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  • Local Murrieta Official Warns Immigration Protests Likely ‘Every Time’ Buses Arrive

    07/02/2014 10:38:12 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 44 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | 2 Jul 2014
    MURRIETA (CBSLA.com/AP) — A dramatic scene in Murrieta that saw American flag-waving protesters prevent Homeland Security buses carrying undocumented migrant children and families from reaching a suburban processing center is likely to be repeated in the coming days, a city official said Wednesday. Mayor Pro-Tem Harry Ramos told KNX 1070′s Dick Helton that the standoff Tuesday – which included several protesters holding U.S. flags and signs reading “stop illegal immigration,” and “illegals out!” – may occur every 72 hours as a new busload of immigrants are processed through Border Patrol. “I believe that there will be protests every time there...
  • Nevada Congressman claims Bundy’s militia pose danger to community

    05/04/2014 9:33:01 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/4/14 | Doug Book
    “The day the militia [came] was the day I felt safe again in Nevada,” said a Bunkerville resident of the armed Americans who assisted Cliven Bundy in April’s stand off against BLM mercenaries in Clark County. Every attendee at Thursday’s standing room only, town hall meeting in Bunkerville agreed as they praised the cowboys, ranchers and militia members who helped prevent the confiscation of Bundy’s cattle and property. But according to Nevada Congressman Steven Horsford (D), not all residents of Bunkerville feel the same way. In a letter to Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie, Horsford wrote he was “…greatly concerned...
  • After Nevada ranch stand-off, emboldened militias ask: where next?

    04/18/2014 1:34:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 17, 2014 | Jonathan Allen
    Flat on his belly in a sniper position, wearing a baseball cap and a flak jacket, a protester aimed his semi-automatic rifle from the edge of an overpass and waited as a crowd below stood its ground against U.S. federal agents in the Nevada desert. He was part of a 1,000-strong coalition of armed militia-men, cowboys on horseback, gun rights activists and others who rallied to Cliven Bundy's Bunkerville ranch, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, in a stand-off with about a dozen agents from the federal Bureau of Land Management. The rangers had rounded up hundreds of Bundy's...
  • ‘Not over’? Feds coy over next move in Nevada rancher standoff

    04/15/2014 7:17:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 15, 2014 | (Judson Berger/AP)
    Tensions simmered Tuesday in the standoff between federal land managers and a Nevada rancher—but the feds are being coy about how far they’ll go to pursue Cliven Bundy as both sides regroup for their next move. Federal land managers backed down in a weekend standoff with Bundy after hundreds of states’ rights protesters, including armed militia members, showed up to protest federal officials seizing his cattle. Some protesters had their guns drawn and pointed toward law enforcement, some of whom were also armed, on the scene—ultimately, no shots were fired and the Bureau of Land Management reported that officials left...
  • "History of Putnam"

    01/01/2014 1:33:09 PM PST · by bunkerhill7 · 6 replies
    Putnam Historical Society ^ | 1887 | Thomas W. McArthur
    "About 1860, the old time militia entirely ceased to exist and the general trainings with their attending circumstances passed into history."
  • Libyan army clashes with Islamist militants, three killed

    11/25/2013 3:09:18 AM PST · by Corporate Democrat · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 25 2013 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Clashes between Libyan troops and militants in the eastern city of Benghazi on Monday killed at least three people and wounded a dozen more during a military operation, security and medical officials said. Still in training, Libya's new military is struggling to curb Islamist militants and militias who fought in the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi but refuse to disarm and control parts of the country. Gunfire and explosions could be heard in Benghazi and thick smoke rose from the Ras Obeida area. The army ordered residents to stay off the city streets, witnesses said. Fighting broke out when...
  • Top intelligence chief abducted as Libya marks strike

