Thursday, 26 October 2006
Mexico's Cartel Wars: The Threat Beyond the U.S. Border
By Fred Burton
The U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security subcommittee recently issued a report on the increasing security risks
along the U.S.-Mexican border. The report, which focuses on the Mexican drug cartels and the threat they pose to citizens and law enforcement on the U.S. side of the border, cites the cartels' use of military weapons
with advanced military training, as well as their affinity for brutality
and gratuitous violence.
Violence stemming from the drug cartels has existed for decades in many parts of Mexico. What is new is the fact that cartel violence is now spilling over onto the U.S. side of the border. However, although the House report -- by the Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Investigations -- focuses on the current risks in the border area, the threat posed by the cartels already is making its way farther north. If left unchecked, the fighting can eventually be expected to erupt more widely in nonborder areas, affecting unprepared law enforcement agencies and even civilians.
Much of the violence is a result of the ongoing struggle between the three main drug cartels -- Gulf, Tijuana and Sinaloa -- for control of lucrative narcotics- and human-smuggling routes stretching from Mexico into the United States. Although the Mexican government has made efforts to stem the bloodshed, two main factors have impeded any major progress in this area. First is internal police corruption. Beyond the police commanders and officers who gladly accept money in exchange for providing the cartels with protection are those who face the choice between "plata o plomo," -- "silver or lead" -- meaning take a bribe or take a bullet. Second is the fact that federal and local security services are way outgunned -- both in terms of the types of weapons used and the training level of the people using them.
President-elect Felipe Calderon has vowed to end corruption in Mexico, but his administration will face the same issues as did its predecessors, and there is no indication it will have any more success at stemming the escalating violence
. Indeed, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City issued a statement Sept. 15 warning U.S. citizens of the rising level of "brutal violence in areas of Mexico," specifically the persistent violence along the U.S. border in Nuevo Laredo.
In one recent and particularly gruesome incident that illustrates the current level of violence in Mexico, a group of masked gunmen entered the Light and Shadow nightclub in Uruapan, Michoacan state, on Sept. 6, fired weapons into the air and then tossed five severed human heads onto the dance floor. Beheadings had already reached the U.S. border in June, when Mexican authorities recovered four beheaded bodies from a vacant lot in Tijuana, and then pulled the heads from the nearby Tijuana River. The victims were three local police officials and a civilian.
Mexican drug gangs, who used the beheadings tactic for the first time in April, are sending a clear message that they are willing to go to any lengths to get what they want -- and that anyone who gets in their way is doomed. This same message also has been delivered via a number of attacks using grenades and assault rifles in other parts of Mexico, including the U.S. border cities of Nuevo Laredo, Tijuana and Juarez.
Another example of the escalation in violence is the Sept. 22 firefight in an upscale neighborhood of Nuevo Laredo between enforcers for the Gulf cartel and the security forces of an assassination target (presumably from the Sinaloa cartel). The engagement, which raged on for some 40 minutes and involved anti-tank weapons, hand grenades and automatic weapons fire, reportedly resulted in the deaths of five Gulf cartel enforcers and five other people.
The Mexican government has tried various tactics throughout the years to stem the violence and corruption associated with cartels, including dispatching military troops to Nuevo Laredo
and other border cities. In June 2005, a string of events in Nuevo Laredo -- including the killing of two police chiefs in the city, the second of which occurred only a few hours after he was sworn into office -- prompted the Mexican government to dispatch army troops and federal agents to the town. The army and federal agents detained all 700 officers of the Nuevo Laredo police force and temporarily assumed their duties until some semblance of order could be restored. Following interviews and drug tests, only 150 of the police officers retained their jobs; the rest were terminated or arrested. More recently, in March, the Mexican government assigned an additional 600 members of the Federal Preventative Police to Nuevo Laredo as part of another program to fight increased violence related to the drug trade. Such solutions, however, have failed to stem the corruption and violence. As evidenced by the major firefight Sept. 22, Nuevo Laredo remains a hotbed of cartel activity.
The Ongoing Cartel Wars
Because of its geographical position beneath the United States, Mexico long has been used as a staging and transshipment point for narcotics, illegal aliens and other contraband destined for U.S. markets from Mexico, South America and elsewhere. Turf battles have flared up as various criminal organizations have moved to take control of smuggling routes, or "plazas," that lead into the United States. Over time, the balance of power between the various cartels has shifted as new cartels emerge or older organizations weaken, shrink or collapse -- creating temporary power vacuums that competitors rush to fill. Vacuums sometimes are created by law enforcement successes against a particular cartel; indeed, cartels will often attempt to use law enforcement against each other, either by bribing Mexican officials to take action against a rival or by leaking intelligence about a rival's operations to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
These kinds of tensions and frictions often can lead to inter-cartel warfare. The February 2002 death of Tijuana cartel leader and chief enforcer Ramon Arellano Felix
, who was killed in a shootout with police in Mazatlan, and the March 14, 2003, capture of Gulf cartel leader Osiel Cardenas Guillen in Matamoros sparked the current period of particularly brutal warfare among the three cartels, which aim to take territory from one another. This war is being waged not only for control of Mexico's incoming drug shipments, in cities such as Acapulco and Cancun, but also for control of the outgoing network, where border towns have been focal points for violence.
