meaning that 90% of whatever was decimated is still around.
Since the election LOTUS has retreated in full mode allowing Al Qaeda to return to 100% ...and then some.
Al Qaeda has demolished LOTUS!
post the link to where President Obama said those very words...
“The war in Afghanistan is winding down. Al Qaeda has been decimated,” Obama said during a campaign rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin November 1, 2012. “Osama bin Laden is dead. So we’ve made real progress these past four years.”
Stuff it tinselbore
April 16, 2014 by Gary DeMar
CNN's Peter Bergen Says Those on the Right More Deadly than Jihadists
Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst, a director at the New America Foundation. The New American Foundation is funded by George Soros. Bergen also uses as one of his sources the mega-fundraising radical leftist organization the Southern Poverty Law Center. These associations in and of themselves do not mean that everything the Bergen writes is incorrect, but it is important to note the sources of what passes for sound argumentation.
The title of Bergen’s article is “U.S. right wing extremists more deadly than jihadists.”
Bergen’s article begins with this opening paragraph:
“On Sunday, a man shot and killed a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and then drove to a nearby Jewish retirement community where he shot and killed a third person. Police arrested a suspect, Frazier Glenn Cross, who shouted ‘Heil Hitler’ after he was taken into custody.”
Adolf Hitler was a Nazi. Nazis are “National Socialists.” Socialism is a left-wing ideology. It’s the fact that Cross used violence to move his cause forward and the fact that he hates Jews that puts him on the right side of the political spectrum.
But as Alan Dershowitz pointed out over the weekend, the political left has its extremists, many of whom are virulently anti-Semitic.
It’s been pointed out that Cross “founded the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Patriot Party.” Are we to assume that members of the KKK are on the right side of the political spectrum? Long time liberal Democrat senator Robert Byrd was a member of the KKK. “Byrd wrote a letter in 1946 to the group's Imperial Wizard stating ‘The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia.’ Byrd defended the Klan in his 1958 U.S. Senate campaign when he was 41 years old.”
We should assume, therefore, that just because Cross is a former member of the KKK that he’s on the right side of the political spectrum. This is a myth.
It’s not always easy to identify someone on the left or the right by their actions. Timothy McVeigh was an anarchist. He was no political conservative. Most anarchists are leftists. Study the 1960s.
Eric Robert Rudolph, known as the 1996 Olympic Park Bomber, “is responsible for a series of anti-abortion and anti-gay-motivated bombings across the southern United States between 1996 and 1998, which killed two people and injured 111 others.” Rudolph is often portrayed as an advocate of rightist politics, but his own words say something different:
“In a letter to his mother from prison, Rudolph has written, ‘Many good people continue to send me money and books. Most of them have, of course, an agenda; mostly born-again Christians looking to save my soul. I suppose the assumption is made that because I'm in here I must be a ‘sinner’ in need of salvation, and they would be glad to sell me a ticket to heaven, hawking this salvation like peanuts at a ballgame. I do appreciate their charity, but I could really do without the condescension. They have been so nice I would hate to break it to them that I really prefer Nietzsche to the Bible.’”
Bergen begins his chronology after 9/11. “According to a count by the New America Foundation, right wing extremists have killed 34 people in the United States for political reasons since 9/11. . . . By contrast, terrorists motivated by al Qaeda's ideology have killed 21 people in the United States since 9/11.”
Why does he begin on September 12, 2001 to make his count? Why doesn’t he include the events of 9/11? For the simple reason that he would have had to include more than 3000 people murdered by jihadists and he wouldn’t be able to make his outlandish charge. Why doesn’t Bergen mention Forth Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan who fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 others?
Bergen does not mention Floyd Corkins, the gunman who opened fire on a security guard at the Washington D.C., headquarters of The Family Research Council and yelled at the guard about the organization's policies. The FRC council had been described as a “hate group” by the SPLC, the same organization that Bergen is using for some of this research.
