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  • Body of 2nd missing US Navy sailor recovered in eastern Afghanistan

    07/29/2010 4:53:11 AM PDT · by NCDragon · 78 replies · 7+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | July 29, 2010 | FOXNews.com
    <p>KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A senior U.S. military official and Afghan officials say the body of a second U.S. sailor who went missing in a dangerous part of eastern Afghanistan has been recovered.</p> <p>The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose the information, says the family of Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove — a 25-year-old from the Seattle area — has been notified of his death.</p>
  • 3 US troops die, deadliest month of Afghan war

    07/30/2010 1:39:59 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 30 2010 | ROBERT H. REID
    KABUL, Afghanistan – Three U.S. service members were killed in blasts in Afghanistan, bringing the toll for July to at least 63 and making it the deadliest month for American forces in the nearly 9-year-war.
  • The Lockerbie Lie

    07/27/2010 6:22:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 2+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 27, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Terrorism: The administration says it was surprised and angry at the Lockerbie bomber's "compassionate" release. Now a letter reveals that it actually lobbied for it. Was this malicious intent or mere incompetence? Last week, at a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, President Obama was asked what he thought about a possible Senate investigation into the "Lockerbie bomber stuff" — namely that British Petroleum, among its other sins, lobbied the British government to release convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi in order to win oil contracts from the Libyan government. Obama replied: "I think all of us...
  • New Terror Threat On Mexico Border

    07/19/2010 5:35:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 3+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 19, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Border: A Hezbollah-like car bomb explodes in a border town as a congresswoman asks Homeland Security about links between the terrorist group and Mexican drug cartels. This is more than an immigration problem. Car bombs are a terrorist specialty and not a drug cartel modus operandi. The heavily armed cartels are more into shootings and kidnappings. So the car bomb that exploded Thursday in Ciudad Juarez, near a federal police headquarters, killing four, was either a change in tactics for the cartels or a sign of teaming up with a terrorist group, one of which could be Iran-linked Hezbollah. Officials...
  • Make Case For Afghanistan — Or Get Out

    06/30/2010 7:59:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 30, 2010 | LARRY ELDER
    We need "a warrior," not "a flower child." The anguished mother of an American soldier killed in Afghanistan said this about President Obama. She objects to the rules of engagement, which she feels caused her son's death. The recent Rolling Stone piece on the former Afghanistan commander, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, showed widespread troop disapproval of these rules, designed to minimize civilian casualties but which increase the danger to coalition soldiers in the field. But this is the mind-set of Obama. As a candidate for president, Obama criticized President George W. Bush for "wrongly" taking the nation to war in Iraq...
  • Petraeus' Job Now: Salvage This War

    06/24/2010 8:08:31 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    C hicago Sun-Times ^ | June 24, 2010 | Editorial staff
    All that mattered Wednesday was the mission. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal deserved to be fired for the contemptuous remarks that he and members of his staff made to a reporter about President Obama and his national security team. But Obama would have been justified in sticking with McChrystal if, in the president's estimation, firing General Loose Lips would have done significant harm to the mission -- achieving our nation's goals in Afghanistan. Fortunately, Obama struck on a way to do what's best for the United States -- reaffirm the primacy of civilian command over the military -- without compromising the...
  • June deadliest month for troops in Afghan war (Obama's Rules Of Engagement Is Killing Our Troops)

    06/24/2010 3:46:02 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 11 replies
    afp ^ | 6/24/2010 | Karim Talbi
    The deaths of another four NATO troops in an accident in Afghanistan made June the deadliest single month for US-led foreign forces in the nearly nine-year conflict, according to an AFP tally Thursday. The grim landmark followed the sacking of NATO commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, which was greeted with dismay in Kabul where Afghan officials and foreign diplomats praised his bold efforts to reshape the war. The four troops died as a result of a vehicle accident in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, the NATO-run International Security Assistance Force said in a statement that gave no further details. The...
  • Gen. Stanley McChrystal to Face Obama: 'I've Compromised the Mission'(The buck stops where?)

