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Saturday, July 02, 2016

File 17 is glimpse into still-secret 28 pages about 9/11


From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid the clamor a year ago to release 28 still-secret pages of a congressional inquiry into the Sept. 11 attacks, the government quietly declassified a little-known report listing more than three dozen people who piqued the interest of investigators probing possible Saudi connections to the hijackers.
The document, known as "File 17," offers clues to what might be in the missing pages of the bipartisan report about 9/11.
"Much of the information upon which File 17 was written was based on what's in the 28 pages," said former Democratic Sen. Bob Graham of Florida, co-chairman of the congressional inquiry. He believes the hijackers had an extensive Saudi support system while they were in the United States.
"File 17 said, 'Here are some additional unanswered questions and here is how we think the 9/11 Commission, the FBI and the CIA should go about finding the answers,'" Graham said.
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir denies any allegations of Saudi complicity, telling reporters in Washington earlier this month that there is "no there there."
Former President George W. Bush classified the 28-page chapter to protect intelligence sources and methods, although he also probably did not want to upset U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia, a close U.S. ally. Two years ago, under pressure from the families of those killed or injured on Sept. 11, and others, President Barack Obama ordered a declassification review of the 28 pages. It's unclear when all or some may be released.
The report by the two researchers, one of several commission documents the National Archives has reviewed and released, lists possible leads the commission could follow, the names of people who could be interviewed and documents the commission might want to request in looking deeper into the attacks.
File 17, first disclosed by 28pages.org, an advocacy website, names people the hijackers were in contact with in the United States before the attacks. Some were Saudi diplomats, raising questions about whether Saudi officials knew about the plot.
The 9/11 Commission's final report stated that it found "no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded" al-Qaida. "This conclusion does not exclude the likelihood that charities with significant Saudi government sponsorship diverted funds to al-Qaida," the report said.
Releasing the 28 pages might answer some questions, but the disclosure also could lead to more speculation about the key Saudi figures investigated by the U.S. after the attacks. A look at some of those named in the declassified report and what the 9/11 Commission concluded:
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FAHAD AL-THUMAIRY
An imam at the King Fahad Mosque in Culver City, California, al-Thumairy was suspected of helping two of the hijackers after they arrived in Los Angeles. He was an accredited diplomat at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Los Angeles from 1996 to 2003.
The 9/11 Commission said al-Thumairy reportedly led an extremist faction at the mosque. He has denied promoting jihad and told U.S. investigators that he never helped the hijackers.
The commission said al-Thumairy met at the consulate with Omar al-Bayoumi, a Saudi national, in February 2000 just before al-Bayoumi met the two hijackers at a restaurant. Al-Thumairy denied knowing al-Bayoumi even though the two talked on the phone numerous times as early as 1998, including more than 11 calls between Dec. 3-20, 2000. Al-Bayoumi told investigators those conversations were about religious matters.
The 9/11 Commission said that despite the circumstantial evidence, "We have not found evidence that al-Thumairy provided assistance to the two operatives."
A CIA document dated March 19, 2004, said Khallad bin Attash, an al-Qaida operative and suspected planner of the USS Cole bombing in Yemen in October 2000, was in Los Angeles for two weeks in June 2000 and was seen in the company of "Los Angeles-based Sunni extremists (redacted section) Fahad al-Thumairy."
On May 6, 2003, al-Thumairy tried to return to the U.S. from Saudi Arabia, but was refused entry on suspicion he might be connected with terrorist activity.
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OMAR AL-BAYOUMI
A Saudi national who helped the two hijackers in California. Al-Bayoumi told investigators that he and another man drove to Los Angeles from San Diego so that he could address a visa issue and collect papers at the Saudi consulate. Afterward they went to the restaurant in Culver City where he heard the two hijackers speaking in what he recognized to be Gulf Arabic and struck up a conversation with them.
The hijackers told him they didn't like Los Angeles, and al-Bayoumi invited them to move to San Diego. He helped them find and lease an apartment.
The congressional researchers' report said: "Al-Bayoumi has extensive ties to the Saudi government and many in the local Muslim community in San Diego believed that he was a Saudi intelligence officer."
The 9/11 Commission said al-Bayoumi was officially employed by Ercan, a subsidiary of a contractor for the Saudi Civil Aviation Administration. The commission also said that a fellow employee described al-Bayoumi as a "ghost employee," noting that he was one of many Saudis on the payroll who was not required to work.
He left the United States in August 2001, weeks before the Sept. 11 attacks.
The 9/11 Commission said it did not "know whether the lunch encounter occurred by chance or by design." The commission said its investigators who spoke with him and studied his background found him to be an "unlikely candidate for clandestine involvement" with Islamic extremists.
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OSAMA BASSNAN
A close associate of al-Bayoumi who was in frequent contact with the hijackers and lived in an apartment complex across the street from them in San Diego. Bassnan vocally supported Osama bin Laden.
The staffers' found that Bassnan, a former employee of the Saudi government's educational mission in Washington, received considerable funding from Princess Haifa al-Faisal, wife of Prince Bandar bin Sultan, former intelligence chief in Saudi Arabia and the kingdom's U.S. ambassador from 1983 to 2005. The money was supposedly for Bassnan's wife's medical treatments, and the 9/11 Commission said there was no evidence the money was redirected toward terrorism.
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MOHDHAR ABDULLAH
The staffers' report said Abdullah translated for the two hijackers and helped them open bank accounts and contact flight schools. Interviewed many times by the FBI, Abdullah said he knew of the two hijackers' extremist views but said he did not know what they were planning.
The 9/11 Commission said: "During a post 9/11 search of his possessions, the FBI found a notebook (belonging to someone else) with references to planes falling from the sky, mass killing and hijacking. Further, when detained as a material witness following the 9/11 attacks, Abdullah expressed hatred for the U.S. government and stated that the U.S. brought 'this' on themselves."
The commission also learned of reports that Abdullah bragged to other inmates at a California prison in the fall of 2003 that he knew the hijackers were planning an attack — reports the commission nor the FBI were not able to verify.
He was deported to Yemen in May 2004 after the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of California declined to prosecute him on charges arriving out alleged comments made in prison.
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Elie Wiesel passes away at 87

