Friday, November 30, 2007
Yup, the richest country on the face of the planet that's got TRILLIONS for WARS can't feed its people!
Or DOESN'T WANT TO!!!!!
But Bush LUUUUUVVVS US!!!
He just wants to STARVE US!!!!!!!
That 80% population reduction plan seems right on track, doesn't it, readers?
"Food Banks, in a Squeeze, Tighten Belts" byKATIE ZEZIMA
Tightening the belt because you are LOSING WEIGHT, right?
MANCHESTER, N.H., Nov. 26 — Food banks around the country are reporting critical shortages that have forced them to ration supplies, distribute staples usually reserved for disaster relief and in some instances close.
Catherine D’Amato, president and chief executive of the Greater Boston Food Bank, comparing the situation to the recession of the late 1970s:
“It’s one of the most demanding years I’ve seen in my 30 years in the field]."
Hey, it's George W. Bush's AmeriKa!!!
And his economic policies SUCK then!!!
He's got us back to the Carter-era economy!
Experts attributed the shortages to an unusual combination of factors, including rising demand, a sharp drop in federal supplies of excess farm products, and tighter inventory controls that are leaving supermarkets and other retailers with less food to donate.
Greg Bryant, director of the food pantry in Sheffield, Vt.:
“We don’t have nearly what people need, and that’s all there is to it. We’re one step from running out. It kind of spirals. The people that normally donate to us have less, the retailers are selling to discount stores because people are shopping in those places, and now we have less food and more people. It’s a double, triple, hit.”
While the GLOBAL ELITE are BUSTING at the SEAMS!!!!!!
That's where ALL THE WEALTH has gone under George W. Bush (even though Bill Clinton got the ball rolling)!!!!!!!!
To the HAVES and HAVE-MORES!
Better watch it, shitters!
Starve us too much, and we MAY EAT YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
The Vermont Food Bank said its supply of food was down 50 percent from last year.
Doug O’Brien, the bank’s chief executive: “It’s a crisis mode.”
For two weeks this month, the New Hampshire Food Bank distributed supplies reserved for emergency relief. Demand for food here is up 40 percent over last year and supply is down 30 percent, which is striking in the state with the lowest reliance on food banks.
Melanie Gosselin, executive director of the New Hampshire Food Bank, said household budget squeezes had led to a drop in donations and greater demand:
“It’s the price of oil, gas, rents and foreclosures. This is not the old ‘only the homeless are hungry. It’s working people.”
I know!!! I'm hungry everyday!!! One meal only!!!!!!
Lane Kenworthy, a professor of sociology and political science at the University of Arizona, agreed:
“The overall picture is that household incomes are kind of stuck. There’s very little way to increase income, and most people have a very heavy debt load. Any event that increases your costs is really, really troublesome, because you’re already stretched thin.”
Unless you are a scum-sucking globalist!!!!
The food bank in Manchester delivers provisions to a housing project each week, and on a recent Monday, Matthew Whooley, 26, of Manchester, was waiting in line with his wife, Penny, and their four children.
CHILDREN? HUNGRY CHILDREN?
FAMILIES are STARVING?
FUCK YOU, Bush, and your GOD-DAMNED WARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
“Every week there’s less and less food. It used to be potatoes, meat and bread, and last week we got Doritos and flour. The food is getting shorter, and the lines keep getting longer.”
In part, food banks are suffering because farmers are doing well. The food banks rely on supplies from the federal Agriculture Department’s Bonus Commodity Program, which buys surplus crops like apples and potatoes from farmers.
So when I blame Bush, I'm not far off, readers!
It is HIS ADMINISTRATION!!!!!!
Jean Daniel, a department spokeswoman:
“Right now, the agricultural economy is very strong and the surpluses aren’t available for us to purchase. Certainly we’re empathetic, but unfortunately we cannot count on those bonus commodities every year.”
No, but the god-damn military can count on $500 BILLION dollars a year, and your stinkfuck boss can DEMAND MORE WAR MONEY!
But THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN STARVE!!!
This government needs to GO!!!
IMPEACH, CONVICT, and IMPRISON!!!!!!!!!!
Supplies from the surplus program dropped to $67 million worth last year, from $154.3 million in 2005 and $233 million in 2004. Figures for this year are not available, Ms. Daniel said.
More people hungry, less food!
Man, is AmeriKa ever a SHIT SOCIETY!!!
I don't want to hear Amurkns say how great they are, anymore!
If this SHAMING SCANDAL is allowed to occur in THIS COUNTRY, then the AmeriKan people have NOTHING TO BE PROUD OF!!!!!!
Food bank operators are lobbying for passage of a farm bill currently stalled in the Senate that would raise emergency aid for food banks to $250 million a year, from $140 million. That figure has remained steady since 2002.
Bush gonna VETO THAT, TOO!??
Susannah Morgan, executive director of the Food Bank of Alaska:
“The biggest problem is that the federal government’s programs are dropping as need is growing.”
But BUSH'S ADMINISTRATION LUUUUVVVVS US!!!!!!!!
He is "PROTECTING" US from "TERRORISTS!"
I'd RATHER HAVE the MEAL, fucker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ms. Morgan said the decline has affected rural Alaska, where native tribes run most food pantries. She said about 10 percent of the state’s rural food banks have closed because there is not enough federal help coming in.
Was there ever a time in AmeriKa where Native Americans didn't get fucked?
And where is all the money going?
Wait, don't answer!
You'll just make me mad because we know where ALL the money is going!
Ms. Morgan: “They don’t feel staffing and heating is worth it for the small amount of food.”
Further complicating the picture, Ms. Morgan and others said, is tighter inventory monitoring, which has left many stores with less to donate.
Darren Hoffman, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, whose supplies are down 11 percent this year:
“They know exactly what they have, down to the can. They can track a lot better and don’t order in bulk. Efficiency has kind of been the enemy of the food bank.”
Ergo, AMERIKA'S BUSINESSES are FOR HUNGER!
Just fulfilling the GLOBALIST DIRECTIVE of 80% population reduction, readers! Starving 'em to death is ONE WAY!
Extra food — items that are not selling or seasonal inventory that is no longer needed — is now often sold to low-cost retailers, said Tim Viall, executive director of the Greater Stockton Food Bank in Stockton, Calif.
“We’re getting fewer canned goods than last year from retail grocers, because they’re selling it to warehouse food stores. We’re putting more reliance on canned food drives, and we’re trying to ramp up the fresh fruit and produce. We are in the heart of one of the most productive agriculture areas in the world, and we’re trying to take advantage.”
In other words, AmeriKans can starve -- so that business can MAKE EVEN MORE $$$$$$!!!!
In places where community donations are down and there are no food manufacturers to solicit, pantries and food banks are making difficult choices. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Cincinnati is giving families less food this year because there is not enough. It has started to ask smaller families to take fewer products.
While Bush demands and Congress shovels TRILLIONS at WAR!!!!
Liz Carter, executive director of the food bank:
“Donations are down, and people who need help is up. So what are we going to do. We just made the decision that instead of giving people six or seven days worth of food, we’re going to give them three or four days of food, which is a drop in the bucket.”
And WHAT ARE HUNGRY PEOPLE to do for the OTHER THREE DAYS?!
Amerika IS a Culture of Death, readers!
In this case, a slow, wasting away death!
Ginny Hildebrand, executive director of the Association of Arizona Food Banks, said many pantries were facing similar situations.
