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War Games Simulation Result: Iran Victorious Over Israel

Posted by avideditor on December 23, 2009

War Games Simulation Result: Iran Victorious Over Israel: “

A war games simulation was conducted at Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies has produced a victor in a simulated war between Israel and Iran. Iran wins.

From the story at Times Online, guess what the main contributing factor was in Iran defeating Israel? Here’s your answer:

According to the scenario, the Obama Administration decided to pursue a diplomatic approach to Tehran, leaving America’s closest military ally in the region in the lurch.
The exercise, staged by Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies last month, showed that even an Israeli commando raid on Iran’s heavy water plant at Arak would not draw the US into a military conflict with Iran.
‘Our leverage over the Americans, when we could prise them away from the Iranians and Europeans and others, was limited,’ said Giora Eiland, a former Israeli national security adviser who played the role of the Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, in the simulated conflict.

I have been saying this for awhile now…that I don’t believe that Israel can, on its own, knock out the Iranian nuclear sites – I personally feel that the Iranians have simply buried these facilities too far underground to be taken completely out. At the same time, I’ve also stated that if America is not 100% behind Israel, there are just too many enemies in the region to allow Israel to try a second or third wave of attack on Iran.

Let’s not beat around the bush. Barack Hussein Obama hates Israel – he’s Jimmy Carter except he isn’t honest about his position. Hell, there have even been rumors that America, under Obama, would interfere with the Israelis’ mission in Iran.

If we had a President in office who was NOT an islamist sympathizer, I can safely say now that there would already be an attack coalition formed between the U.S., Israel, Britain and France that would have already specified a tactical plan for attacking Iran. But that’s wishful thinking. We have a Commander-in-chief whose Marxist background and positions will keep him more focused on changing America at home and whose islamic background has clouded his judgement in terms of protecting America.

I guess I wouldn’t blame the Israelis for at least trying an attack but at this moment, I think it would turn out badly for them. And here we sit in America like a bunch of yellow bellied cowards.

Iran comes out on top in secret simulated war games

Iran has emerged as the victor in secret war games that simulated an Israeli attack on one of its nuclear facilities.
According to the scenario, the Obama Administration decided to pursue a diplomatic approach to Tehran, leaving America’s closest military ally in the region in the lurch.
The exercise, staged by Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies last month, showed that even an Israeli commando raid on Iran’s heavy water plant at Arak would not draw the US into a military conflict with Iran.
‘Our leverage over the Americans, when we could prise them away from the Iranians and Europeans and others, was limited,’ said Giora Eiland, a former Israeli national security adviser who played the role of the Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, in the simulated conflict.

‘Pretty much the only card we had to play was the military action card. And that’s a faded card.’
‘The Iranians came out feeling better than the Americans as they were simply more determined to stick to their objectives,’ Mr Eiland added.
Mr Netanyahu has already found his relationship with the White House strained, ignoring US demands for a halt on settlement construction in the West Bank before reluctantly agreeing to a temporary freeze that does not include east Jerusalem.
The war games indicated that his standing with Washington would only continue to decline if he did not fall into line over Iran, which Mr Netanyahu sees as the primary threat to the Jewish state after its President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said that Israel should be ‘wiped off the map’.
Mr Eiland’s ‘Netanyahu’ managed to have only brief and inconclusive hallway encounters with the US President, played by a former Israeli diplomat.
Security analysts in Israel and America have warned of the potential high cost to be paid if Israel attacks Iran and say that such a strike would at best delay, rather than stamp out, Iran’s nuclear programme. The cost would be not only to Israel, whose cities are within range of Iranian missiles and which would likely be hit by the Iranian proxies Hezbollah and Hamas in Lebanon and Gaza, but also to the United States. Analysts expect that Iran would step up support for anti-American militants in the Gulf, as well as for militias fighting US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The war games also showed that while Israel was diplomatically and militarily hobbled, Iran would likely continue enriching uranium.
Yesterday Mr Ahmadinejad dismissed the end-of-year deadline set by Washington for Tehran to accept a UN-drafted deal to swap enriched uranium for nuclear fuel.
Aharon Zeevi-Farkash, an ex-military intelligence chief who played the role of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the war games, said that Tehran would not be deterred from pursuing nuclear weapons unless his regime was threatened with collapse.
He believed that the Americans needed to back their diplomatic initiative with the deployment of warships in the Gulf or persuade India, Iran’s key trading party, to curb its ties with Tehran.
Mr Eiland said that the long-term US goal would probably be containment of Iran should it achieve nuclear status and said that Israel had little choice but to follow its major ally.
‘Israel cannot act alone here. An American-Iranian deal would divest Israel of the ability to attack Iran,’ he said.

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Spurred by Schlussel Readers, Jimmy Carter’s Fake “Apology” to Israel, Jews to Aid Grandson’s Ambitions

Posted by avideditor on December 23, 2009

By Debbie Schlussel

**** SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATE ****

Recently, I told you about Jimmy Carter’s grandson, Jason Carter, and his plans to run for the Georgia Legislature from a State Senate district with a significant Jewish population. I also wrote about how he refused to answer questions regarding Israel and HAMAS–his grandfather’s pan-Islamist politics–claiming those issues aren’t relevant to his race. But, as I noted, they are relevant, because now is the time to stop him before he runs for federal office and becomes as friendly with HAMAS as his annoying grandfather.

