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Posted on 05/01/2007 8:52:12 PM PDT by nwctwx

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U.S. Seeks Closing of Visa Loophole for Britons
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Omar Khyam, the ringleader of the thwarted London bomb plot who was sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday, showed the potential for disaffected young men to be lured as terrorists, a threat that British officials said they would have to contend with for a generation.

But the 25-year-old Mr. Khyam, a Briton of Pakistani descent, also personifies a larger and more immediate concern: as a British citizen, he could have entered the United States without a visa, like many of an estimated 800,000 other Britons of Pakistani origin.

American officials, citing the number of terror plots in Britain involving Britons with ties to Pakistan, expressed concern over the visa loophole. In recent months, the homeland security secretary, Michael Chertoff, has opened talks with the government here on how to curb the access of British citizens of Pakistani origin to the United States.

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1 posted on 05/01/2007 8:52:15 PM PDT by nwctwx
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2 posted on 05/01/2007 8:52:34 PM PDT by nwctwx (Everything I need to know, I learned on the Threat Matrix)
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3 posted on 05/01/2007 8:53:43 PM PDT by nwctwx (Everything I need to know, I learned on the Threat Matrix)
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Omar Khyam, the ringleader of the thwarted London bomb plot who was sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday . . .

Welcome to HM Prisons. No jug of wine for you!

4 posted on 05/01/2007 8:54:09 PM PDT by dighton
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God bless you and thank you very much, nw.

5 posted on 05/01/2007 8:59:01 PM PDT by Cindy
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Note: The following text is a quote:

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
May 1, 2007

President Bush Rejects Artificial Deadline, Vetoes Iraq War Supplemental
Cross Hall

Video (Windows)
White House News
In Focus: Defense

6:10 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Twelve weeks ago, I asked the Congress to pass an emergency war spending bill that would provide our brave men and women in uniform with the funds and flexibility they need.

Instead, members of the House and the Senate passed a bill that substitutes the opinions of politicians for the judgment of our military commanders. So a few minutes ago, I vetoed this bill.

Tonight I will explain the reasons for this veto — and my desire to work with Congress to resolve this matter as quickly as possible. We can begin tomorrow with a bipartisan meeting with the congressional leaders here at the White House.

Here is why the bill Congress passed is unacceptable. First, the bill would mandate a rigid and artificial deadline for American troops to begin withdrawing from Iraq. That withdrawal could start as early as July 1st. And it would have to start no later than October 1st, regardless of the situation on the ground.

It makes no sense to tell the enemy when you plan to start withdrawing. All the terrorists would have to do is mark their calendars and gather their strength — and begin plotting how to overthrow the government and take control of the country of Iraq. I believe setting a deadline for withdrawal would demoralize the Iraqi people, would encourage killers across the broader Middle East, and send a signal that America will not keep its commitments. Setting a deadline for withdrawal is setting a date for failure — and that would be irresponsible.

Second, the bill would impose impossible conditions on our commanders in combat. After forcing most of our troops to withdraw, the bill would dictate the terms on which the remaining commanders and troops could engage the enemy. That means American commanders in the middle of a combat zone would have to take fighting directions from politicians 6,000 miles away in Washington, D.C. This is a prescription for chaos and confusion, and we must not impose it on our troops.

Third, the bill is loaded with billions of dollars in non-emergency spending that has nothing to do with fighting the war on terror. Congress should debate these spending measures on their own merits — and not as part of an emergency funding bill for our troops.

The Democratic leaders know that many in Congress disagree with their approach, and that there are not enough votes to override a veto. I recognize that many Democrats saw this bill as an opportunity to make a political statement about their opposition to the war. They’ve sent their message. And now it is time to put politics behind us and support our troops with the funds they need.

Our troops are carrying out a new strategy with a new commander — General David Petraeus. The goal of this new strategy is to help the Iraqis secure their capital, so they can make progress toward reconciliation, and build a free nation that respects the rights of its people, upholds the rule of law, and fights extremists and radicals and killers alongside the United States in this war on terror.

In January, General Petraeus was confirmed by a unanimous vote in the United States Senate. In February, we began sending the first of the reinforcements he requested. Not all of these reinforcements have arrived. And as General Petraeus has said, it will be at least the end of summer before we can assess the impact of this operation. Congress ought to give General Petraeus’ plan a chance to work.

In the months since our military has been implementing this plan, we’ve begun to see some important results. For example, Iraqi and coalition forces have closed down an al Qaeda car bomb network, they’ve captured a Shia militia leader implicated in the kidnapping and killing of American soldiers, they’ve broken up a death squad that had terrorized hundreds of residents in a Baghdad neighborhood.

Last week, General Petraeus was in Washington to brief me, and he briefed members of Congress on how the operation is unfolding. He noted that one of the most important indicators of progress is the level of sectarian violence in Baghdad. And he reported that since January, the number of sectarian murders has dropped substantially.

