Fred Thompson Set for ‘Tonight Show’ With Jay Leno

Fred Thompson Set for ‘Tonight Show’ With Jay Leno


By Jim Roberts
Jun 12, 2007
 

It’s doubtful that he’ll be toting a saxophone ala Bill Clinton but undeclared presidential candidate Fred Thompson will be in Burbank today to appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”  The former Tennessee senator has yet to enter the raise but one poll has him statically tied with frontrunner Rudy Giuliani.

Fred Thompson Set for 'Tonight Show' With Jay Leno
Fred Thompson Set for ‘Tonight Show’ With Jay Leno

Thompson, who played Manhattan District Attorney Arthur Branch on NBC’s “Law & Order” the past five seasons, was second in the Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll released yesterday, with 21 percent. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani led with 27 percent. McCain fell one spot to third with 12 percent, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was in fourth with 10 percent.

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George Will asks: “If he did not look like a basset hound who had just read a sad story—say, “Old Yeller”—and if he did not talk like central casting’s idea of the god Sincerity, would anyone think he ought to be entrusted with the nation’s nuclear arsenal? He is an actor, and, as a Hollywood axiom says, the key to acting is sincerity—if you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”

Will is unimpressed and believes that the Thompson campaign will “pop” soon as Thompson is more style than substance.  Perhaps, but running as an outsider against Washington, DC is the absolute perfect place to be right now.  Fred Thompson is there.

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Private undercover team exposes nationwide network of radical, anti-U.S. Islamic centers

Private undercover team exposes nationwide network of radical, anti-U.S. Islamic centers
A file photo shows Muslims gathering for prayer at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan. (AFP/Getty Images/Bill Pugliano)
 

Hundreds of Islamic centers in the United States have become a hot-bed of extremist activity; they promote violence, terrorism and hatred against America. 

 

“Our initial investigation has concluded there are between 400 to 500 radical Islamic centers in the U.S.,” said David Gaubatz, the director of counterintelligence and counterterrorism for the Society of Americans for National Existence. “In those places, they preach an extreme version of Islam that says America and the West is the enemy. They espouse violence, hatred and the need for terrorism.”

 

Gaubatz is a former senior U.S. intelligence official, who now works for the Mapping Shari’a in America Project (www.mappingsharia.com), which is supported by SANE, a national non-profit group devoted to investigating the 2,300 Islamic centers in the U.S. for extremist activity.

 

Gaubatz and his investigators are currently active and will soon form a team of about 12. They pose as people interested in converting to Islam or who are current Muslims. Their goal is to infiltrate mosques and Muslim centers. Recently, he and his team penetrated the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, located in Falls Church, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C.

 

Sporting a beard and Muslim dress, Gaubatz said he went on May 18 to the center, pretending to be an American interested in becoming a convert to Islam. He discovered the center espoused terrorism and jihad against America.

 

“They are teaching what they call Jihad Qital, which means physical jihad,” Gaubatz said. “They’re teaching violence and hatred of the United States.”

 

Gaubatz said that he met the two primary clerics at Dar Al-Hijrah, Imam Shaker Elsayed and Imam Johari Abdulmalik. Both men have been trained in Saudi Arabia. He says another key individual is Yusef Estes, an informal senior leader at the center and an internationally influential Muslim scholar who was trained in Saudi Arabia.

 

“They put me through the process of learning their faith and ideology,” Gaubatz said. “They felt close to me and they gave me literature and CDs. They told me to study. The literature is very Jihad Qital.”

 

He said that the Islamic center has deep ties to Saudi Arabia and espouses Wahhabism, a virulent and puritanical version of Islam.

 

“Many members of the mosque provided me literature to study. Most of the literature they gave me was from Saudi Arabia,” he said. “Their literature preaches that America and the West are decadent and evil, and that Muslims have a moral duty to engage in violence against the infidels.”

 

Gaubatz says that Dar Al-Hijrah and other radical Islamic centers in the U.S. are funded by Saudi Arabia, which is the primary sponsor of the Wahhabist brand of Islam.

