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Monday, June 29, 2009

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 Attn: Chairman/Managing Director


I am Eng. Denis Lambert, presently i`m in basra Iraq undertaking a project of oil pipe lines installation.

With all due respect I ask if you would be pleased to allow me use your status for a swift transfer of some funds about $5 million (FIVE MILLION US DOLLARS) to your country for safe keeping?. The money is from oil so it`s legal.

Actually I got your contact from a data pamphlet published annually by the International Board of  Commerce hence I decided to write to you so we can possibly work together as partners in respect of this proposal.

I have arranged with a security/finance company to move this fund secretly out of Iraq since the Iraqi government is keen to monitor every aspect of cash fund transferred directly to individual accounts through bank, including some other kind of money transfer agency within Iraq.

What i want you to do specifically is secure the fund on my behalf when it`s finally been moved to your country pending when I will come to meet with you for further arrangement.

And also you should bear in your mind that I shall NOT at any time accept a third party in this transaction otherwise the business must remain confidential between both of us.


I will offer you 15% of the total amount for allowing me to use your name for the transaction hoping that you are capable of handling this subject competently.


 If you are interested, kindly revert to me immediately for more details and subsequent action. Thanks a lot for this opportunity and please accept my apology if certainly you have been inconvenienced by this request. I humbly look forward to receiving your response.

Have a very nice day.


best regards

Eng. Denis Lambert

Basra, Iraq.  




JINSA Report #902 Honduran Crisis Reveals Obama's Skewed View of Democratic Processes

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JINSA Report #902
June 29, 2009
Honduran Crisis Reveals Obama's Skewed View of Democratic Processes
President Álvaro Uribe of Colombia is coming to Washington out of favor with President Obama. Despite the heroic job Uribe has done in cutting the FARC narco-terrorist organization down to size, rescuing hostages, combating crime in Colombian cities and reducing political violence, the American administration is unhappy that the very popular, pro-American, pro-free-trade president is considering how to run for a third term in a country with two-term limits.  

This is the background to the removal of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya on Sunday.  President Obama pronounced himself "deeply concerned" and Secretary Clinton said the president's arrest should be condemned. Hugo Chávez, Raúl Castro and Cristina Kirchner joined them in short order. Too fast; too pat.

Honduras has been stable since the early 1980s, mainly because the institutions of government were operating within the law represented by the constitution, the supreme court and the attorney general. Zelaya tried to overrule them all and paid.

Zelaya, a vocal ally of Chávez, had been pushing a public "referendum" to change the Honduran constitution to permit a president more than one term, although the constitution itself bars changes to some of its clauses - including the ban on multiple presidential terms. The Honduran supreme court had ruled the referendum illegal, a position supported by the country's attorney general and members of Zelaya's own political party. The Honduran Army refused the president's order to deliver ballot boxes for the vote. When it was clear that Zelaya intended to go ahead with the illegal referendum, the supreme court issued an order for the army to arrest him.

Zelaya's arrest cannot be seen as separate from the Venezuelan referenda that produced "constitutional changes" that gave Hugo Chávez more and longer presidential terms, making him the "legal" dictator of Venezuela with powers greater than any of his predecessors. The full-scale nationalization of industry and intimidation of labor leaders and whatever media has not been shut down or nationalized has made Chávez internally untouchable for at least the next 10 years, short of a popular overthrow. This is not democracy - nor is a Honduran referendum held over the objection of its supreme court.

And Venezuela's co-opting of democratic norms cannot be seen as separate from Iran's flagrant manipulation of the vote there. Countries with only the outer form of democratic elections and outer form of citizen participation have been exposed as dictatorships.  Zelaya's just didn't get as far as he would have liked. Had he "won" the referendum Sunday, he would have been in a position to run for another (currently illegal) term in November's presidential election. He says he had no intention of running, but it's hard to believe he thwarted the rest of the governmental apparatus just to set up some possible unknown future Honduran president to run for a second term some other day.

The supreme court stepped in to prevent the illegal referendum. The army obeyed the court. The Honduran congress voted to oust Zelaya and has sworn in congressional leader Roberto Micheletti to serve the remainder of Zelaya's term. Micheletti belongs to Zelaya's Liberal Party, but opposed the president in the referendum.