Notable Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, who authored memoirs like Night, has died at 87 years of age. He'll be very missed.
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Another Victory For Islam, "Moderate Muslims" Cheering Along With Their Usual Deafening Silence

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"Moderate Muslims" Offended By "Fuck ISIS" and By "ISIS Hunting Permit"

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Now this is a First Lady We can Get Behind...

Trump's wife posing with gun...Thong and Boots..



And of course...the usual wussie response from the LEFT...



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It's Rama-Lama-Ding-Dong, and Dearborn's On FIRE

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Apostates refused service at Wegmans bakery – fear of invoking offense led to discrimination, says Ex-Muslims of North America


From Ex-Muslims of North America:
Wegmans, a chain of 89 grocery stores, refused to bake and decorate a cake for a private celebration for those who have left the faith of Islam. 
The request included a picture of the Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA) name and logo, with a caption of “Congratulations on 3 years!”, but was refused by an associate from the Fairfax branch of the popular chain, stating that the request was “offensive”. 
EXMNA representatives called Wegmans bakery to clarify, and were refused again, with no explanation on why the logo, name, and caption was considered offensive. After conferring with management, the Wegman’s employee stated that her boss(es) would not change their stance on the issue. 
The associate further added that – the store had Muslim workers, “my employees may not know what this stands for, Ex-Muslims of North America, and I don’t have enough time and people to educate them on what it is,” and although they were not sure if the employees would be offended, they “can’t put them in that situation”. 
“I’m shocked by the denial,” said Muhammad Syed, the president of EXMNA. “There is nothing about our name or logo that can be considered offensive to any reasonable individual. There are some, however, who take our very existence as an affront to their faith, and to them I have only this to say: We have every right to exist and be proud of who we are, and we won’t back down.”
Turn this story around and imagine the cake was for an organization called, "Ex-Christians of America." Do you think there would be any objection from Wegman's about that?
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Swedish Government Has a New Strategy for Stopping The Rape of Swedish Girls: "Don't Touch Me!" Wristbands


Swedish government has a new strategy for stopping rapists from wholesale rape and molestation of Swedish girls
The press release announced that police intend to equip young women with wristbands with the slogan “don’t touch me”. This will happen over the summer, at festivals and other events for young people. “By wearing these wristbands,” Sweden’s police chief said, “young women will be able to make a stand”.  
 It is unclear how effective the wristbands, which read “don’t touch me” in Swedish, will be in preventing attacks, as the majority of sex attack perpetrators are thought to be recent migrants who are unlikely to be able to read them.
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Scarlet Woman - Weather Report, The Legendary Live Tapes

Cinematic, opulent, humid, foreboding.

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Badia/Boogie Woogie Waltz - Weather Report, The Legedary Live Tapes

Fucking stellar version I had not previously heard. Listen to Jaco kick it into high-gear. OMFG!

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Three Views of a Secret - from Weather Report, The Legendary Live Tapes

This is a brilliant version I had never heard before, stripped down in the first verse melody intro, and then exploding into the bridge.

Wow!

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Bret Baier: FBI Agents Are ‘Livid’ About Private Clinton/Lynch Meeting

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ISIS-Linked Account Warns of Terror Attacks in Heathrow, LAX and JFK Airports Over July 4th Weekend


The Daily Mail reported:
A pro-ISIS twitter account has threatened attacks at London Heathrow, LAX and New York’s JFK airports over the July 4 holiday weekend. 
The account said that attacks would be carried out on planes ‘flying from Heathrow [Airport] to the US’ and warned that ‘there will be a device placed in either Heathrow, LAX or JFK airports.’ T 
he threat was revealed by SITE Intelligence Group – the world’s leading non-governmental counterterrorism organization – on its website. 
The group is directed by founder Rita Katz, who has tracked and analyzed global terrorism and jihadi networks for nearly two decades. She is well-recognized as one of the most knowledgeable and reliable experts in the field and has received special recognition from FBI Director Robert Mueller for her ‘outstanding assistance to the FBI in connection with its investigative efforts.’
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Shocking Polls Show What U.S. Muslims Think of U.S. Laws


