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  1. 1. Don’t Spend Money: Save It • Defending Gun Ownership • Cuba Under Fidel and Raul April 28, 2008 www.thenewamerican.com ThaT Freedom Shall NoT PeriSh $2.95 A Bad Investment
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  4. 4. 12 Vol. 24, No. 9 April 28, 2008 Cover Story TERRORISM 12 A Bad Investment Design by Joseph W. Kelly by William F. Jasper — U.S. support for so-called “moderate” terrorists, as we have given in Palestine, is a recipe for disaster. 18 Global Blowback by William F. Jasper — Backing terrorists and terror regimes has come back to haunt us. 18 20 FeatureS CONGRESS 20 House Holds Rare Secret Session AP Images AP Images by Alex Newman ECONOMY 21 The Money Trust’s Next Move 21 by Charles Scaliger — The looming financial crisis has set the stage for giving the Fed broad powers over the entire financial sector. 24 Don’t Spend Money; Save It by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. — The Bush administration wants us to spend our way out of recession, but that won’t work. INTERVIEW 27 Defending Gun Ownership AP Images Interview of Larry Pratt by John F. McManus BOOK REVIEW 30 Creating Corruption 24 27 by Gregory A. Hession, J.D. — Once the cradle of liberty, Massachusetts now has become a cesspool of political corruption. The New American HISTORY — PAST AND PERSPECTIVE 35 Cuba Under Fidel and Raul AP Images by John F. McManus — The island nation has suffered greatly under the Castros. 30 35 DepartmentS 5 Letters to the Editor 41 Exercising the Right AP Images 7 Inside Track 42 Correction, Please! 11 QuickQuotes 44 The Last Word 33 The Goodness of America COVER Design by Joseph W. Kelly
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  6. 6. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Publisher John F. McManus Editor Treading on Amerityre thane to make auto tires, only retreads for Gary Benoit I just read, with great excitement, James enormous tires used on mining vehicles. Perloff’s article on Amerityre (February 18 Mr. Rose calls this a “life-draining part- Senior Editor issue) and immediately went to the compa- nership with China,” implying it will con- William F. Jasper ny’s website to see how we could purchase sume American jobs. Why aren’t the retreads Associate Editor these American-made polyurethane tires U.S.-made? First, tiny Amerityre lacks the Kurt Williamsen and invest in such a fantastic new American capacity to retread these huge mining tires. enterprise. Much to my shock and dismay, Efforts by U.S. companies to make such re- Contributors Dennis J. Behreandt I found their 2007 Shareholder Meeting treads from rubber have proven unsuccess- Christopher S. Bentley Presentation to be loaded with references to ful, because heat from prolonged vulcani- Steven J. DuBord global markets and global manufacturing. zation makes the tires unstable. Amerityre Jodie Gilmore Then to make matters worse, their major had hoped a U.S. company would try it with Gregory A. Hession, J.D. investor in Composite Tires refers immedi- their polyurethane, but to date no American Ed Hiserodt ately to signing agreements with Communist company has been willing. Therefore the William P. Hoar R. Cort Kirkwood China, as if this is a natural formula for suc- Qingdao Qizhou arrangement threatens no Warren Mass cess with any new American enterprise. It is U.S. jobs. Amerityre hopes it will motivate Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. also assumed then that both manufacturing U.S. companies to come on board, manufac- Ann Shibler and distributing for Amerityre composite turing retreads here at home. Michael E. Telzrow products will be done in China, not in the Also, what about Amerityre’s American Joe Wolverton II, J.D. U.S.A. Amerityre says in a slide presentation deals? On February 8, Michigan-based Editorial Assistant that they have a “signed agreement with [a] Amigo Mobility, which makes shopping Denise L. Behreandt Chinese partner” and that they shipped the vehicles for the disabled, announced it is “largest pour machine in the world” to their switching to Amerityre’s polyurethane tires. Art Director Joseph W. Kelly “launch partner” China, a machine that pro- “Amerityre shares our business ideals,” said cesses 3,000 lbs. per minute. Could James Amigo president Al Thieme, “and believe[s] Desktop Publishing Specialist Perloff have missed this life-draining part- in producing high quality goods that are Steven J. DuBord nership with China and Amerityre when he made in America.” Amerityre will initially Research researched this “entrepreneurship” article? supply Amigo with 25,000 tires per year — Brian T. Farmer Amerityre founder Richard Steinke is completely American-made. Bonnie M. Gillis quoted in The New AmericAN as saying, “In Last year, Amerityre signed an agreement Wayne Olson other countries, they’re afraid to innovate.... with Arizona-based DRT, which manufac- The great thing about America is, you can tures tires for sand-racing cars. DRT will use Marketing Larry Greenley fail, and keep on trying.” Could the reason Amerityre’s technology to build its products why other countries do not innovate be be- — again, entirely American-made. Public Relations cause Americans love to innovate and spend While I commend Mr. Rose’s patriotic Bill Hahn the time and money here to create an incred- economics, I think it unfair to focus solely Advertising/Circulation ible product, only to sell it to non-innovat- on Amerityre’s one Chinese contract and Julie DuFrane ing (socialist/communist) countries who are call the company “Chinatyre,” as if it were a more than willing to capitalize on it? multinational corporation seeking to under- After my short visit to Amerityre’s web- mine the home job market. There are plenty site, I am not at all interested in purchasing of those, but Amerityre isn’t one. or investing in “Chinatyre.” Is there anyone loyal to America anymore? Do the Chinese Regarding your story about Amerityre, as a Printed in the U.S.A. • ISSN 0885-6540 P.O. Box 8040 • Appleton, WI 54912 spell tire as “tyre”? Is that how the name longtime General Motors employee, I would 920-749-3784 • 920-749-3785 (fax) “Amerityre” came about? like to point out the mistake that Mr. Perloff www.thenewamerican.com STeve roSe and many others ignorant of automotive his- Rates are $39 per year (Hawaii and Canada, Steamboat Springs, Colorado tory make. It was Ransom Olds, not Henry add $9; foreign, add $27) or $22 for six months (Hawaii and Canada, add $4.50; foreign, add Ford, who had the first automotive assembly $13.50). Copyright ©2008 by American Opin- James Perloff responds: I fully agree with line in 1901. He produced the curve dash ion Publishing, Inc. Periodicals postage paid at keeping manufacturing in America; unlike Oldsmobile on an assembly line from 1901 Appleton, WI and additional mailing offices. Post- master: Send any address changes to The New many conservatives, I even support tariffs on to 1904. Checking back on our automotive AmericAN, P.O. Box 8040, Appleton, WI 54912. imports. Amerityre’s only plant is in America; history you will find that Ford Motor Co. is all its products are made here. To say Ameri- often credited with innovations that it stole The New AmericAN is pub- lished biweekly by Ameri- tyre is “signing agreements with Communist from others. The automotive assembly line can Opinion Publishing China” is distorting — it has one contract was not a Ford innovation! Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The John with one Chinese company, Qingdao Qizhou. michAel Powell Birch Society. The latter is not using Amerityre’s polyure- Clarkston, Michigan THE NEW AMERICAN • APRIL 28, 2008 5
