Title IX is being aborted by the feminists who gave it life.

POSTED BY: DEB332 | JULY 23, 2017
Title IX is part of the US Education Amendment which became public law in 1972. Title IX states;

“No person in the United States shall be excluded from participation on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance”.
Title IX is all inclusive in range, but this article will focus on athletics.

The very feminists who fought to bring about this law are now trying to kill the very thing they gave life to. Seems they want to abort more than just babies.

Title IX is intended to protect both male and female athletes’ equal treatment when participating in sporting events, including competitive high school and collegiate sports. It does not require institutions to offer every sport for both sexes. The law does apply to scholarships.

The very thing that began as an idea, which then became law, to focus on the plight women and girls have historically faced pertaining to sports, is now in jeopardy. It is due to the ever “politically correct” progressive movement.

It is quite concerning, humiliating and a slap in the face, as a woman with young female family members who participate in sports, that they will no longer have the equal opportunity Title IX promised back in 1972. The all inclusive “gender fluid” sham of the far left Social Justice Warrior agenda does nothing for women and girls, but sets the clock back to pre-1972 for females to be treated equally in every aspect.

The problem, besides the obvious, is a genetic male is and was intended to be physically stronger than the female by Divine design. No matter what someone claims to be, their genetic makeup remains the same. This means women will no longer have the ability to excel at athletics in any form. This isn’t scare tactics or fake news. It already happening. Nattaphon Wangyot, a student at Haines High School in Alaska took all state honors in track events because he competed against females. He says he identifies as a female,and was allowed to compete.

Genetic females are now required to compete against physically superior genetic males only because they say they identify as female. If you have a genetic female or male child, you should be outraged, and more to the point, voicing as much publicly.

Remember, the Olympics are coming up next year. I know I want to be represented by the USA’s best female and male athletes, not some “delusional hybrid” who wants to win at any cost, because, honestly, isn’t that what it’s really about??

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Trump Tells US To Get Smart Before Things Get Worse As London Death Toll Rises

As the death toll in Great Britain continues to grow and terrorists become even more emboldened the liberal democrats and the liberal media continue to focus on things that mean nothing. President Trump withdrew America from the disastrous Paris Agreement and the liberals are aghast that the earths temperature may rise 1/10 of a degree by the year 2030. Their Holy Grail is Climate Change fostered by Junk Science when their total attention should be focused like a laser beam on world wide terrorism. President Trump is trying to do his primary job of protecting the citizens of America and the liberals are fighting him at every turn in the road. Liberal activist judges have time and again over stepped their Constitutional authority and blocked enforcement of the temporary immigration ban and enforcement of our national borders. The liberals have learned absolutely NOTHING from the terrorists attacks around the world and here in America. They are more worried about offending someone that dead bodies in the streets of America.

Last night one again Great Britain was the recipient of yet another devastating terrorist attack and the liberals are still moaning about 1/10 of a degree of hypothetical temperature rise. Maybe they should read the real news from around the world and worry about the safety of American citizens.

President Donald Trump warned Sunday morning that the situation will get worse if the U.S. does not wise up and take steps to improve domestic security.

Three terrorists attacked London Saturday night by plowing a van into a crowd of pedestrians on London Bridge, rushing into a popular market area, and stabbing innocent civilians. Authorities shot and killed the three attackers, but not before they killed four and wounded 48. An eyewitness told BBC reporters that the three attackers shouted “This is for Allah” as they stabbed people indiscriminately in Borough Market.

As the attacks unfolded, Trump was quick to call for courts to uphold the travel ban, a strategic plan to prevent terror-prone countries from exporting radical Islamic terrorism to the U.S.

The president tweeted Sunday that the U.S. should move past political correctness and focus on security.

Trump asked the Supreme Court Thursday to let the proposed travel ban take effect. While the Department of Justice argues that the travel ban is “lawful,” lower courts have repeatedly declared the restrictions unconstitutional. The president signed an executive order restricting travel for terror-prone countries one week after taking office, but a federal judge quickly blocked the move. The administration released a narrowed ban in March, but the courts also opposed that ban.

Those in opposition have often criticized the ban as a Muslim ban, although the order does not target Muslim populations in Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, and a number of other places. Instead, the proposed ban targets countries like Iran, Syria, and Somalia.

In response to the latest attacks in London, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said that “enough is a enough,” calling for people to eliminate extremism.

“There is, to be frank, far too much tolerance of extremism in our country,” she warned, further commenting that the extremists “are bound by a single evil ideology of Islamist extremism that preaches hatred and promotes sectarianism.”

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Rand Paul Outlines Why The Paris Climate Agreement Totally Sucks

Like most sane people, all I had to know about this idiotic Paris Climate thing is that even if everyone who agreed to it abided by all of its stupid rules and requirements and even if America ponied-up most of the cash to make it work, it would only – ONLY – decrease the global temperature by a mere fraction of a percent of a degree by the year 2100.

Oh gee, that sounds like a lot of work for not a lot of results. Yay for crappy progressive policies!

(Isn’t it funny that most of these “SAVE THE PLANET!” initiatives involve developed nations spending exorbitant amounts of money for not a lot of success? I thought we established that throwing money at a problem doesn’t necessarily mean that things are going to get better. Look at public schools, for example.)

“I think one of the reasons President Trump was elected is that he promised that he would defend American workers and American jobs,” [Paul] said. “There are estimates that this agreement, which is unfair, and punishes America in a much greater fashion than other countries, that we would lose 6 and a half million jobs. Meanwhile, countries like India and countries like Iran, we would have to pay them to reduce their carbon emissions.”

“I can’t imagine a worse agreement than this thing for the American worker,” he continued. “But I think this is something that President Trump promised the voters.

And how come the US is getting slapped with all these emissions regulations and China isn’t? (Come on – have you seen the pollution in Beijing?) –

“So if America, under this accord, has to reduce her carbon footprint by 20 percent, but China doesn’t have to reduce their carbon footprint at all,” he said, “how could that possibly be fair? Who in their right mind would sign something that says China doesn’t have to do anything? When you reduce your carbon footprint it means you have to reduce your energy output, or you have to convert to other sources, but there may not be enough energy from the other sources. So then we’re talking about going without energy.”

Senator Paul also pointed out how unpredictable modeling and climate patterns can be –

“You need to make sure that your viewers know that most of their modeling has been wrong,” Paul said, “they readjust their modeling every year because they haven’t been good at predicting things. Predicting the future is notoriously difficult, and this is a modeling is not an exact science.”

Seriously – have you watched a weather report? Like, ever? If you can’t accurately predict what the weather’s going to be like tomorrow, how can you predict what it’s going to be like decades from now?

I’m sure that climate change is happening, but it has nothing to do with anything humans do on a daily basis. Nature has this funny way of taking care of herself and climate cycles go in a natural pattern.

Also – what people in big cities don’t seem to understand is that cities are just one small part of the planet as a whole. You get outside of the urban areas into more rural and open places and you can see that the natural world is doing just fine. The city-dwellers’ hysteria over climate change is pretty laughable to the people who actually live and work close to nature and who have a vested financial interest – not to mention decades of experience – in keeping the land healthy and productive (though maybe it takes a ranch girl who grew up in those wide open spaces to point out the painfully obvious).

Here’s the deal: If those 200-some-odd other countries that signed up for the Paris Climate Agreement want to spend their time, money, and effort on a losing proposition, they are more than welcome to do so. Whatever gives them the warm fuzzies and makes Leonardo DiCaprio love them (while we’re at it, he’s also free to move over there and preach his condescending lectures to a welcoming audience). But America doesn’t have to commit economic suicide by joining them.

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The Journey to Awareness


Over the next several weeks, I am publishing a series which concentrates on veterans and the struggles they face after returning home from deployment.  I am intending this to be a learning experience for not just the reader, but also for myself.  Researching for this series has already taken a few unexpected turns and it may take a while to get all of it written. The people in the series who are telling their individual stories need the time and patience to do so on their own terms. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.


Over the summer, I had the honor of attending a couple of events sponsored by the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars).  The chapters from the Muncie/Winchester area had members from East central Indiana and West Central Ohio.  I was treated very well by some very nice people.

Both events were put together by volunteers, veterans and their wives, who had put a lot of time and work into planning and execution. They had a motorcycle ride, food, live entertainment, activities and vendors, like me, set up for visitors.  The weather for both events was beautiful and was staged outside. They would have been absolutely amazing days for families and patrons of all ages.

One of the most moving experiences of both events was the Honor Guard. Each branch of the Military was represented by a horse and rider carrying its flag, a rider carrying the Stars and Stripes and a rider less horse representing those who have fallen, MIAs and POWs.  A veteran’s event doesn’t begin until the National Anthem has been played. You have never experienced what our nation’s flag and anthem represent until you have experienced it with a group of veterans. The patriotism is palpable and contagious.

The problem was, very few people even showed up. According to the organizers, there were promises from many people they would be in attendance. It was very disappointing nobody bothered to comes. However, those who were in attendance were veterans. That’s pretty much how it is, veterans supporting veterans. The disappointment of the day was realizing the average person on the street probably talks about how sad it is our vets are being ignored by our government and treated badly by the VA but don’t stop to realize giving money to a national organization is the very least they can do to help. For me, it was a wakeup call. I give to the DAV, Fisher House Foundation and occasionally to other organizations that support our veterans and have always felt it was more than enough. How very heartbreaking and eye-opening it was for me to find out it is so very little.

