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REMEMBERING MIKE SPANN ON MEMORIAL DAY

Monday, May 27th, 2019

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
REMEMBERING MIKE SPANN

An American worth recalling far more than the ‘American Taliban.’

May 26, 2019  The Editorial Board
The body of CIA officer Johnny “Mike” Spann is carried by Marine honor guards at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, Dec. 2, 2001. PHOTO: JOE MARQUETTE/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Many Americans were shocked to learn that John Walker Lindh stepped out of an Indiana prison a free man on Thursday, after 17 years behind bars. Dubbed the “American Taliban,” Lindh spent his teenage years in California’s Marin County but ended up captured in Afghanistan as an enemy combatant in the early months after 9/11. In 2002 he accepted a deal in which he pleaded guilty to providing support for the Taliban.

But as understandable as outrage might be, this is Memorial Day weekend, and we do well not to let Lindh overshadow the story about the other American inside that Afghan prison at the same time. He was Johnny “Mike” Spann, a CIA officer who deployed to Afghanistan early in the war. He was killed on November 25, 2001, shortly after interviewing Lindh, when Taliban prisoners rioted. He was 32 years old.

Spann was the first American killed in combat in Afghanistan. Before joining the CIA, Spann was a Marine, leaving with the rank of captain. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery alongside other American men and women who have served their nation in war. He is further honored with a black star on the CIA’s Memorial Wall at its Virginia headquarters, along with 132 other fallen agency colleagues.

So this weekend, as we enjoy our barbecues and kick off the summer, let us not forget how extraordinarily blessed we are to have men and women such as Mike Spann, who willingly placed themselves in harm’s way to preserve our freedom—and paid the ultimate price.

 

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INTELLIGENCE FAILURES – U.S. INTELLIGENCE

Friday, February 22nd, 2019
This article also mentions the SAP Programs (Special Access Programs) that contain information on ongoing covert programs and our covert agents who are involved in these super secret programs.  I seem to remember that information regarding these SAP programs were found on  Hillary Clinton’s personal email server. Was she ever prosecuted for this breach of security ?  I do believe the answer is NO !   Nancy
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

An Indictment Exposes America’s Witless Intelligence Agencies

Monica Witt allegedly spied for Iran—but she defected in 2013, so she’ll never be brought to justice.

Feb. 19, 2019

The wanted poster for former U.S. Air Force counterintelligence official Monica Witt, who allegedly spied for Iran. The wanted poster for former U.S. Air Force counterintelligence official Monica Witt, who allegedly spied for Iran. PHOTO: /ASSOCIATED PRESS
U.S. officials revealed last week that a federal grand jury indicted Monica Witt, a former Air Force counterintelligence official, on charges of passing extremely sensitive secrets to agents of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps.

The case highlights how broken the U.S. intelligence system has become. For more than 30 years it has demonstrated an inability to keep secrets, to protect itself from foreign penetrations by hostile spy services, or to prevent current and former officials from defecting.

The result: Brave foreign nationals who risk their lives inside harsh regimes to spy for America are being killed and imprisoned on a significant scale.

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VIDEO — HOW THE U.S. AND ISRAEL SABOTAGED THE IRANIAN MISSILE PROGRAM

Monday, February 18th, 2019

 

Here’s one for the good guys !   Its about time !!!   Nancy
VIDEO 

How the US, Israel Sabotaged the Iranian Missile Program

BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, February 17, 2019

Watch Ryan Mauro, the Director of the Clarion Intelligence Network & Shillman Fellow for Clarion Project, as he reacts to news that the U.S. sabotaged the Iranian missile program. How was it done and will it continue in the future?

Mauro also comments on the recent Warsaw conference and the accomplishments of the U.S.

 

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‘TERRORISM’ AT THE SOUTHERN BORDER

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

 

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Case of terror suspect caught sneaking into U.S. roils immigration debate

By Stephen Dinan   January 21, 2019

Zabi-Ullah Hemmat wasn’t just one of 415,816 illegal immigrants caught at the southwest border in fiscal 2016. Nor was he just another of the 84 people from Afghanistan apprehended by Border Patrol agents that year.

What made Mr. Hemmat of special interest to authorities is that when he was snared by agents after 11 p.m. on a chilly November night and they ran his name through federal databases, he came back listed on the no-fly terrorist watch-list.

Mr. Hemmat is one of the terrorism suspects caught trying to sneak into the U.S. from Mexico — a category of people that is very much part of the current debate over illegal immigration, with President Trump insisting his border wall would deter people from being able to reach American soil and Democrats saying there’s no real danger.

