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Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:30 — cvcadmin
The video, "Underground Great Wall of China", can be viewed by clicking on the below listed link; it was produced by Georgetown University. It relates how China went public in 2009 with how they have hardened 3000 kilometers of tunnels under the Great Wall, and that those hardened sites are safe from bunker busting nuclear weapons. The hardened sites were created to protect China’s nuclear warheads and intercontinental ballistic missiles from a direct attack; it was a game changer in the balance of nuclear weapons. The Chinese can house over 100 million soldiers/people in those tunnels. The firm number of China’s nuclear warheads possess is not known for sure, but they total somewhere between 420 and 3000 nuclear warheads, and china keeps increasing their numbers.
Sat, 05/18/2013 - 11:12 — cvcadmin
On Armed Forces Day, we remember the many young high school graduates who entered the military in the 1950s whom were very motivated to serve, because of examples set by relatives who served in WWII; their relatives were members of the Greatest Generation. After Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan, many of the young men in the nation dropped out of high school to volunteer for combat at the beginning of WWII—it was a selfless and patriotic act by a truly Great Generation of Americans.
Today only a small percentage of America’s youth are motivated to volunteer and serve in the military; those who are serving are members of the greatest military fighting force in the world. We “honor” all who served in defense of the Republic in years gone by, those who gave the last full measure of devotion, and especially those going into “Harm’s Way” today in Afghanistan and in the World Wide War on Terrorism. Thank a Veteran and/or a member of the US Armed Forces for their service to the Republic.
Fri, 05/17/2013 - 23:49 — cvcadmin
Obama is planning to “unilaterally” reduce the US nuclear arsenal to 1000 warhead from 1550 warheads; when Obama came into office there was a high of 5113 warheads. Specialists on nuclear deterrence say further cuts beyond the 1,550 deployed warheads agreed to in the 2010 New START Arms Treaty will undermine the United States' ability to deter nuclear attacks from Russia and China, who have significant modernization programs underway and are aggressively increasing their nuclear weapons arsenals. Yet Obama is bypassing Congress to further reduce “unilaterally” the US nuclear arsenal from 1550, to 1000 warheads by Executive Order. While Obama is deactivating the us nuclear arsenal, China continues to aggressively increase its current arsenal of 240 nuclear weapons by an additional 180 new nuclear weapons for deployment in Chinese nuclear submarines (China is planning to aggressively build more nuclear weapons), Russia is aggressively increasing the number in its arsenal from its current level of 3800 strategic nuclear weapons, North Korea is aggressively expanding the number of its nuclear weapons aimed at the US, and Iran will soon have nuclear weapons.
Obama “unilateral” action is the most dangerous action any Commander-in-Chief has ever done to the Republic in 238 years, while Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, USA presides over the deactivation of the US nuclear arsenal further degrading the strength of the US Armed Forces! In addition to cuts in the nation's nuclear arsenal, the Obama Administration appears to be getting ready to limit U.S. missile defenses in a new agreement with Russia that Obama said he would do in his open-microphone comment in March 2012 with Russian’s President Dmitry Medvedevhe. Obama told Medvedevhe that he would be free to reduce the US missile defense after he was re-elected, and the recorded comment from an open mike was played on major TV Networks prior to his re-election.
If the US stockpile is “unilaterally” reduced in size, then the US will have reached the point where those further reductions take on immense risk in the defense of the United States’ security and will negatively affect international stability. The US nuclear arsenal needs to be modernized and expanded, not reduced and not “unilaterally” deactivated. This is another of Obama’s many violations of the US Constitution that he swore to uphold in his inauguration; the current level of 1550 US nuclear warheads was negotiated in the 2010 New START Treaty, and confirmed by the US Senate, any change in that International Treaty requires Senate confirmation.
Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:09 — cvcadmin
The death of 30 US Military personnel in an operation in Afghanistan, including 17 members of SEAL Team SIX, who 90 days previously, had taken out Osama Bin Laden, was the largest single loss of American military personnel in one operation in the 12 year conflict in Afghanistan. Al Q’ieda had previously signaled that SEAL Team SIX had been targeted. After 2 years, the persistent failure by the Obama Administration to provide the families of those 30 military personnel with certain facts surrounding their deaths has resulted in the families going public and making charges of a cover-up.
Obama confirmed to the world, for the first time ever, the existence of SEAL Team SIX and the specific details of how they operate when they took out Osama Bin Laden. Since the SEAL Team SIX had been established by President Reagan, no US President had ever revealed publically that there was a SEAL Team SIX. From time to time, over the previous 31 years, when rumors of the existence of an elite SEAL Team came up, the existence of such a unite was always officially denied. No one in Special Operations ever imagined that the Commander-in-Chief would reveal the TOP SECRET specific details of how SEAL Team SIX’s operated, or that it was that specific SEAL Team that killed Osama Bin Laden, to a worldwide audience on live television. After Obama exposed SEAL Team SIX, as the group that killed Osama Bin Laden, its members became very concerned for the safety of their families, warned their families to maintain a very low profile, and informed their families that they now felt they had targets on their backs—their concerns were soon to be proven true. The requirement for all Special Operations in Afghanistan to be approved by a Joint Operations Command with representatives of Karzai’s military in the Joint command, resulted in SEAL Team operations being scrutinized by Afghanistan military personnel who might be Taliban informants. On August 6, 2011, 17 members of the elite SEAL Team SIX, as well 13 other Special Warfare personnel were Killed In Action (KIA) on helicopter flight, Extortion 17, that was ambushed as it was slowly landing in a valley to provide desperately needed re-enforcements in a “hot zone”. Pre-assault suppression fire was asked for, but was denied, because of Rules of Engagement; flag officers were worried about injuring civilians that might be in the vicinity of where a heavy battle between Army Rangers and Terrorists was ongoing. Senior commanders said suppression fire was denied because they were trying to win the hearts and minds of the people, in line with their political correctness guidelines.
