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  • As Kerry Recalled His War Experience at End of Iran Talks, ‘Everyone Had Tears in Their Eyes’

    07/16/2015 7:42:28 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 53 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 7/15/16 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – In the closing minutes of the Iran nuclear negotiations in Vienna this week, Secretary of State John Kerry made a comment about having gone to war as a young man and not wanting to do so again, leaving everyone in the room, including the Iranians, with “tears in their eyes.” Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, the lead U.S. negotiator in the talks, recounted the moment while addressing the annual Generation Prague Conference at the State Department on Wednesday. Sherman said that in the final plenary session, with the media out of the room, each of...
  • Obama faces tough sales job in Congress as critics blast ‘capitulation’ to Iran

    07/14/2015 9:20:50 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 23 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 7/14/15 | Chad Pergram and Jonathan Wachtel
    Now, it's Congress' turn. The announcement Tuesday of a landmark nuclear deal with Iran shifts the debate from the negotiating table in Vienna to the floors of Capitol Hill, where a rebellion already is brewing over elements of the deal that critics call a "historic capitulation." President Obama, speaking early Tuesday morning from the White House, touted the agreement as a breakthrough that has "stopped the spread of nuclear weapons" in the region. The deal would curb Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for significant sanctions relief. But Congress, under legislation approved earlier this year, has a say and will be...
  • Houthi rebels in Yemen are holding multiple Americans prisoner

    05/30/2015 9:19:13 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    WaPo ^ | 5/29/15 | Greg Miller and Adam Goldman
    The rebel group that has seized power in Yemen has taken at least four U.S. citizens prisoner, according to U.S. officials who said that efforts to secure the Americans’ release have faltered. One of the prisoners had been cleared for release in recent days only to have that decision reversed by members of the Houthi rebellion that toppled the U.S.-backed government earlier this year and now controls most levers of power in Yemen.
  • Taliban 5 could be free to travel in days, lawmakers raise alarm

    05/27/2015 2:17:28 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 10 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5/27/15 | Judson Berger, Catherine Herridge, ap
    The five Taliban leaders traded a year ago for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could be free to travel as early as Monday as the terms of their supervised release are set to expire, raising alarm on Capitol Hill about the possibility they could return to the battlefield. The five former Guantanamo detainees have been under close monitoring in Qatar and subject to a travel ban since their release last year. The agreement with Qatar is set to expire June 1.
  • NJ teacher who had students write 'get well' notes to cop killer fired

    05/14/2015 12:05:49 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 48 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5/14/15 | foxnews
    A New Jersey public school teacher who instructed her third-grade students to write “get well” letters to a convicted cop killer was fired at a raucous school board meeting that stretched into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, despite her pleas that “there’s a community behind me.” Marylin Zuniga, a first-year teacher who drew widespread condemnation for assigning her young charges the task of writing to Mumia Abu-Jamal, was canned at the meeting of the Orange Board of Education, the Star-Ledger of Newark reported.
  • 4 Philadelphia Police Officers Injured In Olney

    05/12/2015 1:12:00 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    myfoxphilly.com ^ | 5/12/15 | Ryan Dennis,
    We are following a developing story in Olney involving multiple Philadelphia Police officers. The scene began on the 700 block of Chew Street where a man driving a purple Chrysler hit a police officer just before 2:30pm Tuesday. FOX 29's Dave Schratwieser says the suspect led police on pursuit on Stenton and Ogontz and stopped on the 1900 block of Colonial Street where shots were fired by police. Sources confirm a suspect was shot in the chest. There is no word on his condition. Sources tell FOX 29 four officers are injured. At least three officers are being treated at...
  • Biden: 'Path has already been paved' to Iranian bomb

    05/01/2015 9:04:07 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 25 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 5/1/15 | Charles Hoskinson
    Iran would have enough enriched uranium within three months to be able to make up to eight nuclear weapons if negotiations with the international community blow up, Vice President Joe Biden said late Thursday, noting that "the path has already been paved" for that outcome. Biden's remarks at a dinner for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy played off concerns by critics, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that the Obama administration is negotiating an agreement that paves the path for Iran to get a nuclear weapon. "Let's get something straight so we don't kid each other," Biden said....
  • US Navy to accompany US-flagged ships in Persian Gulf after Iran seizes vessel