Corkins wanted to kill as many people as he could at The FRC. “Floyd Corkins has said he disagreed with the Family Research Council's stance against gay marriage,” information and hate-group charges he got from the SPLC:
“When Corkins was arrested investigators found 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches in his backpack. He told the FBI he planned to kill as many people as he could at the research council and then smash the sandwiches in their faces. The head of Chick-fil-A had announced opposition to gay marriage.”
This particular paragraph in Bergen’s article caught my attention:
“[I]n 2009, Scott Roeder murdered Dr. George Tiller, who ran an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas. In 2010 Roeder was convicted of first-degree murder. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Roeder not only had ties to the extreme anti-abortion movement, but he also had been pulled over while driving with a fake license plate bearing the markings of the Sovereign Citizens, a movement of individuals who deny that the government has authority over them.”
OK, I’m willing to take blame for the actions of Scott Roeder if Peter Bergen is ready to take blame for 56 million unborn babies that have been murdered since 1973. How about it, Peter? No? Then how about just those unborn babies that have been murdered today by abortionists? It’s around 3500. These are your people.
Liberals get away with Bergen-type logic because they use the force of law to redefine the debate. Abortion can’t be considered murdered because the courts have said it’s a woman’s choice in consultation with her doctor.
The reason Peter Bergen won’t count abortion in his calculations is because it’s legal to kill unborn children in America. In most cases, Leftists don’t need to be violent since they have the courts to do their dirty work, like fining people who exercise their free speech rights over homosexual beliefs or harassing people to the point they lose their jobs because they donated to a referendum to prohibit same-sex marriage.
So given the numbers, the real jihadists are liberals like Peter Bergen who, along with his liberal co-conspirators, support the killing of unborn babies, now close to 60 million since 1973.
Al Qaeda, the terrorist organization that President Obama declared was “decimated” in his 2012 reelection campaign, has reappeared in a bold and defiant way and is reiterating their call for attacks on the United States.
CNN called their recent meeting the “largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years.”
In a video being circulated by numerous news organizations, Nasir al-Wuhayshi is shown addressing more than 100 fellow terrorists who apparently felt safe meeting in the same location.
Al Qaeda recently took an opportunity to poke our intelligence community in the eye. They did it by conducting a mass get together i.e. party, in Yemen. Somehow our intelligence missed the biggest gathering of Al Qaeda bigwigs in the history of the war on terror. More than a hundred affiliated “soldiers” were there, including the groups most important rockstar.
“In the middle of the clip, the man known as al Qaeda's crown prince, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, appears brazenly out in the open, greeting followers in Yemen. Al-Wuhayshi, the No. 2 leader of al Qaeda globally and the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has said he wants to attack the United States. But in the video, he looks unconcerned that he could be hit by an American drone.”
How could something like this possibly slip through the grasp of the NSA, CIA and other anti-terror organizations? Isn’t this the entire reason they have trampled the Constitution in the first place? We’ve become adept at using drones to attack a single terror suspect surrounded by his family while driving down some nondescript desert road, but we can’t find a gathering of over a hundred terrorists (including the biggest prize since Osama bin Laden) in a nation we are watching intently?
This cannot be good, and CNN seems confounded too.
"His message to the United States… was very much the same as (former al Qaeda leader Osama) bin Laden's: 'We're coming after you.' "
Al Qaeda is clearly sending a message to us, to our allies, and to the group’s own allies. They’re back. They’re confident. They’re coming for us.
Maybe it won’t be here on US soil. Maybe it will be an attack in Iraq, Afghanistan or Pakistan first. Maybe it will be a show of force in Australia, Britain or Germany… but make no mistake, they aren’t throwing parties to celebrate a bombing at a wedding in Yemen. They are reminding us all that they are still standing.
So what do we do next ?
The same thing we did on September 12, 2001. We wake up, we go to work, we love on our families, we worship at church and we enjoy baseball, apple pie and barbecue. It was a mistake to give up so much of our privacy to the government in hopes of securing some safety. Our privacy is part of what makes fighting these terrorists worthwhile. Our government must learn to use every measure available within the framework of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to fight these vicious madmen. Not one inch more . Even if they promise they won’t misuse it.
