Al-Qaida Media Analysis Memo: "Big Fan of 60 Minutes" - Fox News a "Channel in the "Abyss"

Guardian - Al-Qaida spokesman Adam Gadahn a fan of 60 Minutes, but said Fox News "lacks neutrality" and CBS is "close to being unbiased." Adam Gadahn wrote that MSNBC, "may be good and neutral a bit," but he changed his mind when it fired Keith Olbermann.
Osama bin Laden pondered the merits of US television news channels as he considered how to extract the best propaganda benefit from the tenth anniversary of 9/11 last year, and concluded that CBS was "close to being unbiased."
But an American-born media adviser for al-Qaeda warned Bin Laden to beware of the broadcasters' "cunning methods" as he described Fox News as a channel in the "abyss" that should "die in anger", CNN as too close to the US government and MSNBC as questionable after it fired one of its most prominent presenters, Keith Olbermann. In a memorandum made public by the US military's Combating Terrorism Center on Thursday, Bin Laden asked for advice on exploiting the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. "We need to benefit from this event and get our messages to the Muslims and celebrate the victory that they achieved. We need to restore their confidence in their nation and motivate them. We should also present our just cause to the world, especially to the European people," he said. Read full story here: News New Mexico


The ANWR Hoax

Jim Spence
If you are tired of paying twice as much as you did a few years ago to fill your gas tank, consider these facts. Alaska is nearly four times the size of California. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) covers 19.6 million acres, an area the size of South Carolina. There is a tiny section on northern coastal plain of ANWR that is a small percentage of the total refuge area. What sort of place is this small patch of land? During the winter there is no sunlight for 56 straight days. While the area is submerged in complete darkness it endures 70-below-zero temperatures. When the sun finally reappears it is barely noticeable for months. 
Frozen ANWR Coastal Plain

Eventually this water puddle dotted area thaws during very short summers. Millions of these puddles provide breeding grounds for trillions of very large mosquitoes. Summer occupants in the area are forced to wear the same masks of tropical mosquito netting that were used by the crews that dug the Panama Canal. If you dare to go outside unprotected in the summer, you are likely to inhale mosquitoes through your nose or mouth.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey and energy experts, there is enough oil in this small coastal area to replace all of the oil the U.S. imports from Saudi Arabia. Only 2,000 acres of the 19.6 million acres of ANWR is needed for production.
Sadly, the news media will never inform people that ANWR's beautiful mountains are actually far away from the barren area where oil would be produced. The untold truth is pretty simple. This tiny track of ground is one of the most forbidding places in North America. It is hard to imagine another place where oil production would have less of an effect on the “environment.”
The uninformed will sometimes opine about the dangers to the caribou in the area. However, in nearby Prudhoe Bay, where oil production facilities have been for decades, the Central Arctic caribou herd has multiplied in size many times over since the facilities were built. Advanced production techniques make it possible to drill in virtually any direction for miles. Directional drilling now leaves land tracts virtually undisturbed. Naturally, environmentalists despise the realities of new oil production technologies. Directional drilling destroys the arguments used to deny energy production permits.

Consider the Inupiat Eskimos who live in the coastal area. They understand the wonders of modern drilling technologies. Accordingly, they overwhelmingly support oil production on their lands. Radical environmentalists never mention the Inupiat. Instead they favor the Gwich'in. The Gwich'in nation capitol is hundreds of miles away from the coastal plain area in question. Gwich'in tribal members are environmentalist favorites because they agree to appear in full native costume at congressional hearings in Washington D.C. According to the Gwich'in, producing energy underneath this patch of Inupiat coastal plain, even using modern horizontal drilling techniques, is unacceptable.
ANWR Coastal Plain Thawed
The most amusing fact about the Gwich'in is they once invited oil exploration companies to look for oil on their lands. Sadly, there is no oil where they live. The good news is Gwichin have found a lucrative new industry. They play the role of noble native in exchange for appearance fees paid by radical environmentalists.
Protecting this tiny patch of ground near the Arctic Circle from U.S. oil production is like protecting a starving person from food. Essentially this track of ANWR has become the false god of radical environmentalists and their friends in Washington who oppose the production of oil anywhere. Unfortunately, the ANWR hoax is kept alive by people who donate millions to shameless politicians. This hoax is costing Americans hundreds of billions if not trillion of dollars and countless jobs. Only a majority of rational votes will stop this scam.


Losing the Drug War: Two newly retired experts on the border speak freely about the status of the Arizona/Mexico dividing line

Dan Wirth (left) and Keith Graves
NewsNM Swickard: Same border just a bit East is New Mexico. Same issues. From Tucson Weekly - by Leo W. Banks - Dan Wirth and Keith Graves spent significant portions of their careers working on the Arizona-Mexico border. They know these troubled lands inside and out. Both have reputations as straight-shooters, and both retired last December.  Now able to speak freely, they agreed to talk to the Tucson Weekly with only one topic off-limits—the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in Peck Canyon on Dec. 14, 2010. At his retirement, Graves promised the Border Patrol he wouldn't discuss what he knows about the case. Graves was the Nogales district ranger for the Coronado National Forest from 1998 to 2010. When he left that post, he was named a liaison between the Forest Service and the Secure Border Initiative, focusing on strategies for dealing with the dramatic impact that illegal crossings were having on the forest, from fires to trash to illegal trails. Wirth was a senior special agent for the Department of Interior. He coordinated the department's law-enforcement activities across the Southwest, giving frequent briefings to the secretary of the interior, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Department of Defense, the White House Homeland Security Council and members of Congress. We met at a quiet Mexican restaurant in Barrio Hollywood, on Tucson's westside. The discussion began with a dust-up last May, when Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano appeared before the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Sen. John McCain asked her about cartel scouts, or spotters—armed men who sit on mountaintops in Arizona to guide loads around law enforcement. The senator wanted to know how Napolitano could call the border secure when there are 100 to 200 cartel spotters working in our state. Napolitano disputed his assertion, saying she asked the Border Patrol, "Where are the spotters that I keep hearing about?" She said the agency told her there are a couple of hundred mountaintops from which a spotter could work, "But there are not, sitting there, 200 drug-spotters." The truth is that McCain greatly understated the problem. Read article

No TV games scheduled for New Mexico football in 2012

From - The New Mexico Lobos football team has been a disappointment on the field for fans recently. UNM has three wins in the past three seasons combined. New head coach Bob Davie said he will turn the program around, but fans might not have a chance to watch the Lobos rebound on TV. On Thursday, the Mountain West Conference released its national television schedule for the 2012 football season. The Lobos were absent from the schedule. Mountain West officials said it could have more TV games to announce in the coming weeks, but fans were still disappointed with the current schedule. "I do think with the new coach, coach Davie, there's going to be a higher level of excitement than there has been in recent years, so it's a missed opportunity,” one Lobos fan said. The past few seasons UNM has had its football games broadcast on the Mtn. Network. But the sports channel is expected to go black in the coming months. Read more