No 678 “En mi opinión” Junio 5, 2014
“IN GOD WE TRUST” Lázaro R González Miño Editor
Lying and corruption seem to make Democrat candidates more popular.
When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the Government fears the people, there is liberty. Thomas Jefferson
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Abraham Lincoln
“En mi opinión” Are you thinking in obama?Lázaro R González Miño
CNN Notices that Obama Likes Breaking Laws…
By Onan Coca /
The Obama administration may be in some trouble. CNN is starting to realize that President Obama apparently believes there is no need for him to follow our nation’s laws.
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin declares unequivocally that President Obama has “clearly broken the law.”
CNN White House correspondent Joe Johns asks Press Secretary Jay Carney if President Obama feels he “is above the law?”
The answer is obvious. Of course President Obama believes he is above the law. Just a couple of weeks ago Senator Ted Cruz outlined the most blatant examples of Obama’s flouting of our laws… and that was before this latest and possibly most egregious one. He seems to have forgotten that nearly half of us did not vote for him, so he should operate much more cautiously when making decisions for our nation. Obama believes himself to have been elected king of our country.
It’s time our other elected representatives remind him that here in America, we have no kings. Read more athttp://eaglerising.com/6554/cnn-notices-obama-likes-breaking-laws/#gdqmzyCvjR8KGrFL.99
Marcos Rubio: Obama Thinks He Is ‘Monarch’ or ‘Emperor’
Obama violated the law, Rubio said, when he failed to give 30 days’ notice to Congress before releasing five Taliban prisoners from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on Saturday. “The law is very clear. He must give congressional notification 30 days before any prisoner in Guantanamo is released,” Rubio told Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson on Tuesday. “He failed to do that.” “Apparently the only person he told was [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid,” Rubio said. “He didn’t even tell the chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee, a Democrat, Dianne Feinstein.” Feinstein has expressed her displeasure at not being notified, as have Republicans in the House and Senate. Read More: http://www.newsmax.com/ubio: Obam
Rubio: Obama ‘Believes He’s Become A Monarch Or An Emperor’
Just Revealed: Obama Issued 2010 Directive To Allow Use Of U.S. Military Against American Citizens
“There has been a buildup of military units within non-security-related federal agencies,”
The Washington Times’ Bill Gertz revealed last week in his “Inside the Ring” column that Barack Obama issued a directive, in 2010, to the Department of Defense allowing the use of the United States Military against American Citizens. In a recent speech, Obama assured the audience that the nation should seek to avoid military misadventures abroad. A conspiracy theorist would see this as evidence that the Democratic Administration is planning to use the military against the American public instead. Anyone familiar with government documents is well aware of the devil being in the details, and that it is often a matter of interpretation.
Directive No. 3025.18, December 29, 2010
The purpose of the directive is to “Provide guidance for the execution and oversight of Defense Support of Civil Authorities when requested by civil authorities or by qualifying entities and approved by the appropriate DoD official, or as directed by the President.” The directive outlines provisions for military support of emergency services for fire, natural disasters, security for special events, domestic use of the Army Corps of Engineers, and DoD support to civilian law enforcement agencies. Military forces employed in such activities will remain under military command and control.
“All requests from civil authorities and qualifying entities for assistance shall be evaluated for: legality, lethality, risk, cost, appropriateness and cannot interfere with military readiness.” Unless the situation requires immediate action, the non-military entity will be at the mercy of bureaucrats.
Federal military commanders are provided EMERGENCY AUTHORITY under this Directive. “Federal military forces shall not be used to quell civil disturbances unless specifically authorized by the President in accordance with applicable law (e.g., chapter 15 of Reference (d)) or permitted under emergency authority, as described below (see DoDD 3025.12 (Reference (j)) and DoDD 5525.5 (Reference (c))).”
“In these circumstances, those Federal military commanders have the authority, in extraordinary emergency circumstances where prior authorization by the President is impossible and duly constituted local authorities are unable to control the situation, to engage temporarily in activities that are necessary to quell large-scale, unexpected civil disturbances.”
Military assistance under such situations can include supplying civilian and government agents with weapons and ammunition and other military equipment that may be used against Americans. Drones, if used, shall be unarmed, the only time the Drone King cares about collateral damage or bad optics.
Bill Gertz paraphrases unnamed defense analysts saying “there has been a buildup of military units within non-security-related federal agencies, notably the creation of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams. The buildup has raised questions about whether the Obama administration is undermining civil liberties under the guise of counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics efforts.” Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/obama-issued-2010-directive-allow-use-u-s-military-american-citizens/#jybh8TbVpUTuZfa0.99
Sharyl Attkisson: How the Government Violated Its Own Ethics Rules, Then Covered It Up
In her debut story as a senior independent contributor for The Daily Signal, Sharyl Attkisson investigates a government-funded experiment that put the lives of premature babies at critical risk. The study of 1,316 infants deliberately manipulated preemies’ oxygen levels—an action that could result in death or permanent disabilities.
Attkisson, in an exclusive interview with The Daily Signal, details her findings and argues why this story should matter.
“I think this is hugely important,” she said. “[The] research is conducted by prestigious organizations and approved by the government, and yet was found to have violated the government’s own ethic rules for consent.”
Attkisson reported that medical personnel solicited parents to participate by claiming there was “basically no risk of harm” to their child. In reality, some preemies died and others continue to suffer lifelong disabilities such as blindness.
“What parent would have put their baby in a study like this if they had been told the truth?” she asked in the interview.
Attkisson cited competing interests between researchers wanting to conduct studies for “the greater good,” and individual parents of fragile preemies who believe they had the right to know the risks so they could make an informed decision.
Tensions exist between doctors who are obligated to do what’s best for the patient, and researchers who are not. In the case of the 1,316 infants, Attkisson reported, medical personnel “intentionally rigged” the oxygen monitors without the knowledge of doctors or parents. “These are pretty stunning things for researchers to be, after the fact, defending,” she said.
