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WASHINGTON — The young Yemeni woman arrested on suspicion of mailing powerful bombs to U.S. synagogues was released on bail Sunday, and a Yemeni official said authorities no longer believe she shipped the bombs.

Authorities arrested the woman after tracking the name and address used on the packages. But after the woman was arrested, the shipping agent said she wasn’t the one who signed the shipping documents, the official said.

The release means investigators no longer have any suspects in custody in a suspected al-Qaida plot that authorities believe was intended to take down cargo jetliners.

The Yemeni official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, said investigators now believe someone stole her identity and used it to mail the bombs. Whoever mailed the bombs had used her name, address and telephone number, the official said.

The woman, an engineering student, was released on bail but cannot leave the country pending further questioning.

Posted at JUST Piper…

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~The Greta segment that started this post-Palin vs. ‘Sad State of Journalism’

Former governor takes on Politico article on alleged GOP fear of her:

I Get that MSM is liberally biased.

I Get Politico leans left.

I get the misuse of ‘unnamed sources’ & Anonymous when you actually wish to protect a source who is in some imminent danger.

The first basic rules you learn in journalism, “True” journalism is:

* Who, what , when, where and why.

* Double check all your facts.

* Accuracy in quoting sources.

* No, it is not typical for stories to rely heavily on unnamed sources, and in fact, we discourage it unless the circumstances are extraordinary. A reporter has to let his editor know who the source is, and then we proceed. So, there is never complete anonymity.

i.e. NOTE: 4. Be skeptical of a source’s motives and be fair: Don’t permit anonymous character attacks.

5. When quoting unnamed sources, describe their credentials as thoroughly as possible without jeopardizing identity. Make sure the source is comfortable with the description.

Anonymous sources do tend to undermine a newspaper’s credibility. We are asking the readers to trust us, because, we tell them, we know who told us. But when we don’t identify a source, we run the risk of our readers wondering if that source was somebody with an ax to grind.

Cited in this article : Seven Basic Rules for Investigative Reporting

# Don’t exaggerate or distort the facts of the law. Efforts to sensationalize will discredit your investigation in the long run.

# Deal straight across the board with your sources and investigation subjects alike. Don’t use tricks or pretense to get people off guard. Don’t use a false name or identity or impersonate a law enforcement officer. If you deal straight with your subjects of your investigation, it is quite likely that they will be your best sources of inside information at some time in the future.

So-called journalists for many years are just ‘whoring’ sensationalism. Not the facts Ma’am.

So why the basic lesson & what has me so steamed? The same thing that has Greta Van Susteren beside herself. I JUST watched her interview with Sarah Palin. If you missed it , here are the basics:

~From Greta’s Blog…

Here are Politco’s sources for a trash piece on Governor Sarah Palin. This is not about Sarah Palin..this is about journalists and those who are too cowardly to speak on the record…

note: NOT ONE NAMED SOURCE…here are their sources:

– top republicans
– advisors to main 2012 presidential contenders
– other veteran Republican operatives
– GOP elites
-establishment figures (not for attribution)
-determined, focused establishment effort
-top advisors to candidates
-top Republicans
-top advisors
-long time Republican leader
-top advisor to rival campaign…

….so not only does Politco do trash journalism and have no sources…

…but these so called sources are the ones who want to take on Al Qaeda themselves (or as staff members) but don’t have the guts or the courage to attach their names to a trashing…go figure…

by the way, the two who wrote this? Mike Allen and Jim VanderHei

Let’s see how brave journalists are …let’s see who calls them out on this no source trashing and who does not.

The videos that accompany this Hit piece:

~Link to this trash piece if you must…Next for GOP leaders: Stopping Palin

The disgusting thing here is, these ‘journalists’ , MIKE ALLEN & JIM VANDEHEI were handed a bill of goods. I cannot wait to see if Soros ‘force fed’ them their so-called sources. Were they so desperate, so eager to get that sensationalist headline believing it would garner them adulation? What were they thinking? Have they NOT learned the smear attacks have all been backfiring?

If they wrote this rag on speculation or personal opinion, then ‘why’ are they professing sources? I JUST do not get this. But then again I do not get yellow journalism anyway.