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Crocodile Tears:

HAMAS’ Jimmuh Issues Fake Israel Apology to Help Grandson Jason Carter

Some DebbieSchlussel.com readers who live in DeKalb County, Georgia and are potential future constituents of his contacted Jason Carter, at my suggestion, and asked him about his view on HAMAS and Israel. I told the readers, though, that I don’t believe his response, no matter what it is, because his grandfather, Jimmuh, was extremely pro-Israel when he ran for President against Gerald Ford. In fact, he ran to the right of Ford on many issues, domestic and foreign, including Israel.

Well, apparently, the news has gotten to his crotchety old HAMAS- and Hezbollah-lovin’ granddaddy, because Jimmy Carter issued an obviously fake apology to the Jews and Israel that is not only phony, but nothing less than sheer politics designed to help rescue his grandson’s political ambitions. Carter now says–after years of Israel-hatred and propagandizing–that he wants our forgiveness. Sorry, Jimmuh, only G-d can forgive you. And, sad for you, sometimes the sins of the fathers are visited on their descendants.

I had planned to found something called No Peanuts PAC to oppose Jason Carter. I was looking into Georgia campaign finance law and whether there are restrictions on non-Georgia political donations in the case of state elective offices. And I may still pursue this.

Rest assured, though, Jimmy Carter’s fake apology was spurred on by you, dear readers, who contacted (grand) Son of Jimmuh. And it’s as real as crocodile tears.

You can trust “Jasuh” as much as I trust Jimmuh. As in, not at all. I neither believe, nor accept, Jimmy Carter’s “apology.” And you shouldn’t either.

Reader “I Am Me” adds:

Carter is lying, I cannot determine if his lie is funny (laughing at him) or pathetic. This sort of reminds me of when the first President Bush, after realizing his re-election chances were doomed, tried to apologize for his “one little man” comment regarding then-Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and the loan guarantees.

Exactly.

Timing is everything. And this apology is all about grandsonny’s future career. Not any change of heart on Israel. You don’t write a gazillion anti-Israel, lie-filled books and engage in propaganda meetings and strategy with top HAMAS and Hezbollah terrorist leaders, and then say “Oh, I made a mistake.” Not with any sincerity.

And there’s none here.

It’s a trite saying, but I’ll say it anyway: He can take it and shove it. Save your fertilizer for someone’s peanut farm or Hezbollah pot field, Jimmuh. It won’t make anything grow here.

**** UPDATE: Reader “Common Sense” writes:

I have one comment regarding Carter’s alleged “apology”: If he’s really sincere, then he should do the following:

1. Publically admit that his book Palestine: Peace not Apartheid is a propagandistic screed, filled with inaccuracies and falsehoods, intended to vilify Israel and support the Palestinian cause.

2. As a consequence of #1, Carter should repudiate this book and send all profits resulting from its sales to Israeli charities which help the victims of Palestinian attacks, both military (e.g. rockets launched into Israel from Gaza, Lebanon, etc.) and personal (e.g suicide bomber activity).

3. He should apologize for all his past and present efforts to legitimize terrorist entities such as Hamas, and acknowledge that to regard Hamas as a prospective “peace partner” is an absurdity.

I would demand even more, but I know that Carter will do none of the above, so what’s the point?

His grandson, Jason, on the other hand, should be subjected to relentless questioning concerning his views on Israel and other geopolitical issues despite his objections. Voters have a right to ask such questions, as one may reasonably assume that the younger Carter is likely to have political aspirations that would propel him into the House or Senate sometime in the future. It would be good to have his views on record now, for future reference. If he continues to dodge such questioning, this, too, should be noted, and made public should he seek such office at a later date.

Amen. Right on target.

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Ex Mossad Officer: “it is too late for Europe to save itself!”

