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  • Obama administration spending $400,000 on camel sculpture in Pakistan

    04/04/2014 11:57:32 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11:43 AM 03/31/2014 | Alex Pappas
    The Obama administration wants to spend $400,000 on a camel sculpture for a new embassy building in Pakistan, according to a report Monday. BuzzFeed broke the news that the State Department has plans to commission the camel sculpture from John Baldessari, an American artist. The art is called, “Camel Contemplating Needle.” According to a government document posted by BuzzFeed, the sculpture is a “large 500lb fiberglass aluminum, stainless steel, acrylic and painted contemporary art piece.” “Public art which will be presented in the new embassy should reflect the values of a predominately Islamist country,” the document states. While the United...
  • $400,000 of Our Money for Camel Statue in Pakistan

    04/03/2014 2:20:23 AM PDT · by kingattax · 21 replies
    Rightwing News ^ | April 2, 2014 | Dave Blount
    As the nation hurtles toward bankruptcy, our rulers aren’t wasting money just to waste it; they are wasting it to poke a finger in our eye. Otherwise, explain this: The State Department is planning to spend $400,000 in taxpayer funds to buy a sculpture for the new American embassy being built in Islamabad, Pakistan, according to contracting records. The work, by noted American artist John Baldessari, depicts a life-size white camel made of fiberglass staring in puzzlement at the eye of an oversize shiny needle — a not-so-subtle play on the New Testament phrase about the difficulty the wealthy have...
  • Ted Cruz Leads GOP's Fight Against IMF Expansion in Ukraine Aid Package

    03/24/2014 1:43:33 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    Heritage "The Foundry" ^ | March 22, 2014 at 3:51 pm | Rob Bluey
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–Nev.) is facing a revolt among Republicans for adding controversial language to an aid package for Ukraine.The Senate is expected to vote on the Ukraine measure next week. The controversial provisions, which have support of the Obama administration and liberals from both parties, would increase U.S. financial support to the International Monetary Fund.A growing number of Republicans warn that attaching the IMF language would reduce U.S. power while expanding Russia’s influence on the global stage in the wake of its annexation of Crimea.>>> Q&A: Why Do Conservatives Oppose the IMF Reform Package?Yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz...
  • Egypt court sentences 529 Morsi supporters to death

    03/24/2014 2:25:40 AM PDT · by Zajko · 34 replies
    BBC ^ | 24th March 2014 | BBC
    A court in Egypt has sentenced to death 529 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. They were convicted of charges including murdering a policeman and attacks on people and property. The group, members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, are part of a larger trial of more than 1,200 Morsi supporters. Authorities have cracked down harshly on Islamists since Mr Morsi was removed by the military in July. Hundreds have been killed and thousands arrested. The Muslim Brotherhood's general guide Mohammed Badie was among those convicted.
  • U.S.: No Need for PA to Recognize Israel

    03/08/2014 7:09:08 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 39 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 3/9/2014 | Elad Benari
    The United States believes there is no need for the Palestinian Authority (PA) to recognize Israel as a Jewish state as part of a peace agreement, State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Saturday. Psaki, who spoke to the PA-based Arabic-language Al-Quds newspaper, said, “The American position is clear, Israel is a Jewish state. However, we do not see a need that both sides recognize this position as part of the final agreement.” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been adamant on the PA recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, explaining that the Arabs’ refusal to recognize Israel stands at the heart...
  • State Department Insures Artwork for $200M

    02/24/2014 12:23:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/24/14 | JERYL BIER
    The Art in Embassies program of the U.S. State Department just turned 50 last year, but its growth in the last decade has been particularly dramatic if the insured value of the artwork is any indication. Although Art in Embassies purchases original works, such as the $1 million sculpture for the new U.S. Embassy in London, much of the artwork on display at various State Department installations throughout the world is in fact borrowed. In 2002, the State Department maintained a $20 million policy for artwork. By 2010, it had grown to $65 million. This year, the agency is looking...
  • John Kerry to urge climate action in Indonesia address

