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Stopping Anti-Constitutional SHARIA LAW in The San Diego Unified Schools

By Capt Joseph R. John, April 24, 2017: Op Ed # 346

The San Diego Unified School District formed a partnership with CAIR, a Terrorist Front Group, to become the first School District in the nation to approve an unhealthy indoctrination of American students about Islam and how to become 100% compliant with anti-Constitutional Sharia Law.  


The “Flawed Judgement” of the Inept San Diego Unified School District Board to partner with CAIR, in order to indoctrinate American students in Islam and anti-Constitutional Sharia Law is sufficient reason to initiate a recall election for the 4 Board Members who approved the reckless policy.  A recall would ultimately lead to a vote to remove the 4 Board members who exercised poor judgment and should be removed from office.  The policy initiated by CAIR would undermine the San Diego’s Public School system.


In 2007, in the Holy Land Foundation Trial, CAIR was found to be guilty in US Federal Court of a terror-funding plot.  The US Justice Department identified CAIR, as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terror-financing conviction in the nation’s 240 year history. 


The FBI specifically identified CAIR as “a Hamas front group in the US and an entity of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, a secret body set up to advance the Hamas terrorist agenda.”  The United Arab Emirates identified CAIR as a Terrorist organization in 2014 and banned them from operating in the UAE.  


This Islamization plan being driven into the San Diego School System by CAIR, as one of the Muslim Brotherhood International Terrorist Organization’s Front Groups, is in furtherance of the Muslim Brotherhood’s stated mission, the “Civilization of Jihad.”   


The Muslim Brotherhood and its Front Groups, like CAIR, have been designated dangerous International Terrorist Organizations and are outlawed in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Bahrein, the United Arab Emirates, and Russia.  Israel, Canada, and the United Kingdom have announced that they are close to designating the Muslim Brotherhood as an International Terrorist Organization.  


The program is designed to use Islamic Lesson Plans with which to teach every student in San Diego County about Islam and to teach them to accept anti-Constitutional Sharia Law.  The inept plan developed by CAIR and the San Diego Unified School District will use Lesson Plans to indoctrinate students of Christian, Jewish, and other religious backgrounds about Islam.  However, Muslim students would not be required to be taught about Christianity, Judaism, or other religions.


Teaching Judaism or Christianity in San Diego County Schools has long been precluded, and the policy even prevented Christian prayer in San Diego County Schools.  By pointing to the concept of the separation of church and state, the Board prevented students from being taught the Christian “heritage” of the Founding Fathers and the strong Judeo-Christian philosophy in America for over a 175 year period (I do not personally believe that the US Constitution prevents teaching students about the Judeo-Christian history of the Republic).  


The San Diego Unified School Board twisted logic, in one case, excluded teaching Christianity and Judaism in San Diego Schools, because it is a separation of church and state issue, yet somehow believes that teaching Islam in school is “not” a separation of church and state issue.  


We encourage San Diego County law firms to send a representative to the April 25th San Diego Unified School District Board meeting at 5:00 PM at 4100 Normal St, San Diego, CA 92103 (619) 725-8000, to let the Board know that you oppose the proposed “Religious Discriminatory Practice” that is against Christians, Jews, and other religions in violation of the US Constitution and that you want them to rescind the anti-Constitutional Sharia Law Practices they approved.


Copyright by Capt Joseph R. John.  All Rights Reserved.  The material can only posted on another Web site or distributed on the Internet by giving full credit to the author.  It may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without the permission from the author.   


A Great Life Story From a “Doolittle Raider” Pilot

By Capt Joseph R. John, April 18, 2017: Op Ed # 345 

The below listed article is a firsthand historic account by one of the 16 pilots who participated in the “Tokyo Raid” against Imperial Japan; the raid was led by Lt Col James “Jimmy” Doolittle, US Army Air Corps. The “Tokyo Raid” was launched in retaliation for the December 7, 1941 surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Forces of Japan.  Seventy-five years later, Americans are still awed by the sheer courage, determination, and grit of the 80 Army Air Corps crew members who participated in the “Tokyo Raid” on April 18, 1942.


Admiral William “Bull” Halsey, USN, was in Command of Task Force 18 which was directed to approach within 480 nautical miles of Japan to launch the “Tokyo Raid” on Imperial Japan.  A Japanese picket boat was spotted 650 nautical miles from Japan; it was sunk by naval gunfire from the USS Nashville (CL-43) (11 Japanese sailors were rescued by the Nashville).  Out of an abundance of caution, even though Task Force 18 was 170 nautical miles away from the preplanned launch point, Admiral Halsey gave an early “go” signal to launch the mission to strike military targets in Imperial Japan, because the Task Force intercepted a signal the picket boat sent out after it sighted Task Force 18.   


At 8:00 AM on April 18, 1942, Admiral Halsey, launched 16 B-25B Mitchel twin engine, high winged medium bombers, from the deck of his flagship, the USS Hornet (CV-8) and from the USS Enterprise (CV- 6).  The Tokyo Raiders, later identified as the “Doolittle Raiders”, were well prepared to launch their assault mission from the Hornet and Enterprise because of the extensive training they had been required to conduct on short-runway takeoffs, at Eglin Field, Florida.


Lt Col Dick Cole, USAF (Ret), the only survivor of the original 80 crew members alive today, remembers the eerie silence as the 16 B-25B bombers, that had been previously launched from Hornet and Enterprise, were nearing their target.  They did not know whether anti-aircraft firepower was ready for them; Cole recalled that there were a series of precise orders from Lt Col Doolittle, from opening bomb bay doors, the bombing run against military targets was on, then to preparing to bail out when fuel was running very low, as Cole flew alongside Lt Col Doolittle as his co-pilot. 

The 5 crews members on his plane were “very quiet” as they neared Japan, Lt Col Cole recalled, saying his role seated next to Doolittle was to “be seen, not heard. You didn’t speak until spoken to.” Lt Col Doolittle soon ordered bomb bay doors opened, and the attack was on against, what turned out to be, limited anti-aircraft fire.  After the release of bombs, the 16 bombers headed to China; the aircraft ran out of fuel and as they neared the coast of China, Cole said Doolittle gave the command to prepare to bail out, adding: “I wish you all good luck.” 

Lt Col Cole said it was scary to parachute into a dark “unknown” in rough weather.  His parachute was eventually got entangled in a tree, leaving him dangling, but safe.  Parachuting into darkness, then being helped by Chinese villagers to avoid vengeful Japanese troops, allowed Lt Col Cole and many of the Doolittle Raiders to survive and continue to serve until the end of WWII.  Following release of their bombs, 15 of the 16 B25-B Mitchel bombers reached China, but crashed, and the 16th landed in Vladivostok, Russia.  

Three of the 80 crew members did not survive the attack, 8 were captured by the Japanese (3 of whom were later executed); 69 crew members survived.  Lt Col Doolittle, initially believed the loss of his aircraft would result in his court-martial, instead he received the Medal Of Honor, and was promoted two steps, to Brigadier General.  The attack inflicted scattered damage on the military targets bombed, stunned the Japanese people, and demonstrated Japan was vulnerable to attacks by American bombers.  

The “Doolittle Raid” resulted in tying up thousands of Imperial Japanese Air Force fighters to protect Japan and contributed to Admiral Yamamoto’s decision to attack Midway Island—that attack by Japan, in the “Battle of Midway”, turned into a decisive strategic defeat for the Imperial Japanese Navy.  Those 80 courageous Army Air Corps crew members set an example of courage and patriotism for the US Armed Forces, and raised America’s morale following a string of Japanese victories in the Pacific. 

The mood of the nation today is much different from what it was in 1942.  There has been a concerted effort by many subversive groups in the nation who are taking their lead from the Organization For America (OFA).  OFA is operating out of 250 offices nationally, and is staffed by 32,265 Alinsky radicals (trained with Bill Ayers support), those radicals are being paid by George Soros’ Open Society.  


Over the last 5 months, Americans have been witnessing, the non-stop derangement syndrome fever, by OFA’s 32,265 radical Alinsky violent street demonstrators destroying private property, overturning cars, setting fires to American Flags, and preventing “Freedom Of Speech” and the display of American Flags on college campuses.  OFA has been working with its deep state allies employed in government agencies & 70 members of Congress trying to prevent the Trump administration from governing, and have got some members of intelligence agencies to surveil, and unmask the identity of members of the Trump administration, in violation of US Federal Law.    


Americans who care about the survival of the Republic should work together to support the “Rule of Law”, to protect & defend the US Constitution, and encourage members of both parties to work together.  There are many areas where American citizens of all political persuasions, regardless of political parties, have unity of purpose, similar to the unity of purpose Americans had in 1942.  


Americans should encourage Congress to work in unity to reduce waste in government, improve health care, rebuild the hollowed out US Armed Forces, reduce the highest business taxes in the world, prevent highly classified intelligence from being leaked, reduce the national debt, repair the infrastructures, close the wide open southern border with a wall to prevent drug smugglers & terrorists from entering the US, ensure refugees are interviewed by the FBI to determine if they have terrorist ties, and so much more to preserve the nation.  


The below listed firsthand account provides the reader with a sense of the unity of purpose, togetherness, and patriotism that Americans experienced in 1942.  


Copyright by Capt Joseph R. John.  All Rights Reserved.  The material can only posted on another Web site or distributed on the Internet by giving full credit to the author.  It may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without the permission from the author. 

This is a really excellent firsthand account by the pilot of aircraft #13 on the Doolittle Raid off the Hornet in 1942. Enjoy a bit of history.

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My name is Edgar McElroy. My friends call me "Mac." I was born and raised in Ennis, Texas the youngest of five children, son of Harry and Jennie McElroy. Folks say that I was the quiet one. We lived at 609 North Dallas Street and attended the Presbyterian Church.

My dad had an auto mechanic's shop downtown close to the main fire station. My family was a hard working bunch, and I was expected to work at dad's garage after school and on Saturdays, so I grew up in an atmosphere of machinery, oil and grease. Occasionally I would hear a lone plane fly over, and would run out in the street and strain my eyes against the sun to watch it. Someday, that would be me up there!

I really like cars, and I was always busy on some project, and it wasn't long before I decided to build my very own Model-T out of spare parts. I got an engine from over here, a frame from over there, and wheels from someplace else, using only the good parts from old cars that were otherwise shot. It wasn't very pretty, but it was all mine. I enjoyed driving on the dirt roads around town and the feeling of freedom and speed. That car of mine could really go fast, 40 miles per hour!

In high school I played football and tennis, and was good enough at football to receive an athletic scholarship from Trinity University in Waxahachie. I have to admit that sometimes I daydreamed in class, and often times I thought about flying my very own airplane and being up there in the clouds. That is when I even decided to take a correspondence course in aircraft engines. 
Whenever I got the chance, I would take my girl on a date up to Love Field in Dallas We would watch the airplanes and listen to those mighty piston engines roar. I just loved it and if she didn't, well that was just too bad.

After my schooling, I operated a filling station with my brother, then drove a bus, and later had a job as a machinist in Longview, but I never lost my love of airplanes and my dream of flying. With what was going on in Europe and in Asia, I figured that our country would be drawn into war someday, so I decided to join the Army Air Corps in November of 1940. This way I could finally follow my dream.

I reported for primary training in California. The training was rigorous and frustrating at times. We trained at airfields all over California. It was tough going, and many of the guys washed out. When I finally saw that I was going to make it, I wrote to my girl back in Longview, Texas. Her name is Agnes Gill. I asked her to come out to California for my graduation. And oh yeah, also to marry me.

I graduated on July 11, 1941. I was now a real, honest-to-goodness Army Air Corps pilot. Two days later, I married "Aggie" in Reno, Nevada. We were starting a new life together and were very happy. I received my orders to report to Pendleton, Oregon and join the 17th Bomb Group Neither of us had traveled much before, and the drive north through the Cascade Range of the Sierra Nevada's was interesting and beautiful.

It was an exciting time for us. My unit was the first to receive the new B-25 medium bomber. When I saw it for the first time I was in awe. It looked so huge. It was so sleek and powerful. The guys started calling it the "rocket plane," and I could hardly wait to get my hands on it. I told Aggie that it was really something! Reminded me of a big old scorpion, just ready to sting! Man, I could barely wait!

We were transferred to another airfield in Washington State , where we spent a lot a time flying practice missions and attacking imaginary targets. Then, there were other assignments in Mississippi and Georgia, for more maneuvers and more practice. 
We were on our way back to California on December 7th when we got word of a Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. We listened with mixed emotions to the announcements on the radio, and the next day to the declaration of war. What the President said, it just rang over and over in my head," With confidence in our armed forces, with the un-bounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph. So help us God." By gosh, I felt as though he was talking straight to me! I didn't know what would happen to us, but we all knew that we would be going somewhere now.

