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Thursday, 11 May 2006
FDR's Domestic Surveillance
Mood:  loud
Topic: Yahoo Chat Stuff

FDR's Domestic Surveillance

In a bold and controversial decision, the president authorized a program for the surveillance of communications within the United States, seeking to prevent acts of domestic sabotage and espionage. In so doing, he ignored a statute that possibly forbade such activity, even though high-profile federal judges had affirmed the statute's validity. The president sought statutory amendments allowing this surveillance but, when no such legislation was forthcoming, he continued the program nonetheless. And when Congress demanded that he disclose details of the surveillance program, the attorney general said, in no uncertain terms, that it would get nothing of the sort.

In short, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt charted a bold course in defending the nation's security in 1940, when he did all of these things.

It is worth remembering FDR's example as the debate over the NSA's warrantless surveillance continues to heat up. After a few months' lull, it seems that the issue is again creeping into the headlines. On April 27, for example, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter convened a press conference demanding that President Bush disclose the details of the NSA's surveillance program, and threatening to suspend the program's funding.

As with so many issues central to the global war on terror in which the need for security must be balanced against individual liberties, there is no fool-proof answer to the questions raised by the NSA's surveillance program. Yet broad sections of the left have personalized this debate around President Bush. Their hatred and distrust of Bush drives them to see the administration's actions in the worst light possible. To that extent, it's important to understand how President Roosevelt -- a paragon of the left -- dealt with similar problems.

President Bush faces challenges on two fronts. First, it's been argued that there is no authority for the NSA surveillance, either statutory or constitutional. Second, congressional critics demand that the administration disclose the details of the surveillance program. The Roosevelt administration faced similar challenges in the days leading up to World War II. Documents that we obtained from Justice Robert Jackson's archives at the Library of Congress, some of which have never before been discussed in the press, show that President Roosevelt did not doubt his authority to conduct such surveillance in the interest of national security.

In 1937 and 1939, the Supreme Court handed down a pair of decisions in the matter of Nardone v. United States. The Court held that the Communications Act of 1934 barred federal surveillance of telephone lines, and that evidence obtained from such surveillance couldn't be introduced at trial.

In response, Attorney General (and future Supreme Court justice) Robert Jackson ended the FBI's longstanding surveillance of suspected saboteurs and spies. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover protested this decision. In an April 13, 1940 memorandum to Jackson, Hoover outlined a number of pending investigations that were hampered by Jackson's decision. Hoover concluded, "Frankly, the Bureau cannot cope with this problem without the use of wire taps and I feel obligated to bring this situation to your attention at the present time rather than to wait until a national catastrophe focuses the spotlight of public indignation upon the Department because of its failure to prevent a serious occurrence."

President Roosevelt sided with Hoover, not Jackson. In a signed May 21, 1940 memorandum to his attorney general, FDR wrote:

I have agreed with the broad purpose of the Supreme Court decision relating to wire-tapping in investigations. The Court is undoubtedly sound both in regard to the use of evidence secured over tapped wires in the prosecution of citizens in criminal cases; and is also right in its opinion that under ordinary circumstances wire-tapping by Government agents should not be carried on for the excellent reason that it is almost bound to lead to abuse of civil rights.

However, I am convinced that the Supreme Court never intended any dictum in the particular case which it decided to apply to grave matters involving the defense of the nation.

It is, of course, well known that certain other nations have been engaged in the organization of propaganda of so-called "fifth columns" in other countries and in preparation for sabotage, as well as in actual sabotage.

It is too late to do anything about it after sabotage, assassinations and "fifth column" activities are completed.

You are, therefore, authorized and directed in such cases as you may approve, after investigation of the need in each case, to authorize the necessary investigating agents that they are at liberty to secure information by listening devices direct to the conversation or other communications of persons suspected of subversive activities against the Government of the United States, including suspected spies. You are requested furthermore to limit these investigations so conducted to a minimum and to limit them insofar as possible to aliens.

FDR's assertion that the Supreme Court didn't read the Communications Act to bar surveillance for national defense wasn't based on the statute's text. The Communications Act provided that "no person not being authorized by the sender shall intercept any communication and divulge or publish the existence, contents, substance, purport, effect, or meaning of such intercepted communication to any person." The only source for FDR's national-security exception was the same as the one now presented as a defense of the NSA surveillance program: the president's inherent constitutional authority, as commander in chief of the armed forces, to conduct surveillance as an incident to the military's defense of our nation.

Despite FDR's readiness to use his inherent authority, he and Jackson pushed Congress to give the administration statutory authority. As Jackson recounted in his memoir, the administration sought authorization for surveillance for not only "espionage [and] sabotage," but also "extortion and kidnapping cases." The House was willing only to authorize FBI wiretapping "in the interest of national defense." As today, any such legislation was opposed by the ACLU, as well as (in Jackson's words) "others of liberal persuasion."

