Overall, there appears to be no evidence for the more outlandish claims that Qatar is training or financing Al-Qaida-splinter groups. Not only would this idea contradict key tenets of Qatars foreign policy for decades now, but it is wholly unclear how useful it would be to befriend a group of extreme Sharia-devout Al-Qaida types in northern Mali
If one goes by "foreign policy is everything", then the claims might be outlandish.
If one considers the idea that Qatar, through its actions (such as sponsoring al-Jazeera, support for Hamas, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, Libyan rebels and Syrian Islamist groups) is walking a careful line while long-term attempting both to advance a wahabbist agenda and increase its influence within the Muslim sphere, then it is not so outlandish.
What a wonderful speach! Thanks for posting, tipper.
He's right about the HSAs and independence. I've had an HSA ever since the gummint allowed individuals who work for companies to get them. I've always paid the doctor (like everyone did when I was growing up), so I know what medical services cost.
When I signed up for Social Security (I'm still working; just don't trust them to have the money available when I do retire), they forced me to go on Medicare as a condition. I had to drop the HSA as a result. The government stole part of my independence.
And they wonder why this nation is broke (fiscally as well as morally)?
But unfortunately Darth is right. Dr. Carson's common-sense suggestions afford no opportunity for graft - so entrenched Dems and Pubs alike don't want simplification of anything to happen. >:-(
Posted by: Barbara ||
02/08/2013 19:10 Comments ||
Posted by: Steve White ||
02/08/2013 15:15 ||
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Interesting oxen are now being gored...
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
02/08/2013 16:05 Comments ||
If you look at the STRATFOR naval deployment weekly, you note that CBGs ABGs are virtually static. Only the Stennis is in the Gulf area, a reduction from to groups to one. And no group is in transit, so the Stennis and one Amphig group are the total force projection in the Middle East. Wonder how that affects the Iranians and the Israelis regarding any actions that might take place. Perhaps we have to little resources to be helpful and thus change the battle calculus for someone? Just wondering.
I agree with the comment made by a number of folks: if you're not there to do anything, don't waste time, money and people's lives by just hanging around.
A carrier battle group is supposed to focus the mind of the opposition. But we've had one or two in the Arabian Sea/Persian Gulf for so long now that the Iranians have adjusted to it. Whatever they had to do, they did it a while back. I don't see that continuing to wave the big stick at them accomplishes anything.
But then I've been a believer in Operation Lemony Snickett. I'd put down the big stick and pick up a small shiv...
Posted by: Steve White ||
02/08/2013 18:22 Comments ||
we have a load of Iranian arms intercepted on their way to Yemen. Return them to Iran vs the MEK and any other effective anti-Mullah groups. Our hands are clean
Posted by: Frank G ||
02/08/2013 20:24 Comments ||
And today it was reported that the Lincoln's refueling was going to be delayed for an unknown period due to the budget. Since a nuke refueling exercise takes 3.5 years ( navy figures) that is going to have a huge ripple effect. and part of the refule was also a change of homeport. you think the Truman cost Sailors a lot, stand by for the Lincoln figures ( new housing deposits, spouses quit jobs to follow the Sailor), it will be frikkin huge!
So IOW the Fed is trying hard NOT to say they expect the private sector + industrial econ to stay so bad such that the USDOD is the only positive or proactive, econ productive activity going on in the immediate + surrounding regions.
EVERYTHING OR NEARLY EVERYTHING THAT IS NON-DOD = NON-FED/GOVT-CONTROLLED OR RELATED IS SHOT = NON-EXISTENT???
Dats great news for Rising China + Rising Iran + the Nuclear, Caliphate-happy Hard Boyz - US + MAINSTREAM AMERIKA NOTSOMUCH.
* See RELATED DRUDGEREPORT > [USNI.Org] NAVY UNABLE TO FUEL CARRIER DUE TO BUDGET CUTS.
* Also from USNI.ORG > NAVY: "LINCOLN" REFUELING DELAYED, WILL HURT CARRIER READINESS.