The New Enforcers
The likely reason for the most dramatic changes between the drug wars of the past and the current intra-cartel violence is the makeup of the enforcing teams and the weapons they use. Though the cartels historically did their own dirty work, they now have started subcontracting out the violence to enforcers who apparently know no boundaries when it comes to who, how or where they strike.
This escalation has an obvious root cause: Some cartel leaders (notably from the Tijuana cartel) use active or retired police against their enemies, which has forced the targeted cartels to find enforcers capable of countering this strength. As a result, the Gulf cartel hired Los Zetas, a group of elite anti-drug paratroopers and intelligence operatives who deserted their federal Special Air Mobile Force Group in 1991. The Sinaloa cartel, meanwhile, formed a similar armed force called Los Pelones, literally meaning "the baldies" but typically understood to mean "new soldiers" for the shaved heads normally sported by military recruits. Because of attrition, the cartels have recently begun to reach out to bring in fresh muscle to the fight. Los Zetas has expanded to include former police and even motivated civilians. The group also has formed relationships with former members of the Guatemalan special forces known as Kaibiles and with members of the brutal Mara Salvatrucha
Though cartel enforcers have almost always had ready access to military weapons such as assault rifles, Los Zetas, Los Pelones and the Kaibiles are comprised of highly trained special forces soldiers who are able to use these weapons with deadly effectiveness. Assault rifles in the hands of untrained thugs are dangerous, but if those same rifles are placed in the hands of highly trained special forces soldiers who can operate as a fire team, they can be overwhelmingly powerful -- not only to enemies and other intended targets but also to law enforcement officers who attempt to interfere with their operations.
In addition to powerful handguns and assault rifles (which are frequently smuggled into Mexico from the United States), Los Zetas and Los Pelones are also known to possess and employ rocket-propelled grenades, hand grenades and improvised explosive devices, and have used them in attacks in several parts of Mexico. Such weapons are not confined to the Mexican side of the border, though. On Feb. 3, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that government agents operating in Laredo seized a large cache of weapons that included dynamite, grenades and materials for making improvised explosive devices. These weapons were associated with the drug cartels.
The various enforcer groups have targeted Mexican government officials protecting rival cartels, the leadership of the rival cartels and members of those cartels' enforcement arms. Some extremely brutal executions of members of Los Zetas and Los Pelones by their contemporaries have occurred, including not only beheading but also a tactic called "necklacing," in which a tire is placed around a victim's neck and set ablaze. (The tactic was made famous by the African National Congress in South Africa).
The drug cartels also conduct intimidation campaigns and reprisal attacks against noncriminal groups such as police, government security forces and journalists -- anyone who is seen as a threat to their business. Such attacks are quite significant, and gruesome executions are often the norm. That said, the crime gangs are not always precise in their targeting. At times, they have mowed down police on the streets with assault rifles or attacked police stations with grenades and other heavy weapons, causing considerable collateral damage.
In addition to their network of tactical operators, Los Zetas and Los Pelones also have provided the cartels with an advanced intelligence and surveillance capability. This network operates on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border and has been used to protect drug shipments from law enforcement interdiction and the forces of competing cartels. They also are accomplished at countersurveillance operations and at avoiding the countersurveillance activities of their rivals.
Law enforcement officers along the U.S. border have reported many encounters with armed smugglers who do not hesitate to shoot. In one encounter last summer, two deputy sheriffs in Hidalgo County, Texas, were attacked as they patrolled the north bank of the Rio Grande. They reported that their assailants fired 300 to 400 rounds from automatic weapons at them before withdrawing.
To date, the violence associated with this intra-cartel warfare has been much more severe in Mexico than on the U.S. side of the border. Although this trend will continue, violence can be expected to increase on the U.S. side as targeted criminals and others search for safe hiding places. Perhaps as a sign of problems to come, the Los Angeles Times reported Oct. 23 that cartel-related corruption has been "rising dramatically" on the U.S. side of the border. With corruption spreading north, it is only a matter of time before more violence follows -- particularly because the cartels are especially adept at parlaying their power to corrupt into opportunities to commit violence.
Traditionally, when violence has spiked, cartel figures have used U.S. cities such as Laredo and San Diego as rest and recreation spots, calculating that the umbrella of U.S. law enforcement would protect them from being targeted for assassination by their enemies. This is beginning to change, however, as the bolder Mexican cartel hit men carry out assassinations on the U.S. side of the border in places such as Laredo, Rio Bravo and even Dallas, where law enforcement contacts indicate Los Zetas members are believed to have assassinated at least three people.
