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Dear Fellow Patriots,

Below are the contact points for the Kansas Congressional delegation and a request for a meeting and participation in a press conference in Washington D.C. This relates to Congressman Walter Jones’s introduction of HR 3168 the Illegal Alien Crime Reporting Act. A link to the text of the bill is below along with a press release on the D.C. press conference.

This bill requires certain state law enforcement agencies that are already reporting crime stats to the FBI, to start providing information specifically on crime of illegal aliens. The FBI will then be required to publish these stats yearly. This will bring transparency to the high cost we citizens are paying in personal injury and death from illegal aliens as a result of the federal government’s failure to secure the borders and enforce immigration laws. Analysis by Congressman King indicates since 9 11 01 over 90,000 of our fellow citizens have been kicked by illegal aliens. 

Please contact the entire Kansas delegation and ask that they support and sponsor HR 3168 and that they meet with me on this matter. If they will agree to sponsor the bill before the press conference on Thursday morning we will let them speak at the press conference. It would be great if we had a united Kansas front and perhaps it would even set the stage for the up coming immigration battle we will surely have in the 2012 Kansas session.

If you have any questions please call me.

For the sake of Liberty,

Richard D. Fry

General Counsel

FIRE Coalition

816 853 8718

p.s. it would be helpful to me if you would bbc me on your request.

D.C. Meeting Request November 2 and / or 3, 2011 

Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins

1122 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 225-6601

Congressman Tim Huelskamp 

126 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2715
Fax: (202) 225-5124

KS01.scheduling@mail.house.gov 

Congressman Mike Pompeo

107 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6216
Fax: (202) 225-3489

 

Congressman Kevin Yoder

214 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2865

Thursday, 27 October 2011

RE: Meeting on Sponsorship (11/2/11 or 11/3/11 after the press conference) Press Conference Introducing H.R. 3168 Illegal Alien Crime Reporting Act (11/3/11 in the morning)

* Requested Date(s)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 all day regarding sponsorship of H.R. 3168.

Bill Text: http://firecoalition.com/docs/HR3168.pdf

Press Release: http://www.firecoalition.com/blog/

Press conference: Thursday November 3, 2011, from 10:00-10:45a on the “House Triangle” on the U.S. Capitol grounds in Washington D.C.

* Number of Attendees

Two: Jeff Lewis, National Director F.I.R.E Coalition;  

Richard D. Fry, General Counsel F.I.R.E Coalition 

* Location of Meeting

Meeting on sponsorship: at the Congressman’s office.

Press conference: Thursday November 3, 2011, from 10:00-10:45a on the “House Triangle” on the U.S. Capitol grounds in Washington D.C.

 
 

* Meeting Duration

 
 

Meeting on sponsorship: 15- 20 minutes

 
 

Press conference: 10:00-10:45am

 
 

* Subject and Details of Meeting

 
 

Meeting on sponsorship: Sponsorship of H.R. 3168 the Illegal Alien Crime Reporting Act and speaking at the Press Conference on the same.

 
 

Press conference: The Introduction and sponsorship of H.R. 3168

 
 

Press Release: http://www.firecoalition.com/blog/

 
 

Bradley E. Ryon

 

Legislative Assistant

 

Rep. Walter B. Jones (NC-03)

 

Bradley.Ryon@mail.house.gov

 

(202) 225-3415

 
 

* Contact Information:

 
 

Press Conference Contact

 

Bradley E. Ryon

 

Legislative Assistant

 

Rep. Walter B. Jones (NC-03)

 

Bradley.Ryon@mail.house.gov

 

(202) 225-3415

 
 
 

Sponsorship Meeting / Press Conference

 
 

Jeff Lewis

 

National Director

 

F.I.R.E. Coalition

 

North Carolina

 

252 876 9489

 

Jeff@firecoalition.com

 
 

Richard D. Fry

 

General Counsel

 

F.I.R.E. Coalition

 

Olathe, Kansas

 

816 853 8718

 

KSFIRE@FIRECoalition.com

 

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Announcing the National Day of Remembrance

The National Day of Remembrance of Victims of Illegal Aliens is hereby announced for November 6th, 2011. In cooperation with FIRE Coalition and the national crime victims’ site, VOIAC and various Congressmen and women, we are pleased to announce a major new memorial day.

Few Americans know that more Americans are killed annually than were killed in all of the Iraq war! Few know that among the tens of thousands of these killings over 25000 arrests of illegal aliens have been made. Few know that, unfortunately, there is no national crime reporting taking place so that we do not know how many of our fellow men, women and children have been murdered, slain, raped, robbed or otherwise hurt by illegal aliens. Many have made estimates of hundreds of thousands.

 We urge all true Americans to take a Moment of Silence at around 1 to 3 PM on that day to remember the tens of thousands of slain Americans due to illegal aliens. We urge immigration groups and tea parties to select an appropriate place for such mourning. Such places could include memorial sites, city halls, county courthouses, state capitols, select parks, cemeteries and other solemn places. In as much as this is the first such outing, we feel that even if there are only a few of you to gather, we nonetheless will have contributed to the memory of these victims. We also strongly suggest that we get out press releases. The reason for this should be obvious: Not that we want publicity for ourselves, but we do want publicity for the victims and their families.

