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  • [Bob] Menendez presses State Department and FBI on Chesimard (ya rite)

    02/28/2015 9:57:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    NJ Advance Media via NJ.com ^ | February 26, 2015 at 5:09 PM | Jonathan D. Salant
    U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez today asked the State Department to give the return of convicted cop-killer Joanne Chesimard “the utmost importance” in new negotiations with Cuba. In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Menendez said that Chesimard and other fugitives must be extradited to the U.S. before Cuba is removed from a list of state sponsors of terrorism. …
  • Senior State Department Counterterrorism Director Arrested For Allegedly Soliciting Minor

    02/25/2015 9:27:15 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2/24/15 | Sara Carter
    Senior State Department official Daniel Rosen was arrested for allegedly soliciting a juvenile Tuesday afternoon, a Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman told TheBlaze. Rosen, the State Department’s director of counterterrorism, was arrested at his home for the “use of a communication device to solicit a juvenile,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said. Fox News reported that the juvenile was actually a female detective posing as a minor in an operation with the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Child Exploitation Unit. The unit conducted the investigation and made the arrest, Caldwell said. The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office notified the State Department of Rosen’s arrest,...
  • State Department Asks Twitter For Ideas To Fight Terrorists

    02/20/2015 7:13:07 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 74 replies
    We want your input. Share solutions you think are critical to countering violent extremism. http://t.co/lmVRNT7CAl pic.twitter.com/ivZKtwEQ8a — Department of State (@StateDept) February 20, 2015
  • State Dept. Spokeswoman: 'Christian Militant Group' Among 'Extremist Threats We Face'

    02/18/2015 8:02:17 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 71 replies
    CNS News ^ | Feb 18 2015 | Susan Jones
    People talk a lot about Islamic extremism and ISIS/ISIL (the guys who behead Christians, among others), but what about Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army? "I don't remember people talking about that as much anymore, but that's a Christian militant group," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday. She was making the point that terrorism "is not just a threat in one place" -- and it's not just Islamic: "If you look at the Lord's Resistance Army and Kony, Joseph Kony -- I don't remember people talking about that as much anymore, but that's a...
  • U.S. Expects to Quadruple the Number of Syrian Refugees Brought Here

    02/17/2015 12:29:10 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 18 replies
    CNS News ^ | Feb 17 2015 | Susan Jones
    The United States has "a long tradition of welcoming refugees," and it expects to welcome thousands more of them from Syria in 2015 and 2016, despite concerns about foreign fighters, the State Department said. "The United States has admitted 524 Syrians since 2011. We’re likely to admit 1,000 to 2,000 Syrian refugees for permanent resettlement in Fiscal Year 2015 and a somewhat higher number, though still in the low thousands, in Fiscal Year 2016," spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday. But at a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee last week, Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) said it would...
  • Who's Behind Efforts to Unseat Netanyahu?

    02/06/2015 5:19:51 AM PST · by SJackson · 17 replies
    CBN News ^ | 2-6-15 | Tzippe Barrow
    JERUSALEM, Israel -- Some people would say Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu must be doing something right. The controversy over his March 3 address on Iran to Congress, along with the U.S. State Department's complicity in a leftist campaign to unseat him, makes it clear he angers a lot of people. What's behind the anger and the well-funded efforts to unseat him? In an op-ed published Tuesday by Arutz Sheva, Ronn Torossian, CEO of one of America's leading public relations firms, documents the history of OneVoice, an organization in the forefront of the anti-Netanyahu campaign. According to Israeli media,...
  • Muslim Brotherhood-Aligned Leaders Hosted at State Department

    01/28/2015 4:42:25 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 33 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    The State Department hosted a delegation of Muslim Brotherhood-aligned leaders this week for a meeting about their ongoing efforts to oppose the current government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt, who rose to power following the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi, an ally of the Brotherhood, in 2013. One member of the delegation, a Brotherhood-aligned judge in Egypt, posed for a picture while at Foggy Bottom in which he held up the Islamic group’s notorious four-finger Rabia symbol, according to his Facebook page. That delegation member, Waleed Sharaby, is a secretary-general of the Egyptian Revolutionary Council and a spokesman for...
  • State Dept. Meets with Muslim Brotherhood to Strategize How to Rid Egypt of Pro-Christian Prez

