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Wendie Malick

Wed, 14 Aug 2013 03:29:00 +0000

Wendie Malick (born December 13, 1950) is an American actress and former fashion model, known for her roles as Judith Tupper Stone on the HBO series Dream On (1990–1996), Nina Van Horn on the NBC sitcom Just Shoot Me! (1997–2003) and Ronee Lawrence on the NBC sitcom Frasier (2003–2004). Malick plays Victoria Chase on the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland.

Malick was born Wendy Malick in Buffalo, New York, the daughter of Gigi, a former model, and Ken Malick, who worked in sales. She graduated from Williamsville South High School.

In 1972, after graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, Malick began fashion modelling for the Wilhelmina modeling agency. She left to work for Republican Congressman Jack Kemp. She soon left Washington, D.C., to pursue a career in stage and screen. She began working as an actress in 1982 in the film A Little Sex.

In 2003, Malick joined the cast of Cheers spin-off Frasier, portraying Ronee Lawrence, a Seattle lounge singer (and Frasier's (Kelsey Grammer) childhood babysitter) who develops a relationship with Frasier's father, Martin Crane (John Mahoney). Eventually, her character of Ronee would marry Martin in the series finale of the critically acclaimed program. Malick and Mahoney also both appeared in The American President.




HESC whisle blower Laurie Hathaway provided a name of another HESC employees by name Nick, stated that he examined Obama’s foreign student loans as well and can attest to their existence

Wed, 14 Aug 2013 02:24:00 +0000

HESC whisle blower Laurie Hathaway provided a name of another HESC employees by name Nick, stated that he examined Obama’s foreign student loans as well and can attest to their existence

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HESC in Albany New York admitted that whistle blower Laurie Hathaway indeed works for them, but claim that they do not have records of  foreign student  loans for Obama or Soetoro.
Laurie Hathaway, whistle blower from HESC gave Taitz a name of yet another employee by name Nick, who works with her and who, also, examined Obama’s foreign student loan documents.
I am asking my supporters to contact HESC and request clarification, whether:
1. HESC does not have records now, but they might have existed before or whether
2.they have records of all loans received  from 1979 until now  and among all of these loans there was never a loan given to a student by last name Obama or Soetoro or Soebarkah or Bounel.
3. seek a response from Obama. As Obama states that he finished paying his student loans only in 2004, he admitted that he received student loans and the public would like to know from which institutions did he get student loans or grants, specifically in light of revelations by the whistle blower . As Obama stated that he came from a poor family and he went to all expensive private schools: Punahoa high school, Occidental college, Columbia university and Harvard, there should be multiple loans. Where did he get those loans?
4. contact Albany NY FBI and request information, whether they are investigating a whistle blower Laurie Hathaway for blowing the whistle on Obama and HESC and alerting an attorney that Obama received a student loan from HESC as a foreign student and is hiding this information and HESC is hiding this information from the public as well.



Obama to Sign UN Gun Treaty This Month – Will Lead to National Registry

Wed, 14 Aug 2013 01:33:00 +0000

Obama to Sign UN Gun Treaty This Month – Will Lead to National RegistryPosted by Jim Hoft on Monday, August 12, 2013, 11:35 PM  Joseph Stalin’s firearms confiscation was a tremendous success for the Socialist state.Under the Tsar, Russia was one of the most heavily armed societies on earth. That all changed when Stalin and the communists took control.  Stalin was able to control, starve, punish and imprison a defenseless people… after he took their guns. (Zinnfigur) But before Stalin could confiscate the guns he needed a national gun registry. In April the United Nations passed sweeping legislation that will regulate the international arms trade and could lead to a national registry in the United States. Barack Obama is reportedly going to sign the treaty this month while Congress is on vacation.Ammoland reported: You heard it straight from the horse’s mouth. Jay Carney said Obama will sign the UN Arms Trade Treaty “before the end of August…We believe it’s in the interest of the United States.”This is very strategic timing considering Congress is on a 5 week vacation lasting thru the month of August! These back door tactics are nothing new for the Obama Administration, which is why we are using tactics of our own to stop his anti-gun agenda. We have the home fax numbers of every Senator so while they are absent from the Capitol we can demand they must not ratify the UN Gun Treaty once Obama signs it. We CAN stop this international treaty from reaching American soil by killing it the United States Senate. The U.S Senate must ratify an international treaty for it to be effective. They would need 67 votes to ratify the treaty. Reach every U.S. Senator at their home office; tell them you do not want this treaty in OUR United States! Select Here To Fax The U.S. Senate At Their Home Offices: Demand They KEEP THEIR TREATY AWAY FROM OUR GUNS - DO NOT Ratify The UN ‘Arms Trade Treaty’! Everything Obama tackles in office is strategically timed and politically motivated. He only looks out for himself, his fellow liberals, and his anti-gun agenda. After mass shootings the Administration would launch all-out attacks on our gun rights since the country would be more susceptible to change after a traumatic event. He made sure the Benghazi cover up was swept under the rug until he got re-elected. He will wait to attack certain issues until the 2014 Congressional elections so he’ll know how many liberals are by his side. Obama believes now is the best time to sign the UN Gun Treaty since Congress is out of Washington. He will have less scrutiny to worry about if Congress is not nearby.In a January 4, 2013 Justice Department document, Summary of Select Firearm Violence Prevention Strategies, the Obama Administration admitted that an assault weapons ban would not be effective without confiscation and gun registration. It should be clear by now that this administration has little to no regard for the Second Amendment of the US Constitution.[...]



FBI Training Materials Instruct Agents: Muslims Are Violent People Worshiping Cult Leader Mohammed

Wed, 14 Aug 2013 01:10:00 +0000

FBI Training Materials Instruct Agents: Muslims Are Violent People Worshiping Cult Leader Mohammed FBI Training Materials Instruct Agents: Muslims Are Violent People Worshiping Cult Leader MohammedSeptember 16. 2011FBI Director Robert S. Mueller The FBI is on the hot seat this week, over leaked documents belonging to the agency, used to train agents. According to the FBI training materials, "mainstream American Muslims" are "terrorist sympathizers" and Mohammed is a "cult leader." The FBI describes all Muslim charitable giving to Islamic charities as donations to terrorism, described in the manuals as "Funding mechanism for combat." The FBI also teaches agents the more "devout" the Muslim, the more "violent" said person will be. Oh boy, this is not going to go over well with Muslims anywhere. Based on documents contained in the current leak, the FBI views Muslims as "terrorists" or terrorists waiting to happen, lumping everyone in the religion in the same unflattering bunch. In essence, the FBI is stating, Muslims are criminals. Previously leaked documents published two months ago reveal, the FBI believes Muslims are archaic, non-modern Neanderthals still living according to, "7th century Arab ways." Note To Self: do not walk anywhere near any FBI buildings in the foreseeable future.  STORY SOURCE FBI Teaches Agents: 'Mainstream' Muslims Are 'Violent, Radical'‎FBI halts anti-Muslim training: http://youtu.be/mRbaBtQMeOw via @youtube    Posted by Charlene Zechenderat 8:27 AM [...]