The first weeks of the war, we were back in Oregon flying patrols at sea looking for possible Japanese submarines. We had to be up at 0330 hours to warm up the engines of our planes. There was 18 inches of snow on the ground, and it  was so cold that our engine oil congealed overnight. We placed big tarps over the engines that reached down to the ground. Inside this tent we used plumbers blow torches to thaw out the engines. I figured that my dad would be proud of me, if he could see me inside this tent with all this machinery, oil and grease.  After about an hour of this, the engines were warm enough to start.


We flew patrols over the coasts of Oregon and Washington from dawn until dusk. Once I thought I spotted a sub, and started my bomb run, even had my bomb doors open, but I pulled out of it when I realized that it was just a big whale.

Lucky for me, I would have never heard the end of that! 
Actually it was lucky for us that the Japanese didn't attack the west coast, because we just didn't have a strong enough force to beat them off. Our country was in a real fix now, and overall things looked pretty bleak to most folks. In early February, we were ordered to report to Columbus, South Carolina. Man, this Air Corps sure moves a fellow around a lot! Little did I know what was coming next!

After we got settled in Columbus, my squadron commander called us all together. He told us that an awfully hazardous mission was being planned, and then he asked for volunteers. There were some of the guys that did not step forward, but I was one of the ones that did. My co-pilot was shocked. He said "You can't volunteer, Mac! You're married, and you and Aggie are expecting a baby soon. Don't do it!" I told him that "I got into the Air Force to do what I can, and Aggie understands how I feel. The war won't be easy for any of us."

We that volunteered were transferred to Eglin Field near Valparaiso , Florida in late February. When we all got together, there were about 140 of us volunteers, and we were told that we were now part of the "Special B-25 Project."

We set about our training, but none of us knew what it was all about. We were ordered not to talk about it, not even to our wives. 
In early March, we were all called in for a briefing, and gathered together in a big building there on the base. Somebody said that the fellow who head of this thing is coming to talk to us, and in walks Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle. He was already an aviation legend, and there he stood right in front of us. I was truly amazed just to meet him.

Colonel Doolittle explained that this mission would be extremely dangerous, and that only volunteers could take part. He said that he could not tell us where we were going, but he could say that some of us would not be coming back.

There was a silent pause; you could have heard a pin drop. Then Doolittle said that anyone of us could withdraw now, and that no one would criticize us for this decision. No one backed out! From the outset, all volunteers worked from the early morning hours until well after sunset. All excess weight was stripped from the planes and extra gas tanks were added. The lower gun turret was removed, the heavy liaison radio was removed, and then the tail guns were taken out and more gas tanks were put aboard. We extended the range of that plane from 1000 miles out to 2500 miles.

Then I was assigned my crew. There was Richard Knobloch the co-pilot, Clayton Campbell the navigator, Robert Bourgeous the bombardier, Adam Williams the flight engineer and gunner, and me, Mac McElroy the pilot. Over the coming days, I came to respect them a lot. They were a swell bunch of guys, just regular All-American boys.

We got a few ideas from the training as to what type of mission that we had signed on for. A Navy pilot had joined our group to coach us at short takeoffs  and also in shipboard etiquette. We began our short takeoff practice. Taking off with first a light load, then a normal load, and finally overloaded up to 31,000 lbs. The shortest possible take-off was obtained with flaps full down, stabilizer set three-fourths, tail heavy, full power against the brakes and  releasing the brakes simultaneously as the engine revved up to max power. We pulled back gradually on the stick and the airplane left the ground with the tail skid about one foot from the runway. It was a very unnatural and scary way to get airborne! I could hardly believe it myself, the first time as I took off with a full gas load and dummy bombs within just 700 feet of runway in a near stall condition. We were, for all practical purposes, a slow flying gasoline bomb!

In addition to take-off practice, we refined our skills in day and night navigation, gunnery, bombing, and low level flying We made cross country flights at tree-top level, night flights and navigational flights over the Gulf of Mexico without the use of a radio. After we started that short-field takeoff routine, we had some pretty fancy competition between the crews. I think that one crew got it down to about 300 feet on a hot day. We were told that only the best crews would actually go on the mission, and the rest would be held in reserve. One crew did stall on takeoff, slipped back to the ground, busting up their landing gear. They were eliminated from the mission. Doolittle emphasized again and again the extreme danger of this operation, and made it clear that anyone of us who so desired could drop out with no questions asked. No one did.

On one of our cross country flights, we landed at Barksdale Field in Shreveport , and I was able to catch a bus over to Longview to see Aggie. We had a few hours together, and then we had to say our goodbyes. I told her I hoped to be back in time for the baby's birth, but I couldn't tell her where I was going.  As I walked away, I turned and walked backwards for a ways, taking one last look at my beautiful pregnant Aggie.

Within a few days of returning to our base in Florida we were abruptly told to pack our things. After just three weeks of practice, we were on our way.  This was it. It was time to go. It was the middle of March 1942, and I was 30 years old. Our orders were to fly to McClelland Air Base in Sacramento , California on our own, at the lowest possible level. So here we went on our way west, scraping the tree tops at 160 miles per hour, and skimming along just 50 feet above plowed fields. We crossed North Texas and then the panhandle, scaring the dickens out of livestock, buzzing farm houses and a many a barn along the way. Over the Rocky Mountains and across the Mojave Desert dodging thunderstorms, we enjoyed the flight immensely and although tempted, I didn't do too much dare-devil stuff. We didn't know it at the time, but it was good practice for what lay ahead of us. It proved to be our last fling. Once we arrived in Sacramento , the mechanics went over our plane with a fine-toothed  comb. Of the twenty-two planes that made it, only those whose pilots reported no mechanical problems were allowed to go on The others were shunted aside.

After having our plane serviced, we flew on to Alameda Naval Air Station in Oakland. As I came in for final approach, we saw it! I excitedly called the rest of the crew to take a look. There below us was a huge aircraft carrier. It was the USS Hornet, and it looked so gigantic! Man, I had never even seen a carrier until this moment. There were already two B-25s parked on the flight deck Now we knew! My heart was racing, and I thought about how puny my plane would look on board this mighty ship. As soon as we landed and taxied off the runway, a jeep pulled in front of me with a big "Follow Me" sign on the back. We followed it straight up to the wharf, alongside the towering Hornet. All five of us were looking up and just in awe, scarcely believing the size of this thing. As we left the plane, there was already a Navy work crew swarming around attaching cables to the lifting rings on top of the wings and the fuselage. As we walked towards our quarters, I looked back and saw them lifting my plane up into the air and swing it over the ship's deck. It looked so small and lonely.

Later that afternoon, all crews met with Colonel Doolittle and he gave last minute assignments. He told me to go to the Presidio and pick up two hundred extra "C" rations. I saluted, turned, and left, not having any idea where the Presidio was, and not exactly sure what a "C" ration was. I commandeered a Navy staff car and told the driver to take me to the Presidio, and he did. On the way over, I realized that I had no written signed orders and that this might get a little sticky. So in I walked into the Army supply depot and made my request, trying to look poised and confident. The supply officer asked "What is your authorization for this request, sir?" I told him that I could not give him one. "And what is the destination?" he asked. I answered, "The aircraft carrier, Hornet, docked at Alameda." He said, "Can you tell me who ordered the rations, sir?" And I replied with a smile, "No, I cannot." The supply officers huddled together, talking and glanced back over towards me. Then he walked back over and assured me that the rations would be delivered that afternoon. Guess they figured that something big was up. They were right. The next morning we all boarded the ship.

Trying to remember my naval etiquette, I saluted the Officer of the Deck and said "Lt. McElroy, requesting permission to come aboard." The officer returned the salute and said "Permission granted." Then I turned aft and saluted the flag. I made it, without messing up. It was April 2, and in full sunlight, we left San Francisco Bay. The whole task force of ships, two cruises, four destroyers, and a fleet oiler, moved slowly with us under the Golden Gate Bridge. Thousands of people looked on. Many stopped their cars on the bridge, and waved to us as we passed underneath. I thought to myself, I hope there aren't any spies up there waving. 
Once at sea, Doolittle called us together "Only a few of you know our destination, and you others have guessed about various targets. Gentlemen, your target is Japan!" A sudden cheer exploded among the men. "Specifically, Yokohama, Tokyo, Nagoya, Kobe, Nagasaki and Osaka. The Navy task force will get us as close as possible and we'll launch our planes. We will hit our targets and proceed to airfields in China." After the cheering stopped, he asked again, if any of us desired to back out, no questions asked. Not one did, not one. Then the ship's Captain then went over the intercom to the whole ship's company. The loudspeaker blared, "The destination is Tokyo!" A tremendous cheer broke out from everyone on board. I could hear metal banging together and wild screams from down below decks It was quite a rush! I felt relieved actually. We finally knew where we were going.

I set up quarters with two Navy pilots, putting my cot between their two bunks. They couldn't get out of bed without stepping on me. It was just fairly cozy in there, yes it was. Those guys were part of the Torpedo Squadron Eight and were just swell fellows. The rest of the guys bedded down in similar fashion to me, some had to sleep on bedrolls in the Admiral's chartroom. As big as this ship was, there wasn't any extra room anywhere. Every square foot had a purpose... A few days later we discovered where they had an ice cream machine!

There were sixteen B-25s tied down on the flight deck, and I was flying number 13 All the carrier's fighter planes were stored away helplessly in the hangar deck. They couldn't move until we were gone. Our Army mechanics were all on board, as well as our munitions loaders and several back up crews, in case any of us got sick or backed out. We settled into a daily routine of checking our planes. The aircraft were grouped so closely together on deck that it wouldn't take much for them to get damaged. Knowing that my life depended on this plane, I kept a close eye on her.

Day after day, we met with the intelligence officer and studied our mission plan. Our targets were assigned, and maps and objective folders were furnished for study. We went over approach routes and our escape route towards China. I never studied this hard back at Trinity. Every day at dawn and at dusk the ship was called to general quarters and we practiced finding the quickest way to our planes. If at any point along the way, we were discovered by the enemy fleet, we were to launch our bombers immediately so the Hornet could bring up its fighter planes. We would then be on our own, and try to make it to the nearest land, either Hawaii or Midway Island.

Dr. Thomas White, a volunteer member of plane number 15, went over our medical records and gave us inoculations for a whole bunch of diseases that hopefully I wouldn't catch. He gave us training sessions in emergency first aid,  and lectured us at length about water purification and such. Tom, a medical doctor, had learned how to be a gunner just so he could go on this mission. We put some new tail guns in place of the ones that had been taken out to save weight. Not exactly functional, they were two broom handles, painted black. The thinking was they might help scare any Jap fighter planes. Maybe, maybe not.

On Sunday, April 14, we met up with Admiral Bull Halsey's task force just out of Hawaii and joined into one big force. The carrier Enterprise was now with us, another two heavy cruisers, four more destroyers an another oiler. We were designated as Task Force 16. It was quite an impressive sight to see, and represented the bulk of what was left of the U.S. Navy after the devastation of Pearl Harbor. There were over 10,000 Navy personnel sailing into harm's way,  just to deliver us sixteen Army planes to the Japs, orders of the President.

As we steamed further west, tension was rising as we drew nearer and nearer to Japan. Someone thought of arming us with some old .45 pistols that they had on board. I went through that box of 1911 pistols, they were in such bad condition that I took several of them apart, using the good parts from several useless guns until I built a serviceable weapon. Several of the other pilots did the same. Admiring my "new" pistol, I held it up, and thought about my old Model-T.

Colonel Doolittle called us together on the flight deck. We all gathered round, as well as many Navy personnel. He pulled out some medals and told us how these friendship medals from the Japanese government had been given to some of our Navy officers several years back. And now the Secretary of the Navy had requested us to return them. Doolittle wired them to a bomb while we all posed for pictures. Something to cheer up the folks back home!

I began to pack my things for the flight, scheduled for the 19th. I packed some extra clothes and a little brown bag that Aggie had given me, inside were some toilet items and a few candy bars. No letters or identity cards were allowed, only our dog-tags. I went down to the wardroom to have some ice cream and settle up my mess bill. It only amounted to $5 a day and with my per diem of $6 per day, I came out a little ahead. By now, my Navy pilot roommates were about ready to get rid of me, but I enjoyed my time with them. They were alright. Later on, I learned that both of them were killed at the Battle of Midway. They were good men. Yes, very good men.

