Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Correspondent Eric Williams reported from his listening post in Melbourne, bringing us up-to-date on the tragedy including relief efforts that are just now getting underway.
By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Paltalk News Network
Yesterday some New York health care workers rallied in Albany in protest of a mandate that they get vaccinated against the H1N1 flu. But an infectious disease doctor at Northern Westchester Hospital believes that, while well intentioned, they are misguided.
Dr. Peter Welch says that - as with all medicines - there are risks in taking the vaccine - they are far outweighed by the benefits to one's self and to society.
He says that those who are in groups identified by the Centers For Disease Control as high risk absolutely should take the vaccine when it becomes available starting next week. That includes children, pregnant women, health care workers and anyone between the ages of 25 and 65 who has an underlying illness such as diabetes, pulmonary disease, or HIV/AIDS.
"I'm going to take it," Welsh says. "I'm a health care worker."
He says those in his field who are balking are "foolish."
"They are uninformed," he says, "in the scientific sense."
As an infectious disease specialist, Welch finds particularly worrisome those in the anti-vaccine movement who are trying to get parents to forgo vaccinations for their children.
"They may be well intentioned people," he says, "but they are grossly and terribly mistaken in their opinions."
He cites, as a prime example, polio, which has been eradicated in nations where everyone is vaccinated.
Many people argue that the concerns raised about the swine flu are much ado about nothing as compared with the "regular" seasonal flu. Welsh says that, while studies that have been done so far indicate that the swine flu produces a milder infection than the seasonal flu, the fact the population in general has built up very little immunity to it means many people could be infected. And because more people might get the swine flu, the concern is that,while milder, it could result in even more deaths than the seasonal influenza.
By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Paltalk News Network
In Michigan there is a law designed to prevent unlicensed day care centers from opening.
The intent of the law is a good one. It's designed to ensure that no one who is unqualified opens a day care center and puts children in harm's way. But sometimes, the people who we charge to enforce regulations lack common sense.
Such is the case with a Irving Township, Michigan woman who, as a favor to three of her neighbors who have to work, takes in their children to wait for the school bus - safely - in her home each morning. Someone complained - and she received a letter from the state saying she was in violation of the law.
So, a law designed to protect children was being enforced to, potentially, put children in harm's way.
The public uproar over the decision has prompted Michigan's governor to urge that the law be changed. But one must question the decision making of the officials who blindly enforced the law and sent the woman the warning. Did they get into the business of child welfare because they wanted to protect children? Or did they get into it because they wanted to throw their weight around?
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
New York health care workers are rallying at the state capital in Albany over a requirement that they be vaccinated against the seasonal flu and the swine flu.
The workers feel that the regulation infringes upon their civil liberties. Many of them are also concerned that the swine flu vaccine has not yet been properly tested. They worry that in a rush to develop a vaccine there may be unforeseen side effects. They believe that they should be given a choice over which risk they want to take. Not taking the vaccine and risk getting the swine flu. Or taking the vaccine and risk possible complications.
By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Paltalk News Network
When Iran meets with the permanent five members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany in Geneva on Thursday, the agenda will be to get that nation into compliance with UN resolutions on nuclear development.
There is a renewed sense of urgency because of Iran's revelation last week that it had surreptitiously constructed a second nuclear facility without first notifying nor permitting the International Atomic Energy Agency to inspect it. The size of the facility and the covert manner in which it was built is raising alarms about its purpose. Iran maintains it's for the peaceful production of nuclear energy. But few experts outside Iran believe that assertion.
Most observers believe the negotiations with Iran won't be particularly easy. Now there's an indication from the Iranian news agency, PressTV, about Iran's posturing leading into the talks that does little to allay those concerns.
It looks like Iran is coming to the table on the offensive. Instead of focusing on its own, obvious, transgressions, PressTV reports that Iran will demand that the current members of the nuclear fraternity make good on their pledges to reduce their nuclear arsenals.
This is an obvious and pathetic attempt by Iran to divert attention from its own nuclear program. The issue here is not the continued reduction of current nuclear stockpiles. It's non-proliferation. And Iran's failure to assure the world that it will not create additional nuclear warheads.
The current delicate balance of nuclear weapons around the world is being managed in a way that, thankfully, does not contribute to an arms race. But a nuclear armed Iran would prompt many Middle Eastern nations to aspire membership in the nuclear weapons family as well as a means of self-defense. If that happens, then the launching of one nuclear weapon - or the mistaken assessment that a nuclear warhead had been launched - could lead to Armageddon.
