West Point Report: Obama Watched And Did Nothing As ISIS Threat Grew – Why?

A new report from the West Point counterterrorism center says the Obama administration ignored warning signs as ISIS grew and trained over a four-year period following the US withdrawal from Iraq.

Via IBD: 

As President Obama dithers about whether to strike the Islamic State’s sanctuary in Syria, a report by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point shows how we got to this point. Obama simply overlooked the “JV” team until it was ready for terrorism’s Pro Bowl.

Instead, he was focused on getting us out of Iraq and creating a power vacuum that the terrorist group was all too willing to fill.

“ISIL did not suddenly become effective in early June 2014,” the report states. “It has been steadily strengthening and actively shaping the future operating environment for four years.”

The Islamic State’s rapid expansion into Iraq was “the result of years of patient preparatory operations,” wrote the report’s author, Michael Knights of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

United States intelligence officials tried to claim they were blindsided back in June when fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) seized two major Iraqi cities and sent Iraqi defense forces fleeing. “With U.S. troops long gone from the country,” the story goes, “Washington didn’t have the spies on the ground or the surveillance gear in the skies necessary to predict when and where the jihadist group would strike.”

What a load of malarkey.

As the West Point report notes, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi “re-booted” the group in 2010 into a “highly motivated cadre of quality light infantry forces,”  beginning a nationwide campaign of car bombings in Iraq in 2013.”  Their attacks were reported on and evident to anyone with an internet connection.

In August 2013, the Iraqi government even reached out to the Obama administration for help.

Bloomberg News reported that Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari  arrived in Washington seeking “U.S. advisers, air surveillance, or even drone strikes” to deal with the growing ISIS threat.

Zebari returned home empty-handed, ignored by an Obama administration more intent on keeping a campaign promise to withdraw from Iraq than in dealing with the new terror threat. Zebari’s requests were apparently lost between all those fundraisers and rounds of golf.

Earlier this year, Iraq continued pleading for help. As we noted, according to a June 11 piece in the New York Times, then-Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki met on May 11 with American diplomats and Gen. Lloyd Austin, head of Central Command, asking the U.S. for the ability to strike IS using drones.

If that wasn’t doable, al-Maliki said that he would approve U.S. drone strikes or airstrikes. That plea also fell on deaf ears.

The question is – why? Obama knew there was an uber-terrorist group rampaging through Syria, with its sites set on the fledgling democracy of Iraq – where so many American troops had made the ultimate sacrifice to secure. Was it not in America’s interest to stop the growing menace before it got to Iraq?

Its “blitzkrieg” into Iraq was due less to the failure of Iraqi forces than to IS’ methodical training, preparation and planning — sort of like the Wehrmacht’s advance into France in 1940.

Their blitzkrieg was also due to the Obama administration’s funneling of advanced weaponry to ISIS infested rebel fighters in Syria – ostensibly  to help them topple the Assad regime. The Obama administration began funneling the weapons  from Libya after Qaddafi was overthrown, murdered, and dragged through the streets by Islamists in 2011.

(Has anyone but me noticed that all of the Middle East revolutions that have been facilitated by the Obama Regime – Libya, Egypt,  Syria – have benefited Islamist Jihadi head-cutters? Yet Obama wanted nothing to do with the pro-Democracy Green Revolution in Iran in 2009. He fought the overthrow of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood Morsi Regime in Egypt in 2013.)

Seymour Hersh  reported on the Obama Regime’s role in creating a weapons funneling “rat line” to Jihadists in Syria:

The full extent of US co-operation with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in assisting the rebel opposition in Syria has yet to come to light. The Obama administration has never publicly admitted to its role in creating what the CIA calls a ‘rat line’, a back channel highway into Syria. The rat line, authorised in early 2012, was used to funnel weapons and ammunition from Libya via southern Turkey and across the Syrian border to the opposition. Many of those in Syria who ultimately received the weapons were jihadists, some of them affiliated with al-Qaida. (The DNI spokesperson said: ‘The idea that the United States was providing weapons from Libya to anyone is false.’)

In January, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the assault by a local militia in September 2012 on the American consulate and a nearby undercover CIA facility in Benghazi, which resulted in the death of the US ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and three others. The report’s criticism of the State Department for not providing adequate security at the consulate, and of the intelligence community for not alerting the US military to the presence of a CIA outpost in the area, received front-page coverage and revived animosities in Washington, with Republicans accusing Obama and Hillary Clinton of a cover-up. A highly classified annex to the report, not made public, described a secret agreement reached in early 2012 between the Obama and Erdoğan administrations. It pertained to the rat line. By the terms of the agreement, funding came from Turkey, as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar; the CIA, with the support of MI6, was responsible for getting arms from Gaddafi’s arsenals into Syria. A number of front companies were set up in Libya, some under the cover of Australian entities. Retired American soldiers, who didn’t always know who was really employing them, were hired to manage procurement and shipping. The operation was run by David Petraeus, the CIA director who would soon resign when it became known he was having an affair with his biographer. (A spokesperson for Petraeus denied the operation ever took place.)