Government Documents Link Global Warming to Advanced Military Climate Modification Technology

Wed, 14 Aug 2013 00:45:00 +0000

Government Documents Link Global Warming to Advanced Military Climate Modification Technology Government Documents Link Global Warming to Advanced Military Climate Modification Technology Leave a Comment Read the Daily Intel Hub News Brief: (Ad) Pre-Order Your Copy of SHADE the Motion Picture DVD Now! — Click HEREDocuments from 1966 reveal the mission of the military and federal agencies to modify the climate Al Gore Says the Science of Global Warming is SettledBy Harold Saivetheintelhub.comNovember 29, 2012 It’s unacceptable that the UN/IPCC continue to push CO2 as the cause for climate change but refuse to acknowledge the military has been actively engaged in Climate Warming Weapons Technologies for more than twenty 20 years.  TITLE:  “Present and Future Plans of Federal Agencies in Weather-Climate Modification” This set of documents from 1966 reveals a network of government agencies in perpetual and secret collaboration with each other and the military to Modify the Global climate. Created by the elitist National Academy of Sciences – decades of an inter-agency culture of secrecy explains why the issue of covert aerosol Geoengineering is a taboo topic to be degraded to the status of “conspiracy theory” by a matrix of complicit bureaucrats at every opportunity. This is why your local TV “meteorologist” will rarely make a helpful comment about an unusual sky filled with persistent jet trails. TITLE: “The Evolution of a Weather Modification R&D program Into a Military Weapons System”.  A 1986  Critique of the 1966 initiative. This document appears as an anonymous draft intended as a critique of the US Weather Modification Program that the author characterizes as hijacked into a military weapons system. Jules Verne wrote about geoengineering the earth’s climate in 1889 in a sequel to “From the Earth to the Moon” called  “The Purchase Of The North Pole”. Verne writes that the Baltimore Gun Club purchased large tracts of the Arctic then used the famous canon from the earth-to-the-moon to tilt the Earth’s axis.  The goal was to establish a tropical paradise as a profitable tourist attraction at the North Pole while “improving” the entire global climate. If Verne correctly predicted that man would travel from the earth to the moon, it should be no surprise that he also predicted that a small group of influential men would consider warming the climate for profit. Verne could have been inspired by Harvard geologist Nathaniel Shaler who proposed diverting warm Atlantic water into the Arctic back in 1877 –  a dozen years before Verne’s “fantastic”story was published. Warming the Arctic with large-scale Geoengineering projects has been the vision of industrialists for 100 years – and still is. Remember when People Thought Arctic Warming was a Good Idea?VILLAGE VOICE:  “ Hey, remember when climate change was a swell idea? Coconuts were in the offing.” “Imaginations ran wild, and The Washington Post envisioned Manhattan becoming a tropical paradise” … “People would be gathering oranges off the trees in Central Park, or picking cocoanuts from palms along the Battery, [and] hunting crocodiles off the Statue of Liberty.” The prospect sounded so splendid to New Yorkers that Senator William Calder (1917-1923) tried to get $100,000 appropriated for a study of the idea. Village Voice Remember when Scientists Thought Arctic Warming was a Good Idea?1962 Harry Wexler (March 15, 1911- 1962) was an MIT graduate and PhD in meteorology. Wexler had been researching the link connecting chlorine and bromine compounds to the destruction of the stratospheric ozone layers, but died of a heart attack while on vacation in Woods Hole, Mass. Wexler had already accepted an invitation to deliver a lecture entitled “The Climate of Earth and Its[...]



US fears on Taliban cash revealed

Wed, 14 Aug 2013 00:42:00 +0000

US fears on Taliban cash revealed Leaked US cables show Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states as key sources for funds for al-Qaeda and Taliban. Last Modified: 06 Dec 2010 05:01 GMT A cable from Hillary Clinton described Saudi Arabia as a 'critical financial support base' [File: EPA]Saudi Arabia is a key source of funds for armed groups, including al-Qaeda, the Afghan Taliban and Pakistan's Lashkar-e-Taiba, according to a leaked US state department assessment.In a series of diplomatic cables spanning several years, published by the WikiLeaks whistleblowing website on Sunday, the state department details how such groups continue to seek financing in Saudi Arabia, often posing as pilgrims visiting the Muslim holy sites. "Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaeda, the Taliban, LeT, and other terrorist groups, including Hamas, which probably raise millions of dollars annually from Saudi sources, often during Hajj and Ramadan," Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, said in one cable sent in December 2009. "In contrast to its increasingly aggressive efforts to disrupt al-Qaeda's access to funding from Saudi sources, Riyadh has taken only limited action to disrupt fundraising for the UN 1267-listed Taliban and LeT-groups that are also aligned with al-Qaeda and focused on undermining stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan."'Significant progress'The memo credited the Saudis with "significant progress" under US pressure to deal with the issue, especially disrupting al-Qaeda's finance channels. However, it said that "Riyadh has taken only limited action" to interrupt the flow of money to Taliban and LeT-associated groups which have launched attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.In July 2009, Richard Holbrooke, the US special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, said that the Taliban get more of its funding from wealthy Gulf donors than from the drug trade for which Afghanistan has long been famous.According to the cable, the annual hajj pilgrimage posed a particular problem for Saudi authorities attempting to stop the flow of money to armed groups."Hajj was still a big problem for the Saudis, since they could not refuse to let pilgrims enter the country. Some of the non-Saudi terrorism detainees in Saudi Arabia had entered as pilgrims," it said. A cable sent in August 2009 detailed how Pakistan's Jamaat-ud-Dawah, which the US accuses of being a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, raised funds through "private donations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), madrassas, and businesses spread throughout South Asia, the Middle East, and Europe"."Some of JUD's budget, using funds raised both from witting donors and by fraud, is dedicated to social services or humanitarian relief projects, while some is used to finance LT operations," it said. The cable said that Lashkar-e-Taiba officials were operating front companies in Saudi Arabia to move funds that could be used to carry out attacks.Direct donationsUS officials have also complained of direct donations by wealthy individuals and a reluctance by governments to monitor charities.Informal money transfer networks called hawala, or worker remittances, compound the problem. Kuwait, another key US ally in the region, comes in for criticism in the memo sent by Clinton in 2009 for being the sole nation in the six-member Gulf Co-Operation Council (GCC) that does not have a specific law criminalising the financing of "terrorist" g[...]



Leaked US cables show Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states as key sources for funds for al-Qaeda and Taliban

Wed, 14 Aug 2013 00:33:00 +0000

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states fund al-Qaeda and Taliban Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states fund al-Qaeda and TalibanLeaked US cables show Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states as key sources for funds for al-Qaeda and TalibanSaudi Arabia is a key source of funds for armed groups, including al-Qaeda, the Afghan Taliban and Pakistan's Lashkar-e-Taiba, according to a leaked US state department assessment. In a series of diplomatic cables spanning several years, published by the WikiLeaks whistleblowing website on Sunday, the state department details how such groups continue to seek financing in Saudi Arabia, often posing as pilgrims visiting the Muslim holy sites. "Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaeda, the Taliban, LeT, and other terrorist groups, including Hamas, which probably raise millions of dollars annually from Saudi sources, often during Hajj and Ramadan," Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, said in one cable sent in December 2009. "In contrast to its increasingly aggressive efforts to disrupt al-Qaeda's access to funding from Saudi sources, Riyadh has taken only limited action to disrupt fundraising for the UN 1267-listed Taliban and LeT-groups that are also aligned with al-Qaeda and focused on undermining stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan." 'Significant progress' Pakistan's army is covertly sponsoring four major militant groups, including the Afghan Taliban and Mumbai attackers Lashkar-e-Taiba, and "no amount of money" will change the policy, the US ambassador warned in a frank critique revealed by the state department cables.The Guardian, Dec. 1, 2010The memo credited the Saudis with "significant progress" under US pressure to deal with the issue, especially disrupting al-Qaeda's finance channels. However, it said that "Riyadh has taken only limited action" to interrupt the flow of money to Taliban and LeT-associated groups which have launched attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. In July 2009, Richard Holbrooke, the US special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, said that the Taliban get more of its funding from wealthy Gulf donors than from the drug trade for which Afghanistan has long been famous. According to the cable, the annual hajj pilgrimage posed a particular problem for Saudi authorities attempting to stop the flow of money to armed groups. "Hajj was still a big problem for the Saudis, since they could not refuse to let pilgrims enter the country. Some of the non-Saudi terrorism detainees in Saudi Arabia had entered as pilgrims," it said. A cable sent in August 2009 detailed how Pakistan's Jamaat-ud-Dawah, which the US accuses of being a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, raised funds through "private donations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), madrassas, and businesses spread throughout South Asia, the Middle East, and Europe". "Some of JUD's budget, using funds raised both from witting donors and by fraud, is dedicated to social services or humanitarian relief projects, while some is used to finance LT operations," it said. The cable said that Lashkar-e-Taiba officials were operating front companies in Saudi Arabia to move funds that could be used to carry out attacks. Direct donations US officials have also complained of direct donations by wealthy individuals and a reluctance by governments to monitor charities. Informal money transfer networks called hawala, or worker remittances, compound the problem. Kuwait, another key US ally in the region, comes in for criticism in the memo sent by Clinton in 2009 for being the sole nation in the six-member Gulf Co-Operation Council (GCC) that does not have a specific law criminalising the financing of "terrorist" groups. "The GOK [government of Kuwait] at times has obstructed or been slow to enforce UN-mandated asset freezes of Kuwait-based entities," it said. Qatar, which hosts a large[...]



