9/11-Style Terror Plot by Islamic jihadists Emerges in Connection with Disappearance of Malaysian airliner

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A few days ago a pilot told Neil Cavuto that he thought the missing Malaysian airliner  “Could Be a 9/11 Style Hijacking 12 Years Later.”

Now evidence of a plot by Malaysian al Qaeda-linked Islamists to hijack a passenger jet in a 9/11-style attack has come to light and is being investigated in connection with the disappearance of Flight MH370.

An al-Qaeda supergrass (informer) told a court last week that four to five Malaysian men had been planning to take control of a plane, using a bomb hidden in a shoe to blow open the cockpit door.

Security experts said the evidence from a convicted British terrorist was “credible”. The supergrass said that he had met the Malaysian jihadists – one of whom was a pilot – in Afghanistan and given them a shoe bomb to use to take control of an aircraft.

A British security source said: “These spectaculars take a long time in the planning.”

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In evidence in a court case last Tuesday, Saajid Badat, a British-born Muslim from Gloucester, said that he had been instructed at a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan to give a shoe bomb to the Malaysians.

Giving evidence at the trial in New York of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Badat said: “I gave one of my shoes to the Malaysians. I think it was to access the cockpit.”

Badat, who spoke via video link and is in hiding in the UK, said the Malaysian plot was being masterminded by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the principal architect of 9/11.

According to Badat, Mohammed kept a list of the world’s tallest buildings and crossed out New York’s Twin Towers after the September 11, 2001 attacks with hijacked airliners as “a joke to make us laugh”.

Badat told the court last week that he believed the Malaysians, including the pilot, were “ready to perform an act.”

During the meeting, the possibility was raised that the cockpit door might be locked. Badat told the court: “So I said, ‘How about I give you one of my bombs to open a cockpit door?’ ”

The disclosure that Malaysians were plotting a 9/11-style attack raises the prospect that both pilots were overpowered and the plane intended for use as a fuel-filled bomb. One possible target, if the scenario is correct, will have been the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, a symbol of Malaysia’s modernity and the world’s tallest buildings from 1998 until 2004.

Flight MH370 had been heading away from Kuala Lumpur over the South China Sea when it disappeared off civilian radar screens.

Satellites have tracked it returning towards land.

Badat, who was jailed for 13 years in 2005 for his part in a conspiracy with the “shoe bomber” Richard Reid to blow up a transatlantic jet, had given similar evidence in 2012.

In other words, his claims were first made long before the disappearance of Flight MH370.

Robert Spencer notes that just weeks ago, DHS issued a new warning about shoe bombs on airplanes.

All this despite being told by Obama that the War on Terror is over.

Greta Van Susteren: Obama’s News Police Meant to Intimidate, Stifle and Chill Speech (Video)

On Wednesday night’s On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, a panel discussed the Obama Regime’s latest power grab – an FCC pilot program that would send “researchers” to newsrooms to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run. Former FCC Commissioner AJIT PAI wrote about the plan in his Wall Street Journal piece, The FCC Wades Into the Newsroom.

The purpose of the CIN, according to the FCC, is to ferret out information from television and radio broadcasters about “the process by which stories are selected” and how often stations cover “critical information needs,” along with “perceived station bias” and “perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.”

How does the FCC plan to dig up all that information? First, the agency selected eight categories of “critical information” such as the “environment” and “economic opportunities,” that it believes local newscasters should cover. It plans to ask station managers, news directors, journalists, television anchors and on-air reporters to tell the government about their “news philosophy” and how the station ensures that the community gets critical information.

Susteren is outraged. She had on The Hill’s AB Stoddard, The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty and the Washington Examiner’s Byron York to discuss the Regime’s stealth attempt to bring back the  Fairness Doctrine, and they all agreed that it was a horrible idea that no self-respecting newsroom would tolerate.

Greta named three things that she thought she’d never see happen in her own country – the NSA spying on all American citizens, the use of drones to kill American citizens, and now this. Tumulty noted the FCC was also planning to visit newspapers which they don’t even have the power to regulate.

“You ask a news organization what their news philosophy is – it’s to cover the news and make a profit out of that”, Tumulty declared.

Greta retorted, “if they asked me, you know what I’d say? None of your business.” She went on to say she hoped any other news organization would respond the same way.

Stoddard wondered why any newsroom or newspaper would feel like they would have to comply with these FCC inquisitions. “I can’t imagine even the most liberal outfit coming from this profession being willing to share their philosophy and change the way they cover anything…” She said.

Greta asserted that the whole thing is “meant to intimidate and to stifle and to chill,” and expressed shock and horror that someone thought that this was a good idea to begin with.

AB Stoddard agreed, “it seems so ludicrous – so unAmerican – that I can’t believe that it would ever become real, but the fact that someone had an idea about it and it didn’t get slapped down – is more than strange.”

One gets the uneasy feeling that Obama looks to Communist South American Dictators who take control of the news media with great admiration and envy.

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Doug Ross: NOT CREEPY AT ALL: Obama FCC Placing Government Monitors in Newsrooms to Police Media:

Every major repressive regime of the modern era has begun with an attempt to control and intimidate the press.

As Thomas Jefferson so eloquently said, “our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.”

The federal government has absolutely no business determining what stories should and should not be run, what is critical for the American public and what is not, whether it perceives a bias, and whose interests are and are not being served by the free press.

It’s an unconscionable assault on our free society.

Imagine a government monitor telling Fox News it needed to cover stories in the same way as MSNBC or Al Jazeera. Imagine an Obama Administration official walking in to the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal and telling it that the American public would be better served if it is stopped reporting on the IRS scandal or maybe that reporting on ObamaCare “glitches” is driving down enrollment.

It’s hard to imagine anything more brazenly Orwellian than government monitors in newsrooms.

