Saturday, 02 June 2007


Ken Berwitz

Today a plot against JFK airport was foiled.

If it had gone off successfully, the airport would have been engulfed in flames, many planes would have been lost and untold lives would have ended. 

Here are the particulars:-

(CBS) NEW YORK Three people were arrested and one other was being sought in connection to a plan to set off explosives in the primary jet fuel line that feeds John F. Kennedy International Airport and runs through residential neighborhoods, officials close to the investigation said.

The plot, which never got past the planning stages, did not involve airplanes or passenger terminals, according to the two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the arrests had not been announced at the time.

Instead, it focused on a pipeline that takes fuel from a facility in Linden, N.J., to the airport. Other lines service LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport.

U.S. attorney Roslynn Mauskopf, who spoke at the FBI press conference on the plot, said one of the suspects was a former employee at JFK Airport. "We will use every lawful method available to us to make sure the public is safe," she said."

A third law enforcement official said the suspects include a Guyanese man who used to work at JFK and who was arrested in New York City on Friday night. Two other suspects were apprehended in Trinidad. Investigators are seeking a fourth suspect in Trinidad.

The official said the plotters had conducted surveillance on giant jet fuel tanks at JFK and the Buckeye pipeline that runs from New Jersey to the airport. They had taken surveillance video of the targets and took it to Trinidad to review the tape, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the arrests had not been announced.

The official said investigators first found out about the plot in January 2006. After that, an informant infiltrated the group.

"This was the ultimate hand-and-glove operation between NYPD and FBI," said Rep. Peter King, a Republican from Long Island.

The arrests mark the latest in a series of homegrown terrorism plots that targeted high-profile American landmarks.

A year ago, seven men were arrested in what officials called the early stages of a plot to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago and destroy FBI offices and other buildings. A month later, authorities broke up a plot to bomb underwater New York City train tunnels to flood lower Manhattan.

And six people were arrested a month ago in a plot to unleash a bloody rampage on Fort Dix in New Jersey
. -

And what prevented this?  INFORMANTS AND SURVEILLANCE.  Exactly, precisely, what the Reid and Pelosi axis of idiocy was trying to prevent. 

Terrorism.  International terrorism, this time from Guyana and Trinidad.  What John Edwards, the human oil slick, refers to as "a bumper sticker".  Maybe an enterprising reporter will ask him about that today.  He's a slick lawyer, let's see him dance around it. 

We play with the war on terror at our own peril.  Today is a stark reminder.


Ken Berwitz

John Edwards, the human oil slick, is at it again.

Now he has had to retract his BS explanation for why he voted to authorize the war on Iraq...presumably because it was going to come out anyway and it was better that he said it first.  Here's the story:

WASHINGTON (AP) Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards misspoke when he said he read a National Intelligence Report before authorizing the war in Iraq, his campaign said.

Edwards did not read the classified report that contained doubts about the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, his spokesman said, even though it was available to him at the time when he was a North Carolina senator serving on the Intelligence Committee.

Edwards spokesman Eric Schultz said Edwards had read the declassified summary report before voting to authorize the war, but not the full version.

However, when asked Wednesday whether he read the confidential report, Edwards told employees at Google, "I read it."

Schultz said Friday that Edwards "simply misunderstood the question."

"As Senator Edwards has said many times before, he read the declassified version of the NIE, as well as other intelligence documents which were ultimately summarized in the classified version of the NIE," Schultz said.

Edwards' chief rival, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, acknowledged this week that she also did not read the full report before voting to authorize the war... -

I have written several pieces over the past weeks detailing the remarkable degree of dishonesty and hypocrisy Edwards brings to this campaign.  I won't rehash them here, you can just scroll back and see for yourself.

This is the latest of them.  Expect more.


Ken Berwitz

Remember that famous meeting between Nancy Pelosi-Ricardo** and President Assad of Syria?  The one without any sanction in which she had absolutely no authority?  Remember her amazingly naive, even imbecilic, claim that there was something fruitful about this dog and pony show?

Well, since then Assad has been "re-elected" as President.  This is hardly a surprise since he heads the only legal party in Syria - in fact his margin (97.62% of the vote), under the circumstances, is amazingly low.

Now, fresh from his hard-fought "victory", Mr. Assad has decided to assure Ms. Pelosi-Ricardo and the rest of the world of the following:


Syrian President vows to keep supporting Hezbollah, Hamas
By Reuters

Syrian President Bashar Assad vowed to keep supporting Hezbollah and Hamas on Wednesday, despite United States pressure on Syria to stop backing the groups, Baath Party members said.

According to the party officials, Assad made the comments during a speech at the start of a two-day conference of the ruling Baath Party central command, which is expected to set a date before July for a referendum on the renewal of the president's seven-year term.

"The president was clear that Syria's support for the two movements will continue and that their resistance to regain occupied land was a legitimate right," Baath Party member Mostafa al-Meqdad told Reuters.


Washington imposed sanctions on Syria in 2004, mainly for backing the two groups and threatened in September to widen the embargo.

