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  • Military Upset with White House 'Micromanagement' of ISIS War

    10/31/2014 6:47:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 31, 2014 | Josh Rogin and Eli Lake
    Top military leaders in the Pentagon and in the field are growing increasingly frustrated by the tight constraints the White House has placed on the plans to fight ISIS and train a new Syrian rebel army. As the American-led battle against ISIS stretches into its fourth month, the generals and Pentagon officials leading the air campaign and preparing to train Syrian rebels are working under strict White House orders to keep the war contained within policy limits. The National Security Council has given precise instructions on which rebels can be engaged, who can be trained, and what exactly those fighters...
  • Iraq Asked U.S. for Strikes, Officials Say

    06/11/2014 5:13:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 130 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 11, 2014 | By MICHAEL R. GORDON and ERIC SCHMITT
    As the threat from Sunni militants in western Iraq escalated last month, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki secretly asked the Obama administration to consider carrying out airstrikes against extremist staging areas, according to Iraqi and American officials. But Iraq’s appeals for military assistance have so far been rebuffed by the White House, which has been reluctant to open a new chapter in a conflict that President Obama has insisted was closed when the United States withdrew the last of its forces from Iraq in 2011. A spokeswoman for the National Security Council, Bernadette Meehan, declined to comment on Mr. Maliki’s...
  • Meanwhile, Obama Promotes Death-To-U.S.-Troops Cleric

    06/04/2014 4:16:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Investors.com ^ | June 4, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Quislings: At the same time our president springs dangerous terrorists from prison, he has quietly promoted an Islamic cleric who has issued fatwas calling for the death of U.S. troops with "child bombs." The State Department last week had to apologize for singing the praises of the creep — Sheik Abdallah Bin Bayyah — in a Tweeted message promoting his Muslim Brotherhood organization. But officials there are only sorry they got caught. The same bunch last year issued a visa for the radical cleric so he could visit, of all places, the White House. That's right, the administration knew full...
  • Meet Obama's Kissingers

    06/06/2014 8:35:31 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 6, 2014 | Kimberley Strassel
    If the Bergdahl uproar feels creepily reminiscent of the Benghazi uproar, or the Syrian "red line" uproar, or the choose-your-own- Obama -foreign-adventure uproar, it's because they all have a common denominator. This is what happens when political hacks formally take over foreign policy. It's the "formal" point that bears some meditation. Barack Obama isn't the first president to make foreign-policy decisions on the basis of domestic political calculations. He does, however, win the distinction of being the first president to utterly disregard—to treat with contempt—the institutions and procedures that were designed to help the commander in chief insulate the serious...
  • White House Overrode Internal Objections To Taliban Prisoner Release

    06/03/2014 3:29:26 PM PDT · by mojito · 29 replies
    Time ^ | 6/3/2014 | Massimo Calabresi
    To pull off the prisoner swap of five Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the White House overrode an existing interagency process charged with debating the transfer of Guantanamo Bay prisoners and dismissed long-standing Pentagon and intelligence community concerns based on Top Secret intelligence about the dangers of releasing the five men, sources familiar with the debate tell TIME. National Security Council officials at the White House decline to describe the work of the ad hoc process they established to trade the prisoners, or to detail the measures they have taken to limit the threat the Taliban officials may pose....
  • Tommy Vietor’s journey with Obama: From van driver to National Security Council spokesman

    05/03/2014 4:38:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Yahoo! News' Power Players ^ | March 6, 2013 | Jonathan Karl, Richard Coolidge, and Jordyn Phelps
    Tommy Vietor started working for Barack Obama when he was still Senator Obama--well before he became a presidential candidate--and until Friday, the 32-year-old Vietor hadn't stopped. His first job for Obama was as the driver of a press van, and he rose up the ranks through the 2008 campaign, and then the White House press office, to become the National Security Council spokesman. Now leaving the White House to open a political communications firm with the president's departing speechwriter Jon Favreau, Vietor says it's been the privilege of a lifetime to work for the president. "It's been kind of a...
  • America’s National Security Team

    05/02/2014 3:42:01 PM PDT · by mojito · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 5/2/2014 | Richard Fernandez
    For some reason Tommy Vietor’s interview with Brett Baier on what happened the night of the attack on Benghazi has aroused strong reactions....It’s not an overstatement to say that skeptics have been creeped out by the manner of these White House responses in a way that goes beyond their factual implausibility. It’s like they are putting you on and not even bothering to conceal it. Is that what’s so disturbing about it? [....] The trademark of the Obama years has been the strange reticence to disclose information that we would not normally regard as sensitive or even private. Information on...
  • White House official fired for caustic tweets. What was he thinking?

