Barack Obama: A Bill of Indictment

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Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! All those with business before the court of public opinion will draw near. A bill of indictment has been issued for Barack Hussein Obama, President of the United States of America. It is a call for justice from the people of the United States who allege that he is engaged in the destruction of their nation.

For the court’s consideration, it is alleged:

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President Incompetent

American Thinker
Whether or not you support President Obama’s policies, one thing is becoming increasingly obvious: he simply lacks competence. The best indicator of this is his in effectiveness in accomplishing any of his own objectives. His first year in office resembles a quarterback who never completes a pass. His list of failures is all too familiar-health care reform, closing Guantanamo, cap-and-trade, and so on. He has failed to accomplish any of his self-identified top priorities. Other than getting himself elected, he appears to have a very limited range of abilities.
For conservatives the president’s incompetence is a mixed blessing. Conservatives are breathing sighs of relief that health care reform and cap-and-trade have crashed and burned. For his supporters his ineffectiveness must be painful to watch.
Nevertheless, the fact that the most powerful man in the world is incompetent is not a good situation. Unfortunately, he is in a position to do major damage and has, in fact, already done so. His poorly conceived economic policies have unnecessarily prolonged and deepened the recession. His foreign policy missteps have jeopardized our national security.
The frequency of the apologies and backtracks the president and his cabinet have had to make demonstrates that they don’t seem to think before they speak or act. The president likes to make promises but seems to have no serious intention to actually deliver on them. Almost immediately after taking office he promised to close Guantanamo. Doing so is obviously a much more complicated and difficult undertaking than he envisioned. As George H. W. Bush discovered, there’s no such thing as a free promise. His broken promise not to raise taxes cost him a second term.
Mr. Obama is also ineffective in helping fellow Democrats win elections. Unless his success rate improves, he will earn the title of “the biggest loser.” Democrat candidates this year may well be telling him, “thanks but no thanks.”
The president is not a good strategist. He is not a good judge of probabilities. He has a tendency for picking fights he has little or no chance of winning. It almost appears that he likes losing.
Competence is mainly an issue for leaders of democratic countries. A dictator does not necessarily need to worry about it. A dictator gets things done through brute force, which is also the way he maintains his power. The citizenry pays a price for his incompetence, but the dictator does not.
Mr. Obama has surrounded himself with similarly incompetent personnel. Ann Coulter has described Joe Biden as “Obama’s assassination insurance.” A president’s press secretary is his public spokesman and primary interface with the press. You have to wonder what possessed him to hire someone like Robert Gibbs for that position. Mr. Gibbs is not an impressive persona, to put it mildly. Numerous other cabinet members have also been an embarrassment.
Most of Mr. Obama’s supporters have yet to admit that he is incompetent. It’s becoming increasingly obvious, however, and they can’t be happy with his lack of results. The evidence of his incompetence is bound to accumulate further, and denial will be increasingly hard to maintain.
If anyone is surprised by Mr. Obama’s incompetence, you would have to wonder why. When he was running for the presidency, on what basis would anyone have assumed that he was competent? He had about the thinnest resume of anyone who had ever run for the office, with virtually zero executive experience. He really was the “hope” candidate, elected by voters relying on hope rather than evidence or common sense.
Election results in New Jersey, Virginia, and Massachusetts demonstrate that many voters are suffering buyers’ remorse. Unfortunately they have three years left on an unbreakable purchase contract.
What is the probability that Mr. Obama will “grow in office” and develop competence? It’s not high. After the president had gratuitously trashed his city for the second time, the mayor of Las Vegas, Oscar Goodman, observed that “the president is a real slow learner.”
Mr. Obama seems to be immune to feedback. He, in fact, brags about his stubbornness and refusal to give up on Obamacare in the face of overwhelming public disapproval and the high cost of prolonging a hopeless endeavor. The change candidate is himself unwilling to change.
Although Mr. Obama’s incompetence will persist, other important corrective steps are already underway. Conservatives are more energized and motivated than perhaps any time in memory. We may very well see a Democrat electoral bloodbath in November. Judging from how much fun Scott Brown’s victory was for conservatives, it could be a time to cherish.

Obama’s Complacent Terror Czar

The Obama File

Associated Content is reporting that Obama’s Terror Czar John Brennan says that 20% of the released terrorists going back to the battlefield to kill Americans and others “isn’t that bad.”  In another “What the hell did you just say?!”-moment that’s becoming, sadly, increasingly common with Obama’s rogue terror czar, John Brennan was speaking at — of all places! — the Islamic Center of New York University just this past Saturday.  Since it was the Islamic Center and all, what better venue for John Brennan to spout another completely shocking and widely condemnable opinion that just confirms all the prior criticism that’s rightfully been swirling around him for months!  You know, just the same old, same old criticism that he’s not up to the job, is inept, or simply is too liberal to be effective at his post as terror czar.

Brennan’s stunning attitude of complacency toward the very real statistic that one-fifth of all released terrorists will immediately return to kill Americans referred to a now-notorious figure that made an appearance in a letter to Nancy Pelosi earlier this month.  This 20%-figure was first found in a Pentagon study on recidivism rates of the terrorists who were held at Guantanamo Bay.

