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I came upon this article (I forget how), and it is quite interesting. The way things have been reported around here, you’d have thought this was the opposite of what the majority of people in the USA wanted. My oh my, what a web it is when at first the press decides to deceive!

I’m not familiar this paper, so I have posted the article below. This way it won’t disappear when you try to link to it. (I hate that. CNN does that ALL the time.)

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Families of 9/11 victims want to keep Guantanamo open. (AFP) – 20 January 2009

GUANTANAMO BAY US NAVAL BASE – Parents of five 9/11 victims called Monday for the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay to remain open and for the military commissions to try the five men accused of perpetrating the attacks.

“We demand that this camp stay open and that the process continue,” said Joe Holland, whose son was killed during the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, and the Pentagon in Washington.

“Right here, right now, this is a good process, they are getting a fair trial,” Holland told reporters, referring to the military commissions established by the administration of President George W. Bush to try “war on terror” detainees held at the controversial facility.

“Guantanamo has been described as a national embarrassment. Mass murder in America is embarrassing,” said Donald Arias, his voice trembling with rage.

“Mister Obama, it will be your job to take care of us.”

President-elect Barack Obama, who takes office on Tuesday, will likely make good on his campaign promise and shutter Guantanamo as well as Bush’s military commissions by issuing an executive order shortly after taking power.

Chosen by the Pentagon to witness the hearings, the five representatives of the 9/11 victims spoke after a day of pretrial hearings, where self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed appeared alongside four alleged co-conspirators.

“I believe the preponderance of 9/11 victims defend the death penalty,” Arias said at the press conference. “This is not an issue for federal courts.”

It could take several months to fully close down the detention camp, as US officials will have to transfer some of the 248 prisoners to other countries and then decide whether to try the remaining suspects in US courts.

Obama has acknowledged that closing the prison will take longer than many of his supporters had hoped.

“We waited eight years, we had nothing … This is an ongoing process,” Jim Riches said about the military commissions, whose fate now hangs in the balance.

Mandated by Congress in 2006, the military commissions were established by the Bush administration to try terror suspects under separate rules from regular civilian or military courts.

The controversial system allows convictions based on classified and hearsay evidence, and critics say it allows for verdicts based on testimony obtained through torture and abuse.

Of the 248 inmates still held at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, only about 20 have been charged, including the five suspected 9/11 conspirators.

Source: Khaleej Times Online.

EMBARASSING??? So you pukes are worried about being embarassed? I recommend you crawl right back underneath the rock you slithered forth from. Your presence is neither needed nor desired here. You, dear sirs, are traitors to this country, and the next attack shall surely carry its blood on your hands. You do not even have the brain to comprehend this.

“Human rights! Human rights!”, you decry. Tell me, please, where were you when those people were jumping off the Twin Towers because they did not want to burn alive? Where were their human rights? Black, yellow, red and white, it did not matter. Just the fact that you exist is enough for them to want you dead, but you know better, right? You, sir, are a fool of the worst order. May the Good Lord forgive us for whatever happens to our country in the future because of your stupity. Yes, Dear God, Protect us.

Cross-posted @ Rosemary’s Thoughts. Digg! Digg!

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Since Israel has finally decided to fight back against the Arabs who’ve been lobbing rockets inside Israel everyday and kidnapping Israelis when the opportunity presents itself, NOW the world has a fit. One question. Where were you when the Arabs were assaulting them DISPROPORTIONATEY?

In the 2005, there were forcibly (against my advice) no more Jewish people living within the Gaza Strip. They left behind many greenhouses for the Arabs to grow food so they would not be starving. Do you know what they did? They went in and destroyed everything. These Arabs do NOT want peace. Have you already forgotten September 11, 2001?

Anyway, my point is this. You will not receive any news that is factual unless you watch these videos. Israel gave live footage to the press, and they never even bothered using it. What they did do was show you the jihadis footage. Amazing how so many people were injured, yet they only had one boy to show you! It reminds me of the guy who supposedly dead and kept falling of the burial cot. Yup, he kept getting back up on it. Amazing what those dead Arabs can do!

Here is a list of several videos of live footage. Please watch them so you can obtain an accurate account of history. Thanks.