    01/29/2015 11:02:38 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 14 replies
    Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh el Sisi has repeatedly told audiences that Islam needs a reformation and Muslims must rid their religion of violence and extremism. Today the Obama State Department held meetings with Muslim Brotherhood leaders to strategize how to rid Egpyt of Al-Sisi. One Muslim Brotherhood leader even posted a photo of himself outside the meeting. " The State Department hosted a delegation of Muslim Brotherhood-aligned leaders this week for a meeting about their ongoing efforts to oppose the current government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt, who rose to power following the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi, an ally...
  • State Dept: Murder of Americans Not Terrorism, But Acts of Terror

    02/03/2015 5:09:23 AM PST · by SJackson · 23 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 2, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    State Dept: Murder of Americans Not Terrorism, But Acts of TerrorPosted By Daniel Greenfield On February 2, 2015 @ 8:48 am In The Point | 16 Comments Translating from Obamanese to English can be hard work, because the Obamanese use English words with very specific coded meanings known only to them, their lawyers and their professors of political correctness.Obama Inc. originally refused to call Benghazi terrorism, but Obama did generally reference “Acts of Terror”, an issue that came up in the Obama-Romney debate.Is the distinction between terrorism and “Acts of Terror” significant? Apparently to Obama Inc. it is. State Department...
  • Open Jihad Declared in Egypt Following State Dept. Meeting with Muslim Brotherhood-Aligned Leaders

    01/30/2015 7:57:00 AM PST · by 444Flyer · 48 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1-30-15 | Adam Kredo
    'Muslim Brotherhood call for ‘long, uncompromising jihad’ The Muslim Brotherhood called for “a long, uncompromising jihad” in Egypt just days after a delegation of the Islamist group’s key leaders and allies met with the State Department, according to an official statement released this week. Just days after a delegation that included two top Brotherhood leaders was hosted at the State Department, the organization released an official statement calling on its supporters to “prepare” for jihad, according to an independent translation of the statement first posted on Tuesday. The statement also was issued just two days before a major terror attack...
  • Likud says Herzog breaking fundraising laws (foreign donations)

    02/01/2015 7:02:36 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Zionist Union connected to V15, an organization working to bring down the government, which has received funding from non-Israeli citizens, Likud charges. Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog has violated laws prohibiting accepting funds from non-Israeli citizens and foreign funded organizations and governments, Likud MKs said Sunday at a Tel Aviv press conference. Deputy ministers Tzipi Hotovely and Ophir Akunis, MKs Miri Regev and Yariv Levin, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's lawyer presented evidence connecting the Zionist Union to V15, an organization working to bring down the government, which has received funding from non-Israeli citizens S. Daniel Abraham and Daniel Lubetzky....
  • State Dept. to Disney: Use “Frozen” to teach kids about climate change

    01/23/2015 3:04:00 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Marcus Gilmer
    2014 was, according to NOAA and NASA, the warmest year on record for the entire world. Locally, it was also the hottest year in California’s history. The world’s climate is changing, at least according to science and data. 2014 was also the year of Frozen, Disney’s animated musical blockbuster about two sisters and a snowman (more or less), amassing over $1.2 billion in worldwide box office receipts and billions more from countless sing-a-long showings, DVD sales, and merchandise since its November 2013 release. And now, in 2015, we’re learning where these two seemingly disparate facts intersect: the State Department’s Admiral...
  • Barack Obama threatens Vladimir Putin over perceived Russia aggression against Ukraine

    01/25/2015 3:04:36 PM PST · by traumer · 78 replies
    The US President vowed to “ratchet up pressure on Russia” amid fears the fighting in eastern Europe is worsening by the day. Barack Obama today threatened to use all measures - short of military action - to force Vladimir Putin to back down over the Ukraine crisis. He vowed to “ratchet up pressure on Russia” amid fears the fighting in eastern Europe is worsening by the day. He also warned Putin was “hell-bent on engaging in military conflicts” regardless of the damage it caused to Russians with its sanctions-hit economy nosediving into recession. The US leader spoke out in India...
  • No room in America for Christian refugees

