Justice Department drops case against arms trader who ‘sold weapons to Libyan rebels’ after he threatened to expose Clinton’s role in arming extremists
“WHEW – that was a close one!”
An arms dealer who allegedly sold weapons to rebels in Libya has walked free after the Obama administration dropped charges amid claims the White House was worried about the trial showing Hillary Clinton in a negative light.
Federal prosecutors had faced a deadline of today to turn over discovery documents to Marc Turi’s legal team after he had been charged with selling weapons to Libyan rebels. A trial was scheduled for November 8, the same day as the Presidential Election.
But late on Tuesday, the Obama administration dropped the case.
‘I am glad this horrific five-year ordeal is over and I am pleased to be able to move on with my life,’ Mr Turi told Fox News. ‘The American public has the right to know that an injustice was committed against an innocent American.’
Critics say the deal will avert a trial which could have cast more scrutiny on Hillary Clinton’s private emails as Secretary of State and would have shed an uncomfortable amount of light on the CIA’s attempts to fund rebels who fought Colonel Gaddafi. ~ (Continue to original article)
When it comes to the Obama administration’s refugee program, America’s borders are basically wide open. We begin with an excerpt from The Washington Times, which notes: “Leon Rodriguez, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said a ‘significant’ number of refugees have been implicated in terrorist plots over the past eight years but that the rejection of some 7 percent of Syrian applications proves his officers can spot danger signs.”
While our country has long prided itself on being a “melting pot” by welcoming people from other countries and assimilating them into our society, there are some areas that need to be addressed within our current immigration system. Many Americans may not know precisely how large, dangerous, and costly our immigration problem has become.
First of all, we have laws regarding immigrants—how they are to be selected, what they must do to qualify as immigrants and eventually as citizens, and exact procedures for coming into the U.S. Unfortunately, many of these laws are being broken or blatantly ignored. Why are those breaking the law not punished and why are those in positions of authority ignoring the enforcement of these laws? Continue reading →
Yesterday was interesting enough when it was reported that in a vote of 97-1 (the only rebel being one-eyed Harry Reid), the Senate voted to override President Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA).
It was expected that the House of Representatives would take up the issues next week. It only took one day for them to overwhelmingly override Obama’s Veto of Bill Allowing Terror Victims to Sue Foreign Governments – the first such rebuke to Himz-elf since he took office. The House voted 348-77 to overturn Buckwheat’s Friday veto of the bill. Families of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have long sought the right to sue Saudi Arabia for any alleged role in the attacks, which the kingdom has denied.
The White House has warned that the U.S. could ultimately end up facing lawsuits in foreign courts, putting American service members at legal risk, should the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act take effect – a view shared by many legal experts.
OK – now you understand the groundwork, which led to the following conversation between Granny and myself… Continue reading →
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has not been asked to detail her positions on a variety of immigration-related issues. The following questions raise some of the issues researchers in the immigration field would like to know more about in order to provide better analysis of the candidate’s position. Continue reading →
Senior Justice Department officials objected to sending a plane loaded with cash to Tehran at the same time that Iran released four imprisoned Americans, but their objections were overruled by the State Department, according to people familiar with the discussions.
On the day the Americans were freed in January, President Barack Obama announced the U.S. would pay $1.7 billion to Iran to settle a failed arms deal dating back to 1979. What wasn’t disclosed at the time was that the first payment would be $400 million in cash, flown in as the prisoners were released, as The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
The timing and manner of the payment raised alarms at the Justice Department, according to those familiar with the discussions. (Read Complete Story)
Hillary Clinton is taking a sledgehammer to Medicare. In a move calculated to fire up the extreme left wing of the Democratic Party, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pledges to open Medicare to people 55 to 64, and make a “public option” insurance plan for all ages. The 65-and-overs are already having a hard time finding a doctor willing to accept Medicare’s stingy payments. Clinton’s proposals will suddenly invite in millions more patients competing for the same doctors. Seniors, brace yourselves for long waits to see a doctor.
Medicare is stretched so thin to meet the needs of today’s seniors that expanding enrollment is like inviting the neighborhood for dinner when you don’t have enough to feed your own kids. Continue reading →
~ Forewords ~ The Feds shouldn’t own or control ANY LAND other than that set forth in the Constitution. As I understand things – Those first PILGRIMS left England for America in order to OWN THEIR OWN PROPERTY and not be subject to the King, Those we have allowed to sit in office have tossed that concept into the FEDERAL OWNERSHIP DUMPSTER, making America Citizens once again living on the King’s property… ~ Granny
The newly approved Republican platform expands the party’s support for turning over federal lands to the states creating a new flashpoint in the presidential campaign.