The operation had not been disclosed at the time it was set up to the congressional intelligence committees and the congressional leadership, as required by law since the 1970s. The involvement of MI6 enabled the CIA to evade the law by classifying the mission as a liaison operation. The former intelligence official explained that for years there has been a recognised exception in the law that permits the CIA not to report liaison activity to Congress, which would otherwise be owed a finding. (All proposed CIA covert operations must be described in a written document, known as a ‘finding’, submitted to the senior leadership of Congress for approval.) Distribution of the annex was limited to the staff aides who wrote the report and to the eight ranking members of Congress – the Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate, and the Democratic and Republicans leaders on the House and Senate intelligence committees. This hardly constituted a genuine attempt at oversight: the eight leaders are not known to gather together to raise questions or discuss the secret information they receive.

The annex didn’t tell the whole story of what happened in Benghazi before the attack, nor did it explain why the American consulate was attacked. ‘The consulate’s only mission was to provide cover for the moving of arms,’ the former intelligence official, who has read the annex, said. ‘It had no real political role.’

Washington abruptly ended the CIA’s role in the transfer of arms from Libya after the attack on the consulate, but the rat line kept going. ‘The United States was no longer in control of what the Turks were relaying to the jihadists,’ the former intelligence official said. Within weeks, as many as forty portable surface-to-air missile launchers, commonly known as manpads, were in the hands of Syrian rebels.

Remember the picture of the ISIS commander holding an RPG inside a USAID tent in Syria that made the rounds, last year?

Here’s what I wrote at the time:

I know I’ve been saying for weeks that the United States has been siding with the terrorists, but I didn’t mean it literally.  I meant that our policy of arming the Syrian rebels was indirectly aiding the Jihadists, because they have been fighting alongside the so-called “moderate” rebels and it would seem to me that the weapons would inevitably be shared.

I didn’t think I meant that the United States would directly and purposefully give aid and comfort to al Qaeda. (ISIS)

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The image above reportedly  came from the front line of the Syrian war, seeming to confirm our worst fears that these demonic brutes were being assisted by the United States. Most Americans hadn’t heard of ISIS, yet. A year ago, most of us thought al Qaeda were still the baddest kids on the block.

This appears to prove all the concerns among U.S. lawmakers and analysts that aid to the Syrian rebels could end up in the hands of Al Qaeda.

The photograph allegedly shows Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) linked Commander Muhajireen Kavkaz wa Sham, along with other rebels donning battle-gear and an RPG, inside a USAID tent.

A year ago, I followed the growing terrorist menace rampaging through Syria slaughtering Christians and other minorities by the thousands. I was horrified at the thought that our government was arming them and preparing to go to war against the Syrian government over trumped up charges that they crossed Obama’s “red line.”  It wasn’t the Syrian government that used Sarin in a gas attack last year.  It was the terrorist rebels aided by Turkey. Obama backed away from his war plans only after the  “intelligence” that blamed Syria for the gas attack, completely unraveled.

Meanwhile, Christian minorities who were being slaughtered by the Obama administration’s terrorist allies, were forgotten and forsaken – insignificant collateral damage.

The statues of the Virgin Mary and Christ were shrouded in smoke and dust, as every few minutes a tank shell crashed into the mountainside. Christ’s message of forgiveness had been forgotten here, the Bible’s teaching that the peacemakers are blessed seemed to echo from another world.

Syria’s soldiers were angry and frustrated. Many didn’t want us to show their faces or film their failure to recapture one of the jewels of Syria’s multi-faith mosaic. Others kissed crucifixes they wore and cursed the Nusra Islamists who, as more than one assured me “were helped and trained by Britain and America”.

The rebels claim they took Maaloula to punish the Christians there for supporting the Assad government, a support that is real but tepid. For most Christians in Syria the fear of what Islamists might do if they win this war outweighs any dislike they have for Assad’s system.

On Saturday, in a Damascus church heavy with gold and grief, they mourned the Christians killed in the battle. The framed photographs of the dead sat next to the holy icons of the Greek Orthodox faith, some men in the pews bandaged from injuries they’d received. “We blame Obama”, one woman in black yelled at me, “he should have the Nobel peace prize taken away from him – he is helping the rebels who killed our Christian brothers”.

