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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Donald Tump Meets With Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto: Destroys Hillary Clinton Campaign

August 31, 2016
Comments of President Enrique Pena Nieto
United Mexican States / Donald J. Trump (Republican Candidate for President of the United States)


Mexican President Nieto expresses appreciation that Donald Trump has taken the time to meet with Mexico regarding mutual issues.

Together we can find greater prosperity and independence which is the basic principle of everything we value.

Of course we need to review areas of opportunities on both sides of the border and misunderstandings.  And agreements in place should be reviewed as well.

An invitation was sent to both Trump and Clinton, but as of today, only met with Donald Trump.

We may disagree on several issues, but your presence here in Mexico demonstrates we have common ground.  We share the border and there are great interests both countries share.  Trade goes over 5 Billion dollars per year.  The daily cooperation between our governments is more important as days go by to face challenges in an ever changing world.

Today we exchanged open and honest discussions to get to know each other, and how to better bilateral agreements.  The Free Trade Agreement has benefited both Mexico and the US.  200 Billion per year in exports per year to Mexico and 6 million US jobs are dependent on Mexico.  Mexico purchases more from the US than Spain, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Japan COMBINED.

Many jobs in the US were sent to other countries because there has been so much competition, but the majority of exports are from the United States and our region.

There is improvement that could be reached in the NAFTA agreement, and should be reviewed so that both countries benefit… including Telecom.

I don’t believe that trade should be considered an effort where one wins and one loses… both parties should benefit in North America, and North America should be the strongest trade partner in the world.

As far as the border, the vision is clear, the border must be transformed into an asset for the region.  There have been many strides made with the Obama Administration, but there is room for improvement so that the border becomes safer.  Too many undocumented workers migrating to the US hit its peak 10 years ago.  But there is still drugs, and criminals crossing the border, including non-Mexicans utilizing the border to cross into the U.S.  The illegal influx of weapons and money every year, thousands of weapons and millions of dollars come in from the U.S. to the drug cartels in Mexico, which makes the cartels stronger and Mexico unsafe in certain regards, and this must be stopped.

Illegal drugs, money and weapons must be stopped and the flow of weapons and cash must be stopped to weaken the cartels, particularly with cash and weapons.  This is a joint opportunity for both countries in infrastructure, personnel and efforts to secure the border.  This is best achieved by cooperative operations where both countries participate in the efforts.

The U.S. and Mexico work together with their mutual Homeland Security department on a daily basis, exchanging information and working to maintain national security in both countries due to the ever growing challenges in a dangerous world.  There will be significant collaboration moving forward to make sure North America is the strongest it can be to face threats on a daily basis.


Mexicans in America are hard working, decent, family oriented and law-abiding people and make significant contributions to the United States and as the Mexican President it is my job to ensure their safety wherever they are.  We must move forward on the basis of mutual respect, trust and joint attention to the challenges that we share in common.  The Mexican government shall be completely respectful of the election process in the U.S.   I respect your efforts to have an open dialogue as it enables us to reach greater understanding of everyones concerns and is the proper way to go.

Monday, August 15, 2016

IS THERE A LEGAL CASE TO BE MADE AGAINST HILLARY CLINTON? WE THINK SO, AND HERE IS WHY


August 15, 2015

On August 11th, it became publicly known that the FBI and US Attorneys were conducting an active probe into the Clinton Foundation and its known associated organizations.  This news grabbed a hold quickly based off of first hand knowledge of the probe by Law Enforcement in the New York Southern District, led by US Attorney Preet Bharar.



According to the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF) an experienced law enforcement contact advised DCNF of the probe on background (providing factual information without disclosing his/her name publicly).  The information was also reported by Allen B. West.  Both organizations tend to provide news that is generally under-reported, and Flash News Network (FNN) monitors such agencies and organizations for updates on a regular basis.



At the time of reporting on August 11th, there was a reasonable basis for reporting the investigation / probe as the source was documented as reliable.  The articles remain on those two sites of origin, as well as on FNN, and will remain so long as the information remains factual.

On August 12th, DCNF added additional information, in another article, this time naming the law enforcement source.  In part:

"Joint investigations by the FBI and various U.S. Attorneys of Clinton Foundation activities are most likely underway in Little Rock, Arkansas, Washington, D.C. and New York, according to a former assistant director of the FBI.