The call for sweeping land transfers comes largely from Republicans in Oregon and other western states with huge tracts of federal forests and grasslands. They have long argued that the federal government is a poor land manager that puts too many restrictions on logging, ranching and mining. Continue reading →
Whether the following line-up of headlines and related columns are in the proper order or not – no longer makes a difference. The entire godammed government is out of order. As I stated to a colleague earlier this evening, “…along with the unfolding of the Hillary story and the Supreme Court decision this past week – pretty well hammers the final nail in the coffin that was America.”
Have a ‘happy’ Independence Day. Jeffrey Bennett, Publisher
Loose cannon Bill keeps blundering when he’s trying to help Hillary
His apparently spur-of-the moment decision to chat this week with Attorney General Loretta Lynch even as her agency is overseeing a sensitive investigation of his wife’s use of a private email server as secretary of state was only the latest in a series of loose-cannon episodes… (Continue to full article)
Did Bill Clinton unconsciously trip his wife on the road to the White House?
Nothing unconscious about it…. (Continue to full article)
Judicial Watch Asks Justice Inspector General to Investigate Loretta Lynch-Bill Clinton Meeting
Maybe Bill is going after older women these days… (Continue to full article)
Hillary Clinton Scheduled To Meet With FBI On Saturday
That explains the urgency of Bill’s tarmac sprint… (Continue to full article)
Is Loretta Lynch REALLY stepping out of Clinton server probe after secret meeting with Bill?
First she says she is – but then she hedges by saying she ‘fully expects’ to accept FBI verdict on indicting Hillary What Bill-shit!!! (Continue to full article)
Lynch to Remove Herself From Decision Over Clinton Emails
While this *sounds* good – I don’t trust any of them to do what they SHOULD do. The corruption that fills the air in every corner of this OCCUPATION FORCE ‘government’ prevents TRUTH and ETHICS from surviving. It is going to take every prayer warrior there is to push back the EVIL we have allowed to take hold… (Continue to full article)
What Went Down On The Tarmac?
What the hell was Bill Clinton thinking in springing a “spontaneous” visit with Attorney General Loretta Lynch at the Phoenix airport? He’s way too smart to know that the visit wouldn’t be explosive if revealed. There is reporting out this afternoon from The Observer that Clinton delayed his departure from Phoenix so that he could meet Lynch, and that he caught Lynch by surprise… (Continue to full article)
Bill Clinton’s Loretta Lynch Meeting Part of his ‘Soft Intimidation’ Campaign To Neutralize Threats
Retired U.S. Secret Service officer Gary Byrne told Breitbart News exclusively that former President Bill Clinton’s secret meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch was a form of “soft intimidation” he became all too familiar with when he used to stand guard outside Clinton’s Oval Office. “I know all too well how the Clintons use intimidation – it was often soft intimidation, and other times not so soft – to get their way,”… (Continue to full article)
Feds ask for 27-month delay in release of Clinton staff emails
The Obama administration on Thursday asked a federal court to delay until October 2018 the release of 14,000 pages of emails from aides to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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Clinton looks set to be cleared of breaking secrecy laws ‘It was just announced – by sources – that no charges will be brought against Crooked Hillary Clinton. Like I said, the system is totally rigged.’ ~ Donald Trump (Continue to full article)
REVEALED – FBI Ordered Reporters to Do THIS During Secret Clinton-Lynch Meeting
When Lynch and the former president were meeting on her jet, FBI and Secret Service on the scene requested, on behalf of the pair, the media be shut out and not allowed to video or photograph any part of the meeting… (Continue to full article)
Steve Vaus ~ We Must Take America Back
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NOTE: Thanks to our friend, John Slagles for this one. ~ J.B.