Ms. Hildebrand, at a recent conference for food bank employees:
“Everybody was saying the same thing. They’re all hit by an increase in demand, all hit by the impact of the higher costs of food, and all hit by federal reductions. We just don’t have the quantity of products available that we used to.”
Ross Fraser, a spokesman for America’s Second Harvest, which distributes more than two billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually, said the shortages at food banks were the worst the organization had seen in 26 years:
“Suddenly it’s on everyone’s radar. Food banks are calling us and saying, ‘My God, we have to get food.’"
So how is that bowl of shit, Amurkns?
Taste good, does it?
"AT&T's 1.9-Trillion-Call Database"
This whole article is worth reading, but I found this tidbit particularly interesting:
He was alluding to databases maintained at an AT&T data center in Kansas, which now contain electronic records of 1.92 trillion telephone calls, going back decades. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital-rights advocacy group, has asserted in a lawsuit that the AT&T Daytona system, a giant storehouse of calling records and Internet message routing information, was the foundation of the N.S.A.'s effort to mine telephone records without a warrant.
An AT&T spokeswoman said the company would not comment on the claim, or generally on matters of national security or customer privacy."
Israeli military announces readiness to invade Gaza"
"The preparations for a mass invasion of Gaza are complete, said an Israeli source on Thursday. Israeli officials said the thousands of troops and dozens of tanks currently stationed on the Gaza border are not going to launch an invasion unless Palestinian resistance factions fire homemade shells across the border first.
The Israeli daily newspaper Maariv reported that the chances of a major Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip have increased now the Annapolis conference is over.
An Israeli military spokesman said that "the Israeli response will come swiftly" if any projectiles are fired across the border. All troops are trained and ready for an invasion, according to the Israeli army.
Israeli forces have killed ten Palestinians in Gaza over the last week, by air strikes and missiles fired from ships stationed offshore."
Won't be a surprise to me when they finally cross!
MSM will be shocked, though, watch!
Then start offering excuse for murderous Israel!
ASSASSINATIONS OF JFK: RK; MLK etals.
"The JFK Records Act of 1992, approved unanimously by Congress, mandated that all assassination-related records be reviewed and disclosed 'immediately.' When Morley filed his lawsuit in December 2003, thirteen published JFK authors supported his request for the records in an open letter to The New York Review of Books (www.nybooks.com/articles/16865). Eighteen months later, the CIA is still stonewalling. The agency now acknowledges that it possesses an undisclosed number of documents...which it will not release in any form. Thus records related to Kennedy's assassination are still being hidden for reasons of 'national security.'"
You assholes can shut us down, you can imprison us, torture us, and kill us, but you will NEVER DEFEAT US!!!!!
By the Grace of God, WE WILL WIN!!!
TYRANTS ALWAYS FALL, and IDEAS are BULLET-PROOF!!!!
TRUTH HAS WON, dear readers, no matter what government does or says!
Senate Bill 1959 to Criminalize Thoughts, Blogs, Books and Free Speech Across America
"The end of Free Speech in America has arrived at our doorstep. It's a new law called the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, and it is worded in a clever way that could allow the U.S. government to arrest and incarcerate any individual who speaks out against the Bush Administration, the war on Iraq, the Department of Homeland Security or any government agency (including the FDA). The law has already passed the House on a traitorous vote of 405 to 6, and it is now being considered in the Senate where a vote is imminent. All over the internet, intelligent people who care about freedom are speaking out against this extremely dangerous law: Philip Giraldi at the Huffington Post, Declan McCullagh at CNET's News.com, Kathryn Smith at OpEdNews.com, and of course Alex Jones at PrisonPlanet.com
This bill is the beginning of the end of Free Speech in America. If it passes, all the information sources you know and trust could be shut down and their authors imprisoned. NewsTarget could be taken offline and I could be arrested as a "terrorist." Jeff Rense at www.Rense.com could be labeled a "terrorist" and arrested. Byron Richards, Len Horowitz, Paul Craig Roberts, Greg Palast, Ron Paul and even Al Gore could all be arrested, silenced and incarcerated. This is not an exaggeration. It is a literal reading of the law, which you can check yourself here: http://thomas.loc.gov/home/gpoxmlc110/h1955_rfs.xml
The bill states:
‘...ideologically based violence’ means the use, planned use, or threatened use of force or violence by a group or individual to promote the group or individual’s political, religious, or social beliefs...
Note that this means the "planned use of force to promote a political or social belief" would be considered an act of terrorism. This all hinges on the definition of "force," of course. Based on the loose use of logic in Washington these days, and the slippery interpretation of the meaning of words, "force" could mean:
• A grassroots campaign to barrage Congress with faxes
• A non-violent street protest
• A letter-writing campaign that deluges the Senate with too much mail
• A sit-in protest that blocks access to a business or organization
• A grassroots e-mail campaign that overloads the e-mail servers of any government department or agency
You get the idea. "Force" could be defined as practically anything. And since the "planned use of force" would be considered a criminal act of terrorism, anyone who simply thinks about a grassroots action campaign would be engaged in terrorist acts.
If you stopped someone on the street and handed them a Bible, for example, this could be considered an act of terrorism ("...use of force to promote the individual's religious beliefs...")
If you sent a barrage of angry letters to Washington about global warming and the destruction of the environment by the U.S. military, this could also be considered an act of terrorism ("...to promote the individual's political beliefs...")
If you believe in same-sex marriage and you wrote a letter threatning a sit-in protest in front of your state's capitol building, this could also be considered an act of terrorism, even if you never carried it out! ("...planned use of force to promote a social belief...")
The United States is on the fast track to fascism, and the Congress is working right alongside this nation's traitorous leaders to criminalize any thoughts, words or speeches that disagree with current government policies regarding war, terrorism, domestic surveillance and civil liberties. Simply speaking out against the war on Iraq could soon be labeled a crime. Merely thinking thoughts against the war on Iraq could be considered a criminal act."
If that's the case, then I AM PROUD to have spoken out against this insane mass-murderer and his abominable wars!
Ron Paul and the Seven Dwarfs
I could feel the little wheels spinning in my head as I watched the Republican debate Thursday morning. It came on at 2:00 AM here.
They said they got 5,000 Youtube entries; two thousand more than for the Democratic debate and there was the implication that this meant something. I know what it meant; a huge number of people sent in questions that had to do with Ron Paul. That’s what happened. It must have been something for the people scripting the event. Surely Anderson Cooper; separated at birth from Paula White, knew this.
It was interesting to see the first Ron Paul question be something from a headphone wearing Gen X rottweiler wanting to know about whether Ron Paul was a conspiracy nut. Dr. Paul handled that one beautifully and then for the next two hours, Cooper pretty much stayed away from Ron Paul except for the opportunity to paint him as an unpatriotic loony for not supporting the dupes dying for Israel and the oil cartels. Enter John McCain- pull string in center of back; batteries included.
They played Doctor Paul’s commercial last and they got back to him with a final question in the end which he knocked out of the park. I loved the applause and cheers that washed out from the crowd whenever he spoke. No one else got the same kind of response. They weren’t able to keep his supporters out of the crowd (which was loaded with neo-con Schmoos) and who drowned out the boos whenever the fundarellas started in. Ron Paul supporters can’t be ID’d the way many others can; they come in all ages, sizes and colors. Mostly Anderson kept away from Doctor Paul. Dr. Paul is a real annoyance for the sleep machine, bagmen and dinosaurs
Every time I hear Dr. Paul speak I am more impressed with his passion and sincerity. He’s the real deal. You may quarrel with some of his positions but you can’t quarrel with his obvious humanity, his savvy and ‘let’s cut the bullshit’ style. He stood out the way Snow White would stand out from the seven dwarves.
