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By Liberty Speaks
The media has been digging over the last six days not only into the release of Bowe Bergdahl, but into the series of events that led up to his “walking away from his post” and what occurred there after. The prisoner swap for Bowe Bergdahl’s release of the “five most dangerous detainees” in GITMO has churned up bi-partisan anger, concerns for our current military serving overseas and questions of constitutionality.
Many in D.C. agree that giving in to the demands of the Taliban for thier version of a command structure “Dream Team” was NOT worth the trade of one soldier with a “questionable” history and alleged desertion charges.
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On Thursday, Jake Tapper dropped a not so subtle story at the end of the day. The CIA had dozens of operatives on the ground in Benghazi the night of the attack. Why were so many of these operatives there that night? This is a question that the CIA clearly does not want answered. Continue reading
The Boston Marathon bombing has found some closure with the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Stories are running non-stop on he and his brother, Tamerlan, as more information on the pair comes to light. We’d like to return to the original ‘person of interest’, a Saudi national that was being questioned in the hospital after being injured by the blast at the finish line.
Abdulrahman Ali Alharbi is being called the ‘catch and release’ person of interest for a variety of reasons not tied to the actual bombing, but due to his visa, being on the No-Fly list, and apparently was classified with a 212 3B terrorist status by DHS. The Blaze has the details and key points laid out:
For the past week, Glenn Beck has been investigating a Saudi national once identified as a “person of interest” in the Boston Marathon bombing. The story has taken a number of alarming twists and turns, but on his radio program Wednesday, Beck released some of the most interesting information yet.
But first, here are a few background points on how the case developed:
A Saudi national originally identified as a “person of interest” in the Boston Marathon bombing was set to be deported under section 212, 3B — “Security and related grounds” — “Terrorist activities” after the bombing on April 15
TheBlaze received word that the government may not deport the Saudi national — identified as Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi — as the story gained traction on April 18.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano refused to answer questions on the subject by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) on Capitol Hill on April 18, saying the inquiry was “so full of misstatements and misapprehension that it’s just not worthy of an answer.”
An ICE official said April 18 that a different Saudi national is in custody, but that he is “in no way” connected to the bombings.
Key congressmen of the Committee on Homeland Security request a classified briefing with Napolitano on April 22
New info provided to TheBlaze reveals Alharbi’s file was altered on the evening of April 17 to disassociate him from the initial charges
Sources say April 22 that the Saudi’s student visa specifically allows him to go to school in Findlay, Ohio, though he appears to have an apartment in Boston, Mass. A DHS official told TheBlaze Alharbi properly transferred his student visa to a school in Massachusetts.
TheBlaze sources reveal April 22 that Alharbi was put on a terror watchlist after the bombing, andNapolitano confirmed on April 23 that he was briefly on a “watchlist”
There is quite a bit more at The Blaze, be sure to read the whole thing. ConMom has a link-around on Alharbi that might also prove interesting reading.
Gateway Pundit has the White House visitor log showing someone with the same name visiting the White House multiple times. The White House says it is a different Alharbi with the same name and initials. Probably a coincidence, but admittedly a creepy one given the First Lady was seemingly photographed visiting Alharbi in the hospital.
Also of note, though it might mean nothing, is the Facebook Page belonging to Abdulrahman Ali Alharbi bears that name on the cover, but the link to it gives a different last name. Here is the web address to it: https://www.facebook.com/abdulrahman.a.alsulaimi
AlSulaimi? Could be nothing, but it bears following up on.
