The Regime Doubles Down: Bergdahl Detained While In Combat Says State Dept Spox

Every Obama Statement Comes With An Expiration Date – Taliban Swap Edition

Long ago, it was determined that every Obama statement comes with an expiration date – but must he always be so sickeningly predictable?

In May of  2008, candidate Barack Obama took great offense to comments made by then President George Bush in a speech before Israel’s Knesset. Bush had said; “some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along … We have an obligation to call this what it is – the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.”

At the time, (I remember it well) the entire Democrat Media complex, led by Obama heaped opprobrium on Bush for making such a harsh statement on foreign soil – even though it wasn’t clear in his remarks to whom he was referring.

The Obama campaign released a stinging statement – calling Bush’s words “a false political attack” while stressing how committed he was to “our ally Israel.”

“It is sad that President Bush would use a speech to the Knesset on the 6Oth anniversary of Israel’s independence to launch a false political attack. It is time to turn the page on eight years of policies that have strengthened Iran and failed to secure America or our ally Israel. Instead of tough talk and no action, we need to do what Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan did and use all elements of American power — including tough, principled, and direct diplomacy – to pressure countries like Iran and Syria. George Bush knows that I have never supported engagement with terrorists, and the President’s extraordinary politicization of foreign policy and the politics of fear do nothing to secure the American people or our stalwart ally Israel.”

Failed candidate Hillary Clinton piled on:

“On the face of it and especially in light of his failures in foreign policy, this is the kind of statement that has no place in any presidential address and certainly to use an important moment like the 60th anniversary celebration of Israel to make a political point seems terribly misplaced,” said the New York Senator during an impromptu gaggle with reporters. “Unfortunately this is what we’ve come to expect from President Bush who has refused to change course in Iraq, neglected Afghanistan and failed to provide leadership on the range of important issues that face our country and the world.”

Not to be outdone, Joey “Choo Choo” Biden called Bush’s words, “bullshit”, “malarkey” , outrageous”, and “ridiculous.”

“This is bullshit, this is malarkey. This is outrageous, for the president of the United States to go to a foreign country, to sit in the Knesset … and make this kind of ridiculous statement.”

It all had a very “thou doth protest too much” quality to it.

Now we know why.

With the recent announcement that U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal has been released by the Taliban in exchange for 5 “high-risk” terrorists, engaging with terrorists has become a reality.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) has stated that the administration flat-out “negotiated with terrorists,” a tactic that marks a “fundamental shift in U.S. policy.”

And by shift, he means unlawful.

Just last year, outgoing Press Sec. Jay Carney promised, WH Will Consult with Congress on Gitmo Transfer.

Just under a year ago, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney promised that any decision with respect to the release of Guantanamo Bay detainees in exchange for kidnapped Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl would be made in consultation with Congress.

CARNEY: With regard to the transfer of Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay, we have made — the United States has not made the decision to do that, though we do expect the Taliban to raise this issue in our discussion, if and when those discussions happen.

As we have long said, however, we would not make any decisions about transfer of any detainees without consulting with Congress and without doing so in accordance with U.S. law.

Q    So you haven’t ruled it out?

CARNEY:  I’m simply saying that — first of all, you have to separate the two issues.  We are focused on the return  — the safe and immediate return of Sergeant Bergdahl, and we continue to use the tools at our disposal to help bring that about.

We also expect the Taliban to raise the issue of their detainees in discussions that we have with them if those discussions take place.  And at this time we’ve made no decisions about the transfer of detainees.

And in accordance with law, we would be consulting with Congress should we make any decisions about that.  So we remain committed to the closure of Guantanamo Bay, as you know.  But separate from that on these specific issues about individual detainees, that would be a process that is done in accordance with law.

Well, you know that turned out –  the White House this week sent five dangerous former Taliban commanders to Qatar to hang loose for a year without a word to lawmakers.

Two more Obama statements that reached their expiration dates – and George Bush, by the way –  totally vindicated:

“some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along … We have an obligation to call this what it is – the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.”

Yes, Obama will be discredited by history. Unfortunately, we all have to suffer through his completely FUBAR presidency until he’s gone.

SEE ALSO:

Weasel Zippers: Officer: Soldiers Were “Threatened” If They Questioned Story of Bergdahl’s Capture, Forced To Sign Non-Disclosure Agreements…

Mediaite: Jeffrey Toobin: Obama ‘Clearly Broke the Law’ on Bergdahl

PJM: Jonathan Turley: Not much debate the White House is ‘in violation of the law’

Jake Tapper, The Lead: Former Army Sgt. who served with Bergdahl: ‘He is at best a deserter, at worst a traitor’

John Bolton,  New York Post: The high cost of Obama’s reckless Taliban swap

Marc Thiessen, Washington Post: Here’s what happens when Taliban leaders are released

Duffleblog: Meteorologists Forecast Bowe Bergdahl Shit Storm

Gateway Pundit: Dick Cheney: I Never Would Have Supported the Taliban Trade for “AWOL” Bergdahl (Video)

Weasel Zippers: REPORT: Pentagon In 2010 Concluded Bowe Bergdahl Deserted His Post, Stopped Military Efforts To Rescue Him…

Twitchy: ‘Most dishonest tweet ever’: Chris Hayes shredded for question about ‘right-wing’ reaction to Bergdahl story

Instapundit: HMM: Sources: Intelligence community investigated Bergdahl’s conduct. “Many within the intelligence community harbor serious outstanding concerns not only that Bergdahl may have been a deserter but that he may have been an active collaborator with the enemy.”

Former CIA Operative: 5 Released Detainees Are Probably Already Plotting Their Next Attack

On Fox and Friends, this morning, a former CIA  station chief with experience dealing with the Taliban said the five detainees who were released were among the worst people on the planet, having  participated in genocide against their own countrymen. And he said, they while they kick back at their posh new digs in Qatar, they would be planning their next attack.