At another time I said something to the effect that Ron Paul is the sort of man who might be made great by the power of the office. I’m convinced of that now. I do believe he would impact on the American political system in a way that no one has since JFK. He makes you want to believe him because he is saying the things you know to be true and because he understands priorities.
What did I think of the other candidates? Giuliani is a reptile and he definitely was involved in the 9/11 inside job. Romney is a glossy magazine guy who will say whatever he thinks he has to say and doesn’t actually believe anything except that he’s the man. Winning is more important than serving is for him. The job isn’t as important as the position. Giuliani was far more skilled at dealing with smack-downs than he. Romney’s not going to make it.
Hunter and Tancredo; …are just glad to be contestants on American Idol. Wave goodbye and don’t let the door hit you in the ass.
Fred Thompson is Mr. Folksy charm. He’s another reptile who’s deep into the dark shit and has a hard layer of mean beneath the surface charm. He wants to wear the Reagan-suit but Reagan he ain’t; to be fair, neither was Reagan. Say… what about a Hunter-Thompson ticket? Fred would probably bring the most entertainment factor to the position; not because he’s an actor but because he’s married to Lady Macbeth.
John McCain came across as the sad man in denial who just can’t let his delusions go. I don’t know which is more embarrassing; McCain playing up his war experience or Giuliani with the 9/11 fandango- Rudy-boy is as slippery as an eel. He knew better than to mention 9/11; didn’t do any good though.
Huckabee was the most impressive- besides Paul of course; whom we hardly saw- and I’d say he might grab the nomination. CNN seemed to sense this too. I had to keep reminding myself that he wasn’t ‘my’ Uncle Mike. He’s really got that Kevin Spacey thing down and I like Kevin Spacey. Huckabee definitely gets the biggest bump of the dwarves.
Whose idea was it to trot out the old gay general? Some compassionate junior producer shut off his mike during the meltdown, the same way your relatives might tell the nurse to pull the plug, but then… you just know this happened… somebody higher up said, “No! No! This won’t look good.” And so they got him another mic (like there was something wrong with the one he had) and let him go on and make an incredible fool of himself and it wasn’t pretty… no… not pretty at all. The gay media caucus got their scripted moment and uh… boy did that backfire. They ought to knock it off about that angle anyway. Why not just buy the uniform and wear it to one of the clubs? Sorry… really… I just couldn’t help myself. The point is… you want to be gay and in the military? Go ahead, just don’t tell anybody. Here’s a clue, they REALLY don’t want to know. That’s how it works and that’s all you’re going to get. What’s wrong with that?
CNN knows they were inundated with Paul videos and they know that Ron Paul is the people’s choice of the people who are sick and tired of Scamelot. Their numbers grow every day. And who picked the Confederate flag video? What were they thinking? I know it was supposed to mean something. It was nice to see the whole Islamic terrorist thing flame up after the woman in Muslim garb made her pitch. When you think about who was actually behind 9/11, well… [The writer shakes his head and coughs.]
And then the Holy Order of the Blessed Gun thing went into action and everything got real serious, sweaty and tumescent. I take my beloved shotgun named Jesus to bed with me every night. And then… What would Jesus do? Snicker… Huckabee nailed that one. I suspect the guy is a hardliner but he had the moves; give him that.
I’d catch Ron Paul looking at his notes… writing something down… generally keeping his face unreadable and patiently waiting out this sorry affair. Afterwards he walked purposely right off of the podium. I liked that. Well, my favorite American of the founding genre is Thomas Jefferson so there are reasons why I like Ron Paul. I never thought I’d be saying more nice things about a Republican than a Democrat.
I suppose of all of the Democrats, I dislike John Edwards the least. I suspect he’d be a good president by comparison with a lot of what we’ve had. I like Kucinich’s positions but that Shirley McLane connection and the flying saucer sighting makes me a little uneasy. Now, I have seen a flying saucer or two myself and in much more dramatic fashion that Kucinich is supposed to have …AND with witnesses …but I don’t think I’d mention that if I were ‘seriously’ running for president.
I know that Israel is none too happy with Ron Paul and that’s yet another reason to love him. There are a whole lot of reasons to like Ron Paul, not the least of these is the presence of ‘the dwarves’. He is just what America needs right now. He’s just what the doctor ordered but things being what they are it’s unlikely that enough Americans will get their heads out of their asses and pick up on this. BUT… you never know.
I believe there is such a majority of Americans who are so dissatisfied and disgusted right now that Ron Paul could well have a much better opportunity for the office than anyone suspects. I don’t think- as the youtube commenter said- that they’ll (the Republicans) give him the nomination. I know he said that he wasn’t planning on an independent candidacy. However… a lot can happen between now and whenever.
It sure would be nice to see him get elected. I imagine there would be a sort of Panic in Needle Park kind of a thing on the one hand and a national sigh of relief on the other. In any case, it would be just the kind of fairy tale ending that I like. Remember, whoever does get into the White House is going to find out more than they ever wanted to know about 9/11. I’m sure Hillary knows, as does Rudy and probably a few of the others. This is the biggest thing that no one talks about; the need to transfer the power so as to guarantee that nothing gets said about what happened on that day… ever. Just imagine…"
CUI BONO, reader? WHO BENEFITS from this ignorant asshole doing this?
A guy with BOMBS-STRAPPED to his CHEST? A suicider? SWAT teams?
Did he walk in or barge in?
Now it is an alleged bomb?
Nobody knows what's going on?
Bomb-wielding man believed to be holding hostages at Clinton campaign office
And lemme guess; his name is "Achmed."
Meanwhile, all the other candidates are evacuating their offices, trying to cash in on the free publicity.
I'll bet they got some bozo to play terrorist to "help" Hillary. They probably told him the bomb (if there really is one) is a harmless fake and that they will bail him out of jail after the news cameras have left. But as happened with the 7/7 patsies, the bomb might just turn out to be real." -- Mike Rivero, What Really Happened
Not only are you correct, Mike, but you are making me laugh!
I agree! Especially since she is falling in the polls!
LIVE VIDEO: Clinton Office Hostage Situation
What a shame those hostages don't carry concealed weapons. This would be over by now.
:) -- Mike Rivero, What Really Happened
That's a good point, Mike!
Maybe another FALSE-FLAG INSIDE JOB will be needed to convince Joe!
"Biden: Impeachment if Bush bombs Iran"
Friday November 30, 2007
Presidential hopeful Delaware Sen. Joe Biden stated unequivocally that he will move to impeach President Bush if he bombs Iran without Congressional approval.
Biden spoke in front of a crowd of approximately 100 at a Seacoast Media Group forum Thursday, which focused on the Iraq War and foreign policy. When an audience member expressed fear of another war with Iran, he said he does not typically engage in threats, but had no qualms about issuing a direct warning to the oval office.
“The President has no authority to unilaterally attack Iran and if he does, as foreign relations committee chairman, I will move to impeach,” said Biden, which was followed by a raucous applause.
Biden said he is in the process of meeting with constitutional law experts to prepare a legal memorandum saying as much, and intends to send it to the President.
