August 12, 2006

Aug. 12, 2006: #1

Three Middle Eastern Men Found With 1000 Cell Phones, Now Face Charges , Sam Licavoli II, Edited By Doug Moiles, Aug. 11, 06, WNEM TV5, via

(TV5) -- The three suspects are now facing two counts each of Homeland Security Terrorism charges. All three suspects are due to be arraigned August 12th.

Around 1:00am August 11th the three men purchased cell phones from the Wal-Mart store on M-81 near the corner of M-24 in Caro. Wal-Mart places a limit on the number of cell phones that can be purchased at once, that number is three. The three men allegedly bought 80 by purchasing them three at time so that an alert wouldn't be triggered by the cash register. They also paid cash. [....]

The phones were Nokia TracFones selling for $20 at Wal-Mart. For your twenty dollars you receive a phone charger and 40 minutes of airtime. The phones do not have to be registered with a name. Also discovered was a laptop with store addresses and store logos.

Tim Nausler with the Michigan State Police bomb squad says this has all the tell tale signs of using cell phones to detonate bombs. He says you need two phones to detonate a bomb one to be with the explosive and the other to make the call to that phone. In some instances he says you can detonate with one phone using the alarm clock function.

The TracFones are a nationwide prepaid wireless phone service and are even offered with international long distance. These phones according to don't even have coverage in the Thumb area where they were purchased. [....]

Security's off the rails , Earl McRae, Aug. 12, 06

Jean Christoff, temporary manager of the Ottawa [railway] station, admitted: "No, we don't check carry-on bags." Shouldn't they? "It'd be easier for us if we had scanners like at the airports, but we don't. I don't know why, exactly." But added: "We do have surveillance cameras though inside, at the platform, and in the parking lot. For about four months now. And we play a message saying to be aware and keep your luggage beside you."

What help is that if the person keeping his weapon-laden luggage beside him is a terrorist?

How partisan, how Liberal , "Khan agrees to quit Liberal caucus while advising Harper", Aug. 12, 06

Liberal MP Wajid Khan bowed to critical colleagues yesterday, withdrawing from Liberal caucus duties while he is serving as special adviser to Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the Middle East and Afghanistan. His statement, written with assistance from the office of interim Liberal leader Bill Graham [....]

My guess is that Graham or someone in his office prepared it and demanded Khan sign it. Obviously, there is little trust within the Liberal Opposition.

Why the secrecy on this?

Montreal Web host receives complaint about pro-Hezbollah site -- closes it down, Aug. 12, 06

'It's their hospital' -- Some 70 children were asked for suggestions ... hundreds of ideas poured in , Don Martin, National Post, August 12, 2006

It is time for a United Nations of Democracies; the present UN is completely biased against the one democracy in the Middle East.

Where Israel still = racism , Hillel Neuer, Jerusalem Post, August 10, 2006
The writer is executive director of UN Watch, and editor of its Web site,

The convening Friday of a UN Human Right Council emergency session to condemn "gross human rights violations by Israel in Lebanon" caps a month-long mad rush by the world body's human rights institutions to single out Israel for special censure.

The Muslim states that initiated the meeting dominate the large African and Asian blocs, guaranteeing the adoption of an anti-Israel motion that will become only the third country resolution of the new council - all of which have targeted the Jewish state to the exclusion of the UN's other 191 member states.

A typical example of how key UN human rights bodies are being subverted is the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

If you thought the UN's 1991 repeal of the "Zionism is Racism" resolution, achieved by the determined efforts of then assistant secretary of state John Bolton, marked an end to the world body's promotion of this canard, guess again. On the same day that Iran's President Ahmadinejad renewed his call for the destruction of the Jewish state, the UN's top racism committee supplied Teheran with renewed international moral justification for that goal.

Last Thursday, the CERD suspended its normal work to address "the humanitarian crisis in Lebanon."

Not only is this topic entirely outside CERD's mandate, but it was framed in a lopsided manner, so that the humanitarian suffering of Israeli civilians would be entirely ignored.

Since July 12, when Hizbullah ignited the crisis by crossing the international border to murder and kidnap Israeli soldiers, the Iran-sponsored terrorist organization has fired more than 3,000 rockets into Israel. A million Israelis are either displaced or living in and out of bomb shelters, dozens have been killed, while a further 2,000 have been injured or required hospital treatment. Yet one would not know any of this from the CERD's presentation of the issue. [....]

LGF Exclusive: How Much Does It Cost to Buy Global TV News?

An LGF reader who worked for Associated Press TV News sent me the following article explaining how APTN works, and suggesting a reason why their coverage of the Middle East is so overwhelmingly biased against Israel: [....]

Major Public Service shakeup aims to revitalize top ranks , Kathryn May, The Ottawa Citizen, August 12, 2006

The most speculated move involved Maryatonett Flumian, the tough-minded and sometimes controversial boss at the new Service Canada who often found herself in the spotlight for her stint as the head of the much-maligned gun registry. Ms. Flumian, who was appointed the first deputy head of Service Canada by the Martin government, was moved to the PCO as a "special adviser" while waiting for a new assignment.

She is being replaced by up-and-comer Helene Gosselin, now the associate deputy minister at Health Canada.

Longtime bureaucrat Andre Juneau, deputy minister of Infrastructure and Communities, moves to the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development as director for Canada and Morocco. His job will be rolled into the duties of Transport Deputy Minister Louis Ranger.

Samy Watson, the volatile and difficult former deputy minister of Environment, who was sidelined in the last shuffle, is being sent to the World Bank to replace former Liberal cabinet minister Marcel Masse as executive director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean. [....]

Bringing in younger blood ... and perhaps a new perspective, since the civil service hiring has been done by Liberal governments for years.

Maybe some of them would like to work with the UN and Stephen Lewis in Africa on AIDS? We wouldn't want to deprive Africa of their expertise.

Three missing Egyptian students in custody: FBI , Updated Thu. Aug. 10 2006 8:30 AM ET, News Staff

[....] Former FBI Special Agent George Bauries said the high number of disappearances is unusual.

"If you had one or two of the group that decided they were going off to see Disneyland or Las Vegas, that's understandable," said Bauries. "But for 11 individuals to basically fall off of the radar in the United States, that is a concern."

Cal Temple, of the Terrorism Research Center in Virginia, said the fact the missing students are Egyptian has added an extra incentive to the chase.

"Given the relationship between the al Qaeda network and Egyptians -- al Qaeda's number two guy (Ayman al-Zawahiri) is an Egyptian -- that probably added a little bit of additional urgency to find these guys," said Temple. [....]

AP, N.Y. Times raising the dead? -- News agencies run photographs of 'deceased' who 'appear alive' , Aug. 9, 06,

An Associated Press photograph of a "dead man" who is sitting upright underneath a sheet and a New York Times series that appears to have one man as both rescuer and victim are prompting more questions about U.S. media coverage of the Mideast conflict. [....]


Ontario to appeal ruling on Caledonia standoff , (08/09/2006)

Ontario will appeal a Superior Court judge's order to end negotiations in a five-month long standoff over a land dispute in Caledonia, Ont.


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