Daily Archives: December 10, 2005

Michael Moore owns a part of Halliburton

I have known it from Alex Corvus’s blog:

He refers to some news that are told by newsmac.com:

Filmmaker Michael Moore has made a career out of trashing corporations and said he doesn’t own any stocks due to moral principle.

How then did author Peter Schweizer uncover IRS documents showing that Moore’s very own foundation has bought stocks in some of America’s largest corporations – including Halliburton, other defense contractors and some of the same companies he has attacked?

In his blockbuster new book “Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy,” Hoover Fellow Schweizer reveals the glaring contradictions between the public stances and real-life behavior of prominent liberals including Al Franken, Ralph Nader, Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi. [Editor’s Note: NewsMax has a free offer for “Do As I Say” – Go Here Now.]

But he reserves some of his sharpest barbs for Moore.

  • In his first documentary “Roger & Me,” Moore skewered General Motors, Schweizer points out.
  • In “The Big One,” he went after Nike and PayDay candy bars.
  • “Bowling for Columbine” was an attack on the American gun industry.
  • Oil companies played a major role in “Fahrenheit 911.”
  • His upcoming film “Sicko” pillories drug companies and HMOs.
  • On his television shows “TV Nation” and “The Awful Truth,” he criticized HMOs and defense contractors.
  • He once said that major defense contractor Halliburton was run by a bunch of “thugs,” and suggested that for every American killed in the Iraq war, “I would like Halliburton to slay one mid-level executive.”

Publicly, Moore has claimed he wants no part of these companies and won’t own stock.

In his book “Stupid White Men,” he wrote: “I don’t own a single share of stock.”

He repeated the claim in a 1997 letter to the online magazine Salon, saying: “I don’t own any stock.”

It seems he is not the only Hallibuton’s “owner”. Soros manages a fund that owns $252,500.

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The Peace in Israel

JERUSALEM (CNN) — A tunnel leading from Gaza toward Israel has been discovered, the first since the Israeli military withdrew from Gaza over the summer, the Israel Defense Forces said Saturday.

The tunnel, described as several meters deep and about 20 meters long, was found Friday afternoon during engineering work north of Gaza.

“Terror organizations had intended to use the tunnel in order to infiltrate Israel and carry out terror attacks within the country,” the IDF statement said.

The tunnel shaft near the Erez security crossing connected to a path leading to a garbage dump. From there, the IDF said, “terrorists” intended to “enter the tunnel and infiltrate Israel.”

The military says it would use controlled explosives to “render the tunnel useless.”

Meanwhile, Israeli officials clarified their position about the flow of legitimate goods across the boundary between Gaza and Israel.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Israel may consider changing the status of Gaza crossing points if the Palestinian Authority did not take action against militant groups.

But, spokesman Ra’anan Gissin said, Israel does not intend to place Gaza under economic siege by closing the crossings.

Israeli media had reported a threat to limit the flow of goods across the boundary.

If Gaza’s Karni and Erez crossings were given international-border status, Gissin said, Palestinian exports into Israel would be significantly slowed as a consequence.

The Israeli Cabinet will discuss the issue during its weekly meeting on Sunday, Gissin said.

On Friday, Israel’s Channel 2 reported that Israel’s defense chief, Shaul Mofaz, was considering closing the crossings.

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said Friday at a rally in Damascus that the radical Palestinian group had had enough of the agreement it made with the Palestinian Authority to maintain “quiet” with Israel. (Full story)

Hamas was among several militant groups that agreed to cooperate by not attacking Israel. That agreement, brokered by Egypt, has been honored for the past nine months, and chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said the pact should continue.

But violence persists. A suicide bomber blew himself up last Monday at a mall in Netanya, killing five Israelis, a day after Israel said it was resuming targeted air strikes in retaliation for Palestinian missile attacks launched from Gaza.

Islamic Jihad, another militant group, claimed responsibility for the Netanya bombing. Israel arrested members of the family of the bomber, and in the days since the bombing Israeli attacks have killed four Palestinian militants in two targeted strikes in Gaza.

