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Exclusive: White House Continues to be MIA on Critical World and Defense Issues

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Saudi Hate Film Draws (Private) State Department Fire

Steve Emerson

The Olive Dream can only be described as a blatant attempt to distort history and incite anti-Semitism - so why is State Department criticism only voiced privately?

Exclusive: Possible Budget Cuts to Poison Control Centers a Blow to Emergency Preparedness (Part One of Two)

Dr. Robin McFee

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Dick Morris and Eileen McGann

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Exclusive: The Squandered Emancipation of Iranian Women

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Exclusive: Why Local Law Enforcement Must Work with Immigration Officials

Michael Cutler

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Colombia's Our Compadre - Chance to Solidify Friendship

Peter Brookes

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Ask Willa: Former CIA Operations Officer - Keeping the CIA Viable


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A warm welcome to our UAC friends

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A Warm Welcome to Our
Friends in
the United American Committee!

Brigitte Gabriel, President, ACT! for America

Dear Solstice,

I am delighted to announce
the addition of the members of the United American Committee (UAC) to the
ACT! for America citizen action network.

A week ago Jesse
Petrilla, the founder of the United American Committee, sent an email to
UAC members telling them of this exciting news. In that email he wrote:

“I am very pleased to announce that in order to build cohesion,
and keep the members of United American Committee active in the fight
against Islamic jihad, we will be adding the UAC membership to the ranks
of ACT! for America, thus helping to further strengthen and unite the
efforts against our enemies.

While UAC will remain a separate
entity, our members will now benefit from receiving ACT! for America
updates, and are encouraged to find and get involved with local ACT!
chapters. Soon you will be receiving a welcoming message from ACT!

Jesse founded the United American Committee in
2004 with the goal, as he said in his email to the UAC members, “to spark
a national movement against jihad…” As he further stated in his email,
“that effort now exists, and ACT! for America is leading the way.”

We in ACT! for America applaud Jesse’s efforts over the past five
years and are thankful and humbled by the words he shared about us in his
email. Our UAC friends are to be commended for their patriotism and
activism in the face of the rising threat of radical Islam, and I know
there have been instances where UAC and ACT! for America members have been
working together toward this common goal.

As a consequence of this
action by Jesse and the UAC, the ACT! for America network is now bigger
and stronger. I have sent an email message to the UAC members, welcoming
them to our network and encouraging them to get involved with our chapters
or even to explore starting ACT! for America chapters where they live.

I’d like to close by quoting one last time from Jesse’s email to
the UAC membership:

“I hope that UAC members, united with members
of ACT! for America, will be a force to be reckoned with on the grassroots

That is my sincere hope as well. I applaud Jesse’s
expression of unity and desire for us to work together. In the struggle
against radical Islam we have many challenges ahead of us, but with that
kind of spirit I have no doubt that we will prevail.


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Rubin in Wall St. Journal: "The Troop Drawdown Could Be Costly for Iraq"

Middle East Forum
June 30,

The Troop Drawdown Could Be Costly for Iraq

by Michael Rubin
Street Journal

June 30, 2009


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Today is a milestone in Iraq. Under
the terms of the Strategic Framework Agreement, U.S. troops will withdraw
from Iraqi cities. In retrospect, however, June 30 will likely mark
another milestone: the end of the surge and the relative peace it brought
to Iraq. In the past week, bombings in Baghdad, Mosul and near Kirkuk have
killed almost 200 people. The worst is yet to come.

While the Strategic Framework
Agreement was negotiated in the twilight of the Bush administration,
President Barack Obama shaped the final deal. He campaigned on a time line
to withdraw combat troops from Iraq, and his words impacted the

Iraq has shown us time and again
that military strength is the key to influence in other matters. Just look
at the behavior of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, Iraq's most influential
Shiite cleric.

Under Saddam, Mr. Sistani was an
independent religious mind, but he was hardly a bold voice. Like so many
other Iraqis, he stayed alive by remaining silent. Only after Saddam's
fall did he speak up. Though he is today a world-famous figure, the New
York Times made its first mention of the ayatollah on April 4, 2003, five
days before the fall of Baghdad.

Mr. Sistani is as much of a threat
to Iran as he was to Saddam. In November 2003, he contradicted Iranian
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei when asked what night the holy month of
Ramadan would end, a determination made by sighting the moon. Mr. Sistani
said Tuesday, Mr. Khamenei said Wednesday.

To the West, this might be trivial,
but it sent shock waves through Iran. How could the supreme leader claim
ultimate political and religious authority over not only the Islamic
Republic but all Shiites and be contradicted?

