DHS Agent Stripped Of Gun, Nearly Lost Daughter After Blowing Whistle On Corrupt Visa Program

DHS Agent Says She Was Stripped Of Gun, Nearly Lost Daughter After Blowing Whistle On Immigration Visa Program – Daily Caller

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A Department of Homeland Security agent testified Thursday that she nearly lost custody of her 1-year-old adopted daughter and was told that she could not own a personal firearm after she voiced concerns about a little known federal program that grants green cards to foreign investors.

Taylor Johnson, a senior special agent with a division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), testified at a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing alongside several other whistleblowers who claim they’ve faced retaliation for reporting wrongdoing in their agencies.

Johnson, an 11-year veteran of ICE, said she began investigating a U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) program called EB-5. The program grants green cards to foreigners who invest at least $500,000 in U.S. companies.

Johnson testified that during her investigation she uncovered and disclosed gross mismanagement and public corruption that posed “national security risks” and threatened public safety.

“Some of the violations investigated surrounding the project included bank and wire fraud, and I discovered ties to organized crime and high-ranking politicians and they received promotions that appeared to facilitate the program,” Johnson testified.

She said that during her investigation she “discovered that EB-5 applicants from China, Russia, Pakistan, Malaysia had been approved in as little as 16 days” and that case files “lacked the basic and necessary law enforcement queries.”

“I found over 800 operational EB-5 regional centers throughout the U.S.,” Johnson said, stating that she found this “disturbing” given that the U.S. allows only 10,000 EB-5 applications per year.

“I could not identify how USCIS was holding each regional center accountable or how they were tracked once they were inside the U.S.,” she added.

Johnson’s testimony comes as the EB-5 program is under intense scrutiny from a damning report released in March by DHS’ inspector general, John Roth. Roth’s report concluded that former USCIS director Alejandro Mayorkas, now the second-in-command at DHS, intervened in an “unprecedented” manner to help expedite EB-5 applications.

Some of those who Mayorkas was in contact with include Nevada U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and current Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Mayorkas met with Reid to discuss an EB-5 application for the Sands Casino, a Las Vegas casino which employed Reid’s son’s law firm.

Mayorkas was in routine contact with McAuliffe who aggressively pushed for EB-5 approval for his company, GreenTech Automotive. Hillary Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham, was also involved in that deal.

It is unclear if Johnson investigated Mayorkas or any applications involving Reid or McAuliffe.

After receiving complaints from “high-ranking officials” at outside agencies, Johnson’s managers shut down her investigation, she testified. From there, she says she was “subjected to a significant amount of harassment and retaliation.”

Blowback started when she was escorted from her work desk and prohibited from accessing her case files or other personal records.

She also said that her service firearm and credentials were confiscated. But the gun grab went further.

“I was told I couldn’t even carry or own a personal weapon which is a constitutional rights violation,” Johnson said.

Johnson grew emotional during one part of her testimony when she discussed how the retaliation she faced hit home, literally.

“When an adoption social worker tried to contact and verify employment, she was told that I had been terminated for a criminal offense,” Johnson said, her voice shaky.

“I almost lost my 1-year-old child.”

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Thanks Barack… ISIS Has Seized Enough Radioactive Material To Build A Large Dirty Bomb

Isis’s Dirty Bomb: Jihadists Have Seized ‘Enough Radioactive Material To Build Their First WMD’ – The Independent

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The Isis terrorist group has seized enough radioactive material from government facilities to suggest it has the capacity to build a large and devastating “dirty” bomb, according to Australian intelligence reports.

Isis declared its ambition to develop weapons of mass destruction in the most recent edition of its propaganda magazine Dabiq, and Indian defence officials have previously warned of the possibility the terrorists could acquire a nuclear weapon from Pakistan.

According to the Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, Nato has expressed deep concerns about the materials seized by Isis from research centres and hospitals that would normally only be available to governments.

The threat of Isis’s radioactive and biological weapons stockpile was so severe that the Australia Group, a 40-nation bloc dedicated to ending the use of chemical weapons, held a session on the subject at its summit in Perth last week.

“This is really worrying them,” Ms Bishop said in an interview with The Australian.