A branch of the National Institutes of Health, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, funded the baby oxygen trials. And once HHS’s own ethics body discovered the study violated the government’s consent rules, “this incredible pressure came to bear on the ethics body, basically to back off of its enforcement action,” Attkisson said.
She suggests this raises a bigger problem: “When whistle blowers in the government or watchdogs inside the government simply do their job, too often it seems as though they can’t, because the rest of the government is all-powerful and can come down and influence what they’re trying to do.”
After What Allen West Just Did, Obama Might Be Wishing He’d Never Heard Of Bowe Bergdahl
Allen West, former Congressman, just took it to another level…
Calls for impeachment hearings against Barack Obama have been common throughout his presidency, which has been plagued by numerous scandals and allegations of increasingly brazen cover-ups.
The latest controversy surrounding the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has given those proponents even more ammunition to use against Obama. It has also brought new voices in favor of impeachment to the debate.
Among those are former U.S. Army Lt. Col. Allen West, who explained Tuesday why he feels the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl’s release from Taliban custody likely warrant impeachment. He listed a number of factors that helped him reach this opinion.
First, he explained that Obama unilaterally declared unconstitutional a measure he himself signed into law requiring he give 30 days’ notice to Congress before releasing Guantanamo Bay prisoners.
“Once again Obama used selective discretion as to what law he feels he must adhere to – in this case it has severe ramifications for our national security,” West wrote.
The White House negotiated with the Taliban, he continued, which is a “non-state, non-uniform terrorist organization.”
Furthermore, when choosing which five terrorists he would allow to be exchanged for Bergdahl, West noted he picked a quintet of the most dangerous terrorists in the facility.
“There are some 141 detainees at GITMO,” he wrote. “The five released were senior Taliban officials, basically members of Mullah Omar’s inner circle. If we wanted to release detainees in exchange for Bergahl, there were many others to choose from. Why these?”
The recidivism rate among released terrorists has doubled, he wrote; and even administration sources up to and including Obama admit these five released prisoners pose a real threat to American safety.
In exchange for setting such dangerous individuals free, West concluded that America received in return a “deserter, who by his own self-proclamation harbors anti-American sentiments.”
While Obama claims that “no American should be left behind,” West points out the apparent hypocrisy of that statement, wondering if he has “forgotten about Benghazi and Marine SGT Tahmooressi.”
West concludes by declaring Obama’s “unilateral negotiations with terrorists and the ensuing release of their key leadership without consult – mandated by law – with the U.S. Congress represents high crimes and misdemeanors, an impeachable offense.”
He went on to call on congressional leaders “to draft articles of impeachment as no one is above the law in America.”
Exclusive: The Story You Haven’t Yet Heard About Bowe Bergdahl’s Desertion
Are you listening, Capitol Hill and America?
Five years ago, I publicly raised questions about Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion from Blackfoot Company, 1-501 Infantry (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division.
A few weeks after his so-called “capture” in late June 2009, three conflicting accounts surfaced: U.S. officials told the Associated Press Bergdahl had “walked off” the base with three Afghans; the Taliban claimed on its website that “a drunken American soldier had come out of his garrison” and into their arms; and Bergdahl claimed in his Taliban “hostage video” that he had “lagged behind a patrol” before being captured.
I asked on my blog: Were the AP’s sources mistaken? Or is the disturbing first account the right one? What about the “three Afghans” Pfc. Bergdahl reportedly “just walked off” with after his shift? Who are they? What’s going on?
Five years ago, one of the brave soldiers who risked his life to search for Bergdahl answered my questions; and I published his statement on July 20, 2009: “I know the story and the accounts that he was drunk or that he was lagging behind on patrol are not true — this soldier planned this move for a long time. He walked off the post with a day’s supply of water and had written down before that he wanted to live in the mountains. … He is an embarrassment to everyone who has worn the uniform.”
After news broke this weekend of President Obama’s trade of five high-level Taliban commanders at Gitmo for Bergdahl’s “freedom,” I heard from another soldier who served on the search team. “Many of my brothers died because of Bergdahl’s actions, and this has been a very hard day for all Geronimos,” he told me after documenting his proof of service. Other journalists ignored his attempts to get the truth out. My source still holds a highly sensitive position, so you won’t see him all over the cable news shows. But he wants all of you to know the hell he and his comrades have been reliving:
“I was assigned to 1st Platoon of Blackfoot Company,” based out of Forward Operating Base (FOB) Salerno in Khost, Afghanistan, he said. “Bowe’s platoon was assigned to conduct security and stability operations out of FOB Sharana and other locations in Paktika. The untold background that led to Bowe’s situation involves an article and pictures published by Guardian reporter Sean Smith.” One of the battalion leaders punished soldiers, including Bergdahl (who had been photographed snoozing in his armored vehicle), with extra guard duty assignments for conducting operations in an unprofessional manner at Outpost MEST (OP MEST).
“Bergdahl was already disenchanted with the war effort,” my source said, “and I think the extra duty was the last straw for him.” On the morning of June 30, 2009, “Bergdahl completed a guard shift, removed his equipment, weapon and sensitive items, and left OP MEST with several Afghan security forces personnel. He took a compass, a couple bottles of water and two knives and his journal. His exact intentions may never be known, but he willingly walked off OP MEST and was secured by enemy forces not long after.”
Exclusive Video: Disturbing Facts Revealed About Bowe Bergdahl’s Father
You’ve got to dig deeper to understand where Bowe Bergdahl is coming from
During the last days before Taliban “prisoner” Bowe Bergdahl was released—we now know he deserted his unit, renounced his American citizenship in a note, and actively sought out the Taliban—his father was very busy.
On May 28, 2014, Robert Bergdahl tweeted out the following:
“I am still working to free all Guantanamo Bay prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, amen!”
