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  • Foreign diplomats voicing alarm to U.S. officials about Trump

    03/07/2016 7:45:10 AM PST · by freedomjusticeruleoflaw · 65 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 7, 2016 | BY MARK HOSENBALL, ARSHAD MOHAMMED AND MATT SPETALNICK
    A Chinese official referred to a statement last week from China's foreign ministry spokeswoman. Asked whether China was concerned about Trump's proposal to place high tariffs on Chinese goods, Hua Chunyin declined to comment on specific candidates. But she said "I want to stress" that China and the United States have "major responsibilities" in maintaining international political and economic stability. Representatives of other countries publicly attacked by Trump, including Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam either had no comment or did not respond to requests for comments. Several American foreign policy experts said foreign diplomats have complained to...
  • Anti-Semitic letter sent to officials in New York towns

    01/06/2016 4:27:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 1/6/16 | DANIELLE ZIRI
    NEW YORK – Police in Rockland County in New York State are investigating the origins of an anti-Semitic letter sent to mayors and other town officials. The one-page letter was sent several times to at least three different towns by fax and reads: “Hassidic and Orthodox Jews are a severe danger to civilized society. They need to be placed on reservations under the supervision of the United Nations. They should be given physical work to keep them occupied.” The letter further says that when Jews recite the Talmud, they “siphon away life from the Goyim and transfer it to themselves...
  • China seeks return of 2 wanted officials (huddle with Hussein)

    09/26/2015 5:42:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/25/15 | Bill Gertz
    One of Chinas key objectives for this weeks meeting between President Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping is the return of two Chinese men in the United States who may have access to some of Beijings innermost secrets. According to U.S. officials, the Chinese president is expected to ask Mr. Obama to facilitate the return to China of businessmen Ling Wancheng and Guo Wengui, both of whom are wanted by Chinese authorities on corruption charges. Mr. Ling is the younger brother of Ling Jihua, who was director of the Communist Partys General Office under Mr. Xis predecessor, Communist Party chief...
  • US Officials Brief Israel on Looming Iran Deal

    07/11/2015 11:45:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    inn ^ | 7/12/15 | Nitsan Keidar
    Israeli officials were briefed over the weekend by a US team regarding developments in negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 world powers, a senior diplomatic source told Arutz Sheva. According to the source, the head of the Israeli team being updated was National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen, while United States Under Secretary of State, Wendy Sherman, led the briefing. Sherman, the leading US representative in talks with Iran, last updated the Israelis on the looming deal a few weeks ago. At the briefing, the US clarified that while significant gaps exist between Iran and world powers, there is still a...
  • New Undercover Footage Shows VA Officials Admitting Of Unaccountability At Every Level [VIDEO]

    07/01/2015 11:15:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 1, 2015 | Jonah Bennett
    In a new James OKeefe video doctors, staffers, and a top official are captured on hidden camera speaking about the problems that continue to plague the Department of Veterans Affairs. VA doctor tells undercover Project Veritas journalist: Were way below water in terms of the ability to supply, to meet the requests thats demanded. According to VA Undersecretary/ Brigadier General: Once youve entered the appeals process all bets are off, the only solution to that is changing the law or more people.
  • Pentagon Officials Call Out Obama's 'Pathetic' ISIS Strategy "What strategy?"

    05/27/2015 9:22:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 5/27/15 | Trey Sanchez
    The Washington Times has uncovered what it calls "deep-seated doubts" among Pentagon brass regarding President Obama's strategy in degrading and defeating ISIS. This revelation undercuts the official White House line that would indicate a unified front between the president and military officials. One Pentagon official, said to be involved in counterterrorism analysis, asked incredulously, What strategy? He went on to say, We are now floating along, reacting to ISIS. The general consensus among top military officials is that the president will never activate their recommended plan of sending in ground troops, a strategy that is believed to be the only...
  • Report: Officials to recommend families be free to pay ransom to terrorists

    04/26/2015 12:30:26 PM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/26/15 | Jesse Byrnes
    An advisory group reviewing U.S. hostage policy for the White House is expected to recommend that families of Americans held overseas not face the fear of prosecution if they pay ransoms, according to a report Sunday. "There will be absolutely zero chance of any family member of an American held hostage overseas ever facing jail themselves, or even the threat of prosecution, for trying to free their loved ones," one of three senior officials familiar with the review said in a report on ABC's "This Week." The family of slain American journalist James Foley, who become the first American executed...
  • 'Zebra Killer' J.C.X. Simon found dead in San Quentin prison cell