When they swept across territory in Syria and Iraq, she said, “the insurgents did not just clear out the cash from local banks”.

Last week Ms Bishop spoke at the Australia Group meeting about fears Isis was weaponising poisonous gases such as chlorine.

And speaking to The Australian, she confirmed that the concerns she was raising stemmed from reports filed by the Australian department of defence as well the foreign office.

The growing concerns about Isis’s development of weapons of mass destruction come at a time when experts fear the terrorist group will be “more active than ever” to mark the start of Ramadan and the one-year anniversary of its declaration of a “caliphate”.

Isis said it was changing its name to “Islamic State” following the first public address by its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Mosul on 29 June last year, and the US-based Institute for the Study of War has noted that the group usually reserves its major operations to coincide with the Islamic holy month.

“Isis is likely to begin and end Ramadan with attempted spectacular military offensive actions in Iraq and Syria,” it said.

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Stunning Incompetence: Over 70 Workers Hired By TSA Were On Terrorism Watchlists

70+ Workers Hired By TSA Were On Terrorism Watchlists – Truth Revolt

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The much-beleaguered Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is facing yet another crisis – its second in two weeks – after a new report from the inspector general’s office at the Department of Homeland Security discovered that the agency did not adequately screen 73 airport workers who had been placed on terrorism-related watch lists.

Far from inspiring confidence, the inspector general’s report portrays the TSA as being at the mercy of complex regulations, a deficit of information from other agencies, and bureaucratic entanglements that prevented the agency from verifying that the information they received on aviation workers was accurate.

Under the heading “What We Found” the report describes:

TSA’s multi-layered process to vet aviation workers for potential links to terrorism was generally effective… However, our testing showed that TSA did not identify 73 individuals with terrorism-related category codes because TSA is not authorized to receive all terrorism-related information under current interagency watchlisting policy.

In addition to not being aware that 73 airport employees were on terrorism watch lists, the report also found that the TSA is also lacking accurate information about the criminal history and legal status of other employees who work in restricted areas.

The report explains:

TSA had less effective controls in place for ensuring that aviation workers 1) had not committed crimes that would disqualify them from having unescorted access to secure airport areas, and 2) had lawful status and were authorized to work in the United States. In general, TSA relied on airport operators to perform criminal history and work authorization checks, but had limited oversight over these commercial entities. Thus, TSA lacked assurance that it properly vetted all credential applications.

The TSA apparently wasn’t even able to fully verify the identities of their employees because records sometimes omitted a candidate’s full name or social security number.

Further, thousands of records used for vetting workers contained potentially incomplete or inaccurate data, such as an initial for a first name and missing social security numbers. TSA did not have appropriate edit checks in place to reject such records from vetting.

This latest outrage comes on the heels of an internal investigation released last week by the Department of Homeland Security which revealed that the TSA failed to detect banned weapons or imitation explosives 95% at America’s most highly-trafficked airports. This monumental failure rate led to the ouster of the TSA’s acting chief, Melvin Carraway.

In an official response to the report, the TSA promised to screen workers against a more inclusive database by the end of 2015.

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2015 – The Year In Obamunism So Far


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President Asshat Promises To Keep Doing Everything He Can For Illegal Aliens

Thanks Barack… Obama Regime Released 3,700 ‘Threat Level 1’ Criminal Immigrants Last Year

Obama Lackeys Defend Iran Over Alleged Nuclear Violations

IRS Commissioner Admits Illegal Aliens Can Get Back Taxes Under Obama’s Executive Amnesty

President Asshat To Release 10 More Gitmo Terrorists This Month

George W. Bush Outpolls President Asshat

OSHA Retards Publish Guide Telling Workers To Use Restrooms Of Their ‘Gender Identity’

Obamaconomy Update: Factory Orders Scream Recession, Drop 6% From Year Ago

Obamanomics Update: Economy Shrinks By 0.7% In First Quarter

Emails Show Hitlery Wanted To Arm Libyan Rebels Using Private Security Contractors Despite Prohibitions

Federal Court Deals Blow To President Asshat’s Executive Amnesty Scheme

Ready For Another Obamacare Price Hike? (David Catron)

Thanks Barack… U.S. Welfare Rolls Explode Under Obamacare

Your Daley Gator Hitlery Clinton News Roundup

As Iran And Saudi Arabia Seek To Acquire Nukes, Obama Regime Pressing Israelis To Lose Theirs

Thanks Barack… Regime Granted Amnesty To Accused Child-Sex Criminal

So, How Come Hitlery Isn’t In Jail Right Now?

