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Yellowstone Tourists Terrorized By Armed Park Rangers Under Obama’s Orders Tags: Gestapo Tactics government shutdown Now The End Begins obama Yellowstone Park

Yellowstone Tourists Terrorized By Armed Park Rangers Under Obama’s Orders

A guide leading a tour group caught inside Yellowstone National Park when Senate President Harry Reid rejected compromise efforts from the U.S. House on a funding plan and the parts of the federal government closed down a week ago said the National Park Service used “Gestapo tactics” on the visitors.

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Gordon Hodgson spoke in a telephone interview with the Livinston, Mont., Enterprise about the 41 tourists he took into the nation’s first national park, in the northwest corner of Wyoming, on a trip scheduled before the shutdown.

Park officials told him they were allowed to stay their scheduled two nights at the historic Old Faithful Inn, but they could not do anything, Hodgson said. Even so, he said he took the group out for a drive in the park and he pulled over to let passengers take photos of the park’s native bison.

A ranger showed up immediately

“She told me you need to return to your hotel and stay there,” Hodgson told the Enterprise.”This is just Gestapo tactics. We paid a lot to get in. All these people wanted to do was take some pictures.”

He said the group then was threatened with trespassing charges. “The national parks belong to the people,” he said. “This isn’t right.” Park spokesman Al Nash defended the actions in an interview with the Enterprise.

“We don’t have staff on duty to deal with any ordinary operational issues,” he said. When the park is closed, everything is closed, he said. “All we could do was eat dinner in the dining room. It was like a ghost town,” Hodgson said.

One member of the group, Pat Vaillancourt, of Newburyport, Mass., told her local newspaper, the Newburyport News, that even while they were allowed to stay in the Old Faithful area, they were watched.

There were barricades around Old Faithful, and the seniors on the tour were locked inside the hotel, where armed rangers stayed at the door, she reported.

“They looked like Hulk Hogans, armed,” she told the newspaper. “They told us you can’t go outside. … Some of the Asians who were on the tour said, ‘Oh my God, are we under arrest?’ They felt like they were criminals.”

Vaillancourt affirmed the guide’s description of the confrontation with the ranger. Vaillancourt described how the armed ranger confronted the tourists and ordered them back into their bus, saying they couldn’t “recreate.”

The guide, who had paid a $300 fee to bring the group into the park, said they weren’t “recreating,” just taking photos. “She responded and said, ‘Sir, you are recreating,’ and her tone became very aggressive,” Vaillancourt told her newspaper.

The park service has been all over the news during the partial federal government closure for erecting barricades at the otherwise open and accessible military memorials on the Washington Mall, where World War II veterans who traveled hundreds of miles to visit were told they were not allowed on a public sidewalk there to see the memorial.

Members of Congress personally got involved, taking down the barricades, although they were brought back, with wire to tie them together, according to reports.

It was there that an angry park ranger affirmed the Obama administration has given instructions that the shutdown impact be made as painful as possible for the American public.

“We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can,” he said. “It’s disgusting.”

The Enterprise in Livingston, which is a gateway city to Yellowstone, reported the gift shops, stores, rest rooms and visitors centers in Yellowstone were closed, and the tour group, when it left the park, was not allowed to stop at rest rooms along the way.

“We’ve become a country of fear, guns and control,” Vaillancourt told the News. “It was like they brought out the armed forces. Nobody was saying, ‘we’re sorry,’ it was all like — ” as she clenched her fist and banged it against her forearm.

Vaillancourt told the News the foreign visitors on the tour where shocked. “A lot of people who were foreign said they wouldn’t come back (to America),” Vaillancourt said.

 

 source – WND

Assad vows to destroy chemical weapons within about a year Tags: Assad vows destroy chemical weapons within year

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (AFP Photo / SANA)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (AFP Photo / SANA)

Syrian President Bashar Assad said he is committed to the chemical weapons agreement and vowed to hand over the country’s chemical arms to be destroyed. He added that the plan will cost around $1 billion and take about a year to complete. Speaking to Fox News on Wednesday, Assad said that Syria is ready to hand over its chemical weapons to any country willing to take them. 

"I think it's a very complicated operation, technically. And it needs a lot of money, about a billion," he said. "So it depends, you have to ask the experts what they mean by quickly. It has a certain schedule. It needs a year, or maybe a little bit more."

Assad insisted that government forces were not responsible for the chemical attack outside Damascus on August 21. He added that the attack was a violation of international law. "This is despicable. It's a crime."

"We have evidence that terrorist groups [have] used sarin gas," he said. "The whole story [that the Syrian government used them] doesn't even hold together...We didn't use any chemical weapons." 

