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Judicial Watch, Citizens United Submit FOIAs for Osama bin Laden Media

05/6/2011

It could be the first of many:

Under the Freedom of Information Act, the agencies have 20 business days legally to respond.

“President Obama’s decision not to release the bin Laden photos is at odds with his promises to make his administration the most transparent in history. Judicial Watch hopes its FOIA requests will provide a mechanism to release these records in an orderly fashion in compliance with the FOIA law. President Obama’s reluctance to ‘spike the football’ is not a lawful reason for withholding these historic public documents from the American people. We are prepared to go to court to obtain this information,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

The request follows:

Dod Osama Op Foia Request 05042011

Citizens United has also filed a request:

Citizens United Bin Laden FOIA Request

Will they work? An ex-Justice Department official says that the Obama Administration might be forced to release them.

-Phil

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Giving Thanks to the SEALs, Courtesy of Senator Warner

05/6/2011

From Senator Mark Warner’s (D-VA) web site:

Senator Warner is providing this new comment feature that allows constituents to send messages to the U.S. Navy SEAL personnel who conducted the successful raid in Pakistan this week that resulted in the death of the world’s most-wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden.

Also, K. T. McFarland interviewed former Navy SEAL Ben Smith on FoxNews (via RadioPatriot):

-Phil

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OBL is Gone: From Gitmo to Navy Seals

05/2/2011
Worldwide: The New York Daily News today marked news of Bin Laden's death with the headline 'Rot In Hell'

Worldwide: The New York Daily News today marked news of Bin Laden's death with the headline 'Rot In Hell'

 

Last night at about 10:15pm ET, my wife received a message via her Facebook account that the President was going to make a special announcement at 10:30pm. We switched the TV over to FoxNews after noticing that Drudge and various other media outlets had only begun to flash “breaking news” that the President was going to speak.

At about 10:45pm, Geraldo (who happened to be the one live on FoxNews at the time) merely speculated that perhaps this was going to be about Osama bin Laden. It wouldn’t be until shortly thereafter that a FoxNews producer would begin confirming this hunch.

HotAir.com has an excellent play-by-play posting of things as they transpired last night, which was apparently a culmination of several years’ worth of intelligence (via MSNBC via HotAir):

After the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, “detainees gave us information on couriers. One courier in particular had our constant attention. Detainees gave us his nom de guerre, his pseudonym, and also identified this man as one of the few couriers trusted by bin Laden.”In 2007, the U.S. learned the man’s name.

In 2009, “we identified areas in Pakistan where the courier and his brother operated. They were very careful, reinforcing belief we were on the right track.”

In August 2010, “we found their home in Abbottabad,” not in a cave, not right along the Afghanistan border, but in an affluent suburb less than 40 miles from the capital.

In the end, it was US Navy Seals who got the job done, and they were in and out without the Pakistani government even knowing we were coming. As an old sailor myself, let me just offer up a salute and say, well done, boys. …

Another fascinating aspects was that an IT consultant based out of Abottabad had been live-blogging via Twitter about the covert operation without knowing what was really going on.

Speaking of Twitter, here’s a rough timeline of how things unfolded on the social media platform.

The Daily Mail has a complete run-down of pictures and info about the operation.

Nevertheless, RedState sums up the domestic political ramifications, going forward: “Osama Is Dead. Don’t Believe It Makes Obama Invulernable To Defeat.

Personally, I would like to thank Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama for both helping to make this day possible, and while they were both the top decision-makers for any military operation in their respective presidencies, it really is all about America’s military and intelligence communities that actually made it happen.

Lots of thanks and prayer goes out to the individuals who will never be named and will never be publicly awarded for their exceptionally brave actions over the weekend.

-Phil

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9/11 Terrorists to Have Criminal Case; Holder to Graham: “It Depends”

11/18/2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 update:

Via RightSoup.com, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) took Attorney General Eric Holder to task over KSM and the “criminal theory” versus the “enemy combatant” theory.

As you watch the video, ask yourself this question: If Mr. Holder and the Administration’s policy is to survey the evidence before deciding whether or not an enemy combatant will be tried in a military tribunal or civilian Court, what does that do to our assets on the ground? How do you take into custody someone who may or may not need to be read their Miranda rights? And what if they are told that they have the right to be silent? So much for information-gathering, eh?

See also the ChicagoBoyz article on “How Obama is Bringing Martial Law to America.”

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 update:

Could this be KSM’s opening statement (h/t LegalInsurrection)?

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Terrorism and PC: “Muslim First, American Second:” Wiring Money to Pakistan; Intel Preservation Order

11/12/2009

Thursday, November 11, 2009 update:

And the hits keep coming…

It appears that Major Hasan may be more connected to Islamic terrorism than even all the below suggests. AtlasShrugs reports that monies could have been sent to Pakistan from the Major:

Fort Hood shootings suspect may have wired money to Pakistan Dallas Morning News

WASHINGTON – Authorities have been examining whether Fort Hood massacre suspect Nidal Malik Hasan wired money to Pakistan in recent months, an action that one senior lawmaker said would raise serious questions about Hasan’s possible connections to militant Islamic groups.
Rep. Pete Hoekstra , R-Mich., said sources “outside of the [intelligence] community” learned about Hasan’s possible connections to the Asian country, which faces a massive Islamist insurgency and is widely believed to be Osama bin Laden’s hiding place.

