Restoring Liberty http://joemiller.us Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:09:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Facebook Accused of Tracking All Users Even If They Delete Accounts, Ask Never to Be Followed http://joemiller.us/2015/04/facebook-accused-of-tracking-all-users-even-if-they-delete-accounts-ask-never-to-be-followed/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/facebook-accused-of-tracking-all-users-even-if-they-delete-accounts-ask-never-to-be-followed/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:09:16 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114595 Find out how Facebook is tracking you even after you've deleted your account.

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bookA new report claims that Facebook secretly installs tracking cookies on users’ computers, allowing them to follow users around the internet even after they’ve left the website, deleted their account and requested to be no longer followed.

Academic researchers said that the report showed that the company was breaking European law with its tracking policies. The law requires that users are told if their computers are receiving cookies except for specific circumstances.

Facebook’s tracking — which it does so that it can tailor advertising — involves putting cookies or small pieces of software on users’ computers, so that they can then be followed around the internet. Such technology is used by almost every website, but European law requires that users are told if they are being given cookies or being tracked. Companies don’t have to tell users if the cookies are required to connect to a service or if they are needed to give the user information that they have specifically requested.

But Facebook’s tracking policy allows it to track users if they have simply been to a page on the company’s domain, even if they weren’t logged in. That includes pages for brands or events, which users can see whether or not they have an account.

Facebook disputes the accusations of the report, it told The Independent. (Read more from “Facebook Accused of Tracking All Users Even If They Delete Accounts, Ask Never to Be Followed” HERE)

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Germanwings Co-Pilot Reported Depression During Training http://joemiller.us/2015/04/germanwings-co-pilot-reported-depression-during-training/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/germanwings-co-pilot-reported-depression-during-training/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:09:03 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114576 Years before he was at the controls of a Germanwings plane that plunged into the French Alps, Andreas Lubitz told the airline he worked for that he'd had a bout with depression.

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BN-HQ596_gerpil_P_20150330103016Years before he was at the controls of a Germanwings plane that plunged into the French Alps, Andreas Lubitz told the airline he worked for that he’d had a bout with depression.

Lubitz, the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 who authorities accuse of deliberately crashing the plane, told his Lufthansa flight training school in 2009 that he had a “previous episode of severe depression,” the airline said Tuesday.

Email correspondence between Lubitz and the school discovered in an internal investigation, Lufthansa said, included medical documents he submitted in connection with resuming his flight training.

The announcement indicates that Lufthansa, the parent company of Germanwings, knew of Lubitz’s battle with depression, allowed him to continue training and ultimately put him in the cockpit.

Lufthansa, whose CEO previously said Lubitz was 100% fit to fly, described its statement Tuesday as a “swift and seamless clarification” and said it was sharing the information and documents — including training and medical records — with public prosecutors. (Read more from “Germanwings Co-Pilot Reported Depression During Training” HERE)

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Watch: Harry Reid Tells CNN He’s Proud of Lying About Mitt Romney’s Taxes: ‘Well . . . Romney Didn’t Win, Did He?’ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/watch-harry-reid-tells-cnn-hes-proud-of-lying-about-mitt-romneys-taxes-well-romney-didnt-win-did-he/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/watch-harry-reid-tells-cnn-hes-proud-of-lying-about-mitt-romneys-taxes-well-romney-didnt-win-did-he/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:08:50 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114586 Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has no apologies – and no regrets – for using the floor of the United States Senate to slander Mitt Romney as a tax evader during the 2012 election.

Watch: Harry Reid Tells CNN He’s Proud of Lying About Mitt Romney’s Taxes: ‘Well . . . Romney Didn’t Win, Did He?’

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RomneyOutgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has no apologies – and no regrets – for using the floor of the United States Senate to slander Mitt Romney as a tax evader during the 2012 election.

In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, the loathsome Nevada senator justified his unjustifiable attacks on Romney, as well as his seemingly endless bashing of the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, in the crudest possible terms.

When Bash reminded Reid some Republicans had branded his unique form of malice as “McCarthyite,” Reid gave his political opponents – and the American political system – a stiff, verbal finger.

“Well, they can call it whatever they want,” he said. “Romney didn’t win, did he?” (Read more from “Watch: Harry Reid Tells CNN He’s Proud of Lying About Mitt Romney’s Taxes: ‘Well . . . Romney Didn’t Win, Did He?'” HERE)

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Disney Teams up with Hate-Filled, Profane Activist for New Sitcom http://joemiller.us/2015/04/disney-teams-up-with-hate-filled-profane-activist-for-new-sitcom/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/disney-teams-up-with-hate-filled-profane-activist-for-new-sitcom/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:08:21 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114561 Disney has teamed up with a radical, profane activist for a new sitcom to be aired on ABC.

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Photo Credit: Western Journalism

As though Disney-owned ABC intentionally sought out the most divisive public figure available for its most recently announced venture, recent reports indicate Dan Savage has been slated to head up a television program based on his life. Though his name might not have household recognition across the U.S., his comments have frequently earned him the disdain of critics – and some with whom he might otherwise agree.

The outspokenly gay activist is not satisfied with merely touting the ostensible virtues of his own lifestyle choices; he repeatedly advocates pain and death for those who dare oppose his radical agenda.

Newsbusters compiled a truncated list of his objectionable remarks, including his daydreams about “f—king the s—t out of” former Sen. Rick Santorum and suggesting that another politician he opposed should be “dragged behind a pickup truck until there’s nothing left but the rope.”

Savage, who has teamed up with the Obama administration to raise money for his social program, also infamously proclaimed his belief that “abortion should be mandatory for about 30 years” to address overpopulation concerns.

His new exposure via a personally tailored vehicle currently titled Family of the Year is sure to make the foul-mouthed activist even more recognizable. (Read more from “Disney Teams up with Hate-Filled, Profane Activist for New Sitcom” HERE)

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Hillary’s Accidental Drone Email About Decorating Reveals BIG New Problems http://joemiller.us/2015/04/big-ooops-hillarys-accidental-drone-email-about-decorating-reveals-big-new-problems/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/big-ooops-hillarys-accidental-drone-email-about-decorating-reveals-big-new-problems/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:05:33 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114580 Being publicly proven a liar and a fool at the same time can’t be easy, but that’s what happened to Hillary Clinton on Tuesday.