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.” Continue reading →
You are now entering the Administration’s SPIN ZONE
The lesson from the last 20 years of immigration policy is that lawlessness breeds more lawlessness. Once a people or a government decides to normalize one form of lawbreaking, other forms of lawlessness will follow until finally the rule of law itself is in profound jeopardy. Today, we have a constitutional crisis on our hands. President Obama has decided that because Congress has not granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens living in the U.S., he will do so himself. Let us ponder for a moment just how shameless this assertion of power is. Continue reading →
DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 03: Homeless U.S. military veterans stand in line for free services at a “Stand Down” event hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs on November 3, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. A week ahead of Veterans Day, more than 500 homeless veterans were expected to attend the event, where they received free medical care, winter clothing, employment assistance and were able to see a judge to resolve legal issues. Organizers say the homeless veterans population has surged in recent years with the high national unemployment rate. Stand Down is a military term that means a temporary stop of offensive military action. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
A report released by the Veteran Affairs Office of the Inspector General Wednesday showed that the Central Alabama VA Health Care System kept veterans waiting an average of 109 days for outside medical consultations, leaders were aware of this and the issues went unaddressed. Continue reading →
How long will this country remain free? Probably only as long as the American people value their freedom enough to defend it. But how many people today can stop looking at their electronic devices long enough to even think about such things?
Meanwhile, attempts to shut down people whose free speech interferes with other people’s political agendas go on, with remarkably little notice, much less outrage. The Internal Revenue Service’s targeting the tax-exempt status of conservative groups is just one of these attempts to fight political battles by shutting up the opposition, rather than answering them. Continue reading →
How Menendez ‘conspired’ to import rich donor’s babes
They are the models who could bring down a senator.
Sen. Robert Menendez mobilized his staff to secure a visa for a Brazilian actress who posed nude on the cover of Sexy magazine; he stepped up for a sultry Ukrainian student who wanted a plastic-surgery consult; and he directd a staff member to “call Ambassador asap” in order to reverse a visa denial to a 22-year-old Dominican model.
The young women were all paramours of Dr. Salomon Melgen, 60, a married eye doctor and one of Menendez’s biggest donors, prosecutors charge.
The New Jersey Democrat’s efforts on behalf of Melgen’s lovers came to light in a 68-page indictment against the two men unsealed this month. Continue reading →
“To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to make mandatory and permanent requirements relating to use of an electronic employment eligibility verification system, and for other purposes.” (Emphasis mine)
If you want to understand the current state of American politics and why the oligarchy always seems to have an advantage, allow me to make a Civil War comparison: The right is the Confederacy, and the left is the Union. Just as the Confederacy nearly won the Civil War with strategic geniuses like Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, the left nearly lost the Civil War due to the strategic incompetence of generals like George McClellan and Ambrose Burnside. Even when McClellan had the Confederacy’s battle plans at Antietam, he still failed to win the battle and wasted the lives of thousands of soldiers. The opposite was true of the Confederacy – even when Stonewall Jackson was outnumbered 60,000 to 17,000, his troops still won the Valley Campaign due to his strategic prowess, gaining 46 miles of ground in 48 days. Continue reading →
House GOP leaders formally blocked a pair of immigration measures from getting a vote on a critical defense policy bill early Wednesday, dealing another blow to the prospects of legislation to rewrite the immigration system this year.
The Republican-led House Rules Committee, which hews closely to the wishes of leadership, declined to include legislation written by Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) — giving a path to green cards for immigrants who came here as children if they serve in the military – among the amendments that will get a vote on the National Defense Authorization Act. Continue reading →
It appears that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder would like to change the subject from “stock market’s rigged” by our own U.S. stock exchanges and U.S. banks as asserted by bestselling author Michael Lewis on 60 Minutes on March 30 to a different subject involving “tax evasion” by Swiss and other foreign banks.
In a clear sign that the Department of Justice and Holder plan to launch a public relations offensive with a trail of crumbs leading away from U.S. banks, yesterday the DOJ released a video of Holder asserting that no bank is too big to jail. That comes on the heels in the past few days of multiple media outlets reporting that Holder may be close to a guilty plea and more than a $1 billion fine against the large Swiss bank, Credit Suisse, over facilitating tax evasion by Americans.
That Holder might be willing to hold foreign banks to a higher standard of “justice” than U.S. banks has apparently entered the mind of Switzerland’s Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf. According to Bloomberg News, Widmer-Schlumpf traveled to the U.S. last week and met with Holder to ensure that Swiss banks are going to receive even-handed treatment by the Justice Department.
More than a few global finance ministers, along with Wall Street On Parade, have noticed that when it comes to meting out justice, as in the case of the Libor interest-rate rigging prosecutions, for example, the long arm of the law seems to lose its grip when it comes to Wall Street banks. Thus far, the Justice Department has yet to prosecute a U.S. bank over Libor, despite email evidence of serious wrongdoing. It has, however, charged multiple foreign banks. (Continue to original article)
No, no, no – this is not about the alleged “racist” comments that the media is accusing Cliven Bundy of having made. That story has been proven false.