This video was put out by Christian Refugees in July of 2013.

Blogger David Wood created a bedtime story called Barack Obama’s Escape from Planet Reality to help expose  the Obama administration’s lie that Islamic terror is a perversion of “the religion of peace.”

Wood brilliantly uses clips of Obama’s speech in which he denies the very things taught in the Koran. Yes, the same Koran, Obama, with perfect Arabic accent, calls the “holy Koran.”

 

SEE ALSO:

Twitchy: Whoa! Enraging: Fox News reports Obama briefed on ISIS for A YEAR. Still no strategy?

Do we have a STRATEGY yet? BBC News – Steven Sotloff: Islamic State ‘kills US hostage’ bbc.com/news/world-mid…

What Obama’s allies have planned for the West: End Times Are Near: ISIS Plans To Kill Millions In Europe And U.S. Through Bubonic Plague And Other Diseases:

“Authorities in both Europe and the United States are to be extra vigilant as members of the ISIS terror group could already be in their respective countries, preparing to unleash terrifying atrocities in the next two months at least.” So says King ­Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

But his statements are not simply words. A computer laptop seized in northern Syria by pro-Western rebels from a Tunisian jihadi revealed plans to develop and use biological weapons and authorities nonetheless have raised its terror threat level from “substantial” to “severe” to warn citizens that a terrorist attack is “highly likely.”

The computer laptop that was seized in a raid in January in the Syrian province of Idlib, near the Turkish border, reported seeing thousands of files of schemes, bomb-making instructions and research on building a homebrew biological weapon of mass destruction.

Foreign Policy described the contents as “a treasure trove of documents that provide ideological justifications for jihadi organisations — and practical training on how to carry out the Islamic State’s deadly campaigns.”

One such document was done in 19 pages in Arabic language where the topic was how to develop biological weapons and how to use as a weapon the bubonic plague from infected animals.

The document owner was identified as Muhammed S., a Tunisian national who was a former chemistry and biology student at a Tunisian University.

AoSHQ: Jen Psaki Psplutters and Pstutters For Three Minutes Trying to Explain Why Obama Won’t Say That We Are at War with IS (Or Even That IS Is At War With Us)

Obama’s psokesmen exist, of course, in that Orwellian sort of fashion, in order to obscure information rather than reveal it.

Previously (in order of newest to oldest):

Did the Obama White House Pressure General Dempsey To Walk Back ISIS Comments? (Video)

President Vineyard’s Big Day – Fundraising, ‘Somber ISIS Statement’, And Golf

Video: Syrian Kurdish Fighters Rescue Stranded Yazidis While US Backs Away

Analysis of Rocket Used in Syria Chemical Attack Shows “Administration Narrative Not Even Close To Reality”

Seymour Hersh: Obama Didn’t Tell The Whole Story on Syrian Chemical Attack – Knew Rebels Had Access To Sarin Gas

30 Bodies of Christians Massacred By Syrian Rebels, Last Month Found In Mass Grave

“Scandalous”: Israel Fuming About WH Leak Confirming Their Strike on Syria

Why Was An Al Qaeda Commander Photographed Inside a USAID Tent? (Video)

More Tales Of Woe From The Christians Of Maaloula Syria

Obama Waives Federal Law That Prevents Arming of Terrorists So He Can Arm The Syrian Rebels

Grief Stricken Christian Woman in Syria Lashes Out: ‘We Blame Obama!…He Is Helping The Rebels’…

Maaloula: The battle for Syria’s ancient Christian Village continues (Video)

Syrian Rebels Infested With ‘Muslim Brotherhood-Type Islamists and Al Qaeda Fighters

Video: Tearful Christian Woman Terrorized Out Of Her Syrian Village Begs Obama To Stop Arming The Rebel Jihadists

Iranians Warned U.S. That Syrian Rebels Had Chemical Weapons Over a Year Ago…

Hostage Released From Syrian Prison Says he Overheard Rebel Captors Admitting Insurgents Used The Chemical Weapons (Video)

Justin Amash: Obama “Embellished” Syria Information – Says Briefings Have Made Him “More Skeptical” (Video)

Video: Senator McCain Gets An Earful From Passionate Syrian Woman At Town Hall

Obama’s Smoking Gun Proof That Assad Was Behind Chemical Weapons Attack Was Doctored?

Putin Throws Down: How About Showing Us Some Convincing Proof Syrian Regime Used Chemical Weapons?

Post Holiday Weekend Link-Around: Will Congress Authorize ‘Operation Don’t Make Obama Look Bad’?