I was fortunate enough to meet and ultimately get to know one of the principal organizers and his wonderful wife.  Their journey will be told in a future installment of this series.  The focus will be n PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as told to me by a few veterans who have come to know each other and are support anchors for all. I’ve heard a small portion of their individual stories and have a better understanding of the struggles they have faced since leaving the military.

Writing this series is intended to bring to light the personal struggles our young men and women are going through and encourage the public to become pro-active by seeking out events sponsored by our veterans and support their efforts by attending and participating.

One thing veterans will not do is ask for a hand out. They work hard to take care of themselves and each other. The least we really can do, for those who have done so much for us, are support their efforts by just showing up.  All I did was say I wanted to help by getting their stories out, and of course, they said absolutely, they want people to hear.

This has turned into a work from the heart. I can only pray God gives me the wisdom and the words to do justice to these veterans and the people who work to help them every day.

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White House: Obama Preparing More Executive Actions on Gun Control

President Obama Holds Election Night Event In Chicago

The White House confirmed that President Obama was preparing a series of executive actions on gun control to match his recent passion on the issue after the latest mass shooting in Oregon.

“It’s a high priority and will continue to be until we start to see more progress on this issue in this town,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters today at the press briefing.

Earnest said he would “quibble” with anyone who criticized the president for not voicing any specific gun control proposals during his press conference, asserting that the White House was working behind the scenes for more executive actions on guns.

“I can tell you that they’re not stumped, they’re continuing to review the law that’s on the books and continuing to consult with legal authorities but also others who may have ideas about what steps that can be taken to keep guns out of the hands of criminals,” Earnest said.

He admitted, however that he had no details for what the White House was working on, but asserted that the process was a “scrub” that was “ongoing.”

Earnest welcomed Hillary Clinton’s own gun control proposals announced this morning, but admitted that he hadn’t seen the full details of the proposal.

He also pointedly criticized the “gun show loophole” for allowing criminals and people with mental problems to buy weapons, blaming organizations like the National Rifle Association for blocking action in Congress on the issue.

Source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/10/05/white-house-obama-preparing-executive-actions-gun-control/

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Email: Hillary Lashed Out at Staff, Denied Gay-Friendly Passports

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton celebrated the June 2015 Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, however new emails revealed by the State Department on Wednesday show Clinton taking a different stance as she denied gender-neutral language for parents on passport applications, The National Review reports.

With plans to replace the words “mother” and “father” with “Parent One” and “Parent Two” on passport applications, the then-secretary of state refused to defend the policy shift in which the State Department describes as improvements that are being made “to provide a gender-neutral description of a child’s parents and in recognition of different types of families,” according to a 2010 press release.

According to the National Review, Clinton sent an email to top aides Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan for the secretive policy shift the next morning: “Who made the decision that State will not use the terms “mother and father” and instead substitute “parent one and two”? I’m not defending that decision, which I disagree (with) and knew nothing about in front of this

Hillary continued to explode: “I could live (with) letting people in nontraditional families choose another descriptor so long as we retained the presumption of mother and father. We need to address this today or we will be facing a huge Fox-generated media storm led by [Sarah] Palin et al.”

The new emails show Mills quickly responding to Hillary’s emails and promising she would be “reaching out to folks to find out.” And, the National review notes that within a few days, the gender-neutral language had been removed from all U.S. passport applications.

Since her time as the first lady, Clinton was outright opposed to same-sex marriage. However, the National Review says that similar to President Obama, their position on gay rights has “evolved” over the years.

Source: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/hillary-denies-gender-neutral-passports/2015/10/01/id/694191/

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Judicial Watch: Huma Abedin Used Clinton Server for ‘Sensitive’ Govt Emails

Image: Judicial Watch: Huma Abedin Used Clinton Server for 'Sensitive' Govt Emails

Judicial Watch on Monday released 50 pages of emails from Huma Abedin, a top aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that the group says discuss possibly “sensitive security and foreign affairs issues.”

In the emails Abedin mentions specific times and locations where Clinton would be.

“The emails show Abedin used the non-secure clintonemail.com server to discuss sensitive travel and operations security information that could have placed the personal security of Clinton and other government officials at risk, such as real-time location information while traveling abroad, and other hotel and travel arrangements,” Judicial Watch wrote in a statement to the press.

On June 25, 2012 Abedin writes that she is willing to discuss Clinton’s travel details while on a “packed train,” Judicial Watch notes.

And before Clinton’s trip to Hanoi in July 2013, Abedin uses the Clinton server to say well in advance when the secretary will be staying at the Hanoi Sheraton.

Critics have said Clinton’s use of a private server for her official duties left her communications open to hacking attacks by foreign governments. Clinton has said she never sent of received information marked “classified” at the time, though some of her emails have been deemed to be so since then.

Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to get the emails from the server.

“These emails Judicial Watch forced out through a federal lawsuit show that Huma Abedin used her separate clintonemail.com account to conduct the most sensitive government business, endangering not only her safety but the safety of Hillary Clinton and countless others,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

“And why would Ms. Abedin and Mrs. Clinton use this unsecure system to discuss foreign affairs and sensitive matters such as the Syria conflict? Hillary Clinton’s email games were a danger to the nation’s security.”

Source: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/judicial-watch-huma-abedin-emails/2015/09/21/id/692600/

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CIA: Yes, Hillary’s Email Contained ‘Top Secret’ Intelligence; Campaign ‘Disagrees’

As Hillary Clinton blithely insists her unsecure email server violated no rules or laws — “what I did was allowed” — the facts beg to differ. The New York Times reports that an intelligence review confirms the existing allegation that Clinton received highly sensitive material on her private server that was, in fact, classified at the time it was sent:

A special intelligence review of two emails that Hillary Rodham Clinton received as secretary of state on her personal account — including one about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program — has endorsed a finding by the inspector general for the intelligence agencies that the emails contained highly classified information when Mrs. Clinton received them, senior intelligence officials said. Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign and the State Department disputed the inspector general’s finding last month and questioned whether the emails had been overclassified by an arbitrary process. But the special review — by the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency — concluded that the emails were “Top Secret,” the highest classification of government intelligence, when they were sent to Mrs. Clinton in 2009 and 2011. On Monday, the Clinton campaign disagreed with the conclusion of the intelligence review and noted that agencies within the government often have different views of what should be considered classified.

At first, Hillary said there was and is “no classified material” on her server whatsoever.  When that claim proved to be comprehensively false, she veered to arguing that the information in question had been retroactively deemed classified, but wasn’t actually classified the time it was disseminated.  This latest review affirms that two of the 40 initial emails randomly audited by two Inspectors General were just as ‘top secret’ today as they were in 2009 and 2011.  Amusingly, Clinton’s campaign “disagrees” with the CIA and NGIA’s findings — as if “let’s agree to disagree” is a valid defense for violating national security protocols.  Reuters has also fact-checked Clinton’s “classified at the time” line, and found it severely wanting.  Clinton is now clinging to a pair of wafer-thin excuses: (1) The classified materials that passed through her server weren’t “marked” as such at the time, and (2) agencies sometimes disagree over what information ought to be classified.  Both defenses fail.  On the first count, intelligence is “born classified;” officials with high security clearances are trained to recognize and identify sensitive material at the outset and to handle it accordingly.  As Mrs. Clinton said at her March press conference,  “I’m certainly well aware of the classification requirements, and did not send classified material.” That last bit of her quote has also been debunked, incidentally: Hillary wasn’t just the “passive recipient” of sensitive information, as her campaign has stated.  She actively sent it, too.  On the second count, it’s true that various tentacles of the executive branch sometimes spar over classification decisions.  Unfortunately for Team Clinton, the rules in this instance were spelled out quite clearly by an Obama executive order: The entities that originate the content (in this case, the intelligence agencies, not the State Department) have the final, binding say.  Here’s some useful context from Phil Kerpen that’s always worth repeating:

Mrs. Clinton says the 30,000-plus emails her lawyers unilaterally destroyed at her behest (or at least attempted to) were all personal, not professional, in nature. We know this to be untrue, as well. As her poll numbers crumble into the sea and her “distraction” complaints escalate, staffers say Hillary is gearing up for yet another image reboot:

There will be no more flip jokes about her private email server. There will be no rope lines to wall off crowds, which added to an impression of aloofness. And there will be new efforts to bring spontaneity to a candidacy that sometimes seems wooden and overly cautious…In extensive interviews by telephone and at their Brooklyn headquarters last week, Mrs. Clinton’s strategists acknowledged missteps…They want to show her humor…Other changes are in store for the campaign. After a focus group in New Hampshire last month revealed that voters wanted to hear directly from Mrs. Clinton about her email practices, she has sought to offer a more contrite tone, though her detractors say she is still too grudging.

Get ready for some inspirational, focus-grouped warmth and authenticity, America. And pay no attention to that silly FBI investigation, or that close aide pleading the fifth and refusing to cooperate with the federal probe.