    10/23/2013 11:01:34 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 19 replies
    The White House has fired National Security Council official Jofi Joseph for running an anonymous Twitter account that harshly criticized Obama administration policies and members, sometimes in scathingly personal terms. Mr. Joseph was nonproliferation director at the NSC, and was involved in preparing for nuclear negotiations with Iran. He was also poised to move to a top Pentagon job before his abrupt dismissal
  • Daily Beast Exclusive: White House Official Fired for Tweeting Under Fake Name

    10/22/2013 6:00:46 PM PDT · by kristinn · 18 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Tuesday, October 22, 2013 | Josh Rogin
    A White House national security official was fired last week after being caught as the mystery Tweeter who has been tormenting the foreign policy community with insulting comments and revealing internal Obama administration information for over two years. Jofi Joseph, a director in the non-proliferation section of the National Security Staff at the White House, has been surreptitiously tweeting under the moniker @natsecwonk, a Twitter feed famous inside Washington policy circles since it began in February, 2011 until it was shut down last week. Two administration officials confirmed that the mystery tweeter was Joseph, who has also worked at the...
  • Obama’s Benghazi Propagandist

    05/08/2013 5:35:25 AM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 8, 2013 | Matthew Vadum
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Obama’s Benghazi PropagandistPosted By Matthew Vadum On May 8, 2013 @ 12:56 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments A young White House speechwriter may be responsible for concocting the official lies about last September’s deadly terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.The Obama administration’s rapidly unravelling narrative about what happened at the U.S. consulate in Libya’s second-largest city may have been cooked up by creative writer Ben Rhodes, the president’s 30-something Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting.The origin of the administration’s desperate election-season fabrications may come up today as a congressional committee...
  • Benghazi Smoking Gun Exposed--Obama lied, people died.

    05/06/2013 5:24:05 AM PDT · by SJackson · 59 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 6, 2013 | Arnold Ahlert
    New evidence reveals the Obama administration’s version of the events that took place in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 was based on a tissue of lies. The Weekly Standard’s Steven Hayes has obtained a timeline and a series of emails revealing the self-serving efforts made by administration officials, who heavily edited CIA talking points about the attack that cost four Americans, including ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, their lives. Also revealed is who made the changes and why they made them. The revelations are part of a report published by the five Republican Committee chairmen that has been largely dismissed...
  • DEVASTATING!… CBS Publishes Benghazi Investigation – Pummels Administration

    05/05/2013 5:24:41 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 291 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 5-5-2013 | Jim Hoft
    CBS released information on the Benghazi 9-11 massacre today that could potentially bring down the Obama Administration. Buried in their report (down in paragraph eight) CBS reported, “Throughout the night, sources say Americans on the ground in Libya at times felt helpless and abandoned… But they were told immediate help wasn’t available.” But, counterterrorism sources and internal emails reviewed by CBS News express frustration that key responders were ready to deploy, but were not called upon to help. CBS reported: Throughout the night, sources say Americans on the ground in Libya at times felt helpless and abandoned. “We relied on...
  • Bombing the Syrian Reactor: The Untold Story

    02/23/2013 8:09:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 60 replies
    Commentary ^ | February 2013 | Elliott Abrams
    As the civil war in Syria enters its third year, there is much discussion of the regimeÂ’s chemical weapons and whether SyriaÂ’s Bashar al-Assad will unleash them against Syrian rebels, or whether a power vacuum after AssadÂ’s fall might make those horrific tools available to the highest bidder. The conversation centers on SyriaÂ’s chemical weaponry, not on something vastly more serious: its nuclear weaponry. It well might have. This is the inside story of why it does not. Relations between the United States and Israel had grown rocky after IsraelÂ’s incursion into Lebanon in 2006, for Secretary of State Condoleezza...
  • What Is Samantha Power Thinking? The charismatic Obama adviser believes that stopping “genocide”...

