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Barak Out, Olmert In – Regarding Gaza Peace Process

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Prime minister Ehud Olmert has summoned a special security cabinet session for Wednesday, Feb. 18, to reassess the indirect extended truce talks with Hamas brokered by Egypt in the wake of Israel’s three-week military campaign in the Gaza Strip last month. The cabinet will be asked to reshuffle Israel’s positions by placing the release of its soldier Gilead Shalit, kidnapped in 2006, ahead of all other ceasefire issues.

This is a sharp reversal of the tactics employed by defense minister Ehud Barak and his truce envoy Amos Gilead. In effect, Olmert has cut him out of the picture. The prime minister capped Barak’s demotion by phoning Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak Monday, Feb. 16, to inform him where matters stood. He made it clear that the defense minister had erred in leaving Shalit out of the Cairo talks and acted on his own without the prime minister’s authority.

A cabinet member, Raffi Eytan, remarked Tuesday that the negotiations will go back to square one in view of the daily trickle of Palestinian missiles, rockets and mortar fire from Gaza since Israel ended its campaign plus Hamas’ ultimatum demanding that all Gaza crossings be reopened forthwith.

Since Saturday, the prime minister has reiterated on every occasion that until Shalit is restored to his family, the crossings issue is not open for discussion. He has ignored Hamas’ protestations that the two issues are unrelated.

Olmert has also insisted on respecting "the new political reality" generated by the Feb. 10 general election. He has therefore co-opted Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu to key discussions on Gaza – signaling that he is betting on Netanyahu as next prime minister. This was also a painful side-swipe to Barak for the poor electoral showing of his Labor party, the majority of which prefers the opposition benches to a place in government.

Most of all, he made it clear both at home and in Cairo that he is still prime minister and the man in charge. The defense minister is now paying for forgetting who’s the boss in the flush of Operation Cast Lead’s success in the Gaza Strip.

Political sources expect Ehud Olmert to be around for a while considering the difficulties his successor as Kadima leader, foreign minister Tzipi Livni, and Netanyahu face in putting together a viable coalition government. The formal process begins Wednesday when President Shimon Peres receives party representatives to hear their recommendations for the candidate best able to form a government.

Just before the full cabinet session Sunday, Olmert told Livni he intended calling for a national unity government (Likud, Kadima and Labor) to succeed his administration. Clearly upset, she asked him to back off and when he pointed to an open microphone, she wrote him a note in the same vein, which TV cameras were allowed to pick up.

Monday, Livni instructed Haim Ramon to inform Lieberman of Israel Beitenu that Kadima was ready to accept almost all his terms, including a platform certain to be vetoed by the religious parties, for joining her government. Her second prospective partner, Labor, came down on Kadima like a ton of bricks, accusing its leaders of cheating the voter who believed he was electing a left-of-center party only to find it in bed with the far right. This strengthened the Laborites intent on going into opposition. Without Labor and the religious parties, Kadima (28 + Israel Beitenu’s 15) is 17 mandates short of a majority government.

Likud spokesmen then made it clear that if Lieberman fails to recommend Netanyahu to the president, he need not expect high posts in his administration.

The Israeli Beitenu leader has not enhanced his eligibility for high office in Jerusalem by a business trip straight after the election to the Belarus capital of Minsk, whose government is notorious for selling arms to Iran, Libya, Syria, Venezuela and Islamist terrorist organizations.

Olmert’s close aides report that the caretaker prime minister is playing cat and mouse with his former and potential rivals because he expects to come out of the corruption scandals hanging over him with a clean enough slate for a comeback in a couple of years.

New Breed of Suicide Bombers Coming to America

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President Barack Obama has signed an executive order presidential determination allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to resettle in the United States.  Sure, what can go wrong when we allow hundreds of thousands of people who have been, as Mark Steyn memorably described, "marinated" in a "sick death cult," who voted for Hamas, and 55% of whom support suicide bombings live here and at the American taxpayers’ expense:

By executive order, President Barack Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in migration assistance to the Palestinian refugees and conflict victims in Gaza.

The "presidential determination" which allows hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States was signed on January 27 and appeared in the Federal Register on February 4.

President Obama’s decision, according to the Register, was necessitated by "the urgent refugee and migration needs" of the "victims."