This tweet was actually tweeted to a Taliban spokesman!
A day later, he tweeted another Taliban Twitter account: “Democracy is a cult in the West” (and went on to defend sharia law.)
After Obama failed to release all Guantanamo Bay prisoners in exchange for his son—just five Taliban “generals,” one of whom ran one of Osama Bin Laden’s training camps—Robert Bergdahl quietly deleted his tweet, refusing to explain his “work” to free all those so-called unjustly held prisoners.
But Robert Bergdahl has also been busy on YouTube. One of the videos on his “Favorites” list is a rant by the famous Imam of the 9/11 terrorists, Anwar al-Awlaki, entitled, “Why the World Hates America.”
And no Taliban sympathizer would be without a favorited video railing against those “oppressors,” the Jews who stole land from the Palestinians. In Robert Bergdahl’s YouTube favorites/hit parade of Islamic extremism, there’s an hour-long “documentary” railing against those “Zionist” Jews, proclaiming that just because Hitler exterminated six million Jews, that is not an excuse to give them any land in “Palestine!”
Robert Bergdahl has an entire lineup of videos on his “Favorites” list of the Taliban railing against the “Great Satan,” the United States. A link in the description of one video refers to America as the “American terrorist government!”
Yes, Robert Bergdahl believes that we are the terrorists, not the real terrorists rotting in Gitmo.
With all of this public knowledge, Barack Hussein Obama brought this man to the White House, where he didn’t thank the United States for bringing his son home, but, quoting from the Quran, speaking in Arabic, thanks Allah!
As Robert Bergdahl finishes his Arabic prayer, Barack Obama, who knows Arabic, breaks into a strange smile.
But the prayer was not just a prayer of thanksgiving. It was much, much more.
As reported by Western Center for Journalism, according to former CIA Operations Officer Claire Lopez, Bergdahl was quoting from the first line of each chapter of the Quran, in effect claiming the ground he was stanting on–the White House–for Islam!
¿SUCESION O TRANSICION? NO, DEMOCRACIA Y LIBERTAD.
Dr. Manuel Cereijo…
¿Que?, ¿que aquí no
Enviado por: Clemente Sánchez: ¿Que?, ¿que aquí no ha pasado nada? ¿Que ahora todos somos hermanos? ¿Que ahora, de pronto, existe el perdón, la paz, el olvido. Que ahora, de pronto, nosotros somos cubanos también. ¿Qué, que debemos quitar el embargo? ¿Ahora? Que los dólares no son malos. ¿Ahora? Que las inversiones privadas son convenientes. ¿Ahora? ¿Yantes no nos robaron, confiscaron?
¿Y dónde estaba el perdón y la paz y el amor cuando se fusilaba a mansalva. ¿Y dónde estaba el perdón, el amor, cuando se torturaba, se prendía se maltrataba? Pero ahora se acuerdan que somos cristianos y si, los cristianos perdonan, los cristianos aman, ¿pero es que los cristianos no pueden exigir justicia. ¿Y cuando hubo que sacar a latigazos a los mercaderes del templo? ¿Y las cruzadas? ¿Y las guerras santas? ¿Y los cientos de fusilados que murieron gritando “Viva Cristo Rey”? ¿Que aquí no ha pasado nada? ¿Y los miles de presos? Y los cientos de presos que están todavía en las cárceles cubanas? ¿Y los muertos día a día en el mar?
¿Que, que aquí no ha pasado nada? ¿Y la opresión en la que ha vivido el pueblo cubano por 48años? ¿Y la falta de libertad religiosa, la prohibición de Dios? ¿Y los derechos públicos, cívicos, sociales, económicos del pueblo cubano? ¿Paz, olvido, perdón, amor? ¿Y la justicia? ¿Que aquí no ha pasado nada? ¿Y la situación infrahumana en la que está viviendo el pueblo cubano? ¿Y las confiscaciones? El robo de todo aquello ganado, merecido por tantos a base de trabajo, sudor, dinero, sacrificio, intelecto, talento, creatividad, riesgo. ¿Como, que aquí no ha pasado nada?
¿Y las torturas de tanta juventud? ¿Y tanta sangre derramada por solo ansiar libertad y justicia? Son más de 4 décadas de abusos, de irresponsabilidades, de oprobios, de humillaciones, de repudios, de vejaciones, de separaciones. ¿Que aquí no ha pasado nada? Son más de 55 años de: O se está con la revolución o no se es cubano. O se está con la revolución o se es apátrida. O se está con la revolución o se es un paria. O se está con la revolución o no hay derecho a nada. No, ningún gobierno es Patria. Y, ¿que aquí no ha pasado nada?
Al empresario, al capitalista, al luchador, al creador de riqueza, se le llamo ladrón, explotador. Ahora se busca su capital, su empresa ismo. Al intelectual, al literato, al científico, al periodista, al artista, al profesional, al obrero, al campesino, al estudiante, por ser independientes, por querer ser libres, se les llamo traidores. Y ¿que aquí no ha pasado nada?
¿Que aquí no ha pasado nada? ¿Ahora que el régimen agoniza? ¿Ahora que el sistema está en bancarrota moral, social, política, intelectual, económica? ¿Ahora que lo que buscan es la substancia día a día, aferrados a un poder que los cegó? A una arrogancia estúpida, criminal.
¿Que aquí no ha pasado nada? Y una sociedad, un pueblo, que en 1959 se encontraba a la vanguardia en este Hemisferio, desde la educación y el arte, a la medicina y las telecomunicaciones, desde la salubridad al transporte, desde la música y la televisión a la agricultura y la construcción, desde el turismo hasta la industria ligera, desde de la industria azucarera y del tabaco a la industria del licor. Desde las leyes sociales a una clase media pujante. Desde el sector privado dinámico y fuerte a un campesinado productivo, independiente. Porque es una realidad innegable, que en solo 56 años de Republica, Cuba había alcanzado logros sociales, económicos, familiares, jamás vistos en este Hemisferio.
