Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Obama Responds To Tahmooressi Petition: Will NOT Demand Release

Story by: Truth and Action.org
 
The White House recently responded to the online petition to demand the release of U.S.M.C. Sgt. Tahmooressi, still sitting in a Mexican prison after 5 months and being completely ignored by his Commander In Chief.
 
As expected, Obama still refuses to do anything to help our Marine.
The U.S. State Department continues to provide extensive consular assistance to Mr. Tahmooressi, and will do so until his case is resolved. As in all cases when a U.S. citizen is arrested overseas, our goal is to see that Mr. Tahmooressi is treated fairly during the judicial process with the hope that he can receive the support, both emotional and medical, that he may require now and at the conclusion of the proceedings.
 
Mexico is one of the United States’ most important partners. We have close economic and cultural ties, and we work closely with them on numerous sensitive issues. While we will not go into detail about our private diplomatic discussions on this case, U.S.  
officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, have spoken to Mexican officials at the highest levels regarding Mr. Tahmooressi’s case. 
Mexican authorities have been very willing to engage on this issue. They have provided prompt and continued consular access and visitations. As a result, the State Department has been able to provide regular updates on Mr. Tahmooressi’s condition to his family, Members of Congress, and the press. 
We respect the rule of law and expect the judicial process of sovereign nations to protect other U.S. citizens who might find themselves in similar circumstances in the future. We will continue to monitor the case and work with the Mexican authorities as this case proceeds through the Mexican judicial system. We continue to urge the Mexican authorities to process this case expeditiously.
Of course this is all complete BS. Obama could simply demand the release of our Marine at any time. We gave Mexico $265 million in aid in 2013, and we can’t demand they help close the border and give us back our Marine?
 
“Private diplomatic discussions’? Of this I’m sure, Obama doesn’t want you to hear his private conversations where he tells his subordinates “We might do something about it next year.”
“We respect the rule of law” Uh, now is not the time to make jokes!
 
Sgt. Tahmooressi served his country honorably with 2 tours in Afghanistan and has been diagnosed with PTSD. He is now flat broke, having spent all his money on lawyers.
 
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MISSING LIBYAN JETLINERS RAISE FEARS OF SUICIDE AIRLINER ATTACKS ON 9/11

Story from: The Washington Free Beacon
 
by: Bill Gertz
 
Islamist militias in Libya took control of nearly a dozen commercial jetliners last month, and western intelligence agencies recently issued a warning that the jets could be used in terrorist attacks across North Africa.
 
Intelligence reports of the stolen jetliners were distributed within the U.S. government over the past two weeks and included a warning that one or more of the aircraft could be used in an attack later this month on the date marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against New York and Washington, said U.S. officials familiar with the reports.
 
“There are a number of commercial airliners in Libya that are missing,” said one official. “We found out on September 11 what can happen with hijacked planes.”
 
The official said the aircraft are a serious counterterrorism concern because reports of terrorist control over the Libyan airliners come three weeks before the 13th anniversary of 9/11 attacks and the second anniversary of the Libyan terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi.
Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the Benghazi attack, which the Obama administration initially said was the result of a spontaneous demonstration against an anti-Muslim video.
 
A senior State Department counterterrorism official declined to comment on reports of the stolen jetliners.
 
 A second State department official sought to downplay the reports. “We can’t confirm that,” he said.
Meanwhile, officials said Egyptian military forces appear to be preparing to intervene in Libya to prevent the country from becoming a failed state run by terrorists, many with ties to al Qaeda.
 
Libya remains an oil-rich state and if the country is taken over completely by Islamist extremists, U.S. counterterrorism officials believe it will become another terrorist safe haven in the region.
The officials said U.S. intelligence agencies have not confirmed the aircraft theft following the takeover of Tripoli International Airport in late August, and are attempting to locate all aircraft owned by two Libyan state-owned airline companies, as security in the country continued to deteriorate amid fighting between Islamists and anti-Islamist militias.
 
