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of itself was strange given two such dangerous beings. Rather, an
instant bonding took place which has defied all scientific analysis for
the ten years they have been partners. They communicated both
telepathically and empathically. Regardless of distance, they `felt'
what the other felt. Words like loyalty, trust, understanding, even
love were inadequate to express the strength and depth of that
symbiotic bonding. From the day Arkell first saw Dar they `became' one.
And for the past ten years they had become a legend in the
Federation...the penultimate fighting machine. They had never failed in
a mission. Eventually, the mere threat to dispatch the `Two That Are
One' became sufficient negative incentive to precipitate immediate
discussions and to end conflict.
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White House calls FBI Hillary email probe 'criminal investigation'
Obama's spokesman described the FBI's probe into Hillary Clinton's
classified email scandal as a 'criminal investigation' on Thursday,
less than an hour after the president endorsed his embattled former
secretary of state to succeed him.
Josh Earnest told reporters during a White House press briefing that
Obama was committed to keeping his hands off the investigation,
trusting career investigators and prosecutors to follow evidence
wherever it leads.
'That's what their responsibility is,' Earnest said. 'And that's why
the president, when discussing this issue in each stage, has reiterated
his commitment to this principle that any criminal investigation should
be conducted independent of any sort of political interference.'
Emails in Hillary Probe Dealt With Planned Drone Strikes
Some vaguely worded messages from U.S. diplomats in Pakistan and Washington used a less-secure communications system
At the center
of a criminal probe involving Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified
information is a series of emails between American diplomats in
Islamabad and their superiors in Washington about whether to oppose
specific drone strikes in Pakistan.
The 2011 and
2012 emails were sent via the “low side’’—government slang for a
computer system for unclassified matters—as part of a secret
arrangement that gave the State Department more of a voice in whether a
Central Intelligence Agency drone strike went ahead, according to
congressional and law-enforcement officials briefed on the Federal
Bureau of Investigation probe.
How Clinton Donor Got on Sensitive Intelligence Board
released State Department emails help reveal how a major Clinton
Foundation donor was placed on a sensitive government intelligence
advisory board even though he had no obvious experience in the field, a
decision that appeared to baffle the department’s professional staff.
The emails further reveal how, after inquiries from ABC News, the
Clinton staff sought to “protect the name” of the Secretary, “stall”
the ABC News reporter and ultimately accept the resignation of the
donor just two days later.
Copies of dozens of internal emails were provided to ABC News by the
conservative political group Citizens United, which obtained them under
the Freedom of Information Act after more the two years of litigation
with the government.
'McConnell Waffles on Trump...
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that Donald
Trump needs to pick an experienced running mate because “he doesn't
know a lot about the issues” and strongly urged him to change course on
In an extraordinarily frank interview with Bloomberg Politics' Masters
in Politics podcast, McConnell, who is on a book tour touting his
autobiography The Long Game, also expressed broader concerns about the
presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
“He needs someone highly experienced and very knowledgeable because
it's pretty obvious he doesn't know a lot about the issues,” McConnell
said. “You see that in the debates in which he's participated. It's why
I have argued to him publicly and privately that he ought to use a
script more often—there is nothing wrong with having prepared texts.”
Brexit Poll Swings Spur Outflows Amid Pound Volatility Blowout
Everything you need to know about the state of play in the referendum campaign.
The ebb and flow of opinion polls on the June 23 referendum and
questions about their ability to forecast the outcome continue to
dominate sterling trading. The pound has fallen to near a two-month low
against the yen and the Swiss franc, while its two-week volatility
versus the dollar continues to climb, trading just shy of its peak in
European equities saw outflows for the 18th straight week, Bank of
America Merrill Lynch strategists write in a note, citing EPFR Global
data. Sterling corporate credit may continue to underperform euro
counterparts even if the U.K. votes to remain within the European
Union, Bloomberg strategist Simon Ballard writes. Television debates
and developments in the migrant crisis could all impact the result,
while voter turnout remains a key focus for many analysts.
San Francisco official seeks to ban Blue Angels flyovers
A San Francisco supervisor has accused the Blue Angels of striking
terror into the community “when they strafe neighborhoods” and seeks a
flyover ban on the “killing machines” in the aftermath of the fatal
crash of a Blue Angels jet in Tennessee last week.