Representatives of the families of the 30 deceased US military personnel held a national press conference at the National Press Club; the video of the press conference can be viewed in its entirety by clicking on the below listed link. The left of center liberal media establishment, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and MSNBC refused to cover the press conference. This is another incident where the refusal of the Obama Administration’s to reveal facts surrounding the deaths of slain Americans resulted in charges of a cover-up, it is in line with the death of a Border Patrolman as a result of the Fast and Furious gun running operation in Mexico, and the death of 4 Americans who were killed by Al Q’ieda terrorist who attacked the US Mission in Benghazi in an 8 hour terrorist operation. The long video of the press conference should be viewed only when you have the time.
The photos [shown in the following AP Photo link] are those of the 30 military personnel killed in a helicopter downing in Afghanistan on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, because pre-assault suppression fire was denied before the helicopter was sent into a valley surrounded by high hills. The Pentagon identified the Americans as 17 members of the elite Navy SEAL Team SIX, five Naval Special Warfare personnel who support the SEALs, three Air Force Special Operations personnel and an Army helicopter crew of five. (AP Photo)
Fri, 05/10/2013 - 23:41 — cvcadmin
From the Hon F. Bing West, USMC, the former Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Reagan Administration, in his published article in the National Review, he does an excellent job of revealing the nature of the failure of General Dempsey to take action prior to and during the Terrorist attack in Benghazi to protect the lives of American personnel under attack for 10 hours. Bing West’s impressive background is as follows: he is a Harvard College graduate, received an MBA from Stanford Bus School, is a former US Marine Officer with combat tours in Vietnam, is a member of the Council On Foreign Relations, and a member of the St Crispin’s Order. Bing West’s son, Owen West, was US Marine Corps in Recon. His published books about combat in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan are:
“The Strongest Tribe”
“No True Glory”
“The March Up”
“The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy and the Way Out of Afghanistan”
The first answer that Congress must obtain in its continuing investigation is who in the White House gave the ‘STAND DOWN” order that prevented the military from responding in so many cases, and prevented the Acting Assistants Secretary Mark Thompson for Counter Terrorism from sending a Counterterrorism Armed Response Team to Libya that he assembled. The second answer that Congress must obtain in their continuing investigation is who issued the order for UN Ambassador Susan Rice to lie to the American people on 5 Sunday morning networks talk shows that the Benghazi attack was the result of a civilian demonstration as a result of a YouTube video that no one in Libya ever saw. The third answer that Congress must obtain is why Obama repeated the lie, even at the UN 2 weeks after the attack, that the Benghazi attack was the result of a civilian demonstration in response to a YouTube video that no one ever saw in Libya; Obama was briefed on the night of the attack that it was initiated by over 150 Al Q’ieda Terrorists in a well-planned and coordinated commando attack designed to kill Americans.
Bing West’s outstanding and timely below listed analysis should be given very wide distribution by all who receive this E-mail.
May 7, 2013
Benghazi: Do As I Say, Or As I Do?
By Bing West
General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has concluded that generals do not live up to the standards they demand of others. According to the New York Times, “Under General Dempsey’s plan, teams of inspectors will observe and review the procedures … in effect for all generals. He said he would be subject to the same rules.” Those new rules would require an assessment of Dempsey’s own performance last September, when he decided “not to respond with force for ten hours”, although our ambassador to
Libya was declared missing during the first hour of a terrorist assault in Benghazi and two former SEALs died in the tenth hour. Why did Dempsey choose to do nothing?
The military has conducted hundreds of assessments for battles throughout Iraq and Afghanistan. At the platoon level, an “After Action” critique is required whenever there are American fatalities. But at the highest level, there has been no military After Action assessment about Benghazi.
The fight at the US consulate waxed and waned for ten hours. Yet during that time, the Marine Force Recon unit on Sigonella Air Base, 500 miles away, was never deployed and not one F-16 or F-18 was dispatched. Granted, Force Recon and fighter aircraft weren’t on alert and did not appear on the Pentagon’s official list of ‘hostage rescue forces.’ But they were one phone call away, and no general asked for them. Ten hours provided adequate time for a range of ad hoc responses. Commanders are expected to adapt in battle.
