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  • Ron Paul’s Soros Defense Plan

    01/02/2012 8:38:41 AM PST · by mnehring · 89 replies
    It was recently observed that Ron Paul was to the left of Obama on national security and the best evidence for that statement can be found when one year ago Ron Paul joined forces with Barney Frank​ on a proposal to gut national defense via a panel of experts, quite a few of whom were tied to George Soros​. In July 2010, Barney Frank and Ron Paul co-authored a Huffington Post article rolling out their Sustainable Defense Task Force. The Task Force “consisting of experts on military expenditures that span the ideological spectrum” would recommend a trillion dollars in defense...
  • Arab League to host Libya conference on April 14

    04/09/2011 2:58:19 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Ahram ^ | Saturday, April 9, 2011 | AFP
    The Arab League on Saturday announced it would host next week a conference on war-wracked Libya, which will be attended by UN chief Ban Ki-moon and the European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. The April 14 gathering will focus on political solutions to the crisis and "reinforce coordination between the Arab League, UN, African Union and Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC)," league number two Ahmed Ben Helli said. Amr Mussa, who heads the 22-member pan-Arab body based in the Egyptian capital, OIC chief Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and Jean Ping, head of the African Union Commission, will also attend the...
  • Lefty Group Makes Humana CEO the Devil in Obamacare Ad

    As the Tea Party movement has spread across America the left has claimed that everyone on the right are "angry," or "un-American," or even "dangerous." The left has also claimed that those on the right that stand against the increasing government abuse of the Constitution and the trust voters place in government are somehow dragging down the level of our national debate. Folks that stand against Obama's agenda are mean, sharp tongued, offensive, etc., etc. And what of the left? The left imagines that it is the adult in the room, that it is the only side trying to keep...
  • Colombian prisoners strain D.C. Jail; City seeks federal funds for security

    07/03/2009 10:45:31 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 7 replies · 388+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2009-07-02 | Gary Emerling
    Two of the District's top law enforcement officials are warning that dozens of federal prisoners with ties to Colombian rebel groups and international drug rings are a threat to security at the D.C. Jail and pose a risk of escape into the surrounding neighborhood. The concerns have led city officials to ask the federal government for more money to provide security for the increasing numbers of prisoners, who are being held at the District's corrections campus in Southeast. Devon Brown, director of the D.C. Department of Corrections (DOC), outlined concerns about such prisoners in a U.S. District Court filing last...
  • Colombian Paramilitary Leader Extradited to the United States to Face U.S. Drug Charges

    03/04/2009 11:39:05 PM PST · by Cindy · 4 replies · 637+ views
    US DOJ.GOV/opa - Press Release ^ | March 4, 2009 | n/a
    March 4, 2009 Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2009/March/09-crm-189.html Colombian Paramilitary Leader Extradited to the United States to Face U.S. Drug Charges WASHINGTON – Miguel Angel Mejia-Munera, a/k/a "El Mellizo," was extradited today from Colombia to the United States to face narcotics trafficking charges, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Rita M. Glavin of the Criminal Division and Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). According to the indictment, Miguel Angel Mejia-Munera, together with his twin brother Victor, led a major Colombian narcotics trafficking organization known as "the Twins" or "Los Mellizos" Organization. Victor...
  • Colombia captures fugitive militia boss

    04/03/2007 9:17:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 167+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/3/07 | FRank Bajak - ap
    BOGOTA, Colombia - Authorities captured a fugitive right-wing warlord Tuesday accused in massacres and of running a murderous criminal band involved in drug trafficking and extortion, officials said. Ever Veloza, one of the few top paramilitary bosses who fled into hiding rather than embrace a government peace deal, was arrested in the turbulent banana-growing Uraba region on the Caribbean coast, police said. Better known by his alias "Hernan Hernandez," Veloza once commanded the Banana and Calima blocs of the United Self-Defense Forces, known by its Spanish initials as AUC. The two blocs are blamed for hundreds of murders of human...
  • Colombian enemies team up in drug trade

