Names Named: Real Reason Media Protect Hillary

The blizzard of WikiLeaks revelations of collusion between the “mainstream media” and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign – working hand-in-hand behind the scenes to destroy Donald Trump and return the Clintons to the White House – are highly disturbing, but not at all surprising. Here’s why.

Rush Limbaugh’s frequent characterization of the establishment press as “an extension of the Democratic Party” is neither a metaphor nor an exaggeration. It is literally true. As the Media Research Center has long documented, not only is there a virtual “revolving door” between Democratic Party administrations and the “mainstream media” – but to a great extent, the two institutions are made up of the same people!

Many Americans have suspected this, especially when seeing high-profile examples like George Stephanopoulos, the fiercely loyal Clinton partisan who served as White House communications director and senior policy for adviser for Bill Clinton, but who later magically morphed into a top “mainstream” journalist as chief anchor and chief political correspondent for ABC News, co-anchor of “Good Morning America,” host of ABC’s “Sunday Morning This Week” and regular substitute anchor for “ABC World News Tonight.” One of the thousands of just-leaked Clinton campaign emails strongly suggests Hillary’s campaign colluded with Stephanopoulos before his interview with “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer last year (an interview for which Stephanopoulos was later criticized for not disclosing he’d personally donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation).

Even more egregious, another WikiLeaks email dump reveals that Donna Brazile, while at CNN, was literally Clinton’s mole – feeding her intel about Bernie Sanders attacks during the primary season, and reportedly tipping off Clinton as to questions that would be asked at upcoming town hall meetings. After Debbie Wasserman Schultz (thanks to revelations from an earlier WikiLeaks data-dump) was fired as chair of the Democratic National Committee for sabotaging Bernie Sanders’ primary run, she was replaced as DNC chair by Brazile. (Read more from “Names Named: Real Reason Media Protect Hillary” HERE)

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Mark Levin BLOWS up the Hillary Charade: Was She Sick, a Liar, or BOTH?!

Brand new information came out Friday detailing Hillary Clinton’s alleged health problems, and no this is not conspiracy peddling.

Hillary Clinton reportedly told the FBI that a concussion followed by a blood clot prevented her from recalling all her State Department briefings. That sounds like a pretty serious concussion and perhaps a prevailing medical concern, notes Mark Levin.

“Either she had a problem, or she is a liar, or both!” exclaimed Levin on his radio program Friday.

Remember, the FBI is, of course, releasing all of this important information the Friday afternoon before a holiday weekend. Now why would they do that? Could it be that they want to dump the information while the media is asleep at the wheel? Nooooo, can’t be.

Responding to the report, Levin called on the Clinton campaign to release her medical records and answer for the 2,000 occasions that classified material passed through her private server.

Will they? We doubt it. But someone ought to be demanding it because the FBI and DOJ won’t. (For more from the author of “Mark Levin BLOWS up the Hillary Charade: Was She Sick, a Liar, or BOTH?!” please click HERE)

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THE FIX WAS IN: Yes, the FBI Found Ample Evidence That Hillary Clinton Violated Federal Records Act

FBI investigators compiled enough evidence during their investigation of Hillary Clinton’s rogue email server to show that the former secretary of state violated federal records-keeping laws.

She was also informed in 2009, her first year in office, that she had an obligation under the Federal Records Act to forward her State Department work emails to the agency’s record preservation system. But, according to the news website Circa, Clinton opted against that option because she wanted control over “sensitive” messages.

Circa’s report comes from former Washington Times veteran reporter John Solomon and is based on unnamed sources familiar with the FBI’s investigation of Clinton. That probe ended in July when the FBI and Justice Department declined to press charges against the Democratic presidential candidate or her aides for their handling of classified information.

But sources told Solomon that there was ample evidence that Clinton violated the Federal Records Act by failing to save her work-related emails to the State Department’s SMART system and by exclusively using a private BlackBerry and email account.

Further, Solomon reports that one witness interviewed by the FBI invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. It is unclear who that witness was, but the report describes the individual as a technology-oriented worker.

