August 25, 2009 – New York – What scares Bashar Assad from Syria?
When one analyzes the history of the last nine years of the rule of Assad in Syria, a clear picture emerges of what scares him as the inheritor of a presidency he has no rights for whatsoever.
1. First and foremost, Assad is scared of the US armed forces. Seeing the ease with which they were able to run down a much more potent army in Iraq than the one he presides over was a wake-up call for him and his cronies running Syria into the ground. Through sheer terror, that mostly went unanswered, Assad and Ahmadinajead have succeeded in dislodging the US from Iraq before Iraq had time to grow and prosper. Both are enjoying the spoils of war by playing hardball and demanding more than their people expect the west to yield to them.
2. Assad is afraid of Israel, his archenemy, and its military and intelligence institutions. He is also weary of the strong relations Israel enjoys with the US. Anything to undermine that relationship is a fair game for this violent dictator. Unfortunately, Israel has not used these relationships or its military prowess to undermine Assad effectively. A half-hearted job is worse than no job at all.
3. Assad is afraid of an alternative to his regime. A new Syrian figure that can rise and mesmerize the masses the way Khomeini did from an apartment in Paris. Much effort is spent on mocking the opposition and destroying it from within to insure that no such individual rises to provide the salvation the people of Syria hunger for. That is the reason why Assad has many operatives inside al-Jazeera on Syrian payroll.
4. Assad is afraid of Facebook because through it Syrians can remotely and secretly organize their opposition against his rule in ways he cannot control. Every time there is a new campaign on Facebook that captures the imagination of Syrians, he acts quickly to defuse the anger by taking command of the matter or by creating enough of distraction to sidestep the issue. However, some in the Syrian opposition are secretly staging a well thought-out methodology to use Facebook to their advantage.
5. The Hariri Tribunal. Assad may come face to face with a tribunal that may indict him. If it does, he will become the pariah of the world and his economy will certainly tank to give rise to civic disobedience he cannot but control with violence.
6. Assad is afraid of the Jordanian Intelligence Services because they know as much as he does and then some. This item is questioned by some Middle Eastern analysts but given Assad’s early attempts at terror inside Jordan that was captured before it can cause any damage, he keeps away from harming Jordan because he knows less than King Abdullah knows and because the Jordanian intelligence can hit back inside his palaces.
The above information provides a guideline of how to exact a price from Assad the way he is exacting a price from everyone around him.
July 9, 2009 – New York – Syria, Iran, Hezbollah planning another Hariri Killing?
Information relayed to the USCFL by a reliable source in Lebanon indicates that Syria, with Iran and Hezbollah providing logistics and funding, is planning to murder the new prime minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri.
Saad Hariri is one of the leaders of March 14. His father was assassinated by Syrian intelligence, with the help of Hezbollah on Feb. 14, 2005. The pro-western March 14 block won the majority in parliament during the June 7 elections.
The logic behind the planning provides Iran and Syria with a de facto control by Hezbollah of Lebanese affairs. Of all the March 14 leadership, Saad Hariri remains the only hurdle Assad, Ahmadinajead and Nasrallah must overcome in order to take total control of Lebanon. Another source familiar with the information relayed to the USCFL that this time around, Hariri’s killing will be accidental. Pressed further, the source said that a plane crashing in the sea will hide all traces of a sophisticated assassination.
June 7, 2009 – Beirut – The Lebanese citizenry has spoken
The election is over. The Lebanese citizenry has spoken.
The USCFL congratulates the winners in the latest Lebanese parliamentary elections. The winners represent the peace, prosperity and democracy that the people of Lebanon aspire for.
The USCFL congratulates the Lebanese people for their choice. The victory of March 14 is a boost to U.S. principles and values in the wider Middle East. The elections were a struggle against the expansion of Syria’s and Iran’s influence. Hezbollah and their supporters vowed to install a “resistance” regime in Lebanon that would stand at odds with the U.S. and its policies. This is a defeat for Iran’s expansion into Lebanon to use it as a battleground for the Mullah’s proxy wars.
The USCFL wishes to express its gratitude to the American people and government for the moral and strategic support they provided the people of Lebanon to choose their representatives in the Lebanese parliament. Efforts by State Department officials, U.S. Congress and Administration, and President Obama’s support of religious diversity and democracy in Lebanon were instrumental to selecting the voice of peace.
This democratic victory is one step closer to peace and stability as the elections were a referendum on Hezbollah’s weapons and Iran’s role in Lebanon. The results of the elections clearly reflect the will of the Lebanese people to live in peace and democracy.
