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c/o CLG >> AP

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Former New York City police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who was hailed as a hero alongside former Mayor Rudy Giuliani after the Sept. 11 terror attacks and nearly became chief of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was sentenced to four years behind bars Thursday for eight felonies.

Kerik admitted in November that he lied to the White House, filed false taxes and committed other crimes.

“The fact that Mr. Kerik would use that event (9/11) for personal gain and aggrandizement is a dark place in the soul for me,” said federal Judge Stephen Robinson.
An apologetic Kerik said before the sentence was pronounced: “Allow me to return to my wife and two little girls as soon as possible.”

Federal guidelines indicated Kerik’s sentence should be between 27 and 33 months in prison. Robinson said he went beyond the guidelines because they could not account for certain factors.
Kerik was “the chief law enforcement law enforcement officer for the biggest and grandest city this nation has,” Robinson said. The crimes were committed “in the process of attempting to become a cabinet level position in the government of the United States.”

The prosecutor, Michael Bosworth, said the misdeeds were “driven by arrogance, personal greed and professional ambition.”

Kerik will be allowed to surrender voluntarily on May 17; the prison has not been chosen yet.
Kerik, 54, has already been ordered to pay $188,000 in restitution and to pay past-due taxes and penalties on six years of tax returns.

“…I’d like to apologize to the American people for the mistakes I’ve made and for which I have just accepted responsibility,” Kerik said outside the courthouse. “As history is written, I can only hope that I will be judged for 30 years of service I’ve given to the country and the city of New York.”

“…Although this has been the most challenging period of my life … it will not diminish my love and admiration for this country, which it has been one of my greatest privileges to serve.”
Just before pleading guilty, Kerik spent three weeks in the Westchester County Jail for releasing secret pretrial information. While there, he was voluntarily admitted to the psychiatric ward for observation because of stress. Doctors concluded he did not need mental care.

After admitting his crimes, Kerik was freed pending sentencing. He had to post a $1.5 million bond, wear an electronic monitor and generally stay inside his home in Franklin Lakes, N.J.
In presentencing memos to the judge, the defense and prosecution painted sharply different portraits of Kerik.

The defense spoke of his bleak upbringing, his steely leadership after the terror attacks, his remorse and the debt he has incurred to defend himself. It supplied letters of support from his son, fellow police officers, a priest and a man who lost two sons on Sept. 11.
There was no letter from Giuliani.

The prosecution memo said Kerik had “shamelessly exploited” the terror attack, had shamed his gold shield and might flee if he weren’t sent to prison right away. Kerik was Giuliani’s police commissioner when New York City was attacked, and he was praised worldwide for his leadership. At Giuliani’s urging, he was nominated to the top Homeland Security post in 2004. It was the peak of his fast-rising career — as corruption allegations began to mount.
Kerik said in court that while being vetted for that position, he falsely denied that he had any financial dealings with anyone doing business with New York City. He said he also lied when he claimed he had specifically refused payments that were offered.
In truth, he said, he had accepted renovations of his Bronx apartment from a company seeking city work.
Those apartment renovations were the focus of the original corruption charge, which alleged that Kerik accepted the renovations in exchange for vouching for the company. Kerik did not admit that.

National ID Bashing with Cato’s, Jim Harper

I have always regarded standard-setting organizations as serious players who take care to keep slightly boring the work of establishing uniformity in products and protocols. But a press release from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) may cause me to reassess.

“IDSP Issues Report Calling for National Identity Verification Standard” is the release, and it’s bristling with error and malformed policy assertions. IDSP is the “Identity Theft Prevention and Identity Management Standards Panel,” an ANSI subgroup.

Take this doozy:

[T]he Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA) and the REAL ID Act of 2005 require verification of identity prior to the issuance of birth certificates and driver’s licenses / ID cards, respectively. However, the IRTPA regulations have not yet been released even in draft form and the REAL ID regulations do not provide practical guidance on how to corroborate a claim of identity under different circumstances.

Folks, REAL ID repealed the identity security provisions in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act. (It’s a good bet that regulations for a repealed law aren’t going to move out of draft form for a very long time, eh?) And REAL ID does not require verification of identity prior to issuance of birth certificates. What could that even mean?! “Hey you—little baby—let me see some ID before I issue you your birth certificate.”

The release repeats the tired mantra that 9/11 terrorists got U.S. identity documents—”some by fraud.” The 9/11 Commission dedicated three-quarters of a page to its identity recommendations—out of 400 substantive pages—and neither the commission nor anyone since has shown how denying people U.S. identity documents would prevent terrorism.

Are there needs for identity standards? Of course. And there are a lot of projects in a lot of places working on that. If an organization doesn’t know the law, and doesn’t know how the subject matter it’s dealing with functions in society, I don’t know how it could possibly be relied on to set appropriate standards.

ANSI should take a look at this subgroup and see if its work is actually competent. Judging by this press release, it’s not.

BTC – These two articles came in from the Windsor Star, Vancouver B.C. , a Canadian town due north of Seattle, Washington.

Skimming machines found at 2 TD ATMs

Police are confident that the suspect or suspects did not gain any personal information from the ATM in Devonshire mall. The skimming machine was comprised of a camera and an electronic component that’s installed over the card slot which holds a memory card. When police investigated, they found the memory card still intact.