Weapons Hidden in Mosque Neutralized by Israel Air Force 31 Dec. 2008.
Israel Air Force Strikes Hamas Offices and Armed Grad Launhes 31 Dec. 2008.
Israel Admits Child for Medical Care 31 Dec. 2008.
Israel Air Force Precision Strike on Qassam Rocket Launcher 30 Dec. 2008.
Israel Air Force Pinpoint Strike on Grad Missile Launchers 30 Dec. 2008.

Israeli Air Force Destroys Weapons Smuggling Tunnels 30 Dec. 2008.
Israeli Air Force Strikes Hamas Government Complex in Gaza 30 Dec. 2008.
Israeli Air Force Strikes Rockets in Transit 28 Dec. 2008.
Israeli Navy Strikes Hamas-linked Terror Targets in Gaza 29 Dec. 2008.
Israeli Air Force Strikes Terror Targets in Gaza 29 Dec. 2008.

Israeli Air Force Destroys Tunnels, Launch Sites, and Weapons Stores 27 Dec. 2008.
IAF preparation for nighttime op 28 12.
Navy prep 28 12 08.
Israel Air Force Destroys Terrorist Smuggling Tunnels 28 Dec. 2008.
IDF trucks transfer 28 12.

Israel Sends Humanitarian Aid to Gaza 28 Dec. 2008.
Israeli Air Force Strikes Rocket Launcher 27.Dec.08.

Just one more note. Israel, be kind. It is not kind to start and stop, start and stop a war. What is kind is to defeat your enemy with massive force and total defeat. This is a so-called government, right? They must surrender. Without a surrender, you will only be encouraging them to continue doing what they are doing.

Forget about public opinion. You can’t eat it. You can’t spend it. And sure as heck can’t spend it. Do what is necessary, as we did in Germany and Japan. I am not ashamed of what we did, because we saved many more lives by killing so massively that the emporor of Japan surrendered totally and completely. They are now our allies. I prefer it this way, but it never would have happened unless WE won…so be disproportionate. Win. I shall be praying for you.

Hmm. It appears that I am too brutally honest when I describe our history. There is someone I know who shall remain nameless (because I don’t have his/her permission to reprint this) that wrote me about this very topic in general. I’d like to use his/her words insteads.

…As a basic principle – if there is to be any response at all – it should always be disproportionate. Anything less means you don’t care. How disproportionate? How much can you do? Maximum force is counterintuitive kindness. It breaks the enemy’s will sooner, stopping the slaughter earlier. It is kindness to be cruel.”

“Let me also suggest that terrorism is like a tumor. Excising only part of it is worse than doing nothing – it inflicts the stress of surgery but does not eradicate the malignancy, which will grow back.”

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Cross-posted @ Talon and Rosemary’s Thoughts. Digg! Digg!

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Loss Of Words

Last Wednesday I wrote an article about the goings-on in Africa and what it could mean to our national security. I also made a claim that we should be more vigilant about our ports, because I was afraid the next attack would be coming from the sea. Little did I know…

On Friday I wrote about two men, a Father and son, both were receiving their Silver Stars’ on Nov. 28th which they had earned for selflessly putting themselves in harms way to protect the lives of their men in a time of war. What makes this story unique is that Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan Harris’ Father, Retired Staff Sgt. Gary Harris, earned his medals 39 years ago. It is because of the Left and the anti-war crowd that he was denied them. (He also earned a Bronze Star.)

It is now Tuesday morning, and I haven’t been able to write a thing since I posted that last one. I don’t know if it is the anger building up within me or if it is the knowledge of all the sleeper cells living right below us in Mexico and in the United States, and no one that can do anything about it seems to give a damn. My friends, it is time to prepare for the worst. I am not freaking out, I am serious. If we want to save our Union, we are going to have to do it ourselves.

Now you can understand why I have been at a loss for words. This is the calmest I have stated my case. The two posts I wrote are, “Africa: The Unnoticed Threat” and “From VietNam To Afghanistan: A Family Of Heroes“.

Source(s): Africa: CounterTerrorismBlog and Douglas Farah’s Sub-Saharan Africa’s Rising Role in Terrorism and Crime; and VietNam-Afghanistan: DVIDSHub (you must be registered).