    02/15/2014 5:27:36 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    bbc ^ | 15 February 2014 Last updated at 19:16 ET
    "Secretary Kerry will deliver remarks on the compelling and undeniable scientific case of this growing challenge, that is pushing the planet towards a tipping point of no return", a senior state department official said. Mr Kerry wants to help broker a global climate treaty in 2015 that will commit the US and other nations to historic reductions in fossil fuel pollution, the BBC's Washington correspondent Kim Ghattas reports. The talks in Paris next year are aimed at finding a new international climate agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol which ends in 2020. The US never ratified the Kyoto agreement, signed...
  • BENGHAZI INVESTIGATION:WHERE IS THE STATE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTABILITY?

    02/10/2014 10:23:53 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 22 replies
    U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Majority Staff Report ^ | Feb 19 , 2014 | House Foreign Affairs Committee
    BENGHAZI INVESTIGATION: WHERE IS THE STATE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTABILITY? “The [State] Department cannot have a culture of accountability . . . if no one, literally no one,is held accountable for the mismanagement and poor leadership the ARB itself identified "
  • Stephen Kim [State Dept official] pleads guilty in Fox News leak case

    02/08/2014 9:23:57 AM PST · by upchuck · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | Feb 7, 2014 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    A State Department contractor charged with leaking top-secret information about North Korea to Fox News entered a guilty plea Friday and agreed to serve a 13-month prison term.During an 80-minute hearing at U.S. District Court, Stephen Kim pled guilty to a single felony count of disclosing national defense information to an unauthorized person, Fox News reporter James Rosen.Kim admitted providing Rosen with the contents of a top-secret intelligence report on North Korean intentions to carry out nuclear tests. The contractor acknowledged that he and Rosen stepped out of their offices at State Department headquarters for a short meeting nearby on...
  • State Dept.: Not Building Keystone Pipeline Could Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    02/04/2014 1:45:50 PM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 2/4/14 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    CNSNews.com) -- Not building the 875-mile Keystone XL Pipeline could result in the release of up to 42 percent more greenhouse gases than would be released by building it, according to the State Department. Not building the pipeline “is unlikely to significantly impact the rate of extraction in the [Canadian] oil sands or the continued demand for heavy crude oil at refineries in the United States,” the department noted in a long-awaited environmental report released January 31st. But the “No Build” option is likely to result in an increased number of oil spills, six more deaths annually, and up to...
  • US issues travel warning on Israel, West Bank, Gaza

    02/04/2014 1:22:49 PM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 2/3/14 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    The US State Department issued a travel warning Monday on Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, strongly warning US citizens against travel to the Gaza Strip. The advisory was updated due to what the State Department said was the complex security environment in the region.
  • The Muslim arrested for arson attack was also a U.S. State Department ‘cultural ambassador’

    02/03/2014 7:53:44 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 15 replies
    http://www.barenakedislam.com ^ | February 3, 2014 | unknown
    Musab Mohamed Masmari, 30, was arrested as a suspect in the arson attempt on ‘Neighbours’ Gay night club as he was on his way to the airport. But that’s not all. As part of the Obama Regime’s Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), Masari, a native of Benghazi, Libya, was also a cultural ambassador on behalf of the 9/11 Media Arts Center for the Arabic speaking visitors. Capitol Hill Seattle (h/t SusanK) On January 1st, a man poured gasoline over a staircase inside Neighbours and lit it on fire as the nightclub was packed with more than 700...
  • Keystone Pipeline to Be Built Because There’s No Reason Not To

    01/31/2014 3:35:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Jonathan Chait
    The State Department today released its long-awaited environmental impact analysis of the Keystone XL pipeline. The analysis is key because President Obama announced last summer he would not approve the pipeline unless it was found to have no significant impact on climate change. And that’s what the analysis finds. It argues, as many other analysts have concluded, that if we block the pipeline, Canada will just ship the oil out by rail. So, what public policy reason is there to block the pipeline? There really isn’t one. Indeed, the environmentalists' obsession with Keystone began as a gigantic mistake. Two and...
  • Keystone pipeline clears hurdle