Source: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2015/09/08/nyt-yes-hillary-had-satellite-intel-about-north-korean-nukes-on-her-unsecure-server-n2049144


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Violent Crime in America Dropped 51% As Americans Bought 170 Million Guns

New data from the FBI and ATF was presented by the National Rifle Association, which showed that Americans had purchased 170 million new guns since 1991. As a result, violent crime in America has not skyrocketed as Communist gun grabbers (Democrats) would like us to believe. Instead, the number of violent crimes has plummeted a whopping 51%!

Awr Hawkins at Breitbart points out that the NRA’s numbers square “with the findings of a Congressional Research Service (CRS) study covering the slightly shorter period of time from 1994 to 2009. For those years, CRS found that Americans purchased approximately 118 million firearms, and the 1993 “firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide” rate of 6.6 per 100,000 fell to 3.6 per 100,000 by the year 2000. It eventually fell all the way to 3.2 per 100,000 in 2011.”

“Then, in 2009—the year the CRS study ended—Obama took office and gun sales began their climb to record levels, which made covering the gap between the 118 million guns that had been purchased by 2009 and the “170 million new guns” that Americans would own by 2015 an easy gap to bridge,” Hawkins added.

Gun production has more than doubled during the Obama administration alone, knowing the Marxist sentiments of the usurper-in-chief, and Black Friday 2014 witnessed the FBI conducting an average of 3 unconstitutional background checks per second!

Back in 2013, I wrote an article to address the issue of guns and violent crimes, especially in light of the Sandy Hook shooting. The Obama administration was attempting to deceive the American people that the AR-15 was an “assault weapon,” instead of a semi-automatic rifle, and was incredibly dangerous for the American people to own because of “mass shootings.”

In that particular article I broke down the FBI’s CIUS report, in which they provide statistics nationwide on homicide and violent crimes. I noted that the number of murders was down by 1500 from 2007, and that was without any new anti-gun laws or “assault weapons bans.”

One of the things gun grabbers fail to do is to pinpoint problem areas, such a large metropolitan areas that have some of the strictest gun laws, yet have incredibly large amounts of crime.

As these statistics show, and armed citizenry spends more time stopping evil people rather than contemplating their evil.

Of course, the liars and propagandists, like Michael Bloomberg‘s useful idiot Shannon Watts, will continue to lie even though the numbers don’t support them.
Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2015/09/violent-crime-in-america-dropped-51-as-americans-bought-170-million-guns/#GIbHyIqCFFSXSGIc.99

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New Clinton Violations In Use Of Thumb Drives For Emails

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding dinner in Clear Lake, Iowa, Aug. 14, 2015. (REUTERS/Jim Young)

Hillary Clinton violated numerous State Department rules by using privately owned thumb drives to copy 30,000 of her official emails for her lawyer, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation.

The former Secretary of State in December 2014 downloaded 30,000 government emails created during her tenure in the position from her private server onto three commercial thumb drives, which her lawyer, David Kendall, transported to Washington, D.C.

The State Department released 7,000 new Clinton emails Monday, including at least 125 that were treated by the department as classified. The FBI is conducting a criminal investigation into the handling of her emails, more than 400 of which have now been shown to include classified material.

In transferring her emails to private thumb drives, Clinton violated a slew of federal regulations, including those of her own State Department.

The State Department’s Foreign Affairs manual prohibits the storage of classified material on any external drive, stating, “the flash drive may only be used for the transfer of unclassified files.” Flash and thumb drives are treated inter-changeably by the rules.

Further, unclassified material must be on a “department owned” drive, not a personal or private sector drive.

If the information on the drive is unclassified, but still sensitive, it “must be encrypted to current standards” for transportation, according to the manual.

State Department rules also required that Clinton’s email transfer had to be approved and closely supervised by a department computer security official.

Finally, the National Institute for Standards and Technology, which sets minimum government-wide standards for IT security, ordered that thumb drive restrictions be imposed if the contents were “high value,” a lower standard than classified information.

Neither Clinton nor Kendall, have ever said they acquired the thumb drives from the State Department. They have also refused to clarify how they were obtained and if they were encrypted.

Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee, expressed alarm over the private Clinton email system and her decision to use thumb drives, telling TheDCNF in a statement that he has “unanswered questions about whether the State Department approved Secretary Clinton’s use of a non-official email system,” including “how the thumb drive containing classified information was protected.”

Kendall learned on May 22 that Clinton’s emails contained classified material, but it was not until six weeks later that any steps were taken to secure the emails.

Six weeks later, on July 8, the State Department insisted that Kendall secure the drives in a government-issued safe, which it sent to his law firm.

“The thing that’s always bothered me is the timeline,” said a congressional investigator familiar with security matters. “You have a six-week gap there where they know it’s classified but they have no protection in place to secure the thumb drives.”

Kendall then surrendered the thumb drives to the FBI in August.

The State Department, citing the ongoing investigations into Clinton’s emails, declined to say anything related to the thumb drive issue.

“There are reviews and investigations underway. It would not be appropriate to comment on these matters at this time,” said State Department spokesman Alec Gerlach.

The military and intelligence services banned commercial thumb drives outright as early as 2008, relaxing policies in 2010 for only “mission critical” assignment use. The State Department mirrored that policy.

The congressional investigator said he was concerned about hackers if Clinton obtained the thumb drives from commercial sources, not from the federal government.

“It raises a number of questions about the security of the content her flash drives and whether or not it was compromised by malicious actors,” the congressional investigator said.

He said if she obtained the thumb drive from the State Department as required by the rules, “You have more confidence in the security of the device if you have trust in who has provided this device to you.”

As a further set of warnings, NIST also cautions all federal employees about potential malware in thumb drives.

“Portable storage devices can be the source of malicious code insertions into organizational information systems,” NIST stated in its 2014 rules, publication 800-53, titled, “Security Controls and Assessment Procedures for Federal Information Systems and Organizations.”

Thumb drives “may contain malicious code that can be readily transferred to information systems through USB ports or other entry portals,” warned NIST.

“Our concern is the nature of the device,” said the congressional investigator. “You hear stories about how other nation’s intelligence agencies have conducted this sort of operation where they have infiltrated networks by putting software onto a flash drive and that’s inserted into a computer and are able to access the system.”

A former expert in U.S. Embassy security and of high-threat posts in Europe and the Middle East told TheDCNF that “at the user level at the State Department, they were pretty scared to do anything with flash drives. They were pretty fearful of any repercussions they would feel for doing anything with external drives.”

IT security experts Jakob Lell and Karsten Nohl warned at an international “Black Hat” conference in August 2014 that “we consider USB to be otherwise perfectly safe — until now.”

Thumb drives “can be reprogrammed to spoof various other device types in order to take control of a computer, exfiltrate data, or spy on the user,” Lell and Nohl said.

Alex McGeorge, head of threat intelligence for the IT security company Immunity, Inc., said he doubted if Clinton followed any of the rules governing thumb drives.

“When you’re dealing with a security investigation, people will be very quick to say, ‘I did this by the book.’ The fact we haven’t heard that to me is generally pretty suspicious or a reasonably good indicator that she didn’t.”

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Report: FBI ‘A-Team’ Leading ‘Extremely Serious’ Probe into Hillary Email Scheme

Editors Note: The clock is ticking on Hillary’s demise and its only a matter of time before the wheels come completely off of the cart. This arrogant e-mail debacle is not going away and it is starting to seem like the White House will not come to her defense or provide political cover for her. Trey Gowdy is also in a serious investigation of her handling of the Benghazi attack where 4 American’s were brutally murdered after requesting additional security and being denied it by then Sec. of State Hillary Clinton. Criminal charges may very well be filed and if the case goes to trial it is also very possible that Hillary may spend years in prison. But as she so arrogantly once said. “What difference at this point does it make” [TS]

We already knew that the FBI has been looking into whether Hillary Clinton’s improper email scheme resulted in the mishandling of classified information, or resulted in any national security breaches — which many data security experts believe is a virtual certainty. The Clinton campaign has insisted along the way that the Democratic presidential candidate is not herself a target of the probe, claimed she’s done nothing wrong, and changed its story regarding classified materials several times. They also stated that the investigation is not criminal in nature, a distinction dismissed by an FBI spokesman. Now Fox News’ Catherine Herridge has new details into the seriousness of the Bureau’s work:

From Fox’s accompanying online story:

An FBI “A-team” is leading the “extremely serious” investigation into Hillary Clinton’s server and the focus includes a provision of the law pertaining to “gathering, transmitting or losing defense information,” an intelligence source told Fox News. The section of the Espionage Act is known as 18 US Code 793. A separate source, who also was not authorized to speak on the record, said the FBI will further determine whether Clinton should have known, based on the quality and detail of the material, that emails passing through her server contained classified information regardless of the markings. The campaign’s standard defense and that of Clinton is that she “never sent nor received any email that was marked classified” at the time. It is not clear how the FBI team’s findings will impact the probe itself. But the details offer a window into what investigators are looking for — as the Clinton campaign itself downplays the controversy…A leading national security attorney, who recently defended former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling in a leak investigation, told Fox News that violating the Espionage Act provision in question is a felony and pointed to a particular sub-section…The Clinton campaign did not provide an on-the-record comment on the matter when given questions by Fox News.

