Judicial Watch Asks Justice Inspector General to Investigate Loretta Lynch-Bill Clinton Meeting

JUDICIAL WATCH — (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today requested that the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General investigate the meeting yesterday between Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch:

Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with former President William J. Clinton on board a parked private plane on the west side of Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona on June 29, 2016, according to multiple press reports.

President Clinton is the spouse of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former Secretary of State, who is purportedly the subject of a national security crime investigation pertaining to the mishandling of national defense information processed by Mrs. Clinton’s personal server during her tenure as secretary.

Additionally, there are press reports that a federal public corruption investigation is on-going concerning conflicts of interest and abuse of official government office involving the financial “commitments” to the Clinton Foundation, speaking fees for President Clinton and former Secretary Clinton’s official acts. President Clinton may be a target of that investigation.

Attorney General Lynch’s meeting with President Clinton creates the appearance of a violation of law, ethical standards and good judgment. Attorney General Lynch’s decision to breach the well-defined ethical standards of the Department of Justice and the American legal profession is an outrageous abuse of the public’s trust. Her conduct and statements undermine confidence in her ability to objectively investigate and prosecute possible violations of law associated with President Clinton and Secretary Clinton. This incident undermines the public’s faith in the fair administration of justice. Simply stated, Attorney General Lynch’s June 29, 2016 meeting with former President Clinton creates the broad public impression that “the fix is in.”

Judicial Watch requests your immediate and thorough investigation of the facts, circumstances, and appearances of ethical, regulatory and legal violations by Attorney General Lynch in connection with her meeting with former President William J. Clinton – and that you report your findings and recommendations to the American public.

Judicial Watch cites in its complaint 18 USC §§ 202 – 209; Executive Order 12674 on Principles of Ethical Conduct as amended by EO 12731; Uniform Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, 5 CFR Part 2635; Department of Justice regulations, 5 CFR Part 3801; Department of Justice regulations, 28 CFR Part 45; Executive branch standards of conduct, 5 USC § 735; and, United States Department of Justice Ethics Handbook for On and Off-Duty Conduct, 14 Principles for Ethical Conduct:

“14. Employees shall endeavor to avoid any actions creating the appearance that they are violating the law or the ethical standards set forth in this part. Whether particular circumstances create an appearance that the law or these standards have been violated shall be determined from the perspective of a reasonable person with knowledge of the relevant facts.”

5 C.F.R 2635.101 (b)

“An employee shall endeavor to avoid any actions creating the appearance that the employee is violating the law or the ethical standards set forth in this part.”

5 CFR 2635.101(b)(14)

“Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s meeting with Bill Clinton severely undermined the already low public confidence in her agency’s criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “In addition to this IG investigation, Judicial Watch has already sent Freedom of Information Act requests about this scandalous meeting.”

WHITE HOUSE: QUESTIONS ABOUT LORETTA LYNCH’S SNEAK MEETING WITH BILL CLINTON ARE ‘LEGITIMATE’ — DC

DEM: LYNCH SHOULD HAVE ‘STEERED CLEAR’ OF BILL CLINTON — THE HILL

WH DEFENDS LYNCH FROM CLINTON MEETING FALLOUT — THE HILL

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Ingraham: Lynch Attempted to Subvert the Law


SECRET MEETING WITH BILL CLINTON
WAS EITHER MALICIOUS OR STUPID


 
LIFEZETTE — LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham railed against Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton’s private — and allegedly spontaneous — Monday meeting on Wednesday night.

The meeting was highly unusual, as the FBI, a subagency of Lynch’s Justice Department, is currently investigating Hillary Clinton for possible criminal wrongdoing as part of her ongoing email scandal.

That the two met in a private, unscheduled meeting suggests either “a brazen effort to undermine U.S. law” or a stunning level of aloofness — and stupidity — Ingraham said in an appearance on “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” on Fox News.

Whether or not the meeting was held in regard to Hillary Clinton’s legal issues is actually irrelevant, Ingraham said. Ingraham noted that the meeting gave “at the very least the appearance of impropriety.”

When host Greta Van Susteren wondered how Clinton and Lynch “could be so tone deaf,” Ingraham noted it echoes Clinton’s “stupid” behavior regarding his affairs while in office. “It shows you how disconnected they are from public perception,” Ingraham said.

“The appearance of a conflict [of interest] can be just as damaging and poisonous to a case at times than … an actual conflict,” Ingraham said. “The last thing [the Justice Department needs] is any further undermining of the objectivity of this investigation.”

LYNCH MEETING WITH BILL CLINTON CREATES FIRESTORM FOR EMAIL CASE — THE HILL

WHITE HOUSE STRUGGLES TO DEFEND LYNCH’S PRIVATE MEETING WITH BILL CLINTON — WFB

GOP LAWMAKERS: LORETTA LYNCH ‘MAKING A MOCKERY’ OF LAW — WASHINGTON EXAMINER

TRUMP ON LORETTA LYNCH’S MEETING WITH BILL CLINTON: SEE WHAT I MEAN NOW ABOUT A RIGGED SYSTEM? — HOT AIR

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State Department Seeks 27-Month Delay for Release of Clinton Foundation Emails

FOX NEWS — The State Department has sought to delay the court-ordered release of emails between four of Hillary Clinton’s top aides and officials at the Clinton Foundation and a closely associated public relations firm.

The motion, filed in federal court by the Justice Department late Wednesday, seeks to put off the release of the emails by 27 months. It was first reported on by The Daily Caller.

In the filing, the State Department says it originally estimated that approximately 6,000 emails and other documents were exchanged between the aides — identified as former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Michael Fuchs, former Ambassador-At-Large Melanne Verveer, Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, and Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin — and the Clinton Foundation and Teneo Holdings, a communications shop that former President Bill Clinton helped launch.

HILLARY CLINTON EMAILS DIDN’T ‘SET OFF ANY BELLS’ FOR STATE DEPARTMENT’S PATRICK KENNEDY — WASHINGTON TIMES

EMAIL STORY WON’T END FOR CLINTON — THE HILL

RUSSIA RELEASED HACKED HILLARY EMAILS IN 2013 – US OFFICIALS FEAR KREMLIN WILL RELEASE 20,000 MORE HILLARY EMAILS BEFORE ELECTION — GWP

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Was Bill Clinton Plea Bargaining With the Attorney General?

