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Obama signs PLO office waiver
Politico ^ | 4/10.09 | Josh Gerstein

Posted on 04/10/2009 12:03:38 PM PDT by nickcarraway

President Barack Obama signed a waiver Thursday that will allow the Palestinian Liberation Organization to retain its office in Washington, D.C.

A law passed in 1987 barred the operation of such an office, but legislation has permitted presidents to waive the requirement for six months at a time. President Bill Clinton allowed the PLO mission to open in 1994, and presidential waivers have been regularly issued ever since.

"I hereby determine and certify that it is important to the national security interests of the United States to waive" the restriction, Obama wrote in the determination sent Thursday to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The waiver was released at about the same time that Obama was having a Passover Seder at the White House with friends and members of his staff.

The $83.4 billion supplemental spending bill Obama sent to Congress Thursday contains $800 million "to support the Palestinian people, strengthen the Palestinian Authority and provide humanitarian assistance for the crisis in Gaza," a statement from the Office of Management and Budget said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: obama; obamatruthfile; plo; rashidkhalidi; terrorists

1 posted on 04/10/2009 12:03:38 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Zero wants a place where he can chill and enjoy a smoke away from the Mrs.


2 posted on 04/10/2009 12:06:43 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obamanation: an imploding administration headed by a clueless schmuck, with McCain as his Kowakian)
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To: nickcarraway

Wonder when the Somalian Pirates will open their office in DC?


3 posted on 04/10/2009 12:07:24 PM PDT by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: nickcarraway
The waiver was released at about the same time that Obama was having a Passover Seder at the White House with friends and members of his staff.

Talk about spitting in someone's face.
4 posted on 04/10/2009 12:13:33 PM PDT by callisto (Who is John Galt ?)
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To: COBOL2Java

Actually, they have this really cool Boho place in Georgetown- they feel it suits them better.


5 posted on 04/10/2009 12:14:44 PM PDT by nickcarraway (Are the Good Times Really Over?)
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To: nickcarraway

Offices for thugs and criminals in DC? Aren’t there enough there already?


6 posted on 04/10/2009 12:19:35 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: nickcarraway

As much as this disgusts me, lets not forget this started in 1994. (Thanks Bill, you SOB!) The fact is, these spots are still out there. So guess who else was signing wavers. That disgusts me too. And that person should have known better.

I expect Obama to be Obama. I don’t expect our guys to be Obama on some issues.


7 posted on 04/10/2009 12:20:14 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Pres__ent Obama's own grandmother says he was born in Kenya. She was there.)
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To: nickcarraway
A law passed in 1987 barred the operation of such an office, but legislation has permitted presidents to waive the requirement for six months at a time. President Bill Clinton allowed the PLO mission to open in 1994, and presidential waivers have been regularly issued ever since.

What do they mean by regularly?

Are they saying that both Clinton and Bush kept the PLO Office open all these years?

8 posted on 04/10/2009 12:22:28 PM PDT by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at I00 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: nickcarraway

Ofriend of every terrorist, especially islamic, on the planet.


9 posted on 04/10/2009 12:34:02 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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10 posted on 04/10/2009 12:37:18 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: nickcarraway

Let them set up shop in the Congressional Black Caucas office.


11 posted on 04/10/2009 12:58:27 PM PDT by Contra
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To: DoughtyOne
I don’t expect our guys to be Obama on some issues.

I didn't used to.

12 posted on 04/10/2009 1:10:26 PM PDT by BykrBayb (May God have mercy on our souls. ~ Þ)
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To: BykrBayb

Good point. I hear ya...


13 posted on 04/10/2009 1:17:47 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Pres__ent Obama's own grandmother says he was born in Kenya. She was there.)
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To: Contra

As if they hadn’t. LOL


14 posted on 04/10/2009 1:19:24 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Pres__ent Obama's own grandmother says he was born in Kenya. She was there.)
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To: nickcarraway

15 posted on 04/10/2009 1:19:31 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: nickcarraway

Wow- you gotta admit he has some brass balls

He is just blatantly doing all this crapola even Clintoon was too cowardly to do, even though you know he wanted to


16 posted on 04/10/2009 3:43:19 PM PDT by Mr. K (physically unable to proofreed (<---oops))
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To: nickcarraway

Is this the reason 0bama is using the Somali terrorist/pirate event/distraction?


17 posted on 04/10/2009 4:04:47 PM PDT by combat_boots (The answer to 1984 is 1776)
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To: Mr. K
Not only that, the audacity of the news being released during when the Passover Seder at the WH was happening.


18 posted on 04/10/2009 6:49:13 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: nickcarraway; penelopesire; BulletBobCo; seekthetruth; television is just wrong; jcsjcm; BP2; ...
This is the act of a despicable and twisted TERRORIST lover !

