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  • Clinton signals she is not a two-term Secretary of State

    01/27/2010 11:31:43 AM PST · by reaganrevolutionin2010 · 41 replies · 1,201+ views
    Politico.com ^ | 1/27/10 | Laura Rozen
    In an interview to air at 8pm tonight on PBS's Tavis Smiley Reports, Hillary Clinton tells Smiley she does not envision serving as Secretary of State for a second term. She also tells Smiley she is "absolutely not interested" in another presidential run.(snip) Clinton previously told the Washington Post's Glenn Kessler much the same thing: "Clinton said she loves being secretary of state, but conceded, 'It is a really hard job . . . a 24-7 job,' and 'I feel the weight of it pretty significantly.' Asked if she would be sitting in the same office for eight years, Clinton...
  • Hillary Clinton to go to Haiti on Saturday (Just another photo-op?)

    01/15/2010 3:55:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies · 813+ views
    Alertnet ^ | 1/15/10 | Andrew Quinn
    Hillary Clinton to go to Haiti on Saturday15 Jan 2010 23:00:54 GMT Source: Reuters WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will fly to Haiti on Saturday to get a firsthand look at the earthquake relief effort as well as to help evacuate some Americans caught up in the disaster. Clinton, who cut short a trip to the Asia-Pacific region after Tuesday's quake, said on Friday she and U.S. Agency for International Development Director Rajiv Shah would meet Haitian President Rene Preval as well as U.S. relief workers. "We will also be conveying very directly and...
  • How did 'undy bomber' get a visa?

    01/09/2010 2:48:50 AM PST · by Scanian · 13 replies · 970+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 9, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Forget about no-fly lists, full-body scanners and air marshals. All the loud recriminations about who should have done what to stop the underwear bomber from boarding a plane to Detroit on Christmas Day miss a more fundamental point: Young, single, rootless foreign Muslim Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab should never, ever have received a temporary visa into our country in the first place. No visa, no plane ticket. No ticket, no passage to airline jihad. Even absent the intelligence we had on this al Qaeda-trained operative before his fateful trip, Hillary Clinton's State Department was required to know better
  • Did State Department Issue Visa to Pantibomber?

    01/08/2010 12:51:31 PM PST · by hockeyfan · 30 replies · 1,384+ views
    The Politico ^ | January 7, 2010 | Josh Gerstein
    /snip/It's just a typo, and in fact, the DNI fixed it on its webpage shortly after sending reporters the statement. But it's an awkward slip-up on the same day the White House admitted that a typo prevented the State Department from realizing it had granted a visa to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. (Someone spelled his name wrong during a search.)
  • Why Is Hillary’s State Department Getting UndyBomber Pass?

    01/07/2010 11:05:18 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 18 replies · 972+ views
    Townhall ^ | 1-8-2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Why Is Hillary’s State Department Getting UndyBomber Pass? Michelle Malkin Friday, January 08, 2010 Forget about no-fly lists, full-body scanners and air marshals. All the loud recriminations about who should have done what to stop the UndyBomber from boarding a plane to Detroit on Christmas Day miss a more fundamental point: Young, single, rootless foreign Muslim Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab should never, ever have received a temporary visa into our country in the first place. No visa, no plane ticket. No ticket, no passage to airline jihad. Even absent the intelligence we had on this al-Qaida-trained operative before his fateful trip,...
  • More Christmas Bombing Fallout: Hillary's Visa Problem

    01/07/2010 5:29:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies · 804+ views
    Big Government ^ | 1/7/10 | Richard Grenell
    President Obama came back to work this week after leaving the Presidency for his Hawaiian holiday vacation. Hawaii proved to be a restful retreat for the President, his team and the White House press corps who all took time off from their regular duties to enjoy the Hawaiian sun and ignore their responsibilities. But after 10 days of tropical silence, this week there is a sudden flurry of security reviews, media statements, ass-covering and more misstatements coming out of Washington from the Obama Administration. But we still don’t know why the State Department didn’t revoke the visa of a man...
  • State Department revokes attempted bomber's visa