The USCFL thanks you all for achieving this victory and putting Lebanon on the path of peace.
May 1, 2009 – Washington DC - USCFL warns of Syrian comeback to Lebanon…or did they ever leave?.
A U.N.-backed tribunal on Wednesday ordered the release of four Lebanese generals, who had been accused of involvement in the plot to assassinate former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri four years ago, from Lebanon’s al Roumieh prison. Chief prosecutor Daniel Bellemare said there was insufficient evidence to continue their detention.
The USCFL is frankly not surprised that these men -- Maj. Gen. Jamil Sayyed, former chief of Lebanon’s General Security; Maj. Gen. Ali Hajj, former head of the Internal Security Forces; Brig. Gen. Raymond Azar, former chief of military intelligence; and Brig. Gen. Mustafa Hamdan, former commander of the Presidential Guard – have been released. Nor are we surprised that the international tribunal for the Hariri case has yet to indict or identify any suspects in the plot.
The assassination was a show of force by the Syrian regime, meant to demonstrate that the territory encompassed by Lebanon is territory firmly within Syria’s grasp. If political leaders like Hariri chose to meddle with Syrian designs for Lebanon, they would pay the price.
In our eyes, this is a classic example of geopolitical priorities overriding political personalities. No matter who holds power in Damascus or which politician has a gun to his head in Beirut, the fact remains that Syria views Lebanon as a matter of fundamental national interest and will do what it takes to ensure Lebanon remains under its control. Without Lebanon, Syria is poor and isolated; with Lebanon, Syria controls a historically vibrant trading hub on the Mediterranean Sea that allows Damascus to project influence far beyond its borders. In short, Lebanon is Syria’s economic lifeline, and it won’t be sacrificed in the face of diplomatic pressure from the West.
Thus, the tribunal's decision to release the four generals -- regardless of whether they were complicit in the assassination -- was largely politically motivated.
Between the release of the Lebanese officers, a recent report that key Syrian figures have disappeared, and the possibility that a witness recently arrested in Dubai will be handed over to Syrian authorities, it is logical to conclude that the tribunal will be effectively paralyzed and that Syria will win the "get out of jail free" card it has been seeking. In return, Washington and Paris expect Syria's cooperation in dealing with Israel and on issues related to Hezbollah, Hamas and Iran. Syria’s negotiating habits are very mercantilist, however, and it remains to be seen whether Damascus will make good on those expectations.
The timing of the generals' release is also critical: Lebanese parliamentary elections are less than six weeks away, and the Hezbollah-led opposition has just scored a symbolic victory against the March 14 coalition -- a Western-backed, anti-Syrian faction led by Saad al-Hariri, the son of the slain prime minister. Now that Syria has most of this tribunal issue cleared up, it will be focused on consolidating its political gains in Lebanon through the upcoming elections.
Speaking in Beirut on April 26 –- the anniversary of Syrian troops' departure from Lebanon -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared that "the United States will never make any deal with Syria that sells out Lebanon and the Lebanese people." The words were reassuring, but the release of the four generals will send a different message to those in Lebanon who have attempted to resist Syrian domination. You might call it a Syrian comeback in Lebanon -- but in many ways, the Syrians never really left.
April 24, 2009 – Washington DC - USCFL all set to launch major PR fundraising campaign on April 30th.
Wednesday April 29th marks the 100th day of President Barack Obama in Office.
With so much about the President’s foreign policy agenda still unknown to the public and perhaps undefined as of yet among his top advisors, there is opportunity for extensive public debate about the proper direction for how the United States will proceed in its relationships with various nations in the Middle East.
With the economic crises posing a more immediate threat for the President to face head-on, and with Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and Gaza occupying the headlines and foreign policy focus, the struggle by Lebanon’s real freedom fighters against the likes of Hezbollah could end up taking a lower profile in the Administration’s agenda priorities IF the public doesn’t "force" this important debate onto the President’s agenda.
With those parameters in place, the USCFL is all set to launch a major PR fundraising campaign on April 30th; one day after President Obama’s 100th day in Office, to start shaping foreign policy making towards Lebanon and commence triggering a serious debate.
Stay tuned for full details coming soon.
April 10, 2009 – Washington DC - USCFL fully supports Mr. Ahmad al-Asaad in his stand against Hizballah.
The USCFL calls on all its supporters on Lebanese soil to fully support Mr. Ahmad al-Asaad in his stand against Hizballah in Lebanon's June 7 parliamentary elections, despite the widespread belief he stands no chance in the face of the Shiite Goliath.
