March 17, 2007

Mar. 17, 2007: Happy St. Patrick's Day









Abdullah Almalki -- Ottawa man's name comes up in U.S. terror trial , Andrew Duffy, CanWest / Ottawa Citizen, March 14, 2007

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[....] "Among the items shipped to Elzahabi's New York business," the FBI affidavit reads, "were large quantities of portable field radios or walkie-talkies suitable for communications in extreme rural locations without regular or even cellular telephone service."

[....] One of the documents taken in the RCMP raid and filed in the Elzahabi case is a fax from Almalki dated April 17, 1996.

The fax, which is addressed to "Mr. Zahabi," directs him to remove the labels from various communications components, repackage them with stickers from Almalki's company, Dawn Services, and ship it to Micro Electronics International in Lahore, Pakistan. The goods were insured for $298,000 US.


U.S. authorities have suggested the shipments were intentionally disguised and destined for Afghanistan.

But Almalki said ... destined for the Pakistani military ... low-tech and required assembly by a skilled firm, such as Micro Electronics, to be turned into field radios. [....]

Almalki, 36, a Carleton University graduate, was a principal target of an RCMP national security investigation that ensnared Maher Arar and ultimately led to his deportation and torture in Syria.

Almalki, too, was arrested in Syria while visiting relatives in April 2002. He spent 22 months in Syrian prisons, where he was questioned and tortured, he says, based on information that could only have originated with Canadian security agencies.


I suspect another lawsuit coming up ... After all, Maher Arar got over $10-million, based on his word, essentially.



9/11 confession -- 'I was responsible for the 9/11 operation' -- Al Qaeda suspect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has claimed he organized the September 11 attacks on the United States

www.canada.com/nationalpost/story.html?id=
c41e178d-7733-4859-9667-6cbe29f31206

[Articles]
Mohammed says killed U.S. reporter Pearl: transcript
"I was responsible for the 9/11 operation." Excerpts from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's testimony
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in his own words
Archive: Arrest may bring more attacks
Archive: Interrogation reveals Pearl details





Memory Lane: Frost Hits the Rhubarb July 18, 2005
Are Muslims here to escape the Third World or to re-create it?

Islamo-fascism in Canada--a compendium of viewpoints


frosthitstherhubarb.blogspot.com/2005/07/
are-muslims-here-to-escape-third-world.html

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[....] Mr. El-Nashar, the Eygptian chemist,

[....] El-Nashar was once arrested in Eygpt in connection with the Luxor tourist attack that claimed 58 lives and temporarily crippled Eygpt's tourist industry. As well, Sidique Khan, one of the suicide bombers, is connected to a terrorist assassination by another British-Muslim in Israel, and a thwarted attack in London in 2004.

[....] Pakistani madrassas extoll suicide attacks and preach a virulent anti-western message.

[....] As George Jonas writes, one commentator who did get it was the British parliamentarian, Enoch Powell, who was universally despised by the western left-wing. In 1958, he gave a speech criticizing Britain's policy of mass immigration from the Third World. As a classical Greek scholar, Powell made reference to Virgil's poetic line: "Like the Roman, I see the the river Tiber foaming with much blood." Powell saw that the British culture could not sustain large immigration by people, who not only didn't believe in that culture, but secretly despised it. Instead of nipping this anti-western sentiment in the bud, the government pushed a multicultural policy. This policy, like ours here, encouraged people to keep their cultural values, rather than assimalate. It funded cultural centers such as the one that the terrorist Khan ran. Rather than being a false prophet, Enoch Powell has been shown to be extremely prescient. Thirty-seven years have passed and now one out of eight Londoners is Muslim. Mosques like the infamous one in Finsbury Park have become training grounds for terrorists and the true crazies are allowed to openly preach sedition and murder in Hyde Park. The British political and media elites, who vilified Powell for the remainder of his life, will never admit their disgraceful misjudgement, but you won't hear them mouthing their multicultural platitudes anymore either. As Jonas puts it, "Are (the Muslims) here to escape the Third World, or to recreate it?"

Jerusalem on the Jukebox--Playing the same old sad tune

Maybe it time to disabuse ourselves of a Palestinian-Israel peace solution. [....]




B.C. man in terror probe
Accused of financing Afghanistan camps
, Stewart Bell And Nathan Vanderklippe, National Post, with files from Brian Hutchinson, Adrian Humphreys and CanWest, March 13, 2007

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A Canadian under investigation in British Columbia and Ontario for allegedly scamming millions from investors was arrested in Spain yesterday for his suspected role in financing terrorist training camps.

[....] Neither the FBI nor Spanish authorities would provide details of the allegations yesterday, but the National Post has confirmed that Canadian securities regulators have also been investigating Mr. Anderson.

The B.C. Securities Commission said it had been holding hearings into Mr. Anderson's financial dealings since April, 2006. A spokesman for the commission, Andrew Poon, said the man arrested in Spain is the same man being investigated by the commission.