Pentagon spokesman George Little said, “We have repeatedly stated that… our forces were unable to reach it in time to intervene to stop the attacks.” That is true only if the Pentagon is incapable of improvising. If you see people in a burning house, you do your best to help immediately; you don’t wait for the fire department to respond in a normal manner. If called upon, the Marines on Sigonella would have gathered whoever was on hand and piled into one of a dozen military planes parked at the base. The Benghazi airport 90 minutes away was secure; CIA operatives were standing on the runway, because they had improvised by hiring a plane and flying in from the embassy in Tripoli, 400 miles away. A fighter jet could have refueled at that airport, with the CIA providing cover. Instead, the military ordered four Special Operations soldiers at the Tripoli embassy not to fly to Benghazi and join the CIA team.
Our ambassador – the symbol of America – was missing and out of American hands. The president went to bed. After four hours, there was a call to the embassy in Tripoli from a Libyan doctor, saying the ambassador was in his care but could not be resuscitated. No American drove to the hospital, sensibly fearing the call was a ruse by terrorists holding the ambassador. So for ten hours, the US military did nothing except send a drone to watch the action. Defense Secretary Panetta later offered the excuse, "You can't willy-nilly send F-16s there and blow the hell out of place. ... You have to have good intelligence." As a civilian, Mr. Panetta probably didn’t know that 99% of air sorties over Afghanistan never drop a single bomb. General Dempsey, however, knew it was standard procedure to roar menacingly over the heads of mobs, while not “blowing the hell out of them”. A show of air power does have a deterrent effect and is routinely employed.
A mortar shell killed two Americans during the tenth hour of the fight. A mortar tube can be detected from the air. The decision whether to then bomb the mortar site should have resided with a pilot on-station – not back in Washington. As for the alleged lack of “good intelligence”, three US operations centers were watching real-time video and talking by cell phone with those under attack. Surely that comprises “good intelligence.”
Dempsey’s predecessor as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs is Admiral Mike Mullen co-chaired an assessment for the State Department. Mullen conveniently inserted a one-sentence judgment about the Pentagon, asserting the military could not do anything. Yet most generals would relieve a company commander who possessed intelligence for ten hours and did nothing. This appearance of a rigid standard for the grunt and a lax standard for generals is precisely what General Dempsey wants to correct. If General Dempsey is serious about one set of rules for all generals, then he will demand an assessment of his own performance. This is not a call for a resignation. Dempsey is admired for his openness, flexibility and commonsense. In 2004, he redeployed on the fly his entire division in order to protect Baghdad. At least three four-star generals and three separate staffs (the operations centers in the Pentagon, Special Ops in Tampa and AFRICOM in Germany) watched the ten-hour action. The issue is not one of personalities. At one time or another, most of us choke in combat or during a crisis; look at the number of CEOs caught flat-footed during the 2008 financial crisis.
To be clear: the non-response by the military is a matter of procedures too rigid at the top. Far more serious and of a different nature was the claim that a video had provoked a spontaneous mob and that Benghazi was not a terrorist attack. That was the deliberate manipulation or fictional creation of intelligence. It raises the matter of deception. Who provided that rationale to UN Ambassador Susan Rice? That is a grave issue that has nothing to do with the military. The integrity of the Pentagon is not in question. The purpose of an After Action is to perform better the next time. Is the public seriously to believe that in ten hours Dempsey and the $600 billion dollar Defense Department could not dispatch one ad hoc rescue team, as our embassy in Tripoli did, or order one fighter jet to scramble?
Have our military’s best and Brightest lost the capacity to improvise? Clearly, that merits an assessment. Will General Dempsey demand a review of his own procedures, as he has insisted for others? Do as I say, or as I do? The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs is the only general who can answer that.
Tue, 05/07/2013 - 21:41 — cvcadmin
Since early 2012, the CIA has been aiding Arab governments and Turkey in obtaining and shipping weapons to the Syrian rebels; using the US Consulate and CIA Annex in Benghazi. The New York Times report claims most of the weapons shipments facilitated by the CIA began after the 2012 presidential election. This is the second time the Obama Administration has shipped guns; the first time they do so, they did so to drug cartels in Mexico in the Fast and Furious Operation which began on October 31, 2009, and one of those guns was used to kill a US Border Patrolman, the other guns were used to murder thousands of Mexican citizens (Fast and Furious has been an ongoing cover-up by Eric Holder and Obama Administration officials for 3 and a half years).
Middle Eastern Security officials have said U.S.-aided weapons shipments go back more than a year, escalating before the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate and CIA Annex in Benghazi. In fact, the Middle Eastern Security officials describe the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and nearby CIA Annex attacked last September 11, 2012 as intelligence and planning centers for U.S. for aid to the rebels in the Middle East, particularly those fighting Syria’s Assad Regime; many of those weapons have been given to the Moslem Brotherhood and Al Q’ieda affiliates by inept and incompetent Obama Administration officials. The aid, the sources stated, included shoulder fired weapons shipments and was being coordinated thru Turkish ports.
