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  • Youth Movement Promotes US Military Presence in Central Africa

    03/08/2012 7:00:29 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 58 replies · 4+ views
    The Intel Hub ^ | March 8, 2012 | Nile Bowie
    Edward Bernays believed that society could not be trusted to make rational and informed decisions on their own, and that guiding public opinion was essential within a democratic society. Bernays founded the Council on Public Relations and his 1928 book, Propaganda cites the methodology used in the application of effective emotional communication. He discovered that such communication is capable of manipulating the unconscious in an effort to produce a desired effect – namely, a capacity to manufacture mass social adherence in support of products, political candidates and social movements. Nearly a century after his heyday, Bernays’ methodology is apparent in...
  • Gregory Hicks: Benghazi and the Smearing of Chris Stevens

    01/23/2014 12:52:39 PM PST · by mojito · 26 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1/22/2014 | Gregory Hicks
    Last week the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence issued its report on the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. The report concluded that the attack, which resulted in the murder of four Americans, was "preventable." Some have been suggesting that the blame for this tragedy lies at least partly with Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in the attack. This is untrue: The blame lies entirely with Washington. The report states that retired Gen. Carter Ham, then-commander of the U.S. Africa Command (Africom) headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, twice offered to "sustain" the special forces security team in Tripoli...
  • General Carter Ham Finally To Testify About Benghazi

    06/18/2013 5:14:33 AM PDT · by joygrace · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 17, 2013 | Kerry Picket
    General Carter Ham is scheduled to testify to the House Armed Services Committee on June 26 at a classified briefing about his knowledge of events that took place when the attack on the U.S. Consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya happened last September, reports Fox News' Greta Van Susteren: Below is from my FNC colleague Justin Fishel: Subject: Fox First: General Carter Ham to testify on Benghazi for first time next week Fox News has learned that the House Armed Services Committee will hold a classified briefing next Weds June 26 at 9:00 on Benghazi. Briefers will include: Gen....
  • Key military commander to testify on Benghazi — the day before his retirement

    07/29/2013 10:41:41 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7-29-2013 | Jeremy Herb
    Key military commander to testify on Benghazi — the day before his retirement By Jeremy Herb - 07/29/13 12:13 PM ET Congress will hear eagerly awaited testimony Wednesday on the Benghazi, Libya, terrorist attack from a special operations task force commander who is set to retire the next day. Col. George Bristol, the former commander of a task force that operated in Northern and Western Africa, will appear at a classified, members-only briefing with a House Armed Services subcommittee, congressional and Defense sources told The Hill. Republicans have been pressing the military to allow Bristol to testify. They argue he...
  • Exclusive: New Emails on Secret Benghazi Weapons

    09/13/2015 12:06:35 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2015 September 11 | Catherine Herridge, Pamela Browne
    On the third anniversary of the Benghazi terrorist attack, emails reviewed by Fox News raise significant questions about US government support for the secret shipment of weapons to the Libyan opposition.During the Spring of 2011, as the Obama administration ramped up efforts to topple the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, a licensed American arms dealer, Marc Turi, his business partner formerly with the CIA, senior US military officials in Europe and Africa as well as a former staffer for republican Senator John McCain considered logistics for arming the rebels, according to the emails exclusively obtained by Fox Business and Fox News....
  • Hillary Clinton's Communications Problem May Go Beyond email

    08/19/2015 5:55:19 PM PDT · by lbryce · 37 replies
    CBS ^ | August 18, 2o15 | Staff
    Hillary Clinton continues to be dogged by questions about her use of a private e-mail account while she was secretary of state. CBS News identified two e-mails on her server Wednesday which the intelligence community says contained classified information. The messages were uncovered during an investigation of the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others. Play VIDEO Hillary Clinton defends private email server The first email, from April 2011, was forwarded to Clinton by aide Huma Abedin. It cited intelligence reports from the U.S. Africa Command on Libyan troop strength and movements. The...
  • Hillary Clinton State Dpt refused to brand Al Qaeda group that kidnapped 300 girls in Nigeria

