Illegals Deadlier Than War On Terror

Illegals Deadlier Than War On Terror
by American Daughter

This past Thanksgiving evening, a United States Marine who was home from Iraq was driving with his date, when another car smashed into theirs and killed them both. The other driver, who was not even injured, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

On the early broadcast news in Washington, DC this morning (Thursday, November 30th), some stations carried the report of this incident, and described the drunk driver as an “illegal immigrant.” By the time the 7 AM news came on, that version of the story had been quashed.

The main-stream media versions of the story do not mention the illegal status of the accused driver:

Driver Accused Of DUI In Crash That Killed Marine Home For Thanksgiving

COLUMBIA, Md. – A local Marine was killed Thanksgiving night in a crash caused by an alleged drunk driver. Brian Matthews, 21, of Columbia, Md., was driving with a date, 24-year-old Jennifer Bower of Montgomery Village, in his car on Thanksgiving night.

A driver hit them in Columbia, killing them both.

Matthews had served in Iraq and was home for Thanksgiving.

Matthews’ mother says her son had just signed up to be an organ donor and his organs helped save six other people.

Eduardo Soriano, 25, the driver of the other vehicle, was charged with driving under the influence.

This additional information comes from a news channel in Baltimore:

Matthews had served in Ramadi, Iraq, as part of the Fox Company 2nd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment.

One of his family members said he was the kind of person who would do whatever he could to help others.

Matthews, who recently trained in the Pacific Ocean, had just celebrated Thanksgiving with his family when he and Bower went out on a date….

Police said the driver of the other car, 25-year-old Eduardo Soriano, failed to stop at a traffic signal and hit Matthews’ car.

Soriano wasn’t injured but was charged with driving under the influence. Court documents showed he had a blood-alcohol level of .32. The legal limit is .08.

Soriano is also charged with two counts of manslaughter while intoxicated and homicide by motor vehicle.

Matthews graduated from Howard High School in 2003. He was an Eagle Scout.

According to statistics compiled by US Congressman Steve King (R-5th CD Iowa),

  • 13 Americans are killed each day by uninsured drunk driving illegals
  • 12 U.S. citizens die a violent death at the hands of murderous illegal aliens each day in crimes

Do the math.

[ (12 + 13) x 365 = 9125 ]

That’s more than nine thousand people killed every year in the United States by illegal aliens.

By contrast, consider the death toll for US servicemen in Iraq and Afghanistan since the beginning of the war on terror, as reported last week by the Department of Defense:

  • Total U.S. troop deaths in Iraq as of last week were reported at 2,863.
  • Total U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan during the five years of the Afghan campaign are currently at 289.

Again, do the math.

[ (2863 + 289) divided by five years of war = 630 ]

So illegal aliens in the United States are more than fourteen times as lethal (14.48 actually) as a full scale armed conflict.

Quod erat demonstrando.

Our mainstream media outlets are strangely silent about this. Do we hear them constantly beating a drum about THIS civil war? No. Their selective reporting amounts to blatant prevarication.

‘Turkish al-Qaeda chief’ arrested

NEWS EUROPE

 

‘Turkish al-Qaeda chief’ arrested

Police seized bomb-making material and a compact disc set to explode when inserted into a computer, the agency said.

Maps of an oil refinery owned by the state-run Tupras group, were also discovered in the house, although police could not confirm the report.

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The IBDA-C claimed joint responsibility with al-Qaeda for two bombings at
Istanbul synagogues and attacks on a British consulate and HSBC bank in November 2003.

The Sunni Muslim group, which seeks to create an Islamic state in
Turkey, has been placed on the European Union’s terrorist list.

Police raids

The police raided places in the cities of Istanbul, Ankara and the westernprovince of
Izmir after a year-long investigation. 

No plans or information were found to suggest an attack was being planned against Pope Benedict whose recent historic trip to Turkey was his first official visit to a Muslim country and was seen as a bid to improve relations between Christians and Muslims. Several al-Qaeda-linked detentions during the Pope’s visit were made according to sources. 

Turkey, which has a 99 per cent Muslim population, has arrested several al-Qaeda suspects in recent years.

make a biblical, Christian case for individuals arming themselves with guns.