    11/17/2013 11:13:57 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 2 replies
    Global Post ^ | November 17, 2013 12:16 | AFP
    Libya's deputy intelligence chief Mustafa Nuh was abducted Sunday in Tripoli, a security official said, as the capital observed a three-day strike after deadly unrest triggered fears of civil war. The violence was the deadliest in the city since the 2011 uprising and erupted Friday when demonstrators took to the streets to protest against an unruly militia of ex-rebels who helped to topple dictator Moamer Kadhafi. At least 43 people were killed and more than 450 wounded in violence that raged overnight and into Saturday, the health ministry said. Tripoli city council late Saturday announced a three-day strike across the...
  • Christian Militias On The Rise; A New Crusade Coming

    11/10/2013 9:27:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | 11/10/13 | Theodore Shoebat
    …Not a campus crusade, but a true crusade, in which the saints carry their cross to fight with the forces of darkness. Christians in the Middle East have for a long time been accustomed to staying away from the fray with Muslims. This has come as a result of both comfort and suppression, but the persecution against the saints has reached an intensity almost unheard of in our times, and the apex of this oppression is at hand. With this diabolical torment and violence becoming more fierce and cruel, Christians are now being confronted with the choice to fight or...
  • Vigilante ranchers, fruit growers kick out brutal drug cartel in western Mexican state

    11/09/2013 12:52:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    ap ^ | November 08, 2013/
    TEPALCATEPEC, Mexico – For lime grower Hipolito Mora, it was time to organize and pick up arms when a packing company controlled by a brutal drug cartel refused to buy his fruit. For Bishop Miguel Patino Velazquez, it was seeing civilians forced to fight back with their own guns that made him speak out. For Leticia, a lime picker too afraid of retribution to give her last name, it was the day she saw a taxi driver kidnapped in front of his two young children that convinced her to join those taking the law into their own hands.
  • Vice: The Warrior State (video)

    09/04/2013 11:47:10 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 8 replies
    Vice ^ | June 2013 | Bernardo Loyola and Laura Woldenberg
    On January 5 in El Potrero, a small town in the Mexican state of Guerrero, a man named Eusebio García Alvarado was kidnapped by a local criminal syndicate. Kidnappings are fairly common in Guerrero—the state, just south of Mexico City, is one of the poorest in the country and the site of some of the worst violence in the ongoing battle between the drug cartels and Mexican authorities. Guerrero’s largest city, Acapulco, is known to Americans as a tourist hot spot. It’s also currently the second most dangerous city in the world, according to a study released by a...
  • Besieged Mexican town cheers arrival of soldiers

    05/25/2013 10:06:04 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | May. 20, 2013 | MARK STEVENSON
    Mexico's top security officials promised Tuesday that a new federal offensive to rescue towns besieged by the Knights Templar drug cartel in western Michoacan state would stay "until there is security and peace for all state residents." Interior Secretary Miguel Osorio Chong and his national security team met with local officials in the state capital of Morelia at a time of escalating tensions in Michoacan, where communities mistrustful of state authorities have been creating their own vigilante forces for protection against the cartels. Michoacan is the Mexican state most visibly dominated by a drug cartel. Gunmen in vehicles marked only...
  • One Solution to the Gun Problem: Enforce the Whole Second Amendment (Guess where he's going...)

    01/23/2013 1:25:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    AOL Daily Finance ^ | January 21, 2013 | Bruce Watson
    The one thing that President Obama and the National Rifle Association seem to agree on is that the U.S. needs to develop a more effective firearms policy. Over the past month, both sides have offered suggestions: Obama has proposed a four-part plan to ban assault weapons, protect schools, implement background checks, and screen out mentally ill potential gun purchasers. As for the NRA, spokesman Wayne LaPierre proposed the "National Model School Shield Program," a plan to train teachers in the use of firearms and enlist volunteers to patrol school grounds. Both proposals have severe shortcomings: Obama's assumes the passage of...
  • Of alarms, militias, and destiny

    01/04/2013 6:45:07 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 42 replies
    Bob Owens ^ | 01/04/13 | Bob Owens
    Anyone familiar with an accurate telling of the political truths leading up to the events of mid-April, 1775 in small towns and villages west of Boston knows that while the Colonials and their British masters were at loggerheads for the better part of a decade over a number of issues including taxation and liberty, the immediate and proximate trigger of the first American Revolutionary war was an attempt by General Thomas Gage to disarm the Colonists. Yes, the American Revolution was triggered by a gun control raid that was met with force by the American people.
  • Where’s Obama in the Benghazi Report?

