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February 27, 2007

China’s Stocks Have Biggest Tumble in 10 Years; Vanke Plunges
By Zhang Shidong and Yidi Zhao

Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) — China’s stocks tumbled the most in 10 years on concern that a government crackdown on investments with borrowed money will end a rally that drove benchmarks to records.

China Vanke Co., the nation’s biggest property developer, and China United Telecommunications Corp. were among stocks that fell by the daily limit. China’s stock market capitalization, $1.16 trillion as of yesterday, is about 2 percent of the global total, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

“This is the first day when the bears on the index have won,” said Liu Yang, who oversees the $421 million China Fund for Atlantis Investment Management (H.K.) Ltd. “It’s very simple to me. After very good returns, the market just wants to take a rest by using any excuse to sell.”

The Shanghai and Shenzhen 300 Index slid 250.18, or 9.2 percent, to 2457.49. The measure, which jumped 13 percent in the past six sessions, closed at a record yesterday.

Today’s rout wiped out $107.8 billion from a stock market that doubled in the past year as 249 of the key index’s 300 shares plunged by the 10 percent limit. The 300 index is valued at 38 times earnings, compared with 16 times for the Morgan Stanley Capital International Emerging Markets Index.

The State Council, China’s highest ruling body, has approved a special task force to clamp down on illegal share offerings and other banned activities in the market, the government said. The group will provide advice on regulations and policy explanations of the securities market, according to a statement published Feb. 25 on the central government’s Web site.

Tightening Measures

Banks in China are banned from lending money for stock investments. The regulator last month ordered banks to examine personal loans to prevent them being used to buy shares. The central bank carried out similar crackdowns on unauthorized margin trading in 1997 and 2001 after indexes surged.

The government must pay attention to “bubbles” in its stock market before they get out of hand, Cheng Siwei, vice chairman of the Nation’s People Congress, wrote in a commentary published Feb. 6 in the Chinese-language Financial News. The Congress next convenes for an annual meeting on March 5.

“People are worried that more tightening measures may come out,” said Mona Chung, who helps manage about $950 million at Daiwa Asset Management Ltd. in Hong Kong.

The China Securities Regulatory Commission is looking into the reasons for the market’s slump, Beijing-based spokesman Liu Fuhua said. He declined to comment on speculation that Chairman Shang Fulin may leave the commission.

China imposes restrictions on the amount of stocks international investors can buy. UBS AG’s $800 million quota is the largest among 52 overseas institutions approved to invest in mainland stocks and bonds.

China Vanke Tumbles

Stocks surged last year after a government plan to make more than $200 billion of state-owned stock tradable revived investor demand and paved the way for sales by some of the nation’s biggest companies. The economy, which in 2005 overtook the U.K. as the world’s fourth biggest, averaged annual growth of 9.6 percent in the past five years.

Shares of China Vanke lost 1.58 yuan to 14.26. United Telecommunications, which controls the nation’s second-largest mobile-phone operator, declined 0.54 yuan to 4.89. Baoshan Iron & Steel Co., China’s biggest steelmaker, slid 1 yuan, or 10 percent, to 9.03.

The Shanghai Composite Index, which tracks the bigger of China’s stock exchanges, plunged 8.8 percent to 2771.79. Today’s tumble was the steepest since Feb. 18, 1997, when the index plunged on concern about Deng Xiaoping’s health. China’s paramount leader died the following day. The Shenzhen Composite Index, which covers the smaller one, dropped 8.5 percent to 709.81. The measure has surged 29 percent this year.

`Psychologically Fragile’

“The rally pushed the whole market to a level where valuations were exceptionally high and that made investors psychologically fragile,” said Li Xuewen, who manages about $284 million at Invesco Great Wall Fund Management Co. in Shenzhen. “There is no reason for you to be a bull on China stocks any more.”

China Minsheng Banking Corp. led declines by lenders as the central bank raised the reserve ratio this week for the fifth time in eight months, reducing funds available to commercial banks for lending.

The central bank ordered lenders to set aside 10 percent of deposits from Feb. 25, up from 9.5 percent. The increase is meant to help slow down inflation and investment in the world’s fastest-growing major economy.

“The reserve ratio hike has cut the amount of money banks can use for lending,” said Yan Ji, an investment manager at HSBC Jintrust Fund Management Co. in Shanghai. “That will hurt lenders’ earnings.”

Hainan Airlines Drops

Minsheng Banking, the nation’s fastest growing bank, fell 1.26 yuan, or 10 percent, to 11.37. China Merchants Bank Co., China’s No. 6 lender, lost 1.51 yuan, or 9 percent, to 15.34.

Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Co., the Chinese partner of Citigroup Inc., declined 2.41 yuan, or 10 percent, to 21.85. Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd., the nation’s biggest listed lender, retreated 0.41 yuan, or 8 percent, to 4.69.

U.S. dollar-denominated B shares of Hainan Airlines Co., China’s fourth-largest carrier that is partly held by U.S. financier George Soros, plunged 6.7 U.S. cents, or 10 percent, to 60.1 U.S. cents.

Shanghai Zi Jiang Enterprise Group Co., a packaging materials maker, slid 0.44 yuan, or 10 percent, to 3.92.

Shanghai Haixin Group Co., a producer of plush fabrics, declined 0.73 yuan, or 10 percent, to 6.55. Founder Technology Group Corp., China’s second-largest computer maker, slid 0.64 yuan, or 10 percent, to 5.72.

Elsewhere, Liuzhou Iron and Steel Co. surged 64 percent from its offer price to 16.46 yuan on its first day of trading in Shanghai.