The Iranian regime has shown itself to be less than truthful. With a straight face, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the UN General Assembly last week that he had been overwhelmingly re-elected president of that nation. Iran's veracity with regard to its nuclear program should be viewed with the same skepticism.
The real concern here is not so much Iran's posture at Geneva - but that of the P5+1. Those nations will likely argue amongst themselves about sanctions, giving Iran the time it needs to develop a nuclear weapon. If that happens, the world's only salvation ultimately could be Israel, which, in its own defense, could, and then should, destroy Iran's nuclear facilities.
By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Paltalk News Network
Here's a tip for anyone flying in these post-9/11 days.
Go to the restroom and do your business before you board your flight - even if you don't feel the urge.
I make this recommendation because of a story out of Los Angeles - and how the call of nature resulted in an airplane being delayed, the passengers removed and the aircraft searched.
Seems a passenger urgently needed to use the facilities after the flight attendant told them to fasten their seat belts and remain in their seats until the plane was aloft.
When he got up, a flight attendant commanded him back in his seat. But you know how it is - when you gotta go, you gotta go.
So he ignored the order and made a mad dash for the restroom. An action that, these days, constitutes a security breach.
So, the plane was delayed, the plane returned to the gate, the passengers were removed, the plane and the man's luggage searched and the undoubtedly embarrassed man, questioned.
He won't be charged but it really underscores how silly some of the security precautions are.
If he had some kind of a device that he managed to slip past the screening process and he had waited until the seatbelt sign was off and then went to the restroom to hide it then no one would be the wiser. So how was anyone made safer by the inconvenience and delay?
Sometimes common sense needs to prevail. Yes, technically, it is against federal law to disobey the directions of a flight attendant. But come on now, the guy had an emergency of sorts, didn't he? I mean, would some kind of justice been served had he remained in his seat and lost control of his bladder? I don't think his aisle mates would have much appreciated that.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Update: Death and missing toll from flooding now at 284
Charging that the Philippines government has fumbled the ball in its response to Typhoon Ondoy and the resulting flooding and deaths, two Filipino organizations are organizing an emergency relief fund campaign.
The Alliance for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines and the Filipino youth-based Daluyong Coordinating Committee hope to raise $5,000 by Monday and another $5,000 by October 16.
The groups charge that the administration of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has responded with "incompetence and neglect," comparable, they say, to the way George W. Bush handled the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.
With maximum winds of 85 kilometers per hour, the storm was not as powerful as many of the typhoons that have hit the country. But by Sunday evening, the National Disaster Coordinating Council reported that at least 330,000 residents had been displaced, 73 people had died and 23 more went missing. In the days following the storm, the death toll has risen, including a 4-year-old girl who was killed when a wall, weakened by floodwaters, collapsed on her family's shantyin Quezon City.
Among the examples of inadequate government response cited by the groups is its blaming the public for not heeding storm warnings - even though - they say - no evacuation order preceded the flooding. The also allege that local government units were paralyzed at the onset of the flood and were not able to issue official advisories on what the vulnerable population should do. As floodwaters receded, they say, hundreds were still stranded.
According to the organizations, residents saw overwhelmed rescue choppers leaving many people behind. They say that in Barangay Payatas, Quezon City, the parish priest, Fr. Orlando Noriella, claims that while a state of calamity had been declared, no food and medicines have reached the affected residents and that the government admits that there are insufficent rescue vehicles or facilities.
The groups charge that an "utter lack of preparedness" set the stage for disaster even before the typhoon hit. They say the massive land conversion of the Marikina watershed and the mountains of Rizal put people in imminent danger, especially those living near riverbanks and mountain slopes. Despite warnings by community groups of the danger of high-risk projects, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources did nothing, they say, to put in place protections for residents in these areas.
The groups say the money raised will go to the Sagip-Tulong sa Pilipinas (STP) Emergency Relief Fund Campaign
By ERIC FLORES
Special to the Paltalk News Network
This afternoon I found an article about a Facebook poll asking if people thought "President Obama should be assassinated." Of course by then the poll feature was shut down and the poll was removed. However, what really gets my goat about this was that a number of people actually voted YES.