Brennan: from Barack to Benghazi

Wed, 14 Aug 2013 00:30:00 +0000

Brennan: from Barack to BenghaziBy Doug Hagmann (Bio and Archives)  Friday, February 22, 2013 Comments | Print friendly | Subscribe | Email Us 17Benghazi. Few Americans ever heard of the city in Libya until the murder of four Americans, including a U.S. ambassador, on September 11, 2012. Fewer still heard of the movie Innocence of Muslims, until it was suddenly blamed for a non-existent protest outside of a non-existent embassy in Benghazi within hours of the attack.For two weeks in our nation’s history, the obscure and amateurish video was persistently and very publicly cited as the cause for the protests and murders in Benghazi by the highest ranking officials in the Obama administration. Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, and others blamed the little known video for the attack on what was deliberately mischaracterized as a U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Even today, the majority of officials in power don’t seem to want to talk about what happened in Benghazi, and Obama and Clinton repeatedly stonewalled all legitimate investigation of the incident. Why? Because any honest investigation into the activities taking place there would confirm a secret CIA operation intended to arm anti-Assad rebels, including the Iranian and Syrian backed Ansar al Sharia terror group. The purpose of this operation, the objective of which remains in place, is to topple Assad and replace him with a Saudi-backed leader. Based on research and investigation, it appears that somewhere amid the magician’s fog of this illegal “black op” overthrow is John O. Brennan. The Arabic-speaking John Brennan, who serves as Obama’s assistant for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and is the choice to head the CIA,  has seen his share of exposure in the alternative media lately. Most recently, former FBI agent John Guandolo alleged that Brennan, while working as the CIA station chief in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 1996 to 1999, converted to Islam. According to agent Guandolo, Brennan visited Mecca and Medina during the Hajj, which are traditionally off limits to non-Muslims during that period. Former agent Guandolo cites Brennan’s presence and his comments about his visits as evidence of his conversion.Beyond his possible conversion to Islam, however, Brennan’s other actions are much more troubling, particularly as they relate to his past history with Obama, and more recent history related to Benghazi, drone warfare, and his involvement with an administrative “kill list.” It appears possible that, by nominating Brennan to be the nation’s top spy chief, Obama might be tying up loose ends that are shrouded by controversy. One loose end is the Benghazi operation and the manner in which an obscure Internet video was immediately blamed. Yet another loose end relates to Obama’s passport records while he was on the campaign trail in 2008. These two significant incidents involving questions and controversy, lies and murder, are like bookends to a four-year stint in a star chamber. Based on extensive investigation by this author, the former might well relate to the latter, as determined by the “digital footprints” and historical digital records of both incidents. Investigation of both incidents finds common digital forensic factors that suggest that the same person or persons involved in the 2008 passport office break-in (or at least the same entities) might be involved in the dissemination of the video Innocence of Muslims immediately following the 2012 attacks in Benghazi. Or, it would appear that way. It is the professional opinion of this author (holding certification in Internet Profiling) that both incidents, despite this four-year span, appear to involve companies associated with corporate entities serving, or otherwis[...]



Raymond Maxwell, the only official at the State Department's bureau of Near Eastern Affairs to lose his job after the attacks, tells Josh Rogin that he’s been scapegoated by Hillary Clinton’s team.

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 23:34:00 +0000

Exclusive: Hillary’s Benghazi ‘Scapegoat’ Speaks Out by Josh Rogin May 20, 2013 2:53 PM EDT Raymond Maxwell, the only official at the State Department's bureau of Near Eastern Affairs to lose his job after the attacks, tells Josh Rogin that he’s been scapegoated by Hillary Clinton’s team. Following the attack in Benghazi, Libya, senior State Department officials close to Hillary Clinton ordered the removal of a midlevel official who had no role in security decisions and has never been told the charges against him. He is now accusing Clinton’s team of scapegoating him for the failures that led to the death of four Americans last year. Hillary Clinton laughs as she testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in January. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Raymond Maxwell was placed on forced “administrative leave” after the State Department’s own internal investigation, conducted by an Administrative Review Board (ARB) led by former State Department official Tom Pickering. Five months after he was told to clean out his desk and leave the building, Maxwell remains in professional and legal limbo, having been associated publicly with the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American for reasons that remain unclear.Maxwell, who served as deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs from August 2011 until his removal last December, following tours in Iraq and Syria, spoke publicly for the first time in an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast. “The overall goal is to restore my honor,” said Maxwell, who has filed grievances regarding his treatment with the State Department’s Human Resources Bureau and the American Foreign Service Association, which represents the interests of foreign-service officers. The other three officials placed on leave were in the Diplomatic Security Bureau, leaving Maxwell as the only official in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), which had responsibility for Libya, to lose his job. “I had no involvement to any degree with decisions on security and the funding of security at our diplomatic mission in Benghazi,” he said. Watch the highlights of Hillary Clinton's testimony about Benghazi. Maxwell was removed from his job December 18, the day after the ARB report was released, and subsequently placed on administrative leave, which is meant to give the State Department time to investigate whether Maxwell should be fired or return to work. Five months later, that investigation seems stalled, and Maxwell sits at home, where he continues to be paid, but is not allowed to return to his job. The State Department declined to comment on the reasons Maxwell and the other officials were placed on administrative leave or on what the four were told about the reasons for the decision. It did confirm that the ARB did not recommend direct disciplinary action because it didn’t find misconduct or a direct breach of duty by the officials. “As a matter of policy, we don’t speak to specific personnel matters,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. Since the leave is not considered a formal disciplinary action, Maxwell has no means to appeal the status, as he would if he had been outright fired. To this day, he says, nobody from the State Department has ever told him why he was singled out for discipline. He has never had access to the classified portion of the ARB report, where all the details regarding personnel failures leading up to Benghazi are confined. He also says he has never been shown any evidence or witness testimony linking him to the Benghazi incident. Maxwell says he had planned to retire last September, but extended his time voluntarily after the September 11 attack to help the bureau in its time of need. Now, he is r[...]



Diplomat Says Questions Over Benghazi Led to Demotion

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 23:32:00 +0000

Diplomat Says Questions Over Benghazi Led to Demotion Drew Angerer for The New York TimesGregory Hicks, center, a State Department official, presented on Wednesday the first public testimony from an American official who was in Libya during the siege of the diplomatic compound in Benghazi last Sept. 11. By SCOTT SHANE, JEREMY W. PETERS and ERIC SCHMITTPublished: May 8, 2013 FacebookTwitterGoogle+SaveE-mailSharePrintReprints WASHINGTON — A veteran diplomat gave a riveting minute-by-minute account on Wednesday of the lethal terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, last Sept. 11 and described its contentious aftermath at a charged Congressional hearing that reflected the weighty political stakes perceived by both parties. Multimedia House Hearing Puts Benghazi in Spotlight Video: State Department Official on DemotionDocument: A Timeline of Events in Benghazi Questions and Answers: House Holds Hearing on Benghazi Attack(May 9, 2013) During a chaotic night at the American Embassy in Tripoli, hundreds of miles away, the diplomat, Gregory Hicks, got what he called “the saddest phone call I’ve ever had in my life” informing him that Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was dead and that he was now the highest-ranking American in Libya. For his leadership that night when four Americans were killed, Mr. Hicks said in nearly six hours of testimony, he subsequently received calls from both Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Obama. But within days, Mr. Hicks said, after raising questions about the account of what had happened in Benghazi offered in television interviews by Susan E. Rice, the United Nations ambassador, he felt a distinct chill from State Department superiors. “The sense I got was that I needed to stop the line of questioning,” said Mr. Hicks, who has been a Foreign Service officer for 22 years. He was soon given a scathing review of his management style, he said, and was later “effectively demoted” to desk officer at headquarters, in what he believes was retaliation for speaking up. House Republican leaders made the hearing the day’s top priority, postponing floor votes so that the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform could continue without interruption. The Obama administration appeared focused on the testimony, with senior officials at the White House, the State Department and the Pentagon responding through the day to Republican accusations of incompetence and cover-up in campaign war room style. In the balance, in the view of both Democrats and Republicans, is not just the reputation of Mr. Obama but also potentially the prospects for the 2016 presidential election as well, since Mrs. Clinton, who stepped down in February, is the Democratic Party’s leading prospect. If the testimony did not fundamentally challenge the facts and timeline of the Benghazi attack and the administration’s response to it, it vividly illustrated the anxiety of top State Department officials about how the events would be publicly portrayed. Mr. Hicks offered an unbecoming view of political supervision and intimidation inside the Obama administration. When Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah, visited Libya after the attack, Mr. Hicks said his bosses told him not to talk to the congressman. When he did anyway, and a State Department lawyer was excluded from one meeting because he lacked the necessary security clearance, Mr. Hicks said he received an angry phone call from Mrs. Clinton’s chief of staff, Cheryl Mills. “So this goes right to the person next to Secretary of State Clinton. Is that accurate?” asked Representative Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio. Mr. Hicks res[...]