    12/20/2012 1:47:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Journal ^ | 12/20/2012 | Michael Hirsh
    And so the reckoning begins. Only hours after a special task force concluded on Wednesday that “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” may have contributed to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, the State Department’s security chief resigned and three other officials were relieved of their duties. What was lacking in the report, however, was any sense of who was responsible farther up the chain. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Accountability Review Board—chaired by retired Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering and vice chaired by another national-security heavyweight, former Joint Chiefs Chairman Michael...
  • The Smoking Gun of the Benghazi Cover-up

    11/02/2012 12:18:14 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 40 replies
    Townhall ^ | November 2, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    November 2, 2012 The Smoking Gun of the Benghazi Cover-up By Pat Buchanan 11/2/2012   On June 6 of this year, a bomb planted at the U.S. compound in Benghazi ripped a 12-foot-wide hole in the outer wall. On June 11, the British ambassador's motorcade was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, wounding a medic and doctor. The next day, the ambassador was gone and the British Benghazi post was closed. At the same time, the Red Cross, after a second attack, shut down and fled the city. "When that occurred," says Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, who headed the military...
  • Libyan Authorities Dissolve All Militias and Armed Groups

    09/23/2012 12:10:54 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/9/12 | Elad Benari
    The Libyan authorities said late Saturday they had decided to dissolve all militias and armed groups that do not come under State authority, AFP reported. The move, a day after Benghazi residents rebelled against the militias in violence that killed at least 11 people and wounded over 70, was announced by Mohammed al-Megaryef, head of the national assembly, in the eastern city. The authorities also decided to put in place an "operations room" in Benghazi bringing together the army, forces of the interior ministry and defense ministry brigades comprising former rebels. They called on the army to impose its authority...
  • Mich. militia members cleared of charges that accused them of plotting war against government

    03/27/2012 3:56:32 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 28 replies
    ---- Snip ---- U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts granted requests for acquittal on the most serious charges: conspiring to commit sedition, or rebellion, against the U.S. and conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction. Other weapons crimes tied to the alleged conspiracies also were dismissed. ---- Snip ----
  • ABC looks to Southern Poverty Law Center as expert on anti-government militias

    03/15/2012 10:46:33 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/15/2012 | Doug Book
    Last week, ABC’s Diane Sawyer hosted dire warnings about the rising number of government-hating militias and the danger they presumably pose to the American public. (1) And to whom did Sawyer and ABC correspondent Dan Harris turn for evidence that new, active militia groups are sprouting up all over the nation? Why to the Southern Poverty Law Center, of course. The SPLC was founded in 1971 by far-left, money and notoriety huckster Morris Dees, a man who has spent years collecting vast sums via civil law suits and spending vast sums in donation raising schemes. His antipathy for the right...
  • Locked and Loaded: The Secret World of Extreme Militias (Here we go . . .)

    09/30/2010 5:12:15 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 32 replies
    TIME ^ | September 30, 2010 | Barton Gellman
    Camouflaged and silent, the assault team inched toward a walled stone compound for more than five hours, belly-crawling the last 200 yards. The target was an old state prison in eastern Ohio, and every handpicked member of Red Team 2 knew what was at stake: The year is 2014, and a new breed of neo-Islamic terrorism is rampant in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio ... The current White House Administration is pro-Muslim and has ordered a stand-down against Islamic groups. The mission: Destroy the terrorist command post — or die trying. The fighters must go in "sterile" — without name...
  • Five Truths that Republicans Hate