A esta sociedad, la ha convertido en una sociedad de mendigos, a una sociedad sin fe, sin esperanza, sin pujanza, que vive, o mejor, subsiste, en condiciones miserables, infrahumanas. Y ¿que no ha pasado nada? No, aquí no ha pasado nada. Solo miles de fusilados, Solo casi 300,000 presos en 55 años. No, aquí no ha pasado nada. Solo mas de dos millones de exiliados.
Solo la confiscación de fincas, industrias, comercios, propiedades, consultas, oficinas. No, aquí no ha pasado nada. Solo el terror constante, el miedo. Más de 50,000 personas torturadas. No, aquí no ha pasado nada. Solo la supresión de todos los derechos inherentes al ser humano, desde lo más elementales a los de orden superior. Solo la irresponsabilidad, la ineficacia, la mediocridad de un gobierno perpetuado por 48 años que ha llevado a un pueblo a la miseria. Solo la discriminación religiosa, la discriminación filosófica, la discriminación intelectual política, la discriminación nacional. No, aquí no ha pasado nada!!!
No es si Fidel Castro muere, si Raúl muere antes, si transición o sucesión, no. Han pasado muchos años. Muchos presos políticos, muchos fusilados, muchos torturados. Es DEMOCRACIA Y LIBERTAD. Prosperidad, paz, bienestar.
Erase una vez un país prospero. Donde imperaba la paz, la justicia, la armonía. Donde sus habitantes eran felices. Un pueblo campechano, amistoso. Un ingreso per cápita tercero en este hemisferio. Un pueblo trabajador, una clase media fuerte. Un país que en solo 56 años de independencia había alcanzado grandes logros sociales, económicos. Erase una vez un país trabajador, responsable, fiestero, jocoso. Un país de inmigrantes, no de emigrantes.
Un país todavía tratando de encontrar su equilibrio político democrático. Pero un país capitalista. Un país donde el dólar y el peso operaban a la par. Sin deuda externa. Con un turismo floreciente. Una industria agrícola y ganadera moderna y abundante. Suficiente para alimentar a su pueblo y exportar.
Una industria ligera creciente. Donde el capital extranjero, a la par del capital criollo, invertían con fe y esperanza en el futuro.
Erase una vez un país con una industria televisiva y radial solo segunda en este Continente. Hacedor de artistas. Exportador de ritmos. Un periodismo valiente, brillante. Arte y cultura sin igual. Frutas tropicales, ron, artesanía, mar, sol, ciudades bellas, con alma, con vida. Azúcar, caña, sudor, ron, pueblo, sabor.
Erase un país con valores cristianos. Tradiciones. Fervor religioso. Educación al alcance de todos. Medicina de calidad y con planes mutualistas que ni existen todavía en este Hemisferio. Un país de médicos, ingenieros, arquitectos, abogados, contadores, físicos, matemáticos, pedagogos, periodistas, escritores, empresarios, comerciantes, obreros, hombres y mujeres capaces, trabajadores, pero sobre todo, amigos, humanos, misericordiosos, alegres, leales.
Erase un país amigo de todos los pueblos de este Continente. Artistas, periodistas, escritores, profesionales, empresarios de todas los países Latinoamericanos visitaban este país. Y se les recibía como hermanos.
Con defectos políticos por resolver, porque la nación era joven.
Ese país se llamaba Cuba.
Y que no ha pasado nada?
Y llego 1959. Y vino Fidel Castro. La antítesis del cubano. Un oportunista. Una persona con una ausencia total de escrúpulos. Sin moral. Una persona inepta. Irresponsable. Un pésimo gobernante. Con un ansia de poder absoluta. Y se termino Cuba. La Cuba jovial. La Cuba trabajadora. La Cuba donde la amistad era la norma.
Y comenzó la Cuba de los fusilados. La Cuba de los presos. La Cuba de la opresión, de la tortura. La Cuba de los exiliados. La Cuba de la separación familiar. La Cuba de las confiscaciones. La Cuba de la sumisión al imperio soviético. La Cuba de las guerrillas para subvertir a los pueblos y gobiernos que antes eran amigos.
La Cuba de las delaciones. De los comité de defensa, de los chivatos. La Cuba enemiga de Dios. La Cuba de intervención en Angola, Etiopía, Congo Venezuela, Colombia, Nicaragua, Salvador, Guatemala, Perú, Bolivia, Honduras, México, y si, Estados Unidos. La Cuba terrorista. La Cuba con capacidad para producir armas de destrucción masiva.
La Cuba de la miseria. La Cuba donde el Estado, la Revolución, están por encima del hombre. La Cuba donde Castro es el Partido, el Estado, el Gobierno. La Cuba donde se está con la Revolución, o contra la Revolución.
La Cuba donde la familia es controlada por el Estado. La Cuba de las depuraciones de jóvenes estudiantes.
Se truncaron carreras, oficios, profesiones. Se rompieron noviazgos, matrimonios, amistades, filiación familiar. Hubo exilio, dolor, torturas, muertos, presos, se acabo la alegría, el buen humor, la tranquilidad, el derecho, la justicia, la prosperidad. Por eso, ya no es, pero volverá a ser.
La Cuba donde hace 55 años no hay elecciones libres pluripartidistas, independientes, con procesos electorales a ningún nivel. La Cuba donde hace 55 años no existen sindicatos libres. Ni empresarios. Ni propiedad privada. Ni libertad de religión.
La Cuba sin fe, sin esperanza, sin humor, sin amistad. La Cuba de la simulación, la desconfianza, la mentira, la hipocresía, el crimen. La barbarie. El salvajismo.
Que no ha pasado nada?
