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Posts Tagged ‘Attorney General’

U.S. Accuses Iran in Saudi Envoy Assignation Plot

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 12, 2011

Yesterday Attorney General Eric Holder announced a murder plot to assassinate a Saudi Arabian diplomat on U.S. soil.  An incredible part of the announcement was the involvement of the Iranian government with Holder saying that the plot was “directed and approved by elements of the Iranian government and, specifically, senior members of the Quds Force” and that “high-up officials in those agencies, which is an integral part of the Iranian government, were responsible for this plot.”

The story gets more bizarre.  The United States has claimed that the Iranians engaged an Iranian-American used-car salesman to hire assassins from a Mexican drug cartel for $1.5 million.  In addition, the Los Zetas cartel was to bomb Israeli and Saudi embassies.  Finally, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards was to funnel opium from the Middle East to Mexico

There have been concerns expressed by some that Attorney General Holder made this announce at this time to take the heat off of Congress’s investigation of his involvement with “Fast and Furious”.  This was the lame plan implemented by US government that allowed thousands of weapons to be sold to Mexican drug cartels with American government approval.  While this Blog would like to give the Attorney General the benefit of doubt, the fact that this serious accusation was made without strong retaliatory diplomatic steps also being announced is curious.

Eric Holder’s involvement in Fast and Furious makes it impossible for him to be an effective Attorney General.  He should immediately resign or be removed from office.

As for Iran, should the US government be certain of the charges it levied against them, it should immediately expel all Iranian diplomats from the United States including those involved with the United Nations.

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Attorney General Holder’s “My People” Comment Shows he is a Progressive Racist

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 3, 2011

Earlier this week Attorney General Eric Holder got defensive with the Justice Department’s decision last year to not prosecute the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation at a Philadelphia polling site during the 2008 elections.  At a Congressional hearing, Representative John Culberson, Republican of-Texas, asked Holder about his lack of cooperation with the Civil rights Commission and read former Democratic activist Bartle Bull’s claim that the incident was the most serious act of voter intimidation he ever witnessed.  It seems the question got to close to home with Holder responding:

  • “Think about that. When you compare what people endured in the South in the 60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, and to compare what people were subjected to there to what happened in Philadelphia – which was inappropriate, certainly that…to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line, who risked all, for my people.” Mr. Holder, as U.S. Attorney general, you people should be Americans of all colors.
  • “To compare that kind of courage, that kind of action, and to say that the Black Panther incident wrong though it might be somehow is greater in magnitude or is of greater concern to us, historically, I think just flies in the face of history and the facts.”

Culberson concluded that race infected the decision-making at the Justice Department to which Holder responded:  “I would disagree very vehemently with the notion that there’s overwhelming evidence that that is in fact true.”  Holder comments in the two bullets above belies his true intent.

Earlier in his tenure as U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder infamously said: “Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.”  Mr. Holder proved by his inaction on the New Black Panther voter intimidation matter to exhibit cowardly behavior when it comes to race.  He has also shown racist tendencies when it comes to skin color.

 

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Obama’s Ass Kicking Rant is that of an Amateur

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 9, 2010

The longer Obama is President the more it becomes apparent that he neither has the experience nor the skills for the office.  Recent examples of these deficiencies came out in an interview Obama had with NBC News.  A review of the President’s responses is telling.

1. About BP CEO Tony Hayward Obama said Hayward’s comments that the environmental impact would be “modest” and that he wanted his “life back,” the President said that Hayward “wouldn’t be working for me after any of those statements.”  Wow, when it comes to dumb statements the President should start by looking in the mirror.

  • Wasn’t it Obama who said the police acted “stupidly” in the Professor Gates matter within minutes of also saying that he didn’t have all the facts?
  • Wasn’t it Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano who said “the system worked” after a terrorist nearly blew up Flight 253 on last Christmas day?
  • Wasn’t it Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder who could not answer a Congressman’s question as to whether people related to radical Islam were involved with terrorist activities?

Mr. President, you do have the power to fire people in your Administration.  How about walking the talk!

2. Again related to BP CEO Hayward Obama said:  I have not spoken to him directly. Because my experience is, when you talk to a guy like a BP CEO, he’s going to say all the right things to me. I’m not interested in words.  I’m interested in actions.”  This is incredible rhetoric coming from President Obama

Mr. President, aren’t you the one who said you would talk to any of America’s adversaries to resolve world problems?  Are you naive enough to think that these despots would be more honest with you than the BP CEO?  And by the way, where did you get all of the “experience” talking to CEOs?