  7. 7. Inside Track 2003 Justice Department Memo Authorized Military Torture A March 14, 2003, memorandum written by Deputy Assistant an enemy combatant during an interrogation in a manner that Attorney General John C. Yoo of the U.S. Department of Jus- might arguably violate a criminal prohibition, he would be doing tice’s Office of Legal Counsel granted military interrogators so in order to prevent further attacks on the United States by the broad authority to use harsh methods in questioning suspects al Qaeda terrorist network. In that case, we believe that he could deemed “unlawful combatants.” Yoo’s memo, the subject of argue that the executive branch’s constitutional authority to pro- which was “Military Interrogation of Alien Unlawful Combat- tect the nation from attack justified his actions.” ants Held Outside the United States,” was addressed to William In response to the release of the memo, Senator Patrick J. J. Haynes II, general counsel of the Department of Defense. Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said it re- Haynes had requested that the Justice Department examine the vealed policies that threatened “our country’s status as a beacon legal standards governing military interrogations of such unlaw- of human rights.” ful combatants. The memo, made public on April 1 following declassification in response to a request by the American Civil Liberties Union under the Freedom of Information Act, rambles on in often de- tached, clinical language for 81 pages. For example, a section sub-headed “Severe Pain or Suffering” states: “The key statu- tory phrase in the definition of torture is the statement that acts amount to torture if they cause ‘severe physical or mental pain or suffering.’ [Legal case citation] makes plain that the infliction of William J. pain or suffering per se, whether it is physical or mental, is insuf- haynes II ficient to amount to torture. Instead, the pain or suffering must be ‘severe.’... Thus, the adjective ‘severe’ conveys that the pain or suffering must be of such a high level of intensity that the pain is difficult for the subject to endure.” Yoo applied an end-justifies-the-means constitutional stan- dard when he wrote: “If a government defendant were to harm AP Images Supreme Court Ruling Rebukes President Bush Mexican national Jose Medellin was arrested, tried, and convicted Bush “had exceeded his constitutional authority by intruding into for raping and murdering two Texas teenagers in 1993. He was the independent powers” of his state’s judicial system. So the awarded the death penalty. But because he was not advised of a lawyers for the convicted criminal appealed further to the Su- right to receive legal assistance from the Mexican consul, Mexico preme Court of the United States. sued the United States on his behalf in the World Court, a United On March 25 of this year, the Supreme Court rejected this lat- Nations body. In 2004, the World Court ruled that the United est appeal in a 6-3 ruling and effectively told the president that his States must reopen powers are not unlimited. Chief Justice John Roberts stated that the case. President Article 94 of the UN Charter provides only that “each member John Roberts Bush promptly an- of the United Nations undertakes to comply” with World Court nounced his sup- decisions, and that further action by Congress would be needed port for the World if the United States were to be subject to World Court decisions. Court’s ruling and In his dissent, Justice Steven Breyer pointed to the Constitu- told Texas to com- tion’s Article VI and claimed that treaties — such as the ques- ply with it. tionable characterization of U.S. entry into the UN in 1945 as a Medellin’s law- treaty — supersede the Constitution. Breyer’s contention is not yers went back to supported by history. His attitude was roundly rejected by Hamil- court in the United ton, Madison, and Jefferson, the men who wrote and commented States, but the Texas on the very point raised by Breyer. Court of Criminal Yes, Medellin’s conviction has been upheld. Yes, Bush’s latest Appeals rejected grab for imperial power has been stifled. But the Supreme Court their appeal in 2006. has indicated that should Congress enact legislation to comply Texas Judge Mi- with World Court decisions, the Constitution could find itself chael Kaesler even relegated to an inferior position vis-à-vis the United Nations and AP Images stated that President its subsidiary bodies. THE NEW AMERICAN ••APRIL 28, 2008 THE NEW AMERICAN APRIL 28, 2008 7
  8. 8. Inside Track Promised EU Referendum Won’t Be Allowed in Britain When the 2004 EU Constitution was making its way toward Former French President Giscard D’Estaing served as chair- ratification by all EU nations, French and Dutch voters issued a man of the group that created the rejected constitution. He has resounding No in referenda in their nations. Because acceptance stated that “the difference between the original treaty and the by all nations is required, that killed the constitution. So the Eu- present Lisbon Treaty is one of approach, not of content.” Italy’s ropean world planners went back to the former Prime Minister Giuliano Amato, drawing board. In 2007 at a gathering D’Estaing’s vice chairman in creating in Lisbon, the leaders of the 27 EU na- the rejected constitution, says of the of- tions produced a new document called ficials who created the new treaty, “They the “EU Treaty.” decided that the document should be Treaty ratification has begun, and the unreadable” so it could be foisted on an British people were gearing up for the unknowing public. Former Irish leader promised referendum in their country. Garrett Fitzgerald approvingly referred But it won’t happen. The British parlia- to the new treaty as “virtual incompre- ment, heavily influenced by new Prime hensibility.” And Germany’s Chancellor Minister Gordon Brown, told angry Angela Merkel supports the treaty be- Britons, “If this was a constitutional cause “the substance of the constitution treaty, we would hold the referendum. is preserved.” So, the angry Brits have a But the constitutional