We’d like to turn your attention now to the alleged ties of the Boston Alharbi to the prisoners in GITMO bearing the same clan name of Alharbi. Liberty Speaks ran down the list of names that came from Walid Shoebat’s blog via Creeping Sharia:
Then you have Al-Harbi clan members in Gitmo:
Salim Salman Awadallah Al-Sai’di Al-Harbi
Majid Abdullah Hussein Al-Harbi
Muhammad Abdullah Saqr Al-Alawi Al-Harbi
Ghanem Abdul Rahman Ghanem Al-Harbi
Muhammad Atiq Uwaid Al-Awfi Al-Harbi
Liberty Speaks found that all of these detainees have been repatriated, according to the Guantanamo Justice Centre:
Salim Salman Awadallah Al-Sai’di Al-Harbi ISN 57: Repatriated to Saudi Arabia in December 16th, 2006
Majid Abdullah Hussein Al-Harbi ISN 158: Repatriated to Saudi Arabia February 20, 2007
Muhammad Abdullah Saqr Al-Alawi Al-Harbi ISN 536: Repatriated to Saudi Arabia February 20, 2007
Ghanem Abdul Rahman Ghanem Al-Harbi ISN 516: Repatriated to Saudi Arabia July 15th, 2007
Muhammad Atiq Uwaid Al-Awfi Al-Harbi ISN 333: Repatriated to Saudi Arabia Nov. 9th, 2007
Liberty Speaks also found a 6th that was not on the original list from the Creeping Sharia article referenced above:
6. Tariq Sallah Hassan Al Harbi ISN 265: Repatriated to Saudi Arabia June 24th, 2006
Also of note, Obama had a meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister two days after the bombing, but kept it off his public schedule – suggesting it was impromptu. The White House said it was a meeting regarding Syria. Tom Donilon, the National Security Advisor was present.
There’s something very off about all of this — off and unsettling. Did this Alharbi person have something to do with what happened in Boston or was he just in the wrong place at the right time, which put him under the microscope and ultimately exposing there are serious issues with our immigration and visa system?
Yesterday the world lost an icon of leadership, hope and a woman with more courage in her pinky finger than most people have in their whole body. Twitter, celebrities, politicians, average citizen, blogs and print media all produced tributes and condolences. (Read: Rest In Peace, Iron Lady)
Well, at least most did. There was an ugly side to yesterday’s news. That’s how the Left rolls, folks. Notably missing from the condolence tweets was Senator Kay Hagan, who is seeking reelection this year in North Carolina. She felt it was more important to promote her Twitter Townhall and congratulate basketball coaches yesterday:
Luckily, Senator Burr made up for it with several tweets and I thanked him:
I checked Senator Hagan’s page, finding it hard to believe she didn’t at least acknowledge Thatcher’s passing, but nothing was in her press releases.
Related Reading: So tell me about Dr. Greg Brannon (for U.S. Senate in North Carolina 2014) Continue reading
The Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher, has passed away at 87 following a stroke. I’m rarely at a loss for words, but this is one of those times. Margaret Thatcher was one of the great defenders of liberty. She will be sorely missed.[youtube=http://youtu.be/okHGCz6xxiw]
I’ll let the Tweets and articles stand as a memorial to her.
Flag at 10 Downing St. lowered to half staff following death of Margaret Thatcher (via @williamsjon)
— ABC News (@ABC) April 8, 2013
“There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women and there are families.” Margaret Thatcher 1987
— Melissia (A) (@ProudoftheUSA) April 8, 2013
RT @benhowe: “There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.” #RIPThatcher
— Tabitha Hale (@TabithaHale) April 8, 2013
Thatcher turned the UK from a declining basket case to thriving, prosperous leader on world stage… and the Left will never forgive her.
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) April 8, 2013
Margaret Thatcher took a country that was demoralized, dishonoured & bankrupt, and left it prosperous, confident & free. Our greatest PM.
— Daniel Hannan (@DanHannanMEP) April 8, 2013
Breitbart: Long Live the Iron Lady! Margaret Thatcher Dies
Daily Mail UK Online: Britain’s Iron Lady is dead: Former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher passes away aged 87 after suffering a massive stroke
NRO: The Iron Lady on the Proposed Single Currency, Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)., Margaret Thatcher on Ronald Reagan
Twitchy: Rest in peace: Margaret Thatcher has died following a stroke; Update: Twitter mourns
Michelle Malkin: The Iron Lady passes: Margaret Thatcher, R.I.P.