Colonel Doolittle let each crew pick our own target. We chose the Yokosuka Naval Base about twenty miles from Tokyo . We loaded 1450 rounds of ammo and four 500-pound bombs... A little payback, direct from Ellis County, Texas! We checked and re-checked our plane several times. Everything was now ready. I felt relaxed, yet tensed up at the same time. Day after tomorrow, we will launch when we are 400 miles out. I lay in my cot that night, and rehearsed the mission over and over in my head. It was hard to sleep as I listened to sounds of the ship.

Early the next morning, I was enjoying a leisurely breakfast, expecting another full day on board, and I noticed that the ship was pitching and rolling quite a bit this morning, more than normal. I was reading through the April 18th day plan of the Hornet, and there was a message in it which said, "From the Hornet to the Army - Good luck, good hunting, and God bless you." I still had a large lump in my throat from reading this, when all of a sudden, the intercom blared, "General Quarters, General Quarters, All hands man your battle stations!  Army pilots, man your planes!!!" There was instant reaction from everyone in the room and food trays went crashing to the floor. I ran down to my room jumping through the hatches along the way, grabbed my bag, and ran as fast as I could go  to the flight deck I met with my crew at the plane, my heart was pounding.  Someone said, "What's going on?" The word was that the Enterprise had spotted an enemy trawler. It had been sunk, but it had transmitted radio messages. We had been found out!

The weather was crummy, the seas were running heavy, and the ship was pitching up and down like I had never seen before. Great waves were crashing against the bow and washing over the front of the deck. This wasn't going to be easy! Last minute instructions were given. We were reminded to avoid non-military targets, especially the Emperor's Palace. Do not fly to Russia, but fly as far west as possible, land on the water and launch our rubber raft. This was going to be a one-way trip! We were still much too far out and we all knew that our chances of making land were somewhere between slim and none. Then at the last minute, each plane loaded an extra ten 5-gallon gas cans to give us a fighting chance of reaching China.

We all climbed aboard, started our engines and warmed them up, just feet away from the plane in front of us and the plane behind us. Knobby, Campbell, Bourgeois and me in the front, Williams, the gunner was in the back, separated from us by a big rubber gas tank. I called back to Williams on the intercom and told him to look sharp and don't take a nap! He answered dryly, "Don't worry about me, Lieutenant. If they jump us, I'll just use my little black broomsticks to keep the Japs off our tail."

The ship headed into the wind and picked up speed. There was now a near gale force wind and water spray coming straight over the deck. I looked down at my instruments as my engines revved up. My mind was racing. I went over my mental checklist, and said a prayer? God please, help us! Past the twelve planes in front of us, I strained to see the flight deck officer as he leaned into the wind and signaled with his arms for Colonel Doolittle to come to full power. I looked over at Knobby and we looked each other in the eye. He just nodded to me and we both understood.

With the deck heaving up and down, the deck officer had to time this just right. Then I saw him wave Doolittle to go, and we watched breathlessly to see what happened. When his plane pulled up above the deck, Knobby just let out with, "Yes! Yes!" The second plane, piloted by Lt. Hoover, appeared to stall with its nose up and began falling toward the waves. We groaned and called out, "Up! Up! Pull it up!" Finally, he pulled out of it, staggering back up into the air, much to our relief!  One by one, the planes in front of us took off. The deck pitched wildly, 60 feet or more, it looked like. One plane seemed to drop down into the drink and disappeared for a moment, then pulled back up into sight. There was sense of relief with each one that made it. We gunned our engines and started to roll forward. Off to the right, I saw the men on deck cheering and waving their covers! We continued inching forward, careful to keep my left main wheel and my nose wheel on the white guidelines that had been painted on the deck for us. Get off a little bit too far left and we go off the edge of the deck. A little too far to the right and our wing-tip will smack the island of the ship. With the best seat on the ship, we watched Lt. Bower take off in plane number 12, and I  taxied up to the starting line, put on my the brakes and looked down to my left.  My main wheel was right on the line. Applied more power to the engines, and I turned my complete attention to the deck officer on my left, who was circling his paddles. Now my adrenaline was really pumping! We went to full power, and the noise and vibration inside the plane went way up. He circled the paddles furiously while watching forward for the pitch of the deck. Then he dropped them, and I said, "Here We Go!" I released the brakes and we started rolling forward, and as I looked down the flight-deck you could see straight down into the angry churning water. As we slowly gained speed, the deck gradually began to pitch back up. I pulled up and our plane slowly strained up and away from the ship. There was a big cheer and whoops from the crew, but I just felt relieved and muttered to myself, "Boy, that was short!"

We made a wide circle above our fleet to check our compass headings and get our bearings. I looked down as we passed low over one of our cruisers and could see the men on deck waving to us. I dropped down to low level, so low we could see the whitecap waves breaking. It was just after 0900, there were broken clouds at 5,000 feet and visibility of about thirty miles due to haze or something. Up ahead and barely in sight, I could see Captain Greening, our flight leader, and Bower on his right wing. Flying at 170 mph, I was able to catch up to them in about 30 minutes. We were to stay in this formation until reaching landfall, and then break on our separate ways. Now we settled in for the five hour flight. Tokyo, here we come!

Williams was in the back emptying the extra gas cans into the gas tank as fast as we had burned off enough fuel. He then punched holes in the tins and pushed then out the hatch against the wind. Some of the fellows ate sandwiches and other goodies that the Navy had put aboard for us... I wasn't hungry. I held onto the controls with a firm grip as we raced along westward just fifty feet above the cold rolling ocean, as low as I dared to fly. Being so close to the  choppy waves gave you a true sense of speed. Occasionally our windshield was even sprayed with a little saltwater. It was an exhilarating feeling, and I felt as though the will and spirit of our whole country was pushing us along. I didn't feel too scared, just anxious. There was a lot riding on this thing, and on me.

As we began to near land, we saw an occasional ship here and there. None of them close enough to be threatening, but just the same, we were feeling more edgy. Then at 1330 we sighted land, the Eastern shore of Honshu. With Williams now on his guns in the top turret and Campbell on the nose gun, we came ashore still flying low as possible, and were surprised to see people on the ground waving to us as we flew in over the farmland. It was beautiful countryside.

Campbell, our navigator, said, "Mac, I think we're going to be about sixty miles too far north. I'm not positive, but pretty sure." I decided that he was absolutely right and turned left ninety degrees, went back just offshore and followed the coast line south. When I thought we had gone far enough, I climbed up to two thousand feet to find out where we were. We started getting fire from anti-aircraft guns. Then we spotted Tokyo Bay, turned west and put our nose down diving toward the water. Once over the bay, I could see our target, Yokosuka Naval Base Off to the right there was already smoke visible over Tokyo. Coming in low over the water, I increased speed to 200 mph and told everyone, "Get  Ready!"

When we were close enough, I pulled up to 1300 feet and opened the bomb doors. There were furious black bursts of anti-aircraft fire all around us, but I flew straight on through them, spotting our target, the torpedo works and the  dry-docks. I saw a big ship in the dry-dock just as we flew over it. Those flak bursts were really getting close and bouncing us around, when I heard Bourgeois shouting, "Bombs Away!" I couldn't see it, but Williams had a bird's eye view from the back and he shouted jubilantly, "We got an aircraft carrier! The whole dock is burning!" I started turning to the south and strained my neck to look  back and at that moment saw a large crane blow up and start falling over! Take that! There was loud yelling and clapping each other on the back. We were all just ecstatic, and still alive! But there wasn't much time to celebrate. We had to get out of here and fast! When we were some thirty miles out to sea, we  took one last look back at our target, and could still see huge billows of black smoke. Up until now, we had been flying for Uncle Sam, but now we were flying for ourselves.

We flew south over open ocean, parallel to the Japanese coast all afternoon. We saw a large submarine apparently at rest, and then in another fifteen miles, we spotted three large enemy cruisers headed for Japan. There were no more bombs, so we just let them be and kept on going. By late afternoon, Campbell calculated that it was time to turn and make for China. Across the East China Sea, the weather out ahead of us looked bad and overcast. Up until now we had not had time to think much about our gasoline supply, but the math did not look good. We just didn't have enough fuel to make it!

Each man took turns cranking the little hand radio to see if we could pick up the promised radio beacon. There was no signal. This is not good. The weather turned bad and it was getting dark, so we climbed up. I was now flying on instruments, through a dark misty rain. Just when it really looked hopeless of reaching land, we suddenly picked up a strong tailwind. It was an answer to a prayer. Maybe just maybe, we can make it!

In total darkness at 2100 hours, we figured that we must be crossing the coastline, so I began a slow, slow climb to be sure of not hitting any high ground or anything. I conserved as much fuel as I could, getting real low on gas now. The guys were still cranking on the radio, but after five hours of hand cranking with aching hands and backs, there was utter silence. No radio beacon!  Then the red light started blinking, indicating twenty minutes of fuel left. We started getting ready to bail out. I turned the controls over to Knobby and crawled to the back of the plane, past the now collapsed rubber gas tank. I dumped everything out of my bag and repacked just what I really needed, my .45 pistol, ammunition, flashlight, compass, medical kit, fishing tackle, chocolate bars, peanut butter and crackers. I told Williams to come forward with me so we could all be together for this. There was no other choice. I had to get us as far west as possible, and then we had to jump.

At 2230 we were up to sixty-five hundred feet. We were over land but still above the Japanese Army in China. We couldn't see the stars, so Campbell couldn't get a good fix on our position. We were flying on fumes now and I didn't want to run out of gas before we were ready to go. Each man filled his canteen, put on his Mae West life jacket and parachute, and filled his bag with rations, those "C" rations from the Presidio. I put her on auto-pilot and we all gathered in the navigator's compartment around the hatch in the floor. We checked each other's parachute harness. Everyone was scared, without a doubt.  None of us had ever done this before! I said, "Williams first, Bourgeois second, Campbell third, Knobloch fourth, and I'll follow you guys! Go fast, two seconds apart! Then count three seconds off and pull your rip-cord!"

We kicked open the hatch and gathered around the hole looking down into the blackness. It did not look very inviting! Then I looked up at Williams and gave the order, "JUMP!!!" Within seconds they were all gone. I turned and reached back for the auto-pilot, but could not reach it, so I pulled the throttles back, then turned and jumped. Counting quickly, thousand one, thousand two, thousand three, I pulled my rip-cord and jerked back up with a terrific shock. At first I thought that I was hung on the plane, but after a few agonizing seconds that seemed like hours, realized that I was free and drifting down Being in the total dark, I was disoriented at first but figured my feet must be pointed  toward the ground. I looked down through the black mist to see what was coming up. I was in a thick mist or fog, and the silence was so eerie after nearly thirteen hours inside that noisy plane. I could only hear the whoosh, whoosh  sound of the wind blowing through my shroud lines, and then I heard a loud crash  and explosion. My plane!

Looking for my flashlight, I groped through my bag with my right hand, finally pulled it out and shined it down toward the ground, which I still could not see. Finally I picked up a glimmer of water and thought I was landing in a lake. We're too far inland for this to be ocean. I hope! I relaxed my legs a little, thinking I was about to splash into water and would have to swim out, and then bang. I jolted suddenly and crashed over onto my side. Lying there in just a few inches of water, I raised my head and put my hands down into thick mud. It was rice paddy! There was a burning pain, as if someone had stuck a knife in my stomach. I must have torn a muscle or broke something.

I laid there dazed for a few minutes, and after a while struggled up to my feet. I dug a hole and buried my parachute in the mud. Then started trying to walk, holding my stomach, but every direction I moved the water got deeper.  Then, I saw some lights off in the distance. I fished around for my flashlight and signaled one time. Sensing something wrong, I got out my compass and to my horror saw that those lights were off to my west. That must be a Jap patrol! How dumb could I be! Knobby had to be back to my east, so I sat still and quiet and did not move.

It was a cold dark lonely night. At 0100 hours I saw a single light off to the east. I flashed my light in that direction, one time. It had to be Knobby! I waited a while, and then called out softly, "Knobby?" And a voice replied "Mac, is that you?" Thank goodness, what a relief!  Separated by a wide stream, we sat on opposite banks of the water communicating in low voices After daybreak Knobby found a small rowboat and came across to get me. We started walking east toward the rest of the crew and away from that Japanese patrol. Knobby had cut his hip when he went through the hatch, but it wasn't too awful bad.

We walked together toward a small village and several Chinese came out to meet us, they seemed friendly enough. I said, "Luchu hoo megwa fugi! Luchu hoo  megwa fugi!" meaning, "I am an American! I am an American!" Later that morning we found the others. Williams had wrenched his knee when he landed in a tree,  but he was limping along just fine. There were hugs all around. I have never  been so happy to see four guys in all my life!