Now I don't need to go into the moral aspect of such a poll, almost anyone with half-a-brain knows that it is extremely stupid to think to openly wish for the president to be killed. Let's not even go into the fact that even by many religious convictions, wishing someone dead is wrong. You know, Jesus said to "Pray for your enemies" and "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." I mean even a 5-year-old child is taught that in Sunday school.
What I will go into is the fact that given the paranoia of post 9-11 America, Are people so dense to that level of caution that they are willing to post their desire to kill the president in a facebook poll? Not only that but people would actually have the gall to vote YES?
I mean come on, people!
I mean even the most bitter and hostile left-wing nut-job would think twice before posting such a poll against a Republican in office. Demand a trial and have them go to jail? Yes but not once during the eight years of George W. Bush do I recall anyone praying for him to be shot by an assassin.
Look, I am not saying you have to embrace Barack Obama's policies. Disagree with him; that's your right. But don't think for one moment that given how many folks on the right are praying for Obama to die that the government would not take that seriously.
To the authors of the poll: Do you HONESTLY think that the Secret Service would not investigate the author of the poll or the people who voted yes? Let's face it, free speech is a wonderful thing. But when you decide to do something and say something against the president, don't you think that MAYBE, just MAYBE, you should take into account that there are too many psychopaths that would take your words SERIOUSLY?
Partisan politics aside, I am hoping that the people who posted this poll are eventually prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This isn't a matter of politics, this is a matter of what is right and wrong.
By CHRISTOPHER FLAVELLE
Federal agencies have now spent more than $100 billion on contracts, grants, loans, and entitlements, according to Recovery.gov, the site mandated by Congress to track stimulus spending. Combined with the $62.5 billion in tax relief that’s already out the door, total outlays are slightly more than 20 percent of the stimulus package passed by Congress in February.
The $100-billion milestone is a symbolic one. Moreover, as we’ve noted in this space before, the pace of stimulus spending has declined in recent months, from about $1.3 billion daily in its first 100 days to about $570 million a day in September, as large block grants to states gave way to smaller (and slower) spending projects. So while it took seven months for federal agencies to spend their first $100 billion, the next $100 billion may be a longer time coming.
By SHAHRIAR SHAHABI
Paltalk News Network
DUBAI - We know that the Obama administration has sent out all the right signals since the president took office in January, 2009. Heck, his sincerity was so overwhelming in his celebratory message to the Iranian people on Norouz (the Persian New Year) that it felt like Iran and the United States have been pals forever. It was a good gesture to winning the hearts and minds of Iranians but then came the strings attached.
The U.S. administration then connected the soft campaign to what was labeled as “transactional diplomacy” which is code for “let’s get down to business”. Fine, the United States wants to befriend Iran and do business. However, anyone who has taken international business 101 will tell you that to engage in a productive, profitable and friendly bilateral trade relations requires prerequisites the most important of which for Iran means having a stable democratic political system.
Now some would argue that America already does business with nondemocratic countries in the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia, but make no mistake, Iran is no Saudi Arabia and even the Saudi’s would tell you today that they are not happy with the nature of their relationship with the U.S. so that’s not the kind of relationship we are talking about establishing between the two countries, at least I hope not.
So, now that U.S.–Iran talks are to get underway, the Obama administration needs to focus its efforts on pushing for a relationship with Iran based on common principles and common values and the only way to achieve this objective in my view is to push for the democratization of Iran.
How the United States should proceed for meeting this objective:
Rather than putting the focus on Iran’s nuclear development and its enrichment program I would argue that the US negotiation team work its way up to that point by addressing the following key points.
a) Calling the government in Tehran on the election fraud. This way the coup regime sitting on the opposite side of the negotiation table will know that the United States is not in this discussion to appease the coup regime and that it does not recognize this government as the legitimate representative of the people of Iran in its present form.