Perhaps this is why Iran bolstered
its support for militias. When I visited Najaf in January 2004, I saw
dark-clad militiamen on the streets outside Mr. Sistani's house. Mr.
Sistani quieted until the following year, when U.S. forces retook the

Militias are not simply reactions to
sectarian violence, nor are they spontaneous creations. They are tools
used by political leaders to impose through force what is not in hearts
and minds.

Because of both ham-fisted postwar
reconstruction and neighboring state interference, militia and insurgent
violence soared from 2004 through 2006. The fight became as much
psychological as military.

Iranian and insurgent media declared
the United States to be a paper tiger lacking staying power. The
Baker-Hamilton Commission report underscored such perceptions. Al-Jazeera
broadcast congressional lamentations of defeat throughout the region.
Iranian intelligence told Iraqi officials that they might like the
Americans better, but Iran would always be their neighbor and they best
make an accommodation. Al Qaeda sounded similar themes in al-Anbar.

Then came President Bush's
announcement that he would augment the U.S. presence. The surge was as
much a psychological strategy as it was a military one. It proved our
adversaries' propaganda wrong. Violence dropped. Iraq received a new
chance to emerge as a stable, secure democracy.

By telegraphing a desire to leave,
Mr. Obama reverses the dynamic. In effect, his strategy is an anti-surge.
Troop numbers are not the issue. It is the projection of weakness. Not
only Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki but Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and
Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani have also reached out to the Islamic
Republic in recent weeks.

In Cairo, Mr. Obama said the U.S.
had no permanent designs on Iraq and declared, "We will support a secure
and united Iraq as a partner, and never as a patron." Indeed. But until
the Iraqi government is strong enough to monopolize independently the use
of force, a vacuum will exist and the most violent factions will fill

Power and prestige matter.
Withdrawal from Iraq's cities is good politics in Washington, but when
premature and done under fire it may very well condemn Iraqis to repeat
their past.

Michael Rubin, a senior editor
of the
Middle East
, is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a
senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate

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June 29, 2009 War on Women News - RealCourage.org

Pakistan "Honor killings": Couple, including teenage bride, mother, sister murdered
-- Honour killings: Couple, 3 relatives gunned down
-- "More than three-dozen attackers were dressed in Punjab police uniforms and fully equipped to avenge the so-called
dishonour brought to the family due to the elopement of the girl."
-- Couple shot dead for eloping - police
-- AFP: "Relatives of a Pakistani teenager who eloped and married without parental consent shot her dead in a raid on
her new home which also killed her husband and in-laws, police said."
--- "'They killed the bride, the mother and sister of the bridegroom,' said Charsadda district police official Saleem Jan."
--- "'They beat them first and then shot them dead,' he told AFP."
-- Newly-wed couple among five shot dead in Charsadda
--- police describe the bride aged 18-19 was "from the deeply conservative Mardan district next to Charsadda"
--- "Human rights groups have strongly condemned the practice of honour killings in Pakistan, which claim the lives of
hundreds of women each year."

Bahrain Offers Women No Protection from Spousal Rape
-- "Getting a divorce and custody of one's children is very difficult in Bahrain, even in cases where a husband sexually attacks his wife."
-- "Similar to almost all Arab and Islamic countries, Bahrain offers women no protection from their sexually abusive husbands"
-- "Scholar and judge at the Shariah courts, Shaikh Mohsin Al Asfoor says men have the right to demand sexual relations
with their wives as the word 'rape' doesn't exist between couples."
-- Mohsin Al Asfoor: "Shariah courts have declined many cases filed by women against their husbands because they forced
them to have sex, especially females who signed the marriage contracts but were waiting to be wedded, because Islamic regulations are
clear in the right of men to have sex with their wives whenever they wish"
-- "Religious educator Fatima Busandel agrees with Shaikh Al Asfoor saying that women can't say no to their husbands and
that if they tolerate hardship in their sexual relations they will receive God's blessing for trying to protect their homes."

Bangladesh: Islamic supremacist fatwa used for public whipping of woman 200 times
-- Fatwa leads to 303 whips
-- Piara Begum whipped
-- "Piara, mother of five children, fell unconscious soon after the lashings and was taken to the Upazila Health Complex.
The on-duty doctor ANM Bashir Ahmed said her condition was critical and she needed better treatment."
-- Bangladeshi woman whipped 200 times in public
-- "A 40-year-old widow was whipped 202 times along with a man, following an edict issued by a local religious
leader for her alleged involvement in 'anti-social activities' in southeastern Bangladesh, prompting police to arrest six persons. "
-- "Piara Begum, a mother of five, was whipped 202 times while 25-year-old Mamun Miah was executed 101 lashes
before hundreds of people in Comilla on Saturday."
-- "The widow had earlier filed a case under the women and children repression prevention act accusing eight persons
including the arrested six and 10 to 12 unidentified people."
-- "Dudmiah, who executed the whippings, said on being produced in the court: 'I executed the fatwa issued by
local religious leaders; I was given the task as a senior villager.'"