Gary Berntsen, the former operative,  said this group of men participated in the slaughter of 6,000 Afghan tribesmen and their sons as they seized their town.

“They took these men and their sons into the street and slit their throats in front of their wives and daughters,” Berntsan said. “These men conducted a genocide. They are among the worst people on the planet.”

“They’ll be in Qatar for a year,” he continued, “being purportedly watched by the Qataris – they’ll be at the pool for a year, there.”

But as soon as that term was ended, Berntsen warned they’d return to the leadership council of the Taliban, where they will be received as “rockstars in the Jihadist movement.”

He calls this deal – a “meaningful concession” that will inspire the Taliban to continue to fight against us.

He says you want to save every American you can – but there are certain lines you don’t cross, and the Regime crossed it by releasing these 5 high level  terrorists.

Berntsen served as a CIA Station Chief on three separate occasions “and led several of CIA’s most important counterterrorism deployments including the United States’ response to the East Africa Embassy bombings and the 9/11 attacks. He was awarded the Distinguished Intelligence Medal in 2000 and the Intelligence Star in 2004.”

SEE ALSO:

A fellow soldier reveals the truth at  The Daily Beast: We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked Off in the Dead of Night

AoSHQ: Benghazi Mouthpiece Susan Rice: Likely Deserter Bowe Bergdahl “Served with Honor and Distinction”

And read the entire discussion we’re having at The Conversation, starting with my original bland post, which I wrote before I became aware of all the disturbing details that leaked out later in the day: American Soldier Held Captive By Taliban Since 2009 Freed in Swap.

John Hayward is under the impression that this whole deal isn’t playing out the way the Regime wanted it to.

Walid Shoebat: Father Of Soldier Who Obama Released, Declares Muslim Victory Call, And Obama Smiles As Soon As He Hears The War Cry Of Allah

While the Obama administration is proudly touting how it was able to free an American soldier who was captured by the Taliban, what no one picked is the fact that Obama SMILED as soon as he heard the most famous war cry of Islam, “bismillah al-rahman al-rahim,” Arabic for “in the name of Allah the most gracious, the most merciful.”

Watch Obama smile as soon as Bergdahl gives the most famous Muslim expression, the “Bismillah” or the “Basmallah”:

 

 

Bob Bergdahl’s Message To Bowe: “I’m proud of how much you wanted to help the Afghan people” (Video)

Mr. and Mrs. Bergdahl held another press conference, Sunday, to send a messages to their son.

Mrs. Bergdahl sounded like you would expect any mother to sound like after enduring such a long ordeal – tearfully happy and thankful that her son is coming home.

Mr. B. was an entirely different matter, though – raising more questions than he answered.

“I hope your English is coming back and know that I love you, so proud of your character,” he said of the son who was not well regarded by his former comrades at all. After deserting his post, no less than six soldiers from his unit were killed trying to find him.

Seeming to confirm that Bowe indeed went AWOL, he said, “I’m proud of how much you wanted to help the Afghan people and what you were willing to do to go to that length…”

Later in the presser, he said of Hailey, Idaho – “We’re so much like Afghanistan.”

Huh???

 Bowe Bergdahl and His Father Have Some Explaining To Do

When I saw Bowe Bergdahl’s father on the news yesterday – with his Talibanesque beard speaking Arabic (supposedly so he could better relate to his son’s captors) I thought, “okay…something is wrong with this picture.”

The good news of his son’s release was tempered by the fact that Obama released five Gitmo prisoners in exchange. Later in the day, when we found out who those prisoners were- five top Taliban commanders – some of whom had committed war crimes – all of whom were deemed to be a risk to Americans – the “good” news was tempered even further.

Then more and more information came out about Bowe – who had deserted his company in the middle of the night and walked straight into the arms of the Taliban, and the whole thing really began to stink.

Now we discover this deleted tweet from dad.

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 Something is definitely wrong with this picture.

SEE ALSO:

PJ Media:Taliban Joyous Over Bergdahl Swap, Vows to Get All Mujahideen Released ASAP  

Michelle Malkin: Flashback: A reminder about Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion problem

The NY Post: The bizarre tale of America’s last known POW

Weasel Zippers: Taliban Claimed Bergdahl Converted To Islam And Was Teaching Them Bomb-Making Techniques

The Daily Caller: Obama Submits To Taliban Demands, Allows Praise For Allah

Obama used a Rose Garden press event to tout the surprise trade — which he won by making critical, last-minute concessions — while the parents of the freed soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, stood alongside.

At the end of brief event, the soldier’s father, Bob Bergdahl, recited the most frequent phrase in the Koran — “Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim” —which means “In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Compassionate.”

After Bergdahl finished his statement and his praise for Allah, Obama hugged him.

Sooper Mexican: American Soldier Who Served With Freed POW Casts Doubt on Official Story; Fears Reprisal From Obama Administration

 

And Via This Ain’t Hell - in the comment section:

I found this post a few months ago and did some research…it all seems to pan out:

