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By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media
Except for some innuendo in the mainstream press that the Republicans are “desperate” for an issue to use in the presidential campaign, Obama’s mind-boggling statement about Marxist Hugo Chavez of Venezuela not having “a serious national security impact” on the United States is getting little national media attention. But like the private conversation with outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in March, the comments about Chavez, who operates Venezuela as a satellite of Communist Cuba, are nothing less than a scandal.
Obama told Medvedev that he would have more “flexibility” to make concessions to the Russians after he is re-elected. The comments were accidentally picked up by an open microphone.
The exception in media coverage of the Chavez remarks was, as usual, Fox News, where Mitt Romney made headlines by telling Neil Cavuto, “I was stunned by his comments, and shocked by them. This is Hugo Chavez, this is Venezuela. This is Chavez who has invited Iran in, who has invited Hezbollah. Hezbollah, of course, being a surrogate and a proxy for Iran would potentially have access to weapons that could be used against us. This is Chavez who champions the Bolivarian Revolution movement and is spreading dictatorships and tyranny throughout Latin America. This is Chavez who supports FARC and other terrorist activity in nations like Colombia, that are our friends. The idea that this nation, this president doesn’t pose a national security threat to this country is simply naïve. It’s an extraordinary admission on the part of this president to be completely out of touch with what’s happened in Latin America. Latin America is critical to America, United States of America. And the President needs to focus on what’s happening there, what Chavez is doing, what the Castros are doing. These are people who call for terrible acts against America and to suggest that somehow this is isn’t important is, I think, a very misguided and misdirected thought on the part of our President.”
Obama’s remarks come just a few weeks after former CIA officer Brian Latell told the Heritage Foundation that the Venezuelan regime’s spy operations have become an “adjunct” of Castro’s intelligence service, the DGI. Latell also told Heritage, as he documents in his book, Castro’s Secrets, that Chavez was probably recruited by the DGI during trips he made to Cuba before seizing power in Venezuela. The Latell book discloses information from a DGI defector that Fidel Castro knew about JFK’s assassination in advance, adding to the widespread belief that Castro was behind the plot to kill Kennedy. He says the DGI has hundreds of agents in the U.S., some of them “moles” in the U.S. Government. One of the most notorious was Ana Belen Montes, the highest-ranking Cuban spy ever imprisoned in the U.S. She was a senior analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Latell’s book also documents that Castro wanted the Soviets to launch a nuclear first strike on the United States, using the Soviet missiles which had been stationed—and then removed after Kennedy demanded it—in Cuba.
Since Latell is a former National Intelligence Officer for Latin America and Director of the CIA’s Center for the Study of Intelligence, and Obama, as President, has access to CIA information, it would appear that Obama is deliberately ignoring the facts about the threat posed by Chavez and his allies, Cuba and Iran.
“We’re always concerned about Iran engaging in destabilizing activity around the globe,” Obama told Oscar Haza, a Miami Spanish-language broadcast journalist and anchor. “But overall my sense is that what Mr. Chávez has done over the last several years has not had a serious national security impact on us. We have to be vigilant. My main concern when it comes to Venezuela is having the Venezuelan people have a voice in their affairs, and that you end up ultimately having fair and free elections, which we don’t always see.”
The term “destabilizing activity” is apparently a euphemism for terrorism and relations with state sponsors of terrorism.
Romney says Obama is “out of touch,” which is giving him the benefit of the doubt. Obama has access to the best foreign policy information available. If anyone should know about the Chavez threat, it is Obama.
The “out of touch” comments come as Obama has left an American hostage, Alan Gross, imprisoned in Cuba for almost three years. But his administration granted a visa to Raul Castro’s daughter, who was recently allowed to visit the United States to campaign for gay rights and endorse Obama for president. “As a citizen of the world, I would like him [Obama] to win,” Mariela Castro Espin said in an interview with CNN during her U.S. tour.
In this amazing interview, which deserves far more attention than it has received, she said that Obama “wants to do much more than what he’s been able to do,” in terms of normalizing relations with Cuba. She added, “I believe that Obama needs another opportunity and he needs greater support to move forward with his projects and with his ideas, which I believe come from the bottom of his heart.”
This sounds like the “flexibility” Obama promised to the Russians if he is elected to a second term.
