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Frightening video, have the American media made any comments on the contents?

Even more interesting have the American public been able to view this video?

If the contents of this video are totally factual why haven't the Congress of the USA asked Obama to provide answers to the obvious security problems that this video raises.

I have never been an admirer of Obama or his Presidency, however this video if true is frightening in its implications, after all the President of the USA is the most powerful person in the free World, and the USA basically is the backbone of democracy through out the entire World.
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The Obama Media continues to ignore anything that does not fit into their view of their "Progressive" view of the world; the facts simply do not matter.
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Interpol should have limits on what they can do in the US. Obama is such a fool, allowing more and more the world to control what happens in the US. Well "who can blame him", when we know if it was up to the world Obama would be guaranteed a lifetime as US Presidents, as polls in other countries show. The world "enjoys" an Obama more than Americans do.
New Ron I have a bad feeling that this is what will come to pass. With this administrations domestic policies I am starting to see the foundations being laid for an unlimited term presidency.
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Exclamation Obama's national defense report ignores Islamic jihad, focuses on climate change

Obama's national defense report ignores Islamic jihad, focuses on climate change



This is not just a question of which side is he on. This is a question of which planet is he on. "Obama's National Defence Review ignores Iran and Islam in favour of... climate change!," by James Corum in the Telegraph, February 11 (thanks to Pamela):
Under American law, every four years the US Defence Department must present to Congress a comprehensive review of the security threats and challenges to America. The security picture presented in the review provides the justification for planning and creating the appropriate military forces and capabilities. The Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) is supposed to be a non-partisan and objective strategic document - free of partisan politics. After all, the duty to protect the nation and its citizens is supposed to take a higher priority than subsidies to labour unions, or hand-outs to party loyalists.

Last week the Defence Department released the 2010 QDR. It is a remarkable document. As guidance for American strategy it might even take a historical place alongside some of the great assessments of the Bush administration--such as the 2003 Congressional testimony by Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz that a war in Iraq could be waged at little cost.

The 128-page Defence Review says some important things. It outlines the problems with maintaining the US military's technological lead over potential adversaries. It discusses the need to counter terrorism. The threat to Western cyber systems is noted. The proliferation of Russian high-tech anti-aircraft missiles around the world is noted as a problem.

However, it's not what is in the document that surprises the reader - it's what was left out. There presence of two elephants in their living room apparently escaped the notice of American's top civilian and military leaders. Islamic radicalism does not receive any mention whatsoever in the American Defence Review and the threat posed by a nuclear Iran is mentioned in only one general sentence at the end of a document (page 101). To put this lack of discussion in proportion, contrast this non-discussion with other security issues mentioned in the document. For example, the security effects of climate change are highlighted and discussed in depth in eight pages of the document.

I would not have thought it possible that one could publish a book-length assessment of America's security challenges and responses and NOT address the problem of Islamic radicalism or the Iranian bomb - but that's just what Defence Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mullen have done. From this one can draw one of two possible conclusions: these men are really, really stupid (not very likely), or they have deliberately minimised the current security threats to please the Obama administration and support the President's desire to cut defence spending. The smart money is on the latter explanation....
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Publication that erased evidence of Obama envoy's support for jihad terrorist now claims it was all a mistake
Rashad Hussain defended jihad terror leader Sami Al-Arian in the jihad-enabling Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. But when Hussain was appointed Obama's special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, suddenly the evidence of his defense of Al-Arian went down the memory hole. But there was no cover-up! It was all a mistake, you see: according to the Washington Report now, Laila Al-Arian actually said the words that were attributed to Rashad Hussain.

But this doesn't make sense, since the article was altered just to remove the quotes, not to change the name of the person quoted. Also, the author of the original story contradicts the Washington Report's explanation.

Did Obama know about this cover-up?

An update on this story. "Publication Denies Cover-Up on OIC Envoy, Implies Anti-Muslim Bias Lies Behind Story," by Patrick Goodenough for CNS News, February 16:
(CNSNews.com) - A Washington-based publication said Tuesday that it incorrectly quoted President Obama's newly-appointed envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference as saying in 2004 that an American who aided a Palestinian terrorist group was the victim of "politically motivated persecutions."
The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA) was responding to queries about why an archived story quoting Rashad Hussain as making the controversial comments was altered years later.

WRMEA news editor and executive director Delinda Hanley denied there was a "cover-up," and implied that anti-Muslim discrimination was behind the fact this was now being raised.
Yeah, it's just "anti-Muslim discrimination" to be concerned about Rashad Hussain's support for Al-Arian, a vicious suicide-bombing supporter who chanted "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" and was a leader of the bloody terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
At the time of the quoted remarks Hussain was a Yale law student. Last year he was appointed White House deputy associate counsel and Obama at the weekend named him as special envoy to the OIC, the 57-member bloc of Islamic states.
Cybercast News Service reported earlier that Hussain was quoted in a November 2004 WRMEA article as telling a Muslim students' event in Chicago that the situation facing Sami al-Arian - a university professor then in custody and later convicted and jailed for conspiring to aid a Palestinian terrorist group - was "politically motivated" and a means "to squash dissent."

