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  • 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 · 21 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.
  • White House reportedly let Bergdahl parents take part in secure video conferences

    06/09/2014 1:30:25 AM PDT · by EC1 · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/09/14 | Fox News
    <p>The White House allowed the parents of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to take part in a series of secure video conferences with State Department and intelligence officials and senior military commanders, according to a published report.</p>
  • White House: ‘No evidence’ Bergdahl fraternized with Taliban

    06/06/2014 8:06:05 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 71 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 6/5/14 | Justin Sink
    A senior White House aide said Thursday he had seen “no evidence” to confirm a report that rescued Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl converted to Islam, fraternized with the Taliban, and declared jihad during nearly five years of captivity. “We have seen no evidence of that,” deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken told CNN when asked about a Fox News report about Bergdahl’s conduct while imprisoned by the Taliban.
  • U.S.: There Are No Hamas Members in Unity Government

    06/03/2014 2:20:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 6/3/2014, 11:13 PM | Elad Benari
    The United States on Tuesday rejected Israel’s expressions of disappointment over its statements that Washington was planning to cooperate with the new Palestinian Authority (PA) unity government. Deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, in fact, that the new government does not include any members of the Hamas terrorist group. “It is not a government backed by Hamas. There are no members of Hamas in the government,” Harf told reporters. She added that the new unity government is a transitional one that is made up of individuals who are not politically associated with any party. “Hamas is a designated terror...
  • State Dept: U.S. Supports Palestinian Unity Government (Hamas)

    06/03/2014 10:49:35 AM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 6/2/2014 | Staff
    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki tentatively approved of Palestine’s new unity government Monday, saying “Based on what we know now, we intend to work with this government.” [....] Asked if this means that the U.S. will continue to provide aid to the Palestinian government, she replied “It does. But we will continue to evaluate the composition and policies of the new government and calibrate our approach accordingly.” Abbas swore in new government ministers Monday, and promised to support several peace principles, including recognizing Israel. This position is in conflict with the official stance in Jerusalem, which outright rejects the new...
  • Herridge On Cable Month Before Benghazi Attack: "Smoking Gun Warning Here"

    10/31/2012 10:18:30 PM PDT · by Roberts · 41 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 10/31/12 | Catherine Herridge
    "I really believe, having read it, that it is the smoking gun warning here. You've got this emergency meeting in Benghazi, less than a month before the attack. At that briefing, the people are told that there are ten, ten, Islamic militias and al-Qaeda groups in Benghazi. The consulate can not sustain a coordinated attack and they need extra help. This information goes directly to the office of the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. So, again, you have the culpability of the State Department. This is a very specific warning that they're in trouble, they need help and they see...
  • Reporters Openly Mocked the U.S. State Department’s Spokeswoman Today (w/Video)

    05/29/2014 5:03:41 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 61 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 5-29-2014 | Bryan Preston
    May 29, 2014 Reporters Openly Mocked the U.S. State Department’s Spokeswoman Today Bryan Preston Whatever US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki is trying to sell, she’ll have no buyers among the Washington press corps. Psaki tried arguing that President Obama “doesn’t give himself enough credit” for his foreign policy triumphs.Reporters asked a sensible question in response: What on earth are you talking about? When does this president not give himself enough credit?One reporter even asked Psaki how much credit she would give the president. Answer: A lot.As the conversation devolves into farce, this exchange happened. Q: I mean — I...
  • Press Laughs at Psaki Saying Obama ‘Doesn’t Give Himself Enough Credit’ on His Foreign Policy(VIDEO)

    05/29/2014 1:42:56 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 30 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 29 2014 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was openly mocked by the assembled press corps Thursday after saying President Obama “doesn’t give himself enough credit for what he’s done around the world.” Associated Press reporter Matt Lee asked sarcastically whether he deserved 200 percent credit, while another one wondered for what “accomplishments” Psaki meant he deserves more praise. “For engagement initiatives like Iran, what we’ve done on Ukraine, efforts to dive in and engage around the world,” she said. “I mean, Russia has still annexed Crimea,” another reporter asked. “I mean, Iran — there’s ongoing negotiations, but is that the success here...
  • State Dept. misplaced $6B under Hillary Clinton: IG report

