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Ron Paul Arrested By TSA! “Police State? Really?”

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Ron Paul Slams “Out Of Control Police State” After Rand Paul Detained By TSA

Congressman renews his call to abolish agency that “gropes and grabs” Americans

Steve Watson
January 23, 2012

GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul issued the following statement on his campaign website this afternoon, following his son Rand’s treatment at the hands of the TSA in Nashville.

“The police state in this country is growing out of control.  One of the ultimate embodiments of this is the TSA that gropes and grabs our children, our seniors, and our loved ones and neighbors with disabilities.  The TSA does all of this while doing nothing to keep us safe.

“That is why my ‘Plan to Restore America,’ in additional to cutting $1 trillion dollars in federal spending in one year, eliminates the TSA.

“We must restore the freedom and respect for liberty that once made American the greatest nation in human history.  I am deeply committed to doing that as President of the United States.”

The website also posted a picture of Senator Rand Paul talking to reporters following the incident with the TSA:

Congressman Paul has been a long time critic of the TSA. In 2010 he introduced into the House the “American Traveler Dignity Act,” which would remove TSA agents’ immunity from prosecution for implementing invasive pat-down procedures. Paul re-introduced the legislation in the summer.

Related: TSA Directly Violated US Constitution By Detaining Senator Rand Paul


What is changed?

OK, Here are two Announcements coming out of the same mouth. The first is some times ago, and the second is now. The Question is what is changed?

Barack Obama to release up to 2,000 photographs of prisoner abuse

President Barack Obama is to release up to 2,000 photographs of alleged abuse at American prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan in a move which will reignite the scandal surrounding Abu Ghraib prison in 2004.

The entrance of Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad, 2004

The entrance of Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad, 2004 Photo: AFP/GETTY
By Toby Harnden in Washington 5:51PM BST 24 Apr 2009

The decision to make public the images sought in a legal action by the American Civil Liberties Union comes amid a political firestorm over alleged torture of detainees under President George W. Bush.

Some of the photographs, which will be released before May 28, are said to show American service personnel humiliating prisoners, according to officials.

The images relate to more than 400 separate cases involving alleged prisoner abuse between 2001 and 2005.

Descriptions of some of the alleged abuse photographs include:

* A prisoner pushed up against a wall as military guards or interrogators appear to threaten to sexually assault him with a broomstick

* Female soldiers posing with hooded, shackled prisoners who were stripped naked

* Hooded prisoners on transport planes with Playboy magazines opened to pictures of nude women on their laps

The administration initially planned to release only the 21 photos sought by the ACLU, but General David Petraeus ordered that all 2,000 photographs be released to keep from “dragging this issue out forever”.

The Pentagon fears a backlash in the Middle East similar to the one provoked by pictures from Abu Ghraib prison, near Baghdad, in 2004 which became emblematic of American mistakes in Iraq.

Amrit Singh, an ACLU lawyer, said that “these photographs provide visual proof that prisoner abuse by US personnel was not aberrational but widespread, reaching far beyond the walls of Abu Ghraib”.

The Bush administration had resisted releasing the images to the public, contending that the disclosure would fuel anti-American feeling and violate US obligations towards prisoners under the Geneva Conventions. Several people have already been tried at courts martial for using guns to threaten detainees in cases connected to the photographs.

Mr Obama’s decision could undercut his struggle to persuade Congress not to institute a “truth commission” to investigate alleged prisoner abuse and force former Bush administration officials to testify and account for their actions and advice.

Momentum for a major public inquiry was dramatically increased when Mr Obama released four memos last week written by three officials from Mr Bush’s Justice Department.

Running to 126 pages, they contained the legal rationale for the CIA’s methods of extracting information from al-Qaeda suspects used between 2002 and 2005.

The methods, eventually prohibited by the Bush administration, included sleep deprivation for up to 11 days, forced nudity and stress positions as well as “waterboarding”, a form of simulated drowning in which “water is continuously applied from a height of 12 to 24 inches” for “20 to 40 seconds”.