Posted by avideditor on December 23, 2009

The Dark Lessons of Eurabia – by Jamie Glazov

Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Dave Sheskin, a retired officer (Major) of the IDF. He has spent many years in Israeli intelligence services, primarily in the European theatre of operations. His expertise is in Radical Islam, Sharia Law, and the art of detecting the whereabouts of terrorist leaders in Europe and bringing them to justice. He lives in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada. Visit his website at Waltzingwicked.com.
FP: Dave Sheskin, welcome to Frontpage Interview.
Sheskin: Thank you for this opportunity.
FP: Give us a bit of background about yourself.
Sheskin: I was born, raised and educated in Montreal. When the Six Day War erupted in June of 67, I was 24 years of age, and at the time I couldn’t care less about a war being fought many thousands of miles away. Having said that, I received a phone call from my older brother asking me if I was willing to go to Israel as a volunteer and help out while the regular and reserve soldiers were being called to duty.
My initial reaction was definitely not a positive one, but at that time, my brother was the Director of the Labour Zionist Youth Movement, and began bombarding me with Jewish guilt. Reluctantly, I eventually agreed to go for a three month period providing that I still had a job waiting for me when I returned. I discussed the issue with my boss, who was the owner of a high-end men’s retail outfit, and little did I realize at the time that he too was very active in the Jewish community in Montreal, and raised funds for Israel. His precise words to me were, “if you don’t go, Dave, I will be ashamed of you.” Three days later I was in Israel.
My parents were devastated by my decision, and for many months after, neither my parents or two older sisters spoke to my brother. “He’s just a boy,” they said. They insisted that my brother bring me home immediately, but by that time I was deep into the adventure of a lifetime and had no desire to return to Canada. Two months later, I met my first wife and we began a family immediately. I enlisted in the IDF in 69, and eventually embarked on a permanent career with the IDF.
In 69, I entered the Officers Military Academy, and my initial assignment after graduation was as a young Lieutenant Liaison Officer to the United Nations stationed in the Golan Heights. Subsequent to the Yom Kippur War in 73, I was scouted by a talent agent from Mossad, and recruited into the illustrious institute. I served my country and its people for more than 19 years.
FP: So what can you tell us in general, in terms of what you can say without divulging sensitive information, that you were doing over those 19 years for Mossad?
Sheskin: Yes Jamie, as you allude to, it’s unfortunately not in my best interest to divulge sensitive data about the organization, or openly relate any information that may be sensitive, harmful or embarrassing to my ex-employer, who, by the way, has treated me with respect and fairness throughout my career.
However, what I`m able to reveal is that the majority of my time spent with the institute, I was searching out the hiding places where the Radical Fundamentalists (I prefer the term terrorists) found a safe haven. I related that info back to HQ, where the data was sorted and scrutinized by my superiors who were part of a team of a privileged few that came to decisions as to what should be done next.
An ever increasing number of these radical organizations sprung up throughout Europe in the mid-70s, and posed an escalating threat to the Jews and Christians residing in any one of the European nations that provided them with shelter. France was by far the staunchest supporter of these terrorists, and for their contributions, they were well compensated. Oil was the major reward. England, Belgium, Spain, Romania and Hungary also had large populations of unwanted aliens from Muslim nations living amongst them, but it appeared that they did not legally offer refuge to the terrorists. Sadly, their borders were not well secured, and the radicals found it rather easy to enter these countries without the authorities being aware. That is most European countries besides France. So basically, my job at the time was to track down the whereabouts of the terrorists and compiling a detailed activity folio which was transmitted to headquarters where the decisions were made.
FP: From what you seem to be saying, Europe is drowning in the face of Islamization. It’s also been allowing toxic elements to nest on its territory. What can be done? Is it too late for Europe to save itself?
Sheskin: With approximately 52 million Muslims now residing in Europe, most experts believe that the European demographics are challenged. In my opinion, it is too late for Europe to save itself. The radical component of this aforesaid group is increasing dramatically, and they do not conform to the host society. They would prefer that the host society adapt to their laws and customs. This clashes directly with our democratic ideals, and if we are not careful, we will eventually face the same fate.
FP: Your thoughts on our confrontation with Radical Islam and Sharia Law?
Sheskin: We have not yet experienced much conflict with the radical Islamists, but if we fail to regulate and control the immigration laws of this country, Canada, we stand to relinquish our right of self-expression, self-determination and democracy as we know it. Should we remain complacent and fail in our endeavor to prevent the radical Islamists from settling here, there will be more than just a confrontation; a holy Jihad will more than likely be the penalty.
This is the last bastion of western civilization to be conquered by them, and they have emphatically said so many times. The United States of Islam and Canada is the name that they would love to see waving in the breeze on an Islamic Crescent flag. And let there be no doubt whatsoever that we are the ultimate prize for them. Once their numbers have substantially increased, it will be our children, grandchildren and all generations to follow that will have to face the consequences of a confrontation that we can not win.
Using Quebec as an example, the Muslim community in that province has grown and exploded since the last census taking, and their increase in permitted immigration there has swelled by more than 140% within the last decade. If ever they get the opportunity to propagate here as they have in Europe, over 52 million we will become a minority people within mere decades. Unfortunately, our government has done little to prevent them from settling here in large numbers, and they are enjoying the freedom we offer.
Having said that, I do believe that our Prime Minister; Mr. Harper will eventually change the immigration laws, and allow the moderates a better place to live and raise their families, but keep the radicals out. Today we are concerned with containing and eradicating the H1N1 virus, when there exists a far more dangerous virus poised and primed to annihilate us. This virus I refer to as the radical I.S.L.A.M virus. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the moderate Muslims into our society, and thank them for their willingness to adjust to the Canadian way of life, and for their many contributions to this nation.
As far as Sharia Law is concerned, we are already witnessing the consequences of allowing them even a limited amount of freedom in that area in England, Belgium and Denmark. Sharia requires its followers to engage in Jihad through whatever means possible, and if not for any other reason, that should be enough for us to have Sharia Law banned in this country.
Sharia explicitly calls for the use of violent techniques that are designed to create fear amongst the so-called infidels, and whoever stands in the way of a potential Muslim theocracy would be easily eliminated. The suppression and brutalization of women and persecution of our gay society must never be permitted to take hold here. All we have to do is take a drive through Detroit, and see what Sharia Law has done there. Such immoral practices of religious justice stems from the Qur’an itself, and it is cruel. Their oppressive and barbaric laws can contribute nothing to the betterment of our society, or for that matter, even theirs.
Personally, I do not believe that any God could or would ever sanction laws that are meant to destroy instead of offering encouragement. If the laws of Sharia are meant to uphold the laws of the Qur’an, then they must also include the parts that speak of tolerance and forgiveness. To kill in the name of some distorted and misguided religious set of rules goes far beyond evil. Therefore, once again, I ask all decent peace-loving Muslims to stand up for, and abide by the laws of our legal system; which is the epitome of fairness.
FP: What has Sharia Law done in Detroit?
Sheskin: A few months ago, I drove through a sector of Michigan called Dearborn. I stopped at a red light and took advantage of the brief interlude to survey my surroundings. I could have sworn that I was back in the West Bank or Gaza Strip. The men were walking a few steps in front of the women, as was customary, while the women all covered in dark shades of burkas’ and hijabs trailed a fair distance behind pushing baby strollers. That on its own was proof enough for me that Sharia Law was observed.
However, there were other indicators as well. The Sharia courts in Detroit and surrounding areas are authorized to settle family disputes without the consent of the US courts, and use shaming tactics as a tool for punishment. That is also legal. They have their own religious policing unit that operate independently from the local authorities, and recently, so-called ‘infidel residents’ have stated that they do believe that “honour killings” are carried out, and the bodies disposed of in secluded areas of the state that are not easy to get to by the state authorities.
FP: What is your primary activity now?
Sheskin: I spend the majority of my time writing my memoirs, doing book tours and speaking engagements. My wife Leah and I live in the Niagara Region of Ontario, and share our home with our wonderful Golden Retriever; Seamus. My three children and five grandchildren have preferred to make their home and raise families in Israel, and I try to speak with them at least once or twice a week; time permitting. My eldest son, Rafi is a yachtsman in summer, and coaches tennis in the wintertime. He still serves in the IDF reserves as a paratrooper. The eldest of my two beautiful daughters is married to a police officer, and she is a stay at home mother. My youngest daughter is a professional singer and dancer, and as of this moment she is still single; although that status can change anytime.
FP: Are you optimistic or pessimistic about Israel’s and the West’s ability and capacity to defend itself against Radical Islam?
Sheskin: This may sound bizarre, but I do believe that radical Islam and its followers will ultimately self-destruct in time. Israel most definitely has the means to protect herself from this enemy, because we have grown to know precisely what they stand for and what their intentions are towards us. Should they ever attempt to draw us into a place that we wish not to go, they will experience the wrath of a nation and its inhabitants who have had enough of their threats and verbal intimidation.
I would want to see the Western world be more prepared then they are. As of this moment, I do believe that Israel is better equipped to handle radical Islam. We are fortunate to have friends such as Canada and the United States for supporting us. If need be, we would do the same for them. In addition, I believe that Moammar Khadafy of Libya and Ahmadinijad of Iran spew so much hatred, that it is an endeavor on their part to convince themselves that they are superior to us. To be able to prove that is another issue; and I certainly hope that they do not push us too far. Our reaction would be very severe and unforgiving.
FP: Dave Sheskin, thank you for joining Frontpage Interview.
Sheskin: Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to express myself, and hopefully my comments will create awareness amongst all peace loving people living in the West.
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Jamie Glazov is Frontpage Magazine’s editor. He holds a Ph.D. in History with a specialty in Russian, U.S. and Canadian foreign policy. He is the author of Canadian Policy Toward Khrushchev’s Soviet Union and is the co-editor (with David Horowitz) of The Hate America Left. He edited and wrote the introduction to David Horowitz’s Left Illusions. His new book is United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror. Email him at jglazov@rogers.com.

