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Voting Overseas

Monday, October 29th, 2012

This year, American citizens living in Israel can vote in the upcoming U.S. elections, at the AACI (Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel) centers across Israel. The voting station in the picture is in Jerusalem. Nancy and I voted at the Netanya AACI which has the narrowest parking lot you ever saw, plus you have to get the nice lady to come out of the office and remote-open the gate – but who’s complaining…

The line wasn’t that long, but it’s probably sensible to call ahead and find out when the voting room is open. The place is staffed mostly with volunteers, so we need to appreciate their effort and show up when they’re available.

The downside is that you fill out a blank ballot, where you write in your choices for everything, from President to dog catcher. I had to ask Nancy to spell for me the name of our Congresswoman. Our zip code, 10002, just switched from one election district to another, plus, back in the States you don’t have to spell when you vote, unless you’re going for Daffy Duck (whom I have recommended in the past for many different positions).

Last year was my first and last opportunity to vote on a computer in our district. Gone were those wonderful iron machines with the heavy, decisive lever you pulled down with such an air of finality. When that lever came down, fates were decided, you could feel it.

Now we didn’t even have computer keys to push, just an old fashioned piece of paper with my write-in choice.

Good luck, Yosemite Sam, I hope you make it to the White House and become the best possible pwesident you could possibly be.

Brooklyn Suffers Surge in Anti-Semitic Scrawling

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

A swastika was found painted in the elevator of a building in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Tuesday.

The hate symbol appeared on a building on Clymer street near Wythe avenue.  Some reports stated that the scrawling is the fourth such incident in the last few months.

Earlier this month, during the Jewish holidays, a Brooklyn subway station was marred with graffiti in red capital letters stating “THE WORLD WOULD BE MUCH BETTER OFF IF ALL THE JEWS WERE LAMPSHADES” and “HitlER (sic) WAS RIGHT RE THE JEWS”.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Where Are All The Military Absentee Ballots?

During one of the most hotly contested elections in recent U.S. history, the number of military absentee ballot requests is strangely down by staggering numbers compared to the 2008 election.

The information comes as KleinOnline confirmed this week that SCYTL, an international firm headquartered in Spain, has been contracted by seven states to provide secure online ballot delivery for overseas military and civilian voters for the upcoming presidential election. Michelle M. Shafer, SCYTL’s director of communications & government affairs, told KleinOnline that her company is contracted by the states of New York, Arkansas, Alabama, West Virginia, Alaska, Puerto Rico and Mississippi to provide the overseas ballots.

She said the ballots will be delivered via online PDF files by SCYTL and not by the company’s U.S. subsidiary, SOE Software. SCYTL this past January purchased SOE Software, the leading U.S. electronic voting firm.

Next month’s election marks the second time that SCYTL will have provided overseas balloting. During the 2010 midterm elections, the company was contracted by the Defense Department’s Federal Voting Assistance Program to support overseas military and civilian voting in nine of the 20 states that agreed to participate in the program. SCYTL was the provider with the highest number of participating states during that election.

Occupy Movement Engaged
In A ‘Struggle For Its Soul’

Occupy is engaged in a battle for its soul against financial support from “the monied old left,” according to the Adbusters magazine website, which serves as one of the main planning hubs of the Occupy movement.

Reports Adbusters: “On September 17 last year a new crop of wild lefties took the crusty old guard by surprise … then, one by one, the old lefties came to Zuccotti to pay homage and offer their support. A struggle for the soul of Occupy has been percolating ever since.”

“At stake,” writes Adbusters, “is whether the young anarchic spirit and voice of Occupy will stay with the new left horizontals who launched the movement or whether it will move towards the monied old left.”

The magazine lamented the “disaster” of Occupy Wall Street accepting money from Ben & Jerry’s ice cream founder Ben Cohen to fund a passenger van rigged with a powerful projector to beam progressive messages onto the sides of buildings.