Video surfaced on Sunday showing armed fighters from the Islamist militia group Libyan Dawn partying inside a captured U.S. diplomatic compound in Tripoli. The footage showed one fighter diving into a pool from a second-story balcony at the facility.
 
Tripoli airport and at least seven aircraft were reported damaged during fighting that began in July. Photos of the airport in the aftermath showed a number of damaged aircraft. The airport has been closed since mid-July.
 
The state-owned Libyan Airlines fleet until this summer included 14 passenger and cargo jetliners, including seven Airbus 320s, one Airbus 330, two French ATR-42 turboprop aircraft, and four Bombardier CJR-900s. Libyan state-owned Afriqiyah Airways fleet is made up of 13 aircraft, including three Airbus 319s, seven Airbus 320s, two Airbus 330s, and one Airbus 340.
 
The aircraft were reportedly taken in late August following the takeover of Tripoli International Airport, located about 20 miles south of the capital, by Libyan Dawn.
 
Al Jazeera television reported in late August that western intelligence reports had warned of terror threats to the region from 11 stolen commercial jets.
 
In response, Tunisia stopped flights from other Libyan airports at Tripoli, Sirte, and Misrata over concerns that jets from those airports could be on suicide missions.
 
Egypt’s government also halted flights to and from Libya.
 
Military forces in North Africa, including those from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Egypt have been placed on heightened alert as a result of intelligence warning of the stolen aircraft.
 
Egyptian military jets reportedly have conducted strikes inside Libya against Libyan Dawn positions recently, and U.S. officials said there are signs a larger Egyptian military incursion is being planned.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi was quoted as denying Egyptian air strikes into Libya have taken place but suggested that military action is being considered.
 
Secretary of State John Kerry last week told his Egyptian counterpart that the United States would speed up the delivery of Apache attack helicopters, although it is not clear the Apaches would be used in any Libyan operations.
 
Egypt’s military-backed government appears to be seeking a more significant role in regional security after the Obama administration helped engineer the ouster of Libyan strongman Moammar Qaddafi in 2011. Since then, the Obama  administration, through its announced policy of “leading from behind,” has stood by while Libya gradually has spiraled into chaos.
 
The Libyan government announced Sunday that it no longer controlled the capital of Tripoli.
“We announce that the majority of the ministries, institutions, and associations in the capital Tripoli are no longer under its control,” a government statement said.
 
Libya’s parliament in August declared both Ansar al Sharia and Libyan Dawn as terrorist organizations working to overthrow the government.
 
Ansar al Sharia, which is based in Benghazi, recently publicized on social media that it has obtained large numbers of more sophisticated weapons, including SA-6 surface-to-air missiles, anti-aircraft guns, rocket-propelled grenades, shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, assault rifles, and armored vehicles. The group is closely aligned with al Qaeda-linked rebels in Syria.
 
Abderrahmane Mekkaoui, a Moroccan military expert, told Al Jazeera television, which first reported the airline theft Aug. 21, the alert regarding the stolen jetliners was preventive and covers the region from Cairo to Lagos Nigeria.
 
Mekkaoui said the jets being held by the Libyan group called Masked Men Brigade that was designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department in December.
 
The Masked Men Brigade is linked to al Qaeda and Ansar al Sharia—the group behind the Benghazi terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2012.
 
Until the Libya Dawn takeover of the airport, announced Aug. 24, two other militia groups, known as Al Qaqa and Al Sawa controlled the airport and all aircraft belonging to Libyan Airlines and Afriqiyah Airways.
 
Mekkaoui said “credible intelligence” reports given to states in the region indicated the Masked Men Brigade “is plotting to use the planes in attacks on a Maghreb state” on the 9/11 anniversary.
Counterterrorism expert Sebastian Gorka said that if the theft is confirmed, the stolen aircraft could be used in at least two ways.
 
“The first would be how commercial airliners were used on Sept. 11, 2001, literally turning an innocent mode of mass transit into a super-high precision guided missile of immense potency,” said Gorka, who holds the Maj. Gen. Charles Horner chair at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Va.
“The second tactic could be to use the airframe with its civilian markings as a tool of deception to insert a full payload of armed terrorists into a locale that otherwise is always open to commercial carriers,” he said.
 
