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Posted on 05/04/2011 12:06:24 PM PDT by MestaMachine
To start off this new thread, it has been brought to my attention that FReeper, Dengar1, has spotted "suspicious" and unusual muslim activity in his suburban Chicago neighborhood and reports that this activity is happening in another nearby community as well.
Suspicious Activity amongst the Islamic Community in Chicago (Since OBL Dead)
Dengar1 has been a FReeper in good standing for over ten years, so when he says something, you can probably take it to the bank.
In the wake of what is claimed to be the death of osama bin laden, the likelihood of more terrorism around the world has inceased dramatically, The indications I have been seeing and hearing about are that the muslim groups, big and small, have increased their focus on the United States even more dramatically.
There have been general threats issued and that was to be expected. But if the unsettled chatter on the jihad boards is any indication, there is widespread shock and a lot of disbelief in the "official" story obama and members of his administration have released to the public, especially when the "facts" have changed substantially since obama's self-serving speech on Sunday night.
obama is using this as a political tool for his own ends as was very noticable in the stump speech he gave as a "formal announcement," and his subsequent plans to go to Ground Zero and hype himself even more, which I believe is an absolute disgrace from an American point of view.
His Sunday night announcement was delayed nearly an hour to give a flash mob of mostly local college students time to gather in front of the White House and was then broadcast worldwide. It was NOT a spontaneous demonstration of celebration. It was a cynical political ploy orchestrated by the administration and most of those who gathered there were young children on 9/11.
Nevertheless, political or not, these images went out over the airwaves, and while the occasion is indeed worth celebrating, there should have been a period of fact gathering and time for some somber and SOBER reflection before presenting the entire world with a set of unverified and erroneous "facts" coupled with what appeared to be a celebration of bin laden's death when in reality, it was a celebration of obama. The muslims worldwide do not know or care about the difference.
So WHY did he do it the way he did?
As is his wont, he has taken all he credit unto himself, patting himself on the back as if he had planned and executed this operation with no input or help from anybody....for US. THAT is what WE heard. Yet the story was not anything like his big announcment complete with flowery and altogether sickening prose, (which is reminiscent of any muslim pronouncement,) and in fact, is still changing as it becomes clear that most of the people in that compound were women and young children. There were no guards and no human shields as was initially claimed.
There was no major firefight, and indeed, we are now being told that no shots were fired at arriving Americans at all. bin laden's twelve year old daughter states that her father was already captured when he was shot. Whether that is true or not, the muslims will believe it.
WE have no proof that bin laden was even there and the "proof" they claim to have, they won't release for fear of offending muslim "sensibilities"? After broadcasting obama's speech worldwide? After the images of a "euphoric celebration" was broadcast at the same time? After not worrying about offending muslim "sensibilities" as long as obama was being covered on international television?
May I remind this POS that sits at the helm of OUR ship of state that the muslims did not give one good damn about OUR sensibilities when they filmed and released Daniel Pearl's beheading? Or Nick Berg's beheading. Or the bodies of American contractors being mutilated and burned and hung from a bridge in Iraq. And so many other atrocities too numerous to mention.
I WANT that image. I don't care how gruesome they say it is. And if they DON'T release it, the muslims who believe bin laden is dead will STILL seek vengeance, and those who DON'T believe it will feel even more passion to strike because the koran ORDERS them to if their heroes are lied about. Furthermore, obama KNOWS this full well, and the story he told on Sunday night was deliberately DESIGNED to enflame the muslims even more than it was designed to give US any satisfaction whatsoever. It was designed to advance the notion that bin laden AND his faithful wife died as martyred heroes... and that was a flat out lie. The entire premise for obama's speech Sunday night was for muslim ears and eyes, NOT ours. THAT is the muslim way...and obama KNOWS the muslim way.
So Dengar1's experience will be played out in many place across this country, not just in the suburbs of Chicago. If ANYONE on Free Republic has any similar experiene, or if you see somethingthat bothers you enough to set off your gut alarm, do not hesitate to call the FBI and your Local and State Police. Do NOT confuse yourself by second guessing yourself. Just DO it. If you are wrong, there is no harm done, but if you are RIGHT, you might wll save lives. PLEASE BE VIGILANT. I cannot possibly overstate the imminent danger this POS has put us in with the speech he broacast to the world on Sunday night. And now he goes to TARGET Ground Zero.
