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Holder, Democrats blast NYPD’s spying on Muslims in New Jersey

by Jim Kouri on Saturday, March 10th, 2012

This is article 75 of 117 in the topic Muslims/Koran

When it comes to intelligence gathering and analysis as well as counterterrorism, the NYPD takes a backseat to no nation including the U.S. Credits: NYPD Press Office

Yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder told U.S. senators that he was disturbed by what he’s read about the New York Police Department conducting undercover and surveillance operations targeting mosques and Islamic student organizations in New Jersey.

Holder was testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee when New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg, a Democrat, asked about the NYPD spying operation in New Jersey.

While most of the operations were conducted within New York, NYPD officials admitted some of the operations led them outside of New York State and into New Jersey, which angered politicians such as Lautenberg, and received condemnation from the FBI, which claimed “the surveillance damaged relations with Muslims and weakened national security.”

When Sen. Lautenberg asked how a New York City police agency could spy on other states’ residents without any interstate-interagency input, Holder said, “I don’t know. We are in the process of reviewing the letters that have come in expressing concerns about those matters.”

“At least what I’ve read publicly, and again, just what I’ve read in the newspapers, is disturbing,” Holder said. “And these are things that are under review at the Justice Department.”

Three dozen Democrat members of Congress have asked for a full Justice Department investigation.

“I can’t read their minds or look into their hearts, but based on their actions it seems to me the Democrats will always jump at the chance to investigate cops or intelligence agents or military personnel, but are lax when it comes to investigating the enemies of the U.S. or the criminals,” said former police detective Mike Snopes, who served in the NYPD Intelligence Division.

“Holder, Lautenberg and others are disturbed with the [NYPD] because the department didn’t allow political correctness to get in the way of protecting New Yorkers,” Snopes said.

“And as far as New Jersey, let’s remember that members of a Jersey City mosque were involved in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center,” Snopes added.

Last Monday, as reported in The Examiner, Rep. Peter King (R-NY), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, joined a group of American Muslim leaders to show their support for the New York Police Department’s highly successful counterterrorism efforts, a NYC police officer told the Law Enforcement Examiner.

According to Detective Iris Aquino, press conference was organized by the American Islamic Leadership Coalition (AILC) at the NYPD’s headquarters at 1 Police Plaza in lower Manhattan.

“The news media and commentators have been unfair and unreasonable in their criticism of the NYPD following a series of news reports regarding surveillance and intelligence gathering operations,” Det. Aquino told the Law Enforcement Examiner.

“The press conference by a diverse, broad-based group of American Muslim leaders who have come together to address recent criticism of the counterterrorism programs of the NYPD [is important at this time],” said Rep. King said during the Monday press conference.

“The public discourse concerning Muslims and NYPD has been dominated by a perception that American Muslims feel targeted. This press conference gives voice to a large coalition of American Muslims who feel otherwise and reject Islamist representation of their voices,” stated King.

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European Union tax on U.S. airlines illegal, say opponents

by Jim Kouri on Monday, November 7th, 2011

This is article 37 of 71 in the topic Travel/Transportation

A European scheme to tax Americans in the name of saving the environment is being slammed by U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. But are the Democrats and some Republicans merely against the Europeans collecting those taxes from Americans because they want that power reserved for the IRS?

The EU's plan to tax American airlines flights landing in member countries is being met with stiff resistance. Maybe. Credit: World Factbook

While bi-partisan cooperation appears to be rare in the U.S. House of Representatives, this week Republican and Democrat members overwhelmingly voted against U.S. participation in the European Union’s costly emissions trading scheme (ETS) that would impose new emissions taxes on U.S. and other nations’ air carriers flying into and out of the European Union countries.

“Although proponents of the EU tax say it will not have any impact of U.S. citizens, truth be told, the cost of this new tax will be passed on to the passengers in higher airfares,” says political strategist Mike Baker.