    05/30/2005 11:07:19 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 697+ views
    HoustonChronicle.com ^ | May 29, 2005 | JOHN OTIS
    TUMACO, COLOMBIA - Tipped off by informants, Colombian authorities were nonetheless stunned by what they found on a jungle mission near the Ecuadorean border. In the largest-ever drug seizure in Colombia, police and naval forces seized eight boats on the Mira River that were packed with 15 metric tons of cocaine. Agents confiscated so many packets of white powder that the stash later burned for 19 hours in a police bonfire. But the quantity of cocaine, worth an estimated $400 million, wasn't the only surprise during the raid conducted earlier this month. According to Colombian authorities, the narcotics were produced...
  • Feliz Año Nuevo, Mi Colombia Querida

    01/01/2005 7:29:00 PM PST · by stevejackson · 14 replies · 1,264+ views
    Leftist “militants” ushered in the new year in Colombia in true form: Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) murdered 17 peasants, including 6 women and 4 children, who were gathered to celebrate New Year’s Eve. When I say “true form,” I mean FARC was practicing the art that the extreme left has mastered, perhaps invented: terrorism. On this New Year’s Eve, the FARC was proving it believes the “end justifies the means,” as it is the grotesque, disfigured child of Lenin, Stalin, Mao, and, yes, even Hitler -- remember, he was a National Socialist (Nazi). FARC is...
  • 450 Colombian Paramilitaries Disarm

    11/26/2004 11:31:05 AM PST · by Willie Green · 3 replies · 214+ views
    The Centre Daily Times ^ | Friday, November 26, 2004 | ZOE SELSKY -- Associated Press
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. TURBO, Colombia - Some 450 right-wing paramilitary fighters left Colombia's crowded battlefields, turning in their weapons and asking society to let them back into its fold. Wearing camouflage uniforms and rubber boots, the members of the "Banana Bloc" of the outlawed United Self-Defense Forces, or AUC, sang the national anthem Thursday, then laid down hundreds of rifles, grenade-launchers and mortars on a long table. "We have been given hope again," government Peace Commissioner Luis Carlos Restrepo told the disarmament ceremony at a soccer stadium in Turbo, 310 miles northwest of the...
  • Kerry to Colombian president: break ties between army & paramilitaries (predicts his foreign policy)

    07/28/2004 12:05:00 PM PDT · by Wolfstar · 50 replies · 1,843+ views
    9 minutes agoWASHINGTON (AFP) - Democratic presidential contender John Kerry, his running mate John Edwards and 21 other US senators this week called on Colombian President Alvaro Uribe to break ties between the Colombian army and the country's right-wing paramilitaries. "We appreciate your commitment to establishing a secure future for Colombians and understand the difficult and complex challenges you face," the 23 senators told Uribe in a letter dated July 26, made available to AFP on Wednesday. However, said the letter, "we remain deeply concerned about the continued levels of violence directed at the civilian population." The letter, whose signatories...
  • Colombia warlord strangled to death [Carlos Castano]

    04/30/2004 9:12:51 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 194+ views
    Reuters | April 30, 2004
    BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian warlord Carlos Castano, whose disappearance has rocked peace talks between the government and far-right paramilitaries, has been strangled to death by former comrades, one of Castano's friends says. The outlaw Castano, who was political chief of the United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia, or AUC, went missing after a shootout with gunmen commanded by rival AUC chiefs at his hidden ranch in northern Colombia on April 16. "They caught Commander Carlos alive that very day and they killed him two days later, after they kept him for two days with his hands and legs bound,...
  • Colombian Government Wants to Assemble Right-Wing Militia

    02/16/2004 6:42:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies · 178+ views
    Feb 16, 2004 ^ | Feb 16, 2004 | Juan Pablo Toro
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - Right-wing paramilitary fighters should be required to gather in special zones to keep them from violating a cease-fire, the government's peace commissioner said Monday. The outlawed paramilitary groups, said to number about 12,000 fighters, have killed about 600 people in the last year, even though most of the groups declared a unilateral cease-fire against leftist rebels in December 2002, according to the United Nations, the Roman Catholic Church and human rights groups. "We must perfect the cessation of hostilities, and to do that, zones of concentration are needed," Peace Commissioner Luis Carlos Restrepo told local radio....
  • Right-wing Fighters lay down arms - Marxist Rebels (FARC) kill long time hostage

