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Monday, September 15, 2014

Israel says NO to American “Alliance against ISIS”

from Rehmat's World, 09.15.14:

Thanks to John Kerry's "diplomatic drive" and Obama's arm twisting of America's Arab allies next-door to the Zionist entity, ten Arab League members have agreed to bankroll Obama's pledge to "ultimate degrade and destroy Israeli terrorists or ISIS. 

However, Kerry forgot asked America's top regional ally Israel to join Zionist plan to occupy both Syria and Iraq under the cover of fighting ISIS. In addition, Washington has also asked Germany, France, Britain, Canada and Australia to join the coalition.

The Jewish media has given full support to Obama's $500 million funds to rebels, allied to ISIS in the past, and Baghdad to continue their fight against Bashar al-Assad and ISIS. However, it has cautioned to let Israel's neighbors, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia to lead the fight against ISIS as the "terrorist militia" poses greater threat to them and not Israel.

The Zionists' agenda is to let Muslims kill fellow Muslims while destroying any future military resistance to the Zionist entity.

"Washington should try a new approach. The US should leave fight to those actually threatened by the enemy du jour, ISIS. In this case ISIS. Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Iran and Saudi Arabia, in particular, should act to degrade the Islamic group's capabilities, shrink its territory, and defeat it, as the president hopes to do," wrote Doug Bandow in an Op-Ed in Jewish Forbe magazine on September 13, 2014.

Professor Noah Smith (Stony Brook University) in a column at the Jewish Valley News on September 10, 2014, advised Barack Obama to bring on board Iran to fight ISIS, as Iran and Turkey are the only regional powers which can defeat ISIS. According to good Jewish professor, since Turkey is not a trusted ally of the United States, Iran must be embraced by every possible mean to join the bloody war against ISIS. Smith says that none of America's Arab allies have the military power and guts to defeat ISIS.

"US aerial firepower and Iranian troops could defeat ISIS, but more crucially, Iran is also in a position to stabilize the region. Assad is a monster, but if the United States and Iran were allied, he might be pressured into sharing power with the anti-ISIS rebels after ISIS goes down; as it is, our unrelenting commitment to get rid of Assad is assuring that Syria will remain in a state of anarchy, a vacuum that only an ISIS-type entity will ever fill. If anyone can pressure both Assad and the Iraqi Shiites into sharing power with local Sunnis, it's an American-Iranian duo," said Smith.

The ISIL or ISIS is an Israeli Project given birth in United States in 2007. Like the 9/11 and 2003 Iraq War, Israel First Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham played a significant part in nursing this anti-Muslim Zionist monster. Read the whole story here.

Listen to Lebanese academic and author of several books on Iran, Hizbullah and Syria, Amal Abdo Saad-Ghorayeb interview with the RT on Obama's strategy against ISIS below.

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Did Clinton Aides Withhold Damaging Benghazi Documents?

Benghazi Bombshell: Clinton State Department Official Reveals Details of Alleged Document Review

SharylAttkisson / September 15, 2014


Hillary Clinton testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on "Benghazi: The Attacks and the Lessons Learned" in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 23, 2013. (Photo: Ron Sachs/Newscom)

As the House Select Committee on Benghazi prepares for its first hearing this week, a former State Department diplomat is coming forward with a startling allegation: Hillary Clinton confidants were part of an operation to “separate” damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating security lapses surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

New Benghazi allegation puts spotlight on Hillary Clinton confidants, alleged after-hours document review.

UPDATE: Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff allegedly present at after-hours document review.

According to former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell, the after-hours session took place over a weekend in a basement operations-type center at State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. This is the first time Maxwell has publicly come forward with the story.

At the time, Maxwell was a leader in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, which was charged with collecting emails and documents relevant to the Benghazi probe.
Raymond Maxwell, former State Department deputy assistant secretary (Photo: Sharyl Attkisson)

“I was not invited to that after-hours endeavor, but I heard about it and decided to check it out on a Sunday afternoon,” Maxwell says.

He didn’t know it then, but Maxwell would ultimately become one of four State Department officials singled out for discipline—he says scapegoated—then later cleared for devastating security lapses leading up to the attacks. Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were murdered during the Benghazi attacks.

