January 20, 2007

Jan. 20, 2007: #3

One official's 'refugee' is another's 'terrorist' -- IRB criticized for dissimilar rulings on similar cases -- "He [Judge Phelan] ruled that Mr. Siddiqui is entitled, as a matter of fairness, to an explanation of why, when two IRB adjudicators 'reviewing the same documents on the same issue, could reach a different conclusion.'" , Adrian Humphreys, National Post, January 17, 2007


Two members of the same foreign organization who applied for refugee status in Canada have received dramatically different judgments: One was declared a member of a terrorist group, the other accepted as a legitimate refugee. [....]

Mr. Siddiqui was born in 1969 in Pakistan. While at college, he attended meetings of a student organization, which later became the MQM, he told immigration officials.

In 1990, the MQM split into two factions, known as the MQM-A and the MQM-H. Both Mr. Siddiqui and Mr. Memon said they were members of the MQM-A. [....]

Search: Daphne Shaw Dyck, an adjudicator with the IRB , Leeann King heard

Computing - Identity Theft

Reports on Online Identity Theft Trends , Jan 16, 2007, via newsbeat1 -- McAfee White Paper



[....] The McAfee Avert Labs white paper concludes with practical guidelines for preventing identity theft and minimizing the risks of being victimized. Key prevention tips for computer users include:

* Watch out for phishing scams -- fraudulent emails and Web sites that impersonate legitimate businesses to trick people into revealing personal information.
* Avoid clicking on links in emails to visit Web sites, but instead manually type a company's correct Web address into the browser.
* Install comprehensive security software or services -- including anti- virus, anti-spyware and firewall protection -- and keep it up to date.
* Use caution when opening email attachments, regardless of who sent them.
* Take care before sharing email addresses.
* Permanently erase computer hard drives before disposing of old computers.
* Make sure Web sites are secure before visiting and providing personal information. * Use strong passwords.
* Use caution when communicating through instant messaging. [....]

Iran Latin America Venezuela Chavez

Enemy in Our Back Yard , New York Sun Editorial, January 16, 2007


Iran is moving aggressively to gain influence in our hemisphere, and left-wing, anti-American leaders in Latin America are rolling out the red carpet for President Ahmadinejad. As this Marxist-Islamist entente grows, it presents a clear danger to American security and makes the need for action against Iran's nuclear program even more pressing. The latest development in the alliance came this weekend, when Mr. Ahmadinejad visited Latin America for the second time in four months. In Venezuela, he was received at the airport by President Chavez. "Welcome to Venezuela, where Iran is beloved," the Caracas daily El Universal quoted Mr. Chavez as saying. "We give welcome to a distinguished leader, the leader of a heroic people and of a revolution kindred to the Venezuelan revolution: the Islamic revolution." [....]

CT Blog Posts on Ahmed Ressam, Millenium Bomber Whose Sentence Was Vacated Today , By Andrew Cochran, January 16, 2007, counterterrorismblog.org , via newsbeat1


Today the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals tossed out the 22-year prison sentence given to Ahmed Ressam, the convicted "Millenium Bomber," and ordered the lower court to determine the appropriate sentence. Angst over the court's decision should be mitigated by reading the full opinion, available here: the court decided this on legal technicalities over the meaning of a statute and the propriety of the jury instructions. It overturned only one of the nine counts on which Ressam was convicted. [....]

CT Blog Contributing Experts have previously posted on Ressam's affiliations and the actions of his cohorts:
Evan Kohlmann:
"Convicted Terrorists Send Advice to Brethren From Within U.S. Prisons," March 1, 2005
"Algerian "Junior Osama Bin Laden" Resurfaces in Bosnia-Herzegovina," Aug. 29, 2005
"Abu Khabab al-Masri: A Master of Terror," January 18, 2006
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, "The Return of Fateh Kamel," Feb. 27, 2005

Memory Lane: Investor Immigration Program

Frost Hits the Rhubarb Dec. 3 - 9, 2006


Search: investor immigration program , brought 3,000 Asian families into Canada , Imperial Consultants , investigations into their immigration business in the mid-nineties, the company's president Gordon Fu , Canada's Computer Assisted Immigration Processing System

Memory Lane: Migration Phony ID

Frost Hits the Rhubarb Dec. 10 - 16, 2006


Search: Dec. 15, 2006: Phony ID

Need phony ID? Get the real thing — for a price offered illegal immigrants authentic papers from Puerto Rico.

A phone call and $1,000. In Worthington, Minn. ... get a genuine birth certificate and Social Security card — papers that could land them jobs at the slaughterhouse.

Memory Lane: Frost Hits the Rhubarb April 16 - 21, 2006
Scroll to April 17 "Illegal aliens"

Frost Hits the Rhubarb Nov. 13, 2005: Immigration: Joe Volpe's big Whopper


Search: re-unification program , $800 million a year

Frost Hits the Rhubarb Mar. 27, 05 to Apr. 2, 05



March 27, 2005
Bringing strippers through the immigration system, trying to decriminalize marijuana and now. . . . . Canadian Taxpayers, the Hooker Junket

Within the last two days, the Globe and Mail published an article advocating legalizing prostitution. There are hazards to the job, girls. It might be wiser to work at any other job. Do Canadians have to accommodate anything if the one involved might be harmed? Heroin addicts? So we should have safe injection sites? Terrorists who might suffer at the hands of someone abroad ... so Canada should just let them remain? Immigrant families who go into the drug business? Scroll down for that post. We've come a long way, baby, but I've yet to hear a little girl say "Mommy, I want to be a hooker when I grow up."

Memory Lane: Citizenship , illegal alien "rights"

Frost Hits the Rhubarb April 16 - 21, 2006

Heather MacDonald:
Postmodern “Rights” en Los Estados Unidos -- “I am here,” so deal with it. April 17, 2006

Search: multicultural lobby , The bill reverses current law and allows illegal aliens to be eligible for

Global Commission on International Migration -- The United Nations and US Immigration Policy -- "Self-righteous globalists preach that no human being is illegal." , Joseph Klein, April 11, 2006

Frost Hits the Rhubarb July 17 - 22, 2006
South Korea -- Search: Exodus of sex trade workers to Canada

Migration Immigration Colombia

Adiós City Of Anglos: Welcome To Londombia; London, Ontario Draws Latin Vibe 'The New Wave Is Colombian'; Latinos Transform London, Ont. , Oakland Ross, December 14, 2003, Toronto Star -- or here

[....] Nowadays, about 19 per cent of London's 335,000 people were born somewhere other than Canada, which might not seem particularly impressive when compared to famously multicultural Toronto, where 44 per cent of the population is foreign-born.

Still, London has a larger proportion of immigrants than either Montreal or Edmonton, and occupies eighth place in the multicultural pecking order of Canadian cities.

[....] The current influx of Latin Americans began in 1997. That year, a scant 16 Colombians settled in London.

In 1998, there were 43; the following year, 126. In 2000, there were 395, and the numbers have continued to swell since. [....]

The vast majority of the Colombian arrivals in London are political refugees rather than regular immigrants. Colombian refugee claimants are rarely turned away by Canadian officials. [....]

More from Oakland Ross in the Toronto Star on Colombian refugees: News Junkie Canada Sept. 10, 2004: Three men are behind bars in Colombia and more arrests are ... One Colombian official told the Toronto Star that some of the bogus ...


Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive -- posted by Canadiana on PuntedPosters


Three Tenors: Carreras Domingo Pavarotti

The 1994 concert gets five stars.


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