I WAS THERE. I’m sick of all the lies. Here is the TRUTH, from someone on the ground. We were at OP Mest, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. It was a small outpost where B Co 1-501st INF (Airbone) ran operations out of, just an Infantry platoon and ANA counterparts there. The place was an Afghan graveyard. Bergdahl had been acting a little strange, telling people he wanted to “walk the earth” and kept a little journal talking about how he was meant for better things. No one thought anything about it. He was a little “out there”. Next morning he’s gone. We search everywhere, and can’t find him. He left his weapon, his kit, and other sensitive items. He only took some water, a compass and a knife. We find some afghan kids shortly after who saw an american walking north asking about where the taliban are. We get hits on our voice intercepter that Taliban has him, and we were close. We come to realize that the kid deserted his post, snuck out of camp and sought out Taliban… to join them. We were in a defensive position at OP Mest, where your focus is to keep people out. He knew where the blind spots were to slip out and that’s what he did. It was supposed to be a 4-day mission but turned into several months of active searching. Everyone was spun up to find this guy. News outlets all over the country were putting out false information. It was hard to see, especially when we knew the truth about what happened and we lost good men trying to find him. PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Murphrey, 2LT Darryn Andrews, were all KIA from our unit who died looking for Bergdahl. Many others from various units were wounded or killed while actively looking for Bergdahl. Fighting Increased. IEDs and enemy ambushes increased. The Taliban knew that we were looking for him in high numbers and our movements were predictable. Because of Bergdahl, more men were out in danger, and more attacks on friendly camps and positions were conducted while we were out looking for him. His actions impacted the region more than anyone wants to admit. There is also no way to know what he told the Taliban: Our movements, locations, tactics, weak points on vehicles and other things for the enemy to exploit are just a few possibilities. The Government knows full well that he deserted. It looks bad and is a good propaganda piece for the Taliban. They refuse to acknowledge it. Hell they even promoted him to Sergeant which makes me sick. I feel for his family who only want their son/brother back. They don’t know the truth, or refuse to acknowledge it as well. What he did affected his family and his whole town back home, who don’t know the truth. Either way what matters is that good men died because of him. He has been lying on all those Taliban videos about everything since his “capture”. If he ever returns, he should be tried under the UCMJ for being a deserter and judged for what he did. Bergdahl is not a hero, he is not a soldier or an Infantryman. He failed his brothers. Now, sons and daughters are growing up without their fathers who died for him and he will have to face that truth someday.

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Lt. Col Cowan: “Americans Are Going To Pay A Price” For Taliban Prisoner Swap (Video)

Saturday morning, the president announced the release of U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held captive in Afghanistan for nearly five years. Bergdahl was released in exchange for five Guantanamo prisoners.”

Bergdahl, 28, of Hailey, Idaho, was serving in a parachute infantry regiment of the the Army’s 25th Infantry Division, when he was captured in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009.

Bergdahl is now under the care of the U.S. military after being handed over by his captors.

“We will give him all the support he needs to help him recover from this ordeal, and we are grateful that he will soon be reunited with his family,” Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said in a statement.

Hagel also said he informed Congress today that the USA is transferring five detainees from Guantánamo Bay to Qatar, which has agreed to ensure that security measures are in place and that the national security of the United States will not be compromised, he said.

CNN reports that  U.S. special operations forces recovered Bergdahl from his captors about 10:30 a.m. ET in “a peaceful handover in eastern Afghanistan.”

An official said that once on the U.S. helicopter, Bergdahl wrote on a paper plate, “SF?” meaning, “Special Forces?”

He wrote because of the noise. The operators sitting with Bergdahl responded loudly: “Yes, we’ve been looking for you for a long time.”

 Bergdahl broke down crying, the official recounted.

The United States has a long standing policy of not negotiating with terrorists in order to free US prisoners.

On Fox News, Lt Col Bill Cowan said there are a couple of aspects of this story that remain to be seen — one is what this soldier was up to when he left the base in the middle of the night, which is when he was abducted. And two – who are the five terrorists who were set free in exchange for his release.

“These guys after their time at Guantanamo are going to have a real axe to grind with America”, Cowan said. “They wouldn’t have been at gitmo if they weren’t serious actors on the bad guy side. They’re going to get back – get a heroes welcome back in Afghanistan, get settled in and then they’re going to try to decide how they can come back and attack American interests,” he explained. “I believe, unfortunately, Americans are going to pay a price somewhere, somehow, sometime out of some of these if not all of these five  guys who were released….”

UPDATE:

The Weekly Standard: Five of the Most Dangerous Taliban Commanders in U.S. Custody Exchanged for American Captive:

THE WEEKLY STANDARD has profiled these jihadists previously on multiple occasions, and what follows below is culled from these accounts.There are good reasons why the Taliban has long wanted the five freed from Gitmo. All five are among the Taliban’s top commanders in U.S. custody and are still revered in jihadist circles.

Two of the five have been wanted by the UN for war crimes. And because of their prowess, Joint Task Force-Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) deemed all five of them “high” risks to the U.S. and its allies.

The Obama administration wants to convince the Taliban to abandon its longstanding alliance with al Qaeda. But these men contributed to the formation of that relationship in the first place. All five had close ties to al Qaeda well before the 9/11 attacks. Therefore, it is difficult to see how their freedom would help the Obama administration achieve one of its principal goals for the hoped-for talks.

Here are short bios for each of the five Taliban commanders. All quotes are drawn from declassified and leaked documents prepared at Guantanamo.

Continue reading here.

Weasel Zippers: Obama Broke U.S. Law, Did Not Inform Congress Before Transferring Prisoners Off Gitmo In Bergdahl Trade:

The discussion about trading for Bowe Bergdahl has been ongoing for some time. This of course is questionable, since the U.S. has always held the position that it will not negotiate with terrorists or trade terrorists for hostages. This the Obama regime has clearly broken today, the impact of which will yet be felt, as he has now painted a target on the back of every American.

Yet in any discussion of the question, the Obama regime has assured Congress that it would be advised.

And Via This Ain’t Hell - in the comment section:

I found this post a few months ago and did some research…it all seems to pan out:

