Archive for April, 2013

Syria, lets make more Jihadist happy?

April 26, 2013

Am I missing something here. It seems we have a fair amount of politicians that want us to intervene in Syria. Exactly what they want us to do is unclear other than arming our other enemies. Much like the Gun-Control crowd the cry is to do something, anything. Well what?

Should we arm the Syrian resistance? You know the ones filled with Islamic extremist? Those rebels? Perhaps these genius politicians know another group competing for power that are just a little bit more friendly to western ideas. Let’s look back in time just a bit at say, Egypt. We supported the rebels there. A great group of liberal Democrats. You know the Muslim Brotherhood. Yeah that’s working out swell.

Maybe I just don’t see the threat as clearly as the “Maverick” John McCain and that combat lawyer reservist Lindsey Graham. Just how is arming and moving into power a more unstable group of nitwits going to benefit us.

Ok Assad may have used Chemical Weapons against the Rebels.  With conflicting evidence we see everyone clamoring that the “Red Line” has been crossed. Oh no! Really?  Um and I should care why? Because if we help the rebels remove Assad those chemical weapons will be in safer hands?  Humm.

President Obama seems reluctant to take a stand on this one. I know, a big surprise there huh? Will he let others whose objectives are unclear, lead him to another foreign policy disaster?

Look, if we want to remove Assad, then let’s just do it ourselves. How’s about we not give more weapons to radical jihadist than we already have.

Elvis has left the building

April 23, 2013

Mississippi man released after arrest in ricin-letter probe
This is why we have constitutional rights.  What would have happened had this individual been declared an enemy combatant?

Two sources had earlier confirmed to Fox News that the FBI was looking into the possibility that he might have been framed as part of a grudge against him from someone in his neighborhood. A detention hearing for Paul Kevin Curtis that was scheduled for Tuesday has also been postponed.

The development comes after investigators said they hadn’t found any ricin in his house. Agent Brandon Grant said that a search of Curtis’ vehicle and house in Corinth, Miss., on Friday did not turn up ricin or ingredients for the poison. A search of Curtis’ computers has found no evidence so far that he researched making ricin.

Now this doesn’t mean he’s innocent.  But actual evidence would be nice.  curtis

Michelle Malkin has the Immigration bill covered

April 23, 2013

Michelle Malkin has read the current immigrations bill and has a few thoughts. Check out the key points:

Dissecting the Gang of 8′s enforcement sham

I’ve read through the nearly 900-page “immigration reform” bill released by the Senate’s so-called Gang of 8 last week. Anyone can read it here. The question, of course, is whether non-deluded conservatives can read right through the phony promises, false triggers, and open-borders illusions

Three Flaws in the The Bill’s Amnesty Provisions.

(1) The Background Checks Are Insufficient to Prevent Terrorists from Gaining Amnesty.

The background check provisions of the bill in Section 2101(b)(8) contain no requirement that amnesty applicants actually provide government-issued documentation proving who they say they are.

(2) Absconders and Aliens Who Have Already Been Deported Claim the Amnesty.

One provision of the bill is particularly counterproductive with respect to immigration enforcement. Unlike the amnesty of 1986, and unlike the various smaller amnesties that have been enacted since then (such as the “Section 245i” amnesty), this bill actually allows illegal aliens who have already been deported from the United States to return and gain the amnesty. Sections 2101(b)(6)(B)-(C) do so.

(3) The Bill Legalizes Dangerous Aliens Who Received Deferred Action Under DACA.

Sections 2101(b)(13 and 2103(b)(2)(C) permits beneficiaries of Secretary Napolitano’s unlawful DACA directive of June 2012 to become eligible for the amnesty and for lawful permanent resident status. The DACA Directive was issued by Secretary Napolitano in direct violation of federal law, specifically 8 U.S.C. § 1225, which requires that immigration officials place certain aliens into removal proceedings. 8 U.S.C. § 1225(a)(1) requires that “an alien present in the United States who has not been admitted … shall be deemed for purposes of this chapter an applicant for admission.” This designation triggers 8 U.S.C. § 1225(a)(3), which requires that all applicants for admission “shall be inspected by immigration officers.” This in turn triggers 8 U.S.C. § 1225(b)(2)(A), which mandates that “if the examining immigration officer determines that an alien seeking admission is not clearly and beyond a doubt entitled to be admitted, the alien shall be detained for a proceeding under section 1229a of this title.” The proceedings under 8 U.S.C. § 1229a are removal proceedings in United States Immigration Courts.

That’s just for starters.  She also covers “Six Reasons Why The Bill’s Enforcement Provisions are not Serious".”

Check it out in full…..

Tsarnaev and Miranda

April 23, 2013

There is some question if Tsarnaev the younger of the two Boston Marathon bombers should have been Mirandized.  Tsarnaev is a US Citizen.  While his older brother was not.  Does this matter?  Who determines just who is an enemy combatant? These are important questions. How much of our Constitutional rights should we give up in the name of security?

The problem isn’t that we should feel sorry for Tsarnaev or that he deserves any special treatment, the problem is that if we continue to give away our freedoms in the name of security we are at the mercy of whomever is running country at the time.

The Miranda warning simply reminds us of the 5th amendment to the Constitution.  That’s all it does.

“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

There is of course the ticking time bomb argument.  Should we allow our law enforcement or military to suspend the rights of the accused in cases were potential eminent danger to the US is perceived?