NOT good news from the US side for the US CVN USS "GEORGE WASHINGTON" over in NE Asia = Japan, vee the DPRK [read, CHINA].
* TOPIX > [HuffPo = Switched] REDUCED ROLE OF US WORRIES ALLIES.
As per FOX NEWS AM, it would appear that neither the GOP-Right nor US Allies have heard nor fully understand the concept + merits, demerits behind [anti-US] OWG "Globalism" + NAU 2015???
* SAME, FREEREPUBLIC > [Federal News Radio] BY YEAR'S END, US TROOPS WILL BE UNABLE TO RESPOND TO CRISES: PENTAGON SAYS, as per looming "sequestration" cuts.
WHAT CRISIS OR CRISES COULD THAT BE IN 2013???
* TOPIX > [Bloomberg] JAPAN RADAR TARGETING PROTEST IS "WAR SIGNAL", GLOBAL TIMES [China]SAYS.
* SAME > [Asian News Network] TOKYO: CHINA SHOULD STOP PLAYING DANGEROUS GAME OVER SENKAKUS.
* SAME > [Russia Today] NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR TEST MAY CAUSE VOLCANO ERUPTION NEAR CHINESE BORDER - REPORT, vee already naturally expanding magma chamber/pool bubbling underneath Mt. Baekdu in the DPRK.
Moreso iff the DPRK does conduct two simultaneous Nuke Tests [HEU + Plutonium].
ROK Geologist Yoon-Sung-ho.
* Also from RUSSIA TODAY > ISLANDS DISPUTE [South Kuriles] KEEP RUSSIA-JAPAN RELATIONS ON THE ROCKS.
* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > [Asahi Shimbun] JAPAN: HOTLINE NEEDED [SinO-Nippon "Red Phone"] AFTER CHINESE WARSHIP "THREATENED FORCE".
* BHRATA RAKSHAK > [The Hankyoreh = Hani.co/KR] NORTH KOREA COULD BE DEVELOPINGA HYDROGEN BOMB.
* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > IN SEVEN YEARS, CHINA'S STORY COULD BE OVER.
On a separate note, the post-Bammer US should not be so presumptious to think that what occurs dubiously or detrimentally to China, etc. won't affect it also, e.g. OWG "CONSENSUS ON PEAK OIL/RESOURCES IS THAT THERE IS NO CONSENSUS".
Ditto as per a seemingly "strong" US suborned under anti-Nationalist, anti-Sovereignty, anti-Borders, anti-US Constitution, "multi-polar" anti-US OWG + NAU starting in 2015 or ASAP thereafter.
OWG + ANTI-US NAU 2015 > STRONG US = STRONG CHINA, ETAL. JUST AS SIMIL A WEAK US = WEAK CHINA, ETAL. = GREAT GEOPOL "EQUALIZER".
Not starring Brit actor James? Woodsworth/
China + PLA may not even to demand or militarily conquer 1/2 or more of CONUS-NORAM for "living space" because a US suborned under OWG + NAU 2015 will be all nice-n-legal like letting Chinese workers by the Milyuhns + Dilyuhns + Silyuhns. DITTO FOR HISPANICS + CALIPHATE, UMMAH, NUCLEAR-HAPPY MUSLIM + THIRD WORLD EMIGRES.
The Jihadis will just legally formally emigrate or just walk into future ISLAMERICA/ISLAMERIKA, aka future HISPAMERICA/HISPAMERIKA, aka future SINOMERICA/SINOMERIKA.
[Dawn] IMAGES of last week's brutal slaying in Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... of holy men belonging to Jamia Binnoria, caught by security cameras, are still fresh in the mind. Though the footage was recorded by cameras installed at a marriage hall near the scene of the crime, the incident has raised legitimate questions about the effectiveness of closed circuit television camera networks, particularly the official networks on which public money has been spent. Two such CCTV networks exist in the metropolis; one run by the city government and the other belonging to the police, which has not yet been 'officially' launched. But these as well as cameras installed at private facilities such as banks have failed to help in reducing crime, even though in many instances the faces of the culprits are clearly visible on camera. What is the utility of having a CCTV network if it is not used to identify and track down criminals? Such footage practically becomes excellent prime-time viewing, with the electronic media using it to draw more viewers. Surely there is a more constructive use for security cameras.