Inhofe: Reid Obstruction Endangering Troops And Allowing Terrorists To Gain Strength (Video)

Harry Reid’s obstinate refusal to permit a key defense bill from coming to a vote is endangering U.S. troops around the world and allowing terror groups to gain strength, says Sen. Jim Inhofe (R., Okla.), who is trying to shine a light on the increasingly delusional Majority Leader’s dangerous behavior before congress leaves town for the August recess.

Dingy’s behavior has been particularly “detached from reality” of late, causing Charles Krauthammer to wonder aloud if he’s off his meds.

Via The Washington Free Beacon:

The entire U.S. defense apparatus, as well as the U.S. military, depends on a key yearly spending bill known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a piece of legislation that outlines and funds the nation’s national security priorities.

The 2015 NDAA already passed the House, but has stalled in the Senate, where Reid has near absolute control over which bills receive a vote.

Inhofe, in a new video first provided to the Washington Free Beacon, outlines the danger posed by Reid’s obstruction and urges Americans to call the majority leader’s office and demand that the bill be voted on before Congress leaves town in August. If the current NDAA does not come to a vote before the end of the fiscal year, there will be a funding gap for national security priorities.

Inhofe released a new video outlining the danger posed by Reid’s obstruction and urging Americans to call the majority leader’s office and demand that the bill be voted on before Congress leaves town in August.

The Bear Is Loose Through Crises and Scandals That Would Destroy Any Other Presidency

Preezy Obama is known for sleeping in late – and  being late in general – to press conferences, meetings, official events, etc.

Here’s a video from 2008 that highlights Obama’s slothful habits as Senator.

His daily schedule as president is notoriously light on work - heavy on photo-ops, fund-raisers, speeches, golf trips and vacations. His very favorite activity is self-promotion and he never tires of it. And you have to hand it to him – there are a lot of lofo drones out there who think the Preezy of the United Steezy is totally epic, you guyz , because he shoots hoops and plays pool with the regular “folks” – as he likes to call them in public – although in private he probably uses all sorts of other euphemisms for the American people  – “dupes” being one of them.

*Preezy understands how shallow his lo-info voters are – he admitted as much at a fundraiser for the conspicuously-absent Mark Udall (D-CO):

But one challenge that I always offered to Democrats is we do have one congenital disease, which is we’re not very good during off-year elections.

We don’t think it’s flashy enough — I don’t know. There aren’t enough celebrities involved? I mean, I don’t know what’s going on, but a lot of times we don’t vote at the same rates.

We don’t pay attention.

By “we”, he means you dumb S.O.B.s  being bamboozled by his boffo celebrity-in-chief act.

But credit where credit is due – the cult of personality stuff helped get him elected – twice. It certainly doesn’t speak well of the American people. But it speaks well of Obama’s awe-inspiring self-promotion skills.

After being down in the polls, Preezy got “his cool” back in 2012 by being a guest on every possible pop culture TV show in America, while dodging serious interviews and press conferences.

This year, he’s going with a new but painfully obvious PR stunt – #TheBearIsLoose – which his minions are pushing  on twitter. Some in the media are even playing along.

Look at this stupid shit.

Here’s the Bear cutting loose with one of the few Democrats willing to be seen in public with him, (the soon to not be)  Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper.

That is  the Bear in Chief doing his thaaaang.

Keith Koffler expressed his disgust at White House Dossier: “There’s a third-world style humanitarian crisis on our border. Terrorists have established their own state, a Caliphate, no less. Israel is on the cusp of war with the Palestinians. The economy cratered the first quarter of the year. And here is your president, joshing today in Denver after a night of billiards and pizza.”

Follow the link for a video of Preezy Obama soaking in the warm glow of adulation from his lo-info cultists in Denver. That’s what keeps Preezy going – the mindless adulation of grasping drones who swoon in appreciation when he sticks it to the nasty R-word tea-baggers.

That’s what the Obama presidency will be remembered for - ceaseless self-promotion,  dividing Americans, scandals, corruption, and abuse of power  - but he never gets around to actually doing anything constructive or useful to solve our problems…

 Random walks, meet with supposed random people who wrote him letters and pound beers back with gorilla statues — these are all things to help improve Obama, not the country.

These stunts solve absolutely zero problems ordinary Americans have with finances, job hunting, bill paying or schooling their kids. They do however solve Obama’s cabin fever and to the majority of still loyal hounds in network media, that’s all that’s needed to salvage what’s left of the guy they sold to the country in 2009.

Enabled by a desperate media, he can lament that Congress gets nothing done while simultaneously pounding microbrews, shooting nine ball and working on his handicap.