Saudi Arabia: Child Marriage Not Prohibited Under "Sharia Law"
-- Saudi working on child marriage curbs: rights chief
---- "Aiban said the problem is that under Islamic sharia law, the foundation of the Saudi justice system has
no prohibition on child marriage and new regulations have to be crafted in harmony with sharia principles."

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Bombs Found Metro Manila, Terrorists Planning To Destabilize?

Posted: 30 Jun 2009 12:27 AM PDT


Is there an ongoing destabilization operation? Yesterday, a
bomb was found at the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Quezon City, a day
after the Office of the Ombudsman, also in Quezon City, was bombed.

Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap told reporters the DA incident
might be part of a concerted effort to sow destabilization or

A “suspicious package” was also found outside a condominium
across Ateneo de Manila University along Katipunan Avenue in Quezon

President Arroyo and her family had once occupied a penthouse
suite at the condominium – the One Burgundy Plaza. As of last night,
police have not confirmed whether the package contained an explosive

Police suspect the DA and Katipunan incidents are related.

Witnesses told reporters the package was contained in a red
belt bag that a security guard found outside One Burgundy Plaza at around
7 a.m.

The police blotter at Anonas police station showed the security
guard had reported his find.

Witnesses said the package was found near an electric post
between One Burgundy Plaza and Prince David condominium.


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Warren Air Force Base Conducts National-level Terror Exercise

Posted: 30 Jun 2009 12:22 AM PDT


A simulated terrorist attack on a 90th Missile Wing ICBM launch
facility provided the exercise scenario for Nuclear Weapon
Accident/Incident Exercise 2009.

This national-level exercise involving 11 federal agencies and
1,300 personnel was the largest and most complex exercise ever conducted
at a missile base.

Accident response and associated consequent management
procedures are routinely practiced by local responders and the 90th
Missile Wing; however, this exercise was made far more complex by the
criminal aspect associated with terrorist activities.

Close and careful coordination with a number of federal
agencies, particularly the FBI, was essential to gather information
swiftly to identify and capture the terrorists responsible for the

The exercise challenged responders in several ways. Balancing
the need for personnel safety in a potentially hazardous situation while
allowing law enforcement officials to gather time critical evidence for
criminal response, required a clear understanding of the risks

Minutes counted in determining which terrorist group was
responsible and developing courses of action to track and capture

As response elements arrived from across the nation, the wing’s
initial response force transitioned to a response task force with a formal
transfer of incident command between the wing commander Col. Mike Morgan,
90th MW commander, and the

Twentieth Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Roger W. Burg.

General Burg then led the federal agency response for
consequence management along with supporting the FBI in their
counter-terrorism mission.

In addition to the FBI, major exercise players included the
Department of Energy providing weapon system technical expertise, Homeland
Security and FEMA for consequence management, US Northern Command for
operational command of the IRF/RTF, the State of Wyoming and the Wyoming
Guard for initial response and logistical support, and Air Force Space
Command for filling key RTF leadership positions.

“This is the first time the country has brought together
military operators with a very robust interagency package,” said Exercise
Director and Director of Nuclear Support at the Defense Threat Reduction
Agency U. S. Army Brig. Gen. Ernie Audino “This is a complex exercise with
many moving parts.” “It is critical to make the U.S. military the best in
the world,” he continued. “And it’s not just the extensive training we go
through, but it’s how we capture the lessons learned from that training.
It is an endless, necessary cycle.”


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DHS Report Concludes General Aviation Security Threat is

Posted: 30 Jun 2009 12:05 AM PDT


The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) recently
welcomed a conclusion in a recent report conducted by the Department of
Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (DHS-0IG) that “general
aviation presents only limited and mostly hypothetical threats to

“This report validates what we in the general aviation
community have said before: General aviation does not represent a
significant security threat,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “The
industry has always emphasized security, and in the years since the 9/11
attacks, we have remained diligent and adopted numerous measures to ensure
that our aircraft, crews and passengers are safe and secure.”

Following are the key findings included in the 30-page study by
the DHS-OIG:

* “We determined that general aviation presents only limited
and mostly hypothetical threats to security. We also determined that the
steps general aviation airport owners and managers have taken to enhance
security are positive and effective.”

* “The current status of [general aviation] operations does not
present a serious homeland security vulnerability requiring TSA to
increase regulatory oversight of the industry.”

