Archive for July 20th, 2007

Solution to Immigration Problem? Enforce the Laws!

Friday, July 20th, 2007

Makes perfect sense.

An activist group advocating legal immigration paths into the United States wants an investigation into the nation’s failure to enforce what immigration laws it already has.

“We need Congress and the press to do their jobs, by launching investigations to find out why our existing laws are not being enforced,” said William Gheen, a spokesman for Americans for Legal Immigration PAC.

“Presidents do not get to decide which laws they will or will not enforce on behalf of their big business friends. That’s what kings do, not presidents. If our existing laws go un-enforced, then we no longer live in a functioning Republican for which our flag stands,” he said.

Gheen, in an earlier analysis of the issue of illegal aliens, said the issue isn’t all that complicated.

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“A Gathering of Wolves” by Hal Lindsey

Friday, July 20th, 2007

According to the most recent intelligence reports, former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s gesture for peace – disengagement from Gaza – may have set the stage for the next phase of war.

A senior IDF officer said this week that the weapons Hamas is smuggling into Gaza have become significantly more sophisticated now that they have a free hand to do so without Israeli interference. Since the Gaza takeover by Hamas, it has reportedly smuggled in 20 tons of explosives via the Philidelphia Corridor from the Sinai into the Strip. According to the officer, Israel currently has a limited time frame to address the findings.

“There is today an opportunity since the world has not yet become accustomed to the new Hamas entity, and Hamas has not yet fully completed strengthening it’s military capabilities,” according to the Jerusalem Post, quoting the unnamed official.

“The Gaza Strip is a boiling pot, the fire underneath is fueled by economy and ideology, and the lid over it is Israel. Hamas is currently not acting against Israel because it is not in the group’s interest, but one must not mistake this with the organization’s ultimate goals.”

Hamas has gone from being a terrorist group to becoming a full-fledged army, with four brigades made up of battalions and platoons. They are in possession of anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons, Katyusha rocket battalions, and Hamas boasts an infantry numbering more than 13,000 recruits.

It is Israel’s nightmare scenario: a fully-equipped enemy military force in Hamas, another fully-equipped Hezbollah military force in Lebanon, and an increasingly belligerent regime in Syria poised for war.

Meanwhile, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has repeatedly promised to wipe Israel from the map, has traveled to Damascus for meetings with Syria’s Bashar Assad, who was sworn in this week for another seven-year term as Syrian president.

In addition to meeting with Assad, Ahmadinejad is also planning to meet with Hamas and Hezbollah officials.

Israel has every reason to be concerned. Asked about the possibility of another war breaking out in the region, the Iranian president replied, “We hope the summer will bring victories to the region’s nations and failures to their enemies.”

The Iranian president called on the region’s states to be alert in the face of Israel’s attempts to rehabilitate itself after what he defined as its “failure” in the Second Lebanon War.

Ahmadinejad warned that Israel may take action to compensate itself for those failures.

“The Zionist regime has lost its ideology of existence and will therefore try to compensate for its failures,” Ahmadinejad told the Syrian press. “This issue should lead to a state of high alert among the region’s nations, particularly among the Palestinians and Lebanese.”

Nowhere in the Middle East is there a nation on a higher state of alert than Israel.

However, according to the Bible, it is Damascus that should be worried. I realize I have written about this prophecy recently, but the situation in that area seems to be moving into the perimeters of its predictions so rapidly, that it bears repeating.

The Prophet Isaiah was given a burden concerning the city of Damascus, which he recorded in Isaiah 17:1:

“The burden concerning Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.”

Damascus is the oldest continuously inhabited city on earth. Many historians date the city back to the dawn of human civilization.

Damascus has been conquered many times; by the Assyrians, the Persians, the Seleucids, the Romans, Byzantines, Omayyeds, Seljuks, Mamelukes and the Ottoman Empire.

But through all its long history, Damascus has never been destroyed. It has never been ‘taken away from being a city’ and it has never been left a ‘ruinous heap.’

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Ahmadinejad Hopes For ‘Victories’ This Summer

Friday, July 20th, 2007

More threats from the ultimate terrorist.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed out Thursday at the region’s enemies and called for Lebanese unity during meetings in Damascus with his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad and Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.
“The enemies of the region should abandon plans to attack the interests of this region, or they will be burned by the wrath of the region’s peoples,” the hardline Iranian leader said at a joint press conference with Assad.

Both Iran and Syria face U.S. accusations of fueling violence in Iraq and supporting Hizbullah. They are also accused of supporting anti-Israeli militant Palestinian groups, like the Islamic Hamas.

In a joint statement, the two leaders said that it “is necessary to consolidate national unity and harmony among all Lebanese to assure the stability and security of Lebanon.”

They expressed their “support for all decisions taken by all Lebanese,” and called on the international community to help “stop repeated Zionist aggression against Lebanese sovereignty.”

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Palestinian Children Starve While Money Flows to Arm Hamas Terrorist

Friday, July 20th, 2007

In usual Islamic terrorist style, it is more important to get weapons to kill innocent Israeli civilians with than it is to feed their families. After all, women and children are only property to the Islamic man. If one or two dies of starvation, what’s the big deal? The pali terrorist are only going to strap bombs on them and blow them up in Israeli bus stops, malls, coffee shops and hospitals anyway.

Palestinians in Gaza appeal for more aid

GAZA (Reuters) – Children raced to help parents collect food from U.N. aid distribution centers in the Gaza Strip as women sat in the shade near trucks, waiting for their names to be called to receive their food rations.

The enclave’s isolation has deepened since the Islamist Hamas group routed their Western-backed rivals to seize control last month. Israel, effectively at war with Hamas, has sealed off key border crossings, stifling trade and forcing thousands of Palestinians to seek handouts from U.N. aid bodies.

The U.N. aid agency for Palestinian refugees says that up to 825,000 of Gaza’s 1.5 million inhabitants, classed as refugees, currently receive food rations, and the U.N. World Food Program aids a further 200,000 people.

As U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prepared to meet fellow members of the Quartet of mediators in Lisbon on Thursday, Palestinians urged the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to widen its program to feed more people.

“We now have only God and then UNRWA,” said Ahmed al-Jammal, a father of five, inside an aid centre in Gaza City. “We have no other source of income,” he said as he received sacks of flour and rice and bottles of cooking oil.

UNRWA Commissioner-General Karen AbuZayd also urged the Quartet powers to act to ease an effective trade embargo on the Strip and send their new envoy Tony Blair to visit.

“If the economy doesn’t work … then we will have to have food for many more people,” she said in an interview.

Families used vehicles and donkey carts to transfer the supplies to their homes. Palestinians in Gaza say they receive similar aid packages every three months.

Saeed Darwish, a father of 10, said U.N. food aid had become the “lifeline” for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.

“There are many families who are in need of your help and they do not get it,” Darwish said as sacks of flour piled in front of him.

Israel has kept the crossings on its border with Gaza under tight control since it pulled out of the territory in 2005.

But a refusal to deal with Hamas by Israel, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority led by President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank has meant major crossing points, including the main freight terminal with Israel at Karni, have been effectively closed since June’s fighting between Hamas and Abbas’s Fatah faction.

Israel says it cannot ensure its security at the crossings.

It would actually be very easy for the pali’s to get as much aid as the want…all they need to do is stop all attempts at terrorist attacks against Israel. It really is that easy.
But they won’t. And they never will.

‘Israel on collision course with Hamas’

Claiming that Hamas has jumped light years ahead militarily since Israel’s disengagement from Gaza, a high-ranking IDF officer on Thursday called for a large-scale military operation to be mounted in the Strip within “a limited window of opportunity” that might close in less than a year.

He said Hamas now had 13,000 men under arms, had dramatically increased weapons smuggling since its violent takeover of the Strip last month, and was working to attain a Katyusha rocket capability.
“There is an opportunity today since the world has not yet become accustomed to the new Hamas entity, and Hamas has not yet fully completed strengthening its military capabilities,” the officer said, adding that Israel was on a “collision course” with the radical Islamic group.

The Egyptians, Americans and Europeans could not be counted on to stop Hamas, the officer said, adding: “The final job will have to be done by no one else but us.”

Hamas, the officer revealed, has established a full-fledged military force in Gaza consisting of four brigades, corresponding to the different sections of the Gaza Strip. The brigades are made up of a number of battalions and platoons and include special forces. In addition, Hamas had smuggled in 20 tons of explosives via the Philadelphi Corridor from Sinai over the past two months, he said.

