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  • W.H. holds off-the-record Benghazi briefing

    05/10/2013 11:45:08 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 603 replies
    The White House held an off-the-record briefing with reporters on Friday afternoon to discuss recent revelations about the Benghazi investigation, sources familiar with the meeting tell POLITICO.
  • As the issue heats up, Hawaii contradicts policy on birth certificates

    06/07/2009 4:13:34 PM PDT · by cycle of discernment · 121 replies · 4,153+ views
    According to the Hawaii Star-Bulletin, the State of Hawaii, Department of Health no longer issues copies of paper birth certificates as was done in the past, said spokeswoman Janice Okubo. The department only issues "certifications" of live births, and that is the "official birth certificate" issued by the state of Hawaii, she said. And, it's only available in electronic form. Okubo explained that the Health Department went paperless in 2001. "At that time, all information for births from 1908 (on) was put into electronic files for consistent reporting," she said. Information about births is transferred electronically from hospitals to the...
  • White House Deflects Questions on NYC Plane Incident [“I was working on other things,” he said....]

    04/27/2009 1:41:23 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies · 1,620+ views
    White House Deflects Questions on NYC Plane Incident Susan Davis reports on the White House. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs offered little clarity on this morning’s incident in New York City in which Air Force One—escorted by a military jet—flew over Manhattan this morning for a photo op, prompting evacuations and other concerns. The president was not on board. (For more on the incident, read this Wall Street Journal story.) New York City police said the flight was authorized by the Federal Aviation Authority. The Air Force is directing media inquiries to the White House. But asked at the podium...
  • FAA says low-flying plane over Staten Island is 'pre-planned' flight to take photos

    04/27/2009 7:30:01 AM PDT · by LottieDah · 387 replies · 15,445+ views
    FAA says low-flying plane over Staten Island is 'pre-planned' flight to take photos by Staten Island Advance Monday April 27, 2009, 10:03 AM A plane, that appears to be a commercial jet tailed by fighter jets, is a "pre-planned" military flight taking photos of the Statue of Liberty, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Reports indicate it may be Air Force One. "It is pre-planned, pre-coordinated with everyone involved," said FAA spokesman Jim Peters. "It's a military flight over New York to take photos." Peters, who stressed it is not an emergency, said the flight is circling the Statue of...
  • CIA denies Cheney made demand [for memos]

    04/22/2009 9:11:32 AM PDT · by VictoryGal · 15 replies · 880+ views
    Politico ^ | 4/21/09 | JOSH GERSTEIN & MIKE ALLEN
    The Obama administration denied Tuesday that former Vice President Dick Cheney had directly asked the CIA to declassify memos that he claims would vindicate Bush-era techniques for harsh interrogation of suspected terrorists. A senior U.S. intelligence offical e-mailed: "The Agency has received no such request from the former Vice President.”
  • Amid AIG Furor, Dodd Tries to Undo Bonus Protections He Put In

    03/17/2009 8:25:23 AM PDT · by scooby321 · 44 replies · 4,328+ views
    Fox Business ^ | 3-17-09 | Rich Edson
    While the Senate constructed the $787 billion stimulus last month, Dodd unexpectedly added an executive-compensation restriction to the bill. That amendment provides an “exception for contractually obligated bonuses agreed on before Feb. 11, 2009,” which exempts the very AIG bonuses Dodd and others are seeking to tax. The amendment is in the final version and is law.
  • Reporters found Edwards' affair tough to prove

    08/08/2008 7:57:28 PM PDT · by jerod · 68 replies · 159+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 9:04 p.m. ET Aug. 8, 2008 | The Associated Press
    AP's approach: 'Better to get it right even if we couldn't get it first' WASHINGTON - Reporters don't like being beaten on a major political story, especially by a supermarket tabloid. And being beaten up over not reporting one is even less appealing. But a sexual affair can have just two people who know the truth. Without witnesses, documents, photographs or some form of irrefutable evidence pointing to the truth, news organizations will not endanger their own integrity. That made it difficult to prove — and to print — the rumors that John Edwards had cheated on his seriously ill...
  • GRASSLEY SEEKS ANSWERS TO FBI’S AMERITHRAX INVESTIGATION (Anthrax)

    08/08/2008 11:44:22 AM PDT · by Shermy · 37 replies · 1,174+ views
    Grassley's office ^ | August 7, 2008
    WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley today began asking tough questions of the Department of Justice and the FBI following the release of documents implicating Dr. Bruce Ivins as the only suspect in the Amerithrax investigation. “This has been a long investigation full of missteps and mistakes. There’s been too much secrecy up to this point and it deserves a full and thorough vetting,” Grassley said. “There are clearly a lot of unanswered questions and it’s time to start a dialogue so we can get answers.” Here is a copy of the text of Grassley’s letter. The Honorable Michael B. Mukasey...
  • Willful Blindness--real story behind FBI's inability to stop the first World Trade Center bombing.