It was also reported that the WRMEA article was amended - at least three years later, according to an Internet archive site - with the paragraphs quoting Hussain removed. (see the original and revised pages).

Responding to queries first sent on Sunday, Hanley said Tuesday that the comments attributed to Hussain were actually made by another person attending the event in Chicago, Sami al-Arian's daughter, Laila al-Arian.

Hanley said an "intern" who attended the event and wrote the story had made an "error." When this was discovered the quotes were deleted, she said.

But the writer, contacted by email on Tuesday, denied this.
"When I worked as a reporter at WRMEA, I understood how important it was to quote the right person, and accurately," Shereen Kandil said. "I have never mixed my sources and wouldn't have quoted Rashad Hussain if it came from Laila al-Arian."

"If the editors from WRMEA felt they wanted to remove Rashad Hussain from the article, my assumption is that they did it for reasons other than what you're saying," she said. "They never once contacted me about an 'error' they claim I made."...

After looking further into the matter, Hanley said several hours later that the WRMEA web master thought the archived story had been altered on February 5, 2009, although it was also possible that the change had been made "when our Web site began an ongoing redesign."...
Clearly they've been caught, and they're scrambling.
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Exclamation Obama's New 'Muslim Envoy' Defended Terror Supporter





President Obama's new envoy to the Organization of Islamic Conference, Rashad Hussain, is at the center of a controversy over remarks attributed to him defending a man who later pleaded guilty to conspiring to aid a terrorist group.

The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs quoted Hussain in 2004 as calling Sami al-Arian the victim of "politically motivated persecutions" after al-Arian, a university professor, was charged in 2003 with heading U.S. operations of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

The United States has designated the Palestinian Islamic Jihad as a foreign terrorist group as far back as 1997. At the time of al-Arian's arrest, then Attorney General John Ashcroft called it "one of the most violent terrorist organizations in the world."

Al-Arian pleaded guilty in 2006 to conspiracy to aid Palestinian Islamic Jihad and was sentenced to more than four years in prison.

The White House says the controversial remarks defending al-Arian two years earlier were made by his daughter -- not by Hussain. Both were part of a panel discussion at a Muslim Students Association conference, but the reporter covering the event told Fox News she stands by the quotes she attributed to Hussain, who was a Yale Law student and an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

LIVESHOTS: He Said, She Said

The Web version of the 2004 article in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs was later edited to delete all of Hussain's comments. Editor Delinda Hanley told Fox News she believes the change was made in February 2009, though she does not recall who requested the edit.

Hanley remembered telling the group's webmaster: "Let's just take out the quotes since they have been attributed to the wrong speaker."

Hanley suggested to another media outlet that the comments attributed to Hussain were actually made by Sami al-Arian's daughter, Laila, who also attended the event. But the author of the piece, Shereen Kandil, told Fox News that she would never confuse the two people.

"If I quoted someone, it's because they said it," she said, adding that she no longer works for the magazine and was surprised to learn of the changes.

The White House also attributes the quotes to Laila al-Arian.

A White House official who talked with Hussain on Tuesday said he acknowledged attending the event to discuss civil rights in a post-9/11 world but has "no recollection" when it comes to the comments attributed to him.
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Obama’s OIC Envoy Didn’t Just Defend Al-Arian
Rashad Hussain's disturbing stances on U.S. terrorist prosecutions
by Justin Elizabeth Tabler



He condemned the United States for prosecuting just about everyone who was under indictment on terror charges at the time.

Obama’s newly-named Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Rashad Hussain, came under fire last week for statements he made in defense of Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s leader in the US, Sami al-Arian, as well as for having initially lied about making them. Hussain had said that al-Arian, who pled guilty to providing material support to a designated terrorist organization, was a victim of “politically motivated persecutions,” then claimed that Laila, Sami’s daughter had made the statements, not him.

The cover-up itself is interesting for a couple of reasons. First, it was large. The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs deleted two paragraphs from a 2004 article – the two paragraphs quoting Hussain – and then claimed that Archive.org was lying and implied that anyone who wonders what happened to the article is a bigot. The White House then erroneously echoed Hussain’s claim that Laila al-Arian had made the statements. Then, last Friday, Hussain came clean and admitted to having said it all, while the White House admits nothing.

Second, the cover-up is intriguing because the reason why Hussain admitted to making the statements was not out of some sense of duty or honor, especially after having shifted the blame to another person, but because he got caught red-handed. Josh Gerstein of the Politico obtained audio from the 2004 Muslim Students Association conference at which he made the remarks. (Hat tip: Creeping Sharia.)

Gerstein’s article also reveals (although the audio above does not) that Hussain’s defense of al-Arian was part of a much broader condemnation of U.S. terrorist prosecutions, which should not be surprising since his speech took place at a conference for Muslim Brotherhood front group and he was a law student at the time. What is surprising is that he stuck up for just about every individual under indictment on terrorism charges at the time.
Hussain cited:

— The court martial of Capt. James Yee, a Guantanamo chaplain initially suspected of treason and later charged with adultery. All charges were eventually dropped.

