Here We Go Again: GITMO Detainees Coming to Illinois?

Beverly Perlson, political activist and founder of The Band of Mothers, will appear as a guest on Fox & Friends Saturday morning during the 5 a.m (Eastern) hour to talk about the strong possibility of hundreds of detainees being relocated from the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility in Cuba to tiny Thomson, Ill.

Perlson’s appearance comes after Wednesday’s announcement that the federal government will purchase the community’s long-empty, state-owned prison for $165 million in a deal endorsed by President Barack Obama.

This is not the first time such exploitation has been tried against citizens in the economically-depressed town of almost 600.  The same thing was tried three years ago — with the false promise of 1,100 new jobs — but this the first time it’s gotten this far.

Several high-ranking Illinois Democrats — including Sen. Dick Durbin and Gov. Pat Quinn — are to blame, but they’re denying that the sale will lead to the prison being filled with ex-GITMO detainees — including many confirmed and suspected terrorists.  Instead, they’re focusing only on their claim that the sale will lead to jobs.  That’s their “sales pitch.”  Until the election that is.

Be sure to wake up and watch Fox News Channel early Saturday morning for more details — and share this news!

UPDATE 10/06/2012 at 9:45 a.m. Central:  Here’s a link to the video of Perlson’s appearance on Fox & Friends.

See also:  Rep. Frank Wolf’s (R-Va.) letter (dated July 27, 2012) to Attorney General Eric Holder about the Thomson Prison issue and Rep. Peter King’s (R-N.Y.) letter to President Obama in which he suggested five alternative uses for the estimated $165 million that the Administration will spend to acquire the prison.

 Bob McCarty is the author of “Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice,” a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, “The CLAPPER MEMO,” is set for release this fall.

Wildfires Follow Grounding of Tankers, Budget Cuts (Update)

While the KXAN television news video below paints a graphic portrait of the damage wrought by wildfires in the Texas Hill Country east of Austin during the past two weeks, it makes no mention of three blameworthy factors that might have played pivotal roles in reducing the size and scope of this red-hot disaster.

The three factors appear below:

First, there’s the lack of enough firefighting air tankers.  One could blame President Barack Obama for this, according to a Human Events report Wednesday, because someone in his administration grounded nearly half of the federal government’s firefighting air tankers after a contract dispute with Aero Union just weeks before wildfires swept through the Lone Star State.  That decision, no doubt, left fewer resources available to Gov. Rick Perry and his team to fight the fires.

Second, there’s the lack of funds to fight the fires.  One could blame Governor Perry and members of the Texas legislature, according to a Houston Chronicle report Tuesday, for reducing the budget for the Texas Forest Service from $117.7 million to $83 million for the new fiscal year which began Sept. 1.  This, no doubt, will be used against the Republican presidential candidate by Team Obama IF the governor wins the GOP nomination in 2012.

Third, there’s the arson angle.  With the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks just around the corner, one could blame Middle Eastern terrorists for setting the fires that have, according to an Austin American-Statesman report earlier this week, resulted in the destruction of nearly 1,400 homes and at least two deaths in the Lone Star State.  That, however, might hurt President Obama’s reelection chances, so don’t expect to see any Democrats trying to float that trial balloon.

Hope you enjoyed this food for thought from the BMW “blogging buffet.”  Keep your powder dry!

UPDATE 9/9/11 at 6:48 a.m. Central:  Cross-posted at Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com.

UPDATE 9/9/11 at 3:24 p.m. Central:  An update from the Austin American-Statesman.

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New Survey: Americans More Concerned Than Ever About Obama Plan to Close Guantanamo Bay

Americans are more concerned than ever that the ongoing Obama administration effort to close the Guantanamo prison camp in Cuba will allow dangerous terrorists to go free, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Eighty-four percent of likely U.S. voters are now at least somewhat concerned that dangerous terrorists will be set free if the prison camp is closed and some prisoners are transferred to other countries. That includes 57 percent who are “very concerned.”

SEE ALSO: My exclusive report published one week ago about Department of Defense efforts to keep the best interrogation technology out of the hands of our nation’s warriors in places like Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay.  Notably, it includes the text of documents written by high-ranking interrogation officials at GITMO.

Labor Union Desperate to Save Phil Hare’s Seat

If you saw the front page of the latest edition of QUAD CITIES LABOR NEWS, you probably noticed an article under the headline, WHAT’S WITH ALL THE BILLBOARDS? Unfortunately, the article beneath the headline fails to offer a truthful answer to the question and, in fact, stinks of desperation.

The article begins with the following inaccurate description of the nonprofit group behind the placement of election-focused billboards in the Quad Cities area:

Perhaps you’ve seen them.  They disparage Phil Hare while saying little about who is paying for them.  The group behind the billboards on 11th Ave. in Rock Island and River Drive in Moline is a front group for Bobby Schilling called Veterans4Schilling.

In the remaining paragraphs of the labor union rag, truth seems to be an afterthought.

In the second paragraph, for example, it’s claimed that “The Federal Election Commission has already filed a complain against Veterans4Schilling for unethical practices” and it’s alleged that the group changed its name to Veterans4Constitution after the complaint was filed.

First, everyone knows the Federal Election Commission did not file any complaints.  It was an operative of Hare — one James L. Moody — who filed the Aug. 27 complaint with the FEC.  Second, one needs only read the complaint to see that Moody directed his “beef” at Veterans 4 Constitution, not Veterans 4 Schilling.

As for the claim that appears in the third paragraph (i.e., that none of the Republican candidates endorsed by the veterans group were veterans), I’d love to find out why Robert Enriquez, the GOP candidate for Illinois Secretary of State, doesn’t qualify as a veteran in the eyes of the labor folks.  After all, he served as a Marine Corps officer and completed two overseas tours.