In the memos, it was revealed that the waterboarding technique had been used 266 times on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah, two senior al-Qaeda prisoners.

Other possible disclosures as a result of the ACLU legal action include transcripts of prisoner interrogations, a secret CIA inspector general’s report and materials from a Justice Department investigation into detainee abuse.

The Obama administration, under fierce pressure from the Left and some congressional Democrats, faces a tough decision about whether to release the information in full, redact parts of it or continue the Bush administration’s court battle to keep it secret.

Mr Obama’s decision to release the four memos came after the most divisive argument yet in his young administration, which passes the landmark of 100 days next Wednesday.

He was opposed by Leon Panetta, his CIA chief, who argued for redactions of key passages, and John Brennan, a former senior CIA official who is now the top counter-terrorism adviser at the White House.

The most enthusiastic support for the release came from Eric Holder, Mr Obama’s attorney general and the man who will decide whether former Bush administration officials should face prosecution, and his legal counsel Gregory Craig.

Robert Gates, the Pentagon chief, and Admiral Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence, are said to have supported Mr Obama with some reservations. It subsequently emerged that Adml Blair had briefed hisstaff that some important information was extracted from prisoners during harsh interrogations.

Obama: I won’t release bin Laden death photos

Updated 6:19 p.m. Eastern Time

In an interview with Steve Kroft for this Sunday’s “60 Minutes” conducted today, President Obama said he won’t release post-mortem images of Osama bin Laden taken to prove his death.

“It is important to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool,” said the president.

“We don’t trot out this stuff as trophies,” Mr. Obama added. “The fact of the matter is, this is somebody who was deserving of the justice that he received.”

The president said he had discussed the issue with his intelligence team, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and that they agree with the decision. White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that Mr. Obama made the decision today.

President Obama interviewed on “60 Minutes,” May 4, 2011.(Credit: CBS)

In explaining his choice not to release the photo, Mr. Obama said that “we don’t need to spike the football.” He said that “given the graphic nature of these photos it would create a national security risk.”

The president told Kroft he saw the photos following the raid on the compound and knew that bin Laden had been killed.

“We discussed this internally,” he said. “Keep in mind that we are absolutely certain that this was him. We’ve done DNA sampling and testing. And so there is no doubt that we killed Osama bin Laden.”

When Kroft noted that there are people in Pakistan and elsewhere who believe bin Laden is still alive, the president said “we we monitoring worldwide reaction.”

“There is no doubt that Osama bin Laden is dead,” he said. “Certainly there is no doubt among al Qaeda members that he is dead. So we don’t think that a photograph in and of itself is going to make any difference.”

“There are going to be some folks who deny it,” he added. “The fact of the matter is, you will not see bin Laden walking on this earth again.”

TRANSCRIPT: Obama discusses decision not to release images on “60 Minutes”

Asked about the decision Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Carney said “there are obviously arguments to be made on either side.”

“The fact of the matter is, as the president described, these are graphic photographs of someone who was shot in the face — the head, rather,” he said. “It is not in our national security interests to allow those images, as has been in the past been the case, to become icons to rally opinion against the United States. The president’s number one priority is the safety and security of American citizens at home and Americans abroad. There is no need to release these photographs to establish Osama bin Laden’s identity. And he saw no other compelling reason to release them, given the potential for national security risks. And further, because he believes, as he said so clearly, this is not who we are.” (See video at left.)

“He wanted to hear the opinions of others, but he was very clear about his view on this,” Carney added. “And, obviously, his decision is categorical.” He said it applied to “all visual evidence” of bin Laden’s death, including video of his burial at sea.

Bin Laden news gives Obama 11-point approval bump

Bush declines Obama invitation to ground zero

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, called the decision a “mistake.”

President Obama interviewed on “60 Minutes,” May 4, 2011.(Credit: CBS News)

“The whole purpose of sending our soldiers into the compound, rather than an aerial bombardment, was to obtain indisputable proof of bin Laden’s death,” he said.

Neil Livingstone, Chairman and CEO of Executive Action and author of nine books on terrorism, also disagreed with the decision.