Bryan Pagliano, the State Department official who Clinton paid under the table to set up and manage her rogue email network, was interviewed by the FBI under limited immunity. He had pleaded the Fifth in an interview with the House Select Committee on Benghazi last year. It’s unclear if he also invoked those rights during his FBI interrogation.

The report contains other new information, which has not been verified by The Daily Caller.

Clinton’s team of handlers was specifically questioned by a tech worker involved in maintaining her private server at her New York residence about whether the system flouted federal rules and regulations. According to Solomon’s source, the worker was told that the system was in compliance.

Clinton also opted to continue using a private email address on her personal BlackBerry because she did not want her emails made available under the Freedom of Information Act. Clinton knew that by using a personal email account, her records would not be accessible to the State Department employees who handled FOIA requests.

That claim, if true, would grossly undermine Clinton’s assertion that she did not use the private email system to flout FOIA. A federal judge has granted the watchdog group Judicial Watch discovery in order to get to the bottom of that issue. The group recently submitted 25 questions to Clinton asking her why and how she set up the private email system.

Despite Clinton’s claims that the system was designed not to avoid FOIA but for personal convenience, several FOIA requests filed for Clinton’s email records while she was in office were denied by the State Department. One of those FOIAs — filed in December 2012 — was handled by Clinton’s chief of staff Cheryl Mills. Though Mills knew that Clinton used a private email account for State Department business, the FOIA request was denied by the State Department.

The State Department’s inspector general issued a report in January calling the agency’s handling of Clinton FOIAs “inaccurate” and “incomplete.” (RELATED: State Dept. Gave ‘Inaccurate’ Response To Records Requests For Hillary’s Emails)

“There was plenty of evidence from our interviews, especially from technical and compliance staff, as to the intention of creating a private email system outside the State Department’s record keeping. It was well known, and it persisted even after people raised legal and security concerns,” one source told Circa.

Some of the claims in the Circa report may be cleared up soon. The FBI is reportedly ready to release the report it gave to the Justice Department as part of its investigation. The bureau will also reportedly release notes taken during Clinton’s July 2 interview. (For more from the author of “The FIX WAS In: Yes, the FBI Found Ample Evidence That Hillary Clinton Violated Federal Records Act” please click HERE)

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Coalition Jets Scrambled to Defend U.S. Forces From Syrian Bombing

A U.S.-led coalition sent aircraft into northeastern Syria on Thursday in a “very unusual” move to protect American special operation ground forces from attacks by Syrian government jets, a Pentagon official said on Friday.

Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters the coalition aircraft reached the area around the city of Hasaka as the two Syrian SU-24s were leaving, and the U.S. special operation forces were in the area where the strikes were taking place. He said the Syrian planes did not respond to efforts by ground forces to contact them.

Davis said he was not aware of any other instances where coalition aircraft had been scrambled to respond to Syrian government bombing.

“This is very unusual, we have not seen the regime take this kind of action against YPG before,” Davis said, using an acronym for the Syrian Kurdish fighters . . .

On Friday, two Syrian aircraft tried to pass through the airspace around Hasaka, but left without incident when they were met by coalition fighter jets. The coalition fighter jets were F-22 aircraft and came within 1 mile (1.6 km)of the Syrian planes. (Read more from “Coalition Jets Scrambled to Defend U.S. Forces From Syrian Bombing” HERE)

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Lawsuit Filed Over Feds, Refugee Groups Losing 10,000+ Refugee Children, Possibly to Sex Trade or Worse

A 12-year-old Honduran boy seeking asylum in the United States has been “lost” in the system, illustrating what immigration experts say is a widespread problem of the government failing to keep track of the large number of vulnerable children flooding across the border.

The case of missing child [Walter] has been brought to light in a lawsuit filed in federal district court in Columbia, South Carolina, that names Gov. Nikki Haley, the S.C. Department of Social Services, Lutheran Services and World Relief among the defendants. World Relief is a division of the National Association of Evangelicals and, like the Lutherans and Catholics, is heavily involved in the resettlement of refugees and asylum seekers, getting paid handsomely to perform one of the government’s most secretive and cash-rich operations under the guise of humanitarianism, the suit claims. . .