From Andrew Bostom at PJM:

As July 4 approaches, new polling data reveal non-Muslim Americans are increasingly cognizant of the threat Sharia -- Islam’s totalitarian religio-political “law” -- poses to their basic liberties. Overwhelmingly, they reject its encroachment in the United States.
But polling data also reveal that an ominous, growing proportion of American Muslims wish to impose Sharia on America.
Opinion Savvy polled a random sample of 803 registered voters -- 98.2% non-Muslim, and 1.8% Muslim (with age, race, gender, political affiliation, and regionpropensity score-weighted to reduce biases) -- from June 19 to June 20, 2016. They asked:
Do you believe that the United States government should screen, or actively identify individuals entering the United States who support Sharia law?
Seventy-one percent affirmed:
Yes, supporters of Sharia should be identified before they are admitted into the US.
The group answering “yes” was then asked:
Once identified, do you believe that individuals who support the practice of Sharia law should be admitted into the United States?
Eighty percent responded:
 No, supporters of Sharia should not be admitted into the US.
The next query, which addressed only foreign visitors, elicited an even more emphatic demand for fidelity to bedrock First Amendment principles. It asked:
Do you believe that the United States government should require all foreign individuals entering the United States to affirm that they will uphold the principles of the constitution, such as freedom of religion and speech, above all personal ideologies for the duration of their stay in the country?
Seventy-eight percent insisted:
Yes, visitors to the US should be required to agree to uphold the constitution, regardless of their personal ideology, as a condition of their visit.
The unblinkered assessment of Sharia validates its broadly shared rejection by non-Muslim Americans, but also illustrates how increased U.S. Muslim Sharia support represents a dangerous trend.
The Sharia, Islam’s canon law, is traceable to Koranic verses and edicts (45:18, 42:13, 42:21, 5:48; 4:34, 5:33-34, 5:38, 8:12-14; 9:5, 9:29, 24:2-4), as further elaborated in the “hadith” -- the traditions of Islam’s prophet Muhammad and the earliest Muslim community -- and codified into formal “legal” rulings by Islam’s greatest classical legists. Sharia is a retrogressive development compared with the evolution of clear distinctions between “ritual, the law, moral doctrine, good customs in society, etc.,” within Western European Christendom.
Sharia is utterly incompatible with the conceptions of human rights enshrined in the U.S. Bill of Rights
Here are some liberty-crushing, dehumanizing Sharia sanctions: open-endedjihadism to subjugate the world to a totalitarian Islamic order; rejection of bedrock Western liberties -- including freedom of conscience and speech -- enforced by imprisonment, beating, or death; discriminatory relegation of non-Muslims to outcast, vulnerable pariahs, and even Muslim women to subservient chattel; and barbaric punishments which violate human dignity such as amputation for theft, stoning to death for adultery, and lashing for alcohol consumption.
Compounding these fundamental freedom and dignity-abrogating iniquities, “matters of procedure” under Islamic law are antithetical to Western conceptions of the rule of law. “Evidentiary proof” is non-existent by Western legal standards, and the Sharia doctrine of siyasa (“government” or “administration”), grants wide latitude to the ruling elites -- rendering permissible arbitrary threats, beatings, and imprisonments of defendants to extract “confessions,” particularly from “dubious” suspects. Clearly, Sharia “standards” are intellectually and morally inferior to the antithetical concepts which underpin Western law.
From October 22 to October 26, 2012, Wenzel Strategies polled 600 U.S. Muslims of high socio-economic status. They were asked:
Do you believe that criticism of Islam or Muhammad should be permitted under the Constitution’s First Amendment?
Regarding this most fundamental U.S. right, 58% replied “no”. Only 42% affirmed this most basic manifestation of freedom of speech, i.e., to criticize religious or any other dogma.
Indeed, oblivious to U.S. constitutional law as opposed to Islam’s Sharia, a largely concordant 45% of respondents agreed with the following:
[T]hose who criticize or parody Islam in the U.S. should face criminal charges.
Only 38% did not; 17% were “unsure.”
Moreover, fully 12% of this Muslim sample even admitted they believed in application of the draconian, Sharia-based punishment for the non-existent crime of “blasphemy” in the U.S. code, answering affirmatively that:
Americans who criticize or parody Islam should be put to death.
In June of 2015, data from a survey of another 600 U.S. Muslims conducted by the respected political pollster Kellyanne Conway revealed:
51% … agreed that Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to Sharia.
 Perhaps most frightening, 25% of those polled agreed:
[V]iolence against Americans here in the United States is justifiedas a part of the global jihad.
Why is Sharia supremacism -- which is diametrically opposed to U.S. Constitutional law -- so alarmingly prevalent among U.S. Muslims? The inescapable conclusion, validated in Senate Judiciary Committee testimony this week by Department of Homeland Security whistleblower Philip Haney, is that mainstream institutional Islam within the U.S. inculcates this liberty-crushing mentality.
Haney’s presentation mentioned in passing the mainstream Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America, (AMJA). Well-accepted by the broader American Muslim community, the Islamic scholars affiliated with AMJA have attained influential positions in universities, Islamic centers, and mosques throughout the United States. AMJA scholars train American imams. They issue online “fatwas” -- Islamic Sharia rulings -- to guide individual Muslims. Should the mainstream AMJAaccomplish its unabashed goal of implementing Sharia in North America, the organization has already issued a ruling which sanctions the killing of non-Muslim “blasphemers.”
Donald Trump’s rational call for a moratorium on Muslim immigration, especially from hotbeds of violent Sharia supremacism, must be viewed gimlet-eyed bearing in mind irrefragable data capturing U.S. (herehere) and global Muslim attitudes, as well as the behavior of mainstream, institutional American Islam.
Forty years ago, Husayn al-Quwatli -- director general of Dar al-Ifta, the center of spiritual authority for the Sunni community of Lebanon, and author of the treatiseIslam, the State, and Secularism (1975) -- candidly elucidated the Muslim Sharia supremacist mindset which perhaps best validates Trump’s moratorium:
The position of Islam is very clear on one point, namely that the true Muslim cannot take a disinterested position vis-à-vis the state. As a result, his position with regard to ruler and rule cannot be an indecisive one which is content with half solutions.
Either the ruler is Muslim and the rule Islamic, then he will be content with the state and support it, or the ruler non-Muslim and the rule non-Islamic, then he rejects it, opposes it, and works to abolish it, gently or forcibly, openly or secretly.
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Friday, July 01, 2016