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The Sentate does not pass a bill to make prositution illegal. Senate Bill to Ban Future Earmarks Fails

Posted by avideditor on December 23, 2009

Senate Bill to Ban Future Earmarks Fails (Updated): “

[Guest post by DRJ]

Hot Air reports Senator DeMint’s amendment to ban vote-buying with earmarks fails, 53/46:

‘Interestingly, while most of the GOP’s amendments today — like the vote on whether the bill is constitutional — were knocked down along party lines, this one earned seven Democratic votes. The seven? Bayh, Feingold, McCaskill, Merkley, Warner, Webb … and Ben Nelson.

Note also: The amendment would have applied only to future bills, not to this one, so no one was giving up anything by voting against it except the promise of pork to come.’

Washington is addicted to pork. It needs an intervention.

– DRJ

UPDATE: Erick Erickson at RedState catches Ben Nelson voting against it before he voted for it. Erickson is right: Nelson is a tool.

H/T jim2.

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Jihadis saying we created the Swine Flu and more at our universities. The Great TV Debate On Arab Universities

Posted by avideditor on December 23, 2009

The Great TV Debate On Arab Universities: “This debate centered around the fact that of the 500 universities listed as the best, not one of them was from the Arab world.  Not one Arab University even came close.
In TV Debate on Arab Universities, Arab Students Union Head Ahmad Al-Shater Says Western Universities Are Laboratories for Weapons… Who Created Swine Flu, Bird Flu, & the Financial Crisis?; Jordanian Professor Adib Al-Zubi”

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Commies in the Government refund the Fascist that run Acorn

Posted by avideditor on December 23, 2009

This is from Think Progress, a statist if not Jihadi new outlet. HT Leg

Court Ruling Vindicates Grayson’s Argument That The ACORN Funding Ban Is Unconstitutional

graysonianOne of the right’s loudest crusades has been its effort to undermine the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now(ACORN). Following the release of a series of videos showing a handful of ACORN employees behaving inappropriately, conservatives in Congress have done everything they can to single out ACORN to be stripped of all federal funding (while hypocritically opposing the defunding of companies that cover-up rape).

Rep. Alan Grayson challenged his conservative colleagues — and even reduced Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) to incoherent defenses — to prove that the ACORN de-funding measures were an unconstitutional “bills of attainder,” given the fact that they were singling out one organization for punishment without trial. Yesterday, a federal judge ruled that Grayson was right and that the ACORN funding ban is unconstitutional:

A federal judge today issued an injunction preventing the implementation of a congressional ban on funding for ACORN. Judge Nina Gershon concluded that the ban amounted to a “bill of attainder” that unfairly singled out ACORN.