The second cover-up that has been underway for 8 months is the cover-up on the details of what military assets could have been brought to bear to defeat the attack on the US Consulate and the CIA Annex in Benghazi where Ambassador Chris Stevens, two Navy SEALs (Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty), and an Embassy Communications specialist were murdered by over 150+ Al Q’ieda terrorists in a premeditated and well-coordinated commando style attack with heavy weapons and mortars. The message put out by Obama Administration officials, including a speech by Obama at the UN, 2 weeks after he knew it was a terrorist attack, was that it was a demonstration by civilians against a YouTube video that no one in Libya, to this day, has ever seen that prompted the attack on the consulate. The cover up was perpetrated, in order to protect the Gross Dereliction of Duty by Hillary Clinton, and Obama when they did nothing to protect the lives of US personnel in Benghazi leading up to and on the anniversary of 9/11, when they had many weeks of repeated warnings and request for more security from State Department personnel in “Harm’s Way” on the ground in Benghazi, who warned of an imminent attack on the Consulate after the previous attack that blew a hole in the wall of the consulate. On the day before September 11, 2012, in a worldwide broadcast, Amin Al Zawahri, the head of Al Q’ieda, was calling for Libyans to rise up and attack the Americans in Benghazi. . Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey received all those warnings from the US Missions in Benghazi, and since 9/11 is always an anniversary when terrorist normally strike US targets, they should have “been prepared” to protect American lives in the Consulate and CIA Annex in Benghazi with prepositioned assets ready to roll, prior to September 11, 2012.
Russia delivers another warning to U.S., Al-Qaida Jihadists purportedly being armed by Obama Administration
Posted on May 1, 2013 at 2:21 PM EST
By Aaron Klein
Russia delivered to the Obama administration a list of the names of Syrian rebels who are members of al-Qaida groups and who are receiving arms shipments coordinated by the U.S., according to informed Middle Eastern security officials.
The list, the officials added, demonstrates how the U.S. is failing in its due diligence of vetting the rebels being supported by the West for ties to al-Qaida and other jihad groups.
The information comes amid scores of news media reports that the Obama administration is aiding the rebels, including by coordinating Arab arms shipments.
The arming of Syrian rebels is considered highly controversial. A major issue is the inclusion of jihadists, including al-Qaida, among the ranks of the Free Syrian Army and other Syrian opposition groups.
Just last week, KleinOnline broke the story that the U.S. in recent weeks aided in the transfer of shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles, or man-portable air-defense systems, to the Syrian rebels, according to informed Middle Eastern security officials.
The Middle Eastern security officials speaking to KleinOnline said the latest U.S.-facilitated weapons transfers signify the most advanced deliveries yet to the Syrian rebels.
Confirming KleinOnline’s exclusive reporting for over a year, the New York Times last month reported that since early 2012, the CIA has been aiding Arab governments and Turkey in obtaining and shipping weapons to the Syrian rebels.
While the Times report claims most of the weapons shipments facilitated by the CIA began after the latest presidential election, Middle Eastern security officials speaking to KleinOnline have said U.S.-aided weapons shipments go back more than a year, escalating before the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi.
In fact, the Middle Eastern security officials speaking to KleinOnline since last year describe the U.S. mission in Benghazi and nearby CIA annex attacked last September as an intelligence and planning center for U.S. aid to the rebels in the Middle East, particularly those fighting Syrian Assad’s regime.
The aid, the sources stated, included weapons shipments and was being coordinated with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Earlier this month, Reuters further reported Obama allegedly signed a secret order in 2012 authorizing U.S. agencies such as the CIA to provide support to rebel forces in Syria.
The support includes helping to run a secret military communications command center in Turkey to aid rebel groups. The Reuters article also said U.S. citizens are training rebels and possibly giving them equipment, at least since the summer.
Tue, 05/07/2013 - 03:38 — cvcadmin
After 8 months of stonewalling the Congress, the below listed article calls for Congress to take action to force the Obama Administration to provide the American people with the truth about what happened leading to the attack in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. That article is a further attempt to shed light on the heroic actions of two Navy SEALS who saved 32 American lives during the assault on the Benghazi Consulate. That attack was perpetrated by over 150+ Al Q’ieda and affiliated terrorists, from Ansar al-Shariah, in a well-coordinated and premeditated commando style assault on the US Consultant; US Ambassador Stevens, two heroic Navy SEALs (Glen Doherty and Tyrone Wood), and the Ambassador’s aide were assassinated. The two Navy SEALs were not part of the Ambassador’s security detail, yet the White House intentionally misreported their status as such; they were killed in the Consul Annex; they had previously jumped into the breach to try to save the lives of the Americans in the Consulate. Despite urgent and desperate calls for help from Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens sent directly to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, she and her staff ignored Ambassador Stevens repeated cries for help, and let him twist in the wind for 8 hours, until he was delivered to a hospital with severe wounds, where he finally died about 4 hours after the attack began. The below listed article was forwarded by ADM James A Lyons, Jr., USNA ‘52, USN (Ret) former Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet and the former Senior US Military Representative to the UN, he is calling for the establishment of a Select Committee in the House of Representatives to investigate and respond to the attack on the US Consultant in Benghazi; 122 Congressmen have signed on to House Resolution 36 calling for the establishment of a House Select Committee on the Benghazi Attack, but House Speaker John A. Boehner has been stonewalling the establishment of such a Select Committee. Everyone in the Benghazi Consulate knew in the very beginning of the attack at 9:40 PM on September 11th, that the attack was a well-planned and premeditated attack by Al Q’ieda terrorists with heavy weapons, RPGs, and mortars, and Ambassador Stevens reported that fact, over and over again the Consulate and the Navy SEALs kept requesting support, to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the White House Situation Room, and to Secretary of Defenses Leon Panetta, yet for a period extending for over 2 weeks after the terrorist attack, UN Ambassador Susan Rice, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Obama in his speech to the UN (2 weeks after the attack) kept repeating that the attack was the result of a Libyan civilian demonstration against a YouTube video on the Internet that went bad---we do not think anyone in Libya has ever seen that fathom video.