    03/14/2015 8:21:20 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 14 2015 | Lee Romney
    SAN FRANCISCO J.C.X. Simonone of the so-called "Zebra Killers" convicted of multiple murders of white San Franciscans in the 1970shas died, prison officials said Friday. Simon, 69, was pronounced dead at San Quentin prison at 11:59 p.m. Thursday after being found unresponsive in his cell, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials said. The cause of death is unknown pending the results of an autopsy.
  • Tapper to Jay Carney: The Good Wife Had More Obama Officials Than Paris Rally

    01/13/2015 12:46:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 1/13/15 | Evan McMurry
    CNN anchor Jake Tapper continued his prosecution of the Obama administration for not sending a high-level official to the Paris Unity Rally yesterday. He lit into former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, now a CNN contributor, on Monday, asking what the administration was thinking in skipping the rally. Carney argued the security challenges of a president in an open rally would have distracted from the rallys Franco-centric message. I take your point on the president, Tapper responded. But Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, somebody else from the administration? Chuck Hagel? RELATED: Zakaria on U.S.s Absence from Paris Rally: Why God...
  • US Officials Say Obama May Replace Kerry

    10/31/2014 12:35:13 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 79 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 10-31-14 | Ari Yashar
    US President Barack Obama's administration is coping with underwhelming performance on various fronts according to officials cited in the New York Times on Friday, who suggested he may replace some senior administration officials - including US Secretary of State John Kerry. "There is an inflection point in every presidency, and this certainly is a logical one, if the president feels he might be better served by some replacements on his team, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told the paper. Citing the Ebola crisis in Africa that has spread to a few isolated cases...
  • U.S. revives group to fight homegrown extremists: officials

    06/03/2014 9:59:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 6/3/14 | Julia Edwards - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is re-establishing a law enforcement group to fight those it designates as domestic terrorists, with an announcement expected on Tuesday, Department of Justice officials said. Following hate-motivated shootings such as the one at a Jewish Community Center in Kansas City, Missouri in April, federal prosecutors have pressed the need to coordinate intelligence of such criminals on a national level, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The group will coordinate cases that involve Americans who may be spurred to violence for political or prejudicial reasons.
  • Mexico officials treated jailed Marine like POW?

    05/29/2014 6:34:45 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5-28-14 | Greta VanSusteren
    May. 28, 2014 - 5:27 - Marine who served beside Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi says he claims prison officials chained him to a bed, treated him like the 'worst gun smuggler' #MarineHeldinMexico
  • Officials: Army hospital chief relieved of command

    05/28/2014 8:34:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    FOX ^ | AP
    The chief of an Army medical center has been relieved of his command because of problems with patient care, and the Pentagon has ordered a review of its health care system, defense officials said. The commander was replaced Tuesday at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and three deputies were suspended, the Army said in a statement. The shake-up comes after two deaths this month of patients in their 20s and problems with infection control at the facility that were pointed out in March by a hospital accreditation group, according to two defense officials. They spoke on...
  • Holy war rocks Harvard as the Catholic Church fights back against Satanic mass

    05/10/2014 4:44:09 PM PDT · by mgist · 87 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/10/14 | kelly
    Church officials say they will combat evil by hosting a positive worship service to counter a Harvard groups Satanic mass planned for Monday evening. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston will host a Eucharistic procession from MIT to a nearby church for an hour of prayer, The Boston Globe reports. The religious procession will end up at St. Pauls Parish in Harvard Square, just a 10-minutes walk from the Queens Head Pub in Memorial Hall the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club is set to hold a black mass. A black mass is a ritual performed as a parody of the...
  • Israeli Officials: Spying Allegations 'Smell of Anti-Semitism'

    05/06/2014 6:26:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    inn ^ | 5/6/14 | Elad Benari
    Israeli officials denounced on Tuesday evening a report in Newsweek which said that American intelligence officials have linked the U.S. visa crisis to Israeli espionage. The report cited these American officials as saying in closed conversations that "Israel crosses the line for espionage in the United States." In response, Israeli officials told Kol Yisrael radios diplomatic affairs correspondent Chico Menashe that the report smelled of anti-Semitism. "The allegations of espionage in the U.S. are false. Israel is not spying there. The report in Newsweek smells of anti-Semitism, we are portrayed as an enemy country, one official told Kol Yisrael. Another...
  • Lindsey Graham: White House officials scumbags