The election will pit the Hezbollah-led alliance, backed by Syria and Iran, against the Sunni-led majority, backed by the United States and Saudi Arabia.
The USCFL urges Lebanese nationalists once again to take the upcoming parliamentary Lebanese elections very seriously as they mark an important crossroad of Lebanon’s history. Lebanon has had indeed enough of Hezbollah using Lebanese and exploiting its people in the name of the resistance.
March 30, 2009 – Washington DC - USCFL calls on all American Lebanese to Vote.
The USCFL calls on all American Lebanese to take the upcoming parliamentary Lebanese elections very seriously as they mark an important crossroad of Lebanon’s history.
The USCFL warns of complacency in the June 7th, 2009 elections as the forces of March 8 are mobilizing their bases and the Syrian-Iranian support to strip Lebanon once again of its sovereignty and independence.
Every vote makes a difference and the only way everyone can effect change in Lebanon is via the ballot box.
The USCFL urges all American Lebanese to contact their USA-March 14 representatives and work with them to facilitate their participation in the upcoming elections.
Lebanon cannot sustain other wars on its people, resources and infrastructure nor do the Lebanese people deserve to be treated as cards in the hands of the Syrian and Iranian regimes and their puppets in Lebanon.
American Lebanese should provide hope and support to the people of Lebanon. They should head to Lebanon to assist in wining Lebanon’s independence one more time. Lebanon was never granted independence, the Lebanese both in Lebanon and the Diaspora snatched Lebanon’s independence and June 7th is another opportunity to prove ourselves again.
March 26, 2009 – Washington DC - USCFL extends its thanks for The Honorable Congressman Gary Ackerman who continues to demonstrate towards the freedom, independence and sovereignty of Lebanon. The USCFL thanks Congressman Gary Ackerman for his reassuring comments regarding Lebanon’s sovereignty made at yesterday’s Subcommittee Hearing on Lebanon. Congressman Ackerman’s statement that “engagement with Syria will not be paid for in Lebanese coin” sends a strong message to patriotic Lebanese of the Cedars Revolution-who wish to live in peace and reject violence and extremism- that America is on their side.
Regardless of which party is in control in Washington, Lebanon’s enemies now know that they will not be appeased and that Lebanon will not be a chip to be bargained away. Likewise, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon when it renders its verdicts will be a dagger to the heart of those who promote murder and mayhem. When the Lebanese and others in the region see the arms of justice moving inexorably to their destination, they will rejoice in knowing that the murderers will finally be held accountable. That day will be earth shattering for the dictators and despots, of whom they are legion and their days will be numbered.
March 16, 2009 – Washington DC - USCFL members attend a meeting behind closed doors with key members of the U.S Intelligence community.
A select group of the USCFL Task Force attended today a meeting behind closed doors with key members of the U.S intelligence community addressing major issues dealing with Iran, Syria and Hizballah.
On the table:
1. Sanctions against Iran must be upheld as the Islamic Republic continues to pose an "extraordinary threat" to the national security, foreign policy and economy of the U.S and as Iran cannot be trusted.
2. Growing evidence of covert nuclear activity in Syria has to be further investigated as the lack of Syrian transparency is causing great instability in the region. On this note, the USCFL demanded utmost scrutiny as it is clear by now that Syria has almost built a North Korean-designed nuclear reactor meant to yield bomb-grade plutonium before Israel bombed it in 2007. The US cannot ignore Syria’s secret Nuclear facilities.
3. Lebanon cannot anymore tolerate an Illegal Military Presence Within Its Borders. What is the point of seeking a defense strategy if the three major threats to Lebanon’s existence [i.e. the weapons of the Palestinians, Hizbullah, and the Lebanese fundamentalist organizations] are not eradicated?
4. Regarding the investigation into the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri, there shouldn’t be any fear about naming the biggest names as this is the only way to get to the bottom of it all. Prime minister Hariri’s killers were without a doubt sophisticated, politically connected, and well-funded. Clearly this was not the work of a lone extremist or a fringe group. It bore the hallmarks of a government-sponsored assassination.
There is disconcerting haziness whenever American officials explain why it is time to talk to Syria. The principal argument is that the Syrians can be broken off from Iran and Hezbollah, that now is the time to pry Bashar Assad away from his dangerous liaisons. That reasoning, when not utterly naive, happens to be counter-intuitive.
