Egypt’s ‘Arab Spring’ turns into ‘Muslim Brotherhood Winter’

Editor’s Note – Okay, we already knew, but now it is officially confirmed, Hillary Clinton’s and Obama’s foreign policy…..FAILED and with our money.

Egypt has fallen to the Muslim Brotherhood even after Hillary Clinton gave them $106 million to ensure elections would be credible or was it to make sure the Muslim Brotherhood were guaranteed control? Well, in case you ever wanted to visit the Cairo museum to see Egyptian artifacts, it is now suggested that you go to Germany to do that, as Germany has a larger and safer location to view Egyptian history.

What comes next for Egypt you ask, well she was the crown jewel and will remain that, but as the crown jewel of the Caliphate throughout the whole region. Consider this however, given the condition of Pakistan, could the Muslim Brotherhood make a move for Pakistan in the future for the nuclear weapons there? Just thinking out loud?

Muslim Brotherhood takes lead in Egypt vote count

Anshel Pfeffer reports from Cairo / Muslim Brotherhood party leads after 90 percent of votes counted in first stage of Egypt’s three stage elections, due to end in January.

By Anshel Pfeffer and Avi Issacharoff

Egyptian army soldiers standing guard as voters line up outside a polling center in Assuit, south of Cairo, Egypt, Nov. 28, 2011. Photo by: AP

Haaretz.com

The Muslim Brotherhood’s party appeared to be leading Egypt’s elections on Wednesday after 90 percent of the votes in a number of cities and provinces were counted, according to Al Jazeera.

Egypt’s Al Nour party, considered a radical Islamic party, appeared to be in second place behind the Muslim Brotherhood, and the centrist party is only in third place, according to Al Jazeera.

The results show that the Muslim Brotherhood have become the strongest political force in the country since the fall of Hosni Mubarak, although it is still too early to announce whether they will enjoy the solid victory that has been expected, or whether they will see even greater success at the polls, as there are still votes to be counted, and this is only the first stage of Egypt’s three-part elections.

The figures released by the judges responsible for the ballot boxes reveal that the Muslim Brotherhood have a clear majority among voters in Egypt’s capital Cairo, in Luxor, Port Said, and in the area of the Suez Canal.

The elections for 498 seats in the lower house of the Egyptian parliament, will be voted on in three stages, each lasting two days, with the final stage taking place in January.

The first stage of elections saw high voter turnout and finished with relative calm on Tuesday, when many people came out to vote for the first time in their lives.

Nadin Halled, a volunteer for one of the candidates near a voting booth in Cairo’s Zamalek Quarter told Haaretz: “50% of the early voters had come the day before. I guess those who have showed up think the army will determine the elections results anyway or just prefer to enjoy their day off.”

Obama Slashes Border Security

Editor’s Note – This topic is apparently so beaten to death that no one in the Department of Homeland Security or at the Justice Department wants to talk about it from this point forward and that includes the money allocated from Appropriations. If there are any non-believers out there that think Washington DC does not care about the Southern Border and the associated corruption and failed national security interests, then just spend one full day on the border, but bring along your own security.

Technology, humanitarian aid, and financial military support goes to Afghanistan and Pakistan in the billions of dollars but this White House has decided to trim the border security at our Southern border by half when it comes to assets and construction of the fence. Sure, it does not need to be a physical fence, but understand there are hundreds of miles exposed with no line of demarcation. The bottom line is, any borders with no protection of any sort is a failure of national security.

Please read the two articles below:

Obama Has Halved Spending on Border Fencing, Infrastructure, Technology–Leaving 1,300 Miles of Mexico Border Unfenced

By Edwin Mora

CNS News

(CNSNews.com) – The Obama administration has slashed spending on border fencing, infrastructure and technology, cutting it by more than half since it peaked under President George W. Bush in fiscal 2008, according to a Government Accountability Office report.