*VIDEO* Obama Lied About Benghazi Terrorist Attacks – Weapons Moved Through Benghazi To Syria

As A Reaction To Obama’s Iran Deal, Saudis Trying To Buy Nuclear Bombs From Pakistan

Hitlery Personally Took Money From Companies That Sought To Influence Her

Obama DHS Blames ‘Technical Glitch’ For Continuing To Approve Amnesty Applications Despite Judge’s Order

Thanks Barack… Taliban Terrorists Exhanged For Deserter Bergdahl To Be Freed By Qatar In 2 Weeks

Obama VA Illegally Spending $6 Billion A Year

Leftist Nightmare Update: Hawaii Shutting Down $205 Million Obamacare Exchange (Video)

Thanks Barack… Illegals Charged With 200 Counts Of Sexual Assault Against NC Children In March

Email-gate Update: Federal Judge Reopens Case Against Hitlery

Thanks Barack… Federal Regulation Cost American Businesses And Consumers $1.88 Trillion In 2014

Regime Lawyers Finally Admit Obama Violated Federal Injunction By Approving 2,000 Amnesty Applications

The IRS Hates Tax Cheats… Unless They Work For The IRS

Contrary To Democrats’ Promises, Emergency Room Visits Surge Under Obamacare

Infernal Revenue Service Wasted $5.6 Billion On Bogus Obama Stimulus Tax Credits

Obamanomics: Major U.S. Retail Chains Closing 6,000 Stores

U.S. Economy Slows To A Crawl As GDP Grows A Scant 0.2% In First Quarter

Leftist Corruption Update: IRS Watchdog Recovers Thousands Of Missing Lois Lerner Emails

Thanks Barack… ‘Dreamer’ Accused Of Multiple Murders Was Spared Deportation By Obama

Leftist Corruption Update: Multiple Clinton Charity Donors Got State Department Awards Under Hillary

Obama-Backed Islamist Mohamed Morsi Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Torturing Protesters

Shocker! California’s Obamacare Exchange Plagued By Incompetence, Mismanagement

USSC Shuts Down Obama’s Attempt To Force Christian Groups To Pay For Their Employees’ Abortion-Inducing Drugs

FL Governor: Obama Resorting To Extortion In Attempt To Force State Further Into Obamacare

Thanks Barack… Over Half A Million Illegals Have Received Social Security Numbers Since 2012 Executive Order

Hillary Deleted Emails After Congressman Issa Asked Her About Private Email Addresses In 2012

AZ Sheriff Says He Can’t Get The Names Of 500 Criminal Illegal Aliens Released In His County By Obama

VA Officials Illegally Accessing Medical Records Of Whistleblowers In Order To Harass And Discredit Them

Obama’s Insane Nuke Deal Causes Russians To Lift Ban On Missile Sales To Iran – Israelis Not Happy Campers

Amazing Douchebaggery: Defense Dept. Claims Bible, Constitution And Declaration Of Independence Perpetuate Sexism

Federal Judge Slaps Down Obama Regime’s Request To Let Executive Amnesty Move Forward

Tehran Will Start Using Fastest Centrifuges On Day Obama Nuke Deal Takes Effect

Social Security Administration Approved Disability Benefits For Puerto Ricans Because They Can’t Speak English

The Bats And The Bees: Obama’s Easter Sunday Nightmare (Video)

Just Hours After Obama Boasts About Historic Nuke Agreement, Iran’s Lead Negotiator Calls Him A Liar

Leftist Incompetence Update: Obama Regime Capitulates To Nearly All Iranian Demands In Nuke Deal

Impeachable Offenses Update: Obama Using Taxpayer Money To Fly Central American Minors To U.S.