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clinton_wide_eyed_afpBeing publicly proven a liar and a fool at the same time can’t be easy, but that’s what happened to Hillary Clinton on Tuesday.

The Associated Press published a story proving the former secretary of wasn’t telling the truth when she claimed she used a private email account and private server to conduct public business as a matter of “convenience” to avoid using two separate devices.

As the emails obtained by the AP show, Clinton used her iPad as well as a Blackberry to send her emails, that’s the liar part.

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That’s not all, though. The AP story notes that the State Department released a total of four emails in response to its request for documents relating to drone strikes and U.S. overseas surveillance programs over a four-year period. The secretary of state sent only four emails about the two most critical parts of the country’s war on terror in four years? . . .

The fool part shows that the woman who would be president actually answered an email from her chief of staff that included a news account of a U.S. drone attack in Pakistan in 2011 with a question of her own — and one that appears to be about decorations. (Read more from “Hillary’s Accidental Drone Email About Decorating Reveals BIG New Problems” HERE)

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A Terrorist’s Son Flips the White House’s Definition of Islam as the ‘Religion of Peace’ on Its Head [+video] http://joemiller.us/2015/04/a-terrorists-son-flips-the-white-houses-definition-of-islam-as-the-religion-of-peace-on-its-head-video/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/a-terrorists-son-flips-the-white-houses-definition-of-islam-as-the-religion-of-peace-on-its-head-video/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:04:56 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114591 The author of the “Son of Hamas” recently sat down in an interview with Glenn Beck of The Blaze, and he uttered a phrase that is not new, but is nonetheless striking.

A Terrorist’s Son Flips the White House’s Definition of Islam as the ‘Religion of Peace’ on Its Head [+video]

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download (11)He is the son of Hassan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas, and the man who became the face of the “Second Intifada.”

His name? Mosab Hassan Yousef. Not only is he a convert to Christianity, but he also worked as a double agent within the Israeli security service Shin Bet against the State Department-designated terrorist organization Hamas.

The author of the “Son of Hamas” recently sat down in an interview with Glenn Beck of The Blaze, and he uttered a phrase that is not new, but is nonetheless striking . . .

Above is an interview with the Jerusalem Post, “A Terrorist’s Son Flips the White House’s Definition of Islam as the ‘Religion of Peace’ on Its Head,” conducted in 2012 where he provides some nuance and perspective on his provocative comment. The article provides a succinct biography for Mosab Hassan Yousef:

In 1978, Mosab is born to the son of one of Hamas’ seven founders, Sheikh Hassan Yousef. Prepped to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a terrorist, Mosab starts asking questions until gradually, over the years, he becomes convinced that the ways of Hamas cannot be the truth. He subsequently converts to Christianity. He becomes an agent for Shin Bet. The intelligence he provides prevents terror attacks and leads to the incarceration of Hamas terrorists. In 2007, he leaves the West Bank in favor of the west coast. He gain(ed) political asylum in the US…

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You’ll Never Guess the Amount of Michelle Obama’s Outrageous Spending on Her Recent Vacation http://joemiller.us/2015/04/youll-never-guess-the-amount-of-michelle-obamas-outrageous-spending-on-her-recent-vacation/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/youll-never-guess-the-amount-of-michelle-obamas-outrageous-spending-on-her-recent-vacation/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:04:40 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114566 Michelle Obama took a pricey trip, and you'll have to read this story to find out just how far the outrageous spending went.

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Photo Credit: Free Beacon

Hotel accommodations for First Lady Michelle Obama’s two-day trip to Cambodia required 85 rooms and cost taxpayers $242,500, according to a government contract released Friday.

Mrs. Obama traveled to Siem Reap, Cambodia on March 21 to promote a girls education initiative. A contract was awarded on March 3, citing the “unusual and compelling urgency” of the First Lady’s trip.

Mrs. Obama and a delegation of senior high-level U.S. government officials stayed at the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort, according to a justification and approval document for the visit.

The trip required 85 single rooms, five office suites, five sleeping suites, and one conference room for 14 nights. Mrs. Obama herself only stayed in Cambodia for two days, leaving on March 22 . . .

“The Siem Reap hotel, which elegantly combines Khmer and French architectural design, features landscaped gardens, [five] restaurants and bars, meeting facilities, a luxury spa and the largest free form swimming pool in Cambodia,” according to Accor, the French hotel operator that manages the hotel. “The leading luxury resort in Siem Reap also boosts a world-class 18-hole golf course at the Phokeethra Country Club, which is only a 25 [minute] drive from the hotel.” (Read more from “You’ll Never Guess the Amount of Michelle Obama’s Outrageous Spending on Her Recent Vacation” HERE)

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New Chinese Bank Becomes Major Headache for U.S. http://joemiller.us/2015/04/new-chinese-bank-becomes-major-headache-for-u-s/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/new-chinese-bank-becomes-major-headache-for-u-s/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:04:26 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114552 Another day, it seems, brings another new member to China's latest big international initiative: a new development bank for Asia.

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Photo Credit: Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty

Another day, it seems, brings another new member to China’s latest big international initiative: a new development bank for Asia.

Russia became the latest country to announce it would join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), to be based in Beijing.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov made the announcement on March 28 at an international forum in China, saying President Vladimir Putin himself had made the decision for Russia to participate, according to RIA Novosti.

Russia is the latest in a string of countries, including many of the United States’ closest allies in Europe and Asia, to announce plans to join the bank ahead of a March 31 deadline to become a charter member.

In recent days, Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and South Korea have all said they intend to join the $50 billion bank, which would be used to fund infrastructure improvements, like new roads and rail lines, in Asia. (Read more from “New Chinese Bank Becomes Major Headache for U.S.” HERE)

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‘Dear Mom, Don’t Cry,’ Chechen IS Militant Writes, ‘I’m Waging Jihad’ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/dear-mom-dont-cry-chechen-is-militant-writes-im-waging-jihad/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/dear-mom-dont-cry-chechen-is-militant-writes-im-waging-jihad/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:03:59 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114556 A Chechen militant who says he is fighting alongside the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria has posted a heartfelt open letter to his mother, confessing that he misses her when he is alone at night but hoping that he will make her proud when he becomes a "martyr" and dies in battle.