This change will likely cause high-value cartel targets to move even deeper into the United States to avoid attack, though their enemies' brazen and sophisticated assassins will likely follow. Judging from their history in Mexico and along the border, these assassins will have no qualms about engaging law enforcement personnel who get in their way, or about causing collateral damage. Their intelligence network will be bolstered by their alliances with street gangs such as Mara Salvatrucha and Calle 18, which have affiliates in many large cities throughout the United States. These allies can either provide them with intelligence or, in some cases, be contracted to conduct assassinations.
Though the House report warns of the dangers to law enforcement and civilians on the border, the spread of this cartel violence beyond the border region could catch many law enforcement officers by surprise. Patrol officers conducting a traffic stop on a group of Los Zetas members who are preparing to conduct an assassination in, say, Los Angeles, Chicago or northern Virginia could quickly find themselves heavily outgunned and under fire. Additionally, because of their low regard for human life and disdain for innocent bystanders, any assassination attempts cartel members do manage to launch might be very messy and could result in collateral deaths of innocent people and responding law enforcement officers.
U.S. law enforcement officers along the border are aware of the problem of Mexican cartel violence and have made efforts to mitigate it, though they have found they cannot completely prevent it or root it out. This same reality will apply to the violence that will soon be seen farther inside the United States. The roots of this problem lie in Mexico, and the solution will also need to be found there.
:UN Borderless World
:Migration Without Borders
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Monday, 23 October 2006
The Open Trackback Alliance XLVII
UPDATE: Denmark Exports Soaring
After blogger Judith Klinghoffer and an army of Davids declared a "Buy Danish" campaign to combat the Muslim boycott. The Guardian says "fervent rightwing Americans" participated in the buying spree and implies that the cartoonists were responsible for the deaths of 139 people.(like it was the cartoonists who killed those people instead of the ones who shed their blood, how like the Progressive TransNazi viewpoint)For your listening pleasure while you browse
"Der er et yndigt land" (There Is A Lovely Land)
Words by: Adam Gottlob Oehlenschlager
Music by: Hans Ernst Kr?yer
"Derer et yndigt land" was first performed for a large gathering of Danes in 1844, and became popular quickly with the Danish people. It was adopted later that year by the Danish government as a national anthem, but not the sole national anthem. This anthem is on equal status with "Kong Christian",which is both the national and royal anthem.
When the Danish anthem is usually performed or sung, the first verse is played in its entirety, then it is followed by the last four lines of the last verse. (This is true whether the lyrics are sung or not
Recentlty I have been posting music to Illustrate the Diversity of America, this week I have a different motive to express Solidarity with DENMARK
I maintain my Support of Denmark, and will later today, post links to and my thoughts about a Danish Editorial "We are being pissed upon by Per Nyholm "
I think I shall title my Post, "There is no "But" in "Freedom of Speech".
When I first started upon my journey through the blogverse I created a Statement of Purpose
Now upon reading it, one can realize that I did not hold to every detail of that original statement, but from it's basic premise, I have never swayed, in my belief that the Blogs are in fact the Committees of Correspondence of the Second American Revolution.
And that it is a Revolution of Information, no longer can we afford and allow elite gateways to control what we can see, hear and discuss.
For I believe that those bloggers who find their way, here and in particular from the Blogs associated with Sam.
HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY.
Some of us are more Serious, some of us are more lighthearted and some post the common ordinary things that make one smile and recall that Life without the simple things to treasure is meaningless.
And it is important that all have a platform from which to speak.
As I understand this process you can link to this post and trackback to this post on ANY subject or post you think important. It is open. I will repeat this every Monday.
The Committees of Correspondence welcomes your intelligent comments. And also welcomes you to join the
OPEN TRACKBACK ALLIANCE
This week I also have shortened my usual introduction for a more inportant message.
In it's struggle for Freedom of Speech.
Sign the Petition NOW!
JEG opstille hos Danmark!
45245 Total Signatures 12:45 AM CDT October 02, 2006 We can do better pass the word~!
From Agora a call to Support the Manifesto online
by signing another Petition, why not sign both?MANIFESTO: Together facing the new totalitarianism
Created by Mark Jefferson on March 1st, 2006 at 5:42 pm AST
After having overcome fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism, the world now faces a new totalitarian global threat: Islamism.
We, writers, journalists, intellectuals, call for resistance to religious totalitarianism and for the promotion of freedom, equal opportunity and secular values for all. "
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Sunday, 22 October 2006
My Home Computer is acting up. Actually that is an understatement. It may be seriously fried.
That means I may for awhile be limited to posting during what breaktime I have at work. Or by using my work computer after my day is finished.
The following is not an understatement as to my reaction to this.