— The case of Jose Padilla, who was held without charge for more than three years as an enemy combatant on suspicions of trying to detonate a radiation-laced “dirty bomb” in the U.S. In 2006, more than a year after Hussain spoke, Padilla was charged in a terrorist plot unrelated to the dirty bomb allegations. He was convicted by a jury in 2007 and sentenced to 17 years in prison.

— The imprisonment of Yaser Hamdi, who was captured in Afghanistan, held as an enemy combatant and released to Saudi Arabia weeks after Hussain spoke.

— The prosecution of an imam and a pizzeria owner in Albany, N.Y., for conspiring with an informant in a fictitious plot to use a missile launcher to attack a Pakistani diplomat. The men were convicted in 2006 and sentenced to 15 years in prison, though their lawyers claimed the pair were entrapped.

— The prosecution of a Somali man, Nuradin Abdi, in 2004 for plotting to blow up a shopping mall in Columbus, Ohio. He pled guilty in 2007 to conspiring to support terrorism and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

— The imprisonment of an Oregon lawyer, Brandon Mayfield, who was jailed for more than two weeks in 2004 as a material witness on suspicion of involvement in the Madrid train bombings that year. He was never charged with a crime, received an apology from the FBI, which said it misidentified his fingerprints, and brought a lawsuit that led to a reported $2 million settlement from the government in 2006.

— The prosecution of four men as alleged members of a Detroit-based Al Qaeda “sleeper cell” plotting an attack. Two of the men were convicted on terror charges in 2003 but the convictions were thrown out at the government’s request after evidence emerged of prosecutorial misconduct and an unreliable informant. The prosecutor was charged criminally with concealing exculpatory evidence but later acquitted.
He then backtracked, calling his remarks about al-Arian “ill conceived.” He did not, however, retreat in his condemnation of the prosecution (or his perceived motivations for prosecution) of nearly every individual indicted on terrorism charges between September of 2001 and September of 2004, when he made the statements, nor has he repudiated any of his many troubling ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, a genocidal organization whose stated purpose in the U.S. is to undermine our government and replace it with Sharia law. He spoke at a leadership summit hosted by a roll call of Holy Land Foundation unindicted co-conspirators as recently as last May.

The case of Rashad Hussain is disturbing on too many levels. One should not surprised that Obama appointed someone like Hussain as Special Envoy to the OIC, which seeks to outlaw free and honest discussion of Islam and undermine the national sovereignty of free nations. His counterrorism approach (why are lawyers crafting approaches to combating terrorism?) is one which essentially bends over backward to avoid dealing with the Islamic texts and tenets which call for violence, and which is pacifistic and appeasing in response to violent jihad both at home and abroad.

Van Jones may be a 9/11 Truther who defended a Marxist cop killer, but he never defended any leaders of explicitly genocidal international terror organizations or attempted mass murderers like Jose Padilla, and Jones’ ties to terror organizations pale in comparison to Hussain’s. Jones seems as innocuous as Opie from the Andy Griffith Show next to Rashad Hussain, yet, given the extent of the Obama administration’s dealings with individuals and entities affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, and given the fact that Obama appointed an envoy to the fascist murderers of the OIC at all, I do not expect Rashad Hussain to quietly resign in the middle of the night any time soon.
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"The Justice Department employs nine lawyers previously involved in the defense of terrorist detainees"



Department of Jihad, Department of Dhimmitude. "DOJ: Department Of Jihad?," from Investors Business Daily, February 24 (thanks to Weasel Zippers):
War On Terror: The Justice Department employs nine lawyers previously involved in the defense of terrorist detainees. This is a colossal conflict of interest. Just whose side are they on? From the dropping of a voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party to the decision to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Muhammed in a civilian court within blocks of where the World Trade Center once stood, the actions and attitudes of the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder toward the thugs and terrorists who threaten us has grown curiouser and curiouser.

We may now have a clue as to why. Last November, Sen. Charles Grassley, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, asked the Justice Department how many of its lawyers had defended terrorist detainees over whom the department holds sway.

Grassley knew from earlier press reports of two such lawyers who worked on behalf of detainees at the liberal organization Human Rights Watch. He wanted to know how many more there were. Last Friday, Holder answered nine.

"To the best of our knowledge, during their employment prior to joining the government, only five of the lawyers who serve as political appointees in those components represented detainees," Holder said in a letter dated Feb. 18. "Four others contributed to amicus briefs in detainee-related cases involved in advocacy on behalf of detainees."

So the decision to Mirandize the Christmas bomber, Umar Abdulmutallab, and to quickly get him lawyered up was made by a department populated by leftist lawyers who believe terror is a law enforcement matter and who have tried to get off those actively trying to kill us....

Read it all.

Pressure heats up on Eric Holder over all his al-Qaeda lawyers and National Security.


