Saturday, November 22, 2014

JFK: "Ask not what your country can do for you..."

REPOST because this is as relevant as ever...




The airwaves are full of JFK, his career, his politics, reminiscences of this day, and a rehashing of all the conspiracies - ad nauseum - surrounding his assassination.

Over the years, everybody and his dog has written books about this President. Many, many articles have been published by those claiming even the most tenuous connections to the private man and the president. I will not add to any of that, BUT I am remembering this part of his Inauguration Speech:


My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.


 Tune out all the politics, all the noise, all the *expert* commentary, and it seems to me that now, more than ever, we should each be mindful of how much our America needs each of us to ask - and answer - ourselves this question. 

 It is said that those who do not learn from history, are doomed to repeat it. America is at a watershed moment, a time of great opportunity.  What are YOU doing to ensure the survival of the American ideals???

GITMO: 'Get out of jail card' issued at 3AM

In case you missed this. 3AM the US Department of Defense announced the release of another GITMO resident. The timing, of course, gives new meaning to the much-used Friday news dump - a favourite of the current administration.


Muhammed Murdi Issa al Zahrani

Muhammed Murdi Issa al Zahrani is a 44- or 45-year-old citizen of Saudi Arabia. As of January 2010, the Guantánamo Review Task Force had recommended him for continued detention. As of Nov. 22, 2014, he has been held at Guantánamo for 12 years three months.

Another 'high intelligence value'...'high threat...' resident of GITMO heads to Saudi Arabia.

From the DoD:

IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Release No: NR-588-14
November 22, 2014

Detainee Transfer Announced




The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Muhammed Murdi Issa Al-Zahrani from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.



On Oct. 3, a Periodic Review Board consisting of representatives from the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, and State; the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence determined continued law of war detention of Al-Zahrani does not remain necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the security of the United States. As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, Al-Zahrani was recommended for transfer by consensus of the six departments and agencies comprising the Periodic Review Board.



"In the past three weeks, the Department of Defense has transferred seven detainees. These transfers include both the first Yemenis since 2010 and two transfers involving detainees made eligible by the Periodic Review Board process. A total of 13 detainees have been transferred this year. This strikes a responsible balance and reflects the careful deliberation the Secretary of Defense brings to the transfer process, and follows a rigorous process in the interagency to review several items including security review prior to any transfer," said Mr. Paul Lewis, Special Envoy for Guantanamo Detention Closure



In accordance with statutory requirements, the secretary of defense informed Congress of the United States' intent to transfer this individual and of his determination that this transfer meets the statutory standard.



The Periodic Review Board process was established by the president's March 7, 2011 Executive Order (EO) 13567.



The United States is grateful to the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The United States coordinated with the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to ensure this transfer took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures.



Today, 142 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay.



More information:
Periodic Review Secretariat
http://www.prs.mil/

Is ANYbody out there paying ATTENTION? 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Nigeria: Remember Boko Haram?



It may not be front page news these days - or hashtag worthy for the current US administration - but Boko Haram continues to murder and terrorise. Every.single.day.

From JihadWatch:




Nigeria: At least 45 murdered in Islamic jihad attack by Boko Haram
Robert Spencer
20 November 2014

[...]


At least 45 people were killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack in northeast Nigeria, officials and witnesses said on Thursday, in the latest violence to hit the restive region.

The attack happened in the village of Azaya Kura in the Mafa area of Borno state on Wednesday, the caretaker chairman of Mafa local government area, Shettima Lawan said, calling it “wicked and despicable”.

Village chief Mallam Bulama said: “We counted 45 bodies at the end of the attack.”

But other residents said more may have died after they fled into the bush.

Mafa, which is about 50 kilometres (30 miles) east by road from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, and the surrounding area has been repeatedly attacked by the Islamist insurgents.

On October 26, suspected Boko Haram fighters abducted about 30 boys and girls, some of them as young as 11 and 13, while locals complained of almost daily raids that had forced many to flee....  [emphasis mine]

Thursday, November 20, 2014

UPDATE: GITMO: 5 more residents handed 'get out of jail' card

While America was distracted by Obama's prime time speechifying about illegal aliens - law breakers - being welcomed via the broken borders, he was quietly releasing more GITMO detainees.   Watch for these five coming to a jihad near you.


From DoD:


IMMEDIATE RELEASE



Release No: NR-581-14
November 20, 2014


Detainee Transfer Announced


The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Salah Mohammed Salih Al-Dhabi, Abdel Ghaib Ahmad Hakim, and Abdul Khaled Al-Baydani from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of Georgia.

As directed by the president's Jan. 22, 2009, executive order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of this case. As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, these men were approved for transfer by consensus of the six departments and agencies comprising the task force.


In accordance with statutory requirements, the secretary of defense informed Congress of the United States’ intent to transfer these individuals and of his determination that this transfer meets the statutory standard.


The United States is grateful to the Government of Georgia for its willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The United States coordinated with the Government of Georgia to ensure these transfers took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures.


Today, 143 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay.