    04/30/2015 12:21:26 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 4/30/15 | foxnews
    U.S. Navy ships will begin to accompany U.S. flagged commercial ships as they travel the Strait of Hormuz, a defense official confirmed to Fox News, on the heels of Iran seizing a cargo ship.
  • White House sneaks out two new climate-related programs

    04/22/2015 9:09:03 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 23 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 4/22/15 | John Siciliano
    The Obama administration snuck in two new climate change-related programs when it rolled out a major new study on the nation's challenged energy system. The first installment of a major four-part energy analysis, dubbed the Quadrennial Energy Review, was issued Tuesday morning after several months of persistent delays. Included with the 350-page review, which focused on the nation's energy infrastructure hurdles, were two new executive actions: one addressing climate change resilience, and another for clean energy improvements in rural America. The administration hinted that the new initiatives may be part of a speech the president plans to deliver Wednesday in...
  • Putin warns Israel against selling arms to Ukraine

    04/18/2015 11:59:59 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 31 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 4/18/15 | jpstaff
    Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Israel on Saturday against selling weapons to the pro-Western government in Kiev as retaliation for Moscow’s recently announced weapons deal with Iran. Speaking to official state media in Russia, Putin said that any such deals between Israel and Ukraine would be “counterproductive” and would “only cause a new round of hostility.” “The death toll would rise, but the result would not change,” Putin was quoted as telling Rossiya, the official state-run television channel.
  • Obama would sign current version of Senate compromise on Iran bill: White House

    04/14/2015 1:06:11 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 4/14/15 | reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama would be willing to sign the current version of a compromise on an Iran nuclear bill being discussed in the U.S. Senate, the White House said on Tuesday.
  • States slam the brakes on Iran, enact tough economic sanctions

    04/13/2015 12:53:40 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 4/13/15 | reuters/fox
    While the United States and Iran edge closer to a nuclear deal, nearly two dozen U.S. states are imposing their own sanctions against Tehran – a move some say could derail fragile talks between the two countries. The states, though, say they aren’t budging. In fact, Kansas and Mississippi are even considering adding more sanctions. Several states across the country have put their own measures in place to punish Iran-linked companies operating in certain sectors of its economy, directing public pension funds with billions of dollars in assets to divesting from the firms and sometimes barring them from public contracts,...
  • Arias gets life in prison with no chance of parole for murder of ex-boyfriend

    04/13/2015 10:37:51 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 35 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 4/13/15 | Jennifer Girdon /fox/ap
    A judge sentenced convicted murderer Jodi Arias to life in prison without the possibility of parole Monday, for the murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. The decision by Judge Sherry Stephens was largely a formality after a jury deadlocked last month on whether to give Arias the death penalty or life in prison. The mistrial removed the death penalty as an option. The only decision left was whether the judge would allow the 34-year-old Arias to be eligible for release after 25 years. She declined to do that, meaning Arias will spend the rest of her life in prison.
  • French Officials: Obama Plans To Make Iran His Key Middle East Ally

    03/31/2015 12:17:07 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 79 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 3/31/15 | Alex Griswold
    In a shocking accusation, French diplomats told Foreign Policy that they believe the Obama administration plans to replace Saudi Arabia with Iran as the central U.S. ally in the Middle East. (VIDEO: Reporter Grills State Department: Is United States Now A ‘Functional Ally Of Iran?’) “Numerous French diplomats suspect that the United States… is on the verge of profoundly reshaping of [sic] its traditional alliance system in the Middle East,” reporters Joseph Bahout and Benjamin Haddad write, ”moving [to] a system where Iran replaces Saudi Arabia as the central pillar of regional stability.” “The nuclear talks, French diplomats suspect, are...
  • Iran militia chief: Destroying Israel is ‘nonnegotiable’

    03/31/2015 9:10:37 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 70 replies
    timesofisrael.com ^ | 3/31/15 | Lazar Berman
    The commander of the Basij militia of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said that “erasing Israel off the map” is “nonnegotiable,” according to an Israel Radio report Tuesday. Militia chief Mohammad Reza Naqdi also threatened Saudi Arabia, saying that the offensive it is leading in Yemen “will have a fate like the fate of Saddam Hussein.” Naqdi’s comments were made public as Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue a general statement agreeing to continue nuclear negotiations in a new phase aimed at reaching a comprehensive accord by the end of June.
  • Explosion, gunfire heard at Mogadishu hotel