I WAS THERE. I’m sick of all the lies. Here is the TRUTH, from someone on the ground. We were at OP Mest, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. It was a small outpost where B Co 1-501st INF (Airbone) ran operations out of, just an Infantry platoon and ANA counterparts there. The place was an Afghan graveyard. Bergdahl had been acting a little strange, telling people he wanted to “walk the earth” and kept a little journal talking about how he was meant for better things. No one thought anything about it. He was a little “out there”. Next morning he’s gone. We search everywhere, and can’t find him. He left his weapon, his kit, and other sensitive items. He only took some water, a compass and a knife. We find some afghan kids shortly after who saw an american walking north asking about where the taliban are. We get hits on our voice intercepter that Taliban has him, and we were close. We come to realize that the kid deserted his post, snuck out of camp and sought out Taliban… to join them. We were in a defensive position at OP Mest, where your focus is to keep people out. He knew where the blind spots were to slip out and that’s what he did. It was supposed to be a 4-day mission but turned into several months of active searching. Everyone was spun up to find this guy. News outlets all over the country were putting out false information. It was hard to see, especially when we knew the truth about what happened and we lost good men trying to find him. PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Murphrey, 2LT Darryn Andrews, were all KIA from our unit who died looking for Bergdahl. Many others from various units were wounded or killed while actively looking for Bergdahl. Fighting Increased. IEDs and enemy ambushes increased. The Taliban knew that we were looking for him in high numbers and our movements were predictable. Because of Bergdahl, more men were out in danger, and more attacks on friendly camps and positions were conducted while we were out looking for him. His actions impacted the region more than anyone wants to admit. There is also no way to know what he told the Taliban: Our movements, locations, tactics, weak points on vehicles and other things for the enemy to exploit are just a few possibilities. The Government knows full well that he deserted. It looks bad and is a good propaganda piece for the Taliban. They refuse to acknowledge it. Hell they even promoted him to Sergeant which makes me sick. I feel for his family who only want their son/brother back. They don’t know the truth, or refuse to acknowledge it as well. What he did affected his family and his whole town back home, who don’t know the truth. Either way what matters is that good men died because of him. He has been lying on all those Taliban videos about everything since his “capture”. If he ever returns, he should be tried under the UCMJ for being a deserter and judged for what he did. Bergdahl is not a hero, he is not a soldier or an Infantryman. He failed his brothers. Now, sons and daughters are growing up without their fathers who died for him and he will have to face that truth someday.

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Andrew McCarthy: State Dept Only Sorry They Got Caught Promoting Radical Muslim Cleric (Video)

As widely reported, the State Department’s Counter Terrorism (CT) Bureau apologized on Tuesday for promoting on Twitter a radical Muslim scholar whose organization backed Hamas and encouraged the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

The apology came on the heels of a Friday Washington Free Beacon report detailing the CT Bureau’s promotion of Sheik Abdallah Bin Bayyah, the vice president of a radical Muslim scholars group that was founded by a radical Muslim Brotherhood leader who has called “for the death of Jews and Americans.”

Bin Bayyah himself is one of several clerics who endorsed a 2004 fatwa, or religious order, endorsing the killing of U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq.

His organization is also very in favor of suicide bombing campaigns in Israel, saying, “the other side has bombs, but we have child bombs.”

The State Department is being hammered for the oversight – gaffe – oopsie – whatever you want to call it. But former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Andrew McCarthy calls it S.O.P. for this administration. He told Megyn Kelly last night on The Kelly File,  the State Dept is only apologizing “because they got caught.”

WH Launches Investigation Into Afghan CIA Station Chief Leak

Wow, that was fast. We’ve already reached the investigation phase of the latest scandal to plague the Obama White House (that few in the media are talking about. See Obama’s 5 Step Scandal Manuel, here.)

It was only Sunday that the name of the CIA’s top official in Afghanistan was disclosed to the media.  I must have missed the “Obama read about this first in the news”, is “outraged”, and “gonna hunt down and hold accountable the culprits” phases over the busy holiday weekend. At this rate, we’ll have reached the “phony scandal drummed up by racist Republicans” phase by next week.

But for now – for appearances sake –  White House Chief of Staff, Denis (Scarface) McDonough is pretending this is actually a priority….

Via The Guardian:

The White House has launched an investigation into the disclosure Sunday of the name of the CIA’s top official in Afghanistan.

Chief of staff Denis McDonough has asked the newly installed White House counsel, Neil Eggleston, to trace how the name came out, and to make recommendations “on how the administration can improve processes and make sure something like this does not happen again,” national security council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said on Tuesday.

The identity of the official was revealed when the person’s name was included on a list given to reporters during a visit to Afghanistan by President Obama.

The name was then emailed by the White House press office to a distribution list of more than 6,000 recipients, mostly members of the US media.

The official in question, listed as chief of station, would be a top manager of CIA activity in Afghanistan, including intelligence collection and a drone-warfare programme under which unmanned aerial vehicles mount cross-border attacks into Pakistan.

The name appeared on a list of attendees requested by White House officials for the president’s visit to Bagram air base to mark Memorial Day, the national day of tribute to fallen service members. The list of 15 people was drawn up by the military, written into a routine press report and sent to Washington. The Obama press office then sent the list, unredacted, to the larger group.

How much of an “investigation” do they need to find out who in the White House press office shot out the emails without examining the contents? I’m guessing it will take them at least six months to get to the bottom of this. At which point, what difference will it make? Except for the CIA Station Chief, of course  – who may no longer be with us.

He might want to think about coming home for awhile for some R&R, even though reportedly, he lives in a heavily guarded compound, and he may be able to continue in his job.

Washington Post correspondent Scott Wilson, (who first discovered the leak)  said “time pressure, a high level of activity tied to the president’s visit and the relative inexperience of the military officers involved could have contributed to the mistake.”

“My impression is these were very junior people trying to follow an order, that they don’t fully understand or get the ramifications of,” he said.

In other words – Amateur Hour at the White House – the story of this administration.

SEE ALSO: 

FrontPageMag: Valerie Plame and Obama’s Double Standard on Outing CIA Personnel

Breitbart TV: BOLTON SLAMS ‘JAW-DROPPINGLY STUPID,’ ‘UTTER INCOMPETENCE’ OF CIA STATION CHIEF LEAK 

Oops, Our Bad! State Dept Apologizes For Promoting Muslim Cleric Who Backed Killing of U.S. Soldiers

MUSLIM SCHOLAR

Can the State Department under Obama and Kerry become any more corrupt, incompetent and embarrassing? This Islamist A-hole only advocated killing American troops. Hey, let’s give him a medal.