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Photo Credit: Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty

By Joanna Paraszczuk. A Chechen militant who says he is fighting alongside the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria has posted a heartfelt open letter to his mother, confessing that he misses her when he is alone at night but hoping that he will make her proud when he becomes a “martyr” and dies in battle.

Abu Abdullah Shishani (“The Chechen”) shared the letter on his VKontakte account on March 15.

“Mama, I know you are crying — it hurts that you lost me…And I also feel longing at night when I am alone… remembering you,” Abu Abdullah writes.

Abu Abdullah’s letter is part of a trend that has developed among Russian-speaking, usually North Caucasus militants from various factions in Syria, who use social media to post their own writings — poems, open letters, diary entries, accounts of dreams — that tell of their experiences. These militants, including Abu Abdullah, usually express their thoughts, memories, and opinions using the language and ideology of militant jihad.

While their accounts are intended to be shared among others in order to move and motivate them, unlike the “official” polished and glossy propaganda material published by IS’s Al-Hayat media wing, they appear to be written for consumption within the smaller Russian-speaking “jihad” community and do not have messages for a Western audience. (Read more from “‘Dear Mom, Don’t Cry,’ Chechen IS Militant Writes, ‘I’m Waging Jihad'” HERE)

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Islamic State’s Propaganda Magazine Justifies Use of Child Executioners

By Joanna Paraszczuk. The latest edition of Dabiq, the full-color, glossy propaganda magazine published by Islamic State (IS) militants, praises two children who have carried out execution-style killings for the militant group.

The eighth issue of Dabiq magazine, whose cover has the headline Sharia Alone Will Rule Africa, was shared on social media on March 30.

An article titled The Lions Of Tomorrow features photographs of the two child militants, both of whom are shown in videos apparently shooting captives that IS had accused of being foreign agents.

One of the children, who was shown apparently shooting dead two men accused of being Russian spies in a video released in January, looks very similar to a young Kazakh boy who appeared in an earlier video showing a group of ethnic Kazakh children undergoing military and ideological instruction.

The second child is shown in a video released earlier this month, where he appears to shoot dead a Palestinian man whom IS had accused of spying for Israel’s Mossad. (Read more from ” Islamic State’s Propaganda Magazine Justifies Use of Child Executioners” HERE)

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EPA Chief: Keystone Wouldn’t Be a ‘Disaster’ for Climate http://joemiller.us/2015/04/epa-chief-keystone-wouldnt-be-a-disaster-for-climate/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/epa-chief-keystone-wouldnt-be-a-disaster-for-climate/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:02:19 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114571 The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said the Keystone XL pipeline would not be disastrous for the climate.

EPA Chief: Keystone Wouldn’t Be a ‘Disaster’ for Climate

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epaBy Timothy Cama. The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said the Keystone XL pipeline would not be disastrous for the climate.

Gina McCarthy’s comments on Monday came despite her agency’s position that low oil prices could mean that Keystone will have more of an impact on the climate than previously thought.

Politico’s Mike Allen asked McCarthy if Keystone would be a “disaster” for the climate.

“No,” McCarthy responded at an event Politico hosted, “I don’t think that any one issue is a disaster for the climate.”

Keystone’s climate impact was the focus of a letter the EPA sent in February to the State Department, which is evaluating whether to approve the Canada-to-Gulf Coast oil pipeline, which would carry oil sands from Alberta. (Read more from “EPA Chief: Keystone Wouldn’t Be a ‘Disaster’ for Climate” HERE)

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Canada Pushes Ahead With Alternatives to Keystone XL

By Bobby Magill. A decision on whether to allow the Keystone XL Pipeline to be built in the U.S. could come at any time, but there are myriad other projects on the table designed to do exactly what Keystone XL was designed to do: transport Canadian tar sands oil to refineries.

Those pipelines, both in the U.S. and Canada, are being designed to move the oily bitumen produced from the tar sands to refineries in Texas and eastern Canada, and to ports on the Pacific Coast where the oil could be shipped to Asia.

Combined, the pipelines would be able to carry more than 3 million barrels of oil per day, far in excess of the 800,000 barrels per day that TransCanada’s Keystone XL is designed to carry. (Read more from this story HERE)

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Sierra Leone Ebola Lockdown Exposes Hundreds of Suspected Cases http://joemiller.us/2015/04/sierra-leone-ebola-lockdown-exposes-hundreds-of-suspected-cases/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/sierra-leone-ebola-lockdown-exposes-hundreds-of-suspected-cases/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:02:01 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114600 A three-day lockdown in Sierra Leone has exposed hundreds of potential new cases of Ebola.

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Pedestrians walk past a sign reading "Ebola disease outbreak" outside the Ministry of Finance in MonroviaA three-day lockdown in Sierra Leone has exposed hundreds of potential new cases of Ebola, aiding efforts to bring to an end an epidemic that has already killed 3,000 people in the country.

Officials ordered the country’s 6 million residents to stay indoors or face arrest during the period that ended late on Sunday as hundreds of health officials went door-to-door looking for hidden patients and educating residents about the virus.

Reports to authorities of sick people increased by 191 percent in Western Area, which includes the capital, during the lockdown compared with the previous weekend, said Obi Sesay of the National Ebola Response Center.

“Tests are being carried out on their blood samples, and the results will be in by Wednesday,” Sesay said, adding that 173 of the patients in Freetown met an initial case definition for Ebola. (Read more from “Sierra Leone Ebola Lockdown Exposes Hundreds of Suspected Cases” HERE)

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3D Printed 10/22 Rifles Are a Reality http://joemiller.us/2015/04/3d-printed-1022-rifles-are-a-reality/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/3d-printed-1022-rifles-are-a-reality/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:01:45 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114545 The world of 3D printing is evolving at a breakneck pace. What started out a couple of years with basic, single shot firearms that were not very practical has turned into technology would could revolutionize the gun industry.

3D Printed 10/22 Rifles Are a Reality

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Photo Credit: Guns Save Lives

The world of 3D printing is evolving at a breakneck pace. What started out a couple of years with basic, single shot firearms that were not very practical has turned into technology would could revolutionize the gun industry.

In this case, a 3D printed 10/22 (based on Ruger’s popular rifle) has been printed and fired with factory parts/accessories. The folks over at PrintedFirearm.com have documented the whole process for the world to see. In fact, this project was actually started back in 2013, but there is now renewed interest in the project . . .

