Columbia’s Joseph Massad is no expert on “international law”

Columbia’s history professor Joseph Massad decides he’s an expert on international law above the entire world when it comes to de-legitimizing Israel.

By Lee Kaplan, analyst and Communications director

Joining a long line of Palestinian and other Arab “academics” is a relentless quest to de-legitimize the Jewish state of Israel, Columbia’s Joseph Massad claims that the United Nation’s exercise of international law “against the Palestinian people” in 1948 creating Israel is rooted in a “ficticious”(sic)  narrative of Israel having a “right” to exist.

Massad has taken pen or keyboard in hand to write a less-than-dignified propaganda rant against the Jewish state in the less-than-objective Arab news service, al Jazeera. In the article, dated May, 6th, 2011, Massad, who is not a law professor, nor has any expertise in international law, decides he knows more about international law than all the international lawyers in the world and throughout history  including those who wrote UN resolutions pertaining to Israel’s existence and the establishment of states in the Middle East.

In the same Al Jazeera article Massad explains that  “For the Palestinians and the international community, represented by the United Nations and the myriad resolutions its Security Council and General Assembly issued since 1948, what was to be negotiated were the colonization of land, the occupation of territory and population, and the laws that stipulate ethnic and religious discrimination in Israel, which, among other things, bar Palestinian refugees from returning to their land and confiscate their property. In their struggle against these Israeli practices, Palestinian leaders, whether in Israel, the Occupied Territories, or the diaspora, have always invoked these rights based on international law and UN resolutions, which Israel has consistently refused to implement or abide by since 1948. Thus for the Palestinians, armed by the UN and international law, the negotiations were precisely aimed to end colonization, occupation, and discrimination.”

Massad forgets or overlooks intentionally the United Nations in 1948 set up a Palestinian state on what is today called the West Bank the same time it created Israel (a state that was subsequently swallowed up by Jordan while Gaza was swallowed up by Egypt).  Apparently, the United Nations setting up a Jewish state next door had no legal basis, but the Arab one did solely because Massad, the self-proclaimed international law expert says so. Massad also ignores that Jews were the majority population property owners who legally purchased all their land in the final area designated by the UN to be Israel. The remaining Negev desert had little going for it as private property back then.  It is further a myth of the Palestinian movement that Jews just grabbed Arab property at the behest of the UN.

Massad further turns history and truth on their heads by ignoring that Israel was founded in international law by the United Nations over a 30 year period starting with the Balfour Declaration by the British. If  Massad’s outrageous statements about law had any validity then most of the Arab states founded after the First World War would also have no legitimacy, such as Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon that were sops for Arab tribes who fought against the Turks for the British and French.  Massad further ignores that the Jewish majority in Israel legally purchased most of their land in pre 1948 Israel, and denies a Jewish presence in the land for 3,000 years even existing after the Roman conquest, thus negating his accusation that the founding population of Israel were little more than colonists dispossessing the “indigenous” population of Arabs. Massad also ignores that Jews were the majority population property owners who legally purchased all their land in the final area designated by the UN to be Israel, parts of which were stolen by Jordanian and Egyptian armies back in 1948. The remaining Negev desert had little going for it as private property back then.  It is further a myth of the Palestinian movement that Jews just grabbed Arab property at the behest of the UN.

Of course, Massad, ignores the myriad pogroms of Jews by the Arabs in the region in 1921, in 1929 in Hebron, in 1936 and 1947 which led the United Nations and Britain to declare finally a separate state for Jewish self-determination in those areas where Jews were a majority.

Massad even ignores that a “Palestinian” back in 1948 was a term used to mean a Jew, and  the term was not even adoptede by Arabs allegedly from the region  until after 1964 as was explained by the PLO leadership in 1970.  One can only attribute such outrageous claims of violations of international law to Massad’s being tenured which guarantees he will be able to continue to teach his falsehoods to Columbia students.

So is Massad, the historian making up new history to bolster is ignorant rantings about international law? Is he covered by academic freedom to make such outrageous statements? The intelligent answer would be no.

Here are some further re-creations of events taught by Massad as evidenced by the Al Jazeera article:

“On the other hand, one of the strongest and persistent arguments that the Zionist movement and Israel have deployed since 1948 in defense of the establishment of Israel and its subsequent policies is the invocation of the rights of Israel, which are not based on international law or UN resolutions. This is a crucial distinction to be made between the Palestinian and Israeli claims to possession of “rights.” While the Palestinians invoke rights that are internationally recognized, Israel invokes rights that are solely recognized at the national level by the Israeli state itself. For Zionism, this was a novel mode of argumentation as, in deploying it, Israel invokes not only juridical principles but also moral ones.

‘In this realm, Israel has argued over the years that Jews have a right to establish a state in Palestine, that they have a right to establish a “Jewish” state in Palestine, that this state has a “right to exist,” and that it has a “right to defend itself”, which includes its subsidiary right to be the only country in the region to possess nuclear weapons, that it has the “right” to inherit all the biblical land that the Jewish God promised it, and a “right” to enact laws that are racially and religiously discriminatory in order to preserve the Jewish character of the state, otherwise articulated in the more recent formula of “a Jewish and democratic state”. Israel has also insisted that its enemies, including the Palestinian people, whom it dispossesses, colonizes, occupies, and discriminates against, must recognize all these rights, foremost among them its “right to exist as a Jewish state”, as a condition for and a precursor to peace.”

Professor Massad in two paragraphs doesn’t even credit Israel with trying to make peace with its Arab neighbors who have been screaming to drive the Jews into the sea since before Israel’s creation because it is not an Arab majority and Muslim dominated state. He states no objection to “Muslim” states all over the Middle East, most of which no longer have Jewish populations that were ethnically cleansed (murdered) by the Arab majorities within them.

