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  • Kerry: I Get "A Little Uptight When I Hear Politicians Say How Exceptional We Are"

    07/15/2014 6:47:52 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 46 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 15, 2014 | Jeryl Bier
    As John Kerry travels from country to country on various diplomatic missions as secretary of state (almost half a million miles so far), he often addresses the staff and their families at the U.S. embassies in the countries he visits. Remarks at these informal gatherings are often more casual than the usual speeches or press appearances, and Kerry often jokes with the staff and recognizes employees of long standing with the State Department. Monday, Kerry had one such opportunity in Vienna, Austria, the last stop on his most recent trip, and towards the end of his talk he recalled his...
  • US Embassy in London Flies Rainbow Flag

    07/11/2014 9:04:49 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 15 replies
    New York Young Republican Club ^ | July 11, 2014 | William Michael
    Can I pose a serious question? At what point does replacing the American flag with the rainbow flag, a symbol of gay/LGBTQ(RSTUVWXYZ) pride from embassies abroad become an impeachable offense in itself? Last time I checked, the official flag of the country was the Stars and Stripes, not the same rainbow that is found on the doors of gay bars downtown. A friend sent me this picture of the U.S. Embassy in London...
  • Kerry: 'I'm Working Hard to ... Have Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Ambassadors'

    06/23/2014 6:43:33 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 47 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 6-23-14 | Jeryl Bier
    With much of the Obama administration's foreign policy in tatters, John Kerry is clear on at least one goal he hopes to achieve by the end of his time as secretary of state: having lesbian, bisexual, and transgender ambassadors representing the United States. In remarks to a GLIFAA (formerly Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies) Pride event in the Ben Franklin Room at the State Department, the secretary ran through a litany of accomplishments by the Obama administration that benefit the "LGBT/gay community." During his speech, Kerry said that, if confirmed, Ted Osius (nominated by President Obama for the...
  • State Dept's Jen Psaki Cries Sexism: Russians "Targeted" Me Because Of My Outfits (video)

    06/13/2014 6:32:53 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 53 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | June 12, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says she has become a Twitter meme in Russian circles because she is a woman, claiming they "have a bit of a tendency to focus on the outfits Iím wearing and the colors Iím wearing." Psaki accused Russian outlets like Russia Today of sexism and spreading false rumors that she was fired from the State Department because she has not been at the podium lately. (Psaki's deputy Marie Harf conducted the State Department daily press briefing all last week.) Russia Today responded, saying the shots fired at Psaki on Twitter from Russians are for the...
  • Bolton: Children Should Not Be ĎIn Charge of Foreign Policyí

    06/06/2014 8:11:34 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6-5-14 | Patrick Goodenough
    CNSNews.com) Ė ďChildrenĒ should not be in charge of foreign policy, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton said Thursday, responding to a State Department spokeswomanís comments earlier this week about claims by some former squad members that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had deserted. ďI think children are wonderful, but I donít think they should be in charge of foreign policy,Ē Bolton told Fox Businessí Stuart Varney. ďThatís very strong stuff,Ē said Varney. ďNot as strong as I might say off-camera,Ē Bolton replied. He said the departmentís spokespeople under Secretary of State John Kerry ďhave been more partisan than any...
  • Flashback: State Department objects to release of Taliban prisoners

    06/05/2014 12:30:09 AM PDT · by LibertyGirl14 · 5 replies
    Liberty Unyielding ^ | 6/4/2014 | Renee Nal
    In February, CNN reported that ďU.S officials strongly objected to the release of men who they said pose a threat to security forces and civilians. [...] At the time, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said,ďThese individuals are dangerousÖThey pose threats to the safety and security of the Afghan people and the Afghan state.Ē It is unclear why the release of those Taliban prisoners, under the authority of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, was more dangerous than the release of five high-ranking Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay under the authority of President Obama.
  • Muslim cleric who backed fatwa on Ďkilling of U.S. soldiersí promoted by State Dept.