DAILY CALLER — When Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately Monday in her jet in Phoenix, Arizona, some speculate he may have been pleading for his wife who is under investigation by the FBI and the Department of Justice. But the former president may also have been pleading for himself, according to a former federal prosecutor.

While political observers are focused on former Secretary of State and all-but-certain Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, her husband also has been a principal player behind the scenes at the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Former U.S. Attorney Joseph DiGenova told the Daily Caller News Foundation the former President “is at least a witness in two criminal investigations, probably a subject in two criminal investigations. He is a person of interest officially to the Department of Justice,” he said flatly.

Both the FBI and Justice Department have launched investigations into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server and email address for official U.S. government business during her tenure as the nation’s chief diplomat.

But investigators also are reportedly investigating “public corruption” links between Hillary’s work at the State Department with large foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation, many of which were orchestrated by her husband.

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Did Hillary’s Law Firm Help Bring a Terror Bank to America?

THE NATIONAL INTEREST — The sophisticated military operations of ISIS, Al Qaeda and their affiliates require significant financial resources. It is common sense that cutting off terrorist access to money will dramatically reduce their ability to procure weapons and support their mercenary fighters, and will quickly cripple their global Jihadi movement. And where does Hillary Clinton, who served as Secretary of State during President Obama’s first term, fit in?

Donald Trump has stated facts about the “dark banking channels” which most politicians refuse to acknowledge. When asked on April 28, 2016 on The O’Reilly Factor about ISIS and black market oil, Trump responded: “Because that’s their source of wealth. Now, they also have a lot of wealth through the banking channels. You have [to] comb the dark banking channels. And they’re getting a lot of wealth through them. People don’t even know about it but they are…” The dark banking channels referenced by Mr. Trump are nothing new, and these criminal financial networks have aided and abetted the rise of radical Islamic terror for decades.

Many Americans will recall the scandal involving the corrupt Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) in the 1980s and early 1990s. But most Americans are unaware of the connection between BCCI and Hillary Clinton when she was working for the Rose Law firm.

Billionaire Little Rock Arkansas Clinton-supporter Jackson Stephens, with Bert Lance, would bring BCCI to America with the legal representation of the Rose Law firm, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, Webster Hubbell and C.J. Giroir. Also involved were Clark Clifford (the former Defense Secretary under Johnson and lawyer for BCCI), Robert Altman (attorney for Bert Lance and Clifford’s partner), and Kamal Adham (the former director general of Saudi Arabian intelligence). Rose was the law firm for the Arkansas financial group Stephens Inc. As stated by Martin Waller in The Guardian (March 24, 1994): “Stephens Inc. and the Rose law firm helped BCCI creep into the US banking market through its purchase of shares in Financial General.”

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Nothing to See Here

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The Non-Departed: 925,000 Aliens Ordered Removed Are Still Here

CIS — Data obtained by the Senate Judiciary Committee following a hearing on the collapse of immigration enforcement reveals that a very large number of illegal aliens in the country have already had due process and been ordered removed, but are still living here in defiance of that order. As of a year ago, there were more than 925,000 aliens who had been ordered removed, but who had not departed (known as ICE’s “Post Final Order Docket”). About 20 percent of the non-departed aliens have at least one criminal conviction. Nearly all of these individuals — and nearly all of the convicted criminals — are at large, not in ICE custody. About 60 percent of the aliens come from just four countries: Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, as shown on the accompanying map. A disproportionate number of the non-departed criminal aliens are citizens of Cuba.

SENATE PANEL GRANTS MORE VISAS FOR AFGHANS WHO SUPPORTED US — AP

IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT BILL NAMED IN HONOR OF WOMAN KILLED BY DRUNK ALIEN — BREITBART

MIGRANTS BRING MULTI-DRUG RESISTANT TB TO WISCONSIN — BREITBART

‘KATE’S LAW,’ SANCTUARY CITY LEGISLATION GETS VOTE IN THE SENATE — TOWNHALL

BRUTAL HIT-AND-RUN DUI SUSPECT FACES IMMIGRATION HOLD — BREITBART

THE SENSIBILITY THAT TIES OPEN IMMIGRATION WITH ‘MARRIAGE EQUALITY’ — CIS

BREXIT BYPRODUCTS — CIS

A BUSINESS WOMAN SAYS TAXING IMMIGRANT REMITTANCES WOULD BE NO PROBLEMA — VDARE

AMERICA’S SENATOR JEFF SESSIONS SLAMS HILLARY CLINTON’S PLAN TO SABOTAGE US CITIZEN GRADUATES — VDARE

SENATE TO VOTE ON BILL PUNISHING ‘SANCTUARY’ CITIES — DAILY SIGNAL

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DOJ Increasing Penalty for Hiring Illegal Immigrants — a Whopping $164.00 More

FOX NEWS — The Justice Department on Thursday boosted the penalty for hiring illegal immigrants and engaging in immigration-related unfair employment practices.

Under the interim final rule published Thursday in the Federal Register, the minimum penalty imposed by the DOJ for the unlawful employment of immigrants would rise from $375 to $539, while the maximum fine would go from $3,200 to $4,313.

The changes stemmed from amendments in a 2015 budget bill that overhauled the formula for increasing such civil penalties.

Violators facing multiple charges also would be subject to a new maximum penalty of $21,563 for hiring illegal immigrants.

The proposed rule was welcomed by some in the small business community, where members often lose business to larger corporations that hire illegal immigrants to work as laborers or farmers.

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Ten Years of War in Mexico: The Bloody Decade

BORDERLAND BEAT — On December 11, 2006, with the country turning the other way— the opponents of the president in a yell— a war was launched without ever having been consulted with by anyone. It’s been a decade, recalls the author of this text, and “on the streets, the Mexican Army continues and there is a widespread feeling that it operates with impunity, a war of extermination. Crimes continue and armed groups have diversified their income relying on impunity. There is no effective state policy to compensate for damages to victims or to deter youths from armed groups. The police have not been cleaned up and narco-politics seems to keep the reserves that it had before the start of the confrontation. There aren’t major advances in the criminal justice system; torture, the UN says, is widespread; prisons are schools of criminals; money laundering operations continue to develop and now, all this time, a glimmer of light: the possibility that marijuana might at least be decriminalized.”