From Ramblings of an Ordinary
Anyone who can identify just pop a word in the comments.
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Friday, 20 October 2006
Someone on an International Forum, that I post one frequently has found a very interesting facial feature recognition program. They have input some of our profile photos and come up with correlations between our facial features and those of celebrities.
I find my Avatars to be very flattering.
How Cool is that I look like Bob Dylan, Mark Harmon, Kenneth Branagh, Jack Brabham, Patrick Swayze, James Doohan! Scotty from Star Trek!! and George Clooney.
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POWs LAWSUIT COULD FORCE KERRY TO COME CLEAN ON VIETNAM ?WAR CRIMES? CHARGES
From Newsmax to my email inbox to you.
Dear NewsMax Reader:
Please find below a message from our sponsor, The Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation with a letter from Col. George E. "Bud" Day, USAF (Ret.) Former POW and Medal of Honor Recipient. They have some important information to share with you.
POWs LAWSUIT COULD FORCE KERRY TO COME
CLEAN ON VIETNAM ‘WAR CRIMES’ CHARGES
When John Kerry slandered an entire generation of men who fought in Vietnam he branded them as "war criminals." Today, much of the same thing is being said about our young men and women in Iraq.
Now, a lawsuit filed in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas will test the very foundation of Kerry’s anti-war persona for the first time. It isn’t dubious medals or Kerry’s disputed service record in Vietnam that is being called into question. This time Kerry may finally be forced to answer for the events that launched his public career, one that made him an anti-war hero for many American liberals and a turncoat for millions of Vietnam veterans.
The lawsuit (Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation, et al. v. Kenneth Campbell, et al.) challenges the basis, the factual accuracy of then Lt. (j.g.) Kerry’s acrimonious testimony before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1971. It was there Kerry’s public career was catapulted with his now ubiquitous portrayal of American soldiers as murderers, rapists and torturers "who ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam . . . [and] razed villages in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan."
For the anti-war, anti-American protesters, the American soldiers are the "terrorists," and the enemies are the victims of a barbaric U.S. military which tortures and murders defenseless civilians.
That false premise, one of the most vicious and enduring smears spawned by Kerry 35 years ago, will also be put to the test once Kerry’s true "Band of Brothers" are put under oath in a Philadelphia courtroom.
The background to this lawsuit is long and complex, but even a condensed version is rich in irony and poetic justice.
It had it roots in 2004 with the documentary Stolen Honor: Wounds that Never Heal. Many may recall the film, although it is probably best known for not being seen, suppressed after Sinclair Broadcasting Company courageously announced it was going to air the documentary in its entirety. Thanks to Kerry and his liberal colleagues in the Senate and their enablers in the mainstream media, Sinclair was browbeaten into withdrawing the film, its broadcast license threatened by a Kerry campaign manager in 2004. The film’s producer, Carlton Sherwood, a Pulitzer Prize and Peabody Award-winning investigative reporter, interviewed former POWs for the documentary.
I was among those whom Sherwood, a decorated Marine combat veteran himself, asked to participate in Stolen Honor. I was a POW for nearly six years, held in North Vietnam prison camps, including the notorious Hanoi Hilton, a place of unimaginable horrors — torture, beatings, starvation and mind-numbing isolation. When Kerry branded us "war criminals," he handed our captors all the justification they needed to carry out their threats to execute us. Thanks to Kerry, Jane Fonda and their comrades in the anti-war movement, our captivity was prolonged by years. The communists in Hanoi and Moscow couldn’t have had a better press agent to spread their anti-American propaganda.
To guarantee Stolen Honor would never be seen by anyone — not even theatre-goers — the producer was slapped with a libel and defamation lawsuit.
That lawsuit was filed by a long-time anti-war disciple of the Massachusetts Senator. He was one of Kerry's key war crimes "witnesses," one of several on whom Kerry claims he based his Senate testimony.
The lawsuit put a unique spin on the definition of defamation, claiming that Stolen Honor had damaged the public reputations of himself, Kerry and others by simply quoting their own words and criticisms of America during the Vietnam war!
The POWs and the wives of POWs who participated in Stolen Honor refused to abandon the facts conveyed in the film. For some of us, it was the first time since our release by the Communists in 1973 that we were able to have our voices publicly heard, to tell our stories about the consequences of Kerry’s treachery. In 2005, we formed a nonprofit organization, the Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation (VVLF), to gather records, documents and other materials to form a fact-based, educational repository for students and scholars of Vietnam history and to tell the true story of the American soldiers in Vietnam. The VVLF’s mission is "to set the record straight, factually, about Vietnam and those who fought there."
For our efforts, we were promptly sued by two long-time anti-war Kerry followers and VVAW members. It was clear that Kerry not only wanted to punish us for Stolen Honor; he intended to use surrogates to sue us into permanent silence and financial ruin.