    01/31/2014 1:53:51 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 30 replies
    January 31, 2014, 03:09 pm Keystone pipeline clears hurdle By Laura Barron-Lopez The controversial Keystone XL pipeline cleared a major hurdle on Friday as the State Department ruled the project wouldnÂ’t significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions. The finding puts the pipeline one step closer to approval, and sets up a new battle between environmental groups and oil companies over whether the project is in the national interest. The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the project reiterates key parts of a draft analysis released early last year, finding that oil sands extraction would continue regardless of whether the pipeline is built....
  • State Dept. Webcast Features Guest Who Called Clarence Thomas, Condi Rice 'Uncle Toms'

    01/31/2014 8:45:06 AM PST · by RicocheT · 10 replies
    Weekly standard ^ | Jan 31, 2014 | JERYL BIER
    The State Department is presenting a global webcast on February 4, titled "From the Street to Mainstream: The Evolution of Rap/Hip Hop Music." The host of the webcast, rapper and State Department Music Ambassador Toni Blackman, will be joined by Pras Michel, [snip] Some of Michel's more inflammatory comments in the past raise questions about the appropriateness of his appearance with the U.S.'s music ambassador on a government-sponsored webcast representing America to the world.
  • George Soros Funding Anti-Israel Evangelical Group

    01/28/2014 9:51:25 AM PST · by mgist · 24 replies
    Front Page ^ | 1/26/14 | D Greenfield
    George Soros Funding Anti-Israel Evangelical Group January 26, 2014 by Daniel Greenfield Demographics is the enemy of the left. And the left fights it with aggressive immigration and aggressive reeducation. When they are faced with traditionalist religious movements that create their own educational systems or student groups, they resort to infiltrating them. And so Evangelical Christians are targeted with entities like Telos and Orthodox Groups with entities like Avi Weiss’ Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. The endgame is leftist steering and infiltration. George Soros, that old collaborator who stated that he never had as much fun as in his Nazi days, has...
  • Egypt sets Feb. 16 as start date for a Morsi trial (2nd delay)

    01/24/2014 7:09:17 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 21, 2014 7:25 AM | MAGGIE MICHAEL
    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Tuesday set Feb. 16 as the start date for one of the multiple trials of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, this one on charges of conspiring with foreign groups. Egypt's prosecutor general has charged Morsi and other top Muslim Brotherhood leaders with conspiring with militant groups such as the Palestinian Hamas and the Lebanese Hezbollah, as well as with Iran, to destabilize Egypt. Morsi is also accused of orchestrating an insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula to avenge his ouster.
  • US Citizen's Passport Revoked, Abandoned in Yemen

    01/22/2014 12:27:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    World Bulletin ^ | 22 January 2014 Wednesday
    Rayman Hussein is believed to be one of up to 100 Americans of Yemeni origin who were forced to sign documents confessing to obtaining US citizenship by deceiftul means. A report published on Tuesday has revealed that an American citizen on Yemeni origin has had his passport revoked under suspicious circumstances by a State Department investigator in the US embassy in Sana’a, Yemen. Rayman Hussein, who came to the US with his family in 1993 at the age of 10, and became a US citizen two years later, was forced to sign a document declaring that he had obtained the...
  • MICROWAVE WEAPONRY'S USE ON PEOPLE EXPLAINED BY Barrie Trower

    01/20/2014 7:43:05 AM PST · by restornu · 49 replies
    ICAACT ^ | Dec 2012 | Barrie Trower
    This IS a "MUST SEE"! OPEN DESCRIPTION BOX FOR MORE INFORMATION: This powerful video explains the truth regarding Microwave weaponry and other exotic weapons (psychotronic, electromagnetic, Radio Frequency, HAARP, GWEN towers, ELF waves) used by The UNITED STATES & other Nations worldwide, leaving NO DOUBT to all that is being used against unknowing people everywhere. If EVER you sought 1 video that tells it like it really is - THIS IS IT! It ALSO explains WHY the Police State mentality seemingl Worldwide. (TESTRA). Dr Barrie Trower in a sit down interview tells all to ICAACT. Today many are guilty of...
  • Child harassment charges dropped against 2 foreign officers at Fort Leonard Wood (muslims)