Rand Paul says Hillary Clinton was ‘asked repeatedly to provide security in Benghazi … including direct cables’

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 23:30:00 +0000

Says Hillary Clinton "was asked repeatedly to provide security in Benghazi on several occasions, including direct cables." Rand Paul on Sunday, May 19th, 2013 in an appearance on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ Rand Paul says Hillary Clinton was ‘asked repeatedly to provide security in Benghazi … including direct cables’ Share this story: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says Hillary Clinton is to blame for inadequate security in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans died on Sept. 11, 2012. She was asked repeatedly as secretary of state to provide security, Paul told CNN State of the Union host Candy Crowley on May 19, 2013, including in "direct cables." Crowley asked Paul about his recent comments in Iowa and New Hampshire that Clinton’s failure should disqualify her from the presidency. "It's that you did it in Iowa or New Hampshire which gives it a political patina, and I'm asking you if you think that's helpful," she said. Paul replied, "You know, I've done it in every state and every stop because I think it's pretty important that she accept blame for not providing security. She was asked repeatedly to provide security in Benghazi on several occasions including direct cables, and she says she never read the cables on security. I find that inexcusable and a dereliction of duty. "Whether it has political overtones or not, it really goes to the heart of who you are as secretary of state if you do not provide security for an embassy that's begging for it, that's absolutely a dereliction of duty and she should have resigned and accepted blame for it." Did Clinton herself get repeated requests for security before armed terrorists attacked, including in "direct cables"? Cables 101 Paul’s office said Clinton’s name on diplomatic cables demonstrates she was involved in security decisions — or that she should have been. "It may be even more damning an indictment of Clinton if she is correct, because her disinterest in her job may have cost the lives of U.S. citizens overseas," said Moira Bagley, a Paul spokeswoman. She pointed to a claim from House Republicans, reported by the Los Angeles Times in April, that a cable signed by Clinton proposed security reductions in Benghazi before the attack. "Clinton's signature is on this cable and others," Bagley said. "If Secretary Clinton signed a cable to reduce security, then her signature is strong evidence that she read cables." (Bagley didn’t offer evidence that Clinton "was asked repeatedly to provide security" including "direct cables." But we’ll get there in a minute.) First, is Clinton’s "signature" strong evidence of her personal involvement? Let’s talk for a second about diplomatic cables. Think of them as messages sent via a new-fangled email system — dubbed "CableExpress" — that draws on some old-school customs. How old-school? The messages are also called "telegrams." The State Department’s Foreign Affairs Manual has all kinds of rules and instructions for drafting, formatting, addressing and sending these things. We browsed through several sections of the manual’s "Correspondence Handbook," learning interesting tidbits such as, "If you are sending a telegram from a Post to the Department or to another Post, enter respectively "SECSTATE WASHDC"; or the telegraphic form of the other post (e.g. AMEMBASSY BERLIN, AMCONSUL CHIANG MAI) in the addressee field." Here’s what we learned. If you’re sending a telegram "to a post from the department" — so, say, to a particular embassy from Washington, D.C. — you address it to the post, and it carries the name of the secretary of state. That’s right: Th[...]



Transcript for Libya Consulate Attack: Memo Raises New Questions

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 23:24:00 +0000

Transcript for Libya Consulate Attack: Memo Raises New Questions

Transcript for Libya Consulate Attack: Memo Raises New Questions

Abc news has retained a memo that raised questions about whether the state department rejected warnings from its own staff. Jake tapper joins us this morning with those details. Good morning, jake.
Good morning to you, josh. That's right, this memo details all the way that they thought the operations were vital. And the commander told me he wanted to stay past august and ambassador chris stevens wanted them to stay as well.
Reporter: In the memo obtained exclusively by abc news, the embassy in libya did not mince words requesting that the state department keep the 16-member security support team in the country. Quite simply, we cannot maintain our existing levels of embassy operations without a continued support team present, the memo says. That request was granted.
After that, security in libya deteriorated further with western target attacks. Now the commander of the security team tells me his team wanted to stay past august and that ambassador stevens wanted them there as well. Wood will testify in front of the oversight committee wednesday.
We need to operate a country like libya with erring on the side of security. Reporter: A senior state department officia



 In the memo obtained exclusively by abc news, the embassy in libya did not mince words requesting that the state department keep the 16-member security support team in the country. Quite simply, we cannot maintain our existing levels of embassy operations without a continued support team present, the memo says. That request was granted.
After that, security in libya deteriorated further with western target attacks. Now the commander of the security team tells me his team wanted to stay past august and that ambassador stevens wanted them there as well. Wood will testify in front of the oversight committee wednesday.
We need to operate a country like libya with erring on the side of security. Reporter: A senior state department official tells abc news that no official request for an extension after august was ever made and there were just as many u. S.
Shooters present as before. The official denied that the state department was too eager to transfer security to local libyan contractors, an idea that local congressional leaders are exploring. And the big question is, of course, whether or not this would have made a difference.



US embassy cables: Richard Branson to fund plan to persuade Mugabe to quit

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 23:21:00 +0000

US embassy cables: the documents US embassy cables: the documents Series: US embassy cables: the documents US embassy cables: Richard Branson to fund plan to persuade Mugabe to quit   C O N F I D E N T I A L PRETORIA 002443SIPDISSIPDISNOFORNDEPT FOR AF/S S. HILLE.O. 12958: DECL: 07/10/2017TAGS: PREL, PHUM, KDEM, ZI, SFSUBJECT: (C) U.K. BUSINESSMAN BRANSON FUNDING "ELDER" INITIATIVE TO GET MUGABE OUT OF POWERREF: PRETORIA 2210Classified By: Ambassador Eric M. Bost. Reasons 1.4(b) and (d).1. (C/NF) U.K. businessman Richard Branson is bankrolling an African "Elders" initiative to convince Zimbabwean President Mugabe to step down. The "Elders" plan to meet secretly in Johannesburg July 17-18 with Branson to discuss their initiative. Former Presidents Nelson Mandela (South Africa), Sam Nujoma (Namibia), Kenneth Kaunda (Zambia), Jerry Rawlings (Ghana), Joaquim Chissano (Mozambique), Daniel Arap Moi (Kenya) and Ketumile Masire (Botswana) have reportedly agreed to participate. Former UNSYG Kofi Annan also plans to attend the meeting. President Carter will also be in Johannesburg and will meet with the group of Elders, although it is not clear if he will be involved in the Zimbabwe discussion. The Zimbabwe initiative is being cast as supportive of the South African-led SADC mediation.2. (C/NF) Former Mugabe Information Minister Jonathan Moyo is working with Branson on the plan. Moyo reached out to Branson, who owns Virgin Atlantic airline as well as a game lodge and chain of gyms in South Africa, in early June to suggest the involvement of the former African leaders. Branson agreed to fund the initiative, including Moyo's travel and technical assistance. Embassy contact XXXXXXXXXXXX (strictly protect) provided Post with emails between Moyo and Branson, as well as a copy of Moyo's draft concept paper for the initiative.3. (C/NF) Moyo's draft concept "Review of Issues and Strategy" paper (emailed to AF/S) outlines his views on the reasons behind the Zimbabwean crisis: the disagreement between the GOZ and U.K. over the "source or cause of the crisis," a "flawed constitutional dispensation," and Mugabe's unwillingness to allow anyone to succeed him "due to his deep-seated immunity fears and concerns." Moyo proposes to the Elders a four-point strategy to deal with Mugabe:-- The Elders would travel to Zimbabwe to meet with Mugabe.-- The Elders would urge Mugabe to support a new constitution, which would include "watertight" provisions on Mugabe's immunit[...]



