September 11, 2006

Sept. 11, 2006: Warnings

al-Qaida No. 2 Urges Muslims to Step Up

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Osama bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, urged Muslims to intensify their resistance against the U.S. and warned of new terror strikes in a video aired by CNN early Monday on the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks [....]

Airport security fails test -- A Journal de Montreal reporter moves at will inside Trudeau airport , By Fabrice de Pierrebourg, Sun Media
[....] "Why lock the front door when the side doors and those in the back are wide open?" a Senate committee on national security concluded in 2003. [....]
Security is so lax at Montreal's international airport [Trudeau / Dorval] that a Sun Media reporter was easily able to get into prohibited zones on seven separate occasions. [....]

Shocking details, but they are not unexpected to those who read. Check the Parliamentary Security Committee reports, comments from Security Minister Stockwell Day and Committee Chair, Senator Kenny; they have been warning and trying to do something about this situation. Funding and trained personnel are necessary, along with a public who realize how serious the situation is. You can't help people who choose not to see the danger or who would cut and run.

Projecting liberal values onto Islamic fascists mistaken, Ezra Levant, Sept. 11,
Are you a September 10th person or a September 11th person? [....]

ABC Makes Some Changes to 9/11 Series, David Bauder, AP TV
[....] The note said the material is "drawn from a variety of sources including the 9/11 commission report and other published materials and from personal interviews." That differs from a note in the critics' version that said the dramatization "is based on the 9/11 commission report and other published sources and personal interviews."
[....] Scenes involving former national security adviser Samuel R. Berger and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright are at the center of the dispute. They both have said scenes involving them never happened and that they shouldn't be shown. [....]

The article details the changes made and what is now missing. A film worth watching. It will continue tonight. There is enough blame to share. What I found most shocking is the lengths to which people would go to avoid being responsible for making a decision -- that career concerns trump making decisions affecting what is best for the nation, what would be the right action in the face of madness. Evil triumphs because people are self-obsessed.

Liberals have no credibility left: ethics report , Sep. 10 2006, CP
"The Liberal party must bring order to its own affairs if it wants the public to one day confer another mandate to govern,'' concluded the panel which included Michael Bloomfield, a Victoria-based biologist and ethicist, and Penny Collenette, spouse of former Liberal minister David Collenette. [....]

Have they repaid all the money stolen by the corrupt ones yet? Are there politicians who have not been charged but should be? Are members of the party helping to root out the guilty, to punish any of the politicians who knew ... must have known? Or are they unco-operative? An ethics committee is a hot air exercise until the Liberal Party joins in punishing those who go into federal politics relatively poor, yet leave Ottawa years later considerably richer, at taxpayers' expense. Check what this party's MP's do as the present government puts forward legislation in an attempt to change the system which allowed the corruption in the first place.

Bibas on Therapeutic Judging Stephanos Bibas (University of Iowa - College of Law) has posted Using Plea Procedures to Combat Denial and Minimization (JUDGING IN A THERAPEUTIC KEY, Bruce J. Winick & David B. Wexler, eds., 2003) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Criminal defendants, who may be ashamed of their acts and feel guilty, are often loath to admit guilt to others or even themselves. Thus, many enter Alford or nolo contendere pleas, which refuse to admit guilt but accept punishment as if guilty. [....] For those defendants who cannot or will not admit guilt, the law should insist on jury trials, to vindicate the innocent and confront the guilty defendants. In short, jury trials are valuable morality plays. Alford and nolo contendere pleas short-circuit this process, exalting efficiency at the expense of key therapeutic and moral goals of the criminal justice system.

Lefties spin waste woes , Sue-Ann Levy, Sept. 11,
[....] Rod Muir of Waste Diversion Ontario, who's also a mayoral candidate, said it is particularly telling when an administration that so strongly advocates diversion programs "can't even" get its paid staff to co-operate. [....]
He said there were private sector alternatives available 21/2 years ago, but the socialists "squashed" them in favour of building city-run facilities operated by unionized workers. [....]


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