February 10th, 2010
February 10th, 2010
Morning Bell: Is USA Today Serving the Goals of Al-Qaeda?
Posted By Conn Carroll On February 10, 2010 @ 9:46 am In Protect America | No Comments
Yesterday, USA Today  ran an editorial on the Obama administration’s handling of terrorism, writing: “Officials’ handling of Christmas Day attack looks like amateur hour.” Graciously given the space to respond to this charge, Obama administration Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan replied : “Politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda.”
Got that? The Obama administration considers any criticism of its national security policies, even from as benign a source as USA Today, as serving “the goals of al-Qaeda.” And the problems with Brennan’s letter don’t end there:
Interrogation Contradictions: First Brennan asserts that “Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was thoroughly interrogated and provided important information.” But just one sentence later Brennan admits: “The most important breakthrough occurred after Abdulmutallab was read his rights.” So which is it? Was the first interrogation so thorough that no active and useful intelligence was lost, or did “the most important breakthrough” come over a month later , giving al-Qaeda a month’s head start?
Coordination Contradictions: Brennan asserts “Senior counterterrorism officials from the White House, the intelligence community and the military were all actively discussing this case before he was Mirandized and supported the decision to charge him in criminal court.” But this has been directly contradicted by the sworn testimony of National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair  and FBI Director Robert Mueller . Someone is not telling the truth about a vital national security matter. Congress must investigate.
False Miranda History: Brennan writes: “Would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid was read his Miranda rights five minutes after being taken off a plane he tried to blow up. The same people who criticize the president today were silent back then.” But Brennan leaves out the fact that Reid was arrested in December 2001, before the military detention system  was in place. This is like accusing George Washington of treason for not using machine guns against the British. He didn’t use them because they didn’t exist yet!
Military vs. Civilian Custody: Brennan writes: “There is little difference between military and civilian custody, other than an interrogator with a uniform. The suspect gets access to a lawyer, and interrogation rules are nearly identical.” That is perhaps the most fatuous sentence in Brennan’s op-ed. The roles of lawyers in the civilian and military system are completely different. In military custody, detainees are not read their Miranda rights and their lawyer’s purpose is to challenge his detention as an enemy combatant . Under civilian custody, the suspect is read his Miranda rights and his lawyer is there to make sure he does not say anything that will incriminate himself.  The situations are completely different, not “nearly identical.”
Military vs. Civilian Trials: “Cries to try terrorists only in military courts lack foundation.” The false choice of all civilian or all military trials is what lacks foundation. There are hundreds of witnesses who stand ready to testify and send Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to jail. We do not need his testimony to be admissible. There is nothing stopping the administration from questioning Abdulmutallab as an enemy combatant without reading him Miranda rights and then trying him in civilian court later.
Last month, The Washington Post editorial board , who has endorsed every single Democratic Presidential candidate since 1988, wrote:
UMAR FAROUK Abdulmutallab was nabbed in Detroit on board Northwest Flight 253 after trying unsuccessfully to ignite explosives sewn into his underwear. The Obama administration had three options: It could charge him in federal court. It could detain him as an enemy belligerent. Or it could hold him for prolonged questioning and later indict him, ensuring that nothing Mr. Abdulmutallab said during questioning was used against him in court.
It is now clear that the administration did not give serious thought to anything but Door No. 1. This was myopic, irresponsible and potentially dangerous.
Myopic. Irresponsible. Potentially dangerous. That is a spot-on assessment of the Obama administration’s knee-jerk Miranda-rights-for-everyone counterterrorism policy. And admitting as much would be the first step to defeating, not supporting, al-Qaeda.
URLs in this post:
 over a month later: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/what-we-lost-while-abdulmutallab-clammed
 National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair: http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/declassified/archive/2010/01/20/intel-chief-s-comments-infuriate-obama-officials.aspx
 military detention system: http://www.heritage.org/research/nationalsecurity/enemydetention/
 the suspect is read his Miranda rights and his lawyer is there to make sure he does not say anything that will incriminate himself.: http://volokh.com/2010/02/03/eric-holder-letter-to-senators-on-abdulmutallab/
 The Washington Post editorial board: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/22/AR2010012204349.html
 both Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) expressed opposition: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0210/32757.html
 China could possibly sell some U.S. bonds: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6183KG20100209
 Iran now has more journalists in prison than any other country in the world: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/10/world/middleeast/10arrests.html?ref=todayspaper
 new Washington Post poll: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/10/AR2010021000010.html
By Jeannie DeAngelis, American Thinker
Obama’s verbal mistakes are as bad as Bush’s
Coming from a woman who speaks fluent Brooklynese and pronounces the word “coffee” as “cawfee,” I try to avoid pointing out enunciation oddities in others. Sounding a lot like a congested Fran Drescher, early on as a granddawta, I learned from Grandma Emma how to “berl erl” before frying eggplant. Largely forgiving of “tawking” mispronunciations, my wide berth excludes only “birfdays,” “youse,” and “nuffin.”
