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  • CRISWELL: Mississippi elected officials betrayed conservatives in U.S. Senate race.

    07/04/2014 2:28:38 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 15 replies
    Mississippi PEP ^ | Dana Criswell
    I’m not sure where all of you are today after witnessing the results of yesterday’s election. I have experienced a wide range of emotions, beginning with disbelief then moving to anger and a decision that it’s time to give up and move to a fortress in the woods. (SNIP) Here is a list of elected officials who endorsed Thad Cochran and betrayed the conservatives of Mississippi. Governor Phil Bryant Lt. Governor Tate Reeves Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann State Auditor Stacey Pickering Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney State Treasurer Lynn Fitch Senator Roger Wicker Congressman Gregg Harper...
  • Pickering: Wasn't "Necessary" To Question Clinton In Benghazi Report [VIDEO]

    05/12/2013 2:31:19 PM PDT · by Third Person · 33 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | May 12th, 2013 | Face the Nation/ Bob Scheiffer
    Thomas Pickering - the former UN ambassador who along with former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Adm. Mike Mullen prepared the Accountability Review Board report on the State Department's handling of the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya - says he didn't think it was necessary to interview former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "because in fact we knew where the responsibility rested." BOB SCHIEFFER: And good morning again. Ambassador Thomas Pickering is the one who led the State Department's investigation into how those Benghazi attacks where handled. Mr. Ambassador, you and I have known one another as you had...
  • Hillary's Benghazi investigator confirms Egypt link

    09/25/2013 5:48:10 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 28 replies
    WND ^ | 9/25/2013 | Aaron Klein
    In a development unreported by news media, the State Department’s lead Benghazi investigator, Thomas Pickering, apparently leaked important classified information at a House hearing last week on the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack. Pickering revealed there is evidence that an Egyptian organization was behind the attack on the U.S. mission that killed U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. He further refused to deny there was a plan to kidnap Stevens. Pickering was the author of the State Department’s 39-page Accountability Review Board report, or ARB, which largely absolved then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other top State officials...
  • Oliver North: Cover Up

    05/10/2013 8:49:57 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 10, 2013 | Oliver North
    Washington, DC – We all know about the notorious Obama “Kill List.” CIA Director John Brennan proudly told us about that last year when he described how the O-Team decides which Americans should be executed by Hellfire Missile fired from remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs). Why hasn’t the White House used this capability to “take out” those who killed our diplomats in Benghazi, Libya last year? Clip and save this column. Herein are some important events, names, places – facts your children and grandchildren will need to know about these perilous times: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, Benghazi, Libya. The U.S. consulate...
  • Rep. Issa subpoenas Benghazi auditor Thomas Pickering

    05/17/2013 1:07:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/17/13 | Julian Pecquet
    The lawmaker leading the charge to investigate the Benghazi terror attack on Friday subpoenaed the co-author of a report that slammed the State Department but didn´t interview Hillary Clinton. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) formally demanded that retired ambassador Thomas Pickering submit to being deposed by the committee next Thursday. The subpoena comes in the wake of a series of acrimonious public exchanges this week between the two men. Issa didn´t issue a subpoena to former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Mullen, who co-authored the Benghazi report with Pickering.
  • Pickering: Why would we interview the person in charge when we could blame the flunkies,....

    05/13/2013 9:28:02 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8:41 am on May 13, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Pickering: Why would we interview the person in charge when we could blame the flunkies, or something posted at 8:41 am on May 13, 2013 by Ed Morrissey Want to know why State Department whistleblower Eric Nordstrom called the Accountability Review Board a whitewash designed to protect the highest ranks at Foggy Bottom?  Take a listen to the man who ran the ARB.  CBS News’ Bob Schieffer asked Thomas Pickering why the supposedly independent panel didn’t bother to depose the Secretary of State who was personally briefed about the attack on the Benghazi consulate by the second-ranking member of...
  • Review chairman: Clinton didn't make Benghazi call

    05/12/2013 8:57:57 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 23 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The seasoned diplomat who penned a highly critical report on security at a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, defended his scathing assessment but absolved then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. "We knew where the responsibility rested," Thomas Pickering said Sunday.
  • Darrell Issa: House Oversight Committee to depose Pickering and Mullen over Benghazi

