May 212010
 

In the midst of an outcry over illegal immigration and Arizona’s new crackdown, a top Department of Homeland Security official visiting Chicago on Wednesday said his agency intended to step up enforcement in places such as Illinois.

John Morton, who heads U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said his agency intends to expand the Secure Communities initiative, which gives police and sheriff’s departments access to a Homeland Security database that includes fingerprints. The initiative recently grew to include most of Chicago’s suburbs.

Morton, a former prosecutor, also said the agency intends to increase scrutiny of employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants.

“If we’re going to bring about meaningful changes in behavior, you have to do that by focusing on the employer,” he said during a meeting with the Tribune editorial board.

Immigration crackdown for Illinois

May 21, 2010
Can’t we do two things at once?

See below a note I just received from my FNC colleague Mike Levine. Check out what I highlight in orange. I keep reading that President Obama has asked the Justice Department to review the Arizona Law…..don’t you think that President Obama might be WISE to simultaneously study the letters from Governor Brewer asking for HELP?

Last night on ON THE RECORD at 10pm Gov Brewer said her letters (identifying the problems and asking for help) are ignored.

How about not ignoring Arizona and the Governor? How about using some Justice Department resources to check out what she says? to investigate how to help Arizona? Sure…study the law to see if constitutional…but not to the exclusion of simultaneously answering and helping Arizona.

per levine:

Pressed for more clarification on ICE chief John Morton’s remarks this week to Chicago Tribune, a DHS official told Fox News:

“There’s a DOJ review [of AZ law] ongoing. That review is going to chart the way ahead in terms of the government’s response. ICE’s priority is on criminal aliens who pose a public threat. Every single day in every single state, ICE uses discretion in order to focus its efforts and meet their priorities. … . What Morton was saying is that like where they do everywhere else in country, ICE may use discretion [in AZ] to meet their priorities and target criminal aliens.”

In terms of what this means for the future of enforcing AZ’s law, the official said: “Anything is on the table.”


What rock did he crawl from under?!

NOTE: Morton sure had a different tale going on just a mere 9 days earlier:

A three-day sweep in the southeastern U.S. results in 596 arrests.

Reporting from Washington
Authorities arrested 596 illegal immigrants with prior criminal convictions in a three-day sweep across the Southeastern United States this week, the nation’s top immigration enforcement officer said Friday.

Most of them will be deported, though 22 may be prosecuted for illegally entering the U.S. after previously having been sent home, said John Morton, head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE. He said the operation underscored the Obama administration’s emphasis on deporting immigrants who break the law.

“These are not the kind of people that we want walking our streets or living in our communities,” Morton told reporters.

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May 212010
 

By MICHAEL C. DUKE

Galloway teaming up with MLFA amid calls for terrorism investigation

A former British MP accused of providing aid to a Palestinian terrorist organization is headlining an upcoming fundraiser in Houston.

George Galloway has been announced as the main attraction at a Memorial Day weekend event benefiting the Muslim Legal Fund of America. The talk and dinner are scheduled to take place Sunday, May 30, at the Crowne Plaza-River Oaks, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The MLFA and Galloway share connections through organizations and individuals involved in alleged pro-Hamas and anti-Israel activism. The MLFA also is suspected of engaging in tactics that can hinder states’ abilities to combat terrorism, according to a leading U.S. counter-terrorism expert.

Galloway & Hamas

Galloway is a vocal opponent of the State of Israel. He is founder of Viva Palestina, a registered UK charity established in January 2009 that aims to “break the crippling siege of Gaza and deliver humanitarian aid,” via international convoy, to Palestinians.

Yet, Galloway said of Viva Palestina’s inaugural convoy to Gaza in March 2009, “This is not charity. This is politics.”

Investigations into Viva Palestina’s operations similarly indicate that the organization provides financial, material and political support to Hamas – a terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of the State of Israel.

The Investigative Project on Terrorism has published a series of reports indicating that Viva Palestina has delivered millions of dollars in donated cash and supplies directly to Hamas leaders and indirectly to Hamas via front charities and NGOs. IPT provides dates, dollar amounts, names and background data. (These reports are accessible at investigativeproject.org, keywords “Viva Palestina” and “George Galloway.”)

Canada, in March 2009, banned Galloway from entering the country on national security grounds, according to statements given by Canadian border security officials. A spokesman for Canada’s immigration minister said that the decision was made to protect Canadians from people who fund, support or engage in terrorism, local media reported.

Egypt has banned the ex-British parliamentarian from entering its country on more than one occasion. On Jan. 8, 2010, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry declared Galloway “persona non grata.”