We should fight these terrorists. We MUST fight these terrorists. But we must do it as Americans, through bravery and sacrifice, because of our Liberty. Don’t give up what it means to be American because then… what’s the point of fighting back?
Oversight member on Lois Lerner coordination with DOJ: ‘Now I see why IRS is scared to give up emails’
Key members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform expressed outrage at revelations made in newly released emails showing ex-IRS official Lois Lerner coordinating with the Department of Justice on prosecuting nonprofit groups.
One committee member said the emails prove why the IRS is “scared to give up the rest of Lois Lerner’s emails.” IRS commissioner John Koskinen was recently threatened with contempt for stonewalling the committee’s investigation. Koskinen claimed in a hearing that it could take years to provide the documents requested by Oversight.
“The release of new documents underscores the political nature of IRS Tea Party targeting and the extent to which supposed apolitical officials took direction from elected Democrats,” Oversight chairman Rep. Darrell Issa said in a statement. “These e-mails are part of an overwhelming body of evidence that political pressure from prominent Democrats led to the targeting of Americans for their political beliefs.”
“Now I see why the IRS is scared to give up the rest of Lois Lerner’s emails,” said Oversight Economic Growth subcommittee chairman Rep. Jim Jordan.
“Not only do these e-mails further prove the coordination among the IRS, the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Justice Department and committee Democrats to target conservatives, they also show that had our committee not requested the Inspector General’s investigation when we did, Eric Holder’s politicized Justice Department would likely have been leveling trumped up criminal charges against Tea Party groups to intimidate them from exercising their Constitutional rights,” Jordan said.
The emails were obtained through a lawsuit filed by the watchdog group Judicial Watch, and were not provided to Oversight, which voted to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress. Lerner’s contempt charge currently awaits a full House floor vote.
“I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ … He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folks could talk to about [Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon] Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who ‘lied’ on their 1024s — saying they werent planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures,” Lerner wrote in a May 8, 2013 email to a colleague, just days before the IRS scandal broke.
“DOJ is feeling like it needs to respond, but want to talk to the right folks at IRS to see whether there are impediments from our side and what, if any damage this might do to IRS programs. I told him that sounded like we might need several folks from IRS …,” Lerner wrote.
total includes the latest shootings in Kansas
Committed by a lefty wacko who ran for political office as a democrat.
like Bill Gates whining that he "only" gets $3K a month in Social Security but has to pay millions in payroll tax for his employees.
Bill Gates doesn't pay a red cent in employee payroll tax....it's paid by the employees as part of their compensation package --Gates merely funnels it( at least 1.4%) to the SS Administration
Harry Reid loony lib senator says it ain't over, from the safety of his DC office. All this over a few Desert Tortoise.
And the land grab by Dingy Harry's son in solar farm deal with Chinese partner
Incredible story....I read the book and look forward to seing the movie
The latest book to top the lists (indeed the New York Times best seller list) is called Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back, by Todd Burpo. It was published in 2010 by Thomas Nelson. It is just over 150 pages. I read it this afternoon.
Colton Burpo, the three-year-old son of Todd (the author) and Sonja Burpo, spent time in heaven and came back to talk about it. Colton’s experience was not the traditional NDE (near death experience) since he never actually died. The first half of the book is the story of the events leading up to Colton’s visit to heaven. His dad, Todd, a Wesleyan minister, gives the nail biting story (especially for those of us who have young kids) of dealing with his son’s stomach ache that was misdiagnosed as the flu. After many days of pain, trips to the doctor’s office, and multiple hospitals, they finally find out that Colton has a ruptured appendix that has been poisoning his body for days. At the edge of death, the doctors rush him into surgery while the parents are on their knees before God.
Colton survived. The medical reports give no indication that his heart ever stopped. While it was a very close call, the surgery was a success.
Over the next months, even years, Colton began, to the surprise of the parents, to explain what happened to him while in surgery. The rest of the book is filled with account after account of Colton telling his bewildered parents about his time with Christ in heaven. Things that Colton should not have known and had never been taught came to the surface as this three-year-old boy processed his faith as confirmed through his time with God.
