Wednesday, 03 December 2008
HOW TEN TERRORISTS "ACCOMPLISHED" SO MUCH
Doesn't it strike you as incredible that a total of 10 terrorists, operating
in pairs, could inflict this amount of death, destruction, suffering and general
terror in a major city?
How could they do it? How could so few could inflict that much on
Here is some insight, from The Times of London. Please pay special
attention to the parts I've put in bold print:
Outgunned Mumbai police hampered by
First World War weapons
Now you know how they did it. They had accomplices.
Their accomplices were everyone in every part of government who
allowed the police to degenerate into what you just read about.
Woefully outdated weapons, woefully defective protection, woefully inept
And everyone seems to know why, don't they? How easy it is to pass the
blame "to corrupt bureaucrats and politicians".
While I have no doubt both are in plentiful supply - as they are
everywhere, not just Mumbai - this does NOT explain the condition of the
police force. Government's first responsibility is the safety and
well-being of the people. Mumbai's police, therefore its
citizens and visitors, were left wholly unprotected.
Little wonder that Mumbai was picked for this attack, and little wonder so
much was "accomplished" by just ten terrorists.
There is a lesson here for every city in every country that might be
India learned the hard way last week. Which one(s) will be
And, most importantly, what are they going to do about it BEFORE the next attack
takes place? Drone out some more clichs at the UN? Barf out some
more of the requisite criticisms of the USA and Israel? Or act decisively
against the groups that are out to destroy them?
The first two are easy and useless. The third is hard, and will only
take place if governments finally get serious about fighting international
terrorism -- as the USA has done, thanklessly, for years.
We'll see if Mumbai changes anything. Frankly, I'm
As you probably know, Barack Obama has proposed that Eric Holder become our
next Attorney General. Given that Democrats will have a huge majority in the
senate, his confirmation is a virtual lock.
I have written about Mr. Holder in the past, particularly about his
involvement in Bill Clinton's pardons of marc rich and 16 FALN
terrorists. But John Perazzo of www.frontpagemag.com has put together a
far more detailed account of how deep Mr. Holder's involvement was in these
This is a story everyone should see so they know what we're getting as our
chief law enforcement officer. Here it is:
By John Perazzo
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
During Barack Obamas presidential run, Eric Holder, Bill
Clintons Deputy Attorney General from 1997 to 2001, campaigned heavily for the
then-Illinois senator. This past summer, Obama tapped Holder to serve on the
vice presidential selection team that ultimately chose Joe Biden to be Obamas running
mate. Now Holder may receive his own position in the Obama administration, for
which he has been nominated to serve as Attorney General.
Holder brings a resume rich with titles to the job. He
also brings a history of aiding terrorists, foreign and domestic.
The Columbia law school graduate has been Judge of the
Superior Court of the District of Columbia; United States Attorney; and Judge of
the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, among other professional
distinctions. But it is a personal attribute, not a professional title, which
will determine the quality of his performance as Americas chief law-enforcement
officer: his judgment. And there is ample reason to be apprehensive about Eric
For instance, he has condemned the
Guantanamo Bay detention center as
an international embarrassment, even though detainees are treated more
humanely than even the Geneva Conventions require. Despite evidence to the
contrary, he has accused the U.S. government of having authorized torture and
let fear take precedence over the rule of law. Holder has also demanded an
immediate end to warrantless eavesdropping by intelligence and
But Holders biggest lapses in judgment date back to the
final days of the Clinton administration. He was among those entrusted with the
task of vetting the Clinton administrations 176 last-minute pardonswhose
beneficiaries included such luminaries as billionaire financier Marc Rich (who
had fled the country rather than face federal tax evasion charges) and former
Weather Underground members
Susan Rosenberg and Linda Evans.
Holders judgment is called into question most dramatically by his intimate
involvement in President Clintons August 11, 1999, pardon of 16 members of the
Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN), an FBI-designated terrorist
organization that was active in the U.S. from the mid-1970s through the early
1980s. Before exploring the very significant role Holder played in securing
clemency for the aforementioned 16, some background is in order.
was a Marxist-Leninist group whose mission was to secure Puerto Ricos political
independence from the United States. Toward that end, between 1974 and 1983 the
group detonated nearly 130 bombs in such strategically selected places as
military and government buildings, financial institutions, and corporate
headquarters located mainly in Chicago, New York, and Washington DC. These
bombings were intended as acts of protest against Americas political, military,
financial, and corporate presence in Puerto Rico. In total, FALN bombs killed
six peopleincluding the Chilean ambassador to
the United Statesand wounded at least 80 others.