Via Dick Morris: 

Surveys will be distributed to reporters, news editors, assignment editors, publishers, owners, on-air reporters, film editors and other station or newspaper staff. These are the questions they will ask:

–What is the news philosophy of the station?

–Who else in your market provides news?

–Who are your main competitors?

–Is the news produced in-house or is it provided by an outside source?

–Do you employ news people?

–How many reporters and editors do you employ?

–Do you have any reporters or editors assigned to topic “beats”? If so how many and what are the beats?

–Who decides which stories are covered?

–How much influence do reporters and anchors have in deciding which stories to cover? –How much does community input influence news coverage decisions?

–How do you define critical information that the community needs?

–How do you ensure the community gets this critical information? On-Air Staff? Reporters? Anchors?

–How much news does your station air every day?

–Have you ever suggested coverage of what you consider a story with critical information for your customers (viewers, listeners, readers) that was rejected by management? If so, can you give an example? What was the reason given for the decision? Why do you disagree?

These intrusive questions, prying into station politics and policies, can only send a chilling message to radio and television outlets.

Fox News: ‘The Kelly File’ looks at the FCC’s proposal to study newsrooms:

A Federal Communications Commission proposal to “study” how the news media operates by placing researchers in newsrooms, “The Kelly File” reported on Wednesday.

“It’s very reminiscent of the kinds of questions that were asked of my clients in the IRS matter that is currently in federal court,” said Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice. “Same kind of questioning process of content, determination on point of view, and I think this government, this administration is bent on aiming and targeting those they don’t like.”

Katie Pavlich, the news editor of Townhall.com, wondered why the Obama administration didn’t learn following the fallout over the Justice Department’s wiretapping of Associated Press journalists.

“Now, they want to send investigators into newsrooms all over the country,” she said. “This is about controlling what people say, and this is about intimidating the news.”

Pavlich agreed with host Megyn Kelly’s assertion that the proposal provides a window into “how the FCC is thinking” when it comes to an independent press.

I emboldened what Sekulow said because I was thinking the same thing and I think it is key.

Do a Google search on this story, and you’ll quickly notice which media outfits are the most concerned about this – the WSJ, which broke the story, Fox News, the ACLJ, Mediaite, and lots of conservative blogs.

Why do you suppose ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC,  CNN, the Washington Post and NYTs (the Democrat media complex as Andrew Breitbart used to call them) are mum? Why is this not a big story for them? Could it be because they are already voluntarily complying with the Regime’s PC requirements? Are they not already simpatico with the Regime’s Statist worldview? In 2016, can we fully expect them to run interference  for the Democrat candidate  like they did so shamelessly for Obama in 2008 and 2012? Of course they will. They pretend to be impartial, but when it counts – they will sting the Republican. It is their nature.

So who do you think is being “targeted” here? As usual, it’s the disfavored conservative leaning rabble-rousers who don’t tow the Regime’s Statist line. And the Democrat media complex is once again, looking away from a scandal,  giving the Regime their tacit approval.

Greta Van Susteren has every reason to be horrified.

Andrew Klavan, Truth Revolt: KLAVAN: A Sick Media #BOWDOWN To Their Own Oppressors:

…we don’t need a thuggish FCC to know this administration wants the media choir to sing the White House song castrato. Reporters Without Borders has already downgraded the U.S. fourteen spots to number 46 on the World Press Freedom Index this year alone. The president’s men have tapped reporters’ phones and email. And even Jill Abramson, editor of the leftist New York Times, says, “This is the most secretive White House… I have ever dealt with.”

And yet the Times and the news networks continue to play down presidential malfeasance — including that which threatens their own freedom!

It was unbelievably childish of journalists to believe, as Barbara Walters put it, that Obama was “the next messiah.” It is venal of them to turn a near-sighted eye to his IRS abuse, Benghazi cover-up and unconstitutional non-enforcement of law. But for American news people to #BOWDOWN before an administration that shows open hostility to the First Amendment — that’s just hashtag-pathological.

Ben Shapiro, Big Government: OBAMA CRACKDOWN ON PRESS FREEDOM ESCALATES:

Last week, Reporters Without Borders dropped America in the World Press Freedom Index 2014 from 33rd to 46th. James Risen of The New York Times rightly explained, “I think 2013 will go down in history as the worst year for press freedom in the United States’ modern history.” And he’s right. The violation of press freedoms has been egregious under this administration, even as the press fetes President Obama as an honest and effective commander-in-chief.

Selective Access. President Obama has regularly granted special access to reporters who give him preferential coverage. CBS’ Steve Kroft admitted as much after a late-2012 interview with the President during which CBS clipped Obama’s explicit refusal to label Benghazi an act of terror: “(Obama) knows that we’re not going to play ‘gotcha’ with him, that we’re not going to go out of our way to make him look bad or stupid.”

Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball, got special access for a profile of Obama for Vanity Fair – but Obama insisted on redlining his quotes. Lewis explained that “the White House insisted on signing off on the quotes that would appear.” A reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle was threatened for covering an anti-Obama protest. As early as 2008, candidate Obama was kicking dissenters off planes after their outlets endorsed John McCain.

Targeting Reporters. In May 2013, the Associated Press dropped the bombshell that the Department of Justice had grabbed phone records for its reporters and editors of the course of two months. Records for 20 telephone lines belonging to the AP and reporters for it were seized between April and May of 2012. Those seizures affected over 100 journalists.

The AP’s President and CEO Gary Pruitt stated, “There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters.” Fox News’ James Rosen was also targeted by the DOJ after running a story about North Korea nuclear development. His State Department visits were tracked and his movements were followed. His parents’ phone records were even grabbed.

Feds Finally Crack Down on 2012 Campaign Finance Fraud

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In 2012, Obama.com—which was run by Robert Roche, an American businessman and Obama fundraiser who lives in Shanghai — raised a boatload of money for Barack Obama’s reelection campaign..