Since Israel was created by the United Nations, is Massad simply lying or is he trying to rewrite history to the Palestinian narrative? Obviously, the latter. The Israeli Declaration of Independence from 1948 stipulates equal rights for all citizens of Israel despite their ethnicity and non-Jewish Israelis, a majority of which are Arabs and Muslims serve in Israel’s judiciary, police force and even the IDF is they wish. Israel is the only country in the Middle East where Arab women can vote. Israel even has US-mimicked affirmative action laws in its universities and Arab members in the Knesset (who routinely under rules of freedom of speech call for the desruction of the Jewish state.  If Massad were less a political hack for the anti-Israel crowd and a truthful academic, he wouldn’t make such false statements about discrimination and dispossession. Arabs who remained in a nascent Jewish state, founded legally by international law in 1948 after Arab armies failed to destroy it, have had their population multiply ten thousand percent since then and enjoy the highest living standards and more human rights than Arabs living anywhere else in the world.

Massad, the now self-proclaimed expert on international law, even faults the Almighty for what is written in the Bible and even in the Koran: the right of Jews to live in their own land, Israel, for their own self-determination. He says he is incensed that Israelis would deign to say they want “peace” because they don’t even have the right to exist. One can translate this into an endorsement of violence and terrorism and certainly cannot interpret it as any call to a peaceful settlement. TO Joseph Massad international law must be obeyed when it supports Arab and Muslim goals, it is irrelevant when it supports the creation or rights of Jews to “exist” within secure borders. As such,  Massad sees his function as a historian to promulgate the jihadist line rather than to educate the world to seek truth and advancement of society. His remonstrations about the inadequacies of international law are no better than his lectures and writings on history when it comes to objectivity and the facts.

Lee Kaplan, a a Fellow at the American Center for Democracy (acdemocracy.org) wrote the above article for the Center. His work is also featured at Campus Watch (campuswatch.org) as well as the Northeast Inteligence Network. This article appeared first on the acdemoracy.org website.

Commentary on Obama’s speech on Israel

Obama’s speech on Israel portends trouble ahead for America: Commentary

By Lee Kaplan,  investigator, communications director

Obama’s speech regarding Israel illustrates that the hacks in the US State Department and Obama’s Palestinian radical friends within the Chicago political machine have won.  President Obama showed he is still in tune with his former Pastor’s rhetoric to “goddamn America” because of a perceived policy of persecution by the US abroad, no matter how untrue it is. Damning America includes also damning the Little Satan, Israel.

Put in simple English, the President said this: “We are facing a nuclear Iran and I don’t want to go to war to stop Iran because America is perceived as a bully in the world anyway and such a war would stop the flow of oil and ruin our economy. The Iranians are Shiites and traditionally the Shiites hate the Sunnis and vice versa. The Saudis are also a variant of Sunnis and they too fear Iran. In the past, we kept friendly relations with the Arab dictators in our national interest. We also kept a friendship with Israel as a fellow democracy, but those days are numbered; Israel was a strategic ally against the old Soviet Union when the Russians were allying with the Arabs, but now that policy is obsolete. The Palestinians want to replace Israel with an Arab state and if we count the populations of the Arab states as part of a pan-Arab oligarchy in the region along with the Palestinians, the numbers just aren’t on Israel’s side. We won’t support 6 million Jews against 250 million Arabs. If the Jews want to survive at all with our help, they’ll need to do whatever we tell them. The Saudis want this. So we want this.

‘The Muslim Brotherhood are Sunnis. If we line up with them, and convince the Arab world that we are their allies, then we will have a counterbalance to Iranian hegemony in the region, and they will no longer attack us.  Israel, in turn, can twist in the wind. While it’s true that Usama Bin Laden came out of the Muslim Brotherhood, we think that now that we’ve shown we eliminated him, by embracing them and weakening Israel, we will convince them to join us and not fight us. The Brotherhood also has to fear Iranian nuclear ambitions. This is one reason we made it a point to finally kill Bin Laden in Pakistan, invading their sovereignty to do so, something we could have done years ago.  As we embrace the Arab world and the Muslim Brotherhood, they will hand Zawahiri over to us on a platter, wait and see. We will buy ourselves out of this war and make our enemies our friends. Al Qaeda is weakened, and we can court new leadership among the militant Islamists of the world.

‘This is one reason why we are supporting the insurgents against Gaddafi. We went with the lesser of two evils to promote our long term goals in the region. We won’t help insurgents against Syria because Syria is aligned with Iran and is opposing Israel on behalf of the Palestinians.”

The terrorists with the suits and the PhDs have won the war against America at this point. Obama is a president who is from the college intelligentsia where everything is theoretical even if not practical on the ground. He probably sat at cafes during lunch as a law professor, and listened to Palestinian intellectuals who discussed “international law” and “human rights” as they supported the biggest welfare scam and bloody totalitarian movement in history, the biggest violators of international law and human rights, the Palestinian revolution. It no doubt was all so simple to him; if not for the “Jewish lobby,” things would be settled with an Arab majority in the region, the Jewish state gone or neutralized. and the oil flowing freely. It was and is this same college atmosphere that the State Department has  used to promote the idea of Israel eventually being gone, replaced by some other state that would make the Arabs happy. Just visit any US campus and see the weekly hysteria of demonstrations calling for boycotts of Israel that are against federal law but allowed by the government. Obama has been calling for a contiguous Palestinian state that will divide Israel in half, the first step to dismantling the Jewish state.

This is the point where Israel either steps up to plate for itself or finds itself a footnote in history. The flotillas of anarchists and Arab sympathizers, the ISM activists who riot every week in the West Bank or in Gaza are all part of the State Department’s encouragement of the Palestinian state that will counterbalance Iran in a new Cold War and make the Saudis happy.  But just as in Afghanistan with the mujahedin against the Russians, while it may mean an immediate short term goal, it will come back to bite us on the ass. 