Over the past year, members of Congress, the Anti-Defamation League and others have called for Justice Department investigations into Viva Palestina’s links to Hamas. The requests were made after Galloway and Viva Palestina USA members reportedly raised funds on U.S. college campuses in support of their activities – actions that would appear to violate U.S. counter-terrorism laws and executive orders.

“Clearly, people and organizations in the United States cannot be allowed to solicit funds for foreign terrorist organizations,” Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., wrote in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in December 2009.

NOTE: Per Open Congress ~ Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif 14% User Approval,Votes 98% with Party

Rep. Brad Sherman Democrat • 27th District, California • 7th Term • Sworn In 1997

You cannot pass this article up !!! …

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May 212010
 

Paul Watson

Rep. McClintock highlights how illegals are imbued with aggressive foreign ideology and show no desire to assimilate as American citizens


Following Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s attack on the second amendment and his lecturing on American immigration policy, Congressman Tom McClintock described Calderon’s behavior as an “outrage” during a speech on the House floor yesterday, pointing out that America treats immigrants far better than the brutal way they are dealt with in Mexico.

During a series of speeches, including one in front of Congress, Calderon attacked Arizona’s decision to enforce its immigration policy while also calling upon lawmakers to re-enact the assault weapons ban in a bid to disarm the American people as they are integrated into the North American Union system.

President Obama treasonously supported Calderon’s message by alarmingly proclaiming, “We are not defined by our borders,” during a speech on the White House lawn.

McClintock later reacted by labeling Calderon’s rhetoric an “outrage” and slammed the Mexican President for holding American sovereignty in contempt while Democrats in Congress cheered him on.

McClintock said Calderon should, “Abide by the fundamental rules of diplomacy between civilized nations not to meddle in each other’s domestic debates.”

“Unlike Mexico’s immigration law — which is brutally exclusionary — the purpose of America’s law is not to keep people out. It is to assure that as people come to the United States, they do so with the intention of becoming Americans and of raising their children as Americans. Unlike Mexico, our nation embraces immigration and what makes that possible is assimilation,” said McClintock.

In Depth piece JUST MUST read…

Watch the clip…Read the statement…

Response to President Calderon
House Chamber, Washington, D.C.
May 20, 2010

M. Speaker:

I rise to take strong exception to the speech of the President of Mexico while in this chamber today.

The Mexican government has made it very clear for many years that it holds American sovereignty in contempt and President Calderons behavior as a guest of the Congress confirms and underscores this attitude.

It is highly inappropriate for the President of Mexico to lecture Americans on American immigration policy, just as it would be for Americans to lecture Mexico on its laws.

It is obvious that President Calderon does not understand the nature of America or the purpose of our immigration law.

Unlike Mexicos immigration law — which is brutally exclusionary — the purpose of Americas law is not to keep people out. It is to assure that as people come to the United States, they do so with the intention of becoming Americans and of raising their children as Americans.

Unlike Mexico, our nation embraces immigration and what makes that possible is assimilation.

A century ago President Teddy Roosevelt put it this way. He said:

“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language … and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

That is how we have built one great nation from the people of all the nations of the world.

The largest group of immigrants now comes from Mexico. A recent RAND discovered that during most of the 20th Century, while our immigration laws were actually enforced, assimilation worked and made possible the swift attainment of the American dream for millions of immigrants seeking to escape conditions in Mexico.

That is the broader meaning of our nations motto, e pluribus unum from many people, one people, the American people.

But there is now an element in our political structure that seeks to undermine that concept of E Pluribus Unum. It seeks to hyphenate Americans, to develop linguistic divisions, to assign rights and preferences based on race and ethnicity, and to elevate devotion to foreign ideologies and traditions, while at the same time denigrating American culture, American values and American founding principles.

In order to do so, they know that they have to stop the process of assimilation. In order to do that, they must undermine our immigration laws.

It is an outrage that a foreign head of state would appear in this chamber and actively seek to do so. And it is a disgrace that he would be cheered on from the left wing of the White House and by many Democrats in this Congress.

Arizona has not adopted a new immigration law. All it has done is to enforce existing law that President Obama refuses to enforce. It is hardly a radical policy to suggest that if an officer on a routine traffic stop encounters a driver with no drivers license, no passport, and who doesnt speak English, that maybe that individual might be here illegally.

And to those who say we must reform our immigration laws I reply that we dont need to reform them we need to enforce them. Just as every other government does. Just as Mexico does.

Above all, this is a debate of, by and for the American people. If President Calderon wishes to participate in that debate, I invite him to obey our immigration laws, apply for citizenship, do what 600,000 LEGAL immigrants to our nation are doing right now, learn our history and our customs, and become an American. And then he will have every right to participate in that debate.