On April 4, 1980,
eleven FALN members were arrested in Evanston, Illinois. More of their comrades
would also be apprehended in Chicago in the early 1980s. All were charged with
seditious conspiracy, but they refused to participate in their own
trial proceedingsclaiming defiantly that the U.S. government was an
illegitimate entity and thus had no moral authority to judge them. All the
defendants were found guilty and were sentenced to federal prison terms ranging
from 35 to 105 years.
On November 9, 1993, a self-identified human
rights organization named Ofensiva 92 filed
a petition for executive clemency on behalf of 18
members of the FALN and Los Macheteros (The Machete-Wielders), another violent
organization seeking Puerto Rican independence. According to a December 12, 1999
report issued by the House Committee on Government Reform, the prisoners
themselves refused to take part in any process that would legitimize the
governments actions against them, therefore they refused to file their own
This presented a problem. The Department of Justice (DOJ)
traditionally stipulates that clemency will be
considered only if a prisoner first files a petition on his or her own behalf,
an act which the Department views as a sign of contrition. However, DOJ made an
exception in this case and accepted Ofensiva 92s petition. This document cast
the FALN prisoners as blameless freedom fighters analogous to those Americans
who had fought in the Revolutionary War against Britain.
The campaign to
free the FALN terrorists found prominent supporters. Among the notables who
joined Ofensiva 92s clemency crusade were Cardinal John O'Connor,
Coretta Scott King, Jimmy Carter, and the National Lawyers Guild. Perhaps the
most passionate support came from Democrat Representatives Luis Gutierrez (IL), Jose Serrano (NY), and Nydia Velazquez (NY), each of whom
echoed Ofensiva 92s claim that the FALN members were political prisoners who
deserved to be released.
The attorneys and advocates who were fighting
for the freedom of the FALN prisoners first
met with the Justice Departments Pardon Attorney
on July 19, 1994. In October 1996, they met with Jack Quinn, Counsel to the
President. They were unsuccessful, however, in their efforts to convey the
legitimacy of their cause to the Office of the Pardon Attorney (OPA), which in
1996 contacted the Justice Department and recommended against clemency. That
recommendation, in turn, was forwarded to the White House. But the matter was
not over. OPA continued to meet with groups and individuals lobbying for
clemency on behalf of the FALN terrorists.
Enter Eric Holder. In 1997, Holder became President
Clintons Deputy Attorney General in the Justice Department headed by Janet
Reno. In this role, Holder was
responsible for overseeing clemency investigations and determining which of
those requests were ultimately worthy of President Clintons attention. As
evidenced by a September 1997 memorandum from the Pardon Attorney, the Justice
Department was, at this point, receiving numerous inquiries about the FALN and
Macheterosfrom the White House and from supporters of the prisoners. The
aforementioned House Committee on Government Reform report stated: Throughout the closing
months of 1997 it appears that Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder was active in
the issue. The privilege log reflects at least two notes regarding his questions
on the clemency or his thoughts on the matter.
On November 5, 1997,
Holder met with Representatives Gutierrez, Serrano, and Velazquez to discuss the
clemency issue. He advised the legislators that they
might greatly increase the likelihood of a presidential pardon if they could
convince the prisoners to write letters testifying as to the personal remorse
they felt for their past actions. But no such letters would be produced for five
months, during which time the clemency issue remained on hold. Meanwhile, in a
January 6, 1998 letter, a senior Justice Department official expressly referred to the FALN
members as terrorists.
Then on April
8, 1998, Holder again met with FALN supporters.
This time, they finally delivered statements from the prisoners as Holder had
advised in November. Once again, however, there was a problem: all their
statements were identical, indicating that not one of the prisoners had made the
effort to craft his own personal expression of repentance. Undeterred, Holder
asked whether the prisoners might at least agree to renounce future violence in
exchange for clemency. One of the prisoners backers, Reverend Paul Sherry, made
it clear that they surely would not change their beliefspresumably about the
issue of Puerto Rican independencebut was vague as to whether they would eschew
Over the next few weeks, Holder and the Justice
Department continued to meet with clemency advocates. Holder was the point man
for these negotiations. As Brian Blomquist wrote in the New York Post,
A list of FALN documents withheld from Congress shows that many memos on the
FALN clemency decision went directly to Holder, while Renos role was minimal.
Similarly, New York Daily
News reporter Edward Lewine wrote that Holder was the Justice Department
official most involved with this issue.
It should be noted that
throughout the clemency review process, neither Holder nor anyone else in the
Justice Department contacted the FALNs victims or their families. As a result,
most were never aware that clemency for the terrorists was even being
contemplated. Those few who were aware of the possibility were rebuffed in their efforts to
participate in the review process.
