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Criminal Inquiry Is Sought in Hillary Email Account
Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to
open a criminal investigation into whether sensitive government
information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account
Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state, senior government
officials said Thursday.
The request follows an assessment in a June 29 memo by the inspectors
general for the State Department and the intelligence agencies that Mrs.
Clinton's private account contained "hundreds of potentially classified
emails." The memo was written to Patrick F. Kennedy, the under
secretary of state for management.
Obama faces political minefield during Kenyan 'homecoming'
Everyone thought Francis Oduor was dead. In fact the Kenyan
international footballer had fled into the bush, walked four miles and
gone into hiding after his house was torched. When he resurfaced, people
were shocked and ashamed. “I was like the walking dead,” he said.
“Everyone recoiled at the sight of me.”
Like many survivors of the post-election violence in 2007-8 that claimed
at least 1,100 lives here, Oduor feels that justice has not been done
because no senior politician has been held to account. He therefore
refuses to join in the state-sponsored euphoria around Barack Obama’s
“homecoming” to Kenya, which begins on Friday night when Air Force One
lands in east Africa’s biggest economy.
House passes bill to punish sanctuary cities in wake of Steinle killing
The House voted Thursday to punish sanctuary cities that shield
illegal immigrants from deportation, moving swiftly to crack down on San
Francisco after 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle’s killing this month
elevated the issue to the forefront of the immigration debate.
Saying victims such as Steinle deserved justice, and asserting that they
could prevent more homicides, Republicans powered the bill through the
House on a 241-179 vote, overcoming objections from Democrats who
defended sanctuary policies as good policing and who accused Republicans
of exploiting tragedy.
Senators slam John Kerry: Obama's Iran deal lackcs details
from both parties hammered the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with
Iran on Thursday, prompting Secretary of State John F. Kerry to launch
his fiercest public defense of the accord to date — calling it
“fantasy” to think that a better agreement could have been reached and
warning that a congressional repudiation of the deal would only
increase the chances of a nuclear-armed Tehran.
The exchanges in the long Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing at
times got personal. Republicans said the Obama administration had been
“fleeced” and “bamboozled” by Iran. Mr. Kerry, a former chairman of the
committee, said his critics were demanding a “sort of unicorn
arrangement involving Iran’s complete capitulation.”
Appearing with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Treasury Secretary
Jack Lew, Mr. Kerry repeatedly warned of the consequences if Congress
votes down the deal reached this month by the U.S. and its five
international partners with Iran.
Islamic State works to establish functioning, legitimate government
They’re known for the grisly, videotaped mass beheadings of
Christians and other enemies, but the jihadis running the Islamic State
are doing far more than that.
They collect millions of dollars a day through oil sales, taxes and extortion.
They pave roads, set up medical clinics, pick up trash, operate power stations and offer social welfare programs.
In their stronghold in Syria and Iraq, they have appointed nearly two
dozen governors and ministers, including one for finance and another
for social services. They pay their soldiers even more than some
nations in the Middle East.
Obama 'most frustrated' by inability to pass gun control
before a gunman claimed three lives inside a Louisiana movie theater,
President Obama on Thursday said the inability to pass gun-control
legislation has been the frustrating aspect of his presidency.
In an interview
with the BBC recorded Thursday afternoon, the president vowed to
continue trying but seemed resigned to the fact that this Congress is
unlikely to approve any significant changes to gun laws.
“That is an
area where if you ask me where has been the one area where I feel that
I’ve been most frustrated and most stymied, it is the fact that the
United States of America is the one advanced nation on earth in which
we do not have sufficient common-sense, gun-safety laws, even in the
face of repeated mass killings,” Mr. Obama said.
Gun manufacturing skyrockets 140% on Obama's watch
During a time
when the Obama administration is trying to prevent some senior citizens
from obtaining guns, firearm production in the United States has
skyrocketed to an unprecedented level.
released Wednesday by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives (ATF) indicates that gun manufacturing in the United States
has seen a 140 percent spike during the Obama administration. According
to the 2015 Firearms Commerce in the United States Annual Statistical
Update, the number of guns produced in the U.S. has increased from
about 4.5 million in 2008 to over 10.8 million in 2013, meaning that
the number of firearms manufactured annually has more than doubled
since Obama took office.
gun production increased by only about 20 percent during the George W.
Bush administration and decreased by 10 percent during the Clinton
Obama administration restricts investigative powers of inspectors general
administration formally announced that inspectors general will have to
get permission from their agency heads to gain access to grand jury,
wiretap and fair credit information — an action that severely limits
the watchdogs’ oversight capabilities, independence and power to
issued by the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel, says the
Inspector General Act of 1978 — which was written by Congress to create
the government watchdogs in order to help maintain integrity within
their agencies — does not have the authority to override nondisclosure
provisions in other laws, most notably in regard to grand jury, wiretap
or fair credit information.