Via the Washington Free Beacon: 

The State Department’s Counter Terrorism (CT) Bureau apologized on Tuesday for promoting a controversial Muslim scholar whose organization has reportedly backed Hamas and endorsed a fatwa authorizing the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

The apology came on the heels of a Friday Washington Free Beacon report detailing the CT Bureau’s promotion of Sheik Abdallah Bin Bayyah, the vice president of a radical Muslim scholars group that was founded by a radical Muslim Brotherhood leader who has called “for the death of Jews and Americans.”

Bin Bayyah himself is one of several clerics who endorsed a 2004 fatwa, or religious order, endorsing the killing of U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq.

The CT Bureau apologized multiple times on Tuesday for tweeting in favor of Bin Bayyah and promoting an article on his website.

“This should not have been tweeted and has since been deleted,” the CT Bureau tweeted at users who expressed anger over the original message.

“It was wrong and should not have been tweeted,” the bureau later tweeted in response to other outraged individuals.

So does the State Dept Counter Terrorism Bureau have a  Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer (or perhaps member!) doing its social media? Or are they just so unbelievably incompetent that they don’t bother to vet the people they promote?

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Dismantling the Left’s Dishonest Obama-Defense Strategies

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Kudos to Kyle Becker of IJ Review for doing the fact-checking on the left’s ’13 Benghazis That Happened Under Bush’ Viral Meme.

Many of us have seen the narratives refuting “Benghazigate.”

“Where was the outrage about all those embassy attacks under Bush? What about all the people killed in those attacks? Where was Fox News then?”

Let’s put aside for now that this line of questioning has nothing at all to do with why people are concerned about what happened during and after the Benghazi terror attack.

All 13 false equivalencies are picked apart, here.

Of course there were attacks on US Embassies in terrorist hot spots throughout the world during the Bush era. We were fighting two hot wars as part of what used to be called – “the global war on terror.” But there were major differences between these attacks and Benghazi, including the fact that in most of the examples no Americans died, there were no requests for more security that were  ignored, and there was no active cover-up after the attack. They were not “just like Benghazi” at all.

Bush readily admitted that we were fighting a global war on terror. But Obama wanted the nation to think that he had decisively won the war after  Osama Bin Laden was assassinated. The war on terror was over. Now, we just had overseas contingencies and workplace violence and demonstrations over Youtube videos.

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The left  uses dishonest defense strategies to protect Obama and they have used them time and time again to explain away his scandals. They mischaracterize past events to draw some sort of moral equivalency – which often involves blaming Bush.  It looks good on the surface, but falls apart upon close scrutiny. But it doesn’t matter how weak their false equivalency is, because the strategy is geared toward BDS-ridden O-bots who are inclined to agree with them and not do any independent fact-checking. They just want to be spoon-fed what to think, and the Alinskyites running the show right now, are happy to provide them with the nonsensical pablum they need to fulfill their preconceived notions about a world in which every enemy has an R after his name.

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Perhaps the first time the left used this strategy to protect Obama came after Holder’s DOJ dropped the charges against the New Black Panthers in what one Justice Dept lawyer described as a slam dunk case –  the clearest case of voter intimidation he had ever seen..

The charges stemmed from an incident at a Philadelphia polling place on Election Day 2008 when three members of the party were accused of trying to threaten voters and block poll and campaign workers by the threat of force — one even brandishing what prosecutors call a deadly weapon.

The three black panthers, Minister King Samir Shabazz, Malik Zulu Shabazz and Jerry Jackson were charged in a civil complaint in the final days of the Bush administration with violating the voter rights act by using coercion, threats and intimidation. Shabazz allegedly held a nightstick or baton that prosecutors said he pointed at people and menacingly tapped it. Prosecutors also say he “supports racially motivated violence against non-blacks and Jews.”

The Obama administration won the case last month, but moved to dismiss the charges on May 15.

Believe it or not – the left tried to blame Bush for the decision – forcing conservative bloggers like Delroy Murdock to waste time slapping down their idiotic false narrative:

Olbermann, recently fired Washington Post analyst Dave Weigel, and The American Prospect’s Adam Serwer have all crowed that Bush’s Justice Department dropped a criminal case against the NBPP. In fact, there never was a criminal case to drop. The NBPP faced a civil lawsuit prepared by Justice’s Voting Rights unit. This is exactly what career prosecutors recommended in the first place.

With respect to all but one defendant, Justice abandoned its civil case under Obama, not Bush — no matter what Olbermann and his comrades would like to believe.  

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During the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal, in which thousands of high powered guns were allowed to fall into the hands of criminal gun cartels, Democrats constantly tried to argue that the Obama administration’s Operation F & F,  was a continuation of  “Wide Receiver”, a failed gun-tracing operation that the ATF briefly tried under George W. Bush. Democrats often used the Wide Receiver narrative during Congressional hearings, and Jay Carney used it when questioned by reporters during press briefings.

They were lying.

Besides the fact that they were two separate operations,  Wide Receiver actually made an attempt to track the guns that were headed into Mexico – guns  were implanted with RFID chips and were tracked electronically. The ATF in Phoenix also implemented aerial surveillance tactics in an attempt to follow the weapons.

Obama’s ATF  took no such steps to track the walked guns other than recording the serial numbers before allowing them to cross the border into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.  ATF agents involved with Fast and Furious would later testify that they were ordered to stand down and not track the weapons even when interdiction was possible.  The objective was to get them into the hands of drug cartel bandits only to be interdicted after they had killed people – at which point, they were  traced back to the gun shops that sold the guns to straw purchasers (at the ATF’s behest.) It was not a “botched operation. It was totally effed up from the start.

The Bush administration also worked in cooperation with the Mexican government. When about 200 guns were lost track of – the operation was terminated in 2007.

Mexican authorities were kept in the dark over Fast and Furious and were outraged when the details about the criminally insane operation were revealed. The operation started in the Fall of 2009 and not terminated until Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered with one of the Fast and Furious Guns in December of 2010.