    05/12/2013 12:11:33 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 130 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 5-12-2013 | Twitchy Staff
    May 12, 2013 Darrell Issa: House Oversight Committee to depose Pickering and Mullen over Benghazi Twitchy Staff Darrell Issa reports that the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which he chairs, will depose Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Admiral Mike Mullen over Benghazi....
  • Hot Air: Open thread: Sunday morning talking heads

    05/12/2013 11:05:44 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8:01 am on May 12, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Lots of Benghazi this morning, with the State Department’s ARB chairman Thomas Pickering hitting NBC, CBS, and CNN to talk about Wednesday’s testimony from Greg Hicks. All eyes are on Darrell Issa, though, who’ll be the featured guest on “Meet the Press” and who suddenly has not one, not two, but three administration scandals to investigate: Benghazi, the IRS’s anti-conservative cretinism, and the momentarily overlooked news that Kathleen Sebelius was kinda sorta extorting the health-care industry to chip in and pay for ObamaCare. Issa’s committee will be busy until fall. Also, John McCain will be on ABC because it’s Sunday...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 12 May 2013

    05/12/2013 3:43:26 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 302 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 12 May 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows May 12th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Adam Smith, D-Wash.; Rep.-elect Mark Sanford, R-S.C.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.; Sen. Dianne Feinsweine, D-Calif.; former diplomat Thomas Pickering, who helped lead the State Department's review of the attack against the U.S. in Benghazi, Libya. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Pickering; former Defense Secretary Robert Gates; Sens. Da Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Jack Reed, D-R.I. STATE OF 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...
  • Clinton's Republican Guard-Andrew McCarthy

    05/07/2013 2:12:11 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 7, 2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    With each new revelation, what has always been obvious becomes more pronounced: the State Department’s self-proclaimed final word on the Benghazi Massacre, the risibly named “Accountability Review Board” investigation, is a fraud. Yet, like the rest of the Obama administration’s obstructive wagon-circling, the ARB’s report continues serving its intended purpose: to thwart efforts to hold administration officials accountable. Even on Fox News, which has been admirably dogged covering a scandal the Obamedia has done its best to bury, the refrain is heard: How could the ARB report be a whitewash when its investigation was run by such Washington eminences as...
  • 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...
  • Benghazi Continued: Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

    05/06/2013 4:00:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 6, 2013 | Roger L. Simon
    That CBSÂ’ Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer, of all people, nodded in agreement when Rep. Darrell Issa asserted on SchiefferÂ’s Sunday morning show that the administration had engaged in a cover-up regarding Benghazi is a huge sign that this scandal is finally being taken seriously by the most traditional establishment liberal media.This is bad news for such ĂĽber-establishment figures as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, but they are politicians who come and, alas eventually, though it seems to take forever, go.More problematically, a permanent organ of our government has been so besmirched by Benghazi it may take years fully...
  • Whistleblower Lawyer: ARB´s Gen Pickering ´Became Physically Ill´ At The Thought of Dealing

    05/05/2013 12:37:30 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/5/13 | Debra Heine
    When the Accountability Review Board’s report on Benghazi came out, last December, John Bolton noted that the State Dept. was basically investigating itself, and suggested that their assertions might not hold up to scrutiny. It looks like the ARB´s findings are indeed not holding up to scrutiny. The report is being savaged by the attorneys who are representing material witnesses who they say were ignored by the ARB. (Snip) Toensing told Geraldo that “the things that her client will be saying will be contradictory to what the administration’s scenario was.” Di Genova promised that “what will come out of the
  • State Department's Benghazi review panel under investigation, Fox News confirms

    05/02/2013 1:30:48 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 94 replies
    FOX News ^ | 5-2-2013 | James Rosen
    May 2, 2013 State Department's Benghazi review panel under investigation, Fox News confirms James Rosen The State Department's Office of Inspector General is investigating the special internal panel that probed the Benghazi terror attack for the State Department, Fox News has confirmed. The IG's office is said by well-placed sources to be seeking to determine whether the Accountability Review Board, or ARB -- led by former U.N. Ambassador Thomas Pickering and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen -- failed to interview key witnesses who had asked to provide their accounts of the Benghazi attacks to...
  • Benghazi report could damage Clinton’s legacy at State Dept. ('systemic failures')

    12/19/2012 2:44:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/19/12 | Julian Pecquet
    Benghazi report could damage Clinton’s legacy at State Dept.By Julian Pecquet - 12/19/12 05:30 AM ET The Benghazi report released Tuesday night bemoans “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” in Hillary Clinton's State Department that could come back to haunt her should she run for president in 2016. Clinton remains one of the nation's most popular politicians and has worked tirelessly to improve America's image abroad following President George W. Bush's tenure. The independent review of the Sept. 11 attack, however, tarnishes that legacy by faulting the department for failing to put in place a coordinated approach for handling...
  • Where’s Obama in the Benghazi Report?