The connection between Mr. Anderson's alleged investment scheme and terrorist financing surfaced at a hearing held on Feb. 26, when the commission introduced as evidence the U.S. allegations. The Ontario Securities Commission has also accused Mr. Anderson of violating provincial securities law. [....]




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High-profile corporate scandals involving Nortel Networks Corp. and Conrad Black may be under the spotlight in Canada. But a new survey reveals Canadian business chiefs are failing to comply with securities reforms designed to protect investors and bring corporate governance here in line with the United States. Only one in ten executives at public companies say their peers are ready to deal with the new rules being introduced by the Canadian Securities Administrators to mimic legislation in the United States known as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, or SOX [....]




UN predicts huge migration to rich countries , By David Blair,16/03/2007

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topic.php?t=3227&mforum=elwoodpdowd

Can the UK cope with nine million more people?

At least 2.2 million migrants will arrive in the rich world every year from now until 2050, the United Nations said yesterday. [....]


I am not convinced of the wonders of immigration, particularly from certain areas. Fix what is broken first.



Alberta and Ontario singled out in air pollution study , Mike De Souza, CanWest, March 15, 2007

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OTTAWA -- Alberta and Ontario have found themselves singled out in a new evaluation of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions across Canada.

According to the survey, Alberta produced more than a quarter of Canada's total air pollutants and about 40 per cent of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions in 2005, while Ontario represented 21 per cent and 28 per cent of total emissions, respectively, in the those categories for the same year.

The rankings were part of a PollutionWatch study [www.pollutionwatch.org/], published Thursday by Environmental Defence and the Canadian Environmental Law Association, based on an evaluation of statistics collected by the federal government. [....]



Dion backtracks on reverse-onus crime bill -- The federal Liberals unveiled a new emphasis on law and order Wednesday with a platform aimed at blunting Conservative charges they're soft on crime.

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Target: Alberta's oilpatch -- Menacing comments from a top Liberal critic put the province's oil industry on guard , Terry O'Neill - March 12, 2007

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[....] Foremost in Klein's mind were comments made the week previous by the federal Liberal party's newly minted natural resources critic, Ontario MP Mark Holland, who suggested in a radio interview that a Liberal government would take over the Alberta oilsands if need be to fight global warming, and said later that a Liberal government would not be satisfied with the sort of soft "intensity targets" the Conservative government favours for slowly whittling down the oilpatch's carbon dioxide emissions. These targets, still being negotiated, aim to reduce the amount of emissions per barrel of oil produced, not the actual number of barrels.

The Conservative approach is something the oilpatch can live with. "We understand the public pressure that's out there, that people want to take action, that Canada needs to be doing its global share," says Pierre Alvarez of Calgary, president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. "We agree with that." What the Grits have in mind, though, is another story. As specified by Holland, the Liberals would order energy companies to cut actual production from the bountiful oilsands deposits around Fort McMurray in northern Alberta. This, Holland said, was necessary to help the country meet its Kyoto Protocol commitment to reduce, by 2012, CO2 emissions to six per cent below 1990 levels. However, by the time Parliament ratified the deal, in December 2002, total GHG emissions had increased by 24 per cent since 1990. The emissions just kept rising under the big-talking but do-nothing Liberal governments of Jean Chr├ętien and Paul Martin. [....]



Memory Lane: Hezbollah and the West African Diamond Trade , MEIB staff, June - July 2004

www.meib.org/articles/0407_l2.htm

Drug Production and the Environment in Lebanon -- trafficking, transshipment, and money laundering , by Alexander H. Joffe, 2000 Middle East Intelligence Bulletin

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A.H. Joffe taught in the Department of Anthropology at the Pennsylvania State University from 1995 to 2000. He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona and has written on modern Middle Eastern topics, including truth and reconciliation commissions, intelligence reform, and weapons of mass destruction for Middle East Quarterly and Crime, Law, and Social Change.

The good news is that, according to U.S. government sources, drug production in Lebanon has vastly decreased from its peak during the late 1980's and early 1990's.2 The bad news is that Lebanon is now a center for trafficking, transshipment, and money laundering.

Almost as bad is the fact that behind virtually every illicit drug is a chemical process that results in a variety of hazardous wastes. These problems have not yet been fully documented in Lebanon. But strong a circumstantial case can be made that extensive drug production in Lebanon, past, present, and future, will have a highly detrimental impact on an already fragile environment.

Background

Drugs have been present in the Middle East since remote antiquity. Opium was cultivated and widely traded during the Bronze Age, if not earlier, while cannabis is likely to have originated in Central Asia and is well documented archaeologically in the Near East by the first millennium BC.2 In contrast, coca does not occur naturally in the Old World. The drugs that were available were widely used and traded as medicinals and for use in rituals, but recreational use may be suspected. There are no data which speak directly to the scale of production of use in antiquity.