Can you imagine the impact on muslim "sensibilities" at seeing George Bush CELEBRATING bin laden's death at Ground zero? Do you think obama invited him because he feels so magnanimus towards Bush? OR Giuliani? Bush had the good sense to decline. I don't know if Giuliani will allow himself to be used in this way.
I reiterate. IF YOU SEE SOMETHING...ANYTHING, MAKE THE CALL! AMERICAN LIVES MAY DEPEND ON IT!
It seems to me that they do not need a ballsy judge to make a decision this narrow. The judge can agree that the DNC didn’t do their job and throw it back on them. Then the fun begins....
I'd like to know, too.
I didn’t find a ruling on that case, but I found that the Ninth Circuit ruled against Keyes Barnett vs Obama.
Well, I picked this from fb, and went back to libertylegalfoundation’s site and found this message from a Presidential Candidate 2012 in the class action suit aganst DNC, and if we lived in an ordinary United States today with an “unbiased”(???) juditial system, he and others should have standing, but we can be sure this will be swept under the rug as all the other cases:
Thanks for the ping and Merry Christmas.
From polls taken, it appears the majority of Americans believe the courts and those affilliated therewith are indeed corrupt.
Snip: Public Policy Polling (PPP), a Democratic polling company (yes, you read that right, a Democratic polling firm), just released the results of its latest poll on December 18 and some of the more shocking findings were, yet again, totally ignored and buried by the LameStream Media.
Snip: Proposing new plan to keep documents secret after term
Wow am I ever glad to see this! Thanks Mesta desperately needed in this world.Merry Christmas as well!
Drudge and Rush must make this poll front and center ASAP.
This thread is so good! Thanks so much for doing it!I learn more here in an hour or two than I can every imagine.
ATF Loosens Restrictions on Gun Sales to Foreigners
allgov.com ^ | 26 December, 2011 | -Noel Brinkerhoff
Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 9:38:26 AM by marktwain
The Obama administration has decided to eliminate a 1998 restriction on the sale of guns to foreigners, claiming federal law does not allow the government to have different gun-control rules for noncitizens.
In a letter to firearms dealers, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said it would no longer require sellers to obtain proof from foreign buyers that they have lived in the state for 90 days. The rule was originally instituted after a disturbed Palestinian, 69-year-old Ali Abu Kamal, admitted to the United States on a legal nonimmigrant visa, bought a 380-caliber Beretta semiautomatic handgun in Florida and, on the observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York City, shot to death one person and injured six others.
The Department of Justice has recently concluded that, as a matter of law, applying a more stringent State residency requirement for aliens legally present in the U.S. than for U.S. citizens is incompatible with the language of the [Gun Control Act], the ATF letter reads.
Some gun-control advocates criticized the change. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-New Jersey) said that eliminating the regulation defied common sense and puts Americans at risk because it could make it easier for foreign terrorists to obtain weapons inside the country. -Noel Brinkerhoff
Would like to take a moment to pay respects to NW Arizona Granny, who passed into G-d’s Hands over Christmas weekend. Ruth was known to many on the threat matrix pinglists.
She is Home now.
Grover Norquist aiding Iranian regime through group linked to NIAC
Jihad Watch ^ | 12-27-11
Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 8:06:45 AM by SJackson
Grover Norquist aiding Iranian regime through group linked to NIAC
Grover Norquist's numerous unsavory ties to jihadists and Islamic supremacists are abundantly documented in Pamela Geller's expose here. And on the House floor in October, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) said of Norquist, "Documentation shows that he has deep ties to supporters of Hamas and other terrorist organizations that are sworn enemies of the United States and our ally Israel. He pointed out that around the years 2000 and 2001, Mr. Norquists firm represented Abdurahman Alamoudi, who was convicted two years later for his role in a terrorist plot and who is presently serving a 23-year sentence in federal prison.
Norquist, reported Wolf, also associated with terror financier Sami Al-Arian, according to Mary Jacobys reporting in March 2003, in the St. Petersburg Times. Al-Arian pled guilty in 2006 'to a charge of conspiring to provide services to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a specially designated terrorist organization, in violation of U.S. law,' and is under house arrest, according to a Department of Justice press release. The Palestinian Islamic Jihads paramilitary wingthe al-Quds Brigadeshas conducted numerous attacks, including large-scale suicide bombings, according to the National Counterterrorism Center.