“If we can’t conclusively demonstrate that indeed he is dead there will be those who say he is still out there,” he told CBS News. “Al Qaeda might even try to keep his legacy going and say ‘they got someone else, they didn’t really get him.'”

Sarah Palin registered his disapproval on Twitter.

“Show photo as warning to others seeking America’s destruction. No pussy-footing around, no politicking, no drama;it’s part of the mission,” she wrote.

Palin to Obama: Stop pussyfooting, release photo

Osama bin Laden had cash, phone numbers sewn in clothes

White House changes story: Bin Laden unarmed

Cables: U.S. near bin Laden in ’08, didn’t know it

Republican House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said earlier in the day that the Obama administration should not release the gruesome post-mortem images, saying it could complicate the job for American troops overseas. Rogers told CBS News he has seen a post-mortem photo.

“The risks of release outweigh the benefits,” Rogers said. “Conspiracy theorists around the world will just claim the photos are doctored anyway, and there is a real risk that releasing the photos will only serve to inflame public opinion in the Middle East.”

“Imagine how the American people would react if Al Qaeda killed one of our troops or military leaders, and put photos of the body on the Internet,” Rogers continued. “Osama bin Laden is not a trophy – he is dead and let’s now focus on continuing the fight until Al Qaeda has been eliminated.”

Many in Congress happy bin Laden photos won’t be released

 President Obama in the Situation RoomPresident Barack Obama delivers a statement in the East Room of the White House on the mission against Osama bin Laden, May 1, 2011.(Credit: White House/Pete Souza)

Skeptics have called on the United States to release photos of bin Laden, who officials say was shot in the face during a raid on his compound, in order to prove that the al Qaeda leader is really dead.

The White House had said it was debating whether to release the photographs. CIA director Leon Panetta told CBS News Tuesday that he thought a photo would be released, though he said the White House would make the final decision.

CBS News national security correspondent David Martin has been told the photographs are “very gruesome” and won’t be for the “squeamish.”

“I’ve had it described to me and it does sound very gruesome,” he said. “Remember, bin Laden was shot twice at close range, once in the chest and once in the head, right above his left eye, and that bullet opened his skull, exposing the brain, and it also blew out his eye. So these are not going to be pictures for the squeamish.”

Two Republican senators — Saxby Chambliss, R-GA, Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Armed Services Committee, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, a member of the Armed Services Committee – told CBS News Wednesday they had seen post-mortem photographs of bin Laden. No Democrats have said they have seen the images.

Photoshopped images purporting to show bin Laden after he was killed have already surfaced on the Internet. Sen. Scott Brown, R-MA, who had claimed to have seen the actual post-mortem photos, said Wednesday that he had been fooled by one such false image. It appears Ayotte and Chambliss may also have been duped.

Who is Mourning Osama?!

Let’s see who is happy and who is sad about the Islamic Devil-Osama Bin Laden demise. Today America is rejoicing. Last night Justice was served by Navy Seals and may God bless and continue protecting these courage’s American. Now let’s see who is not happy?

 Top Al Qaeda Thinker Condemns Bin Laden Killing, Vows Revenge

Published May 02, 2011

| Associated Press

CAIRO –  A top Al Qaeda ideologue has promised revenge for the killing of militant leader Usama Bin Laden by U.S. forces in the first jihadist admission of his death.

The commentator, going by the online name “Assad al-Jihad2″ posted Monday on extremist websites a long eulogy for bin Laden and promised to “avenge the killing of the Sheik of Islam.”

He also announced that anyone thinking the jihad had ended just had to “wait a little bit.”

Militant websites regularly post long interviews with al-Jihad2 on the protocols of waging holy war and he is often used to resolve questions of doctrine.

