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  • Man with ties to Boston bombing suspect admits role in 2011 murders; shot during FBI questioning

    05/22/2013 2:31:54 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 70 replies
    NBC News ^ | 5/22/13 | Richard Esposito, Pete Williams and Matthew DeLuca
    Dead Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and another man — who was killed by the FBI on Wednesday — murdered three people in Massachusetts after a drug deal went wrong in 2011, law enforcement sources tell NBC News. Sources say that what began as a drug ripoff ended in a triple homicide when Tsarnaev and friend Ibragim Todashev realized their victims would later be able to identify them. Todashev was killed by a federal agent while giving a statement on his role on Wednesday in Orlando, Fla. The man who was shot, Todashev, 27, allegedly attacked an agent with a...
  • Top 10 Obama ties to history

    05/16/2012 7:33:48 AM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/16/12 | Jamie Weinstein
    Earlier this week it was discovered that on the White House website, President Barack Obama had been inserted into each and every presidential biography dating back to Calvin Coolidge with the curious exception of Gerald Ford. For instance, the White House biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt notes, “On August 14, 1935, President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. Today the Obama administration continues to protect seniors and ensure Social Security will be there for future generations.” The Daily Caller has since discovered other historical sketches the president has been written into. Here are the 10 best: 10.) In 1941, Standard...
  • Derrick Bell And Bill Ayers Were B.F.F.

    03/09/2012 12:42:03 AM PST · by Jahoohio · 5 replies
    youtube ^ | 3/7/2012 | DearCitizenTv
    What does Obama's racial theory Professor Derrick Bell have in common with Bill Ayers?
  • Chilean Men Told to Take Off Ties to Save Energy (and help fight global warming)

    12/15/2011 6:07:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Chilean Men Told to Take Off Ties to Save EnergyThursday, 15 December 2011 11:25 SANTIAGO: Chile's government wants men in the country to take off their ties to help fight global warming, hoping the campaign will save on air conditioning as summer starts in the southern hemisphere, reported Reuters. "Let's all take our ties off this summer to save energy," Economy Minister Pablo Longueira says in television spots airing around the country. In the commercial, he undoes the knot of his pink and white tie and whips it off with gusto, unbuttoning the top of his shirt and smiling.
  • Palin cuts ties to Soros-linked aides

    05/03/2011 7:01:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Salon ^ | 5/3/11 | Justin Elliott
    The big Sarah Palin news today is that she has lost her longtime foreign policy adviser, Randy Scheunemann. Scheunemann is a well-known neoconservative who worked for Jesse Helms and was intimately involved in the push for the Iraq war. He later became an aide to John McCain on the 2008 presidential campaign, where he met and linked up with Palin. He's been associated with her ever since. The question is: Why did they Scheunemann, who runs the lobbying firm Orion Strategies, leave Palin now?
  • Packers necktie gets car salesman fired

    01/25/2011 9:13:09 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 25, 2011 | Dawn Rhodes and Ryan Haggerty
    John C. Stone might be the most famous Green Bay Packers fan in Chicago. The 34-year-old Roseland resident was fired Monday from his job as a car salesman at an Oak Lawn Chevrolet dealership for wearing a Packers tie to work, but he’s already been offered a job at another dealership and been interviewed live on a nationwide sports radio show.
  • Obama: US- Turkish ties 'more important than ever'

    12/19/2010 11:06:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 12/19/10 | staff
    In interview to Turkish newspaper, Obama discusses Turkey-Israel ties and differences over Iran; stressing that "our partnership is resilient." US President Barack Obama said that "given the increasingly complex challenges the world faces, I believe that US-Turkish cooperation is more important now than ever," in a written response Sunday to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet. In his written remarks Obama addressed among other issues, Ankara's ties with Israel, differences over Iran policy, and Turkey's bid for European Union membership; stressing above all that "our partnership is resilient." "As with our other close allies and friends, we will sometimes disagree, as was...
  • US, New Zealand secretly resume intelligence ties: report