And these two will - I am SURE - be on the ISIS front-line any day now:


IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Release No: NR-583-14
November 20, 2014


Detainee Transfer Announced



The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Hashim Bin Ali Bin Amor Sliti and Husayn Salim Muhammad Al-Mutari Yafai from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of Slovakia.


As directed by the president's Jan. 22, 2009, executive order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of this case. As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, these men were approved for transfer by consensus of the six departments and agencies comprising the task force.



In accordance with statutory requirements, the secretary of defense informed Congress of the United States’ intent to transfer these individuals and of his determination that this transfer meets the statutory standard.


The United States is grateful to the Government of Slovakia for its willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The United States coordinated with the Government of Slovakia to ensure these transfers took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures.


Today, 143 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay.


From the WSJ:



“We are very grateful to our partners for these generous humanitarian gestures,” said Clifford Sloan, the State Department special envoy for Guantanamo closure.


“We appreciate the strong support we are receiving from our friends and allies around the globe.”


Lt. Col. Myles B. Caggins, a Pentagon spokesman, said the Defense Department wouldn't discuss any commitments by the two countries to monitor the activities of the former detainees....



 Riiiiiiiiiiiiight. Remember these names as we WILL see them resurface in ISIS.


 Guaranteed..


UPDATE:  For insights on who these 5 are:  Guantanamo Bay prisoners released to Slovakia and Georgia included 'high risk' al-Qaeda members who traveled with Osama bin Laden and produced forged passports

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Israel: PM declares "...we will settle accounts with all of the terrorists ..."

This week, just as every single week in Israel, terrorists murdered innocents.  This most recent was at a synagogue - a place of prayer.


(This is the synagogue in Jerusalem, a holy place of worship, where Jewish worshippers were murdered by terrorists today during prayer.  From Israel PM FB )


From Israel National News:



Five Killed in Terror Attack at Jerusalem Synagogue
Arab terrorists open fire at Agassi St. synagogue in Jerusalem; police shoot assailants dead.


By Tovah Dvorin
11/18/2014

Five people were murdered and seven people wounded Tuesday morning, after two Arab terrorists entered the Kehillat Bnai Torah Yeshiva Synagogue on Agassi Street during Shacharit (morning) prayers in Jerusalem's religious Har Nof neighborhood bearing guns, axes, and knives.


Among the wounded are two policeman, one critically wounded during the shootout with the terrorists. Medics rescued him under fire.


The terrorists, shouting "Allahu Akhbar", began attacking worshippers, stabbing them, before opening fire. ...









As usual, celebration in the face of these killings was the order of the day for some Palestinians.



From Jerusalem Post:

Palestinians in Gaza celebrate terror attack at Jerusalem synagogue
Revelers in Rafah hand out sweets, brandish axes and posters in praise of terrorists.

Palestinians  in the Gaza Strip celebrated an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue that left four dead and others wounded on Tuesday. 
Two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and a gun carried out the attack at the synagogue before being shot dead by police.

Gazan revelers in Rafah handed out sweets and brandished axes and posters of the said perpetrators in praise of the deadly attack. 


Palestinian radio reports described the attackers as "martyrs" and Hamas praised the attack. Loudspeakers at mosques in Gaza called out congratulations. 

However, there was no direct claim of responsibility....

More - with pictures - here.




Prime Minister Netanyahu responded:




 "We are in the midst of a terrorist assault focused on Jerusalem. Today, during morning prayers, as they were wrapped in prayer shawls and tefillin, four rabbis were slaughtered, four innocent and pure Jews – Rabbi Avraham Goldberg, Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky, Rabbi Kalman Ze'ev Levine and Rabbi Moshe Twersky. May their memories be blessed.




We send our condolences to their families. We send our best wishes for a recovery to the wounded and to the heroic policemen whose action prevented a greater disaster. The human animals who perpetrated this slaughter were full of hatred and incitement, deep hatred and terrible incitement against the Jewish People and its state. Hamas, the Islamic Movement and the Palestinian Authority are disseminating countless lies and falsehoods against the State of Israel. They are saying that the Jews are contaminating the Temple Mount. They are saying that we are planning to destroy the Holy Places, that we intend to change the order of prayer there – this is all lies. These lies have already claimed a very heavy price. They took the life of a three-month-old baby, Chaya Zissel Braun, who had been taken for her first visit to the Western Wall, along with her parents, who wanted to thank G-d for giving them a baby. They also claimed the lives of Karen Jemima Mosquera, Jidan Assad, Aharon Badani, Sgt. Almog Shilony and Dalia Lemkus. All of them were pure souls. All of them were victims of this mendacious incitement. Today they are joined by additional victims of the same wild blood libel of the kind that is etched in the memory of our people.