Let me give you a quick low-down on the parts of the story about heaven that stood out to me most.
He sat in Jesus’ lap
He met his sister who died in his mother’s womb (whom his parents had never told him about)
He saw John the Baptist
There is a coming battle with Satan (he is a futurist!)
There are thousands of colors we have never seen
He met his great granddad (who told him things about his father that his father had never told him)
He saw Jesus’ “marks” on his hands and feet
All the people had wings of various sizes (including Colton) and flew around (except Jesus who moved up and down as if on an escalator)
Jesus had the most beautiful eyes, a beard, a white gown, a purple sash, and a crown
All the people had a light above their head (halo?)
Jesus sits on a throne at the right hand of God and Gabriel is on the left
He sat by God the Holy Spirit (who he could not describe) and explained to his dad that God is a Trinity
It never gets dark in heaven because God the Father and God the Son are the lights
There were all kinds of animals everywhere
Nobody is old in heaven and no one wears glasses
Jesus “shoots” power down from heaven to his father while he is preaching (like I hope he is doing for me while I am blogging!)
The gates to heaven were made of gold and pearls
He was actually only there for three minutes (timelessness in heaven?)
Prove what Kerry said is wrong ....we know your head is not empty----it's crammed with your own shyt because your as* is sewed up so tight there's no place fro it to go but out your mouth.
He's lying, you idiot.
A lifelong inventor, Lovelock has created and developed many scientific instruments, some of which were designed for NASA in its program of planetary exploration. It was while working as a consultant for NASA that Lovelock developed the Gaia Hypothesis, for which he is most widely known. He also claims to have invented the microwave oven.
In early 1961, Lovelock was engaged by NASA to develop sensitive instruments for the analysis of extraterrestrial atmospheres and planetary surfaces. The Viking program, that visited Mars in the late 1970s, was motivated in part to determine whether Mars supported life, and many of the sensors and experiments that were ultimately deployed aimed to resolve this issue. During work on a precursor of this program, Lovelock became interested in the composition of the Martian atmosphere, reasoning that many life forms on Mars would be obliged to make use of it (and, thus, alter it). However, the atmosphere was found to be in a stable condition close to its chemical equilibrium, with very little oxygen, methane, or hydrogen, but with an overwhelming abundance of carbon dioxide. To Lovelock, the stark contrast between the Martian atmosphere and chemically dynamic mixture of that of the Earth's biosphere was strongly indicative of the absence of life on the planet.However, when they were finally launched to Mars, the Viking probes still searched (unsuccessfully) for extant life there.
Lovelock invented the electron capture detector, which ultimately assisted in discoveries about the persistence of CFCs and their role in stratospheric ozone depletion. After studying the operation of the Earth's sulphur cycle,Lovelock and his colleagues developed the CLAW hypothesis as a possible example of biological control of the Earth's climate.
Lovelock was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1974. He served as the president of the Marine Biological Association (MBA) from 1986 to 1990, and has been an Honorary Visiting Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford (formerlyGreen College, Oxford) since 1994. He has been awarded a number of prestigious prizes including the Tswett Medal (1975), an American Chemical Societychromatography award (1980), the World Meteorological Organization Norbert Gerbier Prize (1988), the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for the Environment (1990) and the Royal Geographical Society Discovery Lifetime award (2001). In 2006 he received the Wollaston Medal, the Geological Society's highest Award, whose previous recipients include Charles Darwin . He became a Commander of the British Empire CBE in 1990, and a member of theCompanions of Honour in 2003.
"could be" "might happen" "possible may"
So the non great carnac's is predicting, in the image of algore, rain could not...might not happen and possibly may not occur...
Finally, we’re starting to see a few intellectually honest Democrats stand up and talk about just how bad Obama has been as president, calling him out for his lies on his health care law and hisnumerous scandals.
Bob Kerrey, a former US senator from Nebraska, ripped into the president in a recent interview, saying that he was a liar and a deceiver who was reelected because hedeliberately misled the public.