Modern production and use of drugs in the Middle East has not been addressed by historians, but whatever small-scale production existed in the early 20th century increased dramatically during the 1970's and 1980's in response to rising global demand. By the 1980's, production and export of drugs in Lebanon had become a massive industry. During the 1980's, cultivation of cannabis and opium poppies expanded tremendously throughout Lebanon due to growing international demand and the breakdown of central government controls. A key role was taken by occupying Syrian military and intelligence officials, with at least tacit support from Damascus. A number of high ranking officials, including Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass, were directly implicated, giving permission to smugglers to travel unhindered throughout Syria and Lebanon. According to some estimates, the industry generated over $2,000,000,000 a year in profits.3

The profits collected by Syrians served the Assad regime by cementing the allegiance of primarily Alawite officials
. [....]


B.C. auditor general fed up with addicts , CanWest, March 15, 2007

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Addicts are having sex and shooting up drugs outside the downtown Victoria office of the B.C. Auditor General, and he -- like many others -- is fed up with the situation. In a tersely-worded letter to Victoria city council and police, Arn van Iersel expressed his "great concern" over safety issues in and around the alleys of Bastion Square, and said the number of police must be increased in the area.

"Just last week we had a couple fornicating outside our training room," writes van Iersel in a letter dated Feb. 13. "We also again had people shooting up drugs outside our back door. This is not the workplace I or my staff would like to have, and certainly not the image we want to have about Victoria." [....]


Ah, gee. Who says there is no good news?

Watchdog warns CBC could go off the air for 1.5 million viewers , Tim Naumetz, CanWest / Ottawa Citizen, March 14, 2007

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Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is warning the Commons heritage committee today the Crown broadcasting corporation is set to "unplug" hundreds of thousands of viewers in small cities and rural areas across the country.

The Canadian-content watchdog [Think of heavy handed social engineering and propaganda] is basing its concerns on a little-noticed submission the CBC made to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission last fall suggesting smaller communities now rely heavily on satellite or cable TV. [....]


Search: A Canadian Media Research Inc. survey done for Friends of Canadian Broadcasting

Think of how that could be skewed to give the answers wanted. Why does a taxpayer funded broadcaster need "Friends of...", except for keeping jobs for those involved, for pushing propaganda, and, of course, for their activist causes for the left. Bah! Humbug.

What programming does CBC provide that resonates with rural Canada? That speaks to rural Canada's political or other concerns? CBC is more likely to be telling us of the wonders of multiculturalism, heart warming stories of immigrants to Canada--preferably non-white, non-Christian, and how we must learn to accept their ways, along with their demands. Programming tends to follow liberal leftist values -- Da Vinci and the safe heroin injection sites, for example. When was the last time rural Canada was presented positively in a CBC program which reinforces rural values? There may be items concerning urban crime, Canadians' unfairness to natives, how the poor need and want more, problems with racism, etc. We are to welcome diversity no matter how much the representatives of that diversity offend our ways and are less than tolerant of our ways. Think of Little Mosque on the Prairie; the only stupid, intolerant characters are white Canadian prairie small town citizens. Frankly, most of what rural Canada values is undervalued. Why should we care?
Frankly, CBC, we don't give a d***. And another thought: Burn baby, burn.



Diversion: That's only 51 years ago!

Comments made in the year 1955:




"I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are,
it's going to be impossible to buy a week's groceries for $20."

"Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won't be long
before $2000 will only buy a used one."

"If cigarettes keep going up in price, I'm going to quit. A quarter
a pack is ridiculous."

"Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just
to mail a letter?"

"If they raise the minimum wage to $1, nobody will be able to hire
outside help at the store."

"When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would
someday cost 29 cents a gallon. Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the
garage."

"Kids today are impossible. Those duck tail hair cuts make it
impossible to stay groomed. Next thing you know, boys will be wearing their hair
as long as the girls."

"I'm afraid to send my kids to the movies any more. Ever since they
let Clark Gable get by with saying 'damn' in 'Gone With The Wind,' it seems
every new movie has either "hell" or "damn" in it.

"I read the other day where some scientist think it's possible to
put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows
they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas ."

"Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for
$75,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be
making more than the president."

"I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be
electric. They are even making electric typewriters now."

"It's too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few
married women are having to work to make ends meet."

"It won't be long before young couples are going to have to hire
someone to watch their kids so they can both work."

"Marriage doesn't mean a thing any more; those Hollywood stars seem
to be getting divorced at the drop of a hat."

"I'm just afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a
whole lot of foreign business."

"Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the Government
takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best
people to congress."

"The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I
seriously doubt they will ever catch on."

"There is no sense going to Lincoln or Omaha anymore for a weekend.
It costs nearly $15 a night to stay in a hotel."

"No one can afford to be sick any more; $35 a day in the hospital is
too rich for my blood."

"If they think I'll pay 50 cents for a hair cut, forget it."


Thanks to a friend for this.

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