Her campaign is no-commenting a report about the FBI’s “extremely serious” investigation into possible felony violations of a national security law.  The piece goes on to cite active government regulations and experts who say Clinton’s “nothing-marked-classified” defense (a far cry from her original blanket denials, by the way) doesn’t hold legal water (and also appears to be untrue):

Additional federal regulations, reviewed by Fox News, also bring fresh scrutiny to Clinton’s defense. The Code of Federal Regulations, or “CFR,” states: “Any person who has knowledge that classified information has been or may have been lost, possibly compromised or disclosed to an unauthorized person(s) shall immediately report the circumstances to an official designated for this purpose.” A government legal source confirmed the regulations apply to all government employees holding a clearance, and the rules do not make the “send” or “receive” distinction. Rather, all clearances holders have an affirmative obligation to report the possible compromise of classified information or use of unsecured data systems. Current and former intelligence officers say the application of these federal regulations is very straightforward.

There’s “no wiggle room” in the law, another authority tells Fox.  Ed Morrissey also points out that under the Espionage Act, “the material does not have to be classified in order to violate this law. This covers any sensitive material relating to national defense. The mishandling does not have to be intentional or malicious either, but only grossly negligent to become a crime. If the FBI is taking a long look at 18 USC 793, then that is very bad news for Hillary Clinton, whose grossly negligent decision to use a private, unsecured, and unauthorized communications system for official business would be the root of all violations within it.” Important points.  Questions: Can we stop pretending that Hillary herself isn’t a potential subject of this federal investigation? And how many times does the word “felony” need to crop up before people abandon the “it’s not a criminal probe” line?  Rattled by the deepening scandal — and additional sordid issues that continue to arise — Hillary Clinton has been lashing out at Republicans in extremely hyperbolic terms in recent days.  In Ohio, she compared pro-life politicians to Islamist terrorists, then today  invoked Nazi imagery (“boxcars”) in denouncing some Republicans’ calls for mass deportations of illegal immigrants.  By the way, what was Hillary’s stance on illegal immigrants, again?

Source: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2015/08/28/siren-fbi-ateam-investigating-hillary-for-possible-felony-n2045159

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IRS reveals existence of another Lois Lerner email account

The IRS admitted to a federal court there was a second personal email account that Lois Lerner, the official at the heart of the Tea Party targeting scandal, used to conduct agency business.

The email account apparently was set up under the name, “Toby Miles,” which sources tell Fox News is the name of Lerner’s dog.

The admission, first reported by The Washington Times, was made Monday in an open-records lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative group suing to see Lerner’s emails sent during the targeting of conservative groups filing for tax-exempt status.

IRS lawyer Geoffrey Klimas told the court that as it was putting together a set of documents to hand over to Judicial Watch, attorneys discovered another email account, in addition to her official account and a separate personal email already known to the agency.

“In the process of preparing this status report and for the August 24, 2015, release of Lerner communications, the undersigned attorneys learned that, in addition to emails to or from an email account denominated ‘Lois G. Lerner‘ or ‘Lois Home,’ some emails responsive to Judicial Watch’s request may have been sent to or received from a personal email account denominated ‘Toby Miles,’” Klimas told U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan.

Two sources told Fox News that Toby Miles is the name of Lerner’s dog. Lerner’s husband Michael Miles also reportedly may have been linked to the account. The IRS, though, concluded it was a personal account used by Lerner.

Klimas said the IRS is reviewing previous releases to Judicial Watch in light of the new account, and will provide an update by the end of August as to whether any documents need to be re-released with different redactions or if any additional searches need to be done.

A House Ways and Means Committee criminal referral in 2014 mentioned the Toby Miles email address, identified as tobomatic@msn.com, as the address was included on an email that also had Lerner’s official account on the chain of recipients.

At that time, the committee linked the Toby Miles address to Lerner’s husband, Michael Miles, but said, “The source of the name ‘Toby‘ is not known,” The Times reported.

“This is the latest in a parade of obstruction from the IRS and the Department of Justice on these issues,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told FoxNews.com, calling the idea that sensitive government information was on a non-government account “disturbing.”

Fitton said that the DOJ and the IRS have apparently known about the Toby Miles account for some time, and cited this as more proof that a special counsel should be appointed to oversee the investigation into the scandal.

“This is just another example from the Obama administration of the — to use an old Nixonian phrase — modified limited hangout,” Fitton said, adding, “the Obama IRS scandal is not over.”

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/08/25/irs-reveals-existence-another-lois-lerner-email-account/?intcmp=hpbt1

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Report: Hillary May Have Had Second Server

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Discrepancies regarding when emails were erased from Hillary Clinton’s private server have raised questions of whether the former secretary of state had a device other than the one that was recently obtained by the FBI.

“There’s pretty definite time stamps when you move information from one computer to another,” Marcus Rogers, head of computer information technology at Purdue University, told The Washington Examiner on Saturday. “Somebody knows exactly when this happened because those time stamps are there.”

Platte River Networks, the Denver-based company that managed Clinton’s email network after she left the State Department in 2013, told the Examiner earlier this month that it had transferred the data from Clinton’s original private server later that year.

A Platte River attorney said then that “no useful data” likely remained on the server.

However, the Clinton campaign has suggested that the Democratic front-runner did not erase emails she decided were personal until this past January.

The disclosure raised questions regarding where the emails were located when they were reviewed by her staff to determine which ones were related to her four years as the nation’s top diplomat, the Examiner reports.

It further raises concerns about the timing of Clinton’s decision to erase 30,000 emails that she said were not related to her work for the State Department, according to the report.

Neither a Clinton spokesman nor an attorney for Platte River Networks returned telephone calls seeking comment, the Examiner reports.

Source: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/hillary-clinton-second-private/2015/08/22/id/671410/

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Blackberrys Belonging to Key Clinton Aides Mysteriously Destroyed

Image: Report: Blackberrys Belonging to Key Clinton Aides Likely Destroyed

Blackberrys belonging to top Hillary Clinton aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills were returned to the State Department, but likely have been destroyed, The Hill reports.

Abedin and Mills continued their employment with Clinton during her four years as secretary of state during President Barack Obama’s first term. They were given government-issued Blackberrys and turned them in at the end of their service, State Department Executive Secretary Joseph Macmanus wrote in a court filing on Wednesday.

The department “has not located any such device,” Macmanus wrote, adding that the outdated devices likely “would have been destroyed or excessed” in accordance with standard procedures.

State Department spokesman John Kirby confirmed to The Hill that the devices were turned in by the two top aides, but added, “Where they are now I couldn’t begin to tell you.”

“It’s also likely, because this was a while ago, that those devices may have been destroyed,” Kirby said. “I don’t have the records of it because they were old and outmoded and often times we purchase new devices in those circumstances.”

Fox News reported that the FBI inquiry into Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure at State was triggered by an email sent by Abedin and another top Clinton aide, Jake Sullivan.

The filing also reiterated the department’s previous statement that Clinton did not use a government-issued device while serving as secretary.

The State Department “does not believe that any personal computing device was issued by the department to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and has not located any such device at the department,” Macmanus wrote in the filing.

The filing was part of a lawsuit by Judicial Watch seeking information about Abedin’s employment.

“The questions just keep popping up,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement to the press. “Every time the State Department tries to justify its stonewalling, one more bit of information arises.”

A hearing in the case before is set for Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

Source: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/abedin-mills-blackberrys-destroyed/2015/08/19/id/670904/

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Official: More than 300 Clinton emails flagged for potentially classified info

The number of Hillary Clinton emails flagged for potentially classified content has grown to more than 300, Fox News has learned — with the potential to grow even more as officials scramble to screen the documents.

The State Department revealed the updated count in a federal court filing, which pertained to Clinton emails sent to other agencies for review. An official familiar with the investigation confirmed to Fox News that, as referenced in that filing, the department has recommended 305 of Clinton’s emails be sent to various agencies for review to see whether they contain classified information.

The number could continue to rise as officials comb through more documents; the past three State Department releases have contained a total of 63 classified emails to date.

Clinton’s presidential campaign has insisted she never exchanged emails marked classified at the time while secretary of state. “She viewed classified materials in hard copy in her office or via other secure means while traveling, not on email,” campaign Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri said in an email to supporters last week.

But the steady trickle of information about sensitive details crossing her server, which she only recently gave to the FBI, has complicated her presidential bid.

On the trail, she recently tried to downplay the controversy with a joke. “By the way, you may have seen that I recently launched a Snapchat account. I love it, I love it. Those messages disappear all by themselves,” she said.

Asked about the quip in an interview with Fox News on Monday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said, “Her arrogance is breathtaking.” 

“I worked for the federal government for seven years as a U.S. attorney. It was made clear to all of us when we walked in the door, official business is done on your official email account,” said the GOP presidential candidate.

The State Department came up short in the last email release, unable to meet the court-ordered mark of releasing 15 percent of the emails by July 31.

But The Washington Times reported Monday that officials say they are getting back on track. As part of that process, the Times first reported, the department told the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday that out of a sample of 20 percent of Clinton’s 30,000 emails, reviewers recommended 305 (about 5 percent) be sent “for referral to their agencies for consultation.” 

Asked for comment on the filing, a State Department official said intelligence community reviewers “are conducting a relatively simple screening process to determine whether there are IC equities in the emails.” The emails are sent for “consultation” when a reviewer identifies such an “agency equity” in an email.

The official said these referrals are a normal part of the process and do not mean the consulted agency will propose a particular outcome. Rather, the official said, the agencies are just being asked to review them.

