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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

News: Vets4Freedom, CentCom, Islam, Free Speech

There is much news today, while I will admit some of it is already known. This for those who may not heard it yet. There is much chatter about the Islamists, the intent of Saddam Hussein to use WMD and it being ignored, the growth of the Muslim Brotherhood in the USA, and some 'secret papers' reveal threat to London by The Saudi prince. Let's say we get started, eh?

The first thing I would like to bring to every Vets attention is this:
Vets for Freedom is gathering our nations veterans for a second "Vets on the Hill" event on April 8th. So, if you are a veteran of Iraq, Afghanistan, or another theatre of the Global War on Terror; sign up today to travel to Washington DC and tell Congress that support of General Petraeus and our fellow troops is a must for continued success in Iraq and Afghanistan. [Go here to sign up and find much more information.]
Please sign up and go. Even if you cannot go, at least go to this site. There is also a blog and much more news. It is a great site. Here is some information on the update of the Heroes Tour.

I am going to introduce the titles of these articles from CentCom along with a little summary. Please read them. We so rarely get good news about brave men and womens' accompliments that these articles can really bring a smile to your heart.


Iraqi leaders, Coalition troops resettle families.
by Spc. Nathaniel Smith

Iraqis line up at a school in southern Baghdad's Saydiyah neighborhood, Feb. 9, to stake their legal claim to property they had previously departed because of violence. A deed or an active lease was required before people were allowed to begin moving into their homes. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Nathaniel Smith) [Read the whole article.]

{On Feb. 9, 2008, the MND-B and Iraqi Officials started helping over 200 people reclaim their property which they fled during the most violent years. Yes, they are coming home!}

Recruits graduate from Camp Fiji IP Academy.
by James Hunter
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

Iraqi Policemen stand in formation during their graduation ceremony Feb. 2 from the Iraqi Police Academy at Camp Fiji in Baghdad. More than 490 new policemen graduated from the academy and will soon begin patrolling the streets of Baghdad. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. James P. Hunter) [Read the whole article.]

{Many of these new police officers belonged to the Concerned Local Citizens. It is truly amazing the good works and the good report that is now being felt throughout Iraq. They are indeed stepping up to protect others in their community, and they do not have to wait for someone else to it for them.}

More jobs available at brick factory.
by Ray McNulty

Bricks are stacked in the kiln before being fired and glazed at the Brick Factory complex in Narhwan. (U.S. Army photo) [Read the whole article.]

{Due to the new stability in Iraq, there are several factories opening and hiring people. The stability is making it possible for the oil to flow. In return, more goods and services are able to be provided. As the need is already there, the supply shall soon be available so the economy can grow. (That is my take on this.)}

ISF, MND-B Soldiers deliver school supplies.
by Ben Washburn
4th BCT PAO, 1st Inf. Div.

Two policemen with the 1-5-2 National Police unload a chair from a truck during a school supply mission in southern Baghdad Feb. 4. (U.S. Army photo) [Read the whole article.]

{Baghdad Soldiers and Iraq Security Forces banned together to distribute school supplies such as tables, chairs, book cases, a sofa and backpacks for the children. This is awesome! Great job, guys. Keep up the good work. (While this is happening, our troops are generally in the background watching. These Iraqis seem to be getting the hang of it.)}

Large cache discovered in southern Arab Jabour.
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs Office.

Soldiers discovered a large cache while on patrol near Minori Village in southern Arab Jabour, Feb. 8. (U.S. Army photo) [Read the whole article.]

{A local citizen led our coalition forces to a weapons cache. Pretty hefty cache, but then again, what do I know. I thought we were at war! (sarcasm)}

Airmen deliver school supplies, soccer balls to school.
MNFI Press Desk.

Second Lt. John H. Bergmans hands an Iraqi teacher school supplies in Safwan, Iraq, Feb. 7. The donation is part of an area-wide effort near Forward Operating Base Bucca to aid the surrounding citizens in maintaining their newly returned province. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brandon C. Hubbard) [Read the whole article.]

{This is another drop off of school supplies, except this time at Umm Qasr. This one had some hand-sewn bookbags and other donations by the Girl Scouts. Go Girl Scouts! This area is the 9th that has been turned over to the Iraqis in January. The Army, Air Force, and NAVY has been standing in the background to protect this young free province.}

Adwaniyah residents see brighter future.
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs Office.

Coalition troops and leaders of Adwaniyah, Iraq, have worked hard to establish trust and confidence within the community to improve the security and economic situation for the town. (U.S. Army photo) [Read the whole article.]

{This was a town that became engulfed by AQ-I, and they decided that this was a step backward. So they joined with the Coalition Forces, the Iraq Security Forces and the Sons of Iraq to rid their town of al Qaida in Iraq. The town is now better along with the economy, employment, and government relations.}

Al Qaida leader's diary reveals organization's decline.
by William Selby
Armed Forces Press Service.

The diary found by U.S. troops on patrol contained records about manpower, operations, weapons and finances, and also showed that al Qaida is hurting badly in the belts of Baghdad. [Read the whole article.]

