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Arab-American Group Sues U.S. For Slow Lebanon Evacuation
Fox News ^ | July 24, 2006

Posted on 07/24/2006 3:29:34 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat

WASHINGTON — A leading Arab-American advocacy group has sued the U.S. government, claiming that it failed to protect American citizens from the fighting in Lebanon.

The lawsuit, filed Monday on behalf of about 30 American citizens by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, alleges that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld did not take all possible steps to secure the safety and well being of U.S. citizens when fighting erupted between Israel and Hezbollah guerillas.

The committee is asking the U.S. District Court in Detroit to order the U.S. government to request a cease fire and to stop shipments of weapons or any other military support to Israel during the evacuation of U.S. citizens from Lebanon.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aaadc; abourezk; adc; arabamericans; democrats; evacuation; hezbollah; hezbullah; hizbollah; jamesabourezk; jimabourezk; lebanon
Stupidity reigns.
1 posted on 07/24/2006 3:29:36 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat

Someone ought to remind these morons that they placed themselves in danger.


2 posted on 07/24/2006 3:31:18 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: Republican Wildcat
"The committee is asking the U.S. District Court in Detroit to order the U.S. government to request a cease fire and to stop shipments of weapons or any other military support to Israel during the evacuation of U.S. citizens from Lebanon."

LOL. The IDF must be kicking some butt...

3 posted on 07/24/2006 3:32:17 PM PDT by eureka! (Heaven forbid the Rats get control of Congress and/or the Presidency any time soon....)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

Americans should stay in America. You leave our shores at your own peril.


4 posted on 07/24/2006 3:32:32 PM PDT by LetsRok
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To: Republican Wildcat
Nabih Ayad, lead lawyer for the committee

This dude needs to be on some type of terrorist watch list.

5 posted on 07/24/2006 3:33:03 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: Republican Wildcat
What idiocy.
6 posted on 07/24/2006 3:34:36 PM PDT by Semi Civil Servant (Colorado: the original Red State.)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

"Someone ought to remind these morons that they placed themselves in danger."

That's right...and I want MY taxpayer money refunded by these idiots who needed to be "saved".


7 posted on 07/24/2006 3:38:58 PM PDT by milford421
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To: Republican Wildcat

More Arab than American, apparently.


8 posted on 07/24/2006 3:40:23 PM PDT by skr (We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.-- Ronald Reagan)
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To: skr

"Arab-American Group Sues U.S. For Slow Lebanon Evacuation"

They should, as a favor to the US government for pulling their collective butts out of the fire, go back to Lebanon and distribute humanitarian supplies that WE are providing.


9 posted on 07/24/2006 3:42:59 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Democrats - The reason we need term limits)
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To: Republican Wildcat

Mostly what they would love is to stop the shipments to Israel.

That would be their contribution to jihad.

The rest is just fluff.


10 posted on 07/24/2006 3:44:52 PM PDT by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
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To: Republican Wildcat

The US has no obligation to do this. Anything they decide to do is an accomodation. This will thrown out by any judge save those in the ninth circuit.


11 posted on 07/24/2006 3:45:01 PM PDT by NYCRebublican (No more Slimes)
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To: Republican Wildcat

What did this asshate have to say about U.S. citizens in Haifa and Safed?

That's what I thought.


12 posted on 07/24/2006 3:46:29 PM PDT by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 135-139)
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To: Republican Wildcat

Next time .. leave them there if this is the thanks we get for bailing there rears out of there


13 posted on 07/24/2006 3:48:53 PM PDT by Mo1 (Bolton- "No one has explained how you negotiate a ceasefire with terrorists")
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To: Republican Wildcat

One word to these uppity towlieheads...

"Nisei"


14 posted on 07/24/2006 3:49:20 PM PDT by kaktuskid
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To: Republican Wildcat
The committee is asking the U.S. District Court in Detroit to order the U.S. government to request a cease fire and to stop shipments of weapons or any other military support to Israel during the evacuation of U.S. citizens from Lebanon.

LOL, maybe these turbans ought to study the US constitution. The Judicial Branch has no jurisdiction over US foreign and security policy. That is entirely an executive and legislative branch function.

And here's an idea, don't vacation in terrorist hot spots next time.

15 posted on 07/24/2006 3:49:55 PM PDT by MikeA (Not voting out of anger in November is a vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House)
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To: operation clinton cleanup

Disbarred at least for filing this ridiculous lawsuit.