Ted Cruz goes off on GOP leaders
Calls Mitch McConnell a liar on Ex-Im Bank
Sen. Ted Cruz
brazenly tore into his own party’s leaders Friday, saying Republican
rule in the Senate is hardly different than it was under Democrats, as
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to appease both parties with a
compromise on the highway bill.
Mr. Cruz, Texas
Republican who is seeking the GOP presidential nomination, launched
into a campaign-style speech from the floor, saying the leader lied to
him when he said there wasn’t pact in the works to revive the federal
Export-Import Bank, an agency that finances the sale of U.S. goods
overseas and lapsed June 30.
The mullahs rub some noses in Obama's folly
having hornswoggled Barack Obama and John Kerry, are giddy with
euphoria. Ordinarily the parties to an agreement would help each other
sell it to the skeptical and the suspicious in their ranks, not least
by keeping their traps shut. But not these guys.
Muslims, the Iranians know very little of the world beyond the mosque
and figure that if an agreement satisfies the mullahs, it should
satisfy everyone (praise be to Allah), even the president of the nation
they call “the great Satan.” Why should the president need help selling
an agreement that guarantees an Islamic bomb. Rub the noses of the
infidels in the grime of Islamic celebration.
the deputy Iranian foreign minister who led the negotiations for Mr.
Obama’s deal, says Iran will continue to buy all the arms it wants,
from whomever it wants, and if the rest of the world doesn’t like it
the rest of the world knows what it can do about it. Which is nothing,
under the prevailing leadership of the West.
Appeasement here and abroad
After years of inaction,
NATO is now attempting to develop a strategy to cope with Russian
aggression. A State Department report indicates that Iran has not
reduced its global terrorist activity despite the accommodative stances
of the P5 + 1 on Iranian nuclear weapons acquisition. The elimination
of “stop and frisk” preventive policing action has resulted in an
increase of gun violence in New York City and in other major cities
where lapsed police measures have been imposed.
What do these events have in common? Despite all of the effort to
refute them by cultural constructivists, the laws of nature are
inevitable. If there is not an inner compulsion to comply with the law
or accepted forms of behavior, external compulsion in necessary. When
there is neglect to apply external compulsion in the form of policing
or resistance to aggression, anarchy will prevail. Aggressors sense
when rules can be violated.
Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action
enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving
Armed Services of the United States.
to its recipient by the President of the
United States of America in the name of Congress.
first award of the Medal of Honor was made March 25, 1863 to
JACOB PARROTT.The last award of the Medal of Honor was made
September 15, 2011
to Sergeant DAKOTA MEYER.
then there have been: •
3458 recipients of the Medal of Honor.
Today there are 85 Living Recipients of the
Medal of Honor.
BENAVIDEZ, ROY P.
Rank: Master Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Detachment B-56
Division: 5th Special Forces Group
BENAVIDEZ, ROY P.
Master Sergeant (then Staff Sergeant) Roy P. Benavidez
United States Army, who distinguished himself by a series of daring and
extremely valorous actions on 2 May 1968 while assigned to Detachment
B56, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, Republic
of Vietnam. On the morning of 2 May 1968, a 12-man Special Forces
Reconnaissance Team was inserted by helicopters in a dense jungle area
west of Loc Ninh, Vietnam to gather intelligence information about
confirmed large-scale enemy activity. This area was controlled and
routinely patrolled by the North Vietnamese Army. After a short period
of time on the ground, the team met heavy enemy resistance, and
requested emergency extraction. Three helicopters attempted extraction,
but were unable to land due to intense enemy small arms and
anti-aircraft fire. Sergeant Benavidez was at the Forward Operating
Base in Loc Ninh monitoring the operation by radio when these
helicopters returned to off-load wounded crewmembers and to assess
aircraft damage. Sergeant Benavidez voluntarily boarded a returning
aircraft to assist in another extraction attempt. Realizing that all
the team members were either dead or wounded and unable to move to the
pickup zone, he directed the aircraft to a nearby clearing where he
jumped from the hovering helicopter, and ran approximately 75 meters
under withering small arms fire to the crippled team. Prior to reaching
the team's position he was wounded in his right leg, face, and head.
Despite these painful injuries, he took charge, repositioning the team
members and directing their fire to facilitate the landing of an
extraction aircraft, and the loading of wounded and dead team members.
He then threw smoke canisters to direct the aircraft to the team's
position. Despite his severe wounds and under intense enemy fire, he
carried and dragged half of the wounded team members to the awaiting
aircraft. He then provided protective fire by running alongside the
aircraft as it moved to pick up the remaining team members. As the
enemy's fire intensified, he hurried to recover the body and classified
documents on the dead team leader. When he reached the leader's body,
Sergeant Benavidez was severely wounded by small arms fire in the
abdomen and grenade fragments in his back. At nearly the same moment,
the aircraft pilot was mortally wounded, and his helicopter crashed.