“[The plaintiffs] have been singled out by Congress for punishment that directly and immediately affects their ability to continue to obtain federal funding, in the absence of any judicial, or even administrative, process of adjudicating guilt,” Gershon wrote in her decision.

Gershon said ACORN had demonstrated “irreperable harm” from the ban, while “the potential harm to the government, in granting the injunction, is less.”

The decision noted that the ban had already prevented ACORN from receiving payment from contracts awarded before the ban took effect.

Reflecting on the ruling, Glenn Greenwald writes, “There is an endless list of radical flaws in our political system, including our judicial branch. But in those rare cases when things actually work the way they’re designed to, it’s worth reminding ourselves of why the Constitution is such a vital document and why it’s so crucial that it be adhered to and defended.”

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Did terrorist crash a white house party? Obama has known “uninvited” White House party crashers with ties to Hamas since 2005

Posted by avideditor on December 23, 2009

Obama has known “uninvited” White House party crashers with ties to Hamas since 2005: “Look at the pic above. See the guy wearing the white suit with the blue shirt? Now see the blond with the white dress? See The Zero™ in the middle?
This picture was taken 6/9/05. It seems Obama has known these two phoneys for awhile, at least when he was a Senator.
They were getting all this […]”

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Unlike newpapers there a tabloid will not promote a blood libal. SWEDISH TABLOID AFTONBLADET REJECTS STORY OF ORGAN HARVESTING FROM PALESTINIANS IN AMMAN JORDAN…….

Posted by avideditor on December 23, 2009

SWEDISH TABLOID AFTONBLADET REJECTS STORY OF ORGAN HARVESTING FROM PALESTINIANS IN AMMAN JORDAN…….: “

IF JEWS ARE NOT INVOLVED
THE SWEDES ARE NOT INTERESTED

The following is from Norway, Israel and Jews blog:

Aftonbladet: Organ trade outside of Israel? No thanks!

Editor Jan Helin of Swedish Aftonbladet was only too happy to publish Donald Boström’s science fiction story about Israeli soldiers killing Palestinians in order to steal their organs. The same editor completely disregards real-life stories about organ trade involving destitute Palestinians selling their organs at flesh-markets in Jordan and Egypt. Why is this, one might wonder.

>>> On 10/23/2009 at 4:51 PM, in message <4AE1DF2F.A132.0046.0@camera.org>, Andrea Levin wrote:

Dear Mr. Helin,

I write to bring your attention to an AFP story this week concerning organ trafficking in Jordan. Palestinians, it seems, are chief among those targeted. As the Oct 21 piece in the Kuwaiti Arab Times paper linked here notes:

According to a recent government study of 130 cases in which kidneys were sold, nearly 80 percent of ‘donors’ were Palestinians from Baqaa in northwest Amman, the largest refugee camp in the country.

We’re wondering if you’ll be covering this story — which is a current one, verifiable and not from 1992 as Donald Bostrom’s was – about organ abuses. We assume, on the basis of Aftonbladet’s August 17 story that the paper has a particular interest in organ trafficking issues, as well as the concerns of Palestinians in this regard. We look forward to your informing your readers about the trafficking reported here and the reference to Egypt, India and Pakistan as venues for harvesting organs from various vulnerable peoples.

As previously requested, we continue to urge response to our letter of September 11, 2009 and corrections of errors in the August 17 Aftonbladet feature story.

Sincerely,
Andrea Levin

Executive Director and President
CAMERA, Committee for Accuracy
in Middle East Reporting
in America
P.O. Box 35040
Boston, MA 02135
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Obama Immunizes Interpol From American Law. But Why?

Posted by avideditor on December 23, 2009

Obama Immunizes Interpol From American Law. But Why?: “

This is disturbing:

Last Thursday, December 17, 2009, The White House released an Executive Order ‘Amending Executive Order 12425.’ It grants INTERPOL (International Criminal Police Organization) a new level of full diplomatic immunity afforded to foreign embassies and select other ‘International Organizations’ as set forth in the United States International Organizations Immunities Act of 1945.

By removing language from President Reagan’s 1983 Executive Order 12425, this international law enforcement body now operates – now operates – on American soil beyond the reach of our own top law enforcement arm, the FBI, and is immune from Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

More from Any McCarthy at NRO:

Interpol’s property and assets are no longer subject to search and confiscation, and its archives are now considered inviolable. This international police force (whose U.S. headquarters is in the Justice Department in Washington) will be unrestrained by the U.S. Constitution and American law while it operates in the United States and affects both Americans and American interests outside the United States.

Interpol works closely with international tribunals (such as the International Criminal Court — which the United States has refused to join because of its sovereignty surrendering provisions, though top Obama officials want us in it). It also works closely with foreign courts and law-enforcement authorities (such as those in Europe that are investigating former Bush administration officials for purported war crimes — i.e., for actions taken in America’s defense).

Why would we elevate an international police force above American law? Why would we immunize an international police force from the limitations that constrain the FBI and other American law-enforcement agencies? Why is it suddenly necessary to have, within the Justice Department, a repository for stashing government files which, therefore, will be beyond the ability of Congress, American law-enforcement, the media, and the American people to scrutinize?

Rick Moran at the American Thinker speculates that it might have something to do with putting the Bush administration on trial for so-called BS ‘war crimes’, but also reminds us not to hit the panic button…yet

I would speculate that McCarthy has hit upon the reason; the president may solve the problem of ‘torture trials’ by turning the whole thing over to the International Criminal Court. There are several hands in the Obama foreign policy shop who would support this move, while he would definitely get back in the good graces of his far left base.