Few on Capitol Hill took note that the order provides a free ticket replete with housing and food allowances to individuals who have displayed their overwhelming support of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the parliamentary election of January 2006.

Let’s review some of Barack Obama’s most recent actions since he was inaugurated a little more than two weeks ago:

  • His first call to any head of state as president was to Mahmoud Abbas, leader of Fatah party in the Palestinian territory.
  • His first one on one interview with any news organization was with Al Arabia television.
  • He ordered Guantanamo Bay closed and all military trials of detainees halted.
  • He ordered all overseas CIA interrogation centers closed.
  • He withdrew all charges against the masterminds behind the USS Cole and 9/11.
  • Today we learn that he is allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refuges to move to and live in the US at American taxpayer expense.

Obama Prayer Leader Linked to Hamas

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Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America, is one of many religious leaders scheduled to speak at the prayer service at Washington’s National Cathedral.

Mattson has been the guest of honor at State Department dinners and has met with senior Pentagon officials during the Bush administration. She also spoke at a prayer service at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

But in 2007 and as recently as last July, federal prosecutors in Dallas filed court documents linking the Hartford, Conn.-based Islamic society to the group Hamas, which the U.S. considers a terrorist organization.

Neither Mattson nor her organization have been charged. But prosecutors wrote in July that they had “a wide array of testimonial and documentary evidence expressly linking” the group to Hamas and other radical groups.

Linda Douglass, a spokeswoman for Obama’s inaugural committee, would not discuss the case or say whether the committee knew about it.

“She has a stellar reputation in the faith community,” Douglass said Saturday night.

The existence of the court documents was first reported by Politico.

The Islamic Society of North America, which describes itself as “the nation’s largest mainstream Muslim community-based organization,” is fighting its inclusion on a list of coconspirators in the Dallas terrorism case against the Holy Land Foundation. In court documents, the group says it does not condone terrorism.

US Strikes al Qaeda Targets in Syria

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Eye witnesses are quoted as describing four US helicopters from Iraq striking a house in al Qaim 17 km from the Iraqi border Sunday night, Oct. 26, and killing 8 people.

Eight US soldiers are said to have disembarked for the attack before being flown out. There has been no US comment on the incident.

Asked if the incident was compatible with Israel’s talks with Syria, Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni commented: Damascus must stop aiding al Qaeda as well two other terrorist groups, Hizballah and Hamas.

Sources report previous US strikes on Syrian soil in 2004 and 2005 targeting al Qaeda exit points to Iraq.

Sunday’s operation was an extension of the US-Iraqi offensive to purge the northern Iraqi town of Mosul and their northern Syrian havens of al Qaeda elements.

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Palestinians planted anti-tank IEDs on Israeli side of border

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Israel military scouts uncovered a high-powered anti-tank IED trap near Kissufim on the Israeli side of the Gaza border Sunday, Oct. 12. It was composed of four large interlinked devices rigged to blow up in sequence.

A fifth bomb just inside Gaza was located to detonate when Israeli reinforcements and emergency teams came up to tend to the casualties from the first series of explosions.

The IDF command believes the hand behind the bomb trap was the Iranian-backed Jihad Islami. It was intended to provoke a military clash with Israel forces chasing the bombers into Gaza that would shatter the ceasefire that has been more or less in place since June 20.

According to intelligence sources, Jihad Islami has determined to torpedo the truce in order to derail the Hamas-Fatah fence-mending talks taking place in Cairo under Egypt’s aegis. Jihad may even have contracted the Dorghmush clan, which is at daggers drawn with Hamas, to set up the bomb trap.

Middle East sources report that Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas failed Sunday to persuade Syrian president Bashar Assad to bring his influence to bear on Hamas leaders to be more accommodating in the Cairo talks. Assad shrugged off Abbas’ appeal and extended a frigid welcome to his Palestinian visitor.

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UPDATE 2: Looking into “The One’s” Past; Where did Obama get his money?

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This came in to us in the form of a U Report message. I do not know the writer.
This election has everyone worried with so many things to consider.   DONOTCHANGE

From Anonymous:

About a year ago I would have voted for Obama. I have changed my mind three times since than. I watch all the news channels, jumping from one to another. I must say this drives my husband crazy. But, I feel if you view MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News, you might get some middle ground to work with.  About six months ago, I started thinking "where did the money come from for Obama".   I have four daughters who went to College, and we were middle class, and money was tight.  We (including my girls) worked hard and there were lots of student loans.

