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  • Israel accuses former US Marine on aid mission of terrorist links

    06/07/2010 8:17:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies · 56+ views
    times on line ^ | 6/7/10 | Alexander Christie-Miller, Istanbul
    A former US Marine is at the centre of Israel’s response to the outrage caused by its raid on a Gaza-bound aid boat after it listed him as one of five people on board with terrorist links. Ken O’Keefe, 40, who lives in London, told The Times that he had met Ismail Haniya, the Hamas leader, and said that he supported the organisation’s “right to violent resistance”. He also said that he had helped to subdue two Israeli commandos after leaders of the Turkish Islamic IHH charity enacted a plan to defend the boat.
  • Breaking : Rep. John Murtha, Iraq war critic, dies at 77

    02/08/2010 12:08:53 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 122 replies · 3,489+ views
    Breitbart ^ | February 07, 2010 | Breitbart
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - U.S. Rep. John Murtha, an influential critic of the Iraq War whose congressional career was shadowed by questions about his ethics, died Monday. He was 77. The Pennsylvania Democrat had been suffering complications from gallbladder surgery. He died at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va., spokesman Matthew Mazonkey said. In 1974 Murtha, then an officer in the Marine Reserves, became the first Vietnam War combat veteran elected to Congress. One of Congress' most hawkish Democrats, he wielded considerable clout for two decades as the ranking Democrat on the House subcommittee that oversees Pentagon spending. Murtha voted...
  • John Murtha Buddy Suspended Because of KICKBACKS-Are the Feds Closing In On the Pork King?

    01/07/2010 12:40:49 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 4 replies · 402+ views
    ABC News/The Lid ^ | 1/7/10 | The Lid
    Back in January, agents from the FBI, the IRS and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service searched the office of Kuchera Industries and Kuchera Defense Systems, as well as the homes of the firms' founders. These companies reportedly received over $100 million in earmarks, thanks to Murtha's efforts. While it was unclear whether Murtha was a target of the investigations, the heightened scrutiny of some of his closest donors including Kuchera and PMA allies signals that the Feds may be inching closer to the 35-year-member of Congress, who is a constant nominee for the Congressional Porker of the Year. Eventually the...
  • For Sale: A Lunch Date with Astronaut John Glenn

    04/12/2009 11:23:45 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 30 replies · 1,350+ views
    Space.com ^ | 9 April 2009, 6:51 pm ET | SPACE.com Staff
    Famed Mercury astronaut John Glenn has an open seat at his lunch table, provided you're willing to foot the bill. Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, is offering an afternoon lunch as part of a charity auction for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, which is raising college scholarship funds for aspiring engineers and scientists. It was 50 years ago today that NASA unveiled Glenn and the six other Mercury astronauts - the country's first spaceflyers - to the world in a frenzied press conference that made the seven men instant national heroes. On that April 9 in 1959, Glenn...
  • Russell Comes Out Swinging Against Murtha

    09/17/2008 11:59:20 AM PDT · by impeachedrapist · 43 replies · 603+ views
    KDKA ^ | 9/16/08 | Jon Delano
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ― Lt. Col. Bill Russell was in the Pentagon when it was attacked on September 11th. "The office I was in was actually one floor up and about 150 feet from where the cockpit ended," says Russell. That experience and his military service in Iraq shaped Russell's strong support for the Iraq war and his political challenge to long-time Democratic Congressman John Murtha. "People can disagree about whether we should be there, but the fact of the matter is that we are there -- and we have no choice but to win and achieve victory," says the Republican...
  • Scott Ritter: Big Lie - Iran is a Threat (Iran leader = deceased "Khomeini")

    10/09/2007 10:44:49 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 45 replies · 1,149+ views
    Freedom4um ^ | 10/11/07 | Scott Ritter
    Iran has never manifested itself as a serious threat to the national security of the United States, or by extension as a security threat to global security. At the height of Iran’s “exportation of the Islamic Revolution” phase, in the mid-1980’s, the Islamic Republic demonstrated a less-than-impressive ability to project its power beyond the immediate borders of Iran, and even then this projection was limited to war-torn Lebanon. Iranian military capability reached its modern peak in the late 1970’s, during the reign of Reza Shah Pahlevi. The combined effects of institutional distrust on the part of the theocrats who currently...
  • Ex-Police Officer Helps Subdue Two Men Onboard NWA Flight

    06/06/2007 10:23:34 AM PDT · by Jeff Blogworthy · 53 replies · 2,536+ views
    Aero-News.net ^ | 06/05/2007 | www.nwa.com
    Suspects Began Screaming, Rolling In AisleWhat, exactly, happened onboard a recent Northwest Airlines flight from Minneapolis to Boston? That's the question federal investigators are now contemplating, while a former police officer is being called a hero for his role in subduing two passengers. Boston's WBZ-TV reports Bob Hayden, a retired 28-year veteran police officer and former Lawrence, MA police chief, was a passenger on Northwest Flight 720 this weekend. Hayden says that even before the plane took off, one man started to act strangely -- pacing up and down the aisle, apparently aggravated. A flight attendant forced the man into...
  • Ex-Marine Matinee Idol on Al-Jazeera (Former Soldier working for Al-Jazeera!)

