Archive for December, 2005

Patriot Act extended for 6 months

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

AP reports a deal may be in the works in the Senate to extend the Patriot Act for 6 months. Four Republicans want their “grievances” addressed in the next debate and given an agreement to that effect they will vote for the extension.

Michelle Malkin reports via Kathryn Lopez at NRO that there are still four more votes needed for cloture and those have to be Senate democrats. Tall order that, it would appear.

If nothing else, this proves that direct action against our elected folks in DC is far more productive than having battles of wits with unarmed opponents. Keep the calls\faxes\letters going to DC!

FISA and SigInt

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

My oh my how this has stirred up a mess. We have supporters of the President reaching for anything they can find to support the Signals Intelligence gathering on American Citizens during wartime while the “loyal” opposition supporters of the barbarians are screaming for impeachment and waxing poetic about civil liberties.

While the barbarian supporters can do little to harm the President, the supporters of the President are causing all manner of problems by just muddying the waters. Uncle Jimbo at Blackfive is doing just that by drawing Clinton’s SigInt activities into the question. Uncle Jimbo, THEY. DON’T. CARE. All they want to do is hurt this President and, as you can tell in the comments to your post, you bringing up Clinton only gives them ammunition.

People…calm down. You are not going to convince the Anti-American citizens to change their minds, they just want to play a tit for tat game with this President. Let them rant and target your wrath to the Congressmen and Senators in your districts and states. Hammer them to investigate the leak of this program to the New York Crimes/Washington Boast. **THAT** is the real crime here. If a desk jockey at the CIA can stir up an investigation about her being “outed”, then surely this meets a similar(though far more sober) standard.

But, this is the world we live in now. The story is out and the lengths taken by NSA to rip my civil liberties apart should be investigated. Like Smash, I hope this investigation doesn’t harm our National Security more than the initial leak but with the barbarian supporters thinking they see blood in the water…well…it’s going to be a very interesting Winter.

Stethem killer paroled by Germany

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

AP Reports:

BERLIN – German authorities have paroled convicted terrorist Mohammed Ali Hamadi after he served 19 years of a life sentence for the 1985 hijacking of a TWA jetliner and the killing of a U.S. Navy diver, a law enforcement official said Tuesday.

I sincerely hope that the USS Stethem, named in honor of the sailor killed by this slime, is on it’s way to the southern coast of Italy to toss a few tomahawks toward Berlin for this bit of ignorance. Perhaps the GSG-9 is now following Mr. Hamadi just waiting for him to hookup with his ideological brethren.

One can hope.

Army Knowledge Online issues

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

Yesterday Blackfive posted an article about the AKO phishing site. It seems that the enemy has taken down the malicious content and replaced it with a redirect to the official AKO site.

This causes a couple of interesting new problems. With the help of Milblogs everyone is scared to death to go to the link provided in the email they receive from the bad guys. But now, the link provided in the email resolves to the CORRECT AKO site. Looks like it’s forwarding/redirecting to the actual site now.

So, we have a site that is impersonating another site for the purposes of credential theft. Once the impersonating site is compromised the bad guys just redirect to the REAL site. So what happens in 6 weeks or so when the hype is slowed down and b0b.org turns off their redirect? Same code will do the same thing, same warnings go out saying the same thing, and we run the very serious risk of boy crying wolf or the appearance there of.

Army folks, you stay vigilant out there. This domain is owned by an individual in Canada and, one would assume, is in control of his website. The individual seems to be a respected developer, having had contributed content to CPAN. I would hate to see a solid Perl developer run out of town because he’s secretly scamming folks.

So…if the individual in question would like to clear his name, here’s the opportunity. Is this person running a site attempting to defraud members of the United States Army of their credentials? I somehow doubt it but would LOVE to hear it straight from him.

UPDATED: I heard from him and he did the right thing. He’s just a reseller so he’s not directly at fault here. Again, he did the right thing and that’s all I’m prepared to say publically.

War on DeanCo widens

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the image of our enemy:

Surrender Dean

This is the man that would have us up and quit in Iraq leaving the innocent citizens to the whims of the barbarians. This is the man that is helping to destroy the once great Democratic Party in America. Robert Kennedy, John Kennedy, Scoop Jackson, Lyndon Johnson, and Harry Truman must be spinning in their graves. This is not the party of those men. Oh…by the way two of those men are single handedly responsible for Vietnam.

I’m with North Dakota Democrat Rep. Earl Pomeroy when he says:

“My words to Howard Dean are simple – shut up,” Pomeroy told WDAY Radio in North Dakota on Thursday.

Congressman Pomeroy goes on to say the rhetoric on both sides has fallen short of what our military men and women deserve. That’s a true statement as well I’m sure but I have yet to hear any Republican talk our military down like we hear from Senator Al-Durbin, Al-Kennedy and the other members of the DeanCo militia.