    01/17/2015 7:09:49 PM PST · by xzins · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 07, 2015 | Abraham H. Miller
    At the end of World War II, the Jewish survivors of Europe’s Holocaust found that nearly every door was closed to them. “Tell Me Where Can I Go?” was a popular Yiddish song at the time. Decades later, the Christians of the Middle East face the same problem, and the Obama administration is keeping the door shut. America is about to accept 9000 Syrian Muslims, refugees of the brutal war between the Assad regime and its Sunni opposition, which includes ISIS, Al Qaeda, and various other militias. That number is predicted to increase each year. There are no Christian refugees...
  • State Dept. gives other agencies 2 weeks to comment on Keystone XL pipeline

    01/16/2015 7:48:11 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Alaska Highway News | AP ^ | 1-16-2015 | BRADLEY KLAPPER
    President Barack Obama has promised to veto that legislation as long as the State Department is still conducting its formal review. Late last week, the Nebraska Supreme Court eliminated another obstacle, tossing out a lawsuit challenging the pipeline's route. Pipeline opponents in Nebraska filed two new suits Friday over the proposed route. The 1,179-mile pipeline would carry an estimated 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Canada to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines on its way to Gulf Coast refineries. Since the pipeline was proposed six years ago, it has sparked intense debate over its potential...
  • Surprise: Obama Administration Not Quite Sure If Cuba Has Released

    01/06/2015 6:55:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    When President Obama announced his plans to "normalize" relations between the United States and Cuba just before Christmas, he did so with few pre-conditions. However, one the conditions of normalizing relations with the communist country was for the Castro regime to release 53 political prisoners. When asked about their release yesterday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest could not say for certain if that release had occurred and said the Cuban government would be working on their own timeline. State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki gave a similar answer during her daily briefing yesterday. "I don’t have any more updates to...
  • State Dept.: Yeah, we don’t know if Cuba has released the 53 prisoners we required they release

    01/06/2015 7:00:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/06/2015 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Behold, the superior negotiating powers of President Barack Obama: State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki repeatedly refused to answer questions this afternoon about the 53 political detainees Cuba promised to release as part of a deal with President Obama to normalize relations with the United States.When asked about a lack of transparency in the prisoner exchange process, Psaki said, “Well, we know who’s on there. And the Cuban government knows who’s on there.” …After Psaki stated that she had no updates to provide, a befuddled Matt Lee asked, “Hold on — hold on a second. Can we — I mean,...
  • NATO Member Turkey Boosts Ties With Hamas; State Dep’t Has No Comment

    01/01/2015 9:16:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 30, 2014 - 5:21 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    A visit to Turkey by Hamas’ top leader and his participation in a convention of the ruling Islamist party is the latest sign that Turkey, a member of NATO, is becoming the key sponsor and ally of a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization. Khaled Meshaal met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday, before making a guest appearance at a weekend regional congress of the Justice and Development Party (AKP). Welcomed onto the platform by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Meshaal received an enthusiastic reception. He endorsed Erdogan and Davutoglu by name, and expressed the hope that together Hamas and Turkey...
  • State Department offers huge travel allowances for government employees

    12/31/2014 7:20:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 12/31/14 | Sarah Westwood
    Government employees can enjoy luxurious overseas business trips on the taxpayer’s dime thanks to generous foreign per diem rates established by the State Department. Per diem rates include the cost of lodging, meals and incidental expenses that the government is willing to give civilian federal employees for their official foreign travel. The rates are meant to cover lodging at “adequate, suitable and moderately-priced facilities” and meals at “facilities typically used by employees at that location,” according to the State Department's office of allowances. All federal employees traveling to foreign countries on official business can get reimbursements from the government at...
  • US finds Israel fourth most "unacceptable" country