This is really "inside baseball." It is Hondurans in a crisis of legitimate governance that has to be settled by Hondurans. President Obama should give the Honduran supreme court, attorney general, army and congress at least as much benefit of the doubt as he has given the mullahs who stole the Iranian election - and tell everyone else to stay out.

Instead, Mr. Obama is treating Honduras like a banana republic - assuming the worst of the military and the best of a ruler who shares his personal political proclivities.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009


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P.O.BOX 11818 Spintex Road
Accra Ghana.
Dear Good Friend,
I am Barrister Koffi Kwaku, a legal practitioner, I am the personal attorney to late J.A.Mohammad a nationality of your country, who used to work with a Gold Mining Company here in Accra Ghana . He used to be my client.
On the 21st October, 2006, my client, his wife and their only daughter were involved in a car accident along Kumasi express Road here in Ghana . All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I have made several inquiries to your embassy here to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful.
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his last name over the Internet, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the fund valued at US$18 million left behind by my client before it gets confiscated or declared unserviceable by the GHANA COMMERCIAL BANK  LTD  where this huge amount were deposited.
The said GHANA COMMERCIAL BANK LTD has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin to my late client or they will left with no option than to confiscate his account and send the fund to the Bank of Ghana tresure as an unclaimed fund  within the next twenty one official working days.
Since I have been unsuccessfully in locating the relatives for over 2years now, I seek your  consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased since you have the same last name with my late client, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you.
I have all necessary information and legal documents needed to back you up for the claim of this fund.
All I require from you is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

I wait for your urgent response.
 Barrister Koffi Kwaku.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

JINSA Report #901 The Anti-Iran Axis and the new Iranian Revolution

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JINSA Report #901
June 25, 2009
The Anti-Iran Axis and the new Iranian Revolution
Out of the 2006 Lebanon War and the 2008/9 Operation Cast Lead (the IDF against Iranian proxies Hezbollah and Hamas) coalesced the Middle Eastern anti-Iran axis of Israel plus Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and the Gulf States except Qatar. The Sunni Arab countries greeted President Obama's early overtures to the Iranian government with such alarm that Secretary of Defense Gates and then President Obama himself dashed off to Egypt and Saudi Arabia to reassure them. [Egypt, of course, was already on the President's schedule, but Saudi Arabia was a late addition.]

So one might think the new Iranian revolution would make the axis happy. At its best, it could remove the Shiite clerical rulers, upsetting Iranian funding and the influence of some of the most malign forces in the region, changing the balance in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and the Palestinian territories just for starters. It would discomfit Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.  It is unlikely that a new Iranian government would pursue nuclear weapons, Shiite triumphalism or the harassment of Hosni Mubarak by Hezbollah.

But among the axis members, only democratic Israel has unmixed feelings as it watches the people of Iran trying to make themselves heard and their influence felt against their repressive government.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and the Gulf States including Qatar are all, themselves, repressive governments. They may well hate the Iranian government as Shiite, Persian and expansionist - but in their heart of hearts they identify with a government that controls the levers of power in the government, media and security forces. Popular revolution terrifies them all because the next one could be against them, especially now.

The ability of people to network means pro-democracy forces around the Arab world are watching and rooting for the people against the government.  Inside Iran, the uprising is now less about the election than about throwing off dictators, repression and fear. Win or lose for the Iranians, how long will it be before small-d democrats in Egypt and Saudi Arabia turn their anger against their own dictators?  

The djinni is out of the bottle, so to speak.

If the region's secular Arab dictators fear revolution, the United States apparently fears that Sunni fundamentalists would win open elections. But there is no reason to think people in the Arab world crave to make the mistakes of the Persians. In the last parliamentary election in Jordan, Islamists received 5.5% of the vote.    

In American policy there is - or should be - a difference between undermining a friendly dictator (Mubarak, for example) and giving him tools to try to prevent his overthrow by his own people. The elements of consensual government - not quick elections among anti-democratic groups, but the freedoms that permit free and fair elections: a free press, free association and free speech; and the protection of minorities and women - could help open the pressure release valve and permit the maturation of both the government and the citizenry. The only other way to release that pressure is on view in Tehran.

If President Obama and Secretary Clinton could only find their pre-election voices, they could provide succor to the Iranian people and hope to the people of the Arab world at the same time.