FDR and Jackson also opposed those who sought to require that surveillance be approved not only by the attorney general but also by the courts, through warrant requirements. As Jackson wrote in a March 19, 1941 letter to Rep. Hatton Summers, "I do not favor the search warrant procedure.... Such procedure means loss of precious time, probably publicity, and filing of charges against persons as a basis for wire tapping before investigation is complete which might easily result in great injury to such persons."

In the end, FDR and the Congress weren't able to agree on a legislative compromise. Nonetheless, President Roosevelt continued to authorize national-security surveillance. All of this predated America's entry into the Second World War.

After choosing to authorize surveillance, President Roosevelt faced angry legislators (similar to Senator Specter and others today) who called for disclosure of the surveillance program's details in order to inform the legislative debate. FDR decided that Congress was not entitled to, and could not be trusted with, such information. He thus refused to comply.

Attorney General Jackson spelled this out in an April 30, 1941 letter to Rep. Carl Vinson, Chairman of the House Committee on Naval Affairs. Jackson reviewed the history of presidential refusals to disclose national security information, beginning with President Washington's 1796 refusal to disclose the details of treaty negotiations. Jackson warned that to provide such information to Congress would enable congressional personnel to leak details to the public, thereby tipping off targets and embarrassing informants. He said that disclosure would "prejudice the national defense and be of aid and comfort to the very subversive elements against which you wish to protect the country." And despite the fact that Congress was attempting to pass legislation pertaining to that very program, Jackson concluded that information regarding the surveillance "can be of little, if any, value in connection with the framing of legislation or the performance of any other constitutional duty of the Congress."

Jackson recognized that the president and Congress face different responsibilities, making agreement between the two branches difficult on such weighty, heated, time-sensitive issues. The Constitution gives the president the responsibility to act quickly and decisively to defend the national security. Congress, freed from such responsibility, could indulge other preoccupations. At one point, Jackson wrote Rep. John Coffee that "I am confident that if you and any of the other liberals in Congress sat in my seat and were held to some degree of responsibility for the perpetration of acts of sabotage and espionage in this country you would feel differently about the wire tapping bill."

And so it goes today. In the coming weeks, Senator Specter and others may threaten to withhold funds from the NSA or block nominations (such as General Hayden's nomination to head the CIA). The prerogatives of spending cuts and nominations blocks are within the power of the Congress, just as defense of the national security is committed to the president. President Bush can only hope that cooler heads prevail among House and Senate majorities. But in pursuing his own course of action, President Bush should keep in mind -- and cite as justification -- the example of the opposition party's greatest hero, President Roosevelt.

Adam White's review of Justice Robert Jackson's draft opinions in the famous Korean War-era Steel Seizure Cases will appear in the Albany Law Review later this year; his defense of the Senate's power to filibuster judicial nominations appeared last year in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is an attorney and counterterrorism consultant. His first book, My Year Inside Radical Islam, will be published in winter 2007 by Tarcher/Penguin.
American Spectator ~ Adam White and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross ** FDR's Domestic Surveillance

Related: November 28, 2001 Op-Ed; Washington Post ~ Rush Limbaugh ** Bush's FDR Example

Posted by yaahoo_2006iest at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 12 May 2006 10:18 AM EDT
Wednesday, 10 May 2006
Saddam Hussein's Terrorist Blueprints, Why his sponsorship of terror doesn't make the papers
Mood:  loud
Topic: Yahoo Chat Stuff

Saddam's Terrorist Blueprints

By Joel Mowbray

Ask even news-savvy Americans what they know about Saddam's plans to deploy suicide bombers against the West, and the most common response will be blank stares. Ditto for asking about how Saddam's thugs trained thousands of terrorists from around the Arab world, right up through 2002.

Both stunning revelations surfaced recently, one in Congressional testimony last month and the other in the current issue of Foreign Affairs magazine. The Pentagon has known about these items on Saddam's terrorist agenda since the end of 2003, which is when it received the after-action analysis report it had commissioned. (It served as the basis for the testimony and the magazine article.)

Now declassified, the book-length report analyzed thousands of Iraqi documents and interviews with over 100 officials of Saddam's regime to piece together what was going on in the tyranny's final days. Much of it is darkly humorous, such as the lengths to which minions would go to deceive Saddam or how the despot actually appeared to believe the ridiculous propaganda spewed by Baghdad Bob.

To the extent the report or its summaries were covered by the mainstream media, attention mostly was focused on the finding that Saddam apparently behaved himself in late 2002 and early 2003 in a vain attempt to stave off the invasion. Yet entirely ignored by the supposedly objective news outlets were the rather newsworthy items indicating that, in fact, Saddam was interested in exporting terror.