As if all that weren't enough, now it comes out that Norquist has been working with a group linked to both Hamas-linked CAIR and the stealth Islamic Republic of Iran lobbying group, NIAC -- a group led by the likes of Trita Parsi and Reza Aslan.
"Iran's Islamist Regime and the American Helping It," by Manda Zand Ervin in Hudson NY, December 26 (thanks to Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi):
The unelected regime that is currently controlling Iran has a reputation for spending Iranian national assets around the world to buy friends and good will -- a necessary part of its plan to remain in power and continue its unappealing behavior, such as financing terrorism around the world and abrogating its commitment under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty by developing nuclear weapons.
An American Thinker expose recently stated that the Khomeinist regime has been assisted in perpetuating these activities thanks to the support of a Washington lobbyist, Grover Norquist, and his involvement with the American Conservative Defense Alliance (ACDA). ACDA has actively supported the Campaign for a New American Policy for Iran (CNAPI), which in turn is linked both to the Council for American-Islamic Relations [CAIR] and the National Iranian American Council (NIAC).
A recent CBS "60 Minutes" program states that Grover Norquist is "the most powerful conservative man in Washington." If that is true, his support for these groups is troubling. The Iranian American community widely believes NIAC ACDA's partner in many of its efforts -- to be a Washington lobby group for the Khomeinist regime leadership. NIAC has long advocated unconditional negotiations with Tehran, and the total abandonment of all economic sanctions and military options against the Iranian regime.
NIAC's advocacy appears as a deftly veiled refusal to support the Iranian democracy activists and the Iranian freedom movement. This is not only un-American but contradicts all conservative ideals.
The founder of NIAC, Trita Parsi is an unpopular figure within the Iranian-American community, as can be seen from his high disapproval ratings in a July 2011 poll of over 1800 Iranian Americans taken by the Pro-Democracy Movement of Iran. Senator Jon Kyl has called for an investigation into Trita Parsi and his work. Last month, on November 5, Parsi stated that criticism of Iran should be "punishable."
What these lobbyists recount to Americans such as Norquist and the members of the US government are distortions and lies. The lobbyists claim that the majority of the people of Iran are religious; that they are happy with this blight of a regime, and that economic sanctions only hurt the people. They say that military intervention will only strengthen the resolve of the Iranian people to fight on the side of the regime, and that support for the freedom movement will discourage the Islamic regime from coming to the negotiating table. These statements are simply not true.
In the 32 years that have passed since Iran was hijacked by this regime, every elected U.S. president -- from Jimmy Carter, to President Reagan on down to President Obama -- has tried to negotiate with the Islamic regime. Not only have these negotiations been for naught, they have allowed Iran to buy time to continue building its illegal nuclear weapons program. The latest IAEA report now puts the Iranian Revolutionary Guards nearer completing their nuclear bomb than ever before.
Since the end of the Cold War, the Islamists have historically been a friend to the far left; they are now looking to American conservatives on the right to join them to obtain the further legitimacy they think they require when approaching the government.
Here is what Trita Parsi wrote in emails to CNAPI participants, as quoted in the recent American Thinker expose: " Grover Norquist offered his support but did not sign‐on. He exemplifies not just a powerful voice in the Republican Party, but also an important figure that can provide transpartisan legitimacy to our efforts. I think it is critical that we do whatever can be done to get him to sign on, especially since his full involvement would give our efforts a tremendous credibility boost."
If Mr. Norquist is supporting these apparently unabashed lobbyists out of a humanitarian concern for the people of Iran, he should know that a large majority of Iranian people have no problem with economic sanctions if they result in the removal of this illegitimate, dictatorial regime, and help the empowerment of the people to establish a government by the people of Iran, for the people of Iran.
As President Obama said: "The people who are on the side of the dictators, are on the wrong side of history."
As a new American and a conservative, I am fighting for the rights of all the deprived men, women and children of Iran.
I wonder if Mr. Norquist would be interested in hearing the true side of the story, or does "The Most Powerful Conservative Man in Washington" know it already -- but not care?