When resident Joel Carp asked Biden why not impeach now given what has already been done, Biden said it was a valid point but might not be constitutionally valid and potentially counterproductive. A case for impeachment must have clear evidence, he said, and blame should be directed at the right parties.
“If you’re going to impeach George Bush, you better impeach Cheney first,” said Biden, which also received applause.
Biden said the best deterrent to prevent preemptive military action in Iran is to make it clear, even if it is at the end of his final term, action will be taken against Bush to ensure “his legacy will be marred for all time.”
Biden took shots at the Bush administration’s idea to centralize government in Baghdad and called his decentralized plan the only way to political settlement. The recent decline in violence in Iraq, which some Republicans have credited to the surge, is the result of the military doing its job. President Bush, he said, has not done his job in using the relative peace to find a political compromise as he promised.
“There’s no evidence it has happened and no evidence it will happen,” he said.
Throughout the forum, Biden stressed the need to improve foreign relations throughout the world and pointed to his 29-year resume as proof that he can make that happen.
Biden joked about his low poll numbers, how the national media does not cover him and the lack of funding compared to the coffers of fellow hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama
“This is why I’m in New Hampshire and Iowa,” he said. “It’s the last level playing field.”
Biden went to his next appearance knowing he had at least one more vote. As the forum was coming to an end, Byrl Short stood up and announced his support.
“I came here an undecided voter,” he said. “And you are the man.”
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Printed from: http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/november2007/301107Biden.htm"
I think you just ruined your chances for president, Joe!
Not the kind of thing the Zionists want to hear!
Ron Paul to Top Giuliani's 3rd Quarter Ceiling at 2 Month Mark of 4th Quarter
"Ron Paul will likely pass a third milestone-- that of Rudy Giuliani's $10,258,019 fundraising mark for the end of the 3rd Quarter-- as Paul supporters initiate a last minute money bomb aimed at securing even more advertising money for key early primary states, including New Hampshire, which Zogby polling says he may well win.
The various factors set in motion are all a bit too uncertain to pin down to a precise picture, but Ron Paul is clearly rising. Zogby pollster and analyst Fritz Wenzel commented that Paul's timing could be just perfect for a big move from the back to the front, now a month out from the start of primary voting."
Ron won the YouTube debate, too, readers!
Ron Paul wins WSJ debate poll
When I voted at 3:00 p.m. EDT, Ron Paul was at 74%!!!!!!
His closest competitor?
Fred Thompson at 9%!!
And C(IA)NN knows it, too!!!!
CNN polls show people want RON PAUL to lead rEVOLution
" CNN polls show people want RON PAUL to lead rEVOLution
Friday November 30, 2007
After 30,000+ votes, Ron Paul BLOWS away EVERYONE in CNN's post-debate polls. Look at these numbers!
Printed from: http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/november2007/301107CNN.htm
St. Petersburg straw poll votes were cast with cash
Romney got 893 votes, besting second-place Ron Paul's 534 -- despite Paul's shuttling in supporters on a rented trolley and shuttle. The campaign had a plane sporting pro-Paul slogans and a boat touting him, too.
In fact, Paul supporters dominated the crowd, which reached an estimated 1,000 people. Tickets for votes cost $20 each.
So how did Romney do it?
"I voted 20 times," Derek Gyongzois, 38, of St. Petersburg exclaimed after casting ballots.
He said he works as a volunteer for the Romney campaign (and begged a reporter not to print his 20-vote tally). Did he buy the tickets?
"I don't have that kind of money," Gyongzois said.
He wasn't the only person voting more than once. Paul supporter Mike Wagner, 57, of St. Petersburg: "This thing is rigged."
Massachusetts School of Law
November 29, 2007
In violation of international and U.S. law, “thousands” of alleged terrorists have been victims of “extraordinary rendition” by the Bush Administration since 9/11, two legal scholars say. “Instead of working to bring those committing crimes against the United States to justice in U.S. courts, the Bush Administration seems intent on doing exactly the opposite—keeping such individuals away from U.S. courts, hidden in a web of secret prisons, underground interrogation cells, and in the hands of cooperative governments,” write Margaret Satterthwaite and Angela Fisher. Satterthwaite is an assistant professor of clinical law at NYU School of Law and Fisher served as assistant research scholar with the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice.
“Extraordinary renditions, whether originating in territories under U.S. control (actual or effective) or merely carried out by U.S. agents, are unlawful and in violation of international treaties to which the United States is a party,” the authors write. “Despite this clear prohibition, the Bush Administration continues to engage in this practice, using it to transfer detainees out of the reach of U.S. courts and into the realm of secret detentions and brutal interrogations.”
“Having altered the procedure from a transfer sanctioned by U.S. courts to a transfer that is extralegal, this Administration completed the transformation of extraordinary rendition from transfer to justice to transfer out of the justice system,” the authorities contend in an article titled “Tortured Logic: Renditions to Justice, Extraordinary Rendition, and Human Rights Law” published in “The Long Term View,” a journal of informed opinion published by the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover(Volume 6, No. 4).
The authors explain that extraordinary rendition is an updated form of “rendition to justice,” first secretly authorized in 1986 by President Reagan in National Security Decision Directive 207, which formalized U.S. policy to fight terrorism. It came into being, they say, because the U.S. in the 1980s did not have valid extradition treaties with countries that commonly housed terrorists or because those nations refused to give the suspects up. Under Reagan, they write, “it has never been suggested that the purpose of the program was to subject the detainees to torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment. Once in the United States, the rendered individual would be treated like any other federal detainee awaiting trial.” Satterthwaite and Fisher said President George H.W. Bush authorized specific procedures for renditions in 1993 through National Security Directive 77. President Clinton, they noted, went further “emphasizing rendition as a key counter-terrorism strategy” and signing presidential decision directive PDD-39 on June 21, 1995, which stated, in part, “Return of suspects by force may be effected without the cooperation of the host government…” One outcome of the Clinton policy, the scholars write, was the rendition of Tal’at Fu’ad Qassim, an Egyptian national that had been granted asylum in Denmark and seized by the U.S. in Bosnia and transported to Egypt, where he was reportedly executed—the first known rendition by the U.S. of a victim to a third country with a record of torture. Between 1998 and 2000, the CIA rendered more than two dozen suspects, then-CIA Director George Tenet testified. In 2004, Tenet testified before Congress there had been more than 80 renditions prior to September 11, 2001.
Since 9/11, the scholars wrote, renditions have been used not to obtain jurisdiction over the suspects in order to prosecute “but instead to get an individual to talk.” Previous renditions that required approval by an inter-agency group that included the Departments of Justice and State, were now placed in the hands of the CIA, which could render suspects “without consultation.”
Satterthwaite and Fisher write extraordinary rendition is prohibited by a number of international human rights treaties the U.S. has signed, including the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment(“CAT”), and the International Convenant on Civil and Political Rights(ICCPR, or “the Covenant”).
Both prohibit the refoulement, or transfer, of an individual to another state where the person faces the risk of torture. Both treaties require ratifying states to institute domestic laws penalizing torture and CAT specifically requires states to criminalize conspiracy and aiding and abetting in torture.
Further Information, Jeff Demers, Massachusetts School of Law, (978) 681-0800 or email@example.com or Sherwood Ross, firstname.lastname@example.org"
Senator John McCain, who this week made a crass and bumbling effort to smear Ron Paul as a fascist appeaser, appeared just as deluded at a recent speaking engagement at which he was asked why he penned the foreword to Popular Mechanics' Debunking 9/11 Myths book.
