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  • Joe Biden Reportedly Involved in Controversial Early Stages of 2016 Russia Probe

    05/24/2019 1:10:26 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 May 20193,857 | Aaron Klein
    NEW YORK — Former Vice President Joe Biden was reportedly one of the few Obama administration officials who participated in secretive meetings during the early stages of the Obama-era intelligence community’s initial operations regarding suspected Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. The number of Obama administration officials who were allowed access to the Russia intelligence was also highly limited, The Post reported. At first only four senior officials were involved, and not Biden. Those officials were CIA Directir John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and then-FBI Director James Comey. Their aides were all...
  • Spygate: Obama Admin Cut Situation Room’s Video Feed During Meetings on Russia Investigation

    05/21/2019 5:15:24 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 May 2019 | Aaron Klein
    Barr stated: "The thing that’s interesting about this is that this was handled at a very senior level of these departments. It wasn’t handled in the ordinary way that investigations or counterintelligence activities are conducted. It was sort of an ad hoc, small group — and most of these people are no longer with the FBI or the CIA or the other agencies involved." They worked exclusively for two groups of “customers,” officials said. The first was Obama and fewer than 14 senior officials in government. The second was a team of operations specialists at the CIA, NSA and FBI...
  • Pentagon and intelligence community chiefs have urged Obama to remove the head of the NSA

    11/19/2016 11:03:04 AM PST · by ColdOne · 20 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11/19/16 | Ellen Nakashima
    The heads of the Pentagon and the nation’s intelligence community have recommended to President Obama that the director of the National Security Agency, Adm. Michael S. Rogers, be removed. The recommendation, delivered to the White House last month, was made by Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., according to several U.S. officials familiar with the matter. Action has been delayed, some administration officials said, because relieving Rogers of his duties is tied to another controversial recommendation: to create separate chains of command at the NSA and the
  • Military Wants to Bust Through Recruiter 'Roadblocks' Thrown Up by Some Schools

    11/01/2016 5:30:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    PJ Media ^ | November 1, 2016 | Bridget Johnson
    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the Pentagon is going to be assessing which schools are making life difficult for military recruiters with a plan to "educate" institutions about the law and ease access. In describing the "Force of the Future" initiatives on a visit to City College of New York’s Manhattan campus today, Carter included the effort in "some important new things to help each of the services improve their recruiting efforts to increase our access geographically, demographically and generationally." "For example, I've heard from some of our recruiters that some high schools aren't giving them the access they feel...
  • GOPs: 'Halt All Releases' from Gitmo After More Ex-Detainee Trouble

    07/14/2016 3:30:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 14, 2016 | Bridget Johnson
    WASHINGTON -- GOP lawmakers are asking for a freeze on transfers from Guantanamo Bay and more information about past transfers after one detainee released to Uruguay went missing and another was named a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the State Department. As Congress blocks President Obama's efforts to close the prison facility, the White House is trying to quickly deplete Gitmo's population. The transfer of two detainees to Serbia was announced Monday, bringing the population down to 76. There were 242 terror suspects at Guantanamo when Obama took office. On Wednesday, the State Department issued the designations of Aslan Avgazarovich...
  • Pentagon preparing to announce repeal of transgender troop ban

    06/24/2016 2:34:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 24, 2016 | Kristina Wong
    Greg Nash The Pentagon is planning to announce the repeal of its ban on transgender service members on July 1, the Friday before the Fourth of July weekend, according to defense officials. Top defense officials are planning to meet as early as Monday to finalize details of the plan on how to allow transgender troops to serve openly, according to a report by USA Today. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work could sign off on the plan by Wednesday, an official told the paper. Final approval would come from Defense Secretary Ash Carter. The plan will direct each branch of...
  • Obama Administration Needs to Abandon its Petraeus Obsession

    01/28/2016 5:25:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In politically driven moods, the ancient Romans often wiped from history all mention of a prior hero or celebrity. They called such erasures damnatio memoriae. The Soviet Union likewise airbrushed away, or "Trotskyized," all the images of any past kingpin who became politically incorrect. The Obama administration seems obsessed with doing the same to retired Gen. David Petraeus. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is now thinking of retroactively taking away one or two of Petraeus' four stars. The potential demotion in rank, opposed by the Army, is intended as further punishment for the misdemeanor to which he pleaded guilty last...
  • Petraeus Prosecuted - Why Not Hillary?