The federal government has been “rubber stamping” the asylum applications of tens of thousands of child migrants like Walter since 2014, says Lauren Martel, the attorney representing [the plaintiff taxpayer] in the case. Their asylum applications are rushed through the system without taking time to ensure the children’s safety. . .

“There’s a 12-year-old boy out there somewhere who is unaccounted for and we only know about him because a lawyer in the Family Court of Beaufort County didn’t redact his name [on court documents],” Martel told WND. “So now he could be part of the sex trade industry for all we know. Nobody can tell us anything” . . .

“They do not routinely do background checks or determine that the person claiming them is capable, responsible, law-abiding or even financially able,” Vaughan said. “There are more than 10,000 kids who are here now without family members, and most of them are unaccounted for.” (Read more from “Lawsuit Filed Over Feds, Refugee Groups Losing 10,000+ Refugee Children, Possibly to Sex Trade or Worse” HERE)

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America Is in Trouble, and It Needs More Than Just Freedom

America is a country torn apart. Moral confusion and societal breakdown has decimated our families and left our communities and the people in them looking for firm footing on which to stand. The cries of desperation echo throughout our public discourse and have resulted in a political landscape that is nothing if not dysfunctional.

In his new book, “Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society,” First Things magazine editor R. R. Reno, takes a look at the various causes of the rifts in 21st century America, and how a Christian Society ought to seek to address them.

One problem that Reno outlines is how freedom, one of the most important principles of our founding, has been wrested from its proper understanding in our public discourse, or as he says in the book, how a “culture of freedom” became a “cult of freedom.”

Reno explains that freedom is far from the end of human political involvement, but is rather the precondition for human flourishing. Furthermore, over the past few decades the kind of liberty envisioned by America’s founding fathers, the freedom given a new birth by the abolition of slavery and proclaimed by President Lincoln at Gettysburg, has lost something vital.

In Reno’s view, freedom has become unhinged from its responsibilities to the true and the transcendent. It has lost its allegiance to proper authority and has become self-seeking and destructive.

“Freedom properly understood is based in a pledge of loyalty, not a declaration of independence,” he writes, arguing that America’s liberty is derived from “eternal verities affirmed,” rather than “ties severed.”

Even the Declaration of Independence itself affirms the importance of freedom’s adherence to truth in its most well-known passage, the author continues.

In saying “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” he writes, “the first and fundamental act is holding, not choosing, standing fast in truth, not making it up. We are freest when we acknowledge the authority of the truth, now when we seek a godlike independence from all limits.”

This strive for independence from even reality itself has precipitated a great deal of the political and social crisis that America sees laid at its feet today.

A concept of liberty completely unmoored from and irresponsible to authority of a transcendent and immutable truth has led to a society in which the self is the ultimate arbiter of truth. This is a culture in which the concepts of multiculturalism and what the author calls “nonjudgmentalism” — as a better terminology for what many call relativism — have dissolved the bonds of social cohesion, allowed the state to grow into the vacuums left by a declining civil society, and created an era of social chaos in which even the biological realities of marriage have become subjects to a perverse freedom’s ever-shifting whims.

“That’s our problem today,” writes Reno. “when ‘Obey only yourself!’” becomes the first and greatest commandment, freedom undermines itself.”

“To be free to achieve our most cherished goals we need authorities we can trust, assent to, and make our own.”

And this is especially detrimental to the country’s poor. Reno argues that America does not suffer nearly as much from income inequality as it does from what he calls “moral inequality.”

While those on the social Left may look at social conservatives with disdain, the policies and cultural norms created by the sexual revolution, whether that be no-fault divorce or the latest battle over transgenderism, have unquestionably left the American working class devastated. As the author puts it, “white, secular progressives have dismantled traditional morality, disempowering and disorienting the weak and the vulnerable.”

Citing recent sociological studies that each try to explain the ongoing rift between a despondent and disillusioned working class and a well-educated, engaged elite, Reno points to the social deregulation of American society as one whose toll has been disproportionately greater on the former. While well-to-do, college educated cultural elites extoll the merits of things like no-fault divorce — the problems with which the author outlines in great detail — they seldom actually practice those things themselves, boasting lower divorce levels, more robust expressions of civil society, higher religiosity, and other positive social indicators.