Cohen reportedly provided nearly $30,000 to fund Occupy’s projector van only to later demand more control over the automobile’s messaging, according to reports.

The projector van is known in Occupy circles as “The Illuminator.” It also goes by other alternative names, including the Occupy ProjectoVan, the Batmobile and an Art Car for the 99 percent.

NDAInfo.comreports that after lengthy arguments about message control, Occupy activists agreed to share the van with Cohen through the end of the summer and then hand it over to him on Monday.

Behind Obama’s ‘Economic Patriotism’

President Obama’s latest catch phrase, “new economic patriotism,” is neither new nor necessarily patriotic. In Europe, the term possesses a historically socialist connotation, having been used to describe the government takeover of private industry.

In a two-minute web advertisement released last Wednesday, Obama delivered a video message calling for a “new economic patriotism” that allegedly emphasizes the middle class while taxing the rich. Obama repeated the phrase in his opening remarks at the first presidential debate.

“It’s time for a new economic patriotism,” Obama declared. “Rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong, thriving middle class.”

Obama first teased the term several weeks before last week’s ad was released.

The use of the phrase “economic patriotism” did not originate with Obama. In Europe, the phrase routinely refers to the government takeover of private industries.

In March 2006, the European Report reported, “The reappearance of the old problem of economic patriotism and its protectionist undertones was the flavour of the month at the euro-zone Finance Ministers’ meeting in Brussels on 13 March.”

Alex Brummer reported in the London Daily Mail on the intra-European Union squabbles between England, France, and Italy:

“France has a long and honourable tradition of economic patriotism dating back to Jean-Baptiste Colbert in the 19th century.

“The difficulty is that its onesided approach to takeovers is opposed to the idea of the free and open markets espoused by the European Union.…

Remains of Druze-Israeli Soldier Missing for Seven Years Identified

Friday, October 12th, 2012

The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that the remains of Pvt. Majdi Halabi, a Druze soldier who disappeared in May 2005 on his way back to his army base, were discovered two weeks ago in the Carmel Forest near the village of Usifya.

An Israeli civilian hiking in the area reportedly found the remains. They likely were discovered due to last year’s fire, which exposed more of the forest floor. The remains were identified after testing at the Abu Kabir Institute of Forensic Medicine.

Israel police continue to investigate the circumstances behind Halabi’s death, according to the IDF. The funeral will be held Friday.

Halabi reportedly was in civilian clothing when he entered a bus station in the Druze village of Daliat al-Carmel, where he lived. He never made it to his army base near Haifa.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Obama Wants ‘Common Ground’

In a 1995 video interview unearthed by this reporter, Barack Obama advocated using an economic agenda to achieve a “common ground” that would be “good for all people.”

While Obama does not define what he means by “common ground” during that interview, in another video interview from the same year – publicized by this reporter last week – Obama specifically defined “common ground” as a society built on collectivism, including unions and collective bargaining.

Obama made his controversial remarks on “Connie Martinson Talks Books,” a show that airs on public television. The future politician was promoting his just published book, Dreams From My Father. At the time, Obama was a community organizer planning to launch a political career.

During a discussion about race relations, Martinson asked Obama whether economic can be used to advocate for liberalism. “Liberalism seems to fly out the window when people are nervous about their economy,” Martinson contended.

Obama replied, “Well, I think that that is true. What I do think, though, is that there is the possibility of building common ground around an economic agenda that would be good for all people.”

Just before those comments, Obama also advocated for using community organizing to bypass the U.S. court system while nudging for social change. Obama explained that it was increasingly difficult to bring employment discrimination lawsuits in civil rights cases, claiming public interest groups were “outgunned” and that the U.S. judiciary was “not sympathetic to the cause of civil rights.”

“Progress is probably not gonna come through the courts these days. We are not going to see a Brown vs. the Board of Education type of decision anytime soon.”

He continued: “What we are gonna have to do is to sort of work at the grassroots level and the community level and also rediscover some sense of mutual responsibility between black and white American if we are gonna make progress into the 21st century.”

