November 30, 2009
Posted: 07:51 PM ET
*Note: Judge Jeanine Pirro is a former judge and district attorney. She's a frequent guest on Larry King Live and CNN. Here, Judge Pirro shares her views on the security breach at the White House involving Tareq & Michaele Salahis and who she thinks is to blame. Her thoughts are her own.
The latest fiasco involving the egocentric, power hungry, wannabe celebrities, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, is matched only by the apparent laziness, ineptitude, or incompetence of the United States Secret Service who allowed these lawsuit challenged bozos into the inner sanctum of a White House State Dinner. Their actions are nothing more than a reminder of how some government employees – in this case the United States Secret Service – who are paid by each of us with our hard earned tax dollars to protect the President, are not worthy of the jobs they hold. This utter lack of even the most fundamental requirements of not just safety, but protocol, requires both swift and certain sanctions. Hell, I've been to private parties, and hosted a few myself, that had better security.
As an elected district attorney for many years, I know first-hand the passion and excellence of those members of law enforcement who give up the better life and higher paying jobs because they believe in what they do. They are my heroes. By the same token, I also know of civil servants who take advantage of taxpayer funded government jobs, and do as little as possible to keep those jobs.
Examples: the parole officers in the Phillip Garrido case who did nothing to uncover the fact that 12-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard was being raped and impregnated for 19 years while under their watch; the Cleveland police in the Anthony Sowell case who paid little attention to a naked woman falling out of a second floor window of a registered sex offender's house, and the stench of decaying corpses (which they conveniently and lazily blamed on a neighboring sausage factory); and Major Nidal Malik Hasan who allegedly communicated with a terrorist leader, spewed hatred of our government, and love of suicide bombers, while under our watch and pay!
Posted: 05:42 PM ET
What happened to Tiger Woods? We’ll have the latest info on the golf superstar’s bizarre crash and its aftermath. He’s dropped out of his own golf tournament. And he’s now canceled three scheduled interviews with police. But why?
Friends of the White House “Party Crashers” speak out! Tareq and Michaele Salahi’s friends are here to tell us about that state dinner. Were the Salahi’s invited? What did they tell the Secret Service? What is this couple really like? We’ll find out tonight.
Jesse Ventura sounds off on President Obama, the war in Afghanistan, Tiger Woods, the White House “Party Crashers” and more! No topic's off limits with Jesse Ventura!
We’ll also be joined by Ben Stein and Arianna Huffington to discuss all the latest news…
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DO YOU THINK THE WHITE HOUSE “PARTY CRASHERS” SHOULD FACE CHARGES?
Posted: 04:45 PM ET
New York (CNN) - State police in Florida planned Monday to further investigate a single-vehicle crash involving pro golfer Tiger Woods, they said.
That followed a police announcement Sunday that Woods had canceled a third interview with investigators.
Woods suffered minor injuries in the accident, which occurred early Friday in his luxury neighborhood near Orlando. In a statement issued Sunday afternoon on his Web site, Woods offered no details of his wreck, except to say he had cuts and bruises and was "pretty sore."
"This situation is my fault, and it's obviously embarrassing to my family and me," he said. "I'm human, and I'm not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn't happen again."
CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin spoke about why Tiger Woods might be delaying talking to police.
CNN: Why do you think Tiger Woods has canceled three interviews with police?
Jeffrey Toobin: Tiger Woods is under no legal obligation to speak with police. The Fifth Amendment gives everyone an absolute right to refuse to talk to them. He may be counting on the fact that if no new news emerges, everybody will move on.
CNN: Can the police do anything about it if Woods continues to refuse to talk to them?
Toobin: The police don't have a lot of options. If someone doesn't want to talk to you, you as a police officer can't do anything about it. In theory, they could get a search warrant, but you need probable cause that a crime took place, and at this point, I don't see anything that would justify it.