    12/29/2014 11:46:32 AM PST · by Dave346 · 38 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | 12.29.14, 19:37 | Yitzhak Benhorin
    Foreign Policy article examines number of times state department referred to "unacceptable" behavior this year; Israel ranked between North Korea and Pakistan. The US State Department described Israeli actions as "unacceptable" 87 times in 2014, with only three countries being more "unacceptable," according to a Foreign Policy article published last week. Journalist Micah Zenko searched the State Department's website for usage of the term, and his "top ten" list shows Israel sandwiched right between North Korea and Pakistan. Zenko pointed that the US officials regularly use the phrase "but then do very little in response to prevent or deter those...
  • U.S. issues rare worldwide travel warning; hotels, shopping centers, schools among possible targets

    12/20/2014 10:06:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    al.com ^ | December 20, 2014 at 10:35 PM | Leada Gore
    The announcement, released by the State Department Friday, advises citizens to be "extra cautious, maintain a very high level of vigilance, and take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security." The warning comes following the Dec. 15 lone wolf attacks in Sydney, Australia this week in which two people died.
  • State Department: No, we're not planning sanctions against Israel

    12/08/2014 4:08:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 12/8/14 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Matt Lee @APDiploWriter Follow "Reports we might be contemplating sanctions against #Israel (re settlements) completely unfounded & without merit," per @statedeptspox. 11:06 AM - 8 Dec 2014
  • McCain blocks Obama’s pick for diplomatic post

    12/04/2014 8:50:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 4, 2014 11:30 AM EST | Bradley Klapper
    Sen. John McCain is blocking the confirmation of President Barack Obama’s nominee to be America’s second-highest ranked diplomat. McCain says Tony Blinken, Obama’s deputy national security adviser, is “totally unqualified” to serve as Secretary of State John Kerry’s understudy. …
  • State Dep’t Asks UAE Why It Labelled CAIR a Terrorist Group

    11/18/2014 10:12:32 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 25 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11/18/2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    A State Department spokesman said Monday the administration was seeking clarity from the United Arab Emirates over its decision to list two American Muslim groups as terrorist organizations. Spokesman Jeff Rathke seemed unaware that one of the two groups, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), has long been engaged in outreach programs with the U.S. government. CAIR and MAS have expressed shock at the move, with MAS saying it would look to the U.S. government to help. “The State Department works...with CAIR all the time, no?” a reporter asked. “I mean, there’s all sorts of outreach programs between the government...
  • 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...
  • U.S. diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation (Robin L. Raphel Again)

    11/07/2014 5:04:24 AM PST · by csvset · 23 replies
    WP ^ | November 6 2014 | Anne Gearan and Adam Goldman
    A veteran State Department diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation as part of a counterintelligence probe and has had her security clearances withdrawn, according to U.S. officials. The FBI searched the Northwest Washington home of Robin L. Raphel last month, and her State Department office was also examined and sealed, officials said. Raphel, a fixture in Washington’s diplomatic and think-tank circles, was placed on administrative leave last month, and her contract with the State Department was allowed to expire this week. Two U.S. officials described the investigation as a counterintelligence matter, which typically involves allegations of spying...
  • Obama holds photo op with doctors who worked in west Africa —

    10/29/2014 5:34:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 29, 2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    So here’s the big symbolic “screw you, Chris Christie” press conference that I thought was going to happen yesterday. Christie wants mandatory precautionary quarantines of health-care workers returning from the hot zone, so Obama’s going to show him what a hysterical overreaction that is by appearing personally with some of those workers. Who, by the way, are currently still in the incubation period. “What about science?” wondered Noah on Twitter. Just learned returning health workers that just met with President @BarackObama still within 21 day monitoring period for #ebola— Dr. Sanjay Gupta (@drsanjaygupta) October 29, 2014 Explain this to me....
  • Internal memo pushes bringing non-citizens to US for Ebola treatment; State denies plan

    10/29/2014 2:37:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 29, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) A memo obtained by Fox News indicates the Obama administration has been considering allowing non-American Ebola patients into the U.S. for treatment – though a State Department official on Tuesday denied any such plans. The document was obtained by Fox News from a Capitol Hill source, who said it is a memo prepared by the State Department. The top of the document is marked “sensitive but unclassified – predesicional (sic).” CLICK TO READ THE MEMO The “purpose” of the memo states: “Come to an agreed State Department position on the extent to which non-U.S. citizens will be admitted to...
  • 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...
  • Fox: Memo Shows State Dept. Wants to Send African Ebola Patients Here