    12/11/2010 5:59:29 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies · 5+ views
    AFP ^ | Dec 11 , 2010
    The United States and New Zealand ended a near 25-year break in intelligence collaboration last year but kept the news secret... US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ...warned the news "should not be acknowledged in public".
  • Company Bidding to Help Manage Ground Zero Tower Has Arab Ties

    06/14/2010 11:20:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 215+ views
    fox ^ | 6/14/10 | fox
    Nearly nine years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the bi-state agency that operates the World Trade Center is looking for a private partner to help manage the 1,776-foot office tower that is being built at Ground Zero -- and one of two companies under consideration may have ties to the Middle East. The bidding process for private partners for the "Freedom Tower" has been whittled down to two companies: Durst Organization and Related Companies, Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. reports. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will soon decide which partner will manage and...
  • Hamas Asks for Ties with Obama as It Sends Killers to Israel

    05/23/2010 10:07:45 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 341+ views
    inn ^ | 5/23/10 | Gil Ronen
    The Hamas de facto government in Gaza seeks direct ties with the United States government. According to the Arab newspaper A-Sharq Al-Awsat, Hamas conveyed the message to a delegation of US political activists and members of academe, and asked them to relay it to President Barack Obama's administration. Hamas's message included a request that the US drop its opposition to the idea of a reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas. The US sees Hamas as a terrorist group while accepting its rival Fatah as a legitimate political movement.
  • Obama energy official has ties to firms that stand to benefit

    04/27/2010 12:42:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 255+ views
    mcclatchy ^ | 4/27/10 | Steven Thomma
    WASHINGTON — A top Obama administration official who's helping lead a campaign for energy conservation has a major financial interest in two companies that are poised to benefit from the government's spending. Cathy Zoi, the assistant secretary of energy for energy efficiency and renewable energy, owns between $250,000 and $500,000 worth of stock in Landis+Gyr, a Swiss-based manufacturer of special electric meters that are used to create an efficient "smart" grid of electricity use.
  • US won't talk to Taliban until it cuts Qaida ties

    02/17/2010 8:44:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 217+ views
    seattlepi.com ^ | 2/17/10 | DEB RIECHMANN AND FISNIK ABRASHI
    KABUL -- The United States is monitoring reconciliation talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government but will not participate unless the insurgents renounce al-Qaida, a top U.S. diplomat said Wednesday. The comments by Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, came the same day that a Maldives government spokesman said delegations representing the Taliban and the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai held talks late last month in the island nation. Spokesman Mohamed Zuhair said the delegations held three days of face-to-face talks to forge a peaceful solution to the eight-year-old Afghan conflict. The talks did not...
  • Ratner Family Ties: ACORN and Justice Department Plot Thickens

    11/12/2009 7:41:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies · 760+ views
    Big Government ^ | 11/12/09 | John M. O'Hara
    Following the courageous expose by two young investigative journalists released on the pages of this very blog, there were widespread calls for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the criminal enterprise that is ACORN. One would think there would be swift, decisive action from the administration that promised to be the most transparent in history. Despite the urging of some in congress and action on the regional level, and an internal investigation into funding, terrorist sympathizer U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder refuses to appoint a special prosecutor to oversee a criminal investigation of ACORN. There’s no evidence that any...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Obama nominee omitted ties to biotech

    09/08/2009 10:09:34 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 383+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 9/8/09 | Jim McElhatton
    President Obama's nominee at the Department of Homeland Security overseeing bioterrorism defense has served as a key adviser for a lobbying group funded by the pharmaceutical industry that has asked the government to spend more money for anthrax vaccines and biodefense research. But Dr. Tara O'Toole, whose confirmation as undersecretary of science and technology is pending, never reported her involvement with the lobbying group called the Alliance for Biosecurity in a recent government ethics filing. The alliance has spent more than $500,000 lobbying Congress and federal agencies -- including Homeland Security -- since 2005, congressional records show.
  • Airmen build ties with Iraqi families