    06/23/2010 6:47:53 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 24 replies
    abc ^ | 6/22/2010 | MARTHA RADDATZ, JAKE TAPPER and HUMA KHAN
    The White House is reviewing a list of possible replacements for Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who admitted to top Obama administration officials that he "compromised the mission" by making disparaging comments in a Rolling Stone interview. The White House has asked the Pentagon for a list of possible replacements, even though administration officials insist a decision on whether McChrystal will keep his job will not come until after he has made his case to the president in their face-to-face meeting. Possible successors that administration officials are reviewing include Gen. James Mattis, U.S. Joint Forces Command chief; Lt. Gen. John Allen ,...
  • Obama, McChrystal conclude Oval Office talk

    06/23/2010 9:17:57 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 6/23/10 | JENNIFER LOVEN and ANNE GEARAN
    An Afghanistan strategy session is under way at the White House as scheduled without word from President Barack Obama about the fate of war commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who is under fire for blistering remarks in a magazine. McChrystal came to the White House for a 30-minute face-to-face with Obama over his remarks and then left. He was not seen returning for the bigger war meeting, as he had been expected to. Obama was expected to make an announcement on McChrystal's future later Wednesday, but there was no word from presidential aides on when that would happen. With the White...
  • McChrystal to resign if not given resources for Afghanistan (Flash Back Sept 21, 2009)

    06/23/2010 11:05:45 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 3 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | Sept 21, 2009 | Bill Roggio
    Within 24 hours of the leak of the Afghanistan assessment to The Washington Post, General Stanley McChrystal's team fired its second shot across the bow of the Obama administration. According to McClatchy, military officers close to General McChrystal said he is prepared to resign if he isn't given sufficient resources (read "troops") to implement a change of direction in Afghanistan: Adding to the frustration, according to officials in Kabul and Washington, are White House and Pentagon directives made over the last six weeks that Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, not submit his request for...
  • General faces unease from 'handcuffed' troops (McChrystal frustrated at Obama's spitball war)

    06/23/2010 3:18:37 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 23 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 6/22/2010 | C.J. Chivers/NY Times
    Riding shotgun in an armored vehicle as it passed through the heat and confusion of southern Afghanistan this month, an Army sergeant spoke into his headset, summarizing a sentiment often heard in the field this year. “I wish we had generals who remembered what it was like when they were down in a platoon,” he said to a reporter in the back. “Either they never have been in real fighting, or they forgot what it’s like.” The sergeant was speaking of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal and the circle of counterinsurgents who since last year have been running the Afghan war,...
  • Gen. McChrystal needs to stop blabbing and start winning war in Afghanistan (Impeach Obama!)

    06/23/2010 4:14:57 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 49 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 6/22/2010 | Richard Sisk
    Stan McChrystal came out of the military's Special Ops with an unwavering faith in his specialness that went against the strict code of fellow snake-eaters. The "black ops" types hardly ever talk, much less brag, about what they do and how they do it. But Gen. McChrystal went on "60 Minutes" to display his warrior-monk ethos, show off his Spartan living quarters and jog around the camp in the predawn darkness while lesser mortals of the "regular" Army slept. And what Special Ops commandos really don't do is this - provide color commentary on the failings of the regulars, and...
  • Breaking: General Stanley McChrystal tenders his resignation

    06/22/2010 10:30:09 PM PDT · by brityank · 173 replies · 2+ views
    Telegraph [UK] ^ | June 22nd, 2010 | Toby Harnden
    Breaking: General Stanley McChrystal tenders his resignation A senior Capitol Hill source tells me that General Stanley McChrystal had tendered his resignation to President Barack Obama and that the White House is actively discussing a replacement who could be quickly confirmed by the Senate. The source said that among the names being touted as possible successors are General James Mattis, the outgoing head of the US Joint Forces Command and due to retire after being passed over as US Marine Corps commander, and Lieutenant General William Caldwell, commander of Nato’s Training Mission in Afghanistan. Of course, offering to resign...
  • The President's Memorial Daze