The only reason he won, according to Kerrey, was because he “sucked less” than Mitt Romney. Wow. Not the type of thing you’d expect to hear from a longtime Democratic senator.
He had to know he was misleading the audience,’ Kerrey said quietly, recalling the newly minted president’s countless promises as Congress and the public debated his signature health insurance overhaul.
‘On the other hand, he may have said it so many times,’ he added, ‘that the spell-checker wasn’t in the room – the spell-checker, the fact-checker – somebody who says, “Excuse me, Mr. President, but I hope you know this…”‘
Obama’s infamous four-Pinocchio pledges, Kerrey explained, never stood a chance of being fulfilled because there were ‘a million people out there with policies that, for one reason or another, run short of the minimum standard. I mean, they bought something cheaper!’
The White House understood the numbers, Kerrey said, and Republicans did a poor job of explaining the basics of the insurance industry to low-information voters.
Insurers, he said the GOP could have made clear, make money by ‘not paying claims,’ and by making sure that ’80 per cent of the people that are buying insurance don’t need it. … So I need young people to sign up. That’s what it’s all about.’
The worst lie Democrats told about Obamacare, Kerrey reasoned, ‘is not “If you want to keep your health care plan…” – the worst one is, “Everybody deserves high-quality, affordable health care.”‘
‘Excuse me? Uh, I don’t know if you’ve heard about the bell curve?’ he snarked.
‘If I’ve got 1,000 doctors, 100 are great, and 100 are not so good.’
He outlined the shape of a bell curve with his hands, and then threw them skyward.
‘It’s absolutely impossible,’ he said.
‘And affordable? Forget about it.’
In newly released information, Hillary Clinton’s State Department is shown to have ignored repeated threats toward Ambassador Chris Stevens and our Benghazi facilities, which ultimately led to terrorist attacks and the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Stevens.
A full congressional investigation into the Benghazi attacks will expose Mrs. Clinton’s failed leadership.This fact alone goes a long way toward explaining the administration’s intense stonewalling and anemic investigation of this tragic event.
Most Americans can certainly cite her failures as Secretary of State in handling the security of our Benghazi, Libya, facilities, which led to the deaths of four Americans. A recent Bloomberg Poll found that over half of Americans believe that Mrs. Clinton is lying about Benghazi.
Now, in a new report by WND DOT c*m with the authors of the book Eyes on Target: Inside Stories from the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs, Richard Miniter and Scott McEwen, reveal that…
“American diplomats in Benghazi made even more urgent pleas for beefed up security than previously thought, and officials also refused to consider at least five military scenarios that could have saved the lives of two Americans in the terrorist attacks.
“We discovered three intelligence reports that circulated in the months before the attack. Each of those reports show intelligence agencies warning the State Department (and) warning the Defense Department there’s an al-Qaida build-up in Benghazi. One of those reports included photographs of more than 300 al-Qaida operatives in Martyr’s Square. That’s downtown Benghazi. That’s less than a mile from the diplomatic outpost where the ambassador died.
“In those photographs in the intelligence report, they show them waving guns. There’s a quote mentioned in this intelligence report in which the leader of al-Qaida in Benghazi said if the U.S. doesn’t leave they were going to kill the U.S. ambassador. You can’t get any clearer than that.”
Professor Wants Climate Change “Deniers” Thrown in Jail
An assistant philosophy professor at Rochester Institute of Technology has proposed a bold plan to settle the debate on Global Warming. Lawrence Torcello wrote an essay suggesting that scientists who fail to fall in line with global warming alarmists should be charged with criminal negligence, and possibly even be thrown in jail. Nothing screams academic freedom like a little intellectual Fascism. Right?
When it comes to global warming, much of the public remains in denial about a set of facts that the majority of scientists clearly agree on.
Well, Larry (can we call him Larry?), it might surprise you – an assistant professor of philosophy – to learn that science is not a democratic study. Skepticism, opposition, and deviation from the adopted narrative are more responsible for scientific discovery than blind allegiance to any prevailing theory. And, quite frankly, the theory of anthropogenic global warming has been delegitimized by some of its greatest proponents… Most scientists would agree that it becomes increasingly difficult to believe in a theory that has routinely failed to produce any moderately accurate models or predictions. But, of course it gets better:
With such high stakes, an organized campaign funding misinformation ought to be considered criminally negligent.