A quote from this:

There is rising expectation among GOP elites that Palin will probably run for president in 2012 and could win the Republican nomination, a prospect many of them regard as a disaster in waiting.

And the point is?! Most of us can guess the so-called good old boy GOP elites that feel threatened by Sarah & TRUTH. ‘They’ know they are on probation & things will NOT go back to being run the way they have run it! The TEA parties have shown them that. Their feet will be held to the fire.

Tea Party’s Warning to Winning Candidates–Movement vows to hold elected officials accountable

Yet, another quote:

“There is a determined, focused establishment effort … to find a candidate we can coalesce around who can beat Sarah Palin,” said one {prominent and longtime Washington Republican.} “We believe she could get the nomination, but Barack Obama would crush her.”

So the Good Ol’ Boy Network Sarah has railed about says this namby-pamby garbage. So freakin’ what?!

This type of news is what the hoopala-doopala is over? Why? (You don’t want to know the Polish translation for doopa)

And Mike & Jim actually think they have hit it out of the park on this one. If I wasn’t so pissed off I would be laughing. Maybe tomorrow.

Since this ‘article’ is sickening my stomach & hurting my head to quote for you. This is the last quote:

Nearly all of these interviewees insisted on keeping their views on background, fearing the wrath of conservative grass-roots activists who are enthralled with the former Alaska governor and who have made plain that the establishment’s disdain for Palin and her devotees is mutually reciprocated.

” the wrath of conservative grass-roots activists “

I think Glenn Beck says it most succinctly from his show today. Listen to PART III at 11:00 min.

Greta was SO on the money, this piece goes on for FIVE pages & it’s like a first grader wrote it, instead of two journalists. It is redundant & hideous…But hey, That is JUST MY Opinion! ~JP

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~John Fund was Glenn’s guest today. They heartily discussed the left trying to Steal this election…


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The Justice Department is sending a small pack of election observers to Arizona as Hispanic groups sound the alarm over an anti-illegal immigration group’s mass e-mail seeking to recruit Election Day volunteers to help block illegal immigrants from voting.

~DOJ is wasting taxpayer money to make sure ILLEGALS get to Vote?! ~JP

Hispanic voting rights groups say the e-mail is just an attempt to intimidate minority voters. But election fraud monitors say that there are hundreds of examples of duplicate registrations, wrong information and past unregistered voters getting ballots.

Voter fraud allegations have emerged just days before the midterm in many crucial battleground states across the country, including Nevada, Pennsylvania and Florida.

The Justice Department announced Friday it would deploy more than 400 federal observers to 30 jurisdictions in 18 states ahead of Tuesday’s election. But Arizona officials say the department had already committed to sending observers to their state.

Justice Department officials had notified Maricopa County that they would send a “handful” of election observers, even before the e-mail was sent, Matthew Benson, a spokesman for Arizona’s secretary of state, told FoxNews.com.

“We don’t know why (the observers are) coming,” he said. “But we do not believe it’s in response to the e-mails making the rounds.”

But William Gheen, executive director of Americans for Legal Immigration, said he knows why they’re coming.

“They’re sending them out because the Obama administration is doing everything it can to make sure as many illegal aliens vote in 2010 although that is a violation of federal law,” he told FoxNews.com.

Benson noted that the Justice Department sends election observers to at least one Arizona county every election. In 2006, the department sent around 30 election observers to Maricopa County, he said.

Benson said the plan had nothing to do with the firestorm elicited by Ban Amnesty Now, or B.A.N., the group that sent an e-mail entitled “6 Days to STOP Illegals from Stealing the Election!”

The e-mail said “open-border criminals” in the unions, the White House and Hispanic groups are “determined to undermine” the election.

~Always resorting to ANY WAY possible to STEAL an election! ~JP

The e-mail originally included the signature of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, an immigration enforcement proponent and B.A.N. honorary co-chairman, but Arpaio’s name was later removed after Sean McCaffrey, the president of B.A.N., said he didn’t mean to send out the e-mail attributed to the sheriff.

That didn’t deter one voting rights group, Mi Familia Vota, (JUST Piper) from sending a letter to Justice Department officials Thursday asking them to send election observers.

