Archive for August 8th, 2006

FBI Searching For 11 Egyptian Students

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

Update 08/14/06:
All Missing Egyptian Students in Custody.

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No reason to panic…yet.

(AP) Eleven Egyptian students who arrived in the United States last month are being sought by authorities after failing to turn up for an exchange program at Montana State University.
The Egyptian men were among a group of 17 students who arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York from Cairo on July 29 with valid visas, according to U.S. authorities and university officials.
The other six have arrived at the Bozeman, Mont., campus for a monthlong program on English language instruction and U.S. history and culture, university spokeswoman Cathy Conover said.
When the 11 didn’t turn up by the end of the last week, the FBI issued a lookout to state and local law enforcement, said FBI Special Agent Richard Kolko.
“At this point all they have done is not show up for a scheduled academic program,” Kolko said. “There is no threat associated with these men.”
They are between 18 and 22 years old, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the search for the men is continuing.
U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement declined to make their names public.
The government probably will seek to send the students home once they are located because they have violated the terms of their visas, the official said.
The government tightened the student visa process after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks when it learned that four of the hijackers entered the country on foreign student visas.
The school has tried repeatedly to contact the students, Conover said, including sending e-mails. When that failed, the school notified Homeland Security officials and registered the Egyptians as “no-shows” in the system developed after Sept. 11 to track foreign students, Conover said.
They were participating in an exchange program Montana State arranged with Mansoura University in Mansoura, Egypt.
“We hope this doesn’t cast doubt on this program because we think it’s important to have international students on our campus and in our community,” Conover said.

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Dakota Fanning ‘raped’ in new film

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

New lows from what I call the “Hollywood Fallen”.

Prosecutors in Wilmington, N.C., “are aware” of a scene for the movie “Hounddog” in which the character played by 12-year-old actress Dakota Fanning reportedly is violently raped, and say if an investigation is launched, authorities could consider sexual exploitation charges.
The scene, widely reported on the Internet, is in the movie where Fanning plays the role of a “precocious, troubled girl (who) finds safe haven in the music and movement of Elvis Presley,” according to Blue Line Radio, which monitors child-abuse allegations.
Susan Jordan, a district attorney in Wilmington assigned to work with such complaints, said she could not at this time confirm a formal investigation into the rape scene.
“I am aware of that situation,” she told WorldNetDaily. “The charge that would potentially apply to the scenario would be sexual exploitation of a minor.”
She said statutory rape laws would require the actual assault, and her understanding was that any assault was simulated. Third-degree or second-degree sexual exploitation would involve having or trading child pornography, she said.
But to make such a scene could be first-degree sexual exploitation of a child, a charge on the same level with armed robbery, she said.
“That is to facilitate … sexual activity for the purpose of producing material that would contain child pornography,” she said.
Carla Roberts, who runs the Yahweh Center Children’s Village for abused or neglected children in Wilmington, told WND she would have to wonder about the adults responsible for putting a child in such a position.
And, she said, she also is concerned by the ramifications for the child to whom that would be done.
Jordan said she just doesn’t understand such scenes, now described in “a file on my desk.”
The movie is an independent that had to raise additional money when some initial investors pulled their support because of the rape scene. It is being assembled by writer-director Deborah Kampmeier. Her earlier work, “Virgin,” was about a young girl who is raped, but doesn’t remember the attack and believes she’s carrying the Christ child.
In “Hounddog,” the 12-year-old Fanning plays 9-year-old Lewellen, who is told she must sing for concert tickets to hear Elvis. The script graphically describes her clothes dropping to the floor before she sings, and an assailant unzipping his jeans.
Others in the production include Isabelle Fuhrman, Cody Hanford, David Morse, Christoph Sanders, Jody Thompson and Robin Wright Penn.
According to an independent movie website, Kampmeier’s “Virgin” was “profound and exquisitely melancholy” and was nominated for the John Cassavetes Award for the best feature made for under $500,000.
Its story is about “Jessie,” (Elizabeth Moss) who hides her suffering from being trapped by her family’s conservative Baptists beliefs with liquor, kleptomania and drugs. She has a sexual encounter after a spell of drugs and liquor and finds she is pregnant, deciding that she is carrying the next Christ child.
At that time, Kampmeier, who previously worked in the New York City theater industry, said she shot the film for $65,000 in 21 days.
Kampmeier did not return a message WND left at her Full Moon Films office.
World Entertainment News Network said the movie was a shocker for Fanning’s fans.
“She has shot child rape scenes and appears semi-naked,” the network said.
But it also said the actress’ agent, Joy Osbrink, told the New York Daily News, fans shouldn’t worry.
“It’s not just the rape scene – the whole story is challenging Dakota as an actress. And I’ve never been so proud of her in my life. I’ve seen the dailies, and in every scene she gets better and better.”
One crew member called the movie “dynamite” because of the scene, and said adult stars would have baulked at some of the situations.
In 2002, Fanning worked with Steven Spielberg as the lead child in a science fiction miniseries and she also appeared in “Trapped,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” and “Hansel & Gretel.” She later worked with Kurt Russell in “Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story,” and Tom Cruise in “War of the Worlds.”