3. The President was not finished putting his foot into his mouth and said: “I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar.  We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.”  This statement is very telling about the man living in the White House.

Mr. President, we want you to talk to experts to come up with a way to plug the hole.  Also discuss with them ways to lessen the ecological impact of the oil.  If you need to do some ass kicking let’s do that after these problems have been resolved.  Or better still, start with the Iranians, Taliban and North Koreans.  Some preemptive ass kicking of these folks could actual serve some good.

The President’s outbursts are in response to his dropping poll numbers.  They are because the Americans now rate the government’s response to the oil mess as badly as its response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  And finally, they are in response to having fellow Democrats like James Carville attack Obama’s policies saying.  “It just looks like he’s not involved in this. Man, you got to get down here and take control of this, put somebody in charge of this thing and get this moving.  We’re about to die down here.

In short, President Obama is in a heap of political trouble and is not doing well under the pressure.  It is evident that this President is in over his head.  For the good of the country he needs to snap out of it and stop blaming others.  He needs to bring in old-line Democrats with leadership experience to assist him.  Unfortunately, two Obama there character flaws make this unlikely; arrogance and conceit.  Obama is unlikely to admit mistakes or change course.

Wow, it is a long way until November!

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Muslim Extremists Attack Again, Killing 70 Worshipers in Pakistan

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 28, 2010

Two mosques were attacked today in Eastern Pakistan killing 70 and injuring many more.  Pakistan indicates that the attacks were carried out by Taliban connected extremists who are also Sunni Muslims.

The attacks targeted one of Pakistan’s minority Muslim sects called Ahmadi.  The reason for these attacks was all too familiar in the Muslim world; intolerance of minorities and those that are considered “non-believers”.  Mainstream Muslims in Pakistan consider Ahmadis heretics and because of this the sect of 4 million has been the target of state-sanctioned discrimination for years with Pakistan declaring them non-Muslim.

The world has unfortunately grown used to nearly daily stories of violence carried out by Muslim extremists.  The aggregate of these stories creates a clear narrative.  In earlier days Muslim terrorist acts were often excused since they were carried out against their imperialistic rulers, mainly the British and French.

With independence of the Muslim countries, Israel was new the new target for Muslim terrorists.  Their attacks included murder at the Olympics, blowing up synagogues in various countries, hijacking airplanes, suicide bombings of civilians, etc.  The Progressives often excused these acts since they were supposedly carried out in the name of Palestinian self-will.  This naïve approach has emboldened the extremists, widening their violence against any they disagree with.  It has also numbed the greater Muslim community to the violence carried out in the name of their religion.  While the “Muslim Street” can turn out tens of thousands to protest a cartoon in Denmark, there is not a peep for the 70 that were brutally murdered today by their brothers in Pakistan.

With increasing frequency the world is subject to the voilenc associated with hatred of Muslim extremists.  They blow up night clubs because they are decadent; pirate ships to profit from the West; kill non-believers in Sudan by the thousands because they feel the right to do so; fly jetst into buildings for reason we can’t even recall, and now blow up Mosques in Pakistan because non-believers pray there.

Few of the terrorists’ acts now relate to Imperialism or Israel.  But incredibly President Obama indicates that the key to peace is by the Israelis stop building a few settlements in Jerusalem.  Just as outrageous, Attorney General Eric Holder refuses to acknowledge that Muslim extremism even exists.  Mr. President and AG Holder, not only are we at war with Muslim extremist, but so is most of the world.  Your refusal to acknowledge this reality places many innocents in greater danger and sends the wrong message to those within Islam who may be interested in promoting a more accommodative approach with “non-believers”.

Muslim extremist have come from many countries with different cultures.  The commonality between them is their belief that they have the right to murder in the name of their religion.  Only through honest and open discussions on this point can Islam hope to come out of its dark-age.

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Reverend Wright Speaks Again

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 24, 2010

Reverend Jeremiah Wright is one liberal the mainstream media and their Progressive allies try to ignore.  They fear his words further connect this racist preacher to Obama thereby damming and an embarrassing the Left.