“To me, those would be the three most logical cities,” Ron Hosko told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Discrete information has made its way to local field offices and is being shared with their counterparts at the U.S. Attorney offices.”
Hosko is a 30-year veteran of the FBI and was the second highest ranking official behind director James Comey when he left the bureau in 2014.
Hosko was responding to TheDCNF report Friday that multiple FBI field offices and U.S. Attorneys in various cities are leading investigations about possible corrupt practices among Clinton Foundation officials, foundation donors, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and inner circle of aides during her years as America’s chief international diplomat.
Read more: DCNF FBI PROBE UPDATE 



CONGRESS REQUESTING FBI INVESTIGATION

That isn't all however.  This week, we learned that Congress will be provided the FBI "302" sheets, which essentially outline the interview they held with Hillary Clinton during the E-Mail investigation.  FBI Director Comey insists that he wants to provide the American public with as much transparency into that investigation as possible, especially due to the high-profile status of the investigation, as well as the "no prosecution" recommendation following on July 6, 2016.

The State Department, in it's own investigation into the email situation with then Sec. Clinton, also is requesting to see the interviews with the FBI.  As of now, the Department's Office of Inspector General is looking into any potential wrong-doings by either Sec. Clinton, or her underlings. 

The "302" information is being provided as a result of the House Oversight Committee's request for "completing the investigative record" on the matter;  closely related is the House Select Committee on Benghazi where they actually discovered the private email server where classified emails were sent and received in an unauthorized, non-secure location by Hillary Clinton.


Because of the testimony given by Hillary R. Clinton under oath at the Benghazi Hearings on October 22, 2015, Sec. Clinton was clear that she was not in possession of, nor sent, nor received any classified information on that private email server.  We know at this time, that statement under oath was not factual.  Therefore, members of Congress are now officially requesting that the FBI / Department of Justice look into the matter of whether Sec. Clinton committed "perjury" while giving false testimony under oath.

As it stands, we know as fact, Secretary Clinton did not testify honestly before Congress, nor was she honest during debates against then-opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders.  

That leads us to another area of concern, which may be the issue of potential elections fraud against both Bernie Sanders and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) at large.  Whether or not "Primary" elections fall within the scope of anything the FBI investigates remains a question we do not have the answer to just yet.  However, with the amount of information flowing out from various sources, including the valiant work by Judicial Watch and the multiple Freedom of Information Act requests resulting in very damaging emails, as well as some such as "Wikileaks" that don't follow "US Laws" we may find out more information regarding the shady dealings at the DNC, as well as the Clinton Foundation.

If the reporting from DCNF and Judicial Watch is accurate, then there may be a real possibility that either Sec. Clinton, Former President Bill Clinton, or both, including associates that worked for Hillary Clinton at the State Department such as Cheryl Mills (Sec. Clinton's Chief of Staff / Attorney) and Huma Abedin (Sec. Clinton's go-to person for everything it would seem), may wind up being interviewed by the Justice Department once again, this time for either civil or criminal activities that have nothing to do with the Benghazi situation.

While the Justice Department has officially provided at least one statement that the Clinton Foundation is "off limits" to yet another investigation, it would seem that some within the FBI may not be satisfied with that approach.  We agree.

The United States Attorneys serve as the nation's principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General. There are 93 United States Attorneys stationed throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. United States Attorneys are appointed by, and serve at the discretion of, the President of the United States, with the advice and consent of the United States Senate. One United States Attorney is assigned to each of the 94 judicial districts, with the exception of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands where a single United States Attorney serves in both districts. Each United States Attorney is the chief federal law enforcement officer of the United States within his or her particular jurisdiction.
United States Attorneys conduct most of the trial work in which the United States is a party. The United States Attorneys have three statutory responsibilities under Title 28, Section 547 of the United States Code:
  • the prosecution of criminal cases brought by the Federal Government;
  • the prosecution and defense of civil cases in which the United States is a party; and
  • the collection of debts owed the Federal Government which are administratively uncollectible.
Given the above, it seems more than reasonable, that if the paper trail that is being laid out in what appears to be a weekly basis due to the Judicial Watch FOIA requests (or the WikiLeaks email releases), then the US Attorney has an ethical obligation to follow those facts where they lead.

The facts, with regards to the Clinton Foundation, are very clearly outlined on the Judicial Watch website, and you can view it here.

On the surface, and at a minimum, there is what appears to be ample evidence tying the Clinton Foundation and the US State Department under the direction of Hillary Clinton in a "pay to play" scenario.  This type of situation, depending on the facts, can lead to either criminal charges, civil litigation, or both.  Therefore, given what we know at this time, and given that Congress is also making a request for the FBI to investigate Hillary Clinton on grounds of perjury, there does in fact appear to be the makings of a fairly solid case of fraud or at the very least, obstruction of justice.  Recall that Hillary Clinton and her attorneys scrubbed her unsecured, unauthorized server of it's emails, 30,000 of which were kept out of reach of the FBI, Congress and the American Public as allowed by Federal Law.