Mexicans, At The Cry Of War

Suddenly, as never before, the streets of many cities of our country lost a virginity that it had maintained since the 1910 Revolution: Mexican Army units were displaced but not to the barracks, not to any community in a tragedy by a hurricane or an earthquake. They came with their weapons in front to stay there, in the corners, on the sidewalks, where cops were before.

It wasn’t a minor change for a majority who were used to seeing soldiers on television. With them, from the night to the morning, bulletproof vests appeared, machine guns mounted in open vehicles, outlines of federal police. And what seemed to be a temporary thing kept spreading for months, and then years. Armored cars became common throughout the country while terms such as “executed”, “sicario”, “kidnapped”, “agitated”, “company”, or “decapitated” became part of the jargon of many in the media, of journalists and of the population in general.

In a few years, we added another term, which nobody knows whether it was coined in the press or in the streets, to that ominous language, but it clearly came from a new reality. “Narcofosas” (Narco-graves), for example, which refers to clandestine cemeteries scattered throughout the territory; “autodefensas”, which refers to the efforts of the citizens to defend themselves against criminals that seized physical territories and of the income of its inhabitants. Extortion was just a word until now, when it became a reality spreading throughout cities and in huge urban sprawls, such as the State of Mexico surrounding the capital. And among all the words that became common, a jarring: “kitchen”, and all its derivations: the verb “to cook” or the subject “the cook”. It refers to the massive disappearance of bodies in acids or burned in 200 liter drums. Bodies from the war between cartels or simply just victims of violence.

The sun became clouded for cities that were synonymous with relaxation and fun, like Acapulco, Morelia, or Cuernavaca. States with relative tranquility, such as San Luis Potosí or Guanajuato became restless lands. Life became impossible in societies that were already permeated by the narco, such as Ciudad Juárez, Apatzingán, Tijuana, Chihuahua, Piedras Negras, Nuevo Laredo or Reynosa.

The pus of violence that came with the war spread throughout towns and villages, and at the dawn of this reality, names of new criminal gangs appeared and consolidated their presence at almost the same time that the federal government showed off the arrest of heads of drug trafficking groups.

HUMAN SMUGGLERS CAUGHT IN MEXICO IN UBER CARS — THE HILL

LAWYERS FOR MEXICO’S ‘EL CHAPO’ SLOW EXTRADITION PROCESS — BLB

EX-HOUSTON COP AND MARINE GETS 30 YEARS FOR PROVIDING GUNS, INFO TO ZETAS CARTEL — FNL

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For Sensible Refugee Resettlement, Look to Japan

CAPS — Obama’s lame duck present to America is his accelerated Iraqi and Syrian refugee resettlement program. Refugee vetting has been slashed from the original 18 to 24 months to three. Never mind the opinions of FBI Director James Comey and other national security experts who agree that the refugees can’t be adequately screened no matter how long the time period allocated because no database exists to crosscheck them.
Japan accepts only one percent of refugee applicants.

But Obama doesn’t care what the FBI and National Intelligence Director James Clapper think. Obama promised an additional 10,000 refugees, and he’s going to deliver them, San Bernardino and Orlando notwithstanding.

Instead of stubbornly pressing ahead, ignoring sound, expert advice, and rejecting Americans’ preference for security over a self-serving political agenda, Obama might want to look toward Japan. In 2015, Japan rejected 99 percent of the 7,586 asylum applications, and accepted only 27 refugees. Among them were six Afghanis, three Syrians, three Ethiopians and three Sri Lankans. The 2015 refugee total represented a significant increase over 2014 when Japan admitted only 11 asylees from the 5,000 applicants.

Japan has so few applicants because asylum seekers know that the nation historically accepts only a tiny percentage of refugees, and that their efforts would be better directed toward the U.S. and Western Europe which have higher approval rates.

Noteworthy: Japan’s last terrorist attack occurred in 1995, and was perpetrated by a crazed domestic cult, not foreign-refugees, who used the deadly nerve gas sarin gas to kill 13 people and injure more than 6,000.

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Choosing Planned Parenthood Over Zika



In blocking Senate vote, Democrats turn their
back on threat posed by mosquito-borne virus


 
LIFEZETTE — When Democrats blocked a vote Tuesday on funding efforts to fight the Zika virus, they chose protecting Planned Parenthood over the prospect of babies born with grisly birth defects.

That is the only reasonable conclusion from the 52-48 largely party-line vote in the Senate to block the $1.1 billion spending measure. Only one Democrat, Indiana’s Joe Donnelly, voted with most Republicans to shut off debate, far from the 60 needed.

Democrats raised a laundry list of objections, ranging from a provision to allow Confederate flags on Department of Veterans Affair property to a measure allowing pesticide spraying near water sources. But Planned Parenthood appears to have been the sacred cow Democrats could not slaughter. The nation’s largest abortion provider urged Democrats to kill the Zika funding because it was partially paid for by reducing funding for birth control providers.

Dana Singiser, vice president of public policy and government affairs for Planned Parenthood Federation, called the measure a “political stunt” and said it would hurt women and children.

“We need a real response that empowers women and stops the Zika virus from inflicting suffering on families in America and across the globe,” she said in a statement.

Planned Parenthood barked the order, and the Democrats marched.

Sen. Roy Blunt called the Democrats’ move “reprehensible” and said it would have real-world health consequences.

“This is a real public health emergency; not an opportunity to score political points,” he said in a statement.

MORE U.S. BABIES WITH ZIKA-RELATED BIRTH DEFECTS REPORTED BY HEALTH AGENCY — REUTERS

THE D.C. MONUMENT FULL OF ZIKA MOSQUITOES — DAILY BEAST

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Cafe Told to Remove ‘God Bless America’ Banner

FOX NEWS — Whenever folks in Penfield, New York get a hankering for pancakes for lunch – they head over to the 5 Mile Café.

The family-owned restaurant is known in those parts for serving breakfast any time of the day (order their homemade corned beef hash).

They are also known for their patriotism.

“We are very patriotic here at the café – all year round –not just this time of year,” owner Jennifer Aquino told me. “We have American flags and patriotic things around the café.”

So Jennifer decided to ask the town for a permit so she could post a “God Bless America” banner on the front of her restaurant. She wanted to display the banner from Memorial Day through Independence Day.

There was just one significant problem.