    03/31/2011 1:26:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 53 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | March 29, 2011 | Matthew Shaffer
    What Is Samantha Power Thinking?The charismatic Obama adviser believes that stopping "genocide" is the United States' top foreign-policy priority. On March 18, President Obama explained his decision to mobilize the United States military for international intervention in Libya. “Left unchecked,” he said, “we have every reason to believe that Qaddafi would commit atrocities against his people. Many thousands could die. A humanitarian crisis would ensue. The entire region could be destabilized, endangering many of our allies and partners.” (As if it hasn’t been already?) That last sentence was a Realpolitik, national-interest justification for the U.S. intervention. But it rang hollow....
  • Samantha Power’s Power

    04/05/2011 8:25:47 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | April 5, 2011 | Stanley Kurtz
    A member of the president’s National Security Council who shares Noam Chomsky’s foreign-policy goals? An influential presidential adviser whom 1960s revolutionary Tom Hayden treats as a fellow radical? ... Samantha Power, senior director of multilateral affairs for the National Security Council and perhaps the principal architect of our current intervention in Libya, is all of these things. These scary-sounding tidbits might be dismissed as isolated “gotchas.” Unfortunately, when we view these radical outcroppings in the full sweep of her life’s work, Samantha Power emerges as a patriot’s nightmare — a woman determined to subordinate America’s national sovereignty to an international...
  • Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates: Israel an ungrateful ally

    09/06/2011 7:53:06 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 86 replies
    Christians United for Israel ^ | September 6, 2011
    Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates blasted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying that his policies were ungrateful towards the US and were isolating Israel on a global level. Gates’ harsh words were said during a meeting of the National Security Council Principals Committee, Bloomberg’s Jeffrey Goldber reported Tuesday. Gates believes Netanyahu’s government has offered the Obama administration “nothing in return” for its generous security aid, which includes access to top-quality weapons, assistance in developing missile-defense systems and high-level intelligence sharing. The former defense secretary said that not only is Netanyahu ungrateful, but his polices were “endangering his country by...
  • The Naysayer

    11/21/2005 2:15:32 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 6 replies · 393+ views
    WeeklyStandard.com ^ | November 21, 2005 | Thomas Joscelyn
    N THE AFTERMATH of September 11, more than several former national security and intelligence officials fashioned new careers as critics of the Bush administration's war on terror. Among the more prominent of these former officials is Daniel Benjamin, who worked for the National Security Council from 1994 to 1999. Benjamin's criticism flows from his belief that prior to the war in Iraq, as he wrote in Time magazine earlier this year, "there was no pre-existing relationship between Baghdad and al-Qaeda." Still worse, the invasion of Iraq has made us "less safe" and "above all, the invasion and occupation of Iraq--have...
  • The Smoking Gun of the Benghazi Cover-up

    11/02/2012 12:18:14 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 40 replies
    Townhall ^ | November 2, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    November 2, 2012 The Smoking Gun of the Benghazi Cover-up By Pat Buchanan 11/2/2012   On June 6 of this year, a bomb planted at the U.S. compound in Benghazi ripped a 12-foot-wide hole in the outer wall. On June 11, the British ambassador's motorcade was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, wounding a medic and doctor. The next day, the ambassador was gone and the British Benghazi post was closed. At the same time, the Red Cross, after a second attack, shut down and fled the city. "When that occurred," says Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, who headed the military...
  • (FNC) Exclusive: Cable warning of Benghazi consulate vulnerability would have gone to White House,

    11/05/2012 7:02:16 AM PST · by maggief · 14 replies
    FOX News ^ | November 5, 2012 | Catherine Herridge
    Current and former intelligence officials tell Fox News that a classified State Department cable sent Aug. 16 -- and which said the Benghazi consulate could not defend against a "coordinated attack" -- would certainly have gone to the White House National Security Council staff. "The National Security Council sees everything," a former senior intelligence official told Fox News. "The staff are sitting on top of all the cable traffic which means the national security advisor (Tom Donilon) and deputy national security advisor (Denis McDonough) have some explaining to do. If Libya was of interest to this administration, the national security...
  • Benghazi: Obama Emerges from the Fog of War