This sets the tone that despite the election results America is serious about engaging with Iran and the Iranian people who want better ties with America and if the coup regime cannot deliver on bridging this relationship, the people of Iran (the green movement) are willing to do so (the chants of down with Russia, down with China and down with the dictator as opposed to death to America which the regime was calling for post June 12th 2009 is a clear indication of the present mood in Iran).
b) Show strength of conviction. The coup government in Tehran believes that the United States has been weakened as a result of the global economic meltdown and its lackluster performances in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have used this propaganda so much for domestic consumption that they actually have come to believe that America is no match for Iran. Therefore, the United States must demonstrate that its political, economic and military will can out last Iran’s mischief if the coup government decides to cause trouble in the region as a means to divert global attention. This again brings the focus back onto Iran and will not allow the coup government of Ahmadinejad to present an alternative new world order model which it seems to do under an Islamic system and life form (this new world order was presented by Ahmadinejad in brief during his speech at the UN general assembly).
c) THIS IS KEY - Demand democratization. Make it clear that as a first step to economic cooperation Iran must a) adhere to human rights laws which means putting into place political and social freedoms as defined by the oxford political dictionary and NOT the regimes interpretation of democracy and social justice, b) democratize its political system to a secular multiparty system as a guarantee for political stability in the country if the United States is going to invest in a long term diplomatic and business relationship with Iran, and c) move towards liberalizing the economy (the break-up of state monopolies). The message should be that America does business best with countries that share the same values and principles as her, and I can tell you from personal experience that Iran and America have a lot in common. And finally,
d) Display sincerity in a win-win strategy. Make it clear that if Iran implements a democratic system America is ready to talk about lifting existing sanctions, helping Iran with economic modernization plans and the development and enhancement of its nuclear plants for peaceful purposes. The Ahmadinejad coup regime MUST understand it has a credibility problem that is in dire both domestically and internationally and until it cleans up its act “transactional diplomacy” will not mean a thing. America must also make one other important point clear and that is the United States is ready to walk away from the negotiation table and take this discussion directly to the Iranian people which would then bear the following consequences to the Ahmadinejad coup government:
a. The denouncement of the Ahmadinejad coup government as the legitimate representatives of the Iranian people
b. The creation of a blockade on Iran’s core industry by placing sanctions on its oil exports and petroleum imports.
c. The blockade all financial assets of the coup regime in foreign banks.
d. Travel restrictions on the coup regimes top 100 people, And
e. Offering moral support to the forces within Iran that are ready to bring about political stability in the country and promote better relations with the free world.
In my view the worst thing America can do now that dialogue with Iran is about to commence is to break off talks and replace it with UN backed sanction without teeth or alternatively allow an Israeli air attack on Iran. Going to war with a people that have great admiration for America and the American people is a tragedy in US Middle East foreign policy and if that does happen the United States will have handed Iran over to the Russians and the Chinese in a platter and diminished its influence in the region forever.
Shahriar Shahabi is a Middle East political strategist and Paltalk News Network correspondent
By JOEL LEYDEN
Israel News Agency
JERUSALEM - As Iran test fires missiles on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur - missiles capable of hitting Israel, Saudi Arabia, Europe and U.S. bases - Saudi Arabia has granted the use of their air space to Israel to take out Iran nuclear facilities.
According to the Daily Express, the director of England MI6 discussed a mutual defense against Iran in London with Israel Mossad Director Meir Dagan and security officials from Saudi Arabia. The meeting between the UK, Israel and the Saudis took place after British INTEL discovered the plant, in the side of a mountain near the ancient Iran city of Qom.
Diplomatic sources say that the Iran nuclear site could hold 3,000 centrifuges, capable of making enough enriched uranium to build a nuclear bomb each year.
The Iran second nuclear weapons producing site is seen as a real-time threat by Israel and Saudi Arabia. John Bolton, America’s former UN ambassador, recently told a meeting of intelligence analysts that “Riyadh certainly approves” of Israel using of Saudi Arabia airspace for either air or missile ground to ground attacks against Iran.
As much of Israel was joining in prayer for their most sacred Jewish holiday, the Iran Revolutionary Guard successfully launched the Shahab-3 missile, which is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and has a range of up to 1,200 miles. The Iran Shahab-3 missile would put Israel, most Arab states and parts of Europe, including much of Turkey, within its strike range.
Iran Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi, afraid of an Israel military response today said: "If this happens, an attack by Israel, which of course we do not foresee, its ultimate result would be that it expedites the Zionist regime's last breath," said on state television.
Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said the missile tests were not a response to international pressure on the country's nuclear program. They were, he said, part of Sacred Defense Week's annual military exercises to commemorate Iran's war with Iraq in the 1980s.
Israel is prepared to use a preemptive military strike to stop Iran from developing an atomic weapon.
In 1981, Israel bombed a French-built nuclear plant near Iraq's capital, Baghdad, knowing that it was designed to make nuclear weapons to destroy Israel.
