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Amero coming within decade
-- Not even teachers can speak English - 9/1/2007
-- Voter-ID law's key elements upheld - 8/30/2007
-- Iraqi terrorists captured coming into the US from Mexico - 8/23/2007
-- Illegals from terrorist nations crossing into Arizona - 8/16/2004
coming within decade
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Strategist expects currency changes as Canadian dollar matches greenback
October 5, 2007 By Jerome R. Corsi © 2007 WorldNetDaily.com
A commemorative amero coin
BankIntroductions.com, a Canadian company that specializes in global banking strategies and currency consulting, is advising clients that the amero may be the currency of North America within the next 10 years.
"The amero would compete against other regional currency blocks," BankIntroductions.com says. "At present, with the Canadian dollar approaching par, more talk for an amero currency unit will become popular in Canada."
The company says that with the successful implementation of NAFTA, "the one dragging component for the amero will be Mexico, but in time this will change."
"Implementation of the amero currency may actually give Mexico an economic boost, thus helping to alleviate Mexican immigration pressures into the United States for those Mexicans seeking financial gain," BankIntroductions.com advises.
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"The amero one day may well be circulating throughout North America."
Matt Bell, president of BankIntroductions.com, told WND in an e-mail to "feel free to quote our currency research on Canada. Our general opinion on the amero stands as stated."
As WND reported, coin designer Daniel Carr has issued for sale a series of private-issue fantasy pattern amero coins that have drawn attention on the Internet.
WND also reported the African Union is moving down the path of regional economic integration, with the African Central Bank planning to create the "Gold Mandela" as a single African continental currency by 2010.
The Council on Foreign Relations also has supported regional and global currencies designed to replace nationally issued currencies.
In an article in the May/June issue of Foreign Affairs, entitled "The End of National Currency," CFR economist Benn Steil asserted the dollar is a temporary currency.
Steil concluded "countries should abandon monetary nationalism," moving to adopt regional currencies, on the road to a global "one world currency."
WND previously reported Steve Previs, a vice president at Jeffries International Ltd. in London, said the amero "is the proposed new currency for the North American Community which is being developed right now between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico."
A video clip of the CNBC interview in November with Jeffries is now available at YouTube.com.
WND also has reported a continued slide in the value of the dollar on world currency markets could set up conditions in which the adoption of the amero as a North American currency gains momentum.
even teachers can speak English
September 1, 2007 © 2007 WorldNetDaily.com
Cholla Elementary School, in the Casa Granda Elementary District in Arizona
An official state inspection of Arizona public schools reveals that many students are being taught English by Spanish-speaking teachers whose command of English is so poor that the officials can barely understand them.
The recent inspection revealed teachers providing instruction in Spanish instead of the legally required English, students unable to answer questions in English, and teachers' instructions such as "Sometimes, you are not gonna know some."
The results of the inspections were reported by the Arizona Republic, which concluded hundreds of students in the state are trying to learn English from teachers who don't know the language.
The inspections found teachers who are unable to use English grammar and cannot pronounce English words. The "You are not gonna know" comment came from a Mesa teacher instructing a classroom filled with students trying to learn English.
From a Casa Grande Elementary District teacher came, "read me first how it was before," and a Phoenix teacher at Creighton Elementary asked, "If you have problems, to who are you going to ask?"
State officials each year visit classrooms where children are learning English. Of the 32 school districts visited last year, there were problems at about one-third.
"Some teachers' English was so poor that even state officials strained to understand them," the assessment found. "At a dozen districts, evaluators found teachers who ignored state law and taught in Spanish."
The visits, which lasted from one to three days, discovered teachers did not know grammar or pronunciation. "In one classroom, the teacher's English was 'labored and arduous.' Other teachers were just difficult to understand. Some teachers pronounced 'levels' as 'lebels' and 'much' as 'mush,'" the newspaper reported.
Other visits uncovered the following:
In the Humboldt Unified District, one teacher said, "How do we call it in English?"