No, con los tiranos no se dialoga. No, con los asesinos no se dialoga. Se les doblega, se les presiona, se les exige, se les vence. Son muchos los muertos, los presos, muchas separaciones, muchas torturas, muchas vidas truncadas, mucho sufrimiento, mucha miseria. El final tiene que ser una derrota total, completa, limpia, sin mediatizaciones. Y si no podemos, no la merecemos.
Angry Families of Soldiers Who Died in Bergdahl Search Want Answers
By Melanie Batley
The release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who left his guard post in Afghanistan and was taken captive by the Taliban for five years, has stirred resentment and raised questions among the families of the fallen soldiers who died in the search for him.
“Basically, my son died unnecessarily, hunting for a guy that we shouldn’t even have been hunting for,” Robert Andrews, the father of Second Lieutenant Darryn Andrews who lost his life in the search, told Reuters.
Bergdahl’s team leader, Sgt. Evan Buetow, who described Bergdahl as a “deserter,”said he walked away from his post, leaving behind his flak jacket and without weapons, after making statements that he sympathized with the Afghans and indicated he didn’t have faith in the U.S. efforts in the country and wanted to leave the military.
Andrews’ mother, Sondra, said Bergdahl’s return has stirred “very raw emotions.”
“It gets really hurtful when I think, this guy was worth my son’s life? My son who was patriotic? Who was a true soldier? Who defended his country with his life?” Andrews told Army Times.
“That guy was worth that? I don’t think so.”
Private First Class Matthew Martinek died alongside Andrews when their vehicle was hit by a bomb and rocket-propelled grenade during their search. His family says they want answers as to why the mission to rescue him was ordered.
“This opens up the wounds again,” Kenneth Luccioni, Martinek’s stepfather, told Reuters. “There were a lot of people who risked their lives for this young man, and we want the truth.”
Andrews’ family had been told by the Army that he had died in an ambush during a mission to capture a top Taliban commander, The Daily Beast reported.
Both families said they heard by word of mouth from other soldiers months afterwards that their sons had died during the manhunt for Bergdahl.
The father of another soldier who died in the search for Bergdahl is outraged that they were sent on a mission to find him.
“It’s just disgraceful that [President Barack] Obama would trade five high-level Taliban officers for this guy who basically defected,” said Bob Curtiss, father of Sgt. Kurt Curtiss,according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
“Leave him there,” Curtiss said. “That was his choice, his decision.”
Six soldiers reportedly lost their lives searching for Bergdahl. But, the Pentagon has refused to confirm whether the manhunt for Bergdahl was the direct cause of the soldiers’ deaths, and President Barack Obama has said regardless of the circumstances surrounding his disappearance, the military had an obligation to search for him.
“Whatever those circumstances may turn out to be, we still get an American soldier back if he’s held in captivity,” Obama said during a news conference in Poland, according to the Associated Press. “We don’t condition that.”
Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday it is unfair to the Bergdahl family for people to make conclusions about his behavior while in service.
“We don’t do that in the United States,” Hagel told reporters at a NATO defense ministers meeting. “We rely on facts.”
Hagel said the Army will conduct a review of the circumstances surrounding how Bergdahl left his unit, adding, “I don’t know of any circumstances or details of U.S. soldiers dying as a result of efforts to get Bergdahl.”
Separate to the outrage over allegations that lives were lost in Bergdahl’s search, some lawmakers, including Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain, said that the release of the Taliban detainees will put American lives at risk.
“It’s deeply disturbing because these individuals are the hard-core Taliban who will be going to a country where they will roam freely,” he told Newsmax. “Even if they’re restrained there, they’re free to return to Afghanistan in a year — and they pose a great threat to the lives of the men and women who are serving.
“It is a significant and real threat.”
Meanwhile, congressional lawmakers are demanding hearings into the administration’s failure to notify Congress about the release within the required 30 days. The administration argued it was an emergency decision because Bergdahl’s health was deteriorating, but has since issued an apology to some lawmakers for the “oversight.”
There is also widespread concern about the possible precedent set by “negotiating with terrorists,” and the likelihood that the freed detainees will return to the battlefield for more violence linked to al-Qaida.
Information from Reuters and The Associated Press was used in this report.
- NYT Questions Whether Bergdahl Disappearance Cost Lives of Soldiers
- Bergdahl’s Team Leader: I Just Want to Ask Him ‘Why?’
Military Official Releases Details On Potential Investigation Into Bowe Bergdahl
Dempsey did acknowledge that leaders with Americas’ armed forces “have been accused of looking away from misconduct…'”
In a statement to the Associated Press Tuesday, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey revealed that the U.S. Army might conduct an investigation into the circumstances of recently returned Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s disappearance from his base in 2009.
His first statement regarding the ongoing controversy indicated that his comments would be limited because he doesn’t want to make any assumptions or unduly influence the decisions of other military officials.
Dempsey did acknowledge that leaders with Americas’ armed forces “have been accused of looking away from misconduct,” noting that any assumption they would do the same regarding the former prisoner of war is premature.
The Army has an array of possible actions through which it could determine Bergdahl’s status, he noted. Officials could pursue a court martial or seek a non-judicial punishment related to less-serious charges. It is also possible, Dempsey explained, that the military could sentence him to time-served after taking his status as a prisoner of war into consideration.
He reported that he has not yet talked to Bergdahl regarding the situation, citing the recommendation of medical professionals that he be given sufficient time to adjust to his newfound freedom. Though he remains physically sheltered from the potential repercussions of his actions for now, plenty of public outrage surrounds his allegeddesertion and the deal made to facilitate his release.
Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers report that he left a note explaining he did not support the military’s mission and wanted to start a new life. After he was reported missing, a recovery mission reportedly resulted in the deaths of several soldiers involved.
According to the AP report, Dempsey also weighed in on reports that Bergdahl is set for a promotion. He indicated that, since the soldier is no longer missing in action, such an advancement in rank is no longer a given.