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Open your wallets:
Obama calls "entrepreneurship summit" with Muslims
Which means that the U.S. gives Muslim countries more money, which they fritter away on dawah or jihad or perks for the high command, and everything continues as before.

"Obama calls 'entrepreneurship summit' with Muslims," from AFP, March 5:
The White House on Friday announced a "summit on entrepreneurship" to build economic ties with the Islamic world, part of President Barack Obama's outreach to Muslims. The White House said it has invited participants from more than 40 countries over five continents for the April 26-27 conference in Washington.

"The summit will highlight the role entrepreneurship can play in addressing common challenges while building partnerships that will lead to greater opportunity abroad and at home," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said....
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Official apologizes for remarks about Libya's declaration of jihad against Switzerland
Instead, he should be calling on Gaddafi to apologize for the double standard of his call for Muslims to undertake economic jihad against Switzerland for banning minarets when non-Muslim religious practice is restricted far more severely than cosmetic issues all over the Islamic world.

"US apologises over Gaddafi comments," from the BBC, March 9 (thanks to Pamela):
The US state department has apologised for comments made about Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's call for jihad against Switzerland.
Department spokesman PJ Crowley, who made the dismissive comments, said they did not reflect US policy and were not intended to offend.

Col Gaddafi had criticised a Swiss vote against the building of minarets and urged Muslims to boycott the country.
Mr Crowley described it as "lots of words, not necessarily a lot of sense." [...]

"I regret that my comments have become an obstacle to further progress in our bilateral relationship," Mr Crowley said.
Last week, Libya's National Oil Corporation warned US oil firms of possible "repercussions" over Mr Crowley's reaction.

The Libyan ambassador to the US sought to clarify Col Gaddafi's remarks saying the Libyan leader meant an economic boycott not "an armed attack".

"I should have focused solely on our concern about the term jihad, which has since been clarified by the Libyan government," Mr Crowley added.
As if the clarification, which was that economic jihad should be waged rather than violent jihad, makes Libya's action acceptable.
"I understand my personal comments were perceived as a personal attack on the president," he said.
"These comments do not reflect US policy and were not intended to offend. I apologise if they were taken that way."
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Who says terrorism doesn’t work?


Obama’s Budget Cuts NASA’s Moon Project

In his budget proposal, President Barack Obama is doing away with the $100 billion plan to return astronauts to the moon.

On its Web site, the White House Budget Office says the program to send astronauts to the moon is behind schedule, over budget and overall less important than other space investments.

A more important space investment is of course, pandering to Muslim countries.


NASA plans more outreach to Muslim countries
NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden said Tuesday that President Barack Obama has asked him to “find ways to reach out to dominantly Muslim countries” as the White House pushes the space agency to become a tool of international diplomacy.

“In addition to the nations that most of you usually hear about when you think about the International Space Station, we now have expanded our efforts to reach out to non-traditional partners,” said Bolden, speaking to a lecture hall of young engineering students.

Specifically, he talked about connecting with countries that do not have an established space program and helping them conduct science missions. He mentioned new opportunities with Indonesia, including an educational program that examines global climate change.

We really like Indonesia because the State Department, the Department of Education [and] other agencies in the U.S. are reaching out to Indonesia as the largest Muslim nation in the world. We would love to establish partners there,” Bolden said.

Coincidentally, Obama (aka Barry Soetoro, aka the Jakarta street kid) went to school in Indonesia. Once again Obama puts the Muslim world ahead of Americans. hat tip @dominionpundit

Updates: 23,000 now expected to lose jobs after shuttle retirement
The local economic forecast tied to President Barack Obama’s proposed NASA budget keeps growing bleaker.

Revised projections now show that about 23,000 workers at and around Kennedy Space Center will lose their jobs because of the shuttles’ retirement and the new proposal to cancel the development of new rockets and spacecraft.

That sum includes 9,000 “direct” space jobs and — conservatively speaking — 14,000 “indirect” jobs at hotels, restaurants, retail stores and others that depend on activity at the space center, said Lisa Rice, Brevard Workforce president.

Dem Congressman’s op-ed says Obama plan unacceptable
Obama facing uprising over new NASA strategy
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Arrow HIJAB HILLARY condemns white Europeans for being mean to Muslims



Spreading Shari’a (Islamic) Law apparently gets U.S. approval as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes to task white Europeans for manifesting increased discrimination against Muslims.



Mrs. Clinton and her staff denounce not only Switzerland for its ban on the construction of new minarets but also the restrictions on wearing burqas and head scarves in France, Germany, and the Netherlands.

The report turns a harsh eye on the Netherlands, where Muslims number about 850,000, and criticizes the insensitive Dutch Prosecutor’s Office for dismissing complaints over the dissemination of a series of controversial cartoons, including those of a Danish artist depicting the Prophet Mohammed, and determining that the cartoons were neither offensive to Muslims as a group nor the cause of discrimination against Islam.


The contents of the report, which have failed to capture widespread national attention, also decry the authorities in Denmark for continuing to provide protection to Kurt Westergaard. This criticism has caused some political analysts, including Edward Hopkins, to wonder if Mrs. Clinton and the State Department are calling upon the Danes to allow the irate Muslims, who assassinated Theo Van Gogh, to behead Mr. Westergaard.