    12/20/2012 1:47:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Journal ^ | 12/20/2012 | Michael Hirsh
    And so the reckoning begins. Only hours after a special task force concluded on Wednesday that “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” may have contributed to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, the State Department’s security chief resigned and three other officials were relieved of their duties. What was lacking in the report, however, was any sense of who was responsible farther up the chain. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Accountability Review Board—chaired by retired Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering and vice chaired by another national-security heavyweight, former Joint Chiefs Chairman Michael...
  • Clinton won't testify on Benghazi due to illness

    12/16/2012 11:17:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 70 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | December 15, 2012 | Josh Rogin
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won't testify to Congress next week on Benghazi, after fainting and suffering a concussion Saturday and due to her ongoing stomach ailment. "While suffering from a stomach virus, Secretary Clinton became dehydrated and fainted, sustaining a concussion," Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Philippe Reines said in a statement. "She has been recovering at home and will continue to be monitored regularly by her doctors. At their recommendation, she will continue to work from home next week, staying in regular contact with Department and other officials. She is looking forward to being back in the office...
  • Proof Positive - In My Opinion (who created Innocence of Muslims)(Obama)

    09/20/2012 10:33:42 PM PDT · by TigersEye · 145 replies
    Youtube ^ | Sept. 20, 2012 | Montagraph
    Proof Positive - In My Opinion True Source Found For "Innocence of Muslims." (Obama)This is a Youtube video produced by user Montagraph who speculated that "Innocence of Muslims" was a false flag op. So did I. He has done a lot of work tracing numerous websites connected to the original uploading of the now famous video. His narrative starts out very slow but give it a chance. He does explain it all in detail and has sourced it all with URLs below his vid. Montagraph declines to say that his evidence is definitive so you be the judge. The internet...
  • Obama’s Benghazi investigator tied to Libya bombing

    11/03/2012 7:21:34 AM PDT · by wesagain · 14 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 3, 2012 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – The Obama administration’s lead investigator into the Benghazi attack, former Ambassador Thomas Pickering, previously held clandestine meetings with Hamas aimed at opening U.S. dialogue with the terrorist group, according to informed Middle Eastern security officials. Sources within Hamas previously disclosed to WND the June 2009 meeting. The gathering allegedly took place in Geneva with two Hamas leaders, Bassem Naim and Mahmoud al-Zahar. Naim is Hamas’ health minister, while al-Zahar is one of the main Hamas leaders in Gaza. Pickering is further tied to the revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa through his role as a member...
  • Obama Administration's Lead #Benghazi Investigator Slams America and Islamophobes #StandDown

    11/02/2012 7:31:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Thanks Bronco Bamma! And Hillary, you must make Bill[wink wink remember 1998 Kenya/Tunisia?] and your mentor, Madeline Albright[1998 Albright also ignored pleas for more securityfrom US Ambassador to Kenya Ms Bushnell (h/t Anna)], proud with your determination to get to the bottom of this f'n screwupAmerica is a seething hotbed of “Islamophobia,” filled with ignorant racist rubes who irrationally fear the benign Muslim religion, according to the Obama administration’s lead investigator into the Benghazi atrocities. So said former Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering in more polished, diplomatic language during an Oct. 23 panel discussion at the National Cathedral in Washington,...
  • Benghazi Investigator Slams America and ‘Islamophobes’