    05/28/2010 7:22:41 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 23 replies · 1,511+ views
    Investors.com ^ | May 28, 2010 | Investor's Business Daily Sraff
    Leadership: Our commander in chief was to miss the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery to go on vacation. Other presidents have missed it, but never at wartime. All presidents deserve a vacation, and no president is ever off the clock. But we are at war, and Memorial Day at Arlington has special significance even in peacetime. Those who defend President Obama's decision to take time off were not so understanding whenever President George W. Bush spent time at his Crawford, Texas, ranch. Obama was to be in his old Chicago-area stomping grounds, and those who attacked Bush for taking...
  • Let’s cut the euphemisms and speak the truth

    05/23/2010 5:08:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 49 replies · 1,892+ views
    The Kansas City Star ^ | May. 22, 2010 | E. THOMAS McCLANAHAN
    Attorney General Eric Holder was having a bad day. He was sitting at one of those tables before a congressional panel, looking up at his inquisitors. One of them tossed what should have been a softball. Were the three terrorist attacks that have taken place since Obama’s inauguration motivated by “radical Islam?” Holder lapsed into two minutes of agonizing, anal-retentive quibbling. Was it radical Islam? Well, it was a “variety of reasons.” Could one of those reasons be radical Islam? “I don’t want to say anything negative about a religion …” And back and forth, until the questioner, Republican Rep....
  • Congress Rejects Illinois Gitmo

    05/23/2010 5:32:17 AM PDT · by GVnana · 9 replies · 542+ views
    BigGovernment.com ^ | 5/23/2010 | Warner Todd Huston
    In an interesting development the House Armed Services Committee unanimously approved legislation that would block Gitmo, Illinois from coming to fruition. In fact, they’ve blocked any Gitmo terrorist from being transferred anywhere into the interior of the USA. This is a blow to Obama’s desires to shut Gitmo down and to bring terrorists to a prison near you. Wednesday the committee approved a defense bill for 2011 that includes language to prevent moving detainees into any US facility inside our borders and also blocked any funding to even study the possibility.-snip-Amusingly, the New York Times tried to spin this as...
  • U.S. casualties in Afghanistan hit 1,000 with massive Taliban suicide bombing in Kabul

    05/19/2010 7:28:50 AM PDT · by MestaMachine · 49 replies · 732+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | May 19, 2010 | Stephanie Gaskell
    Yesterday: Seven U.S. troops were killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday - five in a massive Taliban suicide bombing in Kabul that filled the streets of the capital with blood. The attack brought the U.S. toll to a grim new milestone - 1,000 American soldiers dead in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001, the independent Web site icasualties.org. reported. The fighting continued into today as insurgents launched a predawn assault against the U.S.-run Bagram Air Field. Seven militants had been killed during the "ongoing attack" on Bagram, which included rockets, small arms and grenades, a U.S. statement said. Five service...
  • They Wore A Yellow Ribbon

    05/18/2010 6:08:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 451+ views
    Investors.com ^ | May 18, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    War On Terror: Attempts to punish the Haditha Marines and Navy SEALs for their courage and bravery under fire failed. Now some would reward timidity and cowardice with a medal for "courageous restraint" under fire. A nonsensical proposal circulating in the Kabul headquarters of the International Security Forces in Afghanistan would give a medal to soldiers in battle who show restraint in the use of deadly force in situations where civilian casualties might result. This will not protect civilians as much as it will endanger the lives of our troops. Our soldiers are already disciplined and trained not to wantonly...
  • How Faisal snuck through: Easy path from terror camp to US

