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African ex-navy chief arraigned in U.S. on drug trafficking charges

by Jim Kouri on Sunday, April 7th, 2013

This is article 62 of 83 in the topic Drug War

A former chief of the navy in Guinea-Bissau in western Africa appeared in a New York City courtroom on Friday to face charges regarding cocaine trafficking, according to a drug enforcement official, Ronald Kubisty.

Rear Admiral Jose Americo Bubo Na Tchuto was flown to New York City after he was detained while traveling on a yacht in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

The 62-year-old Adm. Na Tchuto is known to U.S. law enforcement as a narcotics kingpin in Guinea-Bissau’s huge drug trade. The small, former-Portuguese colony is a known point of entry and departure for drug-smuggling, organized-crime organizations.

According to Inspector Ron Kubisty, cocaine is smuggled into Guinea-Bissau from Colombia, or other Latin American countries, and then drug shipments are rerouted to European countries as well as the United States.

The federal indictment against Adm. Na Tchuto and two other defendants alleges that they were middlemen in a huge drug-smuggling operation originating in Latin America.

It also alleges they all worked together to receive tons of cocaine transported by ships from South America to Guinea-Bissau, and then they stored and protected the cocaine in Guinea-Bissau before its eventual journey to other locations in Europe, including the American mainland.

Adm. Na Tchuto and four other Guinea-Bissau nationals were taken into custody aboard a yacht in international waters in the eastern Atlantic Ocean near the Cape Verde Islands.

The suspects were arrested by U.S. federal drug agents when the admiral’s boat was observed traveling while flying a Panama flag.

A booming cocaine trade has turned Guinea-Bissau into what U.S. law enforcement officials claim is a narco-state with key members of the government involved in the lucrative drug trade.

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MORE IDLE OBSERVATIONS

by Burt Prelutsky on Monday, December 3rd, 2012

by Burt Prelutsky

When Obama pardoned the Thanksgiving turkey, I said that tradition had nothing to do with it. I attributed it to professional courtesy.

For years now, we have heard people bemoan the fact that, thanks to the profligate ways of Barack Obama, we will be leaving our children and grandchildren with enormous debt. Considering the way the young have flocked out twice to help elect Obama, I say it serves them right. In fact, I say let’s pile it on!

Speaking of the election, otherwise known as Another Day of Infamy, it’s said that in the Valley of the Blind, the one-eyed man is king. Unfortunately, this isn’t a monarchy. In a republic, as we’ve discovered time and again, the blind rule.

Although they are always around us, it’s generally pretty easy to ignore atheists. It’s mainly during the holiday season that they scurry out from under rocks in order to put a damper on Christmas. In a way, they’re like ants. You know they’re out there, but unless you go on a picnic, you forget how annoying they can be.

While I find it hard to imagine why atheists want to be noticed by normal people, it has occurred to me that if they had a sense of humor or irony, they would realize how totally absurd it is to make a religion out of opposition to religion.

Recently, I read an account of Osama bin Laden’s burial on May 2, 2011. It seems, according to Rear-Admiral Charles Gaouette, his body was first bathed and placed in a white sheet. Then the body was placed in a weighted bag. A military officer read prepared religious remarks which were then translated into Arabic. After that, the body was placed on a board, which was then tipped up, and the corpse slid into the sea.

I’m surprised he wasn’t accorded a 21-gun salute. If I had been in charge of the event, the bag would have been weighted with pig intestines. If memory serves, bin Laden was responsible for murdering over 3,000 Americans. What is wrong with this administration that they would feel compelled to give the Islamic creep such a respectful send-off?

Makes you wonder what will happen when Charles Manson finally kicks the bucket. Internment at Arlington?

A recent poll determined that most Americans regard Canada as our closest ally. In second place was Great Britain. The next four were Israel, Japan, Germany and France. I found it interesting that two of the top five were our sworn enemies 70 years ago. And, frankly, I found it odd that France wound up ahead of, say, Australia, Poland, Botswana, Costa Rica and the Czech Republic. The French must have one hell of a terrific publicist.