In contrast, the working class throughout the United States “actually [live] the sixties,” Reno explains. In these communities, “Less than 50 percent of prime-age adults are married. More than 35 percent of those who have been married are divorced. Nearly 25 percent of children are being raised by single mothers. Sixty percent of the children of mothers who dropped out of high school are illegitimate … only thirty percent of children [in these communities] are living with both biological parents when their mothers turn forty.”

“There’s a word to describe this trend,” he concludes. “Collapse.”

Freedom for its own sake has been perverted into chaos, allowing sexual revolutionaries to push their agenda while claiming to do so under the mantle of civil liberty. Consequentially, the author states, this chaos has hurt the least among us. So what is a Christian society to do? Throughout the rest of the book, Reno outlines a vision for a Christian society in America that does not seek political power, but rather seeks to be counter-cultural force in the name of the Gospel.

This societal movement seeks to address the truth-less freedom that has been foisted upon us by elites by embracing what the author a “courageous judgementalism,” that acknowledges what social chaos does to society. It looks to mend the rifts of a splintered society by promoting solidarity through a virtuous understanding of patriotism and by rejecting the false promises of “multiculturalism” for its own sake. This culture would aim to limit government so that the “little platoons” — to borrow from Edmund Burke — of our civil society would once again flourish and allows us to cohere as communities, rather than be sectioned off as atomistic individuals kept isolated by chaos and the overreach statist institutions.

But a Christian society, in the author’s view, looks different from the Christian political movements to which Americans have become accustomed, and operates quite differently than the religious right of decades past.

“[A] religious counter-culture unimaginable fifty years ago has emerged in America,” Reno writes. “Our ambition is not to become the next establishment but to influence, directly and indirectly, the moral and spiritual outlook of the current one, turning it in directions that promote wellbeing for everyone, not just [the cultural and economic elites].”

America has undoubtedly entered a post-Christian era. It now needs the prophetic witness of the church more than ever, in order for its citizens to truly exercise their inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of (real) happiness. Christendom may have crumbled, but the Christian society in the United States, as Reno describes in his book, is not only possible, but desperately needed. (For more from the author of “America Is in Trouble, and It Needs More Than Just Freedom” please click HERE)

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Child Rape Victim Comes Forward for the First Time in 40 Years to Call Hillary Clinton a ‘Liar’

A child rape victim says she cannot forgive Hillary Clinton for defending her rapist in court 40 years ago, saying the Democratic presidential candidate attacked her credibility despite knowing that her assailant was guilty – and later laughed about it in a taped interview.

Kathy Shelton was just 12 years old when a 41-year-old drifter raped her on the side of a desolate Arkansas road in 1975.

Now, four decades later, she has agreed to be named and pictured for the first time in this Daily Mail Online exclusive because she is furious that her rapist’s defense attorney – Hillary Clinton – has been portraying herself as a lifelong advocate of women and girls on the campaign trail.

‘It’s put a lot of anger back in me,’ said Shelton, now 54, in an exclusive interview at her Springdale, Arkansas, home in August. ‘Every time I see [Clinton] on TV I just want to reach in there and grab her, but I can’t do that.’

In 1975, Clinton served as the defense lawyer for Thomas Alfred Taylor, a 41-year-old factory worker accused of raping Shelton after luring her to his car. (Read more from “Child Rape Victim Comes Forward for the First Time in 40 Years to Call Hillary Clinton a ‘Liar'” HERE)

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GOP Lawmaker Suggests Obama Administration Employees Should Face Jail Time for Iran Cash Deal

A leading Republican critic of the Obama administration’s policy toward Iran is alleging that the U.S. government violated federal law when it delivered $400 million in cash to Tehran on the same day the country freed four American prisoners.

“I want to know what Obama administration employees were involved with this and how long do they serve in prison,” said Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., a member of the House Intelligence Committee. “There is no doubt they violated federal law when they transferred U.S. taxpayer funds to a state sponsor of terrorism.”