In Phoenix's Isaac Elementary, a teacher said. "My older brother always put the rules."
In Marana, a teacher said, "You need to make the story very interested to the teacher."
The report found children in Cartwright Elementary in Phoenix who still were in the beginning stages of learning English were "sitting, comprehending very little, and receiving almost no attention."
Another school, in Maricopa Unified, provided English instruction for students, from a teacher's aide at the back of the class.
Changes, however, apparently are on the way. The state under a new plan is requiring that schools put language learners into four hours of classes each day where the students will learn English grammar, phonetics, writing and reading. It also has a new program to help school managers train teachers in the new procedures.
Those commenting on the newspaper's forum pretty much followed a single track:
"Send them back, problem solved," wrote "MikeB."
"In all fairness, send the illegals home, then there would be enough qualified teachers for the students that are legitimately here and eligible for school," added ToddStallion.
"Excuse me, but how about taking the teachers back to 1st grade and teaching them ENGLISH first?" added "azconservative."
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law's key elements upheld
Judge: Arizona measure doesn't violate U.S. act
Aug. 30, 2007 Matthew Benson The Arizona Republic
A federal judge has ruled that key parts of Arizona's voter-approved law requiring proof of citizenship to vote are constitutional and don't violate federal or state law.
In a ruling issued Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver rejected nine claims against the law known as Proposition 200, including cornerstone complaints that it violates the National Voter Registration Act and constitutes a poll tax.
Secretary of State Jan Brewer hailed the order as a "big victory for the people of Arizona." She promised to continue defending the law if the case is appealed by plaintiffs, who include the Arizona Advocacy Network and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
A representative of the fund said the ruling will be appealed.
"We think that the judge got it wrong," said Nina Perales, Southwest regional counsel with MALDEF. We think that she did not apply the law the way it should've been, and we expect these rulings to be overturned on appeal."
For Arizona voters, the ruling means a continuance of the practice of proving citizenship when registering to vote and providing legal ID at polling places.
Voters approved Proposition 200 in November 2004. Silver earlier had cleared the way for the law to be used in the state's 2006 elections, concluding that determining whether someone is a U.S. citizen "is of paramount importance when determining his or her eligibility to vote."
Linda Brown, executive director of the Arizona Advocacy Network, conceded her disappointment in this week's ruling but noted that two of the lawsuit's major complaints remain. Those claims, which appear to be headed for trial, argue that Proposition 200's ID requirements place an undue burden on legal residents and disproportionately affect minority voting.
It's unknown when the lawsuit will be tried, Brown said, adding, "We are eager to have this decided well in advance of the 2008 election."
Proposition 200 has been the source of controversy since long before the citizens initiative was handily approved by voters.
The law, which requires individuals to show proof of citizenship when registering to vote and legal ID when casting a ballot, was promoted as a means to reduce voter fraud. Opponents have long called that concern overblown.
Rather than merely blocking undocumented immigrants from the ballot box, Brown said, the law has deterred legal citizens who lack identification to prove their citizenship.
She pointed to "a couple thousand" ballots that were cast but not counted in last November's general election. In those instances, voters were allowed to cast what are known as conditional provisional ballots. The special ballots are counted if the voter returns within 72 hours with proper ID. But in the 2,000 cases, the voters were unable to show ID or never returned.
"The harm this law is causing to citizens greatly outweighs any perceived protection," Brown said.
The Secretary of State's Office countered that the number of ballots turned away in 2006 constituted a fraction of the more than 1.5 million cast.
A trial awaits on the remaining portions of the Proposition 200 lawsuit, though Brewer expressed confidence that the latest ruling may signal that the legal wrangling is drawing to a close.
"It is pretty much, I believe, completed and finished," Brewer said. "I would think, at this point, (the plaintiffs) would realize the people have spoken. The courts have concurred. Let's get on with it."
Illegals from terrorist nations are crossing the border into
August 16, 2004 - Investigators: Terrorist Alley
Tom McNamara and the Eyewitness News 4 Investigators have spent the last three months talking to experts and eyewitnesses.
