Push For Secret Addresses Out Of Control

Push For Secret Addresses Out Of Control

Hiding Information On Public Servants A Slipperly Slope

If we believe in democracy, in a free and open society, then we should look twice at an ever-growing crusade to hide the home addresses of any and all who govern us…

But at what point do we tilt the scales from our cherished free and open society and head down the path to oligarchy or worse? Every time we chip away at democratic ideals for the sake of presumed safety we walk further away from the republic bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers…

In short, a nightmare for local government officials. It is reminiscent of the Soviets whitewashing history by erasing people from historic photos as if they never existed.

Town clerks, now besieged by requests to make addresses secret, are dumbfounded to find a solution. Somehow hide land records — those huge old volumes dating back to Colonial times that show when property was bought and sold? How can you hide a land transaction? A property deed? And now we will have secret voting records? Does this mean two sets of records in every town, public records of all the rest of us, secret records for some secretary to a judge who is in no more danger of being attacked at home than you or I?




Polling, clashes in Pulwama; youth killed in police firing
Shabir Dar/Mehboob Jeelani
Quil (Pulwama), Dec 13:
A 21-year-old youth was killed when police and paramilitary personnel fired on anti-election demonstration in Pulwama, which along with five other constituencies in South Kashmir went to polls on Saturday.

The violence and clashes marred the 5th phase of seven-phase elections in Kashmir.
Eyewitnesses told Rising Kashmir that Muzaffar Mushtaq Ganai (21) son of Mushtaq Ahmad Ganie along with two other youth – Muhammad Ayoub Kumar son of Ghulam Ahmad and Zeeshan Bhat son of Ali Bhat – sustained bullet injuries after CRPF troopers fired indiscriminately on peaceful protest at 12.30 pm. “They were rushed to district hospital Pulwama where from doctors referred them to SMHS hospital Srinagar for specialized treatment,” they said.
However, Mushtaq succumbed to injuries on way to the hospital.
“Mushtaq was brought dead to our hospital. He had received bullet injury in abdomen. The condition of two other injured, who were operated in the hospital, is stable” said Medical Superintendent SMHS. Dr Waseem Qureshi.
Giving details of the incident, eyewitnesses said that as soon as polling got underway at around 8.am, police and CRPF troopers fired few rounds in air allegedly to bully-down the villagers to cast votes. “They later barged into our houses and threatened us to vote. The troopers smashed the door of my house and injured my son,” said Abdul Ahad Kumar.
He added that this action infuriated the villagers who came out on roads and staged massive pro-freedom demonstration. “Police and CRPF personnel fired dozens of teargas canisters besides resorting to massive baton charge to disperse the protesters. Around 30 persons were injured in the initial clashes,” he said.
Another eyewitness Mohammad Afzal alleged that CRPF and police opened direct firing on the protesters. “It was a planned action and troopers, who were coming from the Pulwama side, deliberately fired on us, killing a youth and critically injuring two others,” he said.
“Our village is coloured with blood. 12 people have sacrificed their lives for Kashmir cause during past 20 years of turmoil and this killing had increased the count,” said Mudasir Ahmad, a villager.
Besides Quil, anti-election demonstrations took place in Karimabad, Charsoo, Litter, Pinglana, Samboora, Pampore town, Laam, Naina Wachi and Imam Sahib. The police and para-military fired dozens of tear smoke shells and resorted to heavy baton charge to disperse the agitating people. The clashes continued for some time during which polling was affected.
However, brisk polling was reported in some polling booths, where people waited in large queues to caste votes.
In a polling station at Tanchibagh Pampore 103 votes out were cast till 11 am while some other polling booths in Pampore witnessed brisk polling.
In Samboora boycott was evident and only 20 voters out of 2300 made use of their franchise in Samboora-A polling booth till 1 pm.
In Lelhar and Kakpora, voting was more intense. Out of 1390 votes 500 were polled till 2 pm in a polling station at Lelhar while a long queue of people were waiting to cast their votes.
In Pinglina, voting fervour was mixed with half of the population staying away while other including elderly persons were enthusiastic to cast their votes.
At Billi Sheerabad, 210 votes were cast till 2.45 pm while in Batigund Tral, 85 percent of people had caste their votes till 3.30 pm.
In some polling booths the polling intensified with the passage of time.