THE TIME LINE: On March 28, the Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens requested additional security of Secretary Hillary Clinton; she turned him down on April 12th. On May 3rd, the State Department turned down a request for a Security Team from the Libyan Embassy. On May 22nd Terrorist attack Red Cross Office in Benghazi (the Red Cross Office in Benghazi was closed after the attack); at that time, the US Consulate was warned of a pending attack. On June 6th, terrorists attacked the US Consulate and blew a hole through Consulate wall. On June 7th, Ambassador Stevens asked the State Department for two Security Teams to protect US personnel in Benghazi (the request was rejected). On June 10th, the British Ambassador survived an assassination attempt on his convoy and Al Q’ieda Terrorists openly rallied in Benghazi (the British Consulate in Benghazi was closed after the assassination attempt). On June 6th, Ambassador Stevens was told his Security Team contract would “not” be renewed. June 22nd, Ambassador Stevens warned the State Department that extremist groups were operating openly in Benghazi. On July 9th, Ambassador Stevens made a request for 13 more security personnel to protect the Benghazi Consulate. Instead, to protect the embattled diplomatic mission in Benghazi, the State Department hired the Libyan Militia Group, the February 17th Martyrs Brigade, that had clear Al Q’ieda sympathies; they were hired to protect the Consulate, even though it had prominently displayed the black Al Q’ieda flag on its Facebook page for many months. On July 21th, the Regional State Department Security Officer warned the State Department that the risk to the US Consulate in Benghazi was HIGH. On August 2nd, Ambassador Stevens sent another urgent cable directly to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton requesting a “protective bodyguard detail” for him because he was in danger. On August 5th, the State Department ordered the “removal” of Ambassador Stevens Security Team. On August 15th, there was an emergency meeting in the US Consulate in Benghazi on security matters. On August 16th, the Regional Security Officer sent a direct E-mail to Secretary of State Clinton warning of the dire security situation developing in Benghazi. On September 8th, the Benghazi Security Officer warned the Department of State and the Secretary of State of imminent attacks. On September 10th, the Al Q’ieda Leader, Ayman al-Zawahri publically called for Libyans to avenge the death of Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri’s deputy, Abu Yahya al-Lib, on September 11, 2013, the anniversary of the Al Q’ieda terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in New York. On September 11th, Ambassador Stevens warned the State Department via cable of the deteriorating security situation in Benghazi, and meets with a Turkish diplomat at 7:30 PM in the Benghazi Consulate. At 8:00 PM, Al Q’ieda terrorists set up check points around the Benghazi Consulate. At 8:30 PM. Ambassador Stevens ended his meeting with the Turkish diplomat. At 9:40 PM, terrorist fire the first shots in the coordinated attack on the Benghazi Consulate, and Ambassador Stevens called Hicks in Tripoli to tell him that he was now under attack by terrorists, and asked for help. At 9:59 PM, the Pentagon ordered a surveillance drone to overfly the Benghazi Consulate; from that point on, the White House Situation Room, the CIA, the State Department, and the Pentagon could view live video feed of the ongoing attack in Benghazi (the live feed continued for 8 hours with a second relief surveillance drone). At 10:05 PM, the Benghazi Consulate was in flames for all to see on live video feed, and messages were being transmitted between the White House, the State Department, the CIA, and the Pentagon. At 00:06 on September 12th, Ansar Al-Sharia claimed responsibility for the attack on the Consulate. At 1:00 AM, on September 12th, the body of Ambassador Stevens was transported to the hospital by friendly local Libyans for medical attention; that was 3 hours and 20 minutes after the attack began. At 4:00 AM, on September 12th, two Navy Seals were killed on the roof of the Consul Annex; that was 6 hours and 20 minutes after the attack began. On September 12th, at 3:00 PM Washington, DC time, about 3 hours after the Navy SEALs were killed, Obama departed for a Las Vegas fundraising rally.
THE MILITARY SUPPORT THAT WAS AVAILABLE: It is a well-known fact that F-16 fighter aircraft based in Aviano, Italy could have arrive over the scene of the attack on the Consulate in 90 minutes, and could have retaliated against the Al Q’ieda terrorists to save the lives of those under attack. In addition, there was also a 130-man US Marine Corps Marine Force Recon Team at Sigonella, Italy that was on the tarmac, ready for deployment, which could have arrived at the compound within 2 hours. General Carter Ham, Commander African Command, was relieved of his command, when he ignored the White House’s order to “stand down”, and tried to send a military reaction force to save the lives of the Americans under attack, which was only several hours away. General Petraeus at CIA put out an urgent request for military assistance to the White House, in order to save American lives, but the White House ignored his request. The entire attack was viewed by live video feed from two separate drones overflying the on-going attack for 8 hours; one of those drones could have been armed and to strike the terrorist. For 8 months 32 survivors of the attack, whose lives were saved by the two Navy SEALS, have relayed their fear of intimidation from the Obama Administration; they hired attorneys and informed congressmen that they have been threatened and were warned not to testify as to what actually happened leading up to, during, and following the Benghazi attack. The Foreign Emergency Support Team that is required to be called up by the Secretary of State, to arrive a US Mission within 48 hours to preserve and protect all forensic evidence after an attack for FBI investigation, was never called up by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and 8 months later, the Foreign Emergency Support Team still has not been called up.