These early prints were done in 2013 but with all the recent hype about 3d printed Ruger 10/22 Rifles being printed we wanted to confirm that yes its possible and we’ve done it before.

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Face Scans Show How Fast a Person Is Aging http://joemiller.us/2015/04/face-scans-show-how-fast-a-person-is-aging/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/face-scans-show-how-fast-a-person-is-aging/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:01:29 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114604 Every face tells a story, and that story apparently includes hints of how quickly a person is aging, a new study contends.

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FaceEvery face tells a story, and that story apparently includes hints of how quickly a person is aging, a new study contends.

Facial features have proven even more reliable than blood tests in spotting those for whom time is taking a heavier toll, a Chinese research team reports in the March 31 issue of the journal Cell Research.

A computerized 3-D facial imaging process uncovered a number of “tells” that show if a person is aging more rapidly, including a widening mouth, bulging nose, sagging upper lip, shrinking gums and drooping eye corners, the researchers said.

“This suggests not only that youth is ‘skin deep,’ but also that health is ‘written’ on the face,” the study authors concluded, suggesting that facial scanning could more accurately assess a person’s general health than a routine physical exam.

This sort of facial imaging is part of a cutting-edge technology aimed at estimating life expectancy and assessing health risk factors simply by taking a scan of your face, said Jay Olshansky, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Public Health and a board member of the American Federation for Aging Research. (Read more from “Face Scans Show How Fast a Person Is Aging” HERE)

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Russian Analyst Urging Attacks on Major U.S. Landmarks http://joemiller.us/2015/03/russian-analyst-urging-attacks-on-major-u-s-landmarks/ http://joemiller.us/2015/03/russian-analyst-urging-attacks-on-major-u-s-landmarks/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:26:42 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114533 A Russian geopolitical analyst says the best way to attack the United States is to detonate nuclear weapons to trigger a supervolcano at these U.S. landmarks.

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By Su-Lin Tan. A Russian geopolitical analyst says the best way to attack the United States is to detonate nuclear weapons to trigger a supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park or along the San Andreas fault line on California’s coast.

The president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems based in Moscow, Konstantin Sivkov said in an article for a Russian trade newspaper on Wednesday, VPK News, that Russia needed to increase its military weapons and strategies against the “West” which was “moving to the borders or Russia”.

He has a conspiracy theory that NATO – a political and military alliance which counts the US, UK, Canada and many countries in western Europe as members – was amassing strength against Russia and the only way to combat that problem was to attack America’s vulnerabilities to ensure a “complete destruction of the enemy”.

“Geologists believe that the Yellowstone supervolcano could explode at any moment. There are signs of growing activity there. Therefore it suffices to push the relatively small, for example the impact of the munition megaton class to initiate an eruption. The consequences will be catastrophic for the United States – a country just disappears,” he said.

“Another vulnerable area of ​​the United States from the geophysical point of view, is the San Andreas fault – 1300 kilometers between the Pacific and North American plates … a detonation of a nuclear weapon there can trigger catastrophic events like a coast-scale tsunami which can completely destroy the infrastructure of the United States.” (Read more from “Russian Analyst Urging Attacks on Major U.S. Landmarks” HERE)

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Russian Tanks and Fighters Enter Eastern Ukraine, Says Kiev

By Damien Sharkov. 22 Russian tanks crossed into Ukraine’s separatist-held eastern territories over the weekend, as pro-Moscow forces continue to seep into Ukraine’s war-stricken Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Donetsk’s local pro-government officials reported yesterday.

In a statement published on Donetsk’s regional government website, the deputy head of Ukraine’s anti-separatist military operations in Donetsk and Luhansk Valentin Fechev, condemned the “cynical lies” of pro-Russian fighters who have accused Ukraine of violating the ceasefire between the two sides, and instead gave a recent recap of Russian violations.

Fechev told the regional government website that 22 tanks had crossed from Russia via the border town of Gukovo, into Ukraine’s Luhansk region, heading toward the city of Sverdlovsk for maintenance. (Read more from this story HERE)

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Spokesman for Missouri State Auditor Found Dead 1 Month After Boss Killed Himself http://joemiller.us/2015/03/spokesman-for-missouri-state-auditor-found-dead-1-month-after-boss-killed-himself/ http://joemiller.us/2015/03/spokesman-for-missouri-state-auditor-found-dead-1-month-after-boss-killed-himself/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:26:31 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114538 The spokesman for the Missouri auditor was found dead Sunday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, just a month after the suicide of his former boss, GOP gubernatorial frontrunner Tom Schweich.

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The spokesman for the Missouri auditor was found dead Sunday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, just a month after the suicide of his former boss, GOP gubernatorial frontrunner Tom Schweich.

Jefferson City police said Monday that Robert “Spence” Jackson was found dead Sunday evening at his home in the capital city. A police statement said Jackson’s death is being investigated as a suicide.

Jackson had been the spokesman for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, who shot himself to death on Feb. 26 at his home in the St. Louis suburb of Clayton. Jackson had remained as the office spokesman after Schweich’s death.

The 44-year-old Jackson also had previously served as the spokesman for former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt.

Jackson was a strong critic of Schweich’s political adversaries, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Schweich killed himself Feb. 26 at his home in Clayton minutes after telling a reporter that Republican state Chairman John Hancock had started an anti-Semitic “whispering campaign” against him. (Read more from “Spokesman for Missouri State Auditor Found Dead 1 Month After Boss Killed Himself” HERE)

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U.S. Signed Agreement with Mexico to Teach Immigrants to Unionize http://joemiller.us/2015/03/u-s-signed-agreement-with-mexico-to-teach-immigrants-to-unionize/ http://joemiller.us/2015/03/u-s-signed-agreement-with-mexico-to-teach-immigrants-to-unionize/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:26:19 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114523 The federal government has signed agreements with three foreign countries — Mexico, Ecuador and the Philippines — to establish outreach programs to teach immigrants their rights to engage in labor organizing in the U.S.

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The federal government has signed agreements with three foreign countries — Mexico, Ecuador and the Philippines — to establish outreach programs to teach immigrants their rights to engage in labor organizing in the U.S.

The agreements do not distinguish between those who entered legally or illegally. They are part of a broader effort by the National Labor Relations Board to get immigrants involved in union activism.