Timeline Puts Lie To President Asshat’s Story About Bowe Bergdahl

Infernal Revenue Service Ignoring Over 60% Of Taxpayer Phone Calls

Maryland Obamacare Exchange Wrongly Billed U.S. Taxpayers $28M

Clinton Crime Update: Private Emails Reveal Ex-Hillary Aide’s Secret Spy Network

*VIDEO* General Michael Flynn: Obama Has A “Policy Of Willful Ignorance” Regarding The Middle East

Clinton Crime Update: Hillary Scrubbed Email Server Clean After Being Subpoenaed To Turn Over Emails

Even NBC Thinks Obama Is Completely Incompetent When It Comes To Middle East Policy (Video)

Obama Regime Declassifies Top-Secret Document That Reveals Israel’s Nuclear Secrets

About Freakin’ Time! Obama’s Favorite Army Deserter To Be Court-Martialed

Republicans Verbally Bitchslap FDIC Chairman Over Despicable ‘Operartion Choke Point’ (Videos)

Over 100,000 Federal Employees Owe Back Taxes Totaling $1.4 Billion

State Department Had No Permanent Inspector General During Entirety Of Hillary Clinton’s Tenure

Leftist Corruption Update: Hillary’s Aides Emailed Her About Benghazi From Their Private Email Accounts

Border Patrol Agent To Congress: We Are Punished If We Report Too Many Illegals (Videos)

President Asshat Enjoys Women’s College Basketball Game As U.S. Troops Flee Yemen

A Complete Timeline Of Obama’s Anti-Israel Hatred (Ben Shapiro)

Supreme Leader Of Iran Calls For ‘Death To America’ As Traitor John Kerry Hails Progress On Nuke Deal

Half A Billion Dollars Worth Of American Weapons Fall Into The Hands Of Islamo-Nazis… Again

Veterans Still Struggling To Get Medical Treatment As Obama Regime Continues To Lie To Congress

Your Daley Gator Obama-Is-Pure-Evil Diplomatic Catastrophe Update (Videos)

Federal Judge Not A Happy Camper After Being Lied To About Excutive Amnesty By Obama Regime

President Asshat Humiliated As Allies Rush To Join China’s New Bank

Thanks Barack… 167,527 Illegal Alien Murderers, Rapists And Child Molesters Loose In The U.S. (Video)

Federal Government Shelled Out $125B In Bogus Payments Last Year

Iran Nuke Deal Update: Obama Regime Goes Full-Blown Batshit Crazy

U.S. State Department Uses British IslamoNazi’s Pro-Sharia Law Photograph To Promote Free Speech (video)

In 2008, Candidate Obama Sent Secret Emissary To Iran Telling Them Not To Negotiate With Bush (Video)

Your Daley Gator Hillary Email Shenanigans Update

Obama’s FCC Nazis: The First Amendment Does Not Apply To Internet Providers

Ferguson: A Murderous Mob Incited By Holder And Obama (Joel B. Pollak)

Corruption Update: Hillary’s Top State Department Aides Used Private Emails Too (Video)

Traitor John Kerry Now Says Obama Regime “Not Negotiating A Legally Binding Plan” With Iran

Obama’s ATF Backs Down (For Now) On AR-15 Ammo Ban, Acknowledging Massive Public Outcry

Obama Caught Lying About Hillary’s Illegal Emails (Videos)

Obama Regime Ordered Back To Federal Court To Explain Why It Lied About Executive Amnesty

National Intelligence Director Clapper Admits Obama Arming Terrorists But Calling Them ‘Moderates’ (Video)

Inspector General: 6.5M Dead People Have Active Social Security Numbers

Hallelujah! Unemployment Plunges Due To 354,000 Americans Leaving The Workforce (James Quinn)

26 States Call For Investigation Of Obama’s Executive Amnesty Scheme And Federal Court Perjury

*VIDEO* Obama Comments On Netanyahu’s Address To Congress

Hillary Clinton Exclusively Used Private Email Account To Conduct Official Business As Secretary Of State

Corruption Update: DOJ Shut Down Search For Lois Lerner’s Emails; First IRS Tech Inspector Legally Blind