Members of Hamas' leadership, including the group's leader Khaled Meshal, live in exile in Syria. Hezbollah is attempting to oust Lebanon's Western-backed government, which it views as unrepresentative.

Washington accuses Damascus of causing instability in Lebanon. Syria, which pulled its forces from Lebanon in 2005 under duress, denies interfering in Lebanese affairs and says it supports efforts to reach a deal that would involve giving Hezbollah's bloc more ministers in the cabinet.

"President Assad told the conference Lebanese unity must be preserved," another Baath Party member said.

State news agency SANA said Assad told delegates the key to Middle East stability was a comprehensive peace deal that returned all Arab territory occupied by Israel since 1967, including the Golan Heights.

The 41-year-old president, who succeeded his late father, Hafez Assad, in 2000, is expected to win the referendum easily. His rule has been marked by a slow liberalization of the economy and deteriorating ties with the United States, Israel's chief ally.

Assad said there would be no major changes to the policy of gradually opening the economy to private investment while maintaining a public sector that employs hundreds of thousands of people.

Assad gave no indication that the Baath Party, which has monopolized power since mounting a coup in 1963, would allow opposition parties to operate in the country. 


Could Pelosi have possibly thought that her made-for-TV propaganda show would have had any effect on this hate-filled, anti-Democratic slimeball?  COULD she?

Sadly, Ms. Pelosi's only saving grace is that USA media, for the most part, are not going to report this in context.  You'd be lucky to even see an article mentioning his comments about overtly supporting terrorist groups, let alone a reference to how naive it was for the speaker of the house to think her visit meant anything at all to him.


** I call her Nancy Pelosi-Ricardo because, absent the humor, her behavior reminds me so much of Lucy Ricardo from the I Love Lucy show.



Ken Berwitz

Here, courtesy of ABC News, is Fred Thompson's commentary on the daily palestinian Arab attacks on Israel.  Please read it and think about whether you would like someone with this point of view in the oval office:


May 30, 2007

Living in Terror

Click here to launch the Podcast Player

Let me ask you a hypothetical question. What do you think America would do if Canadian soldiers were firing dozens of missiles every day into Buffalo, N.Y.? What do you think our response would be if Mexican troops for two years had launched daily rocket attacks on San Diego -- and bragged about it?

I can tell you, our response would look nothing like Israel's restrained and pinpoint reactions to daily missile attacks from Gaza. We would use whatever means necessary to win the war. There would likely be numerous casualties on our enemy's side, but we would rightfully hold those who attacked us responsible.

More than 1,300 rockets have been fired into Israel from Gaza since Palestinians were given control two years ago. Israelis, however, have gone to incredible lengths to stop the war against them without harming Palestinian non-combatants. But make no mistake, Israel is at war. The elected Hamas government regularly repeats its official promise to destroy Israel entirely and replace it with an Islamic state. Hamas openly took credit for killing one woman and wounding dozens more last week alone.

The Palestinian strategy is to purposely target and kill Israeli civilians. Then, when Israel goes after those launching the attacks, Palestinians claim to be the victims. If Palestinian civilians aren't hurt in the Israeli attacks, they stage injuries and deaths. Too often, they garner sympathy and support from a gullible or anti-Semitic media in the international community.

Israelis, themselves, are often incapable of facing the damage they inflict in self-defense. Knowing this, Islamic extremists are using their own populations as human shields.

I'm beginning to wonder how much longer this vicious plot will work though. International sympathy for Palestinians has diminished as the same Islamofascist extremists have brought havoc to Madrid, Bali, Somalia, London and elsewhere. More importantly, Israelis themselves are suffering so badly, they may be on the verge of losing their sympathy for the people who have sworn to kill them.

Imagine what it would be like to live, knowing that a rocket could fall on you or your children at any minute. Half of those who live nearest to Gaza have fled their homes. Those remaining are traumatized by daily warning sirens and explosions.

The irony is that Israel has the military might to easily win the war that is being waged against them today. They haven't used that might, in the past, out of compassion for Palestinian civilians and because it could trigger a wider regional conflict.

That balance of power is about to change, though. If Iran develops nuclear weapons, the very existence of this tiny nation of Israel will be threatened. The Iranian regime has left little doubt that it intends to see Israel "wiped off the map. Hamas is using the same language, not coincidentally, and has announced it will begin launching missiles into Israel from the West Bank too.

If the world doesn't act to stop Iran's nuclear ambitions, it must be prepared for the consequences of Israel defending itself. -

So, what do you think about a man holding this position being our president?  I know what I think.


Ken Berwitz


If you live in the USA, it's a pretty good bet you've never heard of Alan Johnston.  It is a sin that mainstream media in this country keep us so ignorant.  But I'm not selling ignorance.    Please read on.

Alan Johnston was a reporter for the BBC, stationed in Gaza.  That, by itself, should have been a delight for palestinian Arabs intent on destroying Israel, because the BBC, through its virally anti-Israel "news" reports, has done a great deal to facilitate their cause.

But this is Gaza, let's remember.  Violence is more than rampant, it is a way of life that is second-naturedly accepted and even celebrated within the territory.  You would be hard pressed to find a peaceful part of Gaza anywhere.  You would be hard pressed to find a place where children could start their lives as the innocents they should be.  Hatred and violence and killing are as natural to their environment as Sesame Street is to our children. 