    01/05/2010 2:30:17 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 36 replies · 889+ views
    State Department revokes attempted bomber's visa 8 mins ago WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department on Tuesday said it had revoked the visa it had given a Nigerian man after his alleged attempt to blow up an airliner on Christmas Day with explosives hidden in his underwear. President Barack Obama on Tuesday said U.S. intelligence agencies had enough information about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to have discovered and possibly disrupted the plan to destroy the Detroit-bound airline but "failed to connect those dots." Obama said the intelligence community knew Abdulmutallab had traveled to Yemen and established contact with extremists. The...
  • Source: U.S. embassy closure followed terror threat

    01/04/2010 3:39:34 PM PST · by Phlap · 7 replies · 397+ views
    CNN ^ | 01/04/2010 | CNN's Barbara Starr contributed to this report
    The United States' decision to close its embassy in Yemen came after intelligence suggested that four al Qaeda operatives may be planning an attack on the compound, a senior administration official said Monday.
  • Embassy Closed in Response to Security Threat [Yemen]

    01/03/2010 4:18:45 AM PST · by gandalftb · 32 replies · 1,754+ views
    U.S. Department of State ^ | January 03, 2010 | staff
    Press Releases Embassy Closed in Response to Security Threat The U.S. Embassy in Sana’a is closed today, January 3, 2010, in response to ongoing threats by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to attack American interests in Yemen. On December 31, the U.S. Embassy sent a warden message to Americans citizens in Yemen to remind them of the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against American citizens and interests throughout the world. The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance and to practice enhanced security awareness.
  • U.S. Knew of Airline Terror Plot Before Christmas

    12/30/2009 5:43:40 AM PST · by bergmeid · 23 replies · 1,009+ views
    Associated Press / FOX ^ | Dec. 30, 2009 | AP/Fox
    The U.S. government had intelligence from Yemen before Christmas that leaders of a branch of Al Qaeda there were talking about "a Nigerian" being prepared for a terrorist attack.
  • Kerry Reportedly Files Request to Visit Iran

    12/29/2009 1:40:31 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 108 replies · 2,522+ views
    Kerry Reportedly Files Request to Visit Iran Sen. John Kerry has filed a formal request to visit Iran, Iranian news agencies reported Tuesday -- news made public in the middle of the government's bloody crackdown on dissidents that has left more than a dozen dead. Sen. John Kerry has filed a formal request to visit Iran, Iranian news agencies reported Tuesday -- news made public in the middle of the government's bloody crackdown on dissidents that has left more than a dozen dead. While representatives for Kerry have so far not confirmed whether he intends to travel to Tehran, a...
  • Kerry of Tehran

    12/26/2009 4:28:08 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies · 971+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 26, 2009
    John Kerry lost the Secretary of State sweepstakes to Hillary Clinton, but that hasn't lowered his diplomatic ambitions. The Journal reported Thursday that the Senate Foreign Relations Chairman is mulling a trip to Iran, and with the blessing of the Obama Administration. If the mullahs had any sense, they'd send him a government plane. Beset by almost daily demonstrations by a democratic opposition that has been growing despite beatings and arrests since the stolen June election, Mr. Kerry would arrive from Washington to show the Iranian people that at least someone still favors the regime. He would be the most...
  • Obama’s Ambassadorial Nominee Receives Heavy Scrutiny

    12/25/2009 7:13:39 AM PST · by EagleUSA · 7 replies · 614+ views
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | 12/25/2009 | Personal Liberty Desk
    President Barack Obama has nominated Mari Carmen Aponte to become the next ambassador of El Salvador, a decade after she was forced to withdrawal her name from consideration for a similar post following concerns about alleged ties to Cuba, Newsmax.com reports. A former FBI official told Fox News that Aponte’s 1998 nomination by president Clinton began receiving attention after the foreign relations panel questioned her about a past relationship with Roberto Tamayo, who was alleged to have "possible ties to the Cuban government" and made "repeated trips there." Current White House spokesman Tommy Vietor responded, "as has been previously reported,...
  • Meet the Couple Who Crashed Obama’s State Dinner (video)

