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  • Ambassador Susan Rice: U.S. Not ‘Impotent’ in Muslim World

    09/16/2012 6:55:20 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 38 replies
    abc ^ | 9/16/2012 | jake tapper
    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice told me this morning on “This Week” that the United States is not “impotent” in the face of violent anti-American protests sweeping the Muslim world. After showing Rice a map of protests in 33 countries around the world in recent days, I asked Rice, “President Obama pledged to repair America’s relationships with the Muslim world. Why does the U.S. seem so impotent? And why is the U.S. even less popular today in some of these Muslim and Arab countries than it was four years ago?” “We’re not impotent, we’re not even less...
  • State Department sent gay man to be ambassador to Libya

    09/15/2012 7:40:44 AM PDT · by Lacey · 95 replies
    HillBuzz ^ | 09/14/2012 | Kevin DuJan
    Today I went out into the field here in Chicago looking to talk to some of the striking teachers but no one in a red-shirt was anywhere to be found (or, if they were wearing one, they had nothing to do with the teachers’ union strike). A journalist friend of mine asked me to nose around and see if I could uncover anything about slain Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was rumored to be gay. A former “roommate” of Stevens by the name of Austin Tichenor lives and works in Chicago and while making calls to friends of mine in the...
  • COLONEL: HILLARY MADE DECISION NOT TO POST MARINES AT BENGHAZI

    09/14/2012 8:54:19 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 181 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | 9-14-2012 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    September 14, 2012 COLONEL: HILLARY MADE DECISION NOT TO POST MARINES AT BENGHAZI Michael Patrick Leahy In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Fox News military analyst Colonel David Hunt laid the blame for the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans at the Benghazi, Libya American mission on Hillary Clinton and the State Department: The State Department just allowed our guys to get killed. If you approve no bullets in guns for the mission security guards and an outhouse for a mission, you’re inviting it. Earlier, on Howie Carr's radio show Thursday, Colonel Hunt said that the...
  • Bloody hand prints, stolen documents and shocking security failings: Harrowing pictures

    09/14/2012 4:35:20 AM PDT · by radioone · 53 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Sept 13, 2012 | Beth Stebner
    In the wake of the deadly U.S. consulate attack in Libya’s second-largest city, disturbing images have emerged of the embassy, which is now little more than bloodied rubble that has been looted, torched, and trampled upon. These images are only part of the story, as it has been revealed today that a major security breach could have been the reason that American Ambassador Christopher Stevens, along with three other Americans, were killed in Tuesday’s attack. Reports have also circulated that the attack in Benghazi was an inside job and that the U.S. Department of State knew of the attack up...
  • Congressman Devin Nunes - State Dept. refuses to brief Intelligence Committee

    09/13/2012 6:46:21 PM PDT · by Tex-Con-Man · 71 replies
    The John Batchelor Show ^ | 9/13/2012 | Angelo Mysterioso
    There is no story/link. John Batchelor was interviewing Congressman Devin Nunes when he said he had breaking news. The Congressman said the Intelligence Committee requested someone from the State Dept. brief them on the events in the Middle East, etc., and they refused. And didn't give a reason why. They would have settled for staffer, they weren't asking for anyone in particular. He said it was unprecedented and had never happened as long as he could remember. He made a point of saying there was a great deal of bi-partisan cooperation on the committee, so it couldn't be blamed on...
  • Safe house where Ambassador died had no Marine guard..