    10/31/2012 12:30:10 AM PDT · by Son House · 14 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 29, 2012 | Bing West
    Our ambassador to Libya was killed in our own consulate in Benghazi on the night of September 11. For the next six weeks, President Obama repeated the same talking point: The morning after the attack, he ordered increased security in our embassies in the region. Suddenly, on the campaign trail in Denver on October 26, he changed his story. “The minute I found out what was happening . . . I gave the directive,” he said, “to make sure we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to do. I guarantee you everybody in the CIA and military...
  • White House, Obama Campaign, Won’t Answer When President Met with NSC After Benghazi

    10/15/2012 1:29:06 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 42 replies
    White House, Obama Campaign, Won’t Answer When President Met with NSC After Benghazi By Fred Lucas October 15, 2012 (CNSNews.com) – Neither the White House nor the Obama re-election campaign will answer when President Barack Obama first met with his National Security Council after the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. On Monday, neither responded to CNSNews.com, which asked, “‘At what hour on what day did President Obama first meet with the National Security Council to discuss what had happened in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012?” The NSC is chaired by the...
  • Hitler's Muslim Nephew Comes to New York

    09/24/2007 5:49:09 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 16 replies · 319+ views
    FrontpageMag ^ | September 24, 2007 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Hitler's Muslim Nephew Comes to New York September 24, 2007 FrontPageMagazine.com Kenneth R. Timmerman What was New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinking? Apparently the former Democrat believed that escorting Iran’s Hitler-wannabe president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to the site of the September 11 memorial at Ground Zero would generate a terrific photo op. “Here I am with world leaders,” that type of thing. After all, Bloomberg has already made his appearance at the “World Leaders Forum” at Columbia University, so he was in the zone. And last year, U.S. News & World Report crowned him as one of America’s “best leaders.” But...
  • Another stunner behind Obama's Libya doctrine (R2P- Holocaust denier helped devise policy)

    03/30/2011 9:30:07 AM PDT · by opentalk · 48 replies
    WND ^ | March 29,2011 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – A staunch denier of the Holocaust who long served as the deputy of late PLO leader Yasser Arafat served on the committee that invented the military doctrine used by President Obama as the main justification for U.S. and international airstrikes against Libya. As WND first reported, billionaire philanthropist George Soros is a primary funder and key proponent of the Global Centre for Responsibility to Protect, the world's leading organization pushing the military doctrine. Several of the doctrine's main founders sit on multiple boards with Soros. The doctrine and its founders, as WND reported, have been deeply tied...
  • "US Fouls Up Again On Prime Minister's Name"

    07/30/2012 2:21:37 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 15 replies
    Pic courtesy another major Japanese national TV network, TBS For those who have been following this, the Japanese press is filled with snippets, chortling and stories and about the keystone-cop-ish US White House (specifically the National Security Council under Tom Donilon) and the White House website, which mistakenly listed the first name of Japan's Prime Minister (the third largest economy in the world you recall) as a common Japanese "female first name", "Yoshiko" (sic), and now the Chunichi Shimbun News off a Kyodo News Agency story (which is the blue ribbon equivalent of AP), has run an article saying...
  • New Trial Date Set in Fast and Furious Case

    04/13/2012 11:58:49 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    ap ^ | 12 Apr 2012
    A judge has set a new trial date for 15 people accused of participating in a gun smuggling ring that was investigated by the federal government in Operation Fast and Furious. U.S. District Judge James Teilborg set a Jan. 3 trial date.
  • Why is White House blocking ‘Gunwalker’ testimony from former NSC director?

