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by MiaX January 15, 2010 20:14

Obama’s Draft Registration Raises Serious Questions

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Did President-elect Barack Hussein Obama commit a federal crime in September of this year? Or did he never actually register and, instead, did friends of his in the Chicago federal records center, which maintains the official copy of his alleged Selective Service registration commit the crime for him?
It’s either one or the other, as indicated by the release of Barack Obama’s official Selective Service registration for the draft. A friend of mine, who is a retired federal agent, spent almost a year trying to obtain this document through a Freedom of Information Act request, and, after much stonewalling, finally received it and released it to me.
But the release of Obama’s draft registration and an accompanying document, posted below, raises more questions than it answers. And it shows many signs of fraud, not to mention putting the lie to Obama’s claim that he registered for the draft in June 1979, before it was required by law…..

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Obama Death Plan: Americans Forced to pay for ObamaBribes

Posted: 01/18/2010 by thecajunfreak in 2011

By Sher Zieve  Monday, January 18, 2010

With no one in Congress—thus far—even attempting to stop the atrocities committed by Dictator-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama, he and his patently corrupt Democrat Party leaders have managed to bribe any and all voting members and substantive monetary and goon-squad contributors to support the passage of his ObamaCare Death Plan.

Initially, Madame Pelosi DeFarge twisted arms and came close to breaking legs in order to pass the House of Representative’s version of this beastly bill (HR 3200).Note: We-the-People still have no idea how many family members—including small and helpless children—Pelosi threatened to rub out if the Congressional boys and girls didn’t play ball and follow her orders.

On the other hand, Harry “this war is lost” Reid made the decision—apparently early on—to give taxpayer money to his more calcitrant Democrat senators in order to bribe them for their votes. It took him $300 Millions to buy Louisiana Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu’s vote and a Medicaid exemption into perpetuity—for Nebraska—to buy Senator Ben Nelson’s (D-NE) vote. In order to buy off the unions, Obama—himself—had to meet with union leadership and agree that union leaders and their members will be able to retain their so-called “Cadillac Health Insurance” policies and not pay the proposed 40% tax on them that the rest of us will have to pay. In order to do this, Obama et al will—in no uncertain terms—cut Medicare in draconian ways and possibly more than the $500 Billions they already plan to gut/steal from it to pay for the establishment of their totalitarian government agencies. This effectively gives the unions a $60 Billions payoff for supporting Obama in his 2012 presidential run. That’s $60 Billions in bribes of OUR money (and $500 Billions gutted from Medicare to end the lives of seniors—early on—and pay for Obama‘s fiasco) that Obama gave the union thugs as bribes to both give positive lip service to the ObamaCare Death Plan and provide support for the tyrant’s 2012 campaign. We-the-People, of course, will now be expected to work even harder (although Obama has ended over 3,000,000 middle-class jobs since he seized office) to pay back the $60 Billions and $500 Billions that he and his Democrat colleagues have stolen from us—and will steal again once we‘ve replaced it.

Note: Remember ObamaCare is NOT about health care. It is, however, about taking over and dictating each and every aspect of Americans’ lives.

Currently, there is only one bright spot and ray of hope on the horizon and his name is Scott Brown. In the special senatorial election for the ostensible Massachusetts “Ted Kennedy Senate seat,” if the bumbling and misspeaking Democrat candidate Coakley is elected our fate as serfs for Obama is sealed. However, Republican candidate Scott Brown has vowed to vote against the Death Plan. And, if elected, he will stop it. But, We-the-People have an uphill battle. Although Brown seems to now have the momentum of Massachusetts’ voter support, Obama’s voter fraud unit ACORN is said to be bussing in illegal votes from out of state in order to stuff the ballot boxes. And, to add even more insult to injury, Harry Reid has said that if Brown wins the Senate will change its rules from the 60 vote super-majority to pass a bill of this magnitude to a simple majority. The Marxist-Democrat leadership is relentless in its continuing quest for power over the American people.