Sunday, August 14, 2016

"DEAR ISLAMIC STATE"

Just the video... no commentary from us needed....




 Video:  Emily Longworth

We lied, one bit of commentary:

COULD NOT HAVE SAID IT BETTER OURSELVES!  That was one nicely delivered speech...

Saturday, August 13, 2016

IS HILLARY CLINTON BEING HONEST ABOUT MEDICAL HISTORY?

(Inquisitr Report)

Even if the criticisms surrounding Hillary Clinton and the e-mail scandal hasn’t yet died down, the former state secretary is again embroiled in another controversy. Now, reports of “bizarre” behavior and leaked mental health records cast doubt on her capability to lead the country.
A report from Morning News USA pointed to a deleted tweet from @HillsMedRecords which published on Aug. 8, the alleged medical records of Hillary Clinton. Apparently, these were prepared by a Dr. Lisa Bardack back in February and March 2014.
If the documents are to be believed, Hillary Clinton was diagnosed with early-onset dementia three years ago, and the condition is apparently “getting worse.” Probably concerning her poor health, the former first lady allegedly suffered seizures in 2013 and 2014.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CpbpIqaUMAE4YjS.jpg

More on this story here....

IMPORTANT NOTE: The image of the "medical record" does not appear to be from Donald Trump's official Twitter account, nor can the records be verified at the time of this post... Reader discernment advised. -SA

JUDICIAL WATCH GROUP SAYS CONGRESS HAS BEEN "AWOL" ON SIGNIFICANT INVESTIGATIONS ON STATE DEPT


(BizPaq Reporting)

The legal watchdog Judicial Watch says Congress is apparently not interested in federal misconduct that has been revealed as a result of the group’s investigations.
After multiple Freedom of Information Act lawsuits over several years, the group has uncovered an enormous amount of information from Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state.
But Congress has been “AWOL” on the revelations according to Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton.
“We have not had any interest from members of Congress in our work,” Fitton on Thursday told CNSNews.com, adding that he was not surprised by that fact.


Read more

Friday, August 12, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: FBI IS INVESTIGATING POTENTIAL CORRUPTION AT CLINTON FOUNDATION



It appears to be official: the FBI is investigating potential corruption in the Clinton Foundation.

Col. Allen B. West and Daily Caller Reporting:

And here’s what may be even more encouraging, given our recent disappointment in the willingness of the FBI to press charges where it appeared they were due. The investigation into the Clinton Foundation is being supported by various local U.S. attorneys’ offices — including a New York-based U.S. Attorney whose “prosecutorial aggressiveness has resulted in a large number of convictions of banks, hedge funds and Wall Street insiders.” The attorney is known for securing convictions of prominent political figures as well.

According to the former official with direct knowledge of the activities, involvement of this New York U.S. attorney’s office “would be seen by agents as a positive development as prosecutors there 
are generally thought to be more aggressive than the career lawyers within the DOJ.” 

Bharara’s official biography notes that he, “has applied renewed focus on large-scale, sophisticated financial frauds by creating two new units – the Complex Frauds Unit and the complementary Civil Frauds Unit.


More from Col. Allen B. West here....

THIS IS HUGE NEWS!

As The Daily Caller reports:
Multiple FBI investigations are underway involving potential corruption charges against the Clinton Foundation, according to a former senior law enforcement official.

The investigation centers on New York City where the Clinton Foundation has its main offices, according to the former official who has direct knowledge of the activities.

Prosecutorial support will come from various U.S. Attorneys Offices — a major departure from other centralized FBI investigations.

The New York-based probe is being led by Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bharara’s prosecutorial aggressiveness has resulted in a large number of convictions of banks, hedge funds and Wall Street insiders.

The official said involvement of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York “would be seen by agents as a positive development as prosecutors there are generally thought to be more aggressive than the career lawyers within the DOJ.”

Bharara’s official biography notes that he, “has applied renewed focus on large-scale, sophisticated financial frauds by creating two new units – the Complex Frauds Unit and the complementary Civil Frauds Unit.“The Civil Frauds Unit has collected close to $500 million in settlements since its inception, including multi-million dollar settlements with Deutsche Bank and CitiMortgage for faulty lending practices and other fraudulent conduct.”

Nicholas Biase, a spokesman for Bharara, said he would “decline comment.” Similarly, FBI spokeswoman Samantha Shero said, “we do not have a comment on investigative activity.”