    03/27/2015 7:50:24 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 11 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 3/27/15 | foxnews
    Islamic extremist fighters – possibly from the Al Shabab terror group-- stormed a popular hotel in the Somali Capital Mogadishu Friday, trapping government officials inside the building, police said. Witnesses reported hearing a large explosion and gunfire at the Maka Al Mukaram Hotel, Reuters reported. Police say gunshots were heard inside the compound but it’s unclear whether there are casualties resulting from the attack. "Al Shabaab fighters are on the top of the building and inside the hotel," Police Major Ismail Olow told Reuters. "Some government officials are inside the hotel."
  • How crashing drones are exposing secrets about U.S. war operations

    03/25/2015 10:55:19 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 7 replies
    WaPo ^ | 3/25/15 | Craig Whitlock
    Crashing drones are spilling secrets about U.S. military operations. A surveillance mission was exposed last week when a Predator drone crashed in northwest Syria while spying on the home turf of President Bashar al-Assad. U.S. officials believe the drone was shot down, but they haven’t ruled out mechanical failure. Regardless, the wreckage offered the first hard evidence of a U.S. confrontation with Assad’s forces. The mishap in Syria follows a string of crashes in Yemen, another country where the U.S. military keeps virtually all details of its drone operations classified. Yemeni tribesmen have reported three cases in the past 15...
  • Appeals Court To Hear Expedited Executive Amnesty Appeal on April 17

    03/25/2015 8:03:48 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/25/15 | Caroline May
    The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear an expedited appeal on a district court’s ruling that blocks President Obama’s executive amnesty. The appeals court is to hear arguments on April 17. SNIP The Justice Department appealed the decision to the higher court this month, seeking to allow the executive amnesty go forward. The state of Texas is leading the 26 states in its court fight against the executive orders. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stressed, following the Fifth Circuit’s date announcement, that it would continue to “vigorously oppose the president’s illegal amnesty plan in court.”
  • US must release photos of Abu Ghraib detainees, federal judge rules

    03/21/2015 11:14:36 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 3/21/15 | theguardian.com
    The US must release photographs showing abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, a federal judge has ruled in a long-running clash over letting the world see potentially disturbing images of how the military treated prisoners. US district judge Alvin Hellerstein’s ruling Friday gives the government, which has fought the case for over a decade, two months to decide whether to appeal before the photos could be released. The American Civil Liberties Union has been seeking to make them public in the name of holding government accountable.
  • Sources: U.S. pulling last of its Special Operations forces out of Yemen

    03/21/2015 9:15:54 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 40 replies
    fox6now.com ^ | 3/21/15 | cnn
    For years, the U.S. military has worked closely with Yemen’s government to go after AQAP, together carrying out numerous attacks like the 2011 drone strike that killed prominent al Qaeda figure Anwar al-Awlaki. And U.S. President Barack Obama has hailed this cooperation as a pillar in his anti-terrorism campaign. “Yemen has never been a perfect democracy or a island of stability,” Obama said in January, promoting the policy of “partnering and intelligence-sharing with that local government” as the best approach in a bad situation. “The alternative would be for us to play whack-a-mole every time there is a terrorist actor...
  • Obama Calls for Return of Americans Held in Iran

    03/20/2015 12:28:02 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 11 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 3/20/15 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In the midst of an unexpected break in Iranian nuclear talks, President Barack Obama is calling on the return of Americans held in Iran. In a message commemorating the Persian New Year, Obama says it's a time for families to be reunited. He says Iran should immediately release U.S. prisoners Saeed Abedini of
  • State warns: 'Iran sanctions absolutely must not happen'

    03/19/2015 12:58:18 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 19 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 3/19/15 | Charles Hoskinson
    Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken tried to reassure skeptical lawmakers on Thursday that any nuclear deal the Obama administration signs with Iran would prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon. Blinken, accompanied by Adam Szubin, acting Treasury Department undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, came to Capitol Hill as his boss, Secretary of State John Kerry, was in a fourth day of talks with Iranian officials aimed at closing the remaining gaps in the two countries' positions. "The negotiations have been substantive and intense," Blinken told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "We've made some progress on the...
  • Netanyahu declares victory in election; Herzog says Likud celebration is premature