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June 2009 JINSA Newsletter

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  June 2009
In This Issue
Netanyahu and Obama
Bolton Briefs JINSA
Rethinking "Palestine"

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JINSA Leaders Participate in 2009 Middle East Security Workshop at the National Defense University

Members of JINSA's Board of Directors participated in a daylong workshop on June 1, 2009 at the National Defense University at Ft. McNair in Washington, DC. The Middle East Security Workshop was sponsored by the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, and featured panel discussions on regional security challenges in the Middle East; U.S. National Security Strategy; Afghanistan and South Asia; the rise of Russia and China; and the continuing evolution and adaptation of global terrorist groups.

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Press Release - JINSA Urges Swift Provision of Aid to Pakistan

Ensuring the continued security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program and providing critical support for the country's fledgling democracy requires the swift provision of U.S. aid to Pakistan.

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Full Article on JINSA's Visit to Air Force Special Operations Command

On May 14, a group of JINSA members visited Hurlburt Field, home of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), to gain a greater understanding of AFSOC's contributions to current American military operations. The visit was planned as part of JINSA's Base Visit Program.

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Former UK Military Commander in Afghanistan Briefs JINSA Leaders in Houston

Colonel Richard Kemp, CBE (ret.), former commander of British Forces in Afghanistan in 2003 spoke in April to JINSA leaders in Houston at a reception hosted by former JINSA President Ted Dinerstein.

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Neuman Op-Eds on Obama's
Speech in Cairo

On June 4, President Obama addressed the Muslim world from Cairo.  Before the speech, JINSA's Executive Director, Tom Neuman discussed whether a U.S.-Israel confrontation over the President's demands is inevitable.

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The President's speech, was also analyzed after the fact in a second op-ed.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

FROM MISS Ishatu Kumour

FROM MISS Ishatu Kumour
Boulevard D'Estelle
Abidjan Cote D'ivoire

Dearest in hearth,
 Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I contacted you after going through your profile,I prayed over it and selected your name among other names due to its esteeming nature and the recommendations given to me as a reputable and trust worthy person that I can do business with and by the recommendation , I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business .

I am Miss Ishatu Kumour the only duagther of late Mr.and Mrs.Joseph Kumour. My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan , the economic capital of Ivory coast, my father was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outings on a business trip . My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so special. Before the death of my father last year in a private hospital here in Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of six million,five hundred thousand United State Dollars. USD ($6,500,000.00) left in fixed / suspense account in one of the prime bank here in Abidjan ,that he used my name as his only daugther for the next of Kin in depositing of the fund.
He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business ssociates That I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where i will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose such as real estate management or hotel management .
Dear, I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways:
1. To provide a bank account into which this money would be transferred to .
2. To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 22years.
3.To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit in your country.

Moreover, Dear, i am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/ input after the successful transfer of this fund into your nominated account overseas. Furthermore, you indicate your options towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within four (4) days you signify interest to assist me. Anticipating to hear from you soonest.
Thank's and remain bless.
Ishatu Kumour.



From: Mrs. Monica Tema
PLEASE ENDEAVOUR TO USE IT FOR THE CHILDREN OF GOD.I am the above name person from Sierra-Leone. I am married to Dr Ebenezer Tema who worked with Sierra Leonian Embassy in South Africa for nine years before he died in the year 2005. We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death we were both born again Christians and we lived happilly. Since his death, I decided not to re-marry.
When my late husband was alive he secured $15Million (Fifteen Million U.S. Dollars) with financial institution here in Cote D'Ivoire. Presently, this money is still with the financial institution. Recently, my Doctor told me that from all the test conducted on my health, I am not going to last long, expecially, due to my cancer and stroke. But what disturbs me most now is stroke.
Having known my condition, I decided to donate this fund to churches or Christian individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct. I want a church or individual that will use this money to fund churches, Orphanages and Widows. Also, the propagation of the work of God, building and maintaining the house of God through this money, is very important.
The Bible made us to understand that Blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christians. I don?t want my husband's hard earned money to be misused by unbelievers, for their own selfish interest and in an ungodly manner. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bossom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace.
I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health, and because of the presence of my husband's relatives around me sometimes. I don't want them to know about this development, but I know that With God all things are possible.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Financial institution in Ivory coast. I will also give you all information regarding the deposit of this money. I will also issue you a letter of authority that will empower you as the original- beneficiary of this fund. I want you and your church to always pray for me because God work in misterious ways. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Who ever that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life.
Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for a church or christian individual for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein. Hoping to hear from you soon.
Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs Monica Tema



Assalamu alaikum,

Please, kindly pardon me for any inconvenience this letter may cost you because I know it may come to you as a surprise as we'have no previous correspondence.