    05/15/2010 3:02:30 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies · 298+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 15, 2010 | PAUL SPERRY
    Of all the holes in US secu rity highlighted by Faisal Shahzad's failed effort to blow up Times Square, here's the most outrageous: Almost every major domestic anti-terror operation over the past several years has involved travelers from Pakistan -- yet Homeland Security still lacks a comprehensive strategy to shut down "terror tourism" from that nation. US intelligence reports show that officials have agonized for years over this threat, while deploying an insanely ad hoc system to ID and catch such "tourists." Shahzad, who trained at Pakistani terror camps, merely exposed again just how ineffective that system is. Six years...
  • Holder Evades Questions on Probe into Alleged White House Quid Pro Quo

    05/14/2010 4:53:17 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 26 replies · 1,003+ views
    CNSNews ^ | May 14, 2010 | Fred Lucas
    Washington (CNSNews.com) – Attorney General Eric Holder would not answer whether the Justice Department is looking into an allegation by Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) that the White House offered him an administration job as an enticement to drop his primary challenge against Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.). After five minutes of evading the question from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Holder’s final answer was no comment. “It’s the department’s policy not to comment on any matters to say there is an investigation, to say there is not an investigation,” Holder said during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee. “That’s not the...
  • OBAMA KNEW! Terror Attack Foretold Three Months Before Times Square Bombing

    05/13/2010 8:03:57 PM PDT · by kristinn · 155 replies · 7,462+ views
    Thursday, May 13, 2010 | Kristinn
    Three months before the Times Square terror bombing by a Pakistani-American with ties to terrorists in Pakistan, the Obama administration knew the style of attack, the type of explosives to be used and when the attack would come, yet when the attack happened the administration played dumb with its initial reaction being to downplay the attack as an unsophisticated "one-off" that was a "potential" terror attack.On February 10, I wrote an article at FR based on Vice President Joe Biden's comments about coming terror attacks on the U.S. that were broadcast later that day on CNN's Larry King Live.King mentioned...
  • Luck Is Not A Strategy

    05/10/2010 11:28:10 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 4 replies · 249+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | Rich Trzupek
    There’s no better way to summarize president Obama’s approach to fighting the war against jihad than this: For the next three years, we’re betting our safety on the proposition that Islamic thugs and terrorists will prove to be more incompetent than the Obama administration. In the aftermath of the Times Square bombing attempt, is there another way to consider it? How many “isolated incidents” have to pile up before the president wakes up to the fact that there’s a pattern, one that just might have something to do with a particular fundamentalist religious outlook, and that the politically correct bunker...
  • Holder: Miranda may need changes for terrorists

    05/09/2010 2:20:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies · 735+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 09, 2010 | STEVEN R. HURST
    In the wake of the Times Square bombing plot, the Obama administration said on Sunday it wants to work with Congress on possible limitations of the constitutional rights afforded terrorism suspects — even for American citizens. Attorney General Eric Holder said changes may be needed to allow law enforcement more time to question suspected terrorists before they are told about their Miranda rights to a lawyer and to remain silent under interrogation. As the nation debates how to proceed against terrorist attacks, particularly as they have become the work of individuals who are difficult to detect in advance, the administration...
  • Breaking: Obama Administration Removed Faisal Shahzad From Terror Surveillance List Before Attack

    05/08/2010 7:52:21 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 45 replies · 1,974+ views
    Big Government ^ | MAY 7, 2010 | Jim Hoft
    More hope and change… Faisal Shahzad was removed from the national terrorist surveillance list before the Times Square attack. Confessed terrorist Faisal Shahzad was removed from the Department of Homeland Security travel lookout list sometime after Barack Obama came into office.
  • What did authorities know about Faisal Shahzad? Terror task force noticed him in 2004