Have a nice day. Remember, no matter what, God IS in control. Thank God!

PS. What I did not write over there was that it took me the better part of two weeks to wrap my head around what happened on September 11, 2001. I was numb. Nothing was real. When I found that my prediction came true about being attacked by sea (except not on our shores), that really shook me. I don’t know why, I was expecting it. Or was I? Do I place that must trust in a corrupt government that only pretends to listen ‘we the people’ just before election day? I sure as heck hope not! Man up, get your plans ready as to where to meet in case of an attack (try to agree on an out of state relative to call, it’s better and easier), stock your pantries and your arms, have enough water for at least a month, and for God’s sake, DON’T tell anyone you have it.

Why not? Because when you need, you could get killed for it. That’s why not. I know it sounds cruel, but other people have the same option as you do. Just because you were smart does not mean you have to lose everything you planned for in one day. And it will be gone in one day if others find out you are prepared. Take in any orphans, though. Never allow the children to suffer. They have already been through so much.

Why am I writing as if this is a sure fire thing that is going to happen? If you have to ask that question, no explanation I would give you would suffice. You are pathetic. Just wait around to be led. Do not bother those of us who understand the world and the reality of the global war we are facing. Here is a list from “SURVIVAL GEAR & TERRORIST ATTACK” By Tuhon Bill McGrath:
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H KIT: Home kit. The good folks at Special Forces estimate that only 1 in 10 would survive if they tried to live off the land in an emergency. Therefore, your survival goal is to get home and stay at home if at all possible after a terrorist attack.

1. Stored food. I keep bagged or boxed staples like white rice (lasts longer than brown), dried beans, dry soup mix, pasta, powdered milk, etc. in new aluminum garbage cans in my basement (the cans protect the items from the occasional mouse that wanders indoors during cold weather). On shelves I keep canned items like Spam, corned beef hash, canned soups and desserts like canned fruit cocktail. These are things we eat around my house anyway, rather than specialty storage foods like MREs. I keep enough on hand to last for one month if we ate only those items. This might be more than you would need after a terror attack, but I have relatives who live closer to danger zones than I do and they have a standing invitation to come to my house in times of trouble. (Many of my SF friends suggest keeping a much longer supply of food and water. Bio weapons should clear within two weeks and a dirty bomb can deny access to an area for years; so you’ll have to decide what is most likely for your needs in your area). I do know of some people who keep supplies of MREs on hand, but this entails having a “survival meal day” once a week to keep supplies fresh. Not a bad idea, if you can get your family to eat the things. Most of my “regular” stored food will last one year in the cool of my basement. I write either the expiration date (as X 7/15/05) with a red perma-marker on the can if it has a date listed, or the purchase date (as P 6/12/04) if it does not. If you have young children, don’t forget comfort foods like cookies and candy. A little goes a long way in making a hard time easier for little ones.

2. Water. We use well water at my house for everything except drinking (and could do this in a pinch), so we would be less effected by a terrorist attack on a public water supply than most people. We use a water cooler for our drinking water and buy 5 gallon bottles for it, but if I needed to leave home in an emergency these bottles would go with me. One gallon per person per day is the amount most survival guides suggest to store at a minimum, but my Special Forces friends say that two gallons per day is more realistic. Based even on the lower figure, I would need to keep 90 gallons on hand for a one month supply for my family of three. Instead of this, I have split my emergency water supply between bottles and a water filter/purifier. To conserve water, I also have stored paper plates & cups, plastic utensils, and disposable cleaning products like baby wipes and paper towels. (If you need to store a large amount of water http://www.nitro-pak.com has 55 gallon drums made of food grade plastic).

3. Power. After a winter storm left us without power for a week, I got an electric generator. In an emergency this will keep the power going while we eat the perishable food in the refrigerator and keep the furnace running in cold weather.

4. Warmth. In addition to the usual blankets, I have a sleeping bag for each member of the family. If winters are cold by you, (and you don’t have a generator and live in your own home and can afford the installation) a woodstove is a good backup heat source. If you live in an apartment, be careful of kerosene heaters, as they will cause a fire if knocked over. If you must use one, then have a safety plan of how and where to use it and keep an ABC rated fire extinguisher nearby. Don’t forget to keep the room well ventilated as, by their nature; kerosene heaters are eating up oxygen as they operate. Invest in a battery powered CO2 alarm and keep it in the room while the heater is operating.