    11/02/2012 6:08:08 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 19 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 02NOV12 | Matthew Vadum
    America is a seething hotbed of “Islamophobia,” filled with ignorant racist rubes who irrationally fear the benign Muslim religion, according to the Obama administration’s lead investigator into the Benghazi atrocities. So said former Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering in more polished, diplomatic language during an Oct. 23 panel discussion at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The talk was on “what role the faith community can play in fighting Islamophobia,” a make-believe mental illness that Islamists would love to have listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Radical Islam’s stateside defenders frequently accuse anti-terrorism hawks of “McCarthyism,” hurling...
  • Benghazi Investigator Slams America and ‘Islamophobes’

    11/02/2012 8:59:35 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 21 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 11/2/12 | Matthew Vadum
    America is a seething hotbed of “Islamophobia,” filled with ignorant racist rubes who irrationally fear the benign Muslim religion, according to the Obama administration’s lead investigator into the Benghazi atrocities. So said former Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering in more polished, diplomatic language during an Oct. 23 panel discussion at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The talk was on “what role the faith community can play in fighting Islamophobia,” a make-believe mental illness that Islamists would love to have listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Radical Islam’s stateside defenders frequently accuse anti-terrorism hawks of “McCarthyism,” hurling...
  • Benghazi Investigator Slams America, ‘Islamophobes’

    11/01/2012 11:39:49 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | November 2, 2012 | Matthew Vadum
    America is a seething hotbed of “Islamophobia,” filled with ignorant racist rubes who irrationally fear the benign Muslim religion, according to the Obama administration’s lead investigator into the Benghazi atrocities. So said former Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering in more polished, diplomatic language during an Oct. 23 panel discussion at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The talk was on “what role the faith community can play in fighting Islamophobia,” a make-believe mental illness that Islamists would love to have listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Radical Islam’s stateside defenders frequently accuse anti-terrorism hawks of “McCarthyism,” hurling...
  • Obama’s Benghazi Investigator: An Iran Sympathizer

    10/24/2012 1:53:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | October 24, 2012 | Matthew Vadum
    The freshly appointed chairman of a federal investigation into the Benghazi massacre is an apologist for Islamic terrorism who has a cozy relationship with Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. And to add insult to injury, at press time Tuesday evening the chairman of this new State Department panel, former Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, was poised to participate in a panel discussion at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on “what role the faith community can play in fighting Islamophobia.” The news comes on the heels of a new report by the Investigative Project on Terrorism that found...

    10/24/2012 10:30:02 AM PDT · by penelopesire · 19 replies
    The Blaze ^ | October24,2012 | Tiffany Gabay
    Is the man the Obama administration appointed on October 4 as key investigator for the terror attacks in Benghazi an Islamist-sympathizer? According to recently published reports, the new chairman of a State Department’s “Accountability Review Board,” which is heading the federal investigation into the Benghazi terror attacks, has been accused of being an “apologist for Islamic terrorism who has a cozy relationship with Iran.” What’s more, the man in question — former Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering — has documented ties with the controversial group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR, of course, is a documented Muslim Brotherhood affiliate and was...
  • State Department creates own board to look at Libya security query (fox guarding henhouse!)

    10/09/2012 6:56:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    The Washington TImes ^ | 10/9/2012 | Rowan Scarborough
    The State Department’s top security officer is coming under scrutiny for playing a role in creating a special board that is investigating last month’s fatal attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. One of the State Department’s accountability review board’s key tasks will be to probe why the office of Patrick Kennedy, undersecretary of state for management, rejected requests for more diplomatic security in Libya in the weeks leading up to the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. Mr. Kennedy, a career diplomat whose portfolio includes being the top security officer, signed the memo Oct. 1 that set up the review...
  • Woman Tied to 9/11, Fannie Mae on Obama's FBI Shortlist!

    03/23/2011 2:50:41 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 84 replies
    FOX ^ | March 23, 2011 | Chris Neefus
    The Obama administration reportedly is considering former Clinton administration official Jamie Gorelick, among others, to become the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Perez first reported the news last week, citing “U.S. officials” familiar with the situation. Gorelick served as vice chairman of the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) when the government-sponsored enterprise began bundling subprime loans into securitized financial instruments. Prior to that, she served as deputy attorney general in the Clinton Justice Department under then-Attorney General Janet Reno from 1994 to 1997. ... But Gorelick is perhaps best known...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Iran advocacy group said to skirt lobby rules