WHY AMERICANS SHOULD CARE ABOUT ATTACKS ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN RUSSIA — DAILY SIGNAL

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N.Y. Daily News Columnist Gersh Kuntzman: ‘God Bless America’ Offends Everyone

WASHINGTON TIMES — A New York Daily News sports columnist called “God Bless America” a song that “offends everyone” and called the post 9/11 tradition of playing it at baseball games a fascist exercise honoring a god who doesn’t exist.

In a column titled “Major League Baseball must permanently retire ‘God Bless America,’ a song that offends everyone,” columnist Gersh Kuntzman denounced the practice of playing it during the seventh-inning at major-league and other parks along with “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and called the song itself silly.

He compared the patriotic ritual to a fascist rally, saying “Part of my outrage stems from ponderous Mussolini-esque introduction of the song, when fans are asked to rise, remove their caps and place them over their hearts.”

It also embodies “our worst things: self-righteousness, forced piety, earnest self-reverence, foam,” he claimed before launching into a several paragraph litany of everyone it supposedly offends. He cited a poll saying that people who dislike the song constitute only 84 percent of people who are “very liberal” and 21 percent of those who call themselves “very conservative.”

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Navy Commander Surrendered to Iran to Protect Obama’s Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON TIMES — The Navy commander in charge of a pair of patrol boats captured by Iranian forces in January opted to surrender rather than fight back, citing later fears that a confrontation could endanger the Obama administration’s efforts to lock in a deal with Tehran on its nuclear program.

In an interview with investigators looking into the January incident, the commander said he surrendered the vessels after calculating that his sailors would not be in danger because Iran “wants this nuke deal to go through.”

The interview was one of several stunning revelations in the often scathing 170-page report compiled by Navy investigators, chronicling the chain of events that led to the apprehension and detention of the 10 American sailors by the Iranian military after a pair of U.S. patrol boats drifted into the country’s sovereign waters in the Persian Gulf.

The incident, which played out as President Obama was preparing his State of the Union address, proved deeply embarrassing to the U.S. military and roiled diplomatic relations between Tehran and Washington as they were trying to implement key measures in the deal to curb Iran’s suspect nuclear programs.

Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, said Thursday that the mishandling of the incident resulted from “the accumulation of a number of small problems” created by the U.S. sailors who strayed into Iranian waters all the way up to the senior commanders who led the Navy squadron and task force under which the unit served.

U.S. SAILORS GAVE UP SENSITIVE PASSWORDS FOR MILITARY LAPTOPS, CELL PHONES TO IRANIANS — TOWNHALL

NAVY SAYS AMERICAN SAILORS BLABBED TO IRANIAN CAPTORS — NY POST

IRAN USED ‘INTIMIDATION TACTICS’ ON AMERICAN SAILORS — WFB

OBAMA ADMIN HIDING INFO ON $1.7B ‘RANSOM PAYMENT’ TO IRAN FROM CONGRESS — WFB

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Trial of 10 Minnesota Jihadis Returns Guilty Verdicts Ignored by Media

BREITBART — On June 3, one of the biggest trials of Muslim immigrants turned would-be jihadists in U.S. history ended with guilty verdicts for four and guilty pleas by six others, but the trial went practically unnoticed by the old media establishment, overshadowed by the terror attack in Orlando and other news.

This isn’t the first time that Muslims who were settled in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, area have gone back to Africa or the Middle East — or have tried to go there — to fight for one terrorist outfit or another. If there is one thing the trial highlighted is that Minnesota has a major terrorist problem among its Somali immigrant community. Suspected Muslim terrorists have been pouring out from the Twin Cities region for some time, and this trial of six more Minnesota Muslims who were accused of trying to join ISIS is just the latest example.

“They have spent a great deal of time over the past year trying to get to Syria to fight for ISIL,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said at a press conference in April when the charges were unsealed.

Originally ten local young Muslim men of Somali descent were hit with terror charges, but six of those charged pleaded guilty and waived a trail.

U.S. ACCEPTS RECORD NUMBER OF SYRIAN REFUGEES IN JUNE DESPITE TERRORIST SCREENING WORRIES — WASHINGTON TIMES

NEWT GINGRICH VIDEO: WE ARE AT WAR WITH RADICAL ISLAMISM — FPM

SHOULDN’T WE FIRST HELP THE CHRISTIAN VICTIMS OF MIDEAST GENOCIDE? — FPM

CRUZ GRILLS DHS’S JOHNSON ON SCRUBBING RADICAL ISLAM FROM INTELLIGENCE MATERIALS — TRUTH REVOLT

DHS SEC.: ‘NO IDEA’ ABOUT DELETED TERRORISM RECORDS AT DHS — DC

CIA DIRECTOR AFTER ISIS ISTANBUL MASSACRE: BREXIT MORE OF A THREAT THAN ISIS (VIDEO) — GWP

QUESTIONABLE CIRCUMSTANCES, DUBIOUS REPORTS, AND SPECIOUS REWARDS SURROUND THE SAN BERNARDINO TERROR ATTACK — CIS

BENGHAZI REPORT SHOWS BEN RHODES PUSHED FALSE VIDEO NARRATIVE AFTER ATTACK — DAILY SIGNAL

RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISTS TARGETING GUN-FREE MALLS — BEARING ARMS

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Hillary Must Come Clean About Huma Abedin

FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE — Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Affairs Department website contained a passage extolling jihad: “The Muslims are required to raise the banner of Jihad in order to make the Word of Allah supreme in this world…” (As published by The Middle East Media Research Institute) The Saudi government and some of its influential radical Islamic citizens and groups are pursuing the export of jihad in two ways. The first is through what has been referred to as “civilization jihad.” Saudi Arabia has spent billions of dollars in funding Sunni mosques, madrasas, and Sunni cultural centers all over the world, which spread the Saudis’ radical Islamic Wahhabi ideology. However, Saudi Arabia’s jihad also includes the support of terrorism. A cable released by WikiLeaks under then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s name stated: “Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide.”