Pompeo’s assertion to The Daily Signal goes farther than most Republicans have gone in their criticism of how the administration handled the cash payment, which the government says was not related to the prisoner release, but the result of a settlement with Iran of a decades-old financial dispute over an uncompleted arms deal.

Because the money already belonged to Iran, and did not have to be appropriated by Congress, most lawmakers and observers say the administration acted lawfully. Critics are more concerned that if Iran considers the $400 million to be a ransom payment, Tehran will be encouraged to seek similar terms for other dual national hostages it unlawfully holds.

“While I think the $400 million cash payment was handled in an incredibly stupid way, I don’t agree with Rep. Pompeo that the administration violated the law,” Patrick Clawson, the director of research at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said in an interview with The Daily Signal. “The money is coming from a settlement account, which is frequently used for nonappropriated purposes. They’ve been in meetings trying to settle this claim for 20 years.”

Other observers say the administration should have informed Congress about the details of the $400 million cash payment before it happened.

“It may not be a legal issue, but it’s a best practices issue,” John Hannah, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said in a interview with The Daily Signal.

“These were sanctions established by Congress and for the president then to seek to circumvent them, even if it’s technically legal, without notification or consultation with Congress, is just bad practice and something the Congress ought to be upset about,” added Hannah, who was the national security adviser for Vice President Dick Cheney in the George W. Bush administration.

Pompeo, however, is asking for more. He told The Daily Signal he plans to send letters to the Treasury and Justice departments in the coming days seeking more information on who in the administration authorized the $400 million payment to Iran, and the government’s justification that the transaction was lawful.

“Until the president made an affirmative decision to pay that claim, it wasn’t Iran’s money,” Pompeo said in an interview. “It was American money. So they broke the law. The thrust of it is, ‘It’s illegal. You did it.’ And Congress has a role of identifying a breach of law and referring violators to the Justice Department for prosecution.”

After The Wall Street Journal last week broke the story reporting the details of the cash payment, Republican lawmakers were quick to call it a ransom, while some members of relevant congressional committees expressed frustration about not being fully informed by the Obama administration about what happened.

In January, Obama announced publicly that the U.S. and Iran had struck a deal for the U.S. to pay Tehran $1.7 billion to settle an arms deal from before the Iranian revolution of 1979. On the same day, Obama said the Iranian nuclear deal had been implemented, and that American hostages had been released.

The new Wall Street Journal story shed further light on what happened, reporting that the first installment of the $1.7 billion—the $400 million cash—had been shipped to Iran in the form of euros and Swiss francs on an unmarked cargo plan.

“We’ve been chasing this since January, when President [Barack] Obama announced he was giving Iran almost $2 billion,” Pompeo said. “In both classified and unclassified briefings, at no time was I told the timing of the money transfer, or the format in which it was transferred.”

The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., told a local television station last week that he too did not know specific details of the $400 million cash payment.

“It alarms me as the chairman of the Intelligence Committee that something of this magnitude was not briefed to me,” Burr told WGHP Fox Greensboro. “Not only prior to the exchange but since the exchange. Only through, in this case, the Wall Street Journal do the American people know the truth about what was committed to by the American government to the Iranian government.”

Sen. James Lankford. R-Okla., a member of the Intelligence Committee, did not learn about the cash payment until the administration announced it in January, his spokesman told The Daily Signal.

In June, Lankford offered legislation that requires the White House to make public the details of its money transfer to Iran. He hopes the bill gets a vote before the full Senate later this year.

“Many Americans, including myself, have been very suspicious of the transfer of $1.7 billion dollars to Iran, just hours after American prisoners are released and the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal,” Lankford told The Daily Signal in a statement. “I have worked to bring more transparency to all of the Obama administration’s reckless actions with Iran, especially any type of cash payment which helps fund the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps to wreak havoc and work directly against American interests in Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Yemen.”

When Obama announced the settlement, he described it as savings for taxpayers, arguing that the U.S. ultimately was going to have to give Iran the money it was owed. He argued the government would likely have had to pay even more if the claim went through the normal arbitration process at an international claims tribunal court in Hague.