The Massachusetts legitimate voters need to turn out to vote in truly record numbers, in order to end theirs and our looming bondage and slavery to the elite ruling few in Washington D.C. It’s time to end their Reign of Terror and take our country back.

American Exceptionalism Not Welcome at ABC

Posted: 01/18/2010 by thecajunfreak in 2011

By Jayme Evans  Monday, January 18, 2010

The unimaginable devastation that rocked the island nation of Haiti last week has seemingly brought out both the best and worst of humanity, not just in America, but around the world. While American missionaries, teachers, doctors and social workers have been aiding the people of Haiti for years and others have now mobilized to rescue and assist anyone and everyone they can, others seem intent on turning the disaster into a freakish sideshow or using it as a forum to score domestic or international political points.

The Chinese were first to arrive on Haitian soil, but they turned a supposed relief mission into a Communist Party photo-op, wearing matching red suits and carrying the Chinese flag, as if preparing to conquer. The Communist country of over one billion people initially offered a paltry half-million dollars in disaster aid, which was upped to a million after the US pledged 200 times that amount.

The very moment, that news of the disaster hit the airwaves, the loons began coming out of the woodwork:

The increasingly erratic Pat Robertson opined that the Haitian earthquake was the result of a 17th century pact between the Haitian people and the Devil in order to escape French colonial rule. When relaying the tale on television, Robertson lectured: “True story”, as if he was there when the Devil inked the alleged deal.

Radical leftist actor and loony bin escapee Danny Glover believes that the earthquake was somehow tied to the failure of the international community (led by the US, of course) to strike a comprehensive global warming treaty at the 2009 Copenhagen Summit.

The media’s coverage of this tragedy has been pitiful, particularly ABC News and Diane Sawyer. When news of the quake hit, Sawyer hurriedly left an assignment in Afghanistan and spent the next three days in Haiti using American forces as a backdrop to castigate the US, focusing on whether Americans came to Haiti to aid Americans, ignoring everybody else and beating to death the question “Why?”  “Why is it taking Americans so long to mobilize?” “Why are there no relief supplies flowing?”

ABC chose to stoke up anger among Haitians towards relief teams who were doing their level best to render help

Her ABC counterpart Dan Harris was even worse, walking around devastated areas and asking stunned, bloodied and injured Haitians ridiculous questions like: “What happened to you?” or “If help doesn’t come, will there be violence?” Rather than using their presence to aid, reassure and comfort Haitians that help is coming, ABC chose to stoke up anger among Haitians towards relief teams who were doing their level best to render help.

In contrast to the above incidents, which all occurred in front of the cameras, behind the scenes, American and international efforts have been brilliant. Within a day and a half, the Air Force had set up Command and Control at the Port au Prince airport, The Navy and Marines were on the way with security, a hospital ship and relief supplies and Virginia-based search and rescue teams with sniffer dogs were on the ground working. Despite the US recession, Americans, along with others around the world have given freely, raising millions of dollars. US corporate sponsors are donating even more money.

This was a devastating event to the people of Haiti. It will take them years to recover. Besides burying thousands under the rubble, the earthquake destroyed hospitals, the Presidential Palace and the UN headquarters and it incapacitated the Haitian government. In addition to killing and displacing thousands of Haitians, it killed politicians, government officials, UN aid workers, foreign teachers, missionaries and volunteers.

In contrast to those in the media and elsewhere who chose to focus only on what the United States seemed to be doing wrong while aiding the people of Haiti, unparalleled American exceptionalism was again on display. Without American muscle, equipment and experience behind them in their hour of need, the people of Haiti and of the rest of the world would be far worse off.

Although our military is engaging and killing our enemies around the globe at this very moment, there isn’t a force on this Earth than can bring to bear the amount of medical attention, logistics, airlift capabilities, food, shelter and security that the United States has in the past week. This disaster transcended racial, social and political lines. And, for just a moment, all Americans put aside their differences and spontaneously came together with people from many other nations when someone else really needed help. That cannot be scripted, orchestrated, nor legislated by any one political party, politician or person. It is uniquely American.

