Saturday, April 30, 2011

Three Convicted in Terror-Related Cases Later Granted U.S. Citizenship by Obama Administration | CNSnews.com

Three Convicted in Terror-Related Cases Later Granted U.S. Citizenship by Obama Administration
Friday, April 29, 2011
By Edwin Mora

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President Barack Obama, at the White House, discusses his plans to thwart future terrorist attacks on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010. His remarks followed a meeting with his national security team. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

(CNSNews.com) -- Three people convicted of crimes as a result of a terrorism-related investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) were later naturalized as U.S. citizens by the Obama administration, according to federal auditors.

The March 2011 audit (released on April 21, 2011) by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), entitled Criminal Alien Statistics: Information on Incarcerations, Arrests and Costs, shows that three individuals were among “defendants where the investigation involved an identified link to international terrorism but they were charged with violating other statutes [not directly related to terrorism], including fraud, immigration, drugs, false statements, and general conspiracy charges,” referred by DOJ as Category II terrorism-related cases.

The three individuals in question can be found in a DOJ list of unsealed terrorism-related investigations conducted from Sept. 11, 2001 through Mar. 18, 2010. There are 403 defendants on that list of which, according to the GAO, at least 43 percent were aliens--both legal (26 percent) and illegal (17 percent)--at the time they were charged with crimes.

“Prosecuting terror-related targets using Category II offenses and others is often an effective method--and sometimes the only available method--of deterring and disrupting potential terrorist planning and support activities,” explained the DOJ in the document that listed the defendants.

Staff members of GAO's Homeland Security and Justice team who worked on the audit told CNSNews.com in an e-mail that the three individuals were naturalized as U.S. citizens under President Barack Obama.

“One of the individuals was naturalized in late 2009. The other two were naturalized in 2010,” says the e-mail from the GAO.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Overnight Outrage: Tax-Funded Courses in Missouri on Strategic Union Violence

By Tom Blumer | April 26, 2011 | 00:21


Imagine if a Tea Party backer by some miracle got to teach on a college campus, and began describing ways to, oh, I don't know, keep opposing politicians from conducting business, hack into their computers and destroy data, and make their staffs feel threatened. How long would that class last, and how long would it be before it became a national news story?

Well, Publius at Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com reports that " the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) sponsored two college courses: Introduction to Labor Studies and Labor Politics and Society, to be taught simultaneously through a video conference between to two campuses." Publius asserts, with video proof, that the courses really really are "How-to College Course(s) in Violent Union Tactics."

The two must-see BigGov posts are http://biggovernment.com/publius/2011/04/25/union-official-professor-teach-college-course-in-violent-union-tactics/.

Part I:

The Professors are Judy Ancel, Director of Labor Studies at UMKC and Don Giljum, business manager for the International Union of Operating Engineers at Ameren UE in St. Louis. (Bonus: he is a member of the Communist Party.)



In the class, the Professors not only advocate the occasional need for violence and industrial sabotage, they outline specific tactics that can be used. As one of our colleagues pointed out, its the matter-of-factness of it all that is so disturbing.

Part II :

In this new video, the professors make clear that they aren’t just speaking in theoretical terms. Union official David Giljum recounts several anecdotes where he, or other union officials, used threats to strengthen their negotiating positions (or simply get two-weeks paid time off work).



Professor Ancel recounts favorably a tactic used by a friend of hers in a union protest in Peru. (Her story will be particularly interesting to any cat lovers out there.)

As to the cats, they were used to sabotage an electrical facility. You can imagine the outcome.

It's hard to pick out other particularly odious lowlights from the vids, because, as viewers will soon see, there are so many.

And yes, this is a tax-funded exercise.

Don't buy the New York Times or read Associated Press reports hoping to find news about this. If they do eventually feel compelled to cover it, they'll tell us how "selective" and "heavily edited" the videos are, as if that matters.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

If it isn’t important, why are they talking about it so much? - Tea Party Nation

In the last month, Donald Trump has flirted with running for President. He has attacked Obama over his eligibility and his polling numbers have sky rocketed. As Trump becomes a force to be reckoned with and is getting a strong response from the American people on that issue, the drive by media is now working overtime to assure us the “birther” debate is a hoax.



They tell us it does not matter. They tell us it has all been verified. They tell us we are wasting our time with the “birther” issue. They tell us it is not important.