    07/05/2010 3:53:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 83 replies · 1+ views
    American Vision ^ | July 2, 2010 | Joel McDurmon
    On Wednesday Gary posted the list “Five Truths that Liberals Hate,” and it proved one of the most popular posts we’ve had in a while. While in total agreement with those ideals, and actually probably the most conservative guy at American Vision, I thought a little Tabasco for the Right was in order as well. So let’s hear it: five truths Republicans hate. 1. Most Republicans are as socialist as the Left. While not as socially liberal as the left—not advocating equality, gay rights, feminism, etc., etc.—Republicans have proven every bit as fiscally liberal with the exception of the last...
  • Exclusive: ‘Muslims-Only’ Enclave Thrives In Philadelphia

    07/02/2010 6:13:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies · 4+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | May 20, 2010 | Paul Williams, Ph.D.
    Thanks to U.S. taxpayers, an Islamic enclave is being carved out of the heart of the City of Brotherly Love. And how generous have you been with your tax dollars? You just gave $1.6 billion for the privilege of turning over all this cash to the Islamic community. The person doing the carving is Kenny Gamble, the author of such hit songs as “Love Train” and “Me and Mrs. Jones.” So far Americans have shelled out $1.6 billion in federal grants, loans, and “charitable” gifts to create an alleged “Muslims-only” community. A convert to Islam, Gamble, now known as Luqman...
  • Al Jazeera: The US' home grown terror (Yep, they went there!)

    05/09/2010 9:08:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 929+ views
    Al Jazeera ^ | May 9, 2010; 14:03 Mecca time | Bilal Randeree
    As Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistan-born American, grabbed international headlines last week for an alleged terrorism attempt in New York's Times Square, other suspected terrorists received much less media coverage as they appeared before a judge in Detroit. The judge ruled that all nine white, American-born members of the Hutaree Christian militia group, charged with conspiracy to commit sedition and attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, should be released on bail while awaiting trial. Federal authorities charged that the militia intended to kill a police officer and then detonate improvised explosive devices at the officer's funeral in the hope of...
  • Gorelick: Obama Should Speak to Militias (Hurl-tastic!)

    04/19/2010 7:19:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies · 954+ views
    Main Justice ^ | April 19, 2010 | Ryan J. Reilly
    Former Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick said that President Barack Obama should speak in front of members of the militia movement to calm down rhetoric in the midst of a resurgent anti-government movement. Gorelick was speaking Friday as part of a panel discussion marking the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing on Monday. On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 people. McVeigh, an anti-government extremist who was hoping to spark a revolt against the federal government, was convicted, sentenced to the death penalty and executed on June 11, 2001. “It...
  • GERALDO! Put in his place

    04/17/2010 7:32:24 PM PDT · by Nodems2000 · 199 replies · 8,860+ views
    WOW! I loved it! Tea Party Express Chairman Williams hit Geraldo hard and made a damn fool of him.
  • Obamanites get violent in support of the agenda (At least one Hutaree a registered DEMOCRAT!!)

    04/06/2010 7:52:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 558+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | April 5, 2010 | Roger Hedgecock
    Last Saturday, a brick bearing the message "stop the right wing" smashed through the window of the Republican Party headquarters in Marion, Ohio. An Obama campaign contributor was arrested last week after threatening to kill Rep. Cantor and his wife because they are Jews. The registered voter in the "Christian militia" arrests turns out to be a Democrat. Fill in your own incident – the real dangerous political violence in America is coming from the Obamanite left. Be warned. The Obama regime considers opposition to its long march to "transform America" illegitimate and a fair target for government retaliation and...
  • New York Times: The Government and the Militia Movement (Here it comes!)