Police are unsure at this time if any personal information was compromised at the TD on Walker Road.

A man was caught on a surveillance camera at the Walker Road location, but police don’t know how long ago both devices were installed.

The border: An 8-year assessment

The WHTI has hurt businesses on both sides of the border and squeezed tourism. Business groups are also worried that when the recession ends, and truck traffic ramps up again, the border will turn into a chokepoint for two-way trade.

In the hours after 9-11, we used this space to point out that the immediate priority of our American neighbours would be to improve national security, and they would start with their borders.

We argued that the U.S. would build a higher, stronger wall around itself to protect its citizens, and Canadians could not afford to find themselves on the wrong side of the new security fence.

If that happened, the price to pay would be the erosion of a co-operative relationship that had created the world’s most open and intertwined economies.

Now, eight years later, we haven’t reached the point that the Canada-U.S. border has become a wall, but it is not the same border it was before 9-11, and it isn’t operating in the best interest of either country.

The days when you could count on hassle-free travel across the border are mostly over. The last-minute decisions to cross the border for dinner or a night-on-the-town aren’t being made as often.

Initially, it was the risk of delays as U.S. customs ramped up inspections. Now traffic in both directions is down again with the U.S. requiring passports or similar documentation (the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative) to enter the U.S. The rule applies to both Americans and Canadians.

The war on terrorism was not supposed to turn into a war on the lifestyle and livelihoods of law-abiding Canadians and Americans. :::MORE HERE:::

9-11 Truth Recap

Posted: September 12, 2008 in 9-11, Cities, Fabled Enemies, film, truth
BTC – Fun & Games

*DISCLAIMER- Some of the following material meant to entertain may offend the reader and watcher.   The graphic applied use of expletives are not necessarily the views and opinions of BTC.  Watch at your own RISK. –Thanks. BeatTheChip

What were YOU doing on 9-11?  We here at BTC were about town while friends in the 9-11 truth movement were touching base or Ground Zero, if humanly possible, on September 11th, 2008.

If you were out and about I’m sure you might have attended any one of the many metropolitan dives featuring spoken word companioned with songs by rapper Immortal Technique. What an offensive guy. Someone should seriously wash his mouth out with soap.  Watch- you’ll see what I mean.

AUSTIN– Brave New Books drew many 9-11 truthers out to see a lot of “interesting” punk bands at Red 7. There were more mohawks in attendance during this special 9-11 showcase  than the RNC in St. Paul last week.   I couldn’t stay long.  Two alt-radio talk show hosts, Jack Blood & Guymon Adams were about to debut their performance as the Austin Texas Revolutionary All-Stars(ATRAS).  Jack Blood  played 3 originals, breaking between songs to fling bumperstickers into the crowd.  ATRAS succeeded to entertain with a famous Jello Biafra cover where the vocal parts are performed with a bullhorn.  Those gathered were sporting beers and t-shirts proclaiming “inside job”, “google WTC7” and “Buildings Don’t Commit Suicide”.   Gregg Roberts, a 9-11 truth researcher pulled me over after the performance to tell me he contributed to a website that had gotten over 40,ooo hits that day and to seek out his report.

Earlier that evening, the 6th Street Alamo Draft house sponsored a walking singalong of major choruses from the scathingly satirical film, Team America. Film-goers parading with lit sparklers were heard bellowing for blocks, singing the following truly rotten, obnxious chorus:

Amer-i-cuhhh – FUCK YEAH! Lick my butt and suck on my balls!…Freedom is the only wayy yeah!… Amer-i-cuhh -FUCK YEAH!! Here to save the motherfucking day, eeyeah!!”

NYC– Shane Geiger, longtime 9-11 truth activist called me after he had finished a memorial visit to Ground Zero where the Twin Towers once stood.  He has decided to hang out in NY for two months to do more work on the subject.  I admire his devotion to the cause.  Geiger was among those castigated in a report on CNN who provided contrary research to the NIST reports on Building 7’s collapse due to fire.  He was able to air his side of the story last month while filmmaker Jason Bermas was holding down the fort for the Alex Jones show.  Jones was doing remote reporting at the DNC where he confronted the pro-internment author and Fox commentator Michelle Malkin.

Washington, D.C. –  Sander Hicks screened his documentary Horns and Halos, featuring the life and times of an ill-fated author who published J.T. Hatfield who wrote the book, Fortunate Son, released during the 2004 elections.   When I called him everyone had just settled in for the film.  Hicks, editor & publisher – another long time 9-11 truth advocate- held the screening as a demonstration of his work to bring down the twin-towers of hypocrisy, Dick Cheney & George W. Bush.
L.A.– 9-11Truth movement leader Peter Thottam held a candle light memorial followed by a series of speeches commemorating the reason why there is still so much unfinished business 7 years later.  Among the speakers were author of The Creature from Jekyll Island: A second look a the Federal Reserve , David W. Griffin.  After all the talk, silence is what we hear the most from the victims of the 9-11 attacks.
FABLED ENEMIES : 7 years later, begs the question: Where is Bin Laden?
In lieu of those who can’t speak for themselves, and those who have actually benefitted from their deaths, we choose to present, Jason Bermas’ – Fables Enemies, director and producer of the now famous 9-11 documentary Loose Change.