Although in extremely critical condition due to his multiple wounds,
Sergeant Benavidez secured the classified documents and made his way
back to the wreckage, where he aided the wounded out of the overturned
aircraft, and gathered the stunned survivors into a defensive
perimeter. Under increasing enemy automatic weapons and grenade fire,
he moved around the perimeter distributing water and ammunition to his
weary men, reinstilling in them a will to live and fight. Facing a
buildup of enemy opposition with a beleaguered team, Sergeant Benavidez
mustered his strength, began calling in tactical air strikes and
directed the fire from supporting gunships to suppress the enemy's fire
and so permit another extraction attempt. He was wounded again in his
thigh by small arms fire while administering first aid to a wounded
team member just before another extraction helicopter was able to land.
His indomitable spirit kept him going as he began to ferry his comrades
to the craft. On his second trip with the wounded, he was clubbed from
additional wounds to his head and arms before killing his adversary. He
then continued under devastating fire to carry the wounded to the
helicopter. Upon reaching the aircraft, he spotted and killed two enemy
soldiers who were rushing the craft from an angle that prevented the
aircraft door gunner from firing upon them. With little strength
remaining, he made one last trip to the perimeter to ensure that all
classified material had been collected or destroyed, and to bring in
the remaining wounded. Only then, in extremely serious condition from
numerous wounds and loss of blood, did he allow himself to be pulled
into the extraction aircraft. Sergeant Benavidez' gallant choice to
join voluntarily his comrades who were in critical straits, to expose
himself constantly to withering enemy fire, and his refusal to be
stopped despite numerous severe wounds, saved the lives of at least
eight men. His fearless personal leadership, tenacious devotion to
duty, and extremely valorous actions in the face of overwhelming odds
were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service,
and reflect the utmost credit on him and the United States Army.
From the Archives
American Fairness to a Fault — a Deadly One
Tuesday, 10 Nov 2009 02:28 PM
American’s tragic flaw is our unbridled fairness, which has been
corrupted ever more by the cancer of political correctness to the point
we put ourselves at risk rather than create even the perception of
Sometime after the VOLAR (all volunteer) Army, the military veered from
the “yes sir, yes sir, three bags full” blind adherence to all orders to
the concept of refusing “unlawful orders” and that was ostensibly a
However, the uniformed services do not set or get to pick and choose
foreign policy. The civilian leadership sets foreign policy, and the
U.S. military enforces it — with a big, honking combined arms stick.
Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters has been one of the rare pundits with the
courage to target the “culture of political correctness” in leadership
of the military. In at least two interviews on Fox, Peters (correctly)
blamed the culture of political correctness for the Army’s diffidence in
taking action against Nidal Malik Hasan in the wake of knowledge of the
Many mechanisms exist for dealing with matters of deep conscience — all
without killing those one might think disagree with in principle.
However, it is not prejudice to discriminate based on threat facts in
evidence. Refusal to act judiciously for fear of a tainted perception is
just plain dumb.
Notwithstanding the articulated fears of the Army chief of staff and the
secretary of Homeland Security, officials made an epic mistake in
handling suspicions about Hasan. A mistake founded on political
correctness and sustained by diffidence that cost the lives of
Reportedly, U.S. intelligence agencies were aware (months ago) that
Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with
al-Qaida. He spoke openly to too many people about his angst and
misdirected sympathies. He was apparently a poster child for suspicion,
and the Army failed bigtime to intervene.
“It is not known whether the intelligence agencies informed the Army
that one of its officers was seeking to connect with suspected al-Qaida
figures," the officials said.
But you damnbetcha they SHOULD have done so.
Investigators want to know whether Hasan maintained contact with a
radical mosque leader from Virginia, Anwar al Awlaki, who now lives in
Yemen and runs a Web site that promotes jihad around the world against
the United States.
In a recent blog posting titled "Nidal Hassan Did the Right Thing,"
Awlaki calls Hasan a "hero" and a "man of conscience who could not bear
living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that
is fighting against his own people."
Increasingly we are told people who knew or worked with Hasan say he
seemed to become gradually more radical in his condemnation of the war
in Iraq and Afghanistan. Subordinates and superiors had a responsibility
to flag the inappropriate rhetoric, and they apparently did not.
The fear to speak out is a symptom of the PC disease fueled by
recriminations and implied threats of discrimination — a fear that
indirectly resulted in mayhem.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman said, "If Hasan was showing signs, saying to
people that he had become an Islamist extremist, the U.S. Army has to
have a zero tolerance," and despite the echo of shutting the barn door
after the horse got out, he is right.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey Jr. is concerned that speculation
about the religious beliefs of Hasan could “cause a backlash against
some of our Muslim soldiers.” He’s right, but such a backlash would be a
direct result of the failure of command — not prejudice.
When confronted about whether he thought the Army “dropped the ball” in
not responding to warning signs, Casey replied that the Army needs to be
careful not to jump to conclusions based on early tidbits of
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.-S.C., and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., both of whom
are veterans, took pains to say that Muslims have served honorably in
the military and at risk to their lives.
“At the end of the day, this is not about his religion — the fact that
this man was a Muslim,” Graham said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
But, hey, it is (kinda/sorta) about religion (when the FBI says 10
percent of American Mosques preach jihad) — at least from a risk