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I can easily see this conversation, “Listen Rod, we know what was going on, but if you want a Presidential pardon, you’ve gotta keep your mouth shut! The most you’ll have to do is 2 years at Club Fed! Come on! Play a little shuffleboard, checkers, tend a garden then get a pardon.” General Patreaus gets demoted Yes, he took a bust. However, I now believe that General Patraes did not take this demotion without some demands. “Okay, Mr. President, I’ll take this demotion and I won’t lambaste you in the press or resign my commission in protest, PROVIDED… 1. When I ask for something, I get it. You can dither as you do so well in your lame efforts to create the appearance of deliberation, but within a few days time, I get what I want. 2. You can have your exit date in 2011, but my in REALITY, my criteria will be a series of benchmarks and standards that the Afghans & I will have to meet prior to withdrawal. And if enemy activity escalates, all bets are off. 3. You need to muzzle the rabid dogs in your party. If I have to take the kind of crap I took off of your people again, all bets are off and I’ll sing like a canary. You’re not nearly as bulletproof as you were a year ago. In fact, most of your voting block is pretty embarrassed that they voted for you.
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From Eric Pence, A MUST see Video Clip! http://blip.tv/file/1382254/ From Me: The World Economic Collapse http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOzR3UAyXao

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ON THE LAST PAGE!!! What’s your BMI?

From Ed Howard Hi Mark, Hope all is well. I attached a PP slide show that pertains to saving Airborne Unemployment Benefits History. The field of those parachute towers in Hightstown NJ is in This is the latest and probably the most effective plan the Democrats have to try and keep as many seats as they can, come November. It is probably a jeopardy of being lost to development. I was contacted by the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office a week or so ago to help pretty safe assumption that the democrats will no doubt be telling their them in researching this piece of Airborne History. I put the constituents “If you want that unemployment check to keep coming, you’ll vote for me in November, because the Republicans are the party of ‘No!’” And that is information together to help them. The NJSHPO doesn't want to stop progress so they created an alternate location for the going to be a tough strategy to beat when you look at how many unemployed there are today. development that will do just as well, and save the historic Airborne Don’t buy the Government number of 10%, just like I don’t buy field. I put this into the Airborne organizations network recently Michigan’s number of 19.?%!!! Because when you look at Southeastern MI, that and want to pass it on to our esteemed society as well. number in actuality is closer to 75%!!! And now they have that game they can Its a worthy cause and they don't ask for our money! We play with the numbers that says, ‘If you haven’t held a job in 10 years or more, need to send an email of support - yes just Cro-Magnon style you are now in a different status. Now we, the government consider that YOU peck out an email to these guys. I'll stop jabbering now and let you have LEFT the workforce, all together.’ Don’t drink that Kool Aid either!!! enjoy the PP slide show. HHS now requires in all electronic medical records contain each person’s Body Mass Index. This is not the camel’s nose inside the tent, this is the Camel standing tall & proud inside the tent asking, “Who the hell are you?”

Shirley Sharrod

Don’t look at the shiny object over there!!! Keep your eyes on the hand in your pocket! That’s all this is: Distraction! As you can expect, the Chairman wants to have more dialog on race. The fact is, we should have virtually no dialog on race! Why continue to make it an issue? Why admit that it exists or that it is a problem? Because it really is a problem when you allow it to be.

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A Failed Obama Hero
by Walter E. Williams
Let's think about President Obama's failed economic stimulus program. Before getting to the nitty-gritty of why stimulus packages fail, let's look at the failed stimulus program of Obama's hero, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR's Treasury Secretary, Henry Morgenthau, wrote in his diary: "We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. ... We have never made good on our promises. ... I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started ... and an enormous debt to boot!" Morgenthau was being a bit gracious. The unemployment figures for FDR's first eight years were: 18 percent in 1935; 14 percent in 1936; by 1938, unemployment was back to 20 percent. The stock market fell nearly 50 percent between August 1937 and March 1938. Columnist Walter Lippmann wrote, "With almost no important exception every measure he (Roosevelt) has been interested in for the past five months has been to reduce or discourage the production of wealth." The last year of the Herbert Hoover administration, the top marginal income tax rate was raised from 24 to 63 percent. During the Roosevelt administration, the top rate was raised at first to 79 percent and then later to 90 percent. Hillsdale College economic historian Professor Burton Folsom notes that in 1941, Roosevelt even proposed a whopping 99.5 percent marginal rate on all incomes over $100,000. Much more of the Hoover/FDR fiasco can be found in "Great Myths of the Great Depression". The Great Depression did not end until after WWII. Why it lasted so long went unanswered until Harold L. Cole, professor of economics at the University of Pennsylvania, and Lee E. Ohanian, professor of economics at UCLA, published their research project "How Government Prolonged the Depression" in the Journal of Political Economy (August 2004). Professor Cole explained, "The fact that the Depression dragged on for years convinced generations of economists and policy-makers that capitalism could not be trusted to recover from depressions and that significant government intervention was required to achieve good outcomes. Ironically, our work shows that the recovery would have been very rapid had the government not intervened." Professors Cole and Ohanian argue that FDR's economic policies added at least seven years to the depression. Where do the trillion-plus dollars come from that Congress and Obama are spending in an effort to stimulate the economy? How about Santa Claus, or maybe the Tooth Fairy? If you said, "Come on, Williams, you're being silly! The only way government can spend a dollar is to tax or borrow it," go to the head of the class. In the case of a tax, one should ask what would that taxpayer have done with the dollar had it not been taxed away. He would have spent it on something that would have created a job for someone. If the government hadn't borrowed the dollar, it might have been invested in some project that would have created a job. When government taxes, borrows and spends, it shifts unemployment from one sector to another. Of course, the sector that benefits tends to be a political favorite of the shifter. Between 1787 and 1930, our nation has seen both mild and severe economic downturns, sometimes called panics, that

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There is no easy or good way to put this so I suppose the direct approach is as good as it gets. “William “BO” Bowers died Friday night. For those who do not remember BO, he was the center CSM and an instructor at the O&I committee and later on the deputy Division chief for the doctrine division at the SWC. Bo was in severe pain as result of all the years of injury and combat. Bo took his life a result of this pain and suffering. Most of you should remember Bo and his smiling face. He was a vertically challenged man who made up for his lack of height with the depth of his commitment and passion for taking care of SF. We owe much of our SF doctrine to CSM Bowers (Ret). He was a great mentor to many of us through the years regardless if you were in uniform or retired and without concern for the rank you wore past or present. Bo and Pappy Jones updated the SF Base Camp handbook which is now called TACFAC. Bo was instrumental in creating the first MTOE for "Delta." He was also one of the original nuclear artillery men in the 82nd Abn Div. No matter what his accomplishments, accolades or faults, Bo was the man most of us know as the guy who would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. He was instrumental in helping many of us get jobs in GS and all he ever asked in return was to do a good job and not embarass the Regiment. He was a father to many, a sounding board for those who needed an ear, a role model, mentor, standard bearer and friend and he will be missed terribly. Bo had been struggling with terrible pains from his numerous injuries sustained early in his life while in uniform and had recently gone through treatment for skin cancer, had both knees replaced, and a series of other illnesses which he seldom even mentioned to anyone other than those closest to him. He never wanted anyone to worry about him because as he would often put it, "they have enough troubles of their own, they don't need to hear about mine." The world was a better place when Bo was in it. It is a tragic event. Please keep Dolly, Michelle, Billie and the rest of Bo's family in your prayers during this their time of need just as Bo would have and has so many times in the past done for all of us.
Editor’s Note: Sorry, I didn’t get this disseminated in time for anybody to make the funeral or viewing, as it was on July 7.

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their father's wisdom in attempting to stop Communism's reach in Southeast Asia. The most accurate poll of their attitudes (Harris, 1980) showed that 91 percent were glad they'd served their country, 74 percent enjoyed their time in the service, and 89 percent agreed with the statement that "our troops were asked to fight in a war which our political leaders in Washington would not let them win." And most importantly, the castigation they received upon returning home was not from the World By Senator James Webb (D-VA) War II generation, but from the very elites in their age group who supposedly spoke for them. The rapidly disappearing cohort of Americans that endured the Nine million men served in the military during the Vietnam Great Depression and then fought World War II is receiving quite a sendoff from the leading lights of the so-called 60s generation. Tom Brokaw has War, three million of whom went to the Vietnam Theater. Contrary to popular mythology, two-thirds of these were volunteers, and 73 percent of published two oral histories of "The Greatest Generation" that feature those who died were volunteers. While some attention has been paid ordinary people doing their duty and suggest that such conduct was recently to the plight of our prisoners of war, most of whom were pilots; historically unique. Chris Matthews of "Hardball" is fond of writing columns praising there has been little recognition of how brutal the war was for those who fought it on the ground. the Navy service of his father while castigating his own baby boomer Dropped onto the enemy's terrain 12,000 miles away from generation for its alleged softness and lack of struggle. William Bennett home, America's citizen-soldiers performed with a tenacity and quality gave a startling condescending speech at the Naval Academy a few years ago comparing the heroism of the "D-Day Generation" to the drugs-and-sex that may never be truly understood. Those who believe the war was fought incompletely on a tactical level should consider Hanoi's recent nihilism of the "Woodstock Generation." And Steven Spielberg, in admission that 1.4 million of its soldiers died on the battlefield, compared promoting his film "Saving Private Ryan," was careful to justify his to 58,000 total U.S. dead. portrayals of soldiers in action based on the supposedly unique nature of Those who believe that it was a "dirty little war" where the World War II. bombs did all the work might contemplate that it was the most costly war An irony is at work here. Lest we forget, the World War II the U.S. Marine Corps has ever fought, five times as many dead as World generation now being lionized also brought us the Vietnam War, a conflict which today's most conspicuous voices by and large opposed, and in which War I, three times as many dead as in Korea, and more total killed and few of them served. The "best and brightest" of the Vietnam age group once wounded than in all of World War II. Significantly, these sacrifices were being made at a time the made headlines by castigating their parents for bringing about the war in United States was deeply divided over our effort in Vietnam. The babywhich they would not fight, which has become the war they refuse to boom generation had cracked apart along class lines as America's young remember. men were making difficult, life-or-death choices about serving. The better Pundits back then invented a term for this animus: the academic institutions became focal points for vitriolic protest against the "generation gap." Long, plaintive articles and even books were written war, with few of their graduates going into the military. Harvard College, examining its manifestations. Campus leaders, who claimed precocious which had lost 691 alumni in World War II, lost a total of 12 men in wisdom through the magical process of reading a few controversial books, Vietnam from the classes of 1962 through 1972 combined. Those classes urged fellow baby boomers not to trust anyone over 30. Their elders, who at Princeton lost six, at MIT two. The media turned ever more hostile. had survived the Depression and fought the largest war in history, were And frequently the reward for a young man's having gone through the looked down upon as shallow, materialistic, and out of touch. Those of us who grew up on the other side of the picket line from trauma of combat was to be greeted by his peers with studied indifference or outright hostility. that era's counter-culture can't help but feel a little leery of this sudden What is a hero? My heroes are the young men who faced the gush of appreciation for our elders from the leading lights of the old issues of war and possible death, and then weighed those concerns counter-culture. Then and now, the national conversation has proceeded against obligations to their country. Citizen-soldiers who interrupted from the dubious assumption that those who came of age during Vietnam their personal and professional lives at their most formative stage, in the are a unified generation in the same sense as their parents were, and thus timeless phrase of the Confederate Memorial in Arlington National are capable of being spoken for through these fickle elites. Cemetery, "not for fame or reward, not for place or for rank, but in simple In truth, the "Vietnam generation" is a misnomer. Those who came of age during that war are permanently divided by different reactions obedience to duty, as they understood it." Who suffered loneliness, disease, and wounds with an often-contagious elan. And who deserve a to a whole range of counter-cultural agendas, and nothing divides them far better place in history than that now offered them by the so-called more deeply than the personal ramifications of the war itself. The sizable spokesman of our so-called generation. portion of the Vietnam age group who declined to support the counterMr. Brokaw, Mr. Matthews, Mr. Bennett, Mr. Spielberg, meet cultural agenda, and especially the men and women who opted to serve in my Marines. 1969 was an odd year to be in Vietnam. Second only to 1968 the military during the Vietnam War, are quite different from their peers who for decades have claimed to speak for them. In fact, they are much like in terms of American casualties, it was the year made famous by Hamburger Hill, as well as the gut-wrenching Life cover story showing the World War II generation itself. For them, Woodstock was a side show, college protestors were spoiled brats who would have benefited from having pictures of 242 Americans who had been killed in one average week of fighting. Back home, it was the year of Woodstock, and of numerous antito work a few jobs in order to pay their tuition, and Vietnam represented war rallies that culminated in the Moratorium march on Washington. The not an intellectual exercise in draft avoidance, or protest marches but a My Lai massacre hit the papers and was seized upon by the anti-war battlefield that was just as brutal as those their fathers faced in World War movement as the emblematic moment of the war. Lyndon Johnson left II and Korea. Few who served during Vietnam ever complained of a generation Washington in utter humiliation. Richard Nixon entered the scene, destined for an even worse gap. The men who fought World War II were their heroes and role models. They honored their father's service by emulating it, and largely agreed with fate. In the An Hoa Basin southwest of Danang, the Fifth Marine Regiment was in its third year of continuous combat operations.
have ranged from one to seven years. During that interval, no one considered it to be the business of the federal government to try to get the economy out of a depression because there was no constitutional authority to do so. It took Hoover, FDR and a frightened and derelict U.S. Supreme Court to turn what might have been a three- or four-year sharp downturn into a 15-year meltdown.

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the nightmares of war but of the steady consistency with which my Marines faced their responsibilities, and of how uncomplaining most of them were in the face of constant danger. The salty, battle-hardened 20year-olds teaching green 19-year-olds the intricate lessons of the hostile battlefield. The unerring skill of the young squad leaders as we moved through unfamiliar villages and weed-choked trails in the black of night. The quick certainty when a fellow Marine was wounded and needed help. Their willingness to risk their lives to save other Marines in peril. To this day it stuns me that their own countrymen have so completely missed the story of their service, lost in the bitter confusion of the war itself. Like every military unit throughout history we had occasional laggards, cowards, and complainers. But in the aggregate, these Marines were the finest people I have ever been around. It has been my privilege to keep up with many of them over the years since we all came home. One finds in them very little bitterness about the war in which they fought. The most common regret, almost to a man, is that they were not able to do more for each other and for the people they came to help. It would be redundant to say that I would trust my life to these men. Because I already have, in more ways than I can ever recount. I am alive today because of their quiet, unaffected heroism. Such valor epitomizes the conduct of Americans at war from the first days of our existence. That the boomer elites can canonize this sort of conduct in our fathers' generation while ignoring it in our own is more than simple oversight. It is a conscious, continuing travesty.
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Combat is an unpredictable and inexact environment, but we were well led. As a rifle platoon and company commander, I served under a succession of three regimental commanders who had cut their teeth in World War II, and four different battalion commanders, three of whom had seen combat in Korea. The company commanders were typically captains on their second combat tour in Vietnam, or young first lieutenants like myself who were given companies after many months of "bush time" as platoon commanders in he Basin's tough and unforgiving environs. The Basin was one of the most heavily contested areas in Vietnam, its torn, cratered earth offering every sort of wartime possibility. In the mountains just to the west, not far from the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the North Vietnamese Army operated an infantry division from an area called Base Area 112. In the valleys of the Basin, main-force Viet Cong battalions whose ranks were 80 percent North Vietnamese Army regulars moved against the Americans every day. Local Viet Cong units sniped and harassed. Ridgelines and paddy dikes were laced with sophisticated booby traps of every size, from a hand grenade to a 250-pound bomb. The villages sat in the rice paddies and tree lines like individual fortresses, crisscrossed with the trenches and spider holes, their homes sporting bunkers capable of surviving direct hits from large-caliber artillery shells. The Viet Cong infrastructure was intricate and permeating. Except for the old and the very young, villagers who did not side with the Communists had either been killed or driven out to the government controlled enclaves near Danang. In the rifle companies, we spent the endless months patrolling ridgelines and villages and mountains, far away from any notion of tents, barbed wire, hot food, or electricity. Luxuries were limited to what would fit inside one's pack, which after a few "humps" usually boiled down to letterwriting material, towel, soap, toothbrush, poncho liner, and a small transistor radio. We moved through the boiling heat with 60 pounds of weapons and gear, causing a typical Marine to drop 20 percent of his body weight while in the bush. When we stopped we dug chest-deep fighting holes and slit trenches for toilets. We slept on the ground under makeshift poncho hootches, and when it rained we usually took our hootches down because wet ponchos shined under illumination flares, making great targets. Sleep itself was fitful, never more than an hour or two at a stretch for months at a time as we mixed daytime patrolling with night-time ambushes, listening posts, foxhole duty, and radio watches. Ringworm, hookworm, malaria, and dysentery were common, as was trench foot when the monsoons came. Respite was rotating back to the mud-filled regimental combat base at An Hoa for four or five days, where rocket and mortar attacks were frequent and our troops manned defensive bunkers at night. Which makes it kind of hard to get excited about tales of Woodstock, or camping at the Vineyard during summer break. We had been told while training that Marine officers in the rifle companies had an 85 percent probability of being killed or wounded, and the experience of "Dying Delta," as our company was known, bore that out. Of the officers in the bush when I arrived, our company commander was wounded, the weapons platoon commander wounded, the first platoon commander was killed, the second platoon commander was wounded twice, and I, commanding the third platoons fared no better. Two of my original three-squad leaders were killed, and the third shot in the stomach. My platoon sergeant was severely wounded, as was my right guide. By the time I left, my platoon I had gone through six radio operators, five of them casualties. These figures were hardly unique; in fact, they were typical. Many other units; for instance, those who fought the hill battles around Khe Sanh, or were with the famed Walking Dead of the Ninth Marine Regiment, or were in the battle of Hue City or at Dai Do, had it far worse. When I remember those days and the very young men who spent them with me, I am continually amazed, for these were mostly recent civilians, barely out of high school, called up from the cities and the farms to do their year in hell and then return. Visions haunt me every day, not of

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Unilateral Disarmament
by Oliver North
WASHINGTON -- While President Barack Obama golfs his way through the Gulf Coast's oil-drenched environmental calamity, another crisis is looming across the Potomac. America's military, in harm's way in a two-front war, is about to get staggered by a double whammy below the belt. Unfortunately for those who wear our nation's uniform, the commander in chief and his cronies in Congress are throwing the punches. The first blow will land in the next two weeks unless Harry Reid's Senate and Nancy Pelosi's House of Representatives can get their acts together to pass a supplemental appropriations bill to fund combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. In May, while proselytizing for homosexuals in our military, Defense Secretary Robert Gates gently reminded the congressional Armed Services committees that he needed the appropriation by Memorial Day. They ignored him. Last month, he went again and told them the funds had to be approved before the Independence Day recess or the Pentagon would have to start doing "stupid things" -- such as shifting funds within the overall Defense Department budget just to keep the troops in the field supplied with beans, bullets and bandages. Once again, Congress -- taking its cue from Obama's virtual silence on the matter -- did nothing. On July 13, Gates went up to Capitol Hill again, urging the solons to break the deadlock before the House recesses for

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"campaign season" at the end of the month. The defense secretary warned that without action by then, he will have to start canceling contracts on everything from weapons and equipment repairs to ammunition and fuel purchases in order to pay the troops. Not exactly what a soldier, sailor, airman, guardsman or Marine needs to hear in the middle of Afghanistan's "fighting season." Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., describes the situation as "a true emergency." Yet despite dire predictions of higher unemployment as defense suppliers shed employees when contracts for munitions and equipment are delayed, there doesn't seem to be any sense of urgency at the Obama White House. Perhaps that's because this is just the first low blow. A second salvo is making its way through Washington's "think tanks" and elite soirees. For more than a month, while Gates has been begging Congress to act on this year's $33 billion war supplemental, the Sustainable Defense Task Force quietly has been circulating a report, titled "Debt, Deficits, & Defense: A Way Forward," to the same congressional offices. The 56-page document lays the groundwork for drastic cuts in U.S. military spending -starting next year. The 14-member, allegedly nonpartisan task force was convened last year at the direction of Reps. Barney Frank, D-Mass., Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., and Ron Paul, R-Texas, and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. Its mandate was to "explore possible defense budget contributions to deficit reduction efforts that would not compromise the essential security of the United States." No one from the so-called "mainstream media" has inquired about which, if any, members of the Obama administration have read the report. They should. The document not only proffers an entirely new definition of the word "contribution" but also provides a blueprint for unilateral disarmament in the midst of a war and a global spike in the development and acquisition of weapons of mass destruction. Though few would argue with the task force's conclusions that better acquisition, contracting and auditing at the Pentagon are essential to saving billions, the authors' base line budget urges the U.S. to reduce military spending by nearly a trillion dollars over the course of the next decade by making drastic cuts in ships, aircraft, weapons systems and military personnel. The premise for making such major strategic and conventional force structure cuts is naive and dangerous. For example, in Section 3 of the report, labeled "Realistic Goals, Sustainable Strategy," the authors preface their proposed cuts by baldly claiming, "In the conventional realm, the United States today faces no global threat remotely comparable to that once posed by the Soviet Union and its allies." Somehow they seem to have missed a salient fact: More Americans have been killed by radical Islamists than by the entire Soviet nuclear arsenal. Section 7, "A Strategy of Restraint Would Allow Even Greater Savings," posits that billions more can be saved by our adopting a "strategy of restraint -- one that reacts to danger rather than going out in search of it." For those of us who once learned what happened at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, or who vividly recall planes flying into buildings on Sept. 11, 2001, those words are highly offensive. But at the Obama White House -- where it's blame America first and apologize globally -- they undoubtedly will get a high-five.

