Who’s Abusing Who At Gitmo?

Guards at Gitmo claim they are the ones suffering real abuse.

The prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay during the war on terror have attacked their military guards hundreds of times, turning broken toilet parts, utensils, radios and even a bloody lizard tail into makeshift weapons, Pentagon reports say. Incident reports reviewed by The Associated Press indicate Military Police guards are routinely head-butted, spat upon and doused by “cocktails” of feces, urine, vomit and sperm collected in meal cups by the prisoners. They’ve been repeatedly grabbed, punched or assaulted by prisoners who reach through the small “bean holes” used to deliver food and blankets through cell doors, the reports say. Serious assaults requiring medical attention, however, are rare, the reports indicate.

Much more details at Stop The ACLU!!!

30 million illegal immigrants can’t be wrong, can they?

Cross Posted from Right Truth

The scary truth is that no one knows how many illegal aliens are in the United States. We don’t know who they are, where they came from, what their intentions are. This is something that everyone agrees on, both pro and con. We just don’t know …

What we do know is that there has been a lot of talk and not much action toward protecting our borders. We also know:

“This month the U.S. Senate refused to approve the funds necessary to construct the same border fence that it authorized in May”.

“One out of every ten births in the United States is to an illegal immigrant,”

“The federal government and the states pay out billions each year in social programs to the 30 million illegal aliens in the country. Welfare benefits coupled with open borders have created an enormous underclass of cheap labor for farmers and businesses, but it’s come at an enormous expense to U.S. taxpayers.”

… the Census Bureau is forbidden to ask whether someone is here illegally, a fact which they say is another example of political correctness endangering the nation’s economic and national security.

… other ways in which open borders are putting the financial well-being and even the safety of Americans at risk:

– The IRS has paid out $10 billion in refunds to illegal aliens who used fraudulent Social Security numbers, and it has no intention of going after those who made fraudulent claims.

– Over 3,000 illegal aliens suspected of murdering Americans have fled to Mexico, where they often live openly and without fear of arrest.

– Over 75,000 illegal aliens cross into the United States from Mexico every week, only to disappear into our cities unimpeded by the Border Patrol and law enforcement. source

While federal government officials insist that only 11-12 million illegal immigrants currently live in the United States, a controversial new book asserts that the true number is closer to 30 million. “Minutemen: The Battle to Secure America’s Borders” (World Ahead Publishing, hardcover, $25.95, ISBN 0977898415) — written by Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist and Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D. — documents the flaws in the federal government’s estimates and offers a revised count of illegals on U.S. soil. Their book “Minutemen” reveals that when the government’s flawed assumptions are corrected, and when groups such as the children of illegal immigrants and recipients of past amnesty programs are included in the count, the estimated number of people residing in the United States due to illegal immigration soars to approximately 30 million, or one-tenth of the entire U.S. population. source

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let Brian know at what level you would like to participate.**

President’s Radio Address July 29, 2006

From The White House:

Audio
Transcript:

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This week the international community continued to build a political and security framework to confront the crisis in the Middle East, a crisis that began with Hezbollah’s unprovoked terrorist attacks on Israel. Secretary of State Rice traveled to Lebanon, Israel, and Europe, and met with key leaders to discuss a way forward. In Rome, she met with representatives of more than a dozen nations and international organizations. Our governments agreed to provide relief to the people of Lebanon, using corridors for humanitarian aid that Israel is opening. We pledged to support Lebanon’s revival and reconstruction. And we agreed to continue to work for a sustainable cease-fire that will stop the current violence, end the suffering of people in Lebanon and Israel, and move us toward a lasting peace.

Yesterday, I met with Prime Minister Tony Blair to discuss our strategy to achieve these shared goals. We agreed that Lebanon’s democratic government must be empowered to exercise full authority over its territory. Militias in Lebanon must be disarmed, the flow of illegal arms must be halted, and the Lebanese security services should deploy throughout the country. We also agreed that a robust multinational force must be dispatched to Lebanon quickly. An effective multinational force will help speed delivery of humanitarian relief, facilitate the return of displaced persons, and support the Lebanese government as it asserts full sovereignty over its territory and guards its borders. In addition, Iran must end its financial support and supply of weapons to terrorist groups such as Hezbollah — and Syria must end its support for terrorism and respect Lebanon’s sovereignty.

Secretary Rice will return to the region this weekend, and she will work with the leaders of Israel and Lebanon to seize this opportunity to achieve lasting peace and stability for both countries. Next week, the United Nations Security Council will also meet. We will work with our allies to adopt a resolution that establishes a framework to end the violence quickly, and mandates the multinational force. This approach will demonstrate the international community’s determination to support the government of Lebanon, and defeat the threat from Hezbollah and its foreign sponsors. And this approach will make possible what so many around the world want to see: the end of Hezbollah’s attacks on Israel, the return of Israeli soldiers taken hostage by terrorists, the suspension of Israel’s operations in Lebanon, and the withdrawal of Israeli forces.