Joseph R. John, USNA ‘62
Capt USN (Ret)
Chairman, Combat Veterans For Congress PAC
LYONS: A call to courage over Benghazi
Lawmakers must find the fortitude to expose the cover-up
By James A. Lyons
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Five committees of the House of Representatives recently issued an interim report on the Benghazi tragedy, which clearly indicated that the highest levels of the State Department were involved in not only denying security resources but reducing them at our facilities in Libya, including the Benghazi Special Mission Compound. These were not “routine” security requests, as some have claimed. They were made by the Regional Security Office and also by Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens as well.
Why these legitimate requests were turned down remains an open question. There remains many other unanswered questions that were not addressed by the Accountability Review Board. For example, we still do not know what business was being conducted at the compound. Also, why was it necessary for Stevens to be in Benghazi with its out-of-control security situation on what should have been a high-security-alert day of Sept. 11? Why did the administration continue to lie to the American public for the better part of two weeks that it was a video that caused the attack when they knew it was a terrorist attack from Day One?
The American public — and certainly the families of the four Americans killed — need to know who gave the “stand-down order” and on whose authority. Former CIA Director David H. Petraeus has stated that no such order came from the CIA.
The lack of a military response remains another important unanswered question. Even though our military resources, particularly those of the U.S. Sixth Fleet have been drawn down to the point at which they’re essentially nonexistent, there were in-theater resources that could have responded and, most likely, would have saved America lives. These included F-16 fighter aircraft from Aviano, Italy, which could have been over the compound in about 90 minutes. There was also a 130-man Marine Force Recon Team at Sigonella, Italy, which could have been deployed to arrive at the compound in a matter of a few hours.
These resources would have made a difference, particularly since the attack went on for more than eight hours with no fear of interference or retaliation. Further, no one has yet been able to interview the 30-odd survivors about what actually happened during the attack. Why not?
Why has there been no effort to retaliate against the al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group Ansar al-Shariah, which carried out the attack? Their leaders today sit in outdoor cafes in Benghazi sipping tea.
Our U.S. Sixth Fleet military posture in the Mediterranean is a disgrace. Since World War II up until 2008, we maintained the dominant military force in the Mediterranean, consisting of at least one carrier battle group and an amphibious Ready Group with an embarked Marine battalion, along with logistic support ships and other units. Today, we have one unarmed command ship — my old flagship — the USS Mt. Whitney (LCC-20). This is symptomatic of President Obama’s relentless effort to disarm our military, which is clearly affecting our national security.
Compounding the disarming of our military forces is Mr. Obama’s destabilizing social engineering. The latest example is a directive promulgated by the chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff that all flag and general officers will now be evaluated by the subordinates under their commands. Does this make any sense? Is this to make sure that our military leadership is complying with the president’s “diversity” agenda? Will any member of the Joint Chiefs find the courage to stand up and voice objection?
This politically correct directive by the chairman defies all leadership logic. It will destroy unit integrity and morale. It will destroy the fundamental principles of the chain of command concept, which has served this nation honorably for more than 238 years. The integrity of command is not obtained by running a popularity contest. Currying favors with subordinates is alien to military leadership. This nonsense must be stopped.
Our nonresponse to the attack on our Benghazi facilities is in part reflective of our military leadership’s politically correct mentality as well as the administration’s policies to disarm our military forces. The first action that needs to be taken is to get the facts out to the American public on the Benghazi cover-up. Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican, has sponsored a resolution (H. Res. 36) to establish a select committee to investigate and respond on the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. He has been joined by 122 members, at the latest count. The problem has been that House Speaker John A. Boehner has been stonewalling the establishment of such a committee, using the lame excuse that it will cost money and take a lot of time. Nonsense. The systematic causes that brought about the Benghazi debacle need to be unearthed now, as it will affect our national security in the future.
If the president were a Republican and Nancy Pelosi were the speaker, there would have been no hesitation on her part to find the courage to form such a committee. Hopefully, Mr. Boehner can find his.
Adm. James A. Lyons, U.S. Navy retired admiral, was commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and senior U.S. military representative to the United Nations.
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Fri, 05/03/2013 - 19:20 — cvcadmin
Please click on the below listed link to view dramatic testimony before the US Senate by the ICE Union Chief, Chris Crane, in his testimony on the 884 page new Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744), The ICE Union won a stunning initial court victory in its lawsuit against the Obama Administration. Federal Judge Federal Judge Reed O’Connor told the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that they had no power to refuse to deport illegal aliens, Crane testifies before the Senate expressing his disgust that law enforcement was shut out of the negotiations on the flawed Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.