Roche’s China-based media company, Acorn International, runs infomercials on Chinese state television. Obama.com redirects to a specific donation page on BarackObama.com, the official campaign website. Unlike BarackObama.com, Obama.com’s traffic is 68 percent foreign, according to markosweb.com, a traffic-analysis website. According to France-based web analytics site Mustat.com, Obama.com receives over 2,000 visitors every day.

The name Robert W. Roche appears 11 times in the White House visitors log during the Obama administration. Roche also sits on the Obama administration’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, and is a co-chair of Technology for Obama, a fundraising effort. (In an email exchange, Roche declined to discuss his website, or his support for the Obama reelection effort, referring the inquiries to the Obama campaign team. The Obama campaign, in turn, says it has no control over Roche’s website; it also says only 2 percent of the donations associated with Obama.com come from overseas.)

But it isn’t just foreign donations that are a concern. So are fraudulent donations. In the age of digital contributions, fraudsters can deploy so-called robo-donations, computer programs that use false names to spew hundreds of donations a day in small increments, in order to evade reporting requirements.

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This makes it all the more surprising that the Obama campaign does not use a standard security tool, the card verification value (CVV) system—the three- or four-digit number often imprinted on the back of a credit card, whose purpose is to verify that the person executing the purchase (or, in this case, donation) physically possesses the card. The Romney campaign, by contrast, does use the CVV—as has almost every other candidate who has run for president in recent years, from Hillary Clinton in 2008 to Ron Paul this year. (The Obama campaign says it doesn’t use the CVV because it can be an inhibiting factor for some small donors.) Interestingly, the Obama campaign’s online store requires the CVV to purchase items like hats or hoodies (the campaign points out that its merchandise vendor requires the tool).

The Obama Campaign claimed that it was rigorous in its self-regulation effort. “We take great care to make sure that every one of our more than three million donors are eligible to donate and that our fundraising efforts fully comply with all U.S. laws and regulations,” a campaign spokesman told GAI president Peter Schweizer.

But as Schweizer noted, instead of allowing outsiders—the press, the public, good government watchdog groups, or the Federal Election Commission—to independently determine whether everything was on the up and up, the Obama camp instead relied on self-policing combined with a lack of transparency – leaving an opening for foreign and fraudulent donations. In 2012, Obama raised over $1 billion.

Finally,  the feds are looking into massive campaign finance fraud. Just not Obama’s. And actually not all that massive.

See, there’s this guy who is accused of reimbursing “people who he had directed to contribute $20,000″ to the campaign of a U.S. Senate candidate.

The accused is conservative author Dinesh D’Souza, the author of books like Illiberal EducationWhat’s So Great About America, and The End of Racism, and the  the film 2016: Obama’s America, which was based on his book, The Roots of Obama’s Rage.

According to Reuters, D’Souza was accused of “arranging excessive campaign contributions to a candidate for the U.S. Senate.” He is accused of reimbursing “people who he had directed to contribute $20,000″ to the campaign of a U.S. Senate candidate who is not named in the indictment. He was also charged on one count of “causing false statements to be made.”

In 2012, federal law “limited primary and general election campaign contributions to $2,500 each, for a total of $5,000, from any individual to any one candidate.”

Preet Bharara, an Obama appointee who is the U.S. Attorney for Manhattan, said, “As we have long said, this Office and the FBI take a zero tolerance approach to corruption of the electoral process.”

An *Obama* appointee who takes “a zero tolerance approach to corruption.” It is to laugh.

D’Souza’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, told The Hollywood Reporter that D’Souza “did not act with any corrupt or criminal intent whatsoever… at worst this was an act of misguided friendship by D’Souza.”

Gerald Molen, a co-producer of the 2016 movie, accused the Obama administration of “criminalizing dissent through the selective enforcement of the law.”

As you may remember 2016: Obama’s America became a box office hit in the summer of 2012 – a rare thing for a political documentary. You may also remember –  it wasn’t complimentary of Obama or his vision.

“After we win this election, it’s our turn.  Payback time.  Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay.  Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over and we have two judges ready to go.”  - Valerie Jarrett 11/2012 (Allegedly)

Retaliation against political enemies? – check.

Via Ace of Spades HQ: 

Coincidence: Hollywood’s only conservative group is getting close IRS nonprofit scrutiny

Another Coincidence: James O’Keefe Group Being Audited by NY. Again.

Yet Another Coincidence: Dinesh D’Souza Indicted For Election Fraud

Still Another Coincidence: IRS Proposes New 501(c)(4) Rules That Just Happen to Cover Most Tea Party Groups

Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin’s ‘John Doe’ Subpoenas

one more: Obama Admin Accused Of Filing Standard and Poor’s Lawsuit In Retaliation For 2011 US Credit Downgrade

It’s like the night of the long knives – Chicago style.

Congress won’t be a problem for them, this time - check.

Two judges ready to go – check. 

They’re not even being subtle. We are officially living in a Banana Republic, now folks….

And the Stupid Party is  doing what? 

Let this seep in for a few minutes. The entire force of the GOP establishment is being applied towards Obama’s most cherished agenda item for his second term, not towards fighting Obamacare and the debt ceiling. While Americans are concerned about out-of-control government, Obamacare, debt, and jobs, these clowns are concerned about illegal immigrants, foreign lobbies, and special interests. –Daniel Horowitz

Rolling over and playing dead.

