School remained closed in the South as rocket attacks by terrorists in Gaza continued on Thursday, after the Israel Air Force struck a rocket launching site in northern Gaza and a smuggling tunnel in the southern Strip overnight Wednesday.
Red-alert sirens echoed through Beersheba as a Grad rocket launched in Gaza was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-rocket defense system. Earlier, a shorter-range Kassam rocket exploded in the Sdot Hangev Regional Council near the town of Netivot. There were no casualties or damage reported in the attacks.
The rocket attacks occurred after IAF warplanes targeted a rocket launching site and a snuggling tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip overnight Wednesday. Palestinians did not report casualties in those strikes.
Two Grad rockets were fired at Israel by Gaza Arab terrorists Thursday morning. One rocket, fired at Be'ersheva, was intercepted by the Iron Dome system, while a second fell in the area of Ofakim, just several hundred meters from a where classes were taking place Thursday morning.As news of the attack , parents came to pick up their children, and classes were cancelled for the rest of the day. Many parents said that the fact that their children were not injured in the attack was “a miracle.”
Children across southern Israel on Thursday were once again spending the day in or near bomb shelters instead of at school as Gaza-based Palestinian terrorists resumed their indescriminate rocket fire on the region.Retired general Tzvi Fogel, former head of Israel's Southern Command, told Israel National News what most Israelis already know, that any ceasefire is ultimately not going to last and the only way to end the threat is to enter Gaza in force.
The Iranians are now moving forward with plans to match the Palestinian assault on southern Israeli with an offensive on the north from Lebanon...in the wake of a visit paid by high-ranking Iranian and Hizballah officials Wednesday morning, March 14, to the Lebanese-Israeli border region opposite Metulah, Israel’s northernmost town at the tip of the Galilee Panhandle.The Iranian group, led by Ali Akbar Javanfekr, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s spokesman, arrived in a heavily guarded convoy at the Fatma outpost opposite Metulah for its rendezvous with Hizballah military intelligence officers.The Iranian visitor, Javanfekr, commented in the hearing of our sources: “The Zionists can build any wall they like, whether of concrete, iron or plastic, but we and Hizballah will knock it down, like Israel itself.”His words were taken by top Israeli commanders as a blunt threat of a missile offensive on similar lines to the Gaza confrontation – only this time instead of Jihad Islami in Gaza, Hizballah would be entrusted with shooting missiles from Lebanon.Word of this threat spurred Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to sharpen his tone in his speech to the Knesset later Wednesday and declare, “We shall strike Iran even if our American friends object.”
Well, Obama has done it again. First he signs off on ACTA right under our noses, an internet censorship bill potentially more dangerous than SOPA and PIPA, done at the international level through bodies like the WTO and the UN to further undermine state sovereignty.Then he approves the civil rights raping NDAA on new year’s eve, a law that gives the executive dictatorial powers to use the military to detain anyone in the world,including American citizens within the United States, under suspicion of terrorism or “acts in coordination with or pursuant to the direction of al-Qaeda,” by an unelected intelligence body who’s definition of terrorism itself is inconsistent and nebulous.
Now our dictator in chief has authorized H.R. 347, a bill that is a direct attack on our first amendment rights, which some claim is a direct response to the Occupy protests.
The act, known as the “Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011” has amended sec. 1752 title 18 of the US code to say:The devil is always in the details. What this basically says is that if there is any land that the government arbitrarily cordons off and marks as “restricted grounds” because some Secret Service flunky is present, you can now be arrested for trespassing simply for voicing your opinions in a non-free speech zone.In case you forgot, the First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Wienner said the guards asked the women if they'd ever been strip-searched. When they said no, one of the border guards replied: "Well, you're about to be."
Over a month ago, Steve Horrigan, a Florida resident, was arrested on charges of felony wiretapping for the high crime of recording video of police in public with his cell phone.Unfortunately, Horrigan’s case is not some isolated anomaly, but instead part of a much larger war on citizens who attempt to hold police accountable for their activities and do so in a wholly legal manner.On top of the felony wiretapping, Horrigan is facing a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest without violence, something which Carlos Miller characterizes as “the usual tack-on charge in Florida when you’ve pissed off the cops.”
Thankfully, Horrigan’s case is getting some attention, at least amongst the local media like the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Recently they ran an in-depth piece not only about Horrigan’s case but the nationwide struggle between citizens who want to hold police accountable and those individuals who refuse to allow citizens to exercise this right.
Unfortunately, the author of the piece failed to point out the fact that there is absolutely no legal basis on which an officer can arrest an individual for filming them in public carrying out their public duties where they have no reasonable expectation of privacy.
Does the U.S. government find the legal basis for its actions within the framework of its own constitution? Or should it look for authority to the multilateral UN?
To many of us, the answer might seem clear. The U.S. government does not serve the UN. It serves the people of the U.S. It is of, by, and for them.But the Obama administration has repeatedly sought to subordinate its policies to the UN, exalting the UN’s component lobbying blocs, its bureaucratically driven enthusiasms and its despot-infested high councils, as the arbiters of some utopian notion of global justice.
As for the broader world scene, there seems to be an endless desire for some cosmic system of justice, some global authority that will soothe away disputes, turn profound differences of principle into a “dialogue of civilizations” over coffee in Rio or Geneva, and set right — like some divine hand — what so many national governments seem to endlessly get wrong. That’s the grand vision that seems to animate so much faith in the UN, while the glaring flaws are endlessly dismissed under the argument that “the UN may be imperfect, but it’s all we’ve got.” No, actually, it isn’t all we’ve got. The UN has its uses as a talking shop, but as a center of power, it is perilous. The UN is a collective, lending itself to exploitation by its least scrupulous players — dictators and crooks who need not answer to any electorates. For America to seek at the UN a guiding standard of justice, or a “legal basis” for defending its own interests, is to offer up American freedom to the tyranny of the UN collective.
On March 7, 2012, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta stated in the U.S. Congress that the United Nations and NATO have supreme authority over the actions of the United States military. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) reacted to Secretary Panetta’s statement, saying:
I’m really baffled by the idea that somehow an international assembly provides a legal basis for the United States military to be deployed in combat. … The only legal authority that’s required to deploy the United States military is of the Congress and the president, and the law, and the Constitution.[i]I also have good reason to believe that the UN is not interested in defending the United States. In my other life, when I was one of the top members of the Soviet bloc espionage community, one of our main assignments was to turn the UN against the United States. We in the Soviet bloc poured millions of dollars and thousands of people into that gigantic project. Virtually all UN employees and representatives from the communist countries — comprising a third of the world’s population — and from our Arab allies were secretly working for our espionage services. Our strategy was to convert the centuries-old European and Islamic animosity toward the Jews into a rabid and violent hatred for the United States by portraying it as a country run by a rapacious “Council of the Elders of Zion” (the Kremlin’s epithet for the U.S. Congress), which allegedly wanted to transform the rest of the world into a Jewish fiefdom.