    03/31/2010 5:12:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies · 1,516+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 30, 2010 | The Editors
    The F.B.I.’s raids against members of a Michigan-based Christian militia over the weekend added to concerns about rising far-right activity across the country. Nine members of the group, called the Hutaree, face sedition and weapons charges in a scheme to kill law enforcement officers to incite an antigovernment revolt. As the government deals with the re-emerging militia movement, what did it learn from the experiences of the 1990s, from the disastrous sieges in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, in 1992 and at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Tex., in 1993 to its handling of Oklahoma City bombing case? Jess Walter, author,...
  • Defending Against Enemies Domestic

    03/30/2010 5:08:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 1,257+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 30, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Homeland Security: Forget about foreign jihadists getting nukes or planting bombs in their underwear. The real enemies, some say, are domestic militia groups who play at war and those nasty Tea Party racists. The raid on a Michigan militia group accused of plotting war against the government will no doubt feed into the arguments of those who claim in the wake of health reform that the vast right-wing conspiracy is not only angry, but armed and dangerous. According to an Associated Press report, "Authorities said the arrests underscored the dangers of homegrown right-wing extremism of the sort seen in the...
  • Eugene Robinson: The Far Right's Hate Element (Who didn't see this coming?)

    03/30/2010 5:03:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies · 1,022+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 30, 2010 | Eugene Robinson
    The arrests of members of a Michigan-based "Christian" militia group should convince doubters that there is good reason to worry about right-wing, anti-government extremism -- and potential violence -- in the Age of Obama. I put the word Christian in quotes because anyone who plots to assassinate law enforcement officers, as a federal indictment alleges members of the Hutaree militia did, is no follower of Christ. According to federal prosecutors, the Hutaree -- the word's not in my dictionary, but their Web site claims it means "Christian warrior" -- are convinced that their enemies include "state and local law enforcement,...
  • CNN Warns of "Christian Rightwing Militias"

    03/29/2010 8:05:13 AM PDT · by jessduntno · 163 replies · 3,613+ views
    MSM | Today | JessDuntno
    CNN and MSNBC are all over this "Christian Rightwing Militias"story coming out of MI. Now its Christian Right Wingers that the FBI has been tracking...along with the Southern Poverty Law Center...makes all of the prelude and all of the talk about right wing hatred and rage very interesting. The tinming is all coincidental, I'm sure.
  • Bearing Arms: A Right ... and a Duty?

    03/21/2010 9:28:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 758+ views
    The New American ^ | March 17, 2010 | Bruce Walker
    The Massachusetts Judicial Council ruled on March 10 that the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution does not apply to state governments and, consequently, the State of Massachusetts can regulate firearms in that state. The language of the Second Amendment states: "A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." The Second Amendment is part of the Bill of Rights, which was added to the Constitution to guarantee that the federal government would not infringe upon basic rights and that those powers...
  • Are Socialist Worker Militias Coming to a City Near You?

    02/14/2010 5:53:14 AM PST · by DanMiller · 42 replies · 1,441+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 14, 2010 | Dan Miller
    It seems that neither the civilian assistance corps nor the stability police force has much to do with President Obama’s campaign promise of a civilian national security force comparable to the military. Perhaps the threat promise was just another campaign flourish, like transparency and bipartisanship. It may simply wither on the vine and die. Nevertheless, there is an interesting and possibly relevant situation in Venezuela, from where President Obama and his colleagues seem to get some of their unhealthiest ideas
  • Some attendees feel duped by group's Veterans Day event

    11/15/2009 3:22:17 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 22 replies · 1,571+ views
    Foster's Daily Democrat ^ | Nov. 15, 2009 | Geoff Cunningham Jr
    Some members of local veterans groups who attended an Every Day is Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 8 in Berwick, Maine, said they were surprised to find it was a kickoff for a new Maine affiliate of the national Oath Keepers organization, which has been described as part of a rebirth of the nation's right-wing militia movement. An August report from the Southern Poverty Law Center describes the parent organization as a "particularly worrisome example of the Patriot revival," involving groups with a virulent anti-government sentiment, though organizers of the newly formed Maine affiliate say they are far from being an...
  • Conservative Groups Dismiss Report on Rise of Militias