    03/23/2007 6:43:12 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies · 727+ views
    NY Observer ^ | Rebecca Sinderbrand
    Josh Rushing, the former Marine and Control Room star turned Al-Jazeera English reporter, spent nearly his entire adult life around combat gear. But a week ago, he seemed a bit uneasy with the pile of brand-new body armor piled in a corner of his downtown Washington office. He fingered the bright-blue canvas over the heavy protective plates—a major departure from the military’s more subdued palette—and decided the vest was “the wrong color.” Then he hefted the gear onto his forearm with a practiced motion, groaning in surprise with the strain of it. “Geez, Louise—it’s heavy! It’s much heavier than any...
  • Bob Kerrey, Wesley Clark to speak at Murtha's anti-war counter rally Saturday

    09/27/2006 5:05:03 AM PDT · by Coop · 71 replies · 1,344+ views
    <p>Sept. 26, 2006... Local Johnstown, PA station WJAC-TV announced during their 11PM news cast that former presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry will be speaking at the Murtha anti-war counter rally this Saturday. Murtha's counter rally is organized by former Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia. Former presidential candidate Gen. Wesley Clark is also expected to speak.</p>
  • Descending on Johnstown (just a month away)

    08/29/2006 5:57:55 PM PDT · by Coop · 144 replies · 2,518+ views
    Boot Murtha ^ | 8/29/01 | Coop/VFTT
    Come to the National VFTT Boot Murtha Rally Sunday, Oct. 1st in Johnstown, PA Rally Location: Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 2 p.m. If you're considering going and spending the night, book your room now! The Max Cleland groupies that are rallying the day before aren't simply there to counter us. They're also trying to fill hotel rooms before we do.
  • The road to Haditha: changing face of war

    08/23/2006 5:16:07 AM PDT · by Coop · 48 replies · 2,636+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 8/22/06 | George Bryjak
    SAN DIEGO // On Nov. 19, 2005, a unit of Marines arrived at the Iraqi village of Haditha to remove the bodies of civilians reportedly killed by a roadside blast. What they found were infants, women and children shot in the face and chest and the body of a wheelchair-bound elderly man riddled with bullets. A group of Marines are under criminal investigation that could lead to murder charges in the slayings of 24 civilians in the western Iraqi village. Like Abu Ghraib, Haditha has become synonymous with war atrocities, in this case an alleged act of retribution for the...
  • Is Murtha Getting the Last Laugh?

    08/20/2006 6:01:23 AM PDT · by Coop · 75 replies · 2,698+ views
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | 8/20/06 | Margaret Talev
    "...[w]hen people lose confidence in that official, they have no power at all." [said Murtha] Mr. Murtha's outspokenness has made him a target. A North Carolina-based group called Vets for the Truth has launched a "Boot Murtha" campaign, inviting protesters to an Oct. 1 rally in Johnstown. Organizer Larry Bailey is a retired Navy SEAL who said he was driven not by Mr. Murtha's stance on troop redeployment but by the congressman's assertion in May, before a thorough investigation, that Marines in Haditha had killed innocent Iraqi civilians "in cold blood." "I have some misgivings myself about what's going on...
  • Murtha is assailed for daring to speak out

    08/09/2006 4:06:54 PM PDT · by Coop · 113 replies · 1,937+ views
    Centre Daily/Phil. Enquirer ^ | 8/6/06 | Editorial staff
    John Murtha... is taking obscene criticism from the right for daring to point out that the Bush administration has given our troops an all-but-impossible job in Iraq. The 17-term congressman had already inflamed the Swift Boat crowd last year by calling for a rapid withdrawal of U.S. forces. The fallout reached a ridiculous low point last fall when a Republican congresswoman who'd never been within several time zones of a battlefield called Murtha, winner of two Purple Hearts, a coward on the House floor. [Coop note: Any bets as to how close any of these editors ever came to a...
  • Of Rightroots, Nutroots, and Knuckleheads

