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Source: “U.S. is Said to Expand Secret Military Acts in Mideast Region“- May 24, 2010, the New York Times

The US has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military activity in an effort to disrupt militant groups or counter threats in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and other countries in the region. This new order authorizes sending American Special Operations troops to both friendly and hostile nations in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa to gather intelligence and build ties with local forces. The order also calls for secretive reconnaissance missions that may aid possible military strikes in Iran if the day arrives.

By announcing our plans to conduct clandestine operations the operations themselves have now been jeopardized and will lack effectiveness because the enemy knows we are coming. How can secret, clandestine operations stay secret if the Administration announces where these actions will take place and who will be conducting them on the front page of the New York Times?

Lt. Col. Ralph Peters argues this case here.

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Source: “At West Point, Obama offers a new security strategy” – May 23, 2010, The Washington Post

President Obama, despite admitting “…the shortfalls” of the international system, said while delivering the Commencement Speech to the graduating class at West Point that the United States would move ahead on a policy of “national renewal and global leadership.” The president vowed to press for a new international order “that can resolve the challenges of our times” and help the United States defeat al-Qaeda and other threats to freedom. According to the president, this new world order could accomplish goals of combating violent extremism and prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

This new found reliance on the international system demonstrates the Obama Administration’s desire to distance itself from the foreign policy initiatives of George W. Bush, and relies on global institutions and America’s role in promoting democratic values to protect American national security interests, rather than fighting terrorism and other threats head-on with the Doctrine of Preemptive War.

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Source: “Top Official Says Feds May Not Process Illegals Referred From Arizona” – May 21, 2010, Fox News

John Morton, the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), stated that ICE will not automatically process illegal aliens referred to it by Arizona authorities. The new law requires law enforcement officials to check suspects for immigration status if those suspects have been stopped for some other legitimate  reason, and the officials come to suspect they are in the U.S. illegally. Morton argues that the best way to reduce illegal immigration is through a comprehensive federal approach and not a patchwork of state laws.

No matter if Secretary Morton feels the Arizona law is good government, or not, his duty is to enforce the law. Congressman Steve King (R-IA) echoed this same sentiment: “Mr. Morton should realize that in his role at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, he is entrusted with the responsibility to ensure the enforcement of the laws that are on the books. Nothing grants Mr. Morton the ability to ignore the application of the United States’ immigration laws simply because he has personal objections to them…If Mr. Morton wants to be in a position in which his preferred policy objectives can be given the force of law, perhaps he should run for Congress so that he may have a hand in drafting legislation. Until such time, he should remember that the American people expect him either to fully enforce the nation’s immigration laws as written or to make way for those who will.”

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James M. Cole

by associate on May 21, 2010

Name: James M. Cole

Position: Deputy Attorney General

Job Description: “The Deputy Attorney General advises and assists the Attorney General in formulating and implementing Departmental policies and programs and in providing overall supervision and direction to all organizational units of the Department. The Deputy Attorney General is authorized to exercise all the power and authority of the Attorney General, except where such power or authority is prohibited by law from delegation or has been delegated to another official. In the absence of the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General acts as the Attorney General.” (Source: Department of Justice website)

Date of Appointment: Tapped 21 May, 2010

Dossier:

  • Private practice career as a white collar criminal defense attorney. Represented Arthur Andersen in its efforts to revamp its document management and compliance procedures after the Enron related events were uncovered, Represented the Chief Risk Officer of Enron, Represented McDonnell Douglas in regard to its indictment for criminal export violations, Represented and counseled individuals and entities in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters (Source: Jim Cole, Law Firm of Bryan Cave. bryancave.com)
  • As a partner at the law firm of Bryan Cave, he represented Prince Naif Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a member of the Saudi royal family and one of the defendants in the 9/11 lawsuit filed on behalf of 9/11 Families against the government of Saudi Arabia and other Saudi individuals by the law firm of Motley Rice.  Prince Naif ran the Al Haramain Foundation, a Saudi charity designated in 2004 by the U.S. Treasury Department as a facilitator of terrorism which diverted charitable funds to Al Qaeda both before and after Sept.11, 2001.
  • In an op-ed published in The Legal Times by Mr. Cole just two days before the first anniversary of 9/11, he compares 9/11 to drug crimes, ordinary murder, rape and mafia-type crimes, saying that the “war on drugs” is actually, “a longer term and far more devastating disaster for our country in terms of the number of people affected…”  Ironically, Mr. Cole says that the only factor which distinguishes those crimes and the “tragedies of Sept. 11” is that “foreign organizations, possibly even foreign governments, were involved in the planning, funding and carrying out of the Sept. 11 attacks.” (Source: Obama Nominates James Cole, thebravest.com)

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Source: “Holder Tightens Grip on Intelligence Agencies“- May 18, 2010, Real Clear Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder has not exactly championed candidate Obama’s pledge for transparency in government. The Attorney General has taken oversight of our intelligence agencies upon himself, requiring them to get Justice Department permission to release classified information to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, according to Senate sources.