Arab states study shared nuclear program

Arab states study shared nuclear program

For peaceful purposes, of course. What would the cuddly little Arab states want with nuclear energy except to spread more peace, peace, peace all around? By Abdullah Shihri and Diana Elias for Associated Press, with thanks to James:

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – The oil-rich Arab states on the Persian Gulf announced Sunday that they are considering a shared nuclear program for peaceful purposes.The statement at the end of a meeting of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council was likely to rachet up concerns about the danger of nuclear weapons spreading in the Middle East.

Iran is now the only Muslim country in the region with a nuclear program, and the U.S. and allies suspect it is secretly developing atomic weapons in violation of treaty commitments.

Israel also has long been thought to have nuclear bombs, a situation confirmed last week by incoming U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

In an October warning about the threat of nuclear arms proliferation, a U.N. watchdog body, the International Atomic Energy Agency, said the Arab states of Egypt, Jordan and Yemen were among nations around the world considering developing atomic power programs in the near future.

The Arab states around the Persian Gulf have not previously pursued nuclear power because they possess substantial oil resources and have lacked the scientific know-how, but their statement said they will look into the uses of atomic energy.

“The (leaders) commissioned a study by members of the Gulf Cooperation Council to set up a common program in the area of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, according to international standards and systems,” said the final statement of the two-day summit in the Saudi capital.

The statement read by Abdul Rahman al-Attiyah, secretary general of the political and economic alliance, did not elaborate on the plan by the group — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.

“We hope that our statements will not be misunderstood,” Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, told reporters. “This is not a secret and we are doing this out in the open. Our aim is to obtain the technology for peaceful purposes, no more no less.”

Palestinian PM: “We will continue the jihad until Jerusalem is liberated”

Palestinian PM: “We will continue the jihad until Jerusalem is liberated”

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Haniyeh with the Thug-In-Chief of Iran

Haniyeh is talking about the “right” of the “Palestinian” people “to cancel the cruel agreements that were signed in the past with the occupation regime” just as James Baker, Jimmy Carter, Condoleeza Rice, and the rest are calling for a new round of empty agreements (and very real Israeli concessions). The willful refusal to examine what a truce is in Islamic theology, and to proceed accordingly, is continually astounding.

“Hamas minister target of attempted assassination in Gaza,” by Avi Issacharoff for Haaretz, with thanks to Twostellas:

…Speaking to thousands of students at the University of Tehran on Friday, Haniyeh said: “The braggart of the world [the United States] and the Zionists … want us to accept the theft of Palestinian lands, stop the jihad and the resistance and accept the agreements signed with the Zionist enemy. We will never recognize the Zionist government. We will continue the jihad until Jerusalem is liberated.”He also said that Iran provides the Palestinians with “strategic depth” in their fight against Israel.

On Saturday night he met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Following the meeting, Ahmadinejad said that Iran would stand shoulder to shoulder with the Palestinians until Jerusalem was liberated and urged: “The Palestinian government must not give in to international pressure; it must continue to fight the Jewish state.”

Haniyeh thanked Ahmadinejad for his support and replied: “My government has no intention of recognizing the occupation government. We support the Palestinian people’s right to resistance [the standard Palestinian term for terror attacks] and its right to cancel the cruel agreements that were signed in the past with the occupation regime.”

Rumsfeld faces personal suit by detainees

Rumsfeld faces personal suit by detainees

Former prisoners accuse him of torture techniques in Iraq, Afghanistan

By Joel Seidman

Producer

NBC News

Updated: 9:59 p.m. ET Dec 7, 2006

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On Friday, the U.S. District Court in Washington will be the scene of a parting shot at outgoing Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld.

Former detainees represented by human rights groups accuse him — along with a top general of the Iraq war, a former commander of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and a commander of U.S. military intelligence and police forces — with “derelictions of duty and command” and promoting the practice of inflicting “physical and psychological injuries” on civilians held by the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The case of Ali v. Rumsfeld, to be heard before Chief Judge Thomas Hogan, pits lawyers from two human rights organizations representing nine former detainees at Abu Ghraib and the Bagram military base in Afghanistan, with attorneys representing Rumsfeld, Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, former Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski and Col. Thomas Pappas.