Well, the five of us eventually made it out of China with the help of the local Chinese people and the Catholic missions along the way. They were all very good to us, and later they were made to pay terribly for it, so we found out afterwards. For a couple of weeks we traveled across country. Strafed a couple of times by enemy planes, we kept on moving, by foot, by pony, by car, by train, and by airplane. But we finally made it to India.

I did not make it home for the baby's birth. I stayed on their flying a DC-3 "Gooney Bird" in the China-Burma-India Theatre for the next several months.  I flew supplies over the Himalaya Mountains, or as we called it, over "The Hump" into China. When B-25s finally arrived in India, I flew combat missions over Burma, and then later in the war, flew a B-29 out of the Marianna Islands to bomb Japan again and again.

After the war, I remained in the Air Force until 1962, when I retired from the service as a Lt. Colonel, and then came back to Texas, my beautiful Texas.  First moving to Abilene and then we settled in Lubbock, where Aggie taught school at MacKenzie Junior High. I worked at the S & R Auto Supply, once again in an atmosphere of machinery, oil and grease.

I lived a good life and raised two wonderful sons that I am very proud of.  I feel blessed in many ways. We have a great country, better than most folks know. It is worth fighting for. Some people call me a hero, but I have never thought of myself that way, no. But I did serve in the company of heroes. What we did, will never leave me. It will always be there in my fondest memories. I will always think of the fine and brave men that I was privileged to serve with. Remember us, for we were soldiers once and young. With the loss of all aircraft, Doolittle believed that the raid had been a failure, and that he would be court-martialed upon returning to the states. Quite to the contrary, the raid proved to be a tremendous boost to American morale, which had plunged following the Pearl Harbor attack. It also caused serious doubts in the minds of  Japanese war planners. They in turn recalled many seasoned fighter plane units back to defend the home islands, which resulted in Japan 's weakened air  capabilities at the upcoming Battle of Midway and other South Pacific campaigns.

Edgar "Mac" Mc Elroy, Lt. Col., USAF (Ret) passed away at his residence in Lubbock, TX early on the morning of Friday, April 4, 2003.

Restoration of Four Star Rank to Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, USNA 1904, USN (Ret)

By Capt Joseph R. John, April 10, 2017: Op Ed # 343

It has been over 75 years since Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, USNA 1904, USN was Commander-in-Chief, United States Pacific Fleet, when on December 7, 1941, the Imperial Forces of Japan attacked the US Armed Forces in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  After the Roberts Commission investigated the events surrounding the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Admiral Kimmel was reduced in rank to Rear Admiral, and was subsequently Honorably Discharged in that grade.


Of the nine official investigations of the surprise attack by the Imperial Forces of Japan on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the Roberts Commission was the only investigation that charged Admiral Kimmel with "dereliction of duty."  Indeed, several of the other investigations made specific findings to the contrary.  Recent writings on the subject of the Imperial Forces of Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor indicate an increasing awareness, that it was patently unfair to place the full responsibility for the losses in Pearl Harbor solely on the shoulders of the US Naval and US Army Air Force Commanders in Hawaii on the date of the attack.


The general public, Veterans of WWII, and members of the US Armed Forces have never fully accepted the official findings of the Roberts Commission.  The lingering question is why the US military forces in Hawaii were not provided with the most current intelligence available to the Navy Department in Washington, DC about the potential of an impending attack by the Imperial Forces of Japan on Pearl Harbor.  


Indeed, with every new book, with the new information brought to light by responsible historians, and with a continuing list of new facts brought into focus by investigators of the events leading up to the attack on December 7, 1941---it is apparent that Admiral Kimmel and the Commander of the US Army Air Force in Hawaii were both unfairly blamed for the US losses of ships, aircraft, facilities, and lives in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.


Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Admiral James Holloway, Jr. recommended the advancement of Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel to his four star rank in his April 27, 1954 memorandum.


Admiral Arleigh Burke wrote in 1991, that "This matter is important not because of the importance to the Kimmel family, but because of the importance to the Navy as an institution."


In the interest of justice, after seventy-five years, the US Navy, the US Congress, and Office of the President of the United States should review the attached submission to The Bureau For Correction Of Naval Records in The Case of Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, USN (Ret).  Corrective action should be taken, in order to set the record straight, and reverse the inherent injustice of blaming the Commander-in-Chief, United States Pacific Fleet in Hawaii for the loses inflicted by the Imperial Forces of Japan on the US Armed Forces in the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. 


Prior to the surprise attack, Admiral Kimmel did not receive the most current intelligence that Naval Intelligence in Washington, DC had been alerted to prior to the attack; this inherent injustice should be exposed to clear his name.  Last December, on the seventy-fifth Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor surprise attack, the Henderson, Kentucky War Memorial Association dedicated a statue to honor Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, which speaks directly to how the people of Henderson feel about the injustice suffered by him.


An application to the Bureau For The Corrections Of Naval Records, was submitted by Admiral Kimmel’s eldest grandson, Special Agent Thomas Kinkaid Kimmel, Jr., FBI (Ret) who retired from the FBI after 25 years of honorable service; he is a US Naval Academy graduate who served in three US Naval destroyers during the Vietnam Conflict.  By this Op Ed, we are trying to mobilize support for Special Agent Kimmel’s quest to restore Admiral Husband E. Kimmel's honor, reputation, and rank; we encourage each of you who receive this to do what you can to help right this wrong; you can communicate directly with Special Agent Kimmel by contacting him directly at his E-mail address:

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UN Ambassador Nikki Haley's Statement At The UN And A major Change That Must Take Place

 By Capt Joseph R. John, March 28, 2017: Op Ed # 342 

If you click on the below listed link, you will be able to view President Donald J. Trump’s UN Ambassador, Niki Haley, make a short statement at the UN.  Israel recently entered into a defensive alliance with Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Oman, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates.   

The defensive alliance was prompted by the Obama administration's very dangerous Nuclear Weapons Agreement with Iran that is allowing Iran to develop an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) that will be able to strike the US with a nuclear weapon, which the Obama administration allowed them to develop. ns/video.php?href=https%3A%2F% 2Fvideos%2F10154172073611561% 2F&show_text=0&width=560 

After 8 years, the United States has a frank & responsible UN Ambassador who will ensure that Israel is treated in the same manner as every other member nation!   

The US Congress should terminate all funding for the UN Middle East and African “Muslin Only” Refugee & Resettlement Program, controlled by representatives from 43 majority Muslim member nations and members of the Muslim Brotherhood in leadership positions in the UN.  The UN Refugee & Resettlement Program has been discriminating against 300,000 Middle East Syrian and Assyrian Christian Refugees being housed by the Greek Catholic Relief Agency for the last 8 years.  That UN Program, funded by the Obama administration, has been involved in an ongoing violation of the US Constitutions’ “Freedom of Religion” and US Federal Laws.  

For the last 8 years, hundreds of thousands of Middle East Christians have been murdered by ISIS, Al Q’ieda, and the Muslim Brotherhood genocide.  They have been crucified, burned alive, beheaded, drowned in cages, shot in the back of the head, thrown to their deaths from the roofs of tall buildings, buried alive, their children have been cut in half, their female children and women of all ages have been raped, and they have been sold into slavery.    

Yet the Muslim UN Administrators of UN Refugee Relief & Resettlement Program refused to allow any of the 300,000 Middle East Christians refugees being housed by the Greek Catholic Relief Agency from entering the US through the UN’s corrupt program, which has been funded for 8 years to the tune of billions of US taxpayer dollars, by the Obama administration. 

At the same time, Obama accepted over 900,000 Middle East Muslim Refugees through the corrupt UN Refugee Relief & Resettlement Program.  They were resettled in 187 cities across the nation, while refusing to allow the FBI to interview them to determine if they have terrorist ties, while at the same time preventing local, county, state, and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies from knowing where those un-vetted Muslim refugees were resettled.  

Despite petitions by 56 US Congressmen from both sides of the aisle, who pleaded with the Obama administration to provide Syrian and Assyrian Christians suffering genocide, with self-defensive small arms weapons so they could protect their families from the ongoing genocide, Obama refused to authorize the delivery of small arms weapons for self-defense.   

The net result of the corrupt UN Refugee & Relief Resettlement Program is that there have been 82 terrorist incidents and attacks on Americans in the US over the last 8 years, killing hundreds of Americans citizens.  Those attacks, for the last 8 years were covered up by the left of center liberal media establishment, and members of the Muslim Brotherhood who were in senior appointive positions in the White House, the Justice Department, the State Department, and in DHS.  That corrupt UN Refugee Resettlement Program, which violated the US Constitution and US Federal Laws, must be defunded by Congress.

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What Was Revealed During Enhanced Interrogation At The CIA

By Capt Joseph R. John, March 14, 2017: Op Ed # 341

The below listed video is one of the most important videos on the terrorist threat to the US; it explains why Muslim Extremist Groups (like ISIS & Al Q’ieda Sunni terrorists), the Muslim Brotherhood International Terrorist Group & their front groups, and Iran’s Hizballah Shiite Sleeper Cells in the US (collectively referred to as “Radical Islamic Terrorists”), are working together to defeat, what they consider a weak, divided, and vulnerable America, and why they believe they will be successful in destroying America from within, and will replace the US Constitutional form of government with a Sharia Law based government.  


Over the past 80 years, when the Nazi and Communist ideologies tried to destroy America from within, America mobilized its resources under the leadership of 12 US Presidents to defeat the threats.  Unfortunately over the last 8 years, because of the manner in which the Radical Islamic Terrorist ideology was dealt with by the Obama administration, that ideological threat to destroy the US Constitutional form of government has strengthened. 


When 80 Radical Islamic Terrorist attacks against Americans on US Soil occurred on his watch, the occupant of the Oval Office did not mobilize its resources like 12 Presidents before him, when they successfully opposed Nazism and Communism.  A blind eye was cast by Obama and Valerie Jarrett at the Iranian-backed Shiite Terrorist Group, Hezbollah ("The Party Of God") who set up hundreds of Shiite Terrorist Sleeper Cells in the US over the last 8 years; Obama and Jarrett were busy negotiating a very dangerous Nuclear Weapons Agreement that authorized Iran to develop nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles that could strike the US.


Hezbollah, which is headquartered in southern Lebanon has developed a broader presence in every country in North and South America than any other Radical Islamic Terrorist Group in the world, is now operating a sizable network of Shite Terrorist Sleeper Cells throughout the US.  They are involved in the underground economy of drug smuggling with Mexican drug cartels, visa fraud, counterfeiting, fraudulent auto & illicit cigarette sales, and money laundering.  Over the last 8 years, Iranian sleepers have penetrated the US through the wide open southern border.  The members of those sleeper cells conduct weapons team training in wooded areas of the US on weekends, and travel to Iran annually for advance military training conducted by the Republican Guard.


Another organization that makes up the group of the Radical Islamic Terrorists, the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and its Front Groups, have been outlawed and banned in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Bahrein, the United Arab Emirates, and Russia; those countries have designated the MB as an International Terrorist Organization.  Israel, Canada, and the United Kingdom have announced that they are close to designating the MB an International Terrorist Organization as well.  Its Front Groups, like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Student Association Chapters (MSA), and the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) have thousands of members operating in the UN.   


The Muslim Brotherhood operates 2200 Islamic Centers and Mosques, 160 organizations (social organizations, media organizations, legal foundations, medical clinics, & trade associations), 700 Muslim Student Associations (MSA) on every major College & University campus, and other organizations across the US.  


The Muslim Brotherhood and CAIR have supported Hamas and Al Q’ieda in its terrorist attacks against American citizens and friendly Muslim nations in the Middle East who have been US allies for over 70 years.  In 2011, in testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Robert Mueller, the then Director of the FBI stated, “I can say at the outset that elements of the Muslim Brotherhood both here and overseas have supported terrorism.  When the Muslim Brotherhood and their affiliates are capable, they will try to undermine democracy in the United States, as they have done or are doing in Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Bahrein, Lebanon, and in other countries in Europe and the Middle East.” 


Even though the head of the FBI said the Muslim Brotherhood is undermining democracy of the United States and supporting terrorism, for 8 years Obama appointed members of the Muslim Brotherhood Front Groups to highly sensitive leadership positions in US Intelligence, Federal Law Enforcement, National Security, and most Government Agencies creating a very dangerous “Fifth Column” in the US Government designed to destabilize the US Constitutional government.  The Muslim Brotherhood is better entrenched as a dangerous “Fifth Column” throughout the US Government, than the Communist Party’s once was as an entrenched “Fifth Column” in the 1940s and 1950s.  In addition, Obama and Clinton supported and assisted the Muslim Brotherhood in overthrowing friendly governments to the US in Egypt and Libya, and they established a gun running operation through Qatar to Syria via Turkey, in order to support the MB in deposing Assad and in Syria. 