The Saudis used mercenaries and unrelenting propaganda to help defeat the Serbs and set up two Muslim states in Europe. They even got NATO to bomb the Serbs with American help.  Obama’s message to Israel is to twist slowly in the wind as America pursues its next folly with totalitarians and abandons another democratic ally. Well, not exactly abandons, just slowly allows it to die on the vine. This is Czechoslovakia and Hitler all over again, only more nuanced, we just don’t know it.

Only time will tell. The Israelis in turn can only stall for time. This is why the Arabs are pushing to have the UN declare a Palestinian state without preconditions.  Israel’s best bet is to annex what it needs and tell the UN it can do what it wants with the rest as long as the Arabs are demilitarized. Our best bet in America is to pray for another president in the next election. If he’s a Republican, he shouldn’t be from the Bush family either, that also had a revolving door for Saudi interests and talked one thing, but did the State Department’s bidding.

Sex, Lies & the TSA

Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love Totalitarianism

By Douglas J. Hagmann & Joseph Hagmann

11 May 2011: The psychic fluidum- that is, the peculiar atmosphere – of totalitarian dictatorship is created by two closely related phenomena, propaganda and terror. […] Its chief characteristic is the deliberate effort to intimidate. […] A pervasive atmosphere of anxiety and a general sense of insecurity are the subjective concomitants of such terror. Often the victims of such terror are quite unaware of their own psychic states.

-Excerpted from Totalitarian Dictatorship & Autocracy by Carl J. FRIEDRICH and Zbigniew K. BRZEZINSKI; Frederick A. Praeger, Publishers; Second Edition © 1956. 1965 (emphasis added)

 

11 May 2011: Most Americans still “don’t get it.” Our rights as American citizens are under attack by the most socialist administration ever to assume power, installed by an elite oligarchy of globalists through a continuity of agenda that began decades ago. Americans continue to be sold some of the biggest lies in history by the establishment media, which has been progressively infiltrated by some of the most powerful socialists, communist sympathizers and sellouts in the history of the Fourth Estate.

The rights of every American citizen are protected by the U.S. Constitution, which is divinely inspired and one of the most famous documents in the history of the world.  Along with the Bible, this document allocates inalienable rights to Americans that no other man or government agency shall take away. Due to a combination of apathy and deliberate assault, the U.S. Constitution has become the proverbial red-headed stepchild of this administration in particular and past administrations in general. It has been ignored, beaten, and relegated to an indefinite “time out.”

During its creation and the establishment of our Republic, our forefathers established a series of checks and balances to protect the rights of all Americans through the separation of powers.  The framers often spoke about abuse of powers and the ability of man to oppress man. They foresaw the need to protect against unreasonable government intrusions, and today we can see the value of their nearly prophetic wisdom and foresight.

During his farewell speech delivered on 17 January 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower prophetically issued a direct warning to the American people for the potential of misplaced power that could potentially endanger our liberties and democratic processes. He further warned that we must not allow this to happen, and advised us to be vigilant and take nothing for granted. As if he was speaking to us today, Eisenhower stated that “[o]nly an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

It should be apparent to every alert and knowledgeable American citizen that we have reached the crossroads, and even crossed that very intersection referenced by this former statesman. As we stand at this point in history, it is obvious that if we do not address the threats to our liberties at this time, there will be nothing and no one to stop the perversion of power, the abuses of our citizens, the erosion of our rights and the ultimate abolishment of our constitution.

Surrendering our Constitutional Rights

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides our citizenry the right to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures. It provides that this right “shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall be issued, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” It is clear that this Amendment was put in place to protect our liberties and to be able to live freely, without unwarranted harassment, by agencies or arms of our government.

Yet, what is its status today? Who, if not those who are entrusted with the protection of our liberties will assure our protection? Who among us will say “enough” when the government crosses the line and takes away certain liberties for the fallacy of domestic security?

Despite the warnings from our founders and more recent statesmen such as Eisenhower, Americans appear more willing now to surrender their rights and freedom for the illusion of security. Although Americans have heard that statement time and again, the majority apparently still don’t “get it.”  Accordingly, they willingly and even cheerfully at times, agree to surrender their constitutional rights just to board an airplane, playing a perverse game of “grope-a-dope.”

Soon, we will be required to surrender all of our Fourth Amendment rights just to board a bus, train or other form of public transportation. From there, it most likely will be to enter a school, stadium, courthouse, mall or other public venue. In fact, it is already beginning to happen.

Bipartisanship: The art of selling the same lies

Like the proverbial frog in the pot of water, Americans are indeed being conditioned to accede their constitutional rights for the mere illusion of security. This illusion of security, however, is but one spoke of a wheel designed by the globalists for the implementation of a New World Order. A New World Order cannot coexist with our national sovereignty and a constitution protective of its citizens. Therefore, the power elite must deconstruct our rights and safeguards from within, and are readily doing so under the pretext of our own security.  Once the majority of the sleeping population is properly conditioned, the violations of our rights will become incrementally more egregious until the perversions detailed by George Orwell’s 1984 are nothing more than a distant vision in our collective rear view mirrors.

What will it take to awaken Americans to these violations of our rights? Obviously, it will take more than mere lip service by conservative political pundits and their consummate followers who seem to accept some measure of adulteration of the constitution while speaking up against others. An exceptional illustration of this dichotomy can be seen by those who have refused to discuss the constitutional eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama, yet scream like little schoolgirls at the mere mention of throttling first or second amendment rights. Such representatives of “conservatism” are the political equivalent of Christians who pick and choose only those commandments that are most convenient to follow. In consideration of such hypocrisy, can we really place our trust in these self-proclaimed conservative mouthpieces?

We know what to expect from the progressive and socialist mouthpieces as their intentions and objectives are as transparent as their deceptiveness. They ignore the obvious continuality of agenda under Obama, giving him a free pass on issues for which they would otherwise assail a republican or conservative. It is this transparency that identifies them for what they are and what they represent, and makes them much less of a threat than those who appear to hold the constitution sacred.