Has Al Qaeda Infiltrated Libya’s Security Apparatus?

An Egyptian security official told this column that there is information about large-scale infiltration by al Qaeda and its affiliates within the Libyan security apparatus.

The claim comes amid speculation about how Islamists who targeted the U.S. mission in Libya seemed to have inside information about the movement of American diplomats in the country as well as the location of a supposedly secret U.S. safehouse in Libya.

KleinOnline.com has documented that the U.S. supported Libyan rebels in 2011 against Muammar Khaddafi despite widespread reports that al Qaeda groups were incorporated in the rebel ranks. The U.S. provided direct assistance, including weapons, and finances, to the Libyan rebels.

At the time, rebel leader Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi admitted in an interview that a significant number of Libyan rebels were al Qaeda fighters, many of whom had fought U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. He insisted his fighters “are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists,” but added that the “members of al Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader.”

Adm. James Stavridis, NATO supreme commander for Europe, admitted in 2011 that Libya’s rebel force may include al Qaeda: “We have seen flickers in the intelligence of potential al Qaeda, Hizbullah.”

Former CIA officer Bruce Riedel went even further, telling the Hindustan Times: “There is no question that al Qaeda’s Libyan franchise, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, is a part of the opposition. It has always been Khaddafi’s biggest enemy and its stronghold is Benghazi. What is unclear is how much of the opposition is al Qaeda/Libyan Islamic Fighting Group – 2 percent or 80 percent.”

In Syria, meanwhile, the U.S. may be currently supporting al Qaeda and other jihadists fighting with the rebels targeting Assad’s regime. Last month, KleinOnline quoted a senior Syrian source claiming at least 500 hardcore mujahedeen from Afghanistan, many of whom were spearheading efforts to fight the U.S. there, have been killed in clashes with Syrian forces last month.

Also last month, this column reported that Jihadiya Salafia in the Gaza Strip, a group that represents al Qaeda in the coastal territory, had declared three days of mourning for its own jihadists who died in Syria in recent weeks.

The New York Times, Reuters, and other news outlets, have also reported on an al Qaeda presence among the Syrian rebels.

Quick Takes” News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

U.S. Negotiates With Russia Over Syrian Involvement

The Obama administration expressed willingness to negotiate with Russia over providing European countries with a missile defense shield if the Russians decrease their role in supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to informed Middle East security officials speaking to this column.

The officials further disclosed a White House pledge to Russia to work against an attack on Iran, pressing for growing mediation with Tehran instead – also on condition that the Russians essentially stand back in their bolstering of Assad.

For its part, Russia is demanding a U.S. pledge that there will be no international military deployment in Syria if Moscow accepts the U.S.’s conditions, the Middle East security officials said.

Asked for comment, a Syrian government source reached by KleinOnline said that Damascus is “confident” about the continued Russian support for Assad despite any ongoing talks with the Obama administration.

The Syrian source further claimed that Turkey is stepping up training to the rebels targeting Assad’s regime and that Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey are increasing the flow of weapons to the rebel groups.

New Black Panthers May Return To Polling Booths

Malik Zulu Shabazz, national chairman of the New Black Panther Party, stated in an interview on WABC’s “Aaron Klein Investigative radio” that his controversial group may deploy at voting booths in the November presidential elections, claiming such a move is needed to ensure there is no “intimidation against our people.”

The NBPP was the focus of national attention after the Department of Justice dismissed voter intimidation charges against the group’s leaders related to the 2008 presidential election. Justice insiders claimed racial preference was given in the case

During the interview, Shabaz was asked whether his group is planning to go to U.S. polling stations in the upcoming presidential election.

Shabazz replied: “I will say that as this election comes up in November we will consider our options. And we will consider the fact whether we will legally and lawfully go to the polls again to make sure there is no intimidation against our people, which was our intent in 2008.”