My name is Larissa Ahmed the only child of late Dr Ali Ahmed who was the chairman/CEO of the Sierra-Leone national Gold & Diamond Mining Corporation.presently, I am residing in Abidjan economic capital of COTE D'IVOIRE in Weste africa, because of the political crisis in my Country.

I would Honestly want to seek for an immediate assistance for transaction of $18 Million U.S dollars including 500kg of gold dust and 450kg of diamond belonging to my late father who was killed by the Rebels during the political crisis in my country. Then I ran to COTE D'IVOIRE refugee Camp where my father deposited this money and the gold .

My late father deposited this money in a security company here in Abidjan ther economic capital of (COTE D'IVOIRE )
I have the documents backing up the box and i have contacted the security company and confirmed the safety of the deposit trunk box,for your claims and my late father told me incase if he died that i should look for someone who has a buisness company abroad to help me claim the box,i have the ID Card issued us from the United Nation here in Abidjan Cote D Ivoire west africa on our arrival as refugess and these will serves you as a proof.

I believe you as an advanced person that you will not betray the trust i impose on you at the end of this transaction because i will join you to continue my education.
Please i need you to send to me the followings,

1.your full Name.
2.Your private phone and fax number
3.Your first page and second page of your international passport.
All this i will submit them to the security company for the transaction
of the box to your verious destination.

Bear it in mind that my late father; did not disclose the content of the box to the security company to aviod the official from raissing eye brows to the fund.

Also Bear in mind that this transaction remains confindential to yourself alone.
Based on this i contacted you for an assistance,So that i can front you as my late father foreign buisness partner/ beneficiary of the box in there security custody. Because my late father Dr Ali Ahmed deposited it as family valuable.

15% of the total sum will be offered to
you for your assistance, while 5% will be set aside for any expenses that might arise during the transaction.

Please do feel free to ask me questions on this as I wait for your reply soonest and However, we don't really know each other, therefore we need to build a strong relationship of trust first which is the most important.

Thank you for reading my letter and kindly let me know if you are willing to help me in this transaction so that we can discuss the issue, and kindly keep this message to yourself simply for a security reason.

Assalamu alaikum and may the peace of Almighty Allah be with you.
Thanks and Allah Blessed,
Sincerely yours,
Larissa Ahmed.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

JINSA Report #900 While You Were Watching Iran, Part II: Palestinians and Our Money

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JINSA Report #900
June 23, 2009
While You Were Watching Iran, Part II: Palestinians and Our Money
JINSA has frequently expressed concern that the United States is training Palestinian security forces without a clear picture of:

a) To whom the force will, ultimately, be loyal - as the Abu Mazen's Palestinian Authority (PA) government is overdue for elections and his popularity is in the low single digits; and

b) What the disposition of any future Palestinian government will be toward America's friend and ally Israel.  

Frankly, we are concerned that Lt. Gen. Keith Dayton and his people may be giving Palestinians skills that will be turned against Israeli citizens. While the PA is currently working with the Government of Israel in a variety of ways, both Hamas and Fatah believe the creation of Israel was a mistake by the international community and restitution for the "European Holocaust" - a misconception to which President Obama's speech in Cairo gave credence.  And remember that Abu Mazen is a Holocaust denier from way, way back.

Nevertheless, included in the FY2009 Supplemental Appropriations Bill is $109 million for training Palestinian Security Forces, and Congress is considering an administration request for an additional $100 million to continue and expand the training in 2010.  There is no indication of what would happen to the troops, training or money if Hamas wins the next Palestinian election, or if Hamas doesn't wait for an election to take power, or if Hamas has infiltrated Fatah forces and/or if Palestinian security forces are "sharing" their training with others.  