    05/26/2014 6:24:47 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 38 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 24, 2014 | By Adam Kredo
    The State Departmentís Counter Terrorism (CT) Bureau promoted on Friday a controversial Muslim scholar whose organization has reportedly backed Hamas and endorsed a fatwa authorizing the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. The CT bureau on Friday tweeted out a link to the official website of Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, the vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), a controversial organization founded by a Muslim Brotherhood leader ďwho has called for the death of Jews and Americans and himself is banned from visiting the U.S.,Ē according to Fox News. Bin Bayyah is reported to have been one...
  • ĎI donít think Kerry gives a damní: Administration hammered for silence on Marine held in Mexico

    05/22/2014 10:43:21 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 22, 2014 | Judson Berger
    President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are being accused of ignoring the plight of a U.S. Marine imprisoned in Mexico on gun charges -- with no indication whether Kerry even brought up the case during high-level meetings this week in Mexico City. "I don't think Kerry gives a damn about this guy," Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., told FoxNews.com on Thursday. The case of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi is notable for the lack of public attention it's gotten from administration officials. Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out in 2011 on American hikers imprisoned in Iran, and her husband even...
  • Victoria Nuland [Obama Administration] Accused of Meeting With Neofascists in Washington

    05/19/2014 12:02:00 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 89 replies
    FireDogLake ^ | 5/19/2014 | DSWright
    In an interview with Bloomberg News [URL at link], Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov asserted that Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland had meetings with the Ukrainian neofascist group Right Sector in Washington DC. The Right Sector has been involved in numerous killings including the burning of pro-Russian supporters in Odessa. ... Whether Nuland met with Artyomenko or any other representative of the Right Sector to help with fundraising and support is unknown. What is known is that the US is supporting the gang in Kiev's "interim government" which includes Svoboda an openly neofascist party...
  • State Dept. amassing explosives stockpile

    05/12/2014 8:56:54 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 18 replies
    WND ^ | May 10, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    C4, blasting equipment destined for embassies?The U.S. State Department has ordered hundreds of pounds of plastic explosives and thousands of containers of liquid explosives, WND has discovered, shipping them to the location of U.S. centers that typically send sensitive materials to overseas embassies. According to procurement documents WND obtained through routine database research, State recently put in four separate orders for high explosives Ė purchases accompanied by tens of thousands of feet of detonating cords with hundreds of blasting caps and fuse igniters. The ultimate destination of these products and their cost is unknown, but the government contracting office responsible...
  • State Department compared Nigeria's Boko Haram crisis to religious minorities in United States

    05/12/2014 1:08:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 9, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    When congressional leaders asked the State Department to tailor American assistance to Nigeria in a way that would protect Christians from religious persecution at the hands of Boko Haram, an extremist group that kidnapped hundreds of Christian girls last month, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's team dismissed the idea on the theory that the organization was not motivated by religion. "This religious tension, while real, should not be mistaken as the primary source of violence in Nigeria," David Adams, assistant secretary of legislative affairs, wrote to Congress in an Oct. 4, 2012 letter. "Similar to the United States, Nigeria's religious...
  • State Department Cites Daily Kos, Think Progress While Defending Kerry Apartheid Statement

    04/28/2014 2:41:26 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 15 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/28/14 | Aurelius
    In one of the clearest statements by the White House that they are completely engulfed in their own worldview, the State Department on Sunday cited both Daily Kos and Think Progress while defending Secretary of State John Kerry's offensive apartheid statement. This previous Friday, Mr. Kerry stated that Israel risked becoming an "apartheid state" if they did not give in to Palestinian demands during peach talks between the two groups. The State Department quickly went on defense to protect the asinine statements. Jen Psaki, spokeswoman for the State Department, tweeted out two articles in which other people had warned that...
  • ĎState Dept aspires to be news agency packaging propaganda messagesí

    04/26/2014 8:24:43 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 3 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 04-26-2014
    The US State Department itself is becoming a news organization, packaging propaganda messages into an easily consumable format, and accusing others of propaganda is at the very least hypocritical, media critic Danny Schechter told RT. Following Kerryís attack on RT over its coverage of the Ukraine crisis, on Thursday the US State Department posted its own version of events in a video entitled ďSanctions: How Did We Get Here?Ē Ė blaming Russia for the whole crisis. The description of the video reads: ďAn overview of the steps that have led the United States and the international community to apply sanctions...
  • Secretary of State John Kerry Brings Dog to Take Your Child to Work Day

