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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

PA Willing To Release ‘Collaborator’ For A Price

The Palestinian Authority has secretly requested that Israel release the bodies of 100 terrorists in exchange for the freedom of a Palestinian reportedly held in jail for selling property to Jews, this column has learned.

Last month, the PA reportedly sentenced to death Muhammad Abu Shahala, a former PA intelligence officer, for a real estate transaction in the ancient Jewish community of Hebron. Under the framework of the PAs legal system, selling land to Jews is considered a capital offense.

Israeli diplomatic sources revealed that the PA passed a message to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressing willingness to free Shahala if the Jewish state releases the bodies of 100 Palestinians killed while fighting Israel. The message was sent through Ayoob Kara, a Druze politician who is Israel’s Deputy Minister for Development of the Negev and Galilee. Following requests from Hebron’s Jewish community, Kara had inquired with the PA about Shahala’s status and well-being.

Officially, the PA denies the reports that it sentenced Shahala to death and has been less than forthcoming about exactly where the former intelligence official is being held. Dmitry Diliani, a spokesperson for the PA, referred this reporter to the Palestinian prison in Hebron, which in turn directed a request to the PA’s Ministry of Justice. The Justice Ministry did not return a comment before publication.

According to multiple reports, Shahala was tortured prior to a hasty trial in which he was found guilty of selling his Hebron property to Jews. Over the years, scores of Palestinians have been put to death in judicial and extrajudicial killings after being accused of selling land to Jews.

Hebron’s Jewish community has been at the forefront of the fight for Shahala’s freedom. Hebron spokesmen David Wilder and Noam Arnon wrote an appeal addressed to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President of the European Council of the EU Herman Van Rompuy, and other international officials. Wilder said he didn’t hear back from Clinton, Ki-moon or other international human rights officials contacted about the case.

Founder Of Radical Group Called ‘Great’ By Obama

The protest group that stormed President Obama’s Chicago campaign headquarters earlier this week was founded by a Communist sympathizer recently named by Obama as a “great” reformer.

Dozens of protesters slipped past security guards on Friday and ran up escalators at the Obama Chicago campaign headquarters to kick off what they called a “Week Without Capitalism.” Eight protesters, cheered by other demonstrators, were reportedly led out in handcuffs after they refused to clear the lobby.

The protest was reportedly organized by the Catholic Worker Movement, or CWM, founded by the late radical Dorothy Day, a journalist who wrote for Marxist newspapers. CWM protests capitalism as an economic system that is “far from God’s justice” and calls for “a withdrawal from the capitalist system so far as each one is able to do so.” CWM calls for the nonviolent destruction of capitalist society to rebuild a socialist utopia.

Discover The Networks notes that CWM recommends “a complete rejection of the present social order”; “a withdrawal from the capitalist system so far as each one is able to do so”; and “a non-violent revolution to establish an order more in accord with Christian values.” Such measures are to be used, according to CWM, to create a “new society within the shell of the old” – “a cooperative social order” of “communitarianism” without “extremes of wealth and poverty.”

This February, Obama used the annual National Prayer Breakfast to uphold Dorothy Day as a great reformer. Declared Obama: “Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Jane Addams, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, Abraham Heschel – the majority of great reformers in American history did their work not just because it was sound policy, or they had done good analysis, or understood how to exercise good politics, but because their faith and their values dictated it, and called for bold action – sometimes in the face of indifference, sometimes in the face of resistance.”

Day is known for her motto: “The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?

Raided Chicago Apartment Belongs To Occupy Leader

The resident of the Chicago apartment raided by police in an alleged terror bust related to the city’s NATO summit is the spokesperson for Occupy Chicago, this column has learned.

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Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Money For Occupy’s DC Office Coming From Union Linked To Obama

A labor union with strong ties to President Obama is paying for Occupy’s Washington DC office space inside a think-tank that is also heavily tied to the White House.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU ) is forking over $4,000 per month for three offices inside the Institute for Policy Studies, or IPS think-tank, whose headquarters are a short distance from the tent city Occupy set up in DC’s McPherson Square in October.

The SEIU is closely tied to Obama and the White House. Scores of SEIU members served on the advisory board to Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. The union’s recently retired president, Andy Stern, was the most frequent visitor to the White House in 2009, according to official logs. In November 2011, the SEIU gave Obama an early endorsement, with the union’s president, Mary Kay Henry, pledging to spend the next year focusing on get-out-the-vote efforts for the president.