On May 19, 1998, DOJs pardon attorney
sent Eric Holder a 48-page draft memorandum
concerning clemency for Puerto Rican Nationalist prisoners. Seven weeks later,
on July 8, Holder sent President Clinton a memorandum regarding clemency
matter. Behind the scenes, indeed, the Deputy Attorney General was methodically
spearheading the march toward clemencydespite the fact that the sentencing
judges, the U.S. Attorneys, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Fraternal Order
of Police, and the FBI were unanimous in their
opposition to pardoning the FALN.
late July 1999 an attorney from Holders office
spoke to White House Counsel Charles Ruff regarding the clemency. On August 9,
1999, Holders office and OPA held one final meeting to hammer out the details,
and two days later the President made his announcement: clemency had been
granted to the 16 terrorists, most of whom had served only a fraction of their
prison terms. Of the sixteen, twelve accepted the
offer and were freed; two refused it; and two others, already out of prison,
Clinton, who previously had complied with just 3 of
3,229 requests for clemency,
justified his decision by explaining that the prisoners already had served
sufficient prison time for their crimes. He further cited executive privilege for his refusal
to give Congress a number of documents related to his verdict. Congress, for its
part, was not pleasedcondemning the clemencies by votes of 95-2 in the Senate and 311-41 in the House.
aftermath of August 11, 1999, a report by the very same Justice Department that
employed Eric Holder stated that the FALN posed an
ongoing threat to national security. And in late October 1999 the Senate
Judiciary Committee released a report from Attorney General Janet
Reno stating that the FALN members impending release from prison would
increase the present threat of
terrorism. Dangerous terrorists had been set free, and Eric Holder had made it
Holders response to the threat reports was unconvincing at
best. In an October 20 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, and again with
reporters the following day, Eric Holder denied that Reno was referring to
the same FALN terrorists whose pardons he had worked so long and hard to secure.
Yet, when Holder was asked to identify whom Reno was in fact talking about, his
response amounted to little more than a pathetic stammer:
I dont know, no, I dont know that. We might be able
to get you some more information on that, but, I mean, you know, there were
certain people who are due to be released, or who were at least eligible for
parole, had a release date in the next, as I said, three, four years. I dont
know exactly who they were. Maybewe might be able to get you that
They never did. Neither Holder nor the Justice Department
ever provided the names of any of
these mystery men.
In the final analysis, Eric Holder was the individual
most central to the Clinton White Houses dogged quest to pardon the FALN
terrorists. His efforts toward that end can more accurately be characterized as
partisan advocacy than as dispassionate dispensation of justice. As the December
1999 House Committee on Government Reform report put it:
The 16 terrorists appear to be most unlikely
candidates. They did not personally request clemency. They did not admit to
wrongdoing and they had not renounced violence before such a renunciation had
been made a quid pro quo for their release. They expressed no contrition for
their crimes, and were at times openly belligerent about their actions.
Notwithstanding the fact that the 16 did not express enough personal interest
in the clemency process to file their own applications, the White House
appeared eager to assist throughout the process. Meetings were held with
supporters, and some senior staff [i.e., Holder] even suggested ways to
improve the likelihood of the President granting the clemency. Overall, the
White House appears to have exercised more initiative than the terrorists
Nearly ten years after the FALN pardons, Holder is once
again set to enter the Attorney Generals office this time as its head. But
before assuming that important post, he owes the American people and the
victims of FALN terror the explanation he failed to provide when the
terrorists were set free.
When George Bush appointed Alberto Gonzalez as Attorney General, we got a
basically decent sycophant who was in way over his head. Not good.
If Barack Obama is able to appoint Eric Holder, we will
get a far more competent sycophant who sees our country as torture-loving war
criminals, wants to cut back on our ability to
surveil domestic terrorist suspects, and who had no problem in recommending pardons for the
worst scum imaginable.
That's a lot worse.
BEN STEIN EVALUATES HENRY PAULSON
Ben Stein is a really smart man who has cultivated a very nerdy personna and
parlayed it into something of an entertainment career, including a nice run on a
cable comedy/game show called "Win Ben Stein's Money".
But when he is not selling nerdiness, he is a highly educated, highly
intelligent economist. Just like his father Herb was.
Here, excerpted from his latest
column at American Spectator, is an excerpt in which Mr. Stein rates our
Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Paulson.