    05/08/2014 8:29:56 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/8/2014 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    Full Title: Revealed: Hillary Clinton's State Department refused over and over to brand Al Qaeda group that kidnapped 300 girls in Nigeria as 'terrorists' Under then-Secretary Hillary Clinton, the U.S. State Department repeatedly refused to add the Nigerian al-Qaeda affiliate group Boko Haram – the organization responsible for the recent kidnapping of more than 300 young girls – to its official list of terrorist organizations. In November 2013, current Secretary John Kerry did what Clinton wouldn't. Boko Haram is the group that has claimed responsibility for kidnapping hundreds of girls in Nigeria, promising to sell them into slavery. The Daily...
  • The Obama Pentagon’s Benghazi Papers

    02/28/2015 11:40:06 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 02/28/2015 | Tom Fitton
    The D.C. Establishment hopes if you drag out disclosure about a scandal long enough, it loses a bit of its “wow factor” along the way. That would seem to be the view of the Obama administration regarding many of its wanton acts of mismanagement.
  • JW Forces Obama Admin to Release Pentagon Benghazi Attack Documents

    02/22/2015 5:48:26 AM PST · by blueyon · 18 replies
    RightSideNews ^ | 2/21/15 | Tom Fitton
    U.S. Africa Command records – heavily blacked out – show military gathered forces to support “anti-terrorist” actions in Benghazi day after attack Obama was AWOL Stevens Died Obama Lied(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that the Obama administration finally turned over hundreds of pages of documents about the military response to the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound and other facilities in Benghazi. The documents, which are heavily blacked out (redacted), confirm that the U.S. Military, through its U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) drafted orders for a military response to the attack, specifically “to protect...
  • Political payback behind US special forces deployment to Uganda?

    10/15/2011 7:10:47 AM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Why is the U.S. sending its troops to finish off a fractured band of bush fighters in the middle of Africa? Political payback for the quiet sacrifices of Uganda's troops in Somalia could be one reason, experts say. President Barack Obama announced Friday he is dispatching about 100 U.S. troops — mostly special operations forces — to central Africa to advise in the fight against the Lord's Resistance Army. The LRA is a guerrilla group accused of widespread atrocities across several countries. The first U.S. troops arrived Wednesday. Long considered one of Africa's most brutal rebel groups, the Lord's Resistance...
  • U.S. Troops Fighting Ebola in Africa Will Be Safe: Pentagon

    10/07/2014 9:50:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 90 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 7, 2014 | by Erik Ortiz
    Only a small number of highly trained U.S. troops among the thousands bound for West Africa will have direct contact with potential Ebola patients, military leaders said Tuesday. Those soldiers will be posted at testing labs to help identify people showing Ebola-like symptoms. They “meet the highest level of standards” and are already trained to deal with major crises, including nuclear disasters, said U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez, the commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). Rodriguez also pledged during a Pentagon news conference that the 4,000 service members deployed to the ravaged region will be kept safe — and won’t...
  • Senate Report -- CIA: 'Libya: Al-Qaida Establishing Sanctuary'

    01/22/2014 10:43:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 22, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a brief self-congratulatory trip to Tripoli, Libya, in October 2011 -- with U.S. military assets lurking offshore in case they needed to rescue her -- she joked, in the presence of then-Ambassador Gene Cretz and Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman, that they had not-so-long-ago been worried that the ambassador might end up the target of a murderous Libyan assault. "As Gene and Assistant Secretary Feltman and I were walking through here, they were talking about how the last time Jeff was here was when we were very worried that Gadhafi and [Libyan...
  • Bombshell: Pentagon 'Didn't Know' Benghazi Annex Existed

    01/21/2014 6:12:58 PM PST · by opentalk · 87 replies
    WND ^ | January 20, 2014 | Aaron Klein
    Raises major questions about what U.S. was doing in secretive facility. The extensive Senate report on the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack dropped a major, unreported bombshell: The commander of U.S. forces in Africa was not aware of the existence of the besieged CIA annex. The staggering detail raises the question of what was transpiring at the fated annex and nearby U.S. special mission and why key members of the Defense Department, including those responsible for responding to emergency situations, were not aware of it. Questions now must be also raised as to why, on the night of attack, command...
  • Trapped Americans Flown Out of Violence-Torn City in South Sudan

    12/22/2013 2:09:57 PM PST · by kristinn · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sunday, December 22, 2013 | Luis Martinez
    American relief workers trapped in Bor, South Sudan, were evacuated Sunday aboard United Nations helicopters that took them to the capital city of Juba. Three U.S. military aircraft sent to evacuate the Americans from Bor on Saturday came under small arms fire from undetermined forces forcing the mission to be aborted. Four U.S. military service members aboard were injured by the fire. “This morning, the United States — in coordination with the United Nations and in consultation with the South Sudanese government — safely evacuated American citizens from Bor, South Sudan, ” said State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki in a...
  • U.S. military faces Africa cuts, sees Somalia, Mali successes

