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‘Tingle up his leg’ Chris Matthews upset when a black guy bashes Obama and calls the panty bomber a “radicalized Muslim”




I guess criticism is only patriotic when it’s directed against Republican presidents.
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Angry Obama ‘Safe-Schools’ Czar, Kevin Jennings


Friday, January 01, 2010

Very Angry “Safe Schools Czar” Kevin Jennings’ Fantasy: Water Torture for Opponents


Kevin Jennings, Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar,” is proud of his anger. We’ve already noted his membership in that very angry group, ACT/UP (and his recent funding of a pornographic exhibit celebrating ACT/UP at Harvard). So it's not surprising that he wrote of his profound anger at that time inhis memoir, Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son (2006).

Jennings reprints his last chapel talk at the private school where he taught through 1993 (Concord Academy):

I tried witnessing one last time to help them [the students] understand what the world looked like from where I sat [as homosexual]. “This, most likely, is my last chapel, as my life’s course will soon be taking me out of the Boston area. I decided I would speak to you about an emotion with which I have often been closely associated during my years hear. That emotion is anger. ‘I know the anger that lies inside me like I know the beat of my heart and the taste of my spit. It is easier to be angry than to hurt…. It is easier to be furious than to be yearning.’ When I first heard these words, written by the black lesbian poet Audre Lorde, I experienced a shock of recognition. Anger is an emotion I experience daily as a gay man in a homophobic society…. [Re: the words of the Pledge of Allegiance, ‘with liberty and justice for all’] I became angry as I came to understand that those words were not true, and I plan to stay angry until that pledge is fulfilled.” (pp. 207-208)

He also wrote of the effect a youth’s suicide on him, as he was taking his group GLSEN national (in the mid-1990s). He fantasized about water torture for anyone who disagreed with his plan to “queer” the schools:

“I started thinking that I needed to view every lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender child as if they [sic] were my children and fight for them as ferociously as parents like Leslie [the mother of a boy who had committed suicide] had fought for theirs. This responsibility made me want to grab by the throat every timid administrator, every equivocating school board member, all of whom did nothing, and hold their heads under water until they begged for mercy and promised they’d protect my kids. I lost my patience for their excuses because of Robbie [the boy who had committed suicide]. (p. 224; emphasis in original)





A little background on Jennings:
1. A person who founded and ran an organization where instructors had explicitly described to middle school youngsters how to perform homosexual sexual acts?

2. A teacher who had been told by a boy of 15 that he had been sexually abused by an older man, but did not tell authorities or his parents or do anything to protect the youngster from the abuser?

3. A man who publicly stated that he was inspired by a man who was the number one proponent and promoter of pedophilia in the country?

4. A person who wrote the forward to a book called Queering Elementary Education?

5. A person who has publicly, in writing and in speeches, ridiculed and demeaned people of faith?

6. A person who has publicly, in writing, encouraged young people to defy their parents and religious leaders.
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Eric Holder, The American Government, and the Diminishing of Public Trust
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"What we've seen in the recent past, I think, is an indication of one of the things that we're going to have to be most concerned about in the future, this self-radicalization of American citizens or people who reside in the United States. They have too often come under the influence of people who have misinterpreted Islam." - a statement by Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States.

Eric Holder would no doubt be appalled if he learned of someone teaching Constitutional Law at an American university who, it turned out, had never bothered to read the Dred Scott case, nor Loving v. Virginia, nor Shelley v. Kraemer, nor Brown v. Bd. of Education, nor a whole host of other cases involving race, and the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments.

But he, Eric Holder, presumes to make pronouncements about Islam, and to tell us that those Muslims who are involved in acts or attempted acts or planned acts of terrorism are misinterpreting Islam. He ignores the fact that all of them have always had, or recently or not so recently acquired, a deep faith in Islam. That faith is not modified by calculations of self-interest (as with many Muslims now living in the West who must act one way until such time as they feel their numbers and power have increased sufficiently). Nor is it modified by custom or nuance, or a prudential choice to support Jihad through other methods that at this point will be less likely to attract the attention and the alarm of unwary or lazy Infidels, such as deployment of the Money Weapon, campaigns of Da'wa (targeting in particular the psychically and economically marginal) and, especially in Western Europe, demographic conquest.

Could Eric Holder, or for that matter his own boss, Barack Obama, who would also no doubt be appalled if someone were to teach, to presume to teach, American Constitutional Law without that knowledge of Dred Scott, Loving v. Virginia, Shelley v. Kraemer, Brown v. Bd. of Education, and another two dozen important cases, tell us exactly in what ways -- quoting from the texts of Islam - the jihadis are misinterpreting Islam? How is Mr. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab misinterpreting Islam? How, for that matter, is Nasrallah of Hizballah, or Meshaal of Hamas, or the leaders or members of Lashkar-e-Toiba, or Jaish-e-Muhammad, or Al Qaeda (merely the most ambitious and most attention-getting of Muslim terrorist groups, of which there are hundreds, along with thousands of groupouscules and millions of individuals, all of whom take what Islam teaches very much to heart) all "misinterpreting Islam"?

We are told this over and over. We are never given a single bit of proof, not a single interpolated or apocryphal passage, attributed to the Qur'an, Hadith, Sira. We are never told even of a single Hadith, upon which reliance has been put by Muslim terrorists, that they have improperly assigned a higher rank of authenticity (according to the most respected muhaddithin) than it deserves. We are given not a single shred of evidence, textual or otherwise, to support the idea that there has been a "misinterpretation" of Islam.

Eric Holder can keep repeating this stuff, and so can others, so can Barack Obama, for example, until the cows come home. But the more those who presume to protect and instruct us show that they expect us to be satisfied, and that they themselves are apparently satisfied, with soothing banalities and assertions that are easily shown to be baseless, they lose our trust. The very people they claim to lead and to protect stop trusting them. And when we stand in line for hours for new security measures, and when we see, with our own eyes, the absurdity of all the obvious non-Muslims, including the very young and the very old, who are called out of line for extra checks, that are tiresome for everyone but nevertheless performed, using up valuable man hours of the security services, only in order to prove...well, to prove what? That non-Muslims should be checked, too, though we all know what we are looking for is Muslim terrorists, committing acts of terrorism because of what Islam inculcates -- the duty of Jihad to remove all barriers to the spread and then the dominance of Islam. They differ from other Muslims only in that they have decided to both participate in Jihad directly rather than indirectly, through financial, diplomatic, propagandistic, or moral support. They have chosen to use violence as their instrument of Jihad, for they see terrorism not as we do, but as acceptable qitaal, military combat, their modus operandi justified by the fact that given Infidel superiority in weapons technology, the odds have to be evened through terrorism.

No one is asking Eric Holder, or anyone else in the Administration, to take off a few months to study at Leiden, or Aix-en-Provence (two of the universities that Arab money and Muslim personnel have not yet managed to take over and transform in the Islamic and Middle Eastern areas). No one expects him to have read deeply in Ignaz Goldziher, Snouck Hurgronje, Joseph Schacht, Henri Lammens, or several dozen other great Western scholars of Islam whose works do not date, for Islam has not changed. But we do expect from him a justified diffidence, a hesitation to make pronouncements about Islam that are palpably absurd, and worrisome to all those who do know something, when he states that the problem are those who "misunderstand Islam."

Among Muslims, the problem for Infidels is not those who "misinterpret Islam" but those who do not, who understand its letter and spirit all too well and, what is most important, are willing to act directly on what Islam inculcates, and not to be timid, not to be distracted, not to allow calculations of self-interest to interfere (as when one does not wish to endanger one's position in the world and, especially, in the Infidel world where one may be living). In that Infidel world, of course, one may also have calculated that there are far cleverer ways to conduct Jihad below the current radar systems of the Infidels. For what are the sinister tariq-ramadans doing if not conducting Jihad, in a much more dangerous fashion, one might think, as they try to confuse Infidels, and whip up indignation against those who, like Geert Wilders, merely try to tell some unvarnished and disturbing truths. Yet more and more people in Western Europe, despite the propaganda campaigns conducted on behalf of Islam not only by Muslims but by their own political and media elites, have come to conclusions about Islam. They have come to them slowly, reluctantly, often unwillingly. And these conclusions then result in such measures as the Swiss referendum that expressed an overwhelming desire by people to ban minarets, but also, one can be sure, to limit the presence and power of Islam in a dozen other ways. And that Swiss ban is supported, public opinion polls tell us, overwhelmingly by people in France, Great Britain, and elsewhere.