Recently, I came up with the suggestion that wealthy conservatives quit blowing their wad on occasional elections, and that, instead, they spend their money buying up newspapers, magazines and TV stations. That’s a far better way of swaying public opinion in the long run.

In a similar vein, I would suggest that instead of having them show up to do occasional segments on Bill O’Reilly’s “Factor,” Fox should give guys like Dennis Miller, Adam Carolla and Greg Gutfeld, their own shows.

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What’s Behind Obama’s Military Purge?

by Bob Livingston on Friday, November 16th, 2012

This is article 218 of 304 in the topic US Military
What’s Behind Obama’s Military Purge?

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Is something deep and dark afoot in the upper regions of military command?

Since the Sept. 11 Benghazi, Libya, massacre, President Barack Obama has sacked his CIA director and two of his top military commanders, demoted one and found another caught up in the scandal involving the CIA director. This many top commanders being relieved at one time is unprecedented in U.S. history.

So, are sexual misconduct and corruption that rife in the military command? Or is Obama making a point about staying on script in the Benghazi incident? Or is the President purging a group of rogue commanders who were planning a coup?

The recent casualties of the high command are CIA Director (formerly top Afghanistan commander) David Petraeus, General Carter F. Ham (AfriCOM) and Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette (Carrier Task Force Stennis), who were sacked; General William “Kip” Ward (former AfriCOM), who was stripped of a star; and Afghanistan commander Marine General John R. Allen, who has been tied to the Petraeus “sex scandal” in a guilt-by-association sort of way.

This is reminiscent of Joseph Stalin’s and Adolf Hitler’s purges and executions of top military commanders who did not toe the line — without the bullets.

Petraeus was either sacked or chose to resign, perhaps because he was galled by being forced to claim something he knew to be not true: that the attack was the result of an amateurish video denigrating Mohammed as the pedophile and murder he was. So a sex scandal story was fabricated — or used after being held in abeyance — to try to shut him up or embarrass him. Now, he says he’ll testify before Congress. He should watch his back in the coming days.

The dismissal of Ham is interesting because there are reports that he had assets in place set to rescue Libyan Ambassador Christopher Stevens and his team but was ordered to stand down. According to Tigerdroppings.com, Ham was receiving the same emails the White House was receiving requesting support as the attack was under way. Ham got a rapid response unit ready and communicated that with the Pentagon. When he was told to stand down, Ham responded he was not going to obey the order. Less than a minute later, his second in command told Ham that he had been relieved of his command.

In a highly unusual move, Gaouette was relieved while deployed “pending the outcome of an internal investigation into undisclosed allegations of inappropriate judgment,” according to a report by The Stars and Stripes (since scrubbed from its website). But the Russian intelligence agency GRU reports that Gaouette’s firing was due to his disobeying orders when he ordered his forces to “assist and provide intelligence for” American military forces ordered into action by Ham.”

The whole Benghazi cover-up story took an even stranger turn with revelations that the man who succeeded Petraeus in Afghanistan had sent hundreds of emails to Jill Kelley, the woman who supposedly caused the FBI to open its investigation into Petraeus. The emails were then reported to be of the “phone sex” variety.

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No Joke! CDC Offers Advice To Deal With Zombie Apocalypse!

by J.J. Jackson on Monday, May 23rd, 2011

This is article 8 of 13 in the topic Doomsday Theories

Is this about all the dead democrats that keep voting? Are they going to rise up and take the country over?

I hate our government.  I really do.  I had a legitimate article about serious things of concern to our great nation all ready to go.  Then someone in the government does something so utterly stupid that I have to trash that original article to talk about this utter stupidity.

Our government is actually paying people, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to be precise, to waste time and our money to blog about how to be prepared for a “Zombie Apocalypse”. Am I serious? Yes I am. And so is the CDC apparently.  As if there are not enough pressing problems with the world we live in?  Now the Zombie Apocalypse is upon too it seems.