16 posted on 07/24/2006 3:53:46 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: LetsRok
"You leave our shores at your own peril."

Especially after four State Dept. warnings in the last two years. Not to mention no US airlines fly to Beirut anymore.
17 posted on 07/24/2006 3:54:28 PM PDT by Texas_Jarhead (Doing the jobs Americans won't do? Guess you haven't seen "Dirty Jobs")
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bttt


18 posted on 07/24/2006 3:58:31 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat
A leading Arab-American advocacy group has sued the U.S. government, claiming that it failed to protect American citizens from the fighting in Lebanon.

And what law was broken here?

19 posted on 07/24/2006 4:02:50 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (You can't qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it-Sherman)
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To: Republican Wildcat

(American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee)

Before anyone jumps to conclusions, I doubt many Lebanese are part of that Committee. Most Lebanese (especially if Christians) bristle if someone calls us Arabs. The Arabs on the committee have tried repeatedly to get the Lebanese population to join them, but we have steadfastly rejected them. So you have a Muslim organization suing the US on behalf of Lebanese who didn't ask for it.


20 posted on 07/24/2006 4:10:35 PM PDT by winner3000
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To: Republican Wildcat

Round em up and send them back. As we shove them out the door of the jump plane apologize for not having evac'd them right and tell them to do it better themselves this time.


21 posted on 07/24/2006 4:26:24 PM PDT by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.)
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To: winner3000

I'm sure it is a minority, as you said. A noisy one, however, making foolish comments.


22 posted on 07/24/2006 4:36:08 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat

Would you say that these people had an agenda to embarrass the President and the United States. What the heck were they over there in Lebanon during such dangerous times?


23 posted on 07/24/2006 4:38:40 PM PDT by conservative blonde (Conservative Blonde)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Good idea


24 posted on 07/24/2006 4:44:44 PM PDT by skr (We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.-- Ronald Reagan)
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To: conservative blonde

For some of them that is a real possibility.


25 posted on 07/24/2006 5:15:49 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: milford421

I want MY taxpayer money refunded by these idiots who needed to be "saved".

Ditto here. Plus I want my refund for a frivilous suit and what it's going to take to defend it.


26 posted on 07/24/2006 5:21:24 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: Mo1

Evacuate them back in.


27 posted on 07/24/2006 5:22:50 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: Republican Wildcat

Send them all back to Lebanon - southern Lebanon, with one canteen of water each and no shoes.

Since they want to defend the terrorists in Lebanon, let them become their human shields; the terrorists will happily proclaim them all martyrs.


28 posted on 07/24/2006 6:06:27 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: Republican Wildcat

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA This is the funniest post of the day!


29 posted on 07/24/2006 6:17:59 PM PDT by silentknight
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To: Republican Wildcat

Arab Americans? What the F***. Either you are an American or an Arab, or you have no status in a law suit. You can't sue yourself! These people need to live overseas, go away, make something of themselves, or get a real life based on their personal merit and effort. There is nothing lower than the kind of misanthropic trash that is masquerading under the banner of Islam seeking equality when they don't do anythying to achieve it except throw grenades at people who are better than they are morally, spiritually and practically. Harsh words follow later, perhaps.


30 posted on 07/24/2006 6:31:18 PM PDT by mathurine (ua)
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To: Republican Wildcat

Arab Americans? What the F***. Either you are an American or an Arab, or you have no status in a law suit. You can't sue yourself! These people need to live overseas, go away, make something of themselves, or get a real life based on their personal merit and effort. There is nothing lower than the kind of misanthropic trash that is masquerading under the banner of Islam seeking equality when they don't do anythying to achieve it except throw grenades at people who are better than they are morally, spiritually and practically. Harsh words follow later, perhaps.


31 posted on 07/24/2006 6:31:20 PM PDT by mathurine (ua)
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To: Republican Wildcat
1980 : (FORMER DEMOCRAT SENATOR FROM S DAKOTA JAMES ABOUREZK FOUNDS THE AMERICAN ARAB ANTI-DISCRIMINATION COMMITTEE aka ADC aka AAADC) Abourezk left the Senate and later founded the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. He recently called on Arabs to "intensify their move to explain their points of view to the American public which is dominated by the Israeli media machine." ---- "20-Year-Old Republican Website Owner Sued by Former Democrat Senator, " By Jeff Gannon, Talon News, July 31, 2003

