A chip company’s plan to open a manufacturing plant in Abu Dhabi has experts worried about the supply of essential computer processors. Should a war or even a serious political disagreement arise, they say, a foreign power could stop or corrupt the flow of computer chips from its plants to the U.S.
Intel Corporation announced on Tuesday that it plans to spend up to $8 billion on state-of-the-art plants in Oregon and Arizona, meaning a large number of central processing units (CPUs) — the brains behind every computer — would continue to be manufactured in the U.S. The company’s CEO, Paul Otellini, said the plants would “create 6 to 8,000 construction jobs, and about 1,000 permanent new jobs working in manufacturing.”
But Intel’s sole competitor has its sights set on a new Silicon Valley — a Mideast country that experts say could take jobs from Americans and create serious security issues for the U.S.
“National security is based on innovation,” James P. Dougherty, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the think tank’s Cyberconflict and Cybersecurity Initiative, told FoxNews.com. “We need to ensure that we keep control over some of those CPUs … and ensure that they’re made in the U.S.”
While companies in the U.S. have designed and built the CPUs for nearly every desktop and laptop computer for decades, it seems that America’s dominance may be waning.
More and more, computer chip manufacturing has already moved overseas. Now GlobalFoundries, originally part of No. 2 CPU manufacturer AMD, is looking to build a competing plant in Abu Dhabi, the first in the Middle East.
GlobalFoundries — born in 1979 when AMD opened its first manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas — is now owned by Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC), which is solely owned by the government of Abu Dhabi. Among ATIC’s goals: to develop a semiconductor industry in the United Arab Emirates.
That location is alarming to some industry analysts.
“One might worry that another country might someday turn hostile to us,” and cut off computer components necessary to national security, noted Jim Turley, editor-in-chief of the tech-industry bible The Microprocessor Report and the founder of the industry research firm Silicon Insider.
~ Obama is on the SW trip, no he isn’t dining with Governor Brewer. He’s building a senatorial firewall. Step Lively Patriots in those states or they will keep the Senate! But WHO would be the majority leader?
With less than two weeks go before the midterm elections, most Democrats are trained on salvaging control of the House.
Except perhaps the president.
A review of Mr. Obama’s travel schedule in the weeks leading up to the election show that he’s focused primarily on Senate and gubernatorial races as he jets around the country to raise money and gin up the base.
Dem lawmakers in swing districts are steering clear of the president as some party insiders believe he can actually help more by operating around the edges of House districts while focusing on the Senate.
“I’m counting on the DSCC to win the 15 Senate seats still up for grabs over these last 15 days,” Obama wrote, asking for more than $900,000 in donations before Thursday to finance a get-out-the-vote “blitz” over the weekend.
Republicans need to pick up a net gain of 10 Senate seats on Election Day in order to win back a majority in the Senate, and make Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) the majority leader.
The nonpartisan Cook Political Report lists 11 races as “toss up” contests, nine of which are currently controlled by Democrats. Republicans are also seen by Cook as being well-positioned to pick up Democratic seats in Indiana, Arkansas and North Dakota.
~It is my personal belief that all MSM reports are being fudge fed to make democrats believe they will keep the Senate. They very well may. Then again they very well may not. Washington State don’t let it happen. I have every confidence in Nevada. California IS a tossup but we can pull it out. If voters in CA or IL pull it off, can you phantom what this will say?! Colorado I don’t care if you have to use a mush team through the snowy mountains to get out the Vote- JUST do It! Cheeseheads, WI. or Kentucky should NOT even be in play! SHOW them Missouri! PA, what IS going on ?! Are they skewing the polls?
~NO hanging chads opportunity!
Look, if it is that close they have a major chance to cheat & steal that particular office. DON’T let it happen! The states in question need magnifying glasses! They need a slew of poll watchers!
Audience Boos Congressman Over Health Care. Crowd gets raucous over Rep. Jim Oberstar’s responses at debate
GOP Candidates Slam Stimulus
Kelley Paul, wife of Kentucky Senate GOP candidate Rand Paul, has called a news conference later Wednesday to address the attack ad run by her husband’s opponent that bashes his involvement in a college group 30 years ago that reportedly mocked Christianity.