Obama doesn’t want anything to do with the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, Israel, Ukraine and more importantly, our own southern border, because he can’t talk his way through them. It would require putting down the pool cue and working with congressional leaders on how to formulate a solution together.

But President Preezy likes to tell his audiences he’s the hardest working man in Washington.

Look at this stupid shit:

 

And like clockwork, one of his fanbois in the media tweeted out excitedly that President Boyfriend made a cool movie reference to attack the GOP with.

Obama wants nearly $4 billion (!) to deal with the border crisis (of his own making.) And Republicans are expected to pony up or he and his praetorians in the MSM will gang up on them.

Senator Jeff Sessions wrote:

Today President Obama says he needs $3.7 billion from Congress to handle the crisis his lawless policies are creating. Amazingly, the funding request further advertises his administration’s amnesty efforts and our fraud-riddled asylum programs, while explicitly omitting any request for expedited deportation authority. The request is also not paid for. The administration wants to borrow every penny.

 

I’m glad that Republicans like John Boehner and Sessions aren’t allowing themselves to be emotionally blackmailed by this treacherous president. 

The damage wrought through the implementation of his absurd and impractical liberal “solutions” to national problems is readily evident.

When Barack Obama was inaugurated on January 20, 2009 the national debt of the United States was $10,626,877,048,913. As of Jun 26, 2014, the debt was $17,512,592,730,102.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2007 on the eve of the recession, there were 146.6 million Americans working. Today, after six years of the Obama Administration, there are 145.8 million Americans in jobs, 800,000 below the previous peak. Since Obama came into office in 2009, 7.2 million people have left the workforce, making the true unemployment rate 8.3 percent, not 6.1 percent. Median household income is down almost $2,300 from what it was when Obama took office. Real wages are lower than they were in 1999. Growth in the first quarter of this year was a negative 2.9%, the biggest downward revision from the agency’s second GDP estimate since records began in 1976.

In April, prior to the present massive and growing surge in illegal minor immigration, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said Obama has created an “open borders” situation by failing to enforce U.S. immigration law. One could fairly conclude that the current crisis was a deliberate policy decision because the Obama indicated that he would expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that offers amnesty for illegal immigrant children and provides an incentive for exactly the type of mass illegal invasion we are witnessing on our southern border.

There should be little doubt that Obama’s open borders policy is meant to fundamentally transform the country’s demographics, produce millions of additional Democratic voters and welfare recipients and permanently undermine the national security of the United States.

Obama’s “solutions” never seem to work, do they? But as long as the MSM remain willing dupes – so will too many of the American people.

…the liberal media remain willfully ignorant, will not report the truth and continue to protect Obama, regardless of the costs to the country.

Obama will survive in office until public awareness of his administration’s treachery matches its level of incompetence and exceeds the media’s capacity to tolerate corruption.

Jimmy Carter made mistakes. Barack Obama, a creator of crises, practices deceit and the willful betrayal of trust.

It does matter whether the damage inflicted upon our country results from ineptitude or premeditation.

It is ideology-induced treachery.

SEE ALSO:

AoSHQ: Our Petty, Psychologically Infirm President

*Editor’s Note: the “Preezy understands how shallow his lo-info voters are” paragraph was added after initial post.

Did The Cochran Campaign Buy Black Votes? Because That Would Be Illegal / Updated

It’s incomprehensible to me that the Republican establishment felt like it was necessary to go all out in that Mississippi primary, last week.  76 year old Thad Cochran is a Senator so out of touch, he didn’t know about House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary loss until three days later.  The reverberations of this mess are still being felt and stench of corruption has not dissipated.

What Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently called “a nice family fight in some of our primaries”  has caused a huge rift between the establishment and the grassroots. And the grassroots are not in the mood to kiss and make up.

Was Thad Cochran’s victory worth having a Republican explicitly running on the glory of earmarks and the value of large federal spending projects in the state? Why not just hold up a giant flashing neon sign saying “WE DON’T REALLY CARE ABOUT THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT”?

Was it worth running radio ads declaring, “By not voting, you’re saying, ‘Take away all of my government programs, such as food stamps, early breakfast and lunch programs, millions of dollars to our black universities”?

Was Cochran’s victory worth a flyer like this one, contending that the Tea Party is racist?

No. I daresay it was not. There’s a difference between hardball tactics and sleezeball tactics. I generally associate sleezeball, Alinskyesque, ends-justify-the-means tactics with the left – not the party I support and for whom I fight. Shame on the GOP for being a party to this. I am seriously displeased.

But it gets worse.

Aaron Gardner of Red State and Charles Johnson of Got News have evidence that point to the Cochran campaign buying votes – which is illegal.