concept was right to demand that the promised refer- abandoned.” endum will occur. But it won’t. AP Images Free Speech in Broadcasting Threatened by Fairness Doctrine If Democrat leaders get their way, the Fairness Doctrine, a policy into self-censorship, thus abridging their constitutionally guaran- abolished by the Federal Communications Commission in 1987, teed right to free speech. Making matters worse, foxes were in will be reinstated to regulate the opinions aired by broadcasters. charge of the chicken coop. Both Democrat and Republican ad- Talk-radio and religious broadcasters would be significantly im- ministrations in the ’60s and ’70s manipulated the FCC, using the pacted. Democrat leadership has called for it, including House Fairness Doctrine litigation threat to silence opposition, under the Speaker Nancy Pelosi. pretext of enforcing the fair use of scarce frequencies. In 1987, Half a century ago when stations were few, the FCC required the FCC revoked the Fairness Doctrine. broadcasters to provide air time (paid or unpaid) for opposing To prevent reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine “The Broad- viewpoints about controversial issues of public importance (as caster Freedom Act of 2007” was introduced in the House as H.R. determined by bureaucrats). Offending the FCC resulted in fines 2905 and in the Senate as S. 1748. For more information, go to or a loss of broadcasting privileges. That intimidated broadcasters www.thenewamerican.com/node/7658. Ron Paul Congratulates the John Birch Society on 50th Anniversary Congressman Ron Paul foster ‘less government, more responsibility, and — with God’s has endorsed the John help — a better world.’” Birch Society in a state- John McManus, president of JBS, responded, “We graciously ment recently received accept Dr. Paul’s endorsement. He continues to demonstrate what from his office. Dr. Paul an elected official should be doing … obeying the Constitution. stated, “The John Birch We thank him for his continuous commitment to protect the free- Society is a great patriotic doms of all Americans. There’s a reason why he consistently rates organization featuring an toward the top of the Freedom Index, our congressional score- educational program solid- card rating legislators’ votes published twice a year in The New ly based on constitutional AmericAN magazine.” principles. I congratulate Dr. Paul’s endorsement comes after confirmation that he has Ron the Society in this, its 50th agreed to be the keynote speaker at the Society’s 50th anniversary paul year. I wish them contin- celebration, October 2-5, in Appleton, Wisconsin. ued success and endorse The New AmericAN is an affiliate of JBS and John McManus AP Images their untiring efforts to is the publisher of TNA. 8 THE NEW AMERICAN • APRIL 28, 2008
  9. 9. States Keep Up the Pressure Against North American Integration Last year the Arizona Senate passed a resolution asking Congress Congress of the United States, and particularly the congressional to withdraw the United States from the Security and Prosperity delegation representing the State of Idaho, to use all their efforts Partnership of North America and block any activity that seeks to to ensure certain conditions for continued NAFTA participation create a North American Union. In contrast, this year the Arizona are met, and in the event of default of such conditions then with- House has taken the lead by passing a similar resolution on March draw to stop additional harm to the American economy and work- 18 by a vote of 37 to 22. In another piece of good news, the Kansas force, loss of sovereignty and border security.” House passed an excellent anti-NAU, anti-NAFTA Superhighway, During the 2007-2008 time period, the number of states anti-NAFTA resolution by a vote of 93 to 28 on April 4. that have passed anti-NAU resolutions in both houses stands Idaho became the first state to ask Congress to withdraw U.S. at five (Idaho, Montana, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Utah). membership in NAFTA when its Senate passed an anti-NAFTA Twenty-one states have introduced anti-NAU resolutions during bill by voice vote on March 20. Six days later the Idaho House this period. See www.jbs.org/node/3430 for more information passed the same bill by voice vote. The legislation urges “the and updates. Memphis and Illegal Immigration and Enforcement U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 34 migrants from Mexico and central America..., an unseen force at workers, identified as Mexican nationals, at Memphis Interna- the bottom rungs of the Memphis area’s most important industry, tional Airport working on the new Tennessee Air National Guard distribution.” The paper added that the major companies in the base. The various contractors who hired them will likely not be area, except FedEx, use the illegals and that there are hard feel- penalized because they’ll say that they didn’t “knowingly” hire the ings between the Hispanics and blue-collar blacks in the Mem- illegal immigrants. If the illegals showed even crudely fraudulent phis area, who would be the main beneficiaries if the Hispanic IDs to get hired, the employers are immune from prosecution. illegal immigrants weren’t there. In fiscal year 2007, ICE arrested 4,077 people on immigration The companies that hire the Hispanics, such as Williams- charges nationwide. Considering there are approximately 14,300 Sonoma, Technicolor Home Entertainment Services (which dis- ICE employees, that’s one arrest for every 31⁄2 employees. Must tributes CDs and DVDs for Disney, Paramount, and Universal), be a tough job! and Microsoft, prefer hiring illegal immigrants because they can Federal officials said that they are focusing immigration en- take on as many workers as they want each day and send the rest forcement efforts on projects where national security is a con- home; they don’t have to give any benefits; and they can hire cern. In other words, they have simply decided to ignore what the workers for $7 to $7.50 per hour. Of course, none of the afore- Commercial Appeal of Memphis describes as “battalions of im- mentioned companies “knowingly” hires illegal immigrants. Charlton Heston Passes Away at 84 Screen legend Charlton Heston, famed for his epic film roles muscular frame of an action star with a sonorous voice, charisma, in the 1950s and ’60s and his activism on behalf of conserva- and the dramatic skills of a classical stage actor. He was also tive political causes in the 1980s and ’90s, passed away at his a leader, serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild for a home in Beverly Hills on April 5. He was 84. His signature per- record six terms, and as president and chairman of the American formances in The Ten Commandments (as Moses), Ben-Hur (as Film Institute. On political and philosophical issues, Charlton Judah Ben-Hur, for which he won a Heston parted ways with many of his best-actor Oscar), and The Agony and celebrity cohorts, most notably on the the Ecstasy (as Michelangelo) estab- Charlton right to keep and bear arms. A princi- heston lished him as Hollywood’s top lead- pled supporter of the Second Amend- ing man for historical, larger-than- ment, he served as president of the life figures. However, he also proved National Rifle Association from 1998 himself equally capable at playing to 2003, and is famously remembered modern characters in a 20th-century for holding an antique musket above setting — or even in the future, as in his head at an NRA convention and his sci-fi classics Planet of the Apes, defiantly pledging that gun-control Soylent Green, and The Omega Man. advocates would not take his gun un- AP Images Heston combined the athleticism, less they could pry it “from my cold, rugged good looks, and tall (6' 3") dead hands.” n THE NEW AMERICAN • APRIL 28, 2008 9