    08/07/2006 4:37:43 PM PDT · by Coop · 37 replies · 507+ views
    Wizbang Politics ^ | 8/7/06 | Jim Addison
    When the Rightroots effort began, it sounded like a great way to counter the KosKids/Nutroots incursions into key congressional races. One of the weaknesses of the Nutroots seemed to be picking candidates with their emotions rather than with their brains {if any}. Many of those Kos selected had no practical chance to win, so not only was the money raised a waste, but with each new defeat the project took on the air of windmill-tilting. Then, when The Florida Masochist gave Rightroots his "Knucklehead of the Day" award, I began to worry. Diane Irey, opposing anti-war, anti-Marine John Murtha, is...
  • Whatever it is, this isn't Treason

    08/06/2006 1:52:57 PM PDT · by Coop · 127 replies · 3,260+ views
    We cannot recall when, if ever, a congressional race in our corner of the world developed a national focus, but such was the case last week. Unfortunately, it was characterized by the kind of overheated rhetoric that plagues today's politics. A group of veterans announced it would sponsor a national veterans rally in October to protest Rep. John Murtha's opposition to the Iraq war. "Vets for the Truth" is a successor to one of the organizations that worked against John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. But the group does not simply disagree with Murtha that the United States should...
  • What are Veterans Saying about Diana Irey? (Vets4Irey.com)

    08/05/2006 6:15:57 AM PDT · by Coop · 78 replies · 1,587+ views
    Vets4Irey ^ | 8/5/06 | W04Man/Coop/Various veterans
    "I don't understand turncoats as Murtha and Kerry..Where do they think their freedoms come from. The U.N.? As an Iraqi Freedom Veteran it turns my stomach. Shut these FOOLS down!" Radel, William D. "I am an active duty CW5 here at Ft. Bragg NC. I have been deployed into theater 3 times for about 24 months and am deploying to Afghanistan late this year. I am so disgusted as a Pennsylvanian to know that Murtha is representing my state. That he would sell down the river any chance those Marines might have for a fair trial is beyond reprehensible. ......
  • MURTHA "LASHES OUT." AGAIN.

    08/02/2006 2:54:15 PM PDT · by Just A Nobody · 111 replies · 2,717+ views
    Irey for Congress ^ | August 2, 2006 | Irey for Congress
    MONONGAHELA, August 2) -- Washington County Commissioner and Pennsylvania 12th district Republican Congressional nominee Diana Irey -- responding to Jack Murtha's statement today that "I don't blame the staff sergeant for lashing out," in response to a law suit filed against Murtha by Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, claiming defamation -- today released the following statement: "'I don't blame the staff sergeant for lashing out.' "That's what Jack Murtha had to say today, responding to news that Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich has sued Murtha for defamation of character and libel. "'Lashing out?' Filing a lawsuit for libel and defamation is not...
  • Murtha Statement on Law Suit

    08/02/2006 9:20:40 AM PDT · by xpertskir · 144 replies · 3,868+ views
    John Murtha US Rep ^ | 8/2/06 | Murtha
    Murtha issues statement on lawsuit Johnstown, PA - Congressman John Murtha today released the following statement about a lawsuit filed by a Marine Corps staff sergeant charged in the incident at Haditha in November 2005. An Associated Press story filed earlier this morning said that evidence collected in Haditha “supports accusations that U.S. Marines deliberately shot” 24 civilians, including unarmed women and children. “I don’t blame the staff sergeant for lashing out. When I spoke up about Haditha, my intention was to draw attention to the horrendous pressure put on our troops in Iraq and to the cover-up of the...
  • Marine Names Murtha in Defamation Suit

    08/01/2006 9:05:50 PM PDT · by Velveeta · 209 replies · 5,075+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 2, 2006 | Josh White
    A Marine Corps staff sergeant who led the squad accused of killing two dozen civilians in Haditha, Iraq, will file a lawsuit today in federal court in Washington claiming that Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) defamed him when the congressman made public comments about the incident earlier this year. Attorneys for Frank D. Wuterich, 26, argue in court papers that Murtha tarnished the Marine's reputation by telling news organizations in May that the Marine unit cracked after a roadside bomb killed one of its members and that the troops "killed innocent civilians in cold blood." Murtha also said repeatedly that...
  • Bailey's Briefing of the Day (Boot Murtha)

    07/24/2006 2:06:19 PM PDT · by Coop · 29 replies · 1,321+ views
    BootMurtha.com ^ | 7/26/06 | Larry Bailey
    Ladies and Gentlemen, I never thought for a moment that we would be where we are right now—on the verge of creating a political explosion unprecedented in modern political life. Our vision a couple of months ago was extremely limited in scope—we just wanted to “do our part” in making life uncomfortable for “al-Jazeera Jack” Murtha, but things have totally changed that vision. What has happened is amazing! So many people from across the country have contacted us and encouraged us and contributed to our efforts that it appears like a true groundswell has emerged and is growing in size....