To contact the reporter on this story: Zhang Shidong in Shanghai at at ; Yidi Zhao in Beijing at at

Last Updated: February 27, 2007 06:49 EST


February 26, 2007

WND Exclusive

‘Devastating response’ if Iran nukes attacked
Terrorists say Tehran providing instructions in case U.S., Israel strike atomic facilities

Posted: February 26, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Aaron Klein
© 2007

JERUSALEM – Iran is anticipating a U.S. or Israeli military strike on its nuclear facilities and has been providing Palestinian terrorists and other regional allies with contingency plans for attacks against the Jewish state and American regional interests in the event of war, according to Palestinian terrorist leaders.

A senior leader of the Islamic Jihad terror group, which Israel says is backed by Iran, told WND Tehran is expecting to be attacked, but he didn’t provide a time frame in which Iran anticipates a strike.

He claimed during any attack his organization has been directed by Iran to “wreck havoc” on Israel with suicide bombings, rocket attacks and “special surprises.” He said rocket attacks would be launched from both the Gaza Strip and from the West Bank, which borders Jerusalem.

He threatened his terror group will target American interests in the Middle East whether any purported strike against Tehran is carried out by Israel or the U.S.

“The Zionists and the Americans are coordinated 100 percent. It doesn’t matter who attacks Iran, we are planning to hit them both,” said the Islamic Jihad leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he said the topic was “very sensitive.”

He said overall Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shallah has been coordinating war plans with Iran, Syria and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah Lebanese militia. Shallah resides in Damascus and travels frequently to Tehran.

Abu Ahmed, the northern West Bank chief of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror organization, told WND all major Palestinian militant organizations are preparing to work together in the event Iran is attacked.

“Our strategy is not to leave the Islamic alliance (Iran) alone against the enemy. All Palestinian organizations will work together in shooting rockets, suicide bomb attacks and other steps and actions decided closely.”

The Brigades is the declared military wing of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas‘ Fatah Party. Together with Islamic Jihad, the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades has taken responsibility for every suicide bombing in Israel the last two years, including a bombing last month in Eilat and an attack in Tel Aviv last April that killed eight Israelis and American teenager Daniel Wultz.

Israel says major Brigades cells in the Gaza Strip and West Bank receive Iranian funding through contacts with Hezbollah.

Abu Ahmed said in his terror group’s estimation Iran will indeed be attacked.

“It’s not a question of if, but when. The campaign now in the American media is just like the campaign before the invasion of Iraq,” he charged.

A senior leader of the Popular Resistance Committees terror group, speaking on condition of anonymity, told WND his group has also been preparing for what he called “the upcoming war.”

The Committees is a coalition of terror organizations operating in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank responsible for hundreds of anti-Israel rocket and shooting attacks. It is accused of bombing a U.S. convoy in Gaza in 2003 in which three American government contractors were killed.

“We are preparing the tomb that Allah is digging for the Zionists and Americans,” said the Committees leader.

He claimed during any U.S. or Israeli military strike against Tehran, a response will be directed against Israel and American interests by Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Palestinian terrorists.

“The war will be a war on more than one front. It will be everybody against everybody. Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and the Palestinian organizations will work together. War with Iran is coming and it means the Middle East will not remain the same after it,” the Committees leader said.

Syria and Iran signed a military agreement in which either will respond if the other is attacked.

Israeli security officials told WND Israel is not currently planning to strike Iran. Speaking theoretically, they said if any war breaks out involving Iran, they expect Syria, Hezbollah and Palestinian terrorists to join the fray and attack Israel.

The security officials said the greatest threat Syria poses to the Jewish state are the country’s missiles. They noted Syria recently test-fired two Scud-D surface-to-surface missiles, which have a range of about 250 miles, covering most Israeli territory. The officials said the Syrian missile test was coordinated with Iran and is believed to have been successful. It is not known what type of warhead the missiles were armed with.

In addition to longer range Scuds, Syria is in possession of shorter range missiles such as 220mm and 305mm rockets, some of which have been passed on to Hezbollah.

According to information received by Israel, Russia is set to conclude a deal worth several hundred million dollars transferring thousands of advanced antitank missiles to Syria. Antitank missiles used by Hezbollah during Israel’s war in Lebanon this past summer devastated Israeli tanks and caused the highest number of Israeli troop casualties during the 34 days of military confrontations.

Last week, a senior officer from the intelligence unit of the Israeli Defense Forces announced Hezbollah is stronger today than before the 2006 Lebanon war.

“Hezbollah has reinforced and it is stronger today than it was before the war in Lebanon,” General Yossi Beidatz, head of the IDF’s intelligence research department, told the Knesset.

During the war in Lebanon, Hezbollah fired more than 3,000 rockets into northern Israel, killing 39 civilians and devastating many northern towns.

Beidatz also said Syria is reinforcing its military to prepare for the possibility of a new armed conflict in the region.

According to reports in the Israeli media, Syria, aided by Iranian officers, has been boosting its army and navy. The reports, denied by Damascus, claimed Syria last week was moving troops closer to the border with Israel.

The claim by Palestinian terrorists Iran is preparing for war come as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday his country’s nuclear program cannot stop while a deputy foreign minister vowed Tehran was prepared for any eventuality, “even for war.”

“Iran has obtained the technology to produce nuclear fuel and Iran’s move is like a train … which has no brake and no reverse gear,” Ahmadinejad said, according to Iranian state media.

Manouchehr Mohammadi, a deputy at Iran’s foreign ministry commented, “We have prepared ourselves for any situation, even for war.”