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  11. 11. QuickQuotes Call It Hubris or, if You Prefer, Unadulterated Arrogance Dick “So?” Cheney When told that two-thirds of Americans do not support the way the war in AP Images Iraq is being conducted, Vice President Dick Cheney gave his disdainful re- sponse to a reporter and then discounted the polling process as unreliable. Bill Richardson’s Endorsement of Obama Draws Fiery Response “His endorsement came right around the anniversary of the day when Judas sold out for thirty pieces of silver, so I think the timing is appropriate.” A supporter of Hillary Clinton for president, James Carville was very unhappy when New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson announced his support for her rival. Ted Has Become a Scientist “Most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals.” According to Ted Turner, the world will not be a very nice place in 40 years if action isn’t taken to reverse the problem of global warming. Former British Prime Minister Frustrated tony Over Global-warming Indecision Blair “We have an agreement that there should be an agreement. But there’s no agreement on what that agreement should be.” While vacationing at billionaire Richard Branson’s privately owned is- land in the British Virgin Islands, Tony Blair — now a senior adviser to JP Morgan Chase — participated in a conference with several other high rollers who were seeking a solution for a problem many scientists AP Images say isn’t anything but a naturally caused phenomenon. Automakers Look to China for Engines and Other Parts “Today, it’s South Korea and Japan, and tomorrow it’s going to be China. It’s only a matter of time before G.M., Ford and Chrysler are going to deal with the crisis they face by going to these countries.... Very few consumers ask: Where is the engine built or where is the transmission made?” At Chevrolet’s Equinox plant in Ottawa, Canada, engines labeled Ecotec, Vortec, and Northstar are installed in the vehicles, prompting union official Basil Hargrove to acknowledge the effect of trade policies he deplores. Texas Congressman Claims “Surge” Is No Success Ron “Under the ‘surge’ policy, the United States military has trained Paul and equipped with deadly weapons those Iraqi militia members against whom they were fighting just months ago. I fear by arming and equipping opposing militias we are just setting the stage for a more tragic and dangerous explosion of violence, possibly aimed at U.S. troops in Iraq.” In his weekly “Texas Straight Talk” column of March 23, Con- AP Images gressman Ron Paul pointed to several aspects of U.S. policy that few others will discuss. Homeland Security Boss Puts Blame for Real ID on Congress Michael Chertoff “Showing up at the airport with only a driver’s license from such a state will be no better than showing up without iden- tification. No doubt this will impel many to choose the in- convenience of traveling with a passport.” Pointing to the holdout states of Maine, Montana, and South Carolina, Michael Chertoff said it was not he but Congress that established the rules that states are now being forced AP Images to adopt. n — comPiled by JohN F. mcmANuS THE NEW AMERICAN • APRIL 28, 2008 11
  12. 12. TERRORISM A Bad Investment U.S. support for so-called “moderate” terrorists as the alternative to worse terrorists, as we have given in Palestine, is a recipe for disaster. by William F. Jasper day in April 2006 and dozens more were suicide bombings that have become all too wounded, including the Wultzes, Ameri- familiar in Israel, Iraq, Pakistan, and many Blowback: Unintended negative cans from Florida who were visiting Israel other parts of the world. consequences from some action or on vacation. Daniel, who was the more se- Few Americans are aware, however, policy. verely injured of the two, lost his spleen, a that the deadly attack that took the life kidney, and a leg in the blast. Despite the of Daniel Wultz was planned and car- T uly Wultz and his 16-year-old son heroic efforts of doctors, he died a month ried out by U.S.-trained terrorists of the Daniel were enjoying a Passover later in an Israeli hospital. Because Daniel PLO’s (Palestine Liberation Organization) holiday dinner at a Tel Aviv restau- Wultz was an American, the terror attack notorious al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. The rant when the suicide bomber struck. Nine that claimed his life received more atten- Brigades, which are formally listed as a diners were killed in the grisly attack that tion in the U.S. media than the “typical” terrorist organization by the U.S. State De- 12 THE NEW AMERICAN • APRIL 28, 2008
  13. 13. partment, have carried out numerous sui- deputy commander of the cide bombings, car bombings, shootings, Brigades in Nablus and the and rocket attacks. Nevertheless, they are West Bank, called Wultz’s Mahmoud Abbas’ pLo/Fatah is the same a major military arm of Palestinian Au- passing a “gift from Allah.” organization that Yassir Arafat founded thority President Mahmoud Abbas’ PLO/ Abu Aziz’s cell directed nearly half a century ago. that the Fatah organization. As such, they share in the bombing that killed the hundreds of millions of U.S. taxpayer Wultz.... u.S. government not only provides it dollars that annually are showered on the Abu Aziz went on to with financial, military, and diplomatic Abbas-led Palestinian regime. pledge more suicide bomb- But cash is not the only thing the U.S. ings inside Israel. “We will support, but also overlooks and covers government lavishes on the Palestinian hit whenever we think it is up its terrorist activities, is indefensible. Authority. Incredibly, it also sends Abbas suitable and do not expect and his colleagues tons of arms as well that I give details but we can — along with training in military tactics, hit everywhere,” he said. Palestinian Authority to the White House intelligence gathering, and explosives. All on November 26, 2007. “Thank you for of this is done for the ostensible purpose of “Our money helped pay for the death of coming,” he continued, “and thank you for supporting the “moderate” Palestinian ter- Wultz and so many others,” Klein charges. working hard to implement a vision for a rorists under Abbas against the supposedly And he provides details and hard proof to Palestinian state. We want to help you. We more radical Hamas terrorists. back up the charge, showing case after want there to be peace. We want the people The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed case of the U.S.