As it says Hamas was not going to continue that agreement:

The president of the political office of the palestinien radical gruop Hamas, Khaled Mechaal, have said this Friday from Damas that his movement is not going to continue the agreement of not attacking the Jews, that ends on 31/Dec/2005.

We are not going to continue with the agreement because our people is surrounded and is preparing for a confrontation” with Israel, have assured Mr. Mechaal, that was talking from a palestinien refugees camp of Yarmouk, 10 km away from Damas.

This Nov. 3rd, one of the chief leadres of Hamas, Mahmoud Zahar, had indicated that the mouvement will never countinue the agreement if Israel does not finish the attacks and free the thousands of palestieniens that are in Israel’s prisions.

The agreement have been imposed to Hamas and other groups by the Palestinien President Mahmoud Abbas the day after he had concluded it with Sharon this February in Charm el Cheikh.

Very peaceful, ein?? So peaceful that they were going to investigate the Palestinian football players that have played along with Israelis in Barcelona a “Peace Play”, although now they deny it.

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Prosecutors call Padilla’s ‘combatant’ complaint not relevant now

NEW YORK (CNN) — The Justice Department told a federal appeals court Friday that terror suspect Jose Padilla’s complaints about being held indefinitely as a “enemy combatant” are irrelevant now that criminal charges have been filed in Florida.

And, prosecutors said, it doesn’t matter if the charges against Padilla don’t include a previously alleged “dirty bomb” plot.

Meanwhile, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter has announced that he is launching a formal probe of the Justice Department’s handling of the Padilla case and may hold a public hearing.

Specter said Thursday: “I think there’s a real question raised when you hold a citizen for three and a half years on a charge that he’s going to explode a dirty bomb and then, when the Supreme Court is considering taking jurisdiction of the case, to withdraw. That troubles me.”

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has held up Padilla’s transfer from a military brig in South Carolina.

The court asked the government to explain why a Miami grand jury’s indictment made no mention of a “dirty bomb” plot and other allegations cited by the Bush administration to detain Padilla in a military brig for the past three and a half years.

Prosecutors explained: “The executive has determined that the demands of national security can now be adequately satisfied by charging petitioner criminally. The fact that those charges involve different facts from those relied upon by the president in ordering petitioner’s military detention is not consequential.”

Although the indictment’s allegations are different, they are “gravely serious offenses” that carry a potential penalty of life imprisonment, prosecutors said.

Padilla’s attorneys had pleaded with the government to either charge Padilla or release him, and a federal judge in South Carolina agreed. The appeals court reversed that decision.

In September, a three-judge appeals court panel ruled that the detention was lawful, citing the president’s constitutional powers as commander in chief and the congressional resolution authorizing the president to use military force against the perpetrators of the September 11 attacks.

Padilla was indicted as the issue appeared headed to the Supreme Court.

The indictment added Padilla as a defendant in a case accusing him and others of forming a “North American support cell” of a global “violent jihad” movement.

It charges Padilla with conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim people in a foreign country, conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and providing material support to terrorists.

According to the indictment, Padilla went to Afghanistan in 1999 and 2000 and underwent weapons and explosives training by al Qaeda, the Islamic terror group led by Saudi exile Osama bin Laden and responsible for the September 11 attacks.

But the indictment makes no mention of a plot to detonate a radioactive “dirty bomb” or blow up apartment buildings with natural gas — allegations made previously in public statements and court arguments by Justice Department officials.

Padilla, 35, is a U.S. citizen who converted to Islam after serving two terms in U.S. prison. FBI agents arrested him at Chicago’s airport in May 2002. A month later, President Bush declared Padilla an “enemy combatant” and he was moved to military custody.

Prosecutors argued in their brief that Padilla’s petition challenging his detention is irrelevant because it was “exclusively addressed to his detention by the military ‘without criminal charges.’

The courts, prosecutors said, “lack jurisdiction to consider cases that no longer present live controversies.”

Padilla’s attorneys believe the underlying questions of “enemy combatant” policy ought to be heard by the Supreme Court. Should Padilla be acquitted in Florida, for example, defense attorneys worry the government could again hold him an “enemy combatant.”

Prosecutors called that idea “entirely speculative.”

The defense brief is due December 16.

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