Mrs. Clinton and the drafters of the report censor the Austrian Education Ministry for refusing to recognize the Alevi association – -
reportedly a group comprised of Islamic militants – – as either a religious society or a religious community on the grounds that the state already officially recognizes one Muslim group: the Islamic Belief Community.

They further condemn the United Kingdom for its “Terrorism Act,” which imposes a range of restrictions on individuals suspected of terrorism-related activities.“Discrimination against Muslims,” the report proclaims, “is an increasing concern.”

The report has little to say about the expulsion and persecution of Christians in Iran; the genital mutilation of women and children in Somalia and other Muslim countries, and virulent anti-Christian and Jewish rhetoric in mosques within Europe and throughout the world. Nor did the report address the realization that every conflict throughout the world, from Chechnya to China, from Indonesia to India, from Afghanistan to Argentina, from Somalia to the Sudan, and from the Balkans to the Philippines, involves a manifestation of Islam.


Throughout her career, Mrs. Clinton has been an ardent admirer and defender of Islam. On one occasion, she praised Islam for its “universal values – – love of family and community, mutual respect, education, and the deepest yearning of all – – to live in peace – – values that can strengthen us as people and strengthen the United States as a nation.” H/T THE LAST CRUSADE

On 10/3/09, the Secretary of State visited the Igbad Memorial inPakistan, where, wearing a hijab, she joined with the Imam and the Muslim dignitaries in Islamic prayer.The service included the Surah al-Ikhlas, which Mrs. Clinton recited. This surah contains the following 4 ayahs:
1. SAY HE IS ALLAH, THE ONE CLEAR OF ALL PARTNERS AND SIMILARS.

2. ALLAH IS THE ONE NEEDED BY ALL AND HE NEEDS NONE.

3. ALLAH DOES NOT BEGET CHILDREN AND HE IS NOT BEGOTTEN.

4. AND, THERE IS NONE, IN ANY WAY, SIMILAR TO HIM.



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Hilary Clinton is even more pathetic than her 'husband' was, as she represents the women of America on the world wide stage, I think she could spend a little more time on her wardrobe, her dress sense is embarassing.

She could at least dress in a more feminine style.

She needs to work on her weight problem too, take a look at the photo of her with Obama, pudgy doesn't look good in a slack suite.

And, yes. her bum definitely looks FAT in that. LOL

Actually, you can see why she has a perchant for Islam, a burqa would be a perfect outfit for her. LOL
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Barack Obama must pull American troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq if he wants to fulfil his dream of reconciling the Muslim world and the West, according to his Indonesian cousin.

Haryo Soetendro, 55, grew up with Mr Obama – whom he knew as "Barry" – when the future American president lived in Indonesia for four years from the late 1960s.

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Telegraph, Mr Soetendro said that his illustrious cousin must start delivering on his promise to build bridges with the Islamic world as the President prepares to leave for a visit to his childhood home next weekend.

"The Iraq and Afghanistan problems should be solved peacefully and that is what Barry is trying to do. Indonesian Muslims are generally tolerant. But there is a common opinion that one country should not occupy another. No one would want their house occupied by someone else.

"You cannot force other countries to accept your idea of what is right just because you are stronger. I think the mothers in America would agree with this when they see their soldier sons being killed in Afghanistan."

Mr Obama is due to fly to Indonesia next week but postponed his trip to help hammer out a health care reform bill that he hoped will be passed before his departure.

After criticism that he was taking a "vacation" to the country that had been timed to coincide with his daughters' school holidays, the White House announced that Mr Obama's wife Michelle and their children would not be accompanying him.

Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, said that Mr Obama planned to attend a democracy conference in Indonesia and would will highlight the country's counter-terrorism efforts. During a six-day trip, Mr Obama is also scheduled to visit Guam and Australia.

Mr Obama won plaudits for his speech in Cairo last year in which he sought common cause with the Muslim world and will be hoping to build on that in Indonesia, the world most populous Muslim nation.

But Soetendro said he is being prevented from peaceful solutions by conservative influences.

"He is doing a great job and the fact that he has opened dialogue with many countries is a good step forward.

"He is a very tolerant person and respected by people across the world. However, I think he is being held back by having to please conservatives in the United States.

"It's not black and white. He has to represent all opinions and cannot fulfil all demands."

Mr Obama is expected to return to his childhood home during his visit. Mr Soetendro took "Barry" under his wing when the six-year-old moved to Jakarta with his mother Ann Dunham and Indonesian stepfather Lolo Soetoro in 1967.

The Javanese Muslim helped explain the customs and culture of Indonesia to his American, Christian, cousin.

The future President fitted happily into a big and sociable, but unconventional Javanese clan who once fed him on tiger meat and kept a pet crocodile.

Mr Soetoro, who died in 1987, was instrumental in Mr Obama's upbringing during some of his formative years.