When the hostage crisis of 1979 was resolved two years later, the governments of Iran and the U.S. established the arbitration court in Hague to settle financial disputes between the two countries. Some of the outstanding issues were resolved, but the legal status of the failed arms deal was not.

“Iran will be returned its own funds, including appropriate interest, but much less than the amount Iran sought,” Obama said in January.

Speaking to reporters last week, Obama said the administration delivered the $400 million in foreign cash because U.S. sanctions law prevented the government from using dollars in transactions with Iran. (For more from the author of “GOP Lawmaker Suggests Obama Administration Employees Should Face Jail Time for Iran Cash Deal” please click HERE)

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INSANITY: Navy Announces Sailors and Academy Midshipmen May Openly Be Transgender, Receive Medical Treatment for “Transitioning”

Following the Defense Department’s lifting of the ban on transgender service members in June, the Navy Department is preparing to provide medical and administrative support for transitioning sailors and Marines, train personnel on the particulars of serving in a transgender-inclusive force and, by next summer, accept transgender recruits into boot camp. . .

Starting this fall, sailors and Marines with a diagnosis who are beginning, in the process of, or have completed transitioning will be able to petition to have their gender markers changed in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System.

And next summer, boot camps will begin accepting transgender prospects at boot camp, officer candidate schools, ROTC and the Naval Academy

“These policies and procedures are premised on the conclusion that open service by transgender Sailors and Marines, while being subject to the same standards and procedures as other members with regard to their medical fitness for duty, physical fitness, uniform and grooming, deployability, and retention, is consistent with military readiness,” [insane] Navy Secretary Ray Mabus wrote in the message. (Read more about how the military is allowing service members to be openly transgender in uniform HERE)

TURKISH CHAOS: Fox Reports Coup Still Underway, Others Say Military Failed

At least 60 killed, more than 700 detained as Turkish military attempts coup

By Turkish President Recep Tayyip ensured the country Saturday that his government was in control after a coup attempt brought a night of explosions, dog fights, gunfire and arrest across the capital, leaving dozens dead, at least 150 people wounded and many of the country’s armed forces arrested.

An official in the president’s office said at least 60, including 17 police officers, were killed and at least 754 members of the armed forces were arrested.

Government officials said it appeared the coup had failed as Turks took to the streets overnight to confront troops attempting to take over the country. However, the sounds of explosions, including one that hit the parliament complex, continued to echo across the capital, Ankara, and Istanbul throughout the morning. (Read more about the Turkish chaos HERE).


CNN: Updates on Increasing Turkish Chaos

By Katie Hunt, Madison Park and Ralph Ellis. After a night of explosions, gunfire and tanks rolling along the streets, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Turkey Saturday that an attempted military coup was over and the government was in charge.

However, the sounds of fighting were still being reported in Ankara and Istanbul after the chaotic attempt by members of the military to wrest control from Erdogan.

At least 42 people died and 1,000 people were injured across the country. . .

Five generals and 29 colonels are relieved of their duty, according to Turkey’s Interior Ministry, and several high court judges are also being questioned.

At least one air force base in the country is still in control of the insurgents, according to the ministry. (Read more on the Turkish chaos HERE)


President Erdogan Blames Coup Attempt on U.S.-based Islamic Preacher

By Selcan Hacaoglu, Firat Kozok, and Onur Ant. Turkey’s leaders appeared to have largely quelled an attempted military coup as reports began to surface of rebel soldiers surrendering to police authorities, bringing to an end a bloody conflict that had tanks blockading roads, soldiers fighting police and warplanes bombing the parliament in Ankara.

In the clearest sign yet the government had gained the upper hand, about 50 rebel soldiers who had been blocking a critical bridge across a waterway in Istanbul, left their tanks and armored carriers with hands raised, according to images broadcast by NTV.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a speech from Istanbul’s international airport, blamed the coup attempt on a group of followers of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen. “They will pay a heavy price for their treason,” Erdogan said in comments carried by AHaber. A group backed by the preacher condemned any military intervention in Turkish domestic politics in a statement on its website. (Read more about the Turkish chaos HERE)