Laughably, Larry is not talking about East Anglia, Al Gore, or the UN Climate Change Scandal (where a number of scientists were quoted out of context to give the impression of a consensus view on climate change). In fact, while Larry alleges that “deniers” (apparently the word “skeptic” doesn’t have the right amount of stigma attached to it) are engaged in a misinformation campaign, he never once defends the propagandistic efforts of the global-warming-faithful.
Governments, activist groups, well connected CEOs, and elite billionaire Liberals have pushed trillions of dollars into the propagation of global warming fears. And yet, strangely, this assistant philosophy professor seems incapable unwilling to see the irony of his allegations. But, wait… He soon goes for the jugular:
We have good reason to consider the funding of climate denial to be criminally and morally negligent. The charge of criminal and moral negligence ought to extend to all activities of the climate deniers who receive funding as part of a sustained campaign to undermine the public’s understanding of scientific consensus.
Ah… So scientists who dare to question the provably wrong predictions of melted ice caps, winterless years, and raising sea levels should be charged with negligence for “undermining the public’s understanding of scientific consensus”? Well, here’s some scientific consensus for you, Larry:
The world has not seen a measurable increase in temperatures for over 15 years. Arctic ice has increased in mass since 2013. The “Polar Vortex” is part of a broader, and predictable, weather shift that has been happening for thousands of years. “Climate Change” has been occurring, without man-made forces, for every single one of the billions of years this rock has been spinning around the sun.
But, let’s be honest: Larry isn’t really worried about the science (even though I’m sure his studies in philosophy have yielded him great insights into climatology, atmospheric science, and meteorological changes throughout history). He’s worried about opposition to his beliefs. He even acknowledges some of the pushback that his idea might receive:
My argument probably raises an understandable, if misguided, concern regarding free speech.
Misguided? The Left’s intolerance, it seems, has no bounds. A student from Harvard recently argued against academic freedom. Not wanting to be outdone, this assistant professor is now suggesting that political opponents (or for that matter, scientists who don’t tow his ideological ideals) be criminally charged. It is almost stunning how easily the Left will adopt the notion of censorship and intellectual fascism to limit their opposition.
For being an assistant professor of philosophy, Torcello seems stunningly married to an egocentric world view. People who disagree with him, in his mind, are not merely “wrong”… They’re crossing the threshold into criminality. This is a point of view that is growing among the Left. Opponents to the President are racist. Opponents of Nancy Pelosi are sexist. Advocates for traditional marriage are bigots. And, apparently, opponents to the theory of anthropogenic global warming are worthy of a little jail time. This doesn’t seem like positions that lend themselves to any degree of philosophical integrity.
If Larry really wants to help fight global warming, he should keep his totalitarian mouth shut… Currently, he’s spewing too much hot air into the atmosphere.
Read Brigitte Gabriel's "Because They Hate" to learn what the civilized world is facing from Islamic terrorism.
Brigitte Gabriel lost her childhood to militant Islam. In 1975 she was ten years old and living in Southern Lebanon when militant Muslims from throughout the Middle East poured into her country and declared jihad against the Lebanese Christians. Lebanon was the only Christian influenced country in the Middle East, and the Lebanese Civil War was the first front in what has become the worldwide jihad of fundamentalist Islam against non-Muslim peoples. For seven years, Brigitte and her parents lived in an underground bomb shelter. They had no running water or electricity and very little food; at times they were reduced to boiling grass to survive.
Because They Hate is a political wake-up call told through a very personal memoir frame. Brigitte warns that the US is threatened by fundamentalist Islamic theology in the same way Lebanon was-- radical Islam will stop at nothing short of domination of all non-Muslim countries. Gabriel saw this mission start in Lebanon, and she refuses to stand silently by while it happens here. Gabriel sees in the West a lack of understanding and a blatant ignorance of the ways and thinking of the Middle East. She also points out mistakes the West has made in consistently underestimating the single-mindedness with which fundamentalist Islam has pursued its goals over the past thirty years. Fiercely articulate and passionately committed, Gabriel tells her own story as well as outlines the history, social movements, and religious divisions that have led to this critical historical conflict.