Forced to spend huge sums to defend ourselves from these frivolous lawsuits, we have filed a countersuit against these Kerry surrogates and intend to reveal the truth about the lawsuits and their sponsors. We believe that we can prove that the purpose of nearly two years of litigation was to protect John Kerry, to drain us financially and spiritually, and to prevent us from setting the record straight.
At stake is ultimately nothing less than the integrity of the American military in Vietnam, the honor of the men who served their country, the nobility of those who gave their lives, and the truth of America’s history in Vietnam. Until or unless we do correct the existing record, the American military may never be free of the myths and smears of Vietnam, its honor and integrity cleansed as it fights to defend freedom at home and around the world.
Our mission is hardly over. We hope you will join us in fighting this battle . . . for our soldiers, then and now. For more information about Vietnam, the foregoing litigation, or to make a donation, please access the VVLF website now — Go Here Now.
Col. George E. "Bud" Day
Director and President,
Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation
Col. George E. "Bud" Day, USAF (Ret.,) was a POW in North Vietnam for five years, seven months and 13 days. He served in three wars (WWII, Korea, and Vietnam) and earned the Medal of Honor. He is the Air Force’s most decorated living veteran. He is the Director and President of the Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation, Inc., an organization created to better educate and inform the public about the Vietnam War, its events, its history, and the men and women who sacrificed to serve their country. Please go here to read Col. Day’s statement in its entirety.
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Reality checks: some responses to the latest Lancet estimates
Once again it seems the Lancet has released a new Study, just before an American election. That is not an unjust claim they have stated as much, that was the reason for the timing of it's release.
As to be expected, the opinions line up.
Some will believe anything as long as it is damaging to America.
Some will refuse to believe anything that is damaging to America.
But some will actually analyze the data.
To which both sides, will claim that the analysis is biased. All to be expected. Except
When one of the Preeminent Anti=Stop the War-NOW
NGOs releases a statement that they
think the Lancet study is so fatally flawed as to be worthless, and indeed constitutes a grave disservice to the Anti-War movement, it must be taken under consideration.
The Iraq Body Count Org is by no means a center of Neo-Con militarism. Quite to the contrary they definitely oppose the War, but they do
seem to have a radical degree of intellectual honesty.
It is from their website I take the following.
Reality checks: some responses to the latest Lancet estimates Hamit Dardagan, John Sloboda, and Josh Dougherty
A new study has been released by the Lancet medical journal
estimating over 650,000 excess deaths in Iraq. The Iraqi mortality
estimates published in the Lancet in October 2006 imply, among
other things, that:
- On average, a thousand Iraqis have been violently killed every
single day in the first half of 2006, with less than a tenth of
them being noticed by any public surveillance mechanisms;
- Some 800,000 or more Iraqis suffered blast wounds and other
serious conflict-related injuries in the past two years, but less
than a tenth of them received any kind of hospital treatment;
- Over 7% of the entire adult male population of Iraq has
already been killed in violence, with no less than 10% in the
worst affected areas covering most of central Iraq;
- Half a million death certificates were received by families
which were never officially recorded as having been issued;
- The Coalition has killed far more Iraqis in the last year
than in earlier years containing the initial massive "Shock and
Awe" invasion and the major assaults on Falluja.
If these assertions are true, they further imply:
- incompetence and/or fraud on a truly massive scale by Iraqi
officials in hospitals and ministries, on a local, regional and
national level, perfectly coordinated from the moment the
- bizarre and self-destructive behavior on the part of all but
a small minority of 800,000 injured, mostly non-combatant,
- the utter failure of local or external agencies to notice and
respond to a decimation of the adult male population in key
- an abject failure of the media, Iraqi as well as
international, to observe that Coalition-caused events of the
scale they reported during the three-week invasion in 2003 have
been occurring every month for over a year.
In the light of such extreme and improbable implications, a
rational alternative conclusion to be considered is that the
authors have drawn conclusions from unrepresentative data. In
addition, totals of the magnitude generated by this study are
unnecessary to brand the invasion and occupation of Iraq a human
and strategic tragedy.
Download Press Release (pdf)
I will conclude with a section of the Concluding remarks
We would hope that, before accepting such extreme notions, serious consideration is given to the possibility that the population estimates derived from the Lancet study are flawed. The most likely source of such a flaw is some bias in the sampling methodology such that violent deaths were vastly over-represented in the sample. The precise potential nature of such bias is not clear at this point (it could, for example, involve problems in the application of a statistical method originally designed for studying the spread of disease in a population to direct and ongoing violence-related phenomena). But to dismiss the possibility of such bias out of hand is surely both irresponsible and unwise.
All that has been firmly documented as a result of the Lancet study is that some 300 post-invasion violent deaths occurred among the members of the households interviewed.
I have provided the links for those who wish to read the statement in toto.
Rather than stick their fingers in their ears, close heir eyes and start chanting Nyah nyah Nyah nyah.