‘LeT not linked with Qaeda, Taliban’

‘LeT not linked with Qaeda, Taliban’

Rising Kashmir News
Srinagar Dec 13:
Terming the imposition of ban by United Nations Security Council as ‘unjustified’, the Lashkar-e-Toiba has claimed that the outfit has no links with Taliban and Al-Qaeda, fighting American forces in Afghanistan and North West Pakistan.

Lashkar spokesperson Dr Ghaznavi quoted Qari Abdul Wahid Kashmiri, outfit’s chief commander in Kashmir as saying, “The ban on Lashkar was unjustified in past and is same this time also.  By imposing ban on LeT, the UN SC has itself violated the mandate.”
He said Lashkar is a Kashmir based organization and is fighting against the illegal occupation of Kashmir by Indian forces. “Lashkar-e-Toiba has nothing to do with Al-Qaeda and Taliban. It is not wise to relate a Kashmiri organization with Pakistan. We are operating in Kashmir only,” LeT spokesperson quoted Wahid Kashmir as saying.
Lashkar chief said, “It was the duty of UN SC to pay heed to our original mission before taking imposing ban on us. New Delhi is trying to defame LeT and other similar organizations under a definite propaganda. It wants to crush freedom struggle of Kashmiris but all its nefarious designs will be foiled”.
He vowed to continue the struggle till India resolved Kashmir issue as per wishes and aspirations of Kashmiris.



TODAY AND TOMORROW AN ALLIANCE OF “EUROPEAN PATRIOTS” MEET IN THE KNESSET WITH THEIR FELLOW TRAVELERS TO PERPETUATE THE IDEA THAT “Israel is our first line of defense [but] the war against Israel is not a war against Israel. It is a war against the West. It is jihad. Israel is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us.”  THE PURPOSE OF THIS CONFERENCE IS TO FURTHER THE ZIONIST AGENDA, SPECIFICALLY, UNITING CHRISTIANS AND JEWS IN AN “ANTI-JIHAD” AGAINST ALL OF ISLAM]


Jerusalem to Host Anti-Jihad Convention in December

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

(IsraelNN.com) Dutch legislator Geert Wilders, producer of the movie Fitna exposing the Koran’s incitement to violence, announced that a “Facing Jihad Conference” will take place in Jerusalem in December. “We are organizing this event in Israel to emphasize the fact that we are all in the same boat together,” he said in a speech in New York.Wilders’ 15-minute film earlier this year set off violent protests in Muslim countries because of the description of the Muslim prophet Mohammed as a murderer. He is teaming up with Knesset Member Prof. Aryeh Eldad

(National Union) for the Jerusalem convention, where he vowed “no racist organizations will be allowed.”

Wilders said the conference will mark the beginning of an Alliance of European Patriots that “will serve as the backbone for all organizations and political parties that oppose jihad and Islamization.” His speech was sponsored by the prestigious Hudson Institute, which has stated his current programs are aimed at “developing programs of political and economic reform to transform the Muslim world.”

He said that “Israel is our first line of defense [but] the war against Israel is not a war against Israel. It is a war against the West. It is jihad. Israel is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us. If there would have been no Israel, Islamic imperialism would have found other venues to release its energy and its desire for conquest. Thanks to Israeli parents who send their children to the army and lay awake at night, parents in Europe and America can sleep well and dream, unaware of the dangers looming.”

Wilders warned that the Islamization of Europe leaves the United States as “the last man standing.” The Dutch legislator presented statistics showing that the new European reality is one of a burgeoning Muslim population [in] ghettos controlled by religious fanatics…, and they are the building blocks for territorial control of increasingly larger portions of Europe… Clearly, the signal is: we rule.”

The history of the Holocaust cannot be taught in many French cities because of Muslim sensitivity, Wilders stated.