    07/30/2009 5:43:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 244+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Senior Airman Alyssa C. Miles, USAF
    7/29/2009 - BAGHDAD (AFNS) -- Forty-five Airmen volunteered to visit and distribute donated items to local families here July 24 as part of the Sather Air Base Good Neighbor Program. This program, which is sponsored by the Sather AB Rising Six, is made up of volunteers who take a trip once a month to distribute care packages to Iraqi families near Sather AB. The packages include items the Iraqi families may have a hard time getting otherwise, such as personal hygiene items, dry food, toys for children and snacks. According to Senior Airman Ashley Bruce from the 447th Expeditionary Logistics...
  • F-22 exchange pilot helps strengthen U.S., Australian ties

    04/16/2009 4:25:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 495+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Senior Airman Ryan Whitney, USAF
    4/16/2009 - ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (AFNS) -- A Royal Australian Air Force pilot assigned to the 90th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron has had the opportunity to fly the Air Force's premier fighter, the F-22 Raptor, as part of a foreign pilot exchange program. Squadron Leader Matthew Harper is an F-22 instructor pilot and the 90th EFS flight commander in charge of scheduling and training. Squadron Leader Harper began his three-year assignment here in the spring of 2008. The pilot exchange program has been an important part of the military relationship between the U.S. and Australia for many years, according...
  • Why do Politicans Always Wear Red or Blue Ties?

    03/18/2009 7:16:07 AM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 19 replies · 1,305+ views
    notoriouslyconservative.com ^ | 03 18 09 | notoriously conservative
    In President Obama's first 11 days on the job, he wore only red and blue ties, observed Daily News reporter Joe Dziemianowicz. "Obama represents something different in politics, but he dresses the same as everyone else," said Esquire senior fashion editor Wendell Brown. "Washington, D.C., is a strange place when it comes to style. All the emphasis is on fitting in..." The ties to red and blue go way back. Neckties are said to be descended from the cravat and used throughout most of history, at least the portion during which humans have been fully clothed. Blue was once associated...
  • Rep. Waters' troubling ties

    03/14/2009 5:51:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 612+ views
    LA Times ^ | 3/14/09 | Tim Rutten
    Rep. Maxine Waters, the Democratic congresswoman who has represented a swath of South Los Angeles and surrounding communities .. is one of Southern California's toughest and most influential lawmakers. ... But she also has shown a disturbing inability to adequately distinguish her family's interests from those of the public. Nowadays, Waters is not only an important voice in the Congressional Black Caucus but a ranking member of the Judiciary and Financial Services committees. This week, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times reported that Waters used her access as a senior member of the latter committee to arrange...
  • Obama team has ties to Clinton, banks (Bubba's 3rd Term&Team)

    11/14/2008 5:32:20 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 469+ views
    Politico.com on Yahoo ^ | 11/14/08 | Carol E. Lee
    Six members of President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team for government operations worked in the Clinton administration, and one of them runs a consulting firm that has listed Freddie Mac as a client. The group will review the nuts and bolts of federal agencies, from managing government property to hiring government workers to handling national archives and official records. Linh Nguyen, who’ll oversee the office of personnel management review for the Government Operations Transition Team, founded Morningside Consulting in 2006. His company has since done work for Freddie Mac, as well as Wells Fargo, American Express, Chase Bank, Citibank and a...
  • Strategic necessity likely to ensure continuity in ties [OBAMA]

    11/06/2008 7:07:08 PM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 3 replies · 385+ views
    The Economic Times ^ | 6 Nov, 2008, 0311 hrs IST | The Economic Times
    As the message of change resonated through the US, the big question for India is whether president-elect Barack Obama will be as good for India as outgoing president George Bush, who has put Indo-US ties on a new trajectory. Analysts and officials largely believe there might be some adjustments but that there will be an overall continuity in the relationship. ``Much of this relationship is based on strategic necessities and not on ideological reasons. As long as these strategic necessities remain, there will be continuity,’’ said Ajai Sahni executive director of the Institute for Conflict Management. But a look at...
  • Obama's Family Ties to Radical Islam