As we work to resolve this current crisis, we must recognize that Lebanon is the latest flashpoint in a broader struggle between freedom and terror that is unfolding across the region. For decades, American policy sought to achieve peace in the Middle East by promoting stability in the Middle East, yet these policies gave us neither. The lack of freedom in that region created conditions where anger and resentment grew, radicalism thrived, and terrorists found willing recruits. We saw the consequences on September the 11th, 2001, when terrorists brought death and destruction to our country, killing nearly 3,000 innocent Americans.

The experience of September the 11th made it clear that we could no longer tolerate the status quo in the Middle East. We saw that when an entire region simmers in violence, that violence will eventually reach our shores and spread across the entire world. The only way to secure our Nation is to change the course of the Middle East — by fighting the ideology of terror and spreading the hope of freedom.

So we have launched a forward strategy for freedom in the broader Middle East, and that strategy has set in motion a transformation that is changing millions of lives for the better. From Kabul to Baghdad, to Beirut, and beyond, we’ve seen the birth of democratic governments that are striving to serve their people, reject terror, and work for peace. We’re also seeing those who oppose democracy fighting its progress with all the destructive power they can muster. We see this in Hezbollah’s attacks on Israel, in the suicide bombings that kill innocent Iraqis, and in al Qaeda’s campaign of terror across the world.

The enemies of freedom have shown their ability to set back our efforts with deadly attacks, but ultimately they will fail. They will fail because courageous leaders in the region have stepped forward to defend freedom and set the Middle East on a better course. And they will fail because millions of people who have suffered decades of oppression and violence will choose to live in peace with their neighbors.

In Iraq, we will help Prime Minister Maliki’s unity government defeat the terrorists, insurgents, and illegal militias and establish a democracy in the heart of the Middle East. In Lebanon, we will stand with the democratic government in its efforts to rid the country of terrorists and foreign influence and bring about a better life for the Lebanese people. In the Palestinian Territories, we will work with President Abbas to support the forces of moderation, and achieve our shared vision of two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, living side-by-side in peace and security.

This moment of conflict in the Middle East is painful and tragic. Yet it is also a moment of opportunity for broader change in the region. Transforming countries that have suffered decades of tyranny and violence is difficult, and it will take time to achieve. But the consequences will be profound — for our country and the world. When the Middle East grows in liberty and democracy, it will also grow in peace, and that will make America and all free nations more secure.

Thank you for listening.

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CentCom Electronic Newsletter – Week of July 28, 2006

Clinic Symbolizes Partnership and Friendship in Yemen
By Air Force 1st Lt. Omar Villarreal
Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa Public Affairs

CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti — Nearly a year after the project started, the people of Baytal al-Qudhi and the surrounding community of more than 65,000 have a new clinic to treat their medical emergencies.

U.S. Navy Capt. Stephen Johnson, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa chief of staff, joined Dr. Nabeel Khoury, charge for the U.S. Embassy in Yemen, Mohammed Al-Ansi, the under secretary of the governor of Taiz, two local religious leaders and about 200 villagers Wednesday to dedicate the $220,000 CJTF – HOA sponsored clinic.

The clinic, which sits on top of a nearly 2,500-meter mountain, received new latrines and plumbing, a new electrical system, a water storage unit and new rooms for in-patient care.

Read more…

Obide tribes coming together to secure region, generate prosperity
By Maj. Anna Friederich
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Officer, 4th Infantry Division

FOB KALSU, Iraq — The southern portion of Iraq is reaping the long overdue benefits of infrastructure rebuilding and trained security forces.

Although the areas in the Karbala, Najaf and Babil provinces still have their share of turbulence, some of the success the provinces are enjoying stems from the willingness of local tribes to work together to put their part of Iraq back together, said Capt. Dave Zaino, commander, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

“We are going into areas in the northern sector of our area of operations, finding a large population who are putting the pieces back together on their own,” said Zaino.

Last week, Zaino met with Sheik Mohammed for the first time and found he and the surrounding tribes were working on a joint project on their own to improve the water system in their area.

Read more…

Panjshir PRT medics visit remote Afghan district
By Air Force Capt. Joe Campbell
Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team

PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Patients walked as far as six miles, and waited as long as eight hours, for treatment by Air Force medics from the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team who visited the Paryan district on July 15 and 16.

The Medical Civic Action Program, or MEDCAP, was coordinated at the invitation of Panjshir Director of Health Dr. Jellani. The Paryan District police chief provided officers for escort and security for the event.