    09/13/2012 7:51:12 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 12 September 2012
    Benghazi consulate was not protected by the contingent of Marines that usually safeguard embassies and instead was guarded by Libyan and State Department security officers Embassy was 'an interim facility' lacking bulletproof glass, reinforced doors or other features common to embassies USS Laboon and USS McFaul, which are both armed with Tomahawk missiles, to be sent to the coast of Libya Attack came amid protests following film The Innocence Of Muslims which 'insults Prophet Mohammed' Attackers could have been staging revenge attack for death of al Qaeda official in June Officials noted that attack came on 11th anniversary of 9/11...
  • Report: Hillary ignored warnings

    09/13/2012 7:48:18 PM PDT · by Wings-n-Wind · 103 replies
    Breitbart: Big Peace ^ | 9/13/2012 | Ben Shapiro
    Yesterday, we reported that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was responsible under the law for the “security policies and programs that provide for the protection of all US government personnel … on official duty abroad.” Clinton herself seemed bewildered by the attacks on the Libyan consulate, asking, “How could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction?” --SNIP-- But according to the Independent, she had no reason to be puzzled. Quoting senior diplomatic sources, the paper reports, “the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in...
  • Who was responsible for the safety of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya?

    09/13/2012 8:05:47 PM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 45 replies
    self | self
    Who was responsible for the security of the Ambassador? What was the plan to ensure his safety and the safety of the other U.S. citizens? Were warning signs ignored? Did the marines have ammunition? What were their rules of engagement? Did they have tear gas, grenades? How many of them were there? Where were their reinforcements? Who ordered the chopper with the squad from across the desert? What was the outcome? Was the ambassador tortured before he died? Did the President attend his security briefings the week before the murders? I do not watch MSM, but I presume these topics...
  • Inside the US consulate in Benghazi: material and human damage laid bare

    09/13/2012 6:45:11 PM PDT · by plain talk · 32 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | sept 13, 2012 | Chris Stephen
    The bullet holes, smashed masonry and blood on the walls of the burned-out consulate on the southern outskirts of Benghazi are testament to the gun battle that raged through the building, claiming four lives including that of the US ambassador, Chris Stevens. As the owners of the damaged building and the accommodation block a mile down the road took the Guardian on a tour of the sites on Thursday, reports that the attack was the work of an isolated group seemed to be at odds with the physical evidence and what their staff had told them. "Better security would not...
  • “CRUCIFIX MASTURBATION” FILM WINS

    09/12/2012 10:03:38 PM PDT · by G Larry · 23 replies
    CATHOLIC LEAGUE ^ | 10 Sept. 2012 | Bill Donohue
    The Venice Film Festival awarded a special jury prize Saturday to “Paradise: Faith.” The film is part of a trilogy; Strand Releasing has acquired the U.S. rights and plans to release it early next year. Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows: One of the hallmarks of cultural charlatans is the propensity to insult Christians, especially Catholics, and then declare their offense creative. If anyone wants to know why a special jury prize was given to “Paradise: Faith,” let me spare you the need to read about it: it won because it shows a devout Catholic woman masturbating with...
  • Statement on the Death of American Personnel in Benghazi, Libya

    09/12/2012 5:04:07 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 36 replies
    Press Statement Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State Washington, DC September 12, 2012 It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the death of four American personnel in Benghazi, Libya yesterday. Among them were United States Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and Foreign Service Information Management Officer, Sean Smith. We are still making next of kin notifications for the other two individuals. Our hearts go out to all their families and colleagues. A 21 year veteran of the Foreign Service, Ambassador Stevens died last night from injuries he sustained in the attack on our office in Benghazi....
  • An Appalling Statement from the President

    09/11/2012 6:08:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 11, 2012 | Carol Platt Liebau
    On 9/11, a day devoted to remembering those killed at the hands of Islamofascist terrorists -- and this year, a day when a mob in Egypt attacks the US embassy and replaces the American flag with the Al Qaeda one -- here is the Obama administration's statement in full: The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring...
  • At Ramadan dinner, Obama calls Clinton aide a "patriot" (Huma Abedin)

    08/10/2012 7:56:42 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | August. 10, 2012
    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday called Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, an "American patriot" after a group of Republican lawmakers accused her of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist political organization. "She has been nothing less than extraordinary in representing our country and the democratic values that we hold dear," Obama said at a White House Iftar dinner celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. "The American people owe her a debt of gratitude because Huma is an American patriot and an example of what we need in this country...
  • U.S. State Dept. Sending Critical [Pool & Picnicking] Resources to Sudan