    Sen. Lindsey Graham on Thursday again went after the Obama administration on Benghazi, calling White House officials scumbags that lied about the September 2012 attacks. Our Democratic friends, for the most part, have been in the tank over Benghazi. They think its to get me reelected, the South Carolina Republican said on The Mike Gallagher Show on Thursday morning. Some guy said this about me yesterday on the left: The only reason I cared about this was because I have six tea party opponents. Well, if thats true, Im the biggest scumbag in America. I dont think thats true. I...
  • Report: Ebola Suspected In Europe: Broken Through All Containment Efforts

    04/20/2014 1:38:13 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 135 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 4/20/14
    Though officials at the World Health Organization are feverishly working to stop the spread of the Ebola virus in what is now seven African nations, their efforts may be for naught. In Guinea, a hot spot for the deadly contagion, government health officials have said that the outbreak is nearly under control. Yet, Reuters reports that the government planned to stop publicly releasing the death toll to avoid causing unnecessary panic. But panic may be in order. Despite the best efforts of emergency health workers it appears that virus may have crossed out of Africa into Europe.
  • Officials testimony reveals IRS planned crackdown rules in 2012

    02/27/2014 8:17:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/27/14 | Stephen Dinan
    The IRSs new proposal to crack down on nonprofits was in the works a year before the tea party targeting scandal broke, according to a Treasury Department official who told congressional investigators it was spurred by pressure from outside parties. The revelation follows earlier testimony from former IRS Commissioner Steve Miller, who told investigators that they started brainstorming ways to crack down on nonprofits while under pressure from a senior Democratic senator who was complaining bitterly to us about the way groups were engaging in politics while organized as social welfare nonprofits. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and subcommittee...
  • In California, Thousands Exposed to Measles

    02/13/2014 8:51:41 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 117 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 13 20124 | By JoNel Aleccia
    Thousands of San Francisco Bay Area residents may have been exposed to measles last week when an unvaccinated student at the Unversity of California, Berkeley, attended classes and rode the area's BART transit system. Public health officials in Contra Costa County, outside of San Francisco, said anyone riding BART from Feb. 4 to Feb. 7 during the morning or late evening commutes could have been exposed to the highly contagious respiratory virus. The young man in his 20s lives in the county and was confirmed to have measles on Wednesday. He was likely infected while traveling recently in Asia, health...
  • Officials in Connecticut Stunned by What Could Be a Massive, State-Wide Act of Civil Disobedience

    02/13/2014 7:51:11 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 106 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2-13-2014 | Jason Howerton
    On Jan. 1, 2014, tens of thousands of defiant gun owners seemingly made the choice not to register their semi-automatic rifles with the state of Connecticut as required by a hastily-passed gun control law. By possessing unregistered so-called assault rifles, they all technically became guilty of committing Class D felonies overnight. Police had received 47,916 applications for assault weapons certificates and 21,000 incomplete applications as of Dec. 31, Lt. Paul Vance told The Courant. At roughly 50,000 applications, officials estimate that as little as 15 percent of the covered semi-automatic rifles have actually been registered with the state. No one...
  • Cruise ship w/ over 500 ill set to arrive in Bayonne, city officials on standby w/contingency plan

    01/28/2014 4:33:43 PM PST · by SMGFan · 64 replies
    Jersey Journal NJ.com ^ | January 28, 2014
    Bayonne officials are planning to have several health officials on hand and local emergency services available tomorrow when a Royal Caribbean cruise ship which recently cut its trip short due to a gastrointestinal breakout overseas arrives at the Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne.
  • U.S. has deployed military advisers to Somalia, officials say

    01/10/2014 1:55:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    WaPo ^ | 1/10/14 | Craig Whitlock
    The U.S. military has deployed a small number of uniformed trainers and advisers to the failed state of Somalia for the first time since 1993, when two helicopters were shot down and 18 Americans were killed in the failed Black Hawk Down operation. A cell of U.S. military personnel has been stationed in the Somali capital of Mogadishu since last fall to advise and coordinate operations with African troops fighting to wrest control of the country from the al-Shabab militia, an Islamist group whose leaders have professed loyalty to al-Qaeda, according to three U.S. military officials. The previously undisclosed deployment...
  • Need Some Advice on Elective Office