Eric Holder can utter all the falsehoods he wishes. He will merely become someone who loses the trust of those whose trust he needs. That does not refer to those in political life who continue to ignore or misstate the matter, and who lack the wit to figure out ways to discuss the matter, if not head on, at least with the kind of semaphoring language of metonymy that some mastered long ago, possibly by sitting still in class -- which at this point Eric Holder might learn to do. Or if not, then to at least he should remember the too-quoted line that nonetheless will have to do: "Whereof we do not know, thereof we should not speak." As my music teacher used to say in a different context: Listen to Ludwig.

And there is a larger lesson, not for Holder alone, but for all those who talk about the "public trust." Let's talk about something else: the public mistrust. When the public, on issues of life and death, begins to recognize that it is not being talked to straight by those who govern, and who claim that they govern because they know best how to protect and how to instruct the citizenry, they lose faith in the government. When the public sees that members of the governing class are not telling the truth, but still worse, are actively misrepresenting the nature of the threat and acting as apologists for Islam, the ideology whose promptings explain Muslim terrorism and terrorists, they lose faith in the government. They become worried, fearful, disheartened. A few may seek other explanations, conspiracy theories that they would not succumb to if they could still have, or thought they could have, faith in the intelligence and knowledge of the governing classes. Eric Holder is one example.

But there are many others. We wonder why the words "Islam" and "Muslim" are still not to be used, and why phrases - self-evidently unhelpful, such as "violent extremists," are used instead. "Extremists" about what? Tell us. Stop making us try to guess or still worse, trying to make us not guess, but to be satisfied with such empty formulations that tell us nothing, that help us understand nothing.

And then there are other things. Most of the people in this country fly, or have close relatives who fly, and so most of the country has a direct experience of airports today. And those who fly, and those who may not themselves fly but see off those who do, or hear their stories of airport waiting and woe, are well aware of this nonsense of patting-down nuns and great-grandmothers in wheelchairs and subjecting, even ostentatiously subjecting, non-Muslims to intensive searches when we all know that, since resources are limited, the time spent in such searches of non-Muslims is time not spent in searching Muslim passengers. And it is they, to the extent that they can be identified (and there was no doubt about Farouk Abdulwhatshisname), who should be the object of intensive searching. For we all know that it is Muslim terrorism, terrorism committed by Muslims and by no one else, that is the worry.

When we go to the airport, we endure the needless searches that are conducted, one assumes, only to avoid accusations from Muslim groups and Muslim individuals that they have been selected for special treatment. We share our fury and our ridicule with others. For all sensible people know that of course Muslim travelers should be selected for special searches. For it makes sense to allocate the resource of searching - a finite, even a scarce resource - to the searching of Muslims, and anyone who claims to be offended is a fool, or a danger to us, or both.

Such a policy can continue. We can even have security guards wearing hijabs, which does nothing but make most of us even more alarmed, for we take or mistake those hijab-wearing guards not as a heartwarming display of trust, a public demonstration of the "very values that we hold dear" blah blah that "the enemy hates us for" (nonsense, of course). Not at all. Most of us find the spectacle depressing and worrisome as all get out, for we believe - wrongly or rightly - that this is an outward and visible sign of an inward, crazed, nearly suicidal, and stupid attachment to the idea that one cannot distinguish, or that any intelligent distinguishing constitutes inadmissible discrimination.

Eric Holder can keep telling us, if he wishes, that the people we must worry about are those who "misinterpret Islam' - even though he offers not a shred of evidence, not a single passage, to prove such "misinterpretation." The TSA can continue to pat down non-Muslims and, as a consequence, have fewer resources devoted to two tasks: figuring out who is likely a Muslim (based on name, country or place of origin, previous travel - trips to Yemen, say, or Saudi Arabia or Sudan or Pakistan, should raise eyebrows sky-high), and then making sure that all those who are Muslims quite sensibly are given much greater scrutiny than non-Muslims. Barack Obama can keep prating of "violent extremists" but never telling us more about what those "violent extremists" are "extremists" of. But when we hear these words, when we listen to these solemn speeches, when we endure these misplaced security searches, what happens is that our trust, our faith in our own government, goes down, and down, and down.

And that is not something that people in a mass democracy can, or should, be expected to endure or, as quite a few in the current administration, appropriating lincolnian phrases whenever they can, long endure. Those who whose most important tasks include those of protecting and instructing us have to stop thinking they can mislead their own citizens, 99% of whom are non-Muslim, in order to avoid offending the 1% who are Muslim, or out of some ill-thought-out Machiavellianism, to avoid offending Muslims in Dar al-Islam. So we tiptoe timidly around so much, we avoid recognizing, much less discussing or still less confronting, the Muslim threat to Europe, the historic heart of the West, and we continue to allow ourselves to describe as "staunch allies" such meretricious and sinister places as Saudi Arabia, fearful of giving offense to those who night and day spend feverishly to spread Islam and ensure its dominance even in our lands.

We have to stop describing as part of "our values" what is merely a cripplingly inhibiting fear of offending Muslims. We must let them think we know what Islam inculcates and are now prepared to construct policies designed not to deal not merely with this or that terrorist group, but with the Camp of Islam, with all those who by identifying themselves as Muslims can reasonably be treated as adherents of an ideology that we have every right to be alarmed about - the ideology of Islam. Public trust in the capacity of those who claim to protect us adequately, once lost, is hard to regain. We are not quite there, but almost.
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Jan 5, 3:29 AM (ET)

By ERIN McCLAM


On the first day of what was supposed to be tighter screening ordered by the United States for airline passengers from certain countries, some airports around the world have conceded they had not cracked down.

The U.S. demanded more careful screening for people who are citizens of, or are flying from, 14 nations deemed security risks. But enforcement of the U.S. rules appeared spotty Monday.

"Everything is the same. There is no extra security," said an aviation official in Lebanon, one of the countries on the list. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

The administration of President Barack Obama ordered the changes after what authorities say was a failed attempt by a Nigerian man to blow up a jetliner bound from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said the enhanced screening techniques would include full-body pat-downs, searches of carryon bags, full-body scanning and explosive-detection technology.

On Monday, passengers arriving on international flights reported they had been patted down individually, or had their luggage inspected by hand - steps that have been in place on many international flights since the failed bombing.

Passengers on a flight from Stockholm to Newark, New Jersey, were patted down and had their bags checked at the gate, flier Mark Biddle said. He said no passengers had been singled out for special attention.

In Nigeria, one of the nations on the U.S. list for additional security, there were long lines on the first day of the new rules. At the airport in Lagos, Mine Oniovosa, a 24-year-old student, said she had been told to show up more than seven hours ahead of time for a flight to Atlanta.

A Nigerian official pledged that everyone would be patted down at the country's international airports. In Lagos, guards wearing latex gloves combed through bags, spending more than a minute on each one.

But at international airports in Lebanon, Syria and Libya, all on the list, there were no visible changes in screening. And several European governments, including Germany, France and Spain, said they were still studying the rules before tightening security any further than the steps they took after the failed Christmas attack.

"We will continue to work with our airline and international partners to ensure they meet both international and TSA security standards," said Greg Soule, spokesman of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration.

Among the 14 nations are four - Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria - that the U.S. government considers state sponsors of terrorism. The list also includes Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen.

Passengers arriving at U.S. airports on international flights described a wide range of screening methods - from being separated by gender and patted down to nothing more invasive than normal airport security.

Lydia Habhab, a consultant for the World Bank who flew from France to Amsterdam and on to Detroit, said she was subjected to a full-body scan and her luggage was opened and inspected.

The additional security caused her flights to leave an hour later than scheduled, said Habhab, who is originally from Detroit and now lives in Washington.

