the perpetrators are, but to put it in this context.”

“And I think that creates a climate of fear and suspicion, particularly directed toward certain communities.”

“We read headlines, you know, block letters across the front page of the USA Today, the day afterwards, “Terror Has Returned.”

“This idea that the United States has not seen a terrorist attack since 9/11. This is a unique event right now.”

On April 19, Media Matters headlined “Boston And The Right-Wing Media’s Collapse,” saying:

Glenn Beck’s web site (The Blaze) got it wrong saying a Saudi national student was “absolutely involved.” He called him a “dirt bag, possibly the ringleader.”

Fox News host Sean Hannity claimed he previously was “involved with a terrorist or terror activity.”

Media Matters said “too many players opted to just make stuff up. Prompting witch hunts, they cast innocents as would-be killers and then couldn’t be bothered with apologies.”

Murdoch’s New York Post “seemed committed to getting as many stories wrong about the Boston attack as possible.”

Before an arrest was made, CNN’s breaking news headlined “Sources: Arrest made in bombings case.” Reporter John King erroneously called him “dark-skinned.”

NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous responded, saying:

“Our concern is that CNN used an overly broad, unhelpful and potentially racially inflammatory categorization to describe the potential suspect. History teaches us that too often people of color are unfairly targeted in the aftermath of acts of terrorism.”

Post-Boston bombings, media misreporting was deplorable. It didn’t surprise. “Rush to misjudgment” is commonplace. Washington Post editors headlined “In pursuit of terrorists.”

Official reports were accepted as fact. The Tsarnaev brothers were blamed. A Chechen “extremist,” “Al Qaeda” or other “foreign group” connection was suggested.

“Much as some in Washington might wish it, the war against terrorism is not over….The Tszrnaevs….may have intended more mayhem: They were reportedly carrying more bombs when they were cornered Thursday.”

Note: Media misreporting said at least older brother Tamerlan wore an explosives vest. Photos of his body showed him riddled with bullets and shrapnel head to toe. All limbs were intact. He wasn’t blown to pieces.

New York Post editors headlined “The unfinished war,” saying:

“….These have been scary days. (It was) chilling to see how successfully the suspects, Chechen Muslim immigrants, were – not just in allegedly killing people, but in instilling widespread fear, especially in the Northeast.”

“The week served as a painful reminder that this nation remains in an ongoing fight against terror – and that the homeland is still vulnerable.”

“The war on terror isn’t over. Alas, far from it.”

Boston Globe editors headlined “Boston after the bombings: a show of character,” saying:

“(L)aw-enforcement officials and political leaders….put aside turf wars and expressions of egotism to focus on the killers….”

“….Boston’s character needs no further validation. The city is strong, and getting stronger.”

Chicago Tribune editors headlined “Accomplishing….nothing,” saying:

“….Boston bombing suspects (may) have had no motivation more complex than joyful cruelty.”

“This level of preparation, though, suggests that they had some motive more sophisticated than merely marauding through the lives of innocents.”

“The Boston massacre no doubt will help authorities worldwide rethink security preparations for mass events.”

Numerous print and broadcast reports highlighted a Chechen Muslim connection. The New York Times was typical headlining “Boston Attacks Turn Spotlight on Troubled Region of Chechnya,” saying:

Possible motivations of both brothers aren’t yet known, said The Times. “Yet, with at least one brother talking of Chechen nationalism on the Internet, their reported involvement in the marathon attack throws a spotlight on one of the darkest corners of nationalist and Islamic militancy….”

“Whether the Boston bombing was tied to it is still unclear, but a generation of young Chechen men have never known a peaceful homeland (and have had) difficulties finding a place abroad.”

America’s war on terror continues. Perhaps last week’s Boston bombings advanced it. Muslims remain America’s enemy of choice. Expect Obama and Congress to take full advantage. Expect the worst of times to follow.

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