    11/13/2009 11:16:56 AM PST · by khnyny · 5 replies · 386+ views
    WashingtonTimes ^ | November 13, 2009 | Eli Lake
    Shortly before Barack Obama took office, leaders of a prominent Iranian-American group in Washington began to fret. If the new president were to tap former Middle East envoy Dennis Ross to oversee the nation's Iran policy, they feared their long-running effort to persuade American officials to lift sanctions could wind up in tatters. Patrick Disney, acting policy director of National Iranian American Council (NIAC), summed up the strategy: "Create a media controversy" concerning Mr. Ross, whose support for a tough line on Iran was well known. "Those groups that feel comfortable being more aggressive in opposing Ross publicly (possibly Voters...
  • Obama officials lied about Pickering/Hamas meeting

    08/10/2009 4:18:25 AM PDT · by Frankusa · 4 replies · 688+ views
    A recent meeting between two senior Hamas officials and former undersecretary of state Thomas R. Pickering was coordinated and promoted by the US State Department, according to the Arabic weekly, Al-Ahram. Mr. Pickering met with senior Hamas officials, Mahmoud al-Zahar and Bassem Naim in Geneva in mid-June. The Washington Post reported that the Hamas officials had said they believed the meeting "represented an opening in relations with the Obama administration." However, US officials said they had only learned of the meeting afterward: They said Pickering had not been asked to approach Hamas and had no official standing; U.S. officials learned...
  • Wife of ex-GOP Rep. Pickering claims he had affair

    07/16/2009 8:26:25 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 27 replies · 1,403+ views
    JACKSON, Miss. – The estranged wife of former U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering claims in a lawsuit that the Mississippi Republican had an affair that ruined their marriage and derailed his political career. Leisha Pickering said in the lawsuit filed this week that her husband and the woman dated in college, reconnected and began having an affair while he was in Congress and living in a building where several Christian lawmakers reside on C Street near the U.S. Capitol. Chip Pickering is the third Republican with ties to the building at 133 C Street SE to find his personal life making...
  • Ex-Miss. politician's wife sues alleged mistress

    07/16/2009 2:16:00 PM PDT · by Hawthorn · 7 replies · 909+ views
    Link only, due to copyright restrictions: http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20090716/NEWS/90716027/-1/Nletter03/Ex-Miss.-politician-s-wife-sues-alleged-mistress?source=nletter-news
  • Did the Dems Get Caught by NSA Wiretaps!!

    02/11/2006 1:45:54 PM PST · by SBD1 · 4 replies · 600+ views
    Maybe we’re looking in the wrong direction on this whole NSA issue. I can’t help but think that for the Dems to go to such lengths, there has to be some campaign money in it for them. Just like they pander to the far left whackos I.E. Moveon.org, maybe they also have to protect themselves as well as pander to some of their big money supporters who may not want their overseas calls monitored by the Bush administration. This is just a first attempt to connect some dots, but it is interesting. Let’s start with Judge Robertson and the Clintons....
  • Guilty plea in GTA (Greater Toronto Area) terror case

    05/05/2009 7:20:13 PM PDT · by fanfan · 8 replies · 518+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | May 05, 2009 | Isabel Teotonio
    A young Mississauga man has pleaded guilty to intending to cause an explosion, the first time a member of the so-called Toronto 18 group has admitted the existence of a bomb plot. At a trial last year of a co-accused, prosecutors alleged some of the group's members were planning to bomb sites such as the Toronto Stock Exchange, RCMP headquarters in Ottawa, the Pickering nuclear power station and the Toronto offices of Canada's spy agency, located next to the CN Tower. In an unexpected move, Saad Khalid, 22, entered his plea on Monday but Justice Bruce Durno banned publication of...
  • U.S., Iran meet behind the scenes on nukes

    04/14/2008 2:34:52 PM PDT · by Flavius · 4 replies · 51+ views
    upi ^ | 4/14/08 | upi
    WASHINGTON, April 14 (UPI) -- The United States and Iran have been conducting behind-the-scenes discussions for five years on Iran's nuclear program, a former U.S. diplomat said. Retired U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Thomas Pickering, one of the participants in the talks, said former U.S. diplomats and experts had met with Iranian academics and policy advisers "in a lot of different places, although not in the U.S. or Iran," The Independent reported Monday.
  • Are suspected terrorists in the “Toronto 18” the same as members of the “Toronto 19"

