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Indiana Gov. spikes deal with Pakistani bomb supplier

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WA TIMES

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has suspended a deal to finance an in-state fertilizer plant to be built by a Pakistani conglomerate that the Pentagon has criticized for refusing to take steps to stop the flow of materials to makers of bombs that kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

News of Mr. Pence’s action followed a report Monday in The Washington Times that said Pakistan’s Fatima Group stood to benefit from the sale of $1.27 billion in tax-exempt municipal bonds in Indiana even as it rebuffed Pentagon efforts to save U.S. lives.

The governor “immediately ordered that the project be suspended pending further investigation,” said Pence spokeswoman Christina Denault. “Indiana is actively investigating in consultation with federal authorities/[Defense Department] the situation at this time.”

Ms. Denault said Mr. Pence was briefed on “new developments regarding Fatima Group” on Jan. 14 shortly after taking office.

The Times reported that ArmyLt. Gen. Michael Barbero, whose office oversees efforts to thwart homemade bombs in Afghanistan, had criticized Fatima in testimony before a Senate subcommittee in December.

Gen. Barbero said Fatima had refused to take simple steps to prevent its calcium ammonium nitrate — a fertilizing compound used by bomb-makers — from being smuggled to Taliban operatives in Afghanistan.

Homemade bombs — known as improvised explosive devices (IEDs) — are the No. 1 killers of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

The Pakistani Embassy in Washington this week provided The Times with a statement defending Fatima’s conduct and pledging cooperation.

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  1. thirdtwin

    February 2nd, 2013

    Good on you Governor Pence, but why was Indiana even considering allowing muslims to manufacture ammonium nitrate in our heartland? What other heinous bureaucratic fuckuppery is being pushed by state governments in the name of “economic development”?

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  2. Chieftain

    February 2nd, 2013

    For the uninitiated, ANFO is an easily manufactured medium-high explosive that is made by combining the fertilizer Ammonium Nitrate with Fuel Oil.

    How anyone affiliated with Pakistan or any other Muzzie could get anywhere close to building a “fertilizer plant” in the US is beyond me. This should have never begun in the first place.

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  3. thirdtwin

    February 2nd, 2013

    Chieftain, this is what happens when a people find themselves in such dire economic straits that they will whore their land out to anyone, regardless of the long-term consequences.

    This is why Turkish Muslims are running charter schools all across America. “Free-market” Republican politicians are so desperate to find alternatives to government institutions, and “create jobs”, that they are willing to be lobbied by any old islamofascist corrupticrat who promises them prosperity and free-enterprise.

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  4. Maudie N Mandeville

    February 2nd, 2013

    Newly appointed Defense Secretary Chuck E. CH-agel has announced that Pakistan’s Fatima Group is no longer considered a bomb supplier. “Fatima has confirmed to the satisfaction of my Pakistani chief of staff, Mohammed Mohammed, that they only supply calcium ammonium nitrate to bomb makers who sign a declaration that it will only be used for peaceful purposes.”

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  5. thirdtwin

    February 2nd, 2013

    And yeah Erick Erickson, I’m looking at you:

    http://www.macon.com/2012/11/02/2234657/erickson-truth-and-money.html

    Fethullah Gulen? crickets from Erickson:

    http://www.redstate.com/erick/2011/05/16/charter-schools-trump-huckabee-and-newt-eers/

    sorry or going OT, but it is all part of the same syndrome.

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  6. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    February 2nd, 2013

    Pence is the best thing that’s ever happened to Indiana.

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  7. 123321123321

    February 2nd, 2013

    Pence is a RINO, the Republican Party has so many of these frauds who have infiltrated and contaminated the party it makes me want to vomit.

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  8. 123321123321

    February 2nd, 2013

    I retract my last comment. That being said, who had the great idea to let this Pakistani Fertilizer company come to the USA?!?!

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  9. 123321123321

    February 2nd, 2013

    This is how it happened!! http://advanceindiana.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-did-officials-miss-pakistani.html

    As it turns out another Republican Mitch Daniels set this deal up!! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitch_Daniels

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  10. 123321123321

    February 2nd, 2013

    After reading that last article on how this whole deal came into being, I am not so sure about Pence. As is quite often the case the good ol boys who stood to profit from this deal in Indiana at Taxpayer expense were probably doing some influence peddling to get this fertilizer plant built with Tax Payer funding. That’s how “roads to nowhere” or “new paved roads” (that go by politicians or well connected people’s homes get paved at taxpayer expense.

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  11. Tjgpmg.jt

    February 8th, 2013

    I am tellesrisj

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