A good question for Eric Holder would be why would the DOJ resurrect a program like Wide Receiver after it failed  –  but he would tell you he had no idea about it or Operation Fast and Furious.  He testified that he didn’t even know about Fast and Furious until well after Brian Terry’s death in Dec. 2010.  Any emails that might say otherwise have been protected by Executive Privilege.

There are still liberal drones out there who will knowingly tell you that Fast and Furious is a GW Bush scandal because it was a continuation of a Bush era gun-walking operation.

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Remember Solyndra? The solar company that went belly-up after the Obama administration awarded them with an ill-advised half a billion dollars  loan? That was Bush’s fault, too, you know.

After spending months touting the Obama administration’s decision to loan $535 million to the California solar energy upstart Solyndra, top officials took a new tack Wednesday while testifying before Congress about the company’s abrupt shut-down and bankruptcy: the loan, they said, was actually the Bush administration’s idea. The Energy Department’s top lending officer told Congress that the Solyndra loan application was not only filed during President Bush’s term, but it surged towards completion before Obama took office in January 2009.

“By the time the Obama administration took office in late January 2009, the loan programs’ staff had already established a goal of, and timeline for, issuing the company a conditional loan guarantee commitment in March 2009,” said Jonathan Silver, who heads the Energy loan program.

It was a key part of the Democrats’ pushback over the Solyndra scandal. Dems argued that the loan guarantees made to the solar panel company were just as much the doing of the George W. Bush administration as they were of the Obama administration.

This argument has been pushed repeatedly by the Democrats on the Energy and Commerce committee, by liberal groups like Media Matters and even by the Energy Department itself, which has been emailing reporters regular press releases spinning the scandal.

For example, Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce investigation subcommittee, asked Friday, “Whether the Bush and Obama administration conducted due diligence on the loan guarantee.”

But the facts don’t justify this claim. The bottom line remains that the Bush Administration did not approve the Solyndra loan guarantee. And just before they headed out of town, Bush officials ordered the project back to the drawing board.

Democrats argue the Energy Department first received the loan request in December 2006. By January 2009, it was still under consideration. That month, the department’s Loan Guarantee Credit Committee put the project on hold.

IBD concluded, “there were two administrations involved in this project. One, after more than two years of consideration, was still sending it back for further review. That was the Bush administration. The second was placing “intense pressure” on department staff to approve loans from the moment it walked in the door and even had the energy secretary himself personally reviewing each loan. That was the Obama administration.”

It would be like a Republican administration coming into office after Obama, immediately approving the Keystone Pipeline, and when something horrible goes wrong – trying to share the blame with Obama because he’s the one who  “established the goal” of approving the pipeline.

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The IRS Scandal: One  defense strategy the left has employed to defend the Obama Regime  is the laughable “Progressive groups were targeted too!” false narrative. I’ve actually seen them try to argue that progressive groups were targeted even more than conservative groups. I mean if you’re going to lie – go big, right?

 NO progressive groups were unfairly targeted by IRS

This would already seem obvious given the fact that absolutely no progressive groups have come forward with horror stories about the abuse they supposedly endured as a result of being targeted and unfairly scrutinized. Congressional Democrats had every opportunity to let this alleged multitude of “progressive IRS victims” testify before various committees during several hearings that have been held on Capitol Hill on the scandal. Not-so-shockingly, no progressive victims have been identified and none ever testified..  Because they don’t exist.

There are still liberal drones who spread that particular brazen lie in the comment sections of our nation’s newspapers.

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Be on the look-out for this particular defense strategy. Now that we see the pattern, it should be obvious when we see them employing it.

The VA scandal is in its infancy, but I fully expect the left to blame the scandal on Bush era policies that Obama is heroically fixing. If they haven’t done that already.

Video: A Boko Haram Victim Speaks at Hudson Inst. Panel on Nigeria

The Hudson Institute hosted a panel discussion, Tuesday,  about the attacks by Nigeria-based terrorist group Boko Haram and steps that can be taken by the international community to stop the violence.

One of the featured panelists was Deborah Peters, a teenage girl originally from the village of Chibok, where hundreds of her peers and friends were recently taken captive by the terrorist thugs.  Now, a student in the US, she is the second known survivor, and the first female survivor, of Boko Haram to visit Washington. She told the heart-breaking story about how the terrorists blew up her father’s church, and later came to her house and killed her father – a Christian Pastor, and her brother for not denying their Christian faith. She was then tied up and left overnight between the corpses of her father and brother. The young girl still suffers with nightmares about that ordeal.

Another panelist was Emmanuel Ogebe, an international human rights lawyer and expert in bilateral U.S.-Nigerian relations. Ogebe “recently returned from a three week fact-finding mission to Nigeria and refugee camps where he interviewed many Boko Haram victims. He talked about his findings and the failure of the Nigerian government to respond adequately to the violence.

Inexplicable to me – given the fact that the president of Nigeria, Goodluck Johnson, is himself a Christian, and a member of the People’s Democratic Party is a conservative political party in Nigeria

Via the The Hudson Institute:

Boko Haram—a Hausa phrase meaning “Western education is a sin”—is an Islamic terrorist group whose stated aim is the establishment, by force, of a strict, sharia-law theocracy in Nigeria. Christians and students, both Muslim and Christian alike, have been among Boko Haram’s principal civilian targets. In April, Boko Haram abducted and enslaved 276 schoolgirls taking exams in a facility in the northeastern Nigerian Christian enclave of Chibok. It threatens to sell the girls for $12.00 each.

Since 2011, Boko Haram attacks have killed over 1,000 Nigerian Christians, and bombed, torched, or otherwise destroyed scores of Christian churches, villages, and homes. Nigerian Adamu Habila, a first-hand witness to the terror and the sole male survivor of a massacre of his Christian neighborhood, spoke at a Hudson panel last November. The group has become famous for murderous assaults on an unusually wide range of perceived “enemies,” including other Muslims who dare to defy its edicts. In the middle of the night on September 29, 2013, Boko Haram gunmen slaughtered 44 sleeping students and teachers at the dormitories of an agricultural college in Nigeria’s northern Yobe State.