No wonder Diane Sawyer is so ticked off.

Intelligence Ties to The Underwear Bomber

Posted: 01/18/2010 by Lynn Dartez in 2011

January 18, 2010 by Bob Livingston

Intelligence Ties to The Underwear Bomber

Could the Christmas day bomb attempt on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 have been a false flag set up by various intelligence agencies with the goal of tightening the grip of governments on its people while enriching a few well-connected individuals and corporations?

That idea—seemingly incomprehensible at first glance—gains credence the more one looks to connect a few dots.

There remain many unanswered questions about just what happened in the months, days and hours leading up to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s attempt to detonate the explosive pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN)—which he had concealed in his underwear—as the flight descended on Detroit.

President Obama, in a news conference on Jan. 7, said a “systemic” failure allowed Abdulmutallab to board a plane at the Amsterdam Schiphol airport carrying the explosives. But was it a failure, or was it an orchestrated event?

As we documented here it’s being reported that Abdulmutallab used cash to buy a one-way ticket to the United States at the last minute while carrying no luggage and being on a terrorist watch list. Incredibly, his father had communicated to the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria in November that Abdulmutallab had been radicalized and may be planning a terrorist attack.

At least one witness—passenger Kurt Haskell—claimed that a well-dressed Indian man had escorted Abdulmutallab to the ticket counter and told a ticket agent that Abdulmutallab didn’t have a passport but needed to get on the plane. Haskell’s story has since been corroborated by another passenger who has asked not to be identified, according to a blog posted by Haskell’s wife, Lori. Dutch authorities deny this but refuse to release surveillance video of the airport terminal.

Haskell has also said another Indian man was arrested after the flight landed. But the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) disputes Haskell’s version of the story. However, the FBI has orchestrated a cover-up by giving at least four different accounts of what happened once the plane was on the ground.

But there is much more to the story, and it starts a little more than two years ago.

In November 2007, under orders from President George W. Bush, two Guantanamo Bay prisoners were released to Saudi Arabia. From there they went to Yemen where they joined with the top leader of al-Qaida in Yemen and went to work.

As CBS News has reported, in August 2009 the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) picked up information on a person of interest dubbed “The Nigerian.” He was said to have met with “terrorist elements” in Yemen. The Nigerian has turned out to be Abdulmutallab. But that connection was not made when Abdulmutallab’s father went to the U.S. Embassy on Nov. 19. There are also reports out of the United Kingdom that MI5 had warned the CIA about him in 2008 as well.

Despite Abdulmutallab’s father’s disclosure to U.S. authorities, Abdulmutallab’s visa was not revoked nor was his name placed on a no-fly list. That an oversight like this could occur by accident, without the knowledge of the CIA and U.S. State Department, is not believable.

As Gordon Duff reports in Veterans Today, groups claiming to be al-Qaida in Yemen say the Detroit attack was in retaliation for U.S. cruise missile attacks on bases in Yemen. According to a report by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the al-Qaida terrorists released from Guantanamo by Bush are really Israeli intelligence agents. This was stated by Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh when he announced the arrest of a group of alleged Islamist militants. He did not say what evidence pointed toward a link with Israel.

Duff told AmericanFreePress.net (AFP) that there is no al-Qaida in Yemen. “George Bush released a couple of phony operatives from Guantanamo, and after travelling to the Middle East, they hooked up with [the Israeli intelligence agency] Mossad. The only reason Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez released them is because they’re assets,” Duff told AFP.

And, as Duff reports, Abdulmutallab’s father also has ties to Mossad, as well as the CIA station chief and U.S. Ambassador in Nigeria. Named Alhaji Umaru Abdul Mutallab, he is one of the richest men in the world and recently retired as chairman of Nigeria’s First Bank. He also serves on the board of a number of Nigerian corporations and runs the nation’s national arms industry in partnership with Mossad.

