Daily Archives: November 10, 2009

Ida Making Landfall Between Mobile and Panama City

A weakened Tropical Storm  Ida is barreling down on the Gulf Coast between Panama City,Fl and Mobile, AL Tuesday. The national weather service has issued tropical storm warning from Grand Isle, LA to Aucilla River,Fl. The warning including the city  and parish of New Orleans  and Parishes surrounding Lake PONTCHARTRAIN.

At 9P.M. CST Ida was moving north 13 mph; a decrease of speed. When Ida makes landfall near Mobile Ida will make a turn to the north-northeast; bringing heavy seas, high winds and heavy rains. Maximum sustained winds is 65 mph.

Tropical Storm force winds will be felt in a radius of  200 miles.

Ida is expected to bring between 3-6 inches of rain. Some isolated storm cells will dump up to 8 inches of rain across portions of the Southeast US and Mid-Atlantic states.

Schools, and government offices except first responder will be closed.

Storm surge will cause 3 to 5 feet above ground.

WKRG has a list of Shelters in the Mobile area.

WJHG-TV/HD “NewsChannel7” has the list of  shelters in Panama City,FL area.

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Controversy: US Attorney General Speaks at CAIR Event

 

US Attorney General Eric Holder, the nations top cop will be speaking at an event in Detroit that will have members of Michigan branch of CAIR  the Council of American-Islamic Relations. Except one thing there The FBI has cut off all ties with CAIR in 2007.

The event hosted by Advocates and Leaders for Police and Community Trust, a coalition of several dozen law enforcement and community group including  the ACLU and US Department of Justice.  A flyer list CAIR as a participant

Holder will speak at the Event which will be held on November 19 in Detroit.

In 2007, The FBI severed ties with the controversial group after federal prosecutors  in the trial of Officers of the Texas Religious charity and group  Holy Land  Foundation for Relief and Development. Document show that link between CAIR and  the Muslim Brotherhood which is related to Hamas.

A spokesperson with Advocates and Leaders for Police and Community Trust, said CAIR is member of group.

“CAIR has been involved for a while,” said Chandra McMillion, community development facilitator for ALPACT. “CAIR is listed as an official member.”

In fact the local CAIR  leader Dawud Walid, the Michigan Executive Director told the Politico that CAIR is member of ALPACT.

“It’s really nothing controversial. We’ve been part of this organization for years,” he said. “We meet every month and included with us is the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI.”

Walid regularly with members of ALPACT. “A lot of people are there: the NAACP, the ACLU, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee…the National Lawyers’ Guild,” he said.

Calls to the Department  of Justice were referred  to the FBI field office in Detroit. FBI office in Detroit referred to FBI headquarters in Washington,D.C.

A spokesman with the FBI confirmed of Special Agent-In-Charge in Detroit Andy Area will be the host.

“We are co-chairing the event. We are not sponsoring the event,” spokeswoman Jennifer Burnside said. She said the FBI “didn’t have any role” in selling tickets for the event or in issuing invitations.

Burnside also stressed the fact that the dinner is not a closed briefing. “It’s a public event and Joe off the street could attend,” she said.

Another reason the FBI is involved is the tribute to  FBI agent  Paul Sorce, an  agent that was killed in the line of duty while preforming surveillance

“Honoring a fallen agent is very important to us,” Burnside said.

Asked about the FBI’s policy regarding CAIR  Burnside said, “Our policy doesn’t prohibit the FBI participating in meetings where CAIR is going to be involved.”

Former Federal Prosecutor Andrew McCarthy, was disappointed but not surprise of the FBI involvement with CAIR.

I wish I could say I’m surprised but I’m not remotely surprised,” McCarthy said. “When [the FBI] said they cut off formal ties with them, whenever they say something like that you have to look very carefully at the way it’s worded… The last administration was guilty of it, this administration is guilty of it—they have determined it is more important to have what it can publicly hold out as ties to the Muslim community than it is to be careful about who you have the ties with.”

The Politico has more.

Did Major Hasan Attempt to Contact Al Qaeda???

New Questions has arisen now that the Army and Feds knew that Major Nidal Hasan had tried to contact Al Qaeda ABC news has learned.

US intelligence agencies including the CIA have been monitoring Major Nidal  for months  discovered he was trying Al Qaeda by “electronic means” brief ABC news anonymously on classified material.

Brian Ross of ABC News says the Army was aware but what was done about it is not certain.

Republican  Representative Pete  Hoekstra of Michigan the top ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee is asking the CIA and other agencies of   what was known and what is being done. The CIA rebuffed  Hoeksta.

Rep. Hoekstra issued what a called a document preservation request to CIA head Leon Panetta. The letter dated on November 7th went to the following agency heads Dennis Blair(DNI),  Robert Mueller(FBI); Lt. Gen Keith Alexander (NSA) and Leon Panetta (CIA).

Hoekstra is “absolutely furious” that the requests were denied to the intelligence committee.

“This is a law enforcement investigation, in which other agencies—not the CIA—have the lead,” CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano said in a response to ABC News. ” Any suggestion that the CIA refused to brief Congress is incorrect.”

Investigators want find out if Hasan  was in touch with radical Muslim Cleric Anwar al Awlaki, who was the head of a mosque in Falls Church,VA in Suburban Washington,D.C. Al Awlaki is now in Yemen.

Ironically, Cleric al Awlaki posted on his blog:

“Nidal Hassan Did the Right Thing,” Awlaki calls Hasan a “hero” and a “man of conscience who could not bear living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that is fighting against his own people.”

The AP learned the Hasan attended the same mosque in Falls Church that Al Awlaki preached at about  time of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The London Telegraph  revealed that Al Awlaki  had made contact with two of the 9/11 hijackers when he was based in San Diego. Al Awlaki denied knowing the hijackers and he was never charged. Soon Afterward Al Awlaki left for Yemen.

On Sunday, Senator Joseph  Lieberman(I-CT) wonders out loud if Hasan is a Radical Muslim extremist and calls for an investigation to find out if the Army missed clue into Hasan’s mindset.

“If Hasan was showing signs, saying to people that he had become an Islamist extremist, the U.S. Army has to have a zero tolerance,” Lieberman told Fox News Sunday.

ABC News