"I felt personally violated, but I understand why the procedures are necessary," she said.

Implementation of the tighter security measures that went into effect Monday depends on where airlines are operating, said Steve Lott of the International Air Transport Association. "It can happen in a matter of hours or it can happen in a day or two," he said.

If the security measures are not followed, the U.S. Transportation Security Agency can penalize the airlines, according to a TSA official who was not authorized to speak about the enforcement rules. The penalties could include warnings and fines, and recalcitrant airlines could ultimately be barred from flying to the U.S.

In the Cuba, the Communist Party newspaper Granma denounced the new airport security measures adopted by the United States as a product of "anti-terrorist paranoia." Cuba is one of 14 countries affected by the new measures because Washington considers the island a state-sponsor of terrorism.

"The desperate directive applies to all airlines, both American and non-American," Granma wrote in an article that appeared on its Web site Monday under the headline "U.S. Anti-terrorist paranoia hits Cuba and other countries."

Passengers on a charter flight from Havana to Miami said they did not notice any additional security in either Cuba or the United States.

"It was the same as always. There was no problem," said Adriana Vallester, 46, who was returning from a holiday visit to her family in Cuba.

A U.S. intelligence official said the government had moved the names of dozens of people onto its terrorism watch list and its no-fly list after reviewing the government's database of suspected terrorists.

The man arrested in the Christmas incident, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, had been in a database with about 550,000 other terror suspects since late November. But officials said the government did not have enough information to put him on the no-fly list.

Authorities say Abdulmutallab tried to bring down Northwest Flight 253 by igniting explosives concealed in his underwear, but the material failed to detonate, causing only a small fire. Passengers put out the fire and restrained Abdulmutallab.

While screening for international flights has been tightened since Christmas Day, there have been few changes at domestic airports.

On Sunday, officials at the Newark airport emptied a terminal and forced passengers to go through screening again after a man passed through a security checkpoint going the wrong way. His identity and whereabouts remained unknown Monday.

The failed Northwest attack has led to calls for wider use of full-body scanners, now in regular use at only a few U.S. airports. Dutch officials announced Monday they would buy 60 more of the scanners. There are already 15 in use at the Amsterdam airport alone.

Saudi Arabia said it had placed additional security personnel at its airports, and a Nigerian minister said the government there would perform whatever security checks the U.S. asked for.

"It is for the good of everybody that everybody is searched thoroughly," Information Minister Dora Akunyili said.

Still, she questioned Nigeria's inclusion on the list. While Abdulmutallab is Nigerian, she noted he had lived and studied abroad for years.

"It is unfair to discriminate against 150 million Nigerians over the behavior of one person," Akunyili said. "It is outside of the shores of this country that he developed this nasty tendency to do what he tried to do."
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Post For Obama, ending the "politics of fear" equals making us unprepared against jihad

For Obama, ending the "politics of fear" equals making us unprepared against jihad terror


http://www.jihadwatch.org/2010/01/fo...ad-terror.html


It turned out the "politics of fear" was never about "fear" at all, but about defending ourselves against those who have vowed to destroy our society and subjugate us. When that act of defense becomes "fear," the Islamic supremacists are winning. "For Obama, terrorism is a four-letter word: Bush," by Byron York for the Washington Examiner, January 5:
The attempted bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 was more than just al Qaeda's latest attempt to bring death and destruction to American shores. It was also, in its still-unfolding political aftermath, a head-on collision between Barack Obama's soaring rhetoric and the reality of terrorism. Obama's first response to the incident, or nonresponse, did not surprise anyone who followed his 2008 presidential campaign. As a candidate, Obama repeatedly accused the Bush administration of using terrorism to spread fear among the American public for political gain.

"Since 9/11, we've had a president who essentially fed us a politics of fear," Obama said at a December 2007 Democratic debate in Iowa. "We have been governed by fear for the last six years," he said two months earlier in Philadelphia. "We're tired of fear," he said still earlier at a debate in South Carolina.
Obama pledged a new, quieter approach. He would improve America's image in the world, reach out to Muslims and dial back the fear.

So when a radical Islamist Army officer shouting "Allahu Akbar!" murdered 13 of his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, Obama's response was so low-key it took him days to recognize it as a terrorist incident. And when a radical Islamist Nigerian nearly succeeded in detonating enough explosives to bring down a Northwest Airlines jumbo jet as it approached Detroit, Obama remained silent.

Some observers thought it was a mistake for the president to continue golfing, swimming and munching shave ice in Hawaii while the nation learned the details of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's terrifying plot. But it was a deliberate plan.

"There is a reason why Obama hasn't given a public statement," journalist Marc Ambinder wrote the day after the attempted bombing. "It's strategy."...
Of course it is. A strategy that leads straight to disaster.
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Obama finally forswears tough sanctions on Iran.
Taking advantage of the ado surrounding the failed airliner bombing and the new prominence of the al Qaeda peril, the Obama administration has finally given up its sanctions strategy for averting the rise of a nuclear-armed Iran. US secretary of state Hillary Clinton was tasked with the public announcement: "The Obama administration wants to keep the door to dialogue open with Iran," she said Jan. 4, then added a remark which let Iran off completely of the American hook: "…although the United States has avoided using the term deadline, it cannot wait indefinitely to hear form Iran."

Her words explicitly backtracked on statements by other senior administration officials, including National Security Adviser James Jones, in recent interviews that Tehran's deadline for responding to international proposals expired on Dec. 31. DEBKAfile's Iranian sources report that Tehran sees Washington as so eager to reach the negotiating table that it is falling back from effective penalties step by step, including an embargo on refined oils and benzene, and even willing to forgive Iran's failure to meet a highly publicized international deadline.

"Our goal is to pressure the Iranian government, particularly the Revolutionary Guards elements without contributing to the suffering of Iranians," Clinton explained.

Threatening Iran's Revolutionary Guards instead of its regime is nothing but a feeble face-saver, our Iranian sources maintain, since the IRGC, whose financial operations and its management of Iran's nuclear program subsist on alternative "black market" economic mechanisms is hardly vulnerable to international sanctions.

The Guards command a world network of thousands of straw companies, which defy investigation - even by American experts. Their funds are not moved through banks but around the illegal channels of international crime and drug cartels in countries outside US scrutiny. The IRGC is therefore not afraid of the fading US threat of sanctions.

In Jerusalem, the Netanyahu government persists in clinging to the Obama administration's coattails on the Iranian nuclear menace, keeping up the pretence that sanctions are still a viable option. On Jan. 2, a senior Israeli diplomat in Washington was quoted as saying that in back-channel conversations “Obama has convinced us that it’s worth trying the sanctions, at least for a few months.”

Another official, deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon, predicted confidently to an interviewer: "The US will impose sanctions against Iran within a month."

Two days later, the Clinton statement showed Israeli officials to be woefully lagging behind the times with regard to decision-making in Washington. There, the Iran crisis has been taken back a whole year to square one. Obama administration wasted this year in barren diplomatic engagement against Tehran's iron resistance to any changes in its nuclear objectives, while the Netanyahu-Barak government frittered the year away by playing follow-the-US leader and keeping Israel on the sidelines of any initiative against an avowed enemy.

By contrast, Iran spent the year celebrating another leap forward in developing its nuclear weaponry and missiles, the while binding its ally Syria and proxies Hizballah and Hamas to mutual defense pacts should the US or Israel conjure up the temerity to strike its nuclear facilities after all.
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National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter didn't cut his holiday ski trip short upon learning of the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner Christmas Day, the New York Daily News reports.

Leiter, who is in charge of analyzing terror threats, reportedly didn't return to his office post in McLean, Va., until several days after the holiday, and his decision to do so has been looked down upon by intelligence officials.

"People have been grumbling that he didn't let a little terrorism interrupt his vacation," a source told the Daily News.

The NCTC has been heavily scrutinized for failing to "connect the dots" on Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian suspect tied to the failed bombing attempt on the Northwest Airlines jet.

Leiter's spokesman did not say when he returned from the trip and fully retook the reigns of the agency.