Israeli intelligence officers have been training Nigerian security forces for some time, according to an article in Nigeria’s Daily Trust newspaper. Reports show that Mossad trains the military, sells weapons, runs the airports and wields power over Defense Industries Corporation (DICON) in Nigeria, according to AFP.

In an interview with AFP, Duff said he’s not surprised that a man of Indian descent has been tied in with the Abdulmtullab’s bombing attempt. Israel and India are close business partners, especially via their military contracts. He also said the Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) works hand-in-hand with Israel.

As investigative journalist Wayne Madsen wrote in a recent copyrighted Wayne Madsen Report (WMR), Asian intelligence believes the Indian man who helped Abdulmtullab through security was a RAW agent who used his influence to convince airline and airport security personnel that Abdulmtullab was a bona fide Sudanese refuge.

WMR reports that the security company that cleared Abdulmtullab in Schiphol is the Israeli-owned International Consultants on Targeted Security (ICTS). Many of ICTS’s officers are former Israeli intelligence agents. The online version of Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, Haaretz.com, reports the failure of ICTS, saying: “Even if U.S. intelligence failed and the name of the Nigerian passenger was not pinpointed as a suspect for the airline, he should have stirred the suspicion of the security officers. His age, name, illogical travel route, high-priced ticket purchased as the last minute, his boarding without luggage (only a carry-on) and many other signs should have been sufficient to alert security officers and warrant further examination of the suspect. However, the security supervisor… allowed him to get on the flight.”

It’s not the first time ITCS has failed. The firm also cleared attempted shoe bomber Richard Reid for a Miami-bound American Airlines flight from Paris in December 2001. And, on Sept. 11, 2001, ITCS handled security at Boston Logan Airport, Newark Airport and Dulles Airport, the three airports from which the ill-fated 9/11 planes took off. ITCS also handled security at the London transportation system when the July 7, 2005, bombing took place there.

There is another common link between Reid and Abdulmtullab: the explosive PETN. That’s what Reid had in his shoes that he tried to set off before being subdued by other passengers.

But Duff told AFP that the explosives Abdulmtullab had on him “couldn’t have blown up his own seat. Even if full power, it wouldn’t have worked.”

PETN is commonly used with blasting caps to set it off. The chemical concoction used by Abdulmtullab only caused a small fire.

So, to close the circle, who stands to gain?

First, every attempted terrorist act is met by a call for tighter security and better screening. Now the cry for full body scanners is getting louder. And who is making the most noise on these? People in Congress and those who are in a position to influence the sale of the machines. Some of them are:

  • Former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff lobbies for Rapiscan Systems, one of the leading manufacturers of the scanners. Chertoff’s department purchased five of the scanners in 2005. He hit the news talk shows within hours of the attempted bombing.
  • Another manufacturer is American Science and Engineering. It is represented by former Transportation Security Administration (TSA) deputy administrator Tony Blank, who also once worked for House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Also lobbying for the firm is Chad Wolf, former assistant administrator for policy at TSA and a former aid to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), who is the ranking Republican on the transportation committee.
  • Smiths Detection, another screening manufacturer, employs the lobbying firm Van Scoyoc Associates. Working for them is Kevin Patrick Kelly, a former top staffer to Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), who sits on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. Former Rep. Helen Delich Bentley (R-Md.) also works for Smiths.
  • L-3 Systems is represented by former Sen. Al D’Amato (R-N.Y.), and is said to have developed one of the most sophisticated systems available.

But that’s not all. It just so happens that some provisions of the USA Patriot Act of 2001 are due to expire at the end of the year and President Obama wants them to continue. These provisions are a boon to intelligence-gathering agencies.

They are:

  • The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court which grants the government “roving wiretaps” without identifying the target.
  • The FISA court’s ability to grant warrants for “business records,” from banking to library to medical records.
  • The so-called “lone wolf” provision, enacted in 2004, that allows the FISA court to issue warrants for electronic monitoring of an individual even without showing that the person is an agent of a foreign power or a suspected terrorist.