Is there a difference if the accused is an American Citizen?

My general feelings on this subject are to error on the side of liberty and personal rights.  I have no problem with Tsarnaev being Mirandized.

I wish there were no worries that our legal and Law Enforcement systems were always on the side of truth and justice but facts are they are not.  Our officials are human with human faults and vices and have in the past abused their power and will in the future.  Our only protection while not perfect is to maintain personal rights and freedoms. The Miranda warning is part of that process.

I don’t feel the same way about non-citizens however.  I also believe there is a serious breakdown in how we administer immigration in this country.  For normal hard working people immigrating here is painful and expensive, I personally know this.  If you are in a country plagued with dysfunction and corruption come to America we won’t check you out much.  Even our enemies have figured out that they can leave the battlefield of home for American by claiming asylum.

But that’s for another post.

“The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry, but we live in a complex world where you’re going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will,” Bloomberg said during a press conference on Monday. “And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.”

Boston Attack II

April 19, 2013

Ok, one dead and one captured.  The events happened a little faster than I expected but the way this was done I felt pretty confident information would flow quickly.  There are some troubling questions though.  Like, what does it take to get asylum in the US and what benefits do you instantly receive?  Why did the FBI investigate Suspect Number one two years ago and find nothing derogatory when a foreign government warned us?  Are the standards for deporting aliens too high?  Well based on the immigration debate in the country and the recent release of illegal immigrants I don’t think there are standards at all.

Either way I’m glad these two were caught.  It will be interesting now to see what information come out of the living bomber or the three others that have been taken into custody related to this matter.

 

Boston attack

April 15, 2013

Who planted the bombs at the Boston Marathon?  It will take a few days for officials to get information out but even now I would bet they know the make up of the bombs and possibly the trigger mechanism.  This in itself won’t give a definitive answer as to who did this but it will point in potential  directions. Then after all the video is looked at hopefully a better picture will emerge.  This won’t take very long. That doesn’t mean it won’t take long to learn who did this just that the basics of the event will be looked at quickly.

Unfortunately, you simply can’t protect everyone from every potential threat.  While it’s difficult to build things it’s oh so easy to destroy and if you don’t care about the even easier.

President Obama says, ‘We will find out who did this, why they did this. Any responsible group will feel the full weight of justice.’
Lets hope so.

I don’t have any impressions this early.  With so little information right now it’s just guess-work and guess-work this early is usually wrong.

Indoctrinate early

April 13, 2013

It’s always best to begin the indoctrination process early on for it to take hold. 

Florida teacher tells fourth-graders to give up constitutional rights, report says

A Florida father says he was shocked to find a note in his fourth-grade son’s backpack suggesting that his teacher instructed students to write letters on their willingness to give up their constitutional rights.

Aaron Harvey told WOKV.com that his 10-year-old son was told to write a note reading, "I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure," after a civics lesson at the end of last year.

"And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed-if all records told the same tale-then the lie passed into history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’"
– George Orwell,
1984, Book 1, Chapter 3

IRS: we don’t’ need no stinking warrants

April 11, 2013

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has claimed that agents do not need warrants to read people’s emails, text messages and other private electronic communications, according to internal agency documents.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Act request, released the information on Wednesday.

In a 2009 handbook, the IRS said the Fourth Amendment does not protect emails because Internet users "do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such communications." A 2010 presentation by the IRS Office of General Counsel reiterated the policy.

No, the constitution and liberty are not under attack.  This is right or left this is ever political power out there these days. It’s been going on for a while now. 

But in 2010, a federal appeals court ruled that police violated a man’s constitutional rights when they read his emails without a warrant.

Take the courts and we are done.

Just to make you feel even better about flying..

April 11, 2013

Hacker uses an Android to remotely attack and hijack an airplane

By Darlene Storm

…The Hack in the Box security conference in Amsterdam has a very interesting lineup of talks [pdf]. One that jumped out was the Aircraft Hacking: Practical Aero Series presented by Hugo Teso, a security consultant at n.runs in Germany….

Once he was into the airplane’s computer, he was able to manipulate the steering of a Boeing jet while the aircraft was in “autopilot” mode. The only countermeasure available to pilots, if they even realized they were being hacked, would be to turn off autopilot…

…Teso said he could take control of most all airplane systems; he could even cause the plane to crash by setting it on a collision course with another plane…

…Just the same, as you might imagine, numerous security people that heard Teso’s talk on hacking and hijacking airplanes are not looking forward the their next flight….

Now doesn’t that just make you want to go out a book a flight somewhere.  Humm….

Summer yet?

April 10, 2013

Is summer on its way? Well I hope so. Today when I got up the temperature was around 10 degrees. The latest storm front blew through Colorado yesterday and it was windy and cold. While, we here in Colorado Springs didn’t get too much snow (like none). We did get high winds and a severe drop in temperatures.

The temperature is predicted to reach a whopping 32 degrees for a high. We’ll see.

The problem is this; it’s really hampering my motorcycle riding. While some die hard riders (Chilihntr) will ride in the cold, I prefer not to.

The temperatures are due to rise back into the 60’s by the weekend, when I’m working of course, then take another drop next week.

This is not unusual however, as I’ve watch the snow fall in July here and I never really expect it to warm up until May anyway. But I’m ready.