While standing by her man, Mrs. Paul, who is a deacon at the family’s church, plans to show a new National Republican Senatorial Committee television ad, viewed here, that uses media pundits and numerous NBC and MSNBC anchors (some of whom are more liberal) questioning the ad by Democratic attorney general Jack Conway, with some even denouncing it. The new ad, which says Conway has “Gone Too Far,” also makes use of an MSNBC guest appearance by Sen Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, in which the Obama White House ally calls the ad “dangerous.” McCaskill also said in that same appearance that Paul was too “thin-skinned” for walking off stage in a recent debate without shaking Conway’s hand.
Conway and Paul are locked in a dead heat for the seat being vacated by retiring GOP Sen. Jim Bunning.
Paul has questioned whether or not he will appear at the next scheduled debate, and officials at the campaign tell Fox no decisions have yet been made.
Anwar Al-Awlaki may be the first American on the CIA’s kill or capture list, but he was also a lunch guest of military brass at the Pentagon within months of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, Fox News has learned.
Documents exclusively obtained by Fox News, including an FBI interview conducted after the Fort Hood shooting in November 2009, state that Awlaki was taken to the Pentagon as part of the military’s outreach to the Muslim community in the immediate aftermath of the attacks.
The incident was flagged by a current Defense Department employee who came forward and told investigators she helped arrange the meeting after she saw Awlaki speak in Alexandria, Va.
The employee “attended this talk and while she arrived late she recalls being impressed by this imam. He condemned Al Qaeda and the terrorist attacks. During his talk he was ‘harassed’ by members of the audience and suffered it well,” reads one document.
According to the documents, obtained as part of an ongoing investigation by the specials unit “Fox News Reporting,” there was a push within the Defense Department to reach out to the Muslim community.
“At that period in time, the secretary of the Army (redacted) was eager to have a presentation from a moderate Muslim.” In addition, Awlaki “was considered to be an ‘up and coming’ member of the Islamic community. After her vetting, Aulaqi (Awlaki) was invited to and attended a luncheon at the Pentagon in the secretary of the Army’s Office of Government Counsel.”
Awlaki was interviewed at least four times by the FBI in the first week after the attacks because of his ties to the three hijackers Nawaf al-Hazmi, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Hani Hanjour. The three hijackers were all onboard Flight 77 that slammed into the Pentagon. Apparently, none of the FBI’s information about Awlaki was shared with the Pentagon. Former Army Secretary Tommy White, who led the Army in 2001, said he doesn’t have any recollection of the luncheon or any contact with Awlaki.
“If this was a luncheon at the Office of Government Counsel, I would not necessarily be there,” he said.
The Pentagon has offered no explanation of how a man, now on the CIA kill or capture list, ended up at a special lunch for Muslim outreach. Army public affairs official Gary Tallman has been asked for comment five times between Oct. 13-19, but has responded only by asking how Fox News knew about the event.
However, after the lunch was first reported on Fox News on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Army said he would provide additional information.
He insisted the lunch was not an Army event, but rather a “Defense Department” activity. (~Uh-oh)
He also noted that the FBI document referred to the “Office of Government Counsel” but should read “Office of General Counsel.”
A former high-ranking FBI agent told Fox News that at the time Awlaki went to lunch at the Pentagon, there was tremendous “arrogance” about the vetting process at the Pentagon.
“They vetted people politically and showed indifference toward security and intelligence advice of others,” the former agent said.
Assume the polls are correct and Republicans win control of the House, and perhaps even the Senate, in next month’s elections. What lessons will the White House learn? Will Barack Obama interpret the vote as a repudiation of much of his agenda, or will he conclude that he made a few tactical errors but was still right on the big issues?
Bet on the latter. All indications coming out of the White House suggest that if Democrats suffer major losses, the president and his top aides will resolutely refuse to reconsider the policies — national health care, stimulus, runaway spending — that led to their defeat. Instead, they will point fingers in virtually every direction other than their own. Come November, it’s likely the D-for-Democrat that the president refers to so often will actually stand for “denial.”
The White House has given us plenty of clues in recent days as to how Obama will react to a possible Democratic drubbing at the polls. Here are five:
1. Obama will blame voters, not himself. At a small fundraiser in Massachusetts Saturday, Obama suggested Democrats are in trouble because recession-weary Americans simply aren’t thinking clearly. “Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument do not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared,” Obama said. “And the country is scared.” If Democrats lose, Obama is likely to fault voters’ irrationality, and not anything he has done.