    10/31/2008 12:26:39 PM PDT · by do the dhue · 2 replies · 420+ views
    JTF.org ^ | In November (I think) | Jews against Obama
    This video looks at Obama relation with Islam http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuzIP1gKyA4 I am sure this will not effect the liberal base. I don't know if it could influence independants. I do think it will assure our base though.
  • Students Wearing Ties Risk Not Graduating (Iran)

    08/05/2008 5:08:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 247+ views
    Adnkronos International ^ | August 04, 2008
    Students Wearing Ties Risk Not Graduating August 04, 2008 Adnkronos International ­ AKI Tehran -- Thirty-two students who showed up to their graduation ceremony with a tie run the risk of not graduating at all. For some in Iran, the tie is considered an extreme form of western cultural contamination. Thus in many cases, wearing a tie is thought to be a form of silent resistance against the forced Islamisation of society. The students, all medicine students at the University of Shirazi, were approached by university security staff as they entered the room where they would receive their diploma and...
  • Official: Pakistan should reconsider its ties to US

    06/12/2008 12:06:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 104+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/12/08 | Stephen Graham - ap
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The top elected official in northwest Pakistan said Thursday the country should rethink its relationship with America after a U.S. airstrike that reportedly killed 11 Pakistani soldiers. The U.S. and Pakistan remained at odds in their versions of a Tuesday night clash on the Afghan border that led to American planes dropping bombs on insurgents who had staged an attack inside Afghanistan. President Bush's national security adviser said it was not clear exactly what happened and American officials "have not been able to corroborate" Pakistani troops died. The U.S. "would be very saddened" if that were true,...
  • Iran gets shirty over ties

    05/22/2008 3:00:29 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 16 replies · 150+ views
    Iran Focus ^ | May 22 2008
    TEHRAN (AFP) — A top Iranian customs official has called for imports of ties to be banned because they are "against Iranian culture," the Fars news agency reported on Thursday, amid a crackdown on unIslamic dress. "Imports of some apparel are not banned but serious action should be taken to stop the import of ties which contradict the nature of Iranian culture," state customs bureau deputy head Asghar Hamidi was quoted as saying. "We need to change the country's import regulations to this end," said Hamidi, who is also head of a state plan for the "development of culture, chastity...
  • More On Saddam's Terrorist Ties

    03/14/2008 7:50:54 AM PDT · by jdm · 7 replies · 554+ views
    Ace of Spades ^ | March 14, 2008 | Staff
    Yes, he had them. For instance, how about their support for The Army of Muhammad, a known al-Qaeda subsidiary operating in Bahrain? On pages 34-35 of the report, we find communications between their Bahrain agent and IIS headquarters confirming Army of Mohammad’s loyalty to Osama bin Laden. What is the response from Baghdad? The agent reports (Extract 25) that The Army of Muhammad is working with Osama bin Laden. … A later memorandum from the same collection to the Director of the IIS reports that the Army of Muhammad is endeavoring to receive assistance [from Iraq] to implement its objectives,...
  • Saddam had “no operational ties” to AQ: Pentagon

    03/11/2008 5:56:52 AM PDT · by jdm · 205 replies · 5,200+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 11, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    A new study commissioned by the Pentagon has reviewed over 600,000 documents captured in the invasion of Iraq, and the analysis shows no evidence of operational ties between Saddam Hussein’s regime and al-Qaeda. It did find operational ties and more between Saddam and other terrorist groups, however, which will likely be lost in an avalanche of I-told-you-sos: An exhaustive review of more than 600,000 Iraqi documents that were captured after the 2003 U.S. invasion has found no evidence that Saddam Hussein’s regime had any operational links with Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida terrorist network.The Pentagon-sponsored study, scheduled for release later this...
  • Tie Ban For Doctors To Stop Spread Of MRSA (UK)

    12/17/2006 8:35:48 PM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 724+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-18-2006 | Alex Berry
    Tie ban for doctors to stop spread of MRSA By Alex Berry Last Updated: 2:35am GMT 18/12/2006 Doctors have been ordered to ditch their ties over fears they are spreading the deadly hospital superbug MRSA. An NHS trust has also told all its staff involved in direct patient care not to wear jewellery, wrist watches, scarves or any "superfluous clothing". Even consultants have been warned that being smartly-dressed when giving patients bad news could present an infection risk. The move, by Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, follows a report by the British Medical Association calling for doctors to...
  • Sen. Carl Levin (D), Misquotes His Own Report, Or Does He Mislead from It?