    01/03/2014 11:52:48 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 18 replies
    Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania ^ | 30 December 2013 | Westmoreland County Elections Bureau
    My apologies for the vanity, but I could use some advice from experienced Freepers. Yesterday, I got notification from our County's election bureau that I was elected to both JUDGE OF ELECTION and MINORITY INSPECTOR of ELECTION in our precinct.I didn't run for the office, but I have suspicions that a few of my neighbors wrote me in during the November 5 election.I am curious to know why I am getting notified only now, almost two months later. I'd also like some advice as to what these positions actually do and whether I should decline the lower office as they...
  • Officials (Husseincare war room) worried consumers would be unhappy with Obamacare choices

    11/04/2013 2:29:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/04/13 | Justin Sink
    Administration officials were concerned that once users were able to view the available policies for purchase on HealthCare.gov, they could be disappointed with the cost and options available. The concerns were expressed in meeting notes from the ObamaCare "war room" obtained by CNN. "In some cases, there will be fewer options than would be desired to promote consumer choice and an ideal shopping experience," the meeting notes read. "Additionally, in some cases there will be relatively high cost plans." The discussion last week among officials at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight appeared to reveal a behind-the-scenes concern...
  • The Acela Is a Great Place to Stalk or Overhear Government Officials

    10/25/2013 8:29:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    The National Journal ^ | 10/25/13 | By Brian Resnick and Matt Berman
    A former NSA director isn't the only person to have some issues with being overheard on a train. Note to reporters with some gumption: Ride the Acela, you'll get scoops. Note to highly recognizable, but private, former government officials: Avoid the Acela. Thursday afternoon, Tom Matzzie, a clean-energy entrepreneur (per LinkedIn), and sometime Huffington Post blogger sat behind former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden. The spy was talking to a journalist, who remains unknown, and requested anonymity as he supposedly bashed the Obama administrationwhich, even for the onetime head of the world's most cloistered agency, is a lot easier...
  • Canadian officials fired IT firm behind troubled Obamacare website

    10/10/2013 12:33:27 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 36 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10-10-2013 | RICHARD POLLOCK
    Canadian provincial health officials last year fired the parent company of CGI Federal, the prime contractor for the problem-plagued Obamacare health exchange websites, the Washington Examiner has learned. CGI Federals parent company, Montreal-based CGI Group, was officially terminated in September 2012 by an Ontario government health agency after the firm missed three years of deadlines and failed to deliver the provinces flagship online medical registry. The online registry was supposed to be up and running by June 2011. Officials at the U.S. government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded six technology contracts worth $87 million to CGI Federal for...
  • Health Officials To Watch For Muslim Pilgrims With SARS-Like Symptoms

    10/10/2013 12:12:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | October 10, 2013 12:04 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) Southern California doctors and health officials will be on the lookout for Muslim pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia with flu-like symptoms in the wake of a reported outbreak of a SARS-like virus in the Middle East, according to a report. L.A. County Department of Public Health Director Dr. Jonathan Fielding told the Los Angeles Times severe coughs or other similar symptoms could signal the arrival of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, to the Southland. While MERS-CoV has so far only been reported in the Mideast and Europe, doctors and emergency departments will be...
  • Israeli Officials Warn of Rapid Uranium Enrichment by Iran New technology could allow Iran to

    09/24/2013 3:20:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/24/13 | Abraham Rabinovich
    JERUSALEMThe red line drawn by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding Irans nuclear program has been rendered obsolete by technology, according to Israeli officials who are pushing for a concerted new effort to block Irans possible acquisition of nuclear weapons. Netanyahu warned in his address to the United Nations General Assembly last year that if Iran enriches 250 kilograms of uranium to a level of 20 percent it would be in position to make a secret dash for nuclear weapon production before the international community could stop it. Netanyahu then hinted at Israeli military action if Iran tried it. Although...
  • Docs: Officials misused US surveillance program (for three years, misrepresented actions to FISA)

    09/10/2013 7:15:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/10/13 | Paul Elias - AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) U.S. officials for nearly three years accessed data on thousands of domestic phone numbers they shouldn't have and then misrepresented their actions to a secret spy court to reauthorize the government's surveillance program, documents released Tuesday show. The government's explanation points to an enormous surveillance infrastructure with such incredible power that even the National Security Agency doesn't fully know how to properly use it: Officials told a judge in 2009 that the system is so large and complicated that "there was no single person who had a complete technical understanding" of it. The documents, which the...
  • Delaware officials admit tax snooping; wont identify Christine ODonnell as target

