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  • CNN: Is Hillary Clinton Undermining Our Values And Anti-Terror Strategy For Saying Radical Islam?

    06/15/2016 4:58:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 15, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    A day after President Obama went on a rant about why he doesn't use the phrase “radical Islam," CNN asked if the leaders, like Hillary Clinton who have used the phrase, have undermined U.S. strategy. What should’ve been a relatively straightforward briefing on the threats posed by ISIS turned into a tirade against Republicans and Donald Trump from the president. He also used it as a staging ground to lecture us about reinstating the so-called assault weapons ban and confirming a treasury nominee that’s been held up for over a year. Yesterday, CNN’s Michelle Kosinski pressed the White House on the...
  • FBI criminal investigation emails: Clinton approved CIA drone assassinations with her cellphone

    06/11/2016 10:14:20 AM PDT · by orchestra · 90 replies
    Salon ^ | 6/10/2016 | Ben Norton
    The FBI has been conducting a criminal investigation into Hillary Clintons handling of classified information for months. An explosive new report reveals just what it is that the FBI is looking to: emails in which then-Secretary of State Clinton approved CIA drone assassinations in Pakistan with her cellphone. From 2011 on, the State Department had a secret arrangement with the CIA, giving it a degree of say over whether or not a drone killing would take place. The U.S. drone program has killed hundreds of civilians in Pakistan and other countries. Under Sec. Clinton, State Department officials approved almost every...
  • Emails in Clinton Probe Dealt With Planned Drone Strikes

    06/09/2016 8:10:46 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 35 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 9, 2016 | By ADAM ENTOUS and DEVLIN BARRETT
    At the center of a criminal probe involving Hillary Clintons 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 sidegovernment slang for a computer system for unclassified mattersas 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. Some of the emails were...
  • Obama acknowledges civilian deaths by US drones

    04/01/2016 3:50:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 1, 2016 6:40 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama is acknowledging that civilians have been killed that shouldnt have been in past U.S. drone strikes, but says the administration is now very cautious about taking strikes where women or children are present. [] He says the U.S. has to take responsibility when it is not acting appropriately.
  • JW Forces Obama Admin to Release Pentagon Benghazi Attack Documents

    02/22/2015 5:48:26 AM PST · by blueyon · 18 replies
    RightSideNews ^ | 2/21/15 | Tom Fitton
    U.S. Africa Command records heavily blacked out show military gathered forces to support anti-terrorist actions in Benghazi day after attack Obama was AWOL Stevens Died Obama Lied(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch announced today that the Obama administration finally turned over hundreds of pages of documents about the military response to the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound and other facilities in Benghazi. The documents, which are heavily blacked out (redacted), confirm that the U.S. Military, through its U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) drafted orders for a military response to the attack, specifically to protect...
  • Breaking: US drone strikes in Pakistan killed US, Italian hostages; live video of Obama statement

    04/23/2015 7:30:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/23/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Heartbreaking news, and a demonstration of the limit of remote-control warfare. The US drone program in Pakistan inadvertently killed two Western hostages being held by al-Qaeda, including an American whose family had repeatedly appealed for his release based on his age and health: A U.S. drone strike in January targeting a suspected al Qaeda compound in Pakistan inadvertently killed an American and Italian being held hostage by the group, senior Obama administration officials said.The killing of American development expert Warren Weinstein and Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto is the first known instance in which the U.S. has accidentally...
  • The Emerging Iranian Empire: The Obama Administration Acquiesces to the New Reality

    01/23/2015 6:57:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/23/2015 | Charles Krauthhammer
    While Irans march toward a nuclear bomb has provoked a major clash between the White House and Congress, Irans march toward conventional domination of the Arab world has been largely overlooked. In Washington, that is. The Arabs have noticed. And the pro-American ones, the Gulf Arabs in particular, are deeply worried. This week, Iranian-backed Houthi rebels seized control of the Yemeni government, heretofore pro-American. In September, they overran Sanaa, the capital. On Tuesday, they seized the presidential palace. On Thursday, they forced the president to resign. The Houthi have local religious grievances, being Shiites in a majority Sunni land. But...
  • Matt Damon Slams Obama: He 'Broke Up With Me'