We strongly agree with the Ice Union. Unfortunately new Immigration Act (S. 744), designed to giving 18+ million Illegal Aliens citizenship has no provisions in it to provide ICE with the ability to enforce the federal laws that all ICE Agents were sworn to enforce, it is currently a flawed Act, as it:
(1) does not provide for tamper proof Federal ID cards to keep track of illegal aliens
(2) does not have any provision to arrest and remove 400,000 criminal Illegal Aliens who are fugitives from justice with felony warrants
(3) does not deal with the inability of the federal government’s bureaucracy to process 18+ million Illegal aliens when the federal government hasn’t even been able to process 900,000 Veterans disability claims over a 4 year period
(4) does nothing to make Universities report (which should be under threat of felony criminal charges) the names and locations of the hundreds of thousands foreign students like the terrorists who were involved in the Boston bombing who no longer attend college classes
(5) does nothing to provide a means to cover the $6 trillion cost of the flawed 884 page Act according to research by the Heritage Foundation (the Senate Bill intentionally misled the American people by saying it would cost $22.5 billion)
(6) doesn’t cover the cost because the Senate bill provides for charging each of the 18+ million illegal aliens $500.00 when the real cost per illegal is $335,000.00
(7) intentionally misleads the American people by saying the Act would not be enacted until the border was secured when there is no provision to guarantee the border is secure after 29 years of failed promise (THE ONLY ORGANIZATION THAT CAN BE TRUSTED TO VERIFY THE BORDER HAS BEEN CLOSED IS THE ICE UNION)
(8) flagrantly discriminates against nearly 4 million unemployed Veterans by giving employers a $3000 tax credit for employing illegal aliens and relieves them from having to cover illegal aliens under the Obama Health Care law without giving those same benefits to unemployed US citizens
(9) does absolutely nothing to locate the many terrorists in the US among the 18+ million illegal aliens like the Chechen terrorists, the Times Square bomber, the first World Trade Union bombers in 1993, and Major Hassan who had all been affected by the Islam jihadists outreach program underway in the US by remaining under the radar scope of CIA and the FBI’s Watch Lists (the requirement in the Act for a tamper proof Federal ID card requiring fingerprints would help locate those terrorist suspects)
(10)does not provide provisions to prevent 80 million unskilled relatives of the 18+ million illegal aliens form coming into the US which would destroy the fragile US Welfare system & bankrupt the Republic
(11)does not have a provision to deport anyone who fails in their application (Mohammed Salameh who applied for amnesty in 1984 but was turned down was a co-conspirator in the in the first World Trade Center attack in 1993)
(12)does not provide annual quotas to process applicants so the crush of applicants won’t bring the process to a full stop, and does not have provisions in it to do a thorough background investigation of applicant from high threat countries/regions.
The current flawed immigration system in not working with hundreds of thousands of criminal illegal alien fugitives from justice and potential terrorists who had all been affected by the Islam jihadists outreach program underway in the US hiding in plain sight like the Chechen terrorists. For the Senate to overload the flawed immigration stem with 18+ million new illegal aliens will compound existing problems. The Act must not be passed at all unless provisions are included to prevent terrorists from hiding as resident immigrants with a worker permits, giving them the freedom to plan and execute further attacks against innocent civilians and to further damage the National Security of the Republic. Senators must be held accountable at the polls by all voters if they fail to protect the American people from imbedded terrorists among us by passing a flawed new Immigration Act. The Senators must not to rush to pass another flawed piece of legislation, like the flawed Obama Health Care Bill, in order to be politically correct, to appease the demands of left of center liberal media establishment, and to cave in to Obama’s inept demands, before the new Act is modified as specified above. The first steps leading to amnesty must not commence before federal laws are enforced by ICE or before the border has been certified closed by the ICE Union.
“Never before have I seen such contempt for law enforcement officers
as what I’ve seen from the Gang of Eight”
- Chris Crane, ICE Agent union president.
Last week, ICE union chief Chris Crane won a stunning initial court victory in his lawsuit against the Obama Administration. As we reported,
Federal Judge Federal Judge Reed O’Connor told the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that they had no power to refuse to deport
illegal aliens, and that he was likely to strike down Obama’s virtual “DACA” amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. The ruling stunned Washington,
and Crane’s lawsuit could derail Obama’s four-year effort to undermine immigration enforcement nationwide.
In Senate testimony (video below), President of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council Crane slammed the Obama
administration and the Senate’s Gang of Eight for including advocates for illegal aliens, but excluding law enforcement from providing
input on the new ‘immigration reform’ legislation.
Crane testified before the Senate expressing his disgust that law enforcement was shut out of the negotiations on immigration reform. Crane
was sitting right next to National Council of La Raza (“The Race”) president Janet Murguia when he made his comments. La Raza – a racist
intimidation group originally funded by the Mexican Government – was outrageously welcomed to help write the immigration bill,
while law enforcement agents were shunned.
Crane recounted to the Judiciary Committee how he was physically escorted out of a Gang of Eight press conference last week and “spoken
to with anger and disrespect.”
“Never before have I seen such contempt for law enforcement officers as what I’ve seen from the Gang of Eight,” he said.