US embassy cables: Hillary Clinton says Saudi Arabia 'a critical source of terrorist funding'

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 23:17:00 +0000

US embassy cables: Hillary Clinton says Saudi Arabia 'a critical source of terrorist funding' Series: US embassy cables: the documents US embassy cables: Hillary Clinton says Saudi Arabia 'a critical source of terrorist funding' S E C R E T STATE 131801 NOFORN SIPDIS FOR TFCO EO 12958 DECL: 12/28/2019 TAGS EFIN, KTFN, PTER, PINR, PREL, PK, KU, AE, QA, SA SUBJECT: TERRORIST FINANCE: ACTION REQUEST FOR SENIOR LEVEL ENGAGEMENT ON TERRORISM FINANCEREF: A. (A) STATE 112368 B. (B) RIYADH 1499 C. (C) KUWAIT 1061 D. (D) KUWAIT 1021 E. (E) ABU DHABI 1057 F. (F) DOHA 650 G. (G) ISLAMABAD 2799Classified By: EEB/ESC Deputy Assistant Secretary Douglas C. Hengel for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). Summary Richard Holbrooke establishes the Illicit Finance Task Force (IFTF) to disrupt funding of al Qaida, the Taliban and Lashkar E Taiba. He gives his officials talking points for use with Pakistani and Gulf officials, with a focus on Saudi Arabia. Key passage highlighted in yellow. Read related article -------Summary-------1. (U) This is an action request cable. Please see para 3.2. (S/NF) Summary: In August 2009, Special Representative to the President for Afghanistan and Pakistan (S/SRAP) Ambassador Richard Holbrooke in coordination with the Department of Treasury established the interagency Illicit Finance Task Force (IFTF). The IFTF is chaired by Treasury A/S David Cohen. It focuses on disrupting illicit finance activities in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the external financial/logistical support networks of terrorist groups that operate there, such as al-Qa'ida, the Taliban, and Lashkar e-Tayyiba (LeT). The IFTF's activities are a vital component of the USG's Afghanistan and Pakistan (Af/Pak) strategy dedicated to disrupting illicit finance flows between the Gulf countries and Afghanistan and Pakistan. The IFTF has created a diplomatic engagement strategy to assist in the accomplishment of this objective. The strategy focuses on senior-level USG engagement with Gulf countries and Pakistan to communicate USG counterterrorism priorities and to generate the political will necessary to address the problem. The IFTF has drafted talking points for use by all USG officials in their interactions with Gulf and Pakistani interlocutors. These points focus on funding for terrorist groups threatening stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan and targeting coalition soldiers. These points have been cleared through the relevant Washington agencies.3. (SBU) Action request: Drawing on the background materials for respective countries, and in preparation for the upcoming visits by Ambassador Holbrooke and Treasury U/S Levey in January, the Department requests all action posts deliver the general talking points in paras 5-6 and country specific talking points contained in the following paras: (1) Saudi Arabia ) para 8, (2) Kuwait ) para 10, (3) UAE ) para 12, and (4) Pakistan ) para 13. The talking points should be delivered by Ambassadors/Charge D'Affaires.4. (C) In response to State 112368, the Department has received responses from Embassies Riyadh, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Doha, and Islamabad regarding the resource capabilities devoted toward[...]



Leaked US cables show Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states as key sources for funds for al-Qaeda and Taliban

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 23:14:00 +0000

Leaked US cables show Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states as key sources for funds for al-Qaeda and Taliban US fears on Taliban cash revealed Leaked US cables show Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states as key sources for funds for al-Qaeda and Taliban. A cable from Hillary Clinton described Saudi Arabia as a 'critical financial support base' [File: EPA]Saudi Arabia is a key source of funds for armed groups, including al-Qaeda, the Afghan Taliban and Pakistan's Lashkar-e-Taiba, according to a leaked US state department assessment.In a series of diplomatic cables spanning several years, published by the WikiLeaks whistleblowing website on Sunday, the state department details how such groups continue to seek financing in Saudi Arabia, often posing as pilgrims visiting the Muslim holy sites. "Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaeda, the Taliban, LeT, and other terrorist groups, including Hamas, which probably raise millions of dollars annually from Saudi sources, often during Hajj and Ramadan," Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, said in one cable sent in December 2009. "In contrast to its increasingly aggressive efforts to disrupt al-Qaeda's access to funding from Saudi sources, Riyadh has taken only limited action to disrupt fundraising for the UN 1267-listed Taliban and LeT-groups that are also aligned with al-Qaeda and focused on undermining stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan."'Significant progress'The memo credited the Saudis with "significant progress" under US pressure to deal with the issue, especially disrupting al-Qaeda's finance channels. However, it said that "Riyadh has taken only limited action" to interrupt the flow of money to Taliban and LeT-associated groups which have launched attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.In July 2009, Richard Holbrooke, the US special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, said that the Taliban get more of its funding from wealthy Gulf donors than from the drug trade for which Afghanistan has long been famous.According to the cable, the annual hajj pilgrimage posed a particular problem for Saudi authorities attempting to stop the flow of money to armed groups."Hajj was still a big problem for the Saudis, since they could not refuse to let pilgrims enter the country. Some of the non-Saudi terrorism detainees in Saudi Arabia had entered as pilgrims," it said. A cable sent in August 2009 detailed how Pakistan's Jamaat-ud-Dawah, which the US accuses of being a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, raised funds through "private donations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), madrassas, and businesses spread throughout South Asia, the Middle East, and Europe"."Some of JUD's budget, using funds raised both from witting donors and by fraud, is dedicated to social services or humanitarian relief projects, while some is used to finance LT operations," it said. The cable said that Lashkar-e-Taiba officials were operating front companies in Saudi Arabia to move funds that could be used to carry out attacks.Direct donationsUS officials have also complained of direct donations by wealthy individuals and a reluctance by governments to monitor charities.Informal money transfer networks called hawala, or worker remittances, compound the problem. Kuwait, another key US ally in the region, comes in for criticism in the[...]



US embassy cables: Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists raise funds in Saudi Arabia