The five-member board is the agency that enforces the National Labor Relations Act, the main federal law covering unions. In 2013, Lafe Solomon, the board’s then-acting general counsel, signed a “memorandum of understanding” with Mexico’s U.S. ambassador. The current general counsel, Richard Griffin, signed additional agreements with the ambassadors of Ecuador and the Philippines last year.

“Those are the only countries that the NLRB has MOUs with,” said spokeswoman Jessica Kahanek.

The agreements are substantially similar, with several sections repeated verbatim in each one. All three documents state that the No. 1 outreach goal is “to educate those who may not be aware of the Act, including those employees just entering the work force, by providing information designed to clearly inform [that nation’s] workers in the United States of America their rights under the Act and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., via print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, mobile device applications, and links to the NLRB’s web site from the [country’s] web sites) to the … workers residing in the United States of America and their employers.” (Read more from “U.S. Signed Agreement with Mexico to Teach Immigrants to Unionize” HERE)

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You’ll Never Guess What a Reporter Says John Kerry’s Response to a Nuke Deal Was http://joemiller.us/2015/03/youll-never-guess-what-a-reporter-says-john-kerrys-response-to-a-nuke-deal-was/ http://joemiller.us/2015/03/youll-never-guess-what-a-reporter-says-john-kerrys-response-to-a-nuke-deal-was/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:25:50 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114503 Secretary of State John Kerry allegedly responded in a most unusual way to a reporter’s question Friday whether a nuclear arms deal could be reached with Iran before the March 31 deadline.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry testifies at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee while on Capitol Hill in WashingtonSecretary of State John Kerry allegedly responded in a most unusual way to a reporter’s question Friday whether a nuclear arms deal could be reached with Iran before the March 31 deadline.

“Allah willing,” Kerry replied — in Arabic, according to Laura Rozen, a reporter covering the Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, for the Washington, D.C.-based online publication, Al-Monitor.

As news reached the public Friday that a deal may be forthcoming, Rozen tweeted:

Friend of colleague ran into @JohnKerry at chocolate shop tdy. She said friends in #Iran are looking forward to deal. He said ‘inshallah’

— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) March 27, 2015

“Inshallah” is Arabic for “Allah willing,” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. (Read more from “You’ll Never Guess What a Reporter Says John Kerry’s Response to a Nuke Deal Was” HERE)

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Disgusting: New Spa-Like Abortion Clinic Is Part of a Trend to De-Stigmatize the Procedure http://joemiller.us/2015/03/disgusting-new-spa-like-abortion-clinic-is-part-of-a-trend-to-de-stigmatize-the-procedure/ http://joemiller.us/2015/03/disgusting-new-spa-like-abortion-clinic-is-part-of-a-trend-to-de-stigmatize-the-procedure/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:25:27 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114513 With its natural wood floors and plush upholstery, Carafem aims to feel more like a spa than a medical clinic. But the slick ads set to go up in Metro stations across the Washington region leave nothing to doubt: “Abortion. Yeah, we do that.”

Disgusting: New Spa-Like Abortion Clinic Is Part of a Trend to De-Stigmatize the Procedure

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With its natural wood floors and plush upholstery, Carafem aims to feel more like a spa than a medical clinic. But the slick ads set to go up in Metro stations across the Washington region leave nothing to doubt: “Abortion. Yeah, we do that.”

The Maryland clinic, opening this week in Montgomery County’s tony Friendship Heights area, specializes in the abortion pill. The advertising reflects its unabashed approach — and a new push to de-stigmatize the nation’s most controversial medical procedure by talking about it openly and unapologetically.

Plagued by political setbacks in recent years, abortion rights activists are seeking to normalize abortion, to put a human face on the women getting the procedure and, in some cases, even putting a positive spin on it.

In Los Angeles County, groups recently sent women door-to-door in conservative neighborhoods to talk about their abortion experiences in the hope of changing minds. A number of Democratic lawmakers have publicly acknowledged having undergone the procedure. And new online projects solicit personal testimonials, including from women who have no regrets about terminating their pregnancies.

At Carafem, staff members plan to greet clients with warm teas, comfortable robes and a matter-of-fact attitude. (Read more from “New Spa-Like Abortion Clinic Is Part of a Trend to De-Stigmatize the Procedure” HERE)

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Report Says Iran May Be Keeping Elements of Nuclear Program in Syria, North Korea http://joemiller.us/2015/03/report-says-iran-may-be-keeping-elements-of-nuclear-program-in-syria-north-korea/ http://joemiller.us/2015/03/report-says-iran-may-be-keeping-elements-of-nuclear-program-in-syria-north-korea/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:24:47 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114499 As world powers race to close a nuclear deal with Iran, recent reports have indicated that not all elements of Iran’s nuclear program may be domestic, but that some of it may be located in Syria and as far away as North Korea.

Report Says Iran May Be Keeping Elements of Nuclear Program in Syria, North Korea

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AlgeAs world powers race to close a nuclear deal with Iran, recent reports have indicated that not all elements of Iran’s nuclear program may be domestic, but that some of it may be located in Syria and as far away as North Korea. In light of the secrecy surrounding the talks going on in Lausanne, Switzerland these reports are receiving some attention, according to The Israel Project, a Washington DC-based advocacy group.

If true, the implications of the reports are far reaching. The Israel Project said that the debate in these reports “involves how Iran has dispersed its nuclear assets to Syria and North Korea, which means that any envisioned deal would only slow a part of the Iranian nuclear program, while flooding the Iranians with cash to bolster what’s left over.”

Last November, as an earlier deadline for the talks approached, the issue came up regarding Iran moving its nuclear program’s assets to Syria, but now the debate is including North Korea. And according to the Israel project, “Even if everything goes right in slowing Iran’s nuclear work on Iranian soil…the deal wouldn’t touch all of the places and ways the Iranians are going nuclear.”

The reports indicate that Germany’s Der Spiegel revealed the existence of an undisclosed nuclear facility in Syria where as much as 50 tons of enriched uranium may have been taken, so that while it remained in Syrian territory, it was nonetheless under Iranian control. The facility is located deep in the Qalamoun region, near the town of Qusayr, territory controlled by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps-Quds Force and Iran’s terror proxy Hezbollah. (Read more from “Report Says Iran May Be Keeping Elements of Nuclear Program in Syria, North Korea” HERE)

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Spanish Hospital Conducts World’s First Successful Complex Face Transplant http://joemiller.us/2015/03/spanish-hospital-conducts-worlds-first-successful-complex-face-transplant/ http://joemiller.us/2015/03/spanish-hospital-conducts-worlds-first-successful-complex-face-transplant/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:24:14 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114519 A Spanish hospital said Monday it has successfully carried out the world's most complex face transplant.