    03/30/2012 4:51:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Examiner ^ | 3/30/12 | David Codrea
    “Lawmakers push to interview ex-White House aide in 'Fast and Furious',” Ed Henry of Fox News reported Wednesday. “To date, the White House has not complied with multiple congressional requests to interview [former National Security Council Director of North American Affairs Kevin] O'Reilly,” Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote in a March 28 letter to Counsel to the President Kathryn Ruemmler. “Our staffs have had extensive discussions with lawyers in your office, who have represented that the White House does not perceive any need for us to interview O’Reilly and consequently will not make arrangements for...
  • Secret panel can put Americans on "kill list'

    10/06/2011 9:54:39 AM PDT · by thouworm · 72 replies
    reuters ^ | Oct 6, 2011 | Mark Hosenball
    "There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is a subset of the White House's National Security Council, several current and former officials said. Neither is there any law establishing its existence or setting out the rules by which it is supposed to operate."
  • Transcript of Newell questioning related to NSC's O'Reilly(Gunwalker)

    07/27/2011 5:03:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 26 July, 2011 | David Codrea
    Related transcript sections are copied and pasted below. Initial questions are by Rep. Raul Labrador and Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa: LABRADOR: Special Agent Newell, do you know who Kevin O'Reilly is? NEWELL: Yes, Sir. LABRADOR: What's the nature of your relationship with him? NEWELL: I've known Kevin for ‑ I'd say probably 10‑12 years? LABRADOR: How often do you communicate with him? NEWELL: Oh, I haven't communicated with him in a while but probably three or four times a year or something like that. Or maybe ‑ maybe more depending on him reaching out to me. LABRADOR: Isn't it...
  • A drugstore within (mesenchymal stem cells)

    07/07/2011 5:07:32 PM PDT · by decimon · 3 replies
    Case Western Reserve University ^ | July 7, 2011 | Unknown
    Mesenchymal stem cells protect and healA stem cell that can morph into a number of different tissues is proving a natural protector, healer and antibiotic maker, researchers at Case Western Reserve University and their peers have found. Mesenchymal stem cells reaped from bone marrow had been hailed as the key to growing new organs to replace those damaged or destroyed by violence or disease, but have failed to live up to the billing. Instead, scientists who'd been trying to manipulate the cells to build replacement parts have been finding the cells are innately potent antidotes to a growing list of...
  • Power: Obama gave 'meaning and content' to human rights, democracy

    03/28/2011 8:02:00 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | March 28, 2011 | Ben Smith
    A foreign policy adviser to President Obama said this evening that the Administration has "rehabilitated" the concept of human rights, tarnished by the Iraq war, in a way that laid the groundwork for international collaboration. Samantha Power, a senior director on the National Security Council best known for her human rights advocacy before she entered the White House, spoke at Columbia University in New York City two hours before the president's planned speech in Libya tonight. Obama "has used his pulpit and a number of speeches ... to kind of clear the brush that had gathered around the norms in...
  • Judicial Watch Obtains Bush Defense Department Documents Detailing Terrorist Threat Posed...

    03/02/2011 10:14:38 AM PST · by jazusamo · 1 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 2, 2011
    Complete title: Judicial Watch Obtains Bush Defense Department Documents Detailing Terrorist Threat Posed by Guantanamo Detainees “There is substantial risk that detainees at Guantanamo, upon release, would set out to kill Americans or other innocent civilians around the world.” White House Spokesman Jay Carney on February 17, 2011: “The president remains committed to closing Guantanamo.” Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it received documents from the Department of Defense (DOD) detailing the policies of the Bush administration related to the detention of “enemy combatants” at Guantanamo Bay, as well as the...
  • Breaking On Fox: James Jones To Step Down As National Security Advisor

    10/08/2010 7:09:34 AM PDT · by careyb · 91 replies
    Fox | 10/8/10 | Fox/AP
    Nothing further yet. Just a one line headline from AP.
  • Statement by NSC Spokesman Mike Hammer on the Council of Inspectors General...