But that’s just speculation. Perhaps it’s terrorism related. Maybe he’s just trying to please his European friends.

I’d like to see some others – like Eugene Volohk or Richard Posner – weigh in on this before hitting the panic button.

Related posts:

  1. Scotland yard hired man wanted by Interpol for advice on counterterrorism
  2. An American pilot’s perspective on Barack Hussein Obama
  3. American flag disappears from Obama campaign jet
  4. Two American Children Released from Taliban Madrassa
  5. John Hawkins: Stop Apologizing for Being an American

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Is the J in J street for Jihadi? J Street’s Saudi connection

Posted by avideditor on December 23, 2009

J Street’s Saudi connection: “Lenny Ben David finds hints of Saudi money supporting the pro-Israel pro-peace lobby at J Street.Why does J Street push the Saudi initiative? Perhaps the answer lies in the new ‘alliance’ that has been formed — the very close ties between Saudi Arabia, the Arab American Institute, and J Street.In September 2009, J Street joined some 30 ethnic and religious groups to support Obama’s Middle East”

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Obama’s Super Police What 0 did is Tyranny

Posted by avideditor on December 23, 2009

Obama’s Super Police: “UPDATED AND BUMPED: There must be a sane, rational reason for this, right? Let’s try to figure out what that is. Down at the bottom of this post I am including info about Interpol from their website at the U.S. Dept. of Justice.

Obama Executive Order Grants Interpol Diplomatic Immunity

Last Thursday, December 17, 2009, The White House released an Executive Order ‘Amending Executive Order 12425.’ It grants INTERPOL (International Criminal Police Organization) a new level of full diplomatic immunity afforded to foreign embassies and select other ‘International Organizations’ as set forth in the United States International Organizations Immunities Act of 1945.

By removing language from President Reagan’s 1983 Executive Order 12425,

this international law enforcement body now operates – now operates – on American soil beyond the reach of our own top law enforcement arm, the FBI, and is immune from Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

After initial review and discussions between the writers of this analysis, the context was spelled out plainly.

Through EO 12425, President Reagan extended to INTERPOL recognition as an ‘International Organization.’ In short, the privileges and immunities afforded foreign diplomats was extended to INTERPOL. Two sets of important privileges and immunities were withheld: Section 2© and the remaining sections cited (all of which deal with differing taxes).

And then comes December 17, 2009, and President Obama. The exemptions in EO 12425 were removed.

Section 2c of the United States International Organizations Immunities Act is the crucial piece.

Property and assets of international organizations, wherever located and by whomsoever held, shall be immune from search, unless such immunity be expressly waived, and from confiscation. The archives of international organizations shall be inviolable. (Emphasis added.)

Inviolable archives means INTERPOL records are beyond US citizens’ Freedom of Information Act requests and from American legal or investigative discovery (‘unless such immunity be expressly waived.’)

Property and assets being immune from search and confiscation means precisely that. Wherever they may be in the United States. This could conceivably include human assets – Americans arrested on our soil by INTERPOL officers.

From the Astute Bloggers:

Obama has empowered the Interpol to arrest George Bush and Dick Cheney for trial in any World Court

UPDATE:

WHO WE SERVE

The United States National Central Bureau (USNCB), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, serves as the point of contact for all INTERPOL matters involving the United States and its state, local and federal law enforcement officials.

The USNCB transmits requests for international investigative assistance to and from law enforcement officials in the United States and those in the other 187 INTERPOL member countries.

Assistance Provided by The USNCB
The USNCB provides assistance, without charge, to all U.S. federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, as well as to police authorities in other INTERPOL member countries seeking assistance from the U.S. law enforcement community. The USNCB is operational 24/7.

The USNCB provides a variety of services to the U.S. law enforcement community including, but not limited to:

  • Requests for criminal investigative assistance for both domestic and foreign law enforcement agencies
  • Secure communications with police officials in 185 countries
  • Information from INTERPOL’s Databases, including the equivalent of the ‘International NCIC’ with information on persons wanted in 187 countries, Stolen and Lost Travel Documents, Stolen Vehicles, DNA, and other criminal law enforcement information
  • Criminal History information and Record Checks from member countries
  • Tracing and locating fugitives wanted for prosecution and to serve sentences
  • Tracing and locating missing persons or abducted children
  • International fingerprint and DNA checks
  • Weapons and vehicle traces
  • Assisting with border security
  • Disaster victim identification
  • Locating stolen art and artifacts

The USNCB offers these services to the law enforcement community exclusively. Private Citizens or non-law enforcement entities seeking assistance should contact their local law enforcement agency or other appropriate state, local or federal authority.

I can not figure out why this agency would need diplomatic immunity. Anyone got any ideas?

My first thought had been that Interpol may have been involved in providing security for diplomats at the United Nations (in which case, maybe they would need to share diplomatic immunity in that capacity for some technical reason), but that does not seem to be the case.

UPDATED:

From Threats Watch:

WHITHER SOVEREIGNTY?

Context: International Criminal Court

The importance of this last crucial point cannot be understated, because this immunity and protection – and elevation above the US Constitution – afforded INTERPOL is likely a precursor to the White House subjecting the United States under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

INTERPOL provides a significant enforcement function for the ICC, just as our FBI provides a significant function for our Department of Justice.