    04/25/2014 7:27:18 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Apr 2014, 11:53 AM PDT | Charlie Spiering
    Secretary of State John Kerry brought his dog Ben to a State Department Take Your Child to Work Day event. During the event, Kerry surprised the audience by approaching the podium with his dog on a leash. ďCome on, Ben. Sit. Sit. Sit,Ē he said, trying to get the one-year-old dog to cooperate. ďThereís one rule in show business: Donít do anything with kids or animals,Ē he said sheepishly as he began his press conference. ďIím breaking those rules today big time.Ē The dog jumped on Kerry as he spoke. And he jumped on the interpreter, too. Kerry remarked that...
  • U S Govt. Promotes Islam in Czechoslovakia

    04/15/2014 4:32:47 PM PDT · by Don Corleone · 13 replies
    Critics say the project's underlying objective is to convert non-Muslim children to Islam by bringing proselytizing messages into public schools under the guise of promoting multiculturalism and fighting "Islamophobia." The group recently ran an advertisement promising to pay 250 Czech korunas ($13 dollars) to any student aged 15 to 18 years who would attend a two hour presentation about Islam. More recently, Muslims in the Czech Republic have tried to ban a book they say is Islamophobic, and have filed a ten-page criminal complaint against its formerly-Muslim author. The Czech government has approved a new project aimed at promoting Islam...
  • Russian Fiction the Sequel: 10 More False Claims About Ukraine

    04/13/2014 2:37:32 PM PDT · by kristinn · 33 replies
    The State Department ^ | Sunday, April 13, 2014
    Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 13, 2014 ďNo amount of propaganda can make right something that the world knows is wrong.Ē Ė President Obama, March 26 Russia continues to spin a false and dangerous narrative to justify its illegal actions in Ukraine. The Russian propaganda machine continues to promote hate speech and incite violence by creating a false threat in Ukraine that does not exist. We would not be seeing the violence and sad events that we've witnessed this weekend without this relentless stream of disinformation and Russian provocateurs fostering unrest in eastern Ukraine. Here are...
  • Russia Claims American Mercenaries Are in Eastern Ukraine

    04/08/2014 4:06:49 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    NBC News ^ | 4/8/2014
    Russia claimed Tuesday that 150 specialists from an American private military group are in eastern Ukraine, the region where pro-Russia protesters are clashing with government forces. A woman who identified herself as an employee of the group, the security contracting company Greystone, declined comment. She also declined to provide her name. Greystone, on its website, identifies itself as a ďprovider of aviation and protective support services and trainingĒ formerly part of Xe Services, the security contracting company once known as Blackwater. A statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry said that the Americans were wearing the uniforms of Sokol, a Ukrainian...
  • It's not Russia that is destabilising Ukraine

    04/08/2014 2:26:00 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    The Gaurdian ^ | 4-7-2014 | Sergri Lavrov
    The profound and pervasive crisis in Ukraine is a matter of grave concern for Russia. We understand perfectly well the position of a country which became independent just over 20 years ago and still faces complex tasks in constructing a sovereign state. Among them is the search for a balance of interests among its various regions, the peoples of which have different historical and cultural roots, speak different languages and have different perspectives on their past and present, and their country's future place in the world. Given these circumstances, the role of external forces should have been to help Ukrainians...
  • Obama now probes everyone's health Ė in Kenya!

    04/06/2014 4:05:29 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 27 replies
    WND ^ | April 6, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    U.S. subsidizing massive in-person surveyIn the latest addition to the Obama administrationís growing aid-to-Kenya portfolio, the U.S. will help subsidize a nationwide citizen-health assessment in every Kenyan county without exception. While the estimated project cost remains undisclosed, a separate Kenya-based trade-promotion project unveiled late last week came with an additional $70 million price tag. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, with U.S. taxpayer help, will implement the 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey, or KDHS. Kenya will coordinate the efforts with United Nations agencies, the U.S. government and ďother partners.Ē The U.S. will fund a KDHS requirement to deploy contractor...
  • Obama administration spending $400,000 on camel sculpture in Pakistan