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 23:11:00 +0000

Series: US embassy cables: the documents Previous | Next | Index US embassy cables: Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists raise funds in Saudi Arabia   Monday, 10 August 2009, 23:56S E C R E T STATE 083026 SENSITIVE SIPDIS RELEASABLE TO PAKISTAN EO 12958 DECL: 08/07/2019 TAGS EFIN, KTFN, PREL, PTER, UNSC SUBJECT: UN 1267 (AL-QAIDA/TALIBAN) SANCTIONS: USG OPPOSITION TO FOCAL POINT DE-LISTING REQUEST FOR JUD AND HAFIZ SAEEDREF: STATE 65044Classified By: IO">IO">IO Assistant Secretary Esther Brimmer for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) Summary American officials oppose an attempt by Hafiz Saeed, considered the effective leader of militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, to escape UN sanctions. US officials describe how the LeT fundraises in Saudi and the Gulf though charitable donations and front companies. Key passage highlighted in yellow. Read related article 1. (U) This is an action request. Please see paragraphs 4-6.----------------------SUMMARY AND OBJECTIVES----------------------2. (SBU) In May 2009, legal representatives for 1267-listed entity Jamaat-ud-Dawah (identified by the UN 1267 Committee as an alias for Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, permanent reference number QE.L.118.05) and its leader, Muhammad Saeed (permanent reference number QI.S.263.08) petitioned on their clients behalf for delisting via the UN focal point. The focal point, which was established in the UN Secretariat pursuant to UNSCR 1730 to allow listed individuals/entities (or their representatives) to petition directly for de-listing, forwarded the de-listing request on behalf of JUD and Saeed for review to the USG (designating state) and to the Government of Pakistan (state of citizenship/residence/incorporation). The USG and GOP have had three months to review the de-listing petition. We have completed our review and plan to notify the UN focal point on August 25 of our opposition to de-listing. Before doing so, we would like to take this opportunity to: -- share the results of our review of the de-listing petition for JUD and Muhammad Saeed with Pakistani officials; -- seek GOP views on the request; -- underscore our ongoing concern over the threat posed by LeT/JUD and Saeed; -- ask Pakistani officials to update us on actions taken to impose UN 1267 sanctions on LeT/JUD and Saeed.----------BACKGROUND----------3. (S) On December 10, 2008, the UN 1267 Committee took several actions related to the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Tayibba (LeT), including its listing of Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JUD) as an alias for LeT, as well as the listing of JUD's leader, Muhammad Saeed. The Committee in 2005 added LeT to its Consolidated List citing its affiliation with al-Qaida. The addition of the JUD alias, as well as the listing of Saeed, followed closely on the heels of the LeT-perpetrated attacks in Mumbai, India, in November 2008. Prior to the attacks, our request to list JUD and Saeed were placed on hold by China at the behest of Pakistan. In spite of Pakistani acquiescence to the listings in December 2008, we continue to see reporting indicating that JUD is still operating in multiple locations in Pakistan, and that the grou[...]



WikiLeaks cables portray Saudi Arabia as a cash machine for terrorists

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:50:00 +0000

WikiLeaks cables portray Saudi Arabia as a cash machine for terrorists WikiLeaks cables portray Saudi Arabia as a cash machine for terroristsHillary Clinton memo highlights Gulf states' failure to block funding for groups like al-Qaida, Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba The terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab walks through the Chhatrapati Shivaji train station in Mumbai during the 2008 attacks. Lashkar-e-Taiba, which carried out the atrocity, is one of several groups that have raised funds via Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Sebastian D'souza/AP Saudi Arabia is the world's largest source of funds for Islamist militant groups such as the Afghan Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba – but the Saudi government is reluctant to stem the flow of money, according to Hillary Clinton."More needs to be done since Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaida, the Taliban, LeT and other terrorist groups," says a secret December 2009 paper signed by the US secretary of state. Her memo urged US diplomats to redouble their efforts to stop Gulf money reaching extremists in Pakistan and Afghanistan."Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide," she said.Three other Arab countries are listed as sources of militant money: Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.The cables highlight an often ignored factor in the Pakistani and Afghan conflicts: that the violence is partly bankrolled by rich, conservative donors across the Arabian Sea whose governments do little to stop them.The problem is particularly acute in Saudi Arabia, where militants soliciting funds slip into the country disguised as holy pilgrims, set up front companies to launder funds and receive money from government-sanctioned charities.One cable details how the Pakistani militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, which carried out the 2008 Mumbai attacks, used a Saudi-based front company to fund its activities in 2005.Meanwhile officials with the LeT's charity wing, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, travelled to Saudi Arabia seeking donations for new schools at vastly inflated costs – then siphoned off the excess money to fund militant operations.Militants seeking donations often come during the hajj pilgrimage – "a major security loophole since pilgrims often travel with large amounts of cash and the Saudis cannot refuse them entry into Saudi Arabia". Even a small donation can go far: LeT operates on a budget of just $5.25m (£3.25m) a year, according to American estimates.Saudi officials are often painted as reluctant partners. Clinton complained of the "ongoing challenge to persuade Saudi officials to treat terrorist funds emanating from Saudi Arabia as a strategic priority".Washington is critical of the Saudi refusal to ban three charities classified as terrorist entities in the US. "Intelligence suggests that these groups continue to send money overseas and, at times, fund extremism overseas," she said.There has been some progress. This year US officials reported that al-Qaida's fundraising ability had "deteriorated substantially" since a government crackdown. As a result Bin Laden's group was "in its weakest state since 9/11" in Saudi Arabia.[...]



US embassy cables: UAE urged to do more about terror cash couriers

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:46:00 +0000

US embassy cables: UAE urged to do more about terror cash couriers Monday, 05 November 2007, 10:25C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 ABU DHABI 001838 SIPDIS SIPDIS DEPARTMENT FOR NEA/ARP, S/CT, EEB/ESC/TFS TREASURY FOR U/S LEVEY, A/A O'BRIEN DHS FOR DHS/ICE, FINANCIAL AND TRADE INVESTIGATIONS, KDELLACOLI, JGALLION EO 12958 DECL: 11/05/2017 TAGS EFIN, ETTC, KTFN, PTER, KCRM, PREL, AE SUBJECT: UAE: FOLLOW-UP ACTION REQUEST ON ILLICIT CASH COURIERSREF: A. SECSTATE 152088 B. 06 ABU DHABI 3872 C. 06 ABU DHABI 2281 D. 05 ABU DHABI 4592 E. ABU DHABI 1293Classified By: Ambassador Michele J. Sison for reasons 1.4 (b and d). Summary American efforts to break up Taliban money laundering operations in the UAE run into trouble as local officials refuse to cooperation, citing 'unacceptable' presence of American officials at Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports. Key passage highlighted in yellow. Read related article 1. (C) Summary: Post has worked with the UAEG to have it focus on the issue of bulk cash smuggling. DHS/ICE has twice provided training to customs officials and DOJ/OPDAT will be providing money laundering prosecutorial training this December (which will have a bulk cash smuggling component). The USG proposed conducting a joint DHS/ICE - Dubai Customs cash courier operation in April 2006. This October, the UAE Central Bank Governor, who serves as the UAE's Chairman for the Joint Terror Finance Coordinating Committee, informed us that the UAEG did not wish to participate. (Note: Post still understands that the Central Bank Governor will be replaced and will raise this with his successor. End Note.) The UAE has regulations requiring declarations for cash imports of over USD 10,800, but no regulations covering cash exports. End Summary2. (C) Post appreciates the opportunity to provide an update on our efforts to focus the UAEG on addressing the issue of bulk cash smuggling. DHS/ICE provided training to Dubai police and customs officials on detecting and investigating bulk cash smuggling cases in September 2005, and the issue has been raised at each of the U.S. - UAE Joint Terror Finance Coordinating Committee (JTFCC) meetings since their inception in January 2006. In the April 2006 JTFCC meeting, the U.S. side proposed holding a joint DHS/ICE - Dubai Customs cash courier operation. UAE Central Bank Governor Sultan Nasser Al-Suwaidi requested training before moving forward with any operation. That training was provided in June 2006 (ref c).3. (SBU) Al-Suwaidi then requested that post work with the UAE Central Bank and Customs to provide a "gap analysis" of the relevant U.S. and UAE regulations. In post's initial draft of a gap analysis, we determined that the UAE has no regulations on declaring cash exports, only on cash imports (ref b). We continued working with the Central Bank and with other members of the UAEG to address the UAE's stated and unstated concerns about a joint cash courier operation. Based on concerns the UAEG stated about having non-UAE nationals publicly involved in the operation, DHS/ICE revised the proposal and Ambassador passed it to Al-Suwaidi[...]



