Boot “Dirty” John Murtha

February 22, 2007 at 3:20 pm (clinton, conyers, edwards, global jihad, hillary, islamo fascist, kucinich, liberal, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, war on terror, waters, waxman, woolsey)

John Murtha: Caving In to Arabs Since 1980

Rumored ex-Marine John Murtha, Democrat congressman from Pennsylvania, has become the darling of the cut-and-run crowd for trying to place absurd restrictions on our troops, amounting to withdrawal from Iraq. Were Arab sheiks whispering into his ear?

In case you missed the video on “I Love the ’80s,” Rep. Murtha was caught on tape negotiating bribes with Arab sheiks during the FBI’s Abscam investigation in 1980. The Abscam investigation was conducted by Jimmy Carter’s Justice Department, not right-wing Republicans.

On tape, Murtha told the undercover FBI agent: “When I make a f***in’ deal I want to make sure that I know exactly what I’m doing and … what I’m sayin’ is, a few investments in my district …”

It is a profound and shocking fact that Murtha even showed up at this meeting, knowing he was going to be negotiating bribe money with Arabs.

Murtha added that he wanted the investment in his district to look like it was done “legitimately … when I say legitimately, I’m talking about so these bastards up here can’t say to me … ‘Jesus Christ, ah, this happened,’ then he (someone else), in order to get immunity so he doesn’t go to jail, he starts talking and fingering people and then the son of a bitch all falls apart.”

For those of you just joining us, no, this isn’t a scene from “The Sopranos.” It’s an actual conversation between a U.S. congressman and an FBI agent posing as an Arab sheik offering a bribe.

Murtha further said that although he was not prepared to accept cash at that time, “after we’ve done some business, then I might change my mind.” You know, just what you or I or any American might say when offered a cash bribe by an Arab.

The ever-helpful media exposed the Abscam investigation before it could be completed, and consequently we were deprived of the possibility of seeing Murtha on tape stuffing cash in his trousers like the other Democratic congressmen (and one “moderate” Republican) convicted in the Abscam investigation. Or, as Al Gore used to call such a fund-raising procedure, “community outreach.”

But Murtha was willing to trade favors in return for investment in his district — and suggested he might take cash down the line. In other words, Murtha wasn’t calling for an immediate surrender of his scruples and principles, but rather a phased withdrawal of them.

In fact, according to a co-conspirator’s affidavit, it didn’t take long for Murtha to warm to the idea of a cash bribe.

About a month after the taped meeting with Murtha, the co-conspirator, lawyer Howard L. Criden, wrote in his affidavit: “Yesterday, Feb. 1, (Democrat Congressman Frank ‘Topper’) Thompson called and told me that Murtha was ready to go,” adding that Murtha had indicated “during January that he was not ready to do business but would be willing to do so in the future.”

Criden said: “Congressman Murtha of Pennsylvania would be willing to enter into an agreement similar to that of the other congressmen” — i.e., taking $50,000 cash from the sheiks for legislative favors.

Criden’s affidavit went unsigned, according to his lawyer, Richard Ben-Veniste, solely because of the resulting publicity when the press blew the investigation, leading Criden to believe the prosecutors had broken the deal.

Criden was later convicted and sentenced to six years in prison, along with seven members of Congress (six of them Democrats). Murtha was an unindicted co-conspirator. (Would that Patrick Fitzgerald were prosecuting the case!)

As an attorney, let me give you the technical legal description of what occurred: John Murtha was as guilty as O.J. Simpson.

Now Murtha issues high moral pronouncements on the war and denounces our troops, calling the U.S. military “broken, worn out” and “living hand to mouth.” Gee, too bad there aren’t any Arab sheiks offering them cash bribes. Sounds like they could really use the money.

Murtha accuses Marines of killing “innocent civilians in cold blood” during an ongoing investigation. Semper Fi, Mr. Dirty Congressman.

Instead of toppling brutal dictators and spreading democracy in the Middle East, Murtha apparently prefers the old way of doing business with Arabs, where he gets juice from the sheiks.

The Democrats’ cheat-sheet on Murtha demands that it be shouted out: “He didn’t take a bribe on tape!” That’s their defense. There is not even a pretense that he didn’t talk to Arabs about a bribe.

He negotiated with a prostitute at the bar, but never consummated the deal. He’s a saint! Let him be my congressman!

It’s the Clintonian “incompetency” defense: Murtha was willing to be bribed; he just never got his act together enough to pick up the cash. I may not be honest, but I’m way too disorganized to actually take bribes!

Fine, Murtha was never convicted. Neither was Nixon. Venal hack John Murtha was willing to sell his country’s interests to Arab sheiks. This is the man Democrats have put up to lead the anti-war charge today, demanding that the commander in chief stop deploying troops against his Arab friends.

If only this whole war thing would blow over, maybe that Arab is still waiting out there with a deal for him.

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Global Warming Scam

February 12, 2007 at 6:02 pm (christianity, clinton, conyers, edwards, global jihad, hillary, islamo fascist, kucinich, liberal, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, waters, woolsey)

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February 11, 2007

An experiment that hints we are wrong on climate change

Nigel Calder, former editor of New Scientist, says the orthodoxy must be challenged

When politicians and journalists declare that the science of global warming is settled, they show a regrettable ignorance about how science works. We were treated to another dose of it recently when the experts of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued the Summary for Policymakers that puts the political spin on an unfinished scientific dossier on climate change due for publication in a few months’ time. They declared that most of the rise in temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to man-made greenhouse gases.

The small print explains “very likely” as meaning that the experts who made the judgment felt 90% sure about it. Older readers may recall a press conference at Harwell in 1958 when Sir John Cockcroft, Britain’s top nuclear physicist, said he was 90% certain that his lads had achieved controlled nuclear fusion. It turned out that he was wrong. More positively, a 10% uncertainty in any theory is a wide open breach for any latterday Galileo or Einstein to storm through with a better idea. That is how science really works.

Twenty years ago, climate research became politicised in favour of one particular hypothesis, which redefined the subject as the study of the effect of greenhouse gases. As a result, the rebellious spirits essential for innovative and trustworthy science are greeted with impediments to their research careers. And while the media usually find mavericks at least entertaining, in this case they often imagine that anyone who doubts the hypothesis of man-made global warming must be in the pay of the oil companies. As a result, some key discoveries in climate research go almost unreported.

Enthusiasm for the global-warming scare also ensures that heatwaves make headlines, while contrary symptoms, such as this winter’s billion-dollar loss of Californian crops to unusual frost, are relegated to the business pages. The early arrival of migrant birds in spring provides colourful evidence for a recent warming of the northern lands. But did anyone tell you that in east Antarctica the Adélie penguins and Cape petrels are turning up at their spring nesting sites around nine days later than they did 50 years ago? While sea-ice has diminished in the Arctic since 1978, it has grown by 8% in the Southern Ocean. 

So one awkward question you can ask, when you’re forking out those extra taxes for climate change, is “Why is east Antarctica getting colder?” It makes no sense at all if carbon dioxide is driving global warming. While you’re at it, you might inquire whether Gordon Brown will give you a refund if it’s confirmed that global warming has stopped. The best measurements of global air temperatures come from American weather satellites, and they show wobbles but no overall change since 1999.

That levelling off is just what is expected by the chief rival hypothesis, which says that the sun drives climate changes more emphatically than greenhouse gases do. After becoming much more active during the 20th century, the sun now stands at a high but roughly level state of activity. Solar physicists warn of possible global cooling, should the sun revert to the lazier mood it was in during the Little Ice Age 300 years ago.

Climate history and related archeology give solid support to the solar hypothesis. The 20th-century episode, or Modern Warming, was just the latest in a long string of similar events produced by a hyperactive sun, of which the last was the Medieval Warming.

The Chinese population doubled then, while in Europe the Vikings and cathedral-builders prospered. Fascinating relics of earlier episodes come from the Swiss Alps, with the rediscovery in 2003 of a long-forgotten pass used intermittently whenever the world was warm.

What does the Intergovernmental Panel do with such emphatic evidence for an alternation of warm and cold periods, linked to solar activity and going on long before human industry was a possible factor? Less than nothing. The 2007 Summary for Policymakers boasts of cutting in half a very small contribution by the sun to climate change conceded in a 2001 report.

Disdain for the sun goes with a failure by the self-appointed greenhouse experts to keep up with inconvenient discoveries about how the solar variations control the climate. The sun’s brightness may change too little to account for the big swings in the climate. But more than 10 years have passed since Henrik Svensmark in Copenhagen first pointed out a much more powerful mechanism.

He saw from compilations of weather satellite data that cloudiness varies according to how many atomic particles are coming in from exploded stars. More cosmic rays, more clouds. The sun’s magnetic field bats away many of the cosmic rays, and its intensification during the 20th century meant fewer cosmic rays, fewer clouds, and a warmer world. On the other hand the Little Ice Age was chilly because the lazy sun let in more cosmic rays, leaving the world cloudier and gloomier.