U.S. forces raided bin Laden’s heavily guarded compound in a suburb of Pakistan’s capital late Sunday, killing him, his son and several associates.
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Hamas Leader Condemns Killing of Usama Bin Laden

Published May 02, 2011

| Associated Press

FILE - In this file image taken from video broadcast Thursday, Dec. 24, 1998, Osama bin Laden speaks during an interview at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. A person familiar with developments said Sunday that bin Laden is dead and the U.S. has the body. (AP Photo/ABC News, File)

FILE – In this file image taken from video broadcast Thursday, Dec. 24, 1998, Osama bin Laden speaks during an interview at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. A person familiar with developments said Sunday that bin Laden is dead and the U.S. has the body. (AP Photo/ABC News, File)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The leader of the Palestinian militant Hamas government in Gaza has condemned the United States for killing Al Qaeda chief Usama bin Laden.

Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh says the operation is “the continuation of the American oppression and shedding of blood of Muslims and Arabs.”

Haniyeh told reporters in Gaza on Monday that although Hamas had its differences with Al Qaeda, his group condemns the assassination of “a Muslim and Arabic warrior” and prays that bin Laden’s “soul rests in peace.”

Hamas has repeatedly said it has no ties to Al Qaeda and that its violent struggle is directed solely against Israel, and not the West at large.

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The Poison That Is Barack Obama (via My Blog)

My hat to “My Blog” for this Post.

The Poison That Is Barack Obama Barack Obama is so smart that he makes the birds sing! Oh wait, under Obama, birds are falling from the skies. Obama is so smart he stopped the seas from rising! Well, maybe not! Come to think of it, we are getting an awful lot of water falling from the sky lately and you know, it all has to go somewhere. Barack is such a sweet talker that the world just has to … Read More

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Who Let The Dogs Out?

Here goes another denial smear tactic from the Anointed one Obama. Why would the President release his Real Birth Certificate? Maybe because he DOSE NOT HAVE ONE at least one issued by US Government. The left plays it as “you are crazy if you ask and some from the right show their true skin by saying let’s talk about the issues.” What is more important that the legitimacy of the President citizenship? What is the reason, President won’t say, and he lets his dogs do the barking.Franklin Graham has become the latest victim of White House guard dogs!

White House Blasts Franklin Graham for Birther Comment

Monday, 25 Apr 2011 03:39 PM

The White House angrily lashed out Monday against renowned evangelical leader the Rev. Franklin Graham for questioning President Obama’s birthplace.

Graham’s sin? The son of the Rev. Billy Graham questioned on ABC’s “This Week” why the president has refused to produce and show a copy of what Graham described as his birth certificate.

Obama, Graham said, “has some issues to deal with” when it comes to his birth certificate.

“It’s unfortunate that a religious leader would use Easter Sunday to make preposterous” statements, White House press secretary Jay Carney responded Monday, according to The Hill.

In 2008 during Obama’s campaign for president, he released a document known as a “Certification of Live Birth.” The document, which is not considered a birth certificate, indicated Obama was born in Hawaii.

But Obama has stubbornly refused to release his full Birth Certificate, detailing such information as the actual location in Hawaii he was born, the time of birth, and the attending physician.

The younger Graham has irked the Obama White House before — the Pentagon revoked his invitation to a prayer ceremony last year after it was revealed he called Islam an “evil” religion in 2001, The Hill noted. He also claimed last year that Obama was born a Muslim.

Carney also scoffed at media reports calling out the White House for not releasing a statement commemorating Easter on Sunday, explaining Obama and his family attended church services in Washington.

The White House has issued press statements on major Muslim holidays.

“The president went to church yesterday, it was well-covered. I’m not sure if we put out a statement or not. He obviously personally celebrated Easter with his family,” he said.

When a reporter asked how Carney could not know whether the White House issued a statement, Carney shot back, “I’m glad you are asking me these key important questions, guys.

“As a devoted Christian, he believes it is a very important holiday for him personally, his family and people all around the country,” he added.

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O-BA-MA (He is with us, In Farsi)

Is Sarah Palin Running for President? According to Franklin Graham she is not. Than the $64000 question is who? Who is strong enough, experience enough, likeable enough to dethrone Majesty Obama? Despite the instability our economy, the Majesty is in full re-election mode, the  anointed one is already counting his campaign Dollars.