Hours before taking control of flight MH370, pilot Zaharu Ahmad Shah attended trial of jailed opposition leader,Anwar Ibrahim, as FBI reveals that passengers could be at a secret location.
UK Daily Mail (h/t James C) Police are investigating the possibility that the pilot of missing Flight MH370 hijacked his own aircraft in a bizarre political protest. The Mail on Sunday has learned that Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah was an ‘obsessive’ supporter of Malaysia’s opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim. And hours before the doomed flight left Kuala Lumpur it is understood 53-year-old Shah attended a controversial trial in which Ibrahim was jailed for five years.
Campaigners say the politician, the key challenger to Malaysia’s ruling party, was the victim of a long-running smear campaign and had faced trumped-up charges.
Police sources have confirmed that Shah was a vocal political activist – and fear that the court decision left him profoundly upset. It was against this background that, seven hours later, he took control of a Boeing 777-200 bound for Beijing and carrying 238 passengers and crew.
Yesterday, Malaysian police searched his house in the upmarket Kuala Lumpur suburb of Shah Alam, where he had installed a home-made flight simulator. But this newspaper can reveal that investigators had already spent much of last week examining two laptops removed from Shah’s home. One is believed to contain data from the simulator.
Confirming rising fears, Malaysia’s prime minister Najib Razak announced yesterday that MH370 was deliberately steered off course after its communication system was switched off. He said it headed west over the Malaysian seaboard and could have flown for another seven hours on its fuel reserves.
It is not yet clear where the plane was taken, however Mr Razak said the most recent satellite data suggests the plane could have been making for one of two possible flight corridors. The search, involving 43 ships and 58 aircraft from 15 countries, switched from the South China Sea to the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean.
US investigators say faint ‘pings’ were being transmitted for several hours after the flight lost contact with the ground. Meanwhile, military radar showed the jet climbed to 45,000ft – above its service limit – which could have been a deliberate attempt to knock out the passengers and crew.
Anwar Ibrahim is a broadly popular icon and former deputy prime minister whose prosecution on a charge of sodomy is seen by many Malaysians as political persecution.
The raids on Captain Shah’s home appeared stage-managed as a display of intent after the Prime Minister said the focus of the investigation was now on ‘crew and passengers’ as a result of the latest leads. But investigators have told the Mail on Sunday inquiries into the background of the pilot actually began days earlier.
Malaysian police, helped by FBI agents from the US, are looking into the political and religious backgrounds of both Zaharie and his co-pilot. Zaharie’s home was sealed off yesterday as police spent an hour inside.
However, a senior investigation source said two laptops were taken from the property in low-key visits by police early last week despite a series of denials by officials that his home had been searched or raided. One laptop taken away is thought to contain data from the flight simulator while a second contained little information. Zaharie’s personal laptop was not found, and is thought to have been with him in the cockpit of the plane, the source said.
Zaharie’s co-workers have told investigators the veteran pilot was a social activist who was vocal and fervent in his support of Ibrahim. ‘Colleagues made it clear to us that he was someone who held strong political beliefs and was strident in his support for Anwar Ibrahim,’ another investigation source said. ‘We were told by one colleague he was obsessed with politics.’
At yesterday’s press conference, the suspicion over the pilot’s involvement mounted as prime minister Najib Razak said that investigators had found ‘deliberate action’ on board the plane resulted in it changing course and losing contact with ground crews.
Speak loudly and carry a twig
John Kerry’s Message to Russia: “Peace Through Weakness”
The Washington Examiner ran an interesting headline on Thursday: “John Kerry: Russia has until Monday to reverse course in Ukraine.” The Examiner continued: “If there is no sign [from Russia] of any capacity to respond to this issue … there will be a very serious series of steps on Monday.” Chief among those “steps?” “…the U.S. and its European allies will not recognize (Russia) as legitimate under international law.” That ought to learn ‘em. Yet, unaccountably, The New York Times reported Thursday that, even in the face of Kerry’s paper kitten, Russia is busily massing forces on the borders of Ukraine.
