Saturday, August 11 2007
If Chertoff's gut feeling turns out to be correct and another 911 or worse happens here, then just as
Congressman Tom Tancredo (A staunch supporter of closing the US border immediately & supports the
Minutemen) said, the blood of anyone on that day will be solely on the hands of the White House, Congress
& police chiefs who have done nothing in the last six years!
A ranking House Republican yesterday demanded a hearing based on recent reports that Islamic terrorists embedded in the United States are teaming with Mexican drug cartels to fund terrorism networks overseas.
Rep. Ed Royce, ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs terrorism and nonproliferation subcommittee, said the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) document — first reported yesterday by The Washington Times — highlights how vulnerable the nation is when fighting the war on terrorism.
"I'll be asking the terrorism subcommittee to hold a hearing on the DEA report's disturbing findings," said Mr. Royce of California. "A flood of name changes from Arabic to Hispanic and the reported linking of drug cartels on the Texas border with Middle East terrorism needs to be thoroughly investigated."
Likewise, Rep. John Culberson, Texas Republican, said the DEA document revealed startling evidence that Islamic radicals are camouflaging themselves as Hispanics while conducting business with violent drug-trafficking organizations.
"I have been ringing the bell about this serious threat of Islamic individuals changing their surnames to Hispanic surnames for three to four years," Mr. Culberson said. "Unfortunately, Homeland Security's highest priority is to hide the truth from Congress and the public. I just hope we're not closing the barn door after terrorists have already made their way in."
Mr. Culberson, a member of the House Appropriations homeland security subcommittee, yesterday wrote a letter to the subcommittee's chairman, Rep. David E.Price, North Carolina Democrat, requesting a full investigation and hearing into the matter. A spokesman for Mr. Price said the committee is contacting the law-enforcement agencies and will work closely with Mr. Culberson's office on the matter.
"We certainly want to learn more about the matter from the agencies involved," said Paul Cox, press secretary to Mr. Price.
The 2005 DEA report outlines several incidents in which multiple Middle Eastern drug-trafficking and terrorist cells in the U.S. are funding terrorism networks overseas with the aid of Mexican cartels. These sleeper cells use established Mexican cartels with highly sophisticated trafficking routes to move narcotics — and other contraband — in and out of the United States, the report said.
On July 26, 2007 John spoke to the DCRP. Paying particular attention to the "Illegal immigration" problem. He also expanded on other platform issues and invited everyone out to the Boat Club.
Thank you for your response to my Web Site! You've been great with your e-mail and your input. I've answered everyone's e-mail personally, because I feel that you want to hear from the person that will represent you in 2009. Some of you didn't leave an e-mail address. Please send another e-mail if you'd like a reply. In much of the e-mail that I received I was asked three main questions, and I want to answer them to let you know where I stand.
First of all, I'm against 'Illegal' immigration. It is ruining our society, tearing down our institutions and needs to be stopped. We need to enforce our laws and fine the employers that hire these 'Illegal Immigrants'. The Congress funded a high-tech fence and they need to ensure that it is built. The funds were put into the bill; now it's time to act. 'We the People' need to get the word out that we want action from our elected officials. Start the phone calls again!
The second issue, was about my stand on abortion. I am pro-life and believe that life starts at conception. A fetus (baby) has a heartbeat at six (6) weeks. I view abortion as a last resort in the case of life and death, and I place that responsibility on the doctor who is trained in that field.
The last issue, another hot topic, is where I stand on the Second Amendment. I am a strong supporter of the 'Right-to-Carry' in our state or any other state. We don't legislate the First Amendment, so what gives anyone the right to legislate the Second Amendment.
I'm running as a true conservative and I'll take the conservative side on all issues. I'm far from being a 'Moderate'. I stand for something other than rhetoric; I stand on a set of principles that have guided this great nation of ours for over 200 years. I'm proud to be an American for we are the most caring, generous, and brave people in the world. Nowhere else in the world can you find a people that have come together under one belief. That belief is freedom! Let's not forget the desire to bring that freedom to others in the world.
Some of you will take heart to what I've written; others will think, "It's just words". However, we must never forget from where we came, and the great sacrifices that were made for us to live as we do.Cina
Dems love Lindsey:
Robert Botsch, a University of South Carolina-Aiken professor, said if Graham has a problem it's likely to be in the GOP primary with its hard-core conservative base.
The general election is safe for Graham, Botsch maintains. "He is the closest thing we've had to a Democratic senator in a long time," Botsch noted.
Even Democrats agree.
Last year, Joe Erwin of Greenville, immediate past chairman of the S.C. Democratic Party, was asked what Democrat might challenge Graham in 2008. Erwin doubted anyone would.
"We already have our best Democrat up there in Lindsey," Erwin quipped.
Summerville businessman aiming for next year's Republican primaryJohn J. Cina, a Summerville businessman, has never sought public office before but is starting his political career by setting his sights high. He said Friday he will oppose U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in next year's Republican primary.
"I'm not a politician. I'm an every- day citizen, an hourly wage earner," Cina said. "We need to consider what's best for the American people, what's best for the South Carolina people. We've sent people up to Washington, D.C., for a purpose, and they don't do anything we want them to."A self-described "grass-roots right-wing conservative with unwavering principles," Cina most recently has worked as an engineering representative, processing permits for cable TV and telephone companies with Synergetic Design Inc. in Florida and South Carolina.
Cina said he began planning his bid in January and announced his intentions at the Dorchester County Republican Executive Committee meeting. He said he hasn't met Graham but isn't happy with his record."Let's put it this way: I don't like the direction the government is going in right now," he said. "Seventy percent of the people don't want this immigration bill passed, yet they are determined to pass this immigration bill. That's only one item."
Graham's campaign manager Scott Farmer said Graham is willing to tackle the tough issues. "From his work in confirming Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito to his steadfast support of our troops in the war on terror, Senator Graham has been a leader and a problem solver. We look forward to running a strong campaign on the senator's conservative record," Farmer said.To see John J. Cina's Web site, log on to www.gowithcina.org.
Dorchester County Republican chairman Arthur Bryngelson called Cina "a good Republican. He is a conservative. He is a Reaganite who believes in less taxes and smaller government. That I can say unequivocally about him."Some would describe Cina's campaign as an extreme longshot. He described it as "strictly grass-roots."
"What I need to do is to get myself known and for people to find out who I am and where I'm coming from," he said.Graham already has amassed almost $3.7 million — more than all but two of the many Republican senators up for re-election next year.
Cina's announcement comes the same week that one potential challenger to Graham, State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel, faded in popularity after his indictment Tuesday on federal charges of cocaine possession.By Robert Behre (Contact)
The Post and Courier
Saturday, June 23, 2007