The liberal elites have two standards when defining racism.  Should you be part of the Progressive Left, you get a pass on racist behavior.  This pass is often associated with a phrase like, “we know what’s in the man’s heart”.  Should you not be a part of the “club”, then there is zero tolerance for anything that even smacks of as racism.  This bizarre bifurcation damages race relations and promotes bigotry on the Left.

In the case of Obama’s association with Reverend Wright, we were told to accept Obama’s claim that he was unaware of Wright’s racist sermons.  This is not credible given that Obama sat in Wright’s pews for 20 years, was married by Wright and used a Wright coined phrase for the title of his famous book.

Finally, during the campaign on March 8, 2008 Obama was forced to respond to the Wright issue and did so with typical flare, a prepared speech that while elegant, did not address Obama’s inappropriate behavior.  Remarkably, Obama threw his grandmother, the woman who raised him, under the bus when he stated:

“I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community.  I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother – a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.”

However, Obama was not through using the bus.  In keeping his modus operandi, he shortly thereafter threw Wright under the bus when he became too great of a political liability.

Wright has not gone away quietly.  The Associated Press has recently obtained a copy of a letter in which Wright stated that he is “toxic” to Obama and that the President “threw me under the bus.”  Wright also stated that his pleas to release frozen funds for Haiti would be ignored since “No one in the Obama administration will respond to me, listen to me, talk to me or read anything that I write to them. I am ‘toxic’ in terms of the Obama administration.”

Within a month of Obama’s inauguration, Attorney General Eric Holder chided American saying: “Though the nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.”  Mr. Holder, many Americans would agree with your comment.  However, they would also agree that the bifurcated approach to racism followed by you and your fellow Progressives is at the root of this fear.  It would be interesting to get the President’s former mentor, Reverend Wright’s, view on cowardly behavior with his dealings with the President.

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Attorney General Eric Holder – Dangerous or Just Dumb?

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 22, 2010

On May 13, Attorney General Eric Holder testified before the House Judiciary Committee.  Posted below is a link to a You Tube video that all Americas must see.  If there was ever a question as to the Obama’s Administration’s understanding of the war this country faces against radical Islam, this video clip answers it.

The video shows that Holder would not answer a straight-forward question asked by Congressman Lamar Smith, Republican from Texas, as to whether the recent attempted terrorist attacks in the United States were in any way related to radical Islam.  Why is Holder not answering a question that America already knows the answer to?  Is he less intelligent than the average American or does he have another more nefarious motivation?  Neither answer is very comforting.

One might be able to justify the political mumbo-jumbo that comes from Administration officials relating to Islamic terrorist if this tactic improved our relationship with greater Islam.  It has not!  Not only have the number of terrorist attacks by Muslim extremist against America increased since Obama came to office, but the Iranian Mullahs become even more aggressive.

As each day passes we learn more about the fundamental transformation that Obama promised five days before he was elected president.  It just keeps on getting worse.

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Progressives Compare Arizona Law to China’s Human Rights Violations

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 18, 2010

ABC News’ Kirit Radia has reported on a remarkable story, even for the Progressives in the Obama Administration.  Obama is now equating the new Arizona immigration law with human rights abuses in China.  What a stretch and how convenient!

Let’s see; the Arizona law allows local authorities to check one’s immigration status only if that person is stopped for some other legitimate legal cause and if found to be illegal, can be deported.  Over the years China has murdered thousands of its citizens, violently put down protests and even today dictates how many children its citizens may have.  If you are having difficulty equating Arizona and China, then you are thankfully not part of the Cuckoo-for-Cocoa-Puffs Progressives currently occupying our White House.

According to Radia, a human rights meeting was held last week between China and the United States.  Incredibly, the Obama team raised the Arizona immigration law as an example of “racial discrimination” in America.  Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy Human Rights and Labor Michael Posner indicated that We brought it up early and often.  It was mentioned in the first session and as a troubling trend in our society, and an indication that we have to deal with issues of discrimination or potential discrimination.  And these are issues very much being debated in our own society.

Even though Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder has admitted that Arizona’s law is not racist (see Eric Holder Admits ….), the President allowed his negotiators in China to state otherwise; typical diplomatic and Progressive double talk.  In the words of US Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, We’re talking about issues that are uncomfortable, quite frankly, but it is a sign of maturity that we can talk about specific cases“.  What dribble!  This group will never let facts interfere with diplomacy.  And these folks are supposed to be working for us?