Read more at the New York Daily News
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Arrow The Consequences of Obama: Terrorism is Back

The Consequences of Obama: Terrorism is Back
The tragic results of the President's unilateral disarmament in the terror war

by Dick Morris



Rev. Jeremiah Wright said that the “chickens came home to roost” on 9-11. He was wrong. But they have now, indeed, come home to roost as we witness the results of the unilateral disarmament President Obama has practiced in the war on terror. Beset once more by terrorism on our soil and in our airspace, we find ourselves suddenly overmatched by those who the Bush Administration kept away from our shores for seven years.

This new onset of terrorism is not the product of any change in the international environment or some new “systemic” flaw in our intelligence operations. It is due to the policy of President Obama in letting down our guard and inhibiting those charged with our protection.

Under Obama, the hunters have become the hunted as America inverted her priorities. Those who have been working to keep us safe have, themselves, come under scrutiny for profiling, harsh interrogation techniques, and a failure to give terrorists constitutional rights they don’t have.

The result is predictable: Timidity and caution have become the order of the day in our intelligence community. In a world where hunch, guesswork, and a willingness to leap to conclusions by imagining the worst are vital to success, a cover your butt mentality has taken over. If you come to the wrong conclusion, if you profile without adequate justification, if you accuse incorrectly, you are finished. Your career and your pension will be gone. Guess right and you are accorded anonymity. Guess wrong and you’re through.

The failure of the intelligence operatives to pass along the information about the Ft. Hood shooter or the airline bomber did not flow from a blind spot or a lack of co-ordination, they stemmed from terrorism of a different sort — the terror of making a mistake and falling on the harsh mercies of Eric Holder.

Now Nigerian terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutall sits, lawyered up, in a federal prison. His interrogation will proceed, if at all, under the watchful eye of his counsel. He will not finger other operatives nor warn us of other impending attacks. He will receive the full panoply of constitutional rights, none of which he is entitled to.

Barack Obama does not seem to understand that these terrorists come here to use our laws and our system, not to protect us, not even to shelter themselves, but to destroy us.

Abdulmutall should be interrogated by the military, without benefit of counsel. The evidence we obtain should not be admissible in a court of law nor used as the basis for his sentencing. But it must be used to ward off future threats and attacks.

But Obama is a true believer. His persistence in downgrading the war on terror to a criminal investigation will continue. And we will experience more and more attacks. Because pessimism is the bodyguard of liberalism, he will explain to us that the world has become more threatening and that he is doing all he can to keep us safe. But the truth will be that it will have been his policies and priorities that are leaving us exposed.

And the attacks will continue.
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The Obama Tragedy in the Terror War
Ralph Peters discusses how the administration is facilitating terrorism around the world
by Jamie Glazov


Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Ralph Peters, a retired U.S. Army officer, a controversial strategist and world traveler, and the author of 25 books, including the recent bestselling thriller, The War After Armageddon, and the forthcoming Endless War (March, 2010), which examines the history–and future–of conflict between Islam and the West. An opinion columnist for the New York Post and popular media commentator, he became Fox News Network’s first Strategic Analyst in 2009.



FP: Ralph Peters, welcome to Frontpage Interview.

Peters: Great to reconnect with you, Jamie.

FP: What are your thoughts regarding the recent botched terrorist attack on Christmas Day on Flight 253?

Peters: Well, I have to separate my thoughts and my feelings. First, the feelings: Outrage. Not so much at the bomber, who was just fulfilling his duty to commit jihad against Christians on their most important holiday (with any dead Jews as a bonus), but at the stunning lack of interest or concern on the part of our partying president and his paladins. Hey, why interrupt your holiday just because an Islamist terrorist (well, they don’t exist, right?) tried to kill 300 innocents and almost pulled it off? And, of course, we were all instantly reassured when Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano (whose real interest seems to be harassing law-abiding citizens at airports, while preparing to push through citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants) told us that the system worked. I mean, God help us, you and I don’t live in the same universe as our “leaders.”

On the thoughts side: President Obama, sooner or later, has to take responsibility for something. His call for yet another review in the wake of the failed attack had the primary purpose of deflecting blame from the administration. Well, the military maxim applies: A leader is responsible for everything his subordinates do, or fail to do. All his adult life, Obama wanted to be president. Now it’s time for him to actually be a president. That means taking responsibility.

FP: How much confidence, exactly, do you have in this administration providing safety to Americans against our enemies?

Peters: Unfortunately, I have no faith–none–in the administration’s seriousness, when it comes to protecting Americans. A president who insists, in the face of overwhelming evidence, that every next terrorist is just an “isolated extremist” with no connection to Islam isn’t interested in solving the problem.

FP: How about our intelligence system in this case?

Peters: It failed. But, to be fair, many things that seem obvious in retrospect weren’t necessarily obvious in advance. Our intelligence system has two pertinent problems (among many others): It’s dealing with a literally unmanageable volume of data, and (according to my friends still inside the system),the post 9-11 “reforms,” such as creating a Director of National Intelligence and the National Counter Terrorism Center, simply created additional layers of bureaucracy. We’re fighting a lean, mean, fast, ruthless enemy. Our response? Bring more of yesterday’s senior officials out of retirement and hire more lawyers. Maybe we should just sue al Qaeda and see how splendidly our civilian-justice approach to terror works.

FP: Your view of Janet Napolitano?Why is she still heading Homeland Security?

Peters: I’d rather not view Janet Napolitano at all. This woman is so far out of her depth that it can’t be measured with Newtonian metrics. She was a politically correct appointment, period. On the positive side, word is that she’ll be gone in the next few months–Obama’s too vain to fire her right now, while the administration’s under fire over the Christmas terror attempt, but he realizes what a political liability she’s become.

There’s another, unfortunate, side to this. When representing our country, especially on security matters, appearance and physical presence matter. It would be great if that were not so, but facts are facts. Even if Napolitano were a security genius, she doesn’t project a forceful, capable image to our deadly enemies (or to our allies). Again, every one of Obama’s cabinet-level appointments has been about domestic politics, not about their effectiveness on the world stage.
Well, at least he can’t blame Bush for Napolitano.

FP: Your perspective on how the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are going? What strategies that are in effect are wrong? What strategies would be more effective?

Peters: Strategy? We still don’t have a strategy for Afghanistan-Pakistan. We just have a collection of disjointed techniques we’re desperately trying to apply, hoping something, anything, will work. A troop surge is a tool, not a strategy. And you can’t nation-build where there’s no nation to build. I’m disheartened. American soldiers and Marines are dying and being maimed for fairy-tale counterinsurgency strategies that insist that digging wells for illiterate Afghans will deter al Qaeda’s Arab fanatics from killing Americans. The only wise and effective thing we’re doing is applying UAVs (drones) and our special operations forces to the indispensable task of killing terrorists.

I’ve never been threatened by a dead terrorist. And when a terrorist believes he’s on a mission from his god to kill you, killing him is the only plausible response.

As I’ve written recently, what little analysis of the Afghan problem we do obsesses on our continuing failures. But the real question, which we refuse to ask, is “Why are the Taliban successful?” And, of course, we go on pretending that Islam has nothing to do with anything. Political correctness is killing our troops, defeating us, and facilitating terror around the world.

FP: Potential threats in 2010? Where have we taken our eye off the ball?

Peters: Good Lord, where do you start? The usual suspects will still be with us: Iran, al Qaeda, Chinese subversion of our economy (brought to you by WalMart, among others, thanks), piracy, Hugo Chavez’s apparent determination to precipitate a border war with Colombia, the Kirchner regime’s attempt to hobble democracy in Argentina, Islamist aggression in Nigeria (which is intensifying again), and, above all, Mexico–where the narco-insurgency constitutes the real number-one threat to the welfare of our citizen. It bewilders me that we’re obsessed with “saving” Afghanistan, a worthless piece of dirt in the middle of nowhere, when the crucial struggle is right on (and crossing) our southern border. Mexico is the most important country in the world to us–for better and worse–and we treat it as problem number 47.