Depraved alien culture

The New Yorker on modern Pakistan:
In 2013, for instance, a group of men murdered two teen-age girls and their mother after a video was posted online that showed the pair dancing in the rain. Such acts of extreme physical violence are more prevalent in Pakistan’s rural, conservative regions, but even in Karachi, a relatively progressive city, they are not unknown: in April, a man cut his sister’s throat in public after he saw her speaking on a mobile phone.
That's the Pakistani conservative-progressive spectrum. The cons kill girls for dancing in the rain and the progs almost behead girls for talking on the phone.

Here is an enlightening video of Dr. Zakir Naik who explains to us the prohibition of music and dancing in Islam.

(Originally posted at Isaac Schrödinger.)

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'EU WANTS AN EMPIRE' Brussels hope to expand its influence as far as ASIA and AFRICA


From The Express:
The latest EU foreign policy document, titled Global Strategy, calls for an extended reach into new spheres as distant as the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. 
It also outlined "gradual synchronisation and mutual adaptation" between different member states' individual defence strategies. 
Ukip’s defence spokesman Mike Hookem said: “The EU wants its own Empire as former Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso made clear when he was in charge. 
"This global strategy by the EU is yet another reason why last Thursday's result was a lucky escape for the UK.” 
The latest plans, which reveal how the EU wants autonomy in defence and security matters, were outlined by foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. 
The Brussels document said: "European security and defence efforts should enable the EU to act autonomously while also contributing to and undertaking action in co-operation with NATO. " 
Member States need the technological and industrial means to acquire and sustain those capabilities which underpin their ability to act autonomously." 
It added: "Gradual synchronisation and mutual adaption of national defence planning cycles and capability development practice can enhance strategic convergence between Member States."
I read this article and I'm sitting here thinking, "Europe?!!? Thinks they're going to extend to China and Africa? WTF? They can't even take care of the Muslims at their own borders."
Then an Anonymous commenter left this:
Army policy translation: wants it's own army which can (and will) be used against any member state tries to misstep.
UPDATE -

GatesofVIenna: Juncker to EU Member States: We Don’t Need Your Consent!

33 minute Vimeo video: Betrayed - Evolution of EU Deceptions eliminating British sovreignty Six treaties involved ...such as
1986 under Thatcher - eliminated National veto for many areas of national interest.

1992 Maastricht Treaty under PM John Major introduce the European Defense Force (aka Army) British citizens became European citizens
British counties were negated by 12 EU governmental regions directly answering to Brussels. 
Under Blair the treaty of Nice introduced Europol - EU wide police force - eliminated habeus corpus and the right to a jury trial. Introduction of the European arrest warrant...could be issued without evidence 
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John Kerry, and the US Government Attempting To Collude With David Cameron To "Walk Back" BREXIT


The US Government and the British Government are actively attempting to thwart the Will of the People.

From the Guardian:
The US secretary of state has raised doubts about whether Brexit will ever happen, suggesting most leave campaigners do not truly believe in Britain’s divorce from the EU and do not know how to achieve it. 
Claiming there were a number of ways in which Thursday’s vote could be “walked back”, John Kerry, who visited Downing Street on Monday, said David Cameron was loth to invoke article 50, the EU exit procedure. 
He said the British prime minister felt powerless to “start negotiating a thing that he doesn’t believe in” and “has no idea how he would do it”. 
Apparently referring to Boris Johnson, one of the frontrunners to replace Cameron, Kerry added: “And by the way, nor do most of the people who voted to do it.” 
Cameron was worried that Britain would be forced out of the EU at the end of the two-year negotiating period without a trade deal, Kerry told Aspen Ideas festival on Tuesday. 
Asked if this meant the Brexit decision could be “walked back” and if so how, Kerry said: “I think there are a number of ways. I don’t, as secretary of state, want to throw them out today. I think that would be a mistake. But there are a number of ways.”
He says it would be inappropriate to discuss it, but the line of thought evidenced by the words he is speaking betrays the fact that he is in England to discuss exactly that; how to thwart the will of the British people.