The only trouble with Svensmark’s idea — apart from its being politically incorrect — was that meteorologists denied that cosmic rays could be involved in cloud formation. After long delays in scraping together the funds for an experiment, Svensmark and his small team at the Danish National Space Center hit the jackpot in the summer of 2005.

In a box of air in the basement, they were able to show that electrons set free by cosmic rays coming through the ceiling stitched together droplets of sulphuric acid and water. These are the building blocks for cloud condensation. But journal after journal declined to publish their report; the discovery finally appeared in the Proceedings of the Royal Society late last year.

Thanks to having written The Manic Sun, a book about Svensmark’s initial discovery published in 1997, I have been privileged to be on the inside track for reporting his struggles and successes since then. The outcome is a second book, The Chilling Stars, co-authored by the two of us and published next week by Icon books. We are not exaggerating, we believe, when we subtitle it “A new theory of climate change”.

Where does all that leave the impact of greenhouse gases? Their effects are likely to be a good deal less than advertised, but nobody can really say until the implications of the new theory of climate change are more fully worked out.

The reappraisal starts with Antarctica, where those contradictory temperature trends are directly predicted by Svensmark’s scenario, because the snow there is whiter than the cloud-tops. Meanwhile humility in face of Nature’s marvels seems more appropriate than arrogant assertions that we can forecast and even control a climate ruled by the sun and the stars.

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The Demotard Jihadi

February 6, 2007 at 7:56 pm (clinton, conyers, edwards, global jihad, hillary, islamo fascist, kucinich, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, war on terror, waters, woolsey)

THE Democratic National Committee made a strange choice to deliver the invocation last Friday at its winter meeting: Husham al-Husainy – an extremist who has a long record of support for prominent Islamists at war with America and Israel.Al-Husainy’s words before the Democrats – asking God to “help us stop . . . occupation and oppression” – were jarring enough, since he was likely referring to either American soldiers in Iraq or Jews in Israel.

But his past statements and activity make those words even more ominous.

Al-Husainy heads the Karbalaa Islamic Education Center mosque in Dearborn, Mich., one of the largest Shiite mosques in North America. He is an open admirer of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini – under whose rule Americans were held hostage for 444 days.

During last summer’s Israel-Hezbollah war, al-Husainy led rallies in Dearborn in support of the Lebanese terrorist group. Protesters displayed swastikas as well as anti-American and anti-Semitic posters.

I attended one rally, at Dearborn’s Bint Jebail Cultural Center – named for the stronghold in south Lebanon from which Hezbollah rockets rained on Israel. Al-Husainy was among several who delivered hate-filled, anti-American rhetoric. He cheered as others called for the hastened destruction of the Jews.

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Really Bad News from Iran

February 5, 2007 at 4:38 pm (christianity, clinton, conservative, conyers, edwards, global jihad, hillary, islamo fascist, kucinich, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, religion, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, war on terror, waters, woolsey)

Iran has converted one of its most powerful ballistic missiles into a satellite launch vehicle. The 30-ton rocket could also be a wolf in sheep’s clothing for testing longer-range missile strike technologies, Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine reports in its Jan. 29 issue.

The Iranian space launcher has recently been assembled and “will liftoff soon” with an Iranian satellite, according to Alaoddin Boroujerdi, the chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission.

The move toward an independent space launch capacity is likely to ratchet up concern in the U.S. and Europe about Iran’s strategic capabilities and intents. Orbiting its own satellite would send a powerful message throughout the Muslim world about the Shiite regime in Tehran.

U.S. agencies believe the launcher to be a derivation of either of two vehicles — the liquid-propellant, 800-1,000-mi. range Shahab 3 missile, or the 1,800-mi. range, solid propellant Ghadar-110. A Shahab 3 or a Ghadar-110 fired from central Iran could strike anywhere in Israel, Saudi Arabia, the entire Persian Gulf region and as far west as southern Turkey.

There are concerns in the West that space launch upgrades, however, could eventually create an Iranian intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a range of nearly 2,500 mi., giving Tehran the ability to strike as far as central Europe, well into Russia and even China and India.

The U. S. Defense Intelligence Agency has told the Congress that Iran may be capable of developing a 3,000-mi. range ICBM by 2015.

“But ultimately, their space program aims to orbit reconnaissance satellites like Israel’s “Ofek,” using an Iranian satellite launcher from Iranian territory, says Uzi Rubin, the former head of the Israel Missile Defense Organization. Rubin made his assessment in a report for The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

“A reconnaissance satellite of reasonable performance should weigh about 300 kg. [660 lb.] Once Iran learns how to put 300 kg. into earth orbit, it could adapt the satellite launcher into an ICBM that could drop more than 300 kg anywhere in the world. Remember the impact on the U.S. of Russia’s launch of Sputnik,” Rubin says in his assessment.

Boroujerdi’s made his remarks about the imminent Iranian launch in a speech before a group of religious students and clerics in the city of Qom near where Iran has conducted some of its ballistic missile tests. Iran is now in the midst of military exercises that include a series of shorter-range missile tests, Iranian officials say.

Although designed as a technology demonstrator, the planned satellite launch would be a potent political and emotional weapon in the Middle East.

The new space launcher and ongoing missile development is also significant in that it highlights close technological ties between the Iranian and North Korean missiles programs, intelligence agencies agree.

Analysts at GlobalSecurity.org believe that if the version used is the Shahab 3, the modification could be a stepping stone to a clone of the North Korean Taepo Dong 2C/3 ballistic missile that failed in a launch attempt from North Korea last July 4.

A November 2006 Congressional Research Service report reinforced concerns over Iranian and North Korean missile development ties. It notes that Israel’s military intelligence chief has information indicating that North Korea has shipped to Iran eighteen 1,500 mi. range BM-25 ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

“Largely with foreign help, Iran is becoming self-sufficient in the production of ballistic missiles,” says the report’s author, Kenneth Katzman. And he reminds that a 2006 U.S. National Security Strategy Document notes, “The United States may face no greater challenge from a single country than Iran.”

What are Democrats planning to do about this?

Blame Bush.

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The Reason for 9/11!!!

February 5, 2007 at 2:34 pm (christianity, clinton, conservative, conyers, edwards, global jihad, hillary, islamo fascist, kucinich, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, religion, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, war on terror, waters, woolsey)

More than five years after 9/11, the crucial question of why the Islamic radicals decided to strike America remains unanswered. Recall that for at least two decades prior to 9/11, radical Muslims were focused on fighting in their own countries. They were trying to overthrow their local governments and to establish Islamic states under sharia law. America was not their target.

Then, in the mid-to-late 1990s, two of the leading Muslim radicals, Ayman al-Zawahiri and Osama Bin Laden, decided on a new strategy. They abandoned the tactic of fighting the “near enemy” and decided to take the battle to the “far enemy,” specifically the United States. If Zawahiri and Bin Laden had not changed course, 9/11 would not have happened.

Why, then, did they do so? In his book the Far Enemy, political scientist Fawaz Gerges argues that the radical Muslims’ strategy of fighting the near enemy proved unsuccessful, and so they decided to try something else. “When jihadis met their Waterloo on home-front battles,” Gerges writes, they “turned their guns against the West in an effort to stop the revolutionary ship from sinking.”

Bin Laden himself supplies the answer to this question. He says he developed the suspicion that despite its outward show of power and affluence, the far enemy was weaker and more vulnerable than the near enemy. Bin Laden had witnessed a united force of Muslim fighters, the so-called Arab Afghans, drive the Soviet Union out of Afghanistan. The Arab Afghans, Bin Laden notes, “managed to crush the greatest empire known to mankind. The so-called superpower vanished into thin air.”

Even though the demise of the Soviet Union left the United States as the world’s only superpower, Bin Laden determined that “America is very much weaker than Russia.” Bin Laden based his opinion on America’s military conduct in previous years. He saw that when America found itself in a drawn-out guerilla war in Vietnam, it accepted defeat and withdrew. Americans, Bin Laden concluded, love life so much that they are not willing to risk it. In short, they are cowards. When only 18 American troops were killed in Somalia in 1993, Bin Laden said, “America fled in the dark as fast as it could.”

During the mid to late 1990s, the radical Muslims tested America’s resolve by launching a series of attacks on American targets. These were massive attacks, unprecedented in the damage they inflicted. There was the Khobar Towers attack on American facilities in Saudi Arabia, the bombing of U.S. embassies in East Africa, the suicide assault on the American warship the U.S.S. Cole.

Yet in every case the Clinton administration reacted either by doing nothing, or with desultory counterattacks like a missile strike against unoccupied Afghan tents and the bombing of what was reported to be a pharmaceutical factory in the Sudan. Clearly these responses inflicted little harm to Al Qaeda and actually made America look ridiculous in the eyes of the Muslim world.

 Consequently, Bin Laden became convinced that his theory of American irresolution and weakness was substantially correct. By his own account he became emboldened to conceive of a grander and more devastating strike on American shores, the strike that occurred on 9/11.