5. Large first aid kit. Qt bottles of first aid liquids like alcohol, witch hazel, contact lens saline solution (this is plain saline good for eyewash and irrigating wounds), etc.

6. Toiletries. I have extra items in this category, mainly so I will miss the same crowds at the warehouse stores who rush in to buy pallets of toilet paper before every winter storm (not that I have anything against buying toilet paper by the pallet, I just don’t like crowds).

7. Non-electric board games and playing cards (watching bad news on TV all day can be demoralizing, plus you’ll need something to pass the time if the power goes out).

8. 5 mil clear plastic sheeting (found in the paint dept of Home Depot). If terrorists hit a chemical plant or explode a tanker truck in your area and evacuation is impossible, seal off your home by duct taping the plastic to home openings (windows, doors, fireplace, attic vents, etc). Wind and sunlight will disperse, break down or at least significantly weaken, most airborne hazardous chemicals in a few hours. By that time, authorities should know what chemicals were released and should be broadcasting over local radio what your next steps should be.

9. Back up cook stove. If the power goes out, I have a charcoal barbeque grill and a cord of firewood. In addition, a two burner Coalman camp stove and propane tanks allow me to cook indoors. [Read the whole article. It’s better than those survival kits I checked out!]
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It is an awesome article, and he covers just about every area of concern. That is because his article is based upon a terrorist attack and not just a simple camping trip!

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

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Everyday I have an Open Trackback Linkfest party for all my friends – the ones I know and the ones I will come to know. If you have a post you would like to share, why not trackpost it here? All you have to do is add my Permalink somewhere in your article (usually at the bottom), then trackback to it. You don’t have trackbacks available? Why not use Wizbang Stand Alone Trackback? Everyone have a nice day.

Cross-posted @ The Talon and Rosemary’s Thoughts. Trackback URI. Digg! Digg!

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Let us take a walk backward to all the conflicts and Iranian arms coming through Basra, and let us take another look at what Britain was or was not doing. I have suspected and been made aware for a long time now that the British Army was not allowed to engage the enemy in its AO. What we were not made aware of until lately, is the fact that the government of Britain had decided to make a ‘deal’ with Mukki and his jihadists.

What was this deal, and why didn’t they share this information with the USA or the Iraqi government? The deal consisted of this. Mukki could come and go as he pleased, he could conduct business as he pleased, and Britain would not get in his way as long as he did not kill any of them.

Even though Mukki did not keep his word, Britons still never fought back. That is how we ended up having to fight their battles for them. When the Iraqi troops and our troops (USA) went into Basra, it was a city that used to be peaceful but was now the most lawless place in Iraq. The people there were frightened, tortured, murdered regularly, raped, and they had no help from Britain. Incredible and unacceptable.

We cleaned up the mess Britain left behind, and they want to take credit for it? I DON’T THINK SO! With allies like this, who the heck needs enemies? Next time, Britain, stay home. We don’t need your stinking kind of support.

You can read more about this from an Iraq named Omar who was actually in Baghdad and lived through some of the worst times during this counterinsurgency in his country. That is, until General Petraeus come along and started kicking arse with our USA TROOPS AND IRAQI TROOPS. NOT with the Brits.

Thanks, but no thanks.

Hat tip: Omar at Iraq the Model: British Deal With al-Sadr Betrayed Iraqi People and the secret deal (from the Daily Mail).

Cross-posted @ The Talon and Rosemary’s Thoughts.

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by Fred W. Baker III
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON (July 20, 2008) – Setting a timeline for U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq would be “dangerous,” and troop reductions there should continue to be made based on security conditions on the ground, the nation’s top military officer said Sunday. President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki this week agreed to set a general “time horizon” for bringing more U.S. troops home from the war, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” but he added that to his knowledge, the agreement does not include specific dates. “I think the consequences could be very dangerous in that regard,” he said.