    06/03/2008 4:34:57 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies · 225+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 6-3-08 | David Forsmark
    Willful Blindness   By David ForsmarkFrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, June 03, 2008 Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the JihadBy Andrew C. McCarthyEncounter, $25.95, 352pp.As the presidential election approaches and Democrats vow to reverse many of the Bush tactics in the Global War on Terror – and John McCain flirts with the disastrous idea of giving terrorists access to the American judicial system – it's worth revisiting the days of the "law enforcement" approach to fighting terrorists.Andrew McCarthy was the federal prosecutor who, against all odds, secured a long prison term for Omar Abdel Rahman, the "Blind Sheikh" who plotted the...
  • Muslims Grill FBI Agents on Key Issues [barf alert]

    03/18/2008 11:22:18 AM PDT · by camerakid400 · 20 replies · 525+ views
    Arab News ^ | March 18 08 | Sameen Tahir-Khan, Arab News
    COLUMBUS, 18 March 2008 — The FBI was interrogated for a change yesterday by members of the Muslim community at an event sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) at the Sunrise Academy in Columbus. Officials engaged in the discourse as part of the FBI’s so-called Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST) program, which aims to improve relations with minority groups. Scheduled speakers at the event were special agents Kevin Bennett, Steve Flowers and Eric Thomas. The No. 1 concern in the audience was related to federal wiretapping, other forms of privacy invasion and the profiling of Muslims. snip...
  • A farewell to the era of anonymous drinking

    01/10/2008 6:37:05 PM PST · by Eyes Unclouded · 87 replies · 423+ views
    The Jem Report ^ | Jan 09, 2008 | Jem Matzan
    The frustration of proving one's age to buy things like alcohol and tobacco does not end when you reach the appropriate legal age. Those of us who are fortunate enough to have a youthful appearance are forever burdened with having to carry a state-issued ID card to every place where we might want to buy alcohol or tobacco. Over the past few years, we've been gradually subjected to another, more intrusive ID-related hassle -- that of electronic drivers license scanning. It's one thing when a government representative scans your driver's license; it's another thing entirely when a restaurant does it,...
  • TSA Releases Tape After Woman Says Sippy Cup Caused Airport Raucus

    06/16/2007 12:33:12 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 88 replies · 3,128+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 16, 2007
    ARLINGTON, Virginia — The Transportation Security Administration is denying allegations that an airport screener seized a toddler's cup and mistreated his mother, taking the unusual step of posting security camera footage on its Web site. At issue is whether Monica Emmerson, a former Secret Service officer, was improperly detained June 11 after she spilled water out of her child's cup at Washington's Reagan National Airport. TSA has banned most fluids at airport security checkpoints because of concern about possible liquid explosives. A TSA report said Emmerson told an officer she was a Secret Service agent, flashed her credentials and said...
  • Fitzgerald given way out of Libby CIA leak case (MSM Spin)

    09/21/2006 2:02:22 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 58 replies · 2,081+ views
    PMSNBC ^ | 9/21/06 | Mikey_1962
    WASHINGTON - The judge in the CIA leak case ruled Thursday that if Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald feels that admitting certain classified documents at the upcoming trial of I Lewis "Scooter" Libby can jeopardize national security, Fitzgerald can then move to dismiss the perjury charges against Libby. Judge Reggie Walton cannot automatically allow classified materials to be admitted at trial. He first must go through a series of closed hearings under CIPA regulations. CIPA, the Classified Information Procedures Act, protects and restricts the discovery of classified information in a way that does not impair the defendant's right to a fair...
  • No terrorism in deadly Toronto doughnut shop explosion: police (rush to judgement?)

