Archive for the ‘“Intelligence”’ Category
It might surprise some readers to hear that in Wenham, Massachusetts, a little north of Salem, is a theologically conservative Christian institution of higher learning: Gordon College. You might think having a conservative college like this in true blue Massachusetts would make it a perpetual vortex of the culture wars, but Gordon is conservative in an old-style New England way, concentrating on making their community one of virtue in following Christ and essentially staying out of everyone else’s business; in particular, staying out of politics. The Gordon administration and their alumni, spread out over the area, are known for being mild-mannered and compassionate; basically just good people, as this editorial in the Salem Evening News points out (while insisting that Gordon is getting what it deserves.)
So what happened? Gordon President D. Michael Lindsay sent a letter to President Obama asking to be exempted from the executive order banning discrimination against gays and lesbians. Salem mayor Kim Driscoll got wind of it and immediately severed ties with the college, ending Gordon’s contract to manage Old Town Hall, where productions of “Cry Innocent” (about the Salem Witch Trials) are regularly performed. The President of Salem State University decided to pile on, local columnists compared Gordon to everything from witch hunters (of course) to the Klan, from slave owners to the Taliban. Inevitably, the bureaucrats got involved, with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges offering that Gordon’s accreditation needed to be “reviewed.”
Which all goes to show that it is possible to remain ignorant of the nature of witch hunts even in a region that is constantly revisiting and rehashing the Salem Witch Trials. Witch hunts happen when someone, doing what they have always been doing, is picked out by the mob as a victim to its own self-righteousness. In this case, Gordon College is merely asking to go on as it has these many years, when the North Shore community had no problem with it. It is only because His Highness Obama in Washington has decided that Gordon must change its ways that this has become an issue at all. The local media, politicians, academics and bureaucrats have all united against the school, using the old Puritan punishment of shunning (the Salem News invites Gordon to “…rejoin its counterparts as an important leader on the North Shore”—i.e. get with the program or get the hell out.)
Salem State University’s President notes that Gordon has “received scant support, at least publicly.” Of course. The witch never does.
Democrats want to introduce new bill to create ‘transparency’ on how immigrants obtain temporary visas
Reps. Lois Frankel (D-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), and Jim Himes (D-CT) announced in a conference call that they plan to introduce legislation that will require the federal government to release data for temporary work visas given to foreigners and immigrants.
“Millions of foreign citizens are temporarily authorized to work in the United States through a patchwork of non-immigrant visas found in every industry,” Frankel said. “There’s different recording requirements for each visa category and a lot of the data is not public. Without this info, many of these workers are hidden and vulnerable. What is happening is that most employers are honest and treat their workers with dignity, there are unfortunately dishonest unscrupulous folks who actually are trafficking these workers and or abuse them.”
Frankel told the story of a Ukrainian woman who was issued a temporary visa to work as a waitress in Virginia, but her handlers confiscated her visa and sent her to a strip club in Detroit.
“We [still] want to provide temporary work visas for foreign citizens,” Frankel said. “This is going to save lives and even the playing field for honest employers. By having a uniform system of data collection making that public, it will enable government agencies to do background checks and also human rights organizations.”
A copy of the National Counterterroism Center’s Watchlisting Guidance report from March 2013 shows a dramatic expansion in the criteria used to target potential terrorist suspects under the Obama administration — a system which “requires neither ‘concrete facts’ nor ‘irrefutable evidence,’” according to The Intercept.
Standards for making the list reportedly fall significantly below average law enforcement criteria necessary for arousing “reasonable suspicion.” Suspected terrorists’ families can be added to the list regardless of a lack of individual suspicion, and any known associates with ”a possible nexus” to terrorism can also be watchlisted.
The White House can additionally authorize a “threat-based expedited upgrade” — a loophole around reasonable suspicion that bumps the threat elevation of entire categories of listed suspects onto no-fly lists, and qualify them for increased scrutiny at border crossings and airports for up to a month based on “fragmentary information.”
“Instead of a watchlist limited to actual, known terrorists, the government has built a vast system based on the unproven and flawed premise that it can predict if a person will commit a terrorist act in the future,” American Civil Liberties Union National Security Project head Hina Shamsi told the Intercept after reviewing the document. “On that dangerous theory, the government is secretly blacklisting people as suspected terrorists and giving them the impossible task of proving themselves innocent of a threat they haven’t carried out.”
“These criteria should never have been kept secret.”
More Texas congressmen are expressing outrage over Planned Parenthood’s alleged abortion quotas, calling on Planned Parenthood to address the allegations and reiterating support for nationwide defunding.