Where have we taken our eye off the ball? Please, tell me where the Obama administration has an eye on any foreign-policy or security balls. This ultra-left administration isn’t concerned with security (except to the extent that it impacts on politics), but with a hard-left, destructive and divisive vision of “social justice.” Which means, of course, punish productive citizens to reward the Lumpenproletariat. We’re a greater threat to ourselves, in the long run, than al-Qaeda is to us.


FP: Ralph Peters thank you for joining us. It was an honor to speak with you.

I would like to announce to our readers that Mr. Peters will be speaking at the Freedom Center’s Wednesday Morning Club:

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Terror in the Skies Requires Real Action on the Ground
Mr. President, we can’t afford any more of your on-the-job training
by Michael Reagan
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This country is on alert now in a way it has not been for almost nine years. Between the attempted Christmas Day terrorist attack, the bombing of the CIA headquarters in Yemen, and near-daily airport scares, we have been forcefully reminded that a real war against terror continues to be waged here at home and abroad.

And even as I applaud Americans for not letting recent events unduly disrupt their lives and thereby giving the terrorists a minor victory, I remain deeply concerned about the current state of our homeland security.

Shortly after the incident on Northwest Flight 253, Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano first insisted that “the system worked” regarding the Christmas Day attempt. This particularly blatant act of defensive self-protection was such an obvious falsehood that Counterterrorism Czar John Brennan has had to go from news show to news show offering a retraction. This bumbling effort is not exactly the type of first response that Americans should expect from those tasked with protecting our country.

Indeed, as the days progress, we are beginning to see just how great a retraction was needed. American authorities knew, before he ever boarded that plane, that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had extremist views and received training from Al Qaeda. In an act of tremendous courage, Abdulmutallab’s own father apparently had reported him as a person of concern to the U.S. embassy and CIA station chief. Abdulmutallab was on a government watch list. He had been spending time in a country with known terrorist activity.

With proper communication between security and counterterrorism agencies and proper scrutiny, this young man would have been put on a high-priority list. At the airport, he would have been flagged, he would have been searched, and he would have been caught. Instead, it is only through the grace of God and the courage of a passenger that the lives of over 200 were saved this Christmas.

In Afghanistan, we were not so fortunate, and seven American operatives were killed.

We do not have to live in fear in order to be smart about the dangers. We do not have to be an international bully to rightfully assert our position and interests around the world. The Obama administration, however, cannot seem to get a handle on the wide middle ground between “fear-mongering” and cowering in submission.

In many ways, this Christmas Day attempt is a great opportunity for the president. With no loss of life, systemic and human errors were revealed and can now be fixed. And they must be fixed.

We need to move forward with a comprehensive strategy to connect our intelligence dots. We can already see that tremendous strides have been made since the disastrous intelligence failure of 9/11, but we learned two weeks ago that we have not come far enough. Whatever motivation or resources are required, we need to improve our intelligence and make full use of it, rather than letting cases like Abdulmutallab’s fall through the cracks.

It would be all too easily to blame this on poor screening at airports here and overseas, and to reactively devote all our energies to bigger and better checkpoint technologies. To some measure, some of these recommended upgrades may be appropriate. But the greatest challenge will be for the president to take a step back and look at the entire system with all its moving parts and streamline the process. In doing, he must act with the conviction that the threat is imminent and real.

It’s time to step up to the plate, Mr. President. You signed up for this job, and we can’t afford any more of your on-the-job training.
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The “Great Orator” blew this speech on Islamic terrorism, too

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Calling Obama’s latest feeble attempt to act tough on terrorism “mind-numbing, appalling, flat, and bloodless,” Charles Krauthammer does his usual spot-on assessment of Obama’s refusal to comprehend that we are not just at war with al-Qaeda, but with Islamic jihadism. And his measures for dealing with it are as pathetic as all his other foreign policies.
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Obama's New Year Gift To The Saudi King


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by Nonie Darwish

Islam is in trouble at the heart of its birthplace, Saudi Arabia, and consequently in other Muslim countries. Muslim leaders and media are desperately trying to regain control both internally and externally. Muslims are starting to openly and defiantly question; while the international image of Islam is being tarnished daily with every act of terror, hate speech and calls for jihad from the pulpits of mosques. The traditional open calls for violence and jihad Islam got away with for centuries is now under scrutiny especially after 9/11. Islam is now under the microscope. That is the quagmire of Muslims today. How can they continue teaching their basic religious jihad education but still save face and Islam's reputation in a culture where image and honor is everything.

The West is not fully aware of what is happening in the Muslim world today where taboo topics are being discussed by brave Muslim reformists and former Muslims. There are ground braking Arabic TV and internet shows aired inside homes in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Algeria, etc, discussing what ordinary Muslims were never allowed to heard before. The brilliant Rachid Hmami, a Former Muslim turned Christian and originally from Morocco, has a show, Suaal Garii 'Daring Question,' that is making shock waves across the Middle East. Another equally effective show, is that of the brave Coptic priest, Father Zakareya Botros, who was imprisoned in Egypt for proselytizing to Muslims. Father Botros's show is a huge success in exposing tyranny, contradictions and weaknesses in Islam. Muslims who call in, are often in shocked by what they hear for the first time about their own religion, yet another proof that Muslim establishment intentionally spreads misinformation and ignorance of basic Muslim doctrines to Muslims. Many Muslims, even from Saudi Arabia, call in to renounce Islam.

Unprecedented defiance is happening in the heart of the Muslim world. Recently a prominent Egyptian female attorney and human rights advocate, Nagla Al Imam, announced she left Islam and became a Christian and insists that she will remain in Egypt, in defiance of Islamic law condemning her to death. She is now under intense
24-hour security. Islam is in trouble from within.

Both, King Abdullah, custodian of the two Holy Mosques of Islam in Mecca and Medina, and the Islamic establishment everywhere, are extremely alarmed by the status of Islam today. Their power to control Muslims, trained for centuries to blind submission, is slipping away. Huge sums of oil money dedicated to rescue Islam's image, is not enough to do the job.

That is where Obama's services come to the rescue of King Abdulla. Obama's bow to the king was no small matter, but of great significance in Muslim culture. It is a Muslim symbol of subjugation and inferiority.

It was said that Obama decision to hold a trial in New York of the confessed mastermind of 9/11, Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, and the rest of the Guantanamo detainees, is proof of the US's just legal system. But the Muslim world already knows that. Not one Muslim country demanded such a trial or claimed the KSM was innocent. To the contrary, the Muslim public, in general, think that Americans are stupid for opening their country to such terrorists and giving visas to terrorists while often denying it to legitimate travelers. Recently, my daughter innocently asked, why is America trying to tame untamable terrorists, it is like "having a pet shark".

The claims that such a trial will give an opportunity to the terrorists to justify their actions and hate propaganda, is true, but it is much more than that. Such a trial will vindicate and justify mainstream Islamic education of hatred and will help Muslim establishment tighten their screws. It will greatly boost to the status quo in Muslim counties and an opportunity for Arab media and Muslim clerics to justify 9/11, their hate propaganda, incitement to violence and outright lies. This trial will be a set back to Muslim reformers, human rights activists and Arab feminists. It is telling them there is a good reason for Islamic violence dictated by Sharia law.

This trial will create unnecessary sympathy among the many uninformed Western citizens to Islamist fictitious 'causes' and finger-pointing Muslims have been taught and believed in since birth. Like the OJ Simpson trial, a good portion of Americans will be confused over glaring truths which will cause a huge set back to America's war on terror.

Knowingly or unknowingly, Obama has given a great gift for the New Year to the custodian of Islam, King Abdullah; a self-imposed trial by the victim nation of 9/11, a free televised propaganda machine from ground zero, to rescue mainstream Islam's reputation. Protecting the image of Islam is one of the basic duties of Muslim leaders and the utmost obligation of every Muslim who is obliged by Islamic law to lie, cheat and kill for its sake.

By holding such a trial in New York, America, intentionally or unintentionally, will be contributing to reforming Islam's image, supporting its old ways of doing business and suppressing the brave reformation movements across the Muslim world, a true New Year's gift to King Abdullah.

