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US Senate sets 200 million dollars to fund hunt for bin Laden
AFP ^ | 09/07/06

Posted on 09/08/2006 10:31:15 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

US Senate sets 200 million dollars to fund hunt for bin Laden

Thu Sep 7, 6:51 PM ET

The US Senate unanimously approved an additional 200 million dollars to this year's defense budget to fund an intelligence unit that would seek to hunt down top Al-Qaeda terrorist Osama bin Laden.

The measure, approved by a vote of 96 to 0, would also require the US Defense Department to report to Congress every three months about progress made toward apprehending bin Laden, the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

The legislation was authored by Democrats Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan as an amendment to the 2007 Defense Appropriations Bill being debated in the Senate this week.

"Osama bin Laden, the head of al-Qaeda, planned, financed and organized a terrorist operation that killed thousands of Americans. It has now been more than 1,800 days since those attacks, and this man is still on the loose," Conrad said.

"The Senate agrees that it is chief among our priorities in the war on terror to bring the mastermind behind September 11 to the justice that a mass murderer deserves," he said.

Said Dorgan: "Our amendment makes certain that bringing Osama bin Laden to justice will be one of our country's most important priorities, and that he is pursued with real energy and with focus, clarity and a specific set of goals."

Republican Senator Ted Stevens, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee which manages federal spending, on Thursday called the amendment "a slap in the face of the intelligence community," already hot on trail of the terror leader.

But Stevens conceded that it would be all but impossible for lawmakers to vote against the measure during an election year and just days before the fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 109th; binladen; capture; grandstanders; grandstanding; gwot; manhunt; obl
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1 posted on 09/08/2006 10:31:19 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I wish to goodness they would find him before November 7th (Election Day).

But, just between us; I have it from a very good source that Karl Rove has Bin Laden hidden in a basement in a house in Virginia where he is holding him until a week before the midterm elections. That's Rove's "October Surprise". Shhhhhhhh!!!


2 posted on 09/08/2006 10:35:58 PM PDT by no dems ("25 homicides a day committed by Illegals" Ted Poe (R-TX) Houston Hearings 8/16/06)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I don't understand this. Were we not looking for him before? If we were did we run out of money to look for him with?


3 posted on 09/08/2006 10:37:01 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Clinton could have saved lives and millions if he would have pulled the trigger on this guy. Why does the Senate always go overboard with their spending?


4 posted on 09/08/2006 10:37:06 PM PDT by Brimack34
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Interesting.

I read this title, had not heard ANYTHING about this before, and thought to myself...

"This is something Liberals are behind."

It just sounded plain stupid. So I read the story, and lo and behold...yes...two rats attached it to the bill.

Then when I read it, this jumped out at me..."...would also require the US Defense Department to report to Congress every three months about progress made toward apprehending bin Laden..."

Have you ever heard something so damned beauracratic and stupid?


5 posted on 09/08/2006 10:37:59 PM PDT by rlmorel (Islamofacism: It is all fun and games until someone puts an eye out. Or chops off a head.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

It's tough to identify vapor.


6 posted on 09/08/2006 10:38:29 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: no dems

This must mean his bounty just went wayyy up.


7 posted on 09/08/2006 10:38:54 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: TigerLikesRooster

8 posted on 09/08/2006 10:39:40 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I can see the report that General Pace and SecDef Rumsfeld will make.

"We are looking. Haven't found him yet. See you next quarter."


9 posted on 09/08/2006 10:39:44 PM PDT by rlmorel (Islamofacism: It is all fun and games until someone puts an eye out. Or chops off a head.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
It just struck me how stupid this is:

If the R's vote against it, the D's will shout that they're not serious about catching OBL.

If they vote for it, the Dem's will shout that it proves that not enough was being done to this point.

The R's had better learn some bareknuckle politics right quick-like.

10 posted on 09/08/2006 10:42:05 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
"The measure...would also require the US Defense Department to report to Congress every three months about progress made toward apprehending bin Laden..."

This is so the progress can be leaked to Bin Laden so he can move to a safer harbor. If I were the US Defense Department, I wouldn't say everything I knew until he was caught... assuming, of course, that we're really looking for him to begin with.