Update via Weasel Zippers: 

Keep in mind, D’Souza is facing a maximum sentence of two years in prison. Update: Now I’m hearing $1,000,000 fine from D’Souza plus up to seven years of jail…(I’m guessing his debate with Bill Ayers at Dartsmouth on Jan 30 is now cancelled…)

Let’s look at what happens when you do even more than what Dinesh is alleged to have done, but you’re a Democrat…

From Overlawyered:

The Federal Election Commission has fined an Arkansas law firm for making illegal contributions to John Edwards’ 2004 presidential campaign. Tab Turner solicited four $2,000 contributions from his co-workers at Little Rock law firm Turner & Associates in January 2003 and illegally reimbursed them for their contributions using a company credit card, according to the FEC. He also used a company credit card to make an illegal campaign contribution in his own name and to pay for various campaign expenses. Federal law prohibits donors from making contributions in others’ names and prohibits direct corporate contributions to a federal candidate. Edwards for President also agreed to pay a $9,500 fine, and called the commission’s announcement “old news,” reported the AP.

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Krauthammer: The Only People Who have Been Held Accountable For Benghazi Are 15 Libyans Who Are Now Dead (Video)

The Senate Intelligence Committee finally released a report Wednesday faulting both the State Department and the intelligence community for not preventing attacks on two outposts in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador, in 2012.

The bipartisan report laid out more than a dozen findings regarding the assaults on a diplomatic compound and a CIA annex in the city. It said the State Department failed to increase security at its mission despite warnings, and blamed intelligence agencies for not sharing information about the existence of the CIA outpost with the U.S. military.

The committee determined that the U.S. military command in Africa didn’t know about the CIA annex and that the Pentagon didn’t have the resources in place to defend the State Department compound in an emergency.

“The attacks were preventable, based on extensive intelligence reporting on the terrorist activity in Libya — to include prior threats and attacks against Western targets — and given the known security shortfalls at the U.S. Mission,” the panel said in a statement.

Today, on Special Report, the panel discussed the report, and reactions to it on Capitol Hill. Even though Hillary Clinton’s name wasn’t mentioned in the Senate report, the panel agreed that Benghazi is going to be a problem for Hillary in the 2016 race. As Charles Krauthammer pointed out – no one was held accountable in the report, other than buildings and entities like the entire State Dept., the military, the CIA. “No individuals – no humans were held responsible on either side of the attack.”

Krauthammer then brought up the chilling fact that “15 people in Libya who cooperated with us – are now dead. They’ve been held accountable.”

That bit of information comes courtesy of the House Intelligence Committee report of previously classified information by the House Armed Services Committee.

Via CNN:

According to the documents, senior military officials told the panel there were no discussions related to any specific threat in Libya despite general warnings about the possibility of terror attacks around the anniversary of 9/11. As a result, additional military assets were not deployed to the area.

On the investigation, the FBI was quoted in the report as saying the 15 deaths have severely hampered its probe.

“The FBI’s investigation into the individuals responsible for the Benghazi attacks has been hampered by inadequate cooperation and a lack of capacity by foreign governments to hold these perpetrators accountable, making the pursuit of justice for the attacks slow and insufficient,” the report said.

ObamaCare Whistleblower, Bill Elliott, Shares His “Fan Mail”

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Things have been looking up for Bill Elliott, the cancer patient who lost his coverage, last month, appeared on Fox News to talk about it, and got it back with the help of health insurance broker, C. Steven Tucker. He and Tucker both received audit letters from the IRS on the same day, about a week later. But with the help of some SC and NC politicians, he was able to have his audit terminated. Best of all, in late November his doctor told him his cancer was in full remission.

Elliott contracted cancer in 2007 when he was exposed to some radiological contamination in his work as a chemical and biological trainer to the military. He received a settlement from the government in 2009 –  the same year that the IRS wanted to audit – even though they should have known the settlement money was tax exempt.

Yesterday, Elliott revealed that one of the congressmen he sought out for help with his audit, told him that he believed the harassment “came from the top”.

Since going public with his story, Elliott’s cell phone has been bombarded with hateful, and unhinged text messages from Obama cultists. He shared some of the nicer ones on his Facebook page:

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You should die of cancer for speaking about our president

Your a white boy who don’t like a black president

Lying is all your doing, you white MF

You should die a horrible painful long lasting death you bastard

Obamacare will be the best thing for this country, I hope you die before you get it

Your lie has as many holes as my grandmas drawers 

Do not talk about president obama, he was sent from god.

You are the antichrist, don’t step foot in Chicago

I hope your govenor, congressman and you get infested with fleas from a rat with aids

That democrat senator should join you and tucker in a mexican prison cell

I will make your life hell if you keep on you good for nothing SOB

Like I said – those were the nicer ones. He couldn’t post the really raunchy, XXX ones.

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Iranian Regime Accuses Obama Regime of Lying

Who to believe ?

I’m going to go with the more honest and trustworthy Regime….which it’s incredibly sad to say, is the Iranian Regime in this case.

Via Gateway PunditIranian Fars News reported:

The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called invalid a press release by the White House alleged to be the text of the nuclear agreement struck by Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) in Geneva on Sunday.

“What has been released by the website of the White House as a fact sheet is a one-sided interpretation of the agreed text in Geneva and some of the explanations and words in the sheet contradict the text of the Joint Plan of Action (the title of the Iran-powers deal), and this fact sheet has unfortunately been translated and released in the name of the Geneva agreement by certain media, which is not true,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said on Tuesday.

BS meters should always go up whenever the Obama administration puts out a “fact sheet.” They’re understanding of the word, “fact” differs from most peoples’.  Often, the word “fact” actually translates to,  “politically expedient half truths”, “inaccurate”, or “out and out lies.”

An Iranian foreign ministry official  accused Washington of releasing a factually inaccurate primer that misleads the American public.

Via The Washington Free Beacon:

“What has been released by the website of the White House as a fact sheet is a one-sided interpretation of the agreed text in Geneva and some of the explanations and words in the sheet contradict the text of the Joint Plan of Action, and this fact sheet has unfortunately been translated and released in the name of the Geneva agreement by certain media, which is not true,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkhamtold the Iranian press on Tuesday.