    04/13/2007 4:52:37 PM PDT · by Blackrain4xmas · 2 replies · 502+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 4/13/07 | Scott Malensek
    It’s a sad fact of modern American life that no one reads the results of the investigations that are so often demanded in Washington DC. Sen. Levin has been a member on the Senate Intelligence Committee for a long, long time. Yet, he apparently isn’t even reading the reports that the Committee’s staffers work so hard to write. This is evidenced in the Michigan senator’s recent article in the Los Angeles Times, “Tell us another one, Mr. Vice President, Dick Cheney is still trying to link Iraq with Al Qaeda and 9/11” By Carl Levin, April 12, 2007. In this...
  • Bush tries to soothe ties with Mexico

    03/13/2007 6:58:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 65 replies · 1,108+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/13/07 | Tom Raum - ap
    MERIDA, Mexico - President Bush sought to soothe strained ties with Mexico on Tuesday by promising to prod Congress to overhaul tough U.S. immigration policies. But Mexican President Felipe Calderon criticized U.S. plans for a 700-mile border fence and said Bush must do more to curb American drug appetites. Mexico was the last stop on Bush's five-nation Latin American tour, and the one where the political stakes seemed the highest. Bush walked a high wire: He wants to improve frayed ties over immigration and drug trafficking and the Iraq war, but without alienating supporters back home, particularly Republican lawmakers advocating...
  • Sestak takes heat over appearance at CAIR banquet (CAIR Has Ties to Islamist Terrorism)

    03/03/2007 8:45:21 PM PST · by do the dhue · 31 replies · 846+ views
    Delcotimes.com ^ | 03/02/2007 | WILLIAM BENDER
    U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak’s scheduled appearance at next month’s Council on American-Islamic Relations’ banquet has enraged conservatives who say the group sympathizes with terrorist groups. "Just showing up to an event makes it seem as though this organization is credible," said Joe Kaufman, chairman of the Florida-based Americans Against Hate. "The congressman should be working to shut down this organization for its ties to Hamas." Last month, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer rescinded an award her office gave to the head of CAIR’s Sacramento office, saying her staff had turned up a "laundry list" of problems with the Islamic advocacy group....
  • End Of The Line [Truro and Falls Church]

    11/16/2006 5:30:37 PM PST · by sionnsar · 9 replies · 909+ views
    Midwest Conservative Journal ^ | 11/15/2006 | Christopher Johnson
    Truro Episcopal Church, which once included George Washington among its vestrymen, and The Falls Church, two of the oldest Episcopal churches in Virginia and the country, have both decided that they've had enough: In a congregational meeting Sunday afternoon, Nov 12, the Vestry of Truro Church, Fairfax, announced to their parish that they unanimously recommend that Truro should sever its ties to The Episcopal Church (TEC) and remain as full members of the Anglican Communion by joining the Anglican District of Virginia Anglicans in the Convocation for Anglicans in North America (CANA). On the following Monday, Nov. 13, the Vestry...
  • Those "No Ties" Lies: A Five Part Series - Part 5 The Real Ties and Truth About the Lies

    09/30/2006 5:37:28 AM PDT · by Blackrain4xmas · 4 replies · 721+ views
    The New Media Journal ^ | September 28, 2006 | Scott Malensek
    We’ve all waited 4 years to see a good report on what happened to Saddam’s WMD and September 8, 2006 the last investigative report was released by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The only problem is…I searched the entire 400 pages of this “Phase II report” (or rather both reports that make up the Phase II report) and I couldn’t find those two words: “Bush lied.” I can’t even find, “Bush mislead” in those 400 pages. What I did find was 400 pages of evidence showing that the intelligence community used small amounts of weak intelligence from a decrepit...
  • DNA Ties Together Scattered Peoples