"My uncle, Lolo, regarded Barry as his real son," Mr Soetendro said. "They had a very strong father-son relationship. Lolo showed him everything – all the weird and wonderful things in Indonesia that must have been very strange to Barry, coming from America. Lolo was an easy-going guy, who was happy and enjoyed life, like a typical Indonesian.

"He wasn't really a religious man, and only took the family to the mosque on big community celebrations."

The Soetoros are the kind of liberal, Muslim success story that the American President will be happy to be associated with.

But many Muslims in Indonesia are not rolling out the red carpet.

Thousands of Indonesians protested against Mr Obama's visit across five cities on Sunday. Radical Islamic group, Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia, which has one million members, is planning a huge demonstration in Jakarta on Friday.

"Obama is a war president of a country that murders Muslim women and children. He is using Indonesia as his beast of burden to build a positive image of America to the Muslim world," the group's spokesperson, Ismail Yusanto told The Daily Telegraph.

A spate of recent arrests and killings of wanted terrorists – notably the killing of Dulmatin, the Bali bomber, last week and the discovery of a training camp in Aceh last month – has revealed a re-emergence of Islamic extremism in a country made up of 17,500 islands and 230 million people.

"The international linkages with Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Afghanistan are stronger than we thought and the discovery of the Aceh training centre showed that the group was attempting to make a secure base for their activities in the region," explained Jim Della-Giacoma, South East Asia Project Director of Crisis Group International.
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Uncle Sam Says No 466,872 Times

As Obama administration touts new transparency, report finds 17 government agencies refused to release information nearly half a million times in one year

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When President Obama took office, he famously aspired to be the leader in administrative transparency, but now he finds himself struggling to enforce it within his own government.

In fiscal year 2009, 17 major governmental agencies refused to release information, claiming legal exemptions, 466,872 times, an increase of nearly 50 percent from the previous year, according to a review of requests conducted by The Associated Press. In 2008, the government refused 312,683 requests made under the Freedom of Information Act, AP reported.

The AP examined the 2008 and 2009 budget year FOIA reports from the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury and Veterans Affairs; the Environmental Protection Agency; and the Federal Reserve Board.

One example includes the Federal Aviation Administration's initial denial in releasing information regarding incidents on plane-bird collisions, which the FAA eventually relented on. There was also the infamous Air Force One photo op over New York City, which stirred memories of September 11th, 2001 among the unsuspecting public. The FAA denied information requests on the incident, as well, citing exemptions to FOIA.

The frequency with which departments have used exemptions to deny information requests runs contrary to the example the President asked its departments to set at the outset. The default should be in favor of sharing information, says a White House memo released today. It reads in part, "[O]n his first full day in office, the President directed you to administer the Freedom of Information Act... with a 'presumption in favor of disclosure' and to respond to FOIA requests 'promptly and in a spirit of cooperation.'"

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Counsel to the President Bob Bauer issued the memo to federal agency and department heads. "[W]e write to request that your agency take several specific steps to improve implementation of the President's Memorandum on the Freedom of Information Act.," the two wrote.

"We appreciate your efforts to implement the Memorandum on FOIA, and we are confident that the Chief FOIA Officer Reports you filed will show progress. But more work remains to be done, and such work requires persistent effort."

The review comes during the annual Sunshine Week in which the media and others interested in open government take part in a dialogue on the topic.

On Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder said the Obama administration has "delivered" on its promise to make government more transparent, but a new study released the same day concluded the administration is "falling short" of its promise.

A "disturbing trend" under the Bush administration, which saw a reduction in government disclosures under FOIA, has been "completely reversed," Holder said.

But only "a minority" of federal agencies have responded to calls for transparency with "concrete changes," according to the new report by the National Security Archive at George Washington University.

"Five agencies actually raised red flags by releasing less and withholding more than they did last year," reads the report, citing the Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, NASA and the National Reconnaissance Office.

"One year is too early to render a final judgment on how far President Obama can move the government toward openness, but this audit finds that much more pressure and leadership will be necessary, both inside and outside the government," National Security Archives General Counsel Meredith Fuchs said in a statement.
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Al-Awlaki:
"I eventually came to the conclusion that jihad against America is binding upon myself just as it is binding on every other Muslim"
We're not talking "interior spiritual struggle," either. "Purported al-Awlaki message calls for jihad against U.S.," by Paula Newton for CNN, March 17:
London, England (CNN) -- American-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki is calling for jihad against America, claiming "America is evil" in a new audio message obtained exclusively by CNN.
"With the American invasion of Iraq and continued U.S. aggression against Muslims, I could not reconcile between living in the U.S and being a Muslim, and I eventually came to the conclusion that jihad against America is binding upon myself just as it is binding on every other Muslim," he says in the recording that runs more than 12 minutes.
Al-Awlaki is believed to be hiding out in hills of southern Yemen with the protection of his very powerful family tribe.
CNN could not authenticate the recording as being by al-Awlaki, but sources have told CNN that they believe the voice on the recording is him and that the recording is genuine.
Al-Awlaki's voice in the recording is measured and clear as he takes on the cadence of a preacher. He singles out Muslim Americans for a provocative message:
"To the Muslims in America, I have this to say: How can your conscience allow you to live in peaceful co-existence with a nation that is responsible for the tyranny and crimes committed against your own brother and sisters? How can you have your loyalty to a government that is leading the war against Islam and Muslims?" [...]
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Fishing Gone?
How a new Obama administration taskforce may pave the way for a ban on sport fishing
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Last week the blogosphere erupted with outrage, as conservatives declared that Barack Obama was going to ban recreational fishing, while liberals rolled their collective eyes in response and said that such claims were utterly absurd. As usual, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. The Obama administration isn’t trying to ban sport fishing – at least not yet – but it is putting the mechanisms in place to restrict fishing in the future, as the slow bureaucratic wheels of “progress” inevitably grind forward.