Michael Rubin, a counterterrorism specialist with the American Enterprise Institute, said commercial jetliners in the hands of terrorists could be formidable weapons.
 
“Who needs ballistic missiles when you have passenger planes? Even empty, but loaded up with fuel they can be as devastating,” Rubin said.
 
“Each plane could, if deployed by terrorists to maximum devastating effect, represent 1,000 civilian casualties.”
Among the potential targets are urban areas and economic targets, like Saudi Arabia’s oil fields.
“Anyone who has ever flown over Saudi Arabia at night can see refineries like Yanbu lit up like Christmas trees against the blackness of the desert,” Rubin said. “One Saudi security officer once told me that they would only have about 90 seconds to shoot down a hijacked plane from the time it left international airspace to impact in one of the region’s most important refineries.”
 
Rubin said in 2003 a Boeing 727 went missing in Africa fueling concerns about a terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Karachi.
 
“What is striking is that more than a decade later, the United States hasn’t taken the need to safeguard what are effectively giant guided missiles seriously,” he said.
 
A former Libyan general, Khalifa Haftar, has been leading anti-Islamist forces. His group has access to Libyan air force MiG jets that have conducted strikes on Libyan Dawn positions in recent days. Haftar also has conducted military raids in Benghazi.
 
The United Nations Security Council on Aug. 27 announced plans for new sanctions on Libyan militias and terrorists. In a resolution the U.N. warned of the “growing presence of al Qaeda-linked terrorist groups and individuals operating in Libya.”
 
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Ebola becoming harder to treat —US experts •It is taking toll on Nigeria’s economy —OBJ

Story from: The Nigerian Tribune
 
by: Stephen Gbadamosi And Olayinka Olukoya, With Agency Reports 
 
AS countries across the world battle to contain the spreads of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the killer ailment appears to be devising means of circumventing efforts to stop it, researchers have said.
Experts claim that the virus is “rapidly and continually mutating, making it harder to diagnose and treat.”
 
This is just as former President Olusegun Obasanjo declared, on Saturday, that the index case, Patrick Sawyer, in a “devilish” connivance with some Liberian authorities, intentionally brought the disease to Nigeria.
 
He also noted that the disease, which he said had become a global problem, had been taking a toll on Nigeria’s economy, charging the Federal Government to partner the World Health Organization (WHO), European Union (EU) and government of America in containing the virus.
 
Sunday Tribune’s finding showed that result of a research by a team of American scientists indicates that the initial patients diagnosed with the virus in Sierra Leone revealed almost 400 genetic modifications, concluding that this could render current treatment ineffective and put vaccines that are being worked on for its cure in danger. 
 
According to reports, the team of researchers, under the Broad Institute in Massachusetts and Harvard University, analyzed more than 99 Ebola virus genomes which were collected from 78 patients diagnosed with the disease in Sierra Leona in the first 24 days of the current outbreak.
 
Dr Pardis Sabeti, a senior associate member at the Broad Institute and an associate professor at Harvard University, who was among leaders of the research, said “by making the data immediately available to the community, we hope to accelerate response efforts.
 
“Upon releasing our first batch of Ebola sequences in June, some of the world’s leading epidemic specialists contacted us, and many of them are now also actively working on the data. We were honored and encouraged. A spirit of international and multidisciplinary collaboration is needed to quickly shed light on the ongoing outbreak.”
 
According to Daily Mail, the researchers’ findings, “reported in the journal, Science, could have important implications for rapid field diagnostic tests. 
 
“The team found more than 300 genetic changes that make the 2014 Ebola virus genomes distinct from the viral genomes tied to previous Ebola outbreaks.
 
“They also found variations in the genome sequence indicating that, from the samples analysed, the outbreak started from a single introduction into humans, subsequently spreading from person to person over many months. 
“To accelerate response efforts, the research team released the full-length sequences on the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)’s DNA sequence database, in advance of publication. This means the data is available to the global scientific community.”
 