Bharara is best known for securing convictions of prominent political figures, including former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Silver had a seemingly intractable grip on power in the state for decades. He was convicted of accepting $4 million in exchange for helping a cancer researcher and two real estate developers.

CLINTONS RELEASE TAX RETURNS: ATTEMPT TO BAIT TRUMP INTO RELEASING HIS UNDER AUDIT

August 12, 2016 
(Reuters Reporting)

"Hillary Clinton on Friday released her 2015 tax returns, which showed the Democratic presidential nominee and her husband had $10.75 million in income that year and paid an effective federal tax rate of 34.2 percent.

In 2015, the Clintons made $1 million in charitable contributions, mostly to the Clinton Foundation; former President Bill Clinton brought in nearly $5.3 million in speaking fees; and the former secretary of state reported income of $3 million from publisher Simon & Schuster for her book on her tenure at the State Department.

Clinton's running mate, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, along with his wife, Anne Holton, released 10 years of tax returns. They paid a federal effective tax rate of 20.3 percent in 2015.

"Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine continue to set the standard for financial transparency," Clinton campaign aide Jennifer Palmieri said in a statement. "In stark contrast, Donald Trump is hiding behind fake excuses and backtracking on his previous promises to release his tax returns."

It is customary for U.S. presidential candidates to make their tax returns public, although they are not required by law to do so.

Clinton's tax returns have been made public, in some form, every year since 1977.

Trump, a New York businessman, and his lawyers have cited an audit by the Internal Revenue Service as a reason for his refusal to release his returns. Trump also has said his taxes are no one's business and that they reveal little.

"Your move," Clinton campaign aide Ian Sams said on Twitter, linking to the Democratic nominee's returns.

The IRS has said Trump can release his tax returns even while under audit.

On Thursday, Trump’s special counsel, Michael Cohen, told CNN he would not allow Trump to release them until the audits are complete."


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FNN Opinion:  While it's noble of the Clinton's to release their tax returns, it is also a statement of fact that currently they are not under an IRS audit.  Nor have they been advised by legal counsel to not release their returns as is the case with Mr. Trump.  

While many Americans are in fact interested in Mr. Trump's tax returns, Mr. Trump has said repeatedly on multiple interviews, that upon the completion of the audit, he will gladly release his returns.  It is not difficult to understand the logic behind such a move;  while under audit, IRS investigators, while they may be professionals, would likely still hear about the "court of public opinion" should any minor anomalies be located on any part of his returns.  Undoubtedly, liberal media outlets would broadcast some form of conspiracy or concealment regarding said anomalies, thus the potential of tainting an otherwise routine audit.

To put this into perspective, Hillary Clinton was advised by legal counsel during the Benghazi hearings as well as the FBI Investigation into her emails.  Her comments were nearly nonexistent to the press, as anything she said could and would be used against her.  She followed legal advice most likely to refrain from engaging the topic.

Why the Clinton camp now suddenly has issues understanding such a basic concept is ironic at best.  Mr. Trump is smart not taking the bait.  In our opinion, there is no rush to release returns.  There is no question on his citizenship or other legal qualifications to seek the office of the Presidency.

We would question if and when Hillary Clinton will release her most recent complete Neurological Examination post-concussion and all follow up assessments, as well as any other concurrent medical conditions that may be present.  Nothing stated here is meant to say that it would disqualify her as a candidate, however, there is a general consensus among many that Hillary may be suffering from either early onset dementia or neurological effects from prior head trauma (Fox News 8/11/16).

SHOCKING NEWLY LEAKED EMAILS PAINT A GRIM IMAGE OF HILLARY CLINTONINVOLVEMENT OF BLOODY ALBANIA CONFLICT

More leaked e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State prove that she was taking foreign policy advice from left-wing billionaire activist George Soros.
An e-mail provided by WikiLeaks showed Soros reaching out to Secretary Clinton over a foreign policy dispute in Albania.

HILLARY CLINTON LOST THE RIGHT TO CLAIM HERSELF AS A CHILD-ADVOCATE : VICTIM OF CHILD RAPE CASE SPEAKS OUT

August 12, 2016


SO MUCH FOR PLAYING THE "CHILD ADVOCATE" CARD HILLARY!

As Reported At Daily USA:






Hillary Clinton has spent more than a year playing the “woman card.” She argues that she’s the candidate for president who is best suited to protect families and women, while accusing Donald Trump of sexism.
But Hillary better be careful with Trump, as he’s willing to fight back. And now, Trump has earned a new supporter who could burn Hillary’s campaign to the ground.
Kathy Shelton knows Clinton too well. When she was 12 years old in 1975, she was raped by a criminal, and Clinton was that criminal’s attorney.