{This is the doosy! The diary of the enemy. Need I say more? Okay, it belong(s?) to Abu Tariq, it is 16 pages long, and it contains information. He unfortunately is not the only high ranking AQ-I in Iraq, so we cannot let our guard down.}

Company D keeps the peace in Jisr Diyala.
by Ben Hutto
3rd HBCT, 3rd Infantry Division PAO.

Soldiers move debris as they look for weapons caches during a search operation in Jisr Diyala, Iraq, Feb. 9. (U.S. Army photo) [Read the whole article.]

{This is an article about a nervous townspeople who they are not sure if these people are waiting for the ceasefire to end or for them to clean up their town. Either way, they continue to search for weapons caches and enemies.}


Afghan children begin school in Oruzgan.
Bagram Media Center.

Students at Oshay School, in the Shahidi Hasas District of Oruzgan province, Afghanistan, show off their new notebooks on the opening day of classes Feb. 10. (U.S. Army photo) [Read the whole article.]

{Some of the Soldiers wanted to show their support for the school, teachers and the 120 students by providing notebooks, pens, pencils and other school supplies. The headmaster of the school, during an assembly, told the students that they were the future of Afghanistan. He even went so far as to let them know that one day, if they studied hard and did well, they could even become president!}

ANSF, Coalition help farmers endure harsh winter.

Shib Koh District village elders allocate veterinarian supplies so all the villages in the district can care for their animals during the winter.(U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Marie Schult) [Read the whole article.]

{As we used to do here in the USA, the animals are a very important part of the Afghanistanis work. It is very important to keep them well. They are aware of this in the government and the Coalition Forces, so they started a process to protect those who are in the western part of Afghanistan which are very difficult for them to travel during the harsh winters.}

ANA receive hands-on medical training in Farah.

An Afghan National Army medic examines the ears of a baby girl brought into a clinic near the Farah fire base for an ear infection, Jan. 8. (U.S. Army Photo) [Read the whole article.]

{The Afghan National Army and Coalition Forces medics worked together as a means of training the ANA medics to help them to be able to help their fellow soldiers and the Afghanistan citizens.}


CJTF-HOA welcomes new commander.
by Sgt. Charles Siler

Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Marines stand at parade rest during the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa change of command ceremony held at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Feb. 8. Rear Adm. Philip H. Green Jr. took over as the new commander of CJTF-HOA during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Jeremy Lock)

Rear Adm. Phillip Greene, commander, CJTF-HOA, assumed command of the task force from Rear Adm. James Hart, who will be retiring from military service and taking a Senior Executive Service position within U.S. Africa Command. [Read the whole article.]

{Congratulations men, and may many blessings be yours.}


Third Army now U.S. Army Central.
U.S. Army Central Public Affairs.

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 11, 2008) — Since the end of World War I, nearly 90 years ago, the circled A shoulder patch has been associated with Third Army. The proud heritage of the famous unit continues on today, but under a new name and with an expanded role for the 21st century.

No longer designated as Third Army, the unit nicknamed "Patton’s Own" is now U.S. Army Central, or USARCENT.

Although the Third Army name has passed into the rolls of history, USARCENT commander Lt. Gen. Jim Lovelace expressed satisfaction that its lineage and honors would continue under the USARCENT banner. [Read the whole article.]

{This is a very moving article. You would be better off reading it than my description of it. (Actually, I just want you to read it. lol)}

{Next we delve into the dealings of the Muslim Brotherhood in America with Douglas Farah. The title of his article is, "The Muslim Brotherhood in America Defined as "Threat Organization" in DOD Memo", and this will give you some background. This is as up to date as I have any links to (as of today). It is important to know this. It will be brought up time and again once you are aware it is out there. It's good to know what is ACTUALLY happening.}

{Here is another piece of information for you. ACT! for America has sent out a warning about this site: Revolution Muslim. This site was on a flyer being passed out IN NEW YORK CITY! Please, be prepared. Do not sleep like so many other fools are doing. We must be ready to face and fight our enemies, even on our home land.}

{Here is a very interesting article about CAIR. I wonder why the Democrats are still in their pocket, or is it the other way around? Hmm. This information is from}:

Devil May CAIR.
By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Friday, February 08, 2008 4:20 PM PT

Homeland Security: In a new court filing, federal prosecutors describe the Council on American-Islamic Relations as a supporter of terrorists. So why are Democrats still supporting the organization? [Read the whole article.]

{Hmm. Quite interesting indeed.}

{Next we have an article by Ron Kessler about Media Ignore Saddam's WMD Intent.}

When FBI agent George Piro recently described debriefing Saddam Hussein for seven months after his capture, he disclosed that the Iraqi dictator admitted his intention to re-start his weapons of mass destruction program within a year.

That plan included developing nuclear weapons capability, according to Saddam.

The revelation should have hit Page One of every newspaper.

It would have further justified President Bush’s decision to invade Iraq, a key issue in the coming presidential election. But many in the mainstream media could not bear to hear that Bush may have done something right.