City Supervisor John Avalos said he plans to introduce a nonbinding
resolution that would ban the squadron of six F/A-18 fighter jets from
flying over the city.
about them crashing and hitting a building — a place where people
live,” Mr. Avalos told the San Fransisco Chronicle. “It’s about the
terror that they cause in people when they strafe neighborhoods. That’s
something I hear about all the time when Blue Angels fly overhead.”
State lawmakers want judge in Standford rape case investigated
A dozen state lawmakers are calling for a review of Judge Aaron
Persky’s conduct and urging prosecutors to seek a stricter sentence in
the Stanford sexual assault case that sparked national outrage.
In a letter Friday to the state Commission on Judicial Performance, the
lawmakers asked that Persky be investigated for misconduct. A separate
petition to recall Persky has 1 million signatures, its organizers
said, and is expected to be delivered to the commission’s offices in
San Francisco on Friday.
Google accused of manipulating searches, burying negative stories about Hillary
report released Thursday suggests that Google manipulated its search
engine to boost Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton by
burying unflattering stories about her.
A video posted
by SourceFed, a news and pop-culture website, accused Google of
attempting to boost secretly Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy.
And now the real fun begins
The primaries are at last over, and not a day too soon. Now Democrats
and the Republicans can turn to dismantling each other in pursuit of
the presidency. This should be a campaign to remember.
Bernie Sanders talked to President Obama Thursday. Nobody got a
transcript of remarks but when he emerged from the White House the
senator from Vermont sounded more like a valedictorian than the
roughhouse pursuer of Hillary Clinton.
The other driver of congressional gridlock
‘Chevron deference’ allows federal agencies to usurp the role of lawmaker
It is a bedrock principle of America’s founding: Congress, as elected
by the people, shall write all laws that govern the United States. Yet
while that principle remains on paper, it has eroded today to a degree
likely unrecognizable by the Founding Fathers. In what has come to be
known as “Chevron deference” — a reference to a 1984 Supreme Court case
— the federal government has found a powerful tool for expanding the
size and reach of government to a scope never intended. And perhaps
more importantly, it is a factor contributing to the congressional
gridlock so many Americans bemoan today.
Chevron deference is a judicial doctrine established by the Supreme
Court in its 1984 opinion, Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources
Defense Council, Inc. It requires judicial deference to federal agency
interpretations of statutory ambiguity or gaps, so long as such
interpretations are reasonable. What’s “reasonable” is left to the
prerogative of federal agencies, which are mostly run by partisan
Medal of Honor
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.
VERSACE, HUMBERT R.
Organization: U.S. Army
Date of Issue: 07/08/2002
Captain Humbert R. Versace
distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism during the period of 29
October 1963 to 26 September 1965, while serving as S-2 Advisor,
Military Assistance Advisory Group, Detachment 52, Ca Mau, Republic of
Vietnam. While accompanying a Civilian Irregular Defense Group patrol
engaged in combat operations in Thoi Binh District, An Xuyen Province,
Captain Versace and the patrol came under sudden and intense mortar,
automatic weapons, and small arms fire from elements of a heavily armed
enemy battalion. As the battle raged, Captain Versace, although
severely wounded in the knee and back by hostile fire, fought valiantly
and continued to engage enemy targets. Weakened by his wounds and
fatigued by the fierce firefight, Captain Versace stubbornly resisted
capture by the over-powering Viet Cong force with the last full measure
of his strength and ammunition. Taken prisoner by the Viet Cong, he
exemplified the tenets of the Code of Conduct from the time he entered
into Prisoner of War status. Captain Versace assumed command of his
fellow American soldiers, scorned the enemy's exhaustive interrogation
and indoctrination efforts, and made three unsuccessful attempts to
escape, despite his weakened condition which was brought about by his
wounds and the extreme privation and hardships he was forced to endure.
During his captivity, Captain Versace was segregated in an isolated
prisoner of war cage, manacled in irons for prolonged periods of time,
and placed on extremely reduced ration. The enemy was unable to break
his indomitable will, his faith in God, and his trust in the United
States of America. Captain Versace, an American fighting man who
epitomized the principles of his country and the Code of Conduct, was
executed by the Viet Cong on 26 September 1965. Captain Versace's
gallant actions in close contact with an enemy force and unyielding
courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in the highest
traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon
himself 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