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Video: Obama, Khalidi, and Ayers - Terrorist Friends Update

Hannity Video: Barack Obama's Association with Former PLO Operative (Rashid) Khalidi

Video: Rashid Khalidi - The Palestinian Struggle for Statehood

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Rashid Khalidi and the PLO

Oct 30, 2008

As the subject of Barack Obama’s friend Rashid Khalidi has gained traction in the media and the blogosphere, one of the talking points parroted by Obama apologists is that Khalidi was never a spokesman for Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian Liberation Organization, at a time when it was listed as a terrorist group by the US government.

But is it true that Khalidi was not affiliated with the PLO?

In a word, no. Khalidi of the PLO.

As for Khalidi’s denial, there are ample grounds to question it. In 2004, when he made it, Khalidi wrote that between 1976 and 1983, “I was teaching full time as an Assistant Professor in the Political Studies and Public Administration Dept. at the American University of Beirut, published two books and several articles, and also was a research fellow at the independent Institute for Palestine Studies.”

Khalidi claimed he had time for little else. “I often spoke to journalists in Beirut, who usually cited me without attribution as a well-informed Palestinian source. If some misidentified me at the time, I am not aware of it.”

Now if someone misidentified me on the pages of the New York Times—Tom Friedman, no less—I’m sure I would be aware of it. So would you. Yet Khalidi did not seek a correction of Friedman’s characterization at the time, although the Times regularly issues corrections of such mistakes, and presumably would have done the same for Khalidi.

Khalidi’s self-description as being a preoccupied professor while in Beirut also contradicts a statement he made in a 2005 interview. After listing the stations in his academic career, he is asked this question: “You were also involved politically as well?” Khalidi: “Well, yes. I was deeply involved in politics in Beirut.”

It is worth explaining what it meant to be “deeply involved in politics in Beirut” during the civil war in Lebanon. It was not at all like community organizing in Chicago. The Lebanese state had ceased to function; the political actors were all armed militias, Lebanese and Palestinian.

Every individual needed to be affiliated with such an organization, if not for bread then at least for protection. Khalidi was known to be affiliated with, and protected by, Arafat’s Fatah.

A 1979 New York Times report (by Youssef Ibrahim) described Khalidi as “a professor of political science who is close to Al Fatah.” In Beirut, to be “close” to an organization meant you enjoyed its protection in return for loyalty and services rendered.

Khalidi’s wife also worked as an English translator for the PLO’s press agency, Wafa. So savvy journalists knew that if they wanted the Fatah spin, they could get it from Khalidi.

Video - Mike Schnitt Show - The L.A. Times Suppresses Obama's Khalidi Jew Bashing Video

RASHID KHALIDI


19 posted on 04/10/2009 7:14:03 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: nickcarraway
Target Rich Environment provided as a gift.

Look on the upside.

20 posted on 04/10/2009 7:50:20 PM PDT by Candor7 (The weapons of choice against fascism are ridicule, and derision. (member NRA)
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Go figure why Zero will let the Pirate Hostage , a good man from Vermont, go to the Islamofascist dogs.

Zero is fast becoming a vilified, hated man.

21 posted on 04/10/2009 7:53:04 PM PDT by Candor7 (The weapons of choice against fascism are ridicule, and derision. (member NRA)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...
President Barack Obama signed a waiver Thursday that will allow the Palestinian Liberation Organization to retain its office in Washington, D.C.
Of course, in the past, its office wasn't actually *in* the White House...
The waiver was released at about the same time that Obama was having a Passover Seder at the White House with friends and members of his staff.
Oh, I didn't realize he was pretending to be a Jew, too.
The $83.4 billion supplemental spending bill Obama sent to Congress Thursday contains $800 million "to support the Palestinian people, strengthen the Palestinian Authority and provide humanitarian assistance for the crisis in Gaza," a statement from the Office of Management and Budget said.
That'll look good when he's running for reelection -- "he kept us out of balance."
23 posted on 04/10/2009 7:59:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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Note: The following text is a quote:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Presidential-Memorandum-Regarding-the-Palestine-Liberation-Organization-Office-4/09/09/

THE BRIEFING ROOM

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary
_______________________________________________________
For Immediate Release April 9, 2009

Presidential Determination
No. 2009-17

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE

SUBJECT: Waiver and Certification of Statutory Provisions Regarding the Palestine Liberation Organization Office

Pursuant to the authority and conditions contained in Section 7034(b) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2009 (Div. H, Public Law 111 8), I hereby determine and certify that it is important to the national security interests of the United States to waive the provisions of Section 1003 of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1987, Public Law 100-204.

This waiver shall be effective for a period of 6 months. You are hereby authorized and directed to transmit this determination to the Congress and to publish it in the Federal Register.

BARACK OBAMA


24 posted on 04/13/2009 1:56:32 AM PDT by Cindy
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