Sawyer intentionally infected Nigeria —OBJ

Former President Obasanjo, who accused the late Patrick Sawyer of conniving with some “devilish” Liberian authorities to import the deadly disease into the country, said this while answering questions at a programme tagged; “An Afternoon with Obasanjo,” organised by Inside Watch Africa magazine, at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Complex in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
He advised Nigerians to brace up by tackling the economic effects of the disease in the country’ urging them to be aggressive with precautionary measures against the disease, since there was no cure yet.
 
Obasanjo said that some Liberian authorities knew of the contagious and deadly illness in Sawyer and allowed him to visit Nigeria. 
 
“Ebola is taking economic toll. How do we handle people that are economically affected; not those that are dead or ill? The economic effect has started. How do we reduce, recoup the economic cost of Ebola on communities, nations and the West African region?
 
“When HIV came, they said don›t talk about it. Now, it is Ebola and Ebola is even talking about HIV. We should be doing whatever we can and that is being aggressive in taking precautionary measures to prevent it.
 
“So, it is devilish enough that Patrick Sawyer, in connivance with some authorities from his country, allowed the visit because they know he had it; and he came to Nigeria,” he said.
 
Appeal for world support

He added that he had met with presidents of Liberia, Ghana and Sierra Leone over the Ebola issue, urging the entire world not to see virus as a burden of the West African countries, but something that should be treated as an “international burden.”
 
He also called on the world’s pharmaceutical giants to intensify research efforts towards providing either vaccine or curative drugs for the virus.  
 
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‘Secret law is a threat to democracy,’ Dems warn in letter to Obama

Story from: The Hill
 
by Julian Hattem
 
Four House Democrats have teamed up with privacy advocates to protest a “secret law” that they say authorizes spying on some Americans' emails and online messages.
 
The lawmakers, organizations and former administration officials told the White House in a recent letter that the Obama administration should declassify “all current and future legal opinions” or legal interpretations that permit spying under a controversial executive order.
 
They also urged President Obama to ban “disproportionate or unnecessary” collection of people’s messages, Internet chats and other communications. 
 
“Secret law is a threat to democracy,” Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), Rush Holt (D-N.J.) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) wrote in a letter joined by groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Access.
 
“We will continue to work to build support for further privacy protections for all users in surveillance activities conducted under [Executive Order] 12333,” they added, referring to a contested order from the Reagan administration amended by former President George W. Bush. The letter was also sent to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a small government watchdog panel.
 
The presidential order gives the National Security Agency (NSA) the power to collect Internet communications from people abroad, including the contents of their emails and online messages. Though it cannot target Americans’ communications, those messages can be picked up “incidentally” during the course of an oversees investigation, which critics say amounts to a violation of civil rights.
 
“For decades, the NSA and other intelligence agencies have been spying on millions of users without any meaningful limits,” said Access senior policy counsel Amie Stepanovich in a statement. “The president can and must stop these gross violations of our rights that continue without any oversight or accountability."
 
The order has come under new scrutiny lately and will be the subject of new analysis at the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.  
 
NSA officials have defended the legal power, which they say is limited by “extensive and multi-layered” oversight and protects people in the U.S. and around the globe. 
 
Government leaker Edward Snowden has also been critical of the law. 
 
Before fleeing to Hong Kong and then Russia, Snowden had asked his supervisors whether executive orders superseded laws, a reference to the powers of Executive Order 12333, Snowden’s lawyer told Ars Technica.
 
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Liberian doctors strike, food prices spike as West Africa struggles to contain Ebola outbreak

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Reuters

 
MONROVIA (Reuters) - Doctors in Liberia were out on strike on Tuesday as they struggled to cope with the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, while the United Nations warned the spread of the disease in West Africa was causing food shortages in one of the world's poorest regions.
 