Manda Zand Ervin's contact information for Mr. Norquist is the email form at the website: www.allianceofiranianwomen.org
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Iranian-American Lobbying Group Defrauded Feds, Lied to Congressmen, Paid for Testimony Jihad Watch ^ | 12-27-11
Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 8:04:51 AM by SJackson
Court Docs: Iranian-American Lobbying Group NIAC Defrauded Feds, Lied to Congressmen, Paid for Congressional Testimony, and Arranged Secret US/Iran Meetings
Pamela Geller has just published this revealing and important message from the Iranian-American human rights activist Arash Irandoost:
It is time to act. Court documents released as a result of a lawsuit filed by NIAC against Hassan Dai paint a very disturbing picture of Trita Parsi and the NIAC. They range from defrauding the federal government, lying to members of Congress, arranging secret meetings between the US and the criminal regime, to recent revelation that Trita Parsi paid Anne Singleton to provide testimony to U.S. Congress. NIAC has lied about its membership numbers. It claimed once that it had 33,000 members and now court documents reveal that it has less than 500 members and is not even willing to disclose them, we think the number to be even lower. As a 501 c3 tax exempt, NIAC refuses to disclose its audit and tax reports. Many credible news organizations have expressed concern about NIAC's activities. NIAC has falsely claimed that it represents Iranian Americans. While it is shunned from the Iranian-American community and does not even answer questions raised by the Iranian-Americans, a constituency he purports to represent. Have you asked why?
On February 26, 2011, NIAC held a public event in Plano, Texas and claimed that it was sponsored by the Press Club and Dallas and The World Affairs Council. Since Trita would not let us record the event and our questions were filtered and altered, I called and objected to event sponsors, to my surprise, I was told by both organization (I have documents) that they had not heard of the event and had not sponsored the event. Do we really want such a deceitful organization to represent us? NIAC's stooge Ambassador, Sirros Amoie whose family recently returned to Iran????, falsely claimed that I was a part of the MEK organization.
There is just no limit to Trita's lies and slanders. Much like IRI officials who use Taggiyeh to justify their crimes and hide their nuclear activity, Trita Parsi is adept at Calumniation. Trita falsely charges others with malicious intent, attacks the good name and reputation of others who are opposed to him. Yes Trita lies! Much like its IRI masters! About 5 months ago we had reached more than 2,700 members in a similar cause like this against NIAC but the NIAC Cyber Army was able to deceive the CAUSE administrators and bring the cause down, as it was reported and bragged about by NIAC's Jamal Abdi.
Have you ever wondered why NIAC does not allow comments on its articles, websites or blogs?
Have you asked why Trita Parsi was paid by CIA?
Have you NIAC why Trita Parsi has a Swedish bank account and who were the depositors and why he did not pay taxes on it?
Trita Parsi was intimately involved with the convicted Congressman Bob Ney to help IRI get around the US-Iran sanctions.
Do you know who was behind the Pugwash meetings?
Have you asked why the PARSA Foundation (now closed down) donated thousands of dollars to NIAC?
NIAC held a Leadership Conference in October, many who attended were not even Iranian-Americans, have you asked why they were allowed to roam the Hall of our Nations's Capitol and talk to our representatives? Trita Parsi is not an Iranian-American, how can he represent our interests.Our grievances against NIAC and Trita Parsi are plenty! For questions are many.
It is our belief that the Obama Administration is working closely with NIAC to appease the Islamic Republic and bring it to the negotiations table, a regime that attempted to assassinate a foreign diplomat on our soil. We believe that the IRI cannot be reformed and the Islamic Republic have ulterior motives, just look at their own writings and statements:
Killing is a great Divine gift.
Ayatollah Khomeini: Those who say Islam should not kill don't understand [it]. Killing is a great [divine] gift that appears [to man]. A religion that does not include [provisions for] killing and massacre is incomplete. Those who claim that Jesus was averse to killing and war, harm his prophetic mission Killing is the same as mercy."
Violence is the heart of Islam.
Ayatollah Yazdi Senior Advisor to Ahmadinejad and IRGC Leaders: We must wipe away the shameful stain whereby some people imagine that violence has no place in Islam we have decided and are determined to argue that violence is the heart of Islam.
Examples are many!
Let's choose a candidate that respects and values our opinions. Obama turned his back when Neda was shot as he has turned his back on us and works with organizations that advocate for policies favorable to the criminal and rapist regime.
It is time to act. Every member, every call, every fax, every letter, every petition to your representatives counts. Do your duty for Iran and the United States. Let them know what you think!