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Israel ready for full-scale assault

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

Israel should finish this once and for all, no matter what the rest of the world thinks they should do. There is no excuse for the existence of terrorist and countries that support them. Both should be wiped off the face of the map.

HAIFA, Israel – Hezbollah has pounded Israeli cities with more than 3,000 rockets in a month, the worst bombing Israel has faced in its history.
And Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, touring the front, said: “Enough.” If there is no international agreement to stop the fighting within a day or two, he said, the gloves are off.
“We are going to win this war,” Olmert said. “As I said from Day One, it is not going to be easy.”
After weeks of resisting a full ground invasion of south Lebanon, Olmert gave the army the green light Monday to push at least 18 miles from the Israeli border to the Litani River. He said there is no limit.
The aim is to push Hezbollah out of Katyusha rocket range of Israel. After close to four weeks of bitter fighting, Israel is still nowhere near succeeding.
“Let me tell you something. Crushing Hezbollah is not like ordering a pizza. It takes time,” says Israeli Army Gen. Yossi Kupperwasser.
Even in the villages Israel occupies in southern Lebanon, Hezbollah is still fighting back, killing three Israeli soldiers in combat in Bint Jbail and firing more than 160 Katyusha rockets Monday.
Monday night, there is one good sign. The Lebanese government announced it would call up 15,000 reserves, to take over when Israeli troops leave Lebanon. That is one of Israel’s conditions to stop the fighting.

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‘Civil Union’ Legal Morass Expected to Climb to Supreme Court

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

Looks like the battle continues to rage between activist courts and the states over the homosexual agenda. If it goes to the Supreme Court, most likely they will rule in favor of the biological mother and the traditional family.

(AgapePress) – The Vermont Supreme Court has issued a ruling that pits that state’s same-sex “civil union” laws against the law of Virginia. The court case involves former lesbian Lisa Miller, her biological child, and Janet Jenkins, Miller’s former partner.
Several years ago, Miller and Jenkins, who resided in Virginia, traveled to Vermont to obtain a civil union. During their relationship Miller gave birth to a daughter through artificial insemination. Jenkins never adopted the child. But when Miller became a Christian — and Jenkins became abusive, according to a news release from Liberty Counsel — their relationship ended.
At that time, a lower court in Vermont gave Jenkins parental rights, including visitation — which required the biological mother to take her child from Virginia to Vermont on a regular basis to visit someone who is unrelated to the child. Liberty Counsel, on behalf of Miller and her child, argued the case on appeal before the Vermont Supreme Court, which last week upheld the lower-court ruling.
Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, says the ruling is completely wrong. “It’s contrary to common sense and certainly to federal law known as the Defense of Marriage Act,” the attorney says.
As Staver points out, Jenkins should have no parental rights over the child. “Lisa Miller is the biological mother. She once was in a lesbian lifestyle but became a Christian and left Janet Jenkins,” he states. Therefore, continues Staver, Jenkins has no parental right or authority over Miller’s biological child. “And to say that she does clearly violates Lisa Miller’s constitutional rights as a parent to direct the well-being of her own child,” he notes.
Complicating the matter is the fact that the Vermont high court’s order conflicts directly with a Virginia court that declared Miller to be the sole parent, and ruled that the Virginia Marriage Affirmation Act barred recognition of civil unions. Staver says Miller v. Jenkins is unique because it marks the first time the court of two states have issued conflicting decisions over a same-sex union case — and that, he says, sets the stage for a Supreme Court battle.
“No doubt, [this case] will go to United States Supreme Court at some point because there is a direct conflict over the same person involving the same federal and state laws,” he explains, “and it involves whether or not one state can superimpose its same-sex unions on another state. I don’t believe it can.”
The case is also pending at the Virginia Court of Appeals. Liberty Counsel expects that case to also make it to the Supreme Court if the appeals court upholds the lower Virginia court rulings.

