I will buy everyone in here a drink if by the end of this year there is not action on the jobs end. members of congress have explaining to do when they go home for the end of the year recess, if they’ve done nothing, nothing, to address the urgent need to help our economy and create jobs. — Jay Carney
The EU’s leadership remains unphased by the festering debt crisis in Greece, maintaining Athens should not, cannot, and will not default. Their message, however, is falling on increasingly deaf ears as leading economists, investors and academics say it’s inevitable. Greeks, meanwhile, are mobilizing for new mass rallies as government imposed austerity begins to break the back of the country’s economy. Salaries, pensions and jobs are free-falling, while taxes and cuts soar – all in an effort to satisfy EU demands in return for yet more debt – in the form of bailouts. And, according to William Dartmouth, an MEP for the UK Independence Party, the EU’s obsession with the Euro can only end in disaster.
Multiple sources, including sources from ATF, DOJ and Congressional offices have said there is a white paper circulating within the Department of Justice, outlining the essential elimination of ATF. According to sources, the paper outlines the firing of at least 450 ATF agents in an effort to conduct damage control as Operation Fast and Furious gets uglier and as election day 2012 gets closer. ATF agents wouldn’t be reassigned to other positions, just simply let go. Current duties of ATF, including the enforcement of explosives and gun laws, would be transferred to other agencies, possibly the FBI and the DEA. According to a congressional source, there have been rumblings about the elimination of ATF for quite sometime, but the move would require major political capital to actually happen.
“It’s a serious white paper being circulated, how far they’d get with it I don’t know,” a confidential source said.
After a after a town hall meeting about Operation Fast and Furious in Tucson, Ariz. on Monday, ATF Whistleblower Vince Cefalu, who has been key in exposing details about Operation Fast and Furious, confirmed the elimination of ATF has been circulating as a serious idea for sometime now and that a white paper outlining the plan does exist. Sounds great right? Eliminating ATF? But there is more to this story. Remember, low level ATF field agents, like ATF whistleblower John Dodson, were uncomfortable conducting Operation Fast and Furious from the beginning, but were told by high level officials within ATF that if they had a problem with the operation, they could find a job elsewhere. “Allowing loads of weapons that we knew to be destined for criminals, this was the plan. It was so mandated,” ATF Whistleblower John Dodson said in testimony on Capitol Hill on June 15, 2011. In fact, not only were the ATF agents forced to carry out the operation, they were told to go against what they had been taught in training.”>town hall meeting about Operation Fast and Furious in Tucson, Ariz. on Monday, ATF Whistleblower Vince Cefalu, who has been key in exposing details about Operation Fast and Furious, confirmed the elimination of ATF has been circulating as a serious idea for sometime now and that a white paper outlining the plan does exist.
Sounds great right? Eliminating ATF? But there is more to this story. Remember, low level ATF field agents, like ATF whistleblower John Dodson, were uncomfortable conducting Operation Fast and Furious from the beginning, but were told by high level officials within ATF that if they had a problem with the operation, they could find a job elsewhere.
“Allowing loads of weapons that we knew to be destined for criminals, this was the plan. It was so mandated,” ATF Whistleblower John Dodson said in testimony on Capitol Hill on June 15, 2011.
In fact, not only were the ATF agents forced to carry out the operation, they were told to go against what they had been taught in training.
~ featured image was chosen because to me it is an oxymoron but best explains the true threat we face here on American soil.
Imam Anwar al Awlaki held two important positions in the cobweb of international Jihadi terror. First, he was one of the emerging younger leaders of al Qaeda after the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Out of Yemen, from which his family originates, he had built a network of recruits capable of performing missions in the Arabian Peninsula, but also communicating with the Shabab of Somalia and many cells inside the West. His reach in recruitment was as far as Jihadists have been indoctrinated. The Nigerian Abdelmutalib, known as the Christmas day bomber in the US, was also connected to the Yemeni-based cleric. In a sense, al Awlaki was one of the most effective al Qaeda international officers. His loss will undoubtedly be felt –at least for a while – within the ranks of the network.
But his other position is even more important to Americans. The New Mexico-born Jihadist had established a web of American citizens, indoctrinated and incited to strike against US national security. Shazad, the terrorist who tried to blow up a car in Times Square, and Major Nidal Hassan, who massacred more than a dozen military in Ft Hood, are just two sinister examples of the American Jihadi network linked to al Awlaki. His writings in American English, his speeches and his savvy knowledge of American culture and politics made him in reality the “emir” of US citizens who followed the Jihadi ideology. Thus, his killing is in fact a strike at the head of the most dangerous network operating inside American borders, not just internationally. From that perspective, the “coalition against terror” has scored a point in its war with al Qaeda. But, although this could be coined as a major tactical victory, it is not a strategic one.