Redstate: BREAKING: New Allegations Point to Cochran Campaign in Mississippi Senate Vote Buying Scandal:

An audio interview has surfaced in which the interviewee claims that he was to be paid by the Cochran camp to grease voters in the Mississippi GOP Senate runoff election. The audio interview, which coincides with a separate audio recording and batch of evidence produced by the newly launched GotNews.com, a project by Charles C. Johnson, alleges that the Cochran campaign conspired with a Mississippi Reverend to buy the votes of African American voters, who happen to be democrats.

Before I get into the weeds of what is in the audio interview and transcript, which are both below, let me set up the stage a bit. What is alleged to have occurred is illegal and very serious business. Under Mississippi law the alleged crimes could lead to Thad Cochran being removed from the Senate. Everything that follows comes from sources either on the ground in Mississippi, or those working closely with them.

Reverend Fielder has claimed to have evidence that would prove illegal activity took place in the Mississippi GOP Senate run off election. Furthermore, the evidence he claims he has would implicate the Barbour machine and a staffer to Cochran’s Senate campaign. The motivations of the Reverend are not those of a saint. As is made clear throughout the interview and in the transcript, this Reverend is looking to get paid to provide information, just as he sought to get paid to deliver votes by illegal means. Reverend Fielder claims that Cochran’s people were supposed to pay him approximately $15,000 for his efforts, but failed to do so after the incumbent Senator had achieved victory in the run off.

With all of that said, if the evidence is produced and validated, I don’t know how much longer Thad Cochran will be a Senator.

Aaron Gardner and Charles Johnson talked with Thomas LaDuke of FTR Radio about the Illegal Vote Buying scheme. 

Audio here. 

This “family fight” isn’t over, yet – there will be a reckoning. As John Boehner would say, it’s not a matter of who loses their jobs. Who’s going to jail?

UPDATE:

Red State: #MSSen FEC Now Looking Into Pro Cochran SuperPAC:

From Roll Call, the defecation has begun to hit the rotary wind device:

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has sent a Request For Additional Information (RFAI) to Mississippi Conservatives, a Super PAC supporting the re-election of Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.  The committee has until August 1st to respond, or the failure to do so “could result in an audit or enforcement action.”

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I will note here that the local news reported tonight that deputies of the Hinds County Sheriff Department were outside of the GOP Headquarters as leaders discussed the allegations of fraud.

We are told deputies are checking the identification of anyone wishing to enter the building.

In addition, State Senator Michael Watson tells WJTV News Channel 12 that the McDaniel camp has found 3,300 “irregular votes” from last Tuesday’s election.

A spirited discussion on Hannity with NY Civil Rights leader Michael Myers and radio talk show  host Dennis Prager:

TRUE THE VOTE FILES SUIT AGAINST MISSISSIPPI, STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY:

REQUESTS IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO ELECTION RECORDS AHEAD OF CERTIFICATION DEADLINE 


OXFORD, MS. — July 1, 2014:
True the Vote (TTV), the nation’s leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today filed suit in federal court against the Mississippi Secretary of State and the State Republican Party, asking the Court to immediately order that election records be shared to inspect for illegal votes ahead of certification for the June 24 U.S. Senate Primary Runoff Election (True the Vote, et. al v. State of Mississippi, et. al. (3:14cv144-MPM-SAA)).

True the Vote and associated plaintiffs argue that the defendants failed to properly abide by federal election record maintenance and open records provisions codified in the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA). Records made partially available to the plaintiffs indicated “double-voting” from Democratic to Republican primaries — potentially diluting votes in violation of the Equal Protection Clause.

“All we are asking is that the MS State Republican Party follow the law; allow their designated county representatives to inspect the poll books and ballots, give them the review time they are permitted by law, and allow them to uphold their responsibility to MS voters,” True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “True the Vote has been inundated with reports from voters across Mississippi who are outraged to see the integrity of this election being undermined so that politicos can get back to business as usual. Enough is enough.”

“This isn’t about personality, party, or politics. Senators come and go,” Engelbrecht continued. “What must withstand the test of time is the integrity of the process by which we elect our representatives and establish our government. No candidate or party should ever be allowed to twist election laws or subvert voters’ rights in the interest of political ambition.”

True the Vote has closely followed developments surrounding the Mississippi Republican Primary Runoff from the beginning. On June 21, TTV released figures demonstrating unusual voter turnout patterns based on historic data. On June 25, the organization formally requestedthat MS Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef delay certification of the election and share voting records for independent review. Finding no assistance from the state party, TTV and the collected 13 plaintiffs were left no option but to pursue the matter in federal court.