The IPS itself, meanwhile, is closely tied with both the White House and Occupy. The IPS routinely pens joint research and policy papers with the Center for American Progress, which has been described by Time magazine as the White House’s “idea factory.” The center is led by John Podesta, who co-directed Obama’s transition into the White House.

The Future Of Voting?

SCYTL, an internationally headquartered company that recently purchased the leading U.S. electronic voting firm, announced this week the successful implementation of technology that allows ballots to be cast using Google and Apple smartphones and tablet computers.

In the past, the company has faced questions about the security of its electronic voting technologies, which are now set to be deployed in 900 U.S. jurisdictions via its U.S. subsidiary. The firm already provides balloting for overseas U.S. military and civilian voting in nine states along with elections technologies in several districts.

Concerns have also been raised about SCYTL’s ties to the Spanish government and to international venture capital firms.

Now SCYTL has unveiled a platform that it says encrypts each individual ballot on a voter’s Google or Apple mobile device before the ballot is transmitted to an electronic voting system. Using this technology “Scytl is now able to guarantee end-to-end security – from the voter to the final tally – not only for computer-based online voting but also for mobile voting,” stated a press release by the company.

The U.S. does not currently utilize voting platforms using mobile devices. SCYTL sees such methods as the future of electronic voting.

It is unclear what role SCYTL’s U.S. subsidiary, SOE Software, will take during this year’s presidential election. This past January, SCYTL, based in Barcelona, acquired 100 percent of SOE Software, the leading software provider of election management solutions in the United States. With the purchase of SOE Software, SCYTL has increased its involvement in the U.S. elections process. SOE Software boasts a strong U.S. presence, providing results in over 900 jurisdictions. During the midterm elections in November 2010, SCYTL successfully carried out electoral modernization projects in 14 states.

Just prior to the midterm’s however, the new electronic voting system in Washington, D.C., was hacked. As a program security trial, the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics reportedly encouraged outside parties to hack and find flaws in its new online balloting system. A group of University of Michigan students then hacked into the site and commanded it to play the school’s fight song upon casting a vote.

This is not the first time SCYTL’S systems have been called into question. Voter Action, an advocacy group that seeks elections integrity in the U.S., sent a lengthy complaint to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission in April 2010 charging the integration of SCYTL systems “raises national security concerns.” Project Vote noted that in 2008, the Florida Department of State commissioned a review of SCYTL’s remote voting software and concluded, in part, that “the system is vulnerable to attack from insiders.”

Immigration Of Bnei Menashe To Israel To Resume

After a five-year immigration halt, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has given permission to a community of Indian citizens who believe they are one of the lost tribes of Israel to move to the Jewish state.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Terrorists’ Memory Alive At Sports Tournament

The Palestinian Authority sponsored a sports tournament at a stadium named after a terrorist that featured four teams, each also named after prominent Palestinian terrorists and terrorist supporters.

The competition came days after President Obama ended a six-month freeze on aid to the PA, releasing $147 million to reportedly cover the costs of infrastructure, education, humanitarian aid and health projects for the Palestinians.

The official PA newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, reported on the sporting event in question, which saw the physical education department at Al-Quds University hold a competition for its scouts program. Reported the newspaper: “[The event] was held in cooperation with the university, and under the auspices and with the support of the [PLO's] Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, at the Martyr Salah Khalaf Center in Al-Fari’a, for 40 male and female scouts.”

Khalaf was a founder of the Black September terrorist group responsible for scores of deadly anti-Western and anti-Israel attacks, including the kidnapping and murder of 11 Israeli athletes. Black September was also reportedly behind the murder of two American diplomats in Khartoum in 1973.

The Al-Hayat Al-Jadida report continued: “Participants were divided into four small groups, named for Martyrs: the Martyr Izz a-Din Al-Qassam group; the Martyr Abd Al-Rahim Mahmoud group; the Martyr Bajes Abu Atwan group; and the Martyr Dalal Mughrabi group.”

Al-Qassam was a Muslim preacher who led attacks against British, French, and Zionist organizations in the 1920s and 1930s. Hamas’s military wing is named after him. Mahmoud was a poet who composed the “Song of the Martyr.” Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children. Atwan was killed fighting Israel in the 1970’s.

Scores of official PA institutions, including schools, roads and sports teams, are named after Muhgrabi.

John Bolton: Talks With Hamas Inevitable If Obama Reelected

U.S. talks with Hamas are “almost inevitable” if President Obama is re-elected, John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, declared on WABC’s “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” this week.