    08/10/2013 1:06:31 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 39 replies
    Newsmax ^ | August 9, 2013 | Melanie Batley
    Oscar-winning actor Matt Damon says his love affair with President Barack Obama is finally over. "He broke up with me," the once ardent supporter and campaigner for Obama told the Black Entertainment Network (BET) in a recent interview. The A-list movie star and Democrat said there were "a lot of things" he questions about Obama's second term, specifically the legality of drone strikes and the NSA's secret surveillance programs.
  • Mindless Drones

    08/13/2014 8:01:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | John Stossel
    Drones -- unmanned flying machines -- will soon fill our skies. They conjure up fears, especially among some of my fellow libertarians, of spying and death from above. These fears aren't groundless. President Bush approved the use of armed drones against suspected terrorists overseas, and President Obama vastly increased their use. Drones have killed thousands of people in places such as Pakistan and Yemen, countries against which we have not declared war. Drones keep getting more sophisticated. The Air Force is now developing what it calls MAVs, Micro Air Vehicles, tiny drones that can quietly search for an individual terrorist...
  • Confirmed: Obama Bundler Caught Working with al Qaeda Linked Group

    01/10/2014 11:41:38 AM PST · by kristinn · 30 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Friday, January 10, 2014 | Kristinn Taylor
    Obama bundler Jodie Evans, far left, protests in Yemen with al Qaeda tied group al Karama, June 17, 2013. Photo via al Karama. Obama bundler Jodie Evans and Code Pink, the leftist group she co-leads, have been found to be working with a group whose leaders have recently been declared terrorists and al Qaeda supporters by the Treasury Department. This is not the first time the Democratic Party allied group has been caught in bed with terrorists. As this writer has reported over the years, Code Pink works with terrorists, state sponsors of terrorists, the Democratic Party and President Barack...
  • BOB BERGDAHL Joined Code Pink in Campaign Against US Drone Attacks in Pakistan

    06/03/2014 5:10:51 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 30 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/3/2014 | Jim Hoft
    32 American members of the far left Code Pink activist group joined a Pakistani march in October 2012 against US drone attacks.
  • Paul starts new drone war

    05/05/2014 11:00:41 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 5 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Rand Paul has warned Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that he will place a hold on one of President Obamas appellate court nominees because of his role in crafting the legal basis for Obamas drone policy. Paul, the junior Republican senator from Kentucky, has informed Reid he will object to David Barrons nomination to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals, unless the Justice Department makes public the memos he authored justifying the killing of an American citizen in Yemen. -SNIP- The ACLU has sided with Paul, who has a handful of Democratic allies. No senator should be voting...
  • Book Alleges Obama Told Aides About Drone Strikes: Im Really Good At Killing People

    11/03/2013 10:46:48 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 15 replies
    CBS-DC ^ | November 3, 2013 | unattributed
    WASHINGTON (CBS DC) A new book covering the 2012 presidential campaign uncovers a series of scathing remarks from political figures, but one alleged comment has stirred controversy around President Barack Obama and his administrations use of targeted drone strikes. Mark Halperin and John Heilemanns book Double Down: Game Change 2012 notes President Obama commenting on drone strikes, reportedly telling his aides that hes really good at killing people. ------------------------------------------------------------------------snip---------------------------------------- The Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates that a total of 2,528-3,648 people have been killed by CIA drone strikes in Pakistan since 2004, and between 416-948 of them being civilians....
  • Obamas real killing fields (Soeotoro the Destroyer, and dang proud of it)

    11/04/2013 6:45:30 AM PST · by Sioux-san · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/4/2013 | Judi McLeod
    Theres something off about President Barack Hussein Obama allegedly telling aides while discussing drone strikes, Im really good at killing people. Obama doesnt own up to anything, even including who he is. Obama has a track record for never taking ownership of anything other than that which other people have accomplished over a lifetime of sweat. In this latest revelation, one can almost hear strains of the Peter Gunn theme song, or with just a little imagination find Obamas smirking omnipresent face on display down at the post office among Wanted Dead or Alive posters of yore. Portraying himself as...
  • Book Alleges Obama Told Aides About Drone Strikes: Im Really Good At Killing People