    03/17/2015 2:07:25 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 3/17/15 | jppost staff
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared victory after the first exit polls released following Tuesday's elections showed the Likud ahead of, or tied with, the Zionist Union. Netanyahu wrote on his Facebook page: "Against all odds, a great victory for the Likud, for the nationalist camp led by the Likud, and for the people of Israel." The numbers for Netanyahu's Likud were better than expected after pre-election polls had showed him trailing Isaac Herzog's Zionist Union by as much as five mandates. The Zionist Union rejected conjecture that the results of the exit polls show that Netanyahu will form the next...
  • Real estate heir Robert Durst arrested in New Orleans on murder charges, attorney says

    03/15/2015 8:50:25 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 3/15/15 | foxnews
    Real estate heir Robert Durst was arrested Saturday in New Orleans on murder charges, his attorney said Sunday. Durst was taken into custody around 11 p.m. local time. He is being held on a first degree warrant out of Los Angeles County by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office. Durst’s attorney, Chip Lewis, told KTRK that Durst will not fight extradition to Los Angeles. He hopes to get Durst in front of a magistrate judge in New Orleans tomorrow to start the extradition charges and plans to fight the charges in Los Angeles. Durst, 71, is the subject of an HBO...
  • Now House writes Iran letter to Obama on Iran

    03/13/2015 2:20:37 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 3/13/15 | Charles Hoskinson
    A bipartisan majority of House lawmakers have written a letter to President Obama backing up the letter 47 GOP senators controversially addressed to Iran on Monday with dire warnings about the impending nuke deal. Some 250 members had signed the House letter by Friday afternoon, a clear majority of the chamber. Its authors, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., and the panel's top Democrat, Eliot Engel of New York, are still gathering more signatures but will send the letter to Obama soon. "Should an agreement with Iran be reached, permanent sanctions relief from congressionally mandated sanctions would require...
  • 5 House Democrats call for release of first batch of Hillary Clinton emails

    03/10/2015 10:13:30 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 28 replies
    politico.com ^ | 3/10/15 | Lauren French
    The five Democrats on the House Committee on Benghazi are asking the State Department to prioritize releasing 850 pages of Hillary Clinton’s official emails from the cache of files the former secretary of state has turned over. The State Department has 55,000 pages of documents to review but the Democrats on the Benghazi panel, led by Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, want the agency to first release the emails Clinton sent to the select committee last year. “Since the Department has already produced approximately 850 pages of these documents to the Select Committee on Benghazi, we request that the Department begin...
  • Cuba throws weight behind Venezuela in row with US

    03/10/2015 9:49:47 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    au.news.yahoo.com ^ | 3/11/15 | afp
    Havana (AFP) - Cuba rallied behind Venezuela on Tuesday, offering its closest ally "unconditional support" after US President Barack Obama authorized new sanctions against officials of the turbulent South American oil producer. The Cuban reaction marked its first public confrontation with the United States since the two countries began discussions in December on fully restoring diplomatic relations. Cuba joins other leftist regional governments in closing ranks with Caracas in the deepening US-Venezuela row. An official statement published in the island's state-run media called Obama's executive order implementing the sanctions "arbitrary and aggressive." "Cuba again reiterates its unconditional support and that...
  • DNI: 'Confirmed' That 116 Former Gitmo Detainees Returned to Terror or Insurgencies; If More Are Re

    03/07/2015 7:53:11 AM PST · by ColdOne · 7 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 3/7/15 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Full title............DNI: 'Confirmed' That 116 Former Gitmo Detainees Returned to Terror or Insurgencies; If More Are Released More Will (CNSNews.com) - The Director of National Intelligence released a report this week indicating that the United States has "confirmed" that 116 detainees "transferred" out of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, subsequently reengaged in terrorist or insurgent activities. The report also warned: "Based on trends identified during the past eleven years, we assess that some detainees currently at GTMO will seek to reengage in terrorist or insurgent activities after they are transferred." The DNI first publicly warned more than four years...
  • Gold Mine: Hillary Clinton’s Brother Granted Super-Rare Mining Permit from Haiti After State Dept.