Congressional activity: Congressman Steve King of Iowa is introducing at our request a House Resolution naming this day as the National Day of Remembrance of Victims of Illegal Aliens. Further, Congressman Walter Jones of North Carolina is introducing HR3168 which is the The Illegal Alien Crime Reporting Act of 2011. We urge you to contact your Congressman or woman to cosponsor these resolutions and bills.  http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-3168

 

ACTION PLAN:

1.Select location for moment of silence

2.Using the attached format, create a news release and distribute to your media.

  • ·Note: If you cannot go to a location, issue release anyway. Change to suggested wording; “We are urging everyone to take a moment to remember all the unnecessary deaths of victims of illegal aliens at a time and place of their own choosing on Sunday, November 6th.2011”
  • ·If you can, please send out our release as well.

3.Please read the accompanying documentation so that you are familiar with the issues.

4.Please put on your website, Facebook page and other social media the Tea Party Immigration Coalition website and the TPIC Facebook page as well as the Crime Victim website.

5.Remember this: All crimes by illegal aliens are completely UNNECESSARY . If the illegals weren’t here, there would be no crime and tens of thousands of your fellow countrymen would still be alive.

6.Contact your Congress people to urge them to support and cosponsor the legislation.

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Sheriff Arrests Childhood Icon

KC Stars October 29, 2011  Written by Steve Rosey  Olathe, Kansas

 

Snow White being processed following arrest

Speaking on behalf of The Seven Dwarfs from the Courthouse steps, Grumpy stated “The truth about us is one thing, but sharing it with the public is quite another.  Have you ever thought why Porky the Pig is fat and lazy while The Three Little Pigs live in a straw house?  The Candle Stick Maker is rich, but who paid for the roads to his factory?  The Widow who lives in a Shoe that’s who!  Our current policies and ignorance of the Constitution should make it clear to all, we live in a new more global and less traditional amerika.”

History found here:  http://nolathe.net/2011/10/28/if-snow-white-paid-taxes/

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Shredding Kathleen Sebelius

Written on October 28, 2011 by Michelle Malkin 

 
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On Monday, a district judge in the Sunflower State suspended court proceedings in a high-profile criminal case against the abortion racketeers of Planned Parenthood. World Magazine, a Christian news publication, reported on new bombshell court filings showing that Kansas health officials “shredded documents related to felony charges the abortion giant faces.” World Magazine reported: “The health department failed to disclose that fact for six years, until it was forced to do so in the current felony case over whether it manufactured client records.”

The records are at the heart of the fraud case against Planned Parenthood. Kansas health bureaucrats now shrug that the destruction of these key documents — which they sheepishly admitted had “certain idiosyncrasies” — was “routine.” Who oversaw the agency accused of destroying the evidence six years ago? Sebelius.

As governor of Kansas, Sebelius fought transparency motions in the proceedings tooth and nail for years. Prosecutors allege a long-running heinous cover-up to manufacture false records of patients who had late-term abortions — and to whitewash Planned Parenthood’s systemic failures to report child rape.

Former GOP state Attorney General Phill Kline’s investigation turned up massive discrepancies in reported child rape statistics compared to Planned Parenthood and the late late-term abortionist George Tiller’s bogus claims. Planned Parenthood of Overland Park and Tiller together performed abortions on 166 girls aged 14 and under and only reported one each to authorities. So, 164 cases of underage rape or statutory rape went unreported and were not investigated by authorities.

Where is Joe Biden to decry actual rape atrocities and Nancy Pelosi to decry dire hazards to women’s health when we need them?

A Kansas district judge found probable cause of criminality in the abortion providers’ records; another district judge found probable cause to believe Planned Parenthood committed 107 criminal acts. Sebelius’ response? A bloody ideological soul mate of Tiller’s, she launched a vengeful witch-hunt against Kline. The state ethics board accused him of lying. The left-wing state Supreme Court Sebelius appointed stymied Kline’s subpoenas and appeals.

Kline was cleared of all ethics violations. In fact, for 20 full months, the state’s disciplinary board for lawyers suppressed an internal investigative report concluding there was zero probable cause to justify the ethics complaints.

Where there’s obstructionist smoke, there’s corruption fire. Under Sebelius’ watch as governor, an inspector general also reported that her appointed health policy board had “applied pressure to alter an audit report, restricted access to legal advice and threatened to fire her for meeting independently with legislators,” according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.

Entirely fitting, of course. The war on whistleblowers and inspectors general has been a hallmark of the current White House. And the radically pro-abortion rights Sebelius has ruled ruthlessly from her Beltway perch: policing citizen critics of Obamacare through a taxpayer-funded Internet snitch brigade; threatening private companies and insurers who have increased rates to cope with Obamacare coverage mandates; lashing out at newspapers who dare report on the costly consequences of the federal law.

As she bullies private companies to meet discriminatory and arbitrary disclosure demands, Sebelius has yet to be held accountable for overseeing state government agencies that conspired to hide the deadly truth about the Big Government/Big Abortion alliance from taxpayers. Like her boss in Washington, Sebelius’ political playbook has a single page: Destroy the messenger.

Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies” (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is malkinblog@gmail.com.

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Ed Eilert ed.eilert@jocogov.org

At-Large District
Chairman of the Board
(Term expires January 12, 2015)

1) Do you individually support the ICLEI agenda?

2) Do you individually support Agenda 21?

3) Do you individually support providing “in state tuition” to illegal immigrants?

4) Do you individually support JoCo funding to oppose illegal immigration reform?
 
5) Do you individually support “sanctuary status” within JoCo?
 
6) Do you individually support “proof of citizenship” to receive JoCo funded benefits?
 

C. Edward Peterson ed.peterson@jocogov.org

First District
 
(Term expires January 12, 2015)

1) Do you individually support the ICLEI agenda?

2) Do you individually support Agenda 21?

3) Do you individually support providing “in state tuition” to illegal immigrants?

4) Do you individually support JoCo funding to oppose illegal immigration reform?
 
5) Do you individually support “sanctuary status” within JoCo?
 
6) Do you individually support “proof of citizenship” to receive JoCo funded benefits?
 

Jim Allen jim.allen@jocogov.org 

Second District
 
(Term expires January 14, 2013)

1) Do you individually support the ICLEI agenda?

2) Do you individually support Agenda 21?
 
3) Do you individually support providing “in state tuition” to illegal immigrants?
 
4) Do you individually support JoCo funding to oppose illegal immigration reform?
 
5) Do you individually support “sanctuary status” within JoCo?
 
6) Do you individually support “proof of citizenship” to receive JoCo funded benefits?

 

David A. Lindstrom david.lindstrom@jocogov.org

Third District
 
(Term expires January 14, 2013)

1) Do you individually support the ICLEI agenda?

2) Do you individually support Agenda 21?
 
3) Do you individually support providing “in state tuition” to illegal immigrants?
 
4) Do you individually support JoCo funding to oppose illegal immigration reform?
 
5) Do you individually support “sanctuary status” within JoCo?
 
6) Do you individually support “proof of citizenship” to receive JoCo funded benefits?
 
 
 
Fourth District
 
(Term expires January 12, 2015)

1) Do you individually support the ICLEI agenda?

2) Do you individually support Agenda 21?
 
3) Do you individually support providing “in state tuition” to illegal immigrants?
 
4) Do you individually support JoCo funding to oppose illegal immigration reform?
 
5) Do you individually support “sanctuary status” within JoCo?
 
6) Do you individually support “proof of citizenship” to receive JoCo funded benefits?
 

Michael Ashcraft Michael.Ashcraft@jocogov.org

Fifth District
 
(Term expires January 12, 2015)

1) Do you individually support the ICLEI agenda?

2) Do you individually support Agenda 21?
 
3) Do you individually support providing “in state tuition” to illegal immigrants?
 
4) Do you individually support JoCo funding to oppose illegal immigration reform?
 
5) Do you individually support “sanctuary status” within JoCo?
 
6) Do you individually support “proof of citizenship” to receive JoCo funded benefits?
 

Calvin Hayden calvin.hayden@jocogov.org

Sixth District
 
(Term expires January 14, 2013)

1) Do you individually support the ICLEI agenda?

2) Do you individually support Agenda 21?
 
3) Do you individually support providing “in state tuition” to illegal immigrants?
 
4) Do you individually support JoCo funding to oppose illegal immigration reform?
 
5) Do you individually support “sanctuary status” within JoCo?
 
6) Do you individually support “proof of citizenship” to receive JoCo funded benefits?
 

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Planned Parenthood’s Shreddergate scandal


Posted: October 26, 2011
5:58 pm Eastern

© 2011

For the first time in its inglorious history, Planned Parenthood is facing criminal charges. These originated with a case former Johnson County, Kan., District Attorney Phill Kline filed in 2007, charging Planned Parenthood’s suburban Kansas City clinic with, among other things, 23 felonies for falsifying copies of abortion reports.The pre-trial hearing on this case, now being managed by current Johnson County DA Steve Howe, was to have taken place this past Monday. That was not to be.

Last Friday, Howe’s office asked for – and was granted – a postponement after learning that the key records had been shredded years ago by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).

This shredding took place in 2005 when the KDHE was under the aegis of then-governor and now Obama Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. At the time, Kansas reigned unchallenged as the nation’s late-term abortion capital.

The Kansas City Star has rushed to the defense of Planned Parenthood. This has surprised no one. In 2006, Planned Parenthood had honored the Star with its top editorial honor, the “Maggie,” for its work in defeating Kline’s bid to be re-elected Kansas attorney general.

In one single paragraph, Star apologist Barbara Shelly managed to make more mistakes than some columnists make in a lifetime. Writes Shelly, the editorial page editor: “It turns out the documents being sought, which Planned Parenthood submitted to the clinic in 2003, were shredded in 2005 as part of an approved protocol used by the department for years. The records were long gone when Kline filed charges in 2007.”

For starters, Planned Parenthood did not submit these records to “the clinic.” Rather, its clinic submitted these records as required to the KDHE, which reported to Sebelius.

