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  • Judicial Watch Files Two Lawsuits against Obama Administration for Information on Terrorist...

    12/19/2014 9:41:59 AM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 19, 2014
    Full title: Judicial Watch Files Two Lawsuits against Obama Administration for Information on Terrorist Swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl GAO found that Obama broke a “clear and unambiguous” law when he swapped Bowe Bergdahl for the high-level terrorists (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on November 18, 2014, it filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits against the U.S. Departments of Defense and State to obtain records concerning arrangements made between the U.S. government with third parties or another state regarding agreements and monetary payments to secure the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity in Afghanistan....
  • Is State Department Protecting Hillary's Presidential Bid?

    12/11/2014 4:06:37 PM PST · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    Investors.com ^ | December 11, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Election 2016: The State Department is dragging its feet with unusual delays in releasing records pertaining to presidential contender Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. Some requests are up to four years old. It's not as if the Associated Press and others that filed the Freedom of Information Act requests were asking for Clinton's private diaries or the encryption codes used by the State Department. Among the requests are such seemingly innocuous things as schedules, appointment, travel records, where and when she traveled, and who she traveled and met with. There are items, however, that a 2016 presidential candidate...
  • 10 Major Takeaways from the House Benghazi Report That the Media is Completely Ignoring

    12/01/2014 10:40:19 AM PST · by fredericbastiat1 · 18 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | 2014-12-01 | Benjamin Weingarten
    For those left unsatisfied with the media’s uncritical and shallow coverage of the recently released Benghazi report from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, I wanted to pass along this just-published article, 10 major takeaways from the House Benghazi report that the media is completely ignoring, based on a careful read of the actual text of the report and appended documents. The media’s unwillingness to actually study the report given the political value of the “headline” takeaways, not to mention its uncharacteristic lack of skepticism at an investigation conducted by a committee led by Republicans almost completely absolving the...
  • Rising Rail Oil Shipments Beg For Safer Keystone XL

    11/17/2014 9:54:31 AM PST · by raptor22 · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 17, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy Transport: New data show fast-rising rail shipments from North Dakota's Bakken shale formation and the need for a safer alternative to rail — like the Keystone XL pipeline. In his post-election press conference, the president noted in justifying his continual kicking of the Keystone XL oil drum down the road that "while this debate about Canadian oil has been raging ... we've seen some of the biggest increases in American oil production and natural gas production in our history." That increase is due in large part to oil recovered from the Bakken shale formation centered on North Dakota. So...
  • Obama opens door for Central American children to legally come to U.S. (Another 0bama lie)

    11/16/2014 6:44:14 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 16, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Republicans decry ‘border sabotage’ ahead of expected illegal immigration executive actionThe Obama administration quietly announced a program late last week to create a legal channel for thousands of Central American children to come to the U.S., a move designed to prevent a repeat of this summer’s illegal immigrant surge but which Republicans said amounted to “border sabotage.” Coupled with President Obama’s expected action in the next few weeks granting tentative legal status to illegal immigrants already in the U.S., the policy could open the door to illegal immigrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala petitioning to have their children still...
  • Obama State Dep't. Creates New Program to Import Children from Latin America

    11/14/2014 9:10:47 AM PST · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    CNSNews ^ | November 14, 2014 | Brittany M. Hughes
    (CNSNews.com) - The Obama administration announced on Friday a plan to create a new refugee/parole program for children in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras whose parents are legal residents of the United States. “This program will allow certain parents who are lawfully present in the United States to request access to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for their children still in one of these three countries,” the State Department said in a news release. The department added that “[c]hildren who are found ineligible for refugee admission but still at risk of harm may be considered for parole on a case-by-case...
  • State Department Condemns Stabbing Attacks

    11/10/2014 11:04:34 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 32 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/11/14 | Ben Ariel
    The United States on Monday condemned the two stabbing attacks in Tel Aviv and in Gush Etzion, while urging both Israelis and Palestinian Arabs to ease rising tensions. "We strongly condemn the stabbing today in the West Bank, and we deeply regret the loss of life," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, in a statement made before soldier Almog Shiloni, who was critically wounded in the Tel Aviv attack, died of his wounds. "Our condolences go out to the victim's family. It is absolutely critical that parties take every possible measure to protect civilians and de-escalate tensions," added Psaki. .....
  • While Wearing Hamas Green, State Department Spokesman [ Jen Psaki ] Avoids Offending Hamas