It was the world's first air strike against a nuclear plant.
An undisclosed number of Israel Defense Forces F-15 interceptors and F-16 fighter bombers destroyed the Osirak reactor 18 miles south of Baghdad, on the orders of Israel Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
Iran, which says its nuclear work is for peaceful power generation, has often shrugged off the possibility of any such strikes.
Vahidi, a former Revolutionary Guards commander, said that in the event of an Israeli attack its "lifespan, which is today coming to an end, would be sped up."
He added that the "Zionist regime," the term Iran uses for Israel, was on a "slope of destruction".
Iran's hardline president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has also repeatedly predicted Israel's downfall while denying that the Holocaust ever took place.
"Israel knew days before about today's launch of the Iran Shahab-3 missile," said an Israel security analyst.
"They perceive Israel as weak and are probing the Israel Defense Forces and her allies reactions. This is nothing more and nothing less than psychological war fare operations by Iran. With the US, Canada, Western Europe, Russia and many Arab states now joining forces against Iran, Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is doing all he can to show the citizens of Iran that he is still in power."
"The Iran missile testing today was not for Israel, the US or Saudi Arabia consumption but produced for Iran TV where it was advertised, and shown over and over again to Iran citizens. Discontented and outraged citizens of Iran who had a recent election stolen from them. An election where they would have voted in democracy. All the same, Israel has remained on high alert before, during and after Yom Kippur through our powerful and experienced navy, air force and ground forces."
Israel IDF chief of the general staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi responded by saying that “the possibility of Iran becoming a nuclear power is a threat not only to the State of Israel, but for the Middle East and the entire free world.”
“We all understand that the best way of coping with Iran is through international sanctions. I hope that Iran will understand this. I think that if not, Israel has the right to defend itself, and all options are open. The IDF's working premise is that we have to be prepared for that possibility, and that is exactly what we are doing.”
Sunday, September 27, 2009
By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Paltalk News Network
If President Obama has his way, the lyrics of the songs "School's Out" and "See You In September" may have to be revised to, "Schools Out for July" and "See You In August."
The president believes that the school year must be increased, that schools need to be open longer each day and that they should be open on weekends for activities so that children have a safe place to go.
Obama acknowledges that his suggestion isn't widely popular - not even with his own children. But he says the change must be made in order to make the United States more competitive.
I've long been an advocate of keeping schools open late so that children and even others in the community could have a safe place to go for structured activity. There are far too many latchkey children running around unsupervised in our nation's cities and towns. But budgetary concerns have made keeping schools open for non-educational activities less than appealing to school districts.
Then there's the issue of teacher contracts. This latest proposal to change the status quo in the country may run contrary to contracts - and may upset the very teacher's unions that supported him in his bid for the presidency.
It's a noble goal but one that will likely create even more opposition like that we've seen over Obama's health reform proposal.
Obama is far from an unintelligent man. Perhaps he feels that because there are no guarantees of a second term that he must push an agenda that challenges business as usual in the United States. If nothing else, he's raising awareness and sparking debate. And maybe opening minds to the possibility of the kind of change he pledged during his campaign.
An Iranian air force commander is maintaining that today's tests of three short range missiles, and tonight's scheduled testing of medium range rockets and tomorrow's scheduled test of long range missiles, are not a threat to that nation's neighbors.
The Iranian Student News Agency quotes Revolutionary Guard Air Force Brigadier General Hossein Salami as saying they are being fired only to show other nations that might show "malevolence" toward Iran that they are prepared to respond "quickly through tough and strong reaction."
Iran's long range missiles have the capability of reaching Israel.
By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Paltalk News Network
The feds say they thwarted the largest terrorist attack against the United States since September 11, 2001 with the arrest of Afghan national Najibullah Zazi. They have evidence, apparently circumstantial in nature, of a plot. Based on writings they found on a laptop computer. They have backpacks ceased in raids of homes he visited in Queens. But what they don't have are the bombs Zazi purportedly was going to direct at New York targets.
The government has let it be known that at least a dozen alleged confederates remain at large, and, it's possible, that at least one of those suspects may have the bombs or the bomb making material. But so far: nothing.
Police and federal agents even raided storage facilities in a bid to find the elusive explosives.