    08/10/2012 10:32:40 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Aug. 10, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    Critical resources are needed in the troubled African nation of Sudan, and the U.S. Department of State is stepping up to the plate, so to speak, to provide those goods; specifically, State is ordering hundreds of patio furniture-sets for its embassy in Khartoum, and will order the high-end tables and chairs from a South African online retailer, U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor has learned. The patio beautification project coincides with today's conclusion of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's trip across the continent. During her travels she encouraged the governments of Sudan and South Sudan, meeting with South Sudanese President...
  • U.S. gives Jordan $100 million to help host Syrian refugees

    07/23/2012 11:32:18 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 28 replies
    alarabiya.net ^ | 22JUL12 | by AFP
    A top U.S. official said on Sunday that Washington has given $100 million in aid to Jordan to help host tens of thousands of Syrians who have fled the unrest back home and taken refuge in the kingdom. U.S. ambassador to Jordan, E. Jones, said that the U.S. aid will also help Jordan meet its growing energy needs in light of the repeated cut-offs occurring from unstable gas supplies from Egypt. He said the aid will address “the strains on the national budget as a result of the repeated disruption of the Egyptian natural gas, and especially the added cost...
  • Obama's Passport Breach: Unanswered Questions, and an Unsolved Murder

    07/23/2012 10:51:32 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | July 23, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    Back in March 2008, the State Department launched an investigation of improper computer access to the passport records of Barack Hussein Obama, and days later those of Hillary Clinton and John McCain. The investigation centered on one employee: a contract worker for a company that was headed by John O. Brennan, a key Obama campaign adviser who later became assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. Then, a month later, the key witness in this case was murdered. Lt. Quarles Harris, Jr., 24, was shot in the head in his car, in front...
  • Obama’s Lost in SpaceAdministration approves controversial export license allowing..

    07/23/2012 9:11:17 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 28 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 23JUL12 | Bill Gertz
    ..sensitive space technology transfer to China. The Obama administration recently notified Congress that it has agreed to license exports of sensitive U.S. space technology to China from a U.S. company that was fined in the past for illegally supplying space support that improved Chinese ballistic missiles. The State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, the unit that licenses exports of sensitive technology, notified House and Senate leaders on Wednesday of plans to go ahead with an export license for a deal between Space Systems/Loral and AsiaSat, a company owned in part by a Chinese state-run investment company linked to past...
  • Hill and Huma and Bill and Anthony and ... the Muslim Brotherhood and ... Alger Hiss

    07/19/2012 3:20:34 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 6 replies
    DianeWest.net ^ | 16JUL12 | Diane West
    While my esteemed colleague Andy McCarthy analyzes the substance of Hillary Clinton's address in Alexandria, Egypt here, I confess to remaining stuck on the description of the Egyptian crowd chanting, "Monica! Monica!" as Hill's motorcade made its way through the city. Must be the call of my wild old beat covering Impeachment Issues ("Monica! Monica!") for the Washington Times editorial page years ago. It's hard to imagine any barb razor-sharp enough to penetrate the thick skin that allows the thoroughly disgraced Clinton couple to remain in the public X-ray eye, but if one such barb could break through their armor...
  • State Dept Declaration on Disarmament - Complete Disarmament in a Peaceful World

    07/18/2012 7:43:14 AM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 11 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 7-17-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    We've heard a lot lately about the UN Arms Trade Treaty. This video from InfoWars will curl your hair. It connects the Treaty with a 1961 State Department document with the chilling title "Declaration on Disarmament - General and Complete Disarmament in a Peaceful World." The original document is from 1961 in conjunction with the U.S. State Department and the United Nations. It mimics many provisions of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal 2000 (UNMDG) that I beat on routinely. I know what many of you will say, 'this is old,' has no meaning today, but let me ask you,...
  • State Department Official Defends Decision Not to Designate Boko Haram a Terrorist Organization