Assad knows that it is his dangerous liaisons that make engaging Syria desirable; the Syrians' strong card is their ability to dance with Iran and Hezbollah and Hamas and manipulate the Lebanese and Palestinian scenes while continuing to oversee mayhem in Iraq. For Assad to give all that up as a prerequisite for dealing with Washington is a non-starter. It would mean surrendering his leverage before getting down to the serious business of negotiations.
Hafez Assad spent decades playing the spoiler in the Middle East, many Americans were killed thanks to his efforts, but that only induced successive U.S. administrations to pursue him with greater vigor. Syria has violated UN resolutions on Lebanon that the Bush administration considered vital, most damagingly Resolution 1701, but the fact is that Bashar Assad has paid no price for this and may soon be rewarded with heightened attention from the Obama administration.
Time to deal with it all.
March 12, 2009 - Washington DC - Syrian Nuclear Program Accelerated with Iran's Help
The USCFL has learned, via reliable sources, that a new delegation of Iranian and Ba'athist Iraqis supported by Iran has arrived to Damascus last week to energize the Syrian nuclear program. The delegation is comprised mostly of nuclear scientists but their specialized expertise remains a mystery.
In September of 2007, Israel bombed a nuclear reactor site in a remote region east of Syria developed with the assistance of North Korea. Syria has also refused to allow the IAEA access to three other suspected sites under the pretext that the sites are military in nature.
Syria's latest push to accelerate its nuclear program is an indication that it intends to threaten its neighbors openly the way Iran has done with its nuclear program. Last month, in a defiant stance, Syria's top nuclear chief Ibrahim Othman declared to the surprise of the IAEA that al-Kibar has been rebuilt as a missile facility. The first time Syria has admitted openly its intended intentions or purposes.
It also demonstrates that Assad has no intention to capitulate to the pressure being exerted by a new US overture to peel him away from terrorizing the region using proxies like Hezbollah and Hamas or to leave Lebanon in peace. In fact, this latest push to accelerate the Syrian nuclear program demonstrates that Assad aims to use the ultimate trump card exploited by violent men to extract incalculable concessions from a world too fearful to react.
March 8, 2009 – Washington DC – Assad purges Syrian Security Services
The USCFL has learned, via reliable sources, that Syrian president Bashar Assad has ordered 40 intelligence and army officers arrested and replaced by men personally loyal to him in preparation for planned moves to recover his grip on Lebanon.
The Obama administration warned the Syrian ruler to desist from his manoeuvrings to orchestrate a victory for Hizballah and its allies in Lebanon's June 7 elections. The warning was delivered by two US emissaries who met Syrian foreign minister Walild Moalem in Damascus Saturday, March 7.
US intelligence estimates that Assad's power at home is on the ascendant, emboldening him to attempt to manipulate the Lebanese elections in favour of pro-Syrian elements.
The Syrian president is aiming for a new government in Beirut that will agree to boycott the international tribunal in the Hague set up to bring the murderers of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri to justice. The court held its first sitting last Sunday.
At the outset of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Middle East trip last Monday, Washington had no plans to send envoys to Damascus. Only after discovering large numbers of Syrian agents armed with wads of cash streaming into Beirut, did the administration decide to consign State Department official Jeffrey Feltman and National Security Council member Daniel Shapiro to Damascus to caution Assad to keep his hands off Lebanon.
The two US officials called in at Beirut first for consultations and, after meeting the Syrian foreign minister, returned to the Lebanese capital with a report for prime minister Fouad Siniora.
March 6, 2009 – New York – USCFL sends best wishes to US Officials Feltman and Shapiro
The USCFL expresses gratitude to U.S. officials Jeffrey Feltman and Dan Shapiro for their latest visit to Lebanon and the re-affirmation of the U.S. Administration’s relentless support to Lebanon’s independence and sovereignty.
U.S. State Department Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of Eastern Affairs Mr. Jeffrey A. Feltman and National Security Council, Senior Director for Middle Eastern and North African Affairs Mr. Dan Shapiro, re-assured the Lebanese people that the U.S. stands by its standards and principles in supporting Lebanon’s stability.
Lebanon is at a crossroad leading to the upcoming general elections on June 7, 2009. The people of Lebanon look up to the American democratic ideals and they need to free themselves from the military grip of Hezbollah and its allies. Only a victory of the democratic forces in Lebanon will bring Hezbollah to the table of negotiations to seriously consider the implementation of UN resolutions, discuss a strategy for stability and real perspectives of peace and prosperity.
The USCFL praises the Obama Administration’s support to the Special International Tribunal on Lebanon that started on March 1, 2009 as a positive move to bring the culprits to justice.