Government can do a lot about the current
financial crisis. ...government started this crisis...by mandating home loans
to people without credit worthiness, then made it worse by not regulating or
banning credit default swaps arranged by people without any insurable interest
in the bonds they "insured." Now, government can cure the crisis by
guaranteeing solvency of inter-bank loans and by sharply curtailing liability
under credit-default swaps. They are also going to need a real stimulus
package of major size.
Of course, instead, under that imbecile, Henry
M. Paulson, we get state socialism of banks and investment banks. The bailout
has morphed from being a help to borrowers in Muncie to being an immense life
raft for Paulson's buddies on Wall Street. This is a last, desperate act of
rapine against the American people by Mr. Paulson and I do not like it at all.
Yes, give them loans they have to repay. Yes, underwrite their loans. But
don't buy them and continue to let their executives loot the system. Why on
earth should a farmer in eastern Washington state have to prop up Goldman
Sachs with his hard-earned money?
I really do not understand why there is no
revolution. The bailout was sold as a way to stabilize the mortgage situation,
i.e., money for banks to allow them to keep lending to homeowners. Now it's a
rescue package for billionaires in Greenwich. How come no one is even saying,
"boo!" about this?
Hint to social secretaries: If these two are invited to a wedding
reception, try not to seat them at the same table.
Ok, we now know that Ben Stein thinks Paulson is an imbecile who is seizing
public assets and handing them to his rich buddies. Is Stein right?
Sadly, to this untrained eye, he certainly seems to be.
What do you think?
DO THEY GET KING KONG TOO?
There is never any shortage of stories about government inefficiency and incompetence. But some really
stand out -- or, in this case, up.
Here is how the New York Daily News "bought" the Empire State Building last
It took 90 minutes for Daily News to 'steal' the
Empire State Building
Tuesday, December 2nd 2008, 10:46
And it wasn't that hard.
The News swiped the 102-story Art Deco skyscraper
by drawing up a batch of bogus documents, making a fake notary stamp and filing
paperwork with the city to transfer the deed to the property.
Some of the information was laughable: Original
"King Kong" star Fay
Wray is listed as a witness and the notary
shared a name with bank robber Willie Sutton.
The massive ripoff illustrates a gaping loophole
in the city's system for recording deeds, mortgages and other transactions.
The loophole: The system - run by the office of
the city register - doesn't require clerks to verify the information.
Less than 90 minutes after the bogus documents
were submitted on Monday, the agency rubber-stamped the transfer from Empire
State Land Associates to Nelots Properties LLC. Nelots is "stolen" spelled backward. (The News returned the property
"Crooks go where the money is. That's why Willie
Sutton robbed banks, and this is the new bank robbery," said Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Richard Farrell, who is prosecuting several deed fraud cases.
Of course, stealing the Empire State Building
wouldn't go unnoticed for long, but it shows how easy it is for con artists to
swipe more modest buildings right out from under their owners. Armed with a
fraudulent deed, they can take out big mortgages and disappear, leaving a mess
for property owners, banks and bureaucrats.
"Once you have the deed, it's easy to obtain a
mortgage," Farrell said.
Many crooks have done just that:
- Asia Smith stole her 88-year-old
grandmother's house in Springfield Gardens, Queens, pocketing $445,000 in
mortgages she took out.
"Her grandmother raised her," said Queens Assistant District Attorney Kristen
Kane. Smith, 22, was arrested last
December and is serving a one-year jail term for fraud.
- A man posing as someone who had been dead for 19
years deeded the dead man's property to himself. He then sold it to the scheme's
mastermind, who took out a $533,000 mortgage and vanished with the
- Toma Dushevic managed to steal
seven dilapidated city-owned buildings in Brooklyn 10 years ago.
He got renovation permits, fixed up one of the
buildings, and rented out apartments. He sold another building for $250,000 and
ran his scam for nearly two years until he was caught. Dushevic returned the
buildings and did 18 months behind bars.
The FBI says financial
institutions filed 31% more Suspicious Activity Reports involving mortgage fraud
last year than in 2006. Nationwide, lenders' losses totaled $813 million, and
York was one of the top 10 mortgage fraud
There isn't much to add here, other than maybe a big Christmas tip for the
window washers -- which, if I were the rightful owner of the Empire State
Building, I would expect the Daily News to pay 1/365th of.
That, and maybe a very large bunch of bananas...just in
THE STEALING OF NORM COLEMAN'S SENATE SEAT (cont.)
Well, well, well. Another 171 ballots have miraculously
been found. Only one month after the election.
And what do you know? They favor Al Franken. Chalk another 37
votes up for the Democrat.