Afkham and officials said that the White House has “modified” key details of the deal and released their own version of the agreement.

Iran’s right to enrich uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon, is fully recognized under the draft released by Tehran.

On Fox News’ Special Report, Monday night, Charles Krauthammer said

It’s really hard to watch the President and the Secretary of State and not think how they cannot be embarrassed by this deal. Think about this: half a dozen times, the Security Council has passed resolutions which said Iran has to stop all enrichment otherwise there’ll be no change in the sanctions, no relief. Which means six times China and Russia – not exactly hardliners on Iran – have signed on to this.

And what is the result of this agreement? Iran retains the right to enrich. It continues to enrich during the six months. It is promised a final deal in which we’re going to work out the details of its enrichment. And remember, enrichment is the dam against all proliferation. Once a country anywhere can start to enrich there is no containing its nuclear capacity. So it undermines the entire idea of nonproliferation, and it grants Iran a right it’s been lusting for for a decade. That’s why there was so much jubilation in Tehran over this.

Second, there’s a relaxation of sanctions which have really caused the Iranians to hurt, to worry about the stability of the regime, and to come and negotiate. What happens on sanctions? There’s going to be a huge infusion of cash which can reduce the inflation, can alleviate the shortages. Already the rial, the currency, jumped three percent instantly as a result of this agreement. This is a huge relief for the Iranians, and it can only increase over time.

What do we get in return? I just heard the Secretary of State say we’re going to get a destruction of the 20 percent uranium. That is simply untrue. What’s going to happen is the 20 percent enriched uranium is going to be turned into an oxide so it’s inoperative. That process is completely chemically reversible, which means Iran holds on to its 20 percent uranium and can turn it into active stuff any time it wants.

This is a sham from beginning to end. It’s the worst deal since Munich.

How much lower can this Regime go???

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Dingy Goes Nuclear

In a move that will likely come back to haunt him after the 2014 mid term elections, Senate Democratic Majority Leader (Dingy) Harry Reid deployed the nuclear option, effectively violating the customs and traditions of the Senate filibuster that Democrats have held so dear in the past.

We’ll see how well this works out for them…

Reid’s new rules which were passed in the Senate by a close 52-48 vote, require only a simple majority for all executive and judicial nominees other than those to the Supreme Court.

The move is seen by many as a raw abuse of majority powers - (Senator Lamar Alexander, (R-TN) called it ObamaCare II) – and sets a precedent that Democrats will regret as soon as the Senate changes control – which could happen as soon as next year.

In 2005, when Bush was in power, Reid and his fellow Democrats were passionately against the nuclear option.

“The threat to change Senate rules is a raw abuse of power and will destroy the very checks and balances our founding fathers put in place to prevent absolute power by any one branch of government,” Reid said at the time.
He was joined in this denunciation of Republicans who were also considering the “nuclear option” by a number of his Democratic colleagues.
Here are some of their floor speeches from 2005:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the floor, this morning to lambaste Democrats, who he accused of trying to change the subject away from the ObamaCare fiasco.

He reminded the chamber how the Obama administration and Democrats were willing to do and say anything in order to force ObamaCare on the public.

“The president and his Democratic allies were so determined to force their vision of healthcare on the public, they assured them up and down that they wouldn’t lose the plans they had, that they’d save money instead of losing it, and that they’d be able to use the doctors and hospitals they were already losing. But of course, we know, that rhetoric doesn’t match reality,” McConnell said.

After making note of the unmitigated disaster ObamaCare has become, he taunted “I’d be running for the exits, too, if I’d supported this law. I’d be looking to change the subject!”

He continued, “it doesn’t distract people from ObamaCare – it reminds them of ObamaCare. It reminds them of all the broken promises, it reminds them of the power grabs, it reminds them of the way Democrats set up one set of rules for themselves, and another, for everybody else.

One set of rules for them – and another for everybody else. Actually, this is all basically the same debate, and rather than distract people from ObamaCare, it only reinforces the narrative of a party that is willing to do and say just about anything to get its way.”

Now that Reid’s exercise in raw political power has passed the Senate, Joel Pollak at Breitbart’s the Conversation ponders what to do, next:

The question now is how to retaliate. In the short term, Republicans can use their power in the House of Representatives to block any of President Obama’s desired legislation, including immigration reform. In the medium term, Republicans must consider what to do when they take over the Senate–which could happen in the 2014 elections, if the public remains as outraged as it is now about the failure of Obamacare.

Republicans could extend the Democrats’ new rule and stack the courts (perhaps even the Supreme Court) after 2016. They could also eliminate the filibuster for ordinary bills as well, which would make repealing Obamacare easy. Or they could promise to reverse what Democrats had done, and restore the traditional protections of the minority. The latter may be best in the long run. But they will be in no rush to compromise.

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Report: Obama Brags About Killing People With Drones

Pakistan - Army Air Strike on Religious School - Over 80 Dead

Photo: Wrapped up in cloth sheets are obliterated body parts of 83 children killed in US drone attack in Damadola, Bajaur Agency (Pakistan) on 30 Oct 2006

According to journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann in their new book,  Obama’s closest advisers secretly considered replacing  Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton on the 2012 ticket, but they concluded that Hilary wouldn’t boost Obama’s reelection chances.  While that revelation from the book that chronicles the 2012 presidential election, has gotten the most attention, thus far,  another story that is slowly hitting the news, should seriously creep people out.  Obama reportedly told his aides that he’s “really good at killing people” while discussing drone strikes.

Michael Kelly at Business Insider reported on the expansion of anti-terrorist drone strikes under Obama.

Obama oversaw the 2009 surge in Afghanistan, 145 Predator drone strikes in NATO’s 2011 Libya operations, the May 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and drone strikes that killed the Pakistani Taliban leader and a senior member of the Somali-based militant group al-Shabab this week.