[...]  But what is outrageous is not only the brutality of the murder but the shouts of joy in Gaza, in Bethlehem and in other places. They are giving out candies, waving axes in the air and praising the shahidim. True, this time Abu Mazen condemned the slaughter and it is good that he did. I remember that he also condemned the murder of the three youths but it is not enough because in the same sentence in which he condemned today's slaughter, he linked it to imaginary actions – which have no basis in reality – that Israel is purportedly planning to carry out on the Temple Mount. There is daily, even hourly, incitement on the streets of the Palestinian Authority. There, not only do the most reprehensible murderers become the heroes of Palestinian culture, but there is unending, constant incitement against the very existence of the State of Israel, against the security of Israel's citizens, in schools, the media, mosques, everywhere, and this is the root of the conflict: The refusal to recognize – and educate for – the existence of the state of the Jews.




Last week I traveled to Jordan and held a very important meeting in Amman with King Abdullah and US Secretary of State John Kerry. Together, we called to calm the situation and for the restoration of quiet. To my regret, the answer that we received from the Palestinian Authority was to declare a day or rage in Jerusalem. And today we all saw the result. The world sees this slaughter but, to our regret, does not demand that the Palestinians stop the wild incitement against Israel that is the root of the conflict. I call on all heads of state in the civilized world – I want to see outrage. I want to see condemnation, a deep and uncompromising condemnation of these murders of Israelis, of Jews. Do not discriminate between blood and blood. When there are other acts of murder you express the same outrage and condemn them. But when I see a three-month-old baby being murdered, when I see these Jews at prayer in a synagogue, our holy place, just as a church is holy for Christians and a mosque is holy for Muslims, I expect to at least hear the same condemnation, in an uncompromising and unreserved tone. To my regret, there are those who currently insist on giving the Palestinians a prize in the form of unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state that does not recognize the state of the Jews. We will not tolerate this reality; we will fight terrorism and we will defeat it. We will restore law, order and security to the streets of Jerusalem.




This evening I ordered the demolition of the homes of the terrorists who perpetrated the massacre and the hastening of the demolition of the homes of the terrorists who perpetrated the earlier attacks. I ordered stepped-up enforcement against – and stiffer punishments for – those engaged in incitement, as well as the banning of organizations engaged in incitement, and increased security on the streets of Jerusalem. Alongside offensive actions there are also defensive actions.




Citizens of Israel, I call on you to show maximum alert and to respect the law. As a state, we will settle accounts with all of the terrorists and those who dispatched them. We have already proven that we do this, but let nobody take the law into his hands, even if tempers flare and blood boils. We are in a lengthy war against abhorrent terrorism which did not start today. Terrorism has followed us through all the years of the Zionist enterprise. We have always withstood it and we will do so this time as well.




There are those who would like to uproot us from our land and from our capital. They will not achieve their aim. We are in a battle for Jerusalem, our eternal capital. In this battle we must be united; this is the order of the day. We have always known to unite in times of trial. We must put aside all of the little differences and unite around one major issue – defending Jerusalem, defending the security of Israel's citizens. I think that this is what the citizens of Israel expect of us at this time – to stand together as one, unified and united. What is called for at this time is national unity."







What is also called for is international outrage - REAL outrage.



STAND with Israel



Related:  Jerusalem attacks are no isolated incident

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Col. Frank Kurtz

Col. Frank Kurtz85 years old from Los Angeles, California
September 9, 1911 - October 31, 1996


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Frank Kurtz became interested in flying at age 16, and in 1935 flew an open cockpit plane, setting a speed record flight from Los Angeles to Mexico City to Washington, D.C. and back to Los Angeles. He was Commander of the 463d Bombardment Group (Heavy), 15th Air Force, Celone Airfield, Foggia, Italy and a survivor of the air attack at Clark Field in the Philippines, two days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. In Australia, he salvaged and helped to rebuild a B-17D Flying Fortress bomber using a combination of parts from other wrecked B-17s. During his time in the Air Force was awarded the Croix de Guerre, 3 Silver Stars, 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 3 Air Medals, and 5 Presidential Citations.






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Monday, November 17, 2014

Falkland Military exercises: Argentina not happy



Actually, Argentina is pissed off.  Imagine that!


From Western Daily Press:

Royal Navy's frigate's gunfire agitates Argentina
15 November 2014



The firing of a Royal Navy frigate's guns off the Falkland Islands was part of routine military exercises, the UK insisted after Argentina lodged a formal complaint over what it called a "provocation".


British charge d'affaires in Buenos Aires Richard Barlow was handed a formal letter of protest after being summoned over the alleged attempt to "demonstrate the British warship's firepower".


[...]


HMS Iron Duke last month fired 136 shells during a day of high-explosive training in San Carlos Water and Falkland Sound – the scene 32 years ago of the landings to retake the islands from the Argentinians.

A statement issued through the Argentine embassy said the live firing "constitutes a further provocation on the part of the United Kingdom Government in an attempt to demonstrate the British warship's firepower. An MoD spokesman said: "Royal Navy warships undertake regular training in the use of their weapon systems.The gunfire exercise conducted by HMS Iron Duke in the Falkland Islands took place some weeks ago in October and was part of a routine training schedule."



More here on this latest kerfuffle. . (For more history, put "Falkland Islands" in the search engine at top left)

Rule Britannia.