At the time of its release, Popular Mechanics Editor James Meigs claimed that their investigation was "not political," and yet the foreword to their book is written by none other than GOP darling McCain, who re-hashes an abhorrent amount of Neo-Con detritus that relies solely on 9/11 having happened exactly as the government claims it did.
"We liberated Afghanistan from the murderous rule of the Taliban, our attackers' proud hosts. We chased Al Qaeda around the globe," barks McCain.
In the video clip taken from a November 18th function, Kathy Walker, whose father was in the north tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11, asks McCain why he lent his name to "a book that's aim is to stifle the efforts of those trying to bring about justice, accountability, and closure in regard to 9/11." McCain responds that an "overwhelming majority of Americans believe the conclusions" of the 9/11 Commission before going on to triumph the expertise of the Commission.
Watch the video.
McCain's contention that the majority of Americans still have faith in the government's official fairy tale version, which was rubber-stamped by the 9/11 Commission, is manifestly wrong.
- An October 2006 CBS/New York Times poll found that just 16% of respondents thought the government was telling the truth about 9/11. 81 per cent thought they were "mostly lying" or "hiding something" and a further 3 per cent were unsure.
- A 2006 Zogby poll found that opinion on whether there was a cover-up and the accuracy of the 9/11 Commission was roughly split down the middle, hardly the "overwhelming majority" that McCain claims.
- As far back as August 2004 a Zogby poll found that half of New Yorkers believed the government had foreknowledge of the attacks and consciously failed to act.
After the speech, McCain made another faux pas when he claimed that the majority of 9/11 families were content with the conclusions of the Kean-Hamilton whitewash farce.
This is another bare-faced lie.
Bill Doyle, the head of the largest 9/11 families group, told the Alex Jones show that the majority of family members are unsatisfied with the 9/11 Commission and still have many lingering questions - and that was nearly 18 months ago!
Despite Osama Bin Laden's best efforts to follow his masters orders by insisting that he alone carried out 9/11 (methinks Osama doth protest too much), allied to the alleged trainer of the hijackers - and CIA informant - Louai al-Sakka's attempt to firm up the official story, increasing amounts of Americans are just not buying it, as the polls continue to show.Just as it didn't pull the wool over our eyes during the debate on Wednesday night, the sycophantic applause of the carefully screened Neo-Con audience in the video clip doesn't mask the fact that the majority of Americans know they are being lied to and won't tolerate that fact for very much longer.
Printed from: http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/november2007/301107_deluded_mccain.htm
Too bad it took me until 2005 to truly WAKE UP!!!
Rather than focus on that, Johnny, how about telling me about your friend CHARLES KEATING?
Between the Bush cock-sucking and the Hillary brown-nosing, could it be anymore obvious?
AmeriKa's "news" channels are NOTHING of the SORT, readers!!!
Nothing but AGENDA-PUSHING LIARS!!!!!
"CNN: Does Ron Paul Believe in a Conspiracy to Form a North American Union?"
by Kurt Nimmo TruthNews Friday November 30, 2007
Ron Paul outlines the globalist plan to implement a North American Union during the CNN Republican debate. “The CFR exists, the Trilateral Commission exists,” Paul explains. “And it is a ‘conspiracy of ideas,’ this is an ideological battle. Some people believe in globalism, others of us believe in nation sovereignty. And there is a move on toward a North American Union, just like early on there was a move for a European Union that eventually ended up. So we NAFTA and a move toward a NAFTA highway, these are real things.”Indeed, they are “real things,” although CNN, in a lower third, chalks Ron Paul up as a conspiracy nut, a tinfoil hatter, a black helicopter kook by way of insinuation.
Of course, it is the prescribed agenda of CNN and the rest of the corporate media to deny the North American Union, as its architects are determined to sneak it under the wire by stealth.
“The establishment media has promoted a consistent hoax and engaged in mass public deception by claiming that a plan for the political, social and economic integration of the U.S., Canada and Mexico into a North American Union does not exist, despite overwhelming and manifestly provable evidence to the contrary,” writes Paul Joseph Watson. “A recent Boston Globe piece entitled The amero conspiracy is just the latest in a long line of public relations stunts on behalf of the establishment to attempt to hoodwink Americans into thinking that the NAU is crackpot conspiracy fodder on a par with bigfoot and alien abduction, when in reality a plan for merging the Americas is on the record and its protagonists have long bragged about their goal to destroy U.S. sovereignty in pursuit of world government.”
Every time the agenda for full political and economic integration is advanced one step further, whether by treaties, lawfully binding agreements or rhetoric about what the next step will be, the establishment media steps in to scoff at such patently observable developments and label them “conspiracy theories”.Thus we have CNN slapping a banner beneath Ron Paul as he addressed the obvious. However, CNN’s crass attempt to discredit Paul’s message will not work, as increasing numbers of people are tuning into Ron Paul’s message and a large part of the message is the attempt to sell our national sovereignty down the globalist river toward the ultimate goal — total enslavement based on the “Chinese miracle” of corporate feudalism.
Printed from: http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/november2007/301107Paul.htm
"Musharraf Sets Date for End of Emergency Rule" by CARLOTTA GALL
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 29 — Hours after being sworn in to a second term, President Pervez Musharraf announced Thursday that he would lift his state of emergency on Dec. 16.
Once the emergency is lifted, decrees Mr. Musharraf made in recent weeks are to remain in force.
WTF? Lifting martial law, but not lifting martial law?!
These include tougher curbs on the news media, antiterrorism charges against lawyers and even an amendment allowing civilians to be tried by military tribunals for offenses like sedition.
This guy is a carbon-copy of Bush!
No wonder Georgie is sticking with his "friend!"
Two popular FM radio stations remain off the air, as does the private television station, Geo, all of which were known for their strong news content.
Still, at the official ceremony, Mr. Musharraf warned assembled foreign diplomats not to force democracy and human rights on developing countries, but to let them evolve in their own time. Many of the diplomats had been highly critical of his recent actions.
Mr. Musharraf, addressing the diplomats:
“There is an unrealistic or even impractical obsession with your form of democracy, human rights and civil liberties, which you have taken centuries to acquire and which you expect us to adopt in a few years, in a few months. We want democracy; I am for democracy. We want human rights, we want civil liberties, but we will do it our way, as we understand our society, our environment, better than anyone in the West.”
I agree with leaving you guys alone, as long as you leave the frontier provinces alone!
Quit killing them!
And did the guys tongue turn to sand for lying?
Lawyers protesting Mr. Musharraf’s swearing-in clashed with the police in the city of Lahore, and threw bricks, glasses and sticks at the police who blocked their demonstration. Several lawyers and police officers were injured."
Nothing on the ACTIVE WAR in the FRONTIER PROVINCES, huh?
So HOW MANY innocent Pakistanis did Musharaff's army kill yesterday, anyway?!
This coming from the continent that IMPRISONS people for asking questions about the alleged Jewish holocaust by Nazi Germany!
What European Hypocrites!
"Turkey Takes Publisher to Task Over Book Questioning God" by SABRINA TAVERNISE
ISTANBUL, Nov. 29 — Turkish prosecutors on Thursday questioned the Turkish publisher of the book “The God Delusion,” by a British author, Richard Dawkins, after a young reader complained that it was offensive, the publisher said.