The Muslim World League is an organization with ties to jihadist terrorist groups, including Hamas and al Qaeda. The Muslim World League was founded by members of the Saudi government. Abdullah Omar Naseef exemplifies the connection between the Saudi government and this terrorist-supporting organization. He served as Secretary-General of the Muslim World League from 1983 to 1993. He also served as Vice-President of the Kingdom’s Shura Council. In addition, he founded the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, which, according to former Assistant United States Attorney Andrew McCarthy, seeks to “grow an unassimilated, aggressive population of Islamic supremacists who will gradually but dramatically alter the character of the West,” and to “infiltrate Sharia principles in our law, our institutions, and our public policy.”

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Video Spoof’s ‘Pocahontas’ Warren

BREITBART — The Media Research Center pasted together a spoof of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) using an ad for the lineage site Ancestry.com as a play on Warren’s continually unsubstantiated claim that she is a descendant of Native Americans.

The spoof video that was released Tuesday uses an Ancestry.com ad with Warren’s face planted on the actress’s body as she talks about using the company’s DNA service to find out who she is and where she came from. “I couldn’t wait to get my pie chart,” the video continues.

The voice proclaims, “The most shocking result was that I’m 26 percent Native American, I had no idea. Just to know this is what I’m made of, this is where my ancestors came from. I absolutely want to know more about my Native American heritage. It’s opened up a whole new world for me.”

Warren’s 2012 senate race opponent Scott Brown challenged Warren’s Native American ancestry claim, calling for proof, but Warren failed to deliver it. CNN reported Monday Brown has renewed his request for proof, calling for Warren to take a DNA test. She has tried to pin her claims to family lore and a picture of her grandfather with “high cheekbones” like “the Indians did.”

After socialist darling Warren ranted about Trump in March, calling him a loser on Twitter, he shot back calling her “the Indian” during a press conference. In May, Trump called Warren “Pocahontas” as he accused her of likely doing the least among U.S. Senators and mocking her ancestry claim, “She said she was an Indian… because her cheek bones were high.”

Harvard appeared to have listed Warren as evidence of a diverse staff when she served there in the ‘90s. She listed herself as Native American in professional directories and as Cherokee for an entry in a Native American cookbook according to the Washington Post. The report also notes that while Warren claimed Cherokee and Delaware heritage, and Cherokee groups have called for documentation, she failed to produce it. The New England genealogical society could not find evidence of the native heritage.

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FBI Considered Alerts on Buyers of Multiple Guns, but Was Scrapped Over Legal Concerns

FOX NEWS — The Federal Bureau of Investigation considered creating an alert system seven years ago to tip off agents to multiple gun purchases like those made by the Orlando, Fla., nightclub gunman, but abandoned the idea over legal concerns, according to multiple officials.

Law enforcement officials who study mass shooters say that multiple firearm purchases can be a key indicator that a troubled individual is taking concrete steps toward violence, much like Orlando shooter Omar Mateen, who bought a handgun and a rifle in the days before he killed 49 people.

The Orlando attack has prompted calls for changes in surveillance and gun control laws, but it isn’t clear any of them would have flagged the gunman.

Separately, FBI and Justice Department officials are evaluating if it would be legal or practical to create an alert system to warn investigators when gun purchases are made by people who, like Mateen, were once investigated for terrorism, according to officials familiar with the discussions.

An internal FBI document and interviews with current and former law enforcement officials show that authorities debated the prospect of flagging buyers of multiple guns as far back as 2009 and 2010, when a series of high-profile mass shootings raised questions about better ways to track potential attackers.

CAPITULATION? SOURCES SAY SPEAKER RYAN TO HOLD GUN CONTROL VOTE NEXT WEEK — TOWNHALL

IS GUN OWNERSHIP FALLING IN THE US? — HOT AIR

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Chinese Statement Rejects Any Ruling Over South China Sea Dispute

STARS & STRIPES — YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — China has delivered a new statement rejecting any ruling by an international court over its actions in the South China Sea, potentially putting Beijing at odds with the United States and Asia-Pacific nations.

In a post on China’s Foreign Ministry website Thursday, Beijing argued that the Philippines’ case against it to the Permanent Court of Arbitration “breaches international law” because its disputes aren’t being resolved bilaterally.

A Philippine win on some of the 15 claims in the case, which will be ruled upon July 12, would bolster U.S. arguments that some of China’s actions, which include building up and militarizing artificial islands, have no standing under international law.

U.S. Navy ships and aircraft have repeatedly transited near the islands occupied by China, in areas which Washington considers part of the global commons under the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.

China has labeled such operations a violation of its sovereignty.

TAIWAN MISTAKENLY FIRES ‘CARRIER KILLER’ MISSILE TOWARD CHINA — ASIA TIMES

CHINA DOES NOT WANT TO DOMINATE ASIA, SAYS XI, BUT PRESIDENT WARNS IT WON’T SUCCUMB TO MILITARY THREATS — SCMP

CHINESE NATIONAL SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR EXPORTING MILITARY WEAPONS — WFB

CHEXIT: IS CHINA EXEMPT FROM DISINTEGRATING INTO COMPONENT NATIONS? — VDARE

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American Veteran News 07.01.16

VA PRIVATIZATION DEBATE TO HINGE ON COMING REPORT — S&S — WASHINGTON — The coming week could be a watershed moment in the volatile debate over privatizing more health care at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

A panel created by Congress to overhaul the VA is expected to release final recommendations July 6 that are two years in the making and will likely include the option of private care for the millions of veterans who now use the federal system of hospitals and clinics.

It will come amid controversial proposals to give all veterans a card to access private doctors and to turn the VA into a not-for-profit corporation. Those efforts to push the department toward privatized care caused near universal blowback from national veterans groups. Unionized VA employees were staging opposition rallies across the country due to fears over privatization in the lead-up to the commission’s VA report



VETERAN UNEMPLOYMENT AND THE RAND STUDY — MILCOM — The nonprofit RAND Corporation recently released the results of a 15-year study it conducted that looked at Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. The study covers multiple areas, and is summarized in the article titled “10 Things We Know For Sure About Modern Veterans.” One specific part of the study that will be examined here focuses on military transition, and veteran unemployment.

The study asked three main questions regarding veteran unemployment:

1. How widespread is veteran unemployment?

2. Why are so many veterans on unemployment?

3. Are tax credits for hiring veterans useful and cost-effective?



SHOULD VA VIOLATE CONSTITUTION TO DESTROY PHYSICIAN LED CARE? — DISABLED VETERANS — To solve the wait list problem, VA now proposes to trump state laws that prohibit nurses from treating patients without supervision of a physician. Do you agree?