While it's not unusual for young attorneys (which Clinton was at the time) to take on either pro bono or public defense cases, what IS unusual, is the candor in which Sec Clinton displayed as she essentially admitted her client's guilt during a taped interview years ago.

The interview, now dubbed the "The Hillary Clinton Tapes" which can be heard here:



Even more disturbing, is her uncanny laughter at what appears to be a mockery of the Justice system at large, but more so, the fact that the victim was 12 years old and severely traumatized.  That victim is now speaking out.  

We stand behind children who have been victimized.  The act of sexually abusing a minor is abhorrent and Hillary Clinton, as a self-proclaimed "Child Advocate" / "Women's Rights Advocate" should have recused herself from ever defending such a predator (who was found guilty).

More of the story here....


DEATH OF SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SCALIA APPLAUDED AND LAUGHED AT DURING DNC MEETING

August 12, 2016

Nothing can be more disgraceful, than a room full of individuals laughing and applauding the DEATH of one of our nations' great Constitutionalist.  

The following video (as displayed on Sean Hannity's website) is audio of a recent event for the AFL-CIO, where Democratic Congressman Ted Strickland of Ohio commented on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

By Steve Petteway, photographer, Supreme Court of the United States[1] (See [2]) - Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46962890


During his abhorrent rant, Strickland was claiming that the associate justice's death "happened at a good time" for the Democratic agenda. Take a listen:


It is our opinion, that the death of elected or appointed officials, regardless of party, should be at least treated with a certain level of dignity and respect.  One would be hard-pressed to locate any Republicans acting in such a manner.

The DNC has proved time and again, that life simply doesn't matter;  it is all about "winning" seats and "winning" the Oval Office at any cost (or so it would seem).


WASHINGTON POST ATTEMPTS TO DEBUNK TRUMP / SEAN HANNITY CLAIM: TRUMP AIRCRAFT FLEW SOLDIERS HOME

August 12, 2016

Washington Post, notorious for not exactly being a "conservative outlet" is beating the war drums again, this time taking aim at BOTH Sean Hannity and Donald Trump.  The big scandal they are attempting to debunk this time?  The claim that Donald Trump sent an aircraft to pick up stranded soldiers at Camp Lejeune, NC after the 1991 Iraq War on their way home to Florida.

It's amazing that good deed, even if done inadvertently, can't simply be left alone.  And one that occurred in 1991 no less.  


Chartered Trump Aircraft used to transport stranded Solders in 1991:  Camp Lejeune, NC
According to WaPo:

"“The Trump campaign has confirmed to Hannity.com that Mr. Trump did indeed send his plane to make two trips from North Carolina to Miami, Florida to transport over 200 Gulf War Marines back home.”
— quote in article titled “200 Stranded Marines Needed A Plane Ride Home, Here’s How Donald Trump Responded,” Sean Hannity Show website, May 19, 2016
It seemed like such a sweet story — Donald Trump sending his personal plane down to Camp Lejeune, N.C., when 200 Marines were stranded after fighting in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. At least that is the story that Sean Hannity of Fox News has touted on his website for several months.
But a reader, Lazer Cohen of Brooklyn, was suspicious and asked The Fact Checker to check it out."
The Washington Post article goes on about what they feel are factual statement that Mr. Trump had nothing to do with his aircraft (although not his "personal jet" that we all know, rather, Trump Airlines, a commercial fleet he owned at the time, still bearing the "Trump" brand on the aircraft).
While we commend the Washington Post for following up on a "reader's suspicion" about the Trump / Hannity claim that Trump "rescued" the stranded soldiers, the commanding officer that the Post contacted, really didn't have much recollection of exactly "how" Mr. Trump's aircraft arrived at the military base.  It was recalled there "may have been a contract with Trump Airlines" but, this is not actually solidified with anything other than some distant recollection.
What we do know, is that there is a white aircraft, a Boeing 727 with 130 seats;  Mr. Trump's private jet, has 24 seats.   The math becomes quite simple when one is trying to relocate a brigade of soldiers.  Whether it was an extra "fleet jet" or not, one thing can not be disputed... that aircraft, clearly states "TRUMP."
Here is an image of some of the attempted "debunk" which consists of a retired senior officer at the time who offered little more than his opinion (Washington Post Image):


WIKILEAKS CLINTON EMAILS MAY PRODUCE AN "OCTOBER SURPRISE" FOR 2016 ELECTION: CLINTON FOUNDATION IMPLICATED

August 11, 2016
Columnist, and Fox News Contributor, Charles Krauthammer tore apart the Clinton Foundation and the “form of corruption” it had with its access to the State Department on Thursday.
Krauthammer was asked by Sandra Smith if he thought that there would be an “October surprise” related to more emails being released related to the Clinton Foundation and the State Department while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.