    11/16/2013 7:38:23 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 3 replies
    Reuters Africa ^ | Thu Nov 14, 2013 4:23pm EST | Peter Apps
    (Reuters) - U.S. military forces in Africa may lose well over a tenth - or some $40 million - from their 2014 budget, the U.S. Africa Command said on Thursday, although it saw success against militants in Somalia and Mali. The bulk of such cuts will fall on headquarters and training programs, AFRICOM commander General David Rodriguez said, most likely forcing smaller exercises. The size of AFRICOM headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, is to be reduced by some 20 percent. The planned cuts are part of broader across-the-board U.S. spending restrictions dubbed "sequestration" and imposed after Congress failed to agree deficit...
  • Militarized Djibouti

    10/06/2013 10:42:58 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 14 replies
    Dissident Voice ^ | October 5th, 2013 | Andre Vltchek
    Imagine a small country, the size of Massachusetts, with no arable land, irrigation, or permanent crops, nor any forests. The rocky desert is everywhere, falling all the way to the sea. To ‘cheer one up’, there is the lowest point on land, in Africa (and the third lowest on earth); an eerie crater lake called ‘Lac Assal’ (−155 m). And there are countless rock formations, bare, hostile, and frightening. This tiny country has one of the most strategic locations on earth, at least from the West’s geopolitical interest’s point of view. It lies between Somalia, Ethiopia and what is often...
  • Djibouti Government Forces US Drones To Leave Airport After Tense Summer For American Troops ...

    10/04/2013 7:00:25 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 13 replies
    International Business Times ^ | September 26 2013 7:50 AM | Jacey Fortin
    Safety concerns have shuttered one of the United States' most important -- and most secretive -- bases for drone operations, forcing the American military to move its fleet of unmanned craft away from the international airport in the tiny desert country of Djibouti. Djibouti, whose capital city goes by the same name, is an arid country of just 8,880 square miles (23,000 square kilometers) tucked between Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia. Its port lies at the nexus of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, along one of the world's busiest shipping routes. And, since 2002, the U.S. military has...
  • Report: US special forces on alert to strike al Qaeda targets

    08/05/2013 5:35:14 PM PDT · by Gorilla44 · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 5, 2013 | Carlo Munoz
    The Pentagon has placed its elite cadre of special operations teams on full alert to launch preemptive attacks against suspected al Qaeda targets across the globe, according to reports. The American special forces teams have spent the past week waiting for U.S. military and intelligence officials to confirm the whereabouts of the terror cell plotting to attack U.S. diplomatic outposts in the Mideast and North Africa. Unnamed sources told CNN on Monday that the teams were poised to carry out the preemptive strikes, but declined to comment on where the U.S. forces were located or which potential targets the Pentagon...
  • Obama hiring contractor for African bomb

    07/14/2013 6:42:58 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 10 replies
    WND ^ | July 14, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    The Obama administration continues to ramp up its military-response capabilities in Africa, where it is now looking for contractor support to transport U.S. Africa Command troops, weaponry and explosives. The U.S. Transportation Command on behalf of AFRICOM is soliciting help from private aircraft providers who can move U.S. troops and supplies in the Central African nations of Uganda, Central Africa Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. The development comes at a time when the Department of Defense simultaneously is strengthening its ability – also with contractor assistance – to retrieve soldiers trapped and injured in hot spots...
  • Obama Inc. Blocking Access to AFRICOM Colonel with Benghazi Info

    07/05/2013 5:42:16 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 33 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 7-5-2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    July 5, 2013 Obama Inc. Blocking Access to AFRICOM Colonel with Benghazi Info Daniel Greenfield A suspicious mind would suspect that Obama Inc. has something to hide about Benghazi and doesn’t want to risk having the same kind of testimony from the military end that we saw from top diplomatic personnel who turned whistleblowers.Fortunately I’m not the suspicious type at all. I’m sure this is all just some sort of misunderstanding involving the DOD being unable to find one of its own key people. Marine Corps Col. George Bristol was in a key position in the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM)...