Israel braces for Hezbollah terror

Jewish state on highest alert after assassination of most-wanted
By Aaron Klein
Imad Mughniyah
JERUSALEM – Israel is on high alert today for retaliatory attacks after
Hezbollah deputy commander Imad Mughniyah, one of the most wanted
terrorists in the world, was assassinated yesterday in a car bomb blast
in Syria.
Mughniyah, responsible for infamous deadly attacks against the U.S. and
Israel, including involvement in the 1983 bombing of a U.S. Marine
barracks in Lebanon, was No. 1 on Israel's most-wanted list of
According to defense officials, Mughniyah was the most important
Hezbollah operative, directly planning most of the terror group's major
operations, including the 2006 raid of Israel's northern border in
which two soldiers were kidnapped, promoting Israel's war against
Hezbollah in Lebanon that year. The officials said unlike many other
terror leaders who could be easily replaced, Mughniyah's death was a
major blow to Hezbollah, explaining it would take years to replace him.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's office yesterday released a statement
denying responsibility for the assassination. An Olmert spokesman today
added the prime minister learned of Mughniyah's death through news
Still, Hezbollah directly blamed Israel for the bombing and vowed
retaliation. In a recorded speech …

'Unsafe rigs headed your way'

Court hears challenge to Mexican truck program
Mexican rigs, sometimes with hundreds of safety violations, are headed
your way, according to those who are challenging the legality of a Bush
administration program to let those trucks, and their drivers, roam the
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has heard arguments in a pair of
lawsuits over the administration program that is supposed to be
“testing” the procedures that eventually could be used to let thousands
of Mexican rigs cruise U.S. roads.
The cases have been brought by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers
Association and a coalition of the Sierra Club, International
Brotherhood of Teamsters and Public Citizen.
“It makes no sense that while safety and security laws are continually
being ratcheted up on U.S.-based drivers and companies, the DOT wants
to allow their Mexico-based counterparts to get by with lower
standards,” Todd Spencer, executive vice president of OOIDA, said.
His organization is in court over the Bush program because it alleges
the Mexican-based carriers are not meeting U.S. rules and regulations
regarding safety.
“Ever since we filed our original legal challenge last September, our
attorneys have been chomping at the bit for this day,” he said. “We are
confident …

Angry Putin: Diplomats expelled on 'bogus evidence'

Latvia sent Russians packing on British claims NATO secrets stolen
Vladimir Putin
LONDON – Russian President Vladimir Putin has stepped up his attacks on
Britain by accusing its foreign intelligence agency of feeding Latvia's
secret intelligence chief with “bogus evidence” that has led to three
Russian diplomats being expelled from the country. The former Soviet
Republic now is part of NATO and the diplomats were accused of stealing
sensitive military NATO secrets.
The Kremlin has ordered Russian newspapers to mount a media blitz on
Latvia's spy agency, SAB, and its British-born director, the burly
Janis Kazocins. His liking for English-cut country tweeds and a clipped
accent marks him out as a graduate of Sandhurst, Britain's training
academy for the army. The son of Latvian refugees to Britain in the
post-World War II era, he had been born in the industrial town of
Peterborough in the Midlands.
Kazocins had a distinguished career in the army, rising to become a
full-blown general who served in Northern Ireland and was a key NATO
planner for the first Gulf War. He went on to become military attache
at the British Embassy in the Latvian capital, Riga.
In an unexpected move, he resigned his position …

FBI asks terror squads for threat data

The FBI said Thursday it has put its domestic terror squads on the
alert for any threats against synagogues and other potential Jewish
targets in the United States following the killing of a Hezbollah
FBI spokesman Rich Kolko said there have been no specific threats so
far against any Jewish centers after Tuesday's assassination of Imad
Mughniyeh, which Hezbollah and its Iranian backers blamed on Israel.
Still, the FBI ordered its 101 nationwide Joint Terrorism Task Forces
to contact community sources for any information signaling ramped-up
Hezbollah activity over the next month. Such high-priority orders are
not issued often, but they are not considered unusual.
“The FBI monitors world events and continues to maintain a strong
posture through the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Forces for any and all
threats emanating from any terrorist group,” Kolko said in a statement.
“Although we have no specific threat information at this time, we
remind everyone to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity
to the appropriate authorities.”
Intelligence officials said there are few, if any, Hezbollah guerrillas
in the United States. However, the terrorist group has a fair number of
fundraisers and sympathizers in the country. The U.S. …

Mandatory 'integration' of children pursued

'This is one of the great developments of the 19th century towards
By Bob Unruh
A government bureaucrat in Germany says that nation demands all
children attend government-approved schools because they all must be
“integrated” into society the same way.
“This is one of the great developments of the 19th century towards
emancipation and democracy,” a recently dated letter to a homeschool
advocate said.
WND has reported a number of times on Germany's aggressive enforcement
of its Hitler-era ban on homeschooling, and even when parents decided
they would flee to Iran to seek a less-oppressive educational
environment for their child.
One German student, Melissa Busekros, at one point simply was taken
into custody by members of a team of police officers and confined to a
mental institution for her crime of being homeschooled. 
Wolfgang Drautz, consul general for the Federal Republic of Germany,
has commented on the issue on a blog, noting the government “has a
legitimate interest in countering the rise of parallel societies that
are based on religion or motivated by different world views and in
integrating minorities into the population as a whole.”
Drautz said homeschool students' test results may be as good as for
those …

The Mystery of the Obama Cult

Sunday, He Who Walks on Water, as I refer to our Illinois junior
senator, Barack Obama, appeared with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's
This Week. Senator Obama said
'We need to recognize, because Judge Alito will be confirmed, that if
we're going to oppose a nominee that we've got to persuade the American
people that, in fact, their values are at stake. There is an
over—reliance on the part of Democrats for procedural maneuvers.'
He added
'There's one way to guarantee that the judges who are appointed to the
Supreme Court are judges that reflect our values. And that's to win
As is usuallly the case when Sen. Obama speaks, people have been
falling all over themselves today to swoon over the wisdom and
eloquence of these remarks.
Once again, I find myself distressed and mystified by the cult of
personality surrounding this guy. Not only does he display a profound
grasp of the obvious, his reasonable words are rarely reflected in his
extremist positions and votes. I can't take it anymore. I need someone
smarter than me to answer a question I've had for nearly two years:
Why does he keep getting away with this routine?
This whole nauseating …