Treasury Sanctions Hamas-Controlled Charities

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:44:00 +0000

Treasury Sanctions Hamas-Controlled Charities Treasury Sanctions Hamas-Controlled Charities The U.S. Treasury Department said Thursday it slapped sanctions on two Lebanon-based charities controlled by Hamas. Ahmad Gharabli/ Agence France-Presse/Getty ImagesA Palestinian man shows the entrance of a charity foundation and sports center in east Jerusalem on Jan. 29, 2012, where Israeli police temporarily shut down for being suspected of serving as fronts for Hamas activity.Al-Waqfiya and Al-Quds, both based in Beirut, exist to support the families of Hamas fighters and prisoners, and to raise money for programs and projects in the Palestinian territories intended to spread Hamas’s influence and control, Treasury said. “The Treasury Department will continue to work to disrupt Hamas’s efforts to radicalize vulnerable communities and undermine regional stability,” said David Cohen, undersecretary of Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence, in a statement. Al-Waqfiya was previously slapped with sanctions in November 2008 for supporting Hamas. It was created by Hamas in 2000 to financially support the families of Hamas members, has been run by senior Hamas leadership for year and several top players in Hamas play a dominant role in the organization, Treasury said. When delivering money to Gaza, Al-Waqfiya obscures the source of funds so donations appear as charity, Treasury said. However, Treasury said, portions of the funds sent by the charity have been used by Hamas military operatives and have financed the group’s infrastructure. Al Quds was created in 2001 in Beirut by members of Hamas to raise funds for projects in Jerusalem through the cover of charity, and the entire operation is run by Hamas leaders, according to the Treasury Department. Several members of the Al Quds board of trustees are already under U.S. sanctions.Treasury Sanctions Two Hamas-Controlled Charities 10/4/2012 Actions Target Lebanon-based Al-Waqfiya and Al-Quds CharitiesWASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated two Lebanon-based charities controlled by Hamas.  Al-Waqfiya Al-Ri’aya Al-Usra Al-Filistinya Wa Al-Lubnanya (“Al-Waqfiya”) has been designated pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 for being controlled by, acting for or on behalf of, and providing financial support to Hamas. The Al-Quds International Foundation (“Al-Quds”) has been designated pursuant to E.O. 13224 for being controlled by and acting for or on behalf of Hamas.Today’s actions freeze any assets Al-Waqfiya or Al-Quds hold under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibit U.S. persons from engaging in transactions with these parties. E.O. 13224 targets terrorists, terrorist organizations, and individuals and entities owned or controlled by or acting for or on behalf of designated terrorists or terrorist organizations, and those providing financial, material, or technological support or financial or other services to designated terrorists or terrorist organizations, or for acts of terrorism."The Treasury Department will continue to work to disrupt Hamas's efforts to radicalize vulnerable communities and undermine regional stability," said Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. "Today's action represents another step in our effort to ensure that charitable fronts are not used to finance terrorism."The Beirut-based Al-Waqfiya and Al-Quds exist to support the families of Hamas fighters and prisoners and to raise money for programs and projects in the Palestinian territories[...]



Benghazi Bimbo Susan Rice Has Ties To Iran

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:42:00 +0000

Benghazi Bimbo Susan Rice Has Ties To Iran Benghazi Bimbo Susan Rice Has Ties To Iran inShare2When Obama rails against the 99% with Warren Buffett at his side crying that the wealthy should “pay their fair share,” oddly the name Susan Rice doesn’t come up. It’s odd because Rice is the wealthiest staff member in the Executive Department, amassing in the neighborhood of forty million dollars.Where do these millions of dollars pour in from?You should take a look at her financial disclosure form. It’s like reading War and Peace. She has an endless number of investments in companies throughout the world. But one of her soft spots is companies that do investments with Iranian companies, especially those that buy Iran’s billions of barrels in crude oil.So the next time Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vows to annihilate Israel with a nuclear bomb, you can thank Susan Rice. Iran Sanctions Could Harm Rice’s Portfolio Rice Has Up to $600K Stake in Keystone CompanyApproving pipeline could be one of new secretary of state's first duties AP BY: CJ CiaramellaNovember 28, 2012 4:06 pm Potential secretary of state candidate Susan Rice owns up to $600,000 of stock in the Canadian company pushing to build the Keystone XL Pipeline, according to her financial disclosure reports. OnEarth reports that Rice, Obama’s preferred candidate to succeed Hillary Clinton, owns millions of dollars of stock in oil companies, including TransCanada, the company behind the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. TransCanada is currently awaiting approval from the State Department on whether it can build the pipeline, which would stretch from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The project is reviled by environmentalists and would likely be Rice’s first major decision as Secretary of State, should she be confirmed. OnEarth reports: The current U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Rice owns stock valued between $300,000 and $600,000 in TransCanada, the company seeking a federal permit to transport tar sands crude 1,700 miles to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast, crossing fragile Midwest ecosystems and the largest freshwater aquifer in North America. Beyond that, according to financial disclosure reports, about a third of Rice’s personal net worth is tied up in oil producers, pipeline operators, and related energy industries north of the 49th parallel — including companies with poor environmental and safety records on both U.S. and Canadian soil. Rice and her husband own at least $1.25 million worth of stock in four of Canada’s eight leading oil producers, as ranked by Forbes magazine. That includes Enbridge, which spilled more than a million gallons of toxic bitumen into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River in 2010 – the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history. Rice also has smaller stakes in several other big Canadian energy firms, as well as the country’s transportation companies and coal-fired utilities. Another 20 percent or so of her personal wealth is derived from investments in five Canadian banks. These are some of the institutions that provide loans and financial backing to TransCanada and its competitors for tar sands extraction and major infrastructure projects, such as Keystone XL and Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, which would stretch 700 miles from Alberta to the Canadian coast. In 2010, for instance, when Rice and[...]



Syria Terrorists Admit France and US Are Supplying Weapons

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:41:00 +0000

Syria Terrorists Admit France and US Are Supplying Weapons Syria Terrorists Admit France and US Are Supplying Weapons Russia TodayWed, 29 Feb 2012 07:17 CST © Reuters / Ahmed JadallahWhat was it Dubya said... "you're either with us or you're with the terr'ists"?A general in the opposition militia known as the Free Syria Army has told journalists that the rebels have received French and American military assistance, amid reports of worsening violence in the stricken nation. ­In Homs on Tuesday, a general claiming to be from the rebel group appeared on camera and told a journalist from Reuters news agency that "French and American assistance has reached us and is with us." When asked to elaborate on the nature of the assistance he added, "We now have weapons and anti-aircraft missiles and, God willing, with all of that we will defeat Bashar [President Assad]." The international community maintains it is committed to finding a political solution to the conflict and had rejected the idea of military intervention. However, there are growing suspicions that it has been supplying the opposition with weapons indirectly. This is not the first report of the US covertly supplying the opposition with arms. In December, FBI translator turned whistleblower Sibel Edmonds said she believed the US had been training the Syrian opposition in neighboring Turkey and supplying arms to the country from Incirlik military base close to the Turkish-Syrian border. In addition, Qatar and Saudi Arabia reportedly held secret meetings to offer financial support to the Syrian rebels to buy weapons. Political foot-draggingThus far the international community has been unable to reach agreement on a resolution to the Syrian conflict. At an emergency meeting called by the UN in Brussels on Tuesday, the Syrian ambassador accused the UN Security Council of purposely stalling and fueling the flames of terrorism in the country. The UN has shown consistent support for the opposition movement, with both the Security Council and General Assembly repeatedly calling for the ouster of President Assad. Posted by Charlene Zechenderat 5:38 PM Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook[...]



Bill Clinton told Hillary To Resign, US Arming ‘Syrian Rebels’ With Ties To Al Queda