Hoekstra, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee , would not identify the sources. But he said “they are trying to follow up on it because they recognize that if there are communications – phone or money transfers with somebody in Pakistan – it just raises a whole other level of questions.”

Much remains unknown about the 39-year-old Hasan, born in Virginia to Palestinian immigrants. He lived alone near the Army base in Killeen, Texas, and would sometimes use a neighbor’s computer even though he had his own.

“With what I know about Hasan to date … I would expect we will learn more about him that will make us concerned,” Hoekstra said, “rather than information that says, ‘Oh man, we got that all wrong and this had nothing to do with terrorism.’ ”

Mystery of money

Hasan’s finances have been a mystery since last week, when the Army major and psychiatrist allegedly shot and killed 13 colleagues at the sprawling Central Texas military base. Hasan earned more than $90,000 a year and had no dependents, yet lived in an aging one-bedroom apartment that rented for about $300 a month.

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GA, NC to President: “No Gitmo Detainees in our States!”

02/9/2009

AmericasRight.com reported yesterday evening that Reps. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) and Sue Myrick (R-NC) have introduced bills that would prevent transporting or incarcerating Guantanamo Bay detainees through the States of Georgia or North Carolina, respectively:

In the wake of the executive order mandating the closure of the detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and transfer of the detainees, the order signed by President Barack Obama within hours of his inauguration and without further plan as to the fate of the detainees themselves, individual states are taking matters into their own hands to ensure that their respective constituencies remain detainee-free.

Just this past week, Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-GA) introduced the “NO GITMO in Georgia Act,” a bill intended to prohibit the transfer or incarceration of the detainees in question through or within the state of Georgia. Gingrey was joined by a half-dozen other Republican Congressman from Georgia — Reps. Lynn Westmoreland, Tom Price, John Linder, Jack Kingston, Nathan Deal, and Paul Broun.

Better yet, Gingrey’s bill has sparked similar legislation in other states, including a bill sponsored by North Carolina Rep. Sue Myrick, also a Republican. Myrick’s bill, as of Saturday afternoon, had no such cosponsors.

Below is a statement released by Rep. Gingrey from his web site…

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Updates: Lightfoot v. Bowen, Kerchner v. Obama, Ankeny v. Daniels, Gitmo in the Judiciary

01/23/2009

According to SCOTUSblog.com, there will probably be no scheduled Orders issued at all today:

As of 1:30 p.m., the Court has issued no other orders on pending cases. It thus appears that the next release of orders will come next Monday.

There are still plenty of things to consider for you, dear readers, over this weekend. Let’s get started:

As always, check back here at The Right Side of Life for updates.

A current listing of eligibility lawsuits can be found here.

-Phil

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Guantanamo Detention Facilities to Close in a Year

01/22/2009

The Executive Order; coverage from TheHill.com and ABCNews.com. I’m not sure what the logic is in the President — on recommendation from top people in the Administration — closing down the detention facilities in Cuba. Not only this, but the President is also expected to issue an order closing down CIA-sponsored detention centers around the world.

Of course, one of the key questions is going to be, where will the detainees go? Perhaps the following article from McClatchy.com provides some insight (hint: for you folks in South Carolina, Kansas and California, you could very well be living next to a terrorist–er, “enemy combatant!”):

WASHINGTON – President Obama’s decrees Thursday on the detention and interrogation of accused terrorists increase the likelihood that some detainees now held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba will be moved to South Carolina in a year or less.

On his second full day in office, Obama directed that the controversial Guantanamo detention facility be closed “no later than one year from the date of the (executive) order.”

Senior Pentagon sources in November identified the Naval Consolidated Brig in North Charleston as a possible home for detainees transferred from Guantanamo Bay, along with Fort Leavenworth in Kansas and Camp Pendleton in California.

“Transferring detainees from Guantanamo Bay to U.S. soil will endanger American lives,” Sen. Jim DeMint, a Greenville Republican, said of Obama’s order to shut down the military prison. “If the new administration tries to move these known terrorists to South Carolina, they should be ready for a fight.”

Why is the President shutting this part of the naval base down? If the answer has something to do with “enhanced interrogation techniques,” wouldn’t legislation be phenomenally simpler?

Even better question: If you had the responsibility to ensure America’s safety and you had reason to believe that an individual under your control possessed knowledge that would stop a cataclysmic event from happening on American soil, wouldn’t you do anything you could to get that information?

That was a loaded question; your answer directly confirms your specific position on the global war on terror.

-Phil

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