CNN: Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female PM, dead at 87
Hot Air: Breaking: Margaret Thatcher passes away
BBC: Ex-Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher dies
Ace of Spades: BREAKING: Lady Margaret Thatcher Has Died
Newser: Margaret Thatcher Dead at 87
Zilla: Maggie Thatcher
Weekly Standard: Three Who Saved the West
Zero Hedge: Margaret Thatcher Has Died
DaTechGuy: Margaret Thatcher dies Hillary Clinton & Morning Joe hardest hit
The Lonely Conservative: Margaret Thatcher RIP
JammieWearingFools: RIP, Margaret Thatcher
Legal Insurrection: Margaret Thatcher dies, RIP Iron Lady
Gateway Pundit: Breaking: Margaret Thatcher Has Died
Weasel Zippers: BREAKING: Margaret Thatcher Dead At 87…
Jawa: RIP: Margret Thatcher
Heritage: Heritage Mourns Loss of Lady Margaret Thatcher, “Intrepid Warrior for Freedom”
The Blaze: Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dies at 87 Continue reading
It’s been a few weeks since my last article on the Benghazi scandal. A silence has fallen on the topic both in the news and in the committees responsible for looking into what happened that night. This silence has been broken and highlighted at the same time by one woman: Pat Smith.
Pat Smith is the mother of Sean Smith, the information officer stationed in Benghazi and was one of the four Americans murdered the night of the attack. Mrs. Smith went on the Sean Hannity show recently and revealed she has been told next to nothing about her son’s death and that the administration wants her to ‘shut up’.
Except from the interview via Mediaite:
SMITH: The President? I cried on his shoulder. And I was crying there and he’s patting me on the back and looking around to who he’s gonna talk to next. So I didn’t feel any comfort there. Hillary? I cried on her shoulder also, but she paid a little attention to me then walked off. Panetta took my face in his hands. I asked him: “Please, please let me know what happened, I’ve got to know!” And he took my face in his hands and he says, “Trust me, trust me. I will get back to you. I will let you know.” And guess how much I’ve heard from him since?
SMITH: You got it.
Audio here via YouTube.
Silence is what Smith has received. Pat Smith has been asking for answers for months and months. President Obama has carried on thrusting one crisis after another under the noses of the American people. Intentional? Perhaps. The parade of crises may be just a byproduct. Either way, it has had the effect of sweeping of Benghazi under the Oval Office carpet.
The little bit of news that has emerged confirms earlier reports of a Benghazi-Syria arms connection. This new information contradicts testimony given by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton prior to her departure from the State Department. The NY Times reported information had come to light from several sources that implicates Clinton knew about the activity in relation to jihadist movements and arms traveling to Syria. NY Times report and WND are referenced via the Rockland County Times:
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now implicated in several independent news reports that contradict her Congressional testimony, specifically the one where she denied any knowledge of arms and jihadists being transferred from Libya to Syria.
A New York Times report describes the role Secretary Clinton played as being far deeper and more involved than she testified to the US Congress; “The New York Times paints a picture of Clinton as the ring leader of the plan to arm Syrian rebels.”
Aaron Klein, Jerusalem Bureau Chief, WND, reports: “As media reports present evidence the U.S. has played a central role in arming Syrian rebels, new questions now emerge about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s involvement in the controversial scheme.”
Mark Gordon and Michael Lander in their New York Times report; “The idea was to vet the rebel groups and train fighters, who would be supplied with weapons. The plan had risks, but it also offered the potential reward of creating Syrian allies with whom the United States could work, both during the conflict and after President Bashar al-Assad’s eventual removal.”
As documented previously, it turns out the most powerful rebel fighters are Al-Nusra terrorist groups supported by Al-Qaeda.
Where does Benghazi fit in?