‘Basement Operation’

Maxwell says the weekend document session was held in the basement of the State Department’s Foggy Bottom headquarters in a room underneath the “jogger’s entrance.” He describes it as a large space, outfitted with computers and big screen monitors, intended for emergency planning, and with small offices on the periphery.

When he arrived, Maxwell says he observed boxes and stacks of documents. He says a State Department office director, whom Maxwell described as close to Clinton’s top advisers, was there. 

Though the office director technically worked for him, Maxwell says he wasn’t consulted about her weekend assignment.
‘Basement operation’: The Department of State in Washington. (Photo: Wayan Vota/Creative Commons)

“She told me, ‘Ray, we are to go through these stacks and pull out anything that might put anybody in the [Near Eastern Affairs] front office or the seventh floor in a bad light,’” says Maxwell. He says “seventh floor” was State Department shorthand for then-Secretary of State Clinton and her principal advisers.

“I asked her, ‘But isn’t that unethical?’ She responded, ‘Ray, those are our orders.’ ”

Did Hillary Clinton aides withhold damaging Benghazi documents?
A few minutes after he arrived, Maxwell says, in walked two high-ranking State Department officials.

In an interview Monday morning on Fox News, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, named the two Hillary Clinton confidants who allegedly were  present: One was Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s chief of staff and a former White House counsel who defended President Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial. The other, Chaffetz said, was Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan, who previously worked on Hillary Clinton’s and then Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns. Continue reading


Petrodollar Panic: EU Officials Admit Buying Oil From ISIS

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 09/15/2014 13:59 -0400

We recently explained how ISIS remains so well funded but what was unclear was who exactly what purchasing their 'recently-provisioned' oil reserves? The assumption being some desperate third-world nation or some scheming offshore hedge-fund arbitrageur; however, as Sott.net reports, a senior European Union official has revealed that some EU member states have purchased oil from ISIL Takfiri militants despite their rhetoric against the group. The official declined to disclose any names but Turkey remains a front-runner (having already shunned President Obama) and potentially France (after their recent anti-Petrodollar comments).

As The Daily Signal's Kelsey Harkness ( @kelseyjharkness ) notes,
According to the Iraq Energy Institute, an independent, nonprofit policy organization focused on Iraq’s energy sector, the army of radical Islamists controls production of 30,000 barrels of oil a day in Iraq and 50,000 barrels in Syria.

And now we know who is buying... (as Sott.net reports)
A senior European Union official has revealed that some EU member states have purchased oil from ISIL Takfiri militants despite their rhetoric against the group.

In a briefing to the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, EU Ambassador to Iraq Jana Hybas-kova said some European countries have purchased crude from the ISIL.

She, however, refused to disclose any names despite pressure by some Parliament members to do so.

The EU official also warned against any support by the West for separatist Kurdish groups who, she said, would destabilize the Middle East.

Earlier reports accused Turkey of buying and transporting oil from both the ISIL and Qaeda-linked Nusra Front. According to the reports, Western intelligence agencies could track ISIL oil shipments as they moved across Iraq and Turkey.

ISIL reportedly controls eleven oil fields in northern Iraq as well as Syria's Raqqa province.

US intelligence officials estimate that the Takfiri militants earn more than USD 3 million a day from oil profit, theft, human trafficking and ransom. They say the militants sell oil and other products via established networks in Turkey, Jordan and Iraq's Kurdistan region. ?Turkey has denied reports of involvement in ISIL's oil smuggling operations.

Lebanese Christians take up arms as ISIS terror spreads


Posted Sept. 5, 2014, 03:52 p.m.
An Iraqi woman, who fled her home with her family from Iraq.
As Christians flee Syria and Iraq to escape the radical Islamic State, Lebanese Christians are preparing themselves for the possibility of hostilities flowing over their border. 

For the first time since the Lebanese civil war ended in 1990, Lebanese Christians are arming themselves for self-defense, deploying on hills surrounding their communities, and laying in ambush in case Muslim extremists head their way. 

“We all know that if they come, they will slit our throats for no reason,” said one villager as he drove through the streets of the border town Qaa, an assault rifle resting next to him.

