The Gathering of Eagles
Washington D.C. March 17th 2007.
Today was the four year mark for Operation Enduring Freedom. To mark the event, the group A.N S.W.E.R.(Adolescent Nutroots Supporting Warped Evil Regimes?) Decided to organize an Anti-War rally to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1967 "March on the Pentagon". The 1967 event drew over 500,000 protesters, including one LSD fueled Abbie Hoffman who organized a mass chant intended to levitate the Pentagon 300 feet into the air and shake out all the evil. That plan worked about as well as A.N.S.W.E.R.'s latest Anti-American fiasco. It seems that some of the more anarchistic members of the Anti-Government crowd, had threatened to deface some Veterans War Memorials as they had done to the Capitol Steps after their last visit. True or not, Veterans from all over the country organized a counter-protest to protect the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and other sites near the march route. It was called "The Gathering of Eagles", and unlike A.N.S.W.E.R's "Rent-a-Mob's", it was not funded by George Soros, or the American Socialist Party, or CAIR. It was a true grass-roots coalition which was organized in less than six weeks by Mil-bloggers, Veterans organizations, Rolling Thunder, and others. The main stream media has put the number of anti-war protesters at 10-15,000 strong. Fox news and other non-MSM types are estimating that the "Gathering of Eagles" mustered around 30,000 participants. The Moonbats were made to march through a gantlet of Pro-American counter protesters lining both sides of the march route. They did not look very happy. As they crossed over the Main Bridge they were greeted with a large banner reading "GO TO HELL TRAITORS-YOU DISHONOR OUR SACRED DEAD".
I am overwhelmed and inspired by our Veterans and their supporters. We are beginning to take back the streets from the Communists(Yes, I said Communists-bought and paid for). The main speaker for the nutroots was Mama Moonbat herself, Cindy Sheehan. Upon her introduction on stage there arose such a chorus of Boo's that I doubt anyone actually heard her speech(although she was not prevented from speaking!). Finally, after 40 years, one can look a Vietnam Vet in the eye and say "Well done, Mission Accomplished!"
Proud once again to be an American!~Muninn
March 19, 2007
The Gathering of Eagles
March 12, 2007
March 10, 2007
Sherman, set the Wayback Machine!
Those pesky Liberals said the Patriot Act would be misused, but no no no, the Consies swore, it would only be used to fight tare-ism. Never never never. Nope.
Someday, perhaps, the American People will wake up to learn that the promises of bureaucrats mean Jack-all, and the only thing that matters a hill o' VandeKamp's is the wording of the law.
Give the government a toy, and expect them to play with it as intended? Pshaw and other comments! Government will do what government always does, and always has done, test it to the limits of its capabilities, regardless of the original intent.
And the result, when a law is too broad, and offers too many possibilities for abuse, is . . . wait for it . . . ABUSE!
Anyway, read on for the horrifying truth of you dare, and remember this as a lesson in just how detestably predictable Your Government can be. And remember what Scotty said.
AP - WASHINGTON - The nation's top two law enforcement officials acknowledged Friday the FBI broke the law to secretly pry out personal information about Americans. They apologized and vowed to prevent further illegal intrusions.Attorney General Alberto Gonzales left open the possibility of pursuing criminal charges against FBI agents or lawyers who improperly used the USA Patriot Act in pursuit of suspected terrorists and spies.
The FBI's transgressions were spelled out in a damning 126-page audit by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine. He found that agents sometimes demanded personal data on people without official authorization, and in other cases improperly obtained telephone records in non-emergency circumstances.
The audit also concluded that the FBI for three years underreported to Congress how often it used national security letters to ask businesses to turn over customer data. The letters are administrative subpoenas that do not require a judge's approval.
"People have to believe in what we say," Gonzales said. "And so I think this was very upsetting to me. And it's frustrating."
"We have some work to do to reassure members of Congress and the American people that we are serious about being responsible in the exercise of these authorities," he said.
Under the Patriot Act, the national security letters give the FBI authority to demand that telephone companies, Internet service providers, banks, credit bureaus and other businesses produce personal records about their customers or subscribers. About three-fourths of the letters issued between 2003 and 2005 involved counterterror cases, with the rest for espionage investigations, the audit reported.
Shoddy record-keeping and human error were to blame for the bulk of the problems, said Justice auditors, who were careful to note they found no indication of criminal misconduct.
Still, "we believe the improper or illegal uses we found involve serious misuses of national security letter authorities," the audit concluded.
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller said many of the problems were being fixed, including by building a better internal data collection system and training employees on the limits of their authority. The FBI has also scrapped the use of "exigent letters," which were used to gather information without the signed permission of an authorized official.