Nina Shea, the Hudson Institute’s Director of the Center for Religious Freedom, moderated the discussion. She noted how until November of 2013,  the US State Department had been arguing that “Boko Haram had nothing to do with religion.”

Ogebe said “we face a major wall of denial – not from the Soviets or the traditional establishment – but from the State Department.”

Deborah is someone Ogebe discovered on one of his fact fining missions to Nigeria and he pointed out that “she was denied a visa twice by the US government. The reason she was denied a visa, he said, was – “you can’t make this up – they said to her, you don’t have family ties. They essentially retraumatized a girl whose entire family was exterminated by terrorists.”

She was finally able to emigrate to the United States through the efforts of a foundation of 9/11 victims.

SEE ALSO:

CFP: Obama Administration Threatened Nigeria with Sanctions in 2013 for Fighting Boko Haram:

Hillary Clinton wasn’t the only Obama administration official who went to bat for Boko Haram over the past few years.

Boko Haram militants attacked a Nigerian military outpost in April 2013 outside Baga, killing one soldier. Following the three-day battle human rights activists, including the George Soros-funded and liberal aligned Human Rights Watch, which is not exactly known for its impartiality when it comes to reporting on Islamic issues, claimed the Nigerian military wantonly slaughtered 183 civilians and burned down over 2,000 homes and businesses.Soon after John Kerry took over as Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Terence P. McCulley, accused the Nigerian government of butchery during a confrontation with Boko Haram terrorists in Baga, a Nigerian town on the shores of Lake Chad, and in May 2013 threatened to withdraw U.S. military aid from the West African nation.

The Nigerian government denied the claims saying the death toll and destruction had been vastly overstated by its enemies, and in fact 30 Boko Haram terrorists, 6 civilians and one soldier, had died in the fighting. Reports from the Baga clinic, which treated193 people following the battle, but only 10 with serious injuries, seemed to back up the Nigerian government claim that no large-scale massacre had occurred.

Trey Gowdy on Death Threats: “It’s Not Gonna Keep Me From Doing My Job” (Video)

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), was on “The Kelly File” tonight  to talk about the Benghazi investigation.  Gowdy was asked about  media reports that he has been getting death threats since being appointed chairman of a House select committee on Benghazi.

“I was a prosecutor for 16 years. This is not my first death threat. I’m always happy when it doesn’t come from my wife, and this one did not, so I’m gonna be fine, ” Gowdy snarked, making light of the situation. He added, “it’s not gonna keep me from doing my job.”

Kelly asked him what he thought of a recent  interview with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s in which she suggested that some people are choosing not to be satisfied with the probes into Benghazi.

Gowdy said the family members of the four murdered Americans are still waiting for answers.

“I would just ask Secretary Clinton, with all due respect, can you explain why we were still in Benghazi after everyone else had pulled out and after the British ambassador was almost assassinated and our compound was attacked twice? There are three separate categories of questions, each with sub-units within them that have not been answered.”

Senator Lindsey Graham was on next to talk about – among other things –  the email chain between top White House officials regarding Fox News coverage of Benghazi.

Andrew McCarthy: The Cairo ‘Protests’ Were Not About The Video, Either (Video)

Former Assistant United States Attorney and NRO and PJ Media contributor, Andrew McCarthy, appeared on The Kelly File, Thursday night to discuss the new Benghazi emails and give his reaction to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s deceptive performance Wednesday in the White House briefing room.  

In Carney’s exchange with Jonathan Karl, he insisted that Rhodes’ email was not about Benghazi, arguing that the talking points were meant to cover what caused the protests outside other embassies in the Middle East (Khartoum, Tunis, and Cairo). 

“Of all the insults to the intelligence that we’ve heard from the podium,” McCarthy said, “that one may be the worst one that we’ve heard over the past  five or six years…”

He went on to point out that the whole reason for the talking points, was to prep Susan Rice for the Sunday talk shows where she was to talk about what?  The Benghazi massacre. If not for the Benghazi attack, she would not have been appearing on those shows.

As for why Judicial Watch was able to get the docs, but Congress was not, he answered, “a lawyer can prosecute an actual case to try to get to the bottom of what actual happened –  whereas 5 different congressional committees all coming at it from different angles are not equipped to do an actual criminal investigation. He couldn’t say why Boehner hasn’t called for Select Committee. “If he doesn’t do it now, it’s inexplicable,” he said.

MacCallum asked McCarthy what he thought about the phony YouTube video narrative; “you also claim that even Egypt didn’t have anything to do with the video.”

“The video is a fraud through and through,” McCarthy declared. “The video never had anything to do with Benghazi, and it’s unfortunate that people have accepted that it had something to do with Cairo. We knew before the Cairo Embassy –  what they called protesting but was actually violent rioting  – happened under circumstances where  al Qaeda elements had been threatening the embassy for weeks to get the freedom of the guy I prosecuted in the nineties the Blind Sheikh – which was a big deal in Egypt. That was what was mainly going on in Egypt.”

“The video thing was a side show”, he explained. “The State Dept. put out these tweets to try to spin the trouble in Cairo as attributable to the video.”

The Andrew McCarthy interview begins 8:00 minutes in.

Walid Shoebat notes:

It is both interesting and telling that Carney would concede that the protests outside the U.S. embassy in Cairo were the result of the video. One thing that Carney will not and has not conceded is that CNN’s Nic Robertson was outside the Cairo embassy on the morning of the attack as protests were taking place. Those protests – which had been going on for several weeks – were about demanding the release of the mastermind of the first World Trade Center bombing – Omar Abdel Rahman (“the Blind Sheikh”), as we presented in EXHIBIT Z of our “Ironclad” Report:

Everything this Regime does it political spin and outright lies (even as they project that Republicans are the ones who politicize everything.)