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The Necessary Death of the Bank of the United States

America’s first central bank, the Bank of North America, was created in 1781 by Continental congressman Robert Morris, who modeled the bank after the Bank of England. The bank was formed before the Constitution was drafted and was wrought with fraud and plagued by inflation caused by the creation of baseless “fiat” currency. The bank lasted for three years. Morris’s former aide, Alexander Hamilton, became secretary of the Treasury and in 1791 headed the next attempt at a central bank by establishing the First Bank of the United States. He was strongly opposed by Jefferson and his followers. In 1811, the charter of the First Bank of the United States was not renewed. Jefferson knew from British and European history that a central bank trading on interest could quickly become the master of a nation, noting to John Taylor in 1816 that “ . . . the other nations of Europe have tried\ and trodden every path of force or folly in fruitless quest of the same object, yet we still expect to find in juggling tricks and banking dreams, that money can be made out of nothing. . . . [B]anking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” Jefferson added, “Already they have raised up a money aristocracy. . . . The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs.” Jefferson believed that instituting a central bank would be unconstitutional. “I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground [enshrined in the Tenth Amendment]: That ‘all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States or to the people.’ To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition. The incorporation of a bank, and the powers assumed by this bill, have not, in my opinion, been delegated to the United States, by the Constitution.” Despite Jefferson’s lobbying, the financial chaos that resulted from the War of 1812 prompted Congress to issue a twentyyear charter to the Second Bank of the United States in 1816. Andrew Jackson, the first president from west of the Appalachian Mountains, denounced the central bank as unconstitutional and as “a curse to a republic; inasmuch as it is calculated to raise around the administration a moneyed aristocracy dangerous to the liberties of the country.” This central bank ended in 1836, after President Jackson vetoed a congressional bill to extend its charter. Much to bankers’ dismay, Jackson fully eliminated the national debt by the end of his two terms as president. It was probably no coincidence that America’s first assassination attempt was made on Jackson by a man named Richard Lawrence, a man who claimed to be in touch with “the powers in Europe,” who had promised to intervene if any attempt was made to punish him. Lawrence was a painter, and many speculate that at the time the lead in his paints had caused him to become mentally unbalanced and fancy himself the rightful king of England. After stalking Jackson for several weeks, on January 30, 1835, a particularly humid day, he approached the president coming from a funeral. Stepping suddenly from behind a pillar, Lawrence pulled two pistols but both misfired, most likely due to damp powder. Lawrence was swiftly wrestled to the ground by onlookers, including Congressman Davy Crockett aided by Jackson. At his trial, Lawrence was prosecuted by Francis Scott Key, author of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The jury took only five

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minutes to find Lawrence insane and he spent the rest of his life in mental institutions, dying in 1861. Although many persons, including Jackson, believed Lawrence was part of a larger conspiracy, at the time there was no evidence to prove whether he was merely a lone-nut assassin or an early-day patsy somehow manipulated into attacking Jackson, an implacable enemy of the international bankers. However, it might be worth noting that in two successful presidential assassinations—those of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy— both men were attempting to thwart the international bankers— Lincoln by issuing his own money, greenbacks, and Kennedy in bypassing the Fed with U.S. notes in 1963. “While most people understand what took place when the American Revolution was fought, many are not aware of the permanent financial evolution that [was] being fought over the world’s monetary system since 1694 when the Bank of England was created,” explained international reporter Joan Veon. “At that time, a group of private individuals decided that they could make a great deal of money if they changed the laws of the land to shift control of the country’s finances from the government to them. The Bank of England, which is England’s ‘central bank,’ is a private corporation which earns a continuous stream of income when the British government borrows from them to run the country. England was the ingenious country that recognized they could run the world’s finances if they established private corporations in all the countries of the world. The combined debt of all the world’s country’s [sic] would create an income stream of unbelievable amounts. In 1913, Congress passed the Federal Reserve Act creating our central bank. Most Americans don’t know that this organization is a private corporation established to control America’s monetary system through the banking industry.” Other attempts were made to resurrect a central bank in America but none succeeded until the creation of the Federal Reserve System at the hands of a well-documented conspiracy. “The situation we are confronted with did not happen in the last few years, but began in 1913 when a group of cunningly deceitful legislators passed the Federal Reserve Act on December 24 at 11:45 p.m., after those who were opposed went home for Christmas,” Veon noted. “[T]here was an occasion near the close of 1910, when I was as secretive, indeed, as furtive as any conspirator. . . . I do not feel it is any exaggeration to speak of our secret expedition to Jekyll Island as the occasion of the actual conception of what eventually became the Federal Reserve System . . . ,” wrote Frank A. Vanderlip, one of the men who created the Fed. He went on to become president of New York’s National City Bank, a forebear of today’s Citibank. What Vanderlip was referring to was a secretive trip on the night of November 22, 1910, by seven men who perhaps held as much as one fourth of the world’s wealth. Jekyll Island was J. P. Morgan’s fashionable hunting retreat off the coast of Georgia, and the men went under secrecy so strict that they only used first names when addressing one another and brought in new servants who were unaware of their identities. During their week on Jekyll Island, the men worked on a plan for a banking reform that the government deemed necessary after a series of financial panics in 1879, 1893, and 1907. In fact, Princeton University president and future U.S. president Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that the solution to the financial panics laid in the appointment of “a committee of six or seven public-spirited men like J. P. Morgan to handle the affairs of our country.” Cries arose for a stable national system that could regulate banking and prevent crises and

14 July 2010

GM's Move Away from 'Government Motors'
By Ken Blackwell
My friend Matt Lewis recently authored a thoughtful column about General Motors. As he pointed out, regardless of how one feels about the government bailout of GM – which he and I both vigorously opposed – there is reason for optimism about the company’s future. To be sure, there is an argument to be made for conservatives to actually root for GM continued failure. Presumably, this would lessen the odds that the government would attempt such a heavy-handed maneuver in the future. But as a former Cincinnati Mayor -- and Treasurer of State of Ohio (another state struggling to adapt from a manufacturing economy to an information economy) – my strong philosophical opposition to bailouts is tempered by my realization that the decision was made, and now we must move forward. It’s also important for someone to make this point before it’s too late – if GM does succeed at turning things around, it should not be construed as “proof” the bailout “worked,” nor should President Obama attempt some sort of victory tour to score political points. For one thing, it’s impossible to say that bailing out GM – even if GM turns things around – was good. It very well may be that allowing GM to fail would have forced the industry to modernize, and would have allowed competitors like Ford to gain market share. We can have that debate, but that’s water under the bridge now. It’s too early to predict how things will play out (I’ll be more charitable toward GM once the taxpayers are fully compensated, and once the government no longer owns stock in the company), but evidence suggests the new GM regime is miraculously attempting to implement conservative free market principles. Should GM succeed in achieving long-term profitability, the credit will belong to the new leadership, not the federal government. Based on early reports, it seems the old days of GM producing cars that no one really wanted and then offering steep discounts just to move subpar products, are over. Also gone are the days when GM was in a variety of businesses that were unrelated to the automobile industry. Now the company concentrates solely on producing high quality cars, trucks and SUVs, nothing else. I’m told that within GM there is a deep desire to pay back the government loan and turn the company around to permanent profitability. Again, I will believe it when I see it, but, so far, indications are positive that GM will do just that. It’s also worth noting that General Motors’ June U.S. sales rose 11 percent from the same month last year. Sales of GM’s Camaro, Malibu, and its family SUV, the Equinox, are flourishing The Camaro outsold Ford’s Mustang for 11 straight months until Ford was forced to offer big incentives to lure buyers. Ten GM models ranked in the Top 3 of their segment, more than any other manufacturer and GM now boasts four award winning models; Tahoe; Avalanche; Sierra LD and the Escalade. Motor Trend recently reported, “Buick Is Back,” and featured a story applauding the brand’s quality and performance.

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audio from the girlfriend, you weren't crazy. The tapes were doctored and much of what likely caused Mel's trigger temper to explode is missing from the discussions. My point? If Oksana and her merry band of dishonest audio pirates were purposefully luring Mel into what were designed to be premeditated discussions, designed to set off the unsuspecting actor, only to then be dishonestly released to the public, then no judge has any business taking Oksana's word on a he said, she said account of something like waiving a gun and issuing a death threat. (What she claimed his "show you how to get out of here real fast" comment supposedly was.) For the record the comment sounds to me like he's referring to her getting out of the house. There is no doubt that Mel is a troubled man. The left hate him because he made a movie about God's message of redemption for sinners. Redemption has actually been a consistent theme in many of Mel's works over the years. So when the chance comes to pound the man to a bloody pulp, the Perez Hiltons, Joy Behars and "others who hate Christians" of the world can't resist. Behar going so far this week on her own show as to proclaim herself perfect (link) . I kid you not... she said it. Mel Gibson's problems are bigger than he can deal with on his own. From his racially tinged remarks ("tinged" because he never said that you should be "killing" other races... "and they babies" (link) (Gotta love the Philadelphia public school English grammar classes!)) that he has apologized for, to his issues with alcohol, and most recently his seemingly out-of-context temper Mel is a broken man, with a lot of problems to sort out. Even in all the ways he's fallen short of being a role model, his own ex-wife defended his honor and behavior as a father and human being (link) this week with a certified letter to the court. The judge is basing his entire case on confiscating Gibson's guns on the hearsay of a woman who is seeking to hurt Gibson very publicly at this time. Two top forensic experts pointed out this week that she has been dishonest already in how she has leaked information to the public to hurt Gibson. It is an illegitimate, and unconstitutional demand to force Gibson to get rid of his guns, and the judge knows it. But if the judiciary in this nation truly cared about weapons and intimidation, a host of prosecutors would be indicting members of the Justice Department for racist policies by continuing to allow intimidation by violent groups, i.e. the New Black Panthers (the mirror image of the Ku Klux Klan), to threaten "to kill crackers." "...AND they babies!"

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In addition, the company has completely restructured its labor agreement to bring its labor costs in line with what Toyota is paying. The company has inked a new contract with labor that includes a “no-strike” provision that extends beyond five years. GM also now has more flexibility to bring on temporary skilled and nonskilled workers to keep plants open and production lines running. Within a few months, I am sure we will see a high profile victory tour by members of the Obama Administration who will want to claim a lion’s share of the credit for GM’s turnaround. But make no mistake about it, if GM turns the corner, it will be the result of new leadership by a determined CEO who is demanding a strong work ethic and utilizing sound free market principles to return General Motors to icon status within the automobile industry.

18 July 2010

Why Taking Mel Gibson's Guns Is Wrong
by Kevin McCullough
Since Mel Gibson has never been convicted of a violent crime, since he has never used a gun in a violent fashion, and since there is increasing suspicion as to the release of those awful tapes this week, the judge presiding over the nastiness between Gibson and former girlfriend should be careful in how he proceeds. I listened to the Mel Gibson tapes this week. I'm fully aware of the horrendous things Mel Gibson said to another human being. Nothing that I am about to explain defends those actions in any way. It is also true that while Perez Hilton and the rest of the voyeur industry of muck and shame have taken great delight in Gibson's downfall over the past few weeks, nary a word is mentioned about that other Hollywood icon who got to rape young girls with impunity a few years back, and this week went free. In fact when the Swiss decided to allow Roman Polanski to walk it may have been the only significant statement they've made on an international matter in a century or two. The Swiss never can quite seem to summon up the courage to call nazism, totalitarianism, or even terrorism--immoral. So what's a little child rape between soulless nations? But I digress. This week a judge ordered Mel Gibson to turn in or get rid of all firearms in his possession and to submit a statement to the court asserting as much. The impetus for doing so is a claim by Gibson's former girlfriend that the actor waived a gun in her face and mumbled something about showing her "how to get out of here real fast (link) ." This is a claim that has no evidence besides the girlfriend's testimony. Testimony that needs to be questioned for a variety of reasons. All such accusations should always be tested and verified before singularly usurping a non-felon's Constitutionally protected second amendment rights. This week besides the horrific audio that got splashed conveniently across every news channel, while the Polanski get-away-withrape-for-free-fest transpired simultaneously, the media also failed to mention the evaluation of those leaked tapes by two top audio forensic experts. "Exceptional quality" and "professionally made" were just the early observations (link) by the experts identified in Hollywood based media outlets this week. One of the experts demonstrated through sophisticated audio analysis (link) how many redactions had been eliminated from the original recording. What the tapes do have on them are Mel Gibson's voice saying horrific things, but if you were like me scratching your head trying to figure out what caused the seemingly absurd changes in mood, random thought patterns, and extreme elevations of intensity on the tapes absent hardly any

17 July 2010

When Did the Rules Change?
by Jonah Goldberg
When Rome was "falling," did it feel like it? When all of the tasty, leafy fronds started vanishing, did the dinosaurs say, "So this is what extinction looks like"? When British troops signed up for a quick war, they expected to be "home by Christmas." They certainly didn't say "goodbye to all that" -- in the words of Robert Graves -until long after they realized "all that" had in fact disappeared. I'm beginning to wonder if the political moment is much, much, more significant than most of us realize. The rules may have changed in ways no one would have predicted two years ago. And perhaps 10 years from now we'll look back on this moment and it will all seem so obvious.

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In 2008, American liberalism seemed poised for its comeback. The pendulum of Arthur Schlesinger's "cycle of history" was swinging back toward a new progressive era. Obama would be the liberal Reagan. Now that all looks preposterous. Of course, considerable blame can be laid at a White House that seems confused about how to relate to the American people when the American people don't share the White House's ideological agenda. Indeed, the White House seems particularly gifted at generating issues that put it crosswise with the majority of voters, from the Arizona immigration lawsuit to the cotton-mouthed explanations about whether or not it considers NASA's primary mission to be boosting the self-esteem of Muslim youth. But it would be foolish to over-read the importance of much of that. Politicians are sometimes dealt bad cards and play them well and sometimes they are dealt good cards and play them badly. But the basic political rules stay the same. But what about when the rules change? For nearly a century now, the rules have said that tough economic times make big government more popular. For more than 40 years it has been a rule that environmental disasters -- and scares over alleged ones -- help environmentalists push tighter regulations. According to the rules, Americans never want to let go of an entitlement once they have it. According to the rules, populism is a force for getting the government to do more, not less. According to the rules, Americans don't care about the deficit during a recession. And yet none of these rules seem to be applying; at least not too strongly. Big government seems more unpopular today than ever. The Gulf oil spill should be a Gaiasend for environmentalists, and yet three quarters of the American people oppose Obama's drilling ban. Sixty percent of likely voters want their newly minted right to health care repealed. Unlike Europe, where protestors take to the streets to save their cushy perks and protect a large welfare state, the Tea Party protestors have been taking to the streets to trim back government. But even on the continent the rules are changing. European governments have turned into deficit hawks to the point where the American president feels the need to lecture them on their stinginess. Of course, he increasingly feels the same need here at home as our out-of-control debt is becoming a live issue, despite the fact that voters should be clamoring -- according to the rules -- for more taxpayer-funded jobs. Barack Obama recently recruited Bill Clinton to stump for the Democrats as a surrogate because the former president is more popular than the current one. It's ironic because candidate Obama had once disparaged the Clinton presidency as not ambitious enough. Obama wanted to be a liberal Reagan who would reverse the rising conservative tide in American politics (just as he would reverse the rise of the oceans), not be the sort of president who accepted the tide and merely navigated its currents. But is it really so outlandish to imagine that Bill Clinton, a creature spawned from politics like a golem from clay, had a better sense of political reality than the ivory tower intellectual currently occupying the White House? Clinton proclaimed the era of Big Government was over, and left office quite popular. Barack Obama said, in effect, "Oh no it's not" and his presidency and his party are in freefall, despite an economic climate that, according to the rules, says he should be not only running the table but be popular for it. As a conservative, I'm very reluctant to believe that the rules change easily or often. And there's no end of explanations for the political climate that would leave the rules intact. But it's just

14 July 2010

Attacks on Freedom
by John Stossel
Something's happened to America, and it isn't good. It's become easier to get into trouble. We've become a nation of a million rules. Not the kind of bottom-up rules that people generate through voluntary associations. Those are fine. I mean imposed, top-down rules formed in the brains of meddling bureaucrats who think they know better than we how to manage our lives. Cross them, and we are in trouble. The National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) received an anonymous fax that a seafood shipment to Alabama from David McNab contained "undersized lobster tails" and was improperly packed in clear plastic bags, rather than the cardboard boxes allegedly required under Honduran law. When the $4 million shipment arrived, NMFS agents seized it. McNab served eight years in prison, even though the Honduran government informed the court that the regulation requiring cardboard boxes had been repealed. How about this one? Four kindergartners -- yes, 5-year-old boys -- played cops and robbers at Wilson Elementary in New Jersey. One yelled: "Boom! I have a bazooka, and I want to shoot you." He did not, of course, have a bazooka. Nevertheless, all four boys were suspended from school for three days for "making threats," a violation of their school district's zero-tolerance policy. School Principal Georgia Baumann said, "We cannot take any of these statements in a light manner." District Superintendent William Bauer said: "This is a no-tolerance policy. We're very firm on weapons and threats." Give me a break. These are just some of the stories featured in a new book, "One Nation Under Arrest". I'll discuss more on my Fox Business show Thursday night. Here's another: Ansche Hedgepeth, 12, committed this heinous crime: She left school in Washington, D.C., entered a Metrorail station to head home and ate a French fry. An undercover officer arrested her, confiscating her jacket, backpack and shoelaces. She was handcuffed and taken to the Juvenile Processing Center. Only after three hours in custody was the 12-year-old released into her mother's custody. The chief of Metro Transit Police said: "We really do believe in zero-tolerance. Anyone taken into custody has to be handcuffed for officer safety." She was sentenced to community service and now carries an arrest record. Washington's Metro has since rescinded its zero-tolerance policy. Keith John Sampson, a student-employee at Indiana-Purdue University Indianapolis, had the temerity to read "Notre Dame Versus the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan" during breaks on the job. One student complained because the book's cover depicted the Klan. The university then found Sampson guilty of racial harassment! Thankfully, a great organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), came to his defense and got his school record cleared. Palo Alto, Calif., ordered Kay Leibrand, a grandmother, to lower her carefully trimmed hedges. Leibrand argued that no one's

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vision was obstructed and asked the code officer to take a look. He refused. Then the city dispatched two police officers. They arrested her, loaded her into a patrol car in front of her neighbors and hauled her down to the station. In 2001, honor student Lindsay Brown parked her car in the wrong spot at her high school. A county police officer looked inside and saw a kitchen knife -- a butter knife with a rounded tip. Because Lindsay was on school property, she had violated the zero-tolerance policy for knives. She was arrested, handcuffed and hauled off to county jail where she spent nine hours on a felony weapons possession charge. School Principal Fred Bode told a local paper, "A weapon is a weapon." Congress creates, on average, one new crime every week. Federal agencies create thousands more -- so many, in fact that the Congressional Research Service itself said that merely counting them would be impossible. This is a bad trend. As Lao Tsu said, "The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be."