    07/13/2012 10:02:48 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 13 replies
    crosswalk.com ^ | 13JUL13 | Not Listed
    The State Department's top official for Africa this week defended the decision not to designate Boko Haram as a "foreign terrorist organization" (FTO) -- but then used the term "terrorist organization" in reference to the Nigerian Islamist group, CNSNews.com reports. A Nigerian Christian leader criticized the move, saying failure to designate Boko Haram as an FTO emboldened the group and signaled that its targeting of Christians was acceptable. The administration on June 21 listed three Boko Haram leaders as "specially designated global terrorists" (SDGTs) but stopped short of listing the group as an FTO under U.S. law, a step some...
  • Egypt's moslem brotherhood: Personal, to Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton

    06/25/2012 6:47:51 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 12 replies
    gatestoneinstitute.org/ ^ | 25JUN12 | by Tarek Heggy
    Political Islam, which is the heart of the Muslim Brotherhood, is anti-modernity, anti-progress, anti-human rights, anti-democracy, anti-peace, anti-otherness, anti-pluralism, anti-women's rights, anti-liberal education, and anti-free-and-critical thinking -- BY DEFINITION. I cannot believe the "rumors" that the US wants to see members of the Muslim Brotherhood as Egypt's new rulers. If this "rumor" is correct, that policy decision will be the most gigantic, monumental strategic mistake made by the US since the end of WWII. Such a policy decision would also reflect nothing but an amazing inability to understand that while there are many moderate Muslims, there does not exist such...
  • Stay out of the Syrian Morass

    06/13/2012 9:22:53 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 23 replies
    danielpipes.org ^ | 13JUN12 | Daniel Pipes
    As the Syrian government makes increasingly desperate and vicious efforts to keep power, pleas for military intervention, more or less on the Libyan model, have become more insistent. This course is morally attractive, to be sure. But should Western states follow this counsel? I believe not. Those calls to action fall into three main categories: a Sunni Muslim concern for co-religionists, a universal humanitarian concern to stop torture and murder, and a geopolitical worry about the impact of the ongoing conflict. The first two motives can be fairly easily dispatched. If Sunni governments – notably those of Turkey, Saudi Arabia,...
  • bama or Romney? Think again. They're NOT Running the Show!

    06/13/2012 7:38:15 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 5 replies
    Familysecuritymatters.com ^ | 11JUN12 | JANET LEVY
    The Muslim Brotherhood is well entrenched throughout the government and government agencies at the federal, state and local levels. They have taken hold of the FBI, the DHS, the military, the State Department, and other government organizations. The Muslim Brotherhood determines U.S. counterterrorism policy and its operatives meet regularly with Janet Napolitano as well as the Department of Justice staff. Recently, the DoJ joined the Muslim Brotherhood in an investigation of NYPD counterterrorism interventions that have protected Americans from jihadist attacks. Ask yourself why Major Hasan's trial has been delayed and why he hasn't received the death penalty almost three...
  • U.S. to Pay 'Selected' Foreign Journalists to Cover State Dept.

    06/12/2012 9:12:14 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 8 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | June 12, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    U.S. taxpayers soon will pay for hotel rooms, flights, and even the TV production costs of foreign journalists covering the Department of State. The purported goal of the endeavor is to communicate and promote U.S. policies and "American values." The new project comes at a time when State separately is attempting to buy, produce, and disseminate its own media broadcasts, establishing a paid 24/7 "news" service with contractor assistance (see Obama Assembling de facto Propaganda Ministry; U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor, May 6, 2012). The department through the new foreign media initiative will hire a contractor to provide "logistical, administrative...
  • Obama’s approach new: official

    06/04/2012 8:59:24 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 7 replies
    gulf-times.com ^ | 30MAY12 | By Ross Jackson/Staff Reporter
    From the moment of his inauguration, President Barack Obama’s approach to relations with the Islamic world is a departure from that of previous administrations, a US State Department official told Gulf Times on the sidelines of the US-Islamic World Forum. Farah Pandith, Special Representative to Muslim Communities, US Department of State, has worked for both the Bush and the Obama administration, with an experience “representing different chapters in American history in terms of what’s happening around the world. “What is very clear is that President Obama, from the very beginning, on the steps of the Capitol, spoke very clearly in...
  • Obama assembling de facto propaganda ministry - Administration reveals plans to buy media broadcasts