Very few Americans are aware that the Muslim Brotherhood appointees in the Obama administration and the left of center liberal media establishment covered up the fact that since 9/11, there has been 192 low tech domestic Radical Islamic Terrorist attacks within the United States.  The Muslim Brotherhood members of Obama administration in The White House subtly intimidated anyone who dared reveal that 80 of the 192 Radical Islamic Terrorist attacks executed against Americans on US soil, occurred during the 8 years of the Obama administration.  Those who tried to reveal  that information were accused of being bigoted against “all Muslims.”  The Obama administration attempted to prevent from revealing the serious threat that Radical Islamic Terrorists posed to the American people, it was an 8 year campaign to muzzle anyone who tried to labeled Radical Islamic Terrorist attacks within the US a threat as being bigoted against the “Muslim Religion”—those individuals who were warning of the threat were tagged as being “Politically Incorrect,” and were let go from their positions at DHS and other government agencies.  


The Muslim Brotherhood front groups, in 12 states, are taking the lead in filing legal action against President Trump’s 90 day temporary travel ban for residents of 6  of the 43 predominately Muslim countries.  The governments in those 6 countries do not have the ability to screen out suspected terrorists from the list of applicants seeking visitor visas for entry into the US; the US has no Embassies in those 6 countries.  Radical Islamic Terrorists Organization are being openly harbored in those 6 countries, and the identity of citizens who represent themselves as residents, cannot be verified to be residents of those nations by any of the government agencies in those 6 countries.


Many Americans are not aware that the FBI has initiated 1000+ Domestic Terrorism Cases in all 50 states, and 300 of those cases concern Muslim Refugees who were brought into the US and resettled by the Obama administration; the suspects in those domestic terrorist cases are actively involved in Radical Islamic Terrorists plots.  To date, 100 Radical Islamic Terrorist plots intending to attack Americans on US soil have been broken up by the FBI.  Prosecution of those 100 domestic terrorist cases, resulted in the arrest and convictions of 180 Muslim Refugees, descendants of Muslim Refugees, or of self-Radicalized Islamic Terrorists, from Somalia, Iraq, Sudan, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Iran, and other Middle East countries.  


The below listed video of Dr. James Mitchell discussing the Enhance Interrogation he supervised at the CIA, is one of the most important presentations on the dangerous threat Radical Islamic Terrorism poses to the survivability of the United States.  It is about the Enhanced Interrogation of the only 3 high value detainees that were ever water boarded.  It is about the water boarding of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed the perpetrator of the attack on the twin towers on 9/11, about Abu Zubeida who helped manage the Al Q’ieda Khalden terrorist training camp in Afghanistan, and about Abd al-Rahm al-Nashiri, the perpetrator of the attack on the USS Cole (DDG-67) in Yemen. 


Before Dr. Mitchell got involved in the water boarding of the three above listed Radical Islamic Terrorists, he water boarded many US attorneys, and the Deputy Attorney General of the United States.  Those US attorneys and the Deputy Attorney General of the United States who were water boarded, said they did not consider that the water boarding torture.  Over the years fighter pilots, and other members of the US Armed Forces have been water boarded as part of their training.


The enhanced interrogation eventually provided the valuable information that led to identity of the courier who was the go between with Osama Bin Laden’s and everyone else who wanted to communicate with him; he was the only person who was permitted to deliver hand held messages to Osama Bin Laden.  The identity and location of the courier was provided to CIA Officers in the field; they, in turn, followed the courier and were led to Osama Bin Laden’s residence on Pakistan.  The information on the residence, initiated in planning the mission to capture or take out Osama Bin Laden in his home in Pakistan.  It is resulted in the SEAL Team SIX’s operation, that resulted in Osama Bin Laden’s death.


The below listed video will reveal why the obsessive “Political Correctness” campaign forced by the Obama administration upon Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, the US Armed Forces, US Government Intelligence Agencies, America Religious Institutions, all US Government Agencies, educational institutions, and driven into the consciousness of American citizens by the left of center liberal media establishment, over an 8 year period, hampered the ability of Americans to uniformly mobilize in opposition to Radical Islamic Terrorist threat, that had been aggressively attacking American citizens and subverting the stability of the US Constitutional form of government.  The unified goal of Sunni and Shiite Radical Islamic Terrorists is to replace the US Constitution with Sharia based Law.  


The below listed video reveals just what Radical Islamic Terrorists think about the war they are involved in with the America and:


(1) Why Radical Islamic Terrorists believe the American people are so weak.


(2) Why Radical Islamic Terrorists believe they have made excellent progress in defeating America from within.


(3) Why the Radical Islamic Terrorists will remain at war with America, no matter what Americans do.


(4) Why attempts by the Obama administration to be careful not to offend Radical Islamic Terrorists is viewed by them, as the ultimate sign of America’s weakness.


For the last 8 years, Radical Islamic Terrorists have been entering the US through the UN Muslim Refugee Resettlement Program of hiding within the 900,000 Muslim Refugees that have been resettled in 189 cities in the US (the UN Refugee Program excludes Christians from the Middle East), thousands of Muslims visitors from Middle Eastern countries have been entering with the intent of remaining in the US illegally as visa overstays, hundreds of Radical Islamic Terrorists & Iran’s Hizballah Sleepers have been entering the US through the wide open southern border, and the children of Muslim Refugees who became self-radicalized and traveling to Syria to train with ISIS, increased the number of Radical Islamic Terrorists in the US to many thousand very dangerous terrorists.  


Those Radical Islamic Terrorists are collectively preparing to take every action necessary to change the US Constitutional form of government to one controlled by Sharia Law.  The Radical Islamic Terrorists consider it just a matter of time before they will make great progress in changing the makeup of the US, as they are making great progress in changing the makeup of Sweden, France, England, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany.  


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The Duplicity of the “Russian Collusion” is the Collusion Between Obama, Democrat Senators, and the Russians

By Capt Joseph R. John, March 7, 2017: Op Ed # 340 

Since the 1920s Russian Communists have tried to destabilize US elections, as they are currently trying to destabilize elections in France.  Russian Communists have been very successful in supporting candidates for Congress in the US who want to bring down the US Constitutional form of government.  Over the last 100 years, Russia promoted the philosophies of candidates in the US that resulted in the election of 70 Democratic members of Congress who are Socialists, Leftists, Communists, Progressives, and Muslims (you can easily obtain their names by making a request of Google for the “Socialists, Communists, and Progressives in Congress”).

The goal for all elections in the US should be to prevent the Russians, China, groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, and any other foreign power from influencing US Congressional and Presidential elections.  Following the defeat of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party and the left of center liberal media establishment have been promoting Russian conspiracy theories as the reason why Hillary lost the election.  The assertion is that the Russia worked with the Trump Presidential Campaign to hack the Democratic National Committee, to interfere with, and deny Hillary what she felt was her right to be elected to the presidency.  

The Russian narrative of collusion is fake news propped up by the left of center liberal media establishment, in order to delegitimize President Trump.  After 4 months of investigation, there is absolutely no evidence of collusion, or one source that the press can identify who can prove collusion.  The Director of National Intelligence in the Obama administration, James R. Clapper, stated that there has been no evidence that Russia colluded with anyone in the Trump Presidential Campaign Organization, that there is no proof that Russia affected the votes in any state, or that Russia’s actions actually caused Hillary Clinton to lose the election.    

Many leftist and progressive organizations have been working closely with Obama’s Organization For America (OFA), with Soros, Bill Ayers, and Valerie Jarret (who moved into Obama’s rented house in Washington) to initiate a silent coup d’état, to oust President Trump from office.  Sources told the Daily Mail that Obama hates Trump and plans to bring down the Trump administration.  Obama is employing 32,000 Alinsky trained radicals, operating out of 250 offices across the nation, who are being paid by Soros to sabotage the Trump administration.  

Obama puts on a charming face for the press, but his hate for President Trump is evil.  OFA is leading a full-fledged effort to deny President Trump control of the US Government, with the help of thousands of Obama’s political appointees, still in positions of leadership in the Intelligence Agencies and other departments of US Government.  For the last 4 months, Obama has showed his true colors, in his concerted effort to employ OFA and the left of center liberal media establishment to allege that Russia colluded with the Trump Campaign to defeat Hillary and to support violent demonstrations in the streets.  

The slow approval of members of President Trumps Cabinet by Democrats in the Senate, and the reluctance to approve over 500 sub-cabinet appointees requiring Senate approval, has been orchestrated to allow the Obama political appointees to remain in their appointed positions throughout the government.  The goal is to undermine the Trump administration and provide leak of damaging information to the press.  All Obama appointees should be required to submit their resignation, as is custom following a presidential election, when a new administration gains power.  

In June 2016, it was reported that Obama administration surrogates approached the FISA Court to surveille Donald Trump; the application was rejected by a Federal Judge.  In October 2016, the Obama administration Justice Department submitted a second request to a FISA Court to surveil two Russian Banks that was approved.  They were apparently successful with that wiretap, because in November the New York Times reported that it was learned “through a wiretap” that General Flynn had spoken to Russian representatives in the course of communicating with 45 other governments (incidentally that was his job; Obama’s representatives were negotiating with Iran in meetings in the country of Oman long before Obama was inaugurated).  Someone in Justice or in one the intelligence agencies leaked to the New York Times, that a wiretap had revealed that General Flynn had communicated with a representative of the Russian government.  

On inauguration day, the New York Times reported in a front page story, that The White House received information from a wiretap, that there was no conclusive evidence of any wrong doing by the Trump Campaign with Russia.  That was the second violation of federal law by leakers to the New York Times: those leakers should be prosecuted for violating the Espionage Act.  

Yet the New York Times keeps reporting that President Donald Trump has given no proof of a wiretap of the Trump campaign; they refused to inform their readers that revealing details of a FISA wiretap is against federal law and details can’t be revealed to the general public.  Certain provisions of the Espionage Act and Federal Law EO 1333, Section 23c allows the President of the United States to wiretap phones without a FISA Warrant (that is called collecting incidental intelligence); that may have been the way that Obama’s Justice Department wire tapped Donald Trump’s phones.  The wiretap was not an FBI wiretap.

Only 17 days before Obama left office, he changed President Eisenhower’s, tried and true, method of handling very sensitive highly classified signal intelligence.  Obama changed the manner in which highly classified and sensitive signal intelligence could be shared by the NSA; he didn’t make that damaging change the previous 8 years.  By authorizing the NSA to share very sensitive information with 17 US Intelligence Agencies, Obama allowed too many people access to intelligence that had no need to know.  That last minute change by Obama, made it very difficult to track who is currently releasing the classified intelligence information today.  Ever since Hillary lost the election, intelligence leaks by intelligence agencies have been ongoing and damaging seriously National Security.  

The Democrats tried to hide the fact that the Russian Ambassador had meetings in the Obama White House and Valerie Jarret 22 times to advance the extremely dangerous Iranian Nuclear Weapons Agreement and support Valerie Jarret’s allies in Iran.  In addition, 30 Democratic Senators met with Communist diplomats from Russia and China on Capitol Hill to tamp down opposition to, and advance Obama’s dangerous Iranian Nuclear Weapons Agreement.  

It is not far-fetched to report, and there should be no surprise for the American people to learn that the Obama administration instigated the surveillance of the Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign, by simply reviewing how Obama tried to restrict the rights of American citizens, listed below, and learn how Obama violated the US Constitutional rights of Americans over the last 8 years:


(1) The Obama Justice Department wiretapped the telephone of James Rosen, a TV Press Reporter in violation of Freedom of the Press.


(2) The Obama Justice Department wiretapped and compromised the personal information of 28 AP Reporters.


(3) Obama’s IRS targeted Conservative Groups in the “Tea Party Scandal” and prevented them from registering as tax free organization to participate in national election; a violation of Freedom of the Right to participate in elections.


(4) Obama’s ATF “Operation Fast and Furious Scandal” perpetrated by then Attorney General Eric Holder transferred 2000 weapons to Mexican Drug Cartels was aimed at somehow compromising the right of Americans to purchase weapons from gun dealers in the US, in violation of the 2nd Amendment.  Holder became the first sitting member of the Cabinet of a US President to be held in contempt of Congress for his actions.  