    04/02/2006 6:44:14 PM PDT · by GMMAC · 73 replies · 1,809+ views
    CBC News ^ | Sun, 02 Apr 2006 | Staff
    No terrorism in deadly Toronto doughnut shop explosion: police Last Updated Sun, 02 Apr 2006 21:16:42 EDT CBC News Police have ruled out terrorism as the cause of an explosion at a Tim Hortons doughnut shop in a trendy downtown area of Toronto on Sunday, killing one man. The victim was likely an arsonist or attempting suicide, Staff Sgt. Don Cole of Toronto police told reporters hours after the explosion. "He's not a strap-on al-Qaeda bomber guy," Cole said. "It sounds to me like a guy who either wanted to do a torch job or commit suicide." Police said...
  • Andrea Mitchell: I 'Misspoke' on Plame ID

    11/10/2005 6:32:51 AM PST · by Carl/NewsMax · 248 replies · 7,816+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | Nov. 10, 2003 | Carl Limbacher
    NBC's senior diplomatic correspondent Andrea Mitchell is claiming that her comments have been deliberately distorted in reports covering a 2003 interview where she said Valerie Plame's identity had been "widely known" before her name appeared in a Robert Novak column. "The fact is that I did not know did not know [Plame's identity] before the Novak column," she told radio host Don Imus on Thursday. "I said it was widely known that an envoy had gone [to Niger]," she insisted. "I said we did not know who the envoy was until the Novak column." But the actual exchange in question...
  • Police chief cleared in tape controversy

    11/01/2005 9:07:15 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 4 replies · 298+ views
    MSNBC.Com ^ | 11/1/05 | KSHB-TV
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Jackson County judge throws out contempt charges against the city's top cop. Kansas City Police Chief James Corwin was accused of editing out the last five minutes of a 2004 tasering incident that cost two officers their jobs. The video from a dashboard camera showing the arrest of 24-year-old Matthew Butt was given to the media in its entirety, but a shortened version was given to Butt's lawyer. The judge asked Corwin last week to explain why he did not submit the whole tape. Corwin says it was a lack of communication between the department...
  • Transcript of Curt Weldon Interview on the Sean Hannity Radio Show

    10/20/2005 8:45:41 PM PDT · by vadkins · 19 replies · 1,236+ views
    QT Monster's Place ^ | 10/20/05 | The Sean Hannity Show
    Rep. Curt Weldon: 2 weeks before the attack on the USS Cole and then again 2 days before the attack on the USS Cole, saw through their analysis that a major event was going to occur in Yemen. They told the Navy not to bring the Cole into Yemen harbor and it went in and was attacked. That information was also compiled and the analysis was done by Able Danger. That story has not been told. These people will testify to that story as well.
  • Data-Mining Offensive in the Works

    10/18/2005 8:43:02 AM PDT · by vadkins · 7 replies · 626+ views
    Government Computer News | 10/10/05 | Patience Wait
    A draft proposal floating behind closed doors would reconstitute and improve upon a former Army data-mining program called Able Danger. Able Providence, as the new program has been dubbed, would establish “robust open-source harvesting capabilities” to give military and law enforcement agencies the information to take the initiative in the war on terrorism—that is, to be able to plan and execute offensive measures—in addition to continued defensive actions. In addition, the program would be driven by a presumption that use of weapons of mass destruction within the United States is possible. As a result, Able Providence would need to detect,...
  • Able Danger: Curt Weldon Interviewed by Rush Limbaugh in the Limbaugh Letter

    10/17/2005 9:09:06 PM PDT · by vadkins · 8 replies · 887+ views
    The Limbaugh Letter ^ | September 2005 | Rush Limbaugh
    I did not take the story to the media first when I was told about Able Danger in June. I'd been working on datamining with the Army's LIWA (Land Information Warfare Assessment) facility for six years, since 1999...When I first found out about Able Danger three months ago, I went to the House floor after I investigated this. I went to two 9/11 commissioners, a Democrat and a Republican. And John Lehman told me I should pursue this publicly. He said, "Curt, if you don't, nobody else will." I went to the House floor and did a speech, and no...
  • Louis Freeh's Able Danger Remarks on Meet The Press

    10/17/2005 12:15:31 AM PDT · by vadkins · 16 replies · 2,564+ views
    The Intelligence Summit ^ | 10/16/05 | Tim Russert
    Louis Freeh: No I disagree with that. And you know, while we're on the subject of the 9-11 Commission, I'm very interested and I know the country is in the Able Danger report. We have now very honorable military officers telling the United States, Tim, that in 2000 not only had Mohammad Atta been identified, by photo and name, but was earmarked as an Al Qaeda operative in the United States...
  • National Security Watch: Disquieted whistle-blowers

    10/12/2005 11:07:20 AM PDT · by vadkins · 25 replies · 3,263+ views
    US News and World Report ^ | 10/11/05 | Kevin Whitelaw
    One of the biggest names of the conference never even uttered a word. Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer is the military intelligence operative who recently went public with a controversial claim that a year before September 11, his top-secret task force "Able Danger" was able to identify the man who later turned out to be the lead hijacker as being connected to al Qaeda. Shaffer is a veteran of top-secret operations against terrorists, including some in Afghanistan, and several of his DIA colleagues have come out publicly to confirm that they remember Mohamed Atta being identified in 2000 as part of...
  • If Only We Had Acted