Yes, these records were shredded in 2005, but by this time they were already key evidence in a criminal investigation against Planned Parenthood. The Sebelius administration knew this.

In 2003, Kline, then attorney general, sought to obtain records from two Sebelius-controlled agencies, Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS), which receives reports of child sexual abuse, and KDHE, which receives compliance reports regarding abortions.

According to Kline, Sebelius closely monitored his investigation into the enforcement of Kansas laws regarding child rape and late-term abortion violations as these were major campaign issues in 2002 and would likely be again in 2006.

When Kline’s attorneys approached SRS for help in its investigation, the agency balked. When a judge reviewed Kline’s case, he found reasonable cause to believe SRS records contained evidence of criminal activity, and he subpoenaed the records. The Sebelius administration fought the subpoenas.

By the summer of 2004, Kline finally received what he needed from SRS. The records showed that during a time when 166 abortions were performed on children under 14 in Kansas, only two of the cases had been reported to SRS as evidence of child sexual abuse. All 166 of them should have been.

To verify that Planned Parenthood performed some or all of these abortions, Kline needed the information in the KDHE reports. These were created by statute for the purpose of aiding law enforcement.

The reports are not medical records. Nor do they contain patient names. They are, however, coded in such a way that, with KDHE’s assistance, investigators could identify the clinic that performed a given abortion.

In late May 2004, District Court Judge Richard Anderson, a Democrat, subpoenaed the KDHE compliance reports, and KDHE resisted vigorously. In June, Anderson denied KDHE’s motion to quash the subpoena and ordered that copies of the records be produced.

In late June 2004, KDHE produced copies of the subpoenaed records. Only a Star reporter could believe that these same records were innocently and routinely shredded in 2005.

In July 2004, Kline received an unwelcome surprise when the Washington-based Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) sued him as a way of challenging Kansas’s mandatory reporting laws.

Kline has long wondered how CRR knew enough to file suit. The subpoenas ordered by the court were to be kept secret. He believes that Sebelius, in violation of court order, tipped CRR off. The timing of the suit certainly raises that possibility.

Encouraged by the CRR lawsuit, KDHE quickly filed a new motion for a stay of the subpoenas and a return of the file copies that Kline had secured. Judge Anderson denied KDHE’s motion.

At this point, the Sebelius administration had to be worried. The evidence Kline had gathered could potentially cost Planned Parenthood, a key political ally, $350 million a year in federal funding if convicted of failure to report child rape.

Kline’s investigators isolated the codes of the two abortion clinic that were performing abortions on girls 14 and under. When they requested the coding information to identify the clinics, KDHE again refused to cooperate.

And again Judge Anderson had to intervene to force KDHE to do its job. The clinics in question, to no one’s great surprise, proved to be George Tiller’s in Wichita and Planned Parenthood’s in Johnson County.

In October 2004, Anderson found probable cause that the records at both clinics contained evidence of crimes and promptly subpoenaed individual case files. Predictably, the clinics filed a motion to quash, which was denied.

Now the clinics and the Sebelius administration knew Kline’s office was zeroing in on some inconvenient truths. And so the clinics took their fight to the Sebelius-friendly Kansas Supreme Court. This move initiated some of the most bizarre legal shenanigans of any criminal case ever, but that is a story for another day.

It was at the height of this tense legal battle that the KDHE under Sebelius started to destroy the original documents, and it did so without any notification to the court or to investigators.

This would not have been a problem in itself if the copies KDHE had originally produced for Kline, already validated for court use, were available, but they are not.

When Kline left office in January 2007, he gave those copies to Judge Anderson for safekeeping. Paul Morrison, Kline’s successor as AG, promptly requested the copies from Anderson.

Sebelius had persuaded Morrison, the Republican Johnson County DA, to switch parties and run against Kline. With nearly 2 million in indirect backing from Tiller and the enthusiastic support of the Star, Morrison won.  (NOlathe note: Within one year Morrison resigned following a number of documented ethical and legal charges including the illegal use of FBI data files to investigate political foes and an adulterous affair with a staff member in Johnson County.)

What Sebelius did not expect was that the Republican precinct captains of Johnson County would elect Kline to complete Morrison’s term as DA in Planned Parenthood’s home. As DA, Kline was able to make his own copies of the KDHE records and take them back to Johnson County.

No sooner did Kline do that than Morrison asked Judge Anderson to order Kline to return those copies. Anderson refused, telling Morrison that Kline’s evidence against Planned Parenthood was strong.

Morrison responded by holding an improbable press conference at which he announced that Planned Parenthood had done nothing wrong. He then joined Planned Parenthood in secret lawsuits suing both Kline and Anderson.

In May 2007 – a month after Judge Anderson told Morrison’s office, “There is evidence of crimes in the records that need to be evaluated” – Planned Parenthood held a gala fundraiser in Kansas City to celebrate Sebelius’s birthday.

Now back in Johnson County, Kline had the opportunity to review the KDHE records. In doing so, he realized that Planned Parenthood had apparently falsified copies of the records it sent to KDHE.