Can you image the media outrage if some foreign despot or crackpot had said nice things about Mitt Romney?
Latell told the Heritage audience that Alan Gross was not a spy, although that is the charge the kangaroo courts in Cuba convicted him of. Gross, who has been called “Cuba’s Jewish American Hostage,” was part of a U.S. foreign aid program to help Jewish people in Cuba communicate using the Internet.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on June 14 that Gross has lost more than 100 pounds since his arrest, suffers from severe degenerative arthritis, and is no longer able to walk in his cell. His 90-year-old mother in the U.S. has lung cancer and his daughter also has cancer.
TV personality Haza asked Obama about Alan Gross but the President responded without saying anything specifically about the case or calling for his release. “That’s why I say that we’re not going to see big moves or major improvement in the U.S.-Cuba relationship if the Cuban leadership continues to do the same thing over and over again,” Obama replied.
The Castro regime wants five Cuban spies, who are imprisoned or in custody in the U.S., freed in exchange for Gross, who is not a spy. Obama apparently does not want to make such a deal before the election in November.
Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at [email protected].
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By: Jeffrey Klein
Republicans are so lucky this election year, because American voters no longer need to look across the pond to Europe, in order to witness the financial, social and moral devastation that results from the unbridled implementation of the Liberal/Socialist government model.
No matter where you look around our country, wherever the “blue state” Democrat-led government and public union partnerships have been allowed to operate and flourish long term–municipalities are being forced into Chapter 9 bankruptcy, with some states, like California and Illinois not far behind.
In just the past two weeks, Stockton, San Bernadino and Mammoth Lakes, California, have all run out of cash and can no longer borrow money, forcing their Democrat leaders to seek federal bankruptcy court intervention as the only way to get out from under the crushing weight of public union benefit plan legacy costs, according to an Associated Press article today.
San Bernadino, a city of about 210,000 people that lies west of Los Angeles, will become the second largest city in the nation ever to file for bankruptcy, right behind number 1–Stockton, the northern California city of nearly 300,000, with Mammoth Lakes having voted on July 3rd to seek bankruptcy protection as well.
Pretty much the same plot line plays out in every such council chamber, as it joins a number of other cities and counties across the nation that have plunged into financial crisis, unable to cover rising costs involving payroll, pensions, bondholders and vendors.
“We have an immediate cash flow issue,” Interim City Manager Andrea Miller told Mayor Patrick Morris and the seven-member City Council. She also explained that the city is facing a budget shortfall of $45.8 million, and has already stopped paying some vendors; and, may not be able to make payroll over the next three months.
“This is probably the hardest decision this councilwoman will ever have to make in this chair,” Councilwoman Wendy McCammack said.
Perhaps the most amazing situation that arose in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the state’s sixth-most-populous city (population of 76,089 in 2010 census), which is now down to its last $5,000 and has no way to pay salaries, according to Mike Shedlock’s post in his well respected Global Economic Trend Analysis blog yesterday.
Scranton’s Democrat Mayor Chris Doherty took the unprecedented step of unilaterally reducing everyone’s pay — including his own — to the state’s minimum wage: $7.25 an hour, beginning with the 400 bi-weekly paychecks released last Friday.
Doherty wants to raise taxes by 29 to 78 percent to close their $16.8-million budget deficit; but the city council wants to take a different approach and borrow money.
However, The Scranton Times-Tribune reported there’s no way for the city to take out a loan because it is unable to show it is capable of paying it back.
And, in the other corner, the firefighters’ union, along with the police and public works unions, have taken the city to court. But, even though Lackawanna County Judge Michael Barrasse issued an injunction, essentially agreeing with the unions that the city was breaking the law, Doherty says he doesn’t have another choice.
The unions plan to be back in court first thing Monday morning to ask the judge to hold Doherty in contempt, to which the Mayor responded…
I’m trying to do the best I can with the limited amount of funds that I have … I want the employees to get paid. Our people work hard–our police and fire–I just don’t have enough money, and I can’t print it in the basement.
Blue state Democrat politicians union benefit deals have bankrupted their towns, counties and soon several states will likely follow…and their “knee-jerk” reaction?
Raise taxes to avoid a brush-up with their union benefactors.