Dempsey explained that missing soldiers are routinely promoted alongside their fellow soldiers; however, Bergdahl’s “status has now changed,” meaning “the requirements for promotion are more consistent with normal duty status.”
AMENPER: About Income Inequality.
In early January 2014, Bob Lonsberry, a Rochester talk radio personality on WHAM 1180 AM, said this in response to Obama’s “income inequality speech”:
The Democrats are right, there are two Americas.
The America that works, and the America that doesn’t.
The America that contributes, and the America that doesn’t.
It’s not the haves and the have not’s, it’s the dos and the don’ts.
Some people do their duty as Americans, obey the law, support themselves, contribute to society, and others don’t. That’s the divide in America.
It’s not about income inequality, it’s about civic irresponsibility.
It’s about a political party that preaches hatred, greed and victimization in order to win elective office.
It’s about a political party that loves power more than it loves its country. That’s not invective, that’s truth, and it’s about time someone said it.
The politics of envy was on proud display a couple weeks ago when President Obama pledged the rest of his term to fighting “income inequality.” He noted that some people make more than other people, that some people have higher incomes than others, and he says that’s not just.
That is the rationale of thievery. The other guy has it, you want it, Obama will take it for you. Vote Democrat. (Sounds like communism)
That is the philosophy that produced Detroit. It is the electoral philosophy that is destroying America.
It conceals a fundamental deviation from American values and common sense because it ends up not benefiting the people who support it, but a betrayal.
The Democrats have not empowered their followers, they have enslaved them in a culture of dependence and entitlement, of victim-hood and anger instead of ability and hope.
The president’s premise – that you reduce income inequality by debasing the successful – seeks to deny the successful the consequences of their choices and spare the unsuccessful the consequences of their choices.
Because, by and large, income variations in society is a result of different choices leading to different consequences. ‘Those who choose wisely and responsibility have a far greater likelihood of success, while those who choose foolishly and irresponsibly have a far greater likelihood of failure.’ Success and failure usually manifest themselves in personal and family income.
You choose to drop out of high school or to skip college – and you are apt to have a different outcome than someone who gets a diploma and pushes on with purposeful education and/or employment. You have your children out of wedlock and life is apt to take one course; you have them within a marriage and life is apt to take another course. Most often in life our destination is determined by the course we take.
My doctor, for example, makes far more than I do. There is significant income inequality between us. Our lives have had an inequality of outcome, but, our lives also have had an in equality of effort. While my doctor went to college and then devoted his young adulthood to medical school and residency, I got a job in a restaurant.
He made a choice, I made a choice, and our choices led us to different outcomes. His outcome pays a lot better than mine.
Does that mean he cheated and Barack Obama needs to take away his wealth? No, it means we are both free men in a free society where free choices lead to different outcomes. It is not inequality Barack Obama intends to take away, it is freedom. The freedom to succeed, and the freedom to fail.
There is no true option for success if there is no true option for failure.
The pursuit of happiness means a whole lot less when you face the punitive hand of government if your pursuit brings you more happiness than the other guy.
Even if the other guy sat on his arse and did nothing. Even if the other guy made a lifetime’s worth of asinine and shortsighted decisions.
Barack Obama and the Democrats preach equality of outcome as a right, while completely ignoring inequality of effort.
The simple Law of the Harvest – as ye sow, so shall ye reap – is sometimes applied as, “The harder you work, the more you get.” Obama would turn that upside down. Those who achieve are to be punished as enemies of society and those who fail are to be rewarded as wards of society.
Entitlement will replace effort as the key to upward mobility in American society if Barack Obama gets his way. He seeks a lowest common denominator society in which the government besieges the successful and productive to foster equality through mediocrity.
He and his party speak of two Americas, and their grip on power is based on using the votes of one to sap the productivity of the other. America is not divided by the differences in our outcomes, it is divided by the differences in our efforts. It is a false philosophy to say one man’s success comes about unavoidably as the result of another man’s victimization.
What Obama offered was not a solution, but a separatism. He fomented division and strife, pitted one set of Americans against another for his own political benefit. That’s what socialists offer. Marxist class warfare wrapped up with a bow.
Two Americas, coming closer each day to proving the truth to Lincoln’s maxim that a house divided against itself cannot stand.
Mr. Lonsberry ends his editorial with a quote from Lincoln, a man Obama dared to compare himself to due to the superficiality of both being from Illinois.
Lincoln’s quote below demonstrates that the two could not be furtherer apart.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.
AMENPER: Lo que no le preguntan a Hillary Clinton
Viendo las entrevistas a Hillary Clinton, nunca veo nada substancial. Tocan los temas, pero con pinzas, tocan los puntos pero simplemente para darle oportunidad que diga la respuesta planificada que tiene para cada cosa. No hay agresividad periodística, parece una pala más evidente que una pelea de lucha libre.
Quizás sea porque todos temen a las represalias del carácter de Hillary, que según los que han servido con ella es comparable al de la malvada bruja de oeste de la película del mago de OZ.
Le preguntan suavemente sobre los problemas extramaritales de Bill Clinton, lo cual simplemente es una manera de que tenga la oportunidad de ponerse como víctima.
No le preguntan si es o no es verdad lo que todo el mundo sabe; que el perdón a los tarros de Billy no se debe a su bondad, pero a un frio y calculado plan político que los mantiene en un matrimonio artificial.
No le preguntan que si eso no es una hipocresía y un engaño al pueblo.
No le preguntan cómo es que su asesora principal fue a cinco estaciones de televisión a declarar que los hechos de Bengasi habían sido provocados por un video y no por un acto terrorista. No le preguntan lo que todos saben, que ella y el presidente usaron a la Rice como una vocera secundaria para no ensuciarse en la mentira necesaria para ayudar la campaña política de Obama, sin importarles los muertos ni el respeto a la ciudadanía.