    01/19/2014 3:24:59 PM PST · by lowbridge · 26 replies
    http://www.stltoday.com ^ | January 18, 2014
    Pulaski County authorities have dropped charges against two foreign military officers who were training at Fort Leonard Wood when they were arrested. The Rolla Daily News reports that Mohammed Mahmoud Omar Mefleh, of Jordan, and Antoine Chlela, of Lebanon, were charged in October with enticement of a child and harassment. Court records say the men allegedly approached a 12-year-old girl at a bus stop and asked her to enter their vehicle. Pulaski County prosecutor Kevin Hillman said Friday that the charges were dropped as part of an agreement that includes the men paying the cost of their incarceration. Hillman says...
  • American Diplomat Ran Consulate Like Party Pad

    01/18/2014 12:47:09 PM PST · by Main Street · 26 replies
    nypost ^ | January 14, 2014 | By Selim Algar
    An Italy-based American diplomat brazenly bedded staffers and hookers, fabricated expense reports, and knowingly served rotten meat to a visiting British consul general, a blockbuster Brooklyn federal lawsuit charges. Naples Consul General Donald Moore even gave favored ladies of the night entry codes to secure areas at the embassy and told underlings that “women are like candy, they meant to be unwrapped and thrown away,” according to a $300,000 sex discrimination lawsuit filed by a whistleblower. ... The suits states that Howard began working at the consulate in 2010 and alleges she soon learned that Moore had impregnated a staffer...
  • Trey Gowdy rips State Dept. over slow response in naming Benghazi terrorist groups

    01/11/2014 11:35:01 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 28 replies
    BizPacReview ^ | 1-11-2014 | Janeen Capizola
    January 11, 2014 Trey Gowdy rips State Dept. over slow response in naming Benghazi terrorist groups Janeen Capizola South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy slammed the State Department Friday night over its slow response in finally naming the suspected terrorist groups responsible for the attack in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. “I think tomorrow [the State Dept.] is going to announce that we put a man on the moon, that the Berlin Wall fell and that we discovered this neat little drug called penicillin,” Gowdy told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “That’s about how far behind the intelligence our State Department...
  • Kerry: Gay rights are 'the very heart' of U.S. diplomatic efforts world-wide

    01/04/2014 5:11:15 PM PST · by holden · 75 replies
    Liberty Unyielding ^ | June 11, 2013 | T. Kevin Whiteman
    [snip] "To leave nothing vague or ambiguous regarding our nation’s Diplomatic Corps actions in regards to homosexual rights around the globe, the former Massachusetts Senator and presidential candidate [the current U.S. Secretary of State] stated: Across the globe, in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas our diplomats are assisting local LGBT organizations and supporting local human rights advocates working to promote equality, create dialogue, and ensure protections for LGBT individuals."
  • Hill’s $nub of U.S. companies in purchase of crystal stemware is clear

    12/30/2013 1:58:02 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    New York Post -- Page Six ^ | March 15, 2010 | Geoff Earle
    WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s State Department is spending $5.4 million to buy fine crystal stemware for American embassies — but it won’t give the US economy much of a boost. The contract was given to a tiny Washington, DC, interior designer, which in turn subcontracted the crystal work to a Swedish firm — snubbing such US companies as the famous manufacturer in Clinton’s own back yard, Steuben Crystal of upstate Corning. The firm didn’t even get a chance to bid on the contract, which will outfit embassies and ambassadors’ residences with fancy crystal for ritzy functions. Ironically, under the...
  • State Dept. whistleblower has email hacked, deleted