His administration also expanded the drone war: There have been 326 drone strikes in Pakistan, 93 in Yemen, and several in Somalia under Obama, compared to a total of 52 under George Bush.

In 2011 two of those strikes killed American-born al-Qaeda propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki and his American-born, 16-year-old son within two weeks.

Under Obama U.S. drone operators began practicing “signature strikes,” a tactic in which targets are chosen based on patterns of suspicious behavior and the identities of those to be killed aren’t necessarily known. (The administration counts all “military-age males” in a strike zone as combatants.)

Furthermore, the disturbing trend of the “double tap” — bombing the same place in quick succession and often hitting first responders — has become common practice.

Some of these strikes – especially the “double taps” should be considered war crimes. I’m ashamed that my country is engaging in something so evil.  Bombing the first responders? I thought only terrorists did that.

How could a sitting president be so bloodthirsty as to brag about “killing people”? Is this not disturbing?

Regular readers of Ulsterman’s “White House Insider series would already know about Obama’s unseemly and disturbing attraction to  watching drone kill videos. Ulsterman reported a year and a half ago that Obama “gets off on it.”

WHI:  It’s what has been brewin’ for well over a year now…it’s causing all kinds of hell between the administration…the military…infighting and concern among the staff…even Jarrett don’t have a handle on all of it.  Even she is not entirely comfortable with how the president has sunk his teeth into the drones…the kill list.  She’s not bothered by their use specifically…she’s more…I would guess she’s more worried over the political implications of Obama’s obsession…that eventually enough people will stand together and say ENOUGH.  She can’t afford to have that happen too soon…the re-election makes them all vulnerable…the plans…the obligations to others…America can still stop them in 2012 and she understands that.  So having Obama so oddly focused…not just focused…he gets excited…visually…the guy gets off on it and he ain’t even hiding that fact anymore.  And some are repulsed by it.  They’ve done video reviews you know…of  the missions.  The drones.  The kills.

UM:  The president you mean?  He watches videos of the drone attacks?

WHI:  Yeah – like it was…like it was porn.  I can’t emphasize…I don’t think I’m painting a clear enough picture here for you of how this thing has people really freaking out inside the administration.  It’s good on one hand because it’s got more of them willing to talk…but…the fact it’s gotten this bad…these drones…an American president who has the video sent up to his personal study so he can watch them over and over again…like I said – sh-t ain’t right.  And more and more people are figuring that out – and that is what has Jarrett concerned.  But even she…Obama won’t listen to her on this one.  Those drones are the one thing he really feels he has control over…all the rest…he’s been told what to say and where to go…when to wake…when to sleep…but the drones.  The drones are all his – and he ain’t given those up.  For nobody.

UM:  So Jarrett is against the use of drones?

WHI:  No-no-no…I ain’t said that.  Far from it.  The drones are all part of this…the big big picture here…what she’s concerned over is that her boy…the president…he’s gotta get it under control…his obsession with using them like he has.  The weekly meetings, the kill list…I mean c’mon now…he’s got his own personal kill list.  The guy who campaigned against Bush era interrogations…Obama don’t interrogate.  He picks a name off a list…some of these people have beenU.S. citizens…he picks that name off a list and orders the kill.  Then he gets the video confirmation of the kill…and he watches it.  Over and over and over again.

(Pause)

Jarrett knows she has got to tap that down.  That kind of display…it’s repulsive to people.  And it’s freaking them out.  Jarrett don’t mind the drones…she approves of the program…she approves of what…of how they will be utilized at home.  But if the president…if his reaction to using them…how he gets off on it…that endangers them having control of those drones after 2012…and beyond.  It’s a politically difficult – an extremely difficult argument to win.  A guy who complained loudly about water boarding – it don’t kill the poor bastard.  It makes ‘em talk.  Barack Obama declared that to be offensive to the ideals of America, right?  But now Barack Obama…he’s judge and jury.  With a pointing of a finger to names on a list…Barack Obama gets to play God.  No day in court.  No guarantee innocent people won’t be killed as well – and they have been killed.  Children.  Women.  Over and over again.  And this president…he has that knowledge when he watches the kill confirmations.  And he watches it over and over again.  These are high tech snuff films – a multi-billion dollar snuff program…and he gets off on it.

UM:  This is sickening.  What you’re telling me…this is disturbing on a whole other level.

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

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.

That said, what the hell is this?

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The Blaze  reports that the image above comes from the front line of the Syrian war, suggesting the worst we feared – that terrorists are already enjoying the comforts of US equipment and supplies.

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 dawning battle-gear and an RPG, inside a USAID tent.

And here’s Glenn Beck and Sara Carter discussing the photo on the Glenn Beck Show:

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Weasel Zippers: Syrian Jihadist Rebels Beat Man To Death For Being Christian…

Al-Thawrah, Syria (AINA) — A 26 year-old Assyrian man, Ninar Odisho, was murdered on Saturday, September 21, in the afternoon in the city of Al-Thawra (al-Tabqah), where he had gone to safeguard his family’s house and property. Mr. Odisho was with two Muslim friends when they were approached by Jihadist rebels, who questioned the three men at gun point. The rebels released his friends upon learning they were Muslim, then beat and bludgeoned Mr. Odisho to death.

Walid Shoebat: More Video Evidence Syrian Rebels used Chemical weapons:

On one side, evidence has been consistently mounting that suggests it was the Syrian rebels who launched the now infamous Chemical weapons attack on August 21st. On the other side (Obama, Kerry, and McCain) has been a consistent insistence that Bashar al-Assad’s regime was responsible without producing any real evidence to make the case. In McCain’s case, his basis for concluding that Assad was responsible has been that the rebels never had any such weapons.