    10/08/2005 10:40:54 PM PDT · by vadkins · 7 replies · 855+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/9/05 | F. Michael Maloof
    Rep. Curt Weldon, Pennsylvania Republican, correctly asserts the terrorist attack on America on September 11, 2001, could have been averted. The assertion was based on his efforts as early as 1999 to create a national collaborative or fusion center. It would data-mine vast amounts of information from U.S. intelligence and law enforcement to confront such asymmetrical threats as terrorism, proliferation, illegal arms trafficking, espionage, narcotics and information warfare and cyber-terrorism. It was a process that produced, among other things, the Able Danger open-source analysis that reportedly revealed hijacker Mohamed Atta as a potential terrorist before the attack. Mr. Weldon first...
  • The Able Danger Foxtrot Continues

    10/05/2005 4:18:27 PM PDT · by vadkins · 5 replies · 863+ views
    The Daily Standard ^ | 10/5/2005 | Ed Morrissey
    "It really does raise the question about where the [Armed Services] committees are on this," Zaid said. He emphatically states that the two Armed services have "done nothing, at least with respect to contacting Able Danger team members." Shouldn't these two panels at least have some curiosity about what information the DoD had about al Qaeda prior to 9/11? Everyone else seems to want answers--except those closest to the Pentagon. And Zaid wants Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer to be allowed to supply them. It's extraordinary that the Armed Services committees would continue to act as wallflowers while the Pentagon they...
  • Report due in Able Danger probe

    10/05/2005 7:19:45 AM PDT · by vadkins · 28 replies · 1,434+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/5/2005 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Senate Intelligence Committee has taken closed-door statements in an inquiry that could clear up whether the intelligence program Able Danger identified September 11 hijacker Mohamed Atta a year before the attack. A spokesman said yesterday that the committee likely will release a report or a statement in the next two weeks that makes conclusions, or at least determines the facts. Most of the attention on Able Danger has come from the Senate Judiciary Committee, which already has conducted one public hearing on the intelligence-collection program. It is now asking the Pentagon to allow personnel associated with Able Danger, such...
  • Able Danger: Zaid's Rebuttal To The AP

    10/01/2005 9:48:23 PM PDT · by vadkins · 12 replies · 983+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | 10/1/05 | Mark Zaid, Esq.
    This is my first post on this blog and I want to use this opportunity to comment on something that I find to be very important, and that is the issue of LTC Shaffer's security clearance. The AP story that was issued Friday entitled "Pentagon revokes clearance of 'Able Danger' officer" was replete with many errors and unfortunate omissions that portrayed my client, who the reporter never interviewed, in a false light. I would like to set the record straight so that everyone knows the situation. I set up the story so that a full and balanced portrait could be...
  • Inside the Ring/Atta's Photo

    10/01/2005 1:55:16 PM PDT · by vadkins · 21 replies · 1,759+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/30/2005 | Bill Gertz/Rowas Scarborough
    The purported photo of Atta was later reproduced on a chart that had the names of up to 60 suspected terrorists that Mr. Weldon says he gave to Stephen J. Hadley in 2001, when he was White House deputy national security adviser. Frederick Jones, an NSC spokesman, said that Mr. Hadley does not recall ever seeing the chart with the Atta photo, but does not rule out the possibility that he was given the photo by Mr. Weldon. The photo was purchased from the woman by Orion Scientific Systems Inc., a government contractor that was involved in an early phase...
  • Atta known to Pentagon before 9/11

    10/01/2005 1:50:48 PM PDT · by vadkins · 8 replies · 1,043+ views
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | 9/28/2005 | John Crewdson and Andrew Zajac
    Information unearthed The Washington-based FBI agent who was Shaffer's liaison has recalled, in interviews with her superiors, that Shaffer told her his group had unearthed important information on suspected Al Qaeda operatives with links to the U.S., but without mentioning Atta's name. When Shaffer, who is also a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, asked to whom at the FBI that information should be communicated, the agent gave him the name and phone number of an official at FBI headquarters, according to the senior FBI official. Shaffer explained in a telephone interview that although Able/Danger never had knowledge of Atta's...
  • Triangle Ed-Op Interviews: Congressman Curt Weldon