The case is an attempt to have U.S. officials held accountable for alleged abuse of Iraqi and Afghan civilians who were never held as enemy combatants or charged with any crime.

The former detainees accuse Rumsfeld and others of being personally responsible for approving torture techniques and violating the U.S. Constitution. Rumsfeld argues that they are all immune from liability.

Rumsfeld, to be replaced later this month by Robert Gates, who was confirmed by the Senate this week, argues “that alien military detainees held outside the United States are not generally entitled to constitutional protections.”

Rumsfeld’s lawyers claim qualified immunity
His lawyers contend that under the qualified immunity doctrine, “federal officials are immune from suit” unless they violate a clearly established constitutional right. They say that aliens held in a military detention facility in the field of battle abroad simply do not have established constitutional rights during their alleged detention and abuse.

The former detainees who filed the lawsuit say they were all eventually released from detention and never charged with any crime or wrongdoing.

The detainees — five were held at Abu Ghraib and four at Bagram — accuse Rumsfeld and the others of subjecting them to “torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, including severe and repeated beatings, cutting with knives, sexual humiliation and assault, confinement in a wooden box, forcible sleep and sensory deprivation, mock executions, death threats, and restraint in contorted and excruciating positions,” according to court documents.

Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights First argue that Rumsfeld “authorized an abandonment of our nation’s inviolable and deep-rooted prohibition against torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment of detainees in U.S. military custody.” They say these acts precipitated “further violations of law and directly led to the abuse of Plaintiffs and other detainees in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

Pattern of rights abuse alleged
The human rights attorneys will also argue Friday that high-ranking commanders “permitted and implemented” an unlawful policy, pattern or practice of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of detainees.

The suit seeks compensatory damages and a judicial declaration that the legal rights of the prisoners were violated under the Constitution, the Geneva accords and other international law.

Although allegations in the suit are the equivalent of war crimes, it is a civil case, not a criminal one. Only the U.S. government is empowered to prosecute war crimes in criminal court or before a military court.

Shakedownmania! Airport imams looking to get paid?

Shakedownmania! Airport imams looking to get paid?

posted at 2:08 am on December 11, 2006 by Allahpundit
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For the pain and hardship they suffered when their hijacker-ish behavior was thwarted.

Actually, the article doesn’t say that they’re asking for money, just something “mutually agreeable.”

This one’ll be fun.

The Washington Times first reported on Nov. 28 that the imams were not in their assigned seats, but seated in a formation similar to the September 11 hijackers and controlled the exits to the plane. The men also requested seat-belt extensions but did not appear to need them, and engaged in conversations critical of the United States, according to police reports and eyewitness statements…

Federal air marshals and pilots called the imams’ actions a probe of airport security as well as a probe of the politically correct mentality of air passengers…

An airline spokeswoman says they have received the request from CAIR for a meeting, as well as a meeting request from Rep.-elect Keith Ellison, Minnesota Democrat, the first Muslim elected to Congress, but no date has been set.

Exit question: is CAIR really stupid enough to invite the PR disaster that would result from pursuing a high-profile lawsuit related to terrorism in which the facts very clearly are not on their side?

Imams seek to settle with airline

Imams seek to settle with airline
Audrey Hudson

A group of Muslim imams is seeking an out-of-court settlement with US Airways, saying they should not have been removed from a Minnesota-to-Phoenix flight last month and were not behaving suspiciously.

Five of the six Islamic religious leaders have retained the Council on American-Islamic Relations for legal representation and are seeking a “mutually agreeable” resolution, said Nihad Awad, CAIR executive director.

US Airways scheduled a meeting with the imams on Dec. 4 to discuss the incident, but the men canceled it and hired the activist group to act as legal counsel.

“With the hopes of reaching an amicable resolution to this matter, we would like to take this opportunity to ask for a formal meeting with US Airways executives and legal counsel,” said Arsalan Iftikhar, CAIR’s national legal director, in a letter to the airline. …

The Washington Times first reported on Nov. 28 that the imams were not in their assigned seats, but seated in a formation similar to the September 11 hijackers and controlled the exits to the plane. The men also requested seat-belt extensions but did not appear to need them, and engaged in conversations critical of the United States, according to police reports and eyewitness statements.