    11/03/2013 1:41:28 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 36 replies
    CBS ^ | 11/3/13
    A new book covering the 2012 presidential campaign uncovers a series of scathing remarks from political figures, but one alleged comment has stirred controversy around President Barack Obama and his administrations use of targeted drone strikes. Mark Halperin and John Heilemanns book Double Down: Game Change 2012 notes President Obama commenting on drone strikes, reportedly telling his aides that hes really good at killing people.
  • Terrorists Won the War on Terror; 74% of Pakistanis View US as Enemy,

    09/02/2013 4:42:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 2, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Eric Tillberg, writer on Policy Mic says The War On Terror is Over, and the Terrorists Won. After the first two shots of the War on Terror on September 11, 2001, the first major battle of the war occurred, and was lost, on October 26, 2001. This was the day the PATRIOT Act was signed into law by President Bush. Terrorists, by killing 3,000 people in a spectacular fashion, goaded the United States into compromising its values and betraying its citizens. As a followup, the terrorists won another victory with the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security on November...
  • Paul Sounds Alarm on Domestic Drone Strikes

    03/08/2013 4:50:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2013 | Diana West
    Republican Rand Paul took to the floor of the U.S. Senate this week to filibuster John Brennan's nomination to become head of the CIA. "I will speak as long as it takes," the junior senator from Kentucky said, "until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court." I imagine many Americans following news of the filibuster, which...
  • Drone Strikes On American Soil Are Legal?

    03/06/2013 4:42:51 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 4 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 03/06/13 | LD Jackson
    Just in case you've been sleeping for the past four years, let me bring you up to date. President Barack Obama needs a new nickname. Maybe we should start calling him "President Drone Strike". You see, drone strikes have evolved to be his weapon of choice against terrorism, at least on the days when he will passably admit we really are fighting a war against terrorism. Because of his propensity to use drone strikes, they are evolving again, within his administration. If you do not believe me, just ask Attorney General Eric Holder. Hat tip to Republican Redefined. This comes...
  • Revealed: Holder Letter Leaves Open Possibility of Drone Strikes on U.S. Soil (Rand Paul)

    03/05/2013 1:51:24 PM PST · by Perseverando · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 5, 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    This morning, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told Glenn Becks radio team that he had some new information about the U.S. government drone program information that some individuals might find troubling. Later in the day, TheBlaze obtained letters that were sent to the senator by Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obamas chief counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan. It is select contents in Holders letter that citizens might find most problematic. After Paul sent an inquiry to learn more about the governments drone program and to ask whether the president has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a...
  • Due Process Delivered by Drones

    02/13/2013 10:19:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    When President Obama approves a drone strike against someone he identifies as a terrorist, John Brennan explained at his confirmation hearing last week, the missile fired from that unmanned aircraft is delivering prevention, not punishment. "We only take such actions as a last resort to save lives when there's no other alternative," said Brennan, the counterterrorism adviser Obama has picked to run the CIA. A Justice Department white paper leaked a few days before Brennan's hearing likewise describes death by drone as an "act of national self-defense," part of an "armed conflict" with al-Qaida and its allies. Yet the...
  • Droning Out Freedom (CliffsNotes On DOJ White Paper)

    02/11/2013 5:47:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2013 | Katie Kieffer
    Can you hear the humming of a lawnmower in the sky? It is a government drone. Your mission is to prevent this unmanned aircraft from droning out your freedom. Last week, NBC News turned the White House upside-down by revealing a confidential 16-page Department of Justice white paper titled Lawfulness of a Lethal Operation Directed Against a U.S. Citizen Who is a Senior Operational Leader of Al-Qaida or An Associated Force. (A better title: Justification for Stripping U.S. Citizens of their Natural Rights and Crowning the President King.) I read this white paper and I encourage you to read it...
  • Dick Cheney's revenge