This radio host asked the NBPP leader whether his group is planning to bring batons or billy clubs to any polling stations as they did in 2008.

“No sir,” Shabazz responded. “And you’re not gonna bait me into that. I know what you are here to do. And that’s not true. We will be there. I mean, if we are there. If. We are not saying we will be there or not. But whatever we will do it will be legal and lawful under the constitution of the United States.”

Asked about the dropping of federal charges related to the NBPP’s activities during the previous presidential election, Shabazz stated, “I would like to deny voter intimidation charges against the New Black Panther Party in 2008.”

He continued: “We were not found that we intimidated anyone and therefore we were not charged and that’s why we are walking free today happy as a bird to the disdain of many. ”

The 2008 case centered on two NBPP members accused of standing in front of the entrance to a Philadelphia polling station in uniforms that have been described as paramilitary, with one member wielding a billy club.

According to complaints, both men standing in front of the polling station pointed at voters and shouted racial slurs, using such phrases as “white devil” and “you’re about to be ruled by the black man, cracker.”

Book May Hold Secret To Obama’s Roosevelt Reference

Many were left to ponder what President Obama meant when he used his Democratic National Convention speech last week to call for “the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one.”

This reporter’s book, Fool Me Twice may have the answer to this puzzle. It reveals progressive plans for Obama’s second term that may include the creation of a 21st-century version of FDR’s Works Progress Administration as part of a massive government-funded jobs program.

During his DNC speech, Obama declared: “It will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades. It will require common effort, shared responsibility, and the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one.”

Police Release All Jewish Boys Accused of Firebombing Arab Cab, No Charges Filed

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The last of the youths detained in the fire bomb (Molotov cocktail) case have been released.

Honenu attorney David HaLevi stated: “The detention was superfluous and meaningless. The release proves it.”

This morning, without a court deliberation, the remaining two minors from Bat Ayin detained on suspicion of involvement with the fire bomb incident in Gush Etzion approximately two weeks ago have been released at the police station. The third Bat Ayin minor detained in the case was released by the police two days ago. All of the suspects in the case have been released. The police have not announced plans to file an indictment.

This morning at the Central Unit of the Yehuda and Shomron Police Station in Ma’ale Adumim two youths aged 12 and 13 suspected of throwing a fire bomb at an Arab taxi driving on Route 60 in Gush Etzion approximately two weeks ago were released. The youths were detained on Sunday of this week along with another youth, also aged 12-13, and taken to the Central Unit of the Yehuda and Shomron Police Station in Ma’ale Adumim. After the court extended their remand twice over the course of a week, Jerusalem Magistrate Court Judge Yaron Mintkevich ordered that the youths be released this morning, unless there is a development in the investigation.

This morning, as stated above, the police chose not to bring the youths to a court deliberation in order to demand a remand extension, and released them at the station. Their parents arrived to bring them home after almost a week in remand.

In an announcement reported to the media, the youth released two days ago said that the police treated them roughly during interrogation, which was unpleasant for them. According to him on the first day of the remand he and the other two detainees received very little to eat. They were frequently yelled at and threatened as their payot (sidelocks) were pulled during interrogations that lasted for hours, throughout the five days of their remand.

Honenu reports that the police violated the rights of the minors repeatedly: an adult was not present during their interrogation as in required by law, they were denied a meeting with an attorney for an entire day, their alibis were ignored during interrogation and in court, among other violations. Following the refusal by the police to allow the detainees to meet with an attorney, Honenu attorney Adi Kedar filed an urgent request for a deliberation on the violations of the rights of minors. After the court accepted the request and scheduled a deliberation, the police allowed an attorney to meet with the youths.

Honenu attorney David HaLevi, who represented the youths, all of them aged 12-13, gave his concluding remarks on the detention: “As we have stated in every possible forum, the detention of these youths was superfluous and meaningless: a false detention. The police conducted the investigation brutally, severely violating the rights of my clients. The release of the remaining youths today is proof of the false detention and speaks for itself.”

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