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:39:00 +0000

Bill Clinton told Hillary To Resign, US Arming ‘Syrian Rebels’ With Ties To Al Queda Bill Clinton told Hillary To Resign, US Arming ‘Syrian Rebels’ With Ties To Al Queda  Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, came forward to “take responsibility overall” for the attacks  at Benghazi, but per Ed Klein we now know behind the scenes Bill Clinton advised his wife  to resign over the possible criminal fallout of the Benghazi massacre.  Today we learn from sources  that not only did Hillary ask for added security, and was denied, but her closest advisers strongly suggested she seek legal counsel just days after the attack.  Why?  Why did “they” deny Hillary’s requests for added security to Benghazi, and  why is this a situation in which a Secretary of State would need personal legal counsel?  Could the Benghazi fallout, go beyond what a Public Relations firm can handle?  I’d say YES.  Could this be a criminal act, negligence,  dereliction of duty, which resulted in murder?  I’d  say YES.  And I’d say that Hillary is telling the truth as the “source” of these latest developments come straight from her “legal counsel”.   Hillary did prior to September 11th, 2012 order added security for Benghazi, and those requests were denied—but by who? To fully understand what happened in Benghazi, we need to step back.  Ambassador Stevens was located in a CIA safehouse (otherwise known as the building burned down during attack)–that  location is where on the night of the attack he dined with the Turkish General Counsel.  Why?  Why was Stevens meeting with this Turkish official? Apparently, in reports the US was gun running weapons through Turkey to aid the Syrian Rebels, but the real kicker here is that we handed over 400 tons in one shipment, to Al Queda and the Muslim Brotherhood, who are the leaders of these so called “Syrian Rebels”.  We can speculate what the Turkish General Counsel talked with Ambassador Stevens about that  night—but what is clear is that the Al Queda backed forces were on scene whilst the two men dined. The ‘Libyan forces’ called the Feb. 17th Brigade, were the extra security which manned that CIA safe house.  On the night of the attack, Sean Smith, sent this message via a gaming app ”Assuming we don’t die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures.”What is interesting to note here, is the quotations around the word police.  Here, he is referring to the Feb. 17th Brigade, and what it tells me is he is questioning just who these ‘police’ are with, why  are they casing the safe house taking pictures?  We now know that this “Brigade” is an affiliate of Al Queda and they fought under the “Black Flag” of  Al Queda.  Diana West, an expert in Middle East affairs has this to offer: The Obama administration, however, threw in Uncle Sam’s lot with bad guys – the “rebels,” the “martyrs,” the Muslim Brothers, the whole jihad-happy crew in Libya and the wider Middle East. Uncle Sam, more or less, crossed to the “other side.” It is this alliance or support for “martyrs” and their sympathizers in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt and Syria that is the betrayal from which Benghazi-gate rises, particularly as our veterans’ cemeteries and hospitals are filled with casualti[...]



U.S. Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for Terrorism Financing to travel to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Israel and the United Arab Emirates

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:37:00 +0000

U.S. Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for Terrorism Financing to travel to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Israel and the United Arab Emirates Muslim US ICE Intelligence Officer Under Cloud of Suspicion over Financial Scam Seven Arrested in the UK in Khat Smuggling/Terror Funding Probe U.S. Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for Terrorism Financing to travel to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Israel and the United Arab EmiratesOn May 4, 2012 · In Iran, Israel, Kuwait, Money Laundering, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Terror Funding, U.S. Policymakers, UAE The U.S. Treasury Department’s point man on terrorist financing is off to the Middle East for nearly two weeks. Daniel Glaser, assistant Treasury secretary for terrorist financing, will travel to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Glaser will talk with government and private sector officials about the threat of terrorist financing, the need to strengthen anti-money laundering regimes and efforts to implement sanctions against Syria and Iran. http://blogs.wsj.com/corruption-currents/2012/05/02/treasurys-terrorism-finance-official-to-travel-to-middle-east/[...]



What Chemtrails Really Are

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:36:00 +0000

What Chemtrails Really Are What Chemtrails Really Are By Carolyn Williams Palit 11-9-7 "The United States does not torture." --President George W. Bush   We are dealing with Star Wars. It involves the combination of chemtrails for creating an atmosphere that will support electromagnetic waves, ground-based, electromagnetic field oscillators called gyrotrons, and ionospheric heaters. Particulates make directed energy weapons work better. It has to do with "steady state" and particle density for plasma beam propagation.   They spray barium powders and let it photo-ionize from the ultraviolet light of the sun. Then, they make an aluminum-plasma generated by "zapping" the metal cations that are in the spray with either electromagnetics from HAARP, the gyrotron system on the ground [Ground Wave Emergency Network], or space-based lasers. The barium makes the aluminum-plasma more particulate dense. This means they can make a denser plasma than they normally could from just ionizing the atmosphere or the air.   More density [more particles] means that these particles which are colliding into each other will become more charged because there are more of them present to collide. What are they ultimately trying to do up there -- is create charged-particle, plasma beam weapons. Chemtrails are the medium - GWEN pulse radars, the various HAARPs, and space-based lasers are the method, or more simply:   Chemtrails are the medium -- directed energy is the method.   Spray and Zap.   This system appears to be in Russia, Canada, the United States, and all of Europe. Exotic weapons can be mobile, stationary, land-based, aerial, or satellite.   It is an offensive and defensive system against EM attacks and missiles. It uses ionospheric particle shells as defense mechanisms [like a bug-zapper shell]* against missiles and EM attacks. That means they spray and then pump up the spray with electromagnetics. When these shells are created using the oscillating, electromagnetic, gyrotron stations, it "excludes" and displaces the background magnetic field. These shells can be layered one above another in a canopy fashion for extra protection from missiles. The chemtrail sprays have various elements in them like carbon which can used to absorb microwaves. Some of these sprays have metal flakes in them that make aerial craft invisible to radar. Spoofer sprays. Sprays like these can be used to create colorful, magnetized plasmas to cloak fighter jets.   There are satellite weapons involved. Activists are using meters and are getting readings of microwaves, x-rays, and some other kind of emission that they are not sure of, maybe a low-intensity laser.   They are also photographing gas plasma generation due to the heating of chemtrails by electromagnetics. The technical names for vertical and horizontal plasma columns are columnar focal lenses and horizontal drift plasma antennas. Various size of gas plasma orbs are associated with this technology. These orbs can be used as transmitters and receivers because they have great, refractory and optical properties. They also are capable of transmitting digital or analog sound. Barium, [...]



Russian Realpolitik: Inside the Arms Trade with Syria

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:01:00 +0000

Russian Realpolitik: Inside the Arms Trade with Syria Russian Realpolitik: Inside the Arms Trade with Syria i The head of the Syrian delegation to the semiannual Russian arms bazaar tries out a new silencer-equipped Kalashnikov assault rifle, the AK-104, at an airfield outside Moscow “This weapon is perfect for close-quarters combat, house to house,” the Russian arms dealer explains, gently passing a silencer-equipped assault rifle, the AK-104, to the official from Syria, who brings the gun’s sight level with his eye and aims it across pavilion C3 of Russia’s semiannual arms bazaar. Serving as their translator is Colonel Isam Ibrahim As’saadi, the military attaché at the Syrian embassy in Moscow, who chaperones the three officials in town from Damascus for a bit of military shopping. It is a rare opportunity for them. With their country sinking into a civil war, most of the world’s top arms-dealing nations have banned sales to the Syrian government. So the delegates enjoy themselves in Moscow. They spend more than an hour talking to the Kalashnikov salesman, Andrei Vishnyakov, head of marketing for Izhmash, the company that created the AK-47. Then they stroll over to other displays spread out across the giant Zhukovsky airfield near Moscow. They peruse tanks, touch rocket launchers, study cruise missiles and other heavy artillery, all of which stand gleaming in the summer sun like so many sports cars at a dealership. All of it is for sale. Welcome to Russia’s premier weapons expo, the deceptively titled Forum of Technologies in Machine Building, a military smorgasbord for the dictators of the world that Russian President Vladimir Putin opened in 2010. Delegations from Iran, Zimbabwe, Bahrain, Pakistan and Uganda, among many others, came to the fair last week, but the Syrian presence was the most controversial. Since the 1950s, when it first became a client state of the Soviet Union, Syria has purchased almost all its weapons from Russia, making it a cherished customer. Over the past 16 months, Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad have used these weapons to brutally crush a homegrown rebellion, with the death toll now estimated at 14,000, including thousands of women and children. The rest of the Arab world has joined with the West in condemning these massacres, but that has not stopped the flow of Russian arms. Indeed, the Kremlin seems willing to jeopardize its relations with Europe and the U.S. in order to defend Assad and continue to sell him weapons. In diplomatic terms, there is nothing frustrated Western officials can do to stop it. Russia has a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, and it has repeatedly used its veto power to block any discussion of an international arms embargo against Syria. Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., said in May that the Russian arms sales to Syria are “reprehensible,” but are not illegal. Diplomatic and moral pressure from the West, like the claim that Russia is aiding the murder of civilians, has not changed many minds in Moscow. “These are the guys we are rooting for,” an official with Russia’s state arms dealer, Rosoboronexport, told TIME on Thursday while showing the Syrian delegates a set of truck-mounted rocket launchers. (PHOTOS: Inside Syria’s Slow-Motion Civil War) The Syrians seemed impressed, even climbing into the truck[...]