    05/04/2012 8:30:37 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 12 replies
    WND ^ | May 3, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    Obama assembling de facto propaganda ministryThe U.S. State Department is planning to “buy” media broadcasts, as the Obama administration assembles a de facto propaganda machine, according to documents that reveal the president’s plans moving closer to the 2012 election. According to information WND located via routine database research, State’s Bureau of Public Affairs is soliciting the help of “global news coverage service providers” to create and disseminate department “news.” The selected contractor will provide “full-time, 24/7 service,” the Statement of Work for the plan said. Continued at WND.com
  • Cheng Guangcheng betrayed by Obama & Hillary - to their infamy

    05/03/2012 7:55:21 PM PDT · by publius321 · 13 replies
    http://youtu.be/oyze5749He8 ^ | 5/3/2012 | Scott Ryan
    After getting Guancheng out of their hair, they can now pretend to want to help him knowing nothing can be done... (video)
  • Destabilizes (Chen Guangcheng) China

    05/03/2012 7:27:16 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 6 replies
    The John Batchelor Show ^ | May 2, 2012 | John Batchelor
    Spoke China hands Gordon Chang, Perry Link, Kelley Currie, Ann Lee, Bob Fu, Joseph Sternberg, re the Chen Guangcheng crisis in Beijing to learn the the US Embassy had plenty of reason to know that Chen was threatened BEFORE he decided to leave the sanctuary of the U.S. Embassy and enter a Chinese hospital. This is a major detail and will be the center of contention when Congress insistes upon hearings with China Ambassador Gary Locke and SecState HRC. What did you kno and when did you know it about threats to Chen's family by Chinese authorities? All this is...
  • Free Chen, Free China, Free the Children in the Womb from Forced Abortion

    05/03/2012 7:38:57 PM PDT · by tcg · 2 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/3/12 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Over the last several days the sad, confusing and now disheartening saga of a courageous man named Chen Guangcheng has filled the news. Much of the focus seems to be on who botched this entire affair diplomatically, rather than the even more important underlying issues. Chen is a 40 year old Chinese citizen who taught himself the law and, as a human rights lawyer, courageously stands up against the evil, inhumane and barbaric forced abortion and sterilization policies of the nation he loves, the Peoples Republic of China. Chen was released from jail in 2010 and placed under house arrest....
  • An ugly day of american diplomacy

    05/03/2012 6:25:25 PM PDT · by Coleus · 34 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 2, 2012 | benny avni
    The State Department painted it as an elegant way out of a ballooning crisis involving Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng — but by day’s end, it looked like a disgraceful performance by US diplomats. Initial reports had Chen so pleased by the deal that he told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “I want to kiss you.” The agreement Clinton negotiated with Beijing yesterday supposedly allowed Cheng to stay in China and get medical attention, with the authorities guaranteeing his future safety. But things started unraveling just hours after the compromise was inked. First, while State claims Chen never wanted to leave...
  • Chinese Activist 'Very Disappointed' in the U.S., Says Officials Lied To Him

    05/02/2012 7:15:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 2, 2012 | Max Fisher
    A little over 12 hours after blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng was released from the U.S. embassy in Beijing, which he had fled to after escaping house arrest, Chen now says that American officials encouraged him to leave the safe haven of the embassy building, in part by making promises that they failed to keep. In an interview with CNN's Steven Jiang, he expressed deep disappointment with the U.S. and with President Barack Obama personally. He said that embassy officials were no longer picking up his calls and that he already felt his rights being "violated" by the Chinese government,...
  • China activist Chen Guangcheng leaves U.S. Embassy, will stay in China