    08/14/2009 2:01:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies · 1,231+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | August 13, 2009 | Judson Berger
    Right-leaning groups say the evidence of a distinct rise in militia-type activity is spotty and that the Southern Poverty Law Center is unfairly lumping isolated extremists in the same category as those who are protesting the administration's economic and social policies. Conservative groups are rejecting as "anecdotal and exaggerated" a report out of the Southern Poverty Law Center that claims the election of a black president has fanned the flames of a resurgent anti-government "militia movement." The SPLC report cited a recent rash of ideologically driven violent crimes, rising gun sales, a reported rise in the number of militia groups...
  • Analysis: Militia report unites ACLU, Republicans

    04/13/2009 7:19:41 AM PDT · by NotQuiteCricket · 8 replies · 755+ views
    BND.COM ^ | 04/05/2009 | DAVID A. LIEB
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Republican Party and the American Civil Liberties Union finally have found common ground. Both are outraged by a recently leaked report by the Missouri Information Analysis Center - an office that compiles and distributes homeland security information - that describes the characteristics of potential militia members. Among other things, the report claims militia members usually are supporters of third-party political groups and "often subscribe to the ideology of other right-wing extremist movements."
  • Obama volunteers: "We're not looking for a fight. That will come later, when we have an army."

    03/22/2009 4:42:50 PM PDT · by Jim Hill · 832 replies · 36,819+ views
    The Birmingham News ^ | March 22, 2009 | ANNA VELASCO
    "We're looking for supporters," said DeHaven of Hoover, one of the event's organizers. "We're not looking for a fight. That will come later, when we have an army."
  • Yes, Glenn Beck, militias can be very ordinary-seeming. That's their purpose (Now we're terrorists!)

    03/20/2009 8:18:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 112 replies · 3,894+ views
    Crooks and Liars ^ | March 20, 2009 | David Neiwert
    I'll wager that Glenn Beck, like a lot of people, has heard the famous Thomas Jefferson quote: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Maybe he's even seen one of the T-shirts bearing that inscription. But then, there's one of these T-shirts that's especially notable: It was the one Timothy McVeigh was wearing when he was arrested for blowing up 168 people at the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City back in 1995. Does this mean that anyone wearing one of these shirts, or expressing these sentiments, is a...
  • ‘Fusion center’ data draws fire over assertions Politics, banners seen as suspect.

    03/14/2009 5:48:43 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 27 replies · 1,691+ views
    columbia tribune ^ | 03/14/09 | T.J. Greaney
    Tim Neal of Miller County was shocked recently when he heard a radio program about a strategic report compiled by state and federal law enforcement agencies to combat terrorism. Titled “The Modern Militia Movement,” the report is dated Feb. 20 and designed to help police identify militia members or domestic terrorists. Red flags outlined in the document include political bumper stickers such as those for U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, talk of conspiracy theories such as the plan for a mega-highway from Canada to Mexico and possession of subversive literature. But when Neal read the report, he couldn’t help but think...
  • We run the road

    10/05/2008 12:38:11 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 312+ views
    The National ^ | September 26. 2008 | Nir Rosen
    On May 12, a few days after street fighting erupted in Beirut, I drove to Majd al Anjar, a Sunni stronghold in Lebanon’s Bekaa, close to the Syrian border, where gunmen were still blocking the motorway from Beirut to Damascus. At the edge of town, several hundred men with automatic rifles, rocket propelled grenade launchers, pistols and hand grenades stood before earthen barriers and fires. Some wore masks. There was nobody in command – this was a mob, not a militia. The men were angry, afraid, suspicious, shouting at strangers and each other, each one an authority unto himself, carelessly...
  • Iraq's Christians form new militias to combat Islamic extremists