Growing up in Brooklyn, George W. Bush’s creative elocution of the word nu-cu-lar never fazed me. I, as well as most normal Americans, knew what Bush meant, and in spite of his stumbling and oftentimes mumbling, G.W. has proven more adept at expressing core beliefs than dazzling articulator and high-wire word performer Barack Obama.
George Bush always seemed uninterested in Madison Avenue impressions emphasizing message over public persona. I chuckled when Bush said, “I’ll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office.” Bush never defended obvious linguistic deficits or shortcomings when giving a speech, and he ignored a mocking press who defined the ex-president’s affliction as proof of idiocy.
Truth is, reading from a script does not indicate brilliance. John Fund speaking about Bush was of the insightful opinion that “the inarticulate can often be shrewd and the fluent can often be fatuous.” Take actor Brad Pitt, for instance: when reading from a script, Pitt can convince viewers that he is Jesse James. However, off-script, starting with deserting Jennifer Aniston for Angelina Jolie, Pitt proves time and again that his filaments don’t light up the Brad bulb to its fullest potential.
February 10th, 2010
Obama Labor Nominee was blocked in the Senate
Senate Democrats on Tuesday failed to push through President Barack Obama’s choice of a union lawyer to serve on the National Labor Relations Board after two of their own joined Republicans to block the nomination.
By a 52-33 vote, Democrats fell far short of the 60 needed to overcome a GOP filibuster of the nomination of Craig Becker.
The vote is a setback for organized labor, which was counting on a strong pro-union voice on the agency that oversees union elections and referees labor-management disputes.
It’s also a blow to the NLRB, which has postponed hundreds of cases for more than two years while political wrangling has stalled nominations to fill three vacancies on the five-member board.
Republicans have held up Becker’s confirmation for months, saying they fear he would circumvent Congress to make labor laws more union-friendly.
But the task for Democratic leaders turned more difficult when two Democrats — Sen. Ben Nelson, of Nebraska, and Sen. Blanche Lincoln, of Arkansas — joined Republicans in opposing Becker.
February 10th, 2010
by Mark Knoller, CBS
Obama only wants things done his way
Unannounced, President Obama took to the lectern in the White House briefing room today to give a personal readout of his meeting earlier with congressional leaders of both parties.
“Despite the political posturing that often paralyzes this town, there are many issues upon which we can and should agree, he said.
It was more a plaintive plea than a political observation. His top legislative priorities are going nowhere and he’s searching for a way to get them out of lockup.
In this 13th month of his presidency, he’s anxious to pass a jobs bill and be seen addressing an unemployment rate that only last week declined from double digits. And his efforts to enact bills on energy, financial regulatory reform and especially health care are stuck in Congress despite the solid majority his party holds in both chambers.
He’s appealing for a spirit of bipartisanship – urging Democrats and Republicans alike “to put aside matters of party for the good of the country.”
It’s a familiar refrain from U.S. presidents who can’t get their way in Congress.
“We must put aside our political differences if we’re ever to set our economy to rights,” said President Reagan in 1982.
It’s easy for the politician to get the sound bite. What they are doing with those sound bites is putting maids and bellmen out of work.”
Bloomberg goes on to report that in a bizarre twist Obama’s bank bashing has also sent key employee’s fleeing AIG to Loews.
President Barack Obama last year said companies receiving aid should curtail travel and pay. “You are not going to be able to give out these big bonuses until you’ve paid taxpayers back,” Obama said at a town hall meeting in February 2009. “You can’t get corporate jets. You can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayers’ dime.”
Tisch explained that he had a hard time keeping good employees because of the president’s rhetoric directed against the pay and bonuses of bankers:
“Last time I looked, we don’t have indentured servitude in the United States,” he said. “The situation is such that the good people have every incentive to leave to maximize their income.”
Tisch joined billionaire Warren Buffett in opposing the Obama administration’s proposed fee on lenders to repay bailout funds. He said it is unfair to penalize financial firms when regulators, mortgage brokers and borrowers contributed to the recession as well.
“It sounds good when you say it fast,” Tisch said. “To take out this retribution solely on the banks makes sense from the populist politician’s perspective but is not necessarily good economic policy. If they put this tax in place, it will simply make it more expensive for people to borrow money because banks are in the business of earning a rate of return on their capital.”
Mr. Tish’s bluntness is as accurate as Mr. Obama’s rhetoric is dangerous.
E. Lansing, MI
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“Nor is it surprising that the broken remnants of the old White Supremacy coalition hate and fear the man. . .”
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