Governments and aid organizations are scrambling to contain the disease, which has killed more than 1,500 since March. Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said 800 more beds for Ebola patients were urgently needed in the Liberian capital Monrovia alone, while in Sierra Leone highly infectious bodies were rotting in the streets.
 
MSF called for rich nations to send military medical teams to support buckling healthcare systems in West Africa.
 
U.S. missionary organization SIM USA said on Tuesday that an American doctor treating obstetrics patients at the ELWA hospital in Monrovia had tested positive for Ebola. The doctor, who was not working in the hospital's Ebola treatment center, was in an isolation ward at the hospital and was responding well so far, SIM said on its Web site.
 
Scores of staff went on strike at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFK) in Monrovia in a protest over unpaid bonuses and working conditions. More than 120 health workers have died in West Africa during the Ebola outbreak amid shortages of equipment and trained staff.
 
"Health workers have died (fighting Ebola), including medical doctors at ... JFK and to have them come to work without food on their table, we think that is pathetic," George Williams, secretary general of the Health Workers Association of Liberia, told Reuters.
 
Williams said healthcare workers at JFK, the country's largest referral hospital, had gone unpaid for two months.
 
The strike followed a one-day protest over pay and conditions at the Connaught hospital in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown on Monday. Staff at the main Ebola clinic at Kenema in eastern Sierra Leone also walked off the job last week, in protest at conditions.        

The World Health Organization and other international bodies are rushing to support fragile healthcare systems in affected countries, but additional staff and resources have been slow to arrive.
The president of MSF, Joanne Liu, said in a speech to U.N. members in New York that the outbreak was now an issue of international security and needed specialized biological disaster response teams to contain it, both civilian and military.
 
"Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it," Liu said, slamming what she called "a global coalition of inaction."
 
Liu called for the urgent dispatch of field hospitals with isolation wards and mobile medical laboratories to West Africa.
 
In Monrovia, MSF said its new ELWA 3 center, which has 160 beds, was already overflowing with patients. "Every day we have to turn sick people away because we are too full," said Stefan Liljegren, MSF coordinator at the site.
 
Putting further pressure on the ability of the region's governments to spend money on healthcare, the epidemic has also put harvests at risk and sent food prices soaring in West Africa, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said.
 
The FAO issued a special alert over food security for Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three countries most affected by the outbreak, which was detected in the forests of southeastern Guinea in March.
Restrictions on people's movements and the establishment of quarantine zones to contain the spread of the hemorrhagic fever has led to panic buying, food shortages and price hikes in countries ill-prepared to absorb the shock.
 
"Even prior to the Ebola outbreak, households in some of the most affected areas were spending up to 80 percent of their incomes on food," said Vincent Martin, head of an FAO unit in Dakar coordinating the agency's response. "Now these latest price spikes are effectively putting food completely out of their reach."
 
The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tom Frieden, said the outbreak was accelerating very fast and urged more global support to combat it.
 
"It's spiraling out of control. The situation is bad and it looks like it's going to get worse quickly. There is still a window of opportunity to tamp it down but that window is closing," he told NBC News following a visit to the region.
 
"This is different than every other Ebola situation we've ever had. It's spreading widely, throughout entire countries, through multiple countries, in cities and very fast," he said.
 
Frieden called on health officials to reverse the outbreak by sending in more resources and specialized workers, adding that the U.S. government now had 70 people in the region. 
 
The death toll from an Ebola outbreak in the Djera region of northern Democratic Republic of Congo has risen to 31, Minister of Health Felix Kabange Numbi told Reuters on Tuesday.
 
The outbreak in Congo's Equateur province is thought to be separate from the West African epidemic.
 
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Obama Approval Rating Reaches Record Low in California

Story from: NEWSMAX
Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 09:40 AM
By Jennifer G. Hickey

 Almost the same percent of voters (43 percent) disapprove of the president's performance.

The poll of 1,280 registered voters in California was conducted Aug. 14-28. The questions were asked in six languages and dialects – English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, and Vietnamese.

The recent decline is a consequence of diminished support among "subgroups of voters who had been among Obama’s strongest supporters in prior polls," according to a news release from the pollsters.