The root cause of angler concern was the “Interim Framework For Effective Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning” issued by the Interagency Ocean Policy Taskforce (latest version dated December 9, 2009). That document, which we can shorthand “CMSP,” does not call for an outright ban on recreational fishing. However, the CMSP report specifically lists “recreational fishing” as an activity that needs to be “better managed” (page two of the report). Perhaps “better managed” translates into “leave fishermen alone,” but one may be forgiven for thinking not.

The CMSP report details a typically grandiose progressive vision. The oceans and the Great Lakes are in danger. How do we know this? Never mind the details, just take the government’s word for it. There’s a problem and the Obama administration is here to fix it. That fix naturally entails every human activity remotely connected to the sea. Among the activities that Ocean Policy Taskforce will examine are the following: commerce and transportation (i.e., shipping); commercial fishing; oil and gas exploration and development; recreational fishing and traditional hunting; and fishing and gathering.

The taskforce will start by dividing up the aquatic world into nine zones, called “Regional Planning Areas,” that stretch from American possessions in the western Pacific to the Caribbean Sea. At that point, the taskforce will determine the best way to “manage” (aka: regulate) the various activities within each Regional Planning Area that might affect the health of the oceans and Great Lakes. Of course, activities like commercial fishing, oil and gas exploration and shipping are already subject to heaps of regulation designed to protect the environment. Many would argue, myself included, that this regulatory structure, however bloated, has been pretty successful. Lake Erie, which environmentalists proclaimed “dead” back in the seventies, is teaming with marine life today, for example.

It should be noted that there are problem areas in the oceans, like dead zones that appear periodically in certain coastal areas around the world. Global warming zealots believe that these dead zones are caused by climate change, but then global warming zealots are sure that climate change is responsible for practically everything bad that happens on planet earth, up to and including blizzards. The more likely culprit is agricultural runoff that consumes dissolved oxygen in the water. In any case, existing regulatory strictures, like the Clean Water Act, are more than capable of analyzing and dealing with such problems.

One can reasonably expect that “Effective Coastal and Marine Spatial” Planning will lead to certain recommendations that will – of course – be based on the best scientific knowledge available. The Obama administration is always blathering on about the way it relies on science when making environmental decisions. Somehow, the best scientific knowledge available always seems to dovetail quite nicely with environmentalist agendas. It makes you wonder who the EPA has been employing in its planning and research departments for the last few decades.

Perhaps this relationship will change when it comes to coastal and marine spatial planning, but I wouldn’t place any bets. Obama’s EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has the methodology down pat: create a crisis, pick out some “independent” scientists who you know will give the answer you want and use their foregone conclusions to justify the actions that your pals at the Sierra Club have been urging for years.

Not that industry won’t have a role in figuring out spatial planning. The EPA always includes stakeholders when it comes up with a new set of regulations and the Interagency Ocean Policy Taskforce promises more of the same as it tackles spatial planning. Representatives of the oil and natural gas industry, for example, will surely attend meetings, offer comments and produce research, the vast majority of which will be politely ignored so that the Obama administration can say that they “listened” to industry before promulgating their latest and greatest set of rules to hamstring industry.

Further restrictions on sport fishing seem inevitable, although such restrictions wouldn’t be put in place immediately, but farther down the road when the all-important alarming narrative has been given a firm foundation and further crisis management is therefore “necessary.”

The most immediate worry is that the taskforce will conclude that further oil and gas exploration in coastal areas, while desirable for economic reasons, would cause too much environmental harm to be allowed. Obama would then shed the appropriate crocodile tears and explain how, while he really, really would have loved to increase domestic energy production, it’s just not worth the risk. And – gosh – according to the scientists, the damage would cost more than oil and natural gas would be worth anyway. So let’s go get those green jobs everybody! After all: “what’s good for the environment is good for the economy!” (You can expect to hear that last slogan approximately fourteen thousand times between now and November 2012).