That’s why no one should trust them on anything — be it domestic policy, or foreign policy. That’s why I haven’t posted much on the Ukraine. There is a lot of propaganda being thrown out there from all sides on the Ukraine situation – and a lot of it is coming from this untrustworthy Regime. Media stenographers uncritically parrot whatever this corrupt State Dept tells them and sometimes they don’t even have the correct facts.  We’re only getting one side of the story and it’s a complicated story, and we can no longer trust our own government to tell us the truth. Spin is one thing – outright lies are another.

I’m afraid that getting to the bottom of Benghazi is going to take a Select Committee. And if we ever find out what really happened (there are various theories) we may well find that some House and Senate intel committee members were caught up in the scandal too.

House Bill Preventing Terrorists from Entering U.S. as U.N. Ambassadors Passes With Unanimous Support (Video)

The House joined the Senate today by passing with unanimous consent a bill that would prevent terrorists from getting visas to enter the United States as United Nations ambassadors. The  legislation was proposed in reaction to the Iranian President Hasan Rouhani’s insulting appointment of Hamid Aboutalebi as the nation’s new ambassador to the U.N., which is headquartered in Manhattan. Aboutalebi was an active participant in the group that held 52 Americans hostage in Iran from 1979-1981.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Congressman Doug Lamborn, CO-05, today called for President Obama to immediately sign into law their bi-partisan legislation that will prevent terrorists from getting visas to enter the United States as United Nations ambassadors.

“Congress has voted unanimously in support of a bill to reject Iran’s deliberately insulting nomination of a known terrorist – one of the 1979 hostage-takers – to be their ambassador to the United Nations,” said Sen. Cruz. “I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for supporting it, and urge the President to act quickly. We, as a country, can send an unequivocal message to rogue nations like Iran that the United States will not tolerate this kind of provocative and hostile behavior.”

“I have been working hard with House Leadership to move this bill even before it passed the Senate,” said Congressman Lamborn. “I appreciate House Leadership’s rapid response to my request to quickly bring the Cruz/Lamborn bill to the House Floor for a vote. It will give the President the power to prevent an Iranian terrorist from entering our country with diplomatic immunity. This is a great example of leadership in action by both Houses of Congress. After Senator Cruz worked to ensure Senate passage earlier in the week, I felt that it was extremely important that the House respond in-kind by considering the Cruz/Lamborn bill in an expedited manner. It is great to see Congress send a strong, bipartisan message that Iranian evildoers will be treated like terrorists, not tourists. Terrorists, from Iran or elsewhere, should not be allowed to walk the streets of Manhattan with diplomatic immunity.”

Congressman Lamborn’s bill, H.R. 4357, is companion legislation to Sen. Cruz’s bill, S. 2195, which unanimously passed the Senate earlier this week. The legislation now awaits President Obama’s signature to be put into law.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas Monday requested and received unanimous consent to pass his bill, S. 2195.

 

Cruz spoke with Sean Hannity on his radio show today about the legislation. Audio here.

“I think it’s terrific that we see a bipartisan statement of unanimity, Republicans and Democrats coming together against Iran, and I hope the President signs this legislation and keeps this acknowledged terrorist out of the United States,” Sen. Cruz said.

Sen. Cruz also discussed President Obama’s disregard for the rule of law and the need for Congress to continue to investigate the IRS, especially in light of the House’s recent report cataloging the illegal actions of Lois Lerner.

 

 

 

Obama Has Wavered In His Commitment to See That Justice Is Done For Terrorist Attack In Benghazi (Video)

“We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.”  Barack Obama 9/12/2012

And he’s repeated that line or a variation of that line at least a hundred times since then.

The truth:

House Intel Committee Chair Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) told TIME magazine this week that the Obama administration knows where the Benghazi Al-Qaeda terrorists are hiding but refuses to go after them.

 

Via Jim Hoft

 

The reason: The Obama administration refuses to classify the attackers as al Qaeda related.

The U.S. military cannot hunt down and kill people responsible for the deadly 2012 attack on an American compound in Benghazi, Libya, as long as the terrorists are not officially deemed members or affiliates of al Qaeda, newly declassified transcripts from congressional hearings show.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey in testimony on Oct. 10 said the Pentagon’s hands are tied because the groups involved are not covered by the Authorization for Use of Military Force. The AUMF law allows U.S. attacks anywhere in the world only on al Qaeda and “associated forces.”

“The individuals related in the Benghazi attack, those that we believe were either participants or leadership of it, are not ‘authorized use of military force,’ ” Gen. Dempsey told the House Armed Services Committee in his classified testimony during a closed hearing.

The transcript was released on Monday.

“In other words, they don’t fall under the AUMF authorized by the Congress of the United States. So we would not have the capacity to simply find them and kill them either with a remotely-piloted aircraft or with an assault on the ground,” Dempsey said.

Via The Long War Journal, the State Dept. added three chapters of Ansar al Sharia – widely believed to have taken part in the attack – to the governments terrorist designation lists in January of this year.

the US State Department announced today that it has added three chapters of Ansar al Sharia, as well as three of the groups’ leaders, to the government’s terrorist designation lists. Ansar al Sharia groups in Benghazi, Derna, and Tunisia were designated as foreign terrorist organizations, as well as specially designated global terrorist entities.

The three Ansar al Sharia leaders, Sufian Ben Qumu, Ahmed Abu Khattalah, and Seifallah Ben Hassine (a.k.a. Abu Iyad al Tunisi), were also added to the list of specially designated global terrorists.

Ben Qumu is described as “the leader” of Ansar al Sharia Derna, while Khattalah is “a senior leader” of Ansar al Sharia in Benghazi. Seifallah Ben Hassine is the founder of Ansar al Sharia in Tunisia.

The State Department says that Ansar al Sharia Tunisia “is ideologically aligned with al Qaeda and tied to its affiliates, including AQIM” (Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb). The designation confirms The Long War Journal’s reporting on Ansar al Sharia Tunisia’s connections to the al Qaeda network.

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