We need to throw off these chains. These people John Kerry, David Cameron, Barack Obama, and their ilk, need to be thrown in the dustbin of history.

Their removals should be historic in scope and method.
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Report: FBI Told Reporters “No Photos, No Pictures, No Cell Phones” of Bill Clinton-AG Loretta Lynch Meeting



Alright, I ignored this story UNTIL this report.

I figured it was just the "Conservative" media attempting to make hay our out of waves of the hand.

But telling reporters they are not allowed to take photos is a kind of admission of guilt. Where there's smoke there's fire:
“The former president steps into her plane. They then speak for 30 minutes privately. The FBI there on the tarmac instructing everybody around ‘no photos, no pictures, no cell phones.’” 
Since when is it against the law to take photos of public officials? 
First of all, it isn’t the FBI’s job to tell journalists or private citizens they can’t take photographs of a former president and the Attorney General. 
What were the agents going to do, arrest people for taking a picture or video? Also, if there was nothing wrong with the meeting and it was totally innocent, why were federal agents instructed to demand no one take a picture? 
Finally, let’s stop focusing on the fact that this meeting was inappropriate because Clinton’s wife is under investigation by Lynch’s Justice Department. I mean, that’s bad, but it’s actually letting Lynch and Clinton off the hook a bit. 
By focusing on the appearance of conflict because Hillary Clinton is being investigated, we are willfully overlooking the very real conflict in the fact that Clinton himself is under investigation, as the Grand Poo-bah at the Clinton Foundation.
I have a question, and this might betray my ignorance: WHY WOULD THE FBI BE THERE AT ALL? Does the FBI follow ex-Presidents around to protect them? Not to my knowledge. Does the FBI go wherever the Attorney General goes? Not to my knowledge. So why were they there unless there was FBI business taking place there ... on a tarmac ... at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

There was no reason for the FBI to be there if this was just a chance meeting. There was no reason for the FBI to be there, unless there was some official FBI business going on.

MEANWHILE:

AG Lynch Says She Will Accept FBI Recommendations on Hillary Clinton Email Case

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Report: FBI Told Reporters “No Photos, No Pictures, No Cell Phones” of Bill Clinton-AG Loretta Lynch Meeting



Alright, I ignored this story UNTIL this report.

I figured it was just the "Conservative" media attempting to make hay our out of waves of the hand.

But telling reporters they are not allowed to take photos is a kind of admission of guilt. Where there's smoke there's fire:
“The former president steps into her plane. They then speak for 30 minutes privately. The FBI there on the tarmac instructing everybody around ‘no photos, no pictures, no cell phones.’” 
Since when is it against the law to take photos of public officials? 
First of all, it isn’t the FBI’s job to tell journalists or private citizens they can’t take photographs of a former president and the Attorney General. 
What were the agents going to do, arrest people for taking a picture or video? Also, if there was nothing wrong with the meeting and it was totally innocent, why were federal agents instructed to demand no one take a picture? 
Finally, let’s stop focusing on the fact that this meeting was inappropriate because Clinton’s wife is under investigation by Lynch’s Justice Department. I mean, that’s bad, but it’s actually letting Lynch and Clinton off the hook a bit. 
By focusing on the appearance of conflict because Hillary Clinton is being investigated, we are willfully overlooking the very real conflict in the fact that Clinton himself is under investigation, as the Grand Poo-bah at the Clinton Foundation.
I have a question, and this might betray my ignorance: WHY WOULD THE FBI BE THERE AT ALL? Does the FBI follow ex-Presidents around to protect them? Not to my knowledge. Does the FBI go wherever the Attorney General goes? Not to my knowledge. So why were they there unless there was FBI business taking place there ... on a tarmac ... at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

There was no reason for the FBI to be there if this was just a chance meeting. There was no reason for the FBI to be there, unless there was some official FBI business going on.
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FBI Can Spy on Journalist Phone Calls/Emails With Little Oversight and No Warrant Required

In the last 2 weeks missing passage by one vote, INCLUDING the assent of Sen Ted Cruz, the govt almost gave the FBI the right to view YOUR browser history without a court ordered warrant.