The Washington Examiner quoted Kerry in saying how impressed he was at “… how united our European allies are on the issue…they are very, very committed to make sure there is accountability…” So was the U.N. when they shook their finger at Saddam Hussein for over twelve years. When Senator Lindsey Graham asked Kerry what the administration would do should Russia make further inroads into the Ukraine Kerry responded cautiously but in full pie-in-the-sky mode: “Our hope is not to create hysteria or excessive concern about that at this point in time,” he said. “Our hope is to avoid that, but there’s no telling that we can.” Hope. Hmmm. As the song says, it seems we’ve heard that tune before. Unfortunately for “Clap-For-Tinkerbelle” Kerry, he might have to wrestle with that very eventuality. The New York Times had the breaking story: “Russia’s Defense Ministry announced new military operations in several regions near the Ukrainian border on Thursday… A day after a deputy minister denied any military buildup on the border; the Defense Ministry released a series of statements beginning early Thursday that appeared to contradict that. They outlined what was described as intensive training of units involving artillery batteries, assault helicopters and at least 10,000 soldiers. The operations confirmed, at least in part, assertions by Ukrainian leaders on Wednesday that Russia was massing forces…columns of armored vehicles and trucks in a border village called Lopan, only 30 miles from the Ukrainian city Kharkiv.” The latest estimate of Soviet forces parked on Ukraine’s doorstep is 25,000 troops.
Angela Merkel and the rest of the European adherents of finger-wagging policy have joined America’s Secretary of State, warning Russia off of incurring possible economic and diplomatic sanctions. Europe’s trading ties with Russia, particularly when it comes to oil however, suggest that such a tack might be a case of the EU cutting off its nose to spite its face. Particularly when Russia is in a position to acquire the wealth of Ukraine. One would guess that Putin might be willing to gamble that Europe’s posture might hurt them more than it would hurt him.
Statists have long chosen to pervert what Ronald Reagan really meant by “peace through strength.” Although Reagan did not endorse military conflict he knew that not having a strong military would send a catastrophic signal to cultures that respect only strength. Democrats, believing that what they want makes their desires true, prefer diplomacy and sanctions and ignore the failures of the past. They eagerly neuter U.S. armed forces while providing military aid to nations hostile to America.
Kerry, although he has taken up room on planet earth for over 71 years, has not learned very much. Not surprising considering that Kerry earned a D in history, twice, at Yale. But he has, unfortunately, been foisted on a hapless America as Secretary of State. Even should he be willing to give up junk food to shield his own grades from public view, The Lyin’ King might have looked into Kerry’s political science grade at Yale before appointing Kerry: D. One can’t blame Kerry for everything even if what passes for The Lyin’ King’s ludicrous foreign policy is right up his alley. But embarrassing himself is one thing; making America a perennial clown on the world’s stage is another. And having Europe for company in the overcrowded clown car won’t help should the elephants run amok. Diplomacy is an ineffectual bludgeon; wielding it hasn’t worked throughout all of recorded history. Fear of an opponent’s strength has. Proof of this is rapidly becoming evident. Friday, Kerry met with his Russian opposite number, Sergei Lavrov, in London. After five hours of implementing his sure-fire diplomatic strategy the Kremlin told Kerry to stick an onion-domed minaret where the sun don’t shine. FOX News summed up Kerry’s dismay in the aftermath: “…he said that he came with ‘good faith with constructive ideas’ to address the concerns of both Ukraine and Russia. But he said Putin is not backing down.” Who could have seen that coming?
Europe and the free world used to rely upon America’s military might for safety, allowing them the fantasy of overcoming evil with a Coke and a smile. The world’s bad players may have dawning awareness, however, that America is becoming less of a threat and more Kool-Aid and a rictus grin.