What better way to convince a skeptical Congress and public that an unconstitutional intrusion on liberty should be continued than through a failed terrorist attempt?

And finally, the military-industrial complexes of the U.S. and Israel stand to gain, as do the Bush conservatives (also called neocons), all of whom are pushing for a ramping up of military activities in Yemen. Plus, neocons like Gingrich—and most conservatives for that matter—have used the attempted bombing to bludgeon Obama as being soft on terror.

Remember, government loves a crisis. Crises allows government to push through things it could never accomplish without the people being in a state of fear and urgency.

Unfortunately, it seems the traveling public is going to stand passively by and allow their governments to squeeze them even more and use them to make pornographic photos, all in the name of a false sense of security.

(Editor’s note: My original plan for this article was to write on the dangers presented to the travelling public by the full body scanners. Sadly it seems now that their use in all airports is a foregone conclusion. However, my research led me off on this tangent, and the more I dug the more I uncovered. I realize that the vast majority of the public is not ready or willing to believe that agencies for their government could be so diabolical as to intentionally place people’s lives in jeopardy for profit or control. But I’ve sourced the information well enough that if you care to examine the evidence for yourself, you can. I suggest you do that before dismissing this out of hand. Next Monday I will write on the dangers inherent in the scanners themselves. But don’t be surprised if more on the bombing—and those who could be behind it—follows.)

Barack Obama’s administration is turning into one of the most dishonest administrations (remember Richard Nixon’s?) in American history, and indeed, on its way to becoming the most corrupt administration. It’s deceitfulness is boundless.

The latest example of this occurred yesterday behind closed doors at the White House during secret negotiations on ObamaCare, the socialized medicine scheme which the Democrats are determined to cram down the throats of the American people.  Two-thirds of American seniors are opposed to ObamaCare.

Here is what Barack Obama promised at least 8 times during his campaign, including one year ago this month:  “That’s what I will do in bringing all parties together, not negotiating behind closed doors, but bringing all parties together, and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are…” (January 31, 2008.)

Mark Mix, from the National Right to Work Committee said this recently:  “The moment Barack Obama took office, campaign promises started flying out the White House windows.  Now Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are up to the same old politics as usual — the very same insider tricks they campaigned against — huddling together behind closed doors to craft their government takeover of health care.

“They’re only allowing union-label Democrats in the room. They’re banishing cameras and blocking out the American people from the debate.   So much for transparency.  So much for campaign pledges.  But even in these secret “negotiations,” there is one promise you can be certain Barack Obama will never break: ‘I owe these unions…I don’t mind feeling obligated.'”

Indeed, the abject corruptness of the Democrat-controlled Congress and the various Democrat state parties is astounding.  After the citizens of liberal New Jersey and moderate Virginia (both states went for Obama in 2008,) overwhelmingly rejected Obama’s agenda in last November’s election and elected Republican governors, the Democrats in power still did not learn their lesson. Indeed, the Democrats are determined to defy the will of the American people and pass the pro-abortion ObamaCare legislation.

Even the citizens of the most liberal state in the union, Massachusetts, are rejecting Barack Obama’s, Nancy Pelosi’s and Harry Reid’s socialist agenda as seen by the fact that the Democrat candidate for Senator Kennedy’s seat, Martha Coakley, is leading her Republican opponent, Scott Brown, by only 2 points.

This is a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans in voter registration by about 4 to 1.  Yet, if the Republican, Army colonel Scott Brown wins next Tuesday, the Democrats are determined to keep him from providing the key vote against ObamaCare and by voting against Obama’s socialized medicine scheme in the Senate by stallinig his swearing-in ceremony.

The Associated Press today reported that Massachusetts Secretary of State William F. Galvin (a Democrat of course,) said that “it could take weeks to certify the results” of the election, a “delay” which “could let President Barack Obama preserve” the “key 60th vote for his health care overhaul even if” Brown wins.”