Prior to filing the charges, Kline had to show the evidence to Anderson. Anderson had the Topeka PD document expert check the records and promptly found probable cause. In October 2007, Kline charged Planned Parenthood with committing 107 criminal acts, including the 23 felonies of manufacturing documents.

The question the Star should be asking now is this: Where are the validated KDHE records Morrison received from Judge Anderson? Right now, no one is saying. Were they, too, “routinely” shredded?

The copies of the copies that Kline kept in the Johnson County DA’s office can be used in court, but establishing their chain of custody is difficult and time-consuming. This is what Johnson County DA Howe must do to move the case forward.

Planned Parenthood is sitting on this $350 million Shreddergate powder keg. It remains to be seen what Sebelius and friends can do other than duck for cover.

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=360517

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Muslim students at Catholic University of America complain that Christian symbols make them uncomfortable when they pray in empty classrooms

Crucifixes? At a Catholic university? How about that.

Of course, at the heart of this complaint is the hope of establishing a Muslim prayer space on the campus that would be subject to different standards than the rest of the university — a little enclave of Islamic law where its ban on the display of crosses would be “respected.”

It is mentioned below that Muslim students say they like CUA because they feel “safe” and “comfortable.” They are receiving the benefits of what Catholics have built at CUA, but are expecting more. They want to bend the institution to their own purposes for their own “comfort.”

They think it’s a fine place, if it just weren’t so, you know, Catholic, and therefore un-Islamic. “University Accused of Discriminating Against Muslims,” from CUA’s The Tower, October 20 (thanks to B.):

New charges have recently been filed against the University on counts of illegal discrimination against its Muslim and female students. The allegations are being reviewed by the District of Colombia Office of Human Rights (OHR), which has the strictest discrimination laws in the country. President John H. Garvey and the University is being urged to respond to the charges.

John F. Banzhaf III, the George Washington University Professor of Public Interest Law who initiated the legal controversy surrounding same-sex residence halls, is also the one behind these new charges.

You’ll want to read this sitting down:

The official allegations claim that CUA, “does not provide space – as other universities do – for the many daily prayers Muslim students must make, forcing them instead to find temporarily empty classrooms where they are often surrounded by Catholic symbols which are incongruous to their religion,” according to a press release on PRLOG.com.

This formal complaint also maintains that the new same-sex residence halls are particularly discriminating against female students, which is a new position on the same-sex lawsuit that began last month.

For both aspects of the complaint: it’s a Catholic university, a private institution. No one is being forced to attend it. On the other hand, its very nature and identity puts a giant target on it for social engineering.

Banzhaf claims that the University is denying Muslim students the same benefits that students of other religions are able to enjoy since there is no formal Muslim association sponsored by Catholic University but the Columbus School of Law has an association for Jewish students

“Denying Muslim students the opportunity for form a student group on campus could hardly be based upon any fundamental Catholic doctrine since Georgetown University not only has such a Muslim student group, but also provides its Muslim students with a separate prayer room and even a Muslim chaplain,” said Banzhaf in that press release.

“An important reason [that Muslims are gravitating towards Catholic universities] is that the Muslim students, especially those who are observant, feel comfortable and safe at the institution,” said President Garvey in an interview with NPR in December of 2010. “It’s a place where their own faith practices are mirrored by our own. And they feel both welcome and understood at the campus.”

Gentlemen, start your platitudes:

“Even though it’s a Catholic school, a lot of its teachings are very similar to Islam,” said Al Salmi. “It teaches respect, community service, love, worship etc. which are things that Islam also teaches.”

The discrimination charge asserts that although OHR has been investigating alleged discrimination on campus since Banzhaf’s lawsuit began, “neither the President nor anyone else speaking for the University has sought to explain to the public, or even to CUA’s own students, why it believes that its discrimination does not violate the Human Rights Act.”

“As University spokesman, I have repeatedly explained to anyone who has asked me, including the media, that we reject the premise of Banzhaf’s argument, namely that single-sex residence halls are discriminatory,” said Victor Nakas, University Vice President of Public Affairs. “And we also reject his assumption that the Human Rights Act requires residence halls to be co-ed.”

That does a fine job of illustrating the mindset at work here. Rules and standards are hate and discrimination.

As these charges are being considered by the Office of Human Rights, the University administration said they will continue to work towards the betterment of its students.

“Catholic University is committed to the religious freedom and dignity of all members of its community,” said Nakas. “This includes the dozens of Muslims who come to the University for its academic excellence as well as its demonstrated history of outreach and dialogue to people of all faiths.”

Posted by Marisol on October 26, 2011 7:51 AM

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Religious Violence, Uncertainty in Post-Mubarak Egypt Threatens Ties to Israel, U.S.

By

Published October 25, 2011

| FoxNews.com

 

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    Smoke from tear gas fills the street as protesters clash with Egyptian security forces in Cairo Egypt, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011.

In the eight months since the Egyptian Revolution, radical Islamic groups are rising to power, the army seems unwilling or unable to stop a growing rash of sectarian violence and the long-standing friendship between the U.S., Israel and Egypt is in serious question.