In 2008, according to GAO, the federal government spent more than $1.3 billion on border security fencing, infrastructure and technology. In 2011, it spend $573 million.

Meanwhile, Customs and Border Protection has said that as of June it had fenced only 649 miles of the nearly 1,954-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border–leaving more than 1,300 miles of that border unfenced.

The November 2011 GAO report refers to this category of federal spending by the acronym BSFIT.

“Over $4.7 billion has been appropriated for BSFIT activities from fiscal years 2007 through 2011,” it says.

The report breaks the figure down for the five consecutive fiscal years (the 12-month period from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 of the following year) – $1.188 billion for FY2007, $1.303 billion for FY2008, $845 million for FY2009, $800 million for FY2010 and $573 million for FY2011.

Over that period, the annual appropriations for border security therefore peaked in FY2008 under President Bush and declined to its lowest level in FY2011 under President Obama.

“An across-the-board cut to DHS appropriations of 0.2 percent reduced the BSFIT appropriation to $573 million [in fiscal 2011],” notes the GAO. The report added that some of the annual appropriations covered in the report do not expire at the end of the fiscal year for which they were allotted.

The report also stated that last January, “after 5 years and a cost of nearly $1 billion,” the DHS ended the Secure Border Initiative Network (SBInet) – also known as the virtual fence – “because it did not meet cost-effectiveness and viability standards.”

“DHS is developing a successor plan to secure the Southwest border called the Alternative (Southwest) Border Technology plan,” the report adds. “The plan’s first phase is the Arizona Border Surveillance Technology Plan, which also includes a mix of radars, sensors, and cameras.” It is expected to cost about $1.5 billion over 10 years.

Explaining how the appropriations have been directed, the report said that in November 2005 the DHS initiated the Secure Border Initiative (SBI), described as “a multiyear, multibillion-dollar effort aimed at securing U.S. borders and reducing illegal immigration.”

Under the SBI, the DHS’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) implemented the following programs:

  • SBI Network (SBI): radars, sensors, and cameras along 53 miles of Arizona’s 376-mile border with Mexico;
  • Northern Border Program: cameras, radars, and operations centers along the border with Canada;
  • Tactical Communications Modernization: an upgrade to the CBP communications systems; and
  • Tactical Infrastructure – fences, roads, and lighting along the southwest border.

According to the CBP, as of the end of June 2011 it had completed 649 miles of pedestrian and vehicle fencing along the approximately 2,000 mile-long Southwest border.

“A total of 350 miles of primary pedestrian fence has been constructed, while the final total of vehicle fence (the project was officially completed on January 8, 2010) was 299 miles,” it says.

A “primary pedestrian fence” is aimed at preventing the illegal passage of people while a “vehicle fence” is focused on stopping the unauthorized passage of vehicles.

“Their placement depends on the threat at the location and the operational needs of law enforcement,” CBP says.

CBP is responsible for securing a total of 8,607 miles of the U.S. border, including about 2,000 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, approximately 4,000 miles of the U.S.-Canada border, plus sectors of coastline in the Gulf of Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

As of the end of fiscal 2010, the U.S. government had established “effective control” over 1,107 miles of the 8,607 miles it is responsible for securing – 69 miles along the northern border, 873 on the U.S.-Mexico border and 165 miles in coastal sectors.

Less than half of the southwest border and less than two percent of the northern border are therefore under “effective control.” The term applies to those areas where the U.S. government can be “reasonably” be expected to intercept illegal cross-border activity

The Holes Found in U.S. Border Fence Technology

After 20 years and billions of dollars, securing the southern border remains a seemingly insurmountable challenge. Why is it so hard to build a fence that works?

Popular Mechanics

By Dan Koeppel

As lines in the sand go, this steel structure is designed to be the toughest on earth to cross. The 15-foot-high fence extends west of Nogales into the Arizona desert, undulating and curving as it follows the border with Mexico. South of the fence, hillside houses rise beyond a hundred-yard-wide no man’s land. Some houses contain migrant laborers who will try—perhaps even tonight—to cross this line. A pickup truck makes its way up a gravel cut that zigzags across a hillside on the Mexican side. “He’s watching us,” says Border Patrol agent Mario Escalante. “He’s trying to gather intelligence—and so are we.”

