Federal Bureau of Investigation: Federal Agents Arrest Man After He Attempts to Bomb Bank in Oakland
Sheesh. I guess President Barack Obama and California Republicans and Democrats will be even busier now that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has this new alert. Matthew Llaneza was caught attempting to bomb a bank just across Interstate 80 from San Francisco, and the agents tracking him first made contact with him a little over two months ago. He wanted to support and train Taliban operatives in Afghanistan, and to prove himself, he proposed an attack against a bank. The format I consider the most striking part of this arrest: Llaneza wanted to set up the attack “to make it appear that the responsible party was an umbrella organization for a loose collection of anti-government militias and their sympathizers”, with his stated goal being “to trigger a governmental crackdown, which he expected would trigger a right-wing counter-response against the government followed by, he hoped, civil war”. The attack was timed to occur last night, but thankfully, the bomb had already been rendered inoperable. I’m certain that the Taliban would at least consider applauding his struggle against us, and had Llaneza succeeded, well, the divisions would explain themselves. It might not take much else for other countries to experience similar escalations.:
Irrawaddy: William Boot: Neighbors’ Business Plans Stall at Burma’s Borders
Diplomat: Steve Finch: Despite Crackdown on Dissent, Can Vietnam Reform?
Oh, boy. The ongoing instability among Burma’s ethnic groups has its neighbors nervous about finalization of investment deals, from bridges to offshore natural gas. “Many planned economic projects” have ground to a halt, such as the modernization of Sittwe Port and that superhighway between India and Thailand, and even face-to-face discussions between Burmese President Thein Sein and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra have failed to generate the wanted momentum. As it is, most of those armed ethnic groups, such as the United Wa State Army and the Kachin Independence Army, “occupy border regions”, and the “murky” system of regulations under the Burmese military commanders’ old regime made China the only prosperous country within it. Burma is going to need investments in functional electricity and long-range communications, rules for land tenure and foreign exchange, and specialized teams for administrative projects. Vietnam could have similar problems, in addition to these crackdowns. Intellectuals and church leaders have joined forces with former and current officials from the Vietnamese Communist Party in calling for constitutional revisions that allow elections among multiple parties and define and separate executive, legislative, and judicial powers. Bad regulations risk more ridicule from the general populace, so President Truong Tan Sang will need “meaningful” and “tangible” reforms to accompany the proposed revisions, most likely during their scheduled ratification this upcoming October. Interestingly, it’s Burma’s recent journey of reform that has made the corruption inside the Vietnamese Communist Party more visible, and I’m certain that Indian and Israeli executives would be eager to persuade their Vietnamese counterparts just why corruption makes them untrustworthy. Public participation in these revisions has been encouraged at the highest levels, so in a way, the genie of freedom is, so to speak, out of the bottle, lamp, or whatever device was used. These party leaders could welcome advice from us in this country, and Congress might be even closer to implementing several initiatives on its own toward this end.:
Daily Caller: Charles Johnson: Menendez donor leveraged ‘Occupy’ movement to take aim at Bank of America
Roll Call: Tea Party Changes Tack to Hit McConnell
US News and World Report: Rebekah Metzler: Marco Rubio, Rand Paul Strike Out to Rebrand Their Party
Whoever’s investigating Dr. Salomon Melgen might notice quite a round of collusion, if the major companies in question are to be examined more closely. He worked with those Occupy Wall Street protesters back in the fall of 2011 against Bank of America, but his efforts ended up confined to Miami. Of course, even earlier, in 2010, he and his team launched a campaign to “warn foreign investors” that their money would be in danger as long as it remained inside this country, and his family has donated to now-former Senator Christopher Dodd, once involved with banking regulations, as well as securities and investment. I suppose the Tea Partiers will be ever more alert leading to this new speech out of the President of America this upcoming Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner have a bridge for motorists directly between their respective states, but the former wasn’t able to come up with necessary money to upgrade the bridge. Barack Obama went to that bridge to “pressure Republicans to back more infrastructure spending”… to no avail, and now, Tea Party activists face skepticism from Senator Rand Paul, also based in Kentucky. Ironically, the current earmark ban has rendered McConnell, among other politicians known for bringing money back to their constituencies, much less able to maintain that approach, and for Paul’s part, he could encourage alternate channels for transportation expenses to further upgrade this country. He and Florida Senator Marco Rubio are planning to respond to this speech with points about expanded appeal, presumably with reflections on basic Republican principles. While Paul worries about congressional irrelevance in foreign policy, Rubio had a bit of a fun exchange involving things like climate change. I guess the wheels in Washington, D.C.’s circles will start turning more quickly in the coming days, but somehow, I find myself less worried and more refreshed about these and other trends than other political and cultural junkies could be.
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