    05/06/2010 11:38:34 AM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies · 455+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 05/05/10 | Byron York
    Deep inside a New York Times profile of the accused Times Square bomber — “From Suburban Father to a Terrorism Suspect” – there is this: George LaMonica, a 35-year-old computer consultant, said he bought his two-bedroom condominium in Norwalk, Conn., from Mr. Shahzad for $261,000 in May 2004. A few weeks after he moved in, Mr. LaMonica said, investigators from the national Joint Terrorism Task Force interviewed him, asking for details of the transaction and for information about Mr. Shahzad. It struck Mr. LaMonica as unusual, but he said detectives told him they were simply “checking everything out. In recent...
  • Breaking: Obama Administration Removed Faisal Shahzad From Terror Surveilance List Before Attack

    05/06/2010 1:31:08 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 242 replies · 9,058+ views
    Confessed terrorist Faisal Shahzad was removed from the Department of Homeland Security travel lookout list sometime after Barack Obama came into office. CBS reported:
  • More Evidence Team Obama Stopped Shahzad Monitoring Begun Under Bush-Clinton

    05/06/2010 3:35:01 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies · 1,295+ views
    Strata Sphere ^ | May 6, 2010, at 6:42 am | AJStrata
    Major Update Below!As I posted yesterday, there was a disturbing blurb in a NY Times article that indicated Faisal Shahzad, the now infamous Times Square Bomber, was under surveillance as a potential terrorist during the Bush administration. George LaMonica, a 35-year-old computer consultant, said he bought his two-bedroom condominium in Norwalk, Conn., from Mr. Shahzad for $261,000 in May 2004. A few weeks after he moved in, Mr. LaMonica said, investigators from the national Joint Terrorism Task Force [JTTF] interviewed him, asking for details of the transaction and for information about Mr. Shahzad. It struck Mr. LaMonica as unusual, but...
  • Obama Freezes Budget for Program Designed to Stop Terrorists from Getting U.S. Visas

    05/06/2010 9:02:45 AM PDT · by Tigen · 27 replies · 885+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | 5-5-10 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – Four months after the attempted Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Flight 253 over Detroit and nine years after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, only 14 of the 57 U.S. consulates identified as being at “high risk” for potentially providing visas to terrorists have been furnished with units of the Department of Homeland Security’s Visa Security Program (VSP). President Barack Obama, meanwhile, is planning to freeze the program’s budget for fiscal 2011.
  • Free All The SEALs From Travesty

    04/22/2010 4:39:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 452+ views
    Investors.com ^ | April 22, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    <p>Military Justice: The first of three Navy SEALs charged with abusing a captured jihadist has been cleared. Why has this administration taken the word of terrorists and let American heroes twist in the wind?</p> <p>The acquittal of Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas, 29, of Blue Island, Ill., by a six-member U.S. military jury in Baghdad on Thursday is good news and the correct verdict.</p>
  • US Military base under taliban control

    04/19/2010 6:17:04 PM PDT · by Flavius · 14 replies · 495+ views
    Al Jazz ^ | 4.19.10 | Al Jazz
    Known to US soldiers as the Valley of Death, it's been the scene of the some of the most intense fighting in the war in Afghanistan. After years of intense fighting, the US has left its remote outpost in the Korengal Valley, in the country's east. Al Jazeera's James Bays has more on the move, which the US calls a re-positioning of forces, but which the Taliban has declared a US defeat.
  • Hillary Clinton fears al-Qaeda is obtaining nuclear weapons material

    04/11/2010 6:44:57 PM PDT · by honestabe010 · 16 replies · 655+ views
    Times Online via The Woodward Report ^ | April 11, 2009 | Michael Evans
    Terrorists including al-Qaeda pose a serious threat to world security as they attempt to obtain atomic weapons material, Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, declared on the eve of a global summit in Washington to prevent a nuclear terror attack. President Obama will call on the leaders of 47 nations today — the biggest gathering of heads of state by a US leader since the founding of the UN in 1945 — to introduce tougher safeguards to prevent nuclear material ending up in the hands of terrorists. As far back as 1998, Osama bin Laden stated that it was...
  • Obama: Al-Qaida would use nuke if it could