Filed under: Tiger Woods
Posted: 04:00 PM ET
By Matthew L. Walk and Eric Schmitt
From The New York Times
WASHINGTON — As part of a broadening inquiry into presidential security, Secret Service agents have interviewed the Virginia couple who sneaked into a White House state dinner last week, a senior federal official involved in the investigation said Sunday.
The interviews, which took place Friday and Saturday, were conducted in a neutral location, neither the home of the couple, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, nor the Secret Service’s downtown offices, the official said. He would not comment on the content of the interviews or their length.
The Secret Service is also examining its own procedures in light of the security lapse at the White House. The director of the Secret Service, Mark Sullivan, testified in March before the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Homeland Security that his agency was adapting to the Obama presidency, but he focused on how President Obama was likely to draw larger crowds than his predecessor.
Mr. Sullivan referred obliquely to Mr. Obama as the first African-American president, making note of the “historical significance of the election” as a reason the agency was especially concerned about providing appropriate security.
Exactly how the Salahis infiltrated Mr. Obama’s state dinner for the Indian prime minister continued to preoccupy the capital and the country on Sunday, with no substantive details emerging.
Filed under: President Obama
Posted: 02:27 PM ET
By Michael Y. Park and Sharon Cotliar
It'll be a first-family wedding for former first daughter Chelsea Clinton. The daughter of President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Marc Mezvinsky, it has been confirmed to PEOPLE.
Clinton, 29, of course, is the former first couple's only child. Mezvinsky, a banker and fellow Stanford alumnus, is the 31-year-old son of former Iowa congressman Ed Mezvinsky and former Pennsylvania congresswoman Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinksy. The two became engaged on Thanksgiving, which they spent in New York.
On Friday, the pair sent out an e-mail to friends and family, saying: "We're sorry for the mass email but we wanted to wish everyone a belated Happy Thanksgiving! We also wanted to share that we are engaged! We didn't get married this past summer despite the stories to the contrary, but we are looking toward next summer and hope you all will be there to celebrate with us. Happy Holidays! Chelsea & Marc."
Posted: 02:16 PM ET
Prosecutors and police investigators don't expect to file charges in connection with Michael Jackson's death before 2010, law enforcement officials told The Times.
The officials said there is such much evidence to review - some of it complex medical data - and that they have sought the help of outside medical experts.
A decision on whether to file criminal charges is "months rather than weeks away," one source said.
Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson's personal physician who provided him with the anesthetic propofol that coroner's officials say killed the pop singer, has been identified as a suspect in a manslaughter investigation in search warrants and remains the focus of the probe.
The investigation has resulted in large quantities of information that need to be carefully reviewed not only by LAPD detectives, but also prosecutors and some outside medical advisers before a final decision is made on how to proceed in the case, according to sources familiar with the investigation. They spoke to The Times on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.
Filed under: Michael Jackson
Posted: 01:05 PM ET
This is an LKL Web Exclusive by Dinesh D'Souza. D'Souza is a former White House policy analyst and scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is the author of several best-selling books including "Illiberal Education, What's So Great About America" and most recently "Life After Death: The Evidence."
Is there life beyond the grave? If there is, we would think and act differently in our everyday lives. It seems of the utmost importance to know whether this life is all we have, or whether there is something more.
For thousands of years, people in different cultures have held that there is life after death, perhaps in the form of reincarnated bodies, or in the form of souls in Heaven and Hell. These beliefs, however, derive from religious traditions like Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity and are typically held on the basis of faith.
In recent times, atheists and secular people insist that there is no afterlife and death is the end. Although this position is offered as scientific and rational, it seems that the atheist is in no better position to know what lies beyond death than the religious believer. Both groups are pretending to knowledge that neither group actually has.
In my new book, Life After Death: The Evidence, I examine the topic from the perspective of reason and science. Drawing on some of the most powerful currents in physics, evolutionary biology, brain science, philosophy and psychology, I refute the atheists and show why the evidence favors survival beyond the grave. In particular, I show that:
–Life after death requires the possibility of eternal realms beyond this universe. Modern physics shows that such realms are possible, and that they help to explain physical realities in our universe.