11 posted on 09/08/2006 10:43:15 PM PDT by Outland (Socialism IS the enemy.)
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To: kinoxi

IIRC, this CIA unit was scrapped because while it was very good at sitting on it's ass burning up tax money and undermining the administration at every turn, it had accomplished nothing in actually trying to track down bin Laden.


12 posted on 09/08/2006 10:44:58 PM PDT by CFC__VRWC (AIDS, abortion, euthanasia - Don't liberals just kill ya?)
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To: facedown

The point is: It is $200 million of our tax dollars, earmarked by these suckbag politicians...for what? Is is just injected into the Defense budget to pay operating costs, jet fuel, bombs, bullets or whatever? If there are no strings attached, then I have no problems.

If RATS are having any say in HOW it is spent...it is a waste and impediment.

In either case...it is CLEARLY just a political ploy. Kids playing with money. They need to get the EFF out of the way and let the adults do the work they need to do. I am so effing SICK of this crap.


13 posted on 09/08/2006 10:45:58 PM PDT by rlmorel (Islamofacism: It is all fun and games until someone puts an eye out. Or chops off a head.)
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To: rlmorel
Who cares about the progress you made when the goal is capture? You either capture do or don't...or well, you are required to give details about what you plan to do operationally to capture, which of course is foolish to do in Congress.
14 posted on 09/08/2006 10:47:29 PM PDT by endthematrix (None dare call it ISLAMOFACISM!)
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To: CFC__VRWC

I didn't see anything in the article concerning allocation of funds and will probably never know where they go to. I had assumed (apparently errantly) that the hunt for bin laden was part of the US defense budget.


15 posted on 09/08/2006 10:53:38 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: endthematrix

I think 200 million of jdams in Iran for a 9-11 memorial ceremony makes more sense, heck its only 200 million - triple it and give us some real fireworks!

I know it sounds indiscriminate...: just give them 2 yrs

remember the CIA has been wrong in their assessments before


16 posted on 09/08/2006 10:54:44 PM PDT by himno hero
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To: endthematrix

Exactly. This just pisses me off.

These are the people on the Senate Intelligence Committee:
Pat Roberts, Kansas
John D. Rockefeller IV
Orrin G. Hatch
Carl Levin, Michigan
Mike Dewine, Ohio
Dianne Feinstein, California
Christopher S. Bond, Missouri
Ron Wyden, Oregon
Trent Lott, Mississippi
Evan Bayh, Indiana
Olympia J. Snowe, Maine
Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland
Chuck Hagel, Nebraska
Russell D. Feingold, Wisconsin
Saxby Chambliss, Georgia

Exactly 50% of these people cannot be trusted in any way. Having people like Rockefeller, Feinstein (a complete idiot) and Levin (an even bigger idiot) on this committee is as much a strike against the well being of our country as having Hillary Clinton on the Senate Armed Services Committee.


17 posted on 09/08/2006 10:56:20 PM PDT by rlmorel (Islamofacism: It is all fun and games until someone puts an eye out. Or chops off a head.)
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To: Brimack34
Why does the Senate always go overboard with their spending?

You and I, in money terms. think a dollar at a time. Senators can think only in millions of dollars. The Senate couldn't pass a bill to purchase a single McDonald's cheeseburger for under a million bucks.

18 posted on 09/08/2006 10:58:30 PM PDT by jerry639
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To: rlmorel
I am so effing SICK of this crap.

I'm with you brother. Have you seen Nancy Pelosi's latest announcement about wanting an up or down vote on the 9-11 recommendations? It's all just a big RAT PR push before the election. God, I hate RATS.