I generally oppose any move by any federal agency to trump state laws when those laws focus on the policing powers that each state should be allowed under the Constitution.

But under former President Bill Clinton’s Executive Order on Federalism, agencies currently have an opportunity to run rough shod over the interests of each state so long as they coordinate with the state. But what does that mean exactly, and what if an agency decides to merely coordinate only with the group of state citizens who would benefit from the decision, as VA has done here? (view Petzel’s letter at bottom)

Normally, each state has the right to police its professionals including physicians and nurses. That is a Constitutional right. VA wants to take that right away when it comes to caring for veterans with VA.

Scary times.

Or was this whole thing manufactured from the beginning? Create the problem to then propose your own solution?



WWII VET SUES HAWAII FOR NOT ALLOWING HIS WIFE TO LIVE WITH HIM — S&S — FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — A 95-year-old World War II veteran of the famed Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team is suing the state of Hawaii for not allowing his wife to live with him in his nursing home.

Noboru Kawamoto and his 89-year-old wife, Elaine, filed suit Thursday in federal district court in Hawaii, naming Gov. David Ige and two other state agency heads as defendants.

The lawsuit argues that a Hawaii state law preventing their cohabitation due to Medicaid regulations is unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment, which guarantees equal protection.



AS HOMELESS VET GETS PLACE TO LIVE, COMMUTERS THANKED FOR HELPING OUT — S&S — The sign says it all.

A homeless Army veteran who used to collect donations from passing motorists now has a place to live, according to the sign at an entrance ramp underneath the Long Island Expressway in Queens, N.Y.

“I have been waiting for housing for 6 months! June 26th is now my ‘move in’ day,” the sign read.

Motorists passing the sign are assured of the veteran’s appreciation. “ I wouldn’t have made it without your help. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”



LAWS ENCOURAGE ALTERNATIVES TO PRISON FOR VETERANS WITH PTSD — FOX NEWS — RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Defenders of a former Army sergeant say he truly believed he was fighting the Taliban bomber who blew off his friend’s limbs when he emptied 24 rounds from his 9 mm handgun at police and firefighters who were responding to a fire in his apartment.

Psychologists testified that Joshua Eisenhauer returned from Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress that made him a paranoid, hyper-vigilant insomniac, and so delusional that he drew his weapon whenever anyone came to his door in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

They say untreated PTSD could scramble his mind beyond repair if he spends the rest of his sentence, up to 18 years, in Raleigh Central Prison.

“The only place where he belongs is one where he can get treatment for his PTSD,” said Eisenhauer’s father, Mark. “That was what caused all of this. This never should have happened in the first place.”



GI BILL RECIPIENTS AT ASHFORD U. RECEIVE TEMPORARY STAY OF BENEFITS — S&S — SAN ANTONIO — Thousands of student veterans attending Ashford University will temporarily avoid cuts to their GI Bill benefits, the school announced.

The Iowa Department of Education approved a 90-day delay of a decision to revoke the ability of the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay for tuition, books and housing for more than 5,000 student veterans and military dependents attending Ashford, according to a recent Facebook post by the school.

Students attending the online, for-profit school were in jeopardy of losing access to their benefits by July 1. The issue stemmed from Iowa announcing the termination of GI Bill payouts after the school decided it would close their campus in that state and move their operations to California, where it would need approval from state officials there.

Iowa granted the delay of withdrawal through Sept. 18, or until California makes a decision on their certification, according to an email from the VA sent to Ashford students and obtained by Stars and Stripes. The California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education will determine whether the institution is qualified for approval by July 8, June Iljana of the California Department of Veterans Affairs wrote in an email.



VA COMMISSION HEALTH CARE REPORT — CONTENTIOUS UNTIL THE END — MILITARY TIMES — The release of a report next week on the future of Veterans Affairs health care is not likely to end debate over what is the right mix of services provided to veterans by VA medical facilities or the private sector.

The Commission on Care is expected to release recommendations Wednesday that call for VA to strengthen its performing hospitals and clinics, shut its underutilized facilities and establish nationwide networks of private providers that veterans could use instead of going to VA.

But some panel members say the commission’s deliberation process has left them without a voice, charging that chairwoman Nancy Schlichting has quashed opposing views by refusing to call for a vote on the final report or allowing any supplements or addenda.



LAVISH FEATURES CUT FROM OVER-BUDGET DENVER VA HOSPITAL — AP — AURORA, Colo. — Imported Brazilian wood has been scratched from the budget-busting design for a veterans hospital under construction outside Denver, eliminated to save money.

A planned $10 million landscaping scheme has been slashed to $2 million, and subcontractors who find a way to reduce costs get to keep 30 percent of the savings, according to the Army Corps of Engineers, which took over management of the project after the cost nearly tripled.

Corps officials said Wednesday they’ve been looking for ways to save money since taking over construction management from the Veterans Affairs Department last year.

But Col. John Henderson, commander of the Corps’ Omaha, Nebraska, district — which includes Denver — said it’s too soon to know whether the builders can finish for less than the nearly $1.7 billion contract cost because some other expenses are rising.

“It would be creating a false expectation,” Henderson said while leading Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman and others on a tour of the suburban Aurora site. Coffman’s district includes the hospital.



CALIFORNIA WOMEN VETERANS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL ESTABLISHED TO SUPPORT WOMEN VETERANS — ORANGE COUNTY BREEZE — As our country celebrates its 240th year of independence, Americans remember our men and women who have served in the Armed Forces to protect and secure the very freedoms our founders sought in the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.

Women are now and have always been an important part of securing our freedoms. Two million women nationwide, and 170,000 women in California served in the Armed Forces. However, many do not identify as Veterans. For this reason and others, women are not inclined to access the state and federal Veterans benefits they earned at the same rates as their male counterparts.

According to a Veterans Affairs (VA) Women’s Health program overview, the VA has found that women Veterans underutilize VA care, largely due to a lack of knowledge about VA benefits and available services and their eligibility to them. Women also experience gaps in services as cited in a women Veteran study conducted by Disabled American Veterans (DAV), which found current reintegration services fail to embrace alternative family structures.