2002 : (FORMER US SENATOR FROM S DAKOTA, JAMES ABOUREZK, PRAISES HEZBOLLAH) The second-generation Lebanese-American seemingly has no problem exercising his first amendment rights. In 2002, Abourezk praised the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah and the "positive role it was playing in Lebanon.""[Hezbollah] was like the tool that forced the 'Israelis' to withdraw," Abourezk said.Also last year [2002], Abourezk suggested that the solution to Israel's terrorism problem would be to "get the hell out of the occupied territories."
"It's not a wonder there are suicide bombers, it's a wonder there aren't many more," Abourezk said.
---- "20-Year-Old Republican Website Owner Sued by Former Democrat Senator, " By Jeff Gannon, Talon News, July 31, 2003

SEPTEMBER 2002 : (FORMER DEMOCRAT US SENATOR FROM SOUTH DAKOTA JAMES ABOUREZK TRAVELS TO IRAQ TO MEET WITH IRAQI DPTY PM TARIQ AZIZ) 2002 to meet Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz. Abourezk said that a U.S. attack on Iraq would be "immoral."---- "20-Year-Old Republican Website Owner Sued by Former Democrat Senator, " By Jeff Gannon, Talon News, July 31, 2003

MAY 2003 : (JAMES ABOUREZK FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST PROBUSH.COM - See N.I.O.N.) In May, former Sen. James Abourezk (D-SD) filed a $5 million lawsuit against a website operator who included him among a group of "traitors." The website, www.ProBush.com, lampoons liberals from the entertainment industry and politics who have been vocal in their opposition to the war in Iraq or critical of President George W. Bush.
Some of the others on the list are Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as well as actors George Clooney, Susan Sarandon, and Janeane Garafalo and the country music group, the Dixie Chicks.
While the website disclaimer states that the list is a parody and is not to be taken seriously, Abourezk claims that he has been defamed. In his lawsuit he states that ProBush.com's statement "is intended to injure" his standing in the community.
The operator of the website is Mike Marino, a 20-year-old web designer from suburban Philadelphia. He believes that Abourezk's lawsuit against ProBush.com is without merit."This is clearly a first amendment issue," Marino told Talon News.
While Marino is concerned about the legal ramifications of the lawsuit, he feels the need to stand up for the constitutional principle of free speech."The Internet is a new medium, where ordinary individuals have the greatest opportunity to make their voices heard," Marino said. "Lawsuits like this will have a chilling effect on free expression."
The ProBush.com president said he created the website, because he "disagreed with the protestors and celebrities who were voicing opposition to the war in Iraq," and wanted "to make sport of their arguments.""I also thought President Bush deserved to be defended against such criticism," Marino added.
When asked how Abourezk came to be on the "traitor" list, Marino explained, "These are the signers of the famous 'Not in Our Name' petition against the war. He was alphabetically at the top of the list." --------- "20-Year-Old Republican Website Owner Sued by Former Democrat Senator, " By Jeff Gannon Talon News, July 31, 2003

1996 : (KERRY, ABOUREZK & COUNTERPUNCH SMEARS) In 1996, Jim Jordan, campaign manager for Democrat presidential contender Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), was press secretary for Tim Johnson during his challenge to then-incumbent Sen. Larry Pressler (R-SD). The long, negative campaign resulted in the end of the South Dakota Republican's 22 years in Congress. During the campaign, Pressler was dogged by questions about his health, since his father suffered with Alzheimer's disease.
But the most damaging attack was delivered by James Abourezk, the man Pressler replaced in the Senate in 1978.
Abourezk brought Alexander Cockburn, author of "Washington Babylon" to speak to a Sioux Falls group. In his book, Cockburn alleged that Pressler was a homosexual. Abourezk admitted repeating the story saying, "I told everybody who would listen to me."
Jordan allegedly sought to take advantage of the accusations, according to a Lisa Lutterman, a Pressler worker. Lutterman told The Mitchell Daily Republic that Jim Jordan was "just ugly, mean spirited and boasting that he would help destroy Larry Pressler." She said Jordan declared that he was "going to take Larry Pressler's liver and rip it out."
Although Jordan said that no such conversation "ever took place," South Dakota newspapers followed the story as charges and countercharges kept the scandal alive.
Abourezk was quoted giving a magazine some credit for ousting Pressler because of their focus on his "confused private life." He said, "There's no doubt in my mind that 'Counter Punch' gave Pressler his losing margin."
Pressler has always denied that he was gay and in 1998, Cockburn retracted the allegation and withdrew his book from publication in a settlement with the former senator.------ "Claim: Kerry Aide Used Gay Smear to Help Defeat Incumbent Senator," by Jeff Gannon, Talon News, 08/05/03