 

“The ultimate goal for those at Dar Al-Hijrah is to instill Sharia law in the U.S. and have America adhere to the Islamic faith,” he said. “They want America to be an Islamic state.”

 

Gaubatz said that the imams at the center encouraged him to read the works of their “friends”—some of whom have been convicted for terrorism-related activities. According to Gaubatz, one of those “friends” he was encouraged to read is Ali Al-Tamimi, a radical Islamist author, who was convicted of inciting terrorism in connection with the Virginia Jihad Network.

 

Al-Tamimi was born and raised in the U.S., and then as a teenager went to Saudi Arabia to study Islam. He lectured often at the Center for Islamic Information and Education in Falls Church, Virginia. He was a founding member of the center, which is also known as Dar al-Arqam.

 

The Virginia Jihad Network was a group of radical Islamists who were charged with engaging in terrorist plots. Nine members of the group were convicted of using and possessing various weapons, rocket-propelled grenades and explosives.

 

Al-Tamimi was later convicted of being the spiritual leader of the group and of having encouraged them to wage Jihad on the U.S.

 

Gaubatz maintains that he and his team of field workers at the Mapping Shari’a in America Project are not only focusing on major metropolitan areas. Although there is plenty of Islamist activity in cities such as Detroit, Dearborn, Michigan and Washington, he says radical Muslims are also establishing education and religious centers in small towns. 

 

“They’re branching out and teaching the Jihadist ideology in small towns across America, especially in rural areas in places like Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina,” Gaubatz said.

 

He says that a terrorist atrocity on U.S. soil similar to what happened on 9/11 is inevitable unless Americans take decisive measures.

 

“If we let our guard down, another 9/11—maybe even something worse—is going to happen again,” he said. “We need to be proactive rather than reactive.”

 

Gaubatz says that his investigative team is composed of individuals of various faiths, whose goal is to protect the American homeland from Islamic extremism.

 

“We have a team consisting of Christians, Jews and Muslims—there are several Muslims, in fact, on our team—who go undercover and try to penetrate radical mosques in this country,” he said. “This is not about being anti-Muslim. It is about being anti-extremism, anti-Jihadism and anti-terrorism.

 

“Our mission is to get at the truth—to find out the truth about what’s really going on in our country.”

 
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Today: U.S. Flat Out Accuses Iran Of Arming Taliban To Kill Americans

Today: U.S. Flat Out Accuses Iran Of Arming Taliban To Kill

Americans

The most direct comments yet on the issue by a ranking American official

Jun 12 01:34 PM US/Eastern
By JAMEY KEATEN
Associated Press Writer

PARIS (AP) – A senior U.S. diplomat accused Iran on Tuesday of transferring weapons to Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan—the most direct comments yet on the issue by a ranking American official.

Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns, speaking to reporters in Paris, said Iran was funding insurrections across the Middle East—and “Iran is now even transferring arms to the Taliban in Afghanistan.”

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Hezbollah Can Hit Tel Aviv with Chinese Rockets

Hezbollah Can Hit Tel Aviv with Chinese Rockets

Hezbollah may have more than 30,000 Iranian-made, Chinese-designed rockets capable of hitting Tel Aviv–not 20,000, as reported by Britain’s Sunday Times. Each Fatah-110 rocket has a 500-lb. warhead and a range of 200 kilometers.

Iran probably upgraded the rockets with the help of North Korea.

In addition to the long-range rockets, huge quantities of arms–including Chinese- and Iranian-made short-range rockets and Russian-made antitank missiles, small arms, mines and ammunition–have been smuggled into Lebanon from Syria and Iran.

According to the Times, Iran’s Shiite Islamist proxy has built a network of underground military bunkers that can withstand air strikes. The bunkers were built close to the Israel-Lebanon border, under the noses of United Nations peacekeeping forces in southern Lebanon.