    10/28/2014 6:33:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | October 28, 2014
    As State Department spokesman Jen Psaki appeared to be going out of her way to avoid implicating Hamas in an act of terrorism, she was coincidentally dressed in a shade of green reminiscent of Hamas’ color. When asked by AP reporter Matt Lee about reports that the terrorist leanings of a 14 year-old Palestinian-American boy named Orwa Hammad, Psaki pleaded ignorance. Hammad was reportedly hurling molotov cocktails before being killed by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF); Psaki played dumb.
  • State Department Plans To Bring Foreign Ebola Patients To U.S. (Infected Doctors & Medical Aides)

    10/28/2014 5:44:12 PM PDT · by blam · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-28-2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Stephen DinanThe Washington TimesOctober 28, 2014 The State Department has quietly made plans to bring Ebola-infected doctors and medical aides to the U.S. for treatment, according to an internal department document that argued the only way to get other countries to send medical teams to West Africa is to promise the U.S. will be the world’s medical backstop. Some countries “are implicitly or explicitly waiting for medevac assurances” before they will agree to send their own medical teams to join U.S. and U.N. aid workers on the ground, the State Department argues in the undated four-page memo, which was reviewed...
  • Microsoft co-founder pledges $100 MILLION of his own fortune to combat Ebola

    10/23/2014 7:36:28 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 20:12 EST, 23 October 2014 | Associated Press
    Billionaire Paul Allen says he'll contribute at least $100 million to the fight against Ebola. The Microsoft co-founder said Thursday that among the initiatives he's supporting is the development of two medevac containment units that the U.S. State Department can use to safely evacuate health workers who become infected. Allen, who is worth more than $15billion, said he's working with the World Health Organization to increase its capacity for handling the logistics of transporting international aid workers, and he's establishing a fund to help cover the costs of emergency transportation of the workers.
  • State Dept. inspector general: More evidence of rampant mismanagement under Hillary Clinton

    10/07/2014 10:03:36 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 10-7-14 | T. Becket Adams
    The State Department's Office of Inspector General has released another “management alert” detailing rampant mismanagement within the agency, much of it during Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's tenure. The inspector general’s latest “management alert” — the third released by the agency's internal watchdog in a little over a year — warns that the State Department’s management and oversight of grants has become a serious financial liability. “The management and oversight of grants poses heightened financial risk to the Department of State,” Inspector General Steve A. Linick said in a report dated Sept. 26 but released Sept. 30. Linick became the...
  • U.S. State Dept. Rejects Netanyahu’s Mideast Diagnosis

    10/01/2014 8:31:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/01/2014 | Arnold Ahlert
    In yet another tragic indication of Obama administration’s ideological obstinance, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki indicated that Israel and the United States are not on the same page regarding the scope of Islamic terror. The rift centers around Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at the U.N. on Monday, during which he insisted that terrorist groups such as ISIS, Hamas, the Iranian regime, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram share the same vision. “Some are radical Sunnis, some are radical Shi’ites,” he explained. Some want to restore a pre-medieval caliphate from the 7th century. Others want to trigger the apocalyptic return...
  • The US Government Is Warning You To Stay Away From These Countries

    09/27/2014 9:52:01 AM PDT · by blam · 39 replies
    BI - Global Post ^ | 9-27-2014 | Simran Khosla
    Simran Khosla, GlobalPost September 27, 2014The world can be a dangerous place. Depending on where you live, you're reminded of that every time you turn on the TV or read the news. If you are citizen of the United States there's also another consistent reminder: State Department travel warnings. According to the US Passport and International Travel Office: "We issue a Travel Warning when we want you to consider very carefully whether you should go to a country at all. Examples of reasons for issuing a Travel Warning might include unstable government, civil war, ongoing intense crime or violence, or...
  • ‘Several Thousand Syrian Nationals’ Coming To America

    09/19/2014 7:56:46 AM PDT · by impetrio1 · 17 replies
    Black & Right ^ | 9/19/14 | Bob Parks
    Considering what’s been going on in Syria over the last few years (including the official emergence of ISIS), and after the questionable scrutiny in giving thousands of visas to so-called immigrant-children refugees, I’m not sure this is a good idea.
  • Judicial Watch: Documents Reveal State Department Officials Told Three Months before Attack...