Here are the sorry details, from the Associated Press:
Franken gets bump from 171
Associated Press - December
3, 2008 11:23 AM ET
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A newly discovered group of
ballots is giving a slight boost to Democrat Al Franken's chances in the
disputed Minnesota Senate race, but it still isn't enough to undo the
incumbent's persistent lead.
Ramsey County officials found the 171 ballots
yesterday, just as they were wrapping up their recount. After the votes were
tallied, Franken gained 37 votes on incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman's
Through yesterday, Coleman's margin was 303 votes.
However, the numbers can still shift as the last counties wrap up their work
The lead has bounced up and down since the recount
began. The exact margin is difficult to know because both sides have put
thousands of ballots in limbo through challenges.
Those disputed ballots won't be sorted out until a
canvassing board meeting that begins Dec. 16.
Don't you get the feeling that they're going to keep "finding" ballots
that improve Franken's position until he is ahead, and then shut it
That's what they did for Christine Gregoire in the 2004 Washington state
governor's race, and this looks like "deja vu all over again".
By the way, I love the AP's line that "The lead has bounced up and down
since the recount began". What a fraudulent piece of disinformation!
Coleman started with a lead of over 700 votes. It immediately started
dropping. There has never been any time when that lead was
higher. The only "bounces" have been at levels lower than where
Then they wonder why people call them biased.
THE DEIFICATION OF OBAMA (OK, SPELLED A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY)
It's amazing how word meanings can differ by changing just a few
Here, from Reuters via www.sweetness-light.com, is one
of the more bizarre stories you will read about the deification of Barack
|LLUIS GENE / AFP/Getty
Figurines known as caganer of U.S.
President-elect Barack Obama are sold at the Santa Llucia Christmas market
in central Barcelona December 1, 2008. Catalans hide caganers, or
defecators, in Christmas Nativity scenes then invite friends to hunt for
them during Christmas celebrations. The caganers, which symbolise
defecating and fertilizing the earth, are believed to bring prosperity and
luck for the coming year.
The perfect gift for your true-believing
The caganers, which symbolise defecating and
fertilizing the earth, are believed to bring prosperity and luck for the
Or as we call it here in our country, hope and
Yes we can!
Now there's something you probably don't want plopped down your Chimney on
Christmas eve. On the other hand, it is supposed to bring prosperity
and good luck. Honest.
I feel that it is important for us to do
the right thing and acknowledge this ornament in the proper way. I therefore propose that we revise a verse
of Clement Clark Moore's great poem, "Twas The Night
Before Christmas"** to read:
"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of
the porch! Where Obama is sitzen!
But try not to look, 'cause I think that
** If you want to read the full version of this wonderful poem - without
anyone shitzen -- along with a very interesting little explanation of how
it came to be and how it changed our perception of St. Nicholas, just click
THE STEALING OF NORM COLEMAN'S SENATE SEAT - FINAL STAGES
From The Hill (www.thehill.com) just a
short time ago:
|Franken claims he is in the lead
|Posted: 12/03/08 01:44 PM [ET] |
Minnesota Democratic Senate candidate Al
Frankens campaign said Wednesday that the comedian has taken the lead in
his race against Sen. Norm Coleman (R)
Frankens lawyer, Marc Elias, has been
pressing for the media to focus on the campaigns internal vote totals of
the recount, which as of Wednesday showed Franken opening a lead of 22
To drive home its point,
the campaign will withdraw hundreds of challenges that it determines have
no merit in the states ongoing recount.
We will be sending a
letter to the Secretary of State today withdrawing 633 challenges that we
believe have no chance of being upheld before the state Canvassing Board,
The media have reported
that Franken trails in the recount by around 300 votes, but that includes
challenged ballots. Colemans campaign has challenged several hundred more
ballots than Frankens, but the vast majority of challenges are generally
Elias argues that, since
most challenges will be invalidated, a more accurate count would not
include those challenged ballots.
He said that, by
withdrawing challenges that are unwarranted, the medias reported margin
will grow by hundreds of votes for Coleman but suggested that this will
prove his point about the inaccuracy of the reported 300-vote
The current media method
of updating vote totals has incentivized the Coleman campaign to
over-challenge and not withdraw, Elias said.
About 94 percent of
the states votes have been recounted a process that is supposed to end
These numbers are
not credible, and we expect the media to demand the full and complete
explanation, said Coleman campaign spokesman Mark Drake with regard to
the Franken campaign's count.
Gee, a 22 vote lead. And Franken just got 37 votes from the pile they
miraculously "found" a month after the election. What a coincidence
This election is being stolen right in front of your eyes. Right on the
50 yard line. Are you enjoying the show?