    12/30/2013 6:55:26 AM PST · by maddog55 · 43 replies
    NY POST ^ | December 30, 2013 | 3:11am | SA Miller
    WASHINGTON — The personal e-mail account of a State Department whis­tle­­blower was hacked, and four years worth of messages — some detailing alleged wrongdoing at the agency — were deleted, The Post has learned. The computer attack targeted the Gmail account of Diplomatic Security Service criminal investigator Richard Higbie, his lawyer, Cary Schulman, confirmed. “They took all of his e-mails and then they deleted them all,” said Schulman. He said that he could not prove who was responsible for the hack job, but said the attack was “sophisticated” and called the targeting of Higbie “alarming.”
  • State Dep’t Spends $150K On ‘Black Arch’ Mecca Art—‘An Endless Multiplying Energy Field’

    12/04/2013 1:58:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 3, 2013 - 12:44 PM | Eric Scheiner
    In the days before the October government shutdown, the State Department spent $150,000 on “The Black Arch”, an art installation piece referencing Mecca. … A 2011 press release describes the work as a “profound collaboration between Shadia and Raja Alem. It is very much about a meeting point of the two artists; of two visions of the world; from darkness to light, and of two cities—Makkah (Mecca) and Venice.” … The State Department tells CNSNews.com, “The Black Arch will be installed at the new U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.” “The Black Arch” was one of several artworks that were...
  • State Department splurged on booze before partial shutdown

    12/03/2013 6:26:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 03, 2013
    While the federal government was squeezed on one side by sequester and the other by a looming partial shutdown, the State Department was spending heavily on booze for its embassies abroad. The Washington Times reports that the department spent about $180,000 on alcohol in September and $400,000 in all of 2012—that’s three times the $118,000 spent in 2008. The booze tab reportedly has risen every year since 2008, but the end of fiscal 2012 saw a particular spike. …
  • U.S. State Dept – Virtual Reading Room FOIA Documents Search Results

    11/27/2013 10:58:23 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 1 replies
    Virtual Reading Room Documents Search Results Benghazi returned – 57 results
  • Kenyan Mall Massacre: President Barack Obama owes world explanation about why he supports al-Qaeda

    09/23/2013 5:48:27 AM PDT · by xzins · 58 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | September 23, 2013 | Judi McLeod
    If ever there was a terrorist attack that cries out the name “President Barack Hussein Obama!” the massacre at Kenya’s Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi is it. The Somalian terrorist group, al-Shabaab, which has links to al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the slaughter of at least 68 people, including Canadian diplomat Annemarie Desloges and an as yet unnamed other Canadian. Imagine this horrific scene: Terrified shoppers hid behind counters as the gunmen went on the rampage using guns and grenades. (Daily Mail, Sept. 22, 2013) Today 10 to 15 hostages are still trapped in the shopping center as security forces...
  • Egypt bans Muslim Brotherhood group

    09/23/2013 5:14:45 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 70 replies
    CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court has banned the Muslim Brotherhood group and ordered its assets confiscated in a dramatic escalation of a crackdown by the military-backed government against supporters of the ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi. Egypt state TV said the court issued its ruling on Monday.
  • Labor Department to Spend $1 Million to Increase Gender Equality in Work – in Morocco

    09/20/2013 4:03:14 PM PDT · by opentalk · 8 replies
    CNSnews ^ | September 20, 2013 | Melanie Hunter
    The Labor Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs plans to award up to $1 million in taxpayer dollars to increase gender equality at work in Morocco. The purpose of the grant is “to help build the capacity of civil society organizations,including non-governmental organizations and trade unions,in the Kingdom of Morocco to address working women's issues and empower women to more fully exercise their labor rights.” “Projects awarded funding will be expected to work with local organizations to enhance service delivery to women on matters related to their labor rights and interests and to raise public awareness of women's labor rights,”...
  • Human Trafficking Charges Dropped Against Saudi Princess