No le preguntan sobre el Hillarycare, que hasta Bill consideró como la socialización de la medicina y tuvieron que decirle que se olvidara de eso. El Hillarycare era más drástico en la socialización que el Obamacare.
No le pregunta que explique por qué después de su mandato como secretaria de estado la situación diplomática en China, Rusia y el medio oriente se encuentra en un estado más deteriorado que durante los años de Bush que ella ha criticado.
No le preguntan nada que informe al pueblo sobre quien es Hillary Clinton la persona que tiene la posibilidad de ser la presidente de Estados Unidos.
Si esto sucede es porque, como en el caso de Obama, con la fantasía del primer negro presidente, ahora quieren vendernos la fantasía de la primera mujer presidente.
No se necesita saber si es rojo, amarillo, verde o negro, o si tiene testículos o vagina. Pero lo que se necesita saber de una persona que pueda ocupar la presidencia es su trayectoria , su capacidad y sus valores.
When Obama Told the Truth About Gitmo . . . and Then Forgot
Written by Gary North on June 4, 2014
Watch this video. It provides extracts from candidate Obama’s campaign speeches.
He never closed Guantánamo’s prison. I don’t think he ever intended to. It was great for a campaign talking point. It was dropped down the memory hole.
Democrats of course gave him a free ride on this. He was their man, the way Bush II was the Republicans’ man.
Conservatives have also given him a free ride on this. Why? Because they love the Guantánamo prison camp. Deep down in their neocon hearts, they love the whole idea of an American prison camp. It was Bush’s idea, or Rove’s idea, or some Republican’s idea. It would be a crime against the Global War on Terror to close the place.
Obama just sent five Gitmo prisoners back to Afghanistan in exchange for an American soldier who may have deserted. Drudge fills the page with stories.
The entire focus is on the American. What about the five released prisoners, who never received a trial?
Obama is at long last pulling troops out of Afghanistan, yet he is still holding prisoners captured in Afghanistan, who were never given a trial.
If the war is over, shouldn’t we close Guantánamo? “Never,” Republicans say. “This is a great way to spend our tax dollars. This is America’s version of Castro’s concentration camps in Cuba. We deserve one, too!”
Cuba! Concentration Camps R Us!
We can see just how worried the Right is regarding the possibility of similar camps in the USA for Americans. The government could activate them tomorrow, and most conservatives would accept them without protesting if the government used the phrase “suspected members of al-Qaeda sleeper cells.”
Senator Lindsey Graham would make the Sunday morning news interview shows, defending the camps. “We need to protect America from her enemies.”
If “Gitmo, USA” ever comes, there will be no organized mass protests. If there are, the government will arrest a few leaders and stick them in a special camp for “suspected collaborators of the Global War on Terror.” That will end the protests.
You show your defense of Constitutional liberties when you insist that they be applied to your political opponents. You think this: “There, but for the grace of the Department of Homeland Security, go I.”
This is not what conservatives think. “Lock ‘em up, and throw away the key!”
They ignore Pastor Martin Niemöller’s warning regarding his years in Nazi Germany.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me. Read more at http://teapartyeconomist.com/2014/06/04/obama-told-truth-forgot/#CMb4TVbIyI3uloqP.99
U.S. Still Hunting KGB, Decades After Cold War
April 30, 2014
by Carl Schreck sent by Peter Martori
WASHINGTON — Attention former KGB officers: If you were involved in rights abuses during Soviet times and find yourself in the United States, U.S. authorities may be looking for you.
For decades, the U.S. government has been ferreting out alleged Nazi war criminals and other purported rights violators leading quiet lives in the United States, deporting hundreds of individuals suspected of such abuses.
But U.S. immigration officials are also quietly pursuing potential cases against former KGB employees and collaborators who may have engaged in persecutions as part of the notorious Soviet secret police.
A spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would not specify how many of these investigations are pending, saying only that the number is “less than 10.”
The agency’s officers, however, “continue to monitor cases and information” on former KGB officials “who may have committed or assisted in human rights violations,” the spokesperson said.
The estimated number of KGB officers and employees prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1992 ranges from nearly 500,000 to more than 700,000, according to the 1994 book “The State Within A State” by Russian journalist Yevgenia Albats, who has written extensively about Soviet security services.
It remains unclear how many of these individuals engaged in what the United States considers human rights violations and then ended up on American soil. But ICE officials did provide a figure for the number of KGB officers “known to have been” linked to such abuses who have been deported from the United States since 1992: precisely one.
On June 7, 2005, the ICE issued a press release on the deportation of a 55-year-old Lithuanian national named Alfonsas Abeliunas, who, according to the agency, was “linked to human rights abuses in the former Soviet Union.’
According to the announcement, Abeliunas had entered the United States as a nonimmigrant visitor in October 2000 and was arrested in June 2004 for violating the terms of his visa. A U.S. immigration court found that he had been trained in espionage and had “assisted in the persecution of others while living in Lithuania.”
The press release, which did not mention the KGB, garnered little coverage in the media and does not appear to be available on the ICE’s website. But according to KGB archives seized by Lithuania after it declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1990, Abeliunas was a KGB officer who in the early 1980s was tasked with overseeing informants who came into contact with foreigners.
A classified 1982 report produced by senior KGB officials in Lithuania and obtained by RFE/RL states that Abeliunas was tasked with assessing the reliability of these informants, including those pressured to collaborate “using compromising materials.”
The U.S. immigration judge found that Abeliunas also performed surveillance of ethnic Germans in the Soviet Union to prevent them from traveling to Moscow to obtain travel documents, the ICE spokesperson said. Furthermore, his testimony was “inconsistent” regarding the use of debilitating drugs on dissidents during an assignment in a Soviet hospital, the spokesperson said.
Attempts to reach Abeliunas for comment were unsuccessful.