February 13, 2009 – New York – Remembering Prime Minister Hariri.
Saturday marks the fourth anniversary of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. As we share our grief with the Lebanese people over the loss of Prime Minister Hariri, we also share our conviction that his sacrifice will not be in vain. The USCFL fully supports the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, whose work will begin in a few weeks, to bring those responsible for this horrific crime and those that followed to justice.
As Lebanon prepares for parliamentary elections, the USCFL will continue to support Lebanon's sovereignty and independence, the legitimate institutions of the Lebanese state, and the Lebanese people. The USCFL remains committed to the full implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 1701 and 1559. We also will continue to support the voices of peace and moderation in Lebanon, and hope that Lebanon continues down the path of national reconciliation, peace, and prosperity that its citizens so strongly deserve.
February 11, 2009 – New York – USCFL in search of a PR political machine to further promote its message and outreach.
With the New Obama Administration now in full power, the need throughout 2009 to advance the liberation and re-establishment of Lebanon’s independence is of the USCFL’s highest priority.
To that effect, the USCFL has allocated over the coming 12 months an initial budget of $100,000 to provide a real counterbalance to the negative forces constantly working against a "Free Lebanon" such as Syria and Hizballah and work closely with a group of highly influential lobbyists and powerbrokers in promoting a "new philosophy" with the new Washington power structures inside out. If successful, this campaign will go to a much higher financial commitment with over $2 million to back up our joint efforts.
It is a fact that Lebanon’s freedom, stability and prosperity today is not only hindered by the meddling of the Iranian Regime, the Syrian Regime, and terrorists including the Palestinian and Hizballah militants.
It is also hindered by
1. the shameful dwindling of the Christian population,
2. the acquisition of Lebanese real estate and businesses by foreigners,
3. the dangerous brain drain,
4. the alienation of Lebanese immigrants,
5. the refusal to give Lebanese citizenship and the right to vote to generations of people of Lebanese descent,
6. the shameless "destabilizing" award of Lebanese citizenship to 200,000 non-Lebanese, many of which don't have a Lebanese mother nor ties to Lebanon, and
7. certain dishonest, corrupt, sell out politicians who, throughout Lebanon's history, have flagrantly engaged in public theft, violating public trust, and advancing their self-interests at the expense the freedom, independence, stability and prosperity of Lebanon.
It is also a fact that freedom-loving Lebanese-Americans along with Americans at large have been losing today the “Public Relations War” in a major way.
Our fellow Americans are losing it because they have not had the "right" dedicated Middle Eastern minds to help them comprehend the delicate intricacies and complexities of Middle Eastern Affairs, and the Lebanese-Americans are equally losing it because they are not united nor dedicated to the cause of a Free Lebanon.
The USCFL strongly believes that short of a complete dismantling of all Hizballah military apparatus, the deportation of all Iranian and Syrian military advisors and militants, the complete disarmament of all Palestinian camps inside Lebanon, and allowing the Lebanese Army full and total access to 100% of the Lebanese territories including full and unhindered access to all Palestinian camps inside Lebanon while assuming the responsibility for the protection of the Palestinian refugees, Lebanon’s future is in serious danger of complete disintegration.
Having said that, Key criteria we are looking for in the “PR guru” leading our efforts and enhancing and supporting the brand of the USCFL.
Passion and Shared Values: The successful candidate will have a significant and sustained commitment to and passion for Lebanon and Lebanese- American issues. At the USCFL, “it’s all about hardcore lobbying and activism”, and the candidate must be willing to put his/her ego aside to tell the USCFL story.
Interpersonal Skills: The successful candidate will have the interpersonal skills and intellect needed to recruit, retain, motivate, and inspire professional staff, volunteers, current and prospective donors, and members. The candidate will have a high degree of emotional intelligence and the ability to adapt his/her style to various audiences. S/he will be an active listener, demonstrate respect for others and, in turn, gain their respect. The candidate will be able to develop positive and productive relationships, decisively build consensus, and engage people and institutions towards achieving fundraising goals. The successful candidate will have a proven ability to work with individuals from a variety of different cultural backgrounds, with a strong appreciation of global traditions and customs.
Communication and Fundraising Skills: S/he will be an inspiring written and verbal communicator who can articulate the USCFL vision and direction to a wide audience as well as being effective one-on-one. S/he will have the ability to connect with and secure results from the general public, corporate leaders, celebrities, individual donors, Directors and staff. S/he will have a demonstrated ability to fundraise effectively on a global scale.