    03/05/2015 12:48:07 PM PST · by ColdOne · 69 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/5/15 | Alexander Marlow
    Full title.....Gold Mine: Hillary Clinton’s Brother Granted Super-Rare Mining Permit from Haiti After State Dept. Sent Country Billions Hillary Rodham Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham, sat on the board of a self-described mining company that in 2012 received one of only two “gold exploitation permits” from the Haitian government—the first issued in over 50 years. The tiny North Carolina company, VCS Mining, also included on its board Bill Clinton’s co-chair of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC), former Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive. The Rodham gold mine revelation is just one of dozens featured in a forthcoming bombshell investigative book by...
  • DOJ will not prosecute former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson

    03/04/2015 9:49:25 AM PST · by ColdOne · 12 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 3/4/15 | ap
    The Justice Department says it won't prosecute former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old that led to weeks of protests. Federal officials concluded there was no evidence to disprove Wilson's testimony that he feared for his safety, nor was there reliable evidence that Michael Brown had his hands up when he was shot.
  • White House: Netanyahu Offers 'No Concrete Action Plan' on Iran

    03/03/2015 10:50:54 AM PST · by ColdOne · 58 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 3/3/15 | Thomson/reuters
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to offer an alternative in his speech to the U.S. Congress on the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran, a senior U.S. administration official said on Tuesday. "Simply demanding that Iran completely capitulate is not a plan, nor would any country support us in that position. The prime minister offered no concrete action plan," the official said, speaking on background. Netanyahu warned Congress against accepting a deal with Iran that President Barack Obama and his administration are deeply invested in negotiating, arguing that the deal would leave Iran with a "breakout time" of a year,...
  • Pelosi 'near tears' at Bibi 'insult'

    03/03/2015 9:51:50 AM PST · by ColdOne · 95 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 3/3/15 | Mike Lillis
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hammered Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday, saying the Israeli prime minister's speech to Congress was an "insult" to the country. “The unbreakable bonds between the United States and Israel are rooted in our shared values, our common ideals and mutual interests," Pelosi said in a statement just after the speech. “That is why, as one who values the U.S. — Israel relationship, and loves Israel, I was near tears
  • Obama To Allow "Moderate" Syrian Rebels Call In B-1B Bombers For Air Support

    02/19/2015 11:59:34 AM PST · by ColdOne · 68 replies
    zerohedge.com ^ | 2/17/15 | Tyler Durden/wsj
    While Obama desperately tries to stick to his now crushed "Nobel peace prize winner" image, by not succumbing to an all-out land war in the one nation where his progressive "pacifism" brought him fame (and according to some, the presidency), namely Iraq, the rest of militant, "interventionist" US foreign policy is rapidly starting to resemble that waged by the most brutally rabid, neo-con Republican leader. Case in point an absolute stunner reported minutes ago by the WSJ, according to which the White House has decided to provide pickup trucks equipped with mounted machine guns and radios for calling in U.S....
  • US Embassy: Turkey and US Sign Deal to Train and Arm Syrian Rebels

    02/19/2015 10:54:02 AM PST · by ColdOne · 26 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | 2/19/15 | ap
    U.S. Embassy: Turkey and US sign deal to train and arm Syrian rebels.
  • Obama taps State Department's Psaki as White House communications director

    02/19/2015 10:33:30 AM PST · by ColdOne · 21 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 2/19/15 | reuters
    "Jen worked on both my campaigns, she's served in the White House and she's traveled the world as an advisor to Secretary (John) Kerry," Obama said in a statement. "I fully trust Jen - and I am thrilled she's agreed to come back to the White House," he said. Psaki will start at the White House on April 1 and replaces communications director Jen Palmieri, officials said.
  • State Department spokeswoman floats jobs as answer to ISIS

    02/17/2015 9:54:51 AM PST · by ColdOne · 90 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/17/15 | foxnews
    What the West really needs to take on the Islamic State is ... a jobs program. That's what a top State Department spokeswoman suggested when asked in a TV interview Monday night about what the U.S.-led coalition is doing to stop the slaughter of civilians by Islamic State militants across the region. "We're killing a lot of them, and we're going to keep killing more of them. ... But we cannot win this war by killing them," department spokeswoman Marie Harf said on MSNBC's "Hardball." "We need ... to go after the root causes that leads people to join these...
  • Dems on FEC open to new regs on donors, Internet

