I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Protect America Act

Sorry I've been absent for a couple of days but I was called out of town unexpectedly. I missed the Mickey Mouse debate on the Disney Channel but Jazz covered that below. I missed the fact that the MSM still seems unwilling to report on the deteriorating situation in Iraq but then that's why they are called the cable tabloid networks. I didn't miss this however:
'Bin Laden Determined To Strike In U.S.' Pt. 2
or this:
GAO Slams Bush on Terrorism - says Al Qaeda attack likely and we have no plan
Yes we do indeed need a Protect America Act but it should consist of getting the Bush/Cheney cabal out of the White House as quickly as possible and making sure the Republicans become an insignificant and powerless minority. According to the GAO, while Bush and the neocons having been fighting their own personal demons in Iraq while the real demons are gaining strength and getting ready to attack.
al Qaeda is now using the Pakistani safe haven to put the last element necessary to launch another attack against America into place, including the identification, training, and positioning of Western operatives for an attack. It stated that al Qaeda is most likely using the FATA to plot terrorist attacks against political, economic, and infrastructure targets in America “designed to produce mass casualties, visually dramatic destruction, significant economic aftershocks, and/or fear among the population."
And yes they are the real demons - not al-Sadr or the Iranians.
al Qaeda’s central leadership, based in the border area of Pakistan, is and will remain the most serious terrorist threat to the United States
But the Bush administration has no plan and probably no interest in stopping them.
No comprehensive plan for meeting U.S. national security goals in the FATA has been developed, as stipulated by the National Strategy for Combating Terrorism (2003), called for by an independent commission (2004), and mandated by congressional legislation (2007). Furthermore, Congress created the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) in 2004 specifically to develop comprehensive plans to combat terrorism. However, neither the National Security Council (NSC), NCTC, nor other executive branch departments have developed a comprehensive plan that includes all elements of national power—diplomatic, military, intelligence, development assistance, economic, and law enforcement support—called for by the various national security strategies and Congress.
The only thing the Republicans and the Bush administration having ever been interested in is grabbing power and the bottom lines of their corporate sponsors. Of course they will use this report to justify the wiretapping of Greenpeace and Code Pink.

You can find the entire report here (pdf).