Mr. Hemmat’s case suggests both may be wrong.

He was indeed on U.S. terrorism lists, linked to both the Taliban and a plot somewhere in North America, according to Department of Homeland Security documents. But after he was caught, wandering in southern Arizona with two Mexican guides and five other men from Afghanistan and Pakistan, he said he had sneaked in by crawling under an existing border fence near Nogales, Arizona.

Democrats say the number of potential terrorists who do try to enter via the land border is negligible, and several news reports over the last week say the numbers amount to the low double digits each year.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says the exact numbers are too sensitive to release, but she says it’s on the increase.

Homeland Security does say it “encountered” more than 3,000 “special interest” migrants — people whose nationalities and travel patterns made them potential national security concerns — at the southern border in 2018.

“I am sure all Americans would agree that one terrorist reaching our borders is one too many. These are just the terror suspects we know about who reach our border,” Ms. Nielsen said on Twitter, defending the White House’s claims.

The Washington Times has not been able to independently verify a total number of terrorists who have entered via the southwest border, but it has spent several years tracking cases such as Mr. Hemmat‘s, where someone with terrorist connections was nabbed after sneaking in.

Among those were four Turkish men who claimed ties to a Marxist insurgency known by the acronym DHKP/C, who paid $8,000 apiece to be smuggled into the U.S. They traveled from Istanbul via Paris to Mexico City, then shuttled to the border where they were caught in 2014.

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WHAT IF THE FBI HAD PROBED OBAMA ?

Friday, January 25th, 2019

 

What if the FBI Had Probed Obama?

By the bureau’s Trump standard, he looked like an agent of Iran.

 By Lee Smith  January 23, 2019
President Barack Obama speaks in the White House, Nov. 5, 2014. PHOTO: JACQUELYN MARTIN/ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly opened a counterintelligence investigation in 2017 to find out if President Trump was a Russian agent. What if the FBI had similarly looked into whether President Obama was an agent of Iran?

Counterintelligence agents would have examined the target’s personal and professional networks. The FBI investigated at least four Trump campaign figures for supposed ties to Russia. Only one, Mike Flynn, worked in the administration, and for less than a month. The Obama administration had a few senior officials with personal ties to Iran.

Obama confidant Valerie Jarrett was born in the Iranian city of Shiraz and reportedly led back-channel talks with the Iranians in 2012. Secretary of State John Kerry’s daughter quashed right-wing rumors that her Iranian-American husband’s best man was the son of Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. But under the FBI’s Trump procedures, that denial might have made her suspect. A month after Trump adviser Carter Page publicly asked then-Director James Comey for an interview to clear his name, the FBI obtained a warrant to wiretap him.

As Mr. Trump’s desire for improved relations with Russia raised eyebrows at the bureau, a 2008 article written by John Brennan—who went on to serve as White House counterterrorism adviser and Central Intelligence Agency director—advocated a grand bargain with Iran. In 2009 the Obama White House conducted secret negotiations with Tehran.

Mr. Obama later sidelined Project Cassandra, an investigation of illicit trafficking networks employed by Hezbollah, Iran’s Lebanese franchise. Launched in 2008, the investigation was run by a multiagency task force, including the FBI itself. Then for 18 months in 2014-15, the Obama White House gave the Iranians $700 million a month in sanctions relief. In January 2016, Mr. Obama sent Iran another $1.7 billion in cash. The administration also had a habit of leaking news of Israeli strikes on Iranian arms convoys and depots in Syria.

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VIDEO – ASTONISHING SPEECH BY AL SISI OF EGYPT

Sunday, December 16th, 2018
Thanks to Sheldon Hayer for sharing this astonishing video of the speech President Al Sisi of Egypt gave admonishing the people of the middle east for expecting the various countries around the world to welcome them when they continue to fight among themselves and won’t respect the customs of the Western countries.  Nancy
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VIDEO AND ARTICLE – TRUMP HAS BEEN CONSISTENT ON TRADE SINCE THE 1980’S

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

 

VIDEO – TRUMP INTERVIEW AT AGE 34 WITH RONA BARRETT IN 1980
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
TRUMP FORGED TRADE IDEAS IN 1980’S – AND NEVER DEVIATED
His stance dates to the rise of Japan as a global economic power

Nov. 15, 2018 12:55 p.m. ET

EXCERPT FROM THIS ARTICLE:  Mr. Trump articulated the core principles that frame his trade agenda from his first national TV interview—an October 1980 discussion with talk show host Rona Barrett at the height of the Iran hostage crisis.  Mr. Trump decried America as a country where “we just sit back and take everybody’s abuse.”
He touted business executives as smarter than politicians, arguing the most capable leaders don’t run for office.  “They head major corporations.”