* “Although [TSA's Office of Intelligence] has identified
potential threats, it has concluded that most [general aviation] aircraft
are too light to inflict significant damage, and has not identified
specific imminent threats from [general aviation] aircraft.”

“We recognize that this report doesn’t mean our industry can
take its eye off the ball on security,” Bolen continued. “We will continue
working with policymakers to promote effective proposals for enhancing
security while recognizing the business aviation community’s need for
mobility and flexibility. At the same time, we welcome this recognition of
our industry’s long-standing commitment to security, and the effective
measures we’ve taken to minimize security threats.”

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U.S. Adm. Mike Mullen Outlines Top U.S. Threats

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 10:00 PM PDT


At any given moment, U.S. Adm. Mike Mullen is juggling at least
a half dozen critical situations around the world.

The final hours before taking off for Moscow to iron out
details of a military cooperation agreement with Russia were no different
for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the fight against the Taliban
inside Pakistan, al-Qaida’s intent to attack the U.S. and Iran are the
issues Mullen says he is grappling with right now.

“The biggest concern I have right now is in the broader Middle
East,” says Mullen. “We are in a position in Iraq where we’re decreasing
our footprint over the next year and a half, considerably to meet the
president’s direction to have all troops out of Iraq by the end of

At the same time Mullen says, “We’re increasing the number of
forces we’ve got in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is in that region — in
Afghanistan and Pakistan — I think the No. 1 threat that we have right
now, is al -Qaida.”

Mullen says al-Qaida’s main goal “is to attack Western

But another threat, North Korea, is most pressing.

“What is most important in my view is that somehow this leader
gets the message that he’s just continuing to isolate himself and his
people,” says Mullen.

He pulled no punches when discussing Kim Jong il’s

“He is somewhat unpredictable. Clearly that’s the case,” says

When asked about U.S. military preparation to deal with a
possible missile launch in the direction of Hawaii, Mullen responded

“I think we’re very well postured and in a position to be able
to address the threat. I have great confidence in our forces and our
ability to do that.”

When pressed on just what would be done, Mullen says the U.S.
would “take all necessary measures to defend our people.”

While clear on the threats, he’s keenly aware of the advantage
he has.

via Mullen outlines top U.S. threats – wtop.com.

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Planned Racial Violence Spurs Lockdown By Sherriff Arpaio

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 07:22 PM PDT


Ten thousand inmates in Maricopa County jails were placed on
lockdown after authorities got word of a planned race riot.

The lockdown means visitation, phone calls and nonessential
movement will be restricted and SWAT teams will be on standby, according
to Lt. Brian Lee, sheriff’s spokesman.

Inmates will be allowed out of their cells for court
appearances only.

Lee said in a press release that the planned riot was spurred
by the inmates’ dislike of sharing cells with people of other races.

The lockdown will continue until tensions subside.


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Detonated Blasting Cap Found On Tracks Near Train Station

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 07:06 PM PDT


Wenham Mass. Kids looking for rocks along the train
tracks yesterday made a puzzling discovery: a detonated blasting cap on
the tracks near the commuter rail station.

The discovery temporarily shut down a section of the parking
lot near the Shoppes at Hamilton Crossing and police made a passing train
continue to the Ipswich station without stopping.

Police Sgt. Jeffrey Tobey said there was no evidence of any
explosive material on the tracks or else they would have shut down the
Newburyport line.

In fact, the detonated blasting cap wasn’t even on the tracks

Tobey said the two kids brought their discovery to the Hamilton
police station down the road.

Hamilton police contacted MBTA police who are now working with
the FBI on an investigation, Tobey said.

via Detonated
blasting cap found on tracks near train station – SalemNews.com, Salem,

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Yemeni Jet Crashes Near Comoros Islands – 150 Onboard

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 06:51 PM PDT

A Yemeni airliner with 150 people aboard has
crashed near the Comoros Islands, an aviation official in Yemen says.

An airliner with 150 people on board belonging to Yemeni
state carrier Yemenia Air crashed in the Indian Ocean archipelago of
Comoros Tuesday, a senior government official said.

“We don’t know if there are any survivors among the 150
people on the plane,” Comoros vice-president Idi Nadhoim told Reuters
from the airport at the main island’s capital Moroni.

Nadhoim said the accident happened in the early hours of
Tuesday, but could not give any more details.

The location was not immediately known, but a medical
worker in the town of Mitsamiouli, on the main island Grande Comore,
said he had been called into the local hospital.

“They have just called me to come to the hospital. They
said a plane had crashed,” he told Reuters.

A Comoran police source said the plane was believed to
have come down in the sea. “We really have no sea rescue capabilities,”
he added.

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