    04/04/2014 11:57:32 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11:43 AM 03/31/2014 | Alex Pappas
    The Obama administration wants to spend $400,000 on a camel sculpture for a new embassy building in Pakistan, according to a report Monday. BuzzFeed broke the news that the State Department has plans to commission the camel sculpture from John Baldessari, an American artist. The art is called, ďCamel Contemplating Needle.Ē According to a government document posted by BuzzFeed, the sculpture is a ďlarge 500lb fiberglass aluminum, stainless steel, acrylic and painted contemporary art piece.Ē ďPublic art which will be presented in the new embassy should reflect the values of a predominately Islamist country,Ē the document states. While the United...
  • State Department Misplaced $6B Under Hillary Clinton

    04/04/2014 9:59:24 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 39 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 4,2014 | Adam Kredo
    IG report reveals incomplete, lost contract files worth $6B The State Department misplaced and lost some $6 billion due to the improper filing of contracts during the past six years, mainly during the tenure of former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, according to a newly released Inspector General report. The $6 billion in unaccounted funds poses a ďsignificant financial risk and demonstrates a lack of internal control over the Departmentís contract actions,Ē according to the report. The alert, originally sent on March 20 and just released this week, warns that the missing contracting funds ďcould expose the department to substantial...
  • [Hillary2016] $6 Billion Goes Missing at State Department

    04/04/2014 10:00:32 AM PDT · by topher · 45 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 4-April-2014 | Brianna Ehley
    <p>The State Department has no idea what happened to $6 billion used to pay its contractors.</p>
  • Russia sends troops, Obama administration sends a selfie

    03/28/2014 9:37:26 AM PDT · by mojito · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | 3/28/2014 | Carl Campanile
    Russian leader Vladmir Putin sent in troops and tanks to invade neighboring Ukraine and the Obama administration is coming to the rescue with .‚ÄČ.‚ÄČ. selfies! State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was mocked Thursday after posting a photo of herself on Twitter holding a sign that read #United¬≠For¬≠Ukraine @State¬≠Dept¬≠Spox.¬Ē Psaki, who has worked closely with President Obama since his 2008 campaign and is the chief communications adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry, is smiling and giving a thumbs-up in the photo. But the cheerleading for beleaguered Ukraine wasn¬ít trending or scaring off bully Putin, said critics in the blogosphere. ¬ďPresenting...
  • Tony Blair handed £3m slice of Barack Obamaís aid for Africans

    03/23/2014 8:04:05 AM PDT · by opentalk · 8 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | March 23, 2014 | Mathew Holehouse, Edward Malnick
    Tony Blair is celebrating another multi-million pound contract after his charity secured a key deal with the US government. This time, the former prime ministerís Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) has won a £3.3 million contract to play a key role in Barack Obamaís flagship African aid programme.Ö It is thought to be the third grant obtained by Mr Blairís charity from USAID. The body was, until last February, overseen by Hillary Clinton, who, along with her husband Bill, the former US president, is a close friend of Mr Blair and his wife, Cherie.
  • U.S. Warns American Travelers in Russia, and Border Region

    03/14/2014 6:40:23 PM PDT · by kristinn · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | Friday, March 14, 2014 | Thomas Ferraro
    The U.S. State Department warned American citizens on Friday of possible military clashes along the Russian-Ukrainian border and potential anti-American activities in Russia as Crimea prepares to vote Sunday on whether to join Russia. SNIP "However," it said, "all U.S. citizens located in or considering travel to the border region ... should be aware of the potential for escalation of tensions, military clashes (either accidental or intentional) or other violence."
  • Russia Must Stop U.S. Expansion in Ukraine [Propaganda Alert]

    03/13/2014 10:29:12 PM PDT · by No One Special · 36 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | March 14, 2014 | Sergei Markov
    Today, as a result of the Ukrainian crisis, U.S.-Russian relations have hit their lowest point since the invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 or of Czechoslovakia in 1969 ó or perhaps even since they bottomed out during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Crimean crisis, which began as a power struggle between the ruling authorities in Kiev and opposition forces, transformed in to an attempt to overthrow Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych by pro-Western and nationalist opposition forces with the support of the U.S. and European Union. The crisis escalated into a conflict between the U.S. and Russia after the West supported a...
  • Democrats, NASA Scientists And Global Warming