“We are very concerned when you have Sheriff Joe Arpaio putting out this type of call to the community with the fear and concern that illegals are going to take over the election,” said Ben Monterroso, president of the group. “It’s not that we’re not concerned that the elections are secure, but the way that it’s been written – anyone who has the appearance of a foreign person, i.e. being a Latino – then that can create intimidation and violate their rights to vote.”

McCaffrey said Friday that, despite the erroneous attribution to Arpaio, he is looking for volunteers to provide information to his group about voter fraud, “especially stories concerning activities involving illegal aliens.”

“We hope that by forwarding interested volunteers to state elections officials we may contribute to smooth, fair and legal elections in all 50 U.S. states,” he wrote in a blog on the group’s website. “Furthermore, we hope that those who seem so shocked and outraged that Americans are concerned about stopping voter fraud will own up to their actions and stop committing vote fraud.”

McCaffrey told FoxNews.com in an interview that nearly 500 people have volunteered so far — about 100 of them in Arizona.

Part of the concern for voter fraud monitors is a result of a ruling this week by a federal appeals court that stripped the state of its ability to request proof of citizenship when residents register to vote. State officials say the ruling could increase the likelihood of voter fraud but not in next week’s midterms because the deadline for registration passed before the decision.

At Arizona polls, voters must show one piece of identification that includes their name, address and photograph, such as a driver’s license. They also can provide two forms of ID with their names and address, such as a utility bill or bank statement. Voters can also provide one form a acceptable photo ID with another form of non-photo ID that includes their name and address, such as a passport and a utility bill.

Arpaio declined to comment, but McCaffrey told FoxNews.com that he apologized to the sheriff Thursday for using his name without his permission. Arpaio, he said, stepped down as honorary co-chairman.

“He’ll continue to support us but he didn’t want an official title with the group while he was being investigated by everyone with a badge at the White House,” he said, alluding to the Justice Department’s investigation into whether Arpaio’s office was discriminating against Hispanics with its crackdown on illegal immigrants.

Monterroso said he’s happy the Justice Department is sending poll watchers, even if it’s not in response to his group’s letter.

“I think it’s the right thing to do,” he said. “It’s better to be safe than sorry. If they have people out there, we want to make sure people vote without fear of intimidation or harassment by anyone else.”

~By Stephen Clark FOX

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BAGHDAD, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Iraqi police stormed a church taken over by suspected al Qaeda-linked gunmen on Sunday and released the Catholic hostages that had been held inside, Iraqi and U.S. officials said.

“The operation has finished and we released all the hostages,” said Brigadier General Ali Ibrahim, commander of the federal police in southeastern Baghdad. U.S. military officials, who watched the rescue operation from cameras in hovering helicopters, confirmed the report.

Younadam Kana, a Christian lawmaker, said that parishioners who had called him from inside the church had estimated that the gunmen had taken more than 50 hostages.

Reporting by Waleed Ibrahim and Muhanad Mohammed; Writing by Michael Christie

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Barack Obama has been heckled by campaigners while speaking on the campaign trail in the US.

He was forced to halt his speech at a Connecticut rally after loud boos from Aids campaigners.

The dissenters carried placards calling for Mr Obama to not renege on funding promises.

The under-fire president called for them to quieten and reminded them funding for their cause would only be achieved with the Democrats in power, rather than their Republican opponents, who he said would offer them nothing.

:: Sky News will be bringing you in-depth coverage and analysis of the US mid-terms, including a special programme at 2pm on Sunday.
From Washington, Sky News political correspondent Adam Boulton said the ‘friendly-fire’ exchanges at the rallies were proof Mr Obama “no longer walks on water” with his supporters.

No one doubts the Democrats will lose seats on Tuesday, he said. “The question is the scale.”

Despite his defiance, Mr Obama’s party is predicted to struggle to convince sceptical voters to re-endorse the Democrats at Tuesday’s mid-term elections.

From Washington, Sky News political editor Adam Boulton said the ‘friendly-fire’ exchanges at the rallies were proof Mr Obama “no longer walks on water” with his supporters.

He said that while no-one doubts the Democrats will lose seats on Tuesday, “the question is the scale”.

The president was on the campaign trail in four states to try to limit the expected losses, fuelled by poll data indicating voters are unhappy with the state of the economy and unemployment.

~Sky News(is a sister channel to FOX) FULL Article

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