A court has set up a schedule for the next several months for Clinton emails to be released by the State Department.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/08/18/official-more-than-300-clinton-emails-flagged-for-potentially-classified-info/?intcmp=hpbt2

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Prosecutor Who Took Down Petraeus on Classified Information Now Looking Into Clinton Server

Editors Note: Time will tell if the Obama Administrations Justice Dept. will investigate Clinton properly or not. With a proper investigation using the resources available including an unencumbered FBI Hillary would no doubt be indited on several federal charges concerning the handling of Top Secret information she had stored on her private server but also passing on information to her lawyer who does not have the proper clearances to review such sensitive material. Let us hope the open hatred of Obama of the Clinton’s will ensure a full investigation and that will at the least strip Hillary of all security clearances (which would make her unable to be President). A proper investigation would have her indited and charged and standing trial with the great possibility of being convicted and being sent to prison for a very long time. Hope springs eternal. [TS]

Hillary Clinton is in trouble. Really big trouble. 

According to the Washington Post, the same prosecutor who took down General David Petraeus for improper possession of classified information is now looking into Hillary Clinton’s email server. Earlier this week, an intelligence Inspector General revealed Clinton did in fact have at least four pieces of top secret, classified information passed through and stored on her private email server.

The investigation is being overseen by two veteran prosecutors in the Justice Department’s National Security Division. One of them helped manage the prosecution of David H. Petraeus.

As a reminder, Petraeus plead guilty to misdemeanor charges after keeping physical copies of classified information locked in a desk drawer at his house. He also shared them with his biographer and mistress Paula Broadwell. Prosecutors originally recommended felony charges.

David H. Petraeus, a retired general considered one of the greatest military minds of his generation, pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified materials, ending a long-running legal saga that had threatened to send him to prison.

Petraeus, who admitted he provided the materials to his former mistress and biographer, will instead face a two-year probationary period. U.S. Magistrate Judge David Keesler also imposed a $100,000 fine — more than double the amount recommended by prosecutors — to reflect the “seriousness of the offense.”

Based on what we know so far, Clinton’s possession of top secret, classified information on her personal server is far worse than the Petraeus case. First, the classified information Petraeus had in his possession was classified at a lower level than the information on Clinton’s private server, which was classified at the highest level. Second, Petraeus may have shared information with his mistress, but Clinton shared it with enemy hackers and foreign governments.

Former intelligence officials say it’s a certainty that her server was compromised by [foreign] intelligence services. Unless they were encrypted to U.S. government standards, “In my opinion there is a 100% chance that all emails sent and received by her, including all the electronic correspondence stored on her server in her Chappaqua residence, were targeted and collected by the Russian equivalent of NSA,” said former CIA case officer Jason Matthews, an expert in Russian intelligence.

Based on her continued defiance, if charges are brought against Clinton I doubt she’ll bow out gracefully like Petraeus did.

Source: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2015/08/15/prosecutor-who-took-down-petreaus-on-classified-information-now-looking-into-clinton-server-n2039156

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BREAKING: Netanyahu Endorses Candidate in U.S. Presidential Race

I happen to agree. Ted Cruz would not treat Israel with the disrespect that the Obama administration has shown. We need to stand by our allies.   ebarnes

* TEL AVIV, ISRAEL: In a nearly unprecedented move, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu has endorsed a candidate in the 2016 race for President of the United States. Netanyahu made his announcement during an early morning press conference Friday.

Traditionally, the protocol among heads of state has been to steer clear of any and all political endorsement of other candidates or incumbent heads of state, and to not in any way be involved in the elections of other nations.

But perhaps being fueled by anger after recently learning that current U.S. President, Barak Obama has at US taxpayer expense, sent a team of his political operatives into Israel ahead of Israel’s March 17, 2015 elections in an effort to unseat Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister has broken the long standing protocol and gotten involved in the US presidential race.

The Israeli newspaper, Haaretz recently reported that a U.S. taxpayer-funded non-profit by the name of OneVoice has been working inside Israel with a campaign operation called Victory 2015 in a joint effort to unseat Prime Minster Netanyahu, who they view as being“too anti-Islam” and “too hawkish”. Spokespersons for the operations say they intend to replace Netanyahu with a more “liberally progressive” candidate who will be more accommodating to the desires of Islamic nations in the region.

In a sharply damning response to Obama’s involvement in the Israeli election, staunchly pro-Israel U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R – Texas, and Congressman Lee Zeldin, R – NY -1 sent a letter on Thursday to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry requesting that Kerry launch an investigation into Obama’s involvement and any U.S. tax dollars being used.

In the letter to Kerry, Cruz said, “Has President Obama launched a political campaign against Prime Minister Netanyahu and his representatives?” Sen. Cruz asked. “This administration’s relentless harassment of Israel is utterly incomprehensible. The Islamic Republic of Iran is pursuing the deadliest weapons on the planet, and there can be no doubt that their first target will be Israel, followed by the United States. This administration should be focusing its animosity on the very real enemies we face, not on our staunch allies.”

The relationship between Obama and Netanyahu has been an icy one at best from the time Obama took office. Obama has made numerous trips to the region and seemingly snubbed the leader of America’s staunchest Ally, Israel. The U.S./Israeli relationship became extremely strained in the last few months as Obama threatened Israel with sanctions over its actions to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

But the tension came to an explosive head when recently, Speaker of the House, John Boehner issued an invitation to Netanyahu to visit the U.S. and address a joint session of Congress. The Obama administration has reportedly been livid over Boehner not going through the White House with his invitation, and Obama has refused to meet with Netanyahu during his visit.

The political fallout in the U.S. as well as around the world over Obama’s snubbing of the Israeli leader, and especially Obama’s overt campaign efforts to unseat Netanyahu has been intense. Undoubtedly, such an unprecedented endorsement will have a major affect on the presidential race as 2016 draws near. It’s as yet unclear what if any affect Obama’s efforts will have against the Prime Minister, since his (Obama’s) is not an official endorsement of an opposition candidate, though Haaretz reports that it may have a significant affect.

During his endorsement press conference, Netanyahu said that he respected long standing protocol, but that enough was enough and he had to take political action of his own. “I have been long suffering and patient with the Obama administration. For six years I have been dumbfounded at the level of incompetency, naivety, and rudeness that Obama and his administration exhibit on an almost daily basis. He (Obama) has shown nothing but contempt for Israel and the Israeli people, and shown support and given aid to our enemies. Obama broke protocol first when he sent his thugs over here to try and unseat me. I am not doing this for myself, but for the sake of Israel and the U.S. When facing a bully, there comes a point where you have to hit back, and hit hard.”

Netanyahu continued, “After serious consideration and looking over a very deep and qualified field of potential candidates, I have decided to give my support, my personal endorsement if you will, to Senator Ted Cruz. Ted has been a stalwart supporter of Israel and our people. He is one of the few leaders in the U.S. government with the intestinal fortitude to call terrorism ‘terrorism’, and directly address the threat of radical Islam and a nuclear Iran. Ted has proven to be fearless in fighting against the odds when he must, something I as the leader of a tiny nation surrounded by enemies can relate to.” He concluded, “Over the last two years Ted and I have been in regular contact, we have worked closely together on policy. To say the least, he (Cruz) has been an unwavering ally; and what’s more he’s been a true friend. I would ask the American people, and the freedom loving members of the world community to join me in supporting Ted Cruz as the next U.S President.”

Though Obama will not be on the ballot in 2016, undoubtedly his policies will, and Netanyahu’s endorsement is a clear repudiation to Obama and his legacy.



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Looks like the story is getting worse for her. She needs to be in jail…..ebarnes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton relented Tuesday to months of demands she relinquish the personal email server she used while secretary of state, directing the device be given to the Justice Department.

The decision advances the investigation into the Democratic presidential front-runner’s use of a private email account as the nation’s top diplomat, and whether classified information was improperly sent via and stored on the home-brew email server she ran from her house in suburban New York City.

Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said she has “pledged to cooperate with the government’s security inquiry, and if there are more questions, we will continue to address them.”

It’s not clear if the device will yield any information – Clinton’s attorney said in March that no emails from the main personal address she used while secretary of state still “reside on the server or on back-up systems associated with the server.”

Clinton had to this point refused demands from Republican critics to turn over the server to a third party, with attorney David Kendall telling the House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that “there is no basis to support the proposed third-party review of the server.”

Republicans jumped on Tuesday’s decision to change course, as well as the additional disclosure that two emails that traversed Clinton’s personal system were subsequently given one of the government’s highest classification ratings.

“All this means is that Hillary Clinton, in the face of FBI scrutiny, has decided she has run out of options,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. “She knows she did something wrong and has run out of ways to cover it up.”

Federal investigators have begun looking into the security of Clintons’ email setup amid concerns from the inspector general for the intelligence community that classified information may have passed through the system.

There is no evidence she used encryption to shield the emails or her personal server from foreign intelligence services or other potentially prying eyes. Kendall has said previously that Clinton is “actively cooperating” with the FBI inquiry.

In March, Clinton said she exchanged about 60,000 emails in her four years in the Obama administration, about half of which were personal and were discarded. She turned over the other half to the State Department in last December.

The department is reviewing those emails and has begun the process of releasing them to the public.