    03/25/2008 9:08:40 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 3 replies · 480+ views
    By Judi McLeod Tuesday, March 25, 2008 In an effort to provide them a fair trial, the Canadian government is seeking a limited publication ban on the identities of the adults charged with belonging to the so-called “Toronto 18” group. The identity of the youth charged with belonging to a homegrown terror cell is already protected under the Young Criminal Justice Act. The trial for the youth gets underway in a Brampton court today. Almost unheard of since they were nabbed in a foiled undercover operation to kidnap and behead members of Parliament, among other things on June 2, 2006,...
  • Mississippi Senate Race: Pickering or Wicker vs. Moore?

    12/01/2007 4:56:42 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 30 replies · 511+ views
    Southern Political Report ^ | November 30, 2007 | Hastings Wyman
    The latest word out of the Magnolia State is that Gov. Haley Barbour (R) is likely to pick either US Rep. Chip Pickering (R) or US Rep. Roger Wicker (R) to succeed Minority Whip Trent Lott (R) as the next US Senator from Mississippi. On the Democratic side, the scuttlebutt is that former Attorney General Mike Moore, probably the most electable politico among the state’s beleaguered Democrats, has decided that he will run, setting up what is likely to be a fierce, well-funded competition that is sure to receive national attention. Whether Barbour will choose Pickering or Wicker is still...
  • List of Lott's Potential Successors "Hot" Topic

    11/28/2007 4:47:30 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies · 142+ views
    WTOK Channel 11 ^ | November 28, 2007 | Jon Kalahar
    Surveys are already underway in Mississippi to find out who Mississippians think is the "hot" name to serve in Sen. Trent Lott's seat until a special election is held in November 2008. The list is a virtual who's who of Mississippi politics, past and present. From former governors to a former attorney general to present office holders, both in Washington and Jackson. The political consulting firm, Zata 3, polled voters in all four congressional districts. Zata 3 works for Democrats and the survey was not weighted for age, race or gender. The firm polled almost 1,400 voters and found Cong....
  • Pickering (Sr.) Pushed as Lott Replacement

    11/27/2007 3:33:04 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 74 replies · 82+ views
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | November 27, 2007
    In a longshot campaign to use Sen. Trent Lott's retirement as a slap to Democrats, Bush allies are pushing for Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour to choose retired federal Judge Charles Pickering, rejected by Democrats for higher office, as Lott's replacement in the Senate. "It would be the biggest in-your-face move if it happened," said one proponent of the move. Pickering was nominated for a federal appeals court post in 2002 but was blocked, in part because of his antiabortion position as well as charges of racial insensitivity. He was renominated and given a recess appointment but eventually withdrew his name....
  • Senate stunned by Lott retiring --Scramble under way to fill GOP whip's five years

    11/27/2007 7:47:08 AM PST · by SmithL · 67 replies · 980+ views
    AP via Commercial Appeal ^ | 11/27/7 | Michael Kunzelman
    Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott announced Monday he will leave a 35-year career in Congress in which he epitomized the Republicans' political takeover of the South after the civil rights struggles of the 1960s. Another Mid-South legislator, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said later Monday he would not seek Lott's position as minority whip after a spokesman had said earlier that Alexander was considering it.In stepping down, Lott said he wanted to leave on a "positive note" after winning re-election last year to a leadership post and fostering legislation for rebuilding the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. The announcement caught many by...
  • Pickering not out of politics yet, may run for governor

    08/18/2007 9:05:53 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 489+ views
    AP via Commercial Appeal ^ | 8/18/7 | Emily Wagster Pettus
    JACKSON -- Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering said publicly for the first time Friday that he might have his eye on the Governor's Mansion. "Maybe," Pickering said, responding to a question about whether he might run for the top job in state government -- a move that would be at least four years away. Pickering was explaining his decision not to seek re-election in 2008. And there was this response to a question about the longtime speculation that he might want to run for U.S. Senate: "As my oldest son would say, 'when the bridge crosses the river, we'll get...
  • Rep. Chip Pickering (R-MS) to Retire (Fox News)

    08/16/2007 6:37:12 PM PDT · by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief · 37 replies · 1,588+ views
    Just announced on Fox News. Rather unexpected, I think. I figured he'd be the heir apparent to Lott or Cochran.
  • Charles Pickering Gets the Last Word