The admiral stressed his view that troop-strength decisions must be conditions-based, but said he wants to see more U.S. forces come home. “I think the strategic goals of having timed horizons are ones that we all seek,” he said, “because eventually we would like to see U.S. forces draw down and eventually all come home,” he said.

Though he said he worries that a “rapid” movement of U.S. forces out of Iraq could create instability, Mullen said he found during a trip there two weeks ago that security conditions were better than he expected they would be, and that could mean more troops can come home if the trend continues. “If conditions continue to improve, I would look to be able to make recommendations to President Bush in the fall to continue those reductions,” Mullen said.

With the return home this month of the last “surge” brigade, commanders will spend the next several weeks assessing post-surge conditions in Iraq, including political and economic progress, before making their recommendations concerning future troop levels. “We’re engaged very much right now with the Iraqi people,” Mullen said. “The Iraqi leadership is starting to generate the kind of political progress that we need to make, [and] the economy is starting to move in the right direction.”

The admiral said he doesn’t know if that means more troops could be home by the end of this administration in January. Logistics and other security details would factor into that, he explained. “There is a physical challenge with respect to moving troops around,” he said. “You just can’t do it overnight.”

Asked about recent struggles in Afghanistan, Mullen said safe havens across the border in Pakistan are allowing extremist groups free movement into the region. “[It] is [a] big challenge for all of us, and it’s having an impact on our ability to move forward in Afghanistan,” he said. A “syndication” of various extremist and terrorist groups in the region is creating a more intense internal threat, the chairman said, and recent attacks have become more serious and sophisticated, such as the attack last week on an outpost in which nine U.S. soldiers were killed. However, he said, commanders on the ground say that forces are making progress and moving into villages and territories previously out of reach.

Mullen acknowledged that progress has been mixed, but he said he is “not concerned at all that we are losing at all in Afghanistan.”Concerning Iran, Mullen said he is “encouraged” by talks between Iran and the European Union yesterday in Geneva, Switzerland, and that the international community needs to continue its pressure on Iran’s nuclear weapons development program. “I fundamentally believe that they are on a path to achieve nuclear weapons in the future,” he said. “I think that’s a very destabilizing possibility in that part of the world. We don’t need any more instability in that part of the world.”

U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talks with Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday, Washington, D.C., July 20.

Source: CENTCOM.

Cross-posted @ Rosemary’s Thoughts.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Okay, so you know if Iran gets nuclear weapons it will bring “instability” to the region and beyond. So what is so darned encouraging about having talks with the Europeans ONE MORE TIME? They have used these Europeans for God only knows how long to what end? MORE TIME TO BUILD THEIR NUCLEAR WEAPONS, PERHAPS? You don’t have to be a rhode scholar to figure this one out. There really is only one question…when are we going to put a stop to it? You do know that they are killing our sons and daughters and running back to Iran, don’t you? When did that stop being an act of war? I don’t mean to question your manhood, but have you checked down there lately? We’ve been waiting and talking and sanctioning since 1979. Do ya think maybe, just maybe, it’s time to act?

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The commander-in-chief and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff both issued messages to service members, their families and the American people ahead of the Fourth of July holiday weekend. President Bush and Adm. Mike Mullen noted the valuable service provided by men and women in uniform now and throughout our history. “On this occasion, we pay special tribute to the men and women of our armed forces,” Bush said, “who have answered freedom’s call and defended the values that make America the greatest country on earth.”

He cited the courageous visionaries of two centuries ago for signing the Declaration of Independence. “Guided by ancient and eternal truths, our forefathers proclaimed to the world that liberty was the natural right of all mankind and in doing so began one of the greatest chapters in human history,” the president said. “On the Fourth of July, our country commemorates the great achievements of these heroes and reaffirms its unwavering confidence in the power of freedom.”

Mullen said examples are rare in U.S. history when the nation’s birthday has come at such a critical and dangerous time. “Al-Qaida has been beaten back in Iraq, but it is not defeated,” he said. “The Taliban still claws for power in Afghanistan. Extremists of all kinds all over the world still plot against us, our fellow citizens and our allies and friends. And yet you still serve,” he continued. “Still you sacrifice. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing,” he said, “thank you for your service and that of your families at this critical time. Thank you for the gift of freedom.”

Amen.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can.

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