    05/28/2014 8:41:34 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 49 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon via The Washington Times ^ | Friday, April 4, 2014 | By Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon
    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 financial losses.” The report centered on State Department contracts worth...
  • Kaboom! State Dept. finally gives explosive answer

    05/27/2014 6:04:19 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 24 replies
    WND ^ | May 27, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Bureau boss overseeing shipments has Benghazi connectionsThe State Department bureau tasked with secretly sending to embassies plastic and liquid explosives operates under the guidance of Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick F. Kennedy, whom a congressional panel last year separately found to be largely responsible for security lapses in Benghazi, WND has learned. A series of WND articles recently exposed the purchase and international transport of many hundreds of pounds of plastic, sheet and linear explosives along with thousands of containers of high-energy liquid explosives. Weeks after a State official laughed in response to WND’s inquiry, the department belatedly...
  • US recommends its citizens depart Libya 'immediately'

    05/27/2014 4:38:25 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 95 replies
    Washington (AFP) - The US State Department recommended Americans in Libya "depart immediately," in its latest travel warning on Tuesday.
  • State Dept. apologizes for promoting Muslim cleric who backed killing of US soldiers

    05/27/2014 4:10:28 PM PDT · by kingattax · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 27, 2014 | By Adam Kredo
    The State Department’s Counter Terrorism (CT) Bureau apologized on Tuesday for promoting a controversial Muslim scholar whose organization has reportedly backed Hamas and endorsed a fatwa authorizing the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. The apology came on the heels of a Friday Washington Free Beacon report detailing the CT Bureau’s promotion of Sheik Abdallah Bin Bayyah, the vice president of a radical Muslim scholars group that was founded by a radical Muslim Brotherhood leader who has called “for the death of Jews and Americans.” Bin Bayyah himself is one of several clerics who endorsed a 2004 fatwa, or religious...
  • State Department Apologizes for Promoting Muslim Cleric Who Backed Killing of U.S. Soldiers Tweet

    05/27/2014 11:23:27 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/27/14 | Adam Kredo
    The State Department’s Counter Terrorism (CT) Bureau apologized on Tuesday for promoting a controversial Muslim scholar whose organization has reportedly backed Hamas and endorsed a fatwa authorizing the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. The apology came on the heels of a Friday Washington Free Beacon report detailing the CT Bureau’s promotion of Sheik Abdallah Bin Bayyah, the vice president of a radical Muslim scholars group that was founded by a radical Muslim Brotherhood leader who has called “for the death of Jews and Americans.” Bin Bayyah himself is one of several clerics who endorsed a 2004 fatwa, or religious...
  • 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...
  • THE NECESSITY OF TESTIMONY FROM SEC. OF STATE JOHN KERRY TO EXPLAIN HIS DEPARTMENT'S FAILURE TO...

    05/22/2014 8:48:26 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 23 replies
    Congress.Gov - Congressional Record ^ | 5-21-2014 | Darrell Issa
    THE NECESSITY OF TESTIMONY FROM SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY TO EXPLAIN HIS DEPARTMENT'S FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH A CONGRESSIONAL SUBPOENA (Extensions of Remarks - May 21, 2014) Text of this article available as: TXT PDF [Extensions of Remarks] [Page E797] THE NECESSITY OF TESTIMONY FROM SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY TO EXPLAIN HIS DEPARTMENT'S FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH A CONGRESSIONAL SUBPOENA _____ HON. DARRELL E. ISSA of california in the house of representatives Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Mr. ISSA. Mr. Speaker, as the House's Select Committee on Benghazi stands up and takes ownership of an investigation that has been...
  • State Dept. Won’t Say If Christian Toddler Jailed in Sudan is U.S. Citizen

    05/20/2014 1:20:08 PM PDT · by TexasCajun · 9 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | May 20, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. State Department on Monday declined to say if Martin Wani, a 20-month-old Christian boy imprisoned by the Islamist Sudanese government, is a U.S. citizen. “You don’t know whether that little boy in prison is a U.S. citizen?” CNSNews.com asked State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki at the department’s Monday press briefing. “I don’t have any more details to share,” Psaki said. The State Department also would not say if the boy’s father, Daniel Wani, is a U.S. citizen and if, as the father has reportedly said, the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum asked the father to secure DNA...
  • State Dept. Official: ‘Just Not Accurate’ to Characterize Boko Haram as Muslim