The stories are compelling and the evidence is frightening, and just this week, Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo released a report showing that the problem is worse than anyone thought.
Here's what the Eyewitness News 4 Investigators uncovered.
"It's a Muslim prayer blanket. It was found about a mile and a half west from the Douglas port of entry in 2001."
Larry Vance is a rancher who lives near the U.S.-Mexico border in Douglas, Arizona.
For years, he says he's watched - and documented - thousands of illegals crossing the border and running away to eventual arrest... or freedom and anonymity somewhere in this country.
And in just one hour, during this stake-out along the border between Douglas and b\Bisbee, The Investigators count 198 illegals in five different groups crossing into the U.S. with no resistance.
Watch as they huddle in the bushes, then climb thru a few strands of barbed wire and run for freedom.
We called Border Patrol and waited another full hour, but no one ever came.
Later, we checked Border Patrol logs which note agents being dispatched following our call, but also note those agents found no signs of activity in the area.
In recent years, Vance says, the evidence some illegals leave behind is alarming.
Vance says, "Other log books, diary-type things, other bits and pieces of paper with Arabic written on them found in the area over the last few years
We've all heard of the U.S. government's Terror Watch List: countries flagged because Americans are endangered by their citizens, yet regularly, illegals from those countries are crossing the Arizona border, blending in with groups of Mexican and South American illegal immigrants.
If apprehended, they are brought to this federal detention center in Florence, Arizona.
The investigators found that on this day, several individuals of this kind were being detained here, including some from Sudan, Iran, and even Iraq.
These are just the ones who were caught.
These detainees are called 'other than Mexicans' or OTM's. Most will eventually be sent back to their home country.
But some disappear very quickly, usually before they even reach this center or other holding facilities. They're taken away by tight-lipped federal agents to who-knows-where.
Who are they? They're called 'Special Interest Aliens" or "SIA."
According to Ben Anderson, a retired U.S. Army Colonel, The SIA that they don't want to talk about. That's special interest alien. These are people from those countries that we consider terrorist threats."
Anderson is a retired U.S. Army Colonel who tracks illegal immigration from his home in Sierra Vista, Arizona. He has a website sharing his research into Special Interest Aliens.
"You will not read about that. You will not hear about that. They will not talk about that. They will not provide that info to the press
Colonel Anderson says these Special Interest Aliens originate in the Middle East or Northeast Asia. They travel through Spain to what's called the tri-border area of Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay, then, to Mexico City.
They pay to learn Spanish language skills, and by the time they reach the U.S., they're acting and talking like Mexicans to fool border agents.
And, Anderson says, they're entering the United States right through our backyard. "This is the main alley. It's called "Cocaine Alley" or "Terrorist Alley." Whatever you want to call it, Arizona is the prime place."
Cochise County is the center. It's the point of gravitus, center of gravity for all illegals," says Anderson.
Anderson says some Special Interest Aliens are well-funded. paying tens of thousands of dollars to be smuggled into this country. They manage to get passports from non-terrorist nations.
And here's the shocking part: if they are caught, they are often released on their own recognizance, never to be seen again.
According to Retired Border Patrol Agent David Stoddard, "There are Middle Easterners coming across the border as we speak."
Stoddard agrees with Anderson. Stoddard spent 17 years as a Border Patrol agent and supervisor in the Tucson Sector before retiring.
"What's scary is that I can show you places out here on the line right now where 18-wheelers can be driven across."
"These 18-wheelers can be loaded with anything -- illegal aliens, atomic weapons, whatever."
Stoddard says Americans would be shocked if they knew just how many people from all over the world are getting into this country across the Arizona border. And he says we're even less safe from terrorism today than we were before 9/11.
Take for example, the capture of terrorist suspect Jose Padilla. The Justice Department says Padilla and an accomplice planned to enter the U.S. thru Mexico to blow up apartment buildings in major cities, like New York.
Or the case of suspected al-Qaeda sleeper agent Mohammed Junaid Babar.