We direct the American public to paragraph 28 of the ICC’s Proposed Programme Budget for 2010 (PDF).

29. Additionally, the Court will continue to seek the cooperation of States not party to the Rome Statute and to develop its relationships with regional organizations such as the Organization of American States (OAS), the Arab League (AL), the African Union (AU), the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), ASEAN and CARICOM. We will also continue to engage with subregional and thematic organizations, such as SADC and ECOWAS, and the Commonwealth Secretariat and the OIF. This will be done through high level visits, briefings and, as appropriate, relationship agreements. Work will also be carried out with sectoral organizations such as IDLO and INTERPOL, to increase efficiency.

The United States is not a party to the Rome Statute – the UN treaty that established the International Criminal Court. (See: Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court)

President George W. Bush rejected subjecting the United States to the jurisdiction of the ICC and removed the United States as a signatory. President Bill Clinton had previously signed the Rome Statute during his presidency.

Two critical matters are at play. One is an overall matter of sovereignty and the concept of the primacy of American law above those of the rest of the world. But more recently a more over-riding concern principally has been the potential – if not likely – specter of subjecting our Armed Forces to a hostile international body seeking war crimes prosecutions during the execution of an unpopular war.

President Bush in fact went so far as to gain agreement from nations that they would expressly not detain or hand over to the ICC members of the United States armed forces. The fear of a symbolic ICC circus trial as a form of international political protest to American military actions in Iraq and elsewhere was real and palpable.

President Obama’s words have been carefully chosen when directly regarding the ICC. While President Bush outright rejected subjugating American armed forces to any international court as a matter of policy, President Obama said in his 2008 presidential campaign that it is merely ‘premature to commit’ to signing America on.

However, in a Foreign Policy in Focus round-table in 2008, the host group cited his former foreign policy advisor, Samantha Power. She essentially laid down what can be viewed as now-President Obama’s roadmap to America rejoining the ICC.

His principal objections are not explained as those of sovereignty, but rather of image and perception.

Obama’s former foreign policy advisor, Samantha Power, said in an early March (2008) interview with The Irish Times that many things need to happen before Obama could think about signing the Rome Treaty.

‘Until we’ve closed Guantánamo, gotten out of Iraq responsibly, renounced torture and rendition, shown a different face for America, American membership of the ICC is going to make countries around the world think the ICC is a tool of American hegemony.

  • The detention center at Guantánamo Bay is nearing its closure and an alternate continental American site for terrorist detention has been selected in Illinois.
  • The time line for Iraq withdrawal has been set.
  • And President Obama has given an abundance of international speeches intended to ‘show a different face for America.’ He has in fact been roundly criticized domestically for the routinely apologetic and critical nature of these speeches.

President Obama has not rejected the concept of ICC jurisdiction over US citizens and service members. He has avoided any direct reference to this while offering praise for the ICC for conducting its trials so far ‘in America’s interests.’

The door thus remains wide open to the skeptical observer.

CONCLUSIONS

In light of what we know and can observe, it is our logical conclusion that President Obama’s Executive Order amending President Ronald Reagans’ 1983 EO 12425 and placing INTERPOL above the United States Constitution and beyond the legal reach of our own top law enforcement is a precursor to more damaging moves.

The pre-requisite conditions regarding the Iraq withdrawal and the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention facility closure will continue their course. Meanwhile, the next move from President Obama is likely an attempt to dissolve the agreements made between President Bush and other states preventing them from turning over American military forces to the ICC (via INTERPOL) for war crimes or any other prosecutions.

When the paths on the road map converge – Iraq withdrawal, Guantánamo closure, perceived American image improved internationally, and an empowered INTERPOL in the United States – it is probable that President Barack Obama will once again make America a signatory to the International Criminal Court.

It will be a move that surrenders American sovereignty to an international body who’s INTERPOL enforcement arm has already been elevated above the Constitution and American domestic law enforcement.

For an added and disturbing wrinkle, INTERPOL’s central operations office in the United States is within our own Justice Department offices.

They are American law enforcement officers working under the aegis of INTERPOL within our own Justice Department. That they now operate with full diplomatic immunity and with ‘inviolable archives’ from within our own buildings should send red flags soaring into the clouds.

This is the disturbing context for President Obama’s quiet release of an amended Executive Order 12425.

American sovereignty hangs in the balance if these actions are not prevented through public outcry and political pressure.

Some Americans are paying attention, as can be seen from some of the earliest recognitions of this troubling development here, here and here. But the discussion must extend well beyond the Internet and social media.

Ultimately, a detailed verbal explanation is due the American public from the President of the United States detailing why an international law enforcement arm assisting a court we are not a signatory to has been elevated above our Constitution upon our soil.