    06/11/2007 4:55:09 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 26 replies · 1,388+ views
    City Journal ^ | June 10, 2007 | Harry Stein
    Mention the name Charles Pickering to anyone but the most committed news junkie, and you’re apt to get a blank look or, at best, one of dim recognition. In the era of the 24-hour news cycle aimed at the ever-shortening attention span, the bitter Senate battles over the federal judiciary in which Pickering played so dramatic a part a few years back can seem like ancient history. But with the publication of A Price Too High, Pickering’s insider account of the nearly four years he spent in limbo as a nominee to the federal bench, as Democrats and their press...
  • Charles Pickering Gets the Last Word

    06/11/2007 6:42:08 AM PDT · by gpapa · 11 replies · 1,074+ views
    City-Journal ^ | June 10, 2007 | Harry Stein
    Mention the name Charles Pickering to anyone but the most committed news junkie, and you’re apt to get a blank look or, at best, one of dim recognition.....snip....But with the publication of A Price Too High, Pickering’s insider account of the nearly four years he spent in limbo as a nominee to the federal bench, as Democrats and their press enablers trashed his record and reputation, we’re reminded of how extraordinarily much is at stake in the ongoing battle for control of the nation’s courts
  • Bench Repair (Op-ed by Judge Pickering)

    03/26/2006 2:02:14 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 9 replies · 644+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 26, 2006 | Judge Charles W. Pickering Sr.
    During the hearings on the Supreme Court nomination of Justice Sam Alito, a good and decent man, the American public saw the raw, ugly underside of the judicial confirmation battle: Ted Kennedy's self-righteous, judgmental, holier-than-thou grilling of Judge Alito, and Mrs. Alito's obvious hurt over how her husband was treated. With good lawyers making far more money than federal judges, with nominees now facing a virtual firing squad at confirmation, it is no wonder studies now show half of those approached about being nominated to the federal judiciary say "no thanks." And it is not surprising the "brightest and best"...
  • Pickering Shares Confirmation Experience

    02/18/2006 11:44:28 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 4 replies · 299+ views
    WTOL ^ | Feb. 18, 2006 | Pamela Weaver
    Judge Charles Pickering was appointed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in a recess appointment by President Bush, after years of battling senators over his confirmation. Pickering has now written a book about his experience. At Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Miss., Judge Charles Pickering offered powerful insight into his fight for judicial confirmation. Pickering released "Supreme Chaos," his thoughts and ideals on what is wrong with the entire judicial confirmation process, and he touches on what he believes was a crusade against his appointment.
  • White House picks former Lott aide for federal appeals court (5th Circuit)

    02/08/2006 8:05:05 PM PST · by bourbon · 85 replies · 4,687+ views
    Clarion-Ledger | 02/08/2006 | Ana Radelat
    Link only thanks to the losers at Gannett.
  • An ultimate State Department Arabist

    12/26/2005 3:35:35 PM PST · by SJackson · 17 replies · 583+ views
    IMRA ^ | 25 December 2005
    Excerpts: An ultimate State Department Arabist 25 December 2005 BITTERLEMONS-INTERNATIONAL Middle East Roundtable:22 Dec,'05: "The main concern is terrorism" by Thomas R.Pickering* QUOTES FROM TEXT: "To some extent, those bent on understanding and reconciliation in the United States face not only their own limitations in influence ... but those of their colleagues and friends within the circle of Islam. Leadership there seems to have been hijacked by the extremists "mesmerized by the words 'Judeo-Christian heritage', they seek to find common cause with the Jewish presence in the Holy Land." "denial that the Allah of Islam is the shared common God...

    09/04/2005 5:41:40 PM PDT · by doctorhugo · 56 replies · 1,361+ views
    Chief Justice Rehnquist, stalwart defender of a strict interpretation of our Constitution is dead. He served this Nation well and stubbornly fought against the debilitating illness that eventually took him. He deserves our great respect. However, his passing now opens up the door to what, judging from demonRATS most recent past performances, will be an exercise in assorted acrimonious displays by the professional whiners and their organized legions of left-leaning loonies. Mr. President, I inplore you to, as soon as possible, hold a press conference so that all the Nation and world may see and hear you to make the...