"But the question should and must be asked: How could this happen? Who is accountable?" Mueller said. "And the answer to that is, I am to be held accountable."
Mueller said he had not been asked to resign, nor had he discussed doing so with other officials. He said employees would probably face disciplinary actions, not criminal charges, following an internal investigation of how the violations occurred.
The audit incensed lawmakers in Congress already seething over the recent dismissals of eight U.S. attorneys. Democrats who lead House and Senate judiciary and intelligence oversight panels promised hearings on the findings. Several lawmakers — Republicans and Democrats alike — raised the possibility of scaling back the FBI's authority.
"It's up to Congress to end these abuses as soon as possible," said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee. "The Patriot Act was never intended to allow the Bush administration to violate fundamental constitutional rights."
Rep. Pete Hoekstra, top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said the audit shows "a major failure by Justice to uphold the law."
"If the Justice Department is going to enforce the law, it must follow it as well," said Hoekstra, of Michigan.
American Civil Liberties Union said the audit proves Congress must amend the Patriot Act to require judicial approval anytime the FBI wants access to sensitive personal information.
"The attorney general and the FBI are part of the problem, and they cannot be trusted to be part of the solution," said ACLU's executive director, Anthony D. Romero.
Both Gonzales and Mueller called the national security letters vital tools in pursuing terrorists and spies in the United States. "They are the bread and butter of our investigations," Mueller said.
Gonzales asked the inspector general to issue a follow-up audit in July on whether the FBI had followed recommendations to fix the problems.
Fine's annual review is required by Congress, over the objections of the Bush administration. It concluded that the number of national security letters requested by the FBI skyrocketed in the years after the Patriot Act became law. Each letter issued may contain several requests.
In 2000, for example, the FBI issued an estimated 8,500 requests. That number peaked in 2004 with 56,000. Overall, the FBI reported issuing 143,074 requests in national security letters between 2003 and 2005.
But that did not include an additional 8,850 requests that were never recorded in the FBI's database, the audit found. A sample review of 77 case files at four FBI field offices showed that agents had underreported the number of national security letter requests by about 22 percent.
Additionally, the audit found, the FBI identified 26 possible violations in its use of the letters, including failing to get proper authorization, making improper requests under the law and unauthorized collection of telephone or Internet e-mail records.
The FBI also used exigent letters to quickly get information — sometimes in non-emergency situations — without going through proper channels. In at least 700 cases, these letters were sent to three telephone companies to get billing records and subscriber information, the audit found.
March 05, 2007
Heard this one before? " I disagree with what you say, but I will defend with my life your right to say it!" Well, our fine conservative spokeswoman has apparently discovered that this noble statement is today usually followed by-Unless...
Seems she used the term "Faggot" in the same sentence which she happened to name a certain democratic Presidential Candidate(A.K.A. "The Breck Girl"). No one seems to have mobilized the Militia in her defense. Even the crack Berkley Free Speech Brigades are still in their barracks. It seems that there are a whole list of words and ideas that are rapidly being exempted from the first amendment. Make no mistake. This not a "Dixie Chicks" moment, as when a clueless chanteuse waxes political overseas during wartime and then wonders why nobody plays her songs anymore. The first amendment does not protect one from public vilification, no matter how badly it might effect your self esteem(or record sales). Ann Coulter is a very intelligent writer/commentator and shameless self-promoter. I have read most of her books and most of her columns and find them mostly spot-on as well as often very humorous(in a gallows sort of way). When she says outrageous things, her stock goes up, not down. George Carlin made a living off of one routine which included a list of seven(or was it nine?) words you could not say on the air. That short list has long ago been disregarded as "quaint" and has now been replaced by a veritable Domesday Compendium of banned words and even thoughts. Racist remarks are strictly verboten(to Caucasians, if no one else). Sexist, homophobic, euro centric, unegalitarian, patriotic, right wing, pro-gun, pro-nuclear, pro-victory, anti-diversity, anti-altruistic, anti-dhimmi, pro-christian, anti-tax, non-green, capitalist thought crimes are the target of the new liberal censorship. The main stream media are the new Mullah's that tell us who shall be stoned for daring to use banned language.
Say NO to thought crime. Say NO to"Hate Crimes". It's time to call a Faggot a Faggot. It's past time to call "Liberals" anything but what they are. Communist whores and Hate Amerika Firsters. The opposition is Disloyal and I question their Patriotism. Nay, not question, J'accuse! They are traitors and terrorists. We still have that rope that Lenin never got around to paying for. Time to use it. Go Ann! Let the Coulter Kampf begin! Front sight, squeeze! Repeat as necessary.