19 posted on 09/08/2006 10:59:34 PM PDT by NurdlyPeon (Wearing My 'Jammies Proudly)
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To: NurdlyPeon

Good. Thanks, it's not just me then...:)


20 posted on 09/08/2006 11:06:31 PM PDT by rlmorel (Islamofacism: It is all fun and games until someone puts an eye out. Or chops off a head.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
no barf alert? I guess that, nauseating though this beuro-caca de torro is, it should be seriously looked at as finally a "plan" the Rats came up with to swarm the house and senate. of course it's a bureaucratic nightmare, the likes of which may be displayed on the hyped upcoming ABC docu-flick. Smells to me like a plain ole Rat end run at the Pubs for congress. Rumsfeld needs to make a vicious public speech about the corrupt motives of the unpatriotic libs who would come up with such a ludicrous idea, and point out that any sold out Generals who criticized his view probably had lucrative consulting deals with defense contractors who's expensive CRAP Rummy won't buy.
21 posted on 09/08/2006 11:10:23 PM PDT by genetic homophobe (it lay dormant most of my life)
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To: facedown

And ashes. :-)


22 posted on 09/08/2006 11:10:58 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: nopardons

Smoke is worse!


23 posted on 09/08/2006 11:16:09 PM PDT by Toby06
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To: Toby06

True......very true. LOL


24 posted on 09/08/2006 11:40:19 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: genetic homophobe
Re #21

Coming of election season stimulates Rat's imagination to come up with cheap tricks.

25 posted on 09/08/2006 11:41:28 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: rlmorel
It is nothing but a election year ploy by the Democrats to once again " SHEEPLE the people " in effect to deceive the American people that is fact, that the Democrats are REALLY the one's who are more effective and dogmatic on the WOT and finding OSBL.... I sure hope the American " SHEEPLED " are not this stupid and fall for this trick.
I hope OSBL get captured in the next few weeks, so the Democrats won't get credit, and spending $ 200 MILLION ( have you ever heard of such a thing as this ? 200 MILLION ).
26 posted on 09/09/2006 1:48:41 AM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

He's dead, Jim.


27 posted on 09/09/2006 2:00:36 AM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: A CA Guy

ROFLMAO!!!!!


28 posted on 09/09/2006 2:02:06 AM PDT by yield 2 the right
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Nancy Pelosi just said the other day that capturing bin Laden wouldn't matter, didn't she?

The 'rats can't even get their talking points right. BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

29 posted on 09/09/2006 2:40:21 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of "dependence on government"!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

It would have more meaning if they gave the US armed forces free reign and backing to go wherever he may be. Invade Pakistan? OK.


30 posted on 09/09/2006 4:46:24 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: TigerLikesRooster
OBL is bait. During his trial his face will be all over the global media for at least six months.

Jihadis will slink out of every snakepit to rescue him or kill the Great Satan. If they have access to nukes (NK), they will use them.


BUMP

31 posted on 09/09/2006 5:20:56 AM PDT by capitalist229 (Get Democrats out of our pockets and Republicans out of our bedrooms.)
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To: kinoxi
I don't understand this. Were we not looking for him before?

Added keyword grandstanding.

32 posted on 09/09/2006 5:30:07 AM PDT by dighton
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To: rlmorel

"Then when I read it, this jumped out at me..."...would also require the US Defense Department to report to Congress every three months about progress made toward apprehending bin Laden..."

Have you ever heard something so damned beauracratic and stupid?"

Especially when the Rats are going to leak everything not stated in open session to the media, which in turn gives tactical information to bin Laden and al-Qaeda. Once again, what they are doing is politicizing this war and Sept. 11.


33 posted on 09/09/2006 5:47:12 AM PDT by FarRightFanatic
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To: Prophet in the wilderness

"and spending $ 200 MILLION ( have you ever heard of such a thing as this ? 200 MILLION )."

Can you imagine how this plays out in the ME? The propaganda value this has for bin Laden?


34 posted on 09/09/2006 5:52:14 AM PDT by FarRightFanatic
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To: TigerLikesRooster

So how do they know that $200 million will do it? What if it's too little? What if they can do it for $20 million? This is nonsense, a cheap political ploy. One would think from this that the U.S. intelligence community wasn't looking for bin Ladin at all due to lack of funds. Republicans and Democrats both will jump on this boondogle just so they can go home and wave it around for the voters.