“I think that’s almost inevitable,” Bolton said in response to a question about whether the former diplomat thinks the U.S. will engage Hamas during a second Obama term. Continued Bolton: “I think if you look at the record of the Obama administration in its first three years and the unrelenting pressure that they put on Israel to make concessions to the Palestinian Authority, that once freed from the prospect of ever having to face the voters again…I think it’s going to be Katy bar the door!”

Bolton, now a member of Mitt Romney’s campaign, said that since “many Europeans” already believe that Israel should negotiate with Hamas, the Obama administration “would come to the same conclusion.”

“I don’t know why, once any fear of political consequence is removed, why [the Obama administration] would be any different in that context then they have been in so many others,” he said.

Obama Official Doesn’t Recall His Own Writings

Cass Sunstein, President Obama’s “regulatory czar,” doesn’t “remember very well” a lengthy academic paper from 2008 in which he argued that the U.S. government should ban “conspiracy theorizing,” by, among other methods, sending agents to infiltrate websites, chat rooms and online social networks.

Among the beliefs Sunstein suggested banning was advocating that the theory of global warming is a deliberate fraud.

When an activist earlier this week repeatedly challenged Sunstein on the 30-page Harvard Law paper, “Conspiracy Theories,” the White House official claimed, “I hope I didn’t say any of those things.” Sunstein, however, repeatedly refused to retract the controversial paper. The exchange was caught on camera.

Luke Rudkowski, founder of WeAreChange.org, confronted Sunstein about the paper at a New York question and answer session, asking him why he believes it is the government’s job to go after those who advocate such theories. Sunstein replied: “I think, as Ricky said, I have written hundreds of articles, and I remember some and not others. That one I don’t remember very well.”

Rudkowski, who identified himself as a student named Bill, persisted with his line of questioning, pointing out he’s asking “because you may be the next Supreme Court justice.”

Sunstein retorted, “All I can say is that there are a lot of things that I have written, I guess. And there are even more things I am said to have written. I may agree with some of the things I have written, but I’m not exactly sure.”

After Sunstein’s speech, Rudkowski approached him privately and asked whether Sunstein is now retracting his paper. “I don’t remember the article very well,” Sunstein said, still on camera. “So I hope I didn’t say any of those things.” Asked again whether he is retracting the paper, Sunstein replied, “I am focused on my job.”

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Dalia Mogahed Tweet Gets Her In Trouble, Again

The official Twitter account for the English website of the Muslim Brotherhood this past weekend retweeted a post by Dalia Mogahed, a member of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Mogahed had tweeted: “Was great President Obama recognized Anthony Shadid tonight.” She was referring to Obama’s White House Correspondents Dinner speech at which he took a serious moment to recall the death of Shadid, a Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent for The New York Times who died in February of an apparent asthma attack while covering the uprising in Syria.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Twitter account, @ikhwanweb, says in its profile that its “re-tweets mean official endorsements of the subject matter.”

This isn’t the first time Mogahed’s twitter account drew controversy to her. Last month, she came under fire for remarks on Twitter about Israel. She wrote about her opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in which she pointed out that the embattled ruler can no longer “deliver…resistance to Israel.”

After bloggers noticed the tweet, Mogahed clarified, “I am criticizing [people] who support Assad because they think he resists Israel.” However, her tweet could easily be interpreted to mean she is decrying Assad’s inability to “resist” Israel. “Resistance” is a term routinely used by Islamic extremists to mean terrorism targeting civilians.

Besides her role on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Mogahed is also on the advisory council of the Department of Homeland Security.

This reporter was the first to expose Mogahed’s radical Islamic ties, including her partnership in an Islamic project whose stated goal was to “define, interpret and implement the concept of the Islamic State in modern times.” That project, the Shariah Index Project, was founded and directed by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the controversial Muslim cleric behind the 13-story, $100 million Islamic cultural center and mosque being built two blocks from Ground Zero in New York City.

Together with Rauf, Mogahed was also a leading voice in the Leadership Group on U.S.-Muslim Engagement, which issued a 153-page recommendation paper, obtained and reviewed by this column, that calls for dialogue with Hamas and engagement with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Communist Chairman: Vote For Obama

The Communist Party USA isn’t always happy with the Democrats, but in the 2012 election, its chairman says, the best bet for advancing the party’s goals is to back Barack Obama.

In a report called “Defeating the Right wing on the Road to Socialism” delivered to the CPUSA annual conference, Party Chairman Sam Webb moved to squash sentiments that disgruntled communists should jump off the Democrat ship and back a third-party candidate for president.