-backed Abbas “moder- in the Palestinian Territories to have hope. responsibility for the bombing in which ates” carrying out deadly terrorist attacks, And we thank you for your willingness Daniel Wultz was murdered. American including attacks on Americans. It should to sit down with Israel to negotiate the journalist Aaron Klein, who has met and be clear to all but the willfully blind that settlement.” interviewed many of the Palestinian terror- Mahmoud Abbas’ PLO/Fatah is the same It was the eve of the Annapolis Confer- ist leaders, reports in his book, Schmooz- vicious terrorist organization that Yassir ence, which would initiate a flurry of dip- ing With Terrorists: Arafat founded nearly half a century ago. lomatic activity culminating in the Decem- That the U.S. government not only provides ber “donors conference” in Paris. And the The cell of the Brigades that directed the Abbas terror apparatus with financial, Paris confab would result in total pledges the attack … happens to be one of military, and diplomatic support, but also of $7.5 billion to the Palestinian Authority. the groups I am closest to. Accord- systematically overlooks and covers up its In January 2008, President Bush journeyed ing to Brigade sources, the entire terrorist activities, is indefensible. to the West Bank city of Ramallah, where bombing operation — from the plan- he met Abbas at the Muqata, the infamous ning to the recruitment of the suicide The Granddaddy of Terror PLO headquarters where Yassir Arafat and bomber — was carried out by Fatah’s “It’s good to have you back here in the Abbas had harbored many of the world’s Brigades.... Oval Office,” said President Bush, wel- most-wanted fugitive terrorists. In March, The very crew who sent the bomb- coming President Mahmoud Abbas of the Vice President Dick Cheney duplicated er into Israel to gravely injure Daniel Wultz consisted of none other than the U.S.-trained Brigades leaders who walk around with American- provided assault rifles. Klein, the intrepid Jerusalem bureau chief for World Net Daily, talked to the terrorists responsible for the attack. They were un- apologetic and pledged more of the same. Klein reported: American-trained Nasser Abu Aziz, Blowback victim: Relatives and friends of U.S. teenager Daniel Wultz touch his coffin during a memorial service. Wultz died of wounds sustained in a suicide bombing by a member of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, many of AP Images whose members are trained and funded by the United States. THE NEW AMERICAN • APRIL 28, 2008 13
  14. 14. TERRORISM fat had been transformed, in feigned renunciation of “the use of terror- much of world opinion, from ism and other acts of violence.” through successive u.S. administrations, a brutal terrorist thug run Much of the PLO’s most violent dirty as Arafat and the pLo were elevated by the Soviet KGB into the work (under both Arafat and Abbas) has “moderate” elder statesman been carried out by the al-Aqsa Martyrs to new heights of respectability, the of the Palestinian people. He Brigades, which compete with Hamas in secrecy surrounding Arafat’s guilt in the presided over a global empire the suicide bombing category. For public khartoum murders was maintained. It that included an estimated relations with the West, Arafat tried to $10 billion-$50 billion in distance himself from the Brigades’ grisly was not until 33 years later that the truth cash, commercial assets, and attacks. But documents surfaced showing was finally admitted. investments and an annual that Fatah was funneling large sums to the revenue of $1.5-$2 billion Brigades, and it was difficult to hide the from donations, extortion, fact that many of al-Aqsa’s top command- the trek to the Muqata, to coincide with drug trafficking, arms dealing, and other ers were also high-ranking officers in Ara- the delivery of a no-strings-attached $150 activities. fat’s inner circle. million payment from the U.S. taxpayers Mahmoud Abbas, Arafat’s longtime From their Soviet advisers, Arafat and to the Abbas government. lieutenant, has further advanced the PLO’s Abbas learned the art of creating “deniable In the world of terrorism, no organiza- march toward international respectability, assets” to shield the PLO from the reper- tion has enjoyed a more charmed existence thanks partly to his personal style: in con- cussions of its most reprehensible acts. In than Yassir Arafat’s PLO/Fatah. No matter trast to Arafat’s perennial stubble, grubby the early 1970s, Arafat created a special how much murder and mayhem he dished fatigues, trademark Keffiyeh scarf, and terror squad, the Black September Organi- out over the decades, Arafat could always generally crude, slovenly persona, Abbas zation, to carry out the PLO’s most notori- depend on support not only from the So- always appears as the soft-spoken, well- ous deeds — but without any apparent ties viet and Third World blocs, but also from groomed, grandfatherly diplomat in a to the PLO. Arafat would disavow them the United Nations and much of the Is- business suit. More important, however, as renegades, even though they operated lamic world. And increasingly in his later than the stylistic change from Arafat to under his direction. years, his stature inflated by White House Abbas has been the rise of Hamas, which, In 1973, Arafat’s Black September ter- visits, international conferences, a Nobel at times, can make the PLO/Fatah look rorists stormed the Saudi Arabian embas- Peace Prize, and sympathetic media cov- reasonable by comparison. But by far sy in Khartoum, taking U.S. Ambassador erage, Arafat and the PLO assumed an air the biggest factor in transforming first Cleo Noel, U.S. Charges d’Affaires George of legitimacy. Arafat, and now Abbas, into “moderates” Moore, and Belgian diplomat Guy Eid By the time of his death in 2004, Ara- has been the willingness of Western gov- hostage. The following day they brutally ernments and the Western press to turn tortured and executed all three men. Arafat a blind eye toward, or even actively to feigned innocence — and the U.S. govern- Zakaria Zubeidi, the al-Aqsa Martyrs cover up, the fact that the PLO contin- ment feigned belief in his innocence. Brigades leader in the West Bank, is carried by ues to be one of the most violent terror- Deception of this sort is to be expected supporters during a 2004 rally in support of PLO’s Mahmoud Abbas. ist organizations in the world, despite its of a terrorist. However, far more repre- Zakaria Zubeidi and fellow al- Aqsa terrorists carry “moderate” Mahmoud Abbas on their shoulders in a 2004 West Bank rally. AP Images AP Images