If it isn’t important, why are they spending so much time on it?



USATODAY has been the leading cheerleader for the left on this one. Three days ago, they breathlessly editorialized that all of the birther myths had been debunked and even showed a photo of a two-year-old Barack Obama with the caption, he was born in Hawaii. To support that they linked to the “Fight the smears” website. Yes, that is Barack Obama’s website. Gee, what do you think his website would say?



They also linked to the liberal hack site, Factcheck.org, which amazingly enough is only cited by liberals as an authoritative source. Factcheck, with equal breathlessness announced the certification of live birth is real because it has a raised seal. Obviously they are too busy hyperventilating to realize the problems with the certification of live birth. For one thing, at the time, you could register a birth that did not occur in Hawaii at the time.



This is the document that George Stephanopoulos recently sprung on Michele Bachmann in a typical media “gotcha” moment, and got her to say, “well that settles it.”



No it doesn’t.



Take a look at the “certification of live birth.” It is a computer-generated document. It was printed out on a laser printer. I can guarantee you; laser printers did not exist in 1961. In other words, it is simply the print out of a computer record. It is not a birth certificate.



I have a birth certificate. It has, among other things, not only the vital details about my birth, but the hospital I was born in and the name and signature of the doctor who delivered me.



None of that is on Obama’s certification.



Why is the left so worried about this issue? There are a couple of reasons. First, it is an issue that could gain traction with the American people. If enough people have a reasonable doubt about Obama, they could vote against him. More likely, if Obama were forced to produce the birth certificate, we would find something really embarrassing there. Could it be there is something on that birth certificate that would destroy the myth of Barack Obama?



But there is a more serious issue. This is the Holy Grail. If the eligibility advocates are right and Barack Obama was never a natural born citizen and therefore, never eligible to be President, all of his actions as President are void. Every law he signed, including Obamacare is gone. Every judicial appointment, including his two Supreme Court appointments are gone. Every executive order he signed is gone. Regulations imposed by his appointees are gone too. This could wipe out the Obama regime. It could all but erase it.



One of my favorite sayings is, “It is not the chances of something happening, it is the consequences.” The left knows that. Which is why their media arm is working overtime to convince us that anyone who questions Obama’s eligibility is nuts.



If the question of Obama’s eligibility were all that unimportant, the media would not be spending all their time and resources trying to convince us otherwise.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Obama’s latest project: Destroying another sector of the American economy - Tea Party Nation

What has happened?



On March 3, 2011, the Obama regime announced that it would allow Mexican trucks to go throughout the United States to deliver loads. Epic fail is an understatement for this policy, which is going to have a lot of casualties.



The first casualty will be American truck drivers. A lot of Americans make a good living as truck drivers. Not any more. Mexican truckers are not paid nearly what American truckers are paid. Businesses operate in their own interests. If they have a choice in shipping their goods with an American trucking firm that costs twice as much as a Mexican firm, they are going to choose the Mexican firm. It is not that they are not patriotic. They have to stay in business.



The second casualty will be American citizens. Mexican trucks are not up to the same safety standards American trucks are. They are not going to be subjected to safety inspections at the border. They are just going to be waved on through.



The third casualty will be American citizens. When American citizens are injured as a result of a collision with a Mexican truck, who are they going to sue? The Mexican driver? Good luck finding him. The Mexican company? Do you have any idea how hard it is to enforce a judgment across international lines? Do you really think the Mexican trucks will carry insurance?



The fourth casualty will be both American citizens and the American Truck Driver. American truck drivers are required to have a commercial driver’s license. Something as simple as a speeding ticket can cost an American truck driver his CDL. There will be no accounting for the traffic record of a Mexican driver. He could have dozens of speeding tickets and accidents and his Mexican license will not be revoked.



The fifth casualty is sanity. Not only are we destroying a sector of the American economy and putting a lot of Americans out of work, but the taxpayer is going to subsidize this. All trucks are required to have something called the EOBR (the electronic on board recorder). This neat little piece of gear costs $3,000 plus a monthly maintenance fee. American truckers must pay for this themselves. The Obama regime is going to pay for this for Mexican trucks.



The sixth casualty is national security. As these trucks roll across the American border, perhaps one in ten will be subject to a customs check. How many will carry loads of drugs, illegal aliens or perhaps even terrorists and weapons of mass destruction?