    07/16/2010 12:44:27 AM PDT · by Cindy · 1+ views
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | July 15, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/statement-nsc-spokesman-mike-hammer-council-inspectors-general-integrity-and-effici Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 15, 2010 Statement by NSC Spokesman Mike Hammer on the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Evaluation of the IG's Operations in Afghanistan A joint team at NSC and OMB received a preliminary briefing today from the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), which is a statutory body of IG’s. At the request of the NSC and in coordination with the Department of Defense and the Department...
  • The Civilian Expeditionary Force: Obama Says 'Burden' Can’t be All on the Military

    06/30/2010 4:46:34 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 58 replies · 1+ views
    ABCNews.com ^ | 06/30/2010 | Sunlen Miller
    During his town hall in Racine, Wisconsin today President Obama spoke about the civilian expeditionary force within his National Security Strategy. “We just got to be smart about using all the elements of American power, not just one element of American power,” he said. The president pointed to Iraq and Afghanistan where military personnel are having to engage in work that he said really should be civilian work– like building schools and bridges -- because of under-resourcing on the civilian side “The problem is -- is that we don't have a civilian effort that has always matched up to the...
  • The Cover Up Begins-Obama's NSC take control of congressional briefings on the Fort Hood killings

    11/18/2009 10:45:35 PM PST · by American Dream 246 · 20 replies · 914+ views
    The Obama File ^ | 11/19/09 | The Obama File
    The Washington Times is reporting that The Obama administration on Tuesday had Obama's National Security Council (NSC) take control of congressional briefings on the Fort Hood killings and asked Democratic leaders to delay a probe, as top Republicans said intelligence shortcomings blamed for failing to prevent the 9/11 attacks are re-emerging. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said that the NSC had taken over the briefings "due to the high visibility of the issues surrounding the tragic event at Fort Hood," and that Democratic leaders agreed to postpone any congressional action on the shootings. "This...
  • Obama Loses Key Foreign Policy Advisor

    10/01/2009 11:57:46 AM PDT · by SDShack · 22 replies · 1,640+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 10/01/2009 | Holly Bailey
    Big news from the West Wing: Mark Lippert, one of President Obama’s closest foreign-policy advisers, is leaving to rejoin the Navy. Lippert, who is deputy national-security adviser and chief of staff of the National Security Council, has worked for Obama since his first days in the Senate and later advised him during the campaign. Perhaps no one on the foreign-policy team, save for fellow campaign vet and top NSC aide Denis McDonough, is closer to Obama—a situation that has sometimes raised questions about the relationship between Obama and Lippert’s direct boss, national-security adviser Jim Jones.
  • Ex-U.S. official: Bush agreed to Israel settlement construction: IS HE CALLING HILLARY A LIAR?

    06/25/2009 8:25:56 PM PDT · by Cinnamon Girl · 14 replies · 1,208+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 21:14 25/06/2009
    A key Bush administration official is disputing the Obama administration's contention that there were no understandings between President George W. Bush and then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on the issue of continued West Bank settlement construction. In an op-ed piece which appeared in Thursday's editions of The Wall Street Journal, Elliott Abrams, who served under Bush in the National Security Council and who held a series of discussions with the Israeli leadership, said that Bush and Sharon did strike a deal which constituted U.S. acquiescence to continued construction in Israeli settlement blocs that Jerusalem intended to keep under any final status...
  • Obama shakes up White House security structure (merging WH NSC/DHS staff)

    05/26/2009 4:07:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 1,374+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/26/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama on Tuesday ended the divide between national security and homeland security staff in the White House, arguing the move would make Americans safer. Obama shook up the security structure of his teams of advisors after examining the results of a study he ordered into how best to handle homeland security and counter-terrorism efforts. "I have carefully reviewed the findings and recommendations of that study, and am announcing a new approach which will strengthen our security and the safety of our citizens," Obama said in a statement. "These decisions reflect the fundamental truth that...
  • Obama's NSC Will Get New Power (focus on climate change...)

    02/08/2009 9:49:15 AM PST · by FocusNexus · 18 replies · 1,184+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Feb. 8, 2009 | Karen DeYoung
    "The whole concept of what constitutes the membership of the national security community -- which, historically has been, let's face it, the Defense Department, the NSC itself and a little bit of the State Department, to the exclusion perhaps of the Energy Department, Commerce Department and Treasury, all the law enforcement agencies, the Drug Enforcement Administration, all of those things -- especially in the moment we're currently in, has got to embrace a broader membership," he said. New NSC directorates will deal with such department-spanning 21st-century issues as cybersecurity, energy, climate change, nation-building and infrastructure. Many of the functions of...
  • Obama's NSC Will Get Sweeping New Powers