True the Vote’s lawsuit consists of three counts:

Count One:Violation of NVRA’s Public Disclosure Provision. Shortly before the Republican Primary Runoff Election, True the Vote, via its volunteer base, made a valid and timely request to review voter rolls and poll books under the NVRA, but it was denied access to those records.

Count Two:Individual Plaintiffs Allege a Violation of NVRA Based on Conflict with State Laws.Plaintiffs seek a declaration that the NVRA preempts any state requirement calling for public election information to be redacted at the cost of the requestor.

Count Three:Individual Plaintiffs Allege an Equal Protection Violation. Discovering potential instances of “double-voting” between Democratic and Republican primaries are unlawful dilutions of individual votes.

True the Vote engaged legal representation with the firm of Beirne, Maynard & Parsons L.L.P. TTV’s complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, Oxford Division.

A copy of the complaint has been made available here.

True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights organization, founded to inspire and equip volunteers for involvement at every stage of our electoral process. TTV empowers organizations and individuals across the nation to actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation. For more information, please visit www.truethevote.org.

Obama Finally Earns that 2008 Hamas Endorsement

Conventional wisdom says the heinous Bergdahl swap was green-lighted to take the heinous VA scandal off the front pages. But what if it was to distract America from another heinous foreign policy catastrophe that slipped under the radar due to Obama’s non-stop avalanche of scandals?

Mere hours after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a government backed by the Islamic extremist Hamas group, the US State Department legitimized the arrangement, declaring that it would work with the new government because it “does not include members affiliated with Hamas.

What was saddest about Washington’s insistence on accepting Abbas’s paper-thin veneer over his government’s new nature — his “technocrat” ministers were all approved by Hamas — is that it represents only the Obama administration’s latest abrogation of leadership, logic and leverage at Israel’s expense. Rather than rushing to embrace a Palestinian government in which an unreformed Hamas is a central component, what was to stop the US conditioning its acceptance on a reform of Hamas? What was to stop Washington saying that it would be happy to work with Abbas’s new government, the moment its Hamas backers recognized Israel, accepted previous agreements and renounced terrorism? Not a particularly high bar. What was to stop the US making such a demand, one of tremendous importance to its ally Israel? Only its incomprehensible reluctance to do.

What if it came out that the  Obama Administration Has Been Holding Talks With Hamas For Six Months?

The two Palestinian factions, Fatah and the terrorist group Hamas, formed a unity government this week in the West Bank.

US law restricts aid from going to the Hamas terrorist group.

Then there’s this…
The Obama administration has been holding talks with Hamas terrorists for six months.
BuzzFeed reported:

United States officials have been holding secret back-channel talks with Hamas over the last six months to discuss their role in the newly formed unity government, according to two senior diplomatic sources with direct knowledge of the talks.

The meetings were held between U.S. intermediaries and Hamas’ leadership, which lives outside the Gaza Strip in third-party countries ranging from Egypt to Qatar and Jordan. Topics included the ceasefire agreement with Israel and the recently formed unity government between Hamas and Fatah.

Flashback to April 2008 when the terrorist group Hamas endorsed candidate Obama, creating all sorts of awkwardness for him:

During an interview on WABC radio Sunday, top Hamas political adviser Ahmed Yousef said the terrorist group supports Obama’s foreign policy vision.

“We don’t mind–actually we like Mr. Obama. We hope he will (win) the election and I do believe he is like John Kennedy, great man with great principle, and he has a vision to change America to make it in a position to lead the world community but not with domination and arrogance,” Yousef said in response to a question about the group’s willingness to meet with either of the Democratic presidential candidates.

That was from my Radicals, Terrorists And Tyrants Of The World Root For Obama opus from April of 2008, posted when I noticed a pattern of very unsavory groups and characters coalescing around the goon we now have as president.

For all the good it did…

 

 

Video: State Dept. Withholding 7 Page Email Exchange Between Top WH Officials Re Fox News/Benghazi Media Strategy

Breaking Monday night on the Kelly File was a report about an internal debate in the White House two weeks after the 9/11/12 attack in Benghazi.

Fox News Intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reported that “a 7 page email circulated at the highest levels of the White house apparently to come up with a media strategy to deal with the Fox News report is being withheld by the State Department citing executive branch deliberations.”

The Regime was concerned about a Fox News report from September 27, 2012 that concluded, “the intelligence community knew Benghazi was terrorism within 24 hours.”

The list of names on the email exchange are a rogues gallery Obama Regime miscreants.

On the email chain, among others, Denis McDonough, the president’s deputy national security adviser during Benghazi, John Brennan former White House counterterrorism adviser and now CIA Director, then deputy director of the CIA Michael Morell, and presidential aide Ben Rhodes who sent the email September 14th 2012, critics say, attempted to shape the public discussion of Benghazi.