He views the Muslim religion as a base for extremism. “The Koran calls for hatred, violence, submission, murder, and terrorism,” he said in his speech at the Four Seasons Hotel. “Let no one fool you about Islam being a religion. Sure, it has a god, and a hereafter, and 72 virgins. But in its essence Islam is a political ideology…. If you want to compare Islam to anything, compare it to communism or national socialism, these are all totalitarian ideologies… Now you know why Winston Churchill called Islam ‘the most retrograde force in the world’ and why he compared Mein Kampf to the Koran.”

Facing Jihad

December 14, 2008

Jerusalem, Israel

“Facing Jihad” is a one-day event at the Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem that aims to educate the Israeli public about the true nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

About Facing Jihad

The conference, hosted by Member of Knesset Dr. Arieh Eldad and the Ariel Institute, will focus on the principle that urgent action is required to defend traditional fundamental European rights such as the liberty of individuals, the rule of law, democracy, freedom of speech and the equality of all before the law as well as the traditional identity and sovereignty of Western nations.

India Denies Its Planes Violated Pakistani Airspace

India Denies Its Planes Violated Pakistani Airspace

By Bibhudatta Pradhan and Khalid Qayum

Dec. 14 (Bloomberg) — The Indian Air Force denied its planes intruded into Pakistan’s airspace yesterday amid a rise in tensions between the South Asian neighbors following the Nov. 26-29 Mumbai terrorist attacks.

Pakistan said Indian Air Force aircraft twice violated the airspace, Humayun Waqar, a spokesman for the Pakistan Air Force, said today. Pakistan Air Force planes chased the Indian aircraft and forced them to go back, he said…

The Indian planes first entered Pakistani territory yesterday over the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir at 11 a.m., Waqar said. The second entry into Pakistani territory was at 2 p.m. over the eastern city of Lahore, he said.

The Waziristan problem

The Waziristan problem

Amna Saboor

[see: The Legendary Fighters of Waziristan]


Waziristan constitutes a mountainous, rocky, inhospitable and extremely poor region in Pakistan’s northern territory having round about four and a half thousand square miles of area between eastern border of Afghanistan, NWPF province in the north, and Balochistan in the south.

The region has never been clearly a part of Pakistan or India before independence, or Afghanistan, and was in fact an independent tribal area loosely administered by British rule until the late 19th century. Waziristan is actually two agencies, north and South Waziristan, that are part of the seven agencies making up federally administered areas or FATA. Central authority of government is limited to non-existent in these agencies. The three million people, who are inhabitants of tribal areas, live according to an oppressively conservative tribal code of honour and behaviour that mixes brutality intolerance and extreme hospitality and generosity. Literacy rate is 17 percent and just 3 percent among girls and women.

In the rugged and remote region of Waziristan on British India’s northwest border wit Afghanistan, mountain tribes of Muslim fighters gave British army a difficult time for decades. The Waziristan revolt of 1919-20 was sparked by the Afghan invasion of British India in 1919. Though the British quickly defeated Afghans, the Waziri tribe man gave forces, a very difficult fight. Many of the Waziri men were veterans of the British led and controlled Indian army and use modern military tactics and modern rifles against the British and Indian forces sent into Waziristan.

Traditionally, local Waziri religious leaders have enlisted outsiders in their feuds, through its not always that way, as local Waziri claim they are totally against the foreign militants living there. In the early stage of U.S invasion of Afghanistan, when Taliban started fleeing into Pakistan the local leaders began a campaign among their locals to oust the foreigners. Since then around 200 noble Maliks have been assassinated by local Taliban through targeted killings.

On June 4, 2007, the National Security Council of Pakistan met to decide the fate of Waziristan and take up a number of political and administrative issues in order to control the Talibanization of the area. The meeting was chaired by then President Pervez Musharraf and attended by Chief Ministers and Governor of all four provinces. They discussed the deteriorating law and order situation and the threat posed to their security. National Security Council divided to take few actions which include:

1-     Deployment of unmanned reconnaissance planes.