Franklin Graham: Palin Not Running for President

Sunday, 24 Apr 2011 05:48 PM

By Newsmax Wires

The Rev. Franklin Graham said Sunday that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin doesn’t like politics and is not running for president.

Graham, one of the most influential evangelical ministers in the country and the son of the legendary Rev. Billy Graham, knows Palin well. He told ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour that he traveled with her to Haiti and said the former Republican vice presidential candidate “likes speaking on the issues, and I agree with many of the issues she brings up. I don’t see her as running for president,” according to Politico and ABC News.

AMANPOUR: You have traveled to Haiti with Sarah Palin.


AMANPOUR: Is she the kind of candidate you would like to see run for election? Would she be your candidate of choice?

GRAHAM: I don’t think Sarah’s going to — I don’t think she// likes politics. I think she likes speaking on the issues, and I agree with many of the issues that she brings up, but I believe — I don’t see her as running for president.

AMANPOUR: If she did, would you support her? Would she be your candidate?

GRAHAM: It depends on who the other candidates are.

AMANPOUR: So, that’s not a yes.

GRAHAM: No. I mean, we’re so early. But I do like Sarah.

Graham said he is undecided on the other presidential candidates, but did give a shoutout to both Mitt Romney and Donald Trump during the interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

Mitt Romney has “proven himself” and is “a very capable person,” Graham said.

“Donald Trump, when I first saw that he was getting in, I thought ‘Well this has got to be a joke,'” Graham said. “But the more you listen to him, the more you say to yourself, ‘You know maybe the guy’s right.’”

When Amanpour asked whether he might support Trump, Graham said, “Sure, yeah. Sure.”

President Barack Obama, whom Graham has met with, is “a very nice man.

“He’s a very gracious person,” Graham said. “But I think our country is in big trouble.”

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YUo, You Shut up!

Here is Another great News as a result of Obama in the White House!

The dollar dropped to its lowest level in more than two-and-a-half years on Thursday as buoyant risk appetite prompted investors to sell the currency to fund carry trades.

Analysts said robust corporate earnings figures had boosted hopes over global growth, while the prospect that US interest rates would remain at ultra-low levels was fuelling demand for carry trades, in which low-yielding currencies such as the dollar are sold to finance the purchase of riskier, higher-yielding assets elsewhere.

Market rumour that the People’s Bank of China was poised to implement of substantial, one-off revaluation of the renminbi also weighed on the US currency.

The dollar index, which tracks its progress against a basket of six leading currencies, fell 0.8 per cent to 73.785, its weakest level since August 2008. Traders said the stage could now be set for the index to target the record low of 70.698 it hit in March 2008.

The dollar also dropped 0.9 per cent to a 16-month low of $1.4641 against the euro, fell 1 per cent to a 16-month trough of $1.6560 against the pound, lost 0.8 per cent to a record low of SFr0.8817 against the Swiss franc and plunged 0.7 per cent lower to Y81.93 against the yen.

The Australian dollar, which with its relatively high yield and commodity-linked status has been a favourite target for carry trade investors, surged to a fresh 29-year high against the dollar, rising 0.6 per cent to $1.0758.

Lee Hardman at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ said dollar weakness continued to be mainly driven by widening expectations of monetary policy divergence between the Federal Reserve and other major central banks.

He said the downgrade of the outlook of US sovereign debt by rating agency Standard & Poor’s on Monday had reinforced this dynamic by increasing expectations that the Fed would have to keep interest rates at ultra-low levels for longer to offset the negative impact from the expected fiscal tightening.

Mr Hardman added, however, that while near-term concerns over monetary policy divergence and heightened US fiscal concerns were genuine, he believed there was a strong case that current dollar weakness was overextending.

“With market liquidity thinning heading into the Easter holidays, it provides the ideal conditions for a dollar undershoot relative to fundamentals,” he said.

“Indeed, while there is a notable risk that the near-term dollar sell-off extends further, it appears only a matter before a correction takes place.”

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