Daily Archives: January 12, 2007

Police Raid Chinese Bible Study at Communist School

Christian Post Reporter | Jan 8, 2007 

Local police in a northeast China province raided a Christian Bible study held at a Communist Party school on Jan. 1, reported China Aid Association on Monday.

A group of Christians gathered in an office at the school, where the local cadres of the Communist Party are trained, to celebrate the New Year by studying the Bible in Baoding City, Hebei Province.

The local Public Security Bureau (PSB) raided the gathering at 10 a.m. (local time) and arrested over 40 Christians for interrogation, reported CAA. Most of the Christians were released by 6 p.m. the same day. Among those arrested was Dr. Li Baiguang, one of the most renowned Christian legal activists from Beijing. He was named as one of Asia Newsweek’s “Person of the Year” in 2005 and met with President Bush in May to discuss freedom of expression and religion in China.

The host of the Bible study was Professor Geng Sude, who is the vice president of the Communist Party school. She is an underground Christian intellectual among Chinese house churches. Currently, Geng is under tight surveillance.

Recently, the director of the Chinese State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA), Yie Xiaowen, said that the number of Christians in China has reached 130 million, including 20 million Catholics, during internal meetings at Beijing University and Chinese Academy of Social Science, according to a CAA source.

The Chinese government often underestimates the number of Christians in officially released figures by not counting unregistered house churches.

“The unprecedented growth of the Chinese church has happened under ceaseless persecution,” said CAA President Bob Fu in a statement. “We pray that China will realize true religious freedom soon.”

Five years on, no end to the horror that is Guantanamo

Independent | Jan 9, 2007  

When the first prisoners arrived at Guantanamo in January 2002 they were handcuffed, shackled and wearing hoods. The reason for these exceptional measures, explained the then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Richard Myers, was that the prisoners were highly dangerous. “These are the sort of people who would chew through a hydraulics cable to bring a C-17 [transport plane] down,” he claimed. “They are very, very dangerous people.”

Five years later none of these “worst of the worst” have been brought to trial. Just 10 have been formally charged while hundreds of others have been returned to their own countries and released. Meanwhile, three have committed suicide, at least 40 others have tried to do so and there are concerns about the mental health of most of the 400 or so remaining prisoners.

“It is remarkable that Guantanamo still exists five years on,” said Clive Stafford Smith, legal director of the British group Reprieve, which represents three dozen inmates. “But what is also remarkable is that Guantanamo has distracted attention from other secret prisons the US has. As of August last year we know there are 14,000 prisoners in US custody around the world.”

Critics say the low point of the past five years perhaps came in June 2006 when three prisoners – Ali Abdullah Ahmed, 28, from Yemen, and Saudis Yassar Talal al-Zahrani, 21, and 30-year-old Mani Shaman Turki al-Habardi Al-Utaybi – hanged themselves using torn sheets. Lawyers said they did so out of desperation but the base commander claimed it was “an act of asymmetric warfare waged against us”.

MI5 boss ‘gave 7/7 eve all-clear’

CNN | Jan 9, 2007  

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Eliza Manningham-Buller reportedly gave the all-clear 24 hours before bombers struck.

Of course Frau Buller gave the all clear because MI5 wanted it to be a complete surprise for the general public. We keep hearing the same old song and dance both here and in the UK. “We failed so we’ll just have to legislate all your rights away” is always the refrain. The fact is this was another inside job. The patsies were under constant surveillance. The “ring leader” worked for and was protected by MI6. They were conducting terror exercises in each of the bombing locations on the same day at the same exact time. This is not mere coincidence, and if you are stupid enough to think it is, then may heaven help you to wake the hell up!

PW

The head of Britain’s domestic spying agency reportedly told the country’s government a day before the July 7, 2004, bombings in London that there was no imminent terrorist threat.

The Guardian newspaper said that Eliza Manningham-Buller gave assurances to senior lawmakers from the ruling Labour party just 24 hours before suicide bombers struck, killing 52 people.