Until then, I would politely invite him to have the courtesy while a guest of this Congress to abide by the fundamental rules of diplomacy between civilized nations not to meddle in each others domestic debates.

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May 212010
 

With machine-guns in hand, Mexico’s deadliest cartel is patrolling the waters of a Texas border lake. These pirates have already hit several boats. It’s happening on Falcon Lake in Zapata.

JUST watch the Video

ZAPATA, TEXAS — It sounds like something out of yesteryear: Pirates attacking boats and sailors, robbing them of their treasures. But it’s not on the high seas, but in deep South Texas.

With machine guns in hand, Mexico’s deadliest cartel is patrolling the waters of a Texas border lake.

These pirates already have hit several boats on Falcon Lake near Zapata, which is about an hour south of Laredo.

If you go too far across the lake and past the international boundary bouy, you are in Mexican territory and subject to attacks by pirates toting assault weapons.

“It is unsafe in Mexico. Don’t go to Mexico,” warned Game Warden Capt. Fernando Cervantes. “We can not cross over onto that side. If a boat goes across, that’s it. We stop there at the line.”

One man fishing on the lake Thursday, Lucas Garza, said he’d be staying away from the boundary.

“We’re not planning on going to that side,” he said. “We just know there’s no good news on that side.”

He and his friends have heard the warnings about Zeta cartel pirates ambushing boats on the Mexican side, operating with virtual impunity as they steal cash and electronics at machine gun-point.

At least three boats have been robbed so far, and authorities say they are investigating a fourth incident, as well.

The fear of what lurks beyond the boundary is keeping even local fisherman well within the U.S. side of the lake.

U.S. authorities say there just isn’t a Mexican law presence on the other side of the lake, so boaters who do venture to that part of Falcon Lake are on their own.

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May 212010
 

By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN
Published on DickMorris.com on May 21, 2010

President Obama has taken the United States one more giant step towards socialism by ramming through the Senate his financial regulation bill.

The bill authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury – a political appointee – to seize any financial company (bank or nonbank) simply because, in his opinion, it is too big to fail and in danger of insolvency. This power can be used for political retribution, pressure for campaign funding, or any other abuse bureaucratic whim or partisan politics can conceive. It is a power Fidel Castro or Hugo Chavez would love to have!

The legislation also requires that any business that extends credit, in any form, needs to clear the loan instrument in advance with the new consumer protection agency. The backlog of pending applications will strangle consumer credit.

And the bill fails to do the one thing it must do — regulate derivatives and make them transparent. Senator Chris Dodd (D Ct) bowed to pressure from his sponsors on Wall Street and deleted the regulatory provision and set up a commission to study the situation for two years! Senator Maria Cantwell (D Wash) protested the cop out with a no vote against the legislation.

So how did it pass? Four Republicans sold out, that´s how! Among the RINOs were, of course, Susan Collins and Olympia Snow of Maine. But, surprisingly, Scott Brown (R Mass), the newly elected Massachusetts Miracle defected as did the normally stalwart Chuck Grassley (R Iowa).

Now the federal government has effectively taken over about one third of our national economy by passing Obamacare and regulatory reform in almost the same breath.

Repealing this regulatory travesty must be high on our 2011 agenda!

Despite the courageous opposition of Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash).

Go to DickMorris.com to read all of Dick’s columns!

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May 212010
 

Ariz. governor takes on immigration law controversy, boycotts and Mexican president’s comments


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May 212010
 

By Kate Kelland

LONDON (Reuters) – Multi-drug resistant strains of tuberculosis (TB) could become dominant forms of the disease in the next few decades, adding heavy financial and medical burdens to already struggling health systems, doctors said on Wednesday.

In a series of studies into TB, scientists said “superbug” strains of the disease were already gaining ground in some countries and called for greater investment into research and development of new drugs and possible vaccines.

Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, known as MDR-TB, has much lower cure rates, higher death rates, and costs far more to treat than normal TB, they warned.

An estimated 440,000 MDR-TB infections occurred around the world in 2008, accounting for 3.6 percent of known cases.


Now Wash Your Hands !

Full article…

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May 212010
 

Nuke-Capable Missile Test-Launched in India


India’s army today conducted a successful trial launch of the country’s Agni 2 ballistic missile, the Associated Press reported (see GSN, March 29).

The weapon, fired from Wheeler Island off of eastern India, is designed to deliver nuclear or non-nuclear warheads as heavy as 2,200 pounds, an Indian Defense Ministry official said. The missile’s 1,250-mile flight range makes it capable of reaching parts of China, although New Delhi’s missile arsenal is primarily intended for targeting nuclear-armed rival Pakistan, according to AP.