“Some think the Democrats are as bad as the Republicans. Others go further and say that the Democrats are worse because they create popular illusions that change is possible within the two-party system,” Webb said. “And finally there are advocates of running a third-party presidential candidate in this election.

“I can understand these sentiments, but only up to a point,” he said. “Like it or not, millions go to the polls in spite of their misgivings…and the Democratic Party is the vehicle of reform for tens of millions, the majority of whom are working and oppressed people.”

Therefore, Webb said, communists need to join other left-leaning allies in ensuring Republicans are defeated in November

Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 7-9 p.m. His website is KleinOnline.com.

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Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

If Obama Has His Way, U.S. Oceans May Land Under UN Law

President Obama’s ambitious plan for stepped up government regulation of the oceans includes an effort to cede U.S. oceans to United Nations-based international law.

The plan was previously a pet project of Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta, whose ocean zoning scheme was supported by a globalist group that also aimed to acquiesce U.S. oceans to UN governance.

Obama’s plan is still in its draft form. It calls for an executive order to be issued for a National Ocean Policy that will determine how the ecosystem is managed while giving the federal government more regulatory authority over businesses that utilize the ocean.

The executive order is to be based on the recommendations of Obama’s Inter-agency Ocean Policy Task Force, created in 2010, also by executive order. That agency was tasked with recommending specific actions for a presidential plan to achieve the vision of “an America whose stewardship ensures that the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes are healthy and resilient…”

The task force’s final recommendations, based in part on the supposed effects of global warming, were released in a 78-page paper reviewed by this column. The entire third section of the report recommends that the U.S. join the UN’s Law of the Sea Convention. That UN convention defines the rights and responsibilities of nations in their use of the world’s oceans, establishing guidelines for businesses, the environment, and the management of marine natural resources.

Much of the task force’s recommendations were previously called for by a group headed by Panetta until his appointment as CIA director in 2009. Panetta became Defense Secretary in July 2011. Panetta had co-chaired the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, which is the partner of Citizens for Global Solutions in a push to ratify U.S. laws and regulations governing the seas.

The oceans initiative bills itself as a bipartisan, collaborative group that aims to “accelerate the pace of change that results in meaningful ocean policy reform.” Among its main recommendations is that the U.S. should put its oceans up for regulation to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Panetta’s oceans initiative is supported by Citizens for Global Solutions, or CGS, a member organization and supporter of the World Federalist Movement, which openly seeks a one-world government. The World Federalist Movement considers the CGS to be its U.S. branch.

The movement brings together organizations and individuals that support the establishment of a global federal system of strengthened and democratized global institutions with plenary constitutional power accountable to the citizens of the world and a division of international authority among separate global agencies.

Occupy Movement Partners With Anarchy Group

Occupy has partnered with an anarchy movement to plan joint chaotic actions aimed at protesting capitalism.

This past weekend, Occupy DC and an anti-capitalist group calling itself the Anarchist Alliance DC Network caused a ruckus at an International Monetary Fund convention. Protesters reportedly attached climbing ropes to security barricades outside the main IMF entry checkpoint and pulled the down barricades. Other ropes were used to bull down obstacles along the path delegates used to attend the meetings. Some protesters stormed several hotels where IMF delegates were staying, including the Washington Circle Hotel and the Mayflower. A Facebook “anarchy” page was created in the run up to the IMF event.

The Occupy Wall Street website initiated a subsection entitled “anarchy” where related events are posted. The site boasts about a Manhattan protest earlier this month following an anarchy book fair after which agitators marched through the streets turning over trash cans and spraying anarchy symbols on local businesses. Protesters reportedly used eight-foot-long metal pipes to smash windows of a Starbucks in New York’s East Village.

One group, calling itself the First of May Anarchist Alliance, has partnered with Occupy to protest the Trayvon Martin shooting.

These anarchy tactics seemingly come directly from the playbook of a direct action organization known as the Ruckus Society, which helped to spark the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle that turned violent. Ruckus helped to spark those riots.

Ruckus is directly tied to Occupy. This column previously reported that official direct-action training resources for Occupy events include several manuals from the Ruckus Society, which trains radical activists in “direct action” techniques. Ruckus was also listed as a “friend and partner” of Occupy events, including the movement’s Days of Action held in October 2011.