Iranian military commanders have said recent war games, the latest of which involved testing several missiles this month, show Iran’s readiness to counter any attack.

Meanwhile U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said over the weekend Iran’s atomic ambitions must be curbed. He told reporters “all options” were on the table.

During a visit to Australia, Cheney said it would be a “serious mistake” to allow Iran to become a nuclear power. An Australian newspaper quoted Cheney endorsing comments by U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that the only thing worse than a military confrontation with Iran would be a nuclear-armed Iran.

Iran ignored last week’s United Nations deadline to halt uranium enrichment, a process that can be used to fuel for nuclear power plants or produce material for warheads. Tehran claims it wants to negotiate but has repeatedly ruled out suspending its atomic program.


February 25, 2007

Walter Reed

By Mark Benjamin




AP Photo/Eric Gay

Mary Robles, 5, with her father, Master Sgt. Daniel Robles, during a Purple Heart ceremony Jan. 28 at the Center for the Intrepid at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Robles was injured in Iraq last spring.

Feb. 23, 2007 | WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has scrambled this week to contain media coverage of scandalous conditions for war veterans who are outpatients at the acclaimed Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. The lack of services and care, raised by articles in the Washington Post in recent days, were first exposed and brought to the attention of military officials by Salon in a series of investigative reports beginning more than two years ago. Nonetheless, with a spotlight on the problems again now, top officials are claiming they did not know about them. They are also seeking to convey the message that the problems are relatively inconsequential and will be easily fixed.

In a press conference on Wednesday, the highest civilian official in charge of the military medical program, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr., said of the failures at Walter Reed: “This news caught me — as it did many other people — completely by surprise.” At the same time, top brass tried to keep the focus on moldy walls, mouse droppings and other squalid but easily fixed conditions reported on by the Post from Building 18, a 54-room facility just off campus from the main hospital grounds across Georgia Avenue. “We were absolutely disappointed in the status of the rooms and found delays and lack of attention to detail to the building’s repairs inexcusable,” Gen. Richard Cody, the Army vice chief of staff, said at the press conference.

Winkenwerder referred to the issues raised as “quality-of-life experience” problems for outpatients at Walter Reed and denied there was a systemic problem with military health care. “That is not the issue,” he stated.

It was a maneuver with little promise of standing up to scrutiny. What the renewed coverage again dragged out into the open, now four years into the Iraq war, is an ongoing failure to treat a growing number of outpatients in an already overwhelmed military healthcare system. It also points to the issue of compensating veterans for their wounds over the long term, which veterans advocates say has proved to be a complicated, time-consuming process that has pit many injured soldiers against the military in a fight for dollars.

And these problems extend far beyond Walter Reed hospital. Similar disgraces have played out for outpatients recovering at Fort Stewart, Ga., and Fort Carson, Colo., according to other media reports. Steve Robinson, director of Veterans Affairs at Veterans for America, has been visiting soldiers at Walter Reed and at other installations across the country since the beginning of the war. He calls the situation a national failure.

Robinson said the Pentagon is now focusing on mice droppings, in hopes that the real, and much more complicated story, will go away. “They were happy to talk about mice and mold because that is something they can clean up,” Robinson said. “What we are talking about is a systemic problem where soldiers are left unattended in the barracks. They are sharing medications. They are drinking like alcoholics,” and waiting for treatment, he said. “Those without families are isolated. And they are up against the largest, most complicated worker compensation claim process in the world today, which is the military discharge process.”

Almost everyone agrees that amputees get top-flight treatment, the source of Walter Reed’s sterling reputation. But the system breaks down for outpatients, some of whom are struggling with seriously debilitating but less visible wounds such as PTSD or traumatic brain injuries.

Any doctor with experience at Walter Reed knows that the military healthcare system is overloaded — and has been for some time now. “We’re overwhelmed in terms of resources,” one Walter Reed physician told Salon in a January 2006 report. Referring to inadequate care and misdiagnosis, he said, “A lot of things are missed because the doctors are swamped.”

The hospital has treated more than 6,000 patients from the war zones. But a complicating factor is that the military is making decisions about treating outpatients for their wounds while at the same time determining how much in disability payments they should get — out of Pentagon coffers — for war-related health problems that might last a lifetime.

The Byzantine system for putting a price tag on wounds is called the Medical Evaluation Board process. The maze of regulations and paperwork is mind-numbingly difficult to navigate, and it moves at a glacial pace. It often takes months, sometimes years, for a determination to be reached.

To make matters worse, soldiers widely believe that system creates a disincentive for the Army to recognize war-related health problems because it takes money away from bullets and bombs. Soldiers think it corrupts the diagnoses of their problems and forces them into a lengthy, complex fight for dollars when they should be concentrating on recovering.

In the past military officials have maintained that the two programs, medical care and disability decisions, are separate. But many soldiers say that is not the case. “We have met soldier after soldier after soldier who says, ‘My injury is not reflected in my Medical Evaluation Board,'” Robinson said. “They firmly believe that there is a conscious effort to screw them out of [disability benefits] they are entitled to.”

At Wednesday’s press conference, Cody only briefly mentioned the Medical Evaluation Board process when asked by a reporter, “What are the complaints you hear from the troops particularly?”

Cody responded that the military was looking into that complicated process of assessing injuries, but he talked at length about mouse droppings. Adding to the air of superficiality, Cody announced that Building 18 would also be given a new name. “I will personally oversee the plan to upgrade Building 18,” he promised. “We’ll soon change the name of it,” he announced. “Referring to a place where our soldiers stay as Building 18 is not appropriate.”