(5) When it was discovered that Hillary Clinton had transmitted Top Secret SCI messages via a private unclassified server located  in the basement of her home for 4 years, and that some of the compartmented messages with even higher classifications may have compromised the safety of intelligent assets in foreign countries, and possibly resulted in their deaths, Obama said that he had no problem with her unclassified server.  Hillary and Obama were responsible for compromising very sensitive national security information.  Hillary’s transmissions may have led to the attack in Benghazi, because Hillary’s intercepted messages insisted on the removal of security for the Libyan Ambassador, leaving the US Mission virtually unprotected.  


A review of the duplicity by Obama, Hillary Clinton, Valerie Jarret, Democratic Senators, and Democratic Congressmen in their meetings with Russians, that was ignored by the left of center liberal media establishment for 8 years.  The Democrats can make the below listed egregious agreements with the Russians, yet the press didn’t accuse them of colluding with Russia.  President Trump’s staff is being accused daily of wild Russian conspiracy theories that have no basis in fact.  When the American people compare the below listed information with the few phone calls made by General Flynn in the function of his duties, there should be no doubt about who has been colluding with Russia to the detriment of the United States: 


(1)   In 2012, shortly just prior to the presidential election, Obama was meeting with Putin’s number two, (then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev). There was an open microphone and Obama was overheard — and it was reported — “You tell Vladimir that I’ll have a lot more flexibility after the election.”


(2)   Then Russia invaded Crimea, and conquered the first country, since WWII, and Obama did absolutely nothing.


(3)   Then Russia had their military personnel in unmarked uniforms attacked Ukraine; Ukraine literally begged the US for defensive weapons, and Obama did nothing.


(4)   Despite the warning of Israel and many other US allies, Obama did nothing when Putin provided surface to air missiles to protect Iran’s nuclear weapons development facilities, protecting them from military strikes by Israel.


(5)   When Putin joined Iran and Assad in killing US trained Sunni freedom fighters throughout Syria, Obama did nothing.


(6)   Obama allowed Hillary, his Secretary of State, to authorize the transfer of 20% of the United States Uranium to Russia.


(7)   Hillary’s Clinton Foundation in Canada received support from a Putin Front Company and John Podesta received stock and was placed on the Board of Directors of that company following the transfer of the 20 % of the US’s uranium to Russia. 


The true “Russian Collusion” is the collusion between Barack Obama, the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton, and the Russians.  Obama approved giving Russia, 20% of the United States uranium production, as a thank you gift for supporting the Iranian Nuclear Weapons Agreement on the international stage, and gave Iran 116 metric tons of US uranium.  Obama’s team used the pretext of Russian interference in the election to justify wiretapping the Trump Campaign, and to authorize illegal leaks to the press.  Obama continues to oppose the legitimacy of President Trump’s election, opposes the retention of Attorney General Session, and was successful in opposing the retention of General Flynn as the National Security Advisor.  

Obama is the first former occupant of the Oval Office in 240 years to try to bring down his successor by sabotaging his programs on a daily basis.  The below listed article outlines the 64 ways Obama is sabotaging the Trump administration!


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Ex-president plots to force resignation or impeachment

WASHINGTON – It might seem outrageous and unprecedented that a newly departed president would devote himself to overthrowing his successor, but that is exactly what a mountain of growing evidence appears to indicate.

“Obama’s goal, according to a close family friend, is to oust Trump from the presidency either by forcing his resignation or through his impeachment,” the Daily Mail reported Wednesday.

The source also told the paper that Obama loathes President Trump and considers his presidency illegitimate.

“Obama is dismayed at the way Trump is tearing down his legacy – Obamacare, the social safety net and the welcome mat for refugees he put in place,” the source told the 

The following is a list of what has been publicly reported, by WND and others, about what Obama is trying to do to oppose — many say destroy — the Trump presidency and how he is doing it:

1) Obama is using his new mansion, just two miles from the White House, as his headquarters in his insurgency against Trump.

2) Obama’s shadow White House has a taxpayer-funded office, a chief of staff and press secretary.

3) He is working behind the scenes to set up a shadow government to protect his legacy and sabotage the incoming administration.

4) A family source said Obama was reluctant to lead the opposition to Trump because he was “weary and burned out.” But top adviser Valerie Jarrett convinced him it was the only way to salvage his legacy.

5) The source said, “Obama doesn’t make a decision without her,” and he has now embraced his new role leading the campaign to sabotage the administration because he loathes Trump, whose presidency he considers illegitimate.

6) To guide and counsel Obama, Jarrett has moved into his 8,200-square-foot, $5.3-million mansion.

7) According to the source, Michelle Obama and Jarrett will strategize to topple Trump.

8) The former first lady and the Obama Foundation will both have offices in the mansion. Presumably, Jarrett will, too.

9) Obama will implement his plans through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action, or OFA, the organization that grew out of his campaign group, Organizing for America.

10) That will give Obama a virtual army of agitators and organizers at is disposal. Federal tax records show OFA has 32,525 volunteers nationwide. Another 25,000 are actively under training.

11) OFA has more than 250 offices across the country.

12) OFA is equipped with Obama’s 2012 campaign database, which it will use to rally resistance to Trump and get out the vote for Democratic Party candidates.

13) OFA is registered as a “social welfare” non-profit 501(c)(4), that doesn’t have to disclose its donors. OFA has raised more than $40 million in contributions and grants since 2013.

14) OFA volunteers are professionally trained organizers who go through a six-week training program that includes Alinsky agitation tactics. OFA is run by ex-Obama officials and staffers.

15) OFA plans to stage 400 rallies across 42 states this year to attack Trump’s effort to repeal Obamacare.

16) Obama appeared to be behind anti-Trump protests. He praised demonstrations against Trump’s travel ban. And, after the election he personally rallied OFA troops to protect his legacy in a conference call. “Now is the time for some organizing,” he said. “So don’t mope” over the election results.”

17) After Trump’s victory, Obama also promised OFA activists he would soon join them in the battle. “Understand that I’m going to be constrained in what I do with all of you until I am again a private citizen, but that’s not so far off,” he said. “You’re going to see me early next year, and we’re going to be in a position where we can start cooking up all kinds of great stuff.”

18) He also said, “I promise you that next year Michelle and I are going to be right there with you, and the clouds are going to start parting, and we’re going to be busy. I’ve got all kinds of thoughts and ideas about it, but this isn’t the best time to share them.”

19) Since the election, OFA has added staff and accelerated its recruitment of liberal activists.

20) OFA promises to fight Trump on illegal immigration, Obamacare, race relations and climate change.

21) Some of the anti-Trump marches organized by OFA across the country turned into riots.

22) OFA is distributing a training manual to anti-Trump activists.

23) The manual is published with OFA newly formed partner “Indivisible,” and advises protesters to go town halls held by GOP lawmakers, blend in, then protest.

24) OFA is working with Indivisible to conduct online training for protesters.

25) Indivisible leaders are associated with groups financed by radical leftist billionaire George Soros.

26) An OFA post on Facebook called on activists to mobilize against Republicans until Feb. 26, when “representatives are going to be in their home districts.”

27) The protesters disrupted town halls including one held in Utah by House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who was confronted by hundreds of angry protesters claiming to be his constituents.

28) The manual advised protesters to spread out in pairs to make it seem like the whole room opposed the Republican host’s positions. It said, “This will help reinforce the impression of broad consensus.” It also urged them to ask “hostile” questions – while keeping “a firm hold on the mic” – and loudly boo the GOP politician.

29) An audio recording obtained by a Louisiana radio station documented that progressive activists plotted to take over a town hall meeting held by Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La. Activists were instructed to dress like conservatives and leave at home “any signifier that you’re a liberal in order to blend in.”

30) The station identified one of the voices on the recording as James Proctor, a leader of Indivisible Acadiana, a local branch of the national Indivisible organization, which has organized hostile Republican town halls all around the country.

31) Protesters were advised to send video footage to local and national media. “Unfavorable exchanges caught on video can be devastating” for Republican lawmakers, the manual said, when “shared through social media and picked up by local and national media.”

32) Protesters gave networks footage of their confrontations with Chaffetz, forcing him to issue statements defending himself.

33) A study by the Media Research Center found that 88 percent of the broadcast news coverage of the Trump administration was “hostile” during the first 30 days of office. The study analyzed both tone and content for evening newscasts on ABC, NBC and CBS.

34) A script in the training manual advised callers to complain: “I’m honestly scared that a known racist and anti-Semite will be working just feet from the Oval Office … It is everyone’s business if a man who promoted white supremacy is serving as an adviser to the president.” But the document provided no evidence to support the accusations.

35) The manual also advised protesters to flood lawmakers’ offices with phone calls and emails demanding the resignation of top White House adviser Steve Bannon.

36) Protesters also stormed Republicans’ district offices. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., blamed a mob of anti-Trump activists for knocking unconscious a 71-year-old female staffer at his Southern California office.

37) Talk-show host Rush Limbaugh said he was certain the former president and elements of the Democratic Party were behind the protests because they have been too organized and too professional to be random eruptions of grass-roots discontent. “Obama. George Soros money, I’m certain, is involved,” he said. “They also discuss how to play up to the media, and they illustrate that the media’s not very hard to convince. The media is on their side. The media is only too eager to cooperate, as we know.”

38) Trump agreed Obama was probably behind the protests. “Well, you never know what’s exactly happening behind the scenes,” Trump said. “You know, you’re probably right, or possibly right, but you never know. No, I think that President Obama is behind it because his people are certainly behind it. And the some of the leaks possibly come from that group, you know, some of the leaks which are really very serious leaks because they’re very bad in terms of national security. But I also understand that’s politics. And in terms of him being behind things, that’s politics, and it will probably continue.”

39) Limbaugh said, “Hedge funds and Hollywood are assisting him (Obama), so there is money and propaganda on his side. ABC is among the worst in the mainstream media, which is a total disgrace for Disney.”

40) Limbaugh also noted that impeachment talk is being used by Democrats to derail Trump: “Now, they don’t have the numbers in Congress to pull it off, but can you imagine if Democrat House managers even start breathing the word seriously? The media is gonna be all over it! The media’s gonna eat it up! The media’s gonna be asking Republicans, ‘Why aren’t you joining the Democrats? Don’t you understand? This is a serious movement to impeach the president. He’s doing great damage to the country.’ I can see it all now.”

41) “Obama has circumvented the Democrats with [Organizing for America] and has established a clandestine unaccountable political party taking money from questionable people,” said Martin Armstrong, whose Armstrong Economics provides commentary on a wide range of issues extending beyond economics, including history, global warming, real estate and world events.

42) Armstrong added: “Obama is behind the effort to derail and block the Trump administration on everything. However, Obama may be sowing the seeds of the destruction of the Democratic Party altogether. Those who think Obama is not behind this coup are blinded by their bias.”

43) Armstrong explained that Obama “is deliberately trying to create an uprising and is side-stepping the Democratic Party himself because they will not agree with his agenda.”

44) At the same time, Obama is said to be angling for control over the party by installing his former civil rights chief, Tom Perez, as the newly elected head of the Democratic National Committee. Perez vowed, “It’s time to organize and fight … We must stand up to protect President Obama’s accomplishments,” while also promising, “We’re going to build the strongest grassroots organizing force this country has ever seen.”

45) OFA is working with the Obama Foundation, run by Obama’s former political director, and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, or NDRC, launched recently by Obama former attorney general Eric Holder, to end what he and Obama call GOP “gerrymandering” of congressional districts and to try to redraw the districts in a way more favorable to Democrats to increase their members in Congress.

46) Holder said he had discussed Obama fundraising for the NDRC and interacting with state lawmakers on the group’s behalf.

47) Spokesman Jared Leopold described the tax-exempt NDRC as a “super group” that brings together the efforts of the Democratic Governors Association, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee and House Majority PAC.

48) On Tuesday, Holder promised Democrats that Obama is getting ready for a public return to politics. “It’s coming. He’s coming,” Holder said while discussing NDRC, which Obama asked him to chair last year. “And he’s ready to roll,” and “will be a more visible part of the effort,” Holder added.

49) Obama signaled his intention before leaving the White House last fall, saying that his post-presidency focus would be on general assembly races and redistricting after the 2020 Census, trying to recapture some of the enormous number of seats Democrats lost at the state level during his presidency.

50) Obama said in September, “Once out of office, I’m gonna stop being polite and start getting real.”

51) Obama hinted that he planned to start speaking out more like an activist than a president. There are “things,” he said in an interview, “that in some ways I suspect I’m able to do better out of this office.” He elaborated that because of the “institutional constraints” of the presidency, “there are things I cannot say.”

52) Obama went on to essentially say he would be an activist after leaving office. “There are institutional obligations I have to carry out that are important for a president of the United States to carry out, but may not always align with what I think would move the ball down the field on the issues that I care most deeply about,” he said.