“Well, no one knows, but if it is, if it does happen, it won’t be a surprise because we’ve seen a small sample, a small number of emails that were not declared,” Krauthammer said. “We know that even within that small sample, there were at least two examples of self-dealing between the Clinton Foundation, which is a sort of a machine for siphoning money from rich, foreign, sometimes unsavory sources into an organization whose one purpose is to create a network self-funded for Clinton cronies and hangers-onners, the administration in waiting and that it was dealing getting favors for the people who are contributing to it from the State Department.


U.S. MILITARY FORCES ON THE GROUND IN LIBYA: NOT PREVIOUSLY REPORTED BY PENTAGON

August 12, 2016

Previously denied reports of American troops on the ground in Libya have finally been confirmed by the Pentagon. The military admitted a “small number” of US forces in of Libya to support the local ones after launching airstrikes on ISIS targets.


A “small number of US forces have gone in and out of Libya to exchange information with these local forces in established joint operations centers, and they will continue to do so as we strengthen the fight against [Islamic State] and other terrorist organizations,” The Hill quoted Deputy Defense 
Press Secretary Gordon Trowbridge as saying on Wednesday.

Trowbridge explained that the ground troops entering Libya use joint operations rooms, which are away from the front line. The American soldiers help with the coordination between Libyan troops fighting Islamic State.



Trowbridge specified that American troops are providing “unique capabilities,” including “intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and precision strikes — that will help enable GNA-aligned forces to make a decisive, strategic advance.”
The revelation comes after the Pentagon said on August 1 that it was expanding its airstrikes against Islamic State into Libyan territory around Sirte, where the extremist group got its stronghold.
During the announcement, US made no reference to ground troops. In fact, Trowbridge’s confirmation comes only after The Washington Post brought to light on Tuesday reports that the US was “providing direct, on-the-ground support for the first time to fighters battling” Islamic State in Libya. More from RT...

TURKEY READY TO BREAK FREE FROM NATO-EXCLUSIVELY AND EXPLORE OTHER OPTIONS

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu signaled his country's readiness to develop defense cooperation outside NATO, the German news network N-TV reported.


Cavusoglu noted, in particular, that the air defense systems installed by NATO do not cover the entire territory of Turkey.
"We want to make our own [missile] defense system… and we have relevant technology for the purpose. Other countries outside NATO also have advanced technology and know-how," Cavusoglu said.
At the same time, the top Turkish diplomat made it clear that Ankara is not going to withdraw from the alliance.
He was echoed by Turkish Ambassador to Russia Umit Yardim, who said that recent reports that Turkey and NATO are reassessing their relations and that "Turkey could be leaving NATO" hold no water.
He added, however, that NATO has no right to dictate what foreign policy decisions Turkey should take and what countries it should build relations with.
Yardim underscored that Turkey is "independent in creating its foreign policy."

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT DENIED FBI INVESTIGATIONS INTO CLINTON FOUNDATION

August 11, 2016

The Obama administration rejected requests from three FBI field offices that wanted to open public corruption probes of the Clinton Foundation, according to a report that added to headaches for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Alerted by banks to suspicious transactions, the FBI wanted to investigate conflicts of interest involving foreign donors to the foundation while Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state. But the Justice Department put the kibosh on the it, CNN reported.
The report added to questions about the blurred line between the activity at the Clinton Foundation and the State Department during Mrs. Clinton’s tenure, which included email made public earlier this week that showed foundation donors getting special treatment at the agency.

REDDIT DOWN : BACK UP AND ALL IS WELL

August 11, 2016

There's nothing to panic about! Reddit, did in fact go down, but it appears it was for "routine maintenance" (or possibly some well-needed upgrades arguably?) according to the popular info / discussion site.



CNET reports "the so-called front page of the internet went down at 3:26 p.m. PT, said Reddit, and was replaced with the maintenance message and a rotation of quips suggesting you go outside or go check out today's xkcd. "
A glimpse of the Reddit "dump" at around 6:36PM ET

Reddit said on its status site that it had a "slight issue" with a routine software upgrade. A spokeswoman for the site pointed to the Reddit Status page for any updates.
The full discussion can be had right here...   Let us know how you made out during the Reddit outage!  Are you ok?