Referring to the recent UN report that confirmed the chemical attack did take place, Assad stressed that sarin gas could have been made by anyone and hinted that foreign governments could have been behind the attack.

"The sarin gas [is] called kitchen gas. You know why? Because anyone can make sarin in his house," he said. "We know that all those rebels are supported by governments." 

The Syrian leader stressed that his decision to destroy the chemical weapons stockpiles was not forced upon him by the threat of US strikes. 

"Yeah, there's a misunderstanding that we agreed with this agreement because of the American threat," he said.

"Actually, if you go back before the G20, before the proposal, the Russian initiative, the American threat wasn't about handing over the chemical arsenal, it was about attacking Syria in order not to use the arsenal again," he said, referring to a Russian offer to oversee his disarmament. 

"So it's not about the threat. Syria never obey any threat. We actually responded to the Russian initiative and to our needs and to our conviction," he insisted. 

The plan to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles was unveiled by the US and Russia last weekend. 

"Listen to your people,” Assad said, addressing US President Obama, who has faced wide opposition at home on his plan to strike Syria. “Follow the common sense of your people." 

West vows to boost Syria rebels Tags: West vows to boost Syria rebels

West vows to boost Syria rebels, Russia says they should be 'compelled' to join peace talks
Published time: September 16, 2013 10:06 

French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius (C), US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and British Foreign Affairs Secretary William Hague (L) give a press conference after talks on the Syria crisis on September 16, 2013 in Paris. France.(AFP Photo / Kenzo Tribouillard)
French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius (C), US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and British Foreign Affairs Secretary William Hague (L) give a press conference after talks on the Syria crisis on September 16, 2013 in Paris. France.(AFP Photo / Kenzo Tribouillard)

The US, UK and France have agreed to bolster Syrian rebels by providing more help, press Syria into delivering on its promise to hand over chemical weapons and seek an end to the conflict, which would involve ousting of President Bashar Assad

The intentions were voiced by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and his counterparts from Washington and London at a joint media conference.

Fabius was speaking in Paris just days after the US and Russia reached an agreement under which Washington will put its plans to use military force against Syrian President Bashar Assad on hold in exchange for Damascus dismantling its chemical weapons arsenal.

West hopes for Syria without Assad.
US Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed America’s adherence to the plan, but said there must be consequences for Syria if it does not deliver on its promise. The disarmament deal is to be formalized by a UN Security Council resolution yet to be voted on. 

Meanwhile UK Foreign Secretary William Hague pledged that the three countries would work with Russia to gather an international conference in Geneva to negotiate a peaceful settlement of the Syrian crisis.

A political solution is part of the plan, which was unveiled by Kerry and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov last Saturday. Organization of the Geneva-2 conference has been delayed for months, as Syrian opposition forces opposed it.

Still Kerry stressed Washington’s position that the UN resolution is not “a lifeline” for Assad, who, the UN official said, has “lost all legitimacy” after more than two years of fighting with rebel forces. 

 

Force rebels to talk peace – Russia  
Meanwhile Lavrov said it may be time for the West to force the Syrian opposition to attend the planned Geneva conference. He was speaking in Moscow after meeting Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy. 

He added that the plan that Russia agreed to follow did not involve any automatic use of military force against Syria unless sanctioned by the UN Security Council.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks in Moscow, on September 16, 2013, during a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Nabily Fahmy.(Vasily Maximov)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks in Moscow, on September 16, 2013, during a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Nabily Fahmy.(Vasily Maximov)Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks in Moscow, on September 16, 2013, during a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Nabily Fahmy.(Vasily Maximov)

Lavrov stressed that the exact details of the terms for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile are yet to be determined by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), while the future UNSC resolution is to endorse the decision of that organization rather than enforce particular terms on its own. This is part of the agreement the US and Russia reached, he said. 

The destruction of the stockpiles would be the responsibility of the Syrian government and the CWC, the Russian minister pointed out, but international community may be required to provide “additional international personnel” to provide security at the sites where the weapons would be scrapped. 

Chemical disarmament plan
The US threatened to use military force against the Assad government after the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian against rebel forces in August. The threats came after years of support of the Syrian rebels by Washington and its allies.

Syria denies having any role in the suspected sarin attack and says it was a provocation of the opposition fighters aimed at securing US military help. Russia, a supporter of Damascus, shares this view.

Russia brokered a deal with Syria, under which it applied for membership in the CWC. Joining the international organization involves destruction of its chemical weapons arsenal.

Damascus is expected to submit within a week’s time an inventory of related arms and facilities, which will be put under international control in the wake of the chemical disarmament. 

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