07/2/14

Enforcing the Secrecy of Obama’s Refugee Camps

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

I never thought I’d see the day that there would be refugee camps in America, but they are here on our border with Mexico. And not just there, thanks to the flying and busing in of 10’s of thousands of illegal aliens, these camps are popping up in every state. And the Governors and Congressmen and women of those states were not notified they were even coming to their respective states. Now that they are here, they are not being allowed to see them either. In my own state of Oklahoma, case in point… Congressman Jim Bridenstine tried to see the refugees and just released this press release:

Jul 2, 2014
Press Release
Washington, DC, July 2, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK) was denied access yesterday to the HHS facility at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma currently housing up to 1,200 unaccompanied alien children (UAC) who illegally crossed the southern border into the United States.

Congressman Bridenstine said, “There is no excuse for denying a Federal Representative from Oklahoma access to a federal facility in Oklahoma where unaccompanied children are being held. Any Member of Congress should have the legal authority to visit a federal youth detention facility without waiting three weeks.”

The Health and Human Services (HHS) official who appears to be in charge of the facility told Congressman Bridenstine he could schedule an appointment for July 21. HHS Deputy Director of the Office of Public Affairs, Ken Wolfe, would not take the Congressman’s phone call. The Congressman was told to send Mr. Wolfe an email as that was the preferred method of communication. Congressman Bridenstine’s email to Mr. Wolfe included this press release.

“After my visit today with the base commander, I approached the barracks where the children are housed. A new fence has been erected by HHS, completely surrounding the barracks and covered with material to totally obscure the view. Every gate is chained closed.

“I approached a security guard and asked to speak with the manager of the facility. The guard called his supervisor who said no visitors were allowed. I asked if they were aware that I am a Member of Congress. Eventually the manager came out and said that I would have to go through HHS legislative affairs and that the first chance to visit would be July 21st.

“What are they trying to hide? Do they not want the children to speak with Members of Congress? As a Navy pilot, I have been involved in operations countering illicit human trafficking. I would like to know to whom these children are being released.”

Ft. Sill is one of three facilities in the U.S. currently housing the unaccompanied alien children. The Administration policy is that after they are apprehended on the border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the children are transferred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for transport, and then placed in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) until released to a so-called “sponsor” in the U.S.

CONTACT:
Sheryl Kaufman, Communications Director
Phone: 202-225-2211
Email Address: [email protected]house.gov

It’s not just politicians being shut out either. Border Patrol agents have been told to shut up and not talk to the press or they would be fired and arrested. Now, medical staff have also been warned to keep mum under threat of arrest. Suddenly, it’s really, really beginning to feel a lot like Nazi Germany and for the first time, I truly feel a shudder of fear crawling up my spine. Obama and his cohorts are not even being subtle any more. These are children, for God’s sake! Children who are being warehoused in FEMA-type refugee camps with no rights, no visitors and absolutely no transparency. Forget about compassion and humanity – they serve the collective.

Obama proclaimed to America that the children had to go home to their individual countries. But his actions belie his true intent. These children were provided bus tickets in many instances. They were actively recruited to come here. Now they live in deplorable conditions… filth and stench beyond American comprehension and a plethora of disease is spreading. This, my friends, is manufactured chaos. A chaos that Obama could use to put UN troops on our borders.

Why do you think medical staff are being threatened and bullied? Because the conditions are so outrageous that Americans would be horrified if they truly knew how bad it was, that’s why. The threats are coming from a government contracted security agency who actually refer to themselves as “Brown Shirts.” I kid you not. “It was a very submissive atmosphere,” the counselor said. “Once you stepped onto the grounds, you abided by their laws – the Brown Shirt laws.” This is part of Obama’s private mercenary army. Several personnel have broken their confidentiality agreements to come forward anyway. Good on em.

From Allen West:

“There were several of us who wanted to talk about the camps, but the agents made it clear we would be arrested,” a psychiatric counselor told Starnes. “We were under orders not to say anything.” Starnes reports that the sources said workers were guarded by a security force from the Baptist Family & Children’s Services, which the Department of Health and Human Services hired to run the Lackland Camp.

At the immigrant camp, Starnes say “workers were stripped of their cellphones and other communication devices. Anyone caught with a phone was immediately fired. “Everyone was paranoid,” a worker said. “The children had more rights than the workers.” She said children in the camp had measles, scabies, chicken pox and strep throat as well as mental and emotional issues. “It was not a good atmosphere in terms of health,” she said. “I would be talking to children and lice would just be climbing down their hair. You could see the bugs crawling through their hair,” she said. “After we would rinse out their hair, the sink would be loaded with black bugs.”

