Both classified documents and background statements by American and Middle Eastern officials confirm that most of the weapons sent to rebel forces in Syria are going to Islamic Jihadists, according to a report in Monday's New York Times.

On October 11, 16 "suspected militants" were killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan. As has become standard operating procedure for such attacks, the unmanned vehicles were reportedly still buzzing over the site of the attack, keeping anyone from approaching the rubble and retrieving the bodies.

Major Nidal Hasan, the man accused of the Ft. Hood shooting, has appealed a ruling demanding that he shave his beard before going to trial. Hasan asserts that the beard is a constitutionally protected religious practice.

There might be one way to influence U.S. policymakers to postpone the airborne assassinations using drone strikes. Noor Khan has filed suit against the government of Pakistan for its cooperation with the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom on behalf of his father who was killed in a U.S. drone strike while he attended a tribal council meeting on March 17, 2011, in the northwest region of Pakistan.

On October 9, the Supreme Court denied review of an appeal court ruling upholding the constitutionality of the Federal Information Securities Amendments Act (FISA).  The FISA Amendments Act was signed into law by President George W. Bush on July 10, 2008 after being overwhelmingly passed 293 to 129 in the House and 69-28 in the Senate.

As conservative journalists and television pundits praise Mitt Romney for “hammering” President Obama during his foreign policy speech today at the Virginia Military Institute, a closer reading reveals very little difference between the two major party candidates on issue that are important to constitutionalists. presidential candidate. Romney promised to continue growing government and using the American military to "promote democracy" in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Mitt Romney is calling for tougher sanctions against Iran and arms for the rebels in Syria, despite past failure from following those foreign policy remedies.

Can you imagine a world where the Department of Homeland Security, the National Security Agency, the FBI, Interpol, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the U.S. military, and the state police forces of all 50 states combine to keep you under constant surveillance? Guess what — you're living in it.

The Associated Press (AP), quoting Yemeni security officials, reports that a drone believed to be American fired missiles at two cars late Thursday morning, October 4, in Yemen. The officials quoted in the AP story report that “at least five” people were killed, all of whom were traveling in one of the two cars targeted by the drone.

JBS CEO Art Thompson's weekly news video update for October 1-7, 2012.

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