In Iraq, thousands of Christians have fled rather than face the alternatives—convert to Islam or die. Their homes have been claimed as Islamic State property and marked with the Arabic letter ‘N’ for Nasarani, or Christian. Believers around the world have claimed the symbol as a rallying cry and show of solidarity. 

Meanwhile, thousands of Syrian Christians have been displaced over the course of the three-year conflict there as militants destroy churches and entire communities. Many of the Christians from Iraq and Syria have taken refuge in Lebanon but are beginning to feel insecure even in the pluralistic country. 

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Vandals spray painted the walls of several churches in northern Lebanon this week with the words, “The Islamic State is coming,” after someone posted a video online of boys burning an Islamic flag in a Christian neighborhood in Beirut.

Some leftist and communist groups in Lebanon have supported the rearming of Christians, and black market weapons sales have climbed. Even Hezbollah, a Shiite group, has indirectly supported the effort, hoping the Christians would be a last defense for Shiite towns in eastern Lebanon. Anxiety along the border rose after Syrian militants overran the border town of Arsal, killing and abducting soldiers and police in the worst spillover from the Syrian conflict since March 2011. 

But there is concern that the rearming effort could raise tensions in Lebanon, which is split over the Syrian conflict. During its own 15-year civil war, the right wing Phalange group fought on behalf of Lebanese Christians. 

The number of Christians in the Middle East is rapidly declining as jihadist groups target their communities, and many Christians have fled Syria for Europe. Iraq’s Ninevah region and the provincial capital of Mosul has been emptied of the Christian communities that have lived in the area for centuries. 

“We are scared,” Umm Milad, a young Iraqi woman said while waiting to collect aid at a Chaldean church in Beirut. She came to Lebanon with her husband and children after someone painted an ‘N’ on their home in Mosul in July. The terrorists gave them 24 hours to leave. “We don’t want to go back. We want to go anywhere else. Canada or America.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Is Congress Becoming Obsolete?

Organizing Patriot Effectiveness on the Ground, Maybe the JBS Can Help

September 15, 2014

JBS Weekly Member Update  —

September 15, 2014

A quick discussion ensued in the regular Monday morning weekly meeting at the JBS home office in Appleton. As each staff member in attendance reported on various issues in the news, one member brought up the fact that in preparing for the next installment of "The Freedom Index", the staff was having a hard time in finding decent votes to critique Congress members.

Normally, staff would comb through hundreds of votes to be able to identify at least 10 constitutionally significant votes for each half year. However, very few of these votes have been passed since our July 2014 Freedom Index. The staff member suggested that Congress is appearing to do less and less, while the President has been doing more and more.

He pointed to the page length of the bills, the passing of continuous resolutions instead of a budget, and how the President has usurped much more responsibility from Congress.

According to the Constitution, Congress has an enormous responsibility, including all legislative powers (Article I, Section 1) and another 18 paragraphs of powers as spelled out in Article I, Section 8. Yet, Congress continues to allow many of its powers to be usurped by the executive and judicial branches of government, interrupting the fragile balance the founders sought.

Isn't this precisely why the federal government has grown so far outside of its constitutional limitations? Because the checks and balances that each branch is to perform is not being done. And if it's not being done, then why? Would we be out of line if we asked if this was mere happenstance or if this was being deliberately done? Being done to water down the effectiveness of the American Republic? Being done to create a larger crisis that gives the American people a reason to look to the international community for solutions?

Look to Washington today and ask yourself just who is interested in continuing this grand American experiment. Are we so far away from our constitutional moorings that we have passed the point of no return?

The John Birch Society doesn't think so, but yet where are the Constitutionalists, the patriots, and the true conservatives? As one of our Coordinators recently remarked on Facebook: When I go into a Congressional district to organize active member Chapters, I find there are easily more than enough concerned Americans to make a difference in restoring the Republic.

Yet, without this leadership, those activists usually do not reach their potential and end up burning out and becoming disengaged.

The John Birch Society provides this leadership and an active plan for restoring government to its rightful role so Americans can flourish or fail according to their own efforts. With your help, we can do this. Join today!


The U.S. House of Representatives (house.gov).
NATIONAL EVENTS:
September 30: Change It or Obey It? with Scott Bradley, PhD, Spokane Valley, WA.