Some bunkers are as much as 300 feet deep and as wide as a football field; others can hold fewer than 10 fighters. All the bunkers are equipped with sophisticated communications equipment. Many bunkers are connected by tunnels, limiting Israel’s ability to destroy them from the air.

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There is no such thing as political correctness in the Middle East

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Ahmadi-Nejad called ‘suicidal’

Ahmadi-Nejad called ‘suicidal’

James Lewis
The most frightening question today is whether mad-sounding Ahmadi-Nejad, the President of Iran, is actually willing to commit national suicide in pursuit of Tehran’s nuclear bombs. If he is, all bets are off for the Tehran regime.  Talking martyrdom for Allah is standard operating procedure for the Khomeini cult, and has been since Jimmy Carter allowed Khomeini to take over Iran in 1979. The real question is, do the regime leaders of Iran really intend to follow Khomeini’s maddest decree:

“We do not worship Iran, we worship Allah; For patriotism is another name for paganism. I say let this land [Iran] burn. I say let this land go up in smoke, provided Islam emerges triumphant in the rest of the world.”

This is the most crucial national security question of our age, barring none. If Iran is becoming a regime of nuclear suicide-bombers, no deterrent will work. They must be stopped.
So American policy makers need to understand the psychology of Ahmadi-Nejad and his boss, Ayatollah Khamenei. If those fanatics really believe Khomeini’s decree, regime change is the only answer.
In today’s New York Post, Amir Taheri calls the Tehran boss “suicidal.”  The commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, he argues, “are not as idealistic – which is to say, as suicidal – as Ahmadinejad.” [Italics added.]
Amir Taheri is one of the world’s experts on the Tehran regime. If he thinks Ahmadi-Nejad is suicidal, and that he could trigger a suicidal nuclear war for the glory of Allah, that leaves civilized countries with no choice but to act.
The one note of hope, in Taheri’s view, is that saner voices in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard might overthrow the “idealistic” Ahmadi-Nejad.
They have two years to do that, at the outside.
James Lewis blogs at http://www.dangeroustimes.wordpress.com/