    02/08/2009 4:31:32 AM PST · by John W · 34 replies · 2,749+ views
    Washington Post via MSNBC ^ | February 8, 2009 | Karen DeYoung
    Result of directive expands security body's role far beyond traditional rangePresident Obama plans to order a sweeping overhaul of the National Security Council, expanding its membership and increasing its authority to set strategy across a wide spectrum of international and domestic issues. The result will be a "dramatically different" NSC from that of the Bush administration or any of its predecessors since the forum was established after World War II to advise the president on diplomatic and military matters, according to national security adviser James L. Jones, who described the changes in an interview.
  • Bill Clinton Won't Attend NSC Meetings in a Hillary White House (Hillary undermines her argument)

    12/29/2007 1:34:05 PM PST · by keepitreal · 51 replies · 491+ views
    ABC News ^ | December 29, 2007
    ABC News' Jonathan Greenberger reports: If she makes it to the White House, Sen. Hillary Clinton said today her husband will take on the same responsibilities as traditional presidential spouses, with no access to National Security Council meetings. "I think he would play the role that spouses have always played for presidents," said Clinton, in an exclusive interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos. "He will not have a formal, official role, but just as presidents rely on wives, husbands, fathers, friends of long years, he will be my close confidante and adviser as I was with him."
  • Sandy Berger's Theft of Classified Documents: Unasnsered Questions

    01/09/2007 3:02:07 PM PST · by infocats · 7 replies · 830+ views
    U.S. House of Representatives ^ | January 9th. 2007 | Tom Davis ranking member
    Sandy Bungler's Burglary Exposed or...Why Character Matters “My staff’s investigation reveals that President Clinton’s former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger compromised national security much more than originally disclosed,” Davis said. “It is now also clear that Mr. Berger was willing to go to extraordinary lengths to compromise national security, apparently for his own convenience. “The 9/11 Commission relied on incomplete and misleading information regarding its access to documents Mr. Berger reviewed. No one ever told the Commission that Mr. Berger had access to original documents that he could have taken without detection. “We now know that Mr. Berger left stolen...
  • Bill Clinton authorized Sandy Berger's access

    01/03/2007 11:48:07 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 369 replies · 14,544+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 4, 2007 | By Chelsea Schilling
    Investigation into pilfered documents reveals former president signed letter President Bill Clinton signed a letter authorizing former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger's access to classified documents that later came up missing, according to a newly released investigation report by the National Archives and Records Administration. The sensitive drafts of the National Security Council's "Millennium After Action Review" on the Clinton administration's handling of the al-Qaida terror threats in December 1999 suspiciously disappeared after Berger said he intended to "determine if Executive Privilege needed to be exerted prior to documents being provided to the 9/11 Commission." Then-Attorney General John Ashcroft testified...
  • Feds Probe a Top Democrat's Relationship with AIPAC [Did Dem Violate Law To Get Appointment?]

    10/21/2006 5:40:01 AM PDT · by excludethis · 33 replies · 2,322+ views
    time.com ^ | Posted Friday, Oct. 20, 2006 | TIMOTHY J. BURGER/WASHINGTON
    <p>The case is a spin-off of a probe that has already led to charges under the Espionage Act against two AIPAC lobbyists, whose case is still pending, and to a 12-and-a-half-year prison sentence for former Defense Intelligence Agency official Lawrence A. Franklin. Franklin pleaded guilty a year ago to three felony counts involving improper disclosure and handling of classified information about the Middle East and terrorism to the two lobbyists, who in turn are accused of passing it on to a journalist and a foreign government, widely believed to be Israel. The two lobbyists, who have denied any wrongdoing but were dismissed by AIPAC in April of 2005, were indicted on felony counts of conspiring with government officials to receive classified information they were not authorized to have access to and providing national defense information to people not entitled to receive it.</p>
  • Changes Made to National Security Staff (Elliott Abrams appointed adviser for global democracy)