Three decades before President Trump’s trade agenda jolted the world, he laid out his vision in full-page newspaper advertisements foreshadowing what was to come.

“Japan and other nations have been taking advantage of the United States” for years, wrote the New York real-estate developer, in the typewritten letter addressed “To The American People,” his signature affixed to the bottom.

“ ‘Tax’ these wealthy nations, not America. End our huge deficits, reduce our taxes…” the September 1987 ads demanded. “Let’s not let our great country be laughed at anymore.”

Trade has been a defining issue for the Trump administration during its turbulent first two years, providing the basis for an economic and diplomatic approach that has shaken up the post-World War II global order. The administration has imposed tariffs on half the $500 billion in Chinese goods imported annually, and on steel and aluminum from around the world, while threatening to do the same on cars. Mr. Trump has strong-armed JapanEuropeCanada and Mexico to the negotiating table.

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KHASHOGGIMANIA AND OUR ISLAMIST COLLUDING MEDIA

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

 

www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/271682/khashoggimania-and-our-islamist-colluding-media-daniel-greenfield

 

KHASHOGGIMANIA AND OUR ISLAMIST COLLUDING MEDIA

After Egypt, Libya and Syria, will we stop falling for the same lies?

Daniel Greenfield

In 2014, Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post’s Tehran Bureau Chief, was arrested and spent two years in prison. Iran kept him in one of its worst prisons, he slept on a damp concrete floor, was denied medical treatment, experienced hallucinations due to sleep deprivation and was abused by his captors. His wife was told that her legs would be cut off and her husband would be thrown off a cliff if she didn’t confess.

While Jamal Khashoggi has often been misidentified as a Washington Post journalist, all he did for the radical leftist paper owned by Amazon’s CEO is write editorials promoting the Muslim Brotherhood agenda. The Muslim Brotherhood leader and former Bin Laden pal was never a journalist. The closest he came to it was acting as a terrorist propagandist in Afghanistan, glamorizing Osama bin Laden, on behalf of a man listed by the Treasury Department as one of “the world’s foremost terrorist financiers.”

And yet the arrest and abuse of Jason Rezaian didn’t touch off a fraction of the outrage from his own paper as the possible death of Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of the Saudis. The media went through the usual formal protests, but the outrage was muted and there was no talk of sanctions. Instead, Rezaian, along with some other hostages, was illegally ransomed after two years by Obama for $400 million.

The media did not vigorously campaign to break off relations with Iran, as it now is with Saudi Arabia.

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TRUMP – IT’S ALL ABOUT LEVERAGE

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

 

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Trump and the centers of gravity

– – L.  Scott Ligamfelter is a retired  U.S. Army colonel, combat veteran and Middle East Foreign Area Officer.  He also served in the Virginia General Assembly for 16 years.     Wednesday, June 20, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

June 25, 2018

President Donald Trump, like everyone alive today, never met Prussian military theorist Carl Von Clausewitz, but the author of “Vom Kriege” (“On War”) would have found pleasant company with the man who inspired “The Art of the Deal.” For Clausewitz, war involved politics in addition to “other means” to arrive at a “deal”; in other words to obtain the objectives of a nation at war.

For Mr. Trump, it’s about maximizing one’s leverage in obtaining the “deal,” one of his 11 tenets in the art of deal-making. And in that regard, Mr. Trump has demonstrated that he understands both the Clausewitzian concept of the “center of gravity” — the basis of an opponent’s power at the operational, strategic or political level — and the art of leveraging national power. Three examples are instructive: North Korea, Iran and ISIS.

North Korea’s center of gravity is the survival of the regime of Kim Jong-un. It’s a criminal cartel, but worse yet, one whose sidearms are a host of conventional artillery keenly aimed at South Korea and a nuclear threat recklessly pointed at the world. Which is why the president wasted no time putting “Little Rocket Man” in a very hot seat by ratcheting up the tough talk in response to Mr. Kim’s verbal threats and missile-launch intimidation.

Moreover he jettisoned the effete “strategic patience” approach of previous administrations and imposed “maximum pressure” on the Hermit Kingdom. That story is playing out now following the Singapore summit. Mr. Kim knows his regime is at stake. Mr. Trump does, too. Mr. Kim would be wise not to trifle with him.

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VIDEO – 1400 YEARS OF HISTORY OF ISLAM – BRIGITTE GABRIEL

Monday, August 6th, 2018

 

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