    10/28/2014 5:22:57 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 43 replies
    mediaite. ^ | Oct 28, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    Fox News obtained a State Department memo today that reportedly details a plan to bring Ebola patients from Africa into the United States for treatment. Last night Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte claimed there was “increasing evidence” that the White House has been making such plans, before anything was actually confirmed. According to Fox correspondent Mike Emanuel, this internal memo they obtained was marked sensitive but unclassified, and goes over a proposal to determine whether the U.S. should accept non-citizens for Ebola treatment. And what they recommend is that there should be medical evacuation for eligible non-citizens, and the State Department...
  • Russian TV sees US plot behind Ukraine and IS militants

    09/25/2014 12:17:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    bbc.com ^ | September 25, 2014 | Stephen Ennis
    Russia is the target of a global plot orchestrated by the United States and involving fighters from the self-styled Islamic State (IS) and nationalist Ukrainian troops - that is the latest conspiracy theory broadcast on Russian state TV. "America is everywhere, the West is everywhere, Nato is everywhere. Everything is organised against Russia," the veteran Russian nationalist MP Vladimir Zhirinovsky railed during a talk show on Channel One, Russia's most popular TV station. There was a "certain link", he hinted, between Ukrainian troops "raiding our western regions" and IS, which he said was being armed by the US. Joining the...
  • Questions Raised About Ties Between Brookings Institution, Qatar’s Government

    09/24/2014 4:49:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 9/24/2014 | Daniel Wiser
    Recent revelations of significant financial ties between the Brookings Institution and Qatar’s government are raising new questions about the policy positions of the influential Washington think tank—including one top scholar’s writings about an al Qaeda-linked group, known as Ahrar al-Sham, that is funded by a terrorist financier linked to the Qatari royal family.The New York Times reported earlier this month that Qatar has pledged a $14.8 million, four-year donation to Brookings, making it the “single biggest foreign donor” to the think tank. That money will help finance Brookings’ Doha Center in Qatar and its project on U.S. relations with the...
  • After Gov’t Ignores Them for 2 Years, Family Of SEAL Killed In Benghazi Seeks Massive Retribution

    09/23/2014 11:13:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 35 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | 9/22/2014 | Caroline Schaeffer
    The family of Glen Doherty, one of the two Marine SEAL contractors killed in the 2012 Benghazi attack, are taking matters into their own hands and suing the CIA and the State Department for $1 million each, according to The Washington Times. Three other Americans were killed in the attack, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, and CIA contractor and former SEAL Tyrone Woods.
  • Former State Dept. Official: Details of Maxwell’s Benghazi Document Story ‘Ring True’

    09/21/2014 6:16:39 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 19 replies
    http://dailysignal.com/ ^ | Sept 19, 2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    A State Department whistleblower has come forward to say the details of a former colleague’s account of the sifting of Benghazi-related documents to identify damaging material “ring true.” The Daily Signal reported Monday on Raymond Maxwell, a former deputy assistant secretary at the State Department who says he observed an unusual after-hours session in a basement operations room of the agency’s headquarters in Washington in October 2012. Maxwell said a State Department office director told him those present were ordered to separate out any documents related to the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on Americans in Benghazi that could prove...
  • What Petrodollar: Russia, China To Create SWIFT Alternative

    09/12/2014 1:54:36 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10 September 2014 | Tyler Durden
    If, when in February Victoria Nuland infamously launched a (not so) covert campaign to replace the ruling Ukraine president oblivious to the human casualties, resulting in a civil war in east Ukraine, NATO encroachment along the borders of Russia, and a near-terminal escalation in hostilities between Ukraine, Russian, and various regional NATO members, the US intention was to provoke the Kremlin so hard that the nation with the world's largest reserves of mineral and energy resources would jettison the US Dollar and in the process begin the unraveling of the USD reserve currency status (as much as Jared Bernstein desires...
  • Ebola evacuations to US greater than previously known