    02/02/2005 9:51:03 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 538+ views
    Associated Press | February 3, 2005
    WASHINGTON - Elliott Abrams, a special assistant to the president and an assistant secretary of state in the Reagan administration, has been appointed deputy national security adviser with a focus on promoting global democracy and human rights. President Bush's national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, also announced Wednesday that Faryar Shirzad will continue to serve in an expanded role as deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs. Abrams, who becomes national security adviser for global democracy strategy, will continue work on Israeli-Palestinian affairs in concert with Hadley and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Abrams has served as special assistant...
  • Records Sought from Nonprofit for NASA Work

    07/24/2006 7:26:43 PM PDT · by anymouse · 2 replies · 324+ views
    Washington Times ^ | July 17, 2006 | Jim McElhatton
    Federal authorities have subpoenaed bank records from a Chevy Chase nonprofit group over questions about its financial reporting for work performed for NASA, including the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland has sought financial records from the Alliance for Competitive Technology as part of a federal probe into whether the group made false claims to NASA, court records show. The Justice Department and the attorney's office filed papers in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt June 30 on behalf of NASA's Office of Inspector General based at Goddard. The papers say the nonprofit group refused...
  • Is the border a line, or is it more of a place? (North American Union Alert)

    05/31/2006 7:29:19 AM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 31 replies · 683+ views
    SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE ^ | 24-MAY-06 | PETER SCHRAG
    Back in the early 1990s, when Los Angeles was stuck in the pits of a deep recession, somebody facetiously suggested that if Southern California were returned to Mexico _ maybe throw in south Texas and the San Joaquin Valley as well _ it could improve the economies of both countries. But given the current debate about immigration in all its economic and social complexity, that facetious idea left an increasingly compelling question: Where _ and what _ is the border? The obvious answer is that it's the line established by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo of 1848, which ended the...
  • CIA Leaker & Reporter Have Partisan History Together (Mary McCarthy & Dana Priest)

    04/24/2006 4:44:35 PM PDT · by Impeach98 · 84 replies · 8,518+ views
    Move America Forward ^ | 04/24/2006 | Melanie Morgan
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 24, 2006 Contact: Robert Dixon [cell] (916) 441-6197 or email: robert@MoveAmericaForward.org CIA LEAKER MARY McCARTHY & WASH. POST’S DANA PRIEST HAVE PARTISAN HISTORY TOGETHER New Questions Arise About CIA Leaker & Washington Post Reporter’s Political Motivations (SAN FRANCISCO) – The nation’s largest pro-troop grassroots organization, Move America Forward (website: www.MoveAmericaForward.org) has uncovered new ties between disgraced CIA leaker, Mary McCarthy, and Washington Post reporter, Dana Priest. Priest was the reporter who received a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on classified information on the war on terrorism that CIA analyst Mary McCarthy leaked to her in...
  • Secrets of the CIA- Mary McCarthy 'categorically denies' being the source of the leak

    04/24/2006 7:00:16 PM PDT · by Mr. Brightside · 94 replies · 2,352+ views
    Secrets of the CIA A former colleague says the fired Mary McCarthy ‘categorically denies’ being the source of the leak on agency renditions. WEB EXCLUSIVE By Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff Updated: 7:07 p.m. ET April 24, 2006 April 24, 2006 - A former CIA officer who was sacked last week after allegedly confessing to leaking secrets has denied she was the source of a controversial Washington Post story about alleged CIA secret detention operations in Eastern Europe, a friend of the operative told NEWSWEEK. The fired official, Mary O. McCarthy, “categorically denies being the source of the leak,” one...
  • Sandy Berger Tries to 'Anchor Aweigh' Curt Weldon (Able Danger)

    04/04/2006 8:37:12 AM PDT · by americaprd · 56 replies · 10,210+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 4/4/06 | Judi McLeod
    Proving that he’s just as adept at stuffing an election candidate’s coffers as he is at stuffing his own socks, Sandy Berger hosted an "almost secret" Washington fund-raiser for a recently retired three-star vice admiral last night. Vice Adm. Joseph Sestak Jr, as the Village People would say, is "In the Navy". And when you want to take an Able Danger Congressman Curt Weldon down, what better way than to send in the Navy? Berger, dubbed "Sandy Burglar" by radio meister Rush Limbaugh, gained notoriety for trying to stuff classified documents into his socks and other attire. The man, who...