While many conservative pundits will walk to the edge of the abyss of the lies and deceit pushed by our government officials, less than a handful have dared expose the full depth of the abyss, always stopping short of exposing the entire truth. We believe that by exposing only partial truths, those conservative pundits actually enhance the conditioning of their trusting followers. The subtle deception by omission or deliberate evasion is likely to be the proverbial final nail in the coffin of our great republic.

TSA Scanners: All about the Benjamins?

Much like the deceit of the globalists and their supporters, the existence of totalitarian rule is becoming more and more apparent. Perhaps the most apparent of all totalitarian undertakings are those of the Transportation and Security Administration presently under the leadership of John Pistole, a branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under the reign of Janet Napolitano.

We need to look no further than the TSA for illustrations of just how out of control the abuse of power is today. Unsurprisingly, the liberal watchdogs that have historically fought against such abuses are silent, while the conservative right permits the advances of such powers without objection as well. It is this unification and continuity of agenda that should be ringing alarm bells across the nation. We should be able to rely on those we’ve elected to protect our rights, yet the same people who have taken an oath to uphold the constitution are permitting and in many cases, facilitating its demise.

Consider the basis for the full body scanners to be placed in our nation’s airports. The major impetus for the accelerated dispatch of the scanners was the alleged thwarted Christmas Day 2009 bombing attempt on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit by Umar Faouk Abulmutallab. Legitimate questions about the genuine nature of that attempt, along with other actors and facilitators unknown, continue to surround this incident and remain without satisfactory answers.

Nonetheless, former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff, head of the private security consulting firm known as The Chertoff Group, made numerous media appearances following this incident to convince a frightened flying public the need for full body scanners to detect such bombs hidden in private areas. Since that time, the TSA has stated their intention to roll out such scanners to include other modes of public transportation and has ordered more scanners for these purposes.

Now consider that The Chertoff Group worked with RapiScan, which is one of only two companies that manufacture these devices who are TSA vendors. The other company, L-3 Communications, has as its lobbiest Linda Daschle, who is the wife of former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. It should be looked upon as no coincidence that at least eight members of congress own stock in L-3 Communications. Included among those eight is Senator John Kerry, who owns upwards of a million dollars in L-3 stock.

Considering the above, is it any wonder that we hear nary a whimper from congress about the implementation and use of the full body scanners?

Private Parts: the TSA and abuse of power

Based on the above, it is no coincidence that allegations of physical abuses along with reports of theft and pedophilia at the hands of TSA agents are largely ignored by the corporate media and the elected officials in congress. Given these conditions, the abuses were bound to only get worse, and they have.

This week, American citizens were treated to a covertly recorded video of TSA agents peering under the diaper of an infant at a TSA checkpoint at an U.S. airport. Public reaction to this perverse sight was anger and fury, although both sentiments appear to be short lived as Americans consider this an exception as the conditioning continues.

Outrage over such TSA behavior continues by those who have yet to be indoctrinated. For others, such incidents are met with ambivalence.

Not so by the former Miss America who tearfully reported that she was molested by TSA agents. She alleges that a TSA agent unnecessarily groped and touched her vagina four times in a single pat down, traumatizing her and reducing her to tears.

Such behavior, if done outside of the color of law, would be criminal in nature. Instead, the TSA is given a pass and the majority of Americans are fine with their tactics, as long as these tactics in tandem with the nuclear scanners assure passenger safety. Beyond that, it is the assertion of the TSA that all of their screenings are performed randomly and without invasion of privacy. Obviously, an ample amount of covertly secured videos prove otherwise.

In our opinion, the TSA has been openly running a criminal organization since its existence. The fourth amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects American citizens from unreasonable searches. Unfortunately, this law is apparently not followed anymore and our rights under the fourth amendment are not being protected. The TSA’s response is quite simplistic. According to TSA Head John Pistole, if passengers refuse screening by scanners or pat downs, they do not have the right to fly.  The problem with this, however, is that the TSA is now expanding its searches to other venues, including roadside checkpoints where backscatter scanners are being used to inspect passenger and cargo vehicles. It’s a virtual boon to the scanner manufacturers to be sure, and job security for the federal workers.

Just two months ago, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee charged that the TSA intentionally fixed data to ensure that federal workers were employed to screen airport passengers, rather than private contractors. This report illustrates the depth of the deception by government officials to keep all of the screening “in-house,” especially in light of the projected expansion of the screening program.

Potato, Popcorn, or People?

Recent studies have shown that naked body devices showed radiation levels 10 times higher than expected. Despite this statistic, the government has assured their workers and the flying public alike that the scanners are perfectly safe. Given the incestuous involvement of government with the scanner manufacturers, would anyone expect a report to the contrary? Where are the journalists who should be actively investigating this issue?

To quote the farsighted Zbigniew K. BRZEZINSKI in the 1956 work Totalitarian Dictatorship & Autocracy that he co-authored, “the peculiar atmosphere – of totalitarian dictatorship is created by two closely related phenomena, propaganda and terror.” We are replete with ample amounts of both.

Usama bin Laden Dead and Soon To Be Forgotten

by Sean Osborne, Associate Director,

Update 02 May 2011: The government of Pakistan is now the primary target for the Pakistani Taliban (TTP - a coalition of various Pakistani jihadi group tied to Al Qaeda) and the USA is second on their target list.

“Now Pakistani rulers, President Zardari and the army will be our first targets. America will be our second target,” Ihsanullah Ihsan, a spokesman for Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), or Taliban Movement of Pakistan, told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.

With the Pakistani ISI a government benefactor for the Pakistani Taliban this might well set in motion an uprsing in Pakistan with more acute islamic religious fervor than seen in islamic countries futher to the west recently.

I would surmise that a renewed full-scale battle for control of Pakistan and its nuclear weapons arsenal is the end-sum objective of the Pakistani Taliban. Those nukes could be used against US bases in the region of southwest Asia or against the US homeland or interests elsewhere.

02 May 2011: Late last evening the sitting President of the United States stated:

“Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Pakistan. a small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability.”