    11/25/2009 8:30:29 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies · 3,291+ views
    TheOasisWedding ^ | Nov. 25, 2009
    NYT: This much is known: About 7:15 Tuesday night, a glittering blonde, decked out in a red and gold sari, holding the hand of her black-tuxedoed escort, swept past the camera crews and reporters camped out to catch the red-carpet arrivals for the first state dinner given by President Obama.
  • Caption: Another Hillary moment (party at the 20th Anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall)

    11/08/2009 10:41:36 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 1,912+ views
    Reuters Photos on Yahoo ^ | 11/8/09 | Reuters
    German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle (R) introduces his partner Michael Mronz (L) to his U.S. counterpart Hillary Clinton during the Atlantic Council Awards ceremony at the Adlon hotel in Berlin, November 8, 2009, one day ahead of the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (GERMANY ANNIVERSARY POLITICS)
  • State Department daily press briefing

    11/06/2009 3:00:35 PM PST · by don-o · 8 replies · 240+ views
    US State Department ^ | November 6. 2009 | Ian Kelly
    And then I'd like to read a statement on Honduras. Last week, Honduran negotiators came to an accord that spells out a step-by-step process for Honduras to reestablish democratic and constitutional order and move toward national elections with the support of the international community. In the wake of the Verification Commission visit November 3 and 4, the two sides made significant progress toward the formation of a unity government. For that reason, we were particularly disappointed by the unilateral statements made last night, which do not serve the spirit of the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord. We urge both sides to act...
  • US State Department on a Roll

    10/17/2009 11:32:57 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 17 replies · 1,074+ views
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire | 17 Oct 2009 | John Semmens
    A week of hard negotiations between the United States and Russia netted what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton classified as “significant breakthroughs in our two countries’ relationship.” Among the breakthroughs cited by Secretary Clinton—Russia will be allowed to inspect US nuclear weapons sites, Russia retains the right to preemptive, first-strike use of nuclear weapons, and Russia will not assist the United States in seeking sanctions against Iran’s acquisition of nuclear warheads. “By acceding to their demands we are showing them that we do not pose a threat to their interests,” Clinton explained. “A gesture of submission on our part eases...
  • Hillary Clinton Rules Out White House Bid, Says She's 'Totally Secure' in Current Role

    10/12/2009 5:51:19 PM PDT · by curth · 32 replies · 1,431+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | 10/12 | Patricia Murphy
    In the middle of a diplomatic mission through Europe, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made headlines at home this morning when she closed the door on another bid for the presidency. In an interview on the "Today" show, Ann Curry asked if Clinton ever wishes she, rather than Barack Obama, was setting U.S. policy as the commander-in-chief. "I have to tell you," Clinton said, "it never crosses my mind." Curry followed up, "Will you ever run for president again?" "No," Clinton said. "No?" "No, no" Clinton insisted, laughing. "This is a great job. It is a 24-7 job. And I'm...
  • U.S. Can’t Trace Foreign Visitors on Expired Visas

    10/12/2009 7:14:51 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 34 replies · 1,346+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 11, 2009 | JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr. and JULIA PRESTON
    DALLAS — Eight years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and despite repeated mandates from Congress, the United States still has no reliable system for verifying that foreign visitors have left the country. New concern was focused on that security loophole last week, when Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, a 19-year-old Jordanian who had overstayed his tourist visa, was accused in court of plotting to blow up a Dallas skyscraper. Last year alone, 2.9 million foreign visitors on temporary visas like Mr. Smadi’s checked in to the country but never officially checked out, immigration officials said... ...officials said, about 40 percent...
  • U.S. Can’t Trace Foreign Visitors on Expired Visa [Approx. 3 Million Visitors Unaccounted For!]

    10/11/2009 10:57:54 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 30 replies · 2,033+ views
    NYTimes ^ | October 11th 2009
    U.S. Can’t Trace Foreign Visitors on Expired Visas By JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr. and JULIA PRESTON October 11, 2009 DALLAS — Eight years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and despite repeated mandates from Congress, the United States still has no reliable system for verifying that foreign visitors have left the country. Hosam Maher Husein Smadi entered the United States legally, but then overstayed his visa. [Pic in URL] New concern was focused on that security loophole last week, when Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, a 19-year-old Jordanian who had overstayed his tourist visa, was accused in court of plotting to...