    03/11/2014 4:16:37 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Investors.com ^ | March 11, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Hysterics: Democrats from the secretary of state to Senate lawmakers can't let go of their climate change obsession. Meanwhile, a group of NASA scientists and engineers says there's no danger. To whom do we listen? We'd say the folks at NASA. It's unlikely the media will see it that way, though. They have too much invested in that other scientific "consensus" that says man is heating the planet to listen to officials at NASA who disagree with the press-feted, fanatically political James Hansen. What do get wide coverage, though, are the rants of Secretary of State John Kerry, who has...
  • Dennis Kucinich Blames US Meddling for Russian Invasion

    03/04/2014 6:44:29 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 75 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | March 04, 2014 | Greg Richter
    Russia's invasion of Ukraine was spurred by American behind-the-scenes actions, says former Ohio Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich. Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday accused Kucinich of being a pacifist because of his opposition to the Iraq War, but Kucinich countered he believed that war was wrong, but not all U.S. military action is so. O'Reilly then asked how Kucinich would have handled the Ukraine crisis had he been elected president. "What I'd do is not have USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy working with U.S. taxpayers' money to knock off an elected government in Ukraine,...
  • Government Coverups Behind Islamic Invasion of America

    02/16/2014 7:23:24 AM PST · by george76 · 46 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | February 15, 2014 | Ben Barrack
    Grover Norquist, who founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR)... his connections to Muslim Brotherhood groups and individuals in the U.S. is irrefutable. One such individual is Abdurahman Alamoudi. Another is Suhail Khan, whose father helped found the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Muslim Students Association (MSA). His mother sat on the board of a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) chapter... Norquist helped Khan become the White House gatekeeper relative to selecting Muslim leaders who the Bush administration partnered with before and after 9/11. Those Muslim leaders belonged to Muslim Brotherhood front groups. ... Last year it was...
  • U.S. to Grant Immigrants Who Give Terrorists ďLimitedĒ Support Asylum

    02/06/2014 1:30:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 6, 2014
    As if President Obamaís backdoor amnesty werenít bad enough, the administration just issued an official order allowing the U.S. to take in once-banned refugees and asylum seekers who have provided ďlimited material supportĒ to terrorists. With the stroke of a few pensóthose belonging to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerryóthe nationís zero tolerance for any sort of terrorism-related support has vanished. It also marks yet another alarming example of a president who changes or replaces laws passed by Congress when he doesnít like them. Besides immigration, weíve seen this in the selective enforcement of Obamacare....
  • State Dept. Webcast Features Guest Who Called Clarence Thomas, Condi Rice 'Uncle Toms'

    01/31/2014 8:45:06 AM PST · by RicocheT · 10 replies
    Weekly standard ^ | Jan 31, 2014 | JERYL BIER
    The State Department is presenting a global webcast on February 4, titled "From the Street to Mainstream: The Evolution of Rap/Hip Hop Music." The host of the webcast, rapper and State Department Music Ambassador Toni Blackman, will be joined by Pras Michel, [snip] Some of Michel's more inflammatory comments in the past raise questions about the appropriateness of his appearance with the U.S.'s music ambassador on a government-sponsored webcast representing America to the world.
  • Benghazi whistleblower faults Senate Intelligence panel for leaving his testimony out of report

    01/23/2014 10:14:17 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 23, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Senate Intelligence Committee members did not include important testimony from Benghazi whistleblower Gregory Hicks about security at the U.S. mission in their final report, which had the effect of blaming the fallen ambassador and protecting a top State Department official from responsibility for the attack. "I was interviewed by the Select Committee and its staff, who were professional and thorough. I explained this sequence of events," Hicks (who worked with the late U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, in the lead-up to the attack) explained in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Thursday. "For some reason, my explanation did not...
  • Records Prove Muslim Brotherhood Delegates Skipped Airport Inspections

    01/17/2014 4:36:44 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/17/2014 | Steven Emerson
    Newly released records confirm a 2012 Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) report that the State Department cleared the way for a visiting delegation of Muslim Brotherhood officials to enter the country without undergoing routine inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents. The April 2012 visit came before the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate was elected Egypt's president, although the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) had won a plurality of seats in parliamentary elections. The expedited entry is known as a "port courtesy" normally reserved for high-ranking visiting government officials and dignitaries. [...] The Muslim Brotherhood has open connections with Hamas,...
  • State Department designates 3 Ansar al Sharia organizations, leaders