What you are about to read – and I suspect that few of our readers will – because it takes time commitment – is this report issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) just weeks before Agents of the Federal Government moved in on the Bundy Ranch.
Oh Harry – you and your minions must be having one BIG laugh over all of this. Just remember – we’re watching – and are ready to ACT!
Our thanks to Lawrence Miller for having taken the time and put forth the effort to find this timely report and send it to the Federal Observer for publication.
Saw thousands of peoples’ refunds seized to recoup overpayments from more than a decade ago
“Oh WE of course knew nothing about it. We didn’t know what we signed onto with that last Bill that no one could read until we passed it. But we are so grateful that we could come clean for these poor people who were dealt with so unfairly.” (SHEESH – Harry looks P.O.’d)
The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago. Continue reading →
2 Reviews Clear F.B.I. Agent Who Killed Man Tied to Boston Suspects
Remember ‘Ruby Ridge’?
The F.B.I. agent who fatally shot a Chechen man in May during an interrogation about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in an Orlando apartment has been cleared of wrongdoing by a prosecutor in Florida and by the F.B.I.’s internal review of the shooting, according to law enforcement officials.
A review by the Justice Department, which is nearly complete, is expected to conclude that the agent followed the department’s guidelines on the use of force when he killed the Chechen, Ibragim Todashev, according to the officials. Continue reading →
Full disclosure: I think Dana Rohrabacher is one of the greatest representatives sitting in the Congress. I have felt this way since Dana transitioned from one of the key speech writers for Ronald Reagan into elective office. Dana is honest, conservative and truly one of the most decent people in the House. He has been a consistent voice of true conservative principles, and one of our most articulate champions. On a personal note, Dana was one of the few politicians willing to stand by me during my national scandal, and he did it publicly. This is not a man who backs down to what’s trending. He is usually several years ahead of the trends.
Let’s hope that’s the case, as Dana’s latest public proclamation is one that millions of us have been thinking for years – that John McCain and his Senatorial buddy Lindsey Graham are hardly appropriate Congressional spokesmen for the cause of liberty. Continue reading →
One of only two political appointees at the IRS, a generous Democrat donor, at the IRS is relying on purported memory failure to evade testifying on embarrassing and potentially incriminating activities related to the targeting of Tea Party groups. Eliana Johnson of NRO writes:
The latest official called to testify before [House Oversight] committee investigators is an important one: IRS chief counsel William Wilkins. Wilkins is one of just two political appointees at the IRS, a generous donor to Democratic candidates and causes, and once represented Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ. Evidence of his involvement in the targeting would spell trouble for the White House and bring renewed focus to a scandal that has largely receded from public consciousness. (snip) Continue reading →
Executive Order — Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change
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PREPARING THE UNITED STATES FOR THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to prepare the Nation for the impacts of climate change by undertaking actions to enhance climate preparedness and resilience, it is hereby ordered as follows: Continue reading →
Glitch Watch: President Obama says he’s glad the shutdown is over. He may soon wish it were back, since there’s now nothing to distract attention from the cataclysmic ObamaCare meltdown — and who’s to blame for it.
If Obama and his fellow Democrats hoped that the startup “glitches” would soon fade from view as technicians patched up the federal exchange, they were badly mistaken. Since its launch, ObamaCare’s problems have only mounted.
Tech experts are now saying that the federal exchange site — which covers 36 states —may be hopelessly flawed. USA Today reports that the government apparently used 10-year-old technology to build it, and quotes experts saying that it will need a complete overhaul before it works properly. Continue reading →
In the words of Al Jolson, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”
Matter of months until Washington hits ‘reset’ on spending, debt limit
Worn out by the latest round of fiscal fights from Washington? Buckle up: The next ones aren’t far off.
The deal announced by Senate leaders Wednesday funds federal agencies only through Jan. 15. And the country’s borrowing power is extended until just Feb. 7, though with special maneuvering analysts at Citi estimating that power could run until March. So it’ll be a matter of months until Congress and the White House are back at loggerheads over the twin issues that have bedeviled political players and spooked markets.
Will the next round be any prettier than this one? Not if past is prologue. A 16-day-long government shutdown and the willingness to flirt with Treasury’s debt-limit date demonstrate that lawmakers aren’t just capable of not meeting deadlines; they can and will blow past them.