Now, I know that America already suffered a zombie apocalypse.  It happened on Election Day in 2008.  On that day hordes of mindless people voted for a “clean” and “articulate” black man by the name of Barack Obama, as apposed to an intelligent and thoughtful black man like Mr. Alan Keyes or the somewhat bumbling, but infinitely better John McCain, for President.  As a result America is still trying to dig out of that calamity.

But this is not the Zombie Apocalypse the CDC is referring to.  The post, by Ali S. Khan, a Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General and Director of Public Health Preparedness and Response, starts out by stating, “There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.”

Under “A Brief History Of Zombies”, the post discusses zombies in pop culture including movies like Night of the Living Dead as well as telling us what a zombie is.  “Although its meaning has changed slightly over the years, it refers to a human corpse mysteriously reanimated to serve the undead,” writes Mr. Khan.  Holy crap!  I had no idea!

And what should you do in case of a zombie attack?  Well, the CDC warns that the emergency preparedness kit for this fateful scenario is pretty much the same as your basic emergency kit for other emergencies such as, “hurricanes or pandemics”.  You should have water, 1 gallon per person per day, food, medications that you are required to take, soap, perhaps to help bath any zombies you might come across, a change of clothes, and first aid supplies.  Although the post admits that the first aid supplies will do you no good in the case of a zombie bite, it is sure to remind us that it can still be used to treat other basic injuries.  What?  The government does not have a top secret anti-zombie vaccine for us to stock our kits with yet?  What the heck are my tax dollars going towards if not something so important?

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U.S. Officials Suspected Al-Jazeera Ties to Al-Qaeda

by Cliff Kincaid on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

This is article 134 of 573 in the topic Media

After the leak of this secret prisoner document, Al-Hajj was quick to appear on Al-Jazeera English, which is desperately seeking access to U.S. media markets, to once again proclaim his innocence.

Al-Jazeera is spinning the newly released “Guantanamo files,” saying they show that dozens of enemy combatants detained at the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay were innocent. But that’s not what the previously secret documents say about one high-profile detainee, Sami al-Hajj, an Al-Jazeera journalist released from Guantanamo after legal intervention by his Soros-funded lawyer and protests from human rights and press freedom groups.

The controversial allegations against this former “enemy combatant,” as detailed in this document, are being denounced by al-Hajj’s lawyer as “false and discredited allegations.”

But they show that U.S. officials suspected high-level cooperation between Al-Jazeera and al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. The charges also raise serious questions about why officials of the Obama Administration are currently praising the channel and cooperating with it.

The document says about Sami Muheidine Mohamed al-Haj, known as Sami al-Hajj and Prisoner 345, “His involvement as a money courier, involvement in the transfer of weapons and leadership position within the Muslim Brotherhood, along with his numerous connections made through Al-Jazeera and his pro-jihadist propaganda activities, illustrates his intelligence value.”

The detailed Department of Defense document, posted by WikiLeaks, is designated, “SECRET / / NOFORN / / 20330404DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HEADQUARTERS, JOINT TASK FORCE GUANTANAMO U.S. NAVAL STATION, GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA APO AE 09360”

Dated April 4, 2008, it recommends continued detention under Department of Defense control for the “Guantanamo Detainee” and is signed by U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby. Incredibly, however, al-Hajj was released only about a month later.

After the leak of this secret prisoner document, Al-Hajj was quick to appear on Al-Jazeera English, which is desperately seeking access to U.S. media markets, to once again proclaim his innocence. He says U.S. interrogators repeatedly asked about a link between Al-Jazeera and al-Qaeda.

Al-Hajj says he is happy that his file and others have been released by WikiLeaks. But the document appears to rely on interviews, interrogations, intelligence sources, and foreign intelligence services that cannot be dismissed out of hand. It’s true that some information is presented in the form of accusations that have not necessarily been verified. But other information is presented in an official manner and as a matter of fact.

It bluntly describes al-Hajj as a member of al-Qaeda and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. What’s more, the documents include information indicating that Al-Jazeera had a “relationship” with al-Qaeda dating back to 1997 and that the channel was involved in Muslim Brotherhood operations targeting the U.S.

The specific charges about al-Hajj are more controversial and have been disputed.

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