The imams and CAIR officials maintain that press reports as well as Internet sites and blogs have circulated charges they say misrepresent the facts of the Nov. 20 incident.

“Unfortunately, the false claims and smears used against these religious leaders only serve to cloud the real issue involved, that of how national security can be maintained while preserving constitutionally protected freedoms and respect for religious diversity,” said Mr. Awad.

CAIR says the men were handcuffed for several hours and is also demanding hearings on religious and ethnic profiling at airports.

Mr. Shahin told The Washington Times he was only handcuffed for “10 or 15 minutes” and that the imams were not led off the plane in handcuffs.

Federal air marshals and pilots called the imams’ actions a probe of airport security as well as a probe of the politically correct mentality of air passengers.

Baker Report Asks Israel to Give Up Land ‘Vital To Survivability’

Baker Report Asks Israel to Give Up Land ‘Vital To Survivability’
By Julie Stahl
CNSNews.com Jerusalem Bureau Chief
December 07, 2006

Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) – In exchange for Syrian help in calming the situation in Iraq, the Iraq Study Group is asking Israel to give up land “vital to its survivability,” a senior Israeli lawmaker said Thursday.

Much of the bipartisan panel’s report released on Wednesday dealt with the situation in Iraq, but it also said the U.S. could only achieve its Middle East aims if it dealt directly with the Arab-Israeli conflict – a proposition that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and experts here rejected.

The recommendations also call for the involvement of Iran and Syria – both considered terror-sponsoring states by the U.S. government – in attempts to calm the situation in Iraq.

The panel, co-chaired by former Secretary of State James Baker and former U.S. Congressman Lee Hamilton, says Israel, Syria and Lebanon should hold “unconditional” peace talks.

Syria must stop trying to undermine the Lebanese government (Syria has never recognized Lebanon’s sovereignty), cooperate with investigations into Lebanese political assassinations blamed on Syria, stop helping terrorist groups in Lebanon and the Palestinian areas, and seal its border with Iraq.

“In exchange for these actions and in the context of a full and secure peace agreement, the Israelis should return the Golan Heights, with a U.S. security guarantee,” which could include an international force on the strategic plateau, the report says.

Yuval Steinitz, a Likud lawmaker who serves on the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, said that he expected the U.S. would not “dictate the end result of future negotiations” ahead of time.

“The Golan Heights is extremely vital to Israel’s survivability in the long term,” he told Cybercast News Service.

Before Israel captured the plateau during the 1967 Six-Day War, the Syrians used the Heights overlooking the Sea of Galilee to fire at Israeli communities in the plain below.

Israel has been involved in negotiations with Syria on and off for years, but without resolution.

In 2000, President Clinton briefly tried to broker a deal between Israel and then Syrian President Hafez Assad. Talks broke down over the extent of the land to be returned to Syria.

While the country is divided over what to do about most of the territory controlled by Israel and claimed by the Arabs, there is broad consensus among Israelis that the Golan Heights, which Israel annexed in 1981, should not be surrendered.

Steinitz questioned why Israel should be expected to make concessions and be generous to Syria given the fact it had supplied the Hizballah terrorist organization with thousands of rockets launched from Lebanon at northern Israeli cities and towns over the summer.

He also accused Syria of trying to topple Lebanon’s democratic government and noted that senior Syrian officials have been implicated in the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and suspected of involvement in other assassinations.

Despite the difficulties facing the U.S. in Iraq, Steinitz said he expected that Washington would support Israel and Lebanon – “the good guys” who support democracy – against Hizballah and Syria – the “bad guys” who are terrorists and their supporters.

Dore Gold, a former ambassador to the United Nations, said there was “an inherent structural problem in the Baker report with respect to both Iran and Syria.”

“Since 2003, both these countries have been the primary Middle Eastern actors responsible for increasing instability inside Iraq and making it difficult for the U.S. and its coalition partners to realize their military aims,” Gold said in an interview.