According to a Nexis search, only four news outlets have even mentioned "Blessed July," which was, in the words of the Foreign Affairs article, "a regime-directed wave of 'martyrdom' operations against targets in the West." All nine articles were editorials or opinion pieces. The New York Times essentially avoided covering the report or the magazine summary of it, as the paper instead excerpted a book co-authored by one of its reporters that relied heavily on the report. Even the Associated Press declined to print a quick mention that preparations for "Blessed July," again quoting from the magazine article, "were well under way at the time of the coalition invasion."

The Washington Post, however, did cover the release of the Foreign Affairs article, but with this headline: "U.S. Said To Misread Hussein On Arms." The not-so-subtle implication of the rather brief story was that Saddam didn't pose as big a threat as we thought. In the weeks following the Post article, the full report was released and its authors appeared before Congress. Neither event triggered additional coverage.

Even if Post reporters missed the section in the 230-page report on terror training camps operated by the Fedayeen Saddam, the militia of soldiers most loyal to the ruthless ruler, that issue was raised again in Congressional hearings last month. The camps, which were started in 1994, trained some 7,200 Iraqis in the art of terrorism in the first year alone. "Beginning in 1998," according to the full report, "these camps began hosting 'Arab volunteers from Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, 'the Gulf,' and Syria.'"

So in the late 1990's and beyond, during which time conventional wisdom tells us that Saddam was "contained," Iraq was training thousands of terrorists from across the Arab world. Saddam was not slowing down. "The training activity of the groups were increasing both internal and apparently external. It was increasing over time," testified Lt. Col. Kevin Woods (retired), the report's chief author.

Many Democrats, leading leftists, and even ostensibly objective members of the Fourth Estate scoff at Bush's contention that the war in Iraq was a necessary component of the war on terror. Yet when fairly compelling proof emerges that Saddam was actively involved in both training terrorists and planning attacks, the collective response was silence.

Most baffling, though, is that the White House has been equally silent.

Had President Bush made even one mention of "Blessed July," Saddam's plans for a "wave of 'martyrdom' operations" would have dominated cable newscasts and newspaper headlines for at least a day. Maybe not dominated, but it would have garnered at least some attention.

Had the White House press office decided that the mainstream media couldn't be trusted to disseminate the information accurately, it could have at least highlighted Saddam's terror training camps for friendly columnists, talk hosts, and bloggers. It didn't.

The White House doesn't believe in re-fighting the decision to go to war, which is painfully logical. But politics isn't logical. Neither are Bush's political enemies. If the President wants people to trust that he made the right call by toppling Saddam, he needs to reiterate everyday what we know: Saddam was a threat who could no longer be tolerated.

"Blessed July" and Saddam's terror training camps would be as good a place as any to start.

Joel Mowbray is author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.
Front Page Magazine ~ Joel Mowbray **
Saddam's Terrorist Blueprints

News like this is just too damned inconvenient for the liberal press to share. It blows away all their conspiracy theories and should take the wind out of the "Bush Lied" college campus protests.
But then what news is to be had in a non-protest?

So we march forward, secure in the knowledge that Democrats and the press will obfuscate, shield, and cover up any information which doesn't help to keep President Bush's poll numbers down.

November 2006 is going to fluster them again, isn't it?

Posted by yaahoo_2006iest at 10:38 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 10 May 2006 10:49 AM EDT
Wednesday, 3 May 2006
Dick DeVos May Make Michigan GOP
Mood:  bright
Topic: Yahoo Chat Stuff

Dick DeVos May Make Michigan GOP

With Michigan settling ever deeper into the economic doldrums, Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm is taking the challenge from the presumed Republican candidate, businessman Dick DeVos, very seriously.

Granholm was elected in November 2002, defeating Republican challenger Dick Posthumus with 51 percent of the vote. At this point, she faces no challenger in her party's primary in August.

But then there's DeVos, the husband of the ex-state GOP chairwoman, who looks assured of having no opponent in the GOP primary. And he has plenty of punch to fire things up: He has personal financial resources to commit to his campaign and has been tirelessly stumping the state with what he hopes is a winning message.

It seems to be working. A new statewide poll shows that DeVos has now pulled even with Gov. Granholm, with each garnering 43 percent support among likely voters.

The poll also found that two-thirds of respondents believe the state is headed in the wrong direction.

The gubernatorial election is set for Nov. 7.

DeVos has been hammering home his call for eliminating the state's main business tax and touting his extensive experience as a businessman - a skill set he says would help him turn around Michigan's economy if he's elected governor. [For more info:]

At the heart of that flagging economy is Michigan's 6.7 percent unemployment rate - nearly 2 percentage points above the national rate of 4.9 percent.