More about this Abourezk moron:

Abourezk maintains a friendly relationship with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, whom he describes as "a very smart, charming guy." He also represented Ayatollah Khomeni's Islamic Republic of Iran in a $56 billion lawsuit against the deposed Shah.
Abourezk sued National Geographic magazine claiming they improperly acquired his original photographs. He also filed a suit against the Reagan administration to allow the Sandanista Interior Minister into the United States. Abourezk took New York Air to court for false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress for not letting him off a plane that was delayed three hours on the tarmac.
------ "20-Year-Old Republican Website Owner Sued by Former Democrat Senator," By Jeff Gannon, Talon News, July 31, 2003 via http://www.gopusa.com/news/2003/july/0731_probush_responds.shtml

32 posted on 07/24/2006 6:49:13 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: Cindy

elpingo


33 posted on 07/24/2006 6:53:16 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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ADC's James Abourezk appears here with former Ambassador Wilson's (of CIA Plame leak fame) associate Ray McGovern of VIPS, former UN arms inspector and wanna-be child molester Scott Ritter, etc:

Citizen's Tribunal Indicts Bush Administration for War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity US newswire ^ | 1/9/06

34 posted on 07/24/2006 6:59:59 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: operation clinton cleanup; Cindy
I agree:

...At Michigan ADC’s April 25th awards banquet, Hamad gave its "Attorney of the Year" award to Nabih Ayad, an attorney for several accused terrorists and over 130 illegal Middle Eastern immigrants who paid off an INS employee to become instant greencard holders. [Imad] Hamad and [Nabih] Ayad sued to keep them from being deported. Ayad’s clients, include Omar Abdel Fatah Al-Shishani—accused of attempting to launder $12 million in phony bank checks to fund Al-Quaida—who recently pled guilty to a lesser charge and is awaiting sentencing. Hamad defended him, too. ---- "Madeline Sweeney might be turning over in her grave," by Debbie Schlussel

Another member of this group "ADC" :

...Born in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, [Imad] Hamad was a suspected member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the Communist faction of Palestinian terrorism responsible for countless homicide bombings and the October 2001 assassination of Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi.
The INS was so opposed to Hamad’s presence in the United States that it fought to deport him for over two decades.
But, under political pressure from Michigan politicians, like Senator Carl Levin and Rep. David Bonior, the immigration judge chose to disregard classified evidence, and he is now a U.S. citizen. (Hamad’s lawyer, Noel Saleh, proudly proclaimed that he—Saleh—financially supported Hezbollah.)
Since then, as Midwest Regional Director of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), Hamad has been busy promoting the terrorist cause—doing interviews throughout the Detroit media supporting Hezbollah, Hamas, and Islamic hate.
In a 2002 broadcast on Detroit’s FOX affiliate, Imad Hamad supported a Palestinian Authority TV "Sesame Street"-style program that urges Palestinian children to kill Jews and Christians and urges them to become homicide bombers. In it, a boy sings, "When I wander into Jerusalem, I will become a suicide bomber." Another song: "How pleasant is the smell of martyrs . . . the land enriched by the blood, the blood pouring out of a fresh body." Hamad called the program "patriotic."
In a March 1999 Detroit News interview, Hamad defended the same program and Palestinian textbooks that portray Westerners, Christians, and Jews as the enemies of Islam and the Arab World.----------- "Madeline Sweeney might be turning over in her grave," by Debbie Schlussel

* ADC :
Then there’s the 2002 National Palestinian Student Conference on the Palestine Solidarity Movement, whose ostensible purpose was to promote divestment from Israel. "Annihilate the Jews" was chanted in Arabic at the University of Michigan conference, which featured indicted alleged Islamic Jihad frontman Sami Al-Arian as its keynote speaker, along with other anti-Western, anti-Semitic speakers, some with terrorist ties. [Imad] Hamad’s Michigan ADC sponsored and endorsed the conference, which was organized by ADC-University of Michigan chief Fadi Kiblawi. Under Hamad’s "leadership," Kiblawi authored an article stating he wished to "strap a bomb to one’s chest and kill" Jews. ---- "Madeline Sweeney might be turning over in her grave," by Debbie Schlussel

35 posted on 07/24/2006 7:24:24 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: piasa

Thank you piasa for the info and ping.