Obama also said the operation was the result of a tip that surfaced last August that Usama bin Laden might have been located in Pakistan.

Now we await the details of this very special, covert military operation. Very probably this was a joint CIA and US SOF (Special Operations Forces) operation aided greatly by an element within the Pakistani government that was as far removed from the Islamist elementof the Pakistani ISI as it could possibly be. It is a major miracle this strike in Pakistan was not compromised before it could be executed. Let’s hope an intelligence treasure trove was recovered along with bin Laden’s corpse, something that will assist in executing similar operations against the surviving AQ leadership cadre.

Now around the world we are on heightened alert for Al Qaeda terrorist retaliation. They have always threatened that should Usama bin Laden be martyred by the US that act would set off major retaliatory actions of their own.

Now more than ever, if you see something, say something.

However, this victory cannot pass without acknowledging the truth of the matter: Usama bin Laden was never a threat. His mindless islamic terrorists have always been the threat and Usama bin Laden’s death does not change that fact.

Until Al Qaeda has been killed off we must always be vigilent against the threat posed by these terrorists and their islamic and dhimmi allies. This increase in the threat level is quite temporary.

Here’s the current operational template: When U.S. forces killed Al Qaeda terrorist Abu Mus’ab Al-ZARQAWI in Iraq there was a temporary increase in the threat level from Al Qaeda in Iraq. The expected retribution campaign never materialized. Our armed forces were waiting for his minions to pop out of their hidey-holes and we killed them as they emerged, one by one, and then enmasse. Today most people have long forgotten about al-Zarqawi simply because he is dead and his terrorist organization a mere footnote in history.

Dead and forgotten, just like Usama bin Laden will soon be.

Obama’s “Nixonian” moment?

 

By Doug Hagmann & Joseph Hagmann

29 April 2011: We hope you’ve saved the duct tape you purchased at the urging of the DHS a few years ago, as it could come in handy to as a head wrap to keep your head from exploding from the curious events of this past week.  Should you find no need to do so, you might wish to send your extra rolls to the corporate media, Obama loyalists, operatives and progressives so they can use it to hold together their mosaic of lies and misrepresentations that have turned into blatant insults and a shameful mockery of anyone searching for the truth about the valid constitutional issue of presidential eligibility.

There are indeed legitimate questions regarding the authenticity of the purported certificate of birth based on the most cursory and preliminary examinations already performed. Let us not forget that this document was released by the White House with the imprimatur of Obama himself. Therefore, any anomalies with the document should be analyzed with the same vigor and with the same level of aggressiveness as the release of the now infamous Nixon tapes, complete with the equally infamous 18 minute gap attributed to the wayward foot of secretary Rosemary Woods.

Although the same standard of examination and investigation to which former President Richard M. Nixon was held need to be applied to the Obama sanctioned document. Note that Obama, much like Nixon with the tapes, initially fought against the release of his long form birth certificate through his use of lawyers and other diversionary roadblocks. When seemingly cornered, Nixon furnished the audio sans the 18 minutes, which resulted in his ultimate downfall.  Can it be the same today?

It is by design that the same people who called for the resignation of President Nixon, including the liberal press, are some of the very same individuals who are mocking those who are tenaciously attempting to protect the rule of law and the sanctity of our constitution.  It is by design that the ideology of Marxism has infiltrated and taken over, overtly or by less obvious means, virtually all aspects of our society, corporate media and current government.

The certificate of birth is merely one document that embodies a multitude of questions about the background and origins of a man who holds the keys to our nuclear arsenal, the ability to direct our armed forces to all corners of the world and by mandate, to the streets of the U.S. if he deems necessary. It does, however, represent the cornerstone of legitimacy for the highest office in the U.S. and should not be made into the sideshow that Obama has laughingly accused others of doing.

In addition to its authenticity, it is critical to ask why, after a nearly three year-long fight, that he would choose this time to make this purported official document public.  As succinctly reported Wednesday by Judi McLeod, editor of Canada Free Press, a looming question about the timing of its release remains; she notes that even the most powerful man on earth must know that keeping his certificate of birth and other vital documents away from the public is akin to attempting to clean a bloodstain left at a crime scene.

Like a crime scene, we must not be fooled by anyone wishing to cleanse the potential criminality being committed by this administration against the citizens of our country and hard work of our founding fathers. Regardless whether top republicans, elected conservatives or highly paid talk show hosts consider this a distraction, this issue must be pursued with the same vigor once possessed by Woodward and Berstein, and followed to its final conclusion, wherever the facts lead and despite any potential consequences for doing so. As citizens, we can handle the truth but are becoming increasingly impatient with lies and ambiguity.

It’s nothing less than a matter of our national security and survival.

NOTE: This will be the topic of the Hagmann & Hagmann Report radio broadcast scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. ET as heard here.

Hezbollah cells: Who are the basijis and IRGC?

 

By Lee Kaplan, Analyst,  Communications Director, Northeast Intelligence Network

The average American knows very little about Hezbollah, the Iranian terrorist proxy that appears on the evening news as operating mainly in Lebanon as a threat to Israel’s northern border. One of the purposes of this article is to explain in laymen’s terms what Hezbollah is and about its presence here in the US in what could be called “sleeper cells” that are poised to assist the Iranian regime that the US government is confronting over Iran’s nuclear and missile program. Another key purpose of this article will be to point out a Hezbollah cell operating under our noses right here in San Jose, California, heretofore unknown to the general population.