For family of some soldiers who have gone through the grinding process of trying to get good outpatient care and fair compensation at Walter Reed, the press conference was frustrating. “The building is not the issue,” said Annette McLeod, whose husband, Spc. Wendell McLeod Jr. waited four months for Walter Reed to diagnose his traumatic brain injury. “It is the treatment,” she said. Annette had to give up her job to help take care of her husband and push the Army to recognize her husband’s ailments, and the McLeods fought with the Army for months over disability payments.

There has been no shortage of opportunities for military officials to learn of the problems at Walter Reed and elsewhere. In addition to my series of reports for Salon, in October 2003, I wrote a story for United Press International about soldiers back from Iraq waiting a long time for doctor’s appointments in squalid barracks at Fort Stewart, Ga., and fighting for compensation. (Military officials who were shocked by the headline in Sunday’s Post, “Soldiers Face Neglect, Frustration at Army’s Top Medical Facility,” must have missed or forgotten about the headline from that UPI piece, “Sick, Wounded U.S. Troops Held in Squalor.”) And last December, National Public Radio’s Daniel Zwerdling compiled a compelling portrayal of soldiers returning from Iraq with acute PTSD and not receiving adequate mental health care at Fort Carson, Colo. The word “neglect” could fairly describe the treatment depicted in Zwerdling’s thorough report.

Given all the press that has been dedicated to a similar pattern of neglect for outpatients at Walter Reed and other facilities, it seems hard to imagine that top Pentagon officials were completely surprised by the latest account of the deepening damage to American service members from five years of war, and the U.S. military’s failure to adequately treat them.


February 23, 2007






By Jon Christian Ryter

February 22, 2007



There was an unarmed revolution in the United States last November but the media chose to ignore it. Conservative America rebelled against an incumbent Republican president by sitting out the midterm election and deliberately allowing control of the US House and Senate to fall into the hands of Democrats who traditionally abuse liberty under the guise of providing the working class more “democracy.”

The media chose to ignore the voter revolution because the media wanted to ignore the issue that caused the defection—Bush’s illegal alien amnesty program and Bush’s steadfast refusal to secure the US borders in violation to his oath of office. (And that’s why the conservatives who supported him in 2000 and 2004 want to impeach him in 2007.) Not content with just alienating his constituents, Bush now appears to be trying to tick-off everyone else as well. Bush could easily go down in history as the first President impeached by his own party. (You might think that distinction belongs to President Andrew Johnson who was impeached—and almost removed—by the Jacobin Republicans. Few people realize that Republican Lincoln had a Democrat vice president.)

The Bush-43 Administration’s announcement last week that it plans to offer sanctuary to about 7,000 Iraqis was greeted with trepidation and stunned bewilderment from people who are now wondering just when it was that the President lost the rest of his marbles. This is about as stupid as Bill Clinton and Bush-43 holding open the front door of America to thousands of Islamic “students”—many of whom vanished into the landscape of Americana before they ever checked into their dorms. Thousands of these students are still “missing.” Yet thousands more are allowed into the country every year.

And, even though 19 of those Muslims—here on student visas—hijacked four jet airliners on September 11, 2001, Bush kept the doorway of the nation wide open. Bush also took the bullets out of the guns of the National Guard troops he was forced, by the people, to place on the border. Now, on the request of the Mexican government which is complaining that illegals don’t want to come to the United States under fear of being shot by US Border Patrol agents, the US government—on orders from the White House—is intimidating the law enforcement officers who risk their lives to keep the bad guys out of our country, making border town cops afraid to do the job they were hired to do.

Have we, as a nation, become so politically-correct that we’ve lost all common sense? In a word: yes. The national common sense of America was surrendered to far left, liberal academicians whose university-tenure is financed by the utopian, transnational foundations behind the New World Order. Common sense was surrendered for the politically-correct nonsense that makes airport screeners who are supposed to be looking for Islamic terrorists strip-search blue-haired white grandmothers. The far left now argues that illegal aliens have the moral prerogative to steal into our country in the middle of the night because everyone should have the right to the quality of life our sweat equity investment in this country provided us.

And, of course, they are also the harbingers of the global-warming nonsense that emissions from factories in third world countries won’t pollute the atmosphere in the same way American factories do. Thus sending US factories from your community to the third world protects the global environment. And, allowing the illegals that are flooding into this country to low-ball what jobs remain behind in the United States will make what factories are left here more competitive in the merging global marketplace.

All of this is pure, unadulterated myths from the Overlords of Utopia. Limiting carbon dioxide emissions is a ruse used by the transnationalist industrialists and oil barons who financed the environmentalist movement as a tool to redistribute the wealth of the industrialized nations by suggesting that global warming can be eliminated by transferring the economic wealth of the industrialized world to the emerging nations.

The transnationalists are shifting the job base of the world to the human-capital rich but impoverished third world that needs our jobs to become tomorrow’s core consumers. Ultimately this will leave the United States bankrupt and vulnerable, stripped of the factories that supplied all of our allies in two world wars and made us the world’s greatest superpower. Our workforce will become slaves to the utopian taskmasters who are reshaping the economics of the world.

The money-backers of the elected officials of the United States at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue are facing three imminent economic threats. First, bad fiscal management by the House of Representatives (that controls the nation’s pursestrings) and tax-and-spend liberal presidents—beginning with Lyndon B. Johnson who signed the first IOU that began the drain of the sacrosanct Social Security fund to finance the welfare generation. While the liberals deny there’s anything wrong with Social Security that raising my taxes—and yours—won’t fix, in point of fact it now takes three workers to support one retiree because Social Security is an empty drawer filled with worthless IOUs that can’t be redeemed because there’s no money in the bank.