    04/11/2010 3:56:21 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies · 939+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 11, 2010 | ANNE GEARAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- If al-Qaida acquired nuclear weapons it "would have no compunction at using them," President Barack Obama said Sunday on the eve of a summit aimed at finding ways to secure the world's nuclear stockpile.
  • Bin Laden Threatens US In New Tape

    03/25/2010 7:55:20 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 32 replies · 695+ views
    indychannel ^ | 3.25.10
    CAIRO -- Osama bin Laden threatened in a new message released Thursday to kill any Americans al-Qaida captures if the U.S. executes the self-professed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks or other al-Qaida suspects. In the 74-second audiotape aired on Al-Jazeera television, the al-Qaida leader explicitly mentions Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who was captured in Pakistan in 2003. He is the most senior al-Qaida operative in U.S. custody and is currently detained at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In 2008, the U.S. charged Mohammed with murder and war crimes in connection with the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on...
  • Afghanistan Troop Level to Eclipse Iraq by Midyear

    03/25/2010 4:46:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 151+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 24, 2010 – This summer will mark the first time since 2003 that the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan will overshadow the American presence in Iraq, the top U.S. military officer told Congress today. Driving the eclipse is the 30,000-troop surge President Barack Obama announced for Afghanistan in December, roughly a third of which is in place, and with 18,000 of the additional forces expected to be in Afghanistan by late spring as troop levels in Iraq continue to drop. “Indeed, by the middle of this year, Afghanistan will surpass Iraq, for the first time since 2003,...
  • McChrystal Disagrees With Holder: bin Laden Is Wanted Alive

    03/17/2010 5:08:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 285+ views
    NYT ^ | 3/17/10 | ELISABETH BUMILLER
    Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top commander of American and NATO troops in Afghanistan, contradicted the attorney general on Wednesday when he said that actually, the military still wants to capture Osama bin Laden alive. “I think that is something that is understood by everyone,’’ he said. But perhaps not by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who on Tuesday told a House subcommittee that the chances of capturing Mr. bin Laden alive were “infinitesimal” and that he would either be killed by the United States or killed by his own people. “The reality is that we will be reading...
  • Justice Department Accuses Republicans of Being Weak on Terrorism

    03/17/2010 5:57:11 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 27 replies · 538+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 3/17/2010 | Staff
    Justice Department officials are firing back at Republican critics who have accused them of being soft on terror, saying they are the ones putting American lives at risk. The comments are the first time that Justice Department officials have struck back publicly after being on the defensive for months. In a recent hearing on Capitol Hill and in separate interviews with Fox News, high-ranking Justice Department officials said new efforts by Republicans to ban or limit the use of civilian courts for terrorism suspects would damage the U.S. government's ability to obtain intelligence and thwart potential attacks.
  • The 'al-Qaeda seven' and selective McCarthyism

    03/08/2010 5:47:45 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies · 113+ views
    washingtonpost.com ^ | March 8, 2010 | Marc A. Thiessen
    Would most Americans want to know if the Justice Department had hired a bunch of mob lawyers and put them in charge of mob cases? Or a group of drug cartel lawyers and put them in charge of drug cases? Would they want their elected representatives to find out who these lawyers were, which mob bosses and drug lords they had worked for, and what roles they were now playing at the Justice Department? Of course they would -- and rightly so. Yet Attorney General Eric Holder hired former al-Qaeda lawyers to serve in the Justice Department and resisted providing...
  • Graham Signals KSM Trial Reversal Could Clear Way for Gitmo Closure

    03/07/2010 3:30:16 PM PST · by metmom · 52 replies · 229+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | March 07, 2010 | Foxnews.com
    Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that he would help the White House convince his fellow Republicans to support closing Guantanamo Bay if President Obama reverses course and sends the alleged Sept. 11 mastermind and his co-conspirators to military tribunals. Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that he would help the White House convince his fellow Republicans to support closing Guantanamo Bay if President Obama reverses course and sends the alleged Sept. 11 mastermind and his co-conspirators to military tribunals. The South Carolina Republican is considered to be a key player in the administration's strategy to close the detainee camp at Guantanamo....
  • EDITORIAL: Ready, aim, hold your fire--Our troops are saddled with dangerous rules of engagement