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Flight 253 jihadist was "singing like a canary" until he was read his rights like a civilian criminal
Suicidal. "Detroit bomber 'singing like a canary' before arrest," by Philip Sherwell in the Telegraph, January 9:
President Barack Obama is under fire over claims that the Christmas Day underwear bomber was "singing like a canary" until he was treated as an ordinary criminal and advised of his right to silence.
The chance to secure crucial information about al-Qaeda operations in Yemen was lost because the Obama administration decided to charge and prosecute Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as an ordinary criminal, critics say. He is said to have reduced his co-operation with FBI interrogators on the advice of his government-appointed defence counsel.

The potential significance became chillingly clear this weekend when it was reported that shortly after his detention, he boasted that 20 more young Muslim men were being prepared for similar murderous missions in the Yemen.

The lawyer for the 23-year-old Nigerian entered a formal not guilty plea on Friday to charges that he tried to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on December 25 - even though he reportedly admitted earlier that he was trained and supplied with the explosives sewn into his underwear by al-Qaeda in the Arab state.

"He was singing like a canary, then we charged him in civilian proceedings, he got a lawyer and shut up," Slade Gorton, a member of the 9/11 Commission that investigated the Sept 2001 terror attacks on the US, told The Sunday Telegraph.
"I find it incomprehensible that this administration is treating terrorism as a law enforcement issue. The president has finally said that we are at war with al-Qaeda. Well, if this is a war, then Abdulmutallab should be treated as a combatant not a criminal."...
Not with this President in power.
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Obama's TSA nominee in 2008:
Alliances with Israel and France make us subject to Terror Attack





"Due to connectivity that we have with countries such as Israel, France -- countries that are seen by groups, by al Qaeda, as infidels or anti-Islamic -- by the true nature of our alliance with them means that we subject to be attacked as well."

I have news for you, Mr. Southers: the jihadists see many more countries than just Israel and France as "infidels" and "un-Islamic." Including, most importantly, the Great Satan itself, the United States. But it is noteworthy that Southers, unlike Obama, has at least once publicly acknowledged that there is some religious dimension to the conflict between the Islamic world and the West, and he here implies -- intentionally or not -- that that religious conflict will not be smoothed over by overtures to the Islamic world which ignore the fact that we are still Infidels when we make those overtures.

Finally, if he believes that if we end our alliances with these Infidel, un-Islamic states, that peace will ensue, he is terminally naive.

"TSA nominee in 2008: Alliances with Israel, France make us subject to terror attack," by David Freddoso for the Washington Examiner, January 11:
Erroll Southers, President Obama's nominee to head the Transportation Safety Administration, said in a 2008 web interview on terrorism that America is subject to terror attacks because of its alliances with countries like Israel and France. Asked how high the "War on Terror" ranks in America's priorities, Southers opined:
"Due to connectivity that we have with countries such as Israel, France -- countries that are seen by groups, by al Qaeda, as infidels or anti-Islamic -- by the true nature of our alliance with them means that we subject to be attacked as well."

In the interview with VideoJug, which was posted online in April 2008, Southers also said that national security, while it has "some parity" with such issues as Global Warming and education, supersedes them in importance because other government initiatives cannot flourish as long as terrorism remains a serious threat....
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Geller: "Obama Aids the Enemy He Will Not Name"




In "Obama Aids the Enemy He Will Not Name" in The American Thinker today, Pamela Geller takes aim at the President's consistent refusal to name the enemy and ongoing compromising of American security:
White House National Security Adviser James Jones warned that Americans would feel "a certain shock" after reading the report on the Islamic jihadist who hid bombs in his crotch and tried to blow up Northwest Flight 253 in Detroit on Christmas Day.
Well, I was shocked.

The loudest (deafening, actually) part of Obama's remarks Thursday on the war on the West is what he didn't say. Not once in Obama's self-aggrandizing speech on the Muslim Christmas bomber did he ever mention jihad or Islam.

And that is whom we are at war with.

To say that al-Qaeda alone is the enemy is just more obfuscation and deception. It's bureaucratic boilerplate.

Imagine, if you will, during, say, World War II, if the Axis press accounts of Allied military operations refused to use the word America or United States.

For example, a D-Day report would go like this: On June 6, 1944, nearly 160,000 Iowans, New Yorkers, Jerseyans, Alaskans, Texans, and some black and white folks landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified sandy coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft filled with all kinds of people supported the D-Day invasion, and by day's end, Floridians had gained a foothold in Normandy.
Obama would speak only about "al-Qaeda."

Al-Qaeda is a manifestation of devout Islam. Just as Hamas, Hezb'allah, al-Muhajiroun, The Armed Islamic Group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, MILF, CAIR, ISNA, Fatah, the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, the Armed Islamic Group of Algeria...

It is Islam.

And by refusing to name the enemy, Obama has perpetrated yet another devastating attack on American security....

There is much more. Read it all.
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Obama Drops References to Catching Osama



Hunt for Osama Over? Obama Steers Clear of Bin Laden References

The President's Rhetoric on World's Most-Wanted Man Has Changed Considerably Since Campaign

By HUMA KHAN
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2010

Terrorism and the national security agenda continue to define U.S. foreign policy, as they did during the Bush administration. Yet there is one person who is missing from the language of President Obama and his advisers -- Osama bin Laden, the FBI's most-wanted terrorist.

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Former President Bush defined his war on terror in light of bin Laden. He famously pronounced in December 2001 that he wanted the al Qaeda mastermind captured "dead or alive."

So, too, did Obama when he was running for president. In a debate on Oct. 7, 2008, he declared, "We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority."

He kept up that strong rhetoric right up to election day.

"I think capturing or killing bin Laden is a critical aspect of stamping out al Qaeda. He is not just a symbol, he's also the operational leader of an organization that is planning attacks against U.S. targets," Obama said on Nov. 2, 2008, just a few days before his victory.
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Angry Obama’s Rules of Engagement have the troops “dangerously preoccupied




Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said the confusion was evident in his conversations with U.S. troops, and said it runs so deep that there are two different standards of detention, depending on whether the troops are under NATO command or not.

Mr. McConnell said the confusion among troops about detainee policy ran throughout the ranks. He said at one point he asked a general about policies and the general “didn’t want to answer the question without turning to his lawyer, who was also in the room.” (It has come to this under Obama. Disgraceful)

“We see this preoccupation with prisoners’ rights, both on the foreign battlefield and here at home — it seems to be consuming the administration in the war on terror,” Mr. McConnell said.

But the lawmakers also said that, when asked, military leaders said President Obama’s specified troop withdrawal timetable poses aproblem. Sen. Roger Wicker, Mississippi Republican, said the Taliban is using next year’s announced beginning of a withdrawal as “a propaganda tool” to pressure wavering Afghans to rally against U.S. efforts. Mr. Obama late last year announced an escalation of U.S. troops to Afghanistan, but said by July 2011 the first American troops would begin to come home.

Last year, the Obama administration confirmed reports that FBI agents conducting interrogations were reading legal “Miranda rights” to some fighters captured on the battlefield in Afghanistan.



Mr. McConnell said the approach is part of the same mentality that led the administration to put the suspect in the attempted Christmas Day airplane bombing into criminal court proceedings, instead of treating him as a captured enemy combatant. WASHINGTON TIMES
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PROMISES, PROMISES: Many Obama pledges unkept



By PHILIP ELLIOTT


WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama ends his first year in office with his to-do list still long and his unfulfilled campaign promises stacked high.

From winding down the war in Iraq to limiting lobbyists, Obama has made some progress. But the president has faced political reality and accepted - sometimes grudgingly - compromises that leave him exposed to criticism. Promises that have proven difficult include pledges not to raise taxes, to curb earmarks and to shut down the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba by the end of his first year.

"We are moving systematically to bring about change, but change is hard," Obama told a town hall crowd in California. "Change doesn't happen overnight."

That was in March.