Bush, and any member of Congress that can count past ten fingers and toes, knows Social Security will bankrupt the Federal Reserve and start a domino affect that will topple all of the central banks in the world within 10 to 12 years unless Bush can magically find 12 to 15 million new taxpayers to fill its empty coffers. Which, of course, is why Bush favors offering amnesty to 12 million illegal aliens. They are ready-made taxpayers—if Bush can pull them out of the dark and into the light of day.

Second, the money barons who own the factories that remain in the United States can’t afford to pull any more factories from America without risking the collapse of the economy. At the same time, the transnational industrialists can no longer afford to pay the current wages and fringe benefits earned by US workers when third world laborers are willing to work for a fraction of what an American worker earns. For that reason, open borders serve their purpose in driving down the price of jobs. However, most of the illegals who come here work for cash under-the-table. Some use phony social security numbers that as many as 200 other illegals are simultaneously using. As a result, the illegals, in driving down the average wage paid in America, also drive down the tax receipts going into Washington, adding to the money crisis in this nation.

On the other hand, the American consumers are also facing three economically-devastating threats from their elected government officials who sold their vote to the highest bidder.

First is the dramatic loss of American factory jobs as US-born transnational industrialists and merchant princes—who eschew their American roots—shift their plants from the United States to the third world in order to capitalize on a new source of consumers, escaping a product-saturated society that has become nothing more than a replacement market for their goods.

Second, those Americans who still have union-wage jobs are now fighting illegal aliens to keep them. Business owners, on the other hand, are fighting to reduce the cost of doing business in the United States. They eagerly hire cheap illegal labor even as they terminate thousands of high-wage American laborers. Last week Daimler-Chrysler AG announced it was terminating 13 thousand Chrysler Group workers between now and 2009. Nine thousand of the earmarked employees are UAW workers in the United States. Two thousand are Canadian. An additional 2,000 white and blue collar management people in Warren and Auburn Hills, Michigan; Newark, Delaware; Cleveland, Ohio and St. Louis, Missouri will be terminated. Today, the bulk of Chrysler’s inventory is built outside the United States. The popular PT Cruiser, for example, is built exclusively in Mexico.

Third, and most pressing, are our open borders. The President of the United States is constitutionally-required to use the military of the United States to seal the nation’s borders and protect the citizens from interlopers and invasion. The president has stubbornly refused to do so even though he swore an oath to uphold the Constitution. This is an impeachable offense.

Adding insult to injury was Bush’s decision to allow 7,000 Iraqi refugees to enter the United States. Bush’s decision, made at a time when we should be expelling Islamic zealots from this country not inviting more to come, was the direct result of political and diplomatic pressure from the United Nations—stemming from complaints from Saudi Arabia, Syria and Jordan who now have over 2.3 million Iraqi refugees. Another 1.8 million Iraqis from war zone cities have also relocated inside Iraq waiting for admission to the United States—or Europe (which does not want them due to the threat the Muslims now pose in their societies).

Last year, the US government allowed 202 Iraqi citizens to relocate to the United States. The UN told the Bush State Department that the low number makes the US look bad since they are homeless because of the United States. Most of those who are petitioning for admission to the United States have promised to return to Iraq when the sectarian violence ends. Of course, close to a hundred thousand aliens in this country, here on student visas over the past four decades, said the same thing before they disappeared into the landscape. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonin Guterres wants to resettle 20 thousand of the most vulnerable refugees to the United States this year, faulting the Bush-43 Administration for letting Europe and the other Arab nations shoulder the burden of relocating Sunni and Shi’a refugees.

With the UN and not the US State Department deciding which Iraqi refugees will be allowed to come to the United States based on the opinion of the United Nations High Commissioner in Geneva, politics—not security—will determine which refugees will have access to America’s infrastructure. Within that 7 to 20 thousand refugees, 10% to 20% of them will pose a national security risk to America. If they are not held in detention centers until FBI checks are completed they, too, will disappear into the American landscape.

That’s my problem not only with the President of the United States, but with most of our elected officials at the national level. They have sold their souls for a campaign war chest filled with legal bribes that indebt them to the transnational industrialists, oil barons and merchant princes who are creating the New World Order at the expense of the American worker. The Utopians in the New World Order are getting their money’s worth from Bush just as they got their money’s worth from the co-presidency of Bill and Hillary Clinton in 1993 when the Clinton’s masterminded the passage of NAFTA.

If we want to still have a nation in 2009, we need to force Congress to secure our borders and lock the door to this nation. We need to force Congress to begin a nationwide roundup not only of illegal aliens, but the employers who hired them under the terms of The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. And, we need to force Congress to enact legislation that mandates that only US corporations housed exclusively on US soil with no transnational ties may bid on US government contracts. And that only US companies employing only US citizens (and legal aliens from nations allied with the United States) may be awarded such contracts.

It seemed scary to me when the Bill-Hilly White House gave a contract to manufacture the uniforms to be worn by the US Army to the People’s Republic of China. Nobody seems to remember that during the Battle of the Bulge the German army, wearing US Army uniforms, infiltrated American lines, surprised and killed hundreds of American soldiers who thought they were US soldiers. Who was it who said, “…if we forget history, we are doomed to relive it?” From a standpoint of political practicality, no foreign government—even an ally—should be allowed to bid on contracts to supply the US government with anything—not even widgets and nose-hair clippers!