At nearly 10,000 feet above sea level, Paryan is the northernmost, and has the highest elevation, of the six districts in the Panjshir Valley. Due to the rough and narrow road, it took the team more than five hours to reach the district from their headquarters in Bazarak.

“We saw the dire need in Paryan when we were here recently to do site evaluations and humanitarian assistance drop planning,” said Air Force Maj. Kurt Workmaster, Panjshir PRT physician assistant. He is a reservist deployed from Duke Field in Florida.

Read more…

Parwan government, Bagram PRT build ‘bridge to future’
By Maj. David Kurle
455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

NAWAJ, PARWAN PROVINCE , Afghanistan – In the culmination of more than a year’s efforts, the Parwan deputy governor cut the ribbon on a bridge July 11 in the northern part of this province connecting Afghans to their country.

The new bridge spans a river in the mountains and was built with the future in mind as it accommodates both foot and vehicle traffic. It will connect 600 to 700 families in mountain villages to a main highway and, by extension, to the rest of Afghanistan.

“This is a very great day,” said Parwan Deputy Governor Gulam Sedeeq Sedeeq as he cut the ribbon to open the bridge. “Now that you have this bridge you have to make sure the bridge is maintained. You must take care of it.”

Read more…

New Iraqi Command Opens
Story by Multi-National Force – Iraq

BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Training and Doctrine Command officially opened in a ceremony at the Cultural Center Compound in Baghdad Tuesday.

The ITDC now has the ability and sufficient resources to oversee all Iraqi national defense related education and military doctrine development.

This is an important milestone as Iraq progresses toward its goal of being fully operable by July 2007, said Gen. Babakir Badir Khan Zebari, Iraqi Joint Forces commander.

“A modern and developed Doctrine coordinated with our national vision and interests helps create a culture for national security,” he said.

Read more…

Illegal alien supporters attack Minutemen in TN!

Cross posted from Right Truth

A group of Hispanic protesters were in front of the Washington County Courthouse in Tennessee while a group of Tennessee Volunteer Minutemen watched. One man marching with the Minutemen was confronted by the Hispanic group because he had a Mexican flag in his back pocket. source

The Hispanic group, led by Azul Christian Caravaggio, were holding signs saying “Are We Really Illegal?,” “Minute Men + Hatred = Evil” and “We Don’t Choose Our Race, 1 Race, The Human Race.”The Tennessee Volunteer Minutemen had signs, too, but group members mainly held American flags and chanted “U.S.A, U.S.A, U.S.A.”

“We are doing this because we don’t think we are illegal,” Caravaggio said. “We don’t think the human body can be illegal.” …

She said the group’s mission is to encourage voters to vote for Democratic candidates. … “It’s not a crime to come to this country just because you want to work,” Caravaggio said.

(Well, Caravaggio, actually it IS A CRIME TO COME TO THIS COUNTRY JUST BECAUSE YOU WANT TO WORK, if you do it illegally … that’s ILLEGAL, as in against the law.)

“We have laws,” Whitaker [marching with the Minutemen] said to the other group in response to their presence. “There are laws in this country.

“These people have been agitating Minutemen all the way down the line,” Whitaker said. Whitaker said his protest has nothing to do with race and was adamant about the Tennessee Volunteer Minutemen not being a hate group.

The Hispanic group became angry at Whitaker because he had a Mexican flag tucked in his back pocket. They thought it was a deliberate provocation, aimed at disrespecting them.

As Whitaker was being interviewed by a WCYB-TV reporter, several of the immigrants charged him in an apparent attempt to grab the flag.

Authorities reacted quickly, separating the two sides and breaking up the rally.

(In all honesty, and in full disclosure, it is my understanding that Carl Twofeathers Whitaker, a Sevierville resident who is running as an independent candidate for governor, is a publicity junkie, newshound, and possibly a little ‘weird’. So take this into consideration when reading the article.

And why he had a Mexican flag in his back pocket, only he knows. Had the Hispanics carried American flags in their back pockets, the Minutemen would have been upset too.)

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let Brian know at what level you would like to participate.**

Masses Roil to “Defend Democracy” In Mexico City

Cross posted from Red Hot Cuppa Politics

Well, “Presidente” Obrador continues to mobilize popular support to demand a total recount. Hundreds of thousands of protestors filled the streets of Mexico City yesterday.

From the NYT’s:

MEXICO CITY, July 30 — Four weeks after a very close election plunged this country into political crisis, the leftist candidate escalated his campaign to undo the official results, telling a mass rally of his supporters on Sunday that they must engage in civil disobedience to “defend democracy” and force the recognition of “my triumph as president.”