    07/27/2008 2:30:17 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 5 replies · 224+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 27 Jul 2008 | Damien McElroy
    Iraq's Christians have taken up arms and formed new militias in a desperate effort to defend their beleaguered communities from an onslaught by Islamic extremists. In the five years since the Anglo-American invasion of 2003, murders and abductions have driven about half of the 800,000 Christians who once lived in Iraq to flee the country. Checkpoints manned by civilians armed with heavy machine guns and assault rifles have received official backing in Christian villages on the Ninevah plain in northern Iraq, where their presence dates back to the missions of St Thomas the apostle. Father Yusuf Yohannes combines the duties...
  • Shiite Militia in Baghdad Sees Its Power Ebb

    07/26/2008 7:16:56 PM PDT · by flyfree · 33 replies · 224+ views
    nytimes ^ | July 27, 2008
    BAGHDAD — The militia that was once the biggest defender of poor Shiites in Iraq, the Mahdi Army, has been profoundly weakened in a number of neighborhoods across Baghdad, in an important, if tentative, milestone for stability in Iraq. It is a remarkable change from years past, when the militia, led by the anti-American cleric Moktada al-Sadr, controlled a broad swath of Baghdad, including local governments and police forces. But its use of extortion and violence began alienating much of the Shiite population to the point that many quietly supported American military sweeps against the group. Prime Minister Nuri Kamal...
  • Iraq Continues Security, Infrastructure Progress

    07/09/2008 5:01:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 95+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 9, 2008 – Iraq experienced the lowest number of acts of violence in more than four years last week, a spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq said in Baghdad today. Video Security progress in Iraq is unmistakable, Army Maj. Gen. Kevin Bergner said. Civilian deaths around the country were at their lowest point in three years, the general told reporters, adding that the reduction in violence is allowing the Iraqi government and the coalition to put in place projects that improve the quality of life in the country and create jobs for Iraqis. The general said the security...
  • Iraqi Soldiers, Police Make Progress Purging Amarah of Militias

    06/26/2008 4:41:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 30+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 26, 2008 – Iraqi soldiers and police, assisted by U.S. and coalition troops, are making good progress in pacifying the city of Amarah and surrounding areas in Iraq's Maysan province, a senior U.S. military officer posted in Iraq said today. The Iraqi-military planned and led operation is part of Baghdad’s efforts to help citizens “regain control of their towns, cities and villages” from illegal militias or other extremists, Army Col. Charles Flynn, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, told reporters during a satellite-carried news conference at the Pentagon. “We stand in full support...
  • The Mystery Metrics Sending The Americans Home

    05/30/2008 4:57:20 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 11 replies · 71+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 5/30/08
    The U.S. is beginning its withdrawal from Iraq. U.S. troops strength is expected to decline from 170,000 to 140,000 by the end of the Summer. The reduction is made possible by the growing number of Iraqi army and police units that can do the job. U.S. military advisors have seen this coming for years, as they tracked dozens of different metrics (statistics on various aspects of Iraqi performance). The Iraqi armed forces and police had to be completely rebuilt. That's because the Saddam era army and police existed mainly to keep Saddam in power. Most of the leadership in that...
  • GMLRS strike knocks out Special Groups command center in Sadr City [Bip!]

    05/03/2008 2:28:14 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 11 replies · 192+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 5/3/2008 | Bill Roggio
    A member of the Iraqi national police creates an inventory of illegal weapons confiscated by Iraqi national police in the Sadr City District of Baghdad, Iraq, as he turns them over to members of the 42nd brigade, 11th Iraqi army division, at Combat Patrol Base Comanche on April 19. (US Air Force photo/Technical Sergean Adrian Cadiz) US and Iraqi forces continue to target the Mahdi Army as an Iraqi delegation visited Iran to confront the country over its support of Shia militias battling the government. The US military conducted a guided rocket attack on a Special Groups headquarters adjacent...
  • Gates: Iran boosts support for militias