[…]

Starnes says, “a former nurse at the camp addressed how she was horrified by what she saw. “We have so many kids coming in that there was no way to control all of the sickness – all this stuff coming into the country,” she said. “We were very concerned at one point about strep going around the base.” Both the counselor and the nurse said their superiors tried to cover up the extent of the illnesses. “When they found out the kids had scabies, the charge nurse was adamant – ‘Don’t mention that. Don’t say scabies,’” the nurse recounted. “But everybody knew they had scabies. Some of the workers were very concerned about touching things and picking things up. They asked if they should be concerned, but they were told don’t worry about it.”

So now, telling the truth can get you imprisoned – in the United States. This is no longer a free country and we are letting Progressive thugs and monsters run things. This must stop. Todd Starnes of Fox News who did the expose on this, says his sources say that Americans should be very concerned about the secrecy of the government camps. People called those who feared FEMA camps crazy. Oh? Crazy? Evidently not so much, just in a way we did not foresee. But I’m sure it will morph into our previous nightmare given time. In the meantime, Obama is spreading a form of biowarfare throughout America along with an invasion force (age is irrelevant as families follow the children).

This is Cloward and Piven expanded and enlarged. This is what you get when you elect and ensconce Communists and Socialist radicals throughout your government. This is what you get when you want free stuff and no responsibility. And this is what you get when a great nation dies.

Obama is flaunting this in our faces. Why do you think these jackbooted thugs proudly call themselves “Brown Shirts?” They want the shock, awe and fear of it to reverberate among Americans — that’s right — domestic shock and awe. They want submission. This is the mentality and actions of a dictator beginning to spread his poison throughout what was once the land of the free and the home of the brave. Enforcing the secrecy of Obama’s refugee camps is only the beginning of the end of America. The Constitution be damned.


Obama’s Brownshirts: “It’s not fascism when we do it!”

07/2/14

Russia’s Strategic Deception and America’s Survival

By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

Air Force General Philip M. Breedlove, NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe and commander of U.S. European Command, provided what the Pentagon called a “command update” during a news conference at the Pentagon on June 30. He said, “For the last 12 to 14 years, we’ve been looking at Russia as a partner. We’ve been making decisions about force structure, basing investments, et cetera, et cetera, looking to Russia as a partner.”

Claudette Roulo of the American Forces Press Service added, “Now, the situation is very different, he said, and there’s a new baseline for the conversation about U.S. capacity and capability in Europe.”

In other words, the U.S. has been caught unprepared for Russian aggression.

This is an acknowledgement of an intelligence failure that ought to be ringing alarm bells all over Washington, D.C. Our Russian “partner” turned out to be an adversary, even an enemy. Why didn’t the CIA see this coming? Russia, after all, isn’t an insignificant country. It has nuclear weapons capable of reducing the U.S. to “radioactive dust,” as Putin’s media mouthpiece put it.

It seems that many in positions of power and influence don’t want to believe what is happening. How did it get this bad?

Leon Panetta, Obama’s former Secretary of Defense and CIA director, is scheduled to receive a “Ronald Reagan Peace Through Strength Award” award from the Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in November. How can this be justified when it is now clear that Panetta seriously misjudged the intentions of Russia?

Yet, the only reporter—aside from Claudette Roulo of American Forces Press Service—who covered General Breedlove’s comments was James S. Rosen of the McClatchy Washington Bureau. And Breedlove’s comments about Russia going from partner to adversary were in the last paragraph of Rosen’s story.

Breedlove described the Russian invasion of Ukraine that is underway, even as Vladimir Putin asked the Russian Duma to rescind an authorization of force to invade the country.

He said, “Russian irregular forces are very active inside eastern Ukraine. Russian-backed forces are active inside eastern Ukraine. And Russian financing is very active inside eastern Ukraine.”

Asked about the revocation of Putin’s authorization to use force in Ukraine, McClatchy reported that Breedlove said, “There is good rhetoric. There are some good words about a cease-fire and peace, but what we see is continued conflict, continued support of the conflict from the eastern side of the border, and until we see those things turn around, I think we need to watch with a wary eye.”

Not only did the Russians lie about being our partners, they are lying about their desire for peace in Ukraine. But Putin’s “peace” rhetoric gets the headlines, not only in Moscow but here.

Breedlove also said there’s “a very good likelihood” that the anti-aircraft artillery used to shoot down a Ukrainian transport plane on June 14, killing all 42 people on board, came from Russia, McClatchy reported.

There is clearly a need for full-scale investigations into how the U.S. was fooled by the Russians into thinking they were peaceful partners of the West. This is a strategic intelligence failure of major proportions.

And if that isn’t bad enough, American Big Business entities, such as the U.S Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, are siding with Russia over the issue of sanctions because of its invasion of Ukraine, as we reported yesterday.

President Reagan would react to a situation of this kind with a strategy to undermine Russia. Instead, the Russian side is upping the pressure on the U.S. The Voice of Russia is reporting that a top economic aide to Vladimir Putin, Sergey Glazyev, is proposing an “anti-dollar alliance” of countries “willing and able to drop the dollar from their international trade.” Such a move would undermine the U.S. economy in a big way, including our savings and retirement funds.