    02/11/2015 9:09:55 AM PST · by ColdOne · 25 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 2/11/15 | Paul Bedard
    Claiming that thousands of public comments condemning “dark money” in politics can’t be ignored, the Democrat-chaired Federal Election Commission on Wednesday appeared ready to open the door to new regulations on donors, bloggers and others who use the Internet to influence policy and campaigns. During a broad FEC hearing to discuss a recent Supreme Court decision that eliminated some donor limits, proponents encouraged the agency to draw up new funding disclosure rules and require even third-party internet-based groups to reveal donors, a move that would extinguish a 2006 decision to keep the agency’s hands off the Internet.
  • Obama administration to announce new cybersecurity agency

    02/10/2015 9:54:04 AM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/10/15 | ap/foxnews
    The Obama administration is expected to formally announce a new cybersecurity agency Tuesday afternoon, following a string of high-profile cyber-attacks on U.S. companies. A senior administration official told Fox News the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC), modeled on the National Counterterrorism Center, is part of "a comprehensive strategy" to tackle what it calls "one of the gravest national security dangers that the United States faces." The official said the center is being established by presidential memorandum, under authority from a 2004 intelligence law. According to the administration, they plan to use existing funds in the 2015 budget and are...
  • Drew Peterson charged with trying to hire hitman to kill prosecutor

    02/09/2015 12:48:23 PM PST · by ColdOne · 28 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/9/15 | foxnews
    The charges allege that between September 2013 and December 2014, Peterson plotted to hire a hit man to kill Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow, the prosecutor who led the 2012 trial that resulted in Peterson being convicted of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Peterson, who is currently incarcerated at the Menard Correctional Center, made an initial appearance on the charges Monday at the Randolph County Courthouse. A preliminary hearing is set for March 3 at 10 a.m. SNIP The charges allege that between September 2013 and December 2014, Peterson solicited an unnamed individual to carry out a murder-for-hire...
  • Army to award Purple Heart to Fort Hood victims

    02/06/2015 8:17:48 AM PST · by ColdOne · 26 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/6/15 | foxnews
    The U.S. Army has decided to award the Purple Heart to victims of the Fort Hood massacre, sources tell Fox News. Three sources confirmed that the Army will announce the decision by next week.
  • Whistleblowers: US Gave Visas to Suspected Forgers, Fraudsters, Criminals

    02/03/2015 8:42:59 AM PST · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | 2/3/16 | BRIAN ROSS and MATTHEW MOSK via Nightline
    Officials overseeing a federal program that offers an immigration short-cut to wealthy foreign investors have ignored pointed warnings from federal agents and approved visas for some immigrants suspected of having committed fraud, money laundering, and even one applicant with alleged ties to a child porn website, an ABC News investigation has found. The shortcomings prompted concerns within the Department of Homeland Security that the boutique immigration program would be exploited by terrorists, according to internal documents obtained by ABC News.
  • Justified Final Season Thread [Spoiler Alert]

    01/22/2015 12:51:14 PM PST · by ColdOne · 150 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 1/22/14 | coldone
    Hiya....thought I would start a thread for the TV series Justified on FX Tuesday nights.
  • Obama’s America: Kerry Has James Taylor Sing to French Leaders to Make Up for US No-Show

    01/16/2015 7:41:54 AM PST · by ColdOne · 104 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 1/16/15 | free beacon staff
    The United States’ missing appearance at the unity march in Paris was duly noted by the media. Secretary of State John Kerry finally made an appearance in France to “share a big hug.” In a press conference to express his condolences to the French people and for not showing, Kerry brought a friend with him: James Taylor. Taylor serenaded the crowd with an acoustic version of “You’ve Got a Friend.” Taylor performed the song as a tribute to the 17 victims of the terrorist attacks carried out last week. Reporters present asked Kerry if his appearance in France was to...
  • White House: Obama Will Fight Media To Stop Anti-Jihad Articles

