‘Narco-Subs’ Eluding U.S. Drug Authorities

‘Narco-Subs’ Eluding U.S. Drug Authorities

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United States authorities are struggling to keep up with “the most ingenious innovation in the drug trade”: narcotics submarines.

Drug cartels have improved their techniques and technology from easily detectable “go fast” boats intended to simply outrun drug corps, to semi-submersible craft with conspicuous snorkels—and now to fully submersible vessels. The most advanced of these subs can haul 10 tons of cocaine at a time and for over 3,000 miles without surfacing for air. That’s the distance from Colombia to California. Although interdictions have captured 129 tons of U.S.-bound cocaine, 500 tons are estimated by the Coast Guard to be making it to the American cocaine market, notes the Atlantic Wire.

The drug trafficking quandary is bad enough, but officials worry that these subs could also be employed by terrorists. “If you can carry 10 tons of cocaine, you can carry 10 tons of anything,” said Rear Adm. Joseph Nimmich of the Joint Interagency Task Force South, which polices drug-interdiction efforts in the waters south of the United States.

A defense expert and director of GlobalSecurity.org, John Pike, told New York Times contributor David Kushner that “if al Qaeda decided they wanted to attack the homeland, or Iran decided they can attack the American homeland, this might be the way of getting in.” He added that “this is the 21st-century equivalent of German U-boats.”

Drug cartels and terrorist organizations can act independently or in collusion. In our September 2010 article “America: Terrorists on the Doorstep,” we referenced Rep. Sue Myrick’s letter to the Department of Homeland Security, noting that “Hezbollah and the drug cartels may be operating as partners on our border.” There are a number of such reports that show that drug cartels and terrorist organizations are cooperating.

In addition, drug organizations still may act independently to cause terror in America. In May 2010, authorities foiled a plot by the Los Zetas cartel to blow up a Texas dam.

At any rate, improving technology and transportation systems for these organizations does not bode well for the U.S.

For more information on the cause and solutions of this difficult issue, read “A Key to Winning the Drug War” and “Why We Cannot Win the War Against Terrorism.”

Yemenis Storm U.S. Embassy

Hundreds of Yemenis stormed the U.S. Embassy facility in Sana’a on Thursday, replacing the U.S. flag with an Islamic banner and destroying cars and other property.

Before entering the compound grounds, the demonstrators tore down the embassy’s exterior sign, set tires on fire, and showered the facility with rocks. Then the protesters breached the ordinarily tight security around the embassy grounds and reached the compound, but did not enter the main building. Once inside the complex, they took down the U.S. flag, burned it and replaced it with a black Islamic banner saying, “There is no God but Allah.”

Yemeni security forces rushed to the scene, fired shots in the air and used water cannons and tear gas to disband the protesters. They were eventually able to drive them out of the compound.

The Yemen attack came just two days after Egyptian Islamists attacked the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday night. Hours after the Egyptian attack, a mob of Libyans attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans died in the chaos.

Most media reports say the chain of protests in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and elsewhere was sparked by an obscure YouTube video that criticizes Islam and the Prophet Mohammed. But the heavy weaponry wielded by many of the Libyan protesters, and the date of the Tuesday attacks—September 11—indicate that the events were pre-planned and well executed. It may well be that the attack on the Yemeni embassy was an unplanned echo of Tuesday’s attack, but since the dust is still settling on the situation, it is difficult to say for sure.

To understand where the Middle East’s rapid radicalization is leading, read The King of the South.

The Surest Foundation

The Surest Foundation

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In these days of great moral laxity, there is but one Source for the most sure foundation to a successful life.

Sometimes a life’s momentary experience is worth a little publicity, if it can help one’s fellow man.

Recently I have been through the battle of my life.

It has been a most testing experience, yet one that has brought me closer to my God, my wife and my offspring and has greatly enhanced my compassion for the suffering of others.

Suffice it to say that this testing experience has been a significant health challenge of life-threatening proportions.

This has been the catalyst for me to look back over my life and adjudge just what it is that has, and that remains, of supreme importance. Just this morning, I read again the most succinct summary of that most important aspect of life, it’s surest foundation. It is contained in Psalm 111.

In the latter verses of that Psalm, the author declares of the great Creator God: “The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness” (verses 7-8).

For all my adult life—over half a century—I have been in free possession of that revelatory knowledge.

It has given me the surest foundation for moral judgments; it has provided the foundation for my life consecrated to my Maker. It forms the foundation for my marriage. It did so for the way we raised our children, and it continues as the anchor for our grandparental responsibilities. To the extent that my life’s calling as a pastor of God’s sheep may be regarded as a career, it is retained, under His government, as that “career’s” most sure foundation.

I would be the last one to set myself up as any example of success to anyone else, for God knows me for the sinner that I am. Yet I do claim to know by reason of 50 years’ experience that there is no more sure foundation for life than my God, His truth, His judgments and His sure commandments. And there is no more important work on Earth than His work of preaching the gospel of the coming Kingdom of God, wrapped in the warning of the impending Great Tribulation ahead that triggers the events leading to our Savior’s now so imminent return (Matthew 24:29-30).

As I pull through this momentary test of a lifetime, in complete faith that my God will heal me His way in His own good time to fulfill His purpose, I do so with a renewed commitment to teach, with ever more vigor and commitment, the great reality of the most sure foundation to success in life—to yield completely to, to fully embrace, and to strive with God’s help to live a life of absolute submission to His truth, His judgments and His commandments.