    09/20/2013 2:09:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    NBCLA ^ | Friday, Sep 20, 2013 | | Jason Kandel and Lori Bentley
    An Orange County Superior Court judge dismissed the case against Meshael Alayban, 42, saying there was not enough evidence that she enslaved her maid in her Southern California condo. "Justice was done in this case," said her attorney Paul S. Meyer after Friday's court hearing in Santa Ana. "The princes is now and has always been innocent of human trafficking." Meyer said the case was a nightmare for an "exceptional" family in Saudi Arabia. "The dismissal today answers the prayers of 26 million people," Meyer said. "The princess is free. People have been praying for that."
  • Is The United States Going To Go To War With Syria Over A Natural Gas Pipeline?

    09/05/2013 4:31:58 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 20 replies
    Economic Collapse Blog ^ | 03 September 2013 | Michael Snyder
    Why has the little nation of Qatar spent 3 billion dollars to support the rebels in Syria? Could it be because Qatar is the largest exporter of liquid natural gas in the world and Assad won't let them build a natural gas pipeline through Syria? Of course. Qatar wants to install a puppet regime in Syria that will allow them to build a pipeline which will enable them to sell lots and lots of natural gas to Europe. Why is Saudi Arabia spending huge amounts of money to help the rebels ... ? Well, it turns out that Saudi Arabia...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack

    09/03/2013 3:31:45 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 38 replies
    Mint Press news ^ | August 29, 2013 | Dale Gavlak and Yahya Ababneh
    Clarification: Dale Gavlak assisted in the research and writing process of this article, but was not on the ground in Syria. Reporter Yahya Ababneh, with whom the report was written in collaboration, was the correspondent on the ground in Ghouta who spoke directly with the rebels, their family members, victims of the chemical weapons attacks and local residents. Gavlak is a MintPress News Middle East correspondent who has been freelancing for the AP as a Amman, Jordan correspondent for nearly a decade. This report is not an Associated Press article; rather it is exclusive to MintPress News. Ghouta, Syria —...
  • Morsi’s Boasts of a Pro-Brotherhood U.S. Come True

    09/03/2013 3:49:02 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 12 replies
    Nearly two months after Egypt’s June 30 Revolution, it is interesting to note how the final dialogue between ousted President Morsi and General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi—full of threats and vows of determination on both sides—have all come to pass, including in the very details, specifically the U.S. government’s role. On July 5, the Arabic language, Egyptian newspaper El Watan published what it said were the final words between the two Egyptian men, as transcribed by an eyewitness, before the general put the president in prison. The relevant portions of the dialogue between Sisi and Morsi follow, interspersed with my retrospective...
  • Muslim Brotherhood’s World Domination Blueprint

    08/31/2013 6:09:23 AM PDT · by opentalk · 16 replies
    Accuracy In Media ^ | August 29, 2013 | Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt, USMC (Ret.)
    …From its inception in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood has been the subject of persecution due to its commitment to a single goal —transitioning the world into an Islamic empire. ..The Muslim Brotherhood saw its gains as “one small step” for Islam and “one giant leap” for Muslimkind. Not content with small successful steps, it moved to take a giant leap in Egypt. ...Morsi was the Muslim Brotherhood’s “poster boy,” coming to office because the Brotherhood was the only domestic organization with the infrastructure in place to support a candidate.…What the Muslim Brotherhood had planned for Egypt extended far beyond those...
  • State Department Denounces 'Enemies of Islam'

    08/11/2013 8:06:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/11/13 | AWR Hawkins
    State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki issued a press release denouncing the "enemies of Islam " following car bombings in Baghdad that appear to have been timed to target Shi'ite "festivities marking the end of Ramadan." Reuters reported that the bombings consisted of "twelve separate blasts targeting markets, busy shopping streets, and parks." The explosions killed almost 80 people. The August 10 press release on the State Department website reads: The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the cowardly attacks... in Baghdad. These attacks were aimed at families celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the...
  • William P. Clark, RIP