    01/13/2015 9:30:27 AM PST · by ColdOne · 91 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/13/15 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama has a moral responsibility to push back on the nation’s journalism community when it is planning to publish anti-jihadi articles that might cause a jihadi attack against the nation’s defenses forces, the White House’s press secretary said Jan. 12. “The president … will not now be shy about expressing a view or taking the steps that are necessary to try to advocate for the safety and security of our men and women in uniform” whenever journalists’ work may provoke jihadist attacks, spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at the White House’s daily briefing.
  • Senate Dem: Cuba trade rewards 'brutal behavior'

    12/17/2014 9:33:04 AM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 12/17/14 | Peter Sullivan
    "There is no equivalence between an international aid worker and convicted spies who were found guilty of conspiracy to commit espionage against our nation." ~~~SNIP~~ Menendez said the swap "sets an extremely dangerous precedent." "It invites dictatorial and rogue regimes to use Americans serving overseas as bargaining chips. I fear that today’s actions will put at risk the thousands of Americans that work overseas to support civil society, advocate for access to information, provide humanitarian services, and promote democratic reforms."
  • Obama administration claims a right to hide evidence before Supreme Court

    12/10/2014 10:32:48 AM PST · by ColdOne · 32 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 12/10/14 | Kyndra Miller Rotunda and Rear Admiral James Carey (Ret.) and Bob Carey and Joshua Flynn-Brown
    Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in United States v. June, a case that has received little attention, but will have far-reaching implications. The case boils down to this: Can the federal government actively conceal material evidence in order to escape liability? Common sense says no. The Obama administration says yes. June involves the Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCA) and a doctrine called “equitable tolling.” Prior to 1946, the doctrine of sovereign immunity prohibited citizens from filing suit against the government. That all changed in 1946, when a military plane crashed into the Empire State Building, killing and...
  • NYPD shooting victim’s family: Stay away, Sharpton!

    12/06/2014 8:32:16 AM PST · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 12/5/14 | Lorena Mongelli and Danika Fears
    The blowhard opportunist muscled his way into the arrangements — and even put out press releases promising to deliver the eulogy — without ever consulting the family or offering to foot the bill. But Gurley’s relatives told Sharpton to stay away rather than turn the somber ceremonies into a spectacle. “It’s been a nightmare,” Gurley’s aunt, Hertencia Petersen, told The Post. “He just wants to take credit for this when he’s never even contacted my sister [Gurley’s mother]. “Who made you the spokesperson of our family? We just want to bury our nephew with dignity and respect.”
  • Exclusive: U.S. to allow people from nations hit by Ebola to stay temporarily

    11/20/2014 10:52:51 AM PST · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    reuters ^ | 11/20/14 | Julia Edwards
    (Reuters) - The Department of Homeland Security will grant temporary protected status to people from the three West African countries most affected by Ebola who are currently residing in the United States, department officials said on Thursday. People from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone in the United States as of Thursday may apply for protection from deportation, as well as for work permits, for 18 months, said a Department of Homeland Security official. After 18 months, the Secretary of Homeland Security will assess whether the protection should be extended, based on the level of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
  • Obama says he WOULD order U.S. troops into ISIS territory - if they get a nuclear weapon: President

    11/18/2014 10:31:40 AM PST · by ColdOne · 51 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 11/18/16 | Kieran Corcoran
    full title....Obama says he WOULD order U.S. troops into ISIS territory - if they get a nuclear weapon: President conjures nightmare scenario that justifies 'boots on the ground'But, speaking at a news conference in Australia today, the President insisted he would personally order the operation should the U.S. uncovering the terrifying intelligence. He said: 'There are always circumstances in which the United States might need to deploy U.S. ground troops. 'If we discover that ISIL had gotten possession of a nuclear weapon and we had to run an operation to get it out of their hands, then yes, you can...
  • Husband's business partner arrested for murder of McStay family who vanished for three years - befor

    11/07/2014 10:27:12 AM PST · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 11/7/14 | Kieran Corcoran for MailOnline and AP
    full title..Husband's business partner arrested for murder of McStay family who vanished for three years - before parents and two young sons were found executed and buried in shallow desert gravesA close friend and business associate of the murdered McStay family has been arrested after the victims were found buried in the desert. Charles 'Chase' Merritt, 57, has been arrested for the murders of businessman Joseph Chase, his wife Summer, and their children Gianni and Joseph Jr, aged three and four. He was taken into custody two days ago in Chatsworth, California, less than two hours' drive from the shallow...