Is there any good news out of this deal? Sure there is, if you believe the propaganda from the regime. American drivers can now carry their loads into Mexico. How a spokesman says that with a straight face is shocking. Perhaps tequila can solve that problem too. First, no one is going to pay twice the price or more for an American company to drive into Mexico and second, who in their right mind would do that. Mexico is a war zone, even more dangerous than Iraq and Afghanistan. Certainly, American drivers will line up for the opportunity to be kidnapped or killed in Mexico.



Obama strikes again. Once again, his administration has done something that totally screws America without America receiving any benefit. If Obama were merely incompetent, the laws of probability say he would occasionally do something right.



As for the Teamsters, they got into bed with the scorpion and now they are learning his true nature.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Obama: Transforming America

By Henry Lamb

He said he was going to do it. He explained why he was going to do it. He even said how he was going to do it. He has been doing it since the day he took office.

To be fair, he did take office at a time when the economy was on the brink of disaster. Of course, he and others of his philosophical ilk caused both the housing bubble and its collapse — no matter how hard they deny it. Organizations such as ACORN , where Obama cut his teeth as a community organizer, demanded that banks fund mortgages for people who had no hope of repaying them. Democrats in Congress made it easy for banks by guaranteeing the loans through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Two months before the 2008 election, the U.S. government had to bail out the two failed financial institutions to the tune of $15 billion.

During eight years under the Bush administration, the national debt increased by $4 trillion ($500 billion per year.) These years included the attack on the World Trade Centers, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Hurricane Katrina, as well as the explosion of the housing bubble. Obama added $4 trillion to the national debt in 421 days. And his belief that "spreading the wealth around" has created a debt that will burden future generations for years to come.

Obama's economic policy is transforming America.

Despite the absence of Constitutional authority, or a single Republican vote, Obama's health care plan not only deepens the public debt, but also forces previously free citizens to purchase a product designated by the government. Never before has the federal government presumed to dictate what its citizens must buy. Moreover, Obama, and his Democrat majority in Congress, used bizarre procedures to force "Obamacare" into law. By so doing, Obama has demonstrated that he believes his ideas on governance to be superior to the Founders', and that achieving his goals is far more important than any rules or procedural restraints.

Obama chooses not to enforce federal drug laws relating to marijuana, or to allow his Department of Justice to prosecute Black Panthers who stood — with Billy-club in hand — in front of polling places to intimidate white voters. But he quickly sues a school district for not allowing a Muslim teacher to take three weeks off to go to Mecca.

Obama's social policy is transforming America.

Before he was elected, he told an audience in Germany that he was a "citizen of the world." No one knew, for sure, just what that meant while he was campaigning. His meaning began to clarify when he launched his global tour to apologize for America's past sins. He promptly promised to close Guantanamo Bay within a year, claiming that it offended Muslims around the world. He promised to give Guantanamo prisoners the benefit of U.S. citizenship by trying them in federal courts in the United States. He refused to close the Mexican border or enforce illegal entry laws, and promptly sued the state of Arizona when its legislature enacted state law to do what Obama wouldn't let the feds do.

When Egyptians began protesting in the streets of Cairo, Obama's Secretary of State assured the world that Mubarak's government was quite stable. Within days, Obama was declaring to the world that Mubarak had to step down. When crowds began to gather in the cities of Libya, Obama took off to South America, and the Secretary of State took off to the United Nations.

Obama announced that the policy of the United States was for Libya's Gaddafi to leave office. After days of negotiating, the Secretary of State finally got the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution authorizing military force to prevent genocide, but not to unseat Gaddafi. Within hours after the U.N. resolution was adopted, the U.S. military was dropping bombs and launching missiles — without Congressional authority, or even the knowledge of Congress.

The War Powers Act says that:

"The constitutional powers of the President as Commander-in-Chief to introduce United States Armed Forces into hostilities... are exercised only pursuant to (1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization, or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces."

As a candidate in 2007, Obama knew better. He told the Boston Globe:

"The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."

As President, he doesn't seem to care what the Constitution or the War Powers Act say. He considers the Constitution to be a "flawed" document which he alone has the wisdom to correct.

Obama's foreign policy is transforming America.

Obama has clearly demonstrated that he is not kidding about transforming America. He is at it with a vengeance, and he will succeed, unless people with backbone are elected in 2012. There must be a time to recover from Obama's madness. We must restore America's greatness, not transform it.