    07/19/2013 7:24:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/19/13 | Dave Boyer
    The director of Delawares tax-collection office said Friday that his agency accessed the federal tax records in 2010 of an unnamed taxpayer, believed to be former GOP Senate candidate Christine ODonnell. Patrick Carter, director of the states division of revenue, would not identify Ms. ODonnell as the taxpayer but said he approved the inquiry for routine purposes. A state Division of Revenue investigator accessed records on or after March 20, 2010 following information that came to the attention of the division, Mr. Carter said in a statement. The record access led the state revenue investigator
  • PHOTO>>> Obama Officials Meet With Radical Jew-Hating Islamist Bin Bayyah in the White House

    06/26/2013 12:10:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/26/13 | Jim Hoft
    The Obama Administration held talks with Sheik Abdullah Bin Bayyah, the vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, in the White House. The Investigative Project reported: Radical Egyptian cleric Yusuf Qaradawi is considered so radical that the United States bans him from entering the country. Qaradawi, considered the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, has called for the killing of Jews and Americans. That history makes the June 13 White House meeting with Sheik Abdullah Bin Bayyah all the more inexplicable. Bin Bayyah is vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), a group founded...
  • Officials: NSA Doesn't Collect Cellphone-Location Records

    06/17/2013 4:38:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 59 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/17/13 | Siobhan Gorman and Julian E. Barnes
    WASHINGTON The National Security Agency sweeps up data on millions of cellphones and Internet communications under secret court orders. But as it mounts a rigorous defense of its surveillance, the agency has disclosed new details that portray its efforts as tightly controlled and limited in scope, while successful in thwarting potential plots. On Sunday, officials said that though the NSA is authorized to collect "geolocational" information that can pinpoint the location of callers, it chooses not to. A secret court order that was made public earlier
  • Officials on Benghazi: "We made mistakes, but without malice"

    05/17/2013 8:25:14 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 59 replies
    CBS ^ | 5/17/2013 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Obama administration officials who were in key positions on Sept. 11, 2012 acknowledge that a range of mistakes were made the night of the attacks on the U.S. missions in Benghazi, and in messaging to Congress and the public in the aftermath. The officials spoke to CBS News in a series of interviews and communications under the condition of anonymity so that they could be more frank in their assessments. They do not all agree on the list of mistakes and it's important to note that they universally claim that any errors or missteps did not cost lives and reflect...
  • Israeli officials confirm Syria airstrike that hit Hezbollah-bound weapons

    05/04/2013 7:56:55 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 43 replies
    timesofisrael ^ | May 4, 2013, 11:35 am | By AP and Times of Israel staff
    Israeli officials on Saturday reportedly confirmed the Israeli Air Force carried out a strike against Syria and say it targeted a shipment of advanced missiles. The officials said the shipment was not of chemical arms, but of game changing weapons bound for the terror group Hezbollah. One official said the target was a shipment of advanced, long-range ground-to-ground missiles.
  • Wisconsin Education Officials Want Students to Wear White Privilege Wristbands

    03/12/2013 7:41:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 54 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 3/12/13 | Kyle Olson
    Wisconsin Education Officials Want Students to Wear White Privilege Wristbands The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction runs several programs that heavily emphasize racial issues in public schools, EAGnews.org has been finding. Some feel that one of those programs an Americorps operation called VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) may go a bit overboard by encouraging white students to wear a white wristband "as a reminder about your (white) privilege. Geared towards high school students, the program seeks to build capacity in schools and districts serving low-income families to develop an effective, sustainable, research-based program of family-school-community partnerships, according...
  • Former Security Officials to Obama: Cancel Nuke Cuts

    02/22/2013 2:47:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/22/13 | Bill Gertz
    A group of 18 former military and national security officials wrote to President Barack Obama on Friday urging the administration to cancel plans for further cuts in United States nuclear warheads, warning that new arms reductions would undermine U.S. security. The ex-officials, including two former members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated in the letter to Obama that North Koreas recent underground nuclear test, and concerns about growing Pyongyang-Tehran nuclear arms cooperation, undermines any further disarmament sought by the president. In our professional judgment, born of decades of experience with national security policy and practice, Americas triad of nuclear-armed...
  • Militia members plotted to kill federal officials, prosecutors say