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FaceA Spanish hospital said Monday it has successfully carried out the world’s most complex face transplant, reconstructing the lower face, neck, mouth, tongue and back of the throat of a man terribly disfigured by disease.

A team of 45 physicians, nurses, anaesthesiologists and other health professionals carried out the 27-hour operation in early February at Barcelona’s Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, the hospital said in a statement.

“This is the first time that a transplant of this complexity is performed in the world,” the statement said.

“The patient evolution after the surgery was successful, similar to any transplant patient at the hospital. Now he is already at home and only comes to the hospital to do routine checkups.”

The patient, a 45-year-old man who does not wish to be identified, had suffered a condition called arteriovenous malformation for the past 20 years, causing a massive deformation of his tissues. (Read more from “Spanish Hospital Conducts Complex Face Transplant” HERE)

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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria from American Cattle Become Airborne, but Is It Life-Threatening? http://joemiller.us/2015/03/antibiotic-resistant-bacteria-from-american-cattle-become-airborne-but-is-it-life-threatening/ http://joemiller.us/2015/03/antibiotic-resistant-bacteria-from-american-cattle-become-airborne-but-is-it-life-threatening/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:23:41 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114528 Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have become airborne, from American cattle. There's one main question, is it life-threatening?

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria from American Cattle Become Airborne, but Is It Life-Threatening?

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cattle-yardAirborne particulate matter wafting off American cattle yards contains antibiotics, bacteria, and antibiotic-resistant DNA, a new study finds. Environmental tests on the spread of antibiotics have been performed in the past, but this is the first time researchers have examined aerial dispersion. The work suggests airborne transmission may be contributing to an emerging global health problem, where doctors find it increasingly difficult to treat life-threatening infections.

For some time now, scientists have worried that we may be entering a “post-antibiotic era,” when the drugs that once defeated potentially fatal infections are no longer effective. Simply put, the bacteria causing infections in many cases are now immune to (or “resisting”) the drugs. Since antibiotic-resistant bacterial DNA, if imbibed in water or consumed in meat, can be transferred to humans, many researchers say misuse and overuse of veterinary pharmaceuticals may be responsible, in part, for this global health threat. Large, commercial food operations rely on veterinary drugs, including antibiotics, to promote bigger growth of the animals. However, after the animals excrete the drugs, these antibiotics enter the environment via runoff, leaching, and the spread of manure.

For this new study, then, environmental toxicology researchers at Texas Tech University decided to look at whether these drugs become airborne. Over a period of six months, they gathered airborne particulate matter from 10 commercial cattle yards each with a capacity of 20,000 to 50,000 head of cattle, within 200 miles of Lubbock, Texas.

“Mass of [particulate matter] collected immediately downwind of feedyards was significantly different than that collected immediately upwind of each feedyard,” the authors wrote in the study. (Read more from “Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria from American Cattle Become Airborne, but Is It Life-Threatening?” HERE)

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The Pentagon Ups the Ante in Syria Fight http://joemiller.us/2015/03/the-pentagon-ups-the-ante-in-syria-fight/ http://joemiller.us/2015/03/the-pentagon-ups-the-ante-in-syria-fight/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:23:25 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114494 The Special Forces group that ousted the Taliban from Afghanistan in 2001 is preparing to deploy to Jordan to train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State.

The Pentagon Ups the Ante in Syria Fight

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JORDAN-MILITARY-EXERCISEThe Special Forces group that ousted the Taliban from Afghanistan in 2001 is preparing to deploy to Jordan to train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State, but many of the U.S. military’s most elite warriors have a gnawing fear that those efforts may be too little, too late.

Four years after the start of the uprising against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, the Army’s 5th Special Forces Group is getting ready to establish a multinational special operations task force in Jordan to train and equip Syrian rebel forces that the United States deems “moderate” — which means allied with neither the Islamic State nor al Qaeda’s local affiliate, al-Nusra Front.

But daunting challenges lie ahead for 5th Group. They include finding and vetting enough moderate rebels to make a difference on the battlefield; potential friction with the CIA, which has its own rebel training program going on in Jordan; the Obama administration’s refusal to let special operations forces fight alongside the rebel forces they have trained; and a confusing chain of command that none of the relevant American military headquarters seem willing or able to explain.

To complicate matters further, the general in charge of the training mission in Jordan is considered one of the special operations community’s most capable senior officers, but as things stand he is scheduled to rotate out of the country just as the training effort gets underway.

The stakes are enormously high for Washington and its allies. The Obama administration has publicly vowed to keep U.S. forces out of the line of fire in the campaign against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, in part to guard against the prospect of more American fatalities in a conflict the U.S. public had overwhelmingly turned against in recent years. The White House is instead hoping that members of some of the military’s most secretive and elite units can rebuild the shattered Iraqi army and stand up a force of tribal militias willing to fight the Islamic State, while simultaneously helping to train and equip a new rebel force in Syria. Failure in either location is likely to embolden the United States’ enemies in the region — Iran, the Assad regime, the Islamic State, and al-Nusra Front — and seriously damage American prestige. (Read more from “The Pentagon Ups the Ante in Syria Fight” HERE)

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Access Denied: Reporters Say Federal Officials, Data Increasingly off Limits http://joemiller.us/2015/03/access-denied-reporters-say-federal-officials-data-increasingly-off-limits/ http://joemiller.us/2015/03/access-denied-reporters-say-federal-officials-data-increasingly-off-limits/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:22:55 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114508 Reporters seem to have all the doors closed to data on federal officials.

Access Denied: Reporters Say Federal Officials, Data Increasingly off Limits

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Photo Credit: Washington Post

Stacey Singer, a health reporter for the Palm Beach Post in Florida, was perusing a medical journal in 2012 when she came across something startling: a federal epidemiologist’s report about a tuberculosis outbreak in the Jacksonville area. Singer promptly began pursuing the story.

But when she started seeking official comment about the little-reported outbreak, the doors began closing. County health officials referred her to the state health department. State officials referred her to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even though the CDC’s own expert had written the investigative report, the agency’s press office declined to let Singer speak with him. A spokesman told her it was a local matter and sent her back to the state office in Tallahassee.