    05/16/2014 11:00:18 AM PDT · by xzins · 62 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 15, 2014 | Bridget Johnson
    A State Department official told a Senate hearing on terrorism in Nigeria this morning that “Boko Haram is trying to portray its philosophy as being a Muslim philosophy, and that’s just not accurate.” Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs Chairman Chris Coons (D-Del.) referenced a hearing that he held two years ago, in which lawmakers learned that Boko Haram was training with Al-Shabaab and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in an area the size of Texas. “The hearing that we conducted two years ago could almost literally be repeated today in terms of ongoing structural challenges that have led...
  • Obama Administration Threatened Nigeria with Sanctions in 2013 for Fighting Boko Haram

    05/17/2014 9:08:50 AM PDT · by blueyon · 7 replies
    CanadaFreePress ^ | May 14 2014 | Author By Fred Dardick
    Hillary Clinton wasn’t the only Obama administration official who went to bat for Boko Haram over the past few years. Soon after John Kerry took over as Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Terence P. McCulley, accused the Nigerian government of butchery during a confrontation with Boko Haram terrorists in Baga, a Nigerian town on the shores of Lake Chad, and in May 2013 threatened to withdraw U.S. military aid from the West African nation.
  • U.S. Citizen's Pregnant Wife Sentenced to be Whipped & Hanged to Death

    05/16/2014 3:56:49 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 43 replies
    Ace of Spades ^ | May 16, 2014 | Ace citing Breitbart
    Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, brought her punishment of death upon herself, said Judge Abbas Mohammed Al-Khalifa: "We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam." "I sentence you to be hanged to death." For good measure, Judge Khalifa ordered the woman to be beaten with 100 lashes of the whip before being hung for "adultery." She's nine months pregnant. They'll permit her to give birth to her baby and wean it before executing her. However, the punishment for "adultery" -- 100 lashes -- will be administered immediately after the birth. The "adultery" in question...
  • Issa: 'Slippery' State Dept. Not Cooperating on Benghazi Documents

    05/15/2014 3:31:42 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 16 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 15 May 2014 | Cathy Burke
    House Oversight Committee head Darrell Issa slammed the State Department Thursday for using “slippery tactics” to weasel out of providing documents related to the 2012 Benghazi attack – and issued a new subpoena to haul Secretary of State John Kerry before the panel. The California Republican said he'd kept his part of a bargain – lifting an initial May 21 date for Kerry to go before the committee – but the State Department has "back tracked," The Hill reports. “With this State Department’s slippery tactics, it’s no wonder our friends in the world are losing faith in us and our...
  • George Soros Speaks Before the United States State Department

    05/14/2014 6:14:27 PM PDT · by mgist · 40 replies
    american Thinker ^ | 5/14/14 | Victor Keith
    Secretary of State John Kerry introduced billionaire George Soros, at a State Department forum held on Tuesday at the George C. Marshall Center, according to the Washington Free Beacon. The State Department stressed that this is “an in-house event for department employees only, not a public or press event”. Apparently the wisdom to be conveyed by Mr. Soros is only fit for the ears of federal bureaucrats who understand the nuances and “greater good” of currency manipulation. So now we are now living in an America where one is told that Dr. Condoleezza Rice is not worthy to speak at...
  • Refused:Boko Haram as a terror group even after it threatened to murder the US ambassador to Nigeria

    05/15/2014 6:14:06 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | May 15, 2014 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    Boko Haram, the African Islamist terror group whose April kidnapping of nearly 300 young girls has united the civilized world in anger, promised to assassinate U.S. ambassador to Nigeria Terence McCulley in February 2012, vowing to murder him if America signed a terrorism-fighting Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with the government in Abuja. McCulley, now the U.S. ambassador to Ivory Coast, was not harmed. But the threat, coming amid a years-long bombing campaign that killed more than 1,400 Nigerian civilians, didn't move then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to fast-track the addition of Boko Haram to the U.S. government's official list of...