NATO kicks butt: Asks Gaddafi to please give up – we want to go home

Is anyone interested in news regarding Libya? I mean with the debt crisis or whatever it is, news regarding our wars has all but disappeared. But hey, I am game. So let me give it a whirl. Our fearless Zero leader is nowhere to be heard on his one of many foreign screw ups. Now he asks Russia to help bail his sorry a** out on this one. So much for leading from behind. A real game changer.

Months earlier reports fromAl Jazeera were quoting Mike Mullen as follows:

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, has said the military operation in Libya called for by the UN Security Council is not aimed at regime change – adding that a “stalemate” could well exist, leaving Muammar Gaddafi in power.

They continue to report that a stalemate appears, so it makes it worthy to continue searching for more info concerning this one of our many wars. Here we go:

New NATO Ultimatum to Gaddafi: Give up, ‘Cause We Want to Leave

NATO is seeking an urgent exit strategy from Libya that will end the fighting and decide the future of embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi, even if that means letting him stay in the country though out of power, it emerged Tuesday after British and French foreign ministers met in London.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague and French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said NATO and even members of the opposition Transitional National Council wouldn’t oppose Gadhafi staying in Libya as long as he gave up power.

In the only Libyan voice of dissent reported so far, activist Soliman Albrassi, living in London, said allowing Gadhafi to stay in Libya would be a recipe for civil war, the BBC said.

Hague and Juppe received support for the proposal from former British Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind, who said it would be important to avoid a “blood bath in Tripoli” — seen as a likely outcome if a final military push to the Libyan capital triggered close combat.

Hague said: “What happens to Gadhafi is ultimately a question for the Libyans … What is absolutely clear, as Alain (Juppe) has said, is that whatever happens, Gadhafi must leave power. He must never again be able to threaten the lives of Libyan civilians nor to destabilize Libya once he has left power.” More at SGT Report

Russia to help us out with our screw up in Libya:

The Hindu:

Russia played host to Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi’s top diplomat in Moscow, highlighting its role as an honest broker in the Libya crisis.

During an hour-long meeting with Libya’s Foreign Minister Abdelati al-Obeidi late on Wednesday Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed “the topmost task” was to stop bloodshed and embark on a political solution that must be steered by the United Nations and the African Union, said the Foreign Ministry in a statement.

Libya’s top diplomat said Tripoli would welcome “any Russian role in the peaceful settlement of the Libyan conflict” that should be “equally acceptable for all Libyans, including the opposition in Benghazi”.

Mr. Al-Obeidi is the highest-ranking Tripoli official to visit Moscow since the conflict began. Representatives of the Libyan opposition also came to Moscow two months ago. In recent weeks President Dmitry Medvedev’s envoy for Africa has met both rebels in Benghazi and top officials in Tripoli. Mr. Medvedev said earlier this week that compromise between the warring sides was “attainable”.

Online Privacy bill moving through Congress -UPDATE APPROVED

House panel expands and approves Internet snooping bill! For update go to new post: HERE

Beware of the wolf in Sheep’s Clothes. Anyone want to bet this will sail on by without anyone really thinking about the consequences? This sounds oh so good. But do we really want to give this Government Carte Blanche the ability to snoop around in our e-mails? What a combo having these two on the same page, and me joining the ACLU on this.

Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) earlier introduced H.R. 1981 the “Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011.”

a) In General- Section 2703 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

 ‘(h) Retention of Certain Records- A provider of an electronic communication service or remote computing service shall retain for a period of at least 18 months the temporarily assigned network addresses the service assigns to each account, unless that address is transmitted by radio communication (as defined in section 3 of the Communications Act of 1934).’.

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Today, the House Judiciary Committee is voting whether to approve  legislation that would create a sweeping new provision requiring Internet companies (email, cloud, social networking, and more) to collect and retain hundreds of millions of records about the identity of online users. The bill, HR 1981, the “Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011,” – if only it were that narrow! – is a direct assault on the privacy of Internet users and overlooks some key fixes that could actually help to address the very real problem of child exploitation.

We all want to catch those responsible for sexually exploiting children. But right now, the government is already taking advantage of outdated electronic privacy laws, like the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986, to access a treasure trove of information collected by online companies about who we are, what we do, and where we go, often without a warrant and with little oversight. The provisions of this bill would exacerbate these problems, making more records available and identifiable for even longer periods of time.

 Yes indeed, contact your member of Congress today to let them know that online privacy is important to you.

H/T:  Prison Planet

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