22 April 2008

Teen To Face WMD Charge In School-Bombing Plan

The 18-year-old who planned to bomb his high school is facing a possible life sentence after being charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and two other charges.

Authorities have said Schallenberger could have assembled deadly bombs within minutes with the materials they found. Police said they also discovered bombing plans including a hand-drawn map of the school, a hate-filled journal lauding the Columbine killers and an audiotape that authorities say was to have been played after Schallenberger died.

Schallenberger has been charged by the state with making a bomb threat, and county prosecutor Jay Hodge planned Tuesday to charge him with possession of bomb-making materials.

This was a straight-A student who police say was just "mad at the world".  What were his parents worried most about?


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14 April 2008

Al-Sadr Demands Deserters Be Rewarded

Muqtada Al-Sadr is getting desperate, but shouldn't worry yet because he still has the AP to shill for him.

The Basra offensive — which opened on March 25 — quickly stalled amid strong resistance from the outnumbered militiamen, despite artillery and air support provided by U.S. and British forces.

During the attack more than 1,000 security troops — including a full infantry battalion — refused to fight or joined the militias, handing them weapons and vehicles.

"Quickly stalled" as in, kicked so much ass that militia are still running for their lives.  Those who deserted or refused to fight should never be allowed to don a uniform again... not even as a bus driver.  They weren't security forces, they were infiltrators from the militias.  How else to explain their behavior?  Muqtada has a possible explanation.

"All the brothers in the army and police who gave up their arms to their bothers (Sadrists), were only obeying their grand religious leaders and they were driven by their religious duties," the anti-U.S. cleric said.

"I call upon all concerned authorities to reconsider their decision to dismiss those people from the army and the police. I demand they be reinstated and even rewarded for their loyalty and devotion to their religion," he added.

Demand all you like fatso, the only reward they should get is a firing squad, and you should be the first one in line.  You're still wanted for murder, remember?  If you ever poke your nose out of Iran long enough for real Iraqi troops to draw a bead on you, I'm certain you'll find out how much they support you. 

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13 April 2008

New Surveillance Program To Begin

It's now time for the next Democratic pseudo-scandal to start.  A new surveillance program using satellites is ready to "go warm" according to the Director of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff.

Sophisticated overhead sensor data will be used for law enforcement once privacy and civil rights concerns are resolved, he said. The department has previously said the program will not intercept communications.

Of course, that won't stop Democrats from lying about the administration infringing on civil liberties and breaking the law.

But Congress delayed launch of the new office last October. Critics cited its potential to expand the role of military assets in domestic law enforcement, to turn new or as-yet-undeveloped technologies against Americans without adequate public debate, and to divert the existing civilian and scientific focus of some satellite work to security uses.

Democrats say Chertoff has not spelled out what federal laws govern the NAO, whose funding and size are classified. Congress barred Homeland Security from funding the office until its investigators could review the office's operating procedures and safeguards. The department submitted answers on Thursday, but some lawmakers promptly said the response was inadequate.

"I have had a firsthand experience with the trust-me theory of law from this administration," said Harman, citing the 2005 disclosure of the National Security Agency's domestic spying program, which included warrantless eavesdropping on calls and e-mails between people in the United States and overseas. "I won't make the same mistake. . . . I want to see the legal underpinnings for the whole program."

You can expect all the details in the inevitable hearings and briefings to come.  Anything not disclosed by the Democrats directly will surely be leaked by them to the NYT. 

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10 April 2008

Terrorist Final Exam = FAIL!!

I wrote about the mid-term exams for terrorists-in-training earlier.  Here are the results from the final exam.

Twenty Hizbullah terrorists were killed recently during military training in Iran, according to the Kuwaiti paper Al-Watan.  The paper based its report on statements from senior Lebanese Islamist Mohammed Ali Hosseini.  Hosseini did not say how the 20 were killed.

Must have slept through all the Risk Assessment classes, eh? 

h/t Rantberg via The Jawa Report

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09 April 2008

Battlefield Lie Detector

This is a great new tool for troops to use when conducting sweeps after an IED attack or ambush.  A portable lie detector:

The Defense Department says the portable device isn't perfect, but is accurate enough to save American lives by screening local police officers, interpreters and allied forces for access to U.S. military bases, and by helping narrow the list of suspects after a roadside bombing. The device has already been tried in Iraq and is expected to be deployed there as well. “We're not promising perfection — we've been very careful in that,” said Donald Krapohl, special assistant to the director at the Defense Academy for Credibility Assessment, the midwife for the new device. “What we are promising is that, if it's properly used, it will improve over what they are currently doing.”

Troops are generally smarter than a lot of people (there's a lot of moonbats, right?) give them credit for.  They'll know this is just a tool and not perfect, but having it give a positive will definitely make them take a closer look at the person suspected of lying.