    09/10/2014 1:48:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 10, 2014
    Full title: Judicial Watch: Documents Reveal State Department Officials Told Three Months before Attack that Benghazi Security Guards Abandoning Posts Out of Fear for Safety Internal email reveals that three months before fatal terrorist attack, an explosion at compound wall “created a fear factor when it came to working the night shift” (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained 130 pages of new State Department documents revealing that local security guards working for Blue Mountain Group (BMG), the firm hired to protect the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, repeatedly abandoned their posts “out of fear of...
  • O’Reilly’s Response to State Department Smear is LEGENDARY [WATCH]

    09/09/2014 3:51:51 PM PDT · by SentinelOfLiberty · 116 replies
    The Sentinel of Liberty ^ | 09/09/2014 | Michael Cantrell
    Who doesn’t love Bill O’Reilly? He’s witty, charming, sarcastic, and has just a little bit of that pompousness that makes the guy borderline adorable, in a non-homo kind of way. He also tells-it-like-it-is, and he’s pretty darn good at it. Unfortunately, these characteristics are not fully appreciated by State Department spokesperson Marie Barf Harf, who has been taking every opportunity she can to throw the conservative powerhouse under the bus for criticizing one of her female colleagues, a move she labeled “sexist.” Of course, it’s pretty dang hard to take any claim of “sexism” or “racism” serious from a liberal,...
  • About those lightweight Team Obama spokespersons

    09/06/2014 9:36:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Powerline ^ | September 6, 2014 | Paul Mirengoff
    Bill O’Reilly came under criticism from the Obama administration this week for stating that Jen Psaki, spokesperson for the State Department, “looks way out of her depth” and that “just the way she delivers, she doesn’t look like she has the gravitas for the job.” The criticism was delivered by Psaki’s deputy, Marie Harf, who claimed that O’Reilly’s comments are sexist because she doesn’t “actually [doesn't] think [he] would ever use [those words] about a man.” O’Reilly’s actions are “not ok,” Harf lectured. Harf, who makes Psaki look intellectually hefty, should think again. O’Reilly has used similar words to disparage...
  • State Department Spokesman Caught in MAJOR LIE about ISIS and Turkey

    08/22/2014 8:31:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 46 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | August 21, 2014 | Ben Barrack
    In another heated exchange between State Department spokesman Marie Harf and AP reporter Matt Lee, the issue of whether any governments are funding ISIS / ISIL is proving to be a hot button issue. In this particular exchange, Qatar is the focus but other countries – specifically Turkey – should start getting spotlighted soon. Harf contends that there is “no evidence” of governments funding ISIL but Lee calls her on that assertion based on a quote from President Obama. To say there is “no evidence” that any government is “supporting this group (ISIS)” is a major lie ... Let’s go...
  • State Dept. on Beheading of U.S. Journalist: 'This Is Not About the United States'

    08/21/2014 9:36:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 58 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/21/2014 | Brittany M. Hughes
    Deputy State Department spokesperson Marie Harf on Wednesday condemned the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic terrorists, but she also stated that the ISIS threat “is not about the United States and what we do.” Harf spoke after President Obama told the nation that “governments and peoples across the Middle East” should come together in a “common effort to extract this cancer, so that it does not spread.” He then went golfing. "I think ISIL wants to make this about the United States and our actions. And I think what the President was trying to say was that...
  • Through the looking glass Iraq | At the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, war zone meets wonderland

    08/09/2014 5:14:57 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 8 replies
    World Magazine ^ | August 9, 2014 | Mindy Belz
    To get to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad you first must present proper identifying credentials to pass Iraqi army checkpoints. Then turn through Assassin’s Gate, into what’s now known as the International Zone, or IZ. Nearing the banks of the Tigris, you turn right onto a boulevard, see the first guard tower marking the embassy compound, then drive—and drive—some minutes fronting its fortress-high walls before you reach an entry gate. The embassy—opened in 2009 at a cost to U.S. taxpayers of over $750 million—is the largest diplomatic compound in the world. At 104 acres (that’s 80 football stadiums) it’s about...
  • Iraq Travel Warning

    08/09/2014 7:55:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    US Embassy Baghdad ^ | August 8, 2014 | US State Department
    The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all but essential travel to Iraq. Travel within Iraq remains dangerous given the security situation. On June 16, the Department of State began relocating some staff members from the Embassy to the Consulates General in Basrah and Erbil and Iraq Support Unit in Amman. The Embassy remains open and is operating. In early August, the threat to the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) increased considerably with the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) towards Kurdish areas. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning dated June 16, 2014, to...
  • State Department’s Jen Psaki won’t take back Disgraceful Attack on Israel (video)