Erol Karaaslan, whose publishing house is Kuzey Publications, does not face formal charges at this point for bringing out the book, which is a best seller in the United States. But he was informed by prosecutors that a young reader from the neighborhood of Kadikoy filed a complaint against him under a law prohibiting “inciting hatred,” Mr. Karaaslan said in a telephone interview.
In Turkey, the government can open cases against authors or publishers based on complaints about content filed by private citizens, a far-reaching power that sharply limits freedom of expression and is an enduring part of Turkey’s rigid state-controlled past.
But Europe will jail people for holocaust "denial!"
I'm SO SICK of ELITE ARROGANCE, EXCEPTIONALISM and SELF-ADULATION!!!
The rules have led to the prosecution of authors including Orhan Pamuk, who won the Nobel Prize for literature. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is working to soften these rules as part of Turkey’s effort to join the European Union.
The book, which argues against the existence of God, upset the reader, who argued that it meets the criteria of “inciting hatred,” because it insults God and is offensive to Muslims, Christians and Jews in Turkey.
“It’s not right to open a trial because of people’s views,” Mr. Karaaslan said. “If someone says there is no God, those who are against it should say there is a God.”
Mr. Karaaslan said his lawyer was preparing a written defense that prosecutors would consider in deciding whether to press charges.
Turkey is a secular state, but to its Muslim population, religion is a deeply felt topic. Turkish nationalists have killed Christians, including some priests, apparently believing they aim to split apart the Turkish state.
A priest from an Assyrian Christian monastery was kidnapped on Wednesday near the eastern city of Midyat. The state-controlled Anatolian News Agency quoted Turkey’s interior minister, Besir Atalay, on Thursday as saying that police forces were scouring the area to find the priest, Edip Savci, who is from the Mor Yakup Monastery. His kidnappers have demanded a ransom of 300,000 euros.
Ha! CUI BONO, readers?!
This STINKS to HIGH HEAVEN of a state-supported BLACK-OP!
A kidnapped missionary? Surprised they are not blaming Kurds!
By the way, whatever happened to the tensions between the Kurds and the Turks?
Just FADED from the newspapers, huh?
“There are some extremists in Turkey,” Mr. Karaaslan said, referring to his own case. “We don’t want to provoke them.” But, he added, “We don’t need to agree with the views that we publish."
Hey, extremists and terrorists are everywhere!
They usually occupy the halls of state power!
Probably the same as these ten steps!
"British Muslim Leaders Propose ‘Code of Conduct’ "by JOHN F. BURNS
LONDON, Nov. 29 — Moderate British Muslim leaders on Thursday proposed guidelines that aim to root out extremism, promote a culture of “civic responsibility” and foster women’s rights in the country’s mosques, Islamic centers and Muslim schools.
The guidelines, circulated in draft form to Muslim groups across the country, represent a sweeping new effort by the moderate leaders to combat alienation among disaffected Muslim youth and to foster a new atmosphere of openness and tolerance among Britain’s two million Muslims, particularly in the country’s 1,500 mosques.
Pffffft! It's the west that needs to open up and become tolerant!
The 10-point “code of conduct” will be put before Muslim groups for public discussion, with the aim of producing a final version by March 2008. The proposals would commit groups that accept the code to “actively combat all forms of violent extremism” within their communities and to “promote civic responsibility of Muslims in wider society.”
I personally am offended by all this shit!
Gee CUI BONO from "terror?"
Certainly not Britain's Muslims, who are basically getting a pipe shoved up their ass for things they NEVER DID!
The guidelines come nearly two and a half years after the suicide bombings in London that killed 52 people on July 7, 2005, and a failed plot to repeat the attacks on the London transit system two weeks later. Six of those involved in the second, failed wave of attacks have been sentenced to lengthy jail terms.
Yeah, about those "terror" events:
Terror Expert: London Bomber Was Working For MI5
Have you ever met Mr. Aswat or Mr. Khan, readers?!
The assailants in the two attacks were British and foreign-born Muslims with close links to neighborhood mosques, and the shock that their actions provoked led to an intensive debate within the Muslim population. Tony Blair, the prime minister at the time, led calls for British Muslim leaders to exclude “preachers of hate” from mosques, and for British Muslims to unite around a new code to promote moderation.
Four of the country’s most influential Muslim groups came together to form the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board, which drew up the new charter. But their effort has faced vociferous opposition from Muslim extremists and a more widespread concern among Muslims that community leaders might concede too much to government pressure.
Oh, because I object to the prison planet of fascism, now I'm a "Muslim extremist," huh?
Well, TRY AGAIN, assholes!
The proposed charter would commit mosques to stricter vetting of imams and other religious leaders, including a check for criminal records. It would require mosques and other Muslim religious institutions to commit to “open, democratic, accountable management,” including making the details of their spending and fund-raising public.
This is about GLOBALIST FASCISM, folks, and NOTHING MORE!
How about opening YOUR OWN BOOKS, westerners?
All that money looted by contractors in Iraq!
A number of provisions concerning the rights of women are likely to face the strongest opposition from the more conservative groups. The charter would require the mosques to establish “women’s committees” to encourage the wider participation of women. Mosques and other Muslim institutions would be expected to “ensure that forced marriages are understood and publicized as un-Islamic,” to condemn “violence in matrimonial or domestic matters” and to “mediate in matrimonial conflict resolution.” Mosques would also be expected to have “uniform procedures” for carrying out marriages and standard documents for certifying them.
Yeah, now that you monsters have destroyed the American family unit, let's destroy the strong familial bonds of the Muslims!
That's why Muslims are hated by the West so much!
Memory Hole: Must Read For Women
How Feminists Destroyed the American Family
The new charter would provide for random spot checks of mosques and other Muslim institutions to monitor compliance with the charter and would commit the mosques to participate in “interfaith activities” with other religious groups.
The Muslim organizations would be required to cooperate with other agencies, including the police and non-Muslim community groups, to bring about what the proposals referred to as a “reconciliation in fractured relationships” between Muslims and non-Muslims.
The 23-page charter won rapid approval outside the Muslim community.
That's what happens when you have a bigoted society!
An editorial on Thursday in The Times of London said the charter “implicitly acknowledges some of the failings that have allowed extremists to gain a foothold — poorly educated imams, a lack of financial transparency, little pastoral training and barriers to the participation of women.”
One of the groups involved in drawing up the charter, the British Muslim Forum, posted a statement on its Web site on Thursday defending the proposed charter against critics who say the document sells out Muslim principles and independence.
“What other government has sought to proactively engage with its Muslim population following a terrorist incident, instead of condemning it outright and creating a ‘them and us’ situation,” said the statement, signed by Zareen Roohi Ahmed, the forum’s chief executive."
Well, it looks like Britain got there Muslims to buy into the fascist police world!
All over something in which the BRITISH GOVERNMENT used the "terrorists" as PATSIES!
Hard to believe, but Britain is even more docile about the TOTALITARIAN STATE of TYRANNY than shit-chewing Americans are!
"Police Say Olmert Inquiry Should Be Closed" by ISABEL KERSHNER
JERUSALEM, Nov. 29 — The Israeli authorities, who were investigating whether Prime Minister Ehud Olmert acted criminally in the 2005 sale of a bank, recommended on Thursday that the case be closed, citing a lack of evidence.
Three other criminal investigations involving Mr. Olmert are still under way, an Israeli police spokesman said.
“After examining the materials in the Bank Leumi case, the investigators concluded that there are insufficient grounds to indict the prime minister,” said the spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld.