    01/23/2016 9:03:19 AM PST · by raptor22 · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 23, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    In was an interesting coincidence that as the Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough III was writing to the heads of the House and Senate Intelligence committees, among others, that Hillary Clinton had above-top-secret SAP (Special Access Programs) information on her private email server, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, the Daily Beast reports, is preparing to demote Gen. David Petraeus, former CENTCOM commander and CIA chief for mishandling similar SAP information while in uniform.
  • BREAKING: Defense Secretary Slips Up, Reveals Obama Admin LED IRAN Straight to Our Sailors

    01/14/2016 11:21:42 AM PST · by blueyon · 180 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | 1/14/16 | By: Wilmot Proviso
    BREAKING: Defense Secretary Slips Up, Reveals Obama Admin LED IRAN Straight to Our Sailors First came the fact that President Barack Obama refused to address the arrest of 10 of our sailors by the Iranian military after their boats had mechanical trouble at sea. Then came news that the Obama administration had offered the Iranians an apology for the release of the sailors. Now comes the disturbing revelation, apparently delivered by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, that the Obama administration tipped off the Iranians that our soldiers were lost at sea and requested their aid. The news came from Rep. Louie...
  • GOP: Plan to close Guantánamo 'illegal'

    01/15/2016 2:12:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 15, 2016 | Jordain Carney
    Congressional Republicans are sending an early warning to the Defense Department that its plan to close Guantánamo Bay would break the law. "No matter how hard the President wishes it wasn't the case, transferring dozens of dangerous terrorists to any domestic location is illegal," Republican Sens. Cory Gardner (Colo.), Pat Roberts (Kan.) and Tim Scott (S.C.) said Friday. "Moving the detainees to South Carolina, Kansas or Colorado will not lead to even the smallest change in the beliefs or propaganda of radical Islamic terrorists." They added that the President Obama's push to create a "Gitmo North" location within the United...
  • Pentagon's women-in-combat push faces chilly headwinds

    12/30/2015 9:52:39 AM PST · by jazusamo · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 30, 2015 | Rebecca Kheel
    The Pentagon faces major challenges ahead in 2016 as it works to make good on a pledge to open all U.S. military combat jobs to women. The toughest part of the integration, which President Obama and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter have made a priority in their final year in office, will be overcoming deep-seated opposition among many male special forces commandos. "They feel what makes them special is being all male, and somehow integrating women is going to make them less special and less adept," said Megan MacKenzie, author of "Beyond the Band of Brothers: the US Military and the...
  • Secretary Of Defense Carter Smacks Down The Littoral Combat Ship Program

    12/18/2015 9:36:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 17 December 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    In an unusually scathing memo to Secretary of the Navy Ray Maybus, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has demanded severe changes to the troubled Littoral Combat Ship program. It includes instructions to cut the number of Littoral Combat Ships to be built, and as well as focusing on building one variant, from one shipyard and general contractor. arter has specifically directed Maybus to cut the number of hulls for the LCS program from 52 to 40, and to select a single LCS design-shipbuilder team, instead of the current plan for two completely separate designs and shipbuilders, according to the letter...
  • Our Timid Military Leaders

    12/16/2015 6:19:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    This month, President Barack Obama's defense secretary, Ashton Carter, decreed that there will be 220,000 combat military jobs offered to women -- including in Army special operations forces and the Navy SEALs. He said, "They'll be allowed to drive tanks, fire mortars and lead infantry soldiers into combat ... and everything else that was previously open only to men." Technological changes since the time of the M60 Patton, embodied in the M1 Abrams tank, mean that a woman can probably drive a tank. But what if track pads or a tank track has to be repaired in the field and...
  • Pentagon removes senior adviser over alleged misconduct