During his two-year campaign, Obama thrilled massive crowds with soaring speeches, often railing against an Iraq war that now is seldom mentioned. His presidential comments now are often sober updates on issues like terrorism and the economy, a top priority now that emerged as a major issue only in the campaign's final weeks.

Obama's campaign ambition has been diluted with a pragmatism that has been the hallmark of Year One - without much of the progress he had hoped.

A look at some of the promises:

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THE ECONOMY, TAXES AND DEFICITS

Obama inherited an economy in severe distress that has since shown marked improvement. With the crisis developing so close to last year's election, it wasn't the focus of his earlier campaign promises. But Obama managed to craft his main anti-recession measure to address one of the top political commitments.

He campaigned on a pledge to provide a $1,000 tax credit to 95 percent of all working families, and almost delivered.

The $787 billion stimulus bill included an $800 tax credit for couples making up to $150,000, and a declining credit for those making up to $190,000. The Tax Policy Center estimates that 90 percent of taxpayers qualified for a tax cut under the stimulus package.

In a Dover, N.H., campaign stop, Obama pledged that "no family making less than $250,000 will see their taxes increase - not your income taxes, not your payroll taxes, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes."

True, unless you're a smoker.

Obama, himself an occasional smoker, signed into law a 159 percent increase in the tax on a pack of cigarettes. Other tobacco products were hit with similar or much steeper increases to help pay for a children's health initiative, enabling him to keep another promise to make sure all kids have health insurance.

Obama also promised to cut the federal budget deficit by more than half in his first term. That now appears unlikely, given the spending on the stimulus and the billions of dollars spent on bank and auto company bailouts. The 2009 federal budget deficit hit a record $1.42 trillion, and the red ink in the first two months of fiscal 2010 was nearly 6 percent higher than the same period in 2009.

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FOREIGN POLICY

As a candidate, Obama touted his early opposition to the Iraq war and pledged to pull all U.S. combat troops out within 16 months. As president, he pushed that deadline back two months, to August 2010.

Even then, he will leave 35,000 to 50,000 military personnel in Iraq through 2011 to train, equip and advise Iraqi security forces, and to help in counterterrorism missions.

As a candidate, he vowed to prosecute the war against al-Qaida in Afghanistan, arguing that Iraq had distracted the U.S. from its anti-terror priorities. By the end of his first year, he had retooled the Afghan war strategy, replaced the U.S. commander there, doubled the number of U.S. troops in the country and ordered another 30,000 there by the middle of this year.

He also promised to "end the use of torture without exception" in U.S. anti-terror campaigns and to close Guantanamo Bay, which he called "a recruiting tool for our enemies." He signed an executive order outlawing torture, cruelty and degrading treatment of prisoners. A companion order closing the Guantanamo prison has proven more challenging.

Congress refused to fund the transfer of any Guantanamo detainees to U.S. prisons, and foreign countries are reluctant to accept them. Obama did order the purchase of an Illinois prison to house up to 100 Guantanamo detainees. Still, Guantanamo cannot be closed until the disposition of more than 200 remaining detainees is resolved. A failed attempt at bombing a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas has made that more difficult.

Obama also campaigned to restore U.S. prestige abroad by engaging allies and adversaries alike, a direct swipe at George W. Bush, his predecessor. Now, he's finding that rhetoric tough to live up to.

He vowed to use "tough, direct diplomacy" to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Once in office, he offered dialogue to Tehran, made direct appeals to the Iranian people and included Iran in multinational discussions, while insisting that Iran not be permitted to develop nuclear weapons.

The power centers in Tehran have largely shrugged, and Obama so far has been unable to unite a coalition of countries behind new economic sanctions intended to block Iran's development of nuclear weapons.

A solution for North Korea's nuclear program also remains elusive. Its envoy to the United Nations said his nation is willing to conduct talks, but only if all sanctions against it are lifted.

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TERRORISM

On his 2008 campaign Web site, Obama declared that "we must redouble our efforts to determine if the measures implemented since 9/11 are adequately addressing the threats our nation continues to face from airplane-based terrorism," including screening all passengers against "a comprehensive terrorist watch list."

The verdict on that promise came last month, when an alleged terrorist known to authorities boarded an airliner bound for Detroit from overseas carrying explosives in his clothes. Disaster was averted when he botched an attempt to ignite the bomb.

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HEALTH CARE

During his political run, Obama said he would increase the number of people covered by health insurance and pay for it by raising taxes on families making more than $250,000 a year and by taxing companies that do not offer coverage to employees.

Although lawmakers have taken steps toward the broad outline Obama promised, it remains unfinished. The House and Senate have passed versions of the plan, but major differences remain. And Obama's left flank is none too pleased with the compromises to this point, which have all but eliminated a government-run insurance option, something he called for in the campaign.

Even the process has violated one campaign pledge.

"We'll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies," Obama said.

That hasn't happened. Instead, Democrats in Congress and the White House have made multibillion-dollar deals with hospitals and pharmaceutical companies in private. C-SPAN asked to televise the negotiations between the House and Senate versions; the White House insists it hasn't seen the request.

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OTHER ISSUES

On other domestic promises, from energy to education, Obama has been faced with a tight budget, a struggling economy and a deficit-conscious public that he will need to court if he seeks another term in 2012.

Early on, he had to recant his pledge not to sign legislation that includes lawmakers' pet projects. "When I'm president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely," Obama had said in September.

But Congress controls spending, and Obama hasn't been willing to veto bills approved by his Democratic allies on Capitol Hill. For example, he signed what he called an "imperfect" $410 billion spending bill that included 7,991 so-called "earmarks" totaling $5.5 billion. He had little choice. The measure, a holdover from the Bush presidency, was needed to keep government from shutting down.

Obama also promised to require lawmakers seeking money for earmarks to justify their requests in writing 72 hours before they're voted on in Congress.

That hasn't happened yet. Nor has his pledge to post legislation online for five days before acting; he broke that pledge with his first bill, a non-emergency measure giving workers more time to bring pay discrimination lawsuits. A promised ban on lobbyists serving in his administration hasn't been absolute; a few former lobbyists were granted exemptions.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs explained that by saying:

"Even the toughest rules require reasonable exceptions."
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For the Obama Administration, sometimes the Constitution is a suicide pact

We all remember Jo, the Fat Boy in Dickens, who was always exclaiming: "I wants to make your flesh creep."

The Obama Administration does not intend to make your flesh creep, to make the goosebumps of fear rise as you recognize the calamitous lapse, more than a lapsus calami, of judgment, not a corrigible typo but the text itself, based on a view of the world and "our values" that may at this point be uncorrectable and incorrigible.

Start with this article from The Telegraph of London.

No one has made your flesh creep. But you feel uneasy, queasy, something akin to sea-sickness because the ship of state turns out to be in certain respects a ship of fools, with "S. S. Naufragium" on its bow.

Who is Slade Gorton, and what does he know? Slade Gorton, this former Senator from Washington, this member of the 9/11 Commission, says "he [Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab] was singing like a canary, then we charged him in civilian proceedings, he got a lawyer, and shut up." Slade Gorton finds the actions of the Administration "incomprehensible." But, you may insist, isn't Slade Gorton a Republican, and therefore in thrall to Fox News, and Roger Ailes, and therefore dismissively "right-wing"? No. Slade Gorton's roots are in Cape Ann, in Gloucester; the Gortons who produce those fish fingers were his family. He is a New England Republican, even if he went out West to seek his fortune. He is no more "right-wing" than is Olympia Snowe, or Edward Brooke. In other words, not "right-wing" at all.

And who is Michael Mukasey, the one who insists that "Abdulmutallab could have been held and interrogated in military custody under existing US legislation before a decision was taken whether to charge him before a military tribunal or a civilian court" and who further says "that it was crucial to gain intelligence from him immediately as details about locations, names and other plots is subject to rapid change"? Who is this Michael Mukasay, who dares to dismiss "the argument by John Brennan, Mr Obama's chief counter-terrorism adviser, that investigators will garner valuable data during any plea-bargaining talks"?