“I am the enemy of democracy,” Hesham al Ashry said in an interview with Fox News in his Cairo tailor shop. The devout Muslim is a main organizer in a group called the Salafists, which is working to bring Shariah law to Egypt. They, along with the Muslim Brotherhood, have risen quickly in the past eight months to fill the power vacuum left in post-Mubarak Egypt.

The massive change has billionaire tycoon and financier of the revolution Naguib Sawiris now calling Egypt’s future “dim … bad.”

Mubarak’s heavy handed security apparatus kept groups like the Salafis on a tight leash; now free to organize and recruit the Salafists and Brotherhood have quickly climbed to the top of the political food chain with organizational help and financing from supporters in the Gulf states.

“This is a big opportunity and it’s not going to go back. This was mentioned by the Prophet Mohammed. Peace be upon him. He said this was going to happen,” al Ashry said, speaking of the Arab Spring and the opportunity for groups like his to organize.

The past eight months have given a scary preview of what al Ashry’s opportunity might mean. It was a Salafy Cleric who called for the attack on the Israeli Embassy in Cario, the rocket and suicide bomb attack on a southern Israeli highway which killed 8 and injured more than 40 was launched from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, and it was the Army which intervened in a peaceful Coptic Christian protest killing more than two dozen.

“They (the army) are completely frantic, they are (overwhelmed) by these every week demonstrations…the country is going bust. The economy is going down. They are unable to get it to rest (stop),” Sawiris, who says there is only a 20% chance of next month’s election producing a liberal or secular Muslim government, said.

Egypt’s first parliamentary elections are scheduled for late-November and many have warned they will become a flash point for the type of sectarian violence that left more than two dozen Coptic Christians dead. While al Ashry blames the Coptics for burning their own churches down in a sympathy ploy, it’s widely accepted that fundamentalists from the Muslim Brotherhood or Salafists are responsible for burning down a number of a Coptic churches. The church burnings have brought the Christians out in force beginning a cycle of violence which the army seems unable, or unwilling, to stop.

“It is madness to hold elections in that short of a time. No security in the country. Anybody can do anything in Egypt with impunity,” said Coptic Christian politician Michael Muenier.

Egypt received $1.5B in foreign aid from the United States, making it one of the largest recipients in the world.

Much of the aid comes in the form of military hardware and training.

Since Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel and the rise of President Mubarak, Egypt has functioned as a key U.S. ally in the region and has done much of Washington’s bidding, but the recent developments have put the special relationship into serious question.

The Army has yet to arrest anyone for the string of Church burnings or punish any of the soldiers involved in the Coptic massacre in early October.

Despite pleas from the United States, Egypt has continued to hold an American/Israeli citizen accused of spying, and the Army leadership has failed to secure arms smuggling/militant activity in the Sinai Peninsula.

This combination creates a new dynamic in the Middle East as Egypt no longer walks in step with her Western benefactors.

For example, democratic elections long promised by the military already have Christians crying foul. “You are telling me the military just ran over 30 people with their tanks and we are going to feel comfortable going to elections,” Muenier who also predicts a win by the Muslim Brotherhood, said.

As for what’s next if al Ashry and his followers get their way, “instead of one Iran …you have two.”

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Government Could Hide Existence of Records under FOIA Rule Proposal

by Jennifer LaFleur
ProPublica, Oct. 24, 2011, 10:26 a.m

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A proposed rule to the Freedom of Information Act would allow federal agencies to tell people requesting certain law-enforcement or national security documents that records don’t exist – even when they do.

Under current FOIA practice, the government may withhold information and issue what’s known as a Glomar denial that says it can neither confirm nor deny the existence of records.

The new proposal – part of a lengthy rule revision [1] by the Department of Justice – would direct government agencies to “respond to the request as if the excluded records did not exist.”

Open-government groups object.

“We don’t believe the statute allows the government to lie to FOIA requesters,” said Mike German, senior policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, which opposes the provision.

The ACLU, along with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and OpenTheGovernment.org said the move would [2] “dramatically undermine government integrity by allowing a law designed to provide public access to government to be twisted.

The Glomar denial arose in the mid-1970s when a Los Angeles Times reporter requested information about the CIA’s Glomar Explorer [3], built to recover a sunken Soviet submarine and the CIA’s attempt to suppress stories about it.

But the advocacy groups propose another response: You have requested “…records which, if they exist, would not be subject to the disclosure requirements of FOIA…”

They prefer such language because a last resort is to sue to obtain the records, something people requesting information might not do if they assumed that no records existed.

Open government groups also contend that the proposed rule could undermine judicial proceedings.

In a recent case brought by the ACLU of Southern California, the FBI denied the existence of documents. But the court later discovered that the documents did exist. In an amended order [4], U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney wrote that the “Government cannot, under any circumstance, affirmatively mislead the Court.”

DOJ’s draft FOIA rule was first published in March [1], but DOJ re-opened comment [5] submissions in September at the request of open-government groups. The new comment period ended October 19.

The DOJ did not immediately respond to a request for comment. We will update as soon as it does.

23 comments

 

Patricia Biancaniello

Yesterday, 10:58 a.m.

This is another step in the undermining of democracy in our country. We are rapidly becoming the nations we condemned. The past few years have brought us closer to the standards set by the Soviet Union than any standards envisioned by founders of this nation.