    01/04/2013 5:24:41 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 26 replies
    CNN Justice ^ | 12 November 2011
    Federal agents charged four Georgia men they say are part of a fringe militia group with plotting to attack government officials with explosives and the biotoxin ricin, prosecutors in Atlanta announced Tuesday. A government informant recorded the men discussing plans to manufacture ricin, a highly poisonous substance derived from castor beans, and attack Justice Department officials, federal judges and Internal Revenue Service agents, according to court papers released Tuesday afternoon. Prosecutors said the public was never in imminent danger. All four suspects were in custody and are scheduled to make their initial court appearances Wednesday in Gainesville, about 50 miles...
  • U.S. officials sought security before Libya attack: lawmakers

    10/02/2012 12:24:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/2/12 | Susan Cornwell and Tabassum Zakaria | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials in Washington denied repeated requests from Americans in Libya for more security at the U.S. mission in Benghazi before last month's attack that killed four Americans there, two Republican lawmakers said on Tuesday. U.S. Representatives Darrell Issa and Jason Chaffetz wrote a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanding details of the requests for more security - which they said were made amid numerous attacks on Westerners in Libya in recent months. ... "Multiple U.S. federal government officials have confirmed to the committee that, prior to the September 11 attack, the U.S. mission in...
  • Officials warn DNC visitors of hotel, ticket scams

    08/31/2012 5:47:09 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 8/31/12 | Meghan Cooke
    Officials warn DNC visitors of hotel, ticket scamsBy Meghan Cooke The Charlotte Observer Posted: Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 **SNIP** Better Business Bureau of Southern Piedmont President Tom Bartholomy said credentials to see President Barack Obama deliver his acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium, which were handed out recently, will likely go on sale on Craigslist and eBay. But the BBB warns that some credentials sold by third parties could be counterfeit. Bartholomy said legitimate credentials have security features. People with fake tickets will be turned away, he said.
  • FOIA docs reveal Treasury officials cited for soliciting prostitutes, accepting gifts

    07/17/2012 3:53:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/15/12 | Bob Cusack
    FOIA docs reveal Treasury officials cited for soliciting prostitutes, accepting giftsBy Bob Cusack - 07/15/12 08:19 PM ET Treasury Department officials have been cited for soliciting prostitutes, breaking conflict-of-interest rules and accepting gifts from corporate executives, according to the findings of official government investigations. The revelations of unethical behavior at Treasury are detailed in little-noticed documents posted this month on governmentattic.org, which publishes agency responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. While it is not uncommon for departments within the executive branch to have personnel issues, it is unusual for these types of documents to become public. They provide...
  • Former security officials: Plan to roll back detainee laws rewarding terrorists

    05/15/2012 10:48:40 AM PDT · by Nachum
    The Hill ^ | 5/15/12 | Jeremy Herb
    The heads of the House Armed Services Committee are squaring off ahead of ranking member Adam Smiths (D-Wash.) plan to introduce an amendment on the House floor this week that would roll back indefinite-detention laws. House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) released a letter Monday signed by two former attorneys general and a former Homeland Security secretary that supported McKeons adds to military detention rules included in this years defense authorization bill. The letter, written by former Attorneys General Edwin Meese III and Michael Mukasey and former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, also attacked Smiths amendment, which would bar...
  • New Haven Kidnapping Suspect Has 55 Convictions, Officials Say

    05/07/2012 12:21:18 PM PDT · by matt04 · 16 replies
    The man accused of kidnapping a 26-year-old Wallingford woman in New Haven on Saturday has 55 convictions, including 15 for felonies, court officials said Monday. Albert Leclaire, 43, of Massachusetts Avenue in East Haven, is wanted for a similar incident that took place earlier in the week and involved a Yale student, officials said. He was held with bail set at $1 million. Leclaire was arrested on Saturday, after a girlfriend's desperate text messages to her boyfriend, indicating she had been kidnapped led cops to rescue her in New Haven. Leclaire was naked from the waist down when he was...
  • Obama energy officials funded solar firms despite junk bond ratings from S&P, Fitch

    03/31/2012 9:56:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/321/12 | Gene J. Koprowski
    The U.S. Department of Energy backed hundreds of millions of dollars in loans for discredited solar power start-ups whose corporate debt was already sullied with junk ratings by Standard & Poors and Fitch Ratings, two of the worlds leading credit agencies, a federal government investigation has shown. Despite the finding, Energy Secretary Steven Chu vigorously defended the ethics of his agency in a hearing last week held by House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa. Details are emerging this week about the Energy Departments practices that indicate the agency spent a disproportionate amount of funding on these tainted solar power...
  • Mideast officials: Obama in secret talks with Iran Asking Tehran to guarantee it won't hit U.S. if