Once the new deal gets through, “we can come back some time in December, January and February and do this all over again,” said Brian Gardner, Washington analyst with Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. Another shutdown in January is “entirely possible,” he says.
There’s another deadline that matters: Dec. 13. That’s the date by which a negotiating committee is due to report on broader budget issues — such as if and how the so-called “sequester” cuts would be replaced with other savings. Continue reading →
Stalemate summit brings no progress on government shutdown as Democrats and Republicans are STILL miles apart after meeting with Obama Obama ‘reiterated one more time tonight he will not negotiate,’ Boehner told reporters nearly 90 minutes after the meeting began… (Read Full Story)
‘You should be concerned’: Obama warns world markets there is no guarantee US will avoid defaulting on its debts Chief executives from major financial institutions met President Barack Obama yesterday over the first budget impasse for 17 years. (Read Full Story)
Obama Just Played His Big ‘Trump Card’ On The Debt Ceiling He would remind seniors that if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling, seniors wouldn’t get their Social Security checks. (Read Full Story)
‘Why would we want to do that?’: Harry Reid dismisses funding children’s cancer research separately from the rest of government
The U.S. Senate’s leading Democrat got into a tussle with a CNN reporter who asked him, ‘If you can help one child, why won’t you do it?’ (Read Full Story)
Less than 1% of visitors are signing up for Obamacare on state health exchange websites
California’s health insurance exchange converted an estimated 0.58 per cent of its online visitors into customers on Wednesday. Connecticut fared marginally better, with 0.59 per cent. (Read Full Story)
Lady Gaga, Pharrell and Amy Poehler lead celebrities on Twitter to urge people to join Obamacare All from people who will never be required to sign on the dotted line for ‘zer leeder“… (Read Full Story)
Shutdown ‘seriously damages’ national and international security services as the majority of intelligence-gathering agents have been furloughed Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a Senate committee last night that about 70 per cent of intelligence workers had been placed on unpaid leave. (Read Full Story)
Obama Goes Directly After Boehner, And Says He’s The ‘Only Thing That Is Keeping The Government Shut Down’ “The only thing that is keeping the government shut down is that Speaker John Boehner won’t even let the bill get a yes or no vote because he doesn’t want to anger the extremists in his party.” (Read Full Story)
Hundreds of thousands will go without pay as federal government loses funding for the first time in 17 years, following Republicans’ last-ditch effort to arrange a budget compromise with Senate Democrats
At midnight the federal government entered a new fiscal year without a checkbook
The Obama administration’s Office of Management and Budget has told federal agencies to ‘execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations’
Republicans offered three stepwise concessions while the White House said it wouldn’t negotiate and the Senate Majority Leader refused to sit down with the GOP, saying they had ‘lost their mind’
House leaders in the GOP aimed for both parties to appoint ‘conferees’ – negotiators – who could try to find common ground with the Senate
Debate over the federal budget had turned into a game of ping-pong as the Senate killed each new version as soon as the House approved it
Democrats blamed the GOP for holding back on government funding unless changes were made to Obamacare
President Obama and House Speaker Boehner broke the communications blackout Monday night with a brief phone call, but it was for nought Continue reading →
~ Forewords ~ Readers are well aware of my position on Cruz running for President. I have been on this matter since he first ran for the Senate here in TX. I have emailed his office as well on my stand that due to his (CRUZ) not being a *Natural Born Citizen* (have never received a response or acknowledgement of that email).
NATURAL-BORN CITIZENS ARE THOSE WHO ARE CITIZENS OF THE U.S. FROM BIRTH AND WHOSE PARENTS ARE CITIZENS OF THE U.S. AT THE TIME OF THEIR BIRTH.
Ted Cruz’ father didn’t become a US citizen until 2005 and Cruz himself was born in Canada.
I have mentioned all that to Cruz’s office and told him flat out that he is no more eligible than Soetoro and for him to run for President in the face of those facts he proves himself to be a FRAUD just as Soetoro is.
I have urged him to not run for President but to become a GREAT STATESMAN. He stands (or at least SPEAKS) for all the things that those of us who are TRUE PATRIOTS stand for so he should be a leader of the cause but not tarnish his reputation by violating the requirements to run for or be President of these united States of America.
The argument put forth below that because he isn’t eligible to be President that he shouldn’t vote or fight for defunding makes no sense to me. Cruz is eligible (under the law) to be a senator and that gives him the right to vote to DEFUND bad programs.