“As she has said, it is her hope that State and the other agencies involved in the review process will sort out as quickly as possible which emails are appropriate to release to the public, and that the release will be as timely and transparent as possible,” Merrill said Tuesday.

Also Tuesday, Kendall gave to the Justice Department three thumb drives containing copies of work-related emails sent to and from her personal email addresses via her private server.

Kendall gave the thumb drives, containing copies of roughly 30,000 emails, to the FBI after the agency determined he could not remain in possession of the classified information contained in some of the emails, according to a U.S. official briefed on the matter who was not authorized to speak publicly.

The State Department previously had said it was comfortable with Kendall keeping the emails at his Washington law office.

Word that Clinton had relented on giving up possession of the server came as Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said two emails that traversed Clinton’s personal system were deemed “Top Secret, Sensitive Compartmented Information” – a rating that is among the government’s highest classifications. Grassley said the inspector general of the nation’s intelligence community had reported the new details about the higher classification to Congress on Tuesday.

“Secretary Clinton’s previous statements that she possessed no classified information were patently untrue,” House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement. “Her mishandling of classified information must be fully investigated.”

Those two emails were among four that had previously been determined by the inspector general of the intelligence community to have been classified at the time they were sent. The State Department disputes that the emails were classified at that time.

“Department employees circulated these emails on unclassified systems in 2009 and 2011 and ultimately some were forwarded to Secretary Clinton,” said State Department spokesman John Kirby. “They were not marked as classified.”

The inspector general for the intelligence community had told Congress that potentially hundreds of classified emails are among the cache that Clinton provided to the State Department.

Earlier this week, Clinton said in a sworn statement submitted to a federal judge that she has turned over to the State Department all emails from the server “that were or potentially were federal records.” The statement, which carries her signature and was signed under penalty of perjury, echoed months of Clinton’s past public statements about the matter.

Clinton has defended her use of the server, saying she used it as a matter of convenience to limit the number of electronic devices she had to carry.



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State Department blames classified info for Clinton email delays

From the beginning, Clinton was trying to hide her activities. There is no other reason for having her own private server when government employees are supposed to use a government website. The fact that she deleted emails off the server and won’t turn it over is also very suspect.  ebarnes

The State Department says all of the potential secret information in former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails has knocked them off pace, and told a federal judge late Friday that’s why thedepartment is currently in violation of his orders.

John F. Hackett, the top open records officer for the department, said the government belatedly realized all of the potentially classified information in Mrs. Clinton’s communications and, prodded by two watchdogs, realized they needed to be running her emails by intelligence officers to make sure they weren’t giving out secrets.

The department was supposed to have released 15 percent of Mrs. Clinton’s emails by the end of July, but had released less than 12 percent — some 1,721 pages shy of the goal set out by Judge Rudolph Contrerasearlier this year.

Mrs. Clinton and her allies had repeatedly insisted she didn’t transact any classified business on her email account, which she issued to herself on a private server she kept at her home in New York rather than using an official secure State Department account.

But an inspector general says there was information that should have been classified at the time Mrs. Clinton was sending it, and now that the emails are being released per Judge Contreras’s orders, the State Department is having to go through and redact all of that information.

All of Mrs. Clinton’s messages are government records and should have been stored at the State Department so they could be searched under open records laws.

Her unique arrangement meant that, for six years, those messages weren’t part of the record, and the State Department was not able to conduct a full, responsive search.

Prodded by the investigation into the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, theState Department belatedly demanded Mrs. Clinton return her emails to the department, and she complied in Dec. 2014, or nearly two years after she left office, turning over 55,000 pages, constituting about 30,000 messages.

She said she expunged another 32,000 messages that were purely private, and says she is now in compliance with the law.

She has refused to turn over her server, saying it would be pointless because she has wiped it clean of the emails anyway.

Mr. Hackett said he thinks they can make up the 1,700-page deficit over the next two months, releasing 6,106 pages of emails in August and another 7,156 in September.

That will still leave more than 60 percent of the messages to come from October through January — the deadline when Judge Contreras has ordered all 30,000 messages to be public.


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Obama makes the most corrosive remarks for a person who told us that he would work with all of congress. Wasn’t he the one who claimed to be the “Uniter”?  This Iran deal is nothing but bad and worse…. ebarnes

President Barack Obama defended the Iran deal in a speech Wednesday, accusing Republicans in Congress of “making common cause” with the hard-liners of the Iranian regime by opposing it. Obama addressed an audience of students and journalists at American University.

Obama made the accusation towards the end of his address, despite complaining, in his introduction, that critics of the Iraq War had once been treated badly.

The partisan message was less an appeal to the nation and more an appeal to wavering, undecided Democrats.

Drawing parallels to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, Obama noted that both had negotiated arms reduction treaties with the Soviet Union. After that perfunctory appeal to history and statesmanship, Obama launched into a characteristic partisan attack.

The Iran deal was opposed by “the same mindset, in many cases offered by the same people, who seem to have no compunction with being repeatedly wrong,” Obama said.

He criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying he was simply “wrong” about the deal.

Obama asserted that the deal enjoyed the support of “the vast majority of the world”–omitting that most Americans oppose it. He mocked those who called for a better deal “that relies on vague promises of ‘toughness’–though Obama campaigned on “tough diplomacy” in 2008.

The president made several dubious claims about the deal, such as that “after 15 years, Iran will never have the right as cover to pursue a nuclear weapon.” That promise rests on trusting Iran’s parliament to ratify the Additional Protocol, which it is under no pressure to do.

Obama made no mention of the “side deals” between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran, which have not been shown to Congress and which reportedly allow Iran to take its own samples from military sites suspected of being used for nuclear purposes.

Journalists watching the speech seemed most skeptical about Obama’s assurances that U.S. intelligence would be able to detect cheating by the Iranian regime. In a speech that criticized the Iraq War, that claim seemed “misplaced,” said Jeffrey Goldberg of theAtlantic.

Obama also argued against “surgical strikes” on Iran–almost two years after he himself made the case for surgical strikes on Syria. He also said that despite the Iranian regime’s anti-American rhetoric and shouts of “Death to America!”, not everyone in Iran felt the same way.



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Hillary Keeps Lying


Interesting article by Andrew Napolitano. Hillary Clinton has repeatedly lied about the Benghazi tragedy. She denied having any knowledge of gun running and said so to the Congressional committee. Deleting emails and having a private server add to the corruption. It is about time for the truth to come out. will that ever happen with the current administration?     eb

In a column I wrote in early July, based on research by my colleagues and my own analysis of government documents and eyewitness statements, I argued that in 2011 and 2012 then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waged a secret war on the governments of Libya and Syria, with the approval of President Obama and the consent of congressional leadership from both parties and in both houses of Congress.

I did err in that column with respect to an arms dealer named Marc Turi. I regret the error and apologize for it. I wrote that Turi sold arms to Qatar as part of Clinton’s scheme to get them into the hands of rebels. A further review of the documents makes it clear that he applied to do so but was denied permission, and so he did not sell arms to Qatar. Other arms dealers did.

I also erred when referring to Qatar as beholden to Washington. In fact, Qatar is in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood and is one of the biggest supporters of global jihad in the world—and Clinton, who approved the sales of arms to Qatar expecting them to make their way to Syrian and Libyan rebels, as they did, knew that. She and her State Department caused American arms to come into the possession of known al-Qaida operatives, a few of whom assassinated U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

When Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) asked Clinton in January 2013 at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing whether she knew of any weapons coming from the U.S. and going to rebels in the Middle East, she denied such knowledge. She either has a memory so faulty that she should not be entrusted with any governmental powers, or she knowingly lied.

It gets worse. It now appears that Clinton was managing her war using emails that she diverted through a computer server owned by her husband’s charitable foundation, even though some of her emails contained sensitive and classified materials. This was in direct violation of federal law, which requires all in government who possess classified or sensitive materials to secure them in a government-approved venue.

The inspector general of the intelligence community and the inspector general of the State Department each have reviewed a limited sampling of her emails that were sent or received via the Clinton Foundation server, and both have concluded that materials contained in some of them were of such gravity that they were obliged under federal law to refer their findings to the FBI for further investigation.

The FBI does not investigate for civil wrongdoing or ethical lapses. It investigates behavior that may be criminal or that may expose the nation’s security to jeopardy. It then recommends either that indictments be sought or the matter be addressed through non-prosecutorial means. Given Clinton’s unique present position—as the president’s first secretary of state and one who seeks to succeed him, as well as being the wife of one of his predecessors—it is inconceivable that she could be prosecuted as Gen. David Petraeus was (for the crime of failing to secure classified materials) without the personal approval of the president himself.

Let’s be realistic and blunt: If the president wants Clinton prosecuted for failing to secure classified materials, then she will be, no matter the exculpatory evidence or any political fallout. If he does not want her prosecuted, then she won’t be, no matter what the FBI finds or any political fallout.

I have not seen the emails the inspectors general sent to the FBI, but I have seen the Clinton emails, which are now in the public domain. They show Clinton sending or receiving emails to and from her confidante Sid Blumenthal and one of her State Department colleagues using her husband’s foundation’s server, and not a secure government server. These emails address the location of French jets approaching Libya, the location of no-fly zones over Libya and the location of Stevens in Libya. It is inconceivable that an American secretary of state failed to protect and secure this information.

But it is not inconceivable that she would lie about it.