The “European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011” (H.R. 2594) is bipartisan legislation that was introduced in the House by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL), Full Committee Ranking Democrat Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Tom Petri (R-WI), Aviation Subcommittee Ranking Democrat Jerry Costello (D-IL), Aviation Subcommittee Vice-Chair Chip Cravaack (R-MN), and other Members of the House. The bill passed the House of Representatives overwhelmingly by voice vote.

“This appropriately named EU scheme is an arbitrary and unjust violation of international law that disadvantages U.S. air carriers, threatens U.S. aviation jobs, and could close down direct travel from many central and western U.S. airports to Europe,” Mica said. “Congress and the United States government will not support this ill-advised and illegal EU tax scheme.”

“Reducing aviation emissions is a goal that is worth pursuing, but the EU’s go-it-alone approach will fly in the face of the international community and is not the way to find an international solution to an international problem,” said Rahall.

“Only through international dialogue will we reach consensus on how to deal with a global challenge, but I am confident that, if our European friends will act in good faith, we will more than rise to the occasion. For the meanwhile, this bill will protect U.S. airlines and all Americans who rely on them for travel and employment from the unjust effects of the EU’s plan,” Rahall added.

“The European Union is unilaterally attempting to impose an illegal scheme on American airlines,” said Petri. “This is unacceptable for all sorts of reasons. The money the EU is attempting to extract from our airlines would come at the expense of our much-needed investments in ‘NextGen’ (Next Generation) technologies to upgrade our air traffic control system, and the purchasing of new aircraft — just two proven methods of improving environmental performance.

“If the EU gets away with this unilateral scheme, what’s to stop them from imposing all sorts of new ‘eco-charges’ on other activities outside the EU? And we don’t even have a guarantee that the fees will be used to benefit the environment,” Petri noted.

“The EU’s approach on emission controls is misguided and illegal,” said Rep. Costello.

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Obama, Libya Bombing and the UCMJ

by Douglas J. Hagmann on Saturday, March 26th, 2011

This is article 113 of 1011 in the topic Obama

By Sean Osborne

24 March 2010: President Obama fully and intentionally skirted the U.S. Constitution in illegally ordering the Pentagon to commence acts of war against Libya. In light of this fact President Obama’s orders to the U.S. military to execute these attacks in Libya constitutes an illegal order under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

Members of the US Armed Forces who obey illegal orders are subject to criminal prosecution.

Per the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ):

Section 16c(1)(c):
Lawfulness. A general order or regulation is lawful unless it is contrary to the Constitution, the laws of the United States, or lawful superior orders or for some other reason is beyond the authority of the official issuing it.

Section 14c(2)(a)(i):
Inference of lawfulness. A order requiring the performance of a military duty or act may be inferred to be lawful and it is disobeyed at the peril of the subordinate. This inference does not apply to a patently illegal order, such as one that directs the commission of a crime.

Such illegal orders are a crime as in war crime, an international war crime at that. These illegal orders can apply as war crimes in the International Court of Justice subjecting every member of the US Armed Forces, from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff down to the lowest ranking service member who carried out these orders, to trial and punishment outside of any American jurisdiction.

The UCMJ allows for the disobedience of illegal orders because such orders constitute a crime, or be part of a criminal conspiracy, either under military, civilian or international law.

I urge both Republican and Democrat members of our House of Representatives and Senate to immediately begin impeachment proceedings against President Barack Hussein Obama II and to immediately direct our National Military Command Authority to halt all military operations against Libya.

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Obama, Libya Bombing and the UCMJ

by Douglas J. Hagmann on Thursday, March 24th, 2011

This is article 76 of 303 in the topic US Military

President Obama fully and intentionally skirted the U.S. Constitution in illegally ordering the Pentagon to commence acts of war against Libya. In light of this fact President Obama’s orders to the U.S. military to execute these attacks in Libya constitutes an illegal order under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

Members of the US Armed Forces who obey illegal orders are subject to criminal prosecution.