I’m sure it’s a huge coincidence that this happens at the same time the FBI is rolling out it’s new “next generation” database that’s designed to “track people’s movements.” And just as the “Arab Spring” is winding down. And just as people are starting to push for openness on the economy. And…

Wow.

If the system isn’t open to inspection, there’s no accountability.

The White House, meanwhile, is ahead of this possibility, by calling for higher security in a “fast-tracked” Executive Order:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/10/07/executive-order-structural-reforms-improve-security-classified-networks-

Why? Well, draw your own conclusions, but it’s referred to as “The WikiLeaks Order.”

Interesting, though, that when any of us demands privacy, we’re informed that only the guilty have anything to hide…

Sauer Kraut

Yesterday, 12:22 p.m.

FOIA has long been abused by government bureaucrats who are unwilling to abide by its provisions. A person submitting a request should have absolutely no expectation of anything but a rote response within the mandated response period; any responsive documents can take 2 or more years to arrive.

Responses may state that certain categories of requested documents cannot be found or the they are included, only to be respectively included or not included. And no one polices FOIA.

The entire FOIA statute needs to be reworked as the current critter simply does not work.

It should be called the Freedom of No-Information Act.

Scott Bartz

Yesterday, 3:07 p.m.

The Department of Justice, the organization responsible for enforcing the FOIA, is the biggest violator of the Act.

While researching the 1982 Tylenol murders, I sent FOIA requests to local, state, and federal law enforcement FOIA officers who clearly had no intention of honoring my requests.
http://americanfraud.com/FOIARequests.aspx

The FOIA requires documents of historical significance to be declassified after 25 years. But my FOIA requests, coming 28 years after the the Tylenol murders, were denied. The reasons given for these denials consisted of bureaucratic rhetoric intended to meet the legal technicalities required to deny the requests. The denials did not stem from any common sense analysis of the effect that the release of the requested documents would have on solving the crimes.

Barbara Flores

Yesterday, 3:11 p.m.

Amazing that the media constantly attributes Obama’s low approval ratings to the economy when in fact he and his dept of justice have disappointed and disregarded so many rights we thought we had.
Add up a few disappointed voters about this issue, a few disappointed Hispanics, a few LG.. people who saw promises to them go unfulfilled, drone attacks, murdering our enemies when he condemns torture, hiring Wall Street wizards who didn’t see or care about what was imminent to advise him and on and on. His record is dismal on so many fronts and now this from an administration that trumpeted transparency. It’s crazy – the man is a megalomaniac and still frustrated Democrats will come to his defense.

So all the information about and evidence of Administrative crimes can be buried, not just classified. And if there’s no acknowledgment it ever existed, like the torture tapes and all those pictures of crimes that were never prosecuted that Obama is sitting on, you can re-write history any way you want. In many ways – he’s been a much more disturbingly bad man than Bush. I know it’s too much to ask for – a good man or a basically good man or even a *not evil* man, but can’t we at least get a *evil, but not disturbingly evil* option?

*sigh*

Sgt. Barefoot

Yesterday, 4:55 p.m.

Ask no questions and you get no lies. Seek the truth by knowing it can often be stranger than fiction. Dealing with the Government could be described as like “kissing a cobra” when pied piper finishes his song its time to run for the hills!

I am so scared. I might be gone before the worst of this kicks in—but maybe not; it is happening so fast. But my children and their children will be living in the nightmare world of “l984” unless we can get our country back.

Many of us voted for Obama because of the unbelievable alternative, but also because we believed his soaring rhetoric. And we may be stuck with another four years, because the alternative is so much worse this time. The nominees consist of certifiable nut cases, political whores, and Jesus freaks. Rank and file Republicans are fleeing the far-Right caucuses within the Congress because they are justifiably afraid of losing their seats if they remain identified with these Mad Dogs.

What’s even worse, is that some Democrats have actually voted for such quintessentially far-Right Republican bills as the recent one that forbids hospitals to perform an abortion on a woman admitted to the emergency ward—effectively condemning her to death. This is really hard to understand. I assume they think THEIR woman would not be allowed to die? So they are an elite, better than the rest of us?

The Founders must be spinning in their graves. What can stop the destruction of the magnificent structure they left to us? Yes, I am scared.

Connie Sloan

Yesterday, 6:13 p.m.

A FOIA was made to the FBI for some records. It took the FBI over four (4) years to respond to the FOIA request. Amazingly, we got the records (over 2,000 pages) two weeks AFTER the requester’s death. AND, looking at the dates the FBI made the copies, those records could have been returned within two months!

The records, except for two pages, were redacted in their entirety! All that was received were pages with “To”, “From”, “Subject”, etc., and a whole bunch of initials from different people.

Jeff Brodhead

Yesterday, 6:25 p.m.

Hey Commie idiots at the “ACLU”, “government integrity” Is an oxymoron!

While I agree this is a bad thing – so is the “ACLU”!

Dear America, aren’t you tired of your MIS-REPRESENTATIVES IN DC?

Time to flush ‘em all, including the “judicial branch”.

and now julian assanges postings are unfunded so we will know less.

Walter D. Shutter, Jr.