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Former HQ for abortion business had blood on walls ‘floor to ceiling’

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

The horrors continue to be revealed at infanticide facilities (abortion clinics).

A Wichita, Kan., building that formerly was used as the headquarters for an abortion business had blood covering its walls “from floor to ceiling,” according to a witness.
The building, purchased recently by Operation Rescue, was the home for Central Women’s Services before the business fell behind on its rental payments and Operation Rescue purchased the site.
After the purchase, Operation Rescue invited reporters and others to visit the site, pointing out the room where aborted babies were stored until they were collected for disposal, the recovery rooms and the stained sink connected to a huge garbage disposal.
In continuing their documentation, an Operation Rescue team recently went into the building at night with a chemical that reacts to the presence of human blood with a glow, and their nightmares were confirmed.
“We were expecting to find a little bit of blood. We were not expecting to find the amount we found,” office manager Brenna Sullenger told WorldNetDaily. “It was horrifying. It covered the walls floor to ceiling.
“In the procedure rooms you could tell the outline of the table, but the rest of it was covered. I was pretty horrified,” she said.
The building had been used as an abortion business for decades, and officials believe there were an estimated 50,000 abortions performed there.
It now is intended for eventual use as a memorial for those who lost their lives there, and as the national headquarters for Operation Rescue. However, Sullenger said there will be “major remodeling” before she goes to work in the structure.
“It’s just that you know what happened there,” she told WND.
The remodeling also is why the stains were documented, on both still and video cameras, before any changes are made, officials said.
Brenna Sullenger sprayed the floors and walls with luminal, while Keith Mason used a still camera and Cheryl Sullenger videotaped the testing and the results.
They started in the recovery room area.
“As Brenna began to spray the baseboards and the walls, suddenly, the entire room reflected an eerie glow as the area began to emit a bright pale-blue luminescence – the positive indicator of the presence of human blood,” the group said in its report.
Both spatter patterns and smears, where it appeared there were cleanup attempts, were revealed.
“The walls looked like there had been a chain saw massacre in there,” said Cheryl Sullenger.
Then, in the first abortion room, there were similar results. A floor vent revealed particularly heavy amounts of blood, with indicators it had literally drained down into the vent.
“I was not sure I could continue the testing at that point,” said Brenna Sullenger. “The blood spatter revealed a pattern that clearly showed the orientation of the abortion table and the location of the suction machine.”
The small closet where a sink and garbage disposal were found “lit up like a Christmas tree,” said Cheryl Sullenger.
What had appeared to be rust stains during daylight hours “glowed with bright blue reflections indicating the thick presence of human blood,” she said. Even the paper towel dispenser glowed.
“I am sure the clinic workers unwittingly left work each day covered in bloody residue that was invisible to the naked eye, but present nonetheless. They very literally had blood on their hands, and probably just about everywhere else too,” she said.
Virtually no traces of blood were found in the counseling room, giving the team members confidence the chemical was working properly.
“There were obviously areas that were nearly saturated with human blood, and other areas of the building that little or no blood was found. We would not have gotten those results if the luminal was giving us false positive readings,” said Mason.

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Annan Mum on Hizballah’s Wounding of UN Workers

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

Of course when Hezballah sets up a rocket position next to a U.N. position and then get’s some of the U.N. people killed when Israel destroys the Hezballah position, the U.N. goes into instant condemnation mode. But as usual, when the slimy Hezballah terrorist fire on a U.N. position, the U.N. is silent about it. Too busy drinking coffee with their slimy terrorist friends, I guess.
How can anyone take the U.N. seriously? They are so irrelevant.