Omar Shafik Hammami was indicted originally in the Southern District of Alabama in 2007 on terrorism violations. A superseding indictment was returned against Hammami in 2009 on terrorism violations for leaving the United States to join the Somalia-based terrorist organization, al-Shabaab. He is alleged to have provided material support to terrorists as early as 2006.
On December 13, 2007, a federal warrant was issued by the United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama, for Hammami’s arrest.
SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS
If you have any information concerning this person, please contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.
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These two radicals are JUST to name two, but it has been known for a long time this was the plan all along to recruit American born, for they can slither around here & be shadows to commit acts of terror. They are even more dangerous than any, accept for a few, in the ME.
We have to be ever vigilant, as Blackie SM always states. They debuted the jihadist mag rag. It is reported, Samir Khan, the 24-year-old U.S.-born cleric was killed along with al-Awaki.
This magazine, believed to be at least mostly put together by a fellow named Samir Kahn, who used to live as we said in North Carolina, moved to Yemen. What do we know about him and how seriously are counter terrorism officials taking this?
One, they know pretty much most about him since he left the United States last year at the age of 23. He grew up in Queens, New York, joined an Islamic group, then moved to Charlotte, North Carolina and operated a website, a radical jihadist website, that I actually monitored with my staff 2 years ago, but which the FBI was prevented from doing anything about because he was exercising his free speech.
When we have places like the Dar al-Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, VA being under 24 hr. surveillance by the F.B.I, or when there exists a place like Islamberg. There are THIRTY-FIVE islamic compounds in our country! How on earth did we allow that?!
Frequented by several of the 9/11 hijackers, the Fort Hood shooter and Al-Qaeda recruiter Anwar Al-Awlaki. The guy in the white van was looking at me as intently as I was looking at him. That is until I started taking pictures of him with my camera.
So, do not for a moment believe killing Alwaki or Kahn puts us in any safe zone. It is a mere tactic of false security. If anything, pay close attention to your surroundings & never hesitate to notify authorities. When that hair on the back of your neck stands up, follow your instinct! ~ JP
JUST think how the Left would have reacted if this were President Bush…Obama is praying for a boost from this in the polls, freakin’ opportunist. It’s about the economy and jobs stupid.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama steered the nation’s war machine into uncharted territory Friday when a U.S. drone attacked a convoy in Yemen and killed two American citizens who had become central figures in al-Qaida.
It was believed to be the first instance in which a U.S. citizen was tracked and executed based on secret intelligence and the president’s say-so. And it raised major questions about the limitations of presidential power.
The Obama administration is looking to consolidate control over the nation’s power highway, pushing a proposal that would put one federal agency in the driver’s seat when it comes to reviewing and approving power-line projects across the country.
The proposal has triggered a rush of complaints, pitting power companies and the federal government against concerned citizens and local lawmakers.
As the Energy Department reviews the immense feedback in the weeks ahead, the ordeal could help determine how and where the nation’s power supply is routed.
At the heart of Washington’s proposal is a desire to guide and speed up a process that can be slowed by local bureaucratic hurdles. The need for more transmission lines is apparent — in the vast states where wind and other forms of renewable energy are produced, the energy is often hundreds of miles from where it would be consumed.
But new power lines are not exactly welcome guests.
“Siting transmission is extremely difficult, because no one wants it on their land,” said Gene Fadness, with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission.
Still, he said, “We don’t think (the process) takes so long that it’s not workable.”
Miami-Dade health officials announced a second case of locally acquired dengue fever this year, and urged residents to drain standing water and wear protective clothing and mosquito repellent.
Health officials Wednesday disclosed this year’s second case of locally acquired dengue fever in Miami-Dade, saying the second case means the painful disease is an endemic in the county. The first case occurred in March.
In the most recent case, the patient was a 44-year-old man who showed symptoms in early September.
It was that patient’s second bout with dengue fever. He previously was infected 25 years ago, but recovered without lasting effects, said Dr. Vincent Conte, deputy director of epidemiology and disease control for the health department.
Most cases occur in people who have traveled to infected areas and returned, but the two locally acquired cases were in people who had not travelled, he said.
“It means it’s in our area, not an imported disease,” Conte said.
Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, muscle aches, joint and bone pain and a rash. There is no specific medication for treatment of a dengue infection and residents who think they have dengue should contact their doctors for evaluation and testing.
Here are some mosquito prevention tips:
Empty any standing water around your home weekly, including buckets, tires, bird baths and garbage cans, where mosquitoes breed.
Avoid outdoor activities when mosquitoes are most active.
Use DEET with concentrations up to 30 percent or other repellents containing picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. It is not recommended to use DEET on children younger than 2 months old. Always read manufacturer’s directions carefully before applying repellent.