The police have handed over all the materials in the case to the state prosecutor, who will make the final decision. Mr. Rosenfeld said it was “most unlikely” that the state prosecutor’s decision would differ from that of the police.
The prime minister’s office had no comment on the police recommendation. Mr. Olmert has always denied any wrongdoing in the bank case and in the other three cases.
The Bank Leumi investigation focused on accusations that Mr. Olmert, as finance minister, had tried to tailor the rules for the sale of the state’s ownership stake in the bank to suit a particular bidder — Frank Lowy, an Australian shopping mall magnate and friend of Mr. Olmert.
In the end, Mr. Lowy did not bid for the bank. Mr. Olmert, however, was suspected of breach of trust, and investigators from the national fraud squad questioned him twice in October at his official residence.
The police announcement on Thursday was made hours after Mr. Olmert had returned to Israel from the United States, where he attended the Middle East peace conference. The police officials originally intended to make their recommendation public last Sunday, two days before the conference started, but decided to delay the announcement until Mr. Olmert’s return.
One of the continuing investigations focuses on Mr. Olmert’s purchase of an apartment in a historic Jerusalem building in 2004. There is a suspicion that Mr. Olmert received a significant discount in return for helping the development company that was renovating the building to obtain special building permits from city hall. The other investigations focus on Mr. Olmert’s activities when he served as minister of industry and trade."
Just because the courts can't prosecute him doesn't mean he isn't a corrupt slime!
If there were a Santa, this guy would be getting a lump of coal (and he'd love it, too)!!!
"Bush Renews Call for Congress to Pass Iraq Financing Bill With No Strings" by DAVID STOUT
WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 — President Bush on Thursday began a new offensive against Congressional Democrats over money for the Iraq war, calling on the lawmakers to give American troops “what they need to succeed in their missions” and pass a bill without strings attached.
Bush, at the Pentagon after meeting with top Defense Department officials:
“The American people expect us to work together to support our troops. They do not want the government to create needless uncertainty for those defending our country, and uncertainty for their families. They do not want disputes in Washington to undermine our troops in Iraq, just as they’re seeing clear signs of success.”
I tired of the shit coming out of his mouth! Fuck you, you arrogant asshole!
The White House issued a statement before the president’s remarks on Thursday, citing sharp declines in attacks, civilian fatalities and fatalities to Iraqi security forces since the buildup of United States troops began in June. The White House said that as a result of what it called “return on success,” about 5,700 American troops would come home by year’s end.
Oh, and look WHO BENEFITED from from ALL the LIES!
The president has repeatedly accused the Democratic-controlled Congress of dithering for months about money for the war in Iraq and the Afghanistan campaign. Mr. Bush prodded the legislators on Thursday to move quickly when they return to Washington next week and provide money for the war before adjourning for Christmas.
After you vetoed the health care and other spending bills America needs?
Over a handful of billions?
FUCK OFF, ASSHOLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The White House said Thursday:
“We have nearly 200,000 troops in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they are relying on this Congress to send them the funding they need to complete their mission. We also have about 100,000 civilian workers at bases across the country who will be receiving furlough notices if Congress continues to delay action.”
Who cares? I'd pull the plug on the whole damn war machine!
We want the WARS OVER, MSM shitters!
The Pentagon has enough money to continue operations in Iraq and Afghanistan for the time being. It can shift money between accounts, although that can be complicated. And notices of layoffs do not necessarily mean they will actually happen.
But the president said Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates had put things in perspective when he said recently:
“The Defense Department is like the world’s biggest supertanker. It cannot turn on a dime, and I cannot steer it like a skiff.”
Better watch it, Gates, there is an iceberg ahead!
Reader, I've frikkin had it with these war pigs crying poverty!
Here's a full dose, reader!
"Iraq Lacks Plan on the Return of Refugees, Military Says" by MICHAEL R. GORDON and STEPHEN FARRELL
BAGHDAD, Nov. 29 — As Iraqi refugees begin to stream back to Baghdad, American military officials say the Iraqi government has yet to develop a plan to absorb the influx and prevent it from setting off a new round of sectarian violence.
The Iraqi government lacks a mechanism to settle property disputes if former residents return to Baghdad only to find their homes occupied, the officials said. Nor has the Iraqi government come forward with a detailed plan to provide aid, shelter and other essential services to the thousands of Iraqis who might return. American commanders caution that if the return is not carefully managed, there is a risk of undermining the recent security gains.
“All these guys coming back are probably going to find somebody else living in their house,” said Col. William Rapp, a senior aide to Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top American commander in Iraq, speaking at a two-day military briefing on measuring military trends for a small group of American reporters in Baghdad.
“We have been asking, pleading with the government of Iraq, to come up with a policy so that it is not put upon our battalion commanders and the I.S.F. battalion commanders to figure it out on the ground,” he added, referring to the American and Iraqi security force commanders.
When sectarian violence soared in 2006, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis fled to Syria and Jordan, or moved to safer areas in Iraq. But now that the American troop reinforcement plan and a new counterinsurgency strategy have helped reverse a rising tide of car bombings and sectarian killings, there are signs that Iraqis are starting to return.
Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki has hailed the development as an indication that security is beginning to improve. As if to underscore Mr. Maliki’s point, 375 Iraqi refugees arrived Thursday in a convoy of buses from Damascus, Syria, escorted by heavily armed policemen. After the lengthy journey, the tired Iraqis were ushered into the white marble affluence of the Mansour Melia Hotel in Baghdad to receive a promised government payout to people returning to the capital.
Many neighborhoods in Baghdad have become largely Shiite or Sunni, as one group drove the other out in calculated sectarian cleansing. Sunnis have moved into Shiite homes, and Shiites into Sunni ones. This segregation has contributed to the decline in violence. But what would happen if the original residents insisted on moving back into their homes?
Ahmad Chalabi, a Shiite politician and former Iraqi exile who made common cause with the Americans against Saddam Hussein, has been charged with developing a plan to provide services.
Ah, yes, after FIVE YEARS, OUR MAN Chalabi is the MAN behind Malaki!
American officers discussed estimates of the displaced Iraqis at a seminar here on the military’s metrics of assessing violence in Iraq held at Camp Victory.
Recent American military data indicates that for the fourth week in a row, the nationwide weekly number of attacks is at its lowest level since January 2006. The number of civilians killed, as measured by the American and Iraqi governments, continued to decline in November. The number of weekly casualties, wounded as well as killed, suffered by Iraqi civilians, Iraqi forces and American forces, increased last week by 56 percent but was still below the level for most of 2006 and 2007.
The military also lowered its tally of how many Iraqis had joined neighborhood watch groups. The new figure for Concerned Local Citizens, as the military calls the volunteers, is 60,321. The previous estimate of 77,000 erroneously combined the number of volunteers who are currently serving with those who had expressed a willingness to join.
Col. Martin Stanton, who oversaw the count, said he told General Petraeus about the new figures this week.
Military officials said that they were seeking to make greater use of some Iraqi government data to provide a more comprehensive portrayal of the situation in Iraq. Though there are concerns about the reliability of some Iraqi reports, American military data generally understates Iraqi civilian deaths, since American units only report what they observe, officials said. At General Petraeus’s recommendation, the Pentagon is expected for the first time to include the Iraqi government data on civilian deaths in its report next month on security trends in Iraq.