Sen. Christopher Bond (R-Mo), Ranking Republican on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and three Senate staffers working for other members have recently asked the Director of National Intelligence for information on the interrogation of the failed Times Square bomber, Faisal Shazad. All four were told the information would not be provided until the disclosure of that information was approved by the Justice Department. Traditionally and legally speaking, the Attorney General has no role in intelligence oversight. But Eric Holder has seemingly seized control of intelligence oversight from congress, with the support of the President, essentially achieving what all intelligence professionals fear: the politicization of intelligence.

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Source: “Obama State Dept. Tells Communist China: AZ Immigration Law is ‘Troubling Trend’ of ‘Discrimination’ in US“- May 18, 2010, CNSN News

Engaging in human rights dialogue with officials from the People’s Republic of China last week, Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Labor Michael Posner brought up Arizona’s new immigration enforcement law, telling the Chinese that the law was an example of a “troubling trend” in the United States and an indication of “discrimination or potential discrimination” in American society.

For some reason, Posner felt the need to apologize to the Communist China for the passage of the Immigration legislation in Arizona. Posner’s comments set off a series of criticisms directed at the Obama White House for continuing to feel the need to apologize for America on the world stage. Arizona Senators Kyl and McCain wrote a letter to Posner calling his comments, “particularly offensive” and demanded that he formally apologize . The New York Post also took a shot at Posner asserting, “China is one of the most flagrant violators of human rights on the planet, and for the Obama administration even to hint that America is on the same plane is despicable.”

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Source: Patrick Goodenough, “U.S. Joins U.N. Initiative Whose Stated Goal Is to Bridge Islam-West Divide”, CNS News, May 14, 2010

The United States has joined a grouping in the United Nations called the “Alliance of Civilizations” which aims to build bridges between the West and Islam. However, a report by this group states that terrorism “committed by radical groups on the fringes of Muslim societies,” was caused primarily by Western policies and repression in the Islamic world, not Islamist ideology.

This is another organization that the United States has joined which shows weakness towards tackling Islamic extremism.

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Sources: Stephen Dinan, “Holder balks at blaming ‘radical Islam’ for terror attempts”, May 14, 2010, Washington Times; Andy McCarthy, “AG Eric Holder Refuses to Say ‘Radical Islam’ Is a Cause of Terrorism Committed by Muslims”, May 13, 2010, National Review Online.

Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States, refused to say that the root cause of the attempted bombings in Times Square and on Christmas Day was radical Islam, stating instead that “there are a variety of reasons why people do these things. Some of them are potentially religious.”

This represents a continuation of the Obama administration’s new rule which requires that word such as ‘jihad’ do not appear in policy documents in an attempt not to upset the Muslim world.

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Source: Brennan Out Of Touch: “We’re Not Lucky, We’re Good” – May 10, 2010, Fox News Sunday

When asked whether the failed Times Square attack was a success for Homeland Security, John Brennan, Barack Obama’s Assistant for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, stated on Fox News Sunday that “we have a very strong track record and that’s why we have redundant capabilities in place. We’re not lucky – we’re good.”

This comment suggests that the Obama administration believes the attempt was foiled by law enforcement agencies rather than by the incompetence of the would-be bomber.

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Source: “Gates Seeks Pentagon Overhaul” – May 8, 2010, Defense News

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the U.S. military spends too much and must live within a tighter budget. Speaking at the Eisenhower Library on May 8, Gates said the Defense Department must trim “around $10 billion” for 2012, and up to $15 billion per year after that. These cuts he argues, “are the only way” the military can afford its planned force structure.

Secretary Gates’ plan, though economically admirable, is dangerous. These proposals cut spending on new weapons programs designed for future conflicts, and focuses limited DoD resources on current counterinsurgency efforts. Already, Gates has capped the production of the most capable fighter jet in world, the F-22, at 187 planes, though the Air Force said 243 was the minimum number it needed to be successful. Cuts in missile defense and efforts to modernize the naval fleet will also have potentially serious ramifications in the future.

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