Per the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ):

Section 16c(1)(c):
Lawfulness. A general order or regulation is lawful unless it is contrary to the Constitution, the laws of the United States, or lawful superior orders or for some other reason is beyond the authority of the official issuing it.

Section 14c(2)(a)(i):
Inference of lawfulness. A order requiring the performance of a military duty or act may be inferred to be lawful and it is disobeyed at the peril of the subordinate. This inference does not apply to a patently illegal order, such as one that directs the commission of a crime.

Such illegal orders are a crime as in war crime, an international war crime at that. These illegal orders can apply as war crimes in the International Court of Justice subjecting every member of the US Armed Forces, from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff down to the lowest ranking service member who carried out these orders, to trial and punishment outside of any American jurisdiction.

The UCMJ allows for the disobedience of illegal orders because such orders constitute a crime, or be part of a criminal conspiracy, either under military, civilian or international law.

I urge both Republican and Democrat members of our House of Representatives and Senate to immediately begin impeachment proceedings against President Barack Hussein Obama II and to immediately direct our National Military Command Authority to halt all military operations against Libya.

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GOP-led Congress friendlier with intelligence, law enforcement officers

by Jim Kouri on Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

This is article 15 of 129 in the topic National Security

Intelligence and law enforcement may receive a better reception in the House of Representatives. Photo: Newsbusters

With the Republicans taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives and heading all House committees, members of the nation’s intelligence and law enforcement communities expect more support and fewer threats.

In fact, most of the chairmen of House committees — Rep. Peter King, Rep. Mike Rogers, etc. — who will have an impact on intelligence, law enforcement and counterterrorism have a record for supporting those on the frontline of the war on terrorism. Gone are the “useful idiots” who are quick to accuse cops, spies and soldiers of criminal behavior without evidence such as Rep. John Conyers, who actually supports Fifth-Column Islamic groups against his own nation.

After numerous threats made against intelligence officers of the Central Intelligence Agency by the Obama Administration, Attorney General Eric Holder and Democrat members of both houses of congress, no criminal charges have been — or will be —  filed against US intelligence officials accused of destroying videotapes showing CIA interrogations of terror suspects, according to a statement received by the National Association of Chiefs of Police.

In the statement, Justice Department officials said that following an intense and thorough investigation an the official who spearheaded the investigation  decided against pursuing criminal charges for the destruction of the CIA interrogation tapes.

Director of Central Intelligence Leon Panetta said that CIA personnel had cooperated with investigators from the start and will continue assist the Justice Department, he and the CIA are “pleased that the decision was made not to charge any Agency officers for the destruction of the tapes.”

During the last year of the Bush Administration, then-US attorney general Michael Mukasey opened the inquiry after learning that CIA officers may have destroyed tapes showing harsh interrogations of two Al-Qaeda suspects in 1985.

There are many voices in Washington, DC calling for an end to these types of covert actions by the U.S. intelligence community including interrogations, assassinations and other intelligence operations.

Covert actions (as distinguished from the covert collection of information) are used to influence political, military, or economic conditions or situations abroad, where it is intended that the role of the US Government will not be apparent or acknowledged publicly.

These might consist of propaganda activities, support to political or military factions within a particular country, technical and logistical assistance to other governments to deal with problems within their countries, or actions undertaken to disrupt illicit activities that threaten US interests, e.g. terrorism or narcotics trafficking. Such actions complement and supplement parallel overt measures such as diplomacy, trade sanctions, or military activities undertaken by the Executive branch. By law, covert actions can be undertaken only in support of an “identifiable” foreign policy objective.

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U.S. covert operations should not be discredited

by Jim Kouri on Monday, November 15th, 2010

This is article 4 of 33 in the topic CIA

Covert operations may include the use of snipers to 'take out' terrorists or international organized crime figures who pose threats to the American people. Photo: Police Times

After numerous threats made against intelligence officers of the Central Intelligence Agency by the Obama Administration, Attorney General Eric Holder and Democrat members of both houses of congress, no criminal charges have been — or will be —  filed against US intelligence officials accused of destroying videotapes showing CIA interrogations of terror suspects, according to a statement received by the National Association of Chiefs of Police.