Michael Mukasey is a former Attorney General of the United States, a lawyer with many decades of experience. And who is John Brennan, "Mr. Obama's chief counter-terrorism adviser," who thinks, apparently, that the government is even better off in its search for information about terrorists when it treats this particular terrorist in question - Umar Farouk Abdulmuttallab - as an ordinary criminal, and extending to him such Constitutionally-protected rights (for citizens) as counsel, and the right to remain silent? He is not only without the decades of experience as a lawyer (for defense and prosecution) and as a judge, but has no legal experience whatsoever. He's never prosecuted anyone. He's not even a lawyer. Yet John Brennan, as "Mr. Obama's counter-terrorism chief," claims that government investigators would "garner valuable data during any plea-bargaining talks." This claim was always fantastical.

What de we know about Umar Farouk Abdulmuttallab? We know he is 23 years old, and by all appearances a naïf. We know he has led a sheltered life as the son of a very rich Nigerian banker, but that he clearly did not enjoy that wealth, and probably disapproved of how it was acquired. We know he was easily manipulated by the Arabs in Yemen who saw him, like Richard Reid, the kind of person who could be manipulated. And because Umar Farouk Abduluttallab was only 23, and clearly a Nigerian tool being manipulated by the Arabs who supplied him with the explosive and welcomed his desire to be a martyr. Once his manipulation was made clear to him, he quickly began to reveal details - details, for example, about the twenty-odd other bombers being trained, so he has indicated, in Yemen. He was a tool used by others -- which does not excuse him, and should not lighten his punishment. He was not able to withstand questioning, and as former Senator Slade Gorton (a member of the 9/11 commission) notes, "he was singing like a canary."

Slade Gorton, as a member of the 9/11 Commission, learned a lot about Muslim terrorism and what makes terrorsists tick. He understands that a war is being waged on the United States and Americans, as on other Infidel nation-states and peoples, and does not understand why, in this war, those attempting to blow up American citizens, in attempted mass-murder, should be treated as if they were merely criminals, rather than war combatants.

Barack Obama used to teach, as an adjunct, Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago. For those whose shtick is ostentatious thoughtfulness, the attempt to join the class in a collective march toward greater understanding, not through the mental diktat of a classroom despot, but by means maieutic, where students themselves are prodded by questions, and then more questions, from a professor well-versed in the Socratic method, there is nothing quite like teaching a course in Constitutional Law. The pacing back and forth, the furrowed brow, the speech at times halting to demonstrate thoughtfulness -- for if phrases came too quickly, that would indicate, for many, lack of thoughtfulness (as if one could not have thought things all out, by oneself, to oneself, in advance). In other words, to become Man Thinking, the professorial peripatetic version of Rodin's "The Thinker," there is nothing at a law school quite like teaching Constitutional Law. Leave the Uniform Commercial Code, leave the Internal Revenue Code and the Regs to others; for Barack Obama, Constitutional Law would fit the bill.

And Obama surely has, from the long history of Constitutional adjudication, a few lines that he recalls with particular fondness.

I have a few - three exactly -- myself. The first is from Marbury v. Madison, 1806, a celebrated case in which the Chief Justice John Marshall laid the basis for the doctrine of Judicial Review when he claimed for the Supreme Court the sole right to be arbiter of what is, or is not, Constitutional, and further declared that whatever the Court declares unconstitutional cannot stand. The line of Marshall's that has entered history is: "it is a Constitution we are expanding."

A second line in American Constitutional Law is not to everyone's taste, but I find its tartness and hardness, like that of a green apple, bracing. The tone of the line, in these great and treacly times, comes as a chock, almost as if from a place we no longer recognize, though it was perfectly matter of fact. It is Oliver Wendell Holmes in Buck v. Bell (1927), a case challenging the constitutionality of a state law, according to which repeat criminal offenders of low I.Q. could be subject to forced sterilization. Holmes declared, in a way that some find horrifying, and others do not, that "three generations of imbeciles are enough."

A third line that I like, one that I find always useful - though I admit that it is hard to better "three generations of imbeciles are enough" for sheer, everyday usefulnesss - is a line by Mr. Justice Jackson, in a dissent in Terminiello v. City of Chicago (1949). This was a case about a rabble-rouser named Terminiello, who claimed to be a Catholic priest (of the Father Coughlin or Father Feeney excommunicable variety), and gave a speech against his predictable enemies -- "Communistic Zionist Jews, FDR, Queen Eleanor (Roosevelt)," with Eleanor Roosevelt being described as "one of the world's communists."

In the Terminiello case, protesters demonstrated against him, there was violence, and Terminiello was charged with disorderly conduct. At the trial, the judge told the jury that Terminiello could be found guilty if that jury concluded that his speech was sufficiently and deliberately inflammatory so as to cause the unrest.

He was convicted and his lawyers appealed. In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court ruled for Terminiello, claiming the judge had infringed on the defendant's right of free speech. The case appears when students study the "fighting words" exception to freedom-of-speech guarantees.

Mr. Justice Jackson dissented. He was not against the expression of wildly unpopular views and knew perfectly well that they needed to be protected, but he said that Terminiello's speech, his agitprop, had gone beyond the bounds of protected speech and the state had a right to prosecute him. He ended his dissent with these words: "There is danger that, if the court does not temper its doctrinaire logic with a little practical wisdom, it will convert the constitutional Bill of Rights into a suicide pact."

Now Mr. Justice Jackson, Robert Jackson, had before being appointed to the Supreme Court, and just a few years before the Terminiello case been a judge at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials. He had seen, up close, what extreme moral disorder brought about, and he had seen the ineffective response of the democratic West, and even of those within Germany, whose response had been insufficient until it was too late. He was against the "doctrinaire logic" untempered by "practical wisdom" that he felt five of the judges in the particular circumstances of the Terminiello case had exhibited.

And that phrase - "The Constitution is not a suicide pact" - has been a favorite of mine for years. And perhaps it will be yours, too. People have to be reminded that none of the freedoms that the First Amendment is absolute, that always and everywhere "practical wisdom" needs to temper the "doctrinaire." It is an Article of Faith, apparently, for the Obama Administration that treating Muslim terrorists not as war combatants but as ordinary criminals, and even subjecting the people of New York to what will be a hideous circus, the trial of those connected to the 9/11 attacks, like Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, will be True To Our Values and Also A Teaching Moment. No, it will be true not to "our values" - the values, say, of a more intelligent America, the America represented by John Marshall, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Robert Jackson, but also Slade Gorton and Michael Mukasey. It will be true to the "values" of the Obama Administration, filled with those who leave burnt offerings on the altar of the Idols of the Age.

Now one of the things Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was "singing like a canary" about, apparently, were the names, and the training, and the plans, of other terrorists-in-posse in Yemen. Surely it would have been good to find out as much as he was wiling to say, without a lawyer and without that "right to remain silent" business applied to a terrorist. For he is part of a gigantic, and never-ending, war - Jihad through violence, through qitaal and terrorism - not merely a criminal who may have committed a crime, or a few crimes. John Brennan's insistence that in the "plea bargain" we will learn -- oh, learn all kinds of things, receive a treasure-trove of information that we could not possibly have received had we not given Umar Farouk Abdulmuttallab a lawyer, and had that lawyer told him to promptly shut up -- may be put to the test.

What test? Well, if we do not acquire, in that plea-bargaining in which John Brennan places so much faith, the information that we might have acquired had Umar Farouk Etc. not had a lawyer, and simply had continued to "sing like a canary," it is possible that one or two or more of those terrorists-in-training about whom the American government might have found out, but now will not find out, will someday try to kill more Americans, on land, or sea, or air. And if that terrorist, or if those terrorists, about whom we might have known, had such people as Slade Gorton and Michael Mukasey or Mr. Justice Jackson or Mr.Justice Holmes have been in power, manage or manages to kill Americans as a result of the insensate lack of practical wisdom on the part of high officials in the Obama administration, then they will have made another sort of burnt offering to the Idols of the Age. This burnt offering will consist of the bodies of Americans who did not have to die, whose deaths might have been prevented, had other people, with deeper understandings of the world, have been in charge of protecting and instructing us. And what will the pollyannas in power then say to explain themselves?
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