If Congress resists sealings our physical and economic borders and expelling illegal aliens, we need to immediately recall and replace them with citizen legislators who are indebted only to the voters for their jobs. And, we can’t wait for someone to take a poll to see if this is a good idea. We need to do it! And we need to do it now!

America needs to wake up and ask themselves a question. When transnational corporations, foundations and lobbyists for special interest groups give millions of dollars to politicians, what do they expect to get for those millions? The answer: billions if not trillions.

Washington, DC is the home of the quid pro quo. No one gives anyone anything without the expectation of getting more back. Remember that the next time you hear how much money Hillary Clinton has in her war chest. And remember that the next time you read that the AFL-CIO and the other major labor unions are spending millions of dollars fielding an army of union workers to knock on doors for this candidate or that one. And, remember that when socialist billionaire George Soros puts up $300 to $500 million of his own money to smear GOP candidates; or when the oil company-financed environmentalists and ecoalarmists tell you that fossil fuels are creating global warming.

Remember: we have been been duped by our elected officials since the utopians first failed to create world government in 1920. if we don’t do something now, the first stage of world government—a global parliament in the Hague—will become a reality by the end of this decade. We need to start recalling every politician that has taken money from any special interest group, oil company, or transnational entity. We need to fire them and replace them with honest citizen politicians who will outlaw campaign contributions by making accepting this form of bribe a felony. Then we need to force our new citizen’s Congress to impeach every federal judge who has usurped his or her authority by legislating from the bench.

This is the only way we will be able to eliminate the threat to our way of life. Oh, and by the way…when the media starts talking about how much money this candidate or that candidate has raised, you know one thing. They are already bought and paid for. Don’t vote for them in any primary or caucus. And, most certainly, don’t vote for them in any general election because when they get elected, they won’t be working for you…they will be working for the transnationalist industrialits, bankers and merchant princes who are quietly erasing America’s national sovereignty in order to create a western hemispheric union that will be merged into the stateless utopian world of the New World Order.

© 2007 Jon C. Ryter – All Rights Reserved


February 22, 2007
Olmert says his vision is the formation of a Palestinian state
By Israel Insider staff and partners  February 22, 2007
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Speaking at the annual press conference hosted by the Foreign Press Association in Jerusalem on Wednesday Prime Minister Ehud Olmert stressed that while the political platform he built his premiership campaign on — the realignment plan which would have seen the evacuation of most of the settlements in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) — has faded due to ‘changed circumstances,’ his vision for the near future included the formation of an independent Palestinian state living side-by-side in peace with Israel.

Addressing the newly agreed upon Palestinian unity government Olmert said: “I have made it clear that I will not cut my contacts with Abbas. I will continue to maintain the bilateral track, I will meet with Abbas and my staff will meet with his staff on a regular basis — hoping to create the necessary environment that will be helpful to the relations between us and them.”

Olmert said the talks with Abbas will be dedicated to improve the daily lives of Palestinians. ”We believe that however mistaken their leadership can sometimes be, people don’t have to suffer for the mistakes of the leaders,” Olmert said.

Olmert said however that Israel would not do business with the unity government until it accepts the three conditions detailed by the international community and the Quartet: recognize Israel, renounce violence and accept past peace deals.

”Israel will not be able to maintain any kind of formal or practical contact with a government that will not accept explicitly the principles of the Quartet,” he said.

Of Hamas he said “the fact is that indeed the majority among the Palestinians voted for people who don’t want to make peace with Israel, and without a change among the Palestinians it will be very difficult to accomplish this.” However, it is likely that an independent Palestinian state would be run by Hamas.

Olmert said he was willing to talk with enemies, but Hamas is the one unwilling to either talk to or recognize Israel. It is unforgivable that Khaled Mashaal, Olmert said, who represents 50 percent of the Palestinian people, is not interested in talking with us or in making peace with Israel.

‘We’re not interested in helping Syria pretend it’s peace-loving’
Asked about whether Israel might react positively to signals from Syria that it’s ready to enter peace negotiations, Olmert said that country’s support of violent organizations precludes such talks.

The goal of launching negotiations, he said, is to make peace, not determining what the other side’s real intentions are. ”We are interested in peace, not in the industry of peace … not in helping Syria pretend that it’s a peace-loving country,” Olmert said.

Asked if Israel would be willing to withdraw from the Golan Heights in exchange for peace Olmert only said that if there was a change within the Syrian leadership, they would find Israel ready to talk and that when they began negotiations the Syrians would know what Israel was willing to compromise on.

‘I believe sanctions on Iran are effective’
The prime minister also urged the international community to increase its pressure on Iran as the deadline for Tehran to halt its uranium enrichment activities ran out.

”Today is the last day that was designated by the international community and by UN Security Council Resolution 1737,” he said, “therefore the international community will have to think of additional measures.”

“My personal view is that the sanctions that were already applied and other measures taken by the international community, including economic sanctions are effective. They influence and they make an important contribution to what may eventually appear as a new perception of opportunities and realities for the Iranians. It’s not enough; a lot more has to be done.”

Officials at the UN nuclear watchdog agency on Wednesday were putting the finishing touches on a report expected to say that Iran has expanded its enrichment efforts instead of freezing them.

Olmert relayed that the three-way meeting between himself, Abbas and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice earlier this week was candid and serious. He expressed his appreciation of the American effort to advance the dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians.