Character: S/he will have a healthy ego and, as such, will be as confident leading from behind the stage as at the podium. While confident, the candidate should also have a high degree of humility and will not be a “trophy-coaster”. The candidate will have the demonstrated ability to forge deep personal relationships under pressure, scrutiny, and the spot light. S/he will have a sense of humor and bring joy to his/her work. The successful candidate will have personal chemistry with and be able to collaborate effectively with the Board of Directors and staff. The candidate must have a history of personal and professional conduct devoid of ethical or moral transgressions.
Since New York is a major media center, emphasis on its media concentration will be a factor.
Submission deadline is Friday February 27th, 2009.
Thanks much for your consideration.
February 5, 2009 – New York – USCFL calls on American Lebanese to participate in the upcoming elections
The USCFL calls on all American Lebanese to be ready for Lebanon’s crucial 2009 parliamentary elections set on June 7th 2009.
After 40 years of Syria’s brutal occupation, the Ba’ath regime of Syria is trying to return to Lebanon through its allies, including Hezbollah, Amal and Aoun’s supporters.
Participation in the upcoming election will determine whether the people of Lebanon will live in a peaceful and free country or according to the Mullah rule in an Iranian style Islamic state. The lessons from the destructive wars of the puppets of Syria and Iran are unforgettable.
The USCFL calls on every Lebanese to cast his vote on June 7th to make it a historical day and rejoice in the freedom and decision-making that our martyrs have died for.
January 20, 2009 – Washington DC - USCFL members gather in our nation’s capital to attend President Obama’s inauguration speech and festivities.
A select group of the USCFL Task Force gathered on Tuesday January 20th in our nation’s capital to attend President Obama’s inauguration speech and festivities.
The USCFL congratulates President Barak Obama on his inauguration at this historic moment for the United States of America and the world and strongly supports our New President in dealing with terrorism, redefining America’s approach to deal with the world and stimulate our domestic economy.
This is a historical inauguration at a time when the US and the world look closely at the new President’s strategy to redefine America’s politics.
The USCFL is very encouraged by President Obama’s new cabinet and particularly by the enormous impact that Secretary of State Hilary Clinton can and will most surely play in order to establish peace in the Middle East and the world.
We call on our new President to keep the people of Lebanon at the top of the list of his friends, especially in their struggle to assert their freedom against the enemies of peace.
January 16, 2009 - New York - USCFL members gather with Congressman Scott Garrett (R,NJ) behind closed doors to discuss the recent wave of US bailouts.
Nearly a dozen USCFL members, friends and supporters gathered on Friday January 16th at the USCFL Offices on Park Avenue with Congressman Scott Garrett (R,NJ) to discuss about the recent state of the US economy.
Congressman Garrett is an outspoken conservative concerning financial issues and well respected among his peers in Congress who appeared frequently on Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC, Bloomberg, and MSNBC and is also often interviewed on shows such as Michael Reagan's National Radio show, The John Gambling Show, Hannity, etc…..
Agenda of the meeting was for the Congressman to hear from financial industry and political “experts” and gain further insight into the challenges and solutions facing the USA.
You can hear the Congressman’s recent views at his Youtube Site at http://www.youtube.com/user/CongressmanGarrett
January 13, 2009 – Beirut – New Intelligence Unit in Syria
The USCFL has learned, via reliable sources, that the Republican Guard, a 60,000 strong army similar in function to the old Iraqi Republican Guard, has started a new, yet to be named, intelligence unit.
As in Iraq, the Syrian Republican Guard under the tutelage of Maher al-Assad, the younger violent brother of Baschar, is commissioned to protect the Assad family. As in Iraq, the Syrian Republican Guard is just another paper tiger. The new intelligence unit has equipped itself with night goggles and other advanced armament, including specialized sniper rifles. The unit is being deployed in Lebanon for the purpose of eliminating Lebanese politicians who have in the past opposed the Assad regime.
The USCFL also learned from another source, who confirmed the new apparatus, that suicide car bombs leave too many fingerprints for Assad's comfort. The new techniques are less obtrusive, and as lethal for the purpose they were created for.
Syria has been trying for years to get its hands on US made night vision equipment. It is not known whether the night goggles to be used by the Republican Guard new intelligence unit are US issued or manufactured by another country.
Recently, the US has discovered some front companies operating out of the US whose purpose is to buy advanced equipment used for its nuclear program and some very large banks in Europe disguised Iranian bank transfers that were used to acquire the US advanced materials.