The day the Arizona law was voted in President Obama called it “misguided.”  Now he is resorted to outright false statements about the law and using these misrepresentations in a way that not only damages American prestige, but also damages the cause of real Human Rights violations worldwide.  With friends like this, ……….

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Andrew Cuomo Goes After the Banks on Wall Street

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 14, 2010

The Wall Street Journal reported that New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is investigating eight large New York banks for practices relating the rating agencies.  The AG is attempting to determine if the banks mislead these agencies to increase the perceived value of mortgage securities they promoted.

Prior to the 2008 financial collapse Wall Street banks bought mortgages, sliced and diced them, repackaged them and then sold the resulting securities to investors worldwide.  These securities, called Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDOs), were supposedly less risky than individual mortgages given the diversity of mortgages included.

In addition, with the securitization CDO’s helped create an environment with excessive funds that led to just about anyone being able to obtain a mortgage irrespective of ability to repay them.  This then led to the Subprime mortgage mess and subsequent meltdown of the financial markets.

A key ingredient required to sell CDO’s was a means to rate them.  To accomplish this, banks paid the rating agencies like Moody’s to grade the CDOs giving potential investors an independent assessment as to their risk.  Unfortunately the ratings turned out to be incorrect and many CDOs that were rated as AAA have since crashed, wiping out the investors.

Initially the incorrect CDO ratings were blamed on mere mistakes and bad judgment by the rating agencies, as well as the “once in a century” housing bubble meltdown.  With the passing of time information has been published that indicates there may have been more at play.  Cuomo is suggesting that the rating agencies may have been duped by banks and has raised the following issues:

  • Banks offered huge compensation packages to hire employees that were previously paid substantially less at the rating agencies.  Once hired, these employees may have given banks insider information about how the agencies rated the CDOs.  This then would allow the banks to supply the rating agencies data to improve the securities’ ratings.
  • For part of the time agencies were paid by the banks to create the CDOs’ ratings.  Banks also had the ability to shop among the agencies for the best rating, an obvious conflict of interest.
  • The rating agencies published the algorithms that they used in creating the ratings’ on their Websites.  This helped banks determine what data to supply the agencies that would positively affect the CDOs’ ratings.

There seems to be smoke here.  It is hard to believe that all of those bright people in the banks and rating agencies could make such grotesque errors out of just bad luck.  If laws were broken, prosecution is a must to not only act as a deterrent in the future, but also as punishment for the perpetrators.

At the same time, Andrew Cuomo is in a conflict position for this investigation.  First, he is running for governor of New York.  One of his predecessors, Elliot Spitzer, used his attack on the New York Stock Exchange and its Chief Richard Grasso to gain publicity that helped him capture the governorship.  In addition, Cuomo was Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) during the second half of the Clinton Administration and thus played a role in promoting housing to people who could not afford them, which could have played a role in helping create the housing bubble.  This possibility will inhibit his willingness to dig into certain relevant areas.  Relating to this, there are powerful members of his Democrat Party who played a role in changing the charters for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that do not these issues reviewed in any investigation.

Going after the large New York banks at this time is a dangerous proposition for our fragile economy.  The last thing that this economy needs is for foreign investors to move capital to other countries because of a politicized investigation into American-based banks.  Any investigation must therefore proceed with prudence, something that is difficult when a politician is running the investigation.

To insure that politics do not play a role in the investigation of the banks, Cuomo should immediately recluse himself from this case.  The investigation should be continued under the auspices of a career prosecutor with no future political ambitions.  Let’s get to the bottom of this important matter, but not by going on a which-hunt that would only result in more damage to the American and world economies.

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Pakistani Taliban Involved with New York Bomb Plot

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 11, 2010

On May 1st Muslim extremist Faisal Shahzad planted a bomb in Time Square New York City with the goal of killing as many innocents as possible.  Only by the good fortune of Faisal’s incompetence did the plan fail.

Shortly after Shahzad was caught, some in the Obama Administration called the attack a “one off” and the perpetrator a “lone wolf”.  This premature conclusion was dead wrong and was in keeping of the Left’s desire to avoid calling the threat from radical Islam for what it is.