53) Then, in his final news conference as president, Obama vowed to take action if President Trump dared to “round up” children of illegal immigrants, “roll back voting rights” or engage in “systemic discrimination.”

54) Obama also indicated he would take a more activist role to defend “core values that may be at stake” under a Trump administration. “The reason that we are the only country among advanced democracies that makes it harder to vote, it traces directly back to Jim Crow and the legacy of slavery,” he said.

55) Obama warned Trump not to roll back his executive actions. During his campaign for president, Trump promised to “cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama.” Obama also lectured Trump about the use of executive orders, telling the incoming president to avoid taking unilateral action.

56) The Obama administration apparently spied on Trump’s presidential campaign and transition team. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said he was concerned by the extent of surveillance but not completely surprised, because he “suspected that they were going to do that anyways.” Anonymous sources have been feeding information to the New York Times suggesting the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials, including intelligence agents.

57) In the Obama administration’s last days, some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election – and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump and Russians – across the government.

58) Those sources from the Obama administration claimed Trump’s statements stoked fears among some that intelligence could be covered up or destroyed – or its sources exposed – once power changed hands. So they reportedly pushed to preserve the alleged intelligence.

59) Obama White House officials took steps to ensure that as many people as possible inside government could see the intelligence.

Sensational new report documents start of “CIVIL WAR II” in America. Enraged at losing the election, the left has launched an all-out effort to destroy Donald Trump’s presidency.

60) The sources claimed to suspect the Trump campaign might have colluded with Russia on election email hacks, but the Times also reported that American officials acknowledged there is not confirmation of that.

61) The Times reported some officials began asking specific questions at intelligence briefings, knowing the answers would be archived and could be easily unearthed by investigators – including the Senate Intelligence Committee, which in early January announced an inquiry into Russian efforts to influence the election.

62) Intelligence agencies kept the reports at a relatively low classification level to ensure as wide a readership as possible across the government – and, in some cases, among European allies.

63) There was also an effort to pass reports and other sensitive materials to Congress.

64) In the weeks before the assessment was released in January, the intelligence community combed through databases for an array of communications and other information and began producing reports that showed there were contacts during the campaign between Trump associates and Russian officials. However, the Times acknowledged, the nature of the contacts remains unknown, and several of Trump’s associates have done business in Russia, and it was unclear if any of the contacts were related to business dealings.


Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary of the Interior, Secretary of Energy, and the Director of the CIA

By Capt Joseph R. John, March 3, 2017: Op Ed # 339

The 112 endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress and the Board of Directors of the Combat Veterans For Congress PAC are pleased with the Senate’s confirmation and appointment of four American Patriots who have supported our efforts over the years, to fill four Cabinet positions in the Trump administration.

We congratulate neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson as the Republic’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Cong Ryan Zinke Cdr-USN (Ret) (SEAL) (R-M
T-1) as the Republic’s Secretary of the Interior, Governor Rick Perry (USAF) as the Republic’s Secretary of Energy, and Cong Mike Pompeo (USA) (USMA ’86) (R-KS-4) as the Republic’s Director of the CIA.

President Donald J. Trump is very fortunate to have such Honorable American Patriots leading four government departments in support of his efforts to make “America Great Again.” 


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VCNO: Navy Will Be "Flat Out Of Money" Without Supplemental Funding

By Capt Joseph R. John, February 14, 2017: Op Ed # 338

The Obama administration sliced the Pentagon budget by 52% over 8 years, putting the security of the Republic and American lives at risk.  A reduced budget imposed upon the US Navy in 2009 began the decline in the US Navy’s strength.  Then the Budget Control Act of 2011 further weakened the US Navy.  The passage of Obama’s Sequestration in 2012 by Republican and Democrat leaders in Congress, gutted the US Navy.  Sequestration could never have diminished the size of Navy’s Fleet to the pre-World War I number of ships, if Republican and Democratic Leaders in Congress hadn’t cooperated very closely with Obama to retain Sequestration, each year, every year, for 5 years.  

Obama appointee holdovers in government are seriously negatively affecting the readiness of the US Navy and hampering the execution of Naval Special Operations.  Obama holdovers are still filling appointed positions in the Pentagon, hampering the Chief of Naval Operations efforts to strengthen the US Navy.  There are 160 Obama appointee holdovers on the National Security Counsel affecting military  operations.  There are a handful of Obama appointee holdovers at the CIA who were groomed to oppose President Trump by John Brennan &  Mike Morell (they both repeatedly lied about Benghazi).  There are Obama holdovers in NSA, DHS, EPA, and the FBI, including some members of the Muslim Brotherhood, CAIR, ISNA, MAS, etc. who are opposing President Trump.  The 9 personnel who criminally released the content of General Mike Flynn’s telephone conversations with the Russian Ambassador to the press were Obama holdovers.

 Obama’s destructive budget policy resulted in the accelerated erosion in readiness, fleet maintenance, and “Combat Effectiveness” of the US Navy’s surface, submarine, and air forces.  The below listed destructive policies, imposed on the US Armed Forces by the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullins, USN (Ret), and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus contributed to the erosion of the strength, moral, and “Combat Readiness” of the US Navy. 

Admiral Mike Mullins, USN, force fed the Social Experiment on Diversity into the US Navy that degraded unit moral, unit cohesion, and “Combat Effectiveness”, he withheld information from Congress that 3 rescue missions by (1) a Marine Corps Fast Team 3 hours away, (2) the USS Stennis Carrier Battle Group 6 hours away & (3) two armed F-16Cs 3 hours away from Benghazi were prevented from launching to save American lives, he imposed new dangerous Rules Of Engagement on the US Navy & US Marine Corps that increased their combat casualties in Afghanistan, and he did not terminate the restriction imposed on Navy Chaplains preventing them from reading their Cardinals letters on Sundays from the pulpit to their parishioner (a violation of Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Speech).

The most inept Secretary of the Navy in US History, Ray Mabus, ordered the implementation of Admiral Mullin’s above listed destructive policies on the US Navy.  Mabus approved the reduction in number of ships in the Fleet, to less ships than the Navy had prior to 1913.  Mabus presided over the firing of many senior and Flag officers who were viewed as not being “Politically Correct”, and replaced them with newly selected senior and Flag Officer who met specific “Politically Correct” selection criteria; he directed newly promoted Flag Officers to drive “Politically Correct” destructive policies into the US Navy.  For the first time in 240 years, Mabus named newly commissioned US Naval ships for extremely liberal, progressive, and gay individuals with no military service, instead of naming those ships for the very famous deceased highly decorated and heroic U S military personnel the Navy had always named its ships after.   

The current Situation Report on the US Navy was presented in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, by Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral William Moran, USN in the below listed article.  Admiral Moran said “Our long-term readiness continues its insidious decline”, and “the Navy will be flat out of money” without supplementary funding.   

He argued that financial constraints have eroded military readiness.  The Navy’s reduced budget was only part of the problem, the Navy’s Op Tempo for 15 years, in support of overseas conflicts, has been very hard on the wear and tear of ships, aircraft, and submarines.  Because of budget reductions, aircraft, ships, and submarines have been unable to train at sea, or obtain needed shipyard repairs, contributing negatively toward the Navy’s “Combat Effectiveness.”   

From 1981 to 1988, President Ronald Reagan increased the number of ships in US Navy fleet to 566 ships, which included 15 Carrier Battlegroups, 4 Battleship Surface Action Groups, 100 Attack Submarines, 35 SSNB Ballistic Missile Submarines, and 412 other ships. 

The Obama administration reduced the carrier force to 10 ships, reduced the submarine force to 58 attack submarines &14 SSNB Ballistic Missile Submarines, and reduce the remaining ships of the fleet to 192 ships.  Many of the carriers, submarines, and ships are stuck in port, because the US Navy hasn’t been able to cover the cost of repairs for ships requiring shipyard availability and because of the lack of spare parts.  The Navy hasn’t been able to purchase billions of dollars in spare parts for its aircraft, submarines, and ships making some of their operations too hazardous for Naval personnel to man and operate.  

For 8 years, China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran have been involved in a massive ship building and modernizing program for their fleets; collectively they have 231 submarines and 371 combatants surface ships between them.  

The US Navy’s has less ships in the fleet today than it had in 1913, prior to WWI, and the Navy has been prevented from funding a ship building program to keep up with China, Russia, and Iran’s fleet expansions because of the reduced DOD budget.  To meet minimum requirements, 350 US Navy ships are required in the fleet.  Normally, 1/3 of the fleet is scheduled for shipyard availability, and 1/3 of the ships are scheduled for post deployment R&R and underway training, and 1/3 of the fleet are deployable.  Today’s fleet has 91 deployable ships; President Reagan’s Navy had 189 deployable ships.

For 15 years the wear and tear on the Navy-Marine Corps fighters dramatically reduced the number of operational aircraft, their numbers are in a “death spiral.”  The only long-term solution would be to acquire both 
F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and the 

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter faster than the current procurement schedule.  Sixty percent of the Navy’s front line combat jet fighter, the F/A-18 Hornets, have been grounded and are unfit to fly because of maintenance issues and lack of spare parts.  The attrition in the number of aircraft and consumption of spare parts is outpacing procurement.  The Obama administration cancelled 175 strike fighters from procurement, that has to be turned around to meet high-end threats like SA-300/400s (advanced Russian anti-aircraft missiles), and the aircraft Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran operate.

Only 439 out of 1,065 US Marine Corps aircraft, are flyable because the aircraft are worn out, because of heavy maintenance issues, and the lack of funding for spare parts;
 74 percent of the Marine Corps’ F-18/A(B, C, D) Hornets – some of the oldest in service – are overused, under-maintained; they are wearing out.  Because of lack of funding for fuel, spare parts, and maintenance, and because required monthly pilot flight training has been severely restricted, pilot flight proficiency and qualification have been degraded.

For 8 years, the US Navy hasn’t been able to afford the purchase billions of dollars in spare parts for its aircraft, submarines, and ships making their operations, in many cases, too hazardous for the life of the Naval personnel who operate them, to permit them, to continue operations.  The result has been a dramatic reduction in the number of deployable platforms available.

While the Navy’s strength was being hollowed out, Obama refused to let the Navy defend the nation’s right to “Freedom of Navigation.”  Obama prevented US Naval warships from performing the same standard Naval mission in the South China Sea, it previously performed for 70 years.  From 2012 to 2016, while China was in the process militarized Scarborough Shoals, in the Spratly chain of reefs, in the South China Sea, US Naval warships were prevented from sailing near the Shoals.  During that 4 year period, China was constructing airfields and missile sites on land it reclaimed from the sea bottom.  China has since claimed the Scarborough Shoals as its sovereign territory in violation of International Law.

Naval Special Warfare Operations have been compromised by Obama holdovers.  On January 29th, SEAL Team SIX led a Counterterrorist Operation, against Al Q’ieda in Yemen, in order to gather intelligence and terminate cell leaders.  SOC William “Ryan” Owens, USN (SEAL) was lost in the operation, what turned into a preplanned ambush.  Al Q’ieda received advance details and the timing of the operation; intense fire was poured into the SEALs upon landing, fire came from pre-established positions circumventing the targeted buildings.

Following the raid, Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan, 3 Muslim brothers from Pakistan hired by the Obama administration at a salary of $160,000/year (one brother was only 22 years old) were abruptly fired by the Trump administration.  They were hired by members of the Muslim Brotherhood operating as a the Fifth Column in US government, to manage Top Secret IT communications for 50 Democrats Congressional House leaders and Democrat Congressmen on the House Permanent Select Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees.  They were accused of funneling Top Secret messages to outside servers; the 3 Awan brothers were accused of also stealing classified equipment. 

The 3 Awan brothers managed IT transmission of Top Secret information on Cong Debbie Schultz (D-FL), Cong Keith Ellison (D-MN), Cong Andre Carson (D-IN) and 47 other Democrat Congressmen’s computers.  They had access to Top Secret communications for Democratic Congressional members on the Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees who receive advance details on future Top Secret Special Operations, including advance details of the January 29th Counterterrorism Operation in Yemen by SEAL Team SIX, where the SEALs were ambushed by Al Q’ieda Terrorist waiting for them.

The policy of hiring 3 Muslim brothers from Pakistan by the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress, and holding them over compromised a Counterterrorist Operation, inflicted serious casualties on US Navy SEALs,  and compromised the National Security of the United States.

A more detailed testimony of Admiral William Moran is presented in the below listed article.

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VCNO Moran: Navy Will Be ‘Just Flat Out Of Money’ Without Supplemental Funding; Would Cancel Flight Hours, Ship Avails

Megan Eckstein

February 7, 2017 6:56 PM 
Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. William Moran delivers remarks at the 2016 Future Strategy Forum at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. 