In the US, intelligence sources suggest there are least a dozen Hezbollah cells across the United States, each including a hard core of several dozen suspected terrorists. These are known to operate primarily in Detroit, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Boston including a number with military training in Hezbollah camps - plus hundreds of supporters. Indictments have been handed out primarily in Detroit that hosts one of the largest Muslim populations. The concern of US intelligence officials  is that Hezbollah - among other groups - may have implanted U.S.-based sleeper cells not only to raise money (as has already been done through credit card fraud and cigarette tax fraud), but also to orchestrate domestic terrorist attacks if the US or Israel takes military action against Iran’s nuclear program. U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials are missing the boat, however, when it comes to San Jose California’s Silicon Valley, where a Hezbollah cell is also operating but has not garnered much in the way of media attention—yet. What is also under the radar is how these cells such as the one in San Jose are also seeking to recruit from America’s minority community to swell their ranks from those who perceive themselves as part of America’s disadvantaged minorities. For now, nobody may be planning terrorist attacks, but can we count on that not changing in time of war? Or, for that matter, there being a safe house in our midst for those who do?

Hezbollah’s infrastructure within the U.S. to date  has mostly given financial and logistical support for a focused and successful guerilla war from Lebanon against Israel overseas and for a propaganda war in favor of the Palestinians here in the US. In fact, at demonstrations against Israel in the San Francisco Bay Area, most people might assume that all the demonstrators are Palestinian Arabs, not Arabs from Hezbollah operating under the control of the regime in Iran under the leadership of Iranians. As a fighting force inside America, Hezbollah’s sleepers have yet to be tested. But the first step in any security-related test should be to distinguish where those sleeper cells are so the average American, Muslim or non-Muslim, can keep an eye on them.

With the Iranian revolution that took place in 1979 under then President Jimmy Carter, the regime in Iran that took over from the Shah became known as the Velayat-e Faqih regime headed by the now deceased imam, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini whose administration also led the hostage takeover of the US embassy in Tehran. Velayat-e Faqih means “governance of the jurist,” the jurist being the late Ayatollah Khomeini.  Although this regime and the Muslims of Iran are Shias (followers of Mohammed’s son-in-law, thus keeping leadership of the Caliphate in the family of Mohammed as appointed leaders by Allah) as opposed to Sunnis (those who favored electing a new leader), the Shias began developing a strong presence in Lebanon by uniting all Arabs there in opposition to Israel and the US. Today in Lebanon, while the majority of Hezbollah are Shia Arabs, there are also some Druze and others in Hezbollah. The Shia presence though, in Lebanon, is also bolstered by Syria, whose Allawite leaders are an obscure Shia community of Muslims who rule over the much larger Sunni population in that neighboring country. It is their mutual antipathy to Israel that keeps these two factions working toward the same end. As proxies for Iran, the Hezbollah also have Iranian or Persian leaders and advisers working with them.

The late Ayatollah Khomeini

Since its takeover in Iran, the Velayat-e Faqih regime is very repressive, ultimately fascist in its policies toward the Iranian people, a policy that is also passed on to their proxy military and political force of Lebanese Arabs in Hezbollah to also be promoted abroad. Most Iranians and even many Sunni Arabs who emigrated to the US during the latter half of the 20th century did so to escape such oppressive governments and societies that persecuted Jews, women, free speech and assembly and still do to this day. But now, this fascist ideology is being inculcated among American Muslims whenever possible, and in particular among young people here who cannot relate to the repression back in the Middle East. Enforcers have been sent here to the mosques in the US to spy on both Shia expatriates from Iran or Lebanon to see what they are up to, and also to recruit among America’s younger Shias and other Muslims from within. Opposition to Israel is the glue for this program, but America is the long range target.

Few Americans know that during the riots in Iran a year ago in which the Iranian people demanded more freedoms, part of the contingents of thugs who beat up and even killed some of the protestors were Hezbollah members, notably Palestinian Arabs from Lebanon and even the West Bank, who were brought in to do the dirty work for the Velayat-e Figh regime. Working with these enforcers were the IRGC or Iranian Royal Guard Corps, a militarized group or “army within an army” of Khomeinists loyal to the Mullahs and separate from the regular Iranian Army. Another specialized group, the Basij was also involved. The Basij originated during Iran’s eight-year-long war with Iraq, when youngsters were recruited into the Basij and given plastic keys made in Hong Kong that they were told were to be their keys to Paradise in the after- life as they were sent in human waves (frequently unarmed, sometimes even with only a Koran) against Iraqi gun emplacements. Part of the Ayatollah Khomeini’s strategy back then was to make every household in Iran “bleed” so as the commit the entire country in its Holy War against Saddam Hussein, another tyrant and dictator, but a Sunni Muslim. The Basij developed into a fanatical wing of the Islamic dictatorship whose members are just as willing to self-sacrifice themselves to the Mullahs as their earlier counterparts were during the Iran-Iraq War, an effort that helped gain victory for Iran.

The Bisijis wear an easily identifiable scarf in black and while around their necks to denote who they are. They do this in both Iran and here in San Jose. When seen at demonstrations, most laymen would think the scarves symbolize the Palestinian movement because the colors are the same. However, if one looks closely they are different and to Iranian and Muslim members of the Bay Area community who fled Iran, they know what they mean.

Although both are black and white, the Basij scarf  is different from the Palestinian keffiyah on closer inspection. To most people in the US they are not distinguishable. At left above, Basij supporters celebrate Huseyn Day in San Jose, California.

Just as with the demonstrators in Iran being under the eye of the IRGC and the Basij, Hezbollah loyalists who are now operating from cells in the US are here not to flee Iran’s totalitarian system as much as to spy on and control the Iranian and Shia population here in the US. Their bases of operation for this are in the mosques.

“Has America’s Playing Nuclear Patty-Cake With Egypt Been A Bad Idea?”

by Sean Osborne

27 February 2011: It was just too hard to resist making the title of this report a parody of the Geico rhetorical question advertising campaign featuring actor Mike McGlone. So tell me, “has America’s playing nuclear patty-cake with Egypt been a bad idea?” After reading this article you will know why it was a very bad idea.