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The Democrats’ Betrayal

The Democrats’ Betrayal

By James Lewis

The Democrats and their media poodles have proudly and publicly sabotaged the Iraq War effort since the beginning. This is not just a guess, but a clear and visible fact, openly celebrated by the Left.
The Left ululates noisily over every American death — though not over the thousands of innocent  civilians who are regularly blown up by Al Qaida in Iraq. But they never bother to ask, “What was that US Soldier risking his life  for?” They don’t want us to be reminded. They want us to think US Soldiers are fools.
Well, Soldiers tend to fight for their buddies. But they also know a lot more about war aims on the ground. And their own experience with Iraqis is repeatedly expressed in George W. Bush’s terms: We are fighting to liberate Iraq, to protect ourselves from the murderous zealots of Al Qaida and Iran, and to extend simple decency to a region that has known nothing but bloody pathology for centuries.
Are we fighting for oil?  Oil is the key to the well-being of five billion people in the modern world. Are we protecting Israel? Yes indeed, Israel and Egypt,  Saudi Arabia and ungrateful Europe, America and Japan (which is almost entirely dependent on foreign oil). Those are the vital interests of civilized countries today.  All those aims are entirely consistent with mainstream American foreign policy since Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Truman and Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson, Nixon (yes!) and Reagan.   
It is only the Boomer Left that decided in its greater wisdom that the United States can let the world go to hell by itself. The Boomer Lefties are the disgraceful exception to the American rule, while the Soldiers who are fighting and sacrificing in Iraq are solidly in our historical mainstream. We should all be endlessly grateful for that.
Senator John Edwards has been accusing Rudy Giuliani of “playing on our fears” in talking about the terrorist threat.
Let’s see, six years ago Mayor Giuliani saw the mighty World Trade Towers come crashing down in his city. “Only” three thousand innocent New Yorkers died in that assault, but the towers were filled with tens of thousands who just managed to get out — thanks to the heroism of NYC firefighters and police, almost 500 of whom gave their lives.
I would call that a terrifying event, Senator Edwards, and Rudy Giuliani was directing the city’s response from the front line.
We know that Al Qaida fanatics keep trying to make it happen again. But John’ Edwards thinks it’s all lies; he’s airbrushed his version of American history, just like he constantly tries to airbrush his own public image. Edwards thinks that global warming and the plight of the poor are the really big dangers facing Americans. But it is Senator Edwards himself who is the cynical fearmonger. He constantly tries to fill every sucker in America with fear that they are helpless without him and his fellow Democrats. This in the wealthiest nation on earth, and the one with the greatest opportunities for people to rise out of poverty. That is why millions of people aspire to come here.
The Left constantly attempts to evade the clear and present danger facing us today, for fear that Americans will elect the other party. They are therefore terrifyingly selfish at a time of national danger. They delusionally want to go back to the Clinton years, when terrorism seemed only a distant rumor, at least to the blind and ignorant.
But Islamic fascists may not play along with that flimsy fantasy. In fact, Al Qaida is cheering on the willful stupidity of our leftwingers, promising to renew their attacks on the United States as soon as Democrats accept defeat in Iraq.
The question is whether the voters will be seduced by the Left and its media poodles. The illusion of safety is always tempting, and the very success of Bush’s anti-terror policies creates a temporary paradise for fools. 
Today, the two parties present a clear survival choice. On the GOP side all the candidates are adults. They deal with the facts, each in his own way, but every one with a solid record of competence and strength. Fred Thompson, Rudi Giuliani, Mitt Romney, the others. Republicans can complain (rightly) about a lot of things, but not about the general competence of our candidates. They stand head and shoulders above the Kids of the Left.
Obama and Hillary bring us only political gimmicks in a time when we need competence, character and strength. Neither one of them would be a political star but for their victim status: Hillary represents all the jilted women of America, and Obama has stooped to  openly trying to whip up black anger to assure the Left that he is “really black.”
The Bush Administration has wrestled faithfully with the immense challenges of a new kind of war against a lethal enemy, while being constantly sabotaged by bunkered Federal bureaucracies, the sniping Left and the media. In the upshot, President Bush has been about as successful as Harry S Truman was at the beginning of the Cold War. That is vital progress, but much remains to be done. Wars are always full of mistakes and close calls. The question is — will we recognize and fix them? Do we have the dogged persistence to pursue our aims and win?
The next president will have to be damned good to keep the United States safe. There is no question that we can triumph in Iraq. The only doubt is whether we are sufficiently committed, at yet another supreme moment of testing — and that comes down to inspirational leadership. We need another Great Communicator as president.
For great nations there are no easy breaks. There is no lasting “peace dividend.” It’s just one challenge after another. If we get tired of winning struggles, there are plenty of malevolent forces in the world that are ready to bring us down. Everybody guns for the top dog.
Robert MacFarlane just wrote in the Wall Street Journal about his Vietnam experience:

“The question remains …: Should the Iraqis succeed in this crucial endeavor, how will it be reported? For the press this is yet another moment of truth. Will it continue to publish a distorted picture of this war as it did in Vietnam, and share responsibility for the same result? “

Well, we know the answer. The press and the Left are committed to defeat. But they no longer control the narrative. People like Michael Yon are instantly accessible   The truth is out there for Americans to know.
So it all comes back to the Democrats, their running poodles in the media, and our vital need to capture the narrative of our time.
The election of 2008 will be the biggest test of our maturity as a nation since the 1950s. The question will be whether the USA can face difficult and dangerous facts, and lead the world in a better direction. As the world slowly comes around to our perception of the terror threat, with the election of  Nicolas Sarkozy in France and Angela Merkel in Germany, we need to drive consistently forward until today’s monsters are defeated. It’s as simple as that, and as challenging. Will we have the guts and the vision to do it?
We don’t know the answer. Look to 2008 to find out. Let no one forget what is at stake.
James Lewis blogs at http://www.dangeroustimes.wordpress.com/

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No Grand Schemes

No Grand Schemes

By Thomas Lifson

President Bush is threatening to revive the failed comprehensive immigration bill in “improved” form. He is wasting his and our time. No amount of improving can make the comprehensive approach the best path for America to solve its immigration woes. Instead of a big bang approach to immigration reform, we need to adopt a different sort of change strategy for America, a step-by-step, or iterative approach, learning as we go, passing reforms in a logical sequence, and learning from mistakes along the way.