(CNSNews.com) – A Hizballah-based mortar attack, which fell short of its target in Israel on Sunday and injured three Chinese members of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), has received scant media attention and no reaction from U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan.
Late last month, after four U.N. peacekeepers were killed in an Israeli air strike in southern Lebanon, Annan said he was “shocked and deeply distressed” at the “apparently deliberate targeting” of the outpost.
While information about Sunday’s incident was not immediately available from the United Nations in New York, news accounts in China reported that “A Hizballah rocket hit the Chinese contingent headquarters at 11:55 am local time (0855 GMT), causing three peacekeepers [to be] lightly injured,” according to a text report from China’s Xinhua News Agency.
The Chinese account added that the three UNIFIL soldiers were rushed to a hospital inside the headquarters and “their condition was stable.”

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There have been documented incidents where members of UNIFIL have come dangerously close to Israeli military fire from the air and on the ground. While those incidents have made headlines, especially the strike that hit the U.N. observer post near the Lebanon-Israel border killing four UNIFIL staffers, there is only rare mention about the proximity of Hizballah positions to the U.N. bases.
Israel has maintained that it fires on positions where Hizballah rockets and missiles have originated. Israel has stated that Hizballah in many cases has fired these weapons from civilian populated areas and in the cases documented by UNIFIL, from positions close to U.N. workers.
According to a UNIFIL report dated July 31, Hizballah rockets and small arms fire originated from a location near a UNIFIL headquarters. Israel returned fire to that and other Hizballah rocket launching positions.
On Aug. 1, UNIFIL documents reported that “Hizballah fired mortar rounds from the vicinity of three UNIFIL positions in the area of Tibnin, Hariss, and At Tiri.”
An Aug. 3, a UNIFIL report obtained by Cybercast News Service showed that other Hizballah rocket fire had hit United Nations positions.
“One rocket from the Hizballah side impacted directly on a UNIFIL position in the general area of Hula yesterday evening, causing extensive material damage, but no casualties. Half an hour later, another rocket from the Hizballah side impacted directly on the same UNIFIL position, causing additional material damage, but no casualties. Hizballah also fired rockets from the vicinity of four UN positions in the areas of Alma Ash Shab, Marwahin, Tibnin, and At Tiri,” the Aug. 3 UNIFIL report stated.
On Aug. 4, UNIFIL documents reported that “Hizballah fired rockets from the vicinity of two U.N. positions in the general area of Alma Ash Shab and At Tiri.”
On Aug. 5, UNIFIL documents reported that “there was one incident of Hizballah firing rockets from the vicinity of the U.N. position in the general area of Tibnin.”
There were also three incidents of Hizballah guerillas firing rockets from the vicinity of UNIFIL positions in the general area of Tibnin, Tiri and Bayt Yahun, according to a UNIFIL report dated Aug. 6.
In a separate report filed by UNIFIL dated Aug. 7, “Two missiles from an unknown source impacted in the vicinity of a UNIFIL logistic convoy in El Addaisseh.
“This morning, Hizballah fired rockets from the vicinity of the U.N. position in Tibnin, and the IAF (Israeli Air Force) carried out air strikes on the areas from which the fire originated,” the report stated. “There were no injuries or damage to UNIFIL property,” as a result of Israeli air strikes. UNIFIL, the report declared, “strongly protested all these incidents to the Lebanese and Israeli authorities respectively.”
UNIFIL has also noted that in at least one case, its relief operations have come under “small arms” fire on the ground in southern Lebanon near the town of Markaba, causing damage to a UNIFIL armored personnel carrier. UNIFIL did not specify who attacked the convoy.
However, the U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) blamed Israel for attacking a vehicle traveling ahead of its convoy during an IAF air strike north of Tyre.
According to the OCHA report on the incident, the two individuals occupying the vehicle traveling ahead of the relief convoy were killed, however, “there were no injuries to the four UN staff accompanying the convoy or damage to convoy vehicles.”
In a separate incident according to UNIFIL, a July 25 report specifically stated that Hizballah had attacked a U.N. convoy, damaging vehicles and forcing that aid convoy to return to its base.
“This morning, Hizballah opened small arms fire at a UNIFIL convoy consisting of two armored personnel carriers (APC) on the road between Kunin and Bint Jubayl. There was some damage to the APCs, but no casualties, and the convoy was obliged to return to Kunin,” the UNIFIL report stated.
According to the United Nations, since the outbreak of hostilities, four U.N. military observers assigned to UNIFIL, one UNIFIL international staff member and his wife were killed. Eleven others have been wounded.

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