    05/02/2012 4:13:36 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 22 replies
    CBS ^ | 5/2/2012 | ap
    A blind Chinese legal activist who was at the center of a diplomatic tussle between Washington and Beijing left the U.S. Embassy Wednesday to receive medical care in Beijing and be reunited with this family. Guangcheng said via his lawyer that he is free and has received "clear assurances" from the Chinese government. A U.S. official said Chen did not ask for asylum and is staying in China after receiving assurances that he will be treated as a normal citizen. The U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters that Chinese authorities promised that Chen would be relocated to...
  • Young Chinese heroine kidnapped for helping Chen flee: advocate

    05/02/2012 12:04:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 2, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    He Peirong BEIJING, May 2, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - He Peirong is a beautiful, petite Chinese woman friends describe as having a “spine of steel” - one that proved an immense benefit to her friend, human rights activist Chen Guangcheng, whose bid for freedom she spearheaded. But the young woman’s fate is now dangerously unknown, as she disappeared immediately after the last leg of her effort to get the forced-abortion opponent out of the government’s reach and into the U.S. Embassy last week. Advocates say she has likely been kidnapped by Chinese officials, who are infamous for their brutal torture methods...
  • Activist Chen Guangcheng wants to leave China, says authorities threatened to beat wife to death

    05/02/2012 9:09:10 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 10 replies
    CBS ^ | 5/2/2012 | AP
    Blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng said a U.S. official told him that Chinese authorities threatened to beat his wife to death had he not left the American Embassy. Speaking by phone from his hospital room in Beijing on Wednesday night, a shaken Chen told The Associated Press that U.S. officials relayed the threat from the Chinese side. After six days in hiding, Chen emerged from the embassy Wednesday after U.S. officials said China had assured his safety. His account contrasts with earlier comments by Chen's supporters saying that he had vowed to stay in China to continue his activism. He...
  • Triple Play! Obama Blows Off Congress, Funds Palestinians, Lies About PA Stance on Israel

    04/28/2012 2:12:43 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 24 replies
    National Review-The Corner ^ | 4-28-2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    April 28, 2012 Triple Play! Obama Blows Off Congress, Funds Palestinians, Lies About PA Stance on Israel Andrew C. McCarthy Friday night news dump: President Obama has decided to provide $192 million to the Palestinian Authority despite Congress’s freeze on PA funding after its president, Mahmoud Abbas, attempted to declare statehood unilaterally last September, in violation of the PA’s treaty commitments.Obama’s “waiver” of the restrictions on Congress’s Palestinian Accountability Act was first reported in the foreign press (AFP), which is where Americans generally need to go to get news about what the U.S. administration is up to. A report from...
  • Dozen Diplomats to Get New $25 Million Palatial Parisian Crib

    04/20/2012 9:04:59 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 11 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | April 19, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    The U.S. Embassy in Paris is building a new residential facility to house a dozen diplomatic staff members -- and the project will cost taxpayers up to $25 million to design and build. The U.S. Department of State will construct the facility on U.S. government-owned property near the existing embassy, according to a presolicitation notice that U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor located via routine database research. The proposed compound includes plans for a 90-vehicle underground parking garage.The new structure will supplement, not replace, The Chancery, as the embassy is known, which: Today, the Chancery faces the Avenue Gabriel and the...
  • Busted: Neville Chamberlain-ish US Diplomat Chris Hill in Controversial JFK Dallas-Chic Photos

    04/19/2012 8:08:30 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 24 replies
    >Hill as LBJ on "Assassination Day 1963" fun n' games, USG assistant as "Jackie Kennedy" in trademarkdouble-breasted, strawberry pink and navy trim collared Chanel wool suit with match pillbox hat circa 1991, worn in Dallas, Tx that bloody, fateful day.Taken whilst (Hill) US Ambassador to Iraq, during a masquerade party of some sort for US officials. This is the same man as a State Department officials who went along with the ridiculous SIX PARTY TALKS agreements with North Korea which amounted to nothing, reprehensively gave the enemy aid, allowed them to cheat, and build up their arsenal even more. Under...
  • Clinton marks Rwanda genocide annivesary