official website. Obama simply accepted the honorary presidential position behind closed doors in the Oval Office with seven or so Boy Scouts present. Could the secrecy of that meeting be a result of social pressure from, for example, the January 2009 letter from the American Humanist Association and 18 other nontheistic organizations, which pleaded with Obama to be the first president in 100 years not to serve as the BSA's honorary president? He's a progressive, so you can imagine the pickle Obama was in. But he is no political fool and was unwilling to deal with the collateral damage that would have happened had he denied the honorary post of one of the largest and oldest youth organizations in the U.S. Interestingly, though the White House cloaked Obama's acceptance of the post in mystery, on that single day of March 3, 2009, the White House considered a host of other events as newsworthy enough to post on its official website, e.g., "President Obama Announces More Key Appointments," "Message to Congress from the President Regarding Export Certification," "Remarks by the President and Vice President on transportation infrastructure," 22 June 2010 "Remarks of President Obama to AFL-CIO Executive Council" and the "Remarks of the President to Commemorate the 160th Anniversary of the Department of Interior." Yet not a peep mentioned about the president's acceptance of BSA's honorary presidency. Could it be that the 160th anniversary of the Department of the Interior ranked of higher importance than White House vs. Boy Scouts Obama's acceptance of the BSA's position in its 100th year? by Chuck Norris I suppose it's also coincidental that Obama was unable to Over the past few months, a widely circulated e-mail has attend the 100th anniversary gala of the Boy Scouts of America in his reported that President Barack Obama is not signing Eagle Scout own backyard (Washington, D.C.) Feb. 9, 2010. Why? Because that certificates, which only 4-5 percent of Boy Scouts attain. Categorically, evening he had his first national news conference. Is it just me, or Internet watchdog sites, such as snopes.com, have classified the claims would you have delayed the news conference to any other evening in as "hogwash." But I have found a steady stream of White House February to attend this unique centennial celebration of one of the whitewashing when it comes to the Boy Scouts of America. oldest and most influential boys organizations in U.S. history? How A new entry on snopes.com defends that "President Obama's about at least a quick shout-out at the news conference for the BSA's signature has been appearing on Eagle Scout certificates since late 100th anniversary? No such luck. 2009," roughly one year into his presidency. But the Boy Scouts of The president did, however, send a semi-congratulatory America National Council confessed that Scout candidates who'd had letter to the BSA on its centennial -- though at the same time, he board reviews before the spring of 2010 had received unsigned subtly distanced himself from being a celebratory participant: "I send certificates. greetings to all those celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Boy "No Eagle recognition letters have been received this year Scouts of America. ... I wish you all the best." Seems like a rather flat from the president," said Richard Meyers, who attained his Eagle rank centennial note for the honorary president of the BSA, wouldn't you in 1957 -- during the Eisenhower presidency -- and is now assistant say? Actually, he never even thanked the organization or mentioned scoutmaster for Troop 162 in Arlington County, Va. Meyers made this that he's its honorary president in the body of his letter. But I'm sure clarification at a Chain Bridge District 2010 Life to Eagle seminar Jan. that's just a minimalist coincidence, too! 30. To be frank, I think Obama's delay in signing Eagle Scout Why the tardiness? The Boy Scouts of America says the certificates has more to do with White House political correctness primary reason is an administrative delay in authorizing the president's and establishing an arm's-length relationship with the BSA than it signature. But does anyone else find it strange that the president has has to do with any simple "administrative delay," especially when sent out 13,000 letters of congratulations to Eagle Scouts since the lawsuits have been levied against the BSA because of its stand against beginning of his presidency (with his signature on them, to boot) yet, a atheists, agnostics and homosexuals. year after Obama's inauguration, Eagle Scouts can't get a presidential For years, I've signed and sent out hundreds of Eagle Scout signature on their certificates? recognition letters. And I know a host of Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts and But the delay is even more peculiar because Obama became Boy Scout leaders personally. These individuals epitomize the best of the honorary president of the Boy Scouts of America way back on America. Indeed, the BSA is as integral a part of American life and March 3, 2009 -- an event that was done almost completely in secret in culture as hot dogs, baseball and Grandma's apple pie. the Oval Office. Since President William Howard Taft in 1910, U.S. I couldn't agree more with Bob Gates, former director of the presidents have proudly fulfilled the position of honorary president of CIA, when he explained: "I think that American leadership is vital to the BSA. But neither the honor nor the event was highlighted in any peace and prosperity and the advancement of democracy in the official White House communication. Nothing mentioned at the March world, and that requires having strong leaders. And I don't think 3 White House briefing. Nothing noted anywhere on the White House's

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there's any organization in the world, certainly not in the United States, Gibbs: My son is -- we're constructing the Pinewood that better prepares young men for leadership in this country than the Derby car as we speak. (Laughter.) Boy Scouts of America -- in teaching leadership skills, in teaching Kinsolving: He's a Scout? Your son is a Scout? values, in teaching importance of standing up for what's right." Gibbs: He is, and I think he's going to be disappointed Mr. President, do you agree? if his car doesn't do well, but his father tends to be

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constructionally challenged. Thanks, guys. (End of press briefing.) There was no direct or indirect response to the issue raised by Kinsolving addressing either Obama's view or Gibbs' view of the BSA. New York is not the only city in which the BSA is feeling some backlash. Since 1928, the BSA in Philadelphia has been housed in a government building rent-free. The city of by Chuck Norris Philadelphia decided to revoke this special privilege because, Last week, I discussed a series of evidences regarding officials said, BSA's national policy banning gays violates the how President Barack Obama is leading the White House pack in city's nondiscrimination policies. (Last week, a Philadelphia jury distancing his administration from the Boy Scouts of America. ruled in favor of the Boy Scouts, meaning they will not be As I pointed out, the White House has delayed Eagle evicted from their home or forced to pay rent, at least for now.) Scout certificate signings, denied the invitation to go to the Boy One 1991 BSA position statement states: "We believe Scouts of America's 100th anniversary gala, downplayed Obama's that homosexual conduct is inconsistent with the requirement in acceptance of BSA's honorary presidency, dodged official the Scout Oath that a Scout be morally straight and in the communications about the BSA, not defended the BSA against Scout Law that a Scout be clean in word and deed, and that cultural attacks, and diminished Obama's all-around role as BSA's homosexuals do not provide a desirable role model for Scouts." honorary president. Wouldn't you think that with all of the cultural hot And to boot, Obama's administration has followed suit, water the BSA is in in our courts and the public square, the collectively believing as progressives that the BSA is behind the honorary president of the organization might defend its First times or too traditional and conservative. Amendment rights to assemble and believe as it has for 100 For example, just a week after Obama denied the years? invitation to attend the BSA's gala in his own backyard On the other hand, it's interesting to note that atheist (Washington, D.C.), on Feb. 12 White House press secretary leaders of the Secular Student Alliance recently were bragging Robert Gibbs was forced to discuss the Boy Scouts. But even on their website that for the first time, they were invited to the then, as you'll see, Gibbs dodged questions about White House White House to participate in a meeting on interfaith service sentiment regarding the BSA. projects on college campuses. The meeting was sponsored by It all started when reporter Les Kinsolving, the Obama administration's Office of Faith-based and WorldNetDaily's correspondent at the White House, asked Gibbs Neighborhood Partnerships. what the president thought about the New York Post's report that And what about the BSA? Were its leaders invited by detailed the legal victory for the Scouts' right to exclude their honorary president to participate, as well? homosexuals from membership and how it had created a Hasn't America reached a particular low in its history backlash in New York. The report said that institutions there are when the White House distances itself from the Boy Scouts of abandoning the Scouts and that authorities have barred them America but invites the Secular Student Alliance to participate in from meeting or recruiting in public schools. its faith and college missions? The exchange between Kinsolving and Gibbs at that press President Obama became the honorary president of the briefing went like this (watch Gibbs' political tap-dancing BSA in March 2009, and the White House didn't even mention it. maneuvers, for the president and himself): And ever since, any discussions or interactions with the Scouts Kinsolving: As the honorary president of the Boy Scouts have been "don't ask, don't tell." And how could they, because of America, what is the president's reaction to the New York Post the president would then have to acknowledge publicly that as report that because the Scouts have a policy similar to our armed honorary president of BSA, he affirmed the Scouts' oath, beliefs forces, "New York institutions are barring Scouts from meeting or and policies, which prohibit atheists and agnostics from recruiting in all public schools"? membership and "avowed" homosexuals from leadership roles? Gibbs: I have not seen the New York Post report and can Just as Pontius Pilate washed his hands of any buy-in to have somebody-Jesus' execution, the White House continually is whitewashing Kinsolving: Well, does he think that it's fair for them to its connection and responsibility to the BSA. And just as Pontius cut the Scouts out of this? How does he support -- does he Pilate's actions prompted us to question what good came from disagree with the Scouts or what? (Laughter.) his position, President Obama has caused us to wonder what Gibbs: Where are you on this, Lester? good has come from his role as honorary president of BSA. (I'll Kinsolving: Nowhere. (Laughter.) answer that specifically in the third and final part of this series, Gibbs: Yes, I do know where. when I will compare Obama's contributions to the BSA with Kinsolving: I support the Scouts. Do you support the those of previous U.S. presidents.) Scouts?

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John F. Kennedy (1961-63) was a Scout before becoming president, a member of Troop 2 in Bronxville, N.Y., from 1929-31 and a leader in the Boston Council. President Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-69) was an active Scout leader with the Capitol Area Council in Austin, Texas, and was a member of the National Capital Area Council from 1959-63. In 1963, he helped organize Post 1200 in Washington, D.C., which was 6 July 2010 chartered by the House of Representatives for pageboys working in Congress. In 1971, President Richard Nixon hosted the first BSA National Explorer Presidents' Congress on the White House lawn. Previously, as vice president, Nixon spoke at the national jamborees held at Irvine Ranch in California in 1953 and Pennsylvania's Valley White House vs. Boy Scouts, Part 3 Forge National Historical Park in 1957. by Chuck Norris Gerald Ford (1974-77) was the first Eagle Scout to become In parts 1 and 2, I discussed a series of evidences regarding vice president and the first Eagle Scout to become president. how President Barack Obama is leading the White House pack in President Jimmy Carter (1977-81) was also an avid distancing his administration from the Boy Scouts of America via supporter of the BSA, having been a scoutmaster, troop committee delaying Eagle Scout certificate signings, denying the invitation to go to chairman and Explorer adviser. the BSA's 100th anniversary gala, downplaying his acceptance of BSA's Before becoming president, Ronald Reagan (1981-89), then honorary presidency, dodging official White House communications governor of California, became involved with the BSA on the Golden about the BSA, not defending the BSA against cultural attacks, and, Empire Council. He was chairman of Project SOAR (Save Our hence, devaluing his all-around role as BSA's honorary president. American Resources) and served as membership roundup chairman U.S. presidents have been proudly accepting and fulfilling the and on the council's advisory board. post of honorary president of the BSA since President William Howard President George H.W. Bush (1989-93) was a strong Taft in 1910. Let me document some of that presidential advocacy, as advocate for Scouting, too, appearing at the 1989 National Scout recorded on the official BSA website. Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. Although Theodore Roosevelt (president from 1901-09) was Bill Clinton (1993-2001) was a Cub Scout and, as president, no longer president of the United States when the BSA was founded in greeted 36,000 Scouts and leaders at the 1997 National Scout 1910, he was an ardent supporter of the organization. He was a troop Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill. committeeman of Troop 39 in Oyster Bay, N.Y., first council President George W. Bush (2001-09) was also a former Cub commissioner of Nassau County Council and the first and only man Scout and praised the BSA when he spoke to the nearly 40,000 designated as "Chief Scout Citizen." Scouts, volunteers and leaders at the 2005 National Scout Jamboree In 1910, President William Howard Taft agreed to be honorary at Fort A.P. Hill. president of the Boy Scouts of America to "thus sustain a similar All that the BSA website can say about President Barack relation to the movement as does King George V to a similar movement Obama is that he "received the BSA's (SET ITAL) 2008 Report to the in England." Nation (END ITAL) from a group of young people representing all the On June 15, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill Scouts of America. In recognition of the president's favorite sport, the that was passed unanimously by both houses of Congress, granting report's delegation also gave him a BSA basketball that each of them federal incorporation to the BSA. had signed." President Warren G. Harding gave out "Harding Awards" to In this historical survey, do you see any U.S. presidential 5,058 Scout troops in 1923 for increasing their membership. He wrote differences in support and advocacy of the BSA? to them, "I am with the Scout movement heart and soul." Mr. President, it's time to come out of hiding from the President Calvin Coolidge's (1923-29) two sons were Scouts, shadows of the White House, to quit playing duck-and-dodge with and he was an involved father with them. BSA's support, and to publicly stand up for and defend this amazing President Herbert Hoover (1929-33) "launched a forward organization. movement and development program for the Boy Scouts of America at There's still time to redeem your flailing honorary a dinner commemorating Scouting's 20th anniversary." presidency of the BSA. And you can start by attending the National Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-45) was an active Scout leader Scout Jamboree from July 26-Aug. 4 at the 76,000-acre facility of before becoming president. He was BSA president of the Greater New Fort A.P. Hill, nestled in the rolling green hills of Virginia, York Council. When FDR died in 1945, he had a 24-year record of conveniently close to our nation's capital and your home. service in Scouting. Mr. President, I'm certain the BSA's National Council and President Harry S. Truman (1945-53) was also an ardent local leadership will cater to your schedule so you can attend the NSJ supporter of the BSA. He even traveled to Valley Forge, Pa., during his at any time over its 10-day celebration, if even for a single hour. And presidency to open the second National Scout Jamboree. I'm doubly certain that the prospective 43,000 Scouts and leaders President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-61) was another avid attending there would love to hear from you as they've heard from supporter of the BSA. His support began when his son became a Scout. past presidents. And all of us would be eager to hear what you would In 1948, he became a member of the National Executive Board of the say to them, especially me. BSA.
But then again, maybe I should just sit back, do nothing and simply drink the White House Kool-Aid and say, "I'm glad Robert Gibbs is spending time with his son. I wonder whether they won the Pinewood Derby?" Thomas Jefferson was right; "when injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty."

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then wouldn't you expect the present White House would be espousing the BSA like past administrations? I know, I know. I shouldn't expect so much. After all, President Obama is probably too busy trying to fix the economy, the border problems, the Gulf oil crisis and the Afghanistan war, right? Such is the case also with deadbeat dads across the country; they're too busy to support or do anything with their kids. Know what I mean? (Why don't you try that explanation on the Scouts and see how well it goes over.) There I go again, sounding like Glenn Beck. And besides, those Boy Scouts should be reading other, more meaningful materials than what Fussell labeled "a popular repository of something like classical ethics," right? Maybe Scouts need to broaden their horizons, right? Maybe Scouts should be reading progressive texts, such as "The Communist Manifesto" or the book that Doug Mills of The New York Times inadvertently photographed Obama reading on the presidential campaign trail in Bozeman, Mont.: "The Post-American World." Whom are we kidding?! Not the kids! Last week, I challenged Obama, the honorary BSA president, to attend the upcoming National Scout Jamboree from July 26-Aug. 4 in Virginia, as past U.S. presidents have done. I concluded by respectfully challenging the BSA's leadership with two straightforward objectives. First, don't ever compromise your core principles and values. You've impacted millions upon millions of young lives and enriched our country and world because of your presence and contributions. Don't sell out now, especially on account of others' progressive agendas. Secondly, I would appeal to the BSA's national president, Rex Tillerson, himself to please consider approving the new BSA patriotism merit badge. More than ever, our country needs to commend those young people who demonstrate a unique commitment to not only God but also country. With our republic facing some of its greatest trials and a potentially perilous future, it's time to reward valiant and exceptional patriotism, especially among our youth.

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White House vs. Boy Scouts, Part 4
by Chuck Norris
In the first three parts of this series, I showed how the Obama administration is distancing itself from the Boy Scouts of America because of the organization's conservative positions. Well, the White House just did it again. At the June 29 White House press briefing, press secretary Robert Gibbs was given another opportunity to show support for the BSA on behalf of the honorary president of the BSA, U.S. President Barack Obama. Ironically, once again Gibbs ducked and dodged questions about the White House's sentiment toward the BSA, by claiming ignorance of the BSA's recent legal victory against the Philadelphia City Council, which accused the BSA of violating the city's nondiscrimination policies (or of being anti-homosexual). Here is Gibbs' actual exchange with WorldNetDaily correspondent Lester Kinsolving: Kinsolving: What is the president's reaction to the unanimous jury decision in the U.S. District Court for eastern Pennsylvania in support of the Boy Scouts and against the Philadelphia City Council, who tried to bar them from their longtime headquarters? Gibbs: You're going to find this surprising, but I'm not aware of the details of the case. Kinsolving: It was widely reported. Gibbs: It missed my desk. It missed my desk. Kinsolving: You don't read very much. Gibbs: I think it's safe to say, Lester, you and I probably don't read the same things, yes. (Laughter.) Speaking of reading, in February an article was published by the nonpartisan research and education institute First Things that proposed that The Boy Scout Handbook is "the most influential conservative book ever produced in America." It never has gone out of print since its formation in 1910. Therefore, The Boy Scout Handbook also must be one of the most dangerous threats to the White House's plan and goals to inculcate the progressive agenda and beliefs into the hearts and minds of every youth in America. Though most would not label the BSA handbook a conservative text, it certainly has become that in light of contemporary culture. It truly is a shining light for traditional values. Literary historian and cultural critic Paul Fussell once described the Boy Scout Handbook as "among the very few remaining popular repositories of something like classical ethics, deriving from Aristotle and Cicero." Or as Joe Carter at First Things wrote: "And then there is the Scout Motto ('Be Prepared') and the 12 point Scout Law which includes the politically incorrect admonition to be reverent: 'A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.'" If President Obama concurred that the BSA handbook's principles enrich the lives of youth, develop quality leaders and help produce a new generation of patriotic American citizens,

12 July 2010

Throwing Others Under the Bus and Patting Ourselves on the Back on Race
By David Limbaugh
I realize that the hot topic today is racism and that both liberals and conservatives are falling all over themselves to prove how non-racist they are and, in the process, throwing anyone and everyone under the bus just to prove their bona fides. I think it's sad, especially when the people who are emerging unscathed from this are far from blameless and those accused of the dastardly deeds of reporting this incompletely aren't quite the villains they're being portrayed as. It bothers me how little courage people have to stand up for what is right on the issue of race, mainly for fear they'll be stigmatized with charges of insensitivity toward race or, worse, racism.

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You've surely read about the JournoList scandal involving discussion by mainstream liberal journalists to deliberately smear conservatives, including Karl Rove and Fred Barnes, with charges of racism? Racism is an indefensible sin, but false charges of racism are right up there with it -- bearing false witness against people and putting them in the worst possible light.

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It seems to me that President Obama's unchecked liberalism is in such disfavor among the electorate that supporters of his agenda often invoke the race card against opponents of his agenda both to distract attention from substantive issues and to demonize conservatives. I truly don't believe this Shirley Sherrod story is primarily about sloppy, negligent or even malicious reporting. Obviously, fairness dictates that quotes should be reported in context. And it is indefensible for a reporter to misrepresent a person's meaning intentionally, whether from failing to provide the context or otherwise. Having met Andrew Breitbart, I sincerely doubt he reported this story with any intent to mislead. But even if we are willing to assume, for purposes of discussion, the worst about Breitbart and condemn him for whatever reason -- e.g., because it makes us feel superior, makes us appear above racism ourselves, or serves a political cause to demonize him (and thus tea partiers and conservatives) -- where does that leave us? Let's just say Breitbart is the worst human being on the planet (though I reject that he's even a bad guy). Are we going to allow ourselves to be distracted from the rest of the back story and from all the other vitally important issues facing us today? Have all those who are patting themselves on the back for pointing out how badly Shirley Sherrod was mistreated studied her views? Do they automatically give her a pass for some of the other things she did say that at least bear on her class warfare mindset or, even more to the point, her willingness to imply -- unfairly -- others are racists? My friend Andy McCarthy at National Review Online highlighted certain statements of Sherrod's in that same speech. She was presumably referring to the people who established slavery at this nation's founding (but don't take my word or even Andy's for what she said; listen to or read her words yourself, because there's not enough space to include her entire speech). She said: "So that's when they made black people servants for life. That's when they put laws in place forbidding them (i.e., blacks and whites) to marry each other. That's when they created the racism that we know of today. They did it to keep us divided. And ... it started working so well they said, 'Gosh, looks like we've come upon something here that could last generations.' And here we are, over 400 years later, and it's still working." McCarthy goes on to quote Sherrod apparently addressing the motives of some of Obamacare's opponents. She said: "I haven't seen such a mean-spirited people as I've seen lately over this issue of health care. Some of the racism we thought was buried. Didn't it surface? Now, we endured eight years of the Bushes, and we didn't do the stuff these Republicans are doing because you have a black president." Do we not see the irony in this mad rush to lionize Shirley Sherrod because she was falsely depicted as a racist by someone who took her comments out of context, when that very same Shirley Sherrod seems to be, in effect, unfairly and categorically demonizing people as racists? How about the irony in the castigation of Breitbart for smearing someone as a racist by people who routinely smear an entire group of people (conservatives) as racists? To be clear, I'm not suggesting two wrongs make a right. But I am saying that we shouldn't allow this incident to distract us from: a) other important issues; b) the troubling statements that Sherrod did make (in context); or c) the ongoing malicious charges of racism constantly leveled against tea partiers, other conservatives and other Obama opponents, even by many of the people exploiting this incident.

July 29, 2010

Obama's US Assassination Program?
By Chuck Norris
Sound too conspiratorial to be true? Like the cover-up ops of spy novels? Well, it's reality. And it is possibly the most bizarre, inhumane and abusive way that the White House is expanding its power over the American people. It's not an extremist belief or theory of the far right. It's a fact that has been confirmed by The New York Times, The Washington Post and MSNBC and even documented by the farleft online magazine Salon.com. And it's the gravest nightmare of U.S. citizens and abandonment of our Constitution to date: a presidential assassination program in which U.S. citizens are in the literal scopes of the executive branch based upon nothing more than allegations of terrorism involvement as the branch defines it. Of course, the CIA has executed covert assassinations of foreigners for decades. But tragically, Obama is expanding this program to include American, non-Islamic, stateside, homegrown terrorists. It all started in January, when The Washington Post reported: "As part of the operations, Obama approved a Dec. 24 strike against a (Yemeni) compound where a U.S. citizen, Anwar al-Aulaqi, was thought to be meeting with other regional alQaeda leaders. Although he was not the focus of the strike and was not killed, he has since been added to a shortlist of U.S. citizens specifically targeted for killing or capture." "A shortlist of U.S. citizens specifically targeted for killing"? That's right. No arrest. No Miranda rights. No due process. No trial. Just a bullet. While the Obama administration continues its Bushblaming for the economy, it is mega-morphing Bush policy in covert ops overseas, which was, according to the Post, "to kill U.S. citizens abroad if strong evidence existed that an American was involved in organizing or carrying out terrorist actions against the United States or U.S. interests." Well, in recent weeks, the Obama administration has taken this overseas killing op to a new low: stateside assassinations. A former director of national intelligence, Adm. Dennis Blair, confessed before Congress: "We take direct actions against terrorists in the intelligence community. If we think that direct action will involve killing an American, we get specific permission to do that." If you are wondering who the "we" are to whom Adm. Blair refers, they are Smith, Wesson and the White House.

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Now we know what deputy national security adviser John Brennan meant when he admitted in May, "And under President Obama, we have built upon the work of the previous administration and have accelerated efforts in many areas." (Remember when Bush's eavesdropping on U.S. citizens seemed harsh?) Brennan further explained then that the problem of homegrown terrorists ranks as a top priority because of the increasing number of U.S. individuals who have become "captivated by extremist ideology or causes." He went on to say, "There are ... dozens of U.S. persons who are in different parts of the world and ... are very concerning to us." Do you think "different parts of the world" doesn't include their country of origin? Conveniently, the Obama administration also is integrating a pervasive plan to ensure the termination of radicals as the feds deem them abroad and domestic, too, with the resurrection of the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007, introduced by Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif. Also known as H.R. 1955, it was passed in the House by the Democratic majority but was rejected by the Senate. Everyone thought that legislation was dead until the Obama administration resurrected its tenets in its 52-page "National Security Strategy," released in May. So alarming is the feds' potential abuse of power that officials from London to the Kremlin are recognizing the threat to U.S. citizens. The European Union Times reported, "Foreign Ministry reports circulating in the Kremlin today are warning that an already explosive situation in the United States is about to get a whole lot worse as a new law put forth by President Obama is said capable of seeing up to 500,000 American citizens jailed for the crime of opposing their government." Woodrow Wilson, during his reign as president, incarcerated more than 2,000 U.S. citizens for speaking out against the government. And now for the first time since, a U.S. president is highlighting the threats of homegrown terror and literally hunting U.S. citizens as terrorists. One senior administration official said, "For the first time since 9/11, the (national security strategy) integrates homeland security and national security." And what type of "integration" does that entail? President Obama explained in an often overlooked statement within the "National Security Strategy": "We are now moving beyond traditional distinctions between homeland and national security. ... This includes a determination to prevent terrorist attacks against the American people by fully coordinating the actions that we take abroad with the actions and precautions that we take at home." Could it be any clearer? Right out of the horse's mouth. Or do I need to spell out what "fully coordinating the actions that we take abroad with the actions and precautions that we take at home" means? Remember the words "a shortlist of U.S. citizens specifically targeted for killing"? That's right. No arrest. No Miranda rights. No due process. No trial. Just a bullet.

Why Eric Holder Will Not Last
By Kevin McCullough
There may be more incompetent Attorneys General who have served Presidential administrations in U.S. History, but few if any of them have had a worse record than the present head of the Justice Department. And should the miraculous happen, and President Obama do the unthinkable, and cut taxes for small businesses, and thereby win re-election in 2012, I wouldn't expect to see Mr Holder make it to term number two. In blunder after blunder the President has already repeatedly been forced to back away from the decision making at the Justice Department. But the trail of disasters has left legal litter for the administration to clean up in even more ways than they could have predicted. Holder has overreached so many times people have begun to wonder if his arms were attached backwards at the joint. Yet no over-reach will have been more embarrassing than the shellacking he is taking in the DOJ vs. the State of Arizona. If the early signals are indicative of the judge's final outcome I personally don't know how he survives in the administration. Since the administration announced it would be suing the state of Arizona of its own rights to enforce the law within it's boundaries, legal scholars I've spoken with have by the dozens scratched their heads, and issued muted puzzled responses on what the clear legal strategy was for Holder to win. Evidently the judge in the case, Susan Bolton - a democratic appointee - had some of the same strange curiosities. She is openly questioning the grounds on which the government brought its case against state law SB 1070 - the non-controversial state law that allows the local police and sheriffs to assist federal authorities in determining the legal status of those coming into contact with the state. As most of America now knows, SB 1070 maintains the same guidelines as federal immigration law, but goes one step further in toughness--against those in law enforcement. It clearly penalizes abuse of the statute by an entity attempting to racially profile with enforcement of it. The DOJ under Eric Holder's direction is attempting to argue that the state law preempts federal law. The judge has openly, almost mockingly, poked holes in the thinking behind such a claim. Bolton has also openly wondered why the government should concern itself in any regard with a state's desire to be seen as hospitable or not. Since these two arguments seem to be the primary planks of Holder's case against Arizona, I expect this case to be dealt with quickly, and Holder to be again seen as the laughingstock or worse yet ruthless pragmatist he's come to be seen as in the legal community. I even have repeatedly told the students as much at the various Summit conferences I've been speaking to this summer. Few reputable legal scholars believe Holder and the DOJ had a leg to stand on to begin with. Even Holder himself seemed to intimate that he might lose the case while being questioned on CBS two Sundays ago. Pledging that if he lost this first round he might find legal bearing to file a suit on the basis of racial profiling--an

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element the law itself strictly prohibits and prescribes penalties for in advance. Good luck there too genius. It's been a rough go for the DOJ under Obama. Holder has on more than one occasion found himself back tracking, apologizing, and being left out in the cold to pay for everything from trying to bring the caged animals of Gitmo to New York City to stand trial, to (at the request of the NAACP) looking the other way when overt racism was used to intimidate and prevent voting--by members of the Black Panthers--an overtly racist group the equivalent of the KKK. He, according to multiple witnesses at the DOJ, has even gone so far as to implement a policy of non-pursuit of cases before the DOJ in which perpetrators are black and the victims are white. Holder's public and repeated condemnation of the people of Arizona, the legal passing of law's in their state, and even the purposeful misrepresentation of those laws for the purposes of how they reflected upon the intents or lack thereof of the administration are deplorable. But his ill-advised lawsuit against the statute in Arizona is now making him look incompetent or worse yet, incapable. Repeatedly Holder presents viewpoints that are in keeping with his political aspirations but run contrary to the rule of existing law, and the position of Attorney General is not the spot for radicals with an agenda to implement best serve the country, or even the President himself. (Remember when Holder's crew took over custody of the Christmas day bomber, read Miranda rights, and watched the man with dangerous panties suddenly stop talking?) Holder's overt racist policies at DOJ, his incompetence in actual legal matters, his sense of being completely out of touch with the people of his own nation add up to someone who needs an early retirement. For his racism, incompetence, and isolationist worldview begin to be attributed to his superiors if not kept in check. And thus far he has been anything but kept in check. The ultimate failure of DOJ vs. Arizona will be yet another embarrassment for the Obama administration. The question for the President will be, how many more of these laughingstock facials can be endured before he does what desperately needs to be done, put Holder to pasture? My sense is, it won't be long.

United States. There are only 65 of 'em here in South Carolina? That's an insult!" Probably not the reaction the writers, editors and publishers at the Post expected when they set out -- two years ago, if their hyperbolic self-promotion is true -- on a mission to expose "an enterprise so massive that nobody in government has a full understanding of it." In breathless movie-promo prose, the flagging paper's editors claim they have discovered that America's "top-secret intelligence complex" is "bloated," "redundant," "unaccountable" and "often inefficient and mostly invisible." And this is "news" to The Washington Post? Those adjectives describe most of our federal government. The three-part series -- and a ponderously inefficient, frequently offline website -- purports to offer readers "a real, granular ("granular," as in grainy or coarse?) understanding of the scale and breadth of the top-secret world" of U.S. intelligence operations. For those unfamiliar with the geography of America the Beautiful, "a user can also see the cities and towns where the government conducts top-secret work in the United States." If you're looking for an Abu Ghraib in Augusta, a biological weapons lab in Bangor or super-spy sites in Sioux City, think again. Most of the WaPo's "Alternative Geography" of "topsecret clusters" and "contractor concentrations" are precisely where any thinking person would expect them to be. Now, thanks to this "groundbreaking investigative reporting," hostile intelligence services, criminal networks and drug cartels can spare themselves the long hard drive to do harm or recruit a new sleeper cell in Casper, Wyo. Everyone in town knows who works at the city's sole "government organization performing top-secret work" -- and they all pack heat. Enemy bean counters had to be shocked to learn from the Post that the U.S. "intelligence system" budget is now more than $75 billion -- more than double what it was before the 9/11 attacks. America's allies and adversaries no doubt are stunned to realize that "more than 854,000 people have topsecret clearances" and that 265,000 of them are evil contractors. And those who intend to commit violence against July 23, 2010 us are no doubt comforted by the revelation that some of these nefarious characters help the National Security Agency "intercept and store 1.7 billion e-mails, phone calls and other types of communications" daily -- but there are too few interpreters or cryptologists to analyze all the data. But wait. There's more. The Post piece isn't all cold, hard numbers and dollars. The paper evidently wanted to put a human face on its drawn-out story and help readers understand By Oliver North there are real people involved in these shadowy activities. In GEORGETOWN, S.C. -- "The Washington Compost" is mercifully less than ubiquitous down here in the Carolina Lowcountry. That's copy that reads like poorly written pulp fiction or the opening of a personal advice column, the authors describe meeting "a why I was a bit surprised by the comments of a fellow customer at the Independent Seafood pier when I went to fetch some fresh businesswoman" at a bar in Maryland near "super-secret" Fort Meade: catch for dinner. "I'm outraged by the classified information on "She's been living with one of those secretive men for our intelligence operations in that paper," he said. I quickly 20 years. He used to work at the NSA. Now he's one of its surmised he was referring to the much-hyped "Top Secret contractors. He's been to war. She doesn't know where. He America" series in The Washington Post. Very upset by what he does something important. She doesn't know what. ... She says had read in the WaPo, he didn't hesitate to tell me why. she fell for him two decades ago and has had a life of "I'm calling my congressman and senators about this," he volunteered. "That map they have shows there are more than adjustments ever since. ... 'I'm the interloper,' she says. 'It bothers me he never takes me traveling, never thinks of 2,200 federal government facilities and another 7,000 locations anything exciting to do. ... I feel cheated.'" where contractors do classified intelligence work here in the

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There's no information on how this deeply moving personal account tucked into the WaPo expose has affected Washington policymakers. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, must have read some of the story. On July 20, she told retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper -- the Obama administration's nominee to become the next director of national intelligence -- he had to rein in "the enormous growth" and eliminate "sprawl, overlap and duplication" in the 16 agencies of the U.S. intelligence community and the contractors supporting their work. Unfortunately, neither Feinstein nor the "muckrakers" at the Post acknowledge why these problems continue to grow: We're in a war we can't fight without contractors. Clapper would be the fourth DNI in five years. In those same five years, Congress has failed to pass a single intelligence authorization Bill. Aside from the U.S. military, intelligence agencies largely are funded by annual supplemental appropriations that do not permit the hiring of new federal employees -- even if the government could recruit and retain adequate numbers of competent people. If the essential work of these agencies is going to get done, it has to be performed by "auxiliaries" on annual contracts. Finally, what all involved seem to ignore is that many of these contractors or auxiliaries actually deliver. Their most pressing challenge -- particularly those involved in human intelligence collection -- is getting the information to those who can act on it. Apparently, these facts weren't sensational enough to make the WaPo's "Top Secret America" headlines. For that reason, the names of those who authored it have been omitted from this column -- just in case they want to go into the witness protection program at a previously undisclosed location.

comply with the energy and water efficiency standards of this "Cap & Trade" bill, passed by the House of Representatives. If it is also passed by the Senate, it will be the largest tax increase any of us has ever experienced . The Congressional Budget Office (supposedly nonpartisan) estimates that in just a few years the average cost to every family of four will be $6,800 per year . No one is excluded. However, once the lower classes feel the pinch in their wallets, you can be sure that these voters will get a tax refund (even if they pay no taxes at all) to offset this new cost. Thus, you Mr. And Mrs. Middle Class have to pay even more since additional tax dollars will be needed to bail out everyone else.. But wait. This awful bill (that no one in Congress has actually read) has many more surprises in it. Probably the worst one is this: A year from now you won't be able to sell your house without some bureaucrat's OK. Yes, you read that right. The caveat (there always is a caveat) is that if you have enough money to make required major upgrades to your home, then you can sell it. But, if not, then forget it. Even pre-fabricated homes ("mobile homes") are included . In effect, this bill prevents you from selling your home without the permission of the EPA administrator. To get this permission, you will have to have the energy efficiency of your home measured. Then the government will tell you what your new energy efficiency requirement is and you will be required to make modifications to your home under the retrofit provisions of this Act, to comply with the new energy and water efficiency requirements. Then you will have to get your home measured again and get a license (called a "label" in the Act) that must be posted on your property to show what your efficiency rating is; sort of like the Energy Star efficiency rating label on your refrigerator or air conditioner. If you don't get a high enough rating, you can't sell. And, the EPA administrator is authorized to raise the From Joe Flannery standards every year, even above the automatic energy efficiency Another one to fight against when it hits the Senate!!! Just.... 'Remember in increases built into the Act. The EPA administrator, appointed by the November'..... President, will run the Cap & Trade program (AKA the "American Homeowners - Better Read This one Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009") and is authorized to make any future changes to the regulations and standards he/she alone Don't want to be bothered with "Political stuff?" You'd better read this one. It will come as a huge shock to you if you aren't determines to be in the government's best interest. Requirements are set low initially so the bill will pass Congress. Then the informed as to what Obama is up to, and it has already passed one Administrator can set new standards every year. hurdle. It will take very little now to put it into actual law!! YOU'D The Act itself contains annual required increases in energy BETTER WAKE UP AMERICA !!!! efficiency for private and commercial residences and buildings. So you think you live in a free country. However, the EPA administrator can set higher standards at any Boy have you got a surprise coming. time. Sect. 202 - Building Retrofit Program mandates a national A License Required for your HOUSE? retrofit program to increase the energy efficiency of all existing If you own your home you really need to check this out. At the end of this email is the Google link to verify. If the country thinks homes across America . Beginning one year after enactment of the Act, you won't the housing market is depressed now, wait until everyone sees this. be able to sell your home unless you retrofit it to comply with its No one will be buying homes in the future. energy and water efficiency standards. You had better sell soon, We encourage you to read the provisions of the Cap and because the standards will be raised each year and will be really Trade Bill that has passed the House of Representatives and are hard (expen$ive) to meet in a few years. Oh, goody! being considered by the Senate. We are ready to join the next The Act allows the government to give you a grant of march on Washington ! This Congress and their "experts" are truly several thousand dollars to comply with the retrofit program out to destroy the middle class of theU.S.A. requirements IF you meet certain energy efficiency levels. But, wait, A License will be required for your house ...no longer just for cars and mobile homes....Thinking about selling your house? Take the State can set additional requirements on who qualifies to a look at H.R. 2454 (Cap and Trade bill). This is unbelievable! Home receive the grants. You should expect requirements such as "can't have an income of more than $50K per year", "home selling price owners take note and tell your friends and relatives who are home can't be more than $125K", or anything else to target the upper owners! middle class (that includes YOU?) and prevent you from qualifying Beginning one year after enactment of the Cap and Trade for the grants. Act, you won't be able to sell your home unless you retrofit it to

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funds to participate in any litigation against the new Arizona immigration enforcement law. "Our federal government should be doing its job to secure our borders rather than trying to bully and intimidate the people of Arizona," argued Republican amendment sponsor Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina. "We should not be suing and really hassling the people of Arizona for doing what we should be doing here, and that's protecting the citizenry." All but five Senate Democrats (Indiana's Evan Bayh took a pass and didn't vote) sided with the anti-Arizona Obama administration -- and against not only a majority of Arizonans, but a majority of Americans who support the state's effort to restore order on the chaotic southern border and protect American workers facing double-digit unemployment. Several House Democrats have actively lobbied to boycott Arizona and crush its economy -- most notably, southern Arizona's own Democrat Rep. Raul Grijalva, who urged civic, religious and political groups to take their convention dollars elsewhere. "Do not do business with this state," Grijalva told openborders zealots bent on punishing law-abiding citizens to "send a message." For its part, the Obama Justice Department's Civil Rights Division has targeted Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio for more than a year over his strict enforcement policies against illegal alien criminals. The hell-bent Civil Rights Division is helmed by veteran illegal immigration advocate Thomas Perez, who has lobbied for driver's licenses, in-state tuition discounts and blanket amnesty for millions of border-jumpers, visa overstayers and deportation fugitives. Arizona's neighbor to the north, Utah, is under fire by a different set of left-wing bureaucrats. When Interior Secretary Ken Salazar isn't busy destroying jobs through his radical offshore drilling moratorium, he's been blocking onshore development and wreaking Cap and Trade: A License Required for your Home http://www.nachi. havoc on the Beehive State's energy industry. org/forum/ f14/cap-and- trade-license- required- your-home- 44750/ HR2454 American Clean Energy & Security Act: http://www.govtrack Last week, Salazar defended pulling 77 oil lease contracts ..us/congress/ bill.xpd? bill=h111- 2454 granted in the final days of the George W. Bush administration. Cap & Trade A license required for your home: Salazar's inspector general concluded that there was no evidence of http://www.prisonplanet.com/cap-and-trade-a-license-required-for-your-home.html any rush to auction off the parcels -- as baselessly claimed by Cap and trade is a license to cheat and steal: environmental groups and Salazar himself. In fact, the leases were http://www.sfexamin er.com/opinion/ columns/oped_ contributors/ Cap-and-trade- is-a-license- to-cheatand-steal- 45371937. html Cap and Trade: A License Required for your granted only after seven full years of rigorous study and debate. Home: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2393940/posts That makes two Salazar job-destroying bans based off bogus Thinking about selling you House? Look at HR 2454: eco-claims. (Remember: Loathsome cowboy Salazar was behind the http://www.federalobserver.com/2009/10/01/thinking-about-selling-yourshameless doctoring of a scientific report to bolster the Obama house-a-look-at-h-r-2454-cap-and-trade-bill/ administration's devastating offshore drilling ban.) July 23, 2010 Uintah County, Utah, officials have sued the Interior Department over the rescinded leases, which have cost the state untold millions of dollars and countless jobs in a tough economy. Not to mention the court expenses, legal morass and regulatory uncertainty. Other Western states are reeling as a result of the The Democrats' War on the West Democrats' eco-radicalism -- and the rest of America is paying a high price, too. Salazar was a leading opponent of oil shale development By Michelle Malkin "Why do they hate us?" It's a burning question on the minds of when he served in the U.S. Senate for Colorado. There are an estimated 800 billion barrels of recoverable oil border-dwelling taxpayers, small-business owners, farmers, and Rocky shale in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming alone -- enough to potentially Mountain oil and gas industry workers suffering under punitive free us from Saudi oil dependence. Yet as Obama's interior secretary, Democrat policies. Eighteen months into the Barack Obama Salazar has wielded his power to halt plans to lease oil shale rights in administration, the war on the American West is in full swing. the West. In addition, Obama's Bureau of Land Management is The first battlefront: immigration. On Wednesday, Senate dragging its feet on more than $100 million in unissued oil and gas Democrats rejected a GOP amendment banning the use of federal
Most of us won't get a dime and will have to pay the entire cost of the retrofit out of our own pockets. More transfer of wealth, more "change you can believe in." Sect. 204 - Building Energy Performance Labeling Program establishes a labeling program that for each individual residence will identify the achieved energy efficiency performance for "at least 90 percent of the residential market within 5 years after the date of the enactment of this Act." This means that within 5 years 90% of all residential homes in the U..S. must be measured and labeled. The EPA administrator will get $50M each year to enforce the labeling program. The Secretary of the Department of Energy will get an additional $20M each year to help the EPA. Some of this money will, of course, be spent on coming up with tougher standards each year... Oh, the label will be like a license for your car. You will be required to post the label in a conspicuous location in your home and will not be allowed to sell your home without having this label. And, just like your car license, you will probably be required to get a new label every so often - maybe every year. But, the government estimates the cost of measuring the energy efficiency of your home should only cost about $200 each time. Remember what they said about the auto smog inspections when they first started: that in California ? It would only cost $15. That was when the program started. Now the cost is about $50 for the inspection and certificate. Expect the same from the home labeling program. Sect. 304 - Greater Energy Efficiency in Building Codes establishes new energy efficiency guidelines for the National Building Code and mandates at 304(d) that one year after enactment of this Act, all state and local jurisdictions must adopt the National Building Code energy efficiency provisions or must obtain a certification from the federal government that their state and/or local codes have been brought into full compliance with the National Building Code energy efficiency standards. CHECK OUT a few of the sites;

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used to drive the Obama’s around North Carolina — and affording his dog …his dog… his owns special jet airplane. Air traffic at the small Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton was shut down for the presidential arrival. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter patrolled the air in anticipation of the first family’s touchdown, and a pair of local fire and rescue trucks stood ready on an otherwise empty tarmac at the private air hangar. The Obamas then traveled onto Mount Desert Island in a motorcade of at least 16 vehicles. It was led by two Maine State Police cruisers and included five black Chevrolet Suburbans. And all this on OUR dime, folks. We are paying for our monarch to fly his pets around the country on their own special jets, folks. Perhaps Barack Obama isn’t like a king. Perhaps he’s more like an emperor? An emperor like the fiddling Nero.

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leases in Wyoming. These resources remain untapped thanks to militant greenies who pay lip service to energy independence while blocking all practical means of achieving it. At a partisan rally on Monday to crusade for endless unemployment insurance benefits extensions, President Obama lectured Republicans to "stop holding workers hostage to politics." Speak for yourself, pal.

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THIS IS A POWERFUL STATEMENT THAT SHOULD NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

This quote goes straight to the point…. What a reality! … and it had to come from the Czech Republic. What an irony! Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way you can understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic . Someone over there has it figured out. We have a lot of work to do.

"The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president."

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Noblesse Oblige: Obama’s Dog Gets Own Plane on Vacation Trip
The Morning Sentinel, a small paper from the state of Maine, has a travelogue story of the Obama’s vacation in and about North Carolina today. It has a very interesting little tidbit in it that should enrage every American. It is something that really shows Barack Obama’s arrogance and his obviously assumed air of noblesse oblige. Among the exciting details of the Obama’s visit to Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor is this tidbit: Arriving in a small jet before the Obamas was the first dog, Bo, a Portuguese water dog given as a present by the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.… As the rest of us toil on the unemployment line, as millions of Americans find their retirement accounts dwindling, their hours at work cut, and their pay scale trimmed, King Barack and Queen Michelle are flying their little doggie, Bo, on his own special jet airplane for his own little vacation adventure. Well, it must be nice to be able to afford to fly your doggie about the country whenever you feel like it. It must be nice to hire people to act as your dog’s escort. It must be comforting to know that you have the power to arrange such luxury for a dog. As America lurches toward depression our leader is wasting millions on constant vacationing — 16 vehicles were

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In what could be deemed an act of war against the sovereign borders of the United States, Mexican drug cartels have seized control of at least two American ranches inside the U.S. territory near Laredo, Texas. Two sources inside the Laredo Police Department confirmed the incident is unfolding and they would continue to coordinate with U.S. Border Patrol today. “We consider this an act of war,” said one police officer on the ground near the scene. There is a news blackout of this incident at this time and the sources inside Laredo PD spoke on the condition of anonymity. Word broke late last night that Laredo police have requested help from the federal government regarding the incursion by the Los

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Obama had signed an earlier extension of unemployment benefits in November, when the economy was worse. He later bragged that it was "fiscally responsible" and consistent with the "pay-as-you-go" legislation he championed and signed, which says, in Obama's words, "Congress can only spend a dollar if it saves a dollar elsewhere." Officially, the Republicans do not oppose extending unemployment benefits yet again. Rather, they merely want to observe the rules Obama championed last fall. In other words, Democrats should pay for the spending by finding cuts elsewhere in the budget. What is "fiscally responsible" when Obama is for it, is rank partisanship when he's against it. But enough with the point scoring, I want to get back to Mr. Chukalas, a father of two and a diligent, decent man for all I know. Again, he says, "If your brother or your sister needed something, you wouldn't say, 'When are you going to pay me back?'" I don't know about the Chukalas clan, but in my family and my wife's family, and in the families of most people I know, asking, "When are you going to pay me back?" isn't so unimaginable. Sure, in a crisis, kin come to the rescue if they can. But they also usually expect to be repaid once everyone is back on their feet. Does Chukalas have any intention of paying taxpayers back once he gets a job? "Extending benefits" means paying the unemployed more than they paid into the unemployment system. (The money Chukalas paid into that system -- his money -- ran out long, long ago.) In other words, this is direct assistance from the federal government, which actually means direct assistance from taxpayers, which means Chukalas is really asking for money from complete strangers. Moreover, he thinks all of the moral equities line up on his side of the argument, and that there shouldn't even be a discussion about where the money comes from or any talk of paying it back. Chukalas is a moral philosopher compared with many of the C-SPAN callers these days who simply demand "their money." By what math is it their money, I wonder, given that 60 percent of Americans get more from government than they pay in taxes. Now I know this all sounds terribly harsh, and, truth be told, I do not think the government should consider benefit extensions to be loans. Nor do I think it's a slam-dunk argument that such aid should be cut off. This is not a normal downturn. But I do think this illustrates how fuzzy our thinking is about the role of government. Comparing government to a wealthy brother or sister is, simply, a category error. Can you get a gift or loan from your relatives by shouting, "Give me my money!"? It turns out, perhaps not coincidentally, that President Obama shares Chukalas' outlook. On countless occasions he has said that his central vision of government is to fulfill the Biblical mandate to be "my brother's keeper, my sister's keeper." Health care reform, for instance, was an effort to meet this "core moral and ethical obligation." Leave aside that the Bible does not tell anyone to be their brother's keeper (the phrase appears once, when Cain sarcastically tries to dodge a murder rap from God). It is just plain weird that anyone thinks we should all view government as a Big Brother.

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Zetas. It appears that the ranch owners have escaped without incident but their ranches remain in the hands of the blood thirsty cartels. Laredo Border Patrol is conducting aerial surveillance over the ranches to determine the best way to regain control of the U.S. ranches, according to the Laredo Police department. The approximate location of the U.S. ranches are10 miles northwest of I-35 off Mines Road and Minerales Annex Road. Just off 1472 (Mines road) near Santa Isabel Creek north of the city of Laredo, Texas. The Los Zetas drug cartel is an offshoot of the elite Mexican military trained in special ops. The mercenary organization is said to include members of corrupt Mexican Federales, politicians as well as drug traffickers. The group was once part of the Gulf cartel, but has since splintered and now directly competes with the Gulf cartel for premium drug smuggling routes in the Texas region. The new leader of Los Zetas is Heriberto “El Lazca” Lazcano and is considered the most violent paramilitary group in Mexico by the DEA. Recently the drug organization has kidnapped tourists, infiltrated local municipalities and continues to smuggle narcotics into a very hungry U.S. market. The violence south of the border continues to spin out of control and has left Nuevo Laredo, Mexico on virtual lockdown with businesses refusing to open the doors. Last week a particularly violent attack by the Los Zetas included the use of grenades and resulted in a dozen deaths and 21 injuries. The hostile takeover of the ranches has met with silence with local and national media; however sources say they could be waiting to report the stories once the ranches are back in U.S. control. This journalist questions if this was a Middle Eastern terrorist attack if the media would sit on their hands. Stay tuned for updates reports throughout the weekend.

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The Boundless Beneficence of Big Brother
By Jonah Goldberg
"Should we let Americans fall off a cliff or should we help them? There shouldn't be a debate as to where the money comes from. I mean, if your brother or your sister needed something, you wouldn't say, 'When are you going to pay me back?'" That's Jim Chukalas a car-parts manager who has been unemployed for nearly two years. He's received unemployment benefits for 79 weeks and desperately wants those benefits extended again. He feels so strongly about it, he agreed to be one of the White House's human props on Monday. "It's time to stop holding workers laid off in this recession hostage to Washington politics," President Obama proclaimed with Chukalas at his side. "It's time to do what is right, not for the next election but for the middle class." While it's hardly new for Obama to claim that anyone who holds a position different from his own is merely playing partisan politics -- that's his default response to all disagreements -- it's at least amusing to hear him suggest that budget balancing is now a sign of pandering to popular sentiments.

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"Shared Sacrifice"

is: zero. Obama's first auto czar, Steve Rattner, ran a private equity firm in New York before resigning his position amid a financial ethics By Michelle Malkin cloud. Everything you need to know about the nightmare of Rattner's chief auto expert adviser, Brian Deese, is a 30government-controlled businesses can be found in a damning new something former Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama campaign aide and inspector general's report on Dealergate. The independent review of law school grad with no business experience, who openly boasted that how and why the Obama administration forced Chrysler and General he "never set foot in an automotive assembly plant." Motors to oversee mass closures of car dealerships across the country And Rattner's auto czar successor, Ron Bloom, is a far-left reveals grisly incompetence, fatal bureaucratic hubris and Big Labor union lawyer who cut his teeth under Big Labor boss John Sweeney, cronyism. No wonder you won't hear much about the report's in-depth has ideological ties to the corporate-hating Labor Zionist movement; details in the so-called mainstream media. and opined that "the blather about free trade, free-markets and the Under the guise of "saving" the American auto industry joys of competition is nothing but pabulum for the suckers." through a bipartisan, taxpayer-funded bailout now topping $80 billion, In search of the rationale for Team Obama's bizarre, jobPresident Obama's know-nothing bureaucrats pushed the car killing exercise of power over thousands of small car dealerships, the companies to eliminate thousands of jobs -- with unjustified haste TARP inspector general may have stumbled onto the truth from using dubious economic models. Bloom. On page 33 of its report, Barofsky writes that "no one from Obama ordered the bailout recipients to "prove" their longTreasury, the manufacturers or from anywhere else indicated that term viability by submitting restructuring plans. But White House and implementing a smaller or more gradual dealership termination plan Treasury Department "experts" rejected the auto manufacturers' would have resulted in the cataclysmic scenario spelled out in proposals, citing the too-slow pace of their plans to reduce their Treasury's response; indeed, when asked explicitly whether the Auto dealership networks over a period of five years. Once the auto Team could have left the dealerships out of the restructurings, Mr. companies modified those plans to meet government-backed timelines, Bloom, the current head of the Auto Team, confirmed that the Auto the money flowed. Team 'could have left any one component (of the restructuring plan) But Neil Barofsky, the federal watchdog overseeing the bank- alone,' but that doing so would have been inconsistent with the auto-insurance-all-purpose bailout fund, found that the White House President's mandate for 'shared sacrifice.'" auto industry task force and the Treasury Department "Auto Team" had "Social justice" chickens coming home to roost. no basis for ordering the expedited car dealership closure schedules. July 25, 2010 They relied on a single consulting firm's internal report recommending that the U.S. companies adopt foreign auto industry models to increase profits -- a recommendation hotly disputed by auto experts who questioned whether foreign practices could be applied to domestic American dealership networks. Team Obama's government auto mechanics also ignored the Kagan Promoted Shariah Law at Harvard economic impact of rushing those closures. According to Barofsky, they By Dick Morris and Eileen McGann discounted counter-testimony from industry officials that "closing Having worked with Elena Kagan at the Bill Clinton dealerships in an environment already disrupted by the recession could White House, I was inclined to see her as a political moderate, result in an even greater crisis in sales." worthy of support as the best one could expect from the Barack The inspector general also noted that "it is clear that tens of Obama White House. But no more. thousands of dealership jobs were immediately put in jeopardy as a Thanks to the work of the Center for Security Policy result of the terminations by GM and Chrysler." After extensive Director Frank Gaffney and the writing of Andrew McCarthy of investigation, the watchdog concluded that "the acceleration of the National Review Institute, there has emerged a compelling dealership closings was not done with any explicit cost savings to the reason to vote against Kagan's confirmation as a Supreme manufacturers in mind." Only after Capitol Hill critics -- both Court justice: Her support for Shariah Law while she was dean Republican and Democrat -- started questioning the Dealergate decisions did Obama's auto "experts" come up with market studies and of the Harvard Law School. Islamists are seeking to spread Shariah law by inducing estimated job loss data to assess the impact of their reckless, arbitrary American and European financial institutions to establish orders. Shariah Compliant Funds in which their clients can invest. These In sum, the inspector general found: "(A)t a time when the country was experiencing the worst economic downturn in generations funds follow the prescriptions of Shariah law in their investments. They routinely collect 2.5 percent of the principal and the government was asking its taxpayers to support a $787 billion stimulus package designed primarily to preserve jobs, Treasury made a of any investment annually for donation to charitable institutions, fine recipients of their investment 7 percent for series of decisions that may have substantially contributed to the transgressions of Shariah law (and donate the fine to charity) accelerated shuttering of thousands of small businesses and thereby and only invest in projects compliant with the rules of Shariah. potentially adding tens of thousands of workers to the already lengthy Unfortunately, the decisions as to which investments unemployment rolls -- all based on a theory and without sufficient consideration of the decisions' broader economic impact." are compliant and which charities receive their benefice are This is no surprise, of course, considering the amount of made by Shariah Compliance Boards appointed by the financial actual business expertise among Obama's auto czars and key staff. 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appointees such as Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. After they promoted themselves to Washington to run the country, other Obama associates who didn't make the cut continued to run Illinois into the ground, as the Illinois unemployment rate jumped from less than 5% to nearly 11%. For years, we thought California was the most fiscally irresponsible of all 50 states, but Illinois has now taken the lead. A lengthy news article in the New York Times was headlined: "Illinois Stops Paying Its Bills, but Can't Stop Digging Hole." Under years of Democratic leadership, Illinois has refused to honor its obligations, cut spending or trim its shockingly large deficit, which at $12 billion per year approaches nearly half its budget. As a result, Illinois' credit rating has been downgraded and it pays a massive amount in interest on its loans. That's like a family making $50,000 but spending $75,000 each year. Obviously, it won't take long before such a family would lose everything it has. The big-majority Democratic state legislature, defying Illinois' balanced-budget law, has been passing deficit budgets for years. The new definition of a liberal is no longer tax-and-spend; it's borrow-and-spend. It's no surprise that unemployment keeps increasing, and the reason why the rate isn't higher than we are told is that the government has stopped counting people who have given up looking for a job. Employers are not hiring because taxes and regulations are expected to rise. Starting Jan. 1, 28 million middle Americans will be socked with a massive Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), which Republicans had suspended. That's a "gotcha" that penalizes taxpayers in ways they never expect, adding big tax penalties based on an "alternative" way of calculating taxes due. Upper-income Americans will see a big jump in their marginal tax rates. Their accountants are already telling them that the more they work, the less additional money they will take home, so they may be already slowing down, canceling investments or retiring to draw Social Security. Hardworking parents who are saving for their children's future will be hit by the reinstatement of the massive "death tax" on Jan. 1. They may wonder why they work hard and save if their money will go to Uncle Sam and to people who choose not to work. Marriage penalties will hit couples hard, both in the income tax law and in ObamaCare. Obama's financial favoritism toward unmarried women, his second biggest voting bloc, has become common knowledge. Those who choose to control their own health care through Health Savings Accounts will be slapped with new taxes. That's just one more way to promote Obama's goal of moving all health care to government control. Employers are not hiring because they know they will soon be paying not only higher taxes but also more health care costs or penalties. Depreciation allowances for investment in equipment will be lowered from $250,000 to $25,000, which means businesses will do less investing. Our ability to compete in the marketplace, of course, depends on our advanced research and development. New taxes will hit R&D hard, which means more slowdowns and more outsourcing overseas. The expiration of the GOP tax cuts will impose the largest tax hikes in history, affecting all taxpayers. The nearly 50% who pay no taxes will also be hurt by more loss of jobs. There is only one antidote for these depressing prognostications. On Nov. 2, American voters will have the chance to choose real change from Obama's failed Illinois borrow-and-spend policies by electing Republicans who commit to extend the expiring tax cuts.

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charitable donations and also proscribe investment in any firm engaged in U.S. defense contracting on the ground that the contract could aid Israel. Most major banks in the U.S. and Europe have established Shariah Compliant Funds, and they had almost $1 trillion under management by 2007 -- and likely more today. At Harvard, Elena Kagan "proceeded to forge the law school's 'Islamic Finance Project."" It's purpose, according to McCarthy, was "to promote Shariah compliance in the U.S. financial sector." Indeed, when Harvard President Larry Summers -- now in the Obama administration -- accepted a $20 million donation for the creation of a program of studies of Islam's history and Shariah Law, Kagan raised no objection. The donation came from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a billionaire investor whose contribution of $10 million to the Twin Towers fund was refused by New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani because bin Talal had blamed the 9-11 attack on American foreign policy. Harvard Law School now has three Saudi-funded institutions devoted to the study of Shariah. Kagan, as a Supreme Court justice, will be required to rule frequently on possible applications of Shariah law in the United States. She has already noted that she welcomes "good ideas wherever they originate" and is open to applications of foreign law to the interpretation of U.S. statutes and common law. In fact, a lawsuit seeking to ban Shariah Compliance Funds in banks that accepted TARP money (as violating the First Amendment separation of church and state) is now making its way up to the Supreme Court. Kagan cannot be trusted to rule dispassionately on this case, nor can we rely on her to exclude Shariah law from American jurisprudence. For this reason -- if for no other -- senators should vote no on her confirmation.

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Illinois Failures Go Nationwide Under Obama
By Phyllis Schlafly
'Unsustainable" is a scary word that recently entered political discourse, coming authoritatively from Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf. Unsustainability is the operative moniker for Barack Obama's massive deficit spending, which Elmendorf said "cannot be solved through minor tinkering." The CBO predicts an increase in our public debt from $7.5 trillion at the end of 2009 to $20.3 trillion at the end of 2020 if Obama's fiscal 2011 budget is implemented. As a percentage of gross domestic product, the debt will rise to 90% from 53%. Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., sharpened the focus by asking the CBO director: "What's going to be necessary (is) either a 25% increase in taxes or a 20% reduction in spending, or some combination thereof. Is that correct?" Elmendorf replied "yes." Americans are beginning to wonder if Greece is the picture of the U.S.' future. But we need look no further than the place where Obama and his team were trained in community organizing and bully tactics to redistribute the wealth: Illinois. Illinois was the stomping ground for years for Obama, his top advisers Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod, and his

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It identified five key global trends which the U.S. will face in the 21st century. They include:  Radical Islamist extremism and the threat of terrorism, with the prospect that weapons of mass destruction will fall TOP STORY into terrorists' hands.  Rise of new global great powers in Asia such as India and China suggesting an emerging, multi-polar great power balance.  Continued struggle for power in the Persian Gulf and the Panel warns of inadequate training, sinking Navy greater Middle East. and old weapons  Accelerating global competition for resources; and Publishing Date: 04.08.10 17:39  Persistent problems stemming from failed and failing states. By F. Michael Maloof "These five trends frame a range of choices for U.S. An independent panel has government and Department of Defense planners," the report said. warned that U.S. national security is At the same time, the U.S. needs to guide continued adaptation of headed for a "train wreck" if decisive existing international institutions and alliances and support the action isn't taken to increase the size of development of new institutions." the Navy, improve training of U.S. The report made clear that there is a choice planners do military personnel and replace aging not have. equipment used by the military services. "America does not have the option of abandoning a In a review of the Department leadership role in support of its national interests," the report said. of Defense's Quadrennial Defense NOAA photo "Those interests are vital to the security of the United States. Review process, the panel headed by Failure to anticipate and manage the conflicts that threaten those former Defense Secretary William Perry under the Clinton interests will not make those conflicts go away or make America's administration and former National Security adviser Stephen Hadley interests any less important." under the Bush administration warned that the United States will be In this regard, the report said, the U.S. will need to play a unable to meet its international commitments unless it modernizes its strong international role, requiring a strong and vibrant economy, armed forces. In addition, current force structure will be unable to respond "vigorous" diplomacy, coupled with "robust" intelligence services and "superb" defense capabilities. to a homeland catastrophe that could occur during a period of "U.S. defense strategy for the near and long term must ongoing contingency operations abroad, said the panel, claiming that continue to shape the international environment to advance U.S. military forces for homeland defense are deficient. interests, maintain the capability to respond to the full spectrum of "The Department of Defense must plan for contingencies in threats and prepare for the threats and dangers of tomorrow." which it may be asked to perform a more expansive homeland Despite fighting two wars simultaneously, the panel said defense mission on short notice," the report said. "The Department that the U.S. armed forces has declined by a third since the end of needs to plan for and exercise a response to a major natural disaster the Cold War, especially the Air Force and Navy. In addition, the or a catastrophic attack in the United Sates that causes major loss of age of equipment has been magnified by the wear and tear on that life." equipment through "intensified use." In so doing, the report said that the Defense Department "The Department of Defense now faces the urgent need to would have to take the lead over the Department of Homeland Security. It proposed that Congress give the Defense Department that recapitalize large parts of the force," the panel said. "The general trend has been to replace more with fewer more capable systems. authority. We are concerned that, beyond a certain point, quality cannot "Whereas whole-of-government solutions are highly substitute for quantity. desirable," the report said, "the Department of Defense is often the The report called for technology to be used not only to only agency with the mission, structure, organization, experience and increase performance but also to drive down cost in an effort to capability necessary to meet the challenges associated with a increase quantity. These changes should include investment in longcatastrophe." range strike systems and their associated sensors and to operate in In undertaking defense planning since the end of the Cold an "information-denied environment." War, the panel members said that national security interests were These essential changes will not happen if the Defense facing multiple threats and "struggled to adapt to a series of Department and Congress maintain the status quo on managing surprises." fiscal resources, the report said. Instead, they will have to "In the past 15 years," the report said, "America has too "reestablish tools that were lost when balanced budget rules were often been chasing the future rather than working to shape it." abandoned and restore fiscal responsibility to the budget process." It said the Department of Defense must prepare for the ________________ future "within the context of the strategic legacy it has inherited. F. Michael Maloof, a frequent G2B contributor, is a former senior security There is no blank slate, no beginning over. policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. "Emerging trends will present challenges and opportunities July 15, 2010 | 0857 GMT for the United States," the report added. In this context, the panel identified trends which will have the greatest impact on traditional U.S. strategy and offered new ways of operating to better employ existing forces.

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DS agents are not the only ones who investigate passport fraud, however. As the FBI matured organizationally and became the primary domestic counterintelligence agency, the bureau also began to work passport fraud investigations involving foreign intelligence officers. Soviet and other Communist “illegals” — intelligence officers operating without official cover — frequently assumed the identities of deceased infants, and because of this, the FBI developed a particular interest in passport fraud investigations involving infant death identity (IDI) cases. However, passport fraud is only one of the many criminal violations that the FBI investigates, and most FBI agents will not investigate a passport fraud case during their career. As the agency primarily responsible for border and immigration enforcement, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) also investigates identity-document fraud, including passport fraud, although many of the cases ICE agents work involve foreign passports. ICE also has a forensic document laboratory that is the best in the world when it comes to the technical investigation of fraudulent identity documents. Another U.S. government agency that watches passport fraud with a great deal of interest is the CIA. Not only does it have an operational interest in the topic — the agency wants to be able to use fraud for its own purposes — but it is also very interested in being able to verify the true identities of walkins and other potential sources. Because of this, the CIA needs to have the ability to spot fraudulent documents. During the 1980s, the CIA produced an excellent series of unclassified guides on the terrorist use of passport and visa fraud called the “Redbook.” The Redbook was discontinued in 1992, just as the jihadist threat to the United States was beginning to emerge. As in any area where there are overlapping jurisdictions and investigations, there is sometimes tension and bureaucratic jealously between the various agencies involved in investigating passport fraud. The level of tension is frequently lower in scenarios where the agencies work together (as on joint terrorism task forces) and where the agents and agencies have become accustomed to working together. In the forensic realm, the ICE laboratory generally has an excellent relationship with the State Department, the FBI (and the document section of the FBI laboratory) and the CIA’s document laboratory. Types of Passport Fraud There are several different types of passport fraud. The first is the intentional issuing of a genuine passport in a false identity by a government. Real passports are often issued in false identities to provide cover for intelligence officers, but this can also be done for other reasons. For example, in late 1990, during Operation Desert Shield, the Iraqi government provided a large group of Iraqi intelligence officers with Iraqi passports in false identities so that these officials could travel abroad and conduct terrorist attacks against U.S. interests. These Iraqi teams were dispatched all over the world and were provided direction (as well as weapons and IED components) by Iraqi intelligence officers stationed in embassies abroad. The explosives and firearms were sent around the world via diplomatic pouches (which are exempt from search). Following failed terrorist attacks in Manila and Jakarta in January 1991, DS agents investigating the case discovered that the Iraqi operatives were traveling on sequentially numbered Iraqi passports. This discovery allowed a worldwide alert to go out and governments in several different regions of the world were able to arrest or deport scores of Iraqi agents. A second type of fraud involving genuine passports is where the government is not knowingly involved in the issuance of the passport for the fraudulent identity. In such cases, an applicant uses fraudulent identification documents to apply for a passport. The group of documents needed to obtain a passport — called “breeder” documents — normally includes a birth certificate, a Social Security card and a driver’s license. A set of fraudulent breeder documents can be counterfeit, genuine but altered (this can be done by changing the name or date of birth) or genuine documents obtained by fraud. This is where the IDI cases come in. In these cases, someone applies for a replacement birth certificate of a deceased infant or child of their approximate age and then uses the birth certificate to obtain a Social Security card and driver’s license. The person applying for the replacement birth certificate usually claims their original birth certificate was lost or stolen. Due to changes in procedure and technology, however, it has become more difficult in recent years to obtain a copy of the birth

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The Shifting Landscape of Passport Fraud
By Scott Stewart
The recent case involving the arrest and deportation of the Russian intelligence network in the United States has once again raised the subject of document fraud in general and passport fraud in particular. The FBI’s investigation into the group of Russian operatives discovered that several of the suspects had assumed fraudulent identities and had obtained genuine passports (and other identity documents) in their assumed names. One of the suspects assumed the identity of a Canadian by the name of Christopher Robert Mestos, who died in childhood. The suspect was arrested in Cyprus but fled after posting bail; his true identity remains unknown. Three other members of the group also assumed Canadian identities, with Andrey Bezrukov posing as Donald Heathfield, Elena Vavilova as Tracey Foley and Natalia Pereverzeva as Patricia Mills. Passport fraud is a topic that surfaces with some frequency in relation to espionage cases. (The Israelis used passport fraud during the January 2010 operation to assassinate Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a senior Hamas militant commander.) Passport fraud is also frequently committed by individuals involved in crimes such as narcotics smuggling and arms trafficking, as well as by militants involved in terrorist plots. Because of the frequency with which passport fraud is used in these types of activities — and due to the importance that curtailing passport fraud can have in combating espionage, terrorism and crime — we thought it a topic worth discussing this week in greater detail. Passports and Investigations While the use of passports goes back centuries, the idea of a travel document that can be used to absolutely verify the identity of a traveler is a relatively new concept. Passports containing the photos of the bearer have only been widely used and mandated for international travel for about a century now, and in the United States, it was not until 1918 that Congress enacted laws mandating the use of U.S. passports for Americans returning from overseas and home country passports with visas for foreigners wishing to visit the United States. Passport fraud followed closely on the heels of these regulations. Following the American entry into World War I, special agents from the State Department’s Bureau of Secret Intelligence became very involved in hunting down German and Austrian intelligence officers who were then using forged documents to operate inside the United States. In the decades after World War I, the Bureau of Secret Intelligence’s successor organization, the Office of the Chief Special Agent, became very involved in investigating Nazi and Communist agents who committed passport fraud to operate inside the United States. As the Office of the Chief Special Agent evolved into the State Department’s Office of Security and then finally the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), special agents from the organization continued to investigate passport and visa fraud. In addition to foreign intelligence officers, they have also investigated terrorists, fugitives and other criminals who have committed passport fraud. Since the State Department is the agency that issues U.S. passports and visas, it is also the primary agency charged with ensuring the integrity of those documents. Therefore, in much the same manner that U.S. Secret Service agents are charged with investigating counterfeit currency (and ensuring the integrity of currency for the Treasury Department), DS agents are charged with investigating passport fraud.

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passport counterfeiters will even attempt to use elements of genuine passports, like the optically “dead” paper with little or no fluorescence used for the pages and the holographic laminates used on the photo pages. However, like photo-subbed passports, it is far more difficult to create a functional counterfeit passport today than it was several years ago. Not only does the passport have to be of high quality, but the number needs to correspond to the database of legitimately issued passports. Therefore, most counterfeit passports are useful for traveling in the third world but would not withstand the scrutiny of authorities in the developed world. In spite of these problems, there is still a market for counterfeit and photo-subbed passports. While they may not be useful for traveling to a country like the United States or France, they can be used to travel from a place like Pakistan or China to a gateway country in the Western Hemisphere like Venezuela or a gateway country in Europe like Albania. Because of this, American and European passports still fetch a decent price on the black market and are frequently stolen from or sold by Westerners. Citizens of Western countries who travel to terrorist training camps are also frequently encouraged to “donate” their passports and other documents to the group that trains them. There are also many reports that Mossad makes use of the passports of foreign Jews who move to Israel and give their passports to the intelligence agency. Stolen or deliberately lost passports not only can be altered or cloned but also can be used for travel by people who physically resemble the original bearer, although once they are reported stolen or lost and entered into lookout databases, their utility declines. A Shifting Focus The difficulty in obtaining functional travel documents has affected the way criminal and terrorist organizations operate. With increasing scrutiny of travel documents, groups like al Qaeda have found it progressively more difficult to travel to the West. This is one of the factors that has led to their increasing use of operatives who have the ability to travel to where the planned attack is to be conducted, rather than sending a more professional terrorist operative to conduct the attack. This difficulty in counterfeiting passports has even affected intelligence agencies, which are the best passport counterfeiters in the world. This is why we see intelligence agencies like Mossad having to clone passports — that is, create a counterfeit passport that bears the same name and number of a legitimate passport — or even resort to other types of fraud to obtain genuine passports for operatives. It has become difficult to fabricate a usable passport using a fictitious name. Mossad operatives have gotten in trouble for attempting to fraudulently obtain genuine passports in places like New Zealand. And Mossad is certainly not the only intelligence service experiencing this difficulty in obtaining documents for its operatives. Because of these difficulties, intelligence agencies and militant and criminal organizations have begun to place increasing importance on recruiting assets involved in the issuance of identity documents. At an embassy, a consular officer is viewed as almost as important a person to recruit as a code clerk. A corrupt consular officer can make a great deal of money selling documents. But the threat can extend far from an overseas embassy. If an organization like the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (or the Sinaloa cartel) can recruit an employee at the New Jersey Office of Vital Statistics, they can arrange to have their agent occasionally issue a genuine birth certificate (camouflaged in a large stack of legitimately issued documents) in a fraudulent identity for their use. Likewise, if they can recruit a clerk at the Social Security office in Jersey City, they can get that agent to occasionally issue a Social Security number and card that corresponds to the birth certificate. These primary documents can then be used to obtain a driver’s license (the key identity document for living in the United States) and eventually a passport for international travel. Of course, recruiting an agent who works inside an agency is not the only way to obtain identification documents. Several years ago, a cleaning company owned by a group of Nigerians placed a low bid on the contract to provide cleaning services to Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices in Florida. Shortly after the company began providing services to the DMV, the agency suffered a rash of thefts across the state that included not only blank driver’s licenses and laminates but an entire machine that took the photos and processed the blank licenses.

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certificate of an infant or child who died in the United States. Birth-certificate registries are now tied electronically to death registries in every state, and if someone attempts to get the birth certificate of a dead person, it is quickly noticed and an investigation launched. Also, Social Security numbers are now issued at birth, so it is very difficult for a 25- or 30-year-old person to apply for a new Social Security number. Because of these factors, IDI cases have declined significantly in the United States. Breeder documents are generally easier to counterfeit or obtain by fraud than a passport. However, as identity documents become more crossreferenced in databases, it is becoming more difficult to obtain a passport using a counterfeit birth certificate and Social Security number. Because of this, it has become more common for a person to buy a set of genuine breeder documents from a drug user or criminal looking for some quick cash. It is also possible to buy a genuine birth certificate and Social Security card from a corrupt official. While such documents are genuine, and can carry the applicant’s true or chosen name, such genuine documents are much more expensive than the other options. Of course, passport office employees can also be bribed to issue a genuine passport with fraudulent breeder documents, though there is a remote risk that such fraud will be caught in an audit. At the present time, it is far easier and cheaper to obtain a genuine foreign passport by fraud than it is a U.S. passport, but corruption and plain old mistakes still allow a small number of fraudulent U.S. passports to get into the system. There are still some countries where a genuine passport in any identity can be obtained for just a few hundred dollars. Generally, it is more difficult to get passports from more developed nations (such as those that participate in the U.S. visa waiver program) than it is from less developed nations, where corruption is more prevalent. Still, corruption is a worldwide problem when it comes to passports and other identity documents. Stolen blank passports have also been used over the years. For example, after Operation Desert Storm, an Iraqi passport office in Basra was sacked and thousands of blank Iraqi passports were stolen and then sold on the black market. One of those blanks was bought by a Pakistani jihadist operative named Abdul Basit, who had the blank passport filled out with his photograph and the name of a fictitious Iraqi citizen named Ramzi Yousef. After he entered the United States, Basit organized the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The problem with stolen blanks is that they are usually reported fairly quickly and their numbers are entered into international databases. Furthermore, like a counterfeit passport, a stolen blank passport will not correspond to information entered into passport databases, and it is therefore difficult to travel using one. In the case of Basit, he used a British passport altered to include his photo to leave Pakistan but then used the Iraqi passport to make an asylum claim once he arrived in the United States. This highlights another category of genuine passports used in passport fraud, those that are real but have been altered, usually by replacing the photo appearing on the passport. Passport fraud investigators refer to this as a photo-subbed passport. In the 1970s, it was fairly easy to photo-sub passports from most countries, but in the past couple of decades, many countries have taken great efforts to make this process more difficult. The use of high-tech laminates and now, in current U.S. passports, RFID chips that contain a photo that must match the one appearing on the passport make it far harder to photosub passports today. Of course, efforts to increase passport security haven’t always worked as planned. In 1993, the State Department began issuing a new high-tech passport with a green cover that was supposed to be impossible to photo-sub. Within a few months of the first issuance of the passports, document vendors discovered that the laminate on the green passports could be easily removed by placing a block of dry ice on the passport, changing the photo and then pressing the laminate back down with an iron. Due to the ease of photosubbing these passports, their value on the black market skyrocketed, and the “fraud proof” green passports had to be taken out of circulation after less than a year. Finally, we have counterfeit passports, which are passports created from scratch by a document vendor. Like counterfeit currency, there is a vast range of quality when it comes to counterfeit passports, and as a rule of thumb, you get what you pay for. On the streets of places like Bangkok, Hong Kong or New York, one can buy counterfeit passports from a wide array of countries. There is, however, a vast difference between the passport one can purchase for $100 and the one that can be purchased for $10,000. Also, like currency, some

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individuals not to keep their eyes on other people. How they do so varies; that they do so is a permanent part of the human condition. The shock at learning that the Russians really do want to know what is going on in the United States is, to say the least, overdone. Russian Tradecraft Examined Let’s consider whether the Russian spies were amateurish. During the 1920s and 1930s, the Soviets developed a unique model of espionage. They would certainly recruit government officials or steal documents. What they excelled at, however, was placing undetectable operatives in key positions. Soviet talent scouts would range around left-wing meetings to discover potential recruits. These would be young people with impeccable backgrounds and only limited contact with the left. They would be recruited based on ideology, and less often via money, sex or blackmail. They would never again be in contact with communists or fellow travelers. They would apply for jobs in their countries’ intelligence services, foreign or defense ministries, and so on. Given their family and academic backgrounds, they would be hired. They would then be left in place for 20 or 30 years while they rose in the ranks — and, on occasion, aided with bits of information from the Soviet side to move their careers ahead. The Soviets understood that a recruited employee might be a double agent. But stealing information on an ad hoc basis was also risky, as the provenance of such material was always murky. Recruiting people who were not yet agents, creating psychological and material bonds over long years of management and allowing them to mature into senior intelligence or ministry officials allowed ample time for testing loyalty and positioning. The Soviets not only got more reliable information this way but also the ability to influence the other country’s decision-making. Recruiting a young man in the 1930s, having him work with the OSS and later the CIA, and having him rise to the top levels of the CIA — had that ever happened — would thus give the Soviets information and control. These operations took decades, and Soviet handlers would spend their entire careers managing one career. There were four phases:  Identifying likely candidates,  Evaluating and recruiting them,  Placing them and managing their rise in the organization,  And exploiting them. The longer the third phase took, the more effective the fourth phase would be. It is difficult to know what the Russian team was up to in the United States from news reports, but there are two things we know about the Russians: They are not stupid, and they are extremely patient. If we were to guess — and we are guessing — this was a team of talent scouts. They were not going to meetings at the think tanks because they were interested in listening to the papers; rather, they were searching for recruits. These were people between the ages of 22 and 30, doing internships or entry-level jobs, with family and academic backgrounds that would make employment in classified areas of the U.S. government easy — and who in 20 to 30 years would provide intelligence and control to Moscow. In our view, the media may have conflated two of Moscow’s missions. Twin Goals and the Espionage Challenge One of the Russian operatives, Don Heathfield, once approached a STRATFOR employee in a series of five meetings. There appeared to be no goal of recruitment; rather, the Russian operative tried to get the STRATFOR employee to try out software he said his company had developed. We suspect that had this

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The advent of cross-referencing databases, machine-readable passports routinely checked against such databases, radio frequency identification technology and procedures intended to prevent fraud have helped curtail many types of passport fraud. That said, passports are still required to travel for nefarious purposes, and these security measures have caused resourceful criminals, terrorists and intelligence agencies to shift their focus from technical methods of fraud toward exploiting humans in the process. In many places, the effort made to vet and monitor employees issuing documents is far less extensive than the effort made to physically protect documents from counterfeiting. The end result is that humans have become the weakest link in the equation.

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Russian Spies and Strategic Intelligence
By George Friedman
The United States has captured a group of Russian spies and exchanged them for four individuals held by the Russians on espionage charges. The ways the media have reported on the issue fall into three groups:  That the Cold War is back,  That, given that the Cold War is over, the point of such outmoded intelligence operations is questionable,  And that the Russian spy ring was spending its time aimlessly nosing around in think tanks and open meetings in an archaic and incompetent effort. It is said that the world is global and interdependent. This makes it vital for a given nation to know three things about all of the nations with which it interacts. First, it needs to know what other nations are capable of doing. Whether militarily, economically or politically, knowing what other nations are capable of narrows down those nations’ possible actions, eliminating fantasies and rhetoric from the spectrum of possible moves. Second, the nation needs to know what other nations intend to do. This is important in the short run, especially when intentions and capabilities match up. And third, the nation needs to know what will happen in other nations that those nations’ governments didn’t anticipate. The more powerful a nation is, the more important it is to understand what it is doing. The United States is the most powerful country in the world. It therefore follows that it is one of the prime focuses of every country in the world. Knowing what the United States will do, and shifting policy based on that, can save countries from difficulties and even disaster. This need is not confined, of course, to the United States. Each country in the world has a list of nations that it is interdependent with, and it keeps an eye on those nations. These can be enemies, friends or just acquaintances. It is impossible for nations not to keep their eyes on other nations, corporations not to keep their eyes on other corporations and

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techniques would have failed to provide warning of the change ahead. This is because the basic premise of the intelligence operation was wrong. The people being spied on and penetrated simply didn’t understand their own capabilities — i.e., the reality on the ground in their respective countries — and therefore their intentions about what to do were irrelevant and actually misleading. In saying this, we must be very cautious, since obviously there are many instances in which targets of intelligence agencies do have valuable information and their decisions do actually represent what will happen. But if we regard anticipating systemic changes as one of the most important categories of intelligence, then these are cases where the targets of intelligence may well know the least and know it last. The Japanese knew they were going to hit Pearl Harbor, and having intelligence on that fact was enormously important. But that the British would collapse at Singapore was a fact not known to the British, so there would have been no way to obtain that information in advance from the British. We started with three classes of intelligence: capabilities, intentions and what will actually happen. The first is an objective measure that can sometimes be seen directly but more frequently is obtained through data held by someone in the target country. The most important issue is not what this data says but how accurate it is. Intentions, by contrast, represent the subjective plans of decision-makers. History is filled with intentions that were never implemented, or that, when implemented, had wildly different outcomes than the decision-maker expected. From our point of view, the most important aspect of this category is the potential for unintended consequences. For example, George W. Bush did not intend to get bogged down in a guerrilla war in Iraq. What he intended and what happened were two different things because his view of American and Iraqi capabilities were not tied to reality. American and Russian intelligence is source-based. There is value in sources, but they need to be taken with many grains of salt, not because they necessarily lie but because the highestplaced source may simply be wrong — and at times, an entire government can be wrong. If the purpose of intelligence is to predict what will happen, and it is source-based, then that assumes that the sources know what is going on and how it will play out. But often they don’t. Russian and American intelligence agencies are both source-obsessed. On the surface, this is reasonable and essential. But it assumes something about sources that is frequently true, but not always — and in fact is true only with great infrequency on the most important issues. From our point of view, the purpose of intelligence is obvious: It is to collect as much information as possible, and surely from the most highly placed sources. But in the end, the most important question to ask is whether the most highly placed source has any clue as to what is going to happen. Knowledge of what is being thought is essential. But gaming out how the objective and impersonal forces will interact and play out it is the most important thing of all. The focus on sources allows the universe of intelligence to be populated by the thoughts of the target. Sometimes that is of enormous value. But sometimes the most highly placed source has no idea what is about to happen. Sometimes it is necessary to listen to the tape of Gorbachev or Bush planning the future and recognize that what they think will happen and what is about to happen are very different things. The events of the past few weeks show intelligence doing the necessary work of recruiting and rescuing agents. The measure of all of this activity is not whether one has penetrated the other side, but in the end, whether your intelligence organization knew

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been done, our servers would be outputting to Moscow. We did not know at the time who he was. (We have since reported the incident to the FBI, but these folks were everywhere, and we were one among many.) Thus, the group apparently included a man using software sales as cover — or as we suspect, as a way to intrude on computers. As discussed, the group also included talent scouts. We would guess that Anna Chapman was brought in as part of the recruitment phase of talent scouting. No one at STRATFOR ever had a chance to meet her, having apparently failed the first screening. Each of the phases of the operatives’ tasks required a tremendous amount of time, patience and, above all, cover. The operatives had to blend in (in this case, they didn’t do so well enough). Russians have always had a tremendous advantage over Americans in this regard. A Russian long-term deployment took you to the United States, for example. Were the Americans to try the same thing, they would have to convince people to spend years learning Russian to near-native perfection and then to spend 20-30 years of their lives in Russia. Some would be willing to do so, but not nearly as many as there are Russians prepared to spend that amount of time in the United States or Western Europe. The United States can thus recruit sources (and sometimes it gets genuine ones). It can buy documents. But the extremely patient, long-term deployments are very difficult for it. It doesn’t fit with U.S. career patterns or family expectations. The United States has substituted technical intelligence for this process. Thus, the most important U.S. intelligence-collection agency is not the CIA; it is the National Security Agency (NSA). The NSA focuses on intercepting communications, penetrating computer networks, encryption and the like. (We will assume that they are successful at this.) So whereas the Russians seek to control the career of a recruit through retirement, the NSA seeks access to everything that is recorded electronically. The goal here is understanding capabilities and intentions. To the extent that the target is unaware of the NSA’s capabilities, the NSA does well. In many ways, this provides better and faster intelligence than the placement of agents, except that this does not provide influence. The Intelligence Assumption In the end, both the U.S. and Russian models — indeed most intelligence models — are built on the core assumption that the more senior the individual, the more knowledge he and his staff have. To put it more starkly, it assumes that what senior (and other) individuals say, write or even think reveals the most important things about the country in question. Thus, controlling a senior government official or listening to his phone conversations or e-mails makes one privy to the actions that country will take — thus allowing one to tell the future. Let’s consider two cases: Iran in 1979 and the Soviet Union from 1989 to 1991. The fall of the shah of Iran and the collapse of the Soviet empire were events of towering importance for the United States. Assume that the United States knew everything the shah’s senior officials and their staffs knew, wrote, or said in the period leading up to the Iranian Revolution. Or assume that the shah’s prime minister or a member of the Soviet Union’s Politburo was a long-term mole. Either of those scenarios would not have made any difference to how events played out. This is because, in the end, the respective senior leadership didn’t know how events were going to play out. Partly this is because they were in denial, but mostly this is because they didn’t have the facts and they didn’t interpret the facts they did have properly. At these critical turning points in history, the most thorough penetration using either American or Russian

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transportation due to the threat of Naxalite attacks and the possibility of collateral damage. On May 28, less than two weeks after the bus attack, an act of sabotage against a railway line in West Bengal state caused a train carrying only civilians to derail. It was subsequently hit by a freight train, July 8, 2010 | 0856 GMT resulting in the deaths of nearly 150 people. While Naxalites initially denied that they were involved in the incident, they later admitted that a rogue gang trained by them had sabotaged the railway line without permission from Naxalite central command. (There is also the possibility that the Naxalites were attempting to derail the freight train — a much more common Naxalite target — but mistakenly targeted the wrong track.) Finally, on June 24, in the wake of these deadly (if not all intentional) attacks, the Naxalites reiterated their intention to drive multinational corporations (MNCs) out of India and that they would use violence to do so. This most recent threat reflects the primary interest of the Naxalites, and it is backed by a proven tactical ability to strike economic targets, which is a top concern for the Indian government. It is this situation that leads STRATFOR to look at one of the world’s longestrunning insurgencies to see what makes it tick. Background on a Rebellion The Naxalites get their name from their place of origin, the By Fred Burton and Ben West village of Naxalbari in West Bengal, where in May 1967 a local On July 6, the Indian government issued a warning to railroad Communist Party leader promised to redistribute land to the peasants. operators and users after Maoist rebels — known as Naxalites — declared a This was not the first time such a proclamation by a Party member had “bandh,” a Hindi word meaning stoppage of work, in eastern India. When a been made in eastern India, but earlier attempts to foment a peasant bandh is declared by the Naxalites, it carries with it an implied threat of rebellion in the region had faltered. This one, however, triggered a wave violence to enforce the work stoppage, in this case against the public of violence in which workers intimidated or killed landowners, in many transportation system over a two-day period. It is widely understood that cases running them off their land and reclaiming it as their own. The trains and buses in eastern India during this time would be subject to actions were based on sentiment among the peasants (made up largely of Naxalite attack if they do not obey the call for a shutdown. tribal members) that they were merely taking back what they had been Naxalites are an array of armed bands that, when combined, forced to give up to wealthy prospectors from central India. These comprise the militant arm of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPInewcomers had gained the land from the local tribes, the peasants M). Some of the most violent attacks conducted by the Naxalites have been believed, through schemes in which the land was taken as collateral for against freight and police transport trains, killing dozens of people at a the tribes’ outstanding debts. time. Civilians have typically not been targeted in such attacks, but they On a grander geopolitical level, the Naxalites can be viewed have been collaterally killed and injured in the mayhem. Whether targeted through the prism of Chinese-Indian rivalry. The Naxalites adopted the or not, civilians generally believe that Naxalites always follow through on ideology of Mao Zedong, the Chinese revolutionary and leader who their threats, so strike warnings are enough to dissuade people from going converted China to communism and who had just begun the Cultural about their daily lives. The Naxalite “bandh” is a tactic that shows just how Revolution there in 1966. In the beginning of the Naxalite movement, powerful the rebels have become in the region, and it demonstrates their there was mutual rhetorical support between the Maoist regime in China ability to affect day-to-day activity merely by threatening to stage an attack. and the Naxalites in India. While there was little evidence of material The Naxalite declaration on July 6 was in retaliation for a Central support (and there is no indication of such support today), the advent and Reserve Police Force (CRPF) operation that killed senior Naxalite leader, growth of the Naxalite movement certainly did serve China’s goal of CPI-M Politburo member and spokesman Cherukuri Rajkumar (alias Azad) weakening its largest neighbor to the south. on July 2 in Andhra Pradesh. The news of Azad’s death was unexpected, India was able to dampen the Naxalite movement significantly since India has had little luck capturing or killing key Naxalite leaders, but in 1971, but the regional belief that the government in New Delhi had his absence is not expected to seriously hamper the movement. The robbed tribal groups of their land in eastern India persisted. The Naxalite Naxalites are a large, well-organized force that will be able to replace him movement continued in a somewhat dormant phase throughout the with little or no visible effect on operational capability. What was not 1970s, ’80s and early ’90s. Violence resumed again in the late ’90s and surprising was that Azad’s killing elicited a Naxalite response. has been escalating in the years since. It is unclear exactly what precipitated the Andhra Pradesh The increasing violence corresponds with India’s economic operation by the CRPF (India’s federal police force) that killed Azad, though growth, and this is not coincidental. India has experienced a boom in it did come after a busy spring in Naxalite territory. On April 6, Naxalites economic growth over the past 20 years that has seen per capita income mounted a textbook armed ambush that killed 76 CRPF members rise roughly 100 percent. By comparison, it took India 40 years to conducting a patrol in Chhattisgarh state, at the time the deadliest attack complete its last doubling of per capita income. Foreign investors have the Naxalites had carried out in their 43-year history. Then, on May 17, they sustained this growth by pumping billions of dollars into India’s detonated an explosive device along a road in Chhattisgarh and destroyed a economy. However, economic growth in India has not trickled down, a bus, killing nearly 50 civilians and police officers. At the time, Azad issued political liability that the Naxalites have leveraged both to revive their several statements to the press indicating that the group regretted the death movement and challenge India’s more mainstream political parties. of so many civilians but blamed them for riding on the bus with police Geography and Development officers, something they had been warned against numerous times. Indeed, India as a whole has a disparate geography and some 1.1 billion police in this region are typically not allowed to ride on public inhabitants, and the government in New Delhi thus has a tough time
what was going to happen and told you regardless of what wellplaced sources believed. Sometimes sources are indispensable. Sometimes they are misleading. And sometimes they are the way an intelligence organization justifies being wrong.

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extending its writ throughout the land. The Naxalites are not the only militant movement in India; groups in northwest and northeast India also take advantage of the terrain and the distance from New Delhi to challenge the government for control of the territory they inhabit. The Naxalites specifically inhabit an area known as the “Red Corridor,” which stretches from West Bengal state southwest to Karnataka state. The most violent states in this corridor have been Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Orissa. The region is defined by rolling hills covered in dense jungle and has few improved roads, which allows the Naxalites to control access. The dense jungle also protects them from government aircraft.

and police have been unable to secure the area to permit construction. Only now, some five years after the government promised the land to POSCO, is local compensation being negotiated. India’s economic success has meant that foreign investors like POSCO are increasing their presence in India, which means that locals like the Naxalites are faced with both a threat and an opportunity. Outside business interests (whether investors from South Korea or wealthy prospectors from central India) in partnership with the government pose the greatest threat to the Naxalite movement. On the other hand, outside investment could bring jobs and development to an area that is desperately poor. But Naxalites are skeptical of letting the government control anything in their region, and successful economic development would have a calming effect on the region’s radicalized militants. Movements like that of the Naxalites have an array of motivations for why they do what they do, but self-preservation is always a very high priority. The other opportunity is to force the central government or foreign investors to pay the group directly for any land in the region. Naxalites can raise the stakes by organizing more militant force to deny access to certain areas, sabotage transportation and commercial activity and otherwise mobilize the locals. This would essentially be a large-scale protection racket. The model has been implemented and followed successfully by other militant groups, most notably Nigeria’s Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), which manages to extract concessions from energy giants operating in Nigeria’s oil-rich but dismally poor Niger Delta, and even from the Nigerian government itself. While Maoist leaders in eastern and central India do make statements about how commercial projects in the area need to provide locals with jobs, it is clear that Naxalites are also trying to enhance their capability to pursue the second option. The Threat Naxalites are honing the capability to construct and deploy The region’s geographic isolation has created a tribal mentality, IEDs, conduct armed raids and maintain an extensive, agile and and while the government lumps militant groups in the area under the responsive intelligence network. As seen in the examples above, Naxalite Naxalite umbrella, the militant community is actually quite diffuse, with fighters can be opportunistic in their attacks. The April 6 raid on the small units acting with varying levels of autonomy throughout the region. soldiers in Dantewada and the May 17 bus attack were both actions that For example, there is little indication that a unit from Chhattisgarh would took advantage of opportunities to target and kill police forces. The April also be able to conduct operations in West Bengal. Transportation is 6 raid was the culmination of two or three days of stalking the CRPF unit expensive and dangerous, so people tend to stay close to home and defend in the forest and waiting for the right time to strike. The May 17 bus it fiercely. This makes it difficult for outsiders to gain influence in (and attack was organized in a matter of hours, with spotters noticing the access to) the area. police on the bus and alerting other cadres who planted the device further It also means the area is extremely poor. Although the region has down the road. This flexibility and autonomy among its various an abundance of raw materials in its hills and forests, the state of India has component parts, along with the group’s local support and indigenous been hard-pressed to get at those resources because it cannot effectively knowledge of its turf, make the Naxalites a dangerous adversary against control them. And while Naxalites call for the improvement of the lives of the slower moving, more deliberate and more predictable CRPF. the people they claim to represent, they have resisted any government New Delhi insists that, according to the constitution, the attempt to develop the area’s economy. Indeed, the low level of trust Naxalite problem is one of law and order and, thus, a responsibility for between the Naxalites and New Delhi creates the conundrum of how the the states to address. New Delhi has deployed the CRPF, but it has not government can possibly provide security without developing sufficient gone so far as to deploy the military, something that many Indian infrastructure and how infrastructure can possibly be developed without politicians have called for as the only solution to the problem. While sufficient security. An example of this can be seen in the Naxalites’ constant military advisers have been sent in to train local and federal police forces sabotaging of area roads by planting improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the Red Corridor, they have not engaged in any known anti-Naxalite under road surfaces or simply digging roads up. Roads are necessary for operations. India has unpleasant memories of past deployments of its development, but Naxalites view roads as a means for the government to military forces to address domestic threats. In the 1980s, use of the army send its forces into their territory. to deal with Sikh militancy was criticized as being too heavy-handed. Eager to stimulate growth in the region, the central government Military action at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, codenamed Operation promised foreign investors land without communicating, much less Blue Star, also fanned the flames of Sikh militancy and sparked a series of negotiating, with locals inhabiting the land, which naturally led to disputes serious reprisal attacks that included the assassination of Indian Prime between the locals, the foreign companies and the government. A famous Minister Indira Gandhi, who had ordered the operation. example of an ongoing dispute involves the South Korean steel Also, the Indian military insists it is currently focused on conglomerate POSCO, which is in the process of acquiring some 4,000 fighting Islamist and separatist forces in Jammu and Kashmir in acres in Orissa state on which to build a $12 billion steel mill. The project northwest India, along the disputed border with Pakistan, and is dealing has been delayed by protests and violence by locals opposed to the project, with multiple ethno-separatist movements in the northeast region of

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existence of a single individual cleared to see such diverse intelligence stored across multiple databases and able to collect, collate and transmit the intelligence without detection. Intriguingly, all of what has been released so far has been not-so-sensitive material rated secret or below. The Times reports that Gul’s name appears all over the documents, yet very few documents have been released in the current batch, and it is very hard to imagine intelligence on Gul and his organization, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) directorate, being classified as only secret. So, this was either low-grade material hyped by the media, or there is material reviewed by the selected newspapers but not yet made public. Still, what was released and what the Times discussed is consistent with what most thought was happening in Afghanistan. The obvious comparison is to the Pentagon Papers, commissioned by the Defense Department to gather lessons from the Vietnam War and leaked by Daniel Ellsberg to the Times during the Nixon administration. Many people worked on the Pentagon Papers, each of whom was focused on part of it and few of whom would have had access to all of it. Ellsberg did not give the Times the supporting documentation; he gave it the finished product. By contrast, in the WikiLeaks case, someone managed to access a lot of information that would seem to have been contained in many different places. If this was an unauthorized leak, then it had to have involved a massive failure in security. Certainly, the culprit should be known by now and his arrest should have been announced. And certainly, the gathering of such diverse material in one place accessible to one or even a few people who could move it without detection is odd. Like the Pentagon Papers, the WikiLeaks (as I will call them) elicited a great deal of feigned surprise, not real surprise. Apart from the charge that the Johnson administration contrived the Gulf of Tonkin incident, much of what the Pentagon Papers contained was generally known. Most striking about the Pentagon Papers was not how much surprising material they contained, but how little. Certainly, they contradicted the official line on the war, but there were few, including supporters of the war, who were buying the official line anyway. In the case of the WikiLeaks, what is revealed also is not far from what most people believed, although they provide enormous detail. Nor is it that far from what government and military officials are saying about the war. No one is saying the war is going well, though some say that given time it might go better. The view of the Taliban as a capable fighting force is, of course, widespread. If they weren’t a capable fighting force, then the United States would not be having so much trouble defeating them. The WikiLeaks seem to contain two strategically significant claims, however. The first is that the Taliban are a more sophisticated fighting force than has been generally believed. An example is the claim that Taliban fighters have used man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) against U.S. aircraft. This claim matters in a number of ways. First, it indicates that the Taliban are using technologies similar to those used against the Soviets. Second, it raises the question of where the Taliban are getting them — they certainly don’t manufacture MANPADS themselves. If they have obtained advanced technologies, this would have significance on the battlefield. For example, if reasonably modern MANPADS were to be deployed in numbers, the use of American airpower would either need to be further constrained or higher attrition rates accepted. Thus far, only first- and secondgeneration MANPADS without Infrared Counter-Countermeasures (which are more dangerous) appear to have been encountered, and not with decisive or prohibitive effectiveness. But in any event, this

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India surrounded by China and Bangladesh. While Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has labeled the Naxalite issue the biggest threat to the country’s internal security, incidents like the 2008 Mumbai attacks provide evidence to most Indians that Pakistan and the militants who hide there pose a greater external threat. In the end, Naxalism is fairly contained. Despite threats and indications from Naxalites that they will attack urban targets throughout India, the group has yet to demonstrate the intent or ability to strike outside of the Red Corridor. But the group’s leaders and bombmakers could develop such a capability, and it will be important to watch for any indication that cadres are developing the tradecraft for urban terrorism. Even if they do not expand their target set and conduct more “terroristtype” attacks, the Naxalite challenge to the state could materialize in other ways. The Naxalite organization is a sophisticated one that relies not only on militant tactics but also on social unrest and political tactics to increase its power. Naxalites have formed sympathetic student groups in universities, and human-rights groups in New Delhi and other regional capitals are advocating for the local tribal cause in rural eastern India. Instead of using violence, these groups stage protests to express their grievances against the state. And they underscore the Naxalite ability to use both militant violence and subtle social pressure to achieve their goals. Even if the government did decide to deploy the military to combat the Naxalites in eastern India, it would face a tough fight against a wellentrenched movement — something New Delhi is not likely to undertake lightly or any time soon.

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WikiLeaks and the Afghan War
By George Friedman
On Sunday, The New York Times and two other newspapers published summaries and excerpts of tens of thousands of documents leaked to a website known as WikiLeaks. The documents comprise a vast array of material concerning the war in Afghanistan. They range from tactical reports from small unit operations to broader strategic analyses of politico-military relations between the United States and Pakistan. It appears to be an extraordinary collection. Related special topic page  The War in Afghanistan Tactical intelligence on firefights is intermingled with reports on confrontations between senior U.S. and Pakistani officials in which lists of Pakistani operatives in Afghanistan are handed over to the Pakistanis. Reports on the use of surface-to-air missiles by militants in Afghanistan are intermingled with reports on the activities of former Pakistani intelligence chief Lt. Gen. Hamid Gul, who reportedly continues to liaise with the Afghan Taliban in an informal capacity. The WikiLeaks At first glance, it is difficult to imagine a single database in which such a diverse range of intelligence was stored, or the

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only lever against India, the Pakistanis will not make this their public policy, however. The United States has thus created a situation in which the only rational policy for Pakistan is two-tiered, consisting of overt opposition to the Taliban and covert support for the Taliban.

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doesn’t change the fundamental character of the war. Supply Lines and Sanctuaries What it does raise is the question of supply lines and sanctuaries. The most important charge contained in the leaks is about Pakistan. The WikiLeaks contain documents that charge that the Pakistanis are providing both supplies and sanctuary to Taliban fighters while objecting to American forces entering Pakistan to clean out the sanctuaries and are unwilling or unable to carry out that operation by themselves (as they have continued to do in North Waziristan). Just as important, the documents charge that the ISI has continued to maintain liaison and support for the Taliban in spite of claims by the Pakistani government that pro-Taliban officers had been cleaned out of the ISI years ago. The document charges that Gul, the director-general of the ISI from 1987 to 1989, still operates in Pakistan, informally serving the ISI and helping give the ISI plausible deniability. Though startling, the charge that Islamabad is protecting and sustaining forces fighting and killing Americans is not a new one. When the United States halted operations in Afghanistan after the defeat of the Soviets in 1989, U.S. policy was to turn over operations in Afghanistan to Pakistan. U.S. strategy was to use Islamist militants to fight the Soviets and to use Pakistani liaisons through the ISI to supply and coordinate with them. When the Soviets and Americans left Afghanistan, the ISI struggled to install a government composed of its allies until the Taliban took over Kabul in 1996. The ISI’s relationship with the Taliban — which in many ways are the heirs to the anti-Soviet mujahideen — is widely known. In my book, “America’s Secret War,” I discussed both this issue and the role of Gul. These documents claim that this relationship remains intact. Apart from Pakistani denials, U.S. officials and military officers frequently made this charge off the record, and on the record occasionally. The leaks on this score are interesting, but they will shock only those who didn’t pay attention or who want to be shocked. Let’s step back and consider the conflict dispassionately. The United States forced the Taliban from power. It never defeated the Taliban nor did it make a serious effort to do so, as that would require massive resources the United States doesn’t have. Afghanistan is a secondary issue for the United States, especially since al Qaeda has established bases in a number of other countries, particularly Pakistan, making the occupation of Afghanistan irrelevant to fighting al Qaeda. For Pakistan, however, Afghanistan is an area of fundamental strategic interest. The region’s main ethnic group, the Pashtun, stretch across the Afghan-Pakistani border. Moreover, were a hostile force present in Afghanistan, as one was during the Soviet occupation, Pakistan would face threats in the west as well as the challenge posed by India in the east. For Pakistan, an Afghanistan under Pakistani influence or at least a benign Afghanistan is a matter of overriding strategic importance. It is therefore irrational to expect the Pakistanis to halt collaboration with the force that they expect to be a major part of the government of Afghanistan when the United States leaves. The Pakistanis never expected the United States to maintain a presence in Afghanistan permanently. They understood that Afghanistan was a means toward an end, and not an end in itself. They understood this under George W. Bush. They understand it even more clearly under Barack Obama, who made withdrawal a policy goal. Given that they don’t expect the Taliban to be defeated, and given that they are not interested in chaos in Afghanistan, it follows that they will maintain close relations with and support for the Taliban. Given that the United States is powerful and is Pakistan’s

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This is duplicitous only if you close your eyes to the Pakistani reality, which the Americans never did. There was ample evidence, as the WikiLeaks show, of covert ISI ties to the Taliban. The Americans knew they couldn’t break those ties. They settled for what support Pakistan could give them while constantly pressing them harder and harder until genuine fears in Washington emerged that Pakistan could destabilize altogether. Since a stable Pakistan is more important to the United States than a victory in Afghanistan — which it wasn’t going to get anyway — the United States released pressure and increased aid. If Pakistan collapsed, then India would be the sole regional power, not something the United States wants. The WikiLeaks seem to show that like sausage-making, one should never look too closely at how wars are fought, particularly coalition warfare. Even the strongest alliances, such as that between the United States and the United Kingdom in World War II, are fraught with deceit and dissension. London was fighting to save its empire, an end Washington was hostile to; much intrigue ensued. The U.S.-Pakistani alliance is not nearly as trusting. The United States is fighting to deny al Qaeda a base in Afghanistan while Pakistan is fighting to secure its western frontier and its internal stability. These are very different ends that have very different levels of urgency. The WikiLeaks portray a war in which the United States has a vastly insufficient force on the ground that is fighting a capable and dedicated enemy who isn’t going anywhere. The Taliban know that they win just by not being defeated, and they know that they won’t be defeated. The Americans are leaving, meaning the Taliban need only wait and prepare. The Pakistanis also know that the Americans are leaving and that the Taliban or a coalition including the Taliban will be in charge of Afghanistan when the Americans leave. They will make certain that they maintain good relations with the Taliban. They will deny that they are doing this because they want no impediments to a good relationship with the United States before or after it leaves Afghanistan. They need a patron to secure their interests against India. Since the United States wants neither an India outside a balance of power nor China taking the role of Pakistan’s patron, it follows that the risk the United States will bear grudges is small.

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in which the animal liberation movement conducts its leaderless resistance campaign, to draw lessons from the case and to assess the trajectory of the animal rights movement. The Structure of ALF Like its kindred organization the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), the ALF was created to follow the organizational principles of leaderless resistance. The leaderless resistance model, as envisioned by proponents such as white supremacist Louis Beam, employs a two-tiered approach to revolutionary struggle. One tier adheres to the laws of the land and serves as the aboveground propaganda service for the cause. In the United States, such activists take full advantage of their First Amendment freedoms and are careful to ensure that their propaganda efforts do not cross the line of legality. This caution is necessary because many of these first-tier activists, such as former ELF spokesman Craig Rosebraugh, are the public faces of the movement and receive a great deal of law enforcement attention. The second tier in leaderless resistance is composed of anonymous individuals (“lone wolves”) and small groups of activists (“phantom cells”) who are responsible for conducting attacks — often referred to by the ELF/ALF and other activists as “direct actions.” The aboveground propaganda activists are responsible for providing motivation and general guidance to the operational tier as well as publicizing the cause and exploiting the illegal actions of the underground activists in the media. This second tier is supposed to remain low-key and anonymous and maintain no traceable connections to the aboveground July 29, 2010 | 0856 GMT activists. This operational model is quite evident in the Bond case. Aboveground ALF propaganda outlets such as the Animal Liberation Press Office initially posted news articles on their websites pertaining to the three arsons in which Bond was allegedly involved. Later, they posted anonymous communiques that purported to be from the perpetrator, like the following: “The arson at the Sheepskin Factory in Denver was done in defense and retaliation for all the innocent animals that have died cruelly at the hands of human oppressors. Be warned that making a living from the use and abuse of animals will not be tolerated. Also be warned that leather is every bit as evil as fur. As demonstrated in my recent arson against the Leather Factory in Salt Lake City. Go vegan! — ALF Lone Wolf” Following Bond’s arrest, these ALF propaganda websites posted articles glorifying Bond and his activities for the movement. They also have been very busy using Bond and the press to promote their cause and the case for activists to conduct more direct action attacks. The spokesman for the Animal Liberation Press Office is Dr. Jerry Vlasak, a California physician who, along with his wife, former child actress By Scott Stewart Pamelyn Ferdin (the voice of Lucy from Peanuts), are perhaps the highest On July 22, special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, profile animal rights activists in the country. They are also prime Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the FBI arrested Walter Bond in examples of aboveground activists in the leaderless resistance. Denver and charged him with conducting the April 30 arson that destroyed Vlasak has told various media outlets that he is unsure if Bond a Glendale, Colo., business, the Sheepskin Factory, which sold a variety of is responsible for the arson, but that if he is, Bond is a hero and the ALF sheepskin products. According to an affidavit completed by a special agent supports him. Vlasak was quoted by Denver’s Channel 9 News as saying, assigned to the Denver ATF field office, Bond used the nom de guerre, “ALF “There are a lot of examples of cases where these actions have been taken Lone Wolf” and boasted to a confidential informant that he not only and we’ve gotten concrete results as opposed to lobbying our torched the Sheepskin Factory but also was responsible for a June 5 fire at a congressmen and writing letters to the editors. When you measure these leather factory in Salt Lake City and a July 3 fire at a restaurant in Sandy, types of actions against other options, this has actually shown to be one of Utah. the most effective ways to get things to change.” The Bond case serves as a reminder that activists with Vlasak’s statement highlights an ideological rift that exists in the organizations such as the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) are still very animal rights movement between those who favor violence to further active — indeed, there have been several firebombing attacks by such their cause and those who disdain violence and prefer to use legal activists in the United States this year, not only at businesses but also at the methods. Clearly, Vlasak is on the side of those who advocate violence, homes of animal researchers. And there have been scores of animal rights- which he states is more effective than nonviolent approaches. Vlasak is related attacks in other countries, with Mexico being among the most known for making such attention-getting quotes in the press. Discussing active. The Bond case also provides an opportunity to examine the manner a pair of August 2008 fire-bomb attacks against the homes of
And given that, the Pakistanis can live with Washington knowing that one Pakistani hand is helping the Americans while another helps the Taliban. Power, interest and reality define the relations between nations, and different factions inside nations frequently have different agendas and work against each other. The WikiLeaks, from what we have seen so far, detail power, interest and reality as we have known it. They do not reveal a new reality. Much will be made about the shocking truth that has been shown, which, as mentioned above, shocks only those who wish to be shocked. The Afghan war is about an insufficient American and allied force fighting a capable enemy on its home ground and a Pakistan positioning itself for the inevitable outcome. The WikiLeaks contain all the details. We are left with the mystery of who compiled all of these documents and who had access to them with enough time and facilities to transmit them to the outside world in a blatant and sustained breach of protocol. The image we have is of an unidentified individual or small group working to get a “shocking truth” out to the public, only the truth is not shocking — it is what was known all along in excruciating detail. Who would want to detail a truth that is already known, with access to all this documentation and the ability to transmit it unimpeded? Whoever it proves to have been has just made the most powerful case yet for withdrawal from Afghanistan sooner rather than later.

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Gravitating toward softer targets makes it less likely operatives will be caught in the act. Additionally, the surveillance tradecraft utilized by the ALF and its operatives and the operational security they practice is usually better than that demonstrated by jihadist lone wolves. Organizations such as the Ruckus Society conduct detailed courses on preoperational surveillance, which is called “scouting” in their parlance. Also, since ELF/ALF activists tend to be young Caucasians, they are generally not viewed as a potential threat, even if they are spotted conducting surveillance. Moreover, since these activists have focused mainly on attacks that cause property damage, law enforcement has understandably not placed the same priority on catching ELF/ALF activists as it has other actors such as jihadists, who intentionally target people. In Bond’s case, he might have had some difficulty not drawing attention to himself as he cased leather stores and foie gras restaurants because he had tattoos covering half his face with the word “vegan” tattooed across his throat in large block letters flanked on either side by crossed wrenches. “Monkey wrenching” is a term widely used by activists associated with ELF/ALF and anarchist groups to refer to direct-action attacks that involve property destruction such as arson. Anyone involved in animal research or selling animal products who is observant enough would surely look suspiciously upon a person with such distinctive markings. When all of these factors combine, it is usually very difficult to solve an ELF/ALF arson or bombing case unless a mistake is made, or a confidential informant comes forward. Most successful prosecutions in such cases have come as a result of informants, and because of this we have witnessed a cat-and-mouse game between activists and the government regarding informants, with activist groups pressing informants to commit illegal activities before being accepted and the government giving them permission to do so. Although the CI in the Bond case was just an acquaintance of Bond who was concerned about his arson activities and not a person specifically dispatched to penetrate the movement, without the help of the CI, the government probably had very little chance of identifying Bond. Animal rights blogs and websites have already begun dissecting the Bond case and providing lessons learned to current (and aspiring) animal rights activists. Many of these sites have focused on Bond’s mistake in confiding in the CI and have indicated that they believe the informant is a woman, which is a fair guess, based on the way Bond appeared to be trying to impress the CI with his exploits. In all likelihood, such sites will soon learn the identity of the CI through court documents and appearances and will publish the CI’s name and photo in order to prevent the CI from informing on other activists. The ALF has threatened informants, and has even created websites devoted to identifying “informants, infiltrators, snitches and agents.” As previously imprisoned ALF activist Peter Young once said: “For the sake of clarity, let us be uncomfortably honest: To snitch is to take a life. By words and by weapons, each day lives are taken in the most egregious of crimes. When this happens in the courtroom, we call it ‘cooperation.’ I call it violence, and I call anything done to keep an informant out of the courtroom ‘selfdefense.’” Despite this rhetoric, however, to date, none of the people identified by the ALF as an informant have been harmed. And despite the uproar the Bond case has caused on websites affiliated with animal liberation, when it comes to the national media, the case appears to have received more coverage because of Bond’s dramatic facial tattoos than for his string of successful arsons. Yet even with a dearth of media reporting, a review of the communiques carried on the websites of groups such as ALF and Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty shows that animal rights activists remain surprisingly active, not just in the United States but also in Mexico and elsewhere. Operationally, many of their lone wolves have been more successful in conducting attacks than jihadist lone wolves.

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biologists at the University of California-Santa Cruz, Vlasak remarked: “It’s regrettable that certain scientists are willing to put their families at risk by choosing to do wasteful animal experiments.” According to the ATF affidavit, a search of Bond’s backpack after his arrest revealed that he had a copy of an ALF publication titled “The Declaration of War: Killing People to Save the Animals and the Environment.” The book, which was first published by the ALF in 1991, contends that nonviolent methods such as those laid out by Gandhi and Jesus are not productive (especially when applied to animals) and explains that violence is justified to protect animals, who cannot protect themselves. The book’s author contends that people who seek to liberate animals (which the author refers to as “brothers” and “sisters”) from human oppression and abuse will “use any and every tactic necessary to win the freedom of our brothers and sisters. This means they cheat, steal, lie, plunder, disable, threaten, and physically harm others to achieve their objective.” The Challenges of Leaderless Resistance This ideological split within the movement appears to be what ultimately led to Bond’s arrest. According to the ATF affidavit, on July 1, 2010, a confidential informant (CI) called the ATF to report that Bond was the person responsible for the Sheepskin Factory fire as well as the fire at the leather factory in Salt Lake City. The CI said that he or she had recently been called by Bond after a period of 12 years, and that when the CI asked Bond what he had been up to, Bond told the CI to go to an ALF-related website and scroll down to the Sheepskin Factory fire story and the leather factory fire story and that those arsons were what he had been up to. Upon hearing of Bond’s activities, the CI became concerned that firefighters could be harmed while responding to an arson fire lit by Bond and called the ATF in order to prevent Bond from lighting more fires. At the ATF’s request, the CI then met with Bond on July 22 at a Denver hotel room that the ATF had wired for audio and video. During the meeting, Bond reportedly was captured on tape admitting that he had committed the Sheepskin Factory and leather factory fires as well as the July 3 fire at a restaurant in Sandy, Utah, that served foie gras. He admitted that he used the nom de guerre Lone Wolf and stated that he was planning future arson attacks. This meeting provided the government with the probable cause required to arrest Bond and charge him with the fires, though the ATF and FBI will certainly be working hard to find other evidence linking him to the crimes. In general, lone wolf and small cell attacks conducted by ELF/ALF operatives are very difficult to investigate. First of all, as discussed, the ELF and ALF are intentionally nebulous and promote leaderless resistance, which means there is no centralized command structure for law enforcement to target. Second, many people associated with the ELF/ALF are transient and nomadic. Because of this lifestyle, they are often very hard to track using public records and credit card transactions, making it a challenge for law enforcement to know they are in an area or where they went to when they left. They are also frequently known by nicknames within their activist/fringe communities and frequently don’t carry identification documents. This makes it difficult for law enforcement to figure out who a potential suspect is even if they know his or her nickname. This ambiguity is compounded by the fact that organizations like the ELF and ALF have produced some very good instruction manuals pertaining to the construction of timed incendiary devices. These manuals not only provide sound instruction on constructing and placing incendiary devices but also describe in great detail steps that can be taken to minimize the physical evidence left at a crime scene. ALF operatives have long favored isolated targets without much security — what we refer to as soft targets. While they occasionally have targeted the offices and laboratories of companies involved in animal testing, such targets have increased their security in the wake of past attacks and many ALF operatives have diverted their efforts toward the homes of executives and researchers (like the UCSanta Cruz researchers) and other soft targets.

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armed Dong Feng 21D's uniqueness is in its ability to hit a powerfully defended moving target with pin-point precision. The Chinese Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to the AP's request for a comment. Funded by annual double-digit increases in the defense budget for almost every year of the past two decades, the Chinese navy has become Asia's largest and has expanded beyond its traditional mission of retaking Taiwan to push its sphere of influence deeper into the Pacific and protect vital maritime trade routes. "The Navy has long had to fear carrier-killing capabilities," said Patrick Cronin, senior director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the nonpartisan, Washington-based Center for a New American Security. "The emerging Chinese antiship missile capability, and in particular the DF 21D, represents the first post-Cold War capability that is both potentially capable of stopping our naval power projection and deliberately designed for that purpose." Setting the stage for a possible conflict, Beijing has grown increasingly vocal in its demands for the United States to stay away from the wide swaths of ocean — covering much of the Yellow Sea, East Sea/Sea of Japan and South China Sea — where it claims exclusivity. It strongly opposed plans to hold U.S.-South Korean war games in the Yellow Sea off the northeastern Chinese coast, saying the participation of the USS George Washington supercarrier, with its 1,092foot flight deck and 6,250 personnel, would be a provocation because it put Beijing within striking range of U.S. F-18 warplanes. The carrier instead took part in maneuvers held farther away in the East Sea/Sea of Japan. U.S. officials deny Chinese pressure kept it away and say they will not be told by Beijing where they can operate. "We reserve the right to exercise in international waters anywhere in the world," Rear Adm. Daniel Cloyd, who headed the U.S. side of the exercises, said aboard the carrier during the maneuvers, which ended last week. But the new missile could undermine that policy. "China can reach out and hit the U.S. well before the U.S. can get close enough to the mainland to hit back," said Toshi Yoshihara, an associate professor at the U.S. Naval War College. He said U.S. ships have been that vulnerable only twice — against Japan in World War II and against Soviet bombers in the Cold War. Carrier-killing missiles "could have an enduring psychological effect on U.S. policymakers," he e-mailed the AP. "It underscores more broadly that the U.S. Navy no longer rules the waves as it has since the end of World War II. The stark reality is that sea control cannot be taken for granted anymore." Mr. Yoshihara said the weapon is causing considerable consternation in Washington, though with attention focused on land wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, its implications haven't been widely discussed in public. Analysts note that while much has been made of China's efforts to ready a carrier fleet of its own, it likely would take decades to catch U.S. carrier crews' level of expertise, training and experience. But Beijing does not need to match the U.S. carrier for carrier. The Dong Feng 21D — smarter and vastly cheaper — could attack a U.S. carrier successfully, or at least deter it from getting too close. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Mr. Gates warned of the threat in a speech last September at the Air Force Association Convention. "When considering the military-modernization programs of countries like China, we should be concerned less with their potential ability to challenge the U.S. symmetrically — fighter to fighter or ship to ship — and more with their ability to disrupt our freedom of movement and narrow our strategic options," he said. Mr. Gates said China's investments in cyber and anti-satellite warfare and anti-air and anti-ship weaponry, along with ballistic

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Polarization in the animal rights community continues to grow, as do calls for lone wolves to remain isolated from more moderate elements of the community, who are seen as potential security threats. As those activists favoring violence draw further from the more moderate members of the movement — either due to ideological differences or the need for operational security — any moderating influence on the radicals will also be removed, and the lack of this influence will result in the more radical elements becoming even more violent. This dynamic will certainly produce more attacks against property and can be expected to lead to more attacks of the kind advocated by the book found in Bond’s backpack — attacks against people.

Chinese missile could shift Pacific power balance

A flight deck crew aboard the USS George Washington work on an F/A-18 during joint maneuvers with South Korea off the peninsula's east coast on July 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Eric Talmadge)

By Eric Talmadge -Associated Press

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Editor's Note: The USS George Washington supercarrier recently deployed off North Korea in a high-profile show of U.S. sea power. AP Tokyo News Editor Eric Talmadge was aboard the carrier and filed this report.

ABOARD THE USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (AP) — Nothing projects U.S. global air and sea power more vividly than supercarriers. Bristling with fighter jets that can reach deep into even landlocked trouble zones, America's virtually invincible carrier fleet long has enforced its dominance of the high seas. China soon may put an end to that. U.S. naval planners are scrambling to deal with what analysts say is a game-changing weapon being developed by China: an unprecedented carrier-killing missile called the Dong Feng 21D that could be launched from land with enough accuracy to penetrate the defenses of even the most advanced moving aircraft carrier at a distance of more than 900 miles. Analysts say final testing of the missile could come as soon as the end of this year, though questions remain about how fast China will be able to perfect its accuracy to the level needed to threaten a moving carrier at sea. The weapon, a version of which was displayed last year in a Chinese military parade, could revolutionize China's role in the Pacific balance of power, seriously weakening Washington's ability to intervene in any potential conflict over Taiwan or North Korea. It also could deny U.S. ships safe access to international waters near China's 11,200-mile-long coastline. While a nuclear bomb theoretically could sink a carrier, assuming its user was willing to raise the stakes to atomic levels, the conventionally-

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The Chinese military strategy against the American carrier groups is described by our Beijing sources as being akin to an elephant being attacked by a million deadly fire ants. China is also staging a live-fire ammunition military exercise in the East China Sea at the same time the U.S. Navy is conducting a naval exercise with South Korea in the Yellow Sea. The United States is also holding its annual RIMPAC exercise in Hawaiian waters. Participating with the USS Ronald Reagan and other U.S. warships will be naval vessels from Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and South Korea -- all potential military adversaries of China in a naval showdown in Asia.

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missiles, "could threaten America's primary way to project power" through its forward air bases and carrier strike groups. The Pentagon has been worried for years about China getting an anti-ship ballistic missile. The Pentagon considers such a missile an "antiaccess" weapon, meaning that it could deny others access to certain areas. The Air Force's top surveillance and intelligence officer, Lt. Gen. David Deptula, told reporters this week that China's effort to increase antiaccess capability is part of a worrisome trend. He did not single out the DF 21D but said, "While we might not fight the Chinese, we may end up in situations where we'll certainly be opposing the equipment that they build and sell around the world." Questions remain over when — and if — China will perfect the technology; hitting a moving carrier is no mean feat, requiring state-of-theart guidance systems, and some experts believe it will take China a decade or so to field a reliable threat. Others, however, say final tests of the missile could come in the next year or two. Former Navy Cmdr. James Kraska, a professor of international law and sea power at the U.S. Naval War College, recently wrote a controversial article in the magazine Orbis outlining a hypothetical scenario set just five years from now in which a Deng Feng 21D missile with a penetrator warhead sinks the USS George Washington. That would usher in a "new epoch of international order in which Beijing emerges to displace the United States." While China's Defense Ministry never comments on new weapons before they become operational, the DF 21D — which would travel at 10 times the speed of sound and carry conventional payloads — has been much discussed by military buffs online. A pseudonymous article posted on Xinhuanet, website of China's official news agency, imagines the U.S. dispatching the George Washington to aid Taiwan against a Chinese attack. The Chinese would respond with three salvos of DF 21D, the first of which would pierce the hull, start fires and shut down flight operations, the article says. The second would knock out its engines and be accompanied by air attacks. The third wave, the article says, would "send the George Washington to the bottom of the ocean." Comments on the article were mostly positive.
AP writer Christopher Bodeen in Beijing and national security writer Anne Gearan in Washington contributed to this report.

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-- Chinese military poised to strike hard against U.S. Navy in Asian waters

WMR's sources in China reveal that during a recent military antiaircraft exercise conducted by the People's Liberation Army, a high-tech mobile missile unit was seen moving toward the Pacific coast. The missile unit and its complement of support vehicles was observed to be entirely self-sufficient. The movement of the missile unit toward the Pacific coast came at the same time the South China Morning Post was reporting that China was deploying its first anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM). It is believed that the missiles are armed with nuclear warheads and are designed to destroy U.S. aircraft carriers like the USS George Washington. The carrier, normally based at the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, Japan, is in East Asian waters and is participating in a joint naval exercise with South Korea in the Yellow Sea following the ratcheting of tensions between South and North Korea over the sinking of the Cheonan, a South Korean naval vessel. The South and its American allies blame the North for the sinking, while the North and some of its allies suspect the sinking of the Cheonan was a U.S.-South Korean "false flag" attack staged to blame the North and increase tensions.

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