This kind of fence—one of about a dozen different barrier types found along the southern border—has a name that sounds like something the Army would give its brawniest tank: the anti-ram. From a distance, it looks like an array of dark-colored vertical blinds.

On closer inspection, the slats reveal themselves to be steel pipes 4 inches in diameter filled with concrete poured around interior skeletons of rebar. The fence is modular, built in segmented panels 8 feet wide and sunk 6 feet into the ground.

One manufacturer claims it would take two men, each with a power saw, nearly 40 minutes to cut a 2-foot-wide hole in its anti-ram fencing, and they’d need to carry additional fuel and extra blades to do it. And if the fence’s name invokes images of an impenetrable barrier to powerful machines, it should—some anti-ram fences are designed to withstand a 40-mph impact by a 10,000-pound vehicle. Such defensive measures don’t come cheap: The average cost of vehicle fencing is $1 million per mile.

For more than 20 years, politicians from both parties have held the same basic position on the nation’s frontiers. “First, the United States must secure its borders,” President George W. Bush said on May 15, 2006. “This is a basic responsibility of a sovereign nation.” President Obama noted on April 29, 2010: “It is the federal government’s responsibility to enforce the law and secure our borders. . . .”

Few political leaders have disagreed with these sweeping sentiments. And polls show that about 60 percent of Americans are in favor of a barrier that they believe will curb illegal immigration, drug smuggling and terrorists.

Since 1990, the U.S. has barricaded about 650 miles of the nearly 2000-mile border with everything from rudimentary barbed wire to fencing made of Army surplus helicopter landing mats to three-sided steel barriers that look like bulked-up versions of the tritons that littered the World War II beaches of Normandy. More recent designs include concrete and steel bollards—vehicle-stopping posts similar to the kind found at entrances to government buildings, office towers and shopping malls. Some of the most expensive barriers—remotely operated surveillance systems—have been deployed in several field tests but with disappointing results.

Despite all the time, effort and money spent on both physical and virtual fences, about 175,000 migrants, mostly coming for work, made it past existing barriers in 2008. After decades of effort, bipartisan consensus and billions of dollars, America’s southern border seems as permeable as ever. And the frustrated American public wants to know: What’s so hard about building a fence?

At the headquarters of the Border Patrol’s Tucson sector, in a room filled with video monitors, agents play for me a recording made two weeks ago, in early January. The incident began with a hit from a motion sensor buried 50 miles south in the Sonoran Desert.

Read the rest here: Popular Mechanics

National Call to Battle Series – “To Secure the Nation”

By Paul E Vallely

As the Declaration of Independence states:

“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.”

We started the National Call to Action series early in 2011 to alert America of the dangers facing the Nation and that immediate action needed to be taken by our elected leadership. This has failed to occur and now we know now that we are in a Battle to save the country before much more aggravated pain is afflicted on the society. The arrogance of power and incompetence in Washington has generated widespread dissent across America. From our research and analysis at Stand Up America, we have found that the following are the greatest threats to America and must be dealt with immediately to save the Nation and the Republic.

  • Dysfunctional, corrupt and inept government
  • Financial Crisis/Collapse
  • Inability to develop and execute a viable US “forward strategy”
  • US Borders, particularly, the Southern Border
  • Rogue nations like Iran and North Korea
  • Islamists/Enablers of Radical Islam
  • The Progressive Socialist Media
  • Russia and China as enablers against America
  • Globalism and multi-culturists, New World Order zealots
  • Afghanistan/Pakistan Region
  • United Nations and their subversives
  • Cultural decline

All these take on different degrees of severity and threat to America’s well-being.

Each member of the House of Representatives, the United States Senate and even the President of the United States placed their hands on the Bible, raised their hands to swear on their sacred honor to protect, defend and serve the people of the United States. Sadly, we see them in violation of their oaths and their responsibilities. We should see a massive resignation demand on the steps of the capital and the call for the Impeachment and arrest of Barack Obama and others. We should be seeing them groveling before those who instilled their faith and trust in them by electing them to public service. Most have violated the Constitution of the United and many are guilty of treason. Fraud and corruption are rampant in the use of the peoples’ money.

We the people have had enough of this inept Government, elected officials and appointees. Our political system is broke…all branches appear dysfunctional and unable to solve any problems. Where are leaders with Wisdom, Courage and Common Sense? Have we no “Warriors” anymore. Where are the national security and “policy wonks” as well as our Generals and Admirals to reset the military strategy to deal with today and tomorrow’s threats.

We are on a progressive socialist suicide march. WE, the people have watched the President and his Cabinet, Congress and other bureaucrats defile our founding documents and sacred principles for several years now with no end in sight.

In 1789, Thomas Jefferson was overheard saying to Madison:

“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves therefore are its only safe depositories.”

In Lincoln’s 1861 Inaugural address, he issued this warning to his peers:

“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government and form a new one. This is a most valuable and sacred right – a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world”.

A change in government leadership must be conducted by the People of those elected and appointed political leaders who have violated the Constitution, which states in Article One, Section Five, Clause II “Each House may determine the Rules of its’ Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly behavior, and with the concurrence of a 2/3 vote, expel a member”

The Constitution and the States, however, provide the people the right and authority to do either of the following:

Per the 10th amendment to decide domestic matters within individual states, also grants the right to the state to refuse federal aid and to sever from the Federal Government’s authority entirely or per Article Two, Section Four, “The President, Vice President and ALL CIVIL OFFICERS of the United States shall be removed from office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

The current oath of office was enacted in 1884: The Oaths of Office is administered to:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Supreme Court
  • Congress

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

  • When a young man or woman enlists in one of the armed forces, he or she takes an oath to protect and defend the United States of America.
  • When an officer in any of the armed services raises his hand and takes an oath to protect and defend his or her country, the Officers are expected to keep the vow.
  • When any officer of the court takes an oath to perform their duties it is done with an expectation they will do so.

Why not the same for any member of the United States Government, but especially those that are elected by the people? Each member of the House of Representatives, the United States Senate and even the President of the United States raise their hands and swear on their sacred honor to protect, defend and serve the people of the United States.

BERATING and CONDEMING the United States before the world, overseas and in the United Nation is a flagrant violation of Trust and Honor.

The American people must do their duty to God and Country and use the power of their votes and remove the violators from office. WE need to establish a “Vote Of Confidence” measure. In the event there may be some doubt in certain individuals then for the good and welfare of the country ALL must go. We will start over if we have to! We will seek out those who have a strong desire to see America continue as created and designed by our Founding Fathers.

The majority of American people have lost trust and faith in those they have elected to serve the country because they have abrogated their oaths, given comfort to the enemy both foreign and domestic. The American confidence level of Congress has fallen to 12%. 545 men and women (that includes the President and Vice President as well as Members of the Supreme Court) have sworn to serve the nation. They have willingly taken an oath to protect and serve and defend the people and interests of this great country. Sadly, we see them in violation of their oaths and the moral strength to do what needs to be done.

America, Act Now for our survival as our strong and trusted nation is in great jeopardy. This is our National Call to Battle. This is a battle to save America.

Paul E. Vallely – Major general, US Army (Retired), Chairman of Stand Up America

Iran protesters attack UK embassy in Tehran

Editor’s Note – See the entire timeline here: The Guardian – UK

Dozens of Iranian protesters forced their way into the British embassy in Tehran, tearing down the Union flag and throwing documents from the windows. They also pulled down a picture of the Queen and burnt an embassy vehicle, as well as US, Israeli and UK flags. The protesters said they wanted to shut down the embassy. Protesters also targeted Gholhak Gardens, a British diplomatic compound in north Tehran that has been a source of contention between Iranian and UK officials over its ownership. Both of the protests have now ended.

• The UK foreign secretary, William Hague, said he held the Iranian government responsible for failing to protect the embassy, despite Tehran’s expressions of regret for today’s events. The foreign office advised British nationals in Iran to stay indoors and keep a low profile after the attacks. The Iranian foreign ministry said it regretted the events and was committed to the safety of diplomats on its soil but Hague said it “remains a very serious failure by the Iranian government”.

• The semi-official Fars news agency said six UK embassy staff were rescued by police after being held hostage by the protesters who it described as “self-motivated university students”. The UK foreign office would not comment directly but Hague said that all staff had been accounted for.

Clashes between police and protesters were reported at the UK embassy. One protester was in a critical condition, according to Fars. It said several protesters and police officers were injured. Police used teargas to try to disperse protesters. Some were reportedly arrested at Gholhak Gardens.

The Guardian’s Saeed Kamali Dehghan writes:

The attack came two days after the Iranian parliament voted to expel the British ambassador, Dominick Chilcott, in retaliation against economic sanctions imposed by the west over the country’s disputed nuclear programme. The Foreign Office said it was “outraged” at the events and that they were “utterly unacceptable”.

Fars news agency reported on Tuesday that a small group of students chanting “death to England” had replaced the British flag with the Iranian Flag. British and Israeli flags were also reported to have been burnt during the protests. Another semi-official news agency, Ilna, said the protesters had “conquered” the embassy. The episode was shown live on state-run Press TV..

Around a thousand protesters gathered on the street in front of the embassy, waving pictures of the Iranian nuclear scientist, Majid Shahdirari, who was assassinated last November in Tehran. Others held pictures of another assassinated Iranian scientist, Masoud Ali-Mohammadi, and a senior commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards, Qassem Suleimani, who is said to be in charge of the group’s overseas operations.

State TV reported that another group of hardline students gathered at the gate of the British ambassador’s residence in northern Tehran, at the same time.

$600 Million – Millennium Challenge – Just giving it away!

Editor’s Note – The United States funds at least 17% of the money spent by the United Nations with no accounting or audit for what country gets what, and why. Then the United States pays all the bills for USAID, which does much the same thiing or does it? No audit or accounting there either. Then, the United States funds all of the Merida Inititative for Mexico, Central and South America, for what you ask? Heh, cant help you there either.

Lets not forget the Clinton Global Initiative, and no, we cant tell you how or where that money goes either. Last, but of course not least, is the Millennium Challenge, which Hillary Clinton heads and money going there is in the billions. For what? Well, all the same, nefarious untrackable reasons too. And we know there is corruption of course.

There is more, but why ruin a your day by reading more that will make your eyes bleed. Just call your Congressman and ask some pointed questions to see what they know and why they are funding it.

Thanks, Patriots and taxpayers will appreciate saving nine cents or more. read this MCA Analysis on the Millennium Challenge criteria of corruption from the Center for Global Development before your read this speech by Hillary Clinton. Then there is the way money moves in the Fed, and no one can audit, or explain. How does $88 billion move so freely? Check out this article: The Plot Thickens: More On The Weekly $88 Billion “Other” Outflow

Are your eyes bleeding yet?

US State Department

Remarks at Millennium Challenge Corporation Signing Ceremony

Remarks by Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Secretary of State at the Grand Hyatt, Bali, Indonesia

November 19, 2011

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much, Daniel, and thanks for all of your work directing the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and to all who worked with you in order to achieve this very impressive compact.

The MCC embodies the United States’ commitment to work in partnership with nations around the world to support economic growth and deliver results that make a difference in people’s lives. So it is an honor to join the finance minister and so many other distinguished ministers, representatives of the Indonesian Government, ambassadors, and friends of — in the Indonesia-United States comprehensive partnership. This signing will further deepen the relationship between us. And I am very committed to doing all that we can to make sure that this compact represents the very best of that partnership.

As you know, the MCC and the Government of Indonesia have worked for almost three years to develop this $600 million compact, one of our largest ever, to reduce poverty and promote economic growth hand-in-hand with the Indonesian Government and people. This is truly a milestone for us all.

The size and scope of this compact over the next five years makes it an essential part of the U.S.-Indonesia comprehensive partnership that our presidents launched one year ago. The three projects in this compact reflect our shared values, and Indonesia’s priorities. And each support the economic and development pillar of our comprehensive partnership.

First, green development and efforts to mitigate climate change have long been rich areas of cooperation between our countries. We both understand that unsustainable land use practices threaten natural resources. Illegal logging, polluting of water resources undercuts Indonesia’s long-term economic growth, as does a lack of access to affordable, reliable electricity. So we want to work together to find ways to foster low carbon development in local communities. And I mentioned to the ambassador to the United States that I was so impressed by President Yudhoyono’s composition lauding the efforts on behalf of climate change and cooperative commitment to preserving the great beauty of Indonesia at the gala dinner last evening.

Under this compact, over half of the 600 million is devoted to the Green Prosperity Project. This will help provide viable renewable energy alternatives, and help support natural resource management. While we see this as an end in itself, we are particularly excited, because we think that rural people will be able to raise their incomes while reducing their reliance on fossil fuels and on logging. And it will complement Indonesia’s efforts to meet its international commitment of reducing projected greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 41 percent by 2020.

I am also pleased that Indonesia will have the first-ever MCC compact with a focus on early life nutrition. Ensuring adequate nutrition during the 1,000-day window from a woman’s pregnancy to a child’s second birthday is the single most effective investment we can make in a child’s physical and cognitive development. The scientific research is overwhelmingly clear: If you want a healthier, better educated workforce, it starts in those very early months of life. And ultimately, an early focus on nutrition can reduce poverty, promote broader prosperity, and improve the security and stability of communities and nations.

Indonesia is already making critical investments in this area, and we welcome Indonesia’s strong interest in joining the UN-sponsored SUN, Scaling Up Nutrition, movement. The Scaling Up Nutrition movement, called SUN, helps countries target under nutrition more effectively, and reach more people by coordinating investments, resources, and programs.

The Community-Based Nutrition to Prevent Stunting Project that we will be working on under the compact recognizes the importance of this investment, and that it pays dividends for generations. This project is expected to help as many as 2.9 million children and their families in 7,000 villages where the rates of childhood under-nutrition and stunting are especially high. We are very eager, not only to partner with Indonesia, but to learn from Indonesia’s progress, and together to help carry these lessons on to mothers and children all over the world.

The third leg of this compact reflects Indonesia’s commitment to being a leader in open and transparent government. The Procurement Modernization Project will support two of Indonesia’s presidential regulations to reform and improve the government’s system for making purchases on behalf of the people, everything from office supplies to maintenance contracts. We thinking, working with our Indonesian partners, that this proposal has the potential to save as much as $15 billion annually for the government and people of Indonesia, and it will help develop the Indonesian Government’s human resources by supporting career paths for civil servants who have the authority and incentive to do their jobs well.

And Indonesia, as one of the co-founders of the Open Government Partnership and a member of its steering committee, is positioned to really help demonstrate modernizing government practices to countries not only throughout the region but far beyond. Open government practices save money, reduce corruption, improve efficiency and accountability, and produce results for citizens. And we think Indonesia will help shape the international community’s thinking on procurement reform.

So, each of these projects represents a significant step forward in our partnership, and we are so excited about this Millennium Challenge Corporation’s compact. I look forward to signing it in just a few minutes with my counterpart, Minister Martowardojo, and I invite him now to please take the podium to share his thoughts. Thank you. (Applause.)