    11/12/2015 3:43:33 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 12 | Kristina Wong
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter is removing a senior military assistant, Army Lt. Gen. Ron Lewis, from his position after learning about allegations of misconduct, Carter announced Thursday. "I directed that this matter be referred to the inspector general of the Department of Defense for investigation," he said in a statement. A senior defense official would not discuss the nature of the alleged misconduct but said Carter was "very surprised" to learn of the allegations.
  • Pentagon chief Ashton Carter just fired his top military aide over ‘misconduct’

    11/13/2015 12:16:39 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 48 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | November 12, 2015 | Missy Ryan and Craig Whitlock
    Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has fired his top military aide for allegations of “misconduct,” a highly unusual move prior to a formal investigation into possible misbehavior by the Army general. In a statement, Carter said that he had removed Lt. Gen. Ron Lewis from his position as senior military assistant. As his top military aide, Lewis was a right-hand advisor to Carter, providing him analysis on military issues, joining him at high-level meetings, and traveling with him on overseas missions. Carter said the Pentagon’s Inspector General would investigate the allegations against Lewis and, if necessary, the Army would take...
  • Poll: More Than 60 Percent Oppose Obama's Handling Of ISIS Situation

    11/08/2015 7:03:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 8, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    The United States is now back in Iraq; we're sending a scant number of Special Forces into Syria; and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said last month that U.S. troops would see "more direct action on the ground" in both arenas. Russia seems to be taking point in wiping out ISIS (and possibly non-ISIS) targets, and our $500 million program to train Syrian rebels was scrapped due to its abject failure. Overall, none of what the U.S. has done has curbed the Islamic State's influence or expansion, which is probably why 60 percent of the country disapproves of how the...
  • US naval chief asserts navigation rights in contested South China Sea

    10/15/2015 11:47:35 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 15, 2015 | By Robert Marquand
    A newly contentious phase appears to be under way in the South China Sea, where China has made expansive territorial claims, after the head of US naval operations said today in Tokyo that US vessels are free to travel “wherever international law allows." Echoing earlier remarks by US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, John Richardson, the US chief of naval operations, stated that, "It should not come as a surprise to anybody that we will exercise freedom of navigation wherever international law allows.” He added that "I don't see how this can be interpreted as provocative." A Chinese spokesman responded by...
  • DOD Sec. Says Gitmo Terrorists Need Indefinite Lockup as Obama Tries Closing Prison

    09/04/2015 11:39:56 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 4, 2015
    While President Obama works to deliver on his longtime promise to close the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba his Defense Secretary offers a jolt of reality; around half of the detainees—the world’s most dangerous terrorists—need to be locked up “indefinitely.” So what are the commander-in-chief’s plans for the radical Islamic jihadists currently incarcerated in the top-security compound at the U.S. Naval base in southeast Cuba? The all-star terrorist roster includes 9/11 masterminds Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi as well as Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the Al-Qaeda terrorist charged...
  • APNewsBreak: Pentagon readying plan to lift transgender ban

    07/13/2015 12:12:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 69 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 13, 2015 | Lolita C. Baldor AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon leaders are finalizing plans aimed at lifting the ban on transgender individuals in the military, with the goal of formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service, senior U.S. officials told The Associated Press. An announcement is expected this week, and the services would have six months to assess the impact of the change and work out the details, the officials said Monday. Military chiefs wanted time to methodically work through the legal, medical and administrative issues and develop training to ease any transition, and senior leaders believed six months would...
  • Momentum grows to scrap Pentagon's ban on transgender troops

    06/27/2015 11:11:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 27, 2015 | Martin Matishak
    There is renewed energy on Capitol Hill to lift the Defense Department's ban on transgender troops. Lawmakers view recent steps by the Pentagon and some of the armed services to expand protections for gay and lesbian troops as an opportunity to do away with the decades-old prohibition on allowing transgender troops to serve openly. They are also taking note of other societal changes in calling for the ban on service by transgender trips to be lifted. “In politics, I think it’s always appropriate to take advantage of timing. Whether it’s taking down the Confederate flag or creating equality in the...