According to both Israeli and Palestinian sources, one reason the Fatah military force collapsed so quickly in the Hamas-Fatah civil war of 2007 was widespread Hamas infiltration into Fatah units. Gen. Dayton himself has said that the failure of his predecessors to properly vet recruits to the Palestinian Security Forces was the reason many of them used their U.S.-supplied training against Israel during the so-called "second intifada."

Keeping in mind his assurances that things are better now, last week, Palestinian security sources announced that they had arrested an officer from Fatah's National Guard unit caught training Hamas cells on the West Bank. We are skeptical of statements by the PA government, including its security forces, knowing that they often settle private scores under the guise of public policy. These are the forces Gen. Dayton has vetted and in whom he appears to have confidence, however. We are not reassured at any level.

And when we are not supplying money to Palestinian "soldiers," we are supplying UNRWA - which has employed members of Hamas and serves as a shill for Palestinian radicalism while imprisoning multiple generations of Palestinians in "refugee camps" in various Arab countries (In April, the U.S. supplied $311,500 to replace a clinic providing services to 19,000 Palestine refugees living in a camp in Syria.)  In 2008, the U.S. government provided $185 million to UNRWA; in 2009 the figure thus far is $154.5 million - separate from the additional $900 million the U.S. is planning to provide to the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza largely through the corrupt Fatah government in the West Bank and UNRWA.

Somewhere in that welter of money, the Obama Administration and Congress should be asking the fundamental question - what are the Palestinians doing with American taxpayer dollars that American taxpayers would actually want done?  None of our largesse has produced the slightest indication on the part of Palestinian leadership - loosely defined - that there are civic, social, cultural and security requirements incumbent upon them when they take money we are increasingly hard-pressed to hand out.

"Change we can believe in" is clearly called for here.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

JINSA Report #899 While you were Watching Iran, Part I: North Korea

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JINSA Report #899
June 22, 2009
While you were Watching Iran, Part I: North Korea
Following the latest North Korean missile test, the UN Security Council unanimously condemned Pyongyang. Furthermore, hoping to prevent additional North Korean exports of missile technology and missile-related equipment and parts, the Security Council resolution provided for "Member States to inspect and destroy all banned cargo to and from that country - on the high seas, at seaports and airports - if they have reasonable grounds to suspect a violation." Unfortunately, it did not give UN member states authority to board the ships. The United States and its allies are permitted only "to ask permission."

A suspected arms ship, the Kang Nam, has sailed from North Korea and is being monitored by U.S. and allied navies but, without permission to board, it appears that we will have to wait until the ship docks somewhere and hope that the host country will impound it. Originally thought to be headed for Singapore - not a friendly port for North Korea - it may now be headed for Myanmar, a place notably disinterested in what the UN or the rest of the international community wants.  

In addition, Japanese intelligence suggests that North Korea will launch a missile toward Hawaii around the Fourth of July. They tried an Independence Day launch three years ago, but the missile failed seconds after liftoff. The assumption on all sides is that the North Koreans have made progress in missile technology since then, though American officials think it is unlikely that the missile will have enough range to actually hit the island. Nonetheless, said one military official, "past failure should not be considered a predictor," and defenses added to Hawaii include a ground-based mobile missile system and the X-Band seaborne radar.  

"We do have some concerns if they were to launch a missile ... in the direction of Hawaii," Defense Secretary Robert Gates said, but, "We are in a good position, should it become necessary, to protect Americans and American territory."

We wonder if he - and the residents of Hawaii - will think to thank President Reagan who said, as he announced the opening of the missile defense program, "We can't afford to think that we will never be threatened." Or thank President G.W. Bush for withdrawing from the outdated ABM Treaty and ordering the deployment of missile defenses in 2002, allowing us to confront non-Russian threats.  

And we are concerned that President Obama is moving backward; missile defense is slated to take a $1.2 billion hit in the next budget. Out are $120 million to continue fielding 44 missile interceptors in Alaska; $500 million for long-range missile defense in Poland and the Czech Republic; and the entire Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI) Booster, Airborne Laser and Transformational Satellite Programs. The last three are technologies that will have an impact on future defense capabilities, necessary if our adversaries continue testing and improving their offensive capabilities.  

We are fortunate that previous Presidents and Congresses pushed forward with missile defense in its early and unproven stages. In view of the demonstrated hostility of North Korea (and Iran) the current President and Congress should move forward on current and future technologies to keep pace as the threats proliferate.

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