In the statement, Justice Department officials said that following an intense and thorough investigation an the official who spearheaded the investigation  decided against pursuing criminal charges for the destruction of the CIA interrogation tapes.

Director of Central Intelligence Leon Panetta said that CIA personnel had coopereated with investigators from the start and will continue assist the Justice Department, he and the CIA are “pleased that the decision was made not to charge any Agency officers for the destruction of the tapes.”

During the last year of the Bush Administration, then-US attorney general Michael Mukasey opened the inquiry after learning that CIA officers may have destroyed tapes showing harsh interrogations of two Al-Qaeda suspects in 1985.

There are many voices in Washington, DC calling for an end to these types of covert actions by the U.S. intelligence community including interrogations, assassinations and other intelligence operations.

Covert actions (as distinguished from the covert collection of information) are used to influence political, military, or economic conditions or situations abroad, where it is intended that the role of the US Government will not be apparent or acknowledged publicly.

These might consist of propaganda activities, support to political or military factions within a particular country, technical and logistical assistance to other governments to deal with problems within their countries, or actions undertaken to disrupt illicit activities that threaten US interests, e.g. terrorism or narcotics trafficking. Such actions complement and supplement parallel overt measures such as diplomacy, trade sanctions, or military activities undertaken by the Executive branch. By law, covert actions can be undertaken only in support of an “identifiable” foreign policy objective.

Responsibility for carrying out covert actions rests with the CIA, whose Director is charged by the National Security Act of 1947 to “perform such other functions and duties related to intelligence affecting the national security as the President or the National Security Council may direct.”

By Executive Order, the CIA alone is specifically authorized to undertake covert actions that are individually authorized by the President , although other departments and agencies may also be directed to undertake or support covert actions as the President may authorize.

Since the end of the Cold War, the number and size of covert action programs have shrunk substantially, reflecting the extent to which they were prompted by the superpower struggle. Nonetheless since the war on terrorism, these programs continue to be undertaken to support ongoing policy needs.

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It’s The Economy, Stupid!

by Skip MacLure on Sunday, August 8th, 2010

It’s an amazing thing to see. After Judge Vaughn Walker ruled just exactly as he had telegraphed he would, the resultant uproar was bigger than I even thought it would be. I wrote about this on July 5th and predicted an anti-DeMarxist reaction. I admit it, I was wrong.

People were far angrier about the judicial theft of the legal votes of Californians than I thought they’d be. Comments came in from around the nation from angry people who are getting more angry and more determined every day. If those in the gay movement think that this has gained them any friends, they may need to reassess their strategy.

It’s like this. We were really angry before the Judge Walker ruling. That anger was mostly against the left in general, the President, his Congress, and the rats nest of radical leftists that inhabit Obama’s administration. That the gays happened along with their suit at this time is unfortunate, because a lot of people who would normally be at least neutral towards gays and their issues will be painting them with a wide brush, as the country begins to backlash against all things liberal.

The gays, whether they like it or not, are going to get caught up in this. I don’t see it as advancing their cause any. Americans as a whole are opposed to gay marriage… overwhelmingly opposed. It’s not a referendum on homosexuality. It’s a referendum on judicial activism. The Supreme Court may have a lot to say about Judge Walker’s extravagance in interpreting the law and the intent of the Constitution.

The economy… that pesky non-existent economy, with no job growth outside the government or its unions. This miracle of leftist central planning lost another 131,000 jobs last month. We have Democrat members of Congress ready to launch desperate schemes involving legislating by regulatory fiat. They have a lot to account for.
It’s not hard to gauge the level of anger out there in the American hinterlands. With more than twenty million American patriots out there it’s palpable. You can sense it in the air.

It’s way past time for all of you to get active about joining us and taking back our country.
I’ll tell it again and again. It’s your country… stand up and fight for it!

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

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