Ruckus is funded by the George Soros-financed Tides Center, which has been involved in Occupy since the movement’s onset. Another grantee of Tides is the Adbusters magazine, which first announced the Occupy movement. MoveOn.org, which has joined Occupy, is also funded by Tides.

Obama Asked Controversial Pastor To Push Controversial Legislation

President Obama once utilized controversial Chicago pastor Michael Pfleger to push a racially-charged agenda.

Pfleger famously claimed during the 2008 campaign that Hillary Clinton cried in public because she thought being white entitled her to the Democratic presidential nomination.

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Dershowitz Not Done With Media Matters Action Network

In a recent radio interview, left-leaning Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz called on Media Matters to disassociate itself from the views and ideas of anti-Israel writer M.J. Rosenberg.

With a series of reporters detailing his activism, Rosenberg stepped down from the Fox News bashing activist group earlier this month.

“Media Matters has taken an important first step to disassociate themselves from this bigot,” said Dershowitz. “Now they have to take a second step and disassociate themselves from his ideas.” Dershowitz made these comments on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s WABC Radio.

On the same program in February, Dershowitz vowed to personally make the Media Matters for America controversy a re-election issue for President Obama.

Dershowitz took particular issue with Media Matters coverage of Israel, primarily rhetoric from then-Media Matters Action Network senior fellow M.J. Rosenberg, who is known for his extreme anti-Israel views. Rosenberg has been pushing the phrase “Israel Firster,” implying those who support the Jewish state put Israel’s needs before those of the U.S.

Earlier this month, Rosenberg announced he is leaving Media Matters to maintain his own blog. “The reason for this step is that it disturbed me greatly to see an organization to which I am devoted facing possible harm because of my critical writings about Israel,” he wrote.

“I have no doubt that the crowd that opposes any and all criticism of Israeli government policies will continue to turn its guns on Media Matters if I am associated with it,” he continued. “I could not live with myself if that happened – not only because I care deeply about the organization and my colleagues, but also because Media Matters does such important work confronting the lies that emanate from the far right and especially Fox News.”

Dershowitz says Rosenberg’s move is not enough. “I am not satisfied with Media Matters,” the lawyer told Klein. “I think they fired him, even though he says he’s retired. He’s still being funded apparently by that mysterious Hong Kong person who supports all the anti-Israel stuff along with George Soros.”

Continued Dershowitz: “Media Matters hasn’t indicated any apology for using a blogger that calls us all Israel-firsters, which suggests that we are not loyal to our country. This wasn’t just anti-Israel. This was classic anti-Semitism. Saying that AIPAC doesn’t have loyalty to America. Accusing many senators and congressmen of dual loyalty. That’s just old fashion anti-Semitism, and it’s a good thing Media Matters disassociated itself from it.”

Asked if he intends to continue his campaign to make Media Matters into an election issue for President Obama, Dershowitz replied: “No, no. I have won this issue.”

How Many Congressmen Are Associated With This Group?

The Congressional Progressive Caucus was originally founded by a U.S. socialist group – the Democratic Socialists of America – with some Caucus members still evidencing a close working relationship with the group.

The Congressional Progressive Caucus, or CPC, was in the news last week after Allen West said he’s “heard” that up to 80 House Democrats are Communist Party members. “It’s called the Congressional Progressive Caucus,” West’s spokesman, Tim Edson, clarified.

“He stands by his words,” Edson said in statement about West’s remarks. “But the words the media needs to pay attention to are the words of the members of the Progressive caucus. They speak for themselves. Call it what you may, but these House members are clearly not proponents of capitalism, free markets or individual economic freedom.”

The CPC, which boasts more than 80 members, was founded by the Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA. Until November 2002, the website of the Progressive Caucus was hosted by the DSA. Following news reports that drew attention to the congressional website being hosted by the socialist organization, the list of CPC names was moved to the website of Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., an avowed socialist, and eventually to its own site.

While the DSA tries to paint distinctions between its brand of socialism and communism, before scrubbing its website, the site included a song list that included:

● “The Internationale,” the worldwide anthem of Communism and socialism.

● “Red Revolution” sung to the tune of “Red Robin,” with these lyrics: “When the Red Revolution brings its solution along, along, there’ll be no more lootin’ when we start shootin’ that Wall Street throng.…”

● “Are You Sleeping, Bourgeoisie?” Lyrics included: “Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping? Bourgeoisie, Bourgeoisie. And when the revolution comes, We’ll kill you all with knives and guns, Bourgeoisie, Bourgeoisie.”