WND reports: “Ambassador Stevens himself played a central role in recruiting jihadists to fight Assad’s regime in Syria, according to Egyptian and other Middle Eastern security officials.
“Stevens served as a key contact with the Saudis to coordinate the recruitment by Saudi Arabia of Islamic fighters from North Africa and Libya. The jihadists were sent to Syria via Turkey to attack Assad’s forces, said the security officials.”
The likelihood Hillary Clinton had no knowledge of these activities is slim to none. Clearly, the details surrounding the deaths of four Americans that night does make a difference.
These men died for a reason and getting to the bottom of it requires testimony from those who survived the attacks that night. To date, these survivors have not yet given any testimony as lawmakers claim that access to even their identities is being blocked. Charges that these survivors are being kept from testifying started a month ago, with calls for Secretary of State Kerry to make these people available for questioning. (Related: Report: Benghazi suspect detained in Libya)
One has to wonder where the press is when it comes to these survivors? The terrorist attack in Benghazi on the anniversary of 9/11 should have everyone in the media stampeding to find these survivors and get their stories. Yet this has not even remotely been the case.
While the media snoozes, ‘filmmakers’ make hay. Amazingly, with the facts still obscured and requests for information and access being stonewalled, a film dramatizing what happened that night in Benghazi is already available to see on the internet. That “film” is called Amazing Ops: Siege at Benghazi.
One of several trailers on YouTube:[youtube=http://youtu.be/12YDkNbT9Dc]
The irony of a film being made about this is probably not lost on Nakoula. That is, if he were to know about it. Hard to tell since no one has heard from him since he disappeared into prison — yet another interview the media is not stampeding to get. Continue reading
A hacker going by the name ‘Guccifer’ has intercepted emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to a former Clinton administration assistant, Sidney Blumenthal; some pertaining to the attack in Benghazi. Let’s set aside that Blumenthal holds no official office and that Clinton was discussing this with him rather than with someone who should be involved, like perhaps Leon Panetta or the President, and focus on the zeroing in on the YouTube video.
Russia Today has released excerpts of what are said to be highly sensitive emails sent from a former Clinton administration staffer to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton following the September attacks on the consulate in Benghazi, obtained this week by a hacker known as “Guccifer.”
“Guccifer” claims to have obtained the emails by compromising the AOL account of Sidney Blumenthal, a former assistant to President Bill Clinton. If authentic, the emails appear to contain information about the Benghazi attack, and were leaked by the hacker to a number of select news outlets and other individuals, including many members of Congress.
The Breitbart piece links to the Russia Today article, that contains this paragraph:
According to the Blumenthal memos, though, even the US secretary of state was being fed disinformation directly after the attack. In the email dated Sept. 12, Sec. Clinton is told that the anti-Islamic film was likely the catalyst for the assault.
“A senior security officer told [interim Libyan President Mohammed Yussef] el Magariaf that the attacks on that day were inspired by what many devout Libyans viewed as a sacrilegious internet video on the prophet Mohammed originating in America,” the memo reads. “The Libya attacks were also inspired by and linked to an attack on the US mission in Egypt on the same day.”
Elsewhere in the first memo, Blumenthal tells Clinton that another source had even more to say about the assault:
“According to a separate sensitive source, el Magariaf noted that his opponents had often tried to connect him to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) through the National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL), a group established in opposition to former dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi, which el Magariaf led in the 1980s. In the opinion of this individual el Magariaf believes that he can survive potential negative publicity in this regard, but if this situation continues to develop in this manner it will complicate his efforts to establish an orderly administration in the country. Again, he stated that the attacks on the US missions were as much a result of the atmosphere created by this campaign, as the controversial video.”
We’re back to the obscure YouTube video as an excuse for ignoring multiple warnings, including several from Ambassador Stevens, in the days prior to the attack. This ‘source’ Blumenthal was talking to was clearly not correct, as we see the quote below regarding being warned about a pre-planned attack. Continue reading