Alan Johnston was kidnapped on March 12.  Why?  Who knows, why does any violent or uncivilized act occur in Gaza?  He has been held ever since, and has been trotted out two times (to my knowledge) since, both times for the purpose of having him make propaganda statements on behalf of  his captors. 

One time was on the 40th anniversary of the gulf war, during which every neighbor of Israel participated in an attack to destroy the country and wipe out its Jewish population.  Charles Moore, of the London Telegraph, has a superb article about this today, in which he asks how media would have treated Johnston's kidnapping if his captors were Israeli.  You can read it at:  and I certainly hope you do.  Moore has guts of granite to tell this kind of truth in British media.

But the palestinian Arab kidnappers have not finished with using Mr. Johnston as an obviously conscripted messenger.  They have dusted him off again, and sent him out to reprise their hate-message. Here is a report from the Israeli, which lays it out for you:


BBC Gaza reporter says treated well by captors

In video posted online kidnapped British reporter says being treated well by captors, blames Israel for Palestinians' suffering and Britain for Mideast policy

Associated Press
Published:  06.01.07, 10:27 / Israel News

Kidnapped British reporter Alan Johnston appeared Friday in a videotape posted on an Islamic militant website, saying his captors had treated him well, denouncing Israel and blasting Britain's Mideast policy.

It was the first sign of life from him since he was abducted almost three months ago.


There was no way to tell when the video was recorded, and it was not clear why his captors chose this time to post it. The British Broadcasting Corp. Journalist, who has been covering the Palestinian territories for three years, has a reputation for objectivity, and it seemed likely he was reciting what he was told to say.


The videotape appeared on the Al-Ekhlaas website, frequently used by Islamic militants. It bore the logo of the Army of Islam, the shadowy Palestinian group that had been believed to be holding the 45-year-old reporter. Johnston looked fit and calm during the three minutes he spoke.


Israel 'cause of Palestinians' suffering'

"My captors have treated me very well, they've fed me well, there has been no violence towards me at all and I am in good health," he said in his opening remarks - then launched into a diatribe against Israel and British Mideast policy.


"In three years here in the Palestinian territories I witnessed the huge suffering of the Palestinian people, and my message is that the suffering is continuing and it is unacceptable," he said, blaming Israel. He blamed Britain and the US for causing suffering in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Palestinian territories, and for "occupying Muslim lands against the will of the people in those places."


Johnston skewered Britain for its role in Israel's creation on land the British once administered, calling Israel "the cause of all the suffering of the Palestinian people."


"We the British are completely to blame, along with the Americans, for the situation in Iraq," he added, while "the British are the main force in Afghanistan, causing all the trouble to all the simple Afghans who simply want to live."


He started giving a message to his family, but was cut off. Subtitles then appeared on the videotape, saying, "the BBC refused to take this message to his family." Johnston was shown seated from the waist up, wearing what looked like a red sweatshirt, and speaking against a black backdrop.  -


At this point you might be asking yourself a number of questions.  They might include:

"How in the world do media in the USA not report this?  Doesn't this give us insight into what reporting from Gaza has to deal with?  Doesn't this mean that reporters must always write their articles with the knowledge that if palestinian Arabs don't like what they say they are in danger?  Doesn't this mean that EVERY report from Gaza, and Judea/Samaria (the west bank) is suspect? If they can be so blatant as to send Alan Johnston out to literally recite this stuff, doesn't it stand to reason that they are implicitly or explicitly coercing every other reporter as well?  

The most important question in this series?  The first one.  Why are USA media keeping us so completely ignorant about what really goes on in Gaza and the west bank?  How fearful are they of reporting the truth?  Or, maybe, how agenda driven are they?

Despite all this, most citizens in the USA see through it and understand who we should be supporting.  That is a testament to the innate good sense we possess.  But, like all things good and bad, it is ephemeral in nature and can change quickly.  I have written about the vast divide between Republicans and Democrats on support of Israel in the past. 

I urge you to read my blogs of  months past to see just how different the two parties are, and just how much the Democratic party (in aggregate, admittedly with many exceptions) buys into the propaganda that Alan Johnston was forced to read to us.

Buy Our Book Here!

Return to Current Blog
We're Hopelessly Partisan, is a web site which is dedicated to honest, blunt, debate on the issues of our time.

About Us

Privacy Notice: In conjunction with the ads on this site, third parties may be placing and reading cookies on your browser, or using web beacons to collect information.

At “Hopelessly Partisan” we discuss all issues, big and small. In here, nothing is sacred and nothing is out of bounds.

So settle back, preferably after laughing your way through a copy of “The Hopelessly Partisan Guide To American Politics”, and let the battle begin. In this blog, your opinion counts every bit as much as anyone else's, maybe even more.

And to show that my willingness to provide all sides of the issues is sincere, here are links to a variety of web sites, from the left, the middle (more or less) and the right. Read them and either smile in agreement or gnash your teeth in anger!!