    08/10/2013 10:04:07 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 9 replies
    Sad news comes today of the passing of William P. Clark, who passed away this morning at his ranch near Paso Robles after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Clark served Ronald Reagan as deputy secretary of state (chiefly to keep an eye out on Al Haig), national security adviser, and secretary of the Interior.
  • State Dept. ‘Faith’ Office Headed by Liberal Who Praised End of ‘Civil Religion’ in America

    08/07/2013 2:44:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 7, 2013 - 4:32 PM | Penny Starr
    Secretary of State John Kerry announced Wednesday the formation of the Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives, which will be headed by Shaun Casey, a former religion advisor to President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and a liberal professor who last year touted the end of “civil religion” in the United States. “I, frankly, am glad American civil religion is dying,” Casey said at a discussion last year at the Center for American Progress focused on “God and Politics” in the last presidential election. Kerry introduced Casey as a person who cares about faith in American society. …
  • State Dept. Will Recognize Foreign Same-Sex Marriages—But Not Polygamous Ones

    08/06/2013 3:09:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 5, 2013 - 5:45 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Secretary of State John Kerry announced Friday at the U.S. Embassy in London that the State Department will now recognize in its visa-processing practices same-sex marriages performed in foreign countries—saying that “as long as a marriage has been performed in a jurisdiction that recognizes it so that it is legal, then that marriage is valid under U.S. immigration laws.” The State Department clarified to CNSNews.com on Monday that this principle does not extend to polygamous marriages, which are legal in many Muslim countries. … However, the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Manual describes polygamy as an “historical or religious practice” and...
  • State Department agency deemed 'critical' to information security is a mess, report shows

    07/19/2013 5:40:12 PM PDT · by SueRae · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/19/2013 | George Russell
    An obscure little State Department agency whose work is called "critical to the Department's information security posture" has been in a shambles for years, and is still in chaos, according to an audit report by the department's inspector general released yesterday. As one result of all the bumbling and inaction, the security checks that the agency is supposed to perform and subsequent approvals for use that it is supposed to bestow every three years on 36 of those State Department systems have lapsed entirely, meaning that they are operating, in effect, illegally. Some of the lapses have gone on for...
  • Administration Disavows Any Knowledge of Break-in

    07/14/2013 8:54:46 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 July 2013 | John Semmens
    A burglary at the offices of a Dallas law firm representing a State Department whistle blower bore an eerie resemblance to the break-in at Democratic National Committee in the Watergate office building in 1972. Computers and files were stolen, but silver bars, video equipment and other valuables were untouched. The law firm represents Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator at the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General. Fedenisn alleged that a US ambassador and big Obama donor was soliciting underage prostitutes and that high-level officials of the State Department, then run by Hillary Clinton, interfered with eight investigations and doctored...
  • John Kerry on his boat during Egypt upheaval, State Dept. concedes [Obama admin lies despite photos]

    07/05/2013 11:49:11 PM PDT · by grundle · 35 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 5, 2013 | Jake Miller
    Secretary of State Kerry sailed his boat, the "Isabel," on Nantucket Sound in Massachusetts, Wed., July 3, 2013. / CBS Secretary of State John Kerry at the helm of his sailboat "Isabel," July 5, 2013. / Emily Hislop/CBS As regime change was unfolding in Egypt, Secretary of State John Kerry spent time on his boat Wednesday afternoon in Nantucket Sound, the State Department acknowledged to CBS News on Friday, after repeatedly denying that Kerry was aboard any boat. Psaki's acknowledgment marked a stark reversal from previous denials that Kerry was on any boat whatsoever. A "CBS This Morning" producer spotted...
  • Reversing denial, State says Kerry was briefly on boat