35 posted on 09/09/2006 5:58:33 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: Prophet in the wilderness

Actually, it would be great to have him captured right before the fall election, just to see the sputtering, spittle-lipped democratic dunderheads explode in outrage over the obvious Rovian ploy...:)

Just for the sheer entertainment value of it all.


36 posted on 09/09/2006 6:46:01 AM PDT by rlmorel (Islamofacism: It is all fun and games until someone puts an eye out. Or chops off a head.)
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To: Brimack34
Why does the Senate always go overboard with their spending?

That's easy, it's not their money,

37 posted on 09/09/2006 6:48:36 AM PDT by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
96-0. Hmmm...We only have 48 states??

I thought that catching Usama was no longer a big deal to the Dems??

38 posted on 09/09/2006 6:50:42 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Although this is a Dim ploy to look tough on terror, I have no problem with it.

If we catch him, it's worth the $200 million.

OTOH, it may be that the Dims on the intel committees have inside info that we're close to catching him and so they're doing this now so they can take credit when he's caught.

The Dims: always pure evil.
39 posted on 09/09/2006 7:36:40 AM PDT by George W. Bush
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To: TigerLikesRooster
"The Senate agrees that it is chief among our priorities in the war on terror to bring the mastermind behind September 11 to the justice that a mass murderer deserves," he said.


I agree, with the understanding that the justice he deserves is a quick and violent death, NOT a circus trial in New York City with Ramsey Clark as his attorney, and hordes of adoring reporters portraying him as a "freedom fighter".
40 posted on 09/09/2006 8:04:20 AM PDT by Deo volente
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Can you say.....My Goodness!!

So all it takes money to catch Usama?? Tell the idiot Dems that it takes "intelligence",

SECRET INTELLIGENCE"!!

41 posted on 09/09/2006 8:11:20 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
There's a gap in TIME. In 1993, Usama did NY for the first time...and then there's a bunch of his handiwork in between then and 2001.

That time gap wouldn't be the "IMMORAL YEARS" by any chance????!!!!!!

42 posted on 09/09/2006 8:14:10 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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Think about this real good. Ot literally says that before 2001, Usama was ignored. Go back into the Congressional record.


43 posted on 09/09/2006 8:18:18 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: no dems

Well, if a dead Zaqwawi was no big deal to the Dems, why the hell is Usama?


44 posted on 09/09/2006 8:21:19 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: George W. Bush

If we do get him...and I want him to be "got dead", the Dems will scream that there are thousands more to replace him...and Usama is no big deal. And that would clear Bubba for his inaction. They're just covering their bases.


45 posted on 09/09/2006 8:25:25 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: kinoxi

Its called "pandering to idiots who think Osama Bin Laden's death will end Islamic Terrorism." The Democrats are masters at it.


46 posted on 09/09/2006 8:29:52 AM PDT by Democratshavenobrains
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To: TigerLikesRooster
$200 million dollars ($200,000,000.00) for what? Bonus money?

Has the CIA has been sitting around eating donuts for the last five years or something? Or maybe surfing porn sites from their 'puters at Langley? Or were they tied up doing semi-nude photo shoots for Vanity Fair, Hustler and Playgirl?

At $50K a year, $200 million is pay for 4,000 agents. Seems like a waste of OUR money. But what do I know I'm not in "Who's Who". /s

47 posted on 09/09/2006 9:04:13 AM PDT by Condor51 ("Alot" is NOT a word and doesn't mean "many". It is 'a lot', two separate words.)
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To: FarRightFanatic

I wonder what they ( Congress ) is going to do if they get him ( OSBL ) within the next few weeks, and they have money left over ? Uhhhmmmm ? let me guess ? send it ? you can bank on that.


48 posted on 09/09/2006 1:44:30 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: rlmorel

I agree with you on that.... to watch them lose what ever delusional hopes they had to gain seats in congress, and to watch them lose it.... but, the American public will know who's is trying to keep us safe regardless.


49 posted on 09/09/2006 1:46:45 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: unixfox
" ( Why does the Senate always go overboard with their) " spending?

" That's easy, it's not their money, " and ? because they are not held accountable ?
50 posted on 09/09/2006 1:48:24 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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