Talk about arrogance of power and corruption.  If the Democrats try to get ObamaCare passed by using this extremely deceitful method to pass it, not only would the Democrats lose control of the House of Representatives and the Senate this November, but like the previous worst American president in history, Jimmy Carter, Obama would be a one-term president and would take over Carter’s title as the worst.

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The Testimony The Prosecutors Didn’t Let The Jury Hear (From Their Own Expert Witness)

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Michael Behenna

On March 20th, 2009, Army Ranger 1st Lieutenant Michael Behenna was sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing Ali Mansur, a known Al Qaeda operative while serving in Iraq.  Mansur was known to be a member of an Al Qaeda cell operating in the lieutenant’s area of operation and was suspected to have organized an attack on Lt. Behenna’s platoon in April 2008 which killed two U.S. soldiers and injured two more. Army intelligence ordered the release of Mansur and Lt. Behenna was ordered to return the terrorist to his home.

During the return of Mansur, Lt. Behenna again questioned the Al Qaeda member for information about other members of the terrorist cell, and financial supporters. During this interrogation, Mansur attacked Lt. Behenna, who killed the terrorist in self-defense. The government subsequently prosecuted Lt. Behenna for premeditated murder.

Not only is this a miscarriage of justice on the behalf of Lt. Behenna, who was acting to prevent further loss of life in his platoon, it is demoralizing to the U.S. troops who continue to fight on behalf of the freedom and security of our nation. Whether it is U.S. border patrol agents, members of the armed forces, or FBI agents, no individual who is serving on the frontlines in the War on Terror should be so blatantly mistreated.

We urgently need your help to correct this terrible wrong against a loyal and faithful soldier. Please contact your congressman and ask them to intervene on behalf of 1LT Behenna. Below is a brief recap of the relevant aspects of Lt. Behenna’s case.

  • September 2007: 1st Lieutenant Michael Behenna deployed to Iraq for his first combat experience
  • April 21, 2008: Lt. Behenna’s platoon was attacked by Al Qaeda operatives. The attack resulted in death of two of Lt. Behenna’s platoon members, two Iraqi citizens, and wounded two additional soldiers under Lt. Behenna’s command.
  • May 5, 2008: Known terrorist Ali Mansur was detained at his home for suspected involvement in the attack on Lt. Behenna’s platoon
  • May 16, 2008: Army Intelligence orders the release of Mansur
  • Lt. Behenna, who lost two members of his platoon just weeks earlier, was ordered to transport Mansur back to his home
  • Lt. Behenna attempts a final interrogation of Mansur prior to his release
  • During the interrogation, Behenna is attacked by Mansur and is forced to defend himself. During the altercation, the terrorist is killed.
  • Lt. Behenna failed to properly report the incident
  • July 2008: The U.S. Army charges Lt. Behenna with premeditated murder for the death of Al Qaeda operative and terrorist Ali Mansur.
  • February 23, 2009: Lt. Behenna’s trial begins
  • Government and defense experts agree on the trajectory of the bullets killing Mansur
  • Prosecution expert Dr. Herbert MacDonnell initiated contact with defense attorneys explaining his agreement with the testimony of Lt. Behenna and his presentation to prosecutors supporting Lt. Behenna’s version of events.
  • Dr. MacDonnell is not called to testify in the case and instead is sent home.  Just before leaving the courthouse he picks up his coat from the prosecution room and says to the three prosecutors (Megan Poirier, Jason Elbert, and Erwin Roberts), ‘The explanation that Lt Behenna just testified to was the exact same scenario I told you yesterday.  Lt Behenna is telling the truth.’
  • Jack Zimmermann, defense counsel, asks prosecutors if they have any exculpatory evidence that should be provided to the defense (referring to Dr. MacDonnell’s demonstration). Prosecutors deny having any such evidence despite having been told by their own expert witness that Lt Behenna’s explanation was the only logical explanation.
  • Prosecutors withholding of this evidence allowed them to argue that Lt. Behenna executed Ali Mansur while seated when the forensic experts, including Dr. MacDonnell, agree that Ali was standing with his arms outstretched when shot
  • Lt. Behenna is convicted of unpremeditated murder and assault by a military panel of seven officers, none of whom had combat experience.
  • Dr. MacDonnell contacts prosecution requesting that the information provided in his demonstration be given to the defense.
  • Prosecutors provide such information after a verdict was rendered, but prior to sentencing.
  • At the request of the presiding judge, Dr. MacDonnell provides his information to the court via telephone
  • The judge orders both sides in the case to file briefs relating to a possible mistrial
  • After reading the briefs the judge set an additional hearing and ordered additional briefs, including one from the defense requesting a new trial.
  • On March 20, the judge denied defense motions to declare a mistrial and to order a new trial
  • Lt. Behenna’s attorneys are appealing the verdict
  • Lt. Behenna is currently serving a 25-year sentence