Granholm, who argues that nixing the business tax would blow a huge hole in the state's budget and just further strap the rank-and-file taxpayer, points to how her administration has been, in its own way, business-friendly - reducing, for instance, the red tape businesses face when seeking permits from the state.

She also has been emphasizing empirical results: Small firms growing by 2,400 in 2004; seven companies opening new headquarters in the state last year; and Toyota Motor Corporation's plans to invest $150 million in a new state-of-the-art research and development facility in York Township, generating more than 670 new jobs for Michigan.

However, DeVos, a former president of Alticor Inc. - the parent company of Amway Corp. - and the scion of one of Michigan's wealthiest families, keeps focused on what he describes as the very grim bigger and longer-range picture: "Our economy is in decline. Families are struggling. Jobs are leaving. And yet the rest of the nation continues to prosper," he intones as his campaign's signature mantra.

According to one calculation, Michigan has lost one job for every 20 minutes since Granholm was sworn in.

DeVos insists that any real recovery for the Great Lakes state will take some dramatic and perhaps painful initiatives.

Along with banishing the single business tax, he has been publicly mulling the trimming of Medicaid, the health plan that has become a black hole in the state's strained finances. Medicaid costs Michigan $7.5 billion in state and federal funds. Of that, $2.1 billion comes directly from Michigan taxpayers.

DeVos favors what Missouri has done to save its Medicaid program from implosion - eliminating the program for some 100,000 people to save an estimated $310 million in the current fiscal year.

The trimming back has been anything but painless and bloodless in the Missouri test case. These were some of the cuts: feeding tubes, walkers, crutches, prosthetics and physical therapy. Health-care premiums for low-income families were hiked up and Medicaid for disabled people who work part-time was discontinued.

For her part, Gov. Granholm has thus far insulated Medicaid from any deep cuts - continuing even some benefits that aren't mandated by the federal government.

With the battle lines drawn, pundits are suggesting that Granholm and an entourage of Democratic support groups will burn through about $30 million during the campaign.

DeVos has pledged to be competitive with that treasure chest. "I'm just going to try and keep up."

Having eschewed any PAC contributions, DeVos and company say they are looking for smaller gifts from "thousands of individuals."

Despite the big end-game figures, fund-raising as thus far been relatively modest - with the DeVos campaign reporting that they raised $1.84 million last year.

Meanwhile, the Granholm campaign raised $4.96 million in 2005 and kicked off 2006 with nearly $5.13 million in ready cash.

DeVos has declined so far to reveal how much of his personal fortune he stands ready to expend on the campaign. His campaign trail rhetoric, however, suggests that he'll do whatever it takes: "I know that Michigan is desperate for leadership, and I know how to turn this ship around. I'll never give up on Michigan, and I'm flat out going to get it done!"

Granholm has not been heavy with the political polemics, instead reminding the electorate how Michigan's public schools in 2005 received record funding at levels promised by the previous administration.

The tenacious DeVos, however, is always ready with a return jab.

In a recent speech, he noted: "We continue to lag in education achievement, even though we rank near the top in money spent on education. Two-thirds of the class of 2005 failed to meet state standards in social studies. Almost half failed to meet state standards in math. Over 40 percent failed to meet state standards in science."

There are, of course, other distressed states in the union.

Whatever the final result, the volatile gubernatorial contest in Michigan may serve as a template for other important contests around the country where politicians frantically search for the perfect message to capture the fickle hearts and minds of the American electorate.

For more info:

News ~ Dave Eberhart ** Dick DeVos May Make Michigan GOP

Posted by yaahoo_2006iest at 4:55 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 3 May 2006 5:15 PM EDT
Tuesday, 2 May 2006
Imam ''Teacher'' Beats 6-Year-Old Girl
Mood:  irritated
Topic: Yahoo Chat Stuff

This Is Truly An Outrage!

Nihad Afroun, Victim of Islamic "Teaching"

This is an electronic translation from French, so it may be a little difficult to understand...

Tetouan: a imam attacks a young girl

Nihad Afroun, a six years little angel, was violently beaten by its teacher at the school Sidi Ahmed El Bekkal, in Te'touan. A board of inquiry was diligente'e, Tuesday April 25, to draw this obscure history with light.

A scandalous business with Te'touan shakes the local public opinion and the mediums of teaching. Nihad Afroun, a six years little angel, was victim, last week, of physical violence, made by its teacher at the school Sidi Ahmed El Bekkal, located with the district Jbel Darssa. In addition to the psychological effects, this violence had serious physical consequences on the small girl. The face tumefied, Nihad present of the bruises at the eye-level and fractures at the level of the nose.