The paper said it had spoken to several people who had attended the meeting at the House of Commons, according to the UK Press Association.

David Davis, home affairs spokesman for the opposition Conservative Party, told the paper that he would call for an independent inquiry into the run-up to the attacks.

“It is absolutely necessary for the continued security of the British public that we know precisely if, when and how security failures occurred and for action to be taken to minimize the risk of it happening again.” he told the paper.

Police go on ad blitzkrieg against terror

Rustomjee | Jan 9, 2007   

The campaigns are designed to encourage people to report suspicious persons or behaviour.

Some of the city’s biggest shopping malls will soon sport posters and banners asking people to report to authorities any suspicious behaviour. 
 
In an effort aimed at thwarting more 11/7-like terrorist strikes in the city, the city police has launched its first-ever large-scale counter-terrorism advertising campaign.
 
And the police don’t have a separate ad budget for this. Reason: two big advertising agencies have decided not to levy charges from the campaigns as they are designed for a public cause. Messages like “Don’t Let Terrorism Shop In This Mall” and “You Are Not Stupid If You Look Under Your Seat” are planned and designed by Lintas and the FCB Ulka.
 
Police sources said similar anti-terrorism ad campaigns had been planned and put to use with some success by the London Metropolitan Police sometime back. “Agency officials simply believe they should not be making money out of this venture as it is for a public cause,’’ a senior police officer, who is part of the ad campaign strategy, said.
 
Police commissioner AN Roy said on Monday, “The publicity campaign is a continuous process and we are going to sustain at least for the new few months. The campaigns are designed to encourage people to trust their instincts and report suspicious objectspersons and behaviour.” As part of the campaign in the “most-attacked city in the world” huge vinyl billboards have already come up across floors on a buildings at Haji Ali traffic. The poster sports the face of a child with a smile on her face. The punch-lines urge people to exercise caution.
 
Some of the city’s biggest shopping malls will soon sport posters and banners asking people to report to authorities any suspicious object or behaviour. 

Women charged as terrorists for having salt

In The News | Jan 5, 2007

Two women are facing terrorism charges in connection with an incident involving a white powder that police said fell out of the pocket of one of the women in the booking area of Bridgeport police headquarters.

A Fairfield woman and her sister, who is from Jordan, were arrested Thursday after white powder police believe was salt fell from one of their pockets. The incident kicked off a hazardous-materials emergency, police said.

The building and the surrounding streets were closed most of the afternoon and into the evening. No one was injured, but 14 people, civilian detention officers, police officers and six prisoners had to take showers in the fire department’s decontamination trailer and their clothing was bagged.

The women, Cari Altayeb, of Fairfield, and Anaahn Altayeb, of Jordan, were charged with acts of terrorism in connection with the booking area incident.

They are charged with first-degree breach of the peace and threatening from an incident over a child custody dispute in front of the state Department of Children and Families’ city office earlier in the day. The DCF incident had led to their arrest and the powder incident in the booking area, police said. The women were being held in lieu of $1 million bond.

The women’s lawyer, Robert Berke, who said he had not talked to his clients, blasted police Thursday night.

“They overreacted. The (terrorism) charge is extreme. The bond is extreme,” Berke said.

Congressmen Aim to Defeat North American Union

In The News | Jan 10, 2007 

Congress, Citizen-Activists Offer Best Hope to Defeat European Union-Style Government for North America

As the 110th Congress convenes, supporters of U.S. borders and sovereignty urge more Americans to join Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), Virgil Goode (R-Va.), Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Walter Jones (R-N.C.) in fighting a little-known plan to create a North American Union. The scheme would combine the U.S. with Mexico and Canada into a single political and economic system modeled after the European Union. The merger would erase U.S. borders and sovereignty and allow for the free movement of people, products, and capital between the regions by 2010. It would allow unelected bureaucrats and corporate internationalists to “harmonize” U.S. laws with corrupt Mexico and socialist Canada, according to Daniel Sheehy, author of “Fighting Immigration Anarchy: American Patriots Battle to Save the Nation.”