    02/07/2013 1:05:29 PM PST · by neverdem · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | February 6, 2013 | Rich Lowry
    Will the author of the Obama administration white paper on killing U.S. citizens please report for his war crimes trial right away? If he served in the George W. Bush administration, someone would already be agitating for his extraordinary rendition to The Hague. The white paper outlines why the Obama administration believes that it can kill U.S. citizens without due process if they are senior members of Al Qaeda or an affiliate. This is not a merely theoretical legal question, as Anwar al-Awlaki found out from the business end of a Hellfire missile a few years ago in Yemen.The left...
  • I Never Believe Its Better to Kill a Terrorist Than to Detain Him

    02/08/2013 5:30:31 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 13 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2-7-2013 | Bridget Johnson
    Meet John Brennan's kinder, gentler CIA, where foreign partners do the interrogation dirty work and Americans are "pleased" with drone discipline. If Chuck Hagels performance in his confirmation hearing last week was comparable to a deer caught in the headlights, John Brennans artificially earnest, overly agreeable performance before the Senate Armed Services Committee today brought to mind a kid imploring his teacher to raise his B grade to an A. If I am confirmed, a trust deficit between the committee and the CIA would be wholly unacceptable to me, and I would make it my goal on day one of...
  • Capehart Warns On Drone Strikes: Remember, A Republican Could Become President!

    02/08/2013 7:06:56 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Sure, you might be cool with Barack Obama calling up a drone strike on an American citizen. But don't forget: a Republican [shudder!] could become President! That was the Washington Post editorialist Jonathan Capehart's warning to Donny Deutsch when the ad-man-turned-pundit proclaimed he had no problem with the president, under desperate circumstances, ordering a drone strike against an American. View the video here.
  • Brennan defends drone strikes, even on Americans

    02/07/2013 6:33:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 7, 2013 7:58 PM EST | Kimberly Dozier
    CIA Director-designate John Brennan strongly defended anti-terror attacks by unmanned drones Thursday under close questioning at a protest-disrupted confirmation hearing. On a second controversial topic, he said that after years of reading classified intelligence reports he still does not know if waterboarding has yielded useful information. Despite what he called a public misimpression, Brennan told the Senate Intelligence Committee that drone strikes are used only against targets planning to carry out attacks against the United States, never as retribution for an earlier one. Nothing could be further from the truth, he declared. Referring to one American citizen killed by a...
  • Drone Double Standard

    02/07/2013 3:30:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 7, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    An unsigned and undated Justice Department white paper, obtained by NBC News, reports The New York Times, "...is the most detailed analysis yet to come into public view regarding the Obama legal team's views about the lawfulness of killing, without a trial, an American citizen who executive branch officials decide is an operational leader of Al Qaeda or one of its allies." The proviso is they must pose "an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States." If "an informed, high-level official" of the government decides they are a threat, the paper says, and if capture is not...
  • Senate Committee to Hear from CIA Director Nominee

    02/07/2013 11:43:40 AM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 62 replies
    C-Span Live ^ | 02/07/13 | C-Span
    Washington, DC Thursday, February 7, 2013 The President's choice to be the new CIA Director, John Brennan, goes before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday for his confirmation hearing. If approved, Brennan will replace Acting Director Michael Morell. Several Committee members are vowing to ask Brennan tough questions, including questions on the use of American drones overseas and the Obama administrations drone strike program. He is also expected to field inquiries about the agency's budget. Brennan, currently Obamas counterterrorism adviser, is a 25-year veteran of the CIA and served both at the agency's headquarters and overseas, including a tour as station...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Justice Dept...reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans [No Due Process]

    02/05/2013 2:45:39 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 85 replies
    NBC ^ | 2/4/13 | Michael Isikoff
    A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be senior operational leaders of al-Qaida or an associated force -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S. The 16-page memo, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News, provides new details about the legal reasoning behind one of the Obama administrations most secretive and controversial polices: its dramatically increased use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects, including those aimed at American citizens, such as the...
  • Mika Admits: Under Bush, Drone Strike Memo Would Have Caused 'Huge Controversy'

