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[7 Jan 2010 | One Comment | ]

The State Department says it has revoked the U.S. visa of the Nigerian man suspected of trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight over Detroit on Christmas Day.
Spokesman P.J. Crowley said Tuesday that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s visa was one of several the agency has revoked since the Dec. 25 incident as the result of a review into security procedures ordered by President Barack Obama. Crowley would not say when the decision on Abdulmutallab’s visa was made or how many others had been withdrawn.
HT James Taranto

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[6 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

For longer than many people have been alive, David Broder, 80, originally of Chicago Heights, Illinois and Bloom township high school, has been referred to as the Dean of the Washington press corps. I’ve known Broder of The Washington Post for four decades but always reserved my leaks to Bob Novak because (a) Novak would know what to do with a juicy tidbit and (b) Broder specializes in Deep, Deep thumb-sucking opinion pieces that make fresh news bytes seem oddly tacky and inappropriate.

Broder’s deep-set intellectual’s eyes range far-far away from …

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[5 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

At least a dozen former Guantánamo Bay inmates have rejoined al-Qaeda to fight in Yemen, The Times has learnt, amid growing concern over the ability of the country’s Government to accept almost 100 more former inmates from the detention centre.
The Obama Administration promised to close the Guantánamo facility by January 22, a deadline that it will be unable to meet. The 91 Yemeni prisoners in Guantánamo make up the largest national contingent among the 198 being held.
Read more at the London Times
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[4 Jan 2010 | One Comment | ]

“We will not rest until we find all who were involved and hold them accountable.” — Pres. Obama, discussing NWA 253, December 28, 2009.
Photo: Pres. Obama waves to the crowd after his game of golf in Hawaii, Dec. 31, 2009. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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[1 Dec 2009 | 3 Comments | ]

Republicans won’t win back Illinois by demagoguing the possible transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to a largely vacant state prison in northwestern Illinois.
They’ve got too many winning issues — the bollixed state of Illinois, corruption and malfeasance, the cosmic health care legislation, President Barack Obama’s foreign policy weaknesses — to spend their time whining about the supposed dangers of depositing suspected terrorists in the Thomson Correctional Center. It’s as if Republicans were desperate for something to club Democrats with, so they settled on the most emotional issue they could find.
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[29 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

A state legislator wants to fast-track hearings on the possible sale of a northwestern Illinois prison to the U.S. government so federal authorities could eventually use the complex to house Guantanamo Bay detainees.
State Sen. Jeff Schoenberg, who co-chairs a panel that reviews state facility closings before any sale, said he’ll act “with all deliberate speed” and try to launch hearings on the Thomson Correctional Center by the end of December.
“The area’s desperate for jobs, and this would appear to be a responsible way to boost the local economy,” said the …

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[20 Nov 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

If for no other reason, since the Trib is supporting bringing Gitmo to Illinois , then shouldn’t sensible people be questioning the sanity of importing terrorists to the Galena Territory?
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[15 Jun 2009 | 3 Comments | ]

Directors of Central Intelligence are not supposed to engage in political diatribes…much less speculate about the patriotism of a former high ranking official in the opposite party-but Leon Panetta obviously couldn’t say no to the cheap exhortations within his party calling on him to misuse his position. Panetta’s insult is unworthy of a high official. Not since Sir Oswald Mosley said that Winston Churchill longed for an attack on Britain by the Nazis in order to prove Churchill right has such a wildly irresponsible charge been leveled. (More of that …

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[3 Jun 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

Are pro-lifers any more responsible for the death of late-term abortionist George Tiller than anti-war activists are responsible for the murder of a young soldier outside of a Little Rock army recruiting station?
Of course not, but judging by the coverage of and reaction to the two killings, you would think that you can hang Tiller’s death on the rhetoric and actions of the (as one reporter said on PBS’ evening Newshour) the “anti-abortion crowd.” For days now, we have been deluged with stories about the suspect’s connections to that “crowd,” …

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[27 May 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

Politics is always the art of compromise.  Barack Obama is a politician. Ergo, Barack Obama is a compromiser.
The term politicians prefer is “pragmatist”—more macho, less namby-pamby.
The question at hand, however, is not what term we use, but what principles are compromised—and what level of compromise is acceptable. Therein lies my concern.
What I am seeing in the president I supported is a history—not quite a pattern—of compromise on civil liberties. This I find not only uncomfortable, but potentially dangerous. I dislike using that cliché about the slippery slope, but it applies.
The …