“To get these two countries to now cooperate with the United States after all these years and assume a responsible role in limiting the chaos in Iraq involves getting them to shift their policies 180 degrees,” he added.

Gold said because the report called for the U.S. to approach Iran and Syria and indicated that there would not be a victory in Iraq, the two regimes would see America as a country that is trying to manage its defeat.

“Therefore the price they will demand of the United States for cooperation will be extremely high …” Gold said.

He said Iran would likely only agree to help the U.S. withdraw in return for U.S. acceptance of a nuclear-capable Iran – “a disaster not just for Israel but for Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and every pro-Western government in the Middle East.”

A senior Israeli government official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the ISG’s interests were confined to getting the president out of trouble in Iraq rather than looking at the broader picture of what lies behind the problems in the Middle East.

The report sought ways to “placate” Iran and Syria, and Israel was concerned this would happen at its expense.

If the U.S. believed Iran would help, it was “very much mistaken,” he said.

Liberal Pagans

Liberal Pagans

As British historian Paul Johnson noted some while ago, among the Western educated classes Judeo-Christian values are being replaced by pagan worship of environmentalism and other forms of scientism.

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Many people have been mis-educated to believe that any program called environmentalism must, by definition, be a good thing.  A major shortcoming in this blind worship is that environmentalists seldom analyze the full array of costs entailed in their projects, many of which at first glance appear to be good ideas.

Ethanol production is an example.  Without government subsidies to farmers and to ethanol producers, ethanol would be too expensive in this country to compete with petroleum-based fuels.  Worse, the combined energy needed to raise the additional corn and to refine it actually increases the need for imported fuel, requiring approximately 1.7 gallons of gasoline to produce every gallon of ethanol.  Even a socialistic source like Harvard Magazine in its November-December 2006 edition ran an article headlined The Ethanol Illusion:  Can we move beyond an energy policy running on hype and hot air?

Two items highlight the all too frequent sanctimonious religiosity of environmentalism.

The first item is a letter from the Spectator.UK , which Tom Emerson emailed to me. 

The second item, following the letter, is a representative article by New York Times columnist John Tierney.  Mr. Tierney for some years wrote a column uncovering the looney aspects of liberalism in New York City.  He was deservedly promoted to the Times’s Washington bureau, where he now authors one of the Times’s major op-ed columns.

The following letter was printed in this week’s Spectator.UK.

The green gospel

Sir: I read the article by Allister Heath (‘It’s a wonderful world: richer, healthier and cleaner than ever’, 2 December) with interest. The author is correct to point out that the optimism of Indur Goklany’s book will be drowned out by the doom-mongering of the environmentalist lobby. I believe that the reason for this is simple.

Environmentalism is the new religion of the Western world. It has replaced the scientific secularism of Marxism/socialism, which itself replaced monotheism when this began to be discredited by Darwinism.

This Earth worship has all the hallmarks of Christianity, which is why it is so easily accepted by the non-church-attending masses. Just as the Roman empire discovered, when the masses have embraced a religion the state has to follow, and it is doing so with a vengeance.

Consider this: the ejection from Eden and original sin are replaced in environmentalism by the transformation of the largely agricultural economy by the Industrial Revolution into a polluting hell on earth. The Ten Commandments of this new faith are the injunctions to lead a greener lifestyle. We have Armageddon replaced by the cataclysm of global warming. True salvation is achieved by going green — recycling wherever possible and driving an economical car. Sinners are the people who drive 4x4s, and the Second Coming becomes an age of total use of sustainable resources and de-industrialisation when we may return to the pastoral age we abandoned.

The religion has its own church and prophets, represented by unelected and unaccountable groups like Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, whose words are accepted as gospel. It has its militants, who picket power stations and destroy farming and other businesses with which they do not agree. Their theology precludes all forms of industry as we understand it and results in the ignorant persecution of the innocent. We saw this with the Brent Spar affair, where the dumping of a redundant oil platform caused boycotts and demonstrations despite the fact that the environmental impact of the operation was minimal.

Of course, in this new age, what Allister Heath wrote will be seen as heresy. It remains to be seen how this new Church treats its heretics.

Paul T. Horgan