In September 2006, the four congressmen introduced a resolution opposing the merger and the construction of the NAFTA Superhighway system that would connect the three countries. The massive corridors would result in the loss of countless acres of private land and more terrorists, criminals and drugs entering the U.S., Sheehy said.

Freedom of speech and judiciary independence eroded under Chavez dictatorship

Guardian | Jan 11, 2007 

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How anyone could think for one second that Chavez is a good guy or even some kind of hero is beyond my comprehension. He is grabbing land and resources, allowing summary executions and prison abuses, censoring opposition, giving himself unprecedented powers including lifetime presidency and stacking the courts with his cronies. He is a vicious Communist in the mold of Castro, his political mentor, but he is far more grandiose, ambitious and ruthless than Castro ever was. This means his power will continue to expand even into the rest of Latin America. Liberals who think Communism is good should only look at what happened in the Soviet Union, China and Cambodia where millions were murdered, starved, worked to death, oppressed and crushed in the name of “socialist revolution.” They should also educate themselves on how Wall Street CFR elites have funded both Fascist and Communist revolutions all over the world to help consolidate their own power while their political CFR-member puppets spouted empty rhetorical opposition.

There is no Communism without Capitalist mercantilist funding or at least covert political backing and maneuvering. Research it for yourselves. The ultimate goal of the globalist elites is world government, a synthesis of Fascism and Communism through carefully orchestrated dialectical engineering. North America has turned Fascist while South America is turning Communist. As the Fascist North American Union is consolidated, the Communist South American Union will emerge. After that, the two will be merged into the Pan American Union, a synthetic system which will approach the Communist Chinese model of integrated Capitalism in which your business will be heavily taxed, regulated and approved only if it serves the State and you will have absolutely no rights except the right to serve the New World Order.

If you don’t like this idea, then I suggest you do whatever is in your capacity to oppose the North American Union and support efforts to bring its creators to justice for treason. That is the only way out of this mess.

PW

Venezuela’s press freedoms and the independence of its courts have eroded under President Hugo Chavez, a leading human rights group said Thursday.

Human Rights Watch said Venezuela’s judiciary has been stacked with Chavez allies and noted with concern that about 20 percent of the country’s judges are provisional appointees, who could be susceptible to political pressure because they risk being stripped of their appointments for ruling against the government.

Chavez and his supporters “have sought to consolidate power by undermining the independence of the judiciary and the press, institutions that are essential for promoting the protection of human rights,” the New York-based rights group said in its world report.

The government did not immediately respond to the report.

Chavez, who was re-elected to six-year term in December, has vowed to steer Venezuela toward socialism but insists his government respects the independence of the courts and the press.

After taking office in 1999, Chavez launched far-reaching judicial reforms under which hundreds of judges accused of corruption were fired and replaced by provisional ones eager to keep their positions. In 2004, pro-Chavez lawmakers expanded the Supreme Court, naming 12 new justices in what opponents called a government ploy to gain sway over the court.

Human Rights Watch also said a series of ill-defined laws passed since 2004 have put “onerous restrictions on the media that pose a serious threat to freedom of expression.”

One of those laws restricts violence and sexual content over the airwaves. Critics have dubbed it the “gag law,” saying it is deliberately vague and could be used to punish media that criticize the oppose government.

In recent days, Chavez has faced sharp criticism for his decision not to renew the broadcast license of opposition-aligned Radio Caracas Television, or RCTV. The Organization of American States, Reporters Without Borders and Catholic Church officials have called the move a threat to free expression.

Chavez has long had confrontational relationship with Venezuela’s private media, most of which are harshly critical of his administration. Chavez accuses RCTV of supporting a 2002 coup that briefly unseated him and other subversive actions.

Human Rights Watch also denounced summary killings by police and soldiers, and abuse in Venezuela’s overcrowded prisons – problems that have plagued the country for decades.

It also criticized some anti-Chavez forces, noting that some landlords have been accused of hiring hit men to kill poor farmers who tried to take advantage of land reform measures introduced by Chavez.