HOTLINE WORKERS LEAVE SUICIDAL VETERANS IN SILENCE — USA TODAY — An “under-performing workforce” is always an issue. But it’s especially problematic when the workers are helping veterans in crisis. More than a third of veterans calling the Department of Veterans Affairs’ suicide hotline aren’t getting through. Why? Some workers handle only a handful of calls per day and leave early, according to emails obtained by USA TODAY. Why does it matter? A 2010 calculation by the VA estimates that 22 veterans kill themselves each day. (The VA, which has not updated that estimate, says the hotline “rescues” 30 veterans from suicide each day.) Then again: Just four veterans were responsible for 5,619 calls in May, tying up phone lines with abusive and even vulgar comments.



‘AMERICAN SNIPER’ KILLER ARGUES FOR NEW TRIAL — COURTHOUSE NEWS — EASTLAND, Texas (CN) — An attorney for the ex-Marine convicted of killing “American Sniper” Chris Kyle and a friend in 2013, spent Thursday morning arguing for a new trial, but backed away from claims that Eddie Ray Routh suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

A Texas jury convicted Routh, 28, on February 25, 2015, for the murders of Kyle and Chad Littlefield. The two friends had been trying to help the troubled veteran with a therapeutic outing at an upscale shooting range before the day turned deadly.

Routh was sentenced to life in prison without parole and his attorney J. Warren St. John appealed the sentence.



CONSIDER VETERANS WHEN USING FIREWORKS — CALIFORNIANS — As Independence Day approaches, Phantom Fireworks would like to remind its customers, friends and all those who use consumer fireworks to be mindful that some veterans can be startled and upset by the noise of fireworks.

Chelsey Zoldan, M.S. Ed., a licensed clinical mental health counselor and special consultant to Phantom Fireworks, advises that there is a the potential for some veterans to be reminded of combat situations when they hear the loud sounds of gunfire and/or fireworks.

Combat veteran Henry Jiminez, on a broadcast news piece aired on KABB-TV in San Antonio, indicated that he found the unexpected blasts to be the worst. He said sometimes upon hearing unexpected fireworks blasts, he drops down and puts his hands over his head. Ms. Zoldan indicated that the startle of the unexpected fireworks booms can cause some veterans increased anxiety, which could be difficult and challenging to them.

Phanton Fireworks suggests that those who intend to shoot consumer fireworks should contact their neighbors to let them know what they plan so those combat veterans who might be affected have the opportunity to avoid the unintended consequences.



HEALING AMERICA’S HEROES: PROSTHETIC ALTERNATIVES ALLOW MOBILITY, INDEPENDENCE — FOX NEWS — Lounging by the pool or waking up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom aren’t what most able-bodied individuals would consider to be complicated tasks, but for bilateral amputees, the process of changing into their prostheses for these activities can be cumbersome. For injured soldiers— a record number reported major limb amputations in 2011— the transition back to civilian life also includes learning how to manage their new limbs.

Prior to the start of the conflict there wasn’t a large bilateral amputee population, and their level of care typically ended with an adaptable wheelchair, Dave Laufer, director of orthotic and prosthetic service at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, told FoxNews.com. But as more soldiers returned home with missing limbs, Laufer and his team were inundated with requests for something better than what was available.

“When you and I go home from work… you take your shoe off,” Dave Laufer, director of orthotic and prosthetic service at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, told FoxNews.com. “An amputee shoe is attached to his leg. When bilateral amputees take their shoes off they’re now sitting on a chair and they’re stuck.”



VA SAYS IT DID NOT COLLUDE WITH UNION IN OPPOSITION TO REFORMS — DAILY CALLER — The Department of Veterans Affairs countered claims that it has colluded with organized labor Thursday in opposition to those trying to reform the agency.

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) has held dozens of protests opposing lawmakers and critics who have sought to reform the agency, and the Cheyenne VA Medical Center in Wyoming sent out an email which appeared to promote an upcoming union protest July 6.

Veterans Affairs has been under increased scrutiny for systematic issues that left dozens of veterans dead.

“Once our union decided to do this I decided to let our community partners know,” Cheyenne VA Public Affairs Officer Samuel House told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “I am not colluding with anyone. I was just letting our community partners know.”

The Washington Free Beacon first reported Wednesday that House sent an email June 24 which seemed to promote the event. House notes the intent was merely to inform employees, partner organizations and community members so they wouldn’t be taken by surprise when the protests occurred. He adds the union re-sent the email to its members.



THE IMPORTANCE OF HONOR, ACCOUNTABILITY: LESSONS FROM A FORMER VIETNAM POW — TOWNHALL — Lee Ellis has a message to give the public: Honor and accountability are absolute necessities for any successful leader.

Lee Ellis is a former Vietnam POW, an award winning author and leadership consultant. Ellis has been awarded two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Valor device, the Purple Heart and the POW Medal for his service in the United States Air Force.

In his new book “Engage with Honor: Building a Culture of Courageous Accountability,” that releases this September, Ellis outlines his secrets to leadership success.

“This book addresses specific problems. One: The issue of honor and the issues of dishonor in today’s [society] …Two: The lack of accountability … When leaders do a bad job with their own accountability their people lack in accountability,” said Ellis.

Throughout the book, Ellis refers back to his experiences in the different camps overseas. Using different examples of leaders he worked with in the military and the pressures of retaining honor while in vulnerable situations.

“[Using POW examples] makes the point in a different way that can apply to today’s workplace,” said Ellis.

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Japanese Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Common Sense, & Against Coddling Islamic Terrorists!

Listen up, President Obama, Crooked Hillary, and the countless other liberal dim wits who refuse to take Islamic terrorism seriously!

Whilst you stick your bloated heads in the sand to avoid seeing the truth about the so-called “Religion of Peace,” there are nations in the world where the health and safety of the citizenry is more important than numb-minded apple polishing and denial when it comes to Allah and the gangsters of ISIS!

Specifically, as reported:

Japan’s Supreme Court has upheld the government’s blanket surveillance of the country’s Muslim community.

The court struck down the second appeal by Japanese Muslim plaintiffs against what they perceive as an unconstitutional invasion of their privacy and freedom of religion.

A 2010 leak of 114 police files revealed nationwide surveillance of Japanese Muslims. The files revealed that Muslim places of worship, halal restaurants and Islam-related organizations across the capital, Tokyo, were being monitored.

Within a few weeks of the leak, the data had been downloaded 10,000 times in 20 different countries from a file-sharing website.