    03/06/2010 10:49:57 AM PST · by jazusamo · 37 replies · 826+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 6, 2010 | Editorial
    The recent battle in Marjah in Afghanistan's Helmand province was a key test case for new rules of engagement that emphasized protecting civilians rather than killing insurgents. The town was taken, but whether that was because of the new rules or despite them remains to be seen. The rules of engagement are probably the most restrictive ever seen for a war of this nature. NATO forces cannot fire on suspected Taliban fighters unless they are clearly visible, armed and posing a direct threat. Buildings suspected of containing insurgents cannot be targeted unless it is certain that civilians are not also...
  • White House declassifies secretive cyber-security plan

    03/05/2010 10:49:08 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies · 387+ views
    SFgate.com ^ | March 3, 2010 | By: Alejandro Martinez-Cabrera
    Security experts often stress the urgency and importance of stronger collaboration between the private and public sectors if we hope to turn the tide against the growing number of cyber-threats on the nation's economy and security. So many were happy to hear the Obama administration's top cyber-security official, Howard Schmidt, say in one of his first public addresses since he took the job last year that improving these partnerships will be a priority of his office. And to that effect, Schmidt's office declassified today some of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative documents, a secretive plan drafted by the Bush administration...
  • S.O.S. — Save Our (Navy) Seals

    03/05/2010 4:50:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 852+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 5, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Military: Two U.S. congressmen take the lead in proclaiming the obvious — that those who attack this country should be punished and not those who risk their lives to defend it. The Navy SEALs are a special breed of patriot and warrior. This highly trained and select group — the best of the best — is a daily participant in the long twilight struggle against the enemies of freedom that President Kennedy warned us about. Kennedy formally created the SEAL (sea, air, land) outfit as an elite force capable of combat operations in any environment. It was a team of...
  • Will Obama Really Give Up on KSM Trial Without a Fight?

    03/05/2010 6:58:06 AM PST · by Phlap · 10 replies · 373+ views
    Washington Independent ^ | 03/05/2010 | Spencer Ackerman
    The Washington Post is pretty sure that Obama’s advisers are congealing around abandoning Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in civilian court. Apparently President Obama has yet to make a decision. If he goes back to the military commissions for KSM and the other 9/11 conspirators — military charges against them were dropped in late January — Obama won’t just be abandoning the civilian courts. He’ll be abandoning a winnable political battle on a matter of principle. ... The pattern couldn’t be clearer. Every time Obama compromises on a matter of national-security and civil-liberties principle, his GOP opponents raise the pressure to get...
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: McCain, Lieberman team on detainees (McCain attacks his lap dog) (POPCORN ALERT)

    03/05/2010 1:46:02 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 18 replies · 552+ views
    Politico ^ | 2010-03-05 | Kasie Hunt
    Joe Lieberman is once again endorsing John McCain over Barack Obama – this time on a critical national security issue. Lieberman and McCain have introduced a bill that would deny Miranda rights to terrorist suspects and block them from the U.S. civil court system. The bill could interfere with the Obama administration’s efforts to cut a deal with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham to develop a comprehensive system to deal with detainees—an effort that would include some role for federal courts. Graham, a military lawyer and currently serves a colonel in the U.S. Air Force reserves, has been negotiating with White...
  • 34 Out of the Top 50 Largest Law Firms in the US Worked on Behalf of Captured Terrorists