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misstated the re-work required on the recent USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) maintenance availability, due to source error. The ship required seven percent rework and saw a 42 percent growth in work.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Without a readiness-focused supplemental spending bill passed by lawmakers this spring, the Navy and Marine Corps would stop flying at home and ship and submarine maintenance availabilities would be canceled, the vice chief of naval operations and assistant commandant of the Marine Corps said at a hearing today.

The continuing resolution currently funding the government at last year’s spending levels is set to expire on April 28, 2017, and even if lawmakers could pass the Fiscal Year 2017 spending bill for the second half of the fiscal year, budget caps already in place mean that the Navy would receive about $5 billion less than it did in FY 2016. Having started the year, then, at a higher spending rate, dropping down to the FY 2017 budget would cause the Navy to almost immediately run out of operations and maintenance dollars in parts of its budget.

If the Navy did not receive a supplemental spending bill with additional funds for FY 2017, “within a month we are going to have to shut down air wings, we are going to have to defer maintenance on several availabilities for our surface ships and submarine maintenance facilities,” Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran told the House Armed Services Committee today at a “state of the military” hearing.

“We would be just flat out of money to be able to do that. I think everyone here knows in ’17 the Navy took a $5-billion cut in its topline, if that comes to fruition that’s $2 billion of readiness cuts we’re going to have to take, which is immediately applied to things like ship avails.”

Five attack submarines would see their maintenance availabilities canceled this year and be put at risk of being decertified if no supplemental were passed out of Congress, Moran added, in addition to similar cuts to surface ship maintenance availabilities.

Assistant Commandant Gen. Glenn Walters said “we would stop flying in about July” without a supplemental. He clarified that forward forces would continue to operate, but for units training at home, “all training would cease without a supplemental, and that includes the parts money and the flying hour money.”

Even if the supplemental – which could total between $30 and $40 billion for all the armed services – is passed in a timely manner, the Navy and Marine Corps still face massive readiness issues that money can’t immediately address. Shipyards and aircraft depots face work backlogs stemming from the 2013 start of sequestration and the hiring freezes, furloughs and funding cuts it brought. 

Though the Navy has tried to hire thousands of people to conduct maintenance on aircraft carriers and submarines at its four public shipyards, the yards are still unable to keep up with the workload the fleet gives them.

Moran described the cycle of effects the fleet sees from this workforce challenge, using aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush’s (CVN-77) 13-month maintenance availability – which was scheduled to last eight months – as an example.

Bush was late for a lot of reasons. One was the junior nature of the workforce,” the VCNO explained.

“We had upwards of 7 percent of rework on Bush throughout that 13-month maintenance period. So until that workforce gains that experience, we’re going to continue to see rework issues. There are some training issues involved. We are starting to see some nice turnaround in the public yards, but again, until we see that workforce mature,” performance and on-time completion of availabilities will continue to suffer.”

Additionally, USNI News understands, the ship saw 42 percent growth in work compared to the original plans for the maintenance package.

With attack submarines being considered a lowest priority at the public yards, carrier overruns cause a chain reaction: USS Albany (SSN-753) spent 48 months in the repair yard due to repeated delays as the workforce focused its attention on CVNs and SSBNs, meaning an entire crew missed out on going on deployment. And USS Boise (SSN-764) wasn’t even put into the shipyard because the workload is so far over workforce capacity, so the boat is currently sitting in Norfolk and is not certified to dive anymore while it awaits maintenance. That attack submarine will eventually be sent to a private repair yard for maintenance, but USNI News understands that won’t be able to happen until at least FY 2019 and will cost much more than putting the ship into a public yard.

Moran said putting submarines in private yards is sometimes an option when the public yards are stuck on carriers or ballistic missile subs – USS Montpelier (SSN-765) is at General Dynamics Electric Boat currently for this exact reason – but the private yards are not guaranteed to have capacity to take on extra repair work, and in a cost-constrained environment, spending the extra operations and maintenance dollars can be a hard choice to make.

“The very late determination that we no longer have the capacity at the public yards, when we turn to the private yards at that moment it becomes a very expensive proposition,” he said.
“So the degree to which we can … try to drive down cost, it makes it easier for us to have to surge the private yards when (at the public yards) the work exceeds the capacity because of delays.”

These shipyard workforce challenges do more than just affect ship repairs lower on the totem pole, House Armed Services Seapower and projection forces subcommittee ranking member Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) noted at the hearing. The Navy already faces a looming attack sub shortfall, and sidelining these SSNs for no reason other than lack of workforce capacity makes little sense in an increasingly dangerous world.

“We’ve heard from Adm. (Harry) Harris, [U.S. Pacific Command Commander], Gen. (Curtis) Scaparrotti, [U.S. European Command Commander], that they need more submarines now,” Courtney said.
“We’re not going to build a Virginia-class now because it takes five years, but if we could get the Albany, the Boise and those others out and underway, then we can respond to those combatant commanders.”

The sea services also face aviation readiness challenges that go beyond what supplemental funding can immediately fix. Moran said during the hearing that the legacy F/A-18A-D Hornets today take twice as many man hours as originally planned for repairs and maintenance, which only exacerbates the challenges at aviation depots. He said that “on a typical day in the Navy about 25 to 30 percent of our jets and our airplanes are in some kind of depot maintenance,” and overall just over half are unavailable for operations today.

“We can and we do put ready airplanes and ready aircrews forward” but “there’s no depth on the bench behind them if we had to surge forces,” the vice chief said. If a crisis broke out somewhere in the world, “we will be late to get there, if we want to have full-up equipment to get to the fight.”

On the Marine Corps side, Walters said the service requires 589 ready basic aircraft to train, workup for deployment and operate forward. The Marines have only 439 today, which is still 50 more than it had two years ago. He said readiness numbers are moving in the right direction – most pilots are now receiving between 12 and 14 hours of flight time a month, which is still short of the 16 to 18 minimum requirement but much better than at the height of the recent aviation readiness crisis. However, even reaching these ready basic aircraft and flight hour goals would put the Marines at the minimum requirement to stay current on their certifications, and still falls short of helping the pilots become proficient, or “the A-team” as Walters said. The Assistant Commandant said there was no correlation between the flight hours and fatal crashes that have occurred in recent years, but he said that an inability to build proficiency would hurt the service in a high-end fight.

Flag Raising-Iwo Jima---72 years ago today!!

God Bless the noble souls of those “Honorable” US Marines from the Fifth Division who fought on Iwo Jima, gave the last full measure of devotion to their country on Iwo Jima, those who raised the flag atop Mount Suribachi pictured below, those “Honorable” US Marines who have gone before us, those “Honorable” US Marines still in combat in Afghanistan today, and those who continue to defend and protect the US Constitution!!!  Semper Fidelis

72 years ago today

“Not with a rope, but with Blood and Toil is the flag raised, and Devotion only can keep it aloft.”

U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division raise the American flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima, 23 February 1945 

Joe Rosenthal's famous photo of the second flag raising on Mount Suribachi. On Feb. 23, 1945, in the middle of one of the fiercest battles of World War II, a group of U.S. Marines carried a flag up the highest peak on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima and planted it there. Since 1947, the Marine Corps has attached six names to the famous flag-raising photo taken that day. And it says the case is closed.

The Six named Marines, left-right
Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, Michael Strank, John Bradley, Rene Gagnon and Harlon Block. 
or - Ira Hayes, Harold Shultz, Michael Strank, Frank Sousley, Rene Gagnon and Harlon Brock


From the Frederick Stevens Collection (COLL/5289) at the Marine Corps Archives and Special Collections.
(Official USMC Photograph)

Political Appointees in Intelligence Agencies Repeatedly Broke The Law To Take Out General Flynn

By Capt Joseph R. John, February 15, 2017: Op Ed # 337 

Nine appointees in the Obama administration, from one or more intelligence agencies, possibly NSA, CIA, or DNI, were involved in leaking sensitive information to the press, that resulted in General Mike Flynn’s resignation as the National Security Advisor.  The 9 individuals were political activists opposed to President Trump; they released transcripts of recorded phone conversations to the press of General Flynn conversations with the Russian Ambassador to the US (by law, the name of any US citizen in such a classified transcript must be redacted, hiding their identity from the press).  


General Flynn did not violate any laws in his conversations with the Russian Ambassador, and there was no collusion during the election.  Unfortunately, General Flynn failed to provide President Trump with complete information about the conversations he had with the Russian Ambassador, and misled Vice President Pence, resulting in the need for his departure.

Because of the degree of sensitivity of the information, only senior personnel in the intelligence agencies like John Brennan, and James Clapper would have received the subject information.  The goal of the 9 leakers was to take down the National Security Advisor; they imperiled National Security.  The intelligence agencies felt threatened by General Flynn criticism of how they operate, they opposed his plan to reveal the anti-US provisions of Obama’s flawed Iranian Nuclear Weapons Agreement, and they targeted him long before President Trump was elected.   


The FBI will end up investigating who released the classified transcripts to the press; those individuals should be charged with perpetrating a federal crime. The leaks over time created a nonstop press frenzy, and contributed in large measure toward the resignation of General Flynn.  The interference in domestic politics by intelligence agencies is a major threat to the democracy of the Republic, and a federal crime.   


Their success in removing General Flynn as the National Security Advisor will not be the end of attacks on President Trump’s staff; there have been reports by Democratic Congressmen that the next target will be Kellyanne Conway, and they will probably go after Steve Bannon---the ultimate target will be President Trump.  


There has been a very dangerous conspiracy underway in the Republic since the election of Donald Trump, the conspiracy has gained steam in the 3 ½  weeks since President Trump was inaugurated.  The conspiracy is being promoted by Obama’s new organization for progressives, the “Organization for Action”; there are 14 National Field Directors organizing volunteers in 50 states.


The Chicago based "Organization for Action" (OFA); is being funded by George Soros and is supported by Bill Ayers.  You can learn a great deal about OFA by going to its Web site; and by searching other links on the Internet that discuss OFA’s goals.  Obama is the first occupant of the Oval Office to ever mobilize millions of Americans to demonstrate in the streets against his successor on his successor's inauguration day.  Obama is also the first occupant of the Oval Office to organize street demonstrations, across the nation, against his successor on every weekend since the new President was inaugurated.   


OFA opposes gun rights, supports the immigration of Muslim refugees, supports the entry of illegal aliens, opposes the wall on the Southern Border, supports LGBT initiatives, supports the UN Climate Change initiatives, supports retention of Obamacare, has instituted a massive Alinsky methods training program for volunteers in all 50 states, is promoting Congressional Town Halls demonstrations to shout down Congressmen, is supporting street demonstrations across the nation, etc.  


Soros has funded and trained 32,000 Alinsky trained radical anarchists to support OFA demonstrations against each new Trump initiative; the goal is to make President Trump’s term in office ungovernable by any and all means.  Soros is funding and supporting the radical left to form over 1000 groups operating in all 50 states, who will stop at nothing to take down and/or derail the Trump administration.


Obama’s Organization for Action, along with the left of center liberal media establishment, will be opposing President Trump for the next 4 years with the support of many radical organizations.  OFA demonstrators will be joined by organizations funded by George Soros like the Muslim Brotherhood, La Raza, Black Lives Matter, the Communist Party USA, the Nation of Islam, George Soros’s “Open Society Foundation”, Al Sharpton’s “National Action Network”,, the Tides Foundation, Amnesty International, American Federation of Teachers, the Weatherman Underground, the New Black Panther Party, CodePink, SEIU etc. who have been supporting the massive demonstrations across the nation opposing every one of President Trump initiative.  The violent opposition, shutting down free speech, is being promoted by Obama, William Ayers, and Soros.  


The Trump administration has political opponents on both sides of the aisle who don't want President Trump to upset the way things have always been done in Washington.  Although the Republicans control both houses of Congress, it appears that the Republican leadership will support Congressional investigations into the Trump administration staff Kellyanne Conway and General Mike Flynn. 


The Democrats never approved an investigation of Obama’s staff when the Obama administration had control of Congress.  Scandals like  “Fast and Furious” that required investigation were opposed, and Democrats opposed the investigation into “The Battle of Benghazi.”  Unlike the Republicans, the Democrats circled their wagons to protect Obama.  It appears that Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell will not protect President Trump in the same way from an unfair congressional investigations being threatened by Congressional Democrats.   


Although General Flynn resigned, the new National Security Advisor, will be either Vice Admiral Robert Harward, USNA ’79, USN (Ret) (SEAL) or General David Petraeus, USMA ’74, USA (Ret); either Flag Officer will be a strong National Security Advisor.


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