You’ll notice that pictured next to John Brennan and Ben Rhodes in the Fox News report (below), was former National Security Advisor, Tom Donilon – presumably one of the other names that was in on the exchange.

Chris Farrell of Judicial Watch which is suing for those documents which he says, demonstrate “an alarm bell situation where they are reacting to and trying to shape a response or commentary to react to or to shut down reporting.”

CBS investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson has called the strategy the White House engages in on Benghazi and other scandals – an effort to controversialize” the story. I think she has put her finger on it, and the Regime has had monumental success using this strategy – not only with the MSM – but with the right, as well. 

Megyn Kelly had on frequent guest, former Bush White House Speechwriter, Marc Thiessen, to discuss his latest column at the Washington Post:

President Obama claims he was only repeating what the intelligence community told him when his administration asserted that the attack in Benghazi began with a spontaneous protest inspired by an Internet video. If that’s the case, there is a simple way to prove it: Give the new congressional select committee investigating Benghazi his daily intelligence briefings that show exactly what he was told.

There is precedent for doing so. In 2004, at the request of the 9/11 Commission, President George W. Bush declassified and publicly released the President’s Daily Brief (PDB) delivered to him before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. No sitting president had ever declassified a PDB while still in office. But Bush did it anyway, releasing the report titled “Bin Laden determined to attack inside the U.S.” It warned that the FBI had detected “patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings” but contained no actionable intelligence that could have stopped the 9/11 attacks from happening.

What’s good enough for Bush should be good enough for Obama. Congress should ask the president to follow precedent and release the PDBs he received in the days after the Benghazi attack.

There is no good reason for Obama to refuse such a request. If Obama is right that the intelligence community told him the attack was the result of a protest over the Internet video, releasing the PDBs will demonstrate that he is telling the truth — and put the Benghazi debate to rest once and for all.

 

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Krauthammer: Benghazi Memo Reopened Scandal The Same Way Watergate Tapes Did (Video)

On Special Report Thursday night, Charles Krauthammer said that the discovery of  the Ben Rhodes talking points email breathed new life into a scandal he said a few weeks ago, was dead in the water. Krauthammer compared the discovery of the email to that of the Nixon tapes that blew open the Watergate scandal in 1973. And he said that the media is a little embarrassed because now they know that they were stonewalled, “spun and rolled for a year and a half,” and now it’s obvious that they missed the story. (Like they’ve missed so many other stories.)

Transcript via RCP:

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Look, I think what’s really happened here is what Mara says, this e-mail has sort of reopened this in the same way that in Watergate it was this sort of quiet, private discovery that there were tapes in the White House. It also died down, and I think Richard Nixon would still be president of the United States today, still hook or by crook, had the tapes not been discovered. And that’s what restarted this. And this e-mail from the White House, that’s what everybody had said, is there a way to — is there any involvement here of the White House which makes it obviously a political issue, the reelection of the president overriding the truth. And that’s why I think it is all reopened.

And watching Carney today, I have to say again, they don’t pay him enough. On the first question, if this was a release of information for a request on Benghazi, how can you tell us it isn’t about Benghazi? He simply says, I have no idea, ask the State Department. But then when you point out the fact that this is the only time — well, it isn’t the only. It’s one of the rare times when you get a high administration official going on all five shows. It happened only once in the Bush administration. It never happened in the Clinton administration. And if they had not been about Benghazi, does anybody imagine she would have been on the five shows because of a demonstration in Cairo? That’s ridiculous. 

The briefing, the appearances, it was all about Benghazi. Of course everything in the memo is about Benghazi. And when Carney denies it, he simply looks foolish.

BRET BAIER: I didn’t pull the sound bite, but a few weeks ago you said right here on this panel that Republicans should move on, that they should kind of leave benghazi alone, that it was a dead end. Have you changed your perspective?

KRAUTHAMMER: Yes, because of the appearance of this memo. To me, it’s the equivalent of what was discovered with the Nixon tapes. The point is that Republicans have done a terrible job in building the case. Even today I have to say, the questioning was disjointed. It was not orgdanized. If they had appointed a special committee a long time ago, the way it was done in Watergate, we would have had answers on this and the country wouldn’t be tired. 

But what I did say was the reason it would not go anywhere is because the lack of interest of the other media. And what’s changed now, and we saw it in the briefing room, is I think the other media are somewhat embarrassed by the fact that, unlike FOX, they allowed themselves to be stoned and spun and rolled for a year and a half and now the memo appears and it’s obvious that they missed this story.

Video via NRO:

 

 

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