The DSA is a political action committee and bills itself as the heir to the defunct Socialist Party of America. Its chief organizing objective is to work within the Democratic Party as the primary, but not sole, method of achieving public ownership of private property and the means of production.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Turkey Concerned About Possible Obama Shift On Syria And Iran

Turkey has been surprised by a sudden behind-the-scenes change in attitude from the Obama administration regarding the embattled regime of Turkey’s foe, Syrian President Bashar Assad, Turkish diplomatic sources told this reporter.

The sources said that while U.S. rhetoric against Assad remains strong, the Obama administration is suddenly dropping the ball in supporting a NATO campaign against Assad. The sources said the U.S. is suddenly scaling back material support for the Syrian opposition.

The Turkish sources said Turkey and the Syrian opposition are “disappointed” with the change in attitude, which they claim comes without any diplomatic justification from U.S. officials.

The sources said some Turkish officials believe Obama may have made a deal with Syria or Iran.

Just last week this column quoted informed Middle Eastern officials as saying that Obama has undertaken secret, back channel talks with Iran, informing Tehran’s leaders that he fully opposes any Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

The officials said the secret talks seek to secure an Iranian pledge that it will not retaliate against the U.S. in the event of any Israeli military strike.

It was unclear what, if anything, Obama offered Iran in exchange for an assurance against targeting U.S. installations, including in the Gulf.

The State Department did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the alleged back door talks.

Cell Phone Company Targets The Tea Party

A “progressive” cell phone company with ties to billionaire activist George Soros has set its sights on Tea Party-affiliated lawmakers, opening offices in their districts with the specific goal of booting the congressmembers from office.

The political action committee (PAC) of CREDO Mobile announced that it would set up offices in the districts of Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) and Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) to oppose the lawmakers.

CREDO has already opened headquarters targeting Tea Party favorites, including Republican Reps. Chip Cravaack (Minn.), Sean Duffy (Wis.), Frank Guinta (N.H.), Steve King (Iowa), Joe Walsh (Ill.) and Allen West (Fla.).

Becky Bond, the PAC’s president, told Roll Call that by the end of the week the group will have offices in all eight of the lawmakers’ districts, staffed by a total of 22 full-time organizers. “Not interns. These are hard-core field people,” Bond said.

CREDO Mobile is a privately held, for-profit company with a reported 110,000 mobile customers. It resells cell-phone airtime on the Sprint Network.

The cell phone company and its parent, Working Assets, have raised more than $65 million for scores of nonprofit organizations, such as Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, Doctors Without Borders, the socialist-leaning Democracy Now, and even Color of Change, an advocacy group founded by President Obama’s disgraced former “green jobs” czar Van Jones.

CREDO Mobile has repeatedly attacked competitors AT&T and Verizon, complaining the companies support Tea Party-linked organizations.

One page at CREDO’s website, www.credomobile.com, says AT&T gave $386,000 to the Tea Party Caucus and to politicians such as Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.

“CREDO would never give a dime to the Tea Party,” continues the site. “When you join CREDO, you’ll join a movement dedicated to defeating right-wing radicalism.”

CREDO Mobile was founded by longtime Democratic activist Michael Kieschnick. He is one of three co-founders of the Soros-funded Secretary of State Project, which seeks to get Democrats elected to office, and has worked alongside the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN.

Kieschnick was recently invited to the White House, where he says he briefed President Obama on CREDO Mobile’s activism.

More Koran Burnings?

Rev. Terry Jones warned that he would burn copies of the Koran if Iran doesn’t release an imprisoned pastor sentenced to death after converting from Islam to Christianity.

The Florida pastor said in an interview that Iran has until April 28 to release Youcef Nadarkhani, currently facing death for preaching Christianity in Iran. He made the comments on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s WABC Radio.

The religious figure is infamous for setting off deadly protests when he threatened to burn copies of the Koran in June 2010 to protest the 9-11 attacks.

Jones also announced his Koran burning intentions in a press release and during a protest earlier this week outside the largest mosque in Michigan.

Muslims rioted when Jones last threatened to burn the Koran. In Afghanistan protesters attacked a United Nations mission, killing at least 30 people, including seven UN workers, and injuring at least 150 people. Jones carried out the burnings in March 2011.

During the radio interview, I asked Jones whether he realizes his Koran burning threat could again result in deadly riots.

“Yes, we do realize that,” he replied. “Something has to be done. We have few alternatives that we can do. That is something that does get the Muslim community’s attention…. Fourteen hundred years of history has told us that backing down doesn’t work.”

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