:Iraq Body Count Linked to PalsyClown
on FARK.COM Discussion Board, for linking to my website and directing me to such a fascinating article. Many thanks.Open Trackbacks Weekend at The Crazy Rants of Samantha Burns
Thursday, 19 October 2006
There Are Things Worse Than 8 Years of Bill Clinton.
There have been a few people who are upset at the Republican Party.
There has been some mention about punishing the RNC by staying away from the polls in a few weeks.
I will say this, if they are displeased with the actions of a Republican controlled Congress, will a Democratic controlled government be better?
We have seen the results of a generation of that.
Their intentions may be good, the results of their actions may be a disaster, if carried out.
Yes I know Winning through Defeat worked at the Alamo. But it was a tad hard
on the troops there.
We cannot afford to willingly give the Democrats control of the House and Senate until the '08 Elections.
We may end up giving them control, unwillingly, and while I do not think they can take us beyond the point of no return, who wants to risk it.
I was never more brought to an awareness of the consequences until I read in Confederate Yankee Democrats Plot Impeachment
and President Pelosi
at Flares into Darkness.
Yes I want you to contemplate these small factoids.
the ultimate goal. H. Res. 635, H. Res 636, and H. Res 637 are the numbers of the bills introduced to impeach Bush and Cheney. If the Democrats can't win the White House any other way I guess they will try a little coup.
Most of the posts link to a Frontpage Magazine Article,The Coming Impeachment
A plan is in place to censure and impeach President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Orchestrated and organized by the radical Left and Congressman John Conyers, Jr., this plan is ready to go should the Democratic Party take control of the House of Representatives in November.
I do think Ace of Spades said it best in The Coming Impeachment Of Bush
Impeached. Over the NSA eavesdropping program.Because
And, of course, global warming.
Maybe people should vote or somethin'
, there are
things worse than 8 years of Bill Clinton (the results of the last time folks decided to punish
the Republican Party), and one of those worse things could be Nancy Pelosi as President of the United States.
Think about it, and if that sends cold chills down your spine? Maybe you should,
vote or somethin'
:Conyers Linked to
Wednesday, 18 October 2006
I am bumping this post up. Mainly because there is post on a website that is on the extreme other side of the political spectrum that I occupy which has a very good article on this same subject. Odd how two people on oppisite sides of a political fence can agree on individual rights and abuse. Or maybe not odd. More the way things should
From abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open
inWhen Programs To Protect Victims Fail
In so many cases of violence against women, the systems that victims interact with or that are designed to help victims are designed by people who have no first hand insight into the problem they are trying to deal with or well-designed programs get approved but then become little more than a shell because there isn't a political need to provide effective programs.
We wouldn't allow a highway system to be designed with no one on the design team who will ever go on those roads and no one who has gone on the existing roads. We also wouldn't spend millions to build roads and then have little or no funding to keep the roads in good repair and expect everyone to say the system works well. continued
Beware The State Bearing Gifts.
I want you to keep those words in mind, "Beware The State Bearing Gifts", you who read the tale, I am about to unfold.
I originally thought to use them as the title of this exposition, but instead, thought it more fitting to call this polemic J'ACCUSE!
, the immortal words of Emile Zola, the great French novelist,as they appeared in a Paris literary newspaper, L'Aurore (The Dawn) on Thursday, Jan. 13, 1898, ".
When he wrote his accusations in a letter to the President of France denouncing the sacrifice of the Rights of Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, on the Alter of State Expediency.
" No other newspaper article has ever provoked such public debate and controversy or had such an impact on law, justice, and society."
I do not hope to create such a conflagration, but I do hope to ignite a spark, in a few, and maybe those few can nurture it, spread it and carry it much further than this small insignificant blog.
I am going to relate a tale of the suppression of the rights of one woman, to an extreme that surpasses even the injustice done to ALFRED DREYFUS.
A story, so bizarre, so convoluted, that when she approached other organs of the State, for succor, no one believed her!
There exists in Canada a program called NIVA (New Identities For Victims of Abuse). This is a noble endeavor, it had admirable aims, but,
When Candace unwillingly enrolled in a secret government protection process which offers Battered Women facing possible deaths in the hands of violent partners new identities to escape the abuse, little did she know that she was "jumping from the frying pan into the fire"!
Yes you read correctly unwillingly enrolled
, against her wishes, terrorized into entering a program, and making sacrifices, that her situation did not warrant, and then abandoned
. Her very identity ripped from her, forced to exist in a limbo of legal non-existence.
The man,whose abuse had prompted her to approach the State for Justice and Protection, paid for his actions, was punished, how?
With absolutely nothing. No repercussions, no penalties, no fines, nor even prosecution.
Candace, instead was the one who sacrificed, everything.
