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The pirate Paul Watson still runs and hides like a coward

Paul Watson talks the big game…but when it comes to his own skin is nothing but a big coward as he stays in international waters to avoid capture.

He should be arrested in Australia if he comes ashore and the same goes for here. Anyone who flies the jolly roger and attacks ships on the high seas is a pirate:

A DIPLOMATIC headache is developing for the federal government as ground is laid for the wanted Sea Shepherd leader, Paul Watson, to come ashore in Australia.

Mr Watson is wanted by Japan over his Antarctic anti-whaling campaigns, and after skipping bail in Germany has been at sea for months to avoid arrest.

No surprises that the Green taliban of Australia is sticking up for the pirate.? Read more »

Too much warrior and not enough rainbow

? Sydney Morning Herald

The head of the pirate organisation Sea Shepherd (They fly a Jolly Roger), the eco-terrorist Paul Watson, is on the run after skipping bail in Germany:

Paul Watson calls it “Getting out of Dodge” – as in the Wild West’s Dodge City. The hardline conservationist knows when the forces arrayed against him mean it’s time to leave town.

He got out of Dodge once in 2006, just hours before authorities in Hobart were told his ship Farley Mowat should be detained, having been stripped of its Belizean flag.

Since then he has led the transformation of his group from a self-proclaimed pirate outfit, to a small, efficient navy funded largely by Hollywood millionaires.

Now he has suddenly?taken flight from Germany, where he was being detained over another 10 year-old decision to get out of Dodge in Costa Rica.

The?decision to skip bail?in Frankfurt throws into doubt his ability to lead the group he founded 35 years ago.

Pensive and bearish, the Canadian-born Watson, 61, was an original Greenpeace member who broke with the group in the 1970s. Most of those activists have recalled Mr Watson as too much warrior and not enough rainbow.

More like too much yellow as he cuts and runs again from authorities.

The scandal that isn't

The New York Times via their clearly biased ill informed reporters James Risen and Eric Lichtblau have perhaps landed themselves in some hot water.

Commentator Jack Kelly exposes their shoddy reporting and highlights the security issues surrounding their blabbing. 

A grave crime was exposed Dec. 16th when New York Times reporters James Risen and Eric Lichtblau published a story revealing President Bush authorized the National Security Agency to listen in on conversations between al Qaida suspects abroad and people in the United States without first obtaining a warrant.

"We’re seeing clearly now that (President) Bush thought 9/11 gave him license to act like a dictator," wrote Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter. But the scandal was not the program Risen and Lichtblau wrote about. The scandal is that they wrote about it.

Of course dopey Keith Locke jumped right in and exposed hinself (no pun intended) ayet again as a blithering idiot. Keith if you are reading this pay close attention….President Bush has not broken any laws….the reporters and their sources however have. 

Risen and Lichtblau chose not to mention this story, which appeared in the New York Times on Nov. 7th, 1982:

"A federal appeals court has ruled that the National Security Agency may lawfully intercept messages between United States citizens and people overseas, even if there is no cause to believe the Americans are foreign agents."

Even the feckless Jimmy Carter issued on May 23rd, 1979, an executive order authorizing the attorney general "to approve electronic surveillance to acquire foreign intelligence information without a court order."

Carter cited as the authority for issuing his order the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Congress had passed the year before, and which Alter and other hyperventilating hypocrites claim Bush has violated.

Why would Carter think that? Perhaps he read — as evidently Alter hasn’t — section 1802 of the FISA law, which says: "the President, through the Attorney General, may authorize electronic surveillance without a court order… to acquire foreign intelligence information…" 

Whoopsy, big fuck up there. Jack leaves his most scathing comments till the end.

The news media didn’t think warrantless electronic surveillance was a threat to our liberty when Democratic presidents authorized it. National Review’s Byron York, who dug up the Gorelick testimony mentioned above, noted the Washington Post reported on it on Page A-19.

It is despicable, but not illegal, for the news media to publish vital national secrets leaked to them. But the leakers have committed a felony.

Those who have demanded severe punishment for whoever it was who told reporters Valerie Plame worked at the CIA have been remarkably forgiving about who leaked the existence of the NSA intercept program, which — like the earlier leak of secret CIA prisons for al Qaida bigwigs and unlike the Plame kerfuffle — has done serious harm to our national security.