Lt. Cmdr Smash has declared war on Dean, Pelosi, et al

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

I’ve been waiting for this to finally take root. It’s time to use any legal means possible to protect our military from the only force on the planet that can stop them…Congress.

We have watched with “Shock and Awe”(tm) as congressional Republicans have lost their spine over and over and over again. It’s time to remind them who put them there and encourage them to stand to and protect the mission in Iraq from the most serious enemy our country has ever faced, the modern democrat party.

Go to Smash’s place to get your orders…

Reality II – with illustration

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

Today a tragic event played out at Miami International Airport. A man with Bi-Polar disorder had failed to take his medication and declared that he had a bomb. An Air Marshall ordered the man to the ground at which point the man reached for a carryon bag. Air Marshall did what he had to do and now the man is dead from one or more pistol rounds.

Referencing yesterday’s rant, That is reality. Now for an illustration of the contrived world of a Blue Pill person:

Federal Airport Nazis execute unarmed citizen

The Federal Marshalls assasinated an innocent citizen in Miami. These idiots murdered an unarmed passenger once they had him on the ground. Here’s a prediction. They will discover that 1) he wasn’t a terrorist and 2) he didn’t have a bomb and 3) he was unarmed and 4) they over-reacted and killed the poor man. Of course, this is just the price we have to pay for living in a police state.

Mr. Wallie left this on the Counterterrorism blog as a track back to their report of the incident.

1) The man wasn’t innocent. He was sick but certainly not innocent. Claiming to have a bomb in an airport is likely to get you shot in any airport in the world. Well, except France.

2) He was never on the ground willingly although he was ordered to the ground.

3) True he wasn’t a terrorist but how would the Air Marshall know that? The guy said he had a bomb and was reaching for his bag. Is Air Marshall supposed to wait until AFTER he’s been blown up to try and stop him?

4) True again, he didn’t have a bomb but how would the Air Marshall know that? Ask him? Wait for the hand to come out of the carry on bag with a rubber chicken?

5) They didn’t over react. Over reacting would have been jumping to conclusions before even confronting the man with the order to get on the ground. You are well familiar with jumping to conclusions though.

6) They did kill the man and it turned out to be a tragic, yet necessary, killing.

7) Police State? perhaps you are also off your medication.

Reality

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

Reality is the rake that breaks your nose after you forgot and left it in the yard. Reality is that nasty cut on your hand when you fall on the broken glass. Reality is the bastards in the world ready to slowly strip the skin from your children while you and your wife are bound and forced to watch. Reality is the bastards in the world that fly airplanes full of innocent men, women, and children into buildings full of innocent men, women, and children. Reality sucks.

Fortunately we have a whole bunch of people in this country that refuse to accept the basic reality based fact that there are people in the world that will kill you for the simple pleasure of watching you die. No reason. No oppression. No political balderdash wrapped in an upside down American flag. These are the people that work for Human Rights Watch and the other people who cling to their outrageous reports exposing covert CIA locations around the world. Is it outrageous because the reports are false? I doubt it. Maybe because the locations are wrong? Doubt that to. It’s outrageous because these people don’t get it…they don’t understand what reality is.

I’m with Uncle Jimbo at Blackfive:

I’m about ready to just moor an aircraft carrier 50 miles off DC and centralize all funky operations out of there. Surround it with a bunch of Aegis Cruisers decked out with anti-missile gear and float a few shark boats underwater and Game on!

Here’s alittle more reality. We are at war. The enemy will stop at NOTHING to “win” and to them that means destroy America. While we are fighting terrorists the world over we fight this war against our own citizens who cannot accept reality. These people are the epitomy of Blue Pill People. They can’t see the real world because they are too busy looking at their contrived world where we can all just hug and sing some stupid song to get along.

You know what happens when you try to hug pre-war Saddam Hussein? His thugs kill you. You know what happens when you try to hug ol’ Stumpy Zarqawi? He knocks you down and slowly relieves you of your brain bag. If we capture Zarqawi do you really think a nice cushy cell, 3 Islamic friendly meals a day, Prayer Beads, and a Koran is going to make him tell us about his network? Well you are wrong. The only way to get this barbarian to talk is to threaten him with a slow painful not-quite-death…and then exercising your option of it. They don’t fear death…they do fear pain for they are cowards.

Is the above activity against the standards of a civilized society? Absolutely. But, dear reader, let me ask you this:

Since when has civilized behavior won a war of attrition?

That’s the reality of this War on Terror, deal with it.

Update: Of course, Wretchard of the Belmont Club has an excellent article related to this. He goes into the moral issues surrounding torture. Excellent excellent read…as always.