CCTV footage can play an integral role in beating crime and terrorism. The London tube and bus bombings of 2005, after which Sherlocks sifted through extensive footage to zero in on the perpetrators, are a prime example of how to use the technology. But far from the potential of this technology being put to efficient use in a country that desperately needs effective crime detection, quite often it turns out that cameras that could have recorded footage are not even in working order. Now that the money has already been spent, the existing CCTV network in Bloody Karachi needs to be put to some good use by developing a comprehensive and integrated database. Further, no more money ought to be spent on them until law enforcement authorities come up with some data on how useful they have been. Not just in Bloody Karachi but to a lesser extent in some other urban centres too, law enforcement personnel tout CCTV networks as an important crime fighting measure. But are they actually any good? The public needs to be told.
Posted by: Fred ||
02/08/2013 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan
[Dawn] TERRORISM, militancy, extremism -- the challenges to peace in Pakistain are many and myriad, and require being answered at multiple levels.
One of the main challenges faced is that those who perpetuate violence, whether Islamic fascistior bully boys, keep changing their tactics. This requires the police and other law enforcement agencies to also keep changing tack. Further, these agencies and departments also face legal, financial and capacity-related issues. Terrorist and bully boy organizations, on the other hand, appear to have ample resources at their disposal.
After the operation undertaken by the security forces in Malakand, radical changes were evident in the strategy adopted by the hard boyz and the targets they chose. In the earlier phase, they had targeted mainly law enforcement and security agencies but after that operation, their sphere of operations widened. Similarly, the battleground has also expanded from just the tribal areas earlier to now the settled areas.
Despite the efforts on part of the country's law enforcement and security, the havoc wreaked by these groups and organizations has not been brought under control. Yet success has been seen from time to time. For instance, last year saw a 27 per cent decline in suicide kabooms as compared to 2011; according to a recent report by the Pakistain Institute for Peace Studies, there were 33 suicide attacks in 2012 as compared to 45 the year before.
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa ... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central... faced the brunt of the violence with 54 per cent of the attacks. Even so, last year's statistics show an 11 per cent decline in incidents there.
Nevertheless, there have been a series of attacks, including those on Bannu Jail, the Mehran airbase and others, that indicate that the perpetrators are moving from micro to macro targets. At such attacks, they have tried to create hostage situations and in response, the law enforcement personnel have had little choice but to kill the perpetrators. Making arrests is a remote possibility in such situations, which adds another challenge: it becomes doubly difficult for Sherlocks to trace the planners, controllers and handlers involved in the attack.
Another change in the bully boys' strategy has been to turn to technology such as improvised bombs (IEDs) and vehicle-borne improvised bombs (VBIEDs). During the last four years, IEDs and hand-grenades were used in 782 attacks. The police leadership will have to build up the technical capacity of the force, despite the dangers involved. Such personnel can serve as the shield between innocent civilians and a planted bomb; bomb-defusing expert Hukam Khan saved hundreds of lives over the course of his career before he laid down his life in the line of duty.
In another nefarious move, hard boyz and Islamic fascistihave taken to causing a first kaboom that is low intensity with time-fitted or remote controlled devices, which is then followed by a second, high-intensity, blast. Such a tactic results in higher casualties, and it is what recently caused carnage at Quetta's Alamdar Road.
After an incident has occurred, the challenge faced by law enforcement personnel is not just to secure circumstantial evidence but also ensure safety for themselves and everyone else at the scene. Such management is not possible without the cooperation of the public and media personnel, who need to be better sensitised in this regard. Journalists need to understand that in their blind competition for breaking news, safety procedures and protocols must not be set aside.