I started looking into Obama’s life.

Around 1979 Obama started college at Occidental in California.  He is very open about his two years at Occidental, he tried all kinds of drugs and was wasting his time but, even though he had a brilliant mind, did not apply himself to his studies.

"Barry" (that was the name he used all his life) during this time had two roommates, Muhammad Hasan Chandoo and Wahid Hamid, both from Pakistan .   During the summer of 1981, after his second year in college, he made a "round the world" trip.   Stopping to see his mother in Indonesia, next Hyderabad in India, three weeks in Karachi, Pakistan where he stayed with his roommate’s family, then off to Africa to visit his father’s family.  My question – Where did he get the money for this trip?  Nether I, nor any one of my children would have had money for a trip like this when they where in college. When he came back he started school at Columbia University in New York.  It is at this time he wants everyone to call him Barack – not Barry.   Do you know what the tuition is at Columbia?   It’s not cheap!  to say the least.  Where did he get money for tuition?  Student Loans?  Maybe.  After Columbia, he went to Chicago to work as a Community Organizer for $12,000. a year.  Why Chicago?  Why not New York?  He was already living in New York.

By "chance" he met Antoin "Tony" Rezko, born in Aleppo, Syria , and a real estate developer in Chicago.  Rezko has been convicted of fraud and bribery this year.  Rezko, was named "Entrepreneur of the Decade" by the Arab-American Business and Professional Association".  About two years later, Obama entered Harvard Law School.  Do you have any idea what tuition is for Harvard Law School?  Where did he get the money for Law School?   More student loans?  After Law school, he went back to Chicago.  Rezko offered him a job, which he turned down.  But, he did take a job with Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland. Guess what?   They represented "Rezar" which is Rezko’s firm.   Rezko was one of Obama’s first major financial contributors when he ran for office in Chicago.  In 2003, Rezko threw an early fundraiser for Obama which Chicago Tribune reporter David Mendelland claims was instrumental in providing Obama with "seed money" for his U.S. Senate race. In 2005, Obama purchased a new home in the Kenwoood District of Chicago for $1.65 million (less than asking price).  With ALL those Student Loans – Where did he get the money for the property?  On the same day Rezko’s wife, Rita, purchased the adjoining empty lot for full price.  The London Times reported that Nadhmi Auchi, an Iraqi-born Billionaire loaned Rezko $3.5 million three weeks before Obama’s new home was purchased.   Obama met Nadhmi Auchi many times with Rezko.

Now, we have Obama running for President.   Valerie Jarrett, was Michele Obama’s boss.  She is now Obama’s chief adviser and he does not make any major decisions without talking to her first.   Where was Jarrett born? Ready for this?  Shiraz, Iran ! Do we see a pattern here?   Or am I going crazy?

On May 10, 2008 The Times reported, Robert Malley adviser to Obama was "sacked" after the press found out he was having regular contacts with "Hamas ", which controls Gaza and is connected with Iran. This past week, buried in the back part of the papers, Iraqi newspapers reported that during Obama’s visit to Iraq, he asked their leaders to do nothing about the war until after he is elected, and he will "Take care of things".

Oh, and by the way, remember the college roommates that where born in Pakistan? They are in charge of all those "small" Internet campaign contribution for Obama.   Where is that money coming from?  The poor and middle class in this country? Or could it be from the Middle East?

And the final bit of news.   On September 7, 2008, The Washington Times posted a verbal slip that was made on "This Week" with George Stephanapoulos. Obama on talking about his religion said,"My Muslim faith ". When questioned, "he make a mistake".  Some mistake!

All of the above information I got on line. If you would like to check it – Wikipedia, encyclopedia, Barack Obama; Tony Rezko; Valerie Jarrett: Daily Times – Obama visited Pakistan in 1981; The Washington Times – September 7, 2008; The Times May 10, 2008.

Now the BIG question – If I found out all this information on my own, Why haven’t all of our "intelligent" members of the press been reporting this?

A phrase that keeps ringing in my ear – "Beware of the enemy from within"!!!