Even so, this strike could have been prevented had the Clinton administration acted on intelligence leads and struck back at Bin Laden, when it had the chance. Former CIA agent Michael Scheuer estimates that during the second term of the Clinton administration America had approximately 10 opportunities to kill Bin Laden, and took none of them. Even Richard Clarke, Clinton’s terrorism adviser and a Clinton apologist, admits he is mystified why the American government did not go after and eliminate Bin Laden. After all Bin Laden had already declared war on America and made war on American targets abroad.

President Clinton has repeatedly said he made every effort to “get” Bin Laden. But between 1996 (the year Bin Laden moved to Afghanistan) until early 2000 Bin Laden was not exactly in deep hiding. He lived near Kandahar in a house provided by Mullah Omar. He preached in the local mosque. He gave interviews over a period of three years to Peter Arnett of CNN, John Miller of ABC News, a journalist for Time magazine, the British journalist Robert Fisk, the Pakistani editor Abdel Bari Atwan, the folks at Al Jazeera, and others. How come all these people could find Bin Laden but not the Clinton administration?

I’m not suggesting that Clinton did not want to protect America from Bin Laden. I am suggesting that this was not a top priority for his administration. Their top priority was to save Clinton from impeachment and to discredit special prosecutor Ken Starr. Clinton wanted to “get” Starr, and he did. But somehow Bin Laden slipped through the net.

The conclusion seems unavoidable. The Islamic radicals made the decision to attack America on 9/11 because they decided that America was cowardly and weak. They came to this conclusion largely as a result of the actions—and inaction—of the Clinton administration and its allies on the left. What could have been done to get rid of Bin Laden and avert 9/11 was not done. In this sense liberal foreign policy gave radical Muslims the confidence and the opportunity to strike, and they did.

Dinesh D’Souza’s new book The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11 has just been published by Doubleday. D’Souza is the Rishwain Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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US Economy Booming

February 5, 2007 at 2:16 pm (christianity, clinton, conservative, conyers, edwards, global jihad, hillary, islamo fascist, kucinich, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, religion, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, war on terror, waters, woolsey)

Economists are hastily upgrading their forecasts for the US economy after a series of surprisingly strong reports suggesting the so-called “soft landing” may be over and growth is accelerating.
Over the past week, surprises have come in stronger-than-expected reports on US job creation, the trade balance and retail sales — all key contributors to economic activity.

Lehman Brothers chief US economist Ethan Harris on Friday boosted his forecast for fourth quarter 2006 growth to an annualized rate of 3.3 percent, a leap from the firm’s prior call for just 2.0 percent growth.

“After slowing in November, the economy seems to have regained its stride,” Harris said.

“With the last of the major data in, we are now revising fourth quarter GDP to an above-trend 3.3 percent. A wide range of indicators have been stronger than expected. Most important have been the strong consumption data and the surprising improvement in the trade balance.”

The latest data defy predictions that the slump in real estate would filter into other areas of the economy, notably consumer spending.

The latest data showed US employers added a healthy 167,000 new jobs in December, with unemployment holding at a low 4.5 percent. Average wages were up 4.2 percent annually.

A separate report Friday showed US retail sales increased 0.9 percent in December.

Retail sales are closely watched as consumer spending accounts for about two-thirds of US economic activity. Some analysts have theorized that slumping housing prices may crimp spending in a reversal of the so-called wealth effect.

The higher retail sales “will juice up overall real growth in the fourth quarter to about 3.0 percent — a substantial improvement from only 2.0 percent in the third quarter” said Brian Bethune at research firm Global Insight.

Even the US trade deficit, long a source of weakness, improved in the latest report to 58.2 billion dollars in November, as exports increased.

The data have eased pressure on the dollar and lifted the stock market to fresh highs.
Note to Democrats:
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
 

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Dianne Feinstein’s Secret

February 2, 2007 at 3:23 pm (clinton, conservative, conyers, edwards, global jihad, hillary, islamo fascist, kucinich, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, religion, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, war on terror, waters, woolsey)

As a member of the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee, Sen. Feinstein voted for appropriations worth billions to her husband’s firms

By Peter Byrne

IN THE November 2006 election, the voters demanded congressional ethics reform. And so, the newly appointed chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is now duly in charge of regulating the ethical behavior of her colleagues. But for many years, Feinstein has been beset by her own ethical conflict of interest, say congressional ethics experts.

As chairperson and ranking member of the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee (MILCON) from 2001 through the end of 2005, Feinstein supervised the appropriation of billions of dollars a year for specific military construction projects. Two defense contractors whose interests were largely controlled by her husband, financier Richard C. Blum, benefited from decisions made by Feinstein as leader of this powerful subcommittee.

Each year, MILCON’s members decide which military construction projects will be funded from a roster proposed by the Department of Defense. Contracts to build these specific projects are subsequently awarded to such major defense contractors as Halliburton, Fluor, Parsons, Louis Berger, URS Corporation and Perini Corporation. From 1997 through the end of 2005, with Feinstein’s knowledge, Blum was a majority owner of both URS Corp. and Perini Corp.

While setting MILCON agendas for many years, Feinstein, 73, supervised her own staff of military construction experts as they carefully examined the details of each proposal. She lobbied Pentagon officials in public hearings to support defense projects that she favored, some of which already were or subsequently became URS or Perini contracts. From 2001 to 2005, URS earned $792 million from military construction and environmental cleanup projects approved by MILCON; Perini earned $759 million from such MILCON projects.

In her annual Public Financial Disclosure Reports, Feinstein records a sizeable family income from large investments in Perini, which is based in Framingham, Mass., and in URS, headquartered in San Francisco. But she has not publicly acknowledged the conflict of interest between her job as a congressional appropriator and her husband’s longtime control of Perini and URS—and that omission has called her ethical standards into question, say the experts.

Insider Information

The tale thickens with the appearance of Michael R. Klein, a top legal adviser to Feinstein and a long-time business partner of Blum’s. The vice-chairman of Perini’s board of directors, Klein was a partner in Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, a powerful law firm with close ties to the Democratic Party, for nearly 30 years. Klein and Blum co-own ASTAR Air Cargo, which has military contracts in Iraq and at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Klein also sits on the board of SRA International, a large defense contractor.

In an interview with this reporter in September, Klein stated that, beginning in 1997, he routinely informed Feinstein about specific federal projects coming before her in which Perini had a stake. The insider information, Klein said, was intended to help the senator avoid conflicts of interest. Although Klein’s startling admission was intended to defuse the issue of Feinstein’s conflict of interest, it had the effect of exacerbating it.

Klein said that he regularly gave Feinstein’s chief of staff, Mark Kadesh, lists of Perini’s current and upcoming contractual interests in federal legislation, so that the senator would not discuss, debate, vote on or participate in matters that could affect projects in which Perini was concerned.

Earmarks, you know, set asides, you name it, there was a system in place which on a regular basis I got notified, I notified her office and her office notified her,” Klein said.

“We basically identified any bid that Perini was going for and checked to see whether it was the subject of already appropriated funds or funds yet to be appropriated, and if it was anything that the senator could not act on, her office was alerted and she did not act on it.”

This is an extraordinary thing for Klein and the senator to do, since the detailed project proposals that the Pentagon sent to Feinstein’s subcommittee for review do not usually name the firms already contracted to perform specific projects. Nor do defense officials typically identify, in MILCON hearings, which military construction contractors were eligible to bid on upcoming work.

In theory, Feinstein would not know the identity of any of the companies that stood to contractually benefit from her approval of specific items in the military construction budget—until Klein told her.

Klein explained, “They would get from me a notice that Perini was bidding on a contract that would be affected as we understood it by potential legislation that would come before either the full Congress or any committee that she was a member of. And she would as a result of that not act, abstain from dealing with those pieces of legislation.”

However, the public record shows that contrary to Klein’s belief, Feinstein did act on legislation that affected Perini and URS.

According to Klein, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics ruled, in secret, that Feinstein did not have a conflict of interest with Perini because, due to the existence of the bid and project lists provided by Klein, she knew when to recuse herself. Klein says that after URS declined to participate in his conflict of interest prevention plan, the ethics committee ruled that Feinstein could act on matters that affected URS, because she did not have a list of URS’ needs. That these confidential rulings are contradictory is obvious and calls for explanation.

Klein declined to produce copies of the Perini project lists that he transmitted to Feinstein. And neither he nor Feinstein would furnish copies of the ethics committee rulings, nor examples of the senator recusing herself from acting on legislation that affected Perini or URS. But the Congressional Record shows that as chairwoman and a ranking member of MILCON, Feinstein was often involved in supervising the legislative details of military construction projects that directly affected Blum’s defense contracting firms.

After reviewing the results of this investigation, Wendell Rawls, executive director of the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C., observes that by giving Feinstein notice of Perini’s business objectives, Klein achieved the opposite of preventing a conflict of interest.

Rawls comments, “Sen. Feinstein has had a serious conflict of interest, a serious insensitivity to ethical considerations. The very least she should have done is to recuse herself from having conversations, debates, voting or any other kind of legislative activity that involved either Perini Corporation or URS Corporation or any other business activity where her husband’s financial interests were involved.