    08/05/2014 8:45:27 AM PDT · by tom h · 18 replies
    At times, State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki sounds like a mouthpiece for Hamas. She’s counting the supposed number of Israel’s attacks on “schools” in Gaza. No mention of the Hamas rockets being launched or hidden in or around those schools! She did say Israel has the right to defend herself, which should be the end of the story. Psaki needs to stop embarrassing our nation with her attacks on Israel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKVKf_p_2U0
  • State Department Hits Back at Israeli Criticism Over Kerry

    07/30/2014 3:07:37 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 37 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/7/14
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/static/Resizer.ashx/news/468/282/499773.jpg Israeli attacks against US Secretary of State John Kerry accusing him being of a supporter of Hamas are "offensive and absurd," a senior US diplomat said Wednesday. In a sharp exchange with reporters, deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf hit out against a torrent of abuse from "respected voices in Israel talking about the secretary of state, claiming that he supports Hamas, which is offensive and absurd." The United States had been given Israel "a level of support which has been quite frankly unprecedented in our history, even when we stood alone," she added. Kerry has been the subject...
  • What 'small country' did Hillary Clinton lead?

    07/28/2014 2:11:02 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 62 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 7-28-14 | Asche Schow
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday that she knows how difficult it is "to be the leader of a relatively small country." Come again? I know I’m relatively young, but I think I would have remembered President or Prime Minister or Queen Hillary. Clinton made the comments on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" while discussing the conflict between Israel and Hamas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu. “I’ve known Bibi a long time and I have a very good relationship with him, in part because we can yell at each other – and we do,” Clinton said. “And...
  • 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 I’m wearing and the colors I’m 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 ‘In Charge of Foreign Policy’

    06/06/2014 8:11:34 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6-5-14 | Patrick Goodenough
    CNSNews.com) – “Children” 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 spokeswoman’s comments earlier this week about claims by some former squad members that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had deserted. “I think children are wonderful, but I don’t think they should be in charge of foreign policy,” Bolton told Fox Business’ Stuart Varney. “That’s very strong stuff,” said Varney. “Not as strong as I might say off-camera,” Bolton replied. He said the department’s spokespeople under Secretary of State John Kerry “have 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 “U.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,“These individuals are dangerous…They pose threats to the safety and security of the Afghan people and the Afghan state.” 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 ‘killing of U.S. soldiers’ 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 Department’s 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 “who has called for the death of Jews and Americans and himself is banned from visiting the U.S.,” according to Fox News. Bin Bayyah is reported to have been one...
  • ‘I don’t think Kerry gives a damn’: 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 – 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...
  • ‘State Dept aspires to be news agency packaging propaganda messages’

    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 Kerry’s 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 “Sanctions: How Did We Get Here?” – blaming Russia for the whole crisis. The description of the video reads: “An 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. “Come on, Ben. Sit. Sit. Sit,” he said, trying to get the one-year-old dog to cooperate. “There’s one rule in show business: Don’t do anything with kids or animals,” he said sheepishly as he began his press conference. “I’m breaking those rules today big time.” 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 “No amount of propaganda can make right something that the world knows is wrong.” – 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 “provider of aviation and protective support services and training” 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 – 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 administration’s 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 “other partners.” 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, “Camel Contemplating Needle.” According to a government document posted by BuzzFeed, the sculpture is a “large 500lb fiberglass aluminum, stainless steel, acrylic and painted contemporary art piece.” “Public art which will be presented in the new embassy should reflect the values of a predominately Islamist country,” 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 “significant financial risk and demonstrates a lack of internal control over the Department’s contract actions,” according to the report. The alert, originally sent on March 20 and just released this week, warns that the missing contracting funds “could 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 . . . selfies! State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was mocked Thursday after posting a photo of herself on Twitter holding a sign that read #United­For­Ukraine @State­Dept­Spox.” 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’t trending or scaring off bully Putin, said critics in the blogosphere. “Presenting...
  • Tony Blair handed Ł3m slice of Barack Obama’s 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 minister’s Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) has won a Ł3.3 million contract to play a key role in Barack Obama’s flagship African aid programme.… It is thought to be the third grant obtained by Mr Blair’s 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 — 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...