  15. 15. hensible and shocking is the fact that the U.S. government and other Western gov- ernments gave credence to this charade for decades, even though they had proof it was a lie. In the case of the Khartoum operation, for example, we had ironclad proof that Arafat had ordered the murder of our officials. For years, James J. Welsh, a National Security Agency analyst, had been trying AP Images to force this fact into the open. Welsh had been the NSA’s Palestinian analyst who intercepted Arafat’s voice transmission specifically ordering the execution after the hostage takeover. However, apparently False peace: Israeli prime Minister Yitzhazk Rabin, president Clinton, and pLo Chairman under the orders of Henry Kissinger, then Yassir Arafat at the signing of the 1993 peace accord between Israel and the pLo. President Nixon’s National Security Ad- viser (and soon to be secretary of state), the existence of the tapes and transcripts approval of Yasir Arafat, Chairman of the shortwave radio transmission from Beirut of Arafat’s order were kept secret. Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), to Khartoum. After the murders had been Through successive U.S. administra- and the head of Fatah.” The report also completed, Arafat instructed his men: tions, as Arafat and the PLO were elevat- notes that “Fatah representatives based in ed to new heights of respectability, the Khartoum participated in the attack, using Your mission is ended. Release Saudi secrecy surrounding Arafat’s guilt in the a Fatah vehicle to transport the terrorists to and Jordanian diplomats. Submit in Khartoum murders was maintained. It was the Saudi Arabian embassy.” It goes on to courage to Sudanese authorities to not until 33 years later that the truth was state that after the terrorists “had received explain your just cause to [the] great finally admitted. orders from Fatah headquarters in Beirut, Sudanese Arab masses and interna- they killed the two United States officials tional opinion. We are with you on Truth About PLO/Fatah Revealed and the Belgian Charge.” the same road. In May 2006 — two years after Arafat’s According to a 1975 U.S. government- death — a declassified document concern- commissioned Rand Corporation report Mahmoud Abbas almost certainly was also ing the kidnapping/murder was posted, on the attack, Arafat personally gave personally involved in the attack. Abbas, unannounced, on the State Department the order to execute the Americans via a according to a number of credible sources, website. The document, a summary of the terrorist event, acknowledges that the Khar- toum operation “was planned and carried out with the full knowledge and personal Allies, Not Enemies W hile Hamas and the Arafat/Abbas-led PLO often have engaged in bitter rivalry, they also have been allies in joint terror operations. On December 14, 2004, for instance, the Abbas/PLO-controlled Voice of Palestine (VOP) radio proclaimed that the bombing and shooting attack the previous day, which had killed several Israelis at a border crossing checkpoint, had been a joint Hamas-Fatah operation. VOP regularly praises Hamas suicide bombers as “heroic martyrs.” Many PLO/Fatah terrorists, includ- ing members of Abbas’ elite Force 17, are also members of Hamas units. In 2005, Palestine Authority President Mahmoud Abbas journeyed to Damascus, Syria, where he met with Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal. He has been in negotiations with Meshaal ever since, trying to arrange a Fatah/Hamas “unity” government for Palestine. In 2007, Hamas spokesman Abu Abdullah confidently stated that U.S. weapons given to Fatah will eventually end up in the hands of Hamas fighters, telling Aaron Klein: “These American weapons will be one day the property of all the Palestinian people and its resistance, including Hamas.” “The US gives weapons to Fatah during internal Palestinian clashes, but one day when we go back to carrying out operations together, these (weapons) will be shared.” n — williAm F. JASPer 15
  16. 16. TERRORISM military assistance and training to Ara- fat’s various “police” and “security” units. CIA, FBI, and U.S. military personnel were given the task of providing Arafat’s forces with advanced training in weapons, tactics, intelligence, counterintelligence, communications, and other skills. Clin- ton’s CIA director George Tenet began bringing squads of PLO snipers to Vir- ginia to receive instruction in advanced marksmanship. Over the past few years, the Bush administration has dramatically escalated the provision of U.S. armaments AP Images and military training, with thousands of automatic rifles and sniper rifles and mil- lions of rounds of ammunition going to the PLO. On May 23, 2007, Lieutenant General President Bush walks with palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the Muqata, Keith Dayton, the Bush administration’s the pLo’s infamous headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah on January 10, 2008. Security Coordinator for Palestine, testi- fied before a House subcommittee on the was in charge of financing the much more Oh warrior brothers, this is a na- supposed need to fund President Abbas’ well-known terror operation of the previ- tion that will never be broken, it is “security forces,” a euphemism for the ous year, the Black September attack on a revolution that will never be de- collection of terrorist thugs from the al- the 1972 Munich Olympics, in which 11 feated. This is a nation that gives an Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Islamic Jihad, Israeli athletes were murdered before a example every day that is imitated Force 17, and various other PLO/Fatah worldwide audience. Arafat feigned in- across the world. We gave the world militias. “I am committed personally and nocence in this action as well. However, the children of the RPG [Rocket Pro- professionally,” said Gen. Dayton, “to according to Abu Daoud, the Black Sep- pelled Grenades], we gave the world putting the $59 million authorized to me tember commander who led the Munich the children stone [-throwers], and by the Congress to the uses you intended operation, the entire attack was planned we gave the world the male and fe- with the Presidential Guard … and the and blessed by Arafat. And Abbas, in ad- male Martyrdom-seekers [suicide Office of National Security under Presi- dition to arranging the finances for the bombers]. dent Abbas. We must remain mindful of operation, joined Arafat in kissing Abu the dangerous challenges facing Abbas’s Daoud and wishing him luck on the ter- Zecharias Zubeidi, commander of the security forces, and continue to