“Mexico does not deserve to be governed by an illegitimate president,” said the candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a former Mexico City mayor who election officials say lost the national election by a mere 243,000 votes of 41 million cast.

A special electoral court has yet to ratify the results and Mr. López Obrador has challenged the official tally, contending that there were widespread irregularities, human errors and, in some instances, fraud. He and his supporters want all the ballots counted again …

Meanwhile, thousands of rural workers have been bussed into Mexico City, and I’m privately wondering how many of those bus tickets were distributed by agents from Venezuela.

.“If there was no fraud, they would agree to a vote by vote recount,” said Gregorio Ruiz, a 33-year-old farmer from the southern state of Guerrero, who had a mouthful of silver-rimmed teeth.

Brenda Fernández, a 33-year-old homemaker, said as she marched past the Palacio de Bellas Artes that she expected the court to deny Mr. López Obrador’s request and that violence would erupt afterward. “Look, there was already one revolution, why not another?” she said. “We are at the point of violence, and the government better understand that.”

Felipe Caleron says the recount is un-necessary. “We won cleanly,” he told reporters after an audience with judges. “And we are not going to let these millions of votes be canceled.”

I hope not — but the rights of legitimate voters in a legitimate process might not be as important as the victory of a leftist candidate.

Incidentally, striking teachers in Oaxaca, have blocked the state off from the rest of Mexico. The teachers went on strike to demand higher wages in June, but were soon joined by a variety of international leftist groups. The purpose of blockading Oaxaca is to force the governor to resign. Mark In Mexico has a map, and comments:

The APPO, just to remind you, is an umbrella group composed of all the socialist, communist and anarchst groups that have moved in here to “support” the teachers union. The SNTE has been debating internally for the past two weeks whether or not to continue coordinated efforts with APPO. The teachers seem to realize the economic damage that they have done and the popular backlash forming against them. APPO doesn’t care. APPO is in this for the sake of revolution, so the more economic hardship and chaos, the better

And ya wonder why Mexico hasn’t had time to develop its economy …

UPDATE: Apparently, today Obrador and his merry masses have set up road blocks in the major traffic arteries in Mexico City. StetsonTip BlueCrabBlvd.

Click to the CoalitionBlog for the latest and freshest on illegal immigration reform. Darrell writes about the criminal face of illegal immigration. Don’t forget to check out Kevin ’s article on drug violence in Nueva Laredo.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let Brian know at what level you would like to participate.**

Iran, U.N., Lebanon and Israel, it does not bode well

The AP reports that the U.N. Security Council passed a weak resolution today giving Iran until Aug. 31 to suspend uranium enrichment or face the possibility of economic and diplomatic sanctions.

Of course, thanks to Russian and Chinese demands, the text is weaker than earlier drafts, which would have made the threat of sanctions immediate. This is more weak willed attempts by the U.N. to fix a serious problem. Will we see 17 U.N. resolutions on Iran like we did Iraq? Because this draft now essentially requires the security council to debate more before it considers sanctions; the great debating society.

The resolution passed by a vote of 14-1. Of course, the one country that represents Arab states on the council, cast the lone dissenting vote; Qatar.

The resolution was drafted by Britain, France and Germany with U.S. backing. The resolution follows a July 12 agreement by the foreign ministers of those four countries, plus Russia and China, to refer Tehran to the security council for not responding to incentives offered in June to suspend Uranium enrichment.

The resolution includes that demand and calls on all states “to exercise vigilance” in preventing the transfer of all goods that could be used for Iran’s enrichment and ballistic missile programs. Notice it did not MANDATE that all states not transfer goods to Iran that could be used for enrichment and ballistic missile programs.

In other business the U.N. has extended, by one month, getting the multi-national force into Lebanon.

I have to say things look bad for Israel, Iran is building a nuclear program, they are not going to get rid of hezbollah, and hezbollah is being supplied by Iran. Top that off, the media is going against Israels bombing of an area that launched missles at Israel, because it killed 60 women and children. What the MSM missed, is that there were only women and children in that building, why? Where are the young men? Where they out firing missles? Why weren’t they at home? Look people, hezbollah ARE civilians, you cannot tell the difference between a civilian and a hezbollah fighter. They are entwined with the civilian population. They also use civilians as human sheilds. So, there is no way to know if that tragedy was not setup by hezbollah, but the fact all the men of fighting age were not present sure points to that possibility. Plus, Israel called them and told them to get out, the people claimed the road was blocked by rubble, but I saw a news report onsite on FNC and the reporter said the road was open and clear. So, think about it…

All that said, if If Iran gets nukes and Iran suppllies hezbollah, don’t you think they will give hezbollah a nuke and encourage them to use it on Israel?

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