    09/09/2014 1:57:28 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 50 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/9/14 | Jason Sickles
    An undisclosed number of people who’ve been exposed to the Ebola virus — not just the four patients publicly identified with diagnosed cases — have been evacuated to the U.S. by an air ambulance company contracted by the State Department. “We moved a lot of other people who had an exposure event,” said Dent Thompson, vice president of Phoenix Air Group. “Many times these people are just fine, they just had an exposure. But you have to treat it as though the disease is present.” How many exposed patients have been flown from West Africa to the U.S.? Thompson said...
  • House Benghazi panel to hold first hearing next week

    09/09/2014 5:11:57 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 | SEAN LENGELL
    A new special committee created to investigate the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, will hold its first public hearing next week, the panel announced Monday. The hearing will focus on the implementation of security recommendations made by the State Department's Accountability Review Board that was set up to investigate the surroundings that led to the attacks. The review board issued almost 30 recommendations in late 2012 after concluding that "systemic” State Department failures led to inadequate security at the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi. Details of the hearing, including a witness list and on what day it will take place,...
  • Judge Jeanine Pirro Fox News Uncovers The Smoking Gun Of Benghazi Attack

    09/06/2014 8:45:24 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 39 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | Sept 6, 2014 | You Tube
    Pat Smith (Sean Smith's mother) reaction to the Fox Special on Benghazi. Tony Shaffer & Christian Whiton (former state dept official) weigh in on the issue.
  • Amateur Hour: State Dept. has resorted to ‘crowdsourcing foreign policy’

    08/29/2014 3:57:26 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 4 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 08/29/2014 | Twitchy
    In case you had any remaining doubts about the Obama administrationÂ’s foreign policy chops, this should put those to rest: Department of State âś” @StateDept Follow How can we do a better job of serving the American people & improving the world? Learn how to submit your thoughts: http://go.usa.gov/ycDR 2:29 PM - 29 Aug 2014 Wait Â… what? Welcome to Amateur Hour! You know itÂ’s coming. But on the other hand, maybe this is the only way to get things done. ItÂ’s not as if the State Department is remotely competent.
  • State Dept Rejects ISIL’s Claim It Is At War With America

    08/21/2014 3:02:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 60 replies
    The State Department downplayed comments from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) leaders that they are at war with America, arguing that their violence is not directed at any particular country or race. At a briefing Thursday, a reporter brought up anti-American comments from ISIL leaders: “I mean, even they are announcing, ISIL people in their message, whatever, the recorded message, other messages, that now we are in a war with America.” “This is not about ISIL versus the United States,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf objected. “They are killing anyone who gets in their way:...
  • 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...
  • State Dept: We’ve Been ‘Looking At’ a Long-Term Strategy Against ISIL For a Year

    08/13/2014 6:45:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/13/14 | Staff
    The State Department claimed Wednesday that they have been “looking at” developing a long-term strategy to fight ISIL in both Iraq and Syria for a year. The United States has stressed repeatedly that its current limited missions in Iraq against ISIL are not long-term solutions. “We are looking long-term at how we fight ISIL,” said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. Asked by a reporter to clarify, Harf said, “We’ve been looking at that for quite some time. That’s not new.” “We’ve been looking at that for months and months, even before the latest offenses that started in June against Mosul...
  • Who funds Syrian rebel advocate O’Bagy and the Syrian Emergency Task Force? You do

    09/09/2013 5:29:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    The Syrian Emergency Task Force the pro-rebel lobbying outfit that employs widely quoted intervention advocate Elizabeth O’Bagy as its political director, receives funding from the U.S. Department of State and related government contractors. In an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller earlier last week, O’Bagy explained how she got paid. O’Bagy has been roundly condemned for working for a pro-Syrian lobbying group at the same time she was casting the Syrian rebels in a positive light. She works as an analyst at the neoconservative think tank, the Institute for the Study of War. “Most of the contracts that I’ve been...
  • State Department hires testimony coach to prepare for congressional grillings