February 21, 2007


DEBKAfile: The UN Security Council’s Iran sanctions session Wednesday is accompanied by a US Navy buildup and Iranian war games

February 21, 2007, 12:55 PM (GMT+02:00)

Carrier USS Stennis

Carrier USS Stennis

The arrival in the region of the carrier USS Stennis strike group with more than 6,500 sailors to join the carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is causing concern in Tehran, which faces tougher sanctions at the Security Council for missing the 60-day deadline for suspending uranium enrichment, as confirmed by the nuclear watchdog director Mohammed ElBaradei.

Iran’s senior nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani warned Tuesday that any “non-conventional, illogical or irrational” moves against Iran would definitely receive an appropriate response. He said the issue could only be resolved through dialogue.

Top US Navy commander in the Middle East vice Adm. Patrick Walsh told newsmen Monday that Iran had brought its war games over the past year into the busy shipping lanes in the Straits of Hormuz, through which two-fifths of the world’s oil supplies pass. The moves alarmed US officials about possible accidental confrontations that could boil over into war.

During maneuvers, Iranian sailors have loaded mines onto small mine-laying boats and test-fired a Shahab-3 missile into international waters very close to the straits, said the US vice admiral.

Walsh said the increase in US firepower in the Gulf region aims to reassure Arab allies in the Gulf and prevent misunderstandings that could escalate into outright conflict.

Walsh, who departs his command of the Fifth Fleet this month to become vice chief of naval operations at the Pentagon, the Navy’s No. 2 post, said the Navy was responding to “more instability than we’ve seen in years” in the Fifth Fleet’s region. He listed conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia, tensions in Lebanon and the standoff with Iran and its increasing “provocations.” Iranian vessels, he said, have been making “probing” incursions into Iraqi waters.

Regarding a possible US Navy attack if a multi-casualty incident in Iraq was traced back to Tehran, Walsh said he could not to discuss the Navy’s rules of engagement, but added, “There are events on land that can spill over onto the sea.”


February 20, 2007

WND Exclusive

Ramos attorney calls for mistrial
Claims key document withheld from border agents’ defense

Posted: February 20, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2007

Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila

The prosecutor in the high-profile case that sent border agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean to prison never showed the defense a potentially exculpatory Department of Homeland Security memo.

The document, an April 12, 2005, memo by Special Agent Christopher Sanchez, was first made public by WND in a report published Feb. 6. Mary Stillinger, attorney for Compean, confirmed she learned of the memo from the WND story.

“This is huge,” Stillinger told WND, arguing the government’s failure to disclose the document to the defense denied her client his right to a fair trial and establishes the basis for declaring a mistrial.

“The government has a ‘Jencks Act requirement’ to give us any written statements by DHS Special Agent Christopher Sanchez before the defense cross-examined him,” Stillinger told WND.

The Jencks Act requires prior statements of a witness be turned over to the defense before the defense begins cross-examination

“The prosecution could have waited until they questioned Sanchez at trial,” Stillinger noted, “but they had an obligation to turn that document over to the defense before we started our cross-examination.”

According to the recently published transcript of the Ramos-Compean trial, Stillinger first cross-examined Sanchez Feb. 21, 2006.

Stillinger said the other reason the document should have been disclosed is because the April 12 Sanchez memo is “Brady material” that “could have proved my client innocent.”

Under the Supreme Court’s 1963 decision Brady v. Maryland, the prosecution is required to turn over to the defense any information that may be exculpatory to the defendant.

As previously reported by WND, the memo lists seven Border Patrol agents and two supervisors who were on the scene of the Feb. 17, 2005, shooting incident for which Ramos and Compean are now in federal prison, sentenced to 11 and 12 years respectively.

The second full paragraph of the DHS memorandum filed by agent Sanchez states:

Investigation disclosed that the following BP agents were at the location of the shooting incident, assisted in destroying evidence of the shooting, and/or knew/heard about the shooting: Oscar Juarez; Arturo Vasquez; Jose Mendoza; David Jaquez; Lance Medrano; Lorenzo Yrigoyen; Rene Mendez; Robert Arnold; and Jonathan Richards.

Of the nine listed agents, two were supervisors, Robert Arnold and Jonathan Richards. Arnold was a supervisory Border Patrol agent and Richards was a field operations supervisor, the senior officer on the field that day. Three of the agents, Vasquez, Jaquez and Juarez, were given immunity by Sutton’s office. All were called as witnesses in the case.

The next paragraph of the memo states the DHS investigation concluded the agents on the field Feb. 17 knew about the shooting, assisted Ramos and Compean in picking up the spent shell casings and all failed to report the incident.

Investigation disclosed that none of the above agents, to include Compean and Ramos, reported the shooting or the subsequent cover up when Compean and Vasquez picked up expended brass cartridges (i.e., evidence of the shooting) and threw them away.

“The document couldn’t be more important,” Stillinger emphasized. “DHS Special Agent Christopher Sanchez makes the defense argument in that report. He points out that none of the seven Border Patrol agents or 2 supervisors on the field reported the shooting, not just Ramos and Compean. Moreover, Vasquez picked up the shells and threw them away, again without the supervisors objecting or filing a report that evidence was being destroyed.”

Stillinger stressed Sanchez’s report emphasizes why her client Ramos had come to the same conclusion the day of the shooting.

“Ramos thought that surely the supervisors were told about the shooting by all these Border Patrol officers who were standing there on the field discussing the case with their supervisors,” she said. “Ramos knew for a fact that several of the Border Patrol agents heard the shooting, so why wouldn’t they tell the supervisors?”