    04/07/2012 8:00:37 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies
    AFP ^ | April 7, 2012
    US Secretary of state Hillary Clinton on Saturday said Washington was committed to working with the Rwandan government toward reconciliation as she marked the 18th anniversary of the genocide. "The United States stands in solidarity with the Rwandan people, and we admire their resilience and the enormous strides they have made in recovering from that unspeakable event," said the top US diplomat, marking the killings of 800,000 people over roughly 100 days of bloodshed in 1994. "We are committed to working with the government and people of Rwanda to complete their recovery and move forward toward a future of reconciliation,...
  • Obama admin list Vatican as 'potential money-laundering center'

    03/12/2012 1:28:22 PM PDT · by blueyon · 15 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 3/9/2012 | By Catholic Online
    It isn't, but the US State Department has listed it anyway. The US State Department has added an unlikely name to the list of countries that are considered money-laundering centers - the Vatican. The listing was published Wednesday in the 2012 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, and lists 190 countries. WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - The list is divided into three categories, primary concern, concern, and monitored. The Vatican has been listed with 67 other countries which also includes Poland, Egypt, Ireland, Hungary, and Chile. A State Department official did confess that the Vatican had recently established programs to prevent...
  • Inside the Ring: State blocks grant to Russia

    03/06/2012 9:37:43 AM PST · by MindBender26 · 12 replies
    Wash Times ^ | Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | Bill Gertz
    The State Department recently denied $2 million in grants to a Russian research institute over concerns the money would be used to boost Moscow’s advanced nuclear missile work. The unusual denial of the grant money was based on a review of a research program to be funded through the Moscow-based International Science and Technology Center, a group that acts as a funding vehicle for research cooperation and training in the former Soviet Union. The department feared the grant could undermine U.S. national security. A State Department official said the project for the funds was reviewed in 2009 and 2010. “During...
  • US confident of sorting out Iranian oil issue with India

    02/22/2012 5:15:47 AM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    Times of India ^ | Feb 22, 2012
    WASHINGTON: The Obama administration has exuded confidence that it would comfortably sail through the challenging phase in its relationship with India on the issue of purchase of oil from Iran. "We've worked through hard issues before with India, and we're looking forward to working through this one," the State Department spokesperson, Victoria Nuland, told reporters at her daily news conference. Nuland said the US is talking to India along with other countries like China on reducing their dependence on Iranian oil. "Our goal is to continue to work with India to encourage it to do what it can to reduce...
  • Three nations file amicus briefs in Kiobel Case Oppose Obama ADministration in Case

    02/17/2012 9:01:40 AM PST · by Miami Vice
    Legal Newsline ^ | 2-17-12 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    The U.S. Department of State and the governments of Germany, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom are on opposite sides of the issue of corporate liability in the Supreme Court case of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum. The nations filed an ...
  • Holder still hasn’t talked ‘Fast and Furious’ with Clinton, Napolitano, Obama

    02/06/2012 6:04:33 AM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/6/12 | Matthew Boyle
    During his testimony about Operation Fast and Furious before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform last week, Attorney General Eric Holder said that he still hasn’t discussed the deadly scandal with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano or President Barack Obama. Holder’s admission that he hasn’t taken the initiative to discuss how the government should handle this scandal came during an exchange he had with Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz. “I had an opportunity in the Judiciary Committee to ask you questions on Dec. 8, 2011,” Chaffetz said when questioning Holder on Thursday. “I...
  • Fast and Furious: Groundhog Day at House Oversight - Holder clings to the stone wall.