Two test flights of the Agni 2 in 2009 ended unsuccessfully.

“It was a validation test to hone the missile’s accuracy and capability. It’s a routine ongoing procedure,” Jane’s Defense Weekly analyst Rahul Bedi said.

It was uncertain whether India warned Pakistan of the launch, but the test was likely to produce little friction between the neighboring states, according to AP. Each nation generally informs the other of impending missile tests.

Top officials from the two countries have been conducting talks aimed at reviving their peace process, which was suspended following the 2008 terrorist attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai (see GSN, May 11; Ashok Sharma, Associated Press/Yahoo!News, May 17).

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U.K. Firm Investigated Over Sale of “Dirty Bomb” Material to Iran


The British national security agency MI5 is investigating a company suspected of supplying Iran with material that could be used to produce a radiological “dirty bomb,” the London Sunday Times reported yesterday (see GSN, May 11).

Officials with the United Kingdom’s Revenue and Customs office searched the residence of the former sales manager for the chemical company Remet U.K., Jarrad Beddow. Last week, Beddow defended selling cobalt aluminate to Iran as there was no law prohibiting the export of the substance when the deal occurred in summer 2009.

“The substance was checked against the dual-use materials list issued by (the government) and found to be absent,” Beddow said.

Cobalt aluminate can be used to produce alloys as well as the lethal radioactive isotope cobalt 60. For this reason its sale to nations like North Korea and Iran is tightly limited. Cobalt is considered by nuclear experts as more likely to be used in a “dirty bomb” — which would employ conventional explosives to disperse radioactive material — than in a nuclear warhead.

British authorities warned before the sale that the deal constituted an “unacceptable risk of diversion to a weapons of mass destruction program of concern.”

“Anything that has cobalt in it, if put in a reactor, will capture thermal neutrons and make cobalt 60,” British nuclear expert David Thomas said.

Beddow asserted that Remet U.K. was the target of the investigation: “My home was searched by [Revenue and Customs] as part of the investigation into my employer, where I willingly supplied information.

Revenue and Customs is “not conducting a criminal investigation against me and I have never been arrested,” he said.

Remet managing director Stephen Pilbury said the company had notified the government of the “illegal” sale and was “fully cooperating” with the probe.

According to company documents, Beddow “arranged and/or effected the illegal sale of Remet’s products to a customer in Iran” — Tehran-based Mavadkaran Engineering, which manufactures equipment for the nation’s energy sector. The Iranian firm was not available to comment on the matter.

Since 2005, there have been unconfirmed reports that Tehran could be attempting to procure dirty bomb materials. There is particular concern among Western nations about Russia’s nearly finished program to provide Iran with a 1,000-megawatt power reactor that would generate non-bomb grade plutonium (see GSN, April 8).

It has been reported that the nuclear plant would produce enough material to build dirty bombs that could be mounted onto ballistic missiles aimed at Israel, according to the Times. Another fear is that Tehran would supply allied terrorist organizations with the radiological material for use in an attack (David Leppard, London Sunday Times, May 16).

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May 212010
 

by Andrew Marcus of Big Government

Writing for Fortune.com, Nina Easton relays her first-hand account of the uncivil disobedience and “mob”tactics exhibited by SEIU and the National People’s Action (NPA), as they terrorized a teenage child in his own home.

Baer’s teenage son Jack ( + “U” would be Jack Bauer…JUST had to share this )— alone in the house — locked himself in the bathroom. “When are they going to leave?” Jack pleaded when I called to check on him.

Liberty Chick has covered this SEIU-NPA attack-action here, and Huffington Post wrote a disgusting whitewash of the mob’s behavior:

Passersby and dogwalkers smiled at the sight of people gathered all over Baer’s lawn and blocking the road.

SEIU and NPA also loudly stormed into bank buildings, occupying and shutting down their lobbies. How much would you like being in one of those bank lobbies during an SEIU-NPA Progressive Democrat hijacking of the property? How is anyone supposed to know that the loud angry mob coming through the front door isn’t there to rob it, or worse yet, burn it down?

Just an aside – isn’t it against Federal law to purposely shut down the normal operation of Federally insured banking institutions? Or is that sort of thing being encouraged now?

This is all a part of an ongoing campaign which SEIU and NPA have titled “Showdown In America.”

This series of protests began as far back as last year, and the timeline leading up to these recent, potentially law-breaking mob activities add some critical context to these ugly developments…(FULL article & links)

Related article:

SEIU — Obama’s Portrait in the Attic 2010 April 9

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