Federal statutes provide for three categories of classified information. “Top secret” is data that, if revealed, could likely cause grave damage to national security. “Secret” is data that, if revealed, could likely cause serious damage to national security. “Confidential” is data that, if revealed, could likely cause some damage to national security. Her own daily calendars, which she regularly emailed about, are considered confidential.

Clinton has repeatedly denied ever sending or receiving data in any of these categories. She probably will argue that an email that fails to use the terminology of the statute cannot be deemed classified. Here the inspectors general have corrected her. It is the essence of the data in an email—its potential for harm if revealed—that makes its contents classified and the failure to protect it a crime, not the use of a magic word or phrase in the subject line.

She is no doubt lying again, just as she did to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Yet the question remains: Why did she use her husband’s foundation’s computer server instead of a government server, as the law requires? She did that so she could obscure what the server recorded and thus be made to appear different according to history from how she was in reality.

Why did she lie about all this? Because she thinks she can get away with it. Will American voters let her?


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Federal Judge: I Will Haul The IRS Commissioner Into Court and Personally Hold Him in Contempt Over Lerner Emails

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has been stonewalling Congress and the courts for more than a year over Lois Lerner’s “missing” emails. He’s also ignored court orders to produce documentation and now, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan has had enough.

During a hearing yesterday surrounding a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, Sullivan said he “will haul into court the IRS Commissioner to hold him personally into contempt” after the IRS failed to turn over ordered documentation to the Court. The information ordered included status reports and recovered emails belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner. Sullivan also noted Department of Justice of attorneys are in the same position for failing to turn over ordered documentation. More details about the hearing from JW:

During the a status hearing today, Sullivan warned that the failure to follow his order was serious and the IRS and Justice Department’s excuses for not following his July 1 order were “indefensible, ridiculous, and absurd.” He asked the IRS’ Justice Department lawyer Geoffrey Klimas, “Why didn’t the IRS comply” with his court order and “why shouldn’t the Court hold the Commissioner of the IRS in contempt.” Judge Sullivan referenced his contempt findings against Justice Department prosecutors in the prosecution of late Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) and reminded the Justice Department attorney he had the ability to detain him for contempt. Warning he would tolerate no further disregard of his orders, Judge Sullivan said, “I will haul into court the IRS Commissioner to hold him personally into contempt.”

On July 1 Sullivan ordered the IRS to turn over 1800 emails by releasing them in batches each week. The IRS didn’t produce any emails until July 15, despite the court order. Those emails show Lerner worked with former IRS Commissioner Steven Miller to scrutinize conservative groups.

The new documents show that Lerner and other top officials in the IRS, including soon-to-be Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller, closely monitored and approved the controversial handling of tax-exempt applications by Tea Party organizations. The documents also show that at least one group received an inquiry from the IRS in order to buy time and keep the organization from contacting Congress.

“In a dramatic court hearing today, Judge Sullivan made it clear he would personally hold accountable the IRS Commissioner Koskinen and Justice Department attorneys for any further contempt of his court orders in Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “The missing and-then-not missing Lois Lerner saga is a stark example of the Obama administration’s contempt for a federal court and the rule of law. That Obama administration officials would risk jail rather than disclose these Lerner documents shows that the IRS scandal has just gotten a whole lot worse.” 

Earlier this week, the House Oversight Committee sent a letter to President Obama demanding Koskinen be fired for obstruction of justice. Chairman Jason Chaffetz said if Koskinen isn’t fired, the House may move to impeach him.

Source: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2015/07/30/federal-judge-threatens-contempt-for-irs-commissioner-over-lois-lerners-lost-emails-n2032387

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#WomenBetrayed: Over 50 Cities To Hold Rallies Against Planned Parenthood Tuesday

Dan Fleuette

On Tuesday pro-lifers in more than 50 cities – and counting – will be rallying against Planned Parenthood under the banner of #WomenBetrayed in response to the gruesome undercover investigative videos released by the Center for Medical Progress over the past two weeks.

Two Planned Parenthood senior medical officials were exposed as they explained how the taxpayer funded organization performs abortions in such a way as to harvest aborted babies’ body parts to sell them to biomedical companies.

National pro-life group Students for Life of America (SFLA) and its partner organization Pro-Life Future have launched the #WomenBetrayed initiative which urges citizens across the nation to rally to demand their states investigate, prosecute and defund Planned Parenthood.

According to a press release, SFLA chose the title of the initiative, #WomenBetrayed, because “Planned Parenthood has betrayed the very patients – women and their children – who they claim to care about and have compassion for.”

“Women are supposed to help and support other women – not use them for profit and sell the body parts of their prenatal children,” said Kristan Hawkins, SFLA president. “Planned Parenthood gets a half a billion a year in taxpayer dollars. We are calling on every state and federal government to cut off those funds immediately and investigate Planned Parenthood for possible wrongdoing.”

In the first video from the Center for Medical Progress, Planned Parenthood senior medical director Dr. Deborah Nucatola discussed how she “crushes” certain parts of the baby in order to get desired organs intact to be available for sale to biomedical companies. A second video exposes another Planned Parenthood senior medical adviser appearing to negotiate the price of selling baby body parts to undercover citizen journalists she believed to be biomedical entrepreneurs.

According to SFLA, the content of these latest videos is “only the latest infraction in a long list of horrific behaviors, including the covering up of statutory rape, the overbilling taxpayers, the aiding and abetting sex traffickers, scheduling sex-selective abortions and accepting money to abort African American children.”

“Planned Parenthood had a net profit of $127 million in 2013-2014,” Hawkins continued. “Let them fundraise and support themselves like any other business in the country that isn’t deceiving women and making money off of taking the lives of the most vulnerable and selling their body parts.”

Brendan O’Morchoe, Director of Pro-Life Future, said the #WomenBetrayed initiative is proving successful.

“Within days of announcing the national rallies to our supporters, we already have over 50 cities who will be hosting a local rally to defund Planned Parenthood,” he said. “The outrage against taxpayer dollars funding Planned Parenthood is palpable. This is the time to defund them and Americans are going to make their voices heard on July 28.”

For a list of cities holding #WomenBetrayed rallies, visit http://www.womenbetrayed.com

Source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/07/26/womenbetrayed-over-50-cities-to-hold-rallies-against-planned-parenthood-tuesday/

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Arms dealer: Obama DOJ prosecuting me to protect Hillary

NEW YORK – Defense filings in the Department of Justice prosecution of arms dealer Marc Turi allege the Obama administration is willing to prosecute an innocent man to cover up the role former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton played shipping weapons to Libya illegally in 2011.

A telephone interview with Turi’s defense counsel, Jean-Jacques Cabou of the law firm Perkins Coie LLP, led WND to an extensive review of the legal motions filed by the government and the defense in the Turi criminal case.

Cabou declined to answer specific questions WND posed, saying that rather than try the case in the media, he preferred to allow the legal motions filed by the defense to speak for themselves.

The background of the Turi prosecution, while complicated, is at the heart of an allegation made by Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano in a recent syndicated column. Napolitano charged Hillary Clinton, while secretary of state, lied when Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., asked her in a Senate committee hearing if the State Department had run guns illegally to Libyan rebels.

In the column, Napolitano said an interview of Turi by Fox News intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge and Fox News senior executive producer Pamela Browne led him to review emails to and from State Department and congressional officials during the years when Clinton was secretary of state.

Napolitano concluded it’s “beyond a reasonable doubt and to a moral certainty” that Hillary had conducted a “secret war” shipping arms to Libya illegally in 2011.

What Napolitano assumed as true was the central argument advanced by the Obama administration in the Turi prosecution: The weapons Turi shipped to Qatar were intended not for the use of the Qatar Army but to be diverted to Libya for use by the al-Qaida-affiliated militia attempting to overthrow Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

But Napolitano apparently missed the fact that if Turi is guilty as charged, Clinton is arguably innocent of illegally shipping weapons to Libyan al-Qaida-affiliated militia and of lying to Paul.

The fact that remains indisputable in this complex controversy is that weapons and ammunition in boxes marked “Qatar Army” were intercepted off the shore of Libya in 2011. Video published July 6 by WND showed Moussa Ibrahim, then Gadhafi’s information minister and official spokesman, displaying to reporters a seized cache of weapons and ammunition clearly marked as originating from the Qatar Army.

Court motions filed by Turi defense attorney Jean-Jacques Cabou contend that should Turi be acquitted, an elaborate plot will be exposed in which the Obama administration set up Turi to take the blame if the illegal shipment of weapons to Libya via Qatar in 2011 ever came to light.

The central question then at the heart of the Turi criminal prosecution is whether or not the Obama Department of Justice can prove Turi shipped the weapons to Qatar in 2011, and if he did, whether he knew they were intended to be diverted to Libya for the use of the al-Qaida-affiliated militia, in direct violation of State and Treasury Department prohibitions.

The DOJ indictment

On Feb. 11, 2011, the Department of Justice charged Turi, individually and through his company, Turi Defense Group, with attempting between February and July 2011 “to broker a substantial quantity of weapons – machine guns, sniper rifles, assault rifles, anti-tank rockets, rockets, and other high explosives and ammunition – to individuals in Libya, with knowledge such activities were prohibited by United States law enacted to protect the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States.”

