In 2005 the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case of Kelo v. City of New London, ruled that governments in the United States have the right to steal their citizens’ property and transfer it to private developers as long as it serves a “public purpose,” namely bringing in more tax revenue. Thus, according to the court, the city of New London, Connecticut, was within its rights to evict Susette Kelo and others from their property in order to hand the property over to Pfizer for development — development that, in fact, never materialized.
"There has been a overwhelming criticism, both nationally and internationally, against the alleged “attack” on the so-called Freedom Flotilla by the Israeli Defense Force. Mainstream media outlets originally reported that boats filled with “peace activists” were attacked by violent armed Israelis. In fact, words like “slaughter” and “genocide” were used in reference to the event. Of course, as it turns out, the “peace activists” were in fact terrorists, a minor detail that has been conveniently left out in most reports on the incident.
On Monday, May 31, the Los Angeles Times was reporting that officials in Pakistan have released Major Adnan Ahmad, recently taken into custody under suspicion of helping the Times Square bomb attempt suspect, Faisal Shahzad. Pakistani law enforcement sources said it had been determined that Major Ahmad had not been involved with the failed car bombing.
George Washington warned Americans about entangling alliances with the Old World. Perhaps one reason is exemplified by last Friday's attack in Lahore, Pakistan, by Islamic extremists against a sect of Islam that rejects some tenets of the Islam practiced by most Musliims. The terrorists hit two mosques crowded with worshippers, killing scores of the minority sect.
According to UPI on Thursday, May 27, Pakisan's Interior Minister, Rehman Malik, has made known the results, to date, of his government's investigation concerning Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistan-American suspect who attempted a failed car bombing in Times Square on Saturday, May 1. According to Mr. Malik, Pakistan is now confirming that Shahzad had connections in that country's terrorist stronghold area of South Waziristan, “and his accounts are in focus for investigation.” He added that they intend to continue following these leads. Pakistani officials also have two individuals under questioning who are suspected of escorting Shahzad to Waziristan for terrorist training.
Voice of America News reported on May 26 that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaking during a televised news speech made in the southeastern city of Kerman, called on Russia and the United States to accept a nuclear fuel-swap deal, warning that it will be the last chance to resolve the nuclear stand off.
The crisis that began with the March 26 sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan by a North Korean submarine continued on May 25, as KCNA, North Korea’s official news agency, announced that “All communication links between the north and the south will be cut off.”
Last Wednesday, May 19, it was announced that investigators in Pakistan had arrested a former Pakistani officer, Major Adnan, in association with the attempted Times Square bombing attempt of May 1. It was believed then that he had been dismissed from their army two months previous and was arrested at his home in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
As tensions increase as a result of the March 26 sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan, presumably by a North Korean submarine, a White House press statement issued on May 24 said: “President Obama fully supports [South Korean] President Lee in his handling of the ROKS Cheonan incident and the objective investigation that followed.”
Pakistani officials on May 21 announced that they have arrested suspects in connection with the attempted May 1 car bombing in Times Square, New York City. It is not known when these arrests took place, but they came after two U.S. senior security officials had recently come to Pakistan.
AP reported a North Korean statement on May 20 asserting that South Korea fabricated evidence implicating the North in a torpedo attack that sank the South’s ROKS Cheonan on March 26 in order to provoke the North. The statement said any attempt by South Korea to retaliate for the warship's sinking would be answered with "all-out war."