Now that the restraining influence of President Hosni Mubarak is gone, it would appear to be a very bad idea. And the strong support former President Mubarak’s government had previously received from most of the key nations involved in the Middle East for the past 30 years, primarily Israel and the United States, will now come into clearer into focus and scrutiny. You see, Hosni Mubarak was the key figure in keeping a previously clandestine Egyptian nuclear weapons program under tight controls; a nuclear weapons program manifest in the Argentina-built 22-megawatt reactor located in Egypt’s Nile Delta town of Inshas.

It would seem that friendly regimes, long-standing allies, can have a clandestine nuclear weapons program because they’ve shown themselves capable of not behaving badly as in the case of the world’s largest supporter on international Islamic terrorism, the Islamic Republic of Iran.

In just a couple of days new information is going to be in published in the media which details certain facts about the Egyptian nuclear weapons program which is now, thanks to the amatuerish and extremely ill-advised pressure from Obama and his friends in throwing Hosni Mubarak under the bus, clearly within the grasp of the Islamo-Nazi fundamentalists of Egypt’s al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun (Muslim Brotherhood).

The United States Intelligence Community (USIC) has just assessed, based upon direct knowledge of the Egyptian nuclear progam since the mid-1980s, that a nuclear weapons capability is well within the grasp of either the Egyptain armed forces or the Ikhwan in their ongoing power struggle in Egypt. The Ikhwan clearly have the upper-hand and the organizational edge in the struggle, and may well represent the coming “power of a cruel master, and a fierce king will rule over them” declared by the Lord Almighty in Isaiah 19:4. Of course, the Ikhwan covertly exist within the Egyptian armed forces, so the ultimate Egyptian power-broker could well be a combination of the two.

The USIC has revealed that Egypt has quietly acquired nuclear weapons technology and material from China, North Korea and Pakistan, in addition to biological and chemical weapons capabilities, and Hosni Mubarak was the key factor in ensuring that an Egyptian nuclear breakout would not occur. Otherwise the United States would have been all over Egypt as we have been for over a decade regarding the Iranian nuclear weapons program. The key controlling factor of Hosni Mubarak no longer exists. However, even during his tenure between 1990 and 2003 Egypt is known to have conducted 16 secret nuclear experiments under the command of Brigadier General Ahmed Nashet. In this same period Egypt acquired a Russian-made cyclotron for advanced uranium enrichment, and the Argentines designed the Inshas nuclear reactor to produce weapons-grade plutonium.

The bottom-line USIC assessments is that Egypt now has the resources to complete the production of nuclear warheads and a missile-borne delivery system of at least 1,000 kilometers (621 miles). How convenient! The distance between Cairo and Tel Aviv is less than half of that, and Cairo to Dimona is a mere stones throw. Worse, there’s a common border between Egyptian Sinai and the Israeli Negev were smuggling is rampant.

Update: Stuxnet - as we reported


by Sean Osborne

UPDATE 16 January 2011: Israel Tests on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay

1 December 2010: (initial report) Speculations on Stuxnet’s national point of origin have run as rampant as the trojan malware has within the Iranian nuclear weapons infrastructure since the discovery of the super cyber weapon by the Belarus security firm VirusBlokAda on 17 June 2010. The vast majority of those subject-matter-expert commentaries leading corporate media-driven speculations have centered on Israel and its secretive military intelligence Unit 8200 as that point of origin.

One of those so-called experts, Richard Falkenrath, a former Senior Director of Policy and Plans with the United States Office of Homeland Security, was on Bloomberg Television as recently as September 24th pointing a very accusative finger at Israel. When asked directly by the interviewer what were the chances that the United States was the nation-state of origin Falkenrath responded(at the 1:57 mark of the linked video), “It is theoretically impossible that the U.S. government did this, but in my judgment it is a very remote possibility. More likely is, frankly, Israel. That Israel did it.

Richard Falkenrath needs to have a conversation or two with his former government peers, or at the least with the New York Times’s David E. Sanger about an article he wrote a full 17 months prior to the discovery of Stuxnet. Published by the Times on 10 January 2009 Sanger’s article, headlined “U.S. Rejected Aid for Israeli Raid on Iranian Nuclear Site,” clearly references the United States as the point of origin of Stuxnet during the last year of the administration of President George W. Bush.

Quoting Sanger’s article:

President Bush deflected a secret request by Israel last year for specialized bunker-busting bombs it wanted for an attack on Iran’s main nuclear complex and told the Israelis that he had authorized new covert action intended to sabotage Iran’s suspected effort to develop nuclear weapons, according to senior American and foreign officials…. The White House denied that request outright, American officials said, and the Israelis backed off their plans, at least temporarily. But the tense exchanges also prompted the White House to step up intelligence-sharing with Israel and brief Israeli officials on new American efforts to subtly sabotage Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, a major covert program that Mr. Bush is about to hand off to President-elect Barack Obama.”

Stuxnet. Made in the USA.

For all of two years now the big remaining Stuxnet mystery has been hiding in plain sight, and now the operationally deceptive embedded “fingerprints” within the lines of Stuxnet’s code suggesting an Israeli origin are moot. And, for their part, the Israeli authorities don’t seem to have any problem with such misdirection exercises. The Israeli’s might even consider them to have some inherent entertainment value. From an intelligence perspective they do have that quality.

Interestingly, it was also the New York Times’s David E. Sanger who also informed the world in another article, published 29 September 2009, of a team of Symantec researcher’s discovery of a Stuxnet project string code driver (b:\myrtus\src\objfre_w2k_x86\i386\guava.pdb) that contained an apparently ingenious “paternity” reference to Israel linked to the Book of Esther. This article was published just five days after Richard Falkenrath’s accusative Bloomberg TV interview. The Book of Esther tells the story of how the Jews in ancient Elam overcame a Persian plot to annihilate them and instead turned the tables on their enemies and were granted the power to preemptively annihilate their enemies anywhere in King Xerxes realm.

It just so happens that ancient Elam is the same modern day geographical location for most of the crown jewels in the Iranian nuclear weapons program. Now that’s a brilliant touch of flair the American creators of Stuxnet should receive an award for. And now it can be said that the US has finally taken a step towards rectifying all of the acts of war Iran has committed against the US since 1979 as well the murders of our Marines in Beirut and other American heroes in Lebanon.