Here is a list (once again, from Interpol’s website at the U.S. Dept. of Justice) of the U.S. government agencies with which Interpol works at this time:

WHO WE SERVE

Agencies Detailed to the USNCB (Subject To Change)

  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) – The ATF is a principal law enforcement agency within the United States Department of Justice… (read more)
  • Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – The CBP is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)… (read more)
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – ICE is the largest investigative branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)… (read more)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) – The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States… (read more)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – The Criminal Investigation Division investigates the most significant and egregious violators of environmental laws… (read more)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – The FBI is the principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice. It has the authority and responsibility to investigate specific crimes assigned to it… (read more)
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA) – The TSA is a component of the Department of Homeland Security and is responsible for security of the nation’s transportation systems… (read more)
  • U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) – The United States Coast Guard is one of the country’s five armed services; it operates as part of the Department of Homeland Security, serving as the nation’s front-line agency for enforcing our laws at sea… (read more)
  • U.S. Department of State (DOS) – The Diplomatic Security Service is the security and law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State. Diplomatic Security agents serve a majority of their careers overseas… (read more)
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation… (read more)
  • U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) – The Marshals Service is the federal government’s lead agency for conducting investigations involving: escaped federal prisoners; probation, parole and bond default violators; and fugitives based on warrants generated during drug investigations. The U.S. Marshals have the authority to make an arrest on all federal warrants… (read more)
  • U.S. Postal Inspection Service – The mission of the United States Postal Inspection Service is to protect the U.S. Postal Service, secure the nation’s mail system and ensure public trust in the mail… (read more)
  • U.S. Secret Service – The Secret Service was established in 1865, solely to suppress the counterfeiting of U.S. currency. Today, the agency is mandated by Congress to carry out dual missions: protection of national and visiting foreign leaders, and criminal investigations… (read more)

So, with the stoke of a pen, it seems, President Obama has put all of these agencies out of the purview of the U.S. Constitution (insofar as they work with Interpol … or would it be better said, INSOFAR AS THEY CLAIM TO BE WORKING AT THE BEHEST OF INTERPOL).

UPDATE:

Ed Morrissey (Hot Air) on Obama’s Super-Police:

Interpol officers would have diplomatic immunity for any lawbreaking conducted in the US at a time when Interpol nations (like Italy) have attempted to try American intelligence agents for their work in the war on terror, a rather interesting double standard.

It also appears to mean that Americans who get arrested on the basis of Interpol work cannot get the type of documentation one normally would get in the discovery process, which is a remarkable reversal from Obama’s declared efforts to gain ‘due process’ for terrorists detained at Gitmo. Does the White House intend to treat Americans worse than the terrorists we’ve captured during wartime?

Andy McCarthy wonders the same thing:

Interpol’s property and assets are no longer subject to search and confiscation, and its archives are now considered inviolable. This international police force (whose U.S. headquarters is in the Justice Department in Washington) will be unrestrained by the U.S. Constitution and American law while it operates in the United States and affects both Americans and American interests outside the United States.

Interpol works closely with international tribunals (such as the International Criminal Court — which the United States has refused to join because of its sovereignty surrendering provisions, though top Obama officials want us in it). It also works closely with foreign courts and law-enforcement authorities (such as those in Europe that are investigating former Bush administration officials for purported war crimes — i.e., for actions taken in America’s defense).

Why would we elevate an international police force above American law? Why would we immunize an international police force from the limitations that constrain the FBI and other American law-enforcement agencies? Why is it suddenly necessary to have, within the Justice Department, a repository for stashing government files which, therefore, will be beyond the ability of Congress, American law-enforcement, the media, and the American people to scrutinize?

I seem to recall the Left getting hysterical over the Patriot Act extensions that Obama finally backed. This gives Interpol a much wider operational latitude than anything contemplated in the Patriot Act, and with no accountability at all.

MORE TO COME.

(Via .)

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Peace Now Introduces the ‘Informers’ Hotline’ in Judea, Samaria

Posted by Glezele Vayne on December 23, 2009

by Hana Levi Julian

(IsraelNN.com) The leftist Peace Now organization has come up with a new way to lure residents of Judea and Samaria into helping to trap friends and neighbors who might be building a porch or other carrying out other construction on their property — encouraging them to call on a new hotline set up for the purpose. The group is inviting Israelis living in the area to use the new voice mail to report any violations of the government’s building freeze they see in their own or other Jewish communities anywhere in Judea and Samaria.

Peace Now explains on its web site, “Observing the building freeze on settlements is in Israel’s interest. Not in Obama’s. Not in the world’s. The settlements are our problem.” The group’s web site also mandates the members of its movement to check all information on illegal construction that violates the freeze orders “and to submit it to the authorities that track violations.”

Attacks on the ‘Informer Hotline’
In response, Jewish residents in the region have begun building in numerous areas in Judea and Samaria while their supporters are urging people to flood the voice mail system with reports of illegal Arab construction. The anti-Jewish building voice mail system has been dubbed the “Peace Now Milshonun.” The term “milshonun” is a Hebrew slang name derived from the word “malshin”, the Hebrew word for “informer.”

Some nationalists, besides reporting on building violations carried out by Arabs in different parts of Judea and Samaria, have called and filled the voice mail machine with meaningless messages until it was unable to hold any more.

Peace Now director Yariv Oppenheimer was philosophical about the tactics: “There are interesting voices,” he said. “There are callers whose hobby it is to release aggression. There are also amusing incidents. There are jokes,” he added, offering one example: “One woman from Ofrah reported that she took out chickens from her freezer. That’s nice. They have a right to kid around.”

Oppenheimer said, however, that there are also callers who express the desire to break the machine or to block the voice mail, and “that I excuse less.” In addition, he said that “between the slanderous messages” are those that are legitimate reports of illegal Arab construction activity.

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Liberty Forest Holocaust Deniers

Posted by Glezele Vayne on December 23, 2009

BS”D

by Ellie Katz

During my 6 month stint as a member of Liberty Forest (RonPaulForums.com) I never saw any moderator or Admin taking issue with the premise of the following thread…namely, that questioning the existence of the Holocaust is a legitimate intellectual activity, and does not in any way indicate that one is an anti-semite. Read the rest of this entry »

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