    02/05/2013 4:51:11 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Unusual candor from Mika Brzezinski and Harold Ford, Jr. on the double standard that exists for Republicans and Democrats. Discussing on today's Morning Joe the Obama administration memo that has been uncovered authorizing the use of drone strikes to kill U.S. citizens abroad, Mika admitted that there would have been a "huge controversy" if such a memo had surfaced during the Bush administration. Ford said that "Democrats have to think now about how they conducted themselves and the questions they raised about Bush administration tactics." Joe Scarborough flatly declared that had the policy come to light under Bush, it would...
  • NBC EXCLUSIVE: Justice Department Memo Reveals Legal Case for Drone Strikes on Americans

    02/04/2013 6:29:12 PM PST · by kristinn · 85 replies
    NBC News ^ | Monday, February 4, 2013 | Michael Isikoff
    A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be senior operational leaders of al-Qaida or an associated force -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S. The 16-page memo, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News, provides new details about the legal reasoning behind one of the Obama administrations most secretive and controversial polices: its dramatically increased use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects, including those aimed at American citizens, such as the...
  • CIA drone strikes will get pass in counterterrorism playbook, officials say

    01/19/2013 10:11:44 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 19, 2013 | Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima and Karen DeYoung
    The Obama administration is nearing completion of a detailed counterterrorism manual that is designed to establish clear rules for targeted-killing operations but leaves open a major exemption for the CIAs campaign of drone strikes in Pakistan, U.S. officials said. The carve-out would allow the CIA to continue pounding al-Qaeda and Taliban targets for a year or more before the agency is forced to comply with more stringent rules spelled out in a classified document that officials have described as a counterterrorism playbook. The adoption of a formal guide to targeted killing marks a significant and to some uncomfortable ...
  • White House aims to calm intelligence agencies': report

    12/29/2009 3:58:56 PM PST · by truthandlife · 20 replies · 1,200+ views
    AFP ^ | 12-29-09
    The White House has published an internal memo to calm tension between CIA director Leon Panetta and Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, who is seeking increased control over covert operations, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. The classified order asserts the Central Intelligence Agency's direct authority over secret missions abroad, but also reminds the agency to work closely with Blair, who heads the US intelligence establishment, a US intelligence official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. According to the LA Times, Blair was seeking more control over missions that include drone strikes and paramilitary operations in Pakistan. Blair...
  • Wheres Obama in the Benghazi Report?

    12/20/2012 1:47:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Journal ^ | 12/20/2012 | Michael Hirsh
    And so the reckoning begins. Only hours after a special task force concluded on Wednesday that systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies may have contributed to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, the State Departments security chief resigned and three other officials were relieved of their duties. What was lacking in the report, however, was any sense of who was responsible farther up the chain. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clintons Accountability Review Boardchaired by retired Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering and vice chaired by another national-security heavyweight, former Joint Chiefs Chairman Michael...
  • Interview With Harold Koh, Obama's Defender of Drone Strikes

    Harold Koh, who once called Bush the "torturer in chief," has become one of President Obama's fiercest defenders of aerial drone strikes.
  • Al-Qaida figure believed killed in US drone strike

    02/21/2011 12:35:58 PM PST · by MissesBush · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 02/21/11 | ISHTIAQ MAHSUD
    DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan An Iraqi al-Qaida operative was believed to be one of 15 militants killed in two U.S. missile strikes in Pakistan's tribal belt along the Afghan border Monday, Pakistani intelligence officials said. The officials said the man, identified as Abu Zaid al-Iraqi, handled the terrorist group's finances in Pakistan. He was not known to be on any published U.S. lists of wanted al-Qaida leaders, and U.S. officials do not normally acknowledge the existence of the CIA-led missile program or talk about who is being killed. The two strikes, coming roughly 24 hours apart, were the first...
  • UN expert says drone strikes may be war crimes, but CIA unlikely to stop or alter program

    06/02/2010 3:00:20 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 11 replies · 271+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/2/10
    The U.S. government's covert program using unmanned drones to strike at terrorists inside Pakistan is not likely to stop or change, despite new criticism from a U.N. human rights expert.