“I cannot understand how someone who complains so vigorously as she has about conflicts of interest in the government and Congress can have turned such a deaf ear and a blind eye to her own. Because of her level of influence, the conflict of interest is just as serious as the Halliburton-Cheney connection.”

Called Into Question

Here are a few examples from the Congressional Record of questionable intersections between Feinstein’s legislative duties and her financial interests:

  • At a MILCON hearing in 2001, Feinstein interrogated defense officials about the details of constructing specific missile defense systems, which included upgrading the early warning radar system at Cobra Dane radar on Shemya Island, Alaska. In 2003, Perini reported that it had completed a contract to upgrade the Cobra Dane radar system. It has done similar work at Beale Air Force Base in California and in the United Kingdom. URS also bids on missile defense work.
  • In the 2002 MILCON hearings, Feinstein questioned an official about details of the U.S. Army’s chemical demilitarization program. URS is extensively involved in performing chemical demilitarization work at key disposal sites in the United States.
  • At that same hearing, Feinstein asked about the possibility of increasing funding for anti-terrorism-force protection at Army bases. The following year, on March 4, 2003, Feinstein asked why the anti-terrorism-force protection funds she had advocated for the year before had not yet been spent. On April 21, 2003, URS announced the award of a $600 million contract to provide, among other services, anti-terrorism-force protection for U.S. Army installations.
  • Beginning in 2003, both Perini and URS were awarded a series of open-ended contracts for military construction work around the world, including in Iraq and Afghanistan. Under Feinstein’s leadership, MILCON regularly approved specific project “task orders” that were issued to Perini and URS under these contracts.
  • At a March 30, 2004, MILCON hearing, Feinstein grilled Maj. Gen. Dean Fox about whether or not the Pentagon intended to prioritize funding the construction of “beddown” maintenance facilities for its new airlifter, the C-17 Globemaster. After being reassured by Fox that these funds would soon be flowing, Feinstein said, “Good, that’s what I really wanted to hear. Thank you very much. Appreciate it very much, General.” Two years later, URS announced a $42 million award to build a beddown maintenance facility for the C-17 at Hickam Air Base in Hawaii as part of a multibillion dollar contract with the Air Force. Under Feinstein’s leadership, MILCON approved the Hickam project.
  • In mid-2005, MILCON approved a Pentagon proposal to fund “overhead coverage force protection” in Iraq that would reinforce the roofs of U.S. Army barracks to better withstand mortar rounds. On Oct. 13, 2005, Perini announced the award of a $185 million contract to provide overhead coverage force protection to the Army in Iraq.
  • In the 2005 MILCON hearings, Feinstein earmarked MILCON legislation with $25 million to increase environmental remediation at closed military bases. Year after year, Feinstein has closely overseen the environmental cleanup and redevelopment of McClellan Air Force Base near Sacramento, frequently requesting that officials add tens of millions of dollars to that project. URS and its joint ventures have earned tens of millions of dollars cleaning up McClellan. And CB Richard Ellis, a real estate company headed by Feinstein’s husband Richard Blum, is involved in redeveloping McClellan for the private sector.This investigation examined thousands of pages of documents, including transcripts of congressional hearings, U.S. Security and Exchange Commission filings, government audits and reports, federal procurement data and corporate press releases. The findings were shared with contracting and ethics experts at several nonpartisan, Washington, D.C.-based government oversight groups. Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, a nonprofit organization that analyzes defense contracts and who examined our evidence says, “The paper trail showing Sen. Feinstein’s conflict of interest is irrefutable.”

    On the face of it, there is nothing objectionable about a senator closely examining proposed appropriations or advocating for missile defense or advancing the cleanup of a toxic military base. Blum profitably divested himself of ownership of both URS and Perini in 2005, ameliorating the conflict of interest. But Feinstein’s ethical dilemma arose from the fact that, for five years, the interests of Perini and URS and CB Richard Ellis were inextricably entwined with her leadership of MILCON, which last year approved $16.2 billion for military construction projects.

    Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington, remarks, “There are a number of members of Congress with conflicts of interest. [California Republican Congressman John T.] Doolittle, for example, hired his wife as a fundraiser, and she skimmed 15 percent off of all campaign contributions. Others, like [former] Speaker [Dennis] Hastert and Cong. [Ken] Calvert, were earmarking federal money for roads to enhance the value of property held by their families.

    “But because of the amount of money involved,” Sloan continues, “Feinstein’s conflict of interest is an order of magnitude greater than those conflicts.”

Family Matters

Californians elected San Francisco’s former Mayor Dianne Feinstein to the Senate in 1992. She was overwhelmingly re-elected in November 2006. She is well liked by both liberals and conservatives. She supports abortion rights and gun control laws. She politicked this year for renewal of the Patriot Act and sponsored a constitutional amendment to ban American flag burning. She is currently calling for President Bush to set a timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq, but she strongly supported the invasions, occupations and “reconstructions” of both Iraq and Afghanistan. She sits on the Defense Appropriations subcommittee and the Senate Intelligence Committee, and she is a consistent hawk on matters military.

And she is wealthy. In 2005, Roll Call calculated Feinstein’s wealth, including Blum’s assets, at $40 million, up 25 percent from the year before. That made her the ninth wealthiest member of Congress. Feinstein’s latest Public Financial Disclosure Report shows that in 2005 her family earned income of between $500,000 and $5 million from capital gains on URS and Perini stock combined. From CB Richard Ellis, Blum earned between $1.3 million to $4 million. (The report allows for disclosure of dollar amounts within ranges, which accounts for the wide variance.)

A talented financier and deal-broker, Blum, 70, presides over a global investment empire through a labyrinth of private equity partnerships. His flagship entity is a merchant banking firm, Blum Capital Partners, L.P., of which he is the chairman and general partner. Through this bank, Blum bought a controlling share of Perini in 1997, when it was nearly broke. He named his close associate, the attorney Michael R. Klein, to represent his interest on the board of directors. Blum declined to comment for this story. Perini CEO Robert Band deferred to Klein for comment.

In 2000, according to public records, Perini—which partly specializes in erecting casinos—earned a mere $7 million from federal contracts. Post-9/11, Perini transformed into a major defense contractor. In 2004, the company earned $444 million for military construction work in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as for improving airfields for the U.S. Air Force in Europe and building base infrastructures for the U.S. Navy around the globe. In a remarkable financial recovery, Perini shot from near penury in 1997 to logging gross revenues of $1.7 billion in 2005.

In December 2005, Perini publicly identified one of its main business competitors as Halliburton. The company attributed its growing profitability, in large part, to its Halliburton-like military construction contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the company warned investors that if Congress slammed the brakes on war and occupation in the Middle East, Perini’s stock could plummet.

According to Klein and to public records, Blum’s firm originally paid $4 a share for a controlling interest in Perini’s common stock. After a series of complicated stock transactions, Blum ended up owning 13 percent of the company, a majority interest. In mid- and late 2005, Blum and his firm took their profits by selling about 3 million Perini shares for $23.75 per share, according to Klein and reports filed with the SEC. Klein says Blum personally owned 100,000 of the vastly appreciated shares when they were sold. Shortly thereafter, Feinstein began calling for winding down the Iraq war while urging that the “global war on terror” continue indefinitely.

Perini’s Payday

It is estimated that Perini now holds at least $2.5 billion worth of contracts tied to the worldwide expansion of American militarism. Its largest Department of Defense contracts are “indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity” or “bundled” contracts carrying guaranteed profit margins. As is all too common, competitive bidding was minimal or nonexistent for many of these contracts.

In June, U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, released a report by the House Committee on Government Reform criticizing the Pentagon’s growing use of bundled contracts. Waxman complained that these contracts give companies an incentive to increase costs. One of the “problem contracts” identified by Waxman was a no-bid, $500 million contract held by Perini to reconstruct southern Iraq’s electrical grid.

In fact, bundled military construction contracts fueled Perini’s transformation from casino builder to major war contractor. As of May 2006, Perini held a series of bundled contracts awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers for work in the Middle East worth $1.725 billion. Perini has also been awarded an open-ended contract by the U.S. Air Force for military construction and cleaning the environment at closed military bases. Perini shares that $15 billion award with several other firms, including URS.

Perini regularly performs military construction jobs from Afghanistan to Alaska. It built a biological warfare laboratory for the Navy in Virginia. It built fuel tanks and pipelines for the Navy in North Africa. Details of these projects are typically examined and approved or disapproved by MILCON.

At a 2001 MILCON hearing, Feinstein, attending to a small item, told Maj. Gen. Earnest O. Robbins that she would appreciate receiving an engineering assessment on plans to build a missile transport bridge at Vandenberg Air Force Base. He said he would give it to her. She also asked for and received a list of unfunded construction projects, which prioritize military construction wish lists down to the level of thousand-dollar light fixtures. While there is no evidence to point to nefarious intent behind Feinstein’s request for these details, it is worth noting that Perini and URS have open-ended contracts to perform military construction for the Air Force. The senator could have chosen to serve on a subcommittee where she had no potential conflict of interests at all.