IRS Inspector General Now Undertaking Criminal Investigation Into Lois Lerner’s “Missing” Emails

Documents Reveal Top Hillary Clinton Advisers Knew Immediately That Benghazi Assault Was Terrorist Attack

Lawless Leftist Update: Obama Attempting To Ban AR-15 Ammo

ObamaNazis At FCC Approve Net “Neutrality” Rules

President Asshat Makes Japanese Internment Camp A National Monument In Attempt To Vilify America

Obama Regime Summit On Violent Extremism Opens With A… Wait For It… Muslim Prayer

*VIDEO* Joe Biden: Our Creepy, Gropey, Pervy, Leftist Vice President

*VIDEOS* Pajama’s Media: Trifecta – Obama’s Insanely Idiotic, Bullshit-Leftist, Anti-War War On ISIS

Federal Judge Slams The Brakes On President Asshat’s Executive Amnesty Scheme

Leftist Politicians Beg Obama To Illegally Change Obamacare Rules So Their Constituents Can Avoid New Tax Penalties

Undocumented Democrats Update: Obama’s Executive Amnesty Creates Easy Loophole For Illegals To Vote

IRS Thanks Iraq War Veteran By Seizing Nealy $1 Million From His Legal Gun Business’ Bank Account (Video)

President Asshat Attempts Internet Power Grab… Again

Obama Regime Continues To Stonewall On IRS Targeting Scandal (Video)

Eco-Nazis At EPA Caught Concealing Controversial Scientific Data, Trying To Silence Skeptics

Buried In The Numbers: Obamacare’s Costs Are Climbing, Not Receding (Sally Pipes)

*VIDEO* The Trillion-Dollar Obamacare Tax Tsunami Is Upon Us

Arizona Sheriff To House Judiciary Committee: Only 44% Of Southern Border Under Operational Control

Thanks Barack… Student Loan Forgiveness Program To Cost Taxpayers $21.8 Billion

The New York Post’s Editorial Board Asks Us A Really Good Question About Obama

Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Tied To Massive Obama Money-Laundering Cover-Up

Obama “Dreamers” To Get Retroactive IRS Refunds For Money They Earned While Working Illegally

Secret White House Muslim Meeting Guest List Won’t Be Released – What Could Be The Reason For That? (Rick Wells)

Two-Thirds Of Reporters Say Obama Regime Spies On Them

President Asshat Equates Muslim Terrorists To Christians During National Prayer Breakfast (Video)

Obamaconomy Update: Number Of Full-Time Jobs As Percentage Of Population Lowest It’s Ever Been

Obama Regime Unlawfully Issued Work Permits To Nearly A Million Illegals; Green Cards To 5.5 Million More

47 Inspectors General Accuse Obama Regime Of Stonewalling In Variety Of Scandal Investigations (Video)

Thanks Barack… Terrorist Mastermind Traded For Bergdahl Is Back At Work

Ted Cruz’s List Of 76 Abuses Of Power And Lawless Actions By The Obama Administration (Ed Brown)

Obama Props Up Muslim Brotherhood In Egypt While Simultaneously Attempting To Oust Netanyahu In Israel

Nevada And Tennessee Join 24 Other States Suing To Stop Obama’s Executive Amnesty

Obama Regime Forced To Pay $570,000 To Pro-Life Legal Group Over Abortion Pill Mandate

Obama Foreign Policy Collapse: Yemen President, Prime Minister Resign After Muslim Terrorists Overrun Government

Day After Obama Mentions eBay As Example Of Booming Economy In SOTU, Company Lays Off 2,400 People

Company Fired By HHS Over Botched Healthcare.Gov Rehired By IRS To Provide Support For Obamacare Tax Program

*VIDEO* Pissed Off Black Folks From Chicago Verbally Bitchslap Obama After 2015 SOTU Address

President Asshat Refered To Himself 75 Times During SOTU Address Few People Watched

*VIDEOS* Even Noted Leftist Douchebags Agree That Obama’s SOTU Foreign Policy Claims Were Bogus