    09/24/2006 7:25:30 PM PDT · by blam · 47 replies · 1,421+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9-11-2006 | Steve Chawkins
    DNA Ties Together Scattered PeoplesData on descendants of the Chumash spur new ideas about the first settlers of the Americas. By Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer September 11, 2006 Over the years, a couple of dozen descendants of the Chumash Indians have complied with the odd requests of their old friend John Johnson, a leading scholar of the tribe's culture and head of the anthropology department at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. After all, what harm could come from parting with a few of their hairs or letting him swab the inside of their cheeks for a saliva...
  • Independent Rebuttal Report re Sen Intel Com claims of NO TIES between AQ and Saddams Regime

    09/21/2006 4:57:05 AM PDT · by Blackrain4xmas · 33 replies · 1,768+ views
    Independent ^ | 092006 | Scott Malensek
    This is my line in the sand. This is where I have decided that I will no longer allow lies about the war in Iraq, the global war on terror, or the decay of America's intelligence services. I will make my stand here, now, on this issue. No more will their lies go unchecked. The Senate Phase II report has been marketed as some sort of evidence that Al Queda and Iraq are not related. They are. I examined the report, stomached it's political lies (lies it admits to having within its own text!), and I have taken my action....
  • Senate: No Prewar Saddam-al-Qaida Ties ( Dems are gloating again )

    09/08/2006 11:04:30 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 56 replies · 1,717+ views
    New York Post ^ | 09/08/2006 | Jim Abrams
    Senate: No Prewar Saddam-al-Qaida Ties By JIM ABRAMS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's no evidence Saddam Hussein had ties with al-Qaida, according to a Senate report on prewar intelligence that Democrats say undercuts President Bush's justification for invading Iraq. Bush administration officials have insisted on a link between the Iraqi regime and terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Intelligence agencies, however, concluded there was none. Republicans countered that there was little new in the report and Democrats were trying to score election-year points with it. The declassified document released Friday by the intelligence committee also explores the role that...
  • Officials: 'No Evidence' Ties Dead Soldiers to Mahmudiyah Crimes

    09/04/2006 2:59:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 458+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sep. 4, 2006 – Citing media reports suggesting a possible connection between three U.S. soldiers killed in June and the alleged rape of an Iraqi girl and murder of the girl and her family in March, military officials in Iraq today issued a statement saying “no evidence” connects the dead soldiers to the incident. “Past articles could be read to imply that the three deceased soldiers were somehow involved in the alleged crimes,” Multinational Corps Iraq officials said in the statement. Spc. David Babineau, Pfc. Thomas Tucker and Pfc. Kristian Menchaca – all assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion,...
  • Annan says Syria ready for Lebanon ties

    09/01/2006 8:46:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 280+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/1/06 | Zeina Karam - ap
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - Syrian President Bashar Assad told the U.N. secretary-general Friday that his government is prepared to establish formal diplomatic relations with Lebanon and delineate the border, steps Syria has resisted for six decades. Many in Lebanon expressed skepticism, saying Assad's promises to U.N. chief Kofi Annan would likely remain just talk unless international pressure mounted on Damascus. For Syria, the step would be seen as recognition that its decades-long domination of its smaller neighbor is truly over after crumbling the last year. Many Lebanese suspect Syria has never really accepted Lebanon's independence and remains angry that parts of...
  • Reconstruction Team Developing Ties With Afghan Province

    07/11/2006 6:34:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 175+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    QALAT, Afghanistan, July 11, 2006 – U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today called the provincial reconstruction team here a shining example of how the teams develop relationships with the local Afghan government. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld (right) meets with Del Bar Jan Arman (left), governor of Afghanisan's Zabul province, during a visit to the Qalat Provincial Reconstruction Team July 11. Photo by Staff Sgt. Gary Hilliard, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. When the coalition began using provincial reconstruction teams in Afghanistan, officials were constantly evaluating their work to see if they were worth the time...
  • Chicago man had ties to Miami-based alleged terrorist group