The indictment charged that after the State Department denied Turi a brokering license to supply weapons to Libya, he submitted brokering applications to the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, “falsely listing Qatar and United Arab Emirates as the end users for weapons that were actually intended for individuals in Libya.”

This, the indictment charged, was in direct contravention of U.N. Security Council Resolution 170, passed Feb. 26, 2011. The resolution imposed an arms embargo on all member states to prevent “the immediate prospect” of a Gadhafi-led attempt “to slaughter rebel forces in Benghazi that would likely result in massive civilian casualties.”

The indictment cited U.S. law, 22 C.F.R. § 29.5(d), which specifies, “No brokering activities or brokering proposal may be carried out with respect to countries which are subject to United Nations Security Council arms embargoes.” It also cited features of the Arms Export Control Act, Title 22, U.S. Code, Section 2778, allowing the State Department, in concurrence with the Defense Department, to develop a list of weapons prohibited to ship to Libya, many of which were found in the 2011 seizure.

The indictment listed a series of communications between Turi, an Egyptian arms dealer residing in the United Kingdom identified only by the initials “Y.A.” and an individual working from Cyprus identified as “A.Y.” who was affiliated with a company importing and exporting Russian-origin petroleum products. Both figures were named as the “primary intermediaries” interceding between Turi and the Transitional National Council, TNC, in Libya, to arrange for the arms.

The DOJ indictment charged Turi had “made a material untrue statement and omitted a material fact required to be stated” when he applied to ship weapons to Qatar and the UAE.

“Marc Turi and Turi Defense Group then knew the actual intended end user” of the prohibited weapons being sent to Libya, the indictment said.

Turi’s defense

In various court motions, defense attorney Jean-Jacques Cabou asserted Turi shipped no weapons to Qatar.

Cabou strongly suggests the whole point of prosecuting Turi was to blame him for the weapons transfer, which he called a covert Obama administration gun-running operation that went wrong when Libya intercepted the weapons.

He noted Gadhafi spokesman Ibrahim suggested publicly that NATO countries were violating the U.N. resolution in an attempt to arm the Libyan al-Qaida-affiliated militia – then designated by the U.S. and the U.N. as “rebels” – in their attempt to oust Gadhafi.

In an initial motion to dismiss the case, filed July 23, 2014, Cabou noted that “in early 2011, while under contract with the Government for work in those countries, Mr. Turi requested State Department approval to conduct brokering discussions with allied entities and governments in Africa, including the National Transition Council of Libya, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.”

Cabou pointed out that such requests “are common in Mr. Turi’s business and are typically referred to as request for approval,” stressing that the outcome was that the State Department approved Turi’s requests for approval in Qatar and the UAE but turned down his request for Libya.

In bold print, the next sentence of the motion made Cabou’s key point: “In the end, however, no weapons were ever transferred pursuant to these requests. As is often the case in international arms trade, these deals did not come to fruition.”

Cabou continued to note that later in 2011, the U.S. government began investigating Turi for “still unknown reasons.”

“From then until now, the Government has searched Mr. Turi’s home, seizing computers and other electronic media, stopped him as he re-entered the country at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, seizing even more computers, and flown agents around the world to interview Mr. Turi’s associates in the brokering business and the intelligence community,” Cabou’s motion said.

‘Hillary shipped the weapons, not Turi’

In a motion filed Aug. 11, 2014, Cabou made clear his counter-claim that the government was seeking to frame his client by allowing him to think the Obama administration was in favor of a “plausible deniability” covert deal in which the illicit weapons would be shipped to Qatar and packaged as “Qatar Army” weapons manufactured outside the United States that were diverted to Libya without State Department approval.

In another sentence written in bold type for emphasis, the defense motion dated Aug. 11, 2014, stressed: “Public documents reveal that arms were in fact transshipped through Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to Libya, and that the U.S. Government may have provided support for those transactions.”

Cabou then demanded the discovery of government documents or other evidence that could prove the U.S. government had pursued a brokered-weapons deal through Qatar that involved “nearly identical” transactions to those the DOJ was accusing Turi of having executed.

In a letter dated Aug. 6, 2014, addressed to the U.S. attorney’s office in Phoenix, Cabou asked specifically for the following: “Any documents or other evidence relating to instances in which the United States assisted or considered assisting in any way, overtly or covertly, in the transportation, provision, acquisition, transfer, or transport of Defense articles to or from any person, entity, group of people, quasi-governmental entity, or government within the territory of Libya, Syria, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey or Jordan (these countries collectively here the ‘Covered Countries’) within the timeframe of 2010 to the date of the request.”

Cobou’s letter to the U.S. attorney in Arizona detailed that for Libya, Qatar and the UAE, “we have a good-faith basis to believe Defense Articles eventually did covertly enter Libya from Qatar and the United Arab Emirates and that the United States may have been involved.”

The term “Defense Articles” was a legal term used by Cabou to refer to weapons prohibited for transfer to Libya in 2011 under U.N. Security Council Resolution 170 and U.S. law that appears remarkably similar to the weapons display to the international press in 2011.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/07/2251045/#cGieqToXHZ0wd9AF.99

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‘You’ve been fleeced’: Congress grills Kerry, Obama officials on Iran nuke deal

Secretary of State John Kerry found himself on the defensive Thursday at a Senate hearing where he was hard-pressed to find support for the Iran nuclear deal from either side of the aisle — and sharply sparred with Republicans who accused him of being “fleeced” and “bamboozled.” 

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing was the first on the controversial deal to lift economic and other sanctions in exchange for concessions of the Islamic state’s nuclear program. With Congress taking up the deal and expected to vote on it sometime in September, the hearing underscored the deep resistance the Obama administration faces from both parties.

“From my perspective, Mr. Secretary, I’m sorry … I believe you’ve been fleeced,” Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told Kerry, claiming the agreement paves the path for Iran to eventually develop a nuclear bomb.

Critics repeatedly suggested the Obama administration’s negotiating team gave in to pressure from the Iranians on key points. They question whether sanctions indeed can be reinstated once they’re lifted; whether Iran might be able to stall international inspectors; and whether Iran might be closer to a weapon once the deal expires.

Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, said: “You guys have been bamboozled.” 

Kerry, though, vigorously defended the agreement, calling it “fantasy, plain and simple,” to think the United States failed to hold out for a better deal at the bargaining table.

“Let me underscore, the alternative to the deal we’ve reached isn’t what I’ve seen some ads on TV suggesting disingenuously,” he told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “It isn’t a quote better deal, some sort of unicorn arrangement involving Iran’s complete capitulation.” 

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz also said the deal is not “built on trust.” 

Some lawmakers tried to play referee when the hearing got heated. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said the remarks from Corker and Risch were “disrespectful and insulting.” 

“If you were bamboozled, the world has been bamboozled — that’s ridiculous,” Boxer told Kerry.

Kerry still had to contend with skeptical Democrats, notably Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., who questioned whether the language in the deal is tough enough and like Corker said the deal aids Iran in building an “industrial-scale” nuclear program.

Kerry earlier warned that Iran will not come back to the negotiating table to pursue a new deal, voicing frustration that: “We’ve got 535 secretaries of state.” 

The hearing comes as lawmakers raise new concerns about alleged secret “side deals” struck with Tehran over its nuclear program.

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., first brought attention to them Tuesday, saying they learned from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that there were two “side deals” between Iran and the IAEA.

According to the lawmakers, one agreement covers inspection of the Parchin military complex, and the other concerns potential military aspects of Iran’s nuclear program. On the former, they said, Iran would be able to strike a separate arrangement with the IAEA concerning inspections at Parchin.

House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joined Cotton and Pompeo in sending a letter to President Obama on Wednesday requesting that the agreements be made available to Congress so that they can be reviewed.

“We request you transmit these two side agreements to Congress immediately so we may perform our duty to assess the many important questions related to the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action],” the letter says.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice, while defending the overall nuclear agreement, appeared to acknowledge the existence of the side deals on Wednesday. She said the matter of the Iran nuclear program’s “possible military dimensions” (PMD) has long been an issue between Iran and the IAEA. She said they “negotiated and concluded an agreement to deal with this issue of PMD, which was one of the major sticking points in our dealings.” 

She added: “These documents are not public, but nonetheless, we have been briefed on those documents, we know their contents, we’re satisfied with them and we will share the contents of those briefings in full in a classified session with the Congress. So there’s nothing in that regard that we know that they won’t know.” 

Pompeo also asked Kerry about the secret deals in a briefing Wednesday and said afterwards that Kerry “confirmed that there were in fact side deals and himself had not seen the agreement.” 

“I was incredibly surprised to learn there were components of the deal that Congress was not going to be privy to,” Pompeo said, adding that he had expected that American negotiators would have demanded to see the side deals being cut.

The letter to Obama expressed concern that Congress was being kept in the dark.

“Most troubling, Iran and the IAEA reached agreement to resolve issues related to research at Parchin, but Congress will not have the ability to review this agreement, nor will we know the results of the IAEA’s assessment until December 15,” the letter says.

It goes on to request access to the side deals so that Congress can effectively review the deal as a whole:

“Failure to produce these two side agreements leaves Congress blind on critical information regarding Iran’s potential path to being a nuclear power and will have detrimental consequences for the ability of members to assess the JCPOA,” the letter says.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/07/22/republicans-call-on-obama-to-reveal-side-deals-in-iran-nuke-agreement/

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