Yesterday, 7:31 p.m.

So much for the “transparent” Admistration of the 44th POTUS. Meet the new Boss, same as the old Boss.
The more things change, the more they remain the same…Etc.

Seriously, though, I read a lot of comments on various political and news sites like ProPublica(and worse) and it appears to me that the one thing that is common to almost all of the comments is that the commentators would like the government to DO SOMETHING to make things “better”, and if that means a bigger, more powerful government, then so be it. They fail to see the obvious: The government large enough and powerful enough to help you is large enough and powerful enough to hurt you. And government, if left to its own devices, will always grow larger and more powerful…and more arrogant with its new power.
We the governed, sometimes AKA the electorate, are expected to elect representatives to control this leviathan. Those folks aspiring to be representatives are called candidates for public office. They solicit our votes thusly: ” Elect me and together we will do SOMETHING to make things better” But it never works out.
If you are outraged about the abuse of government power, consider this: A smaller, less powerful government would necessarily have less power to abuse and would consequently abuse the people less. My proof? I have had both large and small dogs over my lifetime and I have observed that large dogs tend to discharge turds which are larger than those discharged by small dogs. Am I comparing dogs to governments? Sadly, only with respect to their excrement. Dogs are loyal to their masters all the time, while governments are rarely loyal to their citizens, and then only when it suits them.

So then, are there there any candidates for public office out there who are in favor of smaller, less powerful government? I can think of only one for sure.

RON PAUL IN 2012!

Kafka is baaaaack! and he comes wih big brother…

Some of you should really read the FOIA statute; there is already a provision in the FOIA which allows this, it’s called an Exclusion and there are three of them. Exclusions C1, C2 and C3.

Peter Aleff

Today, 8 a.m.

For an example of blatant lying by the FOIA office at the National Institutes of Health, see http://retinopathyofprematurity.org/bioethicsconsent.htm for a letter in which their Director of News Services tries to tell me that the “informed consent forms” for a recent medical child suffocation experiment cannot be found and “are not required to be provided to the NIH as part of the grant application or management process” although the Federal Regulations forbid funding any experiment unless the regulations for informed consent have been complied with. In the case at hand, no parent of the children so suffocated could have consented to their intentional asphyxiation which was not in the interest of these children.

For the callous cruelty of this illegal experiment worthy of Nazi doctors that killed 23 premature babies and that the NIH is trying to cover up, see http://www.retinopathyofprematurity.org/BioethicsOwnViolations.htm.

FOIALAINCA: Freedom Of Information As Long As It’s Not Condemning Act.

I only buy that argument to a point, Walter, because the government (such as it is) is pretty much the only thing preventing the banks from confiscating the land, the energy companies from deciding who is allowed to survive the winter, and the media companies from rewriting history. The megacorporations not only have no reason to protect us, but are obligated by design to exploit us.

The problem is that government (especially our government, founded specifically on such principles) needs to serve the people and fear the consequences of ignoring their duties. The people in government need to realize that (or be forced into a position where) their employment depends on our prosperity.

Ron Paul is a useful man to have around, because I think he understands a lot of the problems. But I don’t think he’s the man to go to for solutions. His proposed solutions recall the events leading to Coxey’s March, the exodus from Europe to the Americas, and the rise of the worst dictatorships around the world.

The country needs a banking and money system that’s beholden to the people, not to profit. We need a job policy that favors jobs on American soil. We need to drive medical costs down to where only the deathly ill require insurance. We need companies to stop selling surveillance and suppression technology to oppressive governments, presumably as trial runs to be used against us. And, much as it pains me to say so, only a government has the resources to make it happen and no profit motivation to avoid it.

Why didn’t you publish my comments?

Barbara Flores

Today, 1:27 p.m.

Why do so many of us refer to “the government” as if it is a monolithic creature that sprang up out of nowhere. It is the individuals who are charged with, and have promised to, reform the government with whom we should be upset. It is the chiefs who set the tone of any organization. Something about where the buck stops. I’m sure it is difficult for those who adored Obama to face up to it, he isn’t what we thought he was. The posted comments are all fulminnating against the executive branch (not that there isn’t plenty to say about the legislative and judicial). I hope this deep discontent lasts til election day because if this promise breaker is re-elected, I think it will forever end any faith in elected officials and any belief, however, tenuous, among those running for office that they have to be true to their promises.

Does anyone know why the DOJ sought these changes in a final rule? When I was a fed the rule was simple: a request had to be honored within a reasonable amount of time provided the information was available, it was releasable in some form, and the requestor was willing to pay the copying costs, if applicable; or, the request was denied if the records were actually lost or not releasable for national security reasons. Information that was deemed to be “pre-decisional,” e.g., e-mails or paper exchanges that led to a final determination were not releasable. Having a rule that allows officials to lie by saying records do not exist when they do is ridiculous and probably illegal.

MIKE HICKEY

Today, 6:26 p.m.

Obama’s Justice Department is as much interested in “justice” as Bush’s criminal SEC.

MIKE HICKEY

Today, 6:28 p.m.

Obama’s Justice Department is as much interested in “justice” as Bush’s lame SEC.

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