    06/29/2006 8:08:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 380+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/29/06 | Laura Wides-Munoz - ap
    A Chicago man arrested last month and charged with illegal possession of a weapon has been identified by federal prosecutors as a former member of an alleged group of aspiring terrorists based in Miami. In court documents filed Thursday, prosecutors identified the man as Charles Stewart or "Sultan Khan Bey," and said he apparently belonged to an organization called the Moorish National Republic, for which he was trying to recruit members. Stewart has not been charged in the terrorism case. The group in Miami was arrested June 22. Six men are accused of seeking to support what they thought was...
  • Prosecutor: Safavian hid ties to Abramoff

    06/12/2006 2:57:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 265+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/12/06 | Pete Yost - ap
    WASHINGTON - A prosecutor said Monday that a Bush administration official chose the interests of lobbyist Jack Abramoff over those of the public and should be convicted of covering up what he had done. David Safavian, the former chief of staff at the General Services Administration, "was trying to hide a secret, inappropriate and unethical relationship with Mr. Abramoff," prosecutor Nathaniel Edmonds told a federal jury in final arguments. Edmonds said that every public official has "moments of truth" in which he can act ethically or unethically and that Safavian failed the test by lying to the GSA's ethics officer,...
  • Ex-Bush official hid ties to Abramoff, US says - David Safavian on trial

    05/24/2006 6:47:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 335+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/24/06 | Deborah Charles
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors said on Wednesday that a former Bush administration official lied to investigators and hid his ties to Jack Abramoff, the lobbyist at the center of an influence-peddling scandal. In opening statements at the first trial in connection with the Abramoff scandal, prosecutors tried to paint David Safavian as a liar while his lawyer denied the charges and accused the government of basing its case on "guilt by association." Justice Department lawyer Peter Zeidenberg said Safavian took advantage of his position to help his friend, a former top Washington lobbyist with strong ties to leaders in...
  • Pakistani man accused of having ties to terrorist (said he was Nobel Prize nominee on visa app.)

    04/28/2006 9:26:13 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 218+ views
    A Pakistani man charged with lying to immigration authorities by falsely claiming he was a Nobel Prize nominee to obtain a U.S. visa is now also accused of having ties to a leader of an international terrorist organization. A federal judge in Oakland ordered Shehrezad Faruk Czar, 38, jailed Thursday after prosecutors said he admitted exchanging e-mails with Altaf Hussain, head of the Pakistan-based Muttahida Quami Movement, or MQM. Hussain is in exile in London after being sentenced in absentia in Pakistan to 27 years in prison for helping organize the murder of four Americans and their Pakistani driver in...
  • E-Mails Cited in Lobbyist, Bush Aide Ties

    04/14/2006 8:23:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 827+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/14/06 | Mark Sherman - ap
    WASHINGTON - A batch of 278 e-mails between lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a Bush administration official show a highly inappropriate relationship where gifts and business interests mixed freely and frequently, federal prosecutors said Friday. The prosecutors hope to use the e-mails in the criminal case against David Safavian, who is accused of lying and obstruction of justice in connection with investigations of an Abramoff-sponsored golf outing to Scotland in August 2002. The e-mails show that Abramoff and Safavian, then chief of staff at the General Services Administration, were in frequent contact, played golf often and traded workplace gossip. Abramoff showered...
  • Exchange Pilot Assignment Strengthens Australia, U.S. Ties

    04/03/2006 5:44:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 214+ views
    FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash., April 3, 2006 – Foreign exchange pilots from Australia assigned here are helping their U.S. counterparts carry out global air refueling, airlift and humanitarian assignments. The exchange program selects the best pilots in the Royal Australian Air Force with a minimum of 1,500 flying hours. Although instructional experience is not essential, it is a highly desirable factor to be selected for the three-year program, officials said. "They are sending us their best qualified pilots," said Air Force Maj. Dennis Bernier, 93rd Air Refueling Squadron assistant director of operations. "They are all outstanding pilots and huge...
  • Missile Defense System Ties Many Elements Together