Everything but the breath in her body and her child, and even in that last instance the State did not even take the precaution of assuring her legally total custody rights to her child.
I will provide links to more complete details of this story, which if read by any right thinking person, will lead to only one conclusion.
This woman was violated in every possible way that it is possible to be violated.
Appealing to the State for Justice and Protection, Candace received neither Justice, nor Protection, instead the State stripped her of everything of value to her, her rights, her identity and her dignity.
There is a word in English to describe such a violation, That word is RAPE
I ACCUSE the State of the Institutionalized Rape of the Woman Known as Candace.
Read her story and weep.
Come with me now on a Journey of Discovery. I warn you it will be a Dark Journey, because it is a Journey into the Belly of the Beast that is the State gone rogue.
Some Great Men once wrote these words.
Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it
They wrote them, because in All Government there lies a potential for abuse and when the Juggernaut of the State forgets that it is the Servant of the People, instead of their Master, steps must be taken.
Do I advocate that NIVA be abolished? No it's intent is good, but as we shall see it must
be altered because it has gone terribly wrong.
My Journey of Discovery of this truth began with an email
i am trying to help this woman if you could do a story and help I would appreciate it, can you let me know. It is so bad she has no clothes and no bed, furniture, little food, etc. She emailed me and being I been in NIVA I know what it was like and it is this bad, so please if you can help let me know and do more to get it out. The story at the like can be condensed I have Margaret permission to do so and it no problem you could even do a different angle. Anything really
Do you mind if I cc to the the email also
if any questions please email back
Look forward to hearing from you
Holly's Fight for Justice
Thank you for any help
I have had an internet acquaintance with the author of that email for some time and her story is also daunting. Daunting and evidence of experiences that qualifies her to make statements on this issue, and judgments of the validity of the statements of others.
Here are just a few items from her
"America's Most Wanted John Walsh...aired the story, which helped bring a serial rapist flight from justice to an end!"
READER'S DIGEST for published her personal story.
Holly's Fight for Justice
Victim of a serial rapist, the young woman from Red Deer, Alta., determined to bring her attacker to trial.
Those who know Rasai's case attribute his arrest to Holly's fight not to let the file be forgotten. "Holly actually forced institutions to do their jobs," says Scott Newark, executive director of the Canadian Police Association.
Holly's case and others like it also helped change Canada's Immigration Act. Would-be immigrants like Rasai can now be turned away if officials believe they committed a crime outside Canada punishable here by a jail term of ten years or more.
Holly has since started a new life in a new city. Reflecting on her crusade, she says: "Either you're going to live with the pain and deal with it, or you're going to die from it. If I had not fought to see Rasai caught, I would have died inside."
In a world where people commonly think one person cannot make a difference, Holly made a difference, forced the Law and Society to correct Injustice and now she is trying to do that for others.
Another person on this stage is MARGARET AKULIA
Margaret Akulia was sponsored as a student refugee to Canada by WORLD UNIVERSITY SERVICE OF CANADA. Since immigrating to Canada in 1987, Akulia has held various positions and worked in different capacities, including and not limited to working as a Counsellor, Advocate; Human Rights Officer with the Canadian Human Rights Commission; Administrator; Community Development Consultant; Trainer; Researcher; Grassroots Educator, Group Facilitator, STORY TELLER and ENTREPRENEUR. Her ongoing work includes advocating for change and implementing solutions in areas adversely affecting disadvantaged and historically marginalized groupsMargaret Akulia
is an African born Canadian Social Justice activist with a multidisciplinary background. Since immigrating to Canada in 1987, Ms. Akulia has held various positions and worked in different capacities, including serving as a Board of Director for various organizations and groups advocating for socio-economic solutions in areas adversely affecting disadvantaged and historically marginalized groups, locally and globally.
Both of these women have vast personal experience with the issues of Abuse and Social Injustice, to an extent that dispels any thought that this story is one of exaggeration. A VICTIM TWICE: CANDACE? STORY OF SPOUSAL ABUSE AND "LIVING UNDERGROUND" THROUGH A GOVERNMENT PROTECTION PROCESS KNOWN AS NIVA (NEW IDENTITIES FOR VICTIMS OF ABUSE) - STORY WRITTEN BY MARGARET AKULIA, AS TOLD TO HER BY CANDACE
Note: Candace? Story is a true story. However, names have been changed to conceal identities.
To obtain a fuller version of the story, please
To receive a periodic ENEWSLETTER, INFORMATION AND UPDATES; by Email about Candace' Story and otherTRUE STORIES;told in script, art and film format ;as ;recounted by the subjects themselves and written ;by MARGARET AKULIA please
to send an Email, making sure to ;write INFORMATION AND UPDATES;in the SUBJECT LINE
You can also send a ;request ;through our CONTACT INFORMATION
To make a donation of any amount for Candace and her daughter Amelia, please contact MARGARET AKULIA by Email at
email@example.com. You can also contact MARGARET AKULIAthrough ourCONTACT INFORMATION
CANDACE' STORY SUMMARY AND
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***New Identities For Victims of Abuse
Monday, 16 October 2006
Mantra of the Mentat Nerds
Topic: Sci Fi
It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion,
It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed,
The hands acquire shaking, the shaking becomes a warning,
It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion
Taken from Frank Herbert's Dune.