In many cases of alleged war criminals, U.S. authorities secure deportation by proving to a judge that the individual violated immigration laws by concealing facts about his or her past.
Abeliunas was removed from the United States based on a similar technicality rather than on the alleged rights violations themselves. A U.S. judge ordered his deportation because he had failed to register as a foreign agent.
Nonetheless, the U.S. government framed his removal as a victory for the defense of human rights.
“Those who fail to reveal their true past will experience the full weight of the law,” Keith Perniciaro, ICE’s acting special agent-in-charge in Miami, said in announcing Abeliunas’s deportation in 2005. “The United States will not serve as a safe haven for human rights abusers
RICARDO SAMITIER: La Manipulación De La Historia De Cuba.
Comenzó DESCARADAMENTE A Partir Del 4 De Septiembre de 1933
Para “LAVARLE AL PUEBLO El Cerebro” y Crear Las Condiciones Que Produjeron El Triunfo Del Comunismo…Que Culminó Con La Entrega
Del Poder A Castro… Por Los Mismos Personajes Que Participaron En La Revolución De 1933…
No Olvidemos Que Las DOS REVOLUCIONES Fueron Apoyadas Por El Gobierno de Los Estados Unidos… y Que Batista Se Fue De Cuba…
Siguiendo Órdenes De Los Estados Unidos…
Para ENTERARSE DE LA VERDADERA HISTORIA DE CUBA… hay que convertirse en un “RATON DE BIBLIOTECA” y les voy a Pasar UN SOLO EJEMPLO… casi todos los cubanos nacidos después de 1933… sabemos que Antonio
Guiteras fue ministro de Gobernación durante el gobierno de la PENTARGUIA… lo QUE NO NOS DIJERON LOS HISTORIADORES y LA PRENSA es que durante el gobierno de GRAU el que duro 100 Días fue VICE-PRESIDENTE… Esa INFORMACION fue excluida para LIMPIAR AL PARTIDO AUTENTICO de su tendencia COMUNISTA…
Estén ustedes de acuerdo si FUE UN PLAN o NO… No pueden negar que SE LIMPIOO a GRAU y al partido autentico de ser un FRENTE COMUNISTA…
TAMPOCO se PUEDE NEGAR… que el 99.99% de los cubanos no fueron informados de que GUITERAS fue el VICE- PRESIDENTE de Grau… dato excluido en todas las historias…
Cuba Siempre actuó COMO UN REFLEJO o un ESPEJO… a partir de 1933 de los Estados Unidos… y los historiadores Y la prensa han actuado en la misma forma… siguen limpiando los ANTECEDENTES COMUNISTAS del Partido Demócrata de Los Estados Unidos… Por ejemplo: se ignora y no se dice: que Franklin DELANO Roosevelt era nieto del traficante De Droga (Opio) para China más grande de Hong Kong y que su VICE-PRESIDENTE era COMUNISTA y que TRUMAN fue “SELECCIONANDO” por los demócratas conservadores… ASUSTADOS POR LA PRECARIA SALUD DE ROOSEVELT por miedo a
que al este morir llegará a la presidencia un COMUNISTA… El VICE de Roosevelt llamado WALLACE… quien al no ser nombrado…
VICE… se postuló para PRESIDENTE por el Partido Comunista de los Estados Unidos…
UN PUEBLO DE IGNORANTES… es FACIL de llevarlos como CARNEROS al COMUNISMO… y eso es lo que hicieron en CUBA la llamada
“GENERACION DE 1930” quienes le entregaron el Poder a Castro… y son también los que MANTIENEN EL EXILIO dividido Y entretenido…
Y continúan con la CANTALERA… DE QUE FUERON TRAICIONADOS… cuando ellos fueron PARTE DE LA TRAICION…
GERARDO DE’SOLA: Do You Know This Guy?
He is Edward “Ed” Mezvinsky, born January 17, 1937.
Then you’ll probably say, “Who is Ed Mezvinsky?”
Well, he is a former Democrat congressman who represented Iowa’s 1st congressional district in the United States House of Representatives for two terms, from 1973 to 1977.
He sat on the House Judiciary Committee that decided the fate of Richard Nixon.He was outspoken saying that Nixon was a crook and a disgrace to politics and the nation and should be impeached. He and the Clintons were friends and very politically intertwined for many years. Ed Mezvinsky had an affair with NBC News reporter Marjorie Sue Margolies and later married her after his wife divorced him. In 1993, Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, then a freshman Democrat in Congress, cast the deciding vote that got President Bill Clinton’s controversial tax package through the House of Representatives. In March 2001, Mezvinsky was indicted and later pleaded guilty to 31 of 69 counts of bank fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud. Ed Mezvinsky embezzled more than $10 million dollars from people
via both a Ponzi scheme and the notorious Nigerian e-mail scams.
He was found guilty and sentenced to 80 months in federal prison. After Serving less than five years in federal prison, he was released in April 2008 and remains on federal probation. To this day, he still owes $9.4 million in restitution to his victims. About now you are saying, “So what!”
Well, this is Marc and Chelsea Mezvinsky.
That’s right; Ed Mezvinsky is Chelsea Clinton’s father-in law.
Now Marc and Chelsea are in their early thirties and purchased a 10.5 million dollar NYC apartment.
Has anyone heard mention of any of this in any of the media?
If this guy was Jenna or Barbara Bush’s, or better yet, Sarah Palin’s
daughter’s father-in- law, the news would be an everyday headline
and every detail would be reported over and over.
And yet liberals say there are no double standards in political reporting.
And people are already talking about Hillary as our next President!
And then there is possibly Chelsea for president in our future!
The cycle never ends!
Lying and corruption seem to make Democrat candidates more popular.
When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the Government fears the people, there is liberty. ~~ Thomas Jefferson
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
~ ~Abraham Lincoln
“FREEDOM IS NOT FREE”