Let them know you/we matter! Sincerely, Arash Irandoost Founder, Pro Democracy Movement of Iran
Geller has more on NIAC in her recent American Thinker article, "Why Obama Betrayed the Iranian People":
Trita Parsi is the president of the George Soros-funded National Iranian American Council (NIAC), a powerful Iranian lobbying group in Washington. Arash Irandoost of the Pro-Democracy Movement of Iran calls Parsi "an intellectually dishonest regime apologist and an unofficial and unregistered lobbyist for the Iranian regime." According to Irandoost, "Trita Parsi contributes to the regime's agenda and serves the interests of those in power in the Islamic Republic of Iran, not the Iranians, nor the Iranian-Americans."
And the Progressive American-Iranian Committee says that when NIAC and Parsi received funding for various projects from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), "NIAC's projects were approved and welcomed by the Iranian regime." NIAC coordinated its work inside Iran with Hamyaran, a "government initiated agency incepted, initiated, founded and managed by the Iranian regime." NIAC and Parsi even lobbied the U.S. Congress to "stop appropriating funds for independent democratic movements and NGOs that were not under Hamyaran or regime's control."
Not surprisingly, Parsi opposes sanctions against the Islamic Republic, claiming that "imposing new sanctions prior to diplomacy having begun will only decrease the chances of successful diplomacy." The NIAC has opposed sanctions for quite some time. Iranian dissident Hassan Daioleslam notes that "in 2008, when [the] U.S. Congress was showing some teeth to the Iranian regime," a coalition of Islamic groups, antiwar groups, and others founded the Campaign for New American Policy on Iran to fight against new sanctions against Iran called for by the advisory resolution H.R. 362. This resolution was not passed, and "NIAC and Parsi," says Daioleslam, "were on top of this event."
And who is on the NIAC Board? Stealth Islamic supremacist Reza Aslan is on the NIAC Board. It is no surprise in light of Aslan's NIAC connection that he has tried to pass off Iran's genocidally-minded President Ahmadinejad as a liberal reformer. He has called on the U.S. Government to negotiate with Ahmadinejad himself, as well as with Hamas -- that is, with two of the most barbaric and murderous adherents of Sharia.
Aslan has even praised the jihad terror group Hizballah as "the most dynamic political and social organization in Lebanon," as well as the Jew-hating, women-hating, kuffar-hating Muslim Brotherhood, which is dedicated in its own words to "eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within." Aslan wrote: "The Muslim Brotherhood will have a significant role to play in post-Mubarak Egypt. And that is good thing." If, in 1932, someone had written that "the National Socialist Party will have a significant role to play in post-Weimar Germany, and that is a good thing," he would have rightly been called a Nazi sympathizer.
Aslan has also spoken at events sponsored by the Muslim Students Association, a Brotherhood group, and at an event co-sponsored by the Los Angeles chapter of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and moderated by the notorious Edina Lekovic, the Muslim Public Affairs Council flack whom Steve Emerson caught lying on national television, denying she was editor of a Muslim student publication that praised Osama bin Laden as a great mujahid. Emerson produced copies of the rag showing Lekovic's name on the masthead as editor on the very same page on which the praise for Osama appeared.
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The enemy within:
How far Barack Obama and Eric Holder have subverted American freedoms
coachisright.com ^ | DECEMBER 27TH, 2011 | Kevin Coach Collins
Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 11:29:10 AM by jmaroneps37
We know that Eric Holder is a liar and a criminal facilitator based on what we have learned about his conduct in the Fast and Furious crimes.
We are now finding out Holder has been a Democrat cleaner and cover up artist for as far back as the Oklahoma City bombing and maybe Waco and Ruby Ridge as well. Holder is a despicable excuse for a human being and that is why Obama appointed him.
We should have recognized this lowlifes traits when he not only refused to prosecute his people the armed Black Panthers who intimidated Whites attempting to vote, but hounded and harassed any of his deputies who attempted to bring them to justice.
This criminal posing as our Attorney General and his equally anti American boss in the White House have succeeded in turning the purpose of the Department of Justice (DoJ) 180 degrees away from its original mission.
What has been lost in history and smothered by the Democrat controlled media is that when the Republican controlled Congress established the DoJ in 1871 its specific purpose, as outlined by Republican President U.S. Grant, was to fight the Democrats in the Ku Klux Klan who were intimidating and murdering the recently freed African American former slaves living in the Southern States.