Perhaps the largest omission in the article — and in all of Hare’s campaign literature/advertising for that matter — is the fact that Republican Bobby Schilling is no stranger to labor unions.  Not only did he serve as a union steward for Local 191 of the United Paperworkers International Union from 1983-87, but he served as treasurer for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union from 1987-95.  In short, he understands how unions work.

U.S. Rep. Phil Hare (D-Ill.)

Now, back to the matter of those billboards.

In short, the billboard messages paint Hare in the light of truth and are based on a number of incidents involving the the 17th Congressional District’s incumbent Democrat.  Below are some examples:

1. On Dec. 15, Hare sided with the Obama Administration when he told a national television audience that terrorists at GITMO should be moved to Thomson, Ill.;

2. On April 1, Hare was captured on video saying, “I Don’t Worry About the Constitution”;

3. Four months ago, Hare reportedly told one of his aides to follow a constituent and get his license plate number so he could find out who he was;

4. On Aug. 27, Hare had one of his operatives file a complaint against Veterans4Constitution;

5. During a Labor Day parade in East Moline, Ill., he told a local television reporter he had received death threats, but never filed a police report, leading many to believe he was seeking sympathy; and

6. Throughout the campaign season, Hare has upset veterans by calling himself a veteran despite the fact that “veteran” status is, according to the federal government, “reserved for a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable.”

UPDATE 10/04/10 at 11:05 a.m. Central: Cross-posted at BigGovernment.com.

I’m Stepping Away From Full-Time Blogging

With the fourth anniversary of this blog’s birth less than five months away, I’m using this post to announce that I’m stepping away from full-time blogging at BobMcCarty.com.

Why slow down after publishing nearly 4,000 posts?  Several reasons exist, but I’ll limit myself to the most important one: I WANT TO FINISH WRITING MY FIRST NON-FICTION BOOK.

Without giving away too many details about the book, I can offer you this glimpse of the project:

  • I’ve written several posts about it during the past two years;
  • I’ve interviewed a lot of people — including academicians, elected officials, government bureaucrats, law enforcement officials and members of the Armed Forces — during the research phase of this book;
  • I expect the finished product will capture the attention of many high-ranking people on university campuses, in government building and within the so-called military-industrial complex; and
  • If all goes well, the finished product will spur changes in government policy that, among other things, will likely save American lives.

Am I guaranteed that my book will sell?  Hardly.  But I’m willing to take that chance.  Plus, I’m excited that I’ll be able to maintain control over the content every step of the way.

While focusing on the book, I will continue to do the following:

  • I will continue to accept financial support via that PayPal “Donate” button that appears in the right sidebar.

Thank you for your continued support!

UPDATE 12/23/10 at 10:55 p.m. Central: To learn more about my soon-to-be-published book, read Conviction of Special Forces Soldier Subject of Soon-To-Be-Published Book by Bob McCarty.

Does Hope Float in the Middle East?

Is it possible that President Barack Obama’s signing of a presidential determination Jan. 27, 2009, resulted in direct support going to people aboard vessels in the Gaza-bound flotilla that has stirred up so much controversy in recent days? I think it is.

According to this Feb. 4, 2009, entry in the Federal Register, President Obama cited section 2(c)(1) of the Refugee Assistance Act of 1962 and determined the following via Presidential Determination No. 2009-15:

“…that it is important to the national interest to furnish assistance under the Act in an amount not to exceed $20.3 million from the United States Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund for the purpose of meeting unexpected and urgent refugee and migration needs, including by contributions to international, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations and payment of administrative expenses of Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration of the Department of State, related to humanitarian needs of Palestinian refugees and conflict victims in Gaza.”

Barely two weeks later, the folks at FactCheck.org were asked if Obama paid for Hamas-affiliated terrorists to emigrate to the United States.  In turn, they offered this response:

This claim is false. The president’s memorandum to the State Department would pay for refugee assistance in Gaza, not for transporting anyone to the U.S.

If none of the $20.3 million went to help Palestinians migrate to the U.S., then I must ask the question, “Where did the money go?”

According to a Department of State news release Jan. 30, 2009, the money was distributed as follows:

Of the $20.3 million in new ERMA funds, $13.5 million will go to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), $6 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and $800,000 to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). These organizations are distributing emergency food assistance, providing medical assistance and temporary shelter, creating temporary employment, and restoring access to electricity and potable water to the people of Gaza.

While I have no opinion to offer regarding the ICRC’s ability and/or willingness to keep money out of the hands of Hamas-affiliated terrorists, I’m skeptical about the integrity of the U.N. agencies.

When I combine the organization’s fraudulent track record of the hapless and crooked U.N. with its recent condemnation of Israel for its actions related to the flotilla, I’m left skeptical that any U.N. agencies can be trusted to keep money out of the hands of the terrorists.

In short, I won’t be surprised if ironclad evidence surfaces soon to prove, once and for all, that HOPE FLOATS.

SEE ALSO: BMW posts about protests outside the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv

Surber: Obama Must Reconsider Closing GITMO

"Free at Last" by My Personal Litmus

In a worth-reading post yesterday on his blog at the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail, Don Surber wrote that President Barack Obama cannot ignore recent events involving terrorism aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 and that the former Illinois senator must reconsider his decision to move detainees (a.k.a., “terrorists, suspected terrorists and enemy combatants”) from Guantanamo Bay (a.k.a., “GITMO”) to the Thomson Correctional Facility in Thomson, Ill.

Editor’s Note: The cartoon above appeared for the first time almost one year ago in the post, GITMO Detainees Likely to Thank MLK, Allah.