When Piro’s interview came out in my book, "The Terrorist Watch: Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack," NBC Nightly News, Fox News, and Newsmax ran the news of Saddam’s admission, but few newspapers published a story. [Editor's Note: Get Ron Kessler's book FREE — go here now.]

CNN ran a story on the debriefing of Saddam but made no mention of Saddam’s plans to resume his weapons of mass destruction program, including developing nuclear capability. Instead, CNN said that what Saddam told Piro “throws more cold water on the justification for war” because Saddam admitted he was bluffing about having weapons of mass destruction. [Continue reading.]

{Anyone want to make a guess as to whose side of this war CNN is on? I didn't think so.}

{This next article is from a Muslim who has been working tirelessly to warn of political Islam. He is a Muslim, and he is Chairman of the site, 'American Islamic Forum for Democracy'}:

AIFD Chairman, M. Zuhdi Jasser, visited the Netherlands from December 12-16, 2007 in a visit organized by the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands.

The Embassy of the United States in the Netherlands reports: Dr. Jasser met with Dutch audiences to speak about Islam, citizenship, and democracy and to discuss the threat of political Islam. His interview with the Dutch Muslim Broadcaster NMO was broadcast Sunday, February 10, 2008.

The interview with Dr Jasser is available on the NMO website at the this link.

The interview on NMO Dutch Muslim Broadcasting which aired on February 10, 2008 is also available at these links: Part 1 and Part 2.

AIFD welcomed the opportunity to bring a pro-liberty, pro-religious freedom, and anti-Islamist message about the threat of political Islam to Muslim and non-Muslim audiences in the Netherlands.

{His site has many links to some very good articles. Go check it out.}

{Try reading this without having your blood boil over, "BAE: secret papers reveal threats from Saudi prince." Here's a little peek into this article}:

Saudi Arabia's rulers threatened to make it easier for terrorists to attack London unless corruption investigations into their arms deals were halted, according to court documents revealed yesterday.

Previously secret files describe how investigators were told they faced "another 7/7" and the loss of "British lives on British streets" if they pressed on with their inquiries and the Saudis carried out their threat to cut off intelligence.

Prince Bandar, the head of the Saudi national security council, and son of the crown prince, was alleged in court to be the man behind the threats to hold back information about suicide bombers and terrorists. He faces accusations that he himself took more than £1bn in secret payments from the arms company BAE. [Continue reading.]

{President Bush, I don't give a damn who you think you are, this scorge of the earth is NOT to step one foot in America ever again!}

{Daniel Pipes has written another remarkable article which we should all read.}

Westerners must mount a united front against Islamic law.

Westerners opposed to the application of the Islamic law (the Shari'a) watch with dismay as it goes from strength to strength in their countries — harems increasingly accepted, a church leader endorsing Islamic law, a judge referring to the Koran, clandestine Muslim courts meting out justice. What can be done to stop the progress of this medieval legal system so deeply at odds with modern life, one that oppresses women and turns non-Muslims into second-class citizens? [Continue reading to find the solution.]

{It can be done, and we must do it. There is still time. Put on your armor of God, pray, and pass the ammo...}

{Oh, this is beautiful. I just wish they would do their homework FIRST.}

Embattled Muslim aide to leave Pentagon job.
Hesham Islam's 'resume didn't add up,' official says.

In a stunning turn of events, a high-level Muslim military aide blamed for costing an intelligence contractor his job will step down from his own Pentagon post, WND has learned.

Meanwhile, his rival, Maj. Stephen Coughlin, a leading authority on Islamic war doctrine, may stay in the Pentagon, moving from the office of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the office of the secretary of defense. However, sources say a former U.S. ambassador to Turkey is trying to block his new contract.

The top Pentagon aide, Egyptian-born Hesham H. Islam, came under a cloud of suspicion after reports raised doubt about his resume and contacts he had made with radical Muslims. He is expected to leave the government next month, officials say. [Continue reading.]

{Finally, something I can laugh about. LOL. In your rotten egyptian face!}

Well, it appears I've cleared my inbox on these issues. Whew! I hope this isn't too much, but it is all good to know. Have fun! ;) }

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Posts I've trackbacked to at Samantha Burns' OTA: S. The Crazy Rantings of Samantha Burns: Wednesday's OTA, W. third world county (W, F.), W. Gribbit's Word (W, S.), W. Stop The ACLU (W, S.), W. Stuck On Stupid, W. Right Truth, W. Chaotic Synaptic Activity, W. The Pink Flamingo, W. Pet's Garden Blog (W, F), Thursday: Th. Diary of the Mad Pigeon.

Posts I've trackbacked to at Linkfest and other sites: Random Yak, A Newt One, Outside the Beltway, Dumb Ox Daily News, Right Voices, Pursuing Holiness, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

1. Wolf Pangloss: It’s a Hit: Navy Hits Spy Satellite on first try; China whines.
2. Right Truth: Consequences of Kosovo Independence on Americans and Non-Muslims.
3. Potbelly Stove: The NYT rides again... Digg! Digg!

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