For it is only with such total submission to that most sure foundation in life that true redemption from man’s sinful state is possible (Psalm 111:9). It is the only way to live a morally responsible life.

As the psalmist declares: “The fear of the [Eternal] is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth forever.”

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Disastrous Weather: Is It Biblical?

Islamists Kill U.S. Ambassador to Libya

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The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three of his American staff members were killed on Tuesday during an attack on the U.S. Consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi. The attack was coordinated by protesters angry about a film that ridiculed the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.

Ambassador Chris Stevens and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate Tuesday night to try to evacuate staff after the facility came under attack by a mob armed with rocket-propelled grenades and guns. The mob set the building on fire, forcing the Americans to choose between the attackers outside or the fire inside. Stevens and the others who died had tried to escape to the roof of the consulate, and succumbed to smoke inhalation.

While some reports said Libyan security did little to stop the vicious mob, others say that some Libyan security officials were killed trying to quell the violence. Despite many claims to the contrary, the heavy weaponry wielded by the protesters, and the date of the event—September 11—indicate that the attacks were planned rather than a spontaneous mob getting out of control

It is profoundly significant that just a few hours before the attack in Libya, 2,000 Islamist protesters in Egypt marched to the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. They gathered outside its walls, and chanted against the anti-Islam message in same film the Libyan protesters decried. Dozens of protesters scaled the embassy walls, and replaced an American flag with an Islamic one. Most of the embassy staff had evacuated the building earlier, after having been warned of the approaching protesters.

On Sunday, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry said it would be Egypt’s influence that would sweep Libya into the radical Islamic camp. “Iran and Egypt are going to have a great deal to do with sweeping Libya and Ethiopia along into that radical Islamic camp,” he said (“Daniel 11:42 & 43 Now Fulfilled”).

Just days after Mr. Flurry made this statement, Egyptian protests triggered Libyan protests, which resulted in the death of a U.S. ambassador. The death of an ambassador is no routine act of violence. An ambassador is a diplomatic official of the highest rank sent by a nation to represent that nation. To kill a man in this office is among the most belligerent statements against the nation he represents that a host country could make. The last time an American ambassador was murdered was 1979, when the envoy to Afghanistan was kidnapped and killed during a rescue effort.

The significance of Mr. Flurry’s forecast cannot be overstated. The attacks in both Egypt and Libya were the first of such assaults on U.S. diplomatic facilities in either country. They come at a time when both Egypt and Libya are charting new directions after the ouster of their long-time leaders, Hosni Mubarak and Muammar Qadhafi, in uprisings last year. Egypt’s new direction as a radical anti-American Islamist force is now inescapably clear. And, exactly as Mr. Flurry forecast on Sunday, Egypt’s Islamist fervor is sweeping Libya in the same direction.

To understand the significance of yesterday’s attacks, read Trumpet columnist Joel Hilliker’s analysis, “Attacks in Libya, Egypt Confirm Iran Link.”

EU Body to Gain Power Over British Banks

EU Body to Gain Power Over British Banks

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New EU proposals on banking regulation contain a fresh assault on the City of London.

The headlines looked good for Britain. The European Central Bank (ecb) will become the overall bank regulator of only the 17 nations in the eurozone and other nations that opt in, under proposals unveiled September 12. Britain would receive the safeguards it wanted and would not be compelled to submit to the ecb.

But the small print tells a different story.

The Telegraph’s Bruno Waterfield points out that although Britain would be exempt from ecb oversight, it would continue to come under the European Banking Authority (eba), which the proposals strengthen. Here, an “independent panel” would receive “stronger decision making powers … on breaches of EU law and settlement of disagreements, and adapt rules on its composition accordingly.”

That’s not all. Currently the eba’s rulings are only accepted if approved by a majority of the 27 EU nations. The new proposal would reverse this—its rulings would be accepted by default, and only be overturned if a majority of EU nations voted to do so. This majority must include at least three countries inside the eurozone and three countries outside it. It means that if British banks are targeted, the country won’t be able to stop the eba’s action without the help of eurozone countries.

“This must be vetoed as an imperative,” said the Conservative chairman of the House of Commons European scrutiny committee, Bill Cash. “We have reached the endgame. It is imperative that there is a vote on this in the House of Commons.”

Mats Persson, director of the think-tank Open Europe, points out that the arrangement is not finalized, and the UK still has a chance to “write the rulebook,” which could see Britain benefiting from the arrangement. “But it could easily go the other way, with the net effect of the new arrangement being that it actually becomes harder for the UK to block rules designed around the eurozone, which it may disagree with,” he said. “The government needs to push for stronger safeguards.”

London’s financial services are vital to Britain. Ten percent of all of the government’s income comes from its taxes. One tenth of the nation’s economy is dedicated to financial services—a higher proportion than any other major nation. The sector employs over 1 million people. It is Britain’s only industry to consistently generate a large trade surplus.

The EU has repeatedly attacked London’s financial services industry. Its push for a tax on financial transactions—a tax that would affect Britain more than anywhere else—has been rebuffed, for now.

By expanding the powers of a pan-European banking regulator, it is continuing the assault. The EU is still jealously eying Britain’s finance industry. It would love to see Frankfurt become the new center of European finance.