In the second of two videos below, you will see B-roll of a bag of chemicals that are from a Saudi Arabian factory with the name of Sachlo. These appear to be the same chemicals shown in another video we posted back in August. That video has since been pulled down but the second image below is a screen shot of that bag from the video. The first image below is a screen shot of what you get when you visit the Sachlo website. It may indeed be down for maintenance but in light of these developments, we thought it noteworthy to show you what appears when you click on the site as of this posting. Be sure to check the site regularly to see if there are any changes.

Hat tip: Brian B.

More Tales Of Woe From The Christians Of Maaloula Syria

More tales of pain and woe from the Christian people of Syria have come to light as we react in horror to the Obama administration decision to waive anti-terror laws to arm the Syrian rebels who are oppressing them.

The Christian Post reported:

Ghastly attacks on Christians mocked as “Crusaders” in Syria continued unabated as Jihadists reportedly forced one man to convert to Islam at gunpoint and slit the throat of another Christian woman’s fiancé and then told her, “Jesus didn’t come to save him.”

Residents who fled from the ancient town of Maalula in Syria told AFP that jihadists ambushed the town last week and forced a man to convert to Islam at gunpoint.

“They arrived in our town at dawn… and shouted ‘We are from the Al-Nusra Front and have come to make lives miserable for the Crusaders,” said one woman identified as Marie in Damascus, where many people from Maalula fled after rebels first attacked that town on Sept. 4.

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Another Maalula resident, Rasha said the jihadists brutally murdered her fiancé Atef, who was a part of the town’s militia.

“I rang his mobile phone and one of them answered,” she said.

“Good morning, Rashrush,” a voice answered, calling her by her nickname according to AFP. “We are from the Free Syrian Army. Do you know your fiancé was a member of the shabiha (pro-regime militia) who was carrying weapons, and we have slit his throat?”

Rasha said the man told her Atef was asked to denounce his faith and convert to Islam and he refused.

“Jesus didn’t come to save him,” the rebel taunted.

That guy on the other end on the phone from the Free Syrian Army? Yeah, that would be one of the guys the Obama administration wants to arm with more weapons.

Hat tip: Walid Shoebat

Video: Iranian Nationals Operating Inside Syria

The BBC reports that it has not been able to “fully authenticate this footage, but based on additional checks made on it, it is believed to be genuine.”

Video footage has emerged that appears to show Iranian nationals dressed in military clothing operating inside Syria and apparently working with government forces. It comes as Russian and US foreign ministers prepare to hold talks in Geneva to discuss to dismantling Syria’s chemical arsenal. Mohamed Madi from the BBC’s Middle East monitoring service has studied the latest footage.

The fighters were using military code in case they were being spied on.  The BBC reported that one interesting code said, “the camel has become pregnant.”

An unknown number of Iranians were reported to be fighting in Syria according to a WaPo report in  May.

AP Reporter: US May Be Targeting the Wrong Culprit

In the face of Obama and company’s repeated assertions that it is a slam-dunk sure thing that the chemical weapons deployed in Syria were used by the Assad Regime, Walid Shoebat is still reporting evidence to the contrary. Earlier this week, the AP reported that intelligence officials hadn’t ruled out that the rebel fighters had deployed the weapons.

Now Associated Press reporter Dale Gavlak, is reporting that Syrian rebels, armed with chemical agents from Saudi Arabia, were responsible for the August 21st Chemical weapons attack.

Via Shoebat, here is what she reported at Mint Press:

As the machinery for a U.S.-led military intervention in Syria gathers pace following last week’s chemical weapons attack, the U.S. and its allies may be targeting the wrong culprit.

Interviews with people in Damascus and Ghouta, a suburb of the Syrian capital, where the humanitarian agency Doctors Without Borders said at least 355 people had died last week from what it believed to be a neurotoxic agent, appear to indicate as much.

The U.S., Britain, and France as well as the Arab League have accused the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for carrying out the chemical weapons attack, which mainly targeted civilians. U.S. warships are stationed in the Mediterranean Sea to launch military strikes against Syria in punishment for carrying out a massive chemical weapons attack. The U.S. and others are not interested in examining any contrary evidence, with U.S Secretary of State John Kerry saying Monday that Assad’s guilt was “a judgment … already clear to the world.”

However, from numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families, a different picture emerges. Many believe that certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and were responsible for carrying out the dealing gas attack.

Chemical weapons from Saudi Arabia squares exactly with what we reported back on August 26th. In fact, we even posted a screen shot from a video that showed a back of chemicals from Saudi Arabia. It is from a video purported to be from a rebel location after it was secured by the Syrian government.

Saudi Chemicals in hands of Syrian Rebels

Read the rest of Shoebat’s report, here.

President “Says Stuff” is on the verge of exploiting “his Army” to punish (what could be) the wrong side in a civil war where there is very little American interest or support.

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Planned Attack “Big” and “Strategically Significant” – But Not Interfering With Obama’s Birthday, Thank God

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The State Department closed  its missions in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Mauritania, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen, Sunday due to a significant threat  from an al-Qaeda affiliate.

On the day that almost two dozen U.S. embassies and consulates across North Africa and the Middle East are closed following the identification of a significant threat from an al-Qaeda affiliate, a senior U.S. official is providing new details about the communications intercepted from the terrorists, telling ABC News that al-Qaeda operatives could be heard talking about an upcoming attack. The official described the terrorists as saying the planned attack is “going to be big” and “strategically significant.”

“The part that is alarming is the confidence they showed while communicating and the air of certainty,” the official said, adding that the group — Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — appeared to have a media plan for after the attack.

Authorities do not know the exact target of the planned attack, according to the official.

“We do not know whether they mean an embassy, an airbase, an aircraft, trains,” the official said.

Today on “This Week,” Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-MD — the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee — said the intercepted communications called for a “major attack.”