    03/02/2010 2:20:45 AM PST · by Suvroc10 · 15 replies · 1,215+ views
    Associated Content (AC) ^ | March 2, 2010 | Marc Schenker
    34 out of the top 50, largest law firms in the US did work on behalf of terrorists captured in the War on Terror or worked with them, according to the Department of Justice itself. In a stunning statistic that was revealed on the Reality Check segment of the O'Reilly Factor, the Department of Justice sent via e-mail a response to a Factor inquiry about why Attorney General Eric Holder has a suspiciously high number of terrorist defenders on his staff. By the latest count, the obnoxious number was at an already alarming 14 lawyers at Eric Holder's Department of...
  • Obama Signs Patriot Act Extension: MSM and the Left Silent

    02/28/2010 6:52:47 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 42 replies · 914+ views
    BigGovernment.com ^ | 02-28-10 | SusanAnne Hiller
    President Obama signed the renewal of the Patriot Act in the quiet of a slow-news Saturday–the Act was set to expire Sunday, February 28–as reported by The Hill. Photo Credit: AP Photo The reauthorization did NOT include any reforms to the current Patriot Act–an odd display of agreement and submission to Bush-era policy–even though the Democrats had the numbers to reform the Act. The continuance of the current Patriot Act signals that Democrats are fearful of further controversary in light of American’s distrust and poor approval ratings of the Democrat-controlled Congress. From the Hill: The House approved the bill 315-97...
  • Senate Dems look to one-year extension of key provisions in the Patriot Act

    02/25/2010 1:08:59 AM PST · by CutePuppy · 6 replies · 423+ views
    The Hill ^ | February 23, 2010 | Susan Crabtree
    Senate Democrats are pushing for a short-term extension of key provisions in the Patriot Act as part of a package of must-pass measures. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is planning to ask for unanimous consent to pass an extension for a host of measures set to expire February 28, according to Senate sources. The request could be made as early as Tuesday night. The large package of bills includes a year-long extension of three provisions of the anti-terrorism law known a the Patriot Act, as well as extensions for expiring tax provisions, including unemployment insurance, COBRA, flood insurance, the...
  • DOJ: Department Of Jihad?

    02/24/2010 4:26:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 595+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 24, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    War On Terror: The Justice Department employs nine lawyers previously involved in the defense of terrorist detainees. This is a colossal conflict of interest. Just whose side are they on? From the dropping of a voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party to the decision to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Muhammed in a civilian court within blocks of where the World Trade Center once stood, the actions and attitudes of the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder toward the thugs and terrorists who threaten us has grown curiouser and curiouser. We may now have a clue as...
  • Graham, Emanuel Work on Gitmo (traitor McLame's lap dog at work!)

    02/23/2010 9:27:04 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies · 350+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2010-02-22 | Jonathan Weisman
    GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham confirmed Monday he is working with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to break the logjam on closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and bringing the prisoners to trial. The South Carolina senator said that in a series of meetings and phone calls over the last “several weeks,” he has pressed to establish a new national security court that would keep most Guantanamo detainees out of the federal courthouse. He expressed confidence that he could strike a deal to extend some measure of habeas corpus rights to prisoners detained on terrorism charges and...
  • Biden: Cheney 'misinforming' on terror

    02/15/2010 3:40:13 AM PST · by Scanian · 8 replies · 445+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 14, 2010 | AP
    WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden on today belittled Dick Cheney's criticism of the Obama administration's commitment to fighting terrorism as either "misinformed or he is misinforming" and said the Iraq war wasn't worth it because of "the horrible price" paid. The former vice president fired back gently at his successor, saying, "I guess I shouldn't be surprised by my friend Joe Biden." Cheney also said that he disagreed with decisions by Bush officials to place shoe bomber Richard Reid on trial in civilian court and to release terrorism suspects from the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The...
  • Biden Swings Back at Cheney for War on Terror Criticism

    02/14/2010 1:41:34 PM PST · by antidemoncrat · 18 replies · 741+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2/14/10
    The Obama administration has been stronger than the Bush administration in fighting terrorism, Vice President Biden said Sunday, suggesting former Vice President Dick Cheney, one of President Obama's chief critics, is either "misinformed or misinforming."