Of what use is the Constitution under the onslaught of 2 of the 3 branches of govt when they exhibit little desire to enforce it, and in fact see it as an impediment to the expedience of today’s policy?

matthewaid:
July 1, 2016
Secret Rules Make It Pretty Easy for the FBI to Spy on Journalists
Cora Currier
The Intercept
June 30, 2016
Secret FBI rules allow agents to obtain journalists’ phone records with approval from two internal officials — far less oversight than under normal judicial procedures.
The classified rules, obtained by The Intercept and dating from 2013, govern the FBI’s use of National Security Letters, which allow the bureau to obtain information about journalists’ calls without going to a judge or informing the news organization being targeted. They have previously been released only in heavily redacted form.
Media advocates said the documents show that the FBI imposes few constraints on itself when it bypasses the requirement to go to court and obtain subpoenas or search warrants before accessing journalists’ information.
The rules stipulate that obtaining a journalist’s records with a National Security Letter (or NSL) requires the sign-off of the FBI’s general counsel and the executive assistant director of the bureau’s National Security Branch, in addition to the regular chain of approval. Generally speaking, there are a variety of FBI officials, including the agents in charge of field offices, who can sign off that an NSL is “relevant” to a national security investigation.
There is an extra step under the rules if the NSL targets a journalist in order “to identify confidential news media sources.” In that case, the general counsel and the executive assistant director must first consult with the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s National Security Division.
But if the NSL is trying to identify a leaker by targeting the records of the potential source, and not the journalist, the Justice Department doesn’t need to be involved.
The guidelines also specify that the extra oversight layers do not apply if the journalist is believed to be a spy or is part of a news organization “associated with a foreign intelligence service” or “otherwise acting on behalf of a foreign power.” Unless, again, the purpose is to identify a leak, in which case, the general counsel and executive assistant director must approve the request.
“These supposed rules are incredibly weak and almost nonexistent — as long as they have that second sign-off they’re basically good to go,” said Trevor Timm, executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, which has sued the Justice Department for the release of these rules. “The FBI is entirely able to go after journalists and with only one extra hoop they have to jump through.”

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A spokesperson for the FBI, Christopher Allen, declined to comment on the rules or say if they had been changed since 2013, except to say that they are “very clear” that “the FBI cannot predicate investigative activity solely on the exercise of First Amendment rights.”
The Obama administration has come under criticism for bringing a record number of leak prosecutions, and aggressively targeting journalists in the process. In 2013, after it came out that the Justice Department had secretly seized records from phone lines at the Associated Press and surveilled Fox News reporter James Rosen, then-Attorney General Eric Holder tightened the rules for when prosecutors could go after journalists. The new policies emphasized that reporters would not be prosecuted for “newsgathering activities,” and that the government would “seek evidence from or involving the news media” as a “last resort” and an “extraordinary measure.” The FBI could not label reporters as co-conspirators in order to try to identify their sources — as had happened with Rosen — and it became more difficult to get journalists’ phone records without notifying the news organization first.
Yet these changes did not apply to NSLs. Those are governed by a separate set of rules, laid out in a classified annex to the FBI’s operating manual, known as the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide, or DIOG. The full version of that guide, including the classified annex, was last made public in redacted form in 2011.
The section of the annex on NSLs obtained by The Intercept dates from October 2013 and is marked “last updated October 2011.” It is classified as secret with an additional restriction against distribution to any non-U.S. citizens.
Emails from FBI lawyers in 2015, which were released earlier this year to the Freedom of the Press Foundation, reference an update to this portion of the DIOG, but it is not clear from the heavily redacted emails what changes were actually made.
In a January 2015 email to a number of FBI employee lists, James Baker, the general counsel of the FBI, attached the new attorney general’s policy and wrote that “with the increased focus on media issues,” the FBI and Justice Department would “continue to review the DIOG and other internal policy guides to determine if additional changes or requirements are necessary.”
“Please be mindful of these media issues,” he continued, and advised consulting with the general counsel’s office “prior to implementing any techniques targeting the media.” But the email also explicitly notes that the new guidelines do not apply to “national security tools.”
Allen, the FBI spokesperson, told The Intercept in an emailed statement that “the FBI periodically reviews and updates the DIOG as needed” and that “certainly the FBI’s DIOG remains consistent with all [Attorney General] Guidelines.”
Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, said that the “use of NSLs as a way around the protections in the guidelines is a serious concern for news organizations.”
Last week, the Reporters Committee filed a brief in support of the Freedom of the Press Foundation’s lawsuit for the FBI’s NSL rules and other documents on behalf of 37 news organizations including The Intercept’s publisher, First Look Media. (First Look also provides funding to both the Reporters Committee and the Freedom of the Press Foundation, and several Intercept staffers serve on the foundation’s board.)
Seeing the rules in their un-censored form, Timm, of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, said that the FBI should not have kept them classified.
“Redacting the fact that they need a little extra sign-off from supervisors doesn’t come close to protecting state secrets,” he said.
The FBI issues thousands of NSLs each year, including nearly 13,000 in 2015. Over the years, a series of Inspector General reports found significant problems with their use, yet the FBI is currently pushing to expand the types of information it can demand with an NSL. The scope of NSLs has long been limited to basic subscriber information and toll billing information — which number called which, when, and for how long — as well as some financial and banking records. But the FBI had made a habit of asking companies to hand over more revealing data on internet usage, which could include email header information (though not the subject lines or content of emails) and browsing history. The 2013 NSL rules for the media only mention telephone toll records.
Another controversial aspect of NSLs is that they come with a gag order preventing companies from disclosing even the fact that they’ve received one. Court challenges and legislative changes have loosened that restriction a bit, allowing companies to disclose how many NSLs they receive, in broad ranges, and in a few cases, to describe the materials the FBI had demanded of them in more detail. Earlier this month, Yahoo became the first company to release three NSLs it had received in recent years.
It’s unclear how often the FBI has used NSLs to get journalists’ records. Barton Gellman, of the Washington Post, has said that he was told his phone records had been obtained via an NSL.
The FBI could also potentially demand journalists’ information through an application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (or FISA court), which, like NSLs, would also not be covered by the Justice Department policy. The rules for that process are still obscure. The emails about revisions to the FBI guidelines reference a “FISA portion,” but most of the discussion is redacted.
For Brown, of the Reporters Committee, the disclosure of the rules “only confirms that we need information about the actual frequency and context of NSL practice relating to newsgathering and journalists’ records to assess the effectiveness of the new guidelines.”
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125 Homes in Wauconda, Illinois Evacuated Because One Resident in Neighborhood Found To Have Explosives In His House