Even as sectarian attacks have declined, we continue to see spectacular suicide attacks that have caused great suffering. These attacks are largely the work of al Qaeda — the enemy that everyone agrees we should be fighting. The objective of these al Qaeda attacks is to subvert our efforts by reigniting the sectarian violence in Baghdad — and breaking support for the war here at home. In Washington last week, General Petraeus explained it this way: “Iraq is, in fact, the central front of all al Qaeda’s global campaign.”

Al Qaeda — al Qaeda’s role makes the conflict in Iraq far more complex than a simple fight between Iraqis. It’s true that not everyone taking innocent life in Iraq wants to attack America here at home. But many do. Many also belong to the same terrorist network that attacked us on September 11th, 2001 — and wants to attack us here at home again. We saw the death and destruction al Qaeda inflicted on our people when they were permitted a safe haven in Afghanistan. For the security of the American people, we must not allow al Qaeda to establish a new safe haven in Iraq.

We need to give our troops all the equipment and the training and protection they need to prevail. That means that Congress needs to pass an emergency war spending bill quickly. I’ve invited leaders of both parties to come to the White House tomorrow — and to discuss how we can get these vital funds to our troops. I am confident that with goodwill on both sides, we can agree on a bill that gets our troops the money and flexibility they need as soon as possible.

The need to act is urgent. Without a war funding bill, the military has to take money from some other account or training program so the troops in combat have what they need. Without a war funding bill, the Armed Forces will have to consider cutting back on buying new equipment or repairing existing equipment. Without a war funding bill, we add to the uncertainty felt by our military families. Our troops and their families deserve better — and their elected leaders can do better.

Here in Washington, we have our differences on the way forward in Iraq, and we will debate them openly. Yet whatever our differences, surely we can agree that our troops are worthy of this funding — and that we have a responsibility to get it to them without further delay.

Thank you for listening. May God bless our troops.

END 6:16 P.M. EDT

6 posted on 05/01/2007 9:01:47 PM PDT by Cindy
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Thanks - your effort is appreciated.

7 posted on 05/01/2007 9:02:25 PM PDT by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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Thank you, and God bless.

8 posted on 05/01/2007 9:06:03 PM PDT by SlowBoat407 (Applewood smoked bacon is the new chipotle.)
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Thanks, Ian.
Happy May Day. :-)

9 posted on 05/01/2007 9:09:34 PM PDT by Velveeta
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SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: Before, During and After






10 posted on 05/01/2007 9:10:02 PM PDT by Cindy
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I know how these terrorists are inspired

By Ed Husain

Audio: Husain describes his journey to fundamentalism
The recent conviction of five young British Muslim men has yet again opened the debate about how Britain, famed for its plurality and tolerance, bred home-grown terrorists. And, more important, how do we heal the divisions and communal disintegration in our cities that continue to serve as an Islamist underworld in which the rhetoric of jihad and destruction goes unchallenged?

I know how these young men are inspired to wreak death and destruction because I have first-hand experience of being in one such cell. I have since seen the error of my ways.


11 posted on 05/01/2007 9:10:28 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Cindy
Good move on the Iraq war funding veto. I hope the same sentiment is attached to any illegal alien amnesty bill.
12 posted on 05/01/2007 9:23:02 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: nwctwx

Thanks tons for all your work.

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To: nwctwx

Thank you!

14 posted on 05/01/2007 9:33:57 PM PDT by texpat72 (<><)
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To: Myrddin

Ditto that.

15 posted on 05/01/2007 9:52:52 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: nwctwx

Thank you for all your hard work.

16 posted on 05/01/2007 9:56:05 PM PDT by PeskyOne
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17 posted on 05/01/2007 10:03:44 PM PDT by Cindy
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Special Dispatch Series - No. 1567
May 2, 2007 No.1567

“Islamist Websites Monitor No. 93
Islamist Video: Interview with an Al-Qaeda Commander in Afghanistan”

SNIPPET: “On April 28, 2007, Islamist websites posted a 43-minute video featuring an interview with Sheikh Abu Laith Al-Libi, who is introduced in the film as “one of the leaders of Al-Qaeda in Khorasan, [Afghanistan].” The film was produced by Al-Qaeda’s media company Al-Sahab and is accompanied by English subtitles. The following are the main points of the interview.

Abu Laith states that the long-term goal of jihad is to establish Islam throughout the world, while its short-term goal is to rescue the Muslims from the oppression to which they are subject.”

SNIPPET: “The video can be viewed at:

18 posted on 05/01/2007 10:08:07 PM PDT by Cindy
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HOT (JIHAD with Robert Spencer)
“Is There a War On Terror?”
(May 1, 2007)

19 posted on 05/01/2007 10:12:13 PM PDT by Cindy
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“Mark Steyn: ‘Top Hamas Official: Kill All Americans’ [Steyn Takes Condi To Task]”
National Review Online ^ | May 02, 2007 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 05/01/2007 10:18:25 PM PDT by jdm

20 posted on 05/01/2007 10:29:10 PM PDT by Cindy
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