Immigration affects every aspect of life, and the ramifications of even minor changes can take a long time to make themselves known. It is foolish in the extreme to believe that we can scope out the entire problem and choose the right course for years to come, all at once in a deal hammered out by horse-trading pols.

The public does not believe that any new law will be enforced any more rigorously than the existing immigration laws. So it sees any compromise deal as another in a series of empty promises like those made to sell earlier amnesty programs that only made matters worse. The politicians do not seem to realize how completely they have lost the confidence of the American people when it comes to stemming the flow of illegals across the border. The government must earn credibility by performing the basics of guarding the border and registering those without papers, before the people will trust it to manage any new path toward permanent residence or citizenship for a group of people whose number we cannot estimate to the nearest three million.
By and for the political class
Why are the media and the leadership of both parties so insistent on an all-or nothing comprehensive approach? A wide-ranging deal solves several problems for the political class. They appear to “get something done,” and can claim to have led the nation. They can then take the subject off the table, at least until problems require more congressional hearings.  
For President Bush, a comprehensive program is his major domestic agenda item. Putting it all together in one big package means that troublesome issues which might embarrassing to either oppose or advocate openly, can be shunted to obscure passages in a bill running to many hundred pages. This works well  for both the president and congress.
Congress gets to become the gatekeeper in any comprehensive deal, determining what goes in and what stays out of the legislation. The art of the deal particularly empowers the leadership of the two parties, as they put together the final version of the complex law, engaging in complex wheeling and dealing and making themselves the hub of influence.
The big bang approach avoids genuine debate, which is one of its primary advantages for the powers that be. The bill is so complicated, the deal so fast-changing, always subject to last minute rewriting in conference, that the public does not really know what is being passed and what is not. This information vacuum helps account for the appallingly low quality of the political debate over the immigration bill so far.
A false dichotomy has been foisted on the American people by the political class and its media handmaidens: either pass a monstrosity “comprehensive bill” or do nothing. In the process, the necessary larger debate on several important aspects of policy is short-circuited when the only two alternatives entertained are a comprehensive deal or nothing. George W. Bush:

“If you want to kill the bill, if you don’t want to do what’s right for America, you can pick one little aspect out of it, you can use it to frighten people. Or you can show leadership and solve this problem once and for all.”    

What the powerful want
A consensus exists among the powerful and politically connected of both parties that the 12-20 million illegals currently in residence must be given some sort of papers, if only to protect the businesses, large and small, which depend on their low cost labor. Democrats see a future voting constituency, charities and government agencies see more clients and more funding for their services, and some unions see more members. Republicans fear harming the economy with labor shortages and futilely hope to avoid being branded racists.
But the American people are in no hurry to reward law breaking, and are willing to live with employers suffering anxiety attacks over their undocumented workforce, and continued difficulties for those who crossed the border improperly. There is no particular sense of urgency about solving the problems of the law-breakers, only a sense of urgency over stopping further law-breaking. Certainly, there is no widespread conviction that we know enough now to design in advance a well-functioning complex set of changes.
A Strategy versus a Framework
There is no advantage of a grand plan over the step by step approach unless there is some real wisdom and experience guiding it, and making a whole more than the sum of its parts. Instead of a detailed strategy passed into law with far reaching legislation, we need to start with the basics: secure the border and start registering those without papers for further investigation and processing. The framework we embrace would then provide a basis for further discussion of other important and detailed questions, such as details of possible residence permits and other avenues to screening and regularization of the illegal population, limiting the role of litigation and appeals.
There is already in place legislation authorizing a fence over about a third of the mileage of the southern border. For both practical and symbolic reasons, the fence needs to cover the full border, both as a sign of resolve and to remove fears that border crossers will be driven into even more wild and dangerous country, but still keep coming. While some may worry that Mexicans will take offense, others hope that Mexico will understand that America is finally serious about ending the export of its social and economic failures. The media may not choose to dwell on it, but the booing of Americans, our national anthem and flag at soccer matches and beauty contests has taken its toll on the American public’s willingness to serve of bogeyman for Mexico’s corrupt political economy.
Should President Bush and Congress continue to breathe life into the dead issue of comprehensive immigration legislation, they will find themselves at the business end of a popular revolt.
Thomas Lifson is editor and publisher of American Thinker.