For example, there has been a nine-point decline in the way Democratic voters view the president. In early June, 76 percent of California Democrats approved of the president’s performance in office. That has dropped to 68 percent in the current poll.

"Obama's popularity couldn't get much lower among Republicans, but this is his base that's leaving him: liberals, people in the bay area and Los Angeles. And the people who typically are paying the most attention (to national affairs) are the most unhappy," Mark DiCamillo, director of the Field Poll, told SFGate.

DiCamillo told the Sacramento Bee that despite that frustration, there has not been "any kind of rallying event that could rebound public support behind this president."

Obama's showing in the Field Poll is only slightly better than in the recent Gallup poll, which found the president with a meager 42 percent approval rating. More than half of voters surveyed (51 percent) disapprove of his job performance.

In November 2011, Obama's approval was at 48 percent, the lowest point until the latest Field poll.

While California is a strongly Democratic state, DiCamillo believes Obama could drag his party down in the November election.

"The opinions of likely voters in November are even more negative" than in the state as a whole, DiCamillo told the Sacramento Bee, which could impact Democrats in down-ticket races.

For the first time since November 2011, President Barack Obama's approval rating in California has dipped below 50 percent, according to a poll released today.

In the latest Field Poll, only 45 percent of California voters approve of the job Obama is doing, a five-point decline from June,  and represents the lowest support of his presidency.
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GOP, Ready to Control Senate, Has New Strategy for Obama

Story from: NEWSMAX
Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 06:54 AM
By Elliot Jager
 
With Republicans poised to take control of the Senate, GOP lawmakers are developing a  strategy to pass key bills, while steering clear of negative atmospherics that could damage their chances of capturing the presidency in 2016, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The legislative priorities include approving the Keystone XL pipeline, enacting accelerated rules for overseas trade deals, expediting federal reviews of natural-gas exports, and reversing Obamacare's medical device tax. The new majority will at least be able to offer its vision for major tax reform, according to the Journal.

Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, has been holding meetings with members to identify prospective legislation. He said the idea is to focus on measures with a modicum of bipartisan support that President Barack Obama would have "to think long and hard about" before dismissing. Sen. Bob Corker, R., Tenn., urged Republicans not to overreach and squander their majority, the Journal reported.

Tea party-aligned Republicans argue that a principled agenda should not be sacrificed in the name of shunning brinkmanship. Dan Holler of Heritage Action for America said that if the goal is simply to find areas of bipartisan agreement, "conservatives will be left on the outside." Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., favors pushing a clear-cut conservative agenda, otherwise "nothing of substance" would come of the Republican majority, the Journal reported.

Using the "reconciliation" process, Republicans may be able to hold sway over the federal budget with a 51-vote majority. If the House pushes for deep cuts to Medicare and Medicaid or takes a combative stand on the U.S. government borrowing limit, which comes up in mid-March, passing a budget even with Republican control of both chambers could still be daunting.

Conservative Republicans will want to see more changes in the Affordable Care Act— beyond repealing the medical device tax— such as redefining what constitutes full-time work to lessen the law's burden on businesses. Holler went further: "A Republican-controlled Congress has to reaffirm its position that Obamacare needs to be repealed," the Journal reported.

A gradual shift to the right may be the best Republicans can hope for given that they probably will not capture 60 seats necessary to prevail over Democratic procedural maneuvering on nearly all legislation, according to the Journal.
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6 militants killed in US Somalia strike

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2008 file photo, armed al-shabab fighters on pickup trucks prepare to travel into the city, just outside Mogadishu, in Somalia. U.S. military forces targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Somalia, the Pentagon said. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)
 
Excerpt from: The Associated Press
 
A U.S. airstrike in Somalia killed at least six members of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, possibly including its leader who was in a car that was hit.
 
The leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane, has no heir apparent and if he has been killed, al-Shabab could ditch its association with al-Qaida and align itself with the Islamic State group, analysts say.
 