    07/05/2013 9:17:31 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 80 replies
    Politico ^ | July 5, 2013 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    Secretary of State John Kerry was on his boat briefly on Wednesday, contrary to an earlier denial by the State Department, but was there only briefly and did not conduct official business while on board. “While he was briefly on his boat on Wednesday, Secretary Kerry worked around the clock all day including participating in the president’s meeting with his national security council," spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Friday. Kerry also held calls "with Norwegian Foreign Minister Eade,Qatari Foreign Minister al-Attiyah, Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu, Egyptian Constitution Party President ElBaradei and five calls Ambassador Patterson on that day alone and since...
  • Mursi role at Syria rally seen as tipping point for Egypt army

    07/03/2013 3:55:49 PM PDT · by opentalk · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 2, 2013 | Yasmine Saleh and Tom Perry
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Army concern about the way President Mohamed Mursi was governing Egypt reached tipping point when the head of state attended a rally packed with hardline fellow Islamists calling for holy war in Syria, military sources said. At the June 15 rally, Sunni Muslim clerics used the word "infidels" to denounce both the Shi'ites fighting to protect Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the non-Islamists that oppose Mursi at home. Mursi himself called for foreign intervention in Syria against Assad, leading to a veiled rebuke from the army, which issued an apparently bland but sharp-edged statement the next day...
  • The Muslim Brotherhood's Connection to Benghazi

    07/01/2013 11:31:17 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 19 replies
    Townhall ^ | 7-1-2013 | Kevin McCullough
    The Muslim Brotherhood's Connection to Benghazi Kevin McCullough | Jul 01, 2013 On Wednesday June 26, 2013 reports began to pop up across the Arabic world citing an internal Libyan government memo that has not yet been acknowledged in the American press. The memo is pictured here: *Photo Courtesy of Raymond Ibrahim Multiple sources have confirmed this document details several confessions of the six Egyptians in Libyan custody for the 9.11.12 bombing of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. The document details the involvement of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi as being involved with and in the funding,...
  • State Dept. Finally Fills Vacant Position After Cruz Pledged to Block Nominees

    06/29/2013 10:41:55 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 8 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 29, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    Earlier this week, Texas senator Ted Cruz pledged to block State Department nominees until the federal agency filled the vacant inspector general position. Almost two days later, the State Department nominated Steve Linick for the position, which has been vacant for nearly 2,000 days. (please see link for full article)
  • Can Senator Grassley get answers about Huma? Was she being Hillary's kept woman?

    06/18/2013 9:16:20 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 18 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/18/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Two years ago available public evidence suggested a likelihood of Huma Abedin – now Huma Weiner – and Hillary Clinton having, shall we say, “an unusually close relationship.” This evidence began to surface in mid-2007 when rumors about the Huma/Hillary relationship being more than the “close colleague” kind floated around the halls of Washington. A logical question took shape, “If Hillary is bisexual (as) had long been thought (and occasionally uttered in public), what is the nature of her relationship with the dark eyed enchanting Abedin, a young lady from a strict Muslim family?” Although they were never asked publicly,...
  • State Department to Spend $450,000 Protecting Transgenders—Overseas

    06/14/2013 8:35:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 14, 2013 - 4:05 PM | Melanie Hunter
    The State Department through its Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) is planning to spend $450,000 in taxpayer dollars “to support programs that increase protection of transgender persons who face acute forms of violence and harassment.” The primary goal of the grant “is to ensure that incidents of violence are documented and investigated and that victims receive appropriate legal redress through domestic, regional, or international human rights mechanisms.” … The grant was posted on March 28, 2013. The closing date for applications was May 2, 2013. The State Department has yet to announce the grant recipient. …
  • Obama Administration Thugs Threaten State Department Whistleblower… And Her Kids (FR mentioned)

    06/13/2013 4:09:07 AM PDT · by blueyon · 27 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/12/13 | Jim Hoft
    State Department whistleblower Aurelia Fedenisn, who accused the Obama State Department of covering up eight investigations including accusations of child prostitution, says she is being threatened and so were her kids. Fedenisn released documents that show the State Department may have covered up allegations of illegal and inappropriate behavior within their ranks. Now her kids are being threatened. The PJ Tatler reported, via Free Republic: