Archive for July 25th, 2007

Controversial Colorado Professor Fired

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Some of you might remember the horrible comments he made about the 9/11 victims. He has now been fired from the university where he taught.

BOULDER, Colo. A University of Colorado professor whose essay compared some Nine-Eleven victims to a Nazi leader is out of a job.

The university’s governing board has voted to fire professor Ward Churchill. Three faculty committees had accused Churchill of plagiarism, falsification and other misconduct. The allegations are based on other writings, but the investigation began after the national outrage over his September Eleventh essay.

The vote to dismiss Churchill was eight to one. University President Hank Brown called the decision “really pretty basic.”

But Churchill said “New game, new game” after the vote. His lawyer says Churchill’s rights were violated and that the decision will be fought.

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Report: Taliban Kill One South Korean Hostage

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

UPDATE AT BOTTOM

Proving that they are still the scum of the earth, the Taliban has reportedly kill one of the South Korean Christian hostages. Continue to pray for these people and all Christians, the world over, who face very real and deadly persecution.

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed.
Revelation 6:9-11 (New International Version)

KABUL, Afghanistan — A purported Taliban spokesman said Wednesday that one of the 23 South Korean hostages being held in Afghanistan had been killed, according to the Reuters news agency.

Earlier, Aari Yousef Ahmadi, who claims to speak for the militants, said the Afghan government hadn’t responded to any of its demands and that the militants would kill “a few” of the hostages.

The South Korean hostages, including 18 women, were kidnapped last Thursday while riding a bus through Ghazni province on the Kabul-Kandahar highway, Afghanistan’s main thoroughfare.

South Korean negotiators have traveled to Ghazni province to take part in the negotiations. Three previous deadlines for the hostages’ lives have passed with no consequences.

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Update: 07/25/2007 11:25 CDT

It is confirmed that one of the South Korean Christians was killed. He was found with 10 bullet holes in various parts of his body. Please join me in praying for comfort for his family.
It is also being reported that some of the other hostages were released, although how many is also not clear.

Body of South Korean Hostage Recovered, Taliban Reportedly Release Others

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Authorities recovered the bullet-riddled body of a South Korean hostage in central Afghanistan on Wednesday, a police officer who discovered the body said.

The male victim had 10 bullet holes in his head, chest and stomach, and was discovered in the Mushaki area of Qarabagh district in Ghazni province, said police officer Abdul Rahman.

A purported Taliban spokesman said earlier the militants killed one of the hostages because Afghan authorities hadn’t met their demands to release Taliban militants from prison.

Meanwhile, two Western officials said some others from the group of captives were freed and taken to a U.S. military base.

Purported Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said one of the hostages had been shot and killed around 4 p.m. (7:30 a.m. EDT), and a police official who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the situation said militants told him the hostage was sick and couldn’t walk, and therefore was shot.

Some of the Koreans, meanwhile, were freed and were taken to a U.S. base in Ghazni, according to two Western officials who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly. The officials did not know how many had been freed.

‘John Doe’ Amendment: Still Not Dead

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

UPDATE AT THE BOTTOM

I Am John Doe - Sue Me!

There may still be a chance that the “John Doe” amendment will be attached to the Homeland Security funding bill, despite efforts by the Democrats. Let your congress people know that you support this amendment, and that you will be angry with them if they don’t.

WASHINGTON — A provision aimed at providing whistleblower protection to Americans who report suspicious activity has advanced on Capitol Hill despite opposition from some Democrats, as top Republicans announced an agreement last night.

The House Republican leader, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, and Rep. Peter King, a Republican of Long Island, said last night that they had reached agreement to include what has become known as the “John Doe” amendment in the final version of a major homeland security bill to implement the recommendations of the commission established to investigate the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The bill is currently in a House-Senate conference committee, and a deal will be announced today.

The homeland security legislation mandates tighter inspections on cargo coming into America on passenger planes and ships, and it could help direct more anti-terror funds to New York by adjusting the funding formulas in favor of high-risk areas.

Disagreement over the “John Doe” amendment had been the last sticking point of the broader legislation, which the Democrats had pegged as one of their top priorities in taking control of Congress this year.

Mr. King first introduced the amendment earlier this year after the Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a lawsuit on behalf of six imams who were removed from a US Airways flight in November over allegations of suspicious activity.

The measure would offer civil immunity protections to individuals who tip off the police to such activity.

The amendment won House approval in March and a majority of senators, including Senators Schumer and Clinton of New York, supported a similar measure sponsored by Senator Collins, a Republican of Maine, when she tried to attach it to an education bill last week. But it fell three votes shy of the 60 it needed to pass.

Some Democrats had raised civil liberties concerns, saying the legislation would lead to unfair targeting of people based on their appearance, religion, or ethnicity.

The measure has gained momentum, however, amid the recent reports of terrorist plots, including one to attack Fort Dix in New Jersey in May and another, more recently, to blow up fuel tanks at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

A leading Republican presidential candidate, Mayor Giuliani, is also weighing in. In a statement yesterday, he criticized Democrats who opposed it, saying they “just don’t get the terrorists’ war on us.”

He also praised Mr. King, who has endorsed his candidacy as someone who puts “national security first and political correctness run amok second.”

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Michelle Malkin’s Photoshop’ers have been busy and made the image at the top of this post. I like it so much that I’m going to add it to the blog sidebar. I recommend you fellow bloggers do so too.

Update: 07/25/2007 12:42 CDT

Victory! The King Amendment is saved!

(Washington, D.C.): The Center for Security Policy is gratified that its efforts, those of innumerable bloggers, radio talk show hosts and other public-minded citizens translated into an important legislative victory late last night. Thanks to the leadership of Sens. Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins, the chairman and ranking minority member, respectively, of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and especially that of Rep. Pete King, Sen. Collins’ counterpart on the House Homeland Security Committee, legislation along the lines of that adopted by an overwhelming bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives last May at Rep. King’s initiative will shortly become law.

The language will provide protection against the sorts of harassment lawsuits filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) after several unidentified individuals reported six Muslim imams engaged in suspicious – and frightening – behavior prior to boarding a USAir flight in November 2006. CAIR has been identified as a front organization for the Muslim Brotherhood and is an un-indicted co-conspirator in an alleged terrorism-financing plot.

Airports Warned About Terror Dry Runs

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

These would be the Islamic terrorist, who are sworn to kill you and me, making dry runs at U.S. airports, to test the abilities of the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) employees.
The report, which lacked a lot of details, talked about things like blocks of cheese, with wires running from them (block cheese has a density similar to plastic explosives) and cell phones taped to blocks of cheese, things like that.
Are people being overcautious and silly? Considering just how fanatical these Islamic terrorist are concerning bering about our pending deaths, I’d say not.

Michelle Malkin said it well:

Every vigilant traveler–every once and future John Doe–should take a look at the TSA warning. And if you see something cheesy, say something. At the very least, you’ll offend a cheddar-lover. At best, you could save thousands of lives. Quite worth the risk, I think.

See the rest of her post, with photos, at “Blocks of cheese with wires sticking out”.

Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs makes this point:

So they noticed four of these rehearsals. How many incidents did the geniuses of the TSA fail to notice? We have no way of knowing, of course.
Don’t panic. This happens all the time. Just roll over, and go back to sleep.

Charles is known for his sarcastic remarks, especially when people say really silly things. He also post of a security director at Sky Harbor International Airport who was “placed on leave” after a major security hole was noted at that airport.
Read his post here: “TSA Warns Airport Security About ‘Dry Runs'”.

WASHINGTON – Airport security officers around the nation have been alerted by federal officials to look out for terrorists practicing to carry explosive components onto aircraft, based on four curious seizures at airports since last September.

The unclassified alert was distributed on July 20 by the Transportation Security Administration to federal air marshals, its own transportation security officers and other law enforcement agencies.

The seizures at airports in San Diego, Milwaukee, Houston and Baltimore included “wires, switches, pipes or tubes, cell phone components and dense clay-like substances,” including block cheese, the bulletin said. “The unusual nature and increase in number of these improvised items raise concern.”

Security officers were urged to keep an eye out for “ordinary items that look like improvised explosive device components.”

The 13-paragraph bulletin was posted on the Internet by NBC Nightly News, which first reported the story.

A federal official familiar with the document confirmed the authenticity of the NBC posting but declined to be identified by name because it has not been officially released.

“There is no credible, specific threat here,” TSA spokeswoman Ellen Howe said Tuesday. “Don’t panic. We do these things all the time.”

Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke described the notice as the latest copy of a routine informational bulletin for TSA workers, airport employees and law enforcement officials.

A statement posted late Tuesday by the TSA on its Web site confirmed that “a routine TSA intelligence bulletin relating to suspicious incidents at U.S. airports” had leaked to news organizations. The statement added, “During the past six months TSA has produced more than 90 unclassified bulletins of this nature on a wide variety of security-related subjects.”

The bulletin said the a joint FBI-Homeland Security Department assessment found that terrorists have conducted probes, dry runs and dress rehearsals in advance of previous attacks.

It cited various types of rehearsals conducted by terrorists before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon; the July 7, 2005, London subway bombings; the Aug. 2, 2006, London-based plot to blow up trans-Atlantic flights using liquid explosives and the 1994 Bojinka plot in the Philippines to blow up multiple airliners over the Pacific Ocean.

The bulletin said the passengers carrying the suspicious items seized since September included men and women and that initial investigation had not linked them with criminal or terrorist organizations. But it added that most of their explanations for carrying the items were suspicious and some were still under investigation.

The four seizures were described this way:

• San Diego, July 7. A U.S. person — either a citizen or a foreigner legally here — checked baggage containing two ice packs covered in duct tape. The ice packs had clay inside them rather than the normal blue gel.

• Milwaukee, June 4. A U.S. person’s carryon baggage contained wire coil wrapped around a possible initiator, an electrical switch, batteries, three tubes and two blocks of cheese. The bulletin said block cheese has a consistency similar to some explosives.

• Houston, Nov. 8, 2006. A U.S. person’s checked baggage contained a plastic bag with a 9-volt battery, wires, a block of brown clay-like minerals and pipes.

• Baltimore, Sept. 16, 2006. A couple’s checked baggage contained a plastic bag with a block of processed cheese taped to another plastic bag holding a cellular phone charger.

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