encour- rorist attack. Martyrs Brigades in Yaabid and Mahmoud Abbas continues the same Jenin, is especially proud of the deception today, with the active conniv- newly paved main street in Yaa- ance of our government officials. Sec- bid, paid for with $402,000 from retary of State Condoleezza Rice in her the U.S. foreign-aid program. testimony before the House Committee That street has been renamed in on Foreign Affairs on October 24, 2007, honor of former Iraqi dictator stated: “We will be seeking funds to sup- Saddam Hussein to show, says port the government of … Mahmoud Zubeidi, that “Saddam Hussein Abbas because we believe, as I said, that is still alive.” Mahmoud Abbas is the best chance for a moderate Palestin- has made a point of publicly ian government.” embracing Zubeidi and cam- Moderate? In 2004, Abbas openly ad- paigning with him on the streets mitted that the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades of Jenin. And he has made sure are part of PLO/Fatah, and his Brigades that Zebeidi and other Brigades commanders are some of the most notori- commanders — such as Abu ous terrorist leaders and recruiters of sui- Yousuf, Ala Senakreh, Nasser cide bombers. Abu Aziz — are provided with On November 14, 2006, Ahmed Hales the best weapons and training Abu Maher, the secretary of PLO/Fatah in the U.S. can provide. Gaza, declared on the Abbas-controlled In the late 1990s, the Clinton Palestinian Authority TV: administration began providing AP Images 16
  17. 17. age our European and Arab partners to complement our efforts with their own assistance.” The arming and training of the Abbas- led forces has been sold to the American public as necessary to prevent a takeover by the supposedly more radical Hamas forces. However, as terrorism expert Ra- chel Ehrenfeld emphatically notes, there’s virtually “no difference” between Hamas and our Arafat/Abbas PLO “peace part- ners.” Dr. Ehrenfeld, the author of Nar- co-Terrorism and Funding Evil, told The New AmericAN: “Both [Hamas and Fatah] carry out suicide bombings, murder, kid- AP Images napping, assassination, rocket attacks on civilian neighborhoods, extortion, drug trafficking — you name it. They both hate Israel and the United States and are com- Unity in terror: Mahmoud Abbas shakes hands with Palestinian Prime Minister ismail Haniyeh mitted to our destruction. Show me the dif- as Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (center) looks on. The rival Palestinian leaders met in Mecca in ference [between them].” February 2007 to discuss a Hamas-PLO coalition government. In Schmoozing With Terrorists, Aaron Klein has al-Aqsa Brigades commander of soldiers and settlers. We collected identities of the bombers and would bring Abu Yousuf explain in his own words how information about the best timing to them to justice, but it never has done so. he and his men have put their U.S. training infiltrate our bombers inside Israel. In fact, the man appointed by the PA to to use. “All the methods and techniques We used weapons and we produced investigate the crime, Rashid Abu Shabak, that we studied in these trainings, we ap- explosives, and of course the train- is himself a longtime terrorist. Dr. Nitsana plied them against the Israelis,” Yousuf ings we received from the Americans Darshan-Leitner, director of the Shurat boasted to Klein in an interview. Yousuf and the Europeans were a great help HaDin-Israel Law Center Director, has continued: to the resistance. charged that it is Abu Shabak himself who should be considered the top suspect for We sniped at Israeli settlers and sol- “I do not think,” said Yousuf, “that the mastermind of the bombing. Of course, diers. We broke into settlements and operations of the Palestinian resistance based on Khartoum embassy experience, Israeli army bases and posts. We col- would have been so successful and would and the dissembling and cover-up we have lected information on the movements have killed more than 1,000 Israelis since seen so far in this case, we can expect our 2000 and defeated the Israelis in Gaza government to cover up any evidence that without these [American] trainings.” might implicate our “essential ally” Mah- Very likely, Yousuf or some of his U.S.- moud Abbas in this vicious crime. trained Fatah colleagues were responsible Tragically, as the next article (page 18) for the 2003 murder of U.S. embassy em- shows, the PLO is not the only terrorist ployees John Branchizio, Mark Parson, organization our tax dollars are support- and John Linde, Jr. Their vehicle was de- ing. From the West Bank and Gaza to stroyed by a road bomb as they journeyed Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Alba- to Gaza to interview Palestinian students nia, and Pakistan, the story is the same. for Fullbright scholarships in the United How many American lives will we allow States. The Palestinian Authority (PA) to be sacrificed to blowback from these stated soon after the blast that it knew the treacherous policies of aiding and abet- ting our enemies? n U.S.-armed terrorists of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades sporting American M16s EXTRA COPIES AVAILABLE (including newer ➧ Additional copies of this issue of versions than supplied to our soldiers in iraq) The New AmericAN are available at in the West Bank city quantity-discount prices. To order, visit of Nablus, November www.thenewamerican.com/marketplace/ 30, 2007. or see the card between pages 38-39. 17
  18. 18. TERRORISM AP Images Dechristianization: Hundreds of churches like the one pictured to the left in the town of Djakovica have been destroyed and the Christian population driven out of Kosovo by the U.S.-supported KLA. AP Images “Tolerant” ally? President Bush is shown above promoting dictatorial Prime Minister Sali Berisha during a June 2007 visit to Tirana, Albania. GLOBAL BLOWBACK Backing terrorists and terror regimes has come back to haunt us. by William F. Jasper are certain to bring a torrent of deadly • Albania: The Bush administration is blowback to America for years, if not de- intensifying the love affair begun by Presi- L ong before 9/11, Osama bin Laden’s cades, to come. dent Clinton and Secretary Albright with terrorist activities around the world • Kosovo: In Kosovo, President Bush has the Albanian regime of Sali Berisha. Dur- were being cited as a classic case continued the Clinton policy of supporting ing his historic trip to Albania in 2007 (the of “blowback.” Quite obviously, the CIA’s Hashim Thaci, the Islamo-Leninist leader first by a U.S. president), President Bush support for bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) ter- praised Albania as “a model of religious and other radical Islamists in Afghanistan rorists. Thaci came to power in this prov- tolerance” and congratulated Berisha for in the 1980s, ostensibly to counter the So- ince of Serbia as a result of our military in- his desire “to fight