"The business goes back to Wednesday April 19. At 15 hours, the school invited me to announce to me that my daughter fell. When I arrived, it bled. I then asked him what arrived to him. She told me that at the time when the pupils entered in class at 13 hours 30 mn, the teacher made his prayer of the "Dohr". Without paying attention, it put the foot on its carpet ", affirms Fatima Ouled Abdelwahhab, mother of Nihad. And to add: "After having finished his prayer, the teacher gave a violent blow to my daughter so much so that it fell while knocking the face against the ground. One did not opinion me that nearly two hours after the incident".

"I walked on his small carpet. It struck me and I fell by ground", confirms small Nihad of a soft voice. The mother then leads her daughter to the hospital "Sania Rmel" in Te'touan to receive the care necessary. "the doctor said to me that my daughter has serious fractures on the level of the nose", the mother, the tight c?ur of anguish adds. The mother of the victim, scandalized, decided to carry felt sorry for against the teacher, a man who has around fifty, also "khatib" of a mosque located in Hay Boujarah.

According to testimonys' of the children of the school, the teacher often beat them with a rule on the fingers. Taking note of the facts, local associations condemned without reserve this act of violence unworthy of a teacher, supposed to give the good example.

Complete Article: Aujourd'hui ~ French Version ** Tetouan: a imam attacks a young girl
Aujourd'hui ~ English Translation ** Tetouan: a imam attacks a young girl

Posted by yaahoo_2006iest at 6:14 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 2 May 2006 6:32 AM EDT
Monday, 1 May 2006
Right-to-life case goes to Europe, patient wants to prevent doctors from withdrawing his nutrition
Mood:  chatty
Topic: Yahoo Chat Stuff

Right-to-life case goes to Europe

A man with a brain illness who wants to prevent doctors withdrawing nutrition when his condition worsens, is going to the European Court of Human Rights.

Les Burke, 45, had a landmark High Court ruling, preventing doctors withdrawing food and drink when he cannot speak, overturned last year.

The Court of Appeal upheld an appeal by the General Medical Council and he was refused leave to appeal to the Lords.

Mr Burke, from Lancaster, lodges his case in Europe next week.

"I feel really that it's one-all at the moment and we need the European Court to decide," Mr Burke told the BBC.

Public interest
His solicitor Muiris Lyons, from Alexander Harris, said: "We were very surprised that the Lords said the case did not have a significant public interest."

Mr Burke is challenging GMC guidelines that would permit doctors to withdraw food and hydration as his condition, cerebella ataxia, deteriorates.

Mr Burke could be left paralysed and unable to speak but with his mental faculties unimpaired.

Mr Lyons said this would be a denial of his client's human rights.

The GMC maintains doctors would be put in an impossible position if Mr Burke were to win his case.

The Department of Health has said that if the original ruling were upheld, patients would be allowed to demand other treatments, which would have serious implications for the NHS.

BBC News ** Right-to-life case goes to Europe

Posted by yaahoo_2006iest at 1:22 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 1 May 2006 1:33 AM EDT
Saturday, 29 April 2006
Rush Limbaugh reaches settlement in Florida drug case
Mood:  chatty
Topic: Yahoo Chat Stuff

Limbaugh reaches settlement in Florida drug case

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Rush Limbaugh reached a settlement with prosecutors Friday in a fraud case involving prescription painkillers, though the conservative radio commentator maintains his innocence.

Limbaugh turned himself in to authorities about 4 p.m. on a warrant for fraud to conceal information to obtain a prescription, the first charge in the nearly 3-year-old case, said Teri Barbera, a spokeswoman for the state attorney. He was released an hour later on $3,000 bail.

Limbaugh's attorney, Roy Black, said his client and prosecutors reached a settlement on a charge of doctor shopping.

Under the deal, Limbaugh would eventually see the charge dismissed in 18 months if he continues treatment for drug addiction, Black said.

Limbaugh also must continue to seek treatment from the doctor he has seen for the past 2 1/2 years, Black said.

Limbaugh entered a plea of not guilty in court Friday.

"Mr. Limbaugh and I have maintained from the start that there was no doctor shopping, and we continue to hold this position," Black said in an e-mailed statement.

Prosecutors began investigating Limbaugh in 2003 after a tabloid newspaper reported that his housekeeper said he had used her to illegally buy painkillers. He soon took a five-week leave from his radio show to enter a rehabilitation program.

Prosecutors seized Limbaugh's records after learning that he received about 2,000 painkillers, prescribed by four doctors in six months, at a pharmacy near his Palm Beach mansion. They contended that Limbaugh engaged in "doctor shopping," or illegally deceived multiple doctors to receive overlapping prescriptions.

Limbaugh acknowledged he became addicted to pain medication, blaming it on severe back pain.

According to Black, Limbaugh also has agreed to make a $30,000 payment to the state to defray the public cost of the investigation. The agreement also provides that he must refrain from violating the law during this 18 months, must pay $30 per month for the cost of supervision and comply with other similar provisions of the agreement.

USA Today ~ Associated Press ** Limbaugh reaches settlement in Florida drug case

Settlement Agreement Ends State Investigation of Rush Limbaugh

Palm Beach, FL - In response to media and other inquiries, Roy Black, Rush Limbaugh's attorney, released the following statement today concerning a settlement agreement with the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office to end the investigation of Mr. Limbaugh:

"I am pleased to announce that the State Attorney's Office and Mr. Limbaugh have reached an agreement whereby a single count charge of doctor shopping filed today by the State Attorney will be dismissed in 18 months. As a primary condition of the dismissal, Mr. Limbaugh must continue to seek treatment from the doctor he has seen for the past two and one half years. This is the same doctor under whose care Mr. Limbaugh has remained free of his addiction without relapse.

"Mr. Limbaugh and I have maintained from the start that there was no doctor shopping, and we continue to hold this position. Accordingly, we filed today with the Court a plea of 'Not Guilty' to the charge filed by the State.

"As part of this agreement, Mr. Limbaugh also has agreed to make a $30,000 payment to the State of Florida to defray the public cost of the investigation. The agreement also provides that he must refrain from violating the law during this 18 months, must pay $30 per month for the cost of "supervision" and comply with other similar provisions of the agreement.

"Mr. Limbaugh had intended to remain in treatment. Thus, we believe the outcome for him personally will be much as if he had fought the charge and won."

The actions taken today are as follows:

The State Attorney has filed a single charge of doctor shopping with the Court. The charge is being held in abeyance under the terms of an agreement between the State and Mr. Limbaugh.

Mr. Limbaugh has filed a plea of "Not Guilty" with the Court.

The formal agreement between Mr. Limbaugh and the State Attorney will be filed with the Court on Monday. The terms of the agreement are substantively as follows:

Mr. Limbaugh will continue in treatment with the doctor he has seen for the past two and one half years.

After Mr. Limbaugh completes an additional 18 months of treatment, the State Attorney has agreed to drop the charge.

Mr. Limbaugh has agreed to make a $30,000 payment to the State of Florida to defray the public cost of the investigation.

Rush ** Settlement Agreement Ends State Investigation of Rush Limbaugh

Posted by yaahoo_2006iest at 4:51 AM EDT
Friday, 28 April 2006
Al-Qaeda losing control
Mood:  celebratory
Topic: Yahoo Chat Stuff

Al-Qaeda leaders are losing control, U.S. says

WASHINGTON -- Leaders of al-Qaeda lost some control of the terror network last year due to the arrests and deaths of top operational planners, but the group remains the most prominent terror threat facing the United States and its allies, the State Department said Friday.

In its annual report on worldwide terrorism, the department singled out Iran as the most active state sponsor of terrorism, saying that its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Ministry of Intelligence and Security directly have been involved in the planning and support of terrorist acts.

Overall, the report tallied about 11,000 terror attacks around the world last year, resulting in more than 14,600 deaths. That is almost a fourfold increase from 2004, though the agency blames the change largely on new ways of tallying the incidents.

About 3,500 of last year's attacks occurred in Iraq and about 8,300 of the deaths occurred there, accounting for a large part of the increase over 2004.

The report said that Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaeda leaders are scattered and on the run and Afghanistan is no longer a safe haven for the network. In addition, al-Qaeda's relations with the Taliban that once ruled Afghanistan are growing weaker and the group's finances and logistics have been disrupted, the report said.

"Al-Qaeda is not the organization it was four years ago," the report said.

However, "overall, we are in the first phase of a potentially long war," it said. "The enemy's proven ability to adapt means we will go through several more cycles of action/reaction before the war's outcome is no longer in doubt. It is likely we will have a resilient enemy for years to come."

A new generation of extremists, some of them getting training through the Internet, is emerging in cells that are likely to be more local and less meticulously planned, the report said. These small groups, empowered by technology, are very difficult to detect or counter, it said.

Safe havens for terrorists where they plan and inspire acts of terrorism tend to be located along international borders between and among ineffective governments, the report said. It cited the Afghanistan border, the intersection of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil, the Celebes Sea in Southeast Asia, and Somalia.

In Iraq, which the report called a key front in the global war on terror, a system of clandestine support networks funneled in foreign terrorists from the Middle East, Europe, North Africa, South and Central Asia and the Caucasus.

In 2004, the U.S. government's National Counterterrorism Center, which monitors terrorism, counted 3,192 terror attacks worldwide, including more than 28,000 people wounded, killed or kidnapped.

Officials have said the government last year changed its system of counting global attacks and devoted more energy to finding reports of violence against civilians. Even so, the higher figures underscore how terrorism around the world has grown since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Six countries -- Cuba, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria -- remain classified as state sponsors of terror. Libya and Sudan, though, were credited with continuing to take significant steps to cooperate in the global war on terror.

But the report cited allegations that Libyan officials played a role in an attempt to assassinate then-Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah in 2003 and said the United States continues to evaluate Libya's assurance to halt the use of violence for political purposes.

Libya began working last year with Britain to curtail terrorism by the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group and extradited a suspect in a Cairo bombing to Egypt, the report said.

In Israel and Palestinian-held territories, a range of groups, including Hamas, used a variety of tactics, including suicide bombs.

The number of victims killed in Israel was less than 50, down from the nearly 100 people killed in 2004, the report said.

The report said that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, with whom the Bush administration has clashed repeatedly, has an "ideological affinity" with two terrorist groups operating in Colombia, the FARC and the National Liberation Army. It said these connections limit Venezuela's anti-terrorism cooperation with its neighbor.

USA Today ~ Associated Press ** Al-Qaeda leaders are losing control, U.S. says

Also at: Strategy ** Al Qaeda Admits Defeat

Posted by yaahoo_2006iest at 2:10 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 28 April 2006 2:21 PM EDT
Thursday, 27 April 2006
Welfare to kids of illegals at $276 million, in LA County alone
Mood:  loud
Topic: Yahoo Chat Stuff

Welfare to kids of illegals at $276 million
By Troy Anderson

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said Tuesday that he will tell Congress that close to 100,000 children of illegal immigrants in the county collect $276 million in annual welfare benefits.

Antonovich, who is in Washington with the Board of Supervisors, will meet with congressional representatives and provide information about the impact of illegal immigration on county services.

Antonovich said 98,703 children of 57,458 undocumented parents received Cal-WORKS welfare checks in January, or a total of 156,161 recipients.

"If incorporated into a city, it would be the sixth-largest city in Los Angeles County," Antonovich said in a statement Tuesday. "While legal immigration is a positive influence on our culture and economy ... in public safety, health care and public social services, illegals cost county taxpayers nearly three quarters of a billion dollars a year."

Shirley Christensen, spokeswoman for the Department of Public Social Services, said her office provided the data to Antonovich.

"What I want to make clear is the children we aid are legally eligible to be aided," Christensen said. "They are the children of undocumented parents, but they themselves are not undocumented. They were born in this country."

Antonovich's comments come amid a debate in Congress and across the nation about illegal immigration.

No reliable studies have been conducted on the economic impact illegal immigrants have on California government budgets, according to a study by the Public Policy Institute of California.

In 2004, the Government Accountability Office concluded there was insufficient information to establish the costs to states of educating illegal immigrant children.

Some in the immigration debate say illegal immigrants are a drain on public coffers. Others say illegal immigrants pay more in taxes than they receive in services.

Illegal immigrants are not eligible for many government services, but they can use the public health care system and their U.S.-born children are eligible for welfare.

LA Daily News ~ Troy Anderson ** Welfare to kids of illegals at $276 million

Posted by yaahoo_2006iest at 2:32 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 27 April 2006 2:38 AM EDT
Monday, 24 April 2006
Staff sergeant's suspicion of civilian led to evacuation of Iraq Internet cafe before blast, saved 17 lives
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You would only see this on the mainstream libtard media if there was a high tragic death toll...

Soldiers and workers at Al Kisik in Iraq examine damage caused a bomb attack on the camp's Internet caf? on March 27. Staff Sgt. Martin Richburg's quick thinking is credited for averting deaths and injuries. No one was hurt in the blast. >>>>>

Staff sergeant's suspicion of civilian led to evacuation of Iraq Internet cafe before blast
By Monte Morin

AL KISIK, Iraq - The camp was still on edge from a suicide bomb attack that morning.

The bomber had targeted an Iraqi army recruiting drive at the combined Iraqi and American forces base here in northwest Iraq. Although no U.S. soldiers were injured, soldiers from the 2nd, or "Gunners," Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, out of Giessen, Germany, dealt with the aftermath.

"Imagine a dump truck filled with 40 bodies, some alive, some dead, some walking around with only a scratch," said 1st Lt. David "Big Doc" Brickhouse, the physician's assistant who oversaw the treatment and evacuation of victims. "It was crazy."

So it was with no small amount of suspicion that Staff Sgt. Martin Richburg (right) observed an Iraqi civilian pacing nervously near the camp's crowded Internet cafe that same evening.

It was around 9 p.m. on March 27, and Richburg was sitting behind the wheel of his "bongo" flatbed truck in the parking lot, talking to his wife on a cell phone.

"I saw this guy duckin' and peepin' outside the Internet [cafe]," said the 44-year-old Baltimore, native. "I said, 'Let me keep an eye on this guy.'"

Unknown to Richburg at the time, the man was an insurgent who had managed to get a job at the camp's Iraqi army noncommissioned officer academy. Part of a cell that had planned a series of attacks, the insurgent had constructed a bomb within the camp after smuggling components in piece by piece.

Richburg, a heavy-vehicle mechanic assigned to the 142nd Maintenance Company, grew increasingly suspicious as the man peered into the cafe window, walked away, and then returned with a plastic chair and a package.

"I'm really watching the guy at this point, I'm watching his every move," Richburg said. "I'm sitting right there and the guy never even saw me."

The package looked like something bulky wrapped in a blue plastic shopping bag. Richburg's suspicion grew to alarm when the man stepped onto the chair, placed the bag on top of the window's air conditioning unit and then took off running.

Throwing down his cell phone - his wife was still on the line - Richburg dashed after the man and brought him down with a swift kick to the back of his legs. By this time, Richburg had drawn his 9 mm pistol and, holding the man down, called for another Iraqi he knew to translate.

"I asked him if he knew who this guy was and he said, 'No,'" Richburg said. "I told him I saw him put a package on the air conditioner and asked him to find out what was in it. Then I charged my weapon to scare him."

The man answered back quickly. He said he had placed a bomb on the air conditioner. Richburg asked how much time they had before it exploded. "Five minutes," the man said.

Dragging the insurgent in one hand and waving his pistol in the other, the burly mechanic rushed to the cafe entrance and began shouting at everyone to get out.

Shocked by the sight of Richburg waving a pistol and swearing at the top of his lungs, a dozen soldiers and five civilians piled out of the cafe. The mechanic yelled at them to take cover behind a line of concrete blast barriers.

The soldiers braced themselves. After roughly 15 minutes, the package exploded with the noise of an artillery shell. The windshield of Richburg's truck "crystallized" by the blast, and a Porta-John was flung into a nearby meadow. The window of the Internet cafe was destroyed, driving glass and shrapnel deep into the walls and computer booths.

Since the cafe had been cleared, nobody was injured.

"The bomb definitely would have killed some people," said Maj. John Stark, a liaison officer to the Iraqi army. "It definitely would have killed the guy sitting next to the air conditioner."

Richburg has since been awarded the Army Commendation Medal with "V" device for valor, and has been nominated for a Bronze Star for his actions on that evening.

"I suppose anyone else would have done it too," Richburg said of his actions. "It was the way the guy moved. If he walked away normally I might not have done it."

Stars and Stripes ~ Monte Morin ** Staff sergeant's suspicion of civilian led to evacuation of Iraq Internet cafe before blast

Posted by yaahoo_2006iest at 1:11 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 24 April 2006 1:17 AM EDT
Sunday, 23 April 2006
Islamist protest in NY: 'Mushroom cloud on way'
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Islamist protest in N.Y. - 'Mushroom cloud on way'

Rally at Israeli consulate features pictures of Muslim flags flying over White House

A New York rally by the Islamic Thinkers Society outside the Israeli consulate yesterday featured chants of "The mushroom cloud is on its way! The real holocaust is on its way!"

The demonstration by the Queens-based group was monitored by the Investigative Project on Terrorism whose members noted signs including "Islam will Dominate" and a picture with an Islamic flag flying over the White House.

The chants were in Arabic and translated by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, headed by Steve Emerson, a former reporter for CNN.

Here are some excerpts from the chants:

Leader (in Arabic): "With our blood and our lives we will liberate al Aqsa!"

[The rest also respond in Arabic:] "With our blood and our lives we will liberate al Aqsa!

Israeli Zionists What do you say? The real Holocaust is on its way"


Response: "Allahu Akbar!"


Response: "Allahu Akbar!"

"Zionists, Zionists You will pay! The Wrath of Allah is on its way!

Israeli Zionists You shall pay! The Wrath of Allah is on its way!

The mushroom cloud is on its way! The real Holocaust is on its way!"

"Israel won't last long ... Indeed, Allah will repeat the Holocaust right on the soil of Israel"


Response: "Allahu Akbar!"

According to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, the Islamic Thinkers Society is an offshoot of London's Al-Muhajiroun, a group that celebrated the 9/11 attacks, referring to the hijackers as "the Magnificent 19," and posting a burning picture of the Capitol on its website.

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World Net Daily ** Islamist protest in N.Y. - 'Mushroom cloud on way'

Posted by yaahoo_2006iest at 11:35 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 23 April 2006 11:48 PM EDT

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