Babar has told investigators of a scheme to smuggle terrorists across the Mexican border. He's tied to a terror plot to carry out bombings and assassinations in London.
And the Tombstone Tumbleweed newspaper reports that in June, 53 Middle Eastern men were apprehended by Border Patrol agents near Willcox.
It's believed they were from Iran or Syria.
Stoddard says, "It's the ones who are sneaking into our country under cover of darkness between our ports of entry that concern me and should concern every American.
Border Patrol Council President T.J. Bonner says, "You don't know what is getting by you unless you come across, as you said, small pieces of evidence, remnants of things that give you clues, that not everybody is coming across from mexico looking for a job."
Bonner knows exactly who and what current agents are uncovering along our border and he has a dire warning:
"It's only a matter of time before another terrorist attack occurs, unfortunately.
Some in Congress are starting to take notice of the threat. Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo released a report that revealed a 50% increase in OTMs, illegals Other Than Mexicans, crossing the border.
Tancredo says some illegals from terrorist nations are paying as much as $50,000 to be smuggled in. He says they're not paying that kind of money simply to work at a 7/11.
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terrorists caught along Mexico border
August 23, 2007 © 2007 WorldNetDaily.com
President Bush's top intelligence aide has confirmed that Iraqi terrorists have been captured coming into the United States from Mexico. American intelligence chief confirms 'people are alive' as a result of capture
The confirmation comes from National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell, who talked about the situation in an interview with the El Paso Times recently.
"Coming up through the Mexican border is a path," McConnell said. "Now, are they doing it in great numbers? No, because we're finding them and we're identifying them and we've got watch lists and we're keeping them at bay."
But, he said, "There are numerous situations where people are alive today because we caught them (terrorists)."
Intelligence officials say the numbers and details of such situations are classified, but McConnell pointed as an example to Mahmoud Youssef Kourani, who entered the United States through Tijuana, Mexico, in 2001, and later pleaded guilty to helping raise money for Hezbollah, which has been designated by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization.
The goal, McConnell said, is for terrorists to gain admittance to the United States, and then produce "mass casualties."
"You've got committed leadership. You've got a place to train. They've got trainers, and they've got recruits," McConnell told the newspaper. "The key now is getting recruits in. So if your key is getting recruits in, how would you do that?"
McConnell's office did reveal some numbers, during fiscal 2006, there were 14 Iraqi nationals caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally, while so far in 2007, that number is 16.
"Now some we caught, some we didn't," McConnell told the newspaper. "The ones that get in – what are they going to do? They're going to write home. So it's not rocket science; word will move around."
Also revealed was that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection intercepted 60 Iraqis crossing the nation's southwestern border in 2006 who were seeking asylum in the U.S., while that number so far in 2007 is 178.
The Times report said a U.S. intelligence analyst said there's been evidence that human smugglers, or coyotes, are telling Iraqis to ask for amnesty if they are caught.
The typical scenario is this: Forged documents are used to get an Iraqi into a country in South or Central America. Since travel from country to country is allowed without visas in many locations there, they work their way north to the U.S. border.
McConnell told the newspaper the numbers are classified, but there have been a relatively small number of people with known links to terrorist groups who have been caught at that point.
Kourani, for example, apparently paid a Mexican Consulate official in Lebanon $3,000 for a Mexican visa and then was smuggled into the United States in the trunk of a car.
He was sentenced to more than four years in prison after admitting he helped raise funds for Hezbollah.
When the newspaper asked U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, about the situation, he said, "It's not something we would talk about."
"We have had intelligence about al-Qaida identifying Latin America as a potential or prospective area where they could come through, but frankly, I'm surprised that the director would make definitive statements like that because, even if it were true, you wouldn't want to publicize that," Reyes told the Times.
McConnell was senior vice president with Booz Allen Hamilton, focusing on intelligence and national security, before being appointed to his current post by Bush in February.
He previously was the director of the National Security Agency and served as a member of the Director of Central Intelligence senior leadership team before then.
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