Russia is behaving like the enemy it is.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin, which originally sponsored the international terrorist networks in the Middle East that threaten the state of Israel and even Iraq, is now rushing to the aid of Iraq in its battle with Sunni terrorists. Putin got Baghdad the fighter jets it needed in record time.

It is all for show, since the evidence indicates that al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, himself a Sunni, is a trained Soviet operative. Russia will benefit no matter who ultimately takes control in Iraq because the old Soviet KGB supported both Sunni and Shiite terrorists. But Putin now emerges on the global scene as the savior of the world by arming Iraq. It is a clever strategy that he is able to pull off, because President Obama is content to take a back seat to the Russian leader, and the tendency in Washington is to believe Russian lies.

The United States is proving to be increasingly irrelevant in the world as the forces of freedom fade before Moscow’s dominance in Europe and the Middle East.

Fortunately, some in the media are starting to pay attention to the Western surrender all around us.

The headline in the July 1 National Journal said it all: “John Kerry Told Russia It Had ‘Hours’ to Back Off in Ukraine. That Was Five Days Ago.”

When the liberal media are mocking the leaders of the Free World, you know America is in trouble.

In addition to Kerry’s hollow threat, the story by Marina Koren noted that Putin’s “formal request” for his parliament to revoke the authorization of force in Ukraine “makes it appear to other world leaders that Putin is indeed working to de-escalate the situation. But the move is mostly for show, and mirrors the Russian president’s other politics in the region this year. Putin, in short, doesn’t need to ask for his government’s approval for Russian intervention. In March, when unmarked troops swarmed Crimea, Moscow denied any involvement, despite considerable evidence held up by many world powers, including the U.S. A month after Russia annexed the peninsula, Putin admitted the soldiers were indeed Russian.”

Putin and the Russians are giving us one lie after another, and the U.S. is responding with empty threats. It is almost as if the U.S. wants to be fooled, a state of affairs suggesting the power of Russian influence operations taking place in Washington, D.C.

It would seem that decisions making the world vulnerable to the aggression of a resurgent Russia ought to be examined and investigated, in the same way that scandals involving the IRS and the VA are getting national attention.

But the national security crisis confronting the U.S. is not even getting front-page attention.

This is a time when conservative media have to step up. A conservative favorite, Matt Drudge of Drudge Report fame, says, “I go where the heat is. I’m a heat-seeking missile. I will go where the action is…”

If this is true, we should expect to see as much coverage of the Kremlin’s grand designs for conquest on the Drudge Report as the illegal alien crisis. “I’m more obsessed with what’s going on with the border these days,” Drudge says. He’s referring to the U.S. border, of course.

It’s true that the borders of Ukraine are far away and many conservatives were fooled by Putin and don’t want to admit it. But this border problem is just as momentous in terms of the ultimate impact on America’s survival.

Drudge did cover General Breedlove’s warning, back in March, that Russia “may be poised to expand its territorial conquest into eastern Ukraine and beyond…” The general has been correct in his assessment of Russian intentions every step of the way.

It would seem that General Breedlove’s comments about the U.S. having been fooled by Russia for the last 12 to 14 years might be worthy of some attention as well. Isn’t that news? And isn’t it a proper subject of inquiry as to why the U.S. bought into the Russia lies—and is still doing so?

Time is running out and the world is burning.

07/2/14

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Kaddish Edition

The Watcher’s Council

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

This weeks’ Council nominations page is dedicated to Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel, (HY”D).

ברוך אתה הו אדוננו אלוהים, השופט האמיתי

Council News:

This week, Right Reason, Seraphic Secret, The Pirate’s Cove and TinaTrent.com earned honorable mention status with some great articles. In fact, the honorable mentions are especially good this week and will definitely reward your attention.

Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

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Simple, no?

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So, let’s see what we have this week…

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07/2/14

Major lawsuit over Senate race ‘shenanigans’

By: James Simpson
WND


Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss, (left) and Chris McDaniel (right)

True the Vote, the citizens initiative pursuing “free and fair elections for all Americans,” and 13 other plaintiffs have filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Mississippi Secretary of State and the Republican Party of Mississippi over the June 24 primary election runoff in which Sen. Thad Cochran edged tea-party challenger Chris McDaniel.

The lawsuit asks the court to grant immediate access to voting records to inspect for possible illegal voting. It asserts that “defendants failed to properly abide by federal election record maintenance and open records provisions codified in the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA). Records made partially available to the plaintiffs indicated ‘double-voting’ from Democratic to Republican primaries – potentially diluting votes in violation of the Equal Protection Clause.”

The complaint explains that the National Voter Registration Act supersedes Mississippi law.

Read more at WND…