    03/23/2006 3:21:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 311+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Mar 22, 2006 | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, March 22, 2006 – The proposed U.S. ballistic missile defense system is intended to tie numerous independent elements into a sophisticated web of protection, U.S. military officials said. Integrated ballistic missile defense system. Image courtesy of the Missile Defense Agency  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The stated mission of the Missile Defense Agency is to field a layered missile defense system that integrates land-, sea-, and air-based missile defenses to protect the U.S. homeland, deployed troops, and America's friends and allies against all types of ballistic missiles in all phases of flight. Basically, that means the United...
  • Specter Denies Improper Lobbying Ties

    02/16/2006 1:59:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 364+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/16/06 | AP - Washington
    WASHINGTON - Sen. Arlen Specter (news, bio, voting record) on Thursday denied any connection between special projects he gained for his state and a Washington lobbyist whose wife works in Specter's office. The Pennsylvania Republican lawmaker's statement was in response to a USA Today report published Thursday which said Specter had succeeded 13 times over the past four years in securing $48.7 million worth of defense projects for six clients represented by a lobbying firm co-founded by Michael Herson. Herson is the husband of Vicki Siegel Herson, Specter's legislative assistant for appropriations. "Ms. Siegel's husband did not lobby my office....
  • Ties to Land Part of Sharon's Mystique

    01/10/2006 9:09:08 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 297+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/10/06 | Brian Murphy - ap
    KFAR MALAL, Israel - In moments of reflection, Ariel Sharon liked to describe boyhood images that always drifted back to the land: tilling the sun-hardened soil with his father, the sticky-sweet aroma of lemon groves, daybreak hikes into the desert that slope down to the Dead Sea. As Sharon's prominence grew, so did the significance of these tales to Israel's collective conscience. They form part of the core of a modern mythology that was laid down bit by bit as Sharon moved from the fields to the battlefields to politics, creating a larger-than-life aura for a nation hungry for heroic...
  • China Says it Wants to Expand Sino-U.S. Military Relations

    01/10/2006 7:45:39 PM PST · by Paul Ross · 127 replies · 1,318+ views
    Agency French Press, Bejing ^ | 1/10/2006 | Staff
    Posted 01/10/06 10:05 China Says it Wants to Expand Sino-U.S. Military Relations By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, BEIJING China is ready to expand its military relations with the United States, Chinese Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan said Jan. 10. Cao, who is also vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission and a state councillor, made the remarks during a meeting with a delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives, the Xinhua news agency reported. Cao said both sides should make efforts to upgrade military ties to bring them on a par with the overall bilateral relationship, which he described as being on a...
  • Analysis: Bush Ties Surveillance to 9/11 Law

    12/20/2005 5:05:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 691+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/20/05 | Toni Locy - ap
    WASHINGTON - To justify creating a domestic spying program, the Bush administration is relying on a law Congress passed in the chaotic days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that authorizes the president to wage war against al-Qaida and its supporters. In doing so, the administration bypassed a secret court system that for nearly 30 years has monitored the government's use of electronic surveillance to gather foreign intelligence on U.S. soil. But is the administration on solid legal ground in using warrantless electronic surveillance for more than four years? Legal experts aren't so sure and are questioning the legal...
  • U.S.- Australia: Our Ties Could Not Be Firmer

    11/16/2005 5:56:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 324+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Nov 16, 2005 | Commentary by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2005 — On Dec. 22, 1941, 4,600 American soldiers marched off transport ships docked in Brisbane, their deployment to The Philippines having been diverted days earlier by rapid Japanese advances in the Pacific. Pearl Harbor had just been attacked. Darwin would be bombed three months later. Those servicemen disembarking in Brisbane were the first of some one million US troops who would pass through Australia over the next four years during World War II. As one woman wrote: "Suddenly the Yanks were here ... They all seemed to have big mouths and square teeth, and came from...