36 posted on 07/24/2006 7:32:06 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: winner3000

I admire the Lebanese people, especially those that have emigrated to the US and carried their Maronite culture. But how does one correctly address their cultural origins?


37 posted on 07/24/2006 8:12:31 PM PDT by romanesq
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To: MIchaelTArchangel
Someone should remind them they traveled to Lebanon when the State Dept put out warnings, travel advisories, not to travel to Lebanon
38 posted on 07/24/2006 9:54:23 PM PDT by art_rocks
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

This isn't about the morons, which they certainly are. This is about trying to stop Israelis from taking proactive steps to prevent further attacks on Israel.


39 posted on 07/24/2006 10:13:04 PM PDT by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: festus

"Round em up and send them back. As we shove them out the door of the jump plane apologize for not having evac'd them right and tell them to do it better themselves this time."

Remember to toss parachutes out the door AFTER they jump out and yell "Hey, catch!"


40 posted on 07/24/2006 10:16:31 PM PDT by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: romanesq

"I admire the Lebanese people, especially those that have emigrated to the US and carried their Maronite culture. But how does one correctly address their cultural origins?"

Just ask them if Danny Thomas was their Grandfather or if their Grandmother is Helen Thomas.


41 posted on 07/24/2006 10:20:18 PM PDT by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: Republican Wildcat

Our schoolbuses were flooded.


42 posted on 07/24/2006 10:23:00 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Republican Wildcat

A link to the Complaint: http://www.adc.org/Doc/ADC_Complaint.doc

Obviously, this isn't going anywhere. It reeks of "political question" and hopefully the court will boot it at the first opportunity.

I did enjoy this though:

"This lawsuit is by no means an attempt to interfere with or give attention to the war in Lebanon."

Shortly thereafter, they allege:

"50. That according to reliable sources in the New York Times, that United States rush-delivered satellite-guided missiles to Israel on Saturday, July 22, 2006. That the United States is supplying weapons of mass destruction to a country that is bombarding U.S. Citizens that are still in harm’s way and that are unable to evacuate. That the United Nations has declared Israel’s response to the Hezbollah kidnappings disproportionate."

THEN they ask for an injunction barring the government from shipping weapons to Israel. No, I don't see any attempt at interference there.


43 posted on 07/24/2006 10:52:02 PM PDT by Minette
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To: Republican Wildcat
Quoting from http://travel.state.gov...
SAFETY AND SECURITY: Recent events in Lebanon underscore the need for caution and sound personal security precautions. Former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri was assassinated on February 14, 2005 in a car bomb attack in which 22 people were killed and many others seriously wounded; the potential for violence remains. Since February 2005, there have been 15 separate bombings in Lebanon, resulting in ten dead and 121 wounded.
Americans have been the targets of numerous terrorist attacks in Lebanon in the past. The perpetrators of many of these attacks are still present and retain the ability to act. American citizens should thus keep a low profile, varying times and routes for all required travel. Americans should also pay close attention to their personal security at locations where Westerners are generally known to congregate, and should avoid demonstrations and large gatherings. Unofficial travel to Lebanon by U.S. Government employees and their family members requires prior approval by the Department of State.
U.S. citizens who travel to Lebanon should exercise heightened caution when traveling in parts of the southern suburbs of Beirut, portions of the Bekaa Valley and South Lebanon, and the cities of Sidon and Tripoli. Hizballah has not been disarmed. It maintains a strong presence in many of these areas, and there is potential for action by other extremist groups in the city of Tripoli. Tensions remain in Lebanon's southern border with the possibility of Hizballah and Palestinian militant activity at any time.
Palestinian groups hostile to both the Lebanese government and the U.S. operate largely autonomously inside refugee camps in different areas of the country. Intra-communal violence within the camps has resulted in violent incidents such as shootings and explosions. Travel by U.S. citizens to Palestinian camps should be avoided. Asbat al-Ansar, a terrorist group with apparent links to Al-Qaida, has targeted Lebanese, U.S. and other foreign government interests. It has been outlawed by the Lebanese government but continues to maintain a presence in Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp.
In addition, dangers posed by landmines and unexploded ordnance throughout south Lebanon are significant and also exist in other areas where civil war fighting was intense.

Now how do these people find it the US govt's fault again? Lack of prior warning? I think not.

44 posted on 07/24/2006 11:06:49 PM PDT by kittycatonline.com
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To: Republican Wildcat

How fast would have been fast enough?


45 posted on 07/25/2006 8:22:54 AM PDT by AIC
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