House Democrats Unanimously Agree That Obama Should Be A Dictator

Obama Regime Blows Off Largest Anti-Terrorism Rally In The History Of France (Video)

Leftist Corruption Update: 3.4M Obamacare Subsidy Recipients May Owe Refunds To The IRS

2014 Federal Register: A 26-Foot-Tall Stack Of Neo-Fascist Regulations

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Rand Paul’s ISIS Delusions (Arnold Ahlert)

Rand Paul’s ISIS Delusions – Arnold Ahlert

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On the matter of ISIS, presumed GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has embraced the same revisionist history promoted by Democrats, blaming Republican “hawks” for the group’s rise and expansion. “ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party, who gave arms indiscriminately, and most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS,”

Paul told MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. If this is the senator’s conclusion, he hasn’t been paying attention to world events of the last several years very closely. If he had, he would recognize that Republicans “hawks,” sidelined throughout much of Obama’s tenure, have had minimal influence on the foreign policy debacles that have given rise to ISIS. Rather, it was Obama and Hillary Clinton who ran the show during this time, independent of any Republican input. And America is facing the disastrous national security ramifications as a result.

Paul continued,

These hawks also wanted to bomb Assad, which would have made ISIS’s job even easier. They created these people. ISIS is all over Libya because these same hawks in my party loved – they loved Hillary Clinton’s war in Libya. They just wanted more of it, but Libya’s a failed state, and it’s a disaster. Iraq really is a failed state, or a vassal state now of Iran. So everything that they’ve talked about in foreign policy, they’ve been wrong about for twenty years, and yet they have somehow the gall to keep saying and pointing fingers otherwise.

ISIS started as an al-Qaeda off-shoot in Iraq headed by Osama bin Laden associate Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Al-Zarqawi’s primary targets were Iraq’s Shi’ite Muslim majority, a political calculation designed to curry favor with Iraq’s Sunni population, marginalized by the fall of Saddam Hussein. However, by 2005, even bin Laden’s al-Qaeda grew disenchanted with al-Qaeda in Iraq’s brutality. The American troop surge, in conjunction with Sunni Iraq’s own disenchantment with Zarqawi’s depravity, gave birth to the “Awakening” (rejection of al-Qaeda) that allowed the U.S. to prevail in Iraq. Far from “creating” ISIS, America was a key force holding back its reign of terror.

Mockery of Obama’s 2011 declaration

Unfortunately, a Shi’ite-dominated Maliki government looking for payback after years of Sunni Ba’athist domination, coupled with the Obama administration’s precipitous troop withdrawal in 2011, threw that victory away, ultimately making a mockery of Obama’s 2011 declaration he was leaving behind it a “sovereign, stable and self reliant Iraq with a representative government that was elected by its people.”

During the 2012 presidential campaign, Obama doubled down on his assertions, making withdrawal from Iraq one of the principal planks his 2012 reelection campaign, along with the president’s unconscionable and oft-repeated lie that al Qaeda was “on the run.” And while he blamed Maliki for the failure to negotiate a Status of Force Agreement (SOFA), it was Obama who ignored the recommendations of former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen to leave at least 10,000 American troops in country after the failure of military brass to convince the president that 20,000 troops needed to be left behind. Thus, when Obama announced in August 2011 that he would commit only 3000 to 5000 troops, Iraqi leaders already facing anti-American political backlash concluded the president’s utter lack of seriousness was bad for their political careers. That impasse led to a breakdown in talks.

And it is not as if Obama was unaware of what could happen. “Multiple experts have testified before my committee that the Iraqis still lack important capacities in their ability to maintain their internal stability and territorial integrity,” said House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon in October of 2011. “These shortcomings could reverse the decade of hard work and sacrifice both countries have endured to build a free Iraq.”

Ever since, Obama has done next to nothing as ISIS took over more and more territory in Iraq and Syria, to the point where even Democrats, including the reliably clueless Jimmy Carter, hammered the president for his non-strategy. “President Obama, it’s been hard to figure out exactly what his policy is. It changes from time to time,” Carter declared. “He’s been delayed. Sometimes he draws red lines in the sand on the Mideast and then when the time comes, he doesn’t go through with it.” Carter’s sentiment were echoed by former Intelligence Committee chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who also insisted Obama’s strategy had failed. And after the recent fall of Ramadi Janine Davidson, senior fellow for defense policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, asked the ultimate question. “How much do you let ISIS continue to take ground having faith [it will be gained back?” she asked. “Is there a point at which you say, ‘We’ve got to stop this now with more than airpower?’”

As of now, the Obama administration’s answer is no.

As for Libya, while Paul is right that some hawks in the GOP favored that venture, their influence was marginal. It was Obama who bypassed Congress and unilaterally embarked on it, violating the War Powers Resolution in the process. As for the former Secretary of State, it is very apropos that Paul referred to that debacle as “Hillary Clinton’s war,” one described by an senior American intelligence official as “an intelligence-light decision.” That sentiment was shared by nearly a dozen other key officials in the intelligence and military communities, including Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, whose concerns about removing Muammar Gaddafi from power were routinely ignored.

It was also shared by Libyan officials who prepared a report indicating their fear the Clinton-led effort to overthrow of Gaddafi allowed weapons to flow to NATO-backed rebels with ties to al Qaeda. Those officials were particularly worried the training and weapons given to these “rebels” would lead to their spread throughout the region and turn Benghazi into a future haven for jihadists.

Even more important, U.S. intelligence officials didn’t believe Clinton’s rationale for removing Gaddafi. She insisted his regime was on the verge of committing genocide, a claim that was viewed by Pentagon officials and a key Democrat with such skepticism, they bypassed the State Department and opened separate secret diplomatic conversations with the Gadhafi regime. Unfortunately, Clinton’s worldview prevailed and the chaos ultimately engendered by her disastrous decision-making led directly to the assault of the American compound in Benghazi and the deaths of four Americans, including ambassador Chris Stevens. After that, Clinton blamed a video for the attack until that lie became untenable.

Today, Libya is a nation where ISIS is currently expanding its territory, in addition to the huge chunks of Iraq and Syria it already controls. That reality has alarmed U.S. officials due to Libya’s proximity to Europe, just across the Mediterranean Sea.

As for Syria, while there was a bipartisan vote in Sept. of 2014 approving the Obama administration’s request to arm Syrian rebels, that vote came a full year after the Washington Post reported that the CIA “has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria.” “The CIA shipments are to flow through a network of clandestine bases in Turkey and Jordan that were expanded over the past year as the agency sought to help Middle Eastern allies, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar, direct weapons to moderate Syrian rebel forces,” the paper reported. In short, long before any input from Congress, the Obama administration was engaged in a haphazard, reckless policy of trying to arm rebels by allowing terrorism supporting countries like Qatar and Turkey to do the weapon transfers.

And even as the U.S. was monitoring those weapons flows, a document written in August 2012 reveals officials in the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) were worried about the rise of ISI (ISIS) “which could declare an Islamic state… in Iraq and Syria” – a full 17 months before Obama dismissed them as a “JV team.” As for the establishment of a counter-terrorist cadre of Syrian rebels referred to by the Post, the Obama administration has finally begun training them in Jordan 20 months later – all 90 of them.

U.S. intelligence agencies knew about weapons shipments

Furthermore, documents obtained by Judicial Watch reveal U.S. intelligence agencies knew about weapons shipments far earlier than that. During the aftermath and ensuing uncertainty precipitated by Gaddafi’s downfall “in October 2011 and up until early September of 2012, weapons from the former military stockpiles located in Benghazi, Libya were shipped from the port of Benghazi, Libya to the ports of Banias and the Port of Borj Islam, Syria,”

All of the above, coupled with the administration’s inexplicable refusal to arm Kurdish fighters willing to take on ISIS, and the calculated ineffectiveness of the airstrikes Americans were told – eight months ago – would be more than enough to “degrade and defeat” the terrorist organization, makes one thing clear: the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton, not the GOP, owns the rise of these bloodthirsty savages.

Thus, one is left with only one reasonable explanation for Paul’s assertion: politics. Paul sees himself as the “crossover candidate” among GOP presidential contenders, even as he and his supports fervently believe his nonconformist approach to the issues of the day is his strongest asset. Fox News’s Brit Hume more accurately describes Paul as a candidate who “seems confused about which party he’s running in. There’s a segment of the Republican electorate which shares his somewhat paranoid views of things, and he’ll have their support, but that’s not a nominating set,” Hume declared. Columnist George Will explains why, noting that “events are not playing out the way he anticipated two years ago when he began running for president,” Will explained. “The world looks much more dangerous than it did.” That’s because it is.

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President Asshat Promises To Keep Doing Everything He Can For Illegal Aliens

Obama: I’m Going To “Keep Doing Everything I Can” For Illegal Aliens – Weasel Zippers

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Imagine if he actually felt that strongly about the rights of actual American citizens…

Via Washington Examiner:

After executive amnesty was blocked in the courts and in the House the last two days, President Obama used his weekly radio address to ridicule House Republicans for blocking a vote on immigration reform, while promising that he would keep up the fight for undocumented immigrants.

“I’m going to keep doing everything I can to make our immigration system more just and more fair,” Obama said. “Last fall, I took action to provide more resources for border security; focus enforcement on the real threats to our security; modernize the legal immigration system for workers, employers and students; and bring more undocumented immigrants out of the shadows so they can get right with the law.”

“Some folks are still fighting against these actions,” Obama said, without directly naming the legal hurdles his executive actions face. “I’m going to keep fighting for them. Because the law is on our side. It’s the right thing to do. And it will make America stronger.”

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U.S. Border Patrol Helicopter Shot Down By Mexicans

US CBP Chopper Down At Texas Border, Fired On From Mexico – Breitbart

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Breitbart Texas has learned that a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) helicopter was shot down or forced to initiate an emergency landing in Laredo, Texas due to receiving gunfire from the Mexican side of the border. The helicopter was interdicting a narcotics load and working alongside agents from the U.S. Border Patrol, who operate under the umbrella of the CBP. The helicopter was operating in the Laredo Sector of Texas, immediately across the border from the Los Zetas cartel headquarters of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

The helicopter was in U.S. airspace and participating in the interdiction of a narcotics load coming from Mexico into the United States.

A federal agent who spoke with Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity said, “U.S. Border Patrol agents were attempting to intercept a drug load. A law enforcement chopper was assisting Border Patrol agents. The chopper received gunfire from the Mexican side of the border. The chopper had to do an emergency landing due to the gunfire.”

Border Patrol agent and National Border Patrol Council Local 2455 President Hector Garza confirmed that he received unofficial reports on this matter that indicate the information provided to Breitbart Texas by the unnamed federal agent is accurate.

UPDATES:

The shooting occurred in an area known as La Bota Ranch, a subdivision of Laredo, Texas. A source who operates under the umbrella of the CBP told Breitbart Texas that the narcotics trafficking event was a well-coordinated operation with individuals participating on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. The shooting came from the Mexican side and all individuals fled and got away. The individuals on the U.S. side also got away into the state of Texas.

Another source close to the matter told Breitbart Texas that “at least five shots were fired from Mexico and three hit the CBP chopper. The source claimed that two shots hit the cabin and one hit the engine. Another source close to the matter told Breitbart Texas that two shots hit the engine and one hit the cabin. Both sources cited in this paragraph claimed that an agent in the cabin was not wearing a vest and had it stashed on the floor and that the vest being on the floor ultimately saved the agent’s life. Agents explained that their vests are often placed below them in choppers because any rounds would come from below.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation released this statement to Breitbart Texas:

On June 5, 2015, at approximately 5:00pm during an operational flight near the Rio Grande River in Laredo, Texas, a US Customs and Border Patrol (USCBP) helicopter was struck several times by ground fire. The rounds penetrated and damaged the aircraft, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing. The pilot sustained no injuries and no individuals on the ground were affected. USCBP, FBI, Texas Rangers, Homeland Security Investigations and Laredo Police Department responded to the scene. The FBI has initiated an investigation and will continue processing the crime scene with the Texas Rangers. Since this is an ongoing matter, no further details will be provided at this time.

A map of the area is below:
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