Through public records requests, Singer eventually was able to piece together the story of a contagion that had caused 13 deaths and 99 illnesses — the worst the CDC had found in 20 years.

“It’s really expensive to fight this hard” for public information, said Singer, now an editorial writer at the newspaper. She suspects that officials were slow to respond because news of the TB outbreak might have harmed Florida’s tourism industry. “They know that to delay is to deny. . . . They know we have to move on to other stories.”

The stories aren’t always as consequential or as dramatic as a TB outbreak, but Singer’s experience is shared by virtually every journalist on the government beat, from the White House on down. They can recite tales with similar outlines: An agency spokesman — frequently a political appointee — rejects the reporter’s request for interviews, offers partial or nonresponsive replies, or delays responding at all until after the journalist’s deadline has passed. (Read more from “Access Denied: Reporters Say Federal Officials, Data Increasingly off Limits” HERE)

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Obama Trying to Stop the US Army From Prosecuting Bergdahl? http://joemiller.us/2015/03/obama-trying-to-stop-the-us-army-from-prosecuting-bergdahl/ http://joemiller.us/2015/03/obama-trying-to-stop-the-us-army-from-prosecuting-bergdahl/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:59:37 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114449 Recent reports indicate that senior Obama officials are doing their best to deep-six the Bergdahl prosecution.

Obama Trying to Stop the US Army From Prosecuting Bergdahl?

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Obama and BergBy Conservative Tribune. President Barack Obama has certainly staked a lot on the fate of likely deserter Bowe Bergdahl. He sacrificed the lives of several of our men in uniform in a vain attempt to rescue him, then traded five Taliban terrorists from Guantanamo Bay for his release.

Now, it appears the president is even willing to obstruct justice for Bergdahl. Recent reports indicate that senior Department of Defense officials are doing their best to poison the well for those prosecuting Bergdahl.

During the week, two DOD sources spoke to CNN to confirm that Bergdahl had left his post to “report what he believed to be problems with ‘order and discipline’ in his unit.”

While the way this was reported indicated that they were speaking on background about DOD investigations to CNN, it turns out that they were just repeating what Bergdahl had told authorities.

“This was a kid who had leadership concerns on his mind,” CNN reported that one of the officials said. “He wasn’t fed up; he wasn’t planning to desert.” (Read more from “Obama Trying to Stop the US Army From Prosecuting Bergdahl” HERE)
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Bergdahl’s ex-Platoon Members Already Undercutting the New “Whistleblower” Defense

By Jake Tapper. U.S. troops who served alongside Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on the day he disappeared told CNN that the emerging “whistleblower” defense being prepared for him makes no sense.

Bergdahl’s lawyer is making the case that Bergdahl left his post on foot to report his unit for troubling behavior, but his fellow troops say the platoon was already scheduled to drive back to their Forward Operating Base, or FOB, just hours after his disappearance.

“We were literally going back to the FOB Sharana the next day,” then-Sgt. Evan Buetow, Bergdahl’s team leader, told CNN. “If for whatever reason Bergdahl had complaints, he could have brought them to the attention of senior officers before our five-day mission, or easily could have waited a few more hours till we returned to the FOB.”

Then-Specialist Josh Cornelison, the platoon medic, said the base was “a lengthy drive away from” Observation Post Mest, where Bergdahl was last seen by his fellow troops.

“And he wanted to walk back? Knowing full well how many times we’d been blown up on the way there and back? Everyone knew bad dudes were around and watching us move to and from OP Mest,” Cornelison said. (Read more from this story about prosecuting Bergdahl HERE)

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GOP Puts Obama’s Bergdahl Swap on Trial

By Kristina Wong. Republicans intend to highlight the controversial trade for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to mount an attack on President Obama’s foreign policy.

The Army’s moves to charge the solider with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy have given Republicans a new opportunity to challenge Obama’s decision last year to secure his freedom by releasing five senior Taliban commanders from Guantánamo Bay.

Republicans say the president paid too high a price for Bergdahl’s return, especially since the five former detainees will be released from house arrest in Qatar in a few months. At least one of the former detainees is reportedly already suspected of returning to the fight.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee turned up the heat on Friday by sending a letter to White House chief of staff Denis McDonough that requests documents and information related to the swap.

The letter also requests documents and information related to comments by National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who days after the trade was announced said Bergdahl had served with “honor and distinction.” (Read more from this story HERE)

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Netanyahu on Iran Deal: It Confirms Israel’s Worst Fears ‘and Even More So’ [+video] http://joemiller.us/2015/03/netanyahu-on-iran-deal-it-confirms-israels-worst-fears-and-even-more-so-video/ http://joemiller.us/2015/03/netanyahu-on-iran-deal-it-confirms-israels-worst-fears-and-even-more-so-video/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:59:25 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114428 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the emerging agreement being negotiated over Iran’s nuclear program is worse than first imagined.

Netanyahu on Iran Deal: It Confirms Israel’s Worst Fears ‘and Even More So’ [+video]

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Netanyahu-Cabinet-March-2015-APBy Sharona Schwartz. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the emerging agreement being negotiated over Iran’s nuclear program confirmed all of Israel’s worst fears and warned that Iran was trying to “conquer the entire Middle East.”

“This agreement as it appears confirms all of our concerns and even more so,” Netanyahu said at the opening of his weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday.

Netanyahu accused Iran of trying to control the entire Middle East and blasted what he termed a “Beirut-Damascus-Baghdad axis,” referring to Iran’s regional allies of Hezbollah, Syrian President Bashar Assad and Iraq’s Shiites.

“Even as meetings proceed on this dangerous agreement, Iran’s proxies in Yemen are overrunning large sections of that country and are attempting to seize control of the strategic Bab-el-Mandeb straits which change the naval balance and the global oil supply,” Netanyahu said. “Iran is carrying out a pincer maneuver in the south as well in order to take over and conquer the entire Middle East.” (Read more from “Netanyahu on Iran Deal: It Confirms Israel’s Worst Fears ‘and Even More So’ [+video]” HERE)

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What to Worry About in an Iran Nuclear Deal

By Jeffrey Goldberg. I’m in Berlin, not Lausanne, and I haven’t spoken to anyone associated with the Iran nuclear negotiations in more than a week. Though there is a lot of good journalism being produced out of the talks, it is still difficult to discern what is actually happening at this moment. Those predisposed to believe that these negotiations will bring about a non-violent solution to the Iranian challenge, and also quite possibly encourage the Iranians to be more moderate in their approach to their neighbors, seem somewhat optimistic that the West will make the necessary compromises to win Iranian approval. Those who believe that the West is about to capitulate to Ayatollah Khamenei, the Iranian supreme leader, and set him on a path to the nuclear threshold seem to be praying that Iranian shortsightedness, or dumb luck on the part of the West, subvert these talks.