A group of 17 Japanese Muslims, mostly from Middle Eastern and North African countries, decided to sue the Japanese government for infringing on their constitutional rights.

Mohamed Fujita, a native of Japan who converted to Islam over 20 years ago, is one of the 17 plaintiffs fighting the surveillance.

He told Al Jazeera: “They made us terrorist suspects, we never did anything wrong – on the contrary.”

The Supreme Court finally dismissed the case after two appeals on 31 May.

The plaintiffs were awarded ¥90 million ($880,000) as compensation due to violation of their privacy by the leak.

However, the presiding judges did not make a judgment on police profiling and surveillance tactics which a lower court had upheld as “necessary and inevitable” to guard against international terrorism.

“Necessary and inevitable” as contrasted to the patently stupid notion that “Islam has have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism,” and the equally absurd idea that Islamic violence can be overcome with “Love,” as postulated by Attorney General Lynch.

Hats off to the Japanese for making the well being of their people more important than offering PC platitudes to appease a global evil dedicated to murder and mayhem!

John W. Lillpop
Pine Grove, California

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Obama Armed Muslim Paris Terrorists With Guns From “Fast & Furious” Scandal AKA “Project Gun Runner”

JUDICIAL WATCH — One of the guns used in the November 13, 2015 Paris terrorist attacks came from Phoenix, Arizona where the Obama administration allowed criminals to buy thousands of weapons illegally in a deadly and futile “gun-walking” operation known as “Fast and Furious.”

A Report of Investigation (ROI) filed by a case agent in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) tracked the gun used in the Paris attacks to a Phoenix gun owner who sold it illegally, “off book,” Judicial Watch’s law enforcement sources confirm. Federal agents tracing the firearm also found the Phoenix gun owner to be in possession of an unregistered fully automatic weapon, according to law enforcement officials with firsthand knowledge of the investigation.

The investigative follow up of the Paris weapon consisted of tracking a paper trail using a 4473 form, which documents a gun’s ownership history by, among other things, using serial numbers. The Phoenix gun owner that the weapon was traced back to was found to have at least two federal firearms violations—for selling one weapon illegally and possessing an unregistered automatic—but no enforcement or prosecutorial action was taken against the individual. Instead, ATF leaders went out of their way to keep the information under the radar and ensure that the gun owner’s identity was “kept quiet,” according to law enforcement sources involved with the case. “Agents were told, in the process of taking the fully auto, not to anger the seller to prevent him from going public,” a veteran law enforcement official told Judicial Watch.

It’s not clear if the agency, which is responsible for cracking down on the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, did this because the individual was involved in the Fast and Furious gun-running scheme. An ATF spokesman, Corey Ray, at the agency’s Washington D.C. headquarters told Judicial Watch that “no firearms used in the Paris attacks have been traced” by the agency. When asked about the ROI report linking the weapon used in Paris to Phoenix, Ray said “I’m not familiar with the report you’re referencing.” Judicial Watch also tried contacting the Phoenix ATF office, but multiple calls were not returned.

The ATF ran the Fast and Furious experiment and actually allowed criminals, “straw purchasers,” working for Mexican drug cartels to buy weapons at federally licensed firearms dealers in Phoenix and allowed the guns to be “walked”—possessed without any knowledge of their whereabouts. The government lost track of most of the weapons and many have been used to murder hundreds of innocent people as well as a U.S. Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry, in Arizona. A mainstream newspaper reported that a Muslim terrorist who planned to murder attendees of a Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas last year bought a 9-millimeter pistol at a Phoenix gun shop that participated in the ATF’s Fast and Furious program despite drug and assault charges that should have raised red flags. Judicial Watch has thoroughly investigated Fast and Furious and has sued the Obama administration for information about the once-secret operation.

OBAMA ADMIN TELLS FLORIDA AGENCIES TO DENY PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS ON ORLANDO ATTACK — DC

TOP DEMOCRAT: OBAMA ADMIN’S PRO-IRAN EFFORTS COULD FUEL TERRORISM — WFB

MORE AMERICANS BELIEVE U.S. LOSING FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM — WE

RAMADAN BOMBATHON — POLIZETTE

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The Roots of Hillary’s Infatuation With War

THE NATIONAL INTEREST — IN THE early 1970s, Hillary Clinton was a familiar face in the left-liberal milieu she had cast her lot with: a volunteer for the Yale Law School watchdog committee to monitor fairness in the trial of the Black Panther leader Bobby Seale; a worker for Marian Wright Edelman’s Washington Research Project (the precursor of the Children’s Defense Fund); a member of the legal staff of the Nixon impeachment inquiry. In one cause, however, she was mostly absent and unaccounted for: the protest against the Vietnam War. A friend of the Clintons, Greg Craig, told the New York Times reporter Mark Landler that while others in their circle were “heavily involved” in antiwar activism, “I don’t remember Hillary having much to do with that.” Clinton gave two pages to the war in her memoir Living History. She sympathized there with the burden of responsibility borne by President Johnson for “a war he’d inherited,” which turned out to be “a tragic mistake.” Johnson is her focus: the man of power who rode a tiger he could not dismount. On a second reading, “mistake” may seem too light a word to characterize a war that destroyed an agrarian culture forever and killed between one and three million Vietnamese. “Mistake” is also the word that Hillary Clinton has favored in answering questions about her vote for the Iraq War.

Like every Democrat who has run for president since 1960, Clinton sometimes talks as if she wished foreign policy would go away. A president’s most important responsibility, she agrees, is to strengthen the bonds of neighborhood and community at home, to assure a decent livelihood for working Americans and an efficient system of benefits for all. Yet her four years as secretary of state—chronicled in a second volume of memoirs, Hard Choices—have licensed her to speak with the authority of a veteran in the world of nations. War and diplomacy, as that book aimed to show, have become an invaluable adjunct to her skill set. Clinton would want us to count as well a third tool besides war and diplomacy. She calls it (after a coinage by Joseph Nye) “smart power.” Smart power, for her, denotes a kind of pressure that may augment the force of arms and the persuasive work of diplomacy. It draws on the network of civil society, NGOs, projects for democracy promotion and managed operations of social media, by which the United States over the past quarter of a century has sought to weaken the authority of designated enemies and to increase leverage on presumptive or potential friends.

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