1st Lieutenant Michael Behenna was an excellent officer. He received his call to serve his country while attending the University of Central Oklahoma. He is from a family of public servants, his mother being an Assistant United States Attorney and his father a retired Special Agent with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. He has served the Army and the United States with honor and dignity. To sacrifice the life of this Oklahoma soldier over the death of a known terrorist, is a breech of faith with all who are serving our country.

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posted at 12:45 pm on January 17, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Paul Kirk, the appointed interim successor for the late Ted Kennedy in the Senate, has vowed to provide the 60th vote for ObamaCare regardless of whether Scott Brown wins Tuesday’s special election to fill the seat.  But can Kirk vote on any bill after Tuesday?  Fred Barnes reports on GOP lawyers who have checked the law in Massachusetts and the precedent in the Senate, and says that Kirk becomes a lame duck without a vote as soon as the polls close on Tuesday:

Appointed Senator Paul Kirk will lose his vote in the Senate after Tuesday’s election in Massachusetts of a new senator and cannot be the 60th vote for Democratic health care legislation, according to Republican attorneys. …

But in the days after the election, it is Kirk’s status that matters, not Brown’s.  Massachusetts law says that an appointed senator remains in office “until election and qualification of the person duly elected to fill the vacancy.”  The vacancy occurred when Senator Edward Kennedy died in August.  Kirk was picked as interim senator by Governor Deval Patrick.

Democrats in Massachusetts have talked about delaying Brown’s “certification,” should he defeat Democrat Martha Coakley on Tuesday.  Their aim would be to allow Kirk to remain in the Senate and vote the health care bill.

But based on Massachusetts law, Senate precedent, and the U.S. Constitution, Republican attorneys said Kirk will no longer be a senator after election day, period.  Brown meets the age, citizenship, and residency requirements in the Constitution to qualify for the Senate.  “Qualification” does not require state “certification,” the lawyers said.

In this case, we can play a non-corruption game of “follow the money.”  The pay date for a new Senator who wins a special election starts the following day after the polls close.  Republican John Tower of Texas and then-Democrat Strom Thurmond are both precedents for this action.  In both cases, their terms started on the day after election, even though it took weeks for their certification by the state.  It’s not clear from Kristol’s article whether they were allowed to cast votes in the Senate, but what is clear is that they were recognized as occupying the seat — and that is an exclusive occupation.  Their appointed predecessors could not possess the same seat at the same time, and therefore were excluded from Senate business.

The same would be true if Martha Coakley wins the election, although it won’t present a problem for Democrats in that instance.  As soon as the election concludes, the presumption is that the voters of Massachusetts have chosen their Senator.  At that point, the rights of the appointed interim Senator conclude.  In the case of a Coakley win, that just means a few days of delay for any vote of consequence.  In the case of a Brown win … it means the end of a 60-vote supermajority on ObamaCare and other items on the radical Democratic agenda, starting on Wednesday.