Earlier this week, a former Planned Parenthood manager came to the Daily Caller with a budget statement she said proves that her clinic had annual abortion quotas it needed to meet in order to make its budget. The budget, from fiscal year 2010, said that the now-closed clinic in Bryan, Texas needed to perform at least 1,135 abortions in order to generate the necessary $355,581 in revenue.“It is utterly appalling that Planned Parenthood would have annual abortion quotas just to meet their financial goals,” said Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert. “With the vast amount of money Planned Parenthood receives from U.S. taxpayers, it is critical that we determine whether or not any staff members were told that their salaries were contingent on their pushing a certain number of young women to abort their babies. The idea of salaries being contingent on the number of babies destroyed is unmitigatingly evil.”
A Texas-based organization that has been awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in federal contracts by the Obama administration to house illegal immigrant children not only lobbied the federal government, but also failed to properly disclose the activity.
After The Daily Caller inquired about its lobbying disclosures, BCFS, a San Antonio-based nonprofit, now says it may correct its tax forms to properly disclose its lobbying expenditures.
The Obama administration, through the Department of Health and Human Services, has tapped BCFS, formerly known as Baptist Child & Family Services, to provide security and other services to unaccompanied children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, and Ft. Sill army base near Lawton, Okla.
BCFS has become the largest provider of such services for the child immigrants, who are part of a massive influx of mostly Central Americans that has put the Obama administration on its heels.
HHS has given BCFS $280 million in federal contracts for its services so far this year. Nearly all of that — $270 million — has been given for services for unaccompanied children. HHS has given BCFS $458 million in total, according to the Tracking Accountability in Government Grants System.
According to the Senate lobbying database, BCFS is the only organization that provides residential services directly for unaccompanied children that has spent money on lobbying.
Since 2006, BCFS has spent $210,000, according to a database maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Top GOP leaders are ignoring a huge political opportunity created by the growing public demand for a nation-wide crackdown on illegal immigration, say GOP conservatives.
Instead, GOP leaders are narrowly focused on a set of spending measures and legal changes that would only curb President Barack Obama’s ability to welcome more Central Americans now heading toward the Texas border.
Boehner “needs to be taken to task for this — this is their golden ticket if they had a brain,” a Hill staffer said.
At least 100,000 adults, parents, youths and children from Central America have crossed the border since October, in the expectation that President Barack Obama and immigration judges will allow them to stay.
A large and growing majority of the public wants the illegal migrants sent home, quickly.
A CNN/ORC poll released July 25 reported that 62 percent of adults said they favored “a bill that would make it easier for the U.S. to depart all unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally.” Only 36 percent disagreed with the question.
Resolved, That Barack Hussein Obama, President of the United States, is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors and that the following articles of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate:
Articles of impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States of America in the name of itself and of the people of the United States of America, against Barack Hussein Obama, President of the United States of America, in maintenance and support of its impeachment against him for high crimes and misdemeanors.
In his conduct while President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, in violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has willfully corrupted and manipulated the executive branch to increase its power and destroy the balance of powers between the three branches of government that is established by the Constitution of the United States.
The means used to implement this course of conduct or scheme included one or more of the following acts:
According to reporting from The Hill, The White House fears exactly that should the president take executive action to grant amnesty to thousands of illegals.
Senior White House advisers are taking very seriously the possibility that Republicans in Congress will try to impeach President Obama, especially if he takes executive action to slow deportations.
Dan Pfeiffer, a senior adviser to Obama, said Friday that the White House is taking the prospect of impeachment in the GOP-controlled House more seriously than many others in Washington, who see it as unlikely.
Obama’s senior advisor, Dan Pfeiffer, as quoted by The Hill: “I saw a poll today that had a huge portion of the Republican Party base saying they supported impeaching the president. A lot of people in this town laugh that off. I would not discount that possibility.”
Like the rest of the world, the U.S. government appeared to have been taken aback last month when Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, fell to an offensive by jihadis of the Islamic State that triggered the collapse of five Iraqi army divisions and carried the extremists to the threshold of Baghdad.
A review of the record shows, however, that the Obama administration wasn’t surprised at all.
In congressional testimony as far back as November, U.S. diplomats and intelligence officials made clear that the United States had been closely tracking the al Qaida spinoff since 2012, when it enlarged its operations from Iraq to civil war-torn Syria, seized an oil-rich province there and signed up thousands of foreign fighters who’d infiltrated Syria through NATO ally Turkey.
The testimony, which received little news media attention at the time, also showed that Obama administration officials were well aware of the group’s declared intention to turn its Syrian sanctuary into a springboard from which it would send men and materiel back into Iraq and unleash waves of suicide bombings there. And they knew that the Iraqi security forces couldn’t handle it.