Frustrated at the government’s decision to withhold the Sanchez memo, Stillinger expressed to WND her distress:

“What the Sanchez memo proves is that if Ramos and Compean were guilty that day, then the other Border Patrol agents who were there and their two supervisors were equally guilty,” she said.

Stillinger explained to WND in detail why she considered the memo critical to the defense.

“At the trial, the prosecution acted like it was the most ridiculous thing in the world for my client to have assumed the other agents heard the shooting,” Stillinger argued. “Yet here you have a DHS special agent investigating the shooting, and Christopher Sanchez came to the conclusion Ramos came to.”

Stillinger maintained this point “goes to the heart of the government’s case against my client, that somehow Ramos and Compean ‘lied’ because they didn’t make a point of telling the supervisors, ‘We fired our weapons.'”

“Now that we see the Sanchez memo, we find the DHS investigator documented that Ramos and Compean was right in assuming everybody knew,” she said.

Stillinger was not sure whether the prosecution had withheld the Sanchez memo from the defense or whether DHS withheld the memo from the prosecutors.

“It doesn’t matter,” Stillinger told WND. “Either way, prosecutors have to know how serious it is that this memo was withheld from us,” she said. “If we had this memo, we certainly would have cross-examined Christopher Sanchez and the other Border Patrol agents differently.”

Stillinger pointed out the jurors after the trial told the defense they did not believe Aldrete-Davila.

“We discredited the drug smuggler Aldrete-Davila pretty thoroughly at the trial,” she said. “But the overall sentiment was that the jurors had a problem that Ramos and Compean didn’t report the shooting. This memo would have proved different.”

Stillinger was adamant a mistrial must be declared.

“This memo addresses the most essential element in the trial,” she said. “It proves the agents on the field knew about the shooting and even DHS special agent Christopher Sanchez concluded the other agents on the field and the supervisors knew about the shooting.”

Attorney Jerri Ward, who has conducted an extensive analysis of the Ramos-Compean case on her blog, supported Stillinger’s arguments.

“If all the agents, including the supervisors knew the weapons had been discharged, then there was no need for Compean and Ramos to walk up and say, ‘I shot my gun,'” Ward said.

Moreover, she argued, “If the supervisors knew, it was their duty to take it up from there.”

Ward concurred that withholding the Sanchez memo was a serious violation of the defendants’ right to a fair trial.

“The prosecution’s case was ‘made’ by representing that the agents intentionally hid the discharge of the weapons from the supervisors because they supposedly ‘knew’ they shot at Aldrete-Davila wrongfully,” Ward explained. “This report suggests that nothing was hidden from the fellow Border Patrol agents or the supervisors.

“Withholding exculpatory evidence is not only a violation of the discovery rules,” Ward stressed, “it is a violation of the U.S. Constitution to withhold such evidence from the defense.”


February 18, 2007 » Iran » Article

Austria okays export of 30,000 handguns to Iran

Austrian authorities have approved the export of 30,000 handguns to Iran, local media reported Friday, days after a report that sophisticated Austrian rifles were finding their way into the hands of Iraqi insurgents.

Austrian media reported the pistols had been sold to Iran’s interior ministry, which is in charge of the police force.

Austrian economic ministry officials told state radio that their ministry had approved the sale of the “Glock” pistols last month, saying Iranian authorities had provided documentary evidence that they would not be passed on to others.

Another request for the weapons from the Iranian army was denied after it refused to give such assurances, said the officials, adding such sales to police were allowed under legislation governing the export of weapons.


February 15, 2007

Feb. 14, 2007, 4:50PM
Saudi terrorists call for oil cutoff

CAIRO, Egypt — A Saudi Arabian terrorist faction affiliated with al-Qaida has urged Muslim militants to attack oil facilities all over the world, including Canada, Mexico and Venezuela, to stop the flow of oil to the United States, according to an article by the group posted on the Internet.

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula said in its monthly magazine posted on an Islamic Web site that “cutting oil supplies to the United States, or at least curtailing it, would contribute to the ending of the American occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.” The group said it was making the statements as part of Osama bin Laden’s declared policy. It was not possible to verify independently that the posting was from the terror faction.

Al-Qaida claimed responsibility for last year’s attacks on oil installations in Saudi Arabia and Yemen after bin Laden called on militants to stop the flow of oil to the West. The group also was behind the 2002 attack on a French oil tanker that killed one person in the Gulf of Aden.

The article in the online magazine Sawt al-Jihad, or Voice of the Holy War, said the United States would always need more oil.

“In the long run, America might be able to lessen its dependence on Middle East oil and would be satisfied with oil from Canada, Mexico, Venezuela and other new customers or double its dependence on alternative energy resources; therefore, oil interests in all regions that serve the U.S. and not only in the Middle East, should be attacked,” said the article.

The online magazine said the aim of the attacks was to “cut its (U.S.) oil imports or reduce them by all means.”

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service declined to comment on the report.

Ray Lord, a spokesman for Chevron Corp., told the Canadian media company CanWest News the company was not aware of the threat but it takes security threats seriously. “It is a top priority for us. Ever since 9/11 our entire company has been on an elevated alert,” he said.

In Mexico, presidential spokesman Maximiliano Cortazar told reporters that President Felipe Calderon’s government was trying to confirm the veracity of the threat. Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry said it had no immediate comment.

Al-Qaida, in a statement claiming responsibility for attacks in November on oil installations in Yemen, said “these operations were carried out upon the directive of our emir (leader) Osama bin Laden, may God protect him, in which he ordered Muslims to strike at the Western economy and drain it, and to halt the robbing of Muslims’ wealth.”