Furthermore, the officer claimed that the group had obtained a large number of advanced antitank missiles, as well as an unknown number of antiaircraft missiles. Hamas, he said, was working to obtain long-range Katyusha rockets, and was also investing to improve the range of its cache of Kassam rockets, he said.

“They have an organized military,” the officer said, adding that Hamas’s infantry now had some 13,000 recruits. “They have the manpower, they have the training, they have the motivation; the principle is creating a balance of deterrence against Israel.”

The officer also noted that over the past two years since Israel’s disengagement from Gaza, several hundred Palestinians had traveled from Gaza to Iran to receive training. On average, he said, each Palestinian who trained in Iran was capable of training 400 Palestinians upon his return.

He said that Israel was basically helpless when it came to stopping Palestinian terrorists from entering or leaving Gaza through the Rafah Crossing, despite the presence there of European Union monitors.

Democrats Kill Legislation that Would Protect “John Does”

Friday, July 20th, 2007

See Something?  Report Something

OK, here’s the recap:
Back in March, we blogged about legislation that was introduced to help protect people, who in good faith, reported suspicious activity. This legislation was brought about by a lawsuit against the “John Does” who tipped off airline officials about the “six flying imams”, who were removed from a flight after displaying suspicious activity.
The sole purpose of this lawsuit is to intimidate future “John Does” from reporting suspicious activity, thus making it easier for terrorist to carry out terrorist acts.
This legislation would have prevented lawsuits against people, who in good faith, reported something suspicious.

Now, thanks to your Democrats, the legislation is now dead.

Did you get that? The very people you put in control of congress, are not interested in protecting you from being sued for doing your civic duty and reporting suspicious activity. (Sarcasm on) Good Job!! (Sarcasm off)

Michelle Malkin has more:

Andy McCarthy and Audrey Hudson report that Democrats are attempting to water down the “John Doe” amendment–the legislation sponsored by Rep. Peter King that would protect citizen whistleblowers who act to protect our national security and who are threatened by lawsuits from CAIR and their grievance-mongering ilk. Time is short. You need to make your voice heard in Congress now.

Hudson writes:

    Democrats are trying to pull a provision from a homeland security bill that will protect the public from being sued for reporting suspicious behavior that may lead to a terrorist attack, according to House Republican leadership aides. The legislation, which moves to a House and Senate conference committee this afternoon, will implement final recommendations from the 911 Commission.Rep. Pete King, New York Republican and ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, and Rep. Steve Pearce, New Mexico Republican, sponsored the bill after a group of Muslim imams filed a lawsuit against U.S. Airways and unknown or “John Doe” passengers after they were removed for suspicious behavior aboard Flight 300 from Minneapolis to Phoenix on Nov. 20 before their removal.“Democrats are trying to find any technical excuse to keep immunity out of the language of the bill to protect citizens, who in good faith, report suspicious activity to police or law enforcement,” Mr. King said in an interview last night.“This is a slap in the face of good citizens who do their patriotic duty and come forward, and it caves in to radical Islamists,” Mr. King said.

    “I don’t see how you can have a homeland security bill without protecting people who come forward to report suspicious activity,” Mr. King said.

6:58 pm Eastern update and bumped. Audrey Hudson reports the Dems have successfully stripped out the John Doe amendment:

    Congressional Democrats today failed to include a provision in homeland security legislation that would protect the public from being sued for reporting suspicious behavior that may lead to a terrorist attack, according to House Republican leaders. “This is a slap in the face of good citizens who do their patriotic duty and come forward, and it caves in to radical Islamists,” said Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican and ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee.

Who is responsible? Bryan Preston observes:

    [The Dems] scuttled this amendment in committee in a way that makes them difficult to track down individually. That’s sneaky but it’s how Washington often works. Rep. Bennie Thompson is the most likely culprit, but it’s unlikely that he’s flying solo here.

The fight’s not over, as Audrey Hudson notes:

    While the conference is not likely to meet again, Mr. King noted the conference report has not been written and says he will continue discussions with Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent and chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, to insert the “John Doe” language. Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican and ranking member of the committee, announced afterward she will attempt to attach a similar bill to an education measure currently under debate on the Senate floor.

Keep calling Nancy Pelosi’s office to protest.

And start hounding your Senators.

Congress switchboard: 202-224-3121
Nancy Pelosi’s office: 202-225-4965

Who is John Doe? I am John Doe. You are John Doe:

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