    01/11/2014 11:41:34 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | January 10, 2014 | Thomas Joscelyn
    The US State Department announced today that it has added three chapters of Ansar al Sharia, as well as three of the groups' leaders, to the government's terrorist designation lists. Ansar al Sharia groups in Benghazi, Derna, and Tunisia were designated as foreign terrorist organizations, as well as specially designated global terrorist entities. The three Ansar al Sharia leaders, Sufian Ben Qumu, Ahmed Abu Khattalah, and Seifallah Ben Hassine (a.k.a. Abu Iyad al Tunisi), were also added to the list of specially designated global terrorists. Ben Qumu is described as "the leader" of Ansar al Sharia Derna, while Khattalah is...
  • State Caves a bit on Benghazi; still avoids Egypt Link

    01/11/2014 11:30:43 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | January 11, 2014 | Walid Shoebat
    The State Department has identified Ansar Al-Sharia and its leaders as terrorist organizations and terrorists respectively, something we (and others) demonstrated several months ago. Letís see, well over a year after the Benghazi attack, State has conceded something that was beyond painstakingly obvious within hours of that attack. There is something else that is quite obvious State doesnít seem too interested in conceding Ė an Egyptian connection to the Benghazi attack. It is a case we have been making for several months. Perhaps there is no better anecdote available to demonstrate the sheer incompetence and malice of the Obama administration...
  • "Disappointed" US: State Dept Spokesperson Tells Chinese Reporter to Go Get a Dictionary (trunc)

    01/01/2014 1:33:10 PM PST · by ransomnote · 23 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | Tuesday, December 31, 2013 | Ex-skf Blogger quoting US State Dept
    Full Title: (OT) Abe's Yasukuni Shrine Visit and the "Disappointed" US: State Dept Spokesperson Tells Chinese Reporter to Go Get a Dictionary and learn the difference between "disappointment", "regret" and "concern". The Chinese reporter's question is quite legitimate, as the words used in diplomatic statements are (or should be) strictly defined and used to convey specific meanings. The US State Department, following the example of the US Embassy in Tokyo, chose the word "disappointed" in their statement regarding Japan's PM Abe's visit to Yasukuni Shrine on December 26, 2013. But Ms. Harf, deputy spokesperson of the US State Department, told...
  • India seeks possible U.S. tax violations in diplomat row

    12/27/2013 10:04:38 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Friday, 27 Dec, 2013 | Reuters
    NEW DELHI India has sought details about staff in American schools in the country for possible tax violations and revoked ID cards of U.S. consular officials and their families, retaliatory steps for the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York on criminal charges. The measures suggest that the two countries are no closer to a resolution of a diplomatic dispute over the treatment of Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade this month on charges of visa fraud and underpayment of her housekeeper. Khobragade, who has denied the charges, was handcuffed and strip-searched while in custody despite informing U.S. marshals about...
  • State Department: The Greatest Enemy to the United States

    11/19/2013 9:05:21 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/19/13 | Jim Emerson
    –ď–õ–ě–Ě–ź–°–° (GLONASS) Russian GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System), is a space-based Global Positioning System (GPS) operated by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces. It is the Russian version of America¬ís military GPS and is currently the only alternative navigational system in operation capable of global coverage. GLONASS first become operational in 1982 and achieved global coverage in 2011. During the first reign of Vladimir Putin, GLONASS became the first priority of the Russian Federal Space Agency, consuming nearly one third of the Agency budget. It was, after all, imperative to duplicate the accuracy of America¬ís GPS system. State Department In 2013,...
  • Would You Believe the State Dept Reportedly Prepared to Let Russia Build These on U.S. Soil?