The more extreme positions on both sides are distasteful. The Pollyannas who not only seem to believe that Iran should be allowed to maintain an advanced nuclear infrastructure if it promises to behave nicely, but who also believe that this nuclear accord will somehow serve to convince the Iranians to moderate their approach to their neighbors and, for instance, stop sponsoring terrorism and murdering large numbers of people in Syria (among other places), are dangerous and naïve. On the other side, those who argue that no negotiated settlement will ever be good enough to keep Iran from the nuclear threshold—that only military action would guarantee an end to the Iranian nuclear program—believe that it is wise to start an actual war now in order to prevent a theoretical one later. If you believe that we are living in 1938, and that Israel, and the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia are playing the role of Czechoslovakia, then I suppose this position makes sense. I don’t think we are there, however.

I’ve been making lists of questions I have about the parameters of a framework deal, and a list of experts whose judgment I would trust to evaluate the technical aspects of a deal.

Here are a few questions that have, helped by various news stories about the talks, repeatedly crossed my mind in recent days. I would prefer to see a nuclear deal struck, of course, but unsatisfactory answers to these issues would be cause for real worry:

1) What will Saudi Arabia do in response to a deal? If the Saudis—who are already battling the Iranians on several fronts—actually head down the path toward nuclearization, then these negotiations will not have served the underlying purpose President Obama ascribed to them. The president has warned, in interviews with me and others, that a nuclear Iran would trigger a nuclear arms race across the Middle East, the world’s most volatile region. One goal of these talks is to assure the rest of the Middle East that Iran cannot achieve nuclear status. If Saudi Arabia (and Egypt and Turkey and the U.A.E.) does not believe that a deal will achieve this, then it will move on its own to counter the Persian nuclear threat. (Read more from this story HERE)

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RNC on Clinton: ‘Even Nixon Didn’t Destroy the Tapes’ http://joemiller.us/2015/03/rnc-on-clinton-even-nixon-didnt-destroy-the-tapes/ http://joemiller.us/2015/03/rnc-on-clinton-even-nixon-didnt-destroy-the-tapes/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:55:42 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114424 Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus blasted Hillary Clinton on Saturday for wiping her server and permanently deleting all emails.

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CRepublican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus blasted Hillary Clinton on Saturday for wiping her server and permanently deleting all emails.

“Even Nixon didn’t destroy the tapes,” Priebus said in a statement.

Clinton’s lawyer informed the House Select Committee investigating Benghazi on Friday that Clinton no longer had copies of any emails from her four-year tenure as secretary of State, ending in 2013.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chairman of the committee, said in a statement Friday that “Clinton unilaterally decided to wipe her server clean and permanently delete all emails from her personal server.”

Gowdy, whose committee had subpoenaed the server earlier this month, charged that Clinton apparently decided to delete her emails after Oct. 28, 2014, when the State Department first asked her to turn over public records. (Read more from “RNC on Clinton: ‘Even Nixon Didn’t Destroy the Tapes'” HERE)

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Clinton Angles for the Pro-Israel Vote, Declares Need to Bring US-Israel Ties Back to ‘Constructive’ Footing http://joemiller.us/2015/03/clinton-angles-for-the-pro-israel-vote-declares-need-to-bring-us-israel-ties-back-to-constructive-footing/ http://joemiller.us/2015/03/clinton-angles-for-the-pro-israel-vote-declares-need-to-bring-us-israel-ties-back-to-constructive-footing/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:55:25 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=114432 As the relationship between Obama and Netanyahu becomes even more frayed, Hillary Clinton is emphasizing that her approach to Israel would be much different. Perhaps this warning had something to do with Hillary's new pro-Israel theme.

Clinton Angles for the Pro-Israel Vote, Declares Need to Bring US-Israel Ties Back to ‘Constructive’ Footing

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clBy Lazar Berman. As the relationship between US President Barack Obama and Prime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu becomes even more frayed, prospective Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appeared to emphasize that her approach to Israel would be different than that of the current administration.

In a telephone conversation Sunday with Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Clinton said that “we need to all work together to return the special US-Israel relationship to constructive footing, to get back to basic shared concerns and interests.”

“We must ensure that Israel never becomes a partisan issue,” she added.

Clinton also called for “a two-state solution pursued through direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.”

Hoenlein initiated the conversation, according to the Conference of Presidents. (Read more from “Clinton: Bring US-Israel Ties Back to ‘Constructive’ Footing” HERE)

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Obama-Netanyahu Feud a Problem for Hillary and Dems

By Fredric U. Dicker. A top GOP strategist and pollster for newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is warning that New York Democrats, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, “will pay a heavy price” at the polls next year if they don’t break with President Obama’s policies on Israel and reject any deal he makes with Iran.

“Hillary Clinton, [Sen.] Chuck Schumer, [Reps.] Nita Lowey, Steve Israel, Jerry Nadler, Eliot Engel and others are about to get a whole new wave of pressure from Republicans on whether they agree or not with Obama on Israel,’’ New York-based national GOP pollster and strategist John McLaughlin told The Post.

“You’re going to have Republicans running for president, the Senate, for Congress next year supporting Israel and pledging to abrogate any deal Obama makes with Iran and challenging the Democrats to do the same,’’ said McLaughlin, who runs McLaughlin and Associates with his brother.

McLaughlin, who was with Netanyahu at the Israeli leader’s Jerusalem home the night of his victory earlier this month, said the GOP push would be especially powerful in heavily Jewish voting areas in the city, Westchester and Long Island.

“A lot of New York Democrats are going to have to decide if they back Israel, our strongest ally in the world, or a White House that has made a mess of the Middle East and threatens to do to Israel what they’ve just done to Yemen,’’ contended McLaughlin. (Read more from this story HERE)

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