ERROR / STATUS MESSAGES ON REDDIT:

Resolved - Everything's fixed! And we were doing so well… https://www.reddit.com/r/announcements/comments/4x35a3/click_to_hear_about_some_of_the_things_that_have/d6c0th2?context=3 
Aug 11, 19:04 PDT
Monitoring - Well, that was fun. Everything should be back now but you may still see some errors while we check our systems. 
Aug 11, 17:23 PDT
Update - We're bringing the site back slowly. There will be a lot of errors as our caches re-heat. 
Aug 11, 16:57 PDT
Identified - We had a slight issue with a routine software upgrade. We'll be back momentarily. 
Aug 11, 15:26 PDT

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

SITUATION REPORT: U.S. NATO ALLY TURKEY ENTERS INTO TRADE AND SECURITY TALKS WITH RUSSIA

AUGUST 9, 2016
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA


SITUATION REPORT:
TRADE AND SECURITY MEETING  
PRESIDENTS PUTIN (RUSSIA) & PRESIDENT ERDOGAN (TURKEY)
Photo Credit:  RT


President Putin: “(INAUDIBLE)… it is clear that this meeting is highly important for the future of the relations between Russia and Turkey. We’ve had a comprehensive and constructive… I would like to emphasize a constructive discussion on a broad range of issues including our bilateral relations on global issues.  Our relations between our two countries that have been through different times, including troubled [times], but common sense has always prevailed.  I would like to note that despite the challenging political situation at home, President Erdogan has found the time to come to Petersburg.  And this is testament to the determination and the willingness of our Turkish partners to restore their relationship with Russia. 

Today for we spoke first in a narrow format and then together with a minister's heads of agencies and companies that we outlined initial objectives there for a long term reservation of our relations.  Our aim is to reach the pre-crisis level of cooperation between our two countries.  This is an important task because within just the first five months of this year the trade turnover between Russia and Turkey it's a went down by more than 35-percent.  If we remember that last year it went down by twenty-four percent. Now we are looking at a lot of things to do if we need to revive our economic cooperation we must undertake a lot of measures.”


“We also will discuss the prospector for lifting the economic measures earlier imposed by them on each other.  We also will be discussing a program of cooperation in the areas of science and culture between 2016. We have agreed with President Erdogan to gradually revive our main mechanisms of collaboration this fall;  the commission of our high level of Cooperation Council is scheduled to meet and later the Joint Group for Strategic Planning. In this regard I would like to note that a key role in trade and economic cooperation between Russia and Turkey is a played by by energy. So we discussed that large joint projects in this area. 

Reason? Continuing them will require specific political decisions to be taken and I would like to emphasize that certain that Turkey has already taken a certain decisions on a number of important economic projects including the construction of a and atomic power plant into the Turkish stream pipeline. Also in our agenda is bringing back Russian tourists to turkey last month late last month so we lifted the ban on that selling travel towards Turkey to Russian customers. The most important objective here is for Turkey to ensure security for Russian tourists and we have seen such guarantees from Turkey and so we have looked at the option of resuming charter flights between Russia and Turkey.  I think this is a matter of time.”


“Also we examined the option for lifting the ban on engaging Turkish companies and individuals in economic projects in Russia.  I think this is attainable and we're looking at this option now. And I would like to note that cooperation between Russia and Turkey on important projects; soon here in Petersburg we will be launching the a certain leg of the Western Speed Diameter which is a joint project, and Turkish companies are also part of it.  

Photo Credit: RT

We also exchanged their opinions on the he international issues with President Erdogan…  and by the way also we agreed that after this press conference we will discuss in details that all the issues related to the crisis in Syria and how best to solve it.  We have a common understanding: that's fighting terrorism.  It’s one of the most important elements of our cooperation and we will talk about it in more detail later.  To conclude I would like to thank President Erdogan for the discussions we've had, for the deliberations we've had. I believe that we have all the necessary prerequisites and opportunities for restoring our relations between our two countries to the full extent.  Russia is ready and willing to do that.”

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United States "Liberal Media" are ignoring this significant meeting between President Putin and President Erdogan.... it has gone essentially unreported.  This is surprising given the amount of attention that the United States has recently paid toward Turkey after a failed Coup d'etat on July 15, 2016.  The United States has engaged in high level meetings with the Turkish Erdogan Cabinet, with only lukewarm results.  It has been widely reported that President Erdogan was less than pleased with certain members of the US / NATO military command (reasons are unsubstantiated / hearsay to the best of my knowledge).