Probably a Born-Again Abortion Clinic Bomber 
Who Hates Transgender People
WAUCONDA, Ill. (WLS) — Wauconda police say they are evacuating an area around a house in the 400-block of Lakeshore Boulevard in Wauconda after receiving a tip that a man may have explosives in his home. 
Police say they have a suspect in custody and are evacuating the interior of a perimeter set up around the home to complete a search. Police say that the Waukegan Bomb Squad and Illinois State Police SWAT team are on site and will assist in the search of the home. 

 UPDATE:
Police have evacuated another 125 homes in the area. Wauconda police are alerting residents via Facebook that a resident near the 400 block of Lakeshore Boulevard may have explosives in his home and that others within the area should evacuate immediately.   
The suspect is already in custody and a search warrant of his home obtained. 
Wauconda officer Heather Cognac said about 125 homes lie within the evacuation area. Officers from Wauconda are making sure all these homes are empty before beginning the search of the suspect's home with assistance from the Waukegan bomb squad and Illinois State Police SWAT Team. 
The intersections being blocked off are those of Mill Street and Route 176, Lakeshore Boulevard and 176, Highland Avenue and Clearview Avenue, and Hill Street and Lakeshore.

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Camille Paglia: “Transgender Mania is a Symptom of Cultural Collapse”

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Blues Traveler
Full Concert Shoreline Amphitheater 1997



0:00:00 - Carolina Blues
0:05:09 - The Mountains Win Again
0:10:52 - Canadian Rose
0:16:02 - 100 Years
0:20:45 - Hook
0:25:53 - Yours
0:32:39 - But Anyway

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

So Mrs Epa and I went to the Donald Trump Rally in Bgr

The Cross Insurance Center was nearly full as we arrived and Howie Carr was speaking. Capacity 8,500, population of Bangor ~26,000

Empty seats were only below, behind and in the corners of the TV/Press stand which totally obscured views

Protestors - 8 in 3 groups who stood up, yelled (frankly in a good natured way), and were quickly escorted out to Trump stating we had the nicest protestors in the nation. We saw ONE group of 3-5 people outside with Hillary t shirts, laughing and pointing at themselves. TV showed some group (5-10) with the Trump/Racist/HATER meme.

Trump’s Stump - 90% of what he talked about was jobs and the economy, and trade. He was VERY effective rebutting the criticism of the Chamber of Commerce, ‘what,… are they against better trade deals for the US?’

He had a list of what he would do or trade which was relatively specific, INCLUDING the promise that if Mexico and Canada rejected renegotiating NAFTA, he would being the withdrawal process.
He had a list of acts on how to end Chinese currency manipulation, cyber thefts of intellectual property etc, and INSISTED that China was NOT engaged in free trade.

He stated over and over he had NOTHING against the Mexican or Chinese govt, but against OURS for being incompetent, corrupt or both.

He mentioned the WALL, ONCE about 85% of the way thru the talk.

He mentioned military power was there to be a deterrent/respected not to PUSH THE BUTTON.
He outined the commonality in his observations and Bernie’s

Other than that, his talk was about the American economy recovering through industries MAKING THINGS here. He returned to this over and over and over.

The crowd was WAAAAAAY younger than we expected.
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A gentle warning to ‘conservatives’ about perception

If you are perceived to have conducted yourselves so as to guarantee a Trump loss to HRC, and then think you will be able to conduct a campaign in 2020 to get rid of her, please consider this:
  • You will have DESTROYED what you conceive of as the Republican party
  • You will die with the label ‘DISCONNECTED ELITIST’ on your foreheads
  • You will be speaking among your erudite colleagues by the end of 2017, AND REALIZE the rest of the auditorium is dark because NO ONE IS THERE.
  • You will earn the PERMANENT exile of the American working middle class from ANY kind of conservatism
  • HRC will earn 2 terms against a totally and PERMANENTLY divided set of vestigial stump organizations all of whom despise each other MORE than the democrats.
  • A ‘Bernie’ will replace a disgusted and resigning John Roberts as Chief Justice of the USA and will be happy as he swears in an ‘Elizabeth Warren’ in 2025 after the Dems get 61 Senators in the 2024 elections.
  • PS, you will all be appearing at roundtables on the new web only FOXSTREAM-C channel, on Sunday morning at 2-3 AM, beginning in 2022
  • Once a month
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13-year old girl stabbed to death by Islamofascist while asleep

A terrorist infiltrated Kiryat Arba, and fatally stabbed a young dance student:
A Palestinian terrorist stabbed a 13-year old to death in her bedroom on Thursday morning after he infiltrated the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba, which is located next to Hebron.