Al-Shabab's top leader was in one of two vehicles hit Monday night by a U.S. military strike, a commander of the Somali Islamic extremist group said Tuesday, but he would not say if Godane was among the six militants killed.
 
 
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Internet video purports to show beheading of US reporter Steven Sotloff by ISIS. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. http://fxn.ws/1x6Og1P
 
Freedom Fighters of America will not provide a link or any other information about the Death of Steven other than to mentioned CNN has confirmed the Video. We now expect our President to react swiftly in wiping out this plague.
 
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MUST READ - Seal's Parents Speak Out

Aaron Vaughn 
 
Excerpt from: Western Journalism
 
Aaron Carson Vaughn, a member of SEAL Team Six, was killed in August, 2011 when a Chinook helicopter carrying 30 American troops was shot down over Afghanistan. Now, Vaughn’s parents, Karen and Billy, have written an open letter to President Obama, condemning the Commander in Chief for his “cowardly lack of leadership” following the death of another American at the hands of terrorists — James Foley, the journalist beheaded by ISIS.
 
The British newspaper The Daily Mail has printed the letter in which Vaughn’s angry, grieving mother and father call out Obama in no uncertain terms, charging:
 
 
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Supporter to Obama: 'Announce a State of Emergency' To Get Around GOP Congress

Excerpt from: The Weekly Standard
 
In 2014, President Obama has made much of his pen-and-a-phone strategy to accomplish his goals in the face of what he calls an "unprecedented pattern of obstruction" from Republicans in Congress. Apparently the president's supporters are on board with the idea of unilateral executive action. At a meeting last Friday, a supporter of the president asked about the possibility of "a state of emergency." The president relayed the story to another groups of supporters at a Democratic National Committee event later in the day at a private residence in Purchase, New York:
 
 
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Repeal Obamacare, Don’t ‘Reform’ It

 Excerpt from: The Weekly Standard
 
Slowly but surely, the anti-repeal wing of the Republican party is starting to reassert itself.  The latest effort comes from Lanhee Chen, who was the top policy advisor on the Mitt Romney campaign.  As readers will likely recall, that campaign refused to advance an alternative to Obamacare, failed to emphasize the horror that is Obamacare, and went 0-9 in the nine most important swing states.  Hot off of that success, Chen now has some advice for the rest of us.
 
 
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Cartoon of the Week!

September 2, 2014
 
LABOR DAY 2011 Cartoon-Unemployment
 
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September 2, 2014
 
 
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No Plan

September 2, 2014
 
by James Haste, Contributor, Freedom Fighters of America
How is this acceptable?
 
No plan for dealing with ISIS.
 
It’s not like “Kill them before they kill us.” is a mental leap.   Or if you want to sound diplomatic go with “Military and diplomatic preemption of hostilities” but “I don’t know.” is simply NEVER going to cut it. Not even for Obama.
 
Even for him, that’s just WEAK. I thought Obama was supposed to be this super intelligent constitutional law professor who was fully qualified to serve as commander-in-chief. This looks like a sophomore terrified of offending any of his professors.
 
Has he not learned anything from his repeated encounters with jihadi groups throughout his presidency? Apparently not. The only thing Obama’s constitutional training has brought us is a President who is constitutionally incapable of using force to protect our citizens. This is not a good thing in a commander in chief. Perhaps he thought he could just “Not Do” that part of the job.   If so, he is mistaken.
 
Quite simply, this is not a good time for “Peace” in the world.   ISIS, Putin, China’s shiny new navy ( did you know China is BUILDING islands so they can claim territory?) all seem to be intent on pushing hostilities with the US over the brink of war.  
 
While Obama stands mute.
 
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Monday, September 1, 2014

California water infrastructure on verge of historic collapse

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Excerpt from: The Natural News
 
Water is increasingly hard to come by in drought-stricken California, where many farmers are struggling to get enough water just to pay the bills. But the situation in the Golden State is far worse than many people realize, according to new reports, as underground aquifers that take decades to recharge are being sucked dry, and water infrastructure that has long sustained the agricultural growing regions of the state continue their collapse.

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