At that time we saw Grant, a White Republican President, appoint Amos Akerman a White Attorney General, and instruct him to use the power of the federal government against the Democrat Partys KKK to enforce the 15th Amendment which gave freed slaves the right to vote.
Barack Obama, a Black Democrat President, who has appointed Eric Holder, a Black Attorney General allowing and encouraging him to refuse to prosecute club wielding Black Panther thugs intimidating White people attempting to vote .
Obamas Surrender: FBI removes Mullah Omars name from list of most wanted terrorists
Tammy Bruce ^ | 12/27/11 | Tammy
Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 1:08:18 PM by Nachum
This goes hand-in-hand with Bidens comments last week that the Taliban arent our enemy per se. As I mentioned at the time, his remarks werent a gaffe, they were prepping the way for a complete surrender by our Golfer-in-Chief. Truly, there seems to be nothing Obama and his lackeys wont do to damage this nation. Outrageous.
The Unites States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has removed the name of Afghan Taliban supreme commander Mullah Muhammad Omar from its list of most wanted terrorists.
Earlier, reports about the US establishing contacts with Omar had surfaced. The reports said that the US wanted to bring the Taliban to negotiation table in order to end the conflict in Afghanistan. So far, several claims have been made by the US about negotiations with the Taliban, but Islamabad and Kabul have never been taken into confidence over the much speculated-about talks.
sorry about that; I thought I was posting & pinging to our most recent TM thread :(
That’s perfectly okay. Think I will start a new thread for New Year. After all, it will be TM 2012. Can you believe a year has gone by already?
What ever happened to Just Piper and that bunch???
Just Piper started her own website and left kind of abruptly. Some of the others were upset and thought Just Piper just swooped in and took over and it caused a minor disrurbance in the force. So they started a different terror thread that is mostly just links.
Me? I am keeping it going just because it is one of the longest running threads on FR and contains a history you just won’t find anywhere else.
Could use a little help and sometimes I get it and sometimes I don’t, so I try to post the most relevant stuff so that next year, we can look back and see how we got there, wherever there might be.
I don’t really ping the list very often anymore. I guess this has become more of an historical archive thread.
Our motion is as simple as a motion can be. It asserts one uncontested fact and one legal definition, which is quoted directly from the Supreme Court. Our only argument for this motion is this: Obamas father was never a U.S. citizen and the Supreme Court has defined natural-born citizen to be a person with two U.S. citizen-parents. This leaves the Democratic party only two options: Argue that Obamas father was a U.S. citizen, or argue that the Supreme Court definition of natural-born citizen isnt what it clearly is. They will NOT argue the former. They will argue the latter. This means that we will be exactly where we want to be: arguing what the definition of natural-born citizen is under the U.S. Constitution. This is the argument we want to have.
Some may ask why we arent addressing the birth certificate or the social security number or the various other inconsistencies in Obamas history and documentation. The reason is that confusion is the primary tool of legal defendants. If the defense can bring up a myriad of facts and legal jargon to confuse the issue, they win. If we raise every issue that is out there, the defendants will focus on our weakest argument and move the debate to their advantage. We want to control the argument and focus the Court to the major and most clear issue the fact that Obama is not a natural born citizen by his own admission.
Taliban prisoner at Gitmo key to peace talks? (Obama preparing American’s unconditional surrender)
msnbc ^ | 12/29/2011 | Mark Hosenball, Missy Ryan and Warren Strobel/ Reuters
Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011 7:54:52 PM by tobyhill
The Obama administration is considering transferring to Afghan custody a senior Taliban official suspected of major human rights abuses as part of a long-shot bid to improve the prospects of a peace deal in Afghanistan, Reuters has learned.
The potential hand-over of Mohammed Fazl, a “high-risk detainee” held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison since early 2002, has set off alarms on Capitol Hill and among some U.S. intelligence officials.
As a senior commander of the Taliban army, Fazl is alleged to be responsible for the killing of thousands of Afghanistan’s minority Shiite Muslims between 1998 and 2001.
According to U.S. military documents made public by WikiLeaks, he was also on the scene of a November 2001 prison riot that killed CIA operative Johnny Michael Spann, the first American who died in combat in the Afghan war. There is no evidence, however, that Fazl played any direct role in Spann’s death.
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