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Pakistan: 1,000 honor killings a year

Pakistan: 1,000 honor killings a year

That’s almost three honor killings a day.

“U.N. women’s rights group criticized Pakistan for honor killings, trafficking,” from The Associated Press, with thanks to Morgaan Sinclair:

UNITED NATIONS: A U.N. committee charged with promoting women’s rights expressed concern over an increasing number of reported “honor killings” in Pakistan and criticized the country for failing to adequately address the trafficking of women.Members of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women questioned Pakistan’s sincerity in tackling the issue of the extrajudicial killings, asking why they appear to be rising even after a new law aimed at banning them was passed in 2004.

“Have all the criminals guilty of these murders been prosecuted?” asked Maria Regina Tavares da Silva, a committee expert from Portugal, according to transcripts of the meeting obtained this week. “There is leniency and tolerance toward this crime.”

The committee was meeting to review the progress of countries that have ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Since 1979, 185 countries have acceded to it, pledging to implement laws to end discrimination against women.

The committee pointed to a shadow report submitted by a group of Pakistani rights organizations that alleged that Pakistan has not done enough to eliminate tribal courts and practices such as “honor killings,” an ancient custom in which those accused of committing adultery or violating other sexual mores are killed by relatives. Most of the victims are women.

The groups contended that such extrajudicial killings are on the rise, though representatives from the Pakistani government argued that a rise in reported killings did not represent an increase in the number of incidents.

The government said the rise is evidence of progress since such acts have traditionally gone largely unreported.

The independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, citing government figures, said in a report last year that about 1,000 women die annually in honor killings.

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Hundreds of ‘honour’ crimes take place in Britain and are on the increase

Hundreds of ‘honour’ crimes take place in Britain and are on the increase

Banaz Mahmod is not alone. “Britain’s hidden ‘honour’ crimes,” from Metro.co.uk, with thanks to IG:

Hundreds of ‘honour’ crimes take place in Britain and are on the increase, a leading Human Rights barrister has warned.Usha Sood, who specialises in Asian family cases, said they were becoming more common in the UK.

The alarm call comes as the victim of Britain’s latet ‘honour killing’ had been dismissed by police as a fantasist as her father and uncle were convicted of murder.

Banaz Mahmod, 20, told officers her life was in danger four times and even gave them a list of three men she thought would murder her because she had fallen in love with someone her family disapproved of.

One of the men later admitted his part in the crime, while the other two have fled the country.

Weeks after she sent the list, Banaz’s father, Mahmod Mahmod, lured her to her grandmother’s house on New Year’s Eve and made her drink alcohol….

Diana Nammi, of the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation, also told the BBC Five Live that there “lot of cases” of honour killings in the UK.

“There are lots of suicide cases where woman have been forced to commit suicide,” she added.

Banaz feared for her life when her father came towards her menacingly, wearing gloves, and she jumped through a window.

Her boyfriend Rahmat Sulemani filmed her on a hospital trolley saying she was ‘really scared’.

But when she told a police officer, PC Angela Cornes, about what happened, her account was dismissed as fantasy.

Ms Cornes even wanted to have her charged with criminal damage for breaking the window….

Banaz last went to police in January last year following a kidnap attempt on her boyfriend but declined an offer of a safe house.

She was murdered the next day.

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