2-     Strengthing law enforcement agencies with advanced equipments.

3-     Deployment of more troops to the region.

4-     Operations against militants on fast track basis.

5-     Action against madrassahs preaching militancy.

6-     Focused operation against militant commanders.

7-     Appointment of region co-coordinators.

8-     Fresh recruitments of police officers In NWPF.

The ministry of interior has prepared a list of militant commanders and played a large part in gathering for the operation against the militants and their institutions.

In 1980s, when CIA funded one billion dollars to the mujahideen fighting against Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, Waziristan was a mujahid staging ground for cross border attacks. Among the Afghan and Arabs mujahideen in Waziristan at that time was also Osama Bin Laden. According to US military officials in Bagram, Afghanistan, some 3500 foreign militants had taken refuge in South Waziristan. Where, Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), was pressing Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to send troops against the militants. Musharraf was resisting, preferring to save his military for Pakistan’s perennial stand off with India.

Al Qaeda regrouped in Angor Adda in South Waziristan, sending fighters on missions against American forces across the border in Afghanistan. Tribal who opposed Al-Qaeda or Taliban operations in the region were executed. That created sure rifts between Waziri tribes and Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, who were perceived as outsiders. The government never took advantage of the rifts. It either attempted, through the ISI, to play the Taliban presence in the area to its advantage. Or ill-staged heavy handed, showy fruitless attacks designed to give impression of trying to get control of the region.

Shortly, after 9/11 attacks, Pakistan had a chance to bring Waziristan into Pakistani fold and prevent it from falling under the control of Taliban. Many tribesmen demanded that the Govt give them the choice of either joining NWPF or creating a separate province out of the FATA agencies. If the military had a referendum at the time, an overwhelming majority of tribesman would have opted to become full citizen of Pakistan by choosing one or the other options. If such a political step had been taken and followed up with development funds and road building, it would almost certainly have changed the complexion of FATA and prevented it from becoming terrorism central. Instead the army continued the games of manipulating the tribesman. Meanwhile canted states also focused on military rather than economic or socially constructive alternatives in the region.

In 2004, Govt of Pakistan, a head of U.S Presidential election, launched a major offensive in South Waziristan. The offensive did not achieve its objectives. Many Al-Qaeda and Taliban operations merely moved to North Waziristan. New militant leaders took up the fight against the Pakistani military in South, which was sealed to foreigners. The Taliban’s hold on the region was neither diminished nor softened. To the contrary Baitullah Mehsud firmly held the ground of South Waziristan.

Recently a full fledge military operation is going on in tribal belt and US military is also targeting the hide outs of Al-Qaeda and Taliban in the Pakistani territory. Pakistan Govt has condemned the US attacks inside Pakistan and termed them as a serious violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty. According to the some reports by foreign media, these US attacks are the result of a silent agreement reached upon by the Govt of US and Pakistan that US will continue to carry out the attacks while Pakistan will carry out protests.

Barrack Obama is now the US Presidential elections and the policy of the new US Govt still has to be seen. At least this fail is established up till now that US attacks in Waziristan will continue despite the protests of Pakistan as US always denied to talk to Taliban.

American Govt is not helping Pakistan in real sense by providing them new equipments, arms and facilitates them to hit terrorism. Rather they are targeting Pakistan. It is unbearable for true Pakistani nation solidarity. It has made the situation of chaos in the people of Pakistan by continuous and directly hitting in the boundaries of Pakistan. It is very harmful to the solidarity of Pakistan, as, Pakistan Army doesn’t have the power to cope with internal insurgency. Pakistani official should make it a point to American Govt to stop their activities as federal Govt has made it the point to negotiate with militants and Taliban. Pakistan Security Forces and other law enforcements operations have not yet able to stop terrorist activities of these people. Now, negotiation among these tribes and security forces are very essential to eliminate the wave of unrest among people.

The solution lies in talks. Military is not the solution rather it will send Pakistan into deep troubles as now this fighting is carried on to settled areas as well. There should more thinking and more talking on the problem rather trying to solve it offensively.