An increase in assassinations and sectarian violence adds another layer to the complex security situation. Last year saw significant sectarian attacks in Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... , Quetta, Gilgit and Kurram Agency ...home of an intricately interconnected web of poverty, ignorance, and religious fanaticism, where the laws of cause and effect are assumed to be suspended, conveniently located adjacent to Tora Bora... , and preventing these is a real challenge for the country's police. This requires intelligence-led policing and better coordination with other security agencies. Meanwhile, ...back at the buffalo wallow, Tex and his new-found Indian friend were preparing a little surprise for the bandidos... the police chiefs of the areas in which assassinations are common should employ the preventative and detecting strategies once employed by the Punjab police in the mid-1990s.
The onslaught will have to be resisted in the education and women's development sectors, too, where infrastructure continues to be destroyed and fear has spread. Over the last four years 839 schools have been destroyed in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Fata. According to the Education for All Global Monitoring Report, 2012, Pakistain already has 5.1 million children out of school, making it second from the bottom in the world's rankings. While the law enforcement departments must work to counter the situation, the communities and education departments also have a part to play. The same goes for turning around the situation on the polio ...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set... front, where workers have been attacked and harassed.
To finance their operations, the terrorist-militant network has found bank robberies and kidnapping for ransom to be attractive avenues. They have used the proceeds for weapons purchases and other expenses; during 2010, a 50 per cent surge in bank robberies was recorded in Bloody Karachi alone. In the current environment of insecurity, criminals have also found lucrative opportunities in bully boy or terrorist organizations, where they often prove very helpful during acts of sabotage.
The National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta), which was passed by the Cabinet last year, may prove a valuable institutional mechanism in Pakistain's struggle. With these patterns of violence having been in evidence for over a decade, it has been realised that an institutional network and coordination are missing links in our counterterrorism strategy. Fire-fighting is effective immediately after an incident but what is needed is a long-term, research-based vision. Nacta could provide an intellectual forum to develop a systemic and sustained response, while the recently passed 'fair trial' legislation may also prove useful. Meanwhile, ...back at the abandoned silver mine, the water was up to Jack's neck and still rising. And then he smelled the smoke... our security and law enforcement agencies face a gigantic task.
Posted by: Fred ||
02/08/2013 00:00 ||
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Oh my. Still, the DoJ lawyers are on salary, and it's not as though Attorney General Holder would have had them doing anything useful instead... Besides, however it gets there, once the money is in the economy it can only have a positive multiplier effect, according to the administration's favourite economic theories.
Now we have another maniac and another map. Except this time, the maniac is pointing directly at that map and saying, Thats why I picked those people.
I'm reminded of the scene and Steve Martin role of Navin R. Johnson (the only white son of black share-croppers) in "The Jerk" where he has been targeted by some nut who selects his name, at random, out of the phone book. [Bullet] Holes start appearing in the cans of oil at the gas station where he works. He thinks the cans are defective. It takes him forever to realize the holes are bullet holes.
The SPLC seems to be very selective in who they deem extremists. They state: Extremists in the U.S. come in many different forms white nationalists, anti-gay zealots, black separatists, racist skinheads, neo-Confederates and more. I didn't notice any Mooselimbs or leftist extremists (environmentalist activists, Communists, former Weathermen bombers, Wallstreet Occupiers, etc.) on their list.
Posted by: Barbara ||
02/08/2013 11:26 Comments ||
The ex LAPD cop who's on the warpath seems to have a legitimate complaint, he's mad that the LAPD would Not Listen and Fire him, bet they're NOT listening now.
There's a better way, but I have to admit that He's getting attention(Which will vanish as if it didn't exist AFTER he's Killed, Pay attention folks, Don't let this vanish.)
Posted by: Redneck Jim ||
02/08/2013 13:58 Comments ||
He apparently has made the local cops jittery as they shot up a vehicle that looked like his vehicle. The occupants were wounded. He sounds like he has a good skill set. He's been trained in shooting skills, evasion skills, and explosives. This may not go well for him or others.
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