It may very well be true that Zazi was, as charged, preparing a massive attack, or even series of attacks, on New York City. And that those attacks were timed to coincide with the anniversary of 9/11. But without the smoking gun - in this case the bombs or bomb making material - the government's case is weak.
It's true that the government alleges that Zazi had been searching beauty supply shops for materials that could be used in making bombs. No doubt, as they tailed him, those visits raised alarms for the agents who were watching him.
It's a tough balance that faces law enforcement when it comes to investigating alleged terror plots. If you move in too quickly, you risk not having enough evidence to build a successful case. If you wait too long, you risk the lives of hundreds, maybe thousands of people.
I doubt that the agents were involved in a wild goose chase. There's no way they would put the kind of time, effort and resources into this investigation if they weren't very certain that a terrorist plot was in the making. And they wouldn't have moved in as swiftly as they did had they not feared the consequences of just watching a little bit longer.
So for that, we thank them. They can sleep with the knowledge that they probably thwarted - once again - a terrorist attack on the United States. But that will never be enough for the men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting the rest of us. They won't be satisfied, nor will they rest, until they have the evidence in hand, and the alleged co-conspirators in custody.
Paltalk News Network
If you're out of work and frustrated that you just can't find a job, you're not alone.
The number of people seeking jobs outpaces the number of available jobs in record numbers.
President Obama eluded to this when he said that, while the economy is showing improvement, the number of people unemployed would likely grow before the job market gets better. Funny how they say the economy is improving, the stock market is rebounding, yet people who have been thrust onto the unemployment line still can't find jobs. What's up with that?
The other day I interviewed Sue Kelly who runs the food bank for Monmouth and Ocean Counties in New Jersey. During the show she told the story of a welder who has always provided for his family but who was injured on the job and lost his leg and can no longer work. This proud, fine man, is now availing himself of services at the food bank.
What she didn't relate on the air was the story of a Wall Street couple who purchased their dream home on a river and were the envy of all their friends and relatives. Then the bottom fell out - they found themselves out of work - and now - despite living in their luxury home in a decidedly upscale neighborhood are visiting the food bank in order to eat.
I'm glad the economy is rebounding and there's, supposedly, a light at the end of the tunnel. But where are the jobs?
Saturday, September 26, 2009
By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Paltalk News Network
Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is saying today that he is willing to open the doors to the second nuclear plant that was revealed yesterday by President Obama, French President Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Brown.
Ahmdinejad previously told CNN's Larry King that he had reported the existence of the facility to the International Atomic Energy Agency and that its development was not, as Obama indicated, covert.
Iran is scheduled to meet October 1 with the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany to discuss the United Nations demand that it comply with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Better Late Than Never
While Ahmadinejad's claim that he had properly reported the second facility lacks veracity, his pledge to open the facility to IAEA inspection now is welcome news. Perhaps its indicative of Iran's willingness to finally comply with UN resolutions. But one thing President Obama said when he addressed reporters at the G20 Summit about the second nuclear enrichment complex remains troubling. The president indicated that the facility is too large for its purpose to be the creation of energy.
It's imperative that the IAEA get free and unfettered access, and quickly, to determine whether Iran is attempting to build nuclear weapons as feared or if the facility is designed to create energy for the Iranian people. The former, is of course, prohibited, the latter is allowed.
President Obama is expected to give Iran three months to comply. But the more prudent course of action would be to demand that the IAEA get immediate access. If there's nothing there to hide, then Iran should have no objection to letting them in now.
Goldenseal, the band that performed on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com Sept. 22, played for runners at the famed Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ marking the end of a 15K relay to raise money for the Monmouth and Ocean County Food Bank.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
“The highest priority of the FBI and the Department of Justice remains the prevention of another terrorist attack within the United States,” said U.S. Attorney James Jacks.
According to affidavits filed today, the FBI was aware that Smadi had been talking about conducting terror attacks in the United States. Undercover FBI agents, posing as members of an al Qaeda “sleeper” cell, were introduced to Smadi, who repeatedly indicated to them that he came to the U.S. for the specific purpose of committing “Jihad for the sake of God” and against the enemies of Islam.
Throughout the investigation, undercover FBI agents repeatedly encouraged Smadi to reevaluate his interpretation of jihad, counseling him that the obligations a Moslem has to perform jihad can be satisfied in many ways. Every time this interaction occurred, Smadi aggressively responded that he was going to commit significant, conspicuous acts of violence as his jihad.