This relatively uncovered event by the U.S. media is highly significant for the United States, as well as Europe and NATO.  The substance of this meeting was to discuss trade, terrorism, tourism, and finally, a pipeline to deliver natural gas through Turkey, establishing a critical infrastructure for energy.  This same pipeline, has been proposed before, except it would have taken a different path through Europe, called the "Southern Route."  This pipeline has met some levels of resistance with the European Commission in Brussels, President Erdogan stated.  Bulgaria is a key partner in the proposed pipeline, and that appears to be where some of the resistance to the Russian project lies.  However, both President Putin and President Erdogan, are in talks currently to discuss a new alternative, which will essentially bypass Europe, and descend through Turkey, which is a significant development.


Additionally, both Presidents Putin and Erdogan stated in the public press conference on Tuesday, that they believe there must be a Democratic Process to change the events unfolding in Syria.  This is an indication of sorts, that there may be some type of strain that is not being widely discussed regarding Turkey and its NATO alliance.  It would give the appearance that Turkey and Russia are forming a new type of alliance to make changes in Syria, although this is only going off the comments provided at the press briefing in St Petersburg, Russia.

FULL PRESS BRIEFING HERE (RT): https://youtu.be/TEyurZFirtU



This looks to be the start of a potential obstacle for NATO.... if Russia and Turkey really mend fences and start a natural gas pipeline, that will mean there is major incentive for Turkey to stay partnered with Russia over other countries, and in particular, NATO. Russian influence in Turkey could prevent United States military assets and bases from exerting influence in that country moving forward depending on how these talks finish out. More to follow if / when details become available.

The following is ALL of the discussion from Washington, DC on this meeting. It was basically acknowledged but quickly dismissed. This pattern has been seen multiple times from our State Department in the past, giving all of us reason to watch this situation closely. In "Diplo-Speak" when any question is "referred" to another government, there is generally a significant story underlying that needs to be watched:

The Only Mention of the Russia / Turkey Meeting was on 9 August, 2016 at the State Department


Saturday, August 6, 2016

HILLARY CLINTON PANICS AT SPEECH IN LAS VEGAS

August 2, 2016

Las Vegas

Hillary Clinton is seen reacting to a "protester" near the stage where she is giving a speech.  What happens next is truly odd.  Watch her reaction...


Her behaviors are not exactly normal, but even more disturbing is the need for actual direction on how to proceed next.  Is this what we can expect from her as Commander-In-Chief?

WHAT DID HILLARY CLINTON SAY? SOUNDS LIKE SHE WANTS TO RAISE TAXES FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS

You decide...

Some Linguists are insistent Hillary Clinton said the word "aren't"... others aren't so sure (pun intended).  Either way, Hillary Clinton is certainly off to a rocky start after "sweeping" the DNC Nomination from Bernie Sanders.

Friday, August 5, 2016

EXECUTIVE ORDER TO EXPAND BUSINESS IN AFRICA

Executive Order 13675 to Expand Membership on the President's Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa

EXECUTIVE ORDER
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AMENDING EXECUTIVE ORDER 13675 TO EXPAND MEMBERSHIP ON THE PRESIDENT'S ADVISORY COUNCIL ON DOING BUSINESS IN AFRICA
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to promote broad-based economic growth and job creation in the United States and Africa by encouraging U.S. companies to trade with and invest in Africa, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Policy. Recognizing the tremendous potential of expanding the U.S.-Africa commercial relationship, the United States in 2014 launched the Trade Africa Initiative, a partnership between the United States and Sub-Saharan Africa, and created a U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa outlining a comprehensive U.S. policy for the region, among other activities. Ensuring that such initiatives and activities reflect the priorities of, and benefit from the support of, the private sector is critical to their success. For that reason, in Executive Order 13675 of August 5, 2014, I directed the Secretary of Commerce to establish the President's Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (Council). Since its establishment in November 2014, the Council has been actively engaged in advising on strengthening commercial engagement between the United States and Africa and has provided numerous recommendations on a broad range of issues. In light of the numerous U.S. Government initiatives and activities to promote expansion of the commercial relationship, the breadth of U.S. private sector engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the range of issues on which future advice may be requested, broader representation of the diversity of private sector viewpoints, experiences, and knowledge on the Council is warranted. Thus I am increasing the membership of the Council.
Sec. 2. Amendment to Executive Order 13675. Executive Order 13675 of August 5, 2014, is amended in section 3(a) by striking "shall consist of not more than 15 private sector corporate members" and inserting in lieu thereof "shall consist of not more than 26 private sector corporate members".
Sec. 3. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
BARACK OBAMA
THE WHITE HOUSE,
August 3, 2016.