    11/26/2003 1:38:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies · 246+ views
    Houston Chronicle/ yahoo.comnews ^ | November 26, 2003 | JUAN PABLO TORO
    MEDELLIN, Colombia -- Hundreds of right-wing militia fighters surrendered their guns Tuesday in a ceremony heralded by the government as a step toward peace but denounced by critics as a show that lets killers, kidnappers and drug peddlers off the hook. Gathered inside Medellin's convention center, the 855 members of the Cacique Nutibara bloc sang the national anthem, then laid their rifles, ammunition belts and camouflage shirts in piles on the floor. Government peace commissioner Luis Carlos Restrepo called the disarmament a significant move toward finally ending Colombia's four-decade war. But Wende Gozan of Amnesty International in New York said...
  • Colombia Plans to Ease Penalties for Right-Wing Death Squads

    09/15/2003 1:13:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies · 260+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 15, 2003 | JUAN FORERO
    BOGOTÁ, Colombia, Sept. 14 - President Álvaro Uribe, who enjoys strong public support for vowing to bring order to Colombia, is proposing a law that would effectively grant impunity to right-wing death squads that lay down their arms. Many Colombians support Mr. Uribe, whose approval rating is 65 percent, because of his reputation as an uncompromising wartime president determined to win Colombia's 39-year conflict. But his legislation, backed by the Bush administration, faces serious objections from even his allies. It is Mr. Uribe's first significant political challenge since taking office 13 months ago. The proposed law would allow militiamen from...
  • Hollywood often plays role of propagandist

    08/21/2003 10:14:42 PM PDT · by optimistically_conservative · 7 replies · 218+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 8/21/03 | JONATHAN TURLEY
    With the reality of entrenched opposition in Iraq resulting in increasing U.S. fatalities there, the opposition at home to the occupation is hardening by the day. The military appears to have come up with a solution: Change reality. In what has been described as a "Pentagon infomercial," the Defense Department has hired a former producer of the TV show "Cops" to film postwar Iraq from its perspective. Though producer Bertram van Munster has denied that he is shooting a propaganda piece, it is clear that the Pentagon is gearing up to frame its own account -- and history -- of...
  • General Myers Travels South to Discuss War on Terror With Colombian Leaders

    08/11/2003 8:04:55 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 153+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Aug. 11, 2003 | Jim Garamone
    Joint Chiefs Chairman Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers began a three-day visit to South and Central American Aug. 11 by highlighting the successes leaders here have achieved in the war on terrorism. While in Colombia the chairman will meet with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, who celebrated a year in office Aug. 7. Uribe has aggressively sought to re-establish the government in rebel-held areas and has pursued three narcoterrorist factions. The chairman will also meet with Defense Minister Martha Lucia Ramerez and Gen. Jorge Mora, the Colombian Chief of Defense. The relationship between the United States and Colombia has changed....
  • Castano: Colombia Violence Was Inevitable - Pledged To Demobilize

    07/29/2003 1:01:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies · 191+ views
    yahoo.com ^ | July 29, 2003 | ANDREW SELSKY, AP
    BOGOTA, Colombia - Carlos Castano, chief of the paramilitaries that battled Colombia's rebel armies, has acknowledged his forces massacred civilians, extorted money and dealt drugs, but claimed those acts were "inevitable excesses" in a war to save the nation. As his United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia prepare to disband as part of a peace agreement with the government, Castano sought to justify the tactics the outlawed right-wing militia group used to fight leftist rebels for nearly two decades. In a message dated Sunday and posted on the Web site of the AUC, as the group is known by its initials...
  • Colombia to Start Talks With Militia