Crane told the Judiciary Committee:
Lawmaking in our nation has indeed taken a strange twist. Senators invite illegal aliens to testify before Congress…but American
citizens working as law enforcement officers within our nation’s broken immigration system are purposely excluded from the process
and prohibited from providing input.
Suffice it to say, following the Boston terrorist attack, I was appalled to hear the Gang of Eight telling America that its legislation was
what American law enforcement needs.
Crane criticized Obama and Congress for choosing a path of legalization for illegals rather than allowing immigration agents to
crackdown on enforcement.
“Unbelievably, [this bill] gives far greater authority to the president and secretary of DHS. Exactly the opposite of what our country
needs to create a consistent and effective immigration system,” Crane concluded.
Watch video below of ICE union chief Crane’s stunning testimony before the Senate Judiciary committee:
Chris Crane is an American hero. He served his nation in the Marines.
Wed, 05/01/2013 - 21:05 — cvcadmin
This is another inept & misguided Obama Administration policy that is undermining the fragile financial stability of the Republic. Adding Illegal Aliens to US Welfare rolls is fiscally irresponsible. The two Chechens terrorists who set off the bombs in Boston had been on the same programs being advertised in Mexico by the US Agriculture Department, in order to recruit and encourage more Illegal Aliens to violate federal law by sneaking across the Southern US Border, then to file for food stamps. Please review the below listed article.
BY DAVE THE SAGE ON APRIL 28, 2013 • ( 0 ) -by John Semmens-
Administration Brochure Touts Food Stamp Benefits for Foreigners
It was recently discovered that the Obama Administration has been working jointly with the Mexican Government to inform that country’s illegal migrants to the United States of their “rights to government food assistance.”
The product of this cooperative undertaking is a Spanish-language flyer supplied to the Mexican Embassy by the US Department of Agriculture. The flyer asserts that “even those who enter America illegally are still entitled to certain benefits” and explains how these “undocumented persons” may secure these benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) called the revelation “evidence of a dangerously misguided policy. We are $16 trillion in debt. Adding foreign nationals to our welfare rolls is fiscally irresponsible.”
US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack defended the outreach program saying “it clearly falls within the nation’s proud tradition of welcoming newcomers to our shores. Doesn’t our Statue of Liberty ask the world to give us their poor and hungry masses yearning to live free? How can we not feed them once they get here? Wouldn’t that be breach of promise?”
Vilsack hastened to point out that “our efforts aren’t confined to Mexicans. We’re very ecumenical in our outlook. One of the guys who bombed the Boston Marathon was a beneficiary of the SNAP food subsidies. We didn’t pry into his private life. We didn’t question his beliefs. To us he was a human being in need of help. That he may have been ungrateful for that help is something we can’t control. Should we let this unfortunate turn of events change who we are? Isn’t this when we’re supposed to turn the other cheek?”
John Semmens spent 30 years working behind “enemy lines” where he gained the insight into the idiocies (statism, repression, collectivism) that dominate the leftist mindset. Semi-News has been skewering their dangerous and stupid ideas and policies since 2005. The archives of these previously published articles can be found at: http://en.wordpress.com/tag/john-semmens/
Tue, 04/30/2013 - 04:55 — cvcadmin
US Federal District judge Reed O’Connor, ruled against DHS for its refusal to initiate removal proceedings for Illegal Immigrants and for blocking ICE from following the federal laws they were sworn to uphold. Judge O’Connor ruled that the Department of Homeland Security Secretary does not have the authority to refuse to enforce federal laws of the land that require illegal immigrants to face deportation, in the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Union’s lawsuit against DHS. This is another flagrant violation of provisions of the US Constitution by the Obama Administration. This information has been suppressed and covered up by the left of center liberal media establishment. Please click on the Attachment to read the full text of the ruling.
Kind of embarrassing when the WORKER sues the BOSS so they can do the job they were hired, trained, paid & sworn to do..
Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano does not have the authority to refuse to enforce laws that require illegal immigrants to face deportation, according to the federal judge hearing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement union’s lawsuit against DHS.
“The court finds that DHS does not have discretion to refuse to initiate removal proceedings [when the law requires it],” U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor said today, per Business Week. O’Connor asked DHS and the ICE union to offer additional arguments before he makes a final ruling on the legality of President Obama’s “deferred action on childhood arrivals” (DACA) program, which invoked prosecutorial discretion as a means of allowing people to stay in the country if they would have qualified for amnesty under the DREAM Act, which never passed through Congress.
The judge’s comments come one day after Napolitano scolded the union, during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill, for challenging the policy she and Obama have implemented.
“There are tensions with union leadership, unfortunately,” Napolitano told Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., yesterday. “Here’s what I expect as a former prosecutor and attorney general: that is that law enforcement agents will enforce the law in accordance with the guidance they are given [by] their superiors.”
Sessions faulted Napolitano for refusing to meet with the ICE officers’ union. “I have never heard of a situation in which a group of law officers sued their supervisor, and you, for blocking them from following the law,” he said. “They weren’t complaining about pay, benefits, working conditions—they were saying their very oath they took to enforce the law is being blocked by rules and regulations and policies established from on high, and that this is undermining their ability to do what they are sworn to do.”
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