UPDATE: OBAMA’S TROUBLING INTERNET FUND RAISING

New York Times Editorial
By MAUREEN DOWD

Certainly the most interesting and potentially devastating phone call I have received during this election cycle came this week from one of the Obama’s campaign internet geeks.  These are the staffers who devised Obama’s internet fund raising campaign which raised in the neighborhood of $200 million so far.  That is more then twice the total funds raised by any candidate in history and this was all from  the internet campaign.

What I learned from this insider was shocking but I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that when it comes to fund raising there simply are no rules that can’t be broken and no ethics that prevail.  Obama’s internet campaign started out innocently enough with basic e-mail networking , lists saved from previous party campaigns and from supporters who visited any of the Obama campaign web sites.  Small contributions came in from these sources and the internet campaign staff  were mo r e than pleased by the results.

Then, about two months into the campaign the daily contribution intake multiplied.  Where was it coming from?  One of the web site security monitors began to notice the bulk of the contributions were clearly coming in from overseas internet service providers and at the rate and frequency of transmission it was clear these donations were ‘programmed’ by a very sophisticated user.  While the security people were not able to track most of the sources due to firewalls and other blocking devices put on these contributions they were able to collate the number of contributions that were coming in seemingly from individuals but the funds were from only a few credit card accounts and bank electronic funds transfers.  The internet service providers (ISP) they were able to trace were from  Saudi Arabia ,  Iran , and other Middle Eastern countries. One of the banks used for fund transfers was also located in  Saudi Arabia.

Another concentrated group of donations was traced to a Chinese ISP with a similar pattern of limited credit card charges.  It became clear that these donations were very likely coming from sources other than American voters.  This was discussed at length within the campaign and the decision was made that none of these donations violated campaign financing laws.  It was also decided that it was not the responsibility of the campaign to audit these millions of contributions as to the actual source (specific credit card number or bank transfer account numbers) to insure that none of these internet contributors exceeded the legal maximum donation on a cumulative basis of many small donations.  They also fo und the record keeping was not complete enough to do it anyway.

This is a shocking revelation.

We have been concerned about the legality of  ‘bundling’ contributions after the recent exposure of illegal bundlers but now it appears we may have an even greater problem.  I guess we should have been somewhat suspicious when the numbers started to come out.  We were told (no proof offered) that the Obama internet contributions were from $10.00 to $25.00 or so.  If the $200,000,000 is right, and the average contribution was $15.00, that would mean over 13 million individuals made contributions?  That would also be 13 million contributions would need to be processed.  How did all that happen?

I believe the Obama campaign’s internet fund raising needs a serious, in depth investigation and audit.  It also appears the whole question of internet fund raising needs investigation by the legislature and perhaps new laws to insure it complies not only with the letter of these laws but the spirit as well.

UPDATE 2:

So we know that fake people are registering to vote, via the AP :

The stories are almost comical: Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, registered to vote on Nov. 4. The entire starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys football team, signed up to go the polls — in Nevada.

We know that sometimes, fake people vote fraudulently (note that it was by absentee. Hard to vote as Mickey Mouse in person, but it is really easy by absentee):

Republicans released details for 10 of those votes. The registration cards that were filled out had no social security numbers, drivers license numbers or birthdates for the voters.

We know that sometimes, fake people give to campaigns fraudulently .

Two thoughts. The first is that there should be accountability for this.  Barack Obama raised $150m last month, and only half of that money is disclosed. Now, I seriously doubt that Obama’s campaign is engaged in fraud. But they seem  uninterested in identifying it.

They should, like the McCain campaign, put all that information online, regardless of how much was given, including all the information about address, employer, etc. It’s not that hard. They have the technology to do it. When he is getting $75m in a month from sources that are not publically identified, that’s a problem. In theory, these are all different people, but given the possibility for fraud (temporary credit card numbers can make it even harder to check), this does create yet another kind of crisis of legitimacy surrounding this election.

Second,  Obama has destroyed the public financing system, handing conservatives a win on the policy, even if a substantial loss on the politics. Democrats said Republicans would do it, but they did. This is a good thing, long-term , and it should be replaced by full-disclosure of contributions within 24 hours of receipt of the donation. The easiest thing in the world with today’s technology. And it would allow individuals, groups, and the press to address the legitimacy issues in Obama’s donations (and others in the future).

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