    03/29/2012 7:44:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    wnd ^ | 3/29/12 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM President Obama has been engaged in secret, back-channel talks with Iran in which he informed Tehrans leaders he is completely opposed to any Israeli strike on Irans nuclear facilities, according to informed Middle Eastern officials. The officials told WND the behind-the-scenes talks aim to secure a guarantee from Iran that it will not retaliate against the U.S. in the event of any Israeli military strike, the officials said. It was unclear what, if anything, Obama offered Iran in exchange for a pledge against targeting U.S. installations, including in the Gulf. The State Department did not immediately return a...
  • Officials: Pakistani Taliban training Frenchmen

    03/24/2012 12:26:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/24/12 | Ishtiaq Mahsud - AP
    DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) Dozens of French Muslims are training with the Taliban in northwestern Pakistan, raising fears of future attacks following the shooting deaths of seven people in southern France allegedly by a man who spent time in the region, Pakistani intelligence officials said Saturday. Authorities are investigating whether Mohamed Merah, the Frenchman of Algerian descent who is suspected of killing three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three French paratroopers in Toulouse this month, was among the training group, the officials said. Merah was killed in a dramatic gunfight with police Thursday after a 32-hour standoff at...
  • Israeli state officials disappointed with Obama meeting

    03/06/2012 7:53:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    ynet ^ | 3/6/12 | Attila Somflavi
    sraeli state officials were disappointed Tuesday with the results of the Netanyahu-Obama meeting at the White House on Monday. "There were no surprises," a senior state official said. "It was clear from recent months that there are differences between ourselves and the Americans. We have different perspectives when it comes to the question of time and red lines." It was claimed that the Americans view the Iranian issue in the context of the upcoming presidential elections. "It's a bad message for the issue and a good message for the Iranians," a state official said.
  • Bribery, compromised officials leave indicted financial-crime suspects free from prosecution

    02/01/2012 7:49:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/1/12 | Matthew Boyle
    Attorney General Eric Holder pauses during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Friday, Jan. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) A U.S. Justice Department source has told The Daily Caller that at least two DOJ prosecutors accepted cash bribes from allegedly corrupt finance executives who were indicted under court seal within the past 13 months, but never arrested or prosecuted. The sitting governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, his attorney general and an unspecified number of Virgin Islands legislators also accepted bribes, the source said, adding that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is aware prosecutors and elected officials...
  • NYC officials dodge blame over 'SHCOOL X-NG' sign

    01/24/2012 11:11:58 AM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/24/11
    Everyone who's ever gone to school should know how to spell "school." But someone who plastered a school crossing sign on the street in front of a New York City high school got it wrong. The New York Post reports ( http://nyp.st/zzfXDj) that the big white letters in front of Marta Valle High School on the Lower East Side say "SHCOOL X-NG."
  • ACORN Officials Scramble, Firing Workers and Shredding Documents, After Exposed as Players Behind Oc

    01/05/2012 4:01:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/5/12 | Jana Winters
    Officials with the revamped ACORN office in New York -- operating as New York Communities for Change -- have fired staff, shredded reams of documents and told workers to blame disgruntled ex-employees for leaking information in an effort to explain away a FoxNews.com report last week on the groups involvement in Occupy Wall Street protests, according to sources. NYCC also is installing surveillance cameras and recording devices at its Brooklyn offices, removing or packing away supplies bearing the name ACORN and handing out photos of Fox News staff with a stern warning not to talk to the media, the sources...
  • Israeli Officials Escalate War of Words with NYT

    12/21/2011 8:31:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Gestetner Updates ^ | 12/21/11 | Yossi Gestetner
    Jewish Journal Reports: Israeli officials are stepping up their criticism of The New York Times, slamming columnist Thomas Friedman and arguing that the newspaper is an unfit venue for an Op-Ed from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In a scathing letter first leaked last week to The Jerusalem Post, Ron Dermer, a top aide to Netanyahu, declined an invitation for the prime minister to write an Op-Ed for the Times. By way of explanation, Dermer cited what he alleged was the newspapers anti-Israel tilt. It would seem as if the surest way to get an Op-Ed published in The New York...