On May 10 Attorney General Eric Holder then stated that the Administration had evidence that Shahzad was connected with other Islamic terrorists, in this case the Pakistani Taliban.  The connection to a larger group of terrorists should not come as a surprise.

President Obama has proven to be amateurish and out of touch when it comes to understanding the threat the West faces from radical Islam.  This was exhibited during his first week in office when he signed an order closing the GITMO terrorist prison.  By making this one of his first acts he informed the Muslim extremists that Obama was not prepared for war.  Shortly thereafter the President changed the name of our battle from the “War on Terror” to an “Overseas Contingency Operation”, another clear signal that America was not prepared for war.  Evidently Obama views the need to destroy his predecessor‘s legacy as a priority over winning the war.

It has become clear that President Obama does not understand that America’s wars have often been not of our choosing.  However, since Obama and his fellow Progressives view America as the problem, this distorts their view of reality.  In addition, the attempted Times Square bombing was not “overseas”.  In war the enemy tries to bring the battle to its opponent’s home and that is what is beginning to occur under Obama’s watch.

The President’s “Overseas Contingency Operation” defies logic.  Examples include:

  • Obama ramped up the Afghan War, sending additional troops.  This commitment of American blood was made prior to demanding appropriate commitments from the corrupt Afghan government.  Since then Afghan’s president Harman Karzai has befriended Iran’s chief thug, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and threatened to join the Taliban if the United Nations didn’t back off on its claim of voter fraud during the Afghan elections.
  • President Obama has made liberal use of Predator drone attacks in Pakistan with an estimated 100 attacks killing hundreds of suspected Taliban and collateral innocents.  In fact today there were two more attacks that killed 24 in Pakistan.  This is an approach similar to what the United States used during the Viet Nam War when we bombed Cambodia and Laos.  The Left wanted Nixon impeached for that action, which they believed illegal.  The Left’s silence today removes their veil of morality.
  • While most Americans including this Blog commend Obama for taking out Taliban in Pakistan, any action in war results in reactions that have consequences.  As we kill Taliban in Pakistan via Predators, they will look for ways to retaliate.  Their strongest available weapon is sending terrorists to the United States and that was behind Faisal Shahzad’s attempted Time Square bombing.
  • President Obama and other Progressives are quick to criticize an ally, Israel, for their assassination of one terrorist in Dubai earlier this year who previously attack Israel.  That criticism is in conflict with Obama’s policy of using Predator-based assassinations in Pakistan for those that attack U.S. interests.  This convoluted message tells the Muslim extremists that the Obama Administration is not committed to the war that we are forced into.
  • After capture, Shahzad was questioned for a few hours and then offered Miranda rights and a lawyer.  Offering these rights to a soldier that Attorney General Holder confirmed is part of the Taliban army is on the fringes of lunacy.  Let’s see: if you come to America to kill civilians and you get caught you receive Miranda rights and a government-paid lawyer.  Should you have the same intent and be driving in Pakistan, our President sends a missile into your car.  That logic could only exist in the make believe world of Progressives.

President Obama avoids the reality that we are at war with radical Islam. War typically results in a winner and loser.   However, before a war can be won the enemy must be properly defined and a long-term strategy must be implemented that can lead to total victory.  In addition, the enemy must understand his opponents resolve to win.  None of these items were in place during the Viet Nam War and the outcome reflected that.  None are currently in place in our war against radical Islam.

While history is still to be written on our current war, a lesson of past wars is clear: Don’t fight a war you are not willing to finish.  Shooting missiles into the enemy’s homes is indeed fighting a war.

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Protecting Our Young Citizens

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 10, 2009

Violence with our young people is an increasing problem for our society.  A recent tragedy in Chicago brought this problem to the forefront.

Chicago Beating Death VigilOn September 24, 2009 16-year-old honor student, Derrion Albert, was beaten to death by fellow teens and the crime was caught on video for the nation to see.  Derrion was on his way to school when he had the misfortune of getting in between two groups of angry teens.  Without provocation, Derrion was beaten to death with clubs.

To show concern and solitary with the community, President Obama sent Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan to Chicago this week to meet with city and school officials.  Their concern is noble, however, no specifics relating to problem resolution were offered by the Administration during the visit.  There are reasons for this lack of direction. Read the rest of this entry »

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