    02/02/2012 6:33:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    Human Events ^ | 02/02/2012 | John Hayward
    Attorney General Eric Holder’s testimony before the House Oversight Committee today was, in the main, a re-run of past appearances before Congress. He kept the stone wall firm and tight, while angrily denying he was running a cover-up, and accusing investigators of running “political gotcha games.” Here’s Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY) cutting to the chase, and asking Holder how many more U.S. Border Patrol agents would have had to die as part of Operation Fast and Furious before the Attorney General would finally take responsibility: Holder continued his “incompetence defense” of insisting that he really doesn’t know anything that...
  • New Emails Suggest Eric Holder Perjured Himself

    01/30/2012 10:54:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    PJ Media ^ | January 30, 2012 | Bob Owens
    The attorney general's claim regarding when he knew about Operation Fast and Furious conflicts with the released communications.The Department of Justice released hundreds of documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious late Friday afternoon, including a series of emails that strongly suggests that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder perjured himself in congressional testimony. The crucial email exchange began at 2:31 a.m. on December 15, 2010, with a message from an unidentified DOJ source to “OIOC SIT” and “SITROOM”: On December 14, 2010, BORTAC agent working in the Nogales, AZ AOR was shot. The agent was conducting Border Patrol Operations 18...
  • Industry source: State Department will reject Keystone pipeline reroute

    01/18/2012 11:04:39 AM PST · by antidemoncrat · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/18/2012
    "It is not in the national interest to lock the United States into supporting an expensive and dirty form of oil for many years to come. Also, additional capacity for tar sands oil perpetuates America's addiction to oil, and undermines the clean energy alternatives that would bring genuine energy security," the NRDC report continues.
  • State Department 'Panders' to Islamists on Free Speech

    12/28/2011 7:33:29 AM PST · by bayouranger · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Familysecuritymatters.com ^ | 12-28-11 | Steve Emerson
    The Obama administration is drawing fire for yielding what critics see as a huge propaganda victory to Islamist regimes seeking to curb American speech deemed "offensive" to Muslims. The State Department hosted a three-day, closed-door meeting last week with representatives of the Saudi Arabia-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on measures to fight religious "intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization." In her closing remarks, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton portrayed the conference as a sign that Washington and the OIC are working together to protect religious freedom around the world. "We have to get past the idea that we can suppress...
  • Diplomatic Supping With Jihadist Devils

    12/28/2011 5:52:26 AM PST · by bayouranger · 1 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 12-27-11 | Bruce Thornton
    While Western diplomats wring their hands over trivial insults to Islam, a slow-motion genocide of Christians has been unfolding in the Muslim world. The latest attack occurred on Christmas day in Nigeria, where the terrorist sect Boko Haram bombed two Catholic churches in the towns of Abuja and Jos, killing at least 39 worshipers. This same group killed 32 Christians last Christmas Eve. In this year alone, Boko Haram has murdered 491 people. The killings in Nigeria are just one example of continuous violent attacks on Christians and their churches. Yet our Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been nearly...
  • Zetas may be smuggling weapons using State Dept. program - Chaparral, Columbus & southern NM roads

    07/23/2011 11:52:01 AM PDT · by girlangler · 14 replies
    http://www.thewesternerblogspot.com ^ | 7/23/11 | Frank DuBois
    Zetas may be smuggling weapons using State Dept. program - Chaparral, Columbus & southern NM roads The brutally violent Zetas drug organization may be smuggling military-grade weapons through El Paso and Columbus, N.M., to feed its ongoing battles against other cartels and to possibly disrupt the 2012 elections in Mexico. Phil Jordan, a former director of the DEA's El Paso Intelligence Center and a former CIA operative, said the Zetas have shipped large amounts of weapons through the El Paso area. "They are purchasing weapons in the Dallas area and are flying them to El Paso, and then they are...
  • BENADOR: Happening Silently: Islam Aggressive Invasion of America

    12/26/2011 7:56:42 AM PST · by bayouranger · 8 replies
    Rightsidenews.com ^ | 12-21-11 | Eliana Benador
    “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” Sir Winston Churchill When Historians will look back to these times in the History of Contemporary America, they will certainly wonder, how come the Superpower of the World was conquered without a drop of blood running in the streets... Another major Muslim conquest, the one that took place in Spain between 711 and 718, entered History marked by bloody battles in different cities where revolts and resistance opposed the invasion and takeover by the Islamic invaders. They did not take it over smoothly as they are...