In 2003 hearings, MILCON approved various construction projects at sites where Perini and/or URS are contracted to perform engineering and military construction work. The sites included: Camp Lejeune; the Underwater Systems Lab in Newport, R.I.; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; the Naval facilities at Dahlgren, Va.; projects at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Ind., and Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico; and military bases in Guam, Diego Garcia and Crete.

There are some serious problems with Perini’s work in Iraq. In June 2004, the Government Accountability Office reported that Perini’s electrical reconstruction contract in southern Iraq suffered from mismanagement and lack of competition. In 2006, the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction found that Perini was paid to construct multimillion-dollar electrical substations in the desert that could not be connected to the electrical grid. And the company was billing the government for purchasing and subcontracting costs that were not justified, according to the Defense Contract Audit Agency. An October 2005 audit by the Defense Department’s Inspector General criticized the execution of Perini’s cost-plus military construction work in Afghanistan, saying, “The contractor had an incentive to increase costs, because higher costs resulted in higher profit.”

URS and McClellan

URS dwarfs Perini. With more than 100 subsidiaries, it employs nearly 30,000 engineers and workers worldwide. The firm’s largest customer is the U.S. Army, from which it booked $791 million in work in 2005 out of a total revenue of $3.9 billion.

URS is not just a construction company; it also develops and maintains advanced weapons systems. In 2002, URS purchased weaponry firm EG&G Technical Services from the Carlyle Group, in which former President George H.W. Bush was a principal. But as profitable as its arms dealing division is, URS reports that its growth sectors are military construction, homeland security and environmental services for military sites under existing Defense Department contracts.

According to a database of federal procurement records made available for this investigation by Eagle Eye Publishers of Fairfax, Va., URS’s military construction work in 2000 earned it a mere $24 million. The next year, when Feinstein took over as MILCON chair, military construction earned URS $185 million. On top of that, the company’s architectural and engineering revenue from military construction projects grew from $108,726 in 2000 to $142 million in 2001, more than a thousandfold increase in a single year.

As Congress gave the Bush administration the green light on military spending after 9/11, the value of Blum’s investment in URS skyrocketed. Between 2003 and 2005, URS’ share price doubled. In late 2005, Blum resigned from the URS board of directors, after 30 years as a member. Simultaneously, he sold 5.5 million URS shares, worth about $220 million at market price.

The Congressional Record shows that in year after year of MILCON hearings, Feinstein successfully lobbied defense officials to increase the budget for military base cleanup and redevelopment, especially at the decommissioned McClellan Air Force Base. The detoxification of McClellan is a plum job: it is estimated to cost $1.3 billion and take many years to complete. There is, of course, nothing unusual about a senator advocating for projects that improve environmental health, particularly when the project is in her home state; and the Pentagon is notoriously lax about cleaning up its Superfund sites.

It turns out, though, that URS specializes in environmental consulting and engineering work at military installations. It holds a $69 million contract to manage the cleanup of Hill Air Force Base in Utah, which was awarded in 2004. It has a $320 million contract to remediate pollution at U.S. Army bases in the United States and the Caribbean, which was awarded in 2005. And from 2000 to 2005, URS and its partners were paid $204 million for work at McClellan Air Force Base, according to Eagle Eye.

At a MILCON hearing in 2001, Feinstein cited the environmental work at McClellan as needing more money. “That is a base that I am very familiar with, and I am glad that we were able to provide that funding so that work at McClellan can proceed,” she said. Feinstein then asked for and received detailed information concerning the Pentagon’s projected schedule to finish the McClellan cleanup and the effect of delaying cleanup upon its potential for commercial reuse.

At a MILCON hearing in March 2002, Chairwoman Feinstein interrogated Assistant Secretary of Defense Nelson F. Gibbs:

  Sen. Feinstein: Is the Air Force capable of executing greater [cleanup] funding in 2003 at McClellan?
  Mr. Gibbs: Yes, ma’am.
  Feinstein: And how much would that be? How about $22 million?
  Gibbs: That would be very close. That would be almost exact as a matter of fact. … If you would like, I can provide for you a list of those individual projects.
  Feinstein: I would. If you would not mind. Thank you very much.

The next week, Gibbs sent Feinstein a memo showing the addition of $23 million to the McClellan environmental budget, mostly for groundwater remediation, URS’ specialty.

In the 2003 MILCON hearings, Feinstein told Dov S. Zakheim, then the Defense Department comptroller, that she “was really struck by the hit that environmental remediation [at McClellan Air Force Base] took. … However, I have just [received] a list from the Air Force of what they could use to clean up … McClellan, and one other base, and it is 64 million additional dollars this year.”

Dr. Zakheim replied, “Well, let me first say that I remember your concern last year, and I am glad that we took care of [McClellan]. That is important.”

Feinstein remarked that the Pentagon had already spent $7 billion on environmental cleanup of closed bases, and that another $3.5 billion should be immediately allocated so that the clean bases can be transferred to the private sector. Demonstrating her grasp of technical details, she remarked, “I am particularly concerned with the dilapidated condition of the sewer line at McClellan that continues to impede significant economic redevelopment of the base.”

That is where CB Richard Ellis comes in.

The real estate firm is politically well-connected. Sen. Feinstein’s husband chairs the board of directors. Bill Clinton’s secretary of commerce, Michael Kantor, joined in 2004. Former Senate Majority Leader Thomas A. Daschle signed on in 2005. The firm specializes in consulting with local governments and developers from California to Puerto Rico on how best to redevelop cleaned-up military bases. It also brokers the sale and lease of redeveloped base lands to the private sector. Since Blum took over CB Richard Ellis, for example, the company has closed deals leasing tens of thousands of square feet of commercial space on cleaned-up portions of McClellan to private developers.

In a 2003 MILCON hearing, Sacramento County redevelopment official Robert B. Leonard told Feinstein, “We wanted to express our appreciation for your efforts over the last year in supporting our needs at McClellan.” During the five years that Feinstein led the subcommittee, support for the McClellan cleanup and the redevelopment deals were particular focuses of her attention.

URS declined to comment for this story. The sole comment that Feinstein’s office made in response to a series of written questions about facts in this story is that “Sen. Feinstein has never had any knowledge nor has she exercised any influence on the award of environmental cleanup contracts under the jurisdiction of the Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee.”

Let the Sunlight In

Last week, the Senate voted to close some significant loopholes in its ethics rules. But it stopped short of creating an office of public integrity, which would independently monitor lobbyists and members of Congress for ethical compliance. Setting her own limits on the extent of reform she will countenance, Feinstein says she is opposed to the creation of an independent congressional ethics watchdog. “If the law is clear and precise, members will follow it,” she assured The New York Times on Nov. 18, 2006.

The problem with the existing rules governing congressional ethics is that they are neither clear nor precise, and neither are they effective. Senate rules governing conflicts of interest are so vaguely worded, say government watchdogs, that short of stashing cash bribes in the refrigerator, the line between serving constituents and serving oneself is often blurred. The public record shows that Feinstein has a history of crossing that blurry line.

Charles Tiefer is a professor of law specializing in legislation and government contracting at the University of Baltimore in Maryland. He served as solicitor and deputy counsel to the House of Representatives for 11 years. He has taught at Yale Law School and written books on congressional procedures and separation of powers. Tiefer observes that, unlike the executive and judiciary branches of government, Congress does not have enforceable conflict of interest rules. It is up to Sen. Feinstein’s constituents, Tiefer says, to decide if she has a conflict of interest and to take whatever action they want. To make that possible, Feinstein should have publicly disclosed the details of her family investments in Perini, URS and CB Richard Ellis as they related to her actions on MILCON. Tiefer avers that when Klein gave Feinstein lists of Perini’s interests, he worsened her conflict of interest.

“The senator should, at a minimum, have posted Klein’s lists on her Senate website, so that the press and the public would be warned of her potential conflicts,” Tiefer says, noting that she should also make public her correspondence with the Senate Ethics Committee.

As the arbiter of Senate rules on ethics, it is incumbent on Feinstein to provide the public with an explanation of why she did not recuse herself from acting on MILCON details that served her financial interests, and why she failed to resign from the subcommittee after she recognized the potential for conflicts of interest, which, unfortunately, materialized in an obvious way and over a long period of time.

 
 

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Islamic Atrocities January 2007

February 2, 2007 at 1:58 pm (christianity, conservative, global jihad, islamo fascist, politics, religion, Uncategorized, war on terror)

1/31/07 Thailand Yala 1 6 A 59-year-old rubber tapper is murdered in drive-by shooting by Islamists.
1/31/07 Iraq Baghdad 12 22 Sectarian violence around the city leaves at least a dozen dead, including a decapitation.
1/31/07 Iraq Fallujah 7 0 Seven people, including a teenager, are gunned down by Jihadis.
1/31/07 Iraq Baghdad 4 0 Three university professors and a student, kidnapped by Islamic militants three days earlier, are found dead.
1/31/07 Thailand Pattani 1 3 Islamists kill a villager with a bomb.
1/31/07 Bangladesh Dhaka 1 1 A policeman is killed in a bomb attack by suspected Islamic extremists.
1/31/07 Pakistan Hangu 2 1 Two people inside a house are killed in a sectarian mortar attack.
1/30/07 Iraq Ramadi 16 0 A suicide truck bomber kills sixteen people.
1/30/07 Pakistan Hangu 2 14 Two Afghan refugees are killed by Sunni extremists following a Shia religious festival.
1/30/07 Iraq Adhamiya 17 72 Jihadis rain down mortars on a residential area, killing seventeen innocent Iraqis.
1/30/07 Afghanistan Herat 0 12 A Fedayeen suicide bomber rams his truck into an Afghan convoy, injuring a dozen innocents.
1/30/07 Iraq Khanaqin 13 39 A Shiite religious ceremony is the targe of a deadly roadside bomb, as Sunnis rack up more dead Shia.
1/30/07 Iraq Baghdad 25 9 Sectarian violence within the Religion of Peace leaves over two dozen dead in various attacks.
1/30/07 Iraq Balad Ruz 23 57 A suicideal Sunni blows two-dozen Shia worshippers to Allah at a mosque.
1/29/07 Algeria Batna 5 0 Islamic fundamentalists open up on a checkpoint with automatic weapons, killing five Algerian security staff at point-blank range.
1/29/07 Pakistan Dera Ismail Khan 2 7 A suicide bomber blows himself up at a park, killing two other people.
1/29/07 India Kishtwar 2 2 The Mujahideen attack Indian troops, killing two.
1/29/07 Chechnya Gudermes 4 0 Four Russians are killed in a shooting and suicide attack by Islamic militants.
1/29/07 Iraq Tuz Khurmato 5 0 Sunnis blast a Shiite mosque, killing five worshippers.
1/29/07 Thailand Songkhla 3 1 Two Buddhist couples are brutally assaulted by Muslim radicals. Three people are killed.
1/29/07 Thailand Pattani 1 0 Muslim militants gun down a man driving his wife to work.
1/29/07 Thailand Yala 1 0 A teenager dies after his throat is slashed and he is stabbed by radical Muslims.
1/29/07 Thailand Yala 1 0 Islamists shoot a civilian off his motorcycle.
1/29/07 Iraq Zaafaraniya 16 28 Jihadis stage a mortar attack on a residential area, killing sixteen innocents.
1/29/07 Iraq Baghdad 4 5 Sunnis plant a bomb on a minibus, killing four passengers.
1/29/07 India Gorakhpur 1 0 A Hindu man is killed by a mob of angry Muslims.
1/29/07 Israel Eilat 3 3 Three Israelis are murdered by an al-Aqsa suicide bomber at a bakery.
1/28/07 Thailand Yala 1 0 A 33-year-old woman is shot to death by Islamic terrorists.
1/28/07 Iraq Baghdad 5 20 Five school girls are killed when freedom fighters mortar a school.
1/28/07 Philippines Rangaban 1 1 Moro Islamic Front terrorists attack a village, killing one defender and injuring another.
1/28/07 Iraq Ramadi 5 10 Two children are among five killed by a Fedayeen suicide bomber.
1/28/07 Iraq Baghdad 29 0 Twenty-nine victims of sectarian hatred are found executed across the city.
1/28/07 Iraq Kirkuk 16 34 Two separate suicide bombings, one at a market, leave sixteen innocents dead.
1/28/07 Iraq Baghad 14 64 Four Jihad bombings leave fourteen people dead and over sixty injured.
1/28/07 Thailand Pattani 1 0 A Buddhist man is killed in a Muslim drive-by attack.
1/28/07 Pakistan Punjab 2 0 A couple in their 40’s are tied to a tree and stoned to death for adultery.
1/27/07 Iraq Baghdad 40 0 Two women are among forty bodies found around the city as Sunnis and Shias go at it.
1/27/07 Algeria Skikda 1 4 Islamic fundamentalists ambush a police station, killing one officer.
1/27/07 Pakistan Peshawar 14 60 A suicide bomber targets a crowd leaving a mosque, killing at least fourteen.
1/27/07 Iraq Baghdad 13 43 Two suicidal Sunnis murdered at least thirteen Shias in an attack at a market.
1/27/07 Yemen Saada 6 20 Radical Shiites ambush and kill six Yemeni soldiers.
1/27/07 Iraq Baghdad 5 3 Sunnis storm a Shia home, killing five members of the same family.
1/27/07 Pakistan Babar Kuch 2 3 A rocket attack by Taliban-backed militants on a civilian vehicle leaves two dead.
1/27/07 Afghanistan Kunar 1 3 Taliban terrorists kill an Afghan contractor during an ambush on a security base.
1/26/07 Pakistan Islamabad 1 6 A suicide bomber blows himself up outside the Marriott hotel, killing a guard.
1/26/07 Pakistan Khan Yunis 1 1 al-Qaeda militants ambush a police patrol, killing an officer.
1/26/07 Pal. Auth. Gaza 2 0 A man and a 16-year-old are killed in separate Hamas attacks.
1/26/07 Pal. Auth. Khan Yunis 1 0 A 2-year-old girl is killed when Islamic factions clash in Gaza.
1/26/07 India Tanur 1 5 A Hindu activist is hacked to death by Muslim gangs.
1/26/07 Sudan Magwe 1 2 An Indian peacekeeper is gunned down by suspected Jihadis.
1/26/07 Iraq Baghdad 29 14 Twenty-seven people are kidnapped and murdered by Jihadis. Two others are killed by a suicide bomber.
1/26/07 Iraq Baghdad 15 55 Sunnis target innocent Iraqis at a pet fair, killing over a dozen with a shrapnel bomb.
1/26/07 Thailand Pattani 1 4 Islamists gun down a cop and injure four civilians with a bomb blast.
1/25/07 Pakistan Hangu 2 4 Two passersby are killed in a car bombing.
1/25/07 Somalia Kismayo 1 1 An Ethiopian solider is shot to death by Muslim militants.
1/25/07 Iraq Baghdad 42 17 Forty-two victims of sectarian hatred within the Religion of Peace are found over a 24-hour period.
1/25/07 Thailand Narathiwat 1 1 A young man is gunned down by Islamic terrorists.
1/25/07 Iraq Fallujah 2 0 A boy and an elderly woman are murdered by Muslim bombers.
1/25/07 Iraq Baghdad 7 30 Seven people are killed in separate marketplace bombings by Islamic terrorists.
1/25/07 Thailand Pattani 1 0 A 57-year-old Buddhist man is murdered by Islamic radicals on his way to work.
1/25/07 Philippines Midsayap 1 0 At least one person is killed when Moro terrorists attack a group of families.
1/25/07 Iraq Baghdad 26 64 Over two-dozen people are blown to bits by Sunni bombers in a shopping district. Dozens more suffer injury.
1/24/07 Somalia Mogadishu 2 1 Two civilians are killed when Islamic militias fire mortars into an airport.
1/24/07 Iraq Baghdad 33 0 Thirty-three victims of sectarian hatred are found murdered.
1/24/07 Iraq Baghdad 4 3 A suicide bomber kills four Iraqis.
1/24/07 Iraq Baghdad 2 0 A female bank employee and a professor are murdered by Jihadis in separate attacks.
1/23/07 Iraq Suwayra 6 9 Radical Sunnis wipe out five members of a Shia family and one other in a terror attack.
1/23/07 Iraq Tal Afar 2 0 Two teachers are shot to death by radicals.
1/23/07 Thailand Yala 1 0 A Buddhist man is murdered by Islamists as he drove his 7-year-old son home from school.
1/23/07 India Bandina 3 2 The Mujahideen blow up a passing security vehicle, killing three occupants.
1/23/07 Afghanistan Uruzgan 9 0 Nine Afghan policemen are murdered in a Taliban ambush in a remote area.
1/23/07 Afghanistan Khost 10 14 A Taliban suicide bomber blows ten Afghan civilians to Allah.
1/23/07 Iraq Fallujah 3 0 Three butchers are killed by Islamic fundamentalists.
1/23/07 Iraq Baghdad 17 0 Seventeen victims of sectarian hatred within the Religion of Peace are found executed.
1/23/07 Thailand Narathiwat 2 0 Two men are gunned down in a drive-by shooting by Islamists.
1/23/07 Jordan Amman 1 0 A 17-year-old girl is shot four times in the head by her father, who thought she had had sex. An autopsy showed she was a virgin.
1/23/07 Chechnya Kurchaloi 1 0 Jihadis shoot a police officer to death.
1/22/07 Syria Damascus 1 0 A 16-year-old girl is stabbed five times in the back and neck by her brother, angry that she had been raped.
1/22/07 Iraq Baghdad 30 0 Thirty victims of sectarian violence are found bound and executed.
1/22/07 Iraq Rutba 4 0 Four people are kidnapped, tortured and executed by sectarian rivals.
1/22/07 Iraq Baghdad 88 190 Sunni extremists score big at a market, killing nearly ninety unsuspecting Shia shoppers with coordinated bombs.
1/22/07 Iraq Baghdad 1 1 Fundamentalists murder a female teacher on her way to work at a girl’s school.
1/22/07 Pakistan Miran Shah 5 20 Four Pakistani soldiers and a female passerby are killed in a Fedayeen suicide attack on a checkpoint.
1/22/07 Iraq Khalis 12 39 A dozen civilians are killed in an Islamic bombing attack.
1/21/07 Iraq Karrada 6 15 A half-dozen people are incinerated in a suspected suicide blast on a minibus.
1/21/07 Thailand Narathiwat 1 0 A middle-aged Buddhist man is gunned down by militants as he is standing in front of his home talking with friends.
1/21/07 India Baramulla 1 12 A grenade attack by the Mujahideen eventually kills one of thirteen people injured.
1/21/07 Algeria Jijel 1 8 The Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, kills an Algerian soldier in a bomb attack.
1/21/07 Iraq Mosul 9 4 A woman is among nine people killed by Jihadis in shooting and bombing attacks.
1/20/07 Iraq Baghdad 40 10 Religious violence claims the lives of at least forty people in various attacks.
1/20/07 Thailand Narathiwat 1 2 A noodle vendor is shot to death in front of his 12-year-old daughter by Muslim militants.
1/20/07 Somalia Mogadishu 4 0 Four civilians are killed in an Islamic attack.
1/20/07 Philippines Parang 1 7 Abu Sayyaf terrorists kill a Filipino soldier in an ambush.
1/20/07 Iraq Mosul 7 2 Seven people are gunned down by sectarian rivals.
1/20/07 Iraq Iskandariya 4 4 Four people are murdered by Islamic terrorists.
1/19/07 Iraq Yusufiya 4 0 Two very young children, ages 1 and 5, are among four killed in a bombing by Sunni militants.
1/19/07 Turkey Istanbul 1 0 An advocate for the victims of Armenian genocide is gunned down by a Muslim who says, ‘I killed the infidel.’
1/19/07 Iraq Hilla 1 0 Fundamentalists murder a butcher.
1/19/07 Iraq Karbala 4 0 Four American soldiers aer abducted and brutally killed in captivity by Islamic militants.
1/18/07 Thailand Narathiwat 1 0 A Buddhist woman working as a health care volunteer is murdered by Islamic gunmen.
1/18/07 Thailand Narathiwat 1 1 Muslim gunmen kill a 68-year-old man and injure his son.
1/18/07 Iraq Baghdad 26 0 Twenty-six people are found shot and tortured to death by sectarian rivals.
1/18/07 Iraq Baghdad 12 34 A series of terrorist bombings leave at least eleven people dead.
1/18/07 Iraq Mosul 13 21 Thirteen people are killed in shootings, including one on a wedding party, and a Fedayeen suicide blast.
1/18/07 Iraq Baghdad 10 30 Sunnis bomb a vegetable market, killing ten patrons.
1/18/07 India Nayidgam 1 0 A mechanic is abducted and beheaded by the Mujahideen.
1/18/07 Afghanistan Paktika 1 5 A suicide bomber kills an Afghan soldier.
1/17/07 Iraq Baghdad 4 10 An American woman working for an NGO is among three civilians murdered in a bomb attack.
1/17/07 Iraq Kirkuk 10 42 A suicide truck bomber drives into an Iraqi police station, killing ten people.
1/17/07 Iraq Baghdad 15 33 Sunnis car bomb a Shia market, killing fifteen patrons.
1/17/07 India Wagoora 1 0 Local Mujahideen shoot an electrical employee to death.
1/17/07 Iraq Baghdad 30 0 Police find thirty victims of sectarian violence in and around the city. Most were tortured and shot.
1/17/07 Thailand Yala 1 0 A 42-year-old Buddhist scrap dealer is shot dead by Muslim terrorists in front of his home.
1/17/07 Thailand Songkhla 1 0 Muslim radicals murder a Buddhist rubber-tapper.
1/17/07 Iraq Mosul 10 0 Ten victims of sectarian violence are delivered to the morgue.
1/16/07 Iraq Mosul 12 0 Twelve people, including at least one woman, are murdered by Muslim gunmen.
1/16/07 Israel Juarish 1 0 A 19-year-old woman is shot to death in her own bed by relatives for violating the family’s honor.
1/16/07 Iraq Baghdad 70 180 Islamic terrorists manage to slaughter at least seventy students, mostly female, at a university using a car bomb and then a suicide bomber on foot to catch the survivors!
1/16/07 Iraq Baghdad 16 11 Jihadis kill ten civilians in a drive-by shooting and another six with a car bomb.
1/16/07 Iraq Baghdad 15 74 Sunnis target Shia civilians in a marketplace, killing at least fifteen with a suicide attack.
1/16/07 Iraq Iskandariya 2 0 Freedom fighters kill an Iraqi woman and her son in a mortar attack.
1/16/07 Thailand Narathiwat 1 2 Islamic militants kill a village chief with a roadside bomb.
1/15/07 Iraq Mosul 5 28 A Fedayeen suicide bomber sends five Kurds to Allah.
1/15/07 Iraq Baghdad 7 5 Two separate bombings leave seven Iraqis dead.
1/15/07 Iraq Baqubah 11 0 Eleven people are kidnapped by sectarian rivals, bound, gagged and executed.
1/15/07 Thailand Pattani 1 0 A man is shot to death by radical Muslims.
1/15/07 Thailand Yala 1 1 A 58-year-old Buddhist man is murdered by Islamists in an attack that also leaves his wife injured.
1/15/07 India Hajan 1 0 Islamic terrorists shoot dead a man shopping at a market.
1/15/07 India Sumbar 1 0 A civilian is abducted by the Mujahideen and shot to death in captivity.
1/14/07 Pakistan Matta 3 0 Two girls and their mother are killed in a mine attack by local Taliban.
1/14/07 Iraq Mosul 14 8 Fourteen people are murdered in separate attacks by Muslim radicals.
1/14/07 Thailand Pattani 2 0 A married couple is murdered by Islamic radicals at the entrance to their business. The man is decapitated. A note pinned to the body says, ‘We kill all Buddhists.’
1/14/07 Iraq Baghdad 41 0 Forty-one victims of sectarian violence are found in various locations.
1/14/07 Thailand Yala 1 0 Muslims gun down another Buddhist civilian.
1/14/07 Pakistan Butkhela 1 1 Pro-Taliban militants shoot an Uzbeki man to death.
1/14/07 Thailand Pattani 1 5 Islamic militants bomb a Thai military vehicle, killing one soldier.
1/14/07 Thailand Pattani 1 0 A 31-year-old man is shot off the back of a motorcycle by Islamic terrorists.
1/13/07 Thailand Pattani 1 0 Islamists murder a Buddhist policeman on his way to work.
1/13/07 Dagestan Aimaumakhi 1 0 A policeman is gunned down by suspected Islamic rebels.
1/13/07 Iraq Iskandariya 3 1 Terrorists attack a private factory, killing three workers.
1/13/07 Iraq Kirkuk 2 3 Muslim terrorists shoot two engineers to death.
1/13/07 Thailand Yala 1 0 A Buddhist firefighter is shot to death by radical Muslims in front of his office.
1/12/07 Thailand Narathiwat 1 0 Militant Muslims gun down a village guard outside his home.
1/12/07 Thailand Pattani 2 0 Two Buddhist men are murdered by Religion of Peace gunmen in separate attacks.
1/12/07 Iraq Ishaqi 3 0 Three civilians are shot to death by Islamic terrorists.
1/12/07 Iraq Baghdad 11 0 Ten intact bodies and one severed head are discovered by police.
1/12/07 Thailand Yala 1 0 A 62-year-old civilian is gunned down by Islamic terrorists as he is carrying his 2-year-old grandson on a motorbike.
1/11/07 Indonesia Poso 1 0 A police officer at a funeral for a terrorist is beaten to death by an angry Muslim mob.
1/11/07 Iraq Khadra 5 0 Five off-duty policemen are gunned down in cold blood by Sunni terrorists.
1/10/07 Thailand Pattani 1 1 A female teacher is shot to death by Islamic militants on her way to school.
1/10/07 Somalia Mogadishu 1 0 Islamists fire a rocket into a home, killing a family member.
1/10/07 Iraq Karbala 11 14 Sunni gunmen massacre Shia pilgrims returning home in a convoy of buses.
1/10/07 Iraq Mosul 8 0 Eight people are found dead from terror attacks.
1/10/07 Iraq Baghdad 68 0 Sixty-eight victims of Sunni-Shia sectarian violence are found murdered in three cities over a 24-hour period.
1/10/07 Iraq Tal Afar 5 16 A child is among five people killed in separate suicide bombings.
1/10/07 Philippines General Santos 6 23 Six people, including two young children and two woman, are killed in a suspected Abu Sayyaf bomb attack on a lottery office and market.
1/10/07 Philippines Cotabato 1 0 Muslim militants kill a garbage collector with a bomb.
1/9/07 Pakistan Hangu 1 0 A newspaper journalist is beheaded by Islamic militants.
1/9/07 Thailand Pattani 1 0 A janitor is murdered by Islamists shortly after dropping his daughter off at school.
1/9/07 Iraq Baghdad 46 0 Forty-six victims of sectarian hatred between Sunnis and Shia are found around the country.
1/9/07 Pakistan Qamber 2 0 A man kills his sister and her lover in an ‘honor’ killing.
1/9/07 Pakistan Jacobabad 2 0 Two brothers are shot to death in a coordinated terror attack concerning an issue of sexual impropriety.
1/8/07 Iraq Baghdad 15 15 Fifteen cleaning contractors are brutally murdered in a Sunni assault on their bus.
1/8/07 Thailand Songkhla 1 0 A Buddhist teacher, brutally beaten into a coma by a Muslim mob seven months earlier, finally expires.
1/8/07 India Indergam 1 0 A 9th grade student is shot to death by the Mujahideen.
1/8/07 Iraq Mosul 5 0 Five people are gunned down by sectarian rivals.
1/8/07 Iraq Baghdad 6 0 Sunnis gun down six members of a Shiite family as they are moving their furniture.
1/8/07 Iraq Baghdad 32 16 At least four separate Jihad attacks leave nearly three dozen civilians dead.
1/7/07 Somalia Mogadishu 1 1 Islamic militants kill a young girl with automatic weapons fire.
1/7/07 Afghanistan Khost 4 2 Two women and two children are blown to bits by Islamic bombers.
1/7/07 Iraq Suwayra 4 0 Four people are kidnapped and executed, one by decapitation.
1/7/07 Iraq Baghdad 23 7 Two dozen people lose their lives to sectarian violence in three attacks.
1/7/07 India Andergam 1 0 A 16-year-old student is gunned down in his home by Islamic radicals.
1/7/07 India Baramulla 2 0 Two civilians are murdered by the Mujahideen. One has his throat slit.
1/7/07 Pakistan Mansehra 1 0 A young woman is murdered by her brother for pursuing an education. The brother claims she ‘met Allah’s destiny.’
1/7/07 Iraq Hilla 2 11 A Jihad car bombing kills two civilians.
1/6/07 Iraq Baghdad 27 0 Police find twenty-seven victims of sectarian violence killed in gruesom fashion by Religion of Peace rivals.
1/6/07 India Shopian 3 23 Three people are killed in a Mujahideen grenade attack on a market.
1/6/07 Afghanistan Khost 1 0 A security official is shot to death by religious extremists.
1/6/07 India Dangiwacha 1 0 A civilian is gunned down on the job by the Mujahideen.
1/6/07 Iraq Mosul 6 0 Six people are gunned down by Muslim terrorists.
1/6/07 Iraq Baghdad 44 0 Forty-four additional victims of sectarian violence within Islam are found executed.
1/5/07 Somalia Mogadishu 1 0 An Islamic militant tosses a grenade into the street, killing a civilian.
1/5/07 Iraq Baghdad 4 11 Jihadis drop bombs on a market, killing four shoppers.
1/5/07 Pal. Auth. Mughazi 1 0 Hamas gunmen murder a critic at a refugee camp.
1/5/07 Iraq Baghdad 47 0 Another forty-seven victims of sectarian hatred within the Religion of Peace are found executed.
1/5/07 Ethiopia Kofele 1 0 A Christian is beaten to death by Muslims with a metal bar.
1/5/07 Pakistan Tando Adam 1 0 A young man guns down his aunt on suspicion that she was engaged in adultery.
1/5/07 Iraq Iskandariya 3 0 Three people are kidnapped and tortured to death by Islamic militants.
1/4/07 Iraq Hilla 4 0 Four people are kidnapped and shot to death by Islamic terrorists.
1/4/07 Pal. Auth. Jabalya 7 36 Hamas militants fire rockets into a Fatah leader’s home, killing him and six others.
1/4/07 Pakistan Peshawar 1 0 Three Sunnis murder a Shia leader.
1/4/07 Thailand Narathiwat 1 1 Muslim gun down a Buddhist teenager.
1/4/07 Iraq Baghdad 47 0 Islamic militants take care of forty-seven Iraqis in various attacks. Four are beheaded.
1/4/07 Iraq Baghdad 13 22 Sunni terrorists detonate two car bombs, killing thirteen people in a residential district.
1/3/07 India Kandi 1 2 Islamic rebels ambush a security patrol, killing one member.
1/3/07 Somalia Jilib 2 2 An Islamist stages a Fedayeen attack, killing two unsuspecting Ethiopians.
1/3/07 Iraq Baghdad 45 0 Forty-five victims of sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shia are found dead.
1/3/07 Pal. Auth. Beit Lahiya 2 17 A woman and Fatah official are shot dead by Hamas terrorists in separate incidents. Seventeen others are injured.
1/3/07 Pal. Auth. Beit Lahiya 3 0 Hamas ambush a car carrying Fatah members, killing three of them.
1/3/07 Thailand Yala 2 0 A 70-year-old man is gunned down, along with his son-in-law, by Islamic militants.
1/2/07 Iraq Nahrawan 5 0 Five civilians are kidnapped, tortured and executed by Jihadis.
1/2/07 Pakistan Chak Saboo 2 0 A married couple is burnt alive in front of their children because the woman was kidnapped and raped.
1/2/07 Iraq Baghdad 49 4 Forty-nine victims of sectarian strife between Sunnis and Shia are found dead. A mortar attack kills four other civilians.
1/2/07 Thailand Narathiwat 1 0 An anti-terror Muslim leader is gunned down by Islamists while leaving a cemetery.
1/1/07 Iraq Baqubah 4 0 Radical Sunnis gun down a moderate and three aides.
1/1/07 Iraq Mosul 3 0 Three borthers are murdered by sectarian rivals.
1/1/07 Afghanistan Herat 2 1 Religious extremists murder two policemen with a bomb.
1/1/07 Iraq Baghdad 40 0 Forty victims of sectarian hatred within the Religion of Peace are found in several locations

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Cleveland Terrorist Deported

January 10, 2007 at 6:52 pm (christianity, conservative, global jihad, islamo fascist, politics, religion, war on terror)

Israel is holding the former imam of Ohio’s largest mosque, deported last week by the US, the Shin Bet said for the first time Tuesday.

Fawaz Damra, 46, was arrested by the Shin Bet because of his ties to Islamic Jihad, which is classified by Israel and the US as a terror organization, the Shin Bet said Tuesday. No further details were provided.

Damra was deported by American authorities last week because he concealed his ties to Islamic Jihad when he applied for American citizenship in 1994.

Originally from the West Bank city of Nablus, Damra was deported to Jordan last week after being incarcerated in Monroe County, Michigan, for a year while awaiting deportation.

He crossed into the West Bank last Thursday, and his whereabouts had not been disclosed, though his family alleged that he had been arrested by Israel.

The Shin Bet’s announcement Tuesday was the first official admission that Israel was holding the cleric.

Islamic Jihad, a small radical group with links to Iran and Syria, has carried out dozens of suicide bombings and rocket attacks against Israel.

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Another Victory in Iraq

December 29, 2006 at 5:36 pm (christianity, conservative, global jihad, islamo fascist, politics, religion, Uncategorized, war on terror)

Combined Forces Capture 60 Insurgents, Kill Cell Leader

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28, 2006 – Combined forces captured 60 suspected insurgents and killed one cell leader over the past four days in Iraq.– Soldiers from the 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, detained 30 suspected insurgents Dec. 26 southwest of Mahmudiayh. The detainees are being held for questioning.

— 5th Iraqi Army Division forces, with coalition advisors, raided a suspected terrorist training camp today during operations near Baqubah. Combined forces detained 13 insurgents suspected of attacks against coalition forces and civilians.

— Soldiers with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team and the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, killed one suspected insurgent and captured 13 more during a four-day operation in Baghdad that ended today.

— 7th Iraqi Army Division forces, with coalition advisors, detained three suspected insurgents today during operations near Tameem. The detained are responsible for multiple roadside-bomb and car-bomb attacks against coalition forces, Iraqi security forces and civilians.

— Special Iraqi army forces, with coalition advisors, captured an al Qaeda in Iraqi terror cell leader Dec. 26 during operations in Yusufiyah, south of Baghdad. The terrorist is believed responsible for the June kidnapping two U.S. Army soldiers who were later found tortured and murdered.

— Iraqi soldiers responded to a car-bomb detonation yesterday in northeastern Baghdad that killed 15 people and wounded 20 others. Iraqi soldiers transported the injured to a hospital for medical treatment.

— U.S. Army soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, rescued two kidnapping victims yesterday who were being held captive by insurgents in Hit, Iraq.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)
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