Saving Private Ryan but losing Lt. Col. Lakin: Too Few Good Men

By Douglas J. Hagmann

14 December 2010: Sadly, there seems to be more talk about ineligibility on any given Sunday during football season in the U.S. than about one of the most important issues in America today.  It’s the issue that still hasn’t gone away, despite the best attempts of politicians, media pundits, and well known talk show hosts from both sides of the political aisle. It’s the issue of the eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama to occupy the highest elected office in the United States.

Many Republicans and conservatives, under the influence of their Kool-Aide induced agendas, have described the eligibility issue as a “distraction” from the real issues. The majority of Democrats and progressives, for obvious reasons, have resorted to associating the issue with race,  bigotry and hatred. Together, detractors of this issue from both sides have engaged in the methodical marginalization of the message and mocking those who dare act as the messengers.

What could be more fundamentally important than ensuring that the person at the helm of our country, the Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful military in the world, the holder of the keys to the nation’s nuclear lockbox is indeed constitutionally eligible to hold this office? I see more outrage on Sunday afternoons by grown men living vicariously by dressing up in the jersey of their favorite football player when a receiver is declared ineligible.

Despite rabid and consistently incorrect assertions to the contrary, Barack Hussein Obama has not provided one single item of authenticated evidence to prove that he is a natural born citizen and thusly qualified to be president as defined by Article II, Section I, Clause 5 of the United States Constitution.  Not only has he not provided such documentation, he has fought long and hard, and spent what many reliable reports suggest as well over a million dollars against releasing his birth certificate and numerous other documents relevant to his background.

It is not within the scope of this article nor is it my intent to discuss the definition of natural born citizen, the “Vattell Theory,” or other technical matters related to this issue beyond this one fact: Obama could have been born in the middle of the White House lawn at noon on a crowded weekday with John, Jackie and Rose Kennedy serving as witnesses, and with Teddy serving the drinks, but that, by itself, does not make him eligible to hold the office of President of the United States.

While the so-called men in our country are busily fretting over the news that Brett Favre is ending his NFL streak, there is one real man, an American patriot, whose own unblemished record is also coming to an end today. His name is Lt. Col. Terrence “Terry” Lakin, an Army flight surgeon with 18 years of honorable service to our country. His military court martial begins today, and by all accounts, he will be spending the next one to five years in Leavenworth.

In terms of contemporary history, I’d sadly wager that Favre has better name recognition than Lakin. In terms of historical importance, however, I’d wager that the annuls of American history will hold a special place of valor, honor and bravery for Lt. Col. Lakin. It will not likely be for the venue he chose, his method and manner of battle, but for the fact that this highly decorated man had the guts to do what countless others haven’t. That is to ensure that as an officer in our military, he was following legal and legitimate orders in accordance with the Constitution of the United States.

I doubt that the start of today’s court martial proceedings of this high ranking military official will receive much, if any, coverage by any of the mainstream talk show hosts regardless of the network. If there is any discussion devoted to the issue, it will likely be limited to the fact that Lt. Col. Lakin disobeyed a direct order and essentially invited his own court martial and paved his own destiny. Perhaps that is the case, or at least the most basic legal element of this case.

Meanwhile, the majority of the mainstream conservative commentators and pundits will continue to ignore Lt. Col. Lakin and the larger eligibility issue or mock those who bring it up, even as they pay lip service to the Constitution of the United States. These media pundits have been issued their “talking points” and a list of topics that are out of bounds.  If they wish to continue with their comfortable media careers, they must not stray from the approved script.

Members of the elite conservative bloggers who wish to remain on the “A” list of invitees to network and cable news shows must also conform to the topical standards and avoid devoting any virtual print space to this issue. Whether a co-opted conservative pundit or blogger, or a progressive with an inherent disdain for such inconveniences as the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law, their responses or lack thereof will be similar.

Detractors of the eligibility issue will insist that this case is about a military officer failure to report, or in military parlance, “missing movement” and nothing more. Lt. Col. Lakin failed to obey orders and must be punished, period. This case is about following or failing to follow military orders, nothing more and nothing less.

By that logic, the military guards at Auschwitz and other concentration camps should never have been subjected to trial at Nuremberg or otherwise punished. After all, they were just following orders.  As for the detention and extermination of the Jews, well, bringing that up while there was a war going on was a distraction from the real issues of the day.

Stuxnet: Made in the USA


by Sean Osborne

UPDATE 16 January 2011: Israel Tests on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay

1 December 2010: Speculations on Stuxnet’s national point of origin have run as rampant as the trojan malware has within the Iranian nuclear weapons infrastructure since the discovery of the super cyber weapon by the Belarus security firm VirusBlokAda on 17 June 2010. The vast majority of those subject-matter-expert commentaries leading corporate media-driven speculations have centered on Israel and its secretive military intelligence Unit 8200 as that point of origin.

One of those so-called experts, Richard Falkenrath, a former Senior Director of Policy and Plans with the United States Office of Homeland Security, was on Bloomberg Television as recently as September 24th pointing a very accusative finger at Israel. When asked directly by the interviewer what were the chances that the United States was the nation-state of origin Falkenrath responded(at the 1:57 mark of the linked video), “It is theoretically impossible that the U.S. government did this, but in my judgment it is a very remote possibility. More likely is, frankly, Israel. That Israel did it.

Richard Falkenrath needs to have a conversation or two with his former government peers, or at the least with the New York Times’s David E. Sanger about an article he wrote a full 17 months prior to the discovery of Stuxnet. Published by the Times on 10 January 2009 Sanger’s article, headlined “U.S. Rejected Aid for Israeli Raid on Iranian Nuclear Site,” clearly references the United States as the point of origin of Stuxnet during the last year of the administration of President George W. Bush.

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