The State of California is the most excellent example of Democrat’s absolutely ignorant refusal to institute the cost-cutting necessary in their glutinous social welfare programs, after being hit with an “unexpected” $3.5 billion tax revenue shortfall, is compelling newly elected Liberal Governor Jerry Brown (who barely beat out Meg Whitman, founder and CEO of eBay) to take his plea directly to “the people,” as Barack Obama is fond of saying…
We can’t fill a hole of this magnitude with cuts alone without doing severe damage to our schools,” Brown says. “That’s why I’m bypassing the gridlock and asking you, the people of California, to approve a plan that avoids cuts to schools and public safety.
However, he is receiving severe push-back from the constituency, which may have something to do with it already being perennially ranked as the third worst state for taxes by the Tax Foundation, a non-partisan tax research group in Washington, D.C., according to a posting in About.com by Tonya Moreno, CPA.
California income tax rates range from 1.25% to 9.55% and are levied on California residents’ income and non-residents’ income from California sources, with the highest rate beginning at just $46,349 of income.
And, the really lucky ones, like those who sponsor and attend Barack Obama’s $40,000 fund raising dinners, who make over $1 million per year, are saddled with an additional 1% tax surcharge, bringing the total to a stunning 10.55%.
Plus, California has the highest state level sales tax rate in the nation at 8.25%, and it allows cities and counties to charge additional sales taxes, so depending upon the locality–sales tax rates can be as high as 10.50%.
Even though property tax is a huge source of country revenue, particularly in California where it is assessed at 100% of full fair market value with only a $7,000 homestead deduction, it all still does not seem to be enough to feed the Liberal’s socialist dream.
Amazingly, even though this is exactly the same “brand” of bumbling, political and financial malfeasance that has been committed by the Obama administration, he audaciously continues to bark at college students in swing states about [still] being the real answer to our problems.
If that were really the case the student unemployment rate wouldn’t be over 50 percent, and the former law school lecturer, community organizer and short/small-time elected official, would be crowing about his excellent performance during his first term in office–to everyone across the nation.
Unfortunately that is a lie even the mainstream media can’t camouflage.
It will be Arlen’s privilege to join Robert L. Jetter, Jr. on his BlogTalkRadio program, tonight. The “Bards Logic Political Talk” netcast begins at 8pm ET, 5pm PT. (If one uses phone instead of streaming and/or Skype, the call in Number is 347-945-7428.)
They will be keeping tabs on Agenda 21, from the basics to the latest, including the Rio 20+ summit just concluded. Also to be discussed is the Sovereignty Campaign, aimed at stop violations of our sovereignties via such United Nations initiatives and other threats to authentic America.
Another topic will be the role of American authentists (sometimes called “conservatives”) in conservation and the stewardship of our environment (sometimes, if not easily called being “green”).
By: Trevor Loudon
From mid-July to mid-October (and possibly returning late October/early November), I will be touring the United States, speaking, doing interviews and promoting my book Barack Obama and the Enemies Within.
My aim is to alert Americans to the high level of communist and socialist infiltration of their government and the huge national security implications if this state of affairs is allowed to continue.
I will be exposing the communist associations of several senior members of the current Administration and in some cases, their links to hostile foreign powers.
So far, I am addressing America’s Survival’s The Vetting: Obama, Radical Islam and the Soros Connection in Washington DC, the huge Gathering of Eagles event in Oregon, a major medical conference in California, a Reagan Day victory dinner in Georgia, Freedom Festivals in Florida and Colorado, and several other large events.
I will be addressing confirmed Tea Party, 9/12 and conservative gatherings in California, Colorado, Arizona, Georgia, Oklahoma, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Ohio. My schedule is nearly 80% full now and should be 90% locked in within a week. It will be close to eighty events in total.
If you’d like me to address an event or events in your state, please contact me at [email protected] ASAP.
I aim to not only inform, but inspire. I want to encourage what I see as a Second American Revolution building in the United States. A peaceful revolution which will restore the American Constitution, return the Federal and State governments to their proper role as humble servants of the people and give Americans the confidence and wherewithal to re-establish liberty at home. And by example, in many other nations around the globe.
My tour is entirely funded by my Nevada based non-profit Pacific Freedom Foundation. While we have most of the basics covered, more financial support will enable me to reach an even wider audience.
Thank you for your help in this vital mission to restore the greatest republic the world has ever known.