corruption.” Religious viets, had indeed helped spawn a virulently tervention on behalf of the KLA. For years tolerance? Virtually all non-Muslims have anti-American global terror network that now, the KLA has been carrying out a bru- been driven out of Albania under Berisha, was returning to haunt us. tal campaign of ethnic cleansing against the who is broadly recognized as one of the Unfortunately, aiding al-Qaeda is far Orthodox Christians who still live in Ko- most corrupt rulers in Europe. As presi- from the only “mistake” of this sort to be sovo. Thaci is also the head of the Drenica dent of Albania from 1992-1997, Berisha made by our government. In fact, the top Group of the fearsome Albanian mafia. welcomed Osama bin Laden and his al- policymakers at the State Department and Under his leadership, hundreds of Christian Qaeda cadres into Albania. Now the coun- National Security Council — in both Re- churches and monasteries, many dating to try’s prime minister, Berisha is the benefi- publican and Democratic administrations Medieval times, have been desecrated and ciary of U.S. and NATO assistance, even — seem to have a perverse proclivity for destroyed. Christians have been murdered, as he continues to back Islamic terrorists backing some of the most brutal terrorist robbed, persecuted, and driven out. Kosovo, in neighboring Bosnia and Kosovo. organizations and terror-sponsoring re- the cradle of Serbia’s Orthodox Christian- • Iraq: The U.S. government has sacri- gimes, time after time after time. ity, has been transformed into a Marxist-Is- ficed the lives of thousands of American Here are a few disturbing examples of lamic thugocracy. President Bush’s recog- troops, along with hundreds of billions of the absurd and indefensible “war on ter- nition of Kosovo’s claim of independence dollars, to back the government of Nouri ror” policies that are aiding our enemies in February of this year will accelerate the al-Maliki. But the Maliki government is and undermining our security — and that radical Islamification of Europe. closely allied with Iran — which, the ad- 18 THE NEW AMERICAN • APRIL 28, 2008
  19. 19. ministration tells us, is our deadly enemy. It was precisely these same In Iraq’s violent inter-sectarian and intra- kinds of interventionist policies sectarian violence, the administration is (by the usual coterie of policy the top policymakers in both Republican backing “good” Sunni and Shia factions, elites at the State Department, and Democratic administrations seem which have terrorist pedigrees equally as the National Security Council, vulgar as those of the “bad” Sunni and and the CIA) during the 1980s to have a perverse proclivity for backing Shia factions we are opposing. Hence we that produced the Saddam Hus- some of the most brutal terrorist find the U.S. military arming and train- sein threat. Saddam, we were ing the Iranian-backed Badr Brigades and told way back then — against organizations and terror-sponsoring other forces of the Supreme Council for all evidence to the contrary — regimes, time after time after time. the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI). was going to be our great ally In fact, our underpaid soldiers are now against revolutionary Iran’s tasked with literally handing out truck- Ayatollah Khomeini. Billions of dollars threat. With the ostensible object of check- loads of cash in stacks of hundred dol- in military, technical, and financial aid ing the Soviet takeover of Afghanistan, our lar bills to Iraqi militia members, many were showered on “ally” Saddam by the CIA-State Department went shopping for of whom are members of (or allies of) “Bush 41” foreign-policy team during the Mujahedeen allies. But instead of support- al-Qaeda and other groups that are kill- Reagan-Bush years. ing the proven pro-American, anti-com- ing our troops. In a February 19, 2008 We know, of course, what that toxic al- munist forces under Younas Khalis, Abdul article entitled “Money Day in Baghdad,” liance with Saddam ultimately begat: not Haq, and Abdul Qadir, they lavished aid U.S. News & World Report correspon- one, but two major wars in Iraq — to make instead on the most virulently anti-Ameri- dent Alex Kingsbury describes the U.S. the world safe from Saddam. can Muslims, such as Gulbadin Hekmatyar “microgrants” program, in which a U.S. It was during that same period that the (a cutthroat warlord who killed more of his Army captain with a backpack jammed same omniscient brain trust devised the fellow Afghans than he did Soviets), and full with $110,000 in hundred dollar bills grand strategy that produced the al-Qaeda the al-Qaeda Arabs under the command hands out packets of $2,500 to of the fanatical Osama bin Laden (supposedly) worthy recipients. and Ayman al-Zawahiri. That, of course, represents but However, even during the late a molecule compared to the bil- 1990s, after the Clinton State De- lions of dollars that were flown partment had declared al-Qaeda into Baghdad on C-130s in the to be a terrorist organization, our first couple years of the war; liter- CIA continued knowingly to arm, ally hundreds of tons of hundred train, and finance al-Qaeda’s most dollar bills stacked and shrink- violent subcontractors in Bosnia, wrapped on pallets — that disap- Albania, Kosovo, and Macedo- peared without any accounting. nia, even as those open bin Laden According to an investigation allies carried out terrible atroci- last year by the House Commit- ties and built their global terror tee on Government Reform and networks. Incredibly, the Bush Oversight, the total of “lost” cash administration has continued may be more than $12 billion. arming and supporting the same But that’s just part of the price sadistic thugs to this day. of placing “moderates” in Iraq’s Countless victims in these government, right? Moderates lands have already experienced like terrorist Member of Parlia- the awful reality of blowback re- ment Jamal Jaafar Mohammed, sulting from the fateful decisions who was convicted of helping of our government to side with plan the 1983 suicide bombing the terrorists. On September 11, of the U.S. embassy in Kuwait. 2001, America received a bitter Or Abdul Aziz al-Halim, a leader lesson in how terrible blowback of both the radical SCIRI mul- can be, as terrorists who had lahs and the United Iraqi Alli- once been hailed as our allies ance, which dominates the Ma- brought death and destruction AP Images liki government. Jamal Jaafar to our shores. How many more Mohammed and Abdul Azziz deadly attacks will be unleashed al-Hakim are two of Iran’s most upon us in the future by terror- ardent supporters in the Maliki ists whom our government today regime. Troubling ties: Iranian president Mahmoud supports as allies? n Ahmadinejad (left) shakes hands with u.S.-backed Iraqi prime Minister nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad on TNA • APRIL 28, 2008 March 2, 2008. 19