–Modern evolutionary biology reveals a pattern and plan in nature that makes the evolution of complex life, and specifically human life, seem virtually inevitable. Our destiny on earth appears to be part of a larger purpose.
–Tens of thousand of people have had near death experiences that refute the idea that when our bodies stop functioning, all consciousness ceases.
–Despite attempts to show that the soul is a fiction and that we are purely material creatures, the findings of neuroscience confirm the exact opposite.
Consciousness defies a purely natural explanation, and the human mind has mental and spiritual aspects that are irreducible to the actions of atoms and molecules.
–The most original and powerful findings of modern philosophy reveal that our everyday world of experience is merely the shadow and appearance of a deeper reality. Skeptics who deny the afterlife seem unable to distinguish the realm of perception–what we can know through our senses–with the realm of reality, which is the sum total of what actually exists.
–Morality is a clue to the fact that we humans possess free will. Yet if the will is free, it follows that there is a domain of our lives that is not simply caused by the physical laws of nature. Free will is a clue to an eternal, imperishable feature of our humanity.
This book makes no appeal to religious faith or divine revelation or sacred texts, yet it confirms what religious people have long believed. On the basis of science and scholarship, it shows that a belief in life after death is not only rational but also good for us: it can give depth and significance to this life, a path to happiness and a reason for hope.
Filed under: LKL Web Exclusive
Posted: 09:02 AM ET
The gate crashers Michaele and Tareq Salahi want to be famous as stars of reality television. I am all for that. Give them a reality television series and call it "Trial and Jailtime" in the D.C. criminal justice system.
This despicable, desperate, duplicitous couple disgraced the Secret Service and embarrassed the president in his home. They totally overshadowed the president's meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the leader of an important ally. The incident made the Obamas' first state dinner, honoring the prime minister and his wife, Gursharan Kaur, fodder for comedians - and it certainly raises security concerns for other world leaders visiting at later dates.
The gate-crashers need to be held accountable and not glorified.
Unless they have some excuse we haven't heard yet, the Salahis deserve to be charged with criminal trespassing and lying to federal officers for starters. Yes, they dressed for the occasion, but the Salahis are no different, and shouldn't be regarded any differently, than a nut case who jumps over the White House fence and tries to run in the front door.
The only difference is that the fence-jumper would be shot ten feet from his entrance point. I worked in a couple of White Houses and have always had the greatest respect for the Secret Service. These men and women put their lives on the line daily and often serve in long and tedious tours of duty.
Filed under: President Barack Obama
November 29, 2009
Posted: 08:08 PM ET
Tiger Woods is speaking out about the car crash Friday that set off a stream of salacious rumors about his marriage to Elin Nordegren – and allegations that he cheated with a New York club hostess Rachel Uchitel.
Speaking about the event, which occurred just feet from the driveway of his Florida home, the golf champion, 33, broke his silence and wrote on his Web site Sunday: "This situation is my fault and it's obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I'm human and I'm not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn't happen again."
As for the rumors, including speculation that he and his wife may have had a physical altercation following a report published in the National Enquirer that he had an affair, Woods demurred. "This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way," he said. "Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible."
Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images
Filed under: Larry King Live
Posted: 07:56 PM ET
via Los Angeles Times
When Roman Polanski is released on bail in the next few days to be under house arrest at his Alpine chalet, he will have much more freedom than he did at his Zurich-area jail cell, according to reports from Switzerland.
A Swiss justice officials was quoted by AFP and Swiss news media as saying Polanski would be allowed to make unlimited phone calls and have full access to e-mail and the Internet. Although he cannot leave his house, he can invite friends over and throw parties at the tony chalet in the ski resort of Gstaad.
"He will have no prison regime," Justice Ministry spokesman Falco Galli told AFP. "He is completely free to determine his daily schedule. It's also up to him to get in food and other supplies."
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