    07/16/2003 12:01:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies · 242+ views
    yahoo.comnews ^ | July 16, 2003 | JUAN PABLO TORO, AP
    ARAUCA, Colombia - An outlawed Colombian paramilitary group agreed to peace talks and promised to lay down its weapons by 2005, while the president symbolically moved the capital to a war zone to show that his government, not leftist rebels, controls the country. The paramilitary United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, promised Tuesday to start demobilizing its 10,000 troops by the end of the year. The official peace negotiations come after a December cease-fire and six months of exploratory talks. The AUC is an umbrella paramilitary group that is accused of some of the worst human rights abuses...
  • Colombia - Right-wing paramilitaries threaten to take up arms following two-month cease-fire.

    02/15/2003 1:52:11 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies · 331+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 9, 2003 | Rachel Van Dongen
    BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA - The El Nogal social club, the site of last Friday's deadly bomb blast, may have been specifically targeted because of its suspected role in Colombia's fledgling peace process. Since December, left-wing rebels claim, the government has been conducting peace talks at the tony club with the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), a right-wing paramilitary group. The paramilitaries, headed by Carlos Castaño, wanted in the United States on charges of drug trafficking and terrorism, had implemented a unilateral cease-fire. But on a website friendly to the left-wing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which President Alvaro Uribe...
  • AP News in Brief U.S. Brings Charges in Two Drugs-for-Weapons Terrorism Plots

    11/06/2002 4:53:30 PM PST · by snippy_about_it · 4 replies · 149+ views
    WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials announced charges Wednesday involving alleged plots to sell drugs to finance weapons purchases for Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida organization and a Colombian paramilitary group. The separate cases show the threat to national security from the "toxic combination of drugs and terrorism," Attorney General John Ashcroft said. One set of charges involves a plot by four people, two of them Houston-based, to trade $25 million in cocaine and cash for a huge cache of weapons to be sent to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, as the 8,000-member paramilitary group is known by its...
  • Colombia's Castano to Surrender

    09/26/2002 2:41:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies · 221+ views
    yahoo.com ^ | Sep 25, 2002 - 7:10 PM ET | ANDREW SELSKY, AP
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - Right-wing paramilitary chief Carlos Castano, wanted by the United States for drug trafficking, insisted Wednesday he is innocent but imposed conditions for his surrender to U.S. authorities. Colombian authorities, meanwhile, called on the United States to seek the extradition of leaders of the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, if Washington is serious about fighting drug trafficking. The appeal came a day after the U.S. government said it wanted to extradite Castano, leader of a paramilitary force which has been battling rebels who also profit from drug trafficking. "If there is coherence in U.S....
  • U.S. officials unseal indictment of Colombian paramilitary leader

    09/24/2002 9:26:56 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 166+ views
    Associated Press | September 24, 2002 | PETE YOST
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal government unsealed indictments Tuesday alleging Carlos Castano and two members of his feared right-wing paramilitary group in Colombia brought 17 tons of cocaine into the United States and Europe since 1997. Attorney General John Ashcroft said the government will seek extradition of the men, who are part of the outlawed United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia. However, an aide to Castano said the paramilitary group leader bade farewell to his troops Tuesday and was traveling to the United States. Neither Colombian nor U.S. officials confirmed the report. Ashcroft said the indictments, handed up in U.S....
  • Mystery deepens over diverted AK-47s

    06/14/2002 5:37:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies · 864+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | June 14, 2002 | JUAN O. TAMAYO jtamayo@herald.com
    PANAMA CITY, Panama - These are the only two things known for certain about a wayward shipment of 3,000 AK-47 assault rifles that has created an uproar in at least three countries: (1) The shipment left Nicaragua on Nov. 2 aboard the 200-foot, Panama-flagged tramp steamer Otterloo. (2) It was bound for the Panamanian police. Everything else about the shipment remains a mystery. But the 173-ton arsenal, bought from the Nicaraguan police in a deal that seemed so clean Managua officials had notified the U.S. Embassy, evolved into one of the largest and most daring arms smuggling capers in the...