One must say this about progressives: they are relentless and imaginative. The Ocean Policy Taskforce’s plans seem innocent enough at first blush, but what they represent is merely a first step down the long, familiar road of establishing a pressing need that only big government will be able to address.
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VOA News: The jihad against the West is all our fault



A ridiculous article that, unfortunately, reflects all-too-common assumptions. "President Obama Seeks to Bridge Differences with Islam," by Jerome Socolovsky for VOA News, March 18:
U.S. President Barack Obama has again postponed his trip to Indonesia because of pressing issues in the U.S. The trip is part of his ongoing effort to reach out to Muslims worldwide. Last year, he gave a speech in Cairo that was considered a landmark in the effort to bridge differences between Islam and the West. Many Muslims believe he should do more [sic]
No one seems to think that Muslims have any responsibility to "bridge differences between Islam and the West." No, everyone, from Barack Obama to Jerome Socolovsky, and everyone in between, knows that the conflict is all the West's fault. Note how Jerome Socolovsky frames the conflict:
Frictions between Islam and the West often flare up - like when when a Danish newspaper published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed - or when Muslim girls in Europe went to school wearing veils, or new minarets in Switzerland were banned.
Note that he mentions nothing about, say, "frictions" "flaring up" when Muslims, acting in the name of Islam and jihad, murder thirteen Americans in cold blood at Fort Hood, or murder two American soldiers in Little Rock, Arkansas, or murder one and wound five in a Jewish Community Center in Seattle, or plow into a crowd of students, trying to murder as many as possible, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Etc.

No, none of that makes "frictions" "flare up." Instead, "frictions" only "flare up" when a Danish newspaper has the temerity to publish cartoons of the "Prophet Mohammed" -- as the mainstream media universally designates him these days, as if we're all Muslims now. Jerome Socolovsky gives no hint that he, or any reasonable person, may think that it's sheer madness or worse to go around murdering innocent people, or even demanding free speech restrictions, because of a few cartoons. As far as he is concerned, the cartoons -- not Islamic jihad mass murders -- make "frictions" "flare up."

And as if cartoons of Muhammad weren't bad enough, Europeans -- xenophobic and benighted as ever -- get angry when "Muslim girls in Europe went to school wearing veils." See how Jerome Socolovsky loads the dice? No mention of jihad terror attacks -- oh, no. Instead, "frictions" only "flare up" when poor little Muslim girls in Europe simply want to live according to the tenets of their own culture. How cruel and ethnocentric those Europeans are! They even banned "new minarets in Switzerland" -- no mention, of course, of how much more severely restricted is non-Islamic religious practice all over the Islamic world.

And then there comes this sage observation:
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have also complicated America's relationship with the Islamic world.
As longtime Jihad Watch readers know, I have never favored the foredoomed democracy projects-cum-social work exercises in Iraq or Afghanistan, but Jerome Socolovsky's assumption here seems to be that the adventures in both countries were some kind of unprovoked provocation. He makes no mention of 9/11, or of the Taliban's depredations, or of Saddam Hussein's reckless belligerence.
Last year, President Obama went to Cairo hoping to change that. He extended the traditional Muslim greeting, and said while he is a Christian, his father's family includes generations of Muslims. "I've come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning, between the United States and Muslims around the world," he said.

He declared that the U.S. is not at war with Islam, but is against violent extremists who exploit the tensions between Islam and the West.

Those tensions go all the way back to the Crusades - when Christian armies invaded the Holy Land.
True to form, Jerome Socolovsky makes no mention of the 450 years of jihad attacks that had conquered and Islamized over half of Christendom long before the first Crusade was even called, and to which the Crusades were a late and small-scale defensive reaction.
But there have also been times of harmony like in medieval Spain....
Even Maria Rosa Menocal, in her hagiographical book The Ornament of the World, admits that "times of harmony" went only so far in Muslim Spain, which institutionalized discrimination against Jewish and Christian dhimmis: "The dhimmi, as these covenanted peoples were called, were granted religious freedom, not forced to convert to Islam. They could continue to be Jews and Christians, and, as it turned out, they could share in much of Muslim social and economic life. In return for this freedom of religious conscience the Peoples of the Book (pagans had no such privilege) were required to pay a special tax -- no Muslims paid taxes and to observe a number of restrictive regulations: Christians and Jews were prohibited from attempting to proselytize Muslims, from building new places of worship, from displaying crosses or ringing bells. In sum, they were forbidden most public displays of their religious rituals." (Pp. 72-3)

So much for a paradise of tolerance and multiculturalism. Historian Kenneth Baxter Wolf observes that "much of this new legislation aimed at limiting those aspects of the Christian cult which seemed to compromise the dominant position of Islam." After enumerating a list of laws much like Menocal's, he adds: "Aside from such cultic restrictions most of the laws were simply designed to underscore the position of the dimmîs as second-class citizens."

But Jerome Socolovsky, ignorant of all this, goes on to say that Obama needs to hop to it, abandoning Israel and stopping defending ourselves against the global jihad:
Professor Ahmad El Tayeb of Al Azhar University in Cairo said the President's speech there was a landmark. "I was there, and I admired that speech very much. But we are still waiting to see practical results," he said.

He says the U.S. shouldn't side with Israel or fight wars in Muslim countries....
Yeah, that'll fix it.
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