2. Obama will spin the outcome as an illegitimate GOP victory. In recent weeks, the president and top administration officials have accused the Chamber of Commerce of illegally using foreign contributions to fund ads critical of Democrats. There’s no evidence to support the charge, but Obama has laid the foundation for a simple explanation of Democratic defeat: Republicans cheated.
3. Obama will blame a broken process. In a recent New York Times article, reporter Peter Baker asked a number of White House aides about mistakes Obama has made in office. “The biggest miscalculation in the minds of most Obama advisers,” Baker writes, “was the assumption that he could bridge a polarized capital and forge genuinely bipartisan coalitions.” By that standard, a post-defeat Obama will be guilty more of overestimating Republicans and the culture of Washington than of making mistakes on his own.
4. Obama will reaffirm, not reconsider, his achievements. The president says he has already kept about 70 percent of the promises he made in the 2008 campaign. Now, his main task will be to shield those accomplishments from GOP challenge. Aides constantly tell reporters that Republicans intend to roll back Obamacare and Wall Street reform, and the president plans to spend as much time as it takes fighting those efforts. “There’s going to be a lot of work in [the next two years] just doing things right and making sure that new laws are stood up in the ways they’re intended,” Obama told Baker.
5. Obama will resist real change inside the White House. The president has lost several top aides in recent months: Rahm Emanuel, James Jones, Lawrence Summers, Christina Romer, Peter Orszag and others. So far, Obama has preferred to replace departing insiders with other insiders. His reluctance to bring in a high-level adviser from outside his circle suggests he wants to keep doing what he’s doing.
Tie all those threads together, and in the wake of a Republican victory in November you can virtually guarantee the White House will not concede that the president hurt himself by pushing an unpopular national health care program through Congress; by pushing nearly a trillion dollars in stimulus spending that failed to reduce unemployment as predicted; by pushing a costly cap-and-trade agenda; or by advocating any number of other initiatives that flew in the face of voter sentiments.
In a recent campaign ad, Colorado Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck says the public tried to tell White House and Democratic leaders not to go ahead with those unwelcome measures. “They heard us, and yet they ignored us,” Buck says, adding: “And folks, on Nov. 2 they will ignore us no more.”
Republicans no doubt hope Buck is right. But so far Obama is sending signals that even if he loses big in November, he’ll make excuses, point fingers, and try to keep going just as before.
~I been looking all day for their ‘proof’. They bragged they would reveal evidence in 15 states. THIS was all thats in web search:
At a press conference to announce the report’s release this morning, Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson focused on the Mississippi Tea Party’s platform and its closeness with state politicians like Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant. A recent meeting between Mississippi Tea Party members and state officials saw the Mississippi Tea Party calling for a revival of the General Legislative Investigating Committee, he noted. Created by the state Legislature, the committee examined “un-American activities,” including civil-rights activism.
~ All I see is they want repudiation but not the proof promised. Imaginary teabags at this ‘doc’ are poor evidence Ben ~JP
~By Marva Hinton
The NAACP plans press conferences Wednesday in 15 states to issue a new report on alleged extremism within the Tea Party, and a preview of the report points to Orlando as one of the biggest Tea Party cities in the country.
What do you mean take your country back?” asked Orange County NAACP President the Rev. Randolph Bracy, pictured.
He says slogans such as that are code for a return to Jim Crow laws.
“How many black people do you see at these parties?” asked Bracy. “The vast majority of enlightened people of color see this movement as racist.”
He says the Tea Party hasn’t done enough to refute what he calls racist elements within the movement, but Orlando Tea Party leader Jason Hoyt sees it differently.
“It’s a moment of desperation,” said Hoyt. “[I've] been all over the country, and I have not met a single racist Tea Partier anywhere.”
Hoyt says he believes the issue of race is being used for political purposes in the run up to the election, but the NAACP says it will highlight Tea Party connections to white supremacists, anti-immigrant organizations and birthers during the press conferences set for Wednesday morning.
Do you think the Tea Party is racist?
Yes, the movement is full of people with racist views.
No, the NAACP is racist.
No, there are racist elements in both groups. But those people are not the majority.
Project 21’s Emery McClendon adds, “Based on their past allegations about the tea parties, I expect the NAACP’s newest attack will once again be riddled with stupid and baseless accusations. They are continuing to be the ‘squeaky wheel’ that demands attention and hopes that enough screaming will make their myths into fact. I hope the NAACP’s ‘research’ receives the scrutiny it deserves.”