It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of Sapho that thoughts acquire
speed, the lips acquire stains, stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in
Piter De Vries
I saw a tee shirt with that on it at ICON 31 I need one just like it! ;-)
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The Lancet lies...
Those are words used in the title of an article by an Iraqi named Omar who has a blogsite called Iraq the Model
the full title of what he wrote isResponding to the Lancet lies...
When I read the report I can only feel apathy and inhumanity from those who did the count towards the victims and towards our suffering as a whole. I can tell they were so pleased when the equations their twisted minds designed led to those numbers and nothing can convince me that they did their so called research out of compassion or care.
To me their motives are clear, all they want is to prove that our struggle for freedom was the wrong thing to do. And they shamelessly use lies to do this…when they did not find the death they wanted to see on the ground, they faked it on paper! They disgust me…
This fake research is an insult to every man, woman and child who lost their lives.
Behind every drop of blood is a noble story of sacrifice for a just cause that is struggling for living safe in freedom and prosperity.
Those are the words used by Omar as a reaction to the Lancet study. The whole is worth reading. The blog itself is worth study. It will contain information, and sentiments you will never find in Mainstream Media reporting, and anyone who has not had their mind made up for
them with agit-prop soundbites would have to ask themselves,"Why has this been hidden, covered up, suppressed ignored.
But it is true it is an emotional reactions, so there will be many who can comfort themselves that the Lancet study has facts and numbers on its side.
But does it really? It has claims but few will have looked at its facts
They will read the different variations of the numbers 600K, 650K, 655K and will look no further.
The Lancet Study itself can be found on the Lancet site
. Registration if free.Study estimates 655 000 excess Iraqi deaths since start of war
For most that would be complicate, involved and confusing.
Omar also wrote down his thoughts on a website called, Politics Central
. Its title is a little longer. J'accuse: Iraq the Model responds to the Lancet Lies
, again Omars essay is more emotional and subjective, rather than objective.
But in the comments section, one commenter brings up some very revealing statistics. Their claim can
be verified in the Lancet site itself.Soldier's Dad :
I'll shoot a hole in the Lancet Study.
The mortality rate in the EU is 10.10/1000.
The Mortality rate in the US is 8.5/1000.
The mortality rate in Hungary is 13/1000
The world average mortality rate is 8.5/1000 per year.
The Lancet study uses a "baseline" mortality rate of 5.5. Half the mortality rate of Europe.
After all their fancy interviews...the Lancet Study comes up with a mortality rate for Iraq that is statistically the same as Hungary.
I must have missed it, but Hungary hasn't been at war for decades. The EU has been at peace for 60 years. They have the worlds best healthcare.
But their baseline mortality rates are more than double Saddams Iraq.
It is really easy to come up with a huge "excess deaths" number if one believes that no one ever died of anything in Iraq prior to 2003.
Iraq was an idyllic socialist paradise...unequaled since the Garden of Eden during Saddams reign.
Just ask Saddam...and not those pesky Kurds or Shiites that were mass murdered.
But then...so was the Soviet Union except for those 10's of millions that just magically "disappeared".
There is no lie too great that the hardcore leftist communists wouldn't tell.
So for those who have accepted the Lancet study as gospel and a smoking gun to denounce America with?
You must also accept as the truth that the Iraq mortality rate before the Invasion, was almost half of Europe's
and in addition thirty-five percent lower that Americas
. I have give above a link to the Lancet website and the study for those who wish to verify this claim. Some will not go to that much trouble, the Lancet Lies are too convenient.
Anyone who can still claim in the face of those numbers that the Lancet Study has any relationship to the truth has no idea what that word means.
There definition is instead, anything that can damage America, with no desire for what the truth really is or what the Iraqis feel.
There are those who truly want peace, at times I disagree with their opinions, but there are others who do not really care about Peace, they do not care about the Iraqi People, they merely care about how to damage America.George Orwell
"Pacifism is objectively pro-fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side, you automatically help out that of the other. Nor is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one. In practice, 'he that is not with me is against me.'"" -
Those who support Oppressive Totalitarian Regimes out of naivety are one thing, those who do it out of malice for America are another and some of them are Americans
This is nothing new, they have been with us from the beginning of the Republic.Samuel Adams
spoke of such:
If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude
greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us
in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down
and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon
you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
We have an election coming up, I hope people find out about these facts and before they pull that lever, fill in those spaces, they ask themselves.How would Samuel Adams Vote?
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