    08/09/2014 12:17:14 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8/7/14 | Jim McElhatton
    After suffering through a striking number of rough grillings at the hands of Congress, State Department officials have approved a contract worth up to $545,000 to help train themselves for how to brief lawmakers and to testify at hearings. The contract with Orlando, Florida-based AMTIS, Inc. includes classes entitled “Communicating with Congress: Briefing and Testifying” and pays for one-on-one sessions to hold a mock hearing with questioners playing the role of lawmakers asking hard questions of the would-be witnesses. Leslie Paige, spokeswoman for Citizens Against Government Waste, said if officials were doing their jobs correctly, the money wouldn’t be needed....
  • State Department: 'No American is proud' of CIA tactics

    07/31/2014 5:36:24 AM PDT · by mgist · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | 7/31/14 | AP
    WASHINGTON — The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document. "This report tells a story of which no American is proud," says the four-page White House document, which contains the State Department's preliminary proposed talking points in response to the classified Senate report, a summary of which is expected to be released in the coming weeks. Isn't it clear that the CIA engaged...
  • Michael Savage: 'Muslim Sisterhood' Runs White House

    07/29/2014 7:52:59 AM PDT · by opentalk · 16 replies
    WND ^ | July 29, 2014
    President Obama appears reticent to help Israel stamp out Hamas once and for all because his administration is being run by a “Muslim Sisterhood,” nationally syndicated talk-host Michael Savage told his listeners.""With the likes of senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, U.N. Ambassador Stephanie Power and National Security Adviser Susan Rice guiding Obama’s foreign policy, America appears to be siding with the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement founded in Egypt in 1928 that seeks to bring the world under Islamic law and has spun off violent jihadist groups such as al-Qaida and Hamas.It was the Muslim Brotherhood that governed Egypt in the wake of...
  • Egypt still holds the key in cease-fire talks [Israel and Hamas]

    07/21/2014 3:45:49 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 8 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Monday, July 21, 2014 | Zvi Ba'r'el
    “I take my hat off to Israel, and I say to the army, the people, and the Israeli leadership – you’re good men,” enthused Tawfik Okasha, owner and anchor of the Egyptian television channel Al-Faraeen. Although it’s true that Okasha has a personal vendetta against the Muslim Brotherhood, which closed down his channel during their rule, statements such as these haven’t been heard in Egypt in generations. There’s no doubt that the official and public discourse in Egypt is more favorable to Israel than it is to Hamas, but it’s still too early to rejoice about any kind of miracle...
  • Ron Paul Says U.S. May Share Responsibility for Malaysia Airlines Plane Crash

    07/21/2014 12:17:32 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 33 replies
    time.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Jay Newton-Small
    Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul claimed Sunday that the U.S. and European Union may share responsibility for the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last week. “While western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda on the event, there are a few things they will not report,” Paul, a former Republican congressman from Texas, wrote on his website. “They will not report that the crisis in Ukraine started late last year, when the EU and U.S. overthrew the elected Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych. Without U.S.-sponsored ‘regime change,’ it is unlikely that hundreds would have been killed in...
  • ‘My bad’: State Dept. official apologizes for #UnitedForGaza tweet

    07/20/2014 4:19:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/20/14 | Jessica Chasmar
    Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy Richard Stengel gave a peculiar apology to outraged Twitter users on Sunday after he tweeted #UnitedForGaza to his 15,000 followers. In a tweet directed to the State Department, Mr. Stengel said, “Critical for a full, credible and unimpeded intl investigation of crash. Urge Russia to honor it’s [sic] commitment,” Twitchy first reported. After receiving swift backlash, the tweet was deleted, and Mr. Stengel sent out a terse explanation. “Earlier tweet with wrong hashtag was a mistake. My bad,” he said. (Snip) Twitter users weren’t buying Mr. Stengel’s apology.
  • ‘What a jackass’: US Under Secretary of State apologizes after tweeting ‘United For Gaza’ hashtag

    07/20/2014 1:37:44 PM PDT · by blueyon · 38 replies
    twitchy ^ | 7/20/14 | Twitchy Staff
    The account for U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Rick Stengel published a tweet with a pro-Gaza hashtag, which was captured by the following screenshot.