    04/11/2008 3:30:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 112+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/11/08 | Lolita C. Baldor - ap
    WASHINGTON - Iranian support for militias in Iraq has grown, top U.S. defense leaders said Friday, asserting that recent battles in Basra gave the Iraqis an eye-opening view of Iran's increased negative role there. More broadly, the outlook for more progress toward stabilizing Iraq and reducing the U.S. troop presence is clouded by several other potential pitfalls in coming months, including the prospect of increased violence with the approach of provincial Iraqi elections this fall, Gen. David Petraeus said in an interview at the Pentagon with a group of reporters. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, also cited the...
  • Sadr Returns To Najaf

    04/09/2008 5:11:11 PM PDT · by Crush T Velour · 15 replies · 211+ views
    Iraqi Bloggers Central ^ | 4/9/08 | CMAR II
    From on the ground in Najaf, Eye Raki reports Mookie has returned to home in Najaf. Also, he has lost a lot of weight. Perhaps the Britney Spears diet?: "I was introduced by a mutual friend to an officer in the Ministry of Interior who confirmed the reports. I wanted to go to look out for any unusual activity around his house but the street leading to his home was blocked off by IP's who wouldn't give us a straight answer as to why we are not allowed through...Could this be a turn around in Iranian foreign policy and possibly...
  • Green Zone target for Shiite militias

    03/27/2008 3:24:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 358+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/27/08 | Bradley Brooks - ap
    BAGHDAD - Warning sirens wail and within seconds rockets and mortars strike — sometimes one or two, other times 10 or more. The Green Zone is again a prime target as American and British diplomats, Iraqi politicians, contractors and others struggle to go about their business — always aware that any time they are outside the most fortified buildings there is a chance to be injured or killed. The danger has temporarily reshaped life: Green Zone traffic is minimal, few people venture out on the streets and security precautions — always high — have been boosted. Many diplomats and others...
  • Iraqi leader orders militias to surrender weapons amid heavy fighting

    03/26/2008 11:38:27 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 17 replies · 696+ views
    McClatchy/Yahoo ^ | 3-26-08 | Leila Fadel
    Amid heavy clashes between government forces and Shiite Muslim militants in Baghdad and the southern port city of Basra, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki issued an ultimatum Wednesday demanding that the militias surrender their weapons within 72 hours. Radical cleric Muqtada al Sadr , whose Mahdi Army militia is a prime target of the government offensive, responded by demanding that Maliki leave Basra. U.S. forces joined Iraqi troops in Baghdad to fight Mahdi Army militants, and police said that at least 20 people had been killed in the Sadr City neighborhood, a stronghold for Sadr's backers. The city's fortified...
  • Iraqi forces pledge to keep the peace in Basra as British military moves out

    09/03/2007 1:45:56 PM PDT · by familyop · 19 replies · 461+ views
    The Times (London) ^ | 04SEP07 | Martin Fletcher in Baghdad (where it's safer)
    Inhabitants awake to a new dawn, with some hailing departure of ‘occupiers’ and others fearful of rival militias battling for control Basra was a city divided yesterday after the withdrawal of British troops left some residents hailing the departure of “the occupiers” and others fearing for their safety if Iraqi security forces were unable to control rival militias. The withdrawal was the top story on all the Iraqi television stations until it was superseded by President Bush’s arrival in Anbar province in the afternoon. Pictures showed Iraqi soldiers hoisting the black, white and red national flag above the palace complex,...
  • When Bush Comes to Iran: The view of American tough talk from Tehran (Barf Alert)

    09/03/2007 5:41:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 601+ views
    Slate ^ | September 3, 2007 | Reza Aslan
    My cousin Kamran is a successful software engineer in Tehran with a house, a thriving business of his own, and a brand new Peugeot, which he likes to show off by careening through the city's clogged streets at maniacal speeds. Like most of Iran's young and highly educated population, he must rely on other means to make ends meet. So, in addition to running his software business, Kamran tutors neighborhood children, raises chickens on his aunt's farm, hires himself out as a guide and translator for tourists, dabbles in real estate, and occasionally sells imitation designer handbags out of the...