While there is no question that large numbers of Iraqis have left their homes, American officials said that the exact number is not available. The International Organization for Migration has reported that the number of internally “displaced” Iraqis — those who have fled their homes but still live in Iraq — has grown to more than one million since the February 2006 bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra. Among those displaced Iraqis, more than 350,000 live in Baghdad Province, according to estimates by humanitarian organizations.
Look at this! Like a regular old holocaust operation here!
Estimates by the Iraqi Red Crescent of the number of displaced Iraqis run much higher, but are marred by the double and triple counting of Iraqis who move from one area to another, American officials say. One difficulty in fixing an accurate count is that many displaced Iraqis do not register their migrant status with Iraqi authorities, American officials said.
In addition, more than two million Iraqis are also estimated to have left Iraq altogether for neighboring counties like Syria and Jordan and other nations.
Col. Cheryl L. Smart, who tracks the data on displaced Iraqis for General Petraeus’s command, said that the American military had been “very vocal” with the Iraqi government about the need to establish a system to adjudicate claims about property rights and to avoid using Iraqi troops to carry out “forced evictions.”
Colonel Rapp voiced the hope that confrontations might be avoided by building new homes for returning Iraqis instead of forcing all of the squatters to leave. “It is probably going to be resolved with new housing construction as opposed to wholesale evictions and resettlement,” he said.
“Whether they will remix is probably a multiyear, decade kind of issue,” he added, referring to the possibility of sectarian reintegration.
“The immediate return of I.D.P.’s will create tensions in that system, and we are concerned about it,” he said, referring to the internally displaced people in Iraq.
A senior Sunni official said that the government was not doing nearly enough. “There are many missing links,” said an Iraqi vice president, Tariq al-Hashimi, a Sunni. “We don’t have a comprehensive plan. We have a ministry of migration, but the problem is the bureaucracy.”
Speaking at his home in the Huriya neighborhood in northwest Baghdad, Mr. Chalabi said he was aware of the issue of returnees’ lingering fears. “I don’t think that people who have committed crimes or transgressions against their fellows in those areas would come back,” Mr. Chalabi said. “But the fear of, for example, the Sunnis here, is that the people who did the transgressions on the other side continue to be here and that they may threaten them.”
He said that he had put forward proposals for large-scale new housing developments, but that they should not be on a sectarian basis. “Baghdad is an integrated city and we should try to get it back to an integrated city,” he said.
So it was, once , before WE INVADED!
Col. J. B. Burton, commander of the Second Brigade Combat Team of the First Infantry Division, which controlled northwest Baghdad until this month, said that some neighborhood leaders had made efforts to allow displaced Iraqis to return to their residences, but that their programs were hampered by the lack of a national plan.
“Displacement is a national issue,” Colonel Burton said Thursday in an e-mail exchange. “The government has got to establish policies which are not focused on sects.”
Most of the Iraqis who returned to the Mansour Melia Hotel on Thursday said they were returning voluntarily after hearing reports that the security situation had improved, but some said they had been forced to return because they had no jobs or money in Syria.
Some said their houses were long ago destroyed by Shiite militias or Sunni insurgents, or still occupied by people on the other side of the sectarian divide. Others said that it was still too unsafe to go back to areas like Dora, Jihad and Mansour, and that they would have to stay with relatives.
Abdul Kadim Mohammed, 58, a Shiite from Abu Ghraib, said he would be staying with relatives for now. “I feel more comfortable in Baghdad but still can’t go to Abu Ghraib, which is not completely good,” he said. “The next step that the government needs to work on is how to get back to our homes."
And yet everything is so much better in Iraq!
Just when Bush is appealing for MORE WAR MONEY!
What a coincidence!
"Bin Laden Criticizes U.S. Allies"
CAIRO, Nov. 29 (AP) — A voice identified as that of Osama bin Laden called on Europeans to stop helping the United States in Afghanistan, in excerpts of a new audiotape broadcast Thursday on Al Jazeera television.
Even the MSM ain't buyin' it no more!
And about that identification.
The man identified as Mr. bin Laden said on the tape that European nations joined the American invasion of Afghanistan “because they had no other alternative, only to be a follower.”
“It is better for you to stand against your leaders who are dropping in on the White House, and to work seriously to lift the injustice against the believers,” he said, accusing American forces and their allies of intentionally killing women and children in Afghanistan.
The State Department spokesman, Sean McCormack, dismissed the tape, the fifth this year, as typical of Mr. bin Laden’s tactics and expressed faith in the European allies.
“I think our NATO allies understand quite clearly what is at stake in Afghanistan as well as elsewhere around the world in fighting the war on terror,” he told reporters. “It’s going to require a sustained commitment over a period of time and we have seen that kind of commitment from our European allies."
"Bombs Found Near Home of Politician in Baghdad" by ALISSA J. RUBIN
BAGHDAD, Nov. 29 — Two car bombs were found near the house of a senior Sunni political leader on Thursday, and seven of his bodyguards were arrested, an Iraqi military spokesman said.
The house of the prominent Sunni, Adnan al-Dulaimi, a leader of the Iraqi Consensus Front, is in Adel, an affluent Sunni-majority neighborhood in Baghdad.
Iraqi soldiers backed by American forces found the cars while searching for the killer of Omar Muhammad, a fighter in the local Sunni Awakening Council, a group of people who recently banded together to take on extremist fighters active in the area, said Qassim Atta, a spokesman for the Baghdad security plan.
“The first result of the investigation showed that the guards made the bombs and that they were plotting to kill Awakening Council fighters,” Mr. Atta said.
Mr. Dulaimi did not return telephone calls, but his secretary, Mohaned al-Essawi, said that there was only one car bomb and that Mr. Dulaimi was the target. “All the statements of Qassim Atta are lies,” Mr. Essawi said. “In every neighborhood murders happen, and Adnan al-Dulaimi’s guards are not responsible for this murder.”
In comments to Reuters, Mr. Dulaimi emphasized that the bombs were found in an alley outside his home. Mr. Essawi said that the one bomb he acknowledged was not inside Mr. Dulaimi’s compound. It is hard to understand why Mr. Dulaimi’s guards might want to kill fellow Sunnis in the Awakening Council, although there have been tensions in some areas between Sunni politicians and the Council.
A military official familiar with the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the investigation, said that it was impossible to rule out that an enemy of Mr. Dulaimi might have been trying to frame him.
Violence outside Baghdad remained generally low, although there were a few exceptions, notably in Salahuddin and Diyala Provinces. Several mayors of towns in Salahuddin have been the targets of attacks in the last two days, and pamphlets appeared with threats to kill local officials, especially those working with the Awakening Councils.
Would the lying stink Times even tell us the truth at this point, readers?
For the record:
Asymmetrical Warfare Group
Special Police Commandos
Proactive, Preemptive Operations Group
Prop 201 tutorial
How much evidence you need, readers?
Oh, did I mention the Pentagon's press offices in Lincoln, the Pentagon and Langley?
Also for the record:
35 people killed every day, with the number of Iraqis killed by the surge around 300 per day, 10,000 per month -- and 1.2 million Iraqis dead since the invasion (not including the 1,654 killed in September), mainly due to the U.S. military's 75 air raids a day, and the five-fold increase in air bombings.
Also see: Story Iraq: MSM Lied About Death Tolls
Memory Hole: Iraq
Did you see that memory hole?
Violence is STILL WORSE THAN LAST YEAR?
WTF? MSM LYING TO US AGAIN!!!!
And whatever happened to the cholera outbreak?
Cholera remains a threat in Iraq
I've had it with the stink NYT, readers!