It would be interesting to see these used in hospitals as well.  I can't tell you how many times I've had a diabetic swear to me that they've been following their diet and the HgA1C result comes back elevated as hell.  Or doing an intake on somebody who swears they don't use street drugs and their urinalysis comes back positive for cocaine and marijuana.  Show them the results and they almost always look down and say, "Yeah, I really didn't mean to lie."  (huh? Isn't that another one?  Yep.)

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07 April 2008

More Terrorists Escape From Prison *UPDATE*

What is so hard about keeping terrorists locked up?  In this story , about nine convicted terrorists who bombed several targets in Casablanca escaped from the prison in Morocco.

The Moroccan Justice Ministry said in a statement that officials discovered Monday morning that the nine had escaped from a prison in Kenitra, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of the capital Rabat, MAP reported.

The ministry said all measures have been taken to find the escapees.

How about some measures to keep these guys from escaping in the first place?  I'm liking the idea of a GPS harness more and more (but no explosives kishnevi and Mac, sorry). 

*UPDATE* kishnevi was the one who originally suggested explosives.

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Hillary Calls For Olympic Boycott

I never thought I would see this day come.  I agree with Hillary Clinton and disagree with President Bush.  This alone was cause to reconsider my thinking, but I can't get around it... I think Hillary is right on this one.

Clinton, in a statement, cited violent clashes in Tibet and the lack of pressure by China on Sudan to stop "the genocide in Darfur."

"At this time, and in light of recent events, I believe President Bush should not plan on attending the opening ceremonies in Beijing, absent major changes by the Chinese government," the New York senator said.

I'm seriously disturbed by this.  Fortunately, she'll "qualify" her statements very soon I'm sure, if only to reassure my faith in her dishonesty.  Next, Barack Obama will argue the exact opposite, then "qualify" his statements to say we should have a boycott.  That way, they can both point to the statement that benefits them most and "tut-tut" any attempt to point out any conflicting statements they've made before or since.  'Cause that's how they roll.

John McCain will promise to hold a "virtual" Olympics... but only if the athletes are all given medals, whether they actually compete or not.

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06 April 2008

Taliban Commander Captured

This is good news from Afghanistan.

Police arrested Taliban commander Abdul Jabar on Saturday in the most significant capture of a militant for some time, the Interior Ministry said.

Jabar, who the government said organized attacks in the south, was captured while on his way towards Pakistan. He was a deputy of Mullah Mansour Dadullah, a prominent Taliban commander captured in Pakistan in February, it said.

My advice:  Don't let him go to the bathroom.  Wonder if they'll listen?  Heh.

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05 April 2008

Guess He Didn't Get The Memo *UPDATE*

Senator Biden says the troop buildup was a failure.

"The purpose of the surge was to bring violence in Iraq down so that its leaders could come together politically," said Biden, D-Del., in this week's Democratic radio address. "Violence has come down, but the Iraqis have not come together."

Isn't that a failure by the Iraqi leaders and not the troop buildup?  I thought the current talking point wasn't about the surge, but that we should focus on Afghanistan.  Wasn't it pretty much accepted, even by the Dems, that the surge did what it was supposed to do?

They said their focus will be on restoring the strength of the Army and Marines and refocusing the nation's resources on fighting terrorists in  Afghanistan.

See?  Don't worry Joe, the Associated Press has got your back.

*UPDATE* Tarnation!! DRJ over at Patterico's beat me to this one, but I missed it before writing this.  I try to avoid stories that other people have done already (hint:  if you check the timestamps on any of my posts that you see covered elsewhere, mine are almost always first.  Heh.)  Nice work DRJ.

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"Re-Education" In China

China's crackdown on the people of Tibet continues.  Now the Chinese government is calling its horrid oppression something different... re-education.

Efforts by authorities to "re-educate" monks at a monastery in Sichuan province in southwest China led to protests there on Thursday in which at least eight Tibetans were killed, the activist groups said.

I guess the Chinese government is going to teach the people of Tibet how to become patriotic Chinese citizens, even if it kills them.

The International Campaign for Tibet said the re-education campaign, a tactic long used by the Communist Party, typically involved forcing Tibetans to denounce the Dalai Lama.

The Dalai Lama fled his homeland in 1959 and remains a revered figure for Tibetans, although China believes he is a dangerous figure bent on achieving independence for Tibet.

China says he is orchestrating the latest unrest, claims he denies.

They must believe that if the lie is big enough, told loud enough, and for a long enough time it becomes the truth.  Of course, you need one more element for any chance of successfully injecting doubt into the crimes you commit.

Independently verifying what happened, as with all the unrest, is extremely difficult because China has barred foreign reporters from travelling to Tibet and the other hotspot areas and blanketed them with security.

There it is... no witnesses.  Feh.

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