“My daughter was sleeping calmly when he [the terrorist] came into her bedroom,” Hallal’s mother Rina told Army Radio. “She was happy,’ she added.

A Magen David Adom paramedic said that when he arrived at the scene the teenage girl, Hallel Yaffa Ariel, was unconscious and was not breathing. They were able to resuscitate her at the scene, but it was touch-and-go during the whole journey to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, as they continuously fought to keep her alive.

She was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival, without ever regaining consciousness.

After the attack, the IDF and one of the Prime Minister Office’s spokesman tweeted a photograph of her blood-stained bedroom.

Hallel had been a member of a dance troop and had performed in Jerusalem the night before. Her step-father, Amihai, is a cousin of Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, and runs a boutique winery. She will be buried in old Jewish cemetery in Hebron. The funeral procession will leave from Kiryat Arba at 6 p.m. The terrorist, Mohammad Tarairah, 17, breached the settlement’s fence and then entered the Ariel home that was located on a security road, near a yeshiva high school for boys.

The settlement’s security team responded to the incident. According to the IDF, the terrorist stabbed a member of that security team, before another member of the team shot and killed Tarairah.
Another absolutely repulsive incident. It's fortunate that the terrorist himself was gunned down, and contrary to what the Muslims are taught, he'll just go to hell and not find any virgins.

One of the monsters responsible for this incitement is MK Hanin Zoabi, who just recently incited against the IDF:
Incitement by MK Haneen Zoabi (Joint List) is to blame for the death of 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel, MKs on the Right posited Thursday.

“The blood of the 13-year-old girl murdered today is on Zoabi’s hands,” MK Nava Boker (Likud), a Deputy Knesset Speaker, said. “This is the result of the incitement she speaks from the Knesset’s stage.”

On Wednesday, Zoabi called IDF soldiers “murderers” during a speech in the Knesset, leading to a near-brawl in the plenum when several MKs from the coalition and opposition shouted at her and tried to rush the stage. Following the melee, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked Attorney-General Avihai Mandelblit to look into legal ways of removing Zoabi from the Knesset.

Boker said Zoabi “encourages terrorist attacks against Jews and the murder of children in their beds.

“Until we put an end to it and get rid of her in the Knesset once and for all, we will continue to see terrorist attacks like the one today,” the Likud MK added.
I'm afraid they'll continue until they show the courage to abolish Islam once and for all.
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Boris Johnson On Preserving British Identity

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DHS Whistleblower Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Committee




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"Moderate Muslim" Organization Spokesperson Grilled By Ted Cruz On The Question of Whether It is Wrong to Label Jihad "Jihad"

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Rassmussen: TRUMP TAKES LEAD, Trump 43%, Clinton 39%


From Rassmussen:
Thursday, June 30, 2016 
The tables have turned in this week’s White House Watch. After trailing Hillary Clinton by five points for the prior two weeks, 
Donald Trump has now taken a four-point lead. 
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds Trump with 43% of the vote, while Clinton earns 39%. 
Twelve percent (12%) still like another candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 
Last week at this time, it was Clinton 44%, Trump 39%.
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The House Benghazi report makes it completely clear that no one peddling the “spontaneous video protest” theory of the attack ever believed it, not for a single hour


The House Benghazi report makes it completely clear that no one peddling the “spontaneous video protest” theory of the attack ever believed it, not for a single hour
It was a piece of deliberate disinformation concocted in Washington...
Anyone else recall thinking how ODD the POTUS' denial to the UN sounded back in 2012?...
ff 0:48 @ Youtube clip of Obama addressing the UN General Assembly 9/25/2012 

"Now I have made it clear that the United States government had nothing to do with this video"
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Hillary provided the same ODD denial on 9/14/2012 :
Youtube clip, ff:0:17
We've seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video THAT WE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH..."
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Walid Shoebat also provided some additional curious details about the film-maker, Sam Bacile (aka Nakoula Basseley Nakoula)
- in an Arabic radio interview Nakoula was fixated on defending the Feds.
“Why do you defend the U.S. government continually?” The interviewer asked. “The U.S. has no link to this movie whatsoever,” Nakoula responded.
It was all part of the deal he made to cooperate with the Feds who arrested Nakoula on 9/27/2012 & ordered him to jail without bail....subsequently sentenced him to a year in federal prison and four years of supervised release.
(how convenient to coincide with the change of presidential administration)...but he's now reportedly residing in an LA homeless shelter & working PT @ pizza parlor. (wiki)
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Adding salt to the wound of dead Americans in Benghazi.. Obama apologized to the Islamists after the attack on the embassy.



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