October 2: Change It or Obey It with Scott Bradley, PhD, Great Falls, MT.



October 18: JBS Executive Dinner Presentations, Midland, TX.


LOCAL EVENTS:
September 16, 23, 30, October 7: The Constitution is the Solution Workshop, Grand Bay, AL.

September 20: Morality and Freedom with Rev. Steven Craft, Northampton, PA.



September 23: Who Owns Your Children? with FPE Executive Director Alan Scholl, West Jordan, UT.



September 26: Fighting Common Core: Round Two with Dr. Duke Pesta, Millburn, NJ.



September 27: No More Common Core Symposium with Dr. Duke Pesta, Vineland, NJ.



September 28: Fighting Common Core: Round Two with Dr. Duke Pesta, Hightstown, NJ.



October 4: Common Core: Dangers and Threats, Milwaukee, WI.



October 7: Immigration Invasion Video Showing, Flemington, NJ.






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Unanswered Questions About Middle East Terrorism - video

 
The John Birch Society

JBS CEO Art Thompson's weekly news video update for September 15 - 21, 2014.

In this week's analysis behind the news video, JBS CEO Art Thompson discusses a series of questions about ISIS and other Middle East terrorists: Who funds them? Who arms them? who buys their oil? Who trains them? Why can't we hack into the terrorists' accounts? What's the role of Russia, China, and the United States? Are Russia, China, and the U.S. working together? Why is al-Qaeda still growing? and Why should we build a communist-influenced Kurdish nation? 








Saving and Loan Scandal of '80s and '90s: 102 High-Level Executives Convicted

Monday, September 15, 2014
 
Lanny Breuer

Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill have continued to ask why the Obama administration has failed to prosecute more Wall Street executives in light of the 2008 financial crisis.

To date, only one executive of a financial institution—Kareem Serageldin—has gone to jail for participating in the mortgage-based securities mess that crippled the financial sector and helped send the economy into the worst tailspin since the Great Depression. Serageldin was a player, but not a senior one in Credit Suisse’s effort to hide the toxic mess inside the bank, according to Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the United States District Court in Manhattan, who sentenced him to 30 months behind bars. The only executive so far punished for the financial crisis represented just “a small piece of an overall evil climate within the bank and with many other banks,” Hellerstein said, according to ProPublica.

That lonely number stands in monumental contrast to the total of financial executives convicted two decades ago following the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s and 1990s: 102. And that has not gone over well with members of the Senate banking committee, including Democrat Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Republican Richard Shelby of Alabama.

“After the savings and loans crisis, the government brought over 1,000 criminal prosecutions and got over 800 convictions,” Warren scolded during a congressional hearing attended by Federal Reserve leaders. “The main reason we publish illegal behavior is for deterrence to make sure that the next banker who’s thinking about breaking the law remembers that the guy down the hall was hauled out in handcuffs when he did that,” she said.

However, the Obama administration has instead pursued civil cases against firms, resulting in no executives facing the threat of prison.

“The message to every Wall Street banker is loud and clear: If you break the law, you are not going to jail, but you might end up with a bigger paycheck,” Warren remarked in reference to JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon’s bonus following the settlement with the Department of Justice over crisis-related mortgages, according to the Washington Examiner.

The Justice Department has found it easier to prosecute companies rather than individuals, which takes more time and requires a different technique, according to ProPublica. Lanny Breuer, who was appointed to lead the criminal division of the Justice Department, was said to avoid taking cases to trial that he wasn’t assured of winning.

Shelby specifically took the Justice Department to task for not going after bankers.

“Something’s wrong with the Justice Department. People shouldn’t be able…to buy their way out of culpability,” he said, adding, “ultimately it seems the Justice Department is bent on money, not on justice.”
To Learn More:
Why Aren't Any Bankers in Jail, Elizabeth Warren Asks (by Joseph Lawler, Washington Examiner)                                                    
The Rise of Corporate Impunity (by Jesse Eisenberg, ProPublica)
Holder Claims Big Banks are Too Big to Jail (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)
Justice Dept. Defends Not Prosecuting Corporate Leaders for White-Collar Crime (by Noel Brinkerhoff and David Wallechinsky, AllGov)