    11/16/2013 11:36:11 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 16, 2013 | Dave Urbanski
    The CIA and Pentagon have been trying to halt a State Department plan to let Russiaís space agency (Roscosmos) construct within the United States a handful of monitor stations, according to American officials, the New York Times reported. The fear is that the stations could aid Russian efforts to spy on the U.S. and bolster the accuracy of Russian weaponry, the officials told the Times, adding that the Russians said the monitor stations would dramatically improve their version of the Global Positioning System. The CIA and other U.S. spy agencies, along with the Pentagon, believe the monitor stations would provide...
  • American prisoner languishes in Afghanistan as bureaucrats do nothing

    10/20/2013 9:03:35 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/20/13 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Just what is holding up the release from captivity of the only American POW, Sgt. Bowe Robert Bergdahl, 27, of Ketchum, Idaho? Is this beloved 27 year old American soldier now a ping pong ball in the Afghanistan-US peace talks? Or is he being held as a bargaining chip between our State Department and Senate because President Obamaís aim to close Guantanamo Prison in Cuba is being thwarted by Congress which doesnít want it closed? And, if as the Taliban supposedly demands, America must release five prisoners being held in Gitmo to show confidence before Sgt. Bergdahl can be freed,...
  • The Clinton Foundationís man in Cairo was also the Muslim Brotherhoodís

    09/19/2013 3:55:26 PM PDT · by mojito · 9 replies
    PowerLine ^ | 9/19/2013 | Paul Mirengoff
    The Washington Free Beacon reports that a senior Muslim Brotherhood official who, until fairly recently, was employed by the William J. Clinton Foundation, was arrested in Cairo on Tuesday and charged with inciting violence. The official, Gehad el-Haddad, had been serving as one of the Muslim Brotherhoodís top communications officials. In that capacity, while the Muslim Brotherhood controlled Egypt, he ďpush[ed] the Muslim Brotherhoodís Islamist agenda in the foreign press, where he was often quoted defending the Brotherhoodís crackdown on civil liberties in Egypt,Ē according to the Free Beacon. El-Haddad served the Clinton Foundation in Cairo as ďcity directorĒ from...
  • For WSJ writer, Elizabeth O'Bagy, PHD stands for Piling it Higher and Deeper

    09/11/2013 6:22:00 PM PDT · by Red Statements · 16 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 09/11/2013 | Steven H Ahle
    The Syria researcher, who wrote the oft cited OpEd piece by Elizabeth O'Bagy, on the Syrian Conflict was fired for lying about having a PHD. from Georgetown University. She also failed to reveal one small little detail. She works for the Syrian Emergency Task Force, a nonprofit group who advocates for Al Qaeda and other opposing forces in Syria. And let us not forget the best part. Who pays for this propaganda? You do. The main problem is that she has caught the ear of many of our leaders. She has been cited by John McCain, John Kerry, and others....
  • Controversial Syria Researcher Fired Over Doctorate Claim (O'Bagy)

    09/11/2013 9:48:05 AM PDT · by Dysart · 52 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 9-11-13 | Susannah George
    A young researcher whose opinions on Syria were cited by both Senator McCain and Secretary of State John Kerry in congressional testimony last week has been fired from the Institute for the Study of War for allegedly faking her academic credentials. The institute issued a statement on its website concerning the researcher, Elizabeth OíBagy: The Institute for the Study of War has learned and confirmed that, contrary to her representations, Ms. Elizabeth OíBagy does not in fact have a Ph.D. degree from Georgetown University. ISW has accordingly terminated Ms. OíBagyís employment, effective immediately. OíBagy and her op-ed drew scrutiny last...
  • Report: State Dept knew of Benghazi vulnerabilities, ignored them

    09/04/2013 1:20:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/04/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    The State Department has a long-standing policy of waiving security requirements in dangerous areas, as well as ignoring threat assessments, a new report on the Benghazi terror attack concludes. The sacking of the consulate a year ago could be repeated in any number of hot spots, thanks to a lack of focus on security and safety at Foggy Bottom, and lack of accountability for decisions made in those areas, according to the documents leaked to Al-Jazeera America: The U.S. Department of State has known for decades that inadequate security at embassies and consulates worldwide could lead to tragedy, but senior...
  • Obama-Backed Syrian Rebels Behead 24 Including a MOTHER AND HER BABY