    09/30/2005 1:28:27 PM PDT · by vadkins · 12 replies · 684+ views
    The Triangle Online ^ | 9/30/2005 | James Mack, Jr.
    Curt Weldon: So, what I've had to do is to fight with both of them, both the 9-11 Commission and the [Bush] administration, who I think neither of whom wants this information to be put out to the American people. Now, what bothers me is that the bulk of the information in Able Danger acquired was open-source information; it wasn't classified. To deny these military officers, who are very dedicated, loyal Americans, to tell their story not only flies in the face of everything this country stands for, but it is also a personal attack against them. It also flies...
  • Disabling Able Danger

    09/28/2005 4:21:03 PM PDT · by vadkins · 8 replies · 1,016+ views
    The Washington Post Blog ^ | 9/28/2005 | William Arkin
    As I wrote yesterday, Shaffer is pretty lonely in his recollections. Of some 80 people interviewed by the Defense Department as part of its Able Danger internal investigation, the Pentagon says that three additional workers remember seeing either a chart with a photo or a reference to Mohamed Atta.
  • The Secret History of Able Danger

    09/27/2005 8:39:39 AM PDT · by vadkins · 71 replies · 3,465+ views
    The Washington Post Blog ^ | 9/27/2005 | William Arkin
    First, to debunk the myths: As best as I can determine, having spent tens of hours talking to military sources involved with the issue, intelligence analysts did not identify anyone prior to 9/11, Mohammed Atta included, as a suspect in any upcoming terrorist attack. It is not even clear that a "Mohammed Atta" was identified, let alone that it is the same Atta who died on 9/11. No military lawyers prevented intelligence sleuths from passing useful information to the FBI. Able Danger itself was not an intelligence program. As a representative of U.S. Special Operations Command said at a special...
  • WELDON RESPONDS TO OMISSION OF ABLE DANGER FROM 9/11 REPORT

    08/13/2005 4:42:28 AM PDT · by SueRae · 97 replies · 2,297+ views
    Curt Weldon ^ | 8/12/2005 | curt weldon
    WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug 12 - Today Congressman Curt Weldon (R-PA), Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, released the following response to a statement by the former 9/11 Commission regarding the ABLE DANGER operation. “ABLE DANGER was about linkages and associations of individuals identified with direct links to Al-Qaeda and not about dates and times. To clarify, ABLE DANGER was a Department of Defense planning effort, tasked to Special Operations Command (SOCOM) by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). The task assigned to ABLE DANGER was to identify and target Al-Qaeda on a...
  • Informant Who Set Himself on Fire at White House Gate Figured in at Least [3] Terror Probes in NYC

    11/17/2004 7:59:56 PM PST · by notkerry · 13 replies · 2,127+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 17, 2004 @10:30pm | Michael Weissenstein
    NEW YORK (AP) - An FBI informant who set himself on fire in front of the White House played a role in at least three terror investigations, court documents show. Defense attorneys said Wednesday they are re-examining Mohamed Alanssi's role in the cases against their clients, who are accused of helping fund Osama bin Laden, al-Qaida and the Palestinian group Hamas. "Ultimately what I'm heading for is a motion for dismissal," said Frank Hancock, the lawyer for Abad Elfgeeh, a Yemeni-born man accused of illegally sending millions of dollars overseas. A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Roslynn Mauskopf, who filed the...
  • Say What? French Tag Slams President, Company Says It Had No Idea

    04/07/2004 12:32:45 PM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 57 replies · 1,542+ views
    NBC 5 Chicago ^ | April 7, 2004 | NBC 5 Chicago
    CHICAGO -- A hidden message that appears to be slamming President George W. Bush has been discovered in a very strange place. A message inside some bags and backpacks takes a dig at an unidentified president -- but you have to know the secret language to understand it. Those who look closely at washing instructions inside Tom Bihn portable culture bags and backpacks, it reads, "We are sorry that our president is an idiot. We didn't vote for him." Why hasn't this caused more of an uproar? Because the message is written in French. Company officials claim they had no...
  • Tom Bihn brand backpack care tags include French language Bush insult

    04/07/2004 8:34:16 PM PDT · by mhking · 22 replies · 440+ views
    Ramblings' Journal | 4.7.04 | Michael King
    Backpack care tags include French language Presidential insultThe care instructios on the tags contained in Tom Bihn brand backpacks include both English and French language text, which is to be expected on products sold in many countries.What is not expected is the text "NOUS SOMMES DESOLES QUE NOTRE PRESIDENT SOIT UN IDIOT. NOUS N'AVONS PAS VOTE POUR LUI." Or in English, "We are sorry that our president is an idiot. We didn't vote for him."Tom Bihn, president of the Port Angeles, WA company which bears his name issued a statement."I am terribly sorry that this inside joke has been misconstrued...