“We received information that high level people from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula are talking about a major attack,” Ruppersberger said. “And these are people at a high level.”

 

Not that anyone with working brain cells ever believed Obama’s boast that al Qaeda was “on the run”  -  it would seem that the opposite is true – our ambassadors are the ones “on the run.”

Obama said nothing about the threats Friday and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney didn’t hold a press briefing.

White House Dossier’s Keith Koffler writes:

Before he finishes partying this weekend, the president or, at the very least, the White House, should give the American people some information about all this.

The “openness” White House is perfectly adept at not saying what it doesn’t want to say, so I don’t think any stray words will worsen a delicate situation. But the right to know, like other rights – for instance, the right of Congress to write the laws – does not seem to be a great concern to this imperious administration, even during times of danger.

How closely, one wonders, is Obama keeping tabs on what’s going on?

He’s been partying while his National Security Advisors meet, says Koffler.

Sixteen senior officials participated in the unusual gathering, according to the White House. Among them were National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who chaired the session, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco, and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

Obama was briefed after the session by Rice and Monaco, according to the White House. The White House said Obama has “received frequent briefings over the last week” on the threat.

Obama, whose birthday is today, was already celebrating at least a day early, playing golf in the morning with 11 longtime buddies and then traveling with them to Camp David, where the party continued. The president is scheduled to return to the White House today.

The owner of a survivor food company,  MyPatriotSupply.com wrote on August 2013 that FEMA had contacted his company by email to buy up large stockpiles of food – “and they don’t want anyone to know it, and they want to take immediately delivery”, he said.

Could this be related to the terrorist threats?

Meanwhile - once again, Regime officials are leaking too many specifics about their intelligence which is putting our overseas informants in jeopardy.

On Saturday, unnamed U.S. officials told media outlets Yemeni intelligence agencies alerted Washington to the threat during the visit by the Yemeni president to Washington.

U.S. officials speaking on the condition of anonymity further told press representatives that “chatter” among “operatives” from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula had been taking place over the last several weeks, and increased over the last few days, lending further credence to the Yemeni warning.

Intelligence officials are dismayed that the administration provided so much detail on what prompted the closings, and that the disclosures could work against obtaining new information. Militants are now likely searching for the sources of the information to both the U.S. and Yemeni officials, and almost certainly will kill anyone they suspect of working with Western intelligence.

“There simply are not that many who would know about the attacks,” says one former high-ranking U.S. intelligence officer, “so it won’t be hard for al Qaeda leaders to pin-point the sources of information. Once that happens, they certainly won’t be working with us anymore.”

Finally, via Gateway Pundit, here’s a “Happy Birthday Mr. President!” video from Egypt, where citizens who aren’t members or supporters of terrorist groups, actually can’t stand our President.

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Former CIA Spook: John Brennan A “Bully Of The Highest Order”

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CIA Director and Obama loyalist John Brennan is reportedly a closet Muslim who according to a former FBI counterterrorism agent  John Guandolo, converted to Islam while serving in an official capacity on the behalf of the U.S. in Saudi Arabia. In 2011, he called for the FBI to eliminate its “offensive” curriculum/training materials which made reference to “jihad” and “radical Islam” and in the wake of the Benghazi attack, was involved in crafting the phony talking points that then-Secretary of State Susan Rice gave regarding  attack against. It was the vote on Brennan’s nomination to CIA Director  that Rand Paul filibustered back in March (over the Regime’s drone policies,)

Now, in the wake of CNN’s bombshell report revealing that the CIA is using polygraph tests and hiding witnesses to keep Benghazi secrets from leaking out, comes this report via the Blaze:

Michael Scheuer, who headed the CIA’s Osama bin Laden unit in the 1990s, said Saturday on Fox News that the new allegations are about “intimidation” and “persecution.”

“The people who risked their lives on the ground in Libya…are now being intimidated that their careers will be ruined or they will be fired if they happen to say what was going on on the ground at the time,” Scheuer said. “I’ve known John Brennan and he’s the director there and he’s a bully of the first order. He will never say anything negative or question anyone above him, but for the people below him he is a bully of epic dimensions.”

Scheuer accused Brennan of having been “involved in efforts to prevent the destruction of Al-Qaeda” and “denying us the intelligence from renditions and interrogations.” He also charged Brennan is “serving a master who has no concern for American security.”

Watch video at the Blaze.

Hat tip: Geo

Rep. Chaffetz on Extortion 17: The Families Still Need Some Basic Answers (Video)

Rep Jason Chaffetz appeared on Fox News, today to talk about the upcoming oversight subcommittee probe into the August 2011 Chinook helicopter crash that killed 22 SEAL Team Six members.

Chaffetz told Alisyn Camerota that a couple of years after the event, the families still don’t have some basic answers, and “there really are some strange things, here.”

He would like to give the Pentagon a chance to respond to the family’s concerns and hopefully provide them with some satisfying answers.

He noted that they were able to recover the bodies from the crash but not the black box, because it was supposedly washed away in a flash flood.

The bodies were cremated, but based on the autopsy  photo provided by one of the families – that was perhaps not necessary.

And the most disturbing thing he said he’s seen is the video of the local cleric “blessing” the bodies of American servicemen -  apparently calling them infidels in Arabic.

Here’s Michael Savage’s blockbuster interview with Charles Strange, the father of Michael Strange – one of the SEALS killed in the crash, discussing all that and much more.

Chaffetz was also asked about the suspects who are still at large in Benghazi. Reportedly, we know who and where they are, but no one’s made an effort to capture them – certainly not the FBI who have been AWOL. Apparently CNN was able to get an exclusive interview with the leader of Ansar al-Sharia, but after Obama repeatedly promised “he wouldn’t rest” until the terrorists were “hunted down” and “brought to justice”,  the Regime remains out of the loop.

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