    09/04/2013 7:08:40 AM PDT · by Qbert · 16 replies
    The D.C. Clothesline ^ | September 4, 2013 | Tim Brown
    The religion of violence has struck again and these are the savages that Barack Obama, John Kerry, and now John Boehner (no real surprise there) are wanting us to support. Alalam is now reporting that the Obama backed and supported al-Qaeda Syrian rebels forced 24 civilians off a bus traveling from Tarus to Ras al-Ain in the northeast of Syria and beheaded them all, including a mother and her baby. Alalam reports: Al-Qaeda linked terrorists in Syria have beheaded all 24 Syrian passengers traveling from Tartus to Ras al-Ain in northeast of Syria, among them a mother and a 40-days...
  • U.S. secretly backed Syrian opposition groups, cables released by WikiLeaks show [Old but relevant]

    09/01/2013 11:31:58 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/17/2011 | Craig Whitlock
    ... The London-based satellite channel, Barada TV, began broadcasting in April 2009 but has ramped up operations to cover the mass protests in Syria as part of a long-standing campaign to overthrow the countryís autocratic leader, Bashar al-Assad. ... In February 2006, when relations with Damascus were at a nadir, the Bush administration announced that it would award $5 million in grants to ďaccelerate the work of reformers in Syria.Ē ... Around the same time, Syrian exiles in Europe founded the Movement for Justice and Development. The group, which is banned in Syria, openly advocates for Assadís removal. U.S. cables...
  • Take Obama's "citizenship" status to the Supreme Court.

    08/29/2013 10:47:44 AM PDT · by MaxValentine · 75 replies
    Max Valentine | August 29, 2013 | Max Valentine
    Given how that Obama is 50% United States and 50% Kenyan, ask yourself this question: would you like to live with just 50% of your body parts? Children are expected to do more than 50% of their schoolwork and the Electoral College is supposed to be won by at least more than 50% of Electoral College votes and George Washington was unaminously elected by the Electoral College. Seems like Obama is a threat to United States Security, remember his friend Rev. Jeremiah Wright? I say that the Supreme Court should nullify Obama's Presidential status.
  • Ohio State Univ Muslim Student Association President arrested in Egypt

    08/28/2013 12:49:58 PM PDT · by opentalk · 17 replies
    creeping sharia ^ | August 28, 2013
    Will he be deported from Egypt and allowed to re-enter the U.S.? via Egypt arrests US citizen son of Brotherhood figure | THE DAILY STAR. CAIRO: Security officials say the son of an outspoken Muslim Brotherhood figure has been detained. Mohamed Soltanís family says he is a U.S. citizen and does not know his whereabouts. An active supporter of the Islamist group online, the 25-year-old had posted pictures of his arm after it was shot when security forces cleared out two Brotherhood sit-ins Aug. 14. The Ohio State University graduate is the son of outspoken Muslim Brotherhood figure Salah Soltan....
  • Update: Fmr CNN Producer Exposes Multiple Obama Birth Certificates; Alabama Supreme Court

    08/28/2013 10:41:04 AM PDT · by Cold Case Posse Supporter · 86 replies
    Obama Release Your Records ^ | 8-28-2013 | Kevin Powell
    Make no mistake, if you or I robbed a bank would we keep the money if caught? In a word, NO! For CNN to say it is a ďmoot pointĒ whether or not Barack Hussein Obama AKA Barry Soetoro / Soebarkah is eligible to hold the Office of the United States Presidency is a travesty to the nation! CNN is fully aware that an official law enforcement investigation spanning more than 23 months by the duly authorized Cold Case Posse for the Maricopa County Sheriffís Department in Arizona led by the Constitutionally elected Sheriff Joe Arpaio has determined that the...
  • Threat of Homegrown Radicalization and Domestic Terror Persists

    08/28/2013 5:09:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2013 | Scott Erickson
    Last week, a jury of 13 military officers found Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan guilty of 13 counts of murder and 32 counts of attempted murder for his shooting rampage at the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood in November 2009. The conviction followed a trial in which Hasan, acting as his own legal representative, offered little by way of defense and stated early in the trial that evidence would show that, ďI am the shooter.Ē Hasanís conviction notwithstanding, the public, U.S. law enforcement agencies, and the broader counterterrorism community must not allow this small legal victory to cloud...