The context in which Brennan used that 20%-figure during his speech at the ironically appropriate Islamic Center at New York University was his comparison of terrorists and recidivism to mere, common criminals in the American penal system and recidivism there.  In fact, as you will witness yourself in the following video, Brennan’s exact words on the subject were:

“People sometimes use that figure, 20%, say, ‘Oh, my goodness, one out of five detainees returned to some type of extremist activity.’  You know, the American penal system, the recidivism is up to something about 50% or so, as far as return to crime. 20% isn’t that bad.”

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Obama’s Inaugural Lies Exposed

–> Human Events

January 20, 2009 – President Obama made some big promises to the people. One year later has he kept his word? Let’s take a look at what he said and then what he did.

Barack Hussein Obama made a lot of promises during his two-year long campaign, and attempted to solidify these pledges in his inaugural address.  True, these promises took a softer form (some might call it pap) in his inaugural speech, but those who supported him and voted for him in 2008 understood what he was meant to do on their behalf.  This was, of course, before most of us, both on the left and on the right, knew what his real agenda was.

Well, has he delivered?

On his first day on the job, Barack Hussein Obama said about his administration:

“We will act, not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth:

Unemployment, which Obama promised during the campaign would not rise over 8.5%, is now 10+%, and in certain urban areas and states, it is over 14%.  Among urban youth, it is above 17%, and these percentages get worse in every successive jobs report.  Actually, I should correct myself, it seems that some new jobs were created in the Obama Administration, just not anywhere in the non-virtual United States of America.  These jobs were created in quite large numbers in the imaginary Congressional districts and  made-up zip code areas created by certain highly imaginative members of the Obama Administration.  Promised growth in the American economy, more than a year later, has not only not occurred, but actually the opposite has happened; the economy, in fact, continues to plummet .  And this is after an almost $1 trillion stimulus plan, enacted on the heels of the over $700 billion TARP plan, with a stunning lack of information provided to the American people on  where their money went.  This ‘transparency’ was, of course, promised by Obama as he sought support in passing these measures.  It would seem that the Obama Administration has decided that numerous other ‘crises,’ other than that involving our economy, are much more important; e.g., the health care non-crisis, the climate change hoax; a second stimulus after the first one didn’t work and, of course, golf.  Our President’s response to the economic needs of the American people will occur in the order to which it has been relegated, which, one imagines, will be shortly before November of this year.

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Two Gitmo Detainees Transferred to Algeria

The Weekly Standard

The Obama administration has reportedly transferred two Algerians from Guantanamo to their native country. Given the allegations levied against them at Gitmo, it is likely that the two are in Algerian custody. There is no transparency with respect to detainee transfers. So, we do not know how the Obama administration decided to approve the two detainees for transfer, or what will come of them back in Algeria. Press accounts do not indicate if the two remain detained, but it would be surprising to learn they have been outright freed.

One of the two was implicated in al Qaeda’s millennium plot against Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in California. The other is allegedly a devout takfiri, who was plotting attacks against American forces in Afghanistan in 2002 and was also responsible for two attacks against churches in Pakistan that same year.

The first of the two is Hasan Zumiri (or Hasan Zemiri), an Algerian who lived in the West for years. In Canada, Zumiri was friends with millennium bomber Ahmed Ressam, who plotted to attack LAX in California in late 1999. According to a memo prepared at Guantanamo, Zumiri gave “a video recorder to an individual in order to obtain a reconnaissance video of the target and as a prop when the attack is executed.” In addition, Zumiri gave “an individual 3,500 Canadian Dollars to support the attack in the United States.”

The “individual” in question was Ahmed Ressam, who identified Zumiri while in U.S. custody. The “attack in the United States” was to be Ressam’s attack on LAX, which was disrupted when Ressam was arrested while entering the country from Canada. Ressam, who has cooperated with American authorities since his arrest, later tried to take back his implication of Zumiri (reportedly with the assistance of Zumiri’s attorney), but still conceded that Zumiri gave him the camera and cash. In addition to being used for surveillance, Ressam told authorities that the camera Zumiri gave him was to make him look more like a tourist while carrying out his attack.

According to documents produced at Gitmo, Zumiri knew that Ressam and others were mixing explosives for the attack and wanted to take part. Indeed, Ressam told authorities that Zumiri was aware that he was going to carry out “a job in America.”

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OVERWHELMING Lies To America By Obama

FrontPageMag.com
1-22-10

The accumulated weight of Obama’s deceit is overwhelming…

* During his campaign for the presidency and since, Obama repeatedly assured us that he would protect Medicare against cuts; but he now presses for passage of bills that include savage cuts in Medicare.

* To obtain passage of his first stimulus bill, Obama assured us that 90% of the jobs created would be in the private sector; but as he well knew, most of them were to be in the p! ublic sector.

* Early in the health care debate, Obama assured us that he had not said that he favored a single payer system; but he was on record as having said exactly that.

* Obama gave primary voters a firm assurance that if he became the nominee of the Democratic party he would (unlike Hillary Clinton) abide by the campaign finance limits of public funding; but as soon as he became the party’s nominee, he reneged on that pledge.

* During the presidential campaign Obama criticized the presence of former lobbyists in the Bush administration and solemnly assured us that he would appoint no lobbyists to his administration; but once elected he proceeded to appoint even more lobbyists than his predecessors.

* Obama criticized the size of George Bush’s deficit and promised to stop deficit spending if elected; but he has already quadrupled the size of the deficit he objected to and recklessly continues new federal spending in the trillions.

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Freed Guantánamo inmates are heading for Yemen to join al-Qaeda fight

Said Ali al-Shihri, Ibrahim Suleiman al Rubaish (ID not confirmed); Abdullah Saleh Ali al Ajmi; and Abdullah Mahsud

Said Ali al-Shihri, Ibrahim Suleiman al Rubaish (ID not confirmed); Abdullah Saleh Ali al Ajmi; and Abdullah Mahsud

Tom Coghlan
Times Online
Jan. 5, 2010

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.

Six prisoners were returned to Yemen last month. After the Christmas Day bomb plot in Detroit, US officials are increasingly concerned that the country is becoming a hot-bed of terrorism. Eleven of the former inmates known to have rejoined al-Qaeda in Yemen were born in Saudi Arabia. The organisation merged its Saudi and Yemeni offshoots last year.

The country’s mountainous terrain, poverty and lawless tribal society make it, in the opinion of many analysts, a close match for Afghanistan as a new terrorist haven.

Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, voiced concern about the growing strength of al-Qaeda in Yemen. “Obviously, we see global implications from the war in Yemen and the ongoing efforts by al-Qaeda in Yemen to use it as a base for terrorist attacks far beyond the region,” she said.

A Yemeni, Hani Abdo Shaalan, who was released from Guantánamo in 2007, was killed in an airstrike on December 17, the Yemeni Government reported last week. The deputy head of al-Qaeda in the country is Said Ali al-Shihri, 36, who was released in 2007. Ibrahim Suleiman al-Rubaish, who was released in 2006, is a prominent ideologue featured on Yemeni al-Qaeda websites.

Geoff Morrell, the spokesman for the Pentagon, said: “This is a large question that goes beyond the issue of transferring detainees. The bulk of the remaining detainees are from Yemen and that has been the case for a long time. We are trying to work with the Yemeni Government on this.”

The US Government issued figures in May showing that 74 of the 530 detainees in Guantánamo were suspected or known to have returned to terrorist activity since their release. They included the commander of the Taleban in Helmand province, Mullah Zakir, whom the British Chief of the Defence Staff, Sir Jock Stirrup, called “a key and seemingly effective tactical leader”. Among others who returned to terrorism was Abdullah Saleh al-Ajmi, a Kuwaiti who killed six Iraqis in Mosul in 2008.

The number believed to have “returned to the fight” in the May 2009 estimate was double that of a US estimate from June 2008. US officials acknowledged that more detainees were known to have reoffended since, but the number has been classified.

“There is a historic trend and it continues. I will only say that we have said there is a trend, we are aware of it, there is no denying the trend and we are doing our best to deal with this reality,” Mr Morrell said.

Officials said that a higher proportion of those still being held were likely to return to terrorism because they were considered more of a security threat than those selected in the early stages of the release programme.

Chris Boucek, an expert on the region for the Carnegie Endowment think-tank, said that up-to-date figures for Saudi Arabia showed that 26 of the 120 Saudis released from Guantánamo were either in jail, wanted by the authorities or dead.

Gregory Johnsen, a Yemen expert at Princeton University, said evidence showed that al-Qaeda was seeking to use Yemen to mount a renewed campaign into Saudi Arabia. He cited a recent incident in which two Saudi militants, one the brother-in-law of alShihri, were killed while trying to cross the border in women’s clothing. Martyrdom videos were subsequently posted on militant websites.

The Saudi Government had boasted previously of a zero reoffence rate for Guantánamo detainees who were put through its widely praised rehabilitation programme for al-Qaeda members.

Robert Lacey, who writes about Saudi Arabia, made numerous visits to the Prince Mohammad bin Naif rehabilitation facility north of Riyadh.

“I know a number of young men from Guantánamo who were successfully reintegrated,” he told The Times. “The programme involves the whole family with a mixture of religious re-education, patriotism, guilt and co-opting in terms of being given a car, job and a nice wife.”

However, other analysts suggested that the claims for the Saudi programme were exaggerated. Mr Johnsen pointed out that an attack that nearly killed Prince Mohammad bin Naif, the Saudi head of counterterrorism, in August was mounted by a